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first_imgSagnol urges PSG to go for Liverpool midfielder Keitaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol believes PSG should move for Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita.PSG are in the market for a new midfield signing as a replacement for wantaway Adrien Rabiot.And Sagnol says: “With (Marco) Verratti, you have a player who is very good technically, able to organise the game from deep. But he needs a player with a large volume of play at his side. “Naby Keita (Liverpool) is a player who knows how to do everything, who recovers balls, can also project with and without the ball. Verratti and Keita could form a beautiful duet if we assume that (Thomas) Tuchel retains his defence with three men behind.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 10 19

first_imgzoom Bermuda-based crude oil tanker company DHT Holdings has agreed with South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to defer the delivery of DHT Tiger, its final newbuilding, which was originally scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016. The 299,900 dwt very large crude carrier (VLCC) will be delivered during January 2017 at no additional cost to DHT, the company said.Additionally, the company implemented a permanent repair plan for a rudder design improvement on DHT Jaguar and its sister ships. DHT has completed the work and has in relation to this incurred 105 off-hire days during the fourth quarter of 2016, equaling to about 5% of its trading days during the same period. The repair cost has been covered by HHI under its warranty obligation.Furthermore, the firm said that the spot earnings for the fourth quarter of 2016 came in at USD 34,300 per day. DHT has to date booked 32% of its first quarter 2017 VLCC spot days at an average rate of USD 53,000 per day.During the fourth quarter of 2016, the company has under its buy-back program repurchased USD 23 million of its convertible senior notes in the open market at an average price of 90.4%. Including repurchases made during the first half of 2016, the company has during 2016 repurchased USD 27 million at an average price of 91.7%.Including DHT Tiger, the company’s fleet is currently comprised of 22 vessels.last_img read more

13 10 19

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – During advertising’s biggest showcase, tame humour and messages about social causes ruled the day. Slapstick humour, sexual innuendo and chest thumping patriotic messages were, for the most part, nowhere in sight. After a divisive year, advertisers during the Big Game worked overtime to win over audiences with messages that entertained and strove not to offend.Here’s a look at the winners and losers during the biggest advertising showcase of the year.WINNERSAmazonAn Amazon ad showcased different celebrities including actress Rebel Wilson, actor Anthony Hopkins, singer Cardi B and chef Gordon Ramsay subbing in as the voice of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.BudweiserBudweiser , as always the largest advertiser during the game, eschewed the usual puppies and Clydesdales to showcase employees that send water to places in need.NFLThe NFL scored with a charmer that showed New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. performing the choreography from the movie “Dirty Dancing” — complete with their version of Patrick Swayze’s iconic lift of Jennifer Grey.PepsiCoPepsico’s brands Mountain Dew Ice and Doritos Blaze staged an epic rap lip sync battle between actors Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage, who respectively synced to Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes.Rocket Mortgage by Quicken LoansComedian Keegan Michael-Key cut through complex jargon to put things plainly in a humorous ad for Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans. When a restaurant patron is confused by a “beef-protein gluten-free pate,” Michael-Key explains: “It’s a burrito, filled with plants pretending to be meat.”TideTide took a novel approach with “Stranger Things” actor David Harbor in ads that poked fun at typical Super Bowl commercials. Harbour popped up in familiar-looking ads that appeared to be about different products: a car, an insurance company, jewelry and Old Spice (another P&G product). The twist? They’re really all Tide ads, because there are no stains on anyone’s clothing.LOSERSCoca-ColaDiet Coke attempted to be quirky by showcasing a woman awkwardly dancing to a rap song, but it garnered a lot of negative comments on social media when the approach came off more weird than quirky.“It has no clear message and it’s not really interesting,” said Kimberly Whitler, a marketing professor at the University of Virginia.Fiat Chrysler’s Ram TrucksRam trucks used a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., to illustrate its motto, “Built to Serve.” The ad, timed to the 50th anniversary of the speech, showed people doing good deeds. But some thought the connection to the civil rights hero was too tenuous.“Ram is being heavily criticized for its spot,” said Tim Calkins, marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. “The use of MLK to promote Ram trucks strikes many people are crass and inappropriate.”TurboTaxThe tax preparer used a monster under the bed to allude to people’s fears about doing their taxes. But some thought that the ad was too scary during a game that a lot of children were watching.“The goal may be to introduce a new trade character that can build awareness, as in the Mucinex Man. However, this ad was a complete disaster,” Villanova University marketing professor Charles Taylor said.___Eds: An earlier version of this story mistakenly referred to the brand Ram trucks, which is no longer affiliated with the Dodge brand.last_img read more

13 10 19

first_imgEDMONTON – CWB Financial Group raised its dividend as it reported its third-quarter profit grew 10 per cent compared with a year ago.The company behind Canadian Western Bank increased its quarterly payment to shareholders by a penny to 26 cents per share.The higher dividend came as CWB reported a profit of $66.2 million or 70 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended July 31.That compared with a profit of $60.2 million or 64 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.CWB says its adjusted cash earnings per share amounted to 75 cents per share, up from 69 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 77 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.CWB chief executive Chris Fowler said the bank is well-positioned for a strong finish this year.“Strong performance is apparent across our geographic footprint, with significant contributions from our growing presence in the Ontario market and expanded capabilities within targeted industries,” Fowler said in a statement.Companies in this story: (TSX:CWB)last_img read more

13 10 19

first_img“The museum is a gem of Tumbler Ridge.  It’s something people from all over the world come to see.”Our calls for comment from the District of Tumbler Ridge have not been returned.The Peace Region Paleontology Research Center and Museum opened in 2003.The March 12, 2018, District of Taylor Committee Meeting included a presentation from the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation. “Our goal and our desire and hope is the museum will reopen.  That we will find funding to provide the same amazing service to people and tourism possibilities.”The board decided in early March to let go all staff as current funding would only last them until the end of 2018 if they closed the museum.This letter was given to staff of the museum.Council and the Museum Board held a meeting on March 12 to discuss the grant-in-aid further, but as of now, the Museum remains closed.The board is now working to find alternative funding through grants or corporate donations.  Schembri says the Museum is a big part of Tumbler Ridge. During the meeting, Councillor Will Howe said,“We had a roundtable discussion where all of them were allowed to come down and explain how this works.  To me, that was the opportunity for the museum board to come down and explain to us why they need the two hundred thousand dollars. To me, until we get that done, I don’t fully understand it, and I’m not to spend the $200,000.”Here is video from the March 5, Council meeting where they discuss the grant-in-aid.In July of 2017, Councillor Caisley requested a notice of motion that said: “THAT the District of Tumbler Ridge informs the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation Council is suspending funding their institution through the Grant in Aid or Fee for Service Policy until conditions are met.”According to the Council on March 5, 2018, a letter was sent to the Museum Board in July 2017 asking for more information about their budget, and according to Council, the letter had not been answered.Jerrilyn Schembri, Vice President of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, says as far as she knows, the board has complied with everything Council has asked of them.Schembri says the Museum has been idled.center_img TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, The Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre and Dinosaur Discovery Gallery has been closed for what the group hopes is only a short period.In March, the District of Tumbler Ridge denied the groups request for a grant-in-aid of $200,000.  On March 8, the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation gave notice to all the staff that the Museum would close do to the District of Tumbler Ridge denying their grant request.According to the video from March 5, 2018, Tumbler Ridge Council Meeting, Council had requested more information from the Museum Foundation, but the Museum at the time of the meeting had not replied.last_img read more

12 10 19

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI has arrested an executive director in the Airports Authority of India for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2 lakh from the owner of an airports ground handling company, officials said on Wednesday.G Ravichandran, Executive Director (Finance), had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 4 lakh for allotting tenders to the company – Bright Shine Services (BSS) – for ‘D’ category airports, they said. Speaking to Millennium Post, officials said that CBI is conducting searches at official and private residences of the accused in Delhi and Chennai. They added that these searches have resulted in the recovery of some incriminating documents and investigation is going on. An official investigating the case said that V. Venkatesh, CEO of BSS informed about Ravichandran to the country’s premier investigative agency after the accused came to Chennai on March 13 to demand a bribe for allotting the tender to his company. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Venkatesh, in a letter to CBI, said that he did not want to pay the bribe and further requested for legal action against him. Following this, CBI sleuths managed to arrange a meeting between the two on March 17 in the presence of an independent witness. This meeting in Delhi was recorded and revealed that Ravichandran gave assurances to Venkatesh about awarding his company the tender. During a second meeting on March 19, Ravichandran is heard asking for Rs 10 lakh bribe per airport. Subsequently, Ravichandran demanded Rs 4 lakh to be paid as advance the next day, when CBI caught him and charged him u/s 7 of the PC Act.last_img read more

12 10 19

first_imgMy wife is having an affair and she has left me. Can you help me identify the reason behind her actions? I’m shattered and depressed.Name withheld We marry because we are in love, and we fall in love with those who meet our most important requirement – emotional need. When the one we marry stops meeting those emotional needs, we become vulnerable to others who are willing and also able to fulfil them. If we let someone else meet our needs, we fall in love with that person, and an affair is off and running. Once an affair begins, it is like an addiction. The same emotional attachment that drew you and your spouse into marriage is now directed to someone else. So, time shall decide the future. Don’t worry, all will happen for the best. Don’t be depressed. Focus on either mending the relationship with your wife or building yourself strongly. Also Read – Feel what you fear My wife is getting very cold. Since the last few years, she comes back from work very late and takes no interest in anything physical! We have a seven-year-old son and as a mother she does her duty. As a partner, she’s never there. What should I do? J. Singh, Noida Did you try speaking to her? Don’t chase her but ask her what the problem is. Do not neglect this as it will only create more distance. Sometimes work related stress leads to fatigue that might affect your relationship. Or may be, there’s something that has changed in you and is having a silent effect on her. There could be other reasons too. But, let’s be positive and try to fix it. Plan a vacation, preferably just the two of you. This will heal the situation and help bridge the gap. Try to ignite the physical element as that really impacts the marriage. Be alert, sensitive and spend a lot of time chatting and being with her. Wish you good luck and I’m sure, soon the sun will shine again. Also Read – Homecoming I can’t trust anyone. I feel everyone is selfish. Is this abnormal? Please help. R. Saha, West Bengal At first, I request you to have confidence in yourself. If you have a positive inner self, nobody can scar it. It is indeed a fact that in the present time, there seems to be a difference between the face and the mask people wear. People do have hidden agendas which may conflict your expectations. The best way to be a happier individual is to have less emotional involvement. Give every association the time it requires before you give in or open up completely. Selfish people do exist but alongside exist good souls. Life will bring both. Wish you the luck to differentiate between the two. Avoid worrying and just be yourself. My wife earns more than me and she acts bossy and rude with the family. What can be done? T. Kunal, New Delhi If you are sure that her financial strength is the reason for your unhappiness, please try and work some better arrangements for yourself. Try and earn more, if possible. I do not know your profession but in today’s time, multiple sources of earning is becoming vital for survival. In the mean time, try and express your heart to her. If she loves you, she might change her behavior. Don’t try your hands at something beyond you. Try your best to manage the relationship and hope she will change someday. Don’t lose heart and be brave enough to be happy no matter what the hurdles around you are. (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more

12 10 19

first_imgMumbai: Urmila Matondkar, the star of 90s hit Hindi films like “Rangeela”, “Daud” and “Judaai”, is contesting the Lok Sabha election but says she isn’t approaching politics as a star and would rather be known as people’s representative.”I am not approaching this whole thing as a star with my star image. I am trying to get to grassroot and connect to people. I know it is going to be difficult. “I want to generate confidence in them about me as their representative more than just another star coming in, waving and asking for votes. Because that is not the thought with which I have gotten into it,” Urmila told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Considering she is a known face, ask her if Bollywood celebrities can be vote pullers, pat comes the reply, “I can’t talk about others, it is not fair. Media generally likes to generalise things as it makes their life easy.” She will be contesting the election from Mumbai North constituency, a seat held by Govinda. Urmila, who has been campaigning and meeting the locals, says some of the major issues of the area are housing, water scarcity, sanitation. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The most important issue is housing and it is too deep rooted for anyone to get a solution quickly. The slum redevelopment needs to be looked into. Water is another big issue, it is also a deep rooted so overnight solution is not possible. Women’s health, local trains. But we need do to things. “This area is issue-ridden probably the most in Mumbai. People have been telling me about need for public toilets, water in Gorai area is another problem. Also (need for more) local trains as the population is more here and there is no infrastructure.” She is fighting against BJP’s Gopal Shetty, a seasoned politician who has called Urmila naive and zero in politics. But the actor isn’t affected. “That shows his mentality in the whole thing. He started of saying that this is going to be a battle of vichardhara (ideology) but non-stop he is speaking derogatory things about me, which I have never done. “I think there can be two things behind it – someone who is not very confident and all these things stem out of deep rooted fear that must have come in.” The actor said the kind of politics him and his party indulge in focuses more on “emotional battles”, keeping people occupied with “all kinds of emotional, religious and socio-economic issues.” “So that they do not come to main issues like what is progress? And where is the progress? “If that is the politics he is referring to, I am happy to be political zero. For me politics is giving your word, standing by it and abiding by it no matter what.”last_img read more

12 10 19

first_imgChandigarh: A polling agent was arrested for interfering with the voting process in a booth in Haryana’s Faridabad. “Prompt action taken. FIR (first information report) lodged. Person behind bars. Observer enquired the matter personally and is satisfied that polling was never vitiated,” said the District Election Office on its official Twitter account on Sunday. The action was taken after a video surfaced in which the polling agent was seemingly trying to interfere three women voters inside a booth at Asawati in Faridabad on Sunday. “The person in the video is the polling agent who has been arrested in the afternoon (Sunday) itself. FIR lodged. He was trying to effect at least 3 lady voters. Observer & RO with teams visited the booth at Asawati in Prithala constituency. He is satisfied that voting was never vitiated,” the District Election Office earlier tweeted. Ten seats in Haryana voted on Sunday in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections. In Faridabad, Union Minister and BJP candidate Krishan Pal Gurjar is seeking a re-election. He is pitted against Congress candidate Avtar Singh Bhadana and the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Pandit Naveen Jaihind. The district recorded a 64.46 per cent turnout.last_img read more

28 09 19

Aaron Craft knows the Ohio State basketball team needs another scorer. Outside of junior forward Deshaun Thomas, the Buckeyes don’t have another proven option to put the ball in the hole on a consistent basis. Against Albany Sunday, Craft tried – and succeeded – in fulfilling that void. He hit a career-high five 3-pointers on his way to 20 points and seven assists in OSU’s 82-60 victory. To be fair, fellow junior guard Lenzelle Smith, Jr. also chipped in 18 points and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross scored 10 in addition to Thomas’ 19, but Craft was the most consistent option. It’s something Matta hinted was coming in the preseason and Craft said he’s been working on all summer. “He spent a lot of time in the gymnasium,” Matta said. “Aaron is such a smart kid. He knows what this team needs and having another guy that can put the ball in the basket is obviously something this team needs.” Before the game, Craft warmed up differently than he has in previous years. Instead of taking set shots, the vast majority of his pregame reps simulated a situation where he’d come off a screen, catch the ball in stride and fire up a quick jumper. The junior guard was comfortable taking shots from standstill positions last year, but the ability to catch and shoot coming off screens is something Craft said adds another dimension to his game. “That was the biggest thing we tried to work on, just shooting behind screens and things like that,” Craft said. “Teammates got to trust me to shoot the ball as well. So throughout the summer, throughout the fall, just trying to get their confidence in me as well.” Albany coach Will Brown said that if Craft can score like he did Sunday, it makes the Buckeyes a different animal offensively. “Like I said to my staff coming into the game, if Craft hits five or six threes then it wasn’t meant to be, and sure enough he hit five threes. You know he’s going to play in the NBA for 10 years,” Brown said. “If Craft is scoring on that level he did tonight – I know it will be a lot tougher in the Big Ten – but he just keeps getting better every year. He’s already the best defensive guard in the country.” The Buckeyes are looking for more than just another scoring option though. With the departure of former Buckeye big man Jared Sullinger to the NBA, Matta is searching for a dominant presence inside. Senior forward Evan Ravenel and sophomore forward Amir Williams received the most playing time Sunday, but did not have much production. In a combined 31 minutes of playing time, the pair collaborated for zero points and six rebounds. “We were on them at halftime for rebounding. Amir and Evan played 20 minutes in the first half and had a combined three rebounds,” said Matta, who added he would like to see them get more involved offensively. Brown said the center position is key to the Buckeyes’ future. “I think if they get any consistency from the five spot, the center spot, they can go very, very far this year,” he said. It might not be safe to take too much away from the Buckeyes’ performance Sunday, though. Albany plays in the America East Conference and, as Brown openly admitted, is nowhere near the Buckeyes in terms of talent and athleticism. “(OSU’s) got McDonald’s All-Americans coming off the bench,” he said. “My guys go to McDonald’s to eat.” OSU is scheduled to play Rhode Island on Saturday in Uncasville, Conn., at 5 p.m. read more

28 09 19

Lantern File PhotoOSU redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby pumps up the crowd before a game against Miami (OH) on Sept. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-10.The charge against Ohio State redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby has been downgraded to disorderly conduct from battery, according to the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office.Roby was involved in an altercation at a bar in Bloomington, Ind. on July 21 where he was initially charged with misdemeanor battery. The date of the pretrial hearing remains Aug. 26, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.OSU coach Urban Meyer has not suspended Roby for the incident, but he has been practicing with the team during fall camp in preparation for the season.The maximum punishment for a disorderly conduct charge is 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine in Indiana.It remains to be seen if Roby will take part in the teams Aug. 31 season opener at home against Buffalo.OSU and Roby did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. read more

18 09 19

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho aimed a jibe at Premier League chief Richard Scudamore following his side’s 2-1 victory over Leicester CityCaptain Pogba converted from the spot inside the first five minutes while Luke Shaw netted his first goal for United to increase the lead for Mourinho’s men.However, Jamie Vardy’s goal in added time created a tense ending in what was an overall lackluster display from the Red Devils.Mourinho didn’t hide his emotions and wasted no time to lambast Scudamore over the Premier League schedule.“Mr Scudamore must be happy, it’s a good way to start the Premier League,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“A good match. A match where I needed six changes not three. I want to play Martial but I can’t, Paul Pogba can’t play 90, Fred the same. I need more changes.“It was not easy to manage the game from the touchline. But I told the players we had good periods, lots of glimpses of the type of football we wanted to play. Leicester were strong in periods but we coped with that as a team.“The team played as a team. In the second half, I had Andreas Pereira and Fred with a yellow card, Paul was fantastic his contribution was amazing but the fuel was disappearing. We were in trouble.“Martial in the last 20 minutes could have given us the second goal but I couldn’t make that change. The players gave everything, they gave what they had. Everybody did that.”last_img read more

17 09 19

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police denies suspect hide out in TCI Recommended for you Related Items:colin heatwell, national insurance board, NIB, premier rufus ewing, strike, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Oct 2014 – Strike action at the National Insurance Board office in Providenciales is prompted by slow payment to staff on a salary increase, approved weeks ago. Those are the reports reaching our news room as customers wondered why the Provo office was closed to business today. Photos to MM show the Premier peering through the door, trying to see for himself why customers were locked out… with a note at the Hilly Ewing building site saying there would be no penalty of late fees; that the office would reopen on Monday. The CEO of the NIB, Colin Heartwell said it was an unusual predicament and blamed it on lack of capacity. To us, it was shared that cashiers are among those tired of waiting on salary increase monies to be paid to them… one informant citing that upper management has gotten their money and the fact that other staff has to wait is unfair. The Premier was allowed into the office, returned with comments for the media which said there are issues, that he will be working with the board to iron out those issues but no details on what the issues were… Heartwell confirmed that only the Provo staff staged the sick out and apologized for the inconvenience. Minister Washington Misick, who holds the NIB in his ministerial portfolio said: I have been advised and assured that the matter is being looked into and the board will have a meeting on Monday in light of the action today.” Bench warrants issued for TCI insurance defaulters Bahamas NIB Manager remanded, charged with extortionlast_img read more

17 09 19

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 30, 2016 – The duo has resigned they say under duress and advised Magnetic Media today that there will be a report filed with the Integrity Commission due to the alleged, interference of Minister for Communications, George Lightbourne with the radio talk show, Expressions on government owned, RTC.Audley Astwood said he and Jermaine Fulford decided to resign due to the phone calls made in at least two instances allegedly by the Minister, reportedly taking exception to the content of the show.Astwood said the alleged interference infringes on freedom of speech and reeks of what he termed, political bullying.There was no Expressions Talk show on air today; Audley Astwood admitted that he did not know if he and Jermaine Fulford were fired from the program for which they are not paid, but explained there were technical problems since Monday which would have inhibited a broadcast today anyhow.On Monday, the two were reportedly told not to return. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

5 09 19

first_imgDomestic sales of commercial vehicle makers grew substantially in March 2016 as compared to vehicles sold in March 2015. Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors, Eicher Motors and Mahindra reported growth in the range of 20 to 44 percent, according to regulatory filings to the stock exchanges Friday.Ashok LeylandThe Chennai-based heavy vehicle maker sold 16,702 units in March 2016, up 31 percent from 12,754 units in the corresponding period last year. Medium and heavy commercial vehicle (M&HCV) segment sales rose 32 percent to 13,240 units as compared to 10,027 units in March 2015. Tata MotorsThe company’s domestic commercial vehicle sales stood at 38,247 units, an increase of about 20 percent on a year-on-year basis. M&HCV sales stood at 18,538 units, higher by 24 percent, YoY, according to the company.Eicher Motors Eicher Motors Limited’s subsidiary VE Commercial Vehicles Limited sold 6,064 vehicles last month, up 44 percent from 4,186 units the company sold in March 2015.Mahindra & MahindraThe Mumbai-based Anand Mahindra Group company sold 17,438 units last month, up 24 percent from 14,114 units sold in the corresponding month last year.Full-year salesAshok Leyland sold 1,40,457 units in financial year 2015-2016, an increase of 34 percent from 1,04,902 vehicles the company sold in the preceding financial year. Tata Motors saw its volumes go up to 3,27,142 units, a growth of three percent on a year-on-year basis. Mahindra & Mahindra sold 1,66,783 units, marking a growth of eight percent over 1,53,836 vehicles sold in the preceding financial year.Ashok Leyland stock hit a new 52-week high Friday at Rs 110.90. Tata Motors closed with a loss of 1.75 percent at Rs 379.55, while Eicher Motors gained marginally to close at Rs 19,238.50. Eicher Motors also makes Royal Enfield two wheelers.Most of the car-makers, such as Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Renault and Mahindra, reported growth in domestic car sales in March 2016.Honda Cars and Tata Motors, however, saw their domestic sales declining. Tata Motors reported 44 percent fall in passenger vehicle sales to 8,454 units in March 2016 compared to 15,039 vehicles sold in March 2015.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina administers the oath of newly elected Panchagarh District Council chairman Md Anwar Sadat Samrat at the prime minister’s office (PMO) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the authorities concerned to undertake development projects in such a way so that arable lands are not damaged for it.“You’ll have to remain careful always so that cultivable lands are not destroyed in any way while undertaking any development scheme,” she said during the swearing-in ceremony of newly-elected Panchagarh District Council chairman Md Anwar Sadat Samrat.After the function, the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed newsmen.He said the prime minister also instructed the authorities concerned to undertake development projects as per the need of all places including districts and upazilas.“You’ll also have to prepare a master plan to this end,” she said.Sheikh Hasina also said mills, factories and other establishments will have to be built by protecting the environment.Earlier, the prime minister administered the oath of office to the newly-elected Panchagarh district council chairman.Local government division senior secretary SM Ghulam Farooque conducted the function.LGRD and cooperatives minister Md Tazul Islam, railways minister Nurul Islam Sujon, LGRD state minister Swapan Bhattacharya, PM’s principal secretary Md Najibur Rahman and PMO secretary Sajjadul Hasan were present.The by-elections to Panchagarh district council were held on 28 February in which Anwar Sadat Samrat was elected as the chairman.The post of the chairman fell vacant following the death of former chairman Md Amanullah Bachchu on 9 January this year.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgBodies of five among 17 fishermen, who went missing after they were caught up in a storm in the deep sea during fishing, were washed ashore on Thursday.Saiful Islam, officer-in-charge of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Model police station, said they recovered three bodies from Diabetic Point of the beach around 10:00pm on Thursday. Two more bodies were recovered from Sugandha beach and Dhalaghata area around noon, reports news agency UNB.Earlier on Wednesday police recovered six bodies from different points of the beach, said the OC, adding that they also rescued two fishermen alongside a floating trawler.Amid a 65-day fishing ban in the Bay of Bengal, at least 17 fishermen from Bhola’s Charfasson went to deep sea for fishing on 5 July. But their trawler sank after it was caught in a storm on 6 July.  All of the fishermen had been missing since then.last_img read more

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first_img Explore further © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers has found when people add someone new to their “friends” list, each is more distant than those in the inner circle. In their paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Michael Harré and Mikhail Prokopenko, both with The University of Sydney in Australia, describe test data they analyzed covering both hunter-gatherer societies and people living in modern conditions, what they found and what it might mean for people moving forward using virtual social networks. Citation: Study shows people have an upper limit on the number of friends they can add to their social network (2016, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-people-upper-limit-friends-social.html More information: Michael S. Harré et al. The social brain: scale-invariant layering of Erdős–Rényi networks in small-scale human societies, Journal of The Royal Society Interface (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0044AbstractThe cognitive ability to form social links that can bind individuals together into large cooperative groups for safety and resource sharing was a key development in human evolutionary and social history. The ‘social brain hypothesis’ argues that the size of these social groups is based on a neurologically constrained capacity for maintaining long-term stable relationships. No model to date has been able to combine a specific socio-cognitive mechanism with the discrete scale invariance observed in ethnographic studies. We show that these properties result in nested layers of self-organizing Erdős–Rényi networks formed by each individual’s ability to maintain only a small number of social links. Each set of links plays a specific role in the formation of different social groups. The scale invariance in our model is distinct from previous ‘scale-free networks’ studied using much larger social groups; here, the scale invariance is in the relationship between group sizes, rather than in the link degree distribution. We also compare our model with a dominance-based hierarchy and conclude that humans were probably egalitarian in hunter–gatherer-like societies, maintaining an average maximum of four or five social links connecting all members in a largest social network of around 132 people. 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.center_img Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface Prior research has shown, the researchers note, that humans are only capable of maintaining a certain number of people in their social world, currently, the upper limit appears to be 132 people. But, not all of those people are directly connected to any one individual, it all happens through links. Harré and Prokopenko suggest the upper limit on the number of direct friends for most people is about five. The upper limits appear to be based on biology, they note—as the human brain developed, people were living together in small groups that lived as hunter-gatherers. That led to the development of links, which are direct connections between two people, generally two people that have some type of emotional attachment. To form a larger group, it isn’t necessary for every person in that group to form a connection with everyone else, all it takes is for a network of connections to exist.In primitive terms, the researchers explain, that would mean that not all of the people in a small hunting party would necessarily have to be friends, instead, each would have to be friends with just one or two of the people in the group. They have calculated that to have a social circle of 132 people, each person would only have to have a link with just five people. They also have found that the number of links a person has can be related to group size, as the group grows, more links are needed to maintain cohesiveness. As it grows to 15, for example, there will exist on average 3 links per person; in groups of 45, the number of links would grow to 3 or 4.The researchers also suggest that their findings help explain how modern societies have come to deal with networking—by forming hierarchies. In such groups, people don’t have to know hardly anyone to be a part of the overall group, instead, the group is made functional by leaders. Social network diagram. Credit: Daniel Tenerife/Wikipedia The social lives of the elderly mirror how they grow olderlast_img read more

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first_imgImagine Sipping a Cosmopolitan sitting inside the school library. Or having a pizza in the laboratory. Well, if school spells fun for you and if you are one of those adults who still fantasise about school, heading to Cafe Ludus might just hit the rewind button for you. While concept cafes and restaurants are an age-old concept, this one, with its cafeterias and libraries (complete with shelves and old radios and magazines on hangers) and an open terrace was actually quite interesting. Adding to the quirky factor is the menu card. Every page has some doodle or food-related graphic, making ‘visual’ that much more interesting. However, Cafe Ludus needs to work on the lighting — it is quite dim in most places.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’They have a separate section for an ‘all-day breakfast’, may be for PLUs who combine a lot of meals together and still want to ‘have breakfast’. Hmmmm, now that’s a thought.   The cuisine is mostly comfort and cafe style. So you have your usual pizzas and pastas, paninis and risottos. A lot of the dishes have been given Greek names to go with the concept. However, ordering will not be a tall task because the menu clearly specifies what each dish is made of. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe food here is good. I liked most dishes that I ordered so I will suggest that you can take your pick according to your preferences when you visit. The portions are good and can be shared by 2-3 people. The lack of an alcohol license is a spoiler but that should be in place soon. Till then, enjoy the mocktails. Hey pssst! Do visit the washroom before you leave, even if you don’t need to.DETAILAt: Cafe Ludus, 24 & 25, 2nd Floor, MGF Metropolitian Mall, SaketTimings: Noon to 1 amPhone: 9599426426 Meal for Two: Rs 1,800 approxlast_img read more

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first_imgAugust 19, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 6 min read Patent trolls bear much more similarity to the trolls from Scandinavian folklore than the wide-eyed dolls with colorful Mohawks from the 90s. Literature describes these ancient trolls in PG-13 terms as “unhelpful,” and the same can be said about patent trolls and their role in modern society.Related: Yes, Patent Trolls Are Hurting Your BusinessBefore I dive into my issue with patent trolls, I should clarify a couple of things. First, as an entrepreneur and founder of a company employing 250+ people, I have great respect for the patent system. It is, in part, responsible for the innovation that’s powered our economy for decades. Second, I value intellectual property and an individual’s right to protect their work from use by others without permission.What’s the difference between a patent troll and a regular copyright infringement lawsuit? By definition, patent trolls are not entrepreneurs, nor employers, nor do they fuel innovation of any kind. They are “Non-Practicing Entities” (NPEs) or “Patent Assertion Entities” (PAEs), which means that they don’t use the patents they own to produce anything. They operate for the sole purpose of extorting money from the companies that do invest in making innovative products and do employ people to make the visions behind the patents come to life.Isn’t this about big tech companies going head-to-head in court? Not really. While cases involving millions of dollars and Fortune 500 companies get the most media attention, patent trolls target startups and small businesses that  most. According to a research report from Santa Clara University (“Startups and Patent Trolls”), 55 percent of defendants are businesses with less than $10 million in annual revenue. Patent attorneys charge approximately $500 per hour and patent trolls offer to settle for (a little) less than the cost of a court battle, which is why start-ups and small businesses are a more lucrative target than big companies with armies of lawyers on staff.Everyone venturing out on their own knows they’re taking a risk. Most of them are ready to fail based on the merit of their idea. However, there isn’t a single thought more frustrating than knowing that your business could crumble because fighting a patent troll costs more than what you can afford. I know, because my company, Perforce Software, is currently defending itself against a patent troll to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, in a claim that anyone with an ounce of technical savvy could see is patently (no pun intended) ridiculous.Related: More Bad News for Patent TrollsProtecting what is rightfully yours. Despite the financial impact of building a legal defense, we’re actually one of the fortunate ones because we know that we’ll win our case. How can we be so sure? We have records of every asset that matters to our company—from source code, to legal documents, to multimedia assets—and I can tell you when each asset was first checked in, when a new version was created, who made the changes, if the file was moved, what it had for breakfast and who was its first crush.Now, you might wonder how I kept such immaculately detailed records for almost 20 years and this is where I have to make a disclaimer. My company specializes in version control software. However, we’re not the only company in the market that offers version control, nor has it prevented us from being targeted by patent trolls ourselves.I speak to you as an entrepreneur who wants to see the end of patent trolling and is eager to share the big lesson learned: track your ideas and your assets as you develop them. These records can invalidate infringement suits and save you thousands of dollars if your business is ever has to battle a patent troll.Technology patents should be in a league of their own. In the long run, the only way to stop patent trolls from destroying more businesses with worthless accusations is to overhaul the way patents apply to technology.The first step would be to eliminate traditional patents where claims are filed through a lengthy process and owned for 20 years. Technology should be treated as an “original work of authorship” and granted the same copyright protection as art, music or literature. This would benefit innovation immensely because the costly filing process would be replaced with instant protection. Most importantly, it would put an end to ludicrous claims to patents covering basic concepts rather than unique expressions of those concepts.  The recent case of Oracle v. Google exemplifies the nature of the problem. Oracle claimed that Java’s API was subject to copyright, while Google argued fair use based on the broadness of the concept. I wholeheartedly agreed with the first ruling, which stated “So long as the specific code used to implement a method is different, anyone is free under the Copyright Act to write his or her own code to carry out exactly the same function or specification of any methods used in the Java API. It does not matter that the declaration or method header lines are identical.”This verdict was later overturned, which I believe will lead to adverse consequences that will soon be felt across the industry. Another issue is that the nature of technology is such that innovation is only ‘innovative’ for a short time. The newest-and-greatest becomes ordinary and the next generation of the product sets a new standard. That is all-the more reason to end 20-year technology patents. Instead, grant them patents for only however long they’re useful.That isn’t an easy definition to articulate in legal terms but the outdated system we have sets traps for developers who want to expand and iterate on existing technology. That stifles innovation and industry growth.But in the meantime…It is frustrating as dealing with patents trolls, and just as frustrating waiting for meaningful legislation to be passed and enforced. Nonetheless, we can’t let it discourage us from pursuing our passions. America was built on inventions and innovations. We shouldn’t let the greedy minority that are patent trolls destroy our spirits and our legacy. To borrow an old adage from across the pond, I say we all keep calm and innovate on.Related: Entrepreneurs Want Patent Trolls Gone, But Current Legislation Is Sloppylast_img read more