How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups

first_imgTags:#minnesota#startups#twin cities What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Get Started in China and Have Success Minnesota is no stranger to big business. It’s home to such names as Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and Ecolab — all of which have made their homes in Minnesota for generations and have become a source of pride. But a new industry — technology — is taking Minnesota by storm, boosting the local economy and putting the state on the global map once again.Minnesota has long been known for its high standard of living, agriculture industry, and flourishing community of performing arts. But over the past decade the Twin Cities area has made great strides to become a forward-thinking place for startups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs.The number of tech businesses in Minnesota has grown exponentially since 2010, adding more than 500 startups since 2015 alone. Following the charge, venture capitalists now invest more than $200 million in the region annually.That Cool Minnesota LifestyleWhat attracts people to Minnesota? “Incredible career options with a world-class quality of life you can actually afford,” says Matt Lewis, Director of Make It. MSP., a collective that helps Minneapolis-St. Paul attract and retain top talent.“It’s no coincidence that data-point groups like WalletHub and U.S. News rank Minnesota a best state or tops for working moms and dads. With Fortune 500 companies, amazing parks, a growing arts scene, and more, this place really surprises people.”A strong city ambassador who knows what it’s like to be new, Lewis has moved to Minnesota twice, and now works to help welcome the 30,000+ working professionals who relocate to MSP each year.But aren’t the winters cold? Absolutely. Luckily, Minnesotans are hearty folks who take pride in braving the elements. They bundle up for business, sporting, social events. It’s the same never-say-die spirit that makes them strong entrepreneurs.A Collaborative CommunityThat enterprising attitude also drives groups like Forge North, a collective of entrepreneurs, investors, collaborators, and allies from all sectors working together to grow Minnesota’s startup ecosystem. The collaborative Forge North umbrellas smaller ventures like startup accelerator gener8tor and tech community Minnestar.“Minnestar has grown steadily since we started in 2006. Now we have nearly a thousand attendees at each of our events; that’s a real testament to the strength of the tech community here,” says Maria Ploessl, Minnestar’s Executive Director.And don’t overlook the MN Cup, a startup competition that seeks to bind Minnesota’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, create technology jobs, and grow the state’s innovation footprint.“MN Cup is an effective way to bring ideas to life — but to us it’s more than a competition. Yes, we’re trying to fuel interest in entrepreneurship, but we’re ultimately focused on creating jobs and using technology to solve meaningful problems that impact lives,” says John Stavig, Director of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota. “It’s our way of putting Minnesota on the map as an innovation state.”Startup Success New and OldIt’s supportive groups like those that lead to the success rates and growth at companies like Foodsby, a startup that recently raised nearly $14 million to roll out its office lunch catering and delivery service. Food delivery groups have been big ventures, but their fragmented locations give Foodsby a leg up in the growing Minneapolis market.But the new companies aren’t the only ones grabbing headlines. There’s also WolfNet, a 22-year-old real estate data aggregation company which was just acquired by OJO Labs, showing that growth and innovation is pervasive for longtime Minnesotan tech companies, in addition to the fledgling startups.“WolfNet was early to the real estate data and tech scene in Minneapolis, and it’s been fun to watch the industry grow and change here. Now we have the chance to use what we’ve learned from decades of experience to create a ‘next level collaboration’ with OJO Labs’ incredible AI technology. It really is an amazing opportunity.” says Jennie MacIntosh, Chief Operating Officer at WolfNet.Even old-school startups are joining the scene. On November 7 tech darling Salesforce brings its popular Growth Camp series to the Twin Cities. The free tech conference for small businesses and startups features local speakers, 1:1 tech tutorials, a keynote from acclaimed marketing evangelist Mathew Sweezey, and a networking happy hour. Perhaps best of all, this event is free for all registrants.“One of the core values of our company is innovation, so we love the great things we’ve seen in the Twin Cities market,” says Marie Rosecrans, SVP of SMB Marketing at Salesforce. “We’re committed to entrepreneurs and small businesses, and we look forward to helping more of them use technology to grow and succeed.”The influx of successful startups has even brought opportunities in the form of coworking spaces. The original player, COCO used coworking as a vehicle to build a grass-roots, authentic community of entrepreneurs; its success lead to a joint venture earlier this year, a national franchise play called Fueled Collective.Don Ball, Co-Founder and Chief Social Officer at Fueled Collective, has experienced Minnesota’s growth firsthand and has a finger on the pulse of what might be the clearest sign of Minnesota’s entrepreneurial prowess: “Since 2010, we’ve been practically the only coworking game in town. But since 2017, the amount of coworking space has quadrupled with the addition of WeWork, Industrious, Spaces, Novel, and many more.” The growth of these tech-minded communities offers hard proof of a strengthening market in Minnesota as well as nationally.Growing in DiversityAn increasingly diverse population also plays a part in Minnesota’s boom, and with new demographics come the added diversity of thought. Some people now refer to Minneapolis as a Hipster Haven, while others celebrate its efforts to host WE18, the largest conference and career fair for women engineers.“New cultures and diversity of thought are huge drivers of innovation on a regional level,” says Jeff Lin, CEO of Bust Out Solutions. “Our increasingly diverse population only adds to our ability to attract and retain great people.”The Land of 10,000 StartupsMinnesota will always be the land of 10,000 lakes, but thanks to the influx of technology, it’s now also the land of 10,000 startups. A welcoming vibe and generous spirit make it an ideal place for a new venture. Thinking of joining the in crowd? Just check out the resources from 2018 Twin Cities Startup Week or find expert help at that free Salesforce Growth Camp. Related Posts China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWritelast_img read more

Mercado suffers high-grade ankle sprain after chasedown block

first_imgMercado writhed in pain at the baseline as the Gin Kings tried to force overtime, but Brownlee’s one-hander went short and the Bolts escaped with the 85-83 victory to level the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals to two games apiece.“It’s unfortunate because that was a game-saving play by Sol, but he got injured doing it,” rued coach Tim Cone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMercado declined to give interviews after the game as he was taken out on a wheelchair and was rushed to Cardinal Santos Medical Center.Gin Kings assistant coach Olsen Racela shared to the media the initial findings from the team doctors, who ruled it a high grade ankle sprain. But the team is still hoping that the injury won’t keep Mercado out of their lineup for the duration of the championship series. View comments “You never know about sprained ankles until the next day. The swelling dictates what grade it is, one, two, or three. If it’s a grade one, he’ll get a chance to play, but if it’s two or three, he won’t make it on Sunday,” said Cone.Mercado has been a good barometer of Ginebra in the Finals as he averaged 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 2.5 steals in the first two wins, but went scoreless in Games 3 and 4, both Gin King losses, to go with 1.5 boards, 1.0 assist, and 0.5 steals. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGinebra is keeping its fingers crossed that Sol Mercado’s injury isn’t serious.The 33-year-old playmaker suffered a high grade left ankle sprain after a bad landing following his chasedown block on Jared Dillinger in the last 15 seconds of Game 4.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Meralco nips Ginebra, ties PBA Finals CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

IPL 2011: Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab- DD win by 29 runs

first_imgDelhi beat Punjab by 29 runs in a high scoring IPL cricket match that saw 433 runs being scored in the day. Score | PhotosDelhi captain Virender Sehwag and David Warner scored 77 runs each as Delhi posted a massive 231/4 at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium on Saturday.The target proved too much for the Punjab team, which lost the match by 29 runs. Still hats off to them for scoring a 200 plus soccer batting second. And the onus for this goes to Aussie Shaun Marsh who scored a quick-fire 95 of 46 balls, hitting nine fours and six sixes.Chasing 232, Punjab lost their in-form opener Paul Valthaty early. He fell to Irfan Pathan in the fourth over when the team total was 25.Post Valthaty’s wicket, Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh batted on without losing a wicket till the 10th over. However, they were nowhere near the Delhi scoring rate. After 10 overs Punjab were a decent 96/1, but that was 19 runs short of Delhi’s total of 115.However, Punjab soon lost a wicket in the 11th over with Gilchrist falling to Delhi paceman Varun Aaron on 42 when the team total was 97/2. Next to take a walk was Dinesh Karthik. A pull of Ajit Agarkar that went wrong was lapped up by captain Virender Sehwag at square leg and Punjab were down to 117/3.David Hussey tried hard to up the tempo and even hit a massive 106 metres six off James Hopes, but could not stop the inevitable – Punjab’s loss. He fell on the next ball, this time the elevation was missing and Sehwag caught him in the deep on 20. Punjab lost their 4th wicket on 153.advertisementThen Shaun Marsh attempted a late revival smashing over the fence shots and boundaries at ease. But, one such shot of Morne Morkel that was not well-timed took a long loop in the air only to settle in the safe hands of Delhi captain Sehwag at mid-off. He fell five runs short of a ton and Punjab lost their fifth wicket on 184.Punjab managed to post 202/6 in 20 overs.Delhi inningsDelhi captain Virender Sehwag and David Warner scored 77 runs each as Delhi posted a massive 231/4 against Punjab in their IPL match.Earlier, Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and put Delhi in the middle in this 26th IPL match. And Delhi openers Virender Sehwag and David Warner went on charge right away at their home ground Ferozeshah Kotla.The two blasted away boundaries even as the opposition bowlers found it hard to break their stand. After 10 over Delhi were an impressive 115 – the average was just a shy off 12 runs an over.Sehwag was especially brutal and he picked David Hussey for his batting blitz. In the 12th over, he hit Hussey for three sixes and went for another big one but failed to get the desired elevation and Dinesh Karthik took a fine catch to dismiss him on 77 and their opening stand ended on 146. Sehwag’s 35-ball 77 was decorated with 8 fours and four sixes.Next man Yogesh Nagar too kept up the tempo playing his shots on the up, but he did not stay at the crease for long and departed while trying to hit Abhishek Nayar over the long off boundary. Ryan Harris caught him on 11 and Delhi lost their second wicket on 164/2 in 14 overs.But Warner was still at the crease and he was have a good stay in the middle. He and Venugopal Rao continued to pound the Punjab bowlers in this IPL match.Finally Warner fell to Praveen Kumar in the 16th over on the same total as that of Sehwag. However, his 77 came off 48 balls and included seven fours and four sixes. He too holed out to Harris at long on and Delhi lost their third wicket on 179/3.Aaron Finch was the last wicket to fall for Delhi and post that Rao and Naman Ojha put on an unbeaten 47 runs for the fifth wicket as Delhi scored the highest total of IPL-4 with 231 on board. The total is also the third all-time highest score in IPL.last_img read more

RCB will be tough to beat with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers back: Michael Clarke to India Today

first_imgVirat Kohli and AB de Villiers are fully fit and will be raring to get the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Indian Premier League 2017 campaign back on track. (Fit-again Kohli key to RCB’s fortunes against Mumbai Indians)Kohli was declared fit on Thursday by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) medical team and is set to return for Mumbai Indians clash at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru today. (Kohli declared fit, will be available for Mumbai Indians clash on Friday)He suffered an injury to his right shoulder during the first day of the third Test against Australia last month. The injury ruled him out of the fourth and final Test, which India won to capture the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1. (Kohli is back for RCB and De Villiers is a happy man)Kohli, who scored a record-breaking 973 runs in 2016 season, was advised a rehabilitation after that due to which he missed the first three matches of RCB, who managed to win just once. (Kohli keeps my passion for cricket alive, says de Villiers)His teammate and South Africa’s 360 degree batsman AB de Villiers had also missed the first two games due to a back injury he suffered during a 50-overs domestic tournament in South Africa. (Kohli is the best player in the world: de Villiers)He returned from injury layoff with a bang, hitting a  swashbuckling 89 not out off only 46 balls. (Kohli takes part in fielding drills)His brilliant innings helped a slow-starting Bangalore set a competitive 148 for four total but Kings XI Punjab proved too strong in their reply, easing to an eight-wicket victory with 33 balls to spare.advertisementDe Villiers had finished as the third highest run-getter in 2016 with 687 runs in 16 matches.Michael Clarke, in an interview with India Today’s Boria Majumdar, said the return of both Kohli and De Villiers will strengthen RCB,, who has managed only one win in three matches so far. Clarke also opined to bring back Chris Gayle in the playing XI. (Kohli is a freak: Clarke to India Today)EXCERPTS:Boria Majumdar: The whole of India’s best friend, India’s talisman..all of us were waiting for Virat Kohli to come back and he is..thoughts, expectations.Michael Clarke: Expectations exactly the same every time he walks out to the field..I think he will make runs. I think RCB has missed his leadership. Shane Watson’s done a fantastic job, but don’t get me wrong, Virat is the RCB captain and I think they’ll welcome him back with open arms. I hope he opens the batting. That’s the perfect position for him. I would say bring Chris Gayle back in as well..I think those two are the right opening combination for RCB. I still think RCB’s team is exceptional and they can compete to win the IPL..they are that good. Having Virat Kohli plus AB de Villiers back in the team, they gonna be tough to beat.Boria: We’ve seen so far one out of three wins. Without Virat Kohli at the top they looked a little fragile.Clarke: If you’ve the consistency of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, they would had a set plan at the start of the tournament..how they gonna play, their batting order, how they’ll win the game, where they will use the spin and fast bowlers, who is gonna field where..an ideal plan. And when you lose your two biggest players and add KL Rahul, I think over 70% of the runs scored last year for RCB was from those three players.Boria: But Virat not only Virat the batsman, Virat the captain. He has to play Tymal Mills, has to play ABD, Billy Stanlake has done well. So who does he play – Chris Gayle or Shane Watson?Clarke: Well, I think you are working at do you want a second fast bowler in Billy Stanlake or do you want the all-rounder in Shane Watson. To be Chris Gayle’s got to play.Boria: You are saying, Chris Gayle, ABD, Tymal Mills and one of these two.Clarke: Then I am probably saying Shane Watson; which is tough on Billy Stanlake, unless conditions suit a second fast bowler. Well, he can open the bowling. I would be going with the experience of Watson but I would definitely bring Chris Gayle back in and open the batting with him and Virat Kohli.Boria: When Virat has to drop someone either a Gayle or a Watson, how do you communicate that and can that result in egos?advertisementClarke: That’s the hardest part of the job as captain. If you feel its for the betterment of the team, you gonna make that tough decision. The one thing I always felt as a captain is that any decision I make is never gonna be personal..it was always based around what I felt was best for the team.Boria: We have seen Rohit Sharma come out of injury and struggle. Are you expecting Virat Kohli to straight away get into groove or do you think he’ll take a bit of time?Clarke: I think he will score runs straight away exactly like what we saw with AB de Villiers. Hope he opens the batting as that will give him the maximum length of time to bat. Even if he is at his fluent best and scores a 100 off 45 balls, even if it takes him 70 balls, I think Virat is a class player.(Watch the full interview on India Today today at 6:30 PM today)last_img read more

Ashes 2017, 5th Test: Australia fight back after Joe Root, Dawid Malan fifties on Day 1

first_imgAustralia pegged England back with two late wickets, including Joe Root’s, who was looking set for his first hundred in Australia this series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.The visitors finished the rain-disrupted day wobbling at 233/5 after Josh Hazlewood removed Jonny Bairstow for 5 as Dawid Malan remained not out on 55.A day that started with incessant light rain washing out the first session had looked like ending with a packed SCG bathed in summer sunshine and England’s Barmy Army of fans in full triumphant voice. (Inconsistent Glenn Maxwell dropped, Chris Lynn returns for ODIs vs England)WATCH VIDEORoot and Malan gave them even more reasons to cheer as the duo stitched together a 133-run stand for the fourth wicket to take their side to 228/3 in 80 overs.But all changed when Australia took the new ball with less than half an hour of play remaining.That’s the �??� partnership between @root66 and @dmalan29 �??�https://t.co/yy8sEhNnsk pic.twitter.com/5mFWxpShpz- England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 4, 2018Mitchell Starc, back after missing the fourth Test with a bruised heel, induced Root into a flick to square leg where Mitchell Marsh took a superb catch before Josh Hazlewood removed nightwatchman Jonny Bairstow with the last ball of the day.A super catch from Mitch Marsh late in the day and Joe Root can’t believe it! https://t.co/vhFwlbdpM8 #Ashes pic.twitter.com/B16jMP8MJy- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 4, 2018Malan as well, survived a few scares to notch up his fifth Test half century.advertisementDespite the Ashes already having been relinquished after the loss of the first three Tests in the series, the tourists had been determined to build on their performance in the drawn fourth Test and secure a consolation victory.Mark Stoneman, James Vince and Alastair Cook departed relatively cheaply before tea but Australia’s bowlers were unable to drive home their advantage until the dramatic climax.Both Root and Malan scored slowly – the captain had six boundaries in his half century and his partner five – and there were chances to dismiss the latter in particular.Root had just reached the 50 mark when he called for a single off Nathan Lyon only for Malan, who was on 28, to stand his ground and then set off very late.Marsh fielded the ball but fired it to the striker’s end and Tim Paine’s throw to Lyon caused the spinner to spill the ball allowing Malan to make his ground.Malan had eked his tally to 34 when he got an edge off to a Lyon delivery that eluded both Paine and captain Steve Smith at first slip.Cameron Bancroft almost conjured up a sensational run-out from the close field but his throw just missed the mark and Malan again survived.They were chances that Australia would have rued had the day not ended as well for them as it had started.Stoneman and Vince had both got starts under brightening skies but they again betrayed their batting frailties to depart for 24 and 25 respectively, both caught behind off Pat Cummins.Cook made 244 not out in the drawn Melbourne test last week and looked to be creeping assiduously towards another big tally when Hazlewood intervened.With the former England captain on 39 and just five runs from becoming the sixth batsman to score 12,000 test runs, the big paceman fired down a fullish delivery that rapped the 33-year-old on the front pad.A loud shout for lbw was turned down by umpire Joel Wilson but Smith reviewed immediately with the TV tracking removing any doubt about the ball pitching outside leg and forcing the decision to be reversed. (With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Kids Will Pick Their Sports Heroes

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Kids’ Choice Sports awards show is adding a tribute to America’s new soccer superstars.The telecast will open with a celebration of the World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team. Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan are among the players set to appear, the Nickelodeon channel said.Other athletes taking part in the 90-minute show include Derek Jeter, Lindsey Vonn and Mo’Ne Davis, the channel said.The awards, hosted by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, invited youngsters to vote on which teams and players will get to claim an orange blimp trophy. Music and competition are part of the show’s mix.Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports airs at 8 p.m. Eastern on July 16. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Occult capital: How Delhites fall for tantricks

first_imgDetails emerging from a probe into the mystery deaths of 11 members of a Delhi family have left the nation spellbound with police exploring the possibility that the deceased committed mass suicide after being influenced by black magic.Now, an investigation by Mail Today reveals that a significant number of people could be falling prey to tantriks and their dark arts in the city and its satellite towns.Scores of occultists and black magic practitioners thriving in Delhi-NCR have ready remedies for problems ranging from unemployment to marital dispute and even conception. A majority of them have presence on the internet and social media where they target potential clients.Read | Mysterious tantric Gada Baba, banyan tree occult behind Burari deaths?A number of these tantriks have set up websites to promote themselves. To lure people, they also offer home services by asking for online payments via e-wallets or net banking. This is done on the pretext of protecting privacy and identity. Several tantriks claim to have become specialists in particular fields and crop up on top of online search lists.Mail Today reporters posing as and asked for solutions to madeup problems. Assuring remedies by just receiving photographs of the clients along with date of birth on WhatsApp and paying the fee online, these practitioners were ready to cast their spell. Mail Today has recorded all the conversations with these occultists.Also read | FIR reveals chilling sight that awaited cops at Burari’s house of horrorThe practitioners generally claim to belong to the Aghor sect and are known as Aghoris. Most of them don’t wear clothes at all and sport long hair and beards. But some modern “Aghoris” wear formal clothes, keep cellphones, give out advertisements and conduct business via courier.advertisement(With inputs from Ajay Kumar)Watch | Shared psychosis triggered Burari deaths?last_img read more

US Open: Nadal, Wawrinka ease into 3rd round, Murray ousted

first_imgDefending champion Rafael Nadal eased into the third round of the U.S. Open with a regulation 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory over unseeded Vasek Pospisil on Wednesday.A fresh-looking Nadal, whose first round match was cut short after opponent David Ferrer retired with a calf injury midway through the second set, started brightly against the Canadian and never looked back.The top-seeded Spaniard wrapped up the opening set in 35 minutes after breaking early to go 3-0 up as Pospisil, ranked 88th in the world, struggled to settle into a serving rhythm.The Canadian rallied briefly in the second set, improving his first serve percentage and managing to break Nadal to lead briefly, but the world number one broke back immediately and went on to win four games in a row to seize complete control.Nadal started the third set on the front foot, breaking early once again as Pospisil ran out of steam. The Spaniard wrapped the contest in exactly two hours, and will next face Russian prospect Karen Khachanov, the 27th seed.@RafaelNadal defeats Pospisil 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium to reach R3!https://t.co/OS9bRlDlWE#USOpen pic.twitter.com/oBManCMrVYUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2018Playing his second night match in a row, Nadal looked a lot more comfortable in the muggy conditions than he did against Ferrer, who was down a set but up a break against his fellow Spaniard when he was forced to retire in the first round.advertisementThe weather has been one of the main talking points of the first week at Flushing Meadows, with high temperatures and humidity forcing organisers to impose “extreme heat” rules to give the players some relief.The 32-year-old Nadal said he was looking forward to the end of the week, when rain is expected.”We’ll be able to see better tennis than what we saw first couple of days of the U.S. Open,” added the 17 times Grand Slam champion.”Playing under these conditions is, first thing, not healthy, and second thing, is not good for nobody — not good for the fans, not good for the players. The show is a little bit worse under these conditions.”MURRAY OUSTEDAndy Murray lived up to his pre-tournament prediction that he would not win this year’s U.S. Open when he was beaten 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-4 by Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the second round.The former-world number one and 2012 U.S. Open champion, who is still working his way back from hip surgery and had earlier downplayed his chances, battled Verdasco for nearly three hours and 30 minutes before finally surrendering on a fourth match point while trying to force a fifth set.What Murray lacked in sharpness and fitness he more than made up for in gritty determination and exited to loud applause.”It was tough of course to close the match,” said Verdasco, after collecting just his second win in 15 matches against Murray and his first in nine years. “With Andy it is always tough.”He is an unbelievable talent, an unbelievable fighter.@FerVerdasco plays some inspired tennis to defeat Murray for just the 2nd time in 15 career matches, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4…Next up: Delpo in R3!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/P2mYuScFExUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2018″I only beat him in Australia in 2009 so the only time I beat him was at a grand slam so that was a bit of motivation.”WAWRINKA TAMES HUMBERTStan Wawrinka fought off punishing heat and a youthful challenge from French qualifier Ugo Humbert to earn a 7-6(5) 4-6 6-3 7-5 win and a spot in the U.S. Open third round.With temperatures at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center once again nudging towards 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 C), Wawrinka and Humbert battled for nearly three hours and 30 minutes in the shadeless oven that is the Grandstand Stadium court.Wawrinka, who won the U.S. Open in 2016 but was unable to defend his title last year after undergoing knee surgery, had his fitness put to the test by the 20-year-old Humbert playing in his first Tour level event.Stan prevails!@stanwawrinka beats the heat and outlasts Humbert 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5!Into R3 he goes…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/D3jPSTXjHSUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2018″My level is there. I’m playing really good tennis,” said Wawrinka. “I’m 33-years-old, first time after big surgery that I’m pushing myself that much, but in general, I think I did enough hard work to know and have confidence in my fitness.advertisement”I think there is good chance that I’m playing better the next round than today, so I’m positive with that.”Humbert let the three-times grand slam-winning Swiss know he was in for a long and sweaty afternoon after the first set went to a tiebreak and he levelled the match by taking the second.Wawrinka, however, lived up to reputation as a battler and grimly hung on to take the next two sets.”It is a battle to play a player that never played before, a young player,” said the Swiss wildcard. “He’s been playing really well this summer, doesn’t give you a lot of rhythm.”It was a great battle. Was for sure tough fitness-wise but I think I handled it pretty well.Wawrinka, who beat eighth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the opening round, now faces 25th seed Milos Raonic after the big-hitting Canadian blasted past Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3 6-4 6-4.DEL POTRO ENTERS THIRD ROUND@delpotrojuan defeats Kudla 6-3 6-1, 7-6 to advance to R3!Next up: the winner of Murray/Verdasco.#USOpen pic.twitter.com/4CRaKXHXjdUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2018Argentine Juan Martin del Potro overpowered American Denis Kudla 6-3 6-1 7-6(4) in the U.S. Open second round on Wednesday, delivering a near flawless performance and serving notice that the injury-plagued 2009 champion is in top form.Showing no ill-effects from the wrist injuries that have dogged him in recent years, Del Potro thumped down 20 aces, won 85 percent of his first-serve points and never faced a break point in a match lasting less than two hours.By the time the overwhelmed Kudla began to find his form in the third set it was too little too late.The world number 72 held serve six times to set up the third-set tiebreaker and fended off three match points but despite the backing of the New York crowd, he sent a backhand wide to punch Del Potro’s ticket to the third round.Next up for Del Potro is Verdasco.ANDERSON ROLLS INTO THIRD ROUNDFifth-seed Kevin Anderson advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open with a 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory over France’s Jeremy Chardy.The match was a relative sprint compared to the four hour, 14 minute-long first round match that Anderson endured on Monday when he fought back to beat American Ryan Harrison.Anderson used his superior height and wing span to pick off Chardy’s shots and deliver blisteringly fast serves, but was not immune to the sweltering conditions plaguing competitors on the outdoor courts.”It was pretty hot out here today, so the ball was flying around,” Anderson said in an on-court interview. “Overall I felt I played a great match.”ISNER FIGHTS HIS WAY TO ROUND 3″This right here is what the US Open is all about…”Well said, @JohnIsner! We absolutely agree.#USOpen pic.twitter.com/ZwJS8bysYHUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2018Home fans rose to acclaim John Isner after he fought back to vanquish Chilean Nicolas Jarry 6-7(7) 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4 in a five-set, second-round thriller at the U.S. Open.advertisementIsner relied on his power serve, delivering 38 aces in the match to surpass Roger Federer with the second-most career aces, ATP statistics showed.Isner appeared to feed off the crowd’s energy in the fifth set and thanked them for helping him across the line.”This right here is what the U.S. Open is all about,” said Isner. “I couldn’t have won this match without the support of you guys,” he added, gesturing to the crowd.Isner later told reporters that the match had been a struggle “from the get-go” but that overall he was pleased with his performance throughout the year.”I’m certainly very confident. I’ve had a very good year,” Isner said. “I mean, probably the best year of my career. Doing that at 33 is pretty cool.”The three hour and 38-minute match was comparatively light work for marathon man Isner, who in July lost a six hour and 36-minute Wimbledon semi-final to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson and in 2010 won an 11 hour and five-minute match against Nicolas Mahut at the All England Club.Isner next faces Serbian Dusan Lajovic, who beat Briton Cameron Norrie, for a place in the fourth round.last_img read more

Redmi Note 6 Pro India price leaks ahead of launch, tipped to start at Rs 13,999

first_imgJust a few hours ahead of the India launch of the Redmi Note 6 Pro, the price of the phone has been leaked. If folks at MySmartPrice are to taken seriously, Xiaomi will launch the Redmi Note 6 Pro for a starting price of the Rs 13,999. This price is said to be for the base model which will pack 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. This means that the Redmi Note 6 Pro will sell for the same price as its predecessor aka Redmi Note 5 Pro.To recall, Xiaomi had launched the Redmi Note 5 Pro for an introductory price of Rs 13,999 beginning this year. But later hiked the price of the phone to Rs 14,999. However, to celebrate its success of being the top phone maker in India for five consecutive years, Xiaomi recently dropped the price of the phone by Rs 1,000 after which the price of the handset starts at Rs 13,999 in India now.The Redmi Note 6 Pro is all set to launch in India today at an event in New Delhi and will go on sale tomorrow, November 23, on Flipkart and Mi.com. In India, the phone will be available in two variants — the base version with 4GB RAM/64GB storage, while the top-end model packs 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable by a microSD card of up to 256GB. The Redmi Note 6 Pro will be available in red, blue, black, and rose gold colour options.The key highlight of the Redmi Note 6 Pro is that the phone comes with quad camera setup. Two cameras sit in the front and two on the back. Interestingly this is first Redmi Note phone to sport four cameras. As for the specifications, the Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with Dual Pixel autofocus and f/1.9 aperture while the secondary camera includes a 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. The dual front cameras of the Redmi Note 6 Pro sit inside a notch, which is pretty wide to equip the sensor and also the earpiece. On the front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro includes a primary sensor of 20-megapixel and a secondary camera with 2-megapixel sensor for portrait selfies.advertisementALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro with four cameras India launch today, price could be under Rs 20,000The Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9, which is bigger than the Redmi Note 5 Pro. On the software front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10. This is the first Redmi Note series phone to come with MIUI 10 out-of-the-box. On the hardware front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, clubbed with Adreno 509 GPU. The phone comes packed with a massive 4,000mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 support.last_img read more

Conte: FA Cup ‘not important’ to Chelsea

first_imgChelsea Conte: FA Cup ‘not important’ to Chelsea Robin Bairner 16:32 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Antonio Conte, Chelsea Getty Chelsea FA Cup Leicester City v Chelsea Leicester City Antonio Conte The Italian says that he and his staff are doing “fantastic” work at Stamford Bridge and the club needs to recognise it is in a period of transition Antonio Conte has said that the FA Cup is “not important” to Chelsea this season.The Italian finds himself under pressure at Stamford Bridge after a difficult second campaign with the club, which has seen them submit their Premier League title to Manchester City and face a fight just to finish in the top four.Barcelona dumped the Blues out of Europe earlier this week, but the ex-Juventus boss explained that this does not heighten the importance of Sunday’s cup tie against Leicester. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “For sure we have to win this competition. But it’s not important,” he said. “A lot of times we compare, good season, bad season, if you win something. But you have to know what our level is now.”With Chelsea currently fifth in the league, speculation over the manager’s future continues to grow, but he believes the job he is doing is of the highest standard.“I’m very satisfied with my job and the work we’re doing. Me, the staff, my players, we’re doing a fantastic job,” he said. “Then, if you are able to win something, it’s good. But you have to understand — what is your level in this moment?“Last season every player performed 120 per cent, maybe 130%. Also, we lost a lot of players who created a basis for Chelsea for a long time.“This season has confirmed one thing: that last season we did an incredible achievement.“Now we are trying to build a basis, fundamentals for this club. For this reason, we have a lot of young players, a lack of experience when you play against teams like Barcelona.”The answer to the club’s problems, according to Conte? Investment in the summer – a topic that has caused a rift between him and the board.“If you want to improve, you have to buy great players,” he argued. “I can give my opinion to the club, then the club has to decide how much money to invest. I have to stay in my place.”Chelsea last won the FA Cup in 2012, when they beat Liverpool 2-1 in the final.last_img read more

AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP: AN INTRODUCTION FROM THE CHAIRMAN

first_imgAn introduction to affiliate membership from Touch Football Australia Chairman Michael Sparks… THE CHANGE: Recently we have restructured our organisation and because of that restructure, the membership opportunities of affiliates in Touch have changed. Affiliates and their participants are important owners of our sport and are now able to be direct members of Touch Football Australia (TFA). Our State and Regional associations are being replaced with more streamlined State and Regional Councils, and all activities and staff above affiliate level will be directed and employed by TFA. This is the new “Unitary Model of organisation by which participants are members of one body, with one national vision with an affiliate service focus”. THE INFORMATION: From today we are providing a number of resources to enable affiliates and constituent bodies to have a complete understanding of our new constitutional and operational arrangements. These documents will be uploaded onto the right hand side of the homepage and will be available for all to read and download in the coming months. There will also be links to these documents available at the bottom of this page for your convenience. The documents have been coordinated by our CEO Kevin Thompson with the assistance of the Unitary Model Implementation Team, state boards and staff. Your first stop should be the “Affiliation Introduction” and the “Unitary Model Primer” which provide a background to the changes, and the benefits of the new structure. The “Information memorandum” is a comprehensive run-down on exactly how the new organisation will work, and the important role of affiliates as members under the new governance structure. The PowerPoint “Slide shows” are aids which we are using in our meetings with constituent bodies and affiliates, as we talk through the important changes and how they will impact across the states and regions. There are also documents on the “National Touch League”, the “Constitution” adopted by members on 25th June, and the draft “Standing Orders” which will be considered by the Board following feedback from our consultations. WHAT AFFILIATES NEED TO DO: The “Affiliation Introduction”, “Key Benefits for Affiliates” and “Affiliation Regulations and Application Form” all carry the key information affiliates need to enable them to join Touch Football Australia. To all involved in this new and exciting opportunity to streamline our organisation, I urge you to make yourself familiar with the changes proposed. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our CEO, Kevin Thompson on Tel 02 6285 2703. Yours sincerely Michael Sparks Chairman Introduction: AFFILIATION INTRODUCTION Summary Information: UNITARY MODEL PRIMER SLIDE SHOW- AFFILIATES SLIDE SHOW CONSTITUENT BODIES INFORMATION MEMORANDUM Affiliate Membership information: KEY BENEFITS FOR AFFILIATES AFFILIATION REGULATIONS & APPLICATION FORM MODEL AFFILIATE CONSTITUTION Governance Documents TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA CONSTITUTION STANDING ORDERS Other: NATIONAL TOUCH LEAGUElast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham midfield Winks hopes for ‘perfect’ Arsenal revenge

first_imgTottenham midfield Winks hopes for ‘perfect’ Arsenal revengeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks says Tottenham Hotspur will be looking for revenge when they face Arsenal in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday. The Gunners beat Spurs 4-2 in the north London derby earlier this month.”It’s a massive game for us,” Winks toldStandard Sport. “It’s come quickly after we lost to them two weeks ago, so there’s going to be revenge on our minds. We want to put it right and, obviously, it’s a good opportunity to progress in a cup.”That defeat was difficult to take. It’s never nice losing to anyone, especially our rivals at their ground. It was disappointing for us, the fans, the club, but we’ve put it right with our results since in the League and the Champions League. It’s important we do the same on Wednesday.”Us players treat every game in every competition as important as the next. We want to win every cup we’re involved in. The League Cup is no different. Beating Arsenal is the perfect opportunity to progress to the semi-finals.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Empowerment Week for Students in St. Elizabeth

first_imgThe St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation will launch its Students’ Empowerment Week at the Newell High School on Monday, November 5, where it will run until November 15. Some 100 persons from different sectors of the society will share their experiences with students at all the schools in the parish during the period. The programme will seek to empower students to: develop positive values and attitudes; and emphasise the importance of acquiring a good education for personal development to enhance national development. Head of the Foundation, Donna Parchment-Brown, said the initiative will be very “inspirational for the children and the teachers to have St. Elizabethans come in and honour the school for the day.” “They will talk about what they do, and how they fulfill their own ambitions. It is very good for St. Elizabethans to reconnect with the youth and their schools. Our objective is to strengthen that connection, and hopefully inspire the schools to do greater work,” Mrs. Parchment-Brown told JIS News. Principal of the Newell High School, Lackett Cuff, said the school community is pleased with the planned activity, as it can boost the students’ approach to learning. He is also suggesting that the participants explore establishing long term relationships with the institutions, through scholarships and bursaries. “We are extremely happy for this initiative, and as an educator I am fully supportive of the gesture, because I believe that the students can derive benefit from this programme. A number of these individuals are persons with whom they (students) can associate; it will serve as a motivation to our students, as some of these individuals have come from similar humble beginnings,” Mr. Cuff said. “To see them achieve success, it can be a way of helping them to understand the value of education, and to take schooling very seriously,” the Principal said, adding that the support could be expanded into mentorship programme. The Students’ Empowerment Week is part of the Foundation’s Homecoming activities that are held annually to promote achievements of the parish, to boost the economy, and to motivate individuals to move forward.last_img read more

La commission détude sur la cyberintimidation prolonge son travail jusquen février

first_imgL’appui au travail de la commission d’étude sur la cyberintimidation a été tellement positif qu’il faudra plus de temps que prévu pour considérer tous les commentaires et toutes les recommandations des Néo-Écossais. La commission d’étude aura jusqu’à la fin du mois de février pour présenter son rapport et ses recommandations visant à aborder le problème de la cyberintimidation. « J’ai été très impressionné du grand intérêt manifesté par le public et de la volonté de plusieurs secteurs de notre communauté à nous aider à trouver de meilleures solutions au problème croissant de l’intimidation et de la cyberintimidation, a dit Wayne MacKay, président de la commission d’étude sur la cyberintimidation. Il faut du temps pour établir ces partenariats, mais ça en vaut la peine. » En plus des présentations d’experts en matière d’intimidation et de cyberintimidation, la commission d’étude a reçu plus de 5 000 réponses au sondage en ligne et a dirigé 35 groupes de discussion auxquels ont participé environ 1 000 élèves de toute la province. Le président a également donné plusieurs présentations sur le sujet, notamment dans le cadre de rencontres publiques. « Depuis le début des travaux de la commission, la réponse des Néo-Écossais a été extraordinaire, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation. Nos partenaires ont reconnu dès le départ que le calendrier initial était plutôt ambitieux, et je reconnais qu’il est nécessaire de leur accorder plus de temps pour traiter l’énorme quantité de commentaires reçus, particulièrement de la part des élèves. » Afin d’avoir une meilleure idée de la portée et de la prévalence du problème, et pour connaître les meilleures solutions selon les élèves, la commission d’étude a décidé de tenir 35 groupes de discussion auprès des élèves au lieu de huit. La commission d’étude et le groupe de travail sur la cyberintimidation analysent l’information obtenue des présentations d’experts, des groupes de discussion et du sondage en ligne pour préparer leur rapport final. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le cyberbullying.novascotia.ca.last_img read more

Female guards at Edmonton prison launch lawsuit alleging bullying sex assaults

first_imgEDMONTON – A lawsuit claims female prison guards in Edmonton endured prolonged abuse from male co-workers that included sexual taunts, physical assaults, waterboarding and pepper spray being put on a toilet seat.One female prison guard alleges a male co-worker pushed her over a desk, stuck his hand down her pants and locked a set of handcuffs through her underwear. She says she was put in choke holds and slammed into hard surfaces by her hair.Another woman alleges she was constantly harassed for being gay and once suffered chemical burns on her buttocks and upper legs after she used a washroom where pepper spray was left on a toilet seat.The claims are detailed in a lawsuit recently filed by four female guards at Edmonton Institution against the Correctional Service of Canada and the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers.None of the allegations have been proven in court and statements of defence have yet to be filed.The suit alleges that sexual assaults, abuse, bullying and harassment were rampant for decades at the maximum-security prison on the northeast edge of the city.The lawsuit comes after an investigation at the prison last year that concluded the work atmosphere was toxic and made dozens of recommendations for change.In January, the Correctional Service announced that it had fired six employees, hired a new warden, improved training and created a confidential tip line for employees to report misconduct.Both the department and the union said in statements Monday that while they can’t comment on the suit, they do not tolerate harassment. As well, Edmonton police continue to investigate possible criminal charges in the case.The Correctional Service “has given itself a veil of secrecy, which managers, senior employees and the union have used to harass and intimidate employees, thus far with immunity,” the lawsuit alleges.“Under this veil, the plaintiffs have been harmed with disastrous, life-altering consequences and the defendants utterly failed them.”The suit says three of the women have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and are not working at the prison. The fourth continues to work part-time, but finds putting on her uniform each day difficult.The suit does not detail how the waterboarding happened. In general, waterboarding is the name given to a practice where someone is tied down and water is poured over their face to simulate drowning.Jeffrey O’Brien, the lawyer representing the women, declined to comment and said the women would not be speaking either. The women are not named in the claim “due to the confidential and secretive nature of law enforcement work,” the suit says.The alleged perpetrators are not referred to by name in the suit.The suit says one of the men harassed one of the female guards each day for nearly 10 years. It alleges he often pulled his penis out of his pants and chased her around the office. And when she was having a drink, he told her that he had stirred it with his penis.He also once allegedly left open a bathroom door near her desk as he defecated. Another officer then forced her into the bathroom and shoved her face under the man’s buttocks, the suit alleges.“Both men laughed while she screamed and struggled,” says the suit.The suit further alleges that another guard stalked the same woman, touched her inappropriately at work and left sex toys in her car.She “lived in constant fear of reprisal so she never spoke out,” the suit says. “Taking this matter to the union was not an option, because her abusers had positions within the union.”last_img read more

Avan Jogia Joins Thumb Wars Against Texting And Driving

first_imgTexting and driving is one of the most prevalent causes of fatal car crashes for teens in the U.S., with more than half of the teens polled in a recent safe driving survey admitting to using their phone while operating their vehicles.Video: Thumb Wars PSA – Avan JogiaStudies show that scare tactics are not always effective and can often backfire .
DoSomething.org, one of the largest organizations for young people and social change, and Sprint are taking a unique approach to prevent young people from texting and driving through a campaign called Thumb Wars.Now in its fourth year, Thumb Wars encourages young people to use the power of their thumbs in a fun and engaging way to prevent their friends from texting and driving. The campaign kicks off today and will run through August 14.How it works: • Young people sign up here and receive two pairs of yellow anti-texting thumb socks. • Young people pick a friend or loved one they know who texts and drives and share the socks with them in a surprising way. • They snap a pic of them and the socks and send it back to DoSomething.org.Last year, over 279,000 young people participated in the campaign. In 2012, 62 percent of polled sock recipients reported that the person they shared them with changed their driving habits as a result.Star of ABC Family’s Twisted, Avan Jogia recorded a public service announcement for the campaign as Knitty By Nature, a “super-ish” hero that can knit very small objects very rapidly. It’s not a great power for fighting crime, but perfect for knitting Thumb Socks to prevent young people from texting and driving.“We’ve seen a great response from young people who have participated in Thumb Wars in the past three years,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, chief marketing officer at DoSomething.org. “Young people have incorporated Thumb Socks into funny anti-texting and videos and have staged awesome photos to spread the message. The creativity is amazing and gets young people to talk about the issue in a fun and relatable way.”“Sprint is proud to be a partner and sponsor of the DoSomething.org Thumb Wars campaign for a fourth year,” said Ralph Reid, vice president for corporate social responsibility at Sprint. “This extraordinary program has been a great asset in raising awareness about texting while driving among teens, their family and friends. We look forward to positively impacting more wireless users with this important message.”last_img read more

Cant wait for Meghan Markles wedding You can check out the TV

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook “I’m going to help you kick that Mike Ross wannabe’s ass!” she says enthusiastically in an upcoming episode of the legal drama previewed by the Star.Suits returns March 28 at 9 p.m. on Bravo after a midseason break. But after seven seasons, it has pretty much run out of plot and the inherent tension of the show has vanished. You could argue that Meghan Markle studiously prepared for a life as a princess through her character, lawyer Rachel Zane on the popular Toronto-shot drama Suits.Rachel is bright, but not brighter than her boyfriend Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams).When he’s got a big case she plays loyal backup. And, of course, she rarely takes credit for anything. Unlike the brazen Princess Diana, this future bride will not outshine her man under any circumstance. The conceit of the series had a top corporate lawyer (Gabriel Macht) hiring fake Harvard-educated hotshot Ross (Adams). But Ross, a genius with a photographic memory and no legal training, has served time for practising without a licence. The jig is up when everyone knows Superman is Clark Kent as the show dissolves into yet another legal drama.The real reason for watching Suits now, of course, is princess-in-waiting Markle, who’s to marry Britain’s Prince Harry at Windsor Castle on May 19.The American actress might be fourth on the call sheet as Zane, but she is now the show’s best known cast member globally. And the most anticipated television wedding of the season will be Zane’s screen marriage to Ross. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane in the TV drama Suits. Her character is expected to wed Mike Ross, played by Patrick J. Adams, in the Season 7 finale, less than a month ahead of Markle’s real-life wedding to Prince Harry. (USA NETWORK / BELL MEDIA)last_img read more

Montreals real estate market sizzled in 2017 with sales hitting 10year high

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal was one of Canada’s hottest real estate markets last year as low unemployment and economic growth translated into the area’s best sales growth in a decade.Total sales in the Greater Montreal Area increased eight per cent to 44,448 on the strength of condominium sales and good overall activity on the Island of Montreal.Sales growth exceeded 20 per cent in five of the city’s most popular boroughs.That compared with sales decreases of 18 per cent in the Greater Toronto Area and 10 per cent in Greater Vancouver.Unlike Toronto and Vancouver, Montreal doesn’t have a foreign buyers tax.More than 14,000 condos changed hands across the Island of Montreal and nearby communities during the year, marking a 17 per cent increase from 2016.“It’s on fire,” said Paul Cardinal, manager market analysis for the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards.The overall sales growth far exceeded his expectations. He said the last time growth in Montreal sales outpaced Toronto and Vancouver was in 1998.Cardinal thought new mortgage rules implemented in the fall of 2016 would impair the number of first-time buyers and reduce the total number of transactions.But Quebec’s best consumer confidence in 15 years and a high number of permanent residences stimulated demand and compensated for the new rules and higher mortgage rates during the summer.Transactions of single-family homes rose three per cent to 25,601 while sales of buildings with two to five units increased six per cent to 4,336.Demand was particularly strong for luxury accommodation. Sales of homes exceeding $1 million rose 20 per cent in Greater Montreal and condos priced above $500,000 were up 42 per cent.The total value of sales grew 13 per cent to $16.2 billion, about half of which was on the Island of Montreal.The average price of homes in the Greater Montreal Area increased nearly six per cent to $364,510. That was the largest increase since 2010, with single-family homes sustaining the greater price increases.Prices rose 6.1 per cent to $467,496 on the Island of Montreal, which includes Canada’s second-largest city and suburbs.Cardinal said the number of foreign buyers, particularly from China, has grown but remained marginal overall. They were mostly concentrated in wealthier neighbourhoods and the downtown core.He said Montreal is attractive for foreign buyers because the city provides a high quality of life, affordable housing, low pollution and a university system that contributed to it being named last year as the best city in the world for students.Direct flights to two major Chinese cities have also made it easier for family visits.Cardinal is forecasting another strong year in 2018 with the number of sales transactions increasing five per cent.“That would lead us to a new record so we would beat the 2007 mark,” he said.Average prices are also expected to increase almost five per cent.Montreal capped a strong year with total sales across Greater Montreal increasing 10 per cent to 2,781 in December. That included a 35 per cent increase in condo sales. Total active listings fell nine per cent from a year ago.While sales on the Island of Montreal increased 15 per cent, it was outpaced by Laval at 20 per cent and on par with the south shore.last_img read more

Morocco: 55% of Married Women Suffer Domestic Violence

New York – More than half of married women in Morocco have been victims of at least one act of domestic violence inflicted either by their partners or other family members.According to a national survey conducted by the High Commission for Planning (HCP) on the prevalence of violence against women, in 2009, 3.7 million married females in Morocco (55 percent) suffered domestic abuse by their husbands.The study also revealed that 13.5 percent of women aged 18-64 have been victims of violence inflicted by a family member, totaling 1.3 million females. Domestic violence in urban areas reached 56.1 percent against 53.3 percent in rural areas. Meanwhile, family violence in urban areas reached 14.3 percent against 12.3 percent in rural areas.In regards to the types of domestic violence, the study revealed that in the conjugal environment, the most prevalent form of abuse was psychological violence (38.7 percent), followed by infringement of individual liberties (30.3 percent), and insults/verbal humiliation (22.4 percent).Threats of aggression and physical abuse ranked 6.6 and 5.7 percent, respectively.In regards to family violence, the most common form was emotional abuse at 10.3 percent, and verbal humiliation at 6.1 percent.According to the study, abuse in the family was also in the form of the intervention of parents in the personal choices of their children, namely the choice of women’s clothing (14 percent) choice of friends (17.9 percent), and preventing women from going out of their parents’ home (15.7 percent).In terms of the socio-economic characteristics of the victims of domestic violence, 61.6 percent are under the age of 40, come mainly from urban areas (60.3 percent), lack formal education (56.8 per cent) and were married before the age of 25.On the other hand, most women who suffered domestic violence within the family setting were women aged 30 (69.8 percent) from urban areas (63.1 percent). read more

Russian shipment of wheat to Sudan welcomed by UN food agency

The shipment of 4,205 tons of wheat will go to children enrolled in WFP’s school feeding programme in three Sudanese states – Kassala and Red Sea in the country’s east and North Kordofan in the centre – as well as 6,000 participants in food-for-work projects, WFP said in a news release issued yesterday.WFP Regional Director in Sudan Kenzo Oshidari described the shipment, part of a total $11 million donation from Russia to the UN food agency last year, as “vital for the future of thousands of Sudanese children.“When children get a hot meal at school, they are better able to concentrate and retain information,” he said. “We are especially pleased that absenteeism among girls in our programme is almost zero at schools where hot meals are served.”Last year WFP provided food aid to about 275,000 school children, boosting overall enrolment by 24 per cent and raising attendance rates from 86 to 91 per cent. The programme, part of a three-year arrangement costing $66 million, has expanded this year.The food-for-work programme allows participants to receive food rations in exchange for work on community development projects such as the construction of school classrooms, pit latrines, tree plantations and water collection ponds. 23 April 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed Russia’s donation of $2 million worth of wheat to Sudan to help the agency’s recovery and development operations, saying the shipment will help feed 284,500 school children and 6,000 adults. read more