BAI awards 5 lakh to Kidambi Srikanth for winning Australian Open Super Series

first_imgAce Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth extended his stellar run of form to become the first Indian male to win two consecutive Super Series titles after he won the Australian Open Super Series today and etched his name in the history of Indian badminton.To celebrate this historic moment, Himanta Biswa Sarma and Badminton Association of India (BAI) have announced a cash reward of 5 lakhs for Srikanth, who not only won his fourth Super Series title but also became the only sixth badminton player in the world to make it to three consecutive Super Series finals .In the finals, he was up against the current Olympic champion Chen Long of China and the Gunter Lad was in supreme best against the world No. 6 and won the match 22-20, 21-16 in a rather comfortable manner.Sarma was delighted at Srikanth’s feat and congratulated him after his amazing win.”We are really very proud of Srikanth for his achievements. It is simply phenomenal. He has not only made the whole country proud once again but has etched his name among the best and no word would be enough to praise Srikanth,” Dr. Sarma said.Reiterating President’s views Anup Narang, official spokesperson and Secretary General of BAI, further added, “It is indeed a very huge achievement for Srikanth and Indian badminton. The entire BAI is in a jubilant mood and I am sure the same is the case with badminton fans across the country.”Apart from Srikanth, performance of other Indian players at the Australian Open Super Series were also great as Sai Praneeth, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal all made it to the quarter-finals of the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

Rogers Cup: Dominic Thiem stunned, Tomas Berdych withdraws

first_imgArgentinian Diego Schwartzman provided the day’s biggest upset at the Rogers Cup when he took down third seed Dominic Thiem in a nearly three-hour battle on Tuesday.Schwartzman climbed out of a 5-2 deficit in the decisive set, repeatedly escaping trouble, to win five straight games and pull off the victory 6-4, 6-7(7), 7-5.Schwartzman had defeated 16th ranked Roberto Bautista Agut earlier in the year and pushed Novak Djokovic to five sets at the French Open, but his win over Thiem is his biggest win of the season.Thiem made eight double faults in the loss.Earlier, American Sam Querrey overcame a sluggish start to defeat Frenchman Vincent Millot 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-5.The battle was the second meeting between the pair in a week after Querrey defeated Millot in straight sets at the Los Cabos Open on Thursday, a tournament the American won.The 29-year-old Querrey staved off the upset bid by the 31-year-old Millot despite moving sluggishly around the court and his trusty first serve not being its usual lethal weapon.His frustration boiled over early in the third set of the ATP 1000 event when he destroyed his racquet after having his service broken. He won the next four games after the outburst.Querrey will face another Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2014 champion, in the round of 32 on Wednesday.Emerging Canadian Denis Shapovalov defeated Brazilian Rogerio Dutra da Silva 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 in a thriller.Backed by a home crowd that included Canadian NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, the 18-year-old staved off four match points in the second set before taking it in a tie breaker.advertisement”The fans really carried me. It was so fun to be out there on the court, it was so loud and energetic,” Shapovalov said. “It’s a huge win. It gives me a lot of confidence and a lot of experience.”DEL POTRO NEXTPhoto Credit: Reuters Shapovalov, who won the junior Wimbledon title last year and was granted a wildcard to the main tournament this year, faces the big-hitting Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the second round.Earlier on Tuesday, Czech Tomas Berdych, the number 10 seed, withdrew from the tournament prior to his first round match against Nikoloz Basilashvili citing a rib injury.”I am sorry I have to apologise all my Montreal fans. I couldn’t play, because of my rib dysfunction I need to get well to go to (the) office soon,” Berdych said on Twitter.His withdrawal led to a quick call to the lucky loser American Ernesto Escobedo, who had five minutes to prepare for the match, which he claimed with an upset 7-6(4), 6-4 victory.In other matches, Belgian David Goffin and Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta prevailed in their respective three-setters and American Jack Sock beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert in straight sets.last_img read more

It’s On, Live: 2016 Elite Eight Finals on Fox Sports and Online!

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce that it has secured the services of Power Productions to professionally film and produce for broadcast/live stream, the 2016 Elite Eight series and selected National Touch League Grand Finals (from 12.40pm Saturday, 12 March 2016). The Elite Eight Men’s and Women’s grand finals as well as the NTL Mixed Open and selected NTL grand finals will be live streamed direct from C.ex International Stadium by Power Productions; the package includes expert commentary and live scoring for all games (stay tuned to the TFA website for links) – bringing you all the drama and latest with team changes and form guide going into the finals.The Elite Eight Grand Finals will feature in a special 90-minute show set to broadcast on Fox Sports 1 just three weeks following the event.The initial scheduling of the TV program will be Tuesday, 5 April at 4.00pm and Saturday, 9 April at 9.00am (AEST). Be sure to lock it in to your TV viewing schedule and share this among your colleagues and friends!Power Productions has a wealth of experience and achievements in the industry televising sport and events, including prominent Touch Football events like the State of Origin and the opening day of the Touch World Cup in recent years. Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for the links to the live streaming of games on the TFA YouTube channel (‘TFATV’), throughout the 2016 National Touch League (from Wednesday, 9 March).You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2016 National Touch League as follows – visit, view, share, like and join our conversation in coming days as we get for the ‘Best of the Best’ live from Coffs Harbour:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.touchfootball.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2016)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related Links2016 NTL Live!last_img read more

Meet the 2017 Volunteer Of The Year Award Nominees!

first_imgTouch Football Australia has countless volunteers who dedicate their time across the country to make significant contributions to our Touch Football family.To celebrate and recognise these contributions, each State and Territory were asked to nominate one highly valued volunteer to be considered for the TFA Volunteer of the Year for 2017.The nominees for the 2017 TFA Volunteer of the Year Award are: Toby Burgess – TASToby Burgess is a name that is synonymous with Touch Football in Tasmania. A lifelong volunteer to sport both as a player, referee and coach, Toby has been a part of Touch Football for over 20 years. Toby Burgess over the last 12 months has been a great asset to the Tasmanian Office. Toby’s focus on improving our Tasmanian State Teams is second to none and has always put his hand up to be a coach over the years. This past year was no different, when Toby was head coach for two of our elite state teams. Toby also implemented additional training sessions for our teams during the week to ensure the highest level of performance at the NTL. Gabe Hodges – ACTGabe has made significant impacts on gender diversity in our sport. She has primarily worked with young female Touch Football players, providing them with opportunities to invest in our game at all levels following their interaction with her. Gabe is also a valuable member of the ACT SOAP, offering her years of experience in junior development over the last 4 years.Gabe has dedicated a significant amount of her time to the growth of Touch Football in the ACT – committing herself to at least four nights of Touch Football per week in a coaching or playing capacity. Her friendly, encouraging and happy disposition has made her a favourite amongst the ACT community. Graham Knights – NSWManly Warringah is one of the top affiliates in NSW, not only for their on the field performances but also their off field performances. Graham’s has been instrumental in this success. His vision of ensuring that the club has policies and procedures for every aspect of their operations has laid out a clear and concise platform to ensure not just success but also sustainability in one of the most competitive environments and landscapes in NSW.This platform paved by Graham importantly is having a great impact at grass roots level and the growth of the organisation. His and his clubs work is not just having an impact with the Manly Warringah TA, but also with other affiliates across the state. Many of whom are looking to Manly to replicate their success by following the programs and principles laid down by Graham and his team. Importantly Graham is willing to share his experiences with other affiliates and members. Thomas Edgword – NTTom has had a huge impact with improving the culture within the sport across the NT. He recognises the need to high standards to set a benchmark for others to strive to achieve to show our sport in good standing. Tom is a damn good bloke. He is loyal, enthusiastic, committed and passionate in all he does. He loves the game of touch and represents our game in the highest both in his personal and work life. He has and continues to represent the Army in touch football at the highest level. He willingly takes others under his wing to guide and nurture them within the touch football environment. Tom is the type of person who will do anything with integrity for our game. Deirdre Morrow – SADeirdre’s positive energy unites the broader touch community in South Australia as she volunteers her time across many levels of the sport. She interacts positively with junior players and parents alike which impacts positively on the Touch Football brand. Deirdre’s professional approach has allowed the TFSA office to entrust her with making decisions that reflect positively on events and roles she volunteers her time for, which also reflects positively on TFSA.Deirdre is trustworthy, honest, committed and a little cheeky which enhances the fun aspect of Touch Football. Deirdre has shown continued commitment to the sport at every level both here in South Australia and Nationally. Steve Watterson – QLDHaving been a part of the Sharks Volunteer crew since 2004, Steve has been a constant familiar face and very well liked amongst the Sharks playing group. SQBD prides itself on setting the standard on and off the field and it has been Steve’s contributions over the many years which has assisted in setting its off-field professionalism and standards. The fact that Steve is prepared to drive 16 hours to take equipment to a tournament to ensure Sharks players receive the same service as any other at another proves his importance to this organisation. As a result of his work and commitment at South Queensland Touch, Steve has also been awarded a life membership. He has also been a long-term member of the South Queensland Board of Directors and still currently supervises junior selection programs. Monique Williamson – WAOver the past 12 months Monique has once again remained President of Perth Brothers Touch Association, a position she has held since 2009. Monique is Perth Brother – she is a coach, team manager, helps in the canteen and looks after the Junior Referees. Monique does everything!Monique’s impact on the organisation has been enormous, she has bought a sense of community and pride to the Perth Brothers through her professionalism, hard work and leadership in a largely diverse area of the Perth Metropolitan area. Monique strongly deserves this nomination as a reward for the professionalism and leadership she has bought to Perth Brothers TA and is now bringing her skill and experience at the SOAP level.Congratulations to all our nominees for their nominations and a big thank you for all your hard work and effort. The winner will be announced in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Former Rutgers QB Ryan Hart Calls Out Kyle Flood’s Decision To Switch Quarterbacks At Halftime

first_imgRutgers is in control of its season opener today, leading FCS Norfolk State 42-13 in the third quarter in Piscataway. It’s been a rough week for the Scarlet Knights, with five players arrested and later dismissed, and four more players suspended for the first half of today’s game. One of the players punished for the first half was quarterback Chris Laviano, who spent the entire off-season in a battle for the starting job with LSU transfer Hayden Rettig. Laviano’s suspension, for breaking curfew and using a fake ID, made Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood’s decision easy, as Rettig started this afternoon and played well in the first half. He completed 9-of-11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score. Somewhat surprisingly, Flood elected to begin the second half with Laviano under center. It’s a choice that seems to indicate Laviano originally won the competition and Rettig only started because of circumstance. Or maybe Flood just wanted give both guys a shot. Whatever the reasoning, former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart was not happy with the move.  hart tweetsTwitter/ @RyanHart13Hart played for the Scarlet Knights from 2002-05. During his senior season, Flood was an assistant under Greg Schiano. He subsequently tweeted that he still supported the embattled coach despite the decision, but he clearly did not approve of it.For what it’s worth, Laviano has connected with wide receiver Leonte Carroo for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Looks like there could be a QB controversy in New Jersey.last_img read more

By the numbers Ohio State starts slow finishes strong against Maryland

Redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyquan Lewis (59) drags down Maryland redshirt junior quarterback Perry Hills on Oct. 10. OSU won 49-28. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State started slow once again but scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to put away the Maryland Terrapins, 49-28, in Columbus.Maryland’s offense, after getting shut out at home the previous week to a streaking Michigan team, got on the board first after redshirt junior quarterback Perry Hills fired a 52-yard touchdown pass. The Buckeye defense, which had bailed the team out from several close calls already this season, gave up a season-high 28 points, as well as 386 yards of offense.The Terps put up a valiant effort throughout the game, going so far as to even the score at 21 in the third quarter before the cracks began to widen. Two key interceptions in the fourth quarter helped end a potential comeback from Maryland, which leads the nation in interceptions thrown.Despite defensive struggles, the biggest takeaway from Saturday’s game was the OSU offense, which in the second half finally began to play to its potential. OSU coach Urban Meyer used redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones to start drives and let redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett finish them inside the red zone.This system proved effective, as both quarterbacks looked sharp throughout most of the game. Jones completed 75 percent of his passes (21-of-28) for 291 yards and two touchdowns, while Barrett added three rushing touchdowns and 62 yards on the ground to help lead the Buckeye offense to an impressive 499 yards of total offense and 31 first downs.Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott pounded away 106 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries to lead the rushing attack, while redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (79 yards, one touchdown), redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall (78 yards, one touchdown) and redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas (107 yards) put up impressive performances for the receiving corps. Redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell and redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard both added interceptions for the defense.Maryland put up arguably its best game of the season in the loss, mostly thanks to its quarterback. Hills, after not playing for the last three weeks, put up 133 yards and a score through the air while rushing for 170 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground, as he was responsible for three of the four Maryland touchdowns. By the numbers:0: Arguably the most important number of all, as OSU’s offense didn’t have a turnover for the first time since facing off against Hawaii in Week 2.17: The number of interceptions thrown by Maryland quarterbacks this season, the most in the nation.2-0: OSU’s all-time record against Maryland.21: OSU’s margin of victory over the Terps, the same amount that Mid-American Conference team Bowling Green beat Maryland by earlier this season.11: Elliott has pounded away at least 100 yards for 11 consecutive games.26: OSU’s current regular-season conference winning streak, the longest in Big Ten history.-2: The Buckeyes’ current turnover margin for the season, as they have turned the ball over 13 times in six games compared to forcing 11 turnovers from opponents. 102: The numbers of weeks OSU has been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll after the Week 7 rankings were released on Sunday, which is the most of any college football team (Oklahoma is second at 101). read more

Football 2019 wide receiver Jameson Williams commits to Ohio State

Ohio State added the second wide receiver to its 2019 recruiting class Friday as four-star receiver Jameson Williams committed to the Buckeyes. Williams is the No. 24 wide receiver in the 2019 recruiting class and is the No. 2 recruit in the state of Missouri according to the 247Sports composite rankings, coming from Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis. Williams will join five-star 2019 recruit Garrett Wilson, the No. 2 receiver in the class, in Ohio State’s recruiting class. With Williams being commitment No. 15 for the Buckeyes, Ohio State, according to 247Sports, has the second-best recruiting class in the Big Ten and the No. 15 2019 recruiting class in the country. Williams is one of 10 four-star recruits in Ohio State’s 2019 class, joining Wilson and offensive lineman Harry Miller, the two five-star 2019 recruits. read more

Marrying 5G to the deployment of sixthgeneration

first_imgMarrying 5G to the deployment of sixth-generation WiFi will be crucial to the success of the global deployment of the technology, according to Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins.Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Robbins said that growth in connectivity will unleash “incredible applications” across industry and commerce, with 5G also opening up “a world of opportunity” for applications that currently rely on fast terrestrial connections.The shift to mobile connectivity enabled by 5G will enable advanced applications to be delivered “everywhere”, according to Robbins. To enable this, technology companies have to be able to provide “highly secure” next-generation networks to “support billions of 5G connections at the edge of the network”.WiFi version 6 will be crucial to enabling connectivity at the edge, said Robbins. “We see customers rolling out WiFi 6 while 5G is still at a pilot stage, but WiFi 6 and 5G are meant to work together,” he said.Robbins said that technology companies such as his are tasked with bringing 5G and WiFi 6 together with common security.Robbins said that most people believe the first 5G revenue streams will come from enterprise customers. This means not only creating networks but building the capability to deliver services across them, he said. Operators will have to be able to build services that enterprises can use in order to make a return on their network investment, he said.Robbins cited Cisco’s deal with Verizon this week to enable the latter to use its 5G network to delvier services to enterprise customers as an example of what could be done.“Partnerships will be incredibly important,” said Robbins. “We will all have to bet on partners to help us achieve what we are trying to achieve”.last_img read more

Equity Bank unveils exciting range of digital banking solutions

first_imgAdvertisement Equity Bank Uganda Limited has launched its range of digital banking solutions into the market in a bid to enhance the banking experience of customers as well as enable them to have more convenience and control of their banking. The suite of digital solutions dubbed ‘Eazzy Banking’ promises to give an easy, comprehensive and secure banking experience.The Eazzy Banking suite of products includes a banking app known as EazzyBanking App which allows one to transfer funds to other accounts and mobile wallets or pay utility bills like Umeme and water; a solution to assist welfare clubs, investment clubs and groups manage their joint finances and investments known as EazzyClub; a real-time bulk payment solution that allows one to automate electronic fund transfers, RTGS and mobile transfers called EazzyRemittance and a retail internet portal where customers can manage their bank accounts known as EazzyNet.In addition, the suite has an interoperable payment platform, EazzyPay which allows one to pay for bills as well as goods and services at registered merchant outlets;  a mobile-based loan product known as EazzyLoan; a cash and liquidity management solution for SMEs known as EazzyBiz, and banking capabilities packaged as APIs exposed through EazzyAPIs platform. – Advertisement – Speaking during the event, Samuel Kirubi, the MD Equity Bank Uganda, said that the launch of the Eazzy Banking suite of products led by the flagship solution, EazzyBanking App, marked furtherance of the Bank’s strategic approach of availing digital convenience in banking.  “This has been informed by consumers banking trends which are showing a pattern of favoring self-service channels to enable them to bank anywhere, anytime. They simply download the EazzyBanking App or sign up for Eazzy Club, EazzyNet or Eazzybiz and experience convenience in banking. Banking is no longer a place you go to, it is something you do ’’, He added.Equity Bank Uganda’s digital strategy is underscored by the forging of strategic partnerships with global leading experts in data security, big dataEquity Bank Uganda’s digital strategy is underscored by the forging of strategic partnerships with global leading experts in data security, big data capture, and analytics. This is to ensure security, scalability, and interoperability of the different solutions.Equity bank has opened up its digital solutions to everyone, in line with its inclusive agenda which it has carried as part of its commitment throughout its history. The Bank’s strategy is to be the region’s leading digital bank delivering a remarkable client experience in key digital touch points. The rapid adoption of mobile and other digital channels in Uganda has transformed how people bank and Equity aims to be an enabling partner.Equity bank has opened up its digital solutions to everyone, in line with its inclusive agenda which it has carried as part of its commitment throughout its history. The Bank’s strategy is to be the region’s leading digital bank delivering a remarkable client experience in key digital touch points. The rapid adoption of mobile and other digital channels in Uganda has transformed how people bank and Equity aims to be an enabling partner.Equity Bank Uganda Limited is one of the fastest growing banks in Uganda. It has adopted the Equity Bank Group approach of financial inclusion by opening its doors to customers across the financial pyramid. On the back of the Group technological advances, Equity Bank Uganda is now recognized as a key driver of inclusion and innovation through strategic partnerships with telecoms, utility companies, local government, religious bodies, and third- tier financial institutions.Equity Bank Uganda Limited is one of the fastest growing banks in Uganda. It has adopted the Equity Bank Group approach of financial inclusion by opening its doors to customers across the financial pyramid. On the back of the Group technological advances, Equity Bank Uganda is now recognized as a key driver of inclusion and innovation through strategic partnerships with telecoms, utility companies, local government, religious bodies, and third- tier financial institutions.last_img read more

Lyfts Biggest Rollout Takes It to 50 New Cities

first_img Next Article Lyft’s Biggest Rollout Takes It to 50 New Cities Image credit: Kelly Sullivan/Stringer | Getty Images It’s almost done with its expansion plans for 2017. Mariella Moon 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Lyft has just announced its biggest expansion to date. The ride-sharing service is now available in more than 50 new cities and four new states across the US. They’re mostly located in the Midwest, but the list also includes a few other parts of the country.This rollout follows another expansion last month that brought the service to more than 40 new locations — in all, Lyft now operates in more than 300 cities in the United States.The company announced in January that it plans to establish its presence in 100 more places in the country before the end of 2017. It worked pretty quickly to achieve that goal, and it did so within a month, perhaps to capitalize on Uber’s bad rep these days. Whatever Lyft’s reason is, you can hail one in any of the 300-plus locations where the service now operates. This story originally appeared on Engadget February 24, 2017 43shares Apply Now » 1 min read Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Lyftlast_img read more

US Shuts Down Huge Online Dark Web Market AlphaBay

first_img U.S. Shuts Down Huge Online Dark Web Market, AlphaBay The site was used by ‘hundreds of thousands’ of people to buy and sell illegal goods and services, such as drugs, stolen IDs, malware and other hacking tools. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Reporter Next Article –shares Internet This story originally appeared on PCMag Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Angela Moscaritolo Image credit: PCMag 3 min read The cybercriminal underground took a hit this week with the shutdown of internet black market AlphaBay.The Justice Department seized AlphaBay, which operated for more than two years and was a “major source of fentanyl and heroin,” the agency says.The site was used by “hundreds of thousands” of people to buy and sell illegal goods and services, such as drugs, stolen and fraudulent identification documents and access devices, counterfeit goods, malware and other hacking tools, firearms and toxic chemicals, according to the DOJ. Authorities say “multiple overdose deaths across the country” have been attributed to drugs purchased on the site.The U.S. seized AlphaBay’s infrastructure with the help of law enforcement authorities in Thailand, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Canada, the UK and France, as well as the European law enforcement agency Europol.Thai authorities on July 5 arrested a 25-year-old Canadian citizen, Alexandre Cazes aka Alpha02 and Admin, on behalf of the U.S. Authorities say Cazes was the “creator and administrator” of AlphaBay. On July 12, Cazes “apparently took his own life while in custody in Thailand,” the Justice Department says.Cazes had been charged in a 16-count indictment with conspiracy to: commit identity theft, engage in racketeering, distribute narcotics, commit access device fraud and launder money. The other charges included distribution of narcotics, unlawful transfer of false identification documents and trafficking in device making equipment.According to the DOJ, Cazes and his wife “amassed numerous high-value assets, including luxury vehicles, residences, and a hotel in Thailand,” plus “millions of dollars in cryptocurrency,” which has been seized by the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration.Prior to its takedown, the site had more than 100,000 users and 40,000 vendors. AlphaBay was even larger than Silk Road, which was seized by law enforcement in November 2013.”This is likely one of the most important criminal investigations of the year — taking down the largest dark net marketplace in history,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “I believe that because of this operation, the American people are safer — safer from the threat of identity fraud and malware, and safer from deadly drugs.”The takedown of AlphaBay coincided with efforts by Dutch law enforcement to dismantle another prominent dark web market called Hansa Market, which was also used to sell illegal drugs, malware and counterfeit ID documents. July 21, 2017 Add to Queue Register Now »last_img read more

United Airlines Bonus Lottery Was Doomed to Fail Dont Make the Same

first_img United Airlines’ Bonus Lottery Was Doomed to Fail. Don’t Make the Same Mistake With Your Team. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Director of Client Services at Arena Communications –shares A few days ago, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby announced a new incentive program that would eliminate the company’s bonus structure and replace it with a lottery,  where one lucky employee would win $100,000 and a handful of others would have a shot at a Mercedes or a vacation. Immediately, legacy employees went on the record voicing concerns, with one union leader stating that “no team-oriented reward should be dictated by lottery.”Related: How to Incorporate This One Employee Perk to Improve Your BusinessUnfortunately, I wasn’t shocked by this news, because I’ve seen this trend become increasingly popular with the companies I’ve worked with and for. For whatever reason, employers have decided that employees care more about games and having toys at work than getting more money for doing great work. Just a few days later, United determined that its plan was a bust and Kirby recgonized that he misjudged how this news would be received by employees. In the next few years, I believe there will be a continued backlash against open offices, toys and useless perks enticing potential and current employees. Having a shot at a ton of money in a lottery is fun, but it’s not helpful if you don’t have a clear career trajectory, aren’t paid well, don’t know when or how you’ll be rewarded, and don’t feel valued at work.I recently talked to a few of my friends I grew up with who complained about feeling like their cool and exciting tech jobs weren’t fulfilling in ways that they had hoped. They couldn’t understand why their company was focusing more on giving away expensive swag than giving away raises and opportunity. I also had another friend tell me over the holidays, “I got a really cool Christmas present from my boss, but I don’t really understand what my future holds at this company. I’ve asked and it’s still very unclear.” In this case, a gift was given instead of the necessary clarity to keep an employee engaged.Related: 3 Signs That Job Candidates May Eventually Abuse Your Company’s Employee BenefitsIf you want your company to scale and you want to be able to hire and keep any employees under 35, focus less on perks, rewards and entitlements and more on how to show respect to your employees. Respect comes in many forms and may be different for your employees based on your industry. For me, respect comes in the form of thoughtful feedback, professional development, mentorship, clear and scheduled opportunities for growth, and competitive compensation. I get more questions from young people I manage about understanding what is next for them than anything else. By creating a clear path to more opportunity, you will get more loyalty from your employees.Gone are the days of doing work well, making a company more money, and sticking around in the hopes of maybe getting a raise or promotion down the road. Companies don’t provide the same loyalty that they used to, and employees don’t need to either. One of my past coworkers left her job at Google because she felt that all of the perks were just there to keep her at work longer. She took a pay cut and moved to a much less prestigious company because she wanted respect outside of her working hours. It’s important to give your employees options to take a break at work, but treating your employees like the adults they are will only help your company and increase loyalty.Related: 5 Reasons Enhanced Benefits Programs Are Good for BusinessIf you want to know what your employers need or want, try asking them what they’d change about the culture of your workplace. I doubt the answer will be, “We need a Ping-Pong table” or, “I’d love to have my name picked out of a hat for a bonus” but instead, “I don’t understand what I need to do to get promoted or a raise,” “I’d love to be able to attend a conference to learn more about our industry” or, “I would love a mentor who could help guide me.”If your employees want to play the lottery, they have that option outside of work. Adults don’t want to play games at work, and United Arilines found that out the hard way. We don’t need toys; we want job satisfaction. And most importantly, employees want predictability. Register Now » Employee Benefits Brittany Larsen Add to Queue 4 min read Guest Writer March 7, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Your employees don’t want rewards — they want respect. Image credit: Andrew Harrer | Getty Imageslast_img read more

Mario Batalis Eataly Forced to Close Wine Store for Six Months

first_img –shares 2 min read Next Article Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Soon, patrons of the Italian specialty food mecca Eataly in New York City won’t be able to wash down their sumptuous pizza or pasta dishes with a crisp glass of Pinot Grigio.The market and restaurant hybrid, owned by celebrity chef and noted Crocs lover Mario Batali, just received a slap on the wrist from the New York State Liquor Authority.Eataly was found to be in violation of a code that prohibits businesses from concurrently operating a wine store while importing or manufacturing one’s own wines.While its wine shop boasts over 1,000 labels from exclusively Italian producers, Eataly also happens to carry Bastianich wines — a conflict as Batali’s partners in Eataly include the mother and son Italian chef duo, Lidia and Joe Bastianich.Related: Pushing Ahead With Classy Makeover, 7-Eleven Sells Fine WineAfter having initially pleaded not guilty to charges of “suppressed information” regarding inequitable business interests, reports Crain’s, Eataly has now agreed to cough up a $500,000 fine, and shutter its wine store for six whole months.Ms. Bastianich’s name will also be removed from Eataly’s liquor license.Together the trio operates the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, which comprises roughly 20 restaurants across the country, as well as Eataly locations in New York and Chicago.And this isn’t their first brush with the law. In 2012, Batali and Mr. Bastianich settled a lawsuit to the tune of $5.25 million against 117 servers, busboys and other employees who alleged that the company had pilfered their tips.Related: On the Rocks: Jack Daniel’s and Liquor Giant Diageo Feud Over ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ Geoff Weiss March 27, 2014 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Former Staff Writer Add to Queue Mario Batali’s Eataly Forced to Close Wine Store for Six Months Legallast_img read more

Drone Owners Will Soon Have to Register With the Federal Government

first_img Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Over the last several months, drones have caused all kinds of mischief, from fights between neighbors to arrests. Local governments have even been passing new laws to clamp down on dangerous drone use.With those incidents in mind, officials at the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Association announced today that they will soon require drone owners and operators to register their unmanned aerial systems (UAS) with the federal government in an effort to promote safer flying. While commercial drone operators are currently required to register, the new rules would apply to everyday hobbyists as well.The announcement comes after a summer that saw a campaign from the FAA specifically urging hobbyist drone operators to stay away from wildfires as to not impede firefighting operations. And while pilots reported 238 sightings of drones in 2014, according to the FAA, there had been 650 sightings by early August of this year.Related: Man Arrested After Crashing Drone at U.S. OpenEarlier this month, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, remarking that the agency’s “preference is for people to voluntarily comply with regulations, but we won’t hesitate to take strong enforcement actions against anyone who flies an unmanned aircraft in an unsafe or illegal manner.”  He also noted that the FAA had “investigated several hundred incidents of UAS operating outside of existing regulations.”To that end, the DOT and FAA are appointing a task force of government officials, drone industry representatives and hobbyists to suggest which drones should be required to register. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is giving the task force until Nov. 20 to deliver their report so that the system can be in place before the holiday season, as drones are expected to be hot-ticket gift item this year. As to how many drones are actually out there at the moment, a staggering 1 million is the number that has come up a lot in rough estimates, according to the Washington Post.  Not only that, but the Consumer Electronics Association predicted over the summer that the drone industry will bring in about $105 million in sales this year – up more than 50 percent from revenue in 2014 – and sell about 700,000 individual units by the end of 2015, up 63 percent from last year. Related: What the Heck Are Drones Good For, Anyway  Image credit: Pixabay 2 min read Nina Zipkin Entrepreneur Staff Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Drone Owners Will Soon Have to Register With the Federal Government Drones Next Article Enroll Now for $5 October 19, 2015last_img read more

New naturally lowcaffeine option for tea drinkers

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 8 2018Tea drinkers who seek the popular beverage’s soothing flavor without its explosive caffeine jolt could soon have a new, naturally low-caffeine option. In a study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that a recently discovered wild tea plant in China contains little or no caffeine and, unlike many industrially decaffeinated products, could potentially provide many of the health benefits of regular brewed teas.In 2017, Americans drank nearly 4 billion gallons of tea, according to the Tea Association of the USA. The association estimates that up to 18 percent of those drinks were decaffeinated. To decaffeinate tea, manufacturers often use supercritical carbon dioxide or hot water treatments. However, these methods can affect the brew’s flavor and destroy compounds in the tea associated with lowered cholesterol, reduced risk of heart attack or stroke, and other health benefits. Recently, scientists discovered hongyacha (HYC), a rare wild tea found in the mountains of southern China. Local residents believe it can it can cure colds, soothe stomach pain and relieve a host of other ailments. But little is known about its structural makeup or its chemical composition. Liang Chen and colleagues sought to close that gap.The researchers used high-performance liquid chromatography to analyze HYC buds and leaves collected during the growing season. In addition to finding several potentially health-promoting compounds not found in regular tea, they determined that HYC contains virtually no caffeine. Digging deeper, they found this was because of a mutation in the gene encoding the enzyme tea caffeine synthase, which promotes caffeine production in most tea plants. The researchers conclude that naturally low-caffeine HYC could possibly become a popular drink because of its distinct composition and unique health benefits.Source: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2018/acs-presspac-november-07-2018/newly-discovered-naturally-low-caffeine-tea-plant.htmllast_img read more

Maharashtra invites global tenders for Dharavi slum redevelopment project

first_imgreal estate The Maharashtra government has invited global tenders to redevelop Dharavi, one of the largest slums in Asia, into an integrated township under a Rs 22,000-crore project.Maharashtra’s Slum Redevelopment Authority (SRA) put out advertisements in newspapers, stating that the last date for submitting the bids for the Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP) is December 28.The state government has been planning Dharavi’s redevelopment since 2004, but nothing has materialised so far due to the multiplicity of stakeholders occupying the 535 acres of prime land in the heart of Mumbai.According to the guidelines, the selected lead partner will have to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) with 80 per cent equity (Rs 400 crore) and the Maharashtra government will hold the rest of the equity in the project.The SPV will construct free houses for eligible slum dwellers and will also be entitled to construct houses for sale in the open market. The state government has fixed a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 4 for the project. FSI is the ratio between the built-up space to the area of land on which a building stands.According to Anuj Puri, Chairman, Anarock Property Consultants, “Building affordable to mid-range housing projects here would completely reinvent the residential real estate equation of Central Mumbai and also make a major contribution to the Central Government’s Housing for All by 2022 target.”However, it will not be easy for the Maharashtra government to go ahead with the plan. “Dharavi is not an area of contention and confusion on the basis of costs alone. The biggest question is of land ownership and relocation of its existing inhabitants. In terms of land ownership, almost one-fifth of the land here is privately-owned,” he added.Over 60,000 families live in Dharavi currently. The DRP, when completed, can change the entire real estate scenario here. “Dharavi rubs shoulders with upmarket Bandra and is right next to the avant-garde Bandra-Kurla Complex. This makes Dharavi an incredibly attractive proposition for home-buyers, investors and developers alike,” he said. Maharashtra November 24, 2018 SHARE Last date for submitting bids for integrated township project is Dec 28 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Mumbai Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

HC stays NGT penalty on TN govt

first_imgjudiciary (system of justice) COMMENT April 09, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Published oncenter_img Tamil Nadu water pollution SHARE The Madras High Court on Tuesday granted an interim stay on the ₹100-crore penalty imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), South Zone, on the Tamil Nadu government for its failure to restore the Adyar and Cooum rivers and the Buckingham canal.Directing the government to pay the penalty to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the tribunal said the money shall be used for restoring the water bodies.A division bench comprising Justice R Subbiah and Justice Krishnan Ramasamy was hearing a petition of the government against the NGT order dated February 13 this year.The government submitted that despite details handed over to the tribunal over the restoration of the waterways, it had passed the order directing payment of ₹100 crore.The order lacks non-application of mind and was based on mistake of facts and contrary to the principles of natural justice and was arbitrary and unreasonable, the government said.The NGT had passed the order on a batch of pleas, including one moved by social activist Jawahar Shanmugam seeking direction to the state to restore and revive the water bodies.Adyar and Cooum are two of the most polluted rivers to flow through any major urban agglomeration anywhere in the world and the Tamil Nadu government is accountable for the situation, the tribunal had observed in its order.last_img read more