Latest Dwight Howard Trade Scenario Features Lakers Bynum

This Dwight Howard saga now has the Houston Rockets joining the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets  as the most serious potential trade partners with the Orlando Magic on a Dwight Howard deal, according to sources close to the process.Sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets are discussing a multitude of trade scenarios with the Magic, offering to serve both as the team that would acquire Howard in a direct trade between the clubs and also as a third team that would participate in a trade that lands Howard with the Lakers and brings All-Star center Andrew Bynum to Houston.Meanwhile, reports surfaced that Brooklyn is close to agreeing to a contract extension with the Nets —  four years for $58 million, or five years for $78 million — which would prevent Lopez from being traded until December.The Rockets, in the latter scenario, would push to acquire Bynum from the Lakers while furnishing the Magic with a package of future draft picks and cap-friendly contracts to set Orlando up for a full-fledged roster reload. Sources confirmed a HoopsWorld.com report that the three-team trade construction that sends Bynum to the Rockets instead of the Magic — with Orlando said to be concerned about its ability to re-sign Bynum for the long term — gained traction Tuesday.The key elements of the three-team proposal, sources said, call for the Lakers to acquire Howard and the Rockets — realizing their long-running quest to acquire a top-20 player — to take back the mercurial Bynum as he enters the final year of his contract.It’s believed that Houston would have to absorb the contract of Magic swingman Jason Richardson  and perhaps another unpalatable contract or two to complete a trade directly with the Magic for Howard or to get Bynum. Central to the Rockets’ offer is a 2013 first-round draft pick that they’ll soon acquire from the  Toronto Raptors as part of a verbally agreed trade last week that will send guard Kyle Lowry to Toronto. Houston also has movable veterans Luis Scola and Kevin Martin  to sweeten any trade proposal.It’s been an open secret for months, meanwhile, that the Rockets were willing to trade for a player of Howard’s or Bynum’s caliber with no assurance that either one will sign an extension as opposed to becoming a free agent in 2013. read more

Bucks top Penn State Northwestern fall to Michigan in quad meet

After the men’s swimming and diving team wrapped up its four-team quadrangular meet with Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern on Saturday, coach Bill Wadley said there was not a guy on his team who did not give his very best. Unfortunately for Wadley and the No. 9 Buckeyes, points are not awarded for moral victories.The men’s team fell for the first time in its dual-meet season Saturday, losing to No. 7 Michigan 197.5-135.5. However, the weekend was not a total loss, as the Buckeyes managed to outscore Penn State 263-70 and Northwestern 263-37.  In comparison to last year’s Big Ten Championships, Wadley believes his squad is picking up ground on Wolverines.“They won Big Ten’s by 300 points last year,” Wadley said. “I feel good about the effort our guys gave, and I think in time we’ll close the gap.”If the Buckeyes could have pulled out some of the closer races, the score might have turned out differently. Nevertheless, OSU’s only individual win on Saturday was sophomore Andrew Elliott’s win in the 100 breaststroke.“There’s a lot of room for improvement,” Wadley said. “We’ve got to win the close races. When you lose the close races, those points add up.”After the Buckeyes captured an exhilarating victory in the 400 freestyle relay to end Friday’s portion of the meet, Elliott teamed with junior Elliott Keefer, freshman Tim Phillips and senior Joel Elber to win the 200 medley relay to start Saturday’s events. “I’m really happy [with how I swam],” Elliott said. “I tried to help the team as best I could today. Hopefully we can carry this momentum into Big Ten’s.”Any comeback hopes after the quick start faded after Michigan promptly rebounded by sweeping the 500 freestyle and taking first and second in the 100 butterfly. The Wolverines would add four more individual event victories to pull away from OSU.“We are just a step behind Michigan,” Wadley said. “They’ve got a couple of world-class athletes [on the team].”The Buckeyes will attempt to rebound from the tough loss at the hands of their rivals next Friday as they host Eastern Michigan and wrap up the dual-meet season. read more

Salah feels special to play for Liverpool

first_imgMohamed Salah has been incredibly impressive this season for Liverpool so far and he admitted that he can feel like it is something special to play for the Reds and he enjoys it.His team managed to eliminate Manchester City after beating them 3-0 at home and 2-1 at Etihad – and the winger admitted that he had never seen something like this before in his career as the atmosphere at the home game was incredible.The Egypt international spoke about the way it feels like to play for Liverpool as he said, according to CNN:“There’s something very special about playing for Liverpool.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“The Champions League nights are special for the fans too. You can feel it on the streets.”“The atmosphere in that first game against Man City was the first time I had really seen something like that.”“When we saw the draw, everyone knew it would be a difficult game. I knew it would be difficult but I said we had to be positive and win.”“That’s what we did.”last_img read more

Jose Mourinho on Ronaldos mega move to Juventus

first_imgJose Mourinho has weighed in on Cristiano Ronaldo’s €105 million move to Serie A with Juventus, congratulating the club for the ‘complete transfer’.Mourinho, who worked with his fellow countryman Ronaldo during his time as Real Madrid boss, believes that the Italian league will benefit greatly from acquiring one of the two best players in the world.As reported by Give Me Sport, the former Chelsea boss said: “In England, the Premier League is the most competitive championship with top players. Now there are three dimensions to look at.”“Now everyone looks at Italy for Ronaldo, the Premier League because it’s the best league and Spain for Messi.”“Serie A has become one of the most important championships in the world. In football, everything can change.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Juventus have dominated the top division in Italy, winning 7 consecutive league titles on a run which has included securing the last 4 as part of a domestic double and their success looks likely to continue with the arrival of Ronaldo.Mourinho, however, continued by saying his arrival could galvanise the rest of the competition.“If it changes the perspectives of teams like Inter, Milan and Roma, if they don’t passively accept Juve with Cristiano become stronger, that they will win again and again and can also find the right motivations from this deal, it can change Serie A in terms of quality, emotions and exposure,” he added.“For this reason, I congratulate to Juventus for this coup, which involves football, marketing and merchandising. It’s the complete transfer.”last_img read more

Danilo injury concern for Man City

first_imgManchester City will observe Danilo’s fitness upon his return from international duty with BrazilThe 27-year-old full-back had only recovered from an ankle injury last month, but appeared to have sustained damage in the same area on Tuesday.Danilo started for Brazil in their South American showdown with rivals Argentina in a four-team friendly competition at Saudi Arabia.But Sky Sports reports that a tearful Danilo was forced to leave the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in the final 37 minutes of the game with a suspected ankle injury.The injury occurred while Danilo attempted to stop an Argentina attack and he was replaced with Liverpool’s Fabinho by Brazil coach Tite.It’s currently unclear whether Danilo will be available for City’s Premier League game against Burnley this Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.The Brazilian has featured only once this season for Pep Guardiola’s side in a 3-0 win over Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.Meanwhile, Brazil won the game against Argentina 1-0 through a late Miranda goal.Danilo leaves field in tears for Brazil to hand boss Guardiola injury blow https://t.co/xtbrHPSoyk pic.twitter.com/ap5Hn59NiG— The Sun – Man City (@SunManCity) October 16, 2018last_img read more

Benjamin Mendy named in Man City squad for Carabao Cup clash

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that Benjamin Mendy has been included in the squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.The French full-back has been sidelined since November after he underwent knee surgery in Barcelona.It was an unwelcome blow for Mendy after missing most of his debut campaign at City due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on his right knee following his reported £52m move from AS Monaco in 2017.Nearly two weeks after announcing Mendy had returned to training, however, Guardiola has now named him in his squad that will travel to Burton Albion on Wednesday.“[Mendy is] in the squad for tomorrow,” said Guardiola on the club website. “He will travel with us. Maybe on the bench.“I would say with the results we have done last two years, we have not missed him too much but I would say we have missed him a lot.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“My feeling is he can give something extra. Hopefully, in the last part of the season and in the future we can use him.“He pushes from the outside on the left, he is unstoppable. Especially in the last third, he is so clever. He is clever when he does those kinds of actions.“In two seasons he played few and when we talk, practice he is not there. We will need some time to adjust his quality for what we need.”But City captain Vincent Kompany will not be available due to a “little injury”, although Guardiola did reveal that Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden will start in midfield.The Catalan coach also added that there will be a number of youngsters in the squad with City boasting a 9-0 aggregate lead over Burton for a place in next month’s final.The semi-final second leg between Burton and City will begin at 20:45 (CET) on Wednesday.last_img read more

New Alaska Ferry Launches At Ketchikan Shipyard

first_imgVigor Alaska is setting the finishing touches on the Tazlina and has submitted transfer paperwork, said Doug Ward, the director of shipyard development. Both ferries were scheduled to be delivered to the Alaska Marine Highway System this month, but officials said the Hubbard won’t be completed until March 2019. The 280-foot (85-meter) ferry Hubbard was lowered into the water for the first time at the Ketchikan Shipyard last week and checked for possible leaks, the Ketchikan Daily News reported Saturday. The remainder of work on the Hubbard consists of interior outfitting and finishing. That includes installing light fixtures, sinks, toilets, interior walls and flooring, Vigor Dockmaster Greg Howe said. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The construction of the second of two new Alaska state ferries is nearing completion. Ward said the Alaska Marine Highway System has delayed that modification for a later date, so the ships will not be delivered with crew quarters.center_img The vessel is being built by Vigor Alaska, which also constructed its sister ship Tazlina. The ferry Tazlina launched in May and was christened in August. The ferries are expected to hold up to 300 passengers and 53 standard vehicles, and were designed to be more fuel efficient. Both ships were initially planned to operate as day boats in southeast Alaska, serving Juneau, Haines and Skagway. The Alaska Marine Highway System had announced last-minute design alterations to add crew quarters to the ferries. Officials said the proposed change to the plan was intended to help standardize the fleet and expand the vessels’ capabilities. The vessels are expected to enter service in May.last_img read more

Project Aware Grant Addresses Student Mental Health

first_imgKPBSD plans to continue the program after the grant expires in 2019. Alaska is one of 20 states that received the Project Aware funding. KPBSD is one of three school districts in the state that received the grant. In 2014, the state awarded funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration and provided $1.8 million annually for district wide Youth Mental Health First Aid training in Anchorage, Mat-Su, and Kenai. Alaska’s Project AWARE, combines mental health services in alternative schools to raise mental health awareness and mental health referrals in selected communities and provide more mental health services to at-risk youth. According to the school district the grant covers the salaries of counselors at Homer Flex, and Kenai Alternative. Both schools were identified by the state as ‘high risk’ and in need of additional assistance with mental health resources.center_img The Project Aware grant is a five-year grant awarded from both the Alaska Department of Education and shared with the Anchorage and Mat-Su districts. KPBSD is currently in year four of the five-year grant. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was the recipient of the Project Aware grant to support youth mental health.last_img read more

Tata Communications selling 74 stake in data centre business to ST Telemedia

first_imgTata Communications would sell a 74 percent stake in its data centre business to Singapore Technologies Telemedia (ST Telemedia) for about $630 million (about Rs. 4,239 crore). The deal also involves takeover of debt by ST Telemedia.ST Telemedia is a Singapore-based strategic investor that focuses on technology, media and communication businesses across the world. However, Tata Communications will continue to hold 26 percent stake in the business, Reuters reported.The deal is expected to be inked in the next few weeks.”The sale will bring in cash, which will improve our balance sheet. It will help us invest in newer areas such as cloud and e-commerce. The new partner will co-invest and help in expanding the data centre business,” Rangu Salgame, Tata Communications’ chief executive for growth ventures, was quoted as saying by the Mint.In addition, the Tata Comm-ST Telemedia deal also includes a stake sale of 74 percent in Tata’s 14 data centres in India for around $462 million (about Rs. 3,111 crore) and stake sale in three other Singapore data centres for about $168.37 million (around Rs. 1,131 crore).Mumbai-based Tata Communication is a telecom company, whose infrastructure includes sub-sea terrestrial communication network, data centres, fixed line and wireless service.The Tata Communications stock closed at Rs. 442.50 on Thursday, down 1.63 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Houston Houses Of Worship Struggle To Stay Welcoming With An Eye On

first_img X Listen 00:00 /04:05 Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/17100915/Bricks-2017-11-17-at-10.04am.mp400:0000:0000:48Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Allison LeeMuslim congregants gather for Friday prayer, at the River Oaks Islamic Center.center_img Congregants gathered for Friday prayer, at the River Oaks Islamic Center. Over a hundred pairs of shoes, from cowboy boots to Birkenstock’s, were neatly lined up along the wall. After prayers, many congregants wrote out cards of solidarity and condolence, for the victims of the First Baptist Church shooting in Sutherland Springs. “You feel like you’re one community who worships God, at the end of the day,” Imam Mubeen Khumawala said.  “If one place of worship is under attack, you feel all places of worship are under attack. You definitely feel a fraternal spirit among all faith groups…. We all are going through the same struggle.”– / 8Khumawala said the past couple of years, the mosque has added security guards at times when the most people gather. They also installed security cameras.“We’re able to lock our doors using iPhones and whatnot, as well,” said Khumawala. “I don’t think at this mosque, in particular, there has been need for more security…. [The Sutherland Springs shooting] is another reminder for us to be cognizant of our surroundings.”Allison Lee“We have to look after one another… as a community, period,” said Michael Demaris, head of security for the River Oaks Islamic Center.Outside the mosque, Michael Demaris was monitoring the perimeter and guiding traffic. He said he has been head of security for the mosque, for the past four years.“Sister, how far did you park? I’m going to walk with you,” Demaris said to an elderly congregant.Demaris said a community-approach to safety is paramount.“I’ve given safety talks. I’m an instructor for an NRA program called “Refuse to Be a Victim”. It’s an NRA program that’s a non-gun program, that’s a safety awareness program,” Demaris said. “We had one here back in July. It was an hour and a half, two-hour seminar. We had a self-defense demonstration by another gentleman, who is a martial arts instructor.”ISGH River Oaks Islamic CenterKarate and Dojo Instructor Ehab Ahmed Samurai explains self-defense moves to Muslim congregants.Hasan Gapolani, a board member at the River Oaks Islamic Center, helped organize that self-defense class. He said it’s sad they have to take those measures, but they have to adjust to protect themselves.“There’s just a general sense of fear that pervaded the Muslim community. And it has since 9/11; there’s been a backlash against the Muslim community. So, slowly but surely, that fear has led to action. Action in the sense of beefing up security at the mosque,” said Gapolani. “We’ve had a self-defense class here, which was attended by about 40 people, just a few months back. So, we’ve tried to really take care of ourselves and our community.”– / 4 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/17095025/praying.mp400:0000:0000:24Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dena Marks, Associate Director for The Southwest Regional office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said the civil rights group offers security training and seminars to Jewish institutions, along with various other places of worship.“Religious institutions have historically been a target of hate. And particularly Jewish institutions. That’s one of the reasons why ADL has created security resources for religious institutions,” Marks said. Allison Lee“Preparation is always the most important thing,” Dena Marks said. She also said it’s important to remain observant of suspicious behavior.Marks said they hold training sessions for Jewish institutions two to three times a year, generally around Holy Days, where more Jewish congregants gather.The ADL has recorded a 67 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate incidents this year, nationwide. And Marks said because of what happened in Sutherland Springs, the ADL wanted to remind religious institutions that security is very important, and they should always be aware of those policies and procedures. “Religious institutions want to be welcoming to everybody. But that’s a double-edged sword,” Marks said. “Because, if you’re warm and welcoming, someone might want to come in who wants to do harm. So, we have to be mindful of security.”Reverend Bob Goolsby, senior pastor at an Episcopal church in the Spring Branch area, said while they have discussed doing things like locking doors during services, he was concerned about keeping the church open and welcoming.“We’re not going to set up a Fort Knox. We’re not going to create a community here that’s cut off from people who need to be here,” said Reverend Goolsby. “Because even as broken as the world is that we live in, we need to be available to all people and be an open place for them.”M.J. Khan, President of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, agrees. He said it’s unfortunate there has to be security at places of worship, but people need to also feel secure and be at peace.“We cannot make our place of worship fortresses. Having said that, we live in an era where security needs to be addressed,” Khan said. “A mosque is considered a house of Lord, opened to all, all the time. For people to come and pray as they please. So, that’s what we’ve been practicing; even with the current situation. And we hope that we’ll continue to have it that way.”– / 3last_img read more

WATCH LIVE 2018 Gardere MLK Jr Oratory Competition

first_imgGardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition was established in 1993 in Dallas and expanded four years later to Houston. This event encourages the development of research, writing and oratory skills of hundreds of Dallas and Houston elementary school children.The competition starts at 10 am and will go until 12:30 pm. Sharelast_img

Look Mom No Electricity Transmitting Information with Chemistry

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In the study, led by George Whitesides of Harvard University, with other coauthors from Harvard, Tufts University, and DARPA, the scientists explain that their system transmits information in the form of coded pulses of light generated entirely by chemical reactions, without electricity. The system is self-powered, with power being generated by combustion. The power density of the system is higher than that of electrochemical batteries, and has the advantage of not discharging over time.As Whitesides explained to PhysOrg.com, the significance of the study is that it “demonstrates direct chemical to binary encoding, and transmission of information at a useful bit rate, without batteries.” The researchers hope that their prototype will one day make it possible to make systems that transmit useful information in circumstances in which electronics and batteries do not work, such as harsh environments and under water.As the scientists explain, the system consists of a strip or fuse of combustible material (nitrocellulose) about 1 mm long. When ignited, a yellow-orange flame moves along the infofuse. To encode information, the scientists patterned the fuse with various metallic salts, which could be done using a desktop inkjet printer or a micropipettor. With their different emission wavelengths, the salts created distinct emission lines in different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, similar to how the colors of fireworks are made: blue (copper), green (barium), yellow (sodium), red (lithium, strontium, calcium), or near-infrared (potassium, rubidium, cesium). The infofuse, which burns at about 3-4 cm/sec depending on thickness and pattern spacing, is then read by a detector, such as a color CCD camera or fiber optic cable coupled to a spectrometer. The distance between the detector and burning infofuse was typically 2 m, but the detector could still detect a signal up to 30 m away in daylight. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — While information technology is generally thought to require electrons or photons for transmitting information, scientists have recently demonstrated a third method of transmission: chemical reactions. Based on a flammable “infofuse,” the new system combines information technology and chemistry into a new area the researchers call “infochemistry.” By coding letters of the alphabet using patterns of metallic salts, the scientists transmitted the phrase, “LOOK MOM NO ELECTRICITY” on a single infofuse using the new technique. As the scientists explain, light pulses have several controllable variables that can be used to represent different letters and symbols. In addition to emission wavelength, other variables include pulse duration, time between pulses, and emission intensity. Using combinations of three alkali metals, the researchers demonstrated how to encode 40 different characters by varying some of these parameters. “It needs a flame, but it does not need additional batteries or power, or auxiliary devices, to convert a chemical signal to a digital one,” Whitesides said. “The power needed to generate the light is produced by chemistry directly, not by drawing power from a battery.”Although the current infofuses convert energy into light with only 1% of the efficiency of a battery-operated LED, the infofuses generate 10 times more energy per weight than an alkaline battery generates. In general, integrating information technology and chemistry could have certain advantages, possibly leading to systems that operate beyond binary schemes by using a variety of parameters that allow each information unit to carry more information than a bit. Also, since infochemistry is not bound by the principles of electronics (such as fixed circuitry), but rather the principles of chemistry, new systems could lead to novel architectures.The scientists hope that further improvements to their system could lead to lightweight, portable, self-powered systems that can transmit information and integrate with modern information technologies. Applications could include environmental sensing and transmitting the data optically over a distance. The system could also be used for message transmission in search-and-rescue type applications.More information: “Infochemistry and infofuses for the chemical storage and transmission of coded information.” Samuel W. Thomas III, et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. vol. 106, no. 23, 9147-9150. Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img Citation: ‘Look Mom No Electricity’: Transmitting Information with Chemistry (2009, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-06-mom-electricity-transmitting-chemistry.html New quantum key system combines speed, distance Burning an infofuse transmits a sequence of pulses of light, in which information is encoded using different wavelengths (determined by various metallic salts) and the order of the pattern. Image credit: Samuel W. Thomas III, et al. ©2009 PNAS.last_img read more

Incessant rain affects normal life in Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: Incessant rain affected normal life in the metropolis and adjoining districts today, as the Met department forecast continuous downpour till tomorrow morning. Continuous rain and waterlogging at different places in the city caused traffic snarls during morning rush hours. The Met department has forecast “continuous rainfall over the districts of Gangetic West Bengal with one or two spells of heavy shower in coastal districts, including Kolkata for next 24 hours.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life With the intensity of rain being higher in the northern outskirts of the city compared to the south, many low lying areas in Dum Dum, IT hub at Salt Lake’s Sector V and Rajarhat New Town were affected by waterlogging. Dum Dum recorded the highest rainfall of 118 mm till 11.30 am today from 8.30 am yesterday, the weatherman said. Alipore in the southern part of the city recorded 60 mm rainfall during the same period. Some of the important thoroughfares in the city, including Central Avenue, College Street and Park Street were waterlogged owing to the overnight rain. The continuous rain that caused waterlogging inconvenienced office-goers and students with traffic snarls delaying their movement. The weatherman has forecast that the intensity of rain in Gangetic West Bengal may reduce from tomorrow morning, but is likely to increase again from Saturday.last_img read more

Accentuating art of photography

first_imgIn an attempt to promote sustainable development with the theme of ‘Panchatattava’, India Habitat Centre conducted Habitat Photosphere awards 2016. The event is a part of the year-long photography festival Habitat Photosphere, curated and conceptualised by the art historian Dr Alka Pande. Four applicants were selected among hundreds of applicants namely Harikrishna Katragadda, Monica Tiwari, Shraddha Borawake and K R Sunil. The winners were announced on Saturday at the India Habitat Centre (IHC) in the national Capital.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The jury comprised of eminent photographers – Bandeep Singh, Parthiv Shah, Aditya Arya and Prabir Purkayastha – judged the participants on the basis of innovation of idea, craft, technical skill compounded with relevance to the theme. They went through a rigorous procedure of debating and discussing each application to select the final four winners. Each winner will be awarded a monetary grant of Rs 2 lakh to create a body of work on the theme of sustainable development.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe works of these four awardees will be exhibited in a month-long exhibition at the India Habitat Centre in December 2016. Each of the four photographers will be mentored through the next eight months by Aditya Arya, Bandeep Singh, Prabir Purkayastha and Parthiv Shah. For the exhibition, Harikrishna Katragadda plans to travel to the cities and towns along the Ganges, which have high concentration of leather and metal industries, and the burning ghaats of Benaras. He said, “I am interested in portraits of people, animals and various life forms affected by pollution. The aim is to present the photographic image of the landscape it represents.” Monica Tiwari aims to document the lifestyle changes caused due to migration. “My project aims to focus on the challenging, uncertain, and heartbreaking journeys undertaken by the parents who migrate, and especially focusing on the children and the elderly who are left behind in their native lands”, said Monica. Shraddha Borawake will be working towards an installation-based project while K R Sunil aims to document the fast-disappearing ponds in various parts of Kerala.last_img read more

Praktan gets a world digital premiere on hoichoi

first_imgThe world’s largest digital Bengali entertainment content platform, hoichoi, announced the world digital premier of Praktan, the most successful Bengali film of 2016, which has started streaming globally on the platform from January 5. Praktan is also the sixth world digital premier on hoichoi in a span of only six weeks after acquiring digital rights of superhit films like Posto, Paanch Adhyay, Ek Nodir Golpo, Room No. 103 and Bye Bye Bangkok. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfVishnu Mohta, Co-Founder, hoichoi said, “We are delighted with the response that Posto has received and continues to get on hoichoi. Praktan, another gem from Windows Productions strengthens our content offering for our discerning consumers worldwide and we look forward to more such partnerships going ahead.”After Posto and now Praktan, Bela Seshe would be the third film from Windows Productions going to be available soon on hoichoi.’Praktan’ which means ‘Former’ is about the failed marriage of Ujaan (Prosenjit Chatterjee) and Sudipa (Rituparna Sengupta). The film opens at Kurla railway station in Mumbai, where various characters are seen boarding a Kolkata bound train. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Along with Sudipa, the first class compartment also has a group of four musicians (played by – Anupam Roy, Anindya Chatterjee and Upal Sengupta of the popular band Chandrabindoo) and Surojit Chatterjee (of Bhoomi fame); a honeymooning couple; an elderly couple played by Soumitra Chatterjee and Sabitri Chatterjee, and a mother Molly (played by Aparajita Adhya) with her daughter Putul. Over the course of the 30 odd hours of the train journey, it takes us through how the various characters are dealing with ghosts of their past.last_img read more

Heavy fog engulfs both Dubai and Abu Dhabi delaying flights

first_img DUBAI — A heavy seasonal fog engulfed the skyscraper-lined skyline of Dubai for several hours, causing some flights to be delayed at the world’s busiest international airport.At sunrise Wednesday, downtown Dubai was so foggy that even the outline of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, could not be seen by passers-by. Fog also engulfed Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.At Dubai International Airport, home to the long-haul carrier Emirates, flights were delayed by up to an hour. Delays also hit Abu Dhabi’s international airport.The UAE’s National Center of Meteorology & Seismology earlier had warned that visibility Wednesday morning would be less than 50 metres (55 yards).High humidity and falling temperatures cause the fog to roll in seasonally along the coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The Canadian Press Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Posted by Heavy fog engulfs both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, delaying flightscenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Dubailast_img read more

A Thunder Bay first Sunwing to launch direct service to Punta Cana

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Punta Cana, Sunwing, Thunder Bay Posted by Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Sharecenter_img TORONTO — For the first time ever, Sunwing will be offering direct flights from Thunder Bay to Punta Cana starting this winter.The airline is returning to the Canadian gateway for a ninth season this coming winter with the addition of new weekly, nonstop service to Punta Cana, which will operate between Dec. 19, 2018 and March 27, 2019.In addition, Sunwing is bringing back its popular winter flight services to Varadero, Cuba from Nov. 6, 2018 to March 26, 2019, and Cancun, Mexico from Dec. 24, 2018 to April 1, 2019.With these latest flights, vacationers departing from Thunder Bay will enjoy convenient and direct access to what the company says are its three most popular vacation destinations.“We are delighted to be returning to Thunder Bay this coming season and to be offering our customers even more choice from their doorstep, without the need to make the long winter drive to Toronto or change planes to reach the sunny south,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations. “Our seasonal flight services from Thunder Bay have always been well received and we are very pleased to be able to expand our operations even further this year.”More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJEd Schmidtke, President and CEO of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority Inc., added: “Sunwing has a long positive history in Thunder Bay. With three destinations and a schedule that spans four months, Sunwing offers Thunder Bay tremendous winter getaway options.”The travel company offers a number of family and adult options in Punta Cana, including the new Grand Memories Punta Cana, a modern all-inclusive resort featuring unlimited free access to one of the largest on-site water parks in the Caribbean, a complimentary kids club, two adult-only pools and varied specialty restaurants. Guests will also enjoy discounted green fees at nearby Punta Blanca Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course designed by Nick Price.Also available is the recently renovated Riu Palace Punta Cana, home to an extensive pool complex, RiuLand Kids Club, a spa, gym and exclusive RIU-topia inclusions like unlimited a la carte dining, spa discounts and more.Riu Palace Punta CanaAll vacations packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. A Thunder Bay first: Sunwing to launch direct service to Punta Cana << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Its the oldasdirt 1 Percent Rule In the broad s

first_imgIt’s the old-as-dirt 1 Percent RuleIn the broad strokes of Far East and early London trading, the gold price really didn’t do a lot when all was said and done, even though I was making a big deal out of it in The Wrap in yesterday’s column.  The low tick occurred on Wednesday morning in New York at the same time as it bottomed on Tuesday—8:30 a.m. EDT.  From there it rallied a decent amount until shortly after 2 p.m. in electronic trading—and it quietly sold off a few dollars going into the 5:15 p.m. close.The low and and high ticks were recorded as $1,188.30 and $1,204.40 in the June contract.Gold finished the Wednesday trading session at $1,201.50 spot, up $9.60 from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume wasn’t overly heavy at 116,000 contracts.Here’s the 5-minute tick chart for gold courtesy of Brad Robertson.  The dark gray line is midnight EDT and, as usual, most of the price/volume action that mattered occurred during trading in New York.  Add two hours for EDT, as this chart is for Denver time—and the ‘click to enlarge‘ feature is a must.Silver’s price during the Wednesday trading session followed a similar path’s to gold and, once again, the charts are virtually interchangeable.The low and high ticks were reported by the CME Group as $16.045 and $16.37 in the May contract.Silver closed yesterday in New York at $16.305 spot, up 18 cents on the day.  Net volume was very light at only 23,500 contracts.Platinum and palladium prices followed a somewhat similar chart pattern, except their respective lows came at the London p.m. gold fix.  Platinum closed at $1,160 spot, up ten dollars—and palladium finished the Wednesday session at $768 spot, up 6 bucks.  Here are the charts. The Oldest Bird in the Northern Hemisphere Raises a ChickBelow is a photo of “Wisdom”.  She’s a female Laysan albatross—and was first banded by USGS scientist Chandler Robbins in 1956 as she was incubating an egg.  This is a picture of her brooding her month-old chick on Midway Island in early March of 2011.  Since then, she has raised another chick on Midway Atoll, this time in 2014.  These birds must be at least five years old before they’re capable of breeding, but they more typically breed at 8 or 9 after an involved courtship lasting several years.So, assuming the egg she was sitting on in 1956 was her first one, and that’s no guarantee—and adding eight years to that, you come out with a hatching date for Wisdom somewhere in very early 1948.  That means that when she raised her latest chick in 2014 she was 65 years old.I was born in October of 1948—so it’s a near certainty that Wisdom is older than I am.The photo credit belongs to John Klavitter—and you can read more about Wisdom here.  If you want to follow these birds from egg to adult, there’s live webcam for that linked here—and I have it on audio background to listen to the adult birds as they carry on until the sun sets in Kau’i in the Hawai’ian Islands, where a small portion of this years brood is currently being raised. The dollar closed late on Tuesday afternoon in New York at 98.78—and made it to 99.04 by noon in Hong Kong, before selling off a bit.  Then twenty minutes before the London open—2:40 p.m. Hong Kong time—away it went to the upsides, topping out around 99.35 at 9:45 a.m. BST in London.  It was all down hill from there, with most of the damage occurring between 12:30 p.m. EDT—and the 1:30 p.m. COMEX close.  After that it traded flat for the remainder of the Wednesday session.  The dollar index closed at 98.40—which was down 38 basis points from Tuesday.The gold stocks opened up a bit—and rallied until gold’s high tick, which came minutes after 2 p.m. in New York—and they slid a hair from that point into the close.  The HUI finished up a respectable 3.42 percent]It was the same story in the silver stocks, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 3.48 percent.The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 334 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Friday.  The big short/issuer was HSBC USA with 333 contracts—and the two big long/stoppers were Canada’s Scotiabank—and JPMorgan in its in-house [proprietary] trading account—with 171 and 161 contracts respectively.  Along with their obvious grab for every ounce of silver in any form they can lay their hands on, it appears that JPMorgan is now “going for gold” as well.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.The CME Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that gold open interest for April dropped by 2 contracts—and is now down to 2,146 contracts, minus the 334 posted above for delivery tomorrow.  Silver’s April o.i. dropped by 23 contracts—and is now down to 170 contracts still open.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 9:28 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.There was no in/out activity in gold at the COMEX -approved depositories on Tuesday but, once again it was a different story in silver, as 1,073,627 troy ounces were reported received—and another 1,109,627 troy ounces were reported shipped out the door.  The largest withdrawal was from the CNT Depository—and it didn’t quite match the almost identical number of ounces that were received by JPMorgan, which was the 1.073 million ounce number shown above.  You can check out all the silver action here.Ted Butler mentioned in his mid-week column to paying subscribers yesterday that JPMorgan has take delivery of almost 6 million ounces of physical silver during the past week.  How much physical silver have you added to your own personal warehouse lately, dear reader???Over at the ‘gold kilo stock’s COMEX-approved depositories in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Brink’s, Inc. reported receiving 1,773 kilobars—and shipped out 1,377 of them.  The link to the troy ounces is here.I have a decent number of stories for you today—and I hope you have the time to read the ones that most interest you.Along with the growing awareness of the COT report and what that portends for the termination of the manipulation, there are other strong signs that even those not well versed on the intricacies of the report are seeing that something is very wrong with the price discovery process in silver. Back in the fall, the CEO of silver miner First Majestic, Keith Neumeyer, made waves when he suggested the price of silver was too low and openly suggested that silver miners band together to restrict production to counterbalance what he thought was too low of a silver price. I remember writing about it at the time and both congratulated and encouraged Mr. Neumeyer to continue pursuing the artificial pricing issue in silver, but to shy away from attempting to form a producers’ cartel as that appeared to be against antitrust law. While silver is clearly manipulated in price, you shouldn’t try to manipulate it higher – two wrongs don’t make a right and all that.I hadn’t heard much from Mr. Neumeyer on the artificial pricing of silver since then, so I was somewhat surprised when I ran across a very recent interview in which he discussed his opinions in straightforward terms. He questioned the price discovery process for silver on the COMEX and characterized the process in terms that should be familiar to anyone reading these pages. In the interest of time and to drill down to the price discovery discussion, you can fast forward to the 21:25 minute mark.The important point is that here we have the CEO of an important primary silver producer deeply questioning how silver prices are derived. According to Mr. Neumeyer, actual supply and demand have little to do with current silver prices and I, for one, would not argue with him. Although Mr. Neumeyer, much to his credit, has spoken to the issue of artificial pricing in silver previously, I must point out just how rare and unusual it has been for a primary silver miner to raise such concerns over the past 30 years in which I have alleged a COMEX silver manipulation has existed. I’m still shaking my head in disbelief that silver miners heretofore always denied prices were manipulated, even though their shareholders were obvious victims, but I am more encouraged by Neumeyer’s words than anything else.Taken with the growing attention being placed upon the COT Report and the Managed Money category, Mr. Neumeyer’s sentiments are reason to believe the ongoing silver manipulation is on its last legs. It’s hard to run any scam where the scam becomes common knowledge. I’ve always maintained that in matters related to the price of silver, all roads lead to the COMEX. I would revise that to all silver roads lead to the COMEX and JPMorgan, but that is a distinction without a real difference.  I actually look forward to the day when someone admits that paper speculators on the COMEX do set and have every right to set the price of silver and that actual producers should butt out and be happy with the prices given to them by the speculators. It has become nearly that crazy. – Silver Analyst Ted Butler: 15 April 2015I was certainly happy to see the precious metal price action when I got up yesterday morning, but it was far from the spectacular variety, as gold wasn’t even allowed to rise one percent.  It’s the old-as-dirt “1 Percent Rule” that my compatriot GATA Chairman Bill Murphy over at lemetropolecafe.com likes to mention at moments like this—and he’d be right on the money once again.Here are the updated 6-month charts for all four precious metals once again—and the charts, as usual, are courtesy of stockcharts.com.center_img And as I write this paragraph, the London open is five minutes away.  Three of the four precious metals are in positive territory—and only palladium is down on the day, but only by a buck.  Net gold volume is already sky high at 36,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is a hair over 4,000 contracts.  The dollar index, which got smoked at 8:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Thursday morning, has now rallied back into positive territory—and is currently up 9 basis points.I would guess that a lot of yesterday’s price action was currency related, but not all of it.  Behind all of this is a precious metal market that would explode in price to the outer edges of the known universe if given the opportunity.  Someday it will, but it wasn’t yesterday.And as I send today’s column off to Stowe, Vermont at 5:15 a.m. EDT, I note that gold rallied a bit more going into the London open, but appears to have been capped [at least for the moment] as of 9:00 a.m. BST.  Whether that was the end of it all, or there’s more rally to come, is hard to say—so we’ll have to see what the rest of the Thursday session brings, especially the New York session.It’s the same chart pattern in both silver and palladium as well—and palladium is still chopping sideways, a dollar or so either side of unchanged.Net gold volume is just north of 52,000 contracts—and it’s fairly obvious that this Far East/early London gold rally has run into pretty impressive resistance from “da boyz”.  Silver’s net volume is around 5,800 contracts, which isn’t a lot—and a decent amount is roll overs as well.  The dollar index is now up 25 basis points in an almost straight-line move from its 8 a.m. Hong Kong low.It beats the hell out of me as to how the rest of the Thursday trading session will unfold—and after yesterday’s price action, it’s probably best that I make no prediction at all, and let the chips fall where they may.That’s more than enough for today—and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more

By Raya Al Jadir A disabled campaigner has secured

first_imgBy Raya Al JadirA disabled campaigner has secured a place to volunteer at this summer’s Rio Olympics but is struggling to raise £17, 000 to pay for herself and the four personal assistants (PAs) she will need to take with her on the trip.Mary Laver, who uses a powered wheelchair and needs 22 hours of care a day, was a leading campaigner against the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), which shut last year, and secured media coverage when she took her PAs with her to volunteer at the London 2012 games.For seven days during London 2012, the former RAF servicewoman used ILF to pay for personal assistants to support her as she volunteered as a games-maker in the Olympic village, staying in a camp-site in south-west London every night because she couldn’t afford a hotel.She now hopes to repeat that experience in Rio this summer, after being selected to be an official volunteer in the transport section.She applied for the role last summer, and subsequently took a series of tests that examined her knowledge of the games of English, and included an interview via Skype, before being informed late last November that her application had been successful.Although she is not sure yet what her precise role would be, she hopes to be “an active member of the volunteer group” at the Rio Olympics.She said: “Without volunteers, there are no Olympic Games.”Most of the cost comes from two first-class air tickets – for herself and one PA, which she needs because of her access and support requirements – and three second-class air tickets for her other PAs, although two have offered to contribute by paying for their own tickets.Laver can only afford to contribute £1,000 of her own money.She plans to take both her electric and manual wheelchairs, and has booked accommodation at a wheelchair-friendly hostel in Rio.Laver said she does not believe she would face any access problems in Rio, because she has been assured by organisers that disabled volunteers would be “very welcome” and that the infrastructure and transport would be accessible.But she now needs to raise funds to pay for her trip.As a volunteer, she will not receive any financial support from Olympic or Paralympic organisations in Britain, and will only receive a travel pass, uniform and food from the Rio organisers.To raise funds, she has set up a gofundme page to raise the £17,400 she needs, which she says would enable her to live out her motto “life without limits”, but has so far raised only £1,175.She has also approached many UK sports organisations for financial support, but has been turned down by all of them.She has set herself a deadline of 1 February to reach the halfway stage of her funding quest.Among her efforts to persuade the government to reverse its decision to close ILF, she wrote to the prime minister, travelled from her home near Newcastle-upon-Tyne to the Conservative party conference in 2014 to lobby fellow party members, and attended protests in London.Last year, she rode her powered wheelchair the 14 miles from the House of Commons to the constituency of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith in Chingford, east London, to mark his 61st birthday by delivering a “very special birthday card”, in another ILF protest.She also holds the record for the fastest journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats in a powerchair – just over 24 days – which she set in 2009, raising more than £1,000 for the Royal British Legion.Picture: Mary Laver being interviewed in 2013 about the impact of ILF on her life, for a short film  by False Economy, the Daily Mirror and Moore Lavan Filmslast_img read more

TMobiles Latest Attack on Verizon Is a Masterful Marketing Maneuver

first_img Geoff Weiss Former Staff Writer T-Mobile’s Latest Attack on Verizon Is a Masterful Marketing Maneuver Register Now » May 5, 2015 Image credit: REUTERS | Eduardo Munoz 2 min read Competitioncenter_img In a business climate where competitive urges are often shuttered behind closed doors, T-Mobile’s brash approach to dragging rivals through the mud rings with an uncanny resonance.In its latest move as the industry’s self-proclaimed ‘Un-carrier,’ T-Mobile is taking square aim at Verizon by offering Verizon customers a free two-week trial period with a new T-Mobile smartphone in order to lure them over to its service.T-Mobile has also completely co-opted an existing Verizon ad campaign entitled ‘Never Settle,’ and reimagined it with the hashtag #NeverSettleForVerizon — alongside a fleet of eight video attack ads.According to the Never Settle Trial, to be held from May 13 to May 31, Verizon customers must port their number over to a new T-Mobile phone. If they ultimately decide to switch, T-Mobile will pay up to $650 in early termination fees. If not, users simply return the phone and T-Mobile will refund any of the costs associated with reactivating. Related: T-Mobile Offers Businesses Promotions, Cheap Data Plans“Verizon’s sustained, aggressive investment in network technology means we don’t have to hide from the truth behind marketing campaigns,” the company told Entrepreneur in a statement. “Respected third-parties using scientific methodology assess our customers’ network experience, and tell our story for us — most rate the Verizon network as fastest and most reliable.”T-Mobile’s aggressive tactics are spearheaded by its CEO, the uncharacteristically candid John Legere, who recently threw down with Donald Trump in a epic Twitter battle. Legere is also prone to expletive-laden rants at T-Mobile press events, having shouted that the cell phone industry “blows,” and calling Verizon and AT&T “high and mighty duopolists that are raping you for every penny that you have.”As the world’s fourth biggest cell phone carrier behind Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, T-Mobile may have less to lose in being so controversial. Nevertheless, the company’s position as a mouthy underdog seems to be paying off. Last quarter, T-Mobile beat revenue expectations and added 1.8 million subscribers.Related: Donald Trump and T-Mobile CEO John Legere Hurl Insults in Twitter Feud Next Article –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queuelast_img read more