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Juventus players given extra security after firecrackers set off outside hotel

first_imgA group of people set off bangers and fireworks outside Juventus’ team hotel ahead of their Champions League game against Valencia at the Mestalla on Wednesday.”A group of people set off firecrackers and bangers outside the hotel at around three in the morning. They were also holding a banner insulting Juventus. It was a small incident, a simple case of hooliganism,” said local government delegate Juan Carlos Fulgencio in an audio statement sent to Reuters.However, Fulgencio couldn’t give any further information on any arrests made but added that the Italian champions have been given extra security for the remained of their stay in the city.Juventus did not respond to emailed and phone requests to comment from Reuters.ICYMI: Here’s one more look at our Bianconeri squad to take on @valenciacf_en tonight https://t.co/PdFvx13EcO #VCFJuve #UCL #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/Ch0eWqEOmoJuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 19, 2018Valencia are returning to the Champions League after a gap of three years. Cristiano Ronaldo, the leading goal scorer in the Champions League, will be making his first appearance in the competition since making his move to Juventus from current champions Real Madrid.Juventus are placed in Group H with Manchester United, Valencia and Young Boys.last_img read more

Ronaldo celebrates Supercoppa win with Mayweather

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus team-mates were paid a visit by Floyd Mayweather in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, the boxing icon celebrating the Italian side’s 1-0 Supercoppa Italiana victory over AC Milan.Ronaldo himself was responsible for the win, heading home a Miralem Pjanic assist in the 61st minute to ultimately seal the Old Lady’s eighth title – one more than opponents Milan.Franck Kessie’s second-half sending off made things even more difficult for the Rossoneri, with the Ivory Coast international the second Milan player to be shown red against Juventus this term after Gonzalo Higuain was sent off earlier this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Wednesday’s win marks the first medal Ronaldo has won as a Juve player since he joined from Real Madrid in a €112 million deal in the close season and the Portugal star, before being congratulated by the undefeated Mayweather, said that hopes this is the beginning of bigger and better things.Champions celebrating with a champion, @FloydMayweather meets the team in the Bianconeri locker room 🏆#SuperJuve #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/2vj6JRB8MR— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 16, 2019Speaking to Rai Sport after the victory, he said: “It was a very difficult match, it’s very warm and hard to play in these conditions.”We played well, created a lot of chances and obviously I am happy to have scored the winning goal.”It was my intention to start 2019 with a trophy, I have my first title with Juve and I am very happy.”But it is only the start, we will take it one step at a time. We’ve got this trophy, now we must keep working hard to achieve the next one.”Even though Serie A is only at its halfway stage it seems inevitable that Ronaldo will add Italy’s top-flight title to his medal haul with Juve unbeaten and nine points clear of second-place Napoli.But Ronaldo is refusing to rest on his laurels in his bid to win major honours with Juve.”Serie A is always Juve’s main objective,” he added.”We are top of the table, but it’s a very long tournament and it’s going to be tough, so we need to keep working.”Ronaldo and Juventus return to domestic action with a home clash against Chievo on Monday.last_img read more

Margaritaville Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Hotel on Jacksonville Beach, Florida

first_imgOrlando, Fla. – March 15, 2019 – Margaritaville Holdings, the global lifestyle brand synonymous with fun and escapism, made the official announcement today that a new Margaritaville Hotel broke ground on Jacksonville Beach on March 8th. Located adjacent to the beach on Ocean Front North, the property will feature 202 guestrooms with Margaritaville’s casual-luxe design, signature food and beverage concepts, a fitness center, and an outdoor recreation area with a pool and fire pits. “Jacksonville is one of the fastest-growing destinations in Florida and is well recognized as a classic beach town escape. We look forward to bringing Margaritaville’s ‘no worries’ lifestyle to those visiting Jacksonville Beach, while providing a new spot for locals to kick back and relax,” said Rick Cunningham, senior vice president of development for Margaritaville. The construction of Margaritaville Hotel Jacksonville is estimated to take 18 to 24 months. Once complete, the property will give guests the ultimate license to chill on Jacksonville Beach, with an exterior beachside pool, a two-story LandShark Bar & Grill and a “LandShark Lookout” observation deck for prime sunset views. Additional amenities include a coffee shop, fitness center and meeting/event space. The Margaritaville Hotel Jacksonville will offer stunning views of the Florida coastline with a U-shaped layout in order to maximize the number of ocean-view rooms for guests. The property will also have an internal parking garage with car lifts to help manage space and adjacent to the hotel, expanded city bike lanes to create a walkable and pedestrian-friendly beachfront area. The location’s design team worked closely with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to create and place well-lit beachfront pedestrian areas that help conserve local sea turtle populations. Additional details and timing for the hotel’s opening will follow in the coming months. For more information on Margaritaville, visit www.Margaritaville.com. Follow Margaritaville on Facebook at www.facebook.com/margaritaville, and on Twitter and Instagram at @Margaritaville.  About MargaritavilleMargaritaville is a global lifestyle brand inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, whose songs evoke a passion for tropical escape and relaxation. Margaritaville features 17 lodging locations and 24 additional projects in the pipeline with nearly half under construction, three gaming properties and over 60 food and beverage venues including signature concepts such as Margaritaville Restaurant, award-winning JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill and LandShark Bar & Grill. More than 20 million travelers every year change their latitude and attitude with a visit to a Margaritaville resort, residential real estate destination, vacation club, vacation home rental or restaurant. Consumers can also escape everyday through a collection of Margaritaville lifestyle products including apparel, footwear, frozen concoction makers, home décor, a satellite radio station and more. Additionally, the brand’s food, beverage and spirits lines – including Margaritaville tequilas, rums, LandShark Lager and a new bestselling cookbook – deliver authentic, tropical escapism to fans around the world. Margaritaville, a state of mind since 1977.last_img read more

Pilots picket WestJet annual meeting as profit streak threatened by strike

first_imgCALGARY – The CEO of WestJet Airlines Ltd. warned Tuesday a potential strike could end its 13-year streak of quarterly profits as about 150 picketing pilots in uniform greeted shareholders at the company’s annual meeting.The airline’s shares plummeted to a two-year intraday low after it issued first-quarter results that cautioned its revenue per available seat mile will be flat or fall by two per cent in the current quarter partly due to a possible pilots’ strike.The stock closed at $19.94, its lowest since April 2016, after trading as low as $19.30 earlier in the day.“What we have seen over the last two weeks is a significant deferral of bookings, while some guests will either postpone travel plans or make other decisions,” CEO Ed Sims said Tuesday morning during a conference call.WestJet has agreed to give refunds if job action results in travel disruptions, he added.The Calgary-based airline and its pilots have been in contract negotiations since September. However, negotiations have been fraught as the union takes issue with the company’s hiring of outside pilots for its new ultra-low cost carrier Swoop, which is set to launch in June.After the annual meeting at the company’s Calgary International Airport headquarters, Sims said he doesn’t see the share price drop as a comment on his leadership since unexpectedly being appointed to replace retiring Gregg Saretsky in March.“It’s always challenging to go through a tough quarter and potentially to be advising on a future tough quarter but it is part of the headwinds that come in the aviation industry… I don’t tend to personalize those sort of reactions,” he told reporters.Analysts on the call challenged Sims for maintaining the same strategy despite an abrupt change in CEO. He defended the strategy, saying it was developed by a team and not one person.The airline is committed to remaining at the negotiating table with pilots until a sustainable agreement is reached, Sims said, noting there has been some progress.On the sidewalk outside, WestJet 230 YYC chairman Capt. David Colquhoun agreed the quality and frequency of negotiations has improved since the pilots commenced a strike vote late last month.The voting is expected to wrap up by May 10 and, if strike action is endorsed, job action could be taken after a cooling off period ends May 18.The pilots’ main concern, said Colquhoun, is job security. They fear that WestJet will move planes and jobs to Swoop after it begins operations in June.Earlier Tuesday, WestJet reported it earned $37.2 million or 32 cents per diluted share in its latest quarter, down from a profit of $46.7 million or 40 cents per diluted share a year ago.The results fell short of analysts’ expectations for earnings of 36 cents per share, according to data from Thomson Reuters Eikon.The airline attributed the drop to factors including heightened spending to prepare for the introduction of Swoop, the introduction of Boeing 787s for international routes, increased domestic competition, winter weather disruptions and an increase in fuel costs.Its charter business also slowed as construction on Suncor Energy Inc.’s Fort Hills oilsands mine came to a close and partnership revenue fell due to the loss of its codeshare relationship with American Airlines.WestJet is expanding its relationship with Delta Airlines and exploring partnerships for new regions including the transatlantic.It also moved up its goal of finding $200 million in annual savings by two years to 2020 from 2022.Revenue for the three-month period totalled $1.19 billion, up from $1.11 billion in the same quarter last year.The increase in revenue came as capacity increased 4.3 per cent and revenue passenger miles — a measure of traffic — increased 6.5 per cent.Revenue for non-fare ancillary services like checked baggage and upgrades increased 7.4 per cent to $109.5 million in the quarter or $18.58 per passenger.WestJet said it raised prices three times in its first quarter and five times since November to partially adjust to rising fuel costs, which rose 14.1 per cent in the quarter compared with the same period last year.However, it is cautious about raising fares too much and causing demand to falter.Still, Sims said the fundamentals of the airline’s business remain strong. WestJet’s load factor, a measure of how full its aircraft were, increased to 84.8 per cent compared with 83 per cent a year ago.— With files from Ross Marowits in Montreal.Follow @HealingSlowly on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX:WJA, TSX:SU)last_img read more

Gulf Crisis King Mohammed VI Supports Kuwaiti Efforts to Defuse Tension

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has expressed his full support of the Kuwaiti emir’s work to find a solution to the current diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, Morocco’s Minster of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, received Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita on Tuesday morning at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City as King Mohammed VI’s special envoy, reported Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).In the presence of Kuwait’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister of the Amiri Diwan Affairs, Bourita delivered a verbal message from King Mohammed VI to Emir of Kuwait “The King expressed his full support to the Emir’s efforts in defusing tension amongst Gulf countries,” he said.Amid tensions between Qatar and its neighboring gulf countries, Bourita paid a visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday as part of the King Mohammed VI’s offer to mediate in the current Gulf crisis.On Sunday, Kuwait’s foreign minister announced that emir spoke with officials in Qatar who indicated the country is ready to both talk and listen in an effort to find a speedy resolution to the Gulf rift.The diplomatic crisis came following the decision Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen and Libya, and the Maldives in the early hours of Monday, June 4 to sever their ties with Qatar over its alleged “support of terrorism.”Morocco expressed on Sunday its “neutrality” towards the issue in order not to “confine it to passive observation of a disturbing escalation between brotherly countries,” adding that “Morocco is strongly associated with the Gulf countries in all fields despite its geographical distance, feels intimately concerned by this crisis despite it is not directly involved.”On Monday, Bourita announced that planes carrying food were set to fly from Morocco to Qatar. read more

Transat expects to feel impact this summer from heightened European capacity

MONTREAL – Moves by Canada’s two largest airlines to expand their number of flights to Europe will put the squeeze this summer on Transat AT, the Montreal-based tour operator said Thursday.The company said a 15 per cent increase in market capacity and fears of terrorist attacks are forcing it to lower prices to fill seats.“Next summer will be tougher,” CEO Jean-Marc Eustache said during a conference call after Transat (TSX:TRZ) reported its second-quarter results.“We’ll still make money but we’ll make less money.”London is ground zero of the European battle as Air Canada and WestJet add 200,000 seats or about 20 per cent capacity with their launch of service to Gatwick Airport. Transat is increasing its capacity by about 7,000 seats, or five per cent.“The U.K. market is really stressed with overcapacity,” Eustache said. “If you look at the prices on the Internet, you will see that the prices are very low, even in the peak season.”International summer airfares from Canada are down nearly 16 per cent compared to last year, while domestic fares are down five per cent, according to a consumer airfare index by airfare prediction app Hopper.“Summer flight prices are down due to increased competition, decreased jet fuel prices and airlines moving into branded, unbundled ticketing with lower base fares and optional fees such as checked bags,” said chief data scientist Patrick Surry.Transat said prices on European bookings are down 6.3 per cent from the same time last year. Summer prices to sun destinations are up 1.8 per cent.Heightened competition, a dip in demand from Western Canada, fears about the Zika virus and a threatened pilot strike resulted in a winter “best forgotten,” Eustache said.Transat lost $25 million in its fiscal second quarter and $86 million during the winter after earning $25 million and $40 million respectively a year earlier.The depreciation of Canada’s dollar against the American currency increased operating costs on its sun destination travel packages by $25 million in the quarter and $49 million for the winter, even after factoring in lower fuel prices.Transat said higher average selling prices were only partially able to offset the impact of the currency decline.Mona Nazir of Laurentian Bank Securities said Transat fared relatively well this winter in a competitive market.“Sunwing, Air Canada and Thomas Cook all pointed to winter challenges with increased competition, overcapacity and pricing pressures which were augmented by qualitative headwinds including Zika virus, terror fears and warmer weather,” she wrote in a report.Transat is trying to absorb the blows by cutting costs and diversifying its operations. It said it is looking to partner with other tour operators to fly to new destinations, add flights within Canada, increase its hotel portfolio in sun destinations and acquire a U.S. travel distribution company.The venture could see Air Transat planes being used to fly Americans to sun destinations from U.S. airports, the company said.“Transat will be a completely different animal,” Eustache said. “It will not look like it is today.” by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 9, 2016 6:10 am MDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2016 at 2:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Transat expects to feel impact this summer from heightened European capacity read more

Old Church Closer to Restoration Following Emery Town Winter Ball

Photos by Amy Sundstrom For another year, the Emery Town Winter Ball aimed to raise funds for the restoration of the old yellow church in Emery. This year’s successful event took place on Saturday as attendees gathered at the Emery Town Rec Center for an evening of music and dancing.A couple from the Salt Lake Scandinavian Music and Dance organization were in attendance at the ball this year to perform and teach Scandinavian dance. Tom Oesleby and Gwen Trefts are leaders in the Salt Lake company. They helped form the organization after moving to Utah from Wyoming in 2006.Their first event, The Scandi Jam 2010, was an afternoon workshop and evening party featuring Bob Holmen from Red Lodge, Wyo. with music by local musicians. This has grown to annual and semi-annual Scandi fests and other local heritage festivals. Oesleby and Trefts have studied under Norwegian and Swedish instructors and enthusiastically shared their talent at this year’s ball.The event was organized by the Emery Historical and Restoration Committee as funds continue to be raised for the restoration of the church. read more

Les étonnantes mâchoires du dragon à écailles

first_imgLes étonnantes mâchoires du dragon à écaillesLors d’un congrès de biologistes à Charleston, en Caroline du Sud, un chercheur a présenté ce mois-ci ses travaux sur la mâchoire des Stomiidae, des poissons abyssaux, aux crocs impressionnants mais à la faible puissance de morsure. Lors de la dernière réunion de la Société de biologie intégrative et comparative, en janvier, à Charleston en Caroline du Sud, Christopher Kenaley, de l’Université de Harvard, a présenté le modèle informatique qu’il a construit pour étudier la mâchoire des poissons de la famille des Stomiidae, appelés dragons à écailles, qui vivent dans les grands fonds.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour saisir les grosses proies dont il se nourrit, l’animal utilise sa gueule à très large ouverture, bardée de crocs surdimensionnés. Double problème : tout d’abord, la taille de cette mâchoire interdit au poisson de la refermer rapidement à cause de la résistance (de l’eau) qui augmente de façon exponentielle avec la longueur de la gueule. Ensuite, la puissance de sa morsure est en fait relativement faible.Ainsi, les modélisations de Kenaley suggèrent que le poisson résout ces difficultés en attrapant sa proie de façon à ce qu’elle soit en position verticale entre ses crocs, qui ne servent donc pas qu’à l’empaler, comme on le pensait auparavant, mais aussi à la maintenir dans cette orientation. Le temps nécessaire pour ‘verrouiller’ les mâchoires autour de la proie passe ainsi de 1 seconde (proie saisie ‘normalement’) à… 0,125 seconde (proie saisie ‘verticalement’) ! Le 28 janvier 2012 à 19:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fécondation in vitro Amandine le 1er bébé éprouvette français est devenue mère

first_imgFécondation in vitro : Amandine, le 1er bébé éprouvette français est devenue mèreAmandine, 1er bébé éprouvette français née en 1982, vient de donner naissance à son premier enfant, une petite fille. Prénommée Ava, le bébé de 3,2 kg est en parfaite santé.Le 24 février 1982, le Pr René Frydman aidait à donner naissance au premier bébé éprouvette français, Amandine. Un évènement qui a marqué l’histoire et qui connait aujourd’hui une suite heureuse : 31 ans plus tard, elle vient elle-même de donner naissance à son premier enfant avec l’aide du même professeur. “Amandine, 1er bébé éprouvette français née en 1982, a donné naissance mercredi 12 juin 2013 à une petite fille”, prénommée Ava et pesant 3,2 kg, indique ainsi un communiqué de l’hôpital Foch de Suresnes. L’accouchement s’est fait de manière “naturelle” et “avec les bons soins” du Pr Frydman et du Pr Jean-Marc Ayoubi, chef de service de la maternité, précise la clinique. Si cette naissance a été rendue publique, c’est par la volonté de la mère elle-même.Amandine souhaitait ainsi démontrer que “les personnes nées par FIV [fécondation in vitro] n’ont pas plus de problèmes d’infertilité que les autres”. Elle a expliqué dans une interview donnée au Journal du Dimanche que “c’est un symbole : la médecine aide des couples à un moment et, 30 ans plus tard, tout est naturel”. 350.000 bébés nés de FIV chaque année À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Depuis 1978 et la naissance de la britannique Louise Brown, premier bébé éprouvette au monde (qui a elle-même eu un bébé de façon “naturelle” en 2006), quelque 5 millions de bébés sont nés par FIV. Cette technique vient ainsi en aide à de nombreux couples souffrant de problèmes de fertilité. Au cours des 30 dernières années, les choses ont énormément évolué et environ 350.000 bébés sont conçus de la sorte chaque année, soit 0,3% des 130 millions d’enfants qui naissent dans le monde.Le 17 juin 2013 à 13:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews THOR RAGNAROK 2017

first_imgStay on target Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 Is Thor: Ragnarok good?It’s GREAT!Really?Really.I mean… haven’t we had enough Marvel movies at this point? To the point where the fact that they tend to be on the good-to-great side is itself becoming kind of predictable?I feel like the shocking “just barely good enough”-ness of Spider-Man: Homecoming has reminded me not to take these things for granted.Fair enough. So what’s this one about?“Ragnarok” (aka “The Twilight of The Gods”) – for those of you either not from Norway or who had friends growing up – is essentially The Apocalypse in the Norse mythology that Thor and the other Asgardian characters are loosely based on; but in terms of the plot that’s sort of a misdirection: In the details, the film is mainly about Thor discovering that Loki’s covert takeover of Asgard (which happened way back at the end of Thor: The Dark World in case you forgot) and his own failure to detect this deception has left the kingdom vulnerable to invasion by Cate Blachett as Hela, a “Goddess of Death” from Odin’s earlier less-benevolent administration who swoops back in and, takes over Asgard and sets about the usual “Conquer The Universe” business after stranding Thor and Loki on Sakaar; a planet of alien gladiators run by Jeff Goldblum’s cosmic weirdo “The Grandmaster. There, they meet up with The Hulk (MIA since shooting himself into space at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron) and an AWOL Asgardian soldier called Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and must find a way to return home and stop her.That’s a lot of characters. Any standouts?Everyone is playing top game, honestly. The MVP is probably Ruffalo as Hulk, because Marvel finally takes the risk of having him actually play “The Monster” as a character rather than giving Banner all the development and dramatic beats and just using Hulk for action sequences. This wasn’t guaranteed to work, but it does and it’s like a whole new character – very reminiscent of what Peter David did with Hulk in the comics. Tessa Thompson is also a revelation as Valkyrie – but I won’t say anything about why because the character and what she does with her is so surprising and unexpected it’s best left to discover yourself. Goldblum, of course, is about as much fun as you’re expecting.How about Blanchett? This is kind of a big deal i.e. Marvel’s first female supervillain, right?She’s delightful, though you should manage expectations re: character presence. As has become an off/on trademark of the Marvel cycle when it comes to “destroy/conquer the universe” villains, her primary role is the set the plot in motion and serve as a “final boss” whose defeat will end it – NOT to drive the plot itself between those points. She’s not the most important thing in the story, basically. BUT! The film is smart enough to know that, “important” or not, Cate Blanchett all dolled up as a kind of black metal fetish idol is quite a thing to behold; so obligatory “scheming scenes” that are mainly about marking time until Thor can finish with the interesting part of the movie before he Final Battle are transformed into wild, campy one-woman-show setpieces for her to vamp around in – and it works.Huh. So it’s named after “The Actual End of The World” but it’s basically another Thor-fights-his-way-back-home adventure?Well… yes and no. It’s hard to parse out without spoilers, but it’s also kind of the point – and “meta-point” – of the whole production.Try.Well… here’s the thing. You know how there’s kind of a backlash happening now against the Marvel “formula” i.e. the movies are too funny, don’t take the material “serious enough” and thus don’t have real dramatic stakes?Assume I do.Okay. Well, part of the rea-Wait – do you agree with that as a criticism of Marvel?No, I find it kind of intellectually lazy, to be honest. It feels like deliberate misunderstanding of how narrative drama works, i.e. it’s not the heaviness of the hand, it’s how you use it: That’s how Guardians of The Galaxy Volume 2 got to be the most emotionally-resonant Marvel movie probably ever, despite being one of the “funny” ones, while the second Thor movie was so grimly serious and yet nobody really cared what happened in it. This one feels like a feature-length attempt to course-correct from that, taking the main problems with the franchise (short version: Thor himself isn’t very interesting outside of an ensemble and nobody cares about what happens in or to Asgard) and figuring out how to turn fixing those issues into a storyline.But that storyline ISN’T Ragnarok?See, the thing is, Thor has a third issue but it’s kind of an issue with the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe and really the whole of blockbuster filmmaking over the last decade or so: Global/universal survival has been “on the line” as the stakes in so many films at this point that it’s become kind of hard to care about it. The End of The World just doesn’t feel like the end of the world anymore; and Marvel’s preferred workaround for this (treat absurdly-overpowered world-ender-scale villainy like Dormammu, Ego, Hela, or [spoiler]’s master-plans as obligatory background spectacle, joke about how tiresome this routine is and put the “smaller” personal/character stakes in the foreground instead) is what get’s misunderstood as unserious or glib. Here, the fresh angle is to also make this the overarching theme of the film as well.In what sense?That would be spoiling. Suffice it to say, the film reminds us within the opening five minutes that OF COURSE “Ragnarok” (here meaning the destruction of Asgard – which is sort of the opposite of what Hela is after) is something Thor can thwart pretty easily because he’s Thor. So instead, the theme and character arc becomes about what “saving Asgard” actually means and what Thor’s role as that savior could conceivably entail. It’s another gambit, framing the inevitability of Ragnarok itself being just another pretty-but-perfunctory apocalyptic spectacle as an existential growth opportunity for Thor, but I think it pays off.So you recommend it?Absolutely. Another big winner for Marvel and a colorful, refreshingly different-feeling take on the genre. By the time it’s over, Thor, Loki, Hulk and several others feel like wholly new characters with an entirely new set of possibilities in front of them – how’s that for stakes?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Final 314 WWE RAW rating overall number sees a drop

first_img Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Pinterest Facebook Google+ Now Playing Up Next This week’s 3/14 WWE RAW drew a 2.51 cable rating with an average audience of 3.46 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.471 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.392 million viewers and the third hour closed the night with 3.510 million viewers.This is down from last week’s 2.59 rating with 3.72 million viewers. Despite the drop in viewers, RAW was once against the highest rated show on cable on Monday night.RAW averaged a 1.28 rating among adults 18-49, up from last week’s 1.26.Source: Prowrestling.net, Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WhatsApp Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11last_img read more

Triple H agrees to new threeyear deal with WWE as an active

first_img Triple H Twitter WHEW! Well thank god Triple Ass is safely re-signed with WWE. To think he might’ve been THIS close to signing with TNA. Boy yeah, more of the same for Raw for the next 3 years. 5 COMMENTS WhatsApp Video: Triple H speaks about the condition of Cole and Gargano following TakeOver: Toronto May 11, 2016 at 1:22 am Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Videos Articles Facebook May 11, 2016 at 7:21 am WWE Now: IIconics overcome their fears with Cathy Kelley on EdgeWalk of CN Tower TheCyberZon Ronda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleMania Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Of course he’s going to agree. He practically owns the company! Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Videos Articles Get ready for 3 more years of Burial! Vince Mcmahon May 11, 2016 at 11:06 am Tony Schiavone reportedly signs a deal with AEW this past Thursday, will remain on MLW Rather Interesting…. Sorry Sandow and others… creative has nothing for you…. but here’s a new 3 year deal for you HHH! Google+ O’s Fan Martinsburg Cameron Huff Vince May 11, 2016 at 2:01 am Comments are closed. Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next Triple H agrees to new three-year deal with WWE as an active wrestlerAccording to recent WWE filed paperwork with the SEC, WWE COO Paul “Triple H” Levesque has agreed to terms on a new three-year deal with the company as an active wrestler. The deal was dated as of 5/9/16  according to a report by PWInsider. This would leave Triple H available as an active wrestler through WrestleMania 35.Note on Smackdown airing in Canada this weekThis week’s WWE Smackdown will be airing in Canada on Thursday night due to the OHL Playoffs according to a report by The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online. WWE tapes this week’s Smackdown tonight in Des Moines.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list May 12, 2016 at 1:45 am Mayurnath Reve Well, Triple H has lost 4 of his 6 last wrestlemaniaslast_img read more

Sasha Banks vs Charlotte will main event the Hell in a Cell

first_img I just want to see a post-match spot with Nia Jax ripping off the cage door and laying out the champ (likely to be Sasha Banks). Google+ It’s off… Vince probably think it is a bad idea “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV October 18, 2016 at 7:01 pm SNL stars to be special guests on RAW tomorrow, History of The Nation of Domination October 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm 14 COMMENTS This moment will be etched in WWE history and is truly breaking ground for a new era of women’s wrestling. These two have already cemented their names with the greats of this industry in female competition by breaking this new ground. Congrats to both and I hope to see them tear the house (or Cell) down Now Playing Up Next themagnus316 . Now Playing Up Next Sasha Banks Takes A Break From WWE To Deal With Injury October 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm Now Playing Up Next Zach Steven Whitlow October 19, 2016 at 7:42 am October 18, 2016 at 11:52 am Now Playing Up Next I dunno if I like this idea or not. But good for them though October 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR unknown Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Videos Articles October 18, 2016 at 9:54 pm Tell us how you really feel, Debbie Downer Jeffery Adam Phillips Pete Dunne makes history as WWE UK Champion, Trailer for McGuinness documentary WhatsApp WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Pinterest …But hey, no pressure, am I right? XD October 18, 2016 at 2:08 pm October 18, 2016 at 6:44 pmcenter_img October 18, 2016 at 3:18 pm October 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm October 19, 2016 at 9:54 pm WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Becky Lynch Mick Foley reports on his official Facebook page that Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship will main event the Hell in a Cell PPV on October 30.Here is the official statement on Foley’s Facebook page:“Forget for a moment about Stephanie McMahon’s jumping high-five or my awkward attempt to hug the #RAW Comissioner. The biggest moment of the night for us came when the #WWE cameras were off, and Stephanie and I just looked at the #HIAC poster, realizing that for #WomensWrestling, history is upon us – as Sasha Banks and Charlotte will main event the #HIAC PPV. I am so happy for Sasha, for Charlotte, for all the women who paved the way, and all those who aspire to follow in their footsteps. It is no exaggeration to say that looking at that poster gave me chills…and they were multiplying.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Nick Noel What an awful idea. Do an match that has been done to death that will botched filled with even basic stuff blown. Pretty sure it’s the first, unless you count NXT Respect. Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey This is great news!! It DESERVES to main event…….Is this the first time ANY women’s match as every main evented a PPV??? Gerald Bocook Videos Articles JFJ Videos Articles Jeremy King October 18, 2016 at 5:08 pm October 18, 2016 at 11:12 am This is history. I still go back and watch Sasha Banks and Bayley back at the first Takeover Brooklyn show. I can’t get enough of that match. Both of these women deserve the honor. This is awesome! I remember a year ago thinking womens wrestling was dead in the wwe. I am so happy they pulled their heads out of their asses and seen the possibilities!That said im scared for the match because they are both crazy women! They are going to either completely kill it or completely kill each other. Either way 2 weeks seems a long time and the anticipation might kill me. Jeffery Adam Phillips DeeTrain For a true PPV yes, but there have been Women’s main events on NXT events, RAW, and special main roster cards such as The Brawl to End it All (Wendi Richter vs Fabulous Moolah for the original WWF Women’s Championship at MSG on July 23, 1984). This match was the first non music event ever shown on MTV and to this day remains the highest rated program MTV has ever aired. J™ Kyle Rutherford Andrew Renaldo Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Twitter NOPE! Foley retracted his statement. Looks like it’s not going to happen. Charlotte Flair Mayurnath Reve This is incredible. I’m shocked and amazed and it is wonderful. Freaking amazing. Comments are closed.last_img read more

Atencio unorthodox 3rd District congressional candidate

first_imgWhite Salmon resident Rudy Atencio is running for Congress in Washington’s 3rd District.The 42-year-old Democrat’s campaign has so far proven unorthodox in his quest for the seat currently held by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground.He’s been quietly running since February, when he launched a campaign Twitter account that originally promoted the Whig party. Atencio, a member of the LGBTQ community, said he’s conducted most his of in-person campaigning so far from Portland gay bars frequented by Vancouver residents. He’s also launched a website, rudywa.org.In a conversation with The Columbian on Tuesday, Atencio said he’s running on raising the minimum wage and implementing a single-payer health care system.“I am behind a low-cost, needs-based, Medicare-for-all system. So if you need it, you get Medicare. If you don’t need it — there’s no need to extend Medicare to people who are not in need,” Atencio said. “That seems to be the preference for everyone in South Washington that I’ve spoken with while campaigning, as well as people in Portland.”He said that he believes the federal minimum wage is too low, and he predicted that interest rates will rise after the 2020 election, and the cost of living will go up along with them.last_img read more

Jallow Undergoing Personalised Programme to Beef up Scoring

first_imgBy Sulayman BahGambia international Lamin Jallow is undergoing a personalised training regimen to get him back scoring from all cylinders.The 24-year-old, on loan at second tier Salernitana from Serie A’s Chievo, notched up eleven goals becoming the highest scoring African last season.This season though, he has only a single goal to his name in twelve matches, eight of those from the starting lineup.Saleritana are ardent on ensuring their promotion bid see light of day and having secured the Gambian in that regard, they’re understandably alarmed at the winger’s slow return of goals.As a result, gaffer Coluntouano has recommended a drill to arrest Lamin’s goal profligacy.The drills which involves face to face situations with goalkeepers, is being hoped, will get him bolstered.last_img read more

See the NASA Mars InSight seismometer level itself out

first_imgEnlarge ImageNASA’s InSight mission set this seismometer on the ground in December. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s InSight mission has a way of making you feel like you’re standing on Mars. Some vivid new images show the latest steps in deploying the lander’s seismometer as the space agency gets ready to listen for marsquakes.InSight gently placed the seismometer on the Mars surface in December using a robotic arm, but it was sitting at a slight angle. On Sunday, NASA shared a before-and-after look at the seismometer leveling itself out. You can see the cable that connects the instrument to the lander. Sci-Tech 0 Share your voice With my seismometer safely at rest on #Mars, I was able to release my hold on it. There’s still some more instrument prep to do, but it’s looking good. pic.twitter.com/FlEsAKjzTT— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) January 4, 2019 I’ve released the slack in my cable so it won’t flutter as much in the wind and pull on the seismometer. Keeping it still will help as I listen for #marsquakes. pic.twitter.com/8NJ9S4gD9i— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) January 7, 2019 To get ready to record #marsquakes, my seismometer has been leveling itself out and adjusting its internal sensors. It’s always good to be centered and balanced. pic.twitter.com/2A6mpeLNKj— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) January 6, 2019 Tags 22 Photos The instrument moves slightly between the two frames of the GIF. The InSight team reports the seismometer is adjusting its internal sensors. It’ll also receive a wind and thermal shield to protect it while it listens for activity from the interior of Mars.On Friday, NASA showed how the lander’s arm and claw was able to let go of the seismometer before it leveled itself.  These little Mars movies are giving space fans a fabulous view of InSight’s delicate and ambitious work. We can soon look forward to learning more about the red planet’s stomach rumblings.  NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures Post a comment InSight landed on Mars in late November to investigate the planet’s vital signs and learn more about how rocky planets are formed. “The seismometer is the highest-priority instrument on InSight: We need it in order to complete about three-quarters of our science objectives,” said Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator.NASA made an additional adjustment to its seismometer deployment. The InSight team tweeted on Monday that the mission has “released the slack in my cable so it won’t flutter as much in the wind and pull on the seismometer.” NASA Spacelast_img read more

5th and 6th District Councilman Forum

first_imgNeighborhoods United and The League of Women Voters-Baltimore present a forum for Park Heights Residents on March 10 at 6 p.m. Confirmed participants running for City Council include: Betsy Gardner, Sharon Green Middleton, Derrick Lennon, Elizabeth Ryan Martinez, Issac Schleifer, Kinji Pierre Scott, Sharif J. Small and Richard Thomas White. It will be held at New Freedom Baptist Church, 4915 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215.last_img

Flexible color displays with microfluidics

first_img The method also deviates from existing techniques of liquid crystals or organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), which consume energy at the level of the light-emitting pixel. The technique houses a microfluidic water droplet train as a flexible, reflective display. The working principle of the system is based on a rotary liquid selector with suction-based negative pressure to drive the droplets in the intended direction and form a predetermined sign.Microchannels of the proposed device were fabricated with the flexible polymer, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a material with properties that include transparency under visible light and permeability to air. The authors used soft lithography and bonding techniques to create PDMS-PDMS microchannels with pixel patterns ranging from 400-800 μm in diameter and 50-200 μm in height. In the device architecture, the patterns were connected via linear channels of 100-200 μm in width. Since the material is permeable to air and gas soluble, a thin Parylene layer (500 nm thick) was deposited within the microchannels to prevent the leakage and evaporation of air and water. A new generation of LCD with higher efficiency, resolution and color performance , Applied Physics Letters Observing the flexibility, recovery and retention of the multicolored display within its original dimensions on microchannels of flexible PDMS. Credit: Microsystems and Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-018-0018-1 To fabricate an optimized pixel size, the authors devised a relationship between the microchannel geometry and water loss in order to maintain a specific volume of dyed water as droplets advanced in the device. The device design and optimization included measurements of the minimal differential pressure required to drive dyed water droplets through the microchannels. The pressure within the microfluidic device suction system was controlled with a computer-aided valve system, and the switch control was programmed using MATLAB. In addition, the capacity for color switching and droplet control was assessed at the level of the single pixel for optimized image display. The relationship between droplet position and the time of negative pressure applied was optimized to indicate that the device could be controlled at the level of the single pixel. The schematic principles of device design and fabrication: The proposed microfluidic device made of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) polymer, using standard photolithography fabrication techniques to form pixel-patterned microchannels. The pressure inside the microfluidic device was regulated with a computer-controlled valve system composed of a solenoid valve, vacuum pump and air regulator. The switch control was programmed by MATLAB and gauge pressure controlled by the in-built regulator. Credit: Microsystems and Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-018-0018-1 Journal information: Nature Communications , Nature A new study published on Microsystems and Nanoengineering by Kazuhiro Kobayashi and Hiroaki Onoe details the development of a flexible and reflective multicolor display system that does not require continued energy supply for color retention. The idea aims to find futuristic applications with sustainable color displays and replace existing electronic display signs currently used for multicolor messages and images. While the concept originates from electronic paper or flexible electronics that look like print on paper (developed for smart wear), the proposed method simply relies on sequentially introduced colored water droplets and air pockets in a microfluidic device precisely fabricated on a flexible polymer to maintain stable bitmap images without energy consumption. © 2018 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img More information: Kazuhiro Kobayashi et al. Microfluidic-based flexible reflective multicolor display, Microsystems & Nanoengineering (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41378-018-0018-1Power-free poly(dimethylsiloxane) microfluidic devices for gold nanoparticle-based DNA analysis dx.doi.org/10.1039%2Fb403930k, Hosokawa et al, 2004, Royal Society of Chemistry, Lab on a Chip.Two-dimensional flexible nanoelectronics, www.nature.com/articles/ncomms6678, Akinwande et al, Review, December 2014, Nature Communications.All-organic active matrix flexible display aip.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.1 … 8213?journalCode=apl Zhou L et al, 2006 Appl. Phys. Lett. Organic thin-film transistor-driven polymer-dispersed liquid crystal displays on flexible polymer substrates aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.1448659, Sheraw et al, 2002, Appl. Phys. Lett. PDMS-based micro PCR chip with Parylene coating iopscience.iop.org/article/10. … 60-1317/13/5/332/pdf, Shin et al, 2003, J. Micromech. Microeng. Electronic paper: flexible active-matrix electronic ink display www.nature.com/articles/423136a Chen, et al, Brief Communication, May 2003, Nature. Citation: Flexible color displays with microfluidics (2018, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-flexible-microfluidics.html Experimental results validated that the system could display multicolored reflective images and retain them without energy consumption as theorized. The images were durable while maintaining their position after pliable twisting, to indicate flexibility and recovery of the original multicolored framework. The scientists predict that such flexible and energy-less display systems may find innovative applications on robot skins, clothes and accessories in daily life in the future. In the study, a range of images were created in this way in zig-zag microchannels as proof of principle to test the proposed concept of flexible multicolor reflective displays. Color retention was enabled by stopping the suction system, during which the orientation of the display remained intact without energy supply. , Lab on a Chip The proof-of-principle of a three-color dot matrix a) multicolored stripe patterns (vertically and horizontally aligned) displayed on microchannels, b-c) the bitmap characters ‘A’ and ‘T’ visualized on the microfluidic-based reflective display, d-g) testing the flexibility of the display to indicate maintenance of the original framework for multicolored display retention. Credit: Microsystems and Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-018-0018-1 The fabricated device for color display a) Meandering microchannels with a 7×13 pixels (25 dpi) display. Inlet and outlet ports were connected to the liquid selector and suction system, b) microscopic images of the tear-drop shaped pixels that constitute the microchannels, the white dots on each pixel were caused by visible light illuminated on the device surface, c) cross-sectional view of the microchannel, a thin parylene film was deposited within the microchannel to prevent air leakage. Credit: Microsystems and Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-018-0018-1 Observing the relationship between the droplet position and the timing of negative pressure applied to control the position of droplets at the level of the single-pixel. Credit: Microsystems and Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-018-0018-1 Explore furtherlast_img read more

4 Sturdy Pillars of Data for Growing Your Small Retail Business

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read When the time comes to expand your retail business, how will you know? Some shop owners decide purely on gut feeling. Some people decide based on excess cash-flow. Forward-thinking retailers decide because they see the signs in the data.As cloud technology has become affordable and accessible to small retailers, now they can take advantage of store data – like foot-traffic converting into sales – that illuminates opportunities for growth from one store to many.But data isn’t just a way of making big decisions like whether or not it’s time to open a new store. Data is your growth medium from the first day you decide to start up a retail business. It’s the stuff the future’s made of.Related:This Slick iBeacon Device Helps Retailers Push Deals to In-Store ShoppersHowever, you don’t need big data to do something useful. All you need is a collection of your own “small data,” used wisely. Here are four types of data you’ll learn to love if you want to build a successful retail business:1. In-store presence data. With the right technology, you can measure everything from foot traffic to in-store dwell time to the areas most visited on the shop floor. Integrate that information with your point-of-sale data and customer data to understand how people shop, including conversion rates and market segment behavior variations.For example, If checkout times are long and abandonment is high, then you know you need to speed up the checkout process or staff up during peak hours. If customers linger longer in the footwear aisles then the lingerie department, but buy more lingerie than footwear, you may want to investigate their reasons and rethink how you are using your space.2. Inventory data. If you peek inside your customers’ shopping baskets, you can learn a lot about what they are buying most. Comparing that to your inventory and cost of goods sold will help you tweak your retail operations to encourage growth. Seasonal fluctuations in purchases and items bought can help you determine when to create new advertising, in-store layouts, web pages or special offers.Related: The Future of Retail: 6 Ways the Cloud Will Reinvent the Sales FloorSan Francisco-based handmade tea retailer, T-We Tea, used inventory data about the cost of goods sold to identify which of their best-selling teas had the highest margins.In order to maximize profits, T-We purchased higher volumes of those teas in order to increase economies of scale. From there, T-We was able to bundle their most popular products together with those same highest margin products, sell at a discounted rate, but still increase profits. These simple but important tweaks grew revenues by 300 percent and helped them expand to a larger location.3. Financial data. Financial data is vital to learning how your cash flow and profits are doing and what patterns they tend to follow. There are plenty of tools on the market that can do this for you, at little to no cost (No need to hire an expensive accountant to tell you how you are doing).Plug your POS system into your accounts so you take control of your day-to-day business finances. Services such as QuickBooks Online integrate with POS systems, allowing you to automatically capture real-time financial data and run analytical reports that give you deep insight your business and let you forecast for growth.4. Customer data. Customer insight helps you grow your brand’s influence and appeal. If you want loyal customers to make repeat purchases and recommend your store to their friends, then you need to listen to your customer data.Working with a company like PayPal, retailers can empower their customers to “check-in” when they arrive, showing the retailer the customer’s photo and buying history. With this kind of insight, you can personalize the customer experience based on their purchase history.These four pillars of data are key to understanding the performance of your company. When you can see what’s going right and what’s going wrong, you’ll make smarter decisions that steer the company in the right direction, creating net improvement all the time.Related: 8 Ways Retailers Should Target Smartphone Users August 6, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Ellis Island in reverse Where deportees go when they get home to

first_img Facebook Comments GUATEMALA CITY — On the edge of the airport here is a one-story structure, the first stop for tens of thousands of migrants sent back from the United States. It’s like a reverse Ellis Island.Inside, Guatemalan government officials representing dozens of agencies patiently await planeloads of countrymen. There are two banks to exchange U.S. dollars or Mexican pesos for quetzals, the local currency. A doctor stands ready in a clinic to help migrants with injuries.And on a recent morning, officials set out 115 bagged lunches for each passenger arriving on the first flight of the day. There was a sandwich of black beans smeared on bread, apple juice, cookies and a bag of Tortrix — Guatemalan potato chips, a brand chosen, officials said, to help returning migrants reacclimate to society.“Now you’re in your country and with your people” read a large placard at the front of the room. It was written in Spanish and Quiché, the most widely spoken of Guatemala’s 22 indigenous languages. The placard was behind about a dozen kiosks where officials were to quiz the returning migrants. Guatemalan returnees are interviewed and photographed in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Aug. 27 after the U.S. government returned them to their home country. Washington Post photo by Michael S. WilliamsonIf living and working in the United States is the dream for tens of thousands of Central Americans immigrants, then ending up in this building is the nightmare.The process that unfolds here most weekdays is at the heart of the Guatemalan government’s plan to address the regional immigration crisis and convince the Obama administration that it’s a reliable partner, worthy of more economic assistance to deter more illegal immigration.“We have a process and we’re improving the quality of how they’re received,” Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina said in a recent interview with The Washington Post. He said his government is preparing especially for the return of unaccompanied young children who made it across the U.S.-Mexico border but are due to be sent back in the coming weeks after sparking national outrage and a renewed debate on Capitol Hill.“We don’t anticipate a massive deportation of children to Guatemala,” he said. “But we expect that it will happen gradually and that we will be able to receive them well and provide for them.” Undocumented Guatemalan migrants caught in the United States point out their hometowns after arriving in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Aug. 27 from the United States. They were offered a bus ticket to return to their hometowns. Daily charter flights from the U.S. return undocumented Guatemalan to their home country. Washington Post photo by Michael S. WilliamsonU.S. officials closely tracking the process are impressed so far and believe that Guatemala has taken greater steps than El Salvador and Honduras to absorb the contraflow of migrants expected to continue for the foreseeable future. In recent months, the Guatemalan government has refurbished shelters to temporarily house returning migrants who can’t immediately find family or a ride home. And the government has launched a spirited advertising campaign on television, radio and the Internet in several western provinces that is urging Guatemalans to “Quédate,” or “Stay.”Then there’s the simple white building on the military side of the airport that’s barely visible from the gleaming glass passenger terminal on the other side of the tarmac.“It’s better than most DMV operations in the United States,” said Paco Palmieri, a deputy assistant secretary for Central America and the Caribbean, who is one of several U.S. officials who’ve visited and observed the process.Before one recent planeload of migrants arrived, someone turned on loud marimba music to help fill the space and lighten the mood.Moments later, a flight from Alexandria, Louisiana — a jet operated by the charter passenger service World Atlantic Airlines, dubbed “Mission AEX1” by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — pulled up next to the building. There were 115 passengers aboard. They were served water. No food. And no in-flight movie.Flights carrying illegal immigrants back to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras take off daily from runways near federal detention facilities in Mesa, Arizona; Brownsville, Texas; or Louisiana. Wheels up to wheels down, the flights cost U.S. taxpayers roughly $10,000. Undocumented Guatemalan migrants caught in the United States eat their bag lunches after being returned to their home country on Aug. 27. Many had been in the U.S. for years before being caught by American immigration authorities. Washington Post photo by Michael S. WilliamsonThe first person off the plane this day was an ICE official carrying a large manila envelope full of documents. He was followed by three young women and dozens of men, who walked two-by-two into the building. Some smiled, others bopped their heads to the marimba music. As they sat down, they tore into the lunches. Most were dressed in T-shirts, jeans and hiking boots or sneakers.Then the marimba music abruptly cut off.Out stepped Víctor Méndez, an immigration official.“¡Bienvenidos a Guatemala!” he said.The room erupted in cheers.“I have several instructions for you,” he told them. “If you changed your name in the United States for whatever reason, give us your actual name here.” Officials also want to know dates of birth, home towns, why the migrants left the country, when they left and by which exit point along Guatemala’s western border with Mexico.“You have crossed rivers, deserts and on trains,” Méndez told the crowd. “But thank God that you were able to get there, to do work and send help for your families.”When he then said, “You are now in your country,” applause broke out again. Then the migrants were called up to the kiosks to be fingerprinted and interviewed. Minors warrant special attention, but on this flight there were none. Sack lunches are placed on 115 chairs moments before the flight of 115 deportees was due to arrive in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Aug. 27. Undocumented Guatemalan migrants caught in the United States are returned to their home country and are given a briefing, a bag lunch and a bus ticket to go home. Washington Post photo by Michael S. WilliamsonAmong those waiting was José Luis Maldonado García, 34. He was wearing a yellow shirt from the landscaping company where he worked in Alexandria, Virginia.As he waited for his name to be called, García could recall several exact dates. He first immigrated illegally in 2001 and stayed until returning to Guatemala in 2009. He tried again, but was apprehended in Texas on March 5, 2012. About a month later, he said, he entered the United States and made it to Northern Virginia by May 5, 2012, where he lived and worked until immigration authorities raided his home on Aug. 7. He was taken to Richmond, then a federal facility in Louisiana. Two weeks later, he was back in Guatemala.Asked if he will ever try going to the United States again, García said, “No, I don’t think so. The journey is too treacherous.” He has a wife and two kids — 4 and 2 — in the village of Chiquimula, and, from now on, he said he plans to try earning a living here. Some Guatemalan returnees arrive back in their home country on August 27, 2014 with orange fruit sacks filled with all of their possessions. Undocumented Guatemalan migrants caught in the United States are returned to their home country on daily flights. Washington Post photo by Michael S. WilliamsonPascual Mateo Andrés, 22, said he might try immigrating again one day. He spent eight years in the United States, entering along the Texas border in 2006 and traveling to Jackson, Mississippi, where he worked in a Mexican restaurant. On the night of July 4 — Independence Day — he said local police apprehended him outside the restaurant and handed him over to ICE.Unsure about what’s next, he said, “I guess I’ll stay with my family. I wanted to bring my sisters up, but I couldn’t. They didn’t cross the border.” Once he gets to his family in Acatenango, “I’ll find a new job as fast as I can.”Within an hour, García and Andrés were interviewed and given free bus tickets to travel home.Then it was time to sweep the floor and put out more lunches. Time to cue the marimba music and swing open the doors. Another plane with 107 passengers was unloading momentarily. 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