About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma: We’re a beautiful groupby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma says they’re ready for the derby against Inter Milan.Milan have won two of their first three games under coach Marco Giampaolo.Donnarumma said: “We’re a beautiful group. With a new Coach it’s normal to have some difficulty at the beginning, but we’re working well.“We’ve picked up two wins from three, not playing very well, but winning helps us win more and slowly we’re getting to grips with our game.“A derby goes over everything else, it’s a game that prepares itself and gives out a lot of energy and emotion. Playing the derby is a unique satisfaction.“Samir [Handanovic] is a very good lad and a great goalkeeper, I like how he attacks the ball, plus we know all his other qualities.“With D’Ambrosio I have a beautiful relationship, he’s my compatriot and he also lives near me. I’ll surely cross him.”
Ferdinand hails ‘perfect performance’ from Chelsea defender Tomoriby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Rio Ferdinand is convinced by the potential of Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori.Ferdinand knows a thing or two about good defending – and he saw that in abundance from Tomori in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Lille.He enthused: “Huge talent. I think tactically Frank has got an A+ today because the pace on the counter attack from the Lille front men was there for all to see.”That was the best defender on the pitch actually setting up the first goal.”Everything he did today defensively I thought he was perfect.”His tenacity, his anticipation, his willingness to step out and make quick decisions to intercept.”He notices the danger, he’s running past people to get back to make an effort for his team. That’s what you want to see from young players.”The best bit is one-v-one. He’s saying, ‘Go on, you try and run past me.’ That’s what you want from your centre-half.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
In Thursday’s first contest of the second round of the NCAA Tournament, No. 3 seed Notre Dame held off a wild rally from No. 14 seed Northeastern to prevail, 69-65. The Irish, more known for their offensive prowess, had to lock down defensively on the Huskies’ final possession to eke out the victory. Following the game, head coach Mike Brey kicked off his locker room speech by clarifying just how important a victory it was for the team.Here’s a clip from our locker room after our 2nd-round NCAA win. Stay tuned to @WatchND for full video. #NotDoneYet pic.twitter.com/5a1HuQW7Uz— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) March 19, 2015Notre Dame has had a tough time advancing in the NCAA Tournament over the years, so this was a big hump for the program. How far can the Irish go?
QUESNEL, B.C. – A mining company operating in British Columbia has been fined for violating the Fisheries Act.The federal Environment Ministry says in a news release that Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. was fined $200,000 on Jan. 12 after it pleaded guilty in provincial court to violations related to effluent regulations.An inspection of the mine by ministry enforcement officers found the company was depositing liquid waste into Lowhee Creek in B.C.’s Cariboo region without having notified authorities.The creek is part of the Willow River system, which the ministry says is an important fish-bearing watershed.The inspection also found the mine was failing to complete sampling and submit reports on time.The ministry says the fine will paid into the government’s environmental damages fund.
New Delhi: Hundreds of teachers under the aegis of the DUTA held a vociferous Black Flag Demonstration at Gate No 1, while the University Vice Chancellor and officials presided over a function celebrating the Foundation Day of Delhi University. The teachers were protesting against the fact that the University has refused to intervene in the matter of two colleges, viz Vivekanand College and Shyamlal (E) College, whose Principals have issued illegal letters to their Associate Professors in Physical Education informing them that they would be retiring at 62 years instead of 65. These letters are wholly unwarranted, arbitrary and in blatant violation of existing Rules and Regulations. “The Principal (Officiating) of Vivekanand College went so far as to misrepresent the College Governing Body by claiming that the GB had directed her to seek “legal opinion” in the matter. This claim has been contradicted by a written statement issued by nine members of the GB (copy attached). The matter has assumed utmost urgency as the two Associate Professors concerned will attain the age of 62 in May and July 2019 respectively,” said a protesting teacher. He added that by failing to intervene in the matter, the University has failed to protect its own EC Resolution No 127 of 1990, the consequential Ordinances and the University Notification dated 12.5.2017, in which it had been made clear that Physical Education teachers, like those of any other discipline, are to be placed in the faculty roster.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during a game against the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 11 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Cincinnati Bengals started the 2015 season 8-0 for the first time in franchise history and have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. So a matchup with the lowly Houston Texans, who sat at 3-5, should have been no problem, right?Wrong. The Texans continued their domination of the Bengals with a 10-6 win in a defensive struggle in Paul Brown Stadium in front of a roaring jungle of 61,381 Bengals fans on Monday night.The most discouraging part is the Texans did it with their backup quarterback after starter Brian Hoyer was knocked out of the game due to a concussion. Given, T.J. Yates didn’t do much, but his 22-yard rainbow to DeAndre Hopkins pushed the Texans past the Bengals and into the driver’s seat in the lackluster AFC South.Sure it’s just one loss, and sure the Bengals are still 8-1 — sitting pretty in the AFC North with a three-game lead over Pittsburgh — but quarterback Andy Dalton showed a side Bengals fans are all too familiar with. One that should make Bengals fans uneasy every time they think about yelling out, “who dey.”The Red Rifle turned into the “Red Rider B.B. Gun,” as Texans defensive end J.J. Watt called Dalton after the game, and his inability to win in primetime games was on full display again as he pushed his overall primetime record to 4-8.Dalton finished Monday night’s blunder of a game 22-of-38 for 197 yards and an interception for easily his worst performance of the year.The biggest problem is the Bengals looked tentative to take shots deep down the field against the Texans — something they’ve excelled at so far this season. Dalton ranks third in the NFL for average yards per pass, according to NFL statistics, but couldn’t connect on passes downfield on Monday.Perhaps Watt breathing down Dalton’s neck all night had something to do with it. Watt’s pressure against backup right tackle Eric Winston clearly impacted the Bengals’ ability to convert on third-downs, finishing the game at an abysmal 23 percent (3-of-13) conversion rate.Ultimately, the fifth-year quarterback will take the brunt of the blame for the loss to the Texans, but realistically, Dalton isn’t the only one to blame. Tight end Tyler Eifert dropped several passes that he normally catches and receiver A.J. Green fumbled away the Bengals’ final hopes in the last minute. Pair that with the Bengals’ inability to run the football — 21 carries for 73 yards on Monday (3.5 average) — and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.The lackluster performance comes at the worst possible time for the Bengals, as the team’s next contest is on the road against the red-hot Arizona Cardinals in another primetime matchup on Sunday night.The question is, can the Bengals match up under the lights and show the NFL what they are truly made of? Or will they fry in the desert next week against the team’s former quarterback and possible league MVP Carson Palmer? Also, looking even further, the Bengals still have key division tilts against the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, as well as a Week 16 matchup with the Broncos in Mile High Stadium.Despite the 8-0 start, the Bengals could very well lose half of their second-half games. Sure, some might say I’m overreacting, crossing the Bengals off my list of Super Bowl contenders after Week 10. But my instincts and my gut tells me to not trust this bunch until they prove they can consistently win in primetime games, let alone in the playoffs.
Cleveland Cavalier’s guard Matthew Dellavedova (9) forces his way to the basket during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers Oct. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. The Cavaliers won, 104-93.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorA disappointing 2012-13 season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who finished 24-58 on the year, prompted a flurry of additions in the offseason.These additions to the roster have the potential to make them one of the most intriguing teams in the NBA this season.The Cavs went into last season hoping a talented young core of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson, along with long-time Cavalier Anderson Varejao would translate to more wins. After winning only 24 games and ending up with the first pick in the NBA draft for the second time in three years, it became clear the Cavs needed more of a supporting cast to help out the young talent they had gathered.Their first move, however, was not to bring in a new player, but a new coach.Byron Scott was fired after his third season with the team, and new (or old) coach Mike Brown was brought back to Cleveland after getting fired by the Los Angeles Lakers. Brown coached L.A. to a 41-25 record in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, but was let go after the team started 1-4 last year.With a coach in place, it was time for general manager Chris Grant to assemble the roster. In all, eight new players were brought on board, five of which should make a heavy impact on the team.With the first overall pick, Cleveland took former-UNLV forward Anthony Bennett. Then, with the nineteenth pick, acquired from the Lakers, they selected Sergey Karasev, a forward and three-point specialist from Russia.Grant was not afraid to spend money, either, signing three of the bigger free agents available. Jarrett Jack, a point guard who last played with the Golden State Warriors, was signed to bring stability and veteran leadership to the backcourt. Earl Clark, who played with Brown in Los Angeles for the Lakers, was signed to be play small forward.Finally, the Cavs shocked many by bringing in another former player of Brown’s, the oft-injured but supremely talented center Andrew Bynum.If Bynum can make a full recovery from a plethora of knee injuries, suddenly the Cavs look like a viable threat to be one of the four or five best teams in the Eastern Conference.What will stand in their way could continue to be inexperience. Irving is already a superstar in the league at just 21 years old, and Waiters and Thompson could emerge to join Irving as the Cavs “Big Three.” But Waiters is only 21 and Thompson is 22. There’s a good chance they will need more experience before they learn how to win games.That could be the value of someone like Jack, who was brought in not only for his performance on the court, but his abilities to act as a player-coach both on the floor and in the locker room. The Cavs open their season Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Brooklyn in Cleveland.
KUSI Newsroom, Mayor Faulconer announces plan to create government-controlled alternative to SDG&E Posted: October 25, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Thursday announced the city’s plan to create a city government-controlled energy provider to compete with San Diego Gas and Electric.Faulconer formally announced the city’s plan to offer utility services at a news conference to release the city’s annual report on the progress of its Climate Action Plan. The report includes data showing that the city is ahead of schedule toward the CAP’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2035.According to the mayor’s office, providing utility services would reduce energy costs by at least 5 percent and help the city attain its goal of 100 percent renewable energy use by 2035.“I want San Diego to lead this region into a cleaner future,” Faulconer said. “This gives consumers a real choice, lowers energy costs for all San Diegans and keeps our city on the cutting edge of environmental protection.”The mayor’s office will send the proposal to the San Diego City Council, seeking a resolution of intent to create a utility-providing entity that allows other cities in the county to join. According to the mayor’s office, several cities in the county have expressed interest in joining a joint- power energy-providing authority. On the city’s current timeline, the energy authority would begin service in 2021.“This is a win-win-win — it creates jobs for workers, seeks to stabilize green energy costs for families and generates clean energy that preserves our environment,” the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council said in a statement. “In San Diego, we must continue to build and produce renewable power to grow green jobs and ensure the environment is truly protected.”SDG&E said in a statement that it respects the city’s right to look for other energy providers and does not anticipate any financial impact from the decision in the immediate future.“SDG&E has a long history of partnership with the city, and is committed to continuing a productive, cooperative relationship,” the investor- owned company said. “As the city charts this new course for purchasing electricity, SDG&E will help enable the transition.”Environmental activists have asked the city for more than a year to provide utility services in some way, often referred to as community choice energy. According to the San Diego Community Choice Alliance, a coalition of multiple organizations, businesses and politicians that support community choice energy, San Diego Gas and Electric charges some of the highest energy rates in the state and the country.“Today, families in San Diego can breathe a little easier because we are finally on a path to enjoying energy choice and giving our families relief in their electricity bills,” said Nicole Capretz, the executive director of the SDCCA-member Climate Action Campaign. “We ask our coalition and supporters to be ready to promote a Community Choice program that serves all San Diegans, prioritizes local control, local clean energy with high quality jobs, helps clean our air, and offers affordable rates and a path 100 percent renewable energy.”Joining Faulconer at the announcement were Assemblyman Todd Gloria, City Councilwomen Georgette Gomez and Lorie Zapf and Cody Hooven, the city’s chief sustainability officer. Gloria originally helped draft the Climate Action Plan in 2013 when he was a City Councilman.“Community choice is the only pathway to achieve 100 percent renewable energy, a cornerstone of our Climate Action Plan, and ultimately puts the community in charge of our climate destiny. San Diegans deserve consumer choice,” Gloria said.The Clear the Air Coalition, while supportive of the community choice energy concept, was more measured in its response to the city’s announcement. The coalition expressed concern about what happens if the plan fails and whether a community choice energy project should even be a priority considering the city’s current issues with homelessness and high housing costs.“If the city decides to form a (community choice energy provider), an important question to ask is: would it actually help San Diego reach its clean air goals faster and cheaper than current state laws require?” Clear the Air Coalition Co-Chair Ruben Barrales said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom October 25, 2018
Indian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesSGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a positive start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex declined 137 points or 0.40 percent to close at 34,046 on Thursday.Here are some of the stock recommendations by analysts for Monday:1. VoltasJefferies recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 795Current stock price: Rs 619About the company: Voltas offers engineering solutions for a wide spectrum of industries in areas such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, refrigeration, electro-mechanical projects, textile machinery, machine tools, among others.Stock Performance: The stock has jumped 68 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 40 times forward earnings. Voltas has a market capitalization of Rs 204 billion.2. Dilip BuildconNomura recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 1,265Current stock price: Rs 953About the company: Dilip Buildcon operates in engineering, procurement, and construction business. The company focuses on development, operation, and maintenance of roads, bridges, culverts, tunnels, high capacity transport corridors, and subways.Stock Performance: The stock has surged 200 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 35 times forward earnings. Dilip Buildcon has a market capitalization of Rs 130 billion.3. NMDCIIFL recommends ‘Sell’Target Price: Rs 120Current stock price: Rs 130About the company: NMDC Limited explores for minerals. The company is exploring for iron ore, copper, rock phosphate, lime stone, dolomite, gypsum, bentonite, magnesite, diamond, tin, tungsten, graphite, and beach sands.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 7 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 16 times forward earnings. NMDC has a market capitalization of Rs 413 billion.4. Indiabulls Housing FinanceICICI Direct recommends ‘Sell’Target Price: Rs 1,235Current stock price: Rs 1,256About the company: Indiabulls Housing Finance is a Housing Finance Company (HFC). The company provides long-term housing loans to individuals and loans against homes to small business owners.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 54 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 18 times forward earnings. Indiabulls Housing Finance has a market capitalization of Rs 536 billion.5. Dr Reddy’s LaboratoriesNomura recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 3,238Current stock price: Rs 2,231About the company: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited provides a complete range of pharmaceutical services. The company manufactures bulk drugs and formulations including verapamil and cephalexin.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 21 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 31 times forward earnings. Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has a market capitalization of Rs 370 billion.Disclaimer: The recommendations provided by the research analysts are their own, and not that of the website or its management.
By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, firstname.lastname@example.orgMaryland State Sens. Mike Miller (D-District 27), James Rosapepe (D-District 21) and Douglas Peters (D-District 23) in addition to Maryland Del. Jay Walker (D-District 26) talked about the recently concluded Maryland General Assembly session April 25 at a forum sponsored by the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce at The Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.David Harrington is the president and CEO of the chamber of commerce and Jason DeLoach of the Alexander & Cleaver law firm is the chairman of the board.Del. Jay Walker, who represents District 26 in the Maryland General Assembly, recently talked about how small businesses fared in the recently concluded legislative session. (Courtesy Photo)“We as a chamber need to know what is going on in Annapolis,” DeLoach said. “Large businesses understand that what’s going on with the legislature but small businesses don’t.”Miller talked about some of the victories for the county that took place during the session. “We saved health care for Marylanders from Donald Trump,” he said, meaning that the assembly passed legislation that retained portions of Obamacare the president sought to gut. “We did that placing a tax on the insurance companies in our state for that.”“We also funded WMATA [the Washington, D.C. metro subway system], an incentive package worth billions for Amazon to come to Maryland, and a school safety bill that ensures a public safety officer at every public high school in Maryland.”Miller said he was especially proud that the assembly passed free community college for poor and working-class residents and extra money for historically Black colleges and universities.Walker is the outgoing leader of the Prince George’s delegation to the House of Delegates. Walker started his remarks by criticizing Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) priority when it comes to jobs.“Gov. Hogan has worked to see that jobs that are coming to the state go to Western Maryland and the Eastern Maryland but we need to bring those jobs to the DMV [District, Maryland & Virginia],” Walker, first elected to the assembly in 2006, said.Walker said the county delegation worked to secure funding for the new public hospital to be located in Largo, Md., next to the Largo Town Center Metro Center. “The hospital was slated to have 200 beds but now it will have 300 because of the efforts of my colleagues and me,” he said.Rosapepe said his colleagues worked to put more money in school construction and to address overcrowding in schools, particularly in the northern section of the county. During his remarks, Peters gave the audience a quick tutorial on how the process works in Annapolis.“This session, we had 3,100 bills to consider,” he said. “Obviously, we couldn’t get to all of them. If you have a bill that has a fiscal note of $250,000, it’s not going to be considered because of the high cost.”There was a discussion about minority-owned businesses and getting their share of state contracting work. Walker noted a bill of Del. Jazz Lewis (D-District 24) that would streamline the state’s certification process with the federal governments’ so businesses in the state won’t have to go through duplicate processes.
Citation: Panasonic’s Si-alloy anode technology to offer 30% increase in battery capacity (2010, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-panasonic-si-alloy-anode-technology-battery.html Increasing Electric Car Battery Performance 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. Namely, the batteries, which measure 18mm in diameter and 65 mm in length, will offer a 4.0Ah capacity – that’s almost 30% higher than the largest capacity (3.1Ah) of today’s batteries of the same size. Panasonic plans to use the batteries primarily in notebook PCs, in which the Si-alloy anode makes it possible to cut the volume of a standard notebook PC battery pack by about half. Panasonic also hinted at using the batteries in vehicles in the future, although the battery’s weight will have to be reduced. Si-alloy’s attraction lies in its high theoretical capacity, which is at least 10 times greater than the capacity of graphite. However, one of the greatest challenges in developing Si-alloy-anode batteries is increasing their short charge/discharge cycle lifetime. During charge and discharge, the batteries have a large volumetric change of about 400%, which decreases their lifetime. With improved fabrication techniques and other modifications, Panasonic claims to have reduced the deterioration caused by the volumetric change. The company says that its Si-alloy-anode batteries can still maintain at least 80% capacity after 500 charge/discharge cycles. As the tech news site Nikkei notes, Panasonic’s commercial launch should further accelerate the Si-alloy development competition. Si-alloy anodes could accelerate the rate of increase of battery capacity. Capacity has been increasing at about 11% annually until now, but this new development represents an annual increase of 18%. Credit: Panasonic. More information: via: Nikkei Electronics © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — One promising modification to next-generation rechargeable Li-ion batteries involves using Si-alloy anodes instead of graphite, which is currently the most common anode material. Many battery manufacturers are developing Si-alloy anodes, with Hitachi Maxell having previously announced plans to begin volume production by the end of fiscal 2009. Now, with its announcement of beginning volume production in 2012, Panasonic is the first company to reveal specifications of its Si-alloy anode product.
(Phys.org) —”If we want to exploit a rigorously hardened and tested type of computing system or networks of this type of computing system, we have to break new ground. Covert channels are communication channels utilizing means for communications that have not been designed for communication at all.” So begins a bracing paper published last month in the Journal of Communications. Titled “On Covert Acoustical Mesh Networks in Air,” the paper discusses devices that can support stealthy communication preventing immediate detection of the covert channels. The authors, Michael Hanspach and Michael Goetz, are research associates at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomy (FKIE), in Wachtberg, Germany. Explore further More information: Research paper: On Covert Acoustical Mesh Networks in Air, www.jocm.us/index.php?a=show&catid=124&id=600 The authors warned that “Acoustical networking as a covert communication technology is a considerable threat to computer security and might even break the security goals of high assurance computing systems based on formally veriﬁed micro kernels that did not consider acoustical networking in their security concept.” Researchers in the past have described acoustic wave propagation used in underwater setups but the authors in their research did something different. “The underlying network stack is based on a communication system that was originally designed for robust underwater communication. We adapt the communication system to implement covert and stealthy communications by utilizing the near ultrasonic frequency range. We further demonstrate how the scenario of covert acoustical communication over the air medium can be extended to multi-hop communications and even to wireless mesh networks.”The authors showed that establishing covert acoustical mesh networks in air is feasible in setups with commonly available business laptops. (The authors noted that a covert acoustical mesh network can be conceived as a botnet or malnet that is accessible via nearfield audio communications.) For their experimental setup, they used five laptops as the mesh network participants. They installed Debian 7.1 on each laptop. Commenting on their work, Dan Goodin of Ars Technica said the new research shows that “high-frequency networking is easily within the grasp of today’s malware.” In an email, Hanspach said that commonly available laptops can communicate over their internal speakers and microphones, and form a covert acoustical mesh network. Over that network, “information can travel over multiple hops of infected nodes, connecting completely isolated computing systems and networks (e.g., the internet) to each other.”The authors, in their paper, also discussed countermeasures against covert acoustical mesh networks. These include the use of lowpass filtering in computing systems and a host-based intrusion detection system for analyzing audio input and output to detect irregularities. 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. Scenario for a multi-hop acoustical keylogger. Credit: Michael Hanspach and Michael Goetz Research finds new channels to trigger mobile malware Citation: Authors explore security threat of covert acoustical mesh networks in air (2013, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-authors-explore-threat-covert-acoustical.html © 2013 Phys.org
The solo exhibition titled We are made of stars by Sabya Sachi Ghosh depicts the primordial nature of creation and a creative pictorial depiction of the universe. This exhibition that kicks off today is inspired by the resplendent starry sky on a moonless night. The theme of time travel is also touched upon. The works tries to bring about a feeling of an unbroken connection with time, since the moment of creation till out present state of its realisation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ We are all made of stardust. This statement is very poetic and has a tinge of a primordial nostalgia attached to this feeling. The search for the reasons behind our creation ultimately takes us to the very beginning of time. Rational explanations are then replaced with metaphysical definitions that aim to quench our longing to know the truth behind the creation of our universe. Religion in its own narrow way tries to convey a meaning that is very self oriented in a karmic manner. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artist quotes, “When I gaze at stars twinkling in the night sky, I grasp the vastness of space and conceive of time as if it were matter and very tangible. My mind moves forward and backwards and is logical enough to haggle with a vegetable vendor. I am here stuck with this question; when we are capable of great thoughts why do we indulge in narrow selfish pursuits? Perhaps these ‘narrow selfish pursuits’ are our ways of preserving and continuing the progress of our species. I am not certain but for the lack of better ways we are as we appear to be.”When: January 23 to 29 Where: Open palm court Gallery, India Habitat Centre Timing: 10 am – 8 pm
Eminent practitioners of art and culture today spoke on the role of culture in development at the 88thAnnual General Meeting of FICCI on Saturday.Shovna Narayan, the ‘Kathak’ exponent said that art should be seen as a venture capital which helps in creation of uniqueness and identity for our country. She stressed on the preservation of art & culture the need to take its advantage in the most economical manner. “We are competing with the West, but we should strive to become centres of excellence and become focal points to act as magnets.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Prof. Rajeev Lochan, Director, National Gallery of Modern Art, emphasised the need for creation of space for interaction and exposure for the art and culture. He said that there is a need to create a platform for art where it can be utilised for the economic development in an effective manner. Going ahead, he said that adequate avenues have to be created for the healthy evolution of art and culture in the nation. He also mentioned that the art and culture in the country could benefit from CSR activities of companies. .Sharon Lowen, ‘Odissi’ dancer, said that art has played an important role in the national integration of India in the post-independence period. She said that art gives Indian citizens an edge.
Aspirin can prevent the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium from hijacking immune cells and allow the body to control infection better, say researchers who found that the common pain killer could treat the top infectious killer worldwide that claims around 4,400 lives a day. Researchers from the Centenary Institute in Sydney found that the TB bacterium hijacks platelets from the body’s blood clotting system to weaken immune systems. “Our study provides more crucial evidence that widely available aspirin could be used to treat patients with severe TB infection and save lives,” said lead author Elinor Hortle, research officer at Centenary. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUsing the zebrafish model of TB, the team used fluorescent microscopy to observe the build-up of clots and activation of platelets around sites of infection. They found that the platelets were being tricked by the infection into getting in the way of the body’s immune system. Treating the infections with anti-platelet drugs, including the widely available aspirin could prevent hijacking and allow the body to control infection better, according to the paper published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. “This is the first time that platelets have been found to worsen TB in an animal model. It opens up the possibility that anti-platelet drugs could be used to help the immune system fight off drug resistant TB,” Hortle said. According to the World Health Organization, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. In 2017, 10 million people fell ill with TB, and 1.6 million died from the disease.
This story appears in the June 2013 issue of . Subscribe » More Invention Brilliance May 22, 2013 MauzThe Mauz device turns an iPhone into a motion-controlled, wireless optical mouse. Sustainability » Love & Connecting »InventionUrban Life » Rural Life » Food & Beverage » Work Life » Gaming » Crowdsourcing & Collaboration » Sports & Recreation » SoundlazerOpen-source parametric speaker Soundlazer transmits audio in a directed beam of sound for private listening without headphones. EverpurseMaking midday phone death a thing of the past, Everpurse converts handbags into mobile power stations. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now PowerPotBoil water in the PowerPot, a Kickstarter-funded thermoelectric generator, and it will provide enough juice to charge any device that uses a USB port. Enroll Now for Free hipKeyAttach hippih’s tiny, wireless hipKey proximity and movement sensor to an object (even your child), pair it with your iPhone, and an alarm sounds if your valuables are moved from a designated radius. Corrections & Amplifications: An earlier version of this article misstated the number of estimated MakerBot potential users as the total estimated users. There are an estimated 115 million potential users globally. TouchfireThe transparent, flexible Touchfire iPad Keyboard fits over the tablet for faster and more accurate typing. LiquiGlideLiquiGlide, a new material invented by MIT scientists, makes surfaces super-slippery, allowing for everything from pain-free ketchup squeezing to more efficiency in oil pipelines. NanoSatisfiNanoSatisfi: This hardware startup aims to democratize space exploration by offering anyone a chance to rent space on its small, open-source satellites–at $250 a week–to conduct their own experiments. LockitronThe smartphone-controlled Lockitron device fits over existing deadlocks, allowing users to lock and unlock their doors remotely from anywhere in the world. 4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The maker movement took center stage at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The coveted opening keynote was delivered by Bre Pettis, CEO of 3-D-printer manufacturer MakerBot Industries, who used the occasion to unveil the Digitizer, a desktop device capable of scanning objects up to 8 inches in height using lasers and a webcam, streamlining the printing infrastructure from end to end. “You can fill the world with garden gnomes if you want,” Pettis joked.The onstage debut was an homage to Maker-Bot’s origins: In early 2009 Pettis was part of a collective of hackers who wanted to get their hands on a 3-D printer, which at the time were the size of mainframe computers and cost about $100,000. “We couldn’t afford one, so we made it,” he says. They got a rough prototype working before SXSW that year, so Pettis hopped on a plane, headed to Austin bars and began printing shot glasses with the device. He and his co-founders sold some 20 printers in just a few days.The latest model from Brooklyn-based MakerBot, the fourth-generation Replicator 2, costs $2,199 and is the size of a large toaster oven. It works by meticulously layering thin sheets of bioplastic material to create three-dimensional objects–a process made all the more mesmerizing under a lighting scheme reminiscent of a Virgin America cabin.Related: MakerBot’s Bre Pettis on the Next Industrial RevolutionMakerBot’s Bre Pettis.MakerBot’s range of industrial and personal printers has been a major catalyst in the hardware revolution, unlocking the ability for anyone to make things faster and more cheaply. Growth has been wild. In four years MakerBot has gone from three employees to more than 200; at press time the company had 50-plus job listings. There are some 20,000 printers in use (close to a quarter of total market share) and an estimated 115 million potential users globally (40 percent of orders are from outside the U.S.). NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the biggest customer, but the printers are also a boon to smaller operations like Robohand, creator of open-source prosthetic hands for children, and even to one geek dad who printed custom foot molds to help his kid pass the minimum height requirement at an amusement park.”We’re not just a hardware company,” Pettis says, noting that MakerBot also creates firmware and has a partnership with Autodesk, which makes software with rendering capabilities. And this fall’s release of the Digitizer–which should cost roughly the same as the Replicator if Pettis’ “washer-dryer” analogy is any indication–will further build out the company’s position in the 3-D-printing ecosystem. And this is all just scratching the surface: “I think one day people will buy printers like they buy iPhones,” he says. “If you put your MakerBot goggles on … anything is possible. It’s a frontier, and we’re going to explore it.”
Costa Rican Christiana Figueres was awarded the Medal of Paris on Wednesday for helping broker the historic, 195-nation deal to avert climate change that was sealed in the French capital last week.Figueres, who is the daughter of Costa Rica’s revolutionary leader and three-time president, José “Pepe” Figueres, is executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo presented Figueres the award a few days after the close of the U.N. climate conference known as COP21.“Happy and proud to have awarded the medal of the city of Paris to Christiana Figueres, a great lady without which the agreement of the COP21 concluded in Paris, would not have been possible,” Hidalgo wrote on her Facebook page. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo hugs Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Via Facebook)As the U.N.’s climate chief, Figueres has spent the last five years trying to get U.N. member states closer to an agreement on averting climate disaster, and on Saturday, after nearly a fortnight of grueling negotiations, representatives of nearly 200 countries came to a consensus on a new climate pact.The deal, which takes effect in 2020, sets a target of limiting warming of the planet to below 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial levels, while aiming for an even more ambitious goal of 1.5 C temperature rise.Costa Rica has pledged to become carbon neutral — meaning greenhouse gas emissions would be cancelled out by carbon sequestration — by 2085. Reforming the country’s transportation sector is key to achieving that goal.Besides the recognition for Figueres, Paris honored Costa Rica’s commitment to renewable energy during the climate conference by lighting up the Eiffel Tower on Nov. 30 with the phrase “100% Pura Vida.”Figueres was part of Costa Rica’s international climate change negotiating team before taking the job as U.N. climate chief. Facebook Comments Related posts:A Paris climate change talks primer for Costa Rica Weather disasters have doubled in past 30 years: UN report PHOTOS: Costa Ricans march against climate change Costa Rica’s climate pledge: 5 things to know
Lagardère’s media arm Lagardère Active has acquired France’s leading discount online ticketing specialist BilletReduc.com.BilletReduc.com, which sold 2.2 million discount theatre and event tickets last year, will continue to be led by founders Fabienne and Jean-Marie Rétif. Fabienne Rétif, the company’s deputy CEO, said that the acquisition would enable BilletReduc.com to target customers via Lagardère existing media outlets including TV channel Gulli and radio service Europe 1.
In This Issue… * The dollar was king for another day * South African sales disappoint * Norway reduces rates * Gold and silver took another hit And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Fed spillover effect… Good day…and welcome to another Thursday. We saw another summer like day here in the Midwest that lends itself to throwing the winter coat toward the back of the closet and forgetting about it until next winter. While it’s still way too early to take such drastic action, investors have seemingly thrown the debt problems and other fundamental concerns about the US economy to the back of the closet, hidden under that shirt you got as a birthday gift years ago that was never returned. Saying goodbye to my winter attire isn’t the wisest decision, but it’s definitely tempting. It appears the markets were looking for any type of excuse to jump on the US bandwagon and see how far it would take them. We didn’t see any remnants of the choppy trading pattern from Tuesday, so it was an all out rout by the dollar from the time we fired up the currency screens in the morning until we left for the evening. Did we have any reports that would have sent the dollar into orbit yesterday? No, not really. The party that began yesterday after the Fed meeting was still going full force and was still celebrating their upbeat outlook. I’m always up for a good party, but when you see that guy who over-indulged on punch running around with a lampshade on his head, you know it won’t be long before things start to wind down. When that guy comes out of the woodwork is anyone’s guess, but it’s usually just a matter of time. I think the same can be said with this dollar strength. The markets have such a short term memory these days that going from one extreme to the other isn’t outside the norm and investors have no problem bailing mid stream. It’s just something to keep in the back or your mind while dealing with this market volatility. We only saw a handful of economic reports yesterday, which included weekly mortgage applications, the import price index, and the 4th quarter current account balance. The mortgage app figures are considered secondary and very volatile, but nonetheless, it did fall 2.4%. I don’t know if you’ve paid much attention to the bond yields, but they have really shot up recently so that doesn’t spell good news for those looking to refinance or buy a home. Bond yields have been all over the place as well, with the 10 year sitting on a four month high, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see them turn on a dime. I’m sure the Fed isn’t exactly thrilled to see them jump over 27% since the end of January. Finally, we had the 4th quarter current account deficit grow to $124.1 billion and marked the biggest shortfall in three years. The balance for 2011 widened to $473.4 billion, or 3.1% of GDP, and came in much higher than the estimated $115 billion figure. If we do see the type of increased expansion that investors have been hanging their hat on over the past few days, then I would expect to see this number continue to rise. We have a full day in the data department today as there are a couple of regional manufacturing reports, wholesale inflation, and the TIC flows from January. I don’t think the market will pay much attention to those, but the only wild card that I can see would be the weekly jobs numbers. If we see a better than expected result, investors may feel vindicated on their rosier outlook and continue to party on with the dollar. I haven’t seen much that would indicate a sharp rise, but if the report disappoints, we could see things settle down a bit. Speaking of jobs, Chuck sent this tidbit while he was sitting in the airport yesterday morning. “I saw this in today’s post…Talk about the book cookers coming clean! The BLS originally said that St Louis had created 2,500 jobs in 2011… And the civic leaders were gushing, slapping each other on the back for the “job well done” Well… A funny thing happened on the way to the forum…The BLS now has revised the numbers to show that St. Louis actually lost 3,900 jobs instead!!!! Ok I’ve heard of revisions but by this wide of a percentage margin? Oh… And this was reported on the back pages of the paper, hidden away in a corner hoping that no one would see it! But I did!” Thanks again for the info, Chuck. Seeing a report like that is so frustrating. Investors use this type of information to make important decisions not only in real time but also in regard to the future, so it’s no wonder we see market volatility on the rise. Anyway, let’s move on the currency market before my blood pressure begins to rise. While the dollar rose against every single major currency, except for the Indian rupee, a good portion of them took a sizable fall. The worst of the worst, which included both the Norwegian krone and South African rand, got caught with a stiff right jab as they were sitting on 2%+ losses for most of the day. The general optimism surrounding the US economy set the wheels in motion, but economic reports released in each country sent them over the edge and battling for last place throughout the day. Beginning with South Africa, retail sales growth rose at the slowest pace in six months as it fell to 3.9% in January from the previous reading of 8.7%. The rise in January inflation to a two year high was blamed for a majority of the slowdown as rising food, fuel, and utility prices kept a lid on consumer spending. This goes along with what I was talking about yesterday regarding fuel prices in the US and potentially impacting future retail sales figures if consumers are forced to pay more at the pump. The domestic retail industry has played a major role in the economy over the past year so it’s much larger than expected fall led some investors to believe a rate cut might be needed at some point. Interest rates have remained near record lows since November 2010, when they cut to the current 5.5%, but any rate cuts would send investors packing as the interest rate differential has been the primary motivation to own rand. The $40 drop in gold prices didn’t help out either, but there was also speculation the South African central bank has been in the market buying dollars at an increased rate. The Norwegian krone fell to a 5 week low against the dollar and fell by the most in six months against the euro as Norges Bank, their central bank, unexpectedly cut interest rates by .25% to 1.5%. The krone was already in the hole to start the day as economists were just expecting to see a downward revision to their rate forecast, but the decision to actually move took many by surprise. The currency fell nearly 1.5% in a couple of hours and ended the day with over a 2% loss. Coupled with the .5% cut in December and continued government concern of a strong currency, the market took this cut to heart. Policy makers are in a tough spot. The higher krone has been spurred by the economy’s relatively solid fundamentals. If it wasn’t an escape from the eurozone to a neighboring AAA rated country, it was economic resilience underpinned by the oil industry attracting investors from all over the world. We have recently seen improvement in both manufacturing and consumer confidence reports, so it’s not like a poorly performing economy justified the cut. In fact, the already low internal interest rate environment has given rise to the housing and domestic credit markets, so this move will just feed the fire. The Norwegian government has long been critical of its disproportionate currency appreciation compared to the euro as most of their trade is with the eurozone. The stronger krone has kept inflation in the background, so the central bank would rather give manufacturers some breathing room by cutting rates and lessening the appeal to investors seeking yield than worry about the impact of easy money. It’s a delicate balancing act as the krone was trading at a nine year high versus the euro, but I have confidence policy makers have the ability to remain on the tight rope without falling. Well, it wasn’t a pretty picture on the currency screens as I was on my way home last night. The only currency that went against the grain, interestingly enough, was the Indian rupee. From what I could find, it looked as though investors were pleased with the lower than expected report of manufacturing inflation. This report fueled speculation the central bank would have some scope to cut interest rates in order to help bolster economic growth. Also, real returns for foreign investors were being eaten up by the higher inflation so thoughts of higher capital inflows were on the table. The reasons for rate cuts were obviously different, but the market reaction to the cut in Norway certainly wasn’t positive. Both gold and silver took another hit as speculation for QE3 hopped in the back seat after the Fed meeting. Gold fell another 1.5% to $1645 and silver was trying to hold onto the $32 handle when all was said and done. Even though both metals have seen a reduction in buying, silver is still up 15% so far this year and gold has seen a rise of about 5%. If the Fed doesn’t end up taking additional measures, the damage has already been done as far as the previous influx of capital into the market in the form of QE1 and QE2. The same rationale was being applied to the market perceptions of most currencies, in that, if the Fed doesn’t pump more dollars into circulation then a systemic reason for a weak dollar has been removed. I think most rational investors can look past this as being a motivation for buying the dollar. The fundamentals that have applied constant pressure on the dollar over the past several years are still present, if not worse, so looking long term paints a different picture than what has been portrayed this week. As I came in this morning, the dollar buying frenzy has finally subsided as the only currency in negative territory is the pound sterling. The currency is only sitting on a fractional loss at the moment, but Fitch ratings was at it again by changing Britain’s outlook to negative from stable and threatening its AAA status. They went on to say the decision reflects the very limited fiscal space to absorb further economic shocks in light of such elevated debt levels and a potentially weaker than currently forecast economic recovery. Then there was this…Goldman Sachs shares plummeted 3.4% on Wednesday, cutting its market value by $2.15 billion, after The New York Times published an article by a Goldman executive criticizing the firm’s treatment of its clients and a “decline in the firm’s moral fiber.” London-based executive Greg Smith said he was resigning after 12 years with the firm. To recap…It was another day in the sun for the US dollar as a spillover effect from Tuesday’s Fed meeting was in full force. The question then becomes how long with this last. There wasn’t much data yesterday, of which the current account deficit widened, but we’ll see our fair share today. The South African rand and Norwegian krone both fell by over 2%, but all of the currencies ended the day in negative territory except for the rupee. Diminished thoughts of QE3 spurred a selloff in metals as well. Currencies today. American Style: A$ $1.0489, kiwi .8136, C$ $1.0066, euro 1.3046, sterling 1.5661, Swiss $1.0773, . European Style: rand 7.6612, krone 5.8007, SEK 6.8290, forint 223.73, zloty 3.1759, koruna 18.8555, RUB 29.49, yen 83.43, sing 1.2653, HKD 7.7626, INR 50.4350, China 6.3290, pesos 12.6874, BRL 1.8044, Dollar Index 80.41, Oil $105.48, 10-year 2.30%, Silver $32.31, and Gold. $1,646.88 That’s it for today…I happened to look down at the calendar and noticed the end of the first quarter is nearly upon us. Didn’t we just celebrate New Year’s? I’m still amazed how time flies when you’re having fun. I strained a tendon or something in my left elbow and forearm a few months ago, which is slowly getting better, so I’m hoping to get back into the gym next week. I saw a headline on the ticker that companies stand to lose $175 million in lost productivity today and tomorrow as March Madness kicks into full throttle. I’m running a little behind today, so I’ll cut this short and catch up with you tomorrow. Until then, Have a Great Day. Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.com