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Alaska hires Altamirano, Ildefonso as new coaches

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first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Perasol welcomes solid support from alumni: ‘It gives us pressure to deliver’ “Danny Ildefonso is both one of the best players and best men to ever have played in the PBA. He has always had a tremendous work ethic and has detailed knowledge on how to play the game as a big man. He will surely have a tremendous impact on the development of our big men,” said Compton.Rounding out the new hires for Alaska is Tony dela Cruz, who has now shifted to the coaching after retiring last month.“Tony Dela Cruz has always been one of the smartest players in the PBA and he knows the ins and outs of our system as well as any of our coaches. He is an excellent communicator who has a great relationship with everyone on the team and he will make a very smooth transition into coaching,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter losing key deputies in the offseason, Alaska has enlisted the services of Eric Altamirano, Danny Ildefonso, and Tony dela Cruz to assist coach Alex Compton this upcoming season.“I am really excited about the new coaches we have added to our coaching staff,” said Compton, who lost deputies Louie Alas and Topex Robinson to Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Compton will be renewing his partnership with Altamirano, both of whom formed the grassroots program National Basketball Training Center (NBTC).“Coach Eric Altamirano is a proven winner at every single level he has coached at including the PBA. Alaska gets a veteran coach with tremendous experience and character in Coach Eric, truly a man of excellence,” he said of the seasoned mentor, who last called the shots for Flying V Thunder in the PBA D-League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIldefonso, meanwhile, boasts a decorated career being a two-time PBA MVP with San Miguel, before finishing his career with Meralco.He is currently serving as a big man coach for the NU Bulldogs under coach Jamike Jarin. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

India vs England: Chennai Test on schedule after cyclone Vardah

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first_imgThe fifth and final Test match between India and England will start as per schedule on December 16 at the Chepauk despite the severe cyclone Vardah that lashed the Tamil Nadu capital last evening.Tamil Nadu Cricket Association secretary Kashi Viswanathan said that although centre strip and the outfield have not been affected by the cyclone, the sight screen has been badly damaged, the bulbs of the floodlights blown off, a number of air-conditioners also got damaged and those need to be set in order in the next two days. (Also read: I don’t believe in playing sarcastic mind games, says Virat Kohli)”The assuring part is that the pitch and the outfield has not been affected by the cyclone. But sightscreen has been damaged. The bulbs have blown off, air conditioners damaged. There have been hundreds of tree trunks lying in the road leading upto the stadium. Our challenge is to set everything in order in the next two days. I am confident we will be able to set everything right,” Viswanthan told PTI on Tuesday.The veteran administrator also informed that like other years, three blocks will remain closed.last_img read more

9 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso: We’re not taking Coppa Italia lightly

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first_imgAC Milan coach Gattuso: We’re not taking Coppa Italia lightlyby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso says they’ll take their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria seriously.Milan also face Juventus next week in Jeddah for the Supercoppa.Gattuso said, “We’re not going on vacation to Genoa, we are taking part in a competition that we really care about.“Last season, we reached the Final of the Coppa Italia and that was a huge disappointment. “It’s true, we are facing a Sampdoria side in stunning shape, but we too will use the best team available to go through.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Expect 2019 to be quiet in Congress – for small business

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first_imgNEW YORK — Small business issues often win bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but given the divisions in the incoming 116th Congress, advocates for companies have low expectations.Even after lawmakers deal with the partial government shutdown, a Democratic House, a Republican Senate and ongoing investigations of the Trump White House and campaign are expected to be obstacles to much small business-related work getting done.“I think 2019 is going to be a quiet year with maybe small reforms on tax things, maybe some trade legislation getting through,” said Karen Kerrigan, president of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.Company owners may see more movement in their states, said John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority, who called governors “more aggressive than anyone” on helping small business.A look at issues that small business advocates expect to be on government agendas in 2019:HEALTH CARELawmakers were expected to introduce health care bills even before the federal court ruling last month that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Since that ruling, which is expected to be appealed and could reach the Supreme Court, House Democrats have said they plan to intervene in the defence of the law.Democrats expect to introduce bills to limit the use of low-cost short-term health plans that have limited coverage and bolster the ACA’s coverage of people with pre-existing conditions. Republican opposition to Democratic efforts is likely, although many GOP lawmakers voiced support for pre-existing condition coverage during their election campaigns.Small business groups want Congress to pass legislation limiting increases in health care costs — but they’re not optimistic.“To do that would be controversial,” said Todd McCracken, president of the National Small Business Association.Legislation expanding the availability of association health plans, or AHPs, stalled in the 115th Congress, and could be reintroduced. These plans allow individuals like sole proprietors to band together and buy insurance. They’re illegal under the ACA but the Trump administration last year issued rules making it possible for some owners to join AHPs. However, some states have laws making it difficult or impossible for their residents to join the plans, and more states might enact their own legislation.Changes in health care law are most likely to come from the states, Arensmeyer said.TAXESLegislation to simplify tax code provisions that affect small businesses languished in the last Congress and is expected to be reintroduced. Among other things, the Small Business Owners’ Tax Simplification Act would make due dates for estimated tax payments the last date of calendar year quarters. It would also make it easier for owners to deduct their own health care premiums.“They’re common sense reforms that are supported by both sides of the aisle,” Kerrigan says.Some business groups will seek further tax code simplification because of the administrative burden taxes place on owners. But hopes aren’t high.“Any material simplification is probably not going to happen with the divided Congress,” said Keith Hall, president of the National Association for the Self-Employed.TRADECongress is expected to consider the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement early in 2019. The trade deal, intended to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, is opposed by Democrats who want stronger protections for U.S. workers from low-wage Mexican competition.Many U.S. small manufacturers export to Mexico and Canada and want the deal ratified.“It’s bad for business, particularly for small businesses, if the agreement just went away,” McCracken said.EMPLOYMENT ISSUESThe Labor Department is expected to issue its new regulations on overtime — which employees must be given overtime, and which are exempt. The Trump administration is rewriting rules written under the Obama administration and then blocked by a federal judge; those rules would have doubled the pay threshold at which workers would be exempt from overtime, to $47,476 from $23,660. An estimated 4.2 million people would have been able to begin earning OT under the rules.Kerrigan expects the rules to be issued early in the year, and predicted the threshold would be a compromise between the Obama administration version and no increase.INFRASTRUCTURELegislation to repair the nation’s roadways and bridges is expected in the new Congress although the Trump administration $1.5 billion proposal announced last February foundered. McCracken says the parties remain too far apart for a bill to pass — unless the economy provides some motivation for a compromise.“Infrastructure is one of those things that can generate a lot of activity and bolster the economy,” he says. Many companies that do the actual repairing of roads and bridges are small businesses like general contractors.INTERNET PRIVACYLaws aimed at protecting consumers’ privacy and personal information are expected to be pursued in state legislatures, and possibly in Congress, after California’s passage last year of its Consumer Privacy Protection Act. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2020, requires businesses to disclose how they use personal information and gives consumers more control over how that information is used.The prospect of businesses having to comply with 50 different laws has some members of Congress in favour of creating a national standard. “That’s where you may see some bipartisanship,” Kerrigan said. But McCracken said it’s unlikely such a bill would pass both houses.PAID LEAVELegislation is expected in more states providing for paid sick leave and family leave for employees. Twelve states and 20 cities and counties have sick leave laws, which allow employees to accrue paid time off for their illnesses or a family member’s. Paid family leave, including time off to care for ill relatives, is the law only in California, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island; those states have employee and/or employer-funded insurance pools to partially replace workers’ wages.Democrats in the House may also introduce family leave legislation, but it likely wouldn’t survive the Senate, McCracken said.___For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

CPIM MP tops chart in terms of MPLADS fund utilisation in WB

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first_imgKolkata: As political parties gear up for Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal, data released by the central government has shown that CPI(M) lawmaker Mohammed Salim has secured the top spot in terms of utilisation of MPLADS funds in the state, followed by TMC MPs. Besides Salim, the other five MPs who have performed well in terms of the MPLADS fund utilisation were all first-time MPs, involved in social service or the entertainment industry before becoming parliamentarians in 2014. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) enables MPs to recommend developmental work in their constituencies with an emphasis on creating durable community assets based on locally felt needs. West Bengal with 42 Lok Sabha seats had utilised around 93.42 per of the released MPLADS funds. Around Rs 803.39 crore was used in the last five years and Rs 124.47 crore still lies unused in the MPLADS from the state. Projects worth over Rs 1000 crore were recommended by MPs cutting across party lines and the amount sanctioned was Rs 902.44 crore. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja According to the data, Salim, a CPI(M) MP from Raiganj Lok Sabha seat had ensured 115.14 per cent utilisation of the released funds. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was Rs 20.98 crore. In the 16th Lok Sabha from 2014-2019, Salim had recommended around Rs 28.88 crore for developmental work of which Rs 21.51 crore was sanctioned by the Centre. Around Rs 20.05 crore was spent from the sanctioned amount. Salim alleged that the district administration had been “lethargic” in releasing the utilisation certificates thereby “blocking” the way for the release of funds for the subsequent year. Under MPLADS, the role of an MP is limited only up to recommendation of developmental works. Thereafter it is the responsibility of the district administration to sanction, execute and complete the works recommended by the MP within the stipulated time period. The second in the list of utilising the fund was first time TMC MP Mamata Bala Thakur, from Bongaon Lok Sabha constituency. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was around Rs 26.03 crore. Thakur had recommended around Rs 27.72 crore of which Rs 25.58 crore was sanctioned by the Centre. Of the sanctioned sum, around Rs 25.34 crore was spent and the percentage of utilisation of funds was 110.60 percent. Bengali actress and first time TMC MP Sandhya Roy from Medinipur Lok Sabha constituency ranked third. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was around Rs 26.92 crores and Roy had recommended around Rs 27.89 crore for developmental work of which the entire amount was sanctioned. Around Rs 26.50 crore was spent and the percentage of utilization was 104.40 percent. Bengali actor and first time TMC MP Deepak Adhikari, commonly know as Dev, from Ghatal Lok Sabha constituency ranked fourth. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was around Rs 18.91 crore and Adhikari had recommended around Rs 25.84 crore of which the entire amount was sanctioned. Around Rs 18.29 crore was spent and the percentage of utilisation is 102.51 percent. The fifth in the list was TMC MP Aparupa Poddar, another first time MP from Arambag Lok Sabha constituency. The amount available with interest in MPLAD was around Rs 28.55 crore and Poddar had recommended around Rs 35.88 crore of which Rs 28.25 crore was sanctioned. Around Rs 26.06 crore was spent and the percentage of utilization of released funds stood at 102.24 per cent. In the case of senior TMC leader and first time MP, Abhishek Banerjee, who also happens to be the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the percentage of utilisation of the released funds stand at 94.04 per cent. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was around Rs 26.87 crore. The MP had recommended projects around Rs 26.92 crore of which Rs 23.94 crores was sanctioned. Around Rs 21.56 crore was spent for various projects. The two BJP MPs from Bengal- Darjeeling MP S S Ahluwalia and Asansol MP Babul Supriyo – had recorded utilisation of released MPLADS funds at around 56.30 per cent and 72.68 per cent respectively. Ahluwalia alleged that he had submitted around 312 recommendations to the district administration for various developmental projects but 228 recommendations were yet to be processed. The amount available with interest in the MPLADS of Ahluwalia was around Rs 10.29 crore. Ahluwalia had recommended projects worth Rs 25.22 crores of which Rs 8.81 crore was sanctioned. Around Rs 5.83 crore was spent and the percentage of utilization of released funds was 56.30 per cent.last_img read more

Expect to come out of PCA in second quarter UBI MD

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first_imgKolkata: City-based United Bank of India (UBI), which reported losses for the last seven quarters, is expecting to come out of the prompt and corrective action (PCA) list of RBI in the second quarter of the current financial year, a top official of the bank said. “We should be coming out of PCA by the second quarter of 2019-20. Things are happening the way we have strategised,” Ashok Kr Pradhan, MD and CEO of UBI told PTI. Pradhan said that the bank is not growing due to lack of capital. “However, the government has given us capital support. Last year the bank got Rs 5000 crore which will help us to meet the regulatory requirements”, Pradhan said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja He said that the bank is increasing the asset book by changing the risk-weighted asset portfolio. “The bank is increasing the advance book by managing the risk-weighted exposures. Earlier, the asset book was tilted towards risky assets. Now we are going for AA and AAA rated accounts”. He said that UBI had received around Rs 4500 crore through NPA resolution during the last year. “Our GNPA should be in the range of 15 per cent to 16 per cent by March 2019, down from 21.27 per cent earlier”. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Pradhan said “this last quarter we expect to be in profits and continue for the rest of the period quarter-on-quarter”. RBI had imposed PCA on the bank in December 2017 which had led to restrictions on lending, non-opening of new branches and non-recruitment of staff as the cost-to-income of the bank was adverse. The advance book of the bank increased Rs 4000 crore during the last financial year with advances presently touching Rs 73,000 crore. Pradhan said “The target this year for advances should touch Rs 80,000 crore and deposits at Rs 1,35,000 crore”. He said that capital would be required for growth of the bank. “We will raise capital from the market, maybe in the third quarter. “We will also raise Rs 100 crore from the employees through Employees Stock Purchase Scheme”, he said. Since the bank is located in the east, its growth had been constrained due to lack of growth in this part of the country for which it wants to have an ambitious target. In the current fiscal, the retail sector is expected to grow by 20 per cent, MSMEs by 22 per cent to 24 per cent and agriculture eight to ten per cent, he said. “We will be very selective on the corporates and to take exposure in AA and AAA rated accounts”, Pradhan added.last_img read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State opens season against No 22 South Florida

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Ohio State redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman (24) looks to pass to a teammate in the fourth quarter of the Buckeyes’ semifinal game against Rutgers on March 2 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Ohio State beat Rutgers 82-57. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team starts its regular season with a matchup against No. 22 South Florida on Tuesday in the Schottenstein Center, the first of six preseason ranked Top 25 matchups. The Buckeyes, who come into the season unranked, have a lot to prove after losing over 90 percent of their scoring output from last year with the departures of guard Kelsey Mitchell, forward Stephanie Mavunga and guard Linnae Harper, among others. Finding a new reliable scoring threat will be one of many things the new-look Buckeyes hope to figure out as the season progresses, with Tuesday’s opener as the first official test of a fresh roster. Head coach Kevin McGuff acknowledges there are questions that need answers in regard to the new team, but said he sees it as an opportunity for more players to get involved to help the team win.“We’re still just kind of trying to gel and get things to come together, but we’re going to have to be a really balanced team and we don’t have necessarily that one player that can just go get points,” McGuff said. “We’re going to have to execute well and spread the ball around.” The Buckeyes were able to spread the ball around during their preseason win over IUP Sunday with a 72-50 victory that saw four separate players score double digits: freshman forward Dorka Juhasz, 14, redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro, 14, freshman guard Janai Crooms, 12 and freshman forward Aaliyah Patty, 12. A healthy dose of freshman scoring is a good sign for the young team still trying to find its identity. While Ohio State wasn’t entirely consistent all the way through, the young players made their mark on both sides of the ball, with two big steals and a block from Crooms in the second quarter that began to take the life out of IUP. There was also a mixture of older help with the scoring outbreak from Santoro, who hit three 3-pointers within three minutes in the third quarter to keep the momentum in favor of Ohio State. The most ideal situation, McGuff said, is to get all players contributing to the team and ready to make an impact for the best chance at winning, which he saw glimpses of against IUP.Getting another chance to breed chemistry will do the team some good as the season progresses. Santoro believes the team is beginning to work well together. “I think we’re gelling really well,” Santoro said. “We’re friends outside of basketball, and basketball we all work really well together. We all want the best for each other.” This theory will be put to the test against USF, which found itself making an early exit in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season to an upset against No. 11 Buffalo. Shortly after the battle against USF, the Buckeyes will face Detroit Mercy Nov. 9 at home, followed by a trip to Storrs, Connecticut, to face off against t No. 2 UConn, which has gone to 11 straight Final Fours and has won six of them, on Nov. 11. The tests of the season begin heavy with two of the first three matchups against highly-ranked opponents, so the fresh-faced Buckeyes will have to learn fast and work together to show what they are made of. read more

Michel Vorm will be in goal against Newcastle

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first_imgMichel Vorm is ready to stand in for Hugo Lloris when Tottenham Hotspur kick off their Premier League campaign at Newcastle United.The former Swansea goalie is set to be called upon by manager Mauricio Pochettino, as he has suggested, in a bid to rest a number of his World Cup stars at St James’ Park on Saturday lunchtime.And a relaxed Vorm, 34, says he will treat the build-up to the match like any other at a club where, in training sessions, it does not matter who is the first choice.Nine of Spurs’ internationals returned for training on Monday, including World Cup winner Lloris. And it’s clear they will not be fit for the first two Premier League matches.That is fine with Vorm, who has made 43 appearances for the club since signing from Swansea City in 2014.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I need to make sure like always I’m ready,’ he said. ‘I always have a spell of games. I just try and be at a certain level and if I get the chance to show I’m still here.”Being a first-choice goalkeeper is difficult enough, but Vorm agreed that it is an art to be able to step in after long periods without match action.“I think so,’ he said. ‘In general, to be a goalkeeper, it’s mentally very tough. You can see it in World Cup final or Champions League final; there’s a certain pressure. As back-up of Hugo, when you’re called on at a club like this everyone expects everything to be good. It’s not easy. I think sometimes people underestimate how difficult it can be.”Vorm believes coaching sessions put on by trusted Pochettino lieutenant Toni Jiminez ensure each of the club’s goalkeepers are ready to perform.“The way we work is very intense and demanding,’ he said. ‘I think I’m a good professional. I make sure I give everything in training, and Toni treats everyone the same. It’s not like “who was playing.” We push each other and train at a very high level.”last_img read more

Tyler Adams asked other Americans before joining the Bundesliga

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first_imgThe soon-to-be RB Leipzig midfielder talked to Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie before he decided his move19-year-old midfielder Tyler Adams will join RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga this January.But before signing for his new team, he talked to his fellow Americans: Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie.“I spoke to Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie about the league while we were with the national team,” he was quoted by the Bundesliga website.Tyler Adams wants to win it all! Manuel R. Medina – June 25, 2019 The RB Leipzig and United States midfielder want to establish himself in the German Bundesliga and then win it all.“They’re both good friends of mine. It won’t be easy to adapt, but the Bundesliga is well known for giving young players a chance.”“I was able to train here when I was 16 and even played against Bayern Munich with the youth team. From that moment on I knew I wanted to come here,” he remembered his time in Germany in the past.“I’ve been learning German for five months. It’s very difficult but when I’m in Leipzig I want to speak it as well as possible.”last_img read more

Suspect subdued by bar patrons after alleged gun threat

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first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 18, 2018 August 18, 2018 FALLBROOK (KUSI) – A man who fired a gun and threatened customers at a Fallbrook bar early Saturday morning was thwarted by patrons who tackled him and held him until law enforcement could arrive, a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy said.The man fired off at least one round into the air around 2 a.m. at the Red-Eye Saloon at 1448 S. Mission Road before other patrons “mobbed” him, sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Lawrence said. He fired the gun before demanding the other patrons’ wallets and phones, Lawrence said, but he was unable to take on all of the bar’s occupants.Sheriff’s deputies arrived to find the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Fidel Moreno, already subdued, Lawrence said, adding that a pistol with a loaded magazine and a spent shell casing were found on the ground nearby.Moreno was arrested and taken to the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of robbery and weapons charges. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Suspect subdued by bar patrons after alleged gun threatlast_img read more

Dunleavy Meyer Visit The Kenai Peninsula

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first_imgStudents from the Kenai Peninsula College and the Alaska Christian College performed during the celebration. Lt. Governor Meyer told the crowd that his focus is working to regain the trust of Alaskans: “My job as Lt. Governor is elections, and obviously that’s an area that we have a lot of work to do. We are going to get your trust back in elections, and in all areas of government.” Governor Dunleavy, and Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer greeted a crowd of over 100 gathered at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Thursday evening. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享It’s been less than one week since Governor Mike Dunleavy was sworn into office in Kotzebue, and the Kenai Peninsula was his most recent stop on the inauguration celebration tour. Governor Dunleavy: “The same reason that many of us came here, the same reasons still exist here in Alaska, opportunity. We still have the resources, we still have all kids of opportunity here in this great state. My goal is to work with each and every one of you to make this the state we know it can be.” last_img read more

Industry Ideas for a Newsstand Plan B

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first_imgEvery now and then a blog post I do gets people talking. That’s always fun, and the ideas that bubble up are often fresh and useful. Irwin Krimke, whose work with Backwoodsman magazine has been very successful, contacted me to say that I neglected, in my reporting of a recent conversation with him, to give appropriate credit to the wholesalers with whom he’s been partnering, and especially to Kable News Company, which has worked to grow his client publication over 600 percent since they took it over. Hats off to everyone involved in this great success story!See Also: The Newsstand Is Not All “Doom and Gloom” From a reader responding to the notion that the conversation has become too negative: Does anyone seriously believe that retailers do not notice how their sales are down? Please. What would be really strange is if we as an industry didn’t address these issues.Ideas and suggestions have also been pouring in about Plan B. Many have to do with eliminating one layer from the distribution process—either the national distributor or the national wholesaler network. Suggestions center around setting up direct-style distribution, drop-shipping from distribution hubs, and eliminating merchandising or doing it on a fee-for-service basis. Here is a sampling:• From a former direct distributor: “Based on the free market system, if this system collapses another will arise to take its place. Currently I am working with India-based businesses on outsourcing solutions for data analysis that might prove useful to publishers and distributors.”• From a newsstand consultant: “Wholesalers are clear they cannot stay in business without more money; publishers are clear they cannot provide more money. If we don’t listen we are perpetuating a vicious cycle. What if the printers were to develop tie lines for the pick and pack and drop ship direct to retailers? Wholesalers could reduce their business to merchandising on a fee-for-service basis; national distributors can bill and collect the retailers on behalf of the publishers. It takes a step and several costs out of the process.”• From a group publisher: “Set up the tie lines/distribution hubs at the Clark (or other trucker) warehouses and ship direct from there. Retailers take back merchandising responsibility.” • From an independent publisher: “Work with the major retailers to truck to their distribution centers and ship from there.” • From a national distributor executive: “Use a system already in place to swing to direct distribution.”  Are any of these plans strong candidates for Plan B? What do you think?last_img read more

Maoists planning to kidnap NDA candidate contesting against Rahul Gandhi

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first_imgReutersMaoist extremists are reportedly planning to kidnap NDA candidate Thushar Vellappally who is contesting against Rahul Gandhi from the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala. An intelligence report claims that Maoists are trying to create havoc during the upcoming elections by kidnapping the BDJS leader.The report also urged the Kerala Home Ministry to tighten Vellappally’s security during the election campaign. Additional Director General of Police Sheikh Darvesh Saheb has been given the charge to decide the security set up in the coming days.Recently, several posters have appeared in Wayanad in the name of Maoists, warning that they will seek revenge for the killing of their activist during the Vythiri shootout. Last month, an alleged Maoist activist named CP Jaleel was killed in a shootout with Kerala Police’s Thunderbolt unit at the Vythiri area in Wayanad. After the encounter, police officials had revealed that there were 10 armed Maoist activists involved in the attack. Maoists who are apparently hiding in the forest areas have also urged people to boycott the Lok Sabha elections.It should be noted that Wayanad has gained unexpected significance in national politics after Rahul Gandhi decided to contest from the constituency. The increased Maoist activity in the area is creating a headache for the police department, even in the midst of tightened security. Interestingly, several Maoist supporting posters have appeared at UDF offices in Wayanad.Previously, several intelligence reports had stated that there are chances of possible police station attacks during the time of elections. During the time of Rahul Gandhi’s election campaign in Wayanad, SPG will provide adequate security for the Congress president.last_img read more

Give Rohingyas shelter Shujan tells govt

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first_imgCivic platform Citizens for Good Governance better known as Shujan, on Thursday urged Bangladesh authorities to provide persecuted Rohingyas shelter in Bangladesh.At a press conference styled ‘Rohingya Problem: A Humanitarian Issue’ at the Dhaka Reporters Unity in the capital, the civic body also called on Bangladesh to withdraw its proposal for conducting joint operations with Myanmar along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border against insurgents.Professor CR Abrar of the International Relations Department of Dhaka University presented the keynote speech at the press conference during which he accused the Myanmar government of committing genocide in Rakhine and unleashing state-backed terrorism.“The Myanmar government is engaged in an ethnic cleansing in the Northern Rakhine State of the country where they are shooting people indiscriminately. They are bayonetting and using helicopter gunships,” said Abrar in giving a picture of Rohingya persecution in Myanmar.He referred to Human Rights Watch’s report and said satellite images showed that houses in a 100 kilometre stretch of land were burnt.“The Myanmar army and its collaborators have either already killed, or raped or tortured several thousand Rohingyas.”In his keynote speech, Abrar put forth an eight-point demand, including forging an international campaign to impose economic sanctions on Myanmar.The demands also include forging a strong international campaign to bring an immediate end to the Rakhine genocide, mounting pressure on the international community so that the issue is discussed in the upcoming meeting of theUnited Nations Human Rights Council on 11 September, giving Rohingyas shelter, and ensuring their basic needs until they are rehabilitated and repatriated to their own land.He also said Bangladesh alone will not be able to bear the burden of such a huge number of Rohingyas and that’s why he urged the Bangladesh authorities to seek the international community’s help.He also urged the international community to find a third country for rehabilitation of the Rohingyas.Shujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumder said, “It’s not a political or partisan issue; rather it is a human disaster. We can’t remain silent. We want a permanent solution to the crisis.”Alleging that Bangladesh has adopted a subservient foreign policy over the Rohingya issue, columnist SyedAbul Maksud demanded that the policy be recast to end the crisis.”Our foreign policy is not suitable for building a strong nation. The government will have to prove through its words and actions that Bangladesh is not weaker than Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives,” he said.Mentioning that there should be an end to the atrocities unleashed by Myanmar security forces on the Rohingya people in Rakhine state, the columnist said Bangladesh and Myanmar, with the help of other countries, can resolve the crisis.Speaking on the occasion, academician Tofail Ahmed said about six hundred thousand Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh through the Cox’s Bazar border and it is not possible for Bangladesh to provide shelter for all of them.“The situation has turned worse. It may affect our tourism sector. It can even become a national disaster for us,” said Tofail Ahmed.last_img read more

Local ProImmigration Activists March In Houston Criticizing Senator Cornyn And Democrats

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first_img Share Photo via PixabayHouston dreamers and nationwide have marched and rallied since 2017, when President Donald Trump announced that he was putting an end to DACA, the executive program that protects them from deportation.With the increasing possibility that Congress will pass a bipartisan budget bill that does not include a solution for the expiring DACA program this week, immigration activists were ready to march in Houston on Thursday asking for protection for the ‘dreamers’ and criticizing both U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and the Democratic Party.The ‘dreamers’ are young undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as minors by their parents. United We Dream (UWD), the nation’s largest ‘dreamer’ group, had planned a march  scheduled to start at 4 p.m. at 1900 Kane Street towards City Hall.Besides UWD, representatives from the Texas chapter of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Texas Organizing Project (TOP), Mi Familia Vota and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) were also scheduled to march, as well as Texas Democratic State Senator Sylvia Garcia (District 6), according to Óscar Hernández, lead field organizer for UWD in Houston.Hernández said the goal of the march is to continue pressuring lawmakers regardless of what happens in Congress this week.“I don’t want anyone in our communities to feel like we’re venting,” noted the activist referring to the probability that a bill will pass without any guarantees of protection from deportation for the ‘dreamers.’Hernández stressed they are focusing on Senator Cornyn  because he has a lot of seniority in the U.S. Senate and a powerful position. The Texas senior senator is the GOP whip.“He has a lot of power, he has a huge platform,” the activist commented, while adding that, like other Republicans who have “claimed to be moderate” or claimed to care about DACA, Cornyn has said he cares about ‘dreamers’. “Yet,” Hernández added “they use us for talking points in that sense, and then do the complete opposite and try to pass things that hurt our community or get in the way of things that can actually benefit our community.”“So, we’re tired of their lies and we’re tired of false promises when what they’ve shown again and again is that they’re willing to hurt and separate families,” stressed the activist.But Cornyn is not the only one being criticized.Hernández noted that Democrats haven’t done “enough.” “We do feel that the Democrats could have done more to protect the community and that have made promises that they have not been keeping up.”Senator Garcia  said she wanted to march with the ‘dreamers’ because, given the possibility Congress will pass a budget bill without immigration provisions, “it’s important more now than ever that we stand with the ‘dreamers’ and we stand for a clean DREAM Act and protect our DACA kids.” A clean DREAM Act is a bill that would include a path to citizenship for the ‘dreamers’ but with no border wall attached. “I’ve always been standing with them and today is no different, it’s just another action to ask Congress and the President to come to terms with this issue and move us forward,” Garcia added.As for what can happen in the next few weeks, with DACA expiring in March, Hernández said that “it’s very hard to predict where politics are going” and added that “things shift too frequently and it makes it very difficult to tell in a month from now how we’re gonna move forward,” although he assured the ‘dreamers’ would continue to “fight” and “push”, contacting Congress and the White House.Cornyn’s office indicated in an email that the senator has repeatedly said he wants to help the ‘dreamers’ to stop being at risk of deportation and has referred to an immigration framework recently released by the White House that proposes legalizing 1.8 million undocumented immigrants, including the chance to become American citizens.“We are a country that believes that children shouldn’t have to pay a penalty because of their parents’ conduct, and so President Trump has generously offered 1.8 million of these young immigrants an opportunity to a pathway to full participation in American society,” the email noted, quoting a statement Cornyn made in Washington, D.C. this week.Democrats and even some pro-‘dreamers’ organizations reject the proposal because it includes building a border wall.Besides the march in Houston, UWD had planned other “actions” across Texas to take place on Thursday, including marches and vigils in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Laredo, New Braunfels and Tyler.last_img read more

Maryland Men in New Exhibit Seeing the Modern African American Male

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first_imgSons: Seeing the Modern African American Male is on view Nov. 2, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. The exhibit asks visitors to compare their perceptions of black men to reality. Examples of the subjects include Harry William Holt, father, professor, and VP of Bithgroup Technologies; Juan Antonio Nance, father and Baltimore City Teacher of the Year, and Kofi Kwaw, a father, engineer, educator, and coach.  For more information call 443-263-1800 or visit lewismuseum.org.last_img

Looking for neutralinos at the Large Hadron Collider

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first_img“We are looking at the heavens, and using the very biggest things to help up predict what will happen with the very smallest things,” David Toback tells PhysOrg.com. Toback is a professor at Texas A&M University in College Station, and he believes that there is a way to combine cosmology and particle physics in a way that can help us learn more about the universe. Explore further Tracking down dark matter Citation: Looking for neutralinos at the Large Hadron Collider (2008, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-07-neutralinos-large-hadron-collider.htmlcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “We’re interested in the dark matter question,” Toback continues. “Our current best guess is that the particles we know and love only make up about four percent of the stuff in the universe. Twenty-three percent of the universe is dark matter. The rest is dark energy. But I’m interested in dark matter, which should be made of particles. We want to know the properties of the bulk of the matter in the universe. This is a question that interests both cosmologists and particle physicists.”Toback and his colleagues at Texas A&M, Richard Arnowitt, Bhaskar Dutta, Alfredo Gurrola, Teruki Kamon and Abram Krislock, have been working on a model that allows them to use information obtained from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to predict the amount of dark matter left over from the beginning of the universe. Their work is published in Physical Review Letters: “Determining the Dark Matter Relic Density in the Minimal Supergravity Stau-Neutralino Coannihilation Region at the Large Hadron Collider.”“Our goal is to see whether our understanding of particles in the universe, the theory of supersymmetry, is correct. If it is, it will explain one of the most important questions in particle physics and cosmology in one fell swoop,” Toback says.Supersymmetry is a theory that predicts that all elementary particles with spin are paired to other particles whose spin differs by half a unit. “One of the things that makes it special,” Toback says, “is that supersymmetry is a theory that predicts new particles. And one of the particles predicted is called a neutralino.” Neutralinos are thought to be heavy and stable, and they represent the leading candidate to explain the amount of cold dark matter indirectly detected in the universe. The problem is that no one has been able to measure dark matter directly yet. This is where the LHC comes in. This $6 billion project is scheduled to begin operation later this summer, smashing protons into each other. The LHC is the largest and highest energy particle accelerator in the world, and Toback thinks that there’s a good chance that neutralinos could be produced from the collisions between protons. The data produced by the LHC will be made available to scientists around the world, including the team at Texas A&M.“If our results are correct we now know much better where to look for this dark matter particle at the LHC,” Toback explains. “We’ve used precision data from astronomy to calculate what it would look like at the LHC, and how quickly we should be able to discover and measure it.” He and his colleagues have even gone so far to be show that with their measurements with LHC data they would be able to predict the amount of dark matter in the universe. This could be compared to what is seen from the WMAP satellite. “If we get the same answer,” he continues, “that would give us enormous confidence that the supersymmetry model is correct. If nature shows this, it would be remarkable.”Toback says that the work he is doing with his peers at Texas A&M could make a connection between particle physics and cosmology. “If this works out, we could do real, honest to goodness cosmology at the LHC. And we’d be able to use cosmology to make particle physics predictions.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more

Eastern Arctic Ocean found to be undergoing Atlantification

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first_img © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found that the eastern part of the Arctic Ocean is undergoing what they describe as “Atlantification”—in which the ocean is becoming more like the Atlantic Ocean. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes how they tracked ocean temperatures over a 15-year period and the changes they found. Citation: Eastern Arctic Ocean found to be undergoing ‘Atlantification’ (2017, April 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-eastern-arctic-ocean-atlantification.html Journal information: Science Scientists report ocean data from under Greenland’s Petermann Glacier Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Igor V. Polyakov et al. Greater role for Atlantic inflows on sea-ice loss in the Eurasian Basin of the Arctic Ocean, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aai8204AbstractArctic sea-ice loss is a leading indicator of climate change and can be attributed, in large part, to atmospheric forcing. Here, we show that recent ice reductions, weakening of the halocline, and shoaling of intermediate-depth Atlantic Water layer in the eastern Eurasian Basin have increased winter ventilation in the ocean interior, making this region structurally similar to that of the western Eurasian Basin. The associated enhanced release of oceanic heat has reduced winter sea-ice formation at a rate now comparable to losses from atmospheric thermodynamic forcing, thus explaining the recent reduction in sea-ice cover in the eastern Eurasian Basin. This encroaching “atlantification” of the Eurasian Basin represents an essential step toward a new Arctic climate state, with a substantially greater role for Atlantic inflows. Recovery of mooring M6b north of Severnaya Zemlya on 30 August during NABOS 2015 cruise. Credit: © Ilona Goszczko The mooring M5 anchor with the Bottom Pressure Recorder BPR before deployment on 17 September 2013 during NABOS 2013 cruise. Credit: © Ilona Goszczko The Arctic Ocean has traditionally been different from the Atlantic or Pacific in a fundamental way—the water gets warmer as you go deeper (due to inflows from the Atlantic) rather than the other way around, as happens with the other two. But now, the researchers with this new effort have found that may be changing. They have been using tethered moorings to record ocean temperatures at different depths for approximately 15 years and have found that changes have taken place—sea ice is melting from below, not just from above due to warmer air temperatures.In studying the data from the moorings, the researchers found that warm water from the Atlantic, which has traditionally been separated from melting ice because of the halocline layer—a barrier that exists between deep salty water and fresher water closer to the surface—has been penetrating the barrier, allowing ice to melt from below. It has also led to the water becoming less stratified, like the Atlantic. They describe the changes as a “massive shift” in the ocean that has occurred over an extremely short time frame. These new findings may explain why the extent of ice coverage has been shrinking so dramatically—at a rate of 13 percent per decade.The result, the researchers report, is a feedback loop—as more ice melts due to warmer air, more vertical mixing occurs, allowing warmer water to move upwards, which causes melting from below. They also acknowledge that it is not yet clear what impact the change might have, but suggest it is likely to be substantial—from the biogeochemical to geophysical levels, basic components of the ocean will likely be altered, causing changes such as phytoplankton blooms in places where they have never been seen before. They also note that there is another factor to consider—the massive amounts of fresh water pouring into the ocean from rivers in Siberia as permafrost thaws.last_img read more

Wont tolerate insult of Bengal Mamata

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first_imgKolkata: Raising a question on why BJP is “anti-Bengali”, Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee lashed out without naming the party’s national president Amit Shah, for insulting Bengal.While speaking to the media persons in the state Assembly on Monday, Banerjee once again launched a scathing attack at BJP over the NRC issue and its vendetta politics.After knowing from a journalist that people are being taken to detention camps in Assam by labelling them as “infiltrators” and that they are miserable without proper food and clothing, Banerjee asked: “Are jamdani sarees, hilsa, misti doi, sandesh and mangoes also going to be tagged as infiltrators or refugees?” It may be mentioned that the same are famous in Bangladesh. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the same breath she said: “People who don’t have any idea about the culture and tradition of Bengal, pass such comments. I cannot provide if anyone asks me to show my mother’s birth certificate. I don’t even know the birthdays of my parents. There should be a system for everything. I received a message while attending a programme and its sender sought the voters’ list of 1970. It shows that people who had their names in the then voters’ list, are also getting excluded (from Assam’s NRC).” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Some organisations which are fighting against this are going to meet me on Tuesday,” Banerjee said, adding that a message of hatred is being spread to create differences among people.She further said that already 833 people have been taken to detention camps. People from Murshidabad, who had gone there to sell sarees, have also faced similar consequences. “Do the people, who fought to stand on their own feet after turning refugees during the partition, have to turn refugees again?” she asked, adding that she has always stood by the refugees. She raised the question: “Why is BJP so anti-Bangla? The language is in the second position in Asia and fifth in the entire world. We speak and honour all languages. Then what is their (BJP’s) problem? Do they fear the culture, tradition and merit of Bengal? We shouldn’t forget that Bengal was once the capital of the country and all reforms had initiated from here only.”Without naming the BJP national president, she said: “I do not like people who insult Bengal. I was shocked when the state was insulted.”Citing an example of the political courtesy of Bengal, Banerjee said that after filing candidature in 1984, she had gone to Somnath Chatterjee to pay respect. It may be mentioned that it was the only Parliamentary election where Chatterjee had lost, during his political career spanning over four decades. “There were also debates over various issues in the Parliament, but we have shown him the honour that he deserved,” she said.last_img read more

Showcasing cultural heritage of South Korea

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first_imgEvery part of the inhabited world has some kind of cultural heritage and to explore the idiosyncrasies of a country like South Korea, Shampa Guhamajumdar during her visit to the place, came up with pictures to showcase them to the Indian audience. ‘Colours of Korea’ is an exhibition of photographs clicked by Shampa Guhamajumdar that will be hosted by Korean Cultural Centre, India.She has captured images that exhibit the theme of natural beauty. She has focused on landscapes that adorn the country so well.  She says, “There is only one message that I want to give to the world and that is ‘love the nature’. Every country has different flora and fauna and one should try to explore it.”  There is an Indian perspective towards the Korean landscape which is reflected by the images clicked by her. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’She recalls her stay in Korea and reveals that people there were curious about Indian food culture, dress, film and wanted to visit India. From childhood she has liked photography because her father was an amateur photographer.  She talks about the difficulty a woman faces in a profession like photography. She says, “It is very difficult for women. I am lucky that my husband fully supports me. So I can try my best to click good pictures. But the main thing is that we cannot go anywhere at any time. Some places are not safe for ladies.”She being skeptical about lack of awareness about South Korea amongst Indians, adds, “For us Singapore, Beijing and Bangkok are common destination these days. But I feel we do not know very well about Korea, we associate Korean culture with China and Japan, which is wrong. They have their own culture with incredible scenic beauty and four seasons. I think it is the safest country in the world.”last_img read more