Javier Zanetti Ill see you at the Milan derby – Maldini

first_imgInter Milan Vice-President Javier Zanetti has welcomed the news of Paolo Maldini’s return to arch-rivals AC Milan and is looking forward to seeing him at the next Derby della MadonninaMaldini was unveiled as Milan’s new director on Monday after nine years away from the Rossoneri following his retirement from professional football after an incredible 902 appearances.The former left-back spent his entire 25-year playing career at the San Siro and helped Milan to an impressive five Champions League titles over that period.And Zanetti, who likewise played for Inter 858 times and helped the club win the European title in 2010, has welcomed back his old rival.“I’m really happy for Paolo, because before being a great professional he’s a great person,” said Zanetti on Football-Italia.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Someone like him will be a positive for the world of football in general, and in particular for ours. I have huge respect for him.“We faced each other many times as an opponent, now we’re both in other roles. However, the same admiration, respect and consideration for him remain.“I’ll be happy to embrace him at the next derby, as we did on the pitch so many times. I want to wish him a big ‘good luck’ for his new adventure.”The first Milan derby of the Serie A season will take place on October 21.last_img read more

Pochettino insists Spurs must improve squad in January

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the club are keen to improve their playing staff when the January transfer window opens at the start of next year.Spurs became the first club in the Premier League since the transfer window was added to the calendar at the turn of the millennium that did not sign a single player in the summer transfer window after they failed to make a single addition to their squad during the offseason.Pochettino has hinted that the North London club are looking to add to their squad in January.The former Southampton manager admitted that all coaches are keen to sign new players every six months ‘to change the dynamic in the dressing room.’Pochettino said, according to 101GreatGoals:Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“All the coaching staff, managers, always want to improve the squad with signings and players from the academy because football is dynamic.”“Every six months you need to do something to refresh and to wake up, or to change the dynamic in the dressing room always.”“We tried to sign players but we could not achieve what we need or what we want.”Spurs were interested in signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa in the summer, it remains to be seen if they’ll renew their interest in the England international when the transfer window reopens in January.last_img read more

Jamaica And World Bank Sign US105 Millions Loans

first_img Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 3 (JIS): Three loans totalling US$105 million were signed by the Government and the World Bank, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., today (September 3). Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, signed on behalf of Jamaica, while World Bank Country Director for the country, Sophia Sirtaine, signed for the bank. The loans are in support of three government projects – the Foundation for Competitiveness and Growth, which will receive US$50 million; the Youth Employment in Digital Animation Industry, US$20 million, and the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project, US$35 million. “The projects are intended to further the overarching goals of the Government of Jamaica-World Bank Country Strategy for the period 2014 – 2017; to support the government’s investments in key strategic areas, including physical sustainability in youth employment; public sector modernization and to facilitate a more enabling environment for private sector growth,” the Finance Minister said at the signing. Dr. Phillips added that the loans represent an important cooperation between the Government of Jamaica and the World Bank, and is aimed at advancing the prospects for growth as the country goes through a strenuous economic reform programme that forms part of the agreement with the IMF. He said the Government will do its utmost best to ensure a smooth implementation of the three projects.The Minister explained that funds for the Foundation for Competitiveness and Growth project will enhance competition in the business environment, facilitate strategic private investments and support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Funds for the Youth Employment in Digital Animation Industry will provide training and coaching for over 200 young Jamaicans, enhance entrepreneurial skills and create 150 start-up companies. Under the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project, the funds will be used to strengthen public investment management systems, budget preparation process and property tax compliance administration. In her remarks, Ms. Sirtaine had high praise for Jamaica regarding the programmes it has implemented to spur economic growth, and for the results it has been reaping since its implementation. She added that the bank is committed to working with Jamaica in ensuring the success of its various economic programmes. Dr. Phillips and his delegation are also engaged in a series of discussions with officials at the US Treasury, State Department, the IMF and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He is accompanied by the Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Brian Wynter; Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock; Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe and Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie. Related Items:bank of jamaica, Brian Wynter, colin bullock, devon rowe, jamaica, peter phillips, Sophia Sirtaine, stephen vasciannie, world bank Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclavelast_img read more

GOVERNOR SAYS MELOCHE NOT BOOTED OUT OPTED OUT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Dec 2014 – Director of Public Prosecitions says public conjecture is wrong; her decision and resignation from the office came long before Rodney Adams case. HE Governor Peter Beckingham said already there is advertising on for the position to be filled; he said he hopes some islanders apply for the job. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Related Items:director of public prosecution, governor peter beckingham, JoAnne Meloche DR wants consulate office in TCI Recommended for you New Prison Supt & Officer of the Year Awardedlast_img

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrest

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between June 21, 2018 and June 27, 2018:Thursday, June 21NoneFriday, June 22NoneSaturday, June 23Angelo R. Speranza (55, Wilmington) — Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Possessing Open Container of Alcohol In A Motor Vehicle (Arrest)Sunday, June 24NoneMonday, June 25Erik M. Miltrano (31, Burlington) — Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Revoked or Suspended License and Warrant (Arrest)Tuesday, June 26NoneWednesday, June 27None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Tesla tweets video of electric Semi hauling vehicles for delivery

first_img Post a comment Tags More From Roadshow 0 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Share your voice Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance Tesla Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker Tesla has been placing ever more focus on delivering vehicles in the past several months. In November, Musk tweeted that Tesla “just acquired trucking capacity” to improve Model 3 delivery times. In March, a filing from the SEC showed that Tesla registered about $14 million worth of company stock in order to acquire trucks and trailers from California-based Central Valley Auto Transport, Inc., further boosting its delivery capabilities.While the Semi is not yet a production vehicle, according to a text message from a Tesla spokesperson, the Semi has been used “many times” for hauling to and from Gigafactory and elsewhere, so it appears there are no issues surrounding the idea of using a development vehicle for real-deal deliveries. The spokesperson also confirmed that the cars in the video were actual owner vehicles, and that those vehicles were delivered to their owners using the Semi. Nevertheless, it’s clear that Tesla is determined to get its own trucks delivering its own vehicles as the automaker expands its offerings and the markets in which they’re sold. 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD first drive: Teched out for towing The Tesla Semi isn’t even in production yet, but it appears at least one early model is getting put to work.Tesla on Monday tweeted a video of its all-electric Semi hauling a carrier’s worth of Tesla vehicles. The tweet’s caption makes it sound like the Semi is actively participating in delivering Tesla’s production vehicles, and it definitely looks good doing it. Tesla Semi delivering Tesla cars pic.twitter.com/ttEpcW5d8G— Jung Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2019 Tesla Semi out for deliveries— Tesla (@Tesla) April 1, 2019 Tesla Semi looks set to tower over the competition 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 12 Photos This follows a tweet from CEO Elon Musk over the weekend, which showed a static picture of the Semi fully loaded for vehicle deliveries. In a follow-up tweet, Musk said the company has been “so mired in production [and] logistics for [the] past 18 months,” and that he is “[r]eally looking [forward] to getting Semi into production.” Electric Cars Car Industry Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

Fake journalists hatching plot to kill me says JK top cop Imtiyaz

first_imgThanks sir. Not afraid but worrying is smear,maligning & slander campaign against @JmuKmrPolice & it’s officers who’re bravely fighting proxy war/terrorism for last 30 years with impeccable record & huge sacrifices. We aren’t here for any other project except to establish peace https://t.co/J23BN6hibX — Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019 This is becoming intolerable to them and their bosses across have employed them to target me. They want to silence me on social media.They are the same people who have built a case for Shujat Bukhari’s killing.3/n — Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019Meanwhile, former J&K police chief Sheesh Paul Vaid has praised Imtiyaz for fearlessly voicing the opinions of the department on social media.Imtiaz, you are a fine and bold officer who has been putting across the views of the department fearlessly on social media and an officer with the high integrity. Have faith in Allah, no harm will come to you. The entire police force has always been behind you. https://t.co/GFfe6qjwgj— Shesh Paul Vaid (@spvaid) March 21, 2019 Protests staged after the murder of journalist Shujaat Bukhari.IANSIn a startling revelation, a top official serving in J&K Police, Imtiyaz Hussain, took to Twitter to claim that some criminals posing as journalists are trying to kill him. In a series of tweets, Imtiyaz said that there is a well-hatched conspiracy being propounded by some who are active on social media to eliminate him.J&K Police top officer, Imtiyan Hussain said that some people posing as journalists on social media are planning to kill himTwitterThe senior police official said that the same people across the border who killed senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari are also planning to murder him.Imtiyaz, who was recently posted as Senior Superintendent of Police, Baramulla, has been now transferred to the security wing of J&K Police. He said that his choice of expressing views on social media has made “some people and their bosses unhappy” and they have hatched a slander/ smear campaign against him.The tweets sent shockwaves across journalist and security officials’ fraternity on social media.There are some well-known people hyperactive on Facebook and Twitter who are building an environment to get me killed. These people claiming to be journalists aren’t apparently working with any media house. 1/n— Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019The senior cop said that he is not scared to die in the line of duty and would consider it as a great honour.Having been never afraid of death and it would be honour to get sacrificed in the line of duty but the perception being created against me is slanderous. I am one among very few police officers active on social media and being forthright and calling a spade a spade. 2/n — Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019Imtiyaz also alleged that senior journalist and editor of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, who was killed last year, had confided in him that several people working in media houses were creating an environment for his murder.Shujat had confided with me how some media guys had been spreading canards against him and creating a conducive atmosphere for his murder.We being a liberal democracy and such elements take full advantage of our liberal laws,knowing it very well that law can’t touch them.— Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019last_img read more

NGK box office collection Suriyas film enters second week with a bang

first_imgSuriya’s NGK is off to a good start at Chennai box office.PR HandoutSuriya’s NGK has completed its first week in Tamil Nadu on a decent note. The Kollywood film was released in over 450 screens last weekend (31 May) and had opened to mixed reviews from the critics and audience.By the end of its first week, NGK is estimated to have grossed around Rs 32-34 crore at the Tamil Nadu box office. In the weekdays, the movie had highest footfalls in theatres on Wednesday (6 June) due to Eid holiday.At the worldwide box office, NGK is estimated to have grossed over Rs 50 crore. With lots of expectations, the movie has entered its second week. However, Vijay Antony and Arjun Sarja’s Kolaigaran has got highly positive reviews which might have some impact on the collection of the Suriya-starrer.In order to be a profitable venture, NGK has to perform well at the box office for the next one week and the second weekend is crucial for its success.Meanwhile, Suriya has accepted the mixed verdict given to his latest film by the audience. On Twitter, he wrote, I humbly accept all the love,views and opinions about NGK with utmost humility and thank the masterminds 😉 who decoded and appreciated the different attempt, and the actors performances!! Thanks to the entire cast & crew for making this happen #NGK @selvaraghavan @prabhu_sr”. [sic]”NGK is a political thriller, written and directed by Selvaraghavan. Rakul Preet Singh and Sai Pallavi play the female lead in the movie.last_img read more

Appeal hearing against stay on Gazipur polls Wednesday

first_imgGazipur City CorporationThe Supreme Court (SC) is scheduled to hold hearing on the two appeal petitions on Wednesday challenging the High Court order staying the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election for three months, reports UNB.The full bench of the appellate division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, will hear on the appeal petitions filed by two mayoral candidates of ruling party Awami League (AL) and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).Earlier in the day, Awami League mayoral candidate Zahangir Alam filed a petition with the Appellate Division bench of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order staying the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election for three months.The chamber judge of the Appellate Division justice Hasan Foyez Siddique on Tuesday sent the petitions to the full-bench of the appellate division after hearing on the two petitions.Earlier on Monday, BNP mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarkar filed a petition with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order.However, no hearing on the petition was held with the chamber judge of the Appellate Division as no representative from the election commission was present at the court, said Sagir Hossain Leon, counsel of the BNP mayoral candidate.On Sunday, the HC stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election, which was scheduled to be held on 15 May, for three months.It also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into GCC should not be declared illegal.The government on 16 January 2013 published a gazette incorporating six moujas of Shimulia union of Savar upazila (South Boroibari, Domna, Shibrampur, West Panishail, South Panishail and Domnag) under Gazipur City Corporation but according to law, GCC was formed with Gazipur and Tongi municipalities.ABM Azharul Islam Suruj, Shimulia union parishad chairman of Savar, filed the writ on Sunday morning challenging the legality of the gazette as the election commission announced the election schedule incorporating six moujas of Dhaka district, which is illegal.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedule for Gazipur and Khulna city corporations on 31 March.last_img read more

NonMPO teachers employees end hunger strike

first_imgNon-MPO teachers, employees end hunger strikeTeachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions on Wednesday broke their hunger strike upon government assurance that their demand of enlisting their institutions under the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) scheme would be met, reports UNB.National professor Anisuzzaman and former adviser to a caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury went to the teachers demonstrating in front of the Jatiya Press Club around 3:30pm and offered them water to break the fast.Professor Anisuzzaman said, “The prime minister came up with an announcement over the demand of the teachers at parliament recently. Hopefully the problem will soon be resolved.”On 4 July, prime minister Sheikh Hasina told parliament that the government would take a scheme soon to bring educational institutions under the MPO following a recently formulated policy.Meanwhile, Binoy Bhusan Roy, general secretary of Non-MPO Educational Institutions Teachers’ and Employees’ Federation, said, “In the morning five representatives of the protesting teachers met the education minister when he assured us of granting our demand and said the ministry has already started discussion with the finance ministry over the issue.”The teachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions went on an indefinite hunger strike under the banner of Non-MPO Educational Institutions Teachers’ and Employees’ Federation in front of the Jatiya Press Club on 25 June.On 31 December last year, they had started observing fast unto death but ended the strike on 5 January after getting assurance from the PM.As there were no specific budgetary allocation for the 2018-2019 fiscal year in this regard, they started fresh agitations.last_img read more

WB VP arrives Sunday to discuss Rohingya issue

first_imgWorld Bank vice president for South Asia region Hartwig SchaferWorld Bank vice president for South Asia region Hartwig Schafer arrives in Dhaka Sunday to discuss how to help Bangladesh cope with the Rohingya crisis.The WB official is scheduled to visit the Rohingya camps and meet local government officials, the civil society and non-governmental organisation representatives in Cox’s Bazar.“Despite its own challenges, Bangladesh has shown great generosity by sheltering nearly one million Rohingya people,” said Schafer.A WB release quoted him as saying, the World Bank is working closely with the government to help address the needs of the Rohingya until their safe return to Myanmar and help build the country’s capacity to deal with the crisisHe appreciates Bangladesh’s ‘remarkable story of cutting extreme poverty to half in record time’ and said other countries can learn from Bangladesh’s many development innovations and successes.“I look forward to meet our partners and see firsthand the country’s journey to economic growth,” said Schafer. This is his first visit to Bangladesh since assuming office on 1 July.In Dhaka, Schafer will meet the finance minister, the water resource minister as well as the private sector and civil society leaders.He will also join the launch of a new World Bank report, “South Asia’s Hotspots: The Impact of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Living Standards.”He will also visit a World Bank supported project, which is upgrading a unit in the Ghorashal power station to more than double the unit’s electricity generation capacity.The WB release mentioned that it has mobilised up to $400 million on grant terms to help Bangladesh deal with the Rohingya crisis. It has approved the first two operations — totaling about $75 million in grants — to provide health services and education to the Rohingya, many of whom are children, youth or women.last_img read more

UPDATE Houston Joins Litigation Against Texas Over Sanctuary Cities Law

first_imgSB4, which allows local police to ask for proof of legal status when detaining someone and demands cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, has raised fear in the immigrant community and hasn’t been welcomed in the law enforcement community because of its many implications, as explained by the two top local chiefs,  Houston Police Department’s Art Acevedo, and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.  The Houston City Council passed a Resolution today to join the litigation against Texas over the Constitutionality of the State law about so-called sanctuary cities, commonly known as SB4. UH Associate Professor in Political Science, Jerónimo Cortina, said about the vote: “On the one hand, it is a clear signal to the state that cities and municipalities want the same autonomy to run their cities in the same terms that the State claims when there is real or perceived intervention of the federal government on State matters. Houston is a welcoming city and thus it needs to backup those claims through actions.” With this decision, Houston joins six other jurisdictions challenging the SB4, which are Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Bexar, Travis, El Cenizo, and El Paso. Share Human rights, public safety and the welfare of Houston’s business community were some of the arguments presented by the Council Members who supported the Resolution to sue. Karla Cisneros, who represents District H, referred to Acevedo’s concerns about SB Four during the debate about the Resolution. Al OrtizThe Houston City Council voted on joining the litigation against SB4 during its June 21st meeting. The vote tally was 10 to 6, with Mayor Sylvester Turner voting in favor of the Resolution and At-Large Position 5 Council Member Jack Christie being absent during the vote.center_img On the other hand, the Council Members who voted against the lawsuit alluded to not seeing a clear reason to join the litigation and also voiced their concern about the possibility the City could lose State and Federal funding because of fighting SB4 in the courts. Cortina goes on to analyze the law itself stating: “SB4 has a lot of potential economic and public safety consequences that need to be clarified by the courts. At the end it is not the State nor the City who are going to end up paying the costs of implementing SB4 it is going to be the tax payer and for some this constitutes an unfunded mandate from the State to Cities.” Council Member Travis was the most vocal and at one point he stressed: “I’m talking about the quarter billion dollars we stand to lose that will affect everybody’s district in here.” Some activists who support the City’s upcoming lawsuit were in the Council’s chamber and celebrated the outcome of the vote. “I think his comments are alarming and I want to read just a few of the things he has said. He says we don’t have the resources, nor do we have the bandwidth to be ICE agents,” said Cisneros while she addressed her colleagues. “Houstonians are expecting us to stand up and protect their interests, not to defer to somebody else,” Mayor Turner commented in this regard during the customary press conference held after the City Council meeting. Council Members Brenda Stardig, Steve Le, Greg Travis, Dave Martin, Mike Knox and Michael Kubosh voted against the City suing the State because of the law.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday December 9

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uUniversity of Maryland President Wallace Loh is advocating for the removal of the name of Curly Byrd, perhaps the most influential leader in the school’s history and an avowed segregationist, from UM’s football stadium. We’ll discuss Byrd’s segregationist history at the University of Maryland with AFRO Publisher Jake Oliver. Also, our recurring guests Taya Graham and Stephen Janis (The Mod Squad) are back with reporting on the trial of Officer William Porter, Marilyn Mosby being sued by a former city prosecutor and other Baltimore political and law enforcement news.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Laura Jude Gardner Pioneering Engineer and Businesswoman Dies at 72

first_imgLaura Jude Gardner, the second Black woman hired as a systems engineer at IBM in Baltimore and one of the founding members of the legendary Gatsby’s nightclub, died Jan. 5 at her Sutton Place home in Bolton Hill of natural causes. She was 72.Laura Jude Gardner was a scientist, pioneering engineer and nightclub owner. (Courtesy Photo)Gardner was born May 13, 1945 to George L. Jude, a former advertising manager at the AFRO and Vashti M. Jude, a Baltimore City Public Schools teacher.After Gardner graduated from Morgan State College in 1967 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics, and subsequently obtained  her Master’s degree in Physical Science at Morgan. After graduating from Morgan, Gardner went to work for IBM, where she was the second Black woman hired at the company as a systems engineer. But, despite the prestigious position, she found herself seeking more.“She was a very interesting person, she lived a very eclectic life,” said Elise Jude Mason, Gardner’s sister. Early on during her career at IBM, she connected with two colleagues at the company and the trio decided to venture into another career; the entertainment business.“I think for them, they had been at IBM for a while. They were making good money, but they weren’t passionate about it. That’s when they did it…that’s when Gatsby’s was born,” said Mason, alluding to Gardner and her partners pooling their resources and starting the legendary Gatsby’s disco and supper club in the early 1980’s. On the first floor of the club was the disco, where some of the top DJ’s in the city performed and upstairs was a supper club. Gatsby’s attracted some of the top music acts of the era including Gloria Gaynor and Phyllis Hyman.“Her first love was that Gatsby’s experience,” Mason said.Gardner and her partners also were owners of the Ritz nightclub, which occupied the old Playboy club on Light St., in downtown Baltimore, which attracted partygoers from Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and other locations in the Mid-Atlantic. “After disco died, it (ownership of Gatsby’s and the Ritz), became financially unsustainable,” according to Mason.After Gatsby’s and the Ritz closed, Gardner moved to Jamaica for a period of time. Years later, in 1998 she obtained a second Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.She later began another career, this time as an educator teaching in the Baltimore City Public Schools for 17 years. Gardner taught science to students at the Laurence G. Pacquin School, as well as Booker T. Washington Middle School until her retirement in 2015.Gardner was an accomplished graphic artist, a skilled writer, she enjoyed travel and was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.She leaves to mourn: her sister Elise Jude Mason, an attorney; her nephew Fred D. Mason, III, an architect; two grand nephews and many first and second cousins.last_img read more

Friends Greys Anatomy Were Most BingeWatched TV Shows of 2018 Study Finds

first_img“Friends” — which last aired on broadcast TV 14 years ago — was the most binge-watched television show of 2018 thanks to the full run being on Netflix, according to a new study.The sitcom about twentysomething New Yorkers nabbed the highest share of binge sessions over the course of the year, according to TV Time, based on its analysis of the behavior of 12 million registered users worldwide of its app for tracking, commenting on and voting for television shows.The enduring popularity of “Friends” (corroborated by other third-party research) clearly motivated Netflix to re-license the show from Warner Bros. Television: It was set to roll off Netflix at the end of 2018, and after a social-media uproar the streamer announced a new deal to keep “Friends” on the service through at least another year. Netflix reportedly agreed to pay around $100 million to keep all 10 seasons following Rachel, Monica, Ross, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe available to customers in the U.S. and Canada. ×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 Rank ShowNetwork/ServiceShare of Binge-Watching Popular on Variety 8.“Orange Is the New Black”Netflix1.19% 3.“13 Reasons Why”Netflix1.69% 5.“Riverdale”CW/Netflix1.68% 10.“Pretty Little Liars”Freeform/Netflix1.06% 9.“The Big Bang Theory”CBS1.16%center_img 1.“Friends”Netflix2.36% 4.“La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”)Netflix1.69% 2.“Grey’s Anatomy”ABC/Netflix/Hulu2.07% Source: TV Time 6.“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”Fox/NBC/Hulu1.40% 7.“The 100”CW/Netflix1.25% No. 2 on TV Time’s ranking was ABC’s long-running primetime drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” whose past seasons are available on Netflix. That was followed by Netflix’s controversial teen-suicide show “13 Reasons Why”; Spanish-language series “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”), which premiered on Spain’s Antena 3 in 2017 before it was picked up by Netflix; and The CW’s “Riverdale” (the first two seasons of which also are on Netflix). TV Time defines a binge session as one in which a user watches at least four episodes of a show within a 24-hour period. For the annual report, bingeing patterns were calculated from Jan. 1-Dec. 13, 2018.But take these rankings with a really big grain of salt.For starters, the binge-watching data aggregated by TV Time is self-reported by users of the free app — it’s not a passive measurement service that tracks actual viewing behavior. In addition, the company says the app’s base of 12 million users skews young, comprising primarily people 18-34. TV Time’s business model is geared around selling data and analytics to networks, streaming providers, studios and others.Another important point: Popular shows on traditional broadcast and cable channels are likely to be underrepresented in TV Time’s binge-viewing data, because episodes of current seasons are released weekly. Fans of, say, “Game of Thrones” would be far less likely to stack up four or more episodes to watch in one sitting than, for example, people who were eagerly anticipating season 2 of “13 Reasons Why.” Note that CBS’s “Big Bang Theory,” one of the top ratings-getters on primetime television, came in No. 9 on the TV Time list.That said, here are TV Time’s rankings, for what they’re worth:Top 10 Binge-Watched Shows of 2018last_img read more

Researchers suggest collapsar accretion disks might be source of heaviest elements

first_img 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. More information: Daniel M. Siegel et al. Collapsars as a major source of r-process elements, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1136-0 Citation: Researchers suggest collapsar accretion disks might be source of heaviest elements (2019, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-collapsar-accretion-disks-source-heaviest.html Explore further Journal information: Nature © 2019 Science X Networkcenter_img Computer simulation sheds new light on colliding stars Space scientists believe that the lightest elements, helium, hydrogen and lithium, originated just after the Big Bang. They also believe that heavier elements such as iron were created in the centers of stars. But heavier elements such as uranium and gold have remained a mystery—until now, there has been no plausible explanation for their origin. In this new effort, the researchers suggest that such elements were created in accretion disks formed when neutron stars collapse into black holes.Prior research has suggested that the heaviest elements were created by what is known as the “r-process,” in which a chain reaction results in atomic nuclei absorbing neutrons. Astrophysicists had theorized that two neutron stars colliding would likely give way to the conditions necessary for the r-process to occur, creating some of the heaviest elements. Two years ago, the team credited with observing the first gravity waves reported the effects of two neutron stars colliding. Subsequent study of the event showed that it was likely that the r-process had occurred, giving strong credence to the theory. But there was still one problem. The collision of neutron stars is a rare event—too rare to account for the amount of the heaviest elements that exist today. That led the researchers to consider other neutron star activities—such as their gravitational collapse.Prior research had shown that when neutron stars die, they collapse into black holes. But not all of their material falls into the black hole; some is left behind and forms into an accretion disk. Computer simulations the researchers created showed that conditions in the accretion disks were ripe for the r-process, giving way to creation of the heaviest elements. The team suggests that approximately 80 percent of these elements originate in accretion disks, and the remainder are created when neutron stars collide. Credit: CC0 Public Domain A trio of researchers at Columbia University is suggesting that collapsar accretion disks might be the major source of the heaviest elements. In their paper published in the journal Nature, Daniel Siegel, Jennifer Barnes and Brian Metzger describe their study of the accretion disks that form as neutron stars collapse into black holes, and what they found.last_img read more

Is DaaS the New Information Goldmine

first_img By Dyan MachanSuppose you could find all the socks you ever lost. Now suppose getting those socks back enabled you to earn a better living, or work faster and smarter. Wouldn’t you be willing to pay someone to locate those socks on a worldwide sock exchange? That’s the crux of a business category that some entrepreneurs and investors find pregnant with opportunity. “We think this is the next hot thing,” says Jeanne Sullivan, an executive at StarVest Partners, a New York venture-capital firm developing a specialty in this area. The Information Edge “Data as a Service:”Businesses in this field gather specialized information, then organize it in a database for which users pay for access.The Price of Technology:Gathering the information isn’t expensive, but organizing and storing it can be; start-ups can spend millions on computer servers and a web presence.Shoestring Staff:Once it’s up and running, a firm can grow without much person power; five or six people can run a nationwide business. Related Links Small Business Success: Luck or Pluck? Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Seeking Alpha–and Users: 6 New Financial Web Sites More From smSmallBiz » December 30, 2009center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Unfortunately, the business world has given this baby a jargony name: Data as a Service, or its diminutive, DaaS. It rhymes with SaaS, its better-known cousin that stands for Software as a Service. SaaS is the catchall name for on-demand software applications like those on an iPhone. DaaS, in contrast, recognizes that software is becoming a commodity; it’s data mixed with software that’s king.DaaS offers some intriguing possibilities for start-up types–a chance to build a lucrative business that can grow rapidly without needing a big workforce to keep it running. Better still, if you’re the first to build that sock database, you can have a near monopoly. So while start-up costs can be high–think anywhere up to $10 million to set up servers and a slick web presence–profit margins tend to be fat. That’s because the business model involves gathering information that’s relatively inexpensive or even free to the collector, analyzing it and slicing it into easy-to-consume pieces for people who will pay for it again and again. In business-school speak, “it’s monetizing rich data,” says Sullivan. Imagine, for example, being able to search the sock exchange to find socks that match a user’s singleton socks exactly and then to find the buyers nearest to the user who are willing to meet his price.Some established businesses, like the Zagat Survey restaurant guides, already roughly fit the category–Zagat gets consumers to fill out restaurant surveys and organizes them into guides that grow stale and need replacing, like last year’s fashions. Much more DaaS-like, and one-upping them considerably, is OpenTable. The company sells restaurant-reservation software to restaurants and offers diners online reservations and the ability to search restaurants by geography, cuisine and price; its recent IPO was seen as one of the brighter moments in the postcrash economy. The datacentric companies are among the fastest-growing these days, according to Louise Garnett, an analyst with information research firm Outsell: “I see two to three new ones each week.” Where 1990s-style web businesses often kept the technical and content elements separate, she notes, the growth today comes from companies that can integrate the two. Overall, the information industry grows 5 to 10 percent a year, according to Outsell.Making LemonadeWhat do all these ventures have in common? Lemons. George Akerlof’s lemons, to be precise. In the late 1960s the Nobel Prize-winning University of California, Berkeley, economist sought to answer the age-old question of why buying used cars favored the seller over the buyer. The buyer couldn’t know whether the seller was selling because he needed the cash, or because the junker had unseen repair and maintenance issues. Akerlof proved that the buyer’s inability to discern the difference between a good car and a lemon drove down the prices of all used cars. Buyers don’t like uncertainty, so many would simply walk away from the transaction. Fewer buyers means lower prices–hence the canyon-like price differential between new cars versus those driven even slightly. (And here we thought consumers were willing to pay thousands more for that fresh-car smell.) In financial markets, investors unable to distinguish between a great business and a loser will put their money into cash and leave start-ups without funding. Under Akerlof’s logic, providing more information, with a level playing field for buyer and seller, creates business opportunity.Darwin Melnyk, 45, a former Emory University seminary student, has been striving to do just that. He first entered this field as a modern-day Indiana Jones, working as a technology specialist on archeological digs in the Jordanian desert. In the field, Melnyk figured out how scientists, by inputting data on their laptops, could improve their productivity and speed up the fossilized process of garnering grants. Beginning in 2006 he started to apply those same skills to a different kind of artifact, digging up data about old tractors for farm-equipment dealers. Iron Solutions, of Fenton, Mo., had its genesis in an annually issued guide, akin to the used-car Blue Book, that dates back to the ’40s; dealers would dog-ear the guide to help them price, say, a rusted-out 1992 combine some farmer was offering on a trade. Some of the guide’s information was available online by 1999, but Iron Solutions hadn’t made the digital leap of making it easy to use.Enter Melnyk, who built the old tractor data into a sophisticated database. Want the autumn-harvest price on a tricked-out 2003 Flail chopper? No problem, for an equipment dealer with a $400-a-year subscription to IronSolutions.com. Farmers can search internationally for their machines, dealers can learn which farmers are interested in upgrading, and both can get much more specific equipment information that helps them make money-saving decisions. Melnyk says the business is growing 20 percent this year despite the economic climate–or perhaps because of it. “The good deal is more important than ever,” he says.High-Tech Coupon ClippingThe seeds of a similar business, MyGroceryDeals.com, were those colorful advertising inserts that irritatingly flutter out from Sunday papers. It wasn’t an obscure IT term like DaaS that was on Paul Davis’s mind when he spread out the fliers on his kitchen table in 2004. It was how he would pay for his future roast beef sandwiches by inputting all the specials on the web. Davis, who had previously founded an in-store survey business, wanted to consolidate the constantly changing weekly specials from grocery stores and deliver them online so consumers could compare prices on Coke, Huggies or whatever else they bought. He also enabled the bargain-crazed to use the site to “pantry load” by finding the best local deals regardless of product Z.”If I had known how hard it would be, I’m not sure I would have done this,” sighs Davis, in an oft-heard entrepreneur’s lament. There were minor hitches, as one can imagine, in getting 160,000 ads per month organized for shoppers in 55,000 zip codes across the U.S. At one point, his computer server started choking on too many ads, slowing to “a chug, chug, chug,” says Davis, who had to spend an unexpected $500,000 to get his systems up to consumer-friendly speed again. “Often on Thursday we’d have no idea how we were going to make payroll on Friday.” But four years later, with 300,000 registered shoppers, Davis says MyGroceryDeals.com is close to breaking even on revenue from advertisers and coupon manufacturers. He is also launching a premium membership service and will start selling research from surveying his customers, his old specialty.Despite its growth, the site is still more or less a small business; MyGroceryDeals.com gets by with only five full-time employees. Davis doesn’t have to spend much to gather information since grocery chains now digitally feed their ads to MyGroceryDeals.com for free. If and when profit arrives, the number of people getting a piece of it will be relatively small–meaning, presumably, more data dollars for Davis. 7 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

PEOPLE Jordan Tourism expands Canadian team in light of increased visitation

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share [PEOPLE] Jordan Tourism expands Canadian team in light of increased visitation Posted by MCLEAN, VA — Canadians continue to flock to Jordan in record numbers, with a 22% increase in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. And now, relations between the two countries are expected to strengthen with the appointment of Deirdre Campbell to the Jordan Tourism Board North America (JTBNA).Campbell, along with her company Tartan Group, will represent Visit Jordan across Canada. Based in western Canada, Tartan Group has worked within the international tourism industry for more than 16 years, with clients that include Adventure Travel Trade Association, Destination Canada (Connecting America) and the Cayuga Collection.According to Malia Asfour, JTBNA’s Director, “Canada continues to be within our top five markets for Jordan, and thanks to the efforts of Frank and Marie LeFleche, who led our efforts within the Canadian market for over 12 years, Canadians’ desire to visit Jordan remains strong.”On her new role, Campbell said: “I look forward to bringing Jordan’s many amazing stories and experiences to every corner of Canada. My first visit to Jordan was in 2012 where I spoke about marketing ecotourism and authentic experiences and I fell in love with the destination. I have big shoes to fill following in Marie and Frank’s footsteps, and they have created such a solid foundation for us to build upon.”More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsInterest in Jordan is expected to spike this year with the launch of the iconic Jordan Trail, a 650-kilometre continuous route that spans the entire country. Hikers may opt to hike the entire themselves, which would take approximately 36 days to complete, or incorporate sections of the trail into their Jordan journey.In addition, several significant new hotel openings across the country are scheduled, including the Fairmont (Amman), St. Regis (Amman), W (Amman), Hyatt Regency (Aqaba), Jumeirah (Aqaba) and the Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa.And taking place May 15-17, JTBNA will host the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s (ATTA) ‘AdventureNEXT Near East’, the first travel conference of its kind in the region. Canadian tour operators and travel media will be taking part to connect and build partnerships with Jordan and regional tour operators. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 last_img read more