Shiva Thapa, Pooja Rani Enter Finals of Olympic Test Event for Boxing

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. boxingnikhat zareenOlympic test eventPooja Rani First Published: October 30, 2019, 5:29 PM IST Tokyo: Former world bronze-winner Shiva Thapa (63kg) advanced to the final with a hard-fought triumph along with Pooja Rani (75kg) but two other Indians ended with bronze medals after losing their opening bouts at the Olympic Test event for boxing here on Wednesday.In the morning session of the semi-finals, Thapa, a four-time Asian medallist who claimed his third national title earlier this month, defeated Japan’s Daisuke Narimatsu in a split verdict. Rani, a former Asian Games bronze-medallist, got the better of Brazil’s Beatriz Soares in a unanimous decision. Rani had won a silver medal at the Asian Championships earlier this year.However, former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) and Vahlimpuia (75kg), in the men’s draw, lost their respective semi-final bouts to end with bronze medals.Both the pugilists had made the last-four stage without any preliminary contest owing to the small size of their respective draws.Zareen lost in a split decision to Japan’s Sana Kawano, while Vahlimpuia was also beaten by a local favourite in Yuito Moriwaki but in a unanimous call by the judges.The remaining three Indian boxers in fray — Asian silver-medallist Sumit Sangwan (91kg), Ashish (69kg), and Simranjeet Kaur (60kg) — will fight their semifinal bouts in the evening session. last_img read more

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Might train in USA to prepare for jump to 52kg: Amit Panghal

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 5 (PTI) Asian Games gold medal-winning boxer Amit Panghal said Wednesday that he might undergo strength training in the USA with the Indian Army’s assistance to prepare his jump to the 52kg category for a shot at an Olympic medal. The 22-year-old won the 49kg category gold earlier this month, making him only the eighth Indian boxer ever with an Asiad gold to his credit. But amid widespread speculation that the 49kg category will be axed from the Olympics to accommodate more women’s divisions, Panghal has decided to jump to the higher weight. ”Asian Games was my last competition in the 49kg category. Now my entire focus will be on Tokyo Olympics and for that I am switching to 52kg category. The challenge of increasing the weight isn’t that great. The bigger challenge is to get adjusted to new weight,” Panghal told PTI during a felicitation programme organised by the Indian Army. ”I have been told that I might be sent to the United States for a special strength training programme. I still don’t know the details. The Army is going to sponsor my trip but details will be chalked out only after talking to the Boxing Federation of India. Our coaches Santiago sir (Nieva) and (CA) Kuttappa sir will accompany me,” the diminutive Naib Subedar, who is also a Commonwealth Games silver-medallist, said. ”I am fully aware about the challenges of a higher weight category. The height of the opponents will increase and the power in the punches will be greater. But I am ready for the new challenge,” Panghal said.advertisement However, unlike his senior Vikas Krishan, who is set to turn professional after a third successive Asiad medal, Panghal has no such plans as of now. ”The Indian Army has helped me a lot in my journey so far. Whether it’s coaching facilities or other training needs, we just need to tell them and everything is taken care of. When I don’t train at NIS Patiala, I am training at the Army Sports Institute in Pune,” he said. A resident of Haryana’s Maina village, he is waiting to go back home and meet his family. ”I will be going back to my village in Rohtak where I have been told that the whole village wants to meet me. There are a few felicitation programmes lined up over there and I need to attend those before I get back to training,” he signed off. PTI KHS PM PMlast_img read more

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SCHOOL’S OUT THURSDAY FOR SIOUX CITY PUBLIC STUDENTS

first_imgTHURSDAY IS THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR SIOUX CITY’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS.ALL OF THE SCHOOLS WILL DISMISS ONE HOUR EARLY AS THE STUDENTS HEAD OUT FOR THEIR SUMMER VACATION.BECAUSE OF THE HEAT, THE FOUR CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING WILL BE DISMISSED EARLIER.BRYANT, HUNT, RIVERSIDE AND SUNNYSIDE STUDENTS WILL BE LET OUT OF CLASS AT 12:30 PM.last_img

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PV Sindhu signs Rs 50 crore sponsorship deal with Li-Ning

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 15:52 IST PV Sindhu signed a sponsorship deal with Li Ning worth Rs 50 crore (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu signed a Rs 50 crore sponsorship deal with Chinese sports brand Li-NingSindhu’s previous stint was for two years in 2014-2015 at sum of Rs 1.25 crore a yearSindhu was listed as the world’s 7th-highest paid sportswoman on the Forbes list in 2018Olympic and World Championship silver medallist PV Sindhu has signed a whopping four-year sports sponsorship deal in the tune of Rs 50 crore with Chinese sports brand Li Ning.The record deal comes after compatriot Kidambi Srikanth was offered a cool Rs 35 crore over a period of four years by the Chinese company last month.”Sindhu’s deal is one of the biggest in world badminton. It is close to Rs 50 crore for sponsorship and equipment,” Mahender Kapoor, director, Sunlight Sports Pvt Ltd, the multi-national exclusive partner of Li-Ning in India, told PTI.”It will be a deal which is very close to Puma’s deal with Indian cricketer Virat Kohli in terms of yearly sponsorship. Sindhu will get Rs 40 crore as sponsorship while the rest will be for equipment, so it is close to Rs 50 crore,” Kapoor claimed.In 2017, Puma had signed Kohli for reported deal of Rs 100 crore endorsement deal for a period of eight years, which came down to 12.5 crore per year.Sindhu, who rose to stardom after becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, was listed as the world’s seventh-highest paid sportswoman on the Forbes list last year.This is Li-Ning’s second stint with Sindhu, who was with them for two years in 2014-2015 for a sum of Rs.1.25 crore a year.In 2016, Sindhu was back with Yonex for a Rs 3.5 crore per year contract for a period of three years.Li-Ning also roped in men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy for a deal of Rs 4 crore each for two years, while former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap has been offered a Rs 8 crore deal for two years.advertisementThe Chinese sports brand had also signed a two-year deal with Indian Olympic Association last year. As part of the deal, it will provide Indian athletes and officials with competition and training apparel, leisure-wear and footwear for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Also Read | PV Sindhu hopeful of winning gold at BWF World ChampionshipsAlso Read | All England Championships will not be easy even without Carolina Marin: PV SindhuFor 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 Posted byPTI Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow li NingFollow SindhuFollow Sindhu sponsorshipFollow Sponsorship Next PV Sindhu signs Rs 50 crore sponsorship deal with Li-NingPV Sindhu, who was on the 2018 Forbes list of the world’s highest paid sportswoman in seventh spot, signed her second sponsorship deal with Chinese sports brand Li-Ning. She was previously with Lin Ning, before signing with Yonex.advertisementlast_img read more

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Crystal Cruises Debuts New Culinary Video Series With Celebrity Chef Jon Ashton

first_imgTravelers and foodies can explore the flavors of the world in ‘Crystal Cruises Presents: A Culinary Journey Hosted by Chef Jon Ashton’  MIAMI, March 5, 2019 – Crystal Cruises has partnered with Chef Jon Ashton to produce a 12-part video series that takes viewers on a delicious journey around the world with Crystal’s culinary team. Chef Ashton, a celebrity chef who has appeared on cooking segments on NBC’s Today Show and The Tonight Show, has been a returning favorite guest chef on Crystal’s Wine & Food Festival voyages for the past 12 years. In the series he chronicles his travels through the traditional cuisine in the destinations visited by Crystal Serenity with leading food experts around the world. The first video showcases Los Angeles and premiered today on the “Crystal Insider” blog and/or Crystal Cruises’ YouTube channel. The series features local chefs, farmers and expert guides showcasing their signature dishes – and tips for preparing them – in an array of locales, taking Ashton and viewers off the beaten paths into the heart of each place’s culinary spirit. Innovative tacos in Los Angeles, coconut and chop suey in Samoa, fresh poke in Hawaii, the wines of New Zealand, the widely varied cuisine of Australia, prawns in South Africa and much more are on the menu for this series, as well as the globally-inspired dining venues aboard the award-winning ship. In each destination, Chef Ashton alongside Crystal’s culinary team will create signature dishes inspired by these travels, shared with guests on board and virtually with viewers. “Food, drink and the tradition and cultivation that surrounds them are integral to the spirit of a place, which makes cuisine one of the best – and most enjoyable – ways to become acquainted with new destinations and cultures,” said Toni Neumeister, Crystal’s Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations.  “We’re delighted to welcome Jon back onboard to highlight this important element of travel. His engaging personality, together with the enticing flavors he creates with Crystal’s chefs and the local experts, will almost certainly inspire travelers’ next vacation, or at least their next great feast.” “It’s an honor to work with the extraordinary culinary team onboard Crystal Serenity. The talented chefs and local food experts are the true stars in this series,” Ashton said. “As a storyteller, I have the opportunity to meld adventurous travel with the universal language of food. Just like the ports we visit, food has no borders or constraints. It’s as complicated or simple as you want it to be. Food elicits joyful memories and marks celebrations. Crystal offers luxury like no other cruise line I’ve ever sailed with and the experience is always personal. Every time I return, it’s like coming home.” The “Crystal Cruises Presents: A Culinary Journey Hosted by Jon Ashton” video series is produced by Jon Ashton Productions. New episodes will air twice monthly and can be found on the “Crystal Insider” blog and/or Crystal Cruises’ YouTube channel. Exploring the world through food has always been a key facet of the Crystal Experience, as the company has long been acclaimed for the variety and caliber of farm-to-table and Michelin-inspired cuisine served throughout the award-winning ships. In addition to an ever-changing menu of classic and modern specialties served in the main restaurant Waterside, both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity offer international flavors in Umi Uma, the only ocean-going restaurants by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa; Prego Italian restaurant; Churrascaria Brazilian bar-b-que; Silk Kitchen & Bar, serving Chinese comfort food family style; lavish buffet-style breakfast and lunch in marketplace; specialty coffees, teas and fresh snacks and pastries in the Bistro; and 24-hour in-suite dining for all other cravings.  About Crystal Only the world-renowned Crystal Experience offers an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and the upcoming Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 25 years; voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; and won the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for four years (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018). Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel advisor, call 888.799.2437, or visit www.crystalcruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who subscribe to the Crystal Insider blog, follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises.last_img read more

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Signing of Agreement to Assist People with Disabilities

first_img An agreement designed to help Nova Scotians with disabilitiesparticipate in the labour market will be signed by CommunityServices Minister David Morse and Liza Frulla, Minister of SocialDevelopment Canada, today, April 5. “The agreement is an important step in the right direction in ourefforts to improve the quality of life for all Nova Scotians withdisabilities,” said Mr. Morse. “We look forward to furtherstrengthening and broadening opportunities for these NovaScotians and welcome additional federal dollars to support theseefforts.” “Canada must take full advantage of the talents and abilities ofall of its citizens,” said Ms. Frulla. “This agreement isdesigned to help Nova Scotians with disabilities overcome theobstacles they face in entering the labour market and ensure thatthey are able to participate fully in our economy and society. Iam so pleased to work with my provincial counterpart on thisnational priority.” The agreement supports a broad range of programs and services torespond to the needs of people with disabilities, from skillsdevelopment to encouraging employer readiness, from supporting aperson at work to ensuring that a person is able to remainworking. Signed under the Multilateral Framework for LabourMarket Agreements for Persons with Disabilities, it replaces theexisting Employability Assistance for People with Disabilitiesinitiative, through which the government of Canada contributesfunding to help to support Nova Scotia labour market programs foradults with disabilities. Nova Scotia will be reporting to itscitizens annually on progress made under the agreement. The Canada-Nova Scotia Agreement is an example of governmentsworking in partnership to support people with disabilities intheir efforts to become more fully included in all aspects ofsociety. COMMUNITY SERVICES–Signing of Agreement to Assist People withDisabilitieslast_img read more

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Sudirman Cup Japan one win from first but must beat China

first_imgNanning (China): Japan will have to defy the home crowd and the weight of history if they are to win the Sudirman Cup against China on Sunday. Japan have never lifted the mixed- team world championship since it began in 1989. In contrast, the hosts have won it a record 10 times and go into the final as slight favourites despite Japan being top seeds in Nanning. World number one Kento Momota, Japan’s talisman, must beat second-ranked Shi Yuqi if they are to stand any chance. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunMomota, 24, did just that in the final of the world championships, also in China, last year. Japan on Saturday lost their opening match to Indonesia, in men’s doubles, before winning 3-1 while China dismantled Thailand 3-0 to set up a meeting between badminton’s two pre-eminent powers. The usually cool Momota celebrated wildly, pumping his fists and bellowing after seeing off Anthony Ginting 21-17, 21-19 to put Japan up 2-1 in the semi-final tie. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upThe doubles pairing of Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara, the top-ranked women’s duo in the world, sealed Japan’s place in the final. China were even more clinical as they made the Sudirman Cup final for the 13th time in a row. They were stunned by South Korea in the last edition, in Australia in 2017, but they look in ominous form on home turf. The Chinese went 2-0 ahead against Thailand in just 94 minutes thanks to their world number one mixed doubles pair Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong, and Shi in the men’s singles. The tie was over when the men’s doubles world champions Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen triumphed. Shi did not have it all his own way against 18th-ranked Kantaphon Wangcharoen, who squandered three opportunities to clinch the second game and force a decider. It was a turning point and Shi held his nerve before closing out victory 21-15, 26-24 to thrill the home crowd and snuff out the brief Thai resistance. “It was a very tough second game,” said Shi, who has inherited the mantle of China’s top men’s player with Lin Dan approaching retirement and Chen Long past his prime.last_img read more

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BC joins legal battles against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

first_imgThe British Columbia government wants to join the legal fight against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.The province’s NDP government has hired former judge Thomas Berger to provide legal advice to the government as it seeks intervener status in legal challenges to the federal government’s approval of the pipeline expansion.The NDP has opposed the expansion of the pipeline, which received the blessing of the province’s former Liberal government earlier this year.B.C. Premier John Horgan promised in the provincial election this spring to use “every tool in the toolbox” to stop the $7.4-billion project by Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada.Several First Nations and municipalities have filed legal challenges against the expansion, which would triple the capacity of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline and increase the number of tankers in Vancouver-area waters seven-fold.Trans Mountain has said construction on the project is set to begin in September, but Environment Minister George Heyman says only three of eight environmental management plans that would allow work to begin have been accepted and it is unlikely those remaining will get approval before work was to start.Here is the release from the NDP:The provincial government is taking initial action on its commitment to protect British Columbia’s interests in the face of the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and increased tanker traffic.At a news conference today, Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman and Attorney General David Eby outlined both legal and consultation steps the government will take immediate action on.“Our government made it clear that a seven-fold increase in heavy oil tankers in the Vancouver harbour is not in B.C.’s best interests,” said Heyman. “Not for our economy, our environment, or thousands of existing jobs. We will use all available tools to protect our coastal waters and our province’s future.”The British Columbia government has secured Thomas Berger, QC, OC, OBC as external counsel to government in the legal action related to Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline.“We are committed to fighting for B.C.’s interests and it is government’s desire to seek intervenor status in legal challenges to federal approval of the pipeline expansion and increased oil tanker traffic off B.C.’s coast,” said Eby. “Mr. Berger will provide legal advice to government on the options for participation in legal challenges, and those hearings are scheduled to begin in federal court later this fall.”The Province will also fulfil its duty of meaningful consultation with Indigenous people concerning this project, including consultations regarding potential impacts to Aboriginal rights and title – a responsibility that has been identified in a number of court cases. In particular, that duty must be fulfilled as consultation relates to environmental assessment certificate (EAC) requirements. Until these consultations are completed in a way that meets the Province’s legal obligations, work on the project on public lands cannot proceed.“Going forward we will be reviewing policies to outline how our government expects to further meet our commitments to First Nations as well as to all British Columbians with regard to defending our air, land and water,” said Heyman. “This policy review will clarify government policy for decision-makers as they evaluate future permits and work plans.”The Province will continue to explore other tools to hold Kinder Morgan’s project plans to the high standards of environmental protection and Indigenous consultation that British Columbians expect.last_img read more

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Murderer who failed to return to NB halfway house had been at

first_imgFREDERICTON — A convicted murderer who failed to return to a Moncton halfway house last week remains missing, and documents show he had been unlawfully at large twice in the past.The Correctional Service of Canada says 66-year-old Jack Woods was serving an indeterminate sentence at Dorchester Penitentiary for manslaughter and second-degree murder.He was on a 72-hour unescorted absence when he didn’t return last Thursday.According to a Parole Board decision in May, Woods was unlawfully at large for five months in 2010 and again for two months after being granted day parole in 2012.Woods stands 5-7, weighs 223 pounds and has a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He is missing both of his little fingers.A warrant has been issued for his arrest.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Greens call for ban on foreign oil imports using Alberta oil instead

first_imgMay said she’s perfectly fine with Green popularity pushing other parties to raise their games on climate. While both the Liberals and NDP claimed their motions had been in the works before the byelection result, May said there is no doubt in her mind that Paul Manly’s winning and the NDP and Liberals finishing distantly third and fourth, “had almost everything to do with” the motions.The NDP motion failed because it called for Canada to drop plans to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline, a pipeline May also opposes. The Liberal motion hasn’t yet gone to a vote.The Green climate plan also calls for Canada to double its cuts to greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030 and get emissions to zero by 2050. That plan includes no longer selling combustion-engine cars after 2030 and replacing all existing combustion-engine vehicles by 2040.Canada imports about a million barrels of oil a day and produces four times that much. In 2017, Canada produced 4.2 million barrels of oil, and exported 3.3 million of those. Domestic refineries handled 1.8 million barrels. OTTAWA, O.N. – Green party Leader Elizabeth May says saving the world from climate change requires Canada to get off oil before the middle of the century.In the meantime, she wants Canada off foreign oil as soon as possible.The promise to make Canada energy independent is _ perhaps unexpectedly _ in line with the economic and climate strategy of Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. Scheer’s plan calls for Canada to import no foreign oil by 2030, partly by planning an energy corridor across Canada that could simplify the construction of pipelines able to move Alberta oil to any coast. He sees it as a way to find additional domestic markets for Canada’s oilsands, in a bid to increase their production.May’s plan, to “turn off the taps to oil imports” is only a stop-gap measure to keep foreign oil out until Canada can break its oil habit altogether.By 2050, May wants bitumen to be used in Canada only by the petrochemical industry for plastics, rubber, paint, and other such products.“As long as we are using fossil fuels we should be using our fossil fuels,” said May.May’s climate plan is likely to get more scrutiny than its predecessors in past elections.The Liberals and NDP already proved they are paying close attention to the rising threat of Green support, with both pushing similar motions to declare climate change an emergency in the House of Commons earlier this month. Both motions were tabled less than a week after the Greens elected a second MP in a Vancouver Island byelection, and not long after a provincial wing of the party formed the official opposition in Prince Edward Island.center_img Canada’s oil producers already pump enough product to meet domestic demand but there are two problems: there is no pipeline from the oil-rich west to refineries in the east, and even if there were, those refineries aren’t equipped to handle the heavier bitumen that is the Alberta oilsands’ trademark.For Canadian refineries in the east, bitumen from the oilsands must be upgraded to synthetic crude. May’s plan is to invest in upgraders to do it.She acknowledges weaning Canada off foreign oil won’t happen overnight, given existing contracts Canadian refineries have and figuring out how to build the upgraders and then ship the product.Privately, Liberal government critics suggest there is no way to have Canada’s east coast use Canadian oil without building a new pipeline to get the products there. May does not support a new pipeline anywhere, and argues the raw bitumen could be transferred by rail as long as Canada invests more in its rail services.The proposed Energy East pipeline to carry diluted bitumen to the east coast fell apart in 2017 amid significant opposition in Quebec, opposition that continues under the new Coalition Avenir Quebec government.Scheer’s plan is to establish an energy corridor that would allow an Energy East-like pipeline to proceed alongside interprovincial electricity grids, with only one right-of-way required.May said the Greens are the “only party that have a plan that allows human civilization to survive.”“It’s not a Canadian lifestyle choice,” she said. “All of humanity is at risk.”last_img read more

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Govt appoints five SPs in CBI

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Friday appointed five superintendents of police in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), according to a Personnel Ministry order. Of these five officers, three — Sudha Singh, Thomson Jose and Jayadevan A — are from the Indian Police Service (IPS), it said. The two other officers belong to the Indian Revenue Service. While Singh is a 2006-batch Odisha-cadre officer, Jose is a 2009-batch IPS officer of Kerala cadre. Jayadevan is from 2008 batch, Madhya Pradesh cadre. Ashok Kumar, a 2006-batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) has also been appointed as SP in the central probe agency. Lalit Mohan Jindal, a 2008-batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax), has also been appointed in the CBI, the order said. All these officers have been appointed as SP for four years, it said. The appointments of IRS officers assume significance as the CBI is probing various high profile financial fraud cases.last_img read more

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KidoodleTV sees changes at YouTube as opportunity to win advertisers creators

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B, TSX:DHX)David Paddon, The Canadian Press Kidoodle.TV co-founder Neil Gruninger says advertisers and content producers who want to reach children under the age of 13 are increasingly turning to the Calgary-based startup as an alternative to YouTube’s global platform.“We get content producers, and YouTubers, knocking on our door every day now because of the success we’ve had,” Gruninger says. “They know the types of revenue they can make from Kidoodle.TV.”He says the Kidoodle.TV media platform — which switched last year from a completely ad-free model to a hybrid ad-subscription business — has attracted content producers who are worried about changes at Google’s YouTube unit.Google recently agreed to pay US$170 million to settle allegations that YouTube violated the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by collecting personal data on children without their parents’ consent.YouTube’s creative partners were informed in September, in accordance with the settlement, that they have only a few months to ensure they’re not using behavioural data to target child audiences on its platform.“If applicable, this may result in a decrease in revenue from some creators,” YouTube said in a Sept. 4 statement.Gruninger says Kidoodle.TV has never collected the kind of behavioural data that got Google and YouTube in trouble with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and New York’s attorney general.Moreover, Gruninger says Kidoodle.TV pays its content producers on the basis of user downloads, with flat rates per thousand views regardless of advertising — so it’s possible for them to earn more than they would with YouTube.To help generate more ad revenue, Kidoodle.TV has also enlisted one of Canada’s biggest media companies — Corus Entertainment, owner of the Treehouse and YTV specialty channels — as its Canadian advertising representative.“We feel we’re going to be able to do a lot more here in Canada (with Corus) compared to what we would do on our own,” Gruninger says.It’s not that there’s a shortage of competition facing Kidoodle.TV, either for advertisers or viewers.DHX Media, for instance, has seen so much growth at its advertising-supported video-on-demand unit that the company will be renamed WildBrain and its AVOD service will be renamed WildBrain Spark.The Halifax-based company — which is a global distributor and content producer with several Canadian specialty TV channels including Family and Family Jr. — said WildBrain Spark had nearly 33 billion views worldwide last year.Regarding YouTube’s recent decision to ban “interest based” children’s advertising — which is tailored to individual users, DHX president Josh Serba told analysts that WildBrain uses “contextual” advertising.”“These are ads which rely on audience measurement and demographics. And to put in plain terms, it’s how advertising has always worked on television,” Serba said.“We know that we have a great collection of quality content that attracts massive audiences, and we believe that advertising will continue to be an important part of the monetization.”At Kidoodle.TV, which sources its content from third-party creators including animated content from Corus’s Nelvana unit, Gruninger acknowledges it faces a few other child-oriented video platforms with advertising — including Google’s own YouTube Kids and the independent Toon Goggle — but that doesn’t diminish his optimism.“We have contextualized programming that is completely COPPA-compliant,” Gruninger says. “That’s been a huge win for us and I think that’s why a lot of advertisers are coming our way, and coming back for more.” read more

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Cystic Fibrosis charity withholds €18 million from hospital

first_imgA CHARITY WHICH has raised €3.5 million for sufferers of cystic fibrosis (CF) is refusing to hand over €1.8 million to Cork University Hospital.Build4Life chairman Joe Browne says that the charity has raised the entire €2.3 million needed to build a state-of-the-art respiratory ward at the Cork hospital, but only on the proviso that 10 of the 20 beds be ringfenced for CF sufferers. That was later scaled back to eight beds.Build4Life claim they were seeking a contract guaranteeing that.Browne says that no such guarantee has been forthcoming, forcing the charity to hold back the money.“Build4Life has a moral and legal obligation to CF adults and to the public who helped raise the funds to develop these lifesaving facilities, to ensure these beds are ringfenced. At all times we have to be transparent, and ensure that monies raised go towards what we have been fundraising for.”He said that the charity would not be “bullied” into handing the money over. The day we hand over the funds for the Adult Respiratory Ward will be a major milestone for Build4Life, and one that we want to happen as soon as possible.It is something we have all been working so hard, for so many years to achieve; but we cannot be bullied at this last hurdle and our focus remains developing life-saving inpatient and outpatient facilities for people with cystic fibrosis.”In response, Cork University Hospital said that the beds would be prioritised for CF patients, but would have to be used for other purposes. A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that non-CF patients would be moved from the beds if necessary.Dr. Barry Plant, Respiratory Consultant at CUH said, “The CF clinical team has been delighted to work with Build4Life, CUH management and a number of other philanthropic and innovative health care groups to continue to build on the significant development for CF adult patients in this region, during the last five years.“Unfortunately on occasions such as for example a flu epidemic the hospital needs to increase bed numbers available. Hospital management and bed management teams continue to support the CF inpatient bed requirement as needed.”Read: Cork twins appeal smashes target, despite a setbackRead: The government is giving €1 million to charities this Christmaslast_img read more

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This Irish Oscarnominated animation company is bringing 140 new jobs to Kilkenny

first_img Feb 6th 2017, 7:58 AM Share321 Tweet Email4 Image: Leon Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Monday 6 Feb 2017, 7:58 AM http://jrnl.ie/3224645 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THERE WAS GOOD news on the jobs front in Kilkenny and Waterford this morning, with a total of 200 new roles announced between the two counties.Of these, 140 will be coming to the newly-created Lighthouse Studios in Kilkenny.A joint venture between locally-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon and Canadian firm Mercury Filmworks, Lighthouse Studios will focus on 2D animation, with a dash of CGI thrown in.Development and production projects will commence in the coming weeks, and the company are looking for designers, animators, effects artists, compositors, technical directors, 3D modelers, riggers, lighting and texture artists, and IT administrators.Cartoon Saloon’s CEO Paul Young said that Ireland enjoys a “number of advantages” in the field of animation, and that the country had a wealth of talent in the area at its disposal.The company has produced Irish animations such as The Secret of Kells and The Song of The Sea, both of which were nominated for best animated feature at the Oscars in 2010 and 2015, respectively.Red HatOpen source software provider Red Hat also had good news on the job front today, investing €12.7 million and committing to the creation of another 60 jobs in Waterford over the next four years.The company provides services in the areas of big data, cloud computing and online security.Its Waterford site began as a spin-out from Waterford Institute of Technology in 2014, and acts as the research and development hub for mobile app development for the US-based company.Red Hat also has offices in Dublin and Cork.Minister for Jobs Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the announcement heralded a “great day for Waterford and the south east region.”Read: Major jobs boost for Dublin as 700 new jobs announced in IT and manufacturingRead: Jobs boost for Limerick as medtech company announces 100 new posts 5 Comments Image: Leon Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Short URL By Sean Murray This Irish Oscar-nominated animation company is bringing 140 new jobs to Kilkenny Another 60 jobs were announced at tech company Red Hat in Waterford. 12,909 Views last_img read more

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Possible Heineken Cup semifinal venues for Irish provinces confirmed

first_imgPossible Heineken Cup semi-final venues for Irish provinces confirmed The Aviva Stadium could be a host venue for the final four of the competition. Short URL By Murray Kinsella Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 43 Comments 27,989 Views https://the42.ie/4541185 center_img Share12 Tweet Email2 Thursday 14 Mar 2019, 12:07 PM Subscribe Mar 14th 2019, 10:22 AM EPCR HAS CONFIRMED the venues for the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals on the weekend on 20 and 21 April, with Dublin’s Aviva Stadium among the possibilities.The format for the semi-finals recognises the pool performances of the clubs, meaning the Irish provinces could face difficult away ties if they reach the final four of the competition.Possible Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals – 20/21 AprilSemi-final 1: if Saracens v Edinburgh Rugby – Ricoh Arena (Coventry)Semi-final 1: if Saracens v Munster Rugby – Ricoh Arena (Coventry)Semi-final 1: if Edinburgh Rugby v Glasgow Warriors – BT Murrayfield (Edinburgh)Semi-final 1: if Munster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors – Aviva Stadium (Dublin)Semi-final 2: if Racing 92 v Leinster Rugby – Paris La Défense Arena Semi-final 2: if Racing 92 v Ulster Rugby – Paris La Défense ArenaSemi-final 2: if Leinster Rugby v Toulouse – Aviva Stadium (Dublin)Semi-final 2: if Ulster Rugby v Toulouse – Aviva Stadium (Dublin) Munster and Leinster could host games at the Aviva. Source: InphoIf top seeds Saracens beat Glasgow Warriors in their quarter-final at the end of this month and Munster overcome Edinburgh in Glasgow, then Johann van Graan’s men will travel to take on Saracens at Coventry’s 32,609-capacity Ricoh Arena in the semi-finals.If Leinster beat Ulster in the quarter-finals and Racing 92 overcome Toulouse, then Leo Cullen’s side will take on Racing at the French club’s home stadium, the 32,000-seater Paris La Défense Arena, in the semi-finals.If Ulster pull off an upset against Leinster in Dublin this month, they would also travel to Paris to face Racing in the semi-finals – again, if the Parisians beat Toulouse.The fact that Racing could host a semi-final in their home stadium is a change to the previous status quo in the Champions Cup, whereby the home side only had home country advantage but could not use their own stadium.“As a number of clubs now own or control premium venues which befit the status of a Heineken Champions Cup semi-final, EPCR will also consider the possibility of staging a semi-final at a home stadium of a qualified club,” said an EPCR statement last month.There is the possibility that the Irish provinces could get home draws for the semi-finals, of course, all of which would take place at the Aviva Stadium.If Munster beat Edinburgh and Glasgow shock Saracens, then the southern province would welcome Glasgow to the Aviva in April.If Leinster beat Ulster and Toulouse overcome Racing in the quarter-finals, then Leinster would host Toulouse at the Aviva in the semi-finals.If Ulster were to beat Leinster and Toulouse win against Racing, then it would be Ulster hosting Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium.The Heineken Cup quarter-finals take place in three weekends’ time, on 30 and 31 March.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:last_img read more

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This Megaphone Transforms Your Voice Into An Anime Characters

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Have you ever tried to sound like your favorite anime character? It’s pretty difficult to do if your voice doesn’t match the timber or pitch of your waifu, but there’s a new product that could potentially come to the market that aims to help you sound just like a voice ripped straight from anime. It’s silly, yes, but could actually serve a purpose if used correctly.The novelty-like item is called the Animegaphone, and it supposedly utilizes Crimson Technology’s “R.C. Voice” (ReaChan Voice) tech to let any old average Joe transform their voice to sound like something ripped straight out of an anime series. The idea behind it is that people might pay more attention to or listen to an attractive anime voice more if it sounds like their favorite show. It’s the sad truth, but people are weird. It could also just be a fun way to add spice and flavor to anime conventions or large events where communication via megaphone is appropriate.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Voice actors Hiroaki Hirata (One Piece) and Kotori Koiwai (Non Non Biyori) volunteered their voices to the project, which debuted at the Wonder Festival 2018 Winter event. It’s such a cool idea, but it’s not clear just yet if Animegaphone’s creators want to make this weird thing a reality, or if it’s just a gimmick. It could very well be just some silliness created to spur fans into thinking this kind of tech is a viable option for the future, or it could be the real thing.Would you use an animegaphone to turn heads at a large gathering? Or would you be too embarrassed to have people seeing you use it? That guy that turns around near the end of the trailer has a hilarious look on his face like he’s afraid, but that security guard does look pretty weak yelling into his little megaphone. Stay on targetcenter_img Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon Master‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches last_img read more

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Messi Juve much better with Ronaldo

first_imgBarcelona superstar Lionel Messi feels Juventus have stepped up a notch with the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo and went on to tip them as a ‘great candidate’ to win the Champions League.Both players rivalry back then in the La Liga was keenly contested until Ronaldo decided to take up another challenge in the Serie A following a mega €112m to Juve last summer.“Being in the same League as him and competing with his team to win everything was very nice,” he told Football Italia via Marca.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Cristiano was a great player for La Liga and Real Madrid. Our clashes with them were very beautiful, but I always aim to win with my team.“Any team would miss Cristiano because he always scores lots of goals and gives you many other things on the field, but Real Madrid are still a great club with excellent players.“Juventus are a very good team. They already were before and with the arrival of Cristiano they’re much more so. They’re a great candidate for the Champions League.”last_img read more

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Promise Zones aim to get federal funding

first_img Updated: 5:39 PM February 9, 2018 “Promise Zones” aim to get federal funding Posted: February 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Ben Hueso, Erik Caldwell, Kevin Faulconer FacebookTwittercenter_img Ed Lenderman, Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsState Senator Ben Hueso (D-CA, 40th District) and Mayor Kevin Faulconer are pushing a bill through the state legislature that would greatly assist California’s most under-served neighborhoods, including San Diego’s, in getting federal funding.Friday’s press conference highlighted State Senator Ben Hueso’s legislation, Senate Bill 635, which was sponsored by the City of San Diego, and will provide state assistance to communities designated as federal “Promise Zones” in their efforts to receive critical federal revitalization resources, as well as provide priority consideration for eight state tax credits and programs that distribute funding to entities and projects located within both officially-designated Promise Zones and communities that applied to become a Promise Zones.Mayor Faulconer and Erik Caldwell of the City of San Diego discussed the work being done in, and goals for, the San Diego Promise Zone, which was officially designated by the federal government in June 2016 as one of 22 nationwide Promise Zones, and comprises three of the City’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.Supporter’s believe a child’s zip code should never determine that individual’s destiny; however, today, the community that a child grows up in impacts their odds of graduating high school, health outcomes, and lifetime economic opportunities. Promise Zones are some of the most high-poverty and economically-disadvantaged communities in our nation. This legislation will help facilitate increased economic activity and job growth, improved educational opportunities, enhanced public health, reductions in violent crime, and leveraging private investment to improve the quality of life in these vulnerable areas.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman has the full report on the so called, “Promise Zones.” last_img read more

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Two arrested in Battle Ground hitandrun

first_imgBattle Ground police arrested two men Monday night after a high-speed hit-and-run crash that damaged multiple vehicles and yards. Around 9:15 p.m., a white truck traveling about 80 mph in a 25 mph zone hit a vehicle on West Main Street at Southwest Fifth Avenue, near Battle Ground High School, according to police. An officer who witnessed the crash pursued the truck when it sped away. The truck hit other vehicles and, according to a witness, drove through yards and between homes near Rasmussen Boulevard. A few minutes later, the truck crashed into Woodin Creek at the end of Southwest Sixth Circle in a residential area. Two people in the truck ran away from the vehicle, according to the Battle Ground Police Department. Battle Ground officers, along with sheriff’s deputies, Vancouver police and state troopers, swarmed the area and used police dogs to capture the suspects. Andrew Scott Bissell, 29, a transient, and Scott William Thomas, 25, of Rainier, Ore., were booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle, hit-and-run with property damage and attempting to elude police. The 1989 white Nissan truck was reported stolen in Oregon. It was towed from the creek bed and placed into evidence.last_img read more

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South Florida American Red Cross volunteers head to Louisiana ahead of Tropical

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – The American Red Cross are deploying several workers from across South Florida to Louisiana.Volunteers will help residents before and after Tropical Storm Barry makes landfall.“We’re gonna be working inside the shelters, so right now, we have shelters where people are evacuating their homes and going into the shelters,” volunteer James Loria said, “and inside the shelters, we will be providing meals and services and just overall comfort to help the residents out in the community.”The City of New Orleans is bracing for Barry. The storm is expected to make landfall early Saturday.Louisiana has been dealing with heavy rainfall and major flooding all week.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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