Report United join Willian race

first_imgManchester United has joined the race to secure Willian transfer after Brazil’s exit from the World Cup, according to The Sun.The winger is also a subject of interest from Barcelona and the Spanish club saw a transfer bid for the player rejected by Chelsea.The Brazilian is believed to be the number one target of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and the former English champions are hoping to pip Barcelona to his signature.The duo worked together at Chelsea after Jose signed Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer of 2013.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Willian is reportedly considering his future at Stamford Bridge and the understanding is the winger will decide to leave should Antonio Conte remain as Chelsea manager.Willian, 29, was one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise lacklustre showing by Brazil at the World Cup in Russia. Tite’s men were sent home following a 2-1 quarterfinal loss to Belgium.Should he join United, he’ll become the second Brazilian signing of the summer for the Carrington based team.last_img read more

Bahamas Congratulates India on the Celebration of its National Day

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 17, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has congratulated the Government and people of the Republic of India on the celebration of its National Day.   The Government of The Bahamas looks forward to continuing the friendly and cooperative relationship that has existed between the two countries since the inception of Diplomatic Relations in 1975.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a formal Diplomatic Note of congratulations to the Government of India to that effect.Release: BISlast_img read more

Say Media Rebrands ReadWriteWeb as ReadWrite

first_imgIn his note, Lyons adds that coverage will double down on mobile: “Mobile devices combined with social networks are evolving into a new mass medium that will displace television and define our age.”Content will also be contributed by a growing base of writers, including readers, says the company. Say Media, which operates a number of digital properties across fashion, technology, food and living verticals, has rebranded the web trends and tech reporting site ReadWriteWeb to the shorter ReadWrite. The site has also hired Dan Lyons as its new editor-in-chief. Lyons was previously a columnist for Newsweek and was responsible for the Fake Steve Jobs blog. The rebranding comes about 10 months after Say Media bought the site and includes a new tablet-first, responsive design built on a proprietary CMS called Orion.Lyons replaces founding editor Richard MacManus who started the site from New Zealand in 2003 and left mid-October to begin work on a book.  In an introductory editor’s note, Lyons says the new name reflects a broader focus: “As for our new name, the rationale for the change is pretty simple. Technology has evolved beyond the Web, and we’re adapting to keep up with the changing digital media landscape.”last_img read more

Yahoo Improves Local LeadGen Services

first_imgSee Also: At the Intersection of Hyper-Local Digital and Regional Magazine PublishersWhile Yahoo! Small Business has been around for more than a decade, the division has expanded its services in the last year with the introduction of marketing and media advisory solutions. Byun says more advertising tools will be released later this year.Yahoo’s move comes as small businesses are spending more of their limited media dollars on digital. Overall budgets have remained flat, but digital now accounts for more than 40 percent of small business ad buys, up from about a quarter of the total spend in 2011, according to a report from media consultancy BIA/Kelsey.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! As city, regional and specialty titles continue to fight for local business listings and ad dollars, massive web corporations are scaling their ground-level efforts and getting into the mix.Yahoo is the latest to up its small business services, launching Yahoo! Localworks, a tool for improving online company profiles. The platform allows small businesses to fix incorrect or incomplete listings around the web and create new ones where none exist. Localworks reaches more than 150 million searchers per month across more than 40 sites in its network, including Yahoo! Local, Bing Local and Yelp.”Online directory listings are one of the key ways that consumers find local products and services they need, but it’s a fragmented medium,” says Tom Byun, vice president of Yahoo! Small Business, in a statement. “It requires businesses to create and maintain listings with multiple companies to ensure they are listed everywhere.”last_img read more

BRAC Round Would Free up Funding for Enduring Facilities James Says

first_imgAt a hearing Wednesday of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James pointed to the extra dollars a BRAC round would make available for the service’s remaining facilities as the main impetus for pursuing additional base closures.“We have an ever-shrinking pot of money for infrastructure improvement and we’re spreading it out way, way thin. And if we could reduce that overall footprint of infrastructure, we would have more money to keep up and improve the facilities that we really need going forward,” James said in response to a question from Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.).The secretary made clear the urgency of the matter. “I’m worried about infrastructure across the Air Force,” she said.James’ argument for a new BRAC round in 2019 — proposed in the Obama administration’s fiscal 2017 budget request — echoes that of Army officials who have referred to the $500 million that service is spending each year on unneeded facilities.In her opening remarks, James thanked the panel for supporting a moderate increase in the Air Force’s active-duty end strength in FY 2016 from 311,000 to 317,000, and said it was likely the service would need to grow further in FY 2017.“To underscore, we simply cannot go any lower,” she said. “And in reality, in our opinion, we believe that mission demands in FY ‘17 are going to require us to likely grow more in FY ‘17. And so, to meet these demands, I plan to take a judicious approach to incrementally increase our total force beyond the current levels, provided, of course, that we can attract the right talent,” James said.Much of the gains are due to increased demands for cyber and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.Written testimony and a webcast of the hearing on the Air Force’s budget request are available on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Acer updates two notebook lines with Ryzen processors

first_img $999 $59 at eBay Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Best Buy Tags Mentioned Above Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-57CP – 14″ – Core i5 7200U – 8 GB RAM – 256 GB SSD – US International $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $999 $60 at Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $6 at Tidal TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the Rylo camera preview An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Chris Monroe/CNET See it Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice 7 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Acer’s Swift 3 notebook is getting a processor upgrade. Acer Acer is beefing up a pair of its notebook lines with new chip muscle.The computer maker said Wednesday that the Nitro 5 and Swift 3 notebooks would be powered by the second generation of AMD’s Ryzen mobile processor. The announcement comes a week before the start of the Computex tech show in Taiwan.The Nitro 5 — a notebook aimed at gamers — is getting the second-generation Ryzen 7 3750H processor and the Radeon RX 560X graphics card. “Users can expect stunning visuals and responsive performance from the new AMD technology,” Acer said in a statement.The productivity-focused Swift 3 is getting the second-generation Ryzen 7 3700U processor and Radeon Vega graphics card. Acer says the notebook’s power can perform computing-intensive tasks such as video editing and tackle casual gaming.The beefier notebooks will be on display at Acer’s Computex booth from May 28 through June 2. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See It Post a comment $299 at Amazon AMD Acer,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. center_img Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It Read Google Home Hub review $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Acer Swift 3 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $520 at HP Share your voice 0 Comments Boost Mobile See at Turo Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Laptops Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 See It Rylo Sprint See it Angela Lang/CNET See at Amazon The Cheapskate Read the AirPods review Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo $210 at Best Buy Review • A better-looking budget laptop Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Sarah Tew/CNETlast_img read more

2 girls raped

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationTwo girls, one 11-year-old and another 15, were reportedly raped in separate incidents in Kishoreganj, reports UNB.In Pakundia, an 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two of her teen neighbours on Sunday evening in Purbopara village.Police arrested the suspects – aged 14 and 16 years – after the girl’s mother filed a case, UNB quoted investigation officer inspector Md Shafikul Islam saying.Evidence of rape was found in medical tests.A court sent the suspects to jail when they were produced before it on Tuesday.In Katiadi, Lohajuri Union’s ward number 6-member Abdul Rashid was arrested for his alleged involvement in the gang-rape of a 15-year-old girl.The victim was taken out of her home on 15 May with false promise of marriage and raped repeatedly for six days by three men.Her father filed a case on Tuesday with Katiadi police accusing four men.Sumon, 24, took the victim to one of his relatives’ house in Pakundia upazila and raped her with two of his friends, police said.The other suspects are Shuvon and Shamim.Quoting Katiadi police’s in-charge (investigation) Shafiqul Islam UNB says the girl was sent to the civil surgeon’s office for medical tests.Arrested ward member Rashid was produced before the court.last_img read more

New Exhibit Puts A Face On Hunger

first_img 00:00 /02:29 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Michael NyeKathy, a subject in Michael Nye’s exhibit, “About Hunger and Resilience.”They all have different stories, but there’s one common thread: Pepper, Alejandro and Kathy have all gone hungry at some point during their lives.  “I know exactly what hunger is. It’s doing without.”“It’s like you have a lion in your stomach that wants to be fed.”“It destroys your will. You look in the mirror and you don’t know who you are.”They’re three of 42 people who are the subjects of a new exhibit at the Health Museum. Over the course of four years, artist Michael Nye spent two to three days with each person, recording their stories.  “Stories may not feed people,” Nye says. “But they shine a light, I think. And they can do something.”In the exhibit, visitors can listen to excerpts of the conversations through a pair of headphones while looking at Nye’s black and white portraits of the people he interviewed. Most of their facial expressions are austere, even solemn.– / 6For Brian Greene, the show hits close to home. He works to help hungry people on a daily basis as president of the Houston Food Bank.“You see the exhibit and these are real people,” Greene says. “And they’re good people. They have a story. You get that message when you actually see their faces, you see their eyes, and you hear their stories in their own words.”The opening of the exhibit is timely. Summertime is “Hunger Season” because the hunger rate goes up dramatically for children.“During the school year, so many of the low income children are participating in the school lunch and breakfast program,” Greene explains. “Only a tiny fraction are participating in any summer food service program.”Based on Census Bureau figures, Greene says about 66,000 people in Greater Houston suffer from hunger. About 5,000 are children.The show also proves there are misconceptions about who’s hungry. It’s not always the guy on the side of the street holding a sign. The subjects range from young adults to senior citizens and many do have homes.  Green says he encountered many elderly people who’d fallen on hard times.“They couldn’t keep it together, their Social Security wasn’t enough,” he says. “I found a lot of people losing their jobs, living paycheck to paycheck.”He calls his work About Hunger and Resilience. It’s on display at the Health Museum through August 31st. X Listen Sharelast_img read more

Chinese scientists plead for research before more mountain moving

first_img © 2014 Phys.org Yellow Mountain in China. Credit: chinafacttours (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers from Chang’an University in China has published a Comment piece in the journal Nature, pleading for planners in China to consider more carefully the repercussions of cutting the tops off mountains to fill valleys to allow cities to grow larger. Journal information: Nature 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. Research trio claim landslides key to mountain longevitycenter_img Cutting off mountain tops is not unique to China, coal miners have been doing just that for many years in the eastern part of the United States. What is new is using mountaintop material to fill in valleys near cities to allow for continued growth. The problem with the idea, Peiyue Li, Hui Qian and Jianhua Wu write, is that it likely won’t work in many instances and will cause a whole host of environmental problems.Mountains and valleys exist in the states they are in for a reason—geological events, time and weather have all played a hand, resulting, in most cases, in a reasonably stable environment. Cutting off mountaintops and especially filling in valleys changes the way rainfall runoff makes its way to rivers, streams or even the ocean. Plus, the trio point out, the material from the mountaintops (thick windblown silt) likely will take at least a decade to settle enough to erect buildings. The problem, they note, is the lack of research being undertaken to learn what might happen to cities and the neighboring environment if such practices continue. Building on such soft material could result in sinkholes, swift terrain deterioration and mudslides.One example of a lack of planning, the team points out, is the increase in dust released into the air as earth movers haul mountain dirt to valleys—they kick up massive amounts of dust that merges with other pollutants causing even bigger problems for people in the area. They note that prior research has shown that land modification projects in other parts of the world (and in China) have led to landslides, flooding, rivers changing course and increased pollution.Of extreme concern is the scale at which such mountain topping is occuring—700 projects are currently underway, none of which have been thought through, the researchers say, and the result is very likely to be something catastrophic in the near future. They suggest several changes be made: soil in sites used by earth movers should be watered to prevent dust kicking up, trees and plants should be planted on areas left barren, farmers should be compensated for lost land and finally, economists and environmentalists should be consulted before such projects are approved. More information: Comment: Environment: Accelerate research on land creation: www.nature.com/news/environmen … and-creation-1.15327 Citation: Chinese scientists plead for research before more ‘mountain moving’ (2014, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-chinese-scientists-mountain.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Bedi hails adversary takes potshots at party

first_imgAt a time when BJP humbly accepted  defeat and described it as a ‘collective loss’, its Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi blamed party leadership for her rout.While giving ‘full marks’ to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal for his historic victory, Kiran quickly changed her stand and claimed that she had given her best. “It was the BJP that lost and needs to introspect. They should find the reasons for the defeat,” Bedi, who lost from Krishna Nagar seat, a BJP stronghold for years, said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIRaking up the issue, she claimed that BJP made her a member without taking any money and said, “I am part of the BJP. I don’t regret my decision. Who is saying I am not taking responsibility for the BJP defeat? I am.. I also said BJP leadership will take stock of what went wrong!” she said.Shocked over the debacle, a reluctant and cornered BJP initially refused to come out with an official statement but senior party leader and union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accompanied by state BJP chief Satish Upadhyay accepted the defeat ‘officially’. “BJP respects the verdict of Delhi voters. We humbly accept our defeat in Delhi. People chose to go with PM Modi and BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, but chose AAP over us in Assembly elections. We will play the role of a responsible opposition,” he added. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindUpadhyay, who was accompanied by party MP Prabhat Jha and national general secretary Ram Lal, looked devastated. “People have dissected us and we have to accept it,” Jha said. On the context of whether the result would weaken BJP’s standing in Bihar, West Bengal and in Punjab in coming years, a party leader said: “ We will take stock after our party chief Amit Shah returns from Ahmedabad after his son’s wedding. Then there will be major changes in the party structure.”last_img read more

Ferrari convertible crashes into divider bizman dead

first_imgKolkata: A 30-year-old Kolkata businessman was killed while his companion, a 21-year-old woman critically injured after a Ferrari sports car they were travelling in toppled on National Highway 6 at least 6-7 times before hitting a divider. The intensity of the accident was so high that the frontal portion of the high-end Ferrari California T was reduced to a lump of mangled metal. The railing of the divider pierced into the vehicle resulting in the bursting of the airbag on the driver’s side. The deceased, Shibaji Roy (30), was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident while his friend Ashna Surana (21) was sitting next to him. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe accident took place at Pakuria area of Domjur at around 9.30 am on Sunday. According to the police, the victims went to Dankuni to have food along with a few of their friends as they used to on a regular basis on Sunday morning. It was learnt that Roy’s friends who accompanied him were in other cars on their way back home.The Ferrari California T is a two-door, hardtop convertible sports car that makes over 552 horse power.The exact cause of the accident is yet to be confirmed by the Howrah rural police after a forensic test. Sources said the two-seater Ferrari crashed after the driver lost control over the vehicle. The nature of the accident suggests that it was running at a minimum speed of 150-170 km per hour at the time of the accident. Police are investigating every possible angle that might have led to the fatal accident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt was learnt that Roy, a resident of a Triangular Park area, and a high-profile businessman had at least 8 high-end cars in his possession. He belonged to a group that used to go out frequently, particularly on Sundays. According to local sources, people often indulge in car racing along the National Highway 6.The way the car was damaged indicates a terrible crash as it hit the side of the road, smashing the driver’s door and the entire front was completely crushed. A metal pipe, about 6 inches thick, was seen to have pierced the bonnet of the vehicle. According to a senior police officer of Howrah rural police, the sports car was coming at a high speed from Dankuni and hit the divider while approaching a bridge at Pakuria on National Highway 6 at Domjur. Soon after the accident, the car landed upside down on the ground with a thud, the officer said.The locals rushed to the spot immediately. Senior police officers reached the spot and began with the rescue operation. The victims were removed from the mangled portion of the car with the help of the gas cutter.They were rushed to a private hospital where Roy was declared brought dead while Surana is undergoing treatment and is under ventilation support. Her condition is stated to be critical. According to hospital sources, she has multiple injuries in her body. Police are expected to conduct a forensic test on the mangled parts of the Ferrari. The accident caused a major disruption to traffic movement along the arterial road for around 30 minutes, a senior police officer of the district added.last_img read more

As an internet startup how do I project advertising income

first_img min read August 25, 2009 Listen Now How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Forecasting revenues is tough at any time, and so much harder for startups. Rather than trying to find a precise number, it’s often easier to develop a range–bookends of high and low projections.Web advertising is typically paid for in one of two ways:* Impression (CPM ) based: Advertisers pay to have their ads shown to your visitors, and pay per impression. The CPM (cost-per-thousand impressions) varies dramatically depending on the value of your audience; it can range from pennies to hundreds of dollars or more for niche audience.* Performance (CPA) based: Advertisers pay only when a site visitor completes an action (fills in a form, purchases, etc.)A revenue model for impression-based advertising would look like:# ads per page * # pageviews * CPMA revenue model for performance-based advertising would look like:# ads per page * # pageviews * (% that take action) * CPAObviously you make more if you have more ads, but at the risk of driving away your visitors.The common element is that if you have a lot of good quality traffic then advertisers will be more interested. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Rep Holly Hughes introduces good government legislation

first_img Bill drafted in response to a constituent inquiryState Representative Holly Hughes, R-Montague, has introduced legislation in response to a situation a constituent brought to her attention. Rep. Hughes has described the bill as “good government legislation.”The constituent who contacted Rep. Hughes office for assistance described a situation where she was asked to respond to a state agency within 60 days. She postmarked and sent the response on the 56th day, yet the agency did not actually open the correspondence until the 61st day.  Although the agency in question acknowledges the postmark date, it has taken the position that its internal policy doesn’t consider something received until it is physically opened by staff, and because the correspondence was opened after the 60th day, the constituent’s response was not received timely, and her request was denied.House Bill 4844 would stipulate that in any correspondence with a state department, the postmark date is the date of receipt, unless otherwise provided for by law.“It is unfortunate that this bill is even necessary, however, I am happy that the constituent contacted my office and I am able to sponsor this bill on her behalf, as well as the countless other taxpayers across our state who have experienced similar situations,” Rep. Hughes said.  “Once a taxpayer puts their letter in the mailbox, what happens to it is out of their control.  For a state agency to penalize our hard-working taxpayers because their correspondence was delayed in arriving or delayed in being opened just doesn’t seem reasonable, and certainly doesn’t provide the level of service that we should expect from our taxpayer-supported state government.”HB 4844 will be referred to the House Government Operations Committee.##### Categories: Featured news,Hughes News,News Tags: #SB, HD91, House Bill 4844, Hughes center_img 20Aug Rep. Holly Hughes introduces ‘good government’ legislationlast_img read more

FANS of top Glasgow comedian Kevin Bridges will be

first_img FANS of top Glasgow comedian Kevin Bridges will be over the moon tonight – he has just added two more dates to his Derry gigs next summer.Tickets for his shows at the Millennium Forum on July 17, 18 and 19 sold out within minutes.And there will be another massive rush for tickets next Monday (at 9am) – because he’s staying in Derry for two more days…and two more gigs. He will continue his run on July 20 (Monday) and July 21 (Tuesday) next year.Maximum of six tickets per person will be allowed when the new tickets go on sale.Bridges is a hugely popular comedian.Tonight he’s in the world trade centre in Dubai….to another sold-out audience. DELIGHT AS KEVIN BRIDGES ADDS TWO NEW DATES AT MILLENNIUM FORUM was last modified: December 13th, 2014 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet extra datesKevin BridgesMillennium Forumticketslast_img read more

Casey Researchs Chief Energy Investment Strategis

first_imgCasey Research’s Chief Energy Investment Strategist, Marin Katusa, whose portfolio profited nicely the last time the uranium bull broke loose a decade ago, recently interviewed a group of world-renowned energy experts to discuss the prospects for the sector that some considered doomed by the Fukushima disaster. Anti-nuclear power sentiment has by no means evaporated, but Katusa sees clear signals that the bulls are ready to run, not least of which is the recent attack on the Somair uranium mine in Niger. Why? First, the 20-year Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) Program agreement between the U.S. and Russia, aka “Megatons to Megawatts,” expires this year. Second, the end of that program will allow Russia to sell its coveted uranium, which currently powers one of every 10 homes in the U.S., to the highest bidder. With 200 nuclear power plants under construction or on the drawing boards, China is likely to be first in line, with India and even oil-rich Saudi Arabia on its heels. Third, the increase in nuclear plants being built around the world will stimulate huge demand while supply inevitably dwindles. Because it can take a decade to bring a uranium mine on-line, new mining production can’t grow fast enough to meet the demand. Fourth, like it or not, nuclear energy is clean—while the average coal-fired power plant in the U.S. emits nearly 4 million metric tons of CO2 each year, nuclear power plants emit no carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury or other toxic gases. Finally, last Thursday, an Al-Qaeda splinter group attacked the Somair uranium mine in Niger—owned by French uranium giant Areva. This will further disrupt global uranium supplies and emphasizes what the energy experts have been saying: Uranium is prime for price increases. Casey Research agreed to share Katusa’s segment with Sprott U.S. Holdings Chairman Rick Rule with The Energy Report readers and invites you to listen to the rest. Marin Katusa: We first met 10 years ago, when you were begging people to buy uranium companies, and the market boomed. Those of us who followed your advice made a lot of money. Are you expecting a replay in that market? Rick Rule: I think so. The similarities are interesting. At that time, the price of uranium on the market was less than what it cost to produce it, which meant that one of two things would happen: Either the uranium price would go up, or the lights would go out. Those were the only two choices. We’re in a situation now where the uranium price on world markets is lower than what’s required to bring online the supplies needed to keep the lights on around the world. So once again, either the uranium price goes up, or the lights go out. I think the price will go up. MK: What can you tell investors who are nervous about uranium? Nuclear power is unpopular. Why should investors expect its feedstock to have this massive bull market? RR: You make money in financial markets by buying low and selling high, and you can’t buy low when something is universally loved and every investor is competing with you. You have to buy things when they are unloved. In natural resources, you can be a contrarian or a victim. You had the good sense of getting into the market when uranium was cheap, and you also had the good sense to get out when everybody else was flocking in. You did what you were supposed to—buy it when it was out of favor and sell it when it came into favor. It’s out of favor again. You will make money buying it now and selling again when it returns to favor, because it will. MK: Are you currently investing in companies that are exploring for and producing uranium in the junior resource sector? RR: We are. We are investing in the broader junior resource sector because it is universally unloved, and we are specifically investing in the uranium sector. We invest in any commodity where the selling price on global markets is less than the cost of production and where we see ongoing demand. The price has to rise to meet demand. MK: Considering that China is on its way to building twice as many nuclear reactors as America, India is building theirs and Saudi Arabia—which is so rich in oil and gas—is planning on building 16 nuclear reactors, does that make the argument for uranium better today than it was 10 years ago? RR: I wouldn’t argue that it’s better, because the situation 10 years ago was superb. But it doesn’t have to be better. A lot of people added a zero to their net worth as a consequence of that market. If they increase their net worth only five times, would that be sufficient? MK: I think it would. Like uranium, the junior resource sector is not popular. How would you advise people to invest in that sector today? RR: They have to invest in themselves before they invest in the sector. They have to get educated about natural resources and you don’t get educated about natural resources in The Wall Street Journal. These businesses differ from other businesses. You need the courage and the common sense to invest in contrarian fashion. You need to buy out-of-favor sectors and once your thesis has been vindicated and you’re feeling smart, you need to sell those sectors. It’s very important that you both buy low and sell high. Industry cycles in natural resources are very predictable, and after you discipline yourself, find information sources you can trust and figure out how to use those information sources, you will find the sector extremely generous. MK: What is the most important factor when you look at a company? When Rick Rule and Sprott write a check with their own money into a company, what’s the most important element of that investment decision? RR: If it’s a speculative, junior company, the three most important factors are people, people and people. In the uranium sector for example, when the resource became popular in the middle part of the last decade, there were 500 junior uranium companies but only 20 competent teams. MK: And of those 500 companies, about 480 disappeared. RR: Another thing that argues in your favor today is that you’re now able to come in and buy companies with $50M market caps that spent $250–300M they raised cheaply during the boom. Those are very attractive propositions. MK: Can anything derail this nuclear renaissance? RR: If there’s a black swan on the nuclear side, it would be another event like Fukushima, Chernobyl or Three Mile Island. On the financial side, it would be another 2008-style psychotic break. But if that happened, your uranium portfolio would be probably the least of your concerns. MK: As always, Rick, it was a pleasure. Thank you. Uranium prices have nowhere to go but up. Rick confirmed that, as do the other experts in the videocast. Listen for the insights from: Spencer Abraham, who served as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Energy (2001-2005) during the George W. Bush Administration. Lady Barbara Thomas Judge, chairman emeritus of the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority, chairman of the Pension Protection Fund, and U.K. business ambassador on behalf of U.K. Trade and Investment, and is an appointed member of the TEPCO Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee. Herb Dhaliwal, former Canadian minister of natural resources and senior regional minister for British Columbia. Amir Adnani, co-founder and CEO of Uranium Energy Corp. (UEC:NYSE.MKT), which operates North America’s newest uranium mine; located in South Texas, it’s the first new uranium production in the U.S. in seven years. Casey Research has identified the top three undervalued uranium stocks that you should invest in right now to be well positioned for the coming uranium bull market. Compiled into a special report, Three Must-Own Uranium Stocks, Casey is making this time-sensitive special report available exclusively for viewers of this webinar.last_img read more

The US federal government may be ladling on more r

first_imgThe US federal government may be ladling on more regulations to Bitcoin and making disparaging comments about the cyber-currency, but it’s one of the largest holders of the virtual money in the world. The federal government has trashed Bitcoin by way of an investor alert from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) entitled “Bitcoin: More than a Bit Risky.” FINRA said it issued the alert to caution investors that buying and using digital currency, such as Bitcoin, carries risks. Speculative trading in bitcoins carries significant risk. There is also the risk of fraud related to companies claiming to offer Bitcoin payment platforms and other Bitcoin-related products and services. The financial watchdog warned investors that Bitcoin wasn’t legal tender and therefore, “If no one accepts bitcoins, bitcoins will become worthless.” Trading platforms can be hacked, and transactions can involve fraud or theft. Digital wallets don’t guarantee safety like FDIC-insured banks. Property actually transfers in a Bitcoin transaction, so refunds are at the discretion of the seller. Bitcoin has been used in illegal activity because of the anonymity it offers. And finally, speculation in the cyber-currency makes the price volatile. Uncle Sam: Second Largest Bitcoin Holder With all that, the government must figure Bitcoin is worthless, right? Well, no. Readers may remember an online marketplace called Silk Road that was seized by the US Marshals Service (USMS). Bitcoin was the coin of the Silk Road realm, and the US government went ahead and auctioned roughly $20 million of the cyber-currency seized from the online marketplace, despite the Silk Road entrepreneurs not yet having had their day in court. Forty-five bidders registered to buy 29,656 bitcoins. Each ponied up a $200,000 deposit. Reportedly, 63 bids were received by the USMS, with the currency transferred to the winner after the 12-hour auction. What’s curious is that a single anonymous bidder won the auction, beating out prominent investment firms, including Pantera Capital and SecondMarket. There was even speculation that the auction was a ruse and the government didn’t sell at all. Either way, the government still holds 110,000 bitcoins, worth $55 million at today’s $500 per coin price, down considerably from $641 when the auction was held at the end of June. However, given that there are only 13 million or so bitcoins outstanding, the US government is the second largest single holder of this unregulated, potentially “worthless” digital currency (in FINRA’s words), that is used, again according to FINRA, in criminal activity. Government Ignores the Warnings Federal marshals evidently aren’t listening to Mark T. Williams, former Federal Reserve bank examiner and Boston University finance instructor, who wrote last December for Business Insider, “I predict that Bitcoin will trade for under $10 a share by the first half of 2014.” The ex-bank examiner called Bitcoin a “wannabe currency” with a “flawed DNA” that is “steep in Libertarian and anti-Fed dogma but weak in understanding of how global economics, central banking policies, and financial markets function.” Yes, Bitcoin was created by Satoshi Nakamoto (whoever that may be) in response to how badly governments have handled monetary policies. The PHDs running the world’s central banks are creating booms and busts and misery for millions, while destroying the value of their currencies in mere decades. Yet, Professor Williams has the brass to write, “To assume currency can be computer generated, run in a decentralized manner and outside of the central banking system and controls is farcical and economically dangerous.” The Return of Money to the Marketplace Bitcoin is merely the return of money to where it came from—the entrepreneurial marketplace. Money wasn’t a creation of government policy; it is an idea that was stolen by government in order to tax people covertly through inflation. What started with kings shaving and clipping coins, has become cruelly efficient, with central bank economists conjuring up money with computer keystrokes. The bother of paper and ink are no longer required. People use Bitcoin because they want to; they use dollars because they have to. Government hates competition, so it prosecutes counterfeiters aggressively and takes a dim view of cyber money competitors. Williams takes a swipe at the Winklevoss twins who have predicted Bitcoin will reach $40,000 per coin and who have a Bitcoin exchange traded fund (ETF) in the SEC’s approval process. Nasdaq Vice President of Transaction Services and head of ETF business, David LaValle, says about the proposed Bitcoin ETF: I think it’s significant that we’re on the precipice of a new investable asset that’s coming to market or becoming available to investors first in the form of an ETF. In some ways, it gives the ETF credibility, and it accentuates many of the benefits of the ETF as an investment wrapper. To that extent, it’s important for the ETF industry. He went on to say, “I think bringing it in an ETF wrapper gives bitcoins more credibility.” Once upon a time, buying gold meant breaking the law. From 1933 to 1974, US citizens could only own up to $100 worth of gold. After 1974, buying gold meant searching for coins in out-of-the-way pawn shops and coin shops. Then in November 2004, the gold ETF (GLD) began trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The yellow metal was lifted from the investment shadows and rose in price from the mid-$400 range to $1,900 before falling back to where it is today. Bitcoin Is Gold 2.0 Approval of the Winklevoss ETF will do the same for Bitcoin, which Chriss Street of the American Thinker calls “Gold 2.0.” Street points out that only 5.6 million troy ounces of gold have been mined, and Satoshi’s protocol allows only 21 million bitcoins to be mined. Street explains: … by 2040 when the world population reaches 10 billion, there will only be 1 bitcoin for every 500 people on the earth. Gold and bitcoins are similar in lacking intrinsic value unless members of society have confidence they will maintain their value over time.… The value of bitcoins and gold are rooted in their rarity, ease of handling, and inability of government to destroy its store of wealth…. Welcome to the true full-faith of Gold 2.0. Recently, online travel agent Expedia began accepting Bitcoin, joining Dell, Overstock, TigerDirect, and other retailers. Flat 128, a retailer that sells British jewelry and accessories in New York’s West Village, just installed a Bitcoin ATM, where patrons can exchange cash for the electronic currency. Flat 128’s owner says 15 to 20 people a day come into her store to use the ATM. “Merchants around the country say that the Bitcoin A.T.M.s are helping draw would-be customers, too,” writes Sydney Ember for the New York Times. “Some of those are in coffee shops, where the tech crowd and early Bitcoin adopters are coming in for beverages.” This movement toward the cyber-currency flies in the face of what ex-bank examiner Williams wrote at the end of last year, “This is why in recent weeks, as large price movements have occurred, we have seen more credible retailers saying ‘No’ to Bitcoin.” The government knows Bitcoin (or something like it) isn’t going away. The government just wants to tax it, or steal it when its functionaries can conjure up a crime. If you don’t trust the dollar, and you shouldn’t, be like Uncle Sam: keep some money in gold and Gold 2.0.last_img read more

Rice student named Truman Scholar

first_imgAddThis ShareNEWS RELEASEB.J. Almond713-348-6770balmond@rice.eduRice student named Truman Scholar Andrew Amis is interested in energy, water and Africa HOUSTON – (April 10, 2013) – Rice University junior Andrew Amis is one of 62 students selected from 629 nominees from 54 U.S. colleges and universities as a 2013 Truman Scholar. He will receive up to $30,000 for graduate study.“The Truman Scholarship is one of the most competitive undergraduate awards in the U.S., and the application for it is extremely demanding,” said Caroline Quenemoen, director of fellowships and undergraduate research at Rice. “The scholarship recognizes Andrew’s exemplary leadership, particularly his commitment to developing innovative ideas to improve society and collaborating as an equal partner with communities in order to do so.”Recipients must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class and be committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit sector.Amis, of Clinton, Miss., is majoring in chemical engineering and history and plans to pursue a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering with a focus on energy and water technologies and a Master of Public Policy degree in international affairs.“Engineering can be a great equalizer, and I want to help bridge the gap between technology and global affairs,” Amis said. “I want to find new ways to apply technology to pressing problems in Africa.”After volunteering as a teacher in Tanzania, Africa, Amis founded TechLabs to create hands-on, open-source engineering design challenges for students. He has secured funding from Rice’s Center for Civic Engagement’s Rich Family Endowment to provide startup materials for Village Schools International, a group of 26 schools reaching 8,000 students throughout Tanzania. His vision is to scale the model to be more broadly available throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Amis received the James and Barbara Henry Award for Student Global Outreach to go to Kigali, Rwanda, this summer to share TechLabs with schools, nongovernmental organizations and government officials. Former President Bill Clinton recently highlighted TechLabs in the opening plenary to the Clinton Global Initiative University.At Rice Amis co-chaired a conference on energy, education and entrepreneurship in Houston for the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, taught a one-credit course that examined energy from engineering and policy perspectives and led an undergraduate engineering team designing new microsatellite launch technology. He also is an avid percussionist.He has authored articles for Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy urging for serious commitment to technology in U.S. foreign policy in Africa and more broadly on the importance of knowledge-based economies in the developing world. He has met with Arab students as a delegate to Qatar in the Public Diplomacy and Global Policymaking in the 21st Century program. As a fellow in the Baker Institute’s Jesse Jones Leadership Program in Washington, D.C., he helped the former science and technology adviser to the U.S. secretary of state organize a collaborative scientific workshop in Uzbekistan.“I am star-struck to be part of the Truman community,” Amis said. “I have my mentors to thank. I would not be here without them.”The 2013 Truman Scholars will assemble in May for a leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and receive their awards at a June 2 ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo.The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to the 33rd president and is supported by a special trust fund in the U.S. Treasury. In addition to funding for graduate school, recipients receive priority admission at some premier graduate schools, career counseling, leadership training and special internship opportunities with the federal government.# # #Photo for download:http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/04/TRUMAN-Andrew_Amis.jpgLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

Cutting Printing Costs With Tablets

first_img January 27, 2011 Agam Shah Next Article Growth Strategies 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Cutting Printing Costs With Tablets Add to Queue As the mobile workforce increasingly uses tablets and smartphones, a nonprofit group hopes to use the devices to reduce paperwork and cut printing costs.ChildNet, which focuses on child welfare, will use tablets and smartphones to upload and access case files remotely, which could ultimately help cut printing costs, said Emilio Benitez, president and CEO of ChildNet.ChildNet, which is based in and based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, works with Broward County to manage cases related to adoption and independent living of abused, abandoned and neglected children. The organization is moving toward using the Android mobile platform to help case workers remotely access documents.Printing is a huge expense for the small nonprofit, and cutting down on the paperwork could add up to significant cost savings.”For us, it’s a lot of money, it’s very measurable,” Benitez said.Case workers on an average spend 40 percent to 50 percent of their time filing and processing paperwork, and each child on an average has five binders, with each binder consisting of 550 pages. The time spent on paperwork also impedes the ability for case workers to spend more time with the children and families they serve, Benitez said.Tablets and smartphones could also save case workers from lugging around cartloads of binders when at court or when investigating a case on the road, Benitez said.The company currently uses HTC smartphones based on the Windows Mobile platform to access documents remotely. Windows Mobile is expressly designed for smartphones, and the organization is moving toward Google’s Android development platform, which is used on both smartphones and tablets.The cost related to printing, imaging and document management are usually hidden and can be very high, said Crawford Del Prete, executive vice president of research products and chief research officer at IDC. The costs could account for 11 percent of revenue for low-end manufacturing firms, and up to 15 percent for health-care firms, he said.One of the biggest savings could be achieved by controlling document printing and achieving better data flow, Del Prete said.It’s just not about the device, though. More workers are going mobile, and the amount of data available is exploding, so organizations need to manage mobile devices in sync with the data flow to effectively cut costs, Del Prete said.ChildNet is working with Ricoh to digitize existing case files so they become accessible through mobile devices, and has implemented an indexing system to provide quick access to certain data in compliance with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).Ricoh provides a number of options for organizations to print documents from tablets and smartphones, said Shogo Hyakutake, associate director of the global marketing group at Ricoh.Users can send an e-mail to a printer attached to the Internet, or use a remote printing service. Ricoh can also provide printer drivers for devices based on the Android OS to clients, Hyakutake said.Ricoh has not yet looked at developing drivers for the iPad as Apple maintains strong control over development of its devices, Hyakutake said. But the company may look at developing iPad drivers if consumer demand increases.Ricoh is investing US$300 million over the next three years to expand its managed document services offerings, including mobile printing services. That is a shift in strategy for Ricoh, which in the past has heavily relied on its printer business.But ChildNet will likely stick with Android in the future as it is gaining more traction in the smartphone and tablet markets, said Dipak Parekh, chief financial officer at ChildNet.Android provides the capability for ChildNet to build a security apparatus for mobile devices to access documents. Considering the security and sensitivity of documents, Android also provides the flexibility to test the application before full implementation.Parekh said that ChildNet has provided its Windows Mobile software to the Florida Department of Children and Families, which took some parts of the program to work on the BlackBerry platform. But for ChildNet, the screen space on Blackberry is small, and it does not provide enough real estate to record signatures, Parekh said. The HTC phones provide enough screen space for a case worker to record a signature, upload a picture and record the location through GPS.Parekh is looking at the Apple’s iOS platform, which is used on the iPhone and iPad, but will write applications only after the OS “is proven.”center_img 4 min read –shares Brought to you by PCWorld The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Learn how a small nonprofit is seeking to save money and reduce paperwork by adopting tablet computers and smartphones. Apply Now »last_img read more