7 Nov

Tight at the Top – Australian Women’s Snatch Last Gasp Victory

first_imgRelated LinksWomen’s Match Report In a very tight tussle, it was Australia who somehow managed to keep their composure under fire and close out an amazing win considering they only hit the lead late in the second half. For coach, Swain Rovelli it was welcome relief and a good win first-up. “It was good to get that one over with and it’s good to get started with a good win.“We were ready to go but then we started to settle and once we got a read on what we had to do, we got on top and took it away from there.“Our changeovers were a bit slow and once we started going direct and once we nailed that, we knew that we could score tries and hold them out.“We knew what we needed to do and where to get to and thankfully Marikki’s try sealed it at the end for us.”New Zealand came firing out of the blocks early against Australia with Tenika Willison and Charlotte Davis crossing early for the Kiwis.The captains quickly got in on the act with Lizzie Campbell crossing the stripe in the middle section then New Zealand captain, Jean Marsh following Australia’s Hayley Maddick’s touchdown on debut.Tenika Willison went over for her double and was then followed by Samantha Hopkin on the spot of Campbell’s earlier touchdown.In the second half it was Mia Johnstone who then drew Australia level with New Zealand at 4-all with 13 minutes remaining.Shellie Davis put Australia in front for the first time in the match scoring her first Trans Tasman touchdown soon-after with Leah Percy pushing Australia out by two (6-4).The Kiwis’ Hayley Lee was the recipient of a great long ball left crossing out wide edging New Zealand closer before Charlotte Davis scored locking the game up at 6-all with minutes remaining.Then at the very death and following the script of the earlier Mixed Open match, Marikki Watego crossed right on full-time to deliver Australia a last gasp 7-6 victory and an opportunity to wrap the series up tomorrow.FINAL SCORE: Australia 7 (Campbell, Hopkin, Maddick, Johnstone, Percy, S Davis, Watego) defeated New Zealand 6 (C Davis 2, Willison 2, Marsh, Lee) last_img read more

28 Oct

10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho loses rag in post-match interview

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho loses rag in post-match interviewby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho took aim at a reporter after their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.In truth United were second best all over the pitch and the defeat kept them eight points behind Arsenal in fifth place. Mourinho’s side have now conceded 29 goals this season in the league, one more than they did across the whole of last season. Asked if he believed the players are playing for him, Mourinho snapped: “What is that? Are you calling the players dishonest? You are asking me if they are dishonest.”I believe they are honest and you believe they are dishonest. A footballer has to give the maximum every day, every match, every minute, it doesn’t matter the manager, it doesn’t matter anything.”The club that pays him, the fans that are 24 hours per day in love with our club. It’s about respect for the club and the fans. The players that don’t do the maximum you are calling them dishonest. I don’t call them dishonest at all.” last_img read more

28 Oct

10 months agoBayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer: Liverpool are vulnerable

first_imgBayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer: Liverpool are vulnerableby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes Champions League last-16 opponents Liverpool are vulnerable.The German giants have been struggling domestically this season, while Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are top of the Premier League.However, Neuer remains confident Bayern can get the job done over last season’s finalists.He told the club’s official website: “They’re having a very good season and we know they were in the Champions League final last year. “They certainly won’t be delighted with the draw, either. “They can counter quickly and they’re dangerous in front of goal, but they’re also vulnerable, as we’ve seen, and they’ll be up against a good Bayern attack.”It’ll be a great game both at Liverpool and also at home at the Allianz Arena.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

28 Oct

24 days ago​Vertonghen coy on Tottenham plans as free agency looms

first_img​Vertonghen coy on Tottenham plans as free agency loomsby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is coy regarding his future at the club.The Belgian centre-back has been a stalwart for the club in the past few seasons.But with his contract running out at the end of the campaign, there is no sign of him renewing.And the 32-year-old is coy on his future.”I’d prefer not to go into that, but there is always movement there, of course,” Vertonghen said when quizzed about his future by reporters.”It’s my eighth season and I’m feeling great. Maybe the results didn’t come our way [at the start of the season], but they were tough away games and you always have to see how you bounce back from that.”[My future is] not a distraction. I’m very aware of my age. I feel fairly young. It doesn’t distract me. I want to play as many games as possible. I’m very ambitious and I feel I’ve got a few good years left at the top level.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

28 Oct

20 days agoLeicester boss Rodgers fumes: Mane made most of it

first_imgLeicester boss Rodgers fumes: Mane made most of itby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers was furious with the way Sadio Mane won Liverpool’s matchwinning penalty on Saturday.Mane was brought down in stoppage time after a mix up between Albrighton and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel before James Milner calmly slotted from 12 yards to give the hosts a huge victory that extends their winning run in the league to 17 games, dating back to March.Rodgers felt aggrieved by Chris Kavanagh’s decision to award the penalty kick, saying: “I think he has made the most of the contact.”Strikers now, they are clever. He has had a touch and gone over. If the referee didn’t give it I don’t think anyone would have said it was a clear and obvious error. “To concede a 95 minute penalty was difficult to take. I thought we deserved a point. You come to the European champions and you have to be resilient and deal with pressure and show your own qualities. I felt we did that.”I thought we could go on and win the game. We conceded a goal when we were in control. I thought it was a very soft penalty, not clear and obvious that is for sure but when the referee gives it it is hard for the VAR to go against it. “But I am very proud of the team and the personality we showed. To come here and be that competitive, it shows we are very much on the right path.”You have to have that [doggedness]. Any of the best teams always has a balance.”You come to a stadium that is one of the most difficult in Europe, in terms of momentum. We were able to turn the momentum around for us. “You have to have all types. Today we had to have that persistence and perseverance but when we had spells with the ball, we looked creative and we had a threat. “We looked like we could maybe get in front in the game. It wasn’t to be but I am proud of coming to here and bringing a team to compete at that level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

28 Oct

a day agoTottenham planning signing spree in 2020

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham planning signing spree in 2020by Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are planning a signing spree in 2020.The Daily Mail says flying full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose were key figures in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s best side and Spurs feel they have lost one of their major strengths following the former’s departure to Manchester City and latter’s struggle to hit the same heights.Having signed Ryan Sessegnon, who can play down the left, for £25m from Fulham in the summer, landing a new right-back is their main priority in January.Norwich’s Max Aarons and West Brom’s Nathan Ferguson are two of Spurs’s options for that position.Beyond that Spurs intend to strengthen in central defence, central midfield and attack. They remain keen on Sporting Lisbon’s midfielder Bruno Fernandes and also have interest in Mainz forward Jean-Phillipe Mateta. last_img read more

14 Oct

Modern Klondike gold rush includes lights cameras

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Yukon’s Economy is booming right now.Mining and exploration is at record highs.With gold prices sitting at $1,600 an ounce, the Klondike is experiencing a second gold rush.Except this time, instead of being armed with picks and shovels, crews are coming with lights and cameras.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

9 Aug

Rep Chatfield announces July office hours

first_img State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of July.“Traveling across my district every week and consistently holding monthly office hours in every county has allowed me to stay accessible to the people I represent. While maintaining this kind of demanding schedule can be challenging at times, I am committed to keeping in touch with residents and the local issues of concern,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering.His July office hours schedule is:Tuesday, July 7thEmmet County Parks Place Café 2495 U.S. 31 in Conway 9-10:30 a.m.Cheboygan County State Street Coffee 211 West State Street in Cheboygan 12-1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9thChippewa County Willabee’s Restaurant 9915 West 6 Mile Road in Brimley 9-10:30 a.m.Mackinac County Java Joe’s 959 North State Street in St. Ignace 2-3:30 p.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at leechatfield@house.mi.gov or through his website at www.RepChatfield.com. 02Jul Rep. Chatfield announces July office hours Categories: Chatfield Newslast_img read more

7 Aug

The Society for Broadband Professionals SCTE has

first_imgThe Society for Broadband Professionals (SCTE) has opened its 2013 Technological Innovation Awards and Individual Achievement Awards for nominations.The awards, which recognise the achievements of companies and individuals in the broadband arena, will be presented during the SCTE Gala Dinner on March 23 2013 at Drapers’ Hall in London. Previous SCTE Technological Innovation Awards winners include Harmonic, RGB Networks, Technetix and Ineoquest.last_img

28 Jul

New Jack sculpture by Jim Love to be dedicated May 10 at

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduNew ‘Jack’ sculpture by Jim Love to be dedicated May 10 at RiceHOUSTON – (May 7, 2013) – Rice University will dedicate “Jack,” its new permanent installation from acclaimed American modernist sculptor Jim Love, at 1:30 p.m. May 10.The red 5-by-5-foot steel sculpture is positioned on the lawn in front of the university’s Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center, 6100 Main St.JIM LOVE“This playful and active sculpture is an iconic edition to our growing constellation of public art installations on the Rice campus,” said Rice University Art Director Molly Hubbard. “We are incredibly thankful to the Kenneth E. Bentsen family for their generosity in making this significant contribution to our collection.”Love (1927–2005) was born in Amarillo, Texas. He graduated from Baylor University in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduation, he moved to Houston. Love championed the practice of creating art out of the scrap metal he found in junkyards. The artist rose to prominence in 1961 when his groupings of found objects were included in the groundbreaking exhibition “The Art of Assemblage” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.Love was the creator of highly visible public sculptures in Houston that include the “Call Ernie” airplane at the entrance to Hobby Airport; the “Portable Trojan Bear” in Hermann Park; and the welded screen “Area Code” in the lobby of the Alley Theatre.“Jim Love was not only one of Houston’s most important artists and a catalyst for the Houston art scene, he was also a close friend,” the Bentsen family said. “His art, and in particular his ‘Jack,’ became part of our family and then our children’s families. After influencing four generations of Bentsens, we can think of no better home than Rice University, where it will bring the same awe and joy to more generations to come.”For more information on public art at Rice, visit publicart.rice.edu.Media interested in covering the May 10 dedication ceremony should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. last_img read more

18 Jul

Endogenous retrovirus type W found to be a major contributor to nerve

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 28 2019Early disease stages of MS are primarily characterized by immune cell infiltration of the CNS. This causes inflammation that damages the so-called myelin sheaths. Myelin sheaths are electrically insulating structures established by specialized glial cells of the CNS, referred to as ‘oligodendrocytes’. These structures protect, nourish and stabilize axons, which transmit electrical signals between neurons.There is a large therapeutic repertoire of immunomodulatory drugs available that can effectively target the inflammatory aspects of relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS). But when MS progresses, damage accumulates which ultimately results in irreversible deficits and clinical disability. Unfortunately, despite decades of intense research disease progression is still untreatable as there are no therapies available that either prevent damage or repair injured axons.Related StoriesNovel imaging molecule reveals brain changes linked to progressive MSNerve transfer surgery restores upper limb function in people with tetraplegiaNanotechnology treatment reverses multiple sclerosis symptoms in miceIn a new study published online on June 18 in the renowned journal PNAS a research team led by Prof. Dr. Patrick Küry from the Department of Neurology (chaired by Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Hartung) has shed light on a novel axon damage mechanism which could be highly relevant for progressive MS (PMS) patients.As outlined by the first author of this research paper, Dr. David Kremer, the envelope (ENV) protein of the pathogenic human endogenous retrovirus type W (pHERV-W) was found to be a major contributor to nerve damage in MS. In collaboration with research teams in Cleveland (OH, USA) and Montreal (CAN) the authors demonstrated that the ENV protein drives CNS resident microglial cells to contact and damage myelinated axons.Alongside the scientific research into determining how the damage mechanism works, clinical developments aiming at neutralizing the harmful ENV protein in MS patients have also progressed. Two clinical studies conducted under the supervision of Prof. Hartung have already successfully tested the ENV-neutralising antibody temelimab. MRI scans of the participants treated in the study showed reduced damage to the nerve tissue.The Düsseldorf-based researchers and their colleagues can therefore explain why neurodegeneration is decreased in patients treated with temelimab. This antibody specifically binds to the ENV protein of the retrovirus and blocks its activity in the CNS. As stated by Prof. Hartung, future clinical studies in progressive MS patients will now have to demonstrate whether temelimab treatment can also improve clinical symptoms resulting from neurodegeneration. Source:Heinrich-Heine University DuesseldorfJournal reference:Kremer, D. et al. (2019) pHERV-W envelope protein fuels microglial cell-dependent damage of myelinated axons in multiple sclerosis. PNAS. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1901283116.last_img read more

18 Jul

Foxconn wants to tap 7 million gallons of water a day

Foxconn Technology Group wants to tap 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan to meet its needs. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Foxconn wants to tap 7 million gallons of water a day (2018, January 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-foxconn-million-gallons-day.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Foxconn to announce location of Wisconsin plant Wednesday The city of Racine asked the state Department of Natural Resources for permission Monday to divert water from the lake primarily to serve the planned display panel factory and campus.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the permission is needed under an interstate agreement that guides water use in eight states that border the Great Lakes.Under the compact, all water shipped out must be returned to Lake Michigan minus what’s lost to evaporation or what’s incorporated into Foxconn’s manufacturing process.The Taiwanese company says it could invest up to $10 billion on the display panel factory that could employ up to 13,000 people. read more

18 Jul

Bitcoin drops below 6000 for first time in three months

Bitcoin has plunged more than two thirds from its record highs in December This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The virtual currency fell to $5,992 for the first time since mid-November, according to Bloomberg News, the latest hammering for the cryptocurrency that saw a stratospheric 26-fold rise last year.Tuesday’s collapse comes just six weeks after bitcoin hit a record high of $19,511, fuelled by a flood of speculators looking to make a quick buck.Since those heady days the cryptomarket—which includes dozens of other units—has been pounded by news of crackdowns by governments including in China, Russia and South Korea, one of the biggest markets for the sector.On Thursday, India said it would “take all measures to eliminate” cryptocurrencies’ use as part of a payment system and in funding illegitimate activities, while Japanese authorities raided a virtual currency exchange after it lost $530 million to hackers.Central banks in Europe, Japan and the United States have also flagged concerns about the unit. This week several commercial lenders said they would stop allowing their customers to buy bitcoin through their credit cards owing to debt concerns.Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia Pacific at Oanda, said “the dynamics behind the moves are regulatory clampdowns and investors losing confidence in crypto”.The sell-off on Tuesday was exacerbated by crushing losses on world stock markets, with the Dow on Wall Street suffering its biggest one-day points loss and wiping out all its 2018 gains.Panicked investors are fretting over rising US borrowing costs, leading them to cash in profits after a stellar couple of months that have seen many indexes hit record or all-time highs.Equities have enjoyed months of surges fuelled by optimism over the US economy, corporate earnings and the global outlook.But while traders have been piling into equities, pushing many global indexes to record or multi-year highs, there has been growing concern on trading floors about elevated US Treasury bond yields—at four-year highs—and the likelihood of fresh Federal Reserve interest rate rises.”The risk-off tone is hitting Bitcoin almost as hard as a global regulator and bank scrutiny,” said Greg McKenna, chief market strategist at AxiTrader. “The latest dent to the Cryptospace has been banks saying they are shutting down the ability of clients to buy bitcoin with their cards.””This could end up a full round trip back into the $1,850/$2,966 region.” © 2018 AFP Bitcoin plunged more than 20 percent to fall below $6,000 on Tuesday, its latest sharp loss following a series of setbacks, with a global stock market collapse fuelling the selling. Cryptocurrencies fall after Japan’s Coincheck halts withdrawals Citation: Bitcoin drops below $6,000 for first time in three months (2018, February 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-bitcoin-months.html Explore further read more

18 Jul

UK Canada seek to question Facebooks Zuckerberg on fake news

first_imgMark Zuckerberg has testified to the U.S. Congress. Could a visit before U.K. and Canadian lawmakers be next? UK MPs pressure Zuckerberg to testify on Facebook data breach That’s what parliamentary committees in Britain and Canada want, and they are urging Zuckerberg to show up and testify before a joint hearing of international lawmakers that are investigating fake news and how it is spread on the internet.In a letter sent to Zuckerberg Wednesday, Damian Collins, chairman of the United Kingdom’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, and Bob Zimmer, chairman of the Canadian Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, said they plan a joint parliamentary hearing Nov. 7 to form an “‘international grand committee’ on disinformation and fake news.”Collins said the nature of the hearing is such that other nations’ parliaments will also be represented at the meeting.Last week, the U.K’s national privacy regulator fined Facebook $645,000 for what it called “serious” violations of data protection rules that helped lead to the Cambridge Analytica scandal at Facebook. Citation: UK, Canada seek to question Facebook’s Zuckerberg on fake news (2018, October 31) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-uk-canada-facebook-zuckerberg-fake.html Explore further ©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

18 Jul

Robots may care for you in old age—and your children will teach

first_imgNewborn babies are very limited in what they can do and what they can perceive of the world around them. The muscle strength in a baby’s neck isn’t sufficient to support the head and they haven’t yet learned to control their arms and limbs. Starting at month zero may seem very limiting for a robot, but the physical constraints on the baby actually help it to focus its learning on a small subset of problems, such as learning to coordinate its eyes with what it is hearing and seeing. These steps form the initial stages of a baby building up a model of its own body, before trying to understand all the complexities of the world around it. We applied a similar set of constraints on a robot by initially locking various joints from moving to simulate the absence of muscle control. We also adjusted the images from the robot’s camera vision to “see” the world how a newborn baby would—a much more blurry view than adults are used to. Rather than telling the robot how to move, we can allow it to discover this for itself. The benefit to this is that as calibrations change over time, or as limbs get damaged, the robot will be able to adapt to these changes and continue to operate.Learning through playOur studies show that through applying these constraints on learning, not only does the rate at which new knowledge and skills are learned increase, but the accuracy of what is learned increases too.By giving the robot control over when the constraints are lifted—allowing more control over its joints and improving its vision – the robot can control its own learning rate. By lifting these constraint when the robot has saturated its current scope for learning, we can simulate muscle growth in infants and allow the robot to mature at its own rate. We modelled how an infant learns and simulated the first 10 months of growth. As the robot learned correlations between the motor movements they made and the sensory information they received, stereotypical behaviours observed in infants, such as “hand regard”—where children spend long periods staring at their hands as they move—emerged in the robot’s behaviour.As the robot learns to coordinate its own body, the next major milestone it passes is beginning to understand the world around it. Play is a major part of a child’s learning. It helps them explore their environment, test various possibilities and learn the results. Initially, this might be something as simple as banging a spoon against a table, or trying to put various objects in their mouths, but this can develop into building towers of blocks, matching shapes or slotting objects into the correct holes. All of these activities are constructing experiences that will provide the foundation for skills later on, such as finding the right key to fit in a lock and the fine motor skills for slotting the key into the keyhole then turning it.In the future, building on these techniques could give robots the means for learning and adapting to the complex environments and challenges that humans take for granted in everyday life. One day, it could mean robot carers that are as in tune with human needs and as capable of meeting them as another human. Smart eve versus the iCub. iCub learns from how children play. Credit: Sandy Spence, CC BY-NC Explore further Provided by The Conversation If a robot is to help take care of people in old age, then the range of problems it will encounter in the home will vary enormously compared to these training situations. During the course of a day, robots might be expected to do everything from making a cup of tea to changing the bedding while holding a conversation. These are all challenging tasks that are more challenging when attempted together. No two homes will be the same, which will mean robots will have to learn fast and adapt to their environment. As anyone sharing a home will appreciate, the objects you need won’t always be found in the same place—robots will need to think on their feet to find them.One approach is to develop a robot capable of lifelong learning which could store knowledge based on experiences, and work out how to adapt and apply it to new problems. After learning to make a cup of tea, the same skills could be applied to making coffee. The best learning agent that scientists know of is the human mind, which is capable of learning throughout its life—adapting to complex and ever-changing environments and solving a wide variety of problems on a daily basis. Modelling how humans learn could help develop robots that we can interact with naturally, almost like how we’d interact with another person.Simulating a child’s developmentThe first question to ask when starting to model humans is, where to start? Alan Turing, the famous mathematician and thinker on artificial intelligence once said: “Instead of trying to produce a programme to simulate the adult mind, why not rather try to produce one which simulates the child’s? If this were then subjected to an appropriate course of education one would obtain the adult brain.” This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Citation: Robots may care for you in old age—and your children will teach them (2019, June 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-robots-ageand-children.htmlcenter_img Folding towels – not so easy when you’re a robot. Credit: Tanja Esser/Shutterstock It’s likely that before too long, robots will be in the home to care for older people and help them live independently. To do that, they’ll need to learn how to do all the little jobs that we might be able to do without thinking. Many modern AI systems are trained to perform specific tasks by analysing thousands of annotated images of the action being performed. While these techniques are helping to solve increasingly complex problems, they still focus on very specific tasks and require lots of time and processing power to train. He compared the child’s brain to an empty notebook that could be filled through education to develop an intelligent adult “system.” But what’s the age of a human child that scientists should try to model and install in robots? What initial knowledge and skills does a robot need to start with? Shared control allows a robot to use two hands working together to complete tasks This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

16 Jul

50sen nasi lemak a surefire way to lure customers

first_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} BUTTERWORTH: A hawker here has demonstrated a marketing strategy called loss leader with dramatic success.His stall sells prawn fritters, spring rolls and other snacks, but every morning, it is his nasi lemak that triggers a buying frenzy. The reason? It is only 50 sen a packet.When Wong Kum Soon, 48, opens his hawker stall at 7am, a barrage of customers almost immediately crowds his stall for his nasi lemak. Nation 16 Jun 2019 Nasi lemak seller killed after car crashes into stall The Star visited his stall in Taman Tanjung Aman near Jalan Raja Uda and watched his clients grab five to 10 packets in one go.It happened so fast that assistant chief photographer Mustafa Ahmad hardly had time to capture the rush after recording video clips of the scene for TheStarTV.com.In less than 30 minutes, the horde cleaned out the nasi lemak and Wong would carry on selling the rest of his offerings until 3pm.Loss leaders are products sold at cost or even at a loss to draw customers and stimulate the sale of other products sold at normal prices.This retail marketing strategy has existed since the 1950s and is practised by hypermarkets, too.Wong used to be the regional sales manager for a company in Kuala Lumpur but moved here, which is his wife’s hometown, eight years ago when he felt life in the federal capital was too stressful.He became a hawker and started his loss leader strategy two weeks ago. The condiments in his little packets of nasi lemak are either eggs, salted fish, prawns or anchovies.Wong prepares about 500 packets daily.“Many workers and students come to buy them. I am happy to offer breakfast at such a price.“Each packet gives me a profit of about 10 sen,” he said. Related News Nation 17 Jun 2019 Driver remanded after car crashes into stall and kills nasi lemak seller Nation 18 Jun 2019 Drone delivery nasi lemak, anyone? Related News Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/12/50sen-nasi-lemak-a-surefire-way-to-lure-customers/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:2901:29 last_img read more

16 Jul

Wee gives further details on RM15mil grant to Kojadi

first_img Nation 12 Jul 2019 Wee: Kojadi wrote to MACC over RM15mil grant “The Kojadi board of directors complied with IRB’s instruction and paid off the sum (on June 11),” he said in a Facebook posting on Saturday (July 13).Dr Wee said in December 2018, Kojadi failed to get the RM50mil allocation for Budget 2019, with the reason given that Kojadi and MCA were not separate organisations.”It is true that Kojadi was founded by MCA, but not all in the party is a member of the co-operative.”A person has to contribute to Kojadi and only then they are eligible for membership. Now, the co-operative is rated five stars and has about 60,000 members from different races. How can it only be for MCA members?” he said.He said on Dec 26, 2018, Kojadi chairman Datuk Ng Peng Hay wrote a letter to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner regarding the grant, asking for advice.”I was informed by Ng that he acted in line with what was agreed with the Kojadi board of directors who took their own initiative to write to Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull,” he added.Dr Wee questioned why Ng had sent a copy of a letter that he wrote to the MACC to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng as well.”Yayasan 1MDB is under the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry whereas the Co-operative Societies Commission (SKM) is under the Entrepreneur Development Ministry.”What has this got to do with the Finance Ministry?” he asked.Dr Wee said MACC replied to Kojadi’s letter on Jan 30 this year.The MACC, he added, told Kojadi that the 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) case was still under investigation, and had said nothing of Yayasan 1MDB.”The letter also stated that the MACC would inform Kojadi if it needed further assistance or cooperation.”So, what is wrong if Kojadi acts according to the rule of law? Fourteen board members have clarified that what was decided in a meeting on June 27, 2019 was to follow up the matter in writing with MACC, not to return the funds to them without referring to lawyers and the leadership,” he said. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 11 Jul 2019 Dr Wee: Kojadi has written to MACC over RM15mil grant Nation 28 Jun 2019 Kojadi will write to MACC over RM15mil grantcenter_img PETALING JAYA: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has further clarified the events surrounding the RM15mil grant given to Koperasi Jayadiri Sdn Bhd (Kojadi) by Yayasan 1MDB.Listing a chronology, he stated that in August 2012 Kojadi had informed the Co-operatives Commission (SKM) of the RM15mil grant to implement a micro-credit scheme for the youth.Later that month, SKM replied Kojadi that it had no issues concerning the grant, he said.”A few days after Pakatan Harapan won the general election (on May 18), the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) issued a letter for Kojadi to pay taxes, including penalties and fines on the RM15mil grant received from Yayasan 1MDB in 2012. The total amount to be paid was RM1,031,606.44. Related News Related Newslast_img read more

16 Jul

Grab welcomes threemonth reprieve for unlicensed drivers

first_img“This includes the training and examinations, while others that were put in place just days ago were the e-hailing sticker designs, which were shared with e-hailing operators last week,” she added.Following the announcement, she said the company’s immediate focus is to help solve the capacity issues in the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and driving schools that were not designed to handle such a large volume of PSV applications.”Since the start of the various processes from mid-April, most of our manpower has been focused on unblocking these capacity constraints.”This includes arranging large exam halls to avoid the backlog at driving schools, and to streamline the PSV application process by collating and submitting documents on behalf of our drivers to the JPJ for processing,” she said.In the next three months, Grab Malaysia will also continue building its programmes to help its driver reduce the costs and time in meeting the regulatory requirements.In a press conference on Friday, Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced that the Cabinet had agreed to allow unlicensed e-hailing drivers to operate for another three months to obtain their PSV licences.The deadline was supposed to be Friday (July 12).The decision was made in Friday’s weekly Cabinet meeting.Related story:Three-month reprieve for unlicensed e-hailing drivers PETALING JAYA: Grab Malaysia says it is “truly appreciative” of the Government’s announcement to allow unlicensed drivers to continue offering ride-hailing services for another three months until they obtain their passenger service vehicle (PSV) licences.”Within hours today, we had already experienced a drop of almost 20% in the number of driver partners on the road, which resulted in difficulties for our passengers in getting a ride and a loss of income for many.”We think this is a fair decision by the minister,” a Grab Malaysia spokesperson said.Refuting statements claiming that Grab drivers were given twelve months to comply and were making excuses including leaving things to the last minute, she said multiple key requirements were only formalised three months ago. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Tech News 08 May 2019 Grab Malaysia offers cash reimbursements to help e-hailing drivers cope with new regulationscenter_img Nation 19 Apr 2019 Perak e-hailing drivers urge govt to standardise price of PSV licence Related News Nation 17 May 2019 Loke: E-hailing drivers can opt for e-PSV licence courselast_img read more