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first_imgPoor people living in the remote areas of Kandhamal district do not want elections to destroy the peace and harmony of this communally volatile region.Blaram Pradhan, a resident of Sikaketi village under the G. Udaygiri Assembly segment of Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency, is clear that they want to forget the gory communal violence of the past. A church and several houses were damaged during the 2008 communal riots in Sikaketi. Women of the village allege that it was the handiwork of outsiders and assert that they do not want to get divided by outsiders again. This Christian-dominated village has 135 families. However, during the last panchayat elections, the village elected unopposed a Hindu woman, Saristri Pradhan, as its panchayat ward member. Be it a Hindu feast or Christmas celebration, families here are always together. “Our unity has been strengthened after the communal riots. We have decided to vote as per our choice and not let the election campaign destroy our amity,” says Ms. Pradhan. According to the villagers, two days ago when a candidate contesting in their Assembly seat organised a feast in their village, all of them attended it. “We are adopting the same attitude towards all political parties that visit our village,” says Rojanti Pradhan. In Badapanga, a Hindu-dominated village near Sikaketi, Madan Majhi declares that they do not want to get polarised along religious lines. “We should vote for a suitable candidate and not vote for an undeserving one along religious lines,” he says.Political activists allege that their rivals are trying to influence the voters along religious lines. Arun Sahu of Daringbadi says people who suffered due to communal violence do not want to become prey to such polarisation again. He alleges that outsiders who come to Kandhamal during election campaign usually try to fan divisive feelings.According to social activist Kailash Dandapat, people will vote on developmental issues and not along religious lines.last_img read more

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding University of the Philippines needed just one point to extend the match to a fourth set and take a crack at sending it to a fifth, but the Lady Maroons didn’t have their fate in their hands.It was La Salle’s possession and young Michelle Cobb made her way to the service line with one simple instruction in mind—just get it over.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Spikers were up 2-0 in sets, but trailed UP 24-23 in the third set, and it was up to Cobb to send the Lady Maroons back to Diliman.Pressure mounted on the 18-year-old Cobb because she knew that one slip would allow UP a chance for the victory, but with Ramil De Jesus putting his trust on her the setter knew she would deliver. Read Next AFP official booed out of forum “Actually I can’t breath during that time, but all I thought about was coach Ramil telling me to just get the ball over and just trust myself,” said Cobb in Filipino. “He told me that my heart and my mind should dominate the situation.”The charming setter breathed a low sigh, then let go of her first serve with the ball landing square in UP’s porous defense.Cobb’s fifth service ace of the match tied the set at 24-24, now La Salle just has to score two more points to secure the victory.“I just composed myself and I told myself to go for it one at a time,” said Cobb who was well aware of the noise that enveloped the arena. “I just held on to the trust coach Ramil and my teammates gave me and I don’t want to waste it.”And as the bipartisan crowd exchanged cheers and jeers, Cobb once again composed herself and would score her sixth and seventh service aces giving La Salle the 25-21, 25-22, 26-24 victory.ADVERTISEMENT It was at that moment, when UP failed to return her final serve that Cobb knew she did her job and give La Salle a 2-0 record to tie National University atop the standings.“My teammates and I all wanted to finish the game in three sets and coach was always telling me that we should work hard for each point,” said Cobb who finished with 10 points and 32 excellent sets.And even though Cobb finally had her own moment in the limelight, the comparisons to the iconic Kim Fajardo still won’t go away.Cobb, however, made it a point that she won’t compare herself to Fajardo, a three-time UAAP Best Setter, and that she would make a name for herself through her own style and achievements.“I’m not thinking of those comparisons, I have my own thing,” said Cobb who became Fajardo’s teammate in her first year. “I want to prove that I am my own player, I have my own style, I have my own skills on the way I play.”Cobb’s late-game heroism may have been the beginning of her notoriety in the UAAP but she knows the UP game was over and a new match is just another beginning for her.“I won’t settle for these past two games,” said Cobb. “After this I will go back to the very start and prepare for the next game.” Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rain or Shine dumps Magnolia for 3rd straight win It was just De La Salle’s second game in the young UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, and yet the atmosphere inside Filoil Flying V Centre felt like the Lady Spikers were one slip away from losing their crown.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgA century stand from Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja propelled Australia to a nine-wicket victory over Ireland in their one-off One-Day International played at Willowmoore Park on Tuesday.Ireland won the toss and elected to bat but were bowled out for 198, a target that never looked enough against the Australians, who posted 199 for one for the loss of opener David Warner (48), with almost 20 overs to spare.Smith (59) and Khawaja (82) were unbeaten in a second-wicket stand worth 126 from 129 balls. (Also read: Injured South Africa captain AB de Villiers to give Australia series a miss)Australia handed a debut to seamer Daniel Worrall, 25, and he posted figures of 1-43 in his 10 overs. Leg-break bowler Adam Zampa was the pick of the Australian attack with figures of 3-37.Australia begin a five-match ODI series against hosts South Africa on Friday in Centurion.last_img read more

first_imgPanathinaikos has returned to the Europa League Group Stage. The Prasini drew Brondby 1-1 in Denmark and with their their 3-0 first leg win, defeated Brondby 4-1 on aggregate. Brondby took the lead in the first half but a great header from Ivanov secured Panathinaikos’ place in the competition’s Group Stages.Brondby had an extremely difficult task ahead of them after a 3-0 defeat in Greece for the first leg. The hosts needed an early goal and as expected, took control of the game early on. Panathinaikos was content defending their lead as they sat back while Brondby continued to attack Panathinaikos’ goal. Midway through the first half, Brondby increased their pressure which paid off in the 35th minute when a great back-heel pass from Wilczek left Mukhtar open in front of goal. The German player made no mistake with his shot beating Steele to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Panathinaikos came close to a quick equalizer, but Ibarbo missed a tremendous opportunity (hit the post) after Wakaso’s pressure forced a mistake from Brondby’s defense. The overall performance and 1-0 lead at the end of the half, gave Brondby hopes of a miraculous comeback in the second 45 minutes.In the second half, Panathinaikos balanced out the game and saw more of the ball. Brondby could not keep up their pace from the first half and Panathinaikos looked more of a threat as the game progressed. In the 65th minute, a great cross from Leto found Ivanov in the box and his turn-around header was well placed in the bottom corner, to bring Panathinaikos level on the night. The all-important away goal killed off the game, since the hosts now needed 4 goals to advance. The final 25 minutes were played out with minimal chances and the final whistle confirmed Panathinaikos’ place in the Europa League Group Stages.Panathinaikos returns to the Group Stage of the competition after a surprising elimination to Qabala (from Azerbaijan) in last year’s qualifying. The Prasini finished qualifying with 3 wins and a one tie. In tomorrow’s Group Stage draw, Panathinaikos will be in either the 4th or 3rd seeded pot depending on today’s results.Source: (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgManchester City Guardiola explains how he’s avoided a Man City ‘disaster’ by making ‘no sense’ Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 17:10 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Pep Guardiola Manchester City Gettty Images Manchester City Guardiola Premier League The Catalan coach believes that his side have improved from his first season at the helm, but concedes that there is still plenty of work to be done Pep Guardiola concedes that he “makes no sense” on the sidelines at Manchester City, but feels his side have improved dramatically.Citizens 15/8 to beat Stoke -3 handicapThe Catalan coach is renowned for his antics in the dugout, with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss kicking every ball on the touchline. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. He is hoping to tone that side of his personality down, though, with nerves forcing him to “explode” when attempting to get his message across.Guardiola, speaking at Thursday’s ‘Manchester City’s Evening with Manager’ presented by Betsafe, said: “At a game, it is ridiculous what I do because it makes no sense, the players don’t hear me. It is a moment when I am so nervous and so worried about what’s happening, I have to explode but hopefully in the future when I am older, I can control myself.Pep Guardiola Manchester City no sense“In the beginning of the season, I thought ‘okay Pep, this year you will be calm’ and I think that this year I am improving, even just a little!“Even on the training pitch, it is who I am, I am the manager on the pitch and in the training sessions so we can improve on loads of things and when you realise the players are a little bit better, that is the reason why we are managers. That situation is fantastic.” Whatever Guardiola is doing at present, it is clearly working, with City top the Premier League table and having gone unbeaten through their opening 10 games in all competitions.Pressed on whether he feels that he has made a greater impact on his side than he did in 2016-17, Guardiola added:  “I saw before the international break, the games against Chelsea and after the game, I said ‘wow, we look good’ and then I saw the game back and said ‘wow, we have a lot to improve’.“It is true that it’s a better team than the year before and it is better than the month before which is a good sign and hopefully by the end of the season we will be better than we are now. That is never ending in football, you can always improve in many things which is good.Pep Guardiola Manchester City Evening With The Manager“It would be a disaster if we were worse than last season but I feel we are solid and a good team and it depends on the little things. If the situation is going well and the people make a lot of good things but as a manager, the warnings need to be clear and quick.”He added on City’s flying start to the campaign, which has seen them net 22 times in seven Premier League fixtures: “At this moment, it looks like it but we are in the first week of October. I think last season Chelsea were further behind than they are this season and they ended above us so we have a long time.“If you believe it is already done then we won’t win so we have to wait. But in this moment, we have to continue what we were doing before and now our players have gone all over the place and we have to regain our form from before the international break.”Betsafe are the official betting partner of Manchester City FC. For all betting markets and odds on Manchester City, please go to www.betsafe.comlast_img read more

first_imgWTF Brazilian fans steal team’s pizza delivery in protest at defeat Daniel Edwards 01:23 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Portuguesa fans Getty WTF Portuguesa Portuguesa v Oeste Oeste Paulista A2 The disgruntled supporters wanted a slice of the action after seeing their side surrender 3-0 at home, but they may now face police charges Fans of Portuguesa devised a novel, not to mention delicious, protest to express their anger at defeat: stealing the team’s pizzas after the game! The Sao Paulo club have won just once in five games in 2018’s Paulista state championship, and are currently languishing in 12th place in the second-tier A2 division. And after their latest defeat, a 3-0 reverse at home to Oeste on Tuesday, frustrated supporters decided to take the law into their own hands.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A pizza delivery boy on the way to Portuguesa’s stadium to hand over the players’ dinner was intercepted by fans, who made him a deal he could not refuse. The Portuguesa faithful had a quick whip-round and came up with R$300 to pay for the pizzas, which were then eaten while the players waited in vain for their post-match treat.Some hungry diners even posted photos of their feast online, and told reporters “this was just too much. They didn’t play at all, and on top of that they want to eat?!” Portuguesa, however, failed to see the funny side of the prank, and filed an official police complaint with the Sao Paulo courts. Torcida da Lusa se revolta após derrota e come pizzas dos jogadores via @netlusa— NETLUSA (@netlusa) 31 de enero de 2018Do the fans really deserve to be taken to book for this pepperobbery? Or were the liberated pizzas a perfect example of street crustice?last_img read more

first_imgThe Ministry of Education is seeking to establish 60 parents’ places across the island before the start of the new academic year in September.This was disclosed by Chief Education Officer in the Ministry, Grace McLean, during an interview with JIS News.She informed that currently, there are seven parents’ places, which were instituted last year, and the Ministry has been working on the establishment of additional places “for a while.”She said that the new facilities, which will mainly be situated in schools, community centres and parish libraries, are being sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development(USAID).“We have identified the institutions where they are going to be, we have identified the focus areas and we have also been meeting with the parents to get them sensitised,” Ms. McLean told JIS News.“We are doing a series of training sessions with a view of having 60 of these places being fully operational before September of this year and then we will gradually move towards putting the others in place for next year,” she informed further.She reminded parents that their participation in the centres is integral, as the facilities are there to assist them.“(The) parents are the ones that have to show the interest for the parents’ places to be sustainable…we want to appeal to our parents just to come forward to support our young people…we need all the help that we can get to build a better Jamaica,” she stated.Parents’ places are comfortable and attractive centres that parents can go for information, courses, workshops, mentoring, recreational activities, income-support training and when possible, diagnostic and therapeutic services.The Parents Place Initiative seeks to identify, coordinate and build on existing efforts within Jamaica to strengthen and support parents in their increasingly difficult task of raising children.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

first_imgThe first of two service operation vessels being built for the offshore wind industry was launched yesterday at Norway-based Ulstein Verft shipyard. The vessel features a newly developed X-STERN hull line design.Built for German-based ship manager Bernhard Schulte Offshore, the ship will be working at the Gemini wind farm in the Netherlands for Siemens Wind Power Service.Both vessels are based on the SX175 design from Ulstein and equipped with X-BOW and X-STERN in order to improve the sea characteristics when the vessels are positioned alongside the wind turbines during transferral of service technicians from the vessel through a heave compensated gangway.Featuring a length of 88 meters and a breadth of 18 meters, the vessel can reach a maximum speed of 13.5 knots and accommodate 60 people.The service operation vessel made its first voyage from Poland to Norway in January this year.Image Courtesy: Ulsteinlast_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Wärtsilä Norway-based Wilhelmsen Ship Management and technology group Wärtsilä have signed a 5-year contract on the maintenance of exhaust gas cleaning systems installed in three vessels.The agreement ensures that the units, managed by Wilhelmsen Ship Management, are fully MARPOL compliant and can fulfill the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) new, stricter sulphur limits, coming into force on January 1, 2020.All three vessels have a 25 MW Wärtsilä Hybrid Scrubber System, which has the flexibility to operate in both open and closed loop, using seawater to remove SOx from the exhaust gas. In closed loop mode additional reagent is used in combination with sea water.The services covered under this agreement, signed in December 2017, include annual audits and safety tests to ensure ongoing MARPOL compliance, calibration of the Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) and water monitoring system as well as operational training courses for the vessels’ crew.last_img read more

first_imgGrâce aux programmes de partenariat de Tourisme Nouvelle-Écosse avec l’industrie, plus de gens découvrent en ligne les expériences touristiques de renommée mondiale de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Les programmes de marketing numérique et de contenu inspirant fournissent aux exploitants et aux organismes touristiques qui souhaitent attirer des voyageurs canadiens de l’extérieur des provinces de l’Atlantique, de même que des voyageurs du Nord-Est des États-Unis, des sommes équivalentes à leurs investissements. Les programmes aident les entreprises touristiques à créer du contenu vidéo et du contenu photographique et à élaborer des tactiques de marketing numérique, comme la publication d’annonces sur les médias sociaux, l’utilisation des moteurs de recherche pour le marketing et le recours à la publicité en ligne et à la publicité vidéo. « Investir dans le programme de marketing numérique avec Tourisme Nouvelle-Écosse a fait connaître le Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie à beaucoup de gens, surtout en Ontario, a déclaré Larry Peach, directeur du tourisme de la Municipalité de Clare. Le nombre de personnes qui ont consulté notre site Web a augmenté de façon exponentielle, et le programme a permis de doubler le nombre d’inscriptions venant de l’extérieur de la province. » En 2017, environ 30 participants au programme ont investi un total de 523 467$ dans les deux programmes. Avec le montant correspondant fourni par Tourisme Nouvelle-Écosse, l’investissement total a été de 1 046 934 $. « La Nouvelle-Écosse a énormément de choses à offrir aux visiteurs, et nous faisons des percées importantes pour que le message rejoigne nos publics cibles, a déclaré la directrice générale de Tourisme Nouvelle-Écosse, Michele Saran. « Ce type de partenariat est un bel exemple de la façon dont les secteurs privé et public peuvent travailler ensemble pour développer le tourisme. » Les recettes du tourisme en Nouvelle-Écosse continuent d’augmenter et elles devraient dépasser celles de l’an dernier qui avaient établi un record. « Pour avoir le type de croissance qui nous permettra d’atteindre des recettes de 4 milliards de dollars en 2024, il faut créer de nouvelles expériences de qualité et adopter de nouvelles approches pour attirer les visiteurs, a dit le ministre de l’Entreprise, Geoff MacLellan. Je félicite l’industrie et Tourisme Nouvelle-Écosse de relever ce défi audacieux et de travailler ensemble pour renforcer le secteur du tourisme. » Consultez le site Web de Tourisme Nouvelle-Écosse à ou allez à pour plus d’informations sur les programmes de partenariats. La période de demande pour le programme de marketing numérique pour l’année 2018-2019 est ouverte jusqu’à 16 h, le jeudi 30 novembre.last_img read more

first_img Twitter Rounding out Pride Month, and just in time for Toronto’s Pride Parade this weekend, Much Studios’ original online mini-series MUCH PRIDE is now live on the Much YouTube channel.Each digital short breaks down key tipping point conversations from the LGBTQ+ community through one-on-one conversations between LGBTQ+ Canadians and Much Creators.Covering important topics, the honest and eye-opening conversations help demonstrate how dialogue can make a difference towards understanding and inclusivity. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Much Creators featured throughout the five-episode series include Bianca Harris, Jaclyn Forbes, Michael Rizzi, and Kaitlyn Alexander.Topics covered in the mini-series include talking about what it means to be trans or non-binary, the history and lingo of the Drag Queen community, the different acronyms and their meanings, and LGBTQ+ sex 101. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Rabat- After Lahcen Daoudi handed in his resignation from his government position as Minister of General Affairs and Governance, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has taken charge of the case concerning the profit margins of fuel distributors following the deregulation of fuel prices. Prior to resignation, which is still pending the King’s approval, Daoudi met with fuel companies on June 1 to discuss the government’s request that companies narrow their profit margin, as some companies doubled their profits at the expense of consumers.Former Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane initiated the deregulation of the fuel sector. The liberalization allows the per-liter cost to vary with market trends. Throughout the earlier meeting, Daoudi asked companies to cooperate with the government and revise their profit margins down to solve the problem of oil and gas price increases. Price increases lead to the boycott against the largest gasoline company in the country, Afriquia, owned by Minister of Agriculture, Aziz Akhannouch.Daoudi scheduled a second meeting for Wednesday, June 6, but it was postponed for Friday, after Daoudi announced his intention to resign from his ministerial duties on the same day.Daoudi’s move came after he joined a sit-in before the Parliament with protesters calling for the boycott against Centrale Danone to end, angering boycotters.On June 6, 2017, Daoudi accused oil companies in Morocco of increasing fuel prices: “It is indeed inconceivable that an operator doubles their profits from one year to another by taking advantage of liberalization.”At the time, he assured consumers that his ministry would work with all distributors to revise their margins down “so that the consumer no longer pays the price of liberalization to distributors.”El Othmani will replace Daoudi in the meeting with fuel companies in Rabat to negotiate and make agreements, according to Moroccan news outlet Medias 24.Typically, the number of gas stations a fuel distributor owns signifies the extent of the owner’s investments. Afriquia owns more gas stations than any other gas distributor across the country, numbered at 38 gas stations in different regions.According to the chairman of the House of Representatives’ Finance Committee, Abdellah Bouanou: the number of gas stations in the country has increased by 12 percent since liberalization. “Afriquia has nearly 22% of the stations followed by Vivo Energy (Shell) with 14% and Total with 12.5%. Petrom, Ziz, Winxo and Libya Oil follow with shares between 7.5% and 8.7%.” He explained that some companies’ “profits went from 300 million dirhams to 900 million dirhams between 2015 and 2016 thanks to the liberalization of fuel prices.” read more

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s central bank has cut interest rates for the first time in nearly three years to help support growth and counter risks from a global slowdown, trade tensions and extended weakness in commodity prices.Bank Negara Malaysia says it decided to reduce its overnight policy rate, used by banks to calculate interest rates, to 3% from 3.25%. The rate was last cut by a quarter-basis point to 3% in July 2016, but was raised back to 3.25% in January 2018.The central bank forecast the economy will expand between 4.3-4.8% this year.It said in a statement Tuesday that there are signs of tightening of financial conditions and that the rate adjustment was to “preserve the degree of monetary accommodativeness.”The Associated Press read more

Hot Dang, These Folks are a Smokin’ Hot Team won the Fitness Challenge ’13 for accumulating the most points for physical activity by Brock faculty and staff between January and June. The team members are (back row from left) Mamdouh Abdelmaksoud, Marion Hansen, Ethna Bernat, Kevin Cavanagh and Liz Keenan. Front row (from left): Kirsti van Dorsser, Joe Kushner and Charlotte Sheridan. Missing: Curtis Gadula. Their penchant for physical fitness is laudable.Medal-worthy, in fact.A group of Brock staff and faculty, known as Hot Dang, These Folks are a Smokin’ Hot Team, showed how much they like to move it when they submitted their Fitness Challenge ’13 tallies and not only earned better lung capacity and endurance, but first-place medals and a trophy for their efforts.Hot Dang, made up of 9 people from different departments, had the most points earned for physical activity between January and June this year. They out-exercised 17 other teams made up of 150 Brock faculty and staff for the title.Granola Girls from International Services and Programs Abroad, and Straight and Narrow Crooks from Campus Security came in second and third respectively.The fitness challenge is administered by the Brock Wellness Committee, which is an initiative of Human Resources, Environment Health and Safety and Recreation Services. Points are given to participants for time spent doing physical activity. Team captains record points each month for their teams and submit them to the organizers.Bonus points are given for being active more often.Honourable mention certificates were presented to the Department of Finance, a.k.a. Reduce the Surplus Team, which was recognized for maintaining strong and steady activity points for a large team.The Department of International Affairs, calling themselves the International Impalas, received a certificate for keeping the pace for a small team. read more

Closing statements will be made today in a disciplinary hearing for a Hamilton police officer accused of randomly questioning a city Councillor.Constable Andrew Pfeifer is facing a discreditable conduct charge for allegedly conducting an improper street check.Councillor Matthew Green was stopped while waiting for a bus last April. He says he was humiliated and felt psychologically detained.Pfeifer’s lawyer says the officer was checking on Green’s well-being because it was cold out. Green’s lawyer says it’s a case of racial profiling.Green is Hamilton’s first ever black city councillor. He was waiting for a bus on the corner of Stinson Street and Victoria Avenue South last April before getting stopped and questioned by Pfeifer. read more

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ketchup maker and packaged food giant Kraft Heinz has withdrawn a $143 billion offer to buy Unilever, backing away after the mayonnaise, tea and seasonings maker rejected the bid as too low.The companies announced the decision Sunday in a joint press release, saying that Kraft Heinz has “amicably” abandoned the offer.The deal would have combined Kraft Heinz brands such as Oscar Mayer, Jell-O and Velveeta with Unilever’s Hellman’s, Lipton and Knorr. The merged company would have rivaled Nestle as the world’s biggest packaged food maker by sales.Analysts say Kraft Heinz, co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh, is still in the market for acquisitions. The fact that it bid for all of Unilever and not just its food business indicates that Kraft Heinz is potentially open to acquiring other packaged consumer goods, one analyst said.Unilever, which has a head office in London, also has a stable of personal care brands such as Dove soap. Unilever rejected the offer on Friday, but despite that, Kraft Heinz said at the time that it was still interested in the deal.Such acquisitions might not lead to big changes that customers would notice on supermarket shelves, but shifting tastes are partly driving deal-making in the food industry.Part of the challenge is the proliferation of smaller food makers marketing products that seem more wholesome, which makes it harder for the established companies to drive up sales simply by selling more of well-known products or by raising prices, as they have in the past.“That obviously has its limits,” said David Garfield, head of the consumer products unit at consulting firm AlixPartners, said last week.Instead, major packaged food companies are being forced to dig deeper to find cost efficiencies or tap into new markets, Garfield said. That can include mergers that result in consolidated manufacturing systems, or that give companies access to distribution networks in regions of the world where they don’t have a big presence. FILE – In this June 24, 2010, file photo, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, speaks at the Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York. U.S. food giant Kraft Heinz Co. is confirming that it’s made an offer to buy Europe’s Unilever and been rejected. The company said Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, that talks are ongoing with the Dutch company, but that no deal can be assured. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2017 11:23 am MDT Last Updated Feb 19, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid to buy Unilever read more

Junior forward Sam Thompson scans the court during a game against Minnesota Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorEven Michael Jordan needed a Scottie Pippen. A star player can’t carry the team all on his own.As often as individual brilliance dazzles in the sport of basketball — NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain scored 67 or more points in losses four times in his career — a balanced attack will more often than not win the day.For the Ohio State men’s basketball team, this presents a problem.Despite leading the Buckeyes in scoring this season with 14.3 points per game, junior forward LaQuinton Ross can’t do it all alone.Since losing Deshaun Thomas to the NBA Draft at the end of last season, the No. 22-ranked Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6, fourth in the Big Ten) have relied heavily on Ross to carry the load.Emerging as the team’s top scoring threat, Ross has encountered comparisons to Thomas throughout the season, something he said isn’t exactly how he wants it.“I try not to look at it that way. I try to be myself,” Ross said Wednesday. “If other people are throwing out the comparison, that’s fine, I don’t get into that a lot. I try to do what I can at Ohio State and eventually, like Deshaun left his legacy, I try to do the same and do mine.”So far in 2013-14, Ross has six games in which he scored 20 or more points. His teammates have only managed one between all of them.Ross said he doesn’t feel the added pressure of scoring in tight situations, especially late in games.“I came into Ohio State as a scorer. I’ve been labeled as that for a long time now so in those situations in games, that’s something that’s almost a talent for me so I don’t feel pressure from it,” Ross said. “I think sometimes during those moments in the games my teammates look for me. I’ve just got to step up to the talent.”Since conference play began, Ross has seen his number called more and more often, in particular when the game is on the line.In the Buckeyes’ six conference losses this season, Ross has shot an average of 24.4 percent of the field goals attempted by OSU as a team, as compared to 19 percent of the total shots taken during wins.But in recent games, Ross has had some of the pressure alleviated with the help of a fellow junior forward.After only managing double digits in two of OSU’s first 13 Big Ten games, Sam Thompson has averaged 15 points in the last two, including a 19 point performance against Minnesota.Thompson said he can step up as the second go-to scorer for the Buckeyes, as long as he keeps playing with intensity.“I just have to continue to be aggressive, continue to make plays,” Thompson said. “Do so within the flow of the offense and do so within the flow of the team, but continue to make plays and I feel like that’s when we’re at our best.”Ross added that having Thompson scoring at a high rate will help him while the team aims for an NCAA Tournament run.“It definitely makes my job a lot easier,” Ross said. “Anytime anybody is pitching in and we’re getting that extra scoring — not even that extra scoring, just people making plays and being aggressive — I think that helps our team out a lot. I think we’re a way better team when everybody is being aggressive and trying their hardest on the offensive end and when we’re playing offense like we play defense.”Thompson has had more of a chance to shine since coach Thad Matta made the decision to put him in the starting lineup in lieu of junior guard Shannon Scott.Matta said Thompson has the ability to be the team’s second scorer, and that will help the team immensely.“It definitely gives us another guy out there that you have to be concerned about in terms of putting the ball in the basket. I think it opens things up in terms of driving opportunities, drive and kicks, even posting the basketball,” Matta said Wednesday. “I think Sam, when he’s playing like that, puts pressure on the defense to rotate more and those are things that all coaches look for. The more, the better.”Matta also said Thompson is on an upward trend as a player, provided he can continue to do what he does best.“The biggest thing he’s got to do is continue to play at this level,” Matta said. “(I’m) not saying getting 20 points or anything like that, but just bring what he has to the table. And it’s not the dunks … But it’s all the other things. Finishing around the basket, making his free throws, knocking down some threes. Those are the things that can complete kind of who he is. Assist-to-turnover ratio and those types of things.”OSU is set to travel to State College, Pa., to take on Penn State (13-14, 4-10) Thursday at 7 p.m.Thompson will be looking to continue his trend as the team’s second scorer against a team that held him to one point Jan. 29 in a 71-70 Buckeye loss in overtime. read more

The 17th century oil painting by the Dutch artist Jan van Goyen that Langweil was forced to abandon was feared lost forever, one of innumerable works of art looted by the Nazis as they rampaged across Europe. Fleeing for his life as the Nazis overan Prague in April 1939 Erwin Langweil was forced to leave behind some of his most treasured possessions, including a rare and valuable painting. But it can now be revealed that 80… Like so many Jewish families running from the Gestapo the Langweils left Czechoslovakia with the bare minimum, fleeing to Kenya, where Erwin had business in the sugar plantation industry and tried to rebuild his life. His daughter moved to the UK and his son went to Canada. read more