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Analysis: Hot streak may come once Kyle Larson breaks through

first_imgKyle Larson8No win Driver2ndsFirst win It likely is only a matter of time before Larson starts breaking into Victory Lane at tracks that make up the majority of the schedule.If Larson can minimize mistakes, build on veteran prowess brought to the table with new teammate Kurt Busch and become a quick-study as the full rules package goes into effect this weekend, you can expect the tides to turn very quickly.The 26-year-old is too much of an all-around racing talent for it not to happen eventually. Clint Bowyer4Charlotte (10/12) A costly pit-road speeding penalty dashed Kyle Larson’s chances to win late in last week’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, marking another missed opportunity to win on a 1.5-mile track.After winning Stage 1, Larson was the leader when a caution flag flew for Kyle Busch on Lap 223 of 325. That’s exactly when Larson sped on pit road, and so after leading 142 circuits, Larson had to restart at the tail end of the field. He could only manage a recovery of 12th place.Speeding on pit road is not the norm for Larson. In 2018, the No. 42 driver only received one penalty for the same offense. But unfortunately for the Chip Ganassi Racing driver, what has become more of a trend is his inability to close the deal at intermediate tracks where he has dominated much of the race.RELATED: Why Larson might not want to lead more than 99 laps in a raceLarson is winless in the last six events where he has led the most laps, dating back to Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2017, along with races at Bristol, Kansas, Darlington and the Charlotte Roval in 2018.Still, Larson does have some statistics to make a his case that a victory is coming, despite failing to score a 1.5-mile win so far in his career — a streak that could begin Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Although Larson ranks second on the all-time list for most laps led (725) on 1.5-mile tracks without a victory behind Bobby Isaac’s 727-lap mark, he is in some good company when it comes to the number of second-place results before winning on intermediates. That list includes the likes of 2017 champion Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer:center_img Martin Truex Jr.5Charlotte (5/16) Jeremy Mayfield4No win Bobby Isaac6No winlast_img read more

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Supreme Court JNC sends the governor four names

first_img Supreme Court JNC sends the governor four names The Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission February 2 forwarded the names four candidates to the governor to fill the vacancy created by Justice Charles Wells’ retirement.Those recommended for the vacancy are:* Daniel Gerber, an attorney from Orlando.* Alan Lawson, a judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal from Daytona Beach.* Debra Nelson, an 18th Judicial Circuit judge from Sanford.* James Perry, an 18th Judicial Circuit judge from Longwood. February 2, 2009 Regular News Supreme Court JNC sends the governor four nameslast_img read more

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CDC cites some signs of ebbing US flu activity

first_imgNov 13, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Today’s weekly influenza reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contain some hints that the fall wave of H1N1 flu may have crested, though cases are still widespread over most of the country.Visits to the CDC network of sentinel doctors for influenza-like illness (ILI) declined last week for the second week in a row, and the number of states with widespread flu activity dropped from 48 to 46, the agency reported.On the other hand, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu both continued to climb, the CDC said. In addition, another 26 pediatric deaths linked to confirmed H1N1 cases were reported, bringing the total since April to 156.ILI-related visits last week made up 6.7% of all visits to doctors, which is down from 7.7% the week before, the CDC said in its detailed weekly FluView report. Visits dropped in all regions except New England.”This is the second week of national decreases in ILI after four consecutive weeks of sharp increases,” the agency said in its general H1N1 Situation Update. “While ILI declined nationally, visits to doctors for influenza-like illness remain higher than what is seen during the peak of many regular flu seasons,” the agency update said.The CDC says that all states except Hawaii, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Texas had widespread cases last week; those states had regional activity. Only two states had less-than-widespread activity the previous week.The proportion of deaths related to pneumonia and flu in the CDC’s 122-city mortality reporting system reached 7.7% last week, which was above the epidemic threshold of 6.8% for the week. The percentage has been above the threshold for 6 weeks in a row, the agency said.However, charts in the FluView report show that the numbers of hospitalizations and deaths related to influenza of all types both dropped last week compared with the week before. The charts indicate something in excess of 3,000 hospitalizations and between 100 and 150 deaths last week. The CDC says that more than 99% of viruses in circulation are the 2009 H1N1.Thirty-five children’s deaths related to flu were reported last week. Of those, 26 were linked to confirmed H1N1 infections, while 8 involved influenza A viruses that were not subtyped, and one involved type B, the CDC reported.The number of pediatric deaths attributed to confirmed H1N1 cases since April has reached 156; another 23 cases involved confirmed flu viruses that were not subtyped.The total of 156 is higher than the number for any seasonal flu epidemic of the past 5 years, according to numbers listed in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The article says the highest pediatric death toll in that span was 153, with an average of 82.The FluView report says deaths due to confirmed flu from Aug 30 to Nov 7 totaled 877, and there were 22,364 hospitalizations related to confirmed flu in that period.Those numbers include only confirmed flu cases. Yesterday the CDC presented a new estimation method, in part to allow for untested cases. Using that method, officials estimated total US H1N1 deaths since April at 3,900.The number of oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 isolates found in the United States through October is 14, out of 256 isolates tested, according to the MMWR article. Twelve of the 14 patients had received the antiviral drug for treatment or prevention.See also: CDC H1N1 Situation Update pagehttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/update.htmCDC’s weekly FluView reporthttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/CDC. Update: Influenza activity—United States, August 30–October 31, 2009. MMWR 2009 Nov 13;58(44):1236-41 [Full text]last_img read more

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BW Offshore in arbitration with Addax. Statoil, Petronas not extending FPSO deals

first_imgNorwegian FPSO supplier BW Offshore has been informed by Statoil and Petronas that the contracts for two FPSO units will not be extended and will run out next year.On top of this, the company has initiated arbitration against a client who is not paying an FPSO lease. All this was revealed by BW Offshore on Monday as it presented its third quarter 2016 financial results.The company operates the FPSO Peregrino for Statoil and Sinochem on the Peregrino oil field offshore Brazil. According to BW Offshore, during third quarter it was notified that Statoil, due to a change in the operating model, will not exercise options for extension of the contract beyond June 2017.Also, Petronas told BW Offshore it would not extend the contract for the FPSO Berge Helene beyond May 2017. The FPSO is currently located in Mauritania.“BW Offshore is in dialogue with the client about work to be undertaken for the disconnection and demobilization of the FPSO from the field,” the FPSO owner said.Furthermore, the company is now working to collect unpaid dayrate from the Sendje Berge FPSO, working for Addax, a subsidiary of Sinopec, in Nigeria.“The company has for some time not been paid the full contractual rate by Addax Petroleum Exploration Limited for the FPSO Sendje Berge. BW Offshore considers the arguments for not paying full rate unjustified and have started an arbitration process,” the vessel owner said.During the third quarter the company submitted a claim to the arbitration tribunal of $52.6 million.“BW Offshore is currently awaiting the outcome of a forthcoming hearing by the arbitration tribunal,” BW Offshore said.Despite these developments, BW Offshore provided a relatively optimistic outlook, at least for the long term. The company, however, did acknowledge the oil and gas markets remained challenging with field developments still being postponed.The company’s short- and medium-term expectations for low market activity with few awards were unchanged, however, a positive long- term outlook is maintained as offshore developments remain an “important part of the oil and gas supply to meet future demands as the supply and demand of oil in world markets is rebalancing.”Apart from the expected expiration of Sendje Berge FPSO contract, BW Offshore has three more uncontracted units: BW Athena, Azurite Indonesia, Belokamenka.Other than this, BW Offshore has 13 units under long term contract, with the earliest expiring in 2017, the longest in 2024 (optional extension periods excluded).Also, liquidity-wise, BW Offshore said that, with “strong support from all stakeholders,” the company completed all its previously announced financing initiatives during the third quarter.“The new long-term financial platform will contribute more than $500 million in improved liquidity in the period through 2020 and give the Company a secure basis for operation until an expected market recovery. This initiative, as well as the continued strong operating cash flow, is expected to cover all medium-term liquidity requirements. Further, all the Company’s firm capital commitments are fully financed,” BW Offshore said.BW Offshore posted 3Q 2016 net loss of $11.2 million, compared to a loss of $7.3 million a year ago. Operating revenue was $159.6 million, down from $308.7 million a year ago.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Kent ABS plan on ice as town halls look to consolidate

first_imgKent County Council’s launch of a quasi-commercial legal arm has been delayed once again, the Gazette understands, in what could be a sign of the diminishing allure of alternative business structures for local authority legal teams.More than a year has passed since the council began the procurement process for a commercial partner to form a groundbreaking joint venture ABS, into which Kent Legal Services staff would transfer.The council, which was expected to make a decision on the final bidder this month, has concluded its scoring of the bidder’s submission. But planned reports to the policy and resources committee last week and to the cabinet today have been postponed to allow further discussions.A spokesperson for the council told the Gazette the procurement process ‘has included a range of complex and confidential discussions with potential partners’. ‘This will be taken for a cabinet decision in the autumn, and it would be premature for [Kent County Council] to make any further comment at this time,’ the spokesperson said.Meanwhile, other local authority legal teams are looking at new ways to generate income without going down the ABS route.Norfolk’s public sector legal services organisation nplaw has won a two-year contract to provide services to Maldon District Council.Nplaw already carries out work for eight Norfolk councils and several public sector organisations.The contract, worth £100,000, will involve drafting and negotiating section 106 agreements with developers for large-scale and strategic planning applications submitted for sites allocated under Maldon’s local development plan.Maldon District Council said it was not shrinking its legal team. ‘The council has always sought independent legal advice on section 106 agreements as we only have a small in-house legal team and [section 106 agreements] is a specialised area,’ a spokesperson for Maldon said.Chris Skinner, assistant practice director of nplaw, said his organisation was in the ‘early stage’ of considering whether an ABS ‘might be appropriate in the future, [but] we already feel that we have got opportunities to do a lot of trading without having to do that’.Skinner said there is ‘tremendous scope’ for innovation with existing arrangements under the Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Act 1970.‘In the last few years we have seen more and more shared services being set up,’ Skinner said. ‘I think most of them, like us, see external income coming from services to other local authorities.’Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council, which combined legal services earlier this year, have no plans to seek ABS status ‘at present’, a spokesperson said, ‘although we’re not ruling that out for the future’.‘We’re satisfied that existing local authority powers presently give us sufficient scope to undertake all the external work which is coming our way.’The two East Sussex mid-tier councils are in ‘early discussions’ about extending services with two more local authorities.last_img read more

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NBA: Green, Gobert, Leonard pace All-Defensive squad

first_imgFrom left, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and French center Rudy Gobert of Utah were among five players named Monday to the NBA All-Defensive Team. AFPNEW YORK, United States — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and French center Rudy Gobert of Utah were among five players named Monday to the NBA All-Defensive Team.Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley were also selected to the honor squad by a 100-member global media panel.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A dream fulfilled for Christian For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Horn wants to do a Marquez Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Read Next View comments Green, who helped the Warriors take their second NBA crown in three seasons, was a near unanimous pick with 99 first-team votes. Gobert was named on 97 first-team ballots and Leonard on 93. Paul collected 61 first-team votes and Beverley 38.Paul was named to the team for the sixth consecutive season and seventh time overall while Beverley made it for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnGreen led the NBA with 2.03 steals a game and became the first player in Warriors history with at least 150 steals and 100 blocked shots in the same season.Green and Leonard made the NBA All-Defensive first team for the third consecutive season while Gobert was namd for the first time after leading the NBA with 2.64 blocked shots a game. The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consisted of four Americans — Memphis guard Tony Allen, San Antonio guard Danny Green, New Orleans center Anthony Davis and Oklahoma City forward Andre Roberson — plus Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee. CBBlast_img read more

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of April 7, 2017

first_imgShare This!It’s been a fun week in Orlando this week. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the theme park love being given (mostly, of course, courtesy of Jimmy Fallon.) Have you been enjoying all the excitement?This week, we learn about a Disney sing-along hitting theaters, take a look at a rumor that keeps getting stronger, and so much more! Are you ready? Let’s go!In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors That gondola system rumor just isn’t going away. Matter of fact, it seems to be picking up steam.You may have missed it, but the Main Street Electrical Parade is continuing through August 20 at Disneyland! Hooray! Who else is excited? President of New Vacation Operations and Disney Cruise Line Karl Holz will be retiring from Disney. Learn who his successor is.Are the tables being removed from Disney Cruise Line’s verandah rooms? It would certainly appear that way.Get your singing voices ready! Beauty and the Beast sing along version will be hitting theaters starting today! Does this sound like something you would do?I love how happy Jimmy Fallon is about his new attraction! Seriously….look how happy he is!If you missed any episodes of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week where the show was live from Universal, make sure you catch them! I thought they were super fun and entertaining.In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose Crossbody Bag by Danielle Nicole and send it to [email protected] with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.Savelast_img read more

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Government right in taxing Vodafone

first_imgBudgets provoke reactions. The newswallahs look in two directions. Corporate India which is always shining opens its ‘third’ eye at budget time. They also look at politicians who divide into sarcasm or support. No Nani Palkhivala explains the budget at a maidan. The ‘common’ man shrugs and cuts his losses at the ups and downs. On these issues the poor are perpetually kept in the dark. Mamata is au fait. The government is safe. Each magnate thinks differently. More bitumen for increased highways pleases some. But cement manufacturers are down. More on food. Less on MGNREGA. In time, reactions will die out.Principles All budgets are founded on laws yet to be passed. The most controversial legal part of the present budget is the reversal of the Vodafone decision by adding an Explanation as to what the government means, meant and has always meant. The Supreme Court decision in the case meant that although Vodafone acquired the controlling interest in Hutchinson’s joint venture in India, it was absolved from paying Rs 12,000 crores by way of the capital gains tax. This was not because there were no capital gains affected in Indian shareholdings. That there were – whoppingly so. But they were all due to offshore transactions. The Court said we will ‘look at’ what happened in India, not ‘look through’ to see who cheated the revenue. On the face of it, the judgment violates common sense hugely. But, the obvious often evades the Supreme Court!Courts all over the world have always been wary of the disturbing distinction between permissible ‘tax avoidance’ and impermissible ‘tax evasion’. A thorn by any other name does not hurt less. In India, this cap on disguising ‘evasion’ as ‘avoidance’ is called the McDowell (1986) principle; and in England the Ramsay principle (1981). In 2004 Justice Kapadia wrote an article in Volume 6 of the Supreme Court Cases Journal (p. 14 at 16) that he felt Ramsay had been “watered down”. In fact, it is arguable that in Scottish Provident ( 2004), the Ramsay approach was broadened to catch tax evaders – depending on the facts. In Total Network (2008) the House of Lords went further to say that as an option, action lay by way of the tort of conspiracy to retrieve the tax. What seems clear is that Justice Kapadia had a view before he started hearing the case. This does not mean that he couldn’t hear the case. Nor do I believe that his decision was corrupted because some relative not connected with the case worked in a huge company which may have been linked to the case.advertisementPranab Mukherjee’s Budget re-emphasises what seems obvious on a fair reading of Section 9 of the Income Tax Act which speaks of assets or sources of income directly or indirectly in India or which can be deemed to be reasonably attributable to the assessee. The argument that nothing happened in India is also not true. The shareholding of an Indian company in India changed hands without the new shareholders paying tax. Assume there is some ambiguity, the Supreme Court had upset what was understood since 1962 and Pranab Mukherjee now wants it restored.The arguments against the ‘Pranab’ approach is that this will give investors the wrong signal. On the present facts, this is farcical. In 2011, Justice Chandrachud of the Bombay High Court affirmed the settled view. It is the Kapadia judgment which unsettled the law. The ‘Pranab’ amendments only bring back the settled view expounded by the Bombay judges. What the Finance Bill will now do is define ‘property’ to include “any rights in or in relation to a company” and ‘transfer’ as “disposing of or parting with an asset in the property”. This is what parliamentarians have to decide in the Budget debate.Investors The view that investors will stop investing in India, because global hanky-panky with some tax avoidance schemes will not be possible, seems astrological drama. Global investors, even predators, will consider their options. Maybe Vodafone would not have entered into these transactions because the tax bonanza was not available. To go beyond that and argue that the effect of the Budget amendment would horribly depress investability in India is saying what business knows to be wrong. There are many attractive and unattractive reasons for and against investment in India. Corporate India is supposed to make the job easier, not cry out that they are being robbed for not being allowed to rob the revenue.WelfareIndia used to sport a division between pro-socialist and pro-private enterprise judges. In 1988, Justice Mukerjea attacked McDowell : “Unless wastes and ostentations spendings are avoided … no amount of moral sermons will change people’s attitude to tax avoidance”! But is that a reason for avoiding and not paying tax at all? It is losing sight of the responsibilities of India’s welfare state to the half billion people who need food, health, housing, education and work. Who will pay for India’s welfare state? We are well past the stage (if it ever existed) where charity and foreign aid could meet these commitments. India has to find its own resources for all of this; and more.advertisementThere is litigation ahead. Earlier, the onus was on government to seek a review and pay back the money deposited by Vodafone. That was a tall task. Now, the revenue authorities will claim that no refund is to be made due to the change in the law. It is then for Vodafone to challenge the budget amendment and its application to past transactions as well as the Explanation itself, which being declaratory of what was always the law, will be retrospective. The upshot is that, for the moment, Vodafone does not get its money back and must re-litigate by challenging the amendment to get a fresh answer to reclaim its windfall fortune.If Corporate India travels out of looking at just its investment interests, it will find that it can do a lot more for the rest of India.- The writer is a Supreme Court lawyerlast_img read more

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Mumbai marathon: The other Dhoni inspired by the original

first_imgBahadur Singh Dhoni, in his first marathon, won the bronze medal in MumbaiEven as Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked into bat at MCG, another Dhoni many thousand miles away had secured a podium finish for himself in the Mumbai marathon.Bahadur Singh Dhoni comes from Kumaon, the same region in Uttarakhand where India’s superstar cricket captain originally hails from. He currently works in the Hyderabad army and represents the Two Naga Kumaon regiment.It was his first marathon of 42 kms and a bronze medal finish is not a bad start. But having been a seasoned campaigner, running smaller races, he understands what made the difference between a bronze and a gold. “I tried to follow the leaders but because of lack of experience, lost my way,” he says.Having made the most of opportunities to train with Olympian marathoner Ram Singh Yadav, he remains his running idol. But for a man named Dhoni who also comes from the same neck of the woods, there is also a larger inspiration somewhere. “I remember when I started running 10 years ago, he was new in international cricket. He has come a long way. I feel inspired by him,” he says.But he has never met Dhoni and hopes to see him some day. With Bahadur’s army connect if not for his sporting credentials alone, that meeting should not be too far away.last_img read more

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Rally for seeking permission to hold bull-taming sport

first_imgChennai, Jan 8 (PTI) Scores of jallikattu supporters today organised a rally here seeking permission to hold the bull-taming sport coinciding with the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal, a week away. Separately, young volunteers, mostly college students, observed a day-long fast seeking urgent measures to address the farmers problems in the state following drought in many districts. At the Marina beach, hundreds of Jallikattu suppporters turned up seeking permission for holding it, against which the Supreme Court upheld a ban last year. The volunteers held banners and posters demanding that the sport be held this year. Most of them insisted that they did not owe allegiance to any outfit or political party but wanted the traditional Tamil sport to be conducted this Pongal, i.e the coming week. Folk percussion instruments and a decorated bull added to the scene at Marina. The Supreme Court in November last had dismissed the plea of the state government seeking review of its 2014 judgement banning use of bulls for jallikattu events in the state. Political parties including DMK have been pressing the Centre and state government to take steps to hold the sport coinciding with Pongal this year. At Chepauk, a group of volunteers sat on a day-long fast seeking measures to address the agrarian distress in the state following drought. In both cases, the volunteers, mainly comprising the young and educated, said they were drawn by online messages spread through Facebook and Whatsapp. PTI SA BNlast_img read more

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Jennifer Garners New Childrens Craft Line Benefits Charity

first_img Playful – the playful category inspires self-expression and improvisation with creative kits including DIY wooden playsets and cute costumes. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the leading fabric and craft specialty retailer in America, has announced an exclusive partnership with Jennifer Garner on a new line of creative kits and projects for active kids. We Made It by Jennifer Garner will be available exclusively at Jo-Ann stores and Joann.com beginning in June.In celebration of the launch, Jo-Ann is proud to support Save the Children with a $75,000 donation for programs helping children in need in the U.S. As Artist Ambassador and trustee, Garner advocates for Save the Children’s early education programs with the goal of ensuring that every child in America has access to quality education from cradle to cap and gown.“As a mom and children’s advocate, I believe it’s very important we encourage children to express themselves and explore their imaginations,” said Jennifer Garner. “The We Made It line makes it easy and fun for families to form lasting memories together while developing their children’s creativity and intellectual abilities. I am excited to share We Made It with families and have a portion of the proceeds benefit Save the Children, a charity that is so important to me.”We Made It by Jennifer Garner is a collection of more than 100 creative kits and projects designed to promote imaginative exploration among children ages 4 to 11. The kits feature four creative categories, each encouraging inspiration and collaboration in a different way: Grow, Memorable, Playful and Sweet. Grow – foraging baskets, flower press kits and bird feeder projects are a few examples of the grow category which aims to stimulate exploration and observation of the natural world. Sweet – there are more learning benefits related to baking treats than one might imagine – think of all the math – but the colorful kitchen prep mats, cookie stamps and other creative kits in the sweet category help keep children focused on the fun.“Now more than ever, parents and caretakers are searching for creative ways to integrate real learning opportunities into their children’s play,” said Megan Featherston, senior vice president, merchandising, for Jo-Ann. “Jennifer Garner has done a fantastic job of making learning an interactive and playful experience with We Made It, a collection so perfectly aligned with the Jo-Ann mission to inspire the creativity in every person.”For additional information, inspiration and videos, visit Joann.com/wemadeit.center_img Memorable – from framed family portraits to custom treasure boxes, the creative kits in the memorable category help children form lasting memories while developing personal interests and style.last_img read more