Lincoln City lift Checkatrade Trophy after narrow win over Shrewsbury

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Shrewsbury It was that FA Cup run that set Lincoln up for this win. The Imps were eventually knocked out by Arsenal, but Cowley said the build-up to that game at the Emirates Stadium prepared his players, many of whom came up from non-league football, for Wembley.“When you know you’re going play at Arsenal in front of 60,000 against world-class players, it doesn’t get tougher than that,” Cowley said afterwards. “It gave us the experience to cope this time around. It’s not often you wake up and know you’re going to do something you’ll remember for the rest of your life. The best players and teams grab that opportunity.”Lincoln did that, Shrewsbury didn’t. Despite Hurst’s side being a division higher, only one team looked comfortable in their surroundings, and the League One side’s manager was merciless in his criticism of players who seemed cowed by the occasion. “I’ve told them they need to go home and look themselves in the mirror and be honest,” Hurst said. “We talk about handling situations – clearly some didn’t.”Lincoln tried to physically intimidate their opponents from the off, a tactic that was ultimately effective but should have backfired in the opening minutes. Their vast centre-forward Matt Rhead was extraordinarily fortunate to stay on the pitch after a fairly brutal challenge on the Shrews keeper Dean Henderson while going for a cross: as the ball came over Rhead was facing Henderson and turned his shoulder into him, flattening the onrushing custodian. He was merely booked for the foul, and with their full complement of players Lincoln took the lead five minutes later. Luke Waterfall tried to hook in a corner from the right, Henderson saved but Elliott Whitehouse was there to ram the rebound into the roof of the net.“I said to him this morning that I know those football gods,” Cowley said, “and they tend to stick by people who work hard. I said I thought it would be his day.” Share via Email Topics Share on Pinterest Read more Checkatrade Trophy to keep current format after Football League clubs’ vote Share on WhatsApp Checkatrade Trophycenter_img Lincoln City’s Cowley brothers chase Checkatrade win and Wembley return Read more Back in their non-league days, Danny Cowley used to call Paul Hurst for advice on the perils of football management. On a wet day at Wembley four years later, the pupil bested the teacher as Cowley’s Lincoln City beat Hurst’s Shrewsbury 1-0 in an often frantic Checkatrade Trophy Final.Add this to last season’s run to the FA Cup quarter-finals, taking them into the Football League and a potential second promotion this season, and you can see why Danny and his brother Nicky are reportedly in the thoughts of clubs higher up the food chain. Reuse this content Shrewsbury were on the rough end of another pivotal decision before half‑time: the Lincoln keeper Ryan Allsop made a flying save from an Omar Beckles header, then Waterfall blocked the goal-bound follow-up with his arm. But Hurst quickly shut down any notion that the adverse decisions contributed to the result. “It seems like a pointless exercise,” he said. “It would be looking for excuses.”Both teams now have bigger, promotion-shaped fish to fry, and might be back at Wembley next month in the League One and Two play-offs (if they do not get automatic promotion). “It could be a dress rehearsal for us,” said Hurst, who could use the disappointment of their non-performance as motivation.Cowley echoed the old Brian Clough maxim that any trophy victory would give the players “a taste of champagne”. He said: “We need to use this: this was never our mountain. The mountain was always the league. We’re going to use the momentum today to push on.”The Lincoln manager nimbly shrugged off any suggestion that this win might raise his own profile, given recent links with the soon-to-be-vacant position at Ipswich. Instead, attention turns to their next League Two appointment. “Winning is great, but the feeling goes really quickly. I’ll be watching Port Vale tonight.” Lincoln Share on Twitter match reports Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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The Tacos at Tokyo’s Casa De Sarasa are More Authentic than Most in America

first_img Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? Editors’ Recommendations The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Mexican restaurants aren’t abundant in Japan. The locals will tell you, especially American expats living in the country, that it’s not easy to find good tacos or a bowl of guacamole. But the options have grown in the last few years, even if you still can’t find a torta on every corner or have to travel for a decent Margarita.One of the enthusiasts who’s paving the way for the authentic Mexican cuisine in Tokyo is DJ Sarasa, who recently opened her namesake restaurant Casa De Sarasa. Sarasa fell in love with Mexico’s food and culture during many years of traveling there as a performer. So when she realized she couldn’t get her fix back home in Tokyo, she took matters into her own hands.Image Courtesy of Casa De SarasaWith the expertise of head chef Kazuyoshi Yasuda — formerly of Mexican hotspot Bokkoku Kaiten Tori Ryori in Osaka — the menu at Casa De Sarasa boasts 15 different types of tacos and staples like nopales salad, elote and arrachera flank steak. To find out more, we caught up with Sarasa to chat about her inspiration behind the restaurant, what it’s like to be a DJ in the food business and how she’s teaching Tokyo to appreciate authentic Mexican, one hand-pressed tortilla at a time.Why Mexican? Did you see a lack of authentic options in Tokyo? Did other people notice the need for quality Mexican cuisine too?I ate my first real taco in Mexico when I visited for a DJ gig in 2015 and was shocked by how delicious it was. During my two week stay, that was all I ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner — just like the locals do. After a while I was so hooked on them, I forgot that other cuisines even existed. I was even surprised to see Japanese food served on the airplane on my way back to Japan. From then on, nothing tasted as comforting to me as tacos.Images Courtesy of Casa De SarasaWhen I returned to Japan, I was on a mission to find authentic tacos in Tokyo, but everything I encountered was American-influenced Tex-Mex. Even when I found a place that was close to what Japanese people consider “authentic Mexican,” the taste, feeling, and experience was not there. I felt as if no one really knew what authentic Mexican cuisine was, and because of that, there was no demand. By then I was addicted to authentic Mexican tacos, and was determined to be the one to do it.Was there a specific meal or dining experience during your time in Mexico that truly drew you to the cuisine?The dining experience in Mexico always comes hand in hand with the heavenly smell of corn tortillas, and the way they prepare food is not something you see in Japan. The meat is slam-chopped with unusually heavy knives, and the tortillas are thrown around and put together roughly, but the result is perfection. This was very fascinating to me, coming from Japan where everything is handled very delicately.What I also found interesting was that each and every family or restaurant has its own way of making salsa, which is what gives every taco character. Some like to cook the ingredients before they make it, some like to blend it fresh, and everyone uses different types of chiles. I love eating tacos in Mexico because I don’t know what to expect.You’ve been a DJ and performer for 15 years. What got you interested in the restaurant world? Was it solely the spark to create this restaurant or have you been wanting to work in the industry for awhile?Images Courtesy of Casa De SarasaI find it funny sometimes that I’m now in the restaurant business. But throughout my music career, I’ve always been passionate about sharing the music, culture and people that influenced my travels with my fans. The restaurant idea really came to me because of my desire to share Mexico’s impressive food because of how moved I was with the culture and people of the beautiful country.After witnessing the joy customers felt after their first bite of a taco at Casa De Sarasa, I got to relive the feeling of my own first bite in Mexico so many years ago. The feeling was similar to the way I make fans happy with my music.Tell us about Chef Yasuda. Did you know him before opening Casa De Sarasa? What about his cooking makes him perfect for the job?Chef Yasuda is a mutual friend of my good friend Rody, who is also a fan of authentic Mexican tacos. Chef Yasuda was also moved after trying his first taco in Mexico, and he was everything I wanted in a chef. He has a very charming, genuine, hard-working personality, but is also very clean, which is important because I am a clean freak. But on top of everything, he loves tacos and has the same mission as me — to spread the taco love! He finally agreed to be my head chef after I presented the opportunity to him numerous times during the course of a year.Image Courtesy of Casa De SarasaWhat is your favorite dish on the menu? Does it compare to a specific meal you’ve had in Mexico?When you come to Casa De Sarasa, it would be a shame to not try a bite of at least one of our 15 types of tacos. Our homemade salsas are also important, as are the freshly-pressed corn tortillas. The most interesting thing about my menu is that it’s put together with the efforts of people that I met through my music. When I was in Mexico, I made friends with some chefs and worked with DJ Bad Panda, a successful restaurant owner who helped me with our recipes. I would say that the tacos at my restaurant are the closest to what you can get in Mexico living in Tokyo.We have a wide selection of 100 percent Blue Agave tequilas to pair with the tacos, too. “Tequila Festa,” the biggest tequila festival in Asia, has booked me to play at their events for years, so it helped me select the beverages for the restaurant. We carry a lot of celebrity and musician-owned tequila brands, which makes it more fun and easy for music-loving beginners to select a spirit.How has the response been since you opened?The response has been nothing but positive so far, thanks to my hard-working staff! I also think that the people who come to my restaurant are really friendly, which helps create a positive environment.The only non-five-star rating we got was because our tacos are small. But the actual size of the tacos served in Mexico are that size, so I want to respect the tradition. It also gives my customers a chance to try our different kinds of tacos. But this comment has made me realize that I need to keep putting more effort into educating my customers about the difference between big portioned Tex-Mex with cheese and sour cream toppings and healthy, authentic, small-portioned Mexican cuisine.Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Manual’s larger Journey to Japan travel guide. Over the course of a month, our writers had the pleasure of experiencing Japan in all its forms, from high-rise bars in Tokyo to traditional tea ceremonies in Kyoto. We hope this series will not only inform, but inspire you to take your own trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. 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Yang Ming Opens Subsidiary in Thailand

first_imgzoom Taiwanese shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation is establishing a subsidiary in Thailand — Yang Ming Line (Thailand).As informed, the new company will start to provide services on January 1, 2018. Derek Chen has been appointed as its president.Yang Ming said it has upgraded vessel size for Southeast Asia services in order to optimize its service network. The inauguration of Yang Ming Line (Thailand) may provide “a more comprehensive and intensive logistics network by integrating regional business,” the shipping company explained.“Yang Ming looks forward to reinforcing the operations of import/export/transship cargo in Thailand in line with Yang Ming’s long-term strategy of port network establishment and synchronization of information platform,” the company further said.Yang Ming currently offers several weekly direct-calling options at the country’s major ports. It also provides shuttle services between Laem Chabang and Bangkok, Singapore and Kaohsiung as transshipment hubs.Earlier this month, the company revealed plans to expand throughout Asia. Yang Ming said the plans are consistent with Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, a proposal of the government of Taiwan to develop and strengthen its role and ties to the economies in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australia.Thailand is strategically located in the middle of Southeast Asia and its economy has been growing steadily over the years. The country is expected to see a more rapid expansion of the market in the near future.last_img read more

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Flex LNG to Buy Five LNG Newbuildings

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Flex LNG Oslo-listed ship owner and operator Flex LNG is looking to acquire a batch of five LNG newbuildings from affiliates of Geveran Trading, the company’s largest shareholder.The vessels include three high-end MEGI LNG carriers currently under construction at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) with scheduled delivery in 2020 and two high-end X-DF LNG carriers which are being built at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HHI) with scheduled delivery in 2021.Flex LNG informed that it is paying USD 180 million per vessel on a delivered basis, including supervision costs, plus USD 6 million for each of the DSME vessels for the addition of full reliquifaction systems.In connection with the transaction, the company will launch a private placement of new ordinary shares for gross proceeds of USD 300 million. Net proceeds from the placement will be used to partially fund installments on the acquired ship and for working capital and general corporate purposes.The vessel acquisitions are subject to the private placement being completed, Flex LNG said.last_img read more

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Containership Trio to Join Global Ship Lease Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license UK-incorporated containership charter owner Global Ship Lease (GSL) is to expand its fleet with three 2004-built, 7,849 TEU vessels. Under an agreement signed with an undisclosed party, the containerships will be bought for an aggregate price of USD 48.5 million.Upon delivery during the second quarter of 2019, the first vessel will commence a five-year charter with Danish shipping major Maersk Line. The two other vessels are expected to be delivered during the third quarter and will commence three-year charters also with Maersk Line, with two consecutive one-year extensions at the charterer’s option.The three vessels are expected to generate Adjusted EBITDA of approximately USD 32 million in aggregate for the median firm period, and a total of USD 47 million if all options are exercised, GSL said.As informed, the company has secured new senior secured bank debt to finance a portion of the purchase price. The new debt is on market terms with a maturity of late 2024.“These acquisitions represent attractive additions to the GSL fleet, extending our collaboration with the world’s largest container liner company and meaningfully expanding our long-term charter coverage,” George Youroukos, Executive Chairman of GSL, commented.“Already during 2019, we have added almost USD 130 million of contracted EBITDA to our extensive backlog, ensuring that the company will experience multiple years of benefit from the strong market for mid-sized and smaller vessels,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.“We intend to continue pursuing additional opportunities to expand our fleet, increase our contracted revenue stream, optimize our balance sheet, and opportunistically lower our cost of capital,” he added.With the three new additions, GSL’s fleet will comprise 41 vessels with a total capacity of 224,162 TEU.Related: Global Ship Lease Earnings Rise after Poseidon Mergerlast_img read more

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Govt holds allparty meet before Budget session with key bills on the

first_imgNew Delhi: An all-party meeting began at the Parliament on Sunday, ahead of the first Parliament session of the 17th Lok Sabha beginning Monday. Since this is also be the Budget session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to seek the cooperation of all parties given that the government has plans to table a few key bills during the session. An all-party meeting is a customary exercise ahead of a Parliament session to ensure its smooth function. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi and leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha Thawar Chand Gehlot were among those present at the meeting. Leaders of other parties at the meeting include V Vijayasai Reddy of YSRCP, Derek O’Brien of TMC, Farooq Abdullah of National Conference, NCP’s Supriya Sule, Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal (Sonelal), AAP’s Sanjay Singh and Jayadev Galla of TDP, ANI reported. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize A meeting of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leaders is scheduled in the Parliament later in the evening to discuss strategies for the upcoming session. BJP parliamentary party executive committee meeting is also scheduled to be held this evening. The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha will run from June 17 to July 26 during which the Union Budget will be presented by the new government on July 5. The government is keen on support and cooperation of all parties which is necessary for the passing of key bills in Rajya Sabha, where the government is still in minority. In the Lok Sabha, the NDA has simple majority with 353 members out of the 545 seats. But it has only 102 members in the 245-member upper house which might affect the passing of key bills, like the Triple Talaq Bill and Aadhar another Laws (Amendment) Bill 2019 which will be introduced in this session. The Triple Talaq bill had stalled in the Rajya Sabha in the last Parliament. Meanwhile, there is no clarity on who will be the leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha following the defeat in the Lok Sabha elections of Mallikarjun Kharge, who led Congress in the 16th Lok Sabha. Earlier there were talks that Rahul Gandhi, who is reluctant to continue as Congress president after the party’s drubbing the polls, will be taking charge of the party in the lower House.(With inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img read more

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Two MLAs booked for murder in Raj

first_imgJaipur: The police have registered a case of murder against two MLAs and several others after a driver of an earth-moving machine was killed last week during an anti-encroachment drive in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district, officials said on Tuesday. The investigation of the case has been handed over to CID-Crime Branch, they said. During the anti-encroachment drive in Tausar village last Sunday, the driver Farooq (40), had died after a mob pelted stones and attacked him. Nagaur District Collector Dinesh Yadav said a compensation of Rs 20 lakh, pooled from various sources including the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, has been handed over to Farooq’s family members.last_img read more

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Cities raise concerns over processing compostable coffee pods

first_imgTORONTO – Compostable coffee pods may be increasingly available on store shelves but some Canadian cities, including Toronto, say their waste systems aren’t yet able to process biodegradable versions of the popular single-serve java products.The pods and their environmental impact went under the spotlight this week as a Progressive Conservative politician in Ontario introduced a private member’s bill that would, if passed, make it illegal to sell the products unless they are fully compostable. Retailers would get four years to take non-compostable pods off the market.The province’s Liberal government has said it is open to reviewing Norm Miller’s proposed legislation, although private member’s bills seldom become law.But despite the push for compostable versions of the product, some large municipal waste programs in Ontario say they have yet to approve eco-friendly coffee pods for their curbside composting programs.“There is a difference between (being) laboratory-certified compostable and what municipal composting systems can achieve,” said Jim McKay, general manager of solid waste management services for the City of Toronto.City staff are testing the compatibility of coffee pods with their composting program and will report their findings in February next year, he said, but concerns about the ability of the system to handle the products remain.Ottawa and Hamilton also do not accept compostable coffee pods in their curbside compost bin programs.“The compostable coffee pods do not get completely decomposed during the duration of processing,” Hamilton spokeswoman Clorinda Pagliari explained.“Hamilton’s (compost) facility is designed to process material for approximately 42 days. The pods do not decompose within this time frame and may present as contamination in the final product.”The Association of Municipalities of Ontario has also raised concerns about processing compostable pods, saying the products may not consistently and adequately decompose in every municipal system.Those who use the pods, however, do think about what happens to the products when they’re thrown out, said one industry analyst.Canadians drink over five billion cups of coffee per year and the pods have become the most popular way to consume coffee at home, said Robert Carter, executive food service industry expert at the business analyst firm NPD Group.“There’s a huge volume of these single-serve pods going through the system, and the number one concern that consumers have in using these pods is their environmental impact,” Carter said. “From an industry standpoint, (making them compostable) is the right thing to do.”The biggest challenge, however, is getting city waste services to be able to adequately deal with the products, Carter said.“With passing this type of legislation, hopefully that will force the municipalities to start to accept these items when they are made of compostable material within their (compost) programs.”A Toronto company that produces biodegradable coffee pods for President’s Choice, McDonald’s and other major retailers said it has been testing its pods in the composting systems of various smaller Ontario municipalities.Club Coffee said its pods, developed in partnership with researchers at Guelph University, are compatible with Keurig coffee machines and feature a lid made of paper and cornstarch, a “bio-resin” filter made mainly from cornstarch, and a resin ring made from plant products, like coffee bean husks left over from Club Coffee’s roasting operation.“Everything here is compostable, it’s certified, we’ve trialed it in real world compost facilities and it breaks down,” said the company’s senior vice president of innovation, Claudio Gemmiti. “It is consistently good at breaking down wherever good compost is being made.”Club Coffee said it has “successfully tested” its pods in the composting systems for Muskoka, Orillia, Peel, Guelph and Niagara.The company’s pods have been approved for composting by the U.S.-based non-profit Biodegradable Products Institute, and are also accepted in household compost by the private waste management company that serves Seattle.“Consumers adopted (coffee pods) quite quickly but realized there was an offset, which was the waste they were producing,” Gemmiti said. “We felt that if we developed an innovative solution that helped to take care of the waste problem in a way that was intuitive and simple … (consumers) are more likely to adopt it,”last_img read more

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The Latest UK asks EU to redo Brexit border compromise

BERLIN — The Latest on Brexit, Britain’s impending departure from the European Union (all times local):5:20 p.m.Britain’s foreign secretary says London needs a change “of legal significance” to the wording of arrangements meant to ensure that the U.K.-Ireland border stays open after Brexit, but isn’t specifying how that might be achieved.British lawmakers last month rejected the withdrawal agreement their government negotiated with the European Union. Their objections centred on a safeguard that would keep the U.K. in a customs union with the EU so no checks along the Irish border are needed until a permanent new trading relationship is in place.Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said after meeting his German counterpart Wednesday that “what we need to do is to put some flesh on the bone of what ‘temporary’ actually means.”Hunt said “the biggest risk to Brexit now is defeatism about the possibility of finding that parliamentary agreement” in the U.K. to approve the divorce deal.___11:40 a.m.Brexit-driven cracks in Britain’s political party system yawned wider, as three pro-European lawmakers quit the ruling Conservatives to join a new centrist group of independents.All the lawmakers are opposed to the Conservative government’s determination to take Britain out of the European Union with or without a divorce deal.Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston resigned to join eight ex-opposition Labour Party lawmakers in an alliance dubbed the Independent Group. The defections involve only a small fraction of the 650 lawmakers in the House of Commons, but mark the biggest shake-up in decades for Britain’s political parties.The breakaway lawmakers hope to gain members from disgruntled pro-Europeans in both the Labour and Conservative parties and forge a new force at the centre of British politics.__11:30 a.m.Britain’s foreign secretary says securing an orderly Brexit is “of paramount importance” as he visited Germany, and insisted the U.K. can leave the European Union on March 29 as planned if a compromise deal is found.Jeremy Hunt was meeting officials in Berlin ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May’s trip to Brussels later Wednesday for talks with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. May is seeking changes to Britain’s withdrawal agreement after British lawmakers resoundingly rejected it last month, but the EU insists negotiations won’t be reopened.The stalemate has raised fears of Britain leaving without a divorce deal in place at the end of March, an outcome that could cause severe economic disruption.Hunt says “an orderly departure from the EU is of paramount importance.” He spoke in a speech to the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, a think-tank linked to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitThe Associated Press read more

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Hunger crisis in Guatemala draws mounting concern from UN food agency

Josette Sheeran, the Executive Director of WFP, described the situation in Guatemala – where the President recently announced a state of emergency because of the severe food shortages – as desperate.“Women and children have been caught in the vortex of this hunger crisis and are in a desperate struggle for survival,” she said, according to a statement issued by the agency.Almost half of all Guatemalan children under the age of five suffer from stunting as a result of chronic under-nutrition. The numbers of children being admitted to hospital for acute malnutrition has also tripled in recent months.The crisis is greatest in a “dry corridor” in the east of the country, where the El Niño meteorological phenomenon has resulted in a lack of rain for many months, leaving the rural poor without basic crops such as corn and beans. As many as 54,000 families living in the corridor do not have access to enough food.WFP is already working with Guatemalan authorities to alleviate the situation, providing stocks of high-energy biscuits and other food supplies and expanding a work-for-food programme.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said that the UN country team plans to issue a flash appeal in the coming days to encourage donors to help the relief efforts. 11 September 2009The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today voiced her deep concern about the hunger crisis gripping much of Guatemala, where a combination of the global economic crisis, high food prices, a drop in remittances, harsh weather and poverty has left thousands of people struggling to find food. read more

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Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group says it is buying Hollywood film company Legendary

BEIJING, China – Wanda Group said Tuesday it is buying Hollywood’s Legendary Entertainment, the maker of films such as “Batman,” for $3.5 billion in the first Chinese acquisition of a major U.S. film company.Wanda, whose chairman, Wang Jianlin, is one of China’s richest businesspeople, has expanded rapidly into the film industry. It bought the U.S. cinema chain AMC in 2012 and is developing an $8 billion studio complex in eastern China.New but cash-rich Chinese companies are on a buying spree abroad in industries from finance to yacht building for assets that can speed their development at home and help them expand in global markets.With its latest acquisition, Wanda’s film businesses will include a full range of production, distribution and exhibition, Wang said in a statement. The company, headquartered in the northeastern port city of Dalian, also has interests in hotels, retailing and real estate.Legendary’s productions include the “Batman” trilogy, “Inception” and “The Hangover.” The company says its movies have grossed more than $12 billion worldwide.“Wanda will help Legendary increase its market opportunities, especially in the fast-growing China market,” said Wang.Wanda’s latest purchase is the fourth-largest Chinese investment in the United States, according to Dealogic, a financial information provider. It ranks behind WH Group Ltd.’s $7 billion acquisition of pork packer Smithfield Foods in 2013, the Chinese sovereign wealth fund’s 2007 purchase of a 9.9 per cent stake in Morgan Stanley for $5.6 billion and Unisplendour Corp.’s offer of $3.7 billion this year for 15 per cent of Western Digital Corp.Global film, music and television companies see China and its increasingly prosperous population of 1.3 billion potential viewers as one of their most promising markets. Even as economic growth slows, China’s consumer spending is expanding faster than that of the United States and other Western markets.Ticket sales in China, already one of the world’s biggest movie markets, rose nearly 50 per cent last year to 44 billion yuan ($6.8 billion), according to Nomura. It said in a Jan. 7 report that total revenue is forecast to rise another 25 per cent this year.Wang, 62, ranked as China’s richest businessperson last year, with a net worth of $34 billion, according to the Hurun Report, which follows China’s wealthy.Chinese companies invested $11 billion in the United States over the past year, according to data gathered by Derek Scissors, a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. The total since 2005 stands at $93.3 billion.Many acquisitions abroad are aimed at obtaining technology or brands to expand the buyer’s market share in China or to capture profit from foreign goods and services flowing into China.On Monday, China’s biggest chemical company, state-owned ChemChina, announced it has bought a German maker of machinery to process rubber and plastic, KraussMaffei, for $1 billion (925 million euros). It was the biggest Chinese investment to date in Germany.In August, Wanda paid $650 million for the Florida company that operates the Ironman triathlon race, World Triathlon Corp., and said it planned to promote the growth of competitions in China. Last February, Wanda paid $1.2 billion (1 billion euros) for Swiss sports management company Infront Sports & Media.In contrast to Western companies that cut staff after purchases, Chinese buyers keep employees and sometimes hire more because want foreign skills and experience.Wanda said Legendary’s Thomas Tull would remain chairman and chief executive, with responsibility for day-to-day operations.“Wanda and Legendary will create a completely new international entertainment company,” said Tull in the Wanda statement. by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2016 7:44 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A Chinese moviegoer walks into the Wanda Cinema at the Wanda Group building in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Wanda Group announced Tuesday it is buying Hollywood’s Legendary Entertainment, the maker of films such as “Batman,” for $3.5 billion in the first Chinese acquisition of a major U.S. film company. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group says it is buying Hollywood film company Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion read more

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THW Kiel to miss EHF Champions League after 15 years

EHF Champions LeagueTHW Kiel The most successful team in the modern history of German handball – THW Kiel are going to miss playing at VELUX EHF Champions League after 15 years!One of the most popular teams in world of handball with strong fan base of more than 10.000 at Sparkassen Arena on every match, ended fifth at DKB Bundesliga after poor season in which Alfred Gislason lost his concept and stayed without title for the third year in a row.The new champions SG Flensburg Handewitt and Rhein Neckar Lowen will play at European elite competition, while Fuchse Berlin waiting for “wild-card” after good results in EHF Cup, even EHF isn’t motivated to support German teams participation in EHF CL after problem with schedule in March for matches of RNL.In this situation it looks almost impossible that “Zebras” get invitation for elite competition. They missed EHF CL for the last time in season 2003/2004, when Kiel won EHF Cup against Spanish Altea. ← Previous Story Danish Handball League All-Star team 2017/2018 – Myrhol, Rasmussen, Bergerud… Next Story → Strong Norway for a win in front of 10.000 fans in Munchen read more

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Ford reveals its first selfdriving research car

first_imgFORD IS FOLLOWING in the footsteps of Google, Volkswagen and other automakers by revealing its new self-driving car.The hybrid Ford Fusion, which was developed in collaboration with the University Of Michigan and insurance company State Farm, will be used to test the reliability and efficiency of existing and future sensing systems and driver-assist technologies.The car has four scanners called LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) attached to its roof. When linked together, it creates a 360-degree, 3D view of its surroundings.This allows the car to decide whether it should accelerate, brake and steer without a driver and help it correct driving errors.The company is also working on developing communication between vehicles that will alert drivers to traffic congestion, accidents and weather conditions.Further down the line, Ford expects features like adaptive cruise control, and vehicle-to-vehicle systems, which will allow packs of cars to join traffic on motorways, will be introduced.Ford also highlighted the need for different sectors such as insurance companies, car manufacturers, researchers and legislators to collaborate when driverless cars are released to the public.Read: Driven to distraction: carmakers face questions over gadget risks >Read: Man purchases €75,000 car using only bitcoin >last_img read more

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West Coast now truly the left coast postelection

first_imgDemocrats gained a majority in Washington’s Senate this week, securing control of all branches of governments in the three states along the West Coast.With most mail ballots counted, Democratic prosecutor Manka Dhingra won the race in Washington’s 45th district over Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund, a former Capitol Hill staffer, after a campaign that cost both candidates and a swarm of outside groups nearly $9 million. The Associated Press called the race Thursday afternoon.Dhingra’s victory puts Democrats firmly in command of a state that had been trending bluer, and will allow the party to pursue a progressive agenda that had been bottled up by Republicans.Democrats have won at least 27 state legislative seats across the country since the start of the year, marking a turnaround after losing more than 1,000 legislative seats during the Obama years.“We’ve put the last brick in the big blue wall against the Trump agenda, across the whole west coast,” said Washington Democratic Party chairwoman Tina Podlodowski.last_img read more

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Ambassador of Argentine Republic Pays Courtesy Call on Minister Symonette of the

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 25, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette (left) welcomed His Excellency Ariel Fernandez, Ambassador of the Republic of Argentina to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, in a courtesy call, October 19, 2017 at the Ministry.(Photo/Courtesy Ministry of Financial Services) Related Items:last_img read more

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Sally Ride honored with US Postal stamp at UCSD

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez SAN DIEGO (CNS) — Sally Ride, who became the first American woman in space in 1983 and taught at UC San Diego after leaving NASA, was posthumously honored Wednesday by the U.S. Postal Service, which held a ceremony at the university to unveil a stamp depicting the Encino-born physicist, astronaut and educator.Ride, who was 61 when she died of pancreatic cancer in La Jolla in July 2012, was a professor of physics at the university, which also is home to Sally Ride Science @ UC San Diego, a nonprofit organization she co-founded to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, engineering, technology and math and to promote STEM literacy.“Sally Ride’s history-making journey has made it easier for young girls to dream of one day being an astronaut, an engineer, a physicist or a mathematician,” said USPS Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President Kristin Seaver. “Today, girls don’t just dream. Because of trailblazers like Sally Ride, they have been empowered to do.”Seaver is scheduled to attend the ceremony, along with UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla; Ellen Ocha, the first Hispanic woman in space; tennis champion Billie Jean King; and Tam O’Shaughnessy, Ride’s partner of 27 years and co-founder and CEO of Sally Ride Science.“Sally started collecting stamps when she was a girl, and she continued to do so her whole life — especially stamps of the Olympics and space exploration,” O’Shaughnessy said. “Sally would be deeply honored to have her portrait on a U.S. stamp.”Becky Petitt, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at UC San Diego, will serve as master of ceremonies for the unveiling of the Forever stamp, which features a portrait of Ride painted by artist Paul Salmon of Virginia. She is depicted in a light blue space suit, as she appeared around the time of her historic flight aboard Challenger, with a space shuttle lifting off in the background.After earning a doctorate in physics from Stanford University, Ride joined NASA’s 1978 class of astronaut candidates for the agency’s new space shuttle program. She was the first woman to serve as a capsule communicator for Columbia’s second flight in 1981, communicating from the ground with both the shuttle crew in space and the flight director at Mission Control.On June 18, 1983, Ride launched through Earth’s atmosphere aboard the space shuttle Challenger. For six days, she worked closely with her four male crewmates, proving to the world that women astronauts were as adept as men. She completed a second successful trip to space the next year, breaking another barrier as a member of the first flight crew with two women.Ride was the only person to sit on the investigative panels for both the Challenger and Columbia accidents. In the classroom, she used her experiences in space to explain complicated physics concepts to her students. She also co-authored six children’s books about science with O’Shaughnessy.In 2001, Ride and O’Shaughnessy, a former professor at San Diego State University, joined three friends to start the science education company, Sally Ride Science, with the goal of narrowing the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math.In 2013, then-President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Ride the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.Ochoa said she admired Ride for her “intellect that she applied as a scientist, her focus and passion for STEM education and her astounding competence in so many areas, including her critical contributions to NASA and the nation.”“As much in demand as she was, she always made time to meet with young women who dreamed of becoming astronauts,” Ochoa said. “I am thrilled to be part of the Sally Ride Forever stamp dedication, continuing her legacy of inspiring people across the country, and indeed around the world.” Posted: May 23, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez, Sally Ride honored with US Postal stamp at UCSD Updated: 10:28 PMlast_img read more

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Miami Beach Police Sergeant returns to work after being fired

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami Beach Police Sergeant is back on the force after being fired for drinking on the job.According to police, Miami Beach Police sergeant Michael Muley returned to work, Tuesday morning, after being laid off for nearly two years.Back on July 14, 2014, surveillance video captured Muley drinking alcohol while working an off-duty job at Mango’s on Ocean Drive.Officials conducted an eight-month-long investigation where they found Muley drank at least six alcoholic beverages that night, including at other nearby bars.An arbitrator ruled, early this year, that the 14-year veteran to the force should be reinstated after he completed a series of requirements.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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A functioning government or border security Murkowski wants both

first_imgPhoto by Liz RuskinLike most Republicans in Congress, Sen. Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young are sticking with President Trump, who says he’ll let the partial government shutdown continue until he gets money to build a wall, or a steel barrier, on the southern border. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Friday she’s pulled in two directions.“I’ve got a lot of people who are saying ‘Lisa, you’ve got to stand with the president. You’ve got to stand strong on this. Because we need to have border security,’” she said in a sometimes passionate speech on the Senate floor. “And then I have an equal number that are saying, ‘Please, please, do something to help reopen this government. We expect it of you. We need it from you.”True to her moderate reputation, Murkowski wants both. She’s now pushing for temporary legislation known as a “continuing resolution” to re-open the unfunded government departments.She’s not a fan of the kind of wall Trump talked about on the campaign trail, but Murkowski said she also wants better border security. She’s calling for a Senate hearing to consider the president’s border proposal.“Maybe we can get a short-term reprieve. Let’s do a short-term CR, to allow us to process this,” she said. “But let’s not keep the government shut down while we do this.”She’s also co-sponsored a perennial bill to automatically impose a continuing resolution whenever Congress fails to pass one or more spending bills. That would eliminate future shutdowns.But not everyone’s a fan.Sullivan has a different approach. He said this week there’s no point discussing legislation the president won’t sign. He’s been working on a bill to ensure the Coast Guard is paid during a shutdown.Meanwhile, around the country, federal workers are getting pay stubs showing they’ve been paid a big fat zero. Or, even more strangely, pocket change.“I think the most I saw was about 11 bucks. Or one of my reps got $2.61,” said Clinten Lancaster, an air traffic controller in Anchorage and an Alaska leader of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. He said the tiny payments were a mystery to him, but most of his colleagues got zero.Both houses of Congress have now passed a bill guaranteeing furloughed workers will get back-pay, after the shutdown ends.“Thanks, but what are we going to do until then?” Lancaster said.Lancaster said most lenders and landlords have been flexible but he wonders if that generosity will last as long as the shutdown does.last_img read more

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Is Mammootty planning to enter politics Megastar clarifies

first_imgYouTubeMammootty, the megastar of Mollywood, is known for his strong affinity towards left ideologies. He is also the chairman of Malayalam communications which owns Karali TV, a television channel that propagates left agenda.A few months back, several media outlets reported that Mammootty will enter politics as a CPI(M) candidate in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. However, the actor did not give a positive nod, as he decided to stay away from politics. The election results also negatively impacted LDF’s fate in the state, as the left front succeeded in racking up only one seat out of the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies.In a recent interaction with IANS, Mammootty said that there is no need to enter politics to serve the people in the nation. The actor also made it clear that he has no current plans to enter politics. “I don’t think I will ever have much interest in politics. I am not interested in political activities. You don’t need to be in politics to serve people,” Mammootty told IANS.2019 has been a stupendous year for Mammootty as his movies ‘Madhura Raja’ and ‘Unda’ fared well at the box-office. ‘Madhura Raja’ grossed more than Rs 100 crores at the box-office, while ‘Unda’ is still continuing its run in some theatres in Kerala.Mammootty is currently busy with the works of his new movie ‘Shylock’ which is being directed by Ajay Vasudev. The film is expected to feature Mammootty in a negative shade, and close sources to the movie revealed that there are many layers in the story of the film. It should be also noted that ‘Shylock’ marks the third union of Ajay Vasudev and Mammootty after ‘Rajadhiraja’ and ‘Masterpiece’.The post-production work of Mammootty’s ‘Mamangam’ is also progressing steadily. The film, which is being directed by Padmakumar, is expected to be a historical drama and being made with a lavish budget.last_img read more

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