The Indian National Lok Dal split on November 17 with former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala’s elder son Ajay Singh Chautala declaring he will set up a new party.“I hand over the INLD and the spectacles (party symbol) to my younger brother as a gift,” Ajay Singh Chautala, who was recently expelled from the party, told supporters in Jind. The announcement ends the simmering power struggle in the Indian National Lok Dal.Ajay Singh Chautala and his brother Abhay Singh Chautala held parallel meetings on November 17.The elder brother had termed his event as a meeting of the party’s State executive, a move which the other faction said was illegal.Mr. Abhay Singh Chautala held a party workers meeting in Chandigarh, where he hit out at his brother, saying those who staked claim over the party have themselves left.Ajay Singh Chautala, who has been sentenced to 10 years in jail along with his father Om Prakash Chautala in a teachers recruitment scam, said the new party will hold a rally in Jind on December 9.Ajay Singh Chautala is currently on a two-week parole.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer slaughters Liverpool strike duo: Dooo something! Run around!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United legend Alan Shearer slammed the performance of Liverpool’s strikers during their FA Cup defeat to Wolves.Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi were both given rare starts with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all dropping to the bench.Asked if he was not impressed with the forwards, Shearer said: “Not impressed? “You’ve got one guy Sturridge out of contract at the end of this season. You’ve got Origi 18 months left on his contract.“Do something, run around, cause the centre-halves a problem. They have done nothing.“Playing as individuals, look, 30 yards apart. He wins the header here, where’s Sturridge in case he wins that header? Get over and help your team-mate.“Look at him, he’s not even moving towards the ball. Quite content, not working as a partnership, no movement, no running in behind.“Flat, no energy, they’ve not done anything to upset those Wolves centre-halves.“I can’t even say how they’ve had a sweat on, the two forwards, because they’ve done nothing.“The manager should be going absolutely berserk, particularly at those two in the first half because they’ve added nothing whatsoever.”
IPL 2019: 3 weeks after Ashwin Mankaded Buttler, RR and KXIP lock horns againIPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab, who are looking to get back into the top four, face a tricky test against Rajasthan Royals, who have headed to Mohali after beating three-time champions Mumbai Indians in their previous matchadvertisement India Today Web Desk MohaliApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 15:04 IST Kings XI Punjab will host Rajasthan Royals in Mohali on Tuesday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSJos Buttler became the first batsman to be Mankaded in IPL cricket when RR hosted KXIPR Ashwin defended his Mankading act, saying his conscience was clear after the controversial run outJos Buttler said he will try to never get Mankaded again in his cricket careerAll eyes will be on R Ashwin and Jos Buttler as Kings XI Punjab host Rajasthan Royals in Match 32 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 on Tuesday in Mohali. The last time these two sides met, a huge controversy erupted as Ashwin Mankaded Buttler.Rajasthan Royals were looking set for opening their account as early as their first match of IPL 2019 as Jos Buttler was striking it cleanly in their chase of 185 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Match 25. However, Ashwin removed Buttler by running him out at the non-stiker’s end by employing the controversial Mankading technique.Buttler’s dismissal saw the start of collapse as RR lost their last eight wickets for just 56 runs.The Mankad act of R Ashwin became a huge talking point in the first week of IPL 2019. The Kings XI Punjab captain left the cricket fraternity divided even as several English and Australian stars brought up the ‘sportsman spirit’ debate and lashed out at Ashwin.Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne, Rajasthan Royals’ ambassador, came down heavily at Ashwin, saying he was disappointed with Ashwin as a captain and as a person.Warne ranted about the ’embarrassing and disgraceful’ act, adding that “win at all costs mentality” has to stop and that cricketers need to set examples for “young boys and girls playing cricket”.”Last point on the embarrassing & disgraceful act of @ashwinravi99 ! This win at all costs mentality has got to stop & the integrity of the game along with the spirit of the game must be of the most importance, as we need to set examples to the young boys & girls playing cricket!” Warne wrote on social media.advertisementHow R Ashwin and Jos Buttler reacted after the Mankading incidentNonetheless, the criticism did not affect R Ashwin one bit as the KXIP skipper defended his actions, saying Mankading a batsman is well within the rules of the game.Speaking to AajTak, Ashwin said: “The most important thing for me is what is my conscience saying, and my conscience is clear. Those who know me well know that I will never do something illegal. You can’t say that ‘Ashwin is a villain because of this’.”Jos Buttler, meanwhile, said he has buried the hatchet with Ashwin and insisted that he wouldn’t get Mankaded ever again in his career.”So, I didn’t like what happened and I didn’t agree with it, but what can you do? After a day or so I was pretty relaxed about it and I’ll make sure it never happens again. It won’t happen again,” Buttler told ESPNCricinfo.Can Buttler overcome spin threat?So it’s certain that Buttler wouldn’t cross the line on Tuesday. However, it will be interesting to see how the big-hitting Rajasthan Royals opener will go about tackling the Kings XI Punjab spinners in Mohali. While the Englishman has been in fine form in IPL 2019, his numbers against spin will keep Ashwin interested.Ashwin’s men will be hoping to keep distractions away and get back to winning ways at home. Kings XI Punjab had stitched a 7-match winning run at home before it came to end on Saturday against strugglers Royal Challengers Bangalore.Also Read | KL Rahul in a good space now after a tough couple of months, says Karun NairAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh
zoom After months of record-setting volume ahead of the holiday season, imports at major US container ports should be essentially flat this month compared with the same time last year, the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates said.“Retailers have been bringing in merchandise since late summer, and supply is ready to meet the increased demand that has been building throughout the year,” Jonathan Gold, NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy, said.Ports covered by NRF’s Global Port Tracker handled 1.76 million TEUs in September, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was a 2.3 percent decrease from the record-setting 1.8 million TEU seen in August, but still a 10.5 percent increase year-over-year.October was estimated at 1.75 million TEU, up 4.9 percent from last year. November is forecast at 1.63 million TEU, down 0.5 percent from last year, and December is forecast at 1.6 million TEU, up 2 percent.The total for 2017 is expected to come to 20 million TEU, topping last year’s record of 18.8 million TEU by 6.3 percent.“This has turned out to be a boom year for growth in import cargo volume,” Ben Hackett, Hackett Associates Founder, said.After a record-setting year, however, the rate of import growth is expected to slow in 2018.January 2018 is forecast at 1.66 million TEU, down 1 percent from January 2017; February at 1.59 million TEU, up 10.9 percent from last year, and March at 1.5 million TEU, down 2.1 percent. The February and March percentages are skewed because of changes in when Asian factories close for Lunar New Year each year.Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by Hackett Associates, covers the US ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast. Additionally, the report includes ports of New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast.
The province is strengthening its commitment to build a safe Nova Scotia by announcing fourteen new cases in Nova Scotia’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. The program was launched in October 2006 as another tool for law enforcement to use in solving crime. The Department of Justice will offer cash rewards of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction individuals responsible for the following cases: People with information about one of these cases can call1-888-710-9090 toll free. Those who come forward with information will be expected to provide their name and contact information. In addition, they may also be called to testify in court. All calls to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program will be traced and recorded. “I am pleased that we have fourteen new cases added to our Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “We hope that this program will encourage individuals who may have pertinent information to come forward and that we will be able help ease some of the uncertainty and grief faced by victims’ families and friends.” More information on the cases can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/just/divisions/polvs/rewards/ . The cases were submitted by the Halifax Regional Municipality Integrated Major Crime Unit and the Truro Police. Troy Cook, Truro Leon Anthoney Adams, Halifax Regional Municipality Danny DiBenedetto, Halifax Regional Municipality Kevin James Bowser, Halifax Regional Municipality Kevin Petrie, Halifax Regional Municipality William Allan MacDonald, Halifax Regional Municipality Laura Lee Cross, Halifax Regional Municipality John Francis Alquiros, Halifax Regional Municipality Douglas Keating, Halifax Regional Municipality Donald David Snelgrove, Halifax Regional Municipality Gail Marie Stone and Richard Marriott, Halifax Regional Municipality Raymond Paul Chase, Halifax Regional Municipality Michael Joseph Peverill, Halifax Regional Municipality
Vijayawada: Biswa Bhusan Harichandan on Wednesday took oath as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh High Court’s Acting Chief Justice C. Praveen Kumar administered the oath to the new Governor at a ceremony held at the Raj Bhavan here. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, his cabinet colleagues and senior officials attended the ceremony. Harichandan, a veteran leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and former minister of Odisha, is the first full-time Governor of Andhra Pradesh since state’s bifurcation in 2014. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The 84-year-old succeeded E.S.L. Narasimhan, who had been serving as Governor of undivided Andhra Pradesh since 2009 and then as Governor of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana since bifurcation. Narasimhan had been serving as the Governor of both the states from Hyderabad. A government building in Vijayawada, which earlier housed the chief minister’s camp office, has been turned into temporary Raj Bhavan.
30 May 2007Two United Nations agencies working together in Ethiopia are helping the country respond to stunted growth and malnutrition in the young by providing food and nutritional assistance, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said. The project “is saving thousands of lives in Ethiopia by providing mothers and children with key survival interventions,” the agency said in a news release on the Enhanced Outreach Strategy/ Targeted Supplementary Food programme. A joint initiative between the Government, UNICEF and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the European-backed strategy aims to give the most vulnerable access to food, primary health care and nutritional awareness. It also monitors the nutritional status of populations for better emergency preparedness and response. The Head of European Commission in Ethiopia, Tim Clarke, visited EC-funded projects in the country’s Tigray Region last week and spoke about the fate of those without access to enough food. “We’ve just seen a child here who is 18 months’ old. Her normal weight should be 13 kilos but she’s only 5 kilos, so she’s really at risk… through this programme we can give her therapeutic feeding and give her a chance to survive,” he said. In Tigray, more than 41 per cent of children under five experience stunted growth and an estimated 11.6 per cent suffer from acute malnutrition, according to UNICEF, which blamed the problem on drought and food insecurity. Nationally, the 2005 Demographic and Health Survey shows that 47 per cent of Ethiopia’s children were stunted and 11 per cent wasted. Interventions provided to children and pregnant and lactating women include vitamin-A supplementation, de-worming, measles immunization, malaria prevention through long-lasting insecticide treated nets distribution and screening for malnutrition, UNICEF said. UNICEF Head of Nutrition and Food Security section Dr. Iqbal Kabir stressed that much more needed to be done. “At present, Tigray has just over 500 places within the Therapeutic Feeding Programme throughout the region. For complete coverage we need roughly 14,000 to cope with on-going severe malnutrition needs – that is still a huge gap.”
GRIMSBY, Ont. — Andrew Peller Ltd. (TSX:ADW.A, TSX:ADW.B) said Monday it has signed deals to acquire three B.C. wineries for a combined price of $95 million.The Ontario-based wine producer says it has signed definitive agreements to acquire Black Hills Estate Winery and Gray Monk Estate Winery and a letter of intent to acquire Tinhorn Creek Vineyards.Andrew Peller chief executive John Peller says the company has long-admired the three wineries, but the timing of the deals is purely coincidental.“We’re buying them to invest resources into them so that they can achieve their ultimate goals and visions,” he said.He says the deal will give the wineries access to capital as well as sales and marketing support that they did not have on their own.“Our goal is to invest in the culture and legacy that they’ve established and then be in a position where we can add resources to their plans going forward,” he said.Black Hills Estate is located on the Black Sage Bench region near Oliver, B.C., and is the producer of Nota Bene, a premium red wine.Gray Monk, founded in 1972, is located north of Kelowna, B.C., while Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is on the Golden Mile Bench, near Oliver.Peller already owns several wineries in B.C. including Sandhill, Red Rooster Winery and Calona Vineyards as well as wineries in Ontario and Nova Scotia.Andrew Peller said the deal will be funded through a combination of $78 million in cash from the company’s credit lines and $17 million worth of class A common shares.The company says it expects to close all of the deals by the end of October.
VANCOUVER — Metro Vancouver home sales over the first quarter of this year were the lowest in five years, but statistics from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver show prices remain high.The board says home sales across the region in March tumbled 29.7 per cent compared with March 2017 and are 23 per cent below the 10-year March sales average.Just over 2,500 homes changed hands last month, a drop of more than 1,000 compared with a year ago, although the board notes the March 2018 sales climbed 14 per cent compared with February.Listings of detached, attached and apartment properties also fell year-over-year, skidding 6.6 per cent in March compared with March 2017, marking the region’s lowest total of first-quarter new listings since 2013.Toronto home prices see biggest drop in almost 30 yearsMillennials behind surge in home buying intentions (with a little help from family): pollRevised B.C. housing tax still a turn off for out-of-province homeownersReal estate board data shows the number of sales compared to the number of active listings soared to 61.6 per cent for condominiums in March, while the rate was 39.9 per cent for townhomes, far above the 20 per cent rate the board says tends to push prices upward.The composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is $1,084,000, a 16.1 per cent increase over March 2017 and a 1.1 per cent increase since February of this year.Phil Moore, real estate board president, says even with lower sales, prices will remain high as long as the selection of properties is slim.“Last month was the quietest March for new home listings since 2009 and the total inventory, particularly in the condo and townhome segments, of homes for sale remains well below historical norms,” he says in a news release.“High prices, new tax announcements, rising interest rates, and stricter mortgage requirements are among the factors affecting home buyer and seller activity today,” Moore adds.The benchmark price for detached properties was $1,608,500 last month, up 7.4 per cent from March 2017 and up less than half a per cent over February 2018, as sales-to-active listings nudged the mark where to board says downward pressure on prices could occur.But with sales outstripping supply for condos and townhomes, the real estate board says the benchmark price for a condo was $693,500 in March, a 26.2 per cent leap from March 2017 and a 1.6 per cent bump compared with February 2018.Benchmark prices for townhomes across Metro Vancouver reached $835,300 last month, a two per cent increase over February and a hike of 17.7 per cent from March 2017.
The world’s newest nation – East Timor – is also Asia’s poorest, according to a new report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).The East Timor Human Development Report says the island nation has an annual gross domestic product per capita of just $478 and a life expectancy of only 57 years, ranking it below any other country in Asia among the 20 countries in the world lowest on the human development index.With a rating of 0.42 – which is a combined measure of income, education and health – the new nation stands at about the same level of countries such as Angola, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique.According to the report, more than half the population of East Timor is illiterate, and 50 per cent of infants are underweight. Furthermore, most of the country is still suffering from the destruction and trauma that followed the 1999 popular consultation, in which East Timor chose independence from Indonesia.The report notes that in the early years of independence, most of the population will have to rely heavily on public services, since the private sector is limited and civil society is in the process of adjusting to the new circumstances.
Ohio State then-sophomore attack Tre Leclaire calls plays to his team during the first half of Ohio State’s 8-5 victory against Michigan on April 13, 2018. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor In ChiefNo. 15 Ohio State and Boston University both have something in common heading into Saturday’s matchup: they both have goalkeepers coming off career games. The Terriers junior goalkeeper Joe McSorley comes in off a career-high 24 saves in the first game of the season against Providence, while Ohio State redshirt sophomore goalkeeper John Kirson added 16 saves against Cleveland State. Heading into Saturday’s contest, No. 15 Ohio State (1-0) and Boston University (1-0) will have to make the most of the opportunities given to them, especially with the goalie play for both teams in the first game. “I think for a shooting perspective, we have to do a really good job,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. “It’s something we’ve talked a lot about with coach [Brad] Ross and the staff.”Myers said the Ohio State defense will have to be one that supports each other, making sure the defenders limit the shots that get to the goalie. The Buckeyes opened their season with a 12-9 season-opening victory against Cleveland State, in which both senior midfield Jack Jasinski and junior attack/midfield Tre Leclaire recorded three goals. Ohio State senior midfield captain Logan Maccani said the energy has been high in practices since the first win of the season. “We’ve had a really good week, the energy was high, we were pumped coming off of our first win, but we know there is still room for a lot of improvement,” Maccani said. “We talked a lot about our leaders being energy givers, so that’s one of those things that our leaders have focused on these last few weeks, coming out and starting fast.” In Saturday’s match against Boston University, the Buckeyes will have to focus on sophomore attack Chris Gray, last year’s Patriot League Rookie of the Year who, like Jasinski and Leclaire, is coming off a three-goal performance last week against Providence.Ohio State will have to focus on Boston sophomore attacker Chris Gray. Gray was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year a season ago, and is coming off a three-goal performance in the team’s opener against Providence.“With the dangerous transition game, they present a lot of challenges,” Myers said. “They’re well coached, and they’ve been out here before. This is the second year coming out here, and we’re excited for what should be a great game Saturday.” After a sell-out crowd in the season opener, Ohio State will try and continue to use the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as an advantage. The Buckeyes have never lost inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, winning all 23 games played in the venue.“We really really want to protect this space, but ultimately we’re just going to go out there and do as we’re taught and follow the scheme and things should handle themselves out,” Maccani said.Ohio State will take on Boston University at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at noon on Saturday.
MineARC Systems has acquired Shairzal Safety Engineering, taking over its manufacturing, servicing and sales commitments to all past and present customers. The Shairzal brand and product line will remain in place for the foreseeable future. MineARC General Manager, Mike Lincoln said, “Together, we are uniquely positioned to provide the most comprehensive product offering available to the market. The resulting portfolio will include emergency refuge solutions for the hard rock and coal industries.”All Shairzal related enquires will now be handled by MineARC. Lincoln continued: “Shairzal’s current customers will be well looked after. We have been in contact with all Shairzal customers and have reassured them our national service team will continue to support and service their needs.”
Settlement reached between children of Seán Quinn and IBRC The legal action was first filed in 2011, and had been expected to last a number of months. Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 12:45 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share6 Tweet Email By Gráinne Ní Aodha The Quinn family have provided IBRC with full disclosure and they will likewise relinquish any entitlement to any of the assets that are the subject of IBRC’s security, which they acknowledge to be valid and enforceable.“Final orders, including orders for judgement, will be obtained in the proceedings taken by IBRC against the Quinn family. IBRC will retain an ability to enforce agreed judgments against the Quinn family.“IBRC views this settlement as being in the best interests of creditors, in circumstances where it has received full disclosure from the Quinn family and where the very lengthy litigation that has been in being since 2011 will be brought to a conclusion.” Apr 2nd 2019, 12:45 PM A SETTLEMENT HAS been reached between the children of Seán Quinn and the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC), ending a lengthy legal battle.The High Court case relates to loans of €2.34 billion that were provided by Anglo Irish Bank to Quinn Companies. It is the case of the Quinn children that they received no legal advice in relation to these loans and, although they signed various documents related to them, they were only shown the “signature page” which they then signed.The Quinns deny any liability for share pledges and guarantees in relation to these loans in this case against IBRC – the successor to Anglo.Last Wednesday, the High Court refused a “radical” application by the children of Seán Quinn to amend the case they were taking against IBRC. On Friday, talks between the two sides began.Today, IBRC released a statement that said that “an agreement has been reached following discussions over the last number of days”. Image: RollingNews.ie Image: RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4572770 Short URL 23,610 Views Pursuant to the agreement, the Quinn family has agreed to a dismissal of all of their claims against IBRC, as well as their separate claim against the Central Bank and various other parties. No Comments
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April Silvery remembers crying on the ride home because it appeared she wouldn’t get the car.Back then, Silvery was a single mother of two kids who was borrowing her parent’s car. Her grandfather, Jim Casper, had promised that he’d buy her a car if she reached age 25 without a traffic ticket.When she did, April and Jim traveled into Portland to acquire an Acura MDX. But Casper started haggling with the dealer, and then decided to drive back to Clark County, since the dealer wasn’t acquiescing. Silvery started crying on the ride back home in disappointment.But this was all part of Casper’s master plan. He told Silvery: “They will call us before we get across this bridge, I promise.”And sure enough, the dealership did call back, and Silvery, who’s now 39, ended up getting her Acura.That’s a favorite story Silvery has of her grandfather, who died at 81 of lung cancer this January.Jim Casper was “larger than life,” Silvery said, and he drove a hard bargain, but was also generous to his family and others. The Caspers’ generosity was on display when Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland announced this month that Jim’s wife of 62 years, Donna, 81, had donated $1 million to the hospital.“It made me feel absolutely wonderful” to give the donation, said Donna Casper, who worked with her husband in property development. “It’s probably the best thing I’ve done in my lifetime. To think that the two of us worked so hard for every penny we had, and to think that we were able to save and save, and be able to do that was outstanding.”
Diego Perotti will likely remain at AS Roma for now, amid reported interest from Spanish clubsThe future of Perotti has been under severe doubt at Rome this summer following the arrival of Dutch teenage winger Justin Kluivert from Ajax.Not only that but Stephan El Shaarawy and Cengiz Under are an option for manager Eusebio Di Francesco to play on the flank.Patrik Schick, Alessandro Florenzi and even Javier Pastore can also cover that area.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Due to the abundance of options in wide areas, Perotti had been expected to move to Spain this summer with the likes of Sevilla and Valencia having expressed an interest.But Football-Italia reports that the Argentine winger will now remain at Roma until at least January.Bayer Leverkusen and Ajax wingers Leon Bailey and David Neres have also been linked with moves to Roma.
Come springtime, motorists on Interstate 5 will see thousands of yellow daffodils blooming along the 78th Street exit ramps — a first sign of landscaping at an interchange completed 11 years ago. Volunteers planted young trees and bulbs Saturday morning as part of an effort to beautify the gateway to Northeast Hazel Dell. The landscaping project was spurred in January when Vicki Fitzsimmons, board member of the Hazel Dell Salmon Creek Business Association and the Northeast Hazel Dell Neighborhood Association, approached the Washington Sate Department of Transportation. She also adopted the section of the freeway between 99th Street and Main Street, which includes the interchange.Fitzsimmons, who works in Hazel Dell, said the work at the interchange is part of a larger effort to improve the area’s quality of life.“It’s just bothered me,” she said. “Everything that you see is just weeds.” The neighborhood association solicited donations from community members that were matched by the business association, along with $500 from Cost Less Auto Parts, $500 from Grover Electric and Plumbing and contributions from the county. Yard n’ Garden donated the bark dust and set up the trees in the four ramp sections before Saturday morning. “It looks like the dickens,” said Ila Stanek as she dug through overgrown grass on the southwest side of the interchange. “We’ve got to make it better, because we all live here and we don’t want people to think it’s a bad place.”
4. Take full advantage of your CSR. Magiera says that you should “make your CSR your creative and problem-solving partner.” A quality CSR will recognize your needs and should work with you to deliver an efficient product. Depending on your publication, a CSR can help you reduce the number of press stops, plate changes or paper quantities needed to produce your title. 5. Never stop reviewing your invoices, your process and schedule carefully. It may seem trivial, but carefully reviewing your invoices can yield major savings over time, according to Magiera. “It keeps the printer on their toes, and offers consistency in your billing.” Similarly, continuing to review your production process can expose inefficiencies, and keep your configurations “lean and mean.” When you identify a way to save money be sure to include your entire team and be sure that it does not create a scheduling problem. The five methods discussed here should not be considered a one-size-fits-all silver bullet solution to cutting costs and increasing margins, but instead should illustrate that there are a number of incremental changes that can help you save money if you are willing to look. Magiera emphases that you have to “dig deep” to find what works for you, adding that, “The moral of the story for me is that even when you think you are economizing, never stop looking at ways to do better.” Today more than ever publishers are looking for ways to save time and money in production. There are several obvious measures that can reduce cost and increase margins, however some solutions can be so sweeping that they jeopardize the integrity of the title, which in turn could tarnish your brand’s identity. Such sweeping changes may also require huge fixed costs and enhanced training, which could lead to a host of several tangible and intangible problems.That said, there are a number of simple initiatives that can be easily adopted and can reduce costs significantly in the long run. Production manager Cheryl Magiera is constantly testing and tweaking methods that have produced significant savings for Time Out Chicago. 1. Avoid proofreading after you have submitted a press proof. As Magiera states, “Don’t treat your press proofs like a final galley.” Press proofs should be used to correct issues with color and layout, but not copy. Copy mistakes and grammatical errors should be corrected before the press proof stage is reached.2. Bundle and gang up when you can. Bundling your print jobs, whether it’s supplements, digests or special issues, can streamline your printing needs. Magiera stresses that, “Negotiating a discount for additional projects ahead of time will save money.” Doing this you can open the door to other cost saving measures, like buying wider rolls that can accommodate all of your jobs and be trimmed to fit each unique product.3. Send PDF X-1A files to your printer rather than PDFs or native files. Magiera says that her printer charges significantly more for PDF files, and more than double for native files. “For me, it’s a savings of about $1,300 a week, and you also save a lot of headaches and errors than when you are entrusting a printer with native files.”
WILMINGTON, MA — This is the second in a series of profiles celebrating the former Wilmington Little League’s seniors playing on the Wilmington High School baseball team. Little League’s motto is courage, character, and loyalty. Through playing with and against each other, these student athletes the embodiment of the motto.Danny GraciaFor Danny Gracia, it all started at three years old, tagging along with his father and brother. He dreamed of playing in the WLL Majors, just like his big brother. He would go to every game and at the conclusion of each game would run the bases at Rotary. Whether in the backyard pitching like his brother, or on the field taking instruction from his father, baseball was what he wanted to excel at. As he grew older he put in the time and developed into a high level player. For him, leadership comes naturally. He is a two year captain of the WHS baseball team. Danny is liked and respected by his teammates and uses is knowledge and ability to always give his teams a chance to win.Danny began his WLL career in Rookie ball playing for the Blue Barrons, coached by his father Mike. All the way through the Majors, he would play the next five seasons for his Dad. He began his baseball journey on the North and Glen Road fields, emulating his big brother and always having his Dad as a coach. He remembers all the fun he had playing with his friends, learning to hit, and getting to pitch for the first time. It was on those teams that he started pitching and found his love of playing shortstop, which would be his positions for most of his WLL career. He moved on to the White Knights and Royals on his way to the Majors.Drafted into the Majors as a ten year old by the A’s, Danny spent three years playing for his Dad and coaches Bob Butters and Bob Ducharme. He played on the Tournament All Star team all three of his major seasons. His favorite memories were getting to pitch on the mound at Rotary as a ten year old, helping the A’s win the regular season title one season, and then winning the playoff championship the next. He will also never forget the first time he hit a homerun out of Rotary. Getting to play for his dad since he was six years old is something he will always be grateful for. He will never forget the commitment his dad made to helping him become a better ball player. Future teammates Tommy Worob and Dylan Bresnahan played with him on the A’s.Along with the spring teams, Danny played for the Jimmy Fund, Pony and Northeast teams in the summer. He was also a member of the first Wilmington Middle School team. He helped lead the Wildcats to a 16-5 record and a trip to the semifinals of the playoffs. On top of all that he was a major contributor to the 2016 Northeast team, which was the first Wilmington team to win a Northeast League Division championship. Danny played eight of the ten WLL seasons he was eligible, only missing the final two seasons due to making the WHS varsity team.This will be Danny’s fourth year playing Varsity Baseball for the Wildcats. He has been named team captain in both his Junior and Senior year. He is a two time Middlesex League All Star. Danny is a three sport athlete, playing four years of Varsity Golf and Basketball during his time at WHS. In December he was named Town Crier athlete of the year.Danny is the son of Julie and Mike Gracia, little brother to Mike and Theresa. Danny is thankful that he has gotten a chance to play for his father and that his family has supported him throughout his athletic career. His mother is proud of not only the player he has become, but also that he is an honor student who is respectful on and off any field and is so much fun to watch play!This fall, Danny plans on attending Franklin Pierce University where he will be a member of the baseball team. (NOTE: The above profile is from Wilmington Little League.)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? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Dylan BresnahanIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Tommy WorobIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Graham SmithIn “Sports”