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Australian Youth and Masters Head Coach Expressions of Interest

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first_imgOver the next four years from 2016-2020 Touch Football Australia (TFA) will have numerous representative teams competing in various international events. The cycle will culminate in the 2019 Federation of International (FIT) Touch World Cup being hosted in Malaysia. Leading up to 2019 Australia will compete on the international stage annually. The full list of international events appears below: 2016 Auckland, NZ Open Trans Tasman2017 Australia Open, Youth & Masters Trans Tasman2018 New Zealand Open Trans Tasman2019 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia FIT Touch World Cup & Youth Trans Tasman Expression of Interest To support the High Performance Program TFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active elite level coaches to fill the following Youth & Masters coaching positions. Youth ProgramBoys 17’s Head CoachGirls 17’s Head CoachBoys 19’s Head CoachGirls 19’s Head CoachMixed 17’s Head CoachMixed 19’s Head Coach Masters ProgramMen’s 30’s Head CoachMen’s 35’s Head CoachMen’s 40’s Head CoachMen’s 50’s Head CoachWomen’s 30’s Head CoachSenior Mixed Head Coach For more information on the application process, please click on the attached memo below. Related Filestfa_youth___masters_coach_eoi_promotion-pdfRelated LinksHead Coach EOIlast_img read more

a month agoSteve Chettle Exclusive: Collymore like Ronaldo & better than Keane at Nottingham Forest

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first_imgSteve Chettle Exclusive: Collymore like Ronaldo & better than Keane at Nottingham Forestby Andrew Macleana month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNottingham Forest legend Steve Chettle says Stan Collymore was the most talented footballer he played alongside at the City Ground.An enigmatic and talented centre-forward, Collymore joined Forest from Southend United in 1993 and became a star in his two seasons at the club.His breakthrough culminated in an unbelievable 1994/95 season, in which Collymore’s 22 goals helped Forest finish third in the Premier League.Those performances motivated Liverpool to pay £8.4m for the then 24-year-old, breaking the British record transfer fee at the time.The sale wasn’t a surprise given Forest had sold Neil Webb and Roy Keane to Manchester United, and Nigel Clough to Liverpool, in the years prior to Collymore’s move.Chettle played alongside all four, and when asked who was the most talented of the bunch, the club’s third-highest games holder selected Collymore, who he compared to former Real Madrid and Inter Milan striker Ronaldo Nazario.”Stan Collymore. The best player I’ve played alongside is Stan Collymore,” Chettle told Tribalfootball.com.”He had everything. I’ve compared him, maybe rightly or wrongly, to the old fashioned number nine Ronaldo.”He could do everything, especially the year when we finished third in the Premier League. “He scored some unbelievable goals and he was the best player I played with in a Forest team.”After watching the club as a boy and coming through the academy ranks, Chettle was introduced to the first-team by legendary manager Brian Clough in the late 1980’s.He would go on to play 527 games in 13 years for his boyhood club, winning the League Cup in 1989 and 1990 and playing alongside some legendary players such as Stuart Pearce, Des Walker, Keane and Clough.Quizzed on which was the best team he played in, Chettle split the answer in two.”There were a couple of generations of teams,” he continued. “There was one that I first came into playing alongside Stuart Pearce, Des Walker, Steve Hodge, Neil Webb, Nigel Clough. I used to go away and travel with the England U21s and all those boys in the senior group.”It was a great time to be around that football club and in that team because I was only 19 years old so it was a great learning curve for me. “Then the next phase when I was playing alongside Roy Keane, Steve Stone. We had two kind of generations of fantastic teams so it was kind of a different experience for my career and I like them both as equal.”Video Courtesy of NFFCTube TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

PM Lauds Heather Little-White as a Professional Woman of Courage

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first_imgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says she is deeply saddened by the death of renowned nutritionist, Dr. Heather Little-White, OD last night (Tuesday, Jan. 22) . “We have lost a dear friend and Jamaica has lost a professional woman of courage whose life exemplified the true spirit of perseverance against the odds,” the Prime Minister said. In a condolence message, the Prime Minister said that through her work in nutrition education, Dr. Little-White’s life touched many lives whether it was by way of the very popular ‘Creative Cooking’ television series, her countless interviews on radio, numerous articles in the newspapers, scores of lectures or direct sampling of her delightful home grown recipes and catering services.The Prime Minister said that despite being challenged by a regrettable and most unfortunate incident in 1999, Heather Little-White demonstrated remarkable courage and strength of character which was admired by all Jamaicans who knew her.“She will be greatly missed and her work as an outstanding nutritionist, writer and advocate for the disabled community will be remembered and treasured for many years to come,”“On behalf of the government and people of Jamaica, I express my deepest sympathy to husband Peter, brother Lennie and other members of Little-White’s family and pray God’s strength and comfort to you all during this period of grief,” the Prime Minister said.Contact:Communications Unit – OPMTel:926-0244Fax:920-4684 Email:opm.news@opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

More rallies held to support pipelines speaker says convoy coming to Ottawa

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first_imgNumerous rallies and truck convoys have been held across Alberta and Saskatchewan in recent weeks to protest against federal actions that critics say will make building pipelines more difficult. Those include Bill C-69 to revamp the National Energy Board and Bill C-48, which would ban oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s northern coast.A convoy in Medicine Hat, Alta., last weekend attracted 650 vehicles, according to police, and groups are planning one in February that will travel from Western Canada to Ottawa.“Today, I say to Ottawa, can you hear us yet?” Miller asked the crowd during Saturday’s rally.“Don’t worry, you’ll see us in February when we convoy to Ottawa!”A truck convoy was also held Saturday in Lloydminster, which straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.Earlier this month the federal government announced it would spend $1.6 billion to help energy companies struggling due to plunging oil prices. The page stresses that the event is not connected to the so-called yellow vest campaign, which also advocates for pipelines but is associated with opposition to Canada signing the United Nations migration pact.“To be clear, we take issue with bad policies put forward by Justin Trudeau’s government, but we do not favour any political party. This movement is about supporting our families,” the Facebook post states. But Jason Nixon, who represents Rocky Mountain House in the provincial legislature, said what Alberta really wants is pipelines.“Trudeau, we don’t want your money. We want you to get out of the way,” Nixon said to the crowd in Rocky Mountain House.The groups Rally 4 Resources and Canada Action say in a Facebook event post that the convoy to Ottawa is intended to end Feb. 20 on Parliament Hill. The post says letters voicing support for the industry, as well as individual and family photos, will be delivered to the Senate.center_img ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, A.B. – Speakers at another pro-pipeline rally in Alberta continued their attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, saying if leaders in Ottawa don’t hear their message now, they will when a planned convoy arrives there in 2019.Chad Miller with the group Oilfield Dads told the crowd gathered in Rocky Mountain House that the province is suffering its “worst recession turned depression” in a generation due to weakened oil prices, exacerbated by a lack of pipeline capacity.“Even those that put away for the rainy days and then some have had to use their savings, and more, to try to weather this never-ending hard times scenario,” Miller said.last_img read more

Say no to cheese omelettes for healthier heart

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first_imgDo you savour cheese omelettes? If so, think again as consuming more eggs and dietary cholesterol may up the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death from any cause, researchers have warned. The study suggests that egg yolks are one of the richest sources of dietary cholesterol among all commonly consumed foods. One large egg has 186 milligrams of dietary cholesterol in the yolk. “The take-home message is really about cholesterol, which happens to be high in eggs and specifically yolks,” said co-author Norrina Allen, Associate Professor at the Northwestern University. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”As part of a healthy diet, people need to consume lower amounts of cholesterol. People who consume less cholesterol have a lower risk of heart disease,” Allen added. For the study, which will be published in the journal JAMA, the team involved 29,615 adults from six prospective cohort studies for up to 31 years of follow up. They found eating 300 mg of dietary cholesterol per day was associated with 17 per cent higher risk of incident cardiovascular disease and 18 per cent higher risk of all-cause deaths. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe cholesterol was the driving factor independent of saturated fat consumption and other dietary fat, the team said. Eating three to four eggs per week was associated with 6 per cent higher risk of CVD and 8 per cent higher risk of any cause of death, they added. The researchers say that eating less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day was the guideline recommendation before 2015. However, the most recent dietary guidelines omitted a daily limit for dietary cholesterol. The guidelines also include weekly egg consumption as part of a healthy diet. An adult in the US gets an average of 300 milligrams per day of cholesterol and eats about three or four eggs per week. Other animal products such as red meat, processed meat and high-fat dairy products (butter or whipped cream) also have high cholesterol content, said lead author Wenze Zhong from the varsity.last_img read more

Delhi BJP shortlists 21 names for 7 seats

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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi BJP’s election committee on Friday shortlisted three names each for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital, amid protests by party members over celebrities joining the organisation for tickets ahead of polls, party leaders said. The list, which was finalised at a meeting of the state unit’s election committee, does not include the name of former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, whose name was making rounds as a possible candidate from the New Delhi seat after he joined the BJP, said a leader who attended the meeting. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”All the seven sitting party MPs’ names have been included in the list which will be sent to the Central Election Committee for final selection of candidates,” he said. Some other Delhi BJP leaders who attended the meeting claimed “objections were raised over celebrities joining the BJP for Lok Sabha tickets and demanded priority for dedicated leaders and workers during ticket distribution”. The meeting chaired by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari was also attended by Union minister and Lok Sabha incharge of the unit Nirmala Sitharaman and co-incharge Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFrom the New Delhi seat, besides sitting MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Delhi BJP incharge and national vice president Shyam Jaju, and Delhi BJP general secretary Rajesh Bhatia have been shortlisted, they said. For the Chandni Chowk seat, names of sitting MP and Union minister Harsh Vardhan, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta and Sudhanshu Mittal have been selected. MP Mahesih Girri, Aman Sinha and Delhi BJP MLA OP Sharma have been shortlisted from East Delhi, they said. The name of Tiwari, who is a sitting MP, is in the list of probables from North East Delhi seat. From West Delhi, sitting MP Parvesh Verma, Kamaljeet Sehrawat and Pawan Sharma’s names have been shortlisted. For South Delhi, names of sitting MP Ramesh Bidhuri, Ram Veer Bidhuri and Brham Singh Tanwar have been selected, while Udit Raj (MP), Ashok Pradhan and Anita Arya have been shortlisted from the North West reserved seat, they said.last_img read more

Russian President Putin challenges Washington in Venezuela power play

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first_imgMoscow: Russia emerged as a crucial power broker in the crisis in far-away Venezuela this week when Washington accused Moscow of convincing President Nicolas Maduro not to flee to Cuba. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Maduro had a plane on the tarmac ready to fly to Havana when “the Russians indicated that he should stay”. Moscow hit back, dismissing the claim as fake and accusing Washington of supporting a coup “that has nothing to do with democracy” by backing opposition leader Juan Guaido. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportMoscow has its reasons for standing behind Maduro — he’s a rare ally in Latin America and Russia has poured billions into the Venezuelan economy. But analysts say Russian President Vladimir Putin is also playing the long game, hoping to use Venezuela as leverage in his global tug-of-war with Washington. “Russia is seeking to translate its influence over Maduro — which is in fact not absolute — into an opportunity to have dialogue with the United States,” Tatyana Stanovaya, head of R.Politik, a Paris-based analysis firm, told AFP. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”Maduro is a bargaining chip.” Tensions in Venezuela have soared since Guaido declared himself acting president in January, claiming Maduro’s re-election last year was illegitimate. More than 50 countries led by the United States lined up behind the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly, but Russia and China have backed Maduro. Reeling from Western sanctions, Moscow has quickly sensed an opportunity, even if it meant locking horns with the United States in Latin America, Washington’s traditional sphere of influence. In a highly publicised move in March, Moscow sent two planes with around 100 soldiers and equipment to Caracas, where Russian mercenaries are also believed to be operating. Ties between Russia and the West plummeted over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, its backing for separatists in eastern Ukraine and military support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. But the audacity with which the Kremlin inserted itself into the Venezuela crisis has drawn gasps in Washington. “Russia is making the next play in our hemisphere,” Frederick Kempe, president of the Atlantic Council, wrote last month. “Vladimir Putin may be laying the ground for making Venezuela the defining foreign policy debacle for President Trump in the same way Syria became that for the Obama administration.” Russia and Venezuela enjoy a long history of ties and Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, known for his passionate tirades against the United States, was a welcome guest at the Kremlin. After Chavez’s death in 2013 the relationship with a country that boasts the world’s largest proven oil reserves has continued to thrive. Russia is the second largest lender to Caracas after China, with Moscow heavily investing in Venezuela’s oil resources and Caracas acquiring Russian arms worth billions of dollars. However that also means, analysts say, that Russia has a lot to lose from a change in leadership. But what it stands to gain from a possible deal with Washington may be more important for the Kremlin.last_img read more

JT Barrett cited for driving while intoxicated suspended

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OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to throw the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 20-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett was arrested by Columbus police early Saturday morning near campus for operating a motor vehicle while impaired.The 20-year-old was cited with a misdemeanor OVI and released Saturday morning. Shortly after, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Barrett would be banned from OSU’s next game, a Nov. 7 meeting at home against Minnesota.The arrest came a week after Barrett made his first start of the season in a 49-7 win at Rutgers. Against Minnesota, the keys to the offense will be handed back to redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones.According to multiple reports, Barrett’s suspension is for one game — not the mandatory two outlined in OSU’s student-athlete drug and alcohol policy when the student is underage — because the citation was for a misdemeanor.OSU athletic director Gene Smith told various outlets that the one-game suspension was fully at Meyer’s discretion.Kickoff is scheduled for the Buckeyes’ meeting against Minnesota for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

After slow start Ohio State mens basketball takes down Nebraska in overtime

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It wasn’t necessarily a textbook performance from the Ohio State men’s basketball team (18-10, 10-5), but it still got the job done Saturday night at Nebraska (14-14, 6-9). Despite a sluggish start, 17 turnovers and two players fouling out, the Buckeyes toppled the Cornhuskers 65-62 in overtime. With the win, OSU’s postseason flame still burns, albeit dimly. Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle poured in 19 points, including a pair of free throws that sent the game into overtime and three key buckets down the stretch in overtime. Alongside Lyle’s strong showing, sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop had 16 points and classmate Jae’Sean Tate had 15 and a dozen rebounds. Junior forward Marc Loving matched Tate’s 15 points. Outside of this quartet, no other Buckeye scored. Both teams got off to horrendous starts, as they settled for jump shots that simply were not falling. OSU shot just 1-of-10 from the field in the first 11:36, while Nebraska missed 11 of its first 14 shots, too. The result of this indolent start was a 6-2 Nebraska advantage in the first nine minutes, with Tate being the only Buckeye to register in the scoring column. It was a forgettable way to get out of the gates. But as it turns out, OSU quickly did forget its lackluster start. The Buckeyes flipped a switch, peeling off a 13-5 run over a nine-minute period to snatch a 15-13 advantage.During that span for the Cornhuskers, a lack of aggressiveness plagued them. They continued to settle for too many jump shots, converting on just one of their six attempts from downtown.More of the same sloppy basketball ensued up to the halftime horn, with Nebraska holding a one-point lead, 22-21, at the break. The 43 combined points made for the lowest total in the first half of a Big Ten game this season. Freshman forward Jack McVeigh led the Cornhuskers with six points, while classmate Glynn Watson Jr. had five points and four rebounds. As a team, Nebraska shot just 26 percent from the field, including a painful 3-of-17 performance from 3-point land. For OSU, only three players — Tate, Bates-Diop and Loving — scored. Loving led the way with 11 points and three rebounds on 3-of-7 shooting. Tate added six points and four boards, while Bates-Diop registered four points, although he needed seven shots to do so. When the second half began, the Buckeyes were noticeably more aggressive. After an opening 3-pointer by McVeigh, OSU started driving to the basket, either getting fouled and going to the free throw line or connecting on easy layups. The Buckeyes’ first 13 points in the second period came from the charity stripe or inside the paint. At the 10-minute mark, amid a 20-5 run, the Buckeyes were leading 41-30.That momentum-shifting stretch was spearheaded by Lyle, who used a combination of the inside and outside game to score 11 straight points for OSU. It started to look like the Buckeyes were pulling away, but the Cornhuskers had other plans. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Watson and McVeigh immediately breathed new life into Nebraska. Then, a few possessions later, junior guard Tai Webster knocked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key, which cut OSU’s lead down to two points and fired up the white-and-red clad crowd. Over the course of the next four minutes, the two teams traded punches. Nebraska got it to as close as one on two separate occasions, but OSU also had an advantage as large as five in that stretch. After slicing OSU’s lead back to one point at the 1:19 mark, Lyle missed a layup, giving it back to the Cornhuskers with a chance to take the lead. Andrew White III didn’t squander the opportunity. The junior guard buried a contested 3-pointer from a few steps beyond the line, giving Nebraska its first lead in 17 minutes. Trailing 56-54, OSU got its chance to counter. Lyle dribbled the ball at the top of the key, as the clock dwindled, eventually taking his man off the bounce and forcing a foul. The freshman composed himself and knocked down the game-tying free throws. A turnover by Nebraska and a last-second heave from freshman Mickey Mitchell clanked off the rim, sending the game to overtime. In the bonus period, Lyle carried the Buckeyes. Loving scored OSU’s first points, but after that, the freshman guard used his size to take his man off the dribble, weaving to the rim for three consecutive layups.  The third and final one ended up becoming the game-clincher for OSU after the Cornhuskers’ final few chances came up short.McVeigh led Nebraska with 16 points and four rebounds. Next up for OSU is one of its hardest tests to date, a matchup with No. 8 Michigan State on Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. read more

Two multivehicle crashes snarl traffic on I805 through Chula Vista

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first_img Posted: October 9, 2018 October 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A pair of multi-vehicle crashes Tuesday on Interstate 805 snarled morning traffic all the way to Chula Vista and sent at least one motorist to the hospital.The first crash involving four-vehicles happened shortly before 5:50 a.m. on northbound Interstate 805 near Market Street in the Lincoln Park area, California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Doerr said.The driver of a Ford minivan was transported to a hospital, Doerr said. The extent of the driver’s injuries was not immediately available.The second crash involving a motorcycle happened shortly before 6:20 a.m. on northbound I-805 south of state Route 54 in Chula Vista, Doerr said.A witness told dispatchers a white van crossed into the HOV lane, cutting off the motorcyclist, and the motorcycle collided with the white van, according to a CHP incident log.An ambulance responded to the scene, but Doerr could not say if anyone was transported to a hospital following the crash.As of 6:45 a.m., traffic was congested on northbound I-805 all the way to Telegraph Canyon Road, Doerr said.CHP officers were investigating the circumstances of the crashes. Two multi-vehicle crashes snarl traffic on I-805 through Chula Vistalast_img read more

PCHS Hosting Community Education Series On Opioids Narcan

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first_imgThe presentation will take place on January 31, from 5:30-6pm, at PCHS on Marydale Ave in Soldotna. Everyone in attendance will receive a free Narcan kit. The number of deadly opioid overdoses in Alaska has increased again, according to a report released from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. This short presentation will focus on the science of opioids and opioid addiction as well as information about the lifesaving medication, Narcan, to help prevent further overdoses. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Peninsula Community Health Services is hosting a community education series focusing on opioids and Narcan.last_img read more

Someday a drone will guard your home

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first_imgA drone might be your next guard dog.Sunflower Labs, a San Francisco-based startup, is combining motion detectors, a quadcopter and a phone app into a home security system. The Sunflower system could go on sale in 2020, according to CEO Alex Pachikov, who expects to charge wealthy customers several hundred dollars a month for the peace of mind — and replacement hardware if anything breaks. For comparison, premium security systems can cost more than $100 a month, and Sunflower says that six-camera systems can cost up to $300 per month.Drones for home protection might seem like overkill, especially if you first heard of unmanned aerial vehicles as something the military uses. But Pachikov said Sunflower’s technology is actually meant to head off the bunker mentality. In some areas, 99 percent of all home security calls are false alarms, so you probably don’t need to freak out when you hear the backyard bushes rustling. ShadeCraft Sunflower 8 Photos 2:45 Share your voice “Our brand is built around dispelling the notion that you need a panic room,” Pachikov said during a meeting at his Sunflower-protected home in a suburb south of San Francisco. Sunflower’s drone system, he said, will set your mind at ease by confirming it’s a possum, not a prowler, in your backyard.Drones have captured popular attention as they’ve become commercialized. Farmers monitor crops with drones, real estate agents photograph homes with them and movie makers use them to shoot overhead scenes. Some pests using drones have shut down traffic at major airports, including London’s busy Heathrow and Gatwick.Sunflower, which has 20 employees located in both California and Switzerland and demonstrated its tech at CES this year, isn’t the only company to use drones for security. Alarm.com touted some in 2017, and Drone Guarder is taking preorders for its products.”Two-thirds of families in America live in homes suitable for this,” Pachikov said, so when costs come down, he expects drone security to be commonplace. “They’ll be as common as Ubers in San Francisco. An average home will be able to afford this.”How it worksSunflower drones are the most obvious part of the company’s system, but it actually begins with what look like sidewalk lights — “sunflowers” — that will dot your property. The lights illuminate the ground and are equipped with motion and vibration detectors. Drones Smart Security Systems Security Preview • This solar patio umbrella follows the sun Commentscenter_img Now playing: Watch this: See Sunflower Labs’ home security drones 25 Tags How Sunflower’s home security drone spotted my bungled… The sunflowers send alerts to a computer in the drone’s base station, which Sunflower calls “the Hive.” The computer processes the signals to distinguish footfalls from car traffic and other benign sources of noise. The motion sensors can also tell if something is tall and narrow like a human, or short and wide like a dog.If the base station computer is worried, it sends an alert to an app on your phone. That will let you deploy a drone, which Sunflower calls “the Bee.” The base station cover opens and the drone heads out, piloting itself automatically around obstacles and staying about 20 feet in the air as it heads to the trouble spot. You can watch the video live on your phone.There’s no direct connection to the police, but Sunflower Labs’ setup can pull together a data package if you need to file a report. Pachikov says the startup could use others’ computing interfaces to automate reports in the future.Plenty of challengesGetting Sunflower’s quadcopters in the air won’t be without its challenges. Air space is heavily regulated, and a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration is necessary to fly a drone at night or beyond your own line of sight. If you’re near an airport, you’ll need to jump through more hoops. The Sunflower Labs drone emerges from its “Hive” base station. It’s part of a home security system set to go on sale in 2020. Stephen Shankland/CNET But Sunflower Labs expects those regulations to ease. Indeed, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao unveiled plans last month to liberalize some federal drone rules, in part to boost the economy and create jobs. Sunflower and its competitors will also face concerns from society at large. Is a mail carrier going to be happy when a quadcopter swoops by? And how about neighbors who don’t want the noise or privacy intrusion?I found the drones weren’t bothersome when I attended a company demonstration. I could hear the UAV through an open back door, but it was far quieter than gas-powered leaf blowers or lawnmowers.As for privacy, the drone flies only on the perimeter of your property and the cameras point toward your house. That means they won’t peer into other homes. Of course, you’ll have to explain that to an edgy neighbor. First published Feb. 7 at 5 a.m. PT.Update, 8:54 a.m. PT: Corrects the spelling of Alex Pachikov’s name and adds more information about the cost of security systems.Best drones for 2019: Our editors hand-picked these products based on our tests and reviews.High-flying pests: Super Bowl 2019 stadium pestered by drones, despite ban. Droneslast_img read more

American Apparel Receives Acquisition Bid from Irving Place Capital Is Dov Charney

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first_imgAmerican Apparel, the famous hipster clothing brand, has reportedly been approached by private equity firm Irving Place Capital for a possible buyout.People familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that Irving made two offers to acquire American Apparel. The company made its first offer a week ago bidding to take over all shares of American Apparel for $1 per unit.After the board of the clothing brand rejected that bid saying the price was too low, Irving Capital made another offer in the range of $1.30 to $1.40 per share. The board is yet to comment on the offer.Shares of American Apparel jumped 45 percent on Thursday after the news of a possible buyout surfaced.Dov Charney Plotting a Return?It looks like American Apparel is headed for some major changes. News of the buyout comes just days after the company confirmed firing its controversial CEO Dov Charney. It also announced the hiring of Paula Schneider, an expert fashion executive who is poised to take over the role effective January 5, 2015.Some news reports are claiming that the acquisition bids are a “plot” to bring back Dov Charney into power. According to the New York Post, Charney is looking for a financial partner to find his way back into the board of the company he so passionately built in the past 17 years.”This whole episode has a lot less to do with pictures of naked women, and a whole lot more to do with a power struggle,” an inside source told the Post.That’s not it. Charney told Yahoo News that American Apparel had offered him a multi-million dollar package to stay!”During the last half year, I have been working for the company in a leadership role. In the recent weeks, I was offered a lucrative multi-million dollar compensation package with the company. I refused to accept the board’s offer, primarily over board composition issues, particularly the refusal of the board to immediately provide the new CEO (whom I am supportive of hiring) with a board seat,” Charney exclusively told Yahoo.Charney also added that 30 executives wrote to the board to not remove him from the post.American Apparel has been grappling with falling revenues and a tarnished reputation given Charney’s inappropriate behaviour and alleged sexual harassment controversies. Experts note that the clothing brand’s troubles extend far beyond just its “sexually charged” ex-CEO. The problem lies in the culture.”The company’s future hangs in limbo. They could well turn it all around, and start treating their models and female staff with the same respect as the people who make their clothes. But, until they finally embrace radical change, I won’t be celebrating,” Alice Nutting wrote for The Independent.last_img read more

Union Budget 2017 5 entrepreneurs talk about what startups really need from

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first_imgRajiv Vij, MD and CEO, Carzonrent.comOn various occasions the government has spoken about its strong agenda around ‘Smart Cities’. It will be a welcome step on the Finance Minister’s part to spell out specific initiatives to be implemented during the course of the year along with related budgetary allocations and measures to address crowded metros’ rampant urbanization in the past, by bringing about planned development. These should match global standards of modern cities in developed economies. This will bode well for the estimated $150 billion foreign investment the sector needs.The major concern in the development process is inadequate infrastructure, congested roads, parking problems and increasing pollution levels, where the solution lies in the introduction of a shared economy in urban mobility, complemented by technology to encourage change in car-ownership patterns.This can remove 25 on-road cars with one car – thus reducing traffic woes and easing pressure of creating parking infrastructure for an exploding population of automobiles, owing to improving economic profiles of households.Introduction and clarity of policy and regulatory framework in urban car rental services’ formats, like self-drive/car-sharing will help the cause, and also encourage investment in the segment. Allowing private car owners to share their cars with others using car sharing platforms and removing inter-state entry tax on cars/taxis will be welcome steps.’GST is one of the best things to happen to B2B e-commerce; its early implementation should spur the growth of SMEs’ Sunil Kumar Gupta, Founder and Director, ExportersIndia.comSunil Kumar Gupta, Founder and Director, ExportersIndia.comWith the demonetization drive and digital push, it has dawned on SMEs that shifting their business online is the need of the hour and they are looking ahead expectantly to the upcoming budget.The government’s intention of lowering Corporate Tax to 25% announced in FY-16 raised hopes for a further plunge this year, anticipating a drop of up to 18%, including all surcharges and cess with withdrawal of all tax incentives, concessions etc.This will not only boost the overall tax revenue and lead to job creation, but also turn India into an attractive international investment destination.With cashless economy and the given trends of incentivising cashless transactions the focus, it seems that more such schemes encouraging digital payments in FY-17 may be announced that are sure to set cash registers ringing for online businesses.GST is one of the best things to happen to B2B e-commerce; its early implementation and addressing issues related to tax collection at source, treatment of refunds and cancellations etc, should spur the growth of SMEs.Additional measures to strengthen government initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Start up India’ and ‘Skill India’ is sure to be a consideration and will boost the growth of entrepreneurial SMEs.’Banks need to have a policy in place for startups. Apart from help in opening accounts, there isn’t anything on offer’ Vishwavijay Singh, Co-founder, SaleBhai.comVishwavijay Singh, Co-founder, SaleBhai.comWe still have to see proper implementation of the slew of initiatives announced in the last Budget session. While a tax holiday of not less than five years would help startups, even the three-year relaxation for those set up between April 2016 and March 2019 is underutilised because of the tedious registration process.I feel the government also needs to set aside indigenous funds to support the startup ecosystem in the country, and decrease its current dependency on foreign funds.Another much-needed change is required in the banking sector. Both private and government banks need to have a policy in place for startups. Apart from help in opening accounts, there isn’t anything on offer.We hope to see some dramatic changes and concrete steps being taken to help startups, especially e-commerce, from the upcoming Budget. ‘Address crowded metros’ rampant urbanization in the past, by bringing about planned development of a global standard’ CC0 LicenceIn the year 2016, startups went through a real rollercoaster ride.The year started with the Startup Indian Policy being announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The policy gave startups a tax holiday for three years, as well as the implementation of various fund-raising schemes, and even allowing startups to shut-down quickly if they didn’t work.US H1-B visa curbs: Could this be the boost Indian tech startups have been waiting for?This was soon followed by the DIPP rules for e-commerce that cut down on discounts. The move resulted in a significant dip in business for e-commerce portals, which eventually picked up in September thanks to the start of the festive season. Flipkart and Amazon were running neck-and- neck during the Sale season.Ola and Uber have also been locked in a titanic battle — and various state governments who want to regulate cab aggregators. The year also saw the ‘end’ of surge pricing by cab aggregators.The RBI opened up external commercial borrowing for startups to borrow up to $3 million in convertible currency, opening yet another avenue to raise funds.Towards the end of the year, demonetization hit the country, affecting most business and markets in general. Most startups recorded a drop in business by a minimum of 15%, while Fintech startups saw a huge growth.February is the time that most startups will be back to the level of business they were before demonetisation. It’s also the time the Budget, will be announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.The Budget will set the tone for startups 2017, in terms of investment, as well as their businesses in general. Startup founders spoke to International Business Times about what they need from the finance minister.’Use the credit guarantee scheme to bring banks and NBFCs on a level playing field’ Sashank RishyasringaSashank Rishyasringa, Co-founder and Managing Director, Capital FloatFintech startups have benefited from demonetization, as this has further fueled the growth of digital lending, e-wallet usage, and other payment technologies. In the process of creating a cash-free economy, we expect the budget to incentivize digital payments and provide for ample enabling infrastructure; this will encourage SMEs to adopt digital finance channels and become a part of the formal financing ecosystem.More and more consumers are opting to swipe their cards and use e-wallets to purchase goods and services.As SMEs become more proficient with electronic payment systems, this is an opportunity for Fintech firms to bring these SMEs into the formal lending ecosystem.On the tax front, the expectation from the budget is for the government to reduce personal income tax and corporate tax rates by revising the tax slabs.By revisiting corporate tax slabs, there is less incentive for tax evasion, and this will push the economy towards digital money.Reducing personal tax slabs, will drive consumer spending and hence the economy. Also, the implementation of GSTN can create digitization of invoicing across the country by enabling easy filing of returns and tax payments.Finally, we expect the budget to use the credit guarantee scheme to bring banks and NBFCs on a level playing field and to continue boosting programs like Startup India”‘Simplification of processes across government infrastructure will be the key to success’Aniketh JainAniketh Jain, CEO & Co-Founder of Solutions InfiniThe upcoming budget is crucial to honest taxpayers, and we look forward to a low taxation system, which will simultaneously promote a robust digital ecosystem.Moreover, the government should simplify the tax regime for ITs and startups to foster innovation and boost a healthy start-up environment in the country.Also, the union budget 2017-2018 should focus on digital inclusion across industries.Simplification of overall processes across all government infrastructures will be key for the success of India and I believe they should ensure that sufficient budget is allocated for the same.last_img read more

22km tailback on DhakaTangail highway

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first_imgThe commuters suffered as traffic was brought to a halt, creating a 22-kilometre tailback on Dhaka-Tangail highway in Mirzapur upazila on Tuesday.The traffic jam was found between Kurni area and Korotia of the upazila.Mirzapur traffic police said separate road crashes caused the traffic jam on the Dhaka-Tangail highway.A road accident took place in Pakulla area of the upazila as a bus collided with a truck on Dhaka-Tangail highway on Tuesday morning. A man was killed and seven other were injured in the accident.At 9:00am on Tuesday, another road crash was reported in the Asimtala area of the upazila, making a halt to the traffic movement on the highway.Mirzapur Traffic sergeant Pranab Kumar Saha told Prothom Alo that a tailback has been formed on Dhaka-Tangail highway in the areas, but the situation is getting better.last_img read more

UNO sued detained for two hours for distorting Bangabandhu image

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first_imgA Barisal court on Wednesday granted bail for Barguna sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) after he was sued for ‘distorting the image’ of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.UNO Gazi Tarique Salman was implicated in a case filed on 7 June in connection with use of a ‘distorted’ image of Bangabandhu contained in an official invitation letter.Ruling Awami League’s religious affairs secretary and president of district bar association Obaidullah Saju filed the case.The UNO was summoned to appear before the court of Barisal chief metropolitan magistrate M Ali Hossain by 27 June.When Gazi Tarique appeared at the court and pleaded for bail, he was sent to the jail as he could not produce necessary documents, the lawyers said.The official was granted an interm bail afterwards when he submitted the documents as required. The court fixed 23 July as the date for hearing the case.According to the case statement, the UNO distributed an invitation card printing a ‘distorted image’ of Bangabandhu while he was posted at Agoiljhara upazila last year. The invitation card was printed on the occasion of the Independence Day.Anis Uddin Ahmed Shahid and Rafiqul Islam Khokon moved for the plaintiff in the court.last_img read more

Editors Council wants free movement of journos vehicles

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first_imgEditors CouncilThe Editors’ Council on Wednesday urged the election commission to ensure the free movement of journalists’ vehicles for three days from 29 to 31 December, reports UNB.The Council made the call in a letter signed by its general secretary and The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam.The letter was sent to the chief election commissioner as per a decision of the council taken in meeting held on Wednesday.”Free movement of motorcycles of journalists or media activists and motor vehicles of journalists or newspapers should be ensured,” the letter reads.last_img read more

Grameenphone Robi Banglalink pay Tk 87b online ads

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first_img.Bangladesh’s three private mobile phone operators have spent Tk 87 billion for online advertisements alone, reveals a report submitted to the High Court by the Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC).Mobile phone service providers Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink paid the money to different social media and online platforms like Google, Facebook, YouTube, IMO, Whatsapp, BTRC told the HC bench comprising justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and justice Md Ashraful Kamal. BTRC’s system and service division’s deputy director engineer Nahidul Hasan submitted the report to the High Court recently.BTRC lawyer AKM Alamgir Parvez told Prothom Alo that Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink paid over Tk 87,441,905,073 over the last five years for the advertisements online.According to the BTRC report, Grameenphone alone spends USD 433,125,629 for online advertisement while Robi spends USD 321,338,000 and Banglalink USD 286,469,967. In total the three companies paid out USD 10,400,900,000.BTRC wrote a letter to the mobile phone operators seeking the expenditure breakdown within 7 August,.On 9 April 2019, six lawyers filed the writ petition with the apex court accusing the Google, Amazon, Facebook, and YouTube of evading taxes.Following the writ, the High Court handed down a rule asking the concerned authorities why Google, Amazon, Facebook and YouTube won’t be placed under the revenue net.The court also asked the authorities concerned to form an expert committee and file a report on the income of the online platforms from Bangladesh.Writ petitioner lawyer Mohamamd Humayun Kabir told Prothom Alo that different social media and online platforms like like Google, Facebook, YouTube, IMO, Whatsapp earned Tk 87 billion from the three phone operators. But the companies have no offices in Bangladesh.BTRC lawyer Alamgir Parvez said BTRC has sent a letter to Google, Facebook and YouTube among five companies to set up their own offices in Bangladesh.This report reveals a partial scenario of how much money the company like Google has taken from Bangladesh for advertisements, he added.Other than the phone companies, many Bangladeshi companies, institutions and individuals are circulating advertisements on various online media. The media is taking huge amouts money from the country, the lawyer added. Deputy attorney general Tushar Kanti Roy, who was state counsellor in writ petition, told Prothom Alo that in another report submitted to the court by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) said the government has earned Tk 1.33 billion from advertisements online.Bangladesh Bank’s lawyer Shamim Khaled, he added, filed a plea seeking extension of time over filing a detailed report in this regard.The report will be submitted on the next hearing to be held on 30 October.“Once the report is submitted, the whole picture of how much money the foreign companies like Google, Facebook has earned from Bangladesh will be revealed,” Tushar said.last_img read more

Suspect in Shooting Death of Baltimore Rapper Lor Scoota Killed

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first_imgCortez Mitchell, 22, who was killed in his vehicle on North Monroe Street on Oct. 10, has been identified as one of the suspects in the shooting death of Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota.“He was a person of interest in the death of Lor Scoota,” said Baltimore City Police spokesman T.J. Smith in a statement to the media. “He was one of several people who were person of interest.Baltimore Rapper Lor Scoota (Instagram Photo)Tyriece Travon Watson, better known by his rap name Lor Scoota, was killed earlier this year. His manager, Trayvon Lee, was killed several weeks later. Both murders remain unsolved.“What’s significant about this is this revolving door of violence that we continue to talk about. As our investigation was building and as we were preparing to do more with this case, he gets killed; and this is the person who we believe was involved in the murder of Lor Scoota,” said Smith.On Oct. 10 in West and Southwest Baltimore, three men were shot in separate incidents, said police.Around 7:30 p.m., police went to the 2200 block of W. Fayette Street in the Penrose area and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.At around, 8:30 p.m., police went to the 1800 block of North Bentalou Street in the Coppin Heights neighborhood, where a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds.Investigating another incident around 8:30pm, Police went to a hospital where a shooting victim had walked in with a gunshot wound to the foot. He told police he was in the 1400 block of Drew Street in the Medford neighborhood when he heard gunshots and realized he had been shot.Besides these three incidents, Baltimore Police are investigating two fatal shootings that took place Monday afternoon only three hours apart on the city’s west side.According to police, the first shooting was reported at about 2:06 p.m. in the 3700 block of Beehler Ave. A 29-year-old man had been shot multiple times in the upper and lower body.He was taken to the hospital and was later pronounced dead.The victim has not been identified and police did not release information about a motive or suspects.Another shooting occurred at about 4:45 p.m. Officers found Mitchell, of the 4000 block of Potter Street, suffering from gunshot wounds inside of a vehicle that had crashed into a tree on North Monroe Street.Mitchell was transported to a hospital where he died.A second victim was transported to another hospital with gunshot wounds to his upper body.At the scene, a Lexus with a shattered driver’s window and bullet holes in the door was resting against a tree. Three blocks north, detectives located shattered glass and a slew of bullet casings.Police have no further details and asked anyone with information on any of these incidents to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockuplast_img read more

Candidates for Maryland Governor Debate Policing Flooding

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first_imgBy The Associated PressMaryland’s Democratic candidates for governor focused much of their second televised debate Wednesday on painful recent events in the state, including the death of a Baltimore County police officer and devastating flooding in Ellicott City.Panelists in the debate hosted by Sinclair Broadcasting asked the nine candidates about what they think needs to be done to ease tensions between police and communities in the aftermath of last week’s death of Baltimore County Officer Amy Caprio, who was killed as she investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle. Sixteen-year-old Dawnta Harris is accused of running her down in a stolen car.Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidates, from left, Rushern Baker, Valerie Ervin, Jim Shea, Alec Ross, Richard Madaleno, Krish Vignarajah, James Jones and Ben Jealous prepare for a Maryland Democratic primary gubernatorial debate, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Baltimore. Maryland’s primary is scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 26. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker said he has worked to improve police-community relations with training during his two terms in office.“I’ve buried too many police officers as a county executive, but I’ve also seen young people who have been killed in my community, and so we have to move forward with leadership at the top, at the governor’s level, that understands that and moves it forward, and that’s what I’ll do as governor,” Baker said.Valerie Ervin, a former Montgomery County councilmember, said top leaders need to do more to improve relations between the police and the communities they serve.“This is a really important time, especially now,” Ervin said, for top leadership to put themselves in front of the problem.Former NAACP President Ben Jealous said it’s about trust.“It’s clear that we as a state finally have to act to end the killings of unarmed civilians by officers,” the former head of the nation’s oldest civil rights group said.Many of the candidates also mentioned increased education funding and better schools would help restore hope and prevent people from heading toward crime.“You’ve got to invest massively in education,” Alec Ross said. “The very simple fact of the matter is that a lot of the problem we have with crime right now is fueled by people who got bad educations.”Jim Shea, the former chairman of the state’s largest law firm, said the state needs to stop an epidemic of violent crime, create a restorative justice system and increase trust in authorities.“We’re failing in all three areas and we need to attack each of these simultaneously or we won’t have a solution,” Shea said.The candidates in the crowded primary also took turns criticizing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.State Sen. Richard Madaleno said the governor has been absent from addressing the problems in Baltimore, when what’s needed is a leader who can bring hope back to struggling parts of Maryland’s largest city.“Look, we need a governor who doesn’t seek to erase Baltimore city, avoid Baltimore city,” Madaleno said. “That’s been the Hogan administration.”Scott Sloofman, a Hogan campaign spokesman, said the governor has invested record funding in K-12 education in each of his four years in office.“Thankfully for Maryland voters, there are only two more debates left for them to be subjected to blatant falsehoods about the governor’s incredibly strong record,” Sloofman said.James Jones, a Baltimore police pastor, said it’s time for police and residents to re-establish the relationships that were lost years ago.“I think that there just needs to be something done on each side of the track,” Jones said.Krish Vignarajah said she would focus on root causes of the social ills that led to crime, including public health and educational opportunities. She also said policies of mass incarceration and the war on drugs must end.“Second, I want to make sure that we institute true community policing reform, such that law enforcement officers look like, live with and engage with the communities that they are tasked with protecting,” Vignarajah said.Ralph Jaffe, who is running as a political reformer, said that without trust in politicians, there can’t be much meaningful progress.“We don’t have politicians that can be trusted,” Jaffe said.The candidates got 20 seconds to answer how they would address whether they would use tax dollars to rebuild Ellicott City, which was hit be devastating flooding Sunday for the second time in less than two years. They all said yes.“A thousand-year storm now comes every couple years. We have to have a mindset where we will rebuild in a way that is resilient, that is smart, and not simply give up, because if we give up, we have so much coastline, we have so many tributaries we will see this challenge in other places,” Jealous said.last_img read more