Europa League: Arsenal thrash BATE; Marseille, Athletic Bilbao advance

first_imgFormer champions League winner Marseille, Copenhagen, Athletic Bilbao and AEK Athens were among the eight teams to qualify for the knockout stage of Europa League on the final night of group matches on Thursday.Marseille advanced from Group I after a 0-0 home draw to group winner Salzburg.Bilbao clinched the top spot in Group J after a 2-0 victory at Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk.In the battle for second spot in Group H behind already-qualified Arsenal, Red Star Belgrade eliminated Cologne with a 1-0 victory.Earlier, Copenhagen and Lokomotiv both advanced from the tightly contested Group F after victories over Sheriff Tiraspol and Zlin, respectively.AEK needed a point and got it from a 0-0 draw at Austria Vienna to join AC Milan in the next phase from Group D.Two other clubs advanced from the early kickoffs, with Astana making it through from Group A after a 1-0 victory at Slavia Prague, and a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim proving enough for Bulgaria’s Ludogorets Razgrad to qualify from Group C.Sixteen clubs had already booked their places in the round of 32, which will also include eight third-place teams from the group stage of the Champions League.Elsewhere, already eliminated Everton recorded its first victory of the campaign, a 3-0 win at Apollon Limassol, courtesy of two first-half strikes by Ademola Lookman and another by Nikola Vlasic three minutes before the final whistle.The draw for the Round of 32 will be held on Monday.Here’s a look at Thursday’s Europa League action:advertisementEASY FOR ARSENALAlready certain to finish top of Group H, Arsenal completed the group stage with 13 points and a 6-0 rout of BATE Borisov.First goal since 2014 for @MatDebuchy ?First goal since 2015 for @JackWilshere ?First goal since September for @theowalcott ?Whose first-half goal did you enjoy the most?#AFCvBATE Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 7, 2017Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere all scored in the first half to put the outcome beyond doubt. Denis Polyakov made it 4-0 in the second half with an own goal before Olivier Giroud netted from the penalty spot for his 17th goal in his 40th appearance in European competitions. Mohamed Elneny finished BATE off with the sixth.Cologne has endured a miserable season at home after 11 losses in 14 games, and has only three points at the bottom of the Bundesliga.Europe is no consolation.Midfielder Slavoljub Srnic scored the decider in the 22nd minute for Red Star to join Arsenal in the next round with nine points.Cologne is eliminated with six points, followed by Borisov on five.That was @JackWilshere’s first goal for us since he did this against West Brom, 928 days ago ??? Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 7, 2017GATTUSO DEFEATEDCroatian champion Rijeka spoiled the European debut for Milan’s new coach Gennaro Gattuso with a 2-0 victory in Group D.A perfectly executed free kick by Jakov Puljic shocked the Italian powerhouse seven minutes into the game and Mario Gavranovic extended that lead two minutes into the second half.Milan, one of the competition’s favorites, had already secured top spot in the group with 11 points, three more than AEK, which drew its last five group stage games.Rijeka and Austria Vienna are eliminated.TIGHTEST GROUPPieros Sotiriou and Michael Lueftner scored in the space of three minutes early in the second half to help Copenhagen to a 2-0 victory over Sheriff Tiraspol and a place in the next stage. Group F had remained wide open until the last round of matches.A draw would have been enough for the Moldovan champions to make the next round for the first time.Aleksei Miranchuk scored in the 70th minute and Jefferson Farfan added another five minutes later for Lokomotiv to seal a 2-0 away victory over Czech side Zlin.Lokomotiv finished top of the group with 11 points, followed by Copenhagen two points behind. Tiraspol also finished on nine points but was eliminated by its head-to-head results.last_img read more

Aaron Finch compares batting collapse vs Pakistan to a ‘car crash in slow motion’

first_imgAaron Finch got philosophical after his team suffered a heavy 66-run loss to Pakistan in the first T20I in Dubai on Wednesday.Australia, who were chasing 156 to win the match, lost six wickets for just 22 runs inside 5.4 overs and were staring at their lowest-ever total in T20 cricket but Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 34 off 29 balls helped them score 89 before getting all-out.Speaking about the disastrous start, Finch said it was like “watching a car crash in slow motion”.”That power play was horrific. It was carnage. It was like a car crash in slow motion. Any time you lose five or six wickets in the power play it’s not ideal,” Finch told reporters after his side crumbled at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Also read: Babar Azam, Imad Wasim star in Pakistan’s 66-run win over AustraliaThe tourists’ run chase was only resurrected by bowlers Ashton Agar (19) and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who scored 34, with the pair helping them avoid their lowest score in Twenty20 international cricket of 79 against England in 2005.Ashton Agar (19) and Coulter-Nile’s 38-run stand for the seventh wicket was the saving grace for the visitors in the end all other players batting Chris Lynn fell for single digit scores.Lynn, who scored 14, and opener Finch, who was bowled for a three-ball duck by left-arm spinner Imad Wasim said he accepted a lot of responsibility for the collapse himself.”I had the responsibility to get us off to a good start and set up the chase,” Finch said. “When you get out in the first over and don’t get the start needed, that’s not good enough.”advertisementFinch said the team would need to consider making some serious changes to their batting technique before the second game of the series in Dubai on Friday.His batting lineup, without the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner, was arguably their strongest available with Finch, D’Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell and Lynn providing some power hitting at the top of the order.All four were bowled on what turned out to be a particularly benign batting surface.”I think when that many guys get bowled it’s obviously alarming, particularly on a flat surface that didn’t swing a hell of a lot,” said Finch who was out trying to cut a ball from Wasim that hit middle stump.”The batting was awful. But we can bounce back. We do have a lot of experience in the team and some good players. One bad day with the bat doesn’t throw everything out the window.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Prévoyez de revenir à la maison en toute sécurité cette fin de

first_imgBeaucoup de Néo-Écossais prendront la route durant la longue fin de semaine de la fête du Canada, et c’est pourquoi la Province et la GRC rappellent aux automobilistes de faire des choix judicieux quand ils sont au volant et de ne jamais prendre le volant avec des facultés affaiblies. Ayez un plan pour revenir à la maison en toute sécurité. « La fin de semaine de la fête du Canada est une excellente occasion de réunir la famille et les amis et de célébrer tout ce qui fait la beauté de notre pays, de dire le ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure, Geoff MacLellan. Amusez-vous mais ne risquez pas de subir les conséquences désastreuses de la conduite avec des facultés affaiblies. Dans le meilleur des cas, vous écoper d’une forte amende et de la suspension de votre permis de conduire; dans le pire des cas, votre décision pourrait changer à tout jamais la vie d’une personne. Ayez toujours, mais toujours, un plan pour revenir chez vous en toute sécurité. » Les policiers seront présents en grand nombre et patrouilleront les routes; les conducteurs doivent s’attendre à voir des postes de contrôle de la circulation un peu partout dans la province. « La conduite avec facultés affaiblies continue d’être l’une des principales causes des accidents graves et mortels sur nos routes, précise l’inspecteur Dan Murchison, agent responsable de l’unité de la Sécurité routière de la GRC en Nouvelle-Écosse. Si vous êtes témoin de conduite dangereuse ou avec facultés affaiblies, appelez le 9-1-1 et fournissez autant de détails que possible sur le conducteur et le véhicule, comme la marque et le modèle du véhicule, le numéro de la plaque d’immatriculation et la direction dans laquelle le véhicule se dirigeait. » Le gouvernement provincial travaille avec des partenaires en matière de sécurité routière, y compris la GRC, l’Association des travailleurs de la construction routière de la Nouvelle-Écosse et l’organisme Safety Services Nova Scotia pour sensibiliser les gens à la sécurité routière. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la sécurité routière, consultez le read more

Country going through Super Emergency says Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday asserted that the county is going through a period of “Super Emergency” and appealed to the people of the country to protect the rights and freedom guaranteed by the Constitution.Banerjee urged countrymen to safeguard the constitutional values upon which the independent India was founded. September 15 is the International Day of Democracy. “On the #International Day of Democracy today (Sunday), let us once again pledge to safeguard the constitutional values our country was founded on.. In this era of ‘Super Emergency’, we must do all it takes to protect the rights and Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujafreedoms that our Constitution guarantees,” Banerjee tweeted. It may be mentioned that Banerjee in the recent past particularly before the Lok Sabha elections have time and again said that the country is going through ‘Super Emergency’ under the BJP-led NDA rule at the Centre. She had appealed to all like-minded parties to come together to ‘restore the democratic institutions of the country. In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly had resolved to observe September 15 every year as the International Day of Democracy to uphold and promote the principles of democracy.last_img read more

Gwichin sign onto NWT devolution deal

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe government of the Northwest Territories is one step closer to devolution.The Gwich’in Tribal Council is the latest Aboriginal group to sign on to the agreement in principle that would give the territory province-like powers over land and resources.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has this story.last_img

Quebec to spend heavily to boost digital services throughout the province

first_imgQUEBEC – The Quebec government launched the province’s first digital strategy Wednesday, announcing $1.5 billion over five years to boost the level of internet-based services throughout the province and to help make Quebecers more computer literate.Quebec’s plan includes giving every citizen access to high-speed internet, regardless of where they live, and fully digitalizing all patient health records and have them available online.Premier Philippe Couillard told reporters after his announcement that from now on, Quebec needs to “think, act and interact” differently.Economy Minister Dominique Anglade was present during the announcement and said an additional goal of the strategy is to make Quebec a world leader with regard to information technology training.“At a very high level, the message is we want to make sure Quebec is a leader in terms of digital strategy and digital transformation,” she said.Couillard said his government’s initiative will be positive for all Quebecers, whether they are regular citizens, bureaucrats in government or entrepreneurs.“It is not a luxury, it is not an option, it’s a necessity to elevate Quebec to the same level as other industrialized societies with regards to the adoption of digital technologies,” he said.“It is really the sign of the new world, of a new society that is emerging around us.”Part of the strategy calls on schools and municipalities to increase their digital presence.“It is no longer science fiction to think our children will be trained on how to code,” Couillard said. “Students will take part in activities involving robotics from the time they are very young.”The plan also offers measures to help entrepreneurs with information technologies.About 1,700 small- and medium-size businesses will have access to subsidies for digital projects.The strategy follows widespread public consultation and its implementation will be overseen by a new digital council.One-third of the $1.5 billion outlined had already been announced.Couillard also discussed his plan to give Quebecers access to their medical records online.He played down suggestions the focus on the digital world is a security risk to patient confidentiality.Couillard said having the proper technology is more secure than a paper-driven health system.“There is an illusion that the current way of things is better in terms of security,”he said. “It is not. Having a pile of paper on a desk that can be picked up by anyone is hardly something that is secure.“So with the proper technology and the proper way of doing things, we can reach a much higher level of security than is present today.”Many details of the government’s digital initiatives still need to be released.last_img read more

Is The College Bowl System Unfixable

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Dec. 20, 2016), we debate whether we’ve reached peak bowl season in college football — and discuss ways to reform the system. Next, following the benching of Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler this weekend, we take a look at his stats and ponder whether he would have been better off with the Denver Broncos. Finally, ’tis the season: with an assist from Neil Paine and IMDb, we try to apply Elo ratings to Christmas movies. Plus, a significant digit on how a celebration ruined the Celebration Bowl for North Carolina Central.Links to what we discussed:Heading into the start of bowl season, Neil Paine attempted to grade the many, many, many college football matchups.Back in April, Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee argued that there is no such thing as too many bowl games.ESPN’s Stats & Information took a look at the numbers that led to the sidelining of Brock Osweiler this weekend.Before Osweiler and Trevor Siemian faced off against each other this October, ESPN took stock of the pros and cons of each quarterback.If you’d like some more Christmas movie suggestions, this IMDB keyword search will give you some ideas.Significant Digit: 15, the number of yards lost on an excessive celebration penalty that was enforced at the Celebration Bowl — and that decided the game. With a couple minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, NC Central scored a 39-yard touchdown against Grambling State. The receiver who scored removed his helmet in celebration, resulting in a penalty that moved the extra point attempt back. NC Central missed the extra point and wound up losing, 10-9. Embed Code FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

Worlds Handball goalkeeper 2016

WORLD HANDBALL GOALKEEPER 2016? Andrea Wolff (THW Kiel – Germany) Thierry Omeyer (Paris Saint Germain – France) Niklas Landin (THW Kiel – Denmark) Mattias Andersson (SG Flensburg – Sweden)View Results  Loading …VOTE:WORLD BEST LEFT WING 2016WORLD BEST LEFT BACK 2016WORLD BEST PLAYMAKER 2016WORLD BEST RIGHT BACK 2016WORLD BEST RIGHT WING 2016WORLD BEST LINE-PLAYER 2016WORLD BEST GOALKEEPER 2016WORLD BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2016 ← Previous Story World’s Handball line-player 2016? Next Story → World’s Handball defensive player 2016? andreas wolffNiklas LandinWorld’s Handball goalkeeper 2016?

Community condemns ERT closure

first_imgThe announcement of the temporary shutdown of the state broadcaster of Greece ERT took the Greek Australian Community and the entire Greek diaspora by surprise. In Australia, major community organisations, educators, ERT viewers and the national journalists’ union, came out strongly condemning the closure of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), established 75 years ago. The closure of the state broadcaster of Greece and the reaction of the Greek Australian community became a news item on major Australian news organisations. The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), in a letter sent to the Greek Prime Minister Mr Antonis Samaras, condemned the closure of ERT and highlighted the disappointment of the Greek diaspora in Australia. “The links that the Greek public broadcaster had created with the Australian Greek population for decades are now severed and we are now culturally destitute. “ERT was the only free to air TV broadcaster and for many elderly Greek Australians the daily program provided solace during their retirement years,” a spokesperson for the GOCMV stated. The Greek Orthodox Community of Sydney and New South Wales, in a press release, condemned the Greek government and called its decision to shut down ERT unacceptable and provocative. This decision is directed against the democratic right of people to access through a state broadcaster high quality news, entertainment, educational and cultural programs that allow us to retain our Greek identity abroad, stated the Greek Orthodox Community of Sydney and New South Wales. George Agelopoulos, the Oceania and Far East Regional Coordinator of the World Council for Hellenes Abroad (SAE), a body of the Hellenic diaspora with an advisory role to the Greek government, expressed his condemnation for the closure of ERT. The state broadcaster is a medium of educational and cultural importance for all Greeks, he said, and he called the Greek government to continue with the operation of the Hellenic national radio and television broadcaster. It is worth noting that the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance – Australia’s journalists’ union – also declared its opposition to the shut down of ERT. Christopher Warren, federal secretary of the Media Alliance, said: “Silencing the state-run broadcaster deprives the community of vital information. At the very least this is a short-sighted move that savages a crucial public service. And it is a ham-fisted attack on 2,500 experienced and dedicated media professionals who have worked hard for years to keep the community informed about the immense upheavals taking place in Greece. But this is also a very sinister assault on democracy and the public’s right to know, aimed at shrouding the activities of the powerful from legitimate scrutiny.” The closure of ERT will be discussed at SAE’s-Oceania and Far East Regional General Meeting to be held tomorrow at 1.30 pm, at the Cyprus Community Club of NSW, 58 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore, Sydney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Kevin Harris Takes Over As New BIS Chief

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 10, 2018 – Nassau – Veteran radio broadcaster, Talk Show host and media and public relations executive, Mr. Kevin Harris, has been appointed Director General of Bahamas Information Services.  Mr. Harris’ appointment took effect January 1, 2018.  He succeeds Mr. Luther Smith who served in the post for the past three-and-a-half years.A 20-year veteran in the broadcast and media industry, Mr. Harris has worked as a radio personality for a number of radio stations including 100 Jamz, 101.9 Joy FM, Spirit Gospel 92.5FM and Guardian Radio 96.9FM.  He also served as a radio talk show host and producer for the highly popular and nationally aired radio program “State of Affairs with Kevin Harris.”Mr. Harris also has over 25 years’ experience as an Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Consultant. He served as the very first Marketing Executive for British American Bank and Western Union in the Bahamas from 1996 to 1998.Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe, Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communications in the Office of the Prime Minister, who has responsibility for Bahamas Information Services and the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, welcomed Mr. Harris’ appointment while thanking Mr. Smith for his work done during his tenure.“As Bahamas Information Services works towards ensuring positive growth and development in its field, we are confident that the appointment of Mr. Harris will indeed take us in the right direction,” Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe said.“Furthermore, we are grateful for the job Mr. Luther Smith has done in the last three-plus years and wish him well in all of his endeavours.  Amidst an ever-changing environment in the information and communications sector, Mr. Harris’ skills to lead the organization having served in the area of media for so many years, will undoubtedly work to our benefit.“BIS will witness a dynamic transformation as Mr. Harris and his executive team chart the way forward utilizing both technology and human resources to ensure that vital information pertaining to the government and governance of our country is widely disseminated with relevance, accuracy and speed as demanded by our citizenry and indeed those of the world,” Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe added.Born in Nassau in 1970, Mr. Harris attended Columbus Primary School, C.H. Reeves Junior High School and the Government High School from which he graduated in 1997.   An ordained minister of the Gospel, Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Christian Life School of Theology.Widely known in gospel and entertainment industries as “Minister K,” Mr. Harris is the Founder and President of the Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards, which is now considered the world’s premier music awards for Bahamian and Caribbean Gospel Music.  The Marlin Awards celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year.Mr. Harris also served as the local entertainment coordinator for the historic taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show at Atlantis, Paradise Island in 1999, and as the local coordinator for the Bahamas segment of the world tour for late civil rights activist Rosa Parks.Mr. Harris is married to Quetell Harris (nee McPhee), and is the father of three children.Press Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Face Up Wired

first_img The first thing my eye is drawn to is the logo. The fact that it’s cut off and falling into a hole of darkness re-iterates the idea of stepping into the unknown. Wired Another thing I love about it is the use the of color; the use of minimal tones mixed with the bright, neon orange (that can only be really appreciated in print!) emphasizes cosmic, sci-fi vibes present on the cover, adding to that sense of uncertainty for the year ahead. I admire Wired’s decision to go “off the grid” for their first cover of 2017 and their first Sci-Fi cover. In the sea of sameness on the newsstands, this illustrated cover grabs my attention. Dramatic and foreboding with both the character of a graphic novel and the hand-made expression of a zine, if feels special and bold. —Tom Hislop, Creative Director, Time Out North America Niemann first hand-drew the illustration before scanning it and adding color digitally. He sent the team at Wired seven or eight concepts before they settled on the drawing of a (possible) mother and child walking into the abyss. This cover brilliantly tackles a concept that — considering current affairs in the world — is difficult to execute in a way that’s not too dark and gloomy. Niemann’s use of hand typography for everything on the cover (most importantly the disappearing Wired logo), allows the overall tone of the cover to be approachable and light-hearted. Critics’ Comments Issue: January 2017 // Editor-in-Chief: Scott Dadich // Creative Director: Billy Sorrentino // Illustrator: Christoph Niemann // Publishing Company: Condé Nast // Circulation: 870,000 “I’ve been working with Scott and Billy for so long that we speak one language regarding what an image has to accomplish,” Niemann tells Folio:. “I trust them and they trust me. That is something you cannot replace with anything.” —Jennifer Hitchcock, Art Director, The Local Palate “With a fiction issue, you want to convey a sensibility rather than illustrating a story literally,” Niemann tells Folio:. “Of course science fiction can look like ‘everything is positive,’ and ‘flying cars,’ but right now there is a darker twist on this whole story. So we wanted to do a cover which doesn’t say that everything will be a disaster but which shows that we’re at a moment of tension.” My overall impression is that the cover is daring. It takes an imaginative team to have the vision to recognize that a powerful style change can attract new readers and broaden Wired’sreach.  If I was forced to make one minor critique, it would be that the coverline is a little bit small, meaning that it took me a second to register what the issue was about. However, this is only a minor detail — the longer I look at this cover, the more I totally love it. Overall, Sorrentino and Niemann have perfectly captured the strong sense of looming darkness and uncertainty in the world in a way that’s both incredibly graphic and powerful. So it is no surprise that his latest cover for the January issue of Wired is as unconventional as it is endearing. Niemann worked closely with then-EIC Scott Dadich and then-creative director Billy Sorrentino to design an abstract cover which touched on both the theme of the issue and the current political moment. I’ve always been a huge fan of Wired magazine’s covers each month, and this issue is definitely no exception — I love it! And the fact that it showcases the work of one of my favorite illustrators (Christoph Niemann), makes me tick even more metaphorical boxes in my head. As far as the cover composition, I wonder if the Wired logo is iconic enough to be truncated? I think the headline could very easily get overlooked and lost on the newsstands buried by competitors. Another concern is target audience appeal — does the Wired community of well-informed authorities of the tech-world also have an affinity for Sci-Fi? I question if there is a crossover. Christoph Niemann is a familiar name in the world of illustration. The German artist has become a staple of original content on Instagram with his humorous and whimsical drawings at the handle @abstractsunday, while leaving a trail of compelling newsstand visuals for The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and a couple of times before, Wired.last_img read more

Kesari box office collection day 4 Akshay Kumar starrer ends opening weekend

first_imgAkshay Kumar in KesariTwitterAkshay Kumar has hit a jackpot at the Indian box office with his recently released film Kesari and is currently dominating the ticket window. The movie has already crossed Rs 50 crore mark in just 3 days of its release and now looking forward to sum up its opening weekend total on a fabulous note.The positive word of mouth from both critics and audience has got converted into box office numbers since day 1. The movie had taken off to a great start by cashing in on Holi festivities on the first day of its release and earned Rs 21.06 crore emerging as the biggest opener of 2019.On second day, the movie witnessed a considerable dip in its collection because of the working day but still managed to score in double digits at the box office by minting Rs 16.70 crore. On day 3 (Saturday), showed an upward trend across the country and earned Rs 18.75 crore. On Sunday too, Kesari performed exceptionally well in the metros and mass circuits and earned Rs 21.51 crore taking the total box office collection to Rs 78.07 crore.”#Kesari puts up an impressive total… North circuits are superb… While the 4-day total is good, the biz on Sat and Sun should’ve been higher, since the word of mouth is excellent… Thu 21.06 cr, Fri 16.75 cr, Sat 18.75 cr, Sun 21.51 cr. Total: ₹ 78.07 cr. India biz,” Taran Adarsh tweeted. Kesari stars Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra in the lead along with a supporting cast of Mir Sarwar, Vansh Bhardwaj, Jaspreet Singh, Vivek Saini and Vikram Kochhar. The movie, which is based on the Battle of Saragarhi in which an army of 21 Sikhs fought against 10,000 Afghan invaders in 1897, has been released across 3,500 screens in India.Though the advance bookings of Kesari have not been so welcoming, the Akshay Kumar starrer still received maximum footfalls thanks to the immense buzz around it. The movie is expected to rake in moolah at the box office in the days to come.last_img read more

Edmund Shing UK goes mad over online shopping BooHoo and Sports Direct

first_img I admit it – I just love buying stuff on Amazon. I love the simplicity, the speed, the ease; such a contrast to actually having to go out and find a shop on the high street that actually stocks what I want, and at a price I am prepared to pay!Clearly, I am not alone.The UK is gripped by online shopping feverToday, almost £1 in every £8 is now spent online in the UK (Figure 1), by over 42 million digital shoppers. Now that is quite a feat, particularly when you realise that only 4% of all food sales are done online.Online now represents more than £1 in every £6 spent on non-food sales, according to the British Retail Consortium.As you might expect, online sales are growing faster than retail sales in bricks and mortar shops.Online shopping grew 13% over the last year (to April 2015; Figure 2), compared with overall retail sales growth of under 5% since April 2014.UK is the European leader of internet shoppingDid you know that we in the UK are in fact the world leaders in internet shopping?This year, we are predicted to spend nearly £1,200 shopping online, even more than the average American online shopper and around 10% more than in 2014 (Figure 3).Delving into the top 50 ecommerce retailers in the UK, 30 of them are from the retail sector, while another 12 are in travel, transportation and leisure.Some of the top e-tailers are immediately obvious to anyone who has not been living in a proverbial cave: Amazon, Apple iTunes, and eBay.Online shopping via mobile phones and tablets is now the fastest-growing area of ecommerce. And the top UK mobile retail category for searches is fashion, in the form of clothing, apparel and accessories. 65% of smartphone users search for fashion items using their device, according to Econsultancy (Figure 4).Investing in UK online retailIn the UK, BooHoo (code BOO), Asos (ASC) and Sports Direct (SPD) are all direct beneficiaries of this move to buying sports and fashion clothing online, at the cost of more traditional high street clothing chains such as BHS and TopShop.Out of BooHoo, Asos and Sports Direct, I am particularly keen on BooHoo and Sports Direct as good long-term online retail plays.A quick check on the Alexa web ranking website gives a very positive first impression (Figure 5). is certainly getting more popular relative to other online retailers.What is more, BooHoos 10 June trading update highlighted a 35% increase in sales for the 3 months to 31 May, with 3.3 million active customers worldwide (32% more than a year ago).Very strong growth, backed by lots of cash which can be used to make further investments for future growth too.All in all, this looks a rather attractive proposition to me at BooHoos current 28p share price.Sports Direct harness Click and CollectSports Directs website makes great use of their brick-and-mortar chain of stores to offer a click and collect service. With Click and Collect, you first order your sports goods on their website, and then collect the parcel from your chosen local Sports Direct store once it has arrived.Online sales are now over 14% of Sport Directs total sales, but are growing at an 11% annual clip and are also helping to improve the companys profitability.While you pay £4.99 for this delivery option with Sports Direct, you get a £5 voucher back to spend in store when you collect your order. So while in principle you pay nothing for delivery, it cleverly entices you to make another purchase from either the store or the website.Conclusion: BooHoo and Sports Direct are two great ways to invest in the UK online shopping boom.Edmund Shing is the author of The Idle Investor (Harriman House), an expert columnist and a global equity fund manager at BCS AM. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Closelast_img read more

Pompeo To Kim Denuclearize And Enjoy Future Brimming With Peace And Prosperity

first_img Share Alex Brandon/APSouth Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha speaks during a Friday news conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was reluctant to share details of his whirlwind meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a joint news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Friday — a day after Pompeo returned from Pyongyang.But he did expound on the economic benefits North Korea and its people would enjoy if Kim got rid of his country’s nuclear weapons.“If Chairman Kim chooses the right path there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity for the North Korean people,” Pompeo said.“If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends,” Pompeo added, standing beside Kang.Finally, Pompeo said he and Kim “talked about the fact that America has often had adversaries who we are now close partners with.”The U.S. and North and South Korean governments are preparing for a historic meeting to address North Korea’s denuclearization. The summit between Kim and President Trump will be held in Singapore on June 12.Pushed to divulge specifics about the tone of talks with Kim, Pompeo described them as “warm” and said he is confident the two countries have a “shared understanding of the outcome our leaders want” as well as a “shared vision for what we hope for when this process is completed of what the Korean Peninsula looks like.”Kang praised recent diplomatic negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea that ended in the release Thursday by North Korea of three Korean-Americans. She called it a “promising signal” for the upcoming summit. But she warned that the next few weeks will be critical, “requiring airtight coordination between” the two countries.Kang also emphasized that there has been no discussion about reducing U.S. forces in Korea and said it is not up for negotiation. She called it a matter between the U.S. and South Korea.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Long Lines And Summer Heat Cause Safety Concerns At DPS Offices

first_img Share The summer heat is causing safety concerns as customers wait in long lines outside the Texas Department of Public Safety offices.The department said in a press release too few people are using online, phone, or mail options for their driver’s licenses. To cut down on lines, six of its overcrowded offices will only provide services that require a trip to the DPS. Two of those six are in the Houston-area. If you show up to the Conroe or Houston-Dacoma office and your transaction doesn’t require you to be there, the staff will send you away. Customers who still want to handle transactions in person can go to the Houston Southeast Mega Center or the Spring Mega Center.DPS said it will be redirecting customers from the Monday, July 9th through Friday, August 31.Other DPS offices participating include the Denton, Plano, Rockwall, and Temple offices.The Texas Department of Public Safety provides a list of online services on its website.DPS provided the following tips to increase convenience in a press release:Prior to coming to the office, call 1-866-DL-RENEW (1-866-357-3639) or check online to determine if your transaction — whether the renewal of a Texas DL or identification (ID) card or an address change — can actually be handled online, by phone or by mail. By doing so, eligible customers can skip the trip to a DL office and, in turn, decrease transaction times for customers required to go into an office.High-capacity DL Mega Centers are available in major metropolitan areas to better serve customers.Mega Centers and certain DL offices utilize a queuing system to provide customers with the convenient option of reserving a spot in line through the DPS website, by mobile phone or a landline before going to the office. For a list of the high-capacity Mega Centers, as well as the specific DL offices that offer the “Get in Line, Online” feature, visit the DPS website.In many offices, you can schedule a drive test online three months in advance. Customers are urged to plan ahead and not delay scheduling a drive appointment.Another underutilized option available to customers is to renew their DL or ID card early. You can renew up to two years in advance, and renewing early does not impact the expiration date. If an office visit is required, renewing early allows customers to choose a convenient time that best fits their schedule and avoids the busiest times at the DL office.Mondays and Fridays tend to be the busiest days, as well as after holidays. Overall, summer is the busiest time of the year. Try to plan your visit around these high-volume times, if possible.Before you go to the office, make sure you have all the proper documentation, including documents needed for residency requirements. last_img read more

Migrant Processing Center Temporarily Closing After FluRelated Outbreak

first_img Share U.S. Customs And Border Protection/Getty ImagesU.S. Border Patrol agents conduct intake of at the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas. The center is temporarily closing after the outbreak of “a flu-related illness.”U.S. Customs and Border Protection is temporarily shutting down the McAllen Central Processing Center, one of its largest migrant processing centers in South Texas, after the outbreak of what the agency calls “a flu-related illness.”It is the same facility where a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy became ill last week, and died after he was transferred to another Border Patrol station.CBP officials say Carlos Hernandez Vazquez was found unresponsive on Monday morning. A nurse practitioner had diagnosed him with Influenza A, and he had been moved between facilities to separate him from other migrants to stop the spread of the flu. “A large number” of migrants were complaining of high fevers and other “flu-related” symptoms at McAllen, CBP said in a statement late Tuesday. The agency says medical staff are providing treatment, but it has decided to suspend taking in more migrants “to avoid the spread of illness.”More than a dozen immigrants interviewed Tuesday at the Catholic Charities Respite Center in McAllen, Texas, described sick children coughing and feverish at the over-crowded processing center — where hundreds of people are kept together in fenced pens or sleep outside in the parking lot.Carmen Juarez from Chiquimula, Guatemala says she and her six-year-old daughter were asked to sleep “under the stars,” at the McAllen processing center because her daughter had a fever. There were hundreds of other migrants also sleeping outside, she said.“There were kids getting sicker. They’re hungry,” she told NPR. “The little ones don’t eat the ham sandwiches they hand out.”Hernandez is the fifth migrant child to die after being apprehended crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in the last six months. Before December, no child had died in Customs and Border Protection custody in more than a decade.The latest death came days after the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas complained to federal officials that migrants were being subjected to poor conditions in overcrowded detention and processing facilities in the Rio Grande Valley. The group requested an investigation by the Department Homeland Security Office of Inspector General.Rochelle Garza, an ACLU lawyer, said the organization interviewed more than 120 migrants and heard “horrendous stories” from migrants who said they were denied access to water and medicine and held in outdoor pens for several days in a row.“Being forced to sleep outside for several days on end in the south Texas heat, sleeping on gravel without any protection from the sun or elements, that could make anyone sick,” Garza told NPR’s All Things Considered. “And not being allowed to shower, to have access to basic hygiene. It’s unimaginable, really. And I think that that plays into the deaths of children.”The Department of Homeland Security, which includes CBP, has not responded to request for comment on the ACLU complaint.Hernandez’s death is still being investigated by the FBI, local police and CBP.Critics say he should not have been held for a week. By law, CBP is not supposed to detain migrant children for more than 72 hours. Critics are also asking why Hernandez was not hospitalized. In the case of the four previous deaths, the children died days or weeks after being treated in a hospital.Most migrant families and children arriving at the southern border have traveled from Central America and are often exhausted and ill. Immigration officials have expanded the medical response in recent months, and are asking Congress for more money to deal with the current influx.Many Border Patrol stations are now staffed 24 hours a day with medical staff, and Border Patrol agents are transporting an average of nearly 70 kids a day since December to the hospital. But CBP officials say their facilities are not equipped to handle the current influx of migrant families. Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan is on Capitol Hill Wednesday, asking for billions of additional dollars for more humanitarian aid and better facilities.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

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