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POWERADE ISOTONIC SEQTL ROUND SEVEN WRAP

first_imgRound Seven of the PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) was played at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill Complex on Friday 27 July 2007.In Men’s Open action, Dodgers continued on their winning way at the top of the Men’s competition with a solid 5-3 victory over University-Rebels in the 7.20pm clash.Dodgers’ New Zealand Men’s Open playmaker Leon Skinner was in dazzling touch for the Coast boys who worked hard to eventually fend off a spirited challenge from Uni-Rebels.2006 Queensland Mixed Open standout Damian Moar was Uni-Rebels best player and a constant threat with his silky handling skills a highlight of the game.Colts recent good form was rewarded with a 4-2 triumph over Southern Storm in the 8.10pm timeslot.Nathan Smith and Australian Youth Squad member Jason Schmidt had outstanding games for Colts, whilst Storm’s Queensland Men’s Open lynchpin Ryan Pollock, playing consistently good touch in 2007, was again his team’s best player.In the late timeslot at 9.00pm, Country Club United (CCU) produced a professional 6-3 win over Tigers.Hard working CCU stalwart Luke “Chucksy” Parker and the skillful Luke Feldman were dominant for the Northsiders, whilst Charles Seeto was again the pick of a vanquished, but willing Tigers team.Round Seven of the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open began with the early clash at 7.20pm between Crushers and Dodgers.After a tight first half where both teams created numerous chances, Dodgers finished off better to go the break 2-0 up.Amy Turner, Nicola Slade, and Rachel Stevenson called the shots for Dodgers and they ran out 4-0 winners with a composed display in the second half.National 20 Years Youth Squad member Belinda “Bindoss” Hammett was Crushers best, whilst Tasmanian tyro Emma Haines, making her debut for the tri-colours, and Kathrine “Dooie” Moore led from the front.In the 8.10pm clash, defending premiers Uni-Rebels completed a 4-1 victory over Colts to reclaim top spot in the division.Colts were without their rock, Australian Women’s Open star Peta Rogerson, who has been far and away the competition’s most dominant player in season 2007.Rogerson’s absence was keenly felt by an out of sorts Colts combination who struggled without her input and direction.Uni-Rebels were full of running with Renee Murphy, National Youth squad member Alyce “The Rat” Hulbert, and Toni Elthrington leading the way for Rebels in a performance that smacked of the consistency and combination that the premiers had been lacking to this point.Colts 2007 Australian World Cup Mixed Open Captain Mary “Pasher” Steele, Meg Ballon, and Nikki Etheridge never stopped trying and the loss may be a timely one as Colts take stock and gear up for semi-final action in coming weeks.In the late game at 9.00pm, the Southern Storm produced a gritty 5-3 win over traditional arch rivals Country Club United.Storm’s Queensland and Australian Women’s Open Captain Sharyn “Billy” Williams came out firing and looks to be finding good form at the right time of the season as she steered her young chargers through a tough clash with the experienced CCU team.Young Storm middle Kirsty “Harry” Quince played with poise and maturity, and along with Sam Hopkin and veteran Angela Barr, were the Storm’s best players.CCU dug deep and pushed the southsiders hard with National 18 Years Girls squad members Gen “SG” Lacaze, Kelly Jones, and the experienced Nat Parker leading the CCU charge.In Round Eight of the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Men’s Open competition this Friday 3 August 2007, Tigers take on Storm at 7.20pm, CCU meet Dodgers in the 2006 grand final replay at 810pm, and Colts confront Uni-Rebels at 9.00pm.In PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open Round Eight action, CCU will meet Uni-Rebels at 7.20pm; Storm play Crushers at 8.10pm, and Colts will battle with Dodgers in the late game at 9.00pm.With just three weeks of regular season fixtures remaining, all teams are looking to consolidate their games and build into the finals race with good form under their belts.Men’s and Women’s Division two and three A and B fixtures also continue this Friday night with first games commencing at 6.30pm.last_img read more

2012 Trans Tasman Dates Announced

first_imgThe Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open sides will take to the field against New Zealand at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex, Mudgee, in a three day contest from Thursday, 26 April 2012 until Saturday, 28 April. The three game series will take place on Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday afternoon, with times to be confirmed closer to the event. Players will also march in the ANZAC Day parade in Mudgee on Wednesday, 25 April prior to the event. It is symbolic that they will meet on the ANZAC weekend, an occasion very special to both proud nations. Australia is still on a high from its 2011 World Cup performance, winning all three Open titles against the Kiwis and is hopeful of defending its Trans Tasman title, while New Zealand is determined to reverse the result and cause an upset to the Australian teams in their own backyard. For more information, please see the attached media release. Stay tuned to the Trans Tasman website in the lead up to the 2012 Trans Tasman Test Series for all of the latest news and information. http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-6460-0-0-0  Related Filesttts_media_release_v1-pdflast_img read more

2012 Vawdon Cup Results

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of their respective divisions in the 2012 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Vawdon Cup finals. Men’s Open Penrith Panthers 7 defeated Parramatta Eels 6 (drop-off)Women’s Open Eastern Suburbs Roosters 7 defeated Wollongong Devils 5Mixed Open Eastern Suburbs Roosters 6 defeated Wests Magpies 4Men’s Division OneHornsby Lions 6 defeated Wollongong Devils 1Women’s Division OneCentral Coast Dolphins 5 defeated Northern Suburbs Bears 4Men’s Division TwoEastern Suburbs Roosters 8 defeated Wests Magpies 6Women’s Division TwoLiverpool Lightning 2 defeated Hills Hornets 2Men’s Division ThreeRyde Eastwood Hawks 8 defeated Penrith Panthers 4Men’s Masters (played on the 19th October)Balmain Tigers 9 defeated Penrith Panthers 0Men’s Seniors (played on the 19th October)Wests Magpies 6 defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 5Related LinksVawdon Cup Resultslast_img read more

The Walking Deads Christian Serratos Slaps Ads On Electric Car Charging Stations

first_imgFrom buying all-electric cars to installing solar panels on their roofs, environmentalists across the country are taking steps to save the planet — but some of them are dragging their feet when it comes to taking that essential step: going vegan.So PETA and Twilight and The Walking Dead star Christian Serratos, who is a longtime vegetarian and PETA supporter, have purchased ads that will be placed on electric car charging stations, targeting the very people who want to make a difference and urging them to go all the way.The new ads bluntly proclaim, “Producing two strips of bacon generates three times the amount of greenhouse gases that driving 1 mile in a Prius does. Save the world—go vegan.” The ads will be up in time for Earth Day.“Environmentalists who have switched to all-electric cars may be shocked to discover that the hybrids they deemed not ‘green’ enough are still far ‘greener’ than bacon,” Serratos says. “PETA’s message for Earth Day and every day is that the most effective way to help the environment — and animals — is to go vegetarian.”According to the United Nations, raising animals for food is “a top contributor to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute. And of course, the meat industry is responsible for the daily suffering and terrifying deaths of billions of animals every year.Serratos is part of a growing list of celebrities — including Bones star Emily Deschanel, Nikita and Divergent star Maggie Q, and Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness — who have teamed up with PETA to point out that the meat industry has a devastating impact on the planet.last_img read more

TMX leaves door open for clearing trades of pot stocks with US

first_imgTORONTO – The company which owns and operates Canada’s only platform used to finalize stock trades says it is leaving the door open to clearing trades of issuers with marijuana-related activities in the U.S., where pot remains illegal under federal law, for certain exchanges.In August, the Globe and Mail reported that TMX Group Inc.-owned subsidiary and clearinghouse Canadian Depository for Securities Ltd. was contemplating a ban on clearing cannabis stocks with U.S. exposure.TMX reiterated in a news release Friday that there is no ban on clearing securities of cannabis companies with U.S. interests, but discussions about how to handle those trades continue with exchanges and the Canadian Securities Administrators, the umbrella organization for Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators.However, TMX added that any “solution will be founded on each exchange’s role in applying listing requirements, including exchange rules related to issuers’ compliance with applicable laws.”This leaves the door open for trades of cannabis companies with U.S. assets to continue on the Canadian Securities Exchange, where roughly a dozen of the listed marijuana-based companies have U.S. holdings.Friday’s comment comes after TMX, which also operates the Toronto Stock Exchange, last month issued a staff notice warning that listed cannabis firms with U.S. exposure could face delisting from the TSX. While some states have legalized marijuana to varying degrees, it remains illegal under U.S. federal law to cultivate, distribute or possess the drug south of the border, the TMX also noted in October.The CSA, however, said last month that pot companies must tell investors about certain risks when they invest south of the border, in line with the CSE’s approach.TMX spokesman Shane Quinn said Friday that discussions with the CSA and exchanges on how to handle these trades were taking longer than initially hoped, and it was important to provide an update to the market.“That’s something we wanted to clarify,” he said. “That the solution will be founded on each exchange’s role in applying the listing requirements, and that is in line with the CSA’s announcement.”TMX’s commentary was welcomed by Ottawa-based cannabis investment firm CannaRoyalty Corp.“This is a positive development for CannaRoyalty and for any issuer with U.S. marijuana-related activities traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”),” said Marc Lustig, CannaRoyalty CEO, in a statement Friday. “The CSE has repeatedly expressed support for issuers with U.S. cannabis assets and as expected, TMX has confirmed it will base any rules regarding the clearing of these issuers on the rules of individual exchanges.“We expect this guidance to continue to remove any persisting rumours regarding the Canadian regulators’ view of issuers with U.S. cannabis assets.”Beacon Securities analyst Vahan Ajamian says TMX’s release was short on details but highlighted how various exchanges have had differences in applying listing requirements.“We continue to believe the status quo that has existed for the last 12 months — where U.S. operators trade on the CSE, and most Canadian operators on the TSX or TSX Venture — will continue indefinitely,” he said.last_img read more

Shopify shares slip after Adobe Systems buys ecommerce rival Magento

first_imgTORONTO – Shares of Shopify Inc. slumped Tuesday on news that its rival Magento Commerce was bought by Adobe Systems Inc.The e-commerce company’s stock closed at $177.66 in Toronto on Tuesday, marking a 6.12 per cent drop, one day after the U.S. software giant announced the acquisition. Shopify shares on the New York Stock Exchange closed at US$138.75, down nearly four per cent.Adobe, best known for its Photoshop picture editing software, on Monday said it had signed a US$1.68-billion agreement to buy Campbell, Calif.-based Magento.Magento’s platform helps companies set up online stores and manage orders. Its customers include Canon, Helly Hansen and Paul Smith. Adobe and Magento share joint customers including Coca-Cola, Warner Music Group, Nestle and Cathay Pacific.Adobe said the acquisition will enable e-commerce to be seamlessly integrated into its own platform.“Embedding commerce into the Adobe Experience Cloud with Magento enables Adobe to make every moment personal and every experience shoppable,” said Brad Rencher, Adobe’s executive vice president and general manager of digital experience in a statement on Monday.last_img read more

Trump dairy farmers broaden attacks on Liberals as speedy metal tariffs urged

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canada-U.S. trade war bled into farm fields on Monday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government faced dual attacks from Canadian dairy farmers, and President Donald Trump.The Dairy Farmers of Canada branded as “troubling” and “worrisome” comments Trudeau made on NBC’s Meet the Press that Canada was considering allowing U.S. dairy greater access to the Canadian market as part of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Trump, meanwhile, broadened his trade tirades on Twitter into agriculture, writing: “Canada has all sorts of trade barriers on our Agricultural products. Not acceptable!”The attacks came as the government is already reeling from Trump’s imposition last week of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, part the president’s broader tariff attack on Mexico and Europe.Trudeau also faced pressure Monday to speed up Canada’s tariff retaliation on U.S. steel and aluminum imports, while it consults on imposing levies on other American consumer goods.Speaking on the NBC Sunday news show, Trudeau called the tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum “insulting and unacceptable.”Trudeau was also asked about possible concessions the U.S. is seeking in the NAFTA talks.“I think they want a better deal on their auto sector from Mexico and I think they want more access on certain agricultural products like dairy to Canada,” the prime minister said.Asked if he was willing to give that, Trudeau replied: “We were moving towards flexibility in those areas that I thought was very, very promising.” But he said the U.S. insistence on a five-year sunset clause was a deal breaker.Pierre Lampron, president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, sent Trudeau a letter on Monday, demanding a meeting and questioning his support for the dairy industry.“These comments are deeply troubling for our dairy farmers, as you and your government’s representatives have repeatedly stated that you support the supply management system and our sector,” Lampron wrote.“Your comments, in addition to political meetings between your staff and President Trump’s advisers, for which there has been little information provided to us, are quite worrisome.”Trudeau’s office declined direct comment on the letter and instead referred to comments Monday in question period, in which Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay once again defended Canada’s supply management system.“The prime minister, myself, the minister of foreign affairs, cabinet ministers and caucus, and, indeed, the trade negotiators of NAFTA have clearly indicated the Canadian direction,” MacAulay said.“The Liberal government is the government that put supply management in place and it is the Liberal government that will protect supply management.”Canada has already granted some access to its dairy markets in its other big free trade deals with the European Union and the re-booted Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 11-country Pacific Rim pact that does not include the U.S.Trudeau also faced calls Monday to speed up the imposition of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum, but he rebuffed them.Trudeau said he wants to respect the government’s 30-day consultation period on its proposed $16.6-billion tariff package, retaliation for the Trump administration’s decision to impose 25 per cent import duties on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.The federal government wants to consult Canadians before enacting its response, which targets not only U.S. steel and aluminum, but also a wide variety of goods from orange juice to playing cards to toilet paper.Joseph Galimberti, the president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, said he urged Trudeau in a meeting Monday to immediately impose the retaliatory tariffs on metals while it consults on the other products.Galimberti said American steel continues to flow into Canada tariff-free while Canadian steel now faces tariffs.“This is a very live situation,” Galimberti told reporters after the meeting, add that companies are “experiencing damages and interruptions today, supply chains are going to change going forward.“This is something that the government is going to need to pay attention to.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer also urged Trudeau to accelerate the retaliation.“The American tariffs went into effect immediately and Canadian shipments of steel are already being turned back from the border,” said Scheer. “Why is the prime minister waiting three weeks to impose these counter-measures specifically on steel and aluminum when the U.S. tariffs came into effect right away?”Trudeau replied he wants to follow through on the consultations while trying to persuade the U.S. to drop the tariffs.“One of the fundamental realities is that nobody wins in trade wars,” he said.“We continue to believe that by working thoughtfully and firmly with the American administration we are going to be able to move forward in a positive direction.”last_img read more

Acquisitions insolvencies cited as drilling company count tumbles by 40

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A research report by AltaCorp Capital shows the number of companies actively drilling in Canada has declined by 40 percent since the oil price crash of late 2014.The analysis cites industry data which shows only 26 drilling contractors have been working so far in 2019, 17 fewer than observed in 2014.It says consolidation is the biggest reason companies have disappeared, with seven companies holding about 17 percent of market share being purchased over the period, including CanElson Drilling in 2015, Savanna Drilling in 2017 and Trinidad Drilling in 2018. It says insolvency removed four companies, although the market share held by those firms was just one percent. Two companies which together held about one percent of market share in 2014 are simply inactive, they have rigs but aren’t operating them.One company left the Canadian market and the fate of four other missing names isn’t known. There is just one new entrant on the 2019 list.The report says the Canadian drilling market would benefit from more consolidation given recent declines in drilling activity but says acquisitions are unlikely given high debt levels in the larger players and the relatively unattractive assets available.“Ultimately, we expect that rig transfers out of Canada, smaller one-off asset sales and gradual atrophy of older and less relevant rigs, will be the primary drivers of further Canadian industry concentration over the near-to-mid-term,” the report concludes.last_img read more

Mens basketball Marc Lovings Senior Day and fight for firstday bye in

Ohio State senior forward Marc Loving defends Nebraska guard Glynn Watson Jr during a game on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIn the era of Ohio State men’s basketball under coach Thad Matta, the last game of the regular season has almost always had significance. From Matt Sylvester’s game-winning 3 against No. 1 Illinois in Matta’s first season, to clinching Big Ten championships, Matta has done his job in sending seniors out in the correct fashion.On Sunday, when the Buckeyes (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten) battle the Indiana Hoosiers (16-14, 6-11 Big Ten), senior forward Marc Loving will be honored as the lone senior in the 2017 class.“(Senior Days are) a little bit emotional, but you’re happy for the individual and I think in Marc’s case, I’m very excited,” Matta said. “Just from the growth that he’s made — he’s had some ups and down throughout his career, but I see it every day.”Loving came to OSU as one of the most revered players to ever come from the competitive Toledo, Ohio, area. He was ranked as the 61st best player in the class of 2013, but many feel he never reached his full potential. Loving was asked to become a leader as a junior because of the lack of seniority on the team. His shooting percentage has gone down significantly since his sophomore season, yet remains one of OSU’s best scoring options at 12.5 points per game.Loving said he’s not one to be emotional, but can look back on his career and know how far he has grown in the program.“Coming into Ohio State, I really didn’t have any expectations,” he said. “I mean, I didn’t know how much playing time I was going to get. I wasn’t promised anything. You have to earn your spot.”Normally when OSU hosts the Hoosiers at the end of the season, the hype is palpable. Not too long ago, Indiana and the Buckeyes swung at each other for the conference crown, but injuries and other factors have led OSU and Indiana to the bottom of the Big Ten in 2016-17.However, that’s not to say the game isn’t significant. If OSU defeats the Hoosiers, the Buckeyes guarantee themselves a bye on Wednesday — the first day of the Big Ten tournament — and will be the 10 seed in the tournament.IndianaCoach Tom Crean’s squad is ranked No. 49 in Ken Pomeroy’s advanced statistical ratings, where OSU checks in at No. 66. The Hoosiers average 115.6 points per 100 possessions, which ranks 31st in the country.For any team in college basketball, especially those in major conferences like the Big Ten, it’s difficult to play without leading scorers. OSU has played without junior forward Keita Bates-Diop since the first conference game on Jan. 1. But when a team loses two of those players, it’s near impossible to overcome.Crean has desperately tried to keep his team afloat with senior forward Collin Hartman and sophomore guard OG Anunoby — a former candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year — sidelined for the season with injuries, but Indiana has been sliding as of late.Losers of six of their last seven games, the Hoosiers are also fighting to avoid the first day of the Big Ten tournament next week in Washington D.C. To do that, their top three scorers will need to do damage to the Buckeye defense in the halfcourt. Junior guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson average 16.8 and 12.8 points per game, with sophomore center Thomas Bryant adding another 12.8.Johnson and Bryant were two players who were in foul trouble in the Hoosiers’ last game against Purdue, which ultimately crowned the Boilermakers as regular-season champs. OSU isn’t a great rebounding team, so staying out of foul trouble and owning the boards could be a vital piece to the puzzle for an Indiana victory.Another key for Indiana is if Johnson can end his shooting slump. Since Indiana started its skid on Feb. 5 at Wisconsin, Johnson is shooting 20 for 67 (29.9 percent) from the field. But like the Hoosiers have as a team — sporting victories over No. 1 Kansas and No. 5 North Carolina — Johnson has shown ability to catch fire quickly.“They’re a tough matchup in terms of what they do and what they’re capable of doing,” Matta said. “Our defense has got to be at an all-time high tomorrow or we’re in trouble.”Indiana’s defense is one of the worst in the Big Ten, allowing over 77 points per game in conference play. OSU sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle is leading the conference in 3-point shooting at 51 percent in league games. Lyle is also coming off two of his best games of the season, scoring 17 points each in wins over Wisconsin and Penn State.Matta said that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Lyle and fellow sophomore point guard C.J. Jackson play 30 minutes apiece.Prediction: Ohio State – 74, Indiana – 69 read more

Griezmann wants to decide before the World Cup

Griezmann wants to decide before the World Cup

first_imgAntoine Griezmann’s situation has been very unclear lately but the Frenchman insisted that he hasn’t held any talks with Barcelona but wants to decide before the World Cup over his future.The Atletico attacker has been heavily linked with a possible move to Barcelona but he denied that he has been holding talks with the Catalonian side – but he admitted that he may leave at the end of the season.The former Real Sociedad striker spoke about his future as he said, according to Goal:“I don’t know where you get this information, but it is false.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“I want to be free and think only about the French team.”“I would like my future to be settled before the World Cup, otherwise, afterwards, we will have questions to the right and the left. I will continue as I am now, giving everything to the club.”“I had a difficult start to the season for several reasons. I expressed things wrongly and made mistakes.”last_img read more

Martial hoping for an extended Solskjaer stay

Martial hoping for an extended Solskjaer stay

first_imgAnthony Martial has tipped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to retain the managerial position at Manchester United on a permanent basis.The French midfielder revealed the entire squad is enjoying the reign of the Norwegian boss ahead of their clash with PSG.Martial scored a superb solo goal in United’s 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday to enter the top four and further extend the unbeaten run under the 45-year-old to 11 games.French connexion ⚡️⚡️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/6q6N13MBFS— Anthony Martial (@AnthonyMartial) December 22, 2018“Well, obviously things are going really well at the moment. We’re really happy to have him here,” the France forward told a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s mouth-watering Champions League showdown against Paris Saint-Germain.“Sure, I hope we can continue with him. The final decision isn’t down to us but certainly, we’re happy he’s here at the moment.”“We’ve got a coach who’s got different intentions, a different approach,” Martial disclosed via FourFourTwo. “We’re trying to do what he wants us to do.“When our new coach came in he had a lot of confidence and a lot of determination. That’s really a boost to us.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He had a lot of confidence in us and we’re trying to pay him back in kind.“He’s asking me to attack more, that’s my job after all – to make the difference, as it were, to be more decisive“Things are working out well for the other attackers as well. I hope we can continue to be as effective and efficient.”.@AnthonyMartial: “Obviously things are going really well at the moment so we’re happy to have him [Ole] here with us.” #MUFC pic.twitter.com/5pELklKcg0— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 11, 2019However, Solskjaer feels that there is still room for improvement when it comes to Martial’s finishing.“He’s often said that to me and even previous managers have said that to me,” he added.“I think if I do manage to do that [and] get beyond the defence then I will score more goals.”last_img read more

Editors Council calls section 32 an attack on democracy

Editors Council calls section 32 an attack on democracy

first_imgEditors` Council calls section 32 an attack on democracyEditors’ Council has asked the government to drop the controversial section 32 of the proposed digital security act.In a statement signed by council’s secretary general, Mahfuz Anam, on Tuesday, the council expressed conviction that if enacted, the law would create an atmosphere of stopping pursuit of journalism independently.”The section 32 of the digital security act that defines [journalism as] digital spying and keeps provision for punishment is an attack on the democratic spirit and the freedom of expression,” the council said.The council members held a meeting chaired by its president Golam Sarwar at The Daily Star centre and discussed in detail the draft of the Digital Security Bill 2018, endorsed by the cabinet.In its statement issued afterwards, the council protested at and expressed concern at the drafting of yet another draconian law, instead of scrapping the controversial section 57 of the ICT Act.The section 32 of the proposed digital security law has equated journalism with spying and kept provision for 14 years of imprisonment for such “offence”.The council recalled that the law minister assured journalists of removing all controversial provisions of ICT and other acts that hinder the journalistic practice.”The proposed law is harsher. It will only shrink the space for independent journalism and expressing opinions,” the council added.The council leaders called on the government to hold talks with stakeholders before passing the law.last_img
B Chy demands reconstitution of EC for fair polls

B Chy demands reconstitution of EC for fair polls

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoPresident of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Badruddoza Chowdhury on Friday laid emphasise on forming a neutral government dissolving parliament for the sake of a fair and neutral general election, reports UNB.Speaking at an iftar party, he also demanded reconstitution of the current election commission with impartial persons to hold the 11th parliamentary elections in a credible manner.Dhaka city north unit BDB arranged the programme at a convention centre in the city’s Uttara area.B Chowdhury, also a former president, said, “A level-playing field must be created first to remove the obstacle towards holding an acceptable national election.”To ensure a level-playing field, he said an election-time neutral government, a proven neutral election commission and dissolution of parliament are crucial so that ministers and MPs cannot avail of government facilities during the polls.The BDB chief also said it is unlikely that there will be a level-playing field when hundreds of opposition leaders and activists will be there in jail during the election.He also talked against extrajudicial killings in the name of anti-narcotics drive. “We don’t know who’re being killed in the name of the anti-drug drive and using other excuses. We also don’t know their identities. Bur, there’s an allegation that they’re political activists.”B Chowdhury said a level-playing field will also not be created if political activists are killed or arrested on various excuses while the field remains under the control of a particular party.Accusing the government of keeping BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail ignoring the apex court order, he called upon it to be respectful to the rule of law and the verdicts of the judiciary.The former president observed that both Awami League and BNP leaders and activists are afraid of post-election violence and their security if their respective party loses the polls due to longstanding conflicts between the two major parties.Even the common voters, he said, are also in doubt which party will be able to ensure their security after the election.Under the circumstances, he said, the political scenario can be changed if only a third political force emerges out of people’s fear about the two parties and for the sake of peace and discipline in the country.last_img read more

New AM Campus To Welcome Students Not Admitted Into AM

New AM Campus To Welcome Students Not Admitted Into AM

first_img Share Todd WisemanTexas A&M UniversityThe Texas A&M University System on Monday announced plans to spend $150 million renovating an old satellite campus a few miles from its flagship in College Station to include new buildings, research facilities and, eventually, space to teach as many as 10,000 new students. But there’s a twist: Those new students would be people who were “not admitted” into A&M. It’s not immediately clear how that would work. A press release announcing the project explained it like this: “Students could start their college careers at the center or transfer from community colleges to complete their college degrees. They could be accepted later at Texas A&M University or choose a degree program from another Texas A&M System university. Faculty members from other System schools would either travel to the new campus or teach courses online.”A system spokesman said details are still being conceived, but the students would likely enroll in another university — like one of the 10 others in the A&M System — and take their courses near the flagship. These days, many students from the Bryan-College Station area don’t get into A&M and are forced to leave. This could keep them local, the system said.But, officials said, those details are still a work in progress. The first phase of construction and renovation will focus on research facilities and possible partnerships with private companies. The overhaul of the Riverside Campus, which is just outside the city of Bryan, will cost about $150 million, the system said.  It will be renamed the RELLIS Campus, which stands for the “Aggie core values” of respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity and selfless service. There are currently 32 old buildings on the satellite campus — it’s mostly used now for research handled by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Those buildings will be torn down, the university system said. “This will keep thousands of fine students in the Brazos Valley that might have left for other universities,” A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said. The new buildings will include facilities for research on infrastructure, transportation and robotics. Officials said the site will try to attract private-sector research on subjects like smart power grids, driverless cars and advanced manufacturing, although no private partnerships were included in the announcement Monday.Construction on the first building is scheduled for September. No timeframe was given for the full build-up or when students might begin studying there.In announcing the project, Sharp referenced the state’s new higher education plan, 60×30, which aims to increase the number of young Texans who hold a postsecondary degree or certificate to 60 percent of the population by 2030. “This will be a magnet for technology companies locating their research facilities to the Brazos Valley and for thousands of additional students to study here, contributing to the local economy,” Sharp said. “It’s a great one-two punch for economic development.”Disclosure: Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M University System have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2016/05/02/m-system-announces-new-campus-research-students-no/.last_img read more

Authorities Explosive Device Found At Beaumont Starbucks

Authorities Explosive Device Found At Beaumont Starbucks

first_imgwikimedia commonsPolice in a Southeast Texas city say what’s believed to be a “legitimate explosive device” was found outside a Starbucks there.Beaumont police say that a Starbucks employee found the package outside early Thursday morning and then moved it into the coffee shop. Police say that while trying to open the package, the employee noticed a note and then took it back outside and notified law enforcement.Police did not say what the note said.Several law enforcement agencies responded, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.Police say the device was later rendered safe by bomb technicians.Police say the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force will lead the ongoing investigation. Sharelast_img

Sliney Finals in 1M at NCAA Zone C Qualifier

first_img W. LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Michaela Sliney finished eighth in the 1M at the NCAA Diving Zone C qualifier, held on the campus of Purdue. With the finish, she punches her ticket to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas in both the 1M and 3M springboard. Sliney qualified 10th earlier today with a score of 267.65. She moved up into the No. 8 slot with a total score of 542.25. Teammates Molly Fears finished 24th with a score of 252.50 and Brianna Price finished 48th with a 218.70.  On the men’s side, Daniel Pinto finished 24th on the 3M board with a score of 294.85. Securing at least one automatic-qualifying finish is crucial. The top 12 overall in each event remains the other notable portion of the leaderboard. Once a diver has auto-qualified in one event, he or she only has to be among the top 12 in an additional event to also be eligible to compete in it at NCAAs.  At Zones, the top-18 finishers in the springboard prelims and the top 12 in the platform prelims advance to the championship rounds, from which the divers qualify for the NCAA Championships. Scores carry over from prelims to finals.There are five Zone Championships meets around the country. Zone C is the last of the five to begin. The other four were all held Monday through Wednesday of this week. Hosts this week included Navy (Zone A), Auburn (Zone B), Texas (Zone D) and Northern Arizona (Zone E). Texas is also hosting both the men’s and women’s NCAA Championships later this month. Zone C includes universities in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. Unlike their swimmer counterparts, the divers have to perform well this weekend to qualify for the NCAA Championships. No other scores or results from regular-season competition are considered.AUTOMATIC QUALIFYING SPOTS TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM ZONE CTop 12 in an event also qualify for NCAAs if he or she has already auto-qualified1-Meter – Women: 9 // Men: 113-Meter – Women: 8 // Men: 8Platform – Women: 12 // Men: 8ZONE C SCHEDULETop 18 in springboard prelims, Top 12 in platform prelims advance to finalsThursday at 1 p.m. – Men’s 1-Meter, Women’s 3-MeterFriday at 1 p.m. – Women’s 1-Meter, Men’s 3-MeterSaturday at 11 a.m. – Women’s Platform, Men’s Platform to follow (2 p.m.)Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Electric field can align silver nanowires

Electric field can align silver nanowires

first_img Bending the norm on nanowires Scientists have discovered how to align silver nanowires in a controlled manner with an electric field. Their technique offers a possible route to sculpting and writing on nanowires, an ability that will likely have applications in industrial manufacturing. This series of scanning electron microscope images shows how increasing an electric field can align a bundle of silver nanowires, from disordered (a) to highly aligned (d). The white arrow indicates the direction of the electric current, which caused silver ions to migrate in the opposite direction. Credit: Jialin Sun Citation: Electric field can align silver nanowires (2006, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-05-electric-field-align-silver-nanowires.html 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. Explore further Silver, one of the most precious metals for its shimmering beauty, also has the highest electrical conductivity of all metals. This property enabled a team of scientists from the Tsinghua University P.R. China to observe that a direct current electric field can align one-dimensional, 60 nm-diameter silver nanowires. The ability to control silver nanowire alignment will likely lead to the development of nanoelectronics as well as nanoscale photonic structures.“This is the first time an electric field has been used to align silver nanowires,” Jialin Sun, coauthor of the paper recently published in Nanotechnology, told PhysOrg.com. “The high quality alignment of nanowires can help form optimal nanoscale optoelectronic devices with periodic structure.”The electric field-alignment technique works because of the fact that the silver compound used by the scientists is a solid electrolyte at room temperature. As an electrolyte, silver ions can roam freely, and diverge from their crystalline lattices. So when the scientists applied an electric field, the disordered silver ions were free to align themselves under the field.The study also found that the degree of alignment increased with an increase of the electric field strength. The series of images above, taken by a scanning electron microscope, shows the effect of progressive electric field strengths on a bundle of silver nanowires. In the experiment, the silver ions tended to migrate along the direction of the current, causing the nanowires to “grow” parallel to the direction opposite the current. In the case of the strongest (400 V m-1) electric field, the nanowire bundle clustered into a dense, sheet-like structure. In fact, the nanowires actually became denser after the applied electric field, further enhancing their usability for nanoelectronics applications.“The alignment of nanowires can be effectively controlled by adjusting the applied DCEF [direct current electric field] strength between the two electrodes, and improved by increasing the DCEF strength,” the scientists wrote.In addition to the novelty, this method’s ease of preparation has smoothed the road toward prospective applications. Because the electric field-alignment technique can occur at room temperature, at normal atmospheric pressure and without any complicated and collapsible templates, the method has overcome many of the challenges of current approaches to nanowire alignment.“It is believed that the synthesized alignment of metallic nanowires can be easily realized under normal conditions,” said Sun. “This technique will be very important for the process of industrial manufacturing. For example, this method can be used for the preparation of metallic nano-circuits, nanowire-grid polarizers, nanoscale photon crystals, nanoscale optical wave guides, and so on.”The scientists also project that an electric field could “sculpt” nanowire structures, drawing lines and shapes with a scanning tunneling microscope. Citation: Cao, Yang, et al. “A technique for controlling the alignment of silver nanowires with an electric field.” Nanotechnology 17 (2006) 2378-2380.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

BJP supporters set fire to bus force patient to get down from

BJP supporters set fire to bus force patient to get down from

first_imgKolkata: In an attempt to create panic among people, BJP supporters allegedly set fire to a West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) bus on the southbound approach road of Brabourne Road flyover.While resisting the BJP supporters, two police personnel, including the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Howrah Bridge traffic guard, received multiple injuries. A BJP supporter was injured as he got trapped inside the burning bus. School students and patients were also forced to get down from different vehicles to make the bandh a success in two different cases throughout the city. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the police, some miscreants boarded the bus from route C-7 (Howrah to Harimohan Ghosh College) acting as passengers, on Wednesday at around 1.40 pm. When the bus arrived near Pagaya Patty, the alleged hooligans started creating a ruckus, threatening the passengers and the bus driver.The panic stricken passengers deboarded the bus in a hurry. As the driver of the bus had also got panicked, he was not able to stop the bus in time and rammed it into a divider, before coming to a halt. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAs the bus stopped, BJP supporters threw some inflammable material inside the bus and set it on fire. In the meantime, one of the BJP supporters somehow got trapped inside the bus, who was later identified as Sanjib Singh. Police and locals immediately joined hands to rescue Singh. Two fire tenders were pressed into action to douse the fire.At the same time, the OC of Howrah Bridge traffic guard Raj Kumar Singh and home guard of Sealdah traffic guard Bidesh Samanta got injured, while confronting the BJP supporters. Police later identified the two persons responsible for the incident and detained one of them. Sanjib has been admitted to the Medical College Hospital with multiple injuries.In another incident, a school bus packed with children was obstructed by BJP supporters near Ganganagar under Airport police station area on Wednesday morning.Sources informed that the children and teachers were forced toget down from the bus. The bandh supporters allegedly tried to ran-sack the bus but later stepped back after repeated requests from the teachers.Meanwhile, a patient and his family members were forced to get down from a taxi near Howrah Station. The taxi was then ransacked. Later, police intervened and arranged another taxi for the patient and his family. Police also dispersed the mob and secured the taxi driver as well.last_img read more

Young Entrepreneur Changes the US Cell Phone Market

first_img People who overturn the apple cart don’t ask for permission. But it takes more than audacity for a 26-year-old to challenge an entire industry. For Ahmed Khattak, it was personal: He couldn’t buy a phone. An international student from Peshawar, Pakistan, Khattak arrived at Yale in 2004 at the age of 18 with no social security number and no credit history. That meant no one would sell him a cell phone.He was appalled at the barriers the U.S. cell phone industry threw in front of consumers at every turn. Restrictive two-year contracts?Indecipherable pricing schemes for voice, data and text? And, once he got a prepaid phone, $50 a week just to call his family back in Pakistan? This, from the most technologically advanced country in the world?”I couldn’t believe it,” Khattak says.In 2007, he went to London for an internship and discovered how to change the game–at the airport, no less, only moments after he got off the plane. “I realized that it was as easy as going to a vending machine, buying a SIM card and [thereafter] paying $22 a month for your phone bill,” he says.It was his “eureka” moment: unlocking cell phones, setting them free. “I decided that I had to change the way people in the U.S. go about their plans and phones,” he says. His New Haven, Conn.-based company, GSM Nation, had sales of $35 million in 2011, its first full year, and is on track to reach sales of $50 million this year.Three components to Khattak’s life help explain how he came to build his business. First, he was exceptionally competitive at squash, good enough to be recruited by Yale.”I am ethnically a Pashtun, and Pashtuns have dominated squash for over half a century. I went on to become a top-10-ranked junior national,” he says.The Pakistan Squash Federation is run by the Air Force, the second major influence in Khattak’s upbringing. He was a military brat–his father was in the Air Force–so he lived the gypsy life of moving frequently and with little notice, more than 15 times, to cities as big as Karachi and to tiny, remote villages.The third component was his can-do personality. “I have always loved building stuff and fixing it; [I am] a problem solver. I tend to look at everything to see where the stress points are and how to fix them,” he says. “I would fix my schoolmates’ and neighbors’ computers and PlayStations. All this was leading to a bigger venture for me.”The chance to study engineering at Yale, his ability to fit into any environment and his tinkerer’s bent laid the groundwork for him to tackle the multibillion U.S. cell phone industry.A Business is BornGSM Nation’s model is simple: Consumers buy manufacturer-unlocked phones that can be used with any network, then they sign up for significantly cheaper voice, text and data plans through third-party carriers such as H2O Wireless or Simple Mobile–with no multiyear contracts.These carriers resell blocks of minutes they’ve purchased from T-Mobile and AT&T.Seed capital for the company first came in the form of a $30,000 loan pooled from friends and family; later it would come from Junaid Shams, who co-founded GSM Nation with Khattak. At the time Shams was in medical school at George Washington University (he graduated in May). “In early 2010, Ahmed came to me with this raw business idea,” Shams says. “We spent the entire night developing it, talking about infrastructure, financing and concept, basically trying to figure out if it was feasible or not.”Raising capital was the first test. Once the company had revenue, Khattak and Shams raised an additional $120,000 in loans. A year after launch, capital arrived from an unlikely angel investor: Khattak’s dentist. Needing a root canal (but with no way to pay for it) Khattak searched locally for an endodontist who would do the work on credit. When he ran across the name Moin Ahmed, he thought, Sounds like he’s from my part of the world. Sure enough, Ahmed was a fellow Pakistani, and he told Khattak not to worry about the money.As GSM Nation stirred to life, Ahmed mentioned that he was seeking a place to park some private capital; Khattak suggested he write a check against equity in the company. Bang: Khattak landed $200,000. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now So far, Khattak has managed this dance. And it hasn’t distracted him from the pleasures of starting a business. “It’s incredible coming to work every day and seeing what you have done,” he says. “I am obsessed with growing my company to thousands of people … the fact that I can get the thing I desire and [share] it with my friends and family is a good perk.”On a Saturday afternoon in San Francisco, the fog has burned off, and it’s a gorgeous summer day. Khattak has flown in early for meetings. He speaks rapid-fire, his brain clearly buffering half a dozen ideas that simply can’t make it into words fast enough. Despite the demands of GSM Nation, he is already at work on his next venture, eDrop.com, a new way of social shopping for great bargains. “I have assembled an amazing team,” he says. “We are going to release our first beta in [September] and hopefully go into a nice round of funding by October.”Khattak checks, then pockets, his iPhone and bids goodbye. He is taking a meeting at the airport, then flying back to Connecticut the very same day he flew in. Why? In spite of the insane hours he commits to his work, he reserves one day a week to spend with his wife and son to enjoy the fruits of his American dream.Storming the GatesWhen a twentysomething vaults into an industry with no experience, no contacts, very little capital and meager working knowledge about American business, you have to ask, How did he make this magic? Here’s what other entrepreneurs can learn from the success of GSM Nation’s Ahmed Khattak.Do your homework. “It’s fine to get into uncharted territories, but once you get in, do your research,” Khattak says. “Too many entrepreneurs spend too much time doing risk analysis [before they take action].”Find paying customers ASAP. James Boyle, managing director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, where GSM Nation was born, emphasizes the practical: “One of the pieces of advice we give students is to focus on finding the first paying customer as soon as possible. Whether you’re familiar with an industry or not, the process of getting someone to pay you money teaches you a great deal about challenges and opportunities in that space.”Balance the grand vision with immediate action. Ka Mo Lau, co-founder and CFO of advertising tech startup PaperG, calls out fellow entrepreneur and friend Khattak for his ability to move things forward: “Have a grand vision for where you want to go, but like Ahmed, execute on practical, immediate actions that bring you closer to that vision every day.” Enroll Now for Free Ahmed Khattak of GSM Nation. Did the endodontist see the growth potential in GSM Nation from the start? “Not at the time,” he says, “but I wanted to help Ahmed in his venture.” Believing in the man more than in the business itself, he handed Khattak the check.With desperately needed capital in hand, Khattak ramped up inventory, and two friends from Yale joined the company. Still, Khattak ran the show.”I am a very independent person, so I really don’t like a lot of interference. I didn’t seek a lot of help at all,” he says. Indirect help came from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, which gave him a tiny office space and required him to produce quarterly reports. “It instilled a great deal of confidence in me, and I owe them for that,” he says.GSM Nation was an instant hit. “It’s hard to put a finger on a particular occasion when I thought we were going to be successful,” Khattak says, “because we have surpassed our wildest imaginations. I mean, think of it, in excess of $50 million in sales in just over two years. We have taken such huge leaps that every six months we have a new aim and we literally treat that as our starting point.”He estimates the total market for his industry is $2 billion to $3 billion–but growing fast. “Fifty to 70 percent of T-Mobile activations came from contract-free plans in the past year, and now all carriers are going into this segment,” he says. This translates into more sales for the likes of GSM Nation.Full BoilSoaring growth poses the immediate problem of cash flow. On this point, Khattak and Shams agree. “I think the biggest mistake we made in the early going was not having as much funding as we originally thought we needed,” Shams says. “We were growing so fast [in] the first six to 12 months, faster than what even we had expected, that we didn’t have the funding at the time necessary to allow us to grow at the same pace.”Many of GSM Nation’s wholesale clients are based in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. So after a long day at the office, Khattak returns home, and calls begin coming in from the other side of the globe. With Khattak clocking 20-hour days, GSM Nation sidestepped major crises in its first year. Ever the problem-solver, Khattak admits he was constantly putting out smaller fires.The greater challenge is that there are practically no barriers to entry in the unlocked cell phone market, so the company must continually raise its game. “[It makes] the landscape insanely competitive; we started a company that was essentially a repository of information for people, and then if they wanted a device they could buy one,” Khattak says. “It might sound stupid, but our philosophy is to make sure the person who calls wants and needs what he thinks he does … We are not the cheapest in the industry, but we are the best. A lot of our competitors try to compete on pricing, and they never get anywhere.”Related: Young Entrepreneur Challenges the Way Americans Think About Their CellphonesGSM Nation certainly has its fans: A scan of reviews on ResellerRatings.com turns up myriad gushing comments (e.g., “You guys need a Superman cape.”).Yet cash flow remains the biggest obstacle to growth. “If I had a few million [dollars] more, I would do $200 million in sales this year,” Khattak says.Meanwhile, operations are lean at the New Haven headquarters. With just 14 employees, the company relies heavily on contractors. The work environment is casual, with “no sense of hierarchy.” As for his management style, Khattak says, “I am the kind of person [employees] respect and don’t want to disappoint because of my love for them, as opposed to them being scared of me.”Family ManWas Khattak ever frightened of failure? “Absolutely–still am. The fears are different, though. In the beginning, it was more along the lines of, I would have to go back to Pakistan having failed at something, and my friends and family wouldn’t understand,” he says. Today his fears are of disappointing customers. The fire dance of cash flow to keep product moving means that GSM Nation operates on a precipice.center_img This story appears in the October 2012 issue of . Subscribe » 10 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. December 10, 2012last_img read more

Rep Hughes lauds Muskegon Promise Zone in exceeding fundraising goal

Rep Hughes lauds Muskegon Promise Zone in exceeding fundraising goal

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News LANSING – Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, applauded the Muskegon Promise Zone for exceeding its $1,000,000 fund-raising goal to help fund scholarships for students in the Muskegon, Muskegon Heights and Holton school districts.“Scholarships available through the Muskegon Promise Zone program are a game-changer for our Muskegon County kids,” said Rep. Hughes, who is a member of the Muskegon Promise Zone Authority Board. “This is the beginning of the dream of higher education for many kids who may not be able to afford it otherwise. I want to congratulate our scholarship recipients Audrie Daniels, Samuel Butler, Samuel Hansen, Latyria Johnson, Elizabeth Kurdziel, Breeana McGlothin and Caprice Wallace. We are a boot-strap community and because of the generosity of our local people and businesses, we will be able to make a difference for generations to come. It’s an honor to be on this team!”The scholarships, worth up to $4,050 and available by applying to the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD), are accessible to students from the three districts with a minimum 3.5 grade point average. The funds can be used towards tuition, books and fees at Muskegon Community College or Baker College in Muskegon. 15Jan Rep. Hughes lauds Muskegon Promise Zone in exceeding fund-raising goallast_img read more