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Airlink eyes flights to Bhisho

first_img15 May 2009The Eastern Cape government has held talks with domestic airline Airlink about the possibility of introducing flights between Cape Town, Bhisho and Mthatha.“There is a huge opportunity for us here, and any Airlink aircraft can land here,” Airlink chief operations officer Johan van Jaarsveld said in Bhisho this week, adding that the newly refurbished Bhisho Airport infrastructure met the airline’s requirements.“We will send an operations team to do an audit of operational facilities,” he said.The company has also asked the provincial transport department to upgrade its infrastructure at the Mthatha Airport in order to allow for an evening flight between Johannesburg and Mthatha.According to a statement released by the provincial government this week, the parties agreed that while waiting for the physical upgrade at Mthatha Airport to start by July 2009, the runway lights needed urgent attention.Blue SkywayThe initiative forms part of the department’s Blue Skyway Aviation Strategy, which seeks to attract investment to the Bhisho and Mthatha Airports.The department intends to have a second airline between Mthatha and Johannesburg, including an evening flight, while a future link to Durban from Mthatha is envisaged as soon as the correct type of service is developed.The provincial government also aims to link Port Elizabeth to Mthatha via Bhisho to allow faster movement between these three areas and to reduce the number of government vehicles on these routes.Wild Coast accessThis aim is also to boost tourism in the region by improving access to the Wild Coast, a popular tourist destination.The airport will also contribute to local business development, with people coming directly to Mthatha instead of having to fly to East London and then drive for three hours.“Our doors are wide open for any investor that wants to come forward and add value to this project,” said provincial transport minister Gloria Barry.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Foursquare Launches Location Layers – This is Big

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Location#mobile#news#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Looking at life through rose-colored glasses? How about walking through your town and seeing it as the Huffington Post or the Independent Film Channel sees it? IFC announced a new campaign this morning with leading location-based social network Foursquare that will allow you to do just that. The Huffington Post launched a Foursquare layer today as well.IFC polled its member base for short descriptions of their favorite places in the towns they lived in or visited, then picked the place-descriptions that best suited the IFC’s brand (“Always on, slightly off”) to upload into a Foursquare database. Foursquare users can now opt-into getting those tips pushed to them whenever they check in near one of the annotated locations. It’s a chance to effectively say, “I want to see this town as IFC fans see it.” For marketers, this has got to be incredibly appealing, and for urban explorers it could be one of the best examples yet of effective Augmented Reality.Location as PlatformIn January, Canadian newspaper chain Metro did a deal with Foursquare that tied content like restaurant reviews to specific locations as “tips.” When we saw that, we said that the era of location as platform had arrived. Then, in April the Wall St. Journal began experimenting with location-based news, adding interesting news tidbits to locations around New York City on Foursquare. That was getting interesting – not just lightweight content like restaurant reviews but things like a note that a terrorism suspect was once arrested in a particular location!Please Push Me Now the next logical step is to enable users to opt-in to having a publisher’s content pushed to them. That’s what IFC and on a smaller scale, the Huffington Post, have done today. Click to follow these publishers, check in near one of the locations they have annotated and your phone will get special tips pushed to it just like you get when near a place where one of your individual friends has left a tip.A Psychedelic JourneyIFC’s crowdsourcing its data set is very cool. It’s not hard to imagine any number of organizations mobilizing their constituents to mark-up the physical world like this. Other organizations already have data geo-located. The Huffington Post Foursquare page is very sparse right now, but imagine if stories were parsed for geolocation (Superfeedr now does that automatically, for example) and populated locations by XML. You might check in downtown and get pushed a note from Huffington Post coverage of a protest or other news event a few blocks away. Not into HuffPo? How about a HotAir layer? Why silo yourself? Let’s get a Memeorandum layer in Foursquare!See also: Why We Check In: The Reasons People Use Location Based Social NetworksThere may be some technical matters to work out before dynamic content can be fed into Foursquare, but I’m sure the company is working on those. (In response to this article Huffington Post Social Media Editor Rob Fishman tweets that many of the ideas discussed here “are already underway.”)I’m ready to follow the local historical society, an environmental justice organization or two, perhaps an art-graffiti-watchers association – the possibilities are nearly endless. Imagine allowing background location tracking and notification for some layers. “To see the world through the lenses of my favorite organizations” would be a nice addition to the reasons why people say they use check-in apps.Can Facebook implement this kind of feature once location is rolled into its service? It’s a little hard to imagine; this feels like a feature that would best come from a service with location at its core.In a perfect world, these location-based social networks would act like browsers, able to see and post interoperable location-based data from and to any platform. Don’t hold your breathe on that, though. The potential impact of marking-up the world is large enough that single vendors are most likely to try to dominate it all on their own first.This is a really exciting idea.last_img read more

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2011 New South Wales State Cup

first_imgApproximately 3000 players will be competing across 17 divisions at the event, ranging from Under 20’s to the Men’s 50’s division. Teams from 50 affiliates across New South Wales will compete in the three day event. The Eastern Suburbs Roosters will be hoping to claim back-to-back Champion Affiliate status at this year’s event, after winning three titles in 2010. After winning their first Vawdon Cup title in 10 years in early November, Easts Roosters will be hopeful of gaining the Men’s Open Vawdon Cup/State Cup double in Port Macquarie. With Australian World Cup champions Terry Deegan (Men’s) and Jamie Chan (Mixed), as well as several New Zealand World Cup representatives in Ed Burrell, Dean Williams and Cain Rangi, the side is full of star players, and will be hard to beat.Easts’ edged out the Penrith Panthers in the Vawdon Cup final by two touchdowns and the Panthers will be keen to go one better at the State Cup. With a trio of Australian World Cup representatives in Nick Good, Ben Moylan and Scott Buckley, the Panthers will be another team to watch out for. The Hornsby Lions, will be vying for their third consecutive State Cup title, and with New South Wales Touch Association’s Coach of the Year, Terry Cooper, at the helm, the Lions will once again be an exciting team to watch. Last year’s State Cup runners up, Wests Magpies, will again be in the mix this year, and will field a strong team. Australian representatives Anthony Ziade (Men’s), Daniel Rushworth, Roy Prasad (Mixed) and Michael Jacono (Men’s 30’s) will again lead the side, and will be hoping to do one better in 2011 following their one touchdown loss to Hornsby in last year’s State Cup final. The experience of the Canterbury Bulldogs means that they should be around on finals day, with recent Vawdon Cup Boland Medal winner for Player of the Season, Steve Roberts, in the line-up as well as his fellow Australian Men’s Open teammates Stuart Brierty, Matt Prowse and Mat Bird. After a strong Vawdon Cup campaign, the Parramatta Eels will also be a team to watch out for, with Australian Mixed Open World Cup champions, Troy Malcolm and Dylan Thompson, in the line-up. The Wollongong Devils will be hoping that they can achieve the Women’s Open Vawdon Cup/State Cup double in 2011, after coming very close in 2010. After winning the 2010 Vawdon Cup, the Devils were beaten in a drop-off by the Canterbury Bulldogs in last year’s final, before an undefeated Vawdon Cup season saw the Devils beat the Bulldogs in the Vawdon Cup final in early November. Australian Women’s Open representative and recent Vawdon Cup Karen Smith Medal winner for Player of the Season, Nicole Beck, will not play at the State Cup due to an ankle operation, and will be missed by the Devils. The State Cup will be a good challenge for the side, which will look to the experience of co-captains Jess McCall and Cara Zaremski, while there are many talented youngsters in the Devils’ line up including Australian Youth representatives Bianca Mounsey and Sam Hammond. Canterbury will be aiming for their sixth straight State Cup title in 2011, and will be hard to beat with Australian Women’s Open captain Louise Winchester leading the team, while her sister Claire, and Kelly Woods will also be players to watch. Port Macquarie will be fielding a team in the Women’s Open division in 2011, with plenty of impressive young players to debut in this division. Australian 18’s Girls representative, Simone Smith, will join her Elite Eight New South Wales Country Mavericks teammates Kelly Pepper, Ash Alcorn and Australian Mixed Open World Cup champion, Kylie Hilder, in the side, while talented sisters Kate and Laura Coleman will also be looking to impress in front of a home crowd. The Manly Sea Eagles and Penrith Panthers are two teams full of young talent, and will be looking to continue on from their impressive Vawdon Cup seasons at the State Cup.Round games will be played on Friday and Saturday, before finals are contested on Sunday.New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) General Manager, Dean Russell, used Thursday’s New South Wales State Cup media launch to announce that Port Macquarie will host the next five State Cup events following the 2011 tournament.With the State Cup currently in its 23rd consecutive year with Port Macquarie as host, the city will continue to host the event from 2012 to 2016 commencing with next year’s event on December 7-9.To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 New South Wales State Cup, please visit the following websites: www.nswtouch.com.auwww.statecup.sportingpulse.net NSWTA’s social media pages will also be updated regularly throughout the event, and you can find out everything you need to know by ‘liking’ or ‘following’ these pages:www.twitter.com/nsw_touch http://www.facebook.com/pages/NSW-Touch-Football-Network/137384052966714last_img read more

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a month agoPotter getting to know Brighton squad through injuries

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Potter getting to know Brighton squad through injuriesby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton manager Graham Potter says he is having to dig deep in his squad this season.Steven Alzate and Aaron Connolly are teenagers who have recently made their debuts as Albion’s injury list includes the likes of Leandro Trossard, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Leon Balogun.Speaking before Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Aston Villa, Potter said of his squad: “We’re just at the start of working with the group, and that’s the under-23s as well and the whole playing staff here, so the more information we get the better for us – and that’s how we shall look at this game.”We want to, hopefully, be surprised, of course.”He added: “It’s an opportunity to look at the group in its entirety and guys who have not had as much game time as they would like will get the opportunity.”We can also look at some younger players as well to see how they cope in that type of environment against what I think will be a strong Aston Villa side.”Of course, it’s a game you want to win but at the same time we’re in a bit of a heavy period as well with a couple of injuries so we just need to look after the group and make sure we select the right team to be as competitive as we can.” last_img read more

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25 days agoRudi Garcia lined up for AC Milan move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rudi Garcia lined up for AC Milan moveby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRudi Garcia is being lined up for a return to Italy.The former AS Roma coach is available after being forced out of Olympique Marseille last season.And Gazzetta dello Sport says Garcia is wanted by AC Milan.After their defeat to Fiorentina, Milan coach Marco Giampaolo is under great pressure. Indeed, defeat to Genoa this week could see him axed.And among those contacted by intermediaries about the job is Garcia.Milan is currently sitting in 12th place in Serie A. last_img read more

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Ferguson Marine Splashes New LNGFuelled Ferry

first_imgzoom UK-based Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL) launched the first LNG-fuelled ferry designed and constructed in the UK on November 21.The MV Glen Sannox, which hit the water at the Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow, is the first of two vessels ordered by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL).Construction on the 102-metre vessel started in 2016 with delivery to CMAL scheduled to take place in the winter of 2018/19.The environmentally-friendly, vehicle passenger ferry is planned to be operated on the Ardrossan to Brodick route, trasporting up to 1,000 passengers and 127 cars.“As this is the first ferry in the UK capable of being run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine gas oil, not only has this been an extremely exciting and ambitious project for both FMEL and CMAL, but it has been an extremely complex one as well,” Jim McColl, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Clyde Blowers Capital, said.last_img read more

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Stars Attend British Heart Foundation Tunnel Of Love Fundraiser

first_imgSome of the greatest names from the worlds of fashion, art and music attended the British Heart Foundation’s Tunnel of Love fundraiser at the Victoria and Albert Museum earlier this month to raise money for their fight against heart failure.Video: Tunnel of Love 2015The event was fronted by British model Amber Le Bon and Youtube sensation Jim Chapman, with other guests including fashion vlogger Tanya Burr, model Millie Mackintosh, blogger Niomi Smart, TV presenter Angela Scanlon and Ladies of London star Marissa Hermer.High-profile artists in attendance included Gavin Turk and novelist Anthony Horowitz OBE.Pixie Lott took to the stage during the evening, with Lilah Parsons hitting the decks to get the party started followed by Billy Clark taking the later DJ slot.Hugh Edmeades, Christie’s International Director of Auctioneering, conducted the live auction which raised almost £70,000 for life saving research. The star prize of the evening was the chance to feature in Anthony Horowitz’s new Sherlock book – and two parts were auctioned for an incredible £23,000.The chance to have a portrait painted by Humphrey Ocean RA went for an incredible £11,000 and a week in a private house in Barbados raised £10,000.Guests also had the chance to bid on unique lots, including Kylie Minogue’s couture dress; a sought-after photograph of the Rolling Stones from 1968; a mentoring day to see inside workings of a top London fashion magazine and flowers for a year from Absolute Flowers and Home.Guests enjoyed Boujis cocktails during the canapé reception and a sumptuous three course meal by Zafferano accompanied by William Hardy Chardonnay and Shiraz.After dinner, guests played games including The Shoopla by Rayne Shoes, the Designer Bag Raffle and Perfume Roulette and Boujis hosted an after party.All proceeds from the event will help raise funds for the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.Simon Gillespie, BHF Chief Executive, said: “It was such an incredible evening and we’re so grateful to everyone who came for making it such an unforgettable night.“The money raised will help our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal and specifically a new ground-breaking Institute to drive forwards our mission to find a cure for heart failure.”last_img read more

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Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line

first_imgWASHINGTON – After weeks of quarrels, qualms and then eleventh-hour horse-trading, Republicans revealed the details of their huge national tax rewrite late Friday — along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval to give President Donald Trump the Christmas legislative triumph he’s been aching for.The legislation would slash tax rates for big business and lower levies on the richest Americans in a massive $1.5 trillion bill that the GOP plans to muscle through Congress next week before its year-end break. Benefits for most other taxpayers would be smaller.“This is happening. Tax reform under Republican control of Washington is happening,” House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told rank-and-file members in a conference call. “Most critics out there didn’t think it could happen. … And now we’re on the doorstep of something truly historic.”According to the 1,097-page bill released late Friday, today’s 35 per cent rate on corporations would fall to 21 per cent, the crown jewel of the measure for many Republicans. Trump and GOP leaders had set 20 per cent as their goal, but added a point to free money for other tax cuts that won over wavering lawmakers in final talks.The legislation represents the first major legislative achievement for the GOP after nearly a full year in control of Congress and the White House. It’s the widest-ranging reshaping of the tax code in three decades and is expected to add to the nation’s $20 trillion debt. The tax cuts are projected to add $1.46 trillion over a decade.The bill would repeal an important part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — the requirement that all Americans have health insurance or face a penalty — as the GOP looks to unravel a law it failed to repeal and replace this past summer.Only on Friday did Republicans cement the needed support for the overhaul, securing endorsements from wavering senators.Marco Rubio of Florida relented in his high-profile opposition after negotiators expanded the tax credit that parents can claim for their children. He said he would vote for the measure next week.Rubio had been holding out for a bigger child credit for low-income families. After he got it, he tweeted that the change was “a solid step toward broader reforms which are both Pro-Growth and Pro-Worker.”Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the only Republican to vote against the Senate version earlier this month, made the surprise announcement that he would back the legislation. Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has repeatedly warned that the nation’s growing debt is the most serious threat to national security.“I realize this is a bet on our country’s enterprising spirit, and that is a bet I am willing to make,” Corker said.The White House said Trump “looks forward to fulfilling the promise he made to the American people to give them a tax cut by the end of the year.”The bill embodies a longstanding Republican philosophy that a substantial tax break for businesses will trigger economic growth and job creation for Americans in a trickle-down economy.Skeptical Democrats are likely to oppose the legislation unanimously.“Under this bill, the working class, middle class and upper middle class get skewered while the rich and wealthy corporations make out like bandits,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. “It is just the opposite of what America needs, and Republicans will rue the day they pass this.”The bill would drop today’s 39.6 per cent top rate on individuals to 37 per cent. The standard deduction — used by around two-thirds of households — would be nearly doubled, to $24,000 for married couples.The $1,000-per-child tax deduction would grow to $2,000, with up to $1,400 available in IRS refunds for families who owe little or no taxes. Parents would have to provide children’s Social Security numbers to receive the child tax credit, a measure intended to deny the credit to people who are in the U.S. illegally.Those who itemize would lose some deductions. The deduction that millions use in connection with state and local income, property and sales taxes would be capped at $10,000. That’s especially important to residents of high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California. Deductions for medical expenses that lawmakers once considered eliminating would be retained.The bill would allow homeowners to deduct interest only on the first $750,000 of a new mortgage, down from the current limit of $1 million.People who inherit fortunes would get a big break. The bill would double the exemption, meaning the estate tax would apply only to the portion of an estate over $22 million for married couples.Members of a House-Senate conference committee signed the final version of the legislation Friday, sending it to the two chambers for final passage next week. They have been working to blend the different versions passed by the two houses.Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate, including two ailing senators who have missed votes this past week.John McCain of Arizona, who is 81, is at a Washington-area military hospital being treated for the side effects of brain cancer treatment, and 80-year-old Thad Cochran of Mississippi had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week. GOP leaders are hopeful they will be available next week.last_img read more

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City holding public meeting to review 2017 Annual Report with residents Monday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is inviting residents to ask questions and give feedback during a public meeting next Monday when the City’s 2017 Annual Report will be released.The 75-page document highlights the City’s accomplishments and whether goals were met in 2017 as well as its goals for this year. The report also includes the City’s 2017 audited financial statements and a report on permissive property taxes.Copies of the report are available via this link: http://www.fortstjohn.ca/node/27966, or can be picked up at City Hall. The Council Chambers at City Hall will be the venue for the public meeting, which is taking place at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25th.last_img read more

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World Jet Boat Championships day four results

first_imgXcalibur GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – The fourth-day results of the 2019 World Jet Boat Championships results are in.Local racers from the Peace Country River Rats and their times include;Unnatural Disaster  Gord Humphrey and navigator Jason Palfy No. 357 Unlimited Race Times: 02:11:22Currently ranked 4th position in the divisioncenter_img  Stacy Kelm and navigator Ty Wheat No. 195 CX Race Times: 02:58:20Currently ranked 7th position in the divisionLeroy Trapper Wolsey and navigator Jimmy Jackson No. 151 CX Race Times: 03:13:20Currently ranked 9th position in the divisionDirty Harry Clayton Wolsey and navigator Ryley Tschiedel No. 152 CX Race Times: 03:15:56Currently ranked 10th position in the divisionThe 2019 World Jet Boat Championships started in Whitecourt, travelling along the Peace River, and finish up with the last leg in Taylor on July 20 to the 21, 2019.More information on the 2019 World Jet Boat Championships; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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SC seeks EC response on Congress MPs plea alleging MCC violations by

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday sought response of the Election Commission on a plea by a Congress MP alleging Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violations by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on their alleged hate speeches and using armed forces for “political propaganda”. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the poll panel was free to pass orders on complaint of Sushmita Dev, Congress Lok Sabha MP from Silchar in Assam and President of ‘All India Mahila Congress’. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, fixed Dev’s plea for hearing on Thursday. Dev has alleged that “inaction” by EC on complaints against top BJP leaders was “a sign of invidious discrimination” as also “arbitrary, capricious and impermissible” as it was destructive of the integrity of electoral process. The plea listed out several alleged instances of MCC violations by Modi and Shah in their meetings and referred to as the first violation the speech of Modi at a rally at Wardha, Maharashtra, on April 1 where he had allegedly raised the issue of ‘bhagva aatankwad’ (saffron terror).last_img read more

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Ohio State mourns loss of soccer player Fikayo Idowu

Fikayo Idowu. | Courtesy of Ohio StateTragic news reached the ears of Buckeye soccer fans and Ohio State alumni on Saturday, as word of the sudden death of junior defenseman Fikayo Idowu circulated around Columbus. A spokesman from the university released a statement from the OSU Department of Athletics, which stated the team was devastated to learn about his passing.“His family and loved ones are in our hearts and in our prayers during this time of grief,” read the statement.Idowu had been a member of the men’s soccer team for the last two years.He was majoring in health and rehabilitation sciences.The two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete appeared in two games last season for the Scarlet and Gray.Funeral arrangements are currently pending. A small memorial is scheduled to be held Saturday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, with teammates and friends of Idowu’s expected to be in attendance. 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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Undefeated Ohio State football finishes 120 in Urban Meyers first season

For all intents and purposes, the 2012 Ohio State football senior class is gone, never to wear scarlet and gray in meaningful competition again. “It’s almost like you’re losing some of your children when they go away to college,” said first-year OSU coach Urban Meyer after the team’s season-ending win against Michigan on Saturday. “Our house is going to be empty.” Gone? Perhaps, but not to be soon forgotten. After all, it was the contributions of the seniors that made the team’s run at perfection a possibility. Behind the strength of many of those 21 departing seniors, the No. 4-ranked Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten) clinched the sixth undefeated and untied season in program history and the first since 2002 Saturday with a 26-21 win against archrival Michigan (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) at Ohio Stadium. The 109th edition of The Game saw OSU, the Big Ten’s Leaders Division champions, claim its 44th win against the Wolverines. UM, eliminated from Big Ten title contention after Nebraska beat Iowa on Friday, still owns the all-time series advantage with a 58-44-6 record. With Saturday being the final game of the season due to the NCAA-imposed postseason ban, one thing was evident within minutes of the final whistle following victory against UM – no more seniors. Meyer handed out several “thank you’s” during his postgame remarks, but the biggest thank you went out to those whose eligibility is up, players like Zach Boren, Etienne Sabino and John Simon. Theirs was an effort worthy of remembrance, Meyer said, and he plans to ensure that their memory doesn’t fade away. “I’m going to see to it when you walk into that Woody Hayes (Athletic Center) this team will never be forgotten, because they deserve that,” he said. It’s not hard to imagine why Meyer feels so strongly. Boren switched positions midseason, jumping from offense to defense when he left the fullback spot to join a depleted line backing corps. Boren hadn’t played linebacker since high school but, in just six games, he tallied 50 tackles, including a team-high nine in the win against UM. One of those tackles was a bone-jarring sack of Wolverines junior quarterback Devin Gardner. Boren stood above Gardner after the hit, shouting and rattling his face mask just above Gardner’s. Sabino broke his leg during OSU’s Oct. 6 win against Nebraska but returned in time to join the team for its divisional-clinching win against Wisconsin on Nov. 17, as well as the game against the Wolverines. The redshirt senior linebacker said the 2012 season was indeed a dream. “I wouldn’t want it to end any other way,” he said. And there was Simon, a defensive end and the team’s emotional leader throughout the perfect campaign. Simon missed Saturday’s Senior Day activities, as well as the game itself, with a right knee injury sustained one week prior against Wisconsin. “John Simon – the heart and soul of who we are as the 2012 football team,” Meyer said. Simon was not made available for comment following the game. There were other major contributors from the senior class, relatively unheralded compared to Boren, Sabino and Simon, but whose contributions likely went just as far in helping the team achieve an undefeated season. OSU redshirt senior punter Ben Buchanan walked off the Ohio Stadium field for the final time at peace with what he gave to the program. His final play was a 41-yard punt that pinned UM on its 8-yard line with less than 10 minutes to play in the game. Given the moment, Buchanan said, the punt was as good as it gets. “I think this team will be remembered as a very unselfish team, a team that really had to come together with some tough circumstances, there’s no doubting that,” Buchanan said. “I was proud of the way these guys just rallied and, they did, we just refused to lose and to be a senior on this team was truly on honor.” Sensing that he wouldn’t fit in Meyer’s offensive system, OSU senior Reid Fragel went to his then-newly hired coach and volunteered to switch from tight end to right tackle. For his selfless act, Fragel was plunged into a preseason battle for playing time with freshman Taylor Decker, which Fragel later won. Months later, Fragel attempted to address his teammates in the locker room following the season-ending win against the Wolverines. He struggled to articulate he feelings. “I wanted to thank (my teammates) and, really, tell them how I feel about this whole year, but it’s hard to put words to this season we’ve had,” Fragel said. “It’s something out of a movie … Just to see us come out 12-0, beating Michigan, that’s something I couldn’t have wrote up before the game.” As Buchanan and his teammates enjoyed the climactic day of the season, OSU football converged with its troubled past as former coach Jim Tressel, the man responsible for the 2012 team’s postseason ban, returned. Once shamed by the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal in which he knowingly fielded a team of ineligible players during the 2010 season, Tressel was hoisted onto the shoulders of players from his 2002 national championship team, which was honored for the 10-year reunion of its great feat between the first and second quarters. But with Tressel came memories of his unceremonious exit from the university – he was forced to resign in May 2011 – as well as the Buckeyes’ agonizing 2011 campaign where they posted a 6-7 record. The loudest cheers during Saturday’s short, in-game ceremony for the 2002 team came during the moments that featured Tressel, the man that each member of the 2012 senior class signed on to play for. Louder still were the cheers for the current players themselves, now under Meyer’s direction, during actual game action, and particularly when the clock struck “00:00.” Meyer will hold a “season wrap-up” press conference on Monday, according to an OSU athletics release. The Buckeyes will then turn the page on the 2012 season and set their sights on 2013. “After our team meeting on Tuesday, we start a new journey,” Meyer said. The strong foundation that has been laid at OSU exists because of the 21 dedicated Buckeyes that hung up their pads and cleats for the final time on Saturday. For those seniors who won’t rejoin the Scarlet and Gray in pursuit of championship glory, their last gasp as active members of the Buckeye Brotherhood couldn’t have been sweeter. “It’s unbelievable, man, I couldn’t ask for anything more other than a chance to play a couple more weeks,” said OSU redshirt senior defensive lineman Nathan Williams. “This is how the 2012 team is going to be remembered by, you know, going undefeated … going 12-0 and beating Michigan at home. I really wouldn’t want to go out any other way than that.” read more

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Redemption not revenge on Ohio States mind ahead of Virginia Tech

“There is a little nudge around here because they beat us, and really the way they beat us,” he said. “Offensively right now there is a lot of distaste for the way that thing happened.”In last year’s meeting between the schools, OSU was decimated by the talent of the Virginia Tech defense. Then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, making the second start of his collegiate career, completed just nine of 23 passes and was sacked seven times. He also threw three interceptions, including two by then-senior safety Kyshoen Jarrett and a late 63-yard pick-six by then-junior safety Donovan Riley.Powell said a big reason for the Buckeyes being unprepared for Virginia Tech last year was their season opener the weekend before against Navy. The safety said the Midshipmen, a team known for running the triple option on nearly every play, forced the Buckeyes to spend their entire practice time preparing for that untraditional offense rather than a more typical one used by teams like Virginia Tech.“Last year we spent a lot of time trying to master that triple option offense. It was really difficult to go from that then jump straight to a regular spread offense,” Powell said. “It’s good to finally just focus on one thing and that’s kind of what we’re going to see all year, instead of focus on one thing for one game that we’re never going to see again.”Schutt added that with no Navy game ahead of Virginia Tech in 2015, he expects the team to be better adjusted and then some, when the extra motivation is factored in.“For this game specifically, I think we put in more than we would for a normal game just because of what happened last year,” Schutt said. “We felt unprepared last year coming into that game, both offensively and defensively, and this year we’ve been working on this game plan all summer and are excited about next week.”OSU’s rematch with Virginia Tech is scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff on Monday in Blacksburg, Virginia. Then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) lies on the ground after being tackled during a game against Virginia Tech Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State might have won the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship in 2014, but the one thing the team cannot hang its hat on is a perfect season.While the Buckeyes won 13 straight games to end the season, a 35-21 defeat at home to Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 put an early but permanent mark in their loss column.Now, 366 days after the upset loss, OSU is set to have a chance to return the favor to the Hokies on their home field of Lane Stadium.“Due to the fact that we did lose to them last year … that’s something that we can’t get back at them, because although we won it all last year, still in our loss column there was a ‘one’ in there, and they’re the ones that unfortunately gave it to us,” redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell said. “So it’s just about going out there and making sure that doesn’t happen again.”While members of the team said they vividly remember the 2014 matchup and have been studying tapes from that game for weeks, senior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt said the extra motivation the team feels is not completely revenge-based.“I wouldn’t necessarily call it revenge, but it’s something that’s been in the back of our heads since that game,” he said. “I think we definitely have a little extra chip on our shoulders knowing what happened last year, how we finished the season last year knowing they were the one team that was able to beat us, so we definitely have a little extra chip on our shoulder going into this one.”OSU coach Urban Meyer echoed his players’ sentiments and said Monday’s game is one the Buckeyes have been looking forward to for a long time. 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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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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Borough Cities Seek Representative On LNG Advisory Board

first_imgThe Kenai City Council approved a resolution supporting the local appointment at their meeting on Wednesday. The resolution is also supported by the cities of Seward, Homer, Soldotna and Seldovia. The board was created in 2014 by former Governor Sean Parnell to evaluate the effects and issues that will arise in the future concerning development of the state’s North Slope natural gas resources. In a letter to the Kenai City Council from Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “On October 24, the City Managers of Soldotna, Homer, and Seldovia met and discussed the idea of supporting the creation and appointment of a seat on the board that could represent the unique interests of cities within the Kenai Peninsula Borough.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Cities within the Kenai Peninsula Borough are looking to add a local representative to the Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board.center_img The board consists of twelve members, each member of the board serves a term of one year and can be reappointed. This story has been corrected- KSRM News previously stated that the representative had already been selected which was incorrect.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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Inside Imogen Heaps Interactive Creative Passport Project Mycelia World Tour

first_img“For years now we’ve been complaining about the state of the music industry and how it has been held back by old ways of thinking, negatively impacting music makers–a major pain point being that we are the first to put in any of the work, and the last to see any financial reward or even payment,” explains Heap. “Through Mycelia and its ‘Creative Passport,’ as music makers we now have no excuse but to put our best foot forward and become open for business, decentralising the ecosystem so that it will ultimately benefit everyone. I am excited to be going on the road to bring this to life, in addition to showcasing other new technologies which will add to transforming the music industry into a fair, flourishing and vibrant place”.Heap released her debut album, iMegaphone, back in 1998 and has spent the past two decades surprising her fans with her classically trained yet wildly innovative interpolations of pop music. While her work has always pushed the boundaries between music and visual media, her sounds reached her widest audience yet as a producer on Taylor Swift’s GRAMMY-winning album 1989, which earned Heap her second career GRAMMY Award.Tickets for Heap’s North American dates of her Mycelia World Tour go on-sale to the general public on Friday, Dec. 14 at 10:00 a.m. For full details, visit her website.Imogen Heap’s Life Of A Song Project Shows Who Gets PaidRead more Facebook https://twitter.com/imogenheap/status/1072130478608658433 Email Imogen Heap Launches Innovative New Project & Tour inside-imogen-heaps-interactive-creative-passport-project-mycelia-world-tour News The GRAMMY-winning artist and tech innovator brings together live concerts, interactive workshops and tech talks to nine cities across North AmericaNate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 10, 2018 – 5:16 pm Fans of multi-instrumentalist songwriter/producer and multi-media artist Imogen Heap have learned to expect the unexpected from their hero. Never one to disappoint creatively, Heap’s latest endeavor is also one of her most ambitious.The GRAMMY winner has announced a nine-city North American leg of her Mycelia World Tour, complete with the launch of a new project, ‘Creative Passport,’ which integrates concerts, workshops and discussions to push the typical limits of what a live tour can mean.The continuation of her Mycelia World Tour follows successful stints across Europe during 2018 and will make stops in major U.S. cities between April and June 2019, including Miami, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Seattle and San Francisco. The tour is named after Heap’s research and development hub aimed at cultivating a fairer payment system for artists by establishing a music maker database.Billed in a statement from Heap as “promoting a fair and flourishing future for the Music Industry,” her ‘Creative Passport’ project is geared toward, “realising a vision of the future which sees music makers connected through a verified and decentralised ecosystem, promoting artist-led, fair and sustainable operating practices.”The slate of events for each tour stop includes some or all of several elements, including solo concerts from Heap as well as reunited duo appearances with Guy Sigsworth as electronic duo Frou Frou for the first time since 2003.’Creative Passport’ also offers workshops with local music makers, technologists and industry influencers, workshops for families where children will get to build and code their own MIni.MU gloves (Heap’s proprietary electronic instrument of the future) and talks given by Heap on “technologies which are positively shaping the future of the music ecosystem, building better business and audience relations with music makers.” Twitter Inside Imogen Heap’s Interactive ‘Creative Passport’ Project & Mycelia World Tour last_img read more

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Past Present Patriots Celtics Red Sox Coming To Wilmington For Sports Memorabilia Show

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Meet sports celebrities at Rich Altman’s Sports Card & Memorabilia Boston Show, held on Friday, April 27 (noon to 7pm), Saturday, April 28 (9am to 5pm), and Sunday, April 29 (10am-4pm) at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington.Highlights include:Bill Russell will be signing Friday 4/27 from 5:30-6:30 PM, Saturday 4/28 from 12:00-1:00 PM and Sunday 4/29 from 12:00-1:00 PM.Oscar Robertson will be signing Friday 4/27 from 5:30-6:30 PM and Saturday 4/28 from 12:00-1:00 PM.Charlie Scott will be signing Friday 4/27 from 5:30-6:30 PM and Saturday 4/28 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM.Bobby Poyner will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 9:45 AM-10:30 AMEduardo Rodriguez will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 9:45 AM-10:30 AMChristian Vazquez will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 9:45 AM-10:30 AMMike Lowell will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PMScott Norwood will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 1:00 PM-2:00 PMBobby Kielty will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PMMatthew Slater will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 12:30 PM-1:30 PMBill Rodgers will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 12:30 PM-2:30 PMOrlando Cabrera will be signing Saturday 4/28 from 1:45 PM-2:30 PMJohnny Bucyk will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PMJames White will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PMTy Law will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PMTroy Brown will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PMStephon Gilmore will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PMAndrew Raycroft will be signing Sunday 4/29 from 1:00 PM-2:00 PMThe event’s website touts that, in addition to autograph signings, the 3-day show will feature “200 of the top cards and sports memorabilia dealers in the country,” along with “the industry’s most respected and most recognized card graders and autograph & memorabilia authenticators.”General admission tickets cost $10.  Children under 8 are FREE.  Tickets must be purchased at the door.Tickets to autograph lines, however, can be purchased in advance on the event’s website HERE.  Please carefully read the varying appearance times, pricing and restrictions for each sports celebrity.  Appearances are subject to change.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBoston Sports Stars Coming To Wilmington For Sports Card & Memorabilia ShowIn “Business”10 Things You Need To Know In Wilmington Today (April 29, 2017)In “5 Things To Do Today”FUN ON THE FOURTH: What To Expect On Thursday, July 4In “Community”last_img read more

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Essar Bags 54 Million Contract from Saudi Aramco

first_imgEssar Projects, an engineering company on Tuesday announced that it has bagged a $54 million (₹328 crore) project from Saudi Arabian national oil and natural gas company Aramco.The project, which is scheduled to be completed in two-and-a-half years, will involve procurement and construction of crude tank, replacement of crude pumps, piping, electrical and instrumental facilities.”This contract is a reflection of our capability to undertake global projects from reputed clients in this region. We will leverage the capabilities gained to enhance our foot print in other Middle East countries,” Amit Gupta, CEO of Hydrocarbon SBU, Essar Projects said in a statement.The company has previously set up a world-scale grass roots refinery at Vadinar, Gujarat, with an initial capacity of 10 million tonnes per annum, which was later expanded to 14 MMTPA and then to 20 MMTPA.The company had also implemented Single Buoy Mooring (SBM) method for crude unloading, product jetty for refinery product export, a tank farm with total capacity of 3 million cubic metres for crude, and 77 MW of captive power plant.However, on Tuesday, stock price of Essar Oil Limited recorded 0.48 percent lower at ₹114.40 per share.On 3 August last year, Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical transferred ownership of 32 billion riyal ($8.5 billion) petrochemical facility to their joint group PetroRabigh, Reuters reported.Ownership of the planned new factory will be transferred from Aramco and Sumitomo to PetroRabigh in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said on Sunday.last_img read more

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Anil Ambani Announces Rs5000 Crore New Defence Investment

first_imgWith the recent acquisition of Pipavav Defence, Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani announced on Thursday that an additional investment of Rs.5,000 crore will be made as part of India’s emphasis on “Make in India” for military hardware and cut imports.He also underscored the need for larger public-private partnerships in the defence domain, and called for pooling of resources so that India becomes self-reliant in protecting its boundaries and cuts reduces its dependence on the global markets.Quoting extensively from the experiences he gained from his late father, the legendary industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani, the Reliance Group chairman said his father’s vision was to meet the aspirations of generations with self reliance, adding that the Make in India initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a major step towards that.”This initiative of the government redefines the defence ecosystem in India with our Navy in the lead… For a country with one of the longest coastlines in the region and vast expanse of territories over the seas, self reliance in naval capabilities is an ever challenging imperative,” he said.The Reliance Group chairman said the acquisition of the Pipavav Defence Company in Gujarat with assets worth more than Rs.10,000 crore was his company’s contribution towards self reliance.”Pipavav has the largest dry dock in the country and the second largest in the world. With more than 30 lakh sq ft of covered area for fabrication and integration alone, this is perhaps the largest single location defence manufacturing facility in India,” he said.”We will invest an additional Rs.5,000 crore over the next few years as part of our commitment towards indigenisation efforts.”He said that the Pipavav facility will be capable to deliver “all requirements of the Indian Navy from frigates to aircraft carriers to submarines”.Russia, meanwhile, has chosen Pipav as a partner to build three updated versions of Talwar-class frigates, likely to be the biggest-ever warship-building project for private sector in India worth around $3-$3.5 crore.Ambani said self reliance in defence is also needed so that India does not have to compromise on its foreign policy.”Large part of our Defence inventory have dependency on global relations. This creates limitations and sub-serves our foreign policy. Self-reliance gives us the flexibility to pursue our foreign policy objectives,” he said.He said since the sole consumer for domestic defence hardware was the government, “specific measures towards ease of doing business will encourage industry participation”. Accordingly, he suggested an advisory committee with chief executives from public and private sectors to meet regulary to “align and converge the understanding and aspirations of all stakeholders”.”There is need to institutionalise private sector participation not only for indigenisation but the entire spectrum of defence production through groups comprising Private Sector companies and PSUs at MoD to pool resources,” he said also suggesting a separate joint secretary in the defence ministry for the private sector.”Today, in the ministry of Defence we have joint secretaries responsible for different public sector undertakings. I believe there is a case for a joint secretary exclusively to engage at the business level with the private sector,” he said.Ambani also expressed hope that the updated defence procurement procedure (DPP) will help “in ease of doing business with MoD… Transparent, fair procedures and processes creates a favourable climate, encourage competitiveness and eventually deliver the best overall value for the country,” he said.Another suggestion from the industrialist was to introduce courses at IITs, IIMs and other higher learning institution related to the requirements of the defence industry.last_img read more

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Dhaka to ask UK to deport Tarique

first_imgTarique RahmanThe government will send a request letter to the United Kingdom, in a bid, as officials say, to bring back BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman after his life-term sentence in the 21 August grenade attack case.As part of the process, according to the home minister, Dhaka will propose the UK government to sign an extradition treaty to exchange criminals between the two countries.”We’ll once again send a letter (to the UK) to sign the extradition treaty,” home minister Asaduzzaman Khan told Prothom Alo.He, however, admitted that the UK government earlier declined to sign the treaty.BNP leader Tarique Rahman went to the UK for treatment in 2008, taking permission from the court. The minister said he has been living there under the coverage of political asylum.Officials at the home, law and foreign affairs ministries acknowledged the difficulties in bringing back Tarique Rahman as the UK government has to abide by a number of legal obligations before sending back any convicted person.The UK court, not the government, has the ‘final say’ in deciding such matters, the officials concerned pointed out.In 2015, officials recalled, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali sent letters to bring back Tarique Rahman, a fugitive in a number of cases. Also then, the UK government did not respond positively to Dhaka’s requst, officials pointed out.Following the verdict in the 21 August grenade attack case on 10 October, the Awami League government is taking an initiative to bring back the fugitives, the officials said. There are 18 such fugitives in the case and the government will try to locate them said the officials.”We would send letters to bring back fugitives in the grenade attack,” said the home minister.Another convict in the 21 August attack case, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s former political secretary Haris Chowhdury was reportedly seen in the UK.The government will try to know from the UK government whether Haris Chowdhury has been living there, or has secured political asylum, officials said.Maulana Tajuddin was indicted in the first charge-sheet submitted in 2008 in the grenade attack case. He is a brother of BNP-led alliance government’s deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu. Pintu and his another brother have been convicted.Pintu and Tajuddin have been sentenced to death. Another brother Ratul Ahmed aka Ratul Babu has been sentenced to life. Pintu is in jail while two others remain absconding.Two others have been reportedly living in South Africa, according to officials. Interpol South Africa informed the Bangladesh authorities that Tajuddin has got political asylum over there.Dhaka wants to sign extradition treaty with South Africa as well, according to the home ministry officials.”The home ministry will take initiatives to bring back fugitives and we will extend legal support,” law minister Anisul Huq told Prothom Alo.Former member of parliament Kazi Shah Mofazzal Hossain, sentenced to life, is reportedly staying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE authorities were also approached for extradition treaty, but to no avail.Hanif Transport’s owner Md Hanif has been sentenced to death but his whereabouts could not be confirmed by the government.Twin brothers Mahibul Muttakin and Anisul Mursalin, sentenced to life, have been languishing for a decade in Tihar jail in India.Home minister Asaduzzaman said it would not be difficult to bring back them from India.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.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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Trumps Tariffs Risk Jobs And Profits In Baytown And WorkingClass Areas

first_img Share Seneca Foods Corporation, the nation’s largest vegetable canner, said in its waiver application that it’s unclear, at best, if U.S. suppliers have the ability or willingness to expand their production in the long term to meet the company’s annual demand for tinplated steel.But “clearly they cannot meet demand in the short term,” Seneca told Commerce officials. That means Seneca has to buy a portion of what it needs from overseas.A person with knowledge of Seneca’s situation said the company would face a $2.25 million duty if the Commerce Department doesn’t approve its waiver request for 11,000 metric tons of tinplate it already agreed to purchase from China. The material is to be delivered this year and next, according to the waiver request. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.Seneca said it employs more than 400 people at can-making facilities in Wisconsin and Idaho and near its headquarters in New York’s Wayne County, where Trump bested Clinton. The company doesn’t warn layoffs are imminent if the waiver isn’t approved. Instead, the tariffs would likely come out of Seneca’s bottom line, the person said. Photo via Twitter @BMB_BorusanBaytown steel business, Borusan Mannesmann PipePresident Donald Trump’s escalating dispute with China over trade and technology is threatening jobs and profits in working-class communities where his “America First” agenda hit home. In Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin, for example, businesses operating in the furniture, energy and food sectors have outlined the financial difficulties they’d face if they’re not excused from the steel tariff.John Hritz, CEO of JSW Steel USA in Baytown, Texas, said his company is in lockstep with Trump’s approach. “We’re in favor of growing the steel industry in this country,” Hritz said. JSW Steel, owned by Indian conglomerate JSW Group, is embarking on a $500 million overhaul of the plant that it said will create hundreds of jobs.The growth would be welcomed in Baytown, where unemployment is 9.8 percent, more than double the national rate. The future is much murkier for another Baytown steel business, Borusan Mannesmann Pipe. Without a waiver, Borusan may face tariffs of $25 million to $30 million annually if it imports steel tubing and casing from its parent company in Turkey, according to information the company provided to the AP.Borusan said the Baytown production line would no longer be competitive and “jobs would be threatened” if it cannot import 135,000 metric tons of steel annually over the next two years. The pipes Borusan produces are used primarily as casing for oil and natural gas wells.But if Commerce says yes, Borusan will be able to unlock a $25 million investment in the Baytown facility as it seeks to become a “100 percent domestic supplier,” according to the waiver request. An additional $50 million expansion in pipe fabrication capacity would follow, the company said, leading to as many as 170 new jobs.The Commerce Department has received more than 2,400 applications from companies seeking waivers from the administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which may result in duty payments of millions of dollars for larger businesses. The department has begun posting the requests online for public comment; several of the applications released so far suggest deep misgivings with Trump’s protectionist strategy, especially in areas where he won strong support during the 2016 election.In Okmulgee, Oklahoma, dozens of jobs hang in the balance as office furniture giant Steelcase waits to hear back from the Commerce Department.A Steelcase subsidiary, PolyVision, operates a plant in Okmulgee that uses a special type of steel from Japan to manufacture a durable glass-like surface for whiteboards and architectural purposes. PolyVision “cannot and will not be able to procure” from U.S. companies the cold-rolled steel it requires “in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or of a satisfactory quality,” Steelcase said.Trump won most of the votes cast for president in Okmulgee County. Without a waiver, Steelcase warned, the “economic viability of PolyVision (and) the small town of Okmulgee” would be jeopardized.The waiver request also indicates that a $15 million plant expansion may be at risk. Steelcase and PolyVision are on the verge of making the investment, which would create new construction and manufacturing jobs, according to the request.Roger Ballenger, Okmulgee’s city manager, said he and other local officials are “very concerned about the situation with PolyVision.”The tariffs — 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum — are designed to protect and rebuild the U.S. companies that manufacture the metals. The U.S. temporarily exempted several major trading partners, including the European Union, Mexico and Canada.China, which was left on the target list, retaliated by imposing tariffs on $3 billion in U.S. products, including apples, pork and ginseng.Trump responded by adding more protectionist measures as punishment for Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property. And Beijing punched back by proposing tariffs on $50 billion in U.S. products including small aircraft and soybeans — a direct threat to rural areas that were key to Trump’s victory.Economists Joseph Francois and Laura Baughman estimated last month that the tariffs would increase employment in the U.S. steel and aluminum industries by more than 26,000 jobs but also lead to the loss of 495,000 other jobs throughout the rest of the American economy.last_img read more

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How Morning Star Baptist Church is Celebrating 122 Years

first_imgBy Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROIf you have driven along Woodlawn Drive in the past four months, you may have noticed a beautiful, new church building that recently opened.  That building is the home of Morning Star Baptist Church (MSBC), which moved from the city to Baltimore County in December of 2017.  Morning Star celebrated their church anniversary, 122 years of serving God and His people, May 20.Morning Star Baptist Church (MSBC). (Courtesy Photo)One hundred twenty-two years of existence is something to celebrate.  This year, the theme and focus for the church anniversary was “Faith Fest.”  Bishop Dwayne Debnam, Pastor of the church, said Faith Fest is a celebration of what faith has done in the life of MSBC. “Faith has sustained us for 122 years. Faith allowed us to embark upon ministry expansion and so Faith Fest is what we do every year to celebrate the history of the church,” Debnam told the AFRO.Bishop Debnam has been the Pastor of Morning Star for over 20 years.  He said that this year was especially memorable. “It’s the first year in our new home and we are appreciating what faith has done and what God is doing in the life of the church. We are thanking God that we are able to see faith in action as a church and on a personal level.”Rev. Jimmy Baldwin, Pastor of Shiloh Christian Community Church in Baltimore, and Rev. Lewis Watson, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Salisbury, Maryland, were the guest preachers for anniversary Sunday at MSBC.  Each service was full of energy and excitement as the choir, dancers, and congregation came together to give thanks to God for all he has done for Morning Star.  As the church continues to be blessed, they also are a blessing to their new community.  “Many new initiatives have begun, including a new food pantry, youth mentoring, partnerships with the local schools as well as an interfaith partnership,” Debnam said.The future looks bright for Morning Star.  Soon they will be finishing phase one of their Family Life Center and moving forward with the vision of creating more space and opportunity to minister to the people God sends through their doors.   It seems clear that faith has brought Morning Star Baptist Church through 122 years and will continue to sustain them in their future.last_img read more

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Energetic cost of the entatic state of cytochrome c quantified

first_img Explore further Potential therapeutic target for Parkinson’s disease (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Stanford University has used ultrafast x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy to quantify the entatic state of cytochrome c. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group outlines their procedure and what they learned. Kara Bren and Emma Raven with the University of Rochester and University of Leicester respectively offer a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue, and outline some of the implications regarding the role that the protein plays in cell life and death. More information: Metalloprotein entatic control of ligand-metal bonds quantified by ultrafast x-ray spectroscopy, Science (2017). science.sciencemag.org/cgi/doi … 1126/science.aam6203AbstractThe multifunctional protein cytochrome c (cyt c) plays key roles in electron transport and apoptosis, switching function by modulating bonding between a heme iron and the sulfur in a methionine residue. This Fe–S(Met) bond is too weak to persist in the absence of protein constraints. We ruptured the bond in ferrous cyt c using an optical laser pulse and monitored the bond reformation within the protein active site using ultrafast x-ray pulses from an x-ray free-electron laser, determining that the Fe–S(Met) bond enthalpy is ~4 kcal/mol stronger than in the absence of protein constraints. The 4 kcal/mol is comparable with calculations of stabilization effects in other systems, demonstrating how biological systems use an entatic state for modest yet accessible energetics to modulate chemical function. 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. © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Energetic cost of the entatic state of cytochrome c quantified (2017, June 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-energetic-entatic-state-cytochrome-quantified.html A change in the active-site conformation turns cytochrome c from an electron shuttle in respiration to a peroxidase enzyme for apoptosis. Credit: (c) Science  23 Jun 2017: Vol. 356, Issue 6344, pp. 1236 , DOI: 10.1126/science.aan5587 Journal information: Science Cytochrome c is a protein that exists in many plants, animals and unicellular organisms. In humans, its main purposes are ferrying electrons in mitochondria and assisting with apoptosis (normal cell death and the processes surrounding it.) These two functions have been shown in prior efforts to rely on the position of methionine residue. When sulfur works with iron, the protein is ready to transfer electrons. Otherwise, it engages in peroxidase activities. In this new effort, the researchers sought to better understand the energetics of the protein by probing the iron and sulfur bond. Entatic states, Bren and Raven point out, are very important in bioinorganic chemistry—it actually translates to something that is stretched when subjected to tension.To better understand the bond between the two elements, the researchers temporarily forced them apart using a Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray free electron laser and then timed how long it took the two components to reform using iron X-ray emission spectroscopy. They found that the environment in which they existed boosted bond strength by four kilocalories per mole, which was enough to allow the protein to toggle between its functional states and to quantify the energy cost of the entatic state.As Bren and Raven note, the results of the study have implications regarding the role that cytochrome plays in respiration, which they relate to living and apoptosis, which they relate to death. To promote continued living the protein helps to maintain a certain reduction potential. For apoptosis, the entatic state is disrupted allowing peroxidase activity to be enhanced.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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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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Interviewed by Louis James Editor International

first_img(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Marin, it’s been a long time since we asked you for an update on energy markets, which are your specialty. Given all that Doug says is coming down the pike, what do you see ahead, and how does one invest? Marin: I think that for the most part, we’ll see a continuation of what we’ve seen for the last 18 months… L: That’s not an encouraging thought. Marin: Maybe so, but that’s the reality of what I see in the markets, especially when it comes to the juniors. There are a lot of subsectors of the energy markets for which I’ve been telling people to stay away from the juniors for at least 18 to 24 months. Thermal coal is an example. I’m glad we’ve stayed away, as the thermal-coal companies have become massive destroyers of wealth. L: Can you elaborate on that? We still need coal, so why aren’t the current low prices a “buy low, sell high” setup? Marin: Well, there are two factors to consider. First, as I mentioned on national TV about two years ago, permitting coal projects – not just for production, but even for exploration – was going to become very, very difficult… especially in North America. L: All these people up in arms about “mountaintop mining” and such? Marin: Exactly. The reality is that nobody wants a coal mine in their back yard. This affects both thermal and metallurgical coal projects, but the two face different market dynamics. Met coal got slaughtered because of decreased steel manufacturing, while thermal coal got slaughtered because of the competition from natural gas. Still, both saw lower prices, and in an environment of much more difficult and expensive permitting, the companies are getting trashed. L: And the second factor? Marin: That’s the new carbon tax the Obama administration is pushing. Believe it or not, the oil companies are actually supporting it. L: Why on earth would they do that? Marin: Because many of them are not just oil companies. A company like Exxon is as much a gas company as it is an oil company, and they’re having a hard time competing with the national oil companies on the global market. So, they’ve come home and are buying up large reserves of natural gas, making a heavy commitment to North American natural gas. So it’s in their interest jump on the Obama bandwagon and increase taxes on coal to benefit their gas investments in North America. L: Politics as usual. Got it. So, we keep staying away from coal, especially thermal coal. What about uranium? That’s been in the news a lot lately as well, with Japan doing an about-face on its nuclear program. Marin: Yes, the new president of Japan basically stated that Japan has no choice but to bring its reactors back online. But it’s not going to happen as quickly as the market wants it to happen, so while we’ve made good money on uranium plays in the last few months – and I’m very bullish on uranium – we’ve taken profits on our winners in our energy letters. We still have core holdings. Actually, we’ve written that we believe that Fukushima is the beginning of the fourth great bull market for uranium. With the Chinese, Russians, Koreans, and other countries committing to nuclear energy as part of their energy matrix, even after Fukushima the trend is very solid. By 2020, there’s going to be another 88 reactors online. And already today, the US imports over 90% of the uranium it consumes. To put that into perspective, consider that in 1960, the US was the world’s largest uranium producer. At the time, there were over 1,000 uranium mines in the US, producing over 36 million pounds of uranium every year. Today, there are eleven uranium mines, producing 3.4 million pounds a year. So America is producing less than 10% of what it produced in 1960, and yet is more dependent than ever on nuclear energy. One in every ten homes in America is powered by Russian uranium. L: Wow… I can see why you’re still bullish. What else do you like these days? Marin: One of the most interesting and powerful market dynamics I see today is the European addiction to Russian natural resources. That can’t change quickly, and there is a great potential for profit. The way we approach it in our letters is to ask ourselves how we can profit from the Putinization of Europe. It’s not just oil and gas, but uranium as well, and non-energy resources. We’ve found several profitable niches. L: Okay. But getting back to the original question, if Doug Casey is right about the Greater Depression gathering force this year, that would seem bearish for energy. How do you strategize for that? Marin: I think there’s a good chance Doug is right. So, in our newsletters, the first things we look at are management, cash, and expenditure programs in the specific jurisdictions the companies operate. We want companies that have a lot of cash, and will not need to go back to the market any time soon. From an equities standpoint in the resource sector, that’s the ultimate Achilles heel of most resource companies. The reality is that most are, as Doug likes to day, burning matches. L: Sure, but you don’t want companies that are just sitting on cash. Marin: Of course. We want companies that have the cash and the ability to advance a project that will deliver value. They need to have a project with technical merit, in a place where they can get it permitted – we use the same 8 Ps you do. Most important is that even if they do have the cash, get permitted, and drill a successful well, do they have the infrastructure to deliver that oil to the market and make money doing so? Energy is very different from mining. Certain wells are extremely expensive to drill, and you don’t really know what you’ll get until you do drill them. Once you do, you know right away if it worked out, what you have, and you can go into production if it all works out. Mining exploration is much cheaper, and the big capital expenditures don’t come until after you know what you have, and have done a feasibility study on it. L: I get it; a big mine can cost several billion dollars to build, but you can drill a grid of holes that outline an ore body for just a couple million bucks. Marin: Yes. A single oil well in Kenya can cost north of $65 million. L: $65 million! I can build a modest but significant gold mine for that much. Marin: Yes, you could build a 25,000 to 45,000-ounces-per-year gold mine for that. But on the positive side, when you make your discovery in the oil patch, the path to cash flow is very short and fast, so the impact on share prices can be explosive. That’s why I love energy stocks. L: Sure; the Casey team likes volatility. And I also see your point about infrastructure. With metals, if you have a concentrate that’s valuable enough – not to mention gold or silver doré bars – you can transport your product anywhere in the world. But if you’ve got a well that’s more gas than oil, and there’s no pipeline network in the area that can handle it, you’ve got a product you can’t sell. Marin: Exactly. L: Okay, let’s talk about political risk – “resource nationalism” being the bogeyman of the day. Where are your favorite places in the world to invest? Are you willing to pay a premium for the safer jurisdictions? Marin: That varies by sector and the type of commodity. Some places are not workable for uranium exploration, for example, even though they are good for other kinds of mineral exploration. So I’m very bullish on WISR uranium production in the US. That is a term we created, so readers will see it here first: Warm In-Situ Recovery. WISR has much lower cost of production than other in-situ recovery projects in the US, comparable to those in Kazakhstan, but with much better environmental standards. I think that’s going to be a strong trend to bet on over the next five years. I’d stay away from uranium plays in Europe, Africa, and South America – the risk is just too high. We’ve had a great run on the Athabasca Basin uranium plays, and having made our money, we’ve taken it back off the table. For oil-patch plays, I really like the East African Rift in Kenya. We were the first to recommend that area play. We’ve also taken profits there, but it’s very interesting what’s going on there. Those are large, world-class deposits being drilled off right now. I’m also very bullish on certain parts of Europe, where there are great, past-producing oil fields that have light, liquid-rich oil, but have not seen any modern exploration. And yet the people living in those places are paying a premium over global energy prices, because they are so dependent on imports from Russia and the Middle East. I’d warn people to be very careful about these junior Canadian oil companies that are chasing yield in the western sedimentary basin. I think there are a lot of risks associated with that, so there’s little room for error. Because of the differentials – investors have to remember that just because you get $90 a barrel for WTI, that doesn’t mean you’ll get the same for Canadian oil far from any distribution infrastructure – any bad news can be fatal. L: So what do you look for in that kind of situation? Very near-term Push? Focus on quick wins, rather than big wins? Marin: Yes. For example, we recommended Atico and PRD Energy at the Casey conference last September, and both have more than doubled since then. Anything we recommend has to have cash in the bank, management have to be the largest shareholders, and they have to go for assets that matter – can really move the needle, by delivering sustainable cash flow. Like you, we start with the People. That’s absolutely critical. L: Very good. Can you give us a sneak preview of what you’re working for upcoming publications? Marin: We have a lot going on. Right now we’re doing a complete analysis of the master limited partnerships and the American oil and gas sector, and a complete analysis on whether the US can actually become energy independent by 2035. I’ll also be publishing an interview with a former senior OPEC official I recently spoke with. Also, a trip to Saudi Arabia is in the works – there’s a lot in the pipeline. We’re looking at juniors in the right places, because that’s where the most volatility is – and the most potential for big profits. But if there is a big global economic pullback, most of these juniors don’t have a chance. It’s so capital intensive… A single ultra-deep oil well offshore can cost more than $100 million. The little guys won’t stand a chance if the market turns negative and stays there for a few years. Maybe one thing we should highlight is that the game has really changed. It’s become so much more expensive, and the big oil companies reserves are decreasing, because of the changing value of their BOEs. L: Not all oil equivalents are really equivalent to oil. Marin: Barrels of oil equivalent – BOEs – are the biggest scam in the energy sector today. They say they have a gas component of their production that’s equivalent to so many barrels of oil, but they don’t define what’s in that gas. Is it methane? Butane? Propane? Pentane? All of these have different and changing values. The SEC allows the companies to roll all of this up as “BOE,” but they are not all equal. And yet, many companies present their reserves as though their reserves were the same thing as oil. This is very important. L: How does the average investor know what the real value of a company’s BOEs are, then? Marin: They have to really dig down deep into the PV10s and other technical disclosures. You have to have the ability to understand these reports and to be willing to put in the time into doing so. This is, I’m proud to say, one of our Casey advantages; we do this for all our energy publications. Few others will put out net-back reports as we do. What matters is not how many BOEs companies produce, but what they get back for them after delivery to the market. I don’t mean to be negative, but a lot of people don’t get this; and, frankly, they’re screwed. L: That’s a technical term. Marin: [Chuckles] Yes. L: Very well, then; words to the wise. Thanks for the interview, brother, and stay safe out there. Marin: You’re welcome, and you too. L: Will do. Marin Katusa is chief energy investment strategist for Casey Research and the editor of two company newsletters on energy: Casey Energy Dividends, which focuses on low-risk dividend-paying energy stocks, and Casey Energy Report, which features junior energy exploration companies with huge profit potential. He also edits an elite alert service that covers fast-moving energy plays in the junior resource sector, Casey Energy Confidential.last_img read more

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I have the usual number of stories for a Saturday

first_imgI have the usual number of stories for a Saturday column…and quite a few fall into the must read category, so I hope you can find the time for the ones that interest you.As democracy is perfected, the office of President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last…and the White House will be occupied by a downright moron. — H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is by the Queen of Soul herself.  This hit was recorded in 1968…and you will know it instantly.  The link is here.Last week’s classical selection was by German composer Max Bruch…and this week’s is as well.  Last week it was his Scottish Fantasy…and this week it’s his Violin Concerto No. 1, in G minor, Op. 26…composed in 1866. I have a lot of ‘favourite’ violin concertos…and this is certainly one of them.  Here’s the incomparable Sarah Chang doing the honours in a posting over at youtube.com…and the link is here.  Neither the video quality, nor the fidelity, are the greatest…but it’s the only recording that I could find that has all three movements.After yesterday’s big run-up in the silver price, it’s easy to see that there is no real liquidity in the precious metals market, as most of the trading is of the high-frequency variety.  There are really no legitimate buyers and sellers present in the Comex futures market…just the machines.If left to their own devices, there isn’t a “free market” that wouldn’t melt down, or melt up, if given the opportunity to do so.  Chris Powell was oh, so prophetic with his quote…”There are no markets anymore…only interventions.”The Commitment of Traders Report, especially in silver, was a sight to behold…and with the way things are currently configured in all four precious metals, copper…and the dollar index…they are an ‘accident’ waiting to happen to the upside.However, since there are no free markets, when something does blow up…or melt down…it won’t be by accident.  JPMorgan et al were in full control of this market on the short side…and there’s no reason at all to assume that they won’t continue to hold the power when the smoke clears to the upside.JPMorgan will not only control the ‘when’…they will also determine how high and how fast we get to the new precious metal prices, which are all but baked in the cake.  They didn’t go to all this trouble over the last six months or so to extricate themselves from the short side of the gold market, to put their head back in the lion’s mouth again.  They’ll control things from the long side from now on.Even if you only read all the stories I have posted in this column this weekend, you should be able to tell from their contents that the entire planet is about to come unglued economically, financially…and monetarily.  It’s only the time line that is uncertain…and whether or not it will be a controlled event, or will events and circumstance quickly spiral out of the control of the powers that be?I don’t know the answer to that…and neither does anyone else.  So we wait.Here’s Nick Laird’s “Total PMs Pool” chart updated with data from the week just past…and it doesn’t require any further explanation from me.  As I said a week ago, I felt that we were done for liquidations out of the big ETFs with last week’s report…and it appears that this is the case.(Click on image to enlarge)Before heading off to bed, I’d like to point out that Casey Research has another FREE ON-LINE VIDEO EVENT in the works.  This one is entitled “GOLD: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull?”It will feature Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, Steven Feldman, Rob McEwen and Jeff Clark. They explore the recent fluctuations of the gold price and what it means for investors. Does gold’s drop signal the end of its bull run, or is it just taking a breather? Should investors load up on or unload gold? The free online event Gold: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull? hosted by The Street and Casey Research, with Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, and others will provide some answers.This free video will air on June 25th at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.  It will be available for viewing after the initial stream for those who have schedule conflicts.  You can check it out…and then sign up for it here.  It pretty much goes without saying that it will be worth your time.That’s all I have for the day…and the week.  Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. When something does blow up…or melt down…it won’t be by accident.The gold price didn’t do much of anything in Far East trading…and then got sold down five bucks starting at 9:00 a.m. BST in London, with the low of the day coming minutes after 11:00 a.m…about two hours later.From there, the gold price was flat until five minutes before trading began on the Comex in New York.  The subsequent rally got chopped off by a short seller of last resort about twenty minutes later, when it appeared the market was about to go “no ask”…and the gold price was about to punch through the $1,400 spot price ceiling.  A second rally at the London p.m. gold fix suffered the same fate…and after that the price didn’t do much until after the Comex close.Then starting around 2:30 p.m. EDT, the gold price began to slowly tick higher for the rest of the New York Access market.  The low tick in London looked to be around the $1,378 spot mark…and the high tick in New York was recorded by Kitco as $1,393.60 spot…and that occurred at the London p.m. gold fix.Gold finished at $1,3191.50 spot…up $5.80 on the day…and net volume was a very light 106,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart that shows the New York action in far more detail.Silver traded in a very tight range in both Far East and London yesterday…and was down about 20 cents when the price blasted off at 8:15 a.m. in New York yesterday morning.  The market went “no ask” fifteen minutes later…before the usual not-for-profit seller[s] showed up.  By 9:20 a.m. the price was back down to $22.07 spot…and barely moved for the remainder of the trading day.Kitco recorded the high tick as $22.68 spot…and if “da boyz” hadn’t shown up when they did, we would be looking at a very big silver price right now.But when all was said and done at the 5:15 p.m EDT close in New York, silver was only up 23 cents on the day…and closed at $22.08…and above the $22 price ceiling.  Volume, net of roll-overs out of the July delivery month, were a bit heavier than normal…close to 33,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart, so you can see the dramatic action in the first 15 minutes of Comex trading for yourself.The dollar index closed in New York late Thursday afternoon at 80.72…and then fell to 80.61 by 10:00 a.m. in Tokyo.  From there it rallied to its high of the day…80.99…just minutes after 8:30 a.m. in New York.  At that point, the index fell completely out of bed…hitting a low of 80.65 by 11:40 a.m. EDT.  The subsequent rally was tiny…and very short.  From there the dollar index headed lower, finishing the Friday session on its low tick…80.62…and down 10 basis points from Thursday.You should carefully note that vertical price spikes in both gold and silver got hammered flat at the precise moment that the dollar index fell off a cliff just minutes after 8:30 a.m. EDT.  There’s absolutely no chance that this was a coincidence.  As Chris Powell’s famous quote goes…”There are no markets anymore…only interventions”.The gold stocks opened in the black…but quickly began to sell off…and they kept right on going down despite the fact that the gold price finished in positive territory yesterday.  The HUI finished down 1.66%.The silver stocks didn’t do well, either…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.82%.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s Nick’s Silver 7 chart that shows the near-term price action in a longer term perspective.(Click on image to enlarge)The sell-off in the precious metal stocks probably had more to do with what was happening in the general equity markets in New York at the time.The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that a surprisingly large 414 gold contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday within the Comex-approved depositories.  The two big short/issuers of note were Barclays with 324 contracts out of its client account…and ABN Amro with 88 contracts.  The three largest long/stoppers were HSBC USA, Barclays…and Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia, with 234, 94 and 69 contracts respectively.  The long/stoppers at Barclays were in the bank’s proprietary [in-house] trading account…the bank betting against its customers again.There were only 4 silver contracts posted for delivery on Tuesday…and the link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday…and no sales report from the U.S. Mint, either.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, they reported receiving 701,662 troy ounces of silver…and 21,763 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  The link to that activity is here.In gold on the same day…9,027 troy ounces were reported received…and 12,210 troy ounces were shipped out.  The link to that activity is here.The Commitment of Traders Report was pretty much as expected, as there were improvements in the Commercial net short position in both gold and silver…but particularly silver…and several new records were set.In silver, the Commercial net short position [the total Commercial short holders subtracted from the total Commercial long holders] declined by 16.9 million ounces…and is now down to a shockingly low 25.1 million ounces.  Reader E.W.F. said that “In silver, the Commercial traders hold their smallest net short position since 29 July 1997.”  That’s almost 16 years ago!!!The four largest traders are short 196.5 million ounces of silver…and the next ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 55.9 million ounces of silver.  Ted says that he’s no longer sure what JPMorgan’s short position in silver might be.As far as concentration goes, once you remove all the market-neutral spread trades from the total open interest, the Big 4 are short 35.3% of the entire Comex futures market in silver.  The short positions of the ‘5 through 8’ traders adds another 10.0%.  So the Big 8, in total, are short 45.3% of the entire Comex futures market in silver.Reader E.W.F. says that “the silver raptors [the small commercial traders other than the Big 8] hold their largest net long position in the history of the data.”In gold, the Commercial net short position declined by 333,000 troy ounces…and is now down to 5.83 million ounces.  Reader E.W.F. says that..”the Commercials hold their smallest net short position in gold since 31 May 2005.”The four largest traders are short 9.94 million ounces of gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 4.67 million ounces.As far as concentrations go, once the market-neutral spread trades are removed from gold’s total open interest, the four largest traders are short 31.0 percent of the entire Comex futures market in gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders add another 14.6 percentage point.  So the Big 8 in total are short 45.6% of the entire Comex futures market in gold.Reader E.W.F. pointed out that “the gold raptors are net long 87,851 contracts.  This is their largest net long position since April 10, 2001.  On that date the gold raptors were net long 95,984 contracts.”Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover Comex Short Positions” chart for all physically traded commodities on that exchange.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s your “cute quota” for the day…and don’t forget that the “cute quota” will be included with “The Funnies” starting with Tuesday’s column.last_img read more

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Weve all seen the statistic since 1913 the doll

first_imgWe’ve all seen the statistic: since 1913, the dollar has lost 98% of its purchasing power. That means that roughly, you now need $50 to buy what you could have bought for just $1 a little over 100 years ago. But the media are obsessed with a strong dollar today. To counteract the hysteria, NPR reported a refreshing point: Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said in an interview Monday that on one hand, having a strong currency “is a reflection of the fact the U.S. economy is strong. … So that’s the good news.” On the other hand, “it would be naïve to say the strong dollar isn’t something that some companies are taking into account” and might make land and equipment too expensive here, she said. The key to overcoming that currency drawback is to be sure foreign investors see the big picture and understand the long-term value of the U.S. market, she said. “Your location decisions are ones made for decades” and should not be based on today’s currency bounces, she noted. The rising dollar has made US assets, equity included, more expensive. A stronger dollar also means it takes more foreign currency to buy goods priced in the USD. This is one reason CEOs often mention “currency headwinds” on earnings calls. That said, I agree with Ms. Pritzker. Taking a longer-term view on the dollar can benefit businesses and investors alike. And such a view offers a lot of food for thought: The chart shows the decline of the US dollar’s value relative to a basket of foreign currencies, including the euro, Canadian and Australian dollars, Japanese yen, British pound, Swiss franc, and Swedish krona. The 2014-2015 uptick looks impressive, no doubt, but the black trend line tells a different story: the dollar is no long-distance champ. This is why I discouraged investing in securities tied to the US dollar, such as Treasuries, in my last post. Despite its recent rise, the long-term value proposition of the world’s reserve currency looks unappealing. Stocks, however, will benefit from a weaker dollar in the long term, and this is why we keep looking for equity opportunities for the Money Forever Portfolio.last_img read more

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A former care minister has suggested that the Libe

first_imgA former care minister has suggested that the Liberal Democrats might be in favour of reopening the Independent Living Fund (ILF).Norman Lamb (pictured), who was care minister in the coalition for nearly three years, told Disability News Service (DNS) that it was “intolerable” that former ILF-users were now facing cuts to their support packages, after the fund’s closure on 30 June.And he called on the government to act, potentially by reopening the fund.He spoke out after hearing from DNS how disabled campaigners were warning that “dangerous” cuts to support were now exposing government promises that former ILF-users would not lose out from its closure.ILF was run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and when it closed on 30 June was helping nearly 17,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently.But the coalition government decided that it should be scrapped, promising instead that nine months’ worth of non-ring-fenced funding would be transferred through the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to councils in England, and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland.The transition process has been hit by reports of delays in reassessments for former ILF-users and cuts to their care packages, and government pre-closure statements and pledges appear to be falling apart.Lamb was speaking to DNS two days after delivering a well-received speech to his party’s annual conference in Bournemouth, which highlighted the need to address a possible £5 billion funding shortfall in social care by 2020.He told DNS that the ILF principle was “one that I strongly support”, as it “enables people to determine their own priorities”.Lamb said he was concerned not only about former ILF-users, but also about many other disabled people who faced the “full, emerging, developing crisis in social care”.He said: “I think the government needs to recognise what is actually happening… look closely at the evidence and act on it.“What would be intolerable is if people with complex disabilities were not getting the care packages that they need to enable them to lead the best life possible in those circumstances.”He added: “The consequences of the funding squeeze that we now face are potentially disastrous.”He pointed out that ILF had been funded by DWP and that it was a DWP decision to close it, with the first steps taken by the Conservative minister for disabled people Maria Miller in December 2010.Lamb said: “They need to reflect on what’s happened. They need to recognise the evidence of what is actually happening and rethink this.“Because of the general squeeze on budgets, [it appears] they are not being protected… so they need to go back to the drawing board and recognise actually that this approach of giving money to people with highly complex disabilities to enable them to choose their priorities and dictate how the money is spent is a good one and they ought to be prepared to revisit in the light of the evidence.”Asked whether the cuts to support for former ILF-users should have been predicted by coalition ministers, he said: “I am prepared to accept that, but they should act on this now that the evidence is emerging of what is happening.”He said he had an “open mind” on whether ILF should be reopened, but he said it was “intolerable” if former ILF-users were losing out because they had been “subsumed” within a larger local authority system that itself was facing extreme funding pressures.He said: “It needs to be addressed by government, either by reopening the fund, or by coming up with some other solution to ensure that people with complex disabilities get the support that they need.”He added: “The bottom line in all of this is how much as a society we are prepared to pay to support people with complex needs that go beyond medical need. That’s the very thing I have been trying to highlight this week.”Lamb said that the idea of splitting responsibility for disability between three departments – DWP, the Department of Health and DCLG – was “not particularly rational”.He said: “I am open-minded about the mechanisms you use and I think there is lots of scope for rationalising it and simplifying who is responsible within government for supporting these people.“But the bottom line is in my view as a civilised society we need to be prepared to come up with enough money to support people with complex needs properly to enable them to live a decent life.”Lamb told delegates earlier in the week that he was “starting a national conversation” about the “emerging crisis” in funding of both health and social care.And he said he was interested in the idea of a clearly-identified contribution to NHS and social care to be included on people’s pay-slips, as well as a right for local areas to raise additional funds for the NHS and social care if they chose to do so.Lamb pointed in his speech to his party’s many achievements on mental health in the coalition, including halving the number of people in mental health crisis who end up in police cells; drawing up the first national standards for mental health crisis care; initiating a service to divert people with mental ill-health, learning difficulties or autism away from prison; setting a “zero suicide ambition” for the NHS; and trebling the number of people accessing psychological therapies.He told delegates: “Our mission must be very simple: equality. Nothing more, nothing less. We must end the historic injustice suffered by those with mental ill-health.”last_img read more

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Disabled and older people have compared a council

first_imgDisabled and older people have compared a council’s plans to cut £5 million from its adult social care budget to “social cleansing” and have accused it of “treating people no better than animals in Longleat”.The comments were included in The Voice of those Affected, a report by Healthwatch Merton into proposed cuts by Merton council in south-west London.The report was commissioned by the council after heavy lobbying by campaigners, and was based on comments by 72 service-users and carers during a series of focus groups.The report was released as more than 20 campaigners – many of them disabled people – protested outside the council’s offices before a committee meeting this week at which councillors discussed the proposed cuts.The protesters had heard that members of the council’s ruling Labour group had already voted in secret – although not unanimously – not to increase council tax for 2016-17, or to take advantage of new powers allowing councils to increase council tax by two per cent a year to boost adult social care spending.Six speakers, including Lyla Adwan-Kamara, chief executive of Merton Centre for Independent Living (MCIL), and two disabled people affected by the proposals, spoke to the council’s healthier communities and older people’s scrutiny panel about the report and the likely impact of the cuts.Adwan-Kamara said afterwards that those speeches “brought to life what was in that report, what had been happening to them and even worse what was going to happen to them”.Following those and other presentations and discussions, the panel rejected three proposed cuts – to care and support packages, to staffing, and to scrapping a respite service – and agreed to send them back to the council’s cabinet for “review and reconsideration”.People who took part in the Healthwatch Merton focus groups said the cuts would damage their health, sever social connections, and affect every aspect of their lives, leaving some believing that life was no longer worth living.Words and phrases used to describe the cuts included “disgusting”, “devastating”, “wickedness” and “survival of the fittest”.One told a focus group: “It is like social cleansing, they are trying to get rid of the people they don’t need.”One man in his 80s said – apparently quite seriously – that he would now have to “start practising to eat less from now on”, while another contributor said: “I will end up in my flat like a hermit, self-harming again.”Another said: “I was placed in a care home. It feels like a prison. I pay £600 per week to live somewhere I hate and I don’t use any of the services.”One focus group member said the council had become “less and less supportive”, and accused it of “withdrawing help and taking things back to Victorian times”, while another said: “I had to beg social services to take notice of me. What chance is there going to be for people that don’t have a voice like I did?”The report calls for the council to commission a more detailed, independent evaluation of the impact of the cuts on disabled and older people, and concludes: “One of the key feelings voiced was a sense of betrayal and abandonment by Merton Council.“People talked of being left behind, being left on the scrapheap, and not being treated equally.”The report says there were people crying in nearly every one of the focus groups, and it warns that if the cuts go ahead, people will “potentially be making heat or eat type decisions as they may need to pay for their own care, or pay more for services that they need”.After the scrutiny panel meeting, Adwan-Kamara told Disability News Service that it was the first time the council had “really listened to our members”, but that the £5 million in cuts was “still hanging over people’s heads”.She said of the Healthwatch Merton report: “I had a fairly clear view of what people would say, because we have been hearing this through our casework.“As a centre for independent living, we knew what the issues were, but to see those comments written down in black and white and made so explicit and clear was really emotional.”She said the Labour group’s decision not to increase council tax was “unconscionable”.She said: “They have that opportunity and they are refusing to take it. They have made a choice not to raise council tax, so they have made a choice not to support the most vulnerable people in Merton.”A spokeswoman for Merton’s Labour group confirmed the scrutiny panel had asked the cabinet to look again at the three proposed cuts to adult social care, and said the budget would now be considered by the cabinet on 15 February, with a final decision taken by the full council on 2 March.She said that the Labour group “intends to keep its promise to residents to freeze council tax” and would not take advantage of the two per cent increase option.Cllr Stephen Alambritis, leader of the council, said in a statement: “I promised residents a four year council tax freeze and if there’s one thing you can say about me I keep my promises.  “I’m a business-man and I believe in running a business-like council, making what we do more efficient so we can continue to deliver the services people need the most.”Cllr Mark Allison, the cabinet member for finance, added: “The government have cut council funding by more than 40 per cent but in Merton we have done our best to protect adult social care services by ensuring it gets a lower share of the cuts than other departments, and by adding a further £12 million to its budget.  “As a result we have managed to keep the amount we spend on adult social care virtually the same since 2010.”last_img read more

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Labours policy on universal credit has again beco

first_imgLabour’s policy on universal credit has again become mired in confusion after its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, promised to scrap the government’s “catastrophic” and “iniquitous” benefit system if his party wins the next general election.Such a move would be seen as a significant victory for disabled activists and allies who have pushed the party to promise to scrap universal credit, instead of pledging only to halt the rollout of the system and fix its many flaws.Interviewed after the party’s success in last week’s Peterborough by-election, Corbyn told Channel 4 News (pictured): “We are ready for a general election, and that general election will deliver a Labour government.”He added: “If you voted Remain in 2016, and you’re on universal credit, if you voted Leave in 2016 on universal credit, you actually want to get rid of universal credit. That’s what Labour offers.”Despite Corbyn’s comments, what seemed to be a significant change in policy appeared not to have been noticed by any mainstream media.And the party’s press office today (Thursday) issued a statement that conflicted with what Corbyn said, merely stating again that a Labour government would pause the rollout of UC and try to make it fit for purpose.A party spokesperson said: “Universal credit isn’t working and cannot continue in its current form.“Labour will stop the roll-out, and ensure our social security system genuinely protects people from poverty.”Disabled activists, particularly Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), have campaigned for the government – and any future Labour government – to “stop and scrap” universal credit (UC).Only last week, DPAC released new research which detailed media articles on UC published between January and May this year, which it said was “a damning record of UC systemic and catastrophic failures”.It said that UC had reached a point where it was “unable to adapt to claimants’ complex circumstances, and is forcing people with the least resources into further poverty, homelessness, and hunger”. DPAC said it was calling for UC to be scrapped because it had become a social security system “which not only does not offer security, but actively undermined people’s ability to cope with the hazards of life”.A DPAC spokesperson said last night (Wednesday), in response to Corbyn’s comments, but before the party had released its statement: “We welcome it as it’s the only credible position that Labour or any other party can take given UC’s well-evidenced fundamental failings, enormous waste and terrible harm but we remain unsure of Labour’s position until there is a firm public commitment.”It is not the first time that Labour has appeared to call for UC to be scrapped and then retreated from that position.Last October, the party had to back-track after deputy leader John McDonnell said in a television interview that UC was a “shambles” and “iniquitous” and added: “I think we are moving to a position now where it is just not sustainable. It will have to go.”But the party’s press office later stressed that Labour’s position was that “universal credit in its current form simply isn’t working”.Labour’s work and pensions secretary, Margaret Greenwood, was also heavily-criticised by disabled activists after telling the party’s annual conference in Liverpool last September that the government must “stop the rollout of universal credit and fix its many flaws”, rather than calling for it to be scrapped. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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Houston Endowment grant helps Rice University train K12 school leaders

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: stark@rice.eduHouston Endowment grant helps Rice University train K-12 school leadersInnovative program combines business sense and educational entrepreneurshipThanks to a $3.475 million grant to Rice University from Houston Endowment, more than 100 Houston-area K-12 school leaders will have the opportunity to learn better management and other skills through the Rice Educational Entrepreneurship Program (REEP).REEP is an advanced degree and certificate program that prepares educational leaders to close achievement gaps and improve high school graduation rates. Offered through Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, REEP equips its students with the business, innovation, organization and financial management tools they need to develop hands-on solutions to problems facing schools. The Houston Endowment grant, with support from Rice University, will help fund enrollment and tuition fees for more than 100 participants. The latest grant is in addition to a $7.2 million grant Houston Endowment awarded REEP in 2008, bringing the endowment’s funding of the program to nearly $10.7 million. “Rice University has a longstanding role in helping improve K-12 educational experiences and outcomes in Houston, and fundamental to that is the quality of the leadership of our schools,” said Rice President David Leebron. “We are proud to partner with Houston Endowment to build management skills that will translate into better schools and better educations for the community’s young people. For higher education to succeed in its mission, we need high performing K-12 schools, and this investment in school leadership is an investment in the future of our young people who are the future leaders of this city.”“This generous grant from Houston Endowment enables REEP to dramatically increase the pool of school leaders who are able to drive student academic performance,” said Andrea Hodge, executive director of REEP. “Our goal is to produce enough leadership talent to touch and improve every underperforming school in the Houston area.”REEP combines the faculty from the Jones Graduate School of Business with more than 30 leading educational researchers, practitioners and policymakers from around the country to provide a unique experience for its participants. Hodge said REEP is the country’s foremost development program for highly motivated educational leaders who are committed to affecting positive change. She said the program offers a unique, multidisciplinary approach that goes beyond the traditional educational framework. More than 50 school leaders have already participated in REEP and 35 more will begin the program this spring and summer. The grant will support another two cohorts. REEP offers three pathways: REEP’s MBA program is for aspiring principals who are interested in pursuing an MBA. It features tuition reimbursement for graduates who serve in leadership roles in public schools in the Greater Houston area.The REEP Business Certificate program is designed for aspiring or current school leaders who hold a master’s degree and want a stronger foundation in management and innovation.The REEP Summer Institute features a three-week session taught by nationally recognized education leaders and will be offered to a select group of principals and administrators, in addition to MBA and Business Certificate students. All three programs include a yearlong leadership series featuring national thought leaders in education who engage REEP participants in discussions ideas and issues in the field of education. Speakers have included Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, author Diane Ravitch and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp. REEP is open to all Houston-area, K-12 aspiring and current public school leaders. Participants must apply for admission and will undergo a rigorous selection process. For more information on REEP, visit http://business.rice.edu/reep.aspx.last_img read more

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Zuckerberg Some Tech Is Worrying but Not Facebook

first_img News reporter May 26, 2017 Zuckerberg: Some Tech Is Worrying, but Not Facebook Mark Zuckerberg The story of Facebook’s founding has entered American legend, but its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t resist briefly rehashing its conception in a Harvard dorm room during a commencement speech at his alma mater on Thursday.Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook before dropping out of Harvard, also used his speech to explain his view of technology in starkly clear terms: he believes that technological progress as a whole is threatening to many people’s way of life, but certain individual technologies, including Facebook, actually change people’s lives for the better. It all comes down to a sense of purpose, according to Zuckerberg. Millennials like him have it, while many older people have lost it thanks to technological change.”When our parents graduated, that sense of purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community,” Zuckerberg said. “But today, technology and automation are eliminating jobs. Membership in a lot of communities has been declining, and a lot of people are feeling disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void in their lives.”His remarks echo those of many government and business leaders who are grappling with the prospect of robots taking over people’s jobs. The European Union is even considering a form of social security tax on automated factories to make up for an anticipated decline in wages being paid to humans. Others, including U.S. Secretary of Labor Steve Mnuchin, aren’t as worried about a robot revolution.To Zuckerberg, though, not all technology is menacing, especially not the world’s largest social network. Echoing the company’s motto, he explained that Facebook is the way the world connects, and he suggested that the world is a better place because of it. “This idea was so clear to us, that all people want to connect, so we just kept working on it,” he said, recalling early coding sessions in his dorm room.What Zuckerberg didn’t get around to in his speech is that more than 10 years after those sessions, Facebook is now a multinational company that snapped up many smaller ones, including Instagram, which the Royal Society for Public Health recently determined to be the “most detrimental” social media platform for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5 This story originally appeared on PCMag Next Article center_img In his Harvard commencement address, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reminisced about his intentions for starting the social network. Add to Queue Image credit: catwalker | Shutterstock 2 min read Tom Brant Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. –shareslast_img read more

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Every Entrepreneur Should Listen to These 10 Podcasts

first_img Register Now » May 15, 2019 Image credit: Hoxton/Tom Merton | Getty Images Listening to these podcasts is the next best thing to having lunch with some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares VIP Contributor Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue Podcasts Deep Patel Whether we’re commuting to work, taking a lunch break or just looking to relax before bed, podcasts have become a best friend to many of us. It’s easy to see why. In recent years there has been an explosion of quality podcasts on nearly any topic you can think of.Podcasts fit well with our busy lives. They’re portable and easy to access at a moment’s notice; all it takes is a set of earbuds and a device with internet access. They also create a feeling of connection between the listener and the host. The intimacy of audio makes us feel like we’re part of a cozy conversation — we get to listen like we’re the only ones in the room.There are tons of great podcasts out there to explore. Below are 10 of my all-time favorites. Each offers incredible insights and amazing interviews with some of the biggest names of our time.1. The Tim Ferriss ShowTim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, known for his book The 4-Hour Workweek. The Tim Ferriss Show tackles topics Ferris is interested in, and is sure to teach you something new. Guests have included Arnold Schwarzenegger, LeBron James and Silicon Valley journalist Kara Swisher.During his show, Ferriss interviews world-class performers from eclectic areas, including investing, chess and pro sports, and then digs deep to find the tools, tactics and tricks that listeners can use.Related: How to Quit Slacking and Start Being More Productive With Tim Ferriss2. This Week in StartupsJason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and most interesting stories from the world of web companies. Calacanis gives listeners amazing insights into how angel investing works and how he builds companies.This Week in Startups offers in-depth interviews with heavy-hitters in the tech industry who offer an insider’s look at what’s happening and what trends are emerging. Whether you’re looking to start your own company, need strategies for improving your business, need help motivating your team or just want to catch up on what’s happening in Silicon Valley and beyond, your journey should begin here.3. How I Built ThisHow I Built This showcases Guy Raz’s ability to dive into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies. In nearly every show, Raz uses his disarming sense of “wow” to get his guests to open up.Raz is able to tap into something deep with each person he interviews, pulling out insights and getting them to open up about nitty-gritty details they wouldn’t normally share. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists, uncovering their vulnerabilities and the inner turmoil they faced along the journey to success.4. The School of Greatness with Lewis HowesThe School of Greatness is one of the top podcasts by any standard of measurement. It has run for 500-plus episodes, has more than 40 million downloads and continually manages to snag celebrity names like Tony Robbins and Maria Sharapova.Host Lewis Howes is the best-selling author of The School of Greatness and The Mask of Masculinity. He played professional Arena League football until an injury cut his career short. His show delves into what makes the greatest people great and how to apply those lessons to your life. In The School of Greatness, he aims to share inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world-class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet.Related: Listen to the Latest Episode of Entrepreneur’s How Success Happens Podcast5. How to Start a StartupThis collection of video lectures is designed to be a kind of one-stop business course for people who want to start startups. How to Start a Startup offers firsthand, hard-won knowledge from Sam Altman and others at Y Combinator. These were originally given as class lectures at Stanford University, and now they’re being offered to the world at large.The course includes lectures from Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen and Marissa Mayer. The show covers everything: how to come up with ideas and evaluate them, how to get users and grow your base, how to do sales and marketing, how to hire, how to raise money, company culture, operations and management, business strategy and more. If you’re serious about starting a startup, invest the time in listening to this podcast.6. a16zThe eclectic topics and insightful conversations of guests and interviewers draw you into a16z. If you’re looking for a window into the world of a top venture-capital firm, you need not look any further. Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”) is a Silicon Valley–based venture-capital firm that produces this prolific podcast with multiple episodes per week. The show is typically made up of interviews with startup founders, and various partners and analysts at the firm.There are great insights here, not just into how to grow a business with venture capital, but also into tech trends in general. The host and guest experts offer advice and information that will be useful to those at any level of entrepreneurship. The show discusses tech and culture trends and news, and how they will all impact us in the near future. It features industry experts, business leaders and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world.Related: Check Out All-New Episodes of Entrepreneur’s Problem Solvers Podcast Here7. Recode Decode with Kara SwisherOne of Silicon Valley’s most prominent journalists, Kara Swisher, hosts candid interviews with tech execs, politicians, celebrities and more, focusing on their big ideas and how they’re changing our world. In Recode Decode, she brings her ruthless, no-mercy journalism style to one-on-one interviews with some of the biggest names in tech.In a world of tech journalism that tends toward softball pitches, Swisher is playing hardball. She’s intense and intimidating, and is always ready with an incisive follow-up question. Her interviewees include Tesla CEO Elon Musk, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.8. The James Altucher ShowJames Altucher interviews the world’s peak performers in every area of life. But instead of giving you the typical success story, Altucher digs deeper to find the “Choose Yourself” story. These are the moments we can all relate to, when someone rises up from personal struggle to reinvent themselves.The James Altucher Show brings you into the lives of these ultra-successful performers, including billionaires, best-selling authors, rappers, astronauts, athletes, comedians, actors and the world champions in every field. He seeks out those who forged their own paths, found financial freedom and harnessed the power to create more meaningful and fulfilling lives. Altucher himself is a successful entrepreneur, chess master, investor and writer.9. MixergyIf you’re an ambitious entrepreneur crafting your next startup, there is no better way to get a “street smarts” education than Mixergy. The show offers listeners a chance to “learn from proven entrepreneurs.”In over 1,000 interviews, Andrew Warner doesn’t back down from asking uncomfortable questions to dig deeper into the successes and failures of the most prosperous business founders and thought leaders of our time. The ideas and stories he unearths on the show are powerful and inspiring.10. Smart Passive IncomePat Flynn is a passive-income whiz. He’s earned more than $3 million in the last six years by creating authoritative and helpful websites that cover a vast array of businesses. Smart Passive Income reveals all of his online business and blogging strategies, income sources and shrewd marketing tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the curve with your online business or blog. Flynn has been supporting his family with 100 percent passive income generated online, easily earning a 6-figure salary while working only a few hours a week.His show covers everything you need to set up successful passive income, including automation, outsourcing, crowdsourcing, search engine optimization, building authority and trust, niche sites, social media, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, podcasting, e-books, online courses and affiliate marketing. Listen in to learn about everything that works (and doesn’t work) about creating passive income to help you better understand how to crush it with your online business. Every Entrepreneur Should Listen to These 10 Podcasts Serial Entrepreneur 7 min readlast_img read more

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Study proves that brains of pairs of animals synchronize during social situations

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019FINDINGSUCLA researchers have published a Cell study showing that the brains of pairs of animals synchronize during social situations. The synchronized activity not only arose during various types of social behavior, but also the level of synchronization actually predicted how much the animals would interact. The team also found that brain synchrony arises from different subsets of neurons that encode the behavior of the self vs. the social partner, and that the dominant animal’s behavior tends to drive synchronization more than behavior of the subordinate.BACKGROUNDConsiderable research has been devoted to studying brain activity in individual animals behaving alone. Much of animals’ lives are spent interacting with one another — socializing, competing and so forth — and these social behaviors are generally quite complex, as an animal must not only react to other individuals, but actively predict their future behavior. Less is understood about how brain activity might function across interacting animals. Using sophisticated recording devices, the research team set out to simultaneously monitor activity in the brains of two interacting mice, making this the first study to use the technique in two animals behaving naturally together.Related StoriesStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpMETHODThe researchers attached tiny, high-tech microscopes to the heads of each mouse, which recorded activity in hundreds of individual brain cells. Fitted with the devices, the mice were placed together in pairs, first in open arenas to freely interact, and later in plastic tubes — a common method of observing competition and social hierarchy, as the dominant mouse tends to claim more of the tube’s “territory” by pushing against the subordinate mouse, or pushing it out of the tube completely.When the mice interacted with each other, their brain activity was correlated, or synced up. The more engaged they were with one another, the more coupled were their brains. This brain synchronization arose from individual cells — interestingly, some cells responded preferentially to the behavior of the self, while other cells responded only to the behavior of the social partner. The dominant mouse’s behavior tended to have more of an effect on synchronization than that of the subordinate mouse, likely because both animals in a pair are paying attention to the dominant animal.IMPACTThis is the first time that interbrain synchrony has been observed in socializing mice. Researchers believe that the insights gained from this study may shed new light on how brain activity synchronizes across humans during social interaction. Beyond adding clarity to fundamental properties of brain function in social interaction, the findings may also enable researchers to understand more about certain psychiatric and developmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, since many of these conditions include symptoms such as social deficits. Source:University of California – Los Angeles Health SciencesJournal reference:Kingsbury, L. et al. (2019) Correlated Neural Activity and Encoding of Behavior across Brains of Socially Interacting Animals. Cell. doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2019.05.022last_img read more

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3 Congress rebels one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa Ministers

first_img3 Congress rebels, one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa MinistersThe three Congress legislators who were made ministers are Chandrakant Kavelkar, Jennifer Monserrate, and Filipe Nery Rodrigues.advertisement Asian News International Panaji (Goa)July 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 16:18 IST Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs in Goa, led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar (in pic), switched to the BJP on Wednesday. (Photo: ANI)Four legislators, including three Congress defectors, on Saturday took oath as ministers in Chief Minister Pramod Sawant-led BJP government here.The three Congress legislators who were made ministers are Chandrakant Kavelkar, Jennifer Monserrate, and Filipe Nery Rodrigues.This comes soon after four ministers — Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sardesai, Rohan Khaunte, Vinod Paliencar, and Jayesh Salongakar were sacked from the ministry to accommodate the Congress MLAs who defected to the BJP.BJP MLA Michael Lobo, who resigned from the post of Deputy Speaker, also joined the government as a minister.Earlier, Sawant had sought the resignation of four of his ministers — three of Goa Forward Party and an independent, but they refused.Speaker Rajesh Patnekar has said that the Assembly will function as the per schedule.”Though new ministers have been inducted, the Assembly will go on as per the schedule. The new ministers will have to study their portfolios while answering questions on the floor of the House.””As far as I am concerned, there is no rescheduling of the Assembly and the Congress party will have to give the name of Leader of Opposition by Monday,” Patnekar told ANI.On the night of July 10, Chief Minister Sawant had gone to Delhi along with 10 MLAs to meet senior BJP leaders including working president JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the development.Following this, the rebel MLAs joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.With 10 MLAs changing the sides, the strength of Congress on the floor of the House has been reduced to five.The MLAs who defected include Kavlekar, Isidore Fernandes, Francis Silveira, Filipe Neri Rodrigues, Jennifer, Atanasio Monserrate, Antonio Fernandes, Nilakanth Halarnkar, Clafacio Dias and Wilfred D’Sa.ALSO READ | Hours before Goa Cabinet reshuffle, CM Pramod Sawant drops four ministersALSO WATCH | JP Nadda welcomes 10 rebel Goa Congress MLAs into BJPFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Tags :Follow Goa Nextlast_img read more

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Assam flood situation worsens Army called in

first_img Press Trust of India GuwahatiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:59 IST Over eight lakh people have been affected by the flood situation in Assam. (Photo: ANI)The Army was called for assistance in Assam as the flood situation in the state worsened on Friday with the toll rising to six and affecting nearly 8.7 lakh people across 21 districts.Officials said the Army’s assistance was sought in Baksa district to aid the personnel of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force in rescuing marooned people.Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said three more persons died in rain and flood-related incidents in Golaghat and Dima Hasao districts Friday. While two persons died in the flood at Bokakhat revenue circle in Golaghat, one died in landslide in Haflong in Dima Hasao district.It said about 8.7 lakh persons have been hit by the deluge in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts.The state has a total of 33 districts and till yesterday three persons had died in floods and around 4.23 lakh people were affected in 17 districts.Barpeta is the worst hit with 3.5 lakh people affected, followed by Dhemaji where 1.2 lakh people are hit. They are followed by Bongaigaon where the number of affected is 62,500, ASDMA said.Massive erosions have taken place at various places in Chirang, Barpeta and Baksa due to the floods, which has submerged a total 1,556 villages and damaged 27,864.16 hectares of crop area, embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure in the affected districts.The authorities are running 68 relief camps and distribution centres in 11 districts, where 7,643 people are taking shelter currently, ASDMA said.The Army, NDRF and SDRF have rescued 1,160 persons in the state since Thursday and have distributed 1,281.35 quintals of rice, dal, salt and 1,493.46 litres of mustard oil, besides tarpaulin, water pouch, sanitary napkins, baby food and other essential items.Currently, Brahmaputra is flowing above its danger-mark at Guwahati, at Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur and at Goalpara and Dhubri towns, it said.Burhidehing river is flowing above its danger mark at Khowang in Dibrugarh, Desang river at Nanglamuraghat in Sivasagar, Dhansiri river at Numaligarh in Golaghat and Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur district. Kopili river is above the red at Kampur in Nagaon, Puthimari river at NH Road Crossing in Kamrup, Beki river at Road Bridge in Barpeta, Katakhal river at Matizuri in Hailakandi and Kushiyara river at Karimganj town, the ASDMA added.With the Brahmaputra flowing 2.27 meters above the danger level at Neematighat, ferry services to and from Majuli island, which is Asia’s largest river island, remained suspended for the fifth day Friday, Central Water Commission officials said here.The Inland Water Transport Authority of the state government has kept two of its vessels ready loaded with anti-erosion materials to meet any situation in the erosion-prone areas of the island.The swirling flood waters have forced the railway authority to control train services due to “settlement of tracks” in Lumding-Badarpur hill section, Northeast Frontier Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma said.Heavy rains have affected the train tracks between Jatinga Lumpur to New Harangajao station in Lumding-Badarpur hill section of the NF Railway, he added.As a result, some trains have either been cancelled or short terminated, Sharma said.Kaziranga National Park, the famed habitat of the Great Indian Rhino and a World Heritage site, has been affected too forcing the authorities to set up road barricades on the National Highway passing through it to limit the speed of vehicles, said Kaziranga Divisional Forest Officer Ruhini Saikia.The Golaghat administration has also imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in the areas near the park as the animals are coming out of it to go to the Karbi Anglong hills in search of safety in its high grounds.Also Read | Floods affect 8 lakh in Assam, 10 dead across Northeast as rains lash region | 10 pointsAlso Watch | In Depth: Decoding the link between floods and droughtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Assam flood situation worsens, Army called inOfficials said the Army’s assistance was sought in Baksa district to aid the personnel of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force in rescuing marooned people.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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