Walmart’s New Foothold in India Has As Many Customers As Amazon Prime

first_imgAmazon.com revealed a stunning statistic last month when it announced that its Prime service had hit more than 100 million subscribers worldwide.Its largest American competitor, Walmart, may have just captured as many new customers in India alone.The retail giant announced Wednesday that it would make a 77 percent stake in Flipkart, which since its founding more than a decade ago has evolved from a modest startup into one of India’s leading e-commerce site. The $16 billion acquisition keeps Walmart in step with Amazon as the two behemoths look to expand in India, with 1.3 billion people and a fast-growing economy.The deal all but assures an ongoing global rivalry between Walmart and Amazon. (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.) And the move comes less than two years after Walmart stepped up its online game in the United States by buying Jet.com for $3.3 billion.In an interesting twist, this time Walmart is snapping up a company started by none other than two former Amazon employees.“For Walmart, this is the only way left to enter the Indian market and they are paying a premium for the access,” said Satish Meena, a Forrester analyst based in New Delhi. “This will provide them around 54 million active online buyers and a company with 40 percent of the Indian online retail market.”In March, Meena forecasted that India’s online retail market remained the fastest-growing market in the world. At that point, Meena wrote that Amazon was closing the gap with Flipkart to become the single-largest online retailer in India in terms of sales. Fashion was the only category in which Flipkart maintained a significant edge.The report noted that as Amazon focused on fashion and grocery in 2017 and 2018, “Flipkart will find it difficult to retain its edge in 2018.”Walmart’s acquisition changes that dynamic. Now, the retailer can help launch Flipkart’s grocery services to compete with Amazon’s. And Walmart can give Flipkart a boost in its fashion and clothing category, especially for low-to mid-priced products.“But the overall question of customer experience will be the key factor,” Meena said.Walmart arrived in India in 2007 as it sought to debut brick-and-mortar stores in its major cities. But local regulations on foreign retailers hampered plans for Walmart’s massive expansion.Meanwhile, the two former Amazon employees, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, steadily grew Flipkart from the book-selling company they founded in a two-bedroom apartment in Bangalore. Today, the company sells 80 million products across more than 80 categories and has 100 million registered users, according to its website. The whole operation involves 100,000 sellers and 8 million shipments a month.In its news release, Walmart also cast the acquisition as creating jobs within India’s economy and supporting small business, even giving a nod to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” campaign.The rest of Flipkart will be owned by existing investors, including co-founder Binny Bansal, the Chinese tech giant Tencent, Tiger Global and Microsoft.Jared Wiesel, partner at the tech-enabled consulting firm Revenue Analytics, said Walmart – which has traditionally operated physical stores – would also benefit from Flipkart’s technological expertise. And even beyond the immediate payoffs, Walmart’s growth in India through Flipkart should accelerate for years.“The long-term play is they’ll get in, maybe not on the ground floor, but you’re on floor two,” Wiesel said. “Get in, establish your base, bringing in additional resources and help Flipkart continue to grow and evolve in the consumer fabric of India so that when you wake up five years from now, 10 years from now, the consumers are orders of magnitude more.”Like Wiesel, Charlie O’Shea, lead retail analyst at Moody’s, highlighted the investment Walmart is making for the future, particularly as India’s smartphone use booms and millennials drive online shopping.And so, for the price of $16 billion, O’Shea said Walmart’s largest deal “becomes much bigger and more profitable down the road.”“You’re looking up the runway, and the runway in India is about as limitless as there is anywhere,” O’Shea said.© 2018, The Washington Post Related Itemslast_img read more

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Russian teen Potapova stuns Wimbledon champion Kerber at French Open

first_imgGermany’s Angelique Kerber serves the ball to Russia’s Anastasia Potapova during their women’s singles first round match on day 1 of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 26, 2019. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)German fifth seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber was knocked out of Roland Garros in the first round on Sunday by Russian world number 81 Anastasia Potapova.Kerber, bidding to complete a career Grand Slam, slumped to a 6-4, 6-2 defeat to the 18-year-old Russian who was making her Paris debut.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport FRENCH OPEN 2019: Serena Williams tries again for 24th major Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Potapova’s first win over a top 10 player gives her a second round clash against either China’s Wang Yafan or Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH PLAY LIST 01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

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Majority of Indians excited about IPL 2016: Ipsos survey,Majority of Indians excited about IPL 2016: Ipsos survey

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL 10% respondents said that they would be watching the game of the IPL in the stadium, live. File Photo   –  The Hindu COMMENT SHARE cricket Ahmedabad most enthused with Gujarat Lions debuting Published on 10% respondents said that they would be watching the game of the IPL in the stadium, live. File Photo   –  The Hinducenter_img COMMENTS More than seven in ten (71%) urban Indians polled are enthused about the Indian Premier League (IPL) according to a new study by Ipsos, a global market research company.Most buoyant audience are from Ahmedabad (90%) – with Gujarat Lions debuting this IPL, their enthusiasm is very high; followed by Mumbaikars (88%); Chennai (72%); Delhi – 64%; Kolkata – 69%; Bangalore – 66%; Hyderabad – 52% and Lucknow – 69%.However, a significant number of respondents are either going to watch the IPL in bits and pieces (overall, 14%; 23% in Delhi; 22% in Kolkata; 20% in Lucknow; 18% in Bangalore) or will give the IPL a complete miss (overall 4%; 10% in Bangalore).“Allure of cricket transcends Indian cities, age groups, and strata. The pace of IPL and format of the game has appealed to the sensibilities of urban Indians to a great degree,” says Amit Adarkar, Managing Director- India, Ipsos.Ipsos IPL survey was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs team in April 2016 among 1028 Indian respondents across eight cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Ahmedabad.Overall, 41% of respondents said that world class players in mixed teams was what they liked the most about the game; 32% like the format of the game T20; for 21% respondents it is watching these players livein stadium that takes the cake; 17% respondents polled are taken in by all the fun, colour, music, celebration and cheer leaders that glamorise this event; 12% respondents love this event but are undecided about what makes this event so appealing to them and 5% like all elements of the IPL, in totality.Adarkar feels that this event is like one big jamboree for cricket lovers. “In its 9th Season now, the IPL has captured mind space widely; everything else other than the IPL gets a short shrift, much to the chagrin of many. But marketers, movie producers, TV channels have reconciled and learnt to postpone some of their mega launches and events to avoided clashing with the popular cricket event (IPL). ”The IPL has kicked off and all cricket lovers are hooked. So where does India watch the IPL matches? An overwhelming 84% of respondents polled said that they would be watching the IPL at home. 19%respondents plan to watch most matches of the IPL at home but with their gang of friends; 10% respondents said that they would be watching the game of the IPL in the stadium, live; 2% would be watching in a Sports Bar or a restaurant with friends; and 1% said that they would be catching the game online, on their laptops or desktops. April 28, 2016 IPL 2016 0 ×last_img read more

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Eagles Burst Jets Bubble, 24-17

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Brandon Marshall made a big catch and was determined to do something more.After all, the New York Jets’ offense was struggling and in dire need of a spark. So, Marshall carelessly tossed the ball behind him for a teammate — and flipped the momentum right back to the Philadelphia Eagles.“Wrong time to gamble,” Marshall said after the Jets’ 24-17 loss Sept. 27. “I was pressing, trying to make a play. Probably the worst play in NFL history.”It was that kind of day for Marshall and the Jets (2-1).Darren Sproles sparked the Eagles (1-2) with an 89-yard punt return for a score and added a 1-yard touchdown run, the defense caused four turnovers and Philadelphia got its first win of the season.“Now we know we’re not going to go undefeated this year,” said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was intercepted three times.Sam Bradford threw a TD pass to Ryan Mathews, who also rushed for 108 yards on 25 carries while starting in place of the injured DeMarco Murray. The Eagles improved to 10-0 all-time against the Jets, who were coming off a victory at Indianapolis on Sept. 21.“They beat us at our own game,” said Jets coach Todd Bowles, whose team had 10 takeaways in the first two games and only one in this one.With the Jets trailing 17-0, Marshall caught a 15-yard pass — and then tried to get off a backward pass to Jeff Cumberland. But the ball hit an Eagles defender and was recovered by Jordan Hicks. A video review confirmed the call, and the Eagles made the Jets pay.Sproles scored moments later, running straight ahead for a 1-yard TD that gave Philadelphia a 24-0 lead with 2:11 remaining in the half.“You can’t do that,” Marshall said of his play. “The damage outweighs the reward so much.”Fitzpatrick threw touchdown passes to Marshall and Jeremy Kerley, but the last of his three INTs, by Walter Thurmond with 3:28 left, helped seal the Jets’ loss after they held the Eagles scoreless after halftime.Nick Folk kicked a 53-yard field goal with 2:34 remaining, but Seyi Ajirotutu recovered the onside kick and the Eagles ran out the clock.“I feel like the first couple of weeks, there was a lot of pressure on us,” Bradford said. “I feel like we were all pressing a little bit. It’s just nice to get that first one. Now that pressure’s gone.”Kerley, who had been dropped on the depth chart and played just two total snaps on offense entering the game, caught a 7-yard pass from Fitzpatrick to get the Jets within 24-14 with 9:37 remaining.The Jets appeared ready to turn the momentum in their favor when David Harris popped the ball out of Mathews’ hands and Demario Davis recovered. But three plays later, Philadelphia took it right back when Brandon Bair deflected Fitzpatrick’s pass intended for Marshall and Hicks grabbed the easy interception.Marshall finished with 10 catches for 109 yards and reached 10,000 yards receiving for his career.Bradford was 14 of 28 for 118 yards, while Fitzpatrick was 35 of 58 for 283 yards.Sproles put the Eagles up 10-0 with his spectacular punt return early in the second quarter, dodging at least four would-be Jets tacklers.“We just didn’t make any plays,” Bowles said. “They made plays and we didn’t. We didn’t make many in the second half, either.” (DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Canso Canal Closed for Repairs Starting Nov 1

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE The Canso Canal will be closed to marine traffic for an extended period starting November 1st to May 14th as work continues on the Canso Causeway swing bridge. The swing bridge is sixty-years-old and requires significant upgrades to ensure it continues to provide service to all transportation types including vehicular, marine and rail. Improvements to the Canso Causeway include upgrades to the swing bridge, a new operators’ building as well as structural, mechanical and electrical repairs. There will be a temporary detour bridge and temporary road approaches to help reduce vehicular traffic delays. -30- The Canso Canal will be closed for an extended period starting Nov. 1 to May 14, to marine traffic as work continues on the Canso Causeway swing bridge. The swing bridge is 60-years-old and requires significant upgrades to ensure it continues to provide service to all transportation types including vehicular, marine and rail. Improvements to the Canso Causeway include upgrades to the swing bridge, a new operators’ building as well as structural, mechanical and electrical repairs. There will be a temporary detour bridge and temporary road approaches to help reduce vehicular traffic delays. The Canso Causeway project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017. The Canso Canal is owned by the Government of Canada and operated on its behalf by the Canadian Coast Guard.last_img read more

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Diors Sauvage campaign pulled from Twitter and Instagram amid online backlash

first_imgThe company was being accused of racism for its depiction of Native American culture.The spot, which appeared on Twitter Friday morning, features an unidentified Indigenous man dancing in traditional dress and a voice-over by Johnny Depp.The tweet proclaims that the ad campaign is “An authentic journey deep into the Native American soul in a sacred, founding and secular territory,” with  “More to come. September 1st.”The Dior/Johnny Depp tweet may have been taken down, but the internet never forgets. pic.twitter.com/cUEnJZ7m0v— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) August 30, 2019Sauvage in French has a variety of meanings, including wild, unspoiled and savage.Critics also decried the involvement of Johnny Depp, who is the celebrity face of the fragrance and stars in a film promoting Sauvage.Open Gallery3 itemsThe teaser video prompted many Twitter users to call the video racist and cultural appropriation.Using Depp for this horror of a campaign is racist icing on the colonized cake, given Depp’s prior, unfounded claims of having “Native ancestry” and then his appalling stint as “Toto” in The Lone Ranger. This is beyond tone deaf. Good holy Zeus this is bad. pic.twitter.com/leNTgx9Uh2— Kathleen Smith (@KikkiPlanet) August 30, 2019City News has reached out to Dior for comment, but have not heard back.— With files from the Associated Press. EDMONTON (CityNews) – Dior, the French luxury fashion company has taken down videos for its latest cologne ‘Sauvage’ from both Twitter and Instagram.However, as of 2:55 MT Friday, a YouTube video from the Christian Dior account of the campaign was still available for viewing.last_img read more

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Hit with arrest of exchair Ghosn Nissan profit nosedives

TOKYO — Japanese automaker Nissan, reeling from the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, has seen annual profit nose-dive to less than half of what it earned in the previous year. It’s forecasting even dimmer results going forward.Nissan Motor Co. reported Tuesday that its profit for the fiscal year ended March was 319.1 billion yen ($2.9 billion), down from 746.9 billion yen in the previous fiscal year.Yokohama-based Nissan said profit for the fiscal year through March 2020 will drop to 170 billion yen ($1.5 billion), as restructuring and product development expenses combined with currency-related losses and rising material costs slam earnings.Ghosn, who led Nissan and its alliance with Renault SA of France for two decades, was arrested in November on financial misconduct charges. He says he is innocent.The Associated Press read more

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Afghanistan Iran and Pakistan agree an antidrugs plan brokered by UN

8 May 2008Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan have agreed to step up cross-border controls to stop the flow of illegal drugs, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced today in Vienna. Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan have agreed to step up cross-border controls to stop the flow of illegal drugs, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced today in Vienna. The three countries, meeting in the Iranian capital Tehran, agreed to establish Border Liaison Offices, on each of their three borders, to plan joint operations against traffickers attempting to smuggle heroin out of Afghanistan. The countries also announced that they would step up the campaign to block the transport of precursor chemicals for heroin production in and around Afghanistan. Another key focus was on how to prevent trade links and road transport from being used for the smuggling of narcotics. “We need to ensure that ways to facilitate trade are not exploited by smugglers of guns, chemicals and weapons,” said Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of UNODC. Today’s meeting in Tehran was part of the Triangular Initiative brokered by UNODC.Speakers at the meeting stressed the devastating impact of opium and heroin on their countries, and urged the international community, particularly European countries, to reduce demand for drugs and support the new plan. With UNODC’s assistance, Iran will establish a permanent secretariat for the Triangular Initiative and a regional centre for intelligence exchange. read more

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Olympic robots offer virtual attendance help out on field

TOKYO — A cart-like robot scuttles across the field to bring back javelins and discuses. A towering screen-on-wheels is designed for “virtual” attendance. The cute ones are, naturally, the likeness of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots.Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp., a major Olympic sponsor, is readying various robots for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The robots were shown to reporters for release Monday.The mascot robots have moving limbs and its eyes change to the image of stars and hearts. It cannot speak at all or walk very well. But the engineer in charge, Tomohisa Moridaira, suggested various possibilities, such as getting the robot to hold the Olympic torch using magnets.The T-TR1, developed by Toyota’s robotics institute in the U.S., highlights “virtual mobility,” taking the automaker’s usual business of transportation to another dimension. It’s a moving human-size display designed to represent people who can’t be there.Think a faraway grandma at a child’s birthday party or a legendary athlete not able to attend but “virtually” taking part in Olympic festivities.Like all the world’s major automakers, Toyota uses robotics in production plants. But it has also designed human-like robots, including those that play musical instruments.The Cue 3, which computes a three-dimensional image with sensors and adjusts motors for the right angle and propulsion to accurately throw basketballs, recently got listed in the Guinness World Records for making 2020 free throws without missing, a record for a robot and an homage to the Tokyo Olympics.An earlier Toyota robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to picking things up, to help the sick and elderly.The latest “field support robot,” which looks like a cart, will also be picking things up: the javelin, discus or hammer on the Olympic field.Its intelligence helps it avoid obstacles as well as repetitive routes to minimize wear and tear on the grass.The catch is: It can’t go find the objects or pick them up on its own. A person has to run in front of it. Once the object is loaded, by the human, the robot will return to its original position.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=enYuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

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Names of children who died in residential schools released in sombre ceremony

CP-Web. Joyce Hunter, whose brother Charlie Hunter died at St. Anne’s Residential School in 1974, passes Clement Chartier, president of the Metis National Council, as she carries a ceremonial cloth with the names of 2,800 children who died in residential schools and were identified in the National Student Memorial Register, is carried to the stage during the Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS A number of national Indigenous officials spoke at the ceremony Monday, which felt much like a funeral for the many young victims of abuse and neglect in residential schools.National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations mourned for the “little ones,” many of whom were buried unceremoniously in unmarked graves.He called the deaths of the children in the schools a “genocide” — echoing the findings of the final report of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, which was released earlier this year.“The residential-school system was a genocide of Indigenous peoples, First Nations peoples, forcibly removing from their homes and inflicting pain,” Bellegarde said during the ceremony.“We still feel the intergenerational trauma of that genocide. We see it every day in our communities. But now we say there’s hope, because it’s not just (the term) ‘survivors’ we want to use. The people are … thrivers, starting to thrive, becom(ing) proud of who we are as Indigenous Peoples.”But not everyone was feeling so upbeat about the current state of affairs for Indigenous children in Canada.After all, many are still dying of suicide and from the effects of other systemic mistreatment, Moran said.“My greatest fear right now, and I think a reality for this country is that there may very well be another day like this in 80 years, remembering the children that are dying today,” he said.Moran noted concerns raised recently by well-known Indigenous advocate Cindy Blackstock, who called for more political attention to a ruling earlier this month from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The ruling found the federal government had been “wilful and reckless” in discriminating against First Nations children living on reserves by knowingly underfunding child-welfare services.“We live in a country that is still in the midst of a human-rights crisis, profound human-rights violations. We’ve got to do better and we can do better and I hope that all Canadians feel that, if we get this right, we’ll be a better, stronger country,” Moran said.Although the names of the victims unveiled Monday are public, the details researchers have been able to uncover about them will be restricted to families.The work won’t stop, Moran added. The team continues to seek the names of the 1,600 others confirmed dead and to find some kind of resolution for the children who disappeared.Researchers plan to return to First Nations communities to refine the list, fill gaps, and add as much as they can. Many, many graves need to be located.They will also try to collect as many and as much of the stories behind the names as they can.“That is the next phase — making sure that when we remember these children, we bring life to them and help understand what really went on. That’s got to be led by the communities and the families. We’re there to help.”The work has been difficult and draining — “really, really harsh,” Moran added. Many openly wept. Mournful songs performed by Indigenous artists pierced the quiet sadness that hung over the room.The list has been created to break the silence over the fates of at least some of the thousands who disappeared during the decades the schools operated.“Today is a special day not only for myself but for thousands of others, like me, across the country to finally bring recognition and honour to our school chums, to our cousins, our nephews to our nieces that were forgotten,” said elder Dr. Barney Williams, a residential-school survivor and member of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation survivors committee.“I know that the angels in heaven — the names that are on that list — are certainly smiling down on you and me. Smiling down to know that finally, after all this time, they are not forgotten.”The cloth is the product of years of research conducted on what happened to the many children who were taken into residential schools and never came out. Archivists pored over records from governments and churches, which together operated as many as 80 schools across the country over 120 years. It’s the start of meeting one of the 94 calls to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report issued in 2015, which called for resources to develop and maintain a register of deaths in residential schools.A total of 150,000 Indigenous children are thought to have spent at least some time in a residential school.“It is essential these names be known,” said Ry Moran, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which compiled the list.The 2,800 are those whose deaths and names researchers have been able to confirm. Moran says another 1,600 also died, but remain unnamed.There are also many hundreds who simply vanished, undocumented in any records so far uncovered.Some schools have an extensive list of students who died; some list none. Moran wonders at such large discrepancies.“Even our recent research efforts have uncovered another 400 students,” Moran said. “We know there’s many more students to be found.”The age range is wide.“Infants, three-year-olds, four-year-olds all the way up through their teenage years. We’ve got some students on this list that are named as ‘babies.’” CP-Web. Joyce Hunter, right, whose brother Charlie Hunter died at St. Anne’s Residential School in 1974, and Stephanie Scott, staff at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, lay down a ceremonial cloth with the names of 2,800 children who died in residential schools and were identified in the National Student Memorial Register, is carried to the stage during the Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ceremony in Gatineau, Ontario on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. A ceremonial cloth with the names of 2,800 children who died in residential schools and were identified in the National Student Memorial Register, is carried to the stage during the Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Rose Mary Wolfe in Lestock, Saskatchewan. Bella Johnson in Whitefish Lake, Alberta. Jacob Grey in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. James Paul in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia.The list goes on and on — children who died in Canada’s residential school system. Child victims being named for the first time.On Monday, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation revealed the names of 2,800 children who died in residential schools during a sombre ceremony in Gatineau, Que.A 50-metre-long, blood-red cloth bearing the names of each child and the schools they attended was unfurled and carried through a crowd of Indigenous elders and chiefs, residential-school survivors and others. 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Iran European airlines set to resume flights to Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran – Several European airlines aim to resume their flights to Iran following a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, the state-owned IRAN daily reported on Thursday.The newspaper quoted Mohammad Khodakarami, deputy head of Iran’s civil aviation authority, as saying British Airways officials visited Tehran on Tuesday to discuss resumption of flights. He did not elaborate.Khodakarami also said both Air France and Dutch flagship KLM have already expressed their readiness to resume flights to Tehran.Air France said last month it would resume flights to Tehran for the first time in more than seven years starting in April.A KLM spokesman said the carrier always looks for opportunities for new destinations but has not yet make a decision about resuming flights that were suspended in 2013.“At this moment there are no concrete plans to open Tehran. KLM follows the current situation concerning the lifting of sanctions against Iran closely,” spokesman Joost Ruempol said.BA also has not announced any firm plans to return to Iran, though Willie Walsh, the chief executive of its parent International Airlines Group, reportedly told a recent conference the airline is interested in flying to Tehran soon.European carriers stopped their flights to Iran after the West imposed sanctions on Iran over its nuclear ambitions. Currently Iran’s national carrier, Iran Air, has three weekly flights to London as well as two weekly flights each to Paris and Amsterdam.Earlier this week, Iran said it is also considering direct flights to the United States. Direct flights stopped between the two countries more than three decades ago. Iran and the United States severed air links when Washington broke relations in 1979 after Iranian militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held the occupants hostage.About 1 million Iranians live in the United States, mostly in California. Thousands fly to Iran every year, often changing planes in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Istanbul and Dubai.Iran also plans to renew its aging passenger fleet. On Thursday it signed a deal to buy 118 aircraft from Airbus, valued at 22.8 billion euros ($25 billion). Tehran has also expressed interest in buying scores of new airplanes from American aircraft manufacturer Boeing.___Associated Press writers Mike Corder in the Hague, Netherlands, and Greg Katz in London contributed to this report. by By Nasser Karimi, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2016 2:06 am MDT Last Updated Jan 28, 2016 at 1:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Iran: European airlines set to resume flights to Tehran read more

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How Our Womens World Cup Model Works

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.Women’s sports don’t have the same rich data that men’s sports do. So what do you do if you want to forecast the Women’s World Cup? You gather up everything you can get.We put together a database of about 8,000 international women’s soccer matches since 1971 — as many games as we could find. And we used these to develop a set of women’s national team ratings — we call them WSPI (Women’s Soccer Power Index) — and projections for the 2015 World Cup. The United States and Germany enter as front-runners, and you can read more about all the elite teams, the dark horses and the players to watch in our colleague Allison McCann’s World Cup preview. We’re here to take you through the methodology behind these projections.WSPI ratings are based on a simplified version of the Soccer Power Index (SPI), a system that Nate developed in conjunction with ESPN in 2009 to rate men’s soccer teams. Men’s SPI is based on two components: a team rating derived from scores of international matches and a player rating, which is primarily based on results from club play for the individual players on each national team’s roster. For WSPI, we use only the team ratings component because detailed data on club play is not readily available for women’s soccer.Otherwise, the major features of WSPI are similar to the team-rating component of SPI:Ratings account for the final score of each match, including whether the match went into extra time or a shootout, and the location of the game.Ratings also account for the importance of the match: A World Cup match counts far more than a friendly.A team’s rating varies continuously over time. For example, China had a considerably stronger WSPI in 1999, when it played the United States in the World Cup final, than they do now.WSPI ratings, like SPI ratings, are broken down into offensive and defensive components. The offensive rating can be interpreted as how many goals we would expect the team to score in an average competitive international match,1In the past, we’ve sometimes referred to SPI ratings as indicating how many goals a team would score and allow against an average international opponent. But that’s not quite accurate: The way SPI ratings are designed, they indicate a team’s performance in an average international match, controlling for strength of schedule and weighting by match importance. The same is true for WSPI. The distinction matters because stronger teams tend to play more matches than weaker ones, especially in women’s soccer. The average international match, in other words, is typically against a considerably above-average opponent. while the defensive rating is how many goals it would concede in such a match, controlling for strength of schedule. Higher offensive ratings are better. Lower defensive ratings are better.The offensive and defensive components are combined into an overall WSPI rating, which reflects the percentage of possible points we would expect the team to score in a hypothetical round-robin tournament against every other team in the world.Let’s look at a more detailed example of how a team’s WSPI rating is calculated. Here are some of the United States’ recent results, along with the ratings the team received for each match and the weight WSPI gives to the match: You can see some of the key features of WSPI in these examples (a team’s overall offensive and defensive ratings are a weighted average of these game-by-game ratings). The USWNT’s March 11, 2015, match against France receives relatively little weight, even though it was played fairly recently, because it was a friendly. The 2012 Olympics still receive quite a lot of weight, however, given their importance.2Unlike in men’s soccer, women’s Olympic soccer teams don’t have any age restrictions. The Olympic tournament tends to be almost as competitive as the World Cup. (The maximum possible weight for a match, in case you’re wondering, is 1.68.)Meanwhile, you can see how much strength of schedule matters in WSPI. The USWNT gets a higher offensive rating for beating France 2-0 than for beating Mexico 3-0 because France has a tougher defense. It’s not uncommon for a team to win a match against a weak opponent but receive poor adjusted ratings because it didn’t win by as much as WSPI expected. Conversely, a team can receive a good offensive rating just by scoring on a very good team, even if it loses. The location of a match is also important: Home advantage in competitive matches has historically been worth about 0.35 goals and would make the home team about a 60-40 favorite in a matchup between two equally rated teams.Once we’ve generated WSPI ratings for every team in the world, we can estimate the probability that any team will beat any other team.3This part of the model is “trained” on all non-friendly matches between two teams in the WSPI top 50 — matches that roughly approximate World Cup competition. More specifically, we first calculate the expected number of goals that each team will score in a given match and then convert these into a matrix of possible outcomes using Poisson distributions. Thus, in any given match, we’ve estimated the probability that it will end in a 0-0 tie, a 1-0 victory, a 2-3 loss or any other possible scoreline. Knowing this distribution of possible scores is important because the tiebreaker to advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup takes goals scored and allowed into account.With these individual match probabilities in hand, we can calculate the chance that each team in the tournament will advance to the knockout round or eventually win the tournament. To do so, we simulate the tournament 20,000 times: If the U.S. has a 28 percent chance of winning the tournament, this means that it won in approximately 5,600 out of 20,000 simulations. As simulations are played out, each team’s WSPI is updated to reflect its results in that simulation. Loosely speaking, this accounts for the possibility that a team will “get hot” during the tournament and considerably outperform its pre-World Cup WSPI.4For a more technical discussion, see here.Matches in the knockout round continue into extra time if they are tied at the end of regulation and a shootout if tied after that, so we’ve spent some time making sure our simulations handle these cases accurately. Extra time is treated as a shortened match in which teams score at a slower rate than during regulation.5Historically, teams have scored at a rate about 25 percent lower during extra time. Shootout win probabilities are also derived from WSPI instead of being treated as random. There is evidence that shootouts are skill-based — the team with the better WSPI rating has won 58 percent of shootouts in our database — but good teams don’t tend to be as dominant in shootouts as they are in regular time. For example, the USWNT would be more than a 90 percent favorite to beat Thailand in a regular game, but only a 71 percent favorite to win in a shootout. For this reason, it’s usually in the interest of the weaker team to play for a shootout even though it’d be an underdog if one occurred.Have any more questions? See Nate’s 2009 article and FAQ for more of the technical details and philosophy behind SPI, most of which also apply to WSPI. Or drop us a note here. We hope you’ll enjoy following the women’s tournament with us. DATELOCATIONCOMPETITIONOPPONENTSCOREWEIGHTOFF. RATINGDEF. RATING 10/24/14Chester, PennsylvaniaWorld Cup qualifierMexico3-00.963.10.1 7/28/12Glasgow, ScotlandOlympicsColombia3-00.803.10.1 3/11/15Faro, PortugalFriendlyFrance2-00.284.3-0.3 7/25/12Glasgow, ScotlandOlympicsFrance4-20.808.11.3 10/15/14Kansas City, KansasWorld Cup qualifierTrinidad & Tobago1-00.960.30.4 read more

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Polls from across Europe show a rise in leftleaning parties

first_imgRESULTS FROM VOTES across Europe are beginning to filter in as exit polls results are published.It’s revealing a trend emerging across Europe, echoed in Ireland with Sinn Féin – the rise of left-leaning parties.German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party has won with 36 per cent of the vote in European parliamentary elections, while the centre-left Social Democrats gained strongly, scoring 27.5 per cent, exit polls showed.The anti-euro Alternative for Germany (AfD), founded last year, won 6.5 per cent to make its entry into the European parliament, according to public broadcasters ARD and ZDF.Anti-austerityExit polls in Greece have the anti-austerity leftist party Syriza at a slight lead in European Parliament elections.Syriza was ahead by about three points over the leading government party, conservative New Democracy, polls jointly carried out by six leading opinion companies showed.Syriza have between 26 and 30 per cent while New Democracy have between 23 and 27 per cent, the polls showed.Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn ranks third with up to 10 per cent of the vote, despite an ongoing criminal investigation and the fact that several of its leading members are in pre-trial detention.SocialistsThe other party in the government coalition, the Pasok socialists, are fourth with up to nine per cent.In Denmark, France, the United Kingdom, and Italy, anti-EU parties are poised to take first or second place, shaking up national politics and setting up a battle against Brussels from the inside.However, turnout in some eastern European areas is struggling to a read a third of levels here in Ireland.“If we top 20 per cent turnout, it won’t be a disaster,” Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk grudgingly admitted on Sunday as four days of continental voting entered its final leg.Only 14 per cent of Slovaks dragged themselves to the polling station on Saturday, down from 20 per cent in 2009, according to unofficial results published in the SME daily.LatviaLess than 30 per cent of Latvians turned out for their vote on Saturday, according to the national electoral commission, and similar results are predicted for Romania.A survey by FOCUS found that 49 per cent of notoriously eurosceptic Czechs believe their 2004 entry into the EU had no effect on their day-to-day lives.“Czechs think of the European Parliament vote as a second-tier election,” said Prague-based political analyst Tomas Lebeda.“When a party needs to get rid of someone, it sends them to Brussels.”- © AFP, 2014, additional reporting by Nicky RyanFollow our Election LiveBlog here >last_img read more

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Sony Apologizes Offers 30 Days of Free PSN Service

first_imgSony’s finally come around and has made a public statement about the security breaches it suffered last month. The PSN is still unavailable, but Sony executives said in a press conference today that they were deeply sorry and will offer 30 days of free service to PlayStation Plus and Music Unlimited customers. The company insists that all credit card information in their database were encrypted, and that hackers who got access to the network should not have anything sensitive aside from usernames and passwords – which PSN users will have to change. Sony also says they’re working with the FBI to make sure users are protected and that they’re complying with the law. Sony still puts some of the blame for the attack on Anonymous, the group that announced they would attack Sony because of its lawsuit against Geohot – the man who initially jailbroke the PS3 – and because of Sony’s approach to the rights of its users at all. Sony says that the Anonymous attack stole information from their “top management,” although they stopped short of blaming the whole issue on them. Regardless, Sony has a lot more work to do before gamers are happily playing on their PS3s again, and it remains to be seen whether 30 days of free service will be enough to help customers forgive and forget. [via Geek.com]last_img read more

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SFR la hausse de la TVA génère des augmentations complexes

first_imgSFR : la hausse de la TVA génère des augmentations complexesAlors que la hausse de la TVA début février générera une augmentation de 1 à 3 euros des forfaits, SFR annonce une politique tarifaire originale. Le nouveau prix des abonnements dépendra non seulement de l’offre mais aussi de la date de souscription. Les opérateurs vivent la hausse de la TVA différemment. Si Orange annonce une augmentation des prix allant de un à trois euros pour chaque client, SFR fait plus compliqué. Les nouveaux prix des forfaits dépendront de l’offre mais aussi de la date de souscription et des durées des abonnements. Ainsi, selon BusinessMobile.fr, les prix peuvent varier de 90 cents à 9,50 euros selon les cas ! Par exemple, un forfait Illimythics 5 webphone 2 heures sera proposé à 54,09 euros dès le 1er février si l’abonnement a été souscrit avant le 16 novembre et sur une durée de 24 mois. Si le client a souscrit après cette date, la même offre est proposée à 49,70 euros. Les clients aux abonnements plus modestes ne subiront aucune augmentation. Les utilisateurs d’offres mobiles peuvent résilier sans frais, comme l’autorise la loi, durant quatre mois après la mise en place de l’augmentation. Le 30 décembre 2010 à 13:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Money to Burn Should You Buy a Gizmondo

first_img Conspicuous consumption. It’s a way of life, especially if you’re a nerd. While it’s easy enough to be a complete person not defined by your interests or #brand allegiances, that’s boring! These days there are countless toys and props and plastic for geeks to spend their hard-earned(?) cash on. In fact, there’s so much, it can be hard to decide what’s actually worth buying.Any true fan will know the rarer the nerd swag the cooler it is, and you won’t find too many authentic rare loot drops at your local department store. For that, you’ll need to head to auction sites like eBay. But again, with so many choices, how can you figure out the best nerd items to snag when you have Money to Burn?There are some truly insane stories that come out of the video game industry. From the failed Nintendo/Sony partnership to the Xbox One DRM reversals to the sheer amount of drugs used by developers (and everyone else) in the late 70s/early 80s. But the saga of the Gizmondo takes the cake in terms of sheer criminality.You could probably write a book about the Gizmondo but here’s a condensed version. The Gizmondo handheld video game system, Game Boy competitor, from Tiger Telematics released in 2005. And it was even more terrible than it looks with poorly implemented PDA features, shoddy wireless communication, and a pathetic library of games including the incredibly titled Sticky Ballz and Momma Can I Mow The Lawn?What kept the Gizmondo from simply being a failed product was the revelation that Gizmondo executive Stefan Eriksson was in fact tied to “Uppsalamaffian,” or the Swedish mafia. Tons of Gizmondo money was totally dirty, and no one realized this until cops investigated Eriksson after he crashed his limited edition Ferrari Enzo while driving over 160 miles per hour in California. The scandal was wild, Eriksson went to jail (but not before trying to pin the blame on a made up driver named Dietrich), and the already failing Gizmondo was definitively shut down.The Gizmondo sucks, but it’s also now a rare product tied to a bonkers piece of gaming history. So should you buy this Gizmondo and collection of Gizmondo games on eBay if you have Money to Burn? Let us know! Should You Buy a Gizmondo?Yes (Money!)No (Burn!)VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comShould You Buy a Gizmondo?Money to Burn is Geek.com’s ongoing series of polls. We put up a geeky eBay listing, talk about it, and leave it up to you whether or not the physical item is worth buying (Money) or is just cheap trash (Burn). And of course you should leave a comment explaining your rationale. Then be sure to keep coming back to Geek.com to vote in the latest poll. Dispose of that income, you dorks! Money to Burn: Should You Buy Mac Tonight Merch?Money to Burn Poll: Should You Buy a Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller? Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Winners of WCGFT Fishing Tournament catch nearly 500lbs

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Mar 2015 – The Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament held over the weekend was a gleaming success and after two days of fishing Roscoe Talbot, captaining the boat Therapy won with 187lbs after catching nothing on day one of the tourney. On the Gwendolyn was Codney Capron, coming in slightly under the winner with 184.5lbs and rounding out the top three; the NJ Law, skippered by Ozzie Virgil with 103lbs of sport fish. Related Items:codney capron, gwendolyn, ozzie virgil, Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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North County Fire Protection hosts active shooter drill

first_img September 22, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, North County Fire Protection hosts active shooter drill KUSI Newsroom Posted: September 22, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsBONSALL (KUSI) — North County Fire Protection District hosted an active shooter drill at Bonsall Elementary School Saturday.The drill was a full-scale exercise with participants from North County Fire, Vista Fire, Oceanside Fire, Deer Springs Fire, Pala Fire, Cal-Fire, and North Comm., as well as San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, United States Customs and Border Protection, the Oceanside Police Department, and representatives from the Bonsall Unified School District.In an effort to create the safest community possible, North County Fire Protection District partnered with other local fire, police, and school officials to practice an active shooter training drill in Bonsall.This training will help agencies practice working together in this type of call. last_img read more

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Vancouver man injured in boating crash

first_imgA Vancouver man was hospitalized after his personal watercraft collided with another Thursday afternoon on the Columbia River near Marine Park.He was riding the watercraft when it collided with another vessel just beyond the no-wake zone near the park’s boat launch, according to Deputy Kevin Gadaire, who’s part of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit. The crash was reported at 4:22 p.m.The 28-year-old man had deep cuts to his legs and was taken to a hospital.Less than an hour before the collision, he had been cited for not carrying a boater education card.last_img read more

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Alaskas Minimum Wage Will Increase 5 Cents In January

first_imgThe minimum wage will rise from $9.84 to $9.89 effective January 1, 2019. By law, Alaska’s minimum wage must remain at least $1 per hour over the federal minimum wage. The current minimum wage is $9.84 through December 31, 2017. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s minimum wage will see a 5 cent increase as of January 1, 2019, for all workers, regardless of whether their pay is calculated by time, or commission. According to Beaty, all actual hours worked in a pay period multiplied by the Alaska minimum wage is the very least an employee can be compensated by an employer. Tips are not part of the equation. Heather Beaty with the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development: “This increase will affect anyone who is working for minimum wage, and this modest increase will help protect minimum wage workers and their families over inflation over time.”last_img read more

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