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Businesses Broke Ground on Blockchain. What Can Civic Groups Learn?

first_imgRelated Posts At best, blockchain has been a trial-and-error technology. For every successful cryptocurrency, there are a dozen cases like Civil, which had to cancel its initial coin offering after failing to gain traction on a plan to use blockchain to verify user-submitted news content. Although 84 percent of global companies are dabbling in the decentralized ledger technology, the truth is that 92 percent of blockchain projects have failed. Firms have found the technology’s promise to verify data in a decentralized way appealing, but they’ve struggled to implement it effectively. Those that get beyond blockchain’s technical hurdles have found it difficult to engage users, while others have learned the technology isn’t as secure as once thought.Still, blockchain’s business value wouldn’t be headed for the $2 trillion mark if some firms hadn’t gotten it right. As West Virginia gears up to apply the technology to a first-in-the-nation absentee voting system this November, states and voting rights groups would do well to learn from the business community’s rollercoaster experience with the technology.Better Elections or BustFrom a theoretical standpoint, it’s obvious why governments and political groups are interested in blockchain. A secure way to share and verify data online could drastically cut election security concerns while boosting turnout. But to turn blockchain into a real-world voting aid, they’ll need to:1. Make it rewarding.Although rewarding people for voting with even small gifts like food has been illegal since 1948, nobody can fault advocates for trying to improve America’s abysmal voter participation rate. Just 55 percent of eligible Americans made it to the polls in 2016, putting the U.S. in 26th place out of 32 rated OECD nations. With a proven track record of driving social actions for its brand partners, Sweet, a social marketplace and loyalty platform that currently uses internally driven blockchain technology to reward users with a digital token called “Sugar,” may be the solution. Earlier this month, Sweet announced it had joined forces with nonpartisan nonprofit Rock the Vote to get the word out about the 2018 midterm elections. Users earn Sugar for educating themselves on current events and sharing election-related content on social media, which can be spent in Sweet’s Rock the Vote Rewards Marketplace.2. Start small.Although JPMorgan Chase scaled up its blockchain-based interbank exchange this past September to include 80 global banks, it debuted the model last October with just a handful of participants. The financial giant’s goal is to reduce the time and number of middlemen involved in bank-to-bank transactions. If the larger trial proves successful, JPMorgan plans to support currencies other than the U.S. dollar and open the network to additional financial institutions.Sweden seems to be modeling that same approach in its electoral application of blockchain. This past summer, the Swedish municipality of Zug put blockchain-based voting to the test. Although Swiss media hailed the experiment a success in terms of administration and voter privacy, Zug officials noted that turnout could have been higher. With Sweden expected to become the first country to launch its own cryptocurrency, expect to see it apply blockchain to its elections on a wider scale.  3. Don’t assume it’s secure.Because blockchain uses a decentralized network of nodes to confirm data with one another, the model was supposed to be incredibly difficult for hackers to manipulate. So when a hacker cracked a smart contract used by the ethereum blockchain in mid-2016, owners of Ether, the token associated with Ethereum, woke up to quite the shock: $55 million in virtual currency had been stolen from the system, never to be recouped. Such attacks have made security experts skeptical of blockchain-based voting initiatives. To prevent vote manipulation and data breaches, West Virginia will use a three-tier security system for its blockchain voting app. Users will first submit a photo of their government-issued identification before being asked to record a video of their face. They’ll then be able to cast a ballot, which will be scrubbed of personal data and documented on an indelible public ledger. 4. Dream big. If the business community has done one thing well with blockchain, it’s thinking up creative use cases. Walmart and IBM have announced plans to use it to track foods from suppliers to shelves, Sony hopes to use it to protect creative content in a digital rights management scheme, and Brooklyn Microgrid is implementing it for sustainable energy transactions. Nonprofit civic advocates aren’t short on ideas, either. One of the boldest is from Democracy.Earth, which wants to create a blockchain-based social network where users can spend “vote tokens” to indicate their preference on any number of private and public issues. A homeowner’s association might use the platform to vote on maintenance standards, while local governments could crowdsource and vote on ideas for municipal ordinances. Unfortunately, though, the startup has yet to figure out how the minted tokens could act as currency without giving disproportionate voting power to wealthier users. Blockchain isn’t the magic bullet some in the business community first thought it would be, but it’s hardly just hype, either. Private companies have learned where it works and where it doesn’t through trial and error, just like states and election advocates will. In the midterm elections and beyond, they’ll need to start small, prioritize security, and get users accustomed to the technology before their vote depends on it. The stakes to get it right are great, but so are the opportunities to build a better democracy. Tags:#Blockchain#Cryptocurrency#data security#election Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T…last_img read more

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Sibal attacks BJP over ‘spurt in street violence’

first_imgSenior Congress leader Kapil Sibal blamed the ruling BJP for the alleged “spurt in street violence across the country” and claimed that these incidents would stop once a coalition government came to power at the Centre.He was speaking at a panel discussion, Conflicts in Democracy, organised by the All India Professional Congress in Nagpur. Terming the polarisation on religious lines a threat, Mr. Sibal said, “The source of conflict today is the fragmentation of ideologies. The country continues to witness a culture of domination by the Brahmin community. It’s a culture of exploitation. There has to be a distinction between the state and (ruling) party. This distinction has vanished under the present dispensation. If the BJP comes to power again, the street violence will continue but if a coalition government comes to power, it will stop.”Calling the CAG observations in the 2G spectrum case a “mathematical fantasy”, he said that even the court and the media refused to believe the facts. Mr. Sibal said, “After the [Supreme Court] judgment, the spectrum was auctioned. The result is that the sector stands destroyed. Many players have run away. Now there is a monopoly [of a select few]. The industry is in the debt of ₹5,75,000 crore and even connectivity remains poor. You have to understand that the services are for the people and not for the government. But we lost our government because of this [2G issue].”last_img read more

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Clocking the hot gas gushing from the Milky Way’s core

first_imgMany galaxies are shooting material out of their cores, and in 2010 astronomers were surprised to discover that our galaxy was one of them, giving us a front-row seat on the phenomenon. They used the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope to detect two huge lobes of gamma ray–emitting gas that extend far above and below the Milky Way’s center. Now, other astronomers have clocked the speed of this outflow in work that may eventually resolve the key question raised by its discovery: What caused it? A black hole or a burst of star birth?The so-called Fermi bubbles tower more than 30,000 light-years above and below the plane of the galaxy. Two chief theories exist to explain them. Perhaps material plunged toward the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way’s center and, swirling around it, generated strong magnetic fields that launched huge jets of gas, which produced the Fermi bubbles. Or perhaps the galactic downtown sparkled with hordes of new stars—a “starburst”—whose strong winds and supernova explosions cast material away. Now, astronomer Andrew Fox of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, and his colleagues have used the Hubble Space Telescope to measure how the expelled gas is moving. “For the first time, we’re really nailing down what the outflow speed is,” he says. The astronomers observed a far more distant source, a quasar in the constellation Serpens named PDS 456 that lies more than 2 billion light-years behind the northern Fermi bubble. As the quasar’s light zips through the Fermi bubble, carbon and silicon atoms in the gas absorb certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light. The Doppler shifts of these atoms indicate that some gas is racing toward us and some away—exactly the pattern we should see if material is spewing out of the galactic center. As the astronomers will report in an upcoming issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the speed of the outflow is 900 to 1000 kilometers per second.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The velocity measurement is “a great step forward,” says Douglas Finkbeiner of Harvard University, one of the astronomers who discovered the Fermi bubbles. According to Dmitry Malyshev, an astronomer at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, “this is pioneering work” in the study of the Fermi bubbles.The speed reveals when the Fermi outflow started: 2.5 million to 4.0 million years ago. Astronomers recently gauged the age of the Fermi bubbles less directly, by arguing that whatever produced them also irradiated a long strand of gas shed by two nearby galaxies. The glow of this gas, called the Magellanic Stream, implies that the flare-up occurred 1 million to 3 million years ago. But using that argument to deduce the Fermi bubbles’ age is more circumstantial, Finkbeiner says, whereas the new estimate comes from dividing the distance by the speed to get the time, something so simple a high school physics student can do it. “We see that as a good thing,” Fox says.Unfortunately, neither the speed nor the age establishes how the Fermi bubbles formed—whether from black hole activity or from a starburst. But Fox’s team has already used Hubble to observe more than 20 additional quasars that lie behind other parts of the Fermi bubbles. When analyzed, this data should yield velocities throughout the bubbles, which may finally unveil their origin.last_img read more

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Fashion Tango

first_imgThere were no knockout turbans, no saffron yogi robes and no six-armed goddesses on the runway this season in New York. And yet… and yet… India was very much there, like the stanza of a half remembered song, a dream that you forget on waking as it recedes into the subconscious.Yes, India was there and yet not there, the tinkle of a silver anklet heard in the distance.For years major international designers from Valentino to Armani have incorporated Indian influences in their work and for years fashion forecasters have predicted that India is the flavor of the month, a passing fad. And Indian influences have come and they’ve gone, and last season they were back again in the bohemian look, the kurtis and long skirts. We’ve all seen the Indian fashion influences percolating in mainstream America. Walk down the streets and you see the Indian inspired tunics and kurtis in the windows of major stores, the Indian juthis are sold on the sidewalks in the Village in New York and are even finding space in national ad campaigns. Pashminas first hit the major stores and trickled down to street fashion with knock-offs popping up all over the place for $5.99. Dangling chandelier earrings based on Indian jhumkis have also caught on with fashion mavens. Yes, fashion may be symbolized by the couturiers in Milan, Paris and London, but it eventually trickles down to the street-smart fashionista on the streets and the subway who teams a kurti or a Pashmina with her jeans.“I think there’s been an overdose and now the emphasis is on the very European, very vintage,” says a New York fashion insider who co-ordinates the embroidery for American designers and did not want her name used. “Embellishment is still very strong, but it’s toned down, very sophisticated.”Yet there’s so much more than meets the eye. The Indian connection has so infiltrated the fashion world that it’s become part of the atmosphere, part of the style language without being distinctly Indian.Take the recent Olympus Fashion Week in the shining white-tented city, which arose in Bryant Park, almost a Camelot of the Style Kingdom. India peeked out in different ways. One of the showstoppers during Fashion Week is always Bill Blass, an iconic American name that has dressed the elite and crème de la crème over the years with his timeless tailored look, the latest being First Lady Barbara Bush. For years there have been shadings of India in the evening wear of Bill Blass. Michael Vollbracht, the designer who’s continuing the legacy of Bill Blass, says the embroideries were all made in India and were a major focus of the collection. He is planning a trip to India soon for fresh inspiration.And intriguingly enough, the Indian fashion inspiration is just the tip of the iceberg. Bill Blass, which has expanded over the years to casual and men’s apparel, home furnishings, jeans and accessories, has Indian connections which go way beyond inspiration into the very manufacture and creation of the finished products of this $700 million company. The connections go all the way to the top since Bill Blass is jointly owned by Michael Groveman, CEO, and Haresh Tharani, who is chairman of Bill Blass. The company is part of Tharanco Group, which also owns The Resource Club and other companies.Asked if it was a challenge to maintain the spirit of Bill Blass, Tharani said, “No challenge at all. Michael Vollbracht and his staff stay true to the House of Blass.” Bill Blass is an international venture and turns to both India and China for creating the line. Tharani says, “Both countries are excellent as fabrics and trims are available in both countries, and the production is done there as well. Now with quotas largely lifted it’s certainly a boon to both countries. While some intricate fabrics are beaded in India, the garments are sewn in New York.” So the fashion world is sometimes fueled by Indian style and silhouettes, sometimes by Indian colors, but increasingly by Indian manufacturers who, with China, are the fashion outposts.The Bryant Park show had another showstopper. Models walking down the runway in gorgeous outfits – tailored cocktail suits, dresses and cashmere separates. The gowns were a paean to opulence with beads so delicate that they had to be attached with a surgical needle! What was really Indian here? The designer, Naeem Khan.Khan, who’s a recent entrant to Bryant Park shows, counts the Princess Aga Khan, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Tinsley Mortimer amongst his high society fans. He has created a multimillion business in the past two years and his clothes are sold in stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus as well as 40 other specialty stores in the United States. The designer is new and vibrant, yet as old as antique zardozi. His roots go back to the wonderful S.U. Zariwala embroidery empire owned by his grandfather and father in India, and he grew up surrounded by lush craftsmanship and fabrics. That still forms the basis of his collection, and having worked with the fashion icon Roy Halston for three years, he learned the fashion business from the inside. For the past 14 years he did sophisticated collections under different labels until he was ready to put his own name to his collection.And again at Bryant Park, another Indian story unfolded. That of Ashish Soni, the young designer from India, the first to show at this prestigious spot, although Indian American designer Anand Jon debuted there earlier. Of course, the fashion world extends far beyond Bryant Park but this is the heartbeat, the nucleus where the international fashion world converges, where the world’s press, buyers and fashion mavens congregate. So it’s noteworthy that almost like layering, these different aspects of Indian style, crafts and manufacturing were visible at Bryant Park.We asked a seasoned fashion aficionado to walk us through the maze of American fashion to see what role India was playing, both in the creative and business aspect of the multibillion-dollar fashion industry.Salman Khokhar is chief executive officer and president of Koka Consulting, which helps international manufacturers partner with designers to create new brands. Earlier, he was the voce president of global strategy at Calvin Klein, managing a $1.5 billion wholesale distribution network. Later he played the same role at Donna Karan, heading up global strategy for both DKNY and DK Collection. “There’s a huge sense that everyone feels South Asia is taking over, Indian influence is taking over, and the reality is: not even one percent! It’s like get off that cloud, not at all!” he says.But he adds that the good news is that it’s a clean slate and the right person – or the right group of people – can come in and if they execute this well, they will own it.“Right now the only people who own it are designers like Ralph Lauren, Badgley Mischka and Oscar de la Renta,” he says. ” Ralph Lauren consistently uses Indian influences, beading and embroideries in his collection. He’s been able to raise the level to such sophistication that he can almost own that look, without it being Indian, which is honestly, a huge accomplishment for him to take such a unique ethnic look and make it his own. His embrace of the Nehru collar has been so strong over the years, that now in his designs, it’s regarded simply as the Ralph Lauren look.” Indeed, that’s what the best designers are able to do: take something and make it their own. They repeatedly use embroidery and patterns that are Indian, but mix them with fabrics that are Italian and styling that is very European or American. Says Khokhar: “By mixing them in a way that is very natural, no one area overwhelms the look.”Aria Das is a New York City fashion stylist who has worked with major stores like Bergdof Goodman, and has done personal style consultations with celebrities and society princesses. She observes, “This season some of the editors said, ‘Oh, we don’t want to see even one bead or sequin!’ In the last season, in spring-summer, they were beaded out. You saw beading everywhere. But my take on it is beading is here to stay, sequins are here to stay, just like the jeans or tunic. It’s not going to go anywhere.” The beading just seems to have moved its location. Last summer all the designers had so much beading around the neck that you didn’t have to wear a necklace. This season instead of having it on the collar or around the neckline, they’ve got it around the bust. Says Das: “Most of the American designers have done beading, but very subtly, very differently. So the Indian influence is there, but it doesn’t look particularly Indian. ”She points out that the 2006 Spring and Summer collections show tunics with a twist, caught at the waist and with just a little beading, while Anna Sui has some interesting crocheted jackets from India. The truth is practically every major designer has some influence that can be traced to India.“Designers from Oscar de la Renta to Roberto Cavalli go to India for their couture line, to get the beading and embroideries done in India. But most of them just get the embroideries done there on piece goods – collars, waistbands – and then send them on to Italy or the United States for the stitching. Indians are very good with embroidery but they still haven’t come to that stage where they are adroit at cutting, the way Europeans are,” says Das. Indeed, the American fashion market is one mountain every Indian designer wants to climb – simply because it’s there! There are many designers in India, but not many have what it takes to crack this tough market. Ashish Soni has been one of the success stories from India.Says Khokhar, who is part of CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) and presented Soni with a group of emerging designers: “It was a very strong initiative by CFDA to allow younger designers to have an equal showcase during the Fashion Week, which is otherwise a very expensive undertaking.” Soni says of his arrival at Bryant Park: “It wasn’t an easy task and since it’s quite an expensive venture, a lot of time was spent on raising sponsorship money to make it possible. It came about as an invitation from Fern Mallis, executive director of 7th on Sixth who comes every year to India for Fashion Week. She has been seeing my work for the last six years and this time felt I was ready to make the leap.” He says he got press and has managed to sell to stores worldwide, some small yet prestigious. Would he consider changing the style to suit the American market? Says Soni, ” I don’t like to change my signature depending on where I show it. But fabrics, yes, I believe the American market prefers more luxurious fabrics whereas the Europeans love more organic and natural looking fabrics.”Did he think that India and Indian Americans will play a significant part or is India another taste of the month? “I think it will be somewhere between both these scenarios. We are making a dent slowly on the international front so are no longer just a seasonal flavor. However, we still have a long way to go before we are considered mainstream in the U.S. fashion market.”Nonetheless, a whole breed of Indian designers, young, savvy, at home in any part of the globe, are increasingly testing the waters in foreign markets. Many of them are already in stores in London, Singapore and Dubai, but New York is the market to conquer. More and more, they are moving in fashion circuits, showcasing their collections in Singapore Fashion Week and Fashion Week of the Americas in Miami as well as the Coterie shows in New York. The noted names from India include Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, Ranna Gill and Payal Singhal. Some of them are selling to individuals and some others have been able to market their label through stores. Gill, who graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, interned with Rohit Khosla in India and Donna Karan and Polo Ralph Lauren in New York. She returned to India where she started her own collection that sells internationally and also has her own showrooms in India. She has now got a foot back into New York where she participated in Fall/Winter 2005 Fashion Fair.Indian designers have made New York and London an extension of Bombay or Delhi, and are here frequently, holding fashion shows for the South Asian market, and trunk shows, which are often attended by the mainstream. Recently thumbing through the Daily News, one found a Payal Singhal sample sale on the fashion pages. Singhal graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York and has been a stylist for MTV India. At 22 she launched her signature line and also has a store in Mumbai, and retail outlets in Hong Kong, Dubai, London, New York and Miami. Singhal now lives in India and New York.Of course, the designers of Indian origin who were born and brought up in the United States start out with an advantage as they are already familiar the culture. An example is Romain Kapadia, a noted designer of men’s clothing. Says Khokhar: “He’s someone who understands the space he’s competing in. He’s selling to Bloomingdale’s so he needs to compete with not Tarun or JJ, but with Gucci and Dior. So his production is in Italy and his fabrics are all Italian.” Kapadia, who was born and raised in Texas, graduated from the business and fashion design program at the University of Texas and launched his own luxury line of men’s clothing in 2002. His collection is in several stores, and he won Gen Arts Fresh Faces 2003 and Fashion Group Rising Star Award 2003.Then there’s Shalini Kumar who grew up in India, but came to America as a student. She has been selling to luxury stores and boutiques like Bergdorf Goodman, Linda Dresner, and Wilkes Bashford. Again, there’s nothing overtly Indian in her collection, which is made in New York. She says, “The Indian sensibility doesn’t directly display itself in any of my collections. The influence is much more subtle and is more obvious in my choice of color or perhaps the drape of fabric or the composition of the collection itself. I use old couture fabrics primarily from France, Italy and England. I love the antique silk brocades from India and have used them frequently in my collections.”Once again, it’s bits and pieces of India that American designers incorporate in their collections. The designers actually steer away from anything that runs the risk of being labelled a trend or fad, and tend to use aspects of Indian influences very carefully, so they can continue to use it, season after season. Says Khokhar: “If a designer came up with a very Indian-influenced line, he wouldn’t be able to do it again.”That is why you see the occasional touch, the accessory rather than the whole wedding party, the band and baraat too! Subtlety is the name of the game.Indeed, there’s a global borrowing – east borrows from west borrows from east. “The difficulty is that designers don’t really give credit to any one influence,” says Khokhar. ” There are elaborate lines by young designers who may have a Capri pants that is closer to a churidar. And that’s it. The rest of it could be very oriental or north European. So it’s so merged that you can’t really say it’s an Indian influence although the echoes are in there.”Mathew Williamson is a British designer who could be a role model to Indian designers, because he’s doing what they could be doing. He has his line manufactured in India and dresses celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Trudy Styler and Helena Christensen – on both sides of the Atlantic. His clothes have tremendous Indian influences, and he visits India several times a year for his productions. Earlier one might have been excited by the sight of American designers of South Asian origin, but now there are so many that it’s all one big fashion fest.Anand Jon has capitalized on Indian craftsmanship, but given it his own spin, creating designs which society and party princesses love, and he is savvy enough to understand that marketing is part of the designing process. His latest is AJ Jeans, which he is selling to stores on both coasts. The back and forth between Bombay, Delhi, Paris, London and Dubai is exhilarating as designers turn the globe into their fashion runway. Alpana Bawa, a New Yorker, has understood Americans’ love of color and married it to India’s heritage of festive colors. Her clothes, and now her home design line, celebrates color and style. She has had her own store on Grand Street and also sells to specialty boutiques across the country. The fabrics and colors are Indian, but the sensibility is American.Alia Khan grew up in the United States and has always celebrated her South Asian roots with clothes that are luxurious and chic, but emphasizes the cut, the colors and crafts of the sub-continent. She has a catalog line, does fashion shows and has also dressed celebrities like Phylicia Rashad.The U.S. market has also expanded because of the huge South Asian community too, which is hankering for an integrated sportswear wardrobe with desi influences. People don’t wear cookie cutter outfits and if you’re young and South Asian you want to incorporate that into your wardrobe, perhaps Gap pants worn with a halter top designed by a young Indian designer. There is a void in the market for such casual wear.There are certainly many young designers born and brought up here who’d like to take a shot at it. Kanika Saluja worked for her brother’s fashion label, Rishta, in New York City, sketching designs on her own. The result was her own collection of novelty T-shirts and the birth of her own collection Nikka. The collection includes coats, dresses, caftans and accessories, and is contemporary yet with Indian touches. Nikka is represented by Showroom Seven and sells to Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Lord and Taylor, Henri Bendels, and Nordstrom’s. East and West are becoming a real blend for emerging designer Swati Argade, who grew up in New York and sells to about half a dozen stores in Soho and Brooklyn. Her last collection is called Bengali Girl and features handwoven Bengali silks and linens, and Indian touches like ebony buttons. The collection was woven near Shantiniketan, but the silhouettes are very modern, very American. It is something you can slip on and hop into a yellow cab or take the subway.“One of the things about Indian fashion which is a real blessing is just the diversity of styles and traditions that come out of India. The choice of fabric and embroidery is just endless, not to mention cuts and silhouettes,” says Argade. ” I think that’s the most amazing thing about being an Indian designer. And being an Indian American designer is great as well, because you’ve lived here all your life and that combination of endless embroidery options and endless textile traditions.”Argade conceptualizes in New York, but does the production in India, traveling and sourcing fabrics and working in collaboration with the Fashion College in Poona.Says Argade, “To be honest, I think I’m still breaking into the mainstream. I think we are lucky in America, because we have access to so many different cultures, particularly living in New York we get a feel for so many different aesthetics.”Young Indian- American entrepreneurs are also taking ownership of the India-inspired look for the millions of South Asian consumers and the mainstream. Salima and Karima Popatia are two sisters in New York who have opened Indomix, a store in Soho, which showcases Indian designers to the mainstream.As the sisters explain on the Indomix site: “Saks, Bloomies and even Barney’s were of no avail. The racks full with dresses embellished in intricate eastern detail, the latest trend, yet none exude the essence of our entangled cultures. We bring our dualistic personalities in the form of an intermingled style of design.”Karima and Salima grew up in New York, graduated from New York University and have been intrigued by designers in India. They sell only Indian designers and 75 percent of their clients are mainstream Americans. The best selling items are pintuck shirts, dresses and tunics which range from $75 to 550.Says Salima: “The Indian trend has been huge in the past couple of years and continues to be big with the whole Bohemian look, but we are not trying to promote the Indian look, we are trying to create an awareness for Indian designers on an international platform. We are more about fabric, texture, style, fit than an actual trend.”Ask Harish Tharani of Bill Blass about the possibility of Indian designers breaking into the mainstream market, and he says: “Of course they will. I presently see the India-based designers really showing styles that are updated styles of Indian origin, and I have seen some fusion where east meets the west as well. They are certainly a talented group showing India’s rich heritage in fabrics, embellishments and color. Once they migrate from that and the styling becomes more global, the opportunity is certainly there.”Most Indians were delighted to see their common, daily wear kurti and pants ensconced in the temples of high fashion such as Saks and Neiman Marcus, albeit with a hefty price tag.“Prices are generated by the label and not by the style,” observes Khokhar. “It’s made at a very high quality level and there’s a designer name attached to it so it’s really directional: if the designer decides that the kurti is a valid style and he wants to take it to the market and thinks the customer is ready for it, he’ll do it and Neiman Marcus will put it in their store. So it’s almost like establishing credibility. So if the designer says the kurti is it, Neiman Marcus says the kurti is it, the customer is going to just follow and say, ‘Yup, the kurti is it!’”Rather than isolated trends, Khokhar says he would like to see the Indian influence as part of a larger story. And that seems to be happening. Walk in the festive chaos of Times Square with its glittering neon signs, colorful crowds and rushing taxis, and look around. Stop and try to spot the Indian thing in this frenetic scene. You’ll probably not get it in a million years – but it’s the huge billboard with a man and a woman in sexy Plugg Jeans.The brand, which is sold at Macy’s, is owned by an Indian American company Andrew Sports Club, which manufactures its jeans in China! Talk about the globe being a village!“At the end of the day it’s not just about ideas, it’s really about execution,” says Khokhar. “We all know that clothing and fashion from that region – fabrics, colors, embroidery, the workmanship – is spectacular. It’s just a matter of packaging it well, making it at the level of quality which is European or Italian and then selling it to the audience here, not as a fad, but as a very meaningful statement.”Indeed, the Indian apparel manufacturers and fashion in America are intricately linked, especially in couture and sportswear. India has merged into the sounds, the very heartbeat of fashion. East and West are caught in an intricate embrace, a seamless tango, in the very weave and threading of fashion. Related Itemslast_img read more

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SMB draw collective effort in win over Phoenix

first_imgPBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—There are a lot of things June Mar Fajardo enjoys like winning titles, capturing awards, and seeing his teammates excel.The reigning three-time PBA MVP is known for his selfless nature and when a couple of his teammates put up double-doubles, Fajardo was quite proud of the achievement.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The Beermen, who are eyeing a Grand Slam, have a 7-3 record and are in a three-way tie with TNT and NLEX for the third spot. The Beermen almost had a fourth player notch a double-double after Arwind Santos put up 15 points and nine boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Dela Cruz, Hontiveros bid farewell to PBA Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Terrence Watson had 26 points, 11 rebounds to go along five assists, three steals, and three blocks while Alex Cabagnot posted 24 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.“All of us have to step up, and if possible we should all get double-doubles,” said Fajardo after San Miguel edged Phoenix, 109-107, in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFajardo also came away with a double-double of his own, finishing with 24 points, 17 rebounds, and six blocks.“It’s a good thing we got the win, one more game until the end of the eliminations and we have to win our last game so we can get to the top four.”  Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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Kieron Pollard happy to deliver in situation when champions are made

first_imgMumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy stadium to clinch the top spot in the Indian Premier League points table on Friday. Mumbai, who were tottering at 7 for 4 in the third over following Samuel Badree’s hat-trick, were rallied around Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya’s unbeaten innings to overhaul the target of 143 in the penultimate over. (RCB vs MI Blog | Scorecard)Pollard and Krunal successfully bailed out Mumbai from a precarious position and stitched a 93-run stand for the sixth-wicket to guide their team home. (Samuel Badree takes first hat-trick of IPL 2017 as RCB take charge vs Mumbai Indians)Earlier, captain Virat Kohli, who was playing his first match this season, slammed 62 to help RCB post 142/5 after being put into bat. Kohli was the lone warrior for his side as the rest of the batsmen failed to get going. Mitchell McLenaghan (2/20) was the pick of the bowlers for MI while Hardik Pandya (1/9) and Krunal Pandya (1/21) also made useful contributions. (Stats: Samuel Badree 12th bowler to take Indian Premier League hat-trick)”These are situations where champions are made. These are situations where you want to be on the top. I backed my ability and hoped to take it as deep as I could. I am watching what bowlers they have. Keep ticking the run rate over. That was the plan and am glad it came through,” Man of the Match Pollard said at the post-match presentation. (Also Read:  Virat Kohli hammers 27th fifty on return, becomes leading run-scorer in IPL history)advertisementThe Pandya brothers – Krunal and Hardik – once again starred for the Mumbai Indians in this match. Krunal remained unbeaten on 37, while Hardik finished off the match with a six in the 19th over as MI won with 7 balls to spare and clinched the top spot in the points table with their third win of this season. (Also Read: Virat Kohli returns to drop Shane Watson, recall Gayle)”Krunal came in and showed maturity. Last year he came in and did the same. These Pandyas (Krunal and Hardik) have been doing really well,” Pollard added.The West Indian all-rounder was also pleased with Mumbai’s start this season.”This is the best start for us in a couple of years. These are the situations where you dig in deep. This is T20. We have the momentum with us and would want to carry on,” Pollard said.last_img read more

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Gundy, Boone, Burns, Holder, and Monken Discuss Contracts

first_imgOklahoma State Pickens bw t440Boone, Burns, Holder, Gundy, and Monken walked into a room. Stop me if you’ve heard this…Monken: “Where’s the Bud heavy? I was told there would be Bud heavy.”Burns: “Lord…it’s in the other conference room.”Monken: “Somebody text Daxx, tell him I want two.”Gundy: [texts Daxx: “Monk needs a deuce”][Daxx appears in under 20 seconds, tosses heavies at Monk, leaves]Boone: “Why are we here again, who needs my money?”Burns: [clears throat] “well…ahhhem.”[Holder cuts him off]Holder: [index finger pointing at Gundy] “This idiot wants another raise.”Gundy: [looks up, slides Big 12 title ring across the table to Boone]Burns: “So…who’s calling you, Mike?”Gundy: “Tennessee, Arkansas, and Auburn. Kentucky called too. Or at least I think it was Kentucky, I saw the area code, laughed, and ignored it.”[Monken burps loudly]Holder: “Then that child from Broken Arrow leaked something about Tennessee signing him for 6/$36M all hell’s broken loose since.”Gundy: “Arkansas’ been talking to me for weeks.”Holder: “All I’ve got right now is that trashy Pistols blog trying to ward off everybody coming for Gundy. Nobody believes anything he says anyway, so that’s worthless.”Monken: “Pistols blog? Like the formation?”Holder: “No, you know the guy Wray went after over the uniform leak last year.”Boone: “Yeah, that boy. I had my guys tailing him for a month in Dallas but they didn’t think he was even worth getting rid of. Vermin.”Burns: “Speaking of uniforms, what helmets are we wearing this weekend?”Boone: “You clowns are hopeless, this divorce is killing me, and every year I have to match an offer from some incompetent SEC team that couldn’t put two drives together if you started them on the other team’s 10 each time.”[Monken smiles, starts doodling diamond formations on OSU letterhead]Holder: “This greedy SOB goes 7-4 and wants another mil every year. I could have coached that team last year to the Big 12 title. Hell, you could have played head coach roulette with those morons on Orange Power and half of them could have coached that team last year to the Big 12 title.”[door opens slightly, Joe DeForest sticks head in]DeForest: “Hi guys, yeah, I heard you were talking contra….”Monken: [interrupting] “Wait Joe, while you were talking, wait, yeah, we just scored again.”[Monken crumples Bud heavy #2, throws can in corner]Burns: “My gosh Mike, where do you find these offensive coordinators?”Monken: “Shut up Burns, I just hung fifty in Norman, I do what I want. Go get me another pair.”[Burns saunters off, takes DeForest with him]Gundy: “I started out here seven years ago with a middle linebacker as my best quarterback BY FAR and this year we were a pair of fourth downs away from going for our third straight 10 win season.”Holder: “Crap Mike, you’re like oh for the last five years on picking starting quarterbacks, how do I know you didn’t have a pair of second round picks on that ’05 team playing like fullback or something.”Monken: “The hell’s a fullback?”Gundy: “I stand by my Alex Cate decision.”[Burns returns with two more Bud heavies][Burns’ phone rings]Burns: [whispering] “It’s Travis.”Travis: “Put me on the projector, Burns.”[Burns flips projector on, Ford’s mug appears][Ford sits there, grinning maniacally, holding his contract, pointing at the “10” under “number of years”][Gundy looks away in disgust][Monken burps][Ford hangs up, but not before going back to fanning Marcus Smart with a palm leaf in the shape of the NBA logo]Burns: “Well, I’m glad he called.”Holder: “This whole charade is ridiculous. We’re Oklahoma State, not effing Florida, you’re pushing it at 3.75, Mike.”[Boone jostles awake, he’s been out since DeForest walked in].Boone: “Let’s wrap this up, them quail don’t hunt themselves.”Gundy: “Fine.” [dials Tennessee athletic director][Jimmy Sexton walks in with his head buried in a video poker game]Burns: “What are you doing here, Jimmy?”Jimmy: “Mike texted me, said to find him a real estate agent. Plus I wanted to remind Holder how much more money I make than him.”[phone rings, Burns picks up]Burns: “Hello.” “Bobbb…Bob who?” “Simmons, huh?”Holder: “Hang up.”Burns: “So you’re really going to Knoxville, Mike?”[Monken cracks fourth beer]Monken: “Hey Boonie, how much you giving me if I hang triple digits on that sieve down in Waco this weekend?”Boone: “I’ll give you a windmill. Two if we don’t punt.”[phone rings][Burns picks up, whispers “it’s Dana”]Holder: “Lord, he’s calling about Tulsa’s AD.”Burns: “Wait, we owe you HOW MUCH for leaking the Tulsa story and taking some heat off this Gundy thing?”[Boone takes out wallet]Boone: “I’ll just buy him some Red Bull stock, that’ll shut him up. Hell he keeps that thing half afloat anyway. Stupid energy drinks. I want a coach who’ll go straight whiskey on the sidelines.”[Monken looks up]Gundy: “Hope you guys have fun going back to the Houston Bowl next year.”Boone: “I’m not going to that hell hole again, what do you want Mike?”Monken: “That hell hole has gotten us a ton of recruits, half my receiving corps is from there.”Boone: “No, you guys giving out my pin number like it’s cotton candy has gotten us a ton of recruits. Mike, give me a number.”Gundy: “I want four and a half and I want to ride a train to work every day.”Holder: “A train?”[Monken goes on expletive-laced rant about his quarterbacks]Burns: “Cut him off.”Gundy: “Yeah, a train.”[@glang1 walks in]Boone: “This meeting is above your paygrade, boy.”[@glang1 hands Gundy piece of paper with some numbers on it, turns to leave]Monken: “Hey Gavin, beer me on your way out.”Gundy: [reading paper] “Most wins in school history, highest percentage of stadium seats sold in school history, most consecutive bowls. Yeah 4.5 sounds good.”Burns: “Ann just called, I’m late for my piano lesson. Let’s wrap this baby up.”Boone: “Fine, take it, just don’t make me go back to the Houston Bowl and watch one of those Conference USA teams. My gosh…”[Jimmy Sexton fist pumps in the corner]Monken: “Stats are for losers.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. 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Little Debbie’s Tweet To Nick Saban Is Going Viral

first_imgalabama head coach nick saban at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Nick Saban had a pretty terrible Monday as Alabama was blown out by Clemson in the national title game. Even so, he probably started his Tuesday the same way he does every day, with his preferred breakfast of Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies.Saban likes two pies as his first meal of the day, every day. He’s not shy about his love for Little Debbie.He even did an ESPN commercial about it in 2010.This morning, Little Debbie’s official Twitter account showed some love back to Saban, who could probably use it after last night.“We baked Nick Saban’s two Oatmeal Creme Pies with an extra portion of love this morning,” they tweeted.We baked Nick Saban’s two Oatmeal Creme Pies with an extra portion of love this morning.— Little Debbie (@LittleDebbie) January 8, 2019That was nice of Little Debbie, even though some thought the company might have been trolling. Looking at responses, it seems that wasn’t the case.They were just serving up some Southern hospitality.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Time away from the game helped me bounce back, says KL Rahul

first_img Press Trust of India CardiffMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 17:49 IST KL Rahul after reaching his hundred (AP)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul doesn’t want to dwell on the past and focus on the gameRahul has acknowledged the role played by coach Rahul Dravid in his comebackRahul considers himself lucky that he got an opportunity to have good partnerships with DhoniIndian batsman KL Rahul would never prefer a forced break but self-introspection during his time off from the game helped him bounce back well from the chat show controversy, he admitted.Rahul has more or less guaranteed his place in India’s World Cup playing XI with a hundred against Bangladesh in the warm-up game on Tuesday while batting at the much talked about No. 4 slot.”The time off from game does give a player opportunity to reflect on himself and it wasn’t any different for me,” Rahul told reporters referring to the time he was provisionally suspended by the BCCI for his loose talk on a TV show.”I spend some time with friends and family. It was important as I have been on the road for a long time. Given the situation, that’s not how I would have liked to get some time off but anyway I tried to make the best use of it,” said the stylish batsman, whose 108 of 99 balls has virtually ended the debate on No 4 slot.He doesn’t want to dwell on the past and the focus is now back on the game.”What’s gone is gone and the focus is always on cricket. I am really happy with how I have managed to bounce back. IPL gave me a lot of confidence and really happy that I could carry that confidence here today (Tuesday),” Rahul said.He has said it a number of times and again acknowledged the role played by India A coach Rahul Dravid in his comeback.advertisement”There were a few things about my batting and my technique that I needed to fix. I worked with my coach back home in Bengaluru and India A games gave me a bit of opportunity.”Like speaking to Rahul Dravid about mental preparation and how to handle low confidence and poor form. The best way to get back to scoring runs is to find that form in the middle and I got that opportunity. From there, it just carried on. I was very hungry to come back and score runs for whatever team I played,” he spoke on his comeback.He is all set to bat at No 4, having opened the innings most of the times, he has been ready for quite some time as the current team expects all the players to be ready for any role assigned to them.”Every batsman, who has played at this level knows how to handle pressure and responsibility given to him. It’s a team game where everybody is prepared for the last couple of years so that any role can be given, come a big game. So all of us have prepared in that way and nothing that is given to any individual will come off as a surprise,” he said when asked about the pressure of playing at a new slot.He considers himself lucky that in the past few years while playing for India, he got an opportunity to have a few good partnerships with Mahendra Singh Dhoni.”When we lost 4 wickets for not too much (against Bangladesh), it was important for us to stitch a partnership. We (him and Dhoni) didn’t really talk too much in the middle as each of us had individual plans and we wanted to play that role.”Batting with MS is a dream and luckily we have had a few good partnerships with him in the last two or three years. So I enjoy batting with him. The way he batted was so good to watch from the other end. He dominated the spinners and was striking from the first ball as well. So it was great for us,” he was all praise for the veteran.Asked about the Sophia Gardens track, the batsman said that it was a “beauty” and he would love to come back here.”I got a hundred so I would love to come back here. There was a bit of movement, in the first 20 or 30 overs. There was a little bit for fast bowlers. The wicket played beautifully. It was good to be out there in the middle and get used to the format and spend some time.”Also Read | West Indies are neither favourites nor underdogs: Brathwaite ahead of World CupAlso Read | If I had to be an Indian bowler, it would be Ishant Sharma: Jofra ArcherAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow KL RahulFollow World Cup 2019Follow Rahul DravidFollow Mahendra Singh Dhoni World Cup 2019: Time away from the game helped me bounce back, says KL RahulIndian batsman KL Rahul’s self-introspection during his time off from the game helped him bounce back well from the chat show controversy. Rahul has guaranteed his place in India’s World Cup with a hundred against Bangladesh in the warm-up game.advertisementlast_img read more

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Port of San Diego Hit by Cyber Attack

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Port of San Diego has experienced a serious cybersecurity incident that has disrupted the agency’s information technology systems, the port said in a statement.The port’s investigation has so far determined that ransomware was involved in this attack. The ransom note requested payment in bitcoin, although the amount that was requested was not disclosed.San Diego port first received reports of the disruption on September 25, 2018, and mobilized a team of industry experts and local, regional, state and federal partners to minimize impacts and restore system functionality, with priority placed on public safety-related systems.The port said that the team is currently determining the extent and timing of the incident and the amount of damage to information technology resources, and developing a plan for recovery.“It is important to note that this is mainly an administrative issue and normal port operations are continuing as usual. The port remains open, public safety operations are ongoing, and ships and boats continue to access the bay without impacts from the cybersecurity incident,” said Port of San Diego CEO Randa Coniglio.“While some of the port’s information technology systems were compromised by the attack, port staff also proactively shut down other systems out of an abundance of caution.”San Diego port added that it is partnering with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the investigation of the incident.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Lane Closure, Truro The southbound lanes of Highway 102, south of the Salmon River Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for repairs to the Viaduct Bridge. Delays are expected and drivers should use extra caution in the area. Work is scheduled to be completed by noon Sunday, Aug. 25. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Truro, Robie Street Roundabout The Robie Street Roundabout at Exit 14 off Highway 102 in Truro is now open to traffic. Drivers should travel in a counter-clockwise direction on the roundabout. Vehicles on the roundabout have the right of way. Vehicles entering, should yield to those in the roundabout. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the Sydney River Bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. To view the shuttle bus schedule, visit http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . PICTOU COUNTY: Beginning Monday, Aug. 26, North Foord Street in Stellarton will be closed from under the Highway 104 overpass to the westbound ramps from Highway 104. A detour route is set up along Lawrence Boulevard, MacGregor Avenue, Westville Road, and Duff Street. The detour will be in place until the end of September. Please drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101, Kinney Bridge Traffic on Highway 101, about four kilometres east of Exit 27, is reduced to one lane during repairs to the Kinney Bridge. Traffic will be controlled by automated traffic signals and delays are possible. Drivers should be alert for traffic stopped on the highway. The repairs are scheduled to be completed by Friday, Aug. 30. DIGBY: Gates Bridge Closed Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 27, the Gates Bridge on Gates Lane (about half a kilometre south of the intersection of Sissiboo Lane) will be closed for repairs. A detour route of about 8.5 kilometres is marked. The work is scheduled for completion on Friday, Sept. 6. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Italy Cross Road Sections of Italy Cross Road, from Crousetown Road to Highway 103, are reduced to one lane during repaving. Traffic control people are on site. The work is scheduled for completion on Monday, Sept. 30. RICHMOND COUNTY: Cape Auguet Road Traffic on Cape Auguet Road, from the intersection of Lower Road south for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and other improvements. The work is scheduled to be completed by Monday, Sept. 30. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. PICTOU COUNTY: Waterside Bridge Replacement Shore Road is closed at Waterside Bridge to replace the bridge.Shore Road traffic will be detoured onto R. Grant Road, Highway 6 (Sunrise Trail), Three Brooks Road, and Otter Road. Detour signs will be posted. Work is scheduled to be completed in late October. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Crouse Settlement Road Sections of Crouse Settlement Road in the Camperdown School Road area, are reduced to one lane during repaving. Traffic control people are on site. The work is scheduled for completion on Monday, Sept. 30. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Bridge Closed The Raynardton Bridge on Raynardton Road, west of Gavelton, is closed for replacement. Drivers should use alternate routes. Work is scheduled to be completed by Sunday, Sept. 15. -30- PICTOU COUNTY: Truro Road, North Bear Brook Bridge Truro Road is closed at North Bear Brook Bridge for repairs until Wednesday, Sept. 4. Truro Road traffic will be detoured onto North Main Street and Cowan Street. Detour signs will be posted. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Highway 16, at Halfway Cove for about a half-kilometre north, is reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, and some Saturdays. KINGS COUNTY: Millville Bridge Closure Millville Bridge on Victoria Road in Millville is closed for repairs. Traffic will be detoured onto Maple Avenue, Whitman Road and Ward Road. The closure will last until the end of August.Please drive with caution and patience in the area. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive Overpass Repairs are being made on the Joseph Howe Drive overpass on Highway 102, Exit 0 until Saturday, Nov. 30. Travel lanes are shifted to accommodate rush hour traffic. Drivers should reduce speed to 50 km/h and drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Traffic on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River is reduced to one lane in each direction to allow for repairs on both bridges until Friday, Aug. 30. Drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area, and should be prepared for delays or use an alternate route. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from about a half-kilometre south of Johnson Road to Route 224, is reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 15. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Broad Brook Bridge The Broad Brook Bridge on Regent Street in Yarmouth is closed until Friday, Sept. 6 for replacement. A detour route is marked via Ellis Road and Wyman Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Masstown Road Masstown Road, from the Highway 104 overpass to Debert Road, is reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 256 Route 256, from Route 311 to one kilometre west of Truro Road, is reduced to one lane for culvert installation, gravelling and chip seal work until Sunday, Sept 1. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Upper Branch Road Upper Branch Road is reduced to one lane for paving and patching. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is expected to continue until Monday, Sept. 30.center_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Ramp Closure The on-ramp to the Bicentennial Highway (Highway 102) from Joseph Howe Drive will be closed at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, until 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, during ramp repairs. Vehicles can enter Highway 102 from Bayers Road or from the Dunbrack St./North West Arm Drive Interchange. NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, north of the Aberdeen Motel, for about a half-kilometre, has a one-lane closure for repairs until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. HANTS COUNTY: Shubenacadie, Bridge Trunk 2 Shubenacadie Bridge on Trunk 2 is reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Dec. 31. The speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h in the construction area. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Blockhouse Area Sections of Ernst Road and Cemetery Road, between Route 325 and School Road, are reduced to one lane during repaving. Traffic control people are on site. The work is scheduled for completion on Monday, Sept. 30. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road, and Hatchery Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Tatamagouche Lake Road will be closed from the intersection of Highway 6 to the intersection of Trout Brook Road for repairs to Lombard Creek Bridge until Friday, Aug. 30. Detour signs are in place. HANTS COUNTY: Falmouth Back Road Traffic on the Falmouth Back Road is reduced to one lane, from the intersection of Highway 1 east for about three kilometres, for repaving. Expect delays. Use extra caution or alternate routes such as Town Road, Dyke Road and/or Highway 14. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 1 Highway 1 in New Minas to Prospect Road, ending at Highway 12 in North Alton, is reduced to one lane for culvert repairs, ditching and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Henry Christie Bridge The Henry Christie Bridge on Greenfield Road is closed for repair until Monday, Aug. 26. A detour is marked on the Valleydale Road and the Old Greenfield Road. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road Beginning Monday, Aug. 26, the West River East Side Road will be closed for culvert installation about 500 metres west of the intersection with Limerock Road. Detour routes are marked. The work is scheduled for completion on Monday, Sept. 16. PICTOU COUNTY: Barneys River Road Barneys River Road, from Highway 104 north to Avondale Cross Road, for about six kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving. There is one-way traffic through about two kilometres of work zones and delays are expected. Work takes places from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Work is expected to be completed by Thursday, Oct. 31. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has reopened with a 15-tonne weight restriction. PICTOU COUNTY: Millbrook, Alma, Marshdale, and Three Brooks Roads Millbrook, Alma, Marshdale, and Three Brooks Roads are reduced to one lane for re-paving until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site but delays are expected. Work takes place Monday to Friday, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on Highway 4, from west of Campbells Bridge, west for about five kilometres to Hay Cove Bridge, is reduced to one lane for repaving and the replacement of the Hay Cove bridge. Work is scheduled to be completed by Monday, Sept. 30. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. QUEENS COUNTY: Wagner Brook Bridge Wagner Brook Bridge in Port Mouton, near Highway 103, is reduced to one lane for upgrading until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Forties Road Forties Road, from Highway 12 west to Fraxville Road, and from Barss Corner Road west to Aylesford Road, is reduced to one lane for road repairs until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Expect delays of 5 to 10 minutes. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Farmington Road Sections of Farmington Road, between each end of the Barss corner Road loop, are reduced to one lane during repaving. Traffic control people are on site. The work is scheduled for completion on Monday, Sept. 30. CONTINUING WORKlast_img read more

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Cease Trade Order Against Fundy Tidal Inc

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission has issued a cease trade order against Fundy Tidal Inc. The company, a Nova Scotia community economic-development corporation, violated securities laws by failing to file continuous disclosure documents. The director of corporate finance ordered Fundy Tidal to comply with Nova Scotia securities laws and ordered all people and companies to permanently cease trading in securities of Fundy Tidal. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order please visit https://nssc.novascotia.ca/ -30-last_img read more

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Mother grandmother plea for publics help finding missing Abbotsford woman

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsIt’s been almost two years since Kristina Ward went missing.The 20-year-old Abbotsford woman was last seen Sept. 27, 2017 — the same day she last texted her mother, and the same day her bank card was last used.Now, her mother and grandmother are asking for the public’s help. They want people to watch footage from a security camera that shows Ward walking with a man on the evening she went missing.“What I am hoping for is that when people see this…they open their mind and their thoughts and think that it could be our family, it could be our child, and start sharing this all over social media,” said Ward’s grandmother, Geraldine Silva.“Somebody knows something.”lhamelin@aptn.ca@Laurie_Hamelinlast_img read more

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Out with the new in with the old Edmund picks 6 used

first_imgBuying a used car instead of a new one has long been a surefire way to save money. Someone else takes the initial depreciation hit — between 25 to 30 per cent on average for the first year — so you pay a lot less for the car and finance a smaller amount.But some vehicles depreciate faster than others. And if you can key in on these relatively new used models, you can potentially save up to 60 per cent off what you’d have to pay for this year’s new model. You could practically buy another vehicle with the savings.We’ve identified a handful of 3-year-old used models that offer a significant discount over their new-car equivalents. All are luxury vehicles, which tend to have higher depreciation rates for a couple of reasons. One, they are typically leased rather than purchased, which drives up the rate of depreciation. And two, their primary customers always want the latest, usually expensive, features. While cool, these features don’t do a very good job of supporting the car’s value.For used-car buyers, this is all good news. The worst depreciation already has happened, and the car’s value will remain fairly consistent in the years to come.There are a few caveats to keep in mind when buying a used luxury car. Your insurance might be more expensive, so make sure you get a quote beforehand. Also, maintenance and parts will likely be costlier than with a non-luxury-branded vehicle. Still, if you’re aware of what you’re getting into, you can get a posh car while saving tens of thousands off the price you’d pay if you bought the new version.Lincoln NavigatorAverage 2018 new transaction price: $89,146Average 2015 used transaction price: $35,237 (60 per cent less)The Lincoln Navigator got a substantial refresh for the 2015 model year, including a more efficient turbocharged V6 engine, revised styling, and the latest version of the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. This is one of the few luxury SUVs that can tow a trailer, carry up to eight passengers, and still ride comfortably on the road.Audi A6Average 2018 new transaction price: $57,742Average 2015 used transaction price: $26,305 (54 per cent less)The Audi A6 is an elegant, well-rounded midsize luxury sedan with a strong array of available engines and nimble handling on the road. Our editors were impressed by the A6’s upscale interior, quiet cabin and its standard safety features. Most A6s come with all-wheel drive, too.Cadillac XTSAverage 2018 new transaction price: $52,975Average 2015 used transaction price: $26,424 (50 per cent less)If you like the idea of a full-size luxury sedan in the classic American mould, the 2015 Cadillac XTS is the car for you. The XTS is notable for its ultra-comfortable ride, numerous standard features and spacious rear seats. It also has one of the largest trunks available, which is perfect for extended road trips.Volvo XC60Average 2018 new transaction price: $49,319Average 2015 used transaction price: $25,419 (48 per cent less)The Volvo XC60 was one of Edmunds’ top recommended compact luxury SUVs for 2015. It has attractive styling, a distinctive cabin design, supportive seats and handling that is more fun than you’d expect from a Volvo. Our editors recommend avoiding the sluggish 3.2-litre engine. The other available engines are more than up to the task.BMW 3 SeriesAverage 2018 new transaction price: $44,036Average 2015 used transaction price: $22,796 (48 per cent less)The 2015 BMW 3 Series is a small luxury sedan or wagon. You can find the 3 Series with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and with gasoline, diesel or hybrid-electric engines. Whichever variation you choose, you will be pleased by its sharp handling and composed ride quality.BMW X3Average 2018 new transaction price: $51,823Average 2015 used transaction price: $27,246 (47 per cent less)Another option from BMW is the 2015 X3. It’s one of the standouts in the small luxury SUV class and is an excellent pick for shoppers seeking both sporty driving dynamics and family-friendly utility. As a new vehicle, the X3 is on the pricey side, but it becomes a more compelling package when it’s used and nearly half off.EDMUNDS SAYS: Used luxury cars can get you more bang for your buck if you are aware of the pros and cons. If you’re concerned about the long-term reliability, opt for a certified pre-owned vehicle, which offers more warranty coverage than a typical used car. And if you need more peace of mind, it’s worth considering buying an extended warranty. Just make sure to get warranty quotes from a few dealers to get the best price.___This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Ronald Montoya is a senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @rmontoyaedmunds.Related links:— 2015 Lincoln Navigator https://edmu.in/2FRSTIa— 2015 Audi A6 https://edmu.in/2Q2aHVI— 2015 Cadillac XTS https://edmu.in/2E6oqnY— 2015 Volvo XC60 https://edmu.in/2zxzRkK— 2015 BMW 3 Series https://edmu.in/2AAKSS5— 2015 BMW X3 https://edmu.in/2DU5196Ronald Montoya, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Looking to the sky BC company says it is sucking carbon from

first_imgThat footprint would shrink further if the plant were all-electric. And if it ran on wind- or solar-generated electricity, the fuel would be almost carbon neutral.Long-distance transportation would welcome such fuel, suggested Keith.“Solar and wind power have got amazingly cheap, but only in really great sites and only when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining. That cheap power doesn’t magically make an airplane go from Winnipeg to Halifax.“What you need is a way to make a fuel in a place where you’ve got really cheap low-carbon power, and that will power the airplane. That’s the core idea here.”Putting a price on carbon has been crucial to Carbon Engineering’s development, said Oldham.“We would not be in business if carbon pricing did not exist.”Carbon Engineering’s next step is to build a full-scale plant. That’ll take about 2 1/2 years, said Oldham.One of the great benefits of making fuel from air is energy independence, said Oldham.“Any country, any region, can have its own fuel. They’d be no longer dependent on the geopolitical situation if Country X has oil and Country Y does not.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Carbon Engineering’s plant in Squamish, B.C., currently pulls about one tonne of carbon a day from the air and produces about two barrels of fuel. Since its components are off the rack, it should be easy to scale up, Oldham said.“We’ve bought the smallest scalable unit of each piece of technology we have.”Carbon Engineering’s fuel costs about 25 per cent more than gasoline made from oil. Oldham said work is being done to reduce that.Because the plant currently uses some natural gas, by the time the fuel it produces has been burned it has released a half-tonne of carbon dioxide for every tonne removed from the air. That gives it a carbon footprint 70 per cent lower than a fossil fuel, he said. As policy-makers work on ways to try to keep global warming within the two-degree limit of the Paris agreement, fears have been raised that carbon dioxide emissions won’t be cut fast enough. Some say carbon will have to be actively removed from the atmosphere.In an article published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal Joule, Carbon Engineering outlines what it calls direct air capture in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere through a chemical process, then combined with hydrogen and oxygen to create fuel.“If these aren’t renewable fuels, what are?” said David Keith, professor of applied physics at Harvard University, lead author of the paper and principal in Carbon Engineering.At least seven companies worldwide are working on the idea. Swiss-based Climeworks has already built a commercial-scale plant.It costs Climeworks about US$600 a tonne to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon Engineering says it can do the job for between US$94 and US$232 a tonne because it uses technology and components that are well understood and commercially available.“We’re tapping into existing industrial equipment and then defining a new process and applying some unique chemistry to it,” said Oldham.center_img VANCOUVER, B.C. – It sounds like spinning straw into gold: suck carbon dioxide from the air where it’s contributing to climate change and turn it into fuel for cars, trucks and jets.A British Columbia company says in newly published research that it’s doing just that _ and for less than one-third the cost of other companies working on the same technology.“This isn’t a PowerPoint presentation,” said Steve Oldham of Carbon Engineering. “It’s real.”last_img read more

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Moroccan-American Rapper French Montana Defends Artist R. Kelly

By zakaria OuadghiriRabat – Moroccan-American rapper French Montana told TMZ on Saturday that artists like R. Kelly have received unfair treatment in the music industry because of their personal issues. “All the greats went down like that,” Montana said. “Let somebody enjoy their legacy. Whatever happened, happened.” He later tweeted, “Let me be clear. My heart is with the victims.”The documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” broadcast recently on the US channel Lifetime, has re-ignited public debate on the allegations facing R. Kelly. The series looks back at years of accusations of statutory rape, physical violence, and kidnapping involving the American singer.Read Also: French Montana Drops ‘Famous’ Remix to Raise Money for UgandaMoroccan-American rapper Kevin Gates and his wife Dreka parodied the documentary. A video shows the couple inside a car joking about artists who have been sexually assaulting underage girls “for years.”Kanye West made similar comments. “If we’re gonna tear down artists, let’s go ahead and take da Vinci out the Louvre. Let’s take down all the art.” DJ Paul of Southern hip hop group Three 6 Mafia sided with Montana and West. “You know he got talent, his personal life shouldn’t have nothing to do with that.”Celine Dion is reportedly pulling her 1998 duet “I’m Your Angel” with Kelly from all streaming services. Lady Gaga also removed her collaboration with Kelly “Do What U Want (With My Body)” from streaming platforms, sharing a statement that she supports Kelly’s alleged victims.Kelly is currently under investigation in both Georgia and Illinois regarding his alleged sex crimes. read more

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The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending June 2, 2019:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations4. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.5. iSchedule, HotSchedules6. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB8. Dark Sky Weather, Jackadam9. Papa’s Freezeria To Go!, Flipline Studios10. Bloons TD 5, Ninja KiwiTop Free iPhone Apps:1. aquapark.io, Voodoo2. Bottle Flip 3D!, tastypill3. Blocksbuster!. Voodoo4. YOLO: Anonymous, Q&A Popshow, Inc.5. Color Hole 3D, Good Job Games6. Fun Race 3D, Good Job Games7. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.8. Jetpack Jump, Kwalee9. Traffic Run!, Geisha Tokyo Inc.10. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.Top Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Notability, Ginger Labs4. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB5. GoodNotes 5, Time Base Technology Limited6. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations7. Five Nights at Freddy’s, Scott Cawthon8. Amazing Frog?, FAYJU9. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi10. Terraria, 505 Games (US), Inc.Top Free iPad Apps:1. Bottle Flip 3D!, tastypill2. aquapark.io, Voodoo3. Blocksbuster!, Voodoo4. Roller Splat!, Voodoo5. Traffic Run!, Geisha Tokyo Inc.6. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC7. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.8. Stack Ball 3D, Azur Interactive Games Limited9. Color Hole 3D, Good Job Games10. Run Race 3D, Good Job GamesTop Free iPad Apps:1. Bottle Flip 3D!, tastypill2. Roller Splat!, Voodoo3. Blocksbuster!, Voodoo4. Traffic Run!, Geisha Tokyo Inc.5. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC6. Color Hole 3D, Good Job Games7. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.8. Run Race 3D,Good Job Games9. Stack Ball 3D,Azur Interactive Games Limited10.Tiles Hop – EDM Rush, Amanotes Pte. Ltd.__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.The Associated Press read more

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Testing provincial education standards

Students in grades three and six have been taking the EQAO exams the past week.But new findings from the Education Quality and Accountability Office show one in three kindergarten kids fail to meet the provincial standards by the time they reach grade three.The results come after an eight year study. Cindy Csordas joins us now with more on the findings.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

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Frey Tomkins to battle for OSU mens hockey goalie spot once again

OSU then-sophomore goalie Christian Frey (30) during a game against Nebraska-Omaha on Nov. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoImagine, as a student, that you have to take a test every Friday.You begin preparation each Monday, getting yourself as ready as you can be for the challenge soon to come — but there’s a catch.Your professor tells you that your Friday tests will only be given if he says so. He might give you the test, he might not.You just have to be ready.This has been the case for Ohio State junior goaltenders Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins for the better part of the past two seasons.Frey’s journey at OSU began midway through the 2013-14 season after Collin Olson left the program and Tomkins was injured.The emergency call-up proved successful, as Frey would end up backstopping the Buckeyes to the championship of the inaugural Big Ten Tournament.OSU then-sophomore goalie Matt Tomkins (31) during a game against Michigan on Jan. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoHeading into the 2015-16 campaign, Frey carries a record of 18-16-5 accompanied with a 2.72 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.Tomkins has had his own shining moments throughout the course of his OSU career.Through 31 games played, the 2012 Chicago Blackhawks draftee has a record of 11-14-3 complemented by a 3.01 goals against average, a .897 save percentage and two shutouts.Since Frey’s arrival on campus, the man between the pipes in Game 1 of the typical Friday-Saturday matchups for the Scarlet and Gray is decided on Thursday after a full week of practice is completed.It’s not an uncommon situation for a collegiate team to utilize two goalies throughout the season.Fortunately for Frey and Tomkins, they’re in a comfortable routine, as this has been the status quo for a while now.“It’s the way things are,” Tomkins said. “It kind of gives you an opportunity when you don’t know throughout the week to prove yourself. It feels like you have an opportunity to maybe change the coaches’ minds a little bit.”OSU assistant coach Joe Exter is entering his fifth season with the Buckeyes. He coached former OSU goaltender Brady Hjelle to first-team All-American accolades in 2012-13, the first Buckeye to be named to the first team since 1998.A former netminder for Merrimack College and the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, Exter knows the mindsets of his goalies better than anyone. He said he expects them to be ready to go, playing or not, and he understands their situation from a mental aspect.“We anticipate having a good goaltender once we step on the ice each game,” Exter said. “They’re human. They know that there’s one net. We’re not writers, we’re goaltenders. If you want the script to play out the way you feel or the way you hope, you better focus and take care of your job.”So what’s the secret to being on top of your game when you’re unaware if you have the starting job?“Acting every day as if you’re going to be the starter is key to consistency, and even if you’re not in, you still have to be ready,” Frey said. “When the other guy’s in, we’re right there cheering for him, hoping he does well, and when I’m in, he’s cheering for me and hoping I do well.”That relationship and the camaraderie between Frey and Tomkins allows the system to flow as smoothly as a one-on-one battle can.Whoever gets the nod for that first game of the weekend welcomes the challenge, but he also knows how quickly things can change.“Obviously you’re hoping to hear that you’re playing every Thursday, so when you do hear that, that you’re going to be the guy going on Friday night, it’s exciting, but at the same time you have to keep an even keel,” Tomkins said. “You can’t get too high when you’re playing and too low when you’re not.”Once again, it all comes back to just being ready.“If Thursday comes and you’re not the guy going on Friday, you still have to prepare on Friday and on Saturday as if you were going,” Tomkins said. “You never know.”   Either Tomkins or Frey is set to make the first start of the year when OSU opens the regular season at home against Bowling Green on Oct. 9. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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President Kabila seems to ignore top mining executives on new DRC mining

first_imgJohn Meyer of SP Angel notes a Reuters report that Joseph Kabila has held a five to six hour meeting with leading mining executives in relation to the new mining legislation which was adopted by parliament in January. Following an intense five-six hour discussion with executives from Glencore, Ivanhoe and five other mining companies, Kabila confirmed the law will be “promulgated shortly”.Kabila is now expected to imminently approve changes to the country’s mining code that will raise taxes for major miners, despite unanimous industry objection. The new code which raises royalties and proposes a new windfall profits tax raises also removes a key stability clause which currently protects miners from changes to the fiscal and customs regime for 10 years.Reforms to the code aim to boost state revenue in one of the world’s poorest countries. As reported by Global Witness, more than 20% of the DRC’s mining revenue is being lost “due to corruption and mismanagement”; with more than $750 million missing since 2014. While elevated state revenue will favour the countries growth, corruption also requires significant improvement.Glencore and Ivanhoe Mines face 50% taxes within a windfall profit tax and increased royalty payments. Glencore, Randgold and China Molybdenum reckon the changes would damage inward investment and violate existing agreements.Market concerns focus on the delivery of two fundamental metals for the electric economy. Under the new law, the government could further raise royalty payments on cobalt five-fold to 10% if it categorises the mineral as a “strategic substance”.With 54% of global production sourced from the DRC, single-source risk for the metal remains high. Elevated royalties are expected to negatively impact the economics of cobalt production, translating into reduced margins for producers and higher costs to consumers.Battery technologies are already trending toward nickel-dominant battery chemistries due to rapidly rising cobalt prices and the signing of the new mining code is expected to exacerbate this movement.The Minister of Mines Martin Kabwelulu told Reuters that company concerns would be treated on a case-by-case basis.Randgold has said it will challenge the new code through international arbitration if it is not referred back to the ministry for further consultation.Ministers claim that the new code is needed to raise government revenues from an annual budget of only $5 billion. DRC GDP was $69 billion in 2016.last_img read more

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