2012 State Of Origin Referees Announced

first_imgThe 2012 State of Origin Series will be held on Friday, 21 September and Saturday, 22 September 2012 at the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium and will be held in conjunction with the Touch Football Australia 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships event. To view the list, please click on the media release below. Related Files2012_soo_referees_announcement1-pdflast_img

17 days agoNakhi Wells keen on QPR stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nakhi Wells keen on QPR stayby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNahki Wells would welcome a permanent switch to Queens Park Rangers.The Burnley striker has excelled during his second loan spell with West London, having scored seven goals this season.Asked about joining QPR permanently, Wells said: “That’s all stuff that’s beyond any of my decision-making of course.”But I think the club, the fans, the board – everyone knows what my decision would be.”I love it here, it feels like home to me.”Of course football is a business though and there’s a lot more that goes into it than just me saying I’d like to stay here.”But if it was possible I wouldn’t hesitate one bit.” last_img read more

Miller Mayhem Fundraiser

first_imgAs well as music there will be a Silent Auction, 50/50 Draw, Guitar Raffle, Refreshments and Midnight Lunch as ‘Dale takes the lead on ALS.’There will be Safe Rides to and from the event.In October 2018, Dale Miller was given the diagnosis of familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). A very rare condition, the incidence of ALS in Canada is 2/100,000 and of those cases, 5-10% is the familial type of ALS. There are only about 150-300 people in Canada with familial ALS.A GoFundMe Account has been set up in Miller’s name as the Account says, ‘With ALS, everyone’s situation progresses in an unpredictable fashion but leads to the same outcome. This is a fatal condition and there is no hope for a cure in Dale’s lifetime. Dale’s remaining time will include a gradual, but certain, decline in mobility and independence.’The Account goes on to share Dale has been unable to work since his diagnosis and having lived a life of modest means and hard work, often seasonal in nature, financial resources are extremely limited. Dale and Pam are already trying to prepare for the financial and emotional challenges they will need to face together.Dale and Pam have lived and worked in the Fort St. John, BC, area for many years. Many know Dale as a musician as he has been actively engaged in the live music scene around town, playing in various ensembles, both formally and informally, (some of you may know him as “Sea-legs” or “Silverback” or “Big Sexy”). FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Miller Mayhem Benefit Event is set to help raise funds for Dale Miller and his battle with ALS.The Fundraiser has been set to take place at the Taylor Curling Club on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 from 7 pm – 1:30 am. Entry to the Event is by Donation.Several local musicians will be performing the night such as Rob Fraser, Cory Hipkiss, Airik Clark, Smokey Roads, Inroads and Rob Doucette and friends. To view the GoFundMe; CLICK HERE To view the FB Event; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Indian women lose second T20, series to England

first_imgGuwahati: The Indian women’s cricket team suffered a five-wicket defeat to England in the second T20 International, surrendering the series with a sixth straight loss in the shortest format. Chasing 112 for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, England completed the task in 19.1 overs, holding nerves after losing a few quick wickets. Opener Danielle Wyatt was Engalnd’s star performer with the bat, top-scoring with an unbeaten 64 off 55 balls. During her stay in the middle, Wyatt struck six boundaries, and was ably supported by Lauren Winfield (29). Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWhile Wyatt held one end firm on the way to her fourth T20 half- century, England needed three back-to-back boundaries by Winfield to take the game away from India. Opting to bowl, England produced a brilliant performance to prevent the hosts from putting up a big score at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, with Katherine Brunt emerging as the most successful bowler. The veteran seamer returned figures of 3/17, sending back stand-in skipper Smriti Mandhana (12) and Jemimah Rodrigues to put India on the backfoot. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe wicket of Mandhana was important for England as the opener had powered India to 24 for no loss in 2.3 overs before Brunt had her caught behind. Coming in to bat at one drop, the young Rodrigues (2) did not last long, getting bowled by Brunt. In the next over, the dismissal of Harleen Deol by left-arm spinner Linsey Smith (2/11) left the hosts in a spot of bother at 34 for three. The experienced Mithali Raj, in the last leg of her career, top-scored with 20 off 27 balls, while Deepti Sharma and Bharati Fulmali contributed 18 each. England were off to a steady start but slow left-armer Radha Yadav did not let the opening partnership flourish, disturbing Tammy Beaumont’s stumps in the fifth over. Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav had Amy Jones caught and bowled in a soft dismissal and Ekta Bisht picked up two wickets, including the big one of skipper Heather Knight, to leave the visitors in trouble at 56 for four. But Wyatt and Winfield saw England through with their 47-run partnership for the fifth wicket. India bowled tightly and conceded just three extras in comparison to England’s 18. England won the first match by 41 runs.last_img read more

Dhoni not to play last 2 ODIs, likely to have played last game on Indian soil

first_imgRanchi: India’s seniormost player Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be “rested” for the final two ODIs of the ongoing series against Australia and Friday’s match here could well be his last international outing on home soil. “We will have some changes in the last two games. Mahi will not be playing in the last two games. He will be taking rest ,” India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar told mediapersons after the match. With India not having any home matches till October, the match here could well be the last time that Dhoni has played in India Blues on home soil. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe World Cup is widely believed to be Dhoni’s swansong in India colours. However, the Jharkhand State Cricket Association believes that they would get one limited overs match during the next home season where Dhoni could bid a proper farewell. Knowing Dhoni’s allergy to publicity, the chances of that happening is pretty dim at the moment. Rishabh Pant will keep wickets during the last two ODIs in Mohali and New Delhi.last_img read more

BJP never said Rs15L will come to your account, says Rajnath Singh

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) never made promises of transferring Rs 15 lakh into bank accounts of the people. “Never said Rs 15 lakh will come (to accounts of people). We had said that we will take action (karyawahi) against black money. Action is being taken against black money. It was our government which made SIT on the topic of black money,” a news agency quoted Rajnath Singh as saying. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The statement of the Union minister comes in the backdrop of opposition parties slamming the BJP for making false promises to woo the people of India ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and repeating it yet again in 2019. Bringing black money was one of the key issues for the 2014 elections. In this year’s manifesto of the BJP, there is a mention of cracking down on parallel economy but it doesn’t occupy pride of place in speeches by political leaders. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe opposition, especially the Congress, has been quick to point out that the BJP has not delivered on ‘bringing back home illegal wealth stashed abroad’ as was promised. Refuting allegations of political vendetta behind Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate raids on opposition leaders and their aides, home minister Rajnath Singh said the agencies are autonomous bodies and they are acting on their inputs. In an interview to ANI, Singh said, “The agencies which are conducting raids are autonomous bodies. Model Code of Conduct does not apply to them. They are acting on their inputs. How can we stop them?”last_img read more

Dutch Minister of FA Urges King Mohammed VI to Prevent Anti-Israeli…

first_imgCasablanca- According to Dutch news agency Novum, Frans Timmermans, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, has recently urged HM King Mohammed VI to prevent the adoption of a law seen as anti-Israeli law.  Last Thursday, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs urged HM King Mohammed VI, before the Dutch parliament, to prevent the adoption of the controversial draft law which is aimed at illegalizing any relations with Israel and with Israeli nationals.“I count on Morocco’s wisdom,”said Mr. Timmermans, responding to a question he was asked in the Dutch government, adding that “the Sovereign along with the government have to prevent such a law from seeing the light of day.” According to the draft law, which was presented by five parliamentary groups, the presence of Israelis in Morocco would be strictly prohibited, and would be deemed an “offense”punishable by “two to five years of incarceration and a fine between MAD 100,000 and MAD 1 million.”If passed, the anti-Israeli law would also ban the participation of Moroccans, both those residing in the Kingdom or in Israel, in Israeli-related activities.However, this is not the first time HM the King has been called upon to stop the anti-Israeli law from being adopted. In November 2013, a global Jewish human rights organization addressed a letter to King Mohamed VI urging him stop the anti-Israeli law from being enacted.The letter was sent by Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations.“In your absence, various groups in your Parliament plan to damage Morocco’s reputation for tolerance, its standing as a Western ally and its long history of warm ties with the Moroccan Jewish Diaspora in the United States, Europe and Israel,”he states in his letter.Since the anti-Israeli law was announced, many Moroccans, both Jews and Muslim, have been condemning it and warning against its negative repercussions.  “It would be a shame for our country to join the fanatics, because Morocco is known for its multicultural and multi-religious tolerance,”states Michel Attias, a Moroccan Jew living in California.“Moroccans please do not fall in this trap, the people with these insane ideas have no idea of the consequences our dear country will endure. We stand for a free Morocco with obviously the respect of each other’s religion and culture,”Attias adds. “Israel is Israel and being a Jew does not mean that you agree with Israel’s acts and policy.”Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

For Inter the comeback made the win more satisfying

first_imgTottenham Hotspur was winning 1-0 but ended up losing 2-1 against Internazionale, tonight in the start of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions LeagueFor Internazionale Milan coach Luciano Spalletti, today’s win against Tottenham Hotspur is more satisfying than a normal triumph.Inter Milan came back from a 1-0 disadvantage and came out to win the match 2-1 at the end.“The fact we overturned the result with that final push makes it even more satisfying,” Spalletti was quoted by Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We saw how the fans in the stadium celebrated what it meant to them. We were always attacking and always tried to get behind them, so we put in a great performance.”“This result gives us different self-belief around the work we are doing. Getting players like Icardi to break their ducks is fundamental, as we need his goals,” he added.“[Mauro] Icardi is a serious professional and he is not someone who runs away from responsibility. We have many great players, though and sometimes we must learn how to win even without Mauro. We can’t have the same XI in every game.”“We were missing a link between Icardi and Radja Nainggolan, as at times there were big gaps. Mauro likes to go beyond the line, while Radja’s fitness levels aren’t great after his long injury lay-off. We must avoid losing the ball naively right after winning it back,” he concluded.last_img read more

Landslide overnight in Dominica no one reported hurt

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Dominica, January 17, 2018 – Loubiere – It could have been a far worse report coming out of Dominica when a looming hunk of dirt left hovering since Hurricane Maria finally collapsed, creating a scary situation in Loubiere as children played in the street.   Loubiere is one of the areas hardest hit by September 2017’s Hurricane Maria; the southern community recorded a high loss of life and human casualties in the fierce storm which decimated the island.Dominica News Online reports that they first got information of the landslide on Monday night, their check on Loubiere on Tuesday morning revealed that thankfully, no one was hurt.    One lady reported hearing a large sound; it was the collapse of some dirt and there is another area which the neighborhood is reportedly monitoring, as it too is expected to fall.Authorities are not yet officially commenting, but there is word that some people have been made to evacuated Loubiere following the landslide.   It was unclear if the collapse of the dirt was weather related, or just gravity at work.  It is forecast to rain today in Loubiere. #loubieredominica#landslide#magneticmedianewscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Pellegrini heaps praises on fringe players

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has heaped praise on the team’s fringe players for standing in for injured first team players.The former Manchester City boss was only able to name six players from an available seven on the bench during the Hammers’ 2-1 win over Southampton on Thursday, with a number of first team players sidelined through injury and illness.Pellegrini played Michail Antonio at right-back in the absence of Ryan Fredericks and Pablo Zabaleta while Angelo Ogbonna started only his fourth Premier League game of the season, and the West Ham boss has hailed the work ethic of the fringe players of the team.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“Well it is not easy when you have 10 players injured,” Pellegrini said, according to Evening Standard.“But I always say that we have a squad and it is the moment maybe for players that are not playing all the games to demonstrate why they are in this squad.”“Antonio I think played very well tonight also very happy with the performance of Angelo Ogbonna and Pedro Obiang, players that for different reasons were not playing and tonight they play as if they were always in the starting XI, because they work well during the week.”last_img read more

With Sale Primedia Exits Auto Market

first_imgOver the last few years, Primedia has sold off all properties not associated with its Consumer Source division, acquired in 1994. This April, the company named its new president and CEO, former yellowpages.com chief executive Charles Stubbs, with plans to “build a powerful and cohesive Internet brand.” For the first quarter this year, the company reported a 0.8 percent year-over-year increase in total net revenue and a 9.4 percent decrease in total adjusted EBITDA. The company saw a tax benefit of $11.3 million from discontinued operations of its auto guide business. Primedia, once a powerhouse publisher of consumer and trade publications ranging from Seventeen to FOLIO:, has sold off two of its regional auto guide publications and has shuttered another, leaving the company with its apartment and new home guides as well as its distribution operation, DistribuTech. The company sold its South Florida and Wisconsin auto guides, along with the Web site autoguide.com, to Target Media Partners, an independent publisher of classified and used car photo advertising. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Primedia first announced plans to exit the auto guide business in March when it released its 2007 fourth quarter and full year earnings, reporting total net revenue of $314.8 million—a 2.2 increase from the year before, led mostly by its New Home Guide, Rentals.com and DistribuTech brands. Magazines in the auto market have been struggling for some time now. For the second quarter this year, Car and Driver, Autoweek and Road and Track have seen ad dollars drop by 11.9, 11.8 and 4.4 percent respectively over the year before, according to Publishers’ Information Bureau figures. Former Primedia titles Motor Trend and Automobile, sold to Source Interlink in May 2007, saw respective declines of 6.7 and 3.1 percent. The automotive category as a whole saw the steepest drop in both ad dollars (17.7 percent) and ad pages (21.3 percent) in the first half 2008 among the twelve categories measured by PIB. last_img read more

Were still as close to Doomsday today as weve ever been

first_img Comment 1 How to stop climate catastrophe | What the Future “The velocity of change across these and other technological fronts is extremely high; the international effort to manage these rapid advances has been, to date, grossly insufficient,” reads the new statement from the Bulletin.The panel also focused on the threat of climate change and the renewed rise in global greenhouse emissions following a plateau in recent years.Susan Solomon, a professor of environmental studies at MIT, said the US failure to stop a rise in carbon emissions is “simply an act of gross negligence.”While the clock did not advance closer to midnight this year after two years of inching toward the brink, Bronson and the other panelists were clear to keep the focus on doom and gloom. Sci-Tech Tags Now playing: Watch this: 6:23 Share your voice “[The 2019 time] should not be taken as a sign of stability but as a stark warning,” Bronson said.But rather than despairing and retiring to the family fallout shelter to Netflix-and-chill our lives away, the Bulletin lays the task of turning back the clock at the feet of the public.”Today, citizens in every country can use the power of the Internet to fight against social media disinformation and improve the long-term prospects of their children and grandchildren. They can insist on facts, and discount nonsense. They can demand action to reduce the existential threat of nuclear war and unchecked climate change.”Naturally, the Bulletin even includes a hashtag, because what better tool to save the world, right?Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy. Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. We’re still living in the most perilous times since the end of World War II, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and its trademark Doomsday Clock, which remains set at just two minutes to midnight for the second year in a row.The clock is a kind of metric — midnight represents doomsday — that the organization contrived decades ago to warn “the public about how close we are to destroying our world with dangerous technologies of our own making.”  The Bulletin makes periodic announcements updating the current “time” on the clock, indicating how close we are to some sort of existential catastrophe.It’s two minutes before midnight for the second year in a row. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists In its seven decades of existence, the clock has never been closer to midnight than it is right now. It was also at two minutes before midnight in 1953, at the beginning of the Cold War and a nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union.”We have in fact entered a period we call the ‘new abnormal’,” Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin, said at a press conference Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.In a lengthy statement released at the same time on its website, the Bulletin laid out how this period is defined by a “devolving state of nuclear and climate security” and “a qualitative change in information warfare and a steady misrepresentation of fact that is undermining confidence in political structures and scientific inquiry.” A series of panelists at the press conference decried the erratic nature of relations between the United States and other nuclear powers like Russia and North Korea, which have often played out on President Trump’s Twitter feed.”Journalists, you love Trump’s tweets,” Jerry Brown, former California governor and the Bulletin’s executive chair, told reporters. “You love the leads that get the clicks … but the final click could be a nuclear strike.”In addition to the threats of nuclear arms, climate change and fake news, Bronson cited risks from nascent technologies like artificial intelligence and synthetic biology. 8 Photos 8 sci-fi ideas that might become science fact pretty soon (pictures)last_img read more

Zero power cut for all by March 2019 inverter business in India

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsThe Union Power Minister RK Singh on Thursday said that all homes in India will be provided uninterrupted 24-hour electricity supply throughout the year. Although a welcome move, it can take a hit on the companies that sell inverter across the country.Earlier, reports suggested that the power backup industry is expected to surge due to the regular power cuts in the country especially during the dry season. So till now, the power outage in India is largely met through the installation of inverters and generators.However, with the government’s efforts to reduce power cuts close to zero, this might bring down the demand for power backups substantially.Singh also said that by the end of next year, 1,694 villages which still does not have access to electricity will have power connection and the work is also in progress.He further added that a new law will be enacted to impose penalties on power distributors if they failed to provide uninterrupted power after March 2019. Only technical reasons will be taken under consideration.The government has set a target of cutting down the transmission and distribution (T&D) losses of power to 15 percent from 21 percent at present by January 2019.The Power Minister also said that the Centre will also spend Rs 1,75,000 crore to improve the power infrastructure in the country. An employee works on electric pylons at a power station in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi June 8, 2012 (representational image).Reuters fileReports also suggest that to expand electricity supply, the government also aims to distribute solar panels with battery packs to households in areas that are too remote for transmission lines.”India, which wants renewable power sources excluding major hydropower plants to account for 40 percent of installed capacity by 2030, would also push states to deliver on commitments to supply power from clean sources,” said Singh.last_img read more

Ola electric raises 250 mn from SoftBank valuation close to 1 bn

first_imgOla electronic Vehicle Unit |Reuters IndiaOla Electric Mobility has reportedly joined the unicorn club of start-ups. The ride-hailing giant has become the second largest initiative of Bhavish Aggarwal to be valued at more than Rs 6,885 crore.Ola Electric Mobility raised a fund of about $250 million (Rs 1,722 crore) from SoftBank Group Corp. as part of its Series B round. On Tuesday, Aggarwal celebrated five years of their partnership and praised Masayoshi Son, the founder of SoftBank, on his vision of building electric vehicles for India and the world for the future of humanity.Celebrating 5 years of strong partnership, looking forward to the years ahead! I’m personally inspired by @masason vision for the future of humanity. Very excited about our partnership to build Mobility & Electric Mobility for India and the world! @SoftBank @Olacabs @OlaElectric pic.twitter.com/JwJDvFKeg4— Bhavish Aggarwal (@bhash) July 2, 2019SoftBank was allowed to infuse the funds into Ola after the Narendra Modi government asked the companies to electrify their fleet by 2025. Aggarwal, who had been opposing SoftBank’s efforts to acquire more stakes in Ola, agreed to the funding by considering the profit margins.Ola Electric Mobility aims to introduce one million electrified vehicles by 2021. The infused funds will be used for electrification, vehicle testing, and infrastructure for charging batteries.According to Live Mint, the government’s demand for electric vehicles has created a window for the investors to fund the infrastructure for maintenance and charging of the vehicles. It also states that although the upfront cost for the vehicles is high, the variable cost is lowered by 20 per cent, which makes Ola the most attractive proposition for the investors. Ola electric vehiclestwitterOla Electric Mobility, headed by Anand Shah, was a fully owned ANI Technologies. Tiger Global and Matrix Partners India had infused Rs 400 crore in the company after which ANI Technologies lost its majority share. There are some investments of Ratan Tata in the company as well.According to the estimates of Prescient and Strategic Intelligence, the electric vehicle’s market size will reach a value of about Rs 4,872 crore in 2025 from Rs 490 crore in 2017. Softbank CEO Masayoshi SonReuterslast_img read more

Dhaka concerned over US declaration recognising Jerusalem Israels capital

first_imgforeign ministryBangladesh has expressed deep concern at the recent announcement by the United States recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reports UNB.Bangladesh stressed on preserving the legal status of Jerusalem within the framework of relevant UN resolutions, according to a statement issued by the foreign ministry on Thursday.Bangladesh reaffirmed its position in favour of establishing the state of Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.Bangladesh urged all parties concerned to take a pragmatic approach to the Middle East Peace Process in reaching a two state solution for peace and stability in the region.last_img read more

DC Excited About Possible Amazon 2nd Headquarters

first_imgThe prospect of Amazon placing its second headquarters in the District of Columbia has city residents enthusiastic about its potential economic and psychological impacts.On Jan. 18, Amazon officials released 20 cities that are on its list for the facility. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) said she is proud the District made the cut out of over 200 cities nationally and internationally.One of the areas Washington, D.C. put forward as possible location for Amazon’s HQ2 was Capitol Hill East. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)“As Washington, D.C. continues to grow and we continue to focus on creating pathways to the middle class for more Washingtonians, it would be a win for residents and the region to bring 50,000 high-paying jobs to the city,” Bowser said in a statement. “Making this list reaffirms what we already knew going into the bidding process – Washington, D.C. is no longer a one-company town, we are a leader in innovation and tech, brimming with top talent and endless opportunity.”In addition to the jobs, Amazon will invest $5 billion in development in the winning city.The company’s criteria for consideration include: more than one million residents, proximity to an international airport, manageable commutes, diverse demographics, connectivity and the quality of local schools for churning out potential employees.Amazon is headquartered in Seattle. It was founded on July 5, 1994 as an electronic commerce and computer clouding company by Jeff Bezos, who is among the world’s wealthiest individuals with an estimated value of $110 billion according to Forbes magazine.In the District, Bezos owns {The Washington Post} and its publications and one of the city’s most expensive mansions.Competing with the District are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Newark, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, N.C. and Toronto. Montgomery County, Md. and Northern Virginia are local competitors for the second headquarters.Prince George’s County and Baltimore both put forth bids that weren’t selected. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III (D) endorsed Montgomery County’s bid adding that Amazon’s decision to have the three Washington-area sites “clearly recognizes the strength of the region.”The District’s bid has named four sites for the possible headquarters: Anacostia Riverfront, Capitol Hill East, NoMa-Union Station and Shaw-Howard University. It has been reported that the city will offer Amazon a corporate tax rate freeze and other tax credits and exemptions.Vincent Orange, a former D.C. Council member, is the president and CEO of the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Orange said in a statement to the AFRO that Amazon should pick the District. “Growth, jobs, opportunity, and prosperity awaits Amazon HQ2 in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.,” he said. “Our global city with vibrant, livable, walkable, and creative neighborhoods, excellent higher educational institutions, an extremely thriving tech sector, a growing and expanding business community, and a talented workforce awaits Amazon with open arms including an outstanding incentive package.”Marie Johns, former deputy administrator for the Small Business Administration during Obama’s presidency, told the AFRO that Amazon could be a good corporate partner in the city. “This is a beautiful city,” she said. “We have a talented workforce, a thriving business community, and the capacity to grow.”Johns said African Americans should be excited about Amazon’s possible presence. “There will be economic benefits in terms of jobs and contracting opportunities for small businesses,” she said. Johns said the company will also bring tax dollars to the city.Amazon is expected to announce its choice sometime this year.last_img read more

Local Research Center Launches Study of Black Peoples Brains

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROThe Lieber Institute for Brain Development announced the creation of the first African-American Neuroscience Research Initiative (AANRI) Monday.The Lieber Institute, a Baltimore nonprofit research center, boasts the largest repository of human brains in the world.Lieber also possesses the largest inventory of African-American brains in the world.Expanding a collection of African-American brains is hoped to give the AANRI expanded knowledge in the treatment of Black Americans andmitigate risks.The brains are used in research that explores the link between mind and body looking at physical characteristics of post-mortem brains to discover treatments for psychiatric and psychological ailments including post-traumatic stress and schizophrenia.“Research shows that African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population, and twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease,” a March press release said. “Suicide rates for African-American children under the age of 13 are twice as high as children of European ancestry. African-American infant death rates and premature birth rates also are twice that of European ancestry Americans.”Expanding a collection of African-American brains is hoped to give the AANRI expanded knowledge in the treatment of Black Americans and mitigate risks.“Research has long been hampered by a lack of diversity in basic science and in clinical trials, particularly in the field of neuroscience,” the release reads. “For example, 81 percent of large-scale genomic datasets are of European descent, even though this group makes up less than 16 percent of the world population.”The social construct of race has long been critiqued in the medical community. Race may not matter, but “ancestry matters,” representatives of Lieber say.While genomics (the study of a complete set of DNA) research continues the history of humanity in the African continent, AANI focuses it work on the diaspora in the United States and throughout the Americas.The limited, that is, White, sampling of genomes (“full” patterns of DNA) exposes Black Americans to risks of suboptimal to dangerous drug interactions and other complications in the treatment of mental illness.Soliciting tissue from Black Americans is a fraught topic in the aftermath of the monstrous experiments in Tuskegee and violations of basic bodily autonomy and consent in the case of Henrietta Lacks. Lieber and AANI are taking careful conciliatory steps to make sure Baltimore’s Black community is invited into something that will be by and for Blacks.“My clergy colleagues and I have been studying the emerging science behind precision medicine and believe that this technology has potential for finding cures and treatments for diseases that uniquely affect African Americans,” Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway, Sr., principal of the African-American Clergy Medical Research Initiative, said in a statement. “This revolution in medicine has largely left behind ethnic minority groups like African Americans, and it is time to change this.”last_img read more

Rath Yatra This year hot wheels to replace ageold chariot

first_imgDarjeeling: Even the Gods haven’t been able to resist the luxury of modern technology. Lord Jagannath, his brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra are all set to trade their age-old chariot for fast wheels in Siliguri for this year’s Rath Yatra.On the occasion of the Chariot festival on Friday, the trio will be heading to their aunt’s house (Gundicha temple) in Innova cars.As custom has it, on the day of Rath Yatra, Lord Jagannath, accompanied by his siblings, comes out in wooden chariots and takes a ride to the aunt’s house, meeting devotees en route. After spending a week at his aunt’s house, they return back to the main temple. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Earlier, we used to take Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra on a single chariot through the main thoroughfares of Siliguri. They used to then return to the temple premises and were kept on a specially-prepared platform for a week before returning to the main temple. This year, however, there is a change,” stated Nam Krishna Das, Communication Officer, ISKCON, Siliguri. This year, a spot has been earmarked in Shivmandir on the outskirts of Siliguri town opposite gate number 2 of the North Bengal University. A pandal has been erected where religious festivities will be held for a week. The Lord and his siblings will be putting up in the house of a devotee, adjacent to this spot, which will be treated as the Gundicha Temple. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe police were reluctant to give permission for the slow-moving chariots to be pulled to Shivmandir through the congested roads. “We then decided to use Innovas to transport the Gods. This will help avoid the traffic jams,” added Das.However, devotees need not worry. The trio will first take a trip around Siliguri in the wooden chariot (like previous years), return to the temple and then ride three separate Innovas to the Gundicha temple.”Every year we have one single Rath (chariot.) However, we have decided to have three smaller sized hydraulic chariots from next year. Overhead wires are a big problem so we have designed hydraulic chariots that can negotiate through the overhead wires and cables,” added the communication officer. The old wooden chariot has got a fresh coat of paint. The Lords will traverse the ISKCON temple, Sevok Road, Hill Cart Road, Haiderpara route to return to the ISKCON temple in the wooden chariot. From the temple they will then proceed to their aunt’s house in Shivmandir in Innovas.”It is not possible to transfer the idols to the cars from the Rath in the middle of the road. Hence, after the chariot ride, they will first return to the temple,” explained Das.last_img read more

5 Mobile Tools for Summer Road Warriors

first_img4. Carry all your data without wires.One downfall with tablets and smartphones is that many have limited storage. It can be handy to carry extra data storage in case you have to make a presentation, download large files or want to watch a movie.The GoFlex Satellite Wireless Mobile Storage ($199.99) by Cupertino, Calif.-based Seagate is a portable hard drive with up to 500GB of storage. It can stream data to any WiFi-capable device. The drive locates any WiFi-enabled devices within range, establishes a secure connection and allows content to be streamed, saved or backed up.. The Transformer Prime tablet from Asus Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 4 min read The freedomMic Bluetooth microphone 2. Run your Android apps on your PC.The distinction between tablets and laptops becomes even blurrier with the App Player by Campbell, Calif.-based BlueStacks, which lets users run their favorite Android apps on Windows or Mac computers.The free tool launches an Android window on your computer and allows mobile tools such as Google Maps Navigation for mobile, voice recognition and media apps to process faster on a desktop computer than on a mobile device. BlueStacks also has developed a Cloud Connect app that pushes Android apps from smartphones or tablets to PCs.The service is still in beta testing for PCs, and alpha testing for Macs, with a limited number of apps still available. July 6, 2012 How Success Happens 1. Turn your laptop into a tablet and back again.It’s no longer necessary to choose between a laptop and a tablet for travel. An emerging family of lightweight tablets can convert to a notebook-like device and back.Take the Transformer Prime by Asus, a tablet powered by Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich operating system that comes with a full full-size detachable keyboard dock. What you get is a full-featured tablet that’s thin and weighs a little less than a pound a half.While the detachable keyboard can be more useful for typing than a separate Bluetooth keyboard or typing directly on the tablet display, the real reason to consider the Transformer Prime is data connectivity. It comes with an HDMI port, Micro SD Card Reader and USB port. And the ability to plug into most external displays such as monitors and projectors can transform it into a mobile presentation tool.The Transformer Prime starts at about $500 for the 32GB version — comparable to other less business-friendly tablets such as the new iPad from Apple.Related: 6 Tips for Building Better iPad Presentations Listen Now 3. Work comfortably anywhere. On the road, your office is wherever you make it — such as your lap, lobby chair or airline tray. In tight spaces such as these, a portable stand can help boost productivity as well as comfort.For example, consider the tablet and smartphone mounts offered up by Arcadia, Calif.-based Arkon which offers a variety of affordable device- and vehicle-specific mounts for traveling with smartphones and tablets.Desk and travel stands for tablets start at $17.95. There are also car mounts specialized to attach wherever you might be sitting, including cup holders or headrests.Related: 3 Ways to Boost Productivity with Your Smartphone With summer in full swing, many entrepreneurs will be looking to escape the daily grind to relax and recharge on vacation. But while you’ve probably earned some uninterrupted downtime, going off the grid for a week or more might not be a realistic option.Good news is there are plenty of new mobile tools — from device mounts to portable hard drives — that can help keep entrepreneurs connected while traveling this summer. Here are five new tools to help you keep your business operational on your next road trip: 5. Take better notes.Most mobile devices and laptops come with some kind of built-in recording capability, but the quality is usually barely good enough for taking the occasional voice memo, conferencing or recording a quick conversation. To keep real records of your conversations, or to have higher quality voice calls, it can help to have higher quality microphones — both for recording and for mobile collaboration.One example is freedomMic ($79.99) from Oxnard, Calif.-based Scosche Industries. This Bluetooth microphone records audio directly to a nearby iPhone, iPod or iPad. It can clip to the user’s lapel shirt pocket and can capture sound at a range of up to 33 feet from the device. The system mic can filter out background noise and using the hands-free mic can be more convenient than hovering around an iPad on a table or holding up the iPhone to your face.Related: 3 Tips for Saving Money on Mobile Data (Infographic) GoFlex satellite wireless mobile storage The App Player from BlueStacks lets you run your favorite Android apps on your PC Arkon’s universal tablet windshield mountlast_img read more