10 months agoInter Milan president Zhang delivers passionate Christmas address: Stars want to join us!

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan president Zhang delivers passionate Christmas address: Stars want to join us!by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan president Steven Zhang is convinced they can dominate the world.Zhang made a passionate speech at the club’s Christmas dinner.“We’ve improved a lot in every respect, compared to five years ago, and we must continue like this, as a team and as a club,” declared Zhang.“We’ll crush everyone on and off the field. The objective must be back to talking about trophies and aiming for victory.“We’ve had a great 2018 and there were some extraordinary moments for Inter, like the return to the Champions League thanks to Vecino’s goal, which everyone remembers.“We’ve been competitive against some of the best teams in the world and, compared to four or five years ago, we’ve shown a marked improvement.“I think we’re invincible in some of our games and so many players want to join us. They fear us!“As a club and team, we have everything to win the title. It’s not arrogance, but rather confidence and conviction.“We’ll try to beat everyone both on and off the field and, after many years of waiting, we have the chance of winning things.” last_img read more

Old Fort residents frustrated about uncertainty for their community

first_img“Are we going home, or are we planning to exodus the place? That’s really the million-dollar question,” said Pardy.He said that the message he’d gotten from the geologists is that the situation is improving, meaning residents could be able to return to their homes in the near future.In contrast, he said that many residents became angry on Sunday upon learning that the Regional District had contracted R&R Rentals to help organize giving residents temporary access to their homes to retrieve belongings.“It really upset people when they started talking about coming in, organizing this evacuation, a bunch of strangers coming into our houses and packing up our stuff.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though some residents of Old Fort are once again allowed to temporarily return to their homes to winterize structures and retrieve valuables, many residents are frustrated with the uncertainty that has been caused by the landslide that cut off road access to the community over two weeks ago.Old Fort resident Gord Pardy said that while residents did hear some good news at Sunday’s meeting hosted by the Peace River Regional District, she said that many residents have taken issue with the way the PRRD has dealt with the situation.He explained that the Regional District has not made it clear to residents of Old Fort whether they will eventually be allowed to return to their homes or if the landslide will make the community too dangerous for human habitation in the future.last_img read more

Campaigning in Bengal to end a day early

first_imgNEW DELHI: In first such action in India’s electoral history, the Election Commission on Wednesday ordered campaigning in nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 pm on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline, in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata.In a hurriedly-convened press conference, Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar said it was for the first time that such an action has been taken using constitutional powers of the poll panel. The Election Commission (EC) also ordered the removal of Principal Secretary (Home) Atri Bhattacharya and Additional Director General, CID, Rajeev Kumar from their postings in West Bengal. Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, who is in charge of West Bengal, said Bhattacharya “stands relieved” from his current charge immediately, “for having interfered in the process of conducting elections” by directing the state chief electoral officer, which he was not supposed to. The state chief secretary will look after the charge of the home secretary. He said Rajeev Kumar has been attached to the Ministry of Home Affairs here and should report to his new assignment by 10.00 am Thursday. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Commission’s decision is “undemocratic” and it has “insulted the people of Bengal”. Calling the decision “unethical, unconstitutional, undemocratic and biased”, Mamata said, “On Thursday, Modi has two meetings in Bengal. When he finishes, the campaigning also ends… Instead of punishing Amit Shah, the Election Commission has given a gift to the BJP”. The decision came as the political fight between the BJP and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee escalated over the vandalizing of a statue of iconic 19th-century reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. Both parties accused each other of inciting the violence and desecrating the statue. There was a barrage of claims and counter-claims where video clips are flying from both sides, the BJP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Amit Shah said Trinamool activists attacked his roadshow and it was Mamata Banerjee who had the Vidyasagar bust broken as part of a “conspiracy” to blame the BJP ahead of the last round of voting for the national election. Trinamool leader Derek O’Brien lobbed the allegation right back and called the BJP chief “Dhokabaaz”.He also complained to the Election Commission, submitted what he called video proof that the BJP was behind the vandalism. The bust was broken at the Vidyasagar College, which was on the route of the BJP president’s rally. “The gates were shut, our roadshow was outside, our workers were outside, the bust was inside a room, which would have presumably been locked. The keys must have been with the college management. How can we break the statue,” Amit Shah questioned at a press conference in Delhi, displaying three photographs. The BJP chief also claimed his party workers were far from the gate of the Vidyasagar College. The Trinamool, however, put out a video that shows workers – it says they were BJP supporters – climbing over the college railing and then rushing inside the campus. The video shows the group armed with stones and sticks. Students of the college said the gate was broken, unlike the BJP’s claim that it was intact. An emotional Derek O’Brien of Trinamool, speaking at what he called the “saddest press conference we have held”, said: “Amit Shah is a liar. We expect the media to make an assessment based on authentic videos.” The BJP chief in turn also accused the Election Commission of “double standards” for remaining a “mute spectator” to rigging and violation of the poll code in the state. Hitting back at TMC’s charge that the BJP was behind the violence, Shah said his party has been contesting elections in every state and is in power in 16, but it is only in West Bengal that violence is being seen.last_img read more

Bangladesh exPM Zia trapped between life and death BNP

first_imgDhaka: Jailed former prime minister Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death as her health has massively deteriorated over the last week due to unhealthy environment, according to her Bangladesh Nationalist Party. Demanding the immediate release of the 73-year-old three-time former prime minister, the BNP standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar said that due to the loneliness and lack of proper treatment, Zia is suffering from various ailments including heart disease. She is lodged in a 200-year-old prison in Dhaka since February last year, serving a 10-year jail term in two graft cases. “Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death. Keeping Khaleda in jail, depriving her of bail, is contrary to the Constitution and human rights, since her conviction in any of the case had not been finally disposed off by the Supreme Court,” Sircar was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. The former parliament speaker asked the government to allow her to receive proper treatment at a hospital of her choice. “The government had assured it would make proper arrangement for Khaleda Zia’s treatment, but not enough initiatives were taken yet. “It is a bad sign that they are not letting Zia out for treatment, even in this worsening condition,” Sircar said, adding that she is at a serious risk of sudden cardiac arrest. He also claimed that the cases against Zia are “politically motivated”. BNP Vice Chairman and one of Zia’s personal physicians AZM Zahid Hossain, said: “Zia is suffering from high blood sugar… and always needs to be on insulin. She has a sore tongue, which is not healing due to the high blood sugar. Her left shoulder and elbow joint have become insensitive. “According to her doctors, Zia is a special care patient. It is important to ensure all the facilities needed for her personal care”. The committee claimed that the government has decided to hold trials of the pending cases against her at Dhaka Central Jail in order to prevent her release from jail.last_img read more

Abdullah highlights Srinagars infrastructure issues blames Centre previous JK govt

first_imgSrinagar: National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said the urban life of Srinagar city was blight with various problems, adding that neither the Centre nor the Jammu and Kashmir government invested in the augmentation of urban infrastructure of the state capital in the last five years. “The people of Srinagar stand dejected at the paucity of amenities and the appalling condition of roads. The people of Srinagar city were forsaken by the former PDP-BJP government and the present governor’s administration proved no different. The work on the various vital projects of the city initiated by our government was unfortunately stalled by the former PDP-BJP regime,” Abdullah said, addressing a party function where 11 corporators of the SMC joined the NC. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Abdullah said the NC, despite being subjected to political shenanigans and conspiracies of various agencies, never left any stone unturned to work for the benefit of the people of the state. “Once in power, we will carry forward the mission of development and work towards ensuring peace in the state with active participation of people. The urban life of Srinagar is fraught with different issues. The party, once in power, will hold the authorities accountable. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi “For the last few years, no headway was seen towards upgrading the existing road and transport infrastructure of the city. The need of the hour, therefore, is proper planning to rise up to the demands of the growing population of Srinagar city,” he said. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said the absence of a popular elected government in the state was taking its toll on the development scenario of the state. “The onus for the miseries that are plaguing the state in the absence of an elected government lies on (PDP chief) Mehbooba Mufti. Had she asked the governor to dissolve the Assembly in June last year, after being shown the door by its former ally, things would have been much different. “Today we would have had an elected government looking after the basic needs of people. However, she chose not to do that and what followed is known to all. It is she who is blameworthy for putting the state into a chasm,” Abdullah said.last_img read more

New laws expand students class choices

first_img Categories: Johnson News,Johnson Photos,News Johnson, McBroom bills expand state curriculum for voc edState Rep. Joel Johnson delivers comments during the governor’s signing of his legislation that updates the Michigan Merit Curriculum to include more flexibility for career and vocational high school courses.Michigan high school students can have career and vocational technology course options more easily count toward graduation with the signing of Public Acts 208 and 209 today by Gov. Rick Snyder.State Reps. Joel Johnson of Clare and Ed McBroom of Vulcan have worked for more than three years to adjust the Michigan Merit Curriculum so school district can offer students more opportunities for education exploration and career training.McBroom’s House Bill 4465 allows math and other curriculum requirements to be satisfied by CTE courses that include the same lesson materials. Johnson sponsored House Bill 4466, now PA 209 of 2014, to ensure students and parents are informed about career and technical education options. The law also streamlines the personal curriculum development process.State Reps. Joel Johnson and Ed McBroom attended a June 25 ceremony with Gov. Rick Snyder to see their legislation allowing schools to count certain career and vocational education courses toward graduation requirements be signed into law.“Career and vocational ed courses were a strong component of Michigan’s school systems for decades, but in recent times have been squeezed out because of limited time and resources in the school day,” Johnson said. “Our local educators and parents recognized the loss and disservice this does to students.  It’s important not only to have the CTE option available, but to also actively inform students and families of the opportunity.”Johnson’s legislation also allows high school graduation credit requirements to include vocational education course work, including using anatomy and agri-science courses for science requirements, while McBroom’s bill also promotes availability of foreign language courses prior to high school grades.“The state’s curriculum has been geared with course mandates for students pursuing college degrees, but that path isn’t practical for all children and their families,” said McBroom, sponsor of the new Public Act 208 of 2014. “For those students, they need an option that allows freedom for elective classes and job training skills that will be useful to their future growth, development and potential employment.”The bills were signed at the Dakota High School in Macomb, part of the Chippewa Valley School District’s career and technical education programs.Rep. Joel Johnson was joined at the bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder by his wife, Dawn Johnson; local educators Doug Pummell, Clare-Gladwin RESD Career Center director, Darren Kroczaleski, Arenac Eastern School District and Standish-Sterling Community School District superintendent, Mike Foster, Perry Public Schools superintendent; Ben Frederick, Johnson’s legislative director, and Aaron Bayliss, Johnson’s constituent relations director. 25Jun New laws expand students’ class choiceslast_img read more

Italian channel operator Switchover Media has recr

first_imgItalian channel operator Switchover Media has recruited Fabrizio Salini as head of entertainment and factual channels. Salini will head entertainment and factual channels at the company and oversee the launch of new digital terrestrial channels across those areas this summer. Switchover has thus far focused on kids and youth-skewing services K2, Frisbee and GXT.Salini joins form Fox Italy where he was running a portfolio of entertainment channels. He has also worked at Sky Italia, where he managed the platform’s entertainment and movie offering.“The success of our free-to-air digital kids channels in an extremely competitive environment, gave us the incentive to take on new challenges, said Francesco Nespega, Switchover Media’s managing partner. “The addition of an experienced and competent industry professional like Fabrizio to Switchover Media’s management team will be a key factor to the success of our new adult targeted free-to-air channel brands”.last_img read more

Motors TV Media services provider Arqiva has added

first_imgMotors TVMedia services provider Arqiva has added a range of new channels to its Connect TV offering on the YouView platform in the UK.Arqiva has added thematic channels Motors TV, SonLife, RTDoc and Vintage TV to the platform.The channels have already been available as part of Arqiva’s Connect TV platform, which enables digital-terrestrial viewers to access internet-delivered channels, but this is the first time they have been available via the YouView on-demand service.Viewers can access content via the red button, as with other free-to-air services, and discover the channels in the EPG as with other YouView services. This means channel numbers can be retained, so viewers have consistency whatever TV service they use.“Launching our Connect TV services on to YouView maximises the hybrid capability of the platform. Together we will be delivering high quality streaming channels over IP to YouView devices as part of a coherent user experience with the DTT channels. Viewers expect greater breadth and depth of content on their TV service and adding Connect TV to YouView helps extend the platform’s content proposition with a range of exciting IP channels,” said Tom Cape, Arqiva’s director of connected solutions.last_img read more

first_img— Recommended Link Staged RevengeBut let’s turn to our familiar beat—the world of money. Or, more particularly, the world of deceit and delusion known as “economics.” Unromantic. Tawdry. But fascinating.Last week, we were looking at fake wars. As you know, these are wars that no one wants to win, since their real purpose is to shift wealth from the public to the war-fighting industries.Our point was that even fake wars sometimes spin out of control—when people forget what kind of war they’re fighting, for example.Early last week, U.S. President Donald J. Trump was taking the trade war far too seriously. Then, his Deep State handlers must have straightened him out on that; before the week was over, he declared that he wanted to get back into the Trans-Pacific Partnership!Then, he went off message again… this time, on the war on terrorism. A gas attack against civilians in Syria had been alleged; the president wanted to retaliate.As you know, no sparrow can fall anywhere on the planet without inviting a U.S. counterattack against the starlings. Observers wondered why the president didn’t wait to find out who had actually perpetrated the attack… if anyone. But they failed to understand the nature of fake war.It didn’t really matter whether any atrocities had been committed… or who had committed them. As it turned out, the gas attack was most likely fake. Perfect; the U.S. could stage a fake revenge attack, too!Russia was notified in advance of where and when the U.S. would attack, allowing time for the “enemy”—whoever they are—to make themselves scarce.The Donald had an opportunity to show what a tough, decisive leader he is without doing any real harm. It was all for the benefit of the fans… and, of course, the Deep State.So far, so good. Deep State WarThen, no sooner had we all relaxed when, on Sunday, a new war flared up—the war between Donald J. Trump and the Deep State itself.Many people think this war is real. Donald J. Trump, they believe, is fighting for “the people”… and the Deep State is trying to stop him. He really wants to drain the swamp, they say; it’s not his fault the water is getting deeper.Anything is possible.Mr. Trump’s instincts are clearly “populist”—he certainly understands the showbiz side much better than most politicians. But he is no fool.Hardly had the sun set on the polling stations in November 2016 when he invited the Wall Street insiders from Goldman Sachs… and a trio of retired generals… to join him in the White House.But there are many different factions in the Deep State. Like sows at a feeding trough, they bump into each other trying to get at the swill. And the winners are usually those that are most heavily armed.Leaping ahead, we notice that whenever there is a “populist” movement in politics, it almost always leads to the military wing of the Deep State taking control.Caesar, Lenin, Mao, Mussolini, Hitler, Perón, Castro—revolutions begun in the name of the “people” tend to degrade into military dictatorships.Why? Because government is always a way for the few to take advantage of the many… and the fraud is easier to pull off when you can invoke those atavistic “us versus them” emotions.The lumpen naturally rally ‘round the flag and support the military—no matter how absurd the situation.And if they don’t, you shoot them.Regards,Bill BonnerChairman, Bonner & PartnersJustin’s note: For years, Bill has warned about the “Deep State,” America’s unelected shadow government. But who is the Deep State? And how far does their reach extend? In this urgent video briefing, Bill shows you precisely what America’s shadowy insiders have planned… Watch it here.Reader MailbagToday, a reader shares his thoughts on Doug Casey’s interview on the coming comfortable dystopia…This is already being done in Canada. A person who refused to pay moving traffic violations and drove for five years without another one was pulled over for moving cats from his old address to his new address while one cat sat on his lap (he had 4 cats in the car—none of them in cages). Thus, his license to drive has been revoked until he pays the fines. Further, any moving traffic violation automatically increases his car insurance.I find it fiendishly clever for the rich and powerful to enshrine themselves confidentially into our political structure, which is currently destroying our Society. When communication and distance were major impediments to slavery, Society could survive. Such is no longer the case. This is why no matter what the government does, it will fail. Entropy has taken over. Further, China, doing what it is doing, is, in reality, preparing for the inevitable War.—PeterAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.In Case You Missed It…Bill Bonner’s top technology expert, Jeff Brown, just said something shocking…Right now, a technology is being tested that has the potential to permanently cure thousands of diseases. It could even guarantee America’s energy independence for decades to come. It sounded too good to be true. But then we watched this presentation. Recommended Link —center_img Nothing on earth is growing faster than the market for legal marijuana. If you want to make a fortune from the pot bull market of 2018, you’re invited to join Nick Giambruno and special guest Doug Casey in this free training event. To discover how Doug became a marijuana millionaire, and 5 pot stocks set to soar this year, Reserve your spot today. Justin’s note: Over the past few months, we’ve shared a handful of essays from Doug Casey’s longtime friend and business partner Bill Bonner on what’s really going on behind the scenes with Donald Trump and the “Deep State.”In Bill’s new essay below, he shares the latest update… By Bill Bonner, chairman, Bonner & Partners South Beach…Last week, we were sitting in the hotel restaurant in Miami Beach having breakfast…A man—about 30—was leaning on the counter. His dirty pants were falling down. He wore a black t-shirt with a skeleton on it. He put his head down on the counter… and said something incomprehensible.He got a cup of coffee… and staggered over to a chair and flopped down, talking to himself.After a few minutes, he got up. He clutched his pants, which were almost around his knees. He wobbled. He lurched. He headed for the door and disappeared out through it.Then, a woman… voluptuous… pretty… dressed in white jeans, with a very low-cut t-shirt came in the same door.She looked in our direction. She said something. We couldn’t make it out… Was she asking the time of day? Directions? We smiled.She came towards us and sat down next to us on the couch.She whispered…“Would you like a massage?”Two young men came in. Shorts. T-shirts. Almost identical outfits. But one wore his baseball cap backwards. They held hands. Smiled at each other. They got cappuccinos.They left.South Beach. FREE Training Event:How to Become a Pot Stock Millionaire in the Biggest Pot Boom in History Silicon Valley Rocket Scientist’s Prediction Could Lead to 35,000% GrowthJeff Brown is a real-life rocket scientist and one of the most tuned-in angel investors in Silicon Valley. Not only has Jeff been an executive for companies like Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductors, but he’s also completed 89 private deals. Right now, he’s predicting that a new biotech breakthrough could skyrocket this market niche 35,000%… All because of a little-known FDA anomaly happening in November. To see him lay out his bold prediction in full detail, Click here.last_img read more

Strange new kiosks showing up in 11 states Offic

first_imgStrange new kiosks showing up in 11 states?Officials are expected to deploy strange new kiosks in 11 states… with 21 more states coming onboard. It’s not a new type of ATM, voting machine, or bitcoin exchange station. Instead, it’s part of something we call The Greatest Day in Stock Market History. Click here for the full story By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch“How many people have thought about buying Greek stocks?”I heard Peter Boockvar ask this question two weeks ago. He was speaking at the New Orleans Investment Conference.Boockvar is the chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group, a $3.5 billion wealth management firm. He’s also the editor of The Boock Report, a macro investment letter.When he asked the question, maybe one out of a hundred or so people in the ballroom raised a hand.And why would anyone? Greek stocks have been obliterated.The Athens Stock Exchange is down 20% since the start of the year… and down 85% since 2008, when the country was absolutely rocked by the last global financial crisis.Greece’s economy is also a mess. It’s shrunk 26% since 2008. And unemployment is running at 20%. That’s five times the U.S. unemployment rate.This is why most investors want nothing to do with Greek stocks. And that’s exactly why you should give them a look… — Recommended Link Recommended Link • As regular readers know, we’re contrarians at Casey Research… We believe it pays to buy stocks other investors have left for dead.This is how legendary investors like Warren Buffett, Stan Druckenmiller, and Jim Rogers made billions. It’s also how Doug Casey built his fortune.Of course, Doug would be the first to tell you that you shouldn’t buy something just because it’s been beaten down. You should also have a reason why that asset will appreciate in value.And we have that with Greek stocks.I’ll tell you about the safest way to speculate on Greek stocks in a second. But first, let me tell you why Boockvar thinks Greek stocks could soon rip higher. • Kyriakos Mitsotakis could be Greece’s next prime minister… Mitsotakis is a Harvard-educated politician and the leader of the New Democracy party.But unlike most Greek politicians, Mitsotakis has different plans for Greece. He doesn’t want to turn the country into a welfare state. Instead, he wants to spur investment.And he plans to do this in a few ways. Number one, he wants to green light several major projects, including a gold mine in northern Greece and the development of the former international airport at Elliniko.These projects haven’t gotten off the ground because the amount of legal and bureaucratic red tape in Greece is suffocating.That’s something Mitsotakis wants to change.Together, these projects are worth about €11 billion ($12.7 billion). That might not sound like much money. But that kind of investment would have a huge impact on Greece’s $200 billion economy.Mitsotakis also wants to cut corporate taxes from 29% to 20%. And he wants to reduce property taxes by 30% to offset measures imposed by the Greek government during the last financial crisis.Mitsotakis believes these measures will restore confidence in Greece’s economy and attract outside capital:This is our biggest bet – to convince everyone, the markets, the creditors, investors and of course the Greek people; to build confidence in the country and the new government.And that’s exactly the sort of thing Greece needs.Unfortunately, there’s no way to know if Mitsotakis will come out on top when Greece holds elections next October.But his New Democracy party is currently leading in the polls. Do NOT let them place a big ‘Aerial Tower’ outside your bedroom windowMillions of weird-looking cell phone towers are springing up like MUSHROOMS. Estimates range from a few hundred thousand… to a few million nationwide within seven years. Why are so many people concerned? • If this continues, we could soon see investors “price in” a Mitsotakis win in Greek stocks… And that’s something you’d obviously want to get in front of. And sooner rather than later…As I mentioned, the Greek elections are not scheduled until October 2019. But government officials have said they could start as early as May.So consider betting on Greek stocks if you’re looking for an under-the-radar speculation with huge upside potential and little downside.You can easily do this by buying the Global X MSCI Greece ETF (GREK). This fund invests in 15 of the largest and most liquid companies in Greece.Just be sure to treat any investment in Greek stocks as a speculation. As always, don’t bet more money than you can afford to lose.Regards,Justin Spittler New Orleans, LA November 14, 2018Reader MailbagToday, readers respond to yesterday’s Dispatch: “Sessions Is Gone… Outright Marijuana Legalization to Come?”Promotion of legalized marijuana as an investment in the entertainment business is just flat-out wrong. Like anything else that appeals to people’s interests in pleasure, they will reach a point of wanting something a little more powerful, then a little more, then a little more. They will not be satisfied.There will come a day when auto injuries and deaths will skyrocket because of this investment opportunity. I, for one, maybe the only one, will not have blood on my hands from investing in and promoting this appeal to people’s weaknesses.– Gary You failed to mention that all pot gains were given back plus more losses in days subsequent to Sessions’ firing. – AnonymousAs always, please send in your thoughts, along with any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, to feedback@caseyresearch.com.In Case You Missed It…Strange new kiosks are expected to be deployed by officials in 11 states…And no… it’s not a new type of ATM, voting machine, or bitcoin exchange station. Rather, it’s part of something we call “The Greatest Day in Stock Market History”…You can get the full story here. — It would seem to me that if I wanted to set myself up as drug dealer, the last thing I would want is for it to become legal.– Owenlast_img read more

New Harvard Venture Competition Receives Record Entries to Social Enterprise Track

first_img Last Updated Mar 28, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail New Harvard Venture Competition Receives Record Entries to Social Enterprise Track About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo regions: Bostoncenter_img The annual Harvard Business School (HBS) New Venture Competition—and its more than $300,000 in cash prizes—always attracts plenty of interest. Sponsored by the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Initiative, it offers Harvard Business School students the opportunity to enter ventures in one of two tracks:Business Track: For ventures that drives substantial market value and economic returns.Social Enterprise Track: For ventures that drive social change through nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid models.This year, there were a record 69 entries for the Harvard Venture Competition Social Enterprise Track—20 more than last year!From those 69 entries, a team of expert social enterprise leaders from across Harvard was able to choose 16 semifinalists. These semifinalists have already passed an extensive review and deliberation process and will now present their ideas in front of a panel of expert judges that include philanthropists, impact investors, and social entrepreneurs. The final presentation will occur on April 18, with each semifinalist team vying for the $75,000 grand prize and $25,000 runner-up prize. As enticing as those cash prizes are to students with ventures they’re looking to launch, all participants enjoy the many following benefits:Access to a series of workshops and office hours covering topics such as “how to develop a social enterprise plan” and “identifying the market for social ventures;”The catalyst to develop a business plan and executive summary, which will be required for the final presentation;Feedback from expert judges out of leading social organizations such as ACCION International, Echoing Green, and Invested Development, andReimbursement of up to $1,000 in startup expenses.Without further ado, here are the 2018 Social Enterprise Track semifinalists:C3 Solutions: A carbon capture companyCareZoom: An online platform for healthcare deliveryCovalent Networks: A software platform for workforce development programsDignify: A digital network matching refugees and localsEatWell: A healthy eating company for low-income familiesFontes Irrigation: On-demand irrigation for farmers in MozambiqueHoom: A smart, sustainable $10,000 homeImmerLearn: Use machine learning and novel data to maximize the effectiveness of social and public programs.Joro: An app for tracking CO2 emissionsNeptune: A better grease trapOnTrack Births: Providing access to quality maternal care in IndiaSHLD: A Snapchat program that provides teens with wellness tips and suicide preventionSTEMgem: An IoT device toolkitTrey: Empowering college athletes for future successUmbulizer: A low-cost, portable ventilator for patientsUPON: Eliminate labor underutilization and increase women’s access to the workforce.To learn more about each of the semifinalists, read the HBS Impact Insights Blog post.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from our sister site, Clear Admit. RelatedFinal Results of 17th Annual Harvard Business School New Venture CompetitionAt the end of April, Harvard Business School hosted the finals of its 17th annual New Venture Competition (NVC), formerly named the Business Plan Contest. Students, alumni, entrepreneurs, investors and judges gathered in Burden Auditorium to hear 90-second pitches from eight student finalist teams.  Professor William A. Sahlman, an expert…May 8, 2013In “Featured Region”Starting a Business Straight Out of School? How HBS Supports Student EntrepreneurshipThis coming weekend, Harvard Business School (HBS) will host an annual Entrepreneurship Conference sponsored by its own homegrown Entrepreneurship Club. The conference brings together hundreds of participants including “founders, joiners, and venture capitalists,” all of whom hope to connect through a smorgasbord of lectures, panels, chats, and networking sessions. This year’s conference, scheduled for…March 30, 2018In “Boston”New Harvard Social Entrepreneurship Track Competition Finalists AnnouncedEach year, the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition brings together the best and the brightest to compete for $300,000 in cash prizes. Designed for both HBS students and alumni, the competition offers two tracks: the Business Track and the Social Enterprise Track. Both tracks require teams to present a new venture idea that will have…April 29, 2019In “Boston”last_img read more

Neckstrengthening exercises can protect athletes from concussions

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 17 2019Rutgers researchers have proposed a solution for athletes at higher risk for sports-related concussions, such as football and soccer: Protect your head with neck-strengthening exercises in the pre-season.A paper by researchers at the Rutgers School of Health Professions, published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, examines previous studies on the role that the neck’s strength, size and posture play in reducing concussion risk. They also looked into the greater risk of head injury to female and young male athletes who play contact or impact sports, such as when heading a soccer ball.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’Study provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingBased on their findings and the clinical judgment of the research team, the Rutgers researchers developed recommendations that physical therapists and athletic trainers can use to protect athletes.These include performing a thorough cervical spine assessment as part of the pre-athletic participation exam; screening for pain because baseline reports of neck pain have been associated with increased concussion risk in young athletes; and providing interventions such as exercises to strengthen neck muscles.”Our ability to detect sports-related concussions has greatly improved, but our ability to prevent concussions and decrease post-injury outcomes remains limited,” said lead author Allison Brown, an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Health Professions. “We have identified neck strength, size and posture as potential factors that reduce risk by lessening the magnitude of force upon impact. Thus, increasing neck strength and possibly size could substantially reduce risk or severity of injury or outcomes.”Concussions, which are caused by an impact that makes the brain move within the skull, can lead to problems with thinking, concentration, mood or other neurological changes. Additional symptoms can include dizziness and nausea.A neck that is stronger, thicker or aligned in a forward posture – with the ears ahead of rather than aligned with the shoulders – may reduce the amount of energy transferred to the brain during an impact, thus reducing the risk and severity of injury, said Carrie Esopenko, an assistant professor at the School of Health Professions and the report’s senior author.Women typically have less neck strength and experience a greater risk of concussion as well as greater severity of symptoms and longer duration of recovery compared with their male peers, Esopenko said. Source:https://news.rutgers.edu/research-news/athletes-should-build-neck-strength-avoid-concussions-rutgers-researchers-recommend/20190114#.XD9Bq89KiGQlast_img read more

Judges to rule on diesel bans in choking German cities

Citation: Judges to rule on diesel bans in choking German cities (2018, February 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-diesel-german-cities.html The impact of the German court ruling on old diesel cars in cities is expected to be huge Explore further German court could open way to bans on diesel cars Judges are to rule Thursday on whether German cities can ban old diesel cars to reduce air pollution, with potentially dramatic consequences for a key industry and transport policy in Europe’s largest economy. © 2018 AFP 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. Even if it finds in favour of anti-pollution plaintiffs after deliberations start at 1000 GMT, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig will not order any vehicles off the road.But it could open the way for cities to do so in zones whose air is particularly contaminated by diesel exhausts.Since Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to installing software to fool regulatory emissions tests in millions of cars worldwide—the so-called “dieselgate” scandal— nitrogen oxide (NOx) and fine particle emissions from diesel motors have been the top priority for German environmentalists.And the nation’s automakers have been eyeing the courts nervously, as bans could affect 9.4 million vehicles not meeting the latest Euro 6 standards.State governments in Baden-Wuerttemberg capital Stuttgart and North Rhine-Westphalia capital Duesseldorf have appealed the case to the highest court after losing in lower tribunals.”If we lose, we’ll be in deep trouble,” Baden-Wuerttemberg state premier Winfried Kretschmann told news agency DPA Tuesday.Clean air by Christmas?A court decision for bans would “allow people in German cities to breathe clean air by the end of the year,” said Juergen Resch, head of NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), which brought the original case.Germany and other air quality sinners like France or Italy have for years been in the European Commission’s sights for possible legal action over contaminated air.Fine particle pollution and NOx contribute to as many as 400,000 premature deaths from respiratory and cardiovascular disease per year in the European Union.Some 70 cities in Germany suffered from average annual nitrogen dioxide levels above EU thresholds last year, with Munich, Stuttgart and Cologne the worst offenders.To fend off bans and protect the keystone auto industry with its 800,000 jobs, Berlin has offered a cascade of initiatives, including a billion-euro ($1.2 billion) fund—partly paid for by carmakers—for cities to upgrade public transport and buy electric vehicles.Ministers even suggested to the European Commission they could offer free public transport to cut down on urban car use, although without a detailed plan or budget.The Leipzig court could on Thursday signal an end to such piecemeal measures by allowing diesel bans in principle.State leaders insist the federal government would then be on the hook to help them avoid bans if possible or to help enforce them if necessary.Carmakers slam on brakesSuch nationwide action could include the introduction of a so-called “blue badge” to identify the least polluting vehicles—so far firmly rejected by Berlin.Meanwhile, DUH chief Resch suggests that “a decision in favour of driving bans would greatly speed up modernisation” of Germany’s diesel fleet.Car companies have resisted hardware refits of older diesels to slash emissions, instead offering updates to engine control software and trade-in programmes for newer, less polluting models.New catalytic converters “would not be much more effective” and “would take a lot of time” to install, Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler told business daily Handelsblatt Wednesday.A refit would cost at least 7.6 billion euros, a study by analysts at Evercore bank cited by Handelsblatt found.Nevertheless, even car diehards the German Automobile Association (ADAC) came out in favour of the measure Tuesday in a study of their own.Diesel’s bad image and the prospect of bans have already pushed sales of the German-invented motors into a deep slump, from 48 percent of new cars sold in 2015 to 39 percent last year.Such reputational damage has pressured carmakers into stepping up plans to introduce more electric models in coming years.But after repeated delays from industry and government, Thursday’s case “could be the one that changes the country, its mobility and its industry” for good, daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung summed up. read more

The smallest steerable catheter

first_imgTwo versions of the newly developed catheter. Credit: ETH Zürich Better protection against radiationMagnetic catheter navigation has another advantage: in contrast to manual navigation, the surgeon is not next to the patient, but in a control room next door. This provides better protection from the radiation of the X-ray machine used to generate images for navigating inside the patient’s body. It is also possible to remotely perform the operation across large distances. There are even efforts underway to automate such procedures completely in the medium term.For their proof of concept, ETH researchers focused on using the catheter to treat cardiac arrhythmia. They had the system patented and are looking for partners from industry to further develop the catheter and bring it to market. They are also working on catheter applications in eye and gastrointestinal surgery. Credit: ETH Zürich Citation: The smallest steerable catheter (2018, October 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-smallest-steerable-catheter.html A magnetic navigation system in the ETH Zurich laboratory. Newer developments will be much smaller. Credit: ETH Zurich / Christophe Chautems More information: Christophe Chautems et al. A variable stiffness catheter controlled with an external magnetic field, 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (2017). DOI: 10.1109/IROS.2017.8202155 Explore further For patients with cardiac arrhythmia, surgeons routinely perform a minimally invasive procedure to ablate the sections of the heart that cause unwanted electrical impulses. The physician inserts a catheter through a vein into the heart that locally generates heat to ablate the relevant sections. To navigate the catheter tip through the blood vessels with a high level of precision, the surgeon can bend the tip manually using a pull wire inside the catheter. However, the catheter can be moved in only two directions: to the left and to the right.In cooperation with their EPFL colleagues, ETH Zurich researchers working under Brad Nelson, Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, have now developed a catheter with a magnetic head. Rather than being steered manually, it is operated from a computer via an external magnetic field. This enables the front part of the catheter to be bent in any direction with the highest level of precision. “As a result, the new catheter can be steered through more complex blood vessels better than a conventional catheter,” says Christophe Chautems, a doctoral student in Nelson’s group. Since the magnetic catheter does not require a pull wire, it can be made much thinner. The scientists have thus developed the smallest ever steerable catheter.center_img Credit: ETH Zurich / In­dus­try Re­la­tions Variable stiffnessWith the new catheter, the stiffness of the front part can be adjusted too, thanks to a low melting point alloy placed in three of its sections. With power supplied through fine copper wires inside the catheter, these sections can be heated and thus made flexible.If the front part of the catheter is relatively rigid, applying an external magnetic field lets it bend only slightly. In contrast, a soft catheter allows for bends in very tight curves. This allows surgeons to navigate through blood vessels with much greater precision, and also reduces the risk of accidentally injuring vessels from the inside. Routine X-ray not needed after US-guided central line insertion For surgeons to work with these magnetic catheters, patients must lie on a magnetic navigation system, an apparatus used to produce directed magnetic fields. Such devices have already been developed by ETH Zurich and an ETH spin-off. Today, commercial providers also offer these devices, which are currently in use at some 100 hospitals around the world. Scientists have developed a very small magnetic steerable catheter for minimally invasive surgery. Thanks to its variable stiffness, surgeons can perform more complex movements inside the body with a lower risk of injury to the patient. Provided by ETH Zurich 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.last_img read more

GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars

first_img Explore further Preserving the $7,500 tax incentive for buyers is crucial for GM as the company pivots from internal combustion engines in favor of building cars powered by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells. Yet the layoffs and plant closings could imperil GM’s push to keep the incentive. It helps make plug-ins such as the $36,000 Chevy Bolt more affordable at a time when competition from other electric vehicle makers is heating up.GM faces opposition from President Donald Trump and other Republicans who consider the credit a waste of taxpayer money and want it eliminated. Trump, who has pledged a manufacturing rebirth in the Midwest, reacted angrily to GM’s “transformation ” announcement late last month, declaring that his administration was “looking at cutting all GM subsidies, including for electric cars.”The company already is on the verge of being phased out of the tax credit program unless Congress changes a law that caps the break at 200,000 vehicles per manufacturer. Without the incentive, GM may be forced to cut the price of its electric cars to keep prospective customers from taking their business elsewhere, according to automotive industry experts.As evidence of the credit’s importance to GM’s future, the automaker has expanded its lobbying footprint in Washington and even joined forces with two rivals, Tesla and Nissan, to call for 200,000-vehicle limit to be scrapped.Standing in the way of that goal is Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Barrasso introduced legislation in October to abolish the tax credit, a move he said would save about $20 billion over the next 10 years. He has argued the market for electric vehicles is already established and “no longer needs the crutch of government assistance.””The idea of the subsidies had to do with trying to make sure that electric vehicles would be a viable technology,” Barrasso said. “Well, that’s clearly there.”The tax credit came up briefly during a private meeting on Wednesday between Ohio’s senators, Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown, and GM chief executive Mary Barra, according to a congressional aide familiar with the conversation. As part of the restructuring, GM said it will stop making the Chevy Cruze at its Lordstown, Ohio, plant by March and is considering closing the plant for good. Citation: GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars (2018, December 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-gm-retain-key-tax-credit.html $7,500 federal tax credit for Tesla buyers to end Dec. 31 Portman told Barra that it’s difficult to help with priorities such as the electric vehicle credit when GM is moving production out of Ohio, according to the aide, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.One of the lobbyists working to salvage the credit for GM is Kent Hance, a former chancellor of Texas Tech University who is well connected in GOP circles, according to his online profile . Hance lists his role as a fundraiser for the campaigns of outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and others. He has known Rick Perry, the energy secretary and former Texas governor, for nearly 30 years.GM in early August named a former Trump White House official, Everett Eissenstat, its senior vice president for global public policy, a post that oversees the company’s lobbying operations. Eissenstat, however, is not registered as a lobbyist, according to disclosure records filed with Congress. Before coming to GM, he was Trump’s deputy assistant for international economic affairs.Under federal law, the $7,500 credit for buyers begins to phase out after a manufacturer has sold 200,000 qualifying electric vehicles. GM has estimated it will hit that threshold by the end of December, just as the Bolt will be facing new and potentially stiff competition.Sam Abuelsamid, a senior analyst at Navigant Research, said Hyundai and Kia each will be selling compact SUVs in the U.S. beginning early next year that can travel 240 miles on a single battery charge, about the same as the Bolt. Ford will be launching a number of new plug-in hybrid models in 2019, including the Lincoln Aviator, Explorer and Escape.”With the intensifying market shift away from cars to utility vehicles all of these are expected to be more popular than the Bolt,” Abuelsamid said. To remain competitive against the new entries, “GM will likely have to cut the (retail price) of the Bolt as well as any additional EVs they launch next year by the corresponding reduction in the tax credits,” he said.Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, said the credit is “hugely important” to electric vehicle manufacturers. Lowering the up-front cost of the vehicle typically plays a significant role in sales, he said, citing surveys that show more consumers would buy electric vehicles if the cars were affordably priced.GM joined forces with Tesla and Nissan as well as several consumer and environmental groups to broaden its lobbying push even further. The EV Drive Coalition, which was launched in November, urged lawmakers in an open letter last week to put a provision in the must-pass government spending bill that does away with the 200,000-car limit.”Eliminating the per-manufacturer cap will level the playing field for all EV manufacturers and spur innovation among domestic manufacturers, ensuring America’s leadership in the hyper-competitive, global auto market,” the coalition said.Jeannine Ginivan, a GM spokeswoman, said the tax credit should be modified but declined to say whether the automaker backs a specific piece of legislation that would remove the cap.”We believe an important part of reaching a zero emissions future and establishing the U.S. as the leader in electrification is to continue to provide a federal tax credit to help make electric vehicles more affordable for all customers,” Ginivan said in an email.In addition to GM’s in-house lobbyists, four lobbyists from Hance Scarborough, the Austin, Texas-based firm that Hance founded in 1994, are working on GM’s behalf, including Hance, according to disclosure records.GM also contracted with two other lobbying firms earlier this year to focus on electric and automated vehicle issues: the Polaris-Hutton Group and the DS2 Group. A fourth firm, the S-3 Group, was hired by GM in 2014 and earlier this year added the tax credit to its portfolio of lobbying issues. General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation’s largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. General Motors CEO Mary Barra speaks to reporters after a meeting with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to discuss GM’s announcement it would stop making the Chevy Cruze at its Lordstown, Ohio, plant, part of a massive restructuring for the Detroit-based automaker, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation’s largest automaker grapples with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) 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.last_img read more

Congress hits a wall as instability rocks grand old party

first_imgCongress hits a wall as instability rocks grand old partyThe instability which the Congress party has been subjected to since the loss in Lok Sabha elections, has rocked the foundation of its South frontier in Karnataka, while taking Goa in its stride. Ten Congress MLAs in Goa have switched sides and been on a Delhi visit.advertisement Next Mausami Singh New DelhiJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 23:49 IST The uncertainty in the Congress has had a telling effect on the state units. (File photo: PTI)After the defeat in the Lok Sabha election 2019, the Congress seems to be sinking deeper into disillusionment as it struggles to deal with the trauma.The instability which the party has been subjected to since the elections, has rocked the foundation of its South frontier in Karnataka, while taking Goa in its stride. Ten Congress MLAs in Goa have switched sides and been on a Delhi visit.The pandemonium in Karnataka and now Delhi has been unable to wake up the party that seems to be in deep slumber.The Congress has been subject to jibes by its rival party BJP.”Congress has no national president for 40 days now. How can BJP be responsible for it? Congress MLAs think that the party is bankrupt, so they are joining BJP,” Minister of Environment and Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javdekar said.Javdekar’s scathing attack comes in the middle of a sea of resignations in the Congress and a flurry of MLAs switching sides. Adding to the conundrum is Rahul Gandhi’s unwillingness to actively participate till a replacement can be found.The uncertainty in the Congress has had a telling effect on the state units with power brokers looking for fresh pastures on the other side.The hectic meetings being held at 15, Gurudwara Rakabganj Road to find a leader have also dried as party awaits the arrival of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi from abroad.With Priyanka Gandhi back, a Congress Working Commitee (CWC) could be held anytime but only after a consensus is built on the name. Party leaders are already getting calls from veterans to know their choice.”We are being asked for our choice. There are names doing rounds. But how would I know what the other has said? There is ambiguity over it,” said a CWC member.Amidst growing clamour of calling a CWC meeting at the earliest and resolving the leadership issue, Rahul Gandhi staged a protest with other opposition leaders at the Gandhi Statue in Parliament on Thursday.Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who has also resigned from his post as party general secretary, urged the party to take a decision soon to ensure course correction.”Our effort was to convince Rahul ji to continue. But, Rahul ji remains firm on whatever decision he takes and I am proud of that. We have to search for a new party president. A lot of time has elapsed. Now, we cannot allow more time to pass,” Jyotiraditya Scindia said. Scindia himself lost the Lok Sabha election from his traditional seat, Guna.Leaders are hoping that the Congress party might see the end of the tunnel after Priyanka Gandhi’s return.Also Read | Gehlot no longer has a Pilot? Infighting intensifies within Rajasthan CongressAlso Read | Amid leadership crisis in Congress, Ashok Gehlot meets Sonia GandhiAlso Watch | Will Congress lose Karnataka?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow congressFollow Karnataka crisislast_img read more