NEW YORK — Shares of connected exercise machine company Peloton are drifting lower in their first day of public trading.The New York company’s stock opened at $27. It offered 40 million shares at an initial public offering price of $29 per share, the high end of an expected range of $26 to $29 apiece.Peloton is known for its stationary bikes that allow users to stream workouts live or on-demand. Users pay thousands of dollars for Peloton machines and about $40 per month for a subscription. The company also makes high-end treadmills that cost more than $4,000.Peloton Interactive Inc., founded in 2012, is listed on the Nasdaq under the “PTON” ticker symbol.The Associated Press

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 28, 2015 9:02 am MDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2015 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ottawa posts $1.1 billion surplus for June compared with $1.6 billion a year ago OTTAWA – The federal government posted a surplus of nearly $1.1 billion for June — half a billion less than in the same month last year when the surplus was $1.6 billion.The surplus came as the federal government’s revenue increased by $600 million to $24.3 billion for the month.Excise taxes and duties were the source of most of the revenue growth.Federal program spending increased by $1.6 billion from a year ago to $21.3 billion in June.The universal child care benefit was responsible for most of the spending increase, which was partly offset by a $500-million decline in public debt charges, which fell to $1.9 billion.For the April to June period, the government recorded a surplus of $5 billion compared with a surplus of $400 million in the same three-month period a year earlier.The Finance Department said the results for the first three months of the fiscal year provide limited information with respect to the outlook for the year as a whole.“That being said, the financial results through the April to June 2015 period are consistent with the fiscal projection for 2015–16 presented in the budget,” the department said in a statement Friday.The government forecast in April a surplus of $1.4 billion for its 2015-16 fiscal year, however the parliamentary budget office suggested in July that Ottawa was on track to run a deficit based on a downgraded economic projection by the Bank of Canada.The budget office projected the government producing a $1-billion shortfall in 2015-16. read more

MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin is looking to turn yet another page on its troubled past by replacing its chief executive with someone the company’s board of directors believes can deliver stronger results from its core engineering and construction business.The company announced Monday that Robert Card, 62, is stepping down after three years on the job.He will be replaced effective Oct. 5 by Neil Bruce, 55, who joined the firm a few months after Card and became chief operating officer earlier this year.Board chairman Lawrence Stevenson said Card transformed the company by enhancing its ethics and compliance system, but both sides “mutually agreed” over the past nine months that it was time for a change at the top.“We feel that Neil is the right person to focus on that operational execution and deliver the kind of projects that our clients want — on time, on budget with the right financial performance,” Stevenson said in an interview.Stevenson said the company’s strategy, developed by both executives, won’t change. SNC has repositioned its operations through the sale of AltaLink electric transmission company in Alberta and the acquisition of U.K.-based Kentz, which has expertise in oil and gas.The company expects to start the process to sell its stake in Highway 407 toll road in Toronto this year, but won’t complete a transaction until the performance of its core business is more stable, Stevenson added.Card will remain an adviser to the board and his successor through 2016. Details about his compensation and departure package will be disclosed next year ahead of the company’s annual meeting. Card received $4.96 million in total compensation last year.Bruce had initially led SNC’s mining, metallurgy and oil and gas business. He has more than 30 years experience in the engineering and construction industry and was in London before moving to the SNC’s headquarters in Montreal.Analysts said the change in leadership won’t alter SNC-Lavalin’s (TSX:SNC) direction.“Turning a large ship such as SNC is no easy task,” said Maxim Sytchev of Dundee Securities. He said instituting culture change enabled the company to win massive government contracts, including the new Champlain Bridge in Montreal and large transit projects in Toronto and Paris.“We view the company’s current turnaround stage is that of stabilization. The next leg of progress pertains to financial performance, which has still been uneven,” he wrote in a report.Yuri Lynk of Canaccord Genuity said Bruce’s involvement in some contract challenges could “mute investor enthusiasm” over his appointment as CEO.The leadership change comes as the company and two of its subsidiaries face one count of fraud and one of corruption over its dealings in Libya, to which it plans to plead not guilty.SNC-Lavalin has filed several civil lawsuits seeking $167 million from former SNC executive Riadh Ben Aissa and other individuals, alleging they embezzled millions of dollars in funds belonging to the company that were improperly diverted for personal use and harmed the firm’s reputation.It claims the actions were a “flagrant violation” of the company’s internal code of conduct along with Canadian and foreign laws.Ben Aissa has formally responded to the civil suits by asserting that higher-ranked executives in the company knew that payments made to secure contracts in the North African country were in reality bribes.“SNC is only trying to use Ben Aissa as a scapegoat by presenting him as solely responsible for acts that SNC was fully aware of, accepted and encouraged,” according to a statement of defence filed for Ben Aissa.Stevenson said SNC-Lavalin disagrees with Ben Aissa’s claims, which have not been tested in court.“I can tell you having been on the board of directors at that time in 2012, the board of directors was not aware of any of the things that Mr. Ben Aissa is alleged to have done,” he said.Ben Aissa was extradited to Canada a year ago after being convicted in Switzerland of bribery and embezzlement in connection with illicit payments for Libyan contracts. In Canada, authorities laid several charges against him and other former officials related to $22.5 million of alleged fraud involving a $1.3 billion hospital contract in Montreal.His statement of defence claims SNC bought former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s son Saadi a yacht, put his wife on the company payroll in the midst of the Libyan conflict, and paid about $2 million in expenses including for the services of prostitutes during a 2008 trip to Canada by the former leader’s son.Ben Aissa denied that he was “materially involved” in attempts to organize Saadi Gadhafi’s escape from Libya.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter SNC-Lavalin chief operating officer Neil Bruce taking over as CEO next month by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 14, 2015 7:51 am MDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

People fleeing Boko Haram construct make-shift shelters in Monguno, Borno State, Nigeria. They need food, water and health services. Photo: UN OCHA Nigeria Despite some very generous contributions from mechanisms such as the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and donations from the wider donor community, the Nigerian Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016, which requires $484 million for life-saving interventions, has only received one third of the needed funding. “Without the means to respond, innocent boys, girls, women and men will die. The highest priority requirement for this response remains food security which is just 25 per cent funded,” warned Mr. Lundberg. He went on to note that the attacks on the humanitarian convoy on 28 July and recent suicide bombing in Maiduguri on 12 October serve as stark reminders “that we must not let down our guard in such a high risk environment.” Indeed, the security of humanitarian actors remains a top priority for the humanitarian community, he added. At the end of his statement, Mr. Lundberg affirmed OCHA’s commitment to support and assist international organizations with the structures and mechanisms they require to safely carry out their work. He also noted the recent improvements in displaced populations’ assessment, calling this development a “springboard’ that will improve access to affected populations. In a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), wrapping up his first few weeks in the position, Mr. Lundberg assured the Nigerian Government of the international community’s commitment to working closely with federal and state mechanisms to accelerate a collective response to the situation. He also welcomed the recent announcement of the of the Inter-Ministerial Task Force and High Level Humanitarian Coordination Group, and the Borno state Humanitarian Response Committee and looked forward to seeing “tangible impact in the coming weeks and months.” According to Mr. Lundberg, humanitarian assistance by the Government and the aid community is being provided to the millions of people in desperate need despite insecurity and access constraints. However, relief agencies should continue to maintain neutrality, impartiality and independence and continue to work where security permits. “Needs are currently higher than the response capacity and we must ensure that we have both access and resources to scale up our humanitarian support in the months to come.” read more

Husain and Hamza Abdullah.NFL free agents Hamza and Husain Abdullah, brothers who are practicing Muslims, plan to sit out the 2012 season to speak at mosques this summer, then make a pilgrimage to Mecca, NFL.com reported Thursday.It’s unclear whether they are leaving the NFL permanently.“It has been a blessing to play in the NFL for both Husain and I,” Hamza said in a press release, “but we would be remiss if we didn’t give thanks to the One who made it all possible.”“I visited Makkah, Saudi Arabia in March and a strong sense of urgency overcame me to attend ‘Hajj’ in October,” Husain said. ” I love the game of football but, it would directly coincide with my pilgrimage. So, I’m taking some time off.”Husain, 26, a defensive back who started 15 games for the Minnesota Vikings in 2010 and nine more for the Vikings in 2011, has turned down contract offers from the Vikings and other teams, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.Husain’s career may have been in jeopardy before this decision. He sustained four concussions over the past two seasons, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and had visited a concussion specialist to determine whether his long-term health was in dangerHamza, 28, played sparingly for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011, but he appeared in 16 games. read more

first_imgPlum Energy will construct a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on property adjacent to Alpha Coal West’s (an Alpha Natural Resources subsidiary) Eagle Butte mine, near Gillette, Wyoming. The facility will supply LNG to Alpha Coal West’s mine haul vehicles, producing cost efficiencies and fuel savings for its mining operations. Natural gas becomes LNG when the gas is cooled to more than 260o below zero and the volume becomes 1/600th of the gaseous form, turning the gas into a liquid fuel.  LNG is a clean, efficient fuel and is extremely attractive from a price point when compared to the cost of conventional diesel fuel. Alpha Coal West began testing LNG technologies developed by GFS Corp in trucks at the Belle Ayr mine in 2012, beginning a pilot program of the world’s first LNG-powered mine haul trucks. After 18 months of daily operation, Alpha Coal West decided to proceed with the conversion to LNG of its 16 Caterpillar 793 haul trucks at the nearby Eagle Butte mine.  Alpha Coal West expects the alterations to the trucks, each of which is capable of hauling 240-t of coal to be completed by the end of 2014.Plum Energy’s LNG plant at Eagle Butte, scheduled to come online in March 2015, will be able to produce 28,500 gallons of LNG a day. In addition, Plum Energy has designed an LNG refuelling station that will be constructed on-site at Eagle Butte, which will be capable of refuelling eight trucks simultaneously.“We are delighted to assist in bringing cleaner burning, lower cost LNG to Alpha Coal West and to Wyoming,” said Kirt Montague, chief executive officer of Plum Energy. “This project not only will reduce fuel costs for Alpha Coal West, but will also help solidify supply lines for other LNG users in the Powder River Basin.”Alpha Natural Resources President Paul Vining says, “The construction of the LNG plant fits with ongoing efforts to control costs. Switching the Alpha Coal West fleet to the combined use of LNG and diesel will also lead to more efficient operation and longer engine life for the trucks.”“We are excited by this development,” said Jason Green, President and CTO of GFS Corp. “Alpha Natural Resources continues to demonstrate their vision of a more sustainable and efficient future for mining operations. They have been a terrific partner and we are committed to continuing to provide them with state of the art natural gas + diesel solutions for their fleet.”Alpha Coal West’s demand for LNG is expected to be about 6,400 gallons/d to fuel its trucks. As the plant grows, excess product can be sold to other companies in the area as they convert their haul trucks and other equipment to the lower emission and cost-efficient LNG.Alpha Natural Resources is one of the largest and most regionally diversified coal suppliers in the US. With affiliate mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, Alpha supplies metallurgical coal to the steel industry and thermal coal to generate power to customers on five continents. Alpha is committed to being a leader in mine safety with its Running Right safety process, and an environmental steward in the communities where its affiliates operate.Plum Energy is focused on the development of small-scale LNG value chains to service the industrial and transportation markets. In addition to developing its own projects, the company provides services to other companies seeking to develop small-scale LNG projects involving various aspects of the value chain.GFS Corp designs, manufactures and sells proprietary solutions that enable high horsepower, heavy duty diesel engines to operate on natural gas.  The company’s primary focus is providing fully integrated alternative fuel solutions for the mining, construction, stationary power and rail markets.last_img read more

first_imgFlexco has recently unveiled a new product in its conveyor belt maintenance line, Flexco TUG™ HD® Belt Clamps.Designed to secure the belt for safe repair, the new belt clamps are available in 6 ton (5.4 t) and 8 ton (7.3 t) versions to meet the most stringent safety test standards, the company said.“TUG HD Belt Clamps provide even tensioning across the entire belt width, with an extruded non-slip grip pattern on the aluminium bars that provides ultimate holding power. The device clamps over the belt for greater strength, with the safety factors of the clamp ratings meeting or exceeding industry standards,” Flexco said.The 6-ton clamps are available for belts up to 72 in (1,800 mm) wide and up to 2 in (50 mm) thick, while the 8-ton clamps are available for belts up to 96 in (2,400 mm) wide and up to 2.25 in (55 mm) thick.TUG HD Belt Clamps are versatile, portable, and easy to use, Flexco said. A single pair of the heat-treated clamp bars can be used to block off the belt for maintenance, while the clamp ends feature increased capacity for easier clamp bar insertion, the company added.Aaron Rosso, Senior Product Manager at Flexco, said: “The acme thread on the clamp end screws offers superior grip strength and allows operators the chance to slowly release the belt after maintenance. It’s a safer, more predictable method than unclamping and releasing the tension on the belt in one movement.”The belt clamps are engineered for tough conditions, being designed with high-grade aluminium bars and structural steel clamp ends, according to the company. Shock-absorbing end caps are designed to protect the bars from hammer use and drops, while the TUG HD Belt Clamps can be used with a variety of materials and belt types, including PVC/PVG or rubber-covered plied belting on flat, sidewall, chevron, and other specialty profiles.“TUG HD Belt Clamps are Mineline®-endorsed, designed and engineered to work – day in and day out – in some of the toughest applications in the world,” Flexco concluded.The Flexco Mineline endorsement, Flexco says, means the product proven in heavy-tonnage applications that test the strength and durability of your conveyor system.last_img read more

first_imgUne mise à jour Windows Phone 8 pour les terminaux actuels?C’est la question que l’on pourrait se poser, après l’entretien du vice-président de la division Windows Phone chez Microsoft avec des analystes financiers, relaté par le site shareholder.com.Terry Myerson est resté dans le flou au Mobile World Congress. Difficile de dire si les Windows Phone 7.5 pourront recevoir la mise à jour de Windows Phone 8, mais le vice-président a fait allusion à Apple et sa MAJ d’iOS pour les anciens smartphones de la marque, qui avait tendance à réduire les performances des mobiles (poussant les clients à se procurer le dernier modèle de téléphone Apple). Concernant son autre principal concurrent, Android, Terry Myerson n’y va pas de main morte non plus. Pour lui, « aucun téléphone Android n’est mis à jour, jamais ».Reste à savoir comment Microsoft compte se positionner par rapport à ses adversaires et ce n’est pas vraiment l’entretien de Terry Myerson qui nous permettra d’en savoir davantage…Le 1 mars 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgWatford manager Javi Gracia is proud of his side’s “special” start to the new Premier League season as they have won all three games so far.Watford held on to claim a 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace to make it three wins from three matches for the Hornets. Javi Gracia after the match admitted the run of early results was “amazing”.“To get three wins in a row is something special, something amazing,” Gracia told Sky Sports.“We are enjoying the moment knowing it’s only the beginning, but we have done three important steps. But only three. We need to keep going.”Gracia paid tribute to first goalscorer Pereyra, saying: “He has scored many goals and is an important player for us.”Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.He was asked about Etienne Capoue’s fourth-minute challenge on Zaha. Capoue raked his studs down Zaha’s calf but the referee only gave him a yellow card.“I didn’t see the action,” the manager said.“It was a rainy day with many contacts.”last_img read more

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew York City, NY, February 13, 2017 – Miller-Uibo is now tied for the world’s fastest time for the year in the 300 metres worldwide and on Saturday she demolished her own record set in that event in New York City.  Our Golden girl held onto it, her title as champion in the Mellrose Games with a time of 35.71.  Shaunae Miller Uibo was in fine form as she powered to first in the 300m, beating sprint dynamos:  Ashley Spencer and Natasha Hastings. #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

first_imgWerder Bremen star Davy Klaassen reckons it’s “impossible” for him to be compared to fellow midfielders Xavi Hernandez and Toni KroosThe Netherlands international has a knack for being creative at the heart of the midfield which has won him plenty of admirers.In fact, Dutch legend Johan Cruyff even went as far as comparing Klaassen to Xavi and Kroos before his passing in 2016.But Klaassen insists comparisons with the Barcelona legend and Real Madrid star are wide off the mark.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“No, I think it’s impossible to compare players at all,” Klaassen told SportsMax.“But I think it’s even more impossible to compare anyone to Xavi and Kroos.“I think it’s impossible because they are some of the best midfielders in the world. So, yeah it’s nice that he said it. But yes, I think it’s impossible.”After joining Breman from Everton in the summer, Klaassen has managed three goals and assists in 13 appearances.last_img read more

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Nearly a year after the death of former Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two other men, an attorney on Wednesday claimed he was framed.Ralph Fernandez, who represents the estate and is not related to the family, claims evidence was altered to blame the boat crash on the former Major League Baseball player.Florida Wildlife Commission investigators determined that Fernandez was behind the wheel when his boat crashed near a jetty in Miami Beach in September 2016.“That report is not worth the paper it was written on,” said Ralph Fernandez. “It’s a disgrace to law enforcement.”The family attorney claimed mistakes in the investigation led to a cover-up.He added Jose’s infant daughter, Penelope, has received no money since her father’s death and is being supported by other family members. He went on to say that their house is currently in foreclosure.FWC has not yet commented on the accusation. last_img read more

first_imgThose planning to mail in their applications must have it postmarked by July 22 and the division must receive it within 5 days after the deadline for your name to appear on the precinct register. The deadline to register to vote or update registration is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 22. Samantha Miller DOE: “DOE regional offices will be open for voter registration Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., as well as, Saturday July 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Voters may register or update  their registration using the online registration system at any time before the registration deadline by visiting the DOE website and completing this option.” While state elections will be conducted under a precinct-based system, anyone interested in receiving a ballot in the mail need to apply by August 11 for the August 21 Primary Election. Miller: “DOE encourages Alaska voters to register or update their information ahead of time and not to wait until the last day.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State of Alaska Division of Elections (DOE) reminds eligible Alaska voters to make sure they are registered to vote and their information is up to date in time for the upcoming August 21 Primary Election.last_img read more

first_imgNews EM Awards 2017: Electronic music gets its own awards show Facebook Celebrate dance/electronic music this fall em-awards-2017-electronic-music-gets-its-own-awards-show Email Twitter First-ever electronic music awards coming to Los Angeles on Sept. 21, streamed via TwitterRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 13, 2017 – 5:00 pm GRAMMY.comElectronic music has become a popular mainstay genre, with dedicated festivals, celebrated recordings and genre artist giants. The GRAMMY Awards have celebrated dance/electronic music since the inaugural Best Dance Recording category in 2002, and added Best Dance/Electronic Album in 2004.This fall , the genre gets an awards show to call its own, the way the Alternative Press Music Awards celebrate alternative genres or the Dove Awards celebrate gospel.The Recording Academy is at the APMAs! See what we’re up toThe inaugural Electronic Music Awards has been announced for fall 2017, taking place in an appropriately cool multistage warehouse venue in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 21. The awards will be streamed globally via Twitter.”We realized if we were going to do this, it had to be done completely different than any other award show and it had to be live-streamed,” says co-founder Luke Alan. “We’re also excited to share the show live via Twitter with our community around the globe.”According to Billboard, awards will be given in 11 categories that cover “every level of producer and performer, from the underground to the commercial giants,” decided on by industry advisors and executives. Nominees, presenters and performers will be announced as the show approaches. The show is co-produced by Paul Oakenfold and Alan, along with the Hunt & Crest entertainment company.”The genre and culture has been around now for over 30 years,” says Alan. “This year, more than any, it has dominated the popular music charts and festival lineups, and the underground club scene continues to grow around the world. We think it’s not only important to shed light on that but to also unite and celebrate our community and colleagues and simply say, ‘Hey, we’ve come a long way.'”Music festivals 2017: Celebrate music this summerRead morelast_img read more

first_imgHyderabad: Trains running through the South Central Railway (SCR) continue to be affected due to the derailment in Mumbai section after heavy rains had lashed the commercial capital of the country in the last few days. People travelling to Mumbai from the city are coughing exorbitant money up to reach Mumbai in buses. Rakesh Jain, a businessman, said, “Even the buses are packed and operators are not guaranteeing drop to Mumbai, as there is a huge traffic jam in Kandala ghat section.” Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Ravinder, a student, said, “Even the Devagiri Express was cancelled on Wednesday. I did not book my ticket online, and as a result had to stand in a line to get a refund.” On Tuesday, close to 20 trains were cancelled resulting in more pressure on bus operators. Ticket prices too have shot up. Syed Nizamuddin, president at Telangana State Cabs & Bus Operators Association, says, “Unlike the past where close to 200 buses operated between Hyderabad and Mumbai, now there are just 50-70 buses on this route.” Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us With trains getting cancelled, bus operators hiked the fare. A ticket for Rs 800 last week has now been raised to Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500. Fall in air fare, opening of the international airport and people taking direct flights from Hyderabad to the Middle Eastern countries are reasons cited for the reduction in buses to Mumbai. Mahesh, travel agent of GP Travels in Paradise Circle, says, “There is also demand for Pune, as all buses are not able to go till Mumbai.” Advertise With Us Meanwhile, passengers who had booked tickets in the Devagiri Express returned disappointed on Wednesday afternoon at the Secunderabad Railway Station. The general waiting room before entering the platform No 1 is full. Railway officials say that people can get full refund for their tickets. Alok Deshmukh, a passenger, said, “We are three of us travelling and have booked bus tickets till Pune. The roads are blocked. We will reach Pune and decide.” There are seven trains to Mumbai, out of which, five run every day. According to rough estimates, close to 10,000 people travel in trains to Mumbai every day with the No 12702 Hyderabad-Mumbai CSMT Hussainsagar Express and No 17032 Hyderabad Mumbai CSMT Express being the popular trains.last_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi in a candid conversation with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar at 7 Lok Kalyan marg.The first of its kind interview of Narendra Modi conducted by Akshay Kumar recently has been the talk of the town for various reasons. The non-political chat session has been both appreciated by many, and also criticised by others. But a lot of people also wondered why Akshay was the chosen one for the interview.Reports stated that it was PM Modi’s idea to get Akshay on board for the job. According to SKJ Bollywood News, PM Modi himself wanted none other than the Khiladi actor to host the show.The report stated that other stars like Salman Khan and Aamir Khan were also considered for the job, but eventually it was Akshay who perfectly fitted the bill. While Salman and Aamir had their fair share of controversies in the past, it is Akshay who is considered to be the most popular “patriotic” superstar of current times.”It was the Prime Minister’s own wish to be interviewed by Akshay Kumar because Akshay fits the image of the hero of the masses. Other stars like Salman Khan and Aamir Khan were also considered. But Salman’s image was not really conducive to a patriotic non-political casual tete-a-tete with Mr Prime Minister. The same goes for Aamir,” the publication quoted a source close to the PMO.Although Salman and Aamir are believed to have a good rapport with Modi, the Prime Minister reportedly wanted only Akshay for this unusual interview. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a conversation with actor Akshay Kumar, in New Delhi, on April 24, 2019.IANSThe report also spoke about how Akshay prepared for the work. It stated that the actor took the basic way of asking people around him a simple question – ‘What would you ask the PM if you meet him?” Based on the responses, Akshay made a questionnaire for himself.In the wake of the ongoing general elections, a lot of people opined this interview to be a propaganda stunt to portray Modi as one of the most humble and genuine politicians. On the other side, a lot of others opined that there is nothing wrong in an actor conducting a light-hearted chat session with the PM.last_img read more

first_imgThailand has revoked the passports of ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra, who has yet to publicly emerge since she slipped out of the country two months ago ahead of judgement day in her negligence trial, officials said Tuesday.The former prime minister, whose elected government was toppled in a 2014 coup, was sentenced to five years in prison in absentia last month for failing to stop graft in a rice policy.The verdict, which closed the curtain on her political career, was lambasted by Yingluck’s supporters as a junta-backed effort to boot her out of Thai politics for good.“All of Yingluck’s passports have been revoked now,” Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai told reporters in Bangkok on Tuesday.“We don’t know of her whereabouts, only reports that she is in United Kingdom but not exactly which city,” he added.Yingluck had four Thai passports-two personal and two diplomatic, authorities said.Thailand’s deputy police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said authorities are still working to confirm the former premier’s location as they seek her extradition.“But no country has replied and said they have seen Ms Yingluck,” he said.Yingluck, whose once-active social media accounts have gone silent since she fled, is only the latest from her powerful political family to fall victim to Thailand’s coup-prone military and courts.The Shinawatras are wildly popular in Thailand’s rural heartlands, where voters have helped them dominate elections for the past decade.But they are loathed by Bangkok’s traditional army-allied elite, who have branded them as corrupt opportunists and repeatedly cut down their governments with coups, court rulings and protests.Yingluck’s elder brother Thaksin, who was ousted in a 2006 coup, has been living in self-exile for years to avoid a graft conviction.The ruling junta has vowed to hold elections in November 2018, though previous dates have been postponed.Even if polls are held, they will not restore the same level of democracy the kingdom enjoyed before the coup.Under the junta’s new charter elected politicians will be straightjacketed by an appointed Upper House and requirements to stick to a 20-year master plan.last_img read more

first_imgStarting any fitness program can be an exciting time in your life and the temptation to jump in without establishing clear goals is the number one mistake newbies make. Establishing how fit you are first, is the most effective way to start your journey. So, how fit are you?  I find this out in my first session. Without the answer, I can’t help clients reach their goals effectively. No trainer can. If you’re lucky enough to belong to a gym that will do one for you, schedule that appointment. If you’re like most, the following four guidelines will give you the tools you need to create goals, and track progress.1. Cardiovascular Component.Going up a flight of stairs can be a challenge for some. Your aerobic endurance is a very important component of overall health. A healthy heart lowers cardiovascular disease and keeps the weight off.  Aerobic movement requires the delivery of oxygen to the muscles. Oxygen is delivered to the muscles via your bloodstream. Each heartbeat you have is an indicator of the amount of blood traveling through your bloodstream. A high resting heart rate is an indicator of poor health. One way to measure your aerobic fitness is to take your heart rate, or pulse. Record your resting pulse rate, and then go for a one-mile brisk walk. Take your pulse again once you’ve immediately finished the mile, and record how long it took you to walk. As you gain aerobic fitness, your heart rate should lower. So should the time it takes you to walk the mile! The average resting heart rate for an adult is 60 to 100 beats per minute (bpm). The lower your heart rate at rest, implies efficient cardiovascular health and better cardio fitness.2. Muscular Component.Muscle fitness relates to your strength, and the endurance of that strength. Your muscular fitness level can show how susceptible you are to injury. It also relates to your bone mass. A very simple way of testing your muscular fitness is with push-ups. You can time yourself, and see how many you do in that timeframe. Or, you can just complete as many push-ups as possible before fatigue sets in. The number of pushups you do should be your starting baseline and your goal should be to increase that number through effective weight training.3. Flexibility Component.Stiffness in the back, neck and behind the legs are common ailments with individuals living a sedentary lifestyle. Your body’s ability to move joints and muscles through a full range of motion is a predictor of great flexibility fitness. Flexibility also relates to your balance and coordination levels. A tight muscle can prevent normal movement. The most common way to measure your flexibility is via the sit and reach test. With this test, you’ll need a measuring tape. Place the measuring tape along the floor. With your feet at zero, and the tape stretching away from you, sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Try to touch your feet or stretch as far past your feet as possible. Have a friend check how far you went on the measuring tape. If you can’t reach your toes, you’ll have a negative number. If you stretch past your feet, you’ll have a positive number. The more flexible your legs, hips, and lower back are, the further you will be able to reach in this test.4. Body Composition Component.Your waist may be the biggest predictor of your health. Your body composition tends to relate to the amount of fat on your body, and where that fat is located. The location of fat at specific sites (in particular, the waist area) places you at higher risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. A simple way of measuring your body composition test is to measure your waist. Anything larger than 40 inches for men, and 35 inches for women increases your health risks.So how fit are you? But more importantly, how fit do you intend to be? Set your goals, work your program, and watch as those numbers go down.Have a Question? Send them to mraakbar2@gmail.comFollow me on Facebook: facebook.com/mraakbar   Instagram: @mraakbar   Twitter @liveyourbestyoulast_img read more

first_imgBy JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Not long ago, Tarana Burke took the podium in a hotel ballroom full of admirers — a scenario that’s become somewhat familiar this past year — and told a favorite childhood tale about the time she was forced to run a three-legged race with a cousin who wasn’t, like her, competitive or athletic.She wanted a different partner, because she didn’t want to lose. But her grandfather told her sternly: “We don’t leave anybody behind.” And so she ran the race with that cousin, and lost, but learned a memorable lesson about taking care of those less powerful.In this April 24, 2018 file photo, social activist Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, attends the Time 100 Gala celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)Burke took that lesson into her career as an activist and organizer, especially her work with survivors of sexual violence — work that led her to coin the phrase “Me Too,” more than a decade before it exploded as a global hashtag and a slogan for a sweeping social movement.Now, with more visibility than she ever dreamed possible, Burke finds herself in another race — to get the next phase of her own #MeToo work up and running before the spotlight dims. And an important part of that, she says, is to put the focus back where it started — before Harvey Weinstein and the movie stars and red carpets — on survivors, especially women and girls of color, who she says have always been disproportionately impacted by sexual violence.“The #MeToo movement is a survivor’s movement,” Burke says. “And it’s for everybody. I just want to make that point extra clear.” In other words, the movement doesn’t leave anybody behind, just like her grandfather told her.But beyond that, how do you take a cultural moment with a powerful mantra, and turn it into a sustainable, working movement? That’s what Burke, 44, is concentrating on now, nine months into the #MeToo era. She’s spending the summer working on final plans for programming at “me too.,” her organization that’s housed at the Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity, the nonprofit where she’s a senior director. The immediate goal: Launching a new online community in the fall, full of resources for survivors across the country.In a recent interview, Burke decried what she called a persistent false narrative about #MeToo.“After all this time, I still run into people every day who say, ‘You’re anti-men,” Burke said from France, where she was speaking at the Cannes Lions Festival. “They say, ‘All you want to do is make people lose their jobs.’ And it just takes the focus away from what we’re doing.”“These misconceptions are out there, no matter how much visibility I have, and they’re super harmful, because people believe them,” she added. “So the work I am doing with the visibility I have is to try to give people a broader perspective.”Burke has been on a head-spinning ride since the day last October, shortly after the Weinstein story erupted, when actress Alyssa Milano encouraged survivors of sexual assault or harassment to tweet #MeToo.The hashtag spread like wildfire, and it was quickly pointed out that the phrase had originated with Burke. Since then, she’s been balancing her work at Girls For Gender Equity with countless high-profile appearances, where she’s been hailed as a standard-bearer for the movement: the Golden Globes, the Oscars, the Time 100 gala where she was honored as one of the year’s most influential people, and many others.“Part of the challenge is trying to balance all these things,” she says, “managing this level of visibility and also knowing that we have to do a lot of groundwork.”Essential to that groundwork is fundraising. Whereas the legal defense fund of Time’s Up, the Hollywood-based group advocating for gender equity in the workplace, has raised upward of $20 million, Burke’s own group has nowhere near that kind of money. Tennis legend Billie Jean King and TV host Robin Roberts each gave $100,000, and Google has given a $250,000 “Google Rising” grant. But the biggest boost came in May, when Burke received a $1 million commitment — and plans to raise twice that, annually — from the New York Women’s Foundation.“I think a lot about what would have happened if we had been fully funded 12 years ago,” she told a cheering crowd at the foundation’s breakfast, where the grant was announced.With its new funding, “me too.” is not only launching the membership-based online community — with a planned October start date — but also developing programming, for later in the year, that will include elements like survivor healing circles. The group also plans to spend about half its resources supporting community-based groups across the country fighting sexual violence.Burke herself is constantly traveling and speaking, working to put the focus back on survivors, especially in marginalized communities, and away from figures like Weinstein, whose accusers have largely been White, famous actresses. “That’s what her work has been out in the world right now,” says Joanne Smith, Burke’s colleague and founder of Girls for Gender Equity. “To remind people — or tell people who never knew — why it is that we have to be so specific about girls of color and Black girls in particular being impacted by sexual violence. Because those stories don’t get told.”Burke is aware that the celebrity component of the Weinstein story has in some ways fed a perception that #MeToo — the broader cultural movement — has left some communities out.“There’s a lot of Black women who don’t feel like they have a place in this #MeToo movement that ironically was started by a Black woman,” says Nupol Kiazolu, a student activist in New York City, who took the stage at the Women in the World conference this spring and called on White women to stand with their Black counterparts. “I don’t feel like this movement is inclusive enough as it should be. We have a long way to go.”Similar sentiments were explored at Brooklyn’s Billie Holiday Theatre in March, where actresses including Pauletta Washington and Simone Missick performed from the writings of 50 women and girls of color for a theatrical piece entitled “Our Place in the Movement.”“In so many (past) social movements, the voices of Black women are almost non-existent,” said Indira Etwaroo, the theater’s executive director. “And so with the #MeToo movement it begs the question, where do we belong, what place do we have?” She noted that when three actresses — and Weinstein accusers — took the Oscars stage to present a segment on MeToo and Time’s Up, a Black woman was not among them.Burke says it’s logical that #MeToo exploded into view when high-profile celebrities became involved. “That’s what the media does, cover celebrities,” she says. “That attention has caused people to make this connection that #MeToo is about White women in Hollywood.” But she also points out that when hundreds of thousands of women began using the #MeToo hashtag, “it went viral because of people — everyday people.”Ana Oliveira, president of the New York Women’s Foundation, says she’s been heartened both by Burke’s extensive experience with survivors of sexual violence, and her clearheaded plans.“Tarana is very clear that this is not about demonizing men,” Oliveira says. “And she’s not interested in building an empire, or a big national organization. She is interested in the sustainability of efforts that happen locally.”Burke says she tries to impress on people that this is an opportunity not to be squandered.“I suspect that in a year or two, it won’t be as newsworthy,” she says. “The thing that WILL be newsworthy will be the ways that we’re moving the needle to end sexual violence.”And for that to happen, the focus needs to shift back to where it started, she says — away from the accused, and onto the survivors.“Millions and millions of people literally raised their hands nine months ago to say #MeToo … and their hands are still raised,” she says. “Because nobody is responding to them.”last_img read more

first_imgSonos CEO Patrick Spence told Variety last year that the company was looking at an IPO as a possible next step: “We are considering whether an IPO would be the next best thing,” he said. “We are in a strong place, growing, profitable.”It’s worth noting that companies often base their final decision on a possible public offering on the overall performance of public markets, which have been volatile in recent weeks due to fears over trade wars. Sonos is also likely paying close attention to the recent public listings of Spotify and Roku. If those stocks don’t fare well over the coming months, Sonos may pull the plug on any plans to go public.But with the latest job listings, and the company’s move toward Sarbanes – Oxley compliance, it sure looks like Sonos is setting itself up for an impending IPO.POPULAR VIDEO ON VARIETY Another requirement is even more specific, and requires “prior public accounting experience, preferably Big 4” — shorthand for the four major accounting companies: KPMG, ‎PricewaterhouseCoopers, ‎Deloitte, and ‎Ernst & Young, which handle accounting and audits for many public companies.In its search for a new general counsel, Sonos is also stressing public company experience as a must have:“The successful candidate will have prior experience as GC or deputy GC of a multi-billion dollar public company responsible for all legal matters (including corporate & other regulatory matters, board governance, legal aspects of M&A, legal aspects of commercial contracts, litigation & dispute resolution, privacy, employment contracts, global public policy, etc.).”These requirements aren’t the only indicator that the company is getting ready to go public. The description of the corporate controller’s job duties also mentions that the company is in the process of implementing SOX 404 compliance. This refers to section 404 of the Sarbanes – Oxley Act, which Congress passed in 2002 to protect investors of public companies through better disclosures.Section 404 requires companies to prove that their internal financial reporting is in order, and is widely seen as one of the most complicated and burdensome parts of the law. Becoming SOX 404 compliant costs real money, and private companies don’t generally go down this road unless they prepare to go public.Sonos is a pioneer of internet-connected speakers, and more recently began to embrace voice control for its products as well. The company teamed up with Amazon to let Sonos users control their existing speakers with the help of an Amazon Echo, and released its own speaker with integrated microphones for voice control last year. Sonos has also begun to build out its own retail presence, and opened stores in New York, Shanghai, and London. Next week, it will open another store in Berlin.Expanding its retail presence could be crucial to Sonos, as the company aims to compete with speakers from companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon with superior sound — something that is best experienced in person. However, establishing a retail footprint is expensive, and could force the company to raise new capital, with an IPO being one option for such a fundraise. ×’Blockers’ Director Kay Cannon on making the female version of ‘American Pie’Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpBebe Rexha Talked to Sophie Turner About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale00:47 facebook twitter reddit Email Linkhttps://variety.com/2018/digital/news/sonos-ipo-plans-1202745164/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedAuto 720p1080p720p406p270p180pLive00:0001:4601:46More Videos00:47Bebe Rexha Talked to Sophie Turner About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale05:35The Best of Star Wars at D2309:50’It: Chapter Two’ Director Andy Muschietti Explains the Meaning Behind Pennywise14:13’It: Chapter Two’ Stars Jessica Chastain and Sophia Lillis Describe Swimming in Fake Blood02:16Leonardo DiCaprio & Brad Pitt Talk ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ Working With Quentin Tarantino05:25Storm Reid and David Oyelowo on the Shocking Opening of ‘Don’t Let Go’ – Variety Studio Sundance 2019Closecenter_img Connected-speaker maker Sonos is gearing up for a public offering, if its latest job postings are any indication. In recent weeks, the company began the search for applicants with public company experience to fill key legal and finance roles. One of the job listings also mention that Sonos is preparing its financial reporting to comply with rules for public companies.A Sonos spokesperson declined to comment on the job listings, telling Variety: “We like where our business is and an IPO is something all tech companies think about.”One of the roles that Sonos is looking for is that of a corporate controller, which is a newly-created position at the company. A job posting for the position includes a requirement that applicants have “current public company experience as a controller or assistance controller.”last_img read more