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Johnson Sirleaf’s Joint Transition Team Fiasco

first_imgBy Elder Siahyonkron NyanseorWonders shall never end! On December 26, 2017, the change the Liberian people desired was given to them through the decisive victory of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), headed by Senator George Manneh Weah. Now, what is required is the smooth and peaceful transfer of power in ALL democracies, especially, the Liberian Democracy. Why should this one be any different?Why turn a simple peaceful transfer of power into something so complex which involves the outgoing president and the incoming president to form a committee in which two of them serve as co-chairs? When I last checked, this process, which required Executive Order 91 to transfer power, is first of its kind in 70 years. Why should it be different? Peaceful transfer of power is the cornerstone of a democracy. President Sirleaf’s Executive Order 91 is total and absolute violation of the Constitution and statutory laws of Liberia.Once more, President Sirleaf and her corrupt elites have violated the Constitution with Executive Order 91. According to the Constitution, Monday, January 15, 2018 is Inauguration Day, and NOT Monday, January 22, 2018. All along, President Sirleaf advocated for the run-off election to be held within the time specified by the Constitution in order “to turn over to my successor.” The President and her supporters got what they wanted – to the point of scheduling the run-off election the day after Christmas. Why violate the Constitution by scheduling the Inauguration a week after the legal scheduled day of Monday, January 15, 2018? Here is what Chapter 6: Article 50 of our Constitution states:Chapter 6: Article 50The Executive Power of the Republic shall be vested in the President who shall be Head of State, Head of Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia. The president shall be elected by universal adult suffrage of registered voters in the Republic and shall hold office for a term of six years commencing at noon on the third working Monday in January of the year immediately following the elections. No person shall serve as President for more than two terms.To continue to unlawfully arrest and hold onto power, President Sirleaf (a lame duck President), without the slightest support of the Constitution of Liberia, administratively proposed and singlehandedly passed into law Executive Order 91 lending and assigning to herself the power to establish a transitional team whose term of reference runs contrary to Article Chapter 6, Article 50 of the Constitution.There is no precedent, whether under the Constitution or statutory laws of Liberia, that lends President Sirleaf the power to enact Executive Order 91 and continue to hold onto power and the presidency of Liberia beyond Monday, January 15, 2018. Any and all other acts or actions taken by President Sirleaf and her outgoing officials of government after Monday, January 15, 2018, are irregular and unlawful. The third Monday immediately following the December 26, 2017 runoff election is and remains, Monday, January 15, 2018.The Constitution of Liberia gives no power to her and/or the CDC incoming government of Liberia, to transfer power and the presidency of Liberia or receive the presidency of Liberia on Monday, January 22, 2018. Monday, January 15, is legally the 3rd Monday referenced by the Constitution of Liberia. Everything else she and her outgoing Administration do and shall do beyond Monday, January 15, 2018, are and shall be repugnant and legally void.It is the right of an individual to establish his/her own destiny. A person’s destiny does not have to be planned by others! The same is true in a political transfer of power. All that is required is for the outgoing administration to assist with the smooth and peaceful transfer of power as allowed by the Constitution; nothing more, and nothing less. So, as of January 15, 2018, the CDC will and shall become the governing party, and it does not have to drag along activities of the past government.Since lame duck president – Sirleaf and her Government have already violated Article 50 of the Constitution of Liberia, the CDC-led government of Liberia is under no legal obligation to give credence to anything or actions taken by her outgoing Administration after January 15, 2018 since by default and constitutionally, Senators have already assumed power in Liberia, Monday, January 15, 2018. Precisely Monday, January 15, 2018, Senator George Manneh Weah becomes the President of Liberia.Preparation for Orderly SuccessionLiberia’s presidential transition is the transfer of the executive branch power from the incumbent President of Liberia to the president-elect; during the period of time between Election Day of Tuesday, December 26, and inauguration day on January 15 all arrangements would have been concluded. Legally, this is the 3rd Monday immediately following the holding of the December 26, 2017 runoff election. After Monday, January 15, 2018, President Sirleaf becomes former president. By law, the inauguration of Liberia must be held Monday, January 15, 2018. The Constitution of Liberia gives no special room for January 22, 2018.THE CONSTITUTION MUST BE FOLLOWED! We are not stupid!Where the Liberian Constitution was not specific on the issue of transfer of power from the outgoing administration to the incoming administration, and where the Constitution is ‘silent’ on such an issue, Custom or Tradition takes precedent; meaning, how succeeding administrations have handled it.Interpretation of Custom and TraditionLiberia’s Constitution is a replica of the United States’ Constitution. For example, the US Congress may interpret a certain clause in the Constitution as giving it the right to pass a particular law. One such example is the minimum wage that workers must be paid. However, minimum wage is not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. But the Constitution gives Congress the right to control trade among the states. The goods made by workers usually travel from one state to another. On the basis of the above, Congress interpreted the Constitution to mean it can pass laws affecting working conditions, which also includes wages. While on the other hand, the US Supreme Court has the power to decide if Congress has interpreted the Constitution correctly. The Court’s ruling is final like in the recent Liberty Party case.Equally, a number of changes or practices in the U.S. government have come about as the result of custom, tradition or precedence. For example, the US Constitution did not provide for regular meetings of the leaders in the Executive Branch of the government. However, President George Washington brought these leaders together regularly to serve as his advisors, which is known today as his Cabinet. Since that time, regular meetings between the President and his Cabinet have become an acceptable part of the tradition of the US government. Up to the present, there is no written law to that effect. There are other important traditions that have since developed. These traditions are followed regularly. Yet they have seldom been written down or made into laws. For this reason, they are sometimes called unwritten constitutional laws.The Joint Transition Team is a FiascoTradition dictates that it is illegal for a lame-duck government to renew or sign new contracts, which will obligate the incoming administration to inherit and enforce. Members of the Legislature and government officials who engage in such practice will be in violation of the rules that govern the transition of one administration to another; and those who do so will have to answer to the judicial system. Also, this applies to local and international businesses.Moreover, the government cannot continue to handover the monopoly of our economy, and atrocious tax incentives and holidays to foreigners. It must stop! Liberians cannot develop their country with such an arrangement which favors foreigners.For example, Part V Section 46 and Section 45.1 of the 1975 PPCC Law, from which the Liberianization Policy derived, should be enforced by the CDC government. It was seriously violated with impunity by the outgoing administration.In these scheduled transitional Committee meetings, EJS’s lame-duck sessions should be discussing how funds will be made available for the incoming administration to operate, to reduce the National debt and not to increase it.Liberia cannot remain a sweet land of bribery, where others’ interests take precedent over the citizens. The irony is; Liberians have become foreigners in their own country – all due to EJS’s creation. The questions are: How long will our people serve as second-class citizens in their own country? Now that EJS is on her way out ‘for good’, can we work together; reclaim the control over our resources and wealth in order to free ourselves from the economic bondage of the outgoing government? The answer is, yes, we can and we should!Wonders shall never end! This was long in the making – from ‘Simple Majority’ to the Referendum that led to the amendment to the Constitution that modified the ‘10 Years Residency’ requirement and the new interpretation of the Code of Conduct (CoC) for government officials.What the outgoing Administration should be doing is to give the President-elect operational and logistical support in the month before Inauguration. They should have assisted in things such as office space, human resources and Communications; including IT support, concessional and other outreach work.In most democratic societies, the office of the chosen leader is supposed to serve the interest of the people, and not only the president, his/her family members, relatives, friends, those within their inner circle, and more especially, their international connections at the expense of the people they are supposed to represent.The late African patriot, Julius Nyerere reminds us that:“Poverty is an enemy of good governance, for persistent poverty is a destabilizer, especially if such poverty is shared in a grossly unequal manner, or is widely regarded as being unfairly distributed as the few who are relatively rich indulge in conspicuous consumption… Known or suspected corruption among the political leaders often makes the problem worse – and corruption throughout the society more difficult to overcome. Good wages or salaries will not stop bad people from being corrupt but miserable wages and salaries are not conducive to rectitude. Political instability, real or imagined, can be a source and is often used as an excuse, for bad governance.Nyerere’s statement describes what is taking place in Liberia. If we continue to ignore the facts, Liberia will become a country run by ruling elites and a network of associates that enrich themselves using state power recklessly. Their greatest defense is to counter truth with lies and to attack the messenger bearing the truth,In order for the CDC Government to make drinking water that is essential for life as a priority; road network and electricity that facilitate development and commerce; reduce government officials’ high salaries and wasteful spending, there has to be a complete point of departure from the policies of EJS’s government. The money saved could be used to fund some of the projects mentioned.Conclusion Truth needs no law to substantiate it to be Truth. It is self-evident that Truth is Truth from the time of Creation. However, it is only those throughout history make laws to enforce their opposition to it. This proclamation is a good example! It has no place during a transitional period of a government. This period should be for the inauguration of the president-elect and nothing else. The meeting of the presidential team for at least three times before the January 22, 2018 inauguration serves no other purpose than to reward Ellen’s faithful servants. What tasks these so-called subsidiary groups will be meeting to do during a transition period? It doesn’t look right! The intent of such planning meetings is to render President-elect Weah’s government a complete failure, especially in a ludicrous or humiliating way.According to reliable sources, the Presidential Proclamation which ordered the National Legislature of the Republic of Liberia for nine days working sessions is a fiasco. The real purpose is to reward EJS’s faithful servants, many of whom are listed below with several lucrative deals:Mr. Sylvester Grigsby, Minister of State for Presidential AffairsMadam Marjon Kamara, Minister of Foreign AffairsMr. Boima S. Kamara, Minister of Finance and Development PlanningCllr. Frederick D. Cherue, Minister of JusticeMr. Brownie J. Samukai, Minister of DefenseMr. Eugene Nagbe, Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs & TourismMr. Milton A. Weeks, Governor, Central Bank of LiberiaMadam Mary T. Broh, Director General, GSAMr. Sam Gaye, Director, Executive Protection Service (EPS)Mr. Dewitt von Ballmoos, Director General, NASSCORPDr. Abdoulaye W. Dukulé, Office of the PresidentMr. Varney A. Sirleaf, Acting Minister, Internal AffairsCllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh, Angie Brooks International CenterMr. Jordan Solunteh, Director-General of the CabinetNotice how Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai did not make the list. Did he not make the list because he is not one of the President Sirleaf’s Most Faithful and Reliable Servant? The conclusion most rational people reached is VP Boakai is not. Perhaps, this is the reason the she fought and opposed his candidacy for him to not succeed her. This is the conclusion most Liberians, including me, reached.On behalf of the Liberian people; we congratulate Vice President Boakai for the decency and patriotism he demonstrated throughout the entire camp God Almighty will richly bless him and his family. The Liberian people will forever remain grateful to you for the outstanding services you rendered our beloved country.To the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Faithful Servant Award recipients, we say you are being closely watched. It is not going to be business as usual, and if you think you will continue this corrupt practice, you are joking this time around. It is illegal for the lame-duck administration to conduct business that will obligate the incoming administration to inherit is making FOOL of themselves; members of the Legislature, government officials, local and international businesses that engaged in such practice will be violating of the rules that govern the transition; and those who engage in such practice will have to answer to the law.That’s how serious and committed we are to put LIBERIA FIRST! Our eyes are opened; the time of the people has come!About The Author: Elder Siahyonkron Nyanseor is former Vice Chair & Chair of the ULAA Council of Eminent Persons (UCEP), Inc. Also, he is a founding member & the 11th President of the organization. He is a poet, Griot/Historian, journalist, a cultural and political activist. He is an ordained Minister of the Gospel; Chairman of the Liberian Democratic Future (LDF), publisher of theperspective.org online newsmagazine and Senior Advisor to the Voice of Liberia newsmagazine. In 2012, he Co-authored Djogbachiachuwa: The Liberian Literature Anthology; his book of poems: TIPOSAH: Message from the Palava Hut will soon be on the market. Nyanseor can be reached at: siah1947@gmail.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DEMAND FOR MORE GARDAI AFTER DESPICABLE ATTACK ON ELDERLY COUPLE

first_imgPAT The Cope Gallagher has demanded more resources for Gardai after a raid on the home of an elderly couple.“I condemn outright the dastardly attack on James and Elsie Wilkie, Kilross. I have known the Wilkies for over 30 years and together with Cllr Patrick McGowan, I spent time with them over the weekend,” said Mr Gallagher.“While they were not injured, this was no credit to the intruders as they would have caused injuries had the Wilkies confronted these spineless people; however they were of course traumatised and will take some time to recover.” The MEP said: “The family were high in their praise of the Gardai, who responded quickly after the alert was raised, as did their friends and neighbours. I call on the Minister for Justice and Garda Authorities Nationally to immediately provide Donegal with additional resources and personnel to deal with the recent spate of robberies and attacks on our elderly.“The safety of our Senior Citizens is paramount and they should be allowed to enjoy their retirement in peace without fear of such attacks. I have been assured by the Garda Authorities in Donegal that every effort is being made to apprehend those responsible for this cowardly act. I appeal to those responsible to at least arrange to return the items of sentimental value that cannot be replaced.” DEMAND FOR MORE GARDAI AFTER DESPICABLE ATTACK ON ELDERLY COUPLE was last modified: July 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DEMAND FOR MORE GARDAI AFTER DESPICABLE ATTACK ON ELDERLY COUPLElast_img read more

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Raiders’ Incognito, Hurst fined for hits vs. Bears

first_imgALAMEDA –The Raiders’ Week 5 win over the Chicago Bears came at a cost for left guard Richie Incognito and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst.Incognito was given two separate fines totaling $21,054, while Hurst was hit with a single fine of $21,056, a league source confirmed Saturday.Both Incognito fouls — each of which caried fines of $10,527 — came in the first half of a 24-21 win over the Bears at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.On the first, Incognito drew an unnecessary roughness …last_img read more

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Cutting Commercials: Editing 15, 30, and 60-Second Spots

first_imgLearn how to decide the right length you need for a commercial spot, and find out how to work with loops and short tracks to recut the same spot three times.Top image via Geico/Martin AgencyThe best length for a commercial or ad is an often debated topic. For a typical ad, most national broadcasting stations allow either a 15-second, 30-second, or 60-second slot. Choosing the right length is going to be difficult, as every product and company differs. Some companies go ahead and produce all three commercial lengths, using each ad in different markets. They may use a 60-second spot for national television, 30-seconds for local television, and a 15-second spot for web ads.Shorter commercials have been increasing in popularity. Advertisers can spend less on 15-second time slot versus a 30-second slot. This allows them to run the ad more often and for longer periods of time. According the the New York Times, that’s why the 15-second spot was first created in the late 1980s.Image via ShutterstockBy the mid-2000s, 15-second spots accounted for over 36% of all commercial time sold by the major broadcast networks. It’s not just a cheaper time slot too, as it’s also cheaper to make a shorter commercial. With the increasing presence of internet ads, advertisers are finding that the brand performance of a 15-second spot is equal to a 30-second spot. It’s also more shareable, as 15-second social videos are shared 37% more than 30-second or 60-second ads.With the increasing popularity of 15-second ads, why do you still need to cut 30-second and 60-second spots? Well, larger companies may prefer the storytelling aspect of a longer ad. Also, the decision for the final run time may not even be decided until well after editing has commenced. This is a struggle for many video editors, and it’s the reason why PremiumBeat offers so many different lengths for each of our tracks. Let’s look at some tips and tricks for editing commercials of different lengths.The Best Type of Ads for 15, 30, and 60-Second SpotsYou know how the hardest part of editing is trimming everything down into a great video? Well, now after you finish the video — you will have to do it TWO MORE TIMES. It can be enough to drive you crazy. The shorter the final length, the tougher the edit. Ease your pain by knowing what the company is looking for in their commercial.60-SecondsIs the point of the commercial spot to tell a story? Then you will most likely need to use a full 60-seconds. This allows the most time to tell a brand story and leave viewers with a longer message. The downside is that this may be too long for most viewers. In fact, it’s been noted that an audience begins to lose attention around the 45-second mark. 60-second videos are also great at introducing a whole new ad campaign to viewers, which can result in shorter versions of the same ad, as well as different spots in the future.When Geico and the Martin Agency launched a new ad campaign deemed the “unskippable” promos, they first introduced a 60-second version to show the concept to audiences. This version carries the gag from the 13-second mark when the dog first starts eating food up until the end.30-SecondsCommercial spots that focus on humorous campaigns benefit the most from 30-second spots. Viewers also have 75-80% the recall of a 30-second spot compared to a 60-second spot. With the right joke or amount of humor, the 30-second spot can also be more memorable than a 15-second ad. However, some believe that the 30-second ad is dying.To further the example of recutting the same ad three times, here is the 30-second version of the same Geico ad. Note that the dog starts eating at the 10-second mark, shaving off three seconds from the previous ad. The ad ends before the dog gets on the table to eat the other plates.15-SecondsIf the company is looking for the biggest return on a limited budget, a 15-second spot may be the best answer. These ads also tend to be more focused on sharing product information and using easy-to-explain messages. They can also be aired more frequently — and as mentioned previously, they are more likely to go viral on social media. The downside is that not all brand stories can be told in 15-seconds, and it can be difficult to convey larger messages. That said, shorter ads have a better chance of being repurposed for use on television, online, mobile, and in-store displays.In the 15-second version of the Geico ad, the dog starts eating at the 12-second mark, and only eats from the father’s plate. It’s 1/4 of the length of the original 60-second ad, yet the joke still works in every version.*Pro Tip: Keep in mind that broadcasters and stations have varying definitions of length. For example, some broadcasters request that a 30-second commercial is actually 30-seconds on the dot – not one frame more or less. Other stations may require that the ad be 29.5-seconds. Be sure to verify what is needed. How to Trim a 60-Second Spot into a 30-Second SpotListen to ‘Won’t You Reconsider’ by The Commandeers (Prepare to start dancing.)If you are working with a talented and experienced director, you will hopefully find that every shot was perfectly timed to a stopwatch. Commercials rely on an actor’s performance set to a specific time per shot. If you don’t have this luxury, the edit is probably going to be a tough one. Without a perfectly timed shoot, you will find yourself fighting the script in post.If the 60-second spot was already scripted and timed out, but the 30-second wasn’t — you will need to trim wherever you can. Hopefully you can start by getting rid of a second or two from each clip. Delete any unnecessary establishing shots. Was there a four-second shot of a house and then a two-second shot of the front door? Well, now it’s just a two-second shot of the house. You can easily establish a space quickly and move on, the viewers will be able to keep up.Another trick is to start with your audio. If you are editing an existing song, get it down to 30-second and make sure to keep a quality sounding song throughout the piece. Another option is to use a shorter version of the song — like the ones provided by PremiumBeat. Throw in a 30-second version of the same track, and then trim clips to the music.How to Trim a 30-Second Spot into a 15-Second SpotListen to ‘Contemplation’ by OblioGoing from 60-seconds to 30-seconds is hard enough, but trimming down to 15-seconds can be brutal. You will struggle with making sure you keep all the right clips, and you have to accept that you may need to delete some of the best footage to make the edit work.If the original ad had a voice-over narration, be prepared to heavily edit the audio — or ditch it entirely. Like the previous note, throw in the shorter version of the same track, and then trim clips to the music.After you finalize your edit, be prepared to compress the 15-second file for a multitude of different formats. Not only do stations want uncompressed high-resolution files (if not still tapes or disks at some places), you will also need to compress for web streaming on sites like YouTube as well as social media. Be sure to check each social media sites guidelines for optimum media. You can also use our guidelines for Instagram uploads, Facebook uploads, as well as YouTube and Vimeo.PremiumBeat Loops and ShortsShorts and Loops are provided with every PremiumBeat license. For those that don’t know, PremiumBeat now includes a full music track, short versions, and a series of loops for every royalty-free song you license — Standard and Premium Licenses included.In fact, you can even preview every version right from the website. All the loops and short versions are available for listening. Aside from clicking the play button to listen to the entire track, you can click on the 15, 30, or 60 second versions under the short section. If you are looking for a track that works for other time lengths, you can scroll over to the loop set to listen to all the available loops.Listen to ‘Softly’ by Alexis MessierMaybe you need a 20-second version. You can trim the 30-second song, or you may be able to add a loop and the end or beginning of a 15-second version. Loops average around 6 – 16 seconds. A downside is that only full-length watermarked tracks are available to download for demos. PremiumBeat cannot offer loops and shorts without purchasing a license. This is to prevent copyright infringement and unlicensed use of the tracks. Once you license a track, you will be led to the download page where you can choose the versions you need for your project. Now it’s time to start editing.Hope you found this guide helpful. Best of luck editing all those commercials!last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd fullback Shaw on Solskjaer: My first impressions

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd fullback Shaw on Solskjaer: My first impressionsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United fullback Luke Shaw admits he’s enjoying the work of new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Shaw says the Norwegian has managed to turn around mood at the club in a short amount of time and believes United fans are appreciating his positive approach to the role.”I think you can see from the outside how much he has changed things in such a short space of time,” he said.”He is just a really positive manager, he knows what the club needs and also what the fans want in the way we are playing.”He’s bringing that attacking, quick play back to Old Trafford. I’m sure the fans are going to appreciate that as much as we [the players] do.” last_img read more

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How to register to receive 25 Loblaw card after bread pricefixing arrangement

first_imgVANCOUVER – Loblaw Companies Ltd. is offering customers a $25 gift card as a goodwill gesture after admitting the company participated in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement.“This conduct should never have happened,” said Galen G. Weston, CEO, during a conference call with analysts Tuesday.“The gift card is a direct acknowledgment of that to our customers. We hope that they’ll see it as a meaningful amount that demonstrates our commitment to keeping their trust and confidence,” he said in response to how the company arrived at the card’s $25 value.Here’s how to redeem the offer:Customers can visit LoblawCard.ca and enter their email address to be notified once registration opens.The company expects registration to begin on Jan. 8.Full details will follow, but broadly speaking, visitors to the site will have to declare that they are the age of majority or older, said spokesman Kevin Groh, in an email.The age of majority is 18 in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, P.E.I., Quebec and Saskatchewan. It is 19 in B.C., New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and the three territories.They will also have to declare that they bought certain packaged bread products at one of the eligible banner stores in Canada before Mach 1, 2015, he said.Registration closes May 8.The company expects three million to six million people will receive the gift card.Loblaw and George Weston Ltd. revealed Tuesday that they participated in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement from late 2001 to March 2015, but tipped off Canada’s competition watchdog and will receive immunity in the ensuing investigation.last_img read more

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Manhattan DA drops part of Harvey Weinstein case

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Prosecutors in New York City abandoned part of their sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence surfaced that a lead police detective coached a witness to keep quiet when she raised doubts about the veracity of one of the allegations.Weinstein, 66, looked on as a judge agreed to dismiss the lone charge related to Lucia Evans, who helped spark the #MeToo movement a year ago when she told The New Yorker that the Hollywood mogul had forced her to perform oral sex in 2004 when she was a college student and fledgling actress.Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, unsuccessfully urged Judge James Burke to deep-six the whole case, telling him: “The integrity of these proceedings has been compromised.”The bulk of the prosecution case remains intact, with Weinstein still facing five charges over allegations that he raped an unidentified woman in his Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. A conviction on the most serious charges could put him in prison for the rest of his life.Weinstein denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.The turn of events, which had been simmering for weeks in closed-door meetings and sealed court documents, enraged Evans’ lawyer, who took to the courthouse steps to blast Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. for walking away from her client. Evans told the truth and never misled investigators, lawyer Carrie Goldberg said.“Let me be clear: the decision to throw away my client’s sexual assault charges says nothing about Weinstein’s guilt or innocence. Nor does it reflect on Lucia’s consistent allegation that she was sexually assaulted with force by Harvey Weinstein,” Goldberg said outside the courthouse. “It only speaks volumes about the Manhattan DA’s office and its mishandling of my client’s case.”Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon insisted in court that the rest of the case is strong and said the district attorney’s office was looking into the possibility of bringing additional charges.“In short, your honour, we are moving full steam ahead,” she said.Det. Nicholas DiGaudio, who was one of two investigators who escorted Weinstein out of a police station and into court after his May arrest, is now embroiled in an internal police department investigation and has been thrown off the case. Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said Thursday that the department takes seriously the allegations against him.Prosecutors said in a letter unsealed after Thursday’s hearing that they learned weeks ago that a woman who was with Evans the night she first met Weinstein at a restaurant had given DiGaudio a contradictory account of what happened, but that the detective had urged her to keep quiet, telling her “less is more.”The woman, prosecutors said, told the detective in February that Weinstein had offered them money to flash their breasts during the restaurant encounter. They initially declined, but the woman said that Evans later told her she had gone ahead and exposed herself to the film producer in a hallway. Goldberg disputed that.The woman also told the detective that sometime after an office meeting where Evans alleged Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex, she suggested what happened was consensual, according to the letter. Weinstein had promised to get her an acting job if she agreed to perform oral sex, and she agreed, it said.According to the witness, who was not named in the letter, Evans had been drinking and “appeared to be upset, embarrassed and shaking” when she recounted the story.Prosecutors also disclosed that they had discovered a draft email that Evans had written three years ago to a man who is now her husband that “describes details of the sexual assault that differ from the account” she provided to investigators.A message left on a phone DiGaudio used in the past wasn’t returned. The union for New York City police detectives didn’t return a message.Brafman said he believed Evans had lied both to the grand jury and to The New Yorker about her encounter with Weinstein and suggested she be prosecuted for perjury.“This is an attack on the fundamental integrity of the grand jury process,” Brafman said. “If you have a person willing to commit perjury in the grand jury, that is as serious as the crime of sexual assault because it undermines the fairness of the process for all of us.”Goldberg said Evans told the grand jury the truth.“The DA is aware of robust evidence, including witnesses, that seriously undermine the witness’ credibility and recollection of events. Yet, the DA consented to dismissal prior to investigating this evidence,” she wrote on Twitter.The developments in Weinstein’s case on Thursday capped a tough six-day stretch for the #MeToo movement, bookended by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation amid decades-old allegations that he had committed sexual misconduct. But victim advocates didn’t see it as a setback.“This is so much larger than any singular case,” Kristen Houser of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center said. “Weinstein may have been the snowball that started the avalanche, but the ability of any one perpetrator being held accountable or getting away with it doesn’t alter the national outrage.”The New Yorker, in a statement, said it stands by its reporting and fact-checking process and that “any assertion by lawyers for Harvey Weinstein that The New Yorker had information that contradicted Lucia Evans’s account is patently incorrect.”Vance has already been fiercely criticized for declining to prosecute Weinstein when an Italian model accused him of grabbing her breasts in 2015. At the time, Vance cited a lack of supporting evidence, despite the existence of a clandestinely made recording of Weinstein discussing the episode with the woman.In the months after The New York Times and The New Yorker began publishing stories about Weinstein’s interactions with women, activists pressured Vance to bring charges as dozens of people came forward with claims of sexual misconduct against him.DiGaudio and other police officials poured on the pressure, saying publicly that they believed they had gathered ample evidence to make an arrest.The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly, as Evans has done.Weinstein is free on $1 million bail and is due back in court Dec. 20.__Follow Sisak at https://twitter.com/mikesisak and Hays at https://twitter.com/APtomhayslast_img read more

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The Thunder May Have Just Discovered an Amazing New Lineup

In the third quarter of Oklahoma City’s Thursday night win over Los Angeles, Thunder coach Scott Brooks, long maligned for doing the same old thing, discovered something new: a lineup of Nick Collison, Steven Adams, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson could bend the court to its will.The group had rarely played together before — just six minutes during the regular season and just seven minutes in the playoffs. But that didn’t seem to be a problem. Over the next 15 minutes of play Thursday night, they scored 42 points and allowed just 24 points on 41 percent shooting, turning a 7-point deficit into an 11-point lead. Extrapolated to a 100-possession pace, the lineup’s point differential was +64.3.Small sample size, of course, but whoa, what a sample. The Thunder’s most-played lineup in the regular season (with Jackson in place of an injured Westbrook) had a per-100-possession point differential of +5.8. If we look at just the Thunder’s most frequently used front-court pairing, Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka, we find a per-100-possession point differential of just +2.0.Something about the fresh lineup on Thursday spaced the floor for Durant to do his best work of the night, scoring 13 points on just six shots. Neither Collison nor Adams is a particularly dangerous offensive player, but they are both good offensive rebounders. When they were on the floor together for 494 minutes in the regular season, the Thunder rebounded 33.4 percent of their own misses, compared to 26.5 across the whole season. Collison and Adams can also set screens and roll hard to the basket, allowing the Thunder to spread the defense even without a great perimeter-shooting big guy on the floor.Durant has played just a small percentage of his minutes with a Collison-Adams front-court pairing this season, but he’s been remarkably effective when he does, netting his highest true shooting percentage.Front Court Combinations Playing With DurantIt’s hard to suss out whether playing this group together  was a shrewd and intentional move by Brooks, or whether he stumbled upon the lineup after Ibaka’s calf injury. But it’s an important development as the Thunder get ready for the San Antonio Spurs. Going into Thursday night’s game, seven of the Thunder’s 10 most-used lineups in the playoffs had a positive point differential. With the emphatic arrival of this group, it’s now eight of 10.Lineups matter especially for the Thunder, a team whose starting five tend to start slowly. That group finished the series with a negative first-quarter point differential and was outscored to begin four of the six games in the series. Inserting Collison and Adams into the starting lineup is probably not the solution to those slow starts, but the Spurs are waiting with a deep and versatile matchup nightmare. Every opportunity Brooks has to experiment with a seldom-used but potentially explosive lineup gives him more options to handle the varied scenarios the Spurs will throw at the Thunder. read more

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The Spurs Deconstruction of the Heat Is Now Complete

For the fifth time and in one of the most dominating fashions the NBA Finals has ever seen, the San Antonio Spurs won the title on Sunday night. The Spurs beat the Miami Heat, 104-87, their third consecutive double-digit win.How dominant were the Spurs? San Antonio led the league in per-100-possession point differential during the regular season at +8.1. The Spurs were +13.0 or better in all four of their Finals wins.The ascension of finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, the decline of Miami’s defense, the battle of the role players going emphatically to San Antonio, Manu Ginobili immersing himself in the fountain of youth — many elements explain this Spurs breakthrough. But perhaps nothing was more important than San Antonio’s ball movement.As I’ve highlighted before, the Heat play an aggressive, trapping style of defense. If the Spurs maintained composure and continued to swing the ball during the finals, they would stretch Miami’s defense to the breaking point.That’s exactly what happened.In the Finals, the Spurs had 127 assists to just 76 for the Heat. Even if we account for their many more made field goals and instead compare the percentage of assisted baskets, the Spurs still have an enormous edge: 66 percent to 45 percent.More revealing: The Spurs had 42 secondary assists in the series (tracked by the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking System, these are passes that led directly to an assist). That means that a third of the Spurs’ assists in the series were part of a sequence of two or more passes. Looking at the numbers game by game, we can see the stark difference in the way the Heat and the Spurs went about their business.The secondary assist percentage shown here is the percentage of each team’s baskets for which a secondary assist was recorded. For the Heat, those numbers dropped off significantly from the regular season, when Miami had an assist percentage of 59 percent and a secondary assist percentage of 16 percent. The Spurs defense was disruptive enough that it forced the Heat toward relying on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to create offense, often singlehandedly.One might imagine that the Spurs would have a harder time executing against an NBA Finals-caliber team (not to mention a two-time defending champ) than they did in the regular season. But the Spurs pretty much met their regular season numbers: an assist percentage of 62 percent and a secondary assist percentage of 18 percent. The Heat’s defense wasn’t able to shake the Spurs out of their rhythm, and Miami paid the price, over and over again. read more

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Join Hot Takedowns March Madness Pool

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (March 15, 2016), we discuss all things March Madness. Neil Paine explains why he has a feeling about Villanova on the men’s side. Kate Fagan tells us why no team has a hope of beating the mighty UConn Huskies on the women’s side and why, when she’s picking her bracket, she never picks to win. Plus, we answer some of your listener mail and ponder whether it might be a good idea to make the slam dunk worth 3 points.Most importantly, we want you to join our ESPN Tournament Challenge bracket pool! We have groups for the men’s and women’s tournaments, and the winner and loser of each will get a Hot Takedown T-shirt. Yes, you can own a shirt that depicts Adam Silver riding a bear into a pool full of fish.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. This year, we’ll be updating games with live, in-game win probabilities.Nate Silver and Jay Boice explain how FiveThirtyEight is forecasting this year’s tournament.Neil Paine on the seeds that will wreak havoc on your bracket.Hot Takedown’s men’s bracket group in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge.Hot Takedown’s women’s bracket group in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown read more

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Michigan born OSU hockey forward Nick Schilkey wears scarlet and gray close

OSU junior forward Nick Schilkey (7) during a game against Michigan on May. 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State senior forward hockey captain Nick Schilkey wishes he had a dollar for every time he has been asked why he came to OSU from his home state of Michigan. If so, he said he would be as rich as another Buckeye: L Brands owner Les Wexner. The constant questioning will be worth it, however, if Schilkey is successful in his pursuit of a Big Ten championship and the program’s first berth into the NCAA tournament since 2009.  A native of Marysville, Michigan, Schilkey grew up playing in the Detroit area primarily with the nationally recognized HoneyBaked AAA program. It was his parents, Glen and Michelle, along with his other family ties that instilled the love for the game of hockey in him.“My dad always joked that he put me in skates before I could walk.” Schilkey said.His speed and agility — which led him to score 87 goals and assist on 85 others between the ages of 13 and 16 against NHL players Alex Galchenyuk of the Montreal Canadiens and Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets — caught the attention of OSU.It was not until his final year with HoneyBaked in 2010-11 that he realized college hockey was a legitimate option.“I don’t think I could ever look back at one of those teams and thinking to myself as being one of the best guys because we were so good,” Schilkey said.OSU was the first school to approach Schilkey about furthering his career in hockey. The program’s commitment to Schilkey, facilities and campus life sold him immediately, he said.“I go to different schools around the country and play and nothing beats what we have here,” Schilkey said. “I came down here and the coaches really wanted me to be here and I wanted to be here. This was the spot for me.”Before he moved to Columbus, Schilkey played junior hockey for two years, a common prerequisite for hockey players before beginning their college endeavors.After two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in the U.S., Schilkey was ready to showcase his talents at OSU.The team he was recruited by, however, had changed by the time he arrived. In April 2013, OSU coach Mark Osiecki was fired and replaced by Steve Rohlik, who had been an Osiecki assistant.Schilkey was not deterred.“I was comfortable with the coaches because (Rohlik) was here,” Schilkey said. “For me, I didn’t think anything would change too much.”Rohlik recalled the recruitment of Schilkey, who stood out like maize and blue in a sea of scarlet and gray.“When you walked into the rink, you knew who Nick Schilkey was,” Rohlik said. “He’d get that puck and he’d be Mach 10 down the ice. He could score. One thing that always grabbed me is that he wanted it. He wanted the puck, he wanted to be involved, he wanted to be ‘the guy.’ There was no hesitation in his game.”Rohlik has continued to be impressed by Schilkey’s performances weekend after weekend.“You know what you’re getting when he touches the ice,” Rohlik said. “I know if I throw him out there, he’s going to give me everything that he’s got.”And it shows in his production, Rohlik said.In 108 career games, Schilkey has 43 goals and 48 assists. He has been voted team captain twice due to leadership that has rubbed off on his teammates.“Right away freshman year, I noticed that he never quits,” senior defenseman Josh Healey said. “He goes out there every shift and every time in the weight room and goes until he can’t go anymore. It really pushed me to be my best when I was around him … He’s a leader by example and guys follow that, it’s a credit to him.”So far this season, the team has followed him to an upset win over No. 3 Denver last Friday on its home ice, followed by a tie with Air Force the next night. As the Buckeyes head into the heart of the 2016-17 season, Rohlik said there is no one he would trust more to lead the team.“I think it’s in him right now that he wants to do something special before he leaves here,” Rohlik said. “He’s already had such a huge impact on this program, not only by being a great player, but by being a great person. I can’t say enough about him. He’s one of those guys, as a coach, you love having him in your program.” As for Schilkey, the legacy he wants to leave behind is a championship in his home state. The conference tournament will be hosted at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for the final time in March.“To get this team back there and obviously it’s going to take a lot of leaders in the room, it’s going to take the team to accomplish that goal,” Schilkey said. “I think we’re excited for it. I think we’re confident in that this is one of the best opportunities we’ve had in my four years here. To leave on top is something everybody wants to do.”Ranked No. 19 in the latest uscho.com poll, Schilkey and the Buckeyes head to Oxford, Ohio, on Saturday to take on in-state rival Miami at Goggin Ice Center with the puck drop scheduled for 8:05 p.m. read more

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Russias progress in the World Cup is well deserved

first_imgMundial host Russia has beaten all the nations it has played against but progress for them to the World Cup last-16 is the victory the country deserves, the country’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Thursday via FourFourTwo.Russia won their opening two matches at the tournament, humiliating Saudi Arabia with five goals and thrashing Egypt 3-1, to secure them a slot in the latter stages of the competition for the first time since the break-up of the Soviet Union.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“Our win, of course, is pleasing. This is huge. It is a great event for the country, because we deserve victories as we have done a lot for this. Because the country has built a large number of stadiums in such a short period of time. These are beautiful, stunning buildings,” Shoigu told journalists.He added that football was a great game, which unites those who love sports and their country and those “who value normal relations between other countries, states and peoples.”last_img read more

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David Seaman insists Leno has to be patient

first_imgFormer Arsenal football club goalkeeper David Seaman insists the club’s new signing Bernd Leno has to be patient as Petr Cech continues to remain the first choice option.The former Bayer Leverkusen shot-stopper joined the Gunners this summer for a fee believed to be around £22.5million but is yet to feature in a competitive game for the club so far.Leno is a German international but Seaman – who played more than 400 times for Arsenal in a glittering 13 years at the club – said: ‘Just because he cost a lot of money does not mean he goes straight into the team.“He has to be patient. Petr Cech has done nothing wrong in goal.” Seaman said, according to Daily Mail.“Ok, so he is adjusting to playing with the ball from the box. But he has been able to contribute to the team and has done nothing to cause him to be left out.”Tony Cascarino names Bernd Leno as Arsenal’s weak spot Andrew Smyth – August 3, 2019 Tony Cascarino suggested that Arsenal might’ve been better off signing a new goalkeeper after identifying Bernd Leno as their weak spot.Seaman believes a spell in a more observational role will benefit Leno as he watches at first hand the demands of the Premier League.“This could be a learning curve for him. You have to be patient in football… I know. I had to be in the past when I was playing. Leno has to bide his time.”With the introduction of Cup games coming up in both the Carabao Cup and UEFA Europa League, Leno will be confident of making his Arsenal bow soon enough.last_img read more

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Zaniolos Dad rules out Juve and Raiola move

first_imgNicolo Zaniolo’s father revealed the Roma midfielder will extend his stay at the club and rejected claims that Mino Raiola will not become his agent.Reports circulating in Italy were rife that Juventus were preparing a ‘huge’ offer for Zaniolo, who has broken out for Roma this seasonAnd Raiola was equally reported to have been keen on recruiting the Italy starlet.However, dad Igor told Football Italia via Corriere dello Sport: “Raiola asked for information and is interested in Zaniolo, but Vigorelli will remain Nicolo’s agent for a long time.“My dad says you can reach the top quickly but you can fall to the bottom even more quickly…”Nicolo Zaniolo, in his own words…➡️ https://t.co/cDOk3ZLeXy pic.twitter.com/y2WwCg3Zbl— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 21, 2019“At the end of the season there will be a meeting with Roma for his renewal, and there won’t be any problems.“On both sides, there’s a willingness to conclude negotiations in a positive way. The recent talk has been bad for Roma and Nicolo.Nicolo ZanioloZaniolo’s agent admits Spurs interest Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 According to his agent, Nicolo Zaniolo was wanted by Tottenham Hotspur during the summer, but he explained why he renewed with Roma instead.“We all have to row on the same boat if he is to develop properly. We mustn’t upset the fans and club: Roma are going for third place, there’s the derby and then the match against Porto: for him, the priority is the team and he only wants to think about the pitch.“Yesterday he spent the day at home with his mother. He wants to stay focused on Roma’s upcoming games in Serie A and Champions League.“The first leg against Porto was a good test, but of course it’s not enough. We won’t hide his quality as it’s undeniable, but obviously, we mustn’t stop now because he hasn’t done anything yet.Zaniolo’s father: ‘He has to keep both feet on the ground’ | English News https://t.co/UCJeph3LRI pic.twitter.com/Qs78oCmIh3— SPORTS USA (@sportsusa_net) February 23, 2019“[His talent] will have to be confirmed in the final part of the season and then the next few years.“If he stops at his two goals against Porto then we’re at the beginning of the end. The derby? I’m pumped for it.“The derby is always a special game and there’s a fantastic atmosphere for it in the city. Nicolo is fired up, but I hope he’s more relaxed than I am.”last_img read more

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POLICE ISSUES SAFETY TIPS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF), has issued these safety tips soley as a precaution in the event of a Robbery at any business place in the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI).BEFORE OR DURING INCIDENT:1. Do not be heroic.2. Stay calm.3. Obey the offender’s instructions.4. Never assume a firearm is fake or a toy.5. Use non-threatening behaviour and avoid eye contact.6. Observe the offender as much as possible.7. Stay out of danger if you are not directly involved.FOLLOWING THE INCIDENT:1. Call 911.2. Don t hang up unless told to do so. Keep the line open.3. Supply to 911:• Name and address of premises• Number of offenders and brief description• Description of vehicle if used• Direction of travel4. Check for injuries to staff and customers. Tell the 911 operator if an ambulance is required- 911 can call an ambulance.5. Keep everyone away from anything the offender may have come in contact with such as counters. Avoid moving or touching anything left behind.6. Avoid touching firearms or ammunition.7. Avoid touching spent cartridges or bullet holes.8. Request everyone to remain.9. Obtain name and contact details of all witnesses if possible.10. Have all staff and customers record their observations independently.11. Discuss the matter with Police before you speak to the media.Police are urging anyone with information about any crime to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www.crimestoppers.tc. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

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Allrecipes Cooks up a Newly Designed Site

first_imgMeredith revealed Allrecipes’ newly launched digital platform Tuesday. The new site has a social network-oriented focus, boosting the sharing capabilities that the 40 million monthly visitors have increasingly been using.    New features, such as “I Made It,” allow cooks to share their culinary creations with their followers. Stan Pavlovsky, Allrecipes’ president, says this transformation is different than what many social networks currently offer. “[They] spark inspiration, but lack actionable information and create fragmented conversations.” Feedback so far has been positive, according to Pavlovsky, with cooks consuming more pages per visit and increased site and community engagement with the shopping features and local offers. The announcement is “just the beginning of a rich roadmap of features we will be introducing in the months ahead,” Pavlovsky adds. Thanks to the new single site and code base that extends across devices, this will allow the Allrecipes teams to “innovate more rapidly so we can release new consumer and advertising experiences at an accelerated pace,” he says. The new site’s design and technology were created in-house, leveraging all of the brand’s resources over a nearly two-year timeframe. Pavlovsky says that they also looked to the “behaviors, suggestions and feedback from our community of 40 million home cooks,” to help inspire this latest iteration. center_img Over the past 18 months, the brand employed various feedback channels to gather information on the new experience including usability testing, user satisfaction tracking, video diaries, surveys and Web analytics data.  Swanson is one of the first brands to partner with Allrecipes on the new design, largely because “Swanson cooks are turning to digital media sources for culinary inspiration and information more than ever,” Mark Materacky, Soup & Broth Marketing Director, Campbell Soup Company, says in the release. The roll-out strategy included an initial reveal, with beta site access given to a subset of the Allrecipes community over the past year, which “allowed us to gather very rich data reflecting their response to new design elements and features,” says Pavlovsky. last_img read more

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Making The Perfect Playlist With GRAMMY U Members

first_imgFrom setting the mood to choosing the right artists, we ask college students around the country how they create their perfect playlistJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 1, 2018 – 9:19 am Making the perfect playlist is an art. The mood has to be right, the songs have to flow and the name has to encapsulate it all. After all, a playlist is the soundtrack before a test, during a gym session or a on cross-country trip. Song to song, it needs to keep you in the moment.But what makes a perfect playlist? How to pick from so many artists to capture one kind of feeling? It’s clear music streaming companies have also put some thought into how to make the perfect playlist. As Spotify puts it, “Playlists are no longer just simple collections of songs. They’ve grown to become cultural epicenters, complete with their own communities.”As a group who engages with music the most, we asked some GRAMMY U members from different colleges across the country to figure out what constitutes a good playlist and how they put it all together.”Playlists are able to tell the world what collection of music defines your reality,” Chicago GRAMMY U Representative, Becca Zagorski, shares. “This becomes an artistic expression because it promotes expression through self-reflection for the creator and intrigue and discovery from the listener.”For Becca, it’s all about capturing a mood. Her “Fallish” playlist mood is a mix of pop hits and more obscure tracks that fit her theme. From Travis Scott’s “SICKO MODE” to Parquet Courts’ “Tenderness,” her playlist captures her own personal musical touch for songs with mass appeal at the time that she can eventually look back nostalgically.  “I create a playlist for each season that has songs that fit the mood of the time period combined with current popular songs,” she said. “That way when I go back and listen to those playlists, I can reminisce on the music that encapsulated that period of time in my life.”Florida GRAMMY U Rep Melanie McGrath uses artists from the past and present in her playlist, {h o w t o b e a woman}, to make a soundtrack that inspires her to be better in the present and future. Songs on her playlist include Maggie Rogers’ “Alaska,” Lorde’s “Greenlight” and girl band The Aces’ “Stuck.””It’s a playlist full of indie women artists who inspire me to be the best version of myself!” says Melanie. “Anytime I find an indie pop/folk/electronic song that makes me feel empowered as a young woman and a young songwriter, I add it.”To create her perfect playlist, GRAMMY U Rep Tristin from New Orleans, La., whose playlist includes everything from Kurt Vile’s “Pretty Pimpin” to Fleetwood Mac’s classic “Rhiannon,” envisions herself in the mood she wants to capture.”Once I got into that frame of mind, I was able to create what I feel like matched the mood and the setting of that scene, which for me is filled with folk, indie and alternative music,” Tristin says. “In order to make it more of an artistic expression, you have to really know what type of feeling you want the playlist to convey.”Whatever your goal, combining nostalgic songs with current viral favorites or bringing together specific artists before and during your time, or by focusing your thoughts on the feeling you want to create, your perfect playlist can be something that is truly only yours.Which Women Musicians Do You Think Are The Most Influential Of This Century?Read more How To Make The Perfect Playlist making-perfect-playlist-grammy-u-members News Making The Perfect Playlist With GRAMMY U Members Facebook Email Twitter last_img read more

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Google revives Huawei work temporarily after US eases restrictions

first_img Tags Google will continue to work with Huawei for now. Getty Google said Tuesday it will continue working with Huawei for 90 days, after the US government announced it’s temporarily scaling back trade restrictions on the Chinese smartphone maker.On Monday, the US Commerce Department said it’s creating a general license that for now lets Huawei keep existing networks and issue updates to its phones and tablets. The reprieve is meant to give US companies time to figure out longer-term solutions and to protect consumers from security risks. The license expires on August 19. “Keeping phones up to date and secure is in everyone’s best interests and this temporary license allows us to continue to provide software updates and security patches to existing models for the next 90 days,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Now playing: Watch this: Comments Huawei P30 Pro vs. Galaxy S10 Plus: Editors react Phones Share your voice 6:54 Google’s decision not to cut ties with Huawei, the second largest smartphone company in the world, is a reversal of plans it announced earlier this week after the Trump administration effectively banned Huawei from the US, restricting the company’s access to US components and software. For Google, that meant suspending some business with Huawei, a key partner for its Android mobile operating system. Google reportedly said that it would stop providing Huawei with customer support and that upcoming versions of Huawei’s phones outside China would no longer get access to Google’s Play Store app marketplace and its marquee slate of services, including YouTube and Google Maps. Huawei, though, would still have access to the open-source version of Android without Google services. It’s unclear what Google will do after the 90-day license expires. Read: Samsung has the most to gain from Google putting Huawei on ice 4 Google Huawei Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

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Indias housing mess 174 lakh homes stalled across major cities

first_imgREUTERS/Chris HelgrenSupreme Court’s recent landmark verdict on the Amrapali case has brought the limelight back to the Indian realty sector and lakhs of home buyers as numbers of incomplete and stalled housing projects continue to be on the rise creating “ghost cities” by the day.The magnitude of the country’s real estate sector’s dark reality can be gauged from the fact that around 1.74 lakh homes in 220 projects across the top seven cities in the country are completely stalled, as per the data from Anarock Property Consultants.”Launched either in 2013 or before, these projects have absolutely no construction activity going on. The overall value of all stalled units is estimated to be more than Rs 1,774 billion (Rs 1.77 lakh crore). Most of these projects have been grounded due to either liquidity issues or litigations,” the Anarock report said.Around 1.15 lakh homes, which accounts for nearly 66 per cent of the total stalled units have already been sold to buyers who have been left in the lurch, at the mercy of either the concerned developers or the law of the land. The net estimated value of these sold units is around Rs 1.11 lakh crore.As per the data, the National Capital Region (NCR) has the largest pile-up of stalled units with 1.18 lakh homes spread over 67 projects with an overall value of Rs 82,200 crore. Of this, nearly 69 per cent or 83,470 units are already sold out.Further, around 98 per cent of the stuck projects in NCR are located in Noida and Greater Noida alone, while other cities like Gurugram, Ghaziabad have minimal inventory.The other major market of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) ranked second in terms of stalled projects with 38,060 units stalled across the city. The stalled units are spread across 89 projects, compared to 67 in NCR, the data showed.Pune comes next with nearly 28 stalled projects comprising 9,650 units, followed by Hyderabad with nearly 4,150 units. Bengaluru has 26 projects comprising 3,870 stuck units.The housing distress, although spread across the country, is mostly felt and witnessed in the NCR, with Noida and Greater Noida in the lead. The cases such as Jaypee Infratech, Amrapali Group and Unitech have been under the glare, with all them being dragged to the Supreme Court.The Supreme Court has cancelled Amrapali’s RERA licence, and ordered investigation on its key officials, and has asked the state-run construction major NBCC to take over its projects. NBCC has also submitted its proposal to work as a consultant for the completion of Unitech’s projects.Jaypee Infratech, on the other hand, is going through the corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) and has surpassed the 270-day deadline of achieving a resolution. The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) this week extended its resolution process by another 90 days.These legal issues have also hit the already-distressed homebuyers. Sanjeev Sahani, who bought a 2-BHK flat at one of Jaypee’s projects in Noida in 2011 still for the completion of his home and says that the total legal cost born by home buyers to get their rightful home has reached around Rs 2 crore by now.Sahani, who is also a member of a home buyer’s association told IANS: “The tower in which I bought the flat is not even 50 per cent built. Even if a third party takes it up, it would take another three years to complete.”last_img read more

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IndiGos poor customer care record forces parliamentary panel to flag airline

first_imgThe alleged failure of IndiGo to respond satisfactorily to customer complaints is behind a parliamentary panel’s remarks that it is the ‘worst performing’ airline for customer services.Derek O’Brien, the Trinamool Congress MP who heads the panel, reserved the sharpest criticism for the low-budget carrier in a report that he tabled in the Rajya Sabha, according to a media report.The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture, Road, Shipping and Aviation said in the report that the airline was noted for poor customer services, having rude staff and higher charges during the festive season, among other issues.IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Enterprises, however, denied it neglected customer complaints. The airline said in a statement that it evaluated complaints and feedback by the customers rigorously and the staff were given regular training to handle situations and make possible hassle-free customer experience.O’Brien said the panel was not generally happy with the way some private carriers are operating, but it was discourteous the way IndiGo was operating. He said Air India had the best luggage policy.”Our committee is very clear that the worst performing airline for consumers is IndiGo. All 30 members agreed on this. IndiGo has not respondeddespite many complaints. The way they behave with consumers and charge for just one kg or two kg overweight of air baggage…,” O’Brien said, according to a media report.He said some carriers charged eight to 10 times the normal fares during the festive season.”The airline is very rigid, IndiGo even charges for one-two kg overweight, this has not been taken very well and the committee is looking into the matter seriously,” O’Brien said.While taking note of higher fare charges, the panel suggested that the charges by the airlines should not exceed 50 per cent of the base fare and tax and airlines should refund the fuel surcharge to customers.The national carrier Air India has the best policy for luggage and other private carriers should raise the baggage limit, O’Brien said.last_img read more

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Khaleda to surrender before court Thursday

first_imgKhaleda Zia .File photoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia is going to appear before a special court in Dhaka on Thursday, seeking bail in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case as it issued a warrant for her arrest, reports UNB.Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is facing arrest warrants in three cases, returned home from the UK on Wednesday afternoon after over a three-month stay there.”Our chairperson will appear before the special court set up at the playground of Government Alia Madrasa in the capital’s Bakshibazar on Thursday,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He came up with the comment while talking to reporters in front of Khaleda’s Gulshan residence on Wednesday night.The BNP chief will start her journey from her residence for the court around 10:00am, said her media wing member Shamsuddin Didar.Earlier in the day, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said their chairperson returned home showing respect to the court as some warrants for her arrest were issued in different cases.He said Khaleda will surrender before the court and seek bail in the cases in which the arrest warrants were issued against her.Khaleda returned home from the UK on Wednesday afternoon after over a three-month stay there.She reached Hazrat Shahjajal International Airport by an Emirates Airlines flight around 5:08pm.Earlier on 12 October, Dhaka Special Court-5 issued the warrant for the arrest of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case as she went to London without its permission.On 3 July 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21.0 million (2.10 crore) that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.last_img read more

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ALs polls phobia leads to Gazipur election postponement BNP

first_imgLogo of BNPBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the government has got the Gazipur City Corporation election stayed by the court resorting to tricks sensing the sure defeat of the ruling party mayoral candidate.He came up with the observation at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.”The government could realise the defeat of its candidate. That’s why they’ve got a writ filed by their party man, and stayed the Gazipur city polls,” the BNP leader said.Fakhrul said Savar upazila Awami League labour and manpower affairs secretary ABM Azharul Islam filed the writ with the High Court “at the behest of the government. This incident has once again exposed that the government has got totally isolated from people.”Earlier in the day, the High Court stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election scheduled to be held on 15 May.An HC bench of justice Naima Haider and justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order following a hearing on the writ petition.The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into GCC should not be declared illegal.Fakhrul said BNP considers the stay order on the Gazipur polls as a victory of the party. “The government was forced to stop the polls to avoid its sure defeat.”He strongly condemned and protested the arrest of party vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman and other party leaders and activists at Tongi, Gazipur.The BNP secretary general demanded the government immediately release those were arrested, including Noman.He said the government is getting the election stayed as it suffers from an ‘election phobia’.Fakhrul also criticised the election commission, saying it is not playing an impartial role. “Our senior leader Moudud Ahmed has already demanded that the commission be reconstituted.”He said the EC has failed to take proper steps for holding fair and credible polls. “So, we’re also worried about the national election.”BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury were present.last_img read more

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DU student commits suicide

first_imgA student of Dhaka University (DU) allegedly committed suicide jumping off the roof of his house at Cantonment area on Wednesday night.The deceased was Mushifiq, a fourth year student of Music department of the University.”I heard that he jumped off from the rooftop of his house and committed suicide,” university Proctor professor AKM Golam Rabbani told UNB.He is a non-residential student of Bijoy Ekattar hall and his village is in Rangpur district, he added.last_img

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Quader finds BNP manifesto joke of the year

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoDescribing BNP’s election manifesto as a colourful balloon full of unrealistic pledges, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said it will implode immediately if the party comes to power, reports UNB.”BNP has presented some unrealistic and weird promises which can’t be fulfilled,” he said, describing the election manifesto as the best joke of the year.The AL leader came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at a restaurant by the Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Chouddagram upazila of the district.BNP rolled out its manifesto for the 11th parliamentary elections on Tuesday with a set of promises, including making democracy an everyday practice, building a vengeance -free Bangladesh and raising GDP growth to 11 percent.last_img read more

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Be a good human being to be a good physician Bhutanese PM

first_imgBhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering with his old friends at Mymensingh Medical College on Sunday. Photo: Anowar HossainBhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering, who was a student of Mymensingh Medical College, on Sunday said one has to be a good human being for becoming a good physician.”I’ve entered politics without discarding my uniform. I thought about the people of Bhutan and worked for them from 2013 to 2018 without doing any job and going abroad. Today, I’m the prime minister of that country,” he said.The Bhutanese prime minister was addressing a special reception accorded to him by Mymensingh Medical College at its auditorium.Going down the memory lane, Lotay Tshering said he along with his classmate and current Bhutanese foreign affairs minister Tandi Dorji stayed at room No-20 of Baghmara College Hostel in the district town from 1991 to 1999. “We’re now doing politics together. There’s no rift between us during this long period. Today, I’m the prime minister because of him. He made me the prime minister.”Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering passes time with his classmates. He also exchanges greetings with them. Photo: Anowar HossainHe also underscored the need for forgetting all the differences to take the country forward.The Bhutanese prime minister turned emotional recalling various incidents of his student life at the medical college.Earlier, students of the medical college welcomed him when he arrived in Mymensingh by a helicopter.Lotay Tshering later visited the surgery ward of Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.A 28th batch student, Lotay Tshering enrolled in Mymensingh Medical College in 1991 for pursuing MBBS. On completion of the MBBS degree, he did FCPS in Dhaka.Lotay Tshering entered politics in 2013 and became the prime minister of Bhutan on 7 November last year after his party won the election.This was his first visit to Bangladesh after becoming the prime minister.last_img read more

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AL starts organisational tour to Khulna division

first_imgAwami League central leaders on Saturday started their organisational tour to Khulna division, reports UNB.During the organisational tour, the central leaders will attend eight meetings (mostly extended special meetings) in Chuadanga, Jashore, Norail, Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat and Jhenaidah, said a press release.With the tour, the ruling party has started its organisational visit throughout the country ahead of the AL national council to be held in October 2019.On the first day of the tour, the AL leaders will join an extended special meeting of AL Chuadanga district unit on Saturday.AL district units will arrange seven meetings, while AL Khulna city unit will organise one meeting.The AL central leaders will attend the meetings in Jashore and Narail on Sunday, Satkhira on Monday.They will also join the meetings in Khulna city on 18 May, Khulna district on 19 May, Bagerhat on 20 May and Jhenaidah on 21 May.The members of the AL central organisational team formed for Khulna division include its presidium member Pijush Kanti Bhattacharya, acting general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif MP, joint general secretary Abdur Rahman, organising secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, labour affairs secretary Habibur Rahman Siraj, central working committee members Monnujan Sufian, MP, SM Kamal Hossain, lawyer Amirul Islam Milon and Parvin Zaman Kalpana.last_img read more

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Nier Is Not My Name

first_imgBy Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead, Special to the AFROI grew up learning how to hold my rage, to swallow my pain, and to stand up tall even when I felt like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders. I spent every summer in South Carolina, around women who had come of age during the days of Jim Crow and who made it a point, to teach me about the power and strength of Blackness. There were days when it was overwhelming (exhausting, really) to be Black and to have to deal with Whiteness as the standard through which everything else was measured. My grandmother despised this standard and the notions of White privilege. Her neighborhood was filled with Confederate flags and White men who dared to call her auntie. She remembers being called n—-r almost as much as she was called her name. I was seven the first time that I can remember being called a n—-r. My grandmother used that moment to teach me how to respond and say, with confidence and without bending my head, that n—-r was not my name. She made me stand in front of the mirror and say it over and over again until I could say without tears in my eyes, without looking away, and without internalizing the power of this word. She told me that some words were designed to strip black people of both our power and our voice. “White people,” she said, “need us to be their n—–s so that they can feel superior. Don’t give them that. N—-r is not your name, nor your legacy. You may not understand that today but you will and when you do, make sure you tell somebody else.”Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead (Courtesy Photo)I thought about my grandmother’s words while I was preparing to speak at the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project. I sat in my office watching videos and looking through photographs of Black bodies hanging from trees. I studied the faces of the White men and women who were casually standing around, talking and laughing, as Black people were being tortured and abused, cut and burned. I looked at the children and wondered who they grew up to be, after learning to normalize Black death and suffering. I listened to interviews from White people who spoke about why they had to kill that n—-r, almost as if they were doing God’s work. The n—-r to them was a nameless and faceless monster that threatened white supremacy, white nationalism, and white superiority. The n—-r, as James Baldwin once said, is an invention of White people that show their fear of Black people.According to the Equal Justice Initiative, nearly 3,959 Black men, women, and children were lynched in the twelve Southern states between 1877 and 1950 and, so far, 40 of them have been documented to have happened right here in Maryland. On that day, I wanted to speak their names and to speak for the victims that had not been identified yet. I wanted to say, loud and clear, that n—-r was not their name. I wanted to speak for those who had been terrorized; those who had been stalked; those who had been harassed; and, those who had been beaten and tortured. I wanted to speak for them because those of who are still here must not forget. We must hold the power of collective memory and teach it to others.I thought about all of this when I visited Bard High School Early College in Baltimore. I walked into the school and walked past a group of Black male students laughing and calling each the n-word. I was on my way to the office, but I decided to stop and ask them why they were using that word. Now, that was not the first time that I heard young people use the n-word, but after spending so many days immersed in lynching history, I could not just walk by. They said that it was a form of affection and that it was not a big deal. They said that everybody did it and that it was ok if you were Black.I stood there and looked at them because I wanted to tell them about the history of this word and about what James Baldwin said. I wanted to show them the lynching pictures on my phone and talk about how our blood, as Frederick Douglass once said, is mixed with the soil of this land. I wanted to challenge them to think deeply about the power of their words, but I did not know where to start. How do you collapse 400 hundred years of oppression and hatred, of white supremacy and white nationalism, lynching, and torture into five minutes? As I stood there thinking about all of this, the hallways filled up, and the students started moving toward class. One young man stayed behind because he wanted to know why I questioned them and what was the big deal with that word. I thought about my grandmother at that moment, and I smiled, because n—-r, I said, is not your name nor your legacy. You may not understand that today but you will and when you do, make sure you tell somebody else.Karsonya Wise Whitehead is the #blackmommyactivist and an associate professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. She is the host of “Today With Dr. Kaye” on WEAA 88.9 FM and the author of the forthcoming “Dispatches from Baltimore: The Birth of the Black Mommy Activist.” She lives in Baltimore City with her husband and their two sons.The opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to editor@afro.com.last_img read more

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Facebook Hires Vidpresso Team Acquires Social Video Tech

first_img Popular on Variety Facebook has hired the team behind Vidpresso, a startup focused on helping broadcasters with streaming videos to Facebook Live and other social platforms. The social media giant also acquired certain assets related to Vidpresso’s technology, and the startup is transitioning its existing live streaming clients to Facebook as it is winding down its own operations.Vidpresso announced the deal on its website Monday: “Wow. We’re really excited to share we’re joining Facebook effective today.  We will continue to help creators, publishers, and broadcasters create great live experiences, and focus on what we’re best known for: Enabling world-class interactive streams on Facebook Live.”Vidpresso first launched in 2012, and some of its clients included Cosmopolitan, NASDAQ, CNBC, NBC News and BuzzFeed. The company changed course a few times, and at one time was looking to help broadcasters integrate social elements into their traditional TV programming. More recently, Vidpresso had been focusing on social live streaming with interactive elements, with a big emphasis in Facebook Live — work the team now wants to continue from within Facebook:“By joining Facebook we’ll be able to offer our tools to a much broader audience than just our A-list publishing partners,” the company wrote on its website Monday. “Eventually, it’ll allow us to put these tools in the hands of creators, so they can focus on their content, and have it look great, without spending lots of time or money to do so.”Vidpresso’s existing live streaming customers will be transitioned to Facebook’s own tools, according to Techcrunch, which was first to report on the news Monday. There is no word on financial details of the deal; Vidpresso had raised just $120,000, according to Crunchbase. center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Solar cell mystery solved expected to greatly increase efficiency

first_img Explore further But in a new study published in Science Advances, Dong Shi et al. have taken a closer look at spiro-OMeTAD and found that it still has a great deal of untapped potential. For the first time, they have grown single crystals of the pure material, and in doing so, they have made the surprising discovery that spiro-OMeTAD’s single-crystal structure has a hole mobility that is three orders of magnitude greater than that of its thin-film form (which is currently used in solar cells). “This paper reports a major breakthrough for the fields of perovskite and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells by finally clarifying the potential performance of the material and showing that improving the crystallinity of the hole transport layer is the key strategy for further breakthroughs in device engineering of these solar cells,” Osman Bakr, a professor of engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and leader of the study, told Phys.org. The findings suggest that, at least in the short term, the time-consuming process of designing and synthesizing radically new organic hole conductors as replacements to spiro-OMeTAD may not be necessary.In general, perovskite solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells are made of three critical layers. Two of these layers—the electron-transporting layer and the light-absorbing layer—are well-understood structurally. However, the mesoscale packing structure of the hole-transporting layer, which is usually spiro-OMeTAD, has so far eluded researchers, and consequently its charge transport mechanisms have remained a mystery.In the new study, the researchers figured out a way to grow pure single crystals of spiro-OMeTAD by dissolving the spiro-OMeTAD in a carefully chosen solvent. They then placed this vial inside a larger vial containing an antisolvent, in which spiro-OMeTAD does not dissolve as well, and allowed the antisolvent vapor to slowly diffuse into the inner vial. Eventually the solution in the inner vial becomes supersaturated, so that not all of the spiro-OMeTAD can stay dissolved, causing the spiro-OMeTAD to crystallize. The researchers then performed a variety of measurements on the crystals to investigate their charge transport mechanisms and other properties.The results are much more encouraging than expected, in many ways running contrary to the conventional wisdom based on the material’s large-scale structure, which suggested that the material had reached its limits. Although the method used here to grow single crystals cannot be performed at a large scale, the researchers predict that similar methods that use an antisolvent to trigger crystallization could be used to enhance the crystallinity of the thin-layer spiro-OMeTAD, improving its hole mobility in order to make more efficient solar cells.”These astonishing findings open a new direction for the development of perovskite solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells by showing the still untapped potential of spiro-OMeTAD,” Bakr said. “They unravel a key mystery that has confounded the photovoltaic community for the last 17 years.” (Left) The set-up used to grow single crystals of spiro-OMeTAD, based on antisolvent vapor-assisted crystallization. (Right) Single crystal structure of spiro-OMeTAD. Credit: Shi, et al. ©2016 AAAS Pinholes be gone More information: Dong Shi, et al. “Spiro-OMeTAD single crystals: Remarkably enhanced charge-carrier transport via mesoscale ordering.” Science Advances. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501491AbstractWe report the crystal structure and hole-transport mechanism in spiro-OMeTAD [2,2′,7,7′-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenyl-amine)9,9′-spirobifluorene], the dominant hole-transporting material in perovskite and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. Despite spiro-OMeTAD’s paramount role in such devices, its crystal structure was unknown because of highly disordered solution-processed films; the hole-transport pathways remained ill-defined and the charge carrier mobilities were low, posing a major bottleneck for advancing cell efficiencies. We devised an antisolvent crystallization strategy to grow single crystals of spiro-OMeTAD, which allowed us to experimentally elucidate its molecular packing and transport properties. Electronic structure calculations enabled us to map spiro-OMeTAD’s intermolecular charge-hopping pathways. Promisingly, single-crystal mobilities were found to exceed their thin-film counterparts by three orders of magnitude. Our findings underscore mesoscale ordering as a key strategy to achieving breakthroughs in hole-transport material engineering of solar cells. © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Solar cell mystery solved, expected to greatly increase efficiency (2016, April 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-solar-cell-mystery-greatly-efficiency.html (Phys.org)—For the past 17 years, spiro-OMeTAD, has been keeping a secret. Despite intense research efforts, its performance as the most commonly used hole-transporting material in perovskite and dye-sensitized solar cells has remained stagnant, creating a major bottleneck for improving solar cell efficiency. Thinking that the material has given all it has to offer, many researchers have begun investigating alternative materials to replace spiro-OMeTAD in future solar cells.last_img read more

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Food allergy can become fatal for your kid

first_imgA 13-year-old Indian-origin boy in London died last month after suffering a severe allergic reaction to a piece of cheese. According to media reports, Karanbir Cheema was allergic to wheat, gluten and dairy and his condition was well known at school but he came in contact with the allergen in cheese as it was allegedly forced on him by a schoolmate.Food allergy or intolerance, which can cause symptoms ranging from a harmless skin rash to a potentially lethal anaphylactic shock, are estimated to affect four to six per cent of children and four per cent of adults, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).If left untreated, a food allergy can turn fatal, especially in children, because the body’s immune system considers the proteins and complex carbohydrates present in the food as foreign.”It is only in rare cases that one can get a severe allergic response to any food allergen. Food items like cheese have other ingredients which may have caused severe allergic reaction. Commonly mild allergy, however, does not cause such severe reactions,” said Vivek Raj, Director (Gastroenterology), Max Super Speciality Hospital.According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are eight foods that are common for allergic reactions in a large segment of the sensitive population. These include, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, shellfish, fish, wheat and their derivatives, soy and their derivatives, and sulphites (chemical-based, often found in flavours and colours in foods) at 10 parts per million (ppm) and over.These can cause several types of allergies such as skin manifestations which include rashes, swelling and itching, respiratory symptoms including wheezing, bronchospasm and choking and gastrointestinal symptoms including cramping, vomiting and diarrhoea. Some also cause low blood pressure which manifests as light-headedness, dizziness or even a fainting spell.Allergy to any food item may cause bronchial secretions, which can lead to bronchospasm – a sudden constriction of the muscles in the walls of the bronchioles in the respiratory tract.”As a result, the patient experiences choking and breathing difficulty, which, if not treated timely, may increase the risk of death,” added Rakesh Gupta, Senior Consultant, Apollo Hospitals.Further, children are much more vulnerable to food allergies than adults as the allergies fade away by adulthood.”As children grow older, they outgrow some of the allergies as their immune system matures. Also, the allergens are identified in childhood and then the person learns to avoid those as an adult,” Raj noted. However, allergies are not just hereditary but may be related to gender, according to recent research published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.The study revealed that the genetic risk of a child having allergies doubles if the parent of the same sex is an allergy sufferer. Thus, mothers pass the risk of allergies to their daughters, as do fathers to their sons.Moreover, food allergies can worsen other conditions such as asthma and diabetes. If a patient already has other allergy-linked conditions like asthma, then the impact of food allergy can be more, doctors said. “As there is no cure to food allergy, the only way to prevent it is not to eat that food item,” suggested Ritika Samaddar, a Delhi-based nutritionist.”The allergy can be confirmed by skinprick tests and/or bloods tests to measure the allergy antibodies,” she added. Because fatal and near-fatal food allergy reactions can occur at school or other places outside the home, parents of a child with food allergies need to make sure that their child’s school has a written emergency action plan. The plan should provide instructions on preventing, recognising and managing food allergies and should be available in the school and during activities such as sporting events and field trips, experts suggested. However, “if any allergic item is consumed, the patient should be immediately rushed to the hospital. No drug should be taken without a doctor’s prescription”, Gupta said.last_img read more

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A magnificent range of Diwali hampers

first_imgAdding to your celebration and joy, Mister Chai is presenting a magnificent range of Diwali Hampers offering gourmet assortments and pure joy. This Diwali, make your loved ones feel special and gift them hampers that matches their personality, tailored to their taste and filled with luxuries and love. Exuding surprise and elegance, the spectacular festive hamper range comprises of ‘The Globe Trotter’, ‘The Entertainer’ and ‘The Free Spirit’ starting at INR 5000 plus taxes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’The Globe Trotter’ is for those businessmen and women in your circle who travels the world and are fond of those little treats. Generously filled with fine nuts, chocolates and a bottle of happiness, this is a perfect gift for the globe trotters. If you have those friends who love spreading a hearty laughter to your life, ‘The Entertainer’ Diwali gift hamper is the choice. It offers some delicious chocolates, macaroons, cookies, nuts, and tea. ‘The Free Spirit’ hamper is the choice you can make for those you know exceptionally well. Custom-made and skillfully craft a Diwali hamper for your loved ones, with their favourite ingredients and drinks. Each gifting has equal grandeur, finesse and uniqueness, filled with an alluring gourmet treat to make your festival truly delightful.last_img read more

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Bali airport reopens but volcano still spewing ash

first_img Share Tags: Indonesia, Travel Alert By: Stephen WrightSource: The Associated Press Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Bali airport reopens, but volcano still spewing ash  KARANGASEM, Indonesia — The airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened Wednesday after an erupting volcano forced its closure two days ago, but the country’s president said the danger had not passed and urged anyone within the mountain’s exclusion zone to get out “for the sake of their safety.”Volcanic ash reaching 25,000 feet (7,600 metres) in the air began drifting south and southeast of Mount Agung, leaving clean space above the airport for planes to land and take off, said airport spokesman Arie Ahsannurohim.The airport, which handles more than 400 flights a day, had closed Monday, disrupting travel for tens of thousands of people trying to enter or leave the popular vacation destination. Thick ash particles are hazardous to aircraft and can choke engines.Despite the all-clear from authorities, flights are unlikely to rapidly return to normal levels and a change in the direction of the ash or a new more powerful eruption could force the airport’s closure again.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ordered all concerned ministries and agencies, as well as the military and police, to help Bali’s government deal with the disaster.“I hope there will be no victims hit by the eruption,” he said.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyAuthorities have told 100,000 people to leave an area extending up to 10 kilometres (6 miles) in places from the volcano as it belches grey and white plumes. Nearly 40,000 people are now staying in 225 shelters, according to the Disaster Mitigation Agency in Karangasem. But tens of thousands more have remained in their homes because they feel safe or don’t want to abandon their land and livestock.In the village of Tulamben inside the exclusion zone, farmers were plowing their fields with cattle Wednesday, seemingly unbothered by the smoking mountain behind them swelling with orange lava.In Sukadana village, about 8 kilometres from the crater, a few remaining residents said mudflows of volcanic debris and water had passed through the area for a couple of days before solidifying.Some stranded tourists managed to get off the island before the airport reopened, but they faced an arduous journey involving crowded roads, buses, ferries and sometimes overnight waits in yet another airport in Surabaya on the island of Java.“This is a very unforgettable experience for us. So much hassle and definitely one for the books,” said Sheryl David, a tourist from Manila, Philippines, who arrived Saturday in Bali with three friends and was supposed to leave Tuesday. She remained stuck in a third airport on Wednesday in the capital, Jakarta, waiting for a flight home that required buying a new ticket, but said the experience didn’t dampen her feelings about the island.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“Yes, still a paradise,” she texted.The volcano’s last major eruption, in 1963, killed about 1,100 people, but it is unclear how bad the current situation might get or how long it could last. A worst-case scenario would involve an explosive eruption that causes the mountain’s cone to collapse.“An analogy would be the twin towers collapsing in New York on 9-11,” said Richard Arculus, a volcano expert at Australian National University. “You saw people running away from the debris raining down and columns of dust pursuing people down the street. You will not be able to outrun this thing.”Indonesian officials first raised the highest alert two months ago when seismic activity increased at the mountain. The activity decreased by late October, and the alert was lowered before being lifted to the highest level again Monday.Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and has more than 120 active volcanoes. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Groups save more at Sandals Beaches with new ACV promo

first_imgTags: Air Canada Vacations, Sandals Resort Travelweek Group Share MONTREAL – Air Canada Vacations and its partner of over 30 years Sandals &Beaches have teamed up to offer an exclusive new group promotion, the likes ofwhich hasn’t been seen since 2013.Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, said that the company “has not put an offerlike this out since 2013” and that it’s a “great opportunity [for agents] to book theirgroup customers into one of Sandals or Beaches’ fabulous properties.”The promotion runs until June 7, 2018 for travel from May 14, 2018 through Dec.20, 2020. Passengers in ever sixth room will fly and stay free (restrictions apply).This offer is valid for all group types including incentive and wedding.In addition, groups booking with ACV and Sandals & Beaches will receive: unlimitedgolf at select resorts; $1,500 Premium wedding perks; $500 future travel credit fortheir next vacation; no deposit wedding for 90 days; free upgrade to Business Classfor the bride and groom; free Island Routes excursion; and the chance to earn10,000 ACV&Me Bonus points, a value of $100 (valid for the first 25 groups only).More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaSandals Resorts can be found in Antigua, Bahamas (two properties), Barbados,Jamaica (seven properties) and Saint Lucia (three properties). Each resort offersbeachfront locations, a choice of à la carte restaurants, premium brand wines andspirits, luxury accommodations, butler service in top-tier suites, water sports, andRed Lane Spas.Beaches Resorts are located in Jamaica (two properties) and Turks & Caicos. Eachresort features land and water sports, anytime gourmet dining and luxurious family-friendly suites. Children of all ages can participate in kids camps, while teens canenjoy video games, the Liquid nightclub and Scratch DJ Academy. Tuesday, May 15, 2018 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Groups save more at Sandals & Beaches with new ACV promolast_img read more

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An unprecedented start for Jamaica tourism in 2019

first_img MONTEGO BAY — Jamaica’s tourism sector has reported an “unprecedented start” to 2019, with record-breaking arrival figures and earnings.In just nine weeks since the beginning of 2019, the country has become the first Caribbean destination to welcome one million visitors during the period. As such, it has generated foreign exchange earnings of approximately US$800 million.On reaching this milestone, Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, said: “Jamaica continues to make an aggressive push in transforming the way we market the destination and we have been seeing the dividends. While the March numbers are still preliminary, we are pleased to have achieved this milestone so early in 2019. A big thanks to our various travel partners who have been selling Jamaica and helping us sustain this positive growth.”In addition to record numbers, Jamaica has also been recognized with several accolades this year, including a #14 ranking on the Best Destinations of the World list, and #1 Best Destination in the Caribbean at the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. Plus, at the Caribbean & North America edition of the World Travel Awards, the destination took home a total of 24 awards including Leading Caribbean Destination, Leading Caribbean Cruise Destination, and for the 13th straight year, the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board. << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Tags: Jamaica, Statistics Travelweek Group center_img Share Posted by An “unprecedented” start for Jamaica tourism in 2019last_img read more

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A growing tripleplay subscriber base helped Ziggo

first_imgA growing triple-play subscriber base helped Ziggo increase second quarter revenues by 6.3% to €386.5 million.The Dutch cable operator attracted 34,000 new All-in-1 customers during the three months ending June, giving it a total of 1.4 million triple-play customers. The number of digital TV customers increased by 6.1% year-on-year to 951,000, with ARPU for digital pay TV increasing by 9.9% from €13.49 for Q2 2011 to €14.83 for Q2 2012. Ziggo’s total TV subscriber base numbered 2.2 million, up 13.8%.Ziggo added 25,000 internet customers during the quarter, giving it a total of 1.8 million internet customers, up 8.3% year-on-year.Second quarter EBITDA increased by 5.9% to €219.2 million.last_img read more

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A group of media companies and sports rightsholder

first_imgA group of media companies and sports rightsholders including BeIN Media have made submissions to the Office of the United States Trade Representative  (USTR) calling for Saudi Arabia to be identified as a Priority Foreign Country or for it to be placed on the US Priority Watch List as a result of its alleged continued support for broadcast piracy.BeIN and film studio Miramax both filed detailed submissions to the USTR, which is responsible for advancing US trade policy and resolving disputes with countries that do not follow the rules of international trade agreementsOthers filing submissions included the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance, representing 26 audiovisual organisations; the Sports Coalition, on behalf of six major US sports leagues; the NBA and US Tennis Association; and international broadcasters Sky and Canal+.The organisations involved allege that pirate organisation BeoutQ has operated  its pirate operation in Saudi Arabia with the full knowledge of the Saudi Government, with several submissions asserting that the Saudi Government offers a “safe haven” for piracy that has now spread across Europe and the US.Separately, the US Chamber of Commerce and the International Intellectual Property Alliance filed submissions noting the threat posed by BeoutQ piracy.BeIN Media has been waging a campaign to achieve wider international support in combatting BeoutQ’ piracy of copyrighted material, including premium sports rights, which the Qatar-based outfit claims is politically motivated as part of Saudi Arabia’s campaign to isolate Qatar.last_img read more

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2500th Hatsun Daily outlet in Kolhapur

first_imgSHARE Published on Hatsun Agro Product Ltd inaugurated its 2,500th Hatsun Daily outlet in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Going forward, the company plans to open more outlets in newer markets such as Maharashtra, Kerala, Odisha and Chhattisgarh and deepen presence in its traditionally strong markets of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry and Goa. In addition to the entire range of Arun ice- creams, Hatsun Daily outlets sell products such as Arokya Milk, Hatsun curd, paneer, milk beverage, yoghurt tops, yoghurt shakes, ghee, butter, skimmed milk powder and dairy whitener, said a company release. COMMENT COMMENTS retailingcenter_img Maharashtra March 01, 2019 Hatsun Agro Product Ltd SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

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IT sector generated 873 lakh jobs in last 5 years

first_imgBJP politics Published on SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL employmentcenter_img COMMENT COMMENTS The information technology (IT) sector created 8.73 lakh new jobs in the last five years, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has claimed, rebuffing the Opposition’s allegations of lack of employment opportunities under the Modi government.“The Congress is indulging in falsehoods… They have nothing to offer from their side. I am not using my own data, there are industry figures based on the latest Nasscom report. I speak on the basis of our performance, not rhetoric, on facts not falsehoods,” Ravi Shankar Prasad, IT Minister said. Prasad said the IT industry revenue grew from $106 billion in 2013-14 to $180 billion in 2018-19. He said the IT sector witnessed growth with initiatives such as Common Service Centres (CSCs), rural BPO promotions, start-ups and innovation.Employment in IT sectorUnder the Modi-led government, the current employment in the IT sector tallies to 41.40 lakh jobs directly and 1.2 crore jobs indirectly, as per the Nasscom report, Prasad said. “I am not using my data, I am giving Nasscom data,” he said, adding that “one can talk on facts but not on falsehoods, and if the Congress is so keen, can they show their record of employment generated in 10 years of UPA regime when the economy was down and India was a big centre of impropriety and corruption”He said the spurt in economic activities and infrastructure projects over the past five years created a number of jobs. In the new initiatives such as CSCs there have been job opportunities created for 12 lakh people and 40,000 direct and around 3 lakh indirect jobs were created through start-ups and other innovation schemes. For the rural BPOs, there are 23,000 new jobs created so far. Electronics manufacturing has added an additional 6.7 lakh jobs.“If the economy is growing at 7.4 per cent plus, if national highways are being constructed, if manufacturing is picking up, and if India’s economy is globally being recognised, it is creating more jobs,” Prasad said. About new jobs in the government departments, Prasad said that will have a ‘certain limitations’ because of various factors. About monitoring of social media platforms during elections, he said the Election Commission is already monitoring it and will lay the ground rule for working of social media during elections. March 21, 2019last_img read more

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