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first_imgOfficials in southern Assam’s Barak Valley have asked their counterparts in Meghalaya to stop vigilantes from harassing passengers for ferreting out “illegal migrants” dropped from the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC).The Brahmaputra and Barak valleys are connected by rail and road through central Assam’s Dima Hasao district. But the condition of the road through this district is so bad that passengers between Guwahati and Barak Valley towns such as Silchar prefer to use the highway through adjoining Meghalaya.Soon after Assam published the NRC draft on July 30, vigilantes in Meghalaya led by Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) and other groups set up check posts on the highway and other border routes to keep “illegal migrants” out of “our homeland”.They forced people out of private and commercial vehicles, demanded proof of inclusion in Assam’s NRC. Some passengers were allegedly manhandled too.The KSU claimed to have caught more than 1,000 illegal migrants on Tuesday, many of them in Ratacherra area adjoining Cachar district of Barak Valley and in Ri-Bhoi (Meghalaya) district closer to Guwahati.On Wednesday, Assam MP Maulana Badruddin Ajmal called up Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to ensure people are not unnecessarily harassed in the name of NRC. Mr Ajmal, who represents the Dhubri Lok Sabha seat, urged Mr Sonowal to take up the matter with his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad K. Sangma.“We have intimated Chief Secretary T.Y. Das and have also spoken with officials in Meghalaya to ensure passengers of Assam travelling through Meghalaya are not subjected to harassment,” Cachar Deputy Commissioner L. Lakshmanan said.Apart from passengers, goods trucks were also stopped by vigilantes in Meghalaya. There are also reports of Naga Students’ Federation and other organisations in Nagaland carrying out a drive to check documents of non-locals in Dimapur and other areas bordering Assam to check possible influx of “NRC-excluded people”.last_img read more

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first_imgThe 2014 spending bill that the U.S. Congress passed last week renders moot part of Justin Esarey’s recent grant application to the National Science Foundation (NSF). But Esarey, an assistant professor of political science at Rice University in Houston, Texas, couldn’t be happier.Esarey was one of hundreds of researchers who tweaked their pending proposals to accommodate a directive from Congress that any awards made by NSF’s division of political science must foster national security or economic development. The language, crafted by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), was adopted last March as an amendment to a bill setting out NSF’s 2013 budget. (Like most policy “riders” to appropriations bills, it applied only to that fiscal year.)In response, NSF canceled a grants competition planned for last summer, delayed making any new awards, and in November notified researchers that anyone seeking funding in the next competition should explain “[t]he relationship of the proposed research to these [two] goals.” The letter said NSF would also continue to apply its two traditional criteria—intellectual merit and broader impacts.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Esarey heeded NSF’s advice in his proposal, which describes a weekly online “international methods colloquium” on applying quantitative analysis to political science. Instead of simply talking about the value of the webinar series to other researchers, Esarey added two paragraphs that explained how the information, archived and publicly available, might also attract people into the burgeoning field of “big data,” which labor analysts say is looking for workers. “It really wasn’t much of a stretch to make the case that it could be a public good,” Esarey says.That claim may still be true. But it’s probably not going to affect how Esarey’s proposal will be judged at NSF. The deadline for grant applications was 15 January, one day before Congress completed action on a 2014 spending bill covering the entire federal government. That bill, which President Barack Obama signed into law on 17 January, didn’t include the Coburn amendment. “We’re all delighted that this is no longer a special burden for political scientists,” Esarey says.NSF plans to handle the new round of applications as if the Coburn amendment never existed. “Panelists will be asked to review the proposals against NSF’s two merit review criteria, intellectual merit and broader impacts,” explains Debbie Wing of NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. Asked whether the agency will take into account the additional material from researchers that address Coburn’s two criteria, Wing says that “NSF program officers will consider information provided by project investigators about all potential broader impacts of their research, including potential impacts on national security and the economic interests of the United States.”That approach makes sense to Esarey. “[The Coburn amendment] was a legal requirement as of 15 January, so all of us are on equal grounds,” he says. Referring to the portion of his application that addresses how his grant would bolster the economy by strengthening the U.S. technical workforce, he adds, “I have a hard time believing that it will count against us. My guess is that it will neither help nor hurt.”What hurts Esarey and other political scientists is how legislators decided to add their voice to what they believe should be a discussion among scientific peers. “It’s valid for Congress to say it wants to favor one area of research,” Esarey says. “But this is not the right way to do that.”Aaron Fobes, a spokesman for Coburn, says his boss “is troubled that Congress again allowed scarce scientific research funding to go to lower-priority political science studies.” But Fobes declined to say whether Coburn, who announced last week that he is giving up his Senate seat in December, will try to reintroduce his restrictions when Congress takes up a 2015 spending bill later this year. A colleague, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), proposed similar language several years ago while a member of the House of Representatives.Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), who chairs the House spending panel that oversees NSF’s budget, told ScienceInsider last week that “I’m comfortable with where we are now. But we’re going to watch it.” Wolf, who is also retiring from Congress at the end of the year, added that he’s “a big supporter of NSF and that I don’t want to do anything to harm NSF.”  Rick Wilson, a colleague of Esarey’s at Rice, applauds NSF for its response to the Coburn amendment. “I think NSF was smart in backing off, and the eventual outcome was good,” says Wilson, who did not submit a proposal in the latest round. “Even if you have a sharp stick, you shouldn’t poke the hornet’s nest. But it’s a shame that [political science] had to be sacrificed for a year.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe high-flying Paras played his best game yet as part of the national team, collecting 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, seven steals and four blocks. The 19-year-old swingman had several throwdowns, including a one-handed facial that made it, 86-14, late in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPitting the region’s top team against the worst, the game was over early when Gilas scored 15 unanswered points from the get-go.The lead ballooned to 50, 60-10, at the half before swelling to 82, 98-16, at the end of the third quarter. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The Burmese, who were just simply outclassed, kept fighting. They played at their best in the fourth quarter, where they managed to put up 18 points, two more than their output in the first three quarters.The Filipinos rose to 2-0 after surviving the Thais, 81-74, in the opener on Sunday. Perkins tows Cignal HD to Game 1 blowout in D-League Finals WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Kobe Paras of the Philippines dunks over a Burmese defender in the preliminaries of men’s basketball tournament of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. The Philippines prevailed, 129-34.Kobe Paras turned the Philippines’ game against Myanmar into one of his own dunk exhibition.Paras put on an aerial show to the delight of the frenzied Filipino crowd at MABA Stadium as the Gilas cadets mercilessly ripped an overmatch Myanmar side, 129-34, in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe WWE Money in the Bank 2012 results are now official, with several big matches going down in Phoenix, Arizona. For the first time, the two ladder matches weren’t broken down between “WWE Raw” and “WWE SmackDown,” but were divided by world titles. With the WWE MITB results, fans were treated to a variety of matches including an early championship victory by R-Truth and Kofi Kingston. There was also an impromptu match involving Epico and Primo defeating Titus O’Neil and Darren Young aka “The Primetime Players.” The first of these matches featured eight superstars competing over that World Heavyweight championship match contract were Santino Marella, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Damien Sandow, Lord Tensai, Sin Cara, Christian, and Tyson Kidd. In the end, Dolph Ziggler, who took the opportunity to shove Christian off the ladder and make the climb, grabbed the briefcase. Ziggler would try to cash in on Sheamus after the next match, but never got the chance as he received a Brogue Kick instead of a match.The other Money in the Bank match really had the WWE Universe buzzing, as there were rumors that The Miz might participate. Originally it was scheduled for just four men to be included with John Cena, Chris Jericho, Kane, and Big Show. However, Miz, a former MITB winner, was shown on merchandise at the arena, leading to the speculation of his entry. However, Cena ran up in the final moments to use the briefcase to bash on Big Show. Cena grabbed the case and knocked show off for the big win.Most all of the former MITB ladder match winners, whether a face or heel, ended up cashing in as a heel, or turning heel once they did. There’s been months and months of speculation that Cena might turn heel, but this could be the first instance where someone cashes in and stays face. In fact, Cena may even cash in for a legit match, rather than waiting for his opponent to be beaten down first. Should be interesting to see where he goes from here with the briefcase.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgDefinitionCellulitis is a common skin infection caused by bacteria.Alternative NamesSkin infection – bacterialCauses, incidence, and risk factorsStaphylococcus and streptococcus bacteria are the most common causes of cellulitis.Normal skin has many types of bacteria living on it. When there is a break in the skin, these bacteria can cause a skin infection. Skin in the infected area will become red, hot, irritated, swollen,and painful.Risk factors for cellulitis include:Cracks or peeling skin between the toesHistory of peripheral vascular diseaseInjury or trauma with a break in the skin (skin wounds)Insect bites and stings, animal bites, or human bitesUlcers from certain diseases, including diabetes and vascular diseaseUse of corticosteroid medications or medications that suppress the immune systemWound from a recent surgerySymptomsSymptoms of cellulitis include:FeverPain or tenderness in the affected areaSkin redness or inflammation that gets bigger as the infection spreadsSkin sore or rash that starts suddenly, and grows quickly in the first 24 hoursTight, glossy, stretched appearance of the skinWarm skin in the area of rednessSigns of infection:Chills or shakingFatigueGeneral ill feelingMuscle aches and painsWarm skinSweatingOther symptoms that can occur with this disease:Hair loss at the site of infectionJoint stiffness caused by swelling of the tissue over the jointNausea and vomitingSigns and testsThe health care provider will perform a physical exam. This may reveal:Redness, warmth, and swelling of the skinPossible drainage, if there is an infectionSwollen glands (lymph nodes) near the affected areaYour health care provider may mark the edges of the redness with a pen, to see if the redness goes past the marked border over the next several days.advertisementTests that may be ordered include:Blood cultureComplete blood count (CBC)Culture of any fluid or material inside the affected areaTreatmentYou will likely be prescribed antibiotics to betaken by mouth. You may be given pain medicine as well.At home, raise the infected area higher than your heart to reduce swelling. Rest until your symptoms improve.You may need to stay in a hospital if:You are very sick (for example, you have a very high temperature, blood pressure problems, or nausea and vomiting that does not go away)You have been on antibiotics and the infection is getting worseYour immune system is not working well (due to cancer, HIV)You have an infection around your eyesYou require antibiotics through a vein (IV)Expectations (prognosis)Cellulitis usually goes away after taking antibiotics for 7to 10 days. Longer treatment may be needed if cellulitis is more severe. This may occur if you have a chronic diseases or your immune system is not working properly.People with fungal infections of the feet may have cellulitis that keeps coming back. Cracks in the skin from the fungal infection allows the bacteria to get into the skin.ComplicationsBlood infection (sepsis)Bone infection (osteomyelitis)Inflammation of the lymph vessels (lymphangitis)Inflammation of the heart (endocarditis)MeningitisShockTissue death (gangrene)Calling your health care providerCall your health care provider if:You have symptoms of cellulitisYou are being treated for cellulitis and you develop new symptoms, such as persistent fever, drowsiness, lethargy, blistering over the cellulitis, or red streaks that spreadSeek medical attention right away if the cellulitis is on your face.PreventionProtect your skin by:Keeping your skin moist with lotions or ointments to prevent crackingWearing shoes that fit well and provide enough room for your feetLearning how to trim your nails to avoid harming the skin around themWearing appropriate protective equipment when participating in work or sportsWhenever you have a break in the skin:Clean the break carefully with soap and water. Apply an antibiotic cream or ointment every day.Cover with a bandage and change it every day until a scab forms.Watch for redness, pain, drainage, or other signs of infection.ReferencesHabif TP. Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Mosby; 2009; chap 9.Kaplan AP. Urticaria and angioedema. In: Adkinson NF Jr., Bochner BS, Busse WW, et al., eds. In: Middleton’s Allergy Principles and Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Mosby; 2008:chap 61.Review Date:5/15/2013Reviewed By:Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

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first_imgLebanese-American porn star Mia Khalifa received death threats for wearing a hijab in some of her movies. So, when a Pakistani woman does it, one can only imagine the backlash. Death threats, needless to say, have become a part and parcel of Pakistani adult star Nadia Ali’s professional life, as she chooses to proudly wear a hijab or a veil while shooting her films.Nadia, however, wears the veil as a sign of liberalisation for Muslim women all over the world. This 24-year-old porn star is a first-generation American from Pakistan, she’s a practising Muslim, and has been creating waves in the XXX entertainment industry for the past year.Hijab = Modesty?On being asked the reason behind her decision, Nadia told The Daily Beast, “Growing up, I’d hear rumours like, “That girl’s a slut, don’t let the scarf fool you.” I kept those scenarios in mind. If a hijabi were to be horny and wanting to f**k, how would she f**k? I bring that to life on camera and people get mad about it because they want to keep it modest.”As is common knowledge, the hijab has been used as a veil to protect a Muslim woman’s modesty. What the hijab is not, however, is a manifestation of the religion. We spoke to Amina Jamal, associate professor, Women in Islam, University of Toronto, and she told India Today Online, “Women may wear what we call ‘hijab’ for many different reasons. It is important to remember that the ‘hijab’ or head covering sported by contemporary Muslim women is in itself not ‘Islamic’; it is a Middle-Eastern mode of dress that is seen by Arab Muslims to represent the ideal type of modesty for women that is required by the Quran. There is no mention of ‘hijab’ as a head dress in the Quran.”advertisementPicture courtesy: Instagram/realnadiaali Hijab porn the way to Muslim liberalisation?Being a practising Muslim, why does Nadia choose to sport the hijab in her films, knowing the repercussions she’s going to face? “I am doing porn as a Pakistani woman for the liberal movement, bringing women in a scarf or a head wrap to the camera. Now it’s no longer behind closed doors. I don’t bring religion into porn. I’ve asked directors to take the word ‘Muslim’ out of porn titles before. For me it’s about the Pakistani culture, not the religion. This year I plan to do a lot of girl-on-girl and solo scenes to show the world that Middle Eastern girls of Pakistani descent really do get horny. Since they are so forbidden to f**k, I want to show how they f**k girls and masturbate. I’m going to bring that to life,” Nadia told The Daily Beast.But just because the word ‘Muslim’ is not being used for her films, does it justify the use of the supposedly religious headgear? Professor Jamal thinks her efforts to drive liberalisation through sexualising the hijab are “misguided”. “Given the context of Islamophobia and Muslim-bashing in the US, Nadia’s choice of hijab-porn to fight her feminist battle does seem somewhat misguided, as it may encourage fetishising of Muslim women and Islam. However, it would be unfair to compare Ali’s use of the hijab to recent attempts to denigrate Islam and offend Muslims through disrespectful use of the Quran, or hadith, or representations of the Prophet Muhammed. And since Ali describes herself as a Muslim, it cannot be seen as an act of cultural appropriation,” says Professor Jamal.Picture courtesy: Instagram/realnadiaali It’s a face veil, not a sinWhether it’s culturally appropriate or not is another debate, but is wearing the hijab on camera during sexual intercourse a sin according to Islam? “As a feminist, antiracist Muslim scholar, I do not consider Nadia Ali’s wearing of the hijab to be sinful or disrespectful, since there is nothing ‘sacred’ about the hijab itself. Indeed, the face veil is often used by belly dancers for their performances in Arab societies, and in South Asia, we have a long tradition of the burqa being used by sex-workers and courtesans.”Whether a piece of cloth–the burqa, the hijab or the veil–can represent or misrepresent a religion and its teachings, is a discussion everyone issuing these death threats to Nadia, ought to have.last_img read more

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first_imgFive-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has accepted a wildcard invitation to make her seventh appearance at the China Open in October.Sharapova won the China event in 2014 and also made the final in 2012.The Russian tennis star, who missed Wimbledon and the entire grasscourt season with a thigh injury, also had to withdraw from the Stanford Classic due to soreness in her left arm.The former World No.1 was also scheduled to play at the Rogers Cup in Toronto this week but withdrew because of the same injury.”Hello, my SharaFamily in China. I’m very happy to announce that I will return to Beijing and play the China Open this October,” the wtatennis website quoted the 30-year-old as saying in a statement.”This is especially exciting as it will be my first tournament in Asia this year!” she added.Meanwhile, Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams, Zhang Shuai and Peng Shuai will also take part in the Beijing event, which runs from September 24 to October 8.last_img read more

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first_imgKansas State44 Toledo43 UCLA43 Auburn93 Missouri95 TeamWins TeamWins Houston93 Nebraska93 Louisiana State111 Stanford54 Oklahoma50 Ohio State55 Brigham Young98 Boise State121 Boise State51 Notre Dame47 Oklahoma State47 Cincinnati93 Cincinnati44 Louisiana State49 Southern California44 Northern Illinois93 Oregon56 Ohio State121 San Diego State43 Alabama is in rare air with the 5/60 club. Boise State has been in and out of that, but for a SEC team to currently be there is a joke (although it’s getting “easier” with the addition of a CFB Playoff game). Oklahoma State sits nicely here. Only 11 Power 5 teams are ranked ahead of it and that’s with the disaster of a 2014 year. That Oklahoma-Baylor range is what OSU should be shooting for generally.The 2011 season comes off after this year though so OSU will have to win 12 games just to stay where it is right now at this time next year.Here’s a look at wins over the last 11 years (since the beginning of the Mike Gundy era). Texas Christian110 Florida104 Clemson101 Penn State96center_img Texas Christian44 West Virginia95 Northern Illinois53 Florida State57 Oklahoma State94 Navy92 Michigan State95 Wisconsin107 Michigan State53 Alabama61 Georgia49 Houston46 Oregon114 Florida State105 Georgia103 Alabama120 Southern California107 Baylor49 Wisconsin48 That’s impressive considering where OSU started (at the bottom … am I doing this right?) More wins than Notre Dame over the last decade? What a world. Also, BYU! Houston! Cincinnati! The future of the Big 12 is bright (or something like that).If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Louisville46 Virginia Tech102 Texas99 Marshall44 In the preseason, before the real stuff starts, I like looking backwards. Oklahoma State has obviously had one of the better programs in the country for the majority of Mike Gundy’s 11 years in Stillwater, but exactly how good has it been?The goal here is what I call a 5/50 club. That is, 50 wins in five years. That’s legit. You’re a big boy program if you’re averaging 10 wins a year (including bowl games) over a five-year stretch. Oklahoma State has been in and out of it over the last few years but is currently on the outside.Here’s a look. Utah93 Clemson54 Notre Dame90 Oklahoma112last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading provider of innovative products, solutions and services, is today inaugurating its new test facility for future propulsion products and technology. The Wärtsilä Propulsion Test Centre has been established and funded by Wärtsilä with strong support from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, who will provide the resources to operate the facility. The test centre is located in Tuusula, southern Finland, and will enhance the company’s capabilities in product validation and research activities.The new facility enables Wärtsilä to speed the development of new, high quality and environmentally sound propulsion products together with research institutes, universities and suppliers. It will have a central role in propulsion related research and development activities carried out by the company. In particular, the test centre will be used for functional and endurance testing with an emphasis on mechanical power transfer.The test installation can accommodate thrusters up to slightly above 2 MW in power. The main components are a frequency converter with an electrical motor and generator, a specially designed gearbox, and a hydraulic loading system. Including all needed auxiliary systems such as cooling, controls and lubrication, the test centre covers an area of about 200 square meters and will be capable of running tests on a 24/7 basis.“This investment in a full scale test facility for propulsion products is one of the key elements in our strategy for supporting and assisting our customers in lowering operating costs through higher propulsion efficiency and lower maintenance expenses. Having a technology development centre enables us to provide the best possible technical support for the propulsion needs of the entire marine sector,” says Jaakko Eskola, President Ship Power and Senior Executive Vice President, Wärtsilä.The extensive list of benefits offered by Wärtsilä Propulsion Test Centre includes the ability to stretch the limits of current propulsion products, and to validate future products and new technologies prior to market introduction. This includes the introduction of, for example, cost efficient components, new environmentally acceptable lubricants, and new propulsion diagnostic techniques. With the new test centre Wärtsilä will remain at the forefront of propulsion technology advancement as the demands of the marine industry evolve. Print  Close Wartsila, November 28, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My locationlast_img read more

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The Minister said the budget will also make clear how the Government hopes to develop the country while paying off past debts.Karunanayake also said that the Government expects several investments from countries like China and India next year which will help boost the economy.Also speaking in Parliament, Minister of Special Assignments, Dr. Sarath Amunugama said that the proposed trade agreements with China and India will result in more employment opportunities for the country’s youth. Karunanayake said that when the next budged is presented to Parliament the Government will expose some of those deals.He said the current Government has been able to reduce the cost of several projects as opposed to the cost the former Government had agreed to. Speaking in Parliament today, the Minister said that several illegal deals had been made by the former Government and the current Government has to pay for the losses incurred from those deals. He said that Sri Lanka’s economy is expected to improve over the next few years as a result of the measures to be put in place by the Government. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says it hopes to make some revelations during the budget speech on November 10.Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that the 2017 budget will ensure development of the country continues while past debts are paid off. He said that during the presentation of the 2017 budget on November 10 several revelations related to the former Government will be made. read more

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Laura Ricciuto (BA ’04, MBA ’08), winner of the 2010 Nitsopoulos Family Entrepreneurship Award Are you a recent Brock graduate who is serious about starting your own business in the Niagara region? Entrepreneurs who graduated from Brock (up to two years ago) are invited to apply for the 2011 Nitsopoulos Family Entrepreneurship Award.The winning recipient will be invited to submit expenditures for reimbursement of up to $10,000 over a period of two years. And just for applying, you may have the opportunity to receive a free consulting session with a Faculty of Business appointed mentor or the Brock MBA Business Consulting Group to fine-tune your business and marketing plan.Applicants must complete the award application form and submit it by mail no later than April 30, 2011.  For more information, visit Brock’s Faculty of Business website.The 2010 winner of the Nitsopoulos Family Entrepreneurship Award is Laura Ricciuto (BA ’04, MBA ’08) of KAIZEN Marketing & Creative Design House, a St. Catharines-based marketing and brand development company. In addition to holding a Master of Business Administration degree with Beta Gamma Sigma honours, Ricciuto holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Public Law as well as a diploma in journalism. While completing her Brock MBA, Laura fell in love with the idea of working with entrepreneurs in their quest to follow their dreams.Following this path, KAIZEN Marketing was formed with the mission to provide small- and medium-sized businesses with effective and affordable marketing solutions.Throughout her career, Laura has provided assistance to local, national and international businesses, working closely with more than 150 companies in helping them develop business marketing strategy plans that increase sales and set them apart from the competition.As a market researcher, Ricciuto was intrigued by recent data that indicates while 82 per cent of consumers use the internet to search for a local business, only 44 per cent of businesses have a website. “In Niagara alone, this indicates that more than 5,000 businesses in the region are without a website.”Websites Niagara, the brainchild of KAIZEN Marketing, was created to help provide small businesses with professional marketing services at affordable prices.With the assistance of the Nitsopoulos Family Entrepreneurship Award, Ricciuto has committed to helping other entrepreneurs build strong businesses in the community.“We’ve created a program that removes the high costs associated with web development”, said Ricciuto “Qualifying businesses can have a professional website for as little as $1 per day.”For more information on the Websites Niagara program, visit WebsitesNiagara.com or call Laura at 905-641-2626. read more

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Miami mother shot while pregnant shares survival story

first_img“Rodney,” said her mother.Davis woke up at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. “When I realized I was the hospital, I thought — ’cause I had her, ’cause I don’t remember what happened,” she said.The concerned mother had no idea her baby had been shot as well. “They said they had to take Skyla out first before they could work on me,” she said. “After they took her out, they put a cast on her ’cause she got shot in the arm.”Doctors determined removing the bullet from Davis’ head would do more harm than good, so they left it.Davis, a busy mother of three, still lives with the effects of the shooting, three years later, but she’s grateful for the skilled hands who saved her and her baby. “They made sure I was all right before I got out of the hospital,” she said, “and I hope they just keep it up and work on other people, like how they worked on me.”Above all, Davis said, she feels gratitude to be able to be there for her loved ones. For Skyla and her family, it appears the sky’s the limit. “I’m just lucky to be here, but sometimes I forget stuff, and I just take it slow every day,” said Davis.Davis is on anti-seizure and antidepressant medications. She said she doesn’t know who shot her and would like to someday know who that person is. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida mother is looking back on the night she and her unborn child were shot in a Miami street while she was eight months pregnant.Amid the tragic events of Dec. 9, 2012, however, lies a survival story with a happy ending.When Tiffany Davis looks at her daughter, Skyla Milton, the toddler looks like any other 3-year-old playing in the park with her sisters. You’d never know by looking at her just how traumatic her entrance into the world was.And, as Davis looks back on the night she walked out of a convenience store in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood and into gunfire, her daughter is beginning to ask questions. “Anton, who works at the store, said I was the first one [who] came out the store, and I got hit in the head and the stomach,” said Davis, “and then Rodney had got shot, too, and he died.”“He died, Mommy?” asked Skyla.“Yeah,” Davis replied.“Who?” asked Skyla. last_img read more

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Police Missing Miami man found safe

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police said they found an endangered 71-year-old, Monday, who had been missing in Miami.Hiram Vincent had been last seen Saturday, walking away from the Shell gas station located at 2590 N.E. 186th St. He was wearing a long-sleeved yellow shirt, tan pants and tan shoes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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first_img“We believe in content but we’re struggling to monetize it,” said Jeff Horing, managing director of Insight Venture Partners. “It’s not really an issue for the next five years but it could be a problem five years from now when we try to sell the business and project what it will be worth to a buyer.”Content that can’t be had elsewhere—either through original reporting or unique ways of aggregating—are attractive investments, said Richard Zannino, managing director of CCMP Capital Advisors (which owns Hanley Wood).And despite the contraction among both industries, magazines remain a more attractive opportunity than newspapers. “We would not invest in newspapers,” said Zannino. “With magazines, maybe. It depends on the market. Newspapers have a fundamental issue where they don’t deliver as much value as their alternatives. With magazines, that fundamental issue doesn’t exist as long as they’re targeted to an attractive niche market.”Others said magazines are essential within their broader organization. Washington D.C. insider Politico is a “reverse publisher” in which much of the magazine is created from Web content. “We see about a 50/50 split in print and online revenue,” said editor-in-chief John Harris. “It’s kind of a parlor game to say, ‘well if we have print it’s more expensive.’ Yes we have more costs but it also lets us have more reporters, which helps us draw an attractive audience for advertisers. I’m not fixated on any platform print or online. One of our most successful products is Mike Allen’s Daily Playbook—nobody reads it on the Web site, they read it on e-mail.”Bloomberg chief content officer Norman Pearlstine explained what BusinessWeek offers. “Think of BusinessWeek as part of the whole Bloomberg ecosystem,” he said. “It starts with a terminal where people pay $20,000 per year, which offers access to news and data. BusinessWeek offers access to the executive suite they don’t get with just the terminal.”Pay Walls a Non-Starter?Harris, Pearlstine and Huffington Post CEO Eric Hippeau expressed their doubts about the viability of pay walls. “I think it’s hard to make it work,” said Pearlstine. “In our experience, you can charge a lot of money for specialized information for an audience with a need for it—it doesn’t have to be business and finance. But for more general interest, the value just isn’t there.”Politico won’t charge for the content it currently produces, said Harris. “We’re successful with our ad model and putting stuff behind a pay wall would diminish that,” he added. “Our editorial model is about the conversation of the day, and a pay wall runs against that.”Hippeau said that while the Wall Street Journal was an example of a successful paid model with $100 million in revenue a few years ago, you haven’t heard much about it since. “The history of the pay wall is not a good one,” he added. “With magazines, you promise your advertisers a rate base and then spend a lot of money to acquire that rate base and keep it up. It’s hard to do.” Making Online Advertising WorkWhile nearly all conference participants seemed to agree that banner and online display advertising don’t hold much promise, some said it could work if it’s part of a more in-depth package.“I would be scared to invest in creating content if the only way to get your money back is banner ads,” said Matthew Bromberg, CEO of online startup Major League Gaming, which has a model combining subscriptions and advertising. “However, our players pay to play and we do multi-year sponsorships and branded content.”Others see online publishing evolving much like traditional publishing. “I think the online publishing model will follow the magazine model by targeting attractive niches” said Tyler Goldman, CEO of BuzzMedia. “Right now, the Internet is still so immature that everything is driven by the product. But ultimately, users don’t want to be their own programmers. People are still going to the same three or four sites every day.”But that means creating more comprehensive marketing programs. “We can’t think of just creating content for consumers and slapping an ad on it,” said Goldman, who added that marketers need to connect with the market, rather than just pitch to it. “There isn’t really an issue with demarcation between content and advertising,” he said. “It’s not about advertorials; it’s about creating programs around brand message. The publisher who can figure out both sides will have a lot of success.”According to Bromberg, publishers shouldn’t be afraid to ask more of marketers. “People don’t require enough from buyers,” he said. “An advertiser will come in and say, ‘We want to move the needle.’ OK, to do that, you need to be on our site for a year and build a connection with our audience. Then we can do something.”Hippeau said Huffington Post is finding opportunity in a merger between classic CPM-based advertising and social media, including a program around the upcoming Olympics where marketers like HBC are sponsoring blogs and Twitter feeds for a fixed fee. “This isn’t advertising but promotion and marketing,” he said. “The money being spent on Facebook is not coming from advertising budgets.” A Content Commerce/Hybrid?Others are looking to a combination of commerce and content. “Online content monetization through traditional advertising is tough but content monetization with e-commerce is very interesting,” said Horing. “Today, if I have new content for moms, it’s easier to white brand a store with that than trying to make money off something like Procter & Gamble advertising—there’s too many middleman trying to get margin on that.”“I think the traditional media focus should be on commerce,” Pearlstine agreed. “There are a lot of eyeballs and uniques and we’re seeing it in Germany with publishers like Springer.” NEW YORK—Investors want to see paid content models while publishers express their doubts, and some dotcoms say the advertising model isn’t done yet—provided publishers can tap into marketing and promotion budgets.Future revenue models for publishers dominated the discussion today at the DeSilva + Phillips Dealmakers Summit 2010, where publishers and investors debated where the revenue growth will come from.Managing directors of two of the largest investment firms said content-driven businesses—including magazines—remain attractive opportunities, but monetizing that content is a priority.last_img read more

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first_imgHigh winds swept across the Interior late yesterday, causing downed trees and numerous power outages. Golden Valley Electric Association crews worked overnight to make repairs affecting hundreds of customers from Fairbanks to Delta Junction. National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Brader attributed the high winds to a deep low pressure system in northwest Alaska that created a strong pressure gradient across the state Sunday.Listen now”At the airport, the peak gust we had was 36 miles an hour,” Brader said. “We had a resident just west of the university who called in last night and said that she had a gust of 47 miles an hour on her anemometer. And there were numerous reports of trees that blew over.”Brader said a cold front followed last night, bringing rain and continued strong westerly winds, which pushed smoke from wildfires to the west into the region.”You know, this is quite a strong storm. We have high surf advisories for most of the west coast and Arctic coast of Alaska. This is really more of a fall-type storm, not one we would expect in July.”Brader said conditions are forecast to begin clearing, with cooling temperatures late today as the cold front exits. He adds that more summer like weather is expected to return later in the week.last_img read more

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first_imgEarlier today at Gamescom, Sony revealed the PS4’s release date, which is November 15 of this year. It will launch at the price Sony announced back at E3, which is $399. The eighth console generation is just a few months away, and now that Microsoft has more or less removed everything we all hated about the Xbox One, the consoles should be able to better compete with one another.Aside from the PS4 being $100 cheaper for somewhat more powerful hardware, Sony’s greatest strength so far for this upcoming generation would have to be its dedication to indie games, and the games it has already secured. Now, Sony has announced a multitude of other popular, anticipated indie games coming to the console — some of which being console exclusives.ExclusivesThe “exclusive console debut” phrase that Sony is tossing around could mean anything thanks to the careful wording, but in all likelihood, it means “timed exclusive.” And here’s the ones we know about:Rogue Legacy: Console debut on PS4, and will also release on the PS3 and PS Vita. This appears to be a timed exclusivity.The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth: A remake with a load of extra content over the original. Console debut on the PS4, also coming to PS Vita. Will be free for PlayStation Plus subscribers.N++: Complete with a new art style, multiplayer modes, and many new levels, this action platformer will debut exclusively on PS4.Guns of Icarus Online: The team deathmatch game in which you work together to pilot airships through a battlefield will be debuting exclusively on PS4.Wasteland Kings: From the team that brought us mobile hit Ridiculous Fishing, comes this mutant-based action rogue-like. Again, exclusive console debut on PS4, and coming to the PS Vita as well.Hotline Miami 2: The trippy top-down Scarface with a great soundtrack will be making a return, and will have its exclusive console debut on the PS4 and hit the PS Vita next year.Volume: From the maker of Thomas Was Alone, Volume looks like a more colorful version of the Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions. It’ll hit the PS4 as an exclusive console debut, and land on the Vita as well.Resogun: A shmup from the guys who brought us Super Stardust HD. Along with those, Sony also ensured Starbound — a game we can’t wait for — will be releasing on the PS4 and Vita, though the exclusivity (even if timed) appears to be up in the air. Fez will also make its way to the PS4.Once again, Sony has shown that it not only knows what’s going on in the indie scene, but that the indie scene has more or less become mainstream in terms of popularity. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Rogue LegacyRogue LegacyRogue Legacy is the perfect console port, as it is best played with a controller.Binding of Isaac: RebirthThe Binding of Isaac: Rebirth sadly won’t look like this, but it will probably look great anyway.N++This isn’t a Magic Eye illustration, but instead from N++.Guns of Icarus OnlineA steampunk, team airship deathmatch.Wasteland KingsWasteland Kings is an action rogue-like from the makers of Ridiculous Fishing.Hotline MiamiMore Miami mayhem.VolumeVolume, by the creator of Thomas Was Alone.ResogunIf Resogun can harness the fun of Super Stardust HD, then we can’t wait.StarboundStarbound is essentially Space Terraria, as it was created by original members of the Terraria team.Rogue Legacy is the perfect console port, as it is best played with a controller.last_img read more

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first_img Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><> Legendary Pokemon are currently unavailable in Pokemon Go, but one crafty trainer has modified the game client to make one other hidden Pokemon turn up: Ditto.Ditto is a shape-shifting transformation Pokemon, capable of copying an opponent’s creature down to the move set. It’s also currently the only non-legendary Pokemon unavailable in the game, joining the likes of legendaries Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo and, of course, Mew.Why Ditto is so special is unclear, outside of its exclusive transformation ability, but there is a way to make it turn up in the game. For those tired of waiting to hear official news from Nintendo, this is a way to get a sneak peek.Youtuber FrozenAquaCat uploaded a video of his modified game and describes a bit of his tinker work in the video description. Weedle, a bug-type Pokemon, has a Pokedex number of 13. Incidentally, this coincides with his encounter ID, which is what the game client uses to tell your device which Pokemon you just discovered.The savvy trainer might realize that Ditto’s Pokedex number, and his encounter ID, just so happens to be 132. By modifying the Pokemon Go client, FrozenAquaCat was able to add the missing 2 to the ID, causing his next encounter with a Weedle to result in Ditto taking its place. Using the programming language Python, he was able to forcibly inject his code into the game using a technique that makes it playable on PC.Unfortunately, the game crashes if he attempts to throw a Pokeball at the Ditto, but we’re one step closer to making capturing Ditto a reality. Until then, we’ll just have to wait until someone figures out how to make Ditto just a tad less temperamental.last_img read more

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A showcase of everyday life style and culture of Parsis

first_imgThe philosophy, life and cultural influences of the Parsis in India, whose Zoroastrianism faith is considered among the world’s oldest religions dating back around 3,500 years in Central Asia, is now being showcased in a special exhibit in the national Capital.The showcase ‘Threads of Continuity: Zoroastrianism Life and Culture,’ inaugurated by Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts on Monday put the spotlight on the micro minority community in the country with Parsi life in Gujarat and the Deccan displayed in detail. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Wishing the community on Navroz, a New Year festival that marks thanksgiving and celebration of nature, Heptulla thanked them for making her an “honorary Parsi.” She also used the occasion to highlight the steps taken by her ministry for the cause of all the minority communities in India.Meanwhile, the exhibition, curated by Shernaz Cama, Dadi Pudumjee, Ashdeen Lilaowala and Kritika Mudgal, attempts to explain Zoroastrian philosophy, whose essence is a sacred thread that signifies a continuity linking all creation. “The whole concept of ethical belief of humility with excellence was spoken about, in the Bronze Age, by a great soul Zarathpustra. He raised several questions in his songs about why good people suffer, how is that there is evil in this world and what does one do to make others happy,” Shernaz Cama, director of Parzor Foundation, a Delhi-based community organisation mandated by UNESCO to preserve Parsi-Zoroastrian heritage said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Such existential questions trouble us even today and we keep seeking answers to them. This exhibition and two-month long programme will help us understand the answers to these questions,” Cama said. The exhibition is a part of ‘Everlasting Flame International Programme,’ organised by Minority Affairs Ministry under their Hamari Dharohar (Our Heritage) a collaboration with Culture Ministry and the Parzor Foundation which is set to continue here till May 27. Among the exhibits on display are rare artefacts and manuscripts from institutions, individuals and museums from across the world including Iran, Russia and Uzbekistan besides installations and video recordings representing the practices of the faith.Fine shawls with exquisite embroideries and adaptations of various lifestyle rituals like the use of vermilion for auspicious occasions can be seen in the show.The Parsi-Zoroastrians are less than 0.01 per cent of the population in India. A feast of traditional Parsi dishes was also spread out in the famous ‘Lagan-nu-Bhonu’ at the event.last_img read more

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While Cancun crime rates increase federal security resources decrease

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — While the number of crimes in the municipality of Benito Juárez steadily increases, the amount allocated for security continues to decrease.Over the last several years, resources for the security strengthening program for the city of Cancun has decreased.Norman Aguiar Cetina, coordinator for Fortaseg in Benito Juárez, explained that in 2012 the city was granted more than 62.6 million peso for security, however for 2018, Cancun will receive just over 39 million peso.“Many think that more resources are necessary for increasing crime rates, but that would be rewarding the inefficiency of the police. So, it is the other way around. The allocation criteria is if crime rates do not decrease, we do not hand out more resources,” he explained.Benito Juarez is within the 50 municipalities in the country in need of priority attention in the allocation of Fortaseg security resources, a subsidy that has been received since 2008.The official stressed that the decrease of 2018 resources compared to last year is related to the crime rates that were up in relation to 2016, since there was a recorded increase of 200 percent.He says the decrease in distribution is part of the formula that incorporates the increase in crime in 2017, which affected Benito Juárez in the distribution formula. He added that throughout Mexico, there are 2,458 municipalities that participate in the funding for security, however, only 300 qualify of which 50 are given priority.Cancun, head of the municipality of Benito Juárez, ranks 39th out of those 50, giving it a low priority on the list of 50.In the group of 50 municipalities, three main criteria are set which includes homicides (the problem of public safety through intentional homicides in absolute terms), Social Recession (Social indicators that give an overview of the social shortcomings of the measurement of poverty, educational lag in health and housing) and Economic Inequality.“Benito Juarez has maintained the subsidy of Fortaseg since 2008 because it has met all the requirements in a timely manner, which clears the decrease in the allocation of resources derived from intentional homicides, something that affects the whole country,” explained Yeani González Pérez, head of the Operational Unit of Fortaseg.With the subsidy granted by Fortaseg to the states and municipalities, attention is given to evaluation of control and trust of police elements, training, police approval, improvement of working conditions, equipment, infrastructure, emergency calls, and above all professionalization.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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