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Wimebledon 2017: I’m still in shock myself, says Sam Querrey after knocking out Andy Murray

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first_imgAndy Murray’s Wimbledon title defence evaporated on Centre Court in a painful five-set demise to Sam Querrey on Wednesday as the hip injury that has dogged the world number one throughout the tournament finally got the better of him.Murray’s hopes of becoming the first Briton to retain a grand slam title since Fred Perry in 1936 were shredded as he hobbled helplessly to a 3-6 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1 6-1 quarter-final defeat.The encounter ended in almost brutal fashion, as Murray struggled to move freely around the court in the final two sets and the big-serving Querrey ruthlessly put him to the sword, wrapping up victory with his 27th booming ace.Despite the best efforts of the Centre Court crowd to cajole a miracle recovery from the limping Briton, Murray’s troublesome hip proved beyond help and he was swiftly dispatched, with the final two sets taking just under 47 minutes.Querrey can now lay claim to the title of Wimbledon’s chief giant-killer, after slaying then champion Novak Djokovic last year. He becomes the first American man to reach a grand slam semi-final since Andy Roddick at Wimbledon in 2009.”I’m still in shock myself,” he said after setting up a semi-final encounter with Marin Cilic.”I didn’t start my best but kept with it and kept swinging and I hit my groove in the fourth and fifth sets.”It feels great and it’s a dream come true … to get to a semi-final and have it happen at Wimbledon makes it a bit more special.”advertisementHaving toured the game’s most awkward and unconventional opponents in the opening four rounds, Murray finally got to face a more routine tennis archetype.There are few surprises with Querrey’s game. He stands at 6 foot 6 inches (1.98 metres) and uses his giant frame to launch bullets from the sky and backs up his huge serve with an occasional haymaker forehand.His gameplan seemed to involve turning Centre Court into a firing range which brought him little success in the opening set, but as Murray’s movement became increasingly pained, the match turned emphatically in the American’s favour.Querrey would have been hard pushed to imagine such a glorious ending as Murray punished him almost at will in the opening set, when it was Murray’s serve that did the greater damage and the 29-year-old seemed wracked with nerves.Murray claimed that in 28 minutes and there was barely a hint of his vulnerability when he broke for a 4-3 lead in the second.There were stunned murmurs of discontent from the home crowd, however, as Querrey broke twice to level the match, wrapping up the second set with a beautiful backhand winner.That still seemed only a momentary blip for the champion, who broke immediately at the start of the third set to move back into a short-lived ascendancy.Querrey struck back in the 10th game forcing the set into a tiebreak and while Murray held his nerve to move back into the lead, from that point the writing was on the wall.The home fans willed their man to scramble freely around the court, but his grimaces told their own story as he looked up to his box and seemed to mouth “it’s gone, it’s gone” in the fourth set.Querrey won nine games in a row to take the fourth and open up a 3-0 lead in the fifth, before breaking again to move one game from victory.Two Querrey aces helped bring up three match points and one more finished the job off, leaving Murray to salute the home fans with an almost apologetic wave goodbye.”The whole tournament I’ve been a little bit sore,” Murray told reporters.”But I tried my best right to the end, gave everything I had. I’m proud about that.”last_img read more

True Original

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first_imgTed Sarandos is the content chief at Netflix – the largest and most influential streaming TV platform worldwide. He spoke with India Today’s Suhani Singh about the company’s strategy in India, where its subscriber numbers are lagging far behind Amazon Prime and Hotstar.India is one of the only six countries,Ted Sarandos is the content chief at Netflix – the largest and most influential streaming TV platform worldwide. He spoke with India Today’s Suhani Singh about the company’s strategy in India, where its subscriber numbers are lagging far behind Amazon Prime and Hotstar.India is one of the only six countries where Netflix has set up an office. Does it make it special?I think we should have done it sooner. India is a very dynamic, creative environment and a massive market. So the closer we can be to it, the better it is. It’s about where the opportunity is and what needs local expertise. I must add that six months after we opened office in the countries (US, South Korea, Brazil, Japan and Singapore), we needed more space. So we are better at managing TV shows and movies than actual space planning.The Indian originals roster has increased sizeably in 2018. Are you satisfied with the progress you have made?I am thrilled. We are moving as fast as we possibly can with the chief regulator being quality. It’s the same with our licensed catalogue which has grown two times. We push ourselves to do things that are not necessarily seen and repeated. Sacred Games was radically different than what’s otherwise available and simultaneously it also respected and reflected local taste and culture.Have these shows translated into a rise in subscribers?Definitely yes. The advertising campaign and word-of-mouth has helped. The shows have become great ambassadors for the platform. If you have everybody’s favourite show, you are going to be very successful but to do that you have to do a lot of shows. We have a young adult show Selection Day coming up in December. We are also developing Baahubali, Bard of Blood, Leila and Midnight’s Children.advertisementBut you are still lagging behind Amazon and Hotstar.They have a lot of other reasons to exist. With Amazon they want deliveries and get some stuff too, and with Hotstar they want sports. People who join Netflix want great shows and films and we aim to deliver on that. Our competition is what people do on screens. So it’s as much as social media as Amazon and Hotstar.There has been a rise in OTT platforms which has resulted in a new web series releasing almost every week. Did you anticipate there’d be such a digital entertainment boom in India? We knew it’s a big business. Competition is good. It forces us to innovate and make better shows. Our technology and focus is what makes us different compared to others.You have worked with Oscar-winning directors like Alfonso Cuaron (Roma), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) and recently announced a film with Guillermo del Toro. Are leading Bollywood filmmakers as open to Netflix?Yes. People want their work to be seen, analysed and talked about and loved. The only way to do that was to put it in theatre but that’s not true anymore. They want to be where the audience is.Your targets for next year.We are expanding our catalogue for India and producing a lot of original programming. There is no number because then people jump to try to get to it. We don’t want to jam the production to meet a deadline.Last year Netflix won its first documentary Oscar for Icarus. Will 2019 be the year you win an Oscar for feature? Roma is seen as a favourite.Knocking on wood. For Alfonso Cuaron I hope. It’s a beautiful accomplishment but also such a personal film. It would mean the world for Alfonso [Cuaron]. The filmmakers care about awards BAFTA, Golden Globe so I don’t want them to be disadvantaged if they are on Netflix. For me it is a thrilling notion that if you do your best work you should be rewarded. The Oscars should be a reflection of best film not where you see it. Most of the Academy voters see the films on screeners at home. Our films qualify by the rules of Oscar so I don’t know why they should think about our films different from any other film.last_img read more

11TH ANNUAL BARSTOOL OPEN BENEFITS LOCAL GROUPS

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first_imgGOLFERS WILL BE SHARPENING THEIR PUTTING SKILLS BY GOING FROM PUB TO PUB ON SATURDAY TO SUPPORT THE SIOUX CITY HISTORICAL PRESERVATION COMMISSION AND RIVER-CADE.SPOKESMAN PHYL CLAEYS SAYS IT’S TIME FOR THE 11TH ANNUAL BARSTOOL OPEN:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/BARSTOOL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..SIOUX CITY HAS. :17AND THERE’S LOTS OF FUN TO BE HAD BEGINNING WITH AN 11AM CHECK-IN AT M’S ON 4TH STREET.THE GOLFERS AND THE BARS ARE COMPETING TO WIN PRIZES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/BARSTOOL2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………AS WELL. :19THE DAY CONCLUDES WITH A PUTTA-PALOOZA AFTER PARTY AT THE FIREHOUSE BAR.THE ENTRY FEE IS $50 DOLLARS FOR EACH TEAM OF FOUR GOLFERS AND YOU MAY SIGN UP AT ANY OF THE 18 LOCATIONS THIS WEEK OR AT M’S THE MORNING OF THE EVENT.last_img read more

Moyes eyes long-term West Ham stay

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first_imgPremier League Moyes would love 11-year stay at West Ham Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 17:54 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DavidMoyes - cropped Getty Images Premier League West Ham United Everton v West Ham United Everton Ahead of his Goodison Park return, the Scot says he would like a similarly long stay with the Hammers – even if he thinks it is unrealistic David Moyes would like to emulate his long-term Everton stay at West Ham but believes football has moved on.Moyes makes his latest return to former employers Everton on Wednesday with the Merseyside club, much like West Ham, badly in need of points at the wrong end of the Premier League table.West Ham 23/10 to beat Everton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 54-year-old Scot made his name in management over the course of a respected 11-year spell at Goodison Park, paving the way for his appointment as Manchester United manager in 2013.Moyes was sacked inside the first season of a six-year contract at Old Trafford and has since gone on to fruitless spells at Real Sociedad and Sunderland.He is now faced with a job to restore his reputation at a club seemingly operating below its potential, although Moyes played down parallels between West Ham today and the Everton he inherited from Walter Smith in 2002.”I hope that is that case [that he can emulate his Everton achievements] and I would love to say that was what it is,” Moyes told reporters.”But when I came in I talked a bit about [how] I don’t think managers tend to get the time or that period.”You move your managers on a lot quicker than you did. I remember at Everton the first year went quite well, the second year was a bit of a dip and it’s at those times where it was probably the only time I thought [about getting sacked].”We had to get rid of that at Everton, that feeling that being safe was good enough.”COME ON YOU IRONS!! pic.twitter.com/aDBVZwNtmo— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) November 29, 2017Asked how long he would like to stay at West Ham, Moyes painted a best-case scenario.”I’d love… if I can get good stability and strength then I hope that it could easily be 11 years,” he added.”West Ham have unbelievable potential, unbelievable potential to be up there. They’ve got the infrastructure now.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Virgil van Dijk or Iñigo Martínez to Manchester City?

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first_imgShare on LinkedIn Mauricio Pellegrino questions commitment of Southampton players Read more Talking of Inter and Liverpool, Inter will let João Cancelo return to Valencia and sign Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona instead – initially on loan – but only if the Spanish club sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, which would free Liverpool to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco, though if Coutinho doesn’t go to Catalonia and Barça move instead for their second-choice creative player in Mesut Özil, Deulofeu might not go to Italy and Cancelo might not go back to Spain, though Lemar might still go to England only not to Liverpool but to Arsenal. Is that clear? Meanwhile, Chelsea are ready to loan out Michy Batshuayi in January, potentially to Monaco, with the Sun speculating they might then further cloud matters by also moving for Lemar, which would make sense because “Antonio Conte loves versatile raiders”.Talking of Özil, as we were quite recently, Henrik Mkhitaryan is to be sold by Manchester United to fund their pursuit of the indolent ace, with club suits insisting that José Mourinho “trim his squad before he can bring in a player on the sort of mega-contract the German will command”. Recently the Armenian forward has not so much slipped out of favour as taken a long-haul flight away from favour, after which favour has changed the locks, taken out a restraining order against him and just to be on the safe side asked Interpol for its assistance in keeping him out of the country. Nevertheless, the Mirror reports, United “would be confident of getting their money back” on a player they bought for £30m in 2016.Come the new year Chelsea will be “keen to strengthen at wing-back and open to adding another centre-back and striker”, according to the Mail, but there’s also the possibility of outgoings. United, they report, are looking beyond Özil for midfielderly creativity, having asked Chelsea if they’d mind selling them Willian. The Brazilian has started only eight league games this season, though he has made an appearance as a substitute in the other nine, but the Blues are far from keen on improving a rival’s squad in January, “unless they receive an extraordinary offer”. Presumably by this they mean an offer of an extraordinarily large sum of money, rather than an offer of three ostrich eggs, a harp, a collection of Ted Hughes poetry and a live performance from popular music combo T’Pau, though it may be worth testing the water, you never know. Share via Email One day he will actually move clubs, and the name of Virgil van Dijk will not be repeated in the Mill for months or even years. Until that time, however, he is hanging around like the proverbial punchy pong, appearing once more on Friday morning on the back page of a national newspaper. This time it’s the Times, which reports that Pep Guardiola is currently stroking his chin and pondering which central defender Manchester City will launch an audacious megabucks bid for come January – Van Dijk or Real Sociedad’s Iñigo Martínez. The Spaniard, whose contract contains a release clause set at €32m (or about £28m), would be something of a comparative bargain, with Southampton continuing to value their Dutch defender at £70m (and with the two players being born within two months of each other in 1991 there’s little difference in age).But there might be a familiar-sounding scrap for his services, with Arsenal “weighing up” a move, says the Times, while Liverpool are wondering whether to also try to sign him, or to move instead for the player whose surname is closer than any other’s to being an anagram of his in the shape of Stefan de Vrij, though they might have a fight on their hands there as well, with Corriere dello Sport saying Internazionale also want the Lazio man. Topics Football features Share on Facebook Transfer window Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Rumour mill Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

The kiss of death for Lancashire County Cricket Club

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first_imgNow we’ve exhausted Morris Minor and Lucy Mangan adopters (Letters, passim), can we call a halt to letters that include “As a…”? They appear almost every day, the latest example (Letters, 27 September) being “As a solicitor who specialises in sexual offences…” Often the self-description bears no relation to the subject under discussion. So, as a 70-year-old granny who plays the ukulele badly, I’m asking: please, you Azzers, desist.Jan ClarkEverdon, Northamptonshire• On 11 April 2018 your cricket reporter Ali Martin forecast that Lancashire CCC would win the County Championship. Please don’t do this again, Mr Martin. It’s the kiss of death (Lancashire down after missing out on batting point, 26 September).Liz NewellSudbury, Suffolk• Of course Donald Trump is outraged that the leaders of Iran “sow chaos, death and destruction” in the Middle East (The world’s derision halts Trump UN speech, 26 September). That’s his job.Alan StephensStockport• “The Russians are playing chess, and the Americans are playing poker.” It’s not recorded who said it first, but it seems appropriate at the moment.Dr Valerie StewartCharlbury, Oxfordshire• I find it depressing that our towns and cities can support so many junk food outlets (Research finds link between junk food diet and depression, 26 September).Gary BennettExeter• Successful relationships (Letters, 27 September)? I look for the “four As” – affection, affinity, attraction and admiration.Richard DaughertySwansea• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition Share on Facebook Russia Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Cricket Share on Twitter letters Share via Email Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Europecenter_img Food Topics Brief letters Support The Guardian Donald Trump Lancashire Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Relationships Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Iniesta has no Premier League regrets

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first_imgPremier League Iniesta has no Premier League regrets as he reiterates plan to play into his 40s Chris Burton 20:50 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andres Iniesta Barcelona 2017-18 Getty Images Premier League Barcelona Vissel Kobe Primera División J1 League The Barcelona legend admits he would have liked to experience life in England, but he could not bring himself to leave Camp Nou until this summer Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta is planning on playing into his 40s but has no regrets at having missed out on the opportunity to grace the Premier League.An iconic figure of the modern era is about to open an exciting new chapter in his career after agreeing to link up with Japanese side Vissel Kobe.He has made that move after 22 years at Camp Nou, with the Spain international having been a loyal servant in Catalunya during an era of remarkable success at home and abroad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move While at the peak of his powers, Iniesta was presented with several opportunities to try his luck elsewhere – including in England – but admits he could never bring himself to leave Barca.He told the Daily Mail: “It would have been nice to play in England. A good experience. But I never imagined I would be better off anywhere else.“Now I’m leaving Barcelona because my body is asking me to.“It takes longer to recover and there are the mental demands I put on myself. It’s exhausting. I’ve squeezed out every last drop, there’s nothing left.”While the tank has run dry in European football, Iniesta has no plans to hang up his boots just yet.He will be part of the Spain squad chasing down another World Cup crown this summer, while the 34-year-old believes he could have at least six years left in him at club level.Iniesta added on his future plans: “We’ve signed for the half season that remains [with Vissel Kobe] and three more.“I said I want to still be playing when I’m 40.“I don’t know if I will make it! I would have to renew for another three after that.“Then I will try to become a coach or something very closely related to football. I want to feel close to the pitch.“Football has been my life since I was four or five. It’s been a fairytale too.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Men’s 50’s World Cup Diary

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first_imgAustralian Men’s 50’s players, Len Ryan and Mark Hearnden, have told www.touchfootball.com.au about their World Cup tour so far. Len Ryan:A very rewarding experience yesterday visiting a couple of community aged care centres, very proud of my teammates showing lots of care, affection and attention towards our senior citizens.Our congratulations and appreciation goes out to TFA for a fantastic and well organised night where Matt Shirvington MC’d brilliantly and showed a lot of passion toward our sport.Big congratulations to a couple of teammates, a great reward for your contributions. Dean McManus being awarded the Ron Hanson Medal for the Flag Bearing duties and Greg Young inducted into the Hall Of Fame.Also another milestone with our Coach Mick McCall representing with his three daughters, Carlie, Melissa and Jess across the Women’s Open and 27’s Division.Mark Hearnden This morning’s visit to two nursing homes in Coffs Harbour was an experience that I will remember fondly for years to come. It makes me very proud of this sport to see it mature to such a stage that it considers such activities to be ‘business as usual’ to give back to the local community.It was wonderful to spend a couple of hours with the residents of these homes and to share morning tea. There were plenty of cuddles, hugs and even some dancing. Congratulations to TFA and to my fellow team mates.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related Links2015 World Cuplast_img read more

Six Big Ten Football Coaches Made CBS’ Top 25 Ranking

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first_imgIowa coach Kirk Ferentz talking to James Franklin before a football game.IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions visits with head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes before their match-up on September 23, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)The Big Ten has missed out on the College Football Playoff in three of the last four years, but the conference is still one of the two or three best in the country. Part of the Big Ten’s recent success against other conferences has come as a result of some pretty remarkable coaching.On Wednesday CBS Sports writer Tom Fornelli revealed the site’s ranking of the top 25 coaches in the Power Five. On the list were six coaches from the Big Ten who have either taken their teams to new heights or are expected to.While none of the Big Ten coaches cracked the top ten, Penn State’s James Franklin came in at No. 11. Fornelli explained that with Urban Meyer having left Ohio State, he stands atop the conference’s mountain as the best coach in the Big Ten.Congratulations, James Franklin. Now that Meyer is gone, you are the highest-ranked coach in the Big Ten. Franklin drops a spot out of the top 10 in this year’s rankings, but it’s likely due more to other coaches moving up than anything Franklin did. Yes, the Lions took a small step back to 9-4 after winning 22 games between 2016 and 2017 but most expected them to.At No. 13 is Mark Dantonio of Michigan State, who is ranked two spots ahead of Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh. No. 16 on the list is Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald, who led the Wildcats to the Big Ten Championship Game for the first time in his tenure last season.At No. 22 is Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, who has led the Hawkeyes to six straight bowl games and 16 in his last 18 years. Fornelli said he personally has Ferentz at No. 15, and called the longtime Iowa coach “underappreciated by most.”It’s so difficult to rank Ferentz as opinions of him vary. I had him at No. 15 on my ballot because I admire the long track record and the program he’s built at Iowa. I’m sure others punish him because, even though he’s been consistently good for a long time, he doesn’t have a bunch of division and conference titles. Both opinions are defensible and logical. I still think he’s underappreciated by most, though.Rounding out the list at No. 25 is Nebraska head coach Scott Frost, who went 4-8 with the Cornhuskers in his first year at the helm. But Fornelli noted that he is still confident that Frost can turn the program around.Noticeably absent from the list was Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, who is set to take over for Urban Meyer full time this season.[CBS Sports]last_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – John O’Donnell

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first_img Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations Today we speak to John O’Donnell, the founder of the West Coast lifestyle brand johnnie-O:I’m originally from the Midwest: born in St. Louis and raised in the north suburbs of Chicago. I come from a big family – six brothers and sisters, and 23 nieces and nephews. We grew up sharing clothes, arm wrestling for the last slice of pizza, and taking family road trips. Today, we are spread across the country and each has our own interests and passions, but some things remain the same; we love big family dinners, we love spending time at our cottage on Lake Michigan, and we are always there for each other if the need arises.Our lifestyle apparel brand, johnnie-O, merges a more casual West Coast style with the classic looks of the East Coast. We want to offer people an alternative to the classic apparel brands that we have all known and loved for many years.  West Coast Prep is who we are and we constantly strive to offer points of differentiation with our product.  Perhaps the greatest example of this is the introduction of our infamous Tweener Button; a strategically placed button that is positioned between the second and third buttons on all of our woven shirts for men.  It is a major game changer and will forever bring an end to your “second button dilemma”.johnnie-O really started as just a hobby that I hoped could turn into something bigger.  There was no design school or an apparel background to speak of, just an idea.  Here we are nine years later from what started as a “cut and paste” operation in an attempt to provide shirts for a buddy’s golf trip to what we are today; a thriving lifestyle apparel brand.johnnie-O is sold at 400 stores across the country including club pro-shops, specialty shops, resorts, and beach clubs, as well as online and in our Santa Monica flagship store.As for John’s personal style:Jeans:   Levi’s without a doubt.Shirts:  johnnie-O………that’s a no-brainer.Pants:   Is it fair to say the new johnnie-O pants?  Awesome blend where jeans meet khakis.Suits:   I’m a traditionalist when it comes to suits, so I’d have to say a classic slim fit blue suit from Brooks Brothers.Shoes:    Chuck Taylors for casual and lately, I’ve been wearing black loafers from Allen Edmonds and J.Crew.Accessories: I’m not a big accessory guy but a nice classic Timex is my cup of tea.Outerwear : Tough to beat Patagonia.Favorite Cologne:  Speed Stick deodorant is my idea of cologne.Your favorite App:  I’d say crab cocktail (ha ha).Favorite piece of technology:  GPS.Next tech purchase: Look’s like I’ve been persuaded to make the move to an iPhone 6. Yikes! The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Funglast_img read more

$10 Million Allocated for Management of Returned Migrants

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first_imgA sum of $10 million has been budgeted by the Government to strengthen the policy, legislative and institutional framework that guides the management and treatment of involuntary returned migrants to the island.The money has been allocated in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.It will go towards preparing a framework and protocol for tracking the reintegration of returned migrants; develop and submit to Cabinet a Reintegration and Rehabilitation strategy; revise the National Deportation Policy; develop minimum standard operating procedures for managing the reintegration of deported migrants; and conduct a baseline study and spatial mapping on deported persons.The allocation will also be used to develop a strategy for reintegration of returned migrants in the local sustainable development planning process; prepare public education materials for distribution at help desks in local authorities; and increase the capacity of non-governmental organisations to provide more efficient and effective services to returned migrants.The programme, which falls under the Ministry of National Security, is being funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).last_img read more

Recognition for a Founding Father of the EU

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first_imgThe Agualta Vale roundabout in St. Mary has been re-named the Robert Schuman Roundabout, in honour of one of the founding fathers of the European Union (EU).This has been done by the administration to recognise Mr. Schuman’s contribution to advancing world peace, as well as the EU’s input in developing the 100-kilometre third segment of the North Coast Highway, between Ocho Rios, in St. Ann, and Port Antonio, in Portland.The EU financed the development at a cost of $10 billion (€80 million), through grant funding, which included re-modelling of the roundabout, situated midway along the corridor.The symbolic name change was formally effected during a ceremony at the roundabout, on May 9. The occasion was also used to commemorate Europe Day in Jamaica.In his address, Transport, Works and Housing Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, noted that Mr. Schuman was a visionary, not only for European integration, but among nations globally. “(He) saw that if there was collaboration between nations, if everyone could find a common objective to work towards, then war, which had so adversely affected the (European) countries and, indeed, other countries… would become a thing of the past,” Dr. Davies said, while conveying the administration’s gratitude for the EU’s support for a range of developmental projects islandwide. Meanwhile, Head of the EU Delegation in Jamaica, Her Excellency Ambassador Paola Amadei, noted that the highway’s development is the largest infrastructure project funded by the EU, since the European Commission Delegation was established in Jamaica in 1976.“We celebrate the completion of a major component of Jamaica’s road infrastructure, critical for the social and economic development of north eastern parishes and for the safety of its road users,” she said. Ambassador Amadei pointed out that Jamaica has enjoyed close economic and political ties with European nations for many years, and that the process of European integration has brought “a constant enhancement” of these relationships.“On behalf of the European Union, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Government of Jamaica for deciding to name the roundabout after Mr. Robert Schuman…in honour of his pioneering work towards a united Europe and for his invaluable contribution in building a more peaceful world,” she said.Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. A. J. Nicholson, who also addressed the function, said renaming of the roundabout in honour of Mr. Schuman is not a “minor conferment,” as the EU, in its process of integration, unity, and diversity, had the tenets of the Schuman Declaration, as its “compass.”“Robert Schuman, through this Declaration, crafted some 63 years ago, signaled to the world, his firm belief that a political and economic union was required for ensuring perpetual peace, stability and prosperity across Europe. Despite the many challenges that our nations face in today’s globalized world, the EU continues to be recognized for its commitment to peace, democracy and deepening of integration among its members,” he said.Senator Nicholson assured that the administration remains steadfast in maintaining the relationship with the EU that facilitates shared development objectives.Other speakers included: Jamaica Producers Group Limited Chairman, Charles Johnston, who gave his company’s undertaking to maintain the roundabout; former Custos of St. Mary, Hon. Alrick Pottinger, who deputized for current Custos, Hon. Jeffrey McKitty, who was unavoidably absent; and Opposition Spokesman on Transport, Works and Housing, Karl Samuda.Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

New Brunswick student missing since Nov 25

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe search for Christopher Metallic in New Brunswick continues as the student hasn’t been seen since November 25.Metallic, 20, was last seen leaving a party in Sackville where he was attended university.The Mounties, search and rescue teams have scoured the area using helicopters, police dogs and divers.The family still holds out hope the Mi’Kmaq man will be found safe and they’ve now paid for cadaver dogs to join the search.last_img

Cannabis NB changes images on its website after concerns were raised

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first_imgFREDERICTON – Cannabis NB has made some changes to its website after concerns were raised by Health Canada last week.The Crown agency came under scrutiny for its product descriptions and pictures of people smiling, posing for selfies and holding yoga poses — images that may violate federal regulations.In a statement, Health Canada spokesman Andre Gagnon said the department is trying to raise awareness about the Cannabis Act and its restrictions on promotion.“In a few cases, Health Canada has reached out to … licence holders to bring concerns to their attention, or to collect information and gain a better understanding of some of the facts pertaining to their promotional activities,” he said.Cannabis NB has removed the original pictures and replaced them with images of chairs, a book and painting supplies.Spokeswoman Marie-Andree Bolduc says the agency did not receive any specific direction from Health Canada.“But based on this conversation and discussion, we made adjustments to some images on the website,” she said. “We will be generally reviewing the website and likely be making a few adjustments in the language as well.”In Ottawa, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said her department is working with the province to make sure the website meets federal standards.“There are a number of changes that have already been made,” she said in French when asked about the snafu. “Changes have already been made, and we continue to do this work together to ensure that they understand the regulations.”The website includes categories such as “Connect,” “Refresh” and “Discover,” which the agency has described as educational tools for customers.According to figures released Wednesday, Cannabis NB recorded roughly $950,000 dollars in sales during its first 48 hours in business, and more than $71,000 of that revenue was generated by online sales.Cannabis NB President Brian Harriman says the sales figures were in line with expectations.He said the agency sold out of some products, but he said other provinces had the same problem.“Retail stores in communities bordering other provinces, such as Sackville and Campbellton, have seen higher-than-expected demand because of customers coming from other provinces,” Harriman said. “Cannabis NB will continue to closely monitor inventory throughout our stores and work with suppliers to get inventory to normal levels.”last_img read more

General Motors moving ahead with salaried job cuts says modest number in

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OSHAWA, Ont. — General Motors says it has largely completed salaried job cuts in Canada as part of a wider restructuring.The company said last October that it would offer buyouts to 18,000 white-collar workers across its North American operations as part of cost-cutting efforts.GM Canada spokeswoman Jennifer Wright says the salaried employee reductions in Canada have mostly been accomplished already through voluntary incentivized packages.Wright says the company expects to have a “modest” number of other salaried reductions completed shortly but declined to provide specifics.U.S. media reports said the company planned to lay off at least 4,000 salaried workers in North America starting Monday.At the time of the announced restructuring, GM had about 2,000 salaried employees in Canada as part of about 50,000 salaried workers in North America.The Canadian Press read more

UN study tackles violence against women in Arab region using economic model

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Dr. Naglaa Al-Adly, Representative of Egypt’s National Council of Women, speaks to the media wearing the Taa Marbouta campaign pin on her jacket. Photo: ESCWA/Daniela Abraham “We use this letter as the secret of our power as women,” Dr. Al-Adly explained. “We’re stressing the idea to not be afraid, fight for your rights, be strong, we are behind you.” ‘Taa Marbouta’ is added to words that are feminine to denote grammatical gender; it is also associated with several powerful words in the Arabic language such as ‘dignity,’ ‘power’ and ‘willingness.’ Launched one year ago by Egypt’s National Council of Women and the UN, the ‘Taa Marbouta’ campaign promotes women’s social, political and economic empowerment in the North African country. “Because it’s an Arabic letter it is also relevant to women in many other countries,” she added, indicating that the “secret” of women’s power can only be stronger when they come together. An economic model to estimate the costs of intimate partner violence – the most common form of violence against women in the Arab world – was spotlighted this week at one of the United Nations regional commissions, based in Beirut, Lebanon. “Our ultimate goal has always been to translate the findings of our studies into practical projects with a view to empowering women and enhancing their position in society,” said Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which serves 18 Arab States. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 37 per cent of “ever married women” in the East Mediterranean region – which encompasses most Arab States – have experienced physical or sexual partner violence. Speaking at the opening of ESCWA’s Committee on Women, Dr. Alhakim noted that despite progress in developing national plans to address gender-based violence, Arab countries need to do more to end the grave violations still being perpetrated against women. To support these efforts, ESCWA and UN Women developed a regional project to estimate the cost of violence against women and use the costings as an instrument for policy reform and advocacy. “We aim to utilize it as an advocacy tool with policymakers to substantiate that if we work in a holistic manner to end violence against women, it will not only be the right thing to do, but it will also be the smart thing to do,” said Mohammad Naciri, the Director of UN-Women’s regional office in Egypt. Source: UN-Women“My heart aches when we try to quantify [the violence] because the emotional and psychological scars that women and girls live with as a result of the violence exerted on them cannot necessarily be quantified,” he continued. “That’s why I said it’s a smart thing to do, but the right thing to remember is that it’s the absolute right of every single woman and girl to end the violence against them.” According to UN-Women, the dire economic, political and security situation in many Arab countries fuels the problem given direct correlation between crises and domestic violence. During the last conflict in Gaza, intimate partner violence reportedly rose by 700 per cent due to feelings of hopelessness, humiliation, and lack of opportunities. While the drivers of violence are not contested, there are multiple approaches to costing the phenomenon. The two main methods involve estimating the cost of inaction—measuring the direct and indirect, tangible and intangible costs of violence to survivors, their families, and the community, including missed paid or unpaid work; and estimating the costs of implementing policies to prevent and address the violence – or the cost of the solution. Dr. Nata Duvvury, the Director for Global Women’s Studies at the National University of Ireland, has been working closely with ESCWA to develop the model and create this important “accountability tool.” “Direct costs have been largely focused on the costs of service provision incurred by governments to provide police stations, health services, social services, and others,” she explained. “But there is another aspect of direct costs that has not been captured very carefully across countries, which are the costs incurred by women to access services,” Dr. Duvvury stressed, noting that paying bribes is not uncommon for women in the Arab region, in addition to other fees to access physical and psychosocial support. As the eighth session of the Committee on Women inched to its end on Thursday, small pins were distributed by Dr. Naglaa Al-Adly from Egypt’s National Council of Women, featuring an Arabic letter called the Taa Marbouta. read more

Shakespeares plays inspired by his neighbours reveals historian who discovered his London

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It has never been known exactly where William Shakespeare lived when he emerged onto the London theatre scene in the late 16th-century. Geoffrey Marsh, a theatre historian and director of the V&A’s Department of theatre and performance, has pinpointed the very house, north of the… However, following a decade of research, an historian has finally solved the mystery. Now, for the first time, The Telegraph can reveal exactly how the variety of his eclectic neighbours have influenced the works of the most famous writer in the English language. He was the son of a glove-maker who left his provincial medieval market town for the capital where he would become known as the world’s greatest dramatist. read more

New screen vibrators deliver efficiency design freedom

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first_imgA world leader in engineered vibration for bulk material handling has introduced a new family of electric screen vibrators for regular duty and hazardous environments.  Designed to deliver up to 7,500 kg of centrifugal force for efficient material separation, Martin® Screen Vibrators are built specifically to withstand the rigors of industrial applications and continuous use, and can run 24/7 as needed.  “With a traditional screen vibrator, the drive functions as the energy source,” explained Robert Nogaj, Martin Engineering VP of Operations and Product Management.  “The energy is transferred via structural bridge to the vibratory box which is isolated by the springs.  With our new design, the energy source is an integral part of the structural tube that can be mounted to the sides or top of a vibratory box, making it much easier for designers to engineer and manufacture new kinds of vibratory screens.” The new line of vibrators is designed and engineered in the USA and will be manufactured in most Martin Engineering facilities worldwide to facilitate short lead times and service response.  Nogaj said that the designs are likely to find utility in high frequency vibratory screens, dewatering operations, as well as processing of gold and other elements.“The new Martin Screen Vibrator is our own design,” Nogaj continued.  “We started with several models, some of them direct retrofits for the Derrick® Shaker.  But our drives are fully adjustable, so the customer has more flexibility and creativity in how the vibrators are used.  We’re now in the process of expanding the product line beyond the models engineered to retrofit OEM equipment, including a line of much larger drives,” he added.  The new vibrators can be used with Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) in ordinary and hazardous atmospheres.  Explosion-proof models are ETL/cETL/ATEX/IECex certified for hazardous duty. The versatile dual-voltage product line can be used anywhere in the world, and the eccentric weights can be adjusted with hand tools to match ‘High G’ or standard performance screens.  No adaptors are needed to fit Derrick Vibrating Screens, as these direct-replacement units can be bolted and wired to existing connections.  Designed for low maintenance, the only service required is lubrication with a standard grease gun every 2,000 hours, and the long-life bearings produce less noise than OEM oil bath bearings. Martin Screen Vibrators provide the power to sort or separate material efficiently, and the sturdy designs have been proven in demanding lab trials and field applications.  The units are manufactured to the highest quality standards, effective for use in industries where bulk materials, solids and powders are stored or processed.last_img read more

Amphipolis archaeologists ask for peace

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace.The Culture Ministry appealed for “understanding” while the Amphipolis excavation proceeds.The partially uncovered tomb, from the end of Greek warrior-king Alexander the Great’s reign, has captivated the public imagination, fuelling wild speculation that it may contain rich treasure and the bones of an ancient celebrity.Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has already visited the site, and state TV daily leads news bulletins with incremental developments in the ongoing excavation.So far, archaeologists have uncovered part of the late 4th Century BC tomb’s entrance with two large stone sphinxes.Alexander built an empire reaching from Greece to India, and is said to have been buried in Egypt.Source: AP.last_img read more

Locked up and scared woman wakes up alone in Air Canada flight

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first_imgReutersA woman experienced acute anxiety after she woke up on a ‘freezing cold’ and ‘pitch black’ Air Canada flight, hours after it landed at Toronto airport earlier this month. The carrier said they are investigating how the cabin crew left the sleeping passenger without checking.The incident involving Tiffani Adams was shared on Facebook by her friend Deanna Noel-Date on June 20. The post described how Adams got herself out of the carrier after getting locked up by the cabin crew members. “I think I’m having a bad dream bc like seriously how is this happening!” Adams wrote in the post.While the carrier confirmed the incident, it hasn’t released the findings of the investigation, reported Associated Press. “We are still reviewing this matter so we have no additional details to share, but we have followed up with the customer and remain in contact with her,” Air Canada told AP.According to the post, she found it difficult to breathe and tried to control her panic attack while attempting to “charge my phone by plugging into every USB port I could find.”Noel-Dale initially assumed that Adams was at home and experiencing bad dreams when she contacted her. It was only after Adams opened FaceTime and showed her the pitch-black cabin that she understood the situation. However, Adams claims that her phone switched off due to low battery soon after talking to her friend about the situation. Adams later got hold of a flashlight from the cockpit and made SOS symbols. After gaining no response, she opening the main cabin door and managed to get the attention of a nearby ground staff who helped her out of the plane.The passenger wrote that after an Air Canada representative asked if she was ok, she was offered a limo and hotel but she rejected the offer. She said the company later apologised and said they would investigate the matter.The incident, however, continued to affect her even after 10 days, “I haven’t got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I’m alone locked up someplace dark,” she wrote.last_img read more