Visitors to National Library Metcalfe Hall can now learn about lives of

first_imgKolkata: Visitors to the National Library of India and the Metcalfe Hall here can now acquaint themselves with the inspiring lives of four Bengali icons — Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore, Subhash Chandra Bose and Syama Prasad Mookerjee — and the sights and sounds of the City of Joy. The newly opened experiential museum “Icons of Nationalism: From the Soil of Bengal” in the National Library at Alipore celebrates the essence of Bengali nationalism and Bengal’s icons who dedicated their lives to India’s freedom from the colonial rule. The museum has been set up by the Union Culture ministry. The museum, equipped with reciprocal installations like interactive walls, immersive projections, touchscreen panels and audio-visual installations, is an attempt to inspire the youth. One can visit the museum between 10 am and 6 pm. “While the flame of nationalism was ignited all over the country, Bengal was the main theatre of the struggle for freedom from the British imperialism. The soil of Bengal nurtured many nationalists and certain personalities became the flag bearers of freedom, and thus the ‘Icons of Nationalism’. “Whether through their pen, paintings, music or actions, they often charted a path for the independence movement,” the developing companies Tagbin and Expression said. At the digital museum, on view is archival material like original letters written by these personalities, literature, newspaper clippings, documents and archival footage, Tagbin said. The materials have been sourced from the National Archives of India, the Nehru Memorial Museum Library (NMML), Bankim Sangrahashala and the Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, among others. The Metcalfe Hall at the crossing of Hare Street and Strand Road is also hosting an experiential exhibition titled “Ami Kolkata” (I am Kolkata), which sheds light on Kolkata as the city of stories, surprises, memories, cultures, celebrations, influences and confluences. Each aspect is detailed out as a zone. The exhibition contains a 70-feet hand-painted walkway with traditional “alpana” showcasing Kolkata’s iconic scenes, old photographs, posters, advertisements, signboards and other memorabilia. A selection of vintage prints and paintings on the bond between the Hooghly river and the city’s contemporary scenes, inspired by traditional Patachitra art, are also on view. In the “City of Celebration” zone, a traditional Durga idol building scene and installations of a Bengali wedding can be viewed. A gallery of paintings, music, cinema, dance, theatre, visual culture and literary art also await visitors as well. The last zone presents soundscapes from streets, an ever-present backdrop to the life in the city. Both the exhibition and the museum were opened by the West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Friday.last_img read more

Rwandans set to benefit from UN farm loans and grants

The agreements for the Project for Rural Income through Exports (PRICE) and Support Project for the Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture (PAPSTA) were signed by Finance Minister John Rwangombwa and UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Vice-President Yukiko Omura in Kigali, capital of the small African country, where agriculture employs more than 70 per cent of the population of 11 million.“With its focus on enabling smallholder farmers and vulnerable groups to participate in export value chains for coffee, tea, silk and horticulture, PRICE is a flagship project in terms of public-private partnership,” Mr. Omura said.The Government and IFAD will work with project beneficiaries and the private sector to boost the potential of the agriculture sector, which currently accounts for 32 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), on the path from subsistence agriculture to market-based farming.The project will support 170 farmers’ cooperatives nationwide, and will push for a high share of the export price to reach the smallholder producers.With this new project IFAD, which is dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries, will have financed 14 programmes in Rwanda since 1981 for a total investment of $189.8 million, benefiting an estimated 500,000 households. 29 September 2011More than 125,000 vulnerable households in Rwanda, particularly those headed by women and young people, are set to benefit from a $39.8-million United Nations loan and grant accord signed today to increase the volume and improve the quality of coffee, tea, silk and horticulture production. read more

Bombardier founding family to profit from BRPs first dividend and sale of

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 1, 2017 4:36 am MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bombardier founding family to profit from BRP’s first dividend and sale of shares MONTREAL – Bombardier’s controlling family will soon receive a multimillion-dollar return from its investment in BRP Inc., a recreational products manufacturer that was spun off as an independent company from Bombardier Inc.The Beaudoin-Bombardier family, which owns 41.2 million multiple-voting shares of BRP in addition to its holdings in Bombardier, will receive $3.3 million from a new quarterly dividend to be paid by BRP next month.The family could also earn up to $129 million by cashing in some of its BRP stock as part of the snowmobile maker’s plan to buy back and cancel up to $350 million worth of shares.Affiliates of U.S.-based Bain Capital — which helped the family buy BRP from Bombardier — will also receive dividends and participate in the stock buyback. Bain currently has about 31.7 million BRP shares.Both controlling shareholders, which together own 65.3 per cent of BRP shares, intend to sell some of their stock to maintain their proportionate holdings after the company buys back shares before the end of July. The price per share will be determined through a Dutch auction process.BRP chief executive Jose Boisjoli said the family and Bain — which collectively control the company through multiple-voting shares — will be involved equally in the share buyback.BRP’s publicly traded shares (TSX:DOO) reached an all-time high of $37.87 early Thursday after the dividend, buyback and financial results were announced. The stock was up 13.1 per cent at $37.17 in afternoon trading in Toronto.The maker of Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and other recreational equipment raised its growth estimates for fiscal 2018 after posting record first-quarter revenues.The company also posted a first-quarter net loss, but attributed that to the impact of unfavourable currency fluctuations on the value of its long-term debt.Boisjoli told analysts before the company’s annual meeting that its financial capacity and flexibility “has sufficiently increased to deliver on our growth objective while enhancing the return to our shareholders.”BRP had a net loss of $19 million or 17 cents per share for the period ended Jan. 31, compared to a year-earlier profit of $110.7 million or 96 cents a share. Revenue rose to $956.2 million from $929.9 million.On an adjusted basis, BRP said it had normalized income of 25 cents per share, better than the nine cents per share forecast by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Chief financial officer Sebastien Martel said BRP’s initial dividend will be adjusted as the business and its profitability grow.“Our objective is to continue to provide good returns to shareholder, and we will be adjusting the dividend payout in line with the results that we will be delivering,” he said, adding there is no targeted payout.BRP hiked its guidance for the year. It is now expecting revenue from all business units will be four to six per cent above fiscal 2017 — four percentage points higher than previous guidance.Similarly, BRP raised its adjusted net income growth forecast to a range of between 10 per cent and 16 per cent, from the previous range of seven per cent to 13 per cent. read more

MH370 families protest as pilot suicide raised as a cause of plane

first_imgIRATE CHINESE RELATIVES of passengers aboard the crashed Flight MH370 scuffled with security personnel outside Malaysia’s embassy last night, demanding answers about the plane’s mysterious and lonely demise in the stormy Indian Ocean.Malaysia — decried as “murderers” by the Beijing protesters — defended its decision to release new analysis of satellite data that determined the plane had plunged into the southern seas far off western Australia.Gale-force winds and huge waves halted the ocean search for wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines plane, deferring relatives’ quest to attain closure with definitive physical proof of the plane’s destruction and the loss of its 239 passengers and crew.Mark Binskin, vice chief of Australia’s Defence Force, underscored the dangers from the weather — as well as the enormous size of area under inspection by aircrews using a mix of high technology and binoculars to scan the waves.“We’re not trying to find a needle in a haystack, we’re still trying to define where the haystack is,” he told reporters.The Boeing 777 went missing on March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, dropping off air traffic control screens in what has become one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.PA Graphics/Press Association ImagesAustralia pledges welcome Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said they would be warmly welcomed in their “desperately difficult time” should they make the trip. Australia will facilitate travel for Chinese relatives by waiving its standard visa fees, officials said.Numerous sightings of suspected debris, by satellites as well as aircraft criss-crossing the southern Indian Ocean, had raised hopes that wreckage would be found. But none has been retrieved yet.The US Navy has sent a specialised device to help find the “black box” of flight and cockpit voice data, along with a robotic underwater vehicle that can scan the ocean’s depths.Those efforts will be crucial in determining what caused the Boeing 777 to deviate inexplicably off course and fly thousands of miles in the wrong direction.Malaysia believes the plane was deliberately diverted by someone on board. But the lack of evidence has fuelled intense speculation and tormented families.“Terrorism, pilot suicide and a complex set of mechanical failures never seen before are now the likely possibilities. A simple failure such as a simple fire or structural failure is becoming very unlikely,” said aviation consultant Gerry Soejatman. © AFP, 2014Read: Malaysia Airline sends text message to MH370 familiesRead: Malaysian PM confirms that flight MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean west of Perthlast_img read more

PM Minnis excited by discussions during Austin Texas trip

first_img Related Items: By: Matt Maura (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 25, 2018 – Austin, TX – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis Tuesday described his stopover visit to Austin, Texas, as being “very productive” after meeting with State, technology and business officials from a number of major U.S. companies operating there.  The Austin visit is part of the Minnis Administration’s plan to establish Grand Bahama as the technology hub of the region, and follows on the heels of Grand Bahama hosting its first major Technology Summit in Freeport, in November 2017.Austin is considered the “Silicon Hills” of Texas because of the cluster of high-tech companies in the Austin metropolitan area including Dell, Hewlett Packard, Google, Samsung and Cisco Systems, among others.  Its name “Silicon Hills” refers to the hilly terrain on the west side of Austin.  The area employs more than 2,000 persons from major corporations like Apple and Microsoft.  The city also has a booming bio-tech industry with more than 8,000 employees.Prime Minister Minnis, who departed New Providence on Sunday (January 21) for Austin – the first stop on a visit to the State of Texas which includes a stopover in Houston – also met with Governor Greg Abbott “in order to establish a relationship between the Governor of Texas and the Prime Minister with the expressed purpose of identifying foreign investment and business opportunities that would benefit The Bahamas.”Prime Minister Minnis and his delegation also met with officials from the Austin Technology Council (ATC).  Since 1992, the Austin Technology Council has been the “informed opinion leader and unifying voice” of technology in Austin and Central Texas and is the region’s largest tech industry organization.“We had a very productive day in Austin where we met with the Austin Technology Council,” Prime Minister Minnis said.  “I made a presentation on doing business in The Bahamas and creating a technology hub, especially in Grand Bahama.  I further spoke about the great benefits of Grand Bahama and all of the infrastructure already present.  I spoke of the Port, of our stable government, and after completing that we had a very productive lunch meeting with Governor Greg Abbott and quite a number of business leaders.“We are now in a digital revolution and it is essential that The Bahamas gets on board and moves with that revolution.  We must not get left behind.  We can be the technology hub in the region and be the leading technology centre for the Caribbean,” the Prime Minister added.Prime Minister Minnis said that meeting involved discussions surrounding business opportunities for Bahamians and businesses opportunities between the State of Texas and The Bahamas.“We also spoke about the educational opportunities for our students as you know we have a large student population here.  We will continue those meetings.”The Prime Minister and his delegation, which includes Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield; Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. James Kwasi Thompson; His Excellency Sidney Collie, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States of America; His Excellency Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister; His Excellency Cornelius A. (C.A.) Smith, Non-Resident Ambassador-designate for Central American States and Mrs. Linda Mackey, Bahamas Consul-General, Miami, also toured the Dell Headquarters where presentations were made.“I met with and spoke with their Chief Commercial Officer on possibilities of future ventures, and that will be followed up especially by State Minister Thompson with respect to creating such a hub in Grand Bahama,” Prime Minister Minnis added.The Prime Minister and his delegation traveled to Houston to meet with Television Evangelist Joel Osteen and members of the Bahamian Diaspora, including the Bahamian student population in Texas.last_img read more

Shearer explains why Emerys substitutes were effective

first_imgAlan Shearer has explained why Unai Emery’s substitutes were very effective during Arsenal’s derby victory against Tottenham Hotspur.Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day programme on Sunday, Shearer was full of praise for how Emery used his options off the bench with two of those substitutes coming in on the stroke of half-time.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring for Arsenal with penalty kick only for Tottenham to turn things around courtesy of goals from Eric Dier and Harry Kane.It was through the hard work of Emery’s substitutes that the Gunners regained control of the match, firstly through another Aubameyang goal that levelled the score at 2-2, before Lacazette and Lucas Torreira finished off the visitors.Shearer hailed Emery’s decision to take off Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as the key reason why the Gunners saw off their North London rivals.Jadon SanchoMerson 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.“He did it brilliantly today,” he said, according to Football.London. “At half-time, Iwobi and Mkhitaryan were ineffective in the first half.”“He brought Ramsey and Lacazette on and what these two players did was make the pitch bigger, stretched Tottenham out and played Ramsey in the No. 10 role.”“They invited him to run in behind, get in between the centre-halves Juan Foyth and Jan Vertonghen, and he did that all the second half.”last_img read more

Find Out Who Helmed The Top Grossing Tours Of 2018

first_imgNews Twitter What Were The Top Grossing Tours Of 2018? find-out-who-helmed-top-grossing-tours-2018 Email In a year full of blockbuster tours, which artists came out on top in terms of earnings?Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 6, 2018 – 4:33 pm This has been a big year for big tours, with many of today’s biggest artists raking in big revenue. But who brought in the most dough? As it turns out, Ed Sheeran tops Billboard’s ranking of 2018’s top-five tours ranked by gross. Having performed 99 shows, with attendance of more than 4.8 million in his audiences, Sheeran’s tally is a towering $429 million total. The four-time GRAMMY winner added his latest wins earlier this year at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, with Best Pop Solo Performance for “Shape Of You” and Best Pop Vocal Album for ÷ (Divide).Coming in second place on Billboard’s list with 48 shows is Taylor Swift, who entertained 2.6 million in her audiences, taking away $315 million. Swift’s career total of GRAMMY wins is 10 to date.Third on the list is the power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z—The Carters—whose On The Run II Tour had 48 performances with audiences of 2.1 million and a gross of $253 million. As of now, Beyoncé has one more GRAMMY win than Jay-Z. She has 22 and he has 21. Their single “Apes**t” and its music video is now the basis of a tour at the Louvre Museum. Find Out Who Helmed The Top Grossing Tours Of 2018 https://twitter.com/Pink/status/1069840112882606080 Facebook Bruno Mars placed fourth, giving 100 performances for audiences totaling 1.9 million, with a gross of $237 million. His career GRAMMY wins of 11 include six from last year as he swept the categories he was nominated in. At the 60th GRAMMY Awards, the album 24K Magic and its single of the same name won Album Of The Year, Best R&B Album and Record Of The Year. Mars’ “That’s What I Like” won Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Song Of The Year.Fifth is P!nk, giving 88 performances for audiences of 1.2 million with a gross of $180 million. Pink is a three-time GRAMMY winner. Her most recent album is Oct. 2017’s Beautiful Trauma. At this coming GRAMMY Week, she will perform at the MusiCares Person Of The Year gala honoring Dolly Parton.For the casual music fan and industry enthusiast alike, there is something awesome about the scale of these numbers that is represented in the six GRAMMY winners above, themselves. The dollars, the audiences, the hard work and most of all the art are, taken together, tremendous accomplishments. Touring is an industry based on live music and many more capable performers ensure its vitality. But there is something to marvel at even in the top five alone.Carrie Underwood On Why She Is Supporting The Women On Her New TourRead morelast_img read more

Senators heard about permanent fund problems before leaving

first_imgLegislative Finance Director David Teal testifies before the Senate Finance Committee in April. Teal’s latest forecast says Alaska Permanent Fund earnings could be depleted in 10 years if the Legislature doesn’t take action. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Alaska’s Senate decided to end its work this special session without voting on a bill to tax income.Listen nowGov. Bill Walker’s administration said the tax is needed to close the gap between what the state spends and what is raises.Nonpartisan Legislative Finance Director David Teal used a computer model to forecast what will happen if the Legislature doesn’t act to close the budget gap.It wasn’t pretty.The Constitutional Budget Reserve – a piggy bank the state has drawn from to balance the budget the last five years – would be gone next year.The permanent fund would lose a sixth its value before its earnings reserve account – the state’s other piggy bank —  also would fall to zero in about 10 years.“Because you have these unplanned draws, the earnings reserve account is depleted or depleting by ’27,” Teal said. “You probably have a year left before that is also depleted.”After that the only choice to cover nearly half state government would be massive budget cuts or plundering the main body of the permanent fund.Teal said the projections are better under a Senate plan that draws from permanent fund earnings, but he still sees problems.Teal’s model also mapped out less dire scenarios Thursday in a Senate Finance Committee meeting.The state budget would be balanced in eight years if the state passed the Senate’s plan to draw from permanent fund earnings.But there would be other problems.The CBR would still be drawn down to zero in five years. And the permanent fund would lose value compared with inflation, and see more than a half-billion dollars in unplanned draws.The state could could compensate by cutting the rate of growth in spending.But Teal said that could be a challenge.“You’re more aware than I am that cutting the budget or constraining the budget is easier said than done,” Teal said. “I mean, it’s very easy to sit here and say all you have to do is grow at half the rate of inflation. But when it comes to achieving that, you may find it far more difficult than simply saying it.”Walker is seeking to shore up state finances with a one and a half percent tax on income from employment or self employment.The tax would be limited to twice the annual permanent fund dividend.But like a separate income tax introduced by the House majority earlier this year, the Senate has been cool to the idea.Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon said the possibility of “small steps” to limit future spending, as well as the potential for permanent fund earnings to outpace projections, make it premature to consider the tax.“From my perspective, I feel a little bit held hostage to some of the revenue discussion – that we have to have that before we act to use the interest that we’re receiving in a sustainable way,” MacKinnon said.The tax would raise an estimated $320 million, roughly half the projected budget gap over the next few years, if the Legislature passed a plan to draw from Permanent Fund earnings.State Tax Director Ken Alper said the tax would help protect the permanent fund.“We view this plan as a form of insurance, as a backup plan just in case we run out of our other sources of money, that we’re not in the relatively desperate straits of having to overdraw the permanent fund,” Alper said.And state Revenue Commissioner Sheldon Fisher said the tax would reduce uncertainty in the state, which he said is stalling business investment.“I think it’s prompting people to hold back in terms of economic activity and I think it’s critical as we think about this plan and think about the various options that are available to us, to try to come up with a solution,” Fisher said.But that consensus remains elusive. Some senators say the state should wait to see whether oil prices rise before considering the tax. And they expressed other reasons for holding off on acting now.After reviewing a chart that showed Alaskans have one of the lowest state and local tax burdens in the country, Anchorage Republican Sen. Natasha von Imhof said they face other costs.“When you start adding the total cost of living in Alaska when it comes to transportation, when it comes to the cost of energy, particularly in the rural areas, and then the amount of health care that we pay … the cost of living is much higher than many states in the Union,” von Imhof said.The Legislature could consider the tax bill during the next session, which begins in January.But differences over the proposal could make it difficult to reach an agreement in an election year.last_img read more

Houston Conference Aims To Empower Female Entrepreneurs

first_img X Listen Florian MartinCarolyn Rodz is the founder of the Circular Board, an accelerator for female entrepreneurs. 00:00 /03:31 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Share You’ve heard of the “glass ceiling” that can prevent women from moving up in big organizations.The same goes for women who want to start their own company: In the United States, 38 percent of companies are led by women, but the number is rising fast.A conference happening on Thursday and Friday in Houston provides resources and networking opportunities with and for female entrepreneurs.The second annual Circular Summit takes place at Hotel ZaZa near Hermann Park.Carolyn Rodz is a co-founder of Circular Board, which organizes the summit.Click on the play button above to listen to the interview. last_img read more

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

first_imgThe members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Rho Xi Omega Chapter and the Cultured Pearls of Service will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of their international program A.S.C.E.N.D. The signature program is designed to support high school students in five areas: Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Development. The ceremony will be held on March 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Baltimore City College Auditorium. RSVP to Autumn Anderson via email at amanderson@bcps.k12.md.us.last_img read more

Curiosity rover finds possible evidence of ancient explosive volcanoes on Mars

first_imgThis low-angle self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called “Buckskin.” Bright powder from that July 30, 2015, drilling is visible in the foreground. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Curiosity finds rocks that might point to a continental crust on Mars 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. (Phys.org)—A large team of researchers from across the U.S. studying data sent back from Mars by the Curiosity rover has found evidence of tridymite, a type of mineral associated with explosive volcanoes here on Earth. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how the rover found the sample, the testing it underwent, and why it might lead to rethinking the early history of the Red planet. More information: Richard V. Morris et al. Silicic volcanism on Mars evidenced by tridymite in high-SiOsedimentary rock at Gale crater, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1607098113AbstractTridymite, a low-pressure, high-temperature (>870 °C) SiO2 polymorph, was detected in a drill sample of laminated mudstone (Buckskin) at Marias Pass in Gale crater, Mars, by the Chemistry and Mineralogy X-ray diffraction instrument onboard the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity. The tridymitic mudstone has ∼40 wt.% crystalline and ∼60 wt.% X-ray amorphous material and a bulk composition with ∼74 wt.% SiO2 (Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer analysis). Plagioclase (∼17 wt.% of bulk sample), tridymite (∼14 wt.%), sanidine (∼3 wt.%), cation-deficient magnetite (∼3 wt.%), cristobalite (∼2 wt.%), and anhydrite (∼1 wt.%) are the mudstone crystalline minerals. Amorphous material is silica-rich (∼39 wt.% opal-A and/or high-SiO2 glass and opal-CT), volatile-bearing (16 wt.% mixed cation sulfates, phosphates, and chlorides−perchlorates−chlorates), and has minor TiO2 and Fe2O3T oxides (∼5 wt.%). Rietveld refinement yielded a monoclinic structural model for a well-crystalline tridymite, consistent with high formation temperatures. Terrestrial tridymite is commonly associated with silicic volcanism, and detritus from such volcanism in a “Lake Gale” catchment environment can account for Buckskin’s tridymite, cristobalite, feldspar, and any residual high-SiO2 glass. These cogenetic detrital phases are possibly sourced from the Gale crater wall/rim/central peak. Opaline silica could form during diagenesis from high-SiO2 glass, as amorphous precipitated silica, or as a residue of acidic leaching in the sediment source region or at Marias Pass. The amorphous mixed-cation salts and oxides and possibly the crystalline magnetite (otherwise detrital) are primary precipitates and/or their diagenesis products derived from multiple infiltrations of aqueous solutions having variable compositions, temperatures, and acidities. Anhydrite is post lithification fracture/vein fill. To date, planetary scientists believe that the geological history of Mars has been very tame compared to our own home planet—this is, they believe, because Mars does not have shifting plates that lead to big earthquakes and explosive volcanoes. Evidence of volcanoes on that planet to date has shown them to be of the steady flowing type such as those that led to the creation of the Hawaiian Islands—they form due to melting hot mantel plumes just below the surface. But now, a mineral find might mean scientists will have to rethink the ancient history of Mars.The Curiosity rover has been rolling around in Gale crater since 2014, and last year it began digging and studying samples from an area known as Marias Pass. The research team noted that the makeup of the rocks there appeared to suggest silica, so they subjected them to X-ray analysis. That showed the samples to have a very high level of tridymite, which was both surprising and thought provoking because it conflicted so sharply with the history that has been written for the planet—they suggest it appears likely that the mineral was created somewhere else on the planet and was carried to the crater basin. This is because prior research has suggested parts of the basin were once filled with water—that Martian lake would have been filled by streams and rivers coming from distant places bringing with them and depositing sediments, some of which could have been material ejected or formed by explosive volcanoes. But if Mars did have such volcanoes, the team wonders, how did they form in the absence of plate tectonics?The findings by the team and their theories are likely just the first stage of what will be many projects aimed at reevaluating Mars’ history, or looking for ways that tridymite might be created without the intense heat of a violent volcanic eruption.center_img Citation: Curiosity rover finds possible evidence of ancient explosive volcanoes on Mars (2016, June 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-curiosity-rover-evidence-ancient-explosive.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2016 Phys.org Explore furtherlast_img read more

VIDEO Steven Adams got a technical for karatekicking Bradley Beal directly in

first_imgSteven Adams was on the receiving end of the most famous nut shot in NBA playoff history when Draymond Green racked him in the jewels in the Western Conference Finals, but last night it was Adams wearing the boot.During the third quarter of the Thunder’s 121-112 win, Adams drilled Bradley Beal in the crotch with a Draymond-like karate kick to the stones while being restrained in pursuit of a board. The officials missed the kick in real time, but gave Adams a technical upon review. The obvious questions are whether or not Adams will be suspended for the kick, and if it was unintentional: Following the game, the massive Kiwi said it was all an accident, mate.Was it an accident or intentional? You be the judge. Two things are indisputable. Adams is a huge dude, and this hurt.last_img read more

New Zealand to host a range of sports activities in 2017

first_imgNew Zealand’s pristine golfing landscapes have never been busier nor more in the spotlight with three major golf tournaments scheduled in 2017, one of which will play out on the country’s newest golf course.The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open teed off in Queenstown on March 9, 2017, marking the first of three major golf events taking place in New Zealand in 2017. Alongside this event, New Zealand is gearing up to host its first ever LPGA Tour event in September, the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open, before the prestigious Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship takes place in the capital city in October.These major golf events help to cement New Zealand’s reputation as a world-class golf destination, providing the host courses with exposure the world-over. For newly opened Windross Farm in Auckland, the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open will provide a high profile introduction to the international golfing world as Lydia Ko tees off in her first LPGA Tour on home ground.While the three international events will attract their share of international golfing fans over a brief few days, the golf courses provide a year-round attraction for visitors to New Zealand. To showcase New Zealand’s golf offering to the world, Tourism New Zealand has released a series of promotional videos which hone in on each of the event host regions.Each video captures the extent to which the country’s stunning landscapes shape its golf courses, with mountains, coastlines and valleys back-dropping many of the best. They also focus on the award-winning food and wine and thrilling adventure activities to be found in close proximity to each course and awaiting visitors when they step off the green.last_img read more

Fairholme Lawsuit Conference Set to Begin Next Week

first_img Fairholme Funds FHFA U.S. Court of Federal Claims 2015-03-25 Samantha Guzman A status conference for a lawsuit filed by Wall Street investment firm Fairholme Funds against the government over the sweeping of GSE profits into the U.S. Department of Treasury is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, according to a spokesperson in the chambers of U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Margaret Sweeney.In late January, Sweeney denied the government’s attempt to stay court proceedings in the case, ruling that Fairholme could continue to pursue its lawsuit against the government, which was originally filed in 2013. The suit claims that the sweeping of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac profits into Treasury, a practice authorized by Congress in August 2012, equates to taking private property for public use without “just compensation,” which is forbidden by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.The GSEs have been under conservatorship of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) since September 2008, at which time they needed a government bailout totaling $188 billion to stay afloat. They returned to profitability in 2012 and are predicted to earn about $21 billion a year for the foreseeable future, according to Fairholme CEO Bruce Berkowitz on a conference call with investors in early February.”Today, Washington bureaucrats are unlawfully holding these profitable companies captive in a perpetual conservatorship,” Berkowitz wrote in a letter to shareholders in January. “Congress never authorized Treasury to become Fannie and Freddie’s ‘overlord’ – forcing the companies to spend all their capital on executive branch prerogatives and circumventing the legislature’s appropriations process. Indeed, the power of the purse remains vested in Congress under the Constitution. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 does not authorize any federal agency to use these two publicly traded, shareholder-owned companies as a piggy bank. Yet, in an unprecedented abuse of executive power, the bureaucrats have illegally expropriated and de facto nationalized two of the most valuable companies in the world with apparent impunity. Worse still, their actions are now endangering our housing market, making it more difficult for lower- and middle-income Americans to access mortgage credit.”The lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth in September 2014 on the grounds that the government had been given the authority by Congress under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 to sweep GSE profits into Treasury.At the same time he dismissed the Fairholme suit, Lamberth also rejected a similar suit filed against the government by Perry Capital. Fairholme appealed Lamberth’s ruling and Sweeney, in the Court of Federal Claims, revived the case four months later. Fairholme has reportedly been gathering information for the case in order to bolster their argument that the Court of Federal Claims, not the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., has jurisdiction over the case.Analyst Peter Chapman noted that there is no record of Fairholme serving any subpoenas for the case to date, and that it has not been revealed for certain who they intend to depose. Chapman said the government’s lawyers will likely tell Sweeney that no witness Fairholme could depose at this stage could help determine whether or not the Court of Federal Claims has jurisdiction in the case.Chapman said the government’s lawyers will likely present an argument at the upcoming status conference that Sweeney’s court does not have jurisdiction over the case with the claim that “shareholders hold physical shares in Fannie and Freddie in their brokerage accounts.  The same shares that held prior to execution of the Third Amendment are still there today, and the speculators who purchased shares following execution of the Third Amendment still own those same shares today. The government’s taken nothing.  The losses some shareholders have realized are merely a reflection of reality in owning common stock in insolvent companies, and the shareholders who acquired shares at their absolute bottom and have realized a profit can’t be heard to complain.”A spokesperson from Treasury declined to comment on the case, and an attorney for Fairholme Funds, David Thompson, said they did not have a comment at this time. March 25, 2015 543 Views Sharecenter_img Fairholme Lawsuit Conference Set to Begin Next Week in Daily Dose, Featured, Governmentlast_img read more

Rep Bizon House lawmakers unveil 201516 Action Plan to focus on Michigans

first_img05Feb Rep. Bizon, House lawmakers unveil 2015-16 Action Plan to focus on Michigan’s future State Rep. John Bizon took part in a Capitol news conference today to unveil key priorities for the upcoming legislative session that will foster job growth, prepare students for future job opportunities and strengthen Michigan’s economy.At the event, House Republican lawmakers outlined their top priorities for the 98th Legislature as the new session gets underway. Bizon said he is happy to see an emphasis on improving education and job-training opportunities for Michigan students.“In order for Michigan’s economy to continue to grow, we have to make sure our students are getting a world-class education providing, including greater access to vocational education to fill vacancies in the skilled trades,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “Our focus on filling these critical job openings while improving educational opportunities for all Michigan children will ensure a brighter future for generations to come.”The GOP’s Action Plan for the new legislative session can be viewed at gophouse.org/focusonmich/.### Categories: Bizon Newslast_img read more

Two Florida Nonprofit Leaders Call for State Commission on Nonprofits

first_imgShare77Tweet10ShareEmail87 Shares“The Incorruptible Watchdog,” Thibauld NionDecember 8, 2018; Tallahassee DemocratIn an open letter, Kelly Otte, a founder of the Oasis Center for Women and Girls in Tallahassee, and Alyce Lee Stansbury, a longtime fundraising consultant, call on the state’s incoming governor, Ron DeSantis, to create “an Office of Nonprofit Concerns or Governor’s Task Force on the Independent Sector or the Commission on Philanthropy & Nonprofits.”Writing in the Tallahassee Democrat, Otte and Stansbury, citing Florida Nonprofit Alliance data, note that the sector employs over 534,000 workers, generates $26.6 billion in wages and $89.9 billion in total revenue. “The nonprofit sector is as big as the manufacturing and construction industries and yet is largely ignored as a significant contributor to the state’s economy and the quality of life for its citizens,” they add.Instead, unlike some states, such as New York, that have more or less consistent regulation under a single state agency, regulation in Florida is split among multiple departments. “The Department of Agriculture, Department of Financial Services, and Department of State all have some role in the oversight or licensing of Florida nonprofits,” Otte and Stansbury note.The result, Otte and Stansbury contend, is that regulation has been “primarily reactive and often predicated by the fraudulent actions of a few, rather than strategic, proactive and comprehensive.”What might an Office of Nonprofit Concerns do? Otte and Stansbury lay out a few priority areas. Among these are the following:Make recommendations regarding whether and under what conditions to promote registration of hybrid categories of business, such as low-profit limited liability corporations (L3Cs).Establish government contracting rules. “Nonprofits,” Otte and Stansbury explain, “often have multiple contracts with state agencies that have different rules and procedures, sometimes one nonprofit to another. Timeliness of payments by state agencies has been a long-time problem.”Establish common nonprofit regulations. According to Otte and Stansbury, “The laws regarding board governance are almost non-existent in Florida.”Restore a state employee charitable giving campaign. As NPQ reported, the 38-year-old tradition died earlier this year. Otte and Stansbury acknowledge the program’s troubled past, culminating in the absurdity of an outside fundraising firm that kept an estimated 50 percent of funds raised for itself, but suggest that a concerted sector effort could put the program back on a sound footing, writing that they are “still flabbergasted at how the state went from facilitating millions of dollars of opportunity for employee charitable giving to almost nothing.”Coordinate state government and nonprofit delivery of services.Otte and Stansbury conclude that, “One of the biggest needs will be one of the most challenging. When working together to care for its most vulnerable citizens, the government and nonprofit sectors have an obligation to talk honestly about the costs of doing so. This requires a fair, financially feasible partnership that benefits both sectors… Multiple states and major US cities including Jacksonville and Miami-Dade have implemented philanthropic-government partnerships to inform public policy and strengthen the ability of all three sectors [private, public and nonprofit] to address pressing public problems, so we know it can be done.”What Otte and Stansbury do not address is that the New York model is based in and anchored by the attorney general’s office, which has acted with zeal on that state’s issues concerning nonprofits.—Steve DubbShare77Tweet10ShareEmail87 Shareslast_img read more

Canal Plus has named Raphaël De Andréis as deputy

first_imgCanal Plus has named Raphaël De Andréis as deputy director-general in charge of pay TV activities and Ara Aprikian as deputy director-general in charge of free TV.De Andréis, who was previously president of Havas-owned BETC Euro RSCG, where he advised Canal Plus and CanalSat on communications strategy, will take charge of the broadcaster’s premium and thematic channels. Aprikian, who previously worked in a number of roles for TF1, before taking a senior editorial role with Canal Plus in 2005, will look after Canal Plus’s free-to-air windows, news channel i>Télé and Bolloré’s Direct 8 and Direct Star channels, subject to regulatory approval of the latter’s acquisition.Both will report to Rodolphe Belmer, deputy director general, editorial, at Canal Plus Group and director-general, editorial, at Canal Plus France.last_img read more

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Universal Pictur

first_imgSony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros Home Entertainment are to encode movies and TV shows in the UltraViolet Common File Format using Dolby Digital Plus, enabling UltraViolet users to view content with Dolby Digital Plus sound.The UltraViolet CFF is due to launch later this year, following work done by DECE members to develop the format, which is designed to play in all UltraViolet players with DECE-approved DRMs. The CFF is also designed to allow users to move or copy a downloaded file between UltraViolet media player apps and devices, allowing them to pay the movie or show on any device without having to download it multiple times.Dolby Digital Plus is currently enabled across more than one billion devices in the marketplace, according to Dolby.“The movies and television shows from Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. are legendary,” said Ron Geller, vice-president, worldwide content relations, Dolby. “These studios continue to create compelling entertainment that delights audiences around the world. Dolby is proud to serve as their trusted partner for UltraViolet CFF and apply our nearly 50 years of audio and video innovation to help ensure that the quality of the UltraViolet enabled entertainment experience exceeds every consumer expectation.”last_img read more

Channel operator Scripps Networks Interactive repo

first_imgChannel operator Scripps Networks Interactive reported strong third quarter results, which chairman, president and CEO Kenneth W. Lowe attributed to the popularity of its lifestyle networks. The firm, which owns channel brands including HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel, reported consolidated revenues for the quarter of US$617 million (€460 million) – up 9% year-on-year. Net income was US$129 million, compared with US$118 million in the same quarter last year.Scripps’ lifestyle media division saw revenues increase by 7.8% to US$595 million, driven by advertising and affiliate fee revenue growth. On-air television advertising revenue increased 9.2%, partially offset by a decrease in digital advertising. Overall ad revenues grew 7.5% to US$403 million.Its ‘corporate and other’ division, which consists primarily of Scripps’ international operations, saw revenues increase 63% to US$23.2 million. This was largely attributed to Scripps’ April buyout of Asian Food Channel and the launch of uLive.com.“We’ve created a valuable portfolio of lifestyle networks — as well as industry-leading websites and apps — that attract a highly engaged and upscale audience of food, home and travel enthusiasts,” said Lowe.last_img read more

Twitter users recall TV advertisements at a far gr

first_imgTwitter users recall TV advertisements at a far greater rate than non-users, according to an upcoming study from the social media platform.Jean-Philippe Maheu, managing director, global brand strategy at Twitter said the new research shows that users of the social network who tweet while watching TV are much more likely than non-Twitter users to remember the advertisements running between the show they are watching.“There’s a 37% increase in ad recall among people watching TV and tweeting,” he said, adding that users tweeting about TV shows are doing so through their airing not during commercial breaks.Maheu revealed the research findings at the opening keynote of this year’s NATPE event in Miami.In the session, entitled ‘TV x Twitter: How to Make the Social Soundtrack Integral to your Business’, executives from the social media platform told delegates how the worlds of Twitter and TV are increasingly intertwined.Delegates were told that four out of five US viewers are regularly using another device while watching TV.Twitter’s head of TV Fred Graver said that after last year’s Upfront presentations in the US, broadcasters and cable channels invited Twitter to work with the producers making their shows to help them better engage with audiences.He cited CBS series The Good Wife and NBC’s Law & Order: SVU as the two shows that had gone on to be the series that have most successfully used the platform to engage with audiences.Graver went on to say that Twitter will increasingly become a tool for discovering TV content.“I don’t think anyone will be watching ‘TV’ on Twitter,” he said. “It will point people to other devices. It will become a guru that helps you watch what you want to watch when you want to watch it. People have recreated the TV guide on TV.”last_img read more