Working Harder Won’t Kill You

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now There was a time when work was grueling. It was dangerous, and it was physically taxing. There was a also a time when that physical labor went on for hours and hours in places like coal mines or factories. At that time, and in that place, it may have been possible to work too hard. It was very possible that you could hurt yourself physically.Fortunately, this is, for the most part, no longer true (although carrying shingles up to a roof isn’t the most pleasant work you’ll ever do). For the most part, we have tools and technologies and rules and laws that make things a bit easier. More still, we are primarily knowledge workers.This popular article about the gig economy suggests that we have to be careful not to glamorize hard work and hustle or we risk people taking it to heart and literally working ourselves to death. Literally.The gig work the article is talking about? Physically demanding jobs like working on an oil rig? Labor intensive jobs in risky settings, like building a skyscraper? Well, not exactly. The work the article is complaining about is work like driving a car and graphic design. Not the kind of work where many people are at risk of dying of exhaustion.Maybe there was a time when it made sense to suggest to people, “Don’t work too hard,” but if there was a time, that time is long past. The better advice to offer today would be, “Hey, remember to work harder. You’re not going to hurt yourself by working, but you are going to hurt yourself by being lazy and distracted and living in your inbox!”The truth of the matter is that most people could stand to work a lot harder. It would serve them well, and it would serve their families well, too. They’d make more money, and they’d have a lot less stress and strife in their lives. People that give themselves over to their work are happier, too.Since the beginning of human life, nature has required that one labor to take care of oneself. This is not a man-made phenomena. It’s not the result of any particular political or economic system. It’s the result of a company organizing people to drive cars, or finding ways to help artists support themselves through their art. It’s what has always been necessary for human beings to live, thrive, and survive, and it will be for some time into the future.So, work harder. It won’t kill you.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor, July 2007

first_imgFUTURE TENSEYoung professionals seem to be devoting too much of attention to work (“Home Alone”, July 16). What they don’t realise is that they are rushing into the future and neglecting their present, the repercussions of which will be seen much later.-MANSI ANEJA, Bangalore The cover story is thought provoking.,FUTURE TENSEYoung professionals seem to be devoting too much of attention to work (“Home Alone”, July 16). What they don’t realise is that they are rushing into the future and neglecting their present, the repercussions of which will be seen much later.-MANSI ANEJA, Bangalore The cover story is thought provoking. The old deserve financial andfamilial attention in recognition of their contribution during theproductive years.-UDAYA S. MISHRA, on e-mail  In countries like Japan and China, annual appraisal of an employee depends on how one takes care of his/her parents. The required data is collected without the knowledge of the employee in collaboration with the parents. The private sector in India should adopt such measures to ensure workable relationship between the old and the young. -P.V. ARIEL, Secunderabad It is disheartening to read about the agonising life of senior citizens in India. Time is not far away when the last rites of the deceased will be performed without the attendance of their children. -CHANDER BHAT, on e-mailIt is not fair to blame the younger generation alone. The old should own up equal responsibility to bridge the gap between them and their children. Both generations should give each other space and independence. They are key to a healthy relationship. -MAN MOHAN BHATIA, DelhiYoungsters will realise and repent only when they will be disowned and discarded by their own children in the future. In their pursuit of acquiring wealth in today’s booming economy, they should not forget those who gave them birth. They should be scared of natural justice. -K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, BangaloreThe old feeling isolated is too frivolous a topic for a cover story. It didn’t deserve such a mammoth display. While so much is happening in and around India, INDIA TODAY could have chosen something more contemporary as its main story.-R.SINGH, DelhiAlthough a poignant article, the cover story did not deal with the true sandwich generation. With some senior citizens suffering at the hands of the younger lot, it is unfair to club everyone in one single category. Just like no two children can be compared, two adults too can’t be equated. -CHANDRIKA R. KRISHNAN, Bangalore  GENERAL UNREST General Pervez Musharraf may have demonstrated his commitment to fight back radical Islamism and the resurgent neo-Taliban (“Taking on the Mullahs”, July 16). However, what he doesn’t understand is that he may have just provoked many more such revolts around the country. J. -AKSHAY, SecunderabadThe year 2007 hasn’t proved lucky for Musharraf. First, he suffered setbacks from the judiciary for suspending Pakistan’s Chief Justice. And now he is pitted against another powerful political class: the mullahs. This is just a premonition of what is to come in the forthcoming elections. -CHETAN PRABHAKAR, Gurgaon  WONDER FULLTaj Mahal has retained its status in the Seven Wonders of the World (“A Vote of Love”, July 16). Without doubt, Taj is a symbol of love, as the number of votes it garnered to be a wonder stand testimony to the people’s love for it. A partof credit should go to the Supreme Court, which, to prevent the Taj from decaying, has prohibited construction around the monument. -K.PRADEEP, ChennaiSPORTING GLORYEvery state should take a cue from Gujarat on how to nurture their sportspersons (“The Rule of Iron”, July 16). The story brings a ray of hope that India will one day produce world class athletes. -SIDDHARTH GARG, DelhiMEDIA-CENTRICRakhi Sawant’s candid confession that media is her godfather is really praiseworthy (“Seedhi Baat”, July 16). She is, in fact, the creation of media hype only. -GAUTAM BHUYAN, BangaloreNEGATIVE ENERGYFor energy security in the country, the Government should first ban sale of new cars, especially in metros (“High Octane Crisis”, July 16). It is important not only for energy security, but also for controlling pollution in big cities, which in someway, is contributing to erratic weather changes. -RAHUL GARG, Delhi HISTORICAL SECRETSSuddenly publishers in India have taken it upon themselves to brush up the nation’s sense of history (“An Enchanted Past”, July 16). If Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten got along famously, Gandhi, too, had his share of controversies. With each new release promising to unsheathe some of the guarded secrets of pre-IndependenceIndia, walking down the trails of the past has never been so exciting. -ALAP MOHAN, Bangalore VALLEY OF DEATHThe growing number of suicides in Kashmir is a cause of concern for the state Government (“Extremism of Another Kind”, July 9). It should try and identify problems that are driving the youth towards suicide. Also, nongovernment organisations should take steps to introduce classes for those suffering from depression. -PRARTHANA ACHARYYA, GuwahatiAN EYE OPENER The story on useless ministries is thought provoking (“White Elephants”, June 18). It is disheartening to know that the creation of a plethora of departments has killed accountability. Language is bold, it depicts the flaws of the Government. -V.R. VENKATAKRISHNAN, Cochin DEVIL AND DEEP SEAadvertisementadvertisement Bhairon SinghShekhawat has his own reasons for fighting the Presidential Poll (“Whyis he Fighting”, July 16). Apart from BJP, he enjoys tacit support ofmany MPs and MLAs. At 83, even if he loses the election, his spirit isgoing to win.  -VIRENDRA KUMAR TANGRI, Dehradun I understand the hoopla against Pratibha Patil becoming the nextPresident. But her opponent is equally unworthy of the coveted post.What are the credentials of Shekhawat apart from being an old warhorsein politics?  -ALPANA DAS, Delhi It’s sad that Shekhawat has been pitted against Patil who is a stubbornloyalist of the Gandhi family. Politics played over the post of thePresident will be marked as one of the darkest chapters of Indianpolitics.  -PARANJYOTI DUTTA, Teok, Assamlast_img read more

Manchester United edge past Crystal Palace to win FA Cup

first_imgManchester United substitute Jesse Lingard’s superb volley in extra time secured a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday for their first major trophy in three years.JOSE MOURINHO DEAL HAPPENING? However, their Dutch manager Louis van Gaal was left wondering whether it would be enough to preserve his job two seasons into a three-year contract amid British media reports that Jose Mourinho would be offered the job next week.The game was locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, Jason Puncheon coming off the bench to put London side Palace ahead 12 minutes from time before Juan Mata equalised three minutes later.United central defender Chris Smalling was sent off in the extra period for a second yellow card but Lingard’s moment of class gave them the Cup for the first time since 2004.’DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT LEAVING CLUB'”It’s fantastic to win this title for the club, the fans and also for me,” Van Gaal said. “Now I have won a Cup in four countries. Not many managers can say that so I am very happy.”I don’t want to talk about leaving the club.”BRILLIANT RUNUnderdogs Palace took the lead when Puncheon, who had only come on six minutes earlier, deftly controlled a long ball into the area and fired past United goalkeeper David de Gea.But within three minutes Wayne Rooney went on a brilliant run across the edge of the Palace area and crossed for Marouane Fellaini to set up the equaliser for Spaniard Mata.advertisementDespite playing the second period of extra time with 10 men after Smalling’s dismissal, United poured forward and Lingard’s goal secured a 12th FA Cup triumph, equalling Arsenal’s record.”I saw it come across and it landed nicely for me, all I had to do was hit it sweet and luckily I did that. As a sub you always have to be ready. Thankfully I was,” Lingard said.Van Gaal, who arrived for his news conference carrying the trophy, added: “It was a super goal when we needed it.”It was unbelievable that we had injuries again but in spite of going down to 10 players we showed the spirit we have shown on the road to the final.”Palace manager Alan Pardew, who played when the London club lost the replayed 1990 final against United, was frustrated by two refereeing decisions from Mark Clattenburg, who will be in charge of next weekend’s Champions League final.He felt Wilfried Zaha should have had a penalty when tackled by Rooney and that play should have been waved on as Connor Wickham recovered from Smalling’s challenge and scored.”It was a great cup final and could have gone either way,” Pardew told reporters.UNITED DANGEROUSPalace did not get quite enough from speedy winger Zaha, who United once bought for 15 million pounds ($21.76 million) before selling him back to their opponents, and Yannick Bolasie.The London side threatened mainly from set pieces, although the tall Fellaini was a valuable asset in defending them.United made the more dangerous chances throughout the game, hitting the post twice early in the second half through Fellaini and young French striker Anthony Martial.Rooney was an influential captain in his deeper midfield role and 18 year-old Marcus Rashford made several of their best opportunities, but had to go off injured in the 72nd minute.Van Gaal could not say how serious the injury was or whether it would prevent Rashford joining the England squad next week.It was the second time United had won the FA Cup after having a player sent off. Irish defender Kevin Moran was the first man dismissed in a final, when they beat Everton in 1985. Smalling was the fourth and the first Englishman.There was a bonus in Palace’s defeat for West Ham United, who will join United in the Europa League next season after the east London side move into their new Olympic Stadium ground.last_img read more

Barcelona made to sweat for draw by impressive Athletic Bilbao in La Liga

first_imgLa Liga leaders Barcelona handed Real Madrid more hope in the title race as they drew 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, only avoiding defeat thanks to some outstanding saves by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.The Germany keeper twice thwarted forward Inaki Williams and kept out a stinging drive from Markel Susaeta in an intense and entertaining game in which the champions came under heavy pressure throughout.Barca top the standings with 51 points after 23 games, six ahead of a resurgent Real Madrid.With Lionel Messi hampered by a recent thigh problem and influential left back Jordi Alba suspended, Barca were far from their usual best, creating few clear opportunities and ending the game defending deep as Bilbao continued to attack.The impressive hosts were left frustrated by the sending off of Oscar de Marcos in added time for a second yellow card, but there was barely any time left for Barca to take advantage and they had to settle for a second straight league stalemate after last week’s 2-2 draw at home to Valencia.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde was still upbeat about his side’s position in the title race, even though in the last nine days they have dropped four points.”We come out of this week just like the last, we are still top, and if my calculations are not wrong, we’ll be top next week,” he told a news conference.”This is a long season and we have to be top at the end of it.”INTENSE STARTThe home side, hurting after a limp defeat by local rivals Real Sociedad in their last outing and with a heaving San Mames stadium willing them on, made an intense start and took the game to the champions.advertisementTer Stegen was first called into action by a long-range strike from Susaeta, the German flying towards the top right corner to tip the ball over the bar with his left hand.He then stood form to keep out an overhead kick from Raul Garcia and was alert in the second half, instinctively throwing an arm into the air to pat away a close range shot from Williams and later stretching to catch a shot from the forward.Messi, who began Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at home to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg on the bench, was Barca’s most dangerous outlet despite his obvious fitness issues.He came closest to scoring for the visitors, sending a loose ball on to the top of the crossbar after Bilbao keeper Iago Herrerin fumbled on the edge of the area.”Leo is fine, he played feeling 100 percent, we may have had difficulties, but the fact he played means he was ready,” added Valverde, after his assistant Jon Aspiazu had said before the game that the Argentine was not yet fully fit.Barca enjoyed more control in the second half after homegrown midfielder Carles Alena replaced an erratic Arturo Vidal but tired as the game progressed.Bilbao looked far likelier to break the deadlock in the closing stages, but were repeatedly shut out by the intimidating presence of the impressive Ter Stegen.”We had the clearer chances, we had more shots and more corners and if anyone came closer to winning the game it was us,” said Athletic coach Gaizka Garitano, whose side moved up to 13th in the standings.Also Watch:last_img read more

A Top 4-Star Recruit Has Flipped His Commitment

first_imgA general view of Mississippi State's football field.STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 11: A general view of Davis Wade Stadium during the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers on October 11, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)One of the top defensive back recruits in the country has flipped his commitment. He’s headed from the Big 12 to the SEC.Jarrian Jones, a four-star defensive back out of Mississippi, announced on Twitter late on Saturday that he was flipping his commitment. He had been committed to Oklahoma.The four-star recruit is now committed to Mississippi State.Here’s his full decision:Uno and Cino ? Back together again…………. pic.twitter.com/yRMVYjfi7I— Jarrian Jones • (@7reasons1k) June 2, 2018This decision does not come as a surprise to Oklahoma fans, who were expecting to lose Jones at some point during his recruitment. It’s extremely difficult to hold onto top recruits from SEC country.Jones is ranked the No. 18 safety in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He also holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Michigan, among other programs.Mississippi State’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 13 class in the country.You can view the full class here.last_img read more

It’s always special to play for home team in IPL 2019: Ishant Sharma

first_imgIt’s always special to play for home team in IPL 2019: Ishant SharmaIshant Sharma will be playing for his home side, Delhi Capitals, after representing Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rising Pune Supergiants and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 16:04 IST Ishant Sharma will be playing for his home side Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019 (Reuters Photo)Excited to play for his home team for the first time since IPL’s inception, India pacer Ishant Sharma said it is always a “special” moment for him to be returning to the iconic Feroze Shah Kotla stadium from where his journey started.Having represented various teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Ishant will represent his home team Delhi Capitals in the season beginning March 23.In the past, Ishant, who plied his trade in Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rising Pune Supergiants and Sunrisers Hyderabad.”For me, Kotla is something more than a ground. Right from the under-17 level, I have played all my matches here. I have a number of memories here,” Ishant said in a video post on Instagram.”Not only for me, but for all those who represent Delhi, Kotla is a memory for them because it is where it all starts. It is from here that we went ahead to represent our country.The 30-year-old pacer was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 1.10 crore during the auctions in Jaipur earlier this year.Ishant has scalped 58 wickets from 76 IPL games.”I have got this opportunity after 12 years to represent my home team and I feel very proud. I will try to deliver my best and I hope we win the trophy this year,” he said.Delhi Capitals will start their IPL campaign against three-time champions Mumbai Indians on March 24 at the Wankhede Stadium.Also Read | Shane Warne reveals how Rajasthan Royals signed up Ashton TurneradvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow Ishant SharmaFollow Indian Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Keppel: Industry Fundamentals Still Strong

first_imgzoom Keppel Corporation reported a net profit of S$414 million (USD 352.8 million) in the third quarter of 2014, down 9% year on year mainly due to lower profit contribution from its property division, the company said.In the first nine months of 2014, Keppel achieved a net profit of S$1,159 million, comparable to the same period in 2013.“At Keppel, we believe that with the depleting reserves and aging fleet, the industry fundamentals are still strong. IOCs are kicking the can down the road but at some point they would have to spend to replenish reserves, and drilling contractors would have to replace their old fleet with new, safer and technologically superior rigs,” Chief Executive Loh Chin Hua said.The Offshore & Marine Division has secured year-to-date about S$3.7 billion worth of new contracts. Apart from new innovative solutions like the GOLAR HILLI FLNG conversion and the KFELS N Plus jackup, the company said it had acquired some new customers like Fecon International, Gulf Drilling International, TS Offshore and UMW Oil & Gas in their latest contracts.“With a net orderbook of S$12.7 billion stretching into 2019, we are in a position to go after quality work that will translate into meaningful earnings. Our prudence in selecting such projects along with our focus on executing well to earn the best risk-adjusted returns have contributed to a stable operating margin of 14.6% for the first nine months of this year, comparable to 14.8% achieved over the same period last year.”Keppel has secured a second letter of intent from Golar LNG, within two months of signing the USD 735 million contract to convert the first FLNG vessel.“We hope to seal this very soon. With the introduction of FLNG vessels, global FLNG capex is expected to experience a significant increase over the next six years, amounting to about US$65 billion by 2020. Keppel is looking forward to participate more meaningfully in the growth of this FLNG market. To this end, we have opted to take a 10% stake in the first project, Golar Hilli,” Hua added.Press Releaselast_img read more

Jawan shoots himself outside North Block

first_imgNEW DELHI: A jawan, posted on guard duty outside the Finance Ministry in the North Block in the high-security VIP zone, committed suicide on Tuesday by shooting himself with the service weapon. “Head constable Jai Narain of Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) was posted at gate number 2 of North Block. He shot himself with his service carbine in the parking lot outside Finance Ministry at around 12:40 pm,” said Madhur Verma, Public Relation Officer, Delhi Police. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkNarain was taking a break when the incident happened. He died on the spot, police said. “Two shots were fired from his service gun. No suicide note was recovered from the body. The police are conducting an investigation under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (inquest),” Verma said. According to the preliminary investigation, Narain had just come back from his vacation. He was posted here for over a year. Police are trying to verify if he was depressed over some personal issue and hence the family of the deceased jawan is being asked to clarify if they know something was troubling him.last_img read more

Jonas Brothers Dad Named As Charity Honorary Chairman

first_imgKevin Jonas Sr., has been named Honorary Chairman of Convoy of Hope, a humanitarian relief charity.As co-­founder and partner of the Jonas Group, Inc., Jonas is a leading pioneer in bringing together the world of entertainment and new digital technology/media.“Our family have been supporters of Convoy of Hope since they responded to the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010,” shares Jonas. “My goal is to use my experience to build bridges for Convoy of Hope, raise additional support and increase awareness for the work they do around the world.”“Kevin Jonas and his family have been great friends of Convoy of Hope,” says Hal Donaldson, CEO & Co-Founder of Convoy of Hope. “Our team is excited to work with Kevin to help hurting people and feed hungry children around the world.”In addition to founding the Jonas Group, Jonas manages top artists such as the entertainment phenomenon, the Jonas Brothers (Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas), Frankie Jonas, Rosso Sisters, Olivia Somerlyn, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Unlocking the Truth, Mike Tompkins, Daniella Mason, and many others.Jonas’ background in entertainment began at the age of eight as a singer, and he went on to become a world traveling performer and multiplatinum songwriter. He was also a consultant to several record companies before founding his current management company. Jonas lives in Dallas, TX with his wife Denise and family.Convoy of Hope, a faith ­based organization founded in 1994, has a driving passion to feed the world. With a long history as an early responder in times of natural disasters, Convoy of Hope has been a Four Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator for 11 consecutive years. In the last 20 years, Convoy of Hope has served more than 65 million people. For more information, click here.last_img read more

Chanels garden delights as Givenchy designer debuts couture

first_imgPARIS – Rose scents mingled with celebrities such as Marion Cotillard, Sofia Coppola and Rita Ora at Chanel on Tuesday as showman Karl Lagerfeld recreated a verdant garden to showcase his bucolic couture designs. Elsewhere in Paris, Givenchy’s new designer unveiled her highly anticipated couture debut.Some highlights from Tuesday’s spring-summer 2018 shows:___GIVENCHY DESIGNER’S COUTURE DEBUTA spooky, floodlit chateau in Paris’ historic Marais area was the venue Clare Waight Keller chose to stage her first couture show since being appointed creative director at Givenchy last year.Guests were led up a dimly lit stairway as discordant music played to a mysterious hall with shimmering crystal chandeliers. The edgy music and venue represented the future and the past.The sublime couture creations harked back to the designs of house founder Count Hubert de Givenchy — but Waight Keller infused them with a fashion-forward touch.The house’s signature sharp shoulder — here, often on shoulder-draped coats — was a running style in the diverse looks that mixed hard and soft. In the more architectural moments, Waight Keller evoked the spirit of Givenchy’s mentor, Cristobal Balenciaga.Lines — rigid bodices, cinched waists and a hard V-shaped decollete — fused with delicate materials. Feathers flashed vermillion peeking from the inside of a coat and a softly tiered full skirt bled from purple to electric orange and cobalt blue.It made for some sublime looks that remained highly feminine at all times.Dark romance was at the heart of this accomplished display, which was possibly the best seen all season.___CHANEL’S GARDEN COUTUREChanel’s fragrant garden featured architectural wooden arbors, white roses and a babbling water fountain.Inspired by the geometric curves in the furniture, Lagerfeld went back to nature — and to Chanel’s couture roots — for a display of pure drama constructed with geometric detail.The stone-colored clothes teamed with soft floral embroideries and frothy details. Models including Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber wore sweet pink, white and purple posies in black tulle hair-pieces.The devil’s in the detail and this season, Chanel was all about the sleeve.A raglan style — one that extends in one piece fully to the collar — seemed to inspire the beautiful and surreal arm shapes that descended stiffly like a tapered tube. Shoulders were wide and dramatically curved.Full skirts flared out like giant bells in a crisp line shared this surreal quality.Lagerfeld is an ambitious man, and elsewhere his 69 designs also channeled the tiered fashions of the swinging 1920s.___DIANE KRUGER ON HER GRITTY FILM ROLEThough she was overlooked for an Oscar nomination, “Inglourious Basterds” star Diane Kruger is still buzzing from the critical acclaim surrounding her challenging role in the movie “In The Fade.”Kruger plays a steely woman whose life falls apart after her husband and son are killed in a bomb attack.The German-born actress, who attended the Armani Prive couture show in a black tuxedo and sequined gown, said that this film “definitely” comes at a good time for feisty female roles in cinema.“It’s a very strong female role,” she said.“The protagonist was originally written for a man so it was changed for a woman, which is always great,” she added.___DIOR’S MASKED BALLMasked revelers danced into the early hours of Tuesday at the soiree event of couture week: Christian Dior’s surrealism-themed masked ball at the Rodin Museum.Actress Monica Bellucci stepped onto the checkered chess board set in a vivid red lace Dior gown, while model Bella Hadid stunned in a revealing black tulle shoulder less dress, hugging singer Courtney Love effusively.Guests in check face masks that sometimes impaired vision negotiated around giant 2-meter chess pieces, faceless dancing performers and hanging surrealist sculptures in the marquee venue that was also used to showcase the historic design house’s spring and summer couture styles.A wall of white arms, some fake and some real (belonging to hidden performers), handed out white roses to passers-by who snacked on white chocolate playing cards served on a green poker table cover.___ALEXIS MABILLE’S OLD-SCHOOL GLAMOURThe red carpet said it all: French designer Alexis Mabille turned on the glamour for a display of classic couture gowns.The styles were firmly set to the 1950s — the years following the austerity of World War II that produced long exuberant lengths of fabric, hyper-femininity and hourglass silhouettes.A floor-length satin gown in coral sported a giant floppy bow at the waist, while one in dark cobalt saw an abbreviated take on a fifties jacket as a bustier and was paired with full length evening gloves.Mabille didn’t forget to have fun.A series of balloon gowns — with curved hems gathered around inside — were the strongest pieces in the show.Each consecutive skirt sported an even bigger explosion of fabric, until the show reached a dramatic crescendo in a circular bottle green gown that spread out from the bust.___ARMANI PRIVE’S WATERcolour-INSPIRED DESIGNSEven a fashion master can have off days.Tuesday was a mixed couture bag for Giorgio Armani, who explored the theme of watercolour in an exhaustive collection of shimmering pastel gowns that combined too many divergent ideas.Armani’s best looks kept it simple.A minimalist satin bodice in oyster led the eye to a dramatic whoosh of silk spilling from the waist. But elsewhere, some looks — though beautifully constructed — saw a complicated silhouette and busy patterns vying for attention.Nevertheless, it was a hit for celebrities such as Marion Cotillard and Isabelle Huppert, who applauded vigorously from the front row.___SWAROVSKI AT HOTEL DE CRILLONNo luxury detail was overlooked at the launch of Swarovski’s eyewear collection inside the revamped Hotel de Crillon, which reopened last year after a 200-million euro refurbishment.Views of the sparkling Place de la Concorde delighted guests, including model and actress Poppy Delevingne, socialite Olivia Palermo and actress Morgane Polanski, the daughter of director Roman Polanski.The eyewear was displayed on stands and featured opulent use of crystal in architectural designs inspired by the Atelier Swarovski jewelry collections, which were also shown off at the event.Guests then tucked into a lavish meal that included wine from the famous vineyard Chateauneuf-du-Pape.___Thomas Adamson is at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamson_Klast_img read more

Govt releases additional Rs 1K cr to cyclonehit Odisha

first_imgNew Delhi: The Home Ministry Monday announced release of an additional Rs 1,000 crore to the cyclone-hit Odisha as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.A Home Ministry statement said the amount would be in addition to the Rs 341 crore that had been provided to the Odisha’s State Disaster Response Force in advance. As announced by Prime Minister after his aerial survey and review of relief efforts with the Odisha government, the Home Ministry has announced a further release of Rs 1,000 crore for assistance to the state, the statement said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe extremely severe cyclone ‘Fani’ made a landfall in Odisha on May 3 causing extensive damage in the state and claiming at least 34 lives. Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, met Monday for a seventh time in quick succession and reviewed the coordination efforts and restoration measures in the areas affected by the cyclone. The Odisha government has informed that restoration of the power and telecommunication infrastructure continues to remain the major priority and so far around 50 per cent power restoration has been reported while more works need to be done in Bhubaneswar and Puri, the statement said. The NEET examination, which was postponed in the state because of the cyclone, will be held on May 20. The medicines dispatched by the central government have been received and all measures were being taken to prevent any outbreak of diseases, the statement said. Reviewing the relief measures, the Cabinet Secretary stressed that power connectivity needs to be restored on priority basis as drinking water supply, telephone connectivity and banking operations need electricity.last_img read more

Alaska proposing regulations for pilot hemp program

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The state of Alaska has proposed regulations for an industrial hemp pilot program.A state law passed last year authorized the creation of a program to study the growth, cultivation or marketing of industrial hemp.Anchorage TV station KTVA reports staff at the state Plant Materials Center planted six different strains for the first phase. Center director Rob Carter says because hemp has been illegal, there isn’t a lot of research showing what varieties grow well.Hemp is related to marijuana but has just trace amounts of THC, the chemical found in marijuana that produces a high.Chris and Ember Haynes, who own Denali Hemp Company in Talkeetna, get their hemp seed oil ingredients from Colorado since it’s illegal to grow plants. They hope to participate in the pilot programThe Associated Press read more

Minova increases its presence in Russia and Kazakhstan

first_imgNew Russian powder plant at Leninsk KusneskFollowing a very good reception of high performance cementitious powders in Russian coal mines, it became necessary for Minova to increase its production capability. The result was the opening, by Minova CarboTech’s Russian arm Minova CarboZakk, of a state of the art powder plant in Leninsk Kusnesk. This will allow Minova to cater for the needs of coal and metal mines alike. “Russia is an important region for Minova and we are pleased with the dynamic expansion of our companies there,” says Director for Business Development Peter Bell. “This development underlines our technical leadership and commitment to share expertize throughout the Minova global network.”Minova also plans to open a new factory in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, with the initial focus on the production of resin capsules for copper and coal mines. Resin capsules are primarily used as an anchoring medium for rockbolts and cable anchors to provide roof and rib support.The mining industry in Kazakhstan has witnessed strong growth over the last few years and attracted worldwide attention with the flotation of Kazakhmys, one of the largest copper companies in the world, in London. Minova was already active in Kazakhstan and the decision to establish a company there is a natural progression.Comments Michael Reich, Chief Executive of Minova CarboTech: “What is distinctive about Minova is that we offer solutions not just products, and being close to our clients helps us to do just that. We have good relationships with our customers in Kazakhstan and our increased presence in this country’s growing market will help us build on this strong foundation.” Leading global supplier of underground mine consumables, Minova International, has some interesting developments in Russia and neighbouring Kazakhstan designed to strengthen further its presence in these two important regions.last_img read more

Poland Round 12 Wisla Plock with hardfought win over MMTS Kwidzyn

Wisla Plock is winning again. Today they won against MMTS Kwidzyn (4th team of last season) in away game 32:36. Although it wasn’t easy game they got another 2 points and they are still in the first place of polish championships table.The game began with Kwidzyns lading, but then Wisla shot three goals and it was 1:3 for them. Lars Walthers players had all under control and they had 2-3 goals more than hosts. After 20 minutes Wisla led by 5 goals and it was quite comfortable situation for them. But before the break Plock was winning 19:22. Great day had again Christian Spanne, who after first half got 6 goals. In second half play didn’t change a lot, but over 37 minute was only 23:25, when to Plocks goal hit Robert Orzechowski. Oilers made a few mistakes and Kwidzyn took advantage on it. On 10 minutes to the end of the game was 30:30 and everybody get really nervous, especially due to third 2-minute suspension and red card to Muhamed Toromanović. Finally Wisla won by 4 goals, 32:36. The best striker of Oilers next to Spanne was Petar Nenadić (9 goals both of them). More goals at all game had only Robert Orzechowski (10).MMTS: K.Szczecina, S.Suchowicz – M.Seroka, P.Rombel, M.Daszek(6, 1k), A.Nogowski(2), M.Górski, A.Pacześny, M.Peret(5), A.Łangowski(1), P.Rosiak, M.Adamuszek(7, 3k), K.Sadowski, R.Orzechowski(10), M.Mroczkowski(1), T.KlingerOrlen Wisła: M.Šego, M.Wichary – C.Spanne(9, 3k), A.Wiśniewski(1), V.Ghionea(1), I.Nikčević(5), K.Syprzak(2), M.Toromanović(1), N.Eklemović(4), M.Kubisztal(2), B.Kavaš(1), A.Twardo, P.Paczkowski(1), P.Nenadić(9, 1k), F.IlyésSuspensions: MMTS 6 min (A.Nogowski 2 min, M.Daszek 2 min, M.Peret 2 min) – Orlen Wisła 12 min (M.Toromanović 6 min, P.Paczkowski 4 min, C.Spanne 2 min)TEXT: Michalina Chabowska kubisztalMMTS KwidzynnenadicnikcevicspannewaltherwicharyWisla Plockwisniewski ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 13): Barcelona wins in Madrid against Atletico, with one hand on the league trophy Next Story → EURO 2012: Montenegro wins war against Hungary – Superb Romania smash Spain! read more

Man charged with murder in 1989 death of teen woman

first_imgBELLINGHAM — Whatcom County prosecutors have filed a charge of first-degree murder against a man in the death of a teenager near Bellingham in 1989.The Bellingham Herald reports Timothy Bass was charged with murder on Thursday in connection to the abduction, rape and murder of Mandy Stavik of the Acme area.Whatcom County Prosecutor David McEachran says that’s likely to be the only charge because the statute of limitations has run out for rape or kidnapping charges.Bass’ arraignment is set for Dec. 22.Authorities said DNA evidence led to his arrest on Tuesday.Mandy Stavik vanished in 1989 on the Friday after Thanksgiving while jogging near her home.A volunteer firefighter found her body during a search three days later in the South Fork of the Nooksack River.last_img

Government to introduce Lifetime Isas to encourage longterm saving

first_imgBudget 2016: The government is to introduce a new savings mechanism known as a Lifetime individual savings account (Isa).Chancellor George Osborne announced the plans in his Budget 2016 speech today (16 March).The Lifetime Isa is aimed at helping young people save for the long term, with a particular emphasis on saving for retirement and for first homes.From April 2017, those under the age of 40 will be able to save up to £4,000 a year in a Lifetime Isa. The government will pay £1 for every £4 saved.Contributions can be made with the 25% government bonus paid up to the age of 50. The government bonus will apply to savings withdrawn for retirement from the age of 60, and at any time from 12 months after opening the account for purchasing a first home.A national limit of £450,000 will apply for property purchased using Lifetime Isa funds.Savings can be withdrawn for other purposes at any time but the 25% bonus and any interest or growth on this must be returned to the government. These withdrawals will also be subject to a 5% charge.Osborne said: “For those under 40, many of whom haven’t had such a good deal from the pension system, I am introducing a completely new flexible way for the next generation to save. It’s called the Lifetime ISA.“Young people can put money in, get a government bonus, and use it either to buy their first home or save for their retirement.“For the basic-rate taxpayer, that is the equivalent of tax-free savings into a pension, and unlike a pension you won’t pay tax when you come to take your money out in retirement.“Unlike a pension you can access your money any time without the bonus and with a small charge.“And we’re going to consult with the industry on whether, like the American 401K, you can return money to the account to reclaim the bonus, so it is both generous and completely flexible.”Phil Wadsworth, chief actuary at JLT Employee Benefits, said: “Are new attractive Isas set to take over pensions?“Getting one pound for every four is a straightforward incentive to save. Coincidentally, it is the equivalent of pension tax relief for a basic-rate tax payer. The fact that Lifetime Isas are much more flexible means younger people will likely find it more attractive than pension savings.”Joanne Segars, chief executive at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), added: “The introduction of a Lifetime Isa is an interesting initiative to help younger people add to their pension and lifetime savings. We look forward to working with the government to help make sure that the Lifetime Isa does help younger people build up their savings.“An important part of this will be to make sure that savers’ interests are protected by ensuring that the regulation on charges and governance of the Lifetime Isa are comparable to those for pensions, which have been reviewed to make sure they offer savers good value.”last_img read more

Top 10 most read news stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 26 May and 1 June 2016:Shappi Khorsandi to host Employee Benefits Awards 2016Asda and Quintiles shortlisted for best benefits technologyUnited Arab Emirates debuts 3D-printed officePension exit charges under scrutinyArriva and Nottingham City Council shortlisted for best voluntary benefitsGovernment consults on British Steel pension scheme71% do not have policies to deal with employee cancer diagnoses32% do not feel proud of their organisationHerbert Smith Freehills introduces return-to-work scheme for female lawyersScottish Widows completes £54m bulk annuity transactionlast_img

Alaska News Nightly November 7 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioTrial Begins For Man Charged With Killing VPSO Thomas Madole Dave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamAfter a lengthy four days to select a jury, opening statements were made this morning in the murder trial of Leroy Dick Jr. at the courthouse in Dillingham.Bering Sea Storm Hits Aleutian IslandsLauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaAfter a week of warnings, a heavy-duty storm washed into the Bering Sea early this morning. Hurricane-force winds smacked the far western Aleutian Islands. And while the storm has disturbed life at sea, it’s expected to start losing power fast.How Will Legal Marijuana Work In Rural Alaska? Ben Matheson, KYUK – BethelEarly next year, Alaskans will be able to legally buy, transport, and use small amounts of marijuana. The initiative will not be law until three months after the vote is certified, and the state has more time to come up with rules for marijuana sales.Alaska Miners Association Convention Held In Anchorage Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe Alaska Miner’s Association annual convention has been going on all week in Anchorage.  Coinciding with the AMA’s 75th year, is the 25th anniversary of Kotzebue’s Red Dog Mine.Rep. Mike Chenault Tapped For 4th Term As House Speaker Alexandra Gutierrez, APRNNikiski Republican Mike Chenault will serve his fourth term as House Speaker in the Alaska State Legislature. That will make him the longest serving speaker in legislative history.UA President Warns Regents About Budget Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe University of Alaska Board of Regents has passed a budget for next year, but there’s concern about state funding.Crews Troubleshoot Bethel’s Pool Sprinkler System Ben Matheson, KYUK – BethelThere’s no timeline for reopening the $24 million Bethel pool, which closed right after the grand opening this past Saturday due to a sprinkler system issue.Ferry System Limits Solo Travel By Kids, Teenagers Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe Alaska Marine Highway System will no longer allow children and teen-agers under 18 to travel solo.AK: High Tech SurgeryAnnie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageSurgeons these days have a lot of futuristic tools at their disposal in the operating room. They use robots, high definition cameras and special dyes to help them complete complicated procedures. And you don’t have to travel to big cities in the Lower 48 to find the most up to date technology.300 Villages: KivalinaThis week, we’re heading to Kivalina on the Chukchi Sea. Stanley Hawley is the Tribal Administrator for the City of Kivalinalast_img read more

19 injured in Narail clash

first_imgAt least 19 people were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Sarole village in Lohagara upazila on Saturday night.Police said two groups of villagers — one led by Alam and the other led by Khokan — had been at loggerheads over establishing dominance in the area.As a sequel to the enmity, supporters of the two groups engaged in a clash in the night equipped with local weapons, leaving at least 19 people of both groups injured.The injured were admitted to Lohagara Upazila Health Complex, said sub-inspector Prabir Das of Lohagara Police Station, adding that additional policemen have been deployed in the area to ward off further trouble.last_img

Twitter Can Possibly Determine How Successful a Movie Is

first_img Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature Stay on target Think for a second about how much of a movie’s budget goes toward marketing. Sending actors out on the late night circuit, organizing press events and cutting eye-catching trailers. Then some snarky teenager makes a comment on Twitter that catches on and the movie flops. All that effort, all that money, all for naught.Maybe that’s a bit of exaggeration, but Twitter can have an impact on how well a movie performs, according to a recent study at Emerson College. The study was conducted to supplement an earlier study on the effects of word of mouth on box office performance. As there is no reliable formula for box office success, word of mouth has long been thought to be the only reliable predictor. But now, we have scientific confirmation that a correlation exists.Since Twitter forces people to distill their thought into 140 characters or less, it’s a pretty great place to get a feel for how a movie will perform. The study analyzed a sample of 12,000 tweets about 17 movies in the fall of 2016. They were only able to use data from 11 of those movies, though because some low performers didn’t have enough tweets for researchers to gather any data. They found a strong correlation between the use of a movie’s official hashtag on Twitter and its revenue the following weekend. If a film’s hashtag was used a lot, it’s revenue would increase over the previous weekend. If fewer people tweeted about it, the movie would make less money.Exhibit One from the study shows a strong correlation between hashtag use and revenue. (Via PR Newswire/Emerson College)It all comes down to word of mouth. No matter how good a trailer looks, no matter what A-list stars you cast, if you can’t get people talking about your movie, no one will see it. At the end of the day, that’s really what marketers are trying to generate: positive word of mouth. It all seems to make sense and can easily be applied to recent high-profile hits and flops.Anecdotally, remember Passengers? Of course, you do, the advertisements were impossible to miss. TV spots started showing up two months before it even came out. There’s a movie that seemed to have everything: sci-fi action, two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and a marketing push that would make Marvel blush. That seemed to backfire, as, by the time the movie came out, nobody really cared. There wasn’t much social media buzz, though to be fair, it was going up against Rogue One. And it certainly didn’t help that what little word of mouth there was pretty negative. (Seriously, by most accounts, it was a real piece of crap.) As a result, the movie failed to bring in the numbers it was aiming for.So there you have it. If you want an idea of whether or not a movie will do well, just check Twitter. See? It’s not a terrible cesspool of angry eggs all the time.last_img read more