Photos: Nike Releases Custom Free Trainer Sneakers For 3 Premier Hoops Programs

first_imgDuke and UNC get set for the tip.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 07: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)As they did for several college football programs in the summer, Nike is releasing custom Free Trainer 5.0’s for Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky just in time for basketball season. The shoes are being released Friday, and you can see more information on each pair on the official Nike page. Below are a handful of photos of the new kicks, all of which are very sharp. Nike has new trainers ready for college basketball season: https://t.co/Tg1eNYLg9g pic.twitter.com/wE6eeSlWRE— SoleCollector.com (@SoleCollector) October 26, 2015Nike releases UNC, Duke and Kentucky team sneakers for the start of the season … pic.twitter.com/5upfqrchs6— Chip Miller (@BLUEChip_Miller) October 27, 2015last_img read more

JADCO Gets $16 Million to Increase Testing of Athletes

first_imgThe Government has set aside more than $16 million for the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission (JADCO) to conduct in and out of competition testing and public education programmes.This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, while making her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 5.She said the figure represents an almost 14 per cent increase in budgetary allowance and speaks to the Government’s commitment to the world-wide fight against doping in sport.“We will continue to implement measures, through JADCO and other related agencies, that will foster dope-free sport at all levels,” she stated.She informed that the allocation will also facilitate the commencement of the collection of blood samples during this fiscal year.The Sport Minister noted that since 2012, the Government has almost tripled the budgetary support to JADCO to guarantee the integrity of Jamaica’s anti-doping system.This increase in allocation, she said, allowed the Commission to increase the number of tests conducted in the 2012/13 financial year by 110 per cent over the previous year.“The Government supports the principle that sport is the expression of one’s true self and the realisation of one’s own unique natural potential. Being successful in sport requires the right attitude, practice, time and effort. The giving of one’s best is good enough,” she remarked.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Mamata thanks oppn leaders for backing her

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday thanked the leaders of opposition parties, who came out in her support as she protested against the Election Commission’s decision to cut short the poll campaign duration in the state. “Thanks and gratitude to @Mayawati, @yadavakhilesh, @INCIndia, @ncbn and others for expressing solidarity and support to us and the people of #Bengal. EC’s biased actions under the directions of the #BJP are a direct attack on democracy. People will give a befitting reply,” she tweeted. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The poll panel on Wednesday cut short campaigning for the last round of voting in West Bengal, in the wake of violence between the BJP and the TMC workers in Kolkata. The campaign closing time has been advanced to Thursday 10pm in the nine Lok Sabha seats – Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Calcutta South and Calcutta North. Accusing the Election Commission of acting on the instructions of the BJP, Banerjee said the move was “unethical and unconstitutional”.last_img read more

Darwinian cancer drug plan

first_imgA few days ago a global study projected that cancers are expected to rise from 17 million to 26 million between 2018 and 2040 and a large proportion of those patients are likely to use chemotherapy. Treatments such as chemotherapy sometimes fail because the deadliest cancer cells adapt and survive, causing the patient to relapse. Thus, the ability of cancer cells to adapt, evolve and become drug resistant is the cause of the vast majority of deaths from the disease and the biggest challenge we face in fighting it. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe good news is that the world’s first ‘Darwinian’ cancer drug programme may soon see the light of day. Developed by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), it is specially designed to tackle cancer’s lethal ability to evolve resistance to treatment and is to be launched in a £75 million state-of-the-art global centre of expertise in anti-evolution therapies in London. Scientists aim to harness evolutionary science within a new Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery to ‘herd’ cancers with anti-evolution drugs and combinations. They believe this new approach can deliver long-term control and effective cures, just as comparable approaches have with HIV. Also Read – The future is here!More cancer patients are living longer and with fewer side effects, but “unfortunately, cancer can become resistant very quickly to new drugs—and this is the greatest challenge we face”, says Olivia Rossanese, the newly appointed head of biology in the Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery. So, this programme focuses on meeting the challenge of cancer evolution and drug resistance through completely new ways of attacking the disease. The researchers at ICR have shown that it is possible to use artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced maths to forecast how cancers will react when treated with a particular drug. By selecting an initial drug treatment they have found they can force cancer cells to adapt in a way that makes them highly susceptible to a second drug or pushes them into an evolutionary dead end. The sequential use of cancer drugs would herd cancer cells which would either eradicate the disease or turn incurable disease into a manageable chronic condition. The ICR is also creating drugs to target cancers’ ability to evolve and become resistant to treatment. These drugs are being designed to stop the action of a molecule called APOBEC to reduce the rate of mutation in cancer cells, slow down evolution and delay resistance. Christine O’Connell, 46, from south west London, who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in February 2018 says that. “Treatingcancer as a chronic condition that can be managed on a long-term basis may seem a modest ambition compared to efforts to cure it entirely, but for patients like myself this would be a significant victory.”(The author is Information Manager, Environment Resource Unit, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Whats Wrong With Sidney Crosby

So, a streak like this isn’t all that uncommon, even among the league’s cadre of great players. But it’s still worth dissecting what’s wrong with Sid the Kid during this particular slump.For starters, the Penguins just aren’t lighting the lamp when Crosby is on the ice. In 19 games this season, they’ve scored only 23 goals during his shifts, and 14 of those have been on the power play. At 5-on-5, they’re notching only 1.5 goals per 60 minutes with Crosby in the game, which ranks 12th-worst among forwards who’ve logged at least 200 minutes. And defensively, the numbers have somehow been even worse — the Pens are yielding a staggering 4.4 goals per 60 minutes with Crosby on the ice during 5-on-5 play. Among that same group of qualified forwards, only his fellow Penguin Conor Sheary ranks worse. (It’s beginning to seem like the Pens have some defensive issues.)But the more troubling sign for Crosby is that he’s just not generating the same level of possession metrics we’ve been accustomed to seeing from him over the years. Crosby’s expected +/- — the plus/minus rating we’d expect a player to have based on the volume and quality of shots his team (and opponents) took while he was on the ice — is easily the worst of his career so far in 2017. For the past three seasons,2The stat is new, so it has only been calculated back to 2014. Crosby’s expected +/- has hovered around 15, but in 2017 it has dipped below zero. And it’s not just a quirk of one model: Crosby’s expected goals +/- at Corsica Hockey has also been in the red. Which is to say that, remarkably, in 2017, Crosby’s play appears to be hurting the Pittsburgh Penguins.To Crosby’s credit, he seems unfazed by his scoring dearth. “No matter who you’re playing against, just try to keep doing the right things and trust they’ll go in,” he told NHL.com.But it’s not like Crosby hasn’t had chances to score: In 2017, 61 percent of his possessions have begun in the offensive zone. That’s good for the second-highest percentage of his career, trailing only last year. The number of faceoffs you take in opposing territory can have an immense effect on your possession rates, so Crosby doesn’t have much of an excuse for not not converting some of those scoring opportunities into goals.During a season where goals are up and goaltending is down, you’d expect the most prolific scorer of his generation to be reaping the benefits — but so far, Crosby has been a ghost. As a result, his Penguins are reeling — they’ve lost more games than they’ve won, and if they hope to win a third consecutive Stanley Cup, they’ll need their captain to score some goals. Although some of Crosby’s woes will probably reverse themselves eventually, Pittsburgh will hold its collective breath until that happens. Of course, Crosby’s résumé as one of the greatest to ever play the game means that he is often held to an unrealistic standard. But his relatively precipitous dip begs the question: Are any NHL superstars slump-proof?Looking at the top 20 scorers whose careers started after the 2005 lockout, seven of them had an 11-game stretch that was worse than Crosby’s current skid at some point in their careers. (Crosby’s current teammate, Phil Kessel, had an 11-game streak with Toronto in 2015 where he notched only 3 points and posted a -16 plus/minus.) And now that Crosby has finally joined the club, every single player on the list can gripe about at least one 15-game run where their SGV was below replacement: Source: Hockey-Reference.com Jonathan ToewsCHI2017145-3-0.04 STATS DURING 15-GAME SLUMP Paul StastnyCOL2009246-10-0.56 Jeff CarterPHI2007033-11-1.52 Thomas VanekBUF2012224-8-0.48 Zach PariseMIN2016246-14-0.99 Claude GirouxPHI2010134-11-0.99 Corey PerryMDA2006033-6-0.64 Nicklas BackstromWSH2014167-9-0.37 Sidney CrosbyPIT2018437-11-0.17 Anze KopitarLAK2017257-13-0.72 Evgeni MalkinPIT2015/16246-7-0.12 Alex OvechkinWSH2014527-18-0.80 Joe PavelskiSJS2013123-5-0.58 Ryan GetzlafANA201211011-15-0.44 Patrick KaneCHI2009134-8-0.70 PLAYERTEAMSEASONGOALSASSISTSPOINTS+/-SGV Mikko KoivuMIN2006011-4-0.83 Steven StamkosTBL2009167-10-0.30 Jussi JokinenFLA2017101-9-1.35 Phil KesselTOR2015246-17-1.30 It’s time we talked about Sidney Crosby. Crosby is the best hockey player of his generation — and among the best to ever lace up a pair of skates — but he’s been a virtual nonentity on the Penguins’ stat sheet this season. You read that correctly — two-time Art Ross Trophy winner, two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner, two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner, and two-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner Sidney Crosby seems to have forgotten how to score.In his past 11 games, Crosby has scored zero goals, contributed just 3 assists, and has a -9 plus/minus. It’s the second-longest goalless streak of his career — but even during his longest goalless streak in 2011-12, he still dished out 17 assists in those 12 games. More importantly: That streak occurred when he was dealing with recurring concussion symptoms and actually bookends a three-month absence from the team.In terms of overall production, this is by far the worst 11-game stretch of Crosby’s career. We figured that out using a simple regression that estimates a forward’s goals versus threshold1GVT was developed by Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus and is similar to baseball’s value over replacement player, in that it seeks to determine a player’s value in terms of goals above what a replacement-level player would contribute. based on his scoring stats, plus/minus and time on ice in a given game. Using this metric — which we’ll call “simple goal value,” or SGV — Crosby has been worth 1.1 fewer goals than a replacement-level scrub during this miserable 11-game streak. If you broaden the window slightly beyond his scoreless streak to look at his last 15 games, this has been the only 15-game period of Sid’s entire career where he performed at a below-replacement clip. John TavaresNYI2010044-15-1.64 Everybody’s gotta slump sometimeWorst 15-game stretches according to simple goal value (SGV) for NHL’s top 20 scorers whose careers started after the 2005 lockout, 2005-2018 read more

NCAA Ohio State compliance launch separate investigation of Terrelle Pryor

Following the resignation of Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, The Columbus Dispatch reported that quarterback Terrelle Pryor — already facing a five-game suspension — is being investigated by the NCAA for receiving discounts on cars and other improper benefits. The report said the NCAA and OSU’s compliance department are conducting a separate investigation of Pryor involving allegations that he received discounts on cars and questioning his relationship with Ted Sarniak, a 67-year-old business man from Pryor’s hometown of Jeanette, Pa., who has been described as Pryor’s mentor. Pryor has been connected with more than six vehicles since he arrived at OSU in 2008, according to the report. Pryor has been stopped three times while driving cars owned by car salesman Aaron Kniffin or a Columbus used-car dealership where Kniffin worked. Kniffin told The Dispatch that he allowed Pryor to drive a car to Jeanette to show his mother. He said Pryor did not purchase the vehicle. OSU spokesman Jim Lynch said he could not comment on the investigation of Pryor. “The university continues to work with the NCAA as they investigate matters involving our football program, and we will continue to do so until the conclusion of the investigation,” Lynch said. “We are unable to comment on specific players’ situations because of federal law.” Pryor, along with teammates Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Solomon Thomas and Mike Adams, was suspended for the first five games of the 2011–12 regular season for receiving improper benefits, but was allowed to participate in OSU’s 31-26 victory against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl. It later was revealed that Tressel knew about the infractions and failed to report them. Tressel resigned Monday. A Sports Illustrated report published Monday night said Pryor personally brought in more than 20 items, including helmets, Nike cleats and game pants, to Fine Line Ink, a Columbus tattoo parlor. In 2008, Pryor was investigated for the ownership of a vehicle before he arrived on campus for his freshman year. He later won the starting quarterback job from senior quarterback Todd Boeckman, becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start at OSU since Art Schlichter in 1978. In 2009, Pryor raised eyebrows for his defense of Michael Vick after the NFL quarterback was accused of participating in illegal dog fighting rings. “I mean, everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever,” Pryor said. “I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick, and I always will.” Pryor won the Rose Bowl MVP in 2010 and passed for 266 yards and two touchdowns as the Buckeyes defeated Oregon, 26-17. read more

Cincinnati Reds trying to sustain success Cleveland Indians hoping for fresh start

Ohio’s two Major League Baseball clubs had two very different tales to tell at the end of last season. Up in Cleveland, the Indians put together one of the most painful seasons in franchise history, erasing a strong start with an unfathomable 5-24 record in August, putting them at 68-94 for the year and in desperate need of some changes. At the other end of the state, the Cincinnati Reds enjoyed their second National League Central division title in three seasons, finishing with the National League’s second best record at 97-65. While the season would eventually end on a sour note after blowing a 2-0 series lead over the eventual-champion San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series, the Reds were put in good position to only improve on an already balanced club. For the Indians, it was a mystery to everyone involved what general manager Chris Antonetti’s approach to the offseason would be after the abysmal year. As it turned out, the club decided to open up the checkbook and make a series of unprecedented moves. Never known for spending much on free agents, the Indians signed two of the biggest ones available, first baseman Nick Swisher and center fielder Michael Bourn. That was not all for the Tribe in the free agent market, as they also inked designated hitter Mark Reynolds and starting pitcher Brett Myers to sizeable deals. Antonetti also tried his hand in the trade market, opening the offseason with a minor deal, moving relief pitcher Esmil Rogers to Toronto for utility infielder Mike Aviles, and later making a huge splash, trading right fielder Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds as part of a three-team deal, getting back outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Reds, and top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer from the Arizona Diamondbacks, along with two relief pitchers, Bryan Shaw and Matt Albers. Many attribute this aggressive offseason to new manager Terry Francona, whose presence and influence seems to have ushered in a new era of Indians baseball. Signed as a bit of a surprise move in October following the firing of former skipper Manny Acta, Francona brings with him two World Series rings from Boston and a great deal of respect from around the league. So what can be expected from Francona’s Indians this year? The lineup certainly looks dangerous on paper, blending speed from Bourn, Stubb and Michael Brantley; power from Swisher, Reynolds and Carlos Santana; and all-around hitting from Jason Kipnis, Asdrubal Cabrera and Lonnie Chisenhall. The individual team defense, especially from the outfield, is among the league’s best, and should be able to save the pitchers several runs. The Indians also bolster a strong bullpen, led by closer Chris Perez and set-up man Vinnie Pestano. What will likely keep the Indians out of the postseason, however, is the starting rotation. Their ace, Justin Masterson, had a 4.93 ERA last season, Ubaldo Jimenez has been a disaster since being acquired from Colorado in 2011, Myers did not start a game for Houston or Chicago last season, Zach McAllister is unproven, and Scott Kazmir was last seen struggling for the independent Atlantic League Sugar Land Skeeters after pitching his way out of the MLB. The Indians do have strong depth for the bottom of the rotation at Triple-A Columbus, including Bauer, Carlos Carrasco and Daisuke Matsuzaka, but the holes at the top are just too big for a strong lineup to overcome. Expect the Indians to finish with about 80 wins, though it’s not unreasonable that they could contend for a wild-card spot if Masterson or Jimenez can regain their old form. Moving south, the Reds had a far less busy offseason. Already owning an elite lineup, rotation and bullpen, anything they added would simply be icing on the cake as they go for their second consecutive NL Central title. As a result, the Reds will be putting out a very similar team to the one Cincinnati fans witnessed last season. The only major change is in center field, where Stubbs was swapped with Choo. The rotation of Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake is identical to last season’s, as is the bullpen, led by all-star closer Aroldis Chapman, who was considered being moved to the rotation but ultimately stayed in the bullpen, and set-up men Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton. The lineup also remains strong, adding Choo to a group that includes all-stars Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce, as well as power hitters like Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick, and defensive specialists Zack Cozart and Ryan Hanigan. Visit www.thelantern.com to read the rest of this story. If a weakness had to be pointed out for Cincinnati, it would have to be its outfield defense. Choo, who struggled in right field for several years in Cleveland, is now being forced to play the more treacherous center field by default. If he struggles, manager Dusty Baker might be forced to explore other options. This could open the door for top prospect Billy Hamilton to make his debut. Hamilton, who stole a minor league record 155 bases last season, is considered one of the most exciting prospects in baseball. There’s not a ton of mystery for how strongly a team as well-balanced as the Reds will perform. St. Louis could challenge for the NL Central title, but it’s hard to imagine the Reds falling short of a wild-card berth. Pencil them in for 88-96 wins and a third trip to October baseball in four years. read more

Ohio State mens basketballs 201415 nonconference schedule announced

OSU coaches (from left) Dave Dickerson, Jeff Boals, Thad Matta and Greg Paulus look on during a game against Penn State Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-70, in overtime. The coaches wore tennis shoes to show support for Coaches v. Cancer.Credit: Lantern file photoThe non-conference schedule for the Ohio State men’s basketball 2014-15 season was announced by coach Thad Matta Monday.The Buckeyes’ season will be its first in the three-year, newly-launched CBS Sports Classic, which pits OSU against North Carolina Dec. 20 at Chicago’s United Center. The round-robin style tournament will also see Duke match up against UCLA this season, while OSU is scheduled to play Kentucky in 2015 and UCLA in 2016.OSU’s regular season is set to begin Nov. 14 against University of Massachusetts Lowell at the Schottenstein Center.After playing Marquette on Nov. 18 at home for their second game of the season, the Buckeyes are slated to travel to Louisville on Dec. 2 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Buckeyes currently hold a 6-6 record in the tournament, and the face-off will be OSU’s 13th game of all-time in the challenge.The team is set to play North Carolina A&T on Dec. 17 in Nationwide Arena in Columbus, satisfying an NCAA requirement “to play a regular-season game at the site where 2015 NCAA Tournament Second and Third Round games will be played,” according to a press release.Games against Sacred Heart on Nov. 23, Campbell on Nov. 26, James Madison on Nov. 28 and Colgate Dec. 6 are part of the 2014 Buckeye Classic.The Big Ten Conference schedule is set to be released at a later date, according to an OSU press release.2014-15 Ohio State Men’s Basketball Non-Conference ScheduleNov. 9 — Walsh (exhibition)Nov. 14 — UMass-LowellNov. 18 — MarquetteNov. 23 — Sacred HeartNov. 26 — CampbellNov. 28 — James MadisonDec. 2 — at LouisvilleDec. 6 — ColgateDec. 10 — High PointDec. 13 — Morehead StateDec. 17 — North Carolina A&T at Nationwide ArenaDec. 20 — North Carolina at United Center, ChicagoDec. 22 — Miami (Ohio)Dec. 27 — Wright State read more

Raul de Tomas a target for Getafe

first_imgReal Madrid’s Raul de Tomas has become a reported target for Getafe as a potential replacement for Angel Rodriguez this summer, reports MarcaGetafe are braced for Rodriguez’s departure, who has been linked with moves to both Sevilla and Valencia due to a having a release clause of €6m in his current contract at the club.De Tomas have now identified by Getafe as an ideal replacement after his stunning season in the Spanish second division.The forward scored 24 goals in his season-loan spell with Rayo Vallecano and is now a reported target for clubs in La Liga following his breakthrough campaign.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Following Zinedine Zidane’s departure last week, the future of De Tomas will likely remain in doubt until a new head coach is confirmed at Real.Getafe owner Angel Torres has already informed Florentino Perez that he intends to pursue a deal for De Tomas this summer and is prepared to pay a big fee for the highly-rated 23-year-old.last_img read more

Manchester City De Bryune cant stand losing games

first_imgManchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says he can’t stand losing, either on the football pitch or playing a board game at home with his family.The Citizens host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night, hoping to close in on Liverpool’s seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League standings.De Bruyne is expected to start the game against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side after an injury-blighted season which has seen him restricted him to just six league appearances.Pep Guardiola’s men are looking to become the first Premier League side to successfully defend the title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United team in 2009.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…City defeated Liverpool 2-1 in their last Premier League outing and will be hoping for another win when Wolves come visiting.De Bruyne was asked what motivates him, the Belgium international, replied, as quoted by the Independent:“Winning. I can’t stand to lose.”“Even at home, playing boards game with the missus, the son, whatever, I can’t lose against them. It’s just the way I am. It just drives me to keep going and to become probably the best I can be in football.”last_img read more

WORLD AIDS DAY FUNDRAISING TONIGHT AT SEVEN STARS

first_img PNP Convention Feb 19 Weekend; South Caicos woman announces at large interest Related Items:rufus ewing, turks and caicos aids foundation, World aids day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Dec 2014 – Turks and Caicos Aids Awareness Foundation, World Aids Day cocktail party fundraiser is being held at the Seven Stars resort; and though the patron of the event Hon Dr Rufus Ewing, the Premier of the country will not be here for the shindig; it takes place tonight. Support for $40 that will get you cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and yes, attendees are encourage to wear red! NEW CHAIRMAN, PNP keeps Ewing Coming budget proposes police recruitment and aerial surveillance, says Premierlast_img read more

Etihad conditions set speed bumps for debtladen Jets resolution plan

first_imgTime is running out for the troubled Naresh Goyal-promoted private airline Jet Airways as the interim funding plans that could validate the debt resolution plan has hit fresh turbulence.Jet’s strategic partner Etihad Airways reportedly set stiff conditions for backing the resolution for converting debt into equity at an extraordinary general meeting last week. The indifference of Abu Dhabi-based United Arab Emirates (UAE) national carrier that holds 24 percent stake in the debt-laden Indian carrier could delay a deal to bail out Jet, cobbled together by a State Bank of India (SBI)-led consortium of lenders. Further delay in implementing the debt resolution plan will push Jet further into the problem with its creditors and affect its daily operations.A final decision on a proposal from the consortium to lend another Rs 500-crore to the ailing airline is pending, according to media reports. The lenders may also seek additional securities, including share pledges or guarantees from promoters for sanctioning the loan, media reports say.On February 21, the airline’s shareholders approved five enabling resolutions to convert its debt into equity, appoint lenders’ nominees on the board, and increase the authorised share capital of the company, according to a report in Business Standard.The EGM passed the resolution with the support of about 97 percent of the shareholders though Etihad abstained from voting, the website said citing unnamed sources. According to them, Etihad is waiting for clarity on the funding from the SBI and the state-owned National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). The Gulf carrier has been pushing for SBI and the NIIF to own 51 percent by investing an additional Rs 2,200 crore.Etihad’s demand for a right of first refusal (RoFR) after one year is apparently a sticking point with the SBI for resolving the issue. The Gulf-based carrier also wants the SBI to get a confirmation from market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) that the right, if exercised, would not trigger the mandatory open offer, the report says. However, Sebi norms make it mandatory for investors to make an open offer to shareholders if their shareholding goes beyond a threshold. According to reports, Etihad will bring in further capital under the bank-led resolution plan that seeks to bridge an Rs 8,500-crore gap.However, lenders’ sources said they would be meeting shortly for converting part debt into equity and other elements of the resolution plan.Sources with direct knowledge of the negotiations have rejected reports that the SBI is planning to move insolvency proceedings against Jet before the National Company Law Tribunal as the airline’s daily operations get more and more hampered, imperilling its financial and operational viability.The Jet pilots have threatened to keep off the cockpits if they are not paid before March 1, further complicating the matter for the beleaguered airline, according to a report.last_img read more

Govt cell to stop rumours ahead of polls Tarana

first_imgTarana HalimState minister for information Tarana Halim on Wednesday said the government has taken an initiative to set up a monitoring cell ahead of the next general election aiming to identify rumours in social networking sites.The ‘Rumour Identification and Removal Centre’ will be in operation 24 hours round the clock at the PID section of information ministry from this month, she told reporters at the Secretariat.The cell will continuously monitor different social networking sites and will inform the local media through a press release within three hours if any rumour is found, she added.”The monitoring cell will also inform the media about the truth,” she said.The state minister also said that seven experts will be appointed for working in each shift.”The BNP-Jammat [alliance] has opened a publicity cell in London and spreading rumour from 300 websites,” she informed.Replying to a question, the state minister said the cell will be opened to raise awareness among people.Referring to the Bangabandhu Satellite-1, Tarana said Bangabandhu-1, the country’s first ever communications satellite, made its debut with the live coverage of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship 2018 on BTV.Besides, a letter was sent to private television channels requesting them to use Bangabandhu-1 as it is capable to provide service, she added.last_img read more

What Canadians need to know about Trumps travel ban

first_img Share Tuesday, June 27, 2017 The Canadian Press Tags: Donald Trump What Canadians need to know about Trump’s travel bancenter_img Posted by OTTAWA — The Trudeau government is waiting for more details on a U-S Supreme Court decision to partially reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travellers from six mainly Muslim countries.But a spokesman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said dual nationals from the affected countries travelling on Canadian passports will not be subject to the restrictions.He adds Canadian permanent residents from the six designated countries who have valid resident cards and valid U.S. visas, and are deemed eligible by U.S. border authorities to enter the U.S., would not be denied entry.The government is advising all people planning travel to the U.S. to verify admission requirements ahead of time.The federal New Democrats, meanwhile, criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for refusing to personally speak out against the ban.The U.S. high court decision is a political victory for Trump after two lower appeal courts overturned his earlier attempts at imposing a ban.The court said the ban can be enforced on travellers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen if they lack a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedThe U.S. high court said it would hear full arguments in October on the ban. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Switzerlands competition watchdog is to launch an

first_imgSwitzerland’s competition watchdog is to launch an in-depth examination of telecom operator Sunrise’s planned acquisition of UPC Switzerland from Liberty Global.Sunrise said the announcement of the detailed probe of the deal by COMCO/WEKO was in “in line with [its] expectation”.COMCO said that its preliminary look at the deal had revealed some indications that the combination could create or reinforce a dominant position in different markets. The regulator said that it was concerned that the merger of the pair could have an anti-competitive impact on the supply of retransmission rights for sports events for pay TV and on the broadband access market.COMCO said its investigation had also suggested that the merger could create or reinforce a collective dominant position between Sunrise and Swisscom in the high-speed internet and fixed telephony markets, the linear TV distribution market and, at a regional level over UPC’s footprint, the market for video-on-demand services.Under Swiss law, COMCO has four months to complete its phase II probe.Sunrise and Liberty Global agreed the CHF6.3 billion (€5.6 billion) transfer of cable operator UPC Switzerland at the end of February, in a move designed to position Sunrise as the leading converged challenger to Swisscom.Sunrise said that it expected the deal would be approved by the competition authorities on the grounds that the acquisition would intensify competition in the telecommunications market. A decision by COMCO/WEKO is expected by beginning of October 2019 at the latest. Sunrise anticipates that the transaction will be completed in the fourth quarter 2019.Separately, UPC Switzerland has committed to invest CHF40 million this year in its network, products and customer services.Existing UPC customers will be allowed to replace their legacy services with the company’s latest products, with most able to do so at the same price as their current packages, according to the operator.UPC said that it had installed over 130,000 new TV set-tops since launching its advanced devices in the market in October last year. The company plans to launch its latest Gigabit broadband offering later this year with new DOCSIS 3.1 modems.“Today, we have a full line-up of innovative and attractively priced products and services. Our new UPC TV experience is proving to be very popular with our customers, our fast Internet with 600 Mbit/s surfing speed is available throughout Switzerland and we now have highly attractive unlimited mobile offers including EU roaming. To make sure that our existing customers also benefit from this, we have started a two-year programme to bring these new products and speeds to them even faster,” said UPC Switzerland CEO Severina Pascu.“Through this programme, over 50% of digital TV customers will be able to enjoy the new UPC TV experience with a brand new box by the end of the year. In addition, various customers have already received, or will receive, speed increases as part of the programme. And we will make sure that customers have better access to further improved customer service.”last_img read more

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first_img (Click on image to enlarge) I wouldn’t want to be short any of the precious metals at this point in history as we wait for the Fed and JPMorgan et al to make their next move. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, the high ticks in platinum and palladium all came at the same moment as gold and silver’s high.  This was obviously price management across the board in all precious metals…and only the willfully blind would think otherwise. The dollar index closed on Thursday at 82.78…and spent all of Friday chopping broadly lower…and the index closed on Friday afternoon at 82.47…down 31 basis points from Thursday. The dollar index low came about 10:50 a.m. in New York, just minutes before the high ticks in all four precious metals.  The big axe fell at 11:30 a.m…and was not related to anything that the currencies were doing at the time. Not surprisingly, the silver shares got hit pretty hard as well…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 4.54%. The gold stocks opened in the black, but got sold into the red immediately…and were down about a half percent right up until the 11:30 a.m. New York price execution in all four precious metals.  The low tick for the gold stocks came right at 12:15 p.m. EDT of course…and then they traded sideways for the remainder of the trading session. (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s the long-term Silver 7 chart to give the you bigger long-term picture. Tosca Mining Corporation’s goal is to acquire advanced stage projects that can be placed into production quickly. The company’s primary asset is the Red Hills Molybdenum/Copper project located in Presidio County, Texas. A program to confirm, and expand the considerable size and potential of the project and evaluate various economic scenarios was completed in 2011.  Tosca recently received results from the 13 remaining holes from its phase two, 16,000 M (4,873 m) diamond drill program. Per Tosca’s Chairman, Dr. Sadek El-Alfy, “the drill program has successfully verified historic drill results of the shallow Copper-Molybdenum cap and confirmed the presence of a deeper, well mineralized Molybdenum Porphyry deposit.” The results of 21 holes drilled through the copper/moly cap in Tosca’s 2011 drill program give a weighted average grade of 0.39 % Cu over a core length of 113 feet (34.5 m). Since the copper cap is subhorizontal, the average core length can be interpreted as being approximately equivalent to true width. The copper/moly cap is crescent shaped, approximately 4,000 feet (1220 metres) long and 400 feet (122 m) to 1000 feet (305 m) wide. The 2011 program encountered numerous thick  Molybdenum mineralized intervals including Hole TMC-25 wich  intersected 1,189 feet (362.4 m) averaging 0.089 per cent Mo including 830 feet (253 m) of 0.1 per cent Mo from 359 feet (109.8 m) to the bottom of the hole. Hole TMC-29 cut 989 feet (301.4 m) averaging 0.09 per cent Mo including 139 feet (42.4 m) of 0.16 per cent Mo. The molybdenum grades are similar and in some cases higher than those of projects currently considered of potential economic interest.” Aggressive plans are in place for 2012 to conduct metallurgical tests, produce an updated resource estimate and  Pre Economic Assesment. Tosca is operated by an experienced mine development team, operates in Texas, a  mine-friendly jurisdiction and its property iseasily accessible with infrastructure in place to advance operations. Please visit our website to learn more about the company ad request information. The status quo is not an option the central banks can allow to continue for long. The gold price rallied a bit during the early going in Far East trading, but got sold down starting around 9:30 a.m. Hong Kong time.  From that high tick of the day, around $1,487 spot, it got sold down a bit over twenty-five bucks, hitting its London low early in the morning BST. Then starting around 11:00 a.m. BST, gold began to rally once more…and that rally gathered a bit more steam once New York began to trade.  But just minutes before the London close [11:00 a.m. in New York] a not-for-profit high frequency trader appeared…and by 12:15 p.m. EDT had gold down to its low tick of the day, which was $1,447.30 spot.  The New York high was $1,484.10 spot. The gold price rallied back in fits and starts from there…closing the Friday trading day at $1,462.90 spot…down $5.30 from Thursday’s close.  Gross volume was a grotesque 265,000 contracts, mostly of the HFT variety. Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own so you can see the not-for-profit seller’s action close up and personal.  The NY spot gold chart looks similar. (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s your “cute quota” for today… I’ve got the usual number of stories for you today…and quite a few of them are gold/silver related…and I hope you can find the time over what’s left of your weekend to run through them all. Gold has worked down from Alexander’s time. When something holds good for two thousand years, I do not believe it can be so because of prejudice or mistaken theory. – Bernard M. Baruch Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is a piece that I first heard live when Gary Brooker et al played it with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra back in 1992 when I was on the board of directors.  After Whiter Shade of Pale and Conquistador…this is their most popular composition.  This performance was with the Danish National Concert Orchestra and choir at Ledrborg Castle in Denmark in August of 2006. I note that Geoff Whitehorn is still playing lead guitar…Mark Brzezicki is still playing the drums…and Gary has still got the pipes.  This version, in my opinion, is the best I’ve heard.  The recording is stunning…and the link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is a J.S. Bach chestnut that I never tire of listening to.  It’s the Concerto in D minor for two violins, strings and continuo, BWV 1043.  The link to the first and second movements are here…and the third movement, here. Doing the honours is the St. Petersburg Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, with soloists Lyubov Stekolshchikova and Elina Drukh. The tempo is a touch faster than I’m used to. Well, JPMorgan et al are still at it…not only from a price perspective, but also the shares.  As I commented in Thursday’s column…why the big rise in share prices on zero price movement in either gold or silver on Wednesday?  Well, it’s a good bet that ‘da boyz’ were buying so they could sell them into the next rally…and that came on Thursday…and then they sold the rest on Friday.  John Embry has always been of the opinion that the shares as well as the metal prices themselves, were managed…and their price action over the last three days certainly reeks of that. I’d dearly love to know what’s going on behind the scenes, but in the face of unprecedented world-wide demand in the physical precious metal itself, I’m sure that they are having their issues at the moment.  There’s no doubt in my mind that they were caught totally flat-footed by the world’s reaction to their little ‘Comex Caper’…and are back at the drawing board figuring out how to extricate themselves from this self-inflicted wound without exacerbating the situation.  And as I and others have already stated, this bifurcated market cannot last for too long, as the current over-the-top physical demand will have the bullion banks for lunch at some point.  The only thing that will kill this retail demand stone cold dead is a sudden [on a weekend, perhaps] upward revaluation in price that puts gold out of reach of all but the richest.  That goes for silver as well…and silver will become the new gold for the masses. A price high enough to accomplish that will undoubtedly turn a lot of precious metal buyers into precious metal sellers virtually overnight. The only other option is ‘death by a thousand cuts’…where precious metal prices are allowed to rise ‘normally’…whatever that means these days…and the buying frenzy on Planet Earth will begin anew.  If you read some of the above-posted stories out of India, that psychology is already starting to take hold since the bottom was put in on Tuesday morning last week in early Hong Kong trading. But one thing is for sure…the status quo is not an option the central banks can allow to continue for long. Before heading out the door, Nick Laird must know that I’m a creature of habit with my Saturday column, because his “Total PMs Pool” chart…updated with Friday’s data…was in my in-box before I even thought about it. Here it is posted below…and as you can see, the U.S. dollar ‘value’ has done a face plant, but the total ounces under management has barely moved. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 562 gold and 2 lonely silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday.  JPMorgan Chase was the big short/issuer with 558 contracts…and one of their partners in crime in the precious metal price management scheme, Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia, was the long/stopper of 555 of those contracts.  This should just about wrap up deliveries for April in both metals.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The inventories of GLD took another hit yesterday.  This time an authorized participant withdrew 232,107 troy ounces and, for the second day in a row an authorized participant added silver to SLV…820,985 troy ounces to be exact. I’m starting to wonder about these never-ending withdrawals from GLD…as it’s my opinion that we’re long past the investors dumping-their-holdings story…and I’m looking around for another explanation. The short interest report for the first half of April for both GLD and SLV was posted on the shortsqueeze.com Internet site either late Thursday night or last night.  It showed that, during the period mentioned, the short interest in SLV blew out by 27.11 percent…and GLD by an eye-watering 48.47 percent.  I was quite taken aback at first glance, but with sober second thought it occurred to me that if I was ‘da boyz’…both SLV and GLD would be one of the vehicles that I would use to make obscene profits and acquire more metal at bargain-basement prices. I’m prepared to bet serious coin that these obscene short positions have already been closed out…and that fact will be reflected in the next short interest report coming up in about two weeks time. Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Bar List updated his about.ag/SLV/ website on Thursday with the in/out activity of SLV as of the close of trading on Wednesday.  This is what he had to say…”Analysis of the 24 April 2013 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list.  No bars were added or removed. 269 bars had accounting changes (e.g. from 0.9990 fine to 0.9999 fine). All bars with changes were in Brinks London, which is likely currently being audited. As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was over-allocated 483.4 oz.”  The link to his website is here. The U.S. Mint had another sales report yesterday.  They sold 5,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes and, for the third day in a row…zero silver eagles.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 208,500 ounces of gold eagles…36,000 ounces of one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 3,232,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, they reported receiving 312,978 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 790,669 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here. In gold on Thursday, the Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 153,748 troy ounces…and shipped a smallish 1,300 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here. I was happy to see that everything appeared to be back to normal with this week’s Commitment of Traders Report.  Whether the data from last week’s COT Report was reported in error or tampered with, is still not known, but the result was that the data in yesterday’s report has partially masked what happened in the prior week’s report. But, having said that, this latest report is still pretty impressive…and is still one for the record books in many categories. In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by a very chunky 26.7 million ounces…and now stands at 85.8 million ounces…not a record low…but pretty close. The Big 4 [JPM, Scotiabank, HSBC USA….plus one other short holder of no consequence] were short 193.1 million ounces of silver…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders were short an additional 50.9 million ounces of silver.  As far as concentration goes, the ‘Big 4’ are short 36.0% of the entire Comex futures market on a ‘net’ basis…a big drop from two weeks ago.  The ‘5 through 8’ are short an additional 9.3 percentage points of the Comex futures market in silver on a net basis. Ted Butler is busy with his son’s wedding, so I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to him yesterday, so I’m not sure where JPMorgan’s short position stands at the moment. There are 37 short-side traders in the Commercial category of the COT Report in silver…and 4 of them are short 36 percent of the entire Comex futures market in that metal. I’d guess that JPMorgan holds at least half of that amount on its own. The other stand-out features in the silver COT Report was the fact that the net long position in the Non-Commercial category has shrunk down to 15,000 contracts…and the net long position of the small traders in the Nonreportable category has virtually disappeared…and currently stands at 2,163 contracts!  I don’t remember ever seeing a number that low and, if the truth be known, I never thought it possible. In gold, the Commercial net short position imploded by 3.75 million troy ounces…and now sits at 10.44 million ounces.  The Big 4 are short 8.63 million ounces of gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 4.94 million ounces.  These are monstrous changes…and I’m guessing that one would have to go back at least five years to see a number this low. On a ‘net’ basis [once the market-neutral spread trades are subtracted out] the Big 4 are short 24.7 percent of the entire Comex futures market in gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 14.2 percentage points of the Comex futures market. In the Non-Commercial category, the net long position declined to just over 104,000 contracts.  Their net long position…10.4 million ounces…is exactly equal to the Commercial net short position of 10.4 million ounces…and that’s because the Nonreportable position [the small traders] is a vanishingly small 133 contracts…basically zero!  Unheard of! I’m sure that there was a lot more going on ‘under the hood’ in both metals…and I look forward to reading what silver analyst Ted Butler has to say about it in his weekend commentary…when he can find the time to write it, that is.  In case you’re interested, the link to yesterday’s legacy COT Report is here…and the Disaggregated COT Report is here. Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days to Cover Short Positions” chart updated with yesterday’s data. Sponsor Advertisement In silver, the only real difference between it and gold was the fact that the London low came about 12:30 p.m. BST…thirty minutes after the noon London silver fix.  The New York high in silver was also minutes before the London close…and the high-frequency trader delivered the coup de grâce at 11:30 a.m. EDT. From that point, the silver chart looks pretty much the same as the gold chart, with the New York low [$23.57 spot] coming at 12:15 p.m. EDT right on the button. The Far East high tick was around $24.85 spot…and intraday move of almost $1.30. Silver closed at $24.04 spot…down 36 cents from Thursday.  Volume, net of the May delivery month roll-overs, was a hair under 17,000 contracts…mostly vapour and fumes.last_img read more

Kul Chandra Gautam was born in a rural village wit

first_imgKul Chandra Gautam was born in a rural village with no electricity or running water, no doctors and schools. The nearest town with a market was a five-day walk away.He left home at age 7 to study — and study he did. He was one of the first people in the world to learn English from a Peace Corps volunteer, and his outstanding grades eventually won him a full scholarship to Dartmouth.But getting there wasn’t easy.For two years, Gautam petitioned the Nepali government for a passport so he could attend the U.S. university. But back in the 1960s, passports were given only to people of privilege — not poor villagers. His passport request went all the way up to the king, only to be denied.It was then Gautam vowed to do something special with his life.”That moment came because of the injustice of not being able to get a passport,” he said on a visit to NPR headquarters last month to talk about his life and his new memoir, Global Citizen from Gulmi: My Journey from the Hills of Nepal to the Halls of United Nations.Gautam, now 69, speaks with contagious energy, his eyes gleaming. (He exuberantly corrects the Western way of counting one’s age. He’s actually 70, he says, because in Nepal your first birthday is on the day you are born: “That seems logical to us!”)The discrimination Gautam faced as a young man only made him fight harder. The second time he applied for a passport, a mid-level government official who had also risen from a rural village sympathized with his plight and approved his application.Gautam was going to America.”From that point on, I felt — ah! I have managed to do something impossible,” he says early in the interview. His cup of tea, forgotten, cools before him as he recalls the pain and then joy of his challenges. “Even when the king rejects you, that’s not the end of the road.”For Gautam, the road would extend all the way to a top leadership position with the United Nations.In 1971, he graduated from Dartmouth, where he studied international relations, after just three years. Next, he received his master’s degree in economic development and modernization from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1973.After that, he ascended the ranks of the United Nations, beginning as a program officer for UNICEF and climbing to the position of assistant secretary general of the U.N. from 2000 to 2008.A grandfather’s wishWhen Gautam was born, his grandfather, who had long yearned for male heirs, was elated.”He said, ‘I want this boy to be someone special,’ ” Gautam recalls. ” ‘An educated pundit.’ “His grandfather and his father taught him all they knew, scratching letters of their Nepali dialect into the dirt with a stick. The boy quickly absorbed their knowledge. When he was 7 years old he moved to a village across the river to learn from a local teacher — the first in a series of moves farther and farther from home in the pursuit of education.In 1962, Gautam was a seventh-grader in a town called Tansen, one of the first outposts for volunteers with a new organization, the Peace Corps. Gautam knew only a few English words then — not enough to string together a sentence — but he excelled under the volunteers’ tutelage.His education didn’t stop when school did; Gautam would tag along with his teachers after class. They taught him how to play chess and Scrabble; soon enough, he began beating them.One volunteer told him if he kept up his education, he might one day study in America.There are times when the right encouragement, the right promise, echoes in your head and lodges in your heart. Even now, half a century later, Gautam’s face still lights up at the promise of that dream.The idea of studying in the United States stayed with him. More specifically, Gautam decided, he wanted to attend Dartmouth — the alma mater of a volunteer who had lent him books.In the final year of high school, Gautam enlisted the help of his old Peace Corps teachers and took college entrance exams.”Apparently, surprisingly, I did very well,” he says with characteristic humility. He still calls himself “a little village boy” and says that his village was, “by Nepali standards, not very remote” — a mere five-day walk to the nearest small city.At one point, he mentions in passing that he was one of the most accomplished students in all of Nepal. He was recounting his explanation to a low-level government employee why he should be granted the passport.”Obviously, he was suspicious, you know, ‘How did he get this scholarship? This is abnormal.’ And I explained everything, you know, I have a very good record in school, I’m at the top of the whole country in the final school-leaving exams.””But qualification is not the main criteria” for getting a passport, he says, shrugging nonchalantly. “There’s one possible criteria: It is who you are related to.”Yet this poor Nepali villager not only gained entrance to one of the most prestigious schools in the United States — he was offered a full scholarship.Gautam believes organizations like the Peace Corps, which was instrumental to his own education, are important for improving the lives of people like him around the world.”The Peace Corps is a unique instrument that I think is perhaps underestimated in this country and elsewhere,” he says. “They are in many ways the true ambassadors of the U.S.””He has such a great voice for his country,” says Glenn Blumhorst, president and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association. This year, Gautam was honored with the organization’s Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award.”He has the ability to connect with a village elder or a small child in his village, somebody who’s from very humble background, to diplomats and heads of state,” Blumhorst says. “That’s really impressive.”Hard work, good luckWhen he tells his story, Gautam is sure to emphasize his good luck along with his hard work and determination. But he also clearly has a faculty for winning people over.When he speaks of the government official who eventually helped him get a passport, he tugs on his ear just like the official did five decades ago — an impromptu sign for “Listen, here’s the way we have to do this,” a code between two villagers of how they’d work within the system to conquer it.At UNICEF, where he eventually became deputy executive director, Gautam was part of the push to vaccinate 80 percent of the world’s children by 1990 — an enormously ambitious and ultimately successful campaign.In addition to vaccines, UNICEF encouraged health workers to monitor children’s growth and introduced oral rehydration therapy to combat diarrhea and dehydration — a major killer of children.To encourage breastfeeding in places where unclean water caused many infections, like Brazil, Gautam enlisted the mother of soccer superstar Pelé.”Of course, he is the best football player in the world,” Pelé’s mother said, patting the shoulder of her son in an image that was plastered on billboards around the country. “I breastfed him!”All of these improvements have had a massive impact. But to reach the remaining children in need, Gautam says, global health and development workers must take a multi-pronged approach.”You do whatever you can do. It’s not one versus the other,” he says. “We vaccinate people, we also work on poverty reduction, we also work on girls’ education, we work on multiple fronts.”That last issue — girls’ education — is particularly important to Gautam.”Of the investments you can make in development,” he says, “probably the most important, and the most transformative, is in girls’ education.”It’s important not just because it changes each girl’s life, Gautam explains, but also because those changes ripple throughout the whole family and into the community. Education helps halt the cycle of poverty that often traps generations of families.”Ultimately, the best vaccine is reducing poverty and providing education,” he says.Gautam retired from the U.N. in 2008. He now serves as chair of the board of RESULTS, a nonprofit focused on eradicating poverty. He is optimistic about the progress the world has made battling preventable diseases and improving the well-being of millions around the globe. But, he points out, newer — and more complicated — problems arise as old ones are solved.For instance, when he was growing up, his village had no school. About 95 percent of men and 100 percent of women were illiterate. It was rare for a woman to receive any education, he says.Today, there are five primary schools in his village alone. And more girls than boys attend the public schools in his village, Gautam says.But for this longtime activist, access alone isn’t enough. “You see this new form of inequality coming — a subtle discrimination,” he says. More girls may attend public schools, but more boys attend higher-quality private schools, he believes. The girls have equal access to education, but not to equal quality, he says.”If the biggest challenge in development of the 20th century was access to basic services, the biggest challenge of this century is equity,” he says. “How do we make sure that everybody has access, [and] that access is equitable?”Melody Schreiber (@m_scribe on Twitter) is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Before They Spoiled the Software

first_img –shares Before They Spoiled the Software Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Brought to you by PCWorld Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business September 30, 2007 Next Article Software developers would like you to believe that with every new version, their products improve substantially, adding slicker interfaces and more powerful features, and making better use of faster processors and more RAM. As applications mature, they imply, we are all moving toward the Golden Age of Software.But we know that’s not always the case.We’ve all seen programs that started out as a simple 1MB utility become a Jabba-the-Hutt-sized monster with an interface so complex you need a Ph.D. in physics to understand it. We’ve seen software that dropped some of its niftiest features to lure you into buying a more-expensive Pro version. We’ve seen a once-unassuming application become greedy for as much of your system resources as it can grab.Of course, sometimes bloat is in the eye of the beholder. Additions that are great new features for somebody else may be, for you, useless buttons that just get in the way.You don’t have to put up with it, though. We’ve rounded up a list of good software that went bad, and we’ll show you how you can turn back the clock by downloading and installing the earlier, better versions.How We Found ThemFor our compilation of earlier-is-better software, we went to the pros–the people who use plenty of programs every day. We asked our own PC World editors for their lists of applications that were better before developers started mucking around. And we also went to an online treasure trove of older-but-better software–the site OldVersion.com, which has rounded up countless earlier versions of dozens and dozens of programs. We asked site founder and editor Alex Levine to give us his picks of the best oldies, and we asked site users to weigh in as well.Note: When clicking on a link for software at OldVersion.com , you may need to scroll down the resulting page to find the version you want. Also, OldVersion.com isn’t the only site that archives old software. If you’re looking for a hard-to-find older application, try oldapps.com and old-versions.net .The Safety TradeoffBefore we start on our list of Golden Oldies, though, keep in mind one big caveat: An undeniably good thing that comes with new versions of software is the fixes you get for security holes, sometimes very serious ones. So if you choose to run old versions of programs, you are taking a calculated risk. Make sure your other defenses are as strong as you can make them, and be extra careful about what you click.Instant Messaging ProgramsDo you think your instant messaging application is bloated? Welcome to the club.AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)OldVersion.com’s Alex Levine, like many others, complains that the newest version of AIM features more pop-ups, more advertising, and a difficult-to-use interface. “A lot of our users use AIM 5.5.x or 5.9.x simply because [those versions] do what users need the app to do and don’t use as much CPU,” he says.”They made the newer versions way too foofy and filled with [stuff] I don’t need,” one OldVersion user says of AIM. “The older versions work much better; they do just what I want, which is allow me to communicate with people with a minimum of fuss and without a slick interface that I don’t need.””The smilies are unbearable in the newer versions,” another user adds. “Not only do they do that horrible explosion thing, but for some reason you can’t make them any smaller than the default, and the really tiny smilies are so much cuter :).”ICQAmerica Online seems to have a knack for wrecking good instant messengers. ICQ was at one time the big boy of the instant messaging world. Then AOL bought it. Ever since, people have been complaining about the software’s bloat.”I still use ICQ 2003 Pro, primarily because it still has the original single message mode instead of the split chat window,” says PC World’s Elliott Kirschling. “I would prefer to use an even older and less bloated version, but they no longer connect to the newer clients and network.””It used to be a wonderful little IM program, then they just couldn’t leave well enough alone and kept adding more and more,” complains one OldVersion.com user. Oldversion.com has previous versions of both ICQ and ICQ Lite , an even slimmer client. If you want to check out what people are complaining about, you can download ICQ 6 , the current version.Windows Messenger, MSN Messenger, Windows Live MessengerThis Microsoft instant messaging program has gone through so many name changes and incarnations, we defy anyone to name them all. The latest is Windows Live Messenger , which some people complain is a system hog.”Windows Live Messenger is all flair and no guts,” says one OldVersion.com user. “I want a messenger to send messages to people, not eat up my system resources with transparent skins and flashy interfaces.” This IM devotee says he uses, instead, MSN Messenger 7.5 .Media PlayersLooking for a simple media player? You’ll have to go back in time.Windows Media PlayerOnce upon a time, Windows Media Player was a simple, compact application that just played media files. Nothing more, nothing less. Those days are long gone. Today’s Windows Media Player 11 is a major, full-blown application for managing media, with all kinds of bells and whistles. Not everyone, though, likes those bells and whistles.Says one OldVersion.com user: “It used to be a utility that would play media files you had on the computer. Now it’s some unholy bloated ‘Media Center’.” OldVersion.com has versions of Media Player that go all the way back to 5.1 (a mere 0.2MB download!).MusicMatch Jukebox (Now Yahoo Music Jukebox)Yahoo Music Jukebox (the latest version of what used to be MusicMatch Jukebox) manages an unfortunate double-whammy: Critics say it’s both bloated and lacking many of the best features of its predecessor.” Older versions of MusicMatch Jukebox were the best solution for recording, organizing, tagging, and playing a large music collection,” PC World’s Kirschling says. “Version 10 was the last version, and it did get some small updates after Yahoo bought it, but now they are trying to force everyone to ‘upgrade’ to Yahoo Music Jukebox. The problem is that Yahoo Music Jukebox does not have most of the advanced features that MusicMatch has.”I’ll add a personal note here. I used to be a MusicMatch user as well, but I lost interest in it before it was sold to Yahoo, sometime back around version 9, when Big Bloat set in.WinampWhat is it about media players that makes developers want to muck around with them? Do they get a charge out of saying, “My player is bigger than yours”? For whatever reason, these programs grow bigger, not better, with time. Winamp is another player program that has grown through the years, and not necessarily for the better. Older versions were mean and lean, great at playing media and getting out of the way. The new version , some users say, gets in the way.”My favorite version is Winamp 2.95. That’s before they started bulking up the client and adding completely unnecessary things,” says one music aficionado at OldVersion.com. “I just want something that plays my MP3s. I don’t need it to burn CDs for me or download new music or cook my breakfast or massage my feet.”iTunesIn the case of iTunes 7 , bloat isn’t the problem. But discriminating users complain that Apple took away a really useful feature. ” Early versions of iTunes allowed you to stream your music collection to an unlimited number of PCs on a local network,” PC World Senior Editor Eric Dahl explains. “The current version restricts you to five PCs per day, meaning that if your music collection is popular with your coworkers, some of them may get cut off.”QuickTime PlayerQuickTime is another example of Apple taking away features from a perfectly good program, says PC World Executive Editor Allan Stafford. “QuickTime Player got stripped of lots of features in an effort to get people to buy the Pro version.”The current version is QuickTime 7 . Grab older versions here .Image and Video SoftwareSure, this software category usually means big, and bigger, programs. But sometimes you get less, not more.iMovie ’08 (for the Mac)Here’s an example of a great program gone bad–really, really bad. When Apple updated iMovie , it essentially changed the software completely, stripping out all the best features and leaving behind a shell of the former program. So now it doesn’t have a timeline for video editing, its audio editing tools are poor, it won’t accept plug-ins–and that’s just a start.David Pogue wrote in his newsletter for the New York Times, “I can’t remember any software company pulling a stunt like this before: throwing away a fully developed, mature, popular program and substituting a bare-bones, differently focused program under the same name.”Fortunately, the versions of iMovie that were included in Apple iLife 2004 and Apple iLife 2006 are still available through Amazon.com.Corel Paint Shop ProFor many years, Paint Shop Pro was the top piece of graphics shareware. It was the anti-Photoshop–plenty of features, plenty of power, yet simple to use and fast-loading. Then came version 8. Good-bye, simplicity. Things haven’t improved any in the current version, Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 , which costs about $100.”If I want to do something quick and simple, I just use Paint Shop Pro 7,” says one OldVersion.com user. “Paint Shop Pro 8 just tried too hard to be Photoshop Lite.” At least OldVersion.com has trial versions of previous incarnations of Paint Shop Pro .”With 8, they tried to do too much with it and I had no idea how to even use half the features or buttons,” says another OldVersion site user. “I use Paint Shop Pro for basic stuff like cropping, because it loads quicker than Photoshop. For what I need, version 8.0 is practically useless.”ACDSeeEarly versions of ACDSee, an image management program, were slick and fast-loading, and were ideally suited for viewing graphics and doing image conversions. The current version is big and slow, and not nearly as easy to use, many users complain.”Once version 3.0 hit, the application was unsuitable for my use because of all the unnecessary stuff they added,” says one OldVersion.com user.”The older versions of ACDSee loaded in a snap, like the Windows image viewer, [and] had better functions for resizing and slide shows, and also let you do JPG/GIF/BMP/PNG conversions,” another user says.ACDSee 9, the current version, sells for $40. You can find earlier, trial versions at OldVersion.com .And Two More Previous FavoritesThese two applications are popular–but are the current versions the best?Adobe ReaderThis widely used program is designed to do one thing, and one thing alone–let you read Adobe PDF files. Once upon a time that meant a svelte program. Today it means a sumo wrestler. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the file sizes. Version 2.0 was a 1.4MB download. The current version 8.1 weighs in at a hefty 22.3MB.The best earlier version of this classic, says one OldVersion.com visitor, is Adobe Reader 5.0.5 . “The bloat showed up in version 6,” he says, “and even though it started disappearing in version 8, there’s still a splash screen, annoying updater, and so on.”EudoraLots of long-time PC users have fond memories of this e-mail client; indeed, for many old-timers, it was the first e-mail software they ever used. But some of the changes the program introduced over the years, such as a feature that read your e-mail to warn you if it was potentially insulting, seemed less than necessary to lots of users.Good news may be on the way. Eudora has gone open source, and future versions are being developed by the Mozilla Foundation. You can get the current version here or pick up an earlier version .Our Quick Checklist of Old and New VersionsHere is our complete list of the applications discussed in this article.AIM (current)AIM 5.5.x or 5.9.x (older versions)ICQ 6 (current)ICQ (earlier versions)ICQ Lite (old versions)Windows Live Messenger (current)MSN Messenger 7.5 (earlier version of Live Messenger)Windows Media Player 11 (current)Media Player (earlier versions)Yahoo Music Jukebox (current; formerly MusicMatch)MusicMatch Jukebox (older versions)Winamp (current)Winamp (older versions)iTunes 7 (current)iTunes (early versions)QuickTime 7 (current)QuickTime (older versions)iMovie (current)iMovie, Apple iLife 2004iMovie, Apple iLife 2006Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 (current)Corel Paint Shop Pro, trialware of earlier versionsACDSee 9 (current)ACDSee (earlier, trial versions)Adobe Reader 8.1 (current)Adobe Reader 5.0.5Eudora, current versionEudora, earlier versions Technology Sometimes a program’s new version is actually worse than the previous one. Here are 13 apps we liked better before they were “improved”–plus tips on finding the earlier editions. Register Now » 11 min readlast_img read more

Rising Focus by Businesses to Increase Customer Satisfaction and Optimize Supply Chain

first_imgRising Focus by Businesses to Increase Customer Satisfaction and Optimize Supply Chain Will Significantly Propel the Growth of Enterprise Software Market: IndustryARC PRNewswireJune 24, 2019, 8:26 pmJune 24, 2019 Enterprise software is witnessing huge demand from across a spectrum of applications like enterprise content management (ECM), IT service management (ISM), customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and business intelligence. Adoption of these Enterprise software increases efficiency and accelerates the overall productivity of an organization; thus, witnessing driving adoption of Enterprise software. The ERP enterprise software segment is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.53% during forecast period 2019-2025 driven by retail segment in particular. The marketing and CRM segment of the enterprise software market is witnessing high demand and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.21%. Small organizations are largely integrating cloud-based technology into their businesses to lower upfront costs and access business-critical applications conveniently.  Companies are widely adopting cloud-based enterprise software to scale up the businesses with minimum CAPEX investment. By 2019, approximately 75-80% of enterprises will deploy at least one enterprise computing application on the cloud. IT spending on enterprise software was increased at a rate of 9% during 2017-18, where most of these spending were specific to cloud-based enterprise technology.According to the US Small Business Administration, there are 30.2 billion small and medium sized businesses in the country, many of whom use enterprise software to reduce costs and complexity involved in internal technological systems. In 2019, the U.S. holds more than 60% of global cloud spending.  The large presence of hyper scale data centers in the U.S. is the key factor to hold dominant market share for cloud-based technology. This leads to rising demand for cloud-based enterprise software in the U.S. and hence, the region contributes nearly 25% market share in the global enterprise software market.Marketing Technology News: P&G’s Marc Pritchard and Brand Leaders from Taco Bell and LEGO Take on the Future of Advertising, Platforms and Purpose at Wake up with the EconomistTo access / purchase the full report browse the link belowThe enterprise software market is poised to grow at a rapid pace owing to wide range of applications in supply chain and maintaining customer relationship. The global supply chain management market grew by 13.9% in 2017 and reached $12.2 Billion. Organizations are adopting cloud-based Supply Chain Management (SCM) solutions to enable new digitally-based business models to optimize their supply chain, reduce operation cost and increase profitability at rapid pace. Cloud-based SCM applications are designed to flex and scale according to the needs of globally distributed supplier networks, thus enabling organizations to be more responsive to market demands. The growth in these supply chain management Enterprise Software is driving the total Enterprise Software Market is forecast to reach $545m by 2025 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.15% during the forecast period 2019-2025.Enterprise Software Market Growth Drivers:Rise in the need for good customer experience: Enterprise software helps in easing the customer relationship management processes, which enhances the customer experience and increases customer retention rate. According to the annual report by Facebook Inc., monthly active users (MAUs) of Facebook were 2.32 billion in December 31, 2018, an increase of 9% year-over-year and also the company recorded 37% increase in revenue during 2017-2018 showcasing the prolific rise in social media websites.  The rise in digitization and emergence of social media marketing platforms have increased the need for enterprise software in recording and managing huge amounts of customer data for businesses. Moreover, for businesses, enterprise software eases the creation of personalized marketing content for customers.Emergence of E-Commerce across Sectors: E-commerce websites minimize the lead time, and establish direct business relationship with end customers across various sectors. According to the report published by Walmart, the Flipkart group is showing a significant growth, with its growth merchandise value increasing by 12 times from 2014 to 2018, reaching $7.5 Billion. Organizations require customized enterprise software to manage and analyze customer data, which further widens the scope for opportunities in the global enterprise software market.Marketing Technology News: Will Salesforce Customer 360 Arrival Push CRMs and DMPs Out of Equation in 2020?Get a quote of Enterprise Software Market Report from one of our sales representativesR&D Investment and Initiative, Funding:In 2018, Cohesity, a hyperconverged secondary storage company, announced that it had raised $250m in an oversubscribed Series D funding round led by the SoftBank Vision Fund with strong participation from strategic investors like Cisco Investments, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, along with Sequoia Capital and others. This investment is anticipated to increase the enterprise software development activities towards achieving increased operational efficiency and cost reduction, which in turn will drive revenue growth for end users. Additionally, there has been a significant growth in R&D investments into enterprise software in the European region. For instance, in 2018, Dassault Systèmes SE recorded a total expenditure of $337.72m into R&D, which corresponds to 24.6% of their software revenue. This is anticipated to continue in the future, increasing the likeliness of development of effective enterprise software products which can store, analyze, and visualize large amount of data faster and more securely.The Major Players in this Market Include:The major players in this market are SAP AG, Oracle Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Infor Inc., Kronos Incorporated and IBM Corporation. These companies have been continuously focusing on R&D for enterprise software, both towards addressing security concerns and integration of cloud services for quick processing and analysis of data.In 2018, IBM Corporation partnered with Salesforce in order to integrate their artificial intelligence (AI) platform and deliver an enhanced customer service experience. Salesforce’s in-house AI platform called Einstein and IBM’s cognitive computing technology platform Watson will collaborate to deliver AI-driven recommendations for future actions by companies.Marketing Technology News: WebEngage Partners with Kenscio’s Email Management Solution crmEnterprise Content managementEnterprise softwareERPIT service managementMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleHOOQ Streams Live and On-Demand Video Content on Brightcove Video PlatformNext ArticleHow to Increase Your Productivity with Proper Time Management?last_img read more

New highdefinition miniature camera allows digital view inside veins and arteries

first_imgWe have combined our intravascular device experience with our knowledge of micro‑optics, systems engineering and AI, in conjunction with external manufacturing partners. The result is an economically viable, disposable camera system that is small enough to fit into the working channel of a typical vascular catheter.”Simon Karger, Cambridge Consultants. Oct 9 2018Breakthrough innovation specialist Cambridge Consultants today announced a watershed moment for intravascular surgery, with the demonstration of a single-use, high-definition miniature camera. Called ‘Leap’, the technology allows a digital view inside veins and arteries for the first time.Leap builds on the latest generation of sub-millimeter cameras, enabling surgeons to visualize parts of the anatomy that are currently inaccessible with today’s imaging techniques.With potential for even smaller cameras on the horizon, this highly miniaturized ‘chip-on-tip’ architecture features a 400 x 400 pixel image (0.16 megapixels) as a standard capability, an order of magnitude improvement over standard fiber-optic angioscopes.Chip-on-tip refers to the location of the imaging sensor at the distal end of the endoscope, in contrast to traditional fiber bundles which transmit light to large, external processing towers.In the future, Leap technology could be combined with Cambridge Consultants’ ‘super-resolution’ image processing to increase the resolution further to 1600 x 1600 pixels (2.6 megapixels).This state-of-the-art, proprietary technique harnesses deep learning to enhance low-resolution images without the blurring associated with traditional upscaling and will ultimately provide visualization for the most challenging cardiovascular surgery.Despite the ability to provide unique predictive information, current surgical endoscopes are not widely used in angioscopy due to poor flexibility, a limited field of view and low resolution.At 1.35 mm in diameter, the Leap early prototype is small and flexible enough for use in a procedure such as intracoronary angioscopy.Leap increases the information available to surgeons with new functionality, such as enabling tissue classification or direct imaging of non-standard vascular occlusions.Related StoriesNew system for precise navigation through the vascular systemTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’UT Dallas adds MILabs Hybrid OI/CT system to its innovative medical imaging solutionsMoving beyond the traditional endoscope, inspection with a Leap device could be paired with today’s leading technologies, such as IVUS (Intravascular Ultrasound) and OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), enabling enhanced diagnostic techniques during surgery.Existing endoscopes also carry an elevated risk of infection and device damage due to inadequate sterilization between procedures.Leap overcomes a number of these barriers, being an inexpensive, single-use endoscope and can be operated from a standard computer, not relying on the availability of large and expensive operating room infrastructure.Due to the falling costs of chip-on-tip technology, the expense associated with traditional endoscope systems are set to significantly reduce. This is achieved with the introduction of an economical, reposable device, removing the need for sterilization and maintenance. “For the first time, Leap offers practical, direct visualization in the procedure room and a platform for integration of new configurations, sensor types and imaging modalities (such as spectroscopy). This can enable a new level of advanced imaging in intravascular procedures and an unparalleled surgical experience,” Simon added.Leap will be showcased at Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2018 in Singapore, October 9th to 10th, Stand 25. News-Medical will also be releasing a follow-up interview as part of our Insights from Industry series in a few weeks time. center_img Source:https://www.cambridgeconsultants.com/last_img read more