Rooney left England too soon Hodgson

first_imgRoy Hodgson is of the opinion that Wayne Rooney left England too soon, and believes that he still has much to offer.The 32-year-old has always been outstanding with his talent. He stood out as an excellent striker while in England and still excels since leaving Goodison Park for DC United and Major League Soccer during the summer.Rooney’s absence is strongly felt, as Everton continue to lack a consistent, goal scoring striker.‘He is doing fantastically well. At DC they were well down in the league when he got there, although they hadn’t played too many games, but since he’s arrived he has been fantastic, not just scoring goals, but decisive goals, like the one we saw in midweek. Hodgson says via Dailymail.‘There is no doubt the talent he has, showing he could still play top level English football.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.‘But it was his decision and after Manchester United and Everton, where he had a tremendous affinity, deep roots, maybe he would not have been that interested in playing for another English club outside those two.‘It was a conscious decision to play abroad. I have a great deal of respect for Wayne, and I think he does for me.‘I would have loved him here at Palace, but he thought long and hard about his decision, and without a shadow of doubt would have talked it over with his family.‘I am delighted to see what success he is having. I guess he is doing what DC United were really hoping for when they signed him. They just didn’t want a figurehead but also a player who can win them matches, and he has done that.’last_img read more

MiamiDades Boys and Girls Clubs join active lifestyle efforts

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida organization for children has joined a nationwide effort to stay active.The Miami-Dade’s Boys and Girls Clubs hosted an event called Triple Play Day in Northwest Miami-Dade, Wednesday.The event is all part of the national effort for kids to stay active for five million minutes.“They had kids dribbling around the cones, shooting baskets, sliding drills,” said athletic coordinator Glenn Thompson. “Kids loved it. It was a real wonderful event out here today.”The organization said more than 500 clubs across the country participated in Wednesday’s event.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Annual Fur Rondy Festival Kicked Off This Weekend

first_imgEvents will continue through Saturday, March 3 throughout downtown Anchorage. Click here for the complete event schedule. Traditionally Fur Rendezvous lasted ten days, but since 2004 it has extended through early March, in order to lead into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Photos courtesy of Coy Kirby- Kenai Resident Known locally as Fur Rondy, the event has been going strong for more than 80 years. The event started in 1935 as a three-day sporting event timed to coincide with the return of miners and trappers loaded down with the fruits of a winter of work.The name “Fur Rendezvous” derives from swap meets at which fur trappers would gather to sell their winter harvests. In early Anchorage, these usually took place in mid-February which started the tradition for the Fur Rondy. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s largest and oldest winter festival, Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, kicked off on February 23 and lasts until March 4. The festival draws many visitors from outside of Anchorage including many from the Kenai Peninsula. The Rondy Parade was held downtown Saturday followed by the annual sled dog race today, Sunday. The Rondy carnival will be open all week.last_img read more

Monetizing Digital Editions Can AutoServed Ads Work

first_imgAs adoption of digital editions grows, so too do the attempts to monetize those editions. The publishers of Used Boat Watch, a new buyer’s guide published on the Blue Toad platform, said the digital edition is generating just shy of $1,000 per page on its listings and that advertisers seem to be willing to pay about 10 percent of what they pay for print ads.Another digital magazine platform, iMirus, is rolling out iMirus Dynamic Ads, a service that automatically serves ads from online ad networks into the digital edition, potentially creating additional revenue for the publisher. The program is generating interest among iMirus clients, but other vendors in this space claim to offer similar services and question whether the CPMs and type of ads generated by an auto-serve system are worth it for publishers. How it WorksThe iMirus Dynamic Ads program delivers advertising to digital editions in three ways: IAB-compliant ads can be pulled from ad networks and placed in the digital edition; ads can be pulled from the publisher’s Web site and delivered to the digital edition via an invocation code that determines placement; and publishers can upload ads directly into iMirus’ AdBox server. The dynamically served ads can run as a leader board on top of a page within the digital edition or flow directly into a new page.For ads culled from ad networks, iMirus splits a revenue percentage with the ad network and then shares 50 percent of the remainder with the publisher. For ads sold by the publisher and then either pulled from the Web site or placed directly into AdBox, iMirus takes a $2.00 CPM service charge. “Publishers may ask, ‘If I’m selling the ad, why should I share the revenue?’” said president and CEO Chris Riggs. “We’re providing a vehicle to extend more ad impressions that the publisher otherwise wouldn’t have.” So far, iMirus has one client—Business Traveler—committed to using the Dynamic Ads program with its next issue with interest from others. What About CPMs? Other vendors in the hyper-competitive digital magazine space say they offer similar services for auto-served ads but advise publishers to be aware that the CPMs generated with auto-delivery aren’t typically impressive and that they should instead focus on package buys, sponsored issues and ads sold directly into the issue. “IAB or other sized ‘inserted ads’ are another way to increase revenue and weoffer this too,” said Cimarron Buser, Texterity’s senior vice president of marketing and business development. One of Texterity’s clients, Driver’s Republic, features IAB ad units served inside the digital edition; another, Chain Store Age, has ads served “around” the digital edition with IAB units such as leaderboards and skyscrapers. “But the CPMs are typically lower,” Buser said. “If you get a $10.00 CPM with a dynamically served ad, I’m impressed. If it’s $1.00 or $2.00, I’d say that’s more like it.” Nxtbook has demoed similar technology in its media kit but questions whether dynamic ads are a good fit for publishers. “The ad network medium is one that relies on CPMs, yet the one area where digital magazines usually fail against Web sites is in CPMs,” said Nxtbook marketing director Marcus Grimm. “Digital magazines deliver engagement time and click-throughs better than Web sites, but not CPM’s. It’s like putting snow tires on a Ferrari and wondering why it doesn’t perform in the snow. We do have many publishers that are curious about using the technology, but they want to use it for their own niche advertisers so they can charge premium rates and track the ads. Giving up that space to an ad network is a great way to give up ‘digital dollars’ for ‘digital dimes,’ in my experience.”Riggs said there is a big difference between the earning potential of ads pulled from networks and those sold directly by the publisher. “CPMs for ads from the ad network are most likely between $1.00 and $5.00,” he said. “If the distribution of the digital edition is not that high, it won’t create the page impressions which create ad impressions that generate revenue. If you’re looking at a typical cost of say, $1,000 per issue, you would need a certain open rate and number of impressions to generate a high enough CPM to at least break even. But publishers that have the ability to sell bundled packages or sell directly into the digital edition should realize CPMs anywhere between $10 and $15.” And that requires publishers to change the way they look at their digital edition, according to Riggs. “Most publishers look at their digital edition as a cost center when they should look at it as a profit center,” he said. “Some publishers really don’t know how to get their arms around the ad selling end of this. We’re trying to help provide a framework for what to sell and how to sell.”last_img read more

Snaps earnings show that users arent disappearing anymore

first_img Snapchat Tags Getty Images Snap, which has struggled to keep users on its Snapchat app, broke its losing streak.Snap said Tuesday that 186 million users logged in to the vanishing-messaging app daily in the fourth quarter, the same number as in the previous quarter. Snap had seen a drop in daily usage for two consecutive quarters last year after an unpopular redesign of the app.The results helped the company boost revenue and narrow its loss compared with the same period last year.Investors loved the news, pushing the company’s shares as much as 20 percent higher in after-hours trading. That isn’t to say Snap doesn’t have challenges. The company is working on a new version of the app for Android. Snap is also dealing with a string of executive departures, including Tim Stone, the chief financial officer who said last month that he was leaving after less than a year on the job. It also has to compete with larger social networks such as Facebook and its Instagram service, both of which have been investing more in ephemeral messaging, for ad dollars. “The transitions we made in both the Snapchat platform and our business last year were necessary and created many of the opportunities we have ahead of us,” said Snap CEO Evan Spiegel during a conference call with analysts. “But change is always difficult and this past year was no exception.”Snap has rolled out a new version of its Android app to a small percentage of its users, but didn’t say when it will be released more broadly. Spiegel also said during the conference call that the company is trying to get users between the ages of 13 to 34 to spend more time on the app by releasing more original shows on the platform. At the same time, the company is focusing on personalizing the app for users above 34 years old and expanding internationally. In the fourth quarter, the company grew its revenue by 36 percent, to $389.8 million, beating the $377.52 million expected on average by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.Snap reported an adjusted loss, which excludes expenses such as employee stock compensation, of 4 cents a share compared with a loss of 13 cents in the same quarter last year. Analysts expected a loss of 7 cents a share. The company also doesn’t expect daily active users to decline in the first three months of 2019. “The fact that Snap was able to maintain its daily active user base quarter over quarter is a positive sign,” Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst with eMarketer, said in an email. “When Snap finally rolls out its updated Android app, it could move the company back into growth territory.”First published Feb. 5, 1:23 p.m. PTUpdate, 2 p.m.: Adds quote from analyst. 3:17 p.m.: Adds remarks from conference call. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. 0 Internet Services Tech Industry Post a comment Share your voicelast_img read more

Railway Budget Row Ends PM Accepts Dinesh Trivedis Resignation

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh has accepted Dinesh Trivedi’s resignation as Railway Minister.The Prime Minister told the Parliament Monday that he regretted the exit of Trivedi. “Dinesh Trivedi presented a good Railway Budget. I regret his departure from the cabinet. I am forwarding Trivedi’s resignation to the President,” he said. He said that the new Railway Minister would be inducted soon.Dinesh Trivedi resigned as the Railway Minister Sunday evening after speaking to Trinamool Congress party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Trivedi received lot of flaks from his party colleagues for presenting a bold Railway Budget March 16, wherein he hiked passenger fares across all classes ranging from two paise to 30 paise per km, the first hike in a decade. Angry over the fare hike, Mamata faxed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to sack him immediately.Mukul Roy, Rajya Sabha MP and Minister of State for Shipping, will replace Trivedi as the Railway Minister.last_img read more

Big deal with steel Rs 5000cr JV between SAIL and ArcelorMittal may

first_imgCoils of steel are seen at an ArcelorMittal Factory in Florange, France, in this file photo. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File PhotoThe much delayed plans of the country’s largest steel maker SAIL to set up a Rs 5,000-crore joint venture with ArcelorMittal seem to be coming to fruition. All hurdles in the formation of a joint venture (JV) between the steel giants have been removed and a final agreement in this regard may be signed next month, Union Steel Minister Chaudhury Birendra Singh said on Sunday.”A feasibility report on the new JV has been prepared and all pre-requisites formalities have been achieved. The final draft of the agreement is ready and it may be signed as early as next month,” Singh told IANS in an email interview.As per an earlier Economic Times report which quoted an official speaking on the issue, both companies had differences on certain points under the Memorandum of Understanding, and so, it was decided to extend it for another three months from the deadline of May 31, 2017.SAIL had even sought help from government thinktank NITI Aayog to resolve differences with ArcelorMittal over setting up of the Rs 5,000-crore autograde steel plant.Besides addressing the automotive sector, the much-awaited JV will focus on producing specialised grade steel products for defence, space and automobiles. It will also provide specialised steel technologies to SAIL, minister Birendra Singh said.More than two years ago, both the steel majors entered into a pact to explore the possibility to set up a Rs 5,000-crore JV to produce automotive steel. However, financial negotiations delayed the formation of the proposed project.In May last year, an inter-ministerial group (IMG) had reviewed the progress of MoU.The proposed JV will construct a cold rolling mill and other downstream finishing facilities in India, touted as one of the fastest growing automotive markets in the world with production expected to double between 2014 and 2020, from 3.6 million units to 7.3 million units.In an investor presentation in June 2015, ArcelorMittal had said the proposed steel plant will come up at a major auto cluster in India.On the steel sector’s debt burden, Singh told IANS that remedial measures like imposition of anti-dumping duty, coupled with various RBI schemes have helped restructure some of the industry’s stressed loans. “Various trade remedial measures, like anti-dumping, safeguard measures, coupled with RBI schemes to restructure outstanding debts (have helped),” he said.”These steps have helped improve the price realisations of the steel companies and are addressing the issue of NPAs of the steel sector gradually,” he added.Consumption-wise, Singh observed that the government’s monetary and policy push to develop the infrastructure sector will raise the overall steel usage in the country.Singh’s optimism stems from the fact that a massive Rs 4 lakh crore has been allocated for infra creation for sectors such as railways, shipping and national highways in the Union Budget 2017-18.In the last fiscal, the total finished steel consumption in the country rose by three per cent to 83.93 million tonnes in the last fiscal from 81.52 mt in 2015-16.last_img read more

Bull run Nifty hits alltime high Sensex up 200 pts Auto stocks

first_imgA man looks at a screen displaying markets updates inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai on June 20, 2016.Reuters fileThe Nifty 50 index hit an all-time high of 10,167 on Monday, surpassing its previous high of 10,115 made on August 1, 2017 in intra-day trade, as investors regained confidence after the weekend passed with no fresh news of geopolitical tensions between North Korea and the US.Earlier, in morning trade, the Nifty 50 gained as much as 0.81 percent to a record high of 10,167.15 before closing at 10,153.10, up 67 points. The benchmark BSE index was 0.63 percent higher at 32,474.86, and the gains were broadbased as the S&P BSE MidCap Index rose 0.75 percent, while the S&P BSE SmallCap Index advanced 0.97 percent.”There seems to be a global rally where liquidity is driving all markets. Markets have become much overbought,” Sanjiv Bhasin, executive vice-president of markets and corporate affairs at IIFL told Indian Express.According to last Friday’s data, India’s trade deficit widened to $11.64 billion in August from a month ago, and wholesale inflation jumped in August. These indicators suggest that the Reserve Bank of India may not cut rates at its next monetary policy meeting.Many equity analysts believe that the Indian market has started to discount the geopolitical tensions as it rules out possibilities of a full-fledged war.”Asian indices opened mildly positive as markets look forward to the new week after seeing geopolitical tensions being discounted and use it as buying opportunities. Strength in the US dollar saw the Japanese ‘Yen’ weaken and improve sentiment as ETF flows are to see renewed strength in buying Asian equities,” Business Standard quoted a client note by India Infoline.The Nifty index hit a record high, propelled by auto shares. On Monday trades, the Nifty auto index gained as much as 1.4 percent with Bajaj Auto and Tata Motors gaining 3.5 and 2.8 percent respectively.”There is a feelgood factor as there could be more spending because of the ongoing festival season,” Bhasin told IE.last_img read more

Comilla youth chopped dead

first_imgA young man was chopped to death and two others injured in an attack allegedly by local Jaitya Party men over playing badminton at Darichar village in Homna upazila in Comilla on Friday night.Police said a group of young men, including Rubel, son of Warish Miah, was playing badminton in the night.At one stage, Munna, an activist of Ghagutia union unit of Jatiya Party, came to the spot and tried to forcibly join the game.However, Rubel protested the matter which led to an altercation.Following this, Munna called in his party leaders and activists to the badminton court.Later, Munna along with his party men, including president of Ghagutia union unit of Jatiya Party Malek Afsari, again engaged in an altercation with Rubel.At one stage, they hacked Rubel with sharp weapons, leaving him dead on the spot.Two other people also sustained injuries in the attack.Victim’s father Warish Miah filed a case on Saturday against 16 people with Homna police station in this connection, said officer-in-charge of the police station Rasul Ahmed Nizami.Police, meanwhile, arrested four people, including Malek Afsari, over the murder.last_img read more

Wests Wild words Stir Again Kanye Calls Slavery A Choice

first_img Share flickrKanye WestBefore the last one had a chance to simmer down, Kanye West caused another stir, calling American slavery a “choice” in an interview Tuesday.“When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years, that sounds like choice,” West said on “TMZ Live” after questions on his pro-President Donald Trump posts and pictures that caused a dust-up last week. “You was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all?”“Do you feel like I’m thinking free and feeling free?” West asked the TMZ employees in the room.“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” TMZ’s Van Lathan quickly cracked back at West, as many would in the ensuing hours.Lathan said while West gets to live the elite artist’s life, “the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats in our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was our choice.”Symone D. Sanders, political commentator and CNN contributor, led the anti-West chorus on Twitter.“Kanye is a dangerous caricature of a ‘free-thinking’ black person in America,” Sanders tweeted. “Frankly, I am disgusted and I’m over it. Also (I can’t believe I have to say this): Slavery was far from a choice.”Others put it more briefly.“Slavery wasn’t a choice,” Russ Bengtson tweeted, “but listening to Kanye is.”West also told TMZ that he became addicted to opioids that doctors prescribed after he had liposuction surgery in 2016. He was hospitalized for a week and had to cut short his “Pablo” tour. West said the painkillers drove him to a “breakdown,” which became a “breakthrough” when he found himself again.West also doubled down on his love of the president, which Trump has been returning in tweets.“I just love Trump,” West said, adding that most in hip-hop agreed with him before Trump became president. “Trump is one of rap’s favorite people.”last_img read more

Educators Provide Map of Baltimores Obstacles and Solutions

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROIt’s a 40-minute wait for the 26 Mondawmin Metro bus at stop 4993, in Westport. When it arrives, it’s empty. Dump trucks rumble up and down Annapolis Road every five minutes. Across the street, former businesses are boarded up or completely pulverized into piles of half-bricks. On the bus stop side, home after home is boarded up. The stand of bright blue chicory plants between row houses grows five feet tall and almost hides the discarded Royal Farms cups and empty bags of Utz snacks.To the north, the Wheelabrator smokestack reads “Baltimore.”Other than the trucks, it’s a quiet and lonely spot.Blighted conditions in communities like Westport in South Baltimore are common in Baltimore regions outlined topographically as the “Black Butterfly.” (Photo credit by John Schmid)But, Westport isn’t alone.The South Baltimore community sits in the “Black butterfly,” the apex of the left or west wing of a shape that describes the pattern of mostly Black neighborhoods spread throughout Baltimore City.Transportation, housing, access to food; these are issues that blight huge swaths of the Black butterfly, and Westport may not be the most challenged community.Renee Hatcher and Lawrence Brown have completed a project called Baltimore Equity, a joint effort between the University of Baltimore and Morgan State University. Hatcher was a teaching fellow at the Univ. of Baltimore’s School of Law Community Development Clinic, but she’s now an assistant professor of law and program director at The John Marshall Law School Business Enterprise Law Clinic in Chicago.Lawrence Brown is assistant professor in the Morgan School of Community Health and Policy and coined the term “Black butterfly.”Coming together, sharing knowledge and students of law and policy, a so-called powermap and toolkit are now published at equitybaltimore.org. It took two years of work.“This idea is to just try to provide information that is more accessible to folks who are actually every day striving to improve their community,” Hatcher told the AFRO.The powermap lays out the availability, or lack of services and accomodations enjoyed by the center of Baltimore, a “White L” shape that skews disproportionately to the city’s White residents. As investment in communities deteriorate, indicated by the availability of health professionals and lead abatement, banking and financing, a viable housing market or transportation access, communities are color coded from pool table green to blood red. Colors are tied to a numerical score for the services available. North Baltimore/Guildford/Homeland, (the darkest green) scores 23.5 out of 26. Westport, (red), scores an eight. Greenmount East, which is the darkest red, scores a one.The final array of colors ultimately reflects the redlining patterns of green, yellow and red of Depression-era Baltimore housing policy.“How can communities have control over what happens in their neighborhood or how can they address certain issues, like their quality of life? That’s the idea behind the toolkit,” Hatcher said. ”What are some ways that people can organize and build institutions that can actually address their material needs and improve their quality of life, in divested, mostly low income, Black neighborhoods in Baltimore?”The toolkit offers suggestions and options such as community land trusts, community benefit agreements, and local hiring ordinances.The new powermap captures the broad strokes of Baltimore’s many crises of dignity and justice, but doesn’t quite reach into the plight of another dark red neighborhood, like Sandtown. While some blocks are almost wholly abandoned, others look untouched since Mayor Schmoke’s revitalization efforts in the 1990s.“Even within the wings of the butterfly, you can have wings that are mostly black, but have different spots and patterns in them,” Brown said. “I think of Baltimore in that same sense. When I say ‘Black butterfly,’ there are White enclaves in the Black butterfly, just as there are Black enclaves in the White L. It’s not this completely homogenous demographic layout, there’s complication within that metaphor, and I think the powermap illustrates the complications connected to the metaphor White L and Black butterfly.”Hatcher and Brown both say that with a working concept like Baltimore Equity, they expect the Baltimore model will prove portable to other cities like, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Yet, Hatcher and Brown believe the Baltimore model can be improved further.“It’s a good place to start, and it would be nice to drill down into neighborhood statistical areas,” Brown said. “The powermap is utilizing community statistical areas and there are 55 in the city. But there are over 255 neighborhood statistical areas, and you could have three or four neighborhood statistical areas inside of those different community areas. So, you could drill down to even smaller units of analysis to get even more detail and the variation within the communities’ statistical areas.”last_img read more

Selfinflating bike tires campaign for dollars

first_imgPumpTire developers have in mind two end products, one for casual cyclists and the other for cyclists who want high performance. For the latter, The City Pro has a max 100 psi, and the City Cruiser is a 26″ x 1.5″ tire with a maximum 65 psi.In the video showing how it works, the founder of the project, Benjamin Krempel, hops on his bicycle and takes it for a ride. We see the pressure on the tire rising from 22 to 52 psi in over a mile. As for the higher-performance tire product, the user is allowed to set the pressure from 65 to 95 psi.True to the Kickstarter project practice, Krempel and team are posting project details on the Kickstarter site, hoping backers will donate toward their goal, which is $250,000. They want to use that money to work with vendors and engineers to put in place the right materials and processes and to get tools and materials for assembly. The project will only be funded if at least $250,000 is pledged by October 5, according to the site. At the time of this writing, they have $3,619 with 43 backers. As offers to those who pledge, they give those who pledge $75 two Cruiser tires, two valves and two tubes at the expected retail value of $129.90. Those who pledge $45 get one Cruiser tire, (you guessed it). one valve and one tube at the expected retail price of $64.95. Pledges of one dollar or more get the team’s warm thanks for doing a good deed. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Bicycle owners are being offered a no-hassle solution to keeping their bicycle tires sidewalk and road-worthy. The solution is called the PumpTire, billed as the world’s first self-inflating bicycle tire. Thanks simply to the rolling motion of the tire, and inventor ingenuity, it can happen. Right now, it’s an advanced prototype, not something to yank off any shelf. PumpTire is promoting this off the Kickstarter project site. The PumpTire team hopes that, with enough donations, they can transform their prototype into products for cyclists everywhere. Citation: Self-inflating bike tires campaign for dollars (2011, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-self-inflating-bike-campaign-dollars.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com PumpTire is the company and product name of a set of items that consist of a tire, a tube, and detachable valve. The inner tube clips into the tire to allow the air to pass from the tire to the tube. Once the desired pressure is reached, the pump stops. The valve senses the increase in pressure. and closes the air pathway so that no more air is pumped into the tire. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PumpTire prototype takes riders off of pumping grind More information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/8 … flating-bicycle-tirelast_img read more

Learning physics may activate new brain areas

first_imgBrain areas that are traditionally not associated with learning science can become active when people are confronted with solving physics problems, finds a study. This shows that the brain’s activity can be modified by different forms of instruction.”The neurobiological processes that underpin learning are complex and not always directly connected to what we think it means to learn,” said lead author Eric Brewe, Associate Professor at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings, published in the journal Frontiers in ICT, showed that newer brain regions associated with attention, working memory and problem solving – the lateral prefrontal cortex and parietal cortex, sometimes called the brain’s ‘central executive network’ – showed activity when dealing with such problems.Another area that became active was the posterior cingulate cortex, which is linked to episodic memory and self-referential thought.”These changes in brain activity may be related to more complex behavioural changes in how students reason through physics questions post- relative to pre-instruction,” Brewe noted. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”These might include shifts in strategy or an increased access to physics knowledge and problem-solving resources,” he said.Using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to measure blood flow in the brain, the researchers looked to map what areas become active when completing a physics reasoning task, both before a course on the concepts and after. A small group of students were taught a physics course that utilised ‘Modeling Instruction’, a style of teaching which encourages students to be active participants in their learning. “This suggests that learning physics is an imaginative process, which is not typically how people think of it,” Brewe said, in reference to the study which aimed to explore how students use their own mental models to understand new concepts.”The idea of mental models is something that people who research learning love to talk about, but have no evidence of what is happening inside brains other than what people say or do,” Brewe said. “We are actually looking for evidence from inside the brain,” he added.last_img read more

At 83 Donald Rumsfeld Takes a Shot at App Development

first_img 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » All’s fair in politics and war … but what about card games?For Winston Churchill, the same rules apparently applied: #NeverGiveIn.In a bizarre twist, this phrase now serves as the tagline for former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s inaugural mobile game Churchill Solitaire, which he created in partnership with a team of coders.Related: 6 Lessons in How to Build a Successful App“I’ve done business, politics, and war,” the 83-year-old wrote in a blog post announcing its release. “Now I’m trying my hand at mobile gaming.”Churchill Solitaire is essentially a more challenging version of the traditional card game. In place of a single deck players use two decks, and work with 10 rows of cards rather than the typical seven. Churchill played the game during World War II to sharpen his strategic thinking skills, according to Rumsfeld. In Rumsfeld’s app, there are varying levels and difficulties as players move up the ranks. Created for the most cunning of minds, a series of rules and limitations make the game especially challenging. For example, if the player doesn’t make a move in 30 seconds, he’s forced to surrender.The game’s “diabolical rules,” Rumsfeld says, are what “make it the hardest game of solitaire — and probably the most challenging and strategic game of logic or puzzle — I’ve ever played.”Rumsfeld said he learned the card game from one of the Churchill’s former proteges, André de Staercke, during a plane ride in the 1970s. Staercke had learned the game from Churchill himself.Until recent years, only a few people knew about the game and even fewer were able to find their way to victory.Inspired to share the tradition, Rumsfeld and his wife worked with a team of developers to perfect the game. The non-profit endeavor took years to build after the Churchill family gave the project their blessing. All profits will go to charity. However, a free version is available in the Apple Store for both iPhones and iPads.The motivation for the app, Rumsfeld wrote, was best explained by Staercke himself.“As my friend Andre de Staercke once put it to me, ‘What one needs in life are the pessimism of intelligence and the optimism of will,’ Rumsfeld wrote. “Play a couple hands of Churchill Solitaire, and you’ll know precisely what he meant.”Related: Lessons for the New CEO From 5 Great Leaders of HistoryA previous version of this story misidentified Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of State. Rumsfeld served as Secretary of Defense. January 26, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

INDABA 2013 gets Aussie seal of approval

first_imgLalie, Rob and Deborah (South African Tourism). Source = e-Travel Blackboard: GA Australian buyers and wholesalers enjoyed a warm (if wet) welcome to Durban and this year’s Tourism INDABA at a special function on Friday night.On the eve of INDABA 2013, South African Tourism Australia teamed up with Kwazulu-Natal Tourism to bring together African suppliers and the newly arrived Australians at Bertoua Café Lounge in Durban’s trendy Berea.Commenting on the recent growth from Australia (14 percent) and New Zealand (17 percent), South African Tourism Australia country manager Lalie Ngozi acknowledged the commitment of local suppliers and the passion of the Australian trade.“You being here shows confidence and shows that you do see value in what we are trying to achieve,” she said.center_img Michael Zhang (Webjet), Sue Bohme (Gay Globe), Rob Gurr (South African Tourism), Andrew Kelleher (Scenic Tours), Patrick Barden (This is Africa) and Wayne Hamilton (Swagman Tours).last_img read more

Wells Fargo JPMorgan Kick Off Earnings Season with Q4 Reports

first_img January 14, 2015 427 Views Two of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, reported year-over-year increases in their net incomes for 2014, according to the banks’ respective earnings statements released on Wednesday.JPMorgan Chase reported a record net income of $21.8 billion for the full year of 2014, up from 2013’s net income of $17.9 billion. The firm’s earnings per share (EPS) for 2014 was $5.29, which was also a record (for 2013, EPS was $4.35). Revenue experienced a slight decline, however, from $99.8 billion in 2013 down to $97.9 billion in 2014.”2014 was a record year for the firm for net income and EPS. We delivered on our commitments—including business simplification, controls, expense discipline and meeting our capital targets for the year—while maintaining excellent customer satisfaction rankings,” said Jaime Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase. “I am proud of this great company, its exceptional management team and employees, and everything we are achieving for our clients, shareholders and communities. Each of our businesses and the company are very well positioned going into 2015 for long term growth and success.”Wells Fargo’s net income for 2014 was $23.1 billion, a 5 percent increase from a year earlier. Diluted earnings per share also experienced a 5 percent jump in 2014 up to $4.10. Wells Fargo’s 2014 revenue of $84.3 billion represented a 1 percent increase from 2013.”Wells Fargo had another strong year in 2014, with continued strength in the fundamental drivers of long-term performance: growing customers, loans, deposits and capital,” said John Stumpf, chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo. “As a result of this performance, we were able to return more capital to our shareholders during the year. Our success is the result of our 265,000 team members remaining focused on meeting the financial needs of our customers in the communities we serve. As the U.S. economy continues to build momentum, I’m optimistic that our diversified business model will continue to benefit all of our stakeholders in 2015.”Despite reporting record net earnings for the full year 2014, JPMorgan’s Q4 2014 net income of $4.9 billion was actually a decline from $5.3 billion reported in the same quarter a year earlier. Earnings per share and revenues also experienced year-over-year declines in the fourth quarter of 2014—EPS fell from $1.30 to $1.19, while revenue dropped 2 percent down to $23.6 billion.A decline in mortgage banking net income put a drag on earnings for the quarter. According to JPMorgan, mortgage income came out to $338 million in the quarter, a decline of $255 million from the year prior as credit losses and lower origination volumes ate into revenues.On the other hand, originations did pick up from the previous quarter, rising 8 percent to an estimated $23 billion “despite a seasonally slow quarter,” the bank said.Wells Fargo’s net earnings, diluted EPS, and revenues for Q4 2014 all increased from Q4 2013. Net income nudged upward by 2 percent to $5.7 billion; diluted EPS also rose by 2 percent up to $1.02; and revenues jumped by 4 percent up to $21.4 billion.Originations also slowed at the country’s biggest mortgage lender, though it still turned out a substantial $44 billion in new loans. Third-quarter originations amounted to $48 billion.Meanwhile, applications for new loans increased slightly to $66 billion, while Wells’ application pipeline rose to $26 billion, indicating a potential uptick in the bank’s first-quarter mortgage business if the economy holds steady and the market doesn’t take another downturn.”Our performance in the fourth quarter was a great example of the benefit of our diversified business model and reflected a continuation of the solid results we generated all year,” said John Shrewsberry, CFO for Wells Fargo. “Compared with the prior quarter, we increased deposits and grew commercial and consumer loans while maintaining our risk and pricing discipline. Revenue increased as net interest income benefited from loan growth and the prudent deployment of our liquidity.” JPMorgan Chase Profits Quarterly Earnings Wells Fargo 2015-01-14 Seth Welborn Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Kick Off Earnings Season with Q4 Reportscenter_img in Daily Dose, News, Origination Sharelast_img read more

Rep Alexander announces Jackson office hours

first_img Categories: Alexander News 02Mar Rep. Alexander announces Jackson office hours State Rep. Julie Alexander announced her monthly in-district office hours, emphasizing the importance of being available to the Jackson community.“I enjoy the opportunity to connect with people in the community and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Alexander said. “Listening to our neighbors, addressing their concerns and working through solutions for the people of Jackson County is my top priority.”Rep. Alexander’s office hours will take place at the Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson at the following dates and times:Friday, March 2 from 2 to 3 p.m.;Monday, March 12 from 5 to 6 p.m.Friday, March 23 from 4 to 5 p.m.; andMonday, March 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.Rep. Alexander will also sponsor a special Milk Break meeting at the Spring Arbor Café, 7975 Spring Arbor Road in Spring Arbor on Friday, March 9 from 9 to 10 a.m.No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Alexander at 517-373-1795 or via email at JulieAlexander@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Im just sitting here waiting for everything to ei

first_imgI’m just sitting here waiting for everything to either melt down or blow up…and it’s my opinion that a lot of other people are doing the same.Well, it wasn’t a very exciting day in the gold market on Wednesday, as the price basically flat-lined from the open in the Far East until 8:30 a.m. in New York. Then the gold price jumped thirteen dollars or so…and then more or less traded flat until noon Eastern time.Then gold got sold down, giving up all but two dollars of its earlier gain. It recovered a bit from there…and then traded sideways once the Comex closed at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. Gold’s high tick of the New York trading session was $1,626.10 spot…and that came at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.Gold closed at $1,617.60 spot…up $7.80 on the day. Net volume…around 122,000 contracts…was more than decent, considering how quiet the day was up until the London open, as there were obviously no high-frequency traders lurking about in the Far East trading session on Wednesday.The silver price traded in a tight range on Wednesday and, once again, its many attempts to break through the $29 spot level all ended the same way…in failure. The New York high tick came shortly after 9:00 a.m. at $29.26 spot.Silver closed the New York electronic trading session at $28.86 spot…down 11 cents on the day. Net volume was around 26,000 contracts.The dollar index opened around the 82.40 mark…climbed to its 82.55 high of the day around lunch time in Hong Kong…and then it was pretty much down hill from there, except for a minor rally during the first half of the London trading session.The low of the day…81.94…came at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time…and from there it recovered a bit into the close, finishing the day around 82.13…down about 25 basis points from Tuesday. And I was quite surprised that the gold price didn’t respond when the dollar index fell 40 basis points in the two-hour period between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.The gold stocks spent almost the entire day in the black…and the HUI was up a bit over a percent a few times during the trading day…but couldn’t hold those gains going into the close. The HUI finished up only 0.20%…which is better than the alternative.The silver stocks, which had done reasonably well earlier in Wednesday’s trading session, faded into the close as well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index finished down 0.59%. Most of that loss came as a result of the 3.00 percent drop in Compania Minas Buenaventura on no news that I could see.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 216 gold and 2 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday. Citigroup was the big short/issuer with 211 contracts…and the biggest long/stoppers with 114 contracts was JPMorgan in its client account…and the Bank of Nova Scotia with 90 contracts.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV.I note that the new short positions in GLD and SLV have been posted over at the shortsqueeze.com Internet site. It shows that SLV’s short position declined by 1.28%…and also shows that 14.01 million shares that are not backed by physical metal.The short position in GLD actually rose 7.82%…and indicates that 18.69 million GLD shares are not backed by the metal itself.To set things right, about 58 tonnes of gold, along with about 436 tonnes of silver would have to be deposited.The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday. They sold 2,500 ounces of gold eagles…1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and another 200,000 silver eagles. Month-to-date the mint has sold 18,500 ounces of gold eagles…3,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 1,121,500 silver eagles.It was a pretty quiet day at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday…at least it was in silver. They reported receiving 303,953 troy ounces…and shipped out a smallish 20,778 ounces of the stuff. The link to what little action there was, is here.Here’s the 30-Year Seasonal Silver chart courtesy of German gold analyst Dimitri Speck…who updated it just for us yesterday. You’ll note that the seasonal low for silver comes, on average, in the last few days of June. Let’s see if that turns out to be the case this time.I have the usual number of stories and, as always, the final edit is up to you.The are no markets anymore…only interventions. – Chris Powell, GATABoth gold and silver were kept on a short leash yesterday. Gold was only allowed a small gain…and silver’s continuing attempt to break the $29 price ‘barrier’ ran into the usual sellers.Gold closed just above its 50-day moving average, but any significant rally attempts were stopped cold. Even the 40 basis point drop in the dollar index during a two-hour time period in mid-morning in New York was not allowed to register…and was probably one of the reasons why volume was as high as it was despite the lack of price activity to justify it, as JPMorgan et al were most likely aggressively going short against all comers.Ted Butler’s mid-week commentary yesterday was an eye-opener…and I’m hoping that he’ll post it in the public domain at his earliest possible convenience, as it appeared to be written with just such an event in mind.Not much happened in the Far East during their morning trading session, but around 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time, both silver and gold had tiny rallies…and both got sold down going into the London open. Volume in both metals is light once again..and very similar to the volumes I spoke of this time yesterday, so I wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into the price activity associated with it. The dollar index isn’t do much of anything, either.As I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, both gold and silver are basically unchanged from Wednesday’s close…and silver’s continued attempts to break above the $29 spot price mark are all being met with determined selling.There’s not much else to say in this column. I’m just sitting here waiting for everything to either melt down or blow up…and it’s my opinion that a lot of other people are doing the same. It’s only the time line…and the dénouement that are unknown.Nigel Farage was right. You couldn’t make this stuff up.See you on Friday. Sponsor Advertisement North American Nickel’s latest news from our 100% owned Post Creek property in the Sudbury mining camp is what geologists always hope for….a large, clearly defined, un-tested target close to surface in a known camp with excellent infrastructure advantages for mining. Drilling is scheduled to begin in September. In this case it’s an EM anomaly 200 m long, that has been interpreted as the electromagnetic signature of ‘near-massive to massive sulphide.’ It’s located approximately 55 m below surface and the trend of the anomaly corresponds, in part, to both the CJ#1 dyke and the Whistle Offset Structure to the south. Please visit our website to read the full news release and learn more about North American Nickel.last_img read more

In This Issue   ADP jobs report disappoints

first_imgIn This Issue. * ADP jobs report disappoints. * What will the BLS do today? * U.S. 10-year Treasury hits 2.97%… * China moves into TOP 10! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A Jobs Jamboree Friday! Good day. And a Happy Friday to one and all! For those of you who read the Pfennig at the Pfennig Blog site you get to be greeted each Friday with my mug shot. For those that don’t go to the blog site to read it, just image an Adonis looking young man.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, right, that’s the ticket! I’ve just cracked myself up and I’m having difficulty calming back down! Well, today is a Jobs Jamboree Friday. The last Jobs report before the Fed meets in less than two weeks. So, needless to say, but I will anyway, this Jobs report is HUGE according to the markets. Personally, I look at the Jobs Jamboree as a useless piece of. you know what. The only real stuff in the report is the Avg. Hourly Earnings and Avg Weekly Hours data. I told you yesterday that the ADP report makes more sense to me, and eventually, the markets will hold my point of view too, for they too will have grown tired of being lied to by the BLS. Speaking of the ADP report. It printed yesterday, and was not as strong as the forecasters had pegged it, coming in at +176,000 jobs created in August, VS the consensus of 184,000. So, the report was disappointing for August, but that’s not all. June and July’s numbers were revised downward. Not by huge amounts, but psychologically 198,000 just doesn’t have the same bell ringing sound as 200,000. So, what does the ADP Jobs report tell us? Well, it tells me, and hopefully you see it as well, that job creation continues to go along at a much slower pace than any before during an economic recovery. But what will the BLS say job creation was in August? The consensus going into the report this morning is for 180,000 jobs to have been created in August. That’s pretty much in line with the ADP report figure of 176,000.. The Unemployment Rate should remain steady Eddie at 7.4%.. What will the markets think of this report and the numbers? I wish I could tell you. But it will take some knucklehead with an ounce of brains to make some comment that the markets pick up on and the next thing you know, it’s the trading idea of the day. For my two cents, I would think that the BLS will not settle for 180,000, and goose the number upward toward 190,000, which on the face value will tickle the markets to thinking this is a good report. And then they’ll be torn between two lovers. feeling like a fool, Loving both of you is breaking all of the rules. You see, the markets will get all lathered up thinking about a strong jobs number, but then realize that the strong jobs number gives the Fed Heads another arrow in their Quantitative Easing tapering quiver. Now, they want to go one way, but realize what’s ahead. Being torn between two lovers for the markets is tough.. Couldn’t really blame you if you turned and walked away. But with everything I feel inside, I’m asking you to stay. Silly song! Well, the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, began yesterday, and so far not much has come from the meeting. In Australia, the folks there go to the polls tomorrow, and from all that I read, and hear, it sounds like a new Gov’t is very likely, with the only question being the size of the new majority. I would think that unless there’s a spanner thrown in the works, that this would all be Aussie dollar (A$) positive. The euro is struggling to hold on to the 1.31 handle this morning, losing almost a full cent yesterday when it looked like the single unit was going to hold 1.32 easily. But NOOOOOOO! There’s a story on the Bloomberg this morning that talks about how the euro is gaining favor as investors’ perceptions of turmoil in financial markets rises. Hedge Funds and other large speculators are the most bullish on the euro since 2011 and for the first time since November 2008, the 90-day correlation between changes in the euro and a Citigroup Inc. index of bond and swaps risk has turned positive. These things are all positive for the euro. And it plays well with my telling you over and over again that this dance is gonna be a drag. No wait! That’s not what I’m trying to say! I’m trying to say that I’ve said over and over again, how the euro might be beaten and beleaguered right now, but it’s still around 1.30 VS the dollar. What does that tell you what the markets think of the dollar? In addition, another thing I keep telling you is that at least the Eurozone is attempting to do something about their parade down deficit street, that took place for about 10 years. The Eurozone leaders might find out that what they’re attempting won’t work, and then go back to the drawing board, but at LEAST THEY’RE TRYING TO DEAL WITH THEIR DEBT! The currencies are drifting this morning, as no one wants to make a decisive call either way on the Jobs Jamboree. There was no chest pounding by European Central Bank (ECB) President, Draghi, yesterday, and kept things grounded by saying that, “the risks for the euro-area growth remain on the downside.” These words are what got the euro on the slippery slope yesterday. Draghi proving once again that you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.. I always like to find stories about Singapore.. They are as not as common to find like stories on the U.S. or Eurozone, or even Japan. I was writing my commentary that goes with every currency for our website research pages, and the legal people questioned where I had gotten the claim that I made that Singapore has announced plans to double the capacity of their airport, build a new waterfront, and other things that will all be good for the economy. They thought I made that up! It took me 20 seconds to find the story on the internet. See what I have to go through to inform people of things? Well. in case you’re reading today my legal beagle friends in Jacksonville, this was in the Bloomberg today Sept 6, 2013. “Singapore Overtakes Japan As Asia’s To Foreign Exchange Hub”. So, now you know why China thinks so highly of Singapore that they announced that Singapore would be the next offshore depository for their currency. (Hong Kong, of course was 1st). Speaking of China. I was interviewed by a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter yesterday about China, and the story that came out yesterday about how the Chinese renminbi / yuan had entered the TOP 10 most-actively traded currencies. The interviewer wasn’t much interested in what I had to say, about what we were seeing on our desk renminbi trading wise. But, it is what it is, right? I told her that we had actually been seeing more people sell their renminbi positions than buy trades. I said that renminbi held here in the U.S. can’t pay any interest, because the cost of holding it eats away the interest, and as long as interest rates here in the U.S. were near zero, holders of renminbi didn’t care if the currency paid no interest. But rates here in the U.S. are inching up. I also told her that for the core people that owned renminbi, did so as a diversification tool, and therefore would continue to hold it. But I guess all that wasn’t sexy enough. But, the real story is how the renminbi / yuan is now #9 in the TOP 10 most actively traded currencies. 10 years ago, when we first offered renminbi deposits, there weren’t but a handful of dealers that even would mess with renminbi. But I think that the trading of renminbi goes hand in hand with the Chinese Gov’t’s plans to gain a wider distribution of the currency. I’ve been at the forefront of talking about China’s plans for their currency, and it’s pretty cool to see this stuff all beginning to take place. The swap news I told you about yesterday that was the first volley by new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Gov. Rajan, was really positive for the rupee, which has now rallied for 3 consecutive days. But don’t think for one minute that the rupee is out of the woods here folks. The Current Account Deficit is still too high (4.8% of GDP), inflation is too high, and it will take some real structural changes to really stabilize the rupee. But they will come, I do believe. Canada will also print a jobs report today for August. Canada has seen some real strong flip-flopping on job creation in recent months, but one would think that with the hiring of workers to help with the cleanup of the Alberta floods, that August would have been a strong month of job creation. That should be Canadian dollar / loonie positive today. Gold got whacked again yesterday, with another $25 coming off its value at one point in the day. What? The price manipulators must be back from vacation. There were gone for August, and the shiny metal recovered nicely. Of course the U.S. Treasury yield hitting 2.97% isn’t helping Gold any. But again, who would buy a Treasury at the current yield when it appears that yields will continue to rise, thus putting your purchase at a loss? I don’t get it. never will.. Before I head to the Big Finish. I saw a comment by Jay Leno that just cracked me up, and plays well with my harping about printing dollars (yes, I know we don’t really print much any longer it’s all keystrokes on a computer, but that doesn’t play well with this joke. ) About $30 Million in $100 bills had to be destroyed because of a printing problem. Isn’t that unbelievable? The thing we know how to do right in this country is print money, and we screw that up? – Jay Leno. For What It’s Worth. I found this on moneynews.com and is a head scratcher, given the job creation that has been reported the past couple of months. But it is what it is. so here you go. “The number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms surged in August to their highest in half a year, with industrial goods manufacturers the hardest hit, a report on Thursday showed. Employers announced 50,462 layoffs last month, up 33.8 percent from 37,701 in July, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. The August job cuts were up 57 percent from the same time a year ago. For 2013 so far, employers have announced 347,095 job losses, close to the 352,185 that were seen in the first eight months of last year.” Chuck again. OK, so where does the BLS record all this? Or do they even care? It’s probably the latter, folks. sad but true.. To recap. The currencies are drifting this morning, as no one wants to make a decisive move ahead of the Jobs Jamboree that will print today. The ADP jobs report was a bit disappointing along with its last two months worth of downward revisions. The markets are torn between two lovers. China moves into TOP 10 of most actively traded currencies! Currencies today 9/6/13. American Style: A$ .9170, kiwi .7950, C$ .9575, euro 1.3120, sterling 1.5590, Swiss $1.06, . European Style: rand 10.1735, krone 6.1025, SEK 6.6550, forint 229.30, zloty 3.2745, koruna 19.6310, RUB 33.42, yen 99.70, sing 1.2785, HKD 7.7555, INR 65.23, China 6.1728, pesos 13.33, BRL 2.3235, Dollar Index 82.53, Oil $108.65, 10-year 2.97%, Silver $23.26, Platinum $1,483.30, Palladium $691.43, and Gold. $1,370.84. and it’s Friday, so here’s the link for you to take a peek at the U.S. Debt Clock, click here. That’s it for today. Cardinals come limping home from a disastrous road trip. There’s still time left in the season, if they can find their lost mojo at home. A GREAT BIG CONGRATULATIONS to my son, Alex, who was not only named to the Academic All-American Water Polo Team, but he was named an OUTSTANDING Academic All-American recipient! WOW! Quite an honor! I always knew he was smart, much smarter than me, but this kind of puts it in focus for me. I guess all that staying up late at night and studying is paying off for him! Now, if he can get a college to pay for most of his college education, that would be great! The NFL season got off to an exciting start last night with Peyton Manning throwing 7 touchdown passes in the game! WOW! I wish I had picked him as my quarterback for my fantasy football team now! HA! Well, it’s a Fantastico Friday, and not a day too soon, given all the bull dookie I’ve had to deal with this week. So, let’s go out and have some fun this weekend, and start it off with a Fantastico Friday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

It sounds like the ultimate white savior movieOsc

first_imgIt sounds like the ultimate white savior movie.Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson plays a young scientist who has created a new fast-growing super-rice. She comes to India to convince villagers to switch to this grain. There’s Bollywood-style singing, dancing — and in one scene she even rides a white horse!Called Basmati Blues, the Hollywood film was made in 2013, before Larson was a star. But it’s just now coming out. When the trailer was released in November, with scenes of Larson dressed in elaborate Indian costumes and recoiling from spicy food, Indians around the world took offense, calling out its stereotypes and cliches.The movie is finally being released in the U.S. on Friday, playing in select cinemas and available via video on demand. Critics have not been kind. The L.A. Times called it “a big miss,” while the Village Voice wondered how it “this thing got financed and finished.”In the film, Larson’s character, Dr. Linda Watt, is sent to the southern state of Kerala in India. Gurgon, her greedy corporate boss, played the actor Donald Sutherland, wants her to convince local farmers to switch to the new rice: “India: 500 million farmers, 1.1 billion rice eaters, all of them … potential customers,” Gurgon declares with glee.The problem is that the rice she’s recommending could financially destroy the very people she means to help. The rice is sterile. If farmers grew it, they’d need to spend a lot of money to buy new seeds every year.Along the way, she falls in love with a farmer, who actually trained as a scientist but had to drop out of university. Rajit, as he’s called, is played by American-born actor Utkarsh Ambudkar, who’s appeared in the movies Pitch Perfect and on TV shows like The Mindy Project.The controversy around the film started in November, after the international trailer was released. That’s where the white horse made its appearance, which Linda rides while trying to halt a train loaded with the super-rice.”It plays to stereotypes of an exotic but backward people just waiting for a white person to swoop in and save them,” says Bengaluru-based cartoonist, Manoj Vijayan, in an interview with NPR.That sentiment was shared by people across Twitter.Following the backlash, director Dan Baron and his wife, Monique Caulfield, who produced the film, issued an apology and withdrew the trailer. In a statement to the blog Refinery29 in November, they said: “We deeply regret any offense caused by the Basmati Blues trailer. We have heard a number of voices that have understandably reacted to a trailer that is not representative of the film as a whole.”In January, a new trailer was introduced to the Basmati Blues website, with the white horse scene deleted.The criticism on Twitter however, raged on.The film’s white savior message isn’t the only issue that rankles. “The script seems to have gone overboard with its lazy cliches, the lame jokes and the stereotyping,” says Vijayan. “It’s a sadly missed opportunity to tell a story with some nuance and ends up pandering to tired old preconceptions.”In the scene where Larson first meets Rajit, he greets her while hanging upside down from the roof of a train while she’s seated at the window, as though hanging like possums on trains was perfectly normal in India.In an interview with NPR, Jaya Padmanabhan, an immigration columnist for The San Francisco Examiner, shared some advice for the filmmakers: “Someone should tell Baron and Jeff Dorchen [who wrote the screenplay] to visit India without a camera obstructing their worldview.”Kamala Thiagarajan is a freelance journalist based in Madurai, South India. Her work has appeared in The International New York Times, BBC Travel and Forbes India. You can follow her @kamal_t Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more