Another RLSP leader quits, trains gun at Kushwaha

first_imgIn a setback to the RLSP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, one of its founding members quit the outfit on Friday accusing its national president Upendra Kushwaha of having “betrayed” the people of Bihar by walking out of the BJP-led NDA and joining the Opposition Grand Alliance. Ram Bihari Singh, who held the designation of “Pradhan Rashtriya Maha Sachiv” (chief national general secretary) in the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, also rued that he was “nowhere now” despite being “the one who wrote the party’s constitution and moved the Election Commission for getting the party recognised”. “I was among the few who had supported Kushwaha when he chose to part ways with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumars JD(U). But today he has become the all in all and pays lip-service to his commitment to inner party democracy. I had also opposed his decision to quit the NDA and join the Mahagathbandhan but he listened to no one and took the decision arbitrarily, in effect betraying the people who had voted for him as an NDA ally,” Mr. Singh told reporters. He also alleged that Mr. Kushwaha was “playing into the hands of corporates” in distribution of tickets, though he did not elaborate.‘Selling tickets’ The development comes close on the heels of two sacked RLSP leaders Nagmani and Pradeep Mishra charging Mr. Kushwaha with “selling” tickets. The RLSP chief has dismissed the allegations as “absurd”. Since Mr. Kushwaha’s exit from the NDA, followed shortly by his joining the Grand Alliance, the party has lost many of its prominent leaders. The RLSP chief has blamed Nitish Kumar for the troubles in his party.last_img read more

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Yankees to Retire Numbers of Williams, Pettitte and Posada in 2015

first_imgNEW YORK  — The Yankees are retiring the uniform numbers of Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams and will honor the trio with plaques in Monument Park this season along with Willie Randolph.Pettitte (46), Posada (20) and Williams (51) will raise the Yankees’ total of retired numbers to 20. The Yankees also are expected to at some point retire Derek Jeter’s No. 2, their last single digit number in use.Williams will be honored before the May 24 game against Texas and Randolph as part of Old Timers’ Day before the June 20 game against Detroit. Posada’s ceremony will be on Aug. 22, followed by Pettitte’s the next day.Williams joined Jeter as part of the group that won four World Series titles in a five-year span from 1996-2000, and Posada, Pettitte and Jeter won five titles in all.Their numbers join those of Billy Martin (1), Babe Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4), Joe DiMaggio (5), Joe Torre (6), Mickey Mantle (7), Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey (8), Roger Maris (9), Phil Rizzuto (10), Thurman Munson (15), Whitey Ford (16), Don Mattingly (23), Elston Howard (32), Casey Stengel (37), Mariano Rivera (42), Reggie Jackson (44) and Ron Guidry (49).Randolph was a part of championship teams in 1977 and ’78, is a former Yankees’ co-captain and was a coach for 11 seasons.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Kepa Defies Coach as Chelsea Loses to City in Final Shootout

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Watching goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga appearing to struggle with cramp, and with a penalty shootout looming to settle the League Cup final, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri summoned a substitute from the bench.Kepa was furious.Wildly gesticulating with his arms, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper forcefully indicated to Sarri he would be ready to face penalties against Manchester City with the Wembley showpiece locked at 0-0 and extra time about to end.But Sarri was determined to bring on Willy Caballero, who saved three spot kicks in the 2016 League Cup final while in City’s winning side.So Kepa, who joined Chelsea in August for 80 million euros (then $93 million), simply would not leave the field.“It wasn’t that I was refusing to be substituted,” Kepa said later, after being beaten by four penalties in City’s 4-3 victory in the shootout. “It was a way of trying to tell the bench that I was fine.”Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga reacts after stops a shot from Manchester City’s Leroy Sane during a penalty shootout at the end of the English League Cup final soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)But Kepa’s behavior wasn’t fine at all, according to former Chelsea captain John Terry.“Once your number goes up you have to come off and show a bit of respect,” Terry said in the Sky Sports television studio at Wembley. “Deal with that after.”Publicly humiliated with his authority undermined, Sarri was furious and initially headed down the tunnel before returning just in time for extra time to end.In the shootout, Kepa made only one save from Leroy Sane as Raheem Sterling completed the shootout victory to defend City’s title and keep the team in contention for a quadruple.“In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss,” Kepa said. “Just that it was misunderstood because I had been attended to by the medics twice, and he thought that I wasn’t in condition to continue.“It was two or three minutes of confusion until the medics got to the bench, and they explained everything well.”After collecting his runners-up medal, Sarri sought to diffuse the controversy.”It was a big misunderstanding,” Sarri said. “I understood the goalkeeper had cramp and for me he was unable to go to penalties but the problem was not cramp so he was able to go to penalties.”Chelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri, right, gestures during the English League Cup final soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Not that Sarri wants to see a repeat.“Kepa was right but in the wrong way,” Sarri said. “He was right for the motivation but not for the conduct.”Even Kepa realized the incident was damaging for the club’s reputation as images flashed around the world.“I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager,” Kepa said. “We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say ‘I’m fine.’ He thought I wasn’t fine. It was in tense moments, with a lot happening.”The insubordination exposes the player power that has appeared to often cause problems for Chelsea managers. It leaves the 60-year-old Sarri without a trophy in his career and Kepa’s defiance adds to the manager’s problems with Chelsea down to sixth in the Premier League.The incident distracted attention from how Sarri had set up his team to successfully thwart City two weeks after a 6-0 loss in the Premier League.“Today the players played exactly the match we prepared,” Sarri said. “I think I am fully in control of this situation. … We conceded nothing to the best team in Europe.”Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said seeing Sarri undercut by Kepa made him “really sad.”“I don’t like that he leaves his coach and the assistant coach in a situation of great fragility,” Mourinho said while covering the match in Spain for the internet streaming service DAZN.Mourinho was fired by Chelsea in 2015 over “palpable discord” with his players.“Luckily I never had to go through this,” Mourinho said of Kepa’s onfield behavior. “The goalkeeper wants to show his personality, his confidence, wants to show that he is there and wants to be at the shootout and make saves — and I like that.”The episode also took the focus off Pep Guardiola winning his third major trophy in three seasons at City.City did lose top spot in the Premier League on Sunday after Liverpool drew 0-0 at Manchester United. But City is only a point behind Liverpool and the Abu Dhabi-owned team remains in contention for the Champions League and FA Cup as well.Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany lifts the trophy after winning the English League Cup Final soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)“The only problem is we will miss a lot of important players for the next few weeks,” Guardiola said. “Being in four competitions is so demanding, so tough. We don’t know where we’re going to arrive.“(Aymeric) Laporte, Fernandinho are injured, but it’s much better of course when you win.”And win calmly — without a flashpoint like Kepa defying his manager.“I’ve never seen it (before),” City captain Vincent Kompany said. “I wish I could do it every now and then when I don’t want to get subbed off.”Manchester City players celebrate with the trophy after winning the English League Cup Final soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)___By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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ESPN’s Bowl Projection For Auburn Heading Into Conference Championship Weekend

first_imgJarrett Stidham scrambles away from a Georgia Southern defender.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 2: Quarterback Jarrett Stidham #8 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles away from defensive end Raymond Johnson III #92 of the Georgia Southern Eagles during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Jordan Hare Stadium on Saturday, September 2, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)While most of the recent focus at Auburn has been on the team’s head coaching situation, it’s important to remember that the Tigers actually still have one game left this season.Auburn, which finished a disappointing 7-5, will still play in a bowl game this December. Let’s take a look at where the Tigers could end up.ESPN released its bowl projections after the final weekend of the regular season. The network’s two analysts aren’t in agreement on where Auburn is headed.Mitch Sherman thinks Auburn is headed to Houston to take on Baylor in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. Kyle Bonagura has the Tigers taking on NC State in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte.Alabama and Georgia are set to play for the SEC title on Saturday, and Auburn’s bowl game will likely depend on the outcome. If both teams wind up in the College Football Playoff, the Tigers will move up the SEC’s bowl hierarchy.Auburn entered the season with high aspirations, and earned a big win over Washington to start the year. But the wheels came off a bit during a loss to Mississippi State. The Tigers finished 3-4 down the stretch.We’ll know Auburn’s actual bowl game on Sunday.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: A look at India’s heroes vs Pakistan from 1992-2015

first_img Rohan Sen ManchesterJune 16, 2019UPDATED: June 16, 2019 09:12 IST Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, both, have starred in India vs Pakistan World Cup clashesHIGHLIGHTSIndia and Pakistan will face-off on June 16 in ManchesterIndia hold a 6-0 win-loss record over Pakistan in World Cup matchesFrom Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli, India has had many heroes in such clashesThe Cricket World Cup 2019 on Sunday will witness the biggest match in the tournament so far as India and Pakistan get ready to face each other in Manchester on June 16.The Old Trafford stadium is sure to be packed with supporters from both countries, Indians though might outnumber Pakistanis in the crowd.India have a 6-0 head-to-head record against Pakistan in the World Cup with Sunday’s match being the seventh between the two arch-rivals.India and Pakistan’s World Cup rivalry began in 1992 and has been the contest to watch out for every four years since then.As the two giants of the cricketing world get ready to square off one more time, let’s take a look back at the players who have turned out to be heroes in the previous six World Cup encounters between the two teams.Sachin TendulkarMaster Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, playing in his first World Cup, made an impact for India in his very first World Cup match against Pakistan as he smashed 54 not out off 62 balls with three boundaries. The match was dotted with some impressive performances from Ajay Jadeja and Sachin Tendulkar who scored 46 and 54* respectively to push India’s total to 216/7. That Pakistan fell short in their pursuit was largely thanks to Javed Miandad’s snail-paced 40 off 110 balls as they kept losing wickets in order to up the ante.Navjot Singh SidhuKnown for his big-hitting and aggressive batting, Navjot Singh Sidhu was the star performer for India in their next match against Pakistan in the 1996 World Cup. India found the unlikeliest of heroes in opener Sidhu, who scored 93, and Venkatesh Prasad (3/45) as they restricted Pakistan to 248/9 after scoring an impressive 287/8.advertisementVenkatesh PrasadVenkatesh Prasad once again blew away Pakistan in a World Cup match after his heroics in the 1996 edition. Four years later he bettered his performance and bagged a five-wicket haul as India beat Pakistan by 47 runs. India posted 227 on the board with Rahul Dravid top-scoring with 61 runs and then Prasad ran through the Pakistani batting lineup with figures of 5 for 27 as Pakistan got bowled out for 180.Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar’s 98 completely overshadowed Saeed Anwar’s 101 in the 2003 World Cup match in Centurion as India defeated Pakistan by 6 wickets. Tendulkar couldn’t have timed his best World Cup knock better even if he wanted to as his blazing 98 off 75 balls blew Pakistan away in a glorious display of ball-striking ability. Pakistan would have thought of breaking their World Cup hoodoo against India after they posted 273/7 helped by Saeed Anwar’s 20th ODI century. But from the time Sachin uppercut Shoaib Akhtar for a six over third-man, Pakistan’s dreams came swiftly crashing down to earth.Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar bowed out of the World Cup in style scoring 482 runs in the tournament, 85 of which came against Pakistan in the semi-final of the 2011 edition in Mohali. Tendulkar was once again at the forefront by scoring a vital 85 helping his team to 260/9 after Wahab Riaz bowled a searing spell picking up 5 wickets. But the pressure of the chase meant Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Misbah-ul-Haq (56) playing a lone hand. What made the victory taste even sweeter was that India now had reached the final where they beat Sri Lanka to lift the trophy after a long wait of 28 years.Virat KohliIt was Virat Kohli’s turn to shine in an India-Pakistan clash as the 2015 match in Adelaide saw the young batting star became the first Indian batsman to hit a hundred in the marquee clash in the World Cup. Kohli smashed 107 off 126 balls as India posted 300 for 7 on the board. A four-wicket haul from Mohammed Shami then helped India bowl Pakistan out for 224 in 47 overs.Also Read | India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Will June 16 witness the most-watched match in cricket history?Also Read | Virat Kohli’s message for fans ahead of India vs Pakistan: It is a cricket match, enjoy itFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Next World Cup 2019: A look at India’s heroes vs Pakistan from 1992-2015Sachin Tendulkar has been the star in India-Pakistan World Cup matches, having won three man-of-the-match awards in the marquee clash.advertisementlast_img read more

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Centre seeks bids for Pawan Hans by Aug 22

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has initiated the second step for disinvestment of Pawan Hans Limited (PHL), inviting expression of interest from the prospective bidders to sell its stake in the helicopter PSU. The Centre is planning to exit Pawan Hans by selling its 51 per cent stake along with the transfer of management control. The Expression of Interest (EOI) window is open till August 22. Both the shareholders of PHL — the government and the ONGC will indemnify the contingent liabilities to the extent of over Rs 500 crore for the potential buyers. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe renewed process had in fact gathered momentum with issuance of PIM (preliminary information memorandum) on July 11, 2019. Now, the government proposes to disinvest its entire equity shareholding of 51 per cent in the PHL by way of strategic disinvestment to investor(s) along with transfer of management control. The government has appointed SBI Capital Markets Limited (SBICAP) as its advisor to manage the strategic disinvestment process, DIPAM (Department of Investment and Public Asset Management) said in a notice. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostShortlisted Bidders (SBs) shall be provided with Request for Proposal in Stage II and would be required to submit their Financial Bid, SBI Caps said. After an unsuccessful attempt for sale of Pawan Hans earlier this year, the government provided indemnity to the potential buyers against contingent liability of over Rs 500 crore in the helicopter service company. The government had to make the bid document more attractive after discussions with investors on their concerns after the sale process of Pawan Hans failed to attract any suitor when the bidding ended on March 6. “It has been decided to indemnify the investors of the contingent liability of Rs 577 crore which relates to disputed tax demand,” an official said. The government holds 51 per cent stake in helicopter service provider Pawan Hans, and the remaining 49 per cent is with the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). A total of 100 per cent stake in Pawan Hans, which has a fleet of 46 choppers, has been put on the block. Though the renewed process has just started, officials said as per estimates of advisers to the deal, a 100 per cent stake sale could fetch about Rs 1,100-Rs 1,200 crore to the government. This disinvestment process is to be implemented through open competitive bidding route. Accordingly, Expression of Interest (EOI) is invited to be submitted from interested bidders on or before August 22, 2019. Since the PIM was out earlier, the prospective bidders have sought clarity on Contingent Liabilities of PHL where they want to know: “Whereas it is clearly laid out that the Centre will indemnify the successful bidder for 51 per cent of the contingent liability – Rs 577 crore, there is no clarity for the remaining 49 per cent. Clarity on the balance 49 per cent will have a direct impact on the bidding price and hence some clarity is required on the same. It is expected that ONGC will provide the balance 49 per cent cover as they are obliged to sell at same terms as the government. SBI Caps has responded to that saying ‘It is clarified that ONGC on its board resolution dated July 26, 2019 has accorded to indemnify the balance 49 per cent (to the extent of its shareholding) of the contingent liability as identified in the PIM’.” Pawan Hans Ltd. is a Mini Ratna-I category Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and provides helicopter services for offshore operations, inter island transportation, connecting inaccessible areas, rescue work and tourism.last_img read more

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Hurdles in Lanka and India hold up release

Legal hurdles both in Sri Lanka and India are apparently holding up the release of 120 Tamil Nadu fishermen and 34 Lankan fishermen currently in detention in Lanka and India respectively, the New Indian Express reported.A highly placed Lankan source told Express that the Lankan authorities are hamstrung by the fact that 11 out of the 120 TN fishermen in their custody have cases of assault against them. While the Lankan Foreign and Fisheries Ministries favor early release all the Indian detainees, the Defense Ministry wants to pursue the cases of assault against eleven because they had allegedly attacked Lankan navy personnel while being apprehended. The other factor to consider is that both Lanka and India are insisting on wholesale reciprocal release and not piecemeal release. While it is true that Amaraweera was incorrectly quoted as saying that Lanka would impose stiff fines on intruding Indian fishermen, he had apparently said that Colombo would seek compensation from India for the environmental damage Indian poachers are causing by indulging in bottom trawling.The latter statement of Amaraweera’s was denied by a top Lankan official who told Express that seeking compensation is not government’s policy. But the official did say that a committee of experts is to be constituted to study environmental issues in the Palk Strait. On the Indian side, 29 of the 34 Lankan fishermen in custody have cases for catching sea cucumbers, which is banned in Indian waters. The initial aim of the two countries was to bring about the release before November 10, Deepavali day. But in later October, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa issued a statement saying that as per a government of India assurance, the release would take place on October 28. This raised hopes but only to be dashed soon.Meanwhile, the Lankan Minister of Fisheries, Mahinda Amaraweera, has been making controversial statements to the dismay of people who are working for the smooth and quick release of the fishermen and commencement of the fourth round of talks between the fishermen’s associations of the two countries. read more

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US job openings in August near 14year high yet actual hiring dropped

US job openings in August near 14-year high, yet actual hiring dropped steeply WASHINGTON – U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years during August, yet their pace of hiring fell compared to July.The number of available jobs rose 230,000 to 4.84 million during the month, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Restaurants, hotels and health care providers drove much of the increase, which resulted in the most openings since January 2001.But total hiring fell 294,000 to 4.64 million, driven by declines in construction and retail. This suggests a potential mismatch between the wages employers are willing to pay and the skills of the workers available to be hired.Still, the report suggests that employers expect economic growth to continue, creating a need for more workers. The September jobs report showed that employers added 248,000 jobs last month, as the unemployment rate slid to 5.9 per cent from 6.1 per cent.“This is more evidence that we should expect further robust gains in employment over the next few months and, consequently, further declines in the unemployment rate,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.The big question is when wage growth will meaningfully surpass inflation. Average hourly wages are up just 2.3 per cent over the past 12 months.Tuesday’s report, known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey or JOLTS, provides a more detailed look at the job market than the monthly employment report. It includes figures for overall hiring, as well as the number of quits and layoffs. The monthly jobs figures are a net total of job gains or losses.Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has been closely monitoring JOLTS data as she considers when the Fed should begin to raise short-term interest rates from near-zero levels.Job openings have climbed 23 per cent in the past 12 months, a clear sign that employers are searching for additional workers. Net job gains have also improved as the economy has added 2.64 million new jobs over the past 12 months. The economy is currently on pace to add the most jobs since 1999.Yet the pace of hiring still lags the advertised demand from employers. Hiring has only risen 1 per cent in the past 12 months.This spread between openings and hirings is a sign that some employers are struggling to find workers with the skills they need. Or, employers may need to boost the pay being offered to bring in better applicants.The number of Americans who quit their jobs last month was little changed, at 2.47 million, the JOLTS report showed. More people quit their jobs in a healthy economy because they are more likely to find new, typically higher-paying, jobs. Quits fell sharply in the recession but have since recovered. Yet they are still below the 2.8 million that is typical in a healthy economy. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2014 8:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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South Sudan Ban welcomes swearing in of Riek Machar as First VicePresident

In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also called for the immediate formation of the transitional government of national unity. “He commends the efforts of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chairperson, former President Festus Mogae, and the African Union (AU) High Representative, former President Alpha Oumar Konaré,” the statement said. The Secretary-General also called on the Security Council to work closely with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the AU Peace and Security Council to mobilize the required support for the peace process. Mr. Machar’s return to the capital marks a significant step towards bringing stability to the country, which only gained independence in 2009 after breaking away from Sudan, its northern neighbour. A political dispute erupted into conflict in December 2013, killing thousands, displacing over 2.4 million people, 650,000 of whom fled abroad, and impacting the food security of 4.6 million. read more

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Can The Minnesota Wild Recover From Their LateSeason Swoon

The NHL playoffs begin today, but the Minnesota Wild and their fan base probably wish it were still February. Back then, the Wild had the second-most points in the NHL, they’d scored the fourth-most goals in the NHL, goalie Devan Dubnyk was the clear favorite for the Vezina trophy (given to the league’s top goaltender), and they were generally considered to be among the favorites to emerge out of the perennially competitive Western Conference. But once the calendar flipped to March, Minnesota headed in a decidedly different direction.In their 16 games last month, the Wild earned just 10 out of a possible 32 points. Only three teams collected fewer points than the Wild during March — two of those being the New Jersey Devils and Colorado Avalanche, each of whom owns the worst record in its respective conference. Although the Wild partially righted the ship with four straight victories to close the regular season, Minnesotans still have to be wondering what the heck went wrong for the team down the stretch — and whether it means the Wild are headed for a second-consecutive first-round playoff exit.One of the biggest factors behind the Wild’s March struggles was that they stopped scoring. Before their horrid stretch of play, the Wild were averaging 3.3 goals per game, second only to the Penguins (who on Feb. 28 were scoring 3.5 goals per game for the season). By contrast, the Wild scored just 2.5 goals per game during March.Scoring downturns like that don’t happen without a good reason, and for the Wild that reason involves shooting the puck. Through February, the Wild were scoring on 11 percent of the shots they took. During March, they scored on just 7.7 percent of the shots they took. Shooting percentage tends to regress to the mean, and so fluctuations can be expected, but Minnesota’s shooting percentage tanked precipitously last month.The Wild also got poor production from their power play in March: In 48 opportunities, they scored just five goals (12.5 percent), tying them for the fifth-worst scoring rate in the league with the man advantage for the month. On Feb. 28, the Wild had the third-best power play in the NHL, scoring on 22.6 percent of their opportunities. By the end of March, they’d fallen all the way to 10th.Minnesota’s suddenly anemic attack wouldn’t be as big a deal if they were still getting dominant play between the pipes, but like the skaters in front of him, Dubnyk’s numbers also regressed badly last month. In 14 appearances during March, he gave up 36 goals on 325 shots, good for a save percentage of .889 and a goals against average of 2.94. That’s pretty awful: If a qualified goalie had produced those numbers for the entire 2016-17 season, he’d rank 60th in save percentage and 51st in goals against average out of 62 netminders. (For reference’s sake, Dubnyk had a save percentage of .931 and a goals against average of 2.05 entering March, numbers that ranked first and second in the league, respectively, among goalies who’d played in 20 or more games.)Not all of Minnesota’s goaltending woes can be blamed on Dubnyk; he hasn’t gotten much help from backup Darcy Kuemper. Among goalies with at least 10 games played, Kuemper’s .902 save percentage and 3.13 goals against average rank 55th and 58th in the league. In his three appearances this March, Kuemper has a .870 save percentage and a 3.50 goals against average. Even for a No. 2 goalie, these are not numbers that inspire confidence, and Dubnyk has been forced to play more games than he might have if the Wild had a decent backup.Before last season, Dubnyk had never started more than 42 games. This season will mark the second-consecutive season he’s played in more than 60 games. Goaltender fatigue is hard to prove or disprove, but anecdotally speaking, it seems it may have hit Dubnyk hard this March — and a tired goalie is the last thing any team wants heading into the postseason. Last year, the Wild were bounced by the Dallas Stars in the first round in six games, giving up 3.5 goals a game over the course of the series. If Dubnyk is unable to recover from his current streak of poor play, it could mean more of the same for Minnesota come playoff time.In truth, Minnesota’s hot early-season play was also probably a mirage, to some degree or another. The Wild’s stellar shooting (11.1) and save (.925) percentages through the end of February added up to a ludicrous PDO of 103.6, which was tracking to be the second-highest single-season mark since PDO was first recorded in 2008 (trailing only this year’s Washington Capitals). That wasn’t sustainable, and their March skid just reinforces the maxim that PDO is unstable. Last month, the Wild posted a 7.7 shooting percentage and an .882 save percentage, good for a PDO of 95.9. (This is a very, very bad PDO; for reference, the worst PDO in the NHL this year belongs to Colorado, at 96.6.) Minnesota’s puck luck has morphed into some serious puck misfortune.Despite their very bad stretch run, the Wild still managed to finish second overall in the West. But in the post-lockout NHL, no Stanley Cup-winning team has collected less than 53 percent of available points over their final 20 regular-season games. By contrast, the Wild went just 8-10-2 in their final 20 games, collecting just 45 percent of the possible points on the table.A couple good analogues for this year’s Wild team are the 2013-14 St. Louis Blues and the 2014-15 Nashville Predators, both of whom finished third in the Western Conference, but also suffered disastrous stretch runs much like the Wild had this season. In the playoffs, each was bounced in the first round by the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.Unlike those teams, the Wild won’t have to face Chicago in the first round. (They play St. Louis starting on Wednesday.) But if the fates of those Blues and Predators teams tell us anything, it’s that the Wild might not be able to escape the first round. To avoid that fate, they’re going to need Dubnyk to return to his spectacular midseason form. But he will also need some help: The other players most responsible for Minnesota’s March slump (Mikko Koivu, Jason Pominville, Nino Niederreiter and Chris Stewart) must take some of the scoring burden from the few who didn’t decline (Eric Staal, Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund). Otherwise, the Wild’s great early-season play will have all been for naught. read more

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Seth Bearjar aims for a collegiate championship sweep with Ohio State pistol

OSU junior Seth Bearjar lines up a shot at the team’s shooting range in Converse Hall. Credit: Courtesy of OSUSeth Bearjar was 10 years old when he fired a BB gun that his father had given him for the first time. At that moment, he had no idea that it would spark what would one day become his passion. Jump ahead a decade, and Bearjar has now won multiple national titles with the Ohio State pistol team. The Buckeyes have been crowned champions at the Pistol Intercollegiate National Championships for the third straight year, giving them eight titles in program history. Bearjar, a junior, has been a member of the team throughout the current streak.  “I’m sure it is the same with all teams that have won more than one (championship). At a certain point it becomes expected to win,” Bearjar said. “However, it is still one of the most exciting feelings you will get.”Bearjar began shooting competitively with the pistol and rifle team at Patuxent High School in Lusby, Maryland, about an hour south of the United States Naval Academy. It was here that he picked up rifle, following in the footsteps of his older brother who also shot rifle for the team. He picked up pistol shooting his freshman year, as well, which he discovered he was much better at. Navy’s coach had wanted Bearjar to come shoot for them, but in his junior season, he decided that a military academy was not for him. Bearjar then began pursuing other options, and amid that search, he found OSU.“When I came and visited, I liked Ohio State,” Bearjar said. “I knew that the only way for me to continue shooting every day would be to be on a team, and Ohio State was the most supportive of having a team.” When he joined the team after arriving in Columbus, Bearjar said he experienced a bit of a transitional period moving from high school to college. “Coming here, there are some of the best shooters in the country,” Bearjar said. “I didn’t quite know how to respond. It was pretty intimidating at first.” Despite any expectations of first-year turbulence, Bearjar excelled during competition. The team won the national championship, and he earned second-team All-American honors in both free and air pistol.It was an important season for the team, as the seniors in their previous season were expected to win but fell short. In their final chance at a title, they did not disappoint. “When we won, it was crazy,” Bearjar said. “It was really exciting. It felt really good to know that I was part of the team that helped the seniors recover after their previous year.”Bearjar has now been on the team for three years, amassing a new championship at the end of each year. In that time, he has improved both as a shooter and a competitor. In his sophomore season, Bearjar earned first-team All-American honors in free pistol and was a second-team All-American in air pistol. This past season, he achieved honor roll mentions for air and free pistol. “He has become stronger physically,” said OSU coach Donna Knisley. “He has become very strong mentally, as well. He is probably one of my top mental shooters.”Looking forward to the coming season, Bearjar and his team have their sights aimed at another national title.“We really want to make it a fourth,” Bearjar said. “I think next year, as long as we win, and I think we have a really good chance, it will be one of the biggest celebrations. It will really be an achievement to win four years in a row.”Even after shooting competitively for over eight years now, Bearjar said there is definitely still room for improvement.“My personal goal is to make finals for all the events I shoot, but hopefully top three for air pistol,” he said. “It would be a nice way to end my shooting career.” read more

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Former US Ambassador urges Govt to fast track preparations for first

Outgoing US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway has urged the Guyana Government to fast track their preparations for first oil during a final media engagement last week.According to the Holloway, Guyana is now home to the world’s biggest new deep-water oil discovery and with principle explorer ExxonMobil pushing for the development of the oil reserves, production is scheduled to begin in 2020.Only last week, the US oil giant announced its 10th discovery, reinforcing the country’s potential to be able to produce more than 750,000 barrels of oil daily by 2025.The US diplomat said Guyana is about to experience something big that is also moving very fast, and while he commended efforts thus far by the coalition Government, he believes more should be done at a much quicker pace.“This will be the fastest any country would have ever discovered oil, deep water, and produced it basically in less than five years. So this is moving very fast. I do commend the Government, they have taken a lot of steps but this is really fast. So as it accelerates, the Government is going to need to accelerate its activities, if it wants to keep up with the pace of things,” he posited.According to the former Ambassador, there is no secret of what needs to be done with the plethora of advice and recommendations pouring in from other countries, including the US, and international stakeholder bodies particularly as it related to the setting up of what the Government has termed as the ‘Natural Resource Fund’ (NRF).“Guyana’s going to have to get its regulatory environment straight. They are working on it, they have passed some laws, they have the Department of Energy, they need to figure out how they are going to do – whatever it is called whether a Sovereign Wealth Fund or rainy day fund or green fund, but whatever when the money comes in, how do you manage it for the good of the future. There are a lot of models out there… Your politics change but you need to make it as not controlled by one or two individuals but by tight lines and priorities as much as possible,” Holloway stated.Outgoing United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry HollowayNoting that Government’s priority may very well be the same, the US diplomat suggested that education, health, security, infrastructure and agriculture be the top areas that the ‘oil money’ be injected into.“Believe me when I say this, this is more money than God has. There is going to be money to spend on 10 priorities if you have 10. The amount of money will not be Guyana’s problem it is how do you spend it… how you protect it and save it for the future, that is going to be Guyana’s problem,” he asserted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“Investments ought to be protected in Guyana” – GCCI PresidentDecember 13, 2018In “Business”ESSO Exploration to commence offshore drilling in Guyana’s waters next yearNovember 13, 2014In “Business”Govt looking at possibility of joint oil facility with Suriname- TrotmanOctober 24, 2017In “Business” read more

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Spain first international trade show for metal mining

first_imgInnovation in mining is the common theme of the Metallic Mining Hall (MMH). The event will be held at FIBES (Seville Exhibition and Conference Centre), Spain, November 3 to 5, 2015. It is to be Spain’s first international trade show dedicated exclusively to metal mining and will revolve around the key theme of innovation, applied to all phases of mining, from research and exploitation of deposits to the processing of mineral resources.This was announced during the official presentation of the Congress, attended by the Regional Minister of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment of the Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian Regional Government), José Sánchez Maldonado, the President of AMINER (Association of Research, Quarrying, Mining-Metallurgical Processing and Services Companies), Francisco Moreno, and the Managing Director of FIBES, Gaspar Sáez, the entities promoting the Trade Show, together with CONFEDEM (National Confederation of Mining and Metallurgy Employers), FEDEME (Metal Entrepreneurs’ Federation), the Official College of Mining Engineers of Southern Spain, the Official Geologists’ Association of Andalusia and the Official College of Technical Engineers and Degrees in Mining and Energy.The two main attractions of the MMH – its extensive congress program and its exhibition and trade show areas – will focus on the same theme: innovation. In terms of the congress, the MMH will be structured into three scientific-technical conference days, with six 45-minute sessions per day each, totalling 24 sessions and 18 hours of congress activities, focusing on different aspects of mining, including research, underground and open-put mining, mineral processing and respect for the environment, as well as successful CSR initiatives undertaken by mining companies and which may serve as an example to other companies in the sector.The exhibition and trade show spaces will be divided into three areas at FIBES: an indoor pavilion for stands, outdoor areas and a central area under the dome of the Palace and adjoining corridors.Thus, during this three-day event, the venue will host some 12,000 visitors – attendees and congress participants – from the mining sector and a large number of exhibiting companies. There will also be a dedicated area for exhibitions and live demonstrations of specialized high-tonnage machinery used in this industry.In total, the Congress will have a total area of 25,000 m2, including trade show areas and spaces for the celebration of the technical conferences. This event will also have a positive economic impact for the city of Seville, generating indirect revenues of around €3 million.The most representative figure of the Congress is its Coordinator, Francisco Moreno, President of AMINER, supported by five committees entrusted with defining, developing and coordinating the event – the Executive, Organizing, Scientific, Logistics and Communications Committees -, formed by mining experts from leading companies in the sector involved in the project.With the celebration of MMH, for a few days Seville will become the global showcase for the mining sector. This sector, and specifically the metal mining industry, has enjoyed a significant recovery in Spain in recent years and has become a strategic sector for Europe and Spain, and particularly for Andalusia. This event will therefore help attract national and international investors interested in this sector and will also give all participants interested the opportunity to establish business relations.Andalusia is today one of Europe’s leading mining regions, establishing itself as the most important metal mining area in Spain and Western Europe. The sector stands out for its great potential in natural resources and its capacity to fuel economic and social progress in the region, creating a strong and stable productive fabric.Its consolidation in Andalusia is mainly supported by high levels of production and employment at two mines operating in the Iberian Pyrite Belt: Minas de Aguas Teñidas and Cobre Las Cruces, in the provinces of Huelva and Seville, backed by two large mining groups, Trafigura and First Quantum Minerals. Both also apply responsible mining management models based on continuous technological innovation. But Andalusia also has other active sites, such as Sotiel and Riotinto, both in the province of Huelva, and others in different stages of development that may be added to this list, such as Aznalcóllar, Magdalena, Lomero Poyatos, Minas de Alquife, Paymogo, Tharsis, Las Herrerías, La Zarza, Santa Rosa or Masa Valverde, some with long mining histories. Thus, the sector is undeniably enjoying a period of prosperity.Seville is also an ideal place for holding different kinds of business meetings and congresses, thanks to its excellent location and connections with other cities in Europe and Spain. This is complemented by its great history and monumental and artistic heritage, cultural attractions, varied cuisine and wonderful weather. The Exhibition and Congress Centre (FIBES) is located 6 km from the San Pablo International Airport and Santa Justa railway station, which offers high-speed rail services (AVE). It offers easy access to the region’s main motorways: A-4, A-92, A-49 and A-66. In 2014 alone, its facilities hosted 111 events, including conferences, fairs and shows.last_img read more

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THW Kiel sign Brazilian wunderkind Ferreira

← Previous Story VIDEO: How Obrad Ivezic takes Serbia to Poland! Next Story → Mohamed Mokrani finds new team after seven years! Rogerio Moraes Ferreira THW Kiel didn’t have luck with the African wunderkind Wael Jallouz two years ago, but that didn’t disscarouage “Zebras” to sign another big non-European talent – Rogerio Moraes Ferreira. The 21 years-old Brazilian line-player (204 cm) is the new hot prospect for the future of the Alfred Gislason’s team, who had only nice words to say about his new player:– He is the biggest talent on his position in generation – said Gislason, who will add Ferreira to the existing duo Wiencek and Toft Hansen.Ferreira signed contract only for the next season with the chance of extension for the two more years. read more

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LIKE TWO DECADES AGO TBV Lemgo beat THW Kiel

14.Gummersbach257117631:69415 TBV Lemgo – THW Kiel: 34 : 30 (16 : 11) TBV Lemgo> Maier (1.-50. Minute/9 saves), Wyszomirski (1 save): Månsson (1), Kogut (1), Ramba (n.e.), Ebner (8), Theuerkauf (2), Hornke (5/1), Skroblien (6), Suton (3), Bartók (5), Valiullin (2), Klimek (1): Trainer: Kehrmann 15.Bergischer267118661:73715 16.TVB Stuttgart247017613:68114 2.Flensburg-H.242121744:57344 1.Rhein-Neckar252212739:62445 ← Previous Story IT WAS CLOSE, BUT: Palmarsson scores for Veszprem’s Cup trophy Next Story → BUGOJNO 2017: Slovenia win trophy 4.Fuchse Berlin251834720:63639 8.MT Melsungen2612113711:70325 9.Erlangen2612014683:70024 10.Hannover-Burgdorf2511014711:70022 3.Kiel262105747:63942 5.SC Magdeburg251636709:67535 12.Minden2610115643:72021 7.Leipzig2513210649:63128 11.Goppingen2610115718:73621 17.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten266218619:70714 13.Lemgo267118708:76115 18.Coburg 2000264121653:7609 After fantastic weekend in which THW Kiel won German Cup, a huge dissapointment came to Zebras fans in Lemgo, where domestic team, who is struggling in battle for relegation, beat contenders for the Championship – 34:30. 6.HSG Wetzlar2615011681:66330 THW KielWolff (1.-30. und 40.-57./4 saves), Landin (31.-40. und 57.-60./1 save); Toft Hansen (1), Lackovic (1), Weinhold (1), Dissinger (1), Wiencek (1), Ekberg (8/3), Dahmke (1), Brozovic (1), Vujin (4), Bilyk (4), Nilsson (6), Santos (1); Trainer: GislAsonSTANDINGS: read more

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Prespes accord has enough votes to go through SYRIZA says

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram SYRIZA’s Political Secretariat held its first meeting for 2019 at the party’s headquarters in downtown Athens presided by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.With the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) name issue and the accord signed in earlier in 2018 between the two countries as the main topic, the secretariat reviewed the government’s work and discussed new goals for 2019.In an announcement issued by the board following the meeting, the government has the 151 votes necessary to ratify the Prespes agreement and any important issue in Parliament.“All political powers and deputies share the responsibility of voting for the historic Prespes Agreement, in order to resolve an issue that has plagued the country for decades,” the statement highlighted.“It resolves the issues at stake in a manner that is balanced, fair and beneficial to Greek interests,” added government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, expressing his certainty that all progressive political forces will “not let this historical opportunity go to waste”.Other than the Greece – FYROM accord, SYRIZA members discussed the constitutional revision, the agreement with the Greek Orthodox Church, the increase of the minimum monthly wage, protecting a family’s main home from foreclosure and rent subsidies.New Democracy (ND), Greece’s main opposition party, however, disagreed with several developments being seen by the government as positive and is pushing for elections.“At a time when our country is facing crucial national and economic issues, Mr Tsipras and Kammenos are plunging it into a dangerous instability,” ND said in an announcement on Monday (Greek time).“Mr. Tsipras has two choices: Either to seek a vote of confidence in parliament or to lead the country to elections. Τhere has never been a minority government in the post-junta era and there cannot be one now,” the statement concluded.last_img read more

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5 Things You Didnt Know About The Nutcracker Ballet

first_img Sugar plums, angry mice, and toy soldiers are some of the most memorable parts of “The Nutcracker” ballet. If you haven’t seen this holiday masterpiece yet, you can witness some of the magical plot in Disney’s new movie, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, on the big screen this weekend.Even though the movie does have some differences from the ballet, they both tell the tale of Clara, a young girl who’s transported to a fantasy world on Christmas night, where she has to battle evil influences. In this parallel universe, she encounters characters along the way that help her save the kingdom.Before you watch the new nutcracker flick, read up on our top interesting facts about “The Nutcracker.” From its first performance to The Land of Sweets, you’ll be caught up on the famous ballet’s history, plot, and culture.Russian Roots“The Nutcracker” is more than 100-years-old and had its start in Russia. According to the Moscow Ballet, the first performance of “The Nutcracker” was held at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Dec. 6, 1892. It is said that Marius Petipa, who was dubbed “the father of Russian Ballet,” helped with the original choreography of the debut performance.Marie vs. Clara DilemmaClara and the Prince in ‘The Nutcracker’ (Photo Credit: bellinijuniorballet/Instagram)“The Nutcracker” Ballet is roughly based on two separate stories. In E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and The Mouse King, Marie is the heroine’s name, and not Clara. Meanwhile, Alexandre Dumas’ The Nutcracker, which had a similar plot, dubbed the leading lady’s name as Clara. Clara won the naming contest, and that’s been the name of “The Nutcracker’s” main protagonist since, according to Jack Anderson, author of The Nutcracker Ballet.Famous Music ScorePyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a Russian composer, created “The Nutcracker” ballet’s score. But, it wasn’t love at first sight. Research by Geoff Kuenning, a Harvey Mudd College professor, indicated that the composer wasn’t digging the story plot. Tchaikovsky said it was “infinitely poorer”  than “The Sleeping Beauty” ballet. Nevertheless, Tchaikovsky’s belittled work would be come a dance hit years later.Magical Costumes‘The Nutcracker ‘ Ballet (Photo Credit: The National Ballet of Canada/Instagram)A ballet can have the best dancers, but the costumes and scenery are just as important in the equation. For years, “The Nutcracker” has delighted fans with some of the most gorgeous tutus and sets around. Famous characters, like the Winter Snows and the Sugar Plum Fairy, came to life through one man: Ivan Vscvolozhsky. According to the book, Ballet Music: A Handbook by  Matthew Naughtin, Vscvolozhsky designed the costumes for the famous ballet in 1892. You can thank him for “The Nutcracker’s” holiday-meets-sweets appeal.Dance Legacy“The Nutcracker” is an old fairytale-like story, but it lives on in the ballet world today. Many major dance hubs have produced their own variations of “The Nutcracker” for decades. The New York City Ballet typically presents 47 (yes, 47) performances of “The Nutcracker” ballet each year. In a time of modern technology, people are still headed to theaters to see this masterpiece come to life, which lets them engage in a story about a young girl’s magical encounters on Christmas night.More on Geek.com: 11 Scandinavian Crime Novels That Would Make Kick-Ass MoviesThe 11 Best Human-Hunting Movies6 Comic Characters I’d Love to See in the TV Shows or Movies Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Penn Griffiths Thomas – Charged with killing Kevino

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 4, 2017 – It is onto the Grand Turk Supreme Court for the sufficiency hearing on April 7 of the three men now charged in the murder of 25 year old Kevino Smith of Grand Turk in 2015. Magistrate Tanya Lobban Jackson heard the matter today of Krishna Penn, Conrad Thomas Jr and Lamar Griffiths – all three arraigned in a homicide that rocked the nation.Penn is represented by Laura Maroof; Oliver Smith is representing 31-year old Lamar Griffiths and Smith served as attorney in lieu for Conrad Thomas Jr when his lawyer, Keith Thomas, could not appear on his behalf today.  These charges should be welcomed by the family of Bah Smith, whose case was labeled as forgotten by his mother, Patty Smith.Mrs. Smith often took to social media to grieve her son and remind the country and Police of her suffering, knowing that his killers were walking around Grand Turk as if they did not murder her child.  Patty Smith was unrelenting and today, should be a better day in the pursuit of justice.#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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Number of Nagasaki locals seeking gambling addiction help doubles in 2017

first_img RelatedPosts Japan moves forward as Basic Policy for IRs released Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions The number of people in Nagasaki Prefecture seeking counselling for gambling addiction doubled in 2017 to around 200, the Asahi Shimbun reports.According to official figures released earlier this week, that figure compares to only around 100 in the prior year with the government stating that “gambling addiction awareness has increased” due to recent publicity over the possibility of Nagasaki winning one of three IR licenses. A site at Huis Ten Bosch – a popular theme park in Sasebo that reimagines the Netherlands – has been highlighted as a strong contender for a regional IR license with South Africa’s Peermont Group telling Inside Asian Gaming earlier this year that it had already singled the site out as the sole location of its IR bid.The majority of those seeking gambling addiction help in Nagasaki in 2017 cited pachinko as the cause. They were treated at a range of locations including eight public health centers and the Nagasaki Support Centre for Children, Women and Persons with Disabilities. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Load Morelast_img read more

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How ALIVE Adapted to the Times by Reinvesting in Print

first_img “With this elevated experience, shifting from a free model to a paid model, we felt that we needed to go back to the concept of a Good Housekeeping-like seal of approval,” Tucker tells Folio:. “We wanted it to feel like we had really taken the time to vet these clients before we partnered with them. That’s been a big shift, too.” Content about area startups—in a report titled “The Next Silicon Valley,” venture capital information firm CB Insights claims St. Louis saw a 1200 percent increase in tech funding in 2014—was also moved to its own, dedicated title, Entrepreneur Quarterly. After 13 years spent building a reputation as an integral voice in the St. Louis area, Alive, led by co-founder and publisher Elizabeth Tucker, recognized that the brand’s print magazine needed to change in order to better serve its audience, but walking away from the very cornerstone of the business was not an option. That’s where the soon-to-be-revamped website, AliveMag.com, comes in. Alive Media Group isn’t listening. “That’s a shift happening in business across the board, not just in media.” For a regional magazine in today’s industry, there is perhaps no commodity more valuable than the trust of its readership, fostered through clearly-defined values, an authoritative voice in the community, and the provision of an experience its audience won’t find anywhere else. “If [readers] were going to invest their time in picking up a print publication, they really wanted that to be a special experience,” Tucker continues. “That’s where we felt that bookazines had really stepped into that space, creating an enhanced and elevated experience for readers.” But it wasn’t enough to simply up the investment. Before being able to effectively serve its readers and the values they hold dear, Alive first needed to clarify its own set of values. Tucker believes that consumers, more than ever, are making business and purchasing decisions based on their values. Beyond the upgrade in the magazine’s physical quality, a bimonthly format allows Alive to enhance the content within, taking the time to dig deeper into stories. To that end, Alive has added a few full-time staffers and a number of freelance writers. Of course, there are drawbacks to a reduction in print frequency. Content must be less time-sensitive and—especially given the events that have taken place in St. Louis and nearby Ferguson, Missouri over the last few years—two months can be an eternity for a brand that considers itself an influential voice in the community. When a print magazine reaches a crossroads, conventional wisdom often dictates cutting costs, decreasing page counts, and diverting all available resources to cheaper-to-produce, faster digital reporting. “For instance, there’s one piece about a local chef and he’s talking about his love affair with mashed potatoes. When you hover over that page, it will take you to a video of him talking you through making the recipe.”center_img The conversion from a free model to a paid one will take up much of 2016, Tucker adds, but one of the biggest changes has already been manifested in the first two issues since the re-launch: Alive will no longer simply accept advertising from anyone willing to pay for it, opting instead for a curated list of clients that align with the brand’s mission. The feedback suggested survival in print meant raising the bar in terms of the reader experience. Alive responded swiftly, announcing, in December, plans to reduce print frequency from monthly to bimonthly, transition from glossy to high-quality, matte paper, and institute a paid subscription model—a first in the history of the formerly free, ad-supported magazine.Before and after: The old (left) and new (right) versions of Alive. “We want to increase the amount of traffic to the site and the amount of stories we’re posting by about 500 percent,” Tucker says. “We’ve put a lot of resources behind the website, and shifted a lot of its focus. The new website is set to launch in the next month.” Alive’s core supporters, Tucker says, are creatives, interested in fashion, design, art, and culture. And while millennials are a vital component of the brand’s audience—50 percent of its readership—Tucker is more inclined to target a psychographic than a demographic. “We worked with a consultant who helped us revisit what our core values are as an organization, and we really let that drive what a lot of these changes were,” says Tucker. More succinctly, “We’re for the hippie and the hipster,” she adds, laughing. “Our thinking is age-less, gender-less, and income-less,” she says. “It’s more types of behaviors. We want people who are enthusiasts. We don’t want to be a millennial publication, we want to be a publication that’s all about authenticity, transparency, pushing the community forward and making the world a better place.” “That was another shift we saw as a behavioral change,” Tucker continues. “People used to like to go to one spot to read about lots of different things, and what we’ve been hearing from readers is, ‘When I want to plan my wedding, I want to go to a wedding magazine.’” “The first step for us, really, was to have focus groups and advisory boards and reader surveys to find out what people were looking for in terms of their media experience,” Tucker tells Folio:. And speaking of Silicon Valley, Alive has gone head-first into augmented reality, partnering with AR app Layar to give readers added content when they hover over a page in the magazine with their smartphones. While it is perhaps too soon to determine the degree to which the community will embrace Alive’s 2016 makeover—without getting into too much detail, Tucker says the early returns from both readers and advertisers have been positive—the palpable passion and excitement in her voice leaves no doubt that the new product’s ability to engage likeminded audiences of all ages and backgrounds has at least one fervent believer. Another change involves narrowing the focus of the printed product. Alive has removed wedding content from its print magazine and launched a separate publication, Alive Weddings, which comes out four times each year. The debut issue dropped in January.last_img read more

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