John Arne Riise picks between Klopp or Mourinho

first_imgLiverpool great John Arne Riise revealed he would rather play under Jurgen Klopp than Jose Mourinho now as the Manchester United boss has changedThe former Norwegian left-back was still playing at Liverpool when Mourinho first arrived in the Premier League to take charge of Chelsea in 2004.The Portuguese spent three years at Stamford Bridge and won 124 of his 185 matches along with winning back-to-back league titles.However, nowadays Mourinho finds himself on the receiving end of a lot of criticism with United struggling down in sixth-place in the standings and 16 points adrift of leaders Liverpool.“I think Mourinho is different now to some years ago,” Riise told ESPN.“You mentioned him [talking negatively] in public about certain players. It’s something that is weird and strange. But he might have his reasons for doing it.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.“I don’t think people should question Mourinho and his tactics, but it looks weird from the outside.“I would rather play for Klopp at this time than Mourinho [because] of how they are as a manager. But I think the results speak for themselves also. Mourinho is a great manager, but I’m more on the Klopp side.“I used to be, and still am, a big fan of Mourinho because of how he set up his team when he came to Chelsea and how they played their football.“I have no problem admitting that I think Mourinho is brilliant, even though I played for Liverpool and Rafa [Benitez] was somebody else.“I personally love football and have no problem saying certain things about other teams or coaches. Mourinho, I think, was brilliant.”The Liverpool-United match will begin at 17:00 (CET) at Anfield on Sunday.last_img read more

Mourinho believes Klopp wont underestimate United

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t underestimate his team when both sides meet on Sunday.The Reds host United at Anfield looking to maintain their unbeaten run in the Premier League this season, and knowing a victory against their arch rivals will see them return to the top of the league.Notwithstanding, Mourinho is of the opinion that Klopp will not be underestimating the challenge that awaits, regardless of the visitors’ inconsistent campaign so far.“I think Liverpool are obviously very, very confident but I think they are not stupid. They also know the match they have with us is difficult,” Mourinho said, according to Goal.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“They also know that we have our weaknesses, our strengths, and I think they will respect our strengths.”“I think if they don’t do that I will be happy with that. But I think they know that the game is very difficult for them.”“They know that they need every point if they want to be champions so I think they are professionals and being professionals is respecting Manchester United. They know that we can go there and win.”last_img read more

Holiday Message from the LOO Hon Charles Washington Misick

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 28, 2016 –  “It is with profound pleasure that I bring holiday greetings to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands on behalf of the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, and the Progressive National Party during this advent season and as we look forward to the New Year.” “This annual season gives us an opportunity like no other time to reflect and introspect.  Reflect on the events of the last twelve months and how it has shaped the lives of us all.  In that regard we have much to be thankful for as our beloved Turks and Caicos continues to prosper, and be peaceful albeit new concerns about increased crime. Introspective as we look-back over our own behavior and actions to discover consistencies and contradictions regarding our calling to ‘Love mercy and do justly’ and to walk in humility before our God. ““In the words of the great philosophers – ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’. As we examine our own lives let us extend charity in words and in deed and repent of the motives for the way we have judged others so that the spirit of goodwill to all men ushered in by the saviour will prevail.”“As we face a new year we will continue to experience triumphs and despair at the personal and national level for so goes the course of life.  Let us resolve to summon the courage to face these girded in the faith of our fathers pledging our commitment first to God and our loyalty to country above self and all others.”  “As some of you look forward to the promise of change I find the words of Shakespeare appropriate.” “This above all: to thine own self be trueAnd it must follow, as the night the dayThou canst not then be false to any man.”“May God’s blessings continue to be with us all during this season.” ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianewscenter_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Turks and Caicos leads with Women in Parliament

first_img Related Items:#CommonwealthParliamentaryAssociationseminar, #magneticmedianews, #TCIleadswithwomeninparliament, #TCIwomeninParliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 8, 2017 – Grand Turk – At the Opening of a two day Commonwealth Parliamentary Association seminar in Grand Turk, special guest from London and Secretary General of the CPA, Akbar Khan commended the Turks and Caicos for the recent General Election and for its showing of women in Parliament.    Mr. Khan called the feat for the TCI, which this past polling season elected for the first time a woman to serve as Premier in the person of Hon Sharlene Robinson, inspirational.  With 40% of its parliamentarians being women, the Turks and Caicos is a stand out democracy and the Secretary General highlighted that wider gender equality often equates to more efficient strides.  The Turks and Caicos, with 81% voter turn-out at the December 16 polls, has doubled the average of CPA parliaments female make up and contributes to the 9,000 female parliamentarians globally among Commonwealth countries.  Presenters at the Post Election Seminar, being held at the House of Assembly include House Speakers and Clerk from Monsterrat, Trinidad and Tobago and Canada.  It is hosted by our own Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Dwayne Taylor, who is also president of the Turks and Caicos branch of the CPA.  #MagneticMediaNews#TCIwomeninParliament#TCIleadswithwomeninparliament #CommonwealthParliamentaryAssociationseminarlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Customer Service Representative at Lapels Dry CleaningFull-Time Field Technician at Northland Industrial Truck CompanyFull-Time Claims Administrator at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Delivery Driver at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Certified Electrician at SunRunFull-Time Construction Professional at Response Team 1Full-Time Water Mitigation Technician at Response Team 1Part-Time Security Guard at Allied UniversalFull-Time Payroll Coordinator at UniFirstFull-Time Digital Marketing Specialist at Charles River Labs(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Has Sky paid too much for tv soccer

first_imgHas Sky paid too much for tv soccer?774 viewsHas Sky paid too much for tv soccer?774 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Has Sky paid too much for tv soccer?774 viewsBusinessIt’s a record TV deal and Sky emerged the champions, paying 4.2 billion pounds for the rights to show the lions share of Premier League matches. They’ll broadcast 126 live games over three yearsVentuno Web Player 4.50It’s a record TV deal and Sky emerged the champions, paying 4.2 billion pounds for the rights to show the lions share of Premier League matches. They’ll broadcast 126 live games over three yearslast_img read more

Oikya Front vows to hold its Sylhet rally 24 Oct

first_imgGano Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu briefs newsmen after a meeting of Jatiya Oikya Front in Dhanmondi on Friday. Photo: Ashraful AlamNewly forged Jatiya Oikya Front in a meeting on Friday vowed to hold its rally in Sylhet on 24 October if the permission was denied again.“The meeting decided that the Oikya Front leaders will go to Sylhet on 24 October even if they are not allowed to hold their rally,” UNB quoted Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu as saying.He briefed newsmen after a meeting of senior leaders of the new alliance. The meeting that began around 4pm at Oikya Front and Nagorik Oikya leader Mobarak Hossain’s Dhanmondi residence continued for nearly three hours.He said they hope the government will give them permission within a day or two to hold the public rally.”We’d sought permission for holding our rally in Sylhet on 23 October, but the government didn’t permit us. We’ve now decided to hold the programme on 24 October,” Montu pointed out.He said senior Oikya Front leaders will offer fateha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and Shah Paran (R) and at the grave of General MAG Osmani, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces during the War of Liberation, in Sylhet on 24 October, and then hold the public rally in the city.Oikya Front leaders will go to Chattogram on 27 October and hold a rally there the same day, Montu said adding they have already sought permission from the authorities concerned to hold the rally in Chattogram city.Before going to Chattogram, he said, they will exchange views with different professionals in the capital on 26 October.The Oikya Front leader said the meeting also formed a coordination committee and a steering one of the alliance.Two leaders of each Oikya Front components are kept there in the coordination committee while the steering one was formed with the top most leaders of all parties, Montu added.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Moudud Ahmed, JSD vice-president Tania Rob, general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury, Zafrullah Chowdhury and former vice-president of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) Sultan Mohammad Mansur Ahmed were present at the meeting.On 13 October, BNP together with Kama Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikyafront to press for their seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party administration.last_img read more

EC to consider taking video or photograph of voting rooms as offence

first_imgElection commission building. File PhotoTaking video or photograph of voting rooms in the upcoming general elections would be considered as criminal offences, an official of election commission (EC) said on Friday.EC joint secretary Md Qamrul Hasan told a function for trainees on parliamentary election at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital’s Agargaon area.“At first voters have to mention their identities after entering voting rooms. Presiding and other officials concerned will conduct voting process as per the electoral code of conduct for ensuring free, fair and neutral election,” he said.Qamrul said presiding officers would prevent any unfair practices in the voting rooms of the upcoming national election.The presiding officers in the polling centre would hand over the fake voters to the law enforcement personnel, he said adding fake voters will be given punishment through mobile courts.Highlighting electoral of code of conduct, he said, “Election observers would not stay in a polling centre for a long time. Presiding officers cannot give interview to the observers.”last_img read more

Federal Lawsuit Settled Between Houstons Teacher Union and HISD

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:08 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Marissa CummingsMembers of the Houston Federation of Teachers.The Houston Independent School District is no longer allowed to use what a court deemed, an unfair teacher evaluation system to terminate educators.The Education Value-Added Assessment System or EVAAS takes students standardized test scores and uses a confidential computer program to judge the effectiveness of teachers.Zeph Capo is the president of the Houston Federation of Teachers. He said the system doesn’t consider real life factors that may affect test results.“Kids don’t come to school in vacuums.” he said. “Life happens whether it is a disruption of the family environment or whether it’s a natural disaster like Harvey.” Andrew Dewey is a union member and one of the seven teachers who sued the district. He worked as an educator in HISD for over 30 years.Dewey said even when his students scored well on tests, EVAAS still gave him a poor rating as a teacher.“One year I was teaching my students achieved 94 percent, achieving the top level of the STAAR test,” he said. “I received my EVAAS scores and they were deep red.” Now that EVAAS won’t be used, the union hopes for a more hands on approach. They plan to form a committee with experienced teachers and researchers to find a solution for better teacher evaluations. Xlast_img read more

Cards Fall to No 3 Virginia 6452

first_img RSN Postgame Quotes Chris Mack Postgame Press Conference Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Postgame Notes Christen Cunningham Postgame PDF Box Score Matchup History Story Links Photo Gallery Next Game: at Boston College 2/27/2019 | 9 p.m. Preview LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — De’Andre Hunter scored 19 of his career-high 26 points after halftime, and No. 3 Virginia rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat No. 18 Louisville 64-52 on Saturday.The Cavaliers (24-2, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed early in the second half before regrouping to hold the Cardinals (18-10, 9-6) to 6 of 30 from the field (20 percent) and 31 percent shooting overall. Virginia also found its offense, shooting 59 percent and using a 12-1 run over 4:36 for a 55-48 lead it stretched to 12 for its fourth consecutive victory.Hunter was perfect after the break, making all six shots to finish 9 of 11 from the field. Mamadi Diakite added 14 points, while Jay Huff came off the bench to score 12. The Cavaliers maintained at least a share of the conference lead in the process.After making 10 of 16 from long range in the first 20 minutes, Louisville managed just 2 of 17 afterward and lost for the fifth time in seven games.Jordan Nwora had 17 points and reserve Ryan McMahon scored 12 for the Cardinals.POLL IMPLICATIONSVirginia continued its push toward the top of the AP Top 25 with the victory. Louisville figures to fall out of the poll with its second double-digit loss this week.BIG PICTUREVirginia: The Cavaliers improved to 8-2 against ranked foes and won their eighth in a row over Louisville. While they shut off the inside throughout the game, their patience in letting the Cardinals shoot themselves out paid off as they won on the boards 39-28 while dominating the paint 38-4.Louisville: The Cardinals needed this victory for reasons beyond conquering their nemesis. They instead continued their freefall in the standings, and their failure to generate anything inside was a key factor.UP NEXTVirginia: hosts Georgia Tech on Wednesday in its lone regular-season meeting with the Yellow Jackets.Louisville: visits Boston College on Wednesday night, seeking a season sweep of the Eagles after winning the earlier matchup 80-70 last month.—More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Linguists to rethink reason for short words

first_img A link between the length of words and how frequently they are used was first proposed in 1935 by George Kingsley Zipf, a Harvard University linguist and philologist. Zipf’s idea was that people would tend to shorten words they used often, to save time in writing and speaking. The relationship seems intuitive and it seems to apply to many languages with short words such as “the”, “a”, “to”, “and”, “so” (and equivalents in other languages) being frequently used. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), led by Steven Piantadosi, tested the Zipf relationship by analysing word use in 11 European languages. They analyzed digitized texts for correlations between words by counting how often all pairs of words occurred in sequence. This information was then used to estimate the probability of words occurring after given previous words or sequences of words. They made the assumption that the more predictable a word is, the less information it conveys, and estimated the information content from information theory, which says the information content is proportional to the negative logarithm of the probability of a word occurring.Piantadosi said if the word length is directly related to information content this would make the transmission of information through language more efficient and also make speech and written texts easier to understand. This is because shorter words, carrying less information, would be scattered through the speech, essentially “smoothing out” the information density and delivering the important information at a steady rate.The studies suggest that the short words are in fact the least informative and most predictable words rather than the most often used, and that word length is more closely related to the information the words contain.The paper is soon to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Steven Piantadosi belongs to the PhD program with MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. As long as original version still available, tweaking Twain is OK, professor says Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Linguists to re-think reason for short words (2011, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-linguists-re-think-short-words.htmlcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — Linguists have thought for many years the length of words is related to the frequency of use, with short words used more often than long ones. Now researchers in the US have shown the length is more closely related to the amount of information the words carry than their frequency of use. More information: Piantadosi, S. T., et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2011). PNAS paper will appear online at dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1012551108 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.last_img read more

Paleoecologists suggest mass extinction due to huge methane release

first_img Global warming led to atmospheric hydrogen sulfide and permian extinction © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Micha Ruhl and colleagues from the University of Copenhagen’s Nordic Center for Earth Evolution have published a paper in Science where they contend that the mass extinction that occurred at the end of the Triassic period, was due to a “sudden” increase in the amount of methane in the atmosphere due to the effects of global warning that resulted from the spewing of carbon dioxide from volcanoes. Citation: Paleoecologists suggest mass extinction due to huge methane release (2011, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-paleoecologists-mass-extinction-due-huge.html More information: Atmospheric Carbon Injection Linked to End-Triassic Mass Extinction, Science 22 July 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6041 pp. 430-434 DOI:10.1126/science.1204255ABSTRACTThe end-Triassic mass extinction (~201.4 million years ago), marked by terrestrial ecosystem turnover and up to ~50% loss in marine biodiversity, has been attributed to intensified volcanic activity during the break-up of Pangaea. Here, we present compound-specific carbon-isotope data of long-chain n-alkanes derived from waxes of land plants, showing a ~8.5 per mil negative excursion, coincident with the extinction interval. These data indicate strong carbon-13 depletion of the end-Triassic atmosphere, within only 10,000 to 20,000 years. The magnitude and rate of this carbon-cycle disruption can be explained by the injection of at least ~12 × 103 gigatons of isotopically depleted carbon as methane into the atmosphere. Concurrent vegetation changes reflect strong warming and an enhanced hydrological cycle. Hence, end-Triassic events are robustly linked to methane-derived massive carbon release and associated climate change. Prior to this research, most scientists have believed that the sudden extinction of nearly half of all life forms on the planet was due solely to the emissions from volcanic eruptions that were occurring in what was to become the Atlantic Ocean. Ruhl et al contend that instead, what happened, was that the small amount of atmospheric heating that occurred due to the exhaust from the volcanoes, caused the oceans to warm as well, leading to the melting of ice crystals at the bottom of the sea that were holding on to methane created by the millions of years of decomposing sea life. When the ice crystals melted, methane was released, which in turn caused the planet to warm even more, which led to more methane release in a chain reaction, that Ruhl says, was the real reason for the mass extinction that led to the next phase in world history, the rise of dinosaurs. Ruhl and his team base their assertions on studies they’ve made of the isotopes of carbon in plants (found in what is now the Austrian Alps) that existed during the period before the mass extinction. In so doing they found two different types of carbons and the molecules that were produced during that time frame. After extensive calculations, Ruhl and his team came to the conclusion that some 12,000 gigatons of methane would have had to have been pumped into the atmosphere to account for the differences in the isotopes; something the team believes could only have happened if the methane were to come from the sea floor.This new research, though dire sounding, may or may not have implications for modern Earth. While it is true that humans have pumped significant amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, amounts that are approaching what Ruhl and his team say led to the earlier methane release, it doesn’t necessarily mean we are on the same path, because as Ruhl points out, things are much different today, the very structure of the planet has changed so much that it would be impossible to transfer what might have been learned about events in Earth’s history 200 million years ago, to what is going on today. This wide angle view of the Earth is centered on the Atlantic Ocean between South America and Africa. 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.last_img read more

Recipient Moumita dies of infection

first_imgKolkata: Organ recipient Moumita Chakraborty died at SSKM hospital in the wee hours of Monday, three days after a kidney transplant. According to hospital sources, Chakraborty, a resident of Khardah, died at around 2.45 am after her body developed ‘transplant rejection’, a spokesperson from the state Health department said.The woman was kept in ventilation since August 17 after the kidney transplant and her condition gradually deteriorated. It may be mentioned that Chakraborty was one of the recipients of the organs donated by 15-year-old Mallika Majumder, who was declared brain-dead by the SSKM Hospital authorities on August 17. Majumder’s two kidneys and the liver were transplanted on three recipients. Among the three, Chakraborty had undergone a kidney transplant and was admitted to the hospital for her renal problems since the first week of August. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe second kidney and her liver were transplanted on two other patients on August 17-18. Sanjib Das of Sodepur in North 24-Parganas received the second kidney. He is presently normal but has been kept under observation. Though he has caught cold, necessary measures have been taken in this regard.”Ajay Nayek from Hyderabad, who has undergone a liver transplant at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, is stable now,” the spokesperson maintained.Besides the three organs, Majumder’s cornea was implanted on a blind patient, while her skin was grafted and is being preserved at SSKM’s skin bank. Her heart was found to be clinically unfit for transplantation. Majumder was diagnosed with a space-occupying lesion in the brain after being admitted to the hospital on July 23 and slipped into a coma on August 14. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedState Tourism minister Goutam Deb visited Majumder’s residence to pay last respects and meet her family members. “This is indeed asad moment but she will be remembered by all for her heroic deed. I am here on behalf of our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to pay our last respects. We will always be there for her family and are proud of her,” stated Deb.Mallika’s father Manik, a driver at a courier service company, believes his daughter will continue to live in those who received her organs.last_img read more

Babies exposed to stimulation get brain boost

first_imgEarly stimulation helps give a boost to the brains of babies, according to a new study which contradicts the belief that children’s development is determined by their genes and could not be influenced.Researchers from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Norway used advanced electroencephalogram (EEG) technology for many years to study the brain activity of hundreds of babies.The results show that the neurons in the brains of young children quickly increase in both number and specialisation as the baby learns new skills and becomes more mobile. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNeurons in very young children form up to a thousand new connections per second. The research also shows that the development of our brain, sensory perception and motor skills happen in sync and that even the smallest babies must be challenged and stimulated at their level from birth onward.Babies need to engage their entire body and senses by exploring their world and different materials, both indoors and out and in all types of weather.The researchers emphasise that the experiences must be self-produced; it is not enough for children merely to be carried or pushed in a stroller. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Many people believe that children up to three years old only need cuddles and nappy changes, but studies show that rats raised in cages have less dendritic branching in the brain than rats raised in an environment with climbing and hiding places and tunnels,” said Audrey van der Meer, professor at NTNU.“Research also shows that children born into cultures where early stimulation is considered important, develop earlier than Western children do,” said van der Meer. She said that the brains of young children are very malleable and can therefore adapt to what is happening around them.If the new synapses that are formed in the brain are not being used, they disappear as the child grows up and the brain loses some of its plasticity.Van der Meer mentions the fact why Chinese babies hear a difference between the R and L sounds when they are four months old, but not when they get older.Since Chinese children do not need to distinguish between these sounds to learn their mother tongue, the brain synapses that carry this knowledge disappear when they are not used.Babies actually manage to distinguish between the sounds of any language in the world when they are four months old, but by the time they are eight months old they have lost this ability, according to van der Meer.Since a lot is happening in the brain during the first years of life, van der Meer says that it is easier to promote learning and prevent problems when children are very young.last_img read more

Indian Museum to introduce online ticket booking facility

first_imgKolkata: People visiting the Indian Museum here will no longer have to wait in queues as a new online facility for booking tickets will be introduced next year, its director Rajesh Purohit said. The new system will be inaugurated in January, enabling a prospective visitor to buy tickets, along with souvenir items, from indianmuseumkolkata.org site, he said on Wednesday. “The e-transaction facility will be our new year gift to the visitors. People visiting the site can also choose from an array of souvenir items and museum publications,” Purohit said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Earlier, too, the museum, one of the oldest and largest in south west Asia, has taken initiatives to go online with its repository. “Last September, six per cent of 14,383 objects in the Arts section were put on display online, some dating back to the 4th millennium BC. The objects included pots, earthen vases and female figurines,” the museum director said. The objective is to reach out to historians, archivists and other interested people in every nook and corner of the world, he said. “We have lined up a slew of initiatives in the coming days. Our primary motive is to connect and collaborate with historians, teachers as well as common people,” Purohit added.last_img read more

Rep Berman Auto insurance reforms to bring Oakland County drivers savings protections

first_img Categories: Berman News 30May Rep. Berman: Auto insurance reforms to bring Oakland County drivers savings, protections Long-overdue auto insurance reform supported by Rep. Ryan Berman was signed into state law today, guaranteeing lower rates for drivers in Oakland County and across Michigan.The bipartisan reforms – approved earlier by Berman and the Legislature – give drivers more choice on personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, combat fraudulent claims and take steps to rein in medical costs. Berman said depending on the PIP coverage level chosen, motorists could see hundreds of dollars or more in cost savings each year.“During the last five months I’ve heard from countless people about the need to reform our state’s no-fault system,” said Berman, of Commerce Township. “This bipartisan plan guarantees rate reductions for all Michigan drivers and reduces medical costs for auto accident victims.”Michigan has had the most expensive auto insurance in the nation mainly because it was the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance, without any cost containment. The new law will provide drivers more affordable options while allowing those who currently use the unlimited coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it.Starting in July 2020, many drivers will be able to opt out of personal injury protection altogether, including seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare and those with health insurance policies that cover auto accident-related injuries. Others will be able to continue with unlimited coverage or choose PIP limits of $250,000 or $500,000. A $50,000 option will be available for drivers on Medicaid.Other reforms include:A fee schedule to rein in runaway costs that result from medical care providers charging far more to treat auto accident victims than other patients.Non-driving factors, such as ZIP codes, home ownership, and educational level, cannot be used to determine rates.An anti-fraud unit will help crack down on those abusing the system, helping further lower auto insurance rates.last_img read more

Viacomowned kids channel Nickelodeon has launched

first_imgViacom-owned kids channel Nickelodeon has launched a new app based on its Nella the Princess Knight pre-school animated series on Nick Jr.The app, Nella the Princess Knight: Kingdom Adventures, which features a range of games based on social-emotional lessons, will be available in 12 languages. Its launch followes the March launch of Together We Rock, an app based around School of Rock star Tomika. Nickelodeon teamed up with Milan-based creative studio Colto to develop the Nella the Princess Knight app.Games in the new app include Hide and Seek, Shift Shapes with Bigor the Dragon, Feed the Impkins, Willow Needs Support and Helping Birds Find Home.The app is available free of charge via the iTunes Store and Google Play in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, European Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Swedish, British English and Brazilian Portuguese.“We are extremely excited about bringing Nella in game format to kids all around the world to inspire important and timely concepts through play, such as compassion and inclusiveness,” said Kate Sils, VP multiplatform and brand engagement, Nickelodeon International.“We put kids first in everything we do at Nickelodeon, and want our characters to serve as role models that help empower kids everywhere to remember they are important, valued and can take on anything while having fun doing so.”last_img read more

Hulu and Roku will both experience strong US adver

first_imgHulu and Roku will both experience strong US advertising revenue growth over the next two years, according to eMarketer projections.The research company expects Hulu’s US ad revenues to climb from US$1.12 billion in 2018 to US$1.26 billion in 2019 and US$1.41 billion in 2020.“This represents double-digit annual growth throughout our forecast period, and the figures include advertising both on Hulu’s on-demand platform and on its live TV service,” according to the report.Roku is expected to experience a higher rate of growth from a smaller starting point. Its ad inventory includes home-screen ads, sponsorships and in-stream ads.The streaming device maker’s US ad revenues are tipped to climb from US$293 million in 2018 to US$476 million in 2019 and US$702 million om 2020.“These are promising indicators for the long-term prospects of connected TV advertising, which marketers see as a space to leverage the massive reach and familiarity of TV and the targetability and measurability of digital video,” according to the eMarketer report.“That potential puts connected TV at the convergence point between TV and video—two of the most successful formats in the history of advertising.”last_img read more

Would you accept State Money Vote Yes or No

first_imgWould you accept “State Money”? [Vote Yes or No]Did you get a refund on your state income taxes last year? Or do you (or someone in your family) work for state or local government? If so, America’s #1 currency expert predicts you may soon start receiving payment in a new kind of “state money” – in lieu of U.S. Dollars! Would you accept “State Money” instead of U.S. Dollars? [Click one] YES – I’d accept payment in “state money,” if it can be used like U.S. Dollars… NO – I’ll only take Greenbacks! Justin: It sounds like you don’t trust these numbers or, at the very least, take them with a grain of salt. If so, how do you assess the economy’s strength? What sort of things do you look at?Doug: To be honest, like most people, I live in a bubble. We all live in our own little subcultures. We can’t really be sure what’s going on in the world at large. Most of us are just milder versions of Jim Carrey’s character in The Truman Show. We don’t know much beyond what we’re shown on TV, or read in various media. How reliable is that?How reliable were the CIA’s statistics about the Soviet economy? They were less than worthless. How good were S&P’s credit ratings in 2007? Not very. How much does Tesla’s $300 stock price say about the company’s prospects? I’d say next to nothing.Even when you talk to another person, what you hear has been filtered by their own psychology. Beyond that smiling face, underneath the social veneer, what’s the real story? Government statistics certainly can’t tell you…But I look around. How many houses or buildings are being constructed? When I go to an airport, I pay attention to how busy it is. It seems nobody goes to shopping centers anymore, including me. Some years ago I’d hop a freight train to see how the other half lives. Now I hop a jet plane to see what’s happening on the other side of the globe. But I don’t kid myself—most input is anecdotal, transitory, and illusory.That said, things are holding together. There aren’t mobs in the streets with torches and pitchforks. At least not yet.Justin: And what is the glue? Is it the Federal Reserve’s easy-money policies?Doug: Absolutely. Monetary policy—how much money they print, how much credit they create, and how much it costs—isn’t just the elephant in the room. It’s the brontosaurus in the room.The question is, where have the trillions of dollars that they’ve created gone? The answer is into the financial markets. It’s why the stock market has been going to new highs every day. All that money the Fed’s created has gone into the stock market. It’s gone into the bond market.And it’s gone into the real estate market. Nobody “needs” stocks and bonds. But everybody needs a dwelling of some type, and many Americans can’t afford one because a lot of that money has driven housing prices up a lot faster than wages. Believe it or not, there really are hobo jungles in 21st century America. There are lots of “homeless” living on the streets. We used to call them bums, although I think that term has become politically incorrect.We’re still in the eye of the gigantic financial/economic hurricane we entered in 2007. The question is: When are we going into its trailing edge? Well, interestingly, the amount of debt in the world has expanded hugely since 2007, when financial institutions started failing. They failed because they had too much debt. Now there’s even more debt. There’s more automobile debt. There’s a lot more student loan debt. There’s more mortgage debt. More consumer debt. There’s much more government debt. Why hacks and data breaches are a thing of the past and how control over your privacy will return to you. What “blockchain” technology is all about and why it will change the way we all work, play, and interact. — Recommended Link Click here for full story “What if I’m Right This Time, Too?” Expert WarnsThis financial guru was mocked by the mainstream. But is his strange financial prediction about to come true? —center_img Learn how to get instant access right here. And by claiming your report today, you’ll automatically be signed up for Disruptive Profits editor Marco Wutzer’s urgent blockchain presentation next week…where he’ll discuss the coin that could kill Ethereum. Recommended Link Justin’s note: The U.S. economy is booming.According to the government, U.S. GDP (gross domestic product)—a broad measure of economic growth—rose by 4.2% year-over-year. That’s the highest mark in four years. U.S. wages are growing at the fastest rate in nine years. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 18 years. And jobless claims are at a 48-year low.This is great news for everyday Americans. That’s obvious. The question is… how much longer can the U.S. economy fire on all cylinders?So I got Doug Casey on the phone to get his take…Justin: Doug, what are your thoughts on the economy? Is it as strong as the government says?Doug: Well, to start, I must admit that no one is more surprised than I am that things are holding together as well as they are.I was convinced that zero percent interest rates and QE 1, 2, 3, and 4—the response to the meltdown that started in 2007—would bring on a disaster sooner, not later. They’ve caused people to borrow more and save less, which is a formula for poverty. But, so far, the most obvious result has mainly been booming stock, bond, and property markets. The rich have gotten a lot richer, while the middle class has slipped down only slowly.The last ten years are a classic example of how something can take much longer to happen than you expect. But once the inevitable gets underway, it’s going to happen much more quickly than you expect.But should you really trust the statistics that the U.S. government puts out? I don’t. At least not much more than anyone could trust Argentine statistics when the Kirchners were in office.There’s always a political slant to the way these things are computed, and the way they’re presented.Look at the so-called unemployment rate, currently 3.9 percent. That’s supposed to be an eighteen-year low. But the number of people working, as a percentage of the total population, is much lower than in the past.There are numerous definitions of what constitutes employment and unemployment. And with over 50% of the population receiving direct government benefits of some type, all the numbers are flexible. And so much more. The next blue-chip stocks that are being born right now on the blockchain network… and what that means for folks like you. Click here to find out Justin: Don’t forget corporate debt.Doug: Yes, much more corporate debt, too. Corporations have borrowed not to build new factories, but to buy back their stock. Why? One reason is to make management stock options valuable.The whole situation is worse, and the timing is much more on the edge, than it was back then. Interestingly, the Federal Reserve is now trying to reel in all the money that it created at the height of the crisis, trying to normalize things. They’re trying to both raise interest rates and reduce the money supply. At the same time the government is running a trillion-dollar deficit. It can’t possibly end well.Meanwhile, all the money that was created to bail out failing corporations is filtering down from the financial markets into the regular economy. But, with the financial markets at manic highs, rich people don’t care if the price of a hamburger goes up.The rich, especially in cities like New York and Washington, have gotten much richer in recent years. They stand much closer to the fire hydrants of money that the government’s created. They get to drink their fill before it trickles down to the little folks in flyover country. That’s one thing.The other thing is that the Federal Reserve’s low interest-rate policy has made it much easier for people to service high levels of debt. This wouldn’t be possible if interest rates were normal.I mean if you had to pay 8% to finance your new SUV you’re going to be much less likely to buy it than if you can finance it at 0% or 1%. It’s especially perverse in that people actually used to pay cash for cars, once upon a time. Then they financed them for two years. Then three. Now it can be for seven. Or they lease. So what was once a minor asset has become a major long-term liability. The whole U.S. economy is based on debt.Justin: This obviously can’t go on forever, though.Doug: Right. This is all a moving paper fantasy that will come to a bad end. I see two ways it ends.One, it will end with a credit collapse—all this debt is defaulted on. All that funny money that’s been created out of nowhere simply disappears. That can happen because today’s money is simply credit. It no longer represents a specific amount of gold. It’s merely an accounting fiction. We could easily have a catastrophic deflation. The remaining dollars would go up in value, for a while.On the other hand, the government could succeed in keeping things together, by printing more money. But then we’ll have much higher levels of inflation. And that’s going to devastate the average guy more than anybody else.Justin: And why is that?Doug: The average guy who gets ahead tries to produce more than he consumes, and save the difference. But his savings are dollars. If the dollars lose value rapidly, he might as well not have saved. That’s very destructive for the very fabric of society.Justin: So I think we both can agree that the Fed has played a huge role in propping up the economy. But how much credit should the last two presidents get? As I’m sure you’re aware, Trump uses positive economic data to pat himself on the back.But Obama recently did the same thing. He basically said, “Don’t forget that the economic recovery began under me.”How much credit should either Trump or Obama get?Doug: That’s a very good point.Obama should get zero credit. The economy collapsed under the disastrous Baby Bush regime. It recovered solely because of the huge infusion of credit from the Fed—which really just put off the inevitable. Apart from that, all of Obama’s actions were economically destructive.In fact, Trump deserves some credit for things holding together. One of the most important things is his attempt to cut regulations. Another is his reduction in taxes. His limiting the tax deductibility of consumer interest and state income and property taxes took away indirect subsidies people were getting in high-tax places like California, New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts. On the negative side, he’s wasting hundreds of billions on the military. And could quite possibly start an international trade war.I’m just afraid of what’s going to happen if things come apart in the next year. Since Trump is associated with capitalism, a collapse would be blamed on the free market. Then an overt socialist could easily be elected in 2020.Justin: Why are you so concerned by that? What would be so different if things fell apart, say, two or three years from now?Doug: As much antagonism and actual hatred as there is against Trump, the economy is one thing he’s got going for him. If the economy really falls apart—and I believe it will—the political and social consequences in the U.S. will be extremely serious. The democrats will try to impeach him.All kinds of things could happen when the Greater Depression resumes, and millions more Americans lose their jobs, their savings, their pensions, and are kicked out of their houses the way they were back in 2008 and 2009.Justin: Not to mention, the Fed is in a very precarious position right now. It kept rates incredibly low for so long. And that, as you mentioned, blew a bubble in all sorts of financial assets. So it must be careful not raise rates too quickly and risk popping those bubbles.Any chance they pull that off?Doug: I don’t think so, quite frankly. They’ve painted themselves into a corner and created many problems in the process.For one pension funds everywhere are underfunded and in a lot of trouble. And that’s true even though most of the stock and bond markets are at all-time highs.So, interest rates go up, stock and bond prices go down. If they squeeze the bubble that they’ve blown up, the air in the bubble just goes to a different place. So, no. I don’t see any way out of this.People have already forgotten how unpleasant it was back in 2008 and 2009. They also have no idea why it happened to start with. But it happened because government fiscal and monetary policy created distortions and misallocations of capital in the economy. So, it’s much more serious now than it was back in 2007. And the consequences are going to be much worse.Justin: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me about this, Doug.Doug: You’re welcome.Justin’s note: You’re invited to meet Doug, along with all of our Casey gurus—including Nick Giambruno, E.B. Tucker, Dave Forest, and Marco Wutzer—at our first-ever Legacy Investment Summit in Bermuda next month.Keep in mind, space is limited. But this letter is your invitation. And when you come, you will not just hear the best ideas these world-renowned experts have to offer…You’ll meet them face-to-face, have drinks with them at the cocktail parties, and get exclusive insights they won’t be sharing anywhere else.It’s VIP access to high-level financial thinkers you can’t get anywhere else. Get all the details here.Reader MailbagToday, high praise for Doug Casey…I met Doug in 2005 and since then he became my mentor and model. We chatted, smoked cigars, and shared some wine in Vancouver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, etc. and, of course, Buenos Aires, Cafayate, and Punta del Este.I’m extremely in debt to Doug, who’s helped me achieve financial independence and become a true libertarian. I was honored every time he asked me about my take on various topics.—Vlad As always, you can send any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch right here.Claim Your FREE Blockchain Special Report TodayAs a valued Casey reader, we want to send you our new report—“Welcome to the Blockchain Era”—absolutely free.In this comprehensive report, you will discover:last_img read more