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Vijay Mallya case: PMLA court to give verdict on “fugitive” status on October 30

first_imgThe Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court is likely to pass an order on October 30 on whether or not to declare liquor baron Vijay Mallya a Fugitive Economic Offender (FEO) .Senior counsel Amit Desai, appearing for Mr. Mallya, said the FEO Bill, 2018 is violative of Article 21 (right to life) of the Constitution. He pointed out, “Section 14 (power to disallow civil claims) of the said Act is an indirect way of confiscating the properties by declaring a person as a FEO and prohibiting him from defending his claim in a civil court.” This, he said, is a draconian measure, which takes away the right of an individual to defend himself, “a right accorded to even convicted prisoners, under Article 21.”Mr. Desai termed the main intent of the Act to be “the confiscation of property.” He also argued that under Section 14 (B), anyone can file a wrong suit and the right of defending the case is taken away. The counsel appearing for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) argued that the language used throughout the Act on declaration of an individual as an FEO shows a court “may” disallow the person from putting forward or defending any civil claim. So, it is left to the judge’s discretion. He also said, “The intent of the Act is to get somebody back to the country and make him abide by the law. It is not draconian. If Mr. Mallya comes back now then this will lapse.” On June 22, ED had filed an application at the PMLA court to declare him an FEO and sought orders to confiscate all his properties, estimated to be around ₹12,500 crore. This is the first case under the new law.The agency has filed two separate complaints with the PMLA court for money laundering against Mr. Mallya, Kingfisher Airlines Limited and United Breweries Holdings Limited. The court has taken cognisance of both cases and issued fresh non-bailable warrants against Mr. Mallya. He has also been declared a proclaimed offender and an “absconder” by court.last_img read more

Eya Laure admits: ‘I still have so many things to work on’

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Eya Laure knew she let University of Santo Tomas down and she wasn’t afraid to show it in public.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’ve learned so much from this, I know that I still have so many things to work on. I have to compose myself after this. What I learned in the first round wasn’t enough.”Laure finished with 20 points, a team-high for UST, but all her offensive exploits meant nothing as her two final attempts, ironically, were the Lady Spikers’ winning points.The 19-year-old rookie added that doubt did creep up on her thoughts but she found solace in the coaches who kept her confidence up.“I thought to myself if I can still keep going,” said Laure after the Golden Tigresses dropped to a 6-4 card. “Thankfully my coaches were there. I had my doubts but the coaches told me to stop it.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Confidence up as Lady Spikers right on track after getting solo 2nd The Golden Tigresses were desperate for a fifth set in their second-round matchup against defending champion De La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, and Laure had to bail her team out.Laure, though,  missed out on her chances, first running into a Lourdes Clemente’s block then having her last-ditch attempt come up way short.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd as the Yellow Jackets drummed the tune of the UST hymn, Laure did not hide her emotions and cried as the Thomasian contingent sang.“You all saw that all of us were emotional, but now we’re all standing strong,” said Laure in Filipino after UST’s 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24, loss Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.last_img read more


first_imgGambhir felt that he wanted to break the trend where Gambhir felt that he wanted to break the trend where Duleep Trophy would be treated as a tournament where indviduals thrive. “I think I have always felt thats the way the game is meant to be played. I have seen captains say in the past that the Duleep Trophy is about individuals. The first day when I came in, I thought the most important thing was to get the unit together and inculcate the culture of winning in the dressing room. There is no better feeling than to lead the team to a win. “The most important culture is winning. Its always about winning and not about individual performances. There is no better feeling than winning and getting into a dressing room, because a winning dressing room is a happy dressing room.” He was all praise for Cheteshwar Pujaras double hundred. “I thought when you win the toss and someone gets a 250, its fantastic, hopefully, he (Pujara) can carry this form into international cricket. Its all about contributing, opening the batting is very important to me. I have always maintained that in a four-day or a five-day game, making a good start is important.” PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to be the coldest for 20 years

first_img Support The Guardian The last time temperatures were this cold at the Winter Olympics was 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. To date, it is the coldest Games on record, with a low of -11C, but Pyeongchang is expected to easily beat that.The sub-zero temperatures are also damaging expensive equipment on the ski slopes. Craig Randell, a ski course technician, told Reuters: “One of the coaches said they are throwing the skis out after today.“You can’t do anything about it, but with the cold temperatures, the snow adheres to the ski base and twists it. They are turning their skis to garbage real fast.”The scene is at odds with the Games four years ago in Sochi, Russia, where there were sunny skies and rivers of slush. The Winter Olympics eight years ago in Vancouver was also unusually warm and much of the snow was synthetic. Facebook Pinterest A few athletes will skip the ceremony, including some from Australia and Italy, worrying that standing in the cold for hours could harm their chances in competition. At the inaugural event at the stadium in November, seven people were treated for hypothermia.Other teams have come prepared. US athletes will wear electrically heated jackets powered by a battery pack that tucks into an inside pocket. The hi-tech apparel costs about $2,500 apiece.Those in the stands waiting to see the lighting of the Olympic torch will have to manage with a packet of supplies that includes a seat-warmer, blanket, windbreaker and knitted hat. The small army of volunteers at Olympic venues have also taken precautions, wearing matching insulated trousers and thick coats. Metal door handles will be wrapped in thick fabric cozies to protect hands. Twitter news For years, the Winter Olympics were not that wintry and temperatures rarely dipped below freezing.But this year’s Games, which open on Friday in Pyeongchang, are expected to be the coldest in more than 20 years. Temperatures are forecast to plummet to -15C (5F) in the first few days and the mercury is unlikely to creep above freezing. Strong winds blowing through the venues will make it feel even colder. One of the biggest concerns is the opening ceremony, which is expected to draw 35,000 spectators to the newly built stadium. Despite a bill of $109m (£78m), the building lacks heating and a roof. It was not built to last and will be torn down after the Paralympics closing ceremony in March. Pinterest Twitter South Korea Asia Pacific Winter Olympics Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Facebook Share via Email Winter Share on Pinterest Winter Olympics 2018 Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Facebook Since you’re here… A volunteer uses handwarmers at the Olympic sliding centre ahead of the opening of the Games. Photograph: Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images A seat-warmer, heat packets and a knitted hat that will be given to attendees of the opening ceremony. Photograph: Benjamin Haas/The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer tells Man Utd chiefs they must buy striker in January

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer tells Man Utd chiefs they must buy striker in Januaryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told club chiefs they must buy a striker in January.Solskjaer lost both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan in the summer with no replacement brought in.Still Solskjaer says he has no regrets about letting Lukaku leave Manchester United.He said: “It was time for Rom to go. He knows that. He didn’t want to be here. What is the point in having players that don’t want to be here?”Solskjaer says he tried to find a new striker in the summer but simply couldn’t get the right man.He said: “There’s no point getting players in that you’re not 100 per cent sure about.”When you get players in you need the right ones that are going to stay here for a longer period and that’s the long-term thinking we have to show.“I cannot think, ‘I need a player because this is my reputation’. No, it’s the club.” last_img read more

Wealthsimple targeting older US demographic due to student loan debt says CEO

TORONTO — Three months after expanding its millennial-targeted robo-adviser service to the United States, Wealthsimple is now seeking to capture an older demographic south of the border due to the burden of student loan debt there.CEO Michael Katchen said while he’s pleased with Wealthsimple’s early success in the U.S, he doesn’t expect to see 25- to 35-year-olds — the company’s key adopters in Canada — signing up for its online investment management services in large numbers in the U.S. any time soon.“If I said 25 to 35 in Canada has really been a sweet spot for us, (it is) maybe 35 to 45 in the U.S.,” he said.Still, he added, since co-founding Toronto-based Wealthsimple about two-and-a-half years ago, “our pick up in the U.S. has actually been much faster than it ever was in Canada when we first launched the business.”“In terms of new client numbers, we’re seeing growth that took us 18 months to get to in the Canadian business in just three months in the States,” he said, declining to specify how many clients and assets Wealthsimple has under management in the United States. Combined, Wealthsimple has over $750 million in assets under administration and approximately 30,000 clients in Canada and the U.S.Although student loan debt is an issue in Canada, Katchen said Wealthsimple’s anecdotal experience in the U.S. shows that unlike in Canada it is a barrier to investing.“The reaction in the U.S. is often, ‘Oh amazing service, sounds great, but I’ve got 10 more years of paying down my student debt before I can even think about investing,”‘ he said.Wealthsimple in part attributes the reception to the higher cost of education in the U.S., meaning young Americans are graduating with more debt, making it harder for them to start investing.The average Canadian student graduated with over $28,000 in debt in 2015, according to the Canadian Federation of Students. Meanwhile the average U.S. student debt for the class of 2016 is US$37,712, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. read more

Hawaii highway reconstruction to be completed on schedule

HILO, Hawaii — Hawaii County officials have announced that reconstruction of a Big Island highway covered in lava is progressing on schedule, a report said.Construction on parts of Highway 132 is expected to be completed in a few weeks, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday.Construction plans include two 12-foot (about 4-meter) travel lanes and 10-foot (3-meters) shoulders, Department of Public Works officials said.Work will continue on various roadway sections inundated with lava during the 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption.The work started this month and should be completed by the first week of October.“Crews are working hard to meet the October 5 deadline in order to qualify for 100 per cent federal reimbursement of the project,” Public Works spokeswoman Denise Laitinen said.The highway about 24 miles (39 kilometres) southeast of Hilo will be reconstructed to provide access to some residents’ homes and farms.“Many Big Island residents with homes and farms that have been land-locked by lava have voiced great relief about being able to once again reach their farms and homes,” Laitinen said.The County Department of Public Works has received one negative comment from an unidentified resident who has opposed rebuilding in a lava zone area, a report said.___Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Associated Press read more

Protesters cause part of Houston Ship Channel to close

HOUSTON — A portion of the Houston Ship Channel has closed after about a dozen Greenpeace USA activists protesting the use of fossil fuels suspended themselves from a bridge ahead of a Democratic presidential debate.The Coast Guard said Thursday that the closure came after the protesters on the Fred Hartman Bridge near Baytown were spotted. The debate is set for Thursday evening in nearby Houston.Greenpeace activist Valentina Stackl told the Houston Chronicle , “The Democratic leadership will be here and the next president has the opportunity to lay the groundwork for a world without fossil fuels.”Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says they and other public safety partners are monitoring the situation.The Port of Houston, located along the ship channel, is home to the largest petrochemical complex in the U.S.___Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.comThe Associated Press read more

Government and rebel leader mark Sudan peace in Security Council chamber

A month after they fulfilled their pledge with ink Sudan’s First Vice-President Ali Othman Taha and John Garang de Mabior, Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), attended a session at which the Council had before it a report from Secretary-General Kofi Annan requesting resources to support their accord.Mr. Taha called on the international community to support efforts aimed at reconstruction and development, to lift any economic and trade restrictions or sanctions, to write off all foreign debt, to initiate partnerships with Sudan and to give generously at a forthcoming donors’ conference in Oslo, Norway.Mr. Garang noted the many challenges ahead, including the return of hundreds of thousands of refugees and millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs), some of whom are already moving to their home areas before necessary conditions were in place, thus putting additional strain on host communities. The SPLM needs assistance, he said.Mr. Annan, who attended the session in view of its historic significance but did not speak, emphasizes in his report the substantial resources needed for relief and recovery and calls for the deployment of a multi-dimensional UN peace support operation that includes more than 10,000 troops and civilian police.His Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, underlined the important momentum the peace accord in the south could give to efforts to solve Sudan’s other major conflict, in Darfur, where tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly 2 million displaced in the past two years.The Council President for February, Ambassador Joel Adechi of Benin, called the 9 January peace accord a “historic moment” of great opportunity, which all the people of Sudan should seize, and said the 15-member body was already working on a resolution to establish a full-fledged UN peace support operation.The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in the Sudan, Baba Gana Kingibe, stressed that the coming weeks would be critical for the smooth take-off of the new agreement and the manner in which its implementation unfolded would determine the future not only of Darfur and other areas in conflict within the Sudan but also the future of the country as a whole.In a related development, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Wendy Chamberlin is set to leave on Saturday for a weeklong trip to southern Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, to look at the agency’s initial efforts to lay the groundwork for an eventual return of some 500,000 refugees from neighbouring countries.The extreme lack of infrastructure and basic services in southern Sudan after two decades of conflict means that major investment is needed to rehabilitate communities before such returns can begin. UNHCR has opened three offices in southern Sudan – in Rumbek, Juba and Yei – but without adequate funds the agency cannot fully begin projects to rehabilitate areas of potential return.Some 223,000 refugees from southern Sudan are in Uganda, 60,000 in Kenya, 88,000 in Ethiopia, 69,000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an estimated 36,000 in the Central African Republic and 30,000 in Egypt. The conflict in the south has also displaced an estimated 4 million more people within Sudan. read more

Ghana teams up with UNbacked alliance in move towards cashless economy

With the assistance of the Better Than Cash Alliance, which is hosted by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the Government of Ghana will focus on transitioning forms of Government payments to electronic ones, beginning with the digitization of government workers’ salaries. It subsequently plans to expand the use of electronic payments to the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) social welfare programme in the hope that 71,000 Ghanaian households will reap the benefits of transparency, cost savings and financial inclusion.“Ghana’s digital innovation is renowned and is reflected in this commitment to transition away from cash in all government payments. Evidence and the experience of our members show that electronic payments has great potential to increase people’s access to financial services when designed appropriately and we look forward to seeing greater inclusion in Ghana,” Dr. Ruth Goodwin-Groen, Managing Director of the Better Than Cash Alliance, said in a press release. “There is also strong evidence to show that integrating digital payments into the economies of emerging countries such as Ghana will promote broad economic growth and individual financial empowerment.” Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Ford Foundation, MasterCard, Omidyar Network, United States Agency for International Development and Visa Inc, the Better Than Cash Alliance works with governments, the development community and the private sector to promote the use of electronic payments as a safer and more efficient form of financial transaction. Efforts aim to help people who lack access to formal financial services such as bank accounts, and who often subsist almost entirely in an informal, cash-only economy. read more

Prince Philip cancels London Zoo appearance after hospital stay

first_imgThe Queen and Prince Philip attend the Trooping the Colour parade last week  The Duke of Edinburgh has cancelled an appearance at a London Zoo event as he continues to recover from an infection.The Queen’s consort was due to visit the popular attraction next Wednesday, in his role as an honorary fellow of the Zoological Society of London, to present the Prince Philip Award for Contributions to Zoology. Buckingham Palace said there were no current plans for Philip to miss other royal engagements later this month.The Duke spent two nights at a private London hospital after being admitted on Tuesday evening, as a precautionary measure, for treatment for an undisclosed infection. He was discharged on Thursday morning, but has not joined the Queen at Royal Ascot, an important event in her private summer calendar.A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “The Duke of Edinburgh will not be visiting London Zoo on Wednesday 27th June as he continues to recuperate. There are no current plans for His Royal Highness to cancel other forthcoming engagements.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Queen and Prince Philip attend the Trooping the Colour parade last week Credit:Karwai Tanglast_img read more

Jamie Noble confirms injury suffered on RAW broken ribs

first_img Google+ Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? Jamie Noble posted the following on Twitter earlier today:“I would like to thank WWE staff and all the fans for nice messages. I have 3 broke ribs. Couldn’t breathe at first.”Noble suffered the injury during the closing angle last night on RAW, being sent into the barricade by Brock Lesnar.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wrestleview Live #63: Reviewing and discussing SummerSlam 2019 from Toronto WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) WhatsApp Twitter Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Pinterest Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championshipcenter_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Braun Strowman Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

KM DriveIn keeps diners satisfied

first_imgWhy: K&M Drive-In will soon be celebrating its sixth anniversary. Owners Kevin and Melinda Bruzzone have many years experience in the restaurant industry. The success of K&M Drive-In is a testimony to their expertise in providing food and an experience that keeps diners coming back. Their mission is all about providing fast food using fresh, local ingredients.Atmosphere: Surrounded by chain restaurants, K&M Drive-In has a humble presence. The design is simple and boxy, with a few tables for sitting outside, weather permitting. Indoor diners can sit at contemporary tables and chairs. Tan floor tiles extend up the walls to create a wainscot. The walls are painted a cheery yellow. Drinks and condiments are help-yourself. The easy-to-read menu board is posted behind the counter. After you order, food and shakes are delivered to your table.What I tried: My dining companion and I shared the chili cheese fries to start. I settled on the Bacon and Bleu Cheeseburger topped with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, honey mustard, bacon and bleu cheese. My dining companion had the BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger topped with mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato, cheese, bacon and breaded onion rings. Burgers are made with pure, local, fresh-ground quarter-pound beef patties and fresh kaiser rolls. For burgers that include bacon, diners may opt for “chewy, crunchy, or somewhere in between.” We chose crunchy.The fries at K&M Drive-In are hand cut and deep fried to a golden crisp. The chili is house-made with a long-cooked, rich chili flavor and consists of a simple bean and ground-meat combination. Together, and topped with shredded cheddar cheese (and chopped onion, if you like), the chili cheese fries are a satisfying menu item.Both burgers were very appetizing. Crunchy iceberg lettuce, garden-fresh tomato and melted, gooey cheese topped a hot, charbroiled burger patty.Both burgers represented their respective names to a T. I especially liked how the grilled onions on mine brought a caramelized flavor to the burger. My dining companion said he wished the meat patty was thicker. This is easily remedied by making it a double, which is an option with all the burgers. We also tried a milkshake made with bits of York Peppermint Pattie. Milkshakes are made with hand-scooped ice cream and topped with fresh whipped cream. The milkshake was almost too thick for a straw, especially with the candy pieces in it. The flavor was delicious!last_img read more

2 suspects arrested in Woodland car battery thefts

first_imgSummer N. Smith Woodland police arrested two people from Vancouver who are suspected of stealing 349 car batteries from the Woodland Wal-Mart over an 11-month period. On Saturday, multiple car battery cores were stolen from a locked storage area at the store, 1486 Dike Access Road. Similar thefts have taken place since May, resulting in $4,188 worth of lost merchandise. The thieves took the batteries to a recycling center where they could get about $12 for each core, according to the Woodland Police Department.Investigators identified Summer N. Smith and Michael R. Scott as suspects in the reoccurring crimes and asked Vancouver police to check their home. On Sunday, Vancouver police went to the residence and detained both suspects. A Woodland police officer then took them into custody and transported them to the Cowlitz County Jail. Smith was booked into the jail on suspicion of 55 charges, according to the jail roster. Those charges include second-degree burglary and multiple counts of third-degree theft, third-degree malicious mischief and trespassing. Scott was accused of 39 similar charges. They’re each being held on $15,000 bail each. Any witnesses to these crimes, or recycling center employees with information about the case, are asked to contact the Woodland police station at 360-225-6965 or the agency’s 24-hour dispatch center at 360-225-8981.last_img read more

Hanley and Wood Reunite Via CSP Information Group Acquisition

first_imgAccording to Wood Jr., CSP will become a platform for further acquisitions in the convenience store and restaurant media space. “We expect to invest in and grow CSP’s existing businesses particularly in the digital, mobile and information realms, and to become an active acquirer of c-store, restaurant and foodservice industry media, trade shows and businesses,” he says in a statement. Michael Wood will become chairman of the new company and Mike Hanley, an investor in the company, will also join the board. Pair this deal with the recent acquisition of Northstar Travel Media by the Wicks Group and you get the sense that b-to-b media companies that effectively spread their revenue across print, digital and live events still have appeal. Marketing services may be where the action is, and banks definitely still have some troubled assets on their hands which has pinched financing and can wreak havoc with structuring a deal, but these types of transactions are still getting done. Do the names Hanley and Wood mean anything to you? They should. Mike Hanley and Michael Wood are the founders of one of the biggest b-to-b media companies in the U.S. And the two were reunited recently in a deal through Mr. Wood’s investment firm, Redwood Investments. The firm bought CSP Information Group last week, a b-to-b media company that targets the convenience store and restaurant markets. The portfolio includes four magazines and associated newsletters, websites and events. The deal was brokered by Berkery Noyes, which represented Redwood.Wood’s son, Mike Wood, Jr., who is president of Redwood, will become CEO of CSP, which he says has tripled its revenue in the last six years. last_img read more

PM Modi never asked Trump to mediate on Kashmir issue says

first_imgNew Delhi, July 23: Amid Opposition demands for a clarification by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on US President Donald Trump’s claim that the former asked for his mediation on the Kashmir issue, the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday stated in the Rajya Sabha that no such request was ever made. “It has been India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross-border terrorism,” the Minister said. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us Jaishankar categorically denied Trump’s claim and assured the House that no such request was made by PM Modi. Offering to be a “mediator” between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, the US President had, in a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, asked him if he would agree to the proposal. The main opposition Congress and the Communist Party of India (CPI) reacted sharply to the US President’s claim demanding an explanation from the Prime Minister on the issue. Also Read – Inter-departmental coordination can help win fight against malnutrition: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Advertise With Us “The entire country was shocked last night to hear US President Donald Trump tell Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan that, at the G20 Summit held recently in Osaka, the Prime Minister of India had requested him to mediate on Kashmir,” said Congress leader Anand Sharma. Amid the uproar, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the proceedings.last_img read more

Dhaka Eid in frames

first_imgEid-ul-Azha, one of the largest religious festivals of the Muslims, is celebrated amid much festivity and religious fervour all over the capital on Wednesday.The main thoroughfares of Dhaka city were decorated with the national flag and banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ in Bangla and Arabic. Public buildings were illuminated on the occasion.Jatiya Eidgah hosted the largest congregation of Eid-ul-Azha prayers in the morning while city corporation cleaners started clearing sacrificial animals’ waste on Eid day.Photo: Hasan RajaBaitul Mukarram National Mosque hosts the second largest congregation of Dhaka on 22 August, 2018. A total of five congregations (Jamaat) have been held here this year. Photo: Hasan RajaTwo on-duty policemen embrace after offering Eid-ul-Azha prayers at Jatiya Eidgah on 22 August, 2018. Photo: Hasan RajaA man and a boy hold two placards on 22 August, 2018 at Jatiya Eidgah demanding release of renowned photographer Shahidul Alam and Eden Mohila College student Lutfunnahar Luma, arrested following recent demonstrations for safe roads. Photo: Dipu MalakarMeat of sacrificial animals, collected from different city areas by the poor, is being sold in the capital’s Banasree area on 22 August, 2018. Photo: Dipu MalakarA city corporation worker clears Dhaka streets of blood and carcases of slaughtered livestock at Babu Bazar area of Old Dhaka on the Eid day on 22 August, 2018. Photo: Dipu MalakarTwo city corporation workers clear Dhaka streets off blood and carcases of slaughtered livestock at Bongshal area of Old Dhaka on the Eid day on 22 August, 2018. Photo: Dipu MalakarTrading of rawhide underway at Nayabazar area of Old Dhaka on the Eid day on 22 August, 2018.Photo: AFPBangladeshi Muslims perform Eid-ul-Azha prayers at Baitul Mukarrom National Mosque in Dhaka on 22 August, 2018.last_img read more

Steal These 4 Proven CustomerRetention Strategies

first_imgOctober 20, 2017 Did you know that only 32 percent of customers are likely to place a second order in their first year as a customer? That means you’re losing most of your customers after their first purchase. Unless you create a strategy to retain them, you’re wasting valuable marketing resources.Here are just a few reasons you should have a retention strategy for your ecommerce business:It’s easy to sell: Selling to your existing customers is easier. In fact, an existing customer is three to 12 times more likely to buy than a new prospect.You can double your revenue: Adobe has reported online retailers that retain just 10 percent of existing customers end up making twice the revenue.Related: 3 Ways to Consistently Delight (and Retain) Your CustomersCompelling stuff, right? Still, most ecommerce companies still rely solely on customer acquisition. They undervalue the possibility of retaining and nurturing their existing customer base. Developing and implementing a retention strategy is vital to creating a sustainable business. Here’s how to make it happen. Demonstrate value.Most of your first-time customers are filling an immediate need. They’re not necessarily interested in a long term relationship with your brand. That means you must figure out how to encourage your customers to return more often, spend more time on your site and ultimately purchase from your store.  Publishing useful content on a regular basis is one way to demonstrate value. NewEgg uses videos to engage consumers and ultimately convert them to customers. These posts range from product reviews to in-depth tutorials. On a related note, ensure your product descriptions not only entice visitors to buy but make them remember your brand after the sale.Related: How to Develop a Winning Value Proposition Under-promise and over-deliver.Nothing destroys your credibility faster than bailing on a promise you made to your customers. If you offer same-day delivery but can’t realistically uphold that standard on a consistent basis, you’re creating dissatisfied customers. Instead, try this: Estimate how long it will take to deliver the shipment and then double that time. Zappos promises delivery within five business days, but the majority of orders are shipped overnight. This exceeds customers’ expectations, making a positive impact and fostering trust in the brand.Create a win-back email campaign.Email marketing produces a conversion rate nearly twice that of organic search, and it also outperforms nearly all other marketing channels. But an average of 60 percent of email lists are full of “dead” subscribers? A roster filled with inactives hurts your conversion factor and leads to reduced deliverability as messages are routed to spam.Creating a win-back email campaign is the best way to make re-engage leads with your email, boost deliverability and increase conversions. According to an analysis of win-back email campaigns of 33 retailers, the average open rate of win-back emails is 12 percent. That’s a respectable number considering all the recipients were identified as inactive leads before.Define inactivity: The majority of marketers define an inactive lead as anyone who hasn’t opened or responded any email sent in the past six to 12 months.Tweak the subject line: Emotionally charged subject lines such as “We miss you!” will outperform neutral subject lines.Send a series of re-engagement emails: A win-back is not a one-time event. Create an automated series of emails, and allow recipients to change their email preferences. Keep in mind that three-quarters of inactive subscribers could re-engage within 90 days, so don’t cull lists too early.Related: 3 Simple Tricks to Explode Your Sales Email Open RatesStart a subscription-model business.The subscription-model economy is rapidly becoming the norm across industries and particularly in ecommerce. Amazon Prime and Sightglass Coffee have supplemented their revenue with this tactic. The subscription model helps ensure revenue from repeat customers. This gives you more control over revenue prediction so you can optimize your expansion plan and set a marketing budget accordingly.Related: Why You Should Use a Subscription Business Model Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 4 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more

New York celebrates Caribbean Week

first_imgThe Caribbean resiliency will be centre stage as visitors from the region join the New York diaspora for a lively spiritual celebration highlighted by inspirational words from religious leaders and uplifting performances during a revival for the Caribbean programme.The program will feature gospel performances and motivational messages by talented and accomplished Caribbean nationals, all out to show their support for Caribbean nations affected by last year’s hurricanes and to give thanks for the recovery efforts.The Revival for the Caribbean will include an opening note by Hugh Riley, Secretary General and CEO, Caribbean Tourism Organization.The Caribbean Week New York 2018 will be momentous as this year as the Big Apple’s 8.5 million residents get a taste of the re-energising and rejuvenating power of Caribbean wellness. During the week-long event (June 3 – 8), the wellness theme will be incorporated into many activities, including a trade show and educational forum for travel agents on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination.last_img read more

Premium Title and LendingQB Announce Integration

first_img Share in Headlines, News, Technology Premium Title, a national provider of title and escrow services and an Altisource business unit, announced its integration with LendingQB’s end-to-end, browser-based loan origination system (LOS) on February 21. The integration will provide customers with the ability to obtain title and settlement quotes more efficiently, place orders with Premium Title, and receive a title fee certificate guaranteeing fees for 30 days through the LendingQB platform.Tim Nguyen, President of LendingQB, expressed his approval of the integration.”We are pleased to offer Premium Title’s services through our loan origination system,” he said. “This integration is a prime example of our best-of-breed strategy that will provide lenders with the ease of researching fees, ordering title services and receiving documents directly from Premium Title.”According to Premium Title, the integration allows clients to experience a seamless, more efficient process within the LendingQB LOS platform. Lenders using LendingQB will receive automated quotes for title services and a title fee certificate guaranteeing title fees, which auto-populates into the LOS. LendingQB also has the ability to maintain the loan estimate and any adjustments in fees associated with the loan, assisting with TRID compliance and faster disclosure timelines.James A. Weld, President of Premium Title, said that the partnership will ultimately broaden Premium Title’s customer base. “Teaming up with LendingQB allows us to expand our network by providing customers with greater access to our exceptional title services and solutions,” he said. “The positive feedback from our beta customers helps confirm that this integration is adding quality and efficiency to the loan origination process.” March 1, 2017 570 Views center_img Premium Title and LendingQB Announce Integration Alisource Integration LendingQB Premium Title technology 2017-03-01 Mirasha Brownlast_img read more