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Target Canada president aims to reset supply chain improve pricing to win

TORONTO — Target Corp is repairing the supply chain problems it holds largely responsible for last year’s botched Canadian expansion and expects to show measurable progress on a turnaround by this fall, its top executive in Canada said on Tuesday.[np_storybar title=”Target Corp. should cut its losses and exit Canada — soon, says Credit Suisse” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/07/16/target-corp-should-cut-its-losses-and-exit-canada-soon-says-credit-suisse/”%5D Target Corp. needs to make a decision about whether it wants to continue operating in Canada soon. [/np_storybar]In its first international expansion, Minneapolis-based Target opened an unprecedented 124 stores and three distribution centers in Canada last year, losing nearly $1 billion as sales fell far short of expectations.Disappointed shoppers complained of higher prices than in U.S. stores, poor selection, and empty shelves, and distribution center workers told Reuters that poor planning led to supply chain problems that began long before the first store opened.“With the benefit of hindsight, if we could do it all over again, we wouldn’t have opened up that many stores, that many DCs (distribution centers), in that short a time frame. I know that much,” Mark Schindele, Target Canada’s new president, told Reuters.“We’re now unwinding some of the decisions we made that were based on speed.”Schindele said that Target was too ambitious when it launched starting in March 2013.“If I could build a time machine and go back, we would’ve liked to have a slower approach,” Schindele said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“It was too much in too short a window. Our biggest issue (was) that we needed more time.”Schindele joined Target Canada in May from the company’s U.S. operations where he held the position of senior vice-president of merchandising operations. He replaced Tony Fisher who was fired from the job earlier this year.Some analysts say that Target, which was also hurt badly by a massive U.S. data breach late last year that involved 40 million payment card numbers, should cut its losses in Canada and either close poorly performing stores or pull out entirely.Schindele, a 15-year Target veteran, said the company is focused on improving all of its stores and would not answer questions about whether any closures are being considered.SUPPLY CHAIN “RESET”The discount retailer is pushing a three-pronged turnaround plan that will focus on its supply chain, pricing, and merchandise selection.As a first step, all 130 stores are counting their inventory, to help “reset” an overwhelmed supply chain. Most stores have completed that work and are reporting significantly fuller shelves, Schindele said.He added that the rapid pace of Target’s entry resulted in problems with the set-up of its all-new Canadian technology systems due to hastily made decisions.A key issue, distribution center staff had told Reuters, was that shipments of many products coming into warehouses did not match data in Target’s computer system. That created a bottleneck as staff scrambled to reconcile differences.Our biggest issue (was) that we needed more timeSchindele said that when the system was first set up, minimum order quantities were not aggregated at the vendor level, as is typically done, but by the distribution centers, which made tracking purchase orders difficult.“If your data integrity isn’t good, it’s really hard to keep stores in stock,” he said.With one year of operations under its belt, Target Canada now has sales data to help forecast demand and allocate products. Schindele said excess inventory problems have been alleviated significantly since last year.The recovery plan, which reflects work with two different consultants, also includes retraining staff. Workers were initially pushing inventory through the system, rather than allowing the software to do its job, Schindele said.Technology will be reconfigured and stores will also see merchandise shipped more frequently.“We expect to see measurable progress this fall,” Schindele said, but did not provide details.In response to customer complaints, the company said it is changing its price-match policy to add Canadian online retailers such as Amazon.ca and Walmart.ca, while allowing shoppers to use popular price matching apps.The cheap-chic retailer will add 30,000 new products and expand its line of exclusive products, including a partnership with Canadian celebrity interior designer Sarah Richardson to try to boost sales.Executives would not provide any Canadian sales or profit growth targets or say how much the repair plan will cost.While these are just some of the changes, Target still needs to win over shoppers who may feel burned by negative experiences over the past year. Schindele said he’s confident that more exclusives and better pricing will help shift sentiment in Target’s favour.“It all starts with having the right content in the store, being priced right and the right inventory levels,” he said.“That’s what will change our story.”Analysts have been less forgiving, with at least one suggesting the company weigh an exit strategy to get out of Canada.Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein said the new Target Corp. CEO should prioritize a decision on whether the retailer should take the money spent in Canada and funnel it back into new investments for the more successful U.S. business, which has recently faced its own trouble with a data breach involving consumer information.Target Canada has been a costly investment, causing its parent company to post a US$1-billion loss in 2013 and another $211-million loss in the first quarter.Target cut its second-quarter profit estimate last week and said Canadian sales were softer than expected. The company is scheduled to report results on Aug. 20.As Target Canada works to manage its existing stores, the company is also opening three others later this fall, which at first glance seems to run against its own suggestions that it took on too many locations at launch.But Schindele said Target can handle a few more stores, which will bring its total store count to 130 spread across much of the country.“These are great markets and these are great locations,” he said.New Target Chief Executive Brian Cornell officially starts work on Tuesday, but he was briefed by Schindele last week on the recovery plan and will tour Target stores when he visits Canada this week.© Thomson Reuters 2014, The Canadian Press read more

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Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 17.79 points to 15,087.49, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 25.14 points to 21,433.66. The S&P 500 index shed 0.47 of a point to 2,426.96 and the Nasdaq composite index climbed 14.68 points to 6,191.07The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.40 cents US, down from Monday’s average price of 77.59 cents US.The August crude contract was up 40 cents to US$44.80 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up 10 cents to US$3.03 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was down $4.90 to US$1,208.30 an ounce and the September copper contract was up two cents at US$2.67 a pound. read more

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Firefighters Museum of Calgary to sell antique fire trucks

It’s a piece of history that has seen countless alarms calls and maybe even a few cats stuck in trees.The Firefighters Museum of Calgary is selling off some of its antique fleet to fund the upkeep of its core display.Museum supervisor Rebecca Malenka says the decision to auction some of the near 100-year-old trucks was difficult.She says, “We currently have a fleet of 26 antique firetrucks in our collection, seven of them are original to Calgary, so we’ll definitely be keeping those, but the ones that aren’t from Calgary and not relevant to the development of history and the Calgary Fire Department, will be sold.”The price to own your own antique fire engine is staying private.You can see the antique pieces at Calgary Fire headquarters or on the City’s website. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Firefighters Museum of Calgary to sell antique fire trucks by News Staff Posted Jul 30, 2014 6:48 pm MDT read more

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Syria peace talks to continue as planned into next week – UN

“Bottom line, I plan to continue the proximity talks both at formal level and at technical level until next week, probably Wednesday as originally planned,” said UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura at a press conference in Geneva on the state of the intra-Syrian talks he has been mediating.“We need to try until Wednesday to get as deep as possible in the areas we have been starting discussing” he added, noting that he thinks he will be in a position by the middle of next week to report on where negotiations are and what has been reached during this round of talks. Mr. de Mistura also indicated that according to all “objective criteria,” the cessation of hostilities is still in effect: “I repeat, is still in effect. None of the sides have renounced to it […] But it is in great trouble if we do not act quickly.”He reminded reporters that the central point of the talks is to get ideas, concepts, and a vision of what could be either the Transitional Governing Body or what the Government is referring to as the “Government of broad-base.”“The secret for us and the usefulness of these proximity talks is to get the respective visions of what is their view of the political transition and that is what we have been working on,” he said, highlighting that the difference compared to past talks is that both sides are aiming for a political transition.He recalled how on Monday, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) – the opposition delegation – showed “displeasure” about the non-progress of the humanitarian situation by talking about postponing their official participation in the talks.“But luckily there is also a strong feeling of urgency in not dropping what is the mother of all issues: political transition, and getting deeper in this,” Mr. de Mistura said. “And therefore since Monday, we have been having formal meetings with the Government, and been able to consult and meet representatives of the Moscow, Cairo, Damascus platforms, the Women Advisory Board, civil society and indeed at the technical level, we had very deep meetings with the HNC representatives.” read more

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Ohio State mens basketball wins first game of the season 8950 against

Junior forward Sam Thompson (12), dunks the ball. OSU won against Morgan State, 89-50, Nov. 9. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor The Ohio State men’s basketball team (1-0) used a hot start from junior guard Shannon Scott to pull away from Morgan State (0-1) early and secure its first victory of the 2013-14 season 89-50.Scott scored nine of OSU’s first 11 points, hitting each of his first three shots from beyond the arc to give OSU an early 11-5 lead, which it would hold for the rest of the game.Scott said he has been working hard on improving his shots, but that the Buckeyes’ ability to pass the ball was a big help.“I believe I’ve been working on that in practice a lot this year. My teammates did a great job of finding me (when) I was in open spots so whenever they did that, I would knock it down,” Scott said.Coach Thad Matta said Scott’s growth to be able to hit long range shots should really open up the rest of the floor for OSU.“I think one day this summer he got 400 shots up and he told me ‘I’ve never done that before,’ and I said ‘there’s maybe a reason you haven’t shot the ball particularly well.’ That’s something that for him we talked about all offseason,” Matta said. “You’ve got to be able to knock down those outside shots because it’s just going to open up so much more. He had shot it so well up to this point … to see it going in with the lights on is huge for us.”A dunk by Morgan State senior guard Justin Black cut the Buckeye lead to 18-12 with 11:24 left in the half. But OSU would close out the half with a 31-11 run to head into halftime with a 49-23 lead.Two players who were expected to have big seasons for OSU in 2013-14, junior forward LaQuinton Ross and senior guard Aaron Craft, struggled in the first half only scoring four and two points respectively.Ross, who ended the game with 14 points and 11 rebounds, made the first start of his OSU career after the departure of forward Deshaun Thomas to the NBA Draft last season.Starting for the first time wasn’t something that Ross thought about before the game, he said, adding that it was all about getting the win.“I don’t really think we thought about it too much. We got out here and got this win so we’re real excited about that,” Ross said.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. led all scorers with 18 points against the Bears. Scott added a career-high 16 points to go along with seven assists and junior forward Sam Thompson scored 14 for the Buckeyes.In his debut as a Buckeye freshman forward, Marc Loving had 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.Ross said having so many different scoring options is “exciting” and can be a big boost for the Buckeyes this season.“It definitely keeps me excited knowing we have players that can knock down open shots at any time,” Ross said. “We might have struggled with that a bit last year but now everybody’s been in the gym all summer, all preseason working on their games, so that’s a great help to our team.”Coach Thad Matta agreed, adding that having a balanced scoring attack is something that OSU is going to look to do for the rest of the season.“I think that’s the balance that this team’s going to have to have in terms of how we want to play and how we think we should play,” Matta said. “The rotations, I thought guys came and really gave us a good boost and that’s something that’s going to be big for this team.”Starting junior center Amir Williams struggled with foul trouble during the game, fouling out after only 14 minutes played. Trey McDonald came off the bench in place of Williams, scoring six points in 18 minutes played.OSU is set to return to action Tuesday at 8 p.m. against in-state rival Ohio University before hitting the road to take on Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. read more

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Blind DDay veteran gets replacements for missing medals lost at service station

first_imgA blind D-Day veteran has received a set of replacement medals after his own went missing at a motorway service station.Alfred Barlow, 96, from Stockport, was returning home last month from a pilgrimage to Normandy when the medals were lost.His wife Masie and his grandson noticed they were missing after he visited the gents at Norton Canes services near Walsall on the M6 Toll on June 8.Crimestoppers has offered £5,000 and actor Hugh Grant an additional £1,000 to reunite Mr Barlow with the 1939-1945 Star, the France & Germany Star, the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Palestine Medal.But on Wednesday, he was presented with replacements by Alan Walker, 58, a fellow blind veteran from Hassocks, West Sussex, who was so moved by reading his story that he went out and bought four more medals from a specialist dealer. Blind D-Day veteran Alfred Barlow, 96, who lost his medals at a motorway service station, with his wife Masie, with replacements that were presented to him at a ceremony at the Hampton Court Flower Show Mr Barlow, who served with 3rd (Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Reconnaissance Regiment, and landed on Sword Beach at 10am on D-Day, June 6, 1944, said he was “bitterly disappointed” when he realised the medals were missing.”I’ve got some replacements now. It’s not quite the same, but nevertheless I have got some medals that I have earned.”And that’s the annoying part. I earned those medals during the war for my part on D-Day, going through Europe and chasing the Germans back into Germany.” Speaking at a ceremony organised by Blind Veterans UK at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Mr Barlow said: “Today has been overwhelming and I never expected all this fuss.”He said: “I am so grateful to all the people who have been kind to me and who have been to see me.”People who don’t know me from Adam and yet they’ve been to see me in my home, I am very grateful to them.” Photo of the lost medals Anyone with information about the lost medals is being asked to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or the Blind Veterans UK hotline on 0800 389 7979. Blind D-Day veteran Alfred Barlow, 96, who lost his medals at a motorway service station, with his wife Masie, with replacements that were presented to him at a ceremony at the Hampton Court Flower ShowCredit:Steve Parsons/PAcenter_img Blind D-Day veteran Alfred Barlow (right), 96, who lost his medals at a motorway service station, is presented with replacements by fellow blind veteran Alan Walker at a ceremony at the Hampton Court Flower Show Blind D-Day veteran Alfred Barlow (right), 96, who lost his medals at a motorway service station, is presented with replacements by fellow blind veteran Alan Walker at a ceremony at the Hampton Court Flower ShowCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Photo of the lost medalsCredit:PA Mr Barlow, who started receiving support from Blind Veterans UK after losing his sight through macular degeneration, said that he had lost hope of finding the original medals.He added: “I have had offers of medals from other people’s fathers.”One in particular came from Stockport and he offered me his father’s medals.”That’s fantastic. But I wouldn’t want a son of mine giving my medals away just like that.”Nick Caplin, chief executive of Blind Veterans UK, said: “People across the country have been in touch with us, wanting to offer support to try and help Alfred to find his medals again or indeed find replacements.”Just looking at Alfred’s face when he had his medals on his chest again and just talking to Alfred about how much his medals mean to him, is so meaningful.”last_img read more

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Klopp full of praise for Alisson Becker

first_imgLiverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has hailed goalkeeper Alison Becker as “exciting package” after he made important saves in their 3-1 victory at Burnley.Alisson was influential in the second half of Liverpool 3-1 win at Turf Moor, as he saved Ben Mee’s goalbound header and later launched a counter-attack that led to Xherdan Shaqiri’s goal which helped Jurgen Klopp’s side seal the game.The Brazilian has only let in six goals in 15 Premier League matches so far, and Klopp is happy with his contribution.“The best thing is not talking about a goalkeeper – that means he is without any mistakes,” Klopp told the club’s website.“But after the last game… again, he had a big, big part in the game.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“After the game, I think everybody saw the goal Burnley scored should have been disallowed. It was a difficult decision, especially the offside.“That’s how it is. It’s the view of the ref or the assistant, in this case. But it was offside. Then he [had] both hands on the ball. That’s one thing.“The other thing is, he stayed in the game and when we were 2-1 up made a brilliant save.“And with the next ball, that’s his attitude – he doesn’t stand on his line or wait, he goes out and catches it, then counter-attack. That’s a really exciting package the boy delivers and it helped us a lot, of course.”last_img read more

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Omar Archer remains behind bars 28 more days

first_img Related Items:#Archerremainsbehindbars, #magneticmedianews, #OmarArcherjailed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 11, 2017 – Nassau –Whistle Blower, Omar Archer will now serve an additional 28-day sentence.   This comes after a warrant of committal was issued for Mr. Archer on April 4th, 2017.   Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis had since then delayed the case until Tuesday 11th April 2017.   Archer was said to have paid all his outstanding fees on April 5th, 2017.However, instead of being released today, Mr. Archer’s stay in Her Majesty’s Prison was extended.  In court last week, Archer’s lawyer Barry Sawyer and his associates were told to have his defense on charges of intentional libel and threats of death ready.  However, it is now being said that Archer’s present sentencing is due to an outstanding civil matter in court number 13 from 2011.  Many of Archer’s supporters are now left infuriated as they worry that he may not be able to vote and say that the timing of this arrest immediately after the announcement by Prime Minister Perry Christie on the election date is suspicious. Archer is the man Perry Christie ‘flipped the bird’ at during a PLP public rally in February.  Supporters have signed a petition for Omar Archer’s freedom, stating the activist has been arrested on dubious charges and his constitutional right to speak is being infringed upon by this incarceration without bail. Story by: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews#OmarArcherjailed#Archerremainsbehindbarslast_img read more

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Immigration bill stalls as Boehner has other priorities

first_imgWASHINGTON – House Speaker John A. Boehner said Sunday that fixing the nation’s fiscal problems, not its immigration laws, was his top priority, as the most comprehensive proposal in a generation to change the immigration system languishes in the Republican-controlled House.Boehner has appeared unswayed by the political momentum behind the bipartisan Senate bill, and even after talking last week with President Barack Obama he wants the House to take its time.The speaker also dismissed critics who have said this Congress has been among the most unproductive in years. He defended the House’s decision to hold dozens of votes to repeal the nation’s 2010 health-care law – bills that are almost certain never to become law.“We should not be judged on how many new laws we create. We ought to be judged on how many laws that we repeal,” he said.Boehner said he remained “optimistic” that Congress could do something to fix our fiscal situation.”Legislation to fund the government and avoid a federal shutdown will be at the top of the agenda when lawmakers return in the fall from the August recess. Funding for federal operations expires Sept. 30.last_img read more

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The 2020 Ram 1500s diesel V6 is a 4995 upcharge

first_img More From Roadshow Trucks Ram Tags 0 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Share your voice 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded techcenter_img Ram Enlarge ImageThe next-generation EcoDiesel will be available on every trim of the 2020 Ram 1500, even the Rebel. Ram The next-generation 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel from Ram will be available across all trim lines of the 2020 Ram 1500, including the Ram Classic. But with a premium of $4,995 over the base 3.6-liter V6, it will also be extremely pricey. Ram announced late Thursday the diesel V6 will command a $3,000 premium over the 5.7-liter V8 engine with eTorque in the upper-spec Laramie Longhorn and Limited, while it will cost you an extra $3,300 over the V8 eTorque powerplant in Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Rebel and Laramie trims. Still, Ram offers the lowest-priced diesel V6 in its class. A Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab with two-wheel drive with the diesel engine will start at $36,890, plus $1,695 for destination. Meanwhile, the least expensive 2019 Ford F-150 with a 3.0-liter diesel is in a midlevel Lariat at $45,700, plus $1,595 destination. If you’re looking at Chevrolet, its 3.0-liter diesel can be had for the 2020 model year in an LT trim at $43,605 plus $1,595 destination.That said, the Tradesman is the base model while the Ford F-150 Lariat and Chevrolet Silverado LT are midlevel trims with more features. Furthermore, if you start looking at individual upcharges, the EcoDiesel is towards the higher end of the price spectrum. For example, going from the base 2.7- to the 3.0-liter diesel in the Ford F-150 Lariat is $4,000, and it’s $3,000 to go from the base 5.0-liter V8 to the diesel in the Platinum and King Ranch trims. The diesel is not available in the top Limited trim and it’s only available to fleet customers in the lower XL and XLT trims.2020 Ram 1500 EcoDieselEnlarge ImageThe 3.0-liter V6 oil burner pushes out a best-in-class 480 pound-feet of torque. Ram Pricing for the diesel in the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado is pretty complicated. The upcharge ranges from just $2,495 in the High Country and LTZ trims to go from the 5.3-liter V8 to the 3.0-liter diesel, but it’s $5,165 to do the same in the RST. What’s more, the diesel is not an option on Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss trims.Ram’s 3.0-liter V6 diesel pushes out 260 horsepower and class-leading 480 pound-feet of torque. It can handle up to 2,040 pounds of payload and can tow 12,560 pounds. The 2019 Ford F-150 with its 3.0-liter diesel engine is good for 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, with 1,940 pounds of payload capability and a max towing rating of 11,500 pounds. The diesel in the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado is also a 3.0-liter, knocking out 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Max payload and towing for the Silverado is 2,302 pounds and 9,300 pounds respectively.Expect to see the 2020 Ram 1500 with the available diesel engine this fall. 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is a torque-tastic truck 8 Photos Post a comment 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatnesslast_img read more

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Government to sell 15 stake in MMTC and STC

first_imgThe Indian government on Monday said it has asked bankers to manage stake sale in Metals & Minerals Trading Corporation (MMTC) and State Trading Corporation (STC). The government is mulling the idea of divesting 15 percent stake in both the companies through the offer-for-sale route.At present, the central government holds about 90 percent stake in STC and 89.93 percent in MMTC. According to a Press Trust of India report, the offered stake of MMTC could fetch the government Rs. 570 crore. In addition, divesting 15 percent of STC could earn the government Rs. 84 crore.The bankers will have to submit their bids to the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) before May 30, 2016.Last month, the central government said it would sell stakes in two fertiliser firms namely Rashtriya Chemical and Fertilisers Limited and National Fertilisers Limited. During the same month, it had also raised about Rs. 2,700 crore by selling 11.36 percent stake in a hydro power producer, Mint reported.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, during his union budget speech in February this year, had said the government planned to raise about Rs. 56,500 crore by divesting its stake in state-owned units in the financial year 2016-17.The State Trading Corporation stock was trading at Rs. 94 at around 12.56 p.m. on Tuesday, up 0.64 percent from its previous close. On the other hand, the MMTC Limited stake was trading at Rs. 38 around the same time on the BSE.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

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Coffee with CocaCola Soft drinks giant in talks to buy stake in

first_imgRepresentational image.Creative Commons.Coca-Cola is planning to buy a major share in the Bengaluru-based coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day. As per media reports, the soft drink giant has entered into talks with the coffee chain management for potential acquisition.Cafe Coffee Day, a subsidiary of Coffee Day Enterprises promoted by VG Siddhartha, has a chain of 1,750 cafes. It is one of India’s most organised coffee houses competing with Starbucks, Barista, and Costa Coffee.CCD is seeing a slowdown due to rising debt and competition from smaller cafes. The lower sales and the high cost of maintenance have led to the piling of debt because of which the coffee brewing giant had to close down 90 outlets in the financial year 2018.The coffee chain has been showing a static sale of about 11 percent for the last three years with quarterly net losses at about Rs 22.28 crore. Given the losses, the company had sold two CCD affiliated firms for Rs 3,200 crore to pay-off the accumulating debt. Siddhartha also had to sell off 20.32% of stake in software services firm Mindtree to Larsen and Toubro to reduce the company’s debts. Reuters fileCoca-Cola last year announced its acquisition of Costa Coffee which has about 50 stores in India. The coffee brand run by RJ Corp in India was bought off for about $5.1 billion last September.The soft drinks giant is trying to step into the coffee business even as risks in the carbonated drink business have been rising.last_img read more

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Houstons Climate Action Plan Will Aim at Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

first_imgAl OrtizThis file photo shows Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) at an event held at City Hall. Turner will announce Thursday the City’s Climate Action Plan.Houston’s Climate Action Plan entails bringing together stakeholders from across the community to develop a variety of cost-effective energy efficiency, renewable energy and transportation measures that will reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement, the City announced Thursday.Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is participating in the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, said in a news release that Houston has “a lot at stake,” and added that “every Houstonian needs to get involved and share their vision for a more sustainable and resilient Houston.”To design the plan, the City is partnering with the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), a regional sustainability research institute,  and with C40, a global non-profit that works with cities to develop and implement plans to mitigate carbon risk.The target completion date for the plan is December 2019 and its publication will allow the City to start in 2020 with a defined path forward to reduce carbon emissions and continue to lead global cities in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The plan is funded by CenterPoint Energy and the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation.You can learn more about the plan by visiting this website. Sharelast_img read more

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Xbox One X Now Available For PreOrder Scoop Up That Scorpio

first_img We saw it teased as Project Scorpio last year, we got to play it for ourselves at E3 this year, and finally this fall we’ll get to own the most powerful video game console yet when the Xbox One X launches November 7. After Microsoft’s Gamescom presentation in Europe pre-orders are now live for the (sort of) next generation Xbox.Can’t decide where to drop your $500 for the special, day one “Project Scorpio” edition of the Xbox One X? Here are all your options right now.AmazonBest BuyGamestopMicrosoft StoreTargetWalmartWith all the new and upgraded hardware we’ve seen from Nintendo and Sony over the past few months, it’s almost like we’ve just experienced a soft reboot of this console generation. While every Xbox One X game should theoretically also run on the weaker Xbox One S, the X does offer exclusive improvements, mostly focused on 4K resolution. So your existing Xbox library should look better, especially if you have a 4K TV. Expect even more improved visuals as future games like Assassin’s Creed Origins take further advantage of these killer specs.However, even with all that power, the Xbox One X still must prepare for a struggle against the more popular PlayStation 4, more powerful PC, and more off the beaten path Nintendo Switch. We recently learned that Crackdown 3, an Xbox One exclusive previously scheduled to launch the same day as the X, has now been delayed to next year. Forza 7 is a great, beautiful game, but can it shoulder an entire system launch? Can ReCore: Definitive Edition?We’ll find out this fall, but if you’re already convinced you need an Xbox One X, jump on those pre-order links now! Look yourself in the mirror, do your best DMX impression, and say, “X, gonna give it you ya!” Hopefully it’ll be easier to nab than the SNES Classic Edition.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Hands-On: ‘New Super Lucky’s Tale’ Is Your Next Xbox Game on SwitchPlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Project Scarlett: Everything We Know last_img read more

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1 paraglider dead in Bengal accident

first_imgKolkata: A paraglider was killed and another severely injured in a gliding accident in West Bengal’s Kalimpong district, police said on Sunday. “Purushottam, 22, a paragliding pilot from Nepal, died in the accident while the tourist with him was injured in Delo hills on Sunday,” a Kalimpong police officer said. The body has been recovered. The tourist from Patna, Gaurav Choudhary, 35, critically injured is in a private hospital in Siliguri,” he added. Whether any safety measure was flouted was being probed.last_img read more

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The Humble English Girl who Became Cora Pearl – Courtesan Sensation to

first_imgCora Pearl served herself up nude at Parisian dinner parties in the mid-1800s. Her society-shocking behavior as a sought-after courtesan became symbolic of the decadence of the French Second Empire. But the belle of the demimonde actually descended from humble English origins. Cora Pearl was born Emma Elizabeth Crouch in Portsmouth, England, probably around 1835, though in her memoir, she took seven years off her age, claiming a birth year of 1842. Her father, Frederick Nicholas Crouch, was a songwriter of some fame, who abandoned the family and moved to the U.S. He would go on to marry several times and it was said that he had 20 children.Emma’s mother, meanwhile, took up with a man with whom Emma did not get along. She and her siblings were shipped off to a French boarding school, where she learned the country’s language and manners. After schooling, she moved in with her grandmother in London and took a job as a milliner’s assistant, which bored her. In a perhaps apocryphal story, young Emma was taken advantage of by a random man she met after work, an event that set her on her life’s path.Tinted Photograph of the famous British courtesan Cora Pearl. Photo by: André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri CC By 2.0In this tale, Emma came out of the workshop expecting to find a female companion. Instead, she met a man who offered to buy her cakes. The man took her to a gin palace, filled her with drink, and seduced her, leaving her a 5 pound note on a bedside table which she discovered in the morning. While it sounds improbable, it wasn’t impossible in 19th century London. It’s also possible that Emma’s mother’s boyfriend had behaved in a very inappropriate manner with the child.Regardless, it was a turning point for Emma. She felt she couldn’t return to her grandmother’s house. Instead, she took a room in Covent Garden and began entertaining gentleman callers, one of whom, Robert Bignell, was the proprietor of a notorious brothel called Argyll Rooms. She moved into Argyll, and traveled with Bignell several times to Paris. She fell in love with the City of Light, decided to stay there, and changed her name to Cora Pearl.Cora PearlSecond Empire Paris in the mid 19th century was the center of the cultural world, a cauldron of emerging poets, artists, musicians, and assorted bon vivants.As a courtesan, Cora Pearl was a sensation, exciting patrons with her tiny waist and bountiful bosom. She was impetuous, exuberant, unembarrassed to express passion. She had a string of “protectors,” as they were called, starting with Victor Massena, the Duke of Rivoli. He showered her with money and gifts, bought her her first horse, and bankrolled her excursions to gambling dens. Her many influential lovers included the Prince of Orange, the heir to the throne of the Netherlands; Napoleon III’s half-brother the Duke de Morny; and his cousin Napoleon Joseph Charles Paul, sometimes known as Prince Jerome Napoleon, with whom she had her longest (and most lucrative) relationship.Cora Pearl and Prince Achille Murat (1865).Cora became renowned for her affinity for horses. At one point, she owned as many as 60, along with a fleet of carriages. She is said to have inspired the fashion for courtesans to ride in carriages in the Bois de Boulogne. At the height of her popularity, she had two residences in Paris and a chateau in the country.Cora Pearl became one of the most famous Parisian courtesans of her era, known for her scandalously sexy behavior. She would dance in her birthday suit in front of guests or bathe in champagne. She served outrageously extravagant meals, during one of which she supposedly had herself presented naked on a silver platter. Her high-fashion dresses and sumptuous lingerie were crafted by the finest clothiers in the country. She wore the finest jewelry and expensive perfume. She loved to gamble. Ka-ching!She made a brief foray into theater—wearing little more than strategically placed diamonds—but her efforts weren’t serious or lauded.Cora Pearl was born Emma Élizabeth Crouch.The end of an era was nearing, though. The Franco-Prussian war put a damper on frivolous parties. Cora returned briefly to England with Prince Jerome Napoleon, but she was turned away from Grosvenor Hotel, given her reputation. When she went back to Paris, she discovered that a conservative austerity had taken over the formerly effervescent city. Her extravagance was now seen as gauche, and she had fewer wealthy callers to pay her bills.A wealthy but erratic young man 10 years her junior, Alexandre Duval, became obsessed with Cora Pearl. She put up with him for a while, needing his money, but when he became too unhinged, she dumped him. The jilted Duval showed up on her doorway with a firearm, tried to force his way into her house, and in the ensuing struggle, managed to pull the trigger on himself.Gossips claimed that Cora slammed the door, leaving him outside to bleed. The New York Times reported that she actually brought him in and tended to his wounds. Either way, Duval made a full recovery, but Cora Pearl’s already fragile reputation was shattered.Portrait of Cora PearlAs she reached her 40th birthday, her fortunes spiraled downward. Prince Jerome Napoleon, who’d been paying her bills, cut her off. Over the next decade, she slowly sold off assets bit by bit—the houses, the horses, the jewelry. By 1885, she had nothing left and was living in a boarding house.Related story from us:“Infamous and penniless”: Bettie Page, pin-up queen, became a cultural icon while she lived in obscurityCora Pearl was literally at the end of her life. She published her memoir in 1886, but because she disguised the names of her patrons and downplayed her raunchy exploits, it was deemed dull and quickly disappeared. Though she didn’t know it, she had intestinal cancer, which would take her within one year. She died on July 8, 1886. One of her former lovers anonymously covered the cost of her funeral and burial. She was buried in Batignolles Cemetery in Paris, though there is no grave marker. She was 51.E.L. Hamilton has written about pop culture for a variety of magazines and newspapers, including Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, the New York Post and the New York Daily News. She lives in central New Jersey, just west of New York Citylast_img read more

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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Guinness World Record holder for the tallest man, Sultan Kosen, underwent image-guided radiation therapy at the University of Virginia Medical Center to stop a tumor stop causing the overproduction of growth hormones in his pituitary gland. Photo by Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World RecordsMarch 16, 2012 – The current Guinness World Record holder for the tallest man, Sultan Kosen, won’t be posting new records for height anymore, but that’s just fine with him. Kosen appears to have stopped growing following radiation therapy treatment at the University of Virginia Medical Center (UVM), earning the medical center a mention in the 2012 Guinness World Records.In May 2010, 8-foot-3-inch Sultan Kosen, age 29, of Turkey made his first visit to UVA for treatment by endocrinologist Mary Lee Vance, M.D.  Kosen suffers from acromegaly, which is usually caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland. The tumor causes a large amount of growth hormone to be produced, which can lead to gigantism if the excess growth hormone is produced before puberty begins. For 18 years, beginning at age 10, the tumor in Kosen’s brain secreted enormous amounts of growth hormone.The condition can cause a range of health problems, Vance says. “His skeleton just can’t support him,” she said.Vance placed Kosen on a new medication that could potentially help control the production of growth hormone and stop his continued growth. Because Kosen’s pituitary tumor had spread to areas of his brain where doctors could not safely perform open surgery, UVA neurosurgeon Jason Sheehan, M.D., then performed Gamma Knife radiosurgery in August 2010.Gamma Knife radiosurgery is a noninvasive procedure that delivers 192 focused, low-intensity radiation beams guided by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to a specific spot in a patient’s body – in this case, Kosen’s pituitary tumor.About three months ago, Kosen’s doctors in Turkey told Sheehan that Kosen has stopped growing. “The treatments that we provided at the University of Virginia have stopped the production of his excess growth hormone and stopped the growth of the tumor itself,” Sheehan said.Kosen’s listing in the 2012 edition of Guinness World Records cites his treatment at UVA, though Vance and Sheehan are happiest that they were able to provide effective care.“Treating someone 8 feet 3 inches tall is no different from treating someone 5 feet 10 inches tall,” Vance said. “The important thing is to stop the production of the excess growth hormone.”“I’m most pleased that we were able to help Sultan,” Sheehan added. “If he had continued to grow, it would have been life-threatening.”For more information: www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/size/tallest-man-living, www.elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | March 16, 2012 World’s Tallest Man Stops Growing Thanks to Radiation Therapy The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. 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More American Men with EarlyStage Prostate Cancer Could Opt Out of Immediate

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The multi-year… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems November 2, 2016 — A new report on Swedish men with non-aggressive prostate cancer suggests a lot more American men could safely choose to monitor their disease instead of seeking immediate radiation treatment or surgery.Published in the JAMA Oncology online Oct. 20, the report shows that well over half of 32,518 men in Sweden diagnosed with prostate cancers least likely to spread chose monitoring during a recent, five-year period over immediate treatment.Led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and its Perlmutter Cancer Center, an international team concluded that men are likely to choose monitoring once presented with the choice.Called active surveillance, the monitoring option relies on regular blood tests, physical exams and the periodic biopsy, or sampling, of prostate tissue to screen for any signs of a tumor’s growth before therapy is considered. The move to active surveillance, say the study authors, averts the risk of sexual dysfunction, as well as bowel and bladder problems that frequently accompany traditional therapies.“The main conclusion here is that if the majority of men in Sweden have adopted this management strategy for very low- to low-risk prostate cancer, then more American men might choose this option if it were presented to them,” said lead study investigator and urologist Stacy Loeb, M.D., MSc.Among the study’s key findings was that from 2009 to 2014, the number of Swedish men with very low-risk cancer choosing active surveillance increased from 57 percent to 91 percent, and men with low-risk cancer choosing this option rose from 40 percent to 74 percent. Meanwhile, the authors report, the number of men in both groups who chose to simply wait, do no further testing and postpone therapy unless symptoms develop — a passive practice called watchful waiting — dropped by more than half.For the study, researchers analyzed data from Sweden’s National Prostate Cancer Register, one of the few such national databases in the world (and for which nothing comparable exists in North America).Loeb, an assistant professor in the urology and population health departments at NYU Langone, and a member of Perlmutter, said that while increasing numbers of American men diagnosed with early-stage disease are choosing active surveillance, they still account for less than half of those for whom it is an option.“Our findings should encourage physicians and cancer care professionals in the United States to offer such close supervision and monitoring to their patients with low-risk disease,” said Loeb. More American men opting for active surveillance, she added, “could go a long way toward reducing the harms of screening by minimizing overtreatment of non-aggressive prostate cancer.”Loeb said recent studies have suggested that some men with early-stage disease who opted for treatment later regretted it because of lingering problems, such as incontinence and impotence.A large study also recently showed no difference in death rates a decade after diagnosis between those who chose active surveillance and those who chose immediate treatment, Loeb said. Meanwhile, there is a greater risk of side effects among men undergoing therapy. She cautioned, however, that this pattern has not been confirmed for the Swedish men in the current study.The U.S. National Cancer Institute estimates that 26,000 American men will die from the disease in 2016, with 181,000 getting diagnosed, most in its earliest stages.Funding support for the study, which took two years to complete, was provided by grants from the Swedish Research Council (825-2012-5047) and the Swedish Cancer Society (130428). Additional funding support was provided by the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center and the Louis Feil Charitable Lead Trust.Besides Loeb, another NYU Langone investigator involved in the study was Caitlin Curnyn, MPH. Other study investigators were Yasin Folkvaljon, MSc, at the Regional Cancer Center at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden; David Robinson, M.D., Ph.D., at Ryhov County Hospital in Jonkoping, Sweden, and Umea University in Umea, Sweden; Ola Bratt, M.D., Ph.D., at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, England, and Lund University in Lund, Sweden; and principal investigator Pär Stattin, M.D., Ph.D., at both Uppsala University and Umea University.For more information: www.jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more center_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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China opens Panamanian embassy seeks expanded trade with Latin America

first_imgBefore heading to Panama, Wang visited San José, where he signed a cooperation memorandum with Foreign Minister Manuel González.“We have had 10 years of good cooperation” with Costa Rica, Wang told reporters at Casa Amarilla, the Foreign Ministry, where the signing of the memorandum was overseen by President Luis Guillermo Solís on Sept. 15.Wang’s talks with Gonzalez and Solis took place as the UN Security Council met and condemned North Korea’s latest launch of a ballistic missile over Japan. China is North Korea’s sole ally.In addition to discussing bilateral issues, Gonzalez said the talks included “a brief review of the situation in the Korean peninsula.” He did not elaborate.Wang declined to respond to an AFP reporter’s question on North Korea.The Chinese minister was stopping in Costa Rica and Panama on his way to the United States, to participate in the UN General Assembly in New York. He is due to give a speech there on Thursday.China already has close investment ties with Costa Rica, where it has built several major projects including the National Stadium in Sabana Park. The new memorandum aims to deepen that relationship with further development of Costa Rican infrastructure, as well as boosting trade and cultural, educational and tourist exchanges, and cooperating on clean energy. Facebook Comments Related posts:Foreign Ministry signs agreements with United Arab Emirates Guanacaste nonprofit raises money to install cost-saving solar panels Investigation continues into causes of plane crash in Costa Rica President is safe after confrontation with protesters Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Costa Rica late last week and continued on to Panama over the weekend, where he inaugurated a new Chinese Embassy on Sunday as part of his country’s effort to expand its presence in Latin America.“Panama is an important transport nexus in the Western Hemisphere and has a well-developed financial sector,” Wang said, adding that the country could play a key role in increased trade, investment and diplomacy in Latin America and the Caribbean.Most nations in the Central American region maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan. The exceptions are Costa Rica, which ended its diplomatic relations with Taipei and initiated ties with Beijing a decade ago during the administration of President Oscar Arias, and now Panama as well.Panamanian President Carlos Varela called the opening of the Embassy “a historic moment.”last_img read more

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Wendy Wu Indian tours to get more spiritual

first_imgUpgrades have been introduced to Wendy Wu tours of the Indian Subcontinent. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. Customer feedback has prompted Wendy Wu Tours to adjust its India and Sri Lanka programs, with the addition of new itineraries and features to its 2013/14 brochure.The company said the new programs would offer greater wildlife options, more cultural and historical sites, spirituality and increased interaction with local inhabitants.Among the additions will be packages to areas said to be linked to the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha as well as historical tours through the state of Orissa and the cities of Puri and Bhubaneshwar.“The three main pilgrimage sites –Lumbini in Nepal and Bodhgaya and Kushinagar in India – had already won approval from customers,” Wendy Wu marketing manager Amanda Bruno said.The tour operator also announced the introduction of departures from Darwin for all its programs in India and Sri Lanka.last_img read more

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