About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp snappy over claims Man Utd underdogsby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has played down their favourites tag against Manchester United.The two fierce rivals will go toe-to-toe at Old Trafford on Sunday.”On Sky you made a combined line-up and had 11 players of Liverpool. It’s like a joke, like building a banana skin,” Klopp said in his Friday press conference.”The world at the moment is like a circus, and we are at the centre. I’m not influenced by it. I am 100 per cent sure of the strength of Manchester United.”The German also casted doubt on the injuries of Paul Pogba and David de Gea who have been ear-marked to miss the encounter.He added: “Yesterday, Pogba and De Gea there is ‘no chance’. Today it is ‘maybe’, tomorrow it is ‘a chance’!”
Advertisement The 2016 horror film The Boy is almost entirely based around the mystery surrounding the eponymous boy, a vaguely lifelike doll named “Brahms” that Lauren Cohan has been hired to take care of. Cohan initially thinks Brahms’ parents/owners are just a little kooky, but then weird stuff starts to happen that seems to suggest that the doll may actually be alive. We won’t spoil exactly what happens, if only because now a sequel is in the works that will almost certainly utilize the exact same mystery.According to Variety, Katie Holmes will be the one interacting with a spooky doll this time around, with her playing a woman who moves into an estate with a “terrifying history.” Before too long, her young son becomes friends with “an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms,” with all of that implying that this will be the same house and same doll as the first movie. With a whole family involved this time, though, Holmes will hopefully be able to jump to “hey, this doll is super weird” quicker than Cohan did, since a good chunk of her movie involved her character actually believing the doll was alive and treating it like a human boy. It would make for a very short movie, but we’re hoping Holmes just immediately cuts to the chase and tells her young son not to play with such a spooky toy, then she throws Brahms in the garbage and buys the kid a Nintendo. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
TORONTO – Everywhere Google’s chief economist Hal Varian goes, people want to ask him what Google is working on.He usually tells them “everything you can think of plus a lot more” because the tech giant has its hands in everything from internet searches to advertising, news and even autonomous vehicles.As Google prepares to mark its 20th anniversary in Canada, Varian sat down with The Canadian Press on Wednesday to talk about the company, its role in the country and some of the technology sector’s most pressing challenges — fake news, automation, backlash against human dependence on devices and a growing debate around taxation.What do you see as Google’s role in Canada?Google is a huge facilitator. Canada is a country where exports are very important, particularly exports to the U.S. and so you want to make sure that your products are recognized there and the great thing about using Google for advertising is it can be so targeted. I once talked to a mathematician who built the best program in the world for a certain type of optimization. He said, “it’s a wonderful product, but there are only 100 users in the world. How do I find them?” So you type in mixed integer quadratic programming into Google and you get these nice academic papers and there’s an ad for his software. That’s specialized. The only medium you can effectively advertise on is a search medium.Google put out a report with Deloitte this morning looking at its economic impact in Canada. Among other things, it said that Google search ads from Canadian businesses supported between $10.4 and $18.5 billion in economic activity or 112,000 to 200,000 full-time jobs. What was your big takeaway from the report?One of the remarkable things for Canada in that report is that 35 per cent of all clicks are coming from outside of Canada. That means you are really reaching a global market and I haven’t seen that in the other reports (from other countries).What other differences did you see between Canada and other markets?There are probably more searches for hockey per capita than in say Hawaii.Do you think Google should be threatened by some of the other social media players who are carving out a big advertising business themselves?I think we are still king, but uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. We can’t be complacent about that. We keep looking at developments and we are expanding into lots of other technology areas, like autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and cloud computing.Lately in Canada there has been a lot of discussion around whether technology companies should be charging and paying tax on advertising on their platforms. How do you feel about that?I think that is up to Canada. If they draft a law that says advertising companies need to pay tax, of course we will pay. But right now, as I understand the situation, it is pretty ambiguous whether or not this tax is happening.So it’s best left up to the government then?Well, of course, to tax anything the government has to pass a bill or amend a bill that describes what is being taxed and how the data will be collected and how it will be remitted. You can’t just say send me a cheque.Do you find one of the biggest challenges Google is facing is fake news?Not so much on the ad side of things, (but) fake news on content that is trying to draw attention to itself for one reason or another. (When it comes to) people that advertise stuff that is bogus, we do a pretty good job of weeding out a lot of that stuff.If you want to find spurious news about Hollywood gossip, you can go to the supermarket or you can go to YouTube. There’s a lot of that stuff around, but we try to control it so far as we can.On Google News, we have a pretty carefully curated process to get people to legitimate news. It doesn’t always work. Things slip through, but by and large, it’s a pretty trustworthy sources, we think.What is the biggest challenge facing the tech sector?On the policy side of things, we hear the word techlash, like backlash against technology. People are saying the world is facing all these problems with fake news and hostile powers and exploitation of this and that. That is of course much more difficult to deal with because it is vague and amorphous.Technology is changing quickly and things are happening and so there is a certain amount of anxiety, but I do believe that will be overcome as people learn the value of tech.What should be done to help humanity overcome techlash?You have to recognize there are changes going on. Those changes are primarily going help people live better, more productive, more useful and more stimulating lives, but you also have to build some controls over those things. It is the same with automobiles, with telephones, with steam engines.What role do you think Google should have in the techlash?The very first thing is understanding it and once we think we have an understanding of it, we think about policies that might be helpful in dealing with issues that could arise.You have been working on a paper that recently touched on this and labour. Can you talk a bit about the major takeaways?We’re going to see a significant decline in the labour force in the next 20 or 30 years basically because the baby boomers are retiring and what that means is you’ve got to produce more output to provide consumption opportunities for all those people. With the labour force declining, we are in good shape compared to countries like Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Spain, where they’re seeing quite significant declines. Without technology, without some increase in productivity, we’re in big trouble.With those labour declines and Google looking into automation, will robots take over the world?Robots are going to augment human labour for the most part. That is true with all of the technological advances, despite the anxiety that goes along with them. Augmenting labour gives you more jobs and less work, which is what most people are seeking.This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
The roller-coaster ride on Wall Street resumed on Wednesday as stocks plunged at the start of the first trading day of the new year, then slowly recovered and finished a little higher.On Wednesday:The S&P 500 index added 3.18 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,510.03.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 18.78 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 23,346.24.The Nasdaq composite jumped 30.66 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 6,665.94.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks climbed 7.35 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,355.90.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 24.29 points, or 1 per cent.The Dow is up 283.84 points, or 1.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 81.42 points or 1.2 per cent.The Russell 200 is up 17.98 points, or 1.3 per cent.The Associated Press
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says that the average price of a legal gram of recreational pot last year was $9.70, nearly 50 per cent higher than the illicit market price of $6.51.The agency says it received 385 price quotes deemed plausible using the StatsCannabis crowdsourcing application between Oct. 17, when adult-use pot became legal in Canada, and Dec. 31.It added that roughly half of the respondents told the agency they bought recreational pot from a legal supplier.Statistics Canada also says the average amount of non-medical cannabis purchased from an illegal supplier was more than double the quantity bought from legal channels, such as government-run stores or websites.Respondents told the agency since Oct. 17 they purchased an average of 17.2 grams from illegal suppliers, compared with 8.3 grams from legal retail outlets or online for mail delivery.However, availability of legal cannabis amid widespread product shortages across Canada since legalization day may be a contributing factor.The Canadian Press
Prosko, meanwhile, is seeking to be elected to public office for the first time in this year’s election. Most recently serving as Taylor’s community services director for four and a half years, Prosko previously owned Prosko Group Productions Inc. – a public relations and event management company based in Vancouver and Toronto. She also worked with former premiers Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark, along with Liberal MP Hedy Fry.The two mayoral candidates, along with other council candidates, took part in an all-candidates forum hosted by the District last Thursday.Both candidates were provided with a list of eight questions so that residents can get to know them and their policies. Their answers are listed below. Why do you want to become mayor of Taylor?Fraser: I feel I still have more to give back to the community that has supported me and my family for 26 years.Prosko: I would like to become Mayor of Taylor because we need good governance, leadership and a policy focused council. Taylor is a gem in the heart of the peace region and it needs a clear vision for the next four years and for future prosperity. TAYLOR, B.C. – While this year’s municipal election in Fort St. John has been a relatively tame affair, things are a bit more exciting in the District of Taylor.Unlike in Fort St. John where mayor Lori Ackerman has been acclaimed for the second election in a row, this year’s election will be the second in four years in which residents will get to choose which candidate they prefer to be the District’s next mayor.Incumbent mayor Rob Fraser is seeking re-election after winning the race in 2014 to succeed Fred Jarvis, who retired after serving as Taylor’s mayor for 28 years. Fraser won that election with 53 percent of the vote, beating Brad Filmer and Wayne Wilmot. Prior to 2014, he was a councillor in Taylor for 12 years and also worked for the Worker’s Compensation Board for ten years after a career in the oil and gas industry. What are three things Taylor needs to spend more money on?Fraser: Safety of our staff, the safety of our community, and preventative maintenance.Prosko: The District of Taylor needs to be more effective with public engagement and consultation to ask the residents and stakeholders what they would like to see for their community. After speaking with many residents while doorknocking on my campaign, three things for Taylor that keep coming up are – 1) upkeep and safety of our infrastructure, 2) police presence and public safety and 3) before and after school care for our family-friendly community. What are three things Taylor needs to spend less money on?Fraser: Everyone would like to see the subsidies to all services come down.Prosko: The District of Taylor should aim to reduce subsidy on the medical clinic which is currently at $8000.00 per month and reduce subsidy on the Lone Wolf golf course. The current council implemented a meeting fee per diem, over and above their renumeration, and I don’t believe a meeting fee per diem is the right thing to do as it can get out of hand quickly. Where do you see Taylor in 4 years?Fraser: Taylor will continue to be a dynamic partner in the region. Its responsible growth will attract residents and business to locate here.Prosko: I see Taylor in four years as a safe, family friendly community with a developed commercial core including a grocery store, restaurants, small businesses and entrepreneurs. It will be back on track with the vision in the official community plan that includes walkability, safety and a thriving community. What’s your favourite movie?Fraser: I have two; “Old Yeller” as one of the first movies I saw and the life lessons it teaches; “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” for its theme of leadership under trying conditions.Prosko: One of my favourite movies is on repeat at my house as my daughter and I both love it: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”. I also love “The Zookeepers Wife” – a poignant and important film. What are five albums you’d take with you if you knew you would be stranded on a desert island for five years.?Fraser:Marty Robbins “Gunfighter Ballads”Eagles “Greatest Hits 1971- 1975”Trooper “Hits from 10 Albums”Garth Brooks “In Pieces”Bryan Adams “Reckless”Prosko:Neil Diamond “Greatest Hits”Lenny Kravitz “5” (as I worked on that album to help market it while I was with Virgin Record Label, incredible experience)Johnny Cash “Ring of Fire”Michael Jackson “Thriller”Anything by Barbra Streisand or the Bee Gees! What area of governance is the District currently excelling at?Fraser: Governance in Taylor is working well. Our council has been working hard at developing a culture of accountability and responsiveness. This culture is growing. Some people thrive in this type of environment, others do not.Prosko: The main reason why I am running for Mayor is that there has not been an area of governance that I have seen as progressive for our town within the past four years. The council has been very involved in staff operations, there have been multiple firings and positions left vacant which has been detrimental to operations. Council’s job is policy. What area of governance needs improving at the District?Fraser: Taylor is 60 years old. There is a need for a review of our services and delivery of those services. Our council has been advocating for a core services review, a service level review and an asset management plan.Prosko: My main focus would be a complete policy review. There are policies over two decades old. My opponent is working off the John Ronald report from 1989. I believe we should have policies and a vision for 2018 and going forward for our community, residents and stakeholders.
Governing a country is a mammoth task per se, however, with the resources readily at disposal, the task becomes easier. Accusing the former UPA dispensation of a heap of failures, the then Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and BJP had left no stone unturned to showcase UPA’s inconsistencies, citing them detrimental to the development of the country. Marred with scams, UPA-II saw an obvious conclusion to its tumultuous regime with a right-wing nationalist voted to power. A plethora of welfare schemes and opposition failures raked up the saffron party’s popularity enabled BJP to register a thumping majority in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Since then, India has unarguably progressed. The government perceives the past five years under Modi as an exponential rise in terms of development due to their proactive efforts as summed up by various leaders of the lotus party – drawing sharp contrast from UPAs combined ten years. While development, undoubtedly, happened as it should have given the government’s responsibility, terming it exponential would be an exaggeration. And, with development came the hiccups that blemished the current dispensation’s “acche din” narrative. Also Read – A compounding difficultyDemonetisation remains the biggest of decisions in policymaking, singlehandedly bringing the entire nation to a standstill. The country listened as PM Modi in his speech on November 8, 2016, around 8 PM announced how from midnight onwards, all 500 and 1000 rupee notes would no longer be valid currency. The expectation was concise and focussed that with demonetisation, those holding onto untaxed black money will be caught. At the time, 500 and 1000 rupee notes comprised 86 per cent of all cash in circulation and hence their withdrawal meant undertaking a massive operation. Modi’s speech had three sharp aims of ending corruption – a predominant feature of BJPs manifesto – along with slashing down fake notes and financing to terrorists. Markets struggled as demonetisation hit the floors with long queues for changing the void currency visible across the country. Demonetisation did not impact the GDP much but it landed a heavy blow to the informal sector. Demonetisation, based on its initial aim, was somewhat influential in the thumping victory that BJP registered in UP elections as well. However, as Modi’s tenure progressed, the aim of demonetisation shifted drastically with the motive being to make India a cashless economy which will pave way for digital payments. In this regard, the government treats demonetisation as a success but still limits references to same in its campaign. If demonetisation was such a success as it is claimed to be, curiosity pertains as to why it is not at the tip of the tongue of BJP leaders and the government, who stopped mentioning the move. GST followed demonetisation as the new tax regime further affected the economy owing to a hasty implementation. The haste was such that streamlining products and processes took the entire of the remaining tenure. Also Read – An askew democracyWhile India was overcoming the economic shock, mob violence saw a drastic rise. Five years saw a rise in religious fanaticism and fake news on social media as catalysts to a spate of mob attacks across India. Cow protection was at the heart of this as cow vigilantes rose to assault those accused of either killing cows or transporting them to slaughter. These vigilantes enjoyed impunity under the garb of political support which did not do much to prevent lynching from becoming prominent in society. Dadri (September 2015), Jharkhand (March 2016), Una (July 2016), Rajasthan Highway (June 2017), Hapur (June 2018), et al, are instances where civilians were attacked by the enraged mob and justice remained a far cry. Since 2015, according to IndiaSpend, 117 cow protection-related incidents of violence happened and as per Quint, 88 people have been killed in lynchings across India. Lynching did not soar high just because of cow protection but other apprehensions such as child lifting were also singled out as reasons behind the unruly mob justice. Social media facilitated lynching via its massive outreach as fake news ushered mob gatherings and eventual killings. The government went largely silent on this as an incapable administration struggled to find a remedy. The infamous CBI infighting – an unfortunate spectacle for the entire nation – further corroborated popular beliefs that CBI functions as a political tool. Famously called the “caged parrot” by SC in May 2013, CBI was tagged as UPA’s puppet by Modi himself when he said “Congress will not fight the next Lok Sabha elections but will field CBI instead” back in 2013 as PM candidate. Yet, Modi could do little to remedy this tarnished reputation of CBI. Instead, in his tenure, CBI ascended to unprecedented turmoil with the top two cops of the agency accusing each other of graft charges. No Lokpal – additional watchdog on government and agencies – was there to check the regressive affairs of the most prestigious investigation agency despite the Lokpal Act being passed in 2013. NRC and Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) rocked the North East as their terms offered conflicting definitions of citizenship. BJP’s claim that CAB aims to give shelter to persecuted minorities came in conflict with dissents from JPC members who posed the question that why did CAB discriminate between migrants on the basis of country and religion when it rode on a humanitarian impulse to provide relief to people. Both NRC and CAB have kept the North East on the edge as the government’s actions promoted regional polarisation in Assam. Meanwhile, Kashmir witnessed increased militancy, mass protests, rising death toll and polarisation between Muslim-dominated Kashmir and Hindu-majority Jammu. In the five years, recruitment of youth to militant groups proliferated and so did the anti-militancy operations which ensured turmoil in the troubled valley, indefinitely. In 2017, gunfights concluded in the killing of 213 militants while 2018 saw 225 gunned down and civilian casualty as collateral damage was overlooked. Surgical Strikes along LoC and increased ceasefire violations (sharp rise since the UPA regime) featured as Kashmir and peace became the two ends of a continuum, if they were not already. In June 2018, the state government collapsed as BJP walked out of the BJP-PDP coalition and the state assembly was dissolved despite a historic partnership between NC and PDP with Congress to claim power. As far as Pakistan is concerned, Modi’s stance meandered across his term. From holding talks and formulating what could be better Indo-Pak ties, the situation deteriorated to heightened tensions along the border. Uri and Pulwama forced Modi to take up an offensive stance as India retaliated on both occasions. However, as always, the issue of the troublesome neighbour saw no gross improvement with Modi’s tenure being no different than any others’ in this regard. The controversial Rafale deal is stuck in the corridors of the apex court and arouses curiosity over the leaked documents which cite PMO’s indulgence in defence deals – yet another issue which blemishes Modi’s credibility. All in all, development went hand in hand with controversy, and as such, did not let Modi’s “acche din” narrative stand apart in utter limelight. Governance in the past five years has definitely been constructive but simultaneously regressive on some fronts too and it all depends on how one perceives these two sides of the five years before choosing a new government.
New Delhi: A 52-year-old wife of a former IAF wing commander was found dead at her house in Dwarka, police said Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Neenu Jain, they said. According to a senior police officer, the father of the deceased called her Thursday night and asked about her health as she was not well. He wanted to visit her but she refused, he said. On Friday morning, he again called her but she did not pick up the phone. Thereafter, her father and brother came to see her but noticed that the gate of the house was locked from outside, police said. They entered the house from her neighbour’s side and saw Jain lying on floor unconscious, they said. They called police and rushed the woman to a nearby hospital where she was declared brought dead, police said, adding the call was received at around 9 am. A mobile phone, some cash and jewellery was found missing from the house, following which a case under sections 302 (murder) and 392 (robbery) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered and investigation initiated, police said, adding the cause of the death is yet to be ascertained. Neenu’s husband is a retired Indian Air Force wing commander and currently working as a commercial pilot with IndiGo. The couple has a son and a daughter. While the son, who works in an MNC in Noida, visits his parents on weekends, the daughter is a doctor in Goa, police said.
*Includes ties as half-wins. Data includes games against major and non-major schools since, at earliest, 1869.Source: ESPN.com UCLA595.560.0%1422194474 When I was growing up in the 1990s, it was hard to imagine the football programs at Florida State and Nebraska ever losing steam. The Huskers won national championships in 1994, 1995 and 1997;1Sharing the final one with Michigan. FSU took its own titles in 1993 and 1999 (plus went to two more BCS Championship Games, in 1998 and 2000). The two dynasties edged out Florida and Tennessee for the most victories in Division I-A in the ’90s, winning 218 games combined2Counting ties as half-wins. during the decade.Those halcyon days are a distant memory now, after a weekend that saw Florida State lose to Syracuse for the first time since 1966 — and saw Nebraska do the Seminoles one better, starting a season 0-2 for the first time since 1957. Now they’re part of a group of formerly great teams that have started the 2018 season as badly as any version of their programs have in the past several decades.It isn’t as if the Seminoles and Huskers have been in the dumps for this whole century, mind you: FSU won the 2013 national championship and made the College Football Playoff the following year. (It wasn’t long ago that the Seminoles were so unfazed by Syracuse that they were literally playing Hangman on the sidelines.) Nebraska won at least nine games in seven straight seasons (from 2008 to 2014). Neither stretch was as dominant as their respective heydays, though, and those runs in the 1990s had long since warped expectations for subsequent generations at each school. Although former FSU coach Jimbo Fisher spurned the Seminoles as much as they moved on from him, the Huskers fired ex-coach Bo Pelini because merely being a Top-25 fixture wasn’t enough in Lincoln.3Though Pelini’s temper didn’t help matters, either. Florida State hired Willie Taggart last offseason, while Nebraska brought aboard former Husker QB Scott Frost to great fanfare after Mike Riley’s brief, mostly disastrous time at the team’s helm.The early returns have been discouraging, to say the least. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, which measure the strength of each program over time, Saturday’s losses dropped Florida State to 55th in the country, while Nebraska fell to an astonishing 79th. In terms of Elo through the current stage of the season,4Meaning the same number of games into a season as the team has currently played. the Seminoles haven’t rated this low (a 1547 rating) after three games in a campaign since 1976, which was legendary coach Bobby Bowden’s first season at FSU. The last time the Huskers started a season rated this poorly (1423 Elo) was an astonishing 61 years ago.They’re not alone among all-time great programs struggling this year, either. UCLA, with almost 600 wins to its name, is 0-3 under new coach Chip Kelly and has seen its Elo dip to a 74-year low. Tennessee, which also dominated the college football landscape of my youth with great QBs like Heath Shuler, Peyton Manning and Tee Martin, is as bad as it’s been in 63 years. And Florida — which won Saturday against Colorado State but infamously snapped its 31-year winning streak against Kentucky the week before — is sitting at a 39-year low point. Among programs with at least 300 all-time wins and a 60 percent winning percentage, those are the five teams that are currently playing as badly as they have in at least 35 years. Nebraska878.069.81423195761 All-Time Record Some of these teams will get a chance to start turning things around soon … against one another. Florida and Tennessee play on Saturday, while Nebraska will play Michigan — a fellow titan of college football history that, while not quite on the same historically bad trajectory as the teams above, also finds itself out of sorts over Jim Harbaugh’s record against top opponents. For all of these programs, a rich history can also be a burden that weighs down future teams, forcing them into the constant pursuit of their own past.They can look to Alabama for inspiration, though. While few teams have won more all-time games than the Crimson Tide, it wasn’t long ago that Bama was also floundering, struggling to live up to the legacy of Gene Stallings, much less Bear Bryant. Now Nick Saban takes his program to new heights with each successive season. The turnaround in Tuscaloosa was dramatic, but some version of it can also happen in Lincoln, Gainesville, Tallahassee or Knoxville. Each team remains a perennial fixture near the top of the recruiting rankings, so the talent is in place for a renaissance — and luckily for today’s brand-name programs, they find it easier than ever to maintain their power base once they build it.Before that can happen, though, these once-great teams need to end their current slides. At their ’90s peaks, the Seminoles and Huskers made winning look so effortless that a collapse seemed impossible. Now that they’ve proven even the most storied programs aren’t invincible, perhaps the rebuilding process for the next great dynasties can finally begin in earnest. Some of college football’s greatest teams are strugglingMost years since the last time each Football Bowl Subdivision team’s Elo rating was as low as its current rating at this stage of a season, for teams with at least 300 wins and a 60 percent winning percentage Florida State526.068.01547197642 Tennessee835.568.01537195563 Texas A&M736.560.2167120108 USC771.070.7164020135 Florida708.562.11613197939 ProgramWins*Win Pct.Current EloWorst SinceYears
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that it is exciting to be a part of Liverpool right now and that he is loving it at AnfieldThe England international joined the club last summer from Arsenal and has thrived in his new role under Jurgen Klopp this season with Chamberlain having played a key part in Liverpool’s climb to third place in the Premier League and in reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.But, while enjoying his new role, Chamberlain revealed that it is the club supporters that have helped him live “the moments you dream of as a young lad”.“I love it. It’s not hard to go and enjoy it when you go out there and you hear the fans singing,” the 24 year-old told the club website.“Again today was amazing. It’s not hard to enjoy your football here, really. It helps when your form’s going well and when the results are going for us like they are at the moment.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We’re in a good spell at the moment, it’s really enjoyable, but we need to keep focused and I need to keep focused to keep performing at this level and improve to help the team move forward.“Even when we were doing our walk today before the game, the buzz around the city at the moment is amazing.“As a player, you can’t thank people enough for that, they are the moments you dream of as a young lad.“To play for a club like Liverpool that has support like this and to see the appreciation from the fans, it just makes me want to go on the pitch and every time we can keep making them happy.”
The Leicester City goalkeeper knows the legacy the former manager left at the club after he tragically diedLeicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel continued talking about the importance former owner Viachi Srivaddhanaprabha had on his career.“He wasn’t in it to make money, he wanted to give. He had a passion for the club, for Leicester, all that he did for the city – the donations to the hospital and such,” Schmeichel remembered according to Sky Sports.“When I broke my foot I had to go down to London and we were playing against Manchester City in our first season back in the Premier League.”“He came to the hospital, picked me up and flew me back in his helicopter to Leicester to watch the game with him. He didn’t have to do that, but he did,” he added.“Unfortunately, [I remember] everything. Every little detail.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I had family over from Denmark and I gave them a little look around the stadium and the pitch – the helicopter was always a big attraction,” he commented about the night the owner died.“We waved him off, waved him goodbye, and we kind of just watched him go up.. I’d seen him do it hundreds of times – it was a kind of ritual thing in the end.”“You could just tell something was wrong because it doesn’t normally stand still like that. And what unfolded, unfolded,” explained.“I ran straight out of the tunnel and round to that side of the stadium. People over that side of the stadium hadn’t seen what had gone on.”“So, I came sprinting out, shouting for people to call the police, one of our security guards saw me, ran after me,” he concluded.
Related Items:#kiteflyingcompetition, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 13, 2017 – Providenciales – The much anticipated Kite Flying event will span the holiday weekend, with competitions held on Saturday, April 15th at Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk and at the Iris Stubbs Primary School in South Caicos, then on April 17th (Easter Monday) the festivities will continue at The Bight Park in Providenciales and at the Horse Stable Beach in North Caicos.“The Tourist Board looks forward to another year of friendly community competition, goodwill and community spirit that the Annual Kite Flying Competition has created over the years,” says Oehleo Higgs, Senior Public Relations Officer. “We encourage our residents and visitors of the various communities, as well as corporate and civic groups, to come out and enjoy a good day of family fun.”The Annual Kite Flying Competition will continue to display the traditional art of kite making and kite flying. This year’s event will also include the annual Easter Egg Hunt, face painting, and giveaways, as well as lots of food and drinks on sale by local non-profit organizations.Kites entering the annual competition must be handmade and registered with the judges prior to taking flight. Kites in all classes must fly for at least 5 minutes. Kites flown in last year’s competitions will be disqualified from entry. Prizes and trophies will be given for The Smallest Kite, The Largest Kite, Best Company Kite, Best Traditional Kite and the Best Overall Kite.Children and adults are welcome to fly non-competition kites throughout the day and beyond the competition period.Story by: Sheri-Kae McLeod#MagneticMediaNews#kiteflyingcompetition Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
WILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, October 7, 2018.Sunday, October 7No MeetingsMonday, October 8No Meetings — Offices ClosedTuesday, October 9The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. An Executive Session (closed to the public) at 6pm precedes the public portion meeting. Read the agenda HERE.The Reading Municipal Light Department’s Citizens Advisory Board meets at 6:30pm in North Reading’s Town Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Wilmington Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, October 10The Wilmington Board of Registrars meets at 11am in the Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, October 11No MeetingsFriday, October 12No MeetingsSaturday, October 13No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Government”
Bombay Dyeing & Manufacturing Company Limited (BDMCL) shares flared up on the BSE on Thursday, hitting an intraday high of Rs 54.40 before closing at Rs 53.85, a gain of 5.80 percent. In the past four trading sessions this year, the stock has appreciated about 13 percent.BDMCL is in the news for its revival plans that are expected to bring the loss-making company back in black in the next few years.As part of its efforts to exit non-core activities, the company sold land on December 31, 2016 for ~ Rs 185 crore in Maharashtra, including a flat in Mumbai’s Prabhadevi area for Rs 9.4 crore. The other sale effected was “MIDC Land & Building and some specific utility machinery of Ranjangaon unit” for Rs 174.45 crore, the company said in regulatory filing on January 1, 2017.”What Bombay Dyeing aims to do now is to revive the loss making flagship textile business by investing in the brand, expanding store network, growing product portfolio and liaising with international designers. Manufacturing will be outsourced,” brokerage Dynamic Levels said in an update a few days ago.”From now till 2020, the Wadia group owned company plans to invest over Rs 100 crore in the brand, double its multibrand outlets to 10,000, more than double its franchise stores to 500 and commence three to four new products every year,” Dynamic Levels added.For the quarter ended September 2016, the company incurred standalone loss of Rs 71 crore on sales of Rs 430 crore. In 2015-16, the company posted loss of Rs 84 crore on total sales of Rs 1,804 crore. The company’s chairman is Nusli Wadia, who was in the news recently in the context of the ongoing corporate battle saga within the Tata Group.
French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron accompany US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump after a meeting at the Elysee Palace on the eve of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, France on 10 November. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron sought Saturday to ease tensions caused by a defence row that risked clouding World War I centenary commemorations in Paris.Trump was one of dozens of world leaders taking part in events to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.On Saturday, he and his wife Melania cancelled a trip to Belleau Wood battlefield and cemetery in northern France, citing “scheduling and logistical difficulties” caused by the rainy weather.Coming on the eve of Veteran’s Day in the United States, the decision drew criticism on social media, where many noted that the rain had not stopped Macron, Germany’s Angela Merkel or Canada’s Justin Trudeau from paying their respects to the dead.”They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen,” Nicholas Soames, a British Conservative member of parliament and grandson of Winston Churchill tweeted.Ceremonies have been held across the world this week in honour of the 18 million soldiers and civilians who perished in World War I.Latest spatOn Sunday, around 70 world leaders, including Trump, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Merkel, are due to attend the main centenary ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe.The ceremony will mark the very hour — 11 am on 11 November, 1918 — when the guns fell silent after more than four years of slaughter on the Western Front.Some 10,000 police have been drafted in to ensure maximum security in a city repeatedly targeted by jihadists.On Saturday evening, the Trumps were among more than 120 guests, including dozens of heads of state and government, who attended a special dinner hosted by Macron and his wife Brigitte at the Orsay art museum in Paris.Earlier, in one of the day’s high points, Macron and Merkel unveiled a plaque to Franco-German reconciliation in a forest clearing in northeast France where the armistice ending WWI was signed.The memorial is doubly symbolic as Adolf Hitler forced the French to return to it on 22 June, 1940 to sign their own surrender at the start of World War II.Macron, sporting a cornflower in his lapel — the French equivalent to Britain’s remembrance poppy — and Merkel reviewed grey-clad soldiers from the Franco-German brigade, before unveiling a plaque to Franco-German reconciliation.France and Germany fought three wars between 1870 and 1945.Macron, a centrist advocate of open borders and multilateralism, has repeatedly invoked the war in recent weeks to hammer home his message that rising nationalism is again destabilising the world.Merkel, arriving in Paris, praised Macron’s symbolic gesture in inviting her, adding that having “peace today is not a matter of course”.”We have to continue working for it,” she said.The German chancellor will be first to speak Sunday afternoon at a Forum for Peace which Macron hopes will help foster multilateralism. Putin is expected to attend, Trump is not.Macron and Trump at their meeting at the Elysee presidential palace downplayed their divisions after a tumultuous start to the weekend, which saw Trump fire off a tweet slamming Macron’s proposals for a European army just as his plane was touching down in Paris.The spat was the latest the two leaders, who struck up a warm relationship initially but have clashed over a growing list of issues, including Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the 2015 Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal.Very insulting”President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russia,” the US president tweeted, referring to remarks made by Macron in an interview three days earlier.”Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the US subsidises greatly!” he added.In the interview, Macron had cited Trump’s plans to pull the US out of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty and said a joint European Union force was needed to end Europe’s reliance on US military might.”We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States,” he said, listing various threats including cyberattacks.Macron later said his call for greater European autonomy on defence was not intended as a snub towards the US and backed Trump’s calls for EU members to boost their defence spending.”We need a much better burden-sharing within NATO,” he said, patting his counterpart’s knee affectionately.Trump described himself and Macron as “very good friends” and expressed support for “a strong Europe”.On the sidelines, US secretary of state Michael Pompeo and French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed how to strengthen NATO, Iran, North Korea and Syria, US spokesperson Heather Nauert said.The WWI commemorations come at a watershed moment for the liberal post-war order, with anti-immigration populists at the helm in the US and Brazil, sharing power in Italy, and making strong gains in Germany, where Merkel has announced her resignation in 2021 after a series of electoral setbacks.
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty ImagesAttorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.Jeff Sessions did exactly what he needed to do Tuesday — help himself in the eyes of his boss, President Trump, and, in turn, help Trump.But the attorney general, an early Trump supporter, revealed little in the congressional hearing about the ongoing Russia saga or Trump’s role in possibly trying to quash the investigation looking into it.Using vague legal justification, Sessions shut down potentially important lines of investigative questioning — and that may be exactly how the White House wants it.Sessions showed flashes of anger rarely seen from the 70-year-old Alabamian, calling any suggestion that he colluded with Russia to interfere in the U.S. presidential election a “detestable lie.”The tactic — combined with the earlier testimony of high-ranking Trump administration officials, who also deemed it inappropriate to divulge conversations with the president — may have given a road map for the White House to keep its secrets without the public-relations blowback of invoking executive privilege.Sessions wanted this open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee so he could respond to fired FBI Director James Comey. Comey — a man whom, it was revealed Tuesday, Sessions wanted gone before Day 1 — intimated in testimony last week that Sessions’ potential conflicts went deeper than were originally known.Sessions denied all of it and shielded his boss from any potential damage.Silence is golden?It became obvious from the get-go Tuesday that Sessions would not disclose conversations between himself and the president. That cut off lines of inquiry about the exact circumstances surrounding Comey’s firing, what may have happened in the Feb. 14 Oval Office meeting in which Sessions was asked to leave so Trump could speak one-on-one with Comey, as well as Trump’s reaction to Sessions’ recusal.Sessions’ legal rationale for his silence was muddled, at best, and deliberate interference at worst, something Democrats accused him of.“My understanding is that you took an oath,” said New Mexico Democrat Martin Heinrich in some of the sharpest questioning of the day. “You raised your right hand here today, and you said that you would solemnly tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. And now you’re not answering questions. You’re impeding this investigation.”Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon was even more blunt. “I believe the American people have had it with stonewalling,” he said.Sessions shot back: “I am not stonewalling. I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice. You don’t walk into hearing or committee meeting and reveal confidential communications with the president of the United States, who is entitled to receive conventional communications in your best judgment about a host of issues, and have to be accused of stonewalling them.”Sessions did not invoke “executive privilege.” As he acknowledged to Heinrich, “I’m not able to invoke executive privilege. That’s the president’s prerogative.”And yet, he told Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who asked if Sessions could “speak more frankly” in a closed session with senators, as Comey did: “I’m not sure. The executive privilege is not waived by going in camera or in closed session.”Sessions repeatedly clung to vague reasoning for not answering many of the senators’ questions. He could not point to specific Justice Department language, even though Sessions said he had consulted with department attorneys before the hearing.Senators got just five minutes each to ask questions (the chairman and vice chairman got 10). When Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., asked about Sessions’ recollection of meetings with Russian officials or businessmen, he complained, “I’m not able to be rushed this fast. It makes me nervous.”When Republican Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina interjected and noted that “the senator’s time has expired,” a wide grin swept across Sessions’ face, as he looked up at the chairman and former colleague.Round and round it went. And all of it probably made Sessions’ boss very happy.“He thought that Attorney General Sessions did a very good job,” White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, including NPR’s Tamara Keith, traveling on Air Force One on Tuesday night. She added that Sessions “in particular was very strong on the point that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.”Can’t recallSessions’ silence kept a lid on important details that could have illuminated much more of the Russia story. He said he couldn’t “recall” 18 times. It reminded Washington of another attorney general who testified 10 years ago, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Gonzales said that he couldn’t “recall” some 60 times in a hearing about the dismissal of federal prosecutors, accusations of coordination with the White House and overall Justice Department leadership.Ironically, Sessions was one of the senators questioning Gonzales that day and expressed frustration with Gonzales’ faulty memory.“Well, I guess I’m concerned about your recollection, really, because it’s not that long ago,” Sessions said. “It was an important issue. And that’s troubling to me, I’ve got to tell you.”Other attorneys general, of course, have evaded congressional questions. Eric Holder, President Barack Obama’s attorney general, was held in contempt of Congress for invoking executive privilege and not turning over documents related to the “Fast and Furious” investigation.But if questions coming into Tuesday’s hearing were, “How would Sessions respond to fired FBI Director James Comey’s intimation that there was something else — something classified — about Sessions to be concerned about?” or “What more do we know about President Trump’s role in firing Comey or putting pressure on officials to drop the Russia investigation?” there wasn’t much light shed on them.Having it in for Comey from the beginningWhat was learned, though, was that Sessions and Rod Rosenstein, now deputy attorney general, may have always been looking for a reason to fire Comey — and so was Trump.Sessions revealed that he and Rosenstein discussed before they were even confirmed getting rid of Comey. They wanted a “fresh start,” Sessions said.But Comey was kept on for months after they were both confirmed. And, like Trump, Sessions didn’t exactly criticize Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation during the presidential campaign. When Comey came forward saying he was reopening the investigation in October of last year, Sessions praised him.“Now, he’s received new evidence,” Sessions said on Fox Business. “He had an absolute duty, in my opinion, 11 days or not, to come forward with the new information that he has and let the American people know that, too.”He added that Comey, after being uncomfortable with the airplane meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton, had “stepped up and done what his duty is, I think.”Sessions was critical of the investigation, but seemingly only because it didn’t “get to the bottom” of what happened.“I think it should have used a grand jury,” he said. Sessions wanted people put under oath. “So you have to grill them, and people will surprise you how sometimes they’ll just spill the beans when they’re under oath like that.” He then pointed out that with the “new evidence,” Sessions thought the investigation was “back on track again.”All that seems to undermine the rationale for Comey’s firing that Sessions says he relied on — Rosenstein’s memo that charged Comey acted inappropriately in the handling of the Clinton email investigation.It wasn’t until the stars aligned, as the Russia investigation was heating up, that Sessions and Rosenstein could pull the plug, with at least Trump’s blessing. Sessions also admitted that neither he nor Rosenstein, Comey’s direct supervisor, ever talked to Comey about his job performance.And Trump himself undercut the reasoning for firing Comey that Sessions and Rosenstein had presented, saying he was going to fire Comey anyway “regardless of recommendation.”In Mueller’s courtThe questions will continue, especially of everyone who steps before Congress, but Trump allies have proved that even going under oath won’t shed light on the full details surrounding the Russia investigation and whether Trump pressured high-ranking officials to drop it.That is something that may have to be determined by Special Counsel Robert Mueller when he eventually releases his findings.And Trump allies have already been trying to insulate themselves and the president by attempting to delegitimize whatever Mueller comes up with.The irony, of course, is that if the president has done nothing wrong, as he has insisted all along, Mueller is the one guy in Washington who has the credibility to clear him.Copyright 2017 NPR. 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Enrollment among students in the District of Columbia’s public and public charter schools spiked for the eighth consecutive year to 90,061 students for the 2016-17 academic year. Officials primarily attribute this increase to robust growth in the city’s charter schools.Public Schools in D.C. have experienced an enrollment hike for the eighth year. (Courtesy image/logo)Audited numbers for the 2016-17 school year released by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education March 7, show enrollment in the District’s public charter schools shot up to 41,506 students, a gain of 2,601 students from the previous year.Charter school growth was acutely felt in the fourth and ninth grades, Tomeika Bowden, director of communications for the Public Charter School Board told the AFRO. Both Bridges Public Charter School (PCS) and KIPP DC Spring Academy PCS added a fourth grade this school year, while Washington Leadership Academy and Goodwill Center PCS opened and added freshmen.That meant fourth grade growth increased by 11.2 percent, while ninth grade saw 11.1 percent gains. Data from the District of Columbia Charter School Board shows 75.7 percent of its charter school students are Black and nearly 78 percent are low income.Meanwhile, enrollment in traditional D.C. public schools gained 116 students, for a total of 48,555 students for the 2016-17 school year, per the data.In response to the growth, District of Columbia Public Schools will add additional grades to MacFarland Middle School and Ron Brown College Prep High School next year, Janae Hinson, deputy press secretary for DCPS told the AFRO. In past few years, DCPS responded to the demand by adding about a half-dozen schools, she noted. “One of DCPS’ top priorities is ensuring that students have an opportunity to attend a great school that they love,” Hinson said via email. “Our student satisfaction rate is 82 percent because of the incredible learning opportunities we provide.”Public school enrollment numbers are up nearly 3 percent from the previous school year, with the charter and traditional public school systems adding a total of 2,717 new students. The school system’s enrollment reached a high of roughly 146,000 students in 1967, before dropping precipitously over the next decades, according to The Washington Post.School officials said the continued upward swing proves the city’s investment in improving public education has paid off, and families recognize it as a new day for public education in the District.“The District is becoming an attractive place to live and people from across the country are moving here and sometimes they start families and they begin looking for educational options,” Fred Lewis, a spokesman for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, told the AFRO. “And through the diligent work of both the school sectors — the DCPS and the public charter schools — they are seeing that the quality of education is improving, they want to be part of that movement and they also want to become involved.”David Pickens, executive director of D.C. School Reform Now, told the AFRO that multipronged levers have fueled the growth in both systems over the years. For one, the D.C. Public Charter School Board has added schools with existing track records of success and jettisoned those that are low performing, Pickens said. Existing charter schools also offer students a wealth of educational options and choice, which generates excitement as well.Moreover, the District’s streamlined application process that lets students apply online to 12 schools in one swoop has helped bring more kids to public and charter schools, he said. “The city’s done a very good job in just instilling confidence in the public sector,” Pickens said.
Kolkata: The Karunamoyee Bridge that connects Tollygunge with Behala subsided for the second time within a week on Thursday. A crack was noticed in the same portion that had subsided six days ago and was repaired.Initally, Kolkata Police put guard wall in the affected portion to regulate traffic movement but after a few hours, a strong plate was put on the damaged portion and traffic movement was normalised.The engineers of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority will soon visit the site and take up the maintenance work. It may be mentioned that this part of the bridge had subsided six days ago following which a plate was put on the portion and vehicle services were restored within a few hours after the incident. Later, the bitumen layer was cut open and asphalt was put on the damaged portion. The KMDA decided to undertake up the repair work of the expansion joint later. The pressure of traffic on the bridge has increased reasonably with more vehicles plying on it after Majerhat bridge caved in on September 4. It may be mentioned that this bridge is already on the list of bridges under KMDA that require repair work.
Beer is not just about uncapping it, but pouring it right and in the right glassware, say experts.Here are some tips to consider: 4The right serving temperature: Each style of beer requires an appropriate temperature to enjoy its best characteristics. As a general rule, higher the alcohol content and intensity of colour of the beer, the higher its serving temperature. What needs to be noted here is that at a temperature above 12 degree C, the beer loses the sensation of freshness, while below 0 degree C, the beer becomes tasteless. But in general between 4-6 degree C is best suited. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4The rule for pouring: Not many people know that it is the barm/ foam (cream) on the top of the glass that protects the beer from oxidation and maintains its carbonation and taste. The way you pour a beer has a drastic effect on the thickness of that foam. You should always hold the beer glass at a 45-degree angle, that is with a slight tilt and only then you start to pour it. Beer should neither be poured way too fast nor way too slow. If you have too much froth at the head of your beer glass then you poured it way too fast. Straighten the glass when it is half full and continue pouring it. Finish pouring when you’re inches away to fill the entire beer mug. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4The right glassware: It is imperative that the glassware is clean of dirt, dust or rest of dishwasher detergent. Otherwise, the aroma, flavour, and foam of the beer will be harmed. It is important to use an appropriate type of glass for each beer style, in a way that allows us to enhance its characteristics. For example, wheat beer is traditionally served in ‘flute’ type glass. It should be wide at the top to favour the creation of a good foam and tapered at the base to trap yeast sediments at the bottom of the glass while lagers should be served in glasses that have a narrow mouth that concentrate their delicate aromas. In Spain, people drink beer in “caña” (small glass) that allows you to drink moderately without losing any characteristics of beer.
“Business as usual”: rumoured Sandals sale could mean expansion Share Travelweek Group Friday, May 12, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Sandals Resorts International is said to be eyeing several business strategies including the possible sale of a majority stake in the company, privately owned since 1981 when it was founded by Sandals Resorts Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.According to Reuters, Sandals has hired Deutsche Bank AG to explore various options. The company’s estimated worth is more than US$1 billion including debt.Sandals Resorts International issued a statement to the Jamaica Gleaner saying “Sandals Resorts International is exploring options to accelerate the company’s long-term growth and development plans. This is not new. Meanwhile it’s business as usual.”The resort industry has seen some high-level shakeups recently. In December 2016 Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V. announced plans to go public. Playa’s move to go public was seen as a catalyst to accelerate Playa’s growth strategy by providing million of dollars of additional capital and access to the public markets to strengthen its balance sheet, pursue acquisitions, and enhance distribution. Reports indicated that Playa intends to launch a new hotel brand as part of its growth plan.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAlso in December 2016 AMResorts’ parent company Apple Leisure Group reached a deal to be bought by financial firms KKR & Co. and KSL Capital Partners LLC. Posted by Tags: Sandals Resorts