10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde confirms Munir leaving

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde confirms Munir leavingby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed Munir El Haddadi is leaving.The 54-year-old tactician has clarified that both the Blaugrana and the Spanish-Moroccan have decided to part ways.”Munir has made a decision and the club has also taken it,” he told a press conference on Wednesday.”We want a solution as soon as possible, if possible during this market.”I have nothing against Munir, as he has played and trained well and I don’t have much more to say about it.” last_img

12 days agoArgentina coach Scaloni reveals injury for Man City striker Aguero

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Argentina coach Scaloni reveals injury for Man City striker Agueroby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been carrying a calf injury and has not been in full training.The problem was revealed by his Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, who left him out of the national squad for the current international break.Scaloni did not reveal the nature of the injury, but he hinted that it is nothing serious by saying he expected Aguero to join up with Argentina for the next international fortnight, which is next month. He said, “(Lionel) Messi is not here due to suspension. “Sergio Aguero is not here because he’s been carrying a problem and has not been training 100 per cent with his club. Surely both will be here next month.” last_img read more

OSC to consider settlement with Katanga Mining on Congo risk disclosures

first_imgTORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission says it has reached a tentative settlement with Katanga Mining Ltd. on allegations that the company violated securities rules by not properly disclosing public-sector corruption risks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The regulator has accused the company, a subsidiary of Swiss mining giant Glencore Plc, and several members of its leadership of materially misleading financial disclosures that are contrary to the public interest by failing to disclose the risks.The OSC says it will hold a hearing Tuesday to consider whether the proposed settlement is in the public interest. The details of the agreement are not being released until the hearing.Katanga Mining issued a statement giving notice of the hearing while saying it would not comment further on the case until the hearing is done.The OSC’s statement of allegations, which have not been challenged in court, also names Aristotelis Mistakidis, Tim Henderson, Liam Gallagher, Jeffrey Best, Johnny Blizzard, Jacques Lubbe, and Matthew Colwill, who either were or are employees at Katanga.The regulator alleges that the company failed in its annual information form to adequately describe the heightened risk associated with potential public sector corruption in the country and in relying on associates of Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

USChina trade talks to open in Beijing

first_imgBeijing: The United States and China open the latest round of their trade talks Thursday as the economic superpowers edge towards a deal to resolve a months-long spat that has rattled the global economy. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are expected to resume talks in Beijing with China’s top economic official Liu He, the first since China put into law new measures seen as an olive branch in their high-stakes stand-off. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal While US President Donald Trump has voiced hope that he could soon hold a signing ceremony with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, negotiations have dragged on, suggesting substantial differences remain. But Lighthizer sought to play down expectations ahead of the meeting in Beijing, which is due to be followed by more talks in Washington in early April. “I’m hoping but not necessarily hopeful… If there’s a great deal to be gotten, we’ll get it — if not, we’ll find another plan,” he told National Public Radio earlier this week. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The two sides have slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of goods since last year, hitting a slew of businesses ranging from manufacturers to farmers in both countries, with knock-on effects for other economies. And Trump suggested last week some of those tariffs should stay in place after a deal is reached to ensure China follows through. But Beijing has taken steps to address some US complaints. Earlier this month China’s rubber-stamp parliament rushed through a law that seeks to protect foreign firms from the forced transfer of technology. Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday repeated his pledge to step up punishment for intellectual property infringers to ensure they “bear an unpayable cost”, addressing a major bone of contention in Washington. “We will again widen foreign firms market access,” Li pledged at the Boao Forum for Asia, a Davos-like annual meeting hosted by China. While the US has hit out at Chinese practices, Lighthizer said on NPR that “the kinds of things that we’re asking for are not anti-Chinese at all”. “Protection of intellectual property is not anti-Chinese. Stopping people from forcing transfer of technology is not anti-Chinese. In fact, the reformers would say it’s pro-Chinese. It will help their economy, not hurt their economy,” he added. Negotiators hope to iron out remaining differences on other issues including Beijing’s subsidies to state-owned firms and policies to build up Chinese companies in strategic sectors. “In our conversations with the US government they’ve indicated that subsidies which create an uneven playing field between foreign and domestic companies are most definitely something that continues to be negotiated,” said Jacob Parker, vice president of the US-China Business Council. “I suspect this is one of the areas China is pushing back on, (and) it remains a core of the negotiations,” Parker said. When Li presented the government’s 2019 policy plans earlier this month, he made no mention of its controversial Made in China 2025 industrial policy, which had called for Chinese firms to take control of many strategic industries. Still analysts say Beijing’s push for self-reliance and indigenous innovation will continue in practice. Foreign tech companies have also long been locked out of China’s market with many services such as Google, Facebook and Amazon blocked or facing restrictions. Beijing has yet to give in to demands for greater market access to foreign cloud computing providers or loosen restrictions on overseas data transfer, the Financial Times reported this week. At a recent forum on the issue, Chinese academics and bureaucrats criticised related US policies. “China does not trust the US government… we don’t believe that once our data is in America, the US government will handle it appropriately,” said Xu Chengjin of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. American lawmakers and regulators have expressed similar concern about sharing US data with Chinese firms. The two sides also need to resolve when to remove the punitive tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of goods and how to enforce any deal. “The question will be the details and enforceability,” Lighthizer said, outlining a mechanism for US companies facing problems in China to bring cases to the US Trade Representative for discussion with Chinese officials. “They’re committed to do this, but it’s going to be a question of whether they can get all the layers of government, I think, to follow through,” he said. Premier Li also mentioned creating a mechanism for foreign firms to protest against government decisions in his speech.last_img read more

Buckeyes win big in battle of Ohio

There was no Hurricane hangover for Ohio State. One week after dismantling Miami (Fla.), the No. 2 Buckeyes (3-0) poured it on in-state rival Ohio (1-2), holding the Bobcats to 158 total yards in a 43-7 victory Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Two years ago, Ohio gave OSU a major scare, taking a narrow lead into the fourth quarter before the Buckeyes pulled away for a 26-14 win. Saturday’s game bore little resemblance. OSU scored on its first six possessions, racking up a 34-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor set a school record by completing 16 consecutive passes, breaking Jim Karsatos’ mark of 12 that stood for 25 years. Pryor finished 22-for-29 for 235 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another. He and the first-team offense sat out the fourth quarter. “When you feel more comfortable, things start to slow down for you and you can make those passes,” receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “Being able to throw those passes so comfortably, it led to all those completions.” On the second play from scrimmage, safety Tyler Moeller intercepted a pass by Ohio quarterback Phil Bates. OSU converted the turnover into a field goal. The day never got easier for the Bobcat offense. Ohio punted on its next three possessions and before the first quarter was over, OSU led 24-0. “Defensively, we shut them down in the first half for sure,” coach Jim Tressel said. Pryor threw a strike to running back Brandon Saine across the middle for a 9-yard score to give the Buckeyes a 10-0 edge. Minutes later, Pryor scampered 13 yards to the end zone to add to the lead. “Pryor got out of the pocket a lot and we can’t let that happen,” Ohio linebacker Noah Keller said. “He’s a hard guy to tackle. He has a deadly arm and a killer stiff arm.” When the Bobcats weren’t punting, they were committing turnovers. The Buckeyes forced three fumbles, two interceptions and once stopped Ohio on downs. OSU picked off four passes by Miami quarterback Jacory Harris last week. “We had a lot of problems,” said Bates, who finished 4-for-9 for 13 yards and two interceptions. “We didn’t execute plays, hit people when they were open or get key blocks. We have a lot of work to do.” The Buckeyes out-gained Ohio in the first half, 290-47. The Bobcats didn’t move the chains for a first down until midway through the second quarter. They promptly fumbled the ball away on the next play. The Buckeyes stretched the lead to 34-0 following a touchdown pass from Pryor to tight end Jake Stoneburner and a 2-yard touchdown run by Dan “Boom” Herron. Despite the lopsided score, Tressel kept the first-team offense on the field through the end of the third quarter. The unit looked out-of-sync with the sizeable lead, as Pryor threw his second interception of the game into double coverage. “Interceptions ruin a quarterback’s day in their own mind,” Tressel said. “Sometimes you forget about the 22 completions and all you do is think about the two that didn’t work well.” Herron capped off the first-team offense’s final drive with his second touchdown to provide the Buckeyes a 43-0 advantage. Ohio finally got on the board with a touchdown with 6:11 remaining in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Boo Jackson to receiver Terrence McCrae. While OSU flourished on offense and defense, the persistent problems on special teams plagued the Buckeyes yet again. Ohio cornerback Julian Posey, who covered his younger brother, OSU receiver DeVier Posey, most of the game, had a first-quarter kick return touchdown brought back because of a penalty. The Bobcats also blocked an OSU punt in the third quarter. “We just flat out missed a guy,” Tressel said. “You can’t do that, not if you want to win.” Still, the Buckeyes were able to put away Ohio early and avoid a repeat of the 2008 matchup. “We were thinking about the OU game two years ago,” said defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, who recovered a fumble and made a tackle in the end zone for a safety. “We didn’t want to let down our fans. I think everybody took the challenge.” OSU plays Eastern Michigan, winless since Nov. 28, 2008, next Saturday at 3:30 p.m., at the Horseshoe. read more

Osorio hurt by Mexicos shock 30 defeat

first_imgMexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio admitted that he is feeling “hurt” over the way his side performed in their 3-0 defeat to Sweden on Wednesday – despite progressing to the knockout stagesFollowing a dream start to their World Cup campaign that saw them defeat defending champions Germany and South Korea in brilliant fashion, El Tri came back down to earth on Wednesday with Sweden giving them a 3-0 thrashing and snatching the top spot in Group F.Mexico had an underwhelming display at the Central Stadium and were punished on the counter-attack and through a penalty by Sweden with goals from Ludwig Augustinsson and captain Andreas Granqvist, before an own goal from defender Edson Álvarez sealed a shock defeat.While they still made the round of 16 with a tie against Brazil, Osorio was nevertheless frustrated with how his side performed.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“First of all I have to say that we qualified because we beat Germany and Korea,” said the Colombian, according to Sky Sports.“However, I am very hurt. We didn’t succeed in our penetration in the last third. We allowed them to score three goals which is too many. I wasn’t happy with the way we defended but that’s a learning curve for me.”Wednesday’s defeat was Mexico’s worst at the World Cup since they were beaten 6-0 by Germany in 1978.last_img read more

We played well with 10 men – Rodgers

first_imgCeltic Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers insists his team played better after they were reduced to ten men but also admitted they didn’t do enough to win the game.The Scottish Premiership champions were held to a 0-0 draw at St. Mirren on Friday night but Rodgers believes his side were the better team after losing numerical advantage after Olivier Ntcham was shown a second yellow card in the 38th minute.Speaking after the game, Rodgers admitted he was disappointed not to pick up all three points but praised the effort of his players.“We were playing against a spirited team that have made a change in manager and were always going to make it difficult for us,” he told the club’s official website.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“I don’t think we started the game well. We were a bit passive in our defending, but once we organised that after 15 or 20 minutes, we were better.”“Just before the sending off we started to find the gaps and we looked a little bit more of a threat and then Olivier got sent off. It didn’t change too much of the game. If anything, we dominated even more. The story was that we just couldn’t quite make the final pass or the final action in front of goal.”“The players gave absolutely everything on the back of an international break. You want to win but it’s another clean sheet and we’ll just take a point and move on.”last_img read more

SimpsonMiller resigns PNP Leadership

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, February 7, 2017 – Jamaica’s Portia Simpson Miller will resign as Opposition Leader of business in the House of Assembly for the People’s National Party.  Madame Miller, a two time Prime Minister of Jamaica demits her party’s office on April 2, 2017 but will remain active as the MP for St Andrew South West.#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Utqiaġvik Man Arrested For Carjacking And Collisions On The Seward Highway

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers were notified of a reckless 2015 Toyota Tacoma pickup that failed to stop for APD, and continued southbound on the Seward Highway, Tuesday.The investigation revealed Lance Colby Harrington, age 41 of Utqiagvik, stole a 2015 Toyota Tacoma from Anchorage, and continued driving in a reckless manner into Turnagain Pass.Harrington rammed a 2016 Dodge Journey SUV that was parked in a pullout near mile 72 of the Seward Highway, that was occupied by five people who received minor to no injuries, according to Troopers.Harrington left the scene of that collision and carjacked a nearby second vehicle, a 2017 Chevrolet pickup, operated by Paul Caron, age 46 of Palmer. Harrington threatened Caron with a metal bar, and then smashed his rear window, attempting to gain entry to the vehicle.Caron attempted to drive southbound on the Highway and was later pulled from the vehicle by Harrington near mile 71 of the Seward Highway. Harrington stole the Chevrolet pickup and drove at high speeds southbound in a reckless manner.Harrington lost control of the pickup near mile 65 of the Seward Highway and skidded off the roadway into a ditch at high speeds and continued driving in the ditch until the vehicle hit a culvert and creek drainage ditch causing it to roll over multiple times.Harrington was ejected from the vehicle and thrown into the woods. Harrington emerged from the woods, ran to the highway, then attempted to take another vehicle that had stopped for the collision.Harrington was unsuccessful with attempts to leave the scene. Harrington was arrested on scene after resisting arrest with a US Forrest Service Officer and Good Samaritan off- duty law enforcement officers who were vacationing from another state.An Alaska State Trooper arrived on scene and took custody of Harrington. Harrington received minor to moderate injuries and was transported by EMS ground to Providence Hospital in Anchorage for treatment.All three vehicles were totaled. Harrington was charged with Robbery I, Vehicle Theft I (X2), Assault 3 (X2), Assault 4, Reckless Driving, Leaving the scene of MVC-I, Reckless Endangerment, and Resisting Arrest.Harrington was later released from the hospital and transported to the Anchorage Jail held without bail.last_img read more

Hunters Assist States Movi Surveillance Efforts

first_imgProviding specimens from the field, hunters from around the state helped the department collect laboratory samples from more than 330 Dall sheep, 110 mountain goats, 100 caribou, and 100 moose, according to a release from the DF&G. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has expanded their efforts to learn more about Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae, or “M.ovi,” thanks to statewide hunters. The department back in July asked hunters to provide the heads of any Dall’s sheep, mountain goat, or Delta bison harvested, as well as the heads of certain moose, caribou, and muskoxen populations so that samples could be taken. Director Bruce Dale: “Hunter cooperation is crucial to our efforts to learn more about M.ovi distribution and prevalence in multiple species statewide. We’re really still at a starting point, and the more we discover about M.ovi in Alaska the more we realize how much we have yet to learn.” Of the samples collected this fall from hunters, road kills, and department wildlife research projects, more than 800 have gone to the USDA Agricultural Research Services Laboratory with 375 of those having also been submitted to the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Pullman, Washington.center_img Specific Dall’s sheep and mountain goat populations are the focus of multi-year monitoring to assess the impact of M. ovi, and the department is conducting research to improve future surveillance efforts. M.ovi, a bacterium that can cause respiratory diseases in big game animals such as Dall’s sheep. The samples will be analyzed and the department will provide updates as results are completed.last_img read more

Town Of Wilmington Announces Details Of Early Voting For November 6 Election

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Can’t wait until Election Day to cast your vote? Now you won’t have to!The Town of Wilmington is offering WEEKDAY early voting on the following days, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, unless noted otherwise, in the Town Hall’s Auditorium:Monday, October 22 (until 7pm)Tuesday, October 23Wednesday, October 24Thursday, October 25Friday, October 26Monday, October 29 (until 7pm)Tuesday, October 30Wednesday, October 31Thursday, November 1Friday, November 2The Town of Wilmington is also offering WEEKEND early voting on Saturday, October 27, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, in the Town Hall’s Auditorium.Please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-658-2030 with any questions.The Wilmington Town Hall is located at 121 Glen Road.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Early Voting Schedule Announced For 2018 Election; 5,800 Wilmington Voters Voted Early In 2016In “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Early Voting Comes To Wilmington For Presidential ElectionIn “Government”What’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

This HDMI cable makes Nintendo Switch games look better for 100

first_imgSarah Tew/CNET The mCable Gaming Edition HDMI cable from Marseille promises to “eliminate jagged edges and shimmering texture without creating blurring artifacts” among other things. The cable also starts at around $100 for a 3-foot version and after being told over and over and over again not to buy an expensive HDMI cable, I originally took this claim as pure marketing, but I was wrong.   The mCable is more than just an HDMI cable, so there’s a good reason why it’s pricier. Inside one end of the cable is a graphics processor (powered by the connected USB cable) that upscales the low-resolution graphics from older or retro consoles, PC games, and the Nintendo Switch. It works with new consoles, too, but since those already have powerful graphics processors, the mCable Gaming’s performance is not as noticeable.  The Switch’s native output is 1,280×720 pixels and it can use some help, especially when it’s connected to a large full HD or 4K UHD TV. And, as I mentioned at the top, it promises to help with aliasing (aka jaggies) on curved lines and punch up contrast and color in addition to the upscaling. It also does all of this without any discernible lag, which you would typically experience with any post-processing.  11 8:34 Comments Computers Gaming Accessories Computer Accessories Gaming Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voice Nintendo Nintendo Switch Lite first impressions The proof is in the pixels First off, “eliminate jagged edges” is an overstatement. However, while the cable doesn’t miraculously create straight lines and smooth curves from jagged edges, the processing does soften them so they appear less severe and it does this without smearing details. What I experienced was definitely in line with the sample images on the company’s site.  What I appreciated most about the mCable is that it generally cleans up the image quality without making the overall picture too soft. Along with the reduced jaggies, color and contrast are improved. The results remind me of the Dehaze feature in Adobe Lightroom, which can help create some additional depth to scenes, like the water in the Splatoon 2 shots above.  The mCable works, but how much it works seems to be dependent on the content and the console. For example, with the Switch, Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon 2 did look better. But other titles like Kirby Star Allies and classic titles from the Nintendo Switch Online service didn’t show a marked difference.  Anyway, back to the initial question of worth. If you want a better picture from your Nintendo Switch games without taking a performance hit, the mCable does work. For me, the improvements aren’t enough to pay $100 to $150 depending on the length you need. On the other hand, I’m not a serious gamer, which is really who will appreciate what this cable can do.  It’s worth mentioning, too, that Marseille’s site is currently promoting an upcoming Kickstarter campaign for an adapter called the mClassic. From the looks of it, the adapter is the brains of the mCable, but it’s BYO HDMI cable instead of an attached one. It’s also apparently been designed by NWA’s Arabian Prince, so there’s that. The mClassic will be $79 for the Kickstarter campaign, but $99 at retail.  last_img read more

Anil Ambanis debtridden RCom gets court breather in deal with Mukeshs Reliance

first_imgAnil Ambani’s debt-ridden Reliance Communications (RCom) has gotten a breather with the Supreme Court allowing it to furnish a corporate guarantee worth Rs 1,400 crore for transferring its telecom spectrum to Reliance Jio, news reports say.Department of Telecommunication (DoT) had sought bank guarantee worth Rs 2,950 crore against the outstanding spectrum charges that RCom owed it.RCom petitioned the court that the insistence on a bank guarantee was threatening an assets sale deal of the company to Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio.The top court said the corporate guarantee would be in addition to the land parcel, which the company would provide as security, as the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal had ordered.RCom’s deal with Reliance Jio seeks to monetise the loss-making company’s assets including the spectrum, telecom towers and optical fibre. This deal is expected to shave off Rs 25,000 crore from the company’s total debt amounting to Rs 45,000 crore. The court has given RCom two days to furnish the guarantee on which DoT will have to grant RCom the approval for the spectrum sale in one week’s time.RCom will receive from Jio Rs 18,000 crore in cash and Rs 7,000 crore will go to meet deferred spectrum liabilities. RCom owes Ericsson Rs 550 crore which is due by December 15 beyond which the Swedish company can restart insolvency proceedings against RCom, sources say.Outstanding duesAdditional solicitor general PS Narasimha on Friday opposed the proposal to furnish land parcels as collateral, pointing out that these did not belong to RCom, Financial Express reported.The government took the view that the October 2015 guidelines for the trading of spectrum made it mandatory upon the government to secure outstanding dues only by bank guarantees and nothing else, the report said.”There is no precedent for Union of India accepting land/buildings as security towards the unpaid dues… the land provides no such securitisation and cannot be monetised on demand… Undertaking not to alienate property worth Rs1,400 crore is not in compliance of trading guidelines,” the government said in its appeal.Ericsson had signed a seven-year deal in 2014 to operate and manage RCom’s nationwide telecom network. After RCom failed to pay for its supplies procured from Ericsson, the latter initiated insolvency proceedings against it before the National Company Law Tribunal to recover Rs 1,150 crore. Subsequently, the two parties made an out-of-court settlement by which RCom was required to pay Rs 550 crore, the newspaper said.last_img read more

Pugh Lays Out Agenda for Baltimore

first_imgBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, left, with Sen. Catherine Pugh, D-Baltimore, the day after the Baltimore primary. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Catherine Pugh is planning for Baltimore’s future.  Even as Sheila Dixon, Pugh’s primary opponent in the Mayoral race publicly weighs her options for contesting the results of the April 26th Democratic election, Pugh is reaching out and moving forward.  “My campaign was about unity and bringing people together” Pugh said in an interview with the AFRO.Since being named the winner of the election on April 26, Pugh has been busy meeting with Baltimore’s business and educational leadership. She is working on strategies to transform Baltimore into the place where people will choose to send their children to school.  “We have to make sure Baltimore City Public Schools can provide an experience where our children are well educated. When parents begin to have children that are school-aged, they are not choosing Baltimore.  We have to figure out how to change that,” she said.Pugh spent her first post-election weeks meeting with Baltimore’s business and higher education leaders to discuss ways to make career opportunities available to the city’s college graduates and influence students to make Baltimore a permanent home after college.  “I came here as a Morgan State University student. Baltimore is the place where I grew up and became an adult, a business owner, a banker, a CEO, a public servant and state legislator.”   “I’ve spoken to Michael Cryor and we are working with The One Baltimore Committee on job opportunities.  I would like to see students have options in Baltimore during their junior year so more of them can consider staying in the city,” Pugh said.Pugh recognizes Baltimore’s college graduates aren’t the only ones who need viable employment opportunities.  She acknowledges great inequities in accessing opportunity threatening the basic stability of many neighborhoods in Baltimore. “I’ve also been talking about our vision to reduce overall unemployment in our city. We have 77,000 who are unemployed in Baltimore,” Pugh said. In addition to an unemployment rate in excess of 12%, Pugh also mentioned the systemic challenges and inequities created by the combination of high unemployment with Baltimore’s high incarceration and substance abuse rates.One-third of Maryland’s State Prison population hails from Baltimore, according to a February 2015 report by the Justice Policy Initiative (JPI).  25 of Baltimore’s 55 communities are considered “high incarceration communities.”  These 25 communities are home to most of Baltimore’s 7,795 state prison inmates.   Sandtown-Winchester/Harlem Park, the community Freddie Gray called home, has the highest rate of State Prison inmates from Baltimore.“High incarceration communities” are also plagued by higher rates of unemployment, substance abuse, more reliance on public assistance and public transportation, and the lowest income per-capita rates in Baltimore, according to the JPI report.Pugh recognizes that she will need a broad coalition of support to create the kind of long-term systemic changes needed to reach deep into Baltimore’s struggling neighborhoods. “I consider myself as one who does have the right approach to unite this city around issues of importance.”  Pugh acknowledges and welcomes ideas that have come from some of her opponents. “I plan to have a very big tent, welcoming and open to new ideas and new vision.  Great ideas came from some of our younger candidates, during this election.  People who are positive and understand that the glass is half-full rather than half-empty” she said.Scholars who closely examined the city’s primary election believe Pugh can deliver the change Baltimore voters want. Ann Cotton, Director of the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore, believes Pugh is a strategic choice for Baltimore in the aftermath of the city’s broad-based unrest.“In choosing Catherine Pugh as the democratic nominee for Mayor of Baltimore, voters are saying they want change, but they also want a seasoned leader at the helm. With her experience in Annapolis and understanding of the challenges facing Baltimore, Ms. Pugh is well-positioned to leverage Baltimore’s position in the national spotlight to launch bold initiatives to bring about major change in Baltimore,” said Cotton.Pugh said she understands that her administration must open city government processes and become more transparent. “The message for Baltimore is that we are going to be more inclusive. When we talk about boards and commission, we want the participation of more Baltimoreans.last_img read more

House Senate Committee Leaders Ask Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg to Testify at Hearing

first_imgFacebook executives briefed congressional staffers on the ongoing controversy. It could be a prelude to some sort of legislative action on the protection of privacy data. Popular on Variety UPDATED WASHINGTON — House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders from both parties sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, calling for him to testify at an upcoming hearing in the wake of the scandal over how Cambridge Analytica accessed its user data.Hours later, the two leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee followed with its own calls for Zuckerberg to testify before a hearing in their committee.“In comments to the press, you stated that the person with the most knowledge at Facebook about what Congress is trying to learn is the appropriate witness for a congressional hearing,” the letter stated. “As the chief executive officer of Facebook and the employee who has been the leader of Facebook through all the key strategic decisions since its launch, you are the right person to testify before Congress about those decisions and the Facebook business model.” The committee is planning a hearing in the “near future” to “examine the harvesting and sale of personal information from more than 50 million Facebook users, potentially without their notice or consent and in violation of Facebook policy.” The group indicated that it would also explore “broader questions” of Facebook’s policies at the time it was launched and what it plans to do with user information in the future.The letter was signed by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the committee, as well as its top Democrat, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey. Leaders of subcommittees on digital commerce and consumer protection, and communications and technology also signed.A Facebook spokesman said they have received the letter and are reviewing the invitation.Zuckerberg apologized for what happened in a blog post earlier this week, and said the site was going to strengthen its regulation of the apps it allows to collect user data.In an interview with CNN, he said he would be willing to testify if he is the right person to do so.“We see a small slice of activity on Facebook, but Congress gets to, you know, have access to the information across Facebook and all other companies and the intelligence community and everything,” he said. “So what we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge about what Congress is trying to learn. So if that’s me, then I am happy to go.”Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and its top Democrat, Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, issued a statement on Friday that asked that Zuckerberg appear before the committee.“On a bipartisan basis, we believe Mr. Zuckerberg’s testimony is necessary to gain a better understanding of how the company plans to restore lost trust, safeguard users’ data, and end a troubling series of belated responses to serious problems,” they said. “We appreciate the efforts Facebook and its employees have already made to assist our committee and will work with them to find a suitable date for Mr. Zuckerberg to testify in the coming weeks.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Study of zebrafish skin patterns shows cells chasing other cells around w

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Zebrafish, unsurprisingly, have striped bodies, reminiscent of zebras. But how does its biology decide to create the stripped patterns, and how does it make it come about? Research by the team in Japan, may be about to provide an answer.Scientists have wondered about how animals get their stripes or spots for years. Are they hard-coded in DNA, the same way that an organism is able to produce an arm or leg, or is there some other mechanism at work? Oddly, Alan Turing, the famous math and computer visionary asked himself this very question back in the 1950’s, and it turns out his theory may turn out to be closer than anyone expected. He came up with a mathematical model that described the interactions between two molecules—one that causes a pattern to appear and one that attempts to stop it. In this new research, it’s not molecules, but whole cells that appear to be doing something similar.To find out what’s going on with the zebrafish’s stripes, the researchers placed a single yellow pigment cell (xanthophore) in a Petri dish and watched it wander around aimlessly. They did the same with a black pigment cell (melanophore) and found it behaved in much the same way. But when they placed both in a Petri dish, they discovered the yellow cell (using finger-like projections) actually chased the black cell around. They noted the black cells were able to move slightly faster, which meant there was a constant game of near catch and run. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Computer simulation explains why zebras have stripes PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Study of zebrafish skin patterns shows cells chasing other cells around (w/ video) (2014, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-zebrafish-skin-patterns-cells-video.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen © 2014 Phys.org Explore further Play Credit: PNAS, doi/10.1073/pnas.1315416111 Play Credit: PNAS, doi/10.1073/pnas.1315416111 Play Credit: PNAS, doi/10.1073/pnas.1315416111 The researchers can’t prove it, at least not yet, but they suspect the game of catch and run exhibited by the two cells is what results in the stripes seen on a whole fish. If there were hundreds, or thousands of such cells all playing catch and run with each other, they suggest, it’s possible that the end result would be a corralling of the black cells, resulting in a shape that to us looks like long black stripes. 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: “In vitro analysis suggests that difference in cell movement during direct interaction can generate various pigment patterns in vivo,” by Hiroaki Yamanaka and Shigeru Kondo. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1315416111 (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at Osaka University in Japan has discovered that one type of zebrafish pigment cell chases another around in a Petri dish possibly explaining how they fish gets its stripes. The team has published its findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Play Credit: PNAS, doi/10.1073/pnas.1315416111 Much more work will have to be done in this area, of course, but for now, it appears possible that some animals at least, get their coloring as the result of physical actions taken by cells, rather than genetic imprinting.last_img read more

We serve what we grow

first_imgDifferent hotel groups have indulged in the art of producing organic fruits and vegetables within their premises or nearby areas, which can be served to the guests. The pioneer of this practice is The Lalit Hotel (an enterprise of the Bharat Hotels Ltd). Their hotels in different parts of the country, are inculcating this practice with the motto ‘We serve What We Grow’.In God’s own country Kerala, The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal, has initiated a drive to grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’They proudly own the organic vegetable gardens and they use latest farming technologies. They also grow precious herbs that is used for ayurvedic treatment. Rejuve – The Spa offers ayurvedic massage therapies with honey, fresh Coconut, Sandal powder, Aloevera juice, Turmeric, Lemon grass, pure milk, medicinal rice etc. In Goa, the property which is called The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort, is endowed with lush green gardens and sprawling organic farms, spread over 88-acres. Other than the golf and spa, this resort is also famous for its scrumptious cuisines and freshness of food.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo promote well being, they initiated a drive to grow herbs, fruits and vegetables across their hotels. They proudly say, “We serve what we grow”. The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort Goa also own organic vegetable gardens. They grow different varieties of fruits and vegetables such as coconut, mangoes, cinnamon, lemon grass, papaya, and seasonal vegetables such as chillies, brinjal, rocket leaf lettuce, raddish, okra, red spinach, tomato and pumpkin. There are about 1,250 coconut trees and the same number of mango trees that keeps the area green.  A destination of inspiration and calm, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, is nestled in the shadow of Khajuraho —a UNESCO world heritage site. Other than the architectural delight and great services, this hotel is also famous for its scrumptious cuisines and freshness of food. The secret of The Lalit’s delectable dishes lies in the quality of its raw material. The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho overlooks nine acres of beautifully manicured vegetable gardens.They grow fruits and vegetables such as Papaya, Banana, Mango, Cherry Tomato, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Ridge Gourd, Spinach, Egg Plant, Green Chilly, Broccoli, Ice berg lettuce, Coriander, Zucchini, Red Cabbage in their gardens. Thus, the menu at the hotel  boasts of aromatic and flavoursome dishes. The art of dining has been perfected by blending the finest flavours and design elements.last_img read more

Twin celebrations on Tagores 156th Birth anniversary

first_imgIf it’s time to celebrate Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s 156th birth anniversary, Kolkata is ready with various events to commemorate the special occasion. ‘Two Poets’ is a unique musical conceived by versatile Assam based vocalist Chandrima Bhattacharya which deals a magical blend of Tagore’s songs along with compositions of the legendary poet-lyricist Gulzar. Both are poets from different times but this musical revolves around the similarities between their creative urges. Be it songs of love, Monsoon, philosophy of life, both poets connect well. It shows the way how a living legend gets inspired from another Bard of a different era. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGulzar once said, “My first introduction to Tagore was when I came to India after partition. Tagore has this beautiful way of giving details. He wrote all by experience and living those moments. Nothing feels imaginary in his works. Being a lyricist, I’m deeply aware of sounds in poetry. People beyond Bengal don’t even know the romantic poems of his young age. They don’t even know that he wrote romantic poems. They don’t even know that he was young! People know him as the bearded man who wrote the national anthem. So people take him in the line of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru. He was a playful young man too. One should learn about this side of him as well. Look at his poetry for the young. He wrote so much for children. It is sad that apart from a few of his writings, children today are not taught Tagore.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSudarshan Chakravorty, an ace choreographer, is all set to present the musical journey, performing as a story teller for the first time. People have watched him dance, and produce big dance shows before. Chandrima Bhattacharya, who will sing the songs of Tagore and Gulzar, said, “This is happening for the first time in Kolkata. I am thrilled as this musical deals with very unusual gems from both the greats. Gulzarji’s ghazals, poetry, his personal anecdotes regarding the Bard will add a different colour to the whole venture.” Gulzar has often said that the ‘Geetanjali’ changed his life and that one whole community(Bengalis) lives on Tagore. The programme will include eleven songs in all, five from Tagore’s ‘Geetanjali’ and six from Gulzar. ‘Amare tumi ashesh korecho’ by Tagore is to be paired with Gulzar’s ‘Shyam se aankh me nami si hai/aaj phir aapki kaami si hai’, and Gulzar’s ‘Ek ekele ek shahar mei’ would be paired with ‘Amar ei path chalatei anando’ in the programme. The script has been penned by Angshuman Bhattacharya, supported by Romil and Sudipta Chanda. ‘Two Poets – Dui Kobi’ will be held on May 18 at a tea lounge in South Kolkata. A man for all seasons, Tagore’s birthday is celebrated with aplomb and a plethora of cultural ensembles in the month of May. So where and how did Tagore spend his birthdays?That is answered by ‘Jonmodine Rabindranath’ – an initiative by interdisciplinary artist Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee comprising narratives by popular film actor Sohini Sarkar, medical professional Sharmistha Ray and Sujoy himself. “Sarala Devi first started celebrating Tagore’s birthday when the poet was 27 years old. She gifted him a dhoti and a chador(shawl). This was after Satyandranath Tagore returned from abroad. There is another anecdote that Lady Ranu Mukerji (then Adhikari) gifted him a handkerchief on his 59th birthday. Another slightly tragic story would be of his elder brother Satyendranath Tagore and Rabindranath parting ways in terms of their estate on one of his birthdays. The Padma and Silaidaha were no longer part of his territory,” Chatterjee told Millennium Post.Interestingly, this show encompasses anecdotes, stories and incidents associated with the celebration of his birthdays till the very end (80 years). The chronology is maintained and the changing social and political dynamics of the country also gets reflected in the script which documents all of this through songs and stories. The songs will be presented by Srovonti Basu Bandopadhyay. The show is being organised by Highland Park Housing Society and opens on May 13 at Highland Park Club. Following the show, there would be a concert by acclaimed Rabindrasangeet vocalist Jayati Chakraborty.last_img read more

Abhishek Anubrata to look after party affairs in Nadia with Parthas aid

first_imgKolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and the party’s MP and Anubrata Mondol, the party’s Birbhum district president, will look after the party in Nadia along with Partha Chatterjee, the party’s secretary general.The decision was taken by Trinamool supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nadia on Wednesday. She met all the MLAs, Zilla Parishad and Panchayat members in the district. In the administrative review meeting, Mamata Banerjee pulled up the chairman of Shantipur Municipality Ajay Dey and asked him to bury the hatchet with some local leaders. “You had been an MLA and now you’re the chairman of a municipality. You should work together with other leaders,” the Chief Minister said. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalBefore the Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee wants to put an end to infighting, which is affecting the party’s progress in different areas. Meanwhile, Partha Chatterjee told newsmen that because of his busy schedule, it is not possible for him to come to the district. “Abhishek Banerjee and Anubrata will look after the party in Nadia and I will assist them,” he said. It may be mentioned that in Cooch Behar, while addressing a gathering on Tuesday, Abhishek Banerjee had cautioned party workers against infighting.last_img read more