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Kompany thanks Toure for the wonderful years

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first_imgManchester City captain Vincent Kompany has thanked the departing “legend” Yaya Toure for his service to the clubThe Ivorian midfielder will be leaving the Etihad Stadium in the summer after eight years in Manchester.Since joining from Barcelona in 2010, Toure has since scored 82 goals in his 316 appearances and famously netted the winning goals against Stoke City and Sunderland in the FA and League Cup finals respectively.The 35-year-old was absent from City’s 1-0 win against Southampton in their final league game of the season after captaining the side in their 3-1 against Brighton last week.Kompany, who himself has been at City since 2008, praised Toure for his contributions over the years.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…I’d like to thank Yaya for the wonderful years he has given us. Power, pace, technique, vision, you name it, this guy is the most complete midfielder I have ever seen. Always present in the big moments, he is forever a legend of ours. #ManCity #Legend #CENTURIONS #SharkTeam pic.twitter.com/zHxBcbRI3C— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) May 14, 2018In his eight years at City, Toure won three Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup.last_img read more

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Shaqiri warned of hostile reception in Belgrade

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first_imgLiverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri has been warned to expect a hostile reception by Red Star Belgrade’s sporting director Zvezdan Terzic should he travel with his team to Serbia.The Merseyside club have been drawn in the same UEFA Champions League group with Red Star and Shaqiri could receive a hostile reception from the home fans following his controversial celebration at the World Cup.The Switzerland international featured in one of the most controversial moments of this year’s World Cup, when he celebrated his winning goal in Switzerland’s 2-1 triumph over Serbia by imitating the two-headed eagle in Albania’s flag, something team-mate Granit Xhaka also did earlier in the game.“I think Shaqiri will undergo extraordinary psychological pressure,” Terzic told daily Serbian publication Kurir, according to Goal.“He knows where he will be going. I know very well that our club is a symbol of Serbia, unlike Partizan Belgrade, who represent Yugoslavia more.“I do not know if he will be willing to play in Marakana [the nickname of Red Star’s Rajko Mitic Stadium] under these conditions, so I doubt he’ll come. If he comes, he’ll be smaller than a poppy seed.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But Terzic was sure to ease Liverpool’s worries with respect to security, adamant they will do their duty and protect Shaqiri.“We have to do everything we can to make Shaqiri feel like he can play football,” he added. “It is our duty to protect him. Let’s be good hosts.”While Xhaka apologised for his celebration this week, Shaqiri undermined the idea when asked if he would make amends.“Sure, I apologise if people felt attacked in Switzerland,” he said.“Somewhere, I don’t know, maybe in the mountains, where someone watched the game and it bothered him, I would certainly apologise.”last_img read more

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Bahamians Celebrate National Labour Day

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #magneticmedianews#nationallabourday#sirrandolfawkes Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nationallabourday, #sirrandolfawkescenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamians, June 2, 2017 – Nassau – The week of May 28 – June 3 is being observed as Labour Week in The Bahamas, with the official Randol Fawkes Labour Day being celebrated on June 2.As part of the holiday tradition, members of the labor unions from different organizations, as well as political parties and Bahamians will participate in the annual 2017 Sir Randol Fawkes Labour Day Parade that have started in Nassau this morning. Local bands and a few Junkanooers will lead the parades, providing lively music for the marchers and spectators. The parade will end at the Southern Recreation Grounds, where union leaders will deliver speeches.National Labour Day in the Bahamas was established in 1961 by late Trade Unionist and Politician, Sir Randol Fawkes. In 2013, then Government Leader in the Senate, Attorney General and Minister ofLegal Affairs the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson introduced the renaming of the holiday to honour the man who fought for justice and safety of workers.last_img read more

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Additional Details Emerge In Kenai Double Homicide

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first_imgMasonn Byrd, 25, of Kenai was taken into custody for the Sunday morning shooting deaths of Lisa Rutzebeck and her mother  Rachelle Armstrong. Byrd’s phone pinged a cell tower in the neighborhood three minutes before the murders were reported, according to the documents. “MASONN BYRD was interviewed and denied involvement. DWIGHT DAVIS, MASONN’S grandfather, was also interviewed. DWIGHT stated that MASONN had told him, the morning after the shooting, that he shot the two women and that he was going to throw the gun into the river. MASONN also told DWIGHT that the shooting occurred over money and that he thought he would get away with it because there were no witnesses.” According to court documents, “During a review of RACHELLE (SHELLY) ARMSTRONG’s cellphone, multiple conversations related to dealing drugs were located. Additionally, the records indicated that SHELLY owed MASONN BYRD money for a drug debt. Their text conversations continued throughout the day and finished approximately 20 minutes before the murders. Police found the two women in an apartment on California Avenue with gunshot wounds to the head and bullet casings for a .380-caliber automatic.  Byrd faces two charges of first-degree murder, he was arraigned in Kenai Wednesday morning. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Kenai man that was arrested late Tuesday in connection with the murder of two women told a family member it was over an unpaid drug debt, according to court documents. In one of the texts on the day of the murder at 4:29pm, MASONN wrote, “I just done with dealing with people Ima end up hurting someone lol” SHELLY replied that she understood and is trying to get others to pay her the money they owe to her.” At this time the investigation is ongoing. Additional details will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more

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WHS Softball Senior Profile Aliyah Tang

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — This is the final installment in a series of profiles celebrating the five recent WHS graduates who played on this year’s varsity softball team.Aliyah TangAliyah began playing softball the summer going into 9th grade. Aliyah had always been athletic and was able to pick up a new sport that she was interested in very quickly. Growing up, Aliyah was always fast and her speed came in handy with her new found love for the game of softball. Growing up, she took part in many different sports. She cheered, played basketball, volleyball, and even ran track/xc. All of her close friends played softball and encouraged her to play with them on the Lowell Mojo team during the summer just for fun. Luckily, she found her sport and kept at it for the next four years.A few months after high school started, Aliyah found out Mojo was discontinuing its program. She found a place on the New England Nor’easters with coach Timothy Kieran. She needed a lot of work, but Tim saw a lot of potential in her and helped shape her to be the player she is today. Aliyah was welcomed with open arms by teammates she will never forget; Ryan Bailey and Gianna Brunetto. She found her new softball family.Aliyah started off as a third basemen with Mojo because of her strong arm, then Tim saw her potential as an outfielder. She was quick and tracked balls easily. The summer after freshman year ended, she had a great season with NE and continued to play fall ball with Tim. She met her new teammates Antonia Kieran who she is now best friends with and Adele Burton. Most importantly, she met her close friend Ally Moran. She would soon end her softball career in 2018 catching for Ally, building a strong friendship.In October 2015, Aliyah’s family moved to Wilmington and she enrolled into WHS. Aliyah was now with all of her Nor’easter teammates and she felt at home. Sophomore year, she took part in Wilmington High’s softball program as an outfielder and slap hitter. Going into 11th grade she played for the Northeast Xtreme and found her calling as a catcher. Although her family wishes she caught sooner in her career, they’re glad she ended her amazing senior season catching for the Wildcats.Aliyah will be attending Auburn University and majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Her family is extremely proud of her accomplishments.Aliyah Tang(NOTE: The above profile is from Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Winchester (9-3) & Arlington (5-2) To Improve To 7-2In “Sports”WHS Softball Senior Profile: Adele BurtonIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Wrap Up Regular Season With 10-0 WinIn “Sports”last_img read more

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Sanjay Dutt doesnt want to get involved in daughter Trishalas life

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first_imgSanjay Dutt, Trishala DuttInstagramWhile we all lauded Raj Kumar Hirani’s attempt at showing us some of the unknown aspects of Sanjay Dutt’s life through his biopic – Sanju, we were all left a bit surprised when Trishala didn’t feature in the movie. Trishala, who is Sanjay Dutt’s daughter from his first marriage with Richa Sharma, was not mentioned even once in the movie.Recently, Trishala Dutt spoke her heart out on the death of her Italian boyfriend. While many prayed for her boyfriend, Sanjay Dutt remained absent from the list of those who offered their condolences. Announcing her boyfriend’s death, Trishala had written, “My heart is broken. Thank You for loving me, protecting me, and taking care of me. You have made me the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. I’m the luckiest girl in the world to have met you and beyond blessed to have been yours. You will live in me for eternity. I love you and I will miss you. Until we meet again. Forever yours, xo your Bella Mia.”On Sanjay Dutt’s 60th birthday, his timeline was flooded with adorable wishes from family members, industry friends and fans. But, Trishala chose to not wish the actor. At least, not on social media. A Deccan Chronicle report says that Sanjay Dutt has taken this conscious decision to stay away from Trishala and her life. The report says, “It seems Sanju has shut the door on Trishala. They don’t communicate at all. He has zero knowledge of what goes in her life. There is no connect, direct or indirect, between them.”Earlier, Mahesh Manjrekar had also hinted at Trishala’s omission from the biopic Sanju. He had said, “I have seen Sanju, and it is a well-made commercial film. However, it left a lot unexplored. I would have directed it with a different approach.”last_img read more

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Famed Vegas Casinos Could Be Hobbled As Thousands Of Workers Authorize Strike

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first_imgBloomberg via Getty ImagesSome 50,000 hospitality workers could walk off the job as early as next month, potentially jeopardizing the Las Vegas tourist industry.Tourism helps keep the wheel of Las Vegas’ economy spinning, but a hitch could slow the spokes as tens of thousands of hospitality workers are preparing to strike as early as next month.The Culinary Workers Union, Nevada’s largest labor organization, voted Tuesday to authorize a citywide strike for 50,000 members once their contracts expire June 1 — if their demands are not met.About 25,000 members weighed in on the measure, with 99 percent approving a walkout, according to the union.The contracts cover some of the biggest players on the Las Vegas Strip — nearly three dozen casino resorts including Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and MGM Resorts International.The union says it is seeking guarantees “to provide (a) greater measure of security for members including workplace safety, sexual harassment, subcontracting, technology, and immigration.”Higher wages are also on the table, with the union arguing casinos are not adequately spreading profits among those who keep their facilities running.The union represents many of those who work in the front of the house as well as many of those who work behind the scenes including cooks, servers, porters and guest room attendants.Jose Licea, an on-call kitchen worker at Planet Hollywood Resort, has worked on the Strip for 25 years. He tells The Las Vegas Review-Journal that workers need to make more money to cover the rising cost of living.“Everything is going up: gas, food, supplies,” he says. “We need to raise salaries.”And in a city where a majority of the workforce works in the service sector, a growing reliance on automation has some worrying about their jobs being outsourced. The Review-Journal notes that employers on the Strip have already begun to use delivery robots and self check-ins — even drone-delivered-drinks are becoming a thing.Lewis Thomas, who works as a utility porter at the Tropicana Las Vegas, voted in favor of the strike. He tells the Review-Journal that he wants company-sponsored training to ensure that workers are not made redundant by the technological advances.“We are ready to walk if we don’t get the contract,” Thomas says. “Even if it means striking one month, two months or a year.”In 1984, thousands of casino and hotel workers launched a major strike lasting for more than two months and dealing a blow to the local economy, before new contracts were settled. Union members lost some $75 million in wages and benefits, reports The Associated Press, while Las Vegas lost a similar amount in tourism dollars.In the days ahead of the June 1 deadline, union negotiators and employers are working to avoid a similar outcome as they seek to solidify new five-year contracts.“A strike is a last resort,” Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer for the union, said in a statement. “We want to come to an agreement.”MGM Resorts International told NPR in a statement that it has scheduled talks with the union this week and into next.The company says it is confident it can resolve the outstanding contract issues, “and will come to an agreement that works for all sides.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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Change in early human ancestor diet came earlier than thought

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first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Scientists have known for quite some time that the diet of our earliest ancestors changed, from eating mostly leaves and berries, to grasses, tubers and eventually meat. But the timing of that changeover has been up for speculation, though many have believed it was approximately three and a half million years ago. To pin down the time frame, the researches with this new effort gained access to 152 fossilized teeth found in sites in Africa, from a variety of primates and other ancient animals and carbon tested them to collect evidence of the types of food that the creatures that used them ate.In looking at the results, the team found that most of the primates had been eating C3 type plants (so named because they have three-carbon atoms) which generally meant tree leaves and berries and some cool weather grasses. In contrast, they found that some species of primates (our early ancestors) had added C4 type plants to their diet as far back as 3.76 million years ago, which included savannah grasses, tubers and sedges. This is an important point in human history, the team notes, because adding such foods to the diet allowed our ancestors to broaden their range because they could survive under more variable conditions—not only were more foods available to them, but the new kinds of food offered more energy. And that, the researchers suggest, set them apart, and led eventually to mass migrations and even greater adaptations. © 2015 Phys.org The researchers note that the changes in diet only came about after changes in teeth and jaws evolved in a way that allowed for chewing the new types of food—and of course, changes in the digestive tract to allow for gaining nutrients and energy from them. More information: Dietary change among hominins and cercopithecids in Ethiopia during the early Pliocene, Naomi E. Levin, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1424982112AbstractThe incorporation of C4 resources into hominin diet signifies increased dietary breadth within hominins and divergence from the dietary patterns of other great apes. Morphological evidence indicates that hominin diet became increasingly diverse by 4.2 million years ago but may not have included large proportions of C4 foods until 800 thousand years later, given the available isotopic evidence. Here we use carbon isotope data from early to mid Pliocene hominin and cercopithecid fossils from Woranso-Mille (central Afar, Ethiopia) to constrain the timing of this dietary change and its ecological context. We show that both hominins and some papionins expanded their diets to include C4 resources as early as 3.76 Ma. Among hominins, this dietary expansion postdates the major dentognathic morphological changes that distinguish Australopithecus from Ardipithecus, but it occurs amid a continuum of adaptations to diets of tougher, harder foods and to committed terrestrial bipedality. In contrast, carbon isotope data from cercopithecids indicate that C4-dominated diets of the earliest members of the Theropithecus oswaldi lineage preceded the dental specialization for grazing but occurred after they were fully terrestrial. The combined data indicate that the inclusion of C4 foods in hominin diet occurred as part of broader ecological changes in African primate communities.Press release A field worker shows a fragment of a hominin tooth from Woranso-Mille, Afar, Ethiopia, one of 152 tooth fragments sampled for isotope analysis to find evidence of diet change. Credit: Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Cleveland Museum of Natural History Researchers find human ancestors switched to eating grasses earlier than thoughtcenter_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: University of California Museum of Paleontology Citation: Change in early human ancestor diet came earlier than thought (2015, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-early-human-ancestor-diet-earlier.html (Phys.org)—A team of researchers in the U.S. has found that our early human ancestors expanded their diet to include savannah grasses and other food sources approximately a quarter of a million years earlier than had been previously thought. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team explains how they tested a variety of fossilized teeth, what they found and the impact the change in diet likely had on the ability of our ancestors to thrive.last_img read more

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Selfpowered ewatch is powered completely by wrist movements

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first_img Explore further (Phys.org)—Researchers have created a self-powered electronic watch that harvests energy from the wearer’s wrist movements for continuous operation. By combining two different energy conversion mechanisms (electromagnetic and triboelectric) in a single hybrid nanogenerator, the device can harvest significantly more energy than previous harvesters that use only a single mechanism. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Rapid wrist movements can charge a capacitor connected to the watch (which is not ticking in the beginning of the video) to 1.6 V, after which the watch begins ticking. Credit: Quan, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society The researchers experimented with the way that different wrist movements can charge and power the watch. They found that the best wrist movement is a twisting motion that can generate a current of up to 12 mA, which means that thirty-nine seconds of this twisting motion can power the watch continuously for about 7.5 minutes. By adding a homemade Li-ion battery to store the energy produced by the hybridized nanogenerator, the researchers found that 32 minutes of the twisting motion can generate enough energy to continuously power the watch for more than 3.5 hours. Based on this data, the researchers calculated that 3.6 hours of wrist movement can generate enough energy to power the watch for one day of continuous operation.Since the current prototype is rather large in size, the researchers attempted to reduce the dimensions by replacing the magnetic ball with a thin magnetic sheet. However, they found that the magnetic sheet does not move as easily as the ball, and so in the future they plan to investigate other methods of miniaturizing the nanogenerator. They also hope to eliminate the need for the battery.”The future plan is to solve the power source issue of the wearable electronic device, so that these devices can work sustainably without being charged by the external power source,” Yang said. “Ideally, the motion of human-body-induced energy will be enough to power these devices.” Citation: Self-powered e-watch is powered completely by wrist movements (2015, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-self-powered-e-watch-powered-wrist-movements.html Journal information: ACS Nanocenter_img More information: Ting Quan, et al. “Hybridized Electromagnetic–Triboelectric Nanogenerator for a Self-Powered Electronic Watch.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b05598 (Top) The hybridized nanogenerator contains a magnetic ball inside an acrylic box with six coils on the sides of the box. The watch strap is made of nylon and PDMS-PVB nanowires, connected to copper electrodes. (Bottom) Photos of the nanogenerator and twisting wrist movements. Credit: Quan, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society The scientists, led by Ya Yang at the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in China, and Zhong Lin Wang at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, have published a paper on the hybrid nanogenerator in a recent issue of ACS Nano.”This kind of nanogenerator can also be utilized to power other wearable electronic devices, such as a wireless smart pedometer for reading data on walking steps, distance, and energy consumption,” Yang told Phys.org.The hybrid nanogenerator consists of a small box (3.6 cm x 3.6 cm x 3 cm) with a magnetic ball inside. When the wearer moves their wrist, the ball’s motion generates electricity by both the electromagnetic and triboelectric effects. Due to the electromagnetic effect, when the ball collides with six metal coils on the sides of the box, the ball’s mechanical energy is converted into electricity. The triboelectric effect occurs when two materials are rubbed together, similar to how rubbing a balloon on a person’s hair creates static electricity. Here, the watch strap serves as the triboelectric component. The strap is made of two materials with different triboelectric polarities, nylon and a polymer composite, which are attached to the bottom of the box and to two electrodes. When the moving magnetic ball presses down on the watch strap, the nylon and polymer come in contact with each other, generating triboelectric charges and causing electrons to flow between the electrodes. United States, China team explore energy harvesting © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more

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A Jewellers ensemble

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first_imgTo expand share of fashion jewellery in India’s export, the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) is organizing the 9th edition of the three-day Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Show (IFJAS-2016) at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi from July 21 to July 23, 2016. Over 250 manufacturers and exporters from all over the country will be showcasing the wide range of fashion jewellery and accessories to attract overseas buyers and their representatives to source their requirements under one roof, informed Dinesh Kumar, Chairman – EPCH. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He further informed that IFJAS 2016 will provide a global platform for the fashion jewellery and accessories sector to make a dent into the 16.3-billion-dollar world market and increase India’s share in this segment which is negligible at present.Mainly focusing on fashion products like fashion and costume jewellery, scarves, beads, wallets, fancy fashion footwear and many more, IFJAS 2016 will also showcase the widest range of materials, products and designs in five categories comprising of fashion jewellery, semi precious jewellery, fashion accessories, hand bags and fancy & embroidered fashion shoes, imitation jewellery and shawls. Describing it as an important part of India’s export basket, Rakesh Kumar, ED- EPCH, stated that “India’s exports of fashion jewellery and accessories in the year 2015-16 was to the tune of Rs 2755 crores, but still its share in the world market is very less and holding of IFJAS is part of Council’s drive to promote and expand horizons of key verticals of the handicrafts sector which has tremendous potential to expand further.”  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe top importing nations for jewellery in the world are USA, Germany, UK, France, Japan, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, Belgium, Hong Kong, Spain, Australia, Italy and Latin American countries and India is already exporting to these markets, the ED-EPCH  added. Rakesh Kumar further said, “IFJAS would give a distinct platform to those specializing in the wide range of fashion products. A focused show for this sector, IFJAS would give exhibitors a unique opportunity to display capabilities and fully exploit their business potential.”  The   exports of fashion jewellery and accessories from India went up from Rs 2502 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 2755 crores  in 2015-16 registering a growth of 10.10per cent  added the Executive Director. “In the earlier times, there used to be a lot of sentiments attached to jewellery which is no longer the case, we are trying to bring back those lost sentiments with these fashion jewellery,” said Rakesh Kumar. A major highlight will be setting up of Young Designers Forum for providing business opportunities to upcoming designers for fashion jewellery sector. It was also said that the major competitor of Indian fashion jewellery is China, but their products are machine made while ours are handmade. Due to this factor India is gradually growing in this market. This year, some famous companies from USA, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Belgium, Chile and Portugal will be importing the products on display at the exposition. Ajay Shankar Memorial awards for best designed stands in the category of fashion jewellery & accessories will also be distributed during IFJAS 2016 on July 22.last_img read more

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Plans to create a pay TV joint venture between Can

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first_imgPlans to create a pay TV joint venture between Canal+ and Telecom Italia (TIM) are set to be put forward before the TIM control and risk committee in August before being submitted to the board for approval, according to Vivendi CEO – and Telecom Italia (TIM) executive chairman – Arnaud de Puyfontaine.Arnaud de PuyfontaineSpeaking to analysts after TIM announced its quarterly results, De Puyfontaine said he had asked the team at Telecom Italia to engage in discussions with Canal+ to create the planned JV, which will be based on the acquisition of pay TV rights, co-production of series and films, and other activities.Answering an analyst question, De Puyfontaine said the project would move forward in August. He said would be considered by the TIM control and risk committee and then be submitted to the board.“My duty is to make sure that all initiatives [coming from Vivendi] are…going to be processed in a way that is fully aligned with Italian corporate governance rules,” he said.Answering a separate question on the JV, De Puyfontaine said TIM Vision had already invested in different types of content, and indicated that the planned JV with Canal+ was in line with that strategy. “Convergence is happening [internationally]…between content and distribution,” he said, and it makes perfect sense for TIM to participate in this shift.He said investment in content alongside the operator’s fixed-line fibre was “very high on the agenda”, and that a strategy based on the combination of high-speed connectivity and premium content made sense.Asked about the potential negative impact of a major investment in content on the company’s capital expenditure, De Puyfontaine said that if the JV is confirmed, the combination would “provide the company with the possibility to get into that strategy… in a way that is more cost efficient” and that the pairing of Vivendi and TIM is a “win-win”.In the Q&A, De Puyfontaine said Vivendi’s role as leading shareholder means that that it will act to create a common vision in the interest of all shareholders in driving new initiatives.De Puyfontaine said Vivendi was fully committed to help TIM fulfill its potential. He said TIM was “in better shape” in the year since departing CEO Flavio Cattaneo had been appointed. Cattaneo secured a €25 million exit deal after agreeing to the termination of his contract as CEO.De Puyfontaine confirmed the appointment of Amos Genish as operations chief. “We will make sure Telecom Italia goes from strength to strength,” he said.Reporting strong results, Cattaneo said TIM now had “a fighting spirit” that didn’t exist a year ago. “Together we have set [the company] on a different and a better course,” he said.last_img read more

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