A jawan of Special Operation Group (SOG) was killed and six others were injured in a Maoist ambush near Khamankhol under Baliguda police station limits in Kandhamal district of Odisha at around midnight on Saturday.According to Inspector General of Police (IGP), southern range, Amitabh Thakur, an exchange of fire for around one hour occurred at the spot between the SOG personnel and naxalites after this ambush. Security personnel fired more than 300 rounds and also lobbed grenades at the ultras. “There are chances of casualties on the side of Maoists. So, reinforcement has been mobilized to the area to intensify search operation,” said Mr Thakur.This group of SOG personnel were returning in four vehicles after completion of an anti-Maoist operation based on intelligence reports. The last vehicle in the motorcade was targeted at the jungle ghat road near Khamankhol. The hiding Maoists fired heavily at this vehicle carrying SOG jawans. It was valiantly retaliated by the SOG jawans.During this exchange of fire, a SOG jawan named Laxmikant Jani from Kalahandi district was killed. Six others including driver of the targeted vehicle sustained injuries. They were first provided primary medical treatment at Baliguda hospital. Later, three of them were shifted to Kandhamal District Headquarter Hospital in Phulbani and other three seriously injured were transported to MKCG medical college and hospital in Berhampur.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Tuesday said it will hold talks with its Indian counterparts in a bid to reverse a ban on a dozen players participating in the island’s Twenty20 competition.SLC chairman DS de Silva and secretary Nishantha Ranatunga will travel to India on Wednesday, SLC said in a statement.”They will have discussions with the Indian board on the participation of Indian players,” the statement said in Colombo.The move comes after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday blocked Indian players from taking part in the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) to be staged in Colombo from July 19 to August 4.A dozen Indian players, including fast bowlers Praveen Kumar and Munaf Patel, had sought permission to play after BCCI had earlier cleared the event.The BCCI’s U-turn came after media reports that the SLPL was being organised by Singapore-based Somerset Entertainment Ventures, which is reported to be linked to Lalit Modi, the sacked former boss of the Indian Premier League (IPL).SLC secretary Nishantha RanatungaRanatunga said on Monday that the event would go ahead as planned, and reiterated that SLC had full control over the event, which is marketed by Somerset. De Silva, who is currently following the Sri Lankan tour of England, will fly from London to join Ranatunga for talks.Sri Lanka’s sports minister Mahindanda Aluthgamage was optimistic the issue would be resolved amicably.”We have good rapport with the Indian board and I am sure the issue will be sorted out amicably. The first edition of this tournament will go ahead as scheduled,” the minister told the Daily Mirror on Tuesday.advertisementHe said Modi, who lives in London, was not involved with the event. Modi faces criminal charges, including false accounting, and accusations by the BCCI that more than $106 million was misappropriated during his three-year tenure as IPL chairman.Modi also distanced himself from the tournament through his Twitter feeds on Monday.SLC’s relations with the BCCI dipped in April, after the new selection panel asked players to return during the IPL and prepare for the team’s tour of England.SLC later scrapped the decision to avoid spoiling relations with the government of India and the BCCI.- With inputs from agenciesFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
New Delhi, Jul 29 (PTI) The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) today requested the world body (IAAF) to consider P U Chitras participation in the upcoming World Championships after Sports Minister Vijay Goel asked the national federation to honour the Kerala High Court directive. The AFI said it had written to the IAAF and the ball is now in the international federations court. “We have formally written to IAAF to consider P U Chitras entry as an Indian participation in womens 1500m race. It is now up to IAAF to accept the request or not,” AFI secretary C K Valson told PTI. AFIs move came after Sports Minister Goel had earlier in the day advised the national federation to honour the Kerala High Court directive on Chitra to ensure her participation in the world meet. The Kerala High Court, yesterday, directed the central government to ensure participation of Chitra in the World Athletics Championships in London next month. “Shri Goel talked to AFI President Shri Adille Sumariwalla on the issue and advised him not to contest the directive given by the Kerala High Court as P U Chitra is otherwise a wild card entry for the World Championship,” the sports ministry said in a statement. Chitra, who recently won a gold medal in the womens 1500m event in the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar, filed the writ petition after she was excluded from the Indian squad by the federation. In her plea, Chitra said her gold medal performance at the Asian Athletics Championships made her an automatic pick for the World Championships. The court also observed that the selection process for the championship appears to be not transparent and qualified athletes were ignored. The Asian Championships winners get an automatic berth for the World Championships but the global governing body IAAFs rules were clear that the national federation has within its powers not to send a continental event winner. Interestingly, it is not clear what will happen in the cases of long distance runners Sudha Singh (womens 3000m steeplechase) and Ajay Kumar Saroj (mens 1500m) — both of whom have qualified for the World Championships by winning gold in the Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar. Despite earning their spots, both the athletes have been dropped from the Indian squad. Unlike Chitra, the duo, however, did not take the legal route. Sources, however, said that it will be difficult for the IAAF to grant a place to Chitra as deadline for the online entry of the athletes is already over. “From our part, we can no longer access the password protected entry of the athletes as it has passed the deadline. We have to see what the IAAF does for only one country. I think it will be difficult for Chitra to get an entry,” an athletics expert said. PTI AH PDS SSC CM CMadvertisement
Real Madrid Marcelo: Ronaldo always delivers when Madrid need him to Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 10:41 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Getafe v Real Madrid Getafe Primera División Marcelo The Real Madrid defender said his team knew the Portuguese star would deliver when Los Blancos needed him most Real Madrid can always rely on Cristiano Ronaldo to step up when they need him to, according to defender Marcelo.Facing the prospect of more dropped La Liga points after Getafe had drawn level, with Jorge Molina cancelling out Karim Benzema’s opener, Madrid needed Ronaldo.Real 15/4 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. And the Portugal star got on the end of an Isco pass and drilled home an 85th-minute winner for his first league goal of the campaign.”We know what Cristiano brings to Madrid. He deserves a lot of credit for all he’s done at Madrid and we know that when he has to show up, he does so,” the Brazilian said.”That happens in football, I couldn’t tell you why. “We’re trying to improve with every game, trying to cut the gap to first place and continue fighting for all the points available.”The man who netted our winner at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez!@Cristiano pic.twitter.com/OUw7HoRGMH— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 14, 2017Madrid moved into second in the table with their win, but they are five points adrift of leaders and rivals Barcelona.Marcelo was pleased with his team’s response after conceding, saying: “It’s a difficult place to come, everyone has that extra motivation when they’re playing against Madrid. “We conceded a goal, I don’t know if it was offside or not but that doesn’t bother me.”We did a great job, we were able to manage the game well after scoring and we ended up winning it.”
Transfers Inter confident of signing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, says club chief Ausilio Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Internazionale Primera División Barcelona Serie A The 24-year-old has been linked with the Nerazzurri and their sporting director is hopeful a deal can be done before the end of the transfer window Inter are confident of signing Rafinha from Barcelona but the Serie A club’s sporting director Piero Ausilio insists they need time to complete a potential deal. The Nerazzurri bolstered their ranks with the loan signing of centre-back Lisandro Lopez from Benfica on Monday.There has been speculation that Rafinha could be next through the door at San Siro. The midfielder has not played this season, having been kept on the sidelines by a knee injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barca reportedly rejected a €20million offer from Inter but sporting director Ausilio remains hopeful that a deal can be struck.”We’re always confident when we work,” Ausilio told Sky. “We need time to do it though.”Inter have also been linked with former Chelsea midfielder Ramires, the Brazilian who now plays for Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning.But on those reports, Ausilio said: “As for Ramires, he’s a Jiangsu Suning player and they’ll decide what to do with him. We’re working on other things.”
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)It is really tough to go undefeated during the college football season. More often than not, teams reach the college football playoff with one loss.There are several teams with one loss on their resume right now. They aren’t eliminated from the playoff chase, but their margin for error is nonexistent. They have to win out.Of those one-loss squads, not all have the same chance to reach the playoff. Some are in better position than others, as ESPN’s Heather Dinich wrote today.Dinich ranked the playoff chances of the eight major one-loss teams. Here’s what she came up with:MichiganGeorgiaOklahomaFloridaLSUTexasIowaOregonYou can view all of Dinich’s analysis here. Here’s what she had to say about Michigan’s odds to make the playoff.“The Big Ten has an 11 percent chance to get multiple teams into the playoff, second best to the SEC,” Dinich wrote. “There’s a 21 percent chance Michigan will be 10-1 and Ohio State will be 11-0 when the teams meet in Columbus on Nov. 24.”The first official College Football Playoff rankings come out on Tuesday, October 30. They will be released at 7:10 p.m. ET.We’ll see then where these one-loss teams stand, and one or two of them might have lost again by that point, eliminating them from the playoff conversation.
“Yet to the shock of the 36 seafarers who work on the vessel a plan of stealth was hatched by the company whereby it would leave Australia in two days and dump the Australian crew, unemployed, in Singapore,” MUA added. Mr Smith said the talks would focus on protecting Australian shipping jobs.“Due to moving towards higher levels of Victorian land-based fuel supply from the Geelong terminal, Viva are saying they are getting out of shipping and the vessel must go back to the charterers,” Mr Smith said.“We are seeking a replacement with whatever size tanker, possibly a handy-sized tanker, and have demonstrated to Viva that we have some viable options for a coastal trading tanker. One thing that we will be demanding is that any fuel that goes across the wharf from the Geelong refinery will be carried in Australian general licensed ships where they are available.”World Maritime News Staff zoom Australia’s Fair Work Commission (FWC) has ordered talks over the next two days over the future of the product tanker Tandara Spirit, according to the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).The fuel tanker, owned by Teekay and operated by Viva Energy Australia sits idle in Melbourne for 5 days as the crew protests over the company’s decision to remove the vessel from the trade.MUA said that Commissioner Cambridge concurrently heard the company’s application for Orders that the MUA no longer participate in unprotected industrial action, “by allegedly refusing to refuel the vessel to prevent it from leaving Australian waters – a move that the Union fears would result in the termination of the jobs of the entire crew in the process.”Commissioner Cambridge knocked back the company’s Section 418 application, instead ordering the companies, Teekay and Viva, and the MUA into talks over the next two days, MUA added. MUA said earlier this week that it was taking multi-billion dollar Swiss energy company Vitol to FWC over its alleged decision to fire the MUA members working on board the product tanker Tandara Spirit.However, in a statement emailed to World Maritime News, Viva Energy Australia denied the MUA’s claims, saying that “Viva Energy is an independent and locally managed business,” and that ”any reference to Vitol’s involvement in the matter is incorrect.”MUA Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith said: “After five days of the ship not taking bunkers and refusing to sail the FWC refused to give 418 orders, instead ordering talks. The vessel will be prevented by our actions from sailing for seven days on Thursday. The company also had to agree that no one was left stranded in Singapore.” The union said that it had been informed by Teekay last week that the Tandara Spirit will be handed back in January 2015.
New Delhi: The CBI has booked a railway official and three companies in Secunderabad for allegedly siphoning off Rs 2.20 crore from railways’ accounts to fake firms using fraudulent bills, officials said Tuesday. Now suspended accounts assistant V Ganesh Kumar, who was posted in the Expenditure Section, South Central Railway, and fake firms — Sai Balaji Pharma and Surgical, Vinayaka Agencies and Sri Thirumala Enterprises — have been named in the FIR lodged on a complaint from the railways, they said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC During a test check, the railways had found that 31 alleged fake bills without GST numbers were allegedly cleared in six months from October, 2018 to April, 2019, they said. It is alleged that Ganesh, in criminal conspiracy with others, allegedly generated and passed these bills in the name of fake firms to transfer around Rs 2.20 crore into the accounts of these firms in Axis Bank. “The preliminary enquiry also suspects involvement of more officials of South Central Railways and private individuals,” they said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations In its complaint, the railways said bill registration, internal check, passing and confirmation are the main stages in passing the claims and each function needs to be performed by different officials. “However, in these cases apparently all the activities were performed by the same accounts assistant. How he was assigned all rights in Integrated Pay Roll and Accounting System thus circumventing the multiple stages in internal check system is being inquired into in consultation with CRIS (Centre for Railways Information Systems),” it said.
VANCOUVER — A Vancouver businessman and philanthropist is among nearly 50 people charged in what United States authorities are alleging is the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.David Sidoo, CEO of Advantage Lithium and a former B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders player, is accused of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in Massachusetts.None of the allegations has been proven in court and Sidoo’s lawyer says his client is presumed innocent.An indictment alleges Sidoo paid $100,000 in 2011 to have an individual secretly take the SAT in place of his older son, and that the score was emailed to Chapman University in California where his son was admitted.The document alleges that Sidoo paid another $100,000 in 2013 for someone to take the SAT in place of his younger son, and that the score was sent to multiple universities including the University of California-Berkeley where he later enrolled.At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents including Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among those charged in the investigation, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues.Sidoo’s lawyer, Richard Schonfeld, said the businessman “has been repeatedly recognized for his philanthropic endeavours, which is the true testament to his character.”“The charge that has been lodged against David is an allegation that carries with it the presumption that he is innocent. We look forward to representing our case in court, and ask that people don’t rush to judgment in the meantime.”Federal authorities says parents who have been accused in the alleged scam paid an estimated $25 million in bribes.The coaches charged as a result of the investigation worked at such schools as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. A former Yale soccer coach pleaded guilty and helped build the case against others.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsThe pop band No Doubt has issued an apology to its fans.On the weekend, the band posted a new video that featured a cowboys and Indian theme.On social media sites, people panned it and No Doubt pulled the video.Lisa Charleyboy is an actress and active blogger in Toronto. She followed the whole thing and spoke to APTN National News about it via Skype.
WASHINGTON — U.S. service companies grew at a slower pace in March, as business activity and new orders slipped from strong levels in February.The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, reports that its service index fell to 56.1% last month, down from 59.7% in February. Any reading above 50 signals growth.The service sector, which is where most Americans work, has been expanding for 110 straight months, according to the survey-based ISM index.Several companies surveyed for the index say it’s become more difficult to hire workers, a reflection of the 3.8 per cent unemployment rate. Steady hiring over the nearly decade-long recovery from the Great Recession has caused the pool of people seeking work to decline, helping to push up wages.Josh Boak, The Associated Press
A conference at Brock University this week will bring together child and youth studies experts from across North America.Conceptualizing Childhood and Youth is a three-day conference starting Thursday, Oct. 12 that will allow researchers, graduate students and community members to learn from each other and highlight some of the work being done in the transdisciplinary field.The conference is expected to draw more than 100 people to Brock’s Sean O’Sullivan Lecture Hall. The event is hosted by the University’s Department of Child and Youth Studies and will include public lectures on topics such as childhood and play, life transitions for indigenous students, expressions of diverse youth in documentary film and the complex and challenging environment that today’s children stand to inherit.“The connections being built by this conference stretch across research with, on and about young people from a variety of perspectives,” said Shauna Pomerantz, Graduate Program Director in Child and Youth Studies and a member of the conference planning committee.Presenters from several departments at Brock will join colleagues from universities across Canada, the U.S. and Europe at the conference funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.In addition to the public talks, the conference features research paper sessions, networking opportunities and graduate student workshops on a wide array of topics.“We have a large group of graduate students who have volunteered their time and energy at the conference, and many of them are presenting papers,” Pomerantz said. “We have a really special synergy between graduate students and faculty in our department, and the conference will help to deepen that connection and create conversations and debates that will continue long after the conference is over.”Conceptualizing Childhood and Youth Public Talks: Thursday, Oct. 129 a.m. — Brock President Gervan Fearon, Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo and department Chair Dawn Zinga welcome participants9:30 a.m. —Dan Cook, Rutgers University, presents Play, Agency and Creativity and Other Complicities in Childhood Studies.Friday, Oct. 139:30 a.m. — Suzanne Stewart, OISE/University of Toronto, presents Breaking the Colonial Mold: Indigenous Knowledges and Youth Life Transitions.4:15 p.m. — Marnina Gonick, Mount St. Vincent University, presents Research at the Intersection of Art and Youth Ethnography.Saturday, Oct. 149:30 a.m. — Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Western University, presents Learning to Inherit and Respond: New Dialogues in Early Childhood StudiesAll of these presentations will be held in the Sean O’Sullivan Lecture Hall.
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State grain inspectors entered United Grain Corp.’s Vancouver facility Tuesday afternoon for the first time since refusing to cross the picket lines out of fear for their safety.The tentative labor agreement struck between Northwest grain terminal operators and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union late Monday night paved the way for grain inspections halted in July to resume. In the absence of the inspections, United Grain had virtually ceased operations.The agreement comes at a critical time, the state’s Agriculture Director Bud Hover noted, with the state’s farmers in the midst of grain harvest. The end of an 18-month impasse will allow “the flow of grain to resume,” Hover said in a statement. Members of the Longshore union still need to ratify the terms of the contract. The results are to be announced on Aug. 25.Gov. Jay Inslee and Mayor Tim Leavitt were among the local officials who reacted positively to the tentative agreement. Inslee, who had decided to no longer allow Washington State Patrol officers to escort grain inspectors through picket lines, said the prospect of a new contract was “outstanding news.” In pulling the State Patrol services for inspectors, the governor said it was clear after eight months of police presence, “keeping WSP escorts in place was not leading to productive negotiations, as intended.”The governor had intended to increase the pressure on the two sides to end the dispute and with peak harvest season approaching, according to Jaime Smith, the governor’s spokeswoman. Without escorts, the state’s Agriculture Department stopped sending grain inspectors to the facility and the U.S. Department of Agriculture refused to fill the void. The state employees inspect and certify the grain before it is exported.
(Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK)The Alaska Board of Fisheries is meeting in Fairbanks this week. The board has reviewed proposals for the Yukon and Kuskokwim fisheries and will review those for the Arctic.There were over 20 proposals for the Yukon, 15 for the Kuskokwim, while the Arctic fishery, which includes Norton Sound and Port Clarence, had just six.Jim Menard, the Arctic Area Manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, says that’s because of the year they’ve had.“We’ve had really good fishing here the last several years,” Menard said. “This past year was the greatest silver catch ever in the commercial fishery and chum was one of the best since the 80s, or was the best since the 80s, so our commercial harvest has been good.”Menard says the requested changes are “pretty straightforward.” There were four subsistence proposals, one boundary proposal, and one commercial fishery proposal.The Southern Norton Sound Fish and Game Advisory Committee submitted the sole commercial proposal, requesting the use of beach seines. The committee argues that beach seines allow for the selective harvest of surplus pinks and chums, while minimizing the incidental harvest of king salmon.The conservation of king salmon was also the theme of the subsistence proposals. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is requesting the ability to restrict gillnet sizes in the areas south of Unalakleet. As of now, Fish and Game is limited to either keeping it open or closing subsistence fishing entirely in times of conservation.“But another tool in our box would be if we could reduce the mesh size while still keeping it open down in Stebbins and St Michael for those people who subsistence fish and still be able to protect king salmon that were bound for Yukon River or northern Norton Sound drainages,” Menard said.There were two citizen-submitted proposals, one requesting the use of cast nets in the region’s subsistence fishery, noting the low cost, ease of use, and ability to fish selectively. The second had little to do with gear restrictions and more to do with timing.“It just expands the fishing periods in the Nome subdistrict so that when the weather is more conducive to catching fish and drying fish that we can have extended hours to do so,” Thomas Sparks, the proposal’s author, explained.Finally, the Board will review the sole boundary proposal, which would change Norton Sound’s southern boundary with the Yukon fishery. The current boundary extends directly west out of Point Romanof, while the proposed boundary would extend northwest from the same point.The Board of Fisheries will review the Arctic’s commercial, subsistence and boundary proposals on Thursday and will then vote on all of Western Alaska’s fishery proposals on Friday.
“This is an opportunity for us to look at how we go about appointing these top executives seeing the state has so much funding invested,” she said. Robert Caret(Updated 1/27/2015) A new bill that would derail the controversial appointment of Robert Caret, now president of the University of Massachusetts System, as chancellor of the University System of Maryland has become the next chapter in an ongoing battle to fight duplication of programs offered by the state’s HBCUs and other vestiges of segregation.State Sen. Joan Carter ConwayState Sen. Joan Carter Conway, chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, recently introduced SB 19, which would require the legislature to approve whomever the Board of Regents chooses to run the University System of Maryland. Currently, the ultimate authority lies with the Board.The Board’s recent appointment of Caret as USM’s next chancellor, effective July 1, is what prompted her legislation, Conway said. While president of Towson University, Caret oversaw the creation of the university’s joint MBA program with the University of Baltimore, which duplicated an already existing MBA program at Morgan State University, a nearby HBCU. The approval of that program in 2005 was among the reasons for a lawsuit filed by students and alumni of the state’s HBCUs and a resulting federal court ruling that Maryland had violated its constitutional commitment to dissolve vestiges of segregation in higher education.The bill has stirred division among state lawmakers, education officials and activists, drawing sometimes-contentious debate at a Jan. 22 hearing.“This is not about fairness. This is not about what Joan Carter Conway wants. This is not about [what’s] right. This is about law,” Conway said in the hearing.And, the fact that the regents hired someone who contributed to the state’s violation of the Constitution, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Supreme Court rulings on the eradication of a dual system of education is highly troubling, the Baltimore Democrat told the AFRO in a later interview.“We entrusted them with the responsibility to weigh all the facts and do the right thing,” she said. “It is unconscionable to allow the person who was the impetus for the lawsuit to be chosen as the next chancellor of USM.”USM Board Chairman James Shea defended their choice and also Caret’s actions, saying the then-Towson president had approached Morgan to create a joint program but was rejected, which is when he went to UB.“In short, he didn’t create a new program; he latched onto an existing program. Of course, it is a program that in some sense is similar to what Sen. Conway has described. But Mr. Caret didn’t create it, he didn’t start a new program. He was looking out for the best interest of its students by creating an MBA program that [they] needed,” Shea said. “And we felt that, in the end, his many fine qualities and superb leadership in the University of Massachusetts System meant that he was the right choice for chancellor.”Opponents also questioned the feasibility of the legislation given that the General Assembly meets for only three months in the year, the lack of precedent for this law and mentioned a potentially chilling effect on future candidates, among other objections.“I do believe there will be a narrowing of the list of candidates if you do this,” testified M. Peter McPherson, president, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.But Conway was undeterred. “Everything they say is wrong with the bill can be corrected with regulation,” she said.Conway’s bill has drawn the support of several members of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus.“Several of us will be co-sponsoring the bill with Senator Conway,” said Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, D-Baltimore. “We have been following this issue of duplication of programs at the state’s HBCUs and we, too, were concerned when Dr. Caret was selected by the system to be the next chancellor. Nothing personal against Dr. Caret—he did a great job at Towson—but there is a broader concern.”Sen. Catherine Pugh also saw some pragmatic aspects to the legislation’s requirement that the Legislature approve the appointment of the university system’s chief executive officer.
Stay on target Even though we’ve now had a few weeks to adjust, we honestly still can’t process the fact that Nintendo is letting its new theme park partner Universal make a Super Mario Bros. movie. Nintendo has finally gotten over its fear of films (and the money they bring in) following the hilariously nightmarish live-action Super Mario Bros. movie from 1993. No longer a Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper joint (RIP) this new Mario cinema comes from the Minions masterminds at Illumination. Mario hanging out with the Rabbids was just a warm up. Kudos to Geek.com writer Nick Mangione for coining “It’s-A Despicable Me, Mario.”But just what will the Mario movie be about? What can it be about? The Mario series has a ton of beloved characters, but Nintendo purposefully strips out as much story as possible to make gameplay the star, sometimes to a fault. Is this going to be an adaptation of those old Mario cartoons? Who knows. We don’t even have a solid release date or creative team yet.However, we can suggest ideas. Despite Nintendo’s meddling, some Mario games have managed to sneak through with enough plot to make a great, acid trip of a kids movie. Here are some Super Mario super storylines we’d love to see on the big screen.Super Mario Bros. 2/USAThe original Super Mario Bros. may be the Citizen Kane of video games, but we think its American sequel/Doki Doki Panic reskin may have more potential to be a Citizen Kane-caliber film. The multiple playable characters flesh out the ensemble. Using Wart and his less-recognized henchmen lets you save Bowser for a sequel. And the fact that it all takes place in a dream could make this Inception for kids.Super Mario GalaxyEven if the recent Super Mario Odyssey may be a better game, the gentle and whimsical sci-fi vibe of Super Mario Galaxy makes it a better, more cohesive art object in my opinion. And the perfect counterbalance to light whimsy is a streak of melancholy, which the story has thanks to the tragic origin of new princess Rosalina. It’s almost Miyazaki-esque. Throw in some mind-bending space and gravity action and this could be something special.Yoshi’s IslandEveryone hates prequels but Baby Mario is just too lucrative a character for the Minions people to pass up. Plus this gives Yoshi a more starring role and the chance to do a movie from the perspective of a faithful, child-protecting animal. Audiences will eat that up. Toss in some fanboy details, too, like the Mario brothers originally being from Brooklyn, and slather the whole thing in the distinct “child’s pastel crayon drawings” aesthetic of the original game.Mario vs. Donkey KongBefore Bowser, Mario’s main nemesis was of course Donkey Kong. But now that the famous Nintendo ape has been made a hero in his own right, the story of their rivalry could be a lot more morally ambiguous. Captain America: Civil War but with a plumber and a gorilla. Given the importance of Pauline in this story, this would also be a great way to ride the wave of her excellent appearance as the mayor of New Donk City in Super Mario Odyssey.Paper MarioAs an RPG, the Paper Mario series can’t help but have more plot than your average Mario adventure. Super Paper Mario hinged on a Bowser-Peach wedding a decade before Super Mario Odyssey. Plus there tons of original characters in these games beloved by a small but passionate few. And the paper-cut art style would give the movie some artistic chops separating it from the generic CGI of Illumination’s other kids movies.DDR Mario MixForget a Fast and Furious-style Mario Kart movie or a Remember the Titans-style Mario sports or even an Animal House-style Mario Party movie. Give me a Mario dancing movie based on spin-off Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix. Imagine Mario in Step Up or Dirty Dancing or Footloose. Imagine giving Charles Martinet the chance to really explore his complicated feelings on voicing Waluigi and his long dancer’s legs. Most kids movies eventually devolve into dance parties anyway so just lean into it.Hotel MarioA Hotel Mario movie could go in exactly two directions. It could be a wacky family comedy like Hotel for Dogs. Or it could be a harrowing, awards-worthy stand against prejudice like Hotel Rwanda. In either case, it can’t be any worse than Hotel Mario the CDi game.Hopefully this will just be the beginning of a whole Mushroom Kingdom Cinematic Universe. We can’t wait for an Indiana Jones-esque take on Captain Toad, Ghostbusters Meet Luigi’s Mansion, Law & Order: Isle Delfino, and The Wario of Wall Street. Nintendo and Universal, give us a call!Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsHands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems Fine
Vikram Bachawat of the Aakriti Gallery, Kolkata does things differently. “With The festive season setting in, Aakriti Art Gallery is hosting the 5th edition of the ‘Affordable September Art Mela’ in Kolkata,” says Bachawat. “After completing four successful editions of the fair at the Kolkata gallery, we look forward to offering this special opportunity to our patrons,” he adds. “We at Aakriti Art Gallery constantly strive to make art more accessible to all.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe ‘Affordable Art Mela’ hopes to bring art into the lives of people who harbour a passion and love for it. The gallery will be showcasing the works of over a hundred artists with more than a thousand art works within the range of 1000 to 1, 00,000 INR. According to Bachawat, this is a one-of–a–kind occasion for art enthusiasts to collect original pieces of art at the best prices. He believes the pursuit of owning great works of art should not be limited to a few. The pleasure of living with and savouring great works of art is incomparable to merely looking at them in galleries. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCould you imagine buying a Jogen Chowdhury drawing for Rs 1 lakh? The fair would also feature paintings, sculptures and art prints by renowned artists as well as fresh talents in the industry. Among the greatest names, the gallery is putting together works by Achuthan Kudallur, Aditya Basak, Akbar Padamsee, Amal Ghosh, Amitabha Banerjee, Amitava Dhar, Amlan Dutta, Anindya Roy, ArvindKolapkar, Ashok Bhowmick, AsitMondal, Babu Xavier and many others. Bachawat has always had a penchant for collecting sculptures and this show too has a delectable collection of works by artists like AsimBasu and Akhil Chandra Das, Atin Basak and Bimal Kundu.The wide collection of works will showcase multiple art techniques like gouache, tempera, acrylic on canvas, charcoal drawings, etching, and drawing on digital prints, bronze, ceramic across various styles and genres. To get a Ram Kumar drawing for Rs 1 lakh is like grasping a bit of art history in one’s hand. The Untitled 1991 ink on paper is a reflection of the sparse lithe sensibility of this fine landscape artist who revels in moods and tones of abstraction. This show is a dead ringer for new collectors of all ages; it is an epic beginning for someone who wants to grab 10 works with a small sum of Rs 10 lakhs. It certainly can’t get better than this. All great collections began small and Vikram Bachawat of Aakriti Gallery echoes this age old premise.
2 min read Fans of Samsung’s flapship line of smartphones, the Galaxy S, can rejoice and celebrate. The latest iteration has been revealed.Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 today at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain. On the surface, the design looks much like the S4. It comes with the same Super AMOLED display, but the S5 measures in at 5.1 inches. Other than that, the back cover features a perforated pattern that Samsung says creates a “modern glam look” that comes in either charcoal black, shimmery white, electric blue or copper gold.It’s on the inside where most of the updates are. First, it runs the “Kitkat” version of Android. OK, but here’s something more interesting: similar to the iPhone, the S5 features a fingerprint sensor which can be used to lock and unlock the device, as well as to access secure payment tools.The S5 also comes with a built-in heart rate monitor which provides real time data before and after exercise by placing a finger on a sensor by the rear-facing camera. It works in conjunction with S Health 3.0, which can track and map workouts and suggest healthier meals.Related: PHOTOS: This Is Supposedly the iPhone 6Additionally, the S5 comes with a 16-MP rear-facing camera as well as a 2-MP front facing camera. It comes with advanced auto focus speeds for capturing a shots quickly, a “selective focus mode” for bluring images near or far in the frame for a more creative look, and a High Dynamic Range preview mode which Samsung says makes it easier to take high definition images and videos, like of a beautiful sunset for instance. The S5 comes with a 2.5-GHz quad core processor with 2-GB of RAM. You’ll have the option of 16-GB or 32-GB of internal storage. Pricing for the S5 hasn’t been released yet. The phone is expected to be available starting in April. Over the weekend, Samsung released details of its second generation Gear smartwatch — the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Instead of running Android, the devices will operate on Tizen, an open source, Linux-based operating system.Related: Samsung Unveils Next Generation Gear Smartwatches Ahead of Mobile Conference Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 24, 2014
May 12, 2015 443 Views DocMagic eSign Platforms Mortgage Industry 2015-05-12 Staff Writer in Headlines, News, Technology DocMagic’s eSign Program Reaches 100 Million Milestone Share DocMagic announced in a recent press release that its eSign platforms have reached more than 100 million mortgage-related eSignatures. DocMagic provides compliant loan document preparation services, compliance, eSign, and eDelivery solutions.“We are very pleased with the sheer number of eSignatures that we are seeing executed among our client base,” said Dominic Iannitti, president and CEO of DocMagic. “This is positive news for the mortgage industry as a whole.”DocMagic has two eSign platforms that clients can use for mortgage-related business. The eSign platform is a separate SaaS-based solution that features the company’s proprietary ClickSign technology. eSignSystems’ SmartSAFE XL eSigning, eDelivery and eVaulting is a platform that was added in 2014. DocMagic announced that this program is perfect for companies that need more flexibility, extendibility, and control during eSigning processes. According to the tech-provider, the technology surrounding the eSign programs is easy to use and intuitive, and takes signer through the document to efficiently, expeditiously, and compliantly submit eSignatures.In 2011, DocMagic made their eSign program available for anyone to use to sign any document at no charge. According to their release, this was done to encourage all industries to adopt the eSignature process for their businesses. Documents that are signed using eSign are as legally effective, valid, and enforceable as documents that are signed with ink.“In previous years, eSign adoption was much lower among lenders working with borrowers,” Iannitti said. “We have always encouraged clients to take advantage of our eSigning technology; this impressive number of transactions certainly reflects that.”