10 months ago​Guendouzi lauds Arsenal striker Aubameyang as ‘Premier League’s best’

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Guendouzi lauds Arsenal striker Aubameyang as ‘Premier League’s best’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has admitted that he loves playing alongside teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The youngster has made a big impression at the Emirates Stadium club this season.Arriving from Lorient at 19, he has been a star in central midfield, turning in plenty of impressive displays.But he preferred to praise his teammate in an interview with Sky Sports.”He’s [Aubameyang] helping us a lot because he scores so much,” Guendouzi said. “For me he is the best striker in the Premier League this season and if he keeps scoring as much in the second half of the season, I know we will finish really high in the table.”As a midfielder it’s a pleasure to play with someone like him, it’s easy because he has so many qualities. “He can run behind, he’s in the box in front of goal but he can also link up play and play with his back to his goal. For a midfielder this is perfect because he offers so many solutions.” last_img read more

16 days agoChelsea striker Tammy Abraham: Always England for me

first_imgChelsea striker Tammy Abraham: Always England for meby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham insists it was always his “dream” to play for England.He was courted by the Nigerian FA but now has his sights set on a long and successful career with England.Abraham, who qualified for Nigeria through his father, explained: “For me, it’s always nice to be wanted by two nations – it clearly means you’re doing something well.“At the back of my head, I’ve always wanted to play for England. I was born and have grown up in England.“My dream was always to play for England. I love both nations but my head was just screwed on with England.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Christophe de Margerie Arrives at Yamal LNG Terminal

first_imgImage Courtesy: DSMEChristophe de Margerie, the world’s first ice-breaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker, became the first ship to dock at the Yamal LNG terminal at Russia’s port of Sabetta on March 30 after completing its ice trials.“The arrival of this new tanker, designed for Arctic conditions, is a big event in Arctic development, as is the construction of the port of Sabetta, where the tanker docked today,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.The ARC-7 class ice-breaking vessel, which has a capacity to carry 173,600 cubic meters of LNG, was designed specifically to serve the country’s Yamal LNG project and transport LNG in the Ob Bay and Kara Sea.Capable of sailing through ice up to 2.1 meter thick, Christophe de Margerie is able to sail along the Northern Sea Route westward from Sabetta all year round and eastward for six months of the year, from July to December.Ordered under a USD 320 million shipbuilding deal in 2014, the 299-meter-long vessel was delivered by South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to its owner, the Russian shipping company Sovcomflot, earlier in March.Christophe de Margerie is the prototype for a series of 15 gas carriers, which are planned to be constructed for the Yamal LNG project. The appearance of this particular gas carrier signalled the market debut for Yamalmax ships, a new class of vessel, according to Sovcomflot.last_img read more

Charlize Theron Joins Kweku Mandela In Conversation

first_imgCharlize Theron joined House of Mandela Family Foundation co-founder Kweku Mandela in conversation at an event on February 10 in Los Angeles to mark Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.Introduced by Chelsea Handler and moderated by Soledad O’Brien, the event was part of the Geffen Playhouse Unscripted Live series.“It’s an incredible honor to take part in this event and to have the chance to reflect on what an inspirational hero Nelson Mandela was,” says Charlize Theron, founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. “His legacy continues to inspire people from around the world to stand up for what is right, to promote equality and inclusion, and to do so with empathy, compassion, and understanding. His message is as powerful and relevant today as it ever was.”During the event, the pair talked about equal pay issues, #MeToo, and social justice.“2017 was a year of a lot of division and my hope is that 2018 will not only be the year of women, but also be the year of love, where we realize that connection is the solution,” said Mandela. “It’s something my grandfather talked about a lot, the importance of realizing what we have in common with each other rather than what makes us different.”To read a full account of the event, click here.last_img read more

Families of children who died while in care meet in Thunder Bay

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsFamilies of 12 children who died while in the care of child services in northern Ontario met in Thunder Bay with the province’s chief coroner Wednesday.The point of the meeting was to discuss a recent experts report on the circumstances around their children’s deaths.Willow met with some of them who say the report, and explanations don’t go far enough.wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img

Bombardier workers rally in solidarity ahead of US trade spat decision

first_imgAn unusual scene took place Wednesday as unionized workers left their posts at Bombardier’s plant in north Toronto — not to protest stalled labour negotiations but to express solidarity with the company in its battle against U.S.-based aerospace giant Boeing Co.“We’re in it together,” said Mike Vorberg, one of the Bombardier employees at the rally.“We had management here, upper management here, and they want to bring awareness to what’s happening here, and we’re hoping that this fight will be favourable for us in Canada.”Boeing has accused Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) of selling its CSeries passenger jets to American-based Delta at an unfairly low price with help from government subsidies.“We understand the anger of our employees and their passion,” said Bombardier spokesman Simon Letendre in an interview from Montreal.“They see that Boeing is attacking directly this industry so they are out to protect their jobs and to protect the aircraft they have been working on.”The action was held the same day the Montreal-based aircraft and railway manufacturer said it’s looking beyond next week’s U.S. Department of Commerce decision about preliminary duties against its CSeries aircraft.The U.S. Commerce Department confirmed Wednesday that its decision on Boeing’s request for preliminary countervailing duties of more than 79 per cent will be announced Tuesday, a day later than it previously indicated.A preliminary anti-dumping determination is currently scheduled to be announced Oct. 5, but can be extended. The department will make final determinations on duties before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issues its final injury determination.But Bombardier spokesman Bryan Tucker said the United States still has to rule on the critical question of whether Boeing suffered any harm.“Boeing acknowledges it did not compete in the Delta competition, and it abandoned this aircraft segment more than a decade ago, so it’s really hard to see how they are harmed,” he wrote in an email.Tucker said that the outcome from the preliminary findings is hard to predict because U.S. trade laws weren’t designed to address large, complex and highly engineered products such as aircraft.“At the end of the process, and given that the CSeries will contribute billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and lower travel costs for the American public, we’re confident the ITC will reach the right conclusion.”Industry analysts expect preliminary countervailing duties will be imposed, although they wouldn’t begin to be collected until the first Delta Air Lines planes are delivered next year.The Toronto protest came a week after workers in Montreal marched in front of Boeing’s downtown office and the U.S. consulate.Cheers erupted through the crowd outside the Toronto aerospace plant as Unifor president Jerry Dias vowed to stand up to U.S. protectionism and fight for Canadian aerospace jobs. The union head met with Boeing officials last week in Washington, D.C., where he encouraged the company to drop the complaint.“The reality is, Canada doesn’t have the deep pockets that they do in the United States and they do in the European consortium,” he told the workers.“This is about a Canadian market, this is about a Canadian plane, this is about Canadian technology, this is about Canadian innovation, this is about Canadian jobs, and we’re not going to let anybody take it away from us!”Dias used the aerospace trade dispute to highlight some of the issues he has been vocal about amid the ongoing NAFTA renegotations and called on the Canadian government to continue its fight against the U.S.“We’re sick and tired of losing our jobs to right-to-work states in the United States, we’re sick and tired of losing our jobs to Mexico where minimum wage is 65 cents an hour,” he said.The Canadian government is putting pressure on Boeing to drop its complaint, threatening to cancel plans to buy 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has received support from his British counterpart, Theresa May, who wants to protect jobs in Northern Ireland, where the plane’s wings are assembled.Analyst Seth Seifman of J.P. Morgan said Boeing was emphatic during an investor conference on Monday that it won’t back down despite the prospect of losing business with Canada and CSeries customer Delta.“Management has concluded that a subsidized Airbus was one reason why McDonnell Douglas’s commercial aircraft businesses died and it is determined to foreclose the possibility of a repeat with Bombardier,” Seifman wrote in a report.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that Bombardier’s CEO was at the rally.last_img read more

Toronto stock index ends up on strong industrials Canadas dollar climbs

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index ended higher as gains in industrials outweighed declines from auto parts companies, while U.S. markets gained on strength in the technology sector.The S&P/TSX Capped consumer discretionary index was down 0.65 per cent as auto parts companies including Magna International, Linamar Corp, and Martinrea International slid on tariff concerns, said Michael Currie, an investment advisor at TD Wealth.“Consumer discretionary, which is really in today’s case talking about the auto stocks, the Magnas, Martinreas, Linamars, all getting beat up pretty good on the nervousness on NAFTA and the tariffs, especially with Trump talking about the auto tariffs.”The slide in the auto sector was countered by strong quarterly earnings results on the industrials side including rail and equipment companies.“On the flip side we have industrials with really good numbers, we have Toromont hitting a record high, CN Rail, by far the biggest one hitting a record high, CP’s up strong,” said Currie.Toromont, which runs a large network of Caterpillar dealerships among other equipment businesses, closed up $8.45 or 14.65 per cent at $66.14. CN Rail, which increased its annual earnings expectations and its spending plans, closed up $4.74 or 4.23 per cent at $116.74.Gains from the companies helped the S&P/TSX capped industrials index closed up 2.14 per cent on the day, while the energy sector also rose as crude prices climbed.Overall, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed up 30.63 points at 16,420.76 as strong earnings were somewhat tempered by trade fears, said Currie.“The overall theme is we’re getting pretty good numbers out of the companies, but a note of caution just because of the tariffs and trade skirmish.”Trade concerns featured prominently as European Union officials were meeting with U.S. counterparts Wednesday.U.S President Donald Trump said after market close that the two sides had agreed to work towards “zero tariffs” and “zero subsidies” on non-automobile goods.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 172.16 points 25,414.10. The S&P 500 index was up 25.67 points at 2,846.07 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 91.47 points at 7,932.24, a record close.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.41 cents US, up 0.40 of a US cent.The September crude contract closed up 78 cents at US$69.30 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up four cents at US$2.76 per mmBTU.The August gold contract ended up $6.30 at US$1,231.80 an ounce and the September copper contract was up a penny at US$2.82 a pound.Aimia Inc., the company behind the Aeroplan loyalty program, closed up 89 cents or 35.60 per cent at $3.39 after an Air Canada-led consortium proposed a $2.25-billion deal to buy the loyalty business.The consortium, which also includes Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Visa Canada, have offered $250 million in cash, including points liabilities they would assume.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated the August gold contract at $131.80last_img read more

Five arrested for train robbery

first_imgNEW DELHI: Five members of a gang including a woman has been arrested by Crime Branch who exploited the farewell moments of the passengers who boarded the trains at various Delhi railways stations. The members of the gang pretended to be passengers and entered the railway stations and targeted men and woman with small children exactly at a time when they are busy bidding farewell to their family or friends. They even boarded the train and somehow pretended that they boarded the wrong train and got down in haste taking the bag of the target passengers from a moving train. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice said that more than 25 bags have been recovered from this gang and has solved atleast five cases of theft. Cops are now trying to identify the owners of the stolen bags. “We have also seized one revolver from this gang along with a laptop, a gold chain and cash around 95 thousand, this gang was active at railway stations like Sarai Rohilla, Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi and Anand Vihar, The Gang preferred to target passengers in the AC Bogies and would strike when the train is about to depart and travellers are busy bidding goodbye to their relatives,” said Rajesh Deo, DCP crime. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn 6 March, a policeman received a specific input that the gang members would come to Mandoli Extension, Harsh Vihar to dispose off the station item. at about 4.30 pm the above mentioned five accused persons Ashwini, Ashiq, Rajeev, Irfan and Manju were apprehended by the team. “On intensive interrogation, they disclosed that they are active members of Bablu Gang and are involved into bag lifting from Railway Stations,” said Rajiv Ranjan, Additional CP crime.last_img read more

Hina calls Priyanka a walking inspiration

first_imgCannes: Popular television actor Hina Khan, who made her debut at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival here last week, calls actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas the “best version of her dream self in the future”. The TV actor made the admission in an Instagram post she wrote, while sharing a string of photographs with Isn’t It Romantic star and her pop-singer husband Nick Jonas on Sunday. The pictures were clicked at an exclusive after-party the Chopra Jonas couple hosted recently on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerKhan partied with the star couple and a slew of supermodels, singers and actors at the gathering put together by luxury Swiss jewellery and watchmaker Chopard. In her long post, Khan praised Priyanka Chopra Jonas and her encouragement to an upcoming artiste like her. “An unexpected invitation by a world star.. personally. After I gained consciousness and prepared myself to finally make it, I was still an outsider, but only until you arrived. You didn’t need to, but still never left my hand for a second, introduced me to the people I probably wouldn’t have met and I felt as if all the achievements of my little career happening in fast forward as you present me as a star to each one of them,” she wrote.last_img read more

Shaqtin A Fool Vol 3 Episode 2

On the next Shaqtin’ A Fool: vol. 3, episode 2, there’s no JaVale McGee this week, but Shaq still had plenty of material to work with on this episode’s nominees.Carmelo Anthony gets caught up in a defensive trap and he panics. The best thing that Anthony can come up with is throwing the ball into the stands. Knicks head Coach Mike Woodson’s reaction was priceless.Corey Brewer gets screened by Chandler and puts on a bit of a performance to get the attention of the refs, but whatever he was selling, nobody was buying. Jazz rookie Enes Kanter is wide open for a 15-foot shot, but he rather shoot for the fans in the stands rather than the basket.The No. 1 2013 draft pick Anthony Bennett, who remains scoreless this entire season, gets a fastbreak and there’s nothing between him and his first two points of his professional basketball career, sadly it doesn’t end well for the Cleveland rookie.If they don’t get your vote then repeat offender Kendrick Perkins will. On a well executed pick-and-roll, Perkins attacks the basket with a reverse lay-up that goes horribly wrong.As always vote for your favorite at NBA.com/fool read more

Mark Osiecki out as Ohio State mens hockey coach

Mark Osiecki is out as the Ohio State men’s hockey coach. OSU announced Monday morning that Osiecki would not return to his position after three years in Columbus. “We are making a change in our head hockey coaching position,” said OSU athletic director Gene Smith. “There was a difference of opinion over the management of the program that could not be resolved.” Osiecki guided the Buckeyes to a 16-17-7 overall record and 13-10-5 mark in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play before losing to Notre Dame in conference tournament’s semifinals. Osiecki compiled a 46-50-16 record at OSU. According to OSU, associate head hockey coach Steve Rohlik “will be the primary point person for the program, student-athletes and recruits.” Osiecki did not immediately return The Lantern‘s request for comment. read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State ties 00 with No 21 Rutgers

Ohio State senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr (1) prepares to take a goal kick in the second half of the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (7-5-2, 4-2-2 Big Ten) drew a 0-0 tie with No. 21 Rutgers (9-1-5, 5-1-3 Big Ten) this Friday evening on alumni weekend at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.With neither team able to score in the first 45 minutes of the game, the score was tied 0-0 at the end of regulation. Rutgers finished the day with 20 total shots, but with only two shots on goal. Freshman forward Kayla Fischer, senior forward Eleanor Gabriel and senior midfielder Sarah Roberts combined for six of Ohio State’s eight total shots, with Fischer and Roberts each recording a shot on goal. Then, the Buckeyes and the Scarlet Knights went into overtime, but couldn’t find either opponents net. Rutgers freshman goalie Megan McClelland and Ohio State senior goalie Devon Kerr both ended the match with two saves and a pair of clean sheets.Last weekend, the Buckeyes fell 1-0 to the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, but then won 1-0 in a match against the Spartans. The Buckeyes will look to come out on top against Maryland this Sunday at 2 p.m. when they return to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Eden Hazard expected to delay Chelsea contract talks

first_imgEden Hazard will likely continue to delay talks over a contract renewal at Chelsea, as the club desperately search for a replacement for Thibaut CourtoisThe Blues are now resigned to losing their first-choice goalkeeper after he failed to report for training once more on Tuesday and have now begun a late frantic search for a replacement.But while Chelsea have accepted that Courtois is now a lost cause, there is still hope that they can convince Hazard to commit his long-term future at the club by signing a new deal.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.While the 27-year-old has also expressed an interest in joining Courtois at Real for the new season, the Evening Standard has reported that Hazard has accepted Chelsea’s stance and reported to training yesterday.And with two years remaining on his current £200,000 a week contract, Chelsea feel that they are in a much stronger position to retain Hazard – unlike Courtois, who has less than 12 months on his deal.Maurizio Sarri’s side are prepared to offer Hazard a new £300,000 a week deal in order to ward off the advances of Real but the Belgium captain insists that he is in no rush to commit his future and intends to see how things develop further down the road.last_img read more

Lemonade Day When Life Gives You LemonsMake Lemonade

first_imgAndrew Heuiser, Events & Programs Coordinator for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “Lemonade Day is an education program for youth in the community and they learn how to start up their own business , run it, and make profits, and do what they want to with those.” Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. For the past eight years, local Chambers of Commerce have been helping young residents learn the basics of entrepreneurship through this national holiday. Lemonade Day is a free, experimental learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. Sara Hondel, Tourism & Education Director with the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce took her daughters out for a day of lemonade tasting: “We are so excited to be out today in this hot weather trying lemonade at every stand that we can get too. There are over 20 from Sterling to Kenai to Soldotna.”center_img Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some. Local children have participated in the Chambers’ building and finance workshops, learning how to create a product and a store and how to use the proceeds. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Today is national lemonade day and young entrepreneurs all over the Kenai put their lemonade making skills to the test. Not only did this help people beat today’s heat, but it gave kids a chance to dip into the world of business. Young entrepreneurs made their own lemonade stands with several varieties of lemonade, homemade treats, and creative marketing themes.last_img read more

Yahoos Marissa Mayer Answers to Me Me Me

first_imgMore on this topic Starcom MediaVest Group’s Mac Delaney to Keynote Folio: Show What Brands Want From Content Marketing Anyway You Search, M&A Market is Watching Behind The Atlantic’s Brand Reinvention Folio: Show Update: New CMO Keynote Panel to Address Convergence of Audience, Brands and Custom Ad Services Marissa MayerJust In Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by Marissa Mayer was the emcee of her own keynote presentation at CES on Tuesday, deflecting the spotlight from her and onto the key people leading some of the changes at Yahoo. A packed theatre at CES welcomed the hour-long advertisement from the Yahoo CEO because, well, it was interesting and entertaining. It was about the most important people: us. Whether it was David Pogue, the new vp of content, unveiling the Yahoo Tech digital magazine or Katie Couric, the new global anchor for Yahoo, talking about the importance of trust-worthy journalism, Mayer made sure the key takeaway for stockholders (and us) was that Yahoo was innovating, pivoting and rejiggering for none other than us. Yahoo is a platform customizable to your habits, so much so that it just acquired a service called Aviate that predicts which apps you’ll need at any given moment and moves them to your homescreen (we don’t have time anymore to swipe to the next screen). The CES audience, which comprises what Pogue called “the Geekheads” versus 85 percent of everyone else, “the Normals”, wanted to hear what Yahoo has done to become relevant again and what it will do to become more useful. As is evident in the 3,200+ exhibits at CES this year, technology is complex and the choices for how we spend our time are abundant. Yahoo and other brand leaders are answering the call to give us what we want when we want it. Mayer’s goal could mirror most brands’: to turn “complexity into clarity.” For Yahoo that means focusing on four key areas: Search, Communications, Digital Magazines (mini-sites, not actual magazines) and Video. Its acquisition of Flickr and Tumblr validate what we already know to be true: that photos and storytelling are the future, and most likely on your mobile device. Its hiring of Katie Couric sent a message to its community that a quality interview requires a great interviewer. A few SNL “Weekly Update” cast members, plus a John Legend mini-concert—all during Mayer’s keynote—were crafted to showcase Yahoo’s coolness.     Mayer and her cohort of presenters representing Yahoo wanted us to know that personalization and simplification are what we should expect from this media brand starting now. It should get many marketers and media companies thinking the same thing about their brands. The challenge is that being simple is not so simple.last_img read more

Wilmington Band Parents To Hold Trivia Night Fundraiser On April 5

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Band Parents Association is holding its annual Trivia Night on Saturday, April 5, 2019 at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). Doors open at 7pm.  Trivia begins at 8pm.Tickets cost $20 per person. Tables of 10 are available. For tickets, please contact whswildcatbandparents[at]gmail.com.  (Checks can be made payable to The Wilmington Band Parents Association.)Attendees are asked to bring their own your own food for their table, and to come prepared for the raffle basket table and cash bar.Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Learn more about them HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Band Parents Raffling Off A Jumbo Wildcat Connect Four GameIn “Community”Tickets Still Available For Wilmington Rotary Trivia Night On June 14In “Community”Wilmington Band Parents To Hold Trivia Night Fundraiser On March 18In “Community”last_img read more

8 apps to help plan your best Valentines Day

first_img Woo your lover in Klingon 1:41 It’s hard to ignore Valentine’s Day whether you’re excited about it or absolutely loathe it. The supermarket aisles are full of pink and red things. Cupids dangle from unexpected places. Shelves buckle under heaps of heart-shaped candy. Whether this is your first or your fiftieth Valentines Day with your sweetie, or if you plan to spend the evening with your pals, these apps can turn it into a fun time. Tags Get the food rightIf you’re confident in your cooking abilities and want to impress your date, check out BigOven (download for iOS or Android). The app has more than 350,000 recipes and seasonal collections that are sure to impress. Mark and organize your recipes under Favorite or Try and create folders and categories. BigOven can also create grocery lists, take pantry inventory, and sort items by store department or recipe. As you shop, you can check the items off or remove them from your list.If you’d rather not play chef, you can book a reservation at a restaurant through the OpenTable app (download for iOS or Android). The app lets you pick a section in the restaurant when you make your reservation. As of last year, more than 46,000 restaurants had joined the service.For a more casual Valentine’s day, a food delivery app like Uber Eats (download for Android or iOS), Postmates (download for Android or iOS) or DoorDash (download for Android or iOS) would be perfect. Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Stream the perfect showWhether your night is romantic or platonic, relaxing with a good movie or binge-watching a TV show is an easy win. You can pick from great titles on Netflix (download for iOS or Android) like the new psychological thriller You, or an old favorite like The Office. Don’t miss: Best Valentine’s Day movies on Netflix for 2019If you’re not subscribed to a streaming service like Netflix, Hulu (download for iOS or Android) or Amazon Prime Video (download for iOS or Android), you can check out Elizabeth Olsen’s Sorry for Your Loss on Facebook Watch for free. You can always snuggle up and watch together on your phone or tablet, or use Google Chromecast or Apple AirPlay to stream from your phone to your TV screen.Netflix Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Order movie tickets from your phoneIf you’re not in the mood for a movie on the couch, getting out and going to the movie theater is a long-standing Valentine’s Day tradition. If you don’t mind fighting the crowds, many of today’s movie theaters offer a better experience than ever with reclining seats, a variety of food and often a bar.Instead of calling the movie theater or Googling what’s playing, check out Fandango (download for iOS or Android) or one of these apps for booking your seats. The apps often show user ratings for each movie and let you watch trailers. Some even offer free snacks for registering.Fandango provides movie information and filters films based on genre, rating, film formats and more. You can watch trailers, browse ratings and pick the theater with the best amenities.Tickets for most major movie theater chains can be purchased in the apps. Pick your film, showtime, seats and more. Payment, splitting the bill and exchanging tickets is easy as well.Fandango Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Hold a vote on Google MapsDon’t get trapped in an endless cycle of, “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” Use Google Maps’ (download for iOS or Android) Explore feature to find the perfect activity.Your significant other or your friend group can find restaurants, events or other locations with the Explore tab. Any potential activity can be added to a short list for the group to vote on. Apps like Yelp (download for iOS or Android) and Gravy (download for iOS or Android) are also helpful in planning an evening.Google Maps Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Find a unique gift on EtsyA unique or personalized gift is a great touch for Valentine’s Day. If you’re not much of an artist, check out Etsy (download for iOS or Android) for beautiful, handmade gifts.You can specify your searches to gifts for him, for her, for spouses, for kids, decorations, cards and more.Since Etsy sells handmade goods, you’re also supporting artists. Keep in mind that because items are custom-made, they might be a bit more expensive in some cases. And make sure you give yourself enough time to have them delivered.Etsy Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Order flowers from an appGetting an arrangement of flowers is always a nice surprise. If you’re planning to surprise a loved one, send some to yourself or want to drop a hint to your significant other, try the ProFlowers app (download for iOS or Android). You can order and quickly send a flower arrangement or a plant. Pick out your gift, add the recipient’s address, add a personalized message, select a delivery date and press Send. ProFlowers ships its arrangements in a free vase or pot and guarantees freshness, so they can be enjoyed longer.Proflower Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Take a relationship quizCommunication is a big factor in a healthy relationship. The Happy Couple quiz app (download for iOS or Android) can help you learn more about a new relationship or strengthen an older one. After linking the apps, partners can tap Play Quiz to start. Happy Couple adds 10 new questions daily, like “Who picked up the check the first time you ate together?” You can choose from “I did,” “He did,” “We split it” or “We argued about it.” You can compare your answers afterward and discuss where you agree or disagree. Happy couple Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Tinder, Bumble or PickableThere’s nothing wrong with being single on Valentine’s Day. If you’re hoping to find your true love or a simple date to a party, a dating app is as good a place to start as any. Tinder (download for iOS or Android), and its famous swipe right interface, probably comes to mind first for most. Swipe right if you like someone, swipe left if you don’t. If you both swiped right, you match. If Tinder isn’t for you, there are plenty of other dating apps to choose from. Bumble (download for iOS or Android) lets women make the first move. Vibes (download for iOS) focuses on matching personalities and combats the negativity often found in dating apps. Pickable (download for iOS or Android) empowers women by letting them remain anonymous while browsing for dates. Tinder Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET 0 Gifts for your ‘foodie’ Valentine Read moreSurvive Valentine’s Day 2019 on a limited budgetWhite Castle taking Valentine’s Day reservations: Plan ahead, romanticsFor Valentine’s Day, buy this seductive heart-shaped meteoriteThe best apps for renting and buying movies in 2019 (Download.com)LGBTQ dating app HER can help you meet your perfect match for Valentine’s Day (Download.com)Best free dating apps for hooking up and relationships (Download.com)Employees do not mentally start their work year until Valentines Day (ZDNet)Great last minute Valentine’s Day gifts for tech and gadget lovers (TechRepublic)center_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Mobile Apps 1:08 Post a commentlast_img read more

PMO asks Finance Minister to reexamine sovereign bond proposal

first_imgFinance Ministry officials had said the government could raise about 10-15 per cent of the proposed Rs 7.1 lakh crore government borrowings this fiscal through sovereign bonds. TwitterThe Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) wants the Finance Ministry to re-look the idea of issuing foreign currency overseas sovereign bonds and critically examine issues raised by former bankers and economists before taking any call on implementing the budget proposal.The PMO has asked the ministry to seek more consultation from stake-holders before proceeding with any plans. Finance Ministry officials had said the government could raise about 10-15 per cent of the proposed Rs 7.1 lakh crore government borrowings this fiscal through sovereign bonds.The chief architect of the proposed bond was the former Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg and he had a lone supporter in this campaign. Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian had said this is the right opportunity for India to raise funds through overseas sovereign bonds at a much cheaper rate, compared with those in the domestic market.Garg has since been moved to the Power Ministry and the sudden move just after the Budget presentation and its approval by Parliament is being seen by many paying the price for pushing the idea of foreign money into India by a government led by a largely nationalist, right-wing party where the ‘swadeshi’ card evokes sentiments. The former Finance Secretary is being seen as hurting such sentiments, while former RBI Governors and other experts shot down the idea as risky.The opposition to the proposed bond is widespread. The government should not issue foreign sovereign debt without getting into larger public consultations, and the many arguments it has given in favour of issuing such securities do not hold, Rathin Roy, member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, had recently said.He said government should pay attention to what several former Governors of the Reserve Bank of India are saying, the sovereign liabilities are in perpetuity.Roy also dismissed the contention that such bonds are cheaper after the hedging costs are added. Noting there was a reason why the country hadn’t issued overseas debt for 70 years, he had said that Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Greece, and Indonesia had all paid a price for foreign currency sovereign borrowings.”I have grave concerns about this proposal on grounds of economic sovereignty, and about the macroeconomic consequences… the government should instead look at relaxing the rupee bond limits for foreign portfolio investors,” Roy said.Former RBI Governors Raghuram Rajan, C. Rangarajan and Y.V. Redy and former Chief Statistician Pronab Sen had also raised concerns over the Finance Ministry’s proposal.Rajan has said that any plan to issue foreign currency debt has no real benefit and is fraught with risks. A global bond sale won’t reduce the amount of domestic government bonds the local market has to absorb and the country should worry about short-term “faddish investors buying when India is hot, and dumping us when it is not”, he had written in a newspaper column.Rangarajan has said that borrowing in foreign currencies may expose the economy to risks as the rupee’s depreciation or current account deficit cannot be contained in the long run. Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha has said that even in the face of the 1991 balance of payment crisis, the government did not go for sovereign bonds.The main fear is as they argued it could create long-term economic risks by exposing the government’s liabilities to currency fluctuations.All of these experts had suggested issuing rupee bonds instead of foreign currency bonds.In an interaction with IANS, Ashiwini Mahajan, the co-convenor of the RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), said: “About 95 per cent of the experts are saying the move is risky. The average depreciation in the rupee is 6.23 per cent in the last few years. The overseas rates of interest is 3.25 per cent, so together it makes 9.5 per cent.”In India, the government borrows at 6-7 per cent. So how the foreign currency bonds are cheap? The whole idea of a sovereign bonds is bad idea for any other country, not just for India. Everywhere the sovereign borrowing has led these countries into the debt trap, into the vortex of debt. It is a risk not worth taking. It is a foolish idea.”The benchmark 10-year bond yield rose as much as 11 basis points to 6.55 per cent after the news of a rethink of the proposal, as market participants fear this may boost government borrowing in the domestic market.Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her maiden Budget speech on July 5, had announced: “India’s sovereign external debt to GDP is among the lowest globally at less than 5 per cent. The government would start raising a part of its gross borrowing programme in external markets in external currencies. This will also have beneficial impact on demand situation for the government securities in domestic market.”Garg had told Indian business leaders last week that the overseas debt move was part of efforts to bring down real interest rates for Indian firms, and to help the economy grow faster.last_img read more

Rail link with Sylhet resumes after 3hr

first_imgThe rail communications between Sylhet and rest of the country resumed on Monday afternoon after being suspended for at least three hours due to a hill slide triggered by heavy rainfalls in Lauachhara forest of Kamalganj in Moulvibazar of Sylhet, reports news agency UNB.The communication resumed after cleaning all the mud from the rail track at around 12:00pm, witnesses said.Earlier, a large chunk of mud fell on the rail track at Lauachhara hilly area halting the communication since 8:15am this morning, Sreemangal Station master Faizur Rahman said.last_img

Couple 4 others held with yaba

first_imgPolice in a drive arrested six people, including a couple, along with 2,100 pieces of yaba tablets from two houses in Bogura on Sunday, reports UNB.The arrestees are Naimul Hasan Shanta, 25, son of Zahedur Rahman, Shanta’s wife Shimu, 23, Laboni, 28, wife of Nahid Alam, Mariam Akter Nipu, 25, wife of Ashadul Kabir, Monika, 20, wife of Rusho, and Lokman Hossain, 45, son of Abul Kashem of Naogaon district.Tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive at four flats in Jaleshwartoli and Sutrapur areas and arrested them along with the yaba tablets around 10:00am, said Sanatan Chakrawarty, additional superintendent of Bogura police.The arrestees have long been involved in drug trading in rented flats in the town, police claimed.last_img