18 Jan

Tautuaa suspended 1 game, fined P35k for hit on TNT import

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Tautuaa gets fresh start with GlobalportTNT came away with the 128-114 victory in the heated game against GlobalPort to open the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Meanwhile, Blackwater shooter Allein Maliksi was also penalized P5,000 for his flagrant foul penalty one in the Elite’s 98-126 defeat to Columbian Dyip last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Justin Chua makes up for lost time in return for Phoenix Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Tautuaa kicked KaTropa reinforcement Jeremy Tyler in the chest on his way down from a dunk which led to his ejection with 2:41 left in the game.READ: TNT import says Tautuaa antics after dunk ‘very disrespectful’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTeammate Joseph Gabayni was also slapped with a P5,000 fine after his flagrant foul on Roger Pogoy.GlobalPort import Malcolm White and TNT forward Don Trollano were also meted P5,000 fines each for their flagrant foul penalty one infraction in the game. Moala Tautuaa. PBA IMAGESMo Tautuaa’s career reboot in GlobalPort is off to a shaky start.The PBA handed a one-game suspension and P35,000 fine on the Fil-Tongan center for his flagrant fouls incurred in the Batang Pier’s game against TNT on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

15 Jan

Liberian Wins Top US Award

first_imgMadam Dolly Grimes-Johnson, who has dedicated 30 years of her life working in the field of domestic violence in the United States, has been awarded ‘Equal Justice Award’ by the Legal Aid Society (LAS).The Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee was founded in 1916 “to do all things necessary for the prevention of injustice.”  They are one of the United States’ oldest, continuously operating, public interest law firms. They are there to provide free legal assistance to needy Milwaukee County residents with civil legal problems.Madam Grimes-Johnson, a Liberian has served as the Director of Shelter Services for Sojourner Truth House, a shelter for battered women and their children and a program of Sojourner Family Peace Center.Speaking at the 97th anniversary celebration, she said domestic respect is the right of every woman and child.She expressed gratitude for the honor and noted that she was pleased to be acknowledged by LAS.She expressed her appreciation for the love, support, and all the opportunities that have helped her carrier as an advocate against domestic violence.Madam Johnson also commended staff and volunteer at the Sojourner Family Peace Center and the Milwaukee Community for their support.She has worked with approximately 23,500 women and children at the shelter and has supervised the 24-hour crisis line that has answered more than 500,000 calls.In 1996, Advocate Johnson joined local representatives from law enforcement and the judicial system to inform a contingent of experts who traveled to South Africa to present and discuss domestic violence issues with their counterparts from four provinces there.The award recipient was responsible for creating programs for the shelter including the job readiness curriculum and the current goal setting and community resource groups.Madam Grimes-Johnson pursues a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.She currently holds both a Masters in Social Work and a MS in Counseling from UWM.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

14 Jan

Thank You, Ellen, for Your Generosity to MVTC Grads

first_imgThe President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, went out of her way last Saturday to present to 750 graduates of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) a handsome purse, US$16,780, for their achievements in vocational and technical training. As the spiritual says, He didn’t have to do it, but He did—so we say about the President. She did not even have to be there but she was, we think mainly to demonstrate how seriously she values vocational and technical education.The President must cringe (become embarrassed, recoil) every time she learns that companies, locally and foreign-owned, must bring in expatriate engineers and technicians to undertake technical assignments. That is why she did not rest until she got the Chinese to agree to rehabilitate, at the cost of US$10 million, the MVTC. Last Saturday’s marked the first graduation since the rehabilitation of the Center was completed.So she felt she had to show up and do something tangible to demonstrate her appreciation not only to the Chinese, but to the Liberian students who took seriously the opportunities afforded them to learn trade skills that will elevate them from idleness to positive engagement in vocational and technical fields, to make them highly marketable.We pray that more of our young people will be recruited to enter MVTC, study hard, learn and attain the vocational and technical skills that will land them into well paying jobs or empower them to be self-employed. Vocationally and technically speaking, we believe there are two things more on the President’s mind. The first is the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), which she has committed herself to turning into a “center of excellence.” The second is the thousands of young people on the streets of Monrovia and other urban centers around the country minimally engaged—loading taxies, selling water, candies or towels or doing nothing at all but pick-pocketing. Ellen must go to sleep every night wondering how she can change that. MVTC and BWI are part of the answer. But with rampant illiteracy afflicting many of these very people and many more in the country, how can most of them be made ready to benefit from MVTC training of any kind? Can there be created an agricultural enterprise to which they can be assigned to learn on the job and become gainfully employed and earn decent wages?This has been done in many other countries and it can be done in Liberia. We suggest the President appoints a roundtable to discuss this issue. We are sure something tangible can be done in the near future to put some smiles on the faces of our tens of thousands of idle young people. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

11 Jan

APTN: First Nations respond to meeting with federal ministers in Ottawa

first_img“I am confident that the views and information that have been gathered provide a strong basis for well informed decisions with respect to the environmental effects of the project, impacts on existing and potential Aboriginal and Treaty rights and whether the project should proceed,” B.C.’s Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq wrote in a letter to Willson earlier in the year.First Nations Chiefs wanted to meet with Aglukkaq in Ottawa, but she declined, saying doing so would undermine her impartiality.“It would not be appropriate for me to discuss any matter relating to the project with an interested party to ensure fairness to all parties,” Aglukkaq wrote in the same letter to Willson.If an Environmental Assessment Certificate is approved, it will be up to the provincial government to decided if, and how much money they want to invest in the project.Advertisement “This dam just doesn’t make sense: legally, environmentally, or economically,” APTN quotes West Moberley First Nations Chief Roland Willson as saying. “It is a very stupid idea.”The trip was also attended by Grad Chief Stewart Phillip, who says the project has been in the works since the 70’s, facing rejection twice, and goes on to say his lands have been “totally devastated by the oil and gas industry.”“Enough is enough,” said Phillip during a press conference in Ottawa. “Elders have mandated Treaty 8 chiefs to defend their homeland by any means.”- Advertisement -Phillips says there are 30,000 gas wells spread throughout the territory, with 80,000 more in the works.The press conference was also attended by First Nation Chief Liz Logan and interim National Chief Ghislain Picard in a show of solidarity.Provincial and Federal Environment Ministers are expected to make a final decision sometime in October on whether to approve an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the massive dam slated for the Peace River.Advertisement The massive project is reported to have the possibility of generating approximately 1,035 megawatts of power, but is also said to have the same possibility of flooding 9,000 hectares of agricultural land and wildlife habitat.With files from APTNlast_img read more

3 Jan

Roberto Mancini planning to raid Manchester City for Samir Nasri

first_imgInter Milan will use funds from Mateo Kovacic’s anticipated move to Real Madrid to launch a big-money quest for Samir Nasri’s signature.Nerazzurri boss Roberto Mancini is a big fan of the French playmaker, who he signed for Manchester City from Arsenal during his tenure as manager in 2013.Nasri, 28, struggled to command a first-team place consistently last term, and although City value the former Marseille star’s creativity, Manuel Pellegrini could be tempted to cash in if a sufficient bid is received.Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Inter will move for Nasri if they fail to land long-term target Ivan Perisic, who is being highly valued by Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.Mancini is expected to make a bid for Perisic this week but is also confident he can tempt Nasri to Serie A, given the Italian brought out the best in the schemer during City’s title-winning campaign in 2011-12.Nasri penned a new five-year deal at the Etihad in 2014 and has given no indication he wants to leave Manchester. Samir Nasri 1last_img read more

28 Dec

COUNCILLOR TELLS PUBLIC TO STOP INSTALLATION OF METERS UNLESS WATER IS GOOD ENOUGH

first_imgA Donegal County Councillor has said people should stop Irish Water installing meters on their property – unless their water quality is good enough.Cllr Frank McBrearty is advising people not to allow Irish Water to install meters if their water quality is not up to standard.Cllr Frank McBrearty spoke out on the issue with thousands of meters to be installed in Donegal homes in the coming weeks.But the former Mayor of Donegal said he wanted to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with householders to get the best standard of water quality. And the Raphoe-based politician said he was encouraging people to go to court if necessary to get a proper standard of water.Cllr McBrearty told Donegal Daily “What I am advising people to do is not to allow Irish Water onto their property if their water quality is not acceptable.“If that means going to court and explaining that the quality of water is not up to standard then so be it.Cllr Frank McBrearty“On a personal level my water is fine but I know just 500 yards away from me is simply not good enough at all. I would be advising people like that not to allow meters to be installed on their property,” he said. He added that Irish Water is a business and they must operate within acceptable business standards.“My father runs a pub in Raphoe and if he handed out a pint of Guinness or Smithwicks that wasn’t of an acceptable standard, then you would not expect a person to pay.“If the same thing happened a second time, then you would not expect a person to come back into the bar.“There is a standard that Irish Water must meet and they are not meeting that at present.“Until such time as that happens, I am advising people not to allow Irish Water staff onto their property to install water meters,” he said. COUNCILLOR TELLS PUBLIC TO STOP INSTALLATION OF METERS UNLESS WATER IS GOOD ENOUGH was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cllr Frank McBreartydonegalIrish Watermeterslast_img read more

18 Dec

Storybook sparks love of reading

first_imgDalubuhle Primary School has a commanding, aspirational presence at the top of the mountain, above the town.(Image: Lorraine Kearney) Nal’ibali supports bilingual literacy development and encourages parents and children to engage with each other through reading and storytelling. Author Chris van Wyk held his young audience in the palm of his hand.(Images: Ogilvy PR)MEDIA CONTACTS • Patti McDonaldTimes Media Education+27 11 280 3000• Sally MillsOgilvy PR+27 21 467 1376RELATED ARTICLES• Gift that keeps on giving• Why we need a literate nation• Getting needy kids hooked on books• Reading to boost our self-esteem• Instilling a love of readingLorraine KearneyIn a bowl of mountains in Western Cape, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town, is a small corner that remains determinedly French.In Franschhoek, Bastille Day is celebrated each year with all the pomp and circumstance you’d expect of Paris. It is also the wine capital of the country, and its estates carry names such as La Motte and Grande Provence. The posh little town is a favourite of well-heeled tourists, and Franschhoek’s restaurants and guest houses consistently score among the best.But for all its French conceit, Franschhoek has some very South African challenges, not least of which is the gaping chasm between the haves and the have-nots. Its socio-economic problems carry deep scars from yesteryear – the legacy of the dop system, whereby grape pickers and farm workers were paid a portion of their wages in alcohol; the vagaries of apartheid spatial planning; and, of course, the poor quality of public education.Driving from the Paarl road into what is, despite these issues, a slice of heaven, on the left, going up the mountain, are the townships, the poor homes of the coloured and black citizens of the town. Turn left on Le Roux, and climb ever upwards past increasingly dilapidated houses, rutted roads, stray dogs and dirty children. Right at the top, with a spectacular view over the town, is a beacon of hope.Dalubuhle Primary School is a smart new building, with clean lines and a palpable sense of possibility. Its geographic position is symbolic – it is a place to strive for; it is a place where achievement is possible; education, it says, can take you higher. And it is here that Sunday Times and Praesa (Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) chose to launch their new Nal’ibali Storytime collection on May 16, as a precursor to the Franschhoek Literary Festival, an annual gathering of authors, readers, publishers, literary agents, and book lovers.The three-day festival, which ran this year from 17 to 19 May, is a popular event, and tickets and accommodation sell out well in advance. The highlight is the announcement of the short lists for the Sunday Times Literary Awards, the Alan Paton Award and the Fiction Prize. But the programme is diverse: local and international authors do readings from their own works and from the works of others; writers give talks; authors hold talks with each other, or with various erudite personalities and celebrities.Here’s the storyNal’ibali, which means “here’s the story” in Xhosa, is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading.“Children who are immersed in great and well-told stories – and in languages they understand – become inspired and are motivated to learn to read for themselves. Such personally rewarding learning is a recipe for successful literacy development,” the project explains on its website.It supports bilingual literacy development and encourages parents and children to engage with each other through reading and storytelling. It works through various platforms, such as newspaper supplements, book clubs and networks, social media and a mobi site. Book packs are distributed to the Nal’ibali demonstration reading club sites, and the partners work with publishers to create and translate reading materials for children in African languages as well as English to help ensure that sufficient, stimulating books are available.Nal’ibali is driven by Praesa, Times Media, publishers of the Sunday Times, and other partners. “Through sustained mentoring and collaboration with communities, reading clubs, literacy organisations and volunteers of all ages, as well as a vibrant media campaign, Nal’ibali is helping to root a culture of literacy into the fabric of everyday life in South Africa.”StorytellingThe third Sunday Times Nal’ibali Storytime was launched at a simple ceremony at Dalubuhle Primary School, where the power of storytelling was brought home to the children and to the audience. Author Chris van Wyk, who contributed the short story Mr Hare Meets Mr Mandela, was an inspired choice to spark their interest. This is a man who gets children, and who understands the power of stories. Using English and Afrikaans and the language of the taxi ranks and streets, he gripped his listeners’ attention. And then left them hanging, the rest of the story tantalisingly out of reach: if you want to know more, seemed to be the message, read the book.But Siphokazi Mangwane, a young volunteer librarian at the school, took up the challenge, and gave a master class in storytelling. She read Van Wyk’s story in Xhosa and had the audience in the palm of her hand – even those who could not understand the words were bewitched by the lyrical sounds and beautiful clicks of the language.Donald Grant, the Western Cape minister of education, attended the launch, and spoke of the school’s excellent achievements. He said the Grade threes of 2012 had shown “an outstanding improvement of almost 25%” in the annual systemic tests. The Grade sixes had improved 3.9% in literacy, language, and reading.“Reading and language is the key to everything,” Grant stressed, urging the children to work hard and involve their parents in their school work. “The only time you find success before work,” he said in closing, “is in the dictionary.”Collection of storiesCarole Bloch, the director of Praesa and the head of Nal’ibali, explained that the book contained 10 stories that could be read to and by children of all ages in primary school. The stories would also appeal to the child in each adult.“Why do we read?” she asked. “We read to feel good, to become literate. We read to share knowledge, to go on an adventure, to build our imaginations. Nal’ibali sparks a love of stories and reading.”Funds that made the third Nal’ibali Storytime possible came from Coralie Rutherford, businesswoman and philanthropist. In her message to the children, she said: “Because I can read, I was able to go to school, get a degree, work … and give money to Nal’ibali. My message to you is to work hard and you can also be successful.”She urged the girls to “do something that will allow you to look after yourself”, and finally to “do something that will make you happy”.The stories are beautifully illustrated, and there are plans to print the books in all 11 official languages, starting with English. This will be followed by Zulu and Xhosa later this year. The first 200 000 copies will be donated to schools, reading clubs, libraries and other NGO reading initiatives nationwide; two-million copies of the first two collections have been distributed.The stories were commissioned by Times Media. “We have been fortunate to work with a number of talented South African authors and illustrators in putting together this magical collection of stories,” said Patti McDonald, the publisher of Times Media Education’s supplements. “A treasured storybook can be just the thing to spark a love of reading in children and this is precisely our intention – to skill children to become readers for life.”Bloch added: “Books and stories deepen our thinking and understanding by stretching our imagination while encouraging creative problem-solving. To have stories that our children can relate to in their home languages is an invaluable asset that we need to keep growing in our country.”last_img read more

18 Dec

Midmar Mile record holder to swim for charity

first_img22 January 2014 Seven-time champion Keri-anne Payne will return to the Midmar Mile for the 12th time on the weekend of 8 and 9 February. She won’t be challenging for the women’s title again, however. This time her visit is all about charity. The South African-born British star, a two-time 10 kilometre open water swimming world champion, will be part of the Eight Mile Club, which raises funds for various charities. She will be swimming for two charities, supporting the Pink Drive’s fight against breast cancer in South Africa and the UK educational charity, Skill Force, which partners with schools, and draws on the skills and experiences of predominantly ex- Forces personnel, to inspire young people to succeed.‘Midmar is part of my history’ “Midmar is part of my history and a race I love doing,” she said of her loyal support of the world’s largest open water swimming event. “Midmar was the competition we used to do as a family when we lived in South Africa, so I have many, many fond memories of the swim and will keep coming back as long as they will keep having me.” While still living in South Africa, Payne won her first Midmar Mile title in the girls’ under-13 category in 2001. It was a win that she still regards as a highlight of her swimming career, but, she said, the Midmar Mile has been the source of many other personal highlights.‘Highlights’ “Every year at Midmar has had highlights for me, whether it was the year that I first came back from moving to the UK, or the year that British Swimming brought out a team to do the race, or the year I got the record for the Mile. “My best Midmar, though, has to be the year I equalled the record for number of wins with Natasha Figge [now Panzera, with six victories]. I will always remember my brother Mark and father Jim talking about her when I was about 12 saying ‘She is amazing. I can’t see anyone beating her record!’ That was the year I decided that I would try my best to do that!” Payne’s hold on the title, which she had held since 2008, was broken last year when Ashley Twichell became the first American to claim the honours. Payne had taken a break after the London Olympics where she narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing in a heart-breaking fourth place and was not in prime form, but she was still good enough for second place.‘A really interesting year’ “It was a really interesting year for me,” she recalled, looking back on 2013. “Midmar 2013 was the starting point last year to step back into the open water racing world and I had decided that I wanted to make it back to World Championship form and compete in Barcelona .” Payne placed 14th, just six-and-a-half seconds behind gold medallist Poliana Okimoto. After competing in Barcelona, it was time to rethink her approach. “After the World Champs I took some time out and decided that I needed a break from the sport and had time to really think about what it is that I want to do. After a lot of thought and discussions with my coach, we decided to put a plan in place to get me in the best form possible for Rio 2016, which has meant that this season – September 2013 to September 2014 – I have taken a year out of elite competitive racing marathon swimming. “So far, this year has involved swimming once a day, more gym work, and working on my step into the ‘media’ world.”An exciting time For Payne, who has dedicated so much of her time to competition, the new year is an exciting time filled with very different goals than those she has held onto in recent times. “2014 is a year for me recuperate the mind and body and do things I have not been able to do for many years,” she explained. “An example was being able head out to San Fransisco and Brazil for ‘fun’ competitions, and I am finally able this year to compete in my first Eight Mile Midmar, which I am very excited about!”last_img read more

2 Dec

Walmart Reaches Beyond Its Big Box

first_imgSam Walton, who opened the first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962, considered himself a natural merchant. “I could sell,” he once wrote.Now the giant retailer he created must prove that it can also successfully buy.Walmart on Wednesday announced a $16 billion deal to purchase 77 percent of the Indian e-commerce service Flipkart as part of its strategy to capture a piece of a fast-growing and increasingly tech-savvy market. The Flipkart deal, one of the largest and riskiest in Walmart’s history, follows a pattern of purchases over the past 18 months that includes a men’s clothing brand and a delivery startup.The deals were driven, in large part, by the reality that Walton’s strategy needs an update for a digital shopping age dominated by another behemoth: Amazon.For decades, Walmart was on a steady march to build ever more big-box stores across America, crushing local grocers and department stores with low prices that have allowed it to dominate small-town retail markets. But today, there is a Walmart within 10 miles of 90 percent of the population of the United States, leaving little room for expansion.A historically frugal company that has done very few deals of significance, Walmart is now spending billions as it seeks new overseas markets, tries to capture different demographics and bolsters its grocery offerings.In the process, Walmart has begun to create a global alliance of retailers and tech companies that have Amazon as their common rival. It has already teamed with Google for online shopping, while Microsoft will hold a stake in Flipkart alongside Walmart.Scott Mushkin, a retail analyst at Wolfe Research, said he worried about the wisdom of Walmart’s desire to attack Amazon’s strongholds.“They seem to be somewhat Amazon obsessed,” he said.International LureIndia is the golden frontier of digital retailing to Walmart’s chief executive, Doug McMillon. The country is home to 443 million millennials, and smartphone penetration is expected to double in the next three years.“When you step back and look at the world and look at all of the countries — their size, their growth rate, their potential — there just aren’t opportunities like the one we are looking at,” McMillon said in a conference call from India on Wednesday.Investors did not necessarily share his enthusiasm. After the Flipkart deal, the company shares sank more than 3 percent.Walmart is begging for Wall Street’s patience. The company has been reordering its international business to free up cash and resources so that it can focus on high-growth markets and leave those that are lagging.Late last month, Walmart agreed to sell a large stake of its British grocery chain, Asda, to its rival J. Sainsbury. The deal will generate about $3.7 billion and take pressure off Walmart to grow its grocery business in Britain, where it faces intense pressure from discounters and other upstarts.In Japan, Walmart has sold off stores and created a partnership with Rakuten, the local e-commerce leader, that includes offering an online grocery delivery service.In China, Walmart is deepening its ties and taking a small stake in JD.com, which competes with Amazon and the country’s own e-commerce giant, Alibaba.While such moves make sense on the grand chessboard of global retailing, Walmart will need to deliver. It is going to cost billions for Walmart to turn Flipkart into a profitable business.The deal will cut into Walmart’s overall earnings by about 60 cents per share next year.Grocery WarsEverybody has to eat, and that essential truth is embedded in Walmart’s growth strategy.Walmart is the largest grocery store in the United States and when it comes to fresh food it has a major head start on Amazon, which has been ramping up its efforts after acquiring Whole Foods last June.During the past two years, Walmart has made a big bet on a “click and collect” grocery offering, in which shoppers order their items online and then drive to the store to pick them up. And in March, Walmart said it would expand its home grocery delivery to 100 U.S. cities.But mastering food delivery is a steep challenge for Walmart.The company has experimented with partnerships with Uber, and store workers are making deliveries on their way home from work.Last fall, Walmart bought Parcel, a tiny package delivery company based in Brooklyn. Parcel specializes in getting fresh and perishable food to homes in New York City. But it is unclear how much Parcel, a company founded by a 2013 Harvard graduate, can help Walmart create a same-day delivery network nationally.“The grocery business is hard,” said Bill Dreher, a retail analyst at Susquehanna Financial Group. “Online grocery is even harder.”Going UpscaleKelly green golf pants. Pink linen shirts. Vintage spring dresses.The Bonobos and Modcloth brands are quite different from what you typically find on the clothing racks at a Walmart Supercenter.And that appears to be the point of those acquisitions last year.Many of Walmart’s shoppers in its stores tend to be in the lower- and lower-middle income brackets.But with these deals — and other online offerings like a new bedding and mattress line — the retailer is seeking to reach younger and higher income shoppers. It is a particularly important approach in markets where there are few Walmart stores, like the New York metropolitan area.Walmart’s biggest online bet on urban shoppers was its $3 billion acquisition of Jet.com in August 2016. But that deal has shown signs of trouble. Last quarter, analysts said Jet’s growth had slowed and the company said it would focus its efforts on finding new customers through its flagship website, Walmart.com.“A lot of the e-commerce push has been trying to appeal to higher income demographics,” Mushkin said. “The problem is that the Walmart brand doesn’t always translate.”© 2018 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

26 Nov

Hope to finalise new India coach by June 24: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgThe Cricket Advisory Committee of the BCCI will meet for the first time as it begins the process to select India’s next head coach. Set in CAB President Sourav Ganguly’s turf Kolkata, VVS Laxman and Sanjay Jagdale will also be part of the meeting while Sachin Tendulkar will join via video-conference.Speaking exclusively to India Today Ganguly said, “Yes the process will begin Tuesday. We know the candidates. We have shortlisted the candidates. Due to the nature of the process I can’t say much more. The interviews will start and hopefully by June 24, you will know the name of India’s next coach.” (Ganguly raises questions on Dhoni’s future as India captain)BCCI’s Working Committee is set to meet on June 24 and the panel is to submit its report two days before that. (BCCI Likely to prefer ‘Hindi speaking’ coach)But perhaps Ganguly revealed more while talking about the debate over Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy. When asked if there will be more pressure on Dhoni if he loses the Zimbabwe T20 series, the former India captain said, “There will be a new coach soon. Whether Ravi Shastri continues or not will have a bearing on Dhoni’s future. Ravi was on India Today not long ago to say categorically that he would prefer Virat Kohli to take over.”If one reads between the lines, he indicates Shastri is among the shortlisted, something that has not been confirmed by either party so far. (Anil Kumble in race to become Team India coach)last_img read more