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All hands on deck

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We are playing terrific defense,” Compton said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFines were slapped and suspensions didn’t come, and Alaska will continue to square off with a full force Magnolia side when they break a 2-2 tie in their PBA Governors’ Cup title series on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Magnolia guard Mark Barroca escaped with a P50,000 fine for hitting Alaska’s Chris Banchero in the groin late in Game 4, while Alaska coach Alex Compton was slapped a P20,000 penalty for postgame statements the league called “detrimental.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Marcial said that the sanction on Barroca was the same as the Don Trollano incident. Trollano punched Arwind Santos and also wasn’t called for a foul, the infraction being spotted only on replays of the game tape.The commissioner, however, warned Magnolia guard that an act similar to what he did in Game 4 will merit an automatic suspension “whether it be Game 5 or Game 6.”A personality who got canned was referee Rolando Dacanay, who was supposed to be in position to spot Barroca but instead followed the movement of the ball, hence the missed call.Teams have won games in streaks in this series, with the Hotshots ruling the first two and the Aces going into Friday night trying to win a third straight.Compton’s defense is wreaking havoc on the Hotshots, whom the Aces have limited below 80 points in the last two contests.ADVERTISEMENT And with no one axed for even a game, both squads will have all hands on deck for the crucial tiff slated at 7 p.m.Compton had said after Wednesday’s physical game that he called the attention of the league so “that we can get back to playing basketball,” with the amiable Alaska coach reportedly to appeal the fine slapped by commissioner Willie Marcial.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefMarcial, for his part, explained that no suspensions were handed out because the officials of that game failed to call an infraction on Barroca after he hit Banchero in the groin with 2:31 left in Game 4.“There’s no precedent suspending a player in a noncall situation,” Marcial told reporters in Filipino during the league’s Draft Combine on Thursday. “Had there been a precedent, I would have suspended Barroca.” LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img View comments MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ A star in college, Bolick prepared to go back to square one in the pros Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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FSDL appeals to Commission against 15 pt deduction of FC Goa

first_imgNew Delhi, May 9 (PTI) With a 15 point deduction set to turn FC Goas next ISL football campaign into an exercise in futility, the organisers Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) a joint venture between IMG-Reliance and Star India, has appealed to members of Regulatory Commission reconsider their decision. If FC Goa starts with a points tally of minus 15, it would effectively mean a seven team league as Zico coached team will practically not have any chance of making to knock-out stage even if they win all 14 matches. “FSDL feels that it would be uncompetitive for the team to start their Hero ISL 2016 season with a negative 15 points and will undoubtedly affect the morale of the team as well as the fans,” a press release from the organisers stated. “Indian football fans and in particular of FC Goa, should not have to bear such a heavy burden, for no fault of theirs. They have been very supportive of football, ISL and FC Goa, and the fans have been a good sport conducting themselves well in all matches held in Goa and turning out in large numbers to support ISL and football. FSDL believes that a relook at this aspect of the sanction is in the larger interest of football,” it further quoted. “FSDL, therefore has appealed to the Appeals Panel that the action of individual owners should not affect the fans of FC Goa, and all teams must compete on the field evenly.” PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more

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Law panel may recommend bringing BCCI under RTI

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 10 (PTI) The Law Commission is weighing up the possibility to recommend bringing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the ambit of RTI to allow people to seek information about the functioning of the sports body.According to a working paper of the panel circulated to its members, the BCCI gets a lot of government grants, including tax exemptions, and offered subsidised rates to buy lands for stadia. The BCCI got tax exemptions worth of Rs 2,100 crore in a ten-year period ending 2007.”The report has not yet been finalised and no final view has been taken, but the working paper mentions all the details including court verdicts which suggest that the body should come under the ambit of the information law,” a senior functionary of the panel said here.In July, 2016, the Supreme Court had asked the commission to recommend whether the cricket board can be brought under the Right to Information Act.Before the members of the panel meet to take a final call on the issue, the commission will seek opinions of income tax experts to help members firm up their views.The working paper says that the BCCI can be termed as a public authority under the existing legal framework.Last year, the Central Information Commission too had urged the Committee of Administrators (CoA) running the BCCI to bring the body under the RTI Act.The RTI Act will have to be amended to bring the BCCI under its ambit. PTI NAB TIRadvertisementlast_img read more

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15 days agoArsenal looking to extend Dani Ceballos loan

first_imgArsenal looking to extend Dani Ceballos loanby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are looking to extend Dani Ceballos’s loan deal, according to reports.The Spaniard has featured in all eight Premier League games since joining the Gunners on a season-long loan.Ceballos hinted this week that he would be open to leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal on a permanent basis.However, Real would likely demand a huge fee for the 23-year-old, which does not suit the frugal North London outfit.Instead El Confidential says Arsenal are exploring the option of extending Ceballos’ loan by another season.That might not suit Los Blancos however as the La Liga giants are already speaking like Ceballos is not their player.Real would likely seek a fee similar to the £40.3m paid by Chelsea for Mateo Kovacic., according to reports.The Spaniard has featured in all eight Premier League games since joining the Gunners on a season-long loan.Ceballos hinted this week that he would be open to leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal on a permanent basis.However, Real would likely demand a huge fee for the 23-year-old, which does not suit the frugal North London outfit.Instead El Confidential says Arsenal are exploring the option of extending Ceballos’ loan by another season.That might not suit Los Blancos however as the La Liga giants are already speaking like Ceballos is not their player.Real would likely seek a fee similar to the £40.3m paid by Chelsea for Mateo Kovacic. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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The Best Holiday Beers to Stuff Your Stockings With

first_img 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Editors’ Recommendations Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Just as winter is coming, so too is a new wave of holiday beers. Much more subdued in their appearance than the aggressive summer appearance of a slew of pumpkin beers, holiday beers offer fascinating spice nuances not normally explored with beer. Last winter, we detailed Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale and its 40-year history and the changing tree artwork found on its label. This year, we explore a selection of holiday beer found throughout the U.S. (For lovers of cinnamon and ginger, this list is lit.)Sam Adams Winter LagerBoston Beer CompanySam Adams/FacebookPerhaps the most prolific holiday beer brewer is Boston Beer, the makers of Sam Adams. Along with Sam Adams Boston Lager, the brewery is known for its line up of great seasonal, but for the holidays, the company goes wild. Sam Adams Winter Lager, the wheat bock spiced with orange peel, cinnamon and ginger, highlights Boston Beer’s winter lineup. But each year the brewery also releases its Winter Classics Variety Pack, which includes beers only available in that pack. This year Boston Lager, Winter Lager, and Sam ’76 are joined by the old staples Old Fezziwig and Holiday Porter, as well as Chocolate Bock.FestivusMarket Garden BrewingOhio is mad for their Christmas beers, with multiple breweries putting out top-notch holiday brews. Among these, Cleveland’s Market Garden Brewing releases its spicy and delicious Festivus around the same time, complete with its caramelized wort, brown sugar, nutmeg, and ginger. In addition, Fat Heads Brewery has its Holly Jolly Christmas Ale, again filled with ginger, honey and cinnamon and Great Lakes Brewing Co. has its Christmas Ale, which you can read more about here.Mad ElfTröegs BrewingSam Adams/FacebookEach year, Pennsylvania’s Tröegs Brewing releases Mad Elf, a tasty 11 percent alcohol by volume dark Belgian strong ale laced with notes of cherries, honey, cocoa, cinnamon, clove, and allspice. The brewery also has Wild Elf, a sour version of Mad Elf fermented with wild yeast from local Balaton cherries. It then spends time in barrels, bathing in an assortment of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus resulting in a tart cherry beauty. Tröeg’s also has a few other winter beers, like Naked Elf, Mad Elf Grand, Troegenator Double Bock, Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA and Cranberry Porter.Celebration AleSierra NevadaSierra Nevada’s Celebration Fresh Hop Ale is an annual tradition for so many beer lovers across the nation, social media lights up now when it’s finally released. Unlike most of the holiday beers on the market flavored with familiar holiday spices, Celebration is a beautiful IPA. Brewed since 1981, it’s among the oldest IPAs brewed in America and still an incredible representation of the style by one of the nation’s favorite breweries. (Want more Sierra Nevada? Check out their Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, which will go to help Camp Fire survivors.)Old Jubilation AleAvery BrewingAvery Brewing/FacebookColorado’s Avery Brewing forgoes the added spices and instead brews up this big, 8.3 percent ABV. English Strong Ale perfect for a cold afternoon by the fire. Even without added spices, the malts used to bring out strong caramel and coffee notes.JewbelationShmaltz Brewing CompanyHoliday beers aren’t reserved just for Christmas. The New York brewery Shmaltz Brewing Company makes its brand’s He’Brew’s anniversary beer Jewbelation in the winter. This year, Jewbelation 22, is made with 11 different malts and 11 different hops, coming in at 11 percent ABV. The brewery also has Chanukah, Hanukkah: Pass the Beer, a dark ale brewed with chocolate. (You can read more about Chanukah beers here.)Winter Solstice Seasonal AleAnderson Valley Brewing CompanyAnderson Valley/FacebookAnderson Valley goes way back in the California brewing industry, and its “winter warmer” is creamy and deliciously full of caramel and spice. It’s around from September to January, so it’s not really just a holiday beer, but as its name suggests it is perfect for those short days around Christmas.Want more wintery beers? Check out this list of the best winter warmers to try right now. Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly last_img read more

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Bahri Adds 38th VLCC

first_imgzoom The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has taken delivery of Maharah, a 300,000 dwt very large crude carrier (VLCC), from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). The newbuilding was handed over to Bahri during a delivery ceremony held at HHI Mokpo shipyard in South Jeolla Province, South Korea, on June 12.With a gross tonnage of 154,252 tons, Maharah features a length of 330 meters and a width of 60 meters.Currently, the Saudi Arabia-flagged vessel has a market value of 79.2 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.As disclosed, Bahri Oil, one of Bahri’s six business units, will be responsible for the commercial operation of Maharah.This is the second VLCC delivery for the company so far this year. In February, the 300,000 dwt Amjad joined Bahri’s multipurpose fleet of 84 vessels.“The addition of Maharah further strengthens our position as the world’s largest owner and operator of VLCCs… We celebrate this important milestone only months after accepting delivery of our 37th VLCC Amjad… In current times, fleet growth is critical to offsetting low spot market rates, and the timing of this delivery could not have been better,” Ahmed Ali Al-Subaey, Bahri’s Board Member, commented on the occasion.“The partnership between Bahri and Hyundai Heavy Industries spanning over a decade has been highly successful, with 26 vessels ordered and delivered to date and 8 more VLCCs currently on order, among which 3 will be delivered this year,” Ali Al-Harbi, Bahri’s Acting CEO, said.In April, Bahri revealed plans to re-flag 32 of its VLCCs and five of its mid-size carriers under the domestic flag by the end of 2017. As earlier explained, the registration of the company’s 37 VLCCs under Saudi Arabian flag is aimed at enhancing the Kingdom’s position in the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) global rank lists and at increasing the size and efficiency of the Saudi Arabia’s fleet.Last month, Bahri and HHI inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate in the field of big data. Under the MOU, the two companies will jointly develop smart ship solutions and apply them to ships operated by Bahri.last_img read more

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Oppn parties attack Shah on Hindi pitch

first_imgNEW DELHI: Union home minister and BJP national president Amit Shah’s assertion that Hindi can “unite the country” on Saturday received severe criticism from Opposition parties, who asked him to reconsider his appeal of Hindi becoming a “common language” of the country and “India’s identity globally.”Trinamool Congress supremo and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee described Shah’s comments as an attempt to divert public attention from the failure of their government at the Centre. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsKerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said it was a “planned attempt” to stir up controversy and divert attention from pressing problems in the country He termed it as a ‘war cry’ against the mother tongue of non-Hindi speaking people. The DMK president M K Stalin on Sunday accused the Centre of “autocratic imposition of Hindi” and underscored the need for unity in opposition ranks to take forward protest against the government on such issues. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayPuducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Sunday registered a strong protest and claimed it was a “clear exposure of the hidden agenda” of the Centre to impose the language on non-Hindi speaking states. Amid a raging debate over Hindi as a common language for the country, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said it would never be a reality. Any attempt to impose one language will lead to disruption of the country’s unity, the CPI(M) said on Sunday criticising Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s comments on Hindi.last_img read more

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Border officers couldnt have legally arrested Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou Crown

first_imgVANCOUVER — A lawyer representing the Canadian government says border guards could not have legally arrested Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver’s airport last December. Meng’s lawyers argue that officers with the Canada Border Services Agency should have immediately executed a provisional arrest warrant instead of questioning her for three hours before the RCMP arrested her. The Chinese tech giant’s chief financial officer was arrested at the request of the U.S., which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges linked to the alleged violation of sanctions against Iran.Crown prosecutor Diba Majzub told a British Columbia Supreme Court judge today that border officers are required by law to conduct an admissibility examination on all travellers entering Canada.He says they aren’t empowered by law to arrest people under the Extradition Act and the Crown has provided 150 examples of cases in which border officers were involved but were not the ones to execute such warrants.Meng, whose arrest sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China, denies any wrongdoing and her lawyers are in court seeking further documents ahead of her extradition trial in January.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Nondrinkers pushing bars for better nonalcoholic cocktails

first_imgFor years, Carolyn Rebeyka has met friends at the same Regina bar every Friday afternoon for drinks. Sometimes they’d be celebrating a birthday or triumph at work, other times it was just to catch up.Then, about three years ago, her doctor put her on medication and suggested she avoid drinking to better monitor her body’s reaction to the drug.“It wasn’t permanent, but I actually kind of liked not drinking,” Rebeyka said, adding she was never a heavy drinker, but enjoyed not feeling the effects of alcohol.“Even if you had a few drinks, you could still feel the difference the next morning,” she added. “It’s not that you’re hungover, but you can tell the difference.”Now Rebeyka rarely drinks, but going to bars and restaurants is still a big part of her social life.Like many others who have decided to cut back on drinking, Rebeyka has found there are often few interesting drink options that don’t include booze. Many of the traditional options are uninspired (juice, sparkling water) or overly sweet (Shirley Temples, virgin daiquiris).“The options for alcohol, those are almost unlimited,” she said. “It seems like bars don’t want to be as creative when they’re serving their non-drinkers.”It’s not completely commonplace yet, but there is a growing push from some establishments to offer more interesting and complex non-alcoholic drink options.Kate Boushel, a bartender at Montreal’s Atwater Cocktail Club, said customers come in asking for non-alcoholic drinks “every night” and she enjoys making them since it allows for creativity on her part.“I’ve had fun and made cocktails that look exactly like other cocktails on my menu, just instead of alcohol, I’ve replaced it with low-sugar fruit juice,” she said.“I’ll do apple juice with a touch of carrot and maybe some thyme syrup, with a little bit of our house tonic,” she added. “That will be refreshing, light, but it will still be more complex than, let’s say, a virgin mojito.”People ordering non-alcoholic drinks often don’t want to draw attention to the fact that they aren’t drinking, and in some cases, they’ll actually request Boushel’s help in not blowing their cover.This often happens with pregnant women, when it’s too early to make an announcement.“With women who are pregnant, funny enough, the bartender is one of the first people who finds out,” Boushel said. “They don’t want their friends to know, so (they ask), ‘Can you make me look like I’m drinking?’”A similar request also frequently comes from people who are “out and about with business partners, or clients,” she said. “Maybe they’ve had enough, but they want to keep up appearances.”The team at Pretty Ugly cocktail bar in Toronto have gone even further to accommodate patrons who don’t drink. They spent nearly a year developing “placebo” liquors: non-alcoholic concoctions intended to replace actual booze. Owner and bartender Robin Goodfellow has developed an alcohol-free amaro, a Campari, and a plum wine.“I don’t feel that a bar is a place that only should serve people who want to get drunk,” Goodfellow said, adding he likes drinking but hates being drunk, and that many of his friends abstain from alcohol. “You can enjoy the music, the decor, the conversations, the energy of a bar even if you’re not drinking.”He doesn’t want his drinks to completely replicate the taste of liquor, but instead provide an option that “has that feeling of a Negroni or a Manhattan.” He said his alcohol-free Negroni is “definitely for a mature palate, someone who maybe used to drink Campari.”Goodfellow has wondered about serving a non-alcoholic cocktail to someone with a drinking problem who might be at risk of a relapse. He’s asked his friend who coined the term “placebo drink,” chef Matty Matheson, if he thought the offering could be dangerous.“If I make something really similar-tasting to something he used to drink, is that going to trigger his same old habits that he’s trying to avoid?” Goodfellow wondered. “He told us no, but … I would love to hear what people think about that, because that’s something I’m concerned about.”Dr. Jonathan Bertram, an addictions specialist at Toronto’s Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, said there’s no one single answer. Addiction experts have isolated two major triggers that can cause relapse in people with alcoholism, Bertram explained.“There’s the very obvious chemical trigger, which is a result of alcohol initiating a dopamine release in the brain,” he said. “But then there’s also this sort of anticipatory excitement or euphoria that comes from a person engaging in the ritual of drinking.”In those cases, drinking something meant to resemble an alcoholic drink — or even being in a bar environment at all — can be a trigger.But that risk is “not an easy thing to standardize or isolate,” because it doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone, Bertram added.And sometimes, the option of a placebo drink can “make it a lot easier for a person to go out and socially integrate into the drinking exercise without having to use alcohol.”He urged people in recovery to consult their doctors before making the decision.When Cory Bagdon of Thunder Bay, Ont., decided to take a break from alcohol for a summer while in university about ten years ago, he found the social pressure to drink was “isolating.”“When I gave up drinking, I would be treated differently,” he said. “I’d go out with the same people, but they wouldn’t talk to me the same way.”He recalled friends seeming “offended” that he didn’t want to drink, and said an acquaintance once got physically aggressive when he refused a shot.Even now Bagdon sometimes feels pressure to drink more than he wants to at social gatherings. To avoid an awkward conversation he’ll sometimes order a bottled beer and fill it up with water once it’s empty.“It seems strange that even though I don’t want to be a part of the drinking culture, I can’t separate myself from the social component of drinking culture,” he said.Goodfellow said his ultimate goal in dreaming up new drinks and running his bar in general is to make it more welcoming for people who aren’t interested in getting drunk.“I very much promote alcohol consumption, done responsibly,” he said.“But I love that maybe we’re changing the way non-drinkers enjoy nightlife.”last_img read more

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Blast rocks near Egypt intelligence headquarters

first_imgBy Ahmed AttiaCairo- A powerful explosion rocked a garage near the main intelligence headquarters in eastern Cairo on Friday, eyewitnesses said.Security forces and bomb disposal teams rushed to the scene to explore into the causes of the blast, according to the witnesses. There was no comment from Egyptian authorities until the filing of this report.last_img

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UN calls for probe after air strike in northern Afghanistan kills dozens

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is sending a team to the north of the country where an overnight air strike by NATO forces against stolen trucks has reportedly led to dozens of civilian deaths. Peter Galbraith, the Deputy UN Special Representative in Afghanistan, said in a statement that he was very concerned by the reports of the civilian casualties in the air strike, which took place in the Aliabad district of Kunduz province. “As an immediate priority, everything possible must be done to ensure that people wounded by this attack are properly cared for, and that families of the deceased are getting all the help they need,” Mr. Galbraith said. “Steps must also be taken to examine what happened and why an air strike was employed in circumstances where it was hard to determine with certainty that civilians were not present,” he said, adding that UNAMA was dispatching a team to look into the situation. 4 September 2009The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is sending a team to the north of the country where an overnight air strike by NATO forces against stolen trucks has reportedly led to dozens of civilian deaths. read more

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Côte dIvoire UN forces help in rescue operations after deadly bus accident

The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) dispatched three ambulances, two motorboats from the Bangladeshi component, special forces from its Jordanian contingent and a police unit to the scene of the accident.UNOCI, with some 10,000 uniformed personnel on the ground, has been supporting stabilization and reunification efforts in Côte d’Ivoire over the past seven years after civil war split the country into a rebel-held north and a Government-controlled south.The mission played a major role in last year’s elections and this year’s installation of the winner, Alassane Ouattara, after defeated president Laurent Gbagbo initially refused to step down.Cote 5 August 2011United Nations peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire today helped local authorities in rescue and recovery operations after a crowded bus crashed from a bridge into a lagoon in Abidjan, the largest city, killing 46 people according to provisional estimates. read more

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5 Ways to Enhance CCaaS with Global SIP Trunking

Innovative contact center-as-a-Service (CCaaS) solutions are offering strong alternatives in the market today. Unlike traditional cloud-based contact centers, CCaaS solutions do not utilize legacy TDM connections, but are IP based, enabling enterprises to integrate communications channels with CRM systems. This provides sales agents with end-to-end visibility of the customer record during a call, which can allow them to further enhance the customer experience. See All in SIP/SIP Trunking » 5 Reasons SIP Trunking is Alive and Well Irwin Lazar August 26, 2019 The SIP trunking market continues to thrive, even as organizations move to the cloud. To maximize value from a CCaaS solution, however, a global SIP Trunk is essential. Here are five ways by which a global SIP Trunk can help you get the best out of your CCaaS platform. Flowroute Top-Rated SIP Trunk Provider in 2019 John Malone August 21, 2019 Out of 29 providers, Eastern Management Group found Flowroute ranked as top SIP trunk vendor for 2019 and received four stars in multiple categories by customers. Whether you are a dedicated contact center employed by one or multiple organizations, an enterprise with on-premises facilities, or an enterprise outsourcing to a provider, the cloud offers fast deployment, reduced costs, a unified infrastructure, and an overall improved customer experience. More than 62% of organizations now have their contact center in the cloud and 46% of companies that don’t, are considering migrating, according to a DMG Consulting study. BICS_SP_JUNE20_774.png Security: Security is key for any CCaaS platform. Good global SIP providers offer Transport Layer Security (TLS) – building encryption into the signaling layer, while a secure RTP feature protects VoIP traffic as it traverses global networks. This is critical for sectors such as financial services, where secure customer channels are imperative, to eliminate risk to sensitive customer information.Efficiency: Contact centers often operate from several overseas locations. Rather than working with a number of regional SIP trunk providers to cater for geographically dispersed branches, partnering with just one global SIP provider for your CCaaS platform offers worldwide coverage. This significantly reduces overall cost of ownership.Scalability and feature set: A global SIP provider can expand with the needs of the contact center business, providing toll-free, inbound, and two-way numbers in any market needed. It also offers flexibility to increase or decrease channels based on traffic requirements. What’s more, a SIP Trunk allows an improved feature set, enhancing the capabilities of the platform.Support for follow-the-sun models: More and more contact centers are migrating from a 9-to-5 model to a follow-the-sun operating model to enhance customer service. A global SIP Trunk provider makes it easy to configure and manage the migration to this type of model from a technical perspective, eliminating the need to integrate routing setups from multiple providers from different geographies.Compliance: As governments around the world direct increased scrutiny toward cloud platforms of all kinds, it’s paramount that contact centers ensure the virtual numbers that accompany their CCaaS platforms are compliant with local regulations — including telecommunications licensing, emergency calling, and lawful intercept requirements. A global SIP Trunk provider fully complies with local regulatory requirements and provides services mandatory for the protection and safety of users and agents alike.BICS is a global SIP Trunk provider offering worldwide coverage to support global contact centers. Download the latest whitepaper, to find out how a global SIP Trunk will add value to your cloud communications strategy.Tags:News & ViewsBICSscalabilitySIP trunkSIPcontact centerSIP/SIP TrunkingCCaaSContact Center & Customer ExperienceSecurity Articles You Might Like Twilio Rated Top in SIP Customer Satisfaction, Again John Malone September 18, 2019 With its high customer satisfaction rating and focus on R&D, Twilio is making a name for itself in the SIP trunking market. Sangoma Leader in SIP Trunking for Small Businesses John Malone October 03, 2019 Customers give Sangoma four stars in all satisfaction measurements in 2019 Eastern Management Group survey. 8X8: More Than Cloud… Top-Rated in SIP Satisfaction John Malone September 12, 2019 Often thought of as a cloud UC and contact center provider, 8×8 has seen gains in the SIP trunk market – making fans along the way. Log in or register to post comments read more

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UN agency urgently seeks 9 million to prevent locust plague in north

After exceptional rains last year allowed generations of locusts to breed sufficiently to produce swarms, the agency called on international donors to provide $6 million to support desert locust control operations in Mauritania and Western Sahara, where the situation is deteriorating. Tho pests that escape control are likely to move into Algeria and Morocco within a matter of weeks or even days, where a further cycle of breeding may take place in spring, FAO cautioned. “Swarms that are not sprayed will move south in June/July and, if this year’s summer rains are good, a plague affecting the whole of the Western Region (West and North-West Africa) could follow,” the agency noted, calling for a rapid reinforcement of control operations “to try to break this cycle of events.” The agency sought a further $3 million for Mali, Niger and Chad, in order to prevent the early stages of the current upsurge from developing into a plague. Algeria and Morocco came rapidly to Mauritania’s assistance with qualified staff, vehicles, pesticides and light aircraft in an operation valued at more than $2 million and organized by FAO with a United States grant. But large populations of desert locust are still present as swarms and hopper bands, covering an estimated 500,000 hectares in Mauritania and Western Sahara. With a movement of swarms to the north being imminent, Algeria and Morocco have to keep their remaining resources ready to eliminate any threat to their own agriculture. In Mauritania, resources are running out, threatening to halt further operations, while ecological conditions continue to be favourable for breeding, FAO added. A locust outbreak is also in progress on the Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia where swarms are forming, some of which are expected to move into the interior of the country where a further generation of breeding could occur in the coming months. A few swarms could reach adjacent areas in Jordan, southern Iraq and Western Iran after that, the agency said. read more

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Security Council must match scale of Syria crisis with bold response –

Addressing the 15-member body during an open briefing, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said it is alarming that “people have become numb to figures that should, every day, shock our collective conscience.” Over the tragic five-year arc of conflict, she continued, 220,000 people have been killed, more than one million have been injured, 7.6 million have been displaced and four million people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries. And the suffering continues to this day. In the past weeks alone, well over 100,000 people were displaced in a new wave of fighting in Idlib. “Each time, I speak of atrocity after atrocity; violation after violation; misery after misery,” said Ms. Amos, who was joined in her plea for action by António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie Pitt, UNHCR’s Special Envoy, and Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The Security Council adopted a Presidential Statement on the issue, demanding that all parties to the Syrian domestic conflict immediately put an end to all forms of violence. The Council expressed alarm that the Syrian crisis has become the largest humanitarian emergency crisis in the world today, threatening peace and security in the region with diverse implications on the neighbouring countries and the displacement of millions. The 15-member body emphasized the strain placed on host country education systems by the inflow of refugees and that additional resources will be required to help the 600,000 children outside the school system. It also urged donors, international financial institutions, and UN agencies to consider financing instruments that effectively meet the “unique needs” of countries impacted by the conflict. UN Officials, delegates and other participants at the Security Council meeting on the continuing conflict in Syria and the attendant humanitarian and refugee crises. UN Photo/Mark Garten ‹ › “There are fresh allegations that chemical weapons have been used again in Idlib, killing and injuring civilians,” Ms. Amos said in her remarks, emphasizing that the Council has been briefed on the situation in Yarmouk, the besieged, largely Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, where today people have reached “new levels of despair.” With hundreds of thousands of people in a “daily struggle for survival,” it is imperative to have full and unimpeded humanitarian access to populations in need. All aid, but particularly medical and surgical aid, must be allowed on convoys. Government security forces had again removed all surgical supplies from the trucks on their way to Homs governorate, depriving people of urgently needed treatments, she told the Council. The people of Syria “rightly want more,” said Ms. Amos. They want an end to the war that has “destroyed their country and ravaged their lives…Stop the violations of international law, protect civilians and ensure humanitarian access,” she urged. “The failure to stop the violence has undermined the credibility of this Council and eroded confidence in the international community to take its responsibilities seriously,” she continued. She called on the Council to demand that attacks on education and cease; establish a fact-finding mission; mandate the negotiation of humanitarian pauses; send perpetrators a clear message that their crimes will not go unpunished; and enforce an arms embargo for violations of international law. “There is no humanitarian solution. The only solution is a political dialogue. Time is, however, running out on Syria. This is a crisis with potential global repercussions. I ask the Council to match its scale with an equally bold response,” she said. Taking to the floor next, Mr. Guterres said: “We are all longing for a shred of hope, some good news, but since my last briefing to this Council, things have only gotten worse.” Some 14 million people are now displaced due to the interlinked crises in Syria and Iraq. New border management measures are preventing refugees from reaching safety. And there is now a growing trend of “host fatigue” which has increased tensions in communities, as local families struggle harder to cope the longer the conflict drags on. Living conditions across the region are deteriorating. Dangerous coping mechanisms are on the rise with many families forced to send their children to work or to marry off their teenage daughters. Further, more and more desperate refugees are attempting the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean. “There has to be massively increased support to the neighbouring countries,” he said, emphasizing the need for a “fundamental review of development cooperation policies.” Because Lebanon and Jordan are middle income countries, the World Bank is not allowed to give them grants to help deal with the severe demographic shock they have endured. It is imperative to redress this and other “serious inadequacies” in the global aid architecture, he explained. “With more support across the region, we could help turn refugees’ situation around from one of dependency and unsustainability to one where their economic self-reliance becomes an option, allowing them to also contribute to the development of their host societies,” Mr. Guterres added. Adressing the Council next, Ms. Jolie Pitt said that since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, she has made 11field visits to Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Malta. “I wish that some of the Syrians I met could be here today, I think of the mother I met recently in a refugee camp in Iraq. She could tell you what it is like to try to live after your young daughter was ripped from your family by armed men and taken as a sex slave,” the Oscar-winning American actress said. “Any one of the Syrians that I met would speak more eloquently about the conflict than I ever could,” she added. “I’m here for them because this is their United Nations. Here, all countries and all peoples are equal. The purpose of the UN is to prevent and end conflict. To bring countries together; find diplomatic solutions and save lives. We are failing to do this in Syria.” The crisis is made worse by division and indecision in the international community preventing the Security Council from fulfilling its duty, Ms. Jolie Pitt emphasized. “The people we met with trust that the truth alone would guarantee action,” she said, describing how throughout the years hope turned into anger and anger now into despair and hopelessness. “On my last visit, in February, anger had subsided to resignation and misery…To be a Syrian caught up in this conflict is to be cut off from every law and principle designed to protect innocent life.” The Security Council must address these threats to international peace and security but we are “standing by” in Syria, she added. “The problem is not lack of information. We know in excruciating detail what is happening.” The problem is a lack of political will. All of the good the UN does worldwide is undermined by the message being sent in Syria ¬– that hospitals can be bombed, aid can be withheld, and civilians starved with impunity, Ms. Jolie Pitt said, appealing for the Council to work as one and reach a settlement to bring justice and accountability for the Syrian people. “I urge the Council to visit refugees and see their impact. Those refugees cannot come to the Council so please will you go to them,” Ms. Jolie Pitt said. It is “sickening,” she said, how thousands of refugees are drowning on the “doorstep of the world’s wealthiest continent,” and urged action to address the utter desperation that forces people to go on that deadly journey. She also urged the Council to take more serious action to combat sexual violence in conflict and called on Member States to begin preparations now so that Syrian women are represented in talks focusing on rebuilding their country. Also addressing the Council, WFP chief Ms. Cousin recounted her most recent visit to a Syrian refugee camp, describing scenes of despair, anger and anguish as displaced families struggled to access food assistance. Since the beginning of the crisis, Ms. Cousin said, WFP had been assisting 4 million people inside Syria and 1.9 million people outside the war-torn country. But, she warned, amid funding shortfalls that very same humanitarian aid was now in “jeopardy.” “We have been forced to cut the family food basket inside of Syria by 30 per cent,” the WFP Executive Director continued. “I must warn this Council that when we reduce food access operations, we reduce stability.” Against that backdrop, she noted that as WFP response teams work feverishly across the five host nations harbouring thousands of refugees, many of the displaced remain at risk of malnutrition and stunted development, particularly with food prices surging. Some 4 million Syrian women and children, she added, had been plunged into “a serious nutritional crisis” and urgently required preventative nutritional services. The length and complexity of this crisis means we must increase not reduce, food and nutritional assistance, Ms. Cousin concluded. “We cannot ask parents to raise their children in a region without food and without peace.” read more

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Pyle has 18 points 11 boards Western Illinois wins 7063

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Ben Pyle had 18 points to go with 11 rebounds as Western Illinois held on to beat Southeast Missouri State 70-63 on Saturday night.Western Illinois jumped out to an early lead before the Redhawks charged back to tie it 27-27 at the half. Ledarrius Brewer drilled a 3 to give Southeast Missouri its first lead in the second half, 37-34 with 16:21 left. The Redhawks stayed out front until Jeremiah Usiosefe nailed a 3 and Pyle hit back-to-back treys for a 52-45 lead at the 9:25 mark. Pyle sank his fourth 3 of the game for a 55-48 lead with 6:34 remaining as the Leathernecks held SE Missouri off in the final minutes.Isaac Johnson also totalled 18 points with seven rebounds and Kobe Webster added 16 points for the Leathernecks (4-4).Skyler Hogan had 18 points and Sage Tolbert added 11 with 10 rebounds for the Redhawks (4-4).The Associated Press read more

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Vipers manager Terje Marcussen I will run naked if we dont beat

The new force in Norwegian handball, Viper Kristiansand have a big plan for the future. General manager Terje Marcussen made a small earthquake with the following statement:– I’ll run naked around the hall if we do not take the better of Larvik within three years – said ambitious manager after his team lost against the unbeatable Larvik 18:32.Legendary Larvik left back Gro Hammerseng-Edin added on this:We just think it’s fun that anyone taking up the glove and decide to challenge us. But, they have to make much more than just buying Linn Jorum Sulland – smiled one of the best Norwegian player ever. We will see how serious plans has ambitious Norwegian club, currently fifth in domestic Championship. Will Sulland will be the only one or we will have a real revolution until 2019?Source: TV2.nophoto: vipers.no Terje Marcussen VipersVipers handball ← Previous Story PARTILLE CUP: FIVE FEMALE STARS OF THE EOC Next Story → Kielce win derby against Rhein Neckar Lowen! read more

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The Goldfinch Tops Studios TV Ad Spending

first_img Popular on Variety 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 08/19/2019 and 08/25/2019.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology. $2.6M – Ready or Not Impressions: 164,790,623Attention Score: 95.90Attention Index: 126National Airings: 561Networks: 47Most Spend On: FOX, NBCCreative Versions: 22Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $5.32MStudio: Warner Bros.Started Airing: 05/14/19 Impressions: 192,449,509Attention Score: 95.62Attention Index: 121National Airings: 441Networks: 38Most Spend On: ABC, CBSCreative Versions: 4Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $5.26MStudio: Warner Bros.Started Airing: 08/12/19 Impressions: 224,274,644Attention Score: 95.38Attention Index: 117National Airings: 978Networks: 24Most Spend On: Adult Swim, MTVCreative Versions: 25Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11.97MStudio: Fox Searchlight PicturesStarted Airing: 06/17/19 $1.93M – It Chapter Two $2.89M – Angel Has Fallen Notably, “It Chapter Two” has the best iSpot Attention Index (126) in the ranking, getting 26% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). Impressions: 312,748,012Attention Score: 94.33Attention Index: 98National Airings: 779Networks: 25Most Spend On: Univision, TBSCreative Versions: 29Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11.94MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 05/30/19 TV ad placements for Roadside Attractions’ “The Peanut Butter Falcon” (EMV: $2.85 million), Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “Ready or Not” ($2.6 million) and Warner Bros.’ “It Chapter Two” ($1.93 million) round out the chart.  Related Impressions: 300,323,238Attention Score: 89.61Attention Index: 54National Airings: 1,012Networks: 30Most Spend On: HGTV, TNTCreative Versions: 9Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $4.07MStudio: Roadside AttractionsStarted Airing: 08/03/19 Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv Box Office: ‘Angel Has Fallen’ to Win Modest Labor Day Weekend $2.97M – The Goldfinch Box Office: ‘Don’t Let Go’ Opens With $150,000 on Thursday Night In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Warner Bros. claims the top spot in spending with “The Goldfinch.”Ads placed for the drama had an estimated media value of $2.97 million through Sunday for 441 national ad airings on 38 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Aug. 19-25. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Warner Bros. prioritized spend across networks including ABC, CBS and NBC, and during programming such as “America’s Got Talent,” “Bachelor in Paradise” and “The Late Late Show With James Corden.”Just behind “The Goldfinch” in second place: Lionsgate’s “Angel Has Fallen,” which saw 779 national ad airings across 25 networks, with an estimated media value of $2.89 million.  $2.85M – The Peanut Butter Falcon ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Crack the art of layering scents

first_imgFragrance can be extremely evocative, conjuring vivid memories and feelings from a specific time of life. From the scent that accompanied you through your teenage years and first love, to the perfume that gave you the confidence on the first day of a dream new job, it provides the most personal flourish to your beauty routine. Choosing a signature scent, however, can take time, especially if you’re trying to find one that’s completely unique to you. If you’re struggling to find a fragrance that hits your sweet spot, you may want to consider layering two or three together to create a truly bespoke result. There are no wrong or right combinations when layering fragrances. At the end, the final scent created by you, should appeal to your sense and persona, say experts. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHere are some tips to keep in mind while layering scents:4Layering scents or mixing scents, doesn’t necessarily mean applying two or multiple perfumes on top of each other immediately. Layering starts as soon as you apply a scented shower gel or a soap. Then comes your body lotion and finally the perfume. So, if you are already following this routine, you are on your way to master the art of layering scents.4When it comes to layering scents, the thumb rule is that heavier scents should be sprayed first so they don’t overpower their lighter counterparts. Wear the heavier scent first, let it settle on you and then apply the lighter scent. Woody fragrances are heavy. Avoid mixing two scents which are heavy. Choose one or more lighter fragrances to mix, such that your final scent isn’t very intense. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4To create a bespoke single base perfume, you should stick to perfumes from similar fragrance families such as floral, woody, citrus, oriental etc. Understand the perfume families– the scent is floral, citrusy or woody. Once you know this, layer your perfume with similar smelling scents. If your perfume has a woody aroma or citrussy aroma, you should match it with other products such as shower gel, bathing oil, after shave etc. which have similar scents. This process will help you create a unique fragrance of your own. 4If you want to experiment, you should mix different perfumes together and forming your own exclusive scent. Creativity is the most crucial aspect of layering. Rose, vanilla or freesia are the easiest notes which can be mixed with any base. If you want to create a strong bespoke perfume, mix a heavy woody perfume with a light vanilla-based perfume for a sun downer with friends or a spray an oriental based perfume and finish it with a rose scent for a date night.4Choosing different notes and mixing fragrances from different families helps in creating new fragrances with contrasts. 4There’s a misconception that one can only mix eau de toilettes with eau de toilettes and the likes of it. It is totally fine to mix and match EDTs, EDPs and body sprays. 4If you want your fragrance to last longer, dab almond oil on your skin, then layer those fragrances on top of it. 4Layering is all about the art of creativity and you can master this by experimenting a couple of times. At the end of the day, you are the creator of your perfume and layering should be an extension of your personality.last_img read more

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Helloworld enhanced by hello You program

first_imgAfter the completion of Round Two of the hello You program, helloworld brand-carrying agents are already applying the skills learnt in the program to the day to day activities of their business.The program was developed by leading global training expert and PeopleInProgress chief executive officer Terry Hawkins, and it will empower helloworld’s front line staff with ample more skills.Skills to positively influence, engage, and create strengthened, long lasting customer relationships while adding significant business enhancements to their agency.Helloworld head of branded networks Julie Primmer, said the hello You training program reflects the commitment helloworld has to deliver excellence in customer service.“This is a key differentiator for our brand-carrying members within their communities and our agents are already reaping significant benefits from this tailored training initiative,” Ms Primmer said.Helloworld head of associate and affiliate networks David Padman, said internal research has shown that customer service is a prime advantage in the industry.“Our agents and our research tell us that excellence in customer service is a prime advantage and our hello You program has been embraced by our brand-carrying Agents because they want to cement their position as business leaders,” Mr Padman said.In addition, helloworld agents are already seeing significant business advantages through putting the practical outcomes of the training into action.Helloworld Thornton store, retail sales manager Sarah Fenton, said she found the hello You training to be a real game changer.“It is a chance to look not only at how we can improve our business, but how we can improve the way we relate to, communicate and interact with our customers on a day to day basis. From a business perspective, it has given me a new level of patience when dealing with clients, especially in regards to complaint resolution,” Ms Fenton said.In other helloworld news, Andrew Burnes, the founder of Australia’s AOT Group, has increased his stake in Helloworld to 10.2 per cent.Mr Burnes bought 15.5m helloworld (HLO) shares at 36 cents each in an off-market transaction from UBS and Europe Voyager.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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