Michigan may have completely overhauled its coaching staff this offseason, but clearly, Michigan State and its fans aren’t conceding state bragging rights any time soon. Thursday night, one MSU board of trustees member made that clear.Mitch Lyons, the Vice-Chair of the Michigan State Board of Trustees, had a little fun with new Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh on Twitter. Harbaugh, clearing trying to endear himself to his new fan base, asked his followers if it was legal to own a Wolverine as a pet. Lyons responded, telling Harbaugh he should ask Coach Mark Dantonio. If you aren’t connecting the dots, he’s claiming that Dantonio owns the Wolverines.@JayHarbaugh @ryanschuiling Ask Coach D…..#GoGreen— Mitch Lyons (@mlyons85) January 23, 2015Considering Dantonio is 6-2 against Michigan in his time in East Lansing, this is an A+ troll job. Unfortunately, Harbaugh never responded, instead choosing to ignore the comment.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Vessel operator Interorient Marine Services was convicted and sentenced in Louisiana for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil from a tanker.Senior ship officers employed by the company aboard the Ridgebury Alexandra Z discharged oily waste into the ocean by flushing the vessel’s pollution prevention equipment sensor with fresh water.This flushing of the sensor tricked the system into detecting a much lower effluent oil content than what was actually being discharged. These senior officers then falsified the vessel’s Oil Record Book, recording that 87,705 gallons of oily wastewater had been discharged properly through the pollution prevention equipment.The company admitted to illegally dumping the oil cargo residues and oily bilge water directly into the ocean and falsifying Oil Record Book entries to conceal the illegal dumping.Interorient Marine Services Limited pleaded guilty to a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, 33 U.S.C. § 1908(a), for failing to accurately maintain the Ridgebury Alexandra Z’s Oil Record Book. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the company will pay a total fine of USD 2 million and serve a 4-year term of probation, during which all vessels operated by the company and calling on U.S. ports will be required to implement a robust Environmental Compliance Plan.The vessel’s captain, Vjaceslavs Birzakovs, was charged in a six-count indictment by a Grand Jury in the Western District of Louisiana on Nov. 29, 2018, for his involvement in this case. The indictment alleges that Birzakovs directed circumvention of the vessel’s pollution prevention equipment, falsified records, obstructed justice, made false statements, and conspired with other crewmembers to falsify the vessel’s Oil Record Book. The charges are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Charitybuzz, a Charity Network company, today announced its 2nd Annual Entrepreneur Auction featuring many of the world’s most innovative thinkers.Bidders can visit charitybuzz.com, the premier online charity auction platform, for the chance to take a meeting that could change their life. The auction begins on October 25 at charitybuzz.com during the lead up to Global Entrepreneurship Week and ends on November 15.The Charitybuzz Entrepreneur Auction enables business leaders to tap into Charitybuzz’s network of bidders, considered to be one of the most affluent philanthropic communities in the world, in order to raise money for causes they care about. Most business leaders are offering one-on-one time in the form of an executive meeting or power lunch. Other business experiences available include mentorships, internships, office tours, golf outings and trips.Charitybuzz’s inaugural event raised almost $1mm for charity through the auction of more than 100 business-related experiences. Highlights included a round of golf with Michael Bloomberg which sold for $52,000 to benefit The Humane Society, a private dinner with CEO of Citigroup, Michael Corbat which sold for $23,250 to benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and a meeting with Bill Maris, then President and CEO of Google Ventures, which sold for $56,000 to benefit Rock School Scholarship fund.By auctioning luxury items and celebrity experiences online to bidders worldwide, Charitybuzz has raised more than $182 million for more than 3,800 nonprofit clients. Meetings with entrepreneurs and business leaders have to date been one of the company’s most successful fundraising categories. Pitch meetings with Rupert Murdoch, Richard Branson and Mark Cuban each sold for more than $85,000 earlier this year. The most popular business meeting ever to sell on Charitybuzz was coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook, breaking records at $610,000 to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.“The Charitybuzz Tim Cook auction was a watershed moment for us. We realized that successful business leaders could raise as much for charity as some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities,” said Ben Erwin, VP of Business Development for the Charity Network. “We established The Entrepreneur Auction as the only digital curation of its kind and have been blown away by the caliber of participants. Plus, what better way for our bidders to network, than to meet with industry executives by supporting causes they care about.”The Entrepreneur Auction will take place live at entrepreneur.charitybuzz.com from October 25 – November 15, 2016. This year’s formidable participants and their charitable beneficiaries fall into four categories: Lifestyle, Media, Tech, and Finance and Investors. They include:LifestyleTommy Hilfiger, Fashion Designer, Founder Tommy Hilfiger Corporation for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Co-founder, Gilt Group for Dress for Success Cindy Crawford, Colin Cowie and Simon de Pury for the Gabrielle’s Angels Foundation for Cancer Research Ken Downing for Dallas Cattle Baron’s Ball supporting the American Cancer Society Paris Hilton for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Lisa Gersh, CEO of GOOP for Flying Kites Russell Simmons for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Neil Blumenthal, Founder Warby Parker for UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council Stella McCartney OBE, Fashion Designer for PETA Mark Tatum, NBA Deputy Commissioner for Thurgood Marshall College FundMediaHarvey Weinstein, Co-chairman, The Weinstein Company for the Max Foundation Donny Deutsch, Chairman Emeritus, Deutsch Inc for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research John Steinberg, Cheddar Founder,Former President of Buzzfeed for the Penn Basser Center Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take Two Interactive Software for Games For ChangeTechBelinda Johnson, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer, Airbnb for UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency Carolyn Everson, VP Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook for SAVE of Essex County Steve Ballmer, Former CEO of Microsoft and owner, LA Clippers for New York Collaborates for Autism Paul English, Founder Co-founder, Kayak and Lola for Flying Kites Guy Kawasaki, Author and Former Chief Evangelist, Apple for Wikimedia Foundation John Couch, VP Education, Apple for Santa Fe Christian Schools Sean Rad, Co-founder of Tinder for Go CampaignFinance and InvestorsRichard Branson for the National Tennis Foundation Mark Cuban for the Autism Society of America Kevin O’Leary for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Marc Lasry for American Friends of Soroka Jeff Stibel for Doctors Without BordersOther participants include Emilio Estefan (The Gloria Estefan Foundation), Dan Ariely (Games for Change), Don Garber (Save of Essex County), Elizabeth Gore and Carolyn Rodz (UN Foundation), Julie Greenwald (Shine on Sierra Leone), Graeme Devine (Games for Change), John Hoke (Children’s Cancer Association), Neil Blumenthal (Un Foundation) and many more!
WASHINGTON — U.S. job openings fell in November from the previous month, but the number of available positions remained healthy.The Labor Department says job openings slipped 3.4 per cent to a seasonally adjusted 6.9 million. That is the fewest openings in five months, but still 16 per cent higher than a year ago.The job market remains strong despite sharp stock market declines last month, interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve, and a slowing global economy that is also bedeviled by trade fights. Last week’s blockbuster jobs report helped assuage concerns about the economy, as it showed that hiring reached a 10-month high in December.The number of people quitting fell in November, the report showed, but the total also stayed at a solid level.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday tore into the Congress, terming its manifesto as a “hypocrisy document” which was “full of lies”. Addressing his second rally in Arunachal Pradesh within a week, the prime minister cited the Congress manifesto for the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, and said it had promised that every house would have electricity by 2009. “However, till 2014 around 18,000 houses were unelectrified… Just like them (the Congress), their manifesto is corrupt and full of lies. Therefore, it should be called hypocrisy document, not a manifesto,” Modi said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Congress President Rahul Gandhi Tuesday released his party’s manifesto for Lok Sabha polls, making jobs creation, addressing farm distress, bringing a single moderate rate of GST and giving Rs 72,000 per annum to poor families as key focus if the party comes to power. The prime minister also charged that the Congress was fooling farmer in the name of votes, whereas the BJP government has always been with them. “We never committed the sin of betraying farmers but we introduced the mechanism from seed to market,” the PM said. Modi said the upcoming Lok Sabha polls will be about the choice between “trust and corruption, and about resolution and conspiracy”. Simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the state assembly will be held on April 11.
NEW DELHI: PC Chako, All India Congress Committee in-charge of Delhi, on Thursday said his party will have a direct fight with the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi and asserted that the possibility of a triangular contest is “slowly disappearing” in the national capital. The senior Congress leader also raised doubts about AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s seriousness in defeating the BJP. Chacko said the Congress was getting a good response after the party fielded its candidates for all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, which goes to polls on May 12. Also Read – Meeting: Issues related to handling of Airport Entry Passes discussedDelhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Thursday introduced its candidates before the media at its party office here. Talking to reporters, Chacko said he has “doubts” about Kejriwal’s seriousness to defeat the Bhartitya Janata Party in Delhi. “Earlier, we thought there is a triangular fight in Delhi, but (the possibility) of a triangular fight is disappearing slowly in Delhi. We have a direct fight with BJP in Delhi,” the party’s general secretary in-charge of Delhi said. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanAsked about the possibility of any alliance between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party even after both parties announced its candidates, Chacko said that it is now a closed chapter. “It is difficult to get the AAP into confidence because we have doubts about Kejriwal’s intension…without any reason, he (Kejriwal) stepped back that is why we still have doubt about him being serious in defeating the BJP,” the Congress leader said. Asserting that there will be no split of anti-BJP votes in Delhi, he said in the entire country, there is fight between the Congress and BJP. “Anti-BJP votes will come to Congress. In the entire country, there is fight between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi and in view of this, there will be no split of votes,” Chacko also said. Congress president and North-east candidate Sheila Dikshit said that the Congress candidates are familiar with the people of Delhi as they have been serving them for past many years in various capacities.
Neymar’s progress in his return from injury has gone “better than expected,” says Brazil’s physical trainerThe Paris St-Germain forward has been out of action since sustaining a foot injury in a Ligue 1 game against local rivals Marseille on February 25.Despite having failed to return in time for PSG’s final games of the season, Neymar was selected by head coach Tite for his final 23-man squad in this summer’s World Cup.“His development is better than expected,” said trainer Fabio Mahseredjian, according to BBC.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, who was in charge of Neymar’s surgery in March, added that they were taking a cautious approach in the 26-year-old’s recovery.“He’s regaining his usual movements bit by bit,” he said.“The next step is full group training and then play games. Everything is being done for him to feel at ease.”Since making his debut in 2010 for the national side, Neymar has gone on to score an impressive 53 goals in 83 matches for Brazil.
Goalscoring hero Jan Bednarek believes that Poland have a bright future ahead of them after sealing a 1-0 win over Japan in their final World Cup gameThe Southampton defender’s well-taken volley following a Rafal Kurzawa free-kick sealed Adam Nawalka’s side their first win of the tournament after losing their first two games in disappointing fashion against Senegal and Colombia.After the match, Nawalka denied that the World Cup had been a waste of time for Poland and insisted that it was a valuable experience for the younger players.And 22-year-old Bednarek backed his coach’s thinking.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group G George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group G, saw Robert Lewandowski draw another blank.What should have been a plane sailing group for Poland, has turned out to…“It didn’t work out for us at the World Cup, but we’re finishing it on a positive note and we’re optimistic about the future,” he told Polish TV, via ESPN.“I think for some of us it’s only the beginning, it’s our first World Cup, a new experience and we’ll go ahead, we’ll be more mature, more experienced, it will be a positive thing for us.“We certainly started the Cup wrong, it didn’t look like we wanted it to look, and then it was too late. This is how the World Cup works, you have to win games right from the start. But it’s a lesson for us, we’ll learn our lesson.”Poland ended their World Cup campaign with a fourth-place finish in Group H with three points.
Tottenham Hotspur’s forward Heung-Min Son revealed who his football role model is, it’s a Manchester United legend who recently hung up his boots.Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son is having a blast as a Premier League player, he recently revealed that he has a role model who played at Manchester United for a long time.There are not too many South Korean players who triumph in European football, but Park Ji-Sung is arguably amongst the most successful ones and the player who inspired younger generations from his country where Son came from.The Spurs player talks about Park as a national hero, and dreams of someday winning as many trophies as the former Red Devil did throughout his illustrious career.“He is a legend for me and was one of the guys who influenced us all in a way because he played for also a big team and was a key part of their success,” Son told The Mirror.“Anytime he played in the Champions League he played very well and represented our country in the best possible way.”“I am still in contact with him and he remains my role model because of the kind of human being he is. It is very hard to find a fault in him and if I need to ask something he is always a phone call away.”“I can never underestimate the role he played in putting our country out there with his performance.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Son also revealed what a joy it is for him to be a Premier League player: “For me it’s still a dream to play in the Premier League.”“The journey is an unbelievable one. Playing in England and playing for Tottenham I don’t think I could have asked for more at this stage.”“I am enjoying playing in here every second, every hour, every day. Look back home in South Korea most of the kids wants to play here.”“Maybe some players had it easy but for me it’s a dream and I treat every game as living the dream I had some years ago,” said the Tottenham Hotspur’s forward. On this day in 2005, Park Ji-Sung was unveiled as a United player following his £4m move from PSV.205 games ⚽27 goals 🎯13 trophies 🏆The big-game performer 👌 pic.twitter.com/z7DZAukLhE— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) July 8, 2018
Carlo Cudicini has described Cesc Fabregas as ‘one of a kind’ after his appearance in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Fabregas has been linked with a move to French club Monaco in the January transfer window and his appearance in Chelsea’s FA Cup victory appeared to be his last for the club.The midfielder came off to a standing ovation by the crowd and his team-mates in the second half and came back on the pitch after the game in tears as Chelsea fans sang his name.“I personally don’t know. If it was his last game it was very good that he played in front of his fans and that he was able to have a nice reception. But I don’t know, so I can’t comment,” Cudicini, standing in on press duties for Maurizio Sarri, told Sky Sports.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“What can I say about Cesc? Five hundred games, he is a player who is unique, he has an unbelievable awareness and vision of where his team-mates are on the pitch.“I think he is one of the few that has the ability to give balls behind the defensive line that are so precise.“He is one of a kind player. He has been fantastic for the teams he played for before us and the contribution he has given this club and to this team has been amazing. Cesc is a top, top player.”
German defender Antonio Rudiger revealed that his Chelsea team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi has asked him about his homeland, amid interest from Bayern MunichAfter struggling to earn regular opportunities this season at Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi is understood to be keen on seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge this month.Now Bayern, who have reportedly had four bids turned down by Chelsea for Hudson-Odoi, confirmed their “great interest” in the 18-year-old on Wednesday.And Rudiger has admitted a move to the Bundesliga is definitely on the teenage winger’s mind.“He asked me about Germany. It was a general question from him,” said Rudiger, according to Sports Mole.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He is still young, I can advise him, but at the end of the day he decides about his future“You can see it from both sides. He can develop here but he can develop in Germany as well — and don’t forget Bayern Munich are also a big club.“For his future, I wish him all the best but I just wish he stays with us.”Despite his lack of opportunities, Hudson-Odoi has started in Chelsea’s last two games in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
James Pallotta has refuted rumours he could sell Roma to an Arab investor for €800m tagging it as very fake news.According to reports cited on Football Italia, the American owner had been in talks with a potential buyer since the beginning of October and had named his price as €800m.Reports from newspaper reports claimed the investor was linked to Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, with talks stalling after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.However, Pallotta has debunked those claims in the strongest possible terms, telling Centro Suono Sport that the reports are “very fake news”.The owner also assured that he’s still working on the new stadium, though he’s currently in Boston and the matter is the hands of the lawyers.Roma have secured a place in the round of 16 of the Champions League but are currently struggling on the league front with reports suggesting manager Eusebio could be axed.
Laptops Components Phones People are buying 4G LTE laptops — and then not activating LTE Qualcomm aims straight at Intel with 8cx chip, its first CPU for PCs Phonelike PCs failed before. Here’s why they may succeed now In December, Qualcomm unveiled its first processor designed specifically for always-connected PCs, the Snapdragon 8cx. This chip, like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 for smartphones, is built using 7-nanometer process technology, the most advanced technique available today. It delivers big performance jumps from its predecessors in PCs and is capable of running more of the apps and services users want in their devices. Lenovo was Qualcomm’s first major partner for the 8cx. With the new 8cx with 5G, Qualcomm is still touting multiday use, but said “battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors.” And while 5G may be coming to PCs, that doesn’t mean consumers will use it. Matt Bereda, vice president of global consumer marketing for PCs and tablets at Lenovo, told CNET in December that most people don’t activate the 4G LTE service on their Lenovo always-connected PCs. “Over half the people aren’t connecting these devices,” Bereda said at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Technology Summit. Cost is one of the biggest factors for why people don’t use 4G LTE on their Windows or Snapdragon computers, he said. Lenovo found the best way to sell always-connected PCs was downplaying the actual connectivity part. Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone 28 Photos Post a comment “This new generation of smart PCs that will offer artificial intelligence, high performance, long battery life and always-on connectivity has the promise of enabling better, faster and more seamless experiences for consumers, small businesses and large enterprises,” said Johnson Jia, senior vice president and general manager of Lenovo’s Intelligent Devices Group’s consumer PCs and smart devices, in a press release.5G promises to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today, and even quicker than anything you can get with a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. It’ll also boost how fast a device will connect to the network with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload. MWC, the world’s biggest mobile trade show, has seen announcement after announcement of companies working on 5G — and Qualcomm has been part of most of them. Lenovo joined Qualcomm at its press conference Monday to talk about connected PCs. Always-connected PCsThe aim of always-connected PCs is to bring smartphone features to computers, like all-day or even multiple-day battery life and constant 4G LTE connectivity. People spend an increasing amount of time on their phones and less time on their PCs, and they’re holding onto computers for much longer than their smartphones. The answer for Microsoft and traditional PC makers has been to turn computers into something more like phones — and the promise of Qualcomm-powered computers was multiday battery life. MWC 2019 phone trends we’ll see reading • 5G in PCs? That’s Lenovo’s plan for early 2020 with Qualcomm’s new chips Mobile World Congress 2019 See also Lenovo’s Yoga C630 used Qualcomm’s chips to connect to 4G LTE networks. Lenovo Move over, 5G phones. The ultrafast connectivity is also coming to PCs.Qualcomm on Monday at MWC here in Barcelona said it has paired its second-generation 5G modem, the X55, with its 8cx processor for computers that it unveiled in December. The new Snapdragon 8cx 5G compute platform will let computer-makers release devices later this year and early next year that connect to the new, ultrafast 5G networks. The company expects to see businesses roll out their own, private 5G networks in their buildings, which “will allow for a more security-rich, high-performance data link for the next generation of connected applications and experiences for the modern connected worker.”Lenovo said it will “be the first” to have a Snapdragon-enabled 5G PC on the market in early 2020. • Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Share your voice See All MWC 2019: All the phones and gadgets we cared about 0 2:52 Tags Mobile World Congress 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Qualcomm 5G 4G LTE Intel Lenovo Microsoft
Bajaj Finance2080-38.10-1.80 Engineers India313.20+9.05+2.91 Top losers from BSE at 9:40 am:NameNameLast traded priceLast traded priceChangeChangeChange in percentChange in percentNameKotak Mahindra BankLast traded price940Change-20Change in percent-2.08NameUnited SpiritsLast traded price2748Change-58.10Change in percent-2.07NameONGCLast traded price434.10Change-9.10Change in percent-2.05NameCRISILLast traded price1726.45Change-34.35Change in percent-1.95NameBajaj FinanceLast traded price2080Change-38.10Change in percent-1.80 Jaypee Infratech Ltd33.50+0.90+2.98 Suzlon Energy28.80+0.55+1.95 Crompton Greaves203.50+5.35+2.70 United Spirits2748-58.10-2.07 Kotak Mahindra Bank940-20-2.08 NameLast traded priceChangeChange in percent NameLast traded priceChangeChange in percent During the pre-opening session at 9 am, sensex recorded 25,274 points with an increase of 27.75 points. While S&P BSE 100 recorded 7,698.32 points, Mid Cap, Small Cap and BSE 200 too recorded highs.At 9:15 am on Thursday, BSE index opened higher at 25,327.67 and surged by 26.1 points minutes later. But, at 9:21 am, the index decreased to 25,351 points.On the other hand, Nifty opened higher by 7,581.30 points with increase of 23.1 points due to Federal Reserve optimism at 9:15 am.BSE index ended on Wednesday at 25,246.25 points with decline of 274.94 points and Nifty too declined by 73.50 points at 7,558.20 points. Indian shares slipped over one percent on Wednesday, falling for three out of four sessions.Top gainers from BSE at 9:40 am:NameNameLast traded priceLast traded priceChangeChangeChange in percentChange in percentNameGMR InfraLast traded price34.35Change+1.50Change in percent+4.57NameJaypee Infratech LtdLast traded price33.50Change+0.90Change in percent+2.98NameEngineers IndiaLast traded price313.20Change+9.05Change in percent+2.91NameCrompton GreavesLast traded price203.50Change+5.35Change in percent+2.70NameSuzlon EnergyLast traded price28.80Change+0.55Change in percent+1.95 GMR Infra34.35+1.50+4.57 CRISIL1726.45-34.35-1.95 But, top five gainers and losers shifted their ranks during trading session.While at 9:45 am, top gainers from NSE index were Cipla, Lupin, Kotak Bank, Hindal Corporation and GAIL, top losers were Jindal Steel, BPCL, IDFC, BHEL and NMDC.On Wednesday, India received $72.31 million Foreign Institutional Investment debt and Indian government traded securities worth 92.86 billion, which involved purchase and selling of securities.Asian stocks surged in early trade on Thursday, as Federal Reserve decided to retain its monetary policy after the meeting on Wednesday, reported Reuters. Brent crude oil rose to a nine-month high on Wednesday as investors worried about exports from Iraq, but US treasuries gained on Wednesday as Federal Reserve planned to cut interest rates on its monetary policy. US government took this step after the release of inflation data.Besides, US based Dow Jones index surged 98.13 points by 16,906.62 points and the NASDAQ index increased to 4,362.84 points by 25.60 points on Wednesday. Moreover, London based FTSE rose up at 6,778.56 points by 11.79 points.In the meantime, Japan’s Nikkei share index jumped 1.4 percent to a four-and-a-half month high on Thursday as it recorded 213.10 points surge at 15,328.87 points at early trade. ONGC434.10-9.10-2.05
People come to show their support after a shooting occurred in a mosque at the Québec City Islamic cultural center on Sainte-Foy Street in Quebec city on 29 January, 2017. Photo: AFPOne of the two suspects held over a mosque shooting in Quebec City that left six people dead called police to surrender, authorities said Monday as they tried to piece together the gunmen’s motive.Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has condemned as a “terrorist attack” the deadly assault Sunday night on the Islamic Cultural Center, one of the worst attacks ever to have targeted Muslims in a western country.But it remained unclear what prompted the attack.The suspects have been identified by local media as French-Canadian Alexandre Bissonnette, and Mohamed Khadir, a Canadian of Moroccan descent.Police declined to release the suspects’ identities at a nationally-televised news conference on Monday, saying only that both were Canadian nationals with no apparent foreign links.“It is a domestic investigation at this time,” said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Inspector Martin Plante, while shedding no light on the suspects’ motives.Six people were killed and eight were wounded in the attack. One of the suspects was arrested at the scene, and the other surrendered without incident after calling police to tell them where he was, police said.Police said they responded to the initial reports of the shooting at 7:55 pm local time (0055 GMT), arriving within minutes at the mosque where they arrested one of the suspects.About 15 minutes later, emergency services received a call from a man identifying himself as one of the assailants, and telling police where they could find him.He was apprehended in his car at 9:00 pm about 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside of Quebec City. He is between 25 and 30 years old, said Denis Turcotte of the Quebec City police.Monday morning, police searched a residence near the mosque, which is not far from Laval University and the historic heart of the four-centuries-old city.Denis Briere, rector of the university, condemned the “odious, inhuman terrorist act.” Local media said the two suspects may have been students at the school, but officials would not confirm this.Of the eight wounded in the shooting, five remain in critical condition, said hospital spokeswoman Genevieve Dupuis.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court is set to determine the prime minister’s fate Thursday with a ruling on corruption allegations that could see him ousted from power after the Panama Papers linked his family to offshore businesses.The decision, highly anticipated by Pakistanis, threatens to plunge Nawaz Sharif’s governing party into turmoil ahead of general elections which must be held by next year, and as security and the economy improve in the militancy-plagued country.The controversy erupted with the publication of the so-called Panama Papers last year, 11.5 million secret documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca which documented the offshore dealings of many of the world’s rich and powerful.Among the global elite implicated were three of Sharif’s four children — his daughter and presumptive political heir Maryam, and his sons Hasan and Hussein.At the heart of the matter is the legitimacy of the funds used by the Sharif family to purchase several high-end London properties via offshore companies.The government insists the wealth was acquired legally through family businesses in Pakistan and the Gulf.But lawyers for Pakistani cricketer-turned-opposition-leader Imran Khan argue the paper trail for the funds is non-existent, and say the onus is on Sharif to prove his relatives did not engage in money laundering.The case has dominated headlines in Pakistan for the better part of a year, though many observers believe the court — which has emphasised it is not conducting a criminal trial — would be reluctant to directly oust Sharif.It has taken such action before, however. In 2012, the Supreme Court held Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt for refusing to re-open corruption investigations into then President Asif Ali Zardari, resulting in his disqualification.- ‘Change the course of history’ -But the five-member bench could also potentially direct law enforcement agencies to carry out more detailed investigations into the allegations against Sharif, verbally censure him or his children, or clear him entirely.”The nation is expecting some sort of judgement which will change the course of history in Pakistan,” senior Supreme Court lawyer S.M. Zafar told AFP, though he said it was difficult to predict the verdict.Regardless of the outcome, he said, the case is important for Pakistan, which ranked a lowly 116th place out of 176 countries in a corruption index released by Transparency International in January.Political analyst Rasul Buksh Rais said: “It’s going to be (a) historic decision that will push Pakistan into electoral mood in either case,” adding that he did not expect a disqualification verdict.He added a new judicial commission could be in the offing, which would allow Khan’s party to claim a moral victory for exposing corruption.The controversy is the latest to hit Sharif, an industrialist who is serving his third term as Prime Minister after the first two were interrupted by interventions from the country’s powerful military.Late Wednesday he detailed his party’s achievements — particularly in infrastructure — in televised comments at the inauguration of a power plant, without mentioning the looming verdict.If Sharif is ousted, the PML-N can select a new prime minister from within the party, though there may be political pressure for fresh polls.Pakistan, which marks its 70th anniversary of independence later this year, has seen a surge in optimism in recent months.Security has dramatically improved in the last two years, overall confidence in its economy has been growing, and the military, which has ruled the country for more than half its history, appears to have reached an accommodation with Sharif’s civilian government.
She holds extreme views on many subjects and often affirms various conspiracy theories on her personal Facebook page. This week, she put up a few posts suggesting survivors of the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting who have publicly advocated for gun control measures are “crisis actors,” not students, a notion that has been widely debunked.Two Democrats are also running for Hardy’s seat: Carla Morton, a pediatric neuropsychologist and special education advocate in Fort Worth, and Celeste Light, who has no campaign website set up and has not responded to media requests for comment.Decisive primariesThree State Board members — Beaumont Republican David Bradley, Dallas Republican Geraldine “Tincy” Miller and Fort Worth Democrat Erika Beltran — are stepping down this year. In all three seats, a candidate from the incumbent’s party is running unopposed in the primary: Matt Robinson in Bradley’s District 7, Pam Little in Miller’s District 12, and Aicha Davis in Beltran’s District 13.Given their voting history, those districts are unlikely to change party hands, meaning those three candidates will win, said Mark Jones, political science professor at Rice University. “We often talk about how the primaries are decisive. In the State Board of Education, they’re 100 percent decisive,” he said. “There’s no doubt whatsoever about who’s going to win in November because of the way the districts have been drawn.”Bradley, one of those incumbents, is widely considered one of the most socially conservative and most divisive members on the board, supporting abstinence-only education and creationism in science classes.“I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state,” he said, before the board voted to adopt more right-leaning social studies curriculum standards in 2010. “I have $1,000 for the charity of your choice if you can find it in the Constitution.”In 2016, he sent an email proposing board members walk out of a discussion about a Mexican-American studies textbook that advocates and academics considered racist, in order to “deny the Hispanics a record vote.”Bradley’s likely replacement is Robinson, a Friendswood ISD board member and physician, the only Republican running for the District 7 seat. Bradley endorsed Robinson a few months after he filed paperwork to run.“Generally speaking, if you voted for David Bradley in the past, you’d feel good about voting for me,” Robinson said. “If you didn’t, you might still be happy with me.”Robinson said schools should teach abstinence-only sexual education: “I think that should be the limit of what they do.”He supports state subsidy programs that would help parents pay for private schools, such as vouchers or education savings accounts — generally opposed by public education advocates, who see the subsidies as a potential financial drain on public schools.But, unlike many conservatives who support these subsidies, Robinson argues a child who takes state money to a private school should have to take the state standardized test or participate in some other form of state accountability. “It would not really be fair to have no restrictions or oversight whatsoever for private schools where state dollars are going,” he said.Miller, also leaving her seat at the end of the year, is generally considered more moderate than Bradley and is best known for pushing the state’s first law mandating schools serve kids with dyslexia. Miller has endorsed her likely replacement, Pam Little, who is a retired regional vice president at publishing company Houghton Mifflin. Little said she supports abstinence as the first approach to sex education, and has not yet made up her mind on whether health standards should include education on contraception.When Little ran for Miller’s seat in 2012, she said that local communities should be able to decide whether to offer any additional sex education, given the state’s high teen pregnancy rate.Beltran endorsed Davis, her likely replacement, upon retiring from the board. A 2011 transplant to Texas, Davis has been a middle and high school science and engineering teacher for the past decade. But experts say Hardy’s race in particular could help determine whether the board will retain its recent political equilibrium or return to a more polarized iteration characterized by frequent head-butting among the board’s liberal, moderate Republican and social conservative factions, which has earned it national notoriety for decades.“With three open seats, this is a really important election for the state board, because the board has moved closer to the center over the last several election cycles,” said Dan Quinn, spokesperson for left-leaning state board watchdog Texas Freedom Network. “The question is whether it will continue to do that or if we’ll see a swing back to the fringe politics that have dominated the board for the last 20 years, or longer than 20 years.”Whoever wins will be responsible for setting curriculum standards and making textbook recommendations for schools across the state, deciding what 5.4 million Texas students learn.Over the next couple of years, the new board’s responsibilities will include the politically fraught duty of tackling a full revision of health standards, including how schools teach sex education, informing the content for textbooks Texas teachers will use for years.“What students learn about contraception in a state with one of the highest rates of teen birth rates in the nation will be up for debate,” Quinn said.Challenging a swing voteThe State Board of Education has 15 members, each representing nearly 2 million Texans. Though the board is made up of 10 Republicans and five Democrats, its debates often divide the board three ways — between Democrats, moderate conservatives and social conservatives. Share Facebook campaign pagesLeft to right: State Board of Education District 11 incumbent Pat Hardy and her two Republican primary challengers, Feyi Obamehinti and Cheryl Surber.Over her 16 years on the State Board of Education, Pat Hardy has rallied for her share of socially conservative measures. She’s endorsed keeping “pro-American” values in history textbooks. She’s backed emphasizing “states’ rights” instead of slavery as the cause of the Civil War. And she’s supported teaching “both sides” of arguments around climate change.But her Republican challengers in the March 6 primaries — Feyi Obamehinti and Cheryl Surber— are telling voters that they’re even further to the right. (Surber’s campaign Facebook page even refers to her as the “Donald Trump of the Texas State Board of Education” candidate.)“It’s probably true!” Hardy said. “Which is funny because I’m very conservative. But they are to the right of me.”The Fort Worth representative, a retired public school social studies teacher, is fighting to keep her seat in one of the most anticipated State Board of Education contests this year. Hardy’s District 11 seat is one of seven up in the 2018 midterms, including three other seats where incumbents are also fending off challengers. Three other incumbents are stepping down, prompting open races. Hardy describes herself as a Republican who doesn’t always fit the mold, often a swing vote on the board.“You have a balance on the board, which means that each of those three groups are compelled to work with one of the others to accomplish their goals,” said David Anderson, a longtime education lobbyist at Hillco Partners. “If you lose Pat to one of the other two candidates, you lose a critical part of that balance.” Hardy’s district covers Parker County and parts of Dallas and Tarrant counties.Hardy does not believe Texas should subsidize private school tuition for parents. “I’ve always felt the public school was a unique thing that historically set us apart from other countries because we had free education,” she said. Her opponents argue parents should be able to use state money to go to any type of school they want. Obamehinti, a former public school teacher and current education consultant from Keller, also homeschooled her daughter for 11 years and wants to make it easier for other parents to have the same option.The board has no jurisdiction over whether to approve vouchers or similar programs, but candidates’ views on this issue may indicate whether they want to improve the current public education system or overhaul it in favor of a more free-market approach.Obamehinti also supports teaching creationism in science classrooms and is skeptical of the idea that the state should approve a Mexican-American studies course, a current consideration on the board. She argues she can do a better job of reaching out to constituents than Hardy has done. “I live in District 11, and I have never had any outreach in 16 years,” she said.Surber said she would never be a swing vote on the board. “I’m like the Donald Trump of this race. I want to hear various sides, even sides that might disagree with me,” she said. She said she is not in favor of a Mexican-American studies course for Texas because students are “in the United States of America. We’re not in Mexico. We’re not in Canada. We need to learn American history.”
By The Associated PressFriends and supporters of North Carolina man freed after spending more than half his life in prison for a murder he didn’t commit are holding a celebration.Friends of Dontae Sharpe planned to gather the afternoon of Aug. 23 at Philippi Church of Christ in Greenville. Various advocacy groups are holding the event for the 44-year-old Sharpe, who was freed Aug. 23. Dontae Sharpe breathes the air outside the Pitt County Courthouse after a judge determined he could be set free, Aug. 22, 2019 in Greenville, N.C. Sharpe, a North Carolina man who maintained his innocence even as he served a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit said he got his strength in prison from God and his mother. (Deborah Griffin/The Daily Reflector via AP)Sharpe was serving a life sentence for the 1994 murder of 33-year-old George Radcliffe during a drug deal in Greenville. A judge ordered a new trial after an evidentiary hearing Aug. 22 in Pitt County Court. Prosecutors then said they wouldn’t pursue a retrial, and Sharpe was released.The NAACP advocated for the release of Sharpe, who says he rejected lighter sentences that required him to admit guilt.
Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Beyond 1 Tbit/in2 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: C.D. Wright, et al. “Write strategies for multiterabit per square inch scanned-probe phase-change memories.” Applied Physics Letters 97, 173104 (2010). DOI:10.1063/1.3506584 (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers have proposed a new strategy for writing data for scanned-probe memories with user densities that are potentially more than twice as high as those achieved with conventional approaches. While previous research has shown that scanned-probe memories have the potential to achieve storage densities of up to 4 Tbit/in2, the new study shows how the density could be increased to 10 Tbit/in2 or more. Explore further 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. Citation: New probe memory could achieve user densities over 10 terabits per square inch (2010, November 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-probe-memory-user-densities-terabits.html The researchers, David Wright, et al., from the University of Exeter in Devon, England, and the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in Rueschlikon, Switzerland, have published their study on the new write strategy in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters. “We have shown that we can get ultra-high densities without the need for ultra-sharp tips,” Wright told PhysOrg.com. “Note that ‘conventional’ storage technologies like magnetic hard disk drives are currently ‘stuck’ at just under 1 Tbit/in2 densities and their road map does not predict reaching 10 Tbit/in2 until 2015 in the lab and 2020 for production.”As the researchers explain, the conventional method of writing for scanned-probe memories involves writing tiny marks with a probe, and recording the data in these marks. In this method, the tip size of the probe determines the size of the recorded mark, which limits the density. An alternative write strategy is mark-length recording, in which information is stored in the transitions between the marks rather than in the marks themselves. One of the advantages of mark-length recording is that it doesn’t rely as heavily on the sharpness of the probe tip as the conventional mark-position recording approach. “The key was realizing and demonstrating that continuous scanning (which is very bad for tip wear) is not needed to implement a mark-length scheme,” Wright explained.This is because mark-length recording can use one of the disadvantages of mark-position recording to its advantage: intersymbol interference. In the mark-position approach, bits written too close to each other can interfere with each other, so a minimum distance between bits is needed, which limits the achievable density. However, in mark-length recording, this interference can be exploited to merge marks together to make longer marks without the need for continuous tip scanning.Although mark-length recording has already been known to increase the storage density in traditional memory systems, such as magnetic and optical disk storage, scanned-probe memories have typically used only mark-position writing. Here, the researchers demonstrate how mark-length recording can be used in scanned-probe memories, as well. In the experiment, a voltage is applied between the probe tip and a phase-change medium, which heats and activates the phase-change layer. The medium can be read by sensing the change in electrical resistivity of the written medium. As the researchers explain, a direct comparison of the densities using these two approaches is not straightforward, but the new approach should increase the user density by at least 50%. By making further improvements, such as using sharper probe tips and ultrasmooth writing surfaces, the researchers predict that much higher densities can be achieved.The work is part of a large EU-funded project called Probe-based Terabyte Memories (ProTeM) (http://www.protem-fp6.org), which involves the development of scanned probe storage materials and techniques for ultra-high density, ultra-low power, small form-factor archival, and back-up memories. “Organizations and individuals are storing ever-increasing amounts of data and want to store it reliably, with low power consumption, and ideally in a small physical format,” Wright said. “The goal of our work is doing this with probe storage systems.” This image shows mark-length recorded bits with the corresponding current below. Image credit: Wright, et al. ©2010 American Institute of Physics.