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first_imgIndian tech company Infosys has announced its acquisition of Fluido, a Salesforce adviser company in the Nordics in Europe, for $76 million (Rs 545 crore/  65 million euros).Finland-based Fluido, which is headquartered in Espoo, is a Salesforce consulting partner that offers cloud consulting, implementation, and training services.The acquisition, expected to close during the third quarter of fiscal 2019, subject to customary closing conditions, will strengthen “Infosys’ position as a leading Salesforce enterprise cloud services provider and enhances its ability to provide clients an unparalleled cloud-first transformation,” the company said in a statement.“This acquisition demonstrates Infosys’ commitment to the Salesforce ecosystem to address our client’s digital priorities. Fluido will be an important addition to the Infosys family, bringing a unique combination of market presence, deep salesforce expertise, agile delivery and training, that combined with our existing capabilities will help companies reimagine and transform their businesses,” Ravi Kumar, President and Deputy COO of Infosys, said in the statement.Today, we announced a definitive agreement to acquire Fluido, the leading #Salesforce advisor & #consulting partner in Nordics and a recognized leader in #CloudConsulting, implementation & training services. Welcome to the family, @FluidoTweets https://t.co/UPPFkvvAEk #InfyNews pic.twitter.com/OoqEe48xWD— Infosys (@Infosys) September 14, 2018Fluido has a strong presence in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Slovakia. Its customers are represented across industries, such as manufacturing, energy, retail and telecommunications, to whom the firm delivers services that span from strategy consulting to implementation and training. “Over the past eight years Fluido customers have seen tremendous success as the scope of our Salesforce deliveries have grown. With Infosys we will now be able to provide truly global scalable services while maintaining the close relationship with our customers,” Fluido founder and CEO, Kai Mäkelä stated.  Infosys has been expanding its global footprint with an array of new projects, including opening of new innovation hubs, employing local workers, and training them individually to suit the company’s requirements in various countries.  Earlier this year, Infosys acquired U.S-based digital creative and consumer insight agency WongDoody for $75 million. It also established a new Digital Center of Excellence in Marseille, France, in June. The center will offer Infosys’ digital offerings to companies in France.Last month, the Bengaluru-based firm set up a new technology and innovation hub in Raleigh, North Carolina. The hub, inaugurated on Aug. 22, aims to help the firm work more closely with clients in the region to develop cross-functional solutions to business challenges in areas such as as machine learning, artificial intelligence, user experience and advanced digital technologies, including big data and cloud.   Related ItemsEuropeInfosyslast_img read more

first_imgAdam Purinton, accused for hate crime that took place in Kansas in February 2017 against two Indian men and first-degree murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, pleaded not guilty on Dec. 1.Purinton has been indicted on two hate crime charges in the federal court. He shot two Indians — Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani — at a bar in Olathe, resulting in the death of the 32-year-old engineer at GPS maker Garmin. He shouted “Get out of my country” and uttered racial slurs before shooting them. A white man, Ian Grillot, who tried to help the duo, was also shot.Purinton waived off his preliminary hearing and the not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, according to Kansas City Star. His next nearing is on May 8. Federal prosecutors have said that the two Indian men were targeted for their race or ethnicity.Purinton is also charged with first-degree murder of Kuchibhotla, and with two counts of attempted first-degree murder for wounding the other two people, in Johnson County District Court.The incident took place at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, on Feb. 22. After the incident, Purinton fled to an Applebee’s restaurant after telling a bartender about the shooting. He was arrested 70 miles away from the spot.“He asked if he could stay with me and my husband, and he wouldn’t tell me what he did. I kept asking him, and he said that he would tell me if I agreed to let him stay with me,” the bartender said. “Well, I finally got him to tell me and he said, like, that he shot and killed two Iranian people in Olathe.”The incident sparked outrage and protests among the Indian American community. The community organized vigils in Olathe and throughout the country.“One thing that I really wanted to emphasize is, the main reason why I am here is that’s what my best friend, Srinivas, would have done,” Madasani said in February 2017 during a condolence meeting. “He would have been here for me, and that’s what I’m doing right now.” He said that his friend and he frequented that bar for two years.“What happened that night was a senseless crime and that took away my best friend,” Madasani said. Related Itemshate crimeKansasracismlast_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Haryana SteelerspklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019 First Published: October 4, 2019, 6:59 PM IST Haryana Steelers will look to end their home leg on a winning note against Telugu Titans on Friday, October 4. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 Haryana Steelers vs Telugu Titans will be played at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula, Haryana. Telugu Titans, who lost their previous match, will want to put up a performance worth cheering for their fans. The PKL 2019 season 7 Haryana Steelers vs Telugu Titans will commence at 8:30PM.The PKL 2019 season 7 will say goodbye to Panchukla on Friday with two matches. At 7:30PM, Jaipur Pink Panthers take on Bengaluru Bulls. The second game will see Haryana Steelers welcome Telugu Titans at 8:30PM. Haryana Steelers, will try to put behind their defeat in the last outing and finish their home leg in style. On the other hand, Telugu Titans who are out of the playoffs race, will play for pride and look to put up an impressive show in their remaining matches. This season 12 teams have participated in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Haryana Steelers vs Telugu Titans match start?The 121th match of PKL 2019 season 7 is scheduled to start at 8:30PM. The match between Haryana Steelers and Telugu Titans will be played at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula, Haryana.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Haryana Steelers vs Telugu Titans clash on TV?The PKL 2019 Haryana Steelers and Telugu Titans clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Haryana Steelers vs Telugu Titans match on live streaming?The live streaming of the Haryana Steelers vs Telugu Titans, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. last_img read more

first_imgPune, May 8 (PTI) Flying Sikh Milkha Singh today exhorted Indian youth to take inspiration from his story and win an Olympic medal in athletics in his lifetime.”I failed to win a medal in 1960 Rome Olympics and it hurts me till today. More than half a century has passed since then but no Indian has been able to win an Olympic medal in athletics,” rued Milkha Singh here today.”It is my last wish to see an Olympic medal around an Indian athletes neck on the podium at the Olympic Games,” he said. Milkha expressed his fervent wish at a felicitation ceremony of sportspersons and coaches organised by the Pune International Sports Expo on the concluding day of the event. “I have last run a competitive race almost 50 years ago, but since then over these years no Milkha has risen from this vast country. I specially came to Pune because it is here that I spent my 6-7 years of training days when I joined the Indian Army and this city has given me a lot,” said Milkha in his address. His story is well documented in book and the film that became a blockbuster, but what many do not know is that it was his son, international golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, who was instrumental in persuading him to give his story to Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra for a princely royalty of Re 1.”My son insisted that I give my story to Omprakash Mehra, the maker of another Bollywood hit Rang de Basanti, when there were two or three more directors wanting to pay more than a Rs 1 crore for royalty,” Milkha said.advertisementReferring to the sportspersons of this generation who expect fast results, Milkha advised them from falling for performance enhancing drugs to achieve the goals.”There are sportspersons who want to achieve something in two days what one can do naturally in four months. They take drugs and then they get caught and that brings blight to our country. This is unpardonable,” said Milkha.He went on to narrate his story of how he became what he is now and the contribution of Pakistan in making him Flying Sikh.”What I did then is always possible now, but someone has to get up and start running to achieve the goals,” he said. PTI SSR NRB PDS PDSlast_img read more

first_imgIndia will host its first WTA tournament in five years when the city of Mumbai stages a USD 125,000 event in November, giving home players an opportunity to compete with the world’s top-50.Yet again, it is Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) which has come forward to bring the much- needed tournament to the country.MSLTA had recently bagged the hosting rights of India’s ATP World Tour event, Chennai Open and it was re-branded as Maharashtra Open, to be held in Pune.”It’s time that our players such as Ankita Raina, Karman Kaur Thandi, Rutuja Bhosale and others get to play at a better level and try to move up the rankings ladder. For the players’ interest we have brought this event to Mumbai,” MSLTA Secretary General Sunder Iyer told PTI.The last time India hosted a WTA event — Royal Indian Open — was in 2012 in Pune when current world number five Elina Svitolina had won the singles title by beating veteran Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm.There will be four wild cards each on offer in main draw and the Qualifiers of the Mumbai Open. Top players in the country at that time are likely to get those wild card entries.India’s best singles players, save for Ankita Raina (262), can’t get direct entry into the main draws of WTA 125K level events with their current rankings. Karman Kaur Tahndi (349) and national champion Riya Bhatia (519) follow Raina in the ladder.”It will be an opportunity for players to get some crucial points ahead of the Australian Open. Also, players who are to return from injuries and niggles, this event will serve their purpose. Players ranked between 11 and 50 will compete and it’s good for our girls to get that exposure,” Iyer said.advertisementSo far, India has hosted only two USD 15,000 events — one in Gwalior and the other in Aurangabad.”I am very much looking forward to the WTA event at home.It will be a great exposure and experience for all of us since it’s quite tough to enter a WTA event. I would like to request AITA to host more of these tournaments,” Ankita Raina told PTI from Prague.Thandi said, “It will be great for women’s tennis with that kind of event happening in India.”MSLTA has lined up three more USD 25000 events which will be held in Pune and Navi Mumbai and one USD 15000 tournament in Solapur.Together with a USD 50,000 Challenger with all these women’s events, lined up in November in Pune, MSLTA would spend close to USD 300,000 in organising these tournaments.This is when other state associations, including DLTA, are struggling to generate funds for a single tournament.Prashant Sutar, MSLTA Director (Development Committee), said if a proposal is put before corporates and the government with the “right vision”, it’s not difficult to raise money.”We have KPIT as dedicated sponsors for men’s challenger and a dedicated local mill as sponsors for Solapur. We have understood that proposal should be presented in a particular manner to get sponsorship,” Sutar, who will be Tournament Director for both WTA and ATP World event in January, said.Sutar is hoping that Raina will be able to get a direct entry and Rutuja will be a strong contender for the singles wild card since she is a player from Maharashtra.”For international players, we will see, during the US Open which players are interested in coming to India. We have the option of offering wild cards to them,” Sutar said.Thandi said if India can host such tournaments on a regular basis, nothing can be better.”With a ranking of 349, I would be in the main draw of 60k and qualifying of 100k and 125k. Having a training base in France, I have to spend two weeks at a time for visa to countries like Japan, China, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and most of Asian countries by skipping training.”If India were to host 60k and above tournaments, it will be good financially and I will get time in India for my next tournament visa,” Thandi said.last_img read more

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! uspw 5767944 2Photo Attribution: US PresswireJake Trotter of Sooner Nation joined me to trade a few emails about what’s going to happen on Saturday.Kyle Porter: Ok Jake, I’ve been reading a lot about how Norman isn’t the same Norman and OSU isn’t the same OSU of the past. Do you buy that the Cowboys (and others) have exercised demons of seasons gone by or is that just orange nation trying to make themselves feel better about Saturday?Jake Trotter: I agree. The Sooners no longer hold the same majestic home-field advantage they once did. And this is a different OSU football program than the one we grew up with. But does that means the Cowboys will go into Norman, where they’ve been obliterated their last four trips, and win? OU’s two home losses in 2012 were to last week’s No. 1 and then this week’s No. 1. The Cowboys haven’t been the same team away from Boone Pickens Stadium, either. Yes, OSU exercised demons by knocking off OU in a game with something on the line. But there’s a difference between doing that at home and doing it on the road. KP: People act like OU’s all of a sudden this liability in Norman when the reality is that they lost to two pretty great teams. I think the home winning thing under Stoops, while impressive, always rang a little hollow to me because rarely did they get a big time squad (since the UT game is in Dallas). Sure, they got Nebraska every fourth year and maybe A&M or Tech had some strong teams…but nothing like the Big 12 teams that have emerged lately.You obviously watch OU every week, what’s the one thing they do poorly enough that if OSU exploits it the Cowboys are going to come away with a W?JT: If OSU is able to run the ball, the best OU could hope for is another shootout win. After the last two weeks, I can guarantee shoring up the run defense has been the No. 1 emphasis in practice. The silver lining for the Sooners is that Mike Stoops’ awful no linebacker scheme has had more to do with the hapless run defense than the players on the field. With a better scheme — and any scheme would be better — the Sooners figure to be more solid. Then again, the Cowboys can pound the ball as well as anyone in the league. And if they get Randle and Smith going on the ground against an average OU front, the Sooners will be on their heels again.KP: Tavon Austin nightmares, part II.Clint Chelf in his first start on the road, doesn’t really know any better. Landry Jones in his last start at home with the full gamut of emotions on display? Advantage __________?JT: I like Chelf. I think he’s been OSU’s best quarterback this season (and he, Walsh or Lunt could all start for Texas). But the Sooners have the edge at QB. No one wants to seems to acknowledge it, but Landry has been terrific since the Kansas State loss. OU would have gotten run out of Morgantown without him, too. The Cowboys have the better front seven, the better offensive line and the better running backs. But they do not have the edge at QB. Agree?KP: I think people who would choose Chelf over Landry for a four-year career are misguided, if not downright foolish. But for one game, I’m not so sure.There are just so many emotions and other things you have to manage on senior night, especially when you’ve given so much of yourself to the program like Landry has. Consider the last basketball game in old GIA when a not-as-good OU team beat Desmond and Gottlieb’s best team on senior night.I’m not saying Chelf is better than Landry, not by any means — but for one game, this game, I think ignorance might be bliss and the bandwagon might have a few more passengers come Saturday night.(seems like a train joke could have been squeezed in there somewhere, alas).OK, we’ve rambled long enough. I know you’re picking OU to win 31-30 but give my O-State readers a few reasons behind that pick.JT: You could end up being right. But give me the QB who’s played in a dozen big games like this before versus one making his first career road start in Norman. As for my pick, I like the Sooners in a close one for the following reasons:1. The Cowboys have not been competitive in Norman the last four trips, even though in every one of them, there were reasons for OSU optimism like this year.2. With Stills, Saunders, Brown and Shepard making plays, the OU passing game is firing on all cylinders and will be very difficult for an inconsistent OSU secondary to defend.3. The OU defense has actually been pretty good when they haven’t been running that goofy 7 DB defense. If this game were in Stillwater, I would be picking the Cowboys, where they’ve been prolific. They haven’t been so prolific on the road. You can follow Jake on Twitter here. He always has good stuff…even for somebody who covers OU.last_img read more

first_imgformer alabama quarterback jalen hurtsTUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks the field between quarters against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)With his transfer to Oklahoma, Jalen Hurts had to know that there was a distinct possibility of facing his alma mater, Alabama. A showdown could come in the College Football Playoff.Alabama has made the four-team playoff field every year since it came into use. Oklahoma has been a fairly regular participant as well, and faced the Crimson Tide in the semifinal game last year.That isn’t to say that Hurts is bitter about how things played out at Alabama. It would be hard to find someone who handled that type of situation better, especially considering he stayed for the full 2018-19 season when it looked like he would ultimately lose his job to Tua Tagovailoa.Remember, if not for Hurts being on the team, Alabama may very well have lost the SEC Championship to Georgia, and could have missed the College Football Playoff altogether. Considering how the last two Oklahoma quarterbacks have fared, the move to Norman clearly signals that Hurts has the NFL on his mind. He is definitely aware that the potential for a postseason game against Alabama is there.While he hasn’t gone on the record to state that he wants this to happen, someone he played for says that it has to be the case.Maryland head coach Mike Locksley, an Alabama staffer from 2016-18 and the offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide last fall, said as much in a USA Today article:“I’m sure in the back of Jalen’s mind, he would like to see the Oklahoma-Alabama matchup happen,” says Maryland coach Mike Locksley, who was Alabama’s offensive coordinator in 2018 – and who badly wanted Hurts to transfer to Maryland. “I think that came into play when he made the decision to go there.”Hurts led Alabama to a 26-2 record as starter over two seasons, during which he was first team All-SEC as a starter in 2016. Hurts’ Crimson Tide lost to Deshaun Watson and Clemson in his national championship during his freshman season, and were on the ropes in the same spot against Georgia the year after.At halftime of the game, Saban made the risky decision to go with Tagovailoa, the talented but little-used freshman back-up. He led the Crimson Tide to the title game win, and was ultimately named starter the following season over Hurts.If this comes to pass, we may get a direct Hurts vs. Tagovailoa match-up this winter.[USA Today]last_img read more

first_img70th Baghajatin Tarun Sangha Durga Puja, organised around the theme ‘Esho Mukhto Koro'(Meaning ‘An earnest request to Ma Ganga’) was recently held in Kolkata. Partha Ghosh and Sidhartha Ghosh, Theme makers of the puja along with Shib Shankar Paul, Ex Indian Pacer; Priyanka Sarkar, Brand Ambassador of the Club; Pronob Bardhan, Gold Medalist in Contact Bridge at Asian Games; Gautam Ghosh, President of the Club; Gautam Brahma, Maker of Jaowar Bangla Band; Sudip Sengupta, Secretary of the Club; Nitish Saha, West Bengal Durga Puja Forum Chairman; Pradipta Saha, Smoke free forum, and others were present on the occasion.last_img read more

first_imgGurugram: Bucking the economic slowdown, four revenue districts of Gurugram have recorded a 30% growth in collection of Goods and Services Tax (GST).The additional chief secretary (excise and taxation), Sanjeev Kaushal who conducted a review of the tax collection, said Gurugram (east) has showed the highest growth rate with an increase of 65 percent in July and Gurugram (north) has recorded a growth rate of 43%. All the four revenue districts of Gurugram account for 60% of the total revenue in Haryana under the GST regime. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKaushal said the select band of top taxpayers of Gurugram district comprising 2,552 taxpayers have also shown an increase of 22.10% in July. The return compliance of the district has also gone up particularly among the top taxpayers. More than 90% top taxpayers of Gurugram have filed their GST returns He also underlined the importance of the return compliance for the success of GST and directed all the district in-charge to ensure that the compliance level goes up to 100% amongst the top taxpayers. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWorking on the data mismatch, the department recovered and reconciled more than 175 crores from the taxpayers showing different amounts in their returns The department has also cancelled 2,949 registrations of the taxpayers who were found non-existing and non-functional during the physical verification. The department has imposed tax and penalty amounting to Rs 5.28 crores during roadside check. The ACS said that the department is processing refunds under GST promptly and all the refund applications are being disposed of within a stipulated period of 60 days. Notwithstanding the slowdown, Haryana has witnessed a growth of nearly 40 per cent in GST collections in the past one year. The collections under the state GST Act for July this year was Rs1,971.02 crore as against Rs1,404.98 crore last July — an increase of Rs566.04 crore. The GST collection figures of the Excise and Taxation Department show that Gurugram recorded 30 per cent growth rate under the GST regime this July, the highest so far.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is delaying a decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to June 18.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the extended deadline will give the government more time to complete its consultations with Indigenous groups.The National Energy Board endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline on Feb. 22, starting the clock on a 90-day period for Ottawa to make a decision.Minister Sohi releases a statement on the #GoC’s plan for a decision on the #TransMountain Expansion Project https://t.co/HT7QgQTsA6— GC Newsroom (@NewsroomGC) April 18, 2019That would have set the previous deadline for a decision at May 23.Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley said that would be the case on Monday, the day before the provincial election.“We expect a positive decision next month and when the pipeline is built, it will stand as a testament to a province as a whole that stood united. A province that did what it took to get the job done.”Construction of the pipeline expansion was put on hold last year after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled the board failed to consider marine impacts and the government needed to do more Indigenousconsultation.The NEB report in February made 16 new recommendations for the government, including reducing noise of ferries and incentives and requirements for quiet vessel design. With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgIn the new borderless business of television, Canada is emerging as an ideal partner.That was the word from several buyers and sellers at MIPCOM, the international media content market which concluded last week at Cannes.“I think all the borders have gone down in television because there’s such a huge demand,” says Frank Spotnitz, executive producer of the upcoming CBS/Global series “Ransom.” Best known as a writer/producer on “The X-Files,” Spotnitz has spent 22 years making American network TV shows in Canada, including three “X-Files” spinoffs. He cites the “huge talent pool” and “beauty and diversity of the landscape” as reasons he keeps coming back. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Ransom” stars Luke Roberts (“Game of Thrones”) as a top hostage negotiator jetting around the world to deal with deadly crisis situations. Spotnitz and his Canadian collaborators shot the series in Toronto before recently shifting production to France. It will air in the New Year.The TV veteran says “Peak TV” is real.“There’s an unquenchable thirst for drama,” he says, adding the driving force is platforms such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu as well as cable networks in the U.S.“They can’t afford to do (all this production) on their own, they need partners,” he says, “so they look to Canada and to Europe.”One such production is “Versailles.” Heading into a second season, the historical epic was one of three series showcased at MIPCOM by Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund. The lavish costume drama was originally a France-only production until costs swelled towards US$40 million per season.“Canada enjoys production treaty deals with France and we were able to offer the talent and resources to make this series happen,” says Ian Whitehead, executive producer and head of production and development at FOX Incendo.There are currently 54 treaties between Canada and other producing countries, according to the CMF.Besides international co-productions, the CMF supports domestic dramas such as “Murdoch Mysteries.” Shaftesbury CEO Christina Jennings came back from MIPCOM buoyed by demands from broadcasters in the UK and France for more episodes of the CBC drama, already in its 10th season. “Murdoch” is one of Canada’s top TV exports, appearing in over 110 markets worldwide.“It’s a great crime series featuring wonderful characters and an alternative to dramas out there that are quite dark,” says Jennings. “‘Murdoch’ can play daytimes, prime times — it’s very schedule-friendly.”Jennings says international buyers are telling her they want the next “Murdoch.” Shaftesbury is partnering with France and the UK on a series of “Aimee Leduc” movies for TV. The mysteries were inspired by true crime novels by Cara Black set in Paris. Production will begin in France in 2017 with a Canadian cast in the lead and Canadian writers and directors also involved.Another company making deals at MIPCOM was Vancouver-based Thunderbird Entertainment, makers of “Kim’s Convenience” and “Beat Bugs.” An alliance with Skybound North, the creative force behind “The Walking Dead,” was announced during the TV marketplace.“They’re looking to expand beyond the traditional way of making shows in the U.S.,” says Thunderbird CEO Tim Gamble, a veteran MIPCOM player. “This gives them an opportunity to access Canadian talent and the benefits of producing shows in Canada. It gives us access to high quality creative talent.”Gamble agrees that high-end scripted fare has become such an expensive proposition that several countries almost have to get involved.“Unless you’re a Netflix or Amazon or an HBO, funding the whole thing is becoming prohibitive,” he says, citing HBO’s “Westworld” as “again raising the bar.”Chris Ottinger, president of worldwide television sales and acquisitions for MGM Studios, says he was worried coming into MIPCOM that the market might be over-saturated. The path around that, he feels, “is to try and aim as high as possible.”Two shows MGM Studios offers the world — “Vikings” and “Fargo” — deliver on that promise, he says. Both have Canadian connections, with “Vikings” a co-production between Ireland and Canada. Besides actors and directors, “Vikings” boasts a Canadian post-production partner, Take 5.“We work with them as much as we can, they’re super talented,” says Ottinger.Set in North Dakota, “Fargo” shoots in and around Calgary.“We wanted to be a little farther north to get more snow — it was a challenge in season 2 because it didn’t snow enough,” he says.The MGM Studios booth at MIPCOM also boasted a large poster for an upcoming production shot in Toronto: “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Starring Elizabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), Ottinger sees this adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel as “a global masterpiece and absolutely the kind of serialized, dramatic storytelling that is perfect for television now.”The miniseries will premiere on the U.S. streaming service Hulu in the spring. Ottinger says he hasn’t sold it to a Canadian broadcaster yet, “but I’m not worried about getting one.”by Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press— Bill Brioux is a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ont. While in Cannes, Brioux was a guest of Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund.last_img read more

10.Partizan152013356 : 4276 Slovakian champion HC Tatran Presov beat C.O Zagreb 31:28 (12:15) and almost secured SEHA GAZPROM SSL F4 which will be held in Novi Sad (April 11-13). In interesting finish decisive role had Latvian giant Dainis Kristopans who scored last two goals and pushed his team to F4. Slovakian team needs only one more pont to practically find the place in Novi Sad, but only in the case in other two teams, Vardar and Brest Meshkov won last three matches…STATISTICSThe first team at SEHA GAZPROM SSL is Croatian champion C.O Zagreb.Other results:Partizan – Metalurg 23:22Nexe – Vardar 32:25STANDINGS: 2.Tatran Prešov151203517 : 41836 5.Metalurg15744388 : 36125 1.CO Zagreb161213503 : 43437 6.Vojvodina15708382 : 40221 7.Nexe15528420 : 42817 3.Vardar15915429 : 39228 ← Previous Story Melsungen beat Kiel – RNL smash Hannover! Next Story → Christian Berge is new Norwegian head-coach! 4.Meshkov Brest14905377 : 35227 8.Borac m:tel144010328 : 42012 C.O ZagrebSEHASEHA F4SEHA handballTatran Presov 9.Lovćen163211413 : 47911 read more

first_imgTHE LARGEST COLLECTION of seahorses in Ireland is to be displayed at a new sanctuary in the Bray Sea Life aquarium in Co Wicklow. The sanctuary, which will contain up to 20 seahorses and five different species, will be launched in time for Easter.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, General Manager of the aquarium, Pat O’Súilleabháin, said it will be the first time that the native Irish hippocampus guttulatus, or long nosed seahorse, will be displayed in Ireland.“Most seahorses are under some degree of threat and the Irish species certainly are,” he said. “It’s fair to say that this is something I’ve been looking to do for, going back ten years, and we’ve managed to finally get some.”O’Súilleabháin said the threat to seahorses has been developing over the last few years as the creatures are used for both medicinal and decorative purposes.“Globally there is a massive trade in them, particularly in Asia where they are highly valued for their medicinal values but I’ve also seen them as souvenirs, like dried seahorses on postcards,” he said. “I’ve come across them in shops in Ireland as well, coated in a resin and formed into jewelry and I’m sure most people who buy them don’t know that they’re the real thing.”“It’s been a problem for quite a while and that’s part of the reason for this, so that the seahorses will be in a safe and secure environment and we hope that in due course we can start up some breeding programmes as well,” he added.Bray Sea Life is part of a larger international group of aquariums and the seahorses will be captive bred fish, coming from some of the 35 centres across the world. O’Súilleabháin said it was important to have certified suppliers so that they “aren’t depleting natural populations and don’t become part of the problem”.“We have new features on a regular basis but this has me more excited than anything else, O’Súilleabháin said. “The fact that we can develop the concept of the Irish seahorses as well just makes it magical.”The sanctuary will be launched on 24 or 25 March.Read: Have you seen this newt?>last_img read more

first_imgClark College announced last week that it will welcome its first class of students to the newly opened Tod and Maxine McClaskey Culinary Institute this fall.The college will hold two free informational sessions on Thursday and on Monday, March 6.Both sessions will be held at 6 p.m. in PUB 161 on Clark College’s main campus at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.Clark culinary students can choose between cuisine or professional baking and pastry arts.The school will offer one-year certificate programs and two-year associate degree programs.Clark College revamped its program with a new facility built thanks to a $4 million gift from the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Family Foundation.last_img read more

first_imgJuanfran has revealed that he is “sure” that Antoine Griezmann and everyone in the Atletico Madrid squad will be back next year to “play another final”Los Rojiblancos won their third Europa League crown on Wednesday’s final against Marseille at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon with a convincing 3-0 win.Griezmann capitalised on a mistake from Andre Zambo Anguissa to give Atletico the lead, before adding his second of the game with another clinical finish.Captain Gabi then scored the Spanish side’s third of the game.Speaking after the final, Juanfran expressed his confidence that the Barcelona target Griezmann will remain at Madrid for next season.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“The finals about details and Griezmann’s goal allowed us to push forward, and for them to lower their level of play,” said the defender, according to ChicagoTribune.“We all had a great game and Griezmann was marvellous. We love him and he deserves good things to happen to him. I’m sure next year we will all be here and play another final.”The Spanish right-back is hopeful that Atletico can build on their progress over the years and start winning more silverware in the future.“Many years, many finals, more won and lost and that is great. We are having spectacular years and hopefully, we can have some more,” he added.last_img read more

first_img Macau sees 20.6% increase in visitors in 1H19 but length of stay falling RelatedPosts Dealers lead hiring surge in Macau gaming sector during 4Q18 Macau attracted 2,704,745 visitors in May, an 8.7% decline on April numbers but up 5.2% year-on-year according to figures released by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).The sequential fall has been attributed to one less weekend in the calendar month compared to 2017 due to the golden week which traditionally falls in May instead falling in April this year, with the annual rise boding well for the months ahead. Load More Organizers reveal 1.2% increase in visitation to G2E Asia in 2019 Overnight visitors (1,449,431) and same-day visitors (1,255,314) grew by 5.3% and 5.1% respectively year-on-year with the average length of stay holding steady at 1.3 days. Visitors from Mainland China increased by 9.3% year-on-year to 1,860,906 in May, with those travelling under the Individual Visit Scheme rising by 8.2% to 853,979. Mainland visitors came primarily from Guangdong Province (746,045), Hunan Province (93,151) and Fujian Province (69,200).Visitation from the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom all decreased compared with May 2017.Much of the China increase was felt at the border gate with arrivals up 7.2% year-on-year to 1,337,136. Visitor arrivals by air surged by 23.5% to 267,322.In the first five months of 2018, visitor arrivals totaled 14.2 million, an increase. Overnight visitors (7,321,640) and same-day visitors (6,889,697) increased by 8.5% and 7.0% respectively. Visitors from Mainland China (9,952,942) increased by 13.2% year-on-year over the same period.last_img read more

first_imgDownload AudioCommercial fishermen scrambling to buy life rafts for their boats this winter can rest a little easier. Congress has changed a new law that would have required life rafts for fishing boats traveling at least three miles off shore.Less than two weeks ago, U.S. Coast Guard officials were in Petersburg explaining new safety requirements announced in January: that fishing boats under 36 feet would have to carry life rafts if traveling more than three miles off shore. The law was supposed to take effect Feb. 26. Also, larger boats over 36 feet needed to upgrade their life rings or floats to life rafts by Nov. 1. But all that’s changed.“It’s all been put on hold,” said Steve Ramp, Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner for the Coast Guard based in Sitka. He said Congress decided to repeal the change in safety requirements earlier this month.“For some reason Congress, the Senate and the House, put some riders on a Coast Guard appropriation bill to change the implementation of these increased survival craft rules,” Ramp said.The President signed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 on Feb. 8. It now calls for a formal rule making process before any new regulations can take effect. Ramp said the process is quite lengthy. It includes publishing in the federal register, a public comment period, a review period, and then formalizing the law into a regulation.“That process we anticipate will take a year or more,” said Ramp.That means it will be at least a year before survival craft requirements will change for commercial fishermen.“Everyone can continue to operate as they have prior to now,” Ramp said.So smaller boats can still operate out to 12 miles without a survival craft and larger boats can operate out to 12 miles with a life float or buoyant apparatus. Without the required safety gear, fishermen can be fined or sent back to port.The survival raft law change could have affected hundreds of fishermen in Southeast. Such life rafts cost around $2,500. Fishermen who already spent the money could try returning the rafts or they could try to take legal action against the government, “for being forced to purchase equipment unnecessarily,” according to Megan O’Neil, the Executive Director of the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association.O’Neil said she received news about repealing the life raft requirement Friday in an e-mail from the Coast Guard. But she says it’s ultimately up to the fishermen how they to respond to the news. She said she knew of a lot of fishermen who had already purchased rafts.“I know Murray Pacific ordered a whole bunch and our local ship store ordered a bunch,” said O’Neil.The local ship store is Piston and Rudder Services in Petersburg. The store had ordered about half a dozen of the rafts but President Mike Luhr said they can return them to the vendor. He said the ordering and rule change happened so fast it wasn’t that big of a deal for them.Other fishermen ordered rafts from other vendors and Ramp said it’s up to them to return them.“And that’s the tough part. Unfortunately, we were trying to give fishermen a heads up on the new rules so that they can stay compliant with the law and then the rules changed mid-stream on us,” said Ramp.Still, Ramp believes the rafts could be required in the future anyway and he encourages fishermen to have them on board.“It will make them operate in a safer situation if something happens to the boat if they have the device they bought rather than nothing but that’s a decision each fishermen’s going to have to make on their own that purchased one,” Ramp said.Some fishermen have exemptions from the Coast Guard and can use a skiff or Zodiak in place of a life raft. Those exemptions are still good.If fishermen have any questions about the safety requirements of their boats they can contact one of the three Coast Guard examiners in Southeast. That’s Steve Ramp in Sitka at 966-5620, Jim Paul in Ketchikan at 225-4496 Ext. 2233 or Dave Hydock in Juneau at 463-2448.last_img read more

first_imgGeneral Motors on Friday pulled the wraps off the new refreshed version of its Captiva SUV in India.The all new Captiva is introduced with a price starting from ₹23.49 lakh. The 5+2 seater packs a slew of changes to its interior and exterior. Many features of the original version of Captiva have been carried over.Both automatic and manual transmissions of the revamped Captiva pack the same 2.2-litre, four cylinder diesel engine under the hood which churns out a power of 186.5 PS and 424 Nm torque. Other changes in the interior include new bumpers, LED tail lamps and 18-inch alloy wheels.The interiors of the new car come with new leather upholstery, heated rear seats and dual zone climate control Keyless entry along wth safety features like Front Driver & Passenger and Front Side & Curtain Airbags, Antilock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce, Descent Control System, Traction Control System and Electronic Stability Program.The vehicle which is pitted against Honda CR-V, Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner will come in Eye Grey, Pearl White, Carbon Flash, Moulan Rouge, and Switch Blade Silver colour options. According to reports, the new Capitva SUV launched in the country is the same version that was launched in Korea in early 2013.last_img read more

first_img.Three minors died in two separate suspected incidents of drowning in Bijoynagar and Nasirnagar upazila of Brahmanbaria on Tuesday.The deceased are Zannat, 7, daughter of a certain Mizan Mia of Chatur village in Bijoynagar upazila, Sharmin, 8, daughter of one Motaleb Mia, from Noorpur village of the same upazila and Dihan, 4, son of one Manu Mia of Guniauk village in Nasirnagar upazila.Locals said, the two minor girls — Zannat and Sharmin — were playing on the bank of the Khaliajuria river beside Zannat’s house in the afternoon, reports UNB.All on a sudden Sharmin fell into the river around 5:30pm. Seeing her playmate going down the water, Zannat dived into the water to rescue her and drowned as well, they said.Later, locals rescued them and sent the bodies to Akhaura Health Complex where duty doctor declared them dead.In another incident, Diahan fell into a pond near his house unnoticed at noon.Failing to trace their son for a long time, parents conducted a frantic search in the afternoon and spotted their child’s body floating on the water.last_img read more