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Tourism Australia targets AUD 1.9 bn overnight visitor spend from India by 2020

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first_imgTourism Australia has achieved its target of receiving 3,00,000 Indian visitors much ahead of its time in 2017, a target set for 2020. The Australian Government agency in its analysis about the Indian market stated that the country received a total of 302,655 Indian visitors for the year ended December 2017, thereby marking a rise of 15.4% compared to the same period last year. Tourism Australia is expecting about 3,68,000 Indian visitors to the country in FY2019-20 with a growth of 9.1%.Talking the potential of the Indian market for Australia, Brent Anderson, Regional General Manager, South & South East Asia, Tourism Australia, said that India currently is the eighth largest inbound market for arrivals for December 2017, and they are looking at India to rank on the fifth position by 2025.Read it at Travel Biz Monitor Related Itemslast_img read more

Indians Are Reshaping The Internet

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first_imgIt is perhaps the silliest spat of the year. Since September, PewDiePie, a Swedish Internet personality whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, has waged a war of words with T-Series, an Indian record label and film producer. For five years, PewDiePie has been the most subscribed channel on YouTube, amassing more than 76 million subscribers. T-Series, however, is threatening to usurp his crown with its mix of Bollywood and devotional songs. With millions of movie-mad Indians becoming YouTube viewers, T-Series’ victory is inevitable.This is part of a striking trend: Indians are an increasing powerful presence online. Even with an Internet penetration rate of less than 30 percent, India is the largest market for WhatsApp and its parent company, Facebook. It ranks third by users on Instagram and fourth on Twitter, according to eMarketer, a research firm. Four of Tinder’s top 10 cities by paying users are in India. And 1 in 10 Uber rides globally occurs in India, a proportion that is set to grow.Tech leaders look at these statistics with cartoon dollar signs on their eyes. India was the only country to get its own section in the “recent milestones” section of Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos’s letter to shareholders this year. (Bezos also owns The Washington Post.) And Sundar Pichai, the Indian-born chief executive of Google, has mentioned India in six out of the company’s last seven earnings calls. The investment bank Morgan Stanley expects smartphone penetration to more than double between 2017 and 2020.India represents a microcosm of the world’s unconnected markets. User growth in the United States is stagnant; Europe is a regulatory morass. And unlike China, India imposes few restrictions on foreign Internet firms. Its Web users are keener on Western brands than on homegrown ones.But for years, data prices remained high and growth slow. That changed in September 2016, with the launch of Jio, a mobile network offering low-cost, high-speed data. Other networks scrambled to compete, offering ever-greater data allowances at lower prices. The effect is startling: Mobile Internet connections grew from 346 million in late 2016 to 491 million this year, according to India’s telecoms regulator. In the same period, monthly data consumption jumped by a factor of more than 13, to 3.2 gigabytes per user.As Indians come online in the hundreds of millions, the first thing they do is connect with their friends on WhatsApp and Facebook. They then stream Bollywood movies and pornography. Lots of pornography. Searches for “Hindi sexy film” on PornHub grew 27,814 percent in 2018.There is one thing missing from this spectacular story of falling costs and rocketing growth: profit. India remains too poor for premium services. Apple, which does not discount its phones, sells just 1 percent of smartphones in India. A Netflix subscription is unaffordable for about 99 percent of Indians. And revenue from India remains stubbornly low for Facebook and Google. Amazon’s Indian subsidiary saw losses grow 30 percent to 63 billion rupees ($880 million) in the year ended March 2018.That hardly seems to matter. Silicon Valley firms are clear that they don’t expect returns from India in the short or even medium term. Apple’s Tim Cook has said his company will be in India for a thousand years. Free, ad-based services are more focused on getting in and exposing new users to their services before another company captures their attention. The hope is that Indians will stick around.They might. A bigger question is whether the firms themselves have staying power. Google is struggling to match Facebook’s momentum in ad sales in India. Facebook is bleeding goodwill, plagued with regulatory and legal challenges and facing a lawsuit on its data-sharing practices before India’s Supreme Court.Yet even in the short term, India is having a profound effect both on tech firms and the Web at large. Companies have been experimenting with products specifically for India, including adding payments and other business services to WhatsApp and cash payments to Uber, both of which have spread to multiple countries. Uber offers or is planning novel services, such as booking three-wheeler auto-rickshaws or arranging multiple modes of transport through the app. And Tinder picked India, where men far outnumber women on dating apps, to launch My Move, which allows women to choose whether men can approach them.Indians may have another, subtler effect on the Web. As they become the largest market on the open, non-Chinese Web, content-creators will turn their attention to serving them. Amazon and Netflix are already spending heavily on Indian shows and movies for their streaming services. YouTube is crucial to Google’s future in India. And last year, Facebook bid $600 million for online rights to the Indian Premier League cricket tournament. It lost to Hotstar, a runaway streaming success owned by 21st Century Fox. This year Facebook appointed Hotstar’s chief executive as its new India boss.Tech companies’ experiments in India will determine not just the future of tech business but also how the Internet is experienced as the rest of the world comes online. Even PewDiePie will have to acknowledge this: An insult video aimed at T-Series, released in October, is one of his most-watched ever, no doubt owing to Indian viewers tuning in. As more Indians come online, he too will learn that he can’t beat them.Special To The Washington PostMirani is news editor at the Economist in London.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Divij Sharan is Now Asia’s Top-Ranked Doubles Player

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first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. ATP rankingATP TourDivij Sharanrohan bopanna First Published: October 11, 2019, 4:02 PM IST New Delhi: Divij Sharan has become not only India’s number one but also the top-ranked Asian in the ATP doubles list with a recent three-place jump that took him to number 42 in the world.All the 41 players above him are pre-dominantly from Europe, USA and a few from South American countries like Brazil and Argentina. “It feels great to reach this milestone. It’s something that will stay with me for the rest of my life,” Divij told PTI.With an eye on Tokyo Olympics, the left-handed player from Delhi joined forces with compatriot Rohan Bopanna and began the partnership with a bang, winning the Tata Open Maharashtra.However, the partnership didn’t last long as following a string of poor results, their rankings in 40s did not allow them to enter bigger tournaments as a team.Consequently, Divij was forced to switch partners throughout the season.In 28 tournaments played this year, Divij paired with 10 different partners, getting decent results with Brazil’s Marcelo Demoliner, with whom he reached the final of the BMW Open in Munich. He also won the St Petersburg Open with Slovakia’s Igor Zelenay.”It’s true I have played with different partners but I have had some consistent partnerships in the last 52 weeks with Artem, Rohan and Marcelo. It’s been different dynamics in all these partnerships but I have tried to focus on my game and how best I can contribute to the team,” said Divij, an employee of the Indian Oil.Divij said he and Bopanna are coming back together on the Tour.”Rohan and I had to split because we were not getting into the bigger tournaments together. We are both looking forward to playing with each other at the Olympics. We will try to play some tournaments together leading up to the Games. In fact we are going to play together at the Stockholm Open next week.”Both Divij and Bopanna, who is ranked 44, are beneficiaries of the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). last_img read more

Govt Open to Relaxation of ‘VIP’ Clause in National Sports Code, to Form Expert Panel

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first_imgNew Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday said the government was open to review the clause in the proposed National Sports Code which bars Ministers, MPs and MLAs to be part of sports administration and promised to form an expert panel to look into the contentious issue.Rijiju said the government and the IOA were not conflicted on the Code issue after his first-ever formal meeting with officials of National Sports Federations (NSFs) and the IOA but insisted it did not come up for discussion today. “Sports Code is just a part of one thing which we consider as important but our main purpose is to promote sports. With regard to Sports Code, we have already taken a decision that this is a technical issue, this is an issue related to policy, so an expert committee will look into it at an appropriate time,” Rijiju said.”Along with the Indian Olympic Association, we will form an expert committee which will take a call but not now. We didn’t deliberate on the issue in today’s meeting. We deliberated on the promotions of sports and Olympic preparation,” he said”The IOA represents the interests of all sports federations. When the IOA President said he is satisfied with today’s meeting that means we are together. There is nothing called conflict. There is no conflict,” he added.The Minister earlier in the day a Sports Code which is acceptable to all will be put in place by the government.”We can’t single out any profession with regards to governance of the sport. It would be wrong to say that businessmen cannot take part in sports federations or politicians and officers cannot take part then who will run sport?” asked Rijiju.”It is not about the profession it is about how suitable one is to run the sports federation. We cannot single out any person of any background. What is in the best interest of sport will be put in the Sports Code.””There was virtually no discussion on the sports code today. I believe the sports minister knows that the IOA and NSFs are opposed to the draft Sports Code and proposed changes. He straightaway said that a new committee will be formed to look into the sports code,” a top IOA official told PTI.Asked about the earlier Sports Code, he said, “We can take good provisions from there and include it. It will be for the good of Indian sports.”Majority of the NSFs are against the age cap (70 years) and tenure clause in the 2017 draft Sports Code, besides the clause which bars politicians and bureaucrats from holding office in IOA and NSFs.Asked if a middle path could be found between all stakeholders, the Minister said: “There is no middle path, we are together. I want a Sports Code which is universally acceptable, which is suitable for sports and won’t lead to any controversy.””Why courts are intervening in sporting matters? If they are required to intervene it means there is a failure of sports mechanism. There will be no issue because all are on board whether it is IOA or NSFs. Sports Code will be reviewed with full consensus.”Asked if IOA’s coming under the ambit of the Sports Code would amount to government interference, risking its affiliation with the International Olympic Committee, Rijiju said: “There is something called sovereignty. Can anything function out of that?”.IOA President Narinder Batra welcomed the government’s decision to form an expert committee.”Absolutely we are on board. There will be a committee formed in time to come. We will have discussions and take it forward accordingly. We are satisfied with today’s discussion,” he said.”I think we should focus more on 2020, 2024 and 2028 Olympics. Most of the deliberations took place on this subject. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Indian GovernmentIndian SportsKiren RijijuNational Sports Code First Published: October 11, 2019, 10:51 PM ISTlast_img read more

SPORT-CHHETRI-TALE2 LT(SPB5)

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first_img“It was a great team but the guys who I played with “It was a great team but the guys who I played with were 17, 18 and 19 years of age and I was 26. I wish I was 16-17 then and I would have stayed for four years. Not saying that I am not enjoying now,” he added. A coach from SCP will be sent to stay with the trainees in Kolhapur with an Indian as his assistant. “We are considered as one of the best in recruitment. Football in India has a lot of potential,” said commercial head of SCP, Bruno Mascarenhas. PTI SSR NRB AH BASlast_img

Have you seen Lt Col MS Dhoni’s latest photo with daughter Ziva?

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first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni received the Padma Bhushan – the third highest civilian honour – from President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday.Dhoni was elated after being conferred with the honour, as he thanked “the men and women in uniform”.”An honour to get the Padma Bhushan and receiving it in Uniform increases the excitement ten folds. Thanks to all the Men and Women in Uniform and their families for the Sacrifices they make so that all of us could enjoy our Constitutional Rights,” Dhoni posted on social media.Photos from the event at the Rashtrapati Bhavan flooded social media, with many commending the former Indian captain for the gesture. Photos of Dhoni with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva had already gone viral.WATCH DHONI RECEIVE PADMA BHUSHANIn one of the pictures, Ziva can be seen wearing his fathers ‘maroon beret’ as she poses proudly with father. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also posted a photo with Dhoni and Sakshi. Dhoni, who holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army, was dressed in uniform and marched up to the President when his name was called upon. The Padma Bhushan was presented to five people including Dhoni and billiards champion Pankaj Advani.MS Dhoni salutes armed forces after receiving Padma BhushanDhoni had won the Khel Ratna back in 2007, the padma Srhi in 2009. He was given the lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army in 2011 and th erank of Para Tropper in 2015. His Biographical film, M.S. Dhoni the unr=tod Story, realesed in the year 2016.advertisementPHOTOS: MS Dhoni, in full army uniform, receives Padma Bhushan from President Ram Nath KovindWhat made the award even more special was that exactly seven years ago Dhoni had hit that famous six off Nuwan Kulasekara to help India lift the ICC World Cup trophy at the Wankhede on April 2, 2011.The ball struck the meat of the bat and the sound of it assured everyone in the stadium that India will lift the World Cup again after a gap of 28 years and Mahi’s follow through became an iconic picture.April 2, 2011: Celebrating India’s World Cup triumph 7 years agoBut, these are all known facts. What is relatively less known is the fact that Dhoni’s Reebok labelled bat is the most expensive bat in the history of the game.Did you know that MS Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup final bat is the most expensive ever?That bat of the former India captain was auctioned and bough for 100,000 pounds (USD 161,295) by R K Global Shares & Securities Ltd (India), at M.S Dhoni’s ‘East Meets West’ Charity Dinner in London on 18 July, 2011.Dhoni will next be seen walking out for Chennai Super Kings in the 11th season of the Indian Premier League against Mumbai Indians on April 7 at the Wankhede Stadium.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Imran Tahir 1st ever spinner to bowl 1st over of a World Cup

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first_imgSouth Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir ran off for his trademark celebration after he bowled England opener Jonny Bairstow in the opening match of World Cup 2019 at The Oval in London on Thursday. He is now the 1st spinner in World Cup history to bowl the 1st over.Imran Tahir who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League won the Purple Cap in 2019 while Jonny Bairstow, who formed a formidable opening partnership with David Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad, had a great season as well.England vs South Africa, CWC 19 opener: Live Cricket ScoreMadan Lal bowled the first-ever ball in a World Cup during the inaugural edition in 1975. Andy Roberts bowled the first ball of the 1979 World Cup to Sunil Gavaskar in West Indies vs India opener. Richard Hadlee bowled the first over of the 1983 World Cup.In 1987, Vinothen John of Sri Lanka opened the proceedings with the new ball in their opener against Pakistan. In 1992, it was Craig McDermott who bowled the first over of the World Cup in a Trans-Tasman clash between Australia and New Zealand.In 1996, Dominic Cork of England had the opportunity to bowl the first over of the World Cup and Darren Gough in 1999. Shaun Pollock of South Africa began proceedings in the 2003 World Cup at home while Umar Gul began things in the 2007 World Cup. Bangladesh’s Shafiul Islam bowled the first over of the 2011 World Cup and Nuwan Kulasekara bowled the first over of the 2015 World Cup.Imran Tahir wins the opening salvoadvertisementIn the first match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and decided to bowl against arguably the most dangerous ODI batting side in world cricket. England have talked up their chances of scoring 500 runs in 50 overs. With the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler in the line-up, many feel that is a distinct possibilty.However, the opening salvo on the opening day was won by Imran Tahir after he did Jonny Bairstow in with a gem. Out for zero, Bairstow walked back to the pavillion dejected but Imran Tahir set off to start his now famous celebration.During the Indian Premier League 2019, Tahir’s CSK captain MS Dhoni had said he and Shane Watson do not want to run alongside Tahir during his celebrations.It’s great fun to watch Tahir celebrate. But we have made it very clear that me and Watson we are never coming to him once he gets a wicket because more often he runs to the other side. For me and Watson, it’s a bit difficult when you are not 100% fit. Why go over there and congratulate. The good thing is he finishes his lap and comes back to the same place. So that’s the time we say, ‘yeah, very well done..well bowled’ and we go back to our fielding positions,” MS Dhoni had joked during the 2019 IPL.Also See:last_img read more

Du financement aux légions pour renforcer les collectivités

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first_imgLes membres de la légion et leurs invités dans 15 collectivités à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse pourront profiter d’installations améliorées grâce à un financement de près de 103 000 $ offert dans le cadre du Programme d’aide aux légions. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, députée de Lunenburg, a annoncé le financement aujourd’hui 16 septembre au nom de Tony Ince, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. « Les légions jouent souvent un rôle essentiel dans le renforcement des collectivités, affirme Mme Lohnes-Croft. Il s’agit d’endroits où les anciens combattants se rencontrent et où les collectivités célèbrent leurs plus importants événements. Ce programme de financement, créé en partenariat avec la légion, rend hommage à nos anciens combattants pour tout ce qu’ils ont donné à la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Le financement, d’une valeur de 102 889 $, aidera les filiales à réparer les structures et les toits, à rénover les salles de toilette, à installer des thermopompes et à faire d’autres améliorations importantes. Le programme permet de faire en sorte que les édifices communautaires actuels demeurent en bon état au profit de la collectivité. « J’applaudis l’appui du gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse offert aux filiales de la légion dans le cadre du Programme d’aide aux légions, souligne Steve Wessel, président, Légion royale canadienne, Direction Nouvelle-Écosse / Nunavut. Les subventions à frais partagés offertes dans le cadre de ce programme en vue de rénover les édifices sont inestimables et aident les filiales de la Légion royale canadienne à demeurer accessibles et durables pour nos anciens combattants et nos communautés. » Le programme offre jusqu’à 50 pour 100 des coûts admissibles, jusqu’à concurrence de 10 000 $. Les organismes peuvent également contribuer en nature en effectuant des travaux. Les légions présentent leurs demandes de financement au printemps de chaque année. La priorité est accordée aux demandeurs dont le besoin financier est le plus grand, tout en assurant une bonne répartition des fonds à l’échelle de la province.last_img read more

A City Above Pretence

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first_imgBy the late 18th century Kolkata had surpassed Chennai and become the site of the East India Company’s headquarters. As the centre of British India the city began to resemble a grand European capital and every new building made it clear that the British intended to stay. Kolkata became known as the ‘Jewel of the East’ and the ‘City of Palaces.’ As the capital of West Bengal it is the most important city on India’s east coast. It displays all the characteristics of Victorian England in its architecture, however crumbling the old colonial era buildings may be. It has created its own unique identity. Kolkata’s story is as fascinating as the city itself. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalIn 1685 Job Charnock, an agent of the British East India Company had set up a factory in Bengal but after a falling out with the Mughal ruler in 1690 he was forced to move the trading post down the Hooghly river to settle at a village called Sutanuti or ‘thread market: This was one of three villages (the other two were Gobindapur and Kolikata) which would later grow into the city of Kolkata. A fort was completed in 1696 and named after King William III of England. Wherever there was a British fort in India there would be a church and so the first English church in Kolkata was St. Anne’s built in 1704 and situated near the main gateway of Fort William. Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceH.E. Busteed’s Echoes of Old Calcutta published in 1908 describes a visit to St. Anne’s on a typical Sunday in the early 18th century;’I have been at church in my new palanquin (the mode of genteel conveyance) where all ladies are approached by sanction of ancient custom by all gentlemen indiscriminately, known or unknown, with offers of their hands to conduct them to their seat. Accordingly those gentlemen who wish to charge their condition (which between ourselves are chiefly old fellows) on hearing of a ship’s arrival make a point of repairing to this holy dome and eager tend their services to the fair strangers.’ Regrettably St. Anne’s no longer exists. In 1756 the twenty-three-year-old ruler of Bengal, Siraj-ud-Daulah heard that Fort William’s fortifications were being increased without his permission, he was enraged. Aware of Britain’s global colonial ambitions the Nawab resented their presence in Bengal. Therefore when the British ignored his request to stop militarising their ‘trading post’, Siraj-ud­ Daulah sent his forces from Murshidabad to attack Kolkata and capture the fort. In the process St. Anne’s was completely destroyed. It was during the siege that British captives were imprisoned in a small cell the British soldiers had named ‘the Black Hole’. There was much confusion and the prisoners were forgotten and left in the Black Hole overnight. Many died from lack of ventilation and water. Despite varying accounts of what happened it was a great tragedy for the victims and resulted in the city of Kolkata becoming synonymous with the ‘Black Hole’ incident ever since. Retaliation came in the guise of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Clive, ‘Clive of India’ to the British, who was sent from Chennai to recapture the fort and the city which the Nawab had renamed Alinagar. In June 1757 in a small village between Kolkata and Murshidabad 2,800 soldiers of the East India Company under Robert Clive attacked 50,000 Bengalis and allies under Siraj-ud­ Daulah at the Battle of Plassey. Though more a skirmish than a battle the Nawab’s army had no chance of winning as Siraj-ud-Daulah’s army chief Mir Jafar had secretly aligned himself with Clive, bribing the Nawab’s men to side with the British during the battle. The Nawab was defeated. Later Jawaharlal Nehru wrote that Clive had won the battle ‘by promoting treason and forgery.’ The Battle of Plassey was a turning point for Kolkata as it confirmed the East India Company’s presence in Bengal and marked the beginning of the Company’s rule in India. It also foreshadowed the birth of the British Raj even though direct control by the British Government would not take place untill858. It bears some thought about the outcome if Siraj-ud-Daulah’s enormous army had remained loyal. The traitor Mir Jafar had his former ruler tortured and killed in Murshidabad where his corpse was paraded through the streets on an elephant. Mir Jafar then became the Nawab of Bengal, Orissa and Bihar, a puppet ruler of the British and Robert Clive was given a peerage, Baron Clive of Plassey. With the British triumph and their trading success, Kolkata and its people began to rise. Hindu moneylenders, merchants, tradesmen, boatmen and even courtesans realised they could become rich by serving the increasing number of British, mainly Scotsmen, who arrived to facilitate the running of the Company. It was a time of great confidence. Europeans made huge fortunes and Indian merchants aspired to be like them. By 1772 Kolkata became the capital of British India and a new Fort William was completed. Later the Neo-Gothic St. Peters church was built inside the fort. Today it is used as a library for the Eastern Command of the Indian Army. Yet by the late 19th century Kolkata began to brew with anti­ British defiance. The British became fearful of another uprising similar to the Mutiny of 1857 when Hindus and Muslims fought side by side against the British. In response the Viceroy of India Lord Curzon partitioned Bengal in 1905 to ‘ease administration: The eastern areas of Bengal were separated from the rest of the state creating two provinces; simply put, West Bengal and East Bengal. West Bengal was predominantly Hindu while the eastern part was mainly Muslim. The result was more unrest; in fact almost the entire state of West Bengal rose in protest and joined or supported the Swadeshi Movement that boycotted foreign goods and encouraged domestic production with a view towards independence. Kolkata was now the centre of the national movement of independence. Irrespective the British continued their ‘divide and rule’ policy, provoking a separate consciousness between Hindus and Muslims. In 1911 Delhi staged a spectacular durbar to celebrate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, the Emperor and Empress of India. An empty plain was covered in 40 square kilometres of canvas tents which housed 300,000 dignitaries including the princes of different states whose tents were ornate, even sumptuous. (Excerpted with permission from The Churches of India; written by Joanne Taylor; published by Niyogi Books. The excerpt here is a part of the chapter titled ‘Traders Become Rulers’.)last_img read more

Retailers homebuilders lead early slide in US stocks

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first_imgU.S. stocks moved broadly lower in early trading Thursday, extending the market’s losing streak into a sixth day. Losses among retailers, homebuilders and health care companies outweighed gains in technology stocks. The slide followed a sell-off in European indexes as the British pound slumped amid discord over a new deal for Britain’s exit from the European Union.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 15 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,686 as of 10:08 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 134 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 24,946. The Nasdaq composite dropped 24 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 7,111. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies gave up 6 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,496.The benchmark S&P 500 has declined five straight days. The indexes are now on track to finish the month with a loss.BREXIT: European markets were jittery over a flare-up in discord over British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for Britain’s departure from the European Union next year. She persuaded a majority in her Cabinet to back an agreement that would allow Britain to stay in a customs union while a trade treaty is negotiated, but the deal faces an uncertain fate in Parliament and two of her Cabinet ministers, including the Brexit minister, resigned in protest.The heightened uncertainty over making sure Britain’s departure from the European Union next year is smooth sent the pound lower against other currencies and hit British bank stocks. The disarray surrounding the process has thrown London’s future as a financial centre into jeopardy. U.S.-listed shares of Barclay’s slid 5.7 per cent to $8.49 and Royal Bank of Scotland plunged 9.4 per cent to $5.90.ROTTEN RETAIL: Several department store chains slumped. J.C. Penney fell 1.6 per cent to $1.20 after the company withdrew profit guidance and lowered its sales expectations for the year. Macy’s gave up 4.6 per cent to $31.69. Target dropped 2.9 per cent to $80.71.HOUSE OF PAIN: Homebuilders were trading lower. Lennar declined 3.8 per cent to $40.05, while PulteGroup lost 3.6 per cent to $23.67.TECH RALLY: Technology companies led the gainers. Cisco Systems rose 4.3 per cent to $46.24 a day after the company reported quarterly results that topped Wall Street’s forecasts.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose 0.5 per cent to $56.60 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 1 per cent to $66.76 a barrel in London. Natural gas, which spiked Wednesday amid forecasts calling for a cold snap across much of the Northeast and South, slumped 10 per cent to $4.35 per 1,000 cubic feet.BOND YIELDS: Bond prices rose as traders continued to shift money into low-risk assets. That sent the 10-year Treasury note down to 3.09 per cent from 3.12 per cent late Wednesday.CURRENCIES: The dollar weakened to 113.25 yen from 113.51 yen on Wednesday. The euro fell to $1.1305 from $1.1338. The pound plunged to $1.2799 from $1.3038 on concerns that a new deal to enable the United Kingdom to separate from the European Union will not get approved by Britain’s parliament.OVERSEAS: Major indexes in Europe fell. German’s DAX dropped 0.5 per cent and France’s CAC 40 shed 1 per cent. London’s FTSE 100 slid 0.5 per cent. In Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1.7 per cent and Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 gave up 0.2 per cent. Seoul’s Kospi gained 1 per cent. India’s Sensex rose 0.6 per cent. Bangkok and New Zealand declined while Taiwan and other Southeast Asian markets rose.Alex Veiga, The Associated Presslast_img read more

2019 voters list completed 1 L new voters in Gurugram

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first_imgGurugram: The district administration has completed the voter’s list in Gurugram. According to, the Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri one lakh voters will be added.Providing the data on the increase in the number of voters, the officials of district administration highlighted that in 2017 there 1033801 voters which in 2018 and 2019 increased to 1064351 and 1082870. There are a total of 21 lakh voters who will be casting their vote Among the major areas Pataudi has a total of 206569 voters, Badhahpur has 346769, Gurugram is at 319563 and Sohna is at 209969. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe district administration also not shied away from in mentioning the sex ratio figures and was transparent in the parity among the voters in terms of gender. At 912 to 1000 males, Gurugram city was the leader in terms of having the best sex ratio among the voters. There are 167094 men and 152469 women who are eligible to vote. At 872, Sohna region proved to be laggard. As compared to 112160 men there are only 97809 women voters. In the other two areas, Pataudi has 108765 men and 97894 women voters and Badshahpur has 182435 men and 164334 women voters. These two regions had sex ratio figure of 901 females to 1000 males. Combining all the regions the sex ratio has been registered this time has not crossed 900 and was pegged at 899 females to 1000 males. In 2011, the sex ratio figures were registered at 853 women to 1000 males. To improve the sex ratio figures the pink booths will be introduced for the first time.last_img read more

UN envoy voices concern over abuse of DR Congo migrants expelled from

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“These allegations include rape, beatings, looting and torture by security forces of the Government of Angola,” said Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in a statement.“The most recent incidents would have occurred in the village of Tshiambi in the Republic of Angola between 4 and 7 October 2011 along the common border with Kasai Occidental [province] in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”She urged both the Angolan and DRC authorities to urgently investigate the alleged abuse with a view to holding the perpetrators accountable, in line with the joint communiqué issued by Angola and the UN in March.Ms. Wallström called upon the two countries to use the previously established Angola-DRC Mixed Commission to address the issue of migrant communities and expulsions.“I remind all parties that rape can be a crime against humanity, no less grave than other crimes, and that perpetrators will be held accountable. We continue to monitor this and other incidents of alleged conflict-related sexual violence, wherever they occur, and stand in solidarity with the survivors,” she added. 10 November 2011The envoy spearheading United Nations efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict today voiced concern over allegations that migrants from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Angola continue to be subjected to human rights abuse, including rape, in the process of being expelled from the country. read more

United Nations remains beacon for all humanity says Ban ahead of 70th

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“National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world. But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us,” Mr. Ban said in a message. “That blue flag of the United Nations was a banner of hope for me growing up in wartime Korea.”The UN chief underlined that seven decades after its founding, the United Nations remains “a beacon for all humanity.”“Every day, the United Nations feeds the hungry and shelters those driven from their homes,” he declared in his message on the Day. “The United Nations vaccinates children who would otherwise die from preventable diseases. The United Nations defends human rights for all, regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.”He recalled that the UN’s peacekeepers are on the frontlines of conflict; its mediators bring warriors to the peace table; and its relief workers brave treacherous environments to deliver life-saving assistance.“The United Nations works for the entire human family of seven billion people, and cares for the earth, our one and only home. And it is the diverse and talented staff of the United Nations who help bring the Charter to life,” he said, referring to the document adopted in 1945 in San Francisco, where the Organization was born.Mr. Ban also highlighted that this 70th anniversary is a moment to recognize the dedication of those who serve the UN, and to honour the many “who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.”Noting that “no single country or organization can address today’s challenges alone,” the UN chief stressed that the world faces many crises, and the limits of collective international action are “painfully clear.”“The timeless values of the UN Charter must remain our guide. Our shared duty is to ‘unite our strength’ to serve ‘we the peoples’,” he continued.To mark this anniversary, more than 300 monuments and buildings in more than 75 countries are being illuminated in UN blue from Australia to Azerbaijan, Indonesia to Iraq, Saudi Arabia to South Sudan.The campaign, called ‘Turn the World UN Blue,’ includes New York City’s Empire State building, which Mr. Ban visited today for the lighting ceremony. “The Empire State Building is one of the most important landmarks in the world,” he told New York City officials and other guests, including Chinese musician Lang Lang. “The United Nations is the ‘Parliament of Humanity’. Today we come together,” he continued, noting that the Organization appreciates its “diverse, dynamic host city.” “As a great New Yorker, Alicia Keys, once sang: “Big lights will inspire you – let’s hear it for New York, New York!” the UN chief exclaimed, adding that he hopes the blue lights will inspire the global community to “build a better future for all.” Among the events scheduled for the day, the newest addition to Central Park’s sculptural program will be unveiled in an historic ceremony presided over by the Secretary-General, President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft, President of the Security Council Román Oyarzun, and President of the Economic and Social Council Mr. Oh Joon, together with New York City officials, including Commissioner for Department of Parks and Recreation Mitchell Silver. Renowned Spanish artist Cristobal Gabarron honours ‘UN70’ through his interactive sculpture Enlightened Universe. The sculpture is comprised of a sphere surrounded by a spiral of 70 human figures – one for each of the 70 years since the UN was created. The central sphere and its diameter of 6,371 millimeters are a tribute to the Earth, whose average radius measures 6,371 kilometres. The 70 figures form a universal chain of the human values defended by the UN – freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature, shared responsibility, education and culture. read more

We Put Bryce Harper And Manny Machado On A Bunch Of Different

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We are now less than a week away from almost all pitchers and catchers reporting, and the two biggest free agents on the market — Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — have yet to sign. The rumor mill around them continues to swirl, but we’re tired of not knowing for sure where these two will play this year. So we thought we’d take matters into our own hands, instead of simply waiting around for the latest hot-stove updates.To that end, we called on our friends at Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP), a strategic simulation game that allows players to put on their general manager hats and run their own teams. We asked them to simulate out the careers of Harper and Machado a bunch of times under scenarios where they sign with a bunch of different teams. Think of it as the multiverse of MLB possibilities that still could play out, depending on where these two superstars end up signing.It’s important to note that this is all guided by the game’s artificial intelligence, so it’s based on a simulation engine primarily intended for fun gameplay.1Though it can be a pretty serious simulation, as far as these things go. Perhaps you’ve heard of the soccer sim Football Manager and its notoriously addictive qualities? OOTP is essentially the same game, except for baseball. Having said all that, in the true spirit of J. Henry Waugh’s Universal Baseball Association, what if …… Machado signs with the White Sox?Frequency: 80 percent of simulations2OOTP ran 25 sample offseasons for us, tracking how often each player signed with which team.Average contract: Eight years for $198 millionSix-year team wins: 78.7 per seasonSix-year WAR: 6.0 per seasonBest playoff result: Loses divisional series in 2021Machado is one of the brightest stars in the OOTP universe, with an overall rating of 77 out of 80 (using the traditional 20-80 scouting scale). If he were to sign with the White Sox, one of his most frequently rumored suitors in real life, OOTP sees him having a tremendous individual debut in Chicago, putting together an All-Star season worth 6.5 wins above replacement. But the White Sox would have to wait until 2020 to improve as a team, leaping from 63 wins in 2019 to 92 in 2020, with Machado once again having a strong 5.8-WAR season. Chicago would average 92 wins per season in 2020 and ’21, making the playoffs both years, but they would top out with a tough five-game loss in the American League Division Series in 2021, then drop down to 80 wins in 2022 as Machado’s teammates regress.He would average 5.7 WAR per season over the next two years, but the Sox would miss the playoffs both seasons, with Machado opting out of his contract to join the New York Mets on a five-year, $197.5 million deal before the 2025 season. (Chicago would be fine without him, making the American League Championship Series in 2025 and 2026.) In New York, Machado’s individual numbers would decline to an average of 4.1 WAR per season, but he would help the 2028 Mets reach the World Series — where, in classic Mets fashion, they would lose to the Astros in seven games. After bouncing to the Nationals and Rockies in the early 2030s, Machado would retire in October 2032 with a JAWS score of 63.4, which should easily earn him a place in the Hall of Fame.… Machado signs with the Padres?Frequency: 20 percent of simulationsAverage contract: Eight years for $212 millionSix-year team wins: 83.3 per seasonSix-year WAR: 5.0 per seasonBest playoff result: Loses league championship series in 2024If Machado were to sign with San Diego, OOTP’s AI thinks that he would make about $14 million more over an eight-year contract than he would with the White Sox. But how would his Padres do on the field? In this universe, Machado would have an incredible initial campaign in Southern California, putting up 7.5 WAR and winning the National League’s MVP in 2019. His team, though, would only improve from 66 to 76 wins, good for third place in the NL West, and Machado would later struggle to repeat his amazing debut season. The simulations have him averaging just 4.1 WAR per season in 2020-21, with the Padres winning only 71 games a year. But in 2022, Machado would bounce back with 5.2 WAR, and San Diego would win 95 games, making the divisional series. It’s part of a three-year playoff surge for the Padres, peaking with 100 wins in 2024 — but that team is projected to crash out of the playoffs with a disappointing five-game NLCS loss to the Dodgers.That offseason, Machado would opt out of his initial contract and sign a five-year, $157.5 million deal with the expansion Memphis Scouts — which are a thing in this universe! — where he would spend the next five seasons playing reasonably well (4.2 WAR per year), but losing so many ballgames would surely give him flashbacks to the horrid 2018 Orioles. The best season of Machado’s final years is forecast to be an out-of-nowhere 4.3-WAR season with the 101-win Cincinnati Reds in 2032, but that team would ultimately lose in the divisional series. In September 2035, Machado would retire from pro baseball as a probable Hall of Famer.… Machado signs somewhere else?While OOTP’s AI thinks Chicago and San Diego are the destinations most likely for Machado, it also forced him onto the Phillies, Yankees and Twins for the sake of the full multiverse. The first two outcomes are about a wash individually, with Machado nearing 7 WAR in his best simulated season for each team and producing roughly the same total WAR (33.9 in New York, 32.6 in Philly). He would also stay longer in each city: seven years with the Phillies before opting out to join the Giants and the full eight-year contract span with the Yankees. But in terms of team performance, Machado wouldn’t win a World Series in either Philadelphia or New York, coming closest with a seven-game ALCS loss in 2022 as part of his Yankees timeline. It’s kind of a sad set of outcomes for a pair of teams that you’d think would offer Machado the greatest chance of team success. As for the Twins, they would be very successful with Machado, winning 90.2 games per season in his five years in Minnesota, including a World Series berth in 2021. But he would also opt out of that contract as early as possible, moving on to sign a massive deal with the Giants. Such is the way of Minnesota sports. So where should each star sign? If these OOTP simulations are any indication, it looks like Harper and the Cardinals would be best off with him playing right field in St. Louis, and Machado should lean toward manning the hot corner for the Padres. But those are but two options in the multiverse of possible outcomes. The only thing that we are 100 percent certain about is that at least one of these teams should sign these guys now. Stars like Machado and Harper shouldn’t still be going into spring training without a deal in place — for their own sake and for the sake of fan bases whose teams can use them to compete this season.Special thanks to Richard Grisham and Out of the Park Developments for their help with this story. Let’s move on to Harper, whose future is more difficult to read than Machado’s. OOTP’s AI predicted that he’d sign with any of four teams — the Giants (64 percent), Cardinals (20 percent), Padres (12 percent) and Dodgers (4 percent) — and that’s not even the full spate of his commonly rumored options. But let’s peer into OOTP’s crystal ball anyway. What if …… Harper signs with the Giants?Frequency: 64 percent of simulationsAverage contract: Seven years for $175 millionSix-year team wins: 82.1 per seasonSix-year WAR: 3.3 per seasonBest playoff result: No playoffsThe Giants are a weird team that won 73 games last season despite trying to contend, and they do have the need for a corner outfielder like Harper if they want to try it again in 2019. According to OOTP, San Francisco would pay about $15 million to $20 million more over a seven-year deal than Harper’s other potential suitors, and they wouldn’t get much postseason success out of it. They are projected to average 85.5 wins per season over the first four years of Harper’s deal, finishing second in the NL West (and out of the playoffs) each year. They would also get classic inconsistent Bryce: 5.7 WAR in Year 1, followed by 2.2 and 2.9 WAR (both seasons riddled with injuries), then 4.4, and then 0.6 in a terrible 2023 season during which Harper would hit .209, with the Giants crashing to 74 wins.After six up-and-down seasons by the Bay, Harper would sign a four-year, $116.8 million deal with the Brewers. He is projected for a strong season on a playoff-bound Milwaukee team in 2025 but then just 2.1 WAR per year over the next two seasons before opting out early yet again to join … yes, the Yankees. During his inevitable run in pinstripes, Harper would boast an .821 OPS as his Yanks make (and lose) the ALCS in 2028, but he would put up negative WAR over the next two seasons. He would retire at age 38 after being released by New York (and briefly rejoining the Giants). Harper’s final JAWS score of 49.9 would put him right on the edge of the Hall of Fame relative to other right fielders.… Harper signs with the Cardinals?Frequency: 20 percent of simulationsAverage contract: Seven years for $151 millionSix-year team wins: 87.2 per seasonSix-year WAR: 4.9 per seasonBest playoff result: Loses World Series in 2027 and 2030This is one of the most successful universes either star free agent had in our OOTP simulations. In this world, the Cardinals would grab Harper for the bargain-bin price of $151 million, and he would stay with them for a total of 12 seasons thanks to another midcareer contract extension. St. Louis would be mostly competitive throughout Harper’s dozen seasons there, averaging 87 wins per year and making the playoffs nine times, including two pennant-winning runs. Harper is projected for 53.4 total WAR in a Cardinals uniform (which would actually rank him just below Ozzie Smith for fifth on the franchise’s all-time leaderboard), winning the 2023 NL MVP with a 1.033 OPS and 7.4 WAR. In Harper’s final season as a Cardinal at age 37, OOTP sees St. Louis losing the 2030 World Series to (Machado’s?) White Sox in a heartbreaking seventh game.After leaving St. Louis, Harper would sign a three-year, $62 million deal with the Mets, but a fractured knee would cost him 88 games in his first New York season, and he wouldn’t be the same player afterward, averaging just 1.1 WAR/year in 2032-33. Following an ineffective 51-game stint with the Giants in 2034, Harper would retire as a surefire Hall of Famer with a JAWS score of 69.2.… Harper signs somewhere else?Harper has been linked to so many teams, it’s tough to keep track sometimes. So we asked OOTP to look at the other teams its own AI saw Harper signing with (the Padres and Dodgers), plus the Phillies, White Sox and Harper’s erstwhile team, the Nationals. Of those, the Dodgers easily offer the greatest amount of team glory — in fact, they would basically become a dynasty with Bryce on board, winning the 2020, 2021, 2023 and 2024 World Series and losing it in 2025 (as Harper would put up 44.3 WAR during seven seasons in L.A.).3Just for good measure, Harper would return to Washington in this Dodgers simulation, after a four-season stint with the Mariners, and would also win the 2030 World Series with the Nats in his age-37 season. Individually, Harper would finish with 98.3 WAR in that universe, edging out his 93.2 WAR in the Cardinals simulation for the best of the options we looked at. The rest offer varying degrees of lesser success from both a team and personal perspective, with the Phillies, Nats and Padres projected to make the playoffs a few times on Harper’s first contract (he would re-up with the Padres and Nationals for the long-term in those simulations) and Harper accumulating just shy of 80 career WAR in each universe. read more

Portal 2 receiving zero scores from grumpy gamers

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first_imgWhen Valve first started teasing Portal 2 the Internet heaved with excitement as gamers around the world braced for another exciting visit to the cake-less world of Aperture Science. That excitement continued right up to release day where everything looked on track for this to be Game of the Year material. Even the gaming press’ reviews were all positive scoring an average 95 out of a possible 100.But then gamers actually got their hands on the game, and the user reviews started appearing on Metacritic. They weren’t all 10s, in fact so far roughly half of them are 3 or less giving an average user score of just 5.8. So what went wrong?AdChoices广告The complaints can be summed up into four categories:The game is too short at around four hours for a playthroughThere’s expensive DLC content available at launchThe PC version seems to be an afterthought and a port from the console versionThe Potato Sack promotion is being viewed as a marketing ploy to get gamers spending moreI for one have yet to play the game, but these user reviews are putting me off paying full price for it. Although I understand many day-one user reviews are not a good reflection of a game, the fact nearly half the scores are 0-3 cannot be overlooked.Choice phrases from the reviews include describing the game as a “cash grab,” “pathetic,” “rushed,” and “woefully short.” There’s also a claim that buying all the DLC costs $80-$90 and that this is a lazy port because on the PC version you see the message “Do not turn off your console.”Here’s a few examples of the poorest reviews:Has Valve really messed up here? We have to point to the gaming press reviews as a counter-argument here, and all the 10 scores also being awarded by gamers. But I think everyone expected Valve to walk away with a perfect 10 from gamers as well as the press, and a load of awards including best game of 2011. Clearly that is not going to happen now.Read more at the Metacritic Portal 2 user reviews page, via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

Nvidia aims for 160 dualcore smartphones

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first_imgCurrent mobile tech news centered around Nvidia generally focuses on quad-core Tegra 3 phones and tablets, but the company’s ambitions go deeper than flashy, top-end devices. Nvidia wants a piece of the budget market, too, and they’re hoping $160 phones will do the trick.Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang made the revelation during an earnings call recently. Instead of the cutting-edge Tegra 3 chip, these low-priced phones would utilize the last-gen Tegra 2 platform and an inexpensive 3G modem. That type of hardware isn’t going to raise a chorus of cheers from tech-savvy gadget buyers, but this push is all about developing accessible handsets for emerging markets and those with tighter budgets.If Nvidia is able to get handset manufacturers to play ball, however, those folks should actually be able to pick up some decent phones. The Tegra 2 is a very capable chip, and it’s certainly a big upgrade over the 800Mhz or 1GHz single-core Snapdragons you find in most current $0 (contract) Android phones.And at $160, these new Tegra 2 Androids would be selling for about half the off-contract price of existing low-end models.The fact that Nvidia wants to expand its reach in the mobile sector shouldn’t come as a surprise. These budget Tegra 2 phones closely mirror the plans laid out by Microsoft and Nokia for their upcoming Windows Phone Tango devices. The idea is to get low-cost smartphones into the hands of folks who are currently buying featurephones instead — thereby extending the platform’s presence and enticing additional users to make purchases from their app stores and sign up for additional services. For Nvidia, of course, it’s all about selling more chips.More at Cnetlast_img read more

Les énergies renouvelables plébiscitées par les Français

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first_imgLes énergies renouvelables plébiscitées par les FrançaisAlors que le débat sur l’énergie nucléaire est de nouveau ouvert partout dans le monde face à la catastrophe qui s’abat sur le Japon, les Français se montrent très favorables au développement des énergies renouvelables, pour leur rôle économique avant tout.Une étude Ifop sur les énergies renouvelables, commandée par Qualit’EnR et publiée par 20minutes.fr, montre à quel point les Français croient aux bénéfices que pourraient apporter les énergies renouvelables.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéAujourd’hui, peu de foyers français produisent eux-même leur énergie à partir des énergies propres, mais une personne interrogée sur deux s’est déclarée prête à investir dans une installation telle que des panneaux solaires ou une pompe à chaleur. 66% de ces personnes expliquent être avant tout encouragées par les économies qu’elles pourraient ainsi réaliser. Au total, 81% des Français sondés pensent qu’ils pourraient réduire leur facture énergétique grâce à de tels équipements.Si les Français semblent prêts à se tourner vers les énergies renouvelables, le prix des installations reste un frein majeur pour nombre de foyers. Pour 39% des personnes interrogées, le coût trop élevé des équipements permettant de produire de l’électricité grâce aux énergies renouvelables est le premier facteur qui bloque l’achat.Le 20 mars 2011 à 15:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

KPBSD Additional Funding Request From Borough Up For Public Comment

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first_imgKenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce was absent at the meeting on April 2, but previously spoke with KSRM News regarding the request for additional funding from the district: “I’ve written a letter to the school district sharing all of our numbers with them, and we wrote a letter to the employees within the borough explaining to them that should the$2.4 million dollar additional funding request be approved by the assembly that there are consequences. I’m laying it out to the assembly as well, we are putting a strong fiscally responsible plan together so that services can continue.” A resolution for the request for additional funding was introduced at the borough assembly meeting on April 2. There will be a public hearing on the request for  $2,423,955 in FY19 from the borough at their meeting on April 16. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough will be taking public testimony on a request from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for $2,423,955 in FY19 from the borough due to the state reduction in funding. In the request from the district, the additional funding would allow the school district to retain some of the non-tenured staff for FY20, as well as provide a cushion in the event of possible state reductions in funding.last_img read more

State Looks to Establish Robotics Center at Ft Benning

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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Leaders in Columbus, Ga., helped the Army celebrate Fort Benning’s 100th anniversary this past month, but state and local officials continue to look ahead in their effort to support the installation. The state, for example, is proposing to establish a Robotics Center of Innovation at the post, an initiative designed to reinforce Fort Benning’s R&D mission for the infantry, armor and cavalry, reports the Ledger-Enquirer. Autonomous systems have a range of applications for the Army, including clearing areas for troops and military vehicles and transporting heavy loads into combat zones.“Robotics show great promise for everything from logistics to medical to taking some of the load off the soldier, to going in and being able to provide weapons systems to augment the soldier to make sure he has more and more lethality on the field of combat,” said Gary Jones, executive vice president of military and government affairs at the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.Read “Fort Benning 100 Years,” a special series of stories published by the Ledger-Enquirer to celebrate the post’s centennial.Photo courtesy of robotLabolast_img read more

Louis Armstrongs What A Wonderful World Still Poignant At 50

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first_imgRead more News Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” Still Poignant At 50 Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” At 50 louis-armstrongs-what-wonderful-world-still-poignant-50 Facebook center_img Email The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame recording turns 50Brian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 17, 2017 – 5:37 pm By the time he stepped into the studio to record “What A Wonderful World” in 1967, Louis Armstrong was 66 years old, well into the so-called golden years.Having enjoyed a nearly 45-year career in jazz and popular music, his status in the jazz world was in a period of denouement, with the emergence of younger players, faster sounds, and the post-war proliferation of more complex styles like bebop.At a time when the struggle for civil rights and fears of global tensions between world powers were at the forefront of society’s collective mind, Armstrong’s rendition of the Bob Thiele- and George David Weiss-written pop ballad struck a chord with listeners young and old alike. The simple, almost naive beauty of the lyricism, combined with Armstrong’s throaty, smiling delivery made for a winning combination in a world that seemed increasingly dark and unwelcoming.Following its release, the song climbed to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart, and nearly broke through to the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in an era when psychedelic rock and British Invasion guitar pop dominated.The lasting impact of the song has been immeasurable, with an untold number of artists recording covers throughout the past 50 years – everyone from Joey Ramone to Ziggy Marley to Nick Cave. The original recording was re-released in the U.S. in 1988, and subsequently climbed to No. 32 on the Billboard singles chart. In 1999 the recording was officially inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. Armstrong was also posthumous awarded the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972.”What A Wonderful World” is now arguably most famous and identifiable song in Armstrong’s catalog, and in a day and age that bear a startling likeness to the fears and uncertainties of the late 60s, stands as a needed reminder that, yes, despite it all, it is still a wonderful world.Quincy Jones Enlists Kickstarter, Launches Jazz Video On-Demand Channel Twitter last_img read more