TTJ, JPA sign MOU

first_imgWith ambitions of successful representation and bringing home medals as soon as the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, a memorandum of understanding between Table Tennis Jamaica (TTJ) and the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) was signed yesterday at the Sir John Golding Rehab Centre, located at Elleston Flats, St Andrew.A new chapter was written between local governing body for table tennis and the Paralympic community and signed by Godfrey Lothian and Christopher Samuda, the respective presidents.It will see TTJ provide coaching and training for Paralympic athletes with a view to seeing them transition to the international stage and, hopefully, win medals at the Paralympics in table tennis.Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Michael Fennell recalled that the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, while hosting the Pan American Games in 2007, was the first host to introduce the ParaPan Games.”Tokyo 2020, which I think you have set as one of your benchmarks, will be another important benchmark,” said Fennell, who warned that while the Games are four years away, planning is needed.FORMAL AGREEMENT”We are here to celebrate the signing and formalising of the agreement between the Jamaica Table Tennis Association and the Paralympic Association, and for this to have the meaning from this formal document it requires participation,” Fennell urged.Meanwhile, this summer, Brazil will showcase the Olympic Games in August and the Paralympic Games in September.”I am sure it will be amazing for Jamaican athletes Olympics and Paralympics for the records and medals that you already have collected in this country,” said Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica Carlos den Hartog.The JPA president, Samuda, said: “It is a partnership, ladies and gentlemen, that will, under the Road to Tokyo campaign, create a pathway for Paralympians to realise potential, fulfil their ambitions, and fuel their aspirations.”Samuda described the Sir John Golding Rehab Centre-based programme as a “centre of excellence”.The TTJ’s, president, Godfrey Lothian, said that “table tennis should be played anywhere and everywhere,” adding that “everybody should play table tennis”.”We will be putting some of our best coaches here because whenever you see people coming off the plane, it’s not just going to be our able-bodied athletes coming in with medals from athletics, but you’re going to see our Paralympians and others who will be mobilised across the country with table tennis medals,” he stated.last_img read more

George Stephanopoulos And Ali Wentworth Honored At GLSEN Respect Awards – New

first_imgGLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, honored George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, Ilene Chaiken, Optimedia, Amber Schweitzer and the Academy for Young Writers Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at the 13th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards – New York on Monday, May 23 at Cipriani 42nd Street.Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos arrive at the GLSEN Respect AwardsCredit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for GLSEN Respect AwardsThe 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York continues through June 2 with an online auction via Charitybuzz that features items such as tickets to a Rangers game in the Fox Networks’ Madison Level Suite in Madison Square Garden; tickets to Kinky Boots on Broadway, plus a backstage tour and gift bag; and VIP tickets to the Good Morning America 2016 Summer Concert Series in Central Park.Stephanopoulos and Wentworth were recognized for their dedication to improving the lives of young people and creating opportunities for marginalized communities. Accepting the award, Stephanopoulos said, “The great privilege we have to work at an organization like ABC News is that we have the chance to shine a light on issues where others might not go, to help bring people out of the shadows, to tell stories of people who are living their lives with courage and grace and grit in the face of incomprehension, in the face of hostility, in the face of a world which either doesn’t know how or doesn’t want to understand.”Ilene Chaiken, who was honored for providing LGBT young people with role models and increasing visibility through positive media representations of LGBT people in her work, said, “It’s disheartening that, even as we’ve made huge strides forward in the struggle for equality, our young people continue to face homophobic harassment, bullying and discrimination – not only at the hands of other students, but from teachers and parents and administrators. It’s enraging that we are again battling back ignorant efforts to enshrine new laws designed to deprive us of our human dignity. It’s disgusting – just disgusting – that our national politics is so rife with racist, misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic, reactionary and violent rhetoric. Our children deserve better. We all deserve better. That’s why we’re here tonight, standing with GLSEN.”The program also featured GLSEN National Student Council members from Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas, who shared their own stories of why GLSEN’s work is important and how it has helped each of them in creating more positive school climates in their own communities.Other speakers included GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard; Empire star Jussie Smollett; Dave Ehlers, President of Optimedia; Tim Jones, CEO – Publicis Media, The Americas; Educator of the Year and Colorado teacher Amber Schweitzer; model Andreja Pejić; Michelle Eisenberg, Spencer Washington, Daniel Collado, Dio Ayala and Dasia Flemming from the Academy for Young Writers GSA – the GSA of the Year; television anchors Brooke Baldwin, Robin Roberts and Thomas Roberts; Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary, Office of Civil Rights, the U.S. Department of Education; Jordan Krantz, Abbie Faxon and Allie Faxon from Franklin County High School GSA; Del Ray Zimmerman, co-chair of GLSEN Middle Tennessee; Chief Control Officer of First Data Cindy Armine-Klein; and NYC Department of Education LGBTQ Liaison Jared Fox.The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.The 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York was co-chaired by Cindy Armine-Klein, Chely Blitzer-Wright, Barbara Frankel, Michel Mercure and Ryan Pedlow. Sponsors included Presenting Sponsors Optimedia, Target, The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo, as well as Senior Sponsors First Data and JPMorgan Chase & Co.GLSEN has led the way on LGBT issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work through the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, GLSEN’s Ally Week.last_img read more

Dolphins Richie Incognito Suspended For Sending Racist Texts to

Photo by The Associated Press.Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito, known around the NFL for dirty play, added to his already sullied reputation by being suspended indefinitely by the team for sending racist and threatening text messages to teammate Jonathan Martin.Anonymous sources told The Associate Press that coach Joe Philbin suspended Incognito late Sunday night after becoming aware of the nature of the correspondence from the 319-pound Incognito, who is white, to the 312-pound Martin, a Black offensive lineman who played alongside Incognito.The team and NFL continued their investigation into allegations by Martin’s representatives that he was bullied, and Philbin said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross asked Commissioner Roger Goodell for assistance. The NFL Players Association also planned to look into the matter.”There’s certain people out there who are just punks, and he wants to be that kind of guy,” former Seahawks and Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson said Monday. ”But because he’s a lineman, he gets away with a lot of stuff that people don’t see. . . Incognito is way worse than anybody I ever played against.”Philbin said he was unaware of hazing incidents that involved Incognito – such as hacking into a teammate’s Facebook page – as shown on the HBO series ”Hard Knocks” that chronicled the Dolphins’ training camp in 2012. Philbin said he never watched the program.”If the review shows that this is not a safe atmosphere, I will take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that it is,” Philbin said. ”I have that obligation to the players that I coach on a daily basis, and I will do that.”In first four years with the St. Louis Rams, Incognito led the NFL in penalties for unnecessary roughness before the team tired of his antics and released him in 2009.David Shaw, coach at Stanford, where Martin played in college, said Martin is doing well, but he was not sure when he would return to the Dolphins.”The two behemoths strike dramatically different backgrounds: Martin is the son of Harvard graduates and grew up in California cultured on classical music and literature. Incognito is anything like his last name suggests. The New Jersey native has been at the heart of many run-ins, fights and controversies because of an overzealous nature. Some  observers wonder if Incognito has eclipsed the boundaries of permissible locker room high jinks or hazing.“A large part of this has been growing up, making a conscious effort on my end to change some ways in my life and change some of my ways on the football field,” Incognito told The Sun-Sentinel in August. He made the comment two months after receiving a trespassing warning after a suspected bar fight in Miami Beach, according to The Palm Beach Post.Giants kicker Josh Brown played with Incognito at Nebraska and in St. Louis. His view of his former teammate, expressed in The New York Times, could be telling: “A person with a tortured soul.”“He’s always been a fighter,” Brown said. “It’s just something he hadn’t been able to kick. It’s unfortunate and it’s sad, very sad.” read more

Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police force investigation updates

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Traffic Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating a fatal accident that occurred last night (Tuesday 14th November 2017) around 6:18 pm on South Dock Road, Providenciales where a 23-year-old female lone passenger of a Silver Nissan Murano succumbed to injuries after the vehicle collided into a wall.Investigations are ongoing to determine the circumstances that caused the accident and the exact cause of the death.The RT&CIPF are appealing for any witnesses to this accident to contact them.ArrestsDetectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are continuing investigations into a number of reports and have successfully arrested and charged numerous persons.As a result of investigations, On Thursday 5th October 2017, an 18-year-old male of Providenciales was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of Cannabis, Handling Stolen Goods, Burglary and Taking Motor Vehicle without Authority.   He was taken to court and is remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP).Also on Friday 20th October, a 40 year old male of Grand Turk was arrested and given 30 charges (10 counts of Forgery, 10 counts of Theft of a Chose in action and 10 counts of Uttering Forged document) in connection with reports made on Tuesday 10th October and Thursday 19th October 2017 by two different complainants. He was taken to court and given bail.On Tuesday 7th November 2017, two males of Providenciales, ages 17 and 22 years old were arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Drugs namely Cannabis. Both were taken to court and given bail.A 25-year-old male of Providenciales was arrested and charged with Burglary in connection with a report made on Friday 13th October 2017.   He was taken to court and also given bail.Two (2) males of Providenciales, ages 22 and 26 years old were arrested for numerous serious offences after a report was made on Tuesday 18th July 2017. On Monday 6th November, The twenty-two year old was arrested and later charged with three (3) counts of kidnapping, two (2) counts of Robbery, three (3) counts of rape, three (3) counts of possession of imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and taking motor vehicle without authority.   He was taken to court and later remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.   The twenty-six year old was arrested on Thursday 9th October 2017 on suspicion of Robbery, Kidnapping and rape.   He is remanded in police custody for fourteen (14 days) orders of the court.Also, a 34-year-old male of Providenciales is presently in Police custody after he was arrested on Tuesday 14th November 2017 on suspicion of Robbery and Attempted Murder in connection with a report made on 11th October 2010.On Friday 10th November 2017, Financial Crimes Detectives arrested a male of Nassau Bahamas for Uttering Forged in connection with a report made on the 4th August 2017.   He is presently on $50,000 police bail.Press Release: RT&CIPf Related Items:last_img read more

8020 Media Shuts Down

first_imgRELATED: Memo from 8020’s CEO 8020 Media, a publisher heralded for its community-driven editorial model, is shutting down.The four-year-old company, which had published JPG, a photography magazine comprised of user-submitted content, simply ran out of money, its CEO, Mitchell Fox, wrote in a memo late last week. “In the face of these extraordinary economic times, in a devastated advertising climate, we can no longer continue to operate the business due to lack of funds,” he wrote. “So, while we sit here at the precipice of profitability, the negative marketplace forces are too strong to overcome, and we must take this regrettable action.”8020 had been backed by Halsey Minor, the founder of CNET. According to a post on the New York Times Web site, Minor had recently offered to sell 8020 to Meredith and Condé Nast, without success.According to the post, 8020’s 18 employees were given the holiday week off. During the week, they received individual telephone calls and e-mails with the news that the company had exhausted its options and would shut down.“There is no doubt that our company has done what no others have yet to do,” Fox wrote. “That is, prove that the Web and print can work effectively together, one supporting the other.”“However, none of us could have predicted the global economic collapse we’ve witnessed in the past few months,” Fox continued. “So our timing to grow the business and bring it to profitability through even the smallest amount of additional funding could not have been worse.In August, the San Francisco-based company was forced to fold Everywhere, its travel magazine. At the time, Fox told FOLIO: that 8020 would not only relaunch Everywhere “before the end of the year for sure,” the company would launch as many as three new titles in the first quarter of 2009.Even before the shuttering of Everywhere, there was trouble at 8020.  Husband and wife co-founders Derek Powazek and Heather Powazek Champ left the company in 2007 over “significant differences of opinion regarding the direction of 8020.” The pair, which founded 8020 with Paul Cloutier in 2004, accused Cloutier of rewriting the company’s history.last_img read more

DOD to Propose Placing Space Force under Air Force

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A newly created Space Force would fall under the Department of the Air Force rather than become an independent department, under a draft legislative proposal being circulated within the Pentagon. DOD intends to submit the proposal to Congress in February along with its fiscal 2020 budget request. The new service would be overseen by a newly created undersecretary of the Air Force and a Space Force chief of staff, who would sit on the Joint Chiefs, reports Defense News. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thackerlast_img read more

Garth Brooks To Headline Stagecoach 2018 Festival

first_img Garth Brooks To Headline Stagecoach 2018 garth-brooks-headline-stagecoach-2018-festival Email News Garth Brooks To Headline Stagecoach 2018 Festival Facebook The country music icon will make his first-ever festival appearance at the 2018 edition of Stagecoach Music FestivalBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 29, 2017 – 6:48 pm Two-time GRAMMY-winning country music legend Garth Brooks, despite breaking numerous sales records during his lengthy touring career, has never played a traditional music festival.That’s all going to change in 2018, according to sources via Billboard, the “Ropin’ In The Wind” singer will be headlining the 11th annual edition of AEG/Goldenvoice’s premiere Stagecoach country music festival.It’s big news for the millions of Brooks’ fans, and early, given that the festival is still roughly nine months out — Stagecoach traditionally held the week immediately following Coachella and performers are usually announced in early September — but with a snatch this big for Goldenvoice’s talent buyers, it seems the news was too good to wait. Who will join Brooks for the Stagecoach lineup will likely be revealed in the months to come.Miley Cyrus Joined By Sister Noah, Whole Family To Sing “Achy Breaky Heart” Twitter last_img read more

Arctic Monkey Announce New Album Tranquility Base Hotel Casino

first_imgThe GRAMMY-nominated English rock band have officially announced their sixth albumBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 6, 2018 – 11:41 am Less than a month before embarking on their new North American tour, GRAMMY-nominated English rock band Arctic Monkeys have announced the release of their first album in nearly five years, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, set for May 11.The album will be their sixth studio LP and first new release since going on temporary hiatus following an extended tour in support of 2013’s AM. “Do I Wanna Know?,” one of AM’s biggest hit singles, earned the band their third career GRAMMY nomination at the 57th GRAMMY Awards. https://www.instagram.com/p/BgOpFGMAAZx/?utm_source=ig_embed News Twitter Along with the forthcoming record, Arctic Monkeys are preparing to hit the road for a 10-date tour of North America, starting off in Los Angeles at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery on May 5. The tour will run through Aug. 5, wrapping up in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. Tickets and show date info for the North American tour, as well as additional dates in Europe throughout the summer, can be found on the band’s official website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook Email Arctic Monkey Announce New Album arctic-monkey-announce-new-album-tranquility-base-hotel-casino Arctic Monkey Announce New Album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ last_img read more

VIDEO Watch 2018 Mr Mrs WHS Contest

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School held its 15th Annual Mr. & Mrs. WHS competition on Wednesday, October 17. The event, sponsored by the Class of 2021 and the Mentor Program, was hosted by Tatiana De Oliveira and Josh D’Angelo.Congratulations to the winners, Joe Consorti and Hannah LaVita. Other contestants included: Ethan Karnesky, Matt Thomas, Aidan Briere, Jomei DeMonico, Allyson Buckley, Patrick O’Mahony, Patrick Xavier, and Owen Surrette.Watch the event, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——(NOTE: Cover photo from advisor Tracey Kassin’s Twitter account.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch The 2019 Wilmington High Scholarship NightIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch ‘Jimmy & The Jesters’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch The Hospital Bed Race From Fun On The FourthIn “Videos”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday August 6 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, August 6, 2019:#1) National Night Out At Rotary ParkNational Night Out is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. At the Wilmington event, we have representatives from not only the WPD, but also from local, county, state, & federal law enforcement agencies on hand to speak with community members and explain each of their agency’s role.National Night Out 2019 will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from 5pm to 8pm at Rotary Park, located across the street from the Wilmington Public Safety building. We will have police & fire vehicles displays, equipment displays, demonstrations, crime prevention information, food, & bouncy houses.The following agencies are scheduled to be present:Wilmington Police DepartmentWilmington Fire DepartmentFederal Bureau of InvestigationBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & FirearmsUnited States Postal Inspection ServiceVeteran’s Affairs PoliceFederal Reserve PoliceMassachusetts State PoliceMassachusetts Environmental PoliceReading Police DepartmentMassachusetts National Guard#2) Wilmington Board Of Health MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm at Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Wilmington Planning Board MeetingThe Wilmington Planning Board meets at 7:30pm at Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.#5) Art After Dark At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting Zodiac Cross Stitch at 6:30pm. Weave the stars together with this zodiac cross-stitch craft! Create your own zodiac sign in a 3″ hoop. All skill levels welcome, all supplies provided. Grades 6-12. Register HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: What To Expect At TONIGHT’S Wilmington Police’s National Night OutIn “Police Log”What To Expect At Wilmington Police’s National Night Out On August 6In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Can Fin Homes shares gain 100 in 1 year put PNB Housing

first_imgCan Fin Homes shares have experienced a phenomenal run on the bourses, gaining 100 percent in one year and more than 325 percent in two years, even as PNB Housing Finance is all set to enter the primary market with its initial public offering (IPO).Can Fin Homes share price closed at Rs. 1,482 on Friday (Aug. 26, 2016), translating into a gain of 100.27 percent from the closing price of Rs. 740.30 on Aug. 27, 2015. When compared with the closing price of Rs. 348 on Aug. 27, 2014, the appreciation is 325 percent.In comparison, Canara Bank, which holds 43.45 percent stake in the home loan company, has had a poor run on the stock exchanges, falling 6.9 percent to Rs. 268.55 on Friday (Aug. 26, 2016) from Rs 288.80 on Aug. 27, 2015.For the first quarter (Q1) ended June 30, Can Fin Homes posted 55 percent rise in net profit at Rs. 49.73 crore as against Rs. 32.10 crore in the year-ago period. Total income increased 28 percent in Q1 to 242.53 crore as compared to the corresponding period last year. Net interest income grew 43 percent to Rs. 91.87 crore from Rs. 64.03 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.The home loan company’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 0.24 percent and 0.04 percent, respectively, as of June 30, 2016. Canara Bank reported 52 percent fall in net profit for Q1 to Rs. 229 crore on account of higher provisioning for bad loans. The bank had to provide Rs. 1,492 crore during the quarter for bad loans as against Rs. 1,359 crore in the year-ago period. The bank’s net profit in June 2015 quarter was Rs. 478 crore.Total income in Q1 fell to Rs. 11,786 crore from Rs. 12,252 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal, according to the Bengaluru-based lender’s regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on July 25.PNB Housing Finance, in which state-run Punjab National Bank has a 51 percent stake, is entering the primary market with an approximately Rs. 2,500 crore initial public offering (IPO).last_img read more

Will Mukesh Ambanis Reliance Jio celebrate topping market by going public

first_imgReliance Jio Republic Day 2018 Offer. The telco’s rapid growth since its launch in 2016 has been powered by aggressive marketing and brutal price wars.IBTimes India/Sami KhanMukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio is eyeing an initial public offering that may also coincide with its climb to the top of the mobile communications market. The Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) subsidiary already has the second biggest market base of 31.7 per cent nipping at the heels of market leader Vodafone Idea that has 32.2 per cent share. After having overtaken Bharti Airtel, which now has 27.3 per cent share, with aggressive pricing policy, Jio now hopes to become the top player by early next year, reports say.RIL, however, wants to first clean up its books by hiving off the fibre and tower assets to two infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs) it has created with external investor participation, a report in the Economic Times says. The report cites sources as saying that the IPO plans have advanced much through several meetings the company’s top management had with banks and financial advisers.”The telecom company has informed bankers that it expects to topple competition on the subscriber front shortly, which would bring in more revenue, and roll out its fibre to the home (FTTH) network, all of which will ensure a successful IPO,” the report quotes an unidentified source as saying. Another source said that concerns “were raised over Jio’s falling average revenue per user (ARPU),” a key industry parameter. The ARPU of Jio, that began operations in 2016, dropped for the fifth straight quarter to Rs 126.2 in March quarter from Rs 131.7 in the preceding one. Meanwhile, rivals Airtel and Vodafone managed to improve ARPU sequentially, signalling that their customers subscribe to higher tariff plans.Jio was the only telco to post profits in the March quarter, up 65 per cent year on year against a 56 per cent rise in revenue, the report says. But sequential profit growth was 1 per cent in the March quarter against 22 per cent in the previous quarter as the company was hit by a fall in ARPU and higher network cost and rising depreciation and amortisation expenses. A woman checks her mobile phone as she walks past a mobile store of Reliance Industries’ Jio telecoms unit, in Mumbai, India. Jio is aiming for to top market share and hopes to close the gap with leader Vodafone Idea in a matter of months.REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeThe telecom unit’s enterprise value is pegged at around Rs 4.41 lakh crore, according to a note by brokerage IIFL. Rival Bharti Airtel, which has yielded the top position in market share to Vodafone and fallen to the third position behind Jio, has a market capitalisation of nearly Rs 1.79 lakh crore, at the close of trade on Thursday. Its stock closed 2 per cent higher at Rs 348.65 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Vodafone Idea share ended 4 per cent higher at Rs 11.90, giving it a market cap of over Rs 34,195 crore.RIL has apparently made it clear that the IPO could take place only after the recently demerged fibre and tower businesses – Jio Digital Fibre Pvt Ltd and Reliance Jio Infratel Pvt Ltd respectively – get monetised via external investments, according to media reports. Earlier reports said Brookfield Asset Management is close to investing in the portfolio of 170,000 towers currently valued at around Rs 36,000 crore. After transferring of debt to the tune of Rs 1.07 lakh crore to the two demerged units, Jio’s net debt stood at Rs 67,000 crore by March-end. “Since regulatory guidelines state that the telco can be listed after three years of financial reporting, the IPO cannot come before March 2020. But that will be too early – it’s likely late 2020 or even in 2021,” said one of the people cited above, according to the report.The return to power of Prime Minister Narendra Modi heading the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), seen to be more business-friendly, may also encourage companies to go public as the investment climate is expected to improve. Reliance Jio wants fresh funds to expand the 4G network and take part in the imminent 5G spectrum auctions.last_img read more

Fire at Gulshan1 kitchen market

first_imgFire. A Prothom Alo IllustrationA fire broke out at a kitchen market near the DNCC Market in Gulshan- 1 of Dhaka early Saturday.Twenty units of the fire service and civil defence were working to douse the blaze that broke out around 5:30am, fire service officials said.A team of Navy also joined the effort to douse the blaze.However, no causalities have been reported so far.Fire service officials said 11 of their units started working to control the fire.The fire erupted from a hotel inside the market, said fire service deputy director Debashis Bardhan around 6:45am.Earlier on 3 January 2017, another fire broke out at the market at the crack of dawn. Many shops were gutted in the fire. The market was then opened in a makeshift basis.Local people alleged, the market authorities did not take enough measures to curb such accidents after the 2017fire.Witnesses, however, said the fire service men reached spot within two minutes of today’s fire.In another fire in the city’s Banani area on Thursday, at least 25 people were killed and over 70 others injured.last_img read more

Ketamine The Future of PTSD Treatment

first_imgCARSON FRAME / TPR NEWSDr. John Krystal, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, presents his findings on ketamine. Krystal hypothesizes that ketamine could offer rapid relief to veterans and military members suffering from PTSD.Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has a reputation for being difficult to treat, especially in active duty military and veteran populations. That may soon change,  according to research findings shared Wednesday at the 2017 San Antonio Combat PTSD Conference. There are two medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat PTSD: Zoloft and Paxil. Both are part of a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. They’re only modestly effective and take about 10 weeks to set in. Outcomes have been poor in military and vet populations, particularly in people with chronic, multi-trauma PTSD. A new kind of treatment is gaining traction. It’s ketamine,  a medication mainly used to start and maintain anesthesia. On Wednesday a group of leading researchers gathered at the San Antonio Combat PTSD Conference, presented by STRONG STAR and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD, two programs of UT Health San Antonio.Dr. John Krystal, Chair of the Psychiatry Department at Yale University, studies ketamine’s effects on the brain.  In his keynote address, Krystal said that ketamine works fast to relieve symptoms of depression in trials, with some patients showing a complete turnaround after just one intravenous dose.“This idea of people with chronic, treatment resistant depression–multiple treatments: psychotherapies, medications, electroconvulsive therapies–responding to a single dose of ketamine has been one of the most remarkable things that I’ve ever seen in my career.”Not all depression sufferers experience complete remission with ketamine, but the results are promising. Krystal explained that the patients usually see a 50 to 75 percent reduction in their symptoms. That change normally amounts to about 10 percent when patients add a traditional medication to treat their depression.According to Dr. Krystal, ketamine’s speedy onset may make it useful to PTSD sufferers.“For not only inducing a rapid improvement in PTSD symptoms, but perhaps rapid improvement in symptoms that are of urgent importance for some veterans and military personnel, such as suicidal ideation.”Researchers know that stress from PTSD can cause certain connections in the brain to break down. Krystal refers to this phenomenon as a ‘loss of synaptic connectivity.’ When that occurs, mental faculties like memory, planning ability and emotional control are affected. Ketamine seems to help restore those connections, though there are still a lot of unknowns.The Consortium to Alleviate PTSD is conducting a 4-week study on the drug in San Antonio. It will involve nearly 200 military personnel and veterans and test different ways of dosing ketamine. It will also measure how long the benefits of the drug last.    Sharelast_img read more

Less Than Two Weeks After Santa Fe Shooting Gov Greg Abbott To

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneTexas Governor Greg Abbott convenes the third of three roundtable discussions on school safety and student mental health issues, at the Capitol in Austin on May 24, 2018.Gov. Greg Abbott will announce a plan Wednesday to make Texas schools safer in the wake of the deadly Santa Fe shooting, according to his office.Abbott is set to unveil the set of proposals during two events, one in the morning in Dallas and the other in the afternoon in San Marcos. They come less than two weeks after the shooting rampage at Santa Fe High School, which left 10 people dead. Abbott’s plan will follow three school safety roundtables he held last week at the Capitol, soliciting input from victims, parents, teachers, lawmakers, law enforcement officials and other experts. Abbott tweeted Friday night that he would “soon announce many substantive details that can be implemented before the next school year begins.” Abbott’s proposals are expected to fall into two categories: those that can be implemented immediately and those that the Legislature will have to consider the next time it convenes. Lawmakers are not due to return to Austin until January, though Abbott has not ruled out calling a special session to bring them back earlier.last_img read more

Samsung rowing harder and faster for flexible screen production

first_img More information: online.wsj.com/article/SB10001 … 116392091283994.html 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. Expectations are that Samsung, as part of the grand mix, is to start mass production of smartphone screens using bendable plastic rather than glass. According to the WSJ report, Samsung’s flexible displays will incorporate OLEDs.Analysts believe the move into mass production would be a real business advantage as smart-device makers in competition with Samsung scramble for attention and market share with their designs and feature sets. Some of the reasons why a Samsung customer would favor plastic rather than conventional glass would be lightness and durability. As for Samsung, the technology could also help lower manufacturing costs as well as differentiate its products from rivals, said an analyst at Shinyoung Securities in the WSJ report. Explore further Samsung readies first batch of super-thin bendable AMOLED displays (Phys.org)—Is Samsung getting ready to release a line of flexible displays made of glass-replacing plastic? The right words in response may be “well, finally,” or “well, maybe.” The Wall Street Journal has talked to a source who said that Samsung, in the words of the WSJ subheading, “Plans to Mass Produce Flexible Mobile-Device Screens” in the first half of next year. The source was not named and was only described as “a person familiar with the situation.” Samsung has tantalized techies and consumers with its futuristic videos showing a beautiful-life day using wearable wrist computers, auto dashboard display screens, location-finding smartphones, and wall mounted computer screens of plastic rather than glass. © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Samsung rowing harder and faster for flexible screen production (2012, November 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-samsung-rowing-harder-faster-flexible.html Hopes that Samsung would not miss the 2012 mark in flex displays for television were shelved this year with reports of problems preventing release of the 55-inch OLED TVs. The idea had been to sell them in time for the London Olympics.Samsung is considered one of the leaders in OLED display research and the leader in (Active Matrix) AMOLED, where a transistor next to each pixel brings faster response time. OLED Displays are thinner, more efficient and offer better picture quality than LCD or Plasma displays.As for smartphones, back in March, analysts were already talking about how Samsung was looking at its plastic-backed AMOLED devices to make lightweight, ultra-thin phones with foldable screens. Analysts said they expected to see Samsung apply plastic substrate-based, bendable or curved displays for smartphones with the first products carrying a design where a screen is folded over the edges of a phone, so that the display continues on to the sides. The display would be unbreakable.Samsung claims that by 2014, 50 percent of cell phones might have AMOLED displays, and by 2015 it could become the main TV panel technology.last_img read more

Bats found to produce longer and more intense calls when crowded by

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Study in bats and rodents offers insights on how viruses spread across species Explore further Big eared townsend bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) Credit: Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Eran Amichai et al. Calling louder and longer: how bats use biosonar under severe acoustic interference from other bats, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2064AbstractActive-sensing systems such as echolocation provide animals with distinct advantages in dark environments. For social animals, however, like many bat species, active sensing can present problems as well: when many individuals emit bio-sonar calls simultaneously, detecting and recognizing the faint echoes generated by one’s own calls amid the general cacophony of the group becomes challenging. This problem is often termed ‘jamming’ and bats have been hypothesized to solve it by shifting the spectral content of their calls to decrease the overlap with the jamming signals. We tested bats’ response in situations of extreme interference, mimicking a high density of bats. We played-back bat echolocation calls from multiple speakers, to jam flying Pipistrellus kuhlii bats, simulating a naturally occurring situation of many bats flying in proximity. We examined behavioural and echolocation parameters during search phase and target approach. Under severe interference, bats emitted calls of higher intensity and longer duration, and called more often. Slight spectral shifts were observed but they did not decrease the spectral overlap with jamming signals. We also found that pre-existing inter-individual spectral differences could allow self-call recognition. Results suggest that the bats’ response aimed to increase the signal-to-noise ratio and not to avoid spectral overlap.center_img (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Tel-Aviv University has found that bats produce calls that are longer and more intense when among a crowd of others of their own kind as a means to hear themselves among the din. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Eran Amichai, Gaddi Blumrosen and Yossi Yovel describe lab experiments they conducted with trained bats to learn more about how bats contend with noise from surrounding bats. © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Bats found to produce longer and more intense calls when crowded by other bats (2015, December 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-longer-intense-crowded.html Bats famously use echo-location to avoid colliding with objects while flying and to zero in on moving prey such as insects, but how do they recognize their own echoed pings when traveling or hunting with a large group of other bats, all of whom are sending out pings of their own, creating a lot of competing noise? That is what the researchers with this new effort sought to learn. Some have suggested that the bats simply change the frequency of their tone, so that it can be differentiated from other bats, but no one had ever tested this theory.To learn more, the researchers trained several bats to land on a roost on command, and then set up speakers connected to a bat-sound emitting source next to the roost to mimic different numbers of bats in the area. They then listened in as the test bats changed their tones in response to the noise levels they encountered. The researchers found that the bats tended to increase the duration of the calls they made and to make them more intense when there were many competing tones from other bats, which the team termed severe interference. And contrary to conventional theory, they found little evidence of spectral shifts—when they did occur they did not decrease overlap with competing tones. The researchers refer to the noise made by several bats emitting noise at the same time as jamming, because, quite naturally it could lead to problems with individual bats hearing their own tones, which could be problematic during such events as landing—the researchers found that when the bats attempted a landing on a quiet roost, they generally produced short calls to ensure a soft landing. When approaching a noisy roost, on the other hand, they shifted to producing near continuous high intensity calls.last_img read more