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IPL 2019 Auction: Sachin Tendulkar excited as class of 2011 reunites at Mumbai Indians

first_imgFormer Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar was one of the first cricketers to express his happiness after Yuvraj Singh’s got signed in the IPL 2019 Auction on Tuesday.Tendulkar, who is the team Icon at Mumbai Indians, was excited to have Yuvraj on board for the 2019 season after he was bought at his base price of Rs 1 crore by MI at the auction in Jaipur.Mumbai wasted no time in making the first bid for Yuvraj but much to the surprise of many, the first bid turned out to be the only bid for the 2011 World Cup-winning India all-rounder.Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who has played 10 seasons for MI and is the league’s most successful bowler, was also bought by MI and will return to the IPL as a player after a gap of a year.Both Yuvi and Malinga found no takers in the first round before being brought back in the accelerated bidding process later in the evening.Malinga was not bought by MI in the 2018 auction in January but had turned up as a mentor at Mumbai after he went unsold at last year’s auction. The Sri Lankan pace great had even hinted earlier this year that he was mulling retirement and that his IPL career was over.However, after an impressive comeback to international cricket in September 2018, the 35-year-old is back as a player in the IPL.”A perfect mix of experience and youth picked up at the #IPLAuction by @mipaltan! Glad to have Lasith Malinga and @yuvstrong12 in the MI team along with the likes of @sranbarinder, Anmolpreet Singh, Pankaj Jaswal & Rasikh Dar,” Tendulkar welcomed Yuvraj and Malinga along with the young new recruits.advertisementThe Class of 2011 reunites #CricketMeriJaan @sachin_rt @YUVSTRONG12 @ImZaheer https://t.co/hrB7VFqr94Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 19, 2018Yuvraj and Malinga had played against each other in the 2011 World Cup final which India won to lift the trophy after 28 years. Yuvi was the adjudged Man of the Tournament for scoring 362 runs and taking 15 wickets in the campaign.Yuvraj also tweeted to thank the MI franchise and is looking forward to playing for his sixth franchise in the IPL.I am glad to be part of the @mipaltan family, looking forward for the season to begin. See u soon @ImRo45yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) December 18, 2018″I am glad to be part of the @mipaltan family, looking forward for the season to begin. See u soon @ImRo45,” Yuvi tweeted.Paltan, ab aayega mazaa #CricketMeriJaan @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/7fSWYnUTRQMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 19, 2018Yuvraj, who has been a shadow of his former self on the field in the recent past, went unsold during the first round of auctions on Tuesday before he was brought back in the accelerated bidding towards the end of a six-hour-long process that saw 60 players, including 20 overseas stars, sold to eight franchises.”Yuvi [Yuvraj] and Malinga were crucial players for us at the auction. We were fortunate to get those two players. To be honest, I was thinking on the basis of experience, we retained a lot of young players. And then entering this auction, we wanted to buy a few young players but the agenda was to focus on experience a lot,” MI owner Akash Ambani told Star Sports.After fetching a record price of Rs 16 crore at the 2015 auction, Yuvraj’s price dipped to Rs 7 crore in 2016 when he was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was bought at his base price of Rs 2 crore during January’s auction earlier this year by Kings XI Punjab. He was eventually released by the Punjab-based franchise in the lead up to to the recently-concluded auction.Meanwhile, head coach Mahela Jayawardene, who had the company of recently-appointed bowling coach Zaheer Khan at the auction on Tuesday, said the decision to buy Malinga was not taken at the heat of the moment but was a well-thought-out one.”We realised after 12 months of hard work, he [Malinga] has come back. He is performing really well. We needed a senior bowler who could guide this young group of bowlers we had. So it’s easier for us to relate to Lasith,” Jayawardene said.Also Read | IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 playersAlso Read | Didn’t expect to get Yuvraj for Rs 1 crore, says MI owner Akash AmbaniAlso Read | IPL 2019: Zaheer Khan appointed Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket Operationslast_img read more

Iniesta impossible to replace for Barca – Abidal

first_imgBarcelona Impossible for Barcelona to replace Iniesta, says Abidal Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 21:03 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andres Iniesta Barcelona Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Antoine Griezmann Transfers The midfielder ended a glorious spell at Camp Nou to continue his career in Japan, leaving the Catalans with an unfillable hole in the squad Newly appointed Barcelona technical director Eric Abidal admitted that Andres Iniesta is irreplaceable at Camp Nou.Abidal, who made 125 league appearances for the club between 2007 and 2013, replaced Robert Hernandez after the Spaniard’s contract expired and will work alongside head coach Ernesto Valverde in the 2018-19 season.Barca have been linked with the likes of Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan and Frenkie de Jong of Ajax as potential midfield signings this summer, but Abidal feels that no one can fill the void of the man who broke Catalan hearts when he left for Japanese club Vissel Kobe at the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “We will make the decisions according to the needs of the team,” the former Monaco and Lyon defender said at his presentation to the media.”But we cannot replace Iniesta with a player of the same quality, that’s impossible.”Abidal was asked about his young compatriot Ousmane Dembele, who has faced criticism in the wake of an uncertain debut season following a big-money move from Borussia Dortmund.However, the ex-France international is confident the 21-year-old’s form will pick up next season.”We want Dembele to have a brilliant World Cup, after that he can rest and then return here.”We are looking forward to bringing the best out of him.”Abidal refused to be drawn into the discussion about Antoine Griezmann, or whether the club’s failure to sign the Frenchman left them searching for other strikers.Griezmann committed his future to Atletico Madrid shortly before the World Cup, ending weeks of speculation over a possible move to Barcelona.”Griezmann’s decision is his and I do not want to enter this debate. The most important thing is the planning of next season and the future of the team.”We will have to talk internally. I talked to Valverde but we did not talk about players because he was on vacation.”last_img read more

Video: Texas A&M DT Daylon Mack Delivered A Clowney-Like Hit Against Nevada

first_imgDaylon Mack makes an enormous hit on a Nevada player.Daylon Mack HitYou remember that Jadeveon Clowney hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith during the 2013 Outback Bowl, right? Of course you do.Well, Texas A&M freshman defensive tackle Daylon Mack just did his best Clowney impression on a poor Nevada ball-carrier. Note to Aggie opponents: probably unwise to leave this guy unblocked like Nevada did right here. My goodness. Keep in mind this is the same kid who did this last week.Mack is going to be a good one.last_img

Bill Simmons Tried To Troll Oregon, Failed Spectacularly

first_imgBill Simmons tries to troll Oregon with tweet.oregon bill simmons failed trollFormer ESPNer Bill Simmons – now the owner and operator of The Ringer – attended college at Holy Cross, which landed a 16-seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Friday, the Crusaders take on 1-seed Oregon for the right to play in the round of 32. As such, Simmons attempted to poke fun at the Ducks’ program – but somehow failed miserably in the process.Simmons took to Twitter this morning, posting a photo of the 1947 Holy Cross squad that won the national title, asking Oregon fans to show him a photo of their national championship team. Clearly, he didn’t they they’ve ever had one. Except they do – Oregon won the first NCAA Tournament, back in 1939. Simmons quickly admitted defeat.Where is Oregon’s NCAA championship team photo? pic.twitter.com/BP12ahS4kE— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, 2016@BillSimmons Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/TnRhcz6mOd— William (John) Moore (@akajtg) March 18, 2016Touche!!! 1939 vs. 1947 – tonight at 7:30! RT @akajtg: @BillSimmons Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/wYfchlL2Tt— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, 2016The two programs may have the same number of national championship teams, but we don’t think tonight’s game will be anywhere close to even. Simmons probably should have done some quick research before firing off his tweet.last_img read more

Whatever I said was in fit of anger: J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik explains remark

first_imgWhatever I said was in fit of anger: J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik explains remarkAddressing a gathering at the inaugural event of Kargil Ladakh Tourism Festival 2019 at Khree Sultan Choo Sports Stadium Kargil on Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik opined that the biggest disease in Jammu and Kashmir is corruption.advertisement Asian News International SrinagarJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 11:24 IST Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik (Photo: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSA day ago, J&K governor said that terrorists should gun down those who have looted the country and their stateHe also called Omar Abdullah a “political juvenile” after Abdullah criticised him over his statementOmar had said if any politician or bureaucrat is killed in the state then it must be considered as the execution of Governor’s orderA day after he said that terrorists should gun down those who have looted the country and their state, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday said that as a Governor he should have avoided the comment while adding that whatever he said was in a “fit of anger”.”Whatever I said was in a fit of anger and frustration due to rampant corruption. As a Governor, I should not have said this. But if I was not holding this post, I would have said the same and would have been ready to bear the consequences,” Malik told ANI.”Many of the political leaders and top bureaucrats are steeped in corruption here, they are criminals. As a Governor I should have avoided making such a comment, but as an individual this is what I feel,” he added.Addressing a gathering at the inaugural event of Kargil Ladakh Tourism Festival 2019 at Khree Sultan Choo Sports Stadium Kargil on Sunday, Malik opined that the biggest disease in Jammu and Kashmir is corruption.”The biggest disease in Kashmir is corruption…These youth with guns, they are killing PSOs and SPOs for no reason, why are you killing them? Kill those who have looted your country and all the wealth from Kashmir, have you killed anyone out of them? Nothing will be achieved by this,” Governor had said.Hitting out at former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, the Governor called him a “political juvenile” after Abdullah criticised him over his statement on Sunday.”He is a political juvenile who tweets on everything. See the reaction to his tweets and you will find out, go on the streets and ask about him,” Malik said.advertisementEarlier, the National Conference leader had taken to Twitter and said that if any politician or bureaucrat is killed in the state then it must be considered as the execution of Governor’s order.”Save this tweet – after today any mainstream politician or serving/retired bureaucrat killed in Jammu and Kashmir has been murdered on the express orders of the Governor of J and K Satyapal Malik,” tweeted Abdullah.Also Read | J&K Governor tells militants to kill the corrupt who looted Kashmir, Omar Abdullah respondsAlso Watch | Omar Abdullah hits back at J&K Governor for telling militants to kill the corrupt in KashmirFor 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 byManisha Pandey Tags :Follow Satya PalFollow omar abdullahFollow Governorlast_img read more

Indonesias Papua hit by fresh unrest as troops deployed

first_imgManokwari (Indonesia): Indonesia’s Papua was hit by fresh unrest Wednesday as more than 1,000 security personnel were sent to the restive region after violent protests that saw buildings torched and street battles between police and demonstrators. Jakarta has called for calm in its easternmost territory — where an insurgency against Indonesian rule has simmered for decades — following riots triggered by the detention of dozens of Papuan students at the weekend. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US On Wednesday, about 1,000 people protested in the streets of Timika city, where an AFP reporter saw demonstrators throw rocks at police and try to rip down a fence surrounding the local parliament building. The crowd began to disperse as riot police fired warning shots in the air. There were also demonstrations in the town of Fakfak on the western edge of the island, which is divided between the Indonesian province of West Papua and the independent nation of Papua New Guinea. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The latest protests come after several cities in resource-rich Papua were brought to a standstill this week, including in Manokwari where businesses and the local parliament building were set ablaze by angry demonstrators. Police said on Tuesday that they were hunting for more than 250 inmates who had escaped from a prison in Sorong city that was set ablaze during the riots. Several officers were injured in the riots, police said, and there are unconfirmed reports of wounded demonstrators. No deaths have been reported. Some 1,200 extra police and troops have been deployed to Manokwari and Sorong from other parts of the Southeast Asian nation, according to the government and Papuan authorities. National police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal said Wednesday that security personnel were not equipped with live bullets, and that the situation was “generally under control”. “It is standard that if things escalate (authorities) will deploy additional personnel,” he added. The government has said it had moved to slow down Internet connections in parts of Papua to stop the spread of online hoaxes that could set off more demonstrations. Indonesian leader Joko Widodo was expected to visit the region next week. Anger boiled over at reports that authorities tear-gassed and detained some 43 Papuan university students in the country’s second-biggest city, Surabaya, on Saturday — Indonesia’s independence day. Local media and Papuan activists said police in riot gear stormed a dormitory to force out students who allegedly destroyed an Indonesian flag. Police said the students were briefly questioned and set free. A different group of protesters shouted racial slurs at the students. Papua has been the scene of a decades-old rebel insurgency against Indonesian rule while security forces have been accused of committing widespread rights abuses against its ethnic Melanesian population. It is also home to the world’s largest gold mine, but many Papuans say they’ve not shared in the region’s vast mineral wealth.last_img read more

Celebrities Want You To Move Your Body For Michelle Obama

first_imgWAT-AAH! Foundation, an organization founded by WAT-AAH!, a brand of functional bottled water for kids and teens, aimed at improving kids’ health through working with youth focused creative and physical activity groups, announces the 3rd annual Move Your Body 2013 event, taking place in New York City and Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 1st at 1:42pm EDT/10:42am PDT.Video: WAT-AAH!’s Move Your Body 2013 PSAExciting 250,000 kids in over 600 schools, the annual nationwide youth exercise event supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative with a motivational Public Service Announcement (PSA) featuring some of today’s biggest celebrities such as Austin Mahone, Bella Thorne, Blake Michael, Carly Rae Jepsen, Coco Jones, Eve, Jacob Latimore, Jada Grace, Jessica Sanchez, Luke James, Madison Beer, Mindless Behavior, Perez Hilton and The Wanted.Through their commitment to the Let’s Move! program, the WAT-AAH! Foundation continues their pledge to fight childhood obesity. The foundation raises awareness not only through this PSA video but also through billboards and media across major markets such as New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The PSA, directed by Charles Nordeen of Light of Day Productions, features the celebrities dancing and moving to Beyonce’s flash workout theme song “Move Your Body.” The celebrities share encouraging messages, such as “You’ve got it!” and “Keep it going,” to inspire the young viewers to keep dancing.On May 1st at 1:42pm EDT, Move Your Body’s national initiative will kick off with hubs in New York City and Los Angeles accompanied by schools all across the nation including Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, San Diego, Phoenix, Portland and Jacksonville. The special events will feature celebrity appearances and performances by Hollywood Records artists Bella Thorne and Coco Jones, teen heartthrob Jacob Latimore, as well as pop group Mindless Behavior (Streamline/Conjunction/Interscope) amongst others.In 2011, WAT-AAH! joined The National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation (NABEF), who teamed up with Beyonce as she debuted “Move Your Body,” for the Let’s Move! Flash Workout. The song and music video instructed a pre-choreographed dance routine re-recorded from her hit single “Get Me Bodied.” It was performed simultaneously by thousands of school children on May 3rd. The event gained global recognition as Beyonce surprised students at Harlem’s P.S.161 and First Lady Michelle Obama surprised students at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, D.C..In 2012, due to the overwhelming requests from both students and teachers, WAT-AAH! took on the challenge and spearheaded the event. Not wanting to disappoint the kids, WAT-AAH! strived to make it an even bigger event involving thousands of kids and NFL/NBA athletes in its nationwide Move Your Body 2012 event.“Thanks to the kids, Move Your Body has taken on a life of its own,” says Rose Cameron, CEO and Founder of WAT-AAH!. “The WAT-AAH! Foundation is committed to facilitating this event for the thousands of participating students, acknowledging their hard work and their desire to live healthy lives. It has become more than a fun, well-choreographed exercise routine with great music, it is a celebration of the children’s efforts to stay healthy and the WAT-AAH! Foundation will not abandon them. May 1st is the day we celebrate the children and applaud their efforts,” she adds.Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. Studies have shown that chronic obesity-related health problems can cause such diseases as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma among children.This year, the WAT-AAH! Foundation looks to encourage even more schools to take part in the campaign and spread the message of healthy hydration and physical activity to even more students. To resonate with kids and teens, WAT-AAH!, recently profiled in Forbes as one of the fastest growing functional water brands in the U.S. and Billboard for their fun and contemporary marketing approaches in their initiatives and their exclusive celebrity affiliations. Some of its major partnerships have included young celebrities such as The OMG Girlz, Diggy Simmons, Willow Smith, Nick Cannon, Ryan Beatty, Cody Simpson, along with NFL/NBA athletes such as Marques Colston of the New Orleans Saints, Pat Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals and Lou Williams of the Atlanta Hawks, who have come together to take a stand for kid’s health.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Kristin Chenoweth Backs Asthma Campaign

first_imgThe Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Teva Respiratory have announced the launch of a national awareness campaign – Know Your Count – aimed at raising awareness of the seriousness of asthma and educating asthma patients and caregivers about the importance of keeping track of the remaining doses in their rescue inhalers.The campaign features award-winning singer and actress, Kristin Chenoweth, who is speaking publicly for the first time about the impact her asthma has had on her professional career and busy lifestyle. For more information about the Know Your Count campaign, Kristin’s experience with asthma and to view an important public service announcement (PSA), visit www.KnowYourCount.com.“I have struggled with asthma for more than a decade and am excited to be part of the Know Your Count campaign” said Kristin Chenoweth, Know Your Count spokesperson. “As a singer and actress, my schedule can be quite hectic at times and I simply can’t afford to let my asthma symptoms slow me down. To ensure I’m prepared in the event of an asthma attack, I count on my rescue inhaler with a dose counter to help me keep track of my remaining doses. It is my hope that by sharing my personal experience, I can encourage patients to know their count when it comes to asthma management.”Approximately 25 million Americans are living with asthma, a common chronic disease of the lungs, in which the airways become blocked or narrowed causing breathing difficulty. Asthma symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or rapid breathing, and chest tightness. During an asthma attack, the airways can narrow to the point that not enough oxygen can get into the blood and travel to vital organs. In very severe cases, asthma can be life threatening.Children and adults with asthma need to rely on a quick-relief (or “rescue”) inhaler during an attack, so having enough medication in an inhaler when they need it is critical. Despite the life-saving nature of these medicines, a recent survey co-sponsored by AAFA and Teva of approximately 590 patients with asthma revealed that nearly half of respondents reported their rescue inhaler was empty when needed at least once in the past, requiring one-out-of-ten of them to go to the emergency room and one-out-of-five to go without treatment during the asthma attack.“Each year, asthma attacks account for nearly two million emergency room visits in the U.S.,” said Mike Tringale, Senior Vice President at AAFA. “The findings from our survey reveal that there is a significant need to educate patients about the importance of tracking the remaining doses in their rescue inhalers, so they have access to medication when needed. Using rescue inhalers with a dose counter is a great way to do just that. By joining forces with Kristin Chenoweth and Teva Respiratory, it is our hope that together we can encourage patients to know their count when it comes to safely managing their asthma.”Visit www.KnowYourCount.com for more information.last_img read more

AARP Foundation Announces Movies For Grownups Gala Host Committee

first_imgAARP Foundation has announced the esteemed members of the host committee for the AARP The Magazine’s 15th annual Movies for Grownups Gala.The 2016 host committee will be co-chaired by Rob Friedman and Sherry Lansing. Committee members include Ed Asner, June Squibb, Ed Begley Jr., Jeff Bridges, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, Sid and Nancy Hult Ganis, Ken Scherer and Jane Seymour.“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our Movies for Grownups Gala host committee members for their support of this event,” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation president. “There are millions of vulnerable adults 50 and older facing housing, hunger, income and isolation challenges. This important event will help draw attention to these issues and create new opportunities for struggling seniors.”The annual awards gala supports AARP’s charitable affiliate, AARP Foundation, which helps struggling people 50 and older in Los Angeles and around the country transform their lives through programs that focus on functional and affordable housing, adequate and nutritious food, steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds. AARP Foundation serves more than three million low-income seniors every year.AARP The Magazine will host the 15th annual Movies for Grownups Gala on Monday, February 8, 2016, at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. Several awards will be presented, including best actor, best actress and best director. Chase Card Services will be the Premier sponsor of the event.“Chase is a proud supporter of AARP Foundation’s hunger programs and we are excited to come together on this event to highlight the importance of addressing senior hunger as a basic health issue,” said Richard Quigley, president of Chase’s partner card business. The event aligns with Chase’s commitment to donate up to $1.1 million to AARP Foundation in 2016 through a cause-marketing campaign with the AARP Credit Card from Chase.For more information, click here.last_img read more

Toys R Us files for bankruptcy protection in Canada

first_imgTORONTO – Toys “R” Us Canada has initiated bankruptcy proceedings in an Ontario court a day after it filed for creditor protection in the U.S.The company said Tuesday its 82 stores across Canada, as well as its e-commerce sites will continue to operate as usual during its restructuring process under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.“The restructuring is intended to facilitate the continued success of our iconic brands; building a stronger company for our customers, business partners and team members,” Melanie Teed-Murch, president of Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us Canada said in a statement.The move comes at a critical time leading into the holiday season that is crucial to retailers’ bottom lines.The company has financing commitments to ensure normal operations throughout the CCAA proceedings, including stocking the hottest toys for the holidays and honouring all gift cards, warranties and returns, Teed-Murch said.“We are confident that this process will enable us to leverage Toys “R” Us’ existing strengths to succeed.”Toys “R” Us filed Chapter 11 documents late Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia.The company said its approximately 1,600 Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores around the world – the “vast majority of which are profitable” – and its web portals continue to operate as usual.The chain also said it had secured US$3 billion in financing to stay open while it restructures its outstanding debt and establishes a sustainable capital structure to invest in long-term growth.Toys “R” Us is the latest brick-and-mortar retailer to struggle amid growing competition from online merchants and changing consumer preferences, with Sears Canada filing for CCAA protection this past June.if Toys “R” Us had offered a better online offering “perhaps they could have avoided such fate,” said Ryerson University business professor Seung Hwan Lee.“A lot of physical stores and brick-and-mortar stores are struggling with this concept because Amazon is really taking over,” said Lee, an associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management.Meanwhile, children are increasingly gravitating towards digital toys rather than physical trinkets, he added.“There are consumer trends that are changing from both the parents’ side and the children’s side, and I don’t know if Toys “R” Us was innovative enough to adapt to that,” Lee said.This comes as Canadian retailer Mastermind Toys announced its continued expansion, with its 56th store opening in Orleans, Ont. on Tuesday. It said it plans to open four more stores across the country later this year, on top of the seven stores it had already launched in 2017.Lee says some brick-and-mortar retailers have been able to lure in customers by offering a more interactive experience in their stores.“Toys “R” Us, when you go in there, it looks exactly the same as, perhaps, 10, 20 years ago,” he said. “It’s aisles of toys, and you get to maybe try out some of the things, but there is nothing innovative about the physical store itself that draws people in.”Toys “R” Us Canada said Tuesday it is extending a “customer-centric store format that opened in Langley, British Columbia in July to a new store in Barrie, Ont. that will open in November. The format includes dedicated play areas, interactive stations for kid, mobile pay and Wi-Fi into the parking lot to make curbsite pick up easier.The company, which is headquartered in Wayne, N.J., and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide, says it is committed to working with its vendors to ensure inventory levels are maintained and products continue to be delivered.Toys “R” Us, a major force in toy retailing in the 1980s and early 1990s, started losing shoppers to discounters like Walmart and Target and then to Amazon. GlobalData Retail estimates that in 2016 about 13.7 per cent of toy sales were made online, up from 6.5 per cent five years ago.While toy sales overall have held up fairly well, they are shifting toward discounters and online companies. U.S. toy sales rose 6 per cent last year on top of a seven per cent increase in the prior year, says NPD Group Inc., a market research firm. That was the biggest increase since 1999 and was fuelled by several blockbuster movies.—With files from the Associated Presslast_img read more

The Week in Photos Heavens

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Habey launches a tiny fanless Ivy Bridge desktop PC

first_imgIf you want a high-end performance desktop machine right now the CPU to choose is an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7. You’d expect such a system to require a decent PSU and heatsink/cooling solution, which typically brings a load of fan noise along with it. However, there’s a growing number of fanless Core i7 PCs appearing on the market.We’ve already covered one of these in the form of the CompuLab Intense PC, but now Habey has produced a competitor running Windows 8.The Habey BIS-6922 is a completely fanless design measuring just 244 x 156 x 54mm in a black aluminum and steel case. Inside you’ve got a range of options including both 2nd and 3rd generation Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. The top end is a quad-core Ivy Bridge Core i7-3749QM with Intel HD 4000 GPU.Whatever your CPU choice you can combine it with up to 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM and a single SATA-III 2.5-inch SSD or hard drive. There’s also enough room for 2 Mini PCIe slots allowing you to add an SSD module and 3G if you so wish. Ports on the back include HDMI, DVi-D, VGA, 4 USB 2.0, dual Ethernet, and Realtek HD audio out.The video below shows the BIS-6922 running a graphics performance demo and video encoding using Intel’s Quick Sync Video:The on board GPU in a Core i7 is good enough to handle a wide range of games and will easily cope with all the HD video you want to throw at it. There’s also no problem hooking the BIS-6922 up to dual monitors running at up to 1920 x 1200 resolution as the video above proves.Habey is an OEM company so they are happy to customize the system however you want it. Unfortunately pricing hasn’t been made available yet, but they’ll give you an idea if you give them a call. If it’s reasonable this certainly makes for a portable PC that will outperform most laptops out there and quite a few fan-filled desktop machines, too.More at Habeylast_img read more

He was the frontrunner but now Ireland has withdrawn Philip Lane as

first_imgHe was the frontrunner, but now Ireland has withdrawn Philip Lane as a candidate for top ECB job Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he didn’t want the candidacy of Lane to be a “source of disagreement”. 28,638 Views 61 Comments Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie By Sean Murray Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie https://jrnl.ie/3860246 Share46 Tweet Email2 center_img Feb 19th 2018, 2:18 PM Short URL Monday 19 Feb 2018, 2:18 PM In that context, I have decided that, on balance, it would be in the interests of the Euro-area as a whole to withdraw Philip’s candidacy in advance of any vote.After talking to both Lane and De Guidos, it had appeared Lane was in pole position to land the job. EU Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs chairman Roberto Gualtieri said that in an informal hearing “the majority of the political groups considered Governor Lane’s performance more convincing”.“Some groups expressed reservations for Minister De Guindos’ appointment,” he added in a statement.Donohoe closed his statement by congratulating De Guindos and said he has “an excellent track record” in Spain.He added: “I also wish to reiterate my appreciation to Professor Philip Lane for putting himself forward as a candidate, whose ability and expertise was widely praised throughout the process.”Read: Irish ECB candidate Philip Lane wins backing of key EU parliament committeeRead: ‘Take a look in the mirror’: Why didn’t the Central Bank act earlier on the tracker mortgage scandal? MINISTER FOR FINANCE Paschal Donohoe has announced that a decision has been made to withdraw Central Bank governor Philip Lane as a candidate for the role as vice-president of the European Central Bank.He said that Lane was being withdrawn from the running so as not to be a “source of disagreement” among member states of the EU.Lane had originally won the backing of a key European Parliament committee but will now not contest for the position, with Spain’s economy minister Luis De Guindos set to take the role.The Eurogroup meeting today considered nominations for the post of ECB vice president, with De Guindos to be formally given the role later this week.Addressing reports last month, Minister Donohoe said that Lane had “served the Central Bank with distinction”, was “eminently qualified for the role” and deserved the support of other EU finance ministers.Donohoe said in a statement today that he had received “very positive feedback and expressions of support” from member states on Lane’s credentials for vice president, and called him an “exceptionally well-qualified candidate” who would’ve been an “ideal person” to take the job.The Minister went on: “However, I believe that it is crucial that the election of a new vice-president for the ECB is based on consensus, ad should not be a source of disagreement Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

HTT Inks Deal to Bring HighSpeed Travel to Great Leaks Megaregion

first_img Hyperloop Transportation Technologies this week signed the first U.S. interstate agreement to create a network of high-speed routes in the Great Lakes Megalopolis.HTT teamed with the North Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to conduct a feasibility study in the sector.Several corridors connecting Cleveland and Chicago have already been identified for consideration.It’s no surprise HTT made the megaregion its first stop: Support for the Hyperloop has been widespread across the district.Last year, Ohio’s legislature passed a resolution for the initiative, citing increased connectivity between businesses and people, as well as “a significant positive impact on Ohio’s economy and infrastructure.”Travel between Cleveland and Chicago in just 28 minutes (via Hyperloop Transportation Technologies)“We came here because places like Cleveland, Chicago, and Pittsburgh have the manufacturing, the raw materials, and the talented, hard-working people in order to make it happen,” according to Andrea La Mendola, chief global operations officer of HTT. “We can source everything from this area. This is a place where you make big things.”The research company recently worked with a bipartisan group of congressional representatives to craft a letter to the president, requesting infrastructure funding support (a measly $20 million) to develop the system.“Regulations are the ultimate barrier for Hyperloop implementation, and we are excited to build the first real public-private partnership to bring Hyperloop travel to the US,” HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn said in a statement. “With this agreement, we welcome innovative and industry-leading partners in both government and industry to our movement.”Interested parties can visit the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland on Feb. 26, where HTT will reveal additional details, as well as a growing list of regional consortium members.Hyperloop station of the future (via Hyperloop Transportation Technologies)Hyperloop Transportation Technologies in September got the green light to bring high-speed transport to India. A proposed route would turn the hour-long, 30-mile trip between Vijayawada and Amaravati into a six-minute ride.But HTT isn’t the only one with big plans for a speedy future.Late last year, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), E-470 Public Highway Authority, and Arrivo inked a deal to bring a high-speed travel network to Denver.Co-founded by SpaceX engineer Brogan BamBrogan, Los Angeles-based Arrivo plans to erect a full-system test track just off the E-470 Toll Highway, where the proposed first commercial leg will eventually be built.The dream of a super-charged future is alive in companies like Arrivo and Hyperloop One, which last year finished its 1,640-foot testing tube in North Las Vegas, and reached a new top speed for its transportation pod. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Denver Chosen For Hyperloop-Inspired Transportation SystemCast Your Vote for Most Beneficial Hyperloop Route center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Arrest after shot fired into Oregon apartment note left

first_imgBETHANY, Ore. (AP) — A sheriff’s officer in the Portland suburb of Bethany says just leaving a note telling your next-door neighbors that you fired a bullet into their apartment isn’t quite enough.Washington County sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Ray says deputies arrested a 25-year-old man after the neighbors returned home Tuesday and found both the note and the bullet hole.The Oregonian reports that Ray says the man was showing a friend the safety features on two firearms on Sunday when he accidentally fired a .45-caliber handgun. The bullet went through the wall of his apartment and into a neighboring unit.Ray says Malcolm K. Smith was arrested for investigation of reckless endangering.The spokesman says the right thing to do is to notify authorities immediately so they can check to see whether anyone has been hurt. In this case, no one was.last_img read more

World Poker Tour to hold first ever Australian event at The Star

first_img RelatedPosts Domestic growth pushes Star Entertainment Group forward despite reduced spend by International VIPs Load More The World Poker Tour is heading to Australia for the very first time with the inaugural WPT Australia festival to be held at The Star Gold Coast from 27 September to 7 October.The 10-event schedule will feature buy-ins ranging from AU$330 to AU$5,000, headlined by the AU$2,500 Main Event starting from 4 October. “The World Poker Tour is proud to add WPT Australia to our roster of wonderful global events and The Star Gold Coast as a casino partner,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the WPT. “As a native Australian, I am thrilled to have a WPT event take place in my home country and even more pleased to have it hosted at such a wonderful property.”Geoff Hogg, Managing Director Queensland, The Star Gold Coast, added, “The Star Gold Coast and the nation of Australia welcome the World Poker Tour to our home for what is a monumental partnership.“The Star Gold Coast has been transformed over the past three years and continues to evolve, with levels of investment that position us as a world-class global tourism destination. Australia is one of the top nations for poker in the world and this event further establishes The Star Gold Coast as a leader in the industry.”The Star Gold Coast has recently completed an AU$850 million transformation, including upgrades to its existing 596 hotel rooms, the launch of luxury all-suite hotel The Darling and a spectacular new rooftop venue called Nineteen at The Star. World Poker Tour announces 2019 “Asia Swing” in Vietnam, Japan and Korea Suncity Group cites “high costs” and “lack of demand” as Australian VIP Clubs closedlast_img read more

Doubledown Unable to Sell Magazine Assets

first_imgAt an auction held late last week in U.S. bankruptcy court in New York, Doubledown Media, a publisher of magazines aimed at the Wall Street elite that went out of business in February, did not receive any “acceptable” bids for its remaining magazine assets, including subscriber lists.“One bidder made an offer but it was not acceptable to the trustee,” Andrea Fisher, a senior attorney with Squire Sanders & Dempsey—the firm representing Doubledown’s trustee—told FOLIO:. “The trustee will continue to entertain offers for the assets. We’ve received some inquires and the hope is that the assets sell, which will provide a distribution to [Doubledown’s] creditors.”According to the auction notice, the minimum bid for Doubledown’s Dealmaker was $100,000. For Corporate Leader and Trader magazines the lowest acceptable bid was $50,000. The minimum bid for Cigar Report was $25,000. Corporate Air, meanwhile, carried a minimum bid of $55,000. Doubledown previously received an offer from a company called Private Air Media—which is headed by the magazine’s founder Dee Dee Morrison—and Knight Images Inc., for $50,000.The minimum bid for all five titles was $300,000, or the aggregate amount of the highest bids for each property plus $20,000, the notice said.A Once-Rising Publisher Hits BottomCiting “unprecedented times,” Doubledown went out of business in February and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation not long after. “The combination of the media depression, the Wall Street implosion and the credit slowdown were collectively too much for our company—probably any company in our shoes—to overcome,” president Randall Lane wrote in an e-mail to staffers at the time.According to court documents obtained by FOLIO: this spring, more than 350 claims totaling $4 million have been made against Doubledown, including those from a group of ex-employees, investors, three printers, vendors, designers, writers, lawyers and more. Nearly half of Doubledown’s assets include $1,013,520.43 in accounts receivable—money Doubledown has yet to be paid.In terms of the bankruptcy proceedings, the sale hearing has been adjourned until October 6, Fisher said.last_img read more

Navy Close to Deal to Develop Solar Array at NAS Jacksonville

first_imgThe Navy expects to complete a deal shortly with a utility to build a solar farm on 50 acres at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. The project is estimated to generate 5 megawatts of electricity that would be delivered to the commercial grid, reported WOKV. An environmental assessment determined the project would not have a significant impact.“The solar project would benefit both the local community and the Navy, bringing renewable energy to the area and energy security with it being on Navy property,” Sue Brink, a spokeswoman for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, told the radio station.The secretary of the Navy set a goal for the service’s shore-based operations to acquire one-half of their electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020. After surpassing the secretary’s goal of bringing one gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015, the Navy now is exploring the latest advances such as battery storage, electrification, fuel cells and microgrids to further enhance its energy security, operational capability, strategic flexibility and resource availability. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

At CES 2019 I found a suitcase with ears that wiggle when

first_img 0 CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Tags 5:32 I came across a suitcase with ears that wiggle when petted #ces2019 pic.twitter.com/ZJJWQfmoON— Patrick Holland (@trickholland) January 10, 2019 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Share your voice Fravel is a suitcase with ears that move and a heart that beats. Fravel Last night, outside the exhibition hall at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, I had what can only be classified as a “CES moment.” Sprawled across the lobby were five candy-colored suitcases with ears. As I got closer, I noticed that ears wiggled back-and-forth whenever someone petted the suitcase. It turns out this was a Fravel suitcase designed to be a pet you travel with. Fravel’s website describes the case as “everything you like about your pet without the messy part.” Fravel The ears are squishy and move whenever you pet or walk with the case. The ears even do a dance when Fravel is super-happy. If that’s not adorable enough, there is a light-up heart that beats to show off how excited Fravel is to be going on an adventure. Oh, and I have to mention that there are cat paw feet to house the wheels. The ears detach to fit Fravel into an airplane’s overhead storage. The suitcase has a battery that powers the ears and the light-up heart. The Fravel suitcase starts at $299, which converts roughly to £235, AU$415, and can be ordered on Fravel’s website. CES Products CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.  CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect.  CES 2019: A pet dryer, a bed that rocks you to sleep… Post a comment 85 Photos Gadgetslast_img read more

T rex was actually bigger than we thought

first_img3:36 This is what would happen if we still had dinosaurs 15 Photos The new conclusions are based on a 66-million-year-old skeleton found in Canada in the early ’90s. Roger Harris/SPL/Getty The undisputed king of the dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex, is even bigger than we once believed.That’s according to new research conducted on “Scotty,” a 66-million-year-old T. rex skeleton first discovered in Canada in 1991. A team of paleontologists at the University of Alberta measured up the skull, hip and limbs of Scotty and suggested that it had a living weight of almost 20,000 pounds (approx. 8,800 kilograms).With that kind of weight, the monstrous ancient lizard would be up there with the largest terrestrial animal currently alive, the African bush elephant, which can weigh up to 26,000 pounds.”This is the rex of rexes,” Scott Persons, lead author of the new study, said in a statement. Tags 5 Sci-Techcenter_img The skeleton was discovered in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, encased in sandstone. It took 10 years of fine excavation work to extricate the fossil and now scientists have finally been able to stitch together a picture of Scotty as he would have been 66 million years ago.The findings were published in the journal The Anatomical Record on March 21. The research team describes Scotty as “exceptionally large” and “robust”, which in reality means he was an absolute unit.Making Scotty even more unique is the fact that it is the oldest T. rex skeleton discovered and was likely in his early 30s when he died — which is a pretty good run for the theropods because as far as we currently know, they lived to between 20 and 30 years. By studying one of the major leg bones, the research team could determine that Scotty was a mature T. rex.And in his time, he’d seen things — he bore the marks of a fair few scuffles.”Riddled across the skeleton are pathologies — spots where scarred bone records large injuries,” said Persons.Scotty takes the crown for biggest ever ancient lizard from Sue, a wonderfully preserved T. rex skeleton discovered in South Dakota in 1990. Sue’s estimated weight is around 400 kilograms less than that estimated for Scotty, but with around 90 percent of that skeleton recovered, she is still the most extensive T. rex specimen ever found. Share your voice Comments Tyrannosaurus rex has a surprise for you Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more