TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)In the last 80 years, 42 different college football programs have claimed national championships. That list includes programs like Princeton, Cornell, and Army, and a number of now-lower level Power Five programs.The sport has radically shifted in that time. It’s pretty clear that the group of teams that can capture an FBS national championship is smaller today. The last 40 years have seen 22 different programs that have claimed titles.It is unclear how much more that group will shrink. However, the top tier of college football is a pretty limited number of teams.The College Football Playoff does give four teams a shot to win at the end of the year. However, through four seasons, just nine different schools have participated, with three different winners.How much smaller will the group of national champions get? Odds are that the vast majority of fan bases, even those in what are now the Power Five conferences, will never see a title.Here are the 20 schools that can realistically win a national championship in our lifetimes, from here on out. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Alabama Crimson Tide:Life after Nick Saban is a legitimate question. With Saban, perhaps the greatest coach in the history of the sport, at the helm, Alabama is unquestionably the sport’s biggest superpower. There’s no guarantee the next coach can replicate that success.That being said, it would be a serious surprise if this year’s national championship wound up being Saban’s last. The team continues to bring in blue-chip talent by the busload. Saban will more than likely win it all at least one more time, and no one would be shocked if that number was far greater. Even after Saban, Alabama has the history and resources to compete for just about any coach that it wants. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Auburn Tigers:Alabama’s in-state rival has never been a superpower at the same level as the current Crimson Tide. However, Auburn has often been a very competitive college football program, with multiple national titles, and plenty of other seasons in which they were very close.Gus Malzahn may not be the guy to win another. However, Auburn is usually in the mix every few years. The Tigers should get back to the promised land. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Clemson Tigers:Clemson is probably the newest true college football power to break onto the scene. The Tigers had captured a national championship back in 1981. However, in between that season and the more recent title at the end of the 2016 season, Clemson spent some time as an also-ran.Dabo Swinney has elevated the team to new heights. Clemson is recruiting incredibly well, especially at the quarterback position. The team has gone to three straight College Football Playoffs. The Tigers will likely win again, and it may be in the next few years. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Florida Gators:Quite simply, any major college football program in Florida will be a factor in the long-term. Assuming there isn’t a drastic shift in where football talent comes from, Florida is among the most dominant bases of power in the sport. Urban Meyer proved just how dominant UF can be by cultivating it a few years ago.That doesn’t mean just any coach can step in and dominate at Florida. Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain proved that. However, with Dan Mullen coming in, the school is making a move back to the Meyer tree, which should get thinks moving back in the right direction. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Florida State Seminoles:The same advantages that apply to Florida apply to its rival Florida State. FSU also used its recent coaching opening to grab a hot young coach with serious in-state roots.Willie Taggart previously coached at USF, and after a rocky start to his tenure, had the Bulls rolling in his final two years in Tampa. He spent one year at Oregon, where he was recruiting extremely well, before heading to his “dream job” at Florida State. Taggart is a strong offensive coach and an ace recruiter, and that’s a scary combination at a place like FSU, which competed for talent as well as any school in the country under Jimbo Fisher. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Georgia Bulldogs:It is strange that Georgia has not won a title since 1980. During his lengthy tenure, Mark Richt came close a few times, but never quite got the Bulldogs in true contention. Kirby Smart nearly ended the drought in just his second year.Smart has signed a historic 2018 recruiting class. He’s taking full advantage of his state’s crazy football talent. After last year’s breakout, this seems more about “when” than “if.”Next: ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3
NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip If you’ve been lucky enough to try Kopi Luwak, then you’ve already enjoyed some level of personal growth at the hand of travel. For those who haven’t had the chance to indulge in this treat, worry not — there maybe some value in the crap to come.Kopi Luwak literally translates to “coffee” from a “civet.” In case that isn’t direct enough: It’s coffee collected from, well, civet crap. Civets — which look like an equal mix of weasel and house cat — enjoy eating the fruit from coffee plants. To keep a long story short, the coffee cherry makes its way through the civet and exits as a green coffee bean. The bean is then collected, aged for two-plus years, roasted, brewed, and, finally, enjoyed by a second digestive tract. Proprietors of Kopi Luwak will tell you that this coffee bean is unique for two reasons: 1) It is believed the civet chooses the highest quality coffee beans from the bush and 2) the digestive enzymes break down the coffee’s acidity.Hendrik Broekelschen/The ManualTo share from the first-hand experience of this author, the following is my review:“The coffee was served no different than any other drip coffee. It was strong and black. The flavor was bold and had a good depth to it but the finishing taste was unexpected. A strong cup of coffee usually ends with an equally strong acidic note, which Kopi Luwak did not have. Outside of that quality, Kopi Luwak and other solid coffees don’t differ much.”Other than spending $20 bucks for a unique experience and a decent cup of coffee in Laos, what value can we find in Kopi Luwak? If you’ll oblige me, this is where I’d like to add some more personal experience to round out the story.Work brought me to Southeast Asia in November for a company summit that included a four-day day bike tour with 400 coworkers. If that wasn’t crazy enough, it just so happened to coincide with my “agree to disagree” discussions with management about value, a harsh realization that a woman I thought cared about me didn’t, and, of course, Typhoon Damrey. If you can imagine biking the pseudo-mandatory, partially flooded 50-plus miles a day in a typhoon with 400 enthusiastic coworkers around — including she-who-will-not-be-named and the entire management team — then you might start to smell the crap that I was neck deep in.Hendrik Broekelschen/The ManualSo what’s the point of all of this? Coffee, crap, minor tragedies? Perhaps we could benefit to update the vocabulary from an old adage: “When life gives you crap, use it as fertilizer for your next move.” Sometimes it seems like everything you worked for is just a big ‘ole pile of crap. Because life has to move forward, as all things always must do, a person can do one of two things with that crap: 1) Stick it somewhere in that weird dark part of your brain with all the other unpleasant things, or 2) see the value in it and use it. In the past I was more of an option No. 1 kind of guy. This time, though, I chose No. 2.It’s been almost two months since I left Southeast Asia and I feel physically and mentally healthier than I’ve ever felt. I cut my travels short to focus on my pile of crap and what I could make it do for me. Here’s what I did with it:The crap: I continued to talk with my managers and asked them to describe what a future at that company might look like for me. The picture isn’t exactly what I’d hoped for. The growth: I now have a clear understanding of my options and am ready to make serious decisions about my future. It’s up to me to actively adjust my expectations with my current employer or to find a new opportunity that paints a brighter future.Hendrik Broekelschen/The ManualThe crap: The girl. The growth: Instead of avoiding the issue, we talked it out. After hearing her interpretation of the situation, I’m thankful that things didn’t work out. We define love differently and if it didn’t hurt then — it surely would have later. In this case, I moved past someone who kept things in the dark to look towards someone who celebrates the refulgent night sky.The crap: The big picture … I’ve been traveling for the last five years and realized it might be time to re-evaluate that lifestyle. The growth: I’d like more stability. Even if I choose to continue traveling for part of the year, I want some roots in a community that I love. That realization pushed me to start the process of purchasing a home in Portland, Oregon.To revisit the title of this piece, civet crap, heartache, and progress aren’t all that different. All things have a potential that can be leveraged for growth if approached appropriately. Shoot, if people can get excited to pay $20 to drink a cup of civet excrement, then perhaps we can all find some value in our own crap. Let’s say it’s a coffee-cup-half-full kind of thing. As we move towards the New Year, here’s to hunkering down, brewing some Kopi Luwak*, and getting into it.*Please research where you purchase Kopi Luwak from and whether or not you feel comfortable with the product being sold. Civets are needed to produce this product, obviously, and companies should be clear about the living conditions of these animals.Featured image courtesy of Paula Bronstein/Getty Images. 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Mumbai: Newly-elected Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur on Monday failed to get exemption from appearance in a special court this week in the 2008 Malegaon blast case in which she is an accused. Special NIA Judge V S Padalkar rejected Thakur’s application for exemption in which she stated that she has to complete formalities relating to Parliament, saying her presence is necessary at this stage in the case. The court directed Thakur to appear before it this week. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist “Grounds shown in the exemption application like to complete process of elections, enrolment and other factors cannot be accepted at all as time and again, the accused person (Thakur) has undertaken to remain present before this court but fails to do so,” the court said. It further said initially exemption from appearance was granted. “However, now material witnesses are being called by the prosecution to adduce their evidence to prove their case against the accused persons. Hence, the presence of accused persons is certainly necessary,” the court said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France It added that the apex court has, in several orders in the past, emphasised the need for lower courts to decide matters where political leaders are involved expeditiously. “In view of these, now that the accused applicant (Thakur) is a political leader and since the matter has been already expedited by the Supreme Court, this court feels that she should remain present in court at least once a week,” the court said. In May this year, the court, which is conducting a trial against seven accused in the case, directed all of them to appear before it at least once a week. It then said an exemption would be granted if cogent reasons were submitted. The court had, two weeks ago, granted Thakur and two other accused – Lt Col Prasad Purohit and Sudhakar Chaturvedi – exemption for a week. Currently, the court is recording the testimony of witnesses in the case. Besides these three, the other accused in the case are Major (retired) Ramesh Upadhyay, Ajay Rahirkar, Sudhakar Dwivedi and Sameer Kulkarni, all of whom are presently out on bail. Six people were killed and over 100 injured on September 29, 2008 when an explosive device strapped to a motorcycle went off near a mosque in Malegaon. The accused persons are facing trial under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC). They have been charged under UAPA Sections 16 (committing terrorist act) and 18 (conspiring to commit terrorist act). They are also facing charges under IPC sections 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 153(a) (promoting enmity between two religious groups). The accused have also been charged under relevant sections of the Explosive Substances Act.
OTTAWA — Canada’s auditor general says the RCMP isn’t sure that all officers have access to the rifles and body armour needed to respond to an active shooter, almost five years after three Mounties were gunned down in New Brunswick.In a report today, interim auditor Sylvain Ricard says the national police force has mismanaged the purchase, distribution and ongoing maintenance of semi-automatic rifles known as carbines.In June 2014, a heavily armed assailant in Moncton, N.B., killed three Mounties and wounded two others.The RCMP was convicted under the Canada Labour Code of failing to provide members with the appropriate training and equipment to deal with the deadly event.The auditor general says the police force then bought thousands of carbines, but did not know whether it had provided the rifles to all of the officers who needed them.The auditor also found the RCMP had enough hard body armour nationwide, but not all officers had access to it.Meantime, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government accepts all the recommendations in the auditor general’s report, and adds action is already being taken.“Carbine and Immediate Action Rapid Deployment training must now be completed by all cadets prior to their leaving the depot training academy.”Goodale notes officer safety is a top priority.
As an Official Red Carpet Sponsor, “Stars on Stripes” daily press alerts will round-up the hottest red carpet looks as talent walk the iconic Hudson’s Bay carpets at this year’s Festival.Twitter: @HudsonsBayInstagram: @HudsonsBayFacebook: @HudsonsBaySnapchat: hudsonsbayHashtag: #starsonstripesAbout Hudson’s BayHBC, incorporated in 1670, is North America’s oldest company. Hudson’s Bay has grown to become Canada’s most prominent department store, today operating 89 full-line locations and thebay.com. For the first time since the banner’s inception, Hudson’s Bay opened outside of Canada with 10 new stores in the Netherlands in 2017, and an online shopping destination at hudsonsbay.nl. Hudson’s Bay has established a reputation for quality, service, and style by offering well-edited assortments of exclusive and popular fashion, beauty, home and accessory designers and brands, as well as exclusive food concepts. It is part of the HBC brand portfolio. The signature stripes are a registered trademark of Hudson’s Bay Company. Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement TIFF Rising Star Lamar Johnson, The Hate U Give, is the first to walk the Hudson’s Bay signature striped carpet at Roy Thomson Hall. (Photo credit: George Pimentel Photography) (CNW Group/Hudson’s Bay) TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2018 – T-1 day until the city’s most anticipated film festival brings Hollywood’s elite to Toronto. The Toronto International Film Festival® made its final preparations today with the roll-out of the Hudson’s Bay iconic striped carpet at Roy Thomson Hall. First to walk the carpet was TIFF Rising Star Lamar Johnson, in town for the premiere of The Hate U Give.The official striped carpet has welcomed stars such as Dame Helen Mirren, Denzel Washington, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and Natalie Portman at past festivals, and will host many must-see talent set to descend upon the city for the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).Hudson’s Bay is an Official Fashion Retailer and an Official Red Carpet Sponsor of the festival. Advertisement Twitter
APTN National NewsThe families of two young men who crashed their vehicle into a Saskatchewan river and drowned are now calling on provincial leadership to make changes to the way the RCMP handle underwater recovery.It took nearly three days to recover the two men and their vehicle from a river in a small northern community over 665 kms north of Regina.While police waited so did the family who needed confirmation the men were in the car.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has the story.
The Canadian PressNewfoundland and Labrador’s opposition leader wants the province’s auditor general to investigate the government’s failure to carry out environmental work around the Muskrat Falls reservoir.The work, known as “capping,” was meant to reduce the risk of toxic methylmercury produced by the flooding seeping into the food chain downstream from the reservoir, potentially affecting crucial food sources for Inuit residents.Liberal Premier Dwight Ball said he wanted the work to happen, but a necessary work permit was not approved before it was too late to keep the project from falling further behind schedule.The gaffe was revealed this summer at the inquiry into the controversial hydroelectric project in Labrador _ leading the inquiry’s commissioner to say it was “confounding” that the work had slipped through the cracks.Progressive Conservative Leader Ches Crosbie has now asked the province’s public accounts committee to compel the auditor general to examine relevant documents from July 2018 to February 2019, interview witnesses and report her findings.Four of seven seats on the committee are held by members of the Liberal government, but Crosbie urged them to put partisan concerns aside in pursuit of public accountability.“The taxpayers of the province have a right to know, and the Indigenous people who were party to the breached agreement with the province have a vested interest in knowing exactly what happened,” Crosbie wrote in a letter to the committee dated Tuesday.Ball announced on July 23 that the $30 million set aside for wetland capping would instead be offered to three Indigenous governments in Labrador for “social and health benefits.”The Innu Nation and NunatuKavut Community Council have accepted $10 million each in an agreement with Crown corporation Nalcor Energy, which is overseeing the hydro project.The Nunatsiavut Inuit government has not accepted the money, which the organization’s president Johannes Lampe calls “hush money.”Lampe said the situation downstream from Muskrat Falls is now a “ticking time bomb” and criticized the premier for betraying the trust of Labrador’s Inuit.“We are now at a point of no return where the health, culture and way of life of many Labrador Inuit hangs in the balance,” Lampe wrote in an Aug. 8 firstname.lastname@example.org@aptnnews
ATHENS, Greece – The prime ministers of Greece and Turkey worked late Tuesday to calm escalating tensions after a Greek coast guard vessel was damaged in a collision with a Turkish patrol boat in the Aegean Sea, the site of a boundary dispute.A government official in Athens said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece and Turkish Prime Minister Benali Yildirim spoke by telephone about the circumstances of the boat crash. The official asked not to be named pending an official announcement.No one was hurt in the collision, which happened near uninhabited Aegean islets over which Turkey and Greece nearly went to war in 1996.Turkey’s ambassador in Athens was summoned earlier in the day to receive an official complaint, while the Greek Foreign Ministry accused Turkey of “escalating and provocative conduct.”Tensions between the NATO allies already were rising over the warships Turkey deployed in recent days to block a rig from reaching a location off of Cyprus where Italian energy company Eni is scheduled to drill for natural gas.Cyprus has been ethnically divided into a Turkish north and a Greek south since 1974. The internationally recognized government is on the Greek Cypriot side. Only Turkey recognizes the breakaway north, where it keeps thousands of troops.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended the presence of the warships, telling lawmakers from his party Tuesday that companies involved in the gas venture should not “step out of line.”“We recommend that foreign companies don’t allow themselves to be an instrument of issues that surpass their limits and strength, by trusting the Greek Cypriot side,” Erdogan said. “Their show of strength lasts only until they see our ships and our planes.”Turkey opposes the drilling, which it says disregards the rights of Turkish Cypriots. It also claims as its own part of the area Cyprus has designated for exploratory drilling.The Cypriot government says it has a sovereign right to drill, and that if the search is successful, any income would be shared equitably if the island is reunified.Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades refrained from direct comment on Erdogan’s statements, but said Turkish naval activity should cause no public alarm.“There’s no reason for anyone to worry,” he told reporters in the capital, Nicosia. “Actions are being taken in such a way so as to avert any kind of crisis.”Cyprus joined the European Union in 2004, but only the southern part enjoys full membership benefits. Turkey’s bid for EU membership has been stalled for some time.EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said EU authorities were monitoring the incident in the Aegean closely, adding that Turkey should avoid any “friction, threat or action” against an EU member state.___Nicholas Paphitis in Athens, Greece, Costas Kantouris in Thessaloniki, Greece, Menelaos Hadjicostis in Nicosia, Cyprus, and Lorne Cook in Brussels contributed.___Follow Gatopoulos at http://www.twitter.com/dgatopoulos and Fraser at http://www.twitter.com/suzanfraser
Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno is expected to reach the capital, Khartoum, today to begin a four-day visit, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.Assistant Secretary-General Jane Holl Lute is already in the African country, having visited all three states in Darfur since arriving on Friday. She returned to Khartoum today for a meeting with Mutrif Siddiq, the Undersecretary at the Sudanese Foreign Affairs Ministry.While in Darfur, Ms. Holl Lute visited camps housing internally displaced persons (IDPs), met local Government officials and held discussions with the military and civilian leadership of the new peacekeeping operation – known as UNAMID – including the AU/UN Joint Special Representative Rodolphe Adada.Although the mission is now in operation in Darfur, many outstanding issues between it and the Government remain.UNAMID Force Commander Gen. Martin Luther Agwai and the mission’s Police Commissioner Maj.-Gen. Mike Fryer gave detailed briefings about the work of the mission to the Sudanese armed forces, police and state security service at a meeting over the weekend in Khartoum.The mission described that gathering “as an important confidence-building meeting,” noting that Maj.-Gen. Fryer emphasized the need to intensify community policing, fight gender-based violence and improve cooperation between the UNAMID police force and local officers.UNAMID is being deployed to try to quell nearly five years of violent clashes between rebels, Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed. More than 200,000 people have been killed across the vast and arid region since 2003 and at least 2.2 million others have been displaced. 21 January 2008The head of United Nations peacekeeping is due to arrive in Sudan today for talks with senior Government officials on issues relating to the deployment of the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur, the war-wracked region in the country’s west.
A senior United Nations official has lauded the involvement of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, noting the increasingly vital role played by the private sector in tackling today’s most pressing challenges. “The private sector, it is increasingly recognized, has the capacity and the power to make a difference,” Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Office, told a news conference at UN Headquarters today. The Compact pledges participating businesses – now numbering some 5,000 in over 100 countries – to observe principles regarding human rights, labour rights, environmental sustainability and the fight against corruption. Mr. Kell welcomed the involvement of the CGI in the work of the UN, stating that its “innovative model of securing actionable commitments has not only been an inspiration for the CGI members but for many other voluntary initiatives.”Ever since former United States president Bill Clinton set up the initiative in 2005, CGI members have made commitments designed to, among others, reduce poverty and hunger, work toward education for all and combat disease.“CGI is not a typical philanthropic organization. We don’t give away any money at all,” said Bob Harrison, the Initiative’s chief executive officer. “We create an opportunity for people with ideas to connect with people with resources. We distinguish ourselves from other meetings by a track record of converting ideas into solutions with tangible results,” he added. CGI members commit themselves to action in one of four focus areas, which this year are education, climate change, global health and poverty alleviation. “Through those four focus areas, CGI members are doing their part toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals set out by the United Nations,” Mr. Harrison said.An example of this is the commitment made two years ago by corporate member Procter and Gamble to provide clean, safe drinking water to one million African children. Working with 17 non-governmental organizations (NGO), the company is distributing a product known as PUR, which, when put in dirty water, produces potable drinking water.“The initiative had reached over 700,000 children so far, clearly addressing several of the MDGs,” said Mr. Harrison.He added that, over the past three years, members have made nearly 1,000 commitments valued at upwards of $30 billion to improve more than 200 million lives in over 150 countries. Over 230 of those commitments have been completed to date.In addition, CGI has had about 20 commitments made in partnership with the UN. At its fourth annual meeting next week, the Initiative will be announcing some 10 more.More than 130 leading business leaders and over 50 current and former Heads of State have confirmed their attendance at the 23-26 September meeting, set to coincide with the UN high-level event on the MDGs on 25 September. Among those slated to address the CGI gathering are Queen Rania of Jordan, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and United States presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. 19 September 2008A senior United Nations official has lauded the involvement of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, noting the increasingly vital role played by the private sector in tackling today’s most pressing challenges.
TORONTO — Air Miles has posted a letter on its website warning that criminals have stolen cash miles from some of its members.The rewards program says a small number of in-store transactions with stolen cash miles has occurred in which the criminals used them to buy goods.Air Miles spokeswoman Rachael Montgomery says the manner in which the cash miles were fraudulently accessed has not compromised members’ personal information.She said the company is not sharing more specific details at this time because its investigation of the breach is ongoing.While the company works to resolve the situation, it has temporarily removed the cash miles option for in-store purchases.Montgomery said the company does not have a timeline in place for how long the suspension will be in effect.However, members can still access their cash miles at the company’s website to redeem for e-vouchers.The alert comes a few weeks after Air Miles sent a note to its members apologizing for the controversy it caused last year over changes to its expiration policy.The rewards program angered many members with its proposal to void unused Air Miles after five years, only to abandon that plan weeks before it was to take effect.
NEW YORK — Low-price fashion chain Forever 21, a one-time hot destination for teen shoppers that fell victim to its own rapid expansion and changing consumer tastes, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.The privately held company based in Los Angeles said Sunday it will close up to 178 stores. The company once had more than 800 stores in 57 countries.The company said it would focus on maximizing the value of its U.S. stores and shutter certain international locations.“The decisions as to which domestic stores will be closing are ongoing, pending the outcome of continued conversations with landlords,” it said in the statement. “We do, however, expect a significant number of these stores will remain open and operate as usual, and we do not expect to exit any major markets in the U.S.”Forever 21 joins Barneys New York and Diesel USA in a growing list of retailers seeking bankruptcy protection as they battle online competitors. Others like Payless ShoeSource and Charlotte Russe have shut down completely.The numbers bear out the crisis facing traditional retailers. So far this year, publicly traded U.S. retailers have announced they will close 8,558 stores and open 3,446, according to the global research firm Coresight Research. That compares with 5,844 closures and 3,258 openings in all of 2018.Coresight estimates the store closures could number 12,000 by the end of 2019.Forever 21 was founded in 1984 and, along with other so-called fast fashion chains like H&M and Zara, rode a wave of popularity among young customers that took off in the mid-1990s.Their popularity grew during the Great Recession, when shoppers sought fashion bargains.But over the last year or so, fast fashion has fallen out of style. Young customers are losing interest in throw-away clothes and are more interested in buying eco-friendly products. They’re also gravitating toward rental and online second-hand sites like Thredup, where they see clothes worn again instead of ending up in a landfill.These trends are happening while discounters like Target have spruced up their fashion assortments, stealing away customers.Forever 21 has also been more vulnerable than some other chains because of its large footprints in major malls, which are attracting fewer shoppers.
MINNEAPOLIS – Best Buy said Thursday it had disappointing sales during the holiday shopping season, raising concerns about the consumer electronic retailer’s ability to turn around its business.Shares tumbled nearly 29 per cent on the news, showing that investors are increasingly worried about Best Buy’s future. Best Buy’s stock price had more than quadrupled last year, but had been down 7 per cent since the beginning of this year.The holiday season, which runs from November through December, is a critical period for retailers because it can account for up to 40 per cent of their annual revenue. But this past season was marked by weak consumer spending and heavy sales promotions by retailers.Best Buy was struggling even before the holiday season because of increased competition from online stores, notably Amazon.com, and discounters like Wal-Mart. But under CEO Hubert Joly, Best Buy started a turnaround strategy that included revamping merchandise, training employees and cutting costs.Best Buy went into the holiday season saying that it was unafraid of so-called “showrooming,” when consumers check out items in stores and then purchase them for cheaper online. It also said it would match prices of all retailers, including cheaper online rivals, but that policy ultimately led to an unexpected sales decline.Best Buy CEO, Hubert Joly, also said that there was a lot of competition on price during the holidays and an “intensely promotional” environment. He added that Best Buy’s business was also hurt by supply constraints for key products, a drop in customer traffic and a disappointing mobile phone market.Additionally, Joly said there was an overall decline in the consumer electronics market that no one was expecting. Indeed, according to research firm NPD Group, consumer electronics sales fell 2.4 per cent to $22.9 billion during the 9-week holiday period.As a result, total revenue for the nine-week period that ended on Jan. 4 slipped 3 per cent to $11.45 billion from $11.75 billion. Domestic revenue declined to $9.75 billion from $9.91 billion, while international revenue fell to $1.7 billion from $1.85 billion.Meanwhile, sales at stores open at least a year — a key indicator of a retailer’s health — fell 0.8 per cent. But that was better than the 1.4 per cent decline in the prior-year period.“Best Buy is in a much better position than it was a year ago,” said Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy. “In my mind, the shares now more accurately reflect very competitive retail environment that will be present in the years to come.”Joly said Best Buy’s holiday performance renews the sense of urgency around the company’s transformation. He said that key priorities heading into fiscal 2015 will include: lowering costs faster and more deeply; growing its online business at a quicker pace; continuing to improve the customer experience; improving marketing efforts and growing its Geek Squad services business.Joly also said there were no specific plans to close stores, but added that “we have always said on an ongoing basis that we are looking at the store footprint and we continue to review it.”Shares of the Minneapolis company declined $10.74, or 28.6 per cent, to close at $26.83 after sinking more than 30 per cent earlier. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2014 5:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bargain hunters line up for sales at a Best Buy Nov. 28, 2013, in Dunwoody, Ga. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, David Tulis Best Buy holiday sales fall, hurt by highly promotional retail environment, softness in US
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Caroline Saunders, the assistant coroner for Gloucestershire, recorded a verdict of misadventure.She said: “Anna was a 14-year-old girl who was severely obese and weighed 139kg. Despite engaging with services to weight loss, she had a tendency to overeat and gorge on food, particularly pickled eggs at night.”She lived with her grandparents and sometime during the evening after 7pm she called her grandfather, she appeared to be distressed apparently choking and collapsed.”Ambulance crews arrived at 7.20pm but had difficulties establishing an airway.”The inquest was told the day she died she had drunk a slimming shake and eaten some chicken nuggets that evening before jumping into a paddling pool.The coroner was told she then went into the kitchen and grabbed some pickled eggs, but moments later she reached out to her grandfather saying she could not breath. Despite engaging with services to weight loss, she had a tendency to overeat and gorge on food, particularly pickled eggs at nightCaroline Saunders, assistant coroner for Gloucestershire Her grandmother, Sally-Anne Sexton, heard her husband calling for help. She found Michael performing CPR and Anna collapsed on the floor, telling the inquest she did “everything I could”.Ambulance crews arrived minutes later, but paramedics struggled to find an airway because of her size, the inquest heard.Chin Withybrew, Anna’s GP, said: “She had a medical history of obesity, psoriasis, of raised levels of fat in her blood, and struggled to control her weight. She lost a bit in 2015, but had been regaining weight at the time of death.”Anna had been living with her grandparents, who were her legal guardians, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, since 2011.The inquest heard she was in regular contact with her mother, Laura Gibbs, father Kevin Sexton and siblings. A 14-year-old girl died choking on a pickled egg hours after returning from a weight-loss club, an inquest heard.Anna Sexton weighed more than 21 stone (139kg) and had sought help after struggling with her size for years, a coroner was told.She would often go downstairs at night and “gorge” on pickled eggs without chewing them, the hearing was told.The teenager returned to her grandparents’ home on June 8 following an after-school weight loss club and later that evening ate a pickled egg. Anna Sexton would ‘gorge’ on pickled eggs without chewing them, an inquest heard. File pictureCredit:Alamy It became lodged in her throat and she collapsed before going into cardiac arrest, an inquest in Gloucester heard.Moments before collapsing in the toilet, Anna called out to her grandfather, Michael Sexton, saying she could not breath.Desperate attempts were made to resuscitate her before ambulance crews arrived and the teenager was taken to Gloucester Royal Hospital.But she suffered a cardiac arrest en route as paramedics battled to find an airway and she was pronounced dead at 8.46pm.The inquest heard she weighed 21st (139kg) and had a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 47 when she died, making her clinically obese.
The Dramis D55T truck has been five years in development, embracing many thousands of test hours in extreme conditions. This is thought to be a unique off-road truck for the mining industry that is able to travel legally, unloaded, on public roads,. Now a fleet of them is being delivered for salt mining in Chile.A total of seven trucks will join the Excon Construcciòn fleet, each with a payload capacity of 55 t. These trucks are equipped with Simard Suspensions. Simard Suspensions develops, manufactures and installs suspension systems to clients worldwide. It offers a range of innovative and ingenious systems that increase and optimise efficiency in a safe and effective way for heavy duty trucks.The Dramis D55T trucks will have twice the “capacity of actual trucks, Excon Construcciòn will be able to greatly increase its production,” explains Denys Dufour Simard Suspensions Sales Manager.The Dramis benefits not only from a superior payload but also operates faster. With its active hydraulic suspension and adapted gear ratio, it is able to haul at up to 90km/h, giving it the capacity to do more cycles than articulated or rigid trucks. The cost per tonne of the Dramis D55T is the most profitable of its category, the company reports. “Built on a class 8 vocational truck chassis, its purchase price is less than its competition, and its maintenance does not require a specialised technician. Its fuel consumption cost is between 15 and 20 litres/h depending on the configuration.“I thank Excon Construcciòn and its team for the support given to us all along this project as well as all those who participated in its development,” says David Tremblay, Simard Suspensions Chief Executive Officer.Totally assembled in Québec, Canada, the Dramis is available in many configurations and adaptable on all vocational commercial trucks in North America such as Mack/Volvo, Kenworth/Peterbilt, Freightliner/Western Star, and soon to be the new International HX.Simard Suspensions stands out with its tandem suspensions distributed in all North America and South America.
The biker in the video above is known as the Black Devil. It’s a fitting name for someone who takes so many risks at high speed on a very busy highway. I actually lost count of the amount of times he comes close to being hit by a car changing lanes, or thought a gap didn’t look big enough for him to squeeze through.We can learn a few things by watching this video:Moscow does not have speed camerasTraffic cops are thin on the ground thereThe Black Devil is the courier you want delivering your urgent packagesDon’t try this at home kids, but watch it and cringe at all the moments where you think he’s not going to make it. He is one skilled biker, although there must be a hint a crazy in there too for attempting to do this. But for all we know it might be his daily commute to work, though.via YouTube
Les jeunes souris peuvent régénérer leur coeur blesséDes scientifiques américains ont découvert que le coeur des nouveaux-nés souris était capable de se régénérer après blessure. Une capacité que les jeunes animaux perdent très rapidement en grandissant.Alors que certains poissons et amphibiens sont capables de régénérer entièrement leur coeur durant toute leur vie, la chose semblait impossible pour les mammifères au delà du stade embryonnaire. Du moins c’est ce que l’on pensait jusqu’à présent. Mais des scientifiques américains de l’Université de Southwestern Medical Center au Texas ont fait une découverte surprenante sur de très jeunes souris. Durant les sept premiers jours qui suivent la naissance, celles-ci sont capables de régénérer leur coeur même en cas de graves blessures. Des travaux que les chercheurs viennent tout juste de détailler dans la revue Science.À lire aussiInfarctus : définition, signes et symptômes, causes, comment réagir face à un infarctus ?Dans une première expérience, ils ont retiré 15% du ventricule gauche à des nouveaux-nés âgés de 1 jour. En observant les coeurs 21 jours plus tard, ils se sont alors aperçus que 99% des organes s’étaient entièrement régénérés. Deux mois après l’opération, les analyses ont montré que les coeurs fonctionnaient aussi bien que ceux des autres souris. En revanche, quand l’expérience a été reproduite sur des nouveaux-nés âgés de 7 jours, il s’est avéré que les souris avaient perdu toute capacité de régénération. “Notre étude est la première à démontrer que les mammifères peuvent régénérer leur muscle cardiaque durant une période bien définie de leur développement”, a expliqué Enzo Porello, membre de l’équipe de recherche. Une découverte d’autant plus cruciale que les scientifiques n’ont pas exclu l’hypothèse que le coeur des bébés humains soit aussi doté de cette incroyable capacité. Bien que le mécanisme de la régénération n’ait pas encore été identifié, ces travaux fourniraient alors une piste très sérieuse de traitements contre les maladies cardiaques. Le 25 février 2011 à 15:56 • Emmanuel Perrin
When asked about plans for the Alaska resort, Pomeroy President Stefan Nasalski said the company is still “early in the process.” The company plans to make more announcements later this year. “As our plans firm up, we’ll be in a better position to talk,” Nasalski said. Pomeroy Lodging is based in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and operates 18 hotels in western Canada. The resort and related property appraised at $45.8 million this year for tax purposes, according to the Anchorage Property Appraisal Division. About $34 million accounts for the value of its land, buildings and other structures. Alyeska said it will “sell substantially all of its resort assets,” including the 300-room hotel and the popular Girdwood ski area. The resort is about 40 miles southeast (64 kilometers) of Anchorage. Pomeroy Lodging has entered a contract to buy Alyeska Resort and Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood, the Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday. The resort is nearing its 60th year of operation, Alyeska spokesman Eric Fullerton said. He declined Tuesday to say who initiated the sales discussions. Nasalski also declined to say. Nasalski declined to disclose the sale price. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A ski resort near Anchorage has agreed to sell its properties to a Canada-based hospitality company. The sale is expected to be finalized by the end of the year, Alyeska said.
A lawsuit seeks to prevent a ballot initiative asking whether to ban commercial marijuana in the Mat-Su Borough from appearing before voters. (Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)In a last-minute bid to overturn a Matanuska-Suisitna Borough ballot initiative banning commercial marijuana, some cannabis supporters have served the Borough with a lawsuit. The complaint wants the courts to force the Borough to take the initiative off the October election ticket, and the outcome of the case could have widespread implications.Listen nowThe lawsuit, filed Tuesday in state Superior Court in Palmer, comes just a month before the Mat-Su Borough election. The legal action alleges the Borough’s ballot initiative banning commercial marijuana grow and retail operations throughout the Borough, is invalid, because it violates state statues requiring planning commission review of land use ordinances.Ronda Marcy sits on the Borough’s marijuana advisory committee and filed the suit with Thomas Hannon. They’re also suing former Borough mayor Larry DeVilbiss and fifteen of the petitioners who sponsored the initiative. Marcy alleges the sponsors began collecting petition signatures prematurely.“They were started before the law allowed them to do so.”And she says, the initiative wording is confusing because it asks voters to make the marijuana industry illegal but allow the hemp industry to continue. She says it presents two questions in one initiative, which violates state law.“If the cannibis community is being brought in to follow the laws, then the other communities, like local governments, should also follow the laws.”Borough attorney Nick Spiropolous says the suit caught the Borough by surprise. He said Wednesday he’s still evaluating it.“From my perspective, most of it focuses on the claim that this is a planning law, and that there are prior cases out there that say you cannot do planning laws by initiative. They say, this is a planning law, and you can’t do planning laws by initiative, and then ask for the relief.”Spiropolous says the plaintiffs have asked the courts for expedited consideration and for injunctive relief to take the question off the ballot, or to have the ballots not counted if they are voted on, or to have the law not take effect if it passes.“The Borough’s response will be that we did not act illegally, beyond that, I can’t really say.”If the plaintiffs win their case, the outcome could have implications for other local government cannabis ordinances. Within the Borough limits, the cities of Palmer and Houston both have established commercial marijuana regulations through voter initiative, rather than through planning and zoning power.
Khaleda Zia at MK Anwar’s house on Tuesday night. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday night visited the house of party’s standing committee member MK Anwar who died in the early hours of the day, reports UNB.Khaleda along with her party’s senior leaders, including secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, went to MK Anwar’s Elephant Road residence around 9:45pm.She talked to Anwar’s wife Mahmuda Anwar and his eldest son Mahmud Anwar and consoled them.MK Anwar, also a former minister, breathed his last around 1:20am at his residence.The veteran BNP leader had long been suffering from diabetes, heart disease and various old-age complications.His first namaz-e-janaza was held at Katabon Mosque at 10:00am, while the second one at Naya Paltan in front of BNP’s central office at noon and the third one at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban around 1:30pm.His body will be kept at a mortuary of Birdem Hospital overnight on Tuesday.On Wednesday, the body will be taken to Comilla and his fourth janaza will be held at Titas of Comilla after Zohr prayers and the fifth and final one at Homna after Asar prayers.