Efforts to Ban Gas Hookups in New Construction Widen

first_imgA campaign to lower carbon emissions by prohibiting fossil fuels connections in new buildings has moved to the East Coast. In mid-November, a town just outside Boston became the first in Massachusetts to ban oil and gas installation in new buildings as citizens there joined a number of California communities that have already enacted similar bylaws. There were only 3 votes against the proposal at a town meeting in Brookline, Massachusetts, The Boston Globe reported, as the community of roughly 58,000 voted to tackle climate change by requiring new homes to run on electricity alone.RELATED ARTICLESCarbon Emissions By the Construction IndustryAnother Look at Embodied CarbonBill to Cut New York City Carbon Emissions: $20 BillionReducing Carbon Emissions From Cars and Trucks Will Be HardEmbodied Carbon Emissions in Buildings The measure, which must still be approved by the state attorney general’s office, was opposed by oil and gas interests, real estate developers, and others. It affects both new construction and major renovations. “Prohibiting Brookline residents from choosing an affordable, reliable, and entirely legal heating fuel like natural gas or bioheat is outrageously unfair,” Stephen Dodge, executive director of the Massachusetts Petroleum Council, a trade association for the gas and oil industry, told the Globe. “If cities and towns can start trying to outlaw utilities licensed by the state Department of Public Utilities from serving willing customers who want to buy energy from them, we’re heading toward regulatory and legal chaos.” The real estate industry fears the measure would increase construction costs for new buildings and make utility expenses higher for homeowners. A court challenge is expected. Berkeley, California, became the first community in the country to take this step with a vote in July. More than a dozen other California communities have since followed suit. Proponents argue that every house and high-rise built today will be in place for decades, and so will the fossil fuel infrastructure unless steps are taken to convert buildings to fuels that are less damaging to the environment. USA Today reports that some 35% of U.S. households have gas stoves. The American Gas Association, a trade group representing more than 200 local gas companies, says an average of one new gas customer is added every minute. The fossil fuel bans that have been approved so far differ in some of the details. In Brookline, the measure allows exemptions for restaurants, medical labs, and other buildings when there are no realistic alternatives to burning fossil fuels, the Globe said. Waivers also could be considered by a new town board. Tamara C. Small, CEO of a trade group for the commercial real estate industry, said in a letter to the Brookline Planning Board that it was important not to hinder construction of new housing, or make it any more expensive for town residents. She also noted the region’s electricity grid relies mainly on natural gas, so the environmental benefits from the ban on new gas and oil hookups in buildings may be a while in coming. Climate chaos ahead without cuts, UN says Brookline’s initiative may seem trivial or disruptive to its critics, but supporters see efforts to phase out the use of fossil fuels as an urgently needed step. And scientists warn that efforts to cut carbon emissions to date have not been nearly enough to prevent catastrophic climate change. In a new report, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization said measurements of several greenhouse gases showed above average emissions in 2018 as CO2 levels reached an all time high. The gap between lower emissions targets adopted by many industrialized countries and what’s actually being dumped into the atmosphere are “glaring and growing,” The Guardian reported. Scientists warn that emissions must be cut by half by 2030 if the global temperature rise is to be limited to 1.5°C, the point beyond which climate change will be disastrous. That now seems unlikely to happen, WMO secretary general Petteri Taalas told the newspaper. “There is no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline, despite all the commitments under the Paris agreement on climate change,” Taalas said. “We need to increase the level of ambition for the sake of the future welfare of mankind.” He added that the last time Earth had seen a comparable concentration of carbon dioxide was between 3 million and 5 million years ago, when the temperature was 2-3°C warmer and sea levels were between 10 and 20 meters higher. The WMO report published on November 25 said the global average concentration of CO2 was 407.8 parts per million in 2018, an increase from 405.5 ppm the year before. Averages are now 50% higher than they were before the industrial revolution began in the mid 18th century. John Sauven, head of Greenpeace UK, told The Guardian: “The number is the closest thing to a real-world Doomsday Clock, and it’s pushing us ever closer to midnight. Our ability to preserve civilization as we know it, avert the mass extinction of species, and leave a healthy planet to our children depend on us urgently stopping the clock.” -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.last_img read more

Power Tip: Watermark Your Video Editing Work

first_imgProtect your work!  Watermarking your video projects can prevent them being shared before final delivery and payment.  In this post we show you how to create a quick watermark in Premiere Pro.Watermarking your video editing projects can save you headaches and complication!  Whenever someone takes your work and releases it before it’s ready it can cost you money and your reputation.  You can also avoid clients dragging out payment.  Using a watermark is standard protocol for still photographers but can also be very useful to video pros.  Let’s learn why and how to create video watermarks in Adobe Premiere Pro.Why You Should Watermark Your VideoThere are several bad scenarios that can be avoided by applying a simple watermark to your video during the approval process.Scenario one, theft.  Let’s say you have a client that has hired you to edit or produce and edit a video.  The process starts with agreed milestones and reviews and stage payments.  You work through the post-production process and provide a video for review that is a few steps away from the final version.  It’s possible that the client can review this rough cut video and decide this is all they need done.  However, you intended to do more because it doesn’t come up to your standards and you wouldn’t be happy to release it in its present state.Example of video watermarkThe customer doesn’t have the same standards as you and they can see this as a way to avoid paying or delaying payment because they have all they need for now.  Suddenly, paying you has fallen to the bottom of a very big pile of other things to do.The end result? A second rate production is released with your name attached to it and payment because a really stressful and painful process.However, if you had watermarked your production so they wouldn’t be able to release it, then you could make sure they pay the final payment before you release the final version without watermark.Watermarking is also one way to quickly determine approvals vs final versions when reviewing versions of past video editing projects.Watermarking in Premiere ProWhat you actually put on in your video watermark is completely up to you and may be more based on your client or the complexity of the project than anything else. The key is just making sure you have sufficient watermaking to ensure that the client can’t use it until you have removed it!So how do you create a watermark in Premiere Pro? It’s as simple as creating a title!Go to Title > New Title > Default Still or use the shortcut  CNTL + T (PC) or CMD + T (Mac).  You can also select it from the list that comes up when you click on the ‘New Items’ icon at the bottom of the project panel.Name it ‘Watermark Version …’ and then create a title that says what you need it to say!Next, add that title to a new video layer at the top of your layers. If there isn’t a track free, simply drag the title to the dark grey area at the top and let go and Premiere Pro will create a new layer for you.Creating a New Video TrackNext, trim it out to fit the whole length of your timeline.Trimming the Title Out to the Length of your TimelineLastly, if you chose to create your title with white text, select the title, go to the ‘Effects Controls’ panel, un-twirl ‘Opacity’ and from the ‘Blend Mode’ drop down select a blend mode like ‘Soft Light’. If the effect is still too strong, just turn the opacity value down until it is visible but not too much of a distraction.Blend ModesRender out your sample, rough cut, or preview version and keep the watermark layer in the Premiere Pro project timeline until the client has paid!One last thought: You may want to create a watermark as a small bug on the corner of the frame or along one edge of the video.  This is ok for a more subtle effect (and is less distracting), but do realize that it can easily be cut away if the client has any kind of tech know-how!Your work is your livelihood.  Ensure that clients pay and protect your reputation by insuring that only a final version of any project can be posted and shared!last_img read more

Add a Text Message Chat to Live-Action Footage in After Effects

first_imgLearn how to design, animate, and composite a text message conversation with live-action footage in After Effects.Fifteen years ago, you would not see text messages on television and movie screens because they were not a primary form of communication. However, that’s not the case today. As technology advances and integrates further into our society, filmmakers gain new elements to use in their stories. With these new technological elements, the task of “how to incorporate them correctly in live-action footage” begins.In this After Effects tutorial, take a closer look at how to create a text message chat and composite it with your footage. Learn how to design the text bubbles, realistically animate each text message, and correctly composite your text messages over footage.Best Type of Footage to Composite Text Messages WithIf you are going to composite your text message chat with footage, there are a few things to keep in mind before you shoot.If you want your messages to stand out from the background, think about the color palette of your text message bubbles and light your footage accordingly.Have your talent act and react in a timely manner as he or she sends and receives each message.If you are in a low-light situation, don’t forget to make the light from the screen stand out.Be sure to get a static shot of your scene in case the motion shots don’t composite well with your text messages.Make it clear that your character is using the phone, or the result will be awkward.If you want to sell the text message effect even further, add sound effects. Be sure to check out our tutorial on creating a text message chat to see how to make your scene come to life in After Effects. Have fun and good luck!For those who just want to experiment with some text message bubbles, you can also download the free Messenger After Effects template from our friends at RocketStock. Do you know creative ways to integrate text messages in your projects? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Your Cousin Was a Comb Jelly

first_imgAt first glance, ctenophores look like little more than striped jelly blobs flitting through the sea, propelled by rows of cilia. But the genome of one of these comb jellies, as they are commonly called, suggests they have a pivotal place in animal history. The DNA sequence of the sea walnut, Mnemiopsis leidyi, puts these creatures at the base of the animal tree of life, researchers report online today in Science. That base is also populated by sponges, jellyfish, and their other cnidarian relatives, and organisms called placozoans. By comparing the genomes of these four groups of organisms and other animals, researchers conclude that ctenophores branched off first, not sponges as many have thought. Yet ctenophores have muscles and nerve cells, cell types that sponges lack, suggesting that animal evolution did not proceed smoothly from the simple to the more complex. Instead, the ancestor to all these animals may have had a more complex nervous system that sponges and cnidarians lost, and the mesodermal tissue that gives rise to muscles may have arisen independently in ctenophores.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Why it’s so hard to develop a drug for cystic fibrosis

first_imgWhen the gene for cystic fibrosis (CF) was discovered 25 years ago, hopes ran high that new treatments were just around the corner. But novel drugs proved hard to design, and sometimes they don’t work as expected. Now, a pair of studies suggests why two breakthrough therapies might not help many patients as much as hoped.CF is caused by mutations in the CFTR gene. Like many genetic diseases, a host of different mutations can trigger the condition, and median life expectancy for patients hovers in the late 30s. About 90% of patients carry at least one mutation called ΔF508—and it’s one that is especially complicated to repair. The mutation disables the CFTR protein in two different ways: It misfolds it, and it prevents it from reaching the cell surface, where it’s supposed to help control the balance of water and salt in cells. When CFTR can’t do its job, people develop a dangerous buildup of mucus in the lungs and elsewhere.One of the new CF drugs, VX-770, was designed to tackle a much rarer CF-causing mutation. Called G551D, it’s behind about 4% of U.S. cases; the protein gets to the cell surface like it’s supposed to, but it’s closed up tight and can’t function. VX-770, designed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, opens the protein into the right configuration so it can do its job. VX-770 was approved in 2012 for patients with this particular mutation, under the brand name Kalydeco.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Although this is great news for patients with G551D, the far bigger pool, with ΔF508, doesn’t benefit from VX-770 alone. Scientists had hoped that combining VX-770 with another still-experimental Vertex drug, VX-809, which helps move the CF protein to the cell surface, would do the trick. Two groups decided to explore this idea more thoroughly in lung cells.What they found was surprising. A team led by cell biologist Martina Gentzsch at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, looked at a type of human lung cell that’s often used in CF studies, with the ΔF508 mutation. They found that chronic exposure to VX-770, which is supposed to activate the mutated protein, made the other drug, VX-809, less effective, and this was especially true at high doses of VX-770. “At high concentrations” of VX-770, when combined with VX-809, “there is a very strong inhibition” of how well the protein functions, Gentzsch says. At lower doses, the mutated protein wasn’t always as affected. The work conflicts with earlier cell studies, in which VX-770 was given only briefly and showed success. Chronic exposure, it seemed, had a more complicated effect.At McGill University in Montreal, Canada, cell biologist Gergely Lukacs and his team saw something similar. They found that exposing lung cells with the ΔF508 mutation to VX-770 long-term—mimicking what happens in patients who take the drug for extended periods—often made the CFTR protein function poorly when compared with short-term exposure. Lukacs’s hypothesis is that while in some respects VX-770 might be getting CFTR into the right functional shape, in other ways it’s destabilizing it. “It has this duality of effect,” he says.What does this mean for patients? The papers, published today in Science Translational Medicine, coincidentally appear just weeks after Vertex announced results of a phase III trial, in which patients with the ΔF508 mutation got both drugs for a prolonged period of time. Their lung function did improve, albeit modestly, by 2.6% to 4%.“At first blush, this might seem at odds” with the cell studies, says Philip Thomas, a biochemist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, who studies CF and wasn’t involved in the current research. And it’s clear that in people with the most common mutation, the two drugs do work better together than either does on its own. But, he and others believe, the cell work is teaching the CF community something important: The drugs may interfere with each other, packing a less powerful punch than doctors and patients would like to see. The combo may work somewhat in patients because the dose of VX-770 is probably lower than in the lab work, he suspects, dampening the negative impact the cell studies report.“It definitely makes me think there’s room for improvement,” says John Clancy, a pediatric pulmonologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio who wasn’t involved in the research. Back in his lab, Lukacs has also worked with an experimental compound similar to VX-770 that didn’t have the drug’s downsides. In the long run, he suggests, that compound might be a better option for some patients.last_img read more

BCCI to extend cricket coaching through digital platforms

first_imgIn an attempt to reach out to a larger audience of budding players, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is drawing up plans to provide basic and advanced modules of coaching through digital platforms.The project will include a cricket coaching mobile application and a customised website that will provide content covering all aspects of the game. It will be an extension of the programmes that are managed by the National Cricket Academy (NCA).The applications will cover the basics of cricket coaching methodologies and modern day requirements to enhance the strength and conditioning of an upcoming cricketer. Also read:  Virat Kohli and Co. want Ravi Shastri and nobody else as coachCase studies to explain various scenarios and master-classes from former cricketers will be made available in the first phase. In addition, coaches from across the country can standardise the teaching methodologies that form the curriculum of the NCA. The BCCI will explore options to work with potential partners who will build and promote this initiative.last_img read more

Narsingh became unconscious after hearing CAS verdict

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Rio de Janeiro, Aug 20 (PTI) Disgraced after being ousted from the Olympics Village for flunking a dope test, Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav “became unconscious” when he was slapped with a four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said Narsingh lost his consciousness after being debarred for the dope violation back home. Still backing the disgraced grappler, the WFI chief told PTI, “Narsingh behosh ho gaya tha kal, aaj thik hai (Narsingh became unconscious yesterday, he is fine today). We dont want to accuse anyone. Our only demand is a CBI inquiry. “Everything will become clear after a thorough investigation. All the skeletons will tumble out of the closet once the boy is nabbed. We will press hard for an investigation.” The dope-tainted grappler has vowed to take his battle to the Prime Ministers Office. “Meri toh naam badnam hui, isse pura desh pe kala dhabba lag gaya hai (My name has been tarnished, not just me, this ban is a blot on India). Chahe mujhe phaasi ho jaye, mein iski chhanbin karwaoonga, din-raat ek kar doonga (Let me be hanged, I will take this to higher courts and will leave no stone unturned),” the 74kg freestyle wrestler told PTI here. “I will appeal to the Prime Minister to investigate this matter thoroughly. The truth must come out, even if we need CBI for that. If Im the culprit, hang me, Im ready for it. Do a NARCO test on me and also the people who are involved.” Narsingh had claimed that his drinks/food were spiked during the pre-Games training in Sonepat by unknown persons, which was agreed to by the National Anti-Doping Agency that exonerated him on the dope charge and allowed him to take part in the Games. Narsingh further said he could have easily competed in the Olympics had the evidence of wrong doings were stronger. “Theres a big lobby involved and the names should be out. Its a matter of countrys future in sport. I have become a victim of all this without any fault of mine. All my four years hardships to win an Olympic medal have gone in vain.” He said that such kind of politics mars Indias medal prospects in Olympics. “If I dont get the justice the future for sport will be bleak. Not many will be encouraged to join sport and win medal for India. We ourselves are to be blamed.” Narsingh was evicted from the Olympics Village this morning as the ban meant his accreditation and entry was cancelled and he had to be shifted to a hotel from where he would leave for New Delhi. Without directly pointing fingers at anyone in particular, Narsingh said: “Its clear from the series of episodes who all are involved.” PTI TAP CM AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Don’t like our batsmen, leave! Is Kohli too impulsive as a captain?

first_img“Okay, I don’t think you should live in India then…you should go and live somewhere else, no? Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don’t mind you not liking me but I don’t think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right.”These are the now infamous words Virat Kohli uttered to a fan who felt English and Australian batsmen were better than their Indian counterparts.Kohli’s comments drew immediate condemnation on social media. They were furious. How could Kohli say something so mean? How could the Indian captain be so rude? Why did he have to be so hurtful? Does he not sing praises of AB de Villiers? Why, he is a fan of Angelique Kerber!Even as actor Siddharth called Kohli’s comments idiotic, there was some support for the India captain. Why did the fan ask such a provocative question to an intensely passionate cricketer? What did he expect?But that answer gave away a lot really.Kohli had arrived on the international scene as a brash, arrogant and impulsive cricketer. He did not think much about flicking his middle finger to an abusive Sydney crowd nor did he shy away from taking on journalists at press conferences.READ – The Kohli comment storm: Kaif jumps to skipper’s defence, BCCI top brass unhappyBut then Kohli’s marriage to Anushka was supposed to make a difference and it did. On the field, Kohli seemed a lot calmer. He looked much calmer on the tour of South Africa where he scored a staggering 871 runs across formats. Against England, Kohli continued his stellar form with the bat but you could see his aggression and antics on the field had toned down.advertisementEven as Kohli went from strength to strength as a batsman, his run-ins with the media never really stopped. He was criticised for some of his sharp answers but they were sometimes understandable.However, his tirade against the fan rubbed several people the wrong way. Ultimately, Kohli had to issue a clarification but it was too late. Many thought the damage had already been done and the Committee of Administrators was understood to have taken a grim view of the captain’s comments.READ – Go live in some other country: Kohli to fan who says he doesn’t like Indian batsmenAnd therein lay the problem for Indian cricket fans. Kohli despite his many comparisons with Sachin Tendulkar is no Sachin Tendulkar. He might well demolish several of the Master Blaster’s records in the years to come but Kohli lacks the finesse of his idol off the field.Tendulkar never said hurtful things – he never appeared to spite people and he dealt with critics with a sense of calm. He was firm yet never rude. But Kohli is his own man. He is unapologetic about his ways some of which could well be carefully crafted by his PR managers.Is #Kohli asking his non-Indian fans to leave their country and come to India.. Or to sort their priorities? #WTF pic.twitter.com/tRAX4QbuZIH (@Hramblings) November 6, 2018Kohli’s ‘leave India’ comment was made during an interaction to promote his newly launched app and look – everyone IS talking about the incident now. The app is already well publicised. He offered a clarification but there was no apology for asking a fan to leave the country.There is a stark difference between Kohli on the field and off it. In the ground, Kohli is measured and composed with the bat – all his shots are textbook representation of how they should be. The perfect cover drive, the perfect on-drive, the perfect square drive. His batting is a case study of perfection, class and culture.Yet, the same man swings without even appearing to connect when he loses his cool during interactions with fans and the media. Yes, the question could have been insulting to him.. These Indians.. Overhyped.. Kohli is a proud cricketer and he loves playing for the Indian cricket team. He loves his team, he loves his players and he loves winning for India.READ – I don’t think he’ll really be proud of what he said: Aakash Chopra on Virat Kohli’s commentBut could Kohli have answered it differently? Yes, he could have. “I am sorry you feel that way. Some of our batmen are world-class. Look at Shikhar, look at Rohit. They are among the best in limited-overs cricket. Look at Ajinkya and Cheteshwar – such classy batsmen capable of handling the meanest of pacers. Me, well am trying to live up to expectations (never mind the 62 international hundreds).advertisementCould Kohli have ignored the question altogether? Of course, he could have?But then would a polite answer to a rude question take away the essence of being Virat Kohli? What do you think is the answer to that?last_img read more

Ravi Shastri wanted 16-man World Cup squad, says excluded shouldn’t lose heart

first_imgIndia cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri on Wednesday said he would have preferred a 16-member World Cup squad of India instead of the mandated 15 and urged those who missed out to “not lose heart”.India on Monday announced a 15-member squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom, and the omissions of young keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and veteran Ambati Rayudu triggered a debate on the choices made by the selectors. Ravi Shastri steered clear of commenting on the furore.”I don’t get involved in selection. If we have any opinion, we let the captain know,” Shastri was quoted as saying by the ‘Sport360′ website here.”When you only have 15 to pick, there is bound to be someone or the other who misses out, which is very unfortunate. I would have preferred 16 players. We had mentioned to the ICC that in a tournament that long, 16 players makes sense. But the diktat was 15,” he added.Shastri said those who missed the final 15 should look ahead as opportunity can knock anytime.”They (who missed out) shouldn’t lose heart. It’s a funny game. There could be injuries. So you never know when you could be called up,” he said.When pressed on Vijay Shankar’s selection for the No.4 slot months after captain Virat Kohli declared Rayudu as the front-runner for the position, Shastri said the spot remains a flexible one.”Total flexibility (on No4 position) depending on conditions, opposition. I would say the top three but after that you can be very flexible,” he said.advertisementShastri also brushed aside criticism that India seem to be too reliant on Kohli to carry them through.”If you look at the last five years, the way the Indian team has performed, they have always been in the top two or three. To be in top two or three for five years in a row, No1 in Tests, again top three in T20 cricket you can’t depend on one player,” he asserted.”You have that kind of consistent record, you need a bunch of players performing all the time. Due credit to the team,” he said.Speaking in general about the marquee tournament in the UK, Shastri gave the favourites’ tag to England.”England have been the most consistent team over the last two years. They have multi-dimensional players. They have depth in bowling and batting. And they are playing at home. So they would start as favourites,” Shastri said.”But there are so many teams that can beat any team on a given day. In a tournament like the World Cup, you have got to be on top of your game every game,” he added.Also Read | Dinesh Karthik: Very excited, dream come true to be part of this World Cup teamAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World Cuplast_img read more

Superlatives from the Kansas Game

first_imgHere’s a better look at the #okstate throwback helmets. They’re really cool. pic.twitter.com/Sa6SOh7ANU— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 24, 2015MVP: J.W. Walsh. 4 total touchdowns, no turnovers. The red-zone go-to continued his dominance again today.Best play: Miketavius Jones’ punt block for a touchdown was pretty great. The athleticism to stick with the play paid off for a big play for the Pokes.Best GIF:James Washington is the man. This is Dez-like. #okstate up 35-10 at the half. pic.twitter.com/inQYoSdNGf— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 24, 2015Class act of the day: Photo of the day pic.twitter.com/Y7tg2oVg7c— Phil Inzinga! (@PhilInzinga) October 25, 2015Most popular call: The chop block! My gosh, all of them!Pose that deserves a statue: The Walsh point! I’ll miss it one day.Final: OSU 58, Kansas 10: J.W. Walsh finishes with five touchdowns. #okstate moves to 7-0. pic.twitter.com/Uq499yXx3C— NewsOKSports (@NewsOKSports) October 24, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Best quote: Glenn Spencer hits the nail on the head.#OKstate Glenn Spencer: “I don’t even want to see a stat sheet. I really don’t care. People lost their lives today. This is a game.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 25, 2015Winners: We’ve got a tie for first place, and I can’t in good conscious omit one of them.I think the special teams unit came away the overall winners of today’s contest. There weren’t any big, game-breaking plays, but I think both return units improved dramatically over the bye week. The punt block from Miketavius Jones was another big win for the unit.THOSE HELMETS!last_img read more

Silva hails ‘essential’ Cavani after brace

first_imgPSG Silva hails ‘essential’ Cavani after brace inspires PSG Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 08:31 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Edinson Cavani getty PSG PSG v Nice Nice Ligue 1 Videos The defender heaped praise on his Uruguayan team-mate after his two goals guided their side to a 3-0 victory over Nice on Friday Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva lauded the importance of two-goal hero Edinson Cavani as the Ligue 1 leaders accounted for Nice.Uruguay international Cavani scored a first-half brace to lead Neymar-less PSG to a 3-0 victory at the Parc des Princes on Friday.After netting a dramatic last-gasp equaliser in PSG’s draw against Marseille last week, Cavani was on the scoresheet again, putting the French giants 2-0 up inside 31 minutes. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A 52nd-minute own goal from Nice defender Dante sealed the victory and sent PSG seven points clear of reigning champions Monaco, who are due to play this weekend, and Silva heaped praise on Cavani.PSG 17/4 to lift the Champions League”Cavani is essential to our team, he produces a lot of efforts,” Silva said.”He scored two very important goals, especially the first half as it changed the game completely. It was very important for the team.”I think that a player like Edi should keep going like this because he is helping us a lot.” 3′ Cavani31′ Cavani52′ Dante (OG)PSG are still unbeaten in Ligue 1 after downing Nice by three goals to nil. 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/HlOcAjB2IX — Goal USA (@GoalUSA) October 27, 2017 Brazilian defender Silva added: “I think it was very nice, we played very well tonight. At the start of the game we wanted to master the match and we managed to do it.”After the first goal, it was easier as Nice wanted to play a bit more, they attacked more to equalise and they allowed us space.”The league this year is not easy, and we had to fight until the last minute to grab a result in Marseille, and against Nice, we take the three points, that’s what we wanted so we are very happy.”We deserve the win tonight and we have to keep on like this because the group is very strong. Neymar hasn’t played but [Angel] Di Maria played and he had a great game.”Cavani’s opener in the third minute – a glancing header from Angel di Maria’s cross – brought up PSG’s 2,500th goal in Ligue 1.He doubled the lead just past the half-hour mark, prodding past goalkeeper Walter Benitez and finishing from close range in the French capital.”All the matches are different: against Marseille, it was more complicated because the field is different, there were many things that could be better done,” Cavani told Canal+ .”Today, we scored in the first half, which then allowed us to play calmer and close the game. “We knew it was a tough match against Marseille but it’s already of the past, we saw after that match we could all do better, intensity, aggressiveness, pressure, what we a set up today. It’s good to maintain the confidence.”last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Reveals What Has To Happen At Michigan Going Forward

first_imgjim harbaugh on the sideline at the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter after the Ohio State Buckeyes scored at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines had, arguably, the most-disappointing finish to the 2018 college football season.The Wolverines ended the regular season with a blowout loss at Ohio State, dropping out of the College Football Playoff race and missing out on a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game.Michigan went on to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where it got blown out by Florida.The Wolverines have finished the year with back-to-back blowout losses, ending the season at 10-3.What has to happen at Michigan moving forward?Harbaugh had a simple answer following his team’s blowout loss.“I think we’re going to take what we have and reload a new season and tighten up and keep working to put it over the top,” he told reporters.Harbaugh said that the 2018 season was a good one for Michigan, but the Wolverines need to get to a point where they’re having great seasons.“It was a very good season. It would have been a great season if we’d won this game, but we couldn’t get it done. My feeling about the team is we’re right there at the top. But we have to put it over the top, especially in the big games at the end of the year.”The 2019 season will be a massive one for Michigan. The Wolverines will get to play an Urban Meyer-less Ohio State team with several other Big Ten teams going through major changes. Harbaugh has to deliver on the biggest of stages.last_img read more

Elise Mertens beats Simona Halep in Qatar Open final for biggest title of career

first_img Reuters DohaFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 11:01 IST Belgium’s Elise Mertens poses with winner’s trophy next to Romania’s Simona Halep (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSElise Mertens beat Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the Qatar Open finalThe Belgian beat two other top-10 players this week, Kiki Bertens and Angelique KerberHalep’s first final appearance since August guaranteed she will rise one spot to No. 2 in the rankingsUnseeded Elise Mertens came from a set and a break down to beat Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the Qatar Open final and capture the biggest title of her career on Saturday.Halep led 6-3, 2-0, then lost a service game for a third time to see the second set back on serve. Mertens continued to pressure, missing two more break chances in the seventh game but finally breaking – to love – in the ninth. The set was the first Mertens took from Halep in three matchups.Mertens broke again to start the third set, Halep leveled at 2-2, but Mertens finished stronger and won her fifth career title.@elise_mertens #QTO2019 pic.twitter.com/5l9Bq4kjaxWTA (@WTA) February 16, 2019The Belgian beat two other top-10 players this week, Kiki Bertens and Angelique Kerber.Has it sunk in yet, @elise_mertens? #QTO2019 pic.twitter.com/EIpkp8CEB1WTA (@WTA) February 16, 2019A great week for @Simona_Halep…and some words for her fans in Romanian #QTO2019 pic.twitter.com/xb0io3jW4JWTA (@WTA) February 16, 2019Halep’s first final appearance since August guaranteed she will rise one spot to No. 2 in the rankings on Monday.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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Elise MertensFollow Simona HalepFollow Qatar Open Elise Mertens beats Simona Halep in Qatar Open final for biggest title of careerElise Mertens defeated Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the Qatar Open final and won the biggest title of her career on Saturday. The Belgian beat two other top-10 players this week, Kiki Bertens and Angelique Kerber.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

No Advisory to Close Schools Today – Education Ministry

first_imgThe Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is reiterating that schools should NOT be closed without prior approval from the Ministry.Information reaching the Ministry is that some teachers who turned up for work and in some cases principals had told students that there would be no school tomorrow. This is in contravention of the Ministry’s instructions.Seventy-five of the 466 schools checked today had classes in the earlier part of the day up to just before mid-day. Others had classes up to the end of the normal school day.In the meantime, the Ministry will be deploying additional personnel tomorrow, March 13, to support the schools.This support includes Regional Response Teams (RRTs) comprising officers from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, selected tertiary institutions, Secondary Schools Student bodies and the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica.last_img read more

IOMOU Authorities Detain 35 Ships on Hours of Rest Breaches

first_imgzoom Thirty-five ships were detained as a result of the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on STCW Hours of Rest carried out in the Indian Ocean MOU region between September 1 and November 30, 2014. During the campaign, member Authorities of the IOMOU carried out inspections of 1623 individual ships with 118 detentions out of which 1259 inspections of individual ships covering 63 flags were undertaken using the CIC questionnaire. A total of 174 ships were found with 246 deficiencies as a result of the CIC campaign.The highest number of CIC inspections were carried out on ships under the flag of Panama (284), followed by Liberia (147). The flag with the highest number of CIC related detentions was Panama (10).With regard to the ship type, the highest number of CIC inspections accounted were bulk carriers (695), followed by container ships (119). The most significant deficiencies found during the campaign were the lack of correctly logged records related to hours of rest; non-compliance with the STCW requirements of rest periods for all watch-keeping personnel including the weekly requirements of rest; and the records indicating that a bridge lookout is being maintained.The Authority of Australia carried out 837 of inspections with 13 detentions, followed by India with 160 inspections and 11 detentions. This campaign was conducted in conjunction with the CIC carried out by the Tokyo MoU and the Paris MoU.Image: AMSAlast_img read more

CMA CGM Goes “All In” on USD 2.4Bn NOL Acquisition

first_imgzoom French container shipping giant CMA CGM has announced its “firm intention” to make an all-cash voluntary conditional general offer for all the outstanding shares of Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL), Southeast Asia’s largest container shipping company.The offer extends to the shares other than those the company already owns, controls or has agreed to acquire, and follows the satisfaction and waiver of the pre-conditions set forth in the pre-conditional offer announcement dated 7 December 2015.The offer price is SGD 1.30 in cash per NOL share,  a total of SGD 3.4 billion (USD 2.43 billion), which CMA CGM does not intend to increase.Last week, CMA CGM said that it had received an approval from the Anti-monopoly Bureau of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) for its acquisition of NOL.The Chinese regulatory body issued the green light after CMA CGM received a nod from the European Commission for the acquisition in April following a Phase 1 review. This approval was granted under the condition of NOL’s exit from the G6 shipping alliance, which has been already committed by NOL and CMA CGM. According to the company’s results for the first quarter of 2016, Indian authorities have also cleared the acquisition.The announcement comes as CMA CGM plunges to a net loss of USD 100 million for the first quarter of 2016, a substantial drop from USD 406 million profit posted in the corresponding quarter in 2015.The drop was mainly attributed to the current container shipping environment which is characterized by strong pressure on freight rates, with average revenue per TEU fall of 17.6%.last_img read more

CMRRA Reaches Licensing Deal with Amazon Music

first_img“We’re very happy to have come to a negotiated agreement with Amazon Music and to see them enter Canada with Amazon Music Unlimited. Amazon Music and its entry will benefit both Canadian consumers and the rightsholders that we serve by offering a new point of sale and a new source of revenue for music publishers and their songwriters,” CMRRA President Caroline Rioux said.Amazon announced yesterday the launch of Amazon Music Unlimited for Canada, bringing customers a catalogue of millions of songs and thousands of playlists and personalized stations, combined with the magic of voice controls powered by Alexa. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but the rates apply to the reproduction of songs on Amazon Music Unlimited, which will now be available throughout Canada for the first time. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img TORONTO – Canada’s leading reproduction rights collective welcomes Amazon Music and yesterday’s launch of its premium music streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited, to Canada. The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) has reached a licensing agreement with Amazon Music to ensure that its music publisher and rightsholder clients, which together represent more than 80,000 music catalogues, will receive royalties for the use of their works on the service. To learn more about Amazon Music Unlimited visit amazon.ca/music/unlimited.“CMRRA is constantly working with our licensees to create solutions to make it easier for services to come to Canadaand to provide for compensation for our valued music publisher clients,” CMRRA Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, Veronica Syrtash said.CMRRA has taken the lead in national rate-setting efforts before the Copyright Board of Canada, as well as directly through negotiations with licensees. The organization’s work is responsible for the important flow of digital royalties paid to all publishers and songwriters. On behalf of its music publisher clients, CMRRA issues licenses and collects royalties for the reproduction of musical works. Licensees pay royalties to CMRRA, which in turn distributes the royalties to its music publisher clients on a quarterly basis.“CMRRA has established itself as a vital resource for music publishers to manage their mechanical royalties in Canada,” said Neville Quinlan, chairman of SXWorks’ Canadian Publishers Committee and managing director of peermusic Canada. “This licensing agreement underscores CMRRA’s commitment to advocating for music publishers and self-published songwriters.”CMRRA also collects publishing royalties from dozens of other digital companies, such as Apple, Google and Spotify.About CMRRA and SXWorksSXWorks provides global administration services to music publishers to support multiple licensing configurations. SXWorks, a subsidiary of SoundExchange, is governed by a board consisting of leading music publishers and SoundExchange executives. SXWorks was created in conjunction with the 2017 acquisition of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA). CMRRA represents the mechanical rights of music publishers and administers the majority of songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada. For more information, visit http://sx-works.com/ and  http://www.cmrra.ca. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UN official sounds warning about worldwide supply of clean water

Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the UN Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), told yesterday’s opening of the Stockholm World Water Week that rapid urbanization is placing enormous pressure on the availability of clean water and other natural resources, especially for the poor. She called for “a fundamental change” in the way the world approaches water and sanitation to ensure that enough clean water remains affordable for all for future generations. “There is a need to arrive at a consensus on how the soaring water demands of the cities and towns of the world could be met without compromising the needs of the future generations,” she said at a symposium held in the Swedish capital. UN statistics indicate that, for the first time in history, this year more people live in cities than in rural areas – and that by 2030 the global urban population will reach 60 per cent. “Homo sapiens are slowly becoming homo urbanus,” Ms. Tibaijuka said, adding later that “urbanization is a reality that we must face and turn to our advantage as cities are the centres of economic and social development.” She decried what she called “the myth that the poor cannot afford to pay for water. In reality, the urban poor are rarely connected to municipal supplies, and pay exorbitant prices for water to private vendors, from four times to a hundred times more than their affluent neighbours, who get subsidized water piped to their homes.” Ms. Tibaijuka urged policymakers to work together more closely to ensure that there are realistic pricing policies for water “that will allow its conservation, discourage waste, and ensure that the poor will be able to meet their basic needs at a price they can afford.” The UN-HABITAT chief said “the current level of investment in water and sanitation in developing countries remains woefully inadequate,” and she recommended that such nations examine new and innovative approaches, including more local community and private sector involvement. “The private sector can bring significant efficiency gains and the much needed investment funds to the water sector,” she said, noting that one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is a commitment to halve by 2015 the proportion of people who do not have safe access to water and basic sanitation. The impact of climate change, and its apparent threat of more extreme weather phenomena, further jeopardized the urban poor’s access to safe, drinkable water and reliable sanitation, Ms. Tibaijuka said. 14 August 2007Water will become the dominant global issue this century, and the availability of its supply could threaten the world’s social stability, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting socially and environmentally sustainable housing has warned. read more

UN labour agency chief urges trade union to seize the moment to

Speaking at the founding conference of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Juan Somavia, said the new body’s constitution will “help make it a foundation for the new global social contract we direly need.”“The frontline of the struggle to ensure that workers have a say in adapting to the new global realities, remains national, even local,” he said. “However, globalization has made the international framework of labour standards established by the ILO increasingly necessary.”Mr. Somavia called on the confederation, representing 166 million workers, to develop a dialogue with international employers to support the ILO’s new Decent Work Country Programmes in a drive to cut poverty in half by 2015 through the creation of decent work, which encompasses rights at work, employment, social protection and social dialogue. He also said the ILO and ITUC should persist in their commitment to the right of workers to organize, especially in the informal economy.“Organizing workers in the informal economy is a fundamental right,” he said. “In the developing world, organizing has a local development meaning, helping whole communities onto a path of increasing productivity, improving incomes, improving working conditions, better quality products and services.”The ITUC is comprised of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, the World Confederation of Labour, and eight national trade union organizations, and was formed to give workers a stronger voice in meeting the challenges of globalization and allow the union movement to remain a key player in an economic climate that is creating more losers and winners, he said. “The political forces, the social development actors, the civil society voices, international organizations are all coming together around decent work for a decent life,” he added. “The movement and the moment have arrived.” read more

Canadian brands use Donald Trumps bombastic personality to appeal to Americans

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Saint Anselm College Monday, June 13, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. Trump attacked Hilary Clinton by name in his speech in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting. Clinton did not mention Trump by name in her speech an hour earlier. During the national security speech, Trump repeatedly criticized Clinton’s immigration plan, her attempts to tighten the nation’s gun control laws and for not using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” when describing recent attackers. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Canadian brands use Donald Trump’s ‘bombastic personality’ to appeal to Americans TORONTO – Canadian companies are cashing in on so-called anti-Trumpism in the United States, offering our neighbours to the south an escape plan should Donald Trump win the presidential election in November.Come to Canada.It’s a smart move, says one marketing and advertising expert who sees only benefits for firms trying to entice Americans north of the border because of the blowhard billionaire.“It makes a lot of sense for marketers to use Donald Trump because he’s so out there,” said associate marketing professor Grant Packard.“He has obvious humour appeal and cultural currency. Trump is such a bombastic personality.”Packard, who teaches at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, explains that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is so polarizing that he is seen as the antithesis of how Canadians view themselves.For homegrown Canadian brands, the businessman is an obvious target when companies want to appeal to like-minded Americans living in the U.S.“For brands that kind of play on Canada’s modest pride, and our socially minded altruism, Trump is the anti-brand to that,” he said.Appealing to Americans appalled by Trump likely works best for brands like Roots and Molson Canadian (NYSE:TAP) — two companies rooted in Canadian nationalism and with the ability to be tongue and cheek with their marketing campaigns.Other Canadian companies like Bombardier aren’t known for having a sense of humour and and should probably shy away from advertising with a political flavour because it could be seen as opportunistic, Packard said.There are also risks to wading into the murky political choices of another country since they could alienate potential customers who, in this case, may be Trump supporters.That was a serious consideration for Air Canada (TSX:AC) earlier this month when the airline launched a campaign in five large U.S. cities urging Americans to “test drive” Canada with a visit before moving here post-election should Trump succeed in his bid for the White House.The ad, featuring a cheery flight attendant, acknowledges that many Americans are searching online about starting over in Canada.But “before you sell your house and book a one-way ticket, maybe it makes sense to check us out first,” urges the flight attendant, who points out that Air Canada operates 240 flights between Canada and the U.S. each day.Ad agency J. Walter Thompson Toronto headed the campaign. The agency’s Sarah Stringer said the intention was to capitalize on an event that happens every four years in the U.S. — the presidential election — without mentioning specific candidates or pushing for a certain outcome.“We were quite careful not to make a political statement. That’s not our business,” she said.Stringer said ultimately, Air Canada saw the campaign as an opportunity to increase their brand recognition in the U.S. as it battles fierce competition from its American rivals.It wasn’t the first time a Canadian company entered the fray of the U.S. presidential race to lift their profile.In March, a Nova Scotia DJ launched the website “Cape Breton If Trump Wins,” letting Americans know that residents of the East Coast island will welcome them with open arms.A Kitchener, Ont., startup also launched a hiring campaign on Facebook and Instagram urging expats to come back to Canada if Trump becomes president. The ad, which features a grimacing Trump, asks: “Thinking of Moving to Canada? Sortable is Hiring.”Even a new dating website got in on the anti-Trump sentiment by offering to pair Americans with Canadian singles.The website promises to “make dating great again,” a nod at Trump’s signature slogan “Make America Great Again!”MapleMatch.com has not officially launched but is currently operating a waitlist for those seeking love on both sides of the border.———Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 15, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more