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November 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNEW YORK — It was an exhilarating run with an empty feeling at the finish line.For a team that lost the World Series in five games, the New York Mets came tantalizingly close to winning.They led Kansas City in the eighth inning or later during three gut-wrenching defeats. They played 53 innings and only trailed at the end of 13.Nine more outs spread over those gnawing nights and they’re the ones bouncing in blissful unison at Citi Field, hoisting the championship trophy, soaking each other with champagne.“This hurt,” Captain David Wright said. “There’s no doubt about it.”After locking up leads all season with steady closer Jeurys Familia, the Mets were unable to put away the relentless Royals. Uncharacteristic walks, deficient defense and a couple of questionable decisions by Manager Terry Collins did them in.What follows now is endless second-guessing and a litany of what-ifs. The players, however, will leave all that to everyone else.“That’ll drive you crazy if you start doing that,” Wright said. “When we get a chance a few days from now, a few weeks from now, to sit down and reflect on what we did to get here, I think it’s going to bring a smile to everybody’s face.”Indeed, it was a rollicking and unexpected ride to New York’s first National League pennant in 15 years.Decided underdogs to Washington in the NL East division, Matt Harvey and the Mets re-energized fans at Citi Field during their first winning season since Shea Stadium was still home in 2008.New York ended a nine-year MLB playoff drought and captured its sixth division title. The Mets dispatched the $290 million Los Angeles Dodgers in a tense and testy Division Series, then swept the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series with a dominant display of pitching and power.“Best time I’ve ever had on a baseball field,” said Wright, who returned in late August after missing more than four months due to a hamstring injury and spinal stenosis.Along the way, Jacob deGrom and rookie Noah Syndergaard demonstrated their late-season mettle. Steven Matz more than held his own despite limited experience, and Daniel Murphy morphed into a record-setting playoff star.“I just told the players, ‘I’ve done this for a long, long time and this is the most fun I’ve ever had,’” Collins said early Nov. 2 after his team’s 12-inning loss in the Series finale. “Last March or last June no one would ever have said we were going to be sitting where we are.”Flush with hard-throwing young aces, the Mets could be a force for years to come.Zack Wheeler is expected back from Tommy John surgery by next summer, and New York’s entire projected rotation is under contractual control through 2018.“These guys proved that they can be marquee names, household names, guys that can go out there and compete for the Cy Young year in and year out, and guys that can carry this organization for years to come into the postseason,” Wright said.Two important bats could be gone from the middle of the lineup, though.Murphy and slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who exited the final game of the Series after fouling a ball off his left knee, became free agents Nov. 2.So did four other players included on a postseason roster: Tyler Clippard, Bartolo Colon, Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe.Acquired from Detroit at the July 31 trade deadline, Cespedes will likely seek at least a six-year contract well in excess of $100 million. He said he would like to stay, but those numbers might not fit the Mets’ plans.Another big question: will the 30-year-old Murphy get paid in line with the limited contact hitter he’s been most of his career, or the player who suddenly discovered a dangerous power stroke late in the second half this season and totaled seven homers in nine NL playoff games?But with rookie outfielder Michael Conforto and all those young pitchers on board, there’s good reason to think the 2016 Mets could follow Kansas City’s recent course — lose the World Series one year, win it the next.Next season will mark three decades since New York’s last title in 1986.“Now we’ve got the, we’ve-been-there, done-that kind of feel going on,” first baseman Lucas Duda said. “I like our ballclub.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWest Indies’ dim hopes of qualifying to the World Cup 2019 semi-finals officialy came to an end as they slumped to a 125-run defeat to India at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday. West Indies Jason Holder held an uninspiring batting performance for the cause of the massive defeat.West Indies produced a disciplined show with the ball as their seam bowlers picked crucial wickets in the middle overs to give India reality check of existential dread surrounding their middle order. The bowlers were successful in restricting India to an achieveable total of 268.However, chasing the total, the West Indies big-hitters crumbled soon in frustration as a fiery India bowling unit did not give them much chance to score big. As a result, the carribean side were bundled out with more than 15 overs remaining in the game.”Thought the bowlers did a fantastic job on this surface. Just let ourselves down with the bat. In hindsight, Dhoni’s (stumping) miss a crucial moment we didn’t seize. Let ourselves down significantly in this tournament. Missed a few chances in the field which cost us,” Jason Holder said in a post match interview.”Batting was too inconsistent. Can’t fault the bowlers. Need to improve. Probably our weakest format, this. Kemar Roach was outstanding today. Youngsters have chipped in here and there. Bowlers had a reasonable campaign. Can’t fault their efforts. Fielding, definitely has to improve. So does the batting.”Chasing 269 on a tricky pitch, West Indies never found any momentum. Mohammed Shami removed Chris Gayle and Shai Hope inside the first 7 overs and the Windies never recovered from that early jolt. Sunil Ambris and Nicholas Pooran looked to put their team on the road to recovery but Hardik Pandya dismissed Ambris to trigger a typical West Indies collapse.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli breaks Tendulkar and Lara record, fastest to 20,000 international runsAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Fan edits third umpire’s Wikipedia after controversial Rohit Sharma dismissalAlso Seelast_img read more

October 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -Designing a New Halifax High School The province has chosen the design for the future downtownHalifax high school. The winning design was proposed by thearchitectural firm Fowler Bauld and Mitchell, which will alsoadminister the contract for the construction of the school. “It was absolutely critical that the design of the new school fitin with its unique location next to the historic Citadel Hill,”said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works.”We have a first-class design for a building that the students ofcentral Halifax will be calling their own in just two years’time.” The new 1,200-student Halifax high school, which will replaceQueen Elizabeth and St. Patrick’s high schools, will be built atthe current site of the Bell Road campus of the Nova ScotiaCommunity College (NSCC). A new NSCC campus will be built on a25-acre site on the Dartmouth waterfront. The value of the award to Fowler Bauld and Mitchell is $859,000.The firm will continue to work closely with the departments ofEducation and Transportation and Public Works, Halifax RegionalSchool Board, and the school steering team on the design of thenew school. The school is expected to open in September 2006. The totalproject cost is $21 million.last_img read more

October 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi/Mumbai: A booster dose in the form of further rate cut is expected from the Reserve Bank to rekindle economic growth which has been stunted by low demand, receding production and stagnant wages. Economy watchers contend that subdued food prices coupled with growth concerns allows RBI to aggressively cut key lending rate. Market observers have prescribed a range between 25 and 50 basis points to bring down the cost of finance and give impetus to consumption growth. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents Overall, the apex bank might cut repo rate by 75-100 basis points throughout this fiscal, if inflation target remains in sight. RBI’s medium-term target for consumer price index (CPI) inflation is of “4 per cent within a band of +/- 2 per cent”. “Slower growth and lower inflation has given the RBI room to go in for a repo-rate cut,” Sunil Kumar Sinha, Director — Public Finance and Principal Economist India Ratings and Research (Fitch Group), told IANS. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief “We expect that there might be 25 basis points reduction in the repo rate, but the apex bank can also go in for a larger cut. However, progress of Monsoon and global crude oil prices will be key factors to determine the magnitude of the rate cut.” According to State Bank of India’s Group Chief Economic Adviser Soumya Kanti Ghosh, a large rate cut coupled with specific instructions on liquidity coupled with a budget laying down a manageable fiscal consolidation road map will help rev up the economy. The expected rate cut assumes significance as the overall economic growth rate in Q4, 2018-19 has slowed. In addition, macro economic indicators like core industrial production and automobile sales have slumped. Consequently a monetary policy easing should allow banks to reduce their lending rates and help both consumers and the industry to get cheaper finance. Importantly, a faster transmission of earlier policy easing by lenders is also required, as high interest rates and liquidity constraints have demoralised auto, home and capital goods buyers. As per a Finance Ministry report in March, though easing of monetary policy has the potential to support growth, the recent cuts in repo rate are yet to be transmitted to the weighted average lending rate of banks, thus the effects of the easing on investment activity are yet to manifest. “We expect 25 basis points cut in the June policy, followed by at least another 25 basis points in the following policy meeting,” said Madhavi Arora, Lead Economist, Edelweiss Securities. “However we reckon the focus of RBI will now move to improve the monetary transmission of the past policies.” Currently, the policy repo, or central bank’s short-term lending rate for commercial banks, stands at 6 per cent. The RBI in April lowered its key lending rate by 25 basis points (bps) to 6 per cent. Before that, in February, the MPC had voted to lower the repo rate by 25 bps to 6.25 per cent.last_img read more

October 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIslamabad/Gurdaspur: Officials from India and Pakistan on Friday discussed in a cordial atmosphere the technical modalities like the level of the roads and the bridge of the proposed Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims, the first such meeting after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status leading to fresh tensions between the two countries. The meeting at the Zero point, where the Indian and Pakistani side of the proposed corridor converge, was attended by 10 to 15 officials from each side, an official of the National Highways Authority of India, who attended the meeting, told PTI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The meeting lasted for close to two hours during which various technical aspects pertaining to the corridor were discussed, chief engineer with NHAI, T S Chahal, said. Officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs, BSF, Land Port Authority of India, which is constructing a state-of-the-art passenger terminal building, also attended the meeting. The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday This was the first meeting on the Kartarpur Corridor after India on August 5 revoked Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories. Chahal said the technical issues regarding level of roads and bridge of proposed corridor, were also discussed. Medical facilities which would be provided to pilgrims during their visit were also discussed. In the meeting, which was held in makeshift tents at the Zero point, both the sides discussed timing of completion of bridge, alignment of roads and other engineering aspects of the proposed crossing points. “The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere,” said Chahal. He said various works relating to the corridor would be completed well in time before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November. So far, there is no official word from the Pakistani side on Friday’s meeting. The area where the meeting took place was heavily guarded and no media personnel was allowed to go near the venue. However, the devotees and local people were allowed access to a point on the Indian side from where they could see the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib. Pakistan and India have been discussing the modalities regarding the opening of the corridor at Narowal, some 125-km from Lahore, on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November. Over the past few months many rounds of meetings have been held on the corridor during which the experts from the two sides have discussed its alignment, coordinates and other engineering aspects of the proposed crossing points. In July, delegations of the two countries held a meeting on the Pakistani side of the Attari-Wagah border to discuss the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor. The corridor will also be the first visa-free corridor between the two neighbours since their independence in 1947. Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, the final resting place of Guru Nanak, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak up to the border will be constructed by India. India is constructing a bridge at the zero point and has urged Pakistan to build a similar bridge on its side that will provide safe and secure movement of pilgrims and address concerns regarding flooding. The bridge is over a creek of which the majority part falls in Pakistan. Tension between India and Pakistan has escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Reacting to India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner.last_img read more

October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Canadian Press FIELD, B.C. — Three crew members of a Canadian Pacific freight train have died in a derailment near the Alberta-British Columbia boundary.A spokesman with the railway confirms the crew members died when the westbound freight jumped the tracks at about 1 a.m. MT near Field, B.C.Salem Woodrow says there will be a full investigation to determine what caused the derailment.British Columbia’s Environment Ministry confirms between 30 and 40 grain cars are off the tracksDavid Karn also says the ministry has been told the locomotive is in the Kicking Horse River.He says the situation is being monitored and there is no immediate word of fuel or other contaminants entering the water.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The Canadian Press CALGARY — The National Energy Board is rejecting a call made by an environmental group last month to greatly expand the scope of its reconsideration of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Stand.earth filed a motion to the federal regulator on Jan. 21 demanding it add consideration of the project’s upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions to its review of project-related marine shipping issues.It asked the board to apply the same standard to the project as it did with the Energy East pipeline before it submits its final report to the federal government, expected this Friday.But the federal regulator says in a ruling on its website that its reconsideration is designed only to address issues arising out of the Federal Court of Appeal ruling in August that set aside its previous approval.It says Stand.earth’s proposal missed its deadlines and repeated requests made by several other parties that had already been denied.In a news release, Stand.earth says the NEB decision breaks an election pledge made in 2015 by the Liberals to give all energy projects a full climate review.“The National Energy Board has denied this motion because the Trudeau government specifically excluded climate change impacts from a full review of this pipeline,” said international program director Tzeporah Berman. read more

October 11, 2019 | | Post a Comment

19 April 2011South Asia continues to have the largest concentrations of poor rural populations despite the fact that the wider Asia-Pacific region has made major strides in combating poverty, a United Nations agency said today, stressing that agriculture is key to poverty alleviation. The study by the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), entitled Agriculture – Pathways to Prosperity in Asia and the Pacific, shows that rural poverty rates have dropped only slightly in the last decade in South Asia, which now has the largest number of poor rural people – about half a billion – of any region in the world. Four-fifths of all extremely poor people in South Asia live in rural areas.Overall, extreme poverty in rural areas of developing countries in the region dropped from 48 per cent to 34 per cent over the past decade. Commenting on the report, Thomas Elhaut, the Director of IFAD’s Asia and the Pacific Division, noted that more than 350 million people in the Asia-Pacific region had lifted themselves out of poverty over the past 10 years.“There remains an urgent need to invest more and better in agriculture and rural areas in developing countries, based on a new approach to smallholder agriculture that is both market-oriented and sustainable,” said Mr. Elhaut.More than 680 million people in the Asia-Pacific region continue to live on less than $1.25 a day, and 70 per cent are inhabitants of Bangladesh, India, Nepal or Pakistan, according to IFAD.Across the region, 70 per cent of the poor live in rural areas and are generally landless, have large families, lack education and have limited access to markets, credit and technology.Most have a high degree of vulnerability to shocks such as severe illnesses, natural disasters and sudden food price fluctuations. The region is also highly vulnerable to variations in energy prices due to its high dependence on fossil fuels.IFAD stresses that agriculture contributes substantially to growth in gross domestic product (GDP) and poverty reduction.The Asia-Pacific region needs large increases in overseas development assistance, agricultural spending and fertilizer use to achieve Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG1), which aims to end extreme poverty and hunger by the target date of 2015. “So the prospects of achieving MDG1 are not so daunting,” said Mr. Elhaut.The IFAD study outlines policy and investment strategies aimed at helping smallholder farmers and other rural people manage the risks they face, as well as enabling them to access emerging agricultural markets and opportunities in the non-farm economy and thus improve their chances of financial success.“Each country must have policies in place to spur growth in the rural sector, enhance food security and overcome poverty,” Mr. Elhaut emphasized. read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

However he said the police were told to ensure Parliamentarians can attend Parliament sittings tomorrow.The joint opposition however said that the Minister was misleading Parliament and that the Police had been ordered to obtain a court order against the protest. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe however insisted that there was no move to stop the protest. Parliament had to be adjourned today after a tense situation arose over the scheduled protest by the joint opposition tomorrow.The tense situation arose after the joint opposition accused the Government of attempting to block a mass protest set to take place in Colombo tomorrow against the Government. Joint opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena told Parliament they had information the Police was to be used to block the peaceful protest. He said that unlike the former Government, the current Government will ensure the public have full freedom like the media.Law and order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara told Parliament the Government had not given the Police any instructions to stop the protest from taking place. read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“Raising the profile of mountain farmers and supporting them through an enabling policy environment will benefit both mountain people as well as populations living in lowlands that benefit from their products and services,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Assistant Director-General for Forests Eduardo Rojas-Briales said in Rome in launching a new report to mark International Mountain Day.Around 40 per cent of mountain populations in developing and transition countries – about 300 million people – are food insecure, with half of them suffering from chronic hunger, according the report, Mountain Farming is Family Farming, which cites secure land tenure, improved access to credit, empowering women, and public investment in education, health, transport and research as requirements to promote sustainable family farming in mountain regions. “The report comes out at a time as the post-2015 development agenda is being discussed,” Mr. Rojas-Briales said. “We need to ensure that issues related to sustainable mountain development are adequately reflected in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda.”Policies for mountain family farming should promote regional centres and small towns, which provide alternative employment opportunities in the artisanal, industrial and service sectors, stimulate the local economy and reduce migration, according to the report.Sustainable mountain family farming produces ecosystem services that are vital for lowland areas for which farmers should be compensated. Such services include sound watershed management for the provision of freshwater, conservation of biodiversity and attractive cultural landscapes for tourism and recreation.Today, family farming in mountain regions is undergoing rapid transformation, due to population growth, economic globalization, the spread of urban lifestyles and the migration of men and youth to urban areas. It results in increased workloads for women, higher pressure on local resources and the increased vulnerability of mountain farmers to global changes.At the same time, these changes can also provide opportunities for local development. For example, mountain people can diversify their income by engaging in non-farm activities such as tourism and the marketing of local handicrafts.”The International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) 2014 presents an opportunity to focus attention on the merits and challenges of family farming in mountain areas,” said Rosalaura Romeo, FAO Programme Officer at Forestry Department. “In mountain areas, family farming has for centuries contributed to sustainable development, thanks to its small-scale character and low carbon footprint.” read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Semifinalists are known at the Women’s EHF EURO 2010 in Denmark and Norway. In the last Round at the Main Group II, the favorites were secure and took the important points. Sweden won the group, after win over Hungary 24:19 (10:12). With eight points same as Norway, Sweden made one of the best results in their handball history. Norway beats Netherlands 35:13, something what losers done to Ukraine in Preliminary phase (25:13). Late awaken France won match over Ukraine 31:19, but after fourth consecutive win, world’s vice champion deserved just a battle for a fifth place.Standings:Sweden 8Norway 8France 6Netherlands 4Hungary 4Ukraine 0 EHF EURO 2010 ← Previous Story Ugly prejudices about the handball fans from Balkan Next Story → Torsten Laen until 2013 in Fuchse Berlin read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDes universitaires écossais reconstituent le visage d’une femme vikingDes élèves de l’Université britannique de Dundee, en Ecosse, ont réalisé la modélisation du visage d’une femme viking dont le squelette a été découvert en Angleterre il y a plus de trente ans.Parmi les projets du centre d’exposition “Jorvik Viking” de York en Angleterre, la reconstruction numérique du visage d’une femme viking a été confiée aux étudiants de l’Université de Dundee. Pour réaliser cet ambitieux objectif, les élèves ont utilisé comme base l’un des quatre squelettes découverts il y a plus de trente ans dans la ville de York. À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseLe processus de modélisation a tout d’abord consisté à recréer une image numérique du crâne grâce à un balayage laser du squelette. A partir de ce modèle et au moyen d’outils informatiques spécifiques, ils ont pu reconstruire petit à petit les différents muscles du visage, des plus profonds au plus superficiels. Une fois ce travail achevé, Janice Aitken, chercheur à l’Université, a finalisé la conception du modèle. Elle explique cette étape à BBC news : “J’ai utilisé le même type de logiciel que ceux employés pour créer des animations 3D dans l’industrie du film. J’ai ainsi ajouté au modèle des yeux réalistes, des cheveux et un chapeau. J’ai également ajouté l’éclairage pour créer un aspect naturel”.La modélisation finalisée a maintenant intégré la nouvelle exposition du centre de York sur les maladies qui ont affecté le peuple viking, mais aussi sur leurs dernières batailles menées avant la fin de leur ère. Des ossements sont exposés afin de montrer aux visiteurs les traumatismes sévères dus aux violents combats. Pour Janice Aitken, l’exposition de la nouvelle modélisation est extrêmement valorisant pour l’université : “Il est très satisfaisant de savoir que le travail des élèves de l’Université de Dundee sera vu par des milliers de visiteurs”. Selon elle, la reconstitution permettra aux visiteurs de s’identifier plus facilement à leurs ancêtres. Le 15 avril 2011 à 20:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgStay on target The fourth season of Gotham has been a particularly good one. It’s possibly the strongest first half of a season this show has ever had. It had cool new villains, charged personal conflicts and most of all, it managed to inject new life and energy into the mobsters-carving-up-Gotham story. It’s clear that after three full seasons, they got very good at making this show. It’s pulpy, fan-servicey, dumb and melodramatic, and that’s just the way we like it. Last week’s episode was mostly set-up for this fall finale, with pieces moving into place for a big fight. With all that work out of the way, this season wasted no time in giving us betrayal and shootouts right up front.Sofia Falcone has been a great addition to the series. The way she’s able to play shock and innocence, then immediately switch to ruthless killer makes her a formidable adversary for James Gordon. It means you never quite know what her plans are, or how far ahead she’s thought them through. From the moment she showed up, it was clear she was manipulating Penguin. We also knew she was doing the same to Gordon, but we had no idea to what extent. The one thing this season told us over and over again was that she planned everything out in advance, thinking entire games ahead. Even when it seemed like Penguin had won and she had failed, it turned out she’d prepared for just that exact situation. It got a little contrived at times, but it always made just enough sense that we could accept it.Jessica Lucas, Crystal Reed, Erin Richards and Camren Bicondova (Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX)This episode showed us just how long a game Sofia was playing. Crystal Reed plays it so well, we almost start to believe that she’s the victim in all this, despite an entire half-season telling us otherwise. Her presence this season added a cool new wrinkle to the ongoing mob war storyline of Gotham, and I’m excited to see it continue to play out. Her part of the episode begins with a major setback for Sofia. Penguin has told her father on her, and Carmine Falcone has come to collect his daughter. Things seem like they’re going to be OK. The problem of Sofia is dealt with, Penguin and Gordon’s deal still stands and the city can return to whatever counts as normal. Then Carmine is shot and killed in a drive-by. Sofia is hit as well and (seemingly) paralyzed. Carmine Falcone is a figure in the Batman comics, so it’s surprising that the show would kill him off. I thought canonical Batman villains had plot armor, but I guess not. That’s a big deal for this show.Following the murder, Gordon keeps Sofia safe in her office and everyone suspects Penguin of ordering the hit. Penguin has an interesting Cassandra complex going on because he’s the only one who suspects Sofia is up to something shady. But no one believes him because, well, he’s Penguin. It all escalates into a fantastic shootout between the cops and Penguin’s men. We’d never want to live in Gotham, but it sure is exciting when the streets break into all out war like this. I still came away from this episode wishing the Sirens had more to do, but they made the most of their scenes in this episode. Erin Richards is so good in every scene, from her reaction to Carmine Falcone showing up out of nowhere to her directing Tabitha’s behind-the-back gunfire. Barbara Keane and Victor Zsasz are two characters who deserve to be more than just someone else’s henchmen. Every scene they’re in is improved by their attitude and line delivery. I don’t know where I want Zsasz’s story to go, but I definitely want the Sirens to become their own independent criminal force when the season returns.Guest star Anthony Carrigan and Robin Lord Taylor (Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX)The twist at the end was a nice surprise too. When Pyg escaped and seemingly changed his face, I thought Gotham was just putting a pin in the story to come back later. It’s not like this show has never disappointed us like that before. Tying him into Sofia’s plans was a cool way to bring the season’s different stories together before the long hiatus. This episode was full of well-done twists, come to think of it. Since there’s no evidence tying Penguin to Carmine’s murder (because he didn’t do it), Sofia tells Gordon that he murdered Martin. Penguin reveals that Martin is alive, only for Zsasz to pull a perfectly-timed allegiance turn. It turns out he was with the Falcone family the whole time, and swears to testify that Penguin murdered Martin, despite knowing that the kid is alive. Gotham continues to employ better pro wrestling-style storytelling better than most actual pro wrestling shows.Gordon then shows up at Sofia’s house only to find Pyg/Lazlo waiting for him. It turns out he’s not actually a serial killer. He’s a contract killer who hides by making his hits look like a serial killer is committing them. I have to hand it to this show, they seeded this twist really well last week with the revelation that he used to have a completely different m.o. That’s some nice foreshadowing right there. Sofia called in Pyg to kill a bunch of cops, weakening their trust in Penguin and allowing her to take over the city. The plan actually makes sense, and makes me like Sofia as a character even more. Where it falls apart is when she uses it to control Gordon. The way it shakes out is that everyone knows Gordon went to visit the Falcones. That led to Sofia coming to Gotham, which brought the Pyg, leading to the cops getting killed. Ergo, Gordon is responsible for those officers’ deaths. That’s a serious logical leap right there. Gotham has a problem in that it wants to make Gordon a compromised figure, but it can’t reconcile that with the character we all know he becomes. It can never have him do anything too terrible. Gordon isn’t the noir character they desperately want him to be. So they have to come up with increasingly convoluted ways for him to technically have some dirt on his hands, but not really. The closest they came to pulling it off was last season’s bounty hunter Gordon, and even that didn’t last more than a few episodes. We know he’s going to come out the other end smelling like a rose, so the stakes can’t be all that high. We just don’t believe this is the undoing the show wants us to think it is.Ben McKenzie (Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX)The rest of the episode’s plots dutifully walked themselves to decent conclusions. Bruce Wayne continues to be a real dick to Alfred, who takes the abuse in stride and tries a little tough love to pull him out of the funk. It doesn’t work. After reflexively punching the kid in the face (not like he wasn’t asking for it), Bruce emancipates himself and fires Alfred. Despite the little screen time this plot received, it’s effective because David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee play their roles so well. They really are the perfect Young Bruce and Alfred. They know why those characters have stuck together all these years, and that’s why it’s legitimately affecting to see them broken up like this. We know it can’t last long, but that doesn’t make it any less painful to watch. Then there’s Nygma and Grundy, who is just kind of there. Lee’s story is the most interesting thing happening in The Narrows, and she’s not even in this episode. Instead, Nygma argues with himself in a mirror about whether he loves Lee or not. It’s lame, but at least sets up a return of The Riddler, which is always exciting. Grundy gets captured by Tabitha who beats the crap out of him to jog his memory. It doesn’t work until right at the end. After she’s left the room, of course. A Solomon Grundy who remembers who he used to be could be interesting. When the show gets to it.Of course, Gotham leaves us with the one thing that guarantees we’ll be on the edge of our seats waiting for the show to come back. Penguin’s in jail when he starts hearing someone talking to him. His new friend turns out to be Jerome, all Jokered up now. If this wasn’t already a strong season, a full-Joker Jerome definitely has me excited to see where it goes next. He might actually be my favorite Joker… OK, probably not but he’s definitely in the top three. After seeing that cut-open smile at the end of this fall finale, I desperately want to see what he does when Gotham returns. In “Spring.” Why do Fox TV schedules have to be so weird? Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News last_img read more

September 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAs AC Milan are not likely to qualify for the Champions League, Suso has been said to leave the club at the end of the season as many clubs would be interested in bringing him.Christian Abbiati, the AC Milan club manager, still believes that they will be able to make the Spaniard stay and he doesn’t want to hear about a possible swap deal with Napoli and José Callejón.The former Rossoneri keeper spoke about Suso’s situation, according to Calcio Mercato:Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Callejon-Suso exchange? Callejon is a great player, but we have Suso who is a champion and I would keep him close, and if Callejon should come too, so be it.”He also shared his opinion on the current affair around Buffon:“Buffon is partly justifiable because such a call 30 seconds from the end is painful but I think he has reviewed it and knows he was wrong. He is a great champion, it can happen to go beyond the lines sometimes but it is understandable.”last_img read more

September 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAccording to the former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit, Paris Saint-Germain did not show respect for their ex-boss Unai EmeryFormer Arsenal superstar Emmanuel Petit has criticized French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint Germain.For him, PSG did not show any respect to former Gunners boss Unai Emery.“I’m happy for Unai Emery that he has been given this chance with Arsenal after what was two very frustrating years with Paris Saint-Germain,” Petit told Goal.“He won the French title at PSG, but they didn’t succeed in the Champions League and some players didn’t show respect to him.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Also, the president of Paris Saint-Germain [Nasser Al-Khelaifi] didn’t show him respect either,” he said.“Too many people are trying to be in charge at PSG and Emery was left alone. I think he was very sensitive about this.”“In his final weeks at PSG, you could see a change in his personality and a change in the way he was doing things. He knew he could not win the battles at this club,” he explained.“It was not just Neymar. It was other players who would try to influence things and if they didn’t like how something was being done, they didn’t go to the manager, they went to the president.”last_img read more

September 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFormer Liverpool forward Ryan Babel is reportedly set to join Fulham on a six-month loan dealBabel has spent the last two years in Turkey for Besiktas, which has seen him revitalise his career and return to the Netherlands national team.But the 32-year-old has found himself banished following altercations with the Besiktas supporters on social media and appears set to follow former Real Madrid stars Pepe and Alvaro Negredo out the exit door.De Telegraaf reports that Besiktas have decided to allow Babel to see out the remaining six months of his contract on loan at Premier League side Fulham.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The Dutchman will allegedly take part in a medical on Tuesday before completing the move to Fulham.Babel last played in the Premier League for Liverpool from 2007 to 2011 before leaving for German side Hoffenheim.After a brief return to boyhood club Ajax, Babel later played for the likes of Kasimpasa, Al-Ain and Deportivo La Coruna before completing a transfer to Besiktas in 2017.Babel has scored 29 goals in 86 appearances across all competitions for Besiktas.last_img read more

September 11, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, April 18, 2018:CVS Manager reported surveillance video shows counterfeit bill being passed. (1:06pm)Animal Control Officer spoke with dog owner regarding dogs running loose. Owner agreed to put them on a runner until fence is up. (1:42pm)A security guard at the Registry of Motor Vehicles reported a male party was causing disturbance. Police responded. Male party admitted to being loud and was leaving. (4:30pm)A caller reported a syringe on the sidewalk in the grass of Harold Avenue and Shawsheen Avenue. Police retrieved syringe. (6:22pm)Police received 2 abandoned 911 calls from Valyn Lane home. Third call from address reported possible fire on Salem Street. Police responded. The fire was just a bon fire in a backyard. (8:27pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 11: Incidents Not What They Seem; Marijuana Confiscated From Vehicle; Missing Woman FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

September 9, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDr. Sarah Spencer explains the benefits of Naloxone – Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBIOpioids are either, like morphine, naturally derived from the opium poppy or they’re man-made, synthesized from natural opioids. Examples of synthetic opioids are heroin and prescription pain killers like oxycodone.Download Audio:According to the National Center for Health Statistics in 2013 16,000 Americans died from prescription opioid overdose and 8,000 died of heroin overdose. At the Ninilchik Tribal Council Community Clinic Dr. Sarah Spencer is looking to make a dent in the Southern Kenai Peninsula’s contribution to those numbers. She’s introducing an overdose antidote called Naloxone that is proven to counteract the effects of opioids. She wants to give Naloxone kits to patients who are at risk.“The states that have the biggest program that distribute these kits like in Massachusetts where the kits are widely distributed among community members who have an interest in trying to help…they’ve shown that they’ve reduced their overdose death rates by approximately half,” says Spencer.Spencer works at the clinic, the emergency room at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer and she’s also working in addiction medicine at the Homer Medical Clinic. She says overdoses are relatively rare in these small communities but they happen often enough.“I think all doctors who have worked in the emergency room in the last year have seen at least one or more overdoses come in. Hopefully if the person makes it to the emergency room we can save their [life]. But, we’ve had a few deaths in the community from people accidentally overdosing so if we can save one of those people by having those kits available that would be great,” says Spencer.Overdoses are unpredictable. They can potentially kill in just a few minutes or their victims could live for a matter of hours.“What happens is they become very sleepy and their breathing slows down sometimes stopping completely but sometimes just slowing down so much the person can’t get enough oxygen in. They turn blue and eventually when you don’t have enough oxygen then you die,” says Spencer.Having Naloxone kits on hand will give the friends and family of overdose victims a chance to reverse those symptoms immediately. Armed with tales of Naloxone’s success in the Lower 48, Spencer is introducing the antidote to her co-workers at the Ninilchik Clinic. She and a handful of her colleagues are seated in a semi-circle around a small tray holding the Naloxone.“This is a trainer for it like there [are] trainers for the epi pen,” says Spencer.Spencer is demonstrating how to use the most expensive option, an automatic injector. The white and black trainer has a kind of rectangular shape and fits easily in Spencer’s palm. Its biggest perk…it talks its user through the injection. The price might push people away from the auto injector but it’s not the only choice. The Naloxone itself is a clear liquid and it also comes in a transparent vial that can be attached to a syringe. The medicine is then injected or it can be squirted up a person’s nostrils. This route means more steps but it’s much cheaper.“If you’re going to be paying cash at a local pharmacy, if you don’t have insurance, you’re going to be paying between $80 to about $120 for the medication. And it is covered by many insurances,” says Spencer.Spencer stresses the Naloxone kits are most effective if their users have practiced and know exactly how to assemble and deliver the antidote before they’re faced with an overdose.“If you overdose you’re going to be unconscious and you can’t help yourself. So the key thing is to have patients when they get the kit, they take it home, and sit down and read the instructions with their friends and family members,” says Spencer.Naloxone is now available at the clinic in Ninilchik. Spencer says there are a few local pharmacies on the Southern Peninsula carrying the kits, and they’re also available at the Homer Medical Clinic. She’s eventually hoping to have the kits for overdose patients who come into South Peninsula Hospital’s emergency room.“Previously we didn’t really have anything to offer them when they left the emergency room other than counseling them to see a counselor and try not to let it happen again. As far as being able to give them a kit to use in case of emergencies that hasn’t been an option,” says Spencer.Spencer encourages anyone struggling with addiction to reach out for help. She says there is hope and community resources they can lean on.last_img read more

September 5, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgOla, India’s biggest online cab aggregator, has attracted an investment of Rs 1,478 crore ($222.5 million) in a new round of funding led by New York-based Falcon Edge Capital.The funding is a part of the $500 million that the taxi-hailing firm is aiming to raise, which will take its valuation to about $5 billion, Reuters quoted an industry source as saying.In April, the Bengaluru-based firm had raised $400 million from investors led by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner’s DST Global. The funding made it the third-most valuable venture-backed company in India after Flipkart and Snapdeal.Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, had also bought stake in online cab aggregator Ola.In the latest round of funding, Falcon Edge is joined by existing investors Tiger Global Management LLC, Softbank Corp and others.The funding comes at a time when Ola’s rival Uber is planning to invest $1 billion in India to expand its presence in the rapidly growing app-based taxi-hailing market in the country.Ola claims to have 80% of the market share after acquiring TaxiForSure in March this year. The company expects to clock 1 million trips a day from the current 750,000 trips. Ola plans to expand its services to about 200 smaller towns and cities in the country.Uber sees about 200,000 trips a day, operating in nearly 100 cities in the country. India is an important market to Uber, as it has only minor presence in the Chinese market.On Monday, Ola launched a cab leasing programme for drivers, in which it plans to invest Rs 5,000 crore ($752.67 million). The move is aimed at attracting more drivers into the system and gaining “greater control of its fleet of cars.”last_img read more

September 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img.Family businesses are facing challenges globally and more so in Bangladesh. Five major challenges faced by such businesses in Bangladesh are skill and efficiency, innovation, domestic competition, rising prices of energy and raw material and information management. However, family businesses are thriving better in Bangladesh, with higher growth rates than the global average. Where the global average for growth in family businesses last year was 34 per cent, in Bangladesh it was 53 per cent.The ‘Bangladesh Family Business Survey 2018’ run by the international consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was released yesterday, Wednesday. While the organisation publishes such surveys every two years, this was the first time it focussed on family businesses in Bangladesh. A total of 2,953 businesspersons with annual turnovers exceeding five million dollars, from 53 countries around the world, participated in the survey. The interviews for the survey were taken between 20 April and 10 August 2018.According to the survey report, the challenges to family businesses in Bangladesh are higher than the challenges faced globally. Globally, competence constitutes 60 per cent of the challenges, but in Bangladesh this makes up for 66 per cent. But when it comes to innovation, for Bangladesh the challenge is 63 per cent, less than the global 66 per cent.In the case of competition, the global challenge rate was 49 per cent. This was 14 per cent higher in Bangladesh, standing at 63 per cent. Bangladesh fared worse when it came to the prices of energy and raw material. The global challenge in this sector was 43 per cent, but for Bangladesh it was 63 per cent. Also, in information management, the global challenge was 39 per cent, but in Bangladesh it was 53 per cent.The other challenges highlighted in the survey were professionalism, cyber security, family feuds, finance, international competition, corruption, legacy, etc. The survey reflected considerable scope for hope as well. Among the businesspersons taking part in the survey, 50 per cent felt they would be exploring newer markets in the days to come.Bank loans constitute 94 per cent of family business in Bangladesh, while globally this is 81 per cent. And 63 per cent of the businesses in Bangladesh are financed with capital from local sources, while this is 71 per cent globally. In Bangladesh, 75 per cent of the businesses appoint professionals from outside the family to assist in running the business. This trend is noted in India as well.The report noted that Bangladesh’s business do not have significant long-term and mid-term plans. On a global scale, 49 per cent of the businesspersons have such planning, while in Bangladesh it is only 34 per cent. Also, 50 per cent of family businesses in Bangladesh have informal planning, while globally this is 30 per cent.They survey found that 72 per cent of family businesses in Bangladesh have certain policies and procedures in place, as against the 84 per cent global average in this regard.However, Bangladesh was near the global average when it came to agreements among the shareholders, family councils, arbitration, etc. In Bangladesh, nine per cent of the family businesses report to third-party resolution if required as against the 24 per cent global rate. According to the survey, 25 per cent of the board members in Bangladesh’s family businesses are women. Globally this is only 21 per cent. However, only 14 per cent women are actually on the management team in Bangladesh, while globally this is 24 per cent. The survey included case studies of four successful business groups in Bangladesh, Rahimafrooz Group, Transcom Ltd, Ananta Group and Meghna Group of Industries:Niaz RahimInnovation and discipline: Niaz Rahim, Rahimafrooz In 1954, Abdul Rahim started a trading entity focused on garments retail. By 1958, he and his company, Rahimafrooz, entered into a joint venture with British investors in the battery industry as a distributor. By 1990, Rahimafrooz took over the manufacturing operations, becoming the leader in the industry. Since then, the company has grown into one of Bangladesh’s most prominent conglomerates, always focused on exploring new market segments. In the early 2000s, it started the first highly successful supermarket chain in Bangladesh, challenging the traditional cultural buying habits of households. Rahimafrooz kept expanding into unchartered territories of the automotive aftermarket, power and renewable energy sectors. The five fundamental values of Rahimafrooz are integrity, excellence, customer satisfaction, innovation and inspiring people. ‘The moral values that he (Abdul Rahim) emphasised continue to be values that we try to hold on to today,’ said Niaz Rahim, one of Rahim’s sons and a Group Director of Rahimafrooz. Emerging out of the company’s values is the inner drive that leads it to focus on creating new markets and taking on non-mainstream ventures. ‘The founder’s belief in taking risks has always inspired us. We believe in going into undiscovered sectors to become market leaders and frontrunners,’ said Niaz Rahim. ‘We will never compromise on our integrity for profitability,’ he added. Having transitioned from a typical FB into a corporate business structure in 1998, Rahimafrooz prides itself on its transparency and integrity. In 2009, a family council was set up. The family council hosts annual assemblies to keep all members of the family, both those active and inactive in the business, informed on the progress of the company. ‘In times of crisis we debate, discuss, and unanimously make decisions for the company, as everyone is affected,’ explained Niaz Rahim. Latifur RahmanSuccess amidst adversity: Latifur Rahman, Transcom Ltd. Success through sustainability and respect has guided the way for Transcom Ltd. Having started in 1885 in Jalpaiguri with tea plantations, Transcom has witnessed the challenges of independence in India and Pakistan and later, Bangladesh. During the tough ’50s and ’60s, the company diversified into jute manufacturing and saw immediate success. Post liberation, industrial nationalisation efforts led to severe financial difficulties. ‘I restarted my office with rental furniture and four people. There were times I had less than 100 taka for my family. [Going] from a place of affluence to such hardship taught me a big lesson about the importance of ensuring sustainability and believing in all of my endeavours. There was no question of giving up. Putting my feet up and giving up were not in my DNA. Whatever it is I decide to do, I’ll have to find a way to excel at it,’ said Latifur Rahman, Chairman of Transcom Ltd. Rahman signed a bartering agreement with the Bangladesh government and Germany to import pesticides for the government and make payments with tea, since at that point of time the Central Bank of Bangladesh had very limited foreign currency reserves to settle the bill. This opened the gates for more opportunities globally. Transcom soon became the official buyer and exporter of tea for one of the largest Dutch tea trading companies in the world. Since then Transcom diversified its business into multiple sectors by partnering, franchising and working with leading global multinational corporations. In 1983, the name of the organisation was changed from Tea Holdings Ltd. to Transcom Ltd. Latifur Rahman views all those in Transcom Ltd. as his professional family and leads by example by living his values in his day-to-day life, thus enabling the values to permeate the company’s culture and practices. Honesty and transparency are basic requirements for Transcom Ltd, as Latifur Rahman highlights the necessity of maintaining global standards in everything it does, makes or sells. ‘I try my best to create a work environment based on merit-based compensation, respect and empowerment. Every single person in Transcom deserves respect for their role and contribution,’ said Rahman. Such a philosophy creates an atmosphere of trust and collaboration amongst the management teams in Transcom Ltd.’s various companies. He added, ‘By encouraging senior management members to discuss and learn from one another’s unique channels, a sense of familial cohesion has been cultivated within Transcom Ltd., allowing each of the companies to adapt, adjust, and evolve independently with a strong emphasis on norms and values.’ Through the growth and expansion of Transcom Ltd. Latifur Rahman has incorporated subsequent generations into the businesses. However, joining the FB is not an expectation, and family members are given the liberty to choose their career. Next gens who decide to join the business go through rigorous training to understand the business ethos of the company and how it operates. Given its affiliation with the highest number of global companies in Bangladesh, Transcom prides itself on never having defaulted on payments.With the growth of Transcom Ltd, Rahman sees the major part of future management of the organisation comprising more non-family members, which he believes will be beneficial for all stakeholders. He views the sustainable growth of Transcom to be essential and aspires to make it a global organisation. In his own words: ‘I hope the future of Transcom will see it develop from a Bangladeshi company into a regional company, and then into a global company while retaining its Bangladeshi identity and roots.’Sharif ZahirTransforming traditions: Sharif Zahir, Ananta Group Challenging traditional norms and innovating to push boundaries have been the guiding principles that have propelled Ananta Group into becoming one of Bangladesh’s most prominent garment manufactures. The organisation was established in 1991 by Humayun Zahir. The initial years of Ananta Group saw it venture into manufacturing industries such as garments, paper mills and toys. The sons, Sharif Zahir and Asif Zahir, had to take over Ananta Group after their father’s demise. After taking over, the brothers revamped the organisation and went on to make a mark in the highly competitive garments industry in Bangladesh. ‘I believe in stability; we were young at the time and wanted to change everything, so I took time to adjust,’ said Sharif. Having been driven by the values set by their father, as well as learning from big industry players, Sharif and Asif Zahir set out to differentiate themselves in an already established industry. They led the group in a new direction, focusing on specialising in the garments industry and initiating an industry-wise transformation. When they started, Ananta Group consisted of a single factory with 1,500 employees, but through their efforts at expansion, the organisation, as of 2018, consists of eight factories with 26,000 employees. A defining characteristic of Ananta Group has been its tendency to break out of the mould for Bangladesh’s garments industry. As Bangladesh is well known for denim bottoms, Ananta Group initially focused on the value-added aspect of the product, developing expertise in the finishing process. Additionally, the organisation has ventured into a diversified range of products within the apparels industry that are not common in Bangladesh, such as suits, sweaters and lingerie, thus making it both unique and a pioneer. Ananta grew at rates of 25-30% per year in the last decade, while the industry grew at 15-20%, thereby staying well ahead of the curve. The driving force behind Ananta Group’s growth has been the shared passion of the brothers to make a difference. ‘We were quite obsessed…I was quite obsessed with what I was doing. Our discussion from morning till evening at home, all our private discussions, were about the company. Even now it’s like that,’ said Sharif. Asif, after his stint with Google, joined his elder brother Sharif at the FB and complemented him in terms of strategic thinking. Mostafa KamalValues, the biggest driver: Mostafa Kamal, Meghna Group of Industries Established in 1976 as the Kamal Trading Company, the growth and expansion of Meghna Group of Industries have made it one of the frontrunners and drivers of Bangladesh’s emerging economy. It went from being a trading entity to a manufacturing conglomerate that seeks to generate value for consumers, the organisation, stakeholders and society in general. The Meghna Group of Industries was established with a value-driven culture, strongly inspired by the mother of Mostafa Kamal, Chairman of Meghna Group, who instilled in him her strong sense of morality and work ethic. In the words of Mostafa Kamal, ‘Due to my upbringing, there was always a considerable amount of appetite in me to face challenges with courage and passion. As an organisation, we always put respect, responsibility and relationships first to foster humanitarianism. Any beginning requires a great deal of curiosity, agility and simplicity to develop a mind-set of openness in the organisation.’ In its transformational journey, the Meghna Group faced various challenges. ‘We were convinced to take risks without fear of failure. Facing the unknown required resilience,’ said Kamal of the initial years of growth. Having diversified into various industries such as shipping, consumer goods and cement, Meghna Group currently consists of 35 industry verticals, though they are pushing to make it 50 industry verticals by 2020. As Mostafa Kamal puts it, ‘To make such colossal growth sustainable, we must count every paisa. Gradually, we are embracing every new concept, system development and automation with the aspiration of adopting the latest technologies constantly.’ Establishing a sense of family and community within the organisation has been an essential component of the company’s success. Corporate strategy sessions are conducted on an annual basis with senior members of the organisation and family members to understand how best to implement the long-term vision of the company. With the vision to ‘be Bangladesh’s most progressive and admired global conglomerate’, Meghna Group believes the keys to success are customer focus, integrity, respect, teamwork and keeping promises. Incorporating his children in the business has been important for Mostafa Kamal. Currently, three of his children have joined the business after having completed their higher education, but they are still learning the inner workings of the organisation in order develop a personal and professional connection with it. As Kamal put it, ‘When I first acquired the land in Meghnaghat back in the late ’80s, I used to take my eldest daughter along with me for her to see the pain, agony, dreams and hopes that go hand in hand. I usually spend at least a whole day in a week in the factory with one of my family members.’‘Meghna Group of Industries will grow and excel based on a shared value system, which will distinguish us and give us a competitive edge,’ Mostafa Kamal said.last_img read more