About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Heaton confident Burnley won’t get ahead of themselvesby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Heaton believes there is no one at Burnley who is getting carried away.The Clarets managed to down Fulham 2-1 on Saturday, which gives them four straight wins.The result also put them in 15th position, three points off 18th place Newcastle and the drop zone.But keeper Heaton knows there is still a long way to go. He knows another set of poor results could put them right back in trouble.”No-one is getting carried away,” said Heaton after the game.”Three wins in the Premier League is a good achievement but we need to make sure we keep moving things forward.”It feels great. The West Ham game gave us a real platform and we took that into the Huddersfield game.”
No doubt Assam could be the best place for tourism, thanks to the green mountain ranges, tea gardens, rich culture, and the gigantic Brahmaputra. In order to make the state’s presence felt on a global level, the ongoing Rongali carnival in Guwahati hosted a seminar on ‘Assam as Tourist Destination’ recently, emphasising how rich heritage of the state could be used to woo the tourists.The seminar was attended by the various dignitaries from the tourism including PP Khanna, President ADTOI; Ranjit Das, President TOAA; Dipak Jalan, President HRAA among others. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainShyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser of Rongali, said that the idea of conducting Rongali is to make Bihu a tourism festival of the state. “Like West Bengal, has become a destination for Durga Puja, similarly our dream is to make Assam destination for Bihu.” It was also mentioned that the tourism ministry of NE is also thinking about making Assam and North East as tea tourism and adventure sports destination. Ranjit Das, however, feels that Assam can focus on the adventurous side of it to cash in on the young footfall, who are much into trekking and adventure sports. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”There is a renewed interest among the domestic and international visitors. Now, tourism here is not only restricted to wildlife. Rather, culture and cuisine are also high points. Recently, we had the opportunity of attending a workshop on eco-tourism policy, envisaged by the Forest Ministry, Government of Assam. If the policy is put in right perspective then many nature-based activities will open up for the tourists,” he added. PP Khanna believes that Assam has everything to make it one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Rajesh Prasad in his keynote, addressed to Prime Minister’s effort in promoting the rich craft of Assam. Bhaskar Phukan, MD, ATC emphasised on various ways which have been taken to promote Assam tourism. Now, it should also focus on cultural tourism, golf amidst tea garden and more.
After weeks of golazos, flops and inaccurate estimates of stoppage time, the World Cup is nearly over. We’ve been tracking, and forecasting, each team’s chances as the tournament has unfolded, and we thought it would be fun to look back at how the final between France and Croatia got made. Our final pre-match predictions give France a 59 percent and Croatia a 41 percent of winning it all in Russia — but at the start of the knockout round, their chances of winning the trophy were only 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Here are the paths each team took to the final game.Check out our latest World Cup predictions.
Franck Ribery has admitted that this could be his final year at Bayern Munich, despite intending to continue his playing career up to the age of 38The French winger has spent over a decade at the Allianz Arena and, in that time, he has won eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in 2013.Yet Ribery, who signed a one-year extension at Bayern last season, admits that his future after the season is in doubt.“It’s too early to say now,” said the 35-year-old on ESPN.“I’d be up for another season, but let’s wait and see how this season shapes up.“I am relaxed and don’t put myself under pressure. You must assess your performances correctly. It’s too early to say now.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The 2006 World Cup finalist confessed that he had received offers from foreign clubs before signing a new contract at Bayern.“I never wanted to leave,” he added.“There were serious offers from China, but I like the Bundesliga and the Champions League. I dream of winning it for the second time.“I am still ambitious, I am still driven. I have never said to myself this will be the last year. I have won everything, I can relax now. I always give it my all because it could be my last year.“At my age, you never know what’s next, but I would like to play until I am 38.”Ribery has managed 117 goals and 180 assists in 391 appearances across all competitions for Bayern.
Scottish manager David Moyes revealed the exact moment in which Sir Alex Ferguson decided to retire as the Manchester United manager.As we are living in complicated times for Manchester United and every manager who comes realizes that he has a huge void to fill after Ferguson’s retirement, fellow Scotsman David Moyes was the first one to experience the exact moment in which Sir Alex revealed that he planned to retire.Far from feeling the enormous pressure that came with the Manchester United manager’s seat, Moyes understood at that moment the huge impact that Ferguson’s retirement would cause in the club and world football in general.David was still Everton FC’s manager at the time when he got a mysterious call from the Red Devils boss, he gave a detailed account of the meeting during an interview for Open Goal and he let the world know the intimate moment in which the legendary Scottish manager first revealed the news to anyone from outside his personal circle of friends.David Moyes describes secret meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson where legendary manager handed him Man United job https://t.co/9gp9rvcyME pic.twitter.com/SIgCocQlyj— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 3, 2018David Moyes said: “He (Ferguson) said, ‘Come to the house later’. I says, ‘Aye, OK.’ That’s what you did when he called. But I’ve got a pair of jeans on. It’s my day off. I’d never turn up to Alex Ferguson’s house with a pair of jeans on – that’s just the way I’ve been brought up. I wouldn’t do that.“I was like, What am I going to do – nip to Marks and Spencer and pick a pair of trousers up? Anyway, I dropped my wife at the shopping centre and I go and get to the door and say, Sorry, I’m in my jeans’. He says, ‘Aye come on in,’ and he made me a cup of tea.”“And that was it. He says, ‘I’m retiring’. And the biggest thing, he says, ‘Nobody’s to know. You can’t tell anybody’. He says, ‘Tell your wife, but don’t tell anybody else’. And we talked after that. He opened a bottle of red wine and we had a couple of glasses. And we talked about the squad for about half an hour, an hour. And he says, ‘Come back tomorrow, the paper are coming to meet you tomorrow here in the house again’.”Liverpool 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.David Moyes lifts the lid on secret meeting that ended his 11-year reign as Everton manager: Former Blues boss was summoned to Sir Alex Ferguson’s house to be told he was succeeding him at Manchester United https://t.co/0wNePufH84— Sports News Desk (@sportnsdesk) October 3, 2018“So that’s what I done. So it was as simple as that – he offered me the job and that was it. I never got a chance to say, ‘No’ or, ‘By the way, what about this or that?’ “He went through the squad and just went on with it. That was exactly it and maybe in hindsight there needed to be much more done and said, but why would there be? I trusted him and why would I need to do more than that?”“I went back and told my wife in the shopping center but I couldn’t tell my kids, couldn’t tell my dad, couldn’t tell anybody. The biggest thing wasn’t me getting the Man United job, it was Sir Alex retiring, and I couldn’t say a thing,” describes David Moyes in detail about the moment that one of football’s biggest secrets at the moment was bestowed upon him.We all know how he did as the Manchester United manager after Sir Alex Ferguson, nobody has managed to fill his shoes ever since, not even Jose Mourinho who is struggling to keep his job as we speak.Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson. Dominance. pic.twitter.com/meXvotwgeV— Classic Football (@ClassicFootbaIl) September 29, 2018What do you think about this revealing information that David Moyes disclosed about Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Chelsea star player Eden Hazard has revealed who he believes is the greatest player of all-time.The Belgian international says he reckons one player stands alone as the best to ever step onto a football pitchThe Belgian International keyed into the debate surrounding who is the greatest footballer of all-time between Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonel Messi.Hazard says he considers Messi to be the GOAT after playing against him in 2017/2018 Champions League campaign where Barcelona won 4-1 on aggregate.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“There aren’t two GOATs, there’s only one and it’s him,” Hazard told Belgian publication HLN via The Mirror when asked about Messi.“My two matches against Barcelona were far from my favourite memories of 2018, but I was happy to face Barcelona and Messi.“It didn’t turn out how I wanted, though.“I was disappointed.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Jul 2015 – Payments to British Atlantic Financial Services policy holders started last week and one report to Magnetic Media is that the customer in question received 25% of the cash value of their life insurance plan.It means the liquidation process is done and that, the forecast that the losses would be huge, by the Managing Director of the Financial Services Commission, Kevin Higgins was on point. BAFSL gave a vigorous fight in order to salvage the company, but Higgins told media: “Unfortunately because US interest rates went down so low the company was not able to meet the guaranteed interest rate given to policy holders.” It was said BAFSL was 6.2 million dollars in the red and at one point the PNP Administration had weighed in; asking for some leniency and proposing to bail out the indigenous company which was owned by the Methodist Church. Notices went out on Monday and policy holders have been streaming in to collect what is left of their savings after a liquidation process by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. We expect to have more on this in another newscast. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp IMF report gives warning and suggestion to refund insurance company clients Related Items:bafsl, fiancial services commission, liquidate, policy holders, pricewaterhousecoopers Surplus but no savior in PNP Administration for BAFSL Recommended for you
Related Items:#BahamasJunkanooCarnival, #magneticmedianews, #MPShaneGibson, #NassaulegofJunkanooCarnival Some foreigners angry by Junkanoo Carnival delay Recommended for you Photo Credit: Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 8, 2017 – Nassau – The Nassau leg of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival seems to have received much better support than in Grand Bahama. Minister of Labour and Golden Gates, MP Shane Gibson was on Facebook bragging about the turn out, but seemed to irk followers when he penned that ‘some haters are soooo disappointed.’ The ‘so’ was with five Os for emphasis. Comments directly to Gibson, ranged from agreement with the minister on the reaction to strong support of the third Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, to invitations to come out and join the fun, to appreciation for the revenue the event is earning, to concern that there were many still wondering about getting a job to make ends meet, another suggesting the money could have been better used on something else and others who wanted to see the repairs promised since Hurricane Matthew complete. Gibson is the minister with responsibility for workers and was made the so called, hurricane czar, to oversee the clean up and restoration efforts including management of millions of public and donated dollars. #MagneticMediaNews#NassaulegofJunkanooCarnival#MPShaneGibson#BahamasJunkanooCarnival Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
TCI Police Commissioner says absolute focus is reducing crime, gives some insight into the decreases recorded Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New Gun Crimes unit under construction, says TCI Police Commissioner Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #rewardmoneytrustfund, #SeeSomethingSaySomething, crimestoppers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 4, 2017 – Providenciales – The Hotel and Tourism and Real Estate Associations have teamed up to create a trust fund which will offer cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of criminals who are increasingly becoming a major threat to the number one industry of the country, tourism. The trust will be established at Miller Simons O’Sullivan law firm and is going global in its efforts to draw monies in to flush criminals out of their hiding places.The initiative was announced today at a press conference held at the TCI Tourist Board.#MagneticMediaNews#rewardmoneytrustfund#crimestoppers#seesomethingsaysomething Editorial: Stop Likin’ Man!
In what CEO Tim Armstrong is calling a “pivot,” AOL finally decided to unload Patch, a costly and ultimately unsuccessful network of 900 nationwide hyper-local news sites, in a new limited liability company with Hale Global, an investment company known to take on and turn around troubled technology businesses.The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but AOL and Hale Global expect to close on the joint venture in the first quarter of 2014.Armstrong, in a memo to AOL staffers, said “AOL has delivered on our commitment to our investors and put Patch in a position to be successful” and that the company would be “retaining a meaningful minority interest in the joint venture.”After purchasing Patch in 2009, AOL is estimated to have lost between $200-$300 million dollars and this new company will help ease the financial burden as Hale Global will now share in the costs. “We are impressed by the commitments from Patch and AOL to serve communities and advertisers and look forward to working together to achieve our shared long-term vision,” says Charles Hale, CEO of Hale Global, in a statement.Securing local advertisers and maintaining an editorial tone that best relates to a regional audience are just two of the big issues a network as large as Patch has had to deal with over the years.See Also: How Local Magazines Figured Out What Patch Never CouldCity and regional magazine publishers, faced with budgets cut to the bone in recent years, have thrived by reporting on timely news events with a flavor that best relates to the limited markets they service.Moving forward, Patch, which according to ComScore serves more than 16 million people monthly as of last November, will focus on technology solutions to increase and simplify community participation, push a mobile-first experience with social integration and entice advertisers with geo-targeted products and self-service tools for national, regional and local sellers.“AOL has established leading positions in attractive scaled opportunities including video, brands, advertising and subscriptions by making bold bets and strategically investing in these high-growth opportunities,” Armstrong says. “Local will be a growth space during the next decade of the Internet.”More on this topic Huffington Post AOL Buys Huffington Post for $315 Million How Local Magazines Figured Out What Patch Never Could New Niche Media Creates Luxury Print Network for Advertisers At the Intersection of Hyper-Local Digital and Regional Magazine Publishers AOL Integrating Premium Content into Microsoft’s Video PlatformsJust In This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the MovePowered by
WILMINGTON, MA — The following events are FREE and OPEN TO ALL (regardless of age) at Windsor Place of Wilmington (92 West Street) this January:Wednesday, January 2Art Matters Lecture with Beth KnausTopic: Art Keeps Us Human11:00 am, Activity RoomArt teaches. Art communicates. Art has humor, adventure and passion. Art matters! People are the only living creatures who make art. It is a uniquely human activity and the sole reason we have an advanced civilization. We use visual images to communicate with one another as a species. Art transcends language, different cultures, time and distance. It keeps us connected to one another. It keeps us human. Join us for a mini-history of western civilization through art, from the caves to the shuttle, to see and understand how art and civilization depend upon each other. Be sure to bring your sense of humor and your sense of Human.Monday, January 7 and 21Chair Yoga with instructor Marianne Bergonzi10:00 am, Activity RoomAll are welcome to attend Marianne’s bi-monthly yoga class. Yoga is a study of your body, mind and breath. It is about learning how to undo unconscious repetitive patterns of movement that do not serve us well. Yoga teaches us how to open up the joints of our body and allow more supple movement of the spine, freeing ourselves of tension and stress. This class will last for 45 minutes.Thursday, January 10Slide-Illustrated Lecture with Michael Perry, Topic: March Scandinavian Holiday11:00 am, Activity RoomMichael Perry, from Freeport, Maine takes you on a late winter visit to Finland and to Oslo, Norway. First we will cross country ski across Finland in the 34th annual Border to Border event, starting out near the Russian Border and skiing west 250 miles to the Swedish border over a seven day period. The beautiful snow-laden evergreen forest and vast farmland seem oddly misplaced as we follow along the Arctic Circle. Then we take the plane from Helsinki to the Capitol city of Norway, Oslo, for a full day of walking around and enjoying the sights. The crown jewel of Oslo is the artistic Oslo Opera House looking out over Oslo on its sloping roof with views over the water. We will also visit the Royal Palace, the Oslo Theater, the site of the annual Nobel Peace Prize award, the imposing fortress of Akershus dating back to 1308. Plus insights into native sons: playwright Henrik Ibsen and painter Edvard Munch. Inspiring photos, mixed with Michael’s warmth and humor, make this a fun program!Friday, January 18Gary Hylander LectureTopic: The Boston Police Strike Of 191911:00 am, Activity RoomGary Hylander holds a Doctorate in Presidential History and is a scholar entirelyimpassioned by his subject matter. He makes U.S. history come alive as he lectures each month. This month’s topic is: The Boston Police Strike of 1919. This year marks the centennial of the Boston Police Strike of 1919. Boston Patrolmen were rated among the finest law enforcement officers in the nation. Beneath the surface however, all was not well. Police stations were in disrepair, wages were low and the hours were long, in some cases almost 80 a week. When patrolmen voted to unionize and went on strike in 1919, their actions were condemned as subversive and radical. Most officers were fired. “There is no right to strike,” said Governor Coolidge, “against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, anytime.”Tuesday, January 22Abagail by Gail Presentation: Colonial Life for the 18th Century Family: The Tools of Survival2:30 pm, Activity RoomIn this session, Abigail describes how a colonial family provided for their basic needs. Using primary sources like the family’s probate inventory, learn about which items were important for survival and how they were made. Audience members are encouraged to explore reproduction artifacts just like those that were a part of everyday life. Explore the importance of craftsmen and imported goods. Discover how a family not only survived, but thrived!Thursday, January 31Ron Falong LectureTopic: China11:00 am, Activity RoomInternational travel agent Ron Falong will share his expertise on traveling to China. Falong is a professional tour guide who has travelled to 42 countries and all 7 continents.(NOTE: The above information is from Windsor Place of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor: WOW Factor Auto Detailing Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWindsor Place Of Wilmington Offers FREE Programs This July (Public Welcome)In “Community”Windsor Place Of Wilmington Offers FREE Programs This April (Public Welcome)In “Community”Windsor Place Of Wilmington Offers FREE Programs This February (Public Welcome)In “Business”
An employee prepares coffee for customers at a Cafe Coffee Day outlet in Mumbai, India, November 2, 2015 (representational image).Reuters fileCoffee Day Enterprises Ltd on Wednesday approved selling Global Village Tech Park of its subsidiary Tanglin Developments Ltd in Bengaluru to the US-based private equity firm Blackstone for Rs 2,600 to 3,000 crore over the next 30-45 days.”The Board of Directors approved the disinvestment of Global Village Tech Park in its subsidiary, Tanglin Developments Ltd, in favour of Blackstone for a transaction value of Rs 2,600-3,000 crore,” said the city-based company in a regulatory filing on the BSE.The decision comes a fortnight after the company’s founder-chairman V.S. Siddhartha was found dead on July 31 in a river near Mangaluru on the state’s west coast.”Parleys with Blackstone were underway by Siddharth since January when he was looking at selling his or the holding company’s equity stake to raise funds for pairing high-cost debts,” a source told IANS.The New York-headquartered Blackstone specialises in private equity, credit and hedge fund investment strategies.”The transaction is subject to completion of Blackstone’s due diligence, documentation and receipt of regulatory approvals in the next 30-45 days,” added the filing.The board also approved disinvesting in its step-down arm AlphaGrep Securities Ltd to Illuminati Software Ltd for Rs 28 crore.The 9-year-old Delhi-based IT firm is involved in the data processing.”The twin transactions will help in deleveraging the Coffee Day Group, and ensure smooth operations while safeguarding the interests of stakeholders, including investors, lenders, employees and customers,” added the filing.
Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh’s graduation to the developing country group is a slap on the faces of those who had thought it would be a ‘bottomless basket’ after the independence.”During the liberation war, a quarter used to say what Bangladesh would gain after its independence….it would be a basket case. I think this (Bangladesh’s graduation) is a slap on their faces…the Bangalees have showed that they can,” she said.The prime minister said this while opening the month-long solo art exhibition of world-renowned artist Shahabuddin Ahmed at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the city.Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has arranged the exhibition featuring artworks derived from a 20-year span of the iconic artist of Bangladesh.United News of Bangladesh (UNB) is the media partner of the exhibition.Chaired by cultural affairs secretary Md Ibraheem Hosein Khan, the function was addressed, among others, by independence award-winning artist Shahabuddin Ahmed, BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and director of the Ganges Art Gallery Smita Bajoria.The Committee for Development Policy (CDP), a United Nations panel, recently made an announcement on the country’s eligibility at a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh got the UN recognition as a developing country. “We’ve learned how to stand on our own feet economically …we’re not dependent on anybody. We’ve proved we can develop the country by ourselves,” she said.The prime minister said she wants Bangladesh to be built imbued with the liberation war spirit. “Our country will march ahead and stand up with its head high.”Keeping that view in mind, she said, the government has taken every single step to take forward the country with various development programmes. “Make it sure the spirit we’ve brought back after a long fight doesn’t fade away again.”Recalling the sacrifice of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Hasina said this land is the country of all.”This land won’t become a country of Razakars and Al Badrs again; this is my desire,” she said.The prime minister said her government has made tireless efforts to revive the true history of the liberation war as some generations got deprived of learning it.”Once a distorted history was projected before them …our aim is to highlight the true history so that we can get a dignity as a victorious nation,” she said.Hasina said Bangladesh lost its way after the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975 as distorted history gives birth to distorted character of people. “And this happened at that time,” she said.The prime minister said Bangabandhu struggled throughout his entire life and spent his days in the dark cell of jail year after year but he never bowed down to anybody.Hasina said a nation which is developed in education, art and culture can make progress.She urged all the artists to come forward to spread the spirit and ideology of the liberation war through their respective means.Hasina said one’s hunger cannot only be met through food. “There is also a hunger of the mind which needs to be met. This hunger can be met through art, culture and literature,” she said.Mentioning politicians and cultural activists are complementary to each other, she said it is not possible to achieve any success if poets, writers, painters and artistes join a programme together.The exhibition will remain open for all from 11am to 8pm every day (3pm to 8pm on Fridays).At the function, the prime minister unveiled the cover of a book ‘Amar Muktijuddha’ by Shahabuddin Ahmed. A documentary on Shahabuddin Ahmed titled ‘Colour of Freedom’ was screened at the function.The prime minister also witnessed an acrobatic exhibition of the children of Shilpakala Academy.She later visited the gallery and saw the displayed artworks of Shahabuddin.Thirty-two selected artworks are up for display depicting the artist’s affinity with Bangladesh’s War of Liberation, his fascination for Bangabandhu and other recurring themes Shahabuddin is well-known for.In 2000, the government of Bangladesh honoured Shahabuddin with the ‘Swadhinata Padak’, while the French government conferred upon him the prestigious civilian award Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres(Knight in the Order of Arts & Literatures) in 2014 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the nation’s cultural clique.
Map of GazipurAt least 20 garment workers were injured as police charged baton on them after they blocked the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Maleker Bari area of Gazipur demanding their salaries and other dues, reports UNB.After the demonstrations, authorities of around 50 factories in the area shut down their units to avert further trouble, police said.Witnesses said workers of ‘Neat and Neatest Limited’ had been staging demonstrations for the past one week demanding that their arrears be cleared.On Saturday night, at least 20 workers fell sick after drinking contaminated water at the factory.On Sunday morning, the factory workers took to the street again to press for the demand. Later, workers from nearby factories joined the protesters and they together blocked the highway, said Kazi Ismail Hossain, officer-in-charge of Gachha police station.Few vehicles and factories were also vandalised during the blockade that triggered acute gridlock around the area.Police charged baton and fired several rounds of teargas shells around 1:45pm to disperse the agitators.Traffic on the highway resumed around 2:00pm after five hours, the OC said.
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi delivers the keynote address at the IISS Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore on 1 June. Photo: ReutersAlmost lost in the din of the upcoming US-North Korea summit and fresh tension between Washington and Beijing last week, India cemented its diplomatic and security ties across Southeast Asia in a clear challenge to China.It’s not clear just how far New Delhi will take these relationships, given years of promise, and a general election due in 11 months that could be a distraction for prime minister Narendra Modi. And if India is already rattling China, it won’t want to spark open confrontation.But Modi took several concrete foreign policy and security steps in Southeast Asia in recent days.He signed an agreement with Indonesia to develop a port in the city of Sabang that would overlook the western entrance to the Strait of Malacca, one of the world’s busiest waterways, and agreed a pact with Singapore on logistical support for naval ships, submarines and military aircraft during visits.Modi also flew to Kuala Lumpur for a late-scheduled call on Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who won last month’s general election, effectively cementing ties with three of the most influential Southeast Asian nations.On Friday, Modi told the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Asia’s premier defence forum, that India would work with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to promote a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.“We will work with them, individually or in formats of three or more, for a stable and peaceful region,” he said in the keynote speech at the forum.Several delegates, including US. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, voiced support.At the end of the forum on Sunday, Singapore defence minister Ng Eng Hen said: “I am sure many countries are delighted that India has indicated its firm commitment to the region.”China CoolThe term “Indo-Pacific” has grown in usage across diplomatic and security circles in the United States, Australia, India and Japan in recent years, shorthand for a broader and democratic-led region in place of “Asia-Pacific”, which some people have said places China too firmly at the centre.In a nod to India’s growing regional stature, the US. military’s Pacific Command in Hawaii formally changed its name to the US. Indo-Pacific Command in a ceremony on Wednesday.Despite an outward show of friendship between China and India, and Modi’s comments about the strong relations between them, Beijing gave a distinctly cool response to his strategy.The state-owned Global Times warned in an editorial last week: “If India really seeks military access to the strategic island of Sabang, it might wrongfully entrap itself into a strategic competition with China and eventually burn its own fingers.”Senior colonel Zhao Xiaozhou, research fellow at the Institute of War Studies Academy of Military Sciences of the People’s Liberation Army, told reporters on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue that Modi “made some dedicated comments on what he thought of the Indo-Pacific concept”.He did not elaborate but the Global Times quoted him as saying: “The Indo-Pacific strategy, and the quasi-alliance between the US, Japan, India and Australia will not last long.”Wider FootprintIndian foreign ministry officials said there was a strong element of self-interest in New Delhi’s efforts to secure open access to the Malacca Strait, since it carries about 60 per cent of its foreign trade.But India’s intended footprint looks to be wider. Late last month, three Indian warships staged exercises with the Vietnamese navy for the first time in the South China Sea, which is claimed almost wholly by China.Vietnamese submariners are trained in India, while the two sides have significantly increased intelligence sharing and are exploring advanced weapons sales.To the west, India signed an agreement for access to the port of Duqm on Oman’s southern coast, during a visit by Modi earlier this year. Under the agreement, media reports said, the Indian navy will be able to use the port for logistics and support, allowing it to sustain long-term operations in the western Indian Ocean.In January, India finalised a logistics exchange arrangement with France under which it can use French military facilities in the Indian Ocean.Analysts said a more assertive India would answer concerns in Southeast Asia about expanding Chinese influence in the region and a fear that the United States was disengaging.The United States’ trade spat with China and a perceived U-turn in its foreign policy as it pursues peace with North Korea had shaken many assumptions in the region, they said.“There is some pressure (in ASEAN) for diversification of security relationships, taking insurances,” said C Raja Mohan, director of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.“An active India then actually fits into this situation.”But although Modi has started strongly, it was not clear how well his strategy would be sustained, he added.“Implementation has always been a major challenge for India. (Modi is) struggling to improve the capacity of Delhi to do things outside borders. There’s been some advance but that is a structural challenge that will remain.”
Share Atlantic Coffee Solutions announced its decision to close the plant and cease operations starting June 12, 2018. According to abc13 the plant cited economic reasons for the closure.“The company is working closely with customers to smooth transitions of their products to other providers,” the company said in a statement. “Employees will be released over the next few months in a phased process as our customers transition.”According to the Houston Chronicle about 279 employees will be affected by the closure. The plant was previously home to Maxwell House Coffee.Atlantic Coffee Solutions is one of the largest coffee manufacturing plants in the world.
Pocket.watch, the studio and digital network behind Nickelodeon hit show “Ryan’s Mystery Playdate,” has tapped media veteran Kerry Tucker as its first chief marketing officer.Tucker was previously CEO of Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s media company set up as a joint venture with WarnerMedia’s Otter Media. Prior to that, she was chief operating officer of the Video Genome Project, a video-metadata company which she helped sell to Hulu in 2016. She also previously served as EVP of marketing at Victoria’s Secret; SVP of marketing, media, and merchandising at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; and VP of business development at CBS Corp.“Kerry has a proven track record as a dynamic, strategic, and innovative leader at both Fortune 500 companies and startups,” Pocket.watch founder/CEO Chris M. Williams said in announcing her hire. “Her experience working with some of the most iconic brands in the world, including Martha Stewart, Victoria’s Secret, and CBS Corporation, will be invaluable during our next stage of growth.” Pocket.watch Sets Projects With MarMar, Onyx Family and Other YouTube Creators Related Before coming on-board as CMO, Tucker previously was an adviser to Pocket.watch for more than a year. “Pocket.watch is completely disrupting kids and family entertainment, and I’m honored to be part of this powerful team,” Tucker commented.In the chief marketing officer role, Tucker is tasked with overseeing the company’s content and consumer products marketing strategy, leading brand positioning, and managing PR and corporate communications. Tucker also will spearhead the launch and promotion of Pocket.watch franchises, including Ryan’s World and Ryan’s Mystery Playdate, as well as Hobby Kids Adventures, the studio’s latest franchise. She will direct strategic and creative marketing, working with Pocket.watch partners, including Viacom/Nickelodeon, Amazon, Target and Walmart. In addition, she will be responsible for creating and executing tentpole campaigns, including back-to-school and holiday marketing initiatives, to support Pocket.watch’s product and toy lines.In addition to Tucker, Pocket.watch also recently hired Mark Gabriel as marketing director. He previously ran brand marketing at Moose Toys, a toy design, development and distribution company, and prior to that worked in global brand marketing at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.Pocket.watch, founded in 2017 and based in Culver City, Calif., is backed by investors including Viacom, Greycroft, Third Wave Digital, UTA, and strategic individual investors including Robert Downey Jr. (through Team Downey) and Jon Landau. Hulu, Amazon Stream Pocket.watch Kids Shows Featuring YouTube Stars (EXCLUSIVE) Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Velev’s earlier work focused on gel-based photovoltaics, diodes and other devices – but their downside was the rigid electrodes used as contacts. Currently, however, the research team is studying a moldable liquid metal. “We originally thought about combining the metal with the gels to make a device completely out of soft materials resembling Jell-O,” quips Dickey. “What we discovered is that the gel environment and the oxide that forms on the metal can work synergistically to form memory. Once we made this observation, the main challenge was elucidating the exact mechanism – which our rather brilliant students figured out with some very clever experiments.” Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. At the same time, the materials that make memristors (and electronic devices in general) possible are usually rigid in structure and can never operate in water. This means that some of the most promising uses of memristor technology – such as in vivo sensors and oceanic rescue robots – are not feasible without needing protection from the liquid environment in which they operate.The best of all possible electronic worlds, then, would have the ion-based functionality of memristors embodied in a flexible hydrophilic material. As it turns out, that – and potentially much more – is precisely what researchers in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University have demonstrated. Prof. Orin Velev, Prof. Michael Dickey, and graduate students Hyung-Jun Koo and Ju-Hee So, have devised a new class of easily fabricated memristors based entirely on so-called soft matter – hydrogels doped with polyelectrolytes sandwiched with liquid metal electrodes – that operate using ionic conductance in aqueous systems rather than conventional electron transport. Moreover, in being able to operate in water, the new gel-based soft matter differs significantly from the many soft matter electronics efforts that use polymer semiconductors but are not water-compatible.In essence, this suggests that in addition to having the potential to realize memristor-based neuromorphic structures, the polysaccharide hydrogel core of these devices is biocompatible, could possibly be interfaced with live neural and other tissue, and could lead to three-dimensional soft circuits and their in vivo operations. A crossbar array of soft material-based memristors. (a) Photo¬graph of a prototype of an integrated soft memristor circuit with a 2 × 2 crossbar array. The device is flexible as shown in the inset image and compatible with water. (b) Schematic of the prototype in (a). The arrows point to the gel nodes. (c) Switching performance of the memristor circuit device. The switching bias to turn ‘off’ (+5 V) and ‘on’ (−5 V) the nodes is applied to the 1-B node for the first and second cycles and to the 2-A node for the third cycle, respectively, as shown by the arrows. The filled symbols represent the nodes in the ‘off’ state. The switching bias was applied to each node for 1 sec to minimize the crosstalk. © 2011 PNAS, doi: 10.1002/adma.201101257 Citation: Memristors with a twist: Quasi-liquid soft matter foreshadows biocompatible electronics and flexible robots (2011, July 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-memristors-quasi-liquid-soft-foreshadows-biocompatible.html More specifically, Dickey continues, “there are two key research issues that we addressed to make the technology work. The first was learning that the thickness of the oxide layer controls the resistance through the soft device – a property we use to define on and off states that correspond to conductive and resistive states, respectively. The second was learning that we could introduce asymmetry into the device – a requirement for memristors – by doping the gels with polymer to control the chemical environment around the metal.”Going forward, Dickey continues, “We hope to take advantage of the fact the water-based gels in the device are biocompatible, and could in principle be integrated with biological species, such as cells, enzymes, proteins, and tissues. We also made no attempt to optimize the memory capacity in our prototypes, which is an area for improvement. Finally, we’re working to understand the subtle aspects of the operating mechanism.”Velev stresses that two primary areas of the group’s future soft-matter research are electrochemical biosensors and soft-matter actuators. “For example,” he explains, “gel-based actuators respond to external voltage with controllable biomimetic movement that mimics the locomotion of jellyfish – and like jellyfish, are water-based and even biodegradable. This could lead to the development of gel-based soft robotics technology, which would have some parallels with DARPA’s earlier Soft Robotics program, although this similarity is not intended as much as arises from a shared focus on futuristic ideas that are based on mimicking Nature. I also believe,” he continues, “that our research ideas are close to some of the goals of the DARPA Programmable Matter program, but we are not supported by or participating in this program – although we hopefully will apply in the future after we have some actuation results.”One of the most-discussed memristor characteristic is its synaptic biomimesis. “State-of-the-art computers have difficulty mimicking the operation of the brain,” Dickey notes. “Memristors, on the other hand, are effective at mimicking synapses. If you were interested in only mimicking brain function, then solid-state memristors would be more practical because they contain many more memory elements and are much more optimized at this point. One of the things distinguishing our work is that the device behaves like a memristor and has other properties similar to the brain. Conventional electronics tend to be rigid, 2-D, moisture-intolerant, and operate using electrons; the brain, in contrast, is soft, 3-D, wet, and operates using ions and in addition to adopting many of these properties, our device is composed of biocompatible hydrogels.”Dickey points out that while the team has not demonstrated any interfacing of their soft-matter devices with biological species, and that it is unclear if it is even possible to interface with the brain, their technology “has many of the obvious properties one would look for this type of interface – including the ability to scale down to 10-100 microns in length. In fact,” he acknowledges, “we’ve just started a project to study the interface of these materials with neurons, but it is too early to comment on it.” Velev is also cautiously optimistic that while he doesn’t foresee medical applications of the soft-matter devices at the moment, he agrees that “hypothetical interfacing with living neurons is possible.” The real strength of the group’s technology, he adds, is that “both neuronal tissue and soft matter use an ionic current to propagate signals. In the near future,” Velev adds, “likely applications include an advanced biocompatible matrix – for biomolecules and living cells, biosensors, and interfaces with mammalian cells other than neurons – immersed in water and biological fluids. While we’re not working on experiments involving live cells right now,” he concludes, “we’re hopeful that this could be a future development – potentially through new collaborations and funding.” More information: Towards All-Soft Matter Circuits: Prototypes of Quasi-Liquid Devices with Memristor Characteristics, Advanced Materials; Article first published online July 4, 2011, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201101257 Memristor prototypes based entirely on soft materials. (a) A schematic depiction of the memristive device. Two polyelectrolytes entrapped in a matrix of agarose/H2O dictate the pH values of each hydrogel layer. (b) I-V traces of the device with ±5 V sweeps. The numbers and the arrows represent the order and the direction of the bias sweeps, respectively. The hysteresis of the I-V curves is a characteristic feature of memristors. The dotted line indicates the reading bias of 1 V, where the “memorized” resistance is measured. The sweep rate is 0.04 V/s. © 2011 PNAS, doi: 10.1002/adma.201101257 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. In some circles, memristors (from “memory resistor,” as coined by Leon Chua in a 1971 paper outlining memristive theory) are all the rage – and for good reason: As circuit elements which “remember” the amount of current that has passed through them in the past and show great functional flexibility, memristors show promise for applications as diverse as artificial synapses, nanoscale memory and sensors, and eventually a new class of computers based on neuromorphic architecture. Explore further Soft memory device opens door to new biocompatible electronics (w/ Video)
Darjeeling: A tourist died at Tumling en route to Sandakphu on Wednesday. Incidentally, Tumling, situated at an altitude of 2,970 metres, falls on the way to Sandakphu (3,636 metres), which is the highest point of Bengal. It is a well-known tourist destination and an internationally famous trekking route in Darjeeling.63-year-old Chandrasekhar Ghosh, a resident of Regent Park, Kolkata, had arrived on Tuesday at Tumling. The tourist was travelling alone. He was scheduled to continue his journey to Sandakphu from Tumling. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to police sources, Ghosh, a retired police constable, had checked in to Hotel Shikhar in Tumling. On Wednesday morning, he complained of severe chest pain and uneasiness. Without wasting time, he was brought down to Sukhiapokhari Block Medical Centre in a vehicle by local residents. At around 11 am when they reached the hospital, he was declared brought dead by the doctors. His body was sent to Darjeeling District Hospital for post mortem. Medicines for high blood pressure were recovered from his belongings. Doctors state that he could have been suffering from high blood pressure. His medical condition could have been aggravated owing to the high altitude and the immense cold, causing a cardiac failure. Police have contacted the family members of the deceased. His son is scheduled to arrive at Darjeeling on Thursday to take back his body.
Balurghat: Mahipal Dighi of Kushmandi block has turned into safe haven for migratory birds. Around 2500 migratory birds from all over the world including Tibet, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Russia arrive in Mahipal, which is about 59km from here.The state government is taking concrete steps to convert Mahipal and its adjoining areas into a popular tourist destination. Aiara forest and Nilkuthi, two local spots here, attract many tourists. A resort was also established here recently. This apart, awareness campaigns have been launched to stop poachers’ activities in the area. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAn elderly local resident Gouranga Sarkar said the area was entirely ruled by avian guests between November and February. “The birds enter in flocks together in search of food and shelter. Their number is increasing every year,” he said. Mahipal is home to Lesser Whistling Teal, Common Teal, Gadwall, Mallard, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Great Cormorant, Northern Pintail, Grey Lag Goose, Ferruginous Pochard, Northern Shoveler and Comb Duck. Suman Ghosh, a member of Indian Bird Conservation Network and a bird-watcher, said: “What is uncommon and significant this year is the presence of Bar Headed Goose, a rare bird. It usually arrives in India by crossing Himalaya from countries like Tibet, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Russia. It flies above 27000 ft where the supply of oxygen is thin. I have even seen them flying over Mount Everest before entering India. It can fly an enormous distance of more than 1500 km without rest and even survive in extreme climatic condition.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to experts, these species have not been spotted in Mahipal before Ghosh said Bird Life International, (BLI) a UK-based organisation, worked to identify important bird areas around the world. While in India, Bombay Natural History Society, an NGO attached with BLI, with the help of Indian Bird Conservation Network (co-partner of BNHS) works for protection of migratory birds. There are 10 important bird areas in the state. Of them, nine are in north Bengal districts including Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Malda and Raiganj covering Mahananda Wilde Life Sanctuary, Singalila National Park, Neoravalley National Park, Jaldapara National Park, Garumara National Park, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Nayabandh, Panchanandapur and Kulik Bird Sanctuary while the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve is in South Bengal. Mahipal has the potential to become an important bird area in future as the number of migratory birds has been increasing day-by-day.