New Zealand coach Mike Hesson admitted that India captain Virat Kohli was “faultless” during his majestic 211 as the home team dominated the proceedings with some “high quality batting” on the second day of the third and final Test in Indore.Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (188) were involved in India’s highest-ever fourth-wicket partnership of 365 runs as the hosts declared their first innings at 557/5.”(It was) high quality batting, took a good delivery to create half chances. Went through long periods of play where we reeled out a lot of plans, stuck to our game well, but we were worn down. Kohli killed us softly, is the nicest way of describing it, after scoring about 120 singles (out of his career best score of 211),” said Hesson. (Kohli is improving as batsman and leader: Rahane)However, he also looked at the positive side and said his team had stuck to the task well.”A tough day but, sounds funny, also a satisfying day in terms of the standards we set. Our seam bowlers delivering 30 overs, 135-140kmph at times, in heat and humidity. At no stage did we roll over and give soft runs. I thought it was a high quality Test cricket. We contributed to that with our bowling.”When you go over a 100 overs without a wicket it can be demoralising. If you’re not strong willed and keep fighting it can be tough, but we did that pretty well,” he said. (India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 2: As It Happened | SCORECARD)advertisementONUS ON TOP SEVEN NZ BATSMENHe said the third day tomorrow was crucial and the onus was on the top seven batsmen who have seen how to tackle the track by Kohli and Rahane, with Rahane missing his double ton by just 12 runs. (Indore Test, Day 2: Key highlights)”Any Test match they have to set the tone, that’s something we haven’t been able to do. This is the third of three quite distinctive surfaces. (We have) been shown a blueprint of how to play on it. As the game moves on things will become harder but tomorrow s an important day for us.”The surface is still pretty good. (It’s) fair to say footmarks (are) building as they tend to do, but body of surface is good. I m sure the umpires will maintain that.”We just have to bat for long periods of time. Each batsman has his own game plan and it is a matter of being very decisive around that. It is not quite as sharp a turn at the moment as perhaps in Kanpur but we know that will change over time. We have a very good blueprint of how to bat of that surface. Our challenge tomorrow is to try and replicate something similar.” (Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to score two double centuries in Tests)FAULTLESS KOHLIHe said the team tried out a lot many things to break the fourth-wicket stand.”At 100 for 3 on a very slow surface we had got ourselves in a nice position but Virat in particular yesterday was very composed around how he played. There was one half chance but outside of that it was faultless.”We tried to bowl straight, wide, tried to bring the foot holes into play, bowl around the wicket, a short (ball) plan.”We tried a lot of things and we created a lot of chances against Ajinkya but it wasn’t to be. The way they carried on today, it was an exceptional partnership and we have to acknowledge that and say well played,” Hesson singned off.(With PTI inputs)
Premier League Manchester Utd boss Mourinho dismisses hype around second-season record Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 17:04 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Manchester United Manchester United v Everton José Mourinho The Portuguese does not understand the hype surrounding his second season triumphs Jose Mourinho has dismissed the notion that his impressive second-season record gives Manchester United an advantage in the 2017-18 title race.The 54-year-old has never failed to win the domestic title in his second season in charge of a club throughout his career, having enjoyed such triumphs at Porto, Inter, Real Madrid and twice with Chelsea.Man Utd and Everton 8/1 to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing United have started the campaign in strong form, winning three out of their four Premier League games, and sit top of the table ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Everton at Old Trafford.But Mourinho is not sure his record gives his side an edge this term, telling Sky Sports: “I don’t know why people speak of the second season because I won in the first season and I won in the third season. I don’t really understand it.”I just think that the second season is a good season for evolution in relation to the first season because in the first season you arrive and sometimes, like in my case, I was not even able to organise a pre-season because it had already been organised. I couldn’t have one single finger of influence on it.“When I arrived in the first season there was already investments made in buying players, changing the squad, selling players, that you probably would have done in a different way. For sure I would have kept some of the players that were sold, for sure I would not buy some of the players that were bought.”In the second season, you have your influence at that level. You have better conditions to work and get those results. But you are playing against other teams whose managers are in the third or second or fourth or fifth seasons. So second may not be a big advantage.””I think he has joined in the right moment of his career.”More on @RomeluLukaku9… #MUFC pic.twitter.com/InVdtuwT1B— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2017Mourinho believes his side are now beginning to reach the level he demands after heavy investment in the close season and a shift in style since his appointment as manager in May 2016.”At the team level, I am happy,” he said.”I think, after one year, we are a different team. Not just because we are playing in the Champions League, which is the competition for Manchester United, but because in the Premier League we managed a good start which put us initially in the top positions in the table.”The way we play, the way we think football, the way the fans think, the empathy between the fans and the team, the confidence levels of the players, the footballing level I am happy with what we’ve done so far.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
zoom Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), a US-based specialist in grain processing, has taken delivery of the first new bulk carrier developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) that uses air bubble lubrication system.MHI’s proprietary Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS) reduces frictional resistance between the vessel hull and seawater using air bubbles produced at the vessel bottom. The solution has enabled a 27% reduction in CO2 emissions, as verified, compared to conventional bulk carriers, exceeding the target figure of 25%.The innovative vessel was built by Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of Nagasaki, an MHI licensing partner.The newly delivered bulk carrier is the first of three vessels, designed to serve as grain carriers, ordered by ADM in 2011 from Sumitomo Corporation.Delivery of the three vessels is scheduled for completion by mid-2015. The carriers are 237 meters (m) in length, 40m in width, and 12.5m in designed draught: deadweight tonnage (DWT) is approximately 95,000 tons.The new vessel also features a new bow shape designed to reduce wave-making resistance.For propulsion, an innovative system is adopted that effectively converts the main engine power into propulsion power by positioning fins forward of the propellers and placing special grooves in the propeller boss cap. The ship’s shallow draught facilitates MALS’s pursuit of energy savings and CO2 emission reductions.In MALS, the air blown from the vessel’s bottom produces small air bubbles that cover the vessel’s bottom like an “air-carpet,” reducing friction between the hull and seawater during navigation.The system was developed by MHI with support from ClassNK (Nippon Kaiji Kyokai) et al., and it has already been adopted in module carriers, ferries and other ships constructed by MHI.“In this way MALS has built up a solid track record demonstrating the effectiveness of its technologies in reducing fuel consumption and easing environmental loads. Seafaring tests have already verified that MALS achieves the target level of performance in the newly delivered bulk carrier,” MHI said in a release.Press Release; Image: MHI
zoom The Government of Lithuania has struck a deal that will save its debt-laden bulk shipping company PC ‘Lithuanian Shipping Company’ (LSC) from bankruptcy. Namely, an agreement was reached with the company’s creditors to postpone debt payment.“After the agreement to postpone the debts repayment term with the bank was reached, the company is now able to arrange with other creditors and maintain its activity. AB SEB bank will provide an additional EUR 3 million loan, guaranteed by JSC ‘Lithuanian Railways’,” said Rimantas Sinkevičius, Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania.Within the bailout plan, a transport holding company consisting of LSC, ‘Lithuanian Railways’ and other state-owned transport companies is planned to be set up.The deal was reached on Friday, July 24, just a day after Lithuania’s Ministry of Transport and Communications filed for bankruptcy proceedings of Klaipeda-headquartered bulk shipping company amid ongoing financial troubles that plunged the bulker owner in debts.The state-owned company which employs 237 workers has been piling up losses since 2008, and the accumulated loss currently stands at EUR 20 million, according to Sinkevicius. The company’s inability to pay its debts led to several arrests of its vessels by different claimants.The first arrested LCS ship Deltuva has returned to Lithuania from the port of Gdansk with 19 crew on board.The Ministry said that the funds which will ensure that all arrested LSC vessels are provided with fuel and other necessary measures have been transferred.The company’s general cargo ship Raguva and its crew of 20 were recently detained in Senegal’s capital Dakar, while another company’s cargo ship – the 17,786 dwt Romuva – was detained in Italy due to unpaid fuel and service bills.World Maritime News Staff
Justice Minister Wijeydasa Rajapaksha has decided to sue Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka over a defamatory statement made by him.Rajapaksha is to sue Fonseka for Rs. 500 million as damages for the statement he had made yesterday. Fonseka had yesterday accused Rajapaksha of taking bribes and attempting to hide facts relating to the Avant Garde issue.Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka said that he had made a similar statement on Rajapaksha even during the August 17 Parliament election period and he stands by that statement even today. (Colombo Gazette)
The United States Government will award more than 183 million rupees ($1.2 million) to counter trafficking in persons in Sri Lanka over the next three years.The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs will award the new project “Equipping Sri Lanka to Counter Trafficking in Persons (EQUIP)” to the International Labor Organization (ILO) Country Office for Sri Lanka and Maldives. U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap applauded the effort, saying, “The United States has a strong commitment to working with international partners to tackle the root causes of modern slavery and protect victims and vulnerable populations. Through the EQUIP project, we will continue to support the Government of Sri Lanka in combating the scourge of human trafficking.” “This is a very timely opportunity for the ILO to step up efforts to combat human trafficking,” said Simrin Singh, Country Director of the ILO for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. “Well-known ILO tools on Fair Recruitment and the application of recommendations of ILO Conventions and Protocols on Forced Labor will make a positive dent in tackling the challenges at national and grass root levels.” EQUIP will directly assist Sri Lankan men, women, and children who are at risk and those who are victims of human trafficking. The project will work closely with “agents of change”– policy makers, law enforcement, recruitment agents, trade unions, as well as business – to amplify the impact of interventions and achieve lasting change. (Colombo Gazette)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google autonomous vehicle spinoff Waymo says it will start testing on public roads in Florida to better experience heavy rain.The Mountain View, California, company says tests will begin this month in the Miami area and include highway driving to Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers. The Florida test vehicles will be driven by humans. They’ll collect data with laser and radar sensors. Heavy rain can affect image quality.Waymo says Miami is one of the wettest cities in the U.S. during summer the months of hurricane season.Waymo already is testing in multiple areas including the San Francisco and Phoenix areas as well as suburban Detroit and Seattle.The company has delayed a full-scale autonomous ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area due to safety concerns.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TransForce doesn’t see improvement in Alberta oil rigging business MONTREAL – TransForce’s Alberta oilsands activities may be thriving, but the transportation company doesn’t foresee any improvement this year for North American oil drilling.The trucking company, which among other things moves drilling equipment, posted weaker results in the first quarter as energy sector revenues dropped 24 per cent and margins plummeted.Chief executive Alain Bedard told analysts Friday that he foresees an eventual improvement in the U.S. energy sector as the country seeks energy independence.But he said the outlook is dark in Canada because of the challenges of moving oil to market.“All the service that we do for the oilsands is growing and is doing great,” he said during a conference call.“The disaster in our company is the rig moving business. The rig moving business in Canada it’s a mess.”Energy services revenue decreased by $20 million in the U.S. and by $8 million in Alberta, while the adjusted profit margin was 3.6 per cent, compared with 12.4 per cent a year ago.The Montreal-based company has sold and mothballed drill moving equipment to reduce its capacity by more than 10 per cent.TransForce (TSX:TFI) shares were down nearly two per cent, or 38 cents to $19.62 in trading Friday afternoon on the Toronto Stock Exchange after having reported weaker results after markets closed on Thursday.The transportation and logistics company’s profits dropped 37 per cent to $18.9 million in the period ended March 31. It earned 20 cents per diluted share, compared with 31 cents in the prior year.Adjusting for one-time items, including abnormally high asset sale gains, it earned 18 cents per share, below the 26 cents per share forecast by analysts.Revenue decreased 4.9 per cent to $749.7 million, below the $786 million forecast by analysts, due to energy weakness and a 10 per cent drop in less-than-truckload sales.TransForce revenues were helped by a $24.9-million contribution from the acquisition of delivery company Velocity Express on Feb. 1.The quarter included three days less of business than last year, which accounted for some of the decrease.Bedard said he expects the overall economy to remain weak in 2013.He added that demand for some of its trucking services have been hurt because the corruption scandal in Quebec has slowed the awarding of contracts.Meanwhile, he said the company hopes to reach agreement with its bankers in the coming weeks to alter the covenants of its loans to provide more flexibility.And it will continue to look at selling $100 million worth of real estate as it sheds surplus transportation terminals acquired through various acquisitions.Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets downgraded TransForce and reduced his target price by $3 to $24 due to the weak results.“Although we expect the company to continue to improve profitability by focusing on efficiency initiatives and cost optimization, challenging economic conditions, soft results in the energy segment and the overall lack of visibility justify taking a slightly more conservative stance for the time being,” he wrote in a report.TransForce offers courier and trucking services, including specialized services to the energy sector and waste management to customers across Canada and the United States. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 19, 2013 12:40 pm MDT
CHARLOTTETOWN – A key ally of Donald Trump says Canadians should understand the U.S. president believes in free trade, and they shouldn’t read too much into what they hear.Maine Governor Paul LePage, in Charlottetown for a meeting of Eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors on Monday, said he’s spoken to Trump on the subject and he is confident any issues with NAFTA “can be fixed.”“Don’t read in too much in what you sometimes hear. He really truly believes in having free trade and good, honest trade between the two countries. He really does believe that.”Trump again suggested Sunday that the North American Free Trade Agreement should be terminated, tweeting that both Canada and Mexico are being “very difficult.” It was the first time that Trump has complained about Canada’s role in the talks, which began earlier this month between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.Trump repeated his NAFTA criticisms Monday during a news conference with Finland’s president, calling it one of the worst trade deals in history.Trump said the U.S. will likely have to begin the termination process before it gets a fair deal.“It’s been a one-sided deal — and this includes Canada by the way. Great respect for Canada, great love for Canada, but it’s been a one-sided deal for Canada and for Mexico … it’s been unfair for too long,” he said.LePage, who campaigned several times with Trump, said earlier in the day Canada likely has little to worry about.“I don’t really believe he’s concerned as much over Canada as much as maybe Mexico.”The Eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors ended their meeting Monday with a resolution to tout the importance of cross-border trade and commerce to their respective economies.Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said it’s his hope that any rhetoric coming from Washington won’t affect an opportunity to refresh and modernize NAFTA.The best result, he said, would see as little harm done as possible during the negotiations.“In 1864 when the Fathers of Confederation came to P.E.I., most of them were not greeted upon their arrival because most of the population was at the circus. Right now the circus is in Washington,” the Democratic governor said in Charlottetown.“I’m hopeful that the rhetoric that has been applied most frequently to our southern neighbours, but at times to our northern neighbours is just that, rhetoric, and that this will be looked at as an opportunity to refresh these agreements and to modernize them.”Vermont Governor Philip Scott said the governors realize the importance of the trade relationship with Canada and he believes common sense will result in a mutually beneficial deal.Frank McKenna — a former Canadian ambassador to the United States and former premier of New Brunswick — said people should not get caught up in Trump’s tweets.“He’s a negotiator. It’s in his blood,” McKenna said in Charlottetown. “I think he’s always going to use soaring rhetoric as part of negotiations, but at the end of the day there are a lot of sober-minded people involved at the negotiating table guiding the negotiations and supporting the negotiations.”McKenna, now deputy chair of TD Bank Group, was the luncheon speaker at the conference of premiers and governors. He said he remains confident that the Canada-U.S. relationship will be strong during and after negotiations on both NAFTA and softwood lumber.“The relationship is massive, it’s integrated, and it is highly supported on both sides of the border. At the end of the day the government of Canada is handling the file beautifully in my view and I think we’re going to come out eventually with a softwood lumber agreement and, as well, a new NAFTA.”LePage had proposed that the leaders gathered in Charlottetown join together on softwood lumber. He wants them to write a letter supporting exemptions on duties for softwood lumber from Atlantic Canada and Quebec.LePage said the pressure for the duties is coming from the U.S. lumber coalition.He said the U.S. industry is being irresponsible and if new, hefty duties remain in place there will be collateral damage to economies on both sides of the border.In June, the U.S. Department of Commerce hit Canada with an additional 6.87 per cent in preliminary average anti-dumping tariffs, leaving the industry facing average duties of about 27 per cent.The decision exempts the other three Atlantic provinces, but New Brunswick — exempt from such tariffs in the past — is not.LePage said the issue needs to be resolved quickly — noting that Texas is going to need a lot of softwood lumber to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.“When you get eight feet of water in Texas, there’s going to be a lot of lumber needed in the next couple of months to rebuild that state. And it’s going to be coming from Canada and the U.S.”Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said many of the states and provinces at the meeting are each others’ largest trading partners and they will continue work to grow ties that run historically deep. Trump ally re-assures Canadians: ‘He really truly believes in having free trade’ by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 28, 2017 7:02 am MDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Maine Governor Paul LePage talks with reporters at a meeting of New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers in Charlottetown on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. LePage has proposed sending a letter from premiers and governors in support of exemptions on softwood lumber duties in the ongoing trade battle that impacts the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
An “efficiency” study has been launched to review the funding of SBS and the ABC, by the Federal Government. The Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the government’s review of the broadcasters’ spending and work practices will begin in February with a final report to be delivered in April.This places more pressure on the national broadcaster, ABC, who came under fire this week by the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who accused them of bias and says “ABC takes everyone’s side but not Australia’s”.Speculation is mounting that ABC’s budget will be cut, and their are rumours that the Federal Government is looking at cutting, dividing and even privatising the ABC. Labor’s communications spokesman Jason Clare said the study was ”all about providing an excuse to cut the ABC’s budget”.“The night before the election Tony Abbott said there would be ‘no cuts to the ABC,” he said.“If Tony Abbott cuts the ABC’s budget it will mean he is a liar, simple as that.“This is also more evidence of division in the Liberal Party. Tony Abbott rolled Malcolm Turnbull for the leadership and now he has rolled him on cuts to the ABC.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Last year, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen revealed that his company would be bringing one of its “bigger” games to the Nintendo Switch in 2017. The game in question wasn’t announced, but many speculated that it could be the upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda. Unfortunately, it appears that the fourth installment of Bioware’s popular space opera will not be landing on the Switch after all.Speaking with Stevivor, producer Mike Gamble said that that there are no plans to release Mass Effect Andromeda on Nintendo’s handheld/console hybrid system.“Yeah, not right now, no,” said Gamble. “We’re not planning on it. If the Switch launches and everyone’s just yammering for Mass Effect, who knows. We never want to close doors like that.”Mass Effect 3 was one of the bigger third party games to come out for the Wii U, so it is somewhat surprising that its direct sequel will not be headed to the Switch. However, a Switch port hasn’t been completely ruled out if there is demand for it. If the Switch is a big seller, it is easy to see EA and Bioware changing their stance on bringing Mass Effect Andromeda to Nintendo’s system.In the same interview with Stevivor, Gamble said that more information about the game would be revealed later this month or February. Specifically, Bioware will speak about how the game will be enhanced for the PlayStation 4 Pro. Gamble also revealed that Mass Effect Andromeda will receive enhancements on Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, though he didn’t say when any news on that front would be announced.As for the Switch, expect Nintendo to hold a Switch-specific Nintendo Direct on January 12 where the company will (hopefully) tell us more about the system’s specs, its capabilities, and of course, what games folks can expect to play when the device has released this March. Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President
Aww, our little Amazon Studios is all grown up.The upcoming release of Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel puts the film-and-television subsidiary one step closer to becoming a full-fledged movie studio.As reported by Variety, Amazon will release Allen’s latest Oscar contender in December—without a distribution partner.Launched in late 2010, Amazon’s digital video streaming service has bought and produced several films, including Academy Award-winning Manchester by the Sea, and this year’s Jenny Slate-led comedy Landline.But the company, unlike competitor Netflix, has always relied on independent studios—Bleecker Street, Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate—for theatrical releases.Casey Affleck in Amazon Studios-produced “Manchester by the Sea” (via Amazon)In the two years since Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq opened, Amazon has attracted some big names: Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey (Elvis & Nixon), Jim Jarmusch and Adam Driver (Paterson); Tilda Swinton, Steve Carell, Terry Gilliam, Charlize Theron, and more are on its to-do list for 2017 and ’18.And while some Netflix movies receive limited theatrical runs (typically to qualify for the Oscars, as was the case with Beasts of No Nation), productions are still simultaneously released online—providing subscribers little incentive to get off the couch, put on pants, and pay for a ticket.Much to the chagrin of Christopher Nolan, who recently told IndieWire where Netflix’s digital distribution can go shove itself.“They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released, which is obviously an untenable model for theatrical presentation,” the Dunkirk director said. “So they’re not even getting in the game, and I think they’re missing a huge opportunity.”Amazon, meanwhile, is “very clearly happy to not make that same mistake,” Nolan added, tipping his hat to the company’s 90-day theatrical window as “a perfectly usable model.”That model now comes with all the services tradition film studios offer, from financing to production to cinema delivery.Woody Allen in “Crisis in Six Scenes” (via Amazon)Allen, who previously partnered with Amazon for 2016’s critically panned Crisis in Six Scenes TV series (above), returns with Wonder Wheel, about carousel operator Jim Belushi and wife Kate Winslet, who are visited by their estranged daughter Juno Temple; Justin Timberlake and Debi Mazar also star. The movie is expected for digital release on Prime Video following its theatrical run.Other upcoming Amazon releases include Suspiria (Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz), The Wall (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena), and Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck (Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams).Kate Beckinsale, Jeff Bridges, and Pierce Brosnan star in next month’s The Only Living Boy in New York, while the Richard Linklater-helmed Last Flag Flying—rumored to be self-distributed, but actually released with a studio partner—comes out Nov. 17.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target
Load More VIP Baccarat falls below 50% of Macau GGR contribution in 2Q19 as mass continues to rise Luxury gaming manufacturer Interblock has announced that it will exhibit its Stadium, StarBar, MiniStar, eTable, Big Six and Roulette Diamond Station product lines at G2E Asia next week.“Asia continues to be one of Interblock’s fastest-growing continents,” said VP of Asia at Interblock, Michael Hu. “We are delighted to showcase some of our latest innovations that have been placed across the region while displaying the methodological enhancements made to our products based on our customer’s feedback.” Scientific Games completes first installation of Quartz Hybrid at Seoul’s Seven Luck Casino Scientific Games partners with Jumbo Technology RelatedPosts Interblock’s Stadiums can be configured with automated, video, dealer assist generators and/or live table platforms based on footprint availability. This flexible platform provides operators with an efficient use of floor space when multiple games are activate. It offers a versatile Stadium game portfolio to generate play 24/7 while reducing operating expenses. At G2E Asia, the Stadium will be configured to display automated and video versions of Roulette, Multi-hand Blackjack, Baccarat and Sic Bo.Interblock’s eTable will be configured for Baccarat – including side bets – with five seats and will allows operators to press a button to change the game to play with or without a live dealer. If the operator chooses to have a dealer, the dealer presses a button to initiate and confirm the game. This option gives operators the flexibility to generate revenue with or without a dealer. The eTable can also support Blackjack.The Roulette Diamond Station gives operators the opportunity to offer Roulette to venues that cannot place ETGs or live table games, due to space or jurisdictional requirements. The Roulette Diamond Station’s small footprint allows the product to fit perfectly into venues with space limitations. Game cycles can be as fast as a standard spin cycle on a slot machine.MiniStar Roulette will feature a new ball-chasing light and sound package designed to elevate the player experience. LED lights on the wheel and amplifying sound effects will chase the ball until it drops into a pocket.Finally, the multi-game StarBar bar top allows players to interact with up to four games simultaneously including Craps, Multi-hand Blackjack, Roulette, Video Poker and more. At G2E Asia, the StarBar will demonstrate its ability to connect to external generators on Interblock’s booth.Interblock can be found at Booth #513.
Karimnagar: Student Federation of India (SFI) district secretary Gajjela Srikanth on Monday alleged that the TRS government is trying to weaken and dissolve the government educational sector in the State. SFI members burnt an effigy of the State government at Telangana Chowk in Karimnagar, demanding that the government must solve various issues pertaining to government educational sector. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, SFI district secretary G Srikanth alleged that thousands of students participated in the separate Telangana movement hoping that they would be provided with standard education by the government in separate State of Telangana. But after achieving Telangana, the TRS government is trying to dissolve government education sector by privatization, he alleged. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us Many private and corporate educational institutions are collecting high fees from parents violating the rules issued by the education department and are looting innocent parents. On number of occasions, the issue was taken to the notice of officials of education department, but they are not in a mood to take any actions, he criticised. The government is trying to close government schools in the name of rationalization. It is not filling vacant posts such as teachers and MEO, he added. Advertise With Us Demanding the government to solve all the issues pertaining to government educational sector along with filling the vacant posts, various student unions and associations with communist parties gave a call for State-wide bandh of educational institutions on July 10, he informed and urged the managements of educational institutions to cooperate and observe bandh.
Share Charlie Riedel/APHomes are surrounded by water from the flooded Brazos River in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Freeport, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Home buyouts have long been in the toolbox of the Harris County Flood Control District and more have been approved after Hurricane Harvey.This is to remove houses from the floodplains in case of another flooding event.But Christof Spieler, project manager for the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium, said there are several issues with home buyouts as they are handled in Greater Houston.One issue is the impact on affordable housing.“A lot of our affordable housing is in floodplains,” Spieler said on Houston Matters. “If you buy that, if you tear all of that down, where will those residents live and what happens to the overall affordable housing supply?”He said home buyouts should be addressed alongside a housing plan.The Harris County Flood Control District has applied for grants to buy out up to 1,100 properties, according to an agency spokesperson.So far, Harris County has purchased 27 structures as part of its home buyout program after Harvey.
In an endeavour to promote Indian Handicrafts and Handlooms, Union Government had announced setting up of a Handicraft mega cluster in Kachchh. The mega cluster will focus on handcrafted items and craft based textiles. As a first step towards promoting crafts from this region, Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd, a PSU under Ministry of Textiles has planned to organise Kachchh Mahotsav, an exhibition cum sale of exclusive handloom and craft based textiles from the region in its showroom at Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan on Janpath. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition was inaugurated by Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge), Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India at on 17 October.The exhibition focuses on Kachchh crafts from one of the most prolific regions of India such as soof, mirror work, rabari, ahir, patchwork and other embroidered products, ajrak, tie and dye, batik and block printed textile products, hand woven embroidered shawls, wooden lacquer ware, wood carvings, embroidered leather accessories, mud/clay work, rogan painting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKachchh is known for its distinctive traditional crafts, from embroidery to jewellery-making and carving. Using simple materials the artisans create objects of great beauty. The visitors will be enthralled to witness the Kachchi crafts range from block printing on textiles, bandhni of the Khatris, patch work of Bhirandiyara, leather creations by Meghwal artisans, besides traditional wood and lacquer work and Rogan, the extremely fine lacquer work on cloth produced by the artisans of Chobari and Nirona villages, ajrakh printing from Khavda village to the exquisite beadwork of Rabari women. The folk embroidery of Kachchh is an ongoing and dynamic tradition. Some of the villages and communities have specialised for generations in certain crafts and thereby create masterpieces that delight a connoisseur. The visitors can also view live demonstration by the artisans and craft persons. The exhibition is on till 20 October. WHERE: Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath WHEN: On till 20 October, 10 am to 7:30 pm
August 31, 2005 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Pricing PointersOnce they get a look at your product, potential buyers want to know about price. It only takes two bidders to drive up the price of an item you list, but if you price that item too high, the buyers may never come. So what starting price do you set?Experts agree $1 works most of the time. “People like looking for a good deal, and they can’t get much better than $1 for an item worth $500 [even if they do end up paying $500],” says Corriher. Plus, the lower you set the price, the more people are likely to bid and become emotionally attached to the item, wanting to bid more frequently because they promised their wife that pair of diamond earrings. (For more on pricing see “How to Inspire Bidding Frenzies”.)How long you should list an item depends on a variety of factors. You may list an item for one, three, five, seven or 10 days, though sellers must meet certain qualifications to use one-day listings, and 10-day listings are subject to fees. Consider your buyers: Listing an item longer allows more time for buyers to watch your item and place bids. Your selling volume is also a factor. For example, if you’re a high-volume seller and are listing several identical items, choosing the one-day option allows you to offer more listings for those items. Also, if the item you’re selling relates to an event, such as a concert or a holiday, be sure the listing ends with enough time to ship the item to the buyer.Check Out the Hit ListWhat if you have plenty of great photos and a good starting price, but you feel like you’re still not receiving the hits you should? Find out just how many visitors you’re getting, and you can start to solve the problem. To do so, add a hit counter to your page when you are setting up a listing. Knowing how many visitors you receive compared to the number of bids you receive will tell you how successful your listing is. Getting 10,000 onlookers a day but no bids? Perhaps your title copy is great, but your description or pricing is off. Or maybe you placed your item in the wrong category. Look at your listing in more detail to determine where the problem is.Scott Hunter, co-owner of consulting firm HowToSellAuctions.com in San Jose, California, discovered just how critical the listing details can be. A client through his previous employer wanted to sell a 6-inch change plate from the Titanic that he’d inherited from his aunt. Hunter listed the item on behalf of his client and expected it to generate thousands of hits. And it did. In the first three days, he noticed tens of thousands of visitors had taken a peek into the item listing, but no bids had been placed. Hunter determined something must be off with the description, so he revamped the listing copy. Instead of simply describing the plate as coming from the Titanic, he told the story behind it: A woman on the ship took the plate upon check-in, long before the ship hit the iceberg. Because women and children were loaded onto the safety boats first, she survived, bringing the plate, hidden in her coat, with her. The Czech Republic manufacturers of the plate verified its authenticity. A bidding frenzy ensued. By the time the auction ended, the plate had sold for $10,000 to the owners of the internet casino GoldenPalace.com.When you begin to draw traffic, managing potential buyer inquiries can be time-consuming. To cut down on questions, be as detailed as you can in your listing. It will save you time, especially when the bidding frenzy begins and bidders start to e-mail you questions they may need answered in a two-minute time frame as the end of the listing draws near.The PayoffAfter the high of the listing winds down, it’s time to handle payment and shipping. Every seasoned seller will tell you to accept PayPal. The secure online payment system handled $6.2 billion in the first quarter of 2005 and has over 70 million accounts from users in 56 markets. Additionally, 3 out of 4 buyers on eBay prefer paying with PayPal, according to eBay. A primary reason for this is that PayPal keeps buyers’ information secure by sending sellers the money without sharing the buyer’s financial information. Indeed, a recent survey found that 92 percent of PayPal customers viewed the service as a secure way to pay online, helping overcome mounting concerns among consumers about the safety of their personal information online.PayPal allows sellers to accept major credit cards and bank account payments with no merchant account or gateway required. Fees are considerably lower than those sellers would otherwise pay through a traditional credit-card arrangement.In addition, PayPal offers protection programs for both buyers and sellers. Buyers are shielded from merchandise that may be misrepresented or not delivered, while sellers are protected for up to $5,000 from fraudulent transactions and against credit-card chargebacks.When considering shipping, you’ll need to figure out 1) how much to charge customers, and 2) how you will execute the shipment. When deciding on shipping charges, you can offer three different flat-rate amounts or let the buyer use eBay’s Shipping Calculator to determine the cost for themselves. The Calculator is a free eBay tool the bidder can use during the listing process to estimate in advance how much they will be charged for shipping. The Calculator works by ZIP code and can also determine international rates.For shipping average-size packages, eBay supports the U.S. Postal Service and UPS. For items weighing more than 150 pounds, Freight- quote.com can provide solutions.A rookie seller mistake when shipping smaller items is standing in endless lines at the post office. Invest in a scale, suggests 34-year-old Kim Everitt, CEO of Walk In Auction, an eBay drop-off store in Golden, Colorado. Since buying a scale on eBay for $30, she now weighs her items at her store and prints out most of the labels via PayPal. The pre-printed labels save her time and save her customers money, as metered mail can have a slightly lower rate than stamped first-class. Most important, says Everitt, who averages $25,000 a month in sales, is to be able to send packages on a daily basis, improving your customer service.Keep ‘Em HappyHappy customers are a large part of securing success on eBay, as is evidenced by the 2.7 billion feedback comments eBay members had left by the end of 2004 regarding their eBay transactions. To maintain a good rating, you must have the attitude that the customer is always right. If there’s a mistake, fix it. Corriher explains that if a buyer tells him he missed a problem on a tractor before shipping, he handles it immediately. “I have shipped it back at my expense or sent them the part. I [do] whatever it [takes] to make the customer happy,” says Corriher. “I have spent hundreds of dollars fixing things that were maybe not my fault. But hundreds of dollars is a small percentage of the millions I’ve sold on eBay.”Current eBay PowerSellers have a wealth of information and tips, and they’re willing to share their know-how with others. Check out eBay’s Community discussion boards to seek answers to some of your concerns. But know everyone is in it together. “We are still learning,” says Corriher. “And by learning, you grow.”Sheree R. Curry specializes in management best practices and is an award-winning business journalist and former staff reporter at Fortune. She currently freelances from her suburban Minneapolis home. 12 min read Ted Corriher, a home, garden and farm equipment dealer in Newton, North Carolina, didn’t know much about computers or the internet four years ago. He didn’t even have a personal e-mail account. “I am computer illiterate,” he says. “But all my friends were buying on eBay, and I didn’t want to miss [out].” So he asked one of his employees to find out how he could sell his equipment on eBay. That was three years ago. Today, he sells about $100,000 worth of equipment on eBay every month, and his predominantly tractor-sales business has grown from $4 million to $10 million in annual sales. It’s almost hard to believe this $3.27 billion online marketplace with a record 404 million listings as of the end of 2004 was Corriher’s initial foray onto the internet. The opportunity to expand beyond a 300-mile radius from the doorstep of Corriher Implement Co., which his grandfather started in the 1850s, is part of what persuaded this 40-year-old to join a whopping 147 million registered users on eBay. Operating under the User ID tractor123, Corriher says eBay has been a rewarding and enlightening business expansion, much like the era when his grandfather abandoned the sale of mules in favor of farm equipment. “As soon as I got involved [in eBay], it opened up a whole new world for me,” says Corriher. His new and used New Holland tractors sell for upwards of $10,000 apiece to buyers all across the United States. Corriher is a PowerSeller, an official designation bestowed by eBay upon those sellers who have reached a certain sales performance and have a high level of total feedback, with at least a 98 percent positive rating by other eBay users. It’s not impossible for the startup seller to reach this level of achievement in as short a time as Corriher, if not shorter. Here are success tactics from eBay experts and PowerSellers that just might help you succeed alongside one of the 724,000 people in the U.S. currently making either a full-time or part-time living selling wares on eBay. Getting Started While Corriher’s tractor business took off on eBay, most sellers don’t start out with such high-ticket items. Whatever you decide to sell, setting up shop on eBay is fairly easy to do. There are virtually no startup costs, you can work from home with almost no overhead, and your marketing can all be done online, right within eBay. An internet connection is all you need, aside from the most important requirement: inventory. At any given time, there are approximately 50 million items available on eBay worldwide, with 5 million new items added each day. To compete, you must have an item to sell, even if it’s ad space on your forehead, which Omaha resident Andrew Fischer, 20, sold to highest bidder SnoreStop for $37,375 in January. Your best chance at success is to start out selling something you are fairly knowledgeable about, say experts, because you’re more likely to be on target about the value of what you’re selling. If you do not have expertise with your items, don’t fret. You can get up to speed fairly quickly by doing research on eBay, says Joseph T. Sinclair, author of eBay Business the Smart Way. Scan eBay’s completed listings archives to track how much similar items have recently sold for, he says. Once you know your inventory, you can price it well and move it quickly. Marsha Pater, 47, started her $120,000 business on eBay seven years ago with a camera and overstock inventory her husband, Bill, 56, had earmarked for the scrap yard from his tool and die business. Many of the items had been sitting in a warehouse for years because Bill cringed at the idea of melting down good-condition, unused items simply because his Midwestern tri-state clients had moved on to other projects that required different tooling. Originally, the Plainfield, Illinois, couple began on eBay by buying pottery for friends who didn’t have a computer. “My husband said if we could do all this buying, we could do the selling,” says Marsha. “We didn’t have a lot of out-of-pocket expenses, and we started on something we were familiar with.” And expenses were low. Back then, Pater didn’t even own a digital camera. She took photos with her 35mm, developed them at Walgreen’s, scanned them into the computer and uploaded them into a file. “It was extremely time-consuming,” she says. “The pictures would come back and not be any good, and we’d have to start all over again. Our first big purchase was a $500 digital camera.” Pater and experts strongly advise sellers to invest in a digital camera. From there, listing with the easy “Sell Your Item” form on eBay can help you manage the images and text. A Picture’s Worth… Without a photo, or a particularly good one, you may lose the sale before there’s even click-through. Pater learned that the hard way. The first photo in your item listing is free, but you must pay for the one that appears on the search results page. This 35-cent option eBay offers is called Gallery and allows you to have a thumbnail photo appear next to your listing title in the search results; larger photos (up to 12) appear for an additional charge when a potential buyer clicks on the listing. Pater, looking to save money, opted not to splurge for Gallery photos of her items. After all, when potential buyers clicked on the listing titles, they would see her listed photos. But through a web hit counter on her site, Pater soon discovered that Pater Industrial Tool Supply was not getting many hits on its listings because it lacked the initial photo on the search results page. However, once she uploaded a photo next to the titles, demand improved, and today Pater sells an average of 250 items a week from the 3,300-square-foot home she bought with profits from her business on eBay. Quality and up-close photographs are important to making a sale, says Jim “Griff” Griffith, dean of eBay Education. “People expect to see something visually. You can’t even sell software without showing a picture of the box or the CD,” he says. “People need to know they are buying something tangible.” One Step at a Time This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free
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