SBI Partners with Transfast to help NRIs transfer money

first_imgThere is good news for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) residing in the United States as they can easily send funds into their banks accounts in India. In this connection, State Bank of India (SBI) has tied up with US-based Transfast Remittance LLC to help Indian diaspora in remitting their funds back to India.SBI has tied up with Transfast to help NRIs living in US to transfer their funds back to India.Giving information about the partnership, Siddhartha Sengupta, DMD & Group Executive – International Banking, SBI, said, “We are happy to announce this mutually beneficial association with Transfast Remittance LLC. Now the Indian diaspora in the United States will be able to conveniently send funds directly into their account across various banks in India in the shortest possible time using SBI’s technology platform.”The partnership will enable the US-based NRIs to remit their funds to their bank account with any bank in India using the SBI’s network.Read it at CTI Related Itemslast_img read more

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CWG OC to give 30 % free tickets

first_imgThe lacklustre public response to most of the events in the Commonwealth Games prompted Organising Committee (OC) vice chairman Randhir Singh to call for giving free entry to at least 30 per cent of the spectators.Crowds outside a ticket counter on Thursday.”I feel that 30 per cent of all stadiums should be thrown open for the public. Tickets may be distributed at the gates on a first come first serve basis. People should be encouraged to come and watch the events,” he said.”There have been some great performances, but unfortunately not many spectators are around to see them. It is such a pity,” he added.This came on a day when the government asked the OC to get its act together so that tickets were made available to the people.”There have been reports that some stadiums were wanting in audience, while in others, tickets were not available,” urban development minister Jaipal Reddy said after the group of ministers (GoM) on the Games held a meeting. Sports minister M. S. Gill, tourism minister Kumari Selja, chief minister Sheila Dikshit and OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi were also present at the meeting.However, four days into the Games, the tickets still remained elusive. Mismanagement and poor technology didn’t help matters either.With the holiday season setting in, the paying public is starved of tickets. Even the sarkari babus are aghast that tickets are not coming their way. Sports minister M. S. Gill’s office was reportedly upset that tickets were not available at all.advertisementEmpty stands at Delhi’s Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium.While OC officials said tickets sales were picking up, there was no clue where the complimentary tickets, which comprise almost 20 per cent for each venue, were.Sources said the number of free tickets, reportedly distributed by the OC to the ministry and the Sports Authority of India, was shocking.”Worse, there are no tickets for India-Australia or India-Pakistan hockey matches. We do not have swimming or boxing tickets either,” a source added.Angad, a Class XI student at Guru Harkishan Public school, called up the call centre and found out that tickets were available for the swimming event. But he had to wait for an hour at the counter as the server had crashed. And when his turn came, he was told the tickets had been sold. “I called up the call centre again and they said the tickets were available. I don’t know whom to believe,” he said.Shilpa Singhal, who had gone to buy tickets with her daughter Prachika, had an equally annoying experience.”The people at the counters can’t tell you the Games schedules. You can’t either get through the call centre line or it gets disconnected before you finish talking. I had to call up 50 times before I could get the information I wanted,” she said.B. Subramaniam, a part of the Malaysian Boxing Federation, had a suggestion. He said: “It makes sense to have separate stalls for more popular events like boxing and swimming.” At the Talkatora Stadium, Philip Masonda, an official attached with the Zambian squash team, had a worse experience.He had gone to the stadium to watch some of the aquatics events. He was not allowed to enter because his pass limited entry only to the squash events. Moreover, the volunteers failed to arrange a transport for him back to the Games Village until a journalist intervened and sought the help of the authorities.A Rajouri garden couple also experienced the volunteers’ apathy at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex on Wednesday.Deepak Bassi, who had an accident some time ago that left his leg severely damaged, went to the complex to watch some events. But he and his wife were made to walk a 3-km stretch from the parking lot, with no help from the volunteers.However, all he commented was that “we have channels through which we can route our complaints in the Village. And I would prefer those channels”.(With inputs from Amandeep Shukla and Agencies)last_img read more

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Tendulkar delights crowd in short span, Finch wins it for MCC

first_imgMCC’s captain Sachin Tendulkar prepares to catch a ball during a cricket match against a Rest of the World team to celebrate 200 years of Lord’s at Lord’s cricket ground in London, July 5, 2014. Photo by Philip Brown (Reuters)Sachin Tendulkar made everyone at Lord’s nostalgic with some delectable strokes but it was young Aaron Finch, who stole the show with a magnificent 181 as MCC comfortably beat Rest of the World by seven wickets in the ‘Bicentenary Celebrations’ match on Saturday..It was a ‘Union of Legends’ as the likes of Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Shane Warne once again put on their cricketing gears.While Tendulkar, who made 41 and Lara, who chipped in with 23, showed their class and touch of genius in their short stay, it was Finch’s century that helped MCC overtake Rest of the World’s commanding 293 for seven with 27 balls to spare.Finch’s 145 ball innings had 23 fours and six sixes as he overshadowed India discard Yuvraj Singh’s attractive 132 for the Rest of the World.The only disappointment in the contest was public being robbed a chance to watch a Tendulkar vs Warne duel as the Aussie legend fractured his right hand trying to evade a Brett Lee beamer.It was vintage Tendulkar as he square drove Peter Siddle and hit him for a straight drive. A cover drive off Paul Collingwood was sheer class.He got a little too cheeky with his stroke-making and it proved to be his undoing as he was bowled by Sri Lanka?s Muttiah Muralitharan. His 41 off 44 balls had seven fours.advertisementFinch then carried on and put on another 67 runs for the second wicket with Brian Lara. The latter didn’t look too comfortable in the middle and departed in the 30th over, after scoring 23 runs off 38 balls, including 3 fours.Earlier Yuvraj made a strokeful 132 to power the Rest of the World XI to 293 for seven in 50 overs.Electing to bat in overcast conditions, the Shane Warne-led side slumped to 68 for 5 in the 12th over when Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (4/45) bagged four wickets but soon Yuvraj and Paul Collingwood stitched together a 131-run sixth-wicket partnership to put the innings back on track.The opening combo of Virender Sehwag and Adam Gilchrist had given ROW a brisk 54-run start in 6.5 overs but Brett Lee (2/55) cleaned up the Indian dasher for 22 and then Ajmal took over.Ajmal’s country-mate Umar Gul though sustained an injury and hobbled off after bowling two overs post sharing the new ball with Lee.Gilchrist displayed his trademark pull and cut shots as he scored 22 runs off 24 balls, including 5 fours before being stumped off Ajmal.The champion off-spinner then trapped Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal (1) LBW, got England?s Kevin Pietersen (10) stumped and finally bowled his team-mate Shahid Afridi for a two-ball duck. But strangely Tendulkar took Ajmal off the attack after his third over, probably to give the crowd some entertainment in the exhibition tie.Collingwood scored 40 runs off 64 balls, hitting 3 fours, but it was Yuvraj who really put on the fireworks. He brought up his half-century in the 25th over of the innings, off only 53 balls and including 4 fours as well as 2 sixes.Yuvi didn’t let up, perhaps trying to make an impression on the Indian selectors, who will soon be gathering to select an ODI side for the ongoing England tour.He brought up his hundred off 114 balls in the 45th over.In doing so, he put on 84 runs for the seventh wicket with Peter Siddle (34 not out, 32 balls, 4 fours). He added 32 more runs off another 20 balls faced and was finally dismissed off Tendulkar (1/33) in the penultimate over. Warne (3 not out) was the other unbeaten batsman.last_img read more

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Football: Riyad Mahrez finally signs with Manchester City

first_img“Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is perfect for me, and City’s performances last season were outstanding. They’re redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it.” Your new number 26!@Mahrez22 💙 #welcomeriyad pic.twitter.com/g1UMciVY4P— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 10, 2018As is evident by the tweet, he will wear the number 26 shirt.“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola,” Mahrez told the club’s official website. Advertisement AdvertisementPhoto Credits: Manchester City via TwitterAmidst all the speculations, Manchester City have finally secured Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez as their first summer signing.We had reported earlier that Leicester City have accepted a 60 million pounds bid from Manchester City.Now, the Algerian forward has put pen to paper and has signed a 5-year contract in what is reportedly a club record 68 million pounds deal.Manchester City’s official Twitter handle tweeted out the following:The best things come to those who wait… 🕘#welcomeriyad to Manchester City! 💙 #mancity pic.twitter.com/lLjJZrz4J0— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 10, 2018center_img Pen 2 Paper! 🙌#welcomeriyad pic.twitter.com/vow4BFRIt3— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 10, 2018 “I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management.”Mahrez is expected to make his debut when Pep Guardiola’s side faces Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup on 21 July.Read also: Football: Twitterati reacts on CR7 joining ‘The Old Lady’Football: Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract details confirmed by Juventuslast_img read more

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Undeterred by cancer, Malaysian badminton legend Lee vows to return

first_imgKuala Lumpur, Nov 8 (IANS) Malaysian badminton legend Lee Chong Wei pledged on Thursday to try his best to continue his career for “the love of the sport”.Speaking at his first press conference since seeking treatment for nose cancer abroad, Lee said he loves the sport too much to quit but would not compromise on his health, reports Xinhua news agency.”I love this sport and I want to be back soon and prepare for upcoming tournaments, but how quickly I will return will depend on my condition,” he said.”My doctors have advised me to take things slowly and I will listen to their advice to take things slowly…. I have started some light training at home,” he said.The 36-year-old explained he was currently training three times a week instead of the previous six times.The three-time Olympic silver medallist said he still aims at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but he wanted to make sure he remains competitive.”Of course the Olympic gold is still my dream and my target. All Malaysians want this,” he said.Lee also expressed hope that he would be able to make his comeback next year for the All England Open which is scheduled for March and to participate in the qualifying for the Olympics to begin in May.Lee seemed to be back in top form this year, when he ended Japanese shuttler Kento Momota’s winning streak and clinched his 12th Malaysia Open title and rose to second place in the world rankings.advertisementBut then he withdrew from the World Championships and the Asian Games citing “respiratory-related disorder” before Badminton Association of Malaysia confirmed in September that he “has been diagnosed with early stage nose cancer” and was recovering well after treatment.Elaborating on his experience after being diagnosed with cancer, Lee said he could hardly eat or sleep for the first week.”They told me it was cancer. Of course I was shocked and frightened, who would not be? The treatment was tough. I had to eat to keep my strength but eating, drinking and even swallowing was difficult.Lee said that he had been tested negative for cancer in the latest test.”I thank the support of my family, friends and my fans who wished me a quick recovery. This was very important to me,” he said.–IANSajb/sedlast_img read more

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West Indies vs Bangladesh, Live Streaming: When, Where, How to Watch World Cup 2019 Match on Live TV and Online Coverage

first_imgAfter suffering two defeats in their last three fixtures, both West Indies and Bangladesh will aim to return back to winning ways when they face each other in their crucial World Cup tie at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton here on Monday.Both teams announced themselves at the ongoing tournament with convincing victories, but have failed to build on to that success.After beating Pakistan in their tournament opener, Windies have failed to live up to the aggression and lost their next matches against Australia and England. Their bowlers have performed reasonably well in all their matches, but it’s their batting which has left the fans disappointed.On the other hand, Bangladesh’s success has revolved around Shakib al Hasan. The number one ODI all-rounder has not only performed with the bat and has been the backbone of Bangladesh batting.What TV channel and live stream is the World Cup 2019 match West Indies vs Bangladesh on?Match number 23 of World Cup 2019 between West Indies vs Bangladesh can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the World Cup 2019 match between West Indies vs Bangladesh be played?The World Cup 2019 match West Indies vs Bangladesh will be played at Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton from 3 PM IST on Monday, June 17.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match West Indies vs Bangladesh live?The match between West Indies vs Bangladesh will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.advertisementWhere can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match West Indies vs Bangladesh?You can follow our coverage for West Indies vs Bangladesh here – https://www.indiatoday.in/sportsWhat are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match West Indies vs Bangladesh?Squads:West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran(w), Ashley Nurse, Andre Russell, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon CottrellBangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Abu Jayed, Mosaddek HossainAlso Read | Kuch fitness nai, kuch nai: Pakistan fans blame burger for defeat to IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of next 3 games with hamstring injuryAlso Seelast_img read more

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Sargent: USMNT hungry to ‘make America proud’

first_imgUnited States Sargent and young USMNT looking to ‘make America proud’ Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 08:49 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) USA Ireland international friendly 2018 Dan Mullan United States Republic of Ireland v United States Republic of Ireland Friendlies The Werder Bremen forward believes the current U.S. squad is full of hungry players trying to prove they belong at the top Josh Sargent wasn’t in the starting side for the U.S. national team on Saturday, but he was on the pitch by the time Dave Sarachan’s outfit conceded a late goal to the Republic of Ireland to drop a 2-1 result in an international friendly. It was the first loss under Sarachan, who has turned to a very young group of players since taking over for Bruce Arena as the USA’s head coach. Saturday’s starting team had an average age of  23 years, 73 days, a bit up from the average age of the team from Monday’s 3-0 win vs. Bolivia (22 years, 160 days) in large part because the 18-year-old Sargent was replaced in the lineup by Bobby Wood.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Despite the youth movement, the USA has managed to be competitive, with Saturday’s clash against an experienced European opponent providing the first stumbling block, and Sargent believes there is a hunger in the team to prove that they can compete at the highest level. “I mean we’re all coming in here in the same position,” he told Goal after the match. “We’re all young kids hungry for a chance and to prove that we can compete with this guys.”We want to prove we deserve a spot on this team. We’re all hungry to play as hard as we can to make America proud.”While Sarachan has been handed the reigns on an interim basis, the future of the U.S. national team is still very much up in the air as the search for a full-time boss continues. But midfielder Weston McKennie, another of the teenagers in the team, is confident that the current crop of players will be able to deal well with whatever is thrown at them moving forward. 🗣Bobbbb🗣Beeeee🗣Wooood@MattMiazga3 with the flick on, @BobbyS_Wood with the finish! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/trvEGb0nkM— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) June 2, 2018 “We go into the games with a clear head. If you go into the games with a lot on your mind, it’s never healthy for your game and for your personal growth whenever you want to try new ideas,” the Schalke midfielder told Goal. “We don’t know what the situation is with the coaching staff, or how the future is going to look, but we’ll go with the flow and take what’s thrown at us.”We don’t know if the coach is going to be here after. If he is, then everyone is comfortable with him. If not, we’ll have to adjust and see where the next coach takes us. Right now, we’re just thinking about these games coming up next against France.”The match against a France squad in its final warmup ahead of the World Cup will likely provide the sternest test yet for Sarachan’s side. Les Bleus made easy work of Ireland on Monday and topped Italy 3-1 on Friday. The USA will have a week to prepare for the clash in Lyon, and Sargent is confident the team will show up ready to go against one of the world’s best teams. “It’s going to be a really tough challenge for us. We’re going to come out like it’s any other game and compete as hard as we can.”last_img read more

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Super Bowl QB Told Justin Fields Not To Go To Georgia

first_imgJustin Fields throws a pass for Georgia.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadiuym in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)After a freshman season at Georgia that ended with only limited snaps, five-star quarterback Justin Fields ultimately transferred to Ohio State. While many fans and pundits were confused as to why he would leave the program after just one year, a former Super Bowl-winning quarterback claims he saw the writing on the wall early.In an interview with DawgNation on Monday, former Super Bowl champion Trent Dilfer said he was not surprised that it didn’t work out for Fields at Georgia and revealed that he even warned Fields against going there.“I was probably the only guy that wasn’t surprised. I told him it wasn’t a good move to go there,” Dilfer said. “He’s a unique talent, one of the best I’ve ever seen. But these kids when they’re in high school think they’re just going to go in and beat the stud in front of him. And Jake’s a great player.”Dilfer explained that the Bulldogs were never going to rotate star quarterback Jake Fromm out often enough for Fields to develop.“The dual thing was never going to work with them rotating between quarterbacks,” Dilfer said. “And Jake, because of his command of the offense and the success he had as a freshman, to me, I just didn’t think it was a good move.”Fields’ freshman season ended with 328 passing yards and four touchdowns, with another 266 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground.Fromm, on the other hand, started for the Bulldogs in all 14 of their games, completing 67.4-percent of his passes for 2,761 yards and 30 touchdowns.After the season, Fields announced his transfer to Ohio State.It is still unclear if Fields will be eligible to play for the Buckeyes in 2019.However, with the recent transfer of Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell to Miami, Fields certainly has a better chance of winning the starting job if he is granted eligibility.last_img read more

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Western Bulk Gets New CEO

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Norwegian dry bulk vessel owner Western Bulk has appointed Hans Aasnæs as the new Chief Executive Officer of the company. The appointment, effective from July 1, 2019, comes after Jens Ismar, Western Bulk’s current CEO, stepped down on April 25 after nearly eleven years in the company.During Ismar’s tenure, the company has grown and developed into one of the largest operators of dry bulk vessels in the Ultramax to Handysize segments operating a fleet of ~160 vessels worldwide.Chief Risk Officer Egil Husby will take on the position as interim CEO until Aasnæs assumes his position as CEO.Aasnæs previously held the position as Senior Vice President at Umoe Group and prior to that the position as CEO of Storebrand Asset Management for eight years. He has over the last thirty years accumulated significant experience from overseeing trading, asset management and derivatives activities.“We believe Hans Aasnæs is the right candidate to take Western Bulk forward,” Bengt A. Rem, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said.What is more, Western Bulk informed it recently secured new debt financing and raised USD 15 million in equity guaranteed by the two main shareholders Kistefos AS and Ojada AS. This is in an effort for Western Bulk to ensure a strong financial platform and support further growth.As explained, the outstanding bond loan has now been repaid in full, allowing for a more optimal financial structure.“The appointment of Mr. Aasnæs in combination with equity raise and improved financial structure enhances our ability to capture trading margins and positions the company very well for future success and profitability,” Rem concluded.last_img read more

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More migrants enter Spains north African territories

first_imgMadrid- Fifteen African migrants, including a young girl, entered Spain’s north African territory of Melilla illegally on Monday on a small inflatable boat, Spanish authorities said.Three other African migrants entered Ceuta, Spain’s other north African Territory, by passing underneath a barbed wire border fence, officials said.Ceuta and Melilla — which sit across the Mediterranean from mainland Spain, surrounded by Moroccan territory — are a key entry point for migrants seeking a better life in Europe. The two cities have the European Union’s only land borders with Africa. The rubber dinghy carrying the 15 migrants entered Melilla in the early hours of Monday though the territory’s commercial port, the regional government said in a statement.“The migrants started to run as soon as they reached the port and were detained by police,” the statement said. The migrants included one girl aged under 18 and 14 adult men.Meanwhile in Ceuta, located about 400 kilometres (250 miles) to the west of Melilla, three African migrants crossed underneath the barbed wire fence separating the territory from Morocco through a pipe, a spokesman for the regional government said.Police on Sunday caught a 19-year-old from Mali hiding inside a suitcase that was being carried by a Moroccan man across the border into Melilla from the Moroccan border town of Beni Ansar.“The difficulties which the man had in carrying the suitcase raised the suspicions of the authorities,” police said in a statement.At least 14 migrants drowned in Moroccan waters on February 6 while trying to enter Ceuta by sea after several hundred tried to storm the land border.In that incident, Spanish security forces were accused by human rights groups and witnesses of firing rubber bullets at the immigrants, sparking a heated debate in Spain.In response Spain’s interior ministry said last week it had banned border guards from firing rubber bullets to stop migrants crossing the fence into its north African territories.More 200 migrants stormed across a triple-layer border fence into Melilla on Friday in what Spanish authorities said was one of the largest such crossings in years.last_img read more

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Coals slide to continue in US as renewables fill the gap

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. demand for coal to generate electricity will continue its slide in coming months despite efforts by the Trump administration to prop up the struggling industry, federal officials said Thursday.Renewable energy sources are expected to fill much of the gap left by coal’s decline, according to the Energy Information Administration.That’s particularly true for Western states, where wind, solar, hydropower and other renewables will provide almost a quarter of the power to households and businesses during the peak summer season, the agency said in projections released Thursday.Natural gas will remain the fuel of choice for power generation with an expected 40% share of U.S. markets this summer.Under President Donald Trump, officials have sought to ease coal plant regulations and mining restrictions. But after production briefly bumped up in the year after Trump took office, almost all coal mining states are now experiencing production declines.Wyoming, Kentucky and Texas have seen the biggest drops so far this year. Among the top 10 coal states, only Montana has seen a slight increase in the volume of coal mined in 2019.Coal’s share of power generation is projected to be 25% this summer. That’s down roughly half over the past decade and follows a wave of coal plant retirements by utilities seeking cheaper and cleaner-burning alternatives.Beyond the changes in the number and types of power plants are shorter-term price considerations, analyst Stacy Macintyre with the Energy Information Administration said. Utilities this summer will pay about 3 per cent more for coal and 12 per cent less for natural gas compared with last year, she said.Matthew Brown, The Associated Press read more

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Legal marijuana will only sip 1 out of221B Canadian booze sales study

MONTREAL — The recreational marijuana industry is expected to take a sip of less than one per cent initially out of annual Canadian alcohol sales once it becomes legal, a new analysis says.The Anderson Economic Group, a business consulting firm in New York, says legalization of marijuana would sap $160 million out of the country’s $22.1 billion booze sector, rising as use of the drug expands.While there are numerous unknowns governing the sale of marijuana, the Anderson Economic Group based its projections on alcohol sales in U.S. states that have legalized the drug. It also took into account a host of factors in Canada including spending patterns, income and demographics.The beer market, which is worth about $9.2 billion, is anticipated to take a $70 million hit from in the first year of marijuana legalization, the Anderson Economic Group says.[related_link /]“It won’t affect spending patterns necessarily the first year to the degree where individuals’ buying habits will change overnight,” said Peter Schwartz, an Anderson consultant and editor of its biannual Cannabis Market Report that will include the analysis in its summer issue.A Deloitte report has estimated that the Canadian market for marijuana could be worth up to around $22.6 billion a year, including about $4.9 billion to $8.7 billion from the sale of the substance, with the rest coming from the ancillary market including growers, testing labs and security.Analyst Vivien Azer of U.S.-based research firm Cowen and Company is anticipating the alcohol industry could be under substantial pressure over the next decade if young people continue to take a pass on drinking.In a report released last month, Azer said just under 82 per cent of 18- to 29-year-olds in Ontario consumed alcohol in 2015, down 5.5 percentage points since 2008, while marijuana use has been steady at around 34 to 36 per cent.“Our focus on these younger consumers reflects our belief that the experimenter of today is the leading consumer of tomorrow,” said the report by Azer who also covers Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED).The head of Molson Coors Canada, the country’s second-largest brewer, said there is conflicting data about what marijuana legalization will do to alcohol sales, but he is watching the issue closely.“I don’t think we can say we’re worried,” Frederic Landtmeters said in an interview. “We are conscious that this is something that will come up that may have an impact.”Luke Harford, president of Beer Canada, said he believes the country’s aging population and relatively high taxation are bigger threats to the industry than marijuana.We are conscious that this is something that will come up that may have an impact“We really see beer as being a product that has a long history in Canada and is part of social occasions and celebrations that just aren’t tied to what marijuana is tied to,” he said.As for taxes, Harford said he doesn’t want the government to give marijuana “a free ride.”“We want to make sure that we’re not in the market with one hand tied behind our back.”Spirits Canada president Jan Westcott said forecasts on the impact marijuana will have on the alcohol business are highly speculative at this point.“As you get down to such small numbers in the overall market you have to start wondering about the accuracy of any projections,” he said.“We’re all anxious to know the answer to that. The fact is nobody really knows.”The federal government is aiming to make the recreational use of marijuana legal on July 1, 2018. read more

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Watford release Dja Djedje

first_imgWatford Football Club have terminated the contract of Brice Dja Djedje after three years at the club.The Ivorian defender had his contract at Vicarage Road terminates after a poor spell at the club since he moved to England from France in 2015.Watford have officially announced that the club and former Lens defender Brice Dja Djedje have mutually terminated their contract.The Cote d’Ivoire international who completed a move to the Vicarage Road from Olympique Marseille in 2016 for €3.6m, made just two appearances in his unimpressive spell with the Hornets.Neymar, BrazilTop 5 Ligue 1 players to watch throughout next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Ligue 1 next…Dja Djedje who spent the entire 2017-18 season on loan at Lens returned to the club with a lot of optimism only to be informed he’s not a part of manager, Javi Gracia’s plans.“Watford confirm that following completion of the appropriate documentation today, it has been agreed to terminate the contract of defender Brice Dja Djedje by mutual consent,” the club announced on their website, as quoted by Goal.The 27-year-old will hope to settle in quickly with the Turkish elite division Ankaragucu when he gets to feature for them.last_img read more

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Washington megaprojects study including CRC could cost 475000

first_imgSEATTLE — The state of Washington could pay as much as $475,000 for an outside study of three Transportation Department megaprojects — the Highway 520 floating bridge on Lake Washington, the Highway 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle, and an Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River.The department hired consultant Ron Paananen in March after learning it would have to spend tens of millions of dollars to fix and redesign floating bridge pontoons because of cracking in the first batch produced at Grays Harbor, The Seattle Times reported on Monday.Paananen is a former Transportation Department project manager on the floating bridge and tunnel projects who now works for the engineering firm CH2M Hill. Because of his past association with the department, Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson also hired the former director of the Utah Transportation Department, John Njord, of Tom Warne & Associates, for an outsider’s view.A work order released to The Seattle Times through a public records request shows that Paananen will be paid up to $325,000 and Njord up to $150,000.last_img read more

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Car destroyed in Deerfield Beach fire no injuries

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A car burst into flames in a Deerfield Beach roadway.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the fire in the westbound lanes of Southwest 10th Street, just east of Military Trail, at around 2 p.m., Saturday.Crews found a black sedan with fire erupting from the engine, pouring thick, black smoke out of the hood.Firefighters were able to put out the flames using water and foam.The car was completely destroyed.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains unknown, but officials said the driver explained to firefighters the vehicle recently had engine work done. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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HTC shows off the Vive Cosmos VR headset

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Comment Share your voice VR games you need to start playing right away 1 HTC Vive See It VR games on CNET Preview • Here’s what it’s like to use the HTC Vive, the $799 VR headset that you can preorder today Mentioned Above HTC Vive CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 9 Photos $499 $689 Walmart 1:47 See it Review • HTC Vive review: Yes, this is the best VR experience, if you’ve got the space The Vive Cosmos has six cameras. HTC HTC has unveiled the look of its next Vive virtual reality headset, with the Cosmos to have a flip-up design, six cameras, detachable headphones, a faceplate and a vented front. Billed as a premium PC VR system, the Cosmos, first teased at CES 2019 in Las Vegas in January, will have “striking graphics [and] lifelike sound,” HTC said Friday. HTC Vive Pro Eye tracks your eyes with pinpoint accuracy,… Mobile Gadgets Gaming Accessories Gaming Virtual Reality Apps Up close with the HTC Vive Pro Tags The Cosmos will have a “pixel-packed” display that minimizes the screen-door effect of using VR systems, HTC said. The company also touted its new tracking system.”With wide and accurate tracking, gesture controls and a six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) headset and controller setup, Vive Cosmos promises a deeply engaging VR experience,” HTC said.htc-vive-cosmos-vr-headset HTC The system can be used straight out of the box with minimal setup and also features a more comfortable headset with soft, light and breathable material, HTC said. The company also unveiled new Vive controllers that it called gamer friendly, versatile and practical.htc-vive-cosmos-controllerThe new Vive Cosmos controllers. HTC HTC said it’ll reveal the official specs next week.HTC’s Viveport Infinity unlimited subscription service launched April 2, with subscriptions costing $13 a month or $99 for an entire year. The service lets customers download more than 600 VR games and apps through the Viveport store. This morning we unveiled the HTC VIVE COSMOS, with 6 cameras, a flip up design, detachable headphones, faceplate & vented front. Next week, we’ll get into specs. Stay tuned. https://t.co/TSCJVM9eLs #HTCVIVE #HTCVIVECOSMOS— HTC VIVE (@htcvive) June 21, 2019 HTC had first looked to end the drought of VR content by launching the Viveport subscription service back in 2017, giving Vive headset owners up to five titles at a time for $9 a month. It then expanded the service in August 2018 to support rival Oculus Rift headsets. HTClast_img read more

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With time ticking little public progress on state budget

first_imgDespite a looming deadline, lawmakers made no public progress this week on reaching agreement on a state budget and a plan to balance the budget in future years.State Capitol building (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)Listen nowAlaska Public Media’s Lori Townsend talked to AKPM and KTOO reporter Andrew Kitchenman about the stalemate.Lori Townsend: “What will it take to reach a compromise in Juneau?”Andrew Kitchenman: “If there was a clear answer to that question, then we could have seen a compromise months ago. Governor Bill Walker tried to make progress on Monday by putting out his own compromise proposal. He didn’t get very far. He took the Senate’s side on how to handle oil and gas taxes and the Permanent Fund, and the House’s side on this year’s state budget and the need for a broad-based tax. But no one embraced all of his package of proposals. Senate President Pete Kelly welcomed it, but he continued to express opposition to the elements that differ from the Senate majority’s positions. The mostly Democratic House majority was much stronger in rejecting it, although some members signaled a willingness to work with what Walker proposed.Kelly says he wants lawmakers to focus on the budget first. The Republican-led Senate majority may be willing to live with just passing the budget – putting off a decision on the Permanent Fund until later. House members don’t want to do that – but they only want to reduce PFDS if  the state also has higher oil taxes and/or a broad-based tax like an income tax. They say that’s fairer. Senators say everyone agrees on the need for Permanent Fund changes, but they differ on taxes and spending.House members have been hoping that the Senate would be swayed by public pressure over budget cuts. That hasn’t happened yet. There’s one thing that’s certain to put pressure on both chambers – the state government shutting down if they don’t pass a budget.Lori Townsend: “Has there been any progress this special session?”Andrew Kitchenman: “Well, the Legislature passed a bill aimed at reducing overdoses from opioids. That was only bill that didn’t have to do with the budget.There’s a conference that’s making slow progress on the budget. But it hasn’t taken on the biggest differences between the chambers – such as cuts to education and university funding, and how much to draw from Permanent Fund earnings.Lori Townsend: “Is there anything else happening?”Andrew Kitchenman: “Today (Friday, June 9) was the first meeting of the conference committee on a bill making changes to oil and gas taxes. The two chambers are still far apart. I talked with the committee leaders about where they stand. Anchorage Democratic Representative Geran Tarr says the House majority wants  to change the system so that oil and gas companies effectively pay more in taxes.”“We’ve said it’s unsustainable,” Tarr said. “We need to reduce the burden to the state treasury because it’s not affordable going forward and we hope to find a compromise on that.”While the Senate version of the bill eliminates the tax credits that are paid out to oil companies, Tarr says it allows them under a different name.Lori Townsend: “What do senators say about this?”Andrew Kitchenman: “Anchorage Republican Senator Cathy Giessel says what the Senate has proposed is significant. Companies would no longer be able to receive tax credits before they enter production.”“It will be applicable when you’ve reached production, versus simply handing out cash for performing certain activities,” Giessel said. “That’s a big change. The other big change, of course, is we’re no longer jeopardizing our treasury by handing out this cash.”Andrew Kitchenman: “Giessel says the Senate didn’t have time to assess the overall effect of the House’s overhaul to oil and gas taxes.”Anchorage Democratic Representative Les Gara notes the projected reduction in oil and gas taxes in the Senate bill as compared with the House bill is equal to the Senate’s proposed cuts to school and university spending over 10 years. Republicans reject the comparison, saying that encouraging oil production is necessary for the economy.Lori Townsend: “So what happens next?”Andrew Kitchenman: “Legislators have a week to work out their differences. If they don’t, then Walker will likely call another special session. Then there will be two more weeks to prevent a shutdown.”last_img read more

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Hailey Baldwin is frustrated by people trying to tear down her marriage

first_imgAround the same time, Selena Gomez’s former boyfriend posted a photo of the pair smiling and holding hands on Instagram, and wrote: “My wife is awesome” Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin have been married since September 2018InstagramHailey Baldwin has opened up about her marriage to Justin Bieber. The 22-year-old model revealed she does not understand why people want her and the Canadian singer’s relationship to fall apart so bad.During an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, Hailey talked about the people who want to see them split. She said: “They just really want to see you fail, for whatever reason. I don’t know if it’s because they want to be able to say, ‘I told you so’ or because they want to be right, I don’t really know what the idea is behind trying to tear somebody’s relationship down, or person down, whatever it may be.””I guess it’s just kind of an evil world, at the core of it, and humanity is just struggling,” she added.Adding on, Hailey expressed her sadness over Justin’s young fans wanting their marriage to end. She shared: “The problem too is kids become possessive over people and feel like if they think they’re hurt, they feel hurt for them and they’re hurt too, or whatever it is. They just think they know these people who are famous because their life is so exposed.”She said: “What’s really weird to me is they create scenarios in their head of what they think is happening or what they think should happen, and I’m just like, ‘This is just so dumb. It’s so dumb.'”Justin and Hailey got married in September 2018 at a New York City courthouse, just two months after getting engaged. Fans of the celebrity pair got the confirmation that the couple have been married after the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin changed her Instagram handle to Hailey Bieber.last_img read more

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IMDbPro App Adds Tracking Feature for Talent Projects

first_imgIMDbPro has added a feature to its iPhone app that allows users to keep tabs on the talent and projects they’re interested in most. The new Track functionality is intended to help industry professional stay abreast of the latest developments in their business, funneling relevant trade news from sources like Variety for the people and programs (TV and film) a subscriber can opt in to track. Users can receive notifications and a personalized news stream in the app’s inbox.“IMDbPro members are busy professionals and they need convenient, timely and cusotmizable access to news that matters the most,” said Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb. Among the 5 million titles being tracked are 25,000 titles still in development that are accessible on the app but not IMDb itself. Amazon, which owns IMDb, recently offered a 60% discount to IMDbPro members to Amazon Prime subscribers for a limited time only. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img “Track is another step in making the IMDbPro app an essential professional tool for the entertainment industry,” said Matt Kumin, Head of IMDbPro. IMDbPro launched its iPhone app last December, and has been steadily upgrading the service. The service recently enabled members to more effectively manage their profiles online, including customizing images and credits. last_img read more

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Geek deals Get unlimited VOIP calls at Vonage plus a bonus 100

first_imgSick of paying exorbitant prices for your lackluster telephone service? Now’s the time to drop your old landline, and switch to Vonage for just $9.99 per month for your first year. You get to keep your phone, keep your number, and it works with your existing cable or fiber internet connection — easy as pie. And for a limited time, Vonage is throwing in a $100 Amazon gift card, so you can save even more money.Unlimited VOIP calls to USA, CA, PR, and MX for $9.99/month for the first year with a $100 Amazon gift card (Regular monthly price: $24.99/month) This package offers unlimited calls to the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico with no additional cost, and the per-minute rate to call other countries is extremely low. Calling London? That’ll only cost you two cents per minute to mobiles. Want to talk to your friends in Sydney? That’s only four cents per minute to cell phones. And when you’re calling landlines instead, the rates are even lower in those locations.Of course, Vonage offers much more than your typical phone service. Away on vacation? You can easily make and receive calls from your home number by using the Vonage Extensions smartphone app. Need your calls forwarded to your work number during the day? You can quickly toggle enhanced call forwarding on or off as you see fit.Typically, the monthly cost for this package is $24.99, but Vonage is currently discounting the monthly rate to just $9.99 (plus any applicable taxes and fees) for the first year when you sign a one-year service contract. Not only will you be saving money on your monthly bill, but this deal also waives the fees for the phone adapter, activation, and shipping. Add in the $100 Amazon gift card, and this deal is just too good to pass up. Just keep in mind that this deal expires soon. If it strikes your fancy, you’ll need to act fast.Note: Unlimited calling subject to a reasonable use policy. Keep your number where available (use the tools on Vonage.com to check your number). Vonage Extensions app works on iPhone and Android over 3G/4G (data rates may apply) and WiFi. See Vonage’s website for full terms and limitations.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

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