CBI moves Apex court to cancel sacked IT officers arrest protection

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court of India with a petition against the protection of arrest granted to former Income Tax official, SK Srivastava, who was earlier this year compulsorily retired by the Central government on charges of corruption.The Orissa High Court had granted the controversial former civil servant protection from arrest in a CBI case, where the agency had accused him of passing income tax appeals orders in favour of certain assessees and backdating them to an earlier date, in exchange for undue favours. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The CBI had on Wednesday mentioned the matter to a bench headed by Justice NV Ramana, who subsequently allowed the matter to be heard. Soon after Srivastava was compulsorily retired along with several other senior officers of the Income Tax department, the CBI had registered a corruption case against him and raided 13 of his premises, recovering jewellery worth Rs 2.47 crore, Rs 16.44 lakh in cash and watches worth Rs 10 lakh. The probe agency had also found Rs 1.3 crore in bank accounts belonging to him and his family members along with incriminating documents and electronic evidence, officials had said at the time. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSources here had said that Srivastava had employed a private individual by the name of Amardas to write and type up the appeal orders for him when he was posted as CIT Appeals 1 in Noida and held additional charge of Appeals 2 in Noida in exchange for a monthly salary. In fact, officials here said that Srivastava had decided on 104 IT appeals out of which 13 cases were out of his jurisdiction and purportedly uploaded the orders sometime June 2019, backdating them to December 2018. The CBI has alleged that Srivastava accessed the internal ITBA system of his office between June 11 and June 13 with his RSA token to upload the backdated orders. An RSA token is a personalised pass key issued to officials which allows them to access the ITBA system. Srivastava, a 1989-batch IRS officer, was compulsorily retired on June 10. Moreover, he allegedly manipulated the dispatch records to show that he had dispatched these orders on June 7 when in fact, they were dispatched on June 14. Sources here added that the appeals orders were suspected to be passed in exchange for undue favours.last_img read more

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Is It A Clown Question To Ask Why Bryce Harpers Stats Are

When Bryce Harper was introduced by the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Clearwater, Florida, and slipped on a red pinstriped No. 3 jersey, the amount of fanfare that greeted him hadn’t been seen since the team traded for Roy Halladay in 2009. The club reportedly sold 100,000 tickets to regular-season games within hours of Harper’s signing. The Phillies hope it ushers in an era of sustained competitive baseball with Harper as a $330 million keystone. After all, what made Harper so promising was not only his talent but also his relative youth, as a 26-year-old free agent.Harper should still be productive in the near term and deliver important wins for the Phillies (after the signing, FiveThirtyEight’s projections for the 2019 season bumped the Phillies up to 84 wins, from 82, although other sites have been more bullish). But as we wrote last week, Harper’s consistency is a concern. Historical comps for a player with Harper’s unusual and volatile career to date suggest that he might have already peaked and that star-level players, in general, have reached their peaks by age 26. Since we are already in the habit of raining on the parade in Philadelphia, let’s look under the hood at Harper’s underlying stats and see where the specific problems may reside.For starters, Harper’s defensive metrics fell off a cliff last season.According to an average of Defensive Runs Saved (which Baseball-Reference.com uses for its defensive WAR) and Ultimate Zone Rating (FanGraphs’s metric of choice), Harper was the second-worst right fielder in the game (-12 runs saved compared with average) and the fourth-worst center fielder (-9 runs saved). Harper played 860 innings in right and 477 innings in center last season. And if Harper becomes more and more a one-dimensional player, in an era in which his power hitting stands out less, he loses relative value.But perhaps those concerns are a little overblown. Although baseball’s defensive metrics are getting better all the time, they are still prone to big swings between seasons. In 2017, before the big decline last season, Harper was actually 3 runs better than an average right fielder. His 24-run drop ranks second-worst among outfielders under age 271As of June 30 of the season in question. who played the same position for the same team in back-to-back years between 20022The first season of granular, pitch-level data at FanGraphs. and 2018, trailing only Matt Kemp (who fell from being exactly average in 2009 to 31 runs below average in 2010). In the season after that, Kemp still wasn’t good — he was -6 relative to an average CF — but he at least reclaimed some of the ground he’d lost in his annus horribilis.As it turns out, that’s a pretty common story if we look at the rest of the outfielders who met our qualifications from above and dropped off by at least 15 runs in a season since 2002: The fates of outfielders with Harper-esque defensive dropsPlayers who had a decline of at least 15 defensive runs* relative to average in a season since 2002, were younger than 27 and played in the same position for the same team There were some other players who experienced the same kinds of defensive declines and responded by changing positions entirely. (Such as Mark Teahen, Adam Eaton and Marlon Byrd.) But among those who stayed at the same position, they averaged to be about half as bad (relative to average) in the following season as they’d been in the decline year, regaining about 20 percent of their previous form.In the end, though, the Phillies are paying Harper to produce runs and hit homers. So perhaps the more troubling trend of Harper’s for the Phillies is his failure to address holes in his swing.Harper’s ability to make contact has been in decline. Last season, his rate of contact on pitches in the strike zone was the fourth-lowest among qualified hitters, dropping from 84 percent in 2017 to 78 percent in 2018. His strikeout rate rose by 4.2 percentage points, the 24th-greatest increase in the majors. Since 2015, his 15-game rolling average regarding contact ability (on all pitches) has been volatile but gradually declining.According to Statcast data from Baseball Savant, Harper’s whiff rate against fastballs3Four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. increased from 15.2 percent in 2016, to 20.2 percent in 2017 to 26.4 percent last season (ranking as the 36th-highest whiff rate in 2018 among 352 batters to offer against at least 200 fastballs). Against fastballs 95 mph and faster, Harper’s whiff rate increased from 18.8 percent in 2016 to 22.0 percent in 2017 to 31.5 percent in 2018.Harper has always had a weakness against up-and-away fastballs. Since 2015, he has swung and missed at a 40.7 percent rate when offering at up-and-away four-seam fastballs.Last season, Harper swung at 111 four-seam fastballs in those zones and whiffed 52 times, a 46.8 percent rate.While defensive metrics can still be somewhat volatile from year to year,4Even among players who stayed at the same position in back-to-back years, the correlation between a player’s percentile rank at his position in defensive runs per inning from year to year is 0.36 since 2002. a player’s contact rate is much “stickier”5The same correlation for a batter’s strikeout rate in back-to-back seasons is 0.79. — suggesting that big changes in the ability to make contact are more likely to represent a real change in skills and not just random variance.It’s not all bad news at the plate, however: Against fastballs,6Again, four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. Harper hit .306, with a .651 slugging percentage, according to Baseball Savant data.Because Harper was effective when making contact against fastballs, perhaps he was trading the ability to make contact for more power. What he has not done is change his swing plane, according to launch angle data. His average launch angle was 14.5 degrees in 2015, 14.6 in 2016, 13.6 in 2017 and 13.9 in 2018. His pull rate did spike, jumping from 35.5 percent in 2017 to 42.3 percent in 2018.Harper has elite plate discipline. He has elite power. But not every player who has made power gains in recent years — see Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, Justin Turner and Jose Ramirez — has had to sacrifice contact. And the best, most efficient offensive performers typically do not trade contact for power.What’s concerning is that even though some traits age well, like plate discipline, power generally does not. So if Harper’s defense continues to decline and he’s limited to a corner outfield position and continues to lose contact ability — if he becomes a Three True Outcomes hitter — he probably won’t age as the Phillies would like. He would likely morph from a highly sought-after asset, a 26-year-old star free agent, to the type of player easily found (a Three True Outcomes corner outfielder).Because Harper was a prodigy in part as a result of relentless work and practice at a young age, he may have fulfilled his potential soon after his arrival in the majors. But he doesn’t have to be Trout-like to justify his contract. At $25.4 million per year, the Phillies are not paying him as an elite superstar. And if Harper helps Philadelphia add another World Series banner to Citizens Bank Park in the not-too-distant future, then it will likely be $330 million well spent regardless of how well he ages. Luis Matos2003-0524-26CF+9-8-2 Matt Kemp2009-1124-26CF0-31-6 Fielding Runs vs. Avg Jeff Francoeur2007-0923-25RF+20-3+4 Mike Trout2012-1420-22CF+15-5-9 Jay Bruce2010-1223-25RF+180-3 Historical playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 Bryce Harper2017-1924-26RF+3-20? current playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 From ABC News: Fielding Runs vs. Avg * According to an average of the defensive metrics found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.Minimum 700 innings in all years. Ages are as of June 30 of the season in question.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraph Andre Ethier2007-0925-27RF+4-11-11 Nick Markakis2008-1024-26RF+17-5-8 Odubel Herrera2017-1925-27CF+6-11? read more

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Womens tennis No 4 Ohio State protects home court against No 10

​The legacy of the rivalry between Ohio State and the University of Michigan is historically centered around football. However, ill will and passion for beating the other team holds no barrier between sports. The OSU women’s tennis team celebrated that thrill of victory defeating Michigan Friday afternoon, 5-1.OSU and Michigan came into Friday’s match ranked fourth and 10th nationally, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s rankings.After reaching the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships before losing to North Carolina, the win against the Wolverines was a nice rebound for the Buckeyes.Starting off in doubles, OSU was awarded the doubles point after winning two of three matches to take the early 1-0 advantage.The senior duo of Sandy Niehaus and Gabriella De Santis won a close set by tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-2). Seniors Miho Kowase and Ferny Angeles Paz 6-1 victory compensated for Michigan’s lone doubles win over Buckeyes sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo and junior Anna Sanford, 6-3.Three-time ITA national champion and top-ranked Di Lorenzo led the way first for the Buckeyes, disposing of Michigan sophomore Brienne Minor in straight sets, making quick work and another point for the Buckeyes, 6-1, 6-2.Kowase followed with another victory for the Buckeyes to stretch the lead to 3-0, defeating Michigan junior Mira Rider-Hook in similar fashion, 6-0, 6-3.Needing only one more point for the clincher and the match victory, OSU needed just one of four remaining singles matches to capture the win.They’d get two out of three wins, with De Santis winning 6-3, 6-3 and Angeles Paz finishing off freshman Valeria Patiuk 6-3, 6-1, with the final score being 5-1 OSU and the two remaining matches being abandoned.“You couldn’t ask for anything more, to be able to rebound and a chance to play Michigan at home in a couple days. So, it’s something that these guys definitely get up for and try to move on from the tough loss,” OSU coach Melissa Schaub said. “We’re going to come in here and fight hard. We were just able to get it done in front of our fans.”Di Lorenzo echoed her coach’s sentiment about bouncing back for a team win against a top-ten opponent in rival Michigan.“It feels really good and it was a quick turnaround, having to play Michigan, they’re our rival and they’re an unbelievable team and very competitive and strong,” she said. “Although we had a tough loss last weekend, we’re going to have to come back stronger and forget about it and just learn from it and move on, and I think that’s what we did today.” read more

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Seaman backs Hart as England number one

first_imgFormer England international David Seaman believes that Joe Hart should be the national team’s first choice goalkeeper for this summer’s World CupThe West Ham loan player has endured an inconsistent season at the London Stadium and was widely criticised for his mistake in the build up to Peter Crouch’s opening goal in their 1-1 draw against Stoke City on Monday.Hart is facing competition from the likes of Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope for the No 1 jersey in Russia with head coach Gareth Southgate set to name the provisional England squad  by 14 May.“For me, it has always been Joe. Obviously, the two other guys [Butland and Pickford] they are getting really close.” Seaman told Sky Sports.“Joe’s fortunately started playing for West Ham which is going to help, it is going to give Gareth a hard decision to make, whether he goes with Jordan or Jack we do not know.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.“Only Gareth will know, but he is going to have to be a little bit careful because it is a World Cup and it’s big pressure.“Joe’s handled all that before, Jordan and Jack have never really been anywhere near that. When I think of that situation I always think to Scott Carson when he got put in at Wembley against Croatia.“He made a mistake in the first five minutes and his game just went because he had no experience to fall back on.“The standard is good and Jordan and Jack are getting really close.”Seaman made 75 appearances for England in his playing career and shares the record of 15 consecutive years playing for the national team with Rio Ferdinand.last_img read more

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Madrid target Icardi

first_imgReal Madrid are interested in signing Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan, according to Metro.Madrid have sent officials to Italy to negotiate a deal in the region of £99million for the Argentine striker.The Spanish giants are looking to invest heavily in their squad to replace the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo who joined Juventus earlier this summer.With the lack of firepower up front, Madrid are keen to bring Mauro Icardi from the San Siro to the Santiago Bernabeu. The Inter Milan captain finished as the joint top scorer in the Serie A last season with 29 goals.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Real have sent representatives to discuss with Inter and Icardi‘s agent Wanda Nara who also happens to be his wife.Meanwhile, Madrid are keen to avoid any discussions with Inter over the availability of Luka Modric. The San Siro outfit are keen to sign the midfield maestro who has already agreed terms with the club.Real Madrid insist Modric is not for sale considering the fact that fellow Croatian Mateo Kovacic has already left the Bernabeu this summer.Modric is believed to be keen on a move to Inter to reunite with fellow Croatians Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic.last_img read more

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Hartson – Rangers are never catching Celtic

first_imgCeltic legend John Hartson has dismissed Rangers’ chances after his former team won the Old Firm derby 1-0 on Sunday.Celtic won the Old Firm derby by an Olivier Ntcham goal in the 62nd minute, as he latched on to a precise pass inside the box and sent a powerful shot inside the left post. Celtic legend John Hartson felt that the scoreline flattered Rangers.“I was at the game on Sunday and I have to say that for me the gap is as big as it has ever been,” Hartson wrote in the Evening Times.“Celtic beat Rangers 5-0 last April and it could have been the same again on Sunday had it not been for the woodwork and a goalkeeper who shouldn’t have been on the park.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“In terms of the game itself, I thought that Celtic were still miles ahead of Rangers and this game confirmed it. Celtic moved the ball well, they commanded the game, they had Rangers all over the place.“There was so much talk in the build-up to it from Rangers supporters and sections of the media all believing that it would be closer, but there is not a chance that the Ibrox side are anywhere near catching Celtic,” Hartson added.last_img read more

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Duffy defends ONeill Keane for Ireland struggles

first_imgThe Republic of Ireland players are responsible for recent results and not the coaches, says Shane DuffyThe Boys in Green were met with boos from their own supporters in Dublin following a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Wales in the Nations League.Ireland have gone five competitive matches without a win and have scored just nine goals in their last 13 games.Calls have been made by the likes of former Ireland international Keith Andrews for the dismissal of manager Martin O’Neill and assistant coach Roy Keane.But Brighton defender Duffy insists the blame lies with the entire squad.Emile Heskey, LiverpoolReport: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“Well, it’s us out there [on the pitch], it’s not them. It’s us playing. It’s players’ responsibility to go out and perform. They can tell us what to do, but it’s up to us to do it,” said Duffy, according to Sky Sports.“We’ve obviously let them down. The players have to take responsibility and put it right. It’s obviously not good enough.“I wouldn’t blame them. They’re not out there. It’s down to us. That’s the main thing. We’ve got to look at ourselves.”Ireland remains bottom of Group B4 with just a single point from three games and could be relegated if Wales fail to defeat Denmark next month.last_img read more

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Gerrard eager not to overcomplicate things

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has revealed he intends to keep things as simple as possible after the situation surrounding Thursday’s UEFA Europa League opponents Spartak Moscow became public knowledge.Former Spartak boss Massimo Carrera knew his job was in jeopardy when his own captain Denis Glushakov and defender Andrey Yeshchenko ‘liked’ a poem criticising him on Instagram.After dropping both players from last month’s Europa League defeat to Rapid Vienna, Carrera got the sack on what has become the new battleground for modern coaches.Asked by a Russian journalist how he might have reacted if he were in a similar situation to Carrera, Gerrard offered a rueful smile.“How would I react? Well, my door at the training ground is open every day for the players to come in and criticise me. As long as that criticism is constructive, I would be fine,” he said, according to Daily Mail.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“I don’t think it is a wise move to go on social media and criticise your boss, whether that is in football or any other job out there on the planet. I think you need to show your boss respect.’ If the media platform players choose to voice their unhappiness has changed, the need for a manager to command respect never has.”“Football doesn’t change. It’s exactly the same as it was 100 years ago. I’m telling these players now what I got told in 1999 by Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez.”“It doesn’t change, winning teams have the same principles, the same tempo, desire, commitment, it’s all the same.”“Some coaches try to over-complicate things, they’ve got the gift of the gab and the silver tongue, but I haven’t. I just tell you how it is, I tell my team how it is and what’s expected at this club, and we will go into these tests and give it a go.”“I’m not going to stand here and try to change the game of football, it’s been going on long before I was created.”last_img read more

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Chelsea reveal recordhigh profit of £62m

first_imgChelsea Football Club has made a record £62m profit according to their latest published accounts on Monday.Chelsea recorded a 22.7 percent in turnover as it rose from £361.3m to £443.4m in the financial year ending June 30, 2018.Broadcasting revenues increased by £41.7m to £204.1m, while commercial revenue grew by £32.0m after the club signed several partnership deals including with the new official kit supplier, Nike.The West London club made a profit of £113.0m on player sales, and achieved a record-high profit of £62.0m, after tax.“The club has now posted a series of record-breaking revenue figures and our profit margin has increased in consecutive years,” Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck told the official Chelsea website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“This has occurred against a backdrop of varying participation in European football, and different degrees of achievement in the Premier League, which demonstrates we have built a sound business footing to support our on-pitch quest for success.“With our matchday income steady, despite not finishing in the top four of the Premier League last season, and our global fanbase increasing, we thank our loyal supporters as well as our hard-working staff and valued partners for helping to make a successful financial year.”These financial results mean that Chelsea continue to comply with the UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.last_img read more

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The Note 10 amps up your photo powers with new stylus controls

first_img Related Links There’s a lot you can do with your photos with the stylus.  Sarah Tew/CNET At Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked event, as part of the new Galaxy Note 10 and Tab S6, the company revealed new features for its S Pen — the Note’s signature feature. Along with gesture controls, the embedded stylus can trigger your phone’s camera with the press of a button. There’s also an augmented reality feature that lets you use the pen to draw on top of photos and videos with three-dimensional AR doodles — to amp up your social media posts on Snapchat and Instagram Stories. samsung-unpacked-2019-event-100Samsung demonstrated the fun you can have with AR Doodle.  Sarah Tew/CNET To work with the S Pen camera feature, you set up the Note 10 on a tripod then hold down the S Pen’s button to open your phone’s camera. You can use the S Pen’s new gesture function to scroll through modes, zoom in and out and then snap a photo by pushing the button on the stylus. All this is done without touching your phone. samsung-unpacked-2019-event-062The new S Pen features make taking a selfie way easier.  Sarah Tew/CNET The new Note 10 LTE is $949 and the 5G is $1,049 in the US. The Note 10 Plus starts at $1,099 and the 5G model starts at $1,299. Both the Note 10, 10 Plus and the Tab S6 go on sale Aug. 23. (See how to preorder a Note 10 here.) The new Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be available Sept. 13, and Samsung’s newest laptop, the Galaxy Book starts at $999. You can catch all of the announcements from the Note 10 event here. Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus: Samsung’s two new phones kill the headphone jack Samsung has a new insanely thin laptop Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G will cost $1,300 and start as a Verizon exclusive Everything unveiled at Samsung Unpacked Full coverage of Samsung’s event Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus look incredible Share your voice Galaxy Note and Note 10 Plus are here to wow you 62 Photos Phones Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: 0 Samsung Event Tags 10:55 Samsunglast_img read more

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Police recover 90 crude bombs in Jessore

first_imgMap of JessorePolice recovered some 90 crude bombs from a three-storied house in Kharki area in Jessore town on Thursday night, reports UNB.House owner Mahbubur Rahman claimed a group of unidentified young men entered his house with some bags around 8:00pm. Later, he informed police about the matter. Following this, at least eight police team, led by additional superintendent of police Salahuddin Shikder, rushed to the spot and recovered the bags filled with crude bombs around 9:30pm. However, sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the young men fled the scene, said officer-in-charge (detective branch) Maniruzzaman. The law enforcers were diffusing the bombs till filling this report at 11:50pm.last_img read more

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Elveroth and Sample Earn Preseason Recognition by Top Drawer Soccer

first_imgSample was named as one of eight first-year players that should come in and make an impact in their first year of college soccer. A midfielder from Channahon, Illinois, he played for the No. 1 team in the developmental academy. He helped guide his team to the 2017-18 USSDA U19 Quarterfinals. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The nationally ranked University of Louisville men’s soccer team had a pair of players in Emil Elveroth and Bradley Sample earn preseason recognition by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Elveroth was named to the Preseason Men’s Best XI Third Team. He is one of only two ACC forwards to be recognized on the list. A junior transfer from UNCW, Elveroth was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, which honors the United Soccer Coaches National Players of the Year in NCAA Division I men’s and women’s soccer. For the latest on Louisville men’s soccer, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @UofLMensSoccer, Facebook /UofLMensSoccer, and Instagram @UofLMensSoccer. The Cardinals enter the season ranked 9th by Top Drawer, 14th by the United Soccer Coaches and 15th by College Soccer News.Louisville kicks off the 2019 season against Cleveland State Friday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m., inside Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium. Reserved chairback tickets are priced at $106 for adults $85 for faculty/staff, and family of four or more $85 a ticket. General admission/berm seating is priced at $53 for adults and families of four or more $40 per ticket.  2019 SOCCER SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOWSeason tickets and single match tickets for the 2019 University of Louisville soccer season are also on sale now through the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office. The 2019 Louisville soccer season tickets can be purchased online at GoCards.com/soccertickets. Story Links Season tickets packages include all UofL men’s and women’s soccer regular season matches at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. For more information on Louisville soccer season tickets, visit GoCards.com/soccertickets, call 502-GO-CARDS or email tickets@gocards.com. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Scientists overcome fundamental atom laser limit to build brightest atom laser to

first_imgThe new atom laser technique can be used to create different types of lasers. These figures show the atom density distributions of (a) a well-collimated atom laser beam, (b) an ultra-high flux atom laser, and (c) an atom beam combining an atom laser and thermal emission. Credit: Bolpasi, et al. ©2014 IOP Publishing © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: New Journal of Physics Explore further Stimulated mutual annihilation: How to make a gamma-ray laser with positronium (Phys.org) —In an atom laser, millions of individual atoms propagate through space with minimal spreading, just like photons propagate in a coherent photon laser beam. Although both types of lasers are similar, atom lasers are still in the early stages of research with much work to be done before they can be used for applications, which may include atom lithography, atom interferometry, and magnetometry (measuring magnetic fields).center_img Citation: Scientists overcome fundamental atom laser limit to build brightest atom laser to date (2014, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-scientists-fundamental-atom-laser-limit.html A key factor for both types of lasers is their flux, which is the rate at which the atoms and photons are emitted. In current atom lasers, the flux is fundamentally limited by the same outcoupling process that is used to create the atom laser in the first place. Now in a new study published in the New Journal of Physics, researchers from Greece and Singapore have demonstrated a novel, ultra-bright atom laser that overcomes this fundamental atom laser limit, achieving a flux of 107 atoms per second, which is seven times brighter than the brightest atom lasers to date. Using the same technique, the researchers also created an ultra-cold atom beam, which at just 200 nanoKelvin (nK) is two orders of magnitude colder than any atom beam reported to date. As the researchers explain, atom lasers are usually made from clouds of atoms that are magnetically trapped and cooled to temperatures near absolute zero, the so-called Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs). A BEC is so cold that many of its atoms occupy their lowest energy states, or ground states. In this state the atoms lose their individual identity and form one single quantum state. These atoms join the other atoms in the ground states by bosonic stimulation, in a process that is very similar to the amplification process in optical lasers, in which large numbers of photons are created at the same frequency and same spatial distribution. In both cases, many particles occupy the same quantum level.To get the BEC to emit a coherent beam of atoms, radio frequency (rf) fields are applied to the BEC to change the atoms’ trapped states to “propagating” states. This process is called “outcoupling,” and causes the atoms to accelerate out of the BEC and form the atom laser beam. The acceleration occurs due to a combination of factors, including gravity, magnetic forces, and interactions with other atoms.In current atom lasers, the rf fields used in the outcoupling process are relatively weak. When increasing the rf field intensity bound states appear, and the output becomes irregular. As a result, the laser output can eventually shut off, creating a bottleneck to improving the flux.To overcome this problem, the researchers in the new study used very strong rf fields, which rather than changing the atom’s states deform the trapping potential. The strong rf fields form a trap with a controllable hole that causes the atoms to spill slowly out of a small opening in the bottom edge of the BEC. Whereas a weak rf field outcoupler cannot improve the flux past a certain point due to the formation of bound states, a strong rf field outcoupler can emit atoms from the BEC at an almost arbitrary rate, leading to a very high flux. In experiments, the researchers achieved a flux of 7.4 x 107 atoms per second originating from only 9 x 104 atoms initially in the BEC. This flux is seven times larger than the previous maximum flux even though it uses less than half the number of atoms. The researchers predict that larger condensates combined with faster rf field pulses will further increase the flux by an order of magnitude.In the second part of their study, the researchers used the strong rf field to create an atom beam that contains an atom laser and a thermal atom beam at the same time. This is the first time that this kind of hybrid atom beam has been demonstrated, and it is also the coldest atom beam ever reported. Even though the flux of the thermal atoms is low, the ultra-cold thermal beam may still be useful for high-resolution spectroscopy of ultra-cold collisions. More information: V. Bolpasi, et al. “An ultra-bright atom laser.” New Journal of Physics 16 (2014) 033036. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/16/3/033036 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

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Mosquito larvae found inside Jadavpur University campus

first_imgKolkata: A team from Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) found mosquito larvae near Triguna Sen auditorium inside Jadavpur University campus on Saturday.A team led by Atin Ghosh, Member, Mayor-in-Council (health) reached the University campus in the afternoon as a part of an anti-larvae drive. Aedes Aegypti larvae were found in the accumulated water that was kept in containers. The KMC team cleared the water. Also, Aedes Aegypti larvae were found inside the lift well of a building which is under construction. Larvae were also found inside the unused iron almirahs that are kept beside the office of the ground supervisor. A senior civic official said the authorities of institutional buildings have been requested to ensure that empty plastic tea cups are cleaned from the roofs and unused almirahs and furniture are removed from the premises. The team found that the garbage accumulated near the School of Environment and School of Physical Education was not removed. Aedes Aegypti were found inside the earthen pot kept outside the office of the Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das. The garbage that was dumped near the teachers’ quarters has been removed. The KMC authorities will conduct anti-larvae drives throughout the city. A high level-meeting was held last week that was attended by the officials of state and central government offices. The KMC will serve notices if the instructions are flouted and will file cases in the Municipal Courts. The court can slap fines up to Rs 1 lakh.last_img read more

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Satiate your hunger pangs this winter

first_imgThe other day, while on an errand to the local grocery mart, I was thunderstruck to see a bunch of ripe fresh mangoes on the pretty shelves, along with other alien looking fruits. Mangoes! In December! Dumbfounded as I was and trying to figure out an appropriate mental response to the sacrilege, my mind couldn’t but help recalling the sheer lingering we as kids used to experience while waiting for the luscious fresh mangoes to arrive in the peak of summers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBelonging myself to a mango farming family, I couldn’t fathom what my village folk would think if I told them we had fresh mangoes in the winters, here in Kolkata. I can clearly envision that the Langda will limp to astonishment, the Himsagar will go back to its hills and the Dussehri will have ten thoughts on its worth if we even so much as try to delink summers from mangoes. Similarly, now we in the big cities miss the craving for the fresh white radish and cauliflower, green peas and gloriously fragrant mustard leaves in winters and gourd, cucumber and the rotund brinjals in summers since almost all these are available the entire year around. That brings us to the larger point. Is there any seasonality left in the produce anymore? Thankfully the mango tasted dreadful and thankfully the answer is a resounding Yes. Most people still understand the concept of seasonal produce and prefer to eat fresh, seasonal, and well, cheap since seasonal is also inherently cheaper. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWinters = Hungrier This is a well-accepted fact that in winters we tend to eat more. But have we analysed why that happens? We tend to generally believe ‘when the weather is frightful, the food is delightful’, but is there more to it? There is certainly. In winter months, when the air temperature drops, our body temperatures also drop and the body kind of kicks into a self-conservation mode that tells it to stock up on food. The body also then craves for foods that can heat us up faster, normally meaning foods that are rich in carbohydrates and fats. Another reason is that we generally drink lesser water in the winter months and the body needs to compensate that with more food. The cold weather, shorter days and early darkness also go on to translate into people staying home more and resultantly eat more. Generally, therefore, the winter foods tend to be richer, heavier, and well, tastier. What to eat in winters Unfortunately, when we think of a hot, comforting winter meal, set up in a cosy warm setting, carrot sticks and lettuce are the last things that come to mind. What we generally end up having are fat rich curries and roasts, warm desserts and for some of us, I included, an avoidable amount of the hard liquor or wines. Whereas it is perfectly all right to indulge once in a while in some rich food, we must also look at balancing it out with foods that are healthy and provides the much needed immune busters for the winter months which also bring in various diseases and infections. To really know what we must eat in winters, especially at home, we actually don’t need to look far away from home. Our parents and their parents and theirs have all unwittingly laid down certain guidelines that we should also adhere to, for they make complete sense. We all know about how our grandmothers used to make ghee rich food and sweets during winters and coax us into eating food with millets and nuts, well, they were bang on. Ghee, as it turns out is a rich source of moisture and energy and also has fat-soluble vitamins that improve immunity, all required during winters. Nuts and root vegetables provide warmth, high dose of iron and calcium as well as fill us quicker for longer, again all required during winters. Culinarily, it makes sense to eat foods that are moist, such as porridges and soups as well as foods that are cooked with a lot of spices and herbs, since these improve metabolism and keep us warm. Cheeses are also a great to eat as it is and also use in various recipes since it ticks all the correct boxes as a winter food. Here I present a recipe that we make quite often, specially when serving to guests in winters since it is a dish with easily available winter ingredients, tastes fantastic, is quite filling and rich and is packed full of nutrients. I would rather have this soup on a cold winter night, may be a couple of helpings, with some nice crusty bread and not want anything else at all. Recipe: (Robust Pumpkin and Almond soup)-Yellow Pumpkin cubed500g-Olive oil20ml -Butter20ml -Soaked, peeled and pasted -almonds100g -Cream25ml -Salt and Pepperto taste -Onion chopped25g -Garlic chopped15g -Carrots chopped50g -Celery chopped20g -Cumin roasted and powdered2gm -Chicken/ Vegetable stock500ml Method Heat the olive oil and the butter together, put the onion, garlic, carrots and leeks and sauté till fragrant. Add the pumpkin, stock and simmer for about 15 minutes. Blend the mix into a smooth puree, sieve. Put the soup back on the flame; add the cream, salt and pepper. Serve scalding hot. It can also be topped with some micro greens and extra olive oil.last_img read more

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WestJet drops new BrandonToronto route citing lack of demand

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> BRANDON — Starting next week WestJet will no longer be offering direct service between Brandon, MB and Toronto.The airline says as of Sept. 26, it will remove the run from its schedule because demand for seats has not met expectations.The four-times-a-week flights began at the end of June to test response to the route.WestJet then announced in July that it would offer the service on a year-round basis starting late next month.People who have booked flights on the route will be contacted by WestJet directly to make alternate travel arrangements or to offer refunds.Lauren Stewart, a WestJet spokeswoman, says the company remains committed to Brandon and has not ruled out resuming service to Toronto, but it will “give it a rest” for now to see if demand revives.Stewart says since the beginning of the run, fewer than 5% of the seats were being sold.“We really thought it would pick up. It was a route that had been asked for, but unfortunately the bookings just weren’t there.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe City of Brandon said in a release that it’s disappointed with the loss of the eastern route.“These things come down to business decisions and that flight wasn’t performing to the expectations of WestJet,” city manager Scott Hildebrand told the Brandon Sun newspaper.“We still believe that a regional airport is of vital importance to the economy and we want to be prepared if something opens up in the future.”The Brandon Municipal Airport is undergoing a renovation and expansion that is expected to be completed early next year.WestJet will continue to operate a midday Brandon-Calgary flight seven days a week. It’s also bringing back an early morning departure and late-night return option for the route three times a week, beginning Oct. 23. WestJet drops new Brandon-Toronto route citing lack of demand Tags: WestJetcenter_img Travelweek Group Share Monday, September 19, 2016 last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Councillor John Boyle, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, said there was great support in the city for Derry Girls and that fans were looking forward to their return.“There is great anticipation here for the next instalment of the Derry Girls series and this artwork is a real tribute to the cast which will no doubt be really well received by fans,” he said.“I am delighted to see the ongoing success of the show, which has shone a spotlight on the city, our culture and our humour.”The first series aired in January 2018 and received an overwhelming positive reaction from viewers from around the UK and particularly from the local community in Derry. Such was its success that it made it Channel 4’s biggest comedy launch series in 14 years.“The opportunity to immortalise these iconic figures through an amazing new mural can give the city a little hope for the future and spread a little laughter along the way,” said Karl Porter at UV Arts.Writer and Derry native Lisa McGee previously teased that the new series will see the girls and the wee English fella “up to more mischief and causing more chaos.”The cast of Derry Girls back in the city last November to start filming for series twoThe second season of Derry Girls is expected to go out on Channel 4 this March.Last November the cast and crew were in Derry city to film scenes for the forthcoming series.Return of Derry Girls series to be celebrated with mural in Derry city was last modified: January 25th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: THE cast of Derry Girls will soon be looking down from a mural in Derry city centre to celebrate the return of the hit comedy series.The main Derry Girls characters – Erin, Orla, Clare, Michelle and James – will be painted onto a side of the Badgers Bar.Non-profit social enterprise group from the city, UV Arts, is teaming up with Channel 4’s in-house creative agency to produce the mural, which is part of a wider marketing campaign. CHANNEL 4DERRY AND STRABANE DISTRICT COUNCILLISA MCGEEMayor John BoyleReturn of Derry Girls series to be celebrated with mural in Derry cityUV Artswee English fellawriterlast_img read more

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first_img The American Trucking Association calculates that each one-cent drop in the price of diesel results in fuel savings of $350 million. Roughly a year ago, the price of diesel was $4.00 per gallon; diesel for sale on March 2, 2015 fetched only $2.94 per gallon. This $1.06 difference translates to $37.1 billion in savings for the industry. Entry-level rig-hand employment, along with truck driving, has a tendency to fall into the unskilled labor category; and labor rotates freely between whichever industry demands it. Rig hands who were once working in the oil fields are signing up left and right for truck-driving school. When American Trucking Association Chief Economist Bob Costello talks, I listen; and when he tells me fleets are raising pay and offering serious benefits packages in order to attract and retain truckers, this shows the industry is turning a big corner. Likewise, Bob expects the momentum that built up in 2014 to continue and accelerate throughout 2015. The American Trucking Association Tonnage Index, which measures the gross tonnage of freight carried by motor carriers, further indicates a strong trend moving forward. Job cuts mean profits are at risk, and as an investor, that means “stay away.” However, turning your eyes to the bottom section of the chart, things look a lot better. Minimal job cuts means growth potential, and that’s what we at Casey energy look for. The transportation sector may not sound like it has much to do with the energy market, but in fact it’s quite the opposite. Aside from causing the majority of motorists to curse as they drive behind them slowly uphill, what does every 18-wheeler have in common? Each tractor trailer consumes hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel every day. And what is diesel fuel derived from? You guessed it: oil. The trucking industry becomes more competitive against rail for moving freight with every day that the price of oil remains low. The chart below shows that the cost per mile of trucking versus rail continues to narrow the cheaper the price of oil becomes. Even though the above data still demonstrate that rail is a better long-haul option, there’s still significant rotation away from rail into trucking. For the first time in five years, multiple US shipping companies during the third quarter of 2014 decided to shift freight from intermodal trains to trucks to capitalize on this short-term windfall. Some of the shift was due to rail congestion caused by surging traffic in 2014, but lower diesel prices accelerated the shift, especially among the more frustrated shippers. Further shifts toward trucks occurred in Q4 of 2014 and Q1 of 2015, and they’re highly likely to continue as diesel prices continue to plummet. What do Warren Buffett, Johnny Cash, and truck drivers all across America have in common? You’ll be surprised by this week’s connecting the dots. I’ve played the guitar for years and really got into the blues during my early years of university. In fact, I cut a deal with one bar to play for beer. I figured with that the amount I’d be paid to play vs. the amount my buddies and I would drink, we’d be better off and have more fun if I bartered my services for booze—and we did. It was a great time; my buddies and I would drink all night, I’d hop on stage and play some blues and rock ’n’ roll… the girls seemed to like it, and the owners of the bar loved it because we’d pack the room on a Wednesday night. Probably because of the way I looked at the time, the number-one question I would get from the girls in the crowd was: “Elvis or the Beatles?” My response was always, “Johnny Cash.” Don’t get me wrong—I love Elvis and really like the Beatles, but Johnny Cash defined cool to me during my formative years. My favorite Johnny Cash song? Folsom Prison Blues. I hear the train a comin’ It’s rolling round the bend And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when, I’m stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin’ on But that train keeps a rollin’ on down to San Antone…. It’s a great song. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention songs such as One Piece at a Time, Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, and his version of Hurt, which are all great songs in my opinion. Not to mention—and let’s be honest—growing up on the blue-collar side of east Vancouver with a name like Marin, Cash’s song A Boy Named Sue always had a special place in my heart, as it would with any immigrant’s child who bears a name foreign to the new world. But Folsom Prison Blues is my favorite. Every time I hear Folsom Prison Blues, I get the bold image of a long, big, hustling train pulling miles of coal and oil railcars. This will be my last Tuesday Energy Dispatch. We’ll take a break next week while we switch the system over, and we hope you’ll like what you see when we come back online. Warren Buffett, Rail, and Oil Reading Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder letter this past weekend (probably the most-read annual shareholder letter in the world) which marked his 50th anniversary running Berkshire, many items stood out, but one I want to focus on in today’s missive is his comments on his railway, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF). So when I refer to BNSF, you can think Buffett. On page four of the annual letter, Buffett wrote: BNSF is, by far, Berkshire’s most important non-insurance subsidiary and, to improve its performance, we will spend $6 billion on plant and equipment in 2015. That sum is nearly 50% more than any other railroad has spent in a single year and is a truly extraordinary amount, whether compared to revenues, earnings or depreciation charges. I’ll admit it: when I read his statement, in my mind I heard Johnny’s deep voice singing the words: I hear the train a comin’ It’s rolling round the bend That’s a lot of money Buffett is putting up to upgrade BNSF. Guess whom Warren Buffett is referring to when he stated “nearly 50% more than any other railroad has spent in a single year” in the above quote? If you said, “Himself,” you got it. BNSF spent $4 billion last year. So by next year, he would have invested over $10 billion into upgrading his rail lines. I’m sure some of that will be going toward preventing any further derailments, such as the one on May 5, 2015, when a long line of 103 oil rail cars (oil rail cars carry about 680-720 barrels of oil) derailed on Buffett’s rail. Over 70,000 barrels of oil were involved, and a fire resulted. And yet again, Cash’s lyrics ring true to Buffett today: I bet there’s rich folks eatin’ In a fancy dining car They’re probably drinkin’ coffee And smokin’ big cigars …. If that railroad train was mine I bet I’d move it on a little Farther down the line Buffett is a brilliant investor, so naturally we want to understand why he’s investing, as Cash put it, “farther down the line.” Connecting the Dots… Or Rails in This Case Recent news headlines quoted Buffett  as saying the Keystone pipeline delay is akin to the US government thumbing its nose at Canada. Buffett usually avoids making negative political calls, unless, of course, something affects his investments. Let’s see why the brilliant Buffett decided to pipe up and make that comment about the US “thumbing its nose” at Canada. Did you know that over 25% of the oil produced in the Bakken is moved on BNSF rail? I’m also willing to bet that you didn’t know that BNSF has captured over 50% of all the recent growth in shipping oil by rail in the US. Interestingly enough, Buffett really promotes the potential for American companies and American growth in his letter, but his investments in the oil patch contradict his public statements. Damn, the truth hurts: I’ll share what I think is a significant but completely overlooked move by Buffett. Buffett has recently sold all his ExxonMobil shares and interestingly enough, increased his position in a Canadian oil sands producer, Suncor. The last part is what the mainstream media in the US have ignored. Why sell his shares in America’s largest oil company, you may ask. Well, in his deep-toned voice, Johnny Cash has an answer for you… I hear the train a comin’ It’s rolling round the bend That’s right: it’s all about BNSF, Buffett’s rail company. Rockefeller would be impressed with what Buffett has pulled off with BNSF. And I salute Buffett, an investing legend, for his brilliance regarding the company. What’s the next big growth industry for rail in the US? Buffett’s on that trend way ahead of anyone else—and without a peep from any environmentalists or protestors—yet his option is so much riskier for the environment and citizens of America. The biggest growth over the next decade for moving oil in the US will be transporting heavy oil produced in Canada, and Buffett is more than happy to deliver that “dirty oil,” as President Obama labels it, to the Gulf Coast refineries on his BNSF rail line. Don’t forget that the Canadian oil sands have hundreds of billions of barrels in reserves, and America couldn’t get a safer, more politically stable supply of friendly crude to feed its refineries for the next 50 years. Buffett is making these strategic investments now during this period of low oil prices, without any complaints, while Keystone XL is on Obama’s most-wanted list. But there’s something that Buffett doesn’t want the investment world talking about regarding the risks in rail. It’s not the horrible track record of oil derailments, such as the rail car derailment which caught fire in Quebec, Canada in 2013, and 47 people died in the town of Lac-Mégantic. It’s something nobody is talking about… an underdog in the oil logistics world. The New Transport Underdog In today’s interconnected world, it’s amazing how the heroic crashes and bankruptcies in one industry lead to glorious bull markets and higher profits in another sector… known as sector rotation. Recently a Casey Research subscriber sent the Casey energy team some pictures from Texas of how bad it is—and boy, is it bad. Rumor has it that rigs that are normally laid down in pieces during down time now have to be kept vertical because they can’t fit all the rigs in the stockyard. What happens when rigs are stacked in the yard? It means wells aren’t being drilled and people aren’t working. No one likes to pay a rig hand to sit around all day, and as such, job cuts have been massive in the energy sector. An added bonus is the concept of fuel surcharges. Like the airline industry, which charges you that sneaky fee just before you pay for your ticket, the trucking industry also has a similar levy. These programs typically involve a specified computation based on the change in the national, regional, and/or local fuel price. The bonus for the trucking industry is the time lag between when fuel costs change and when the next fuel surcharge is set. An excerpt from one of the major trucking company’s annual financials reads, “Due to these programs, this lag negatively impacts operating income in times of rapidly increasing fuel costs and positively impacts operating income when fuel costs decrease rapidly.” The trucking industry is a margin game, and the margins between the players vary considerably. This means that whoever will be most the efficient will attract the most demand for its services, which means higher revenues for the company and higher returns for shareholders. Trucking companies will seek to further exploit this trend of low gasoline and diesel prices in 2015 by highlighting the stronger speed to cost trade-off available to customers today. This is especially true on the East Coast, as distances are shorter and track delays have been occurring on a daily basis, causing havoc to East Coast manufacturers trying to receive product. Warning to Railroad Investors Warren Buffett is well aware of the competition to rail on the East Coast of the US—that’s why he’s investing $6 billion into BNSF this year: to capture the flood of Canadian oil that needs to be transported to the Gulf refineries. If the rail company you’re invested is on the East Coast and has seen big increases in short-distance crude transport, you may want to double-check your rail routes. The gap continues to narrow between the rail and truck cost differential due to higher mileage per gallon of diesel coupled with the drop in price of fuel. An additional perk to the lower fuel cost is that it will allow trucking companies to keep older, less fuel-efficient vehicles on the road. More trucks on the road once again means more profits for companies, which means more dividends and higher returns for shareholders. Rich Like Buffett? The current energy markets are volatile, but a speculator must use volatility to his own advantage to build positions in companies that have suffered as a result of the current market correction. Investing isn’t easy, so you want to follow someone who isn’t playing poker with toothpicks or frankly, a talking head with no skin in the game. Those flakes annoy me and are an embarrassment to our industry. I make big bets, and they won’t always be right, but I walk the talk (or as Johnny Cash would say, “I walk the line”) with my own checkbook, and nobody in the industry can deny that. I also have a huge network of industry professionals and have backroom access. Want to know the truth about investing? Industry insiders do have an edge, as whom you know matters in this business. Access to new deal flow, changing market trends, new corporate mandates—these shifts can happen so fast that by the time the news hits the front page, the profits on the trade are made. Do you really think Goldman Sachs doesn’t leverage every relationship it has to make money? Of course it does. So why shouldn’t you? Don’t you want access to the inner circle? Come see what I’m doing with my own money. You’ll get access to every Casey Energy Confidential alert I’ve written, as well as all of my Casey Energy Reports over the last decade. My last two alerts returned gains of +80% and +20%. The monthly Casey Energy Report is a must read for all speculating in the resource sector. The next issue covers the potential of re-fracking; I’ll reveal which company is the best oil and gas producer in the United States today at current oil prices. Being profitable at $50 oil is no small feat, but one company has the absolute best cutting-edge enhanced oil recovery and re-fracking techniques. Not to mention that the management team has been right on every macroeconomic call they’ve made in the last 20 years. Do you know what warrants are? My alert service is the only one in the world that has a track record going back to 2007 on delivering the best private placement alerts, which include warrants. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to try out my service. You can do so at no risk to you. If you don’t like it, no worries: there’s a 100% money back guarantee. I write the newsletter for one reason: deal flow and my industry network. I have the best resource deal flow in the world. I also run one of the largest funds in the junior resource sector. If you want access to what the insiders in the business are doing with their personal money, you need to sign up to my alert service. I can’t make the trade for you, but I can help you help yourself. I’m making big bets—are you ready to step up and join me? P.S. Regarding to the question at the beginning of this missive: What do Warren Buffett, Johnny Cash, and truck drivers all across America have in common? Answer: They all heard the train a comin’.last_img read more

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first_imgEditor’s note: This story was originally published in December and has been updated on March 8.March 8 is International Women’s Day — dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in all arenas: social, economic, cultural, political and personal as well.To mark the day, we’ve compiled some of the profiles we’ve done of truly remarkable women, from a 101-year-old runner from India to a Yemeni refugee who didn’t let war stop her from being a scientist.ArgentinaAlika Kinan, the sex trafficking activist who sued her captorsWhen Kinan was a teenager in her native Argentina, a woman offered to buy her a plane ticket. Kinan thought was going to go on a great adventure. Instead, she was trafficked — stripped of her travel documents and taken to a brothel, where she was expected to have sex with 15 to 30 men a day. It was nearly 20 years before she was rescued. She went on to become the first Argentine woman to sue her traffickers and the state, winning a settlement of about $50,000. Her years of activism against trafficking were noted by the U.S. State Department in June: Kinan was one of eight activists honored at the unveiling of the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report.BotswanaMalebogo Malefhe, a domestic abuse survivor who is fighting gender-based violenceWhen people find out that Malefhe uses a wheelchair because she was shot by her boyfriend, the first question they ask is: “What did you do to him [to deserve it]?” Now Malefhe, who sustained eight bullets from her boyfriend of 10 years, wants to make sure that no woman who has faced domestic abuse is asked this question ever again. Since then, she has devoted herself to fighting gender-based violence in her native Botswana and teaching women that when men hurt them, it’s not their fault. The U.S. State Department honored her with a 2017 International Women of Courage award.IndiaMan Kaur, a 101-year-old runner from India who’s showing the world it’s never too late to start a new hobbyA competitive runner, Kaur is a record holder in her age group for several categories and is now training for the Asia Pacific Masters Games in Malaysia in September. The centenarian is a role model for women and runners everywhere. The diminutive Kaur hasn’t been a lifetime runner. She started running in 2009, when, on a whim, her son took her to the track. She enjoyed it — and she hasn’t stopped since.KenyaEdna Kiplagat, a daughter of peasant farmers who won the Boston Marathon Kiplagat was the fourth of 6 children. Her parents were peasant farmers. Last year, she took home $150,000 in prize money for winning the Boston Marathon. She’s done this while raising not just her two biological kids but also the two children of her sister, Alice, who died of breast cancer in 2003. She also has adopted another child whose parents passed away.”It’s not hard,” she says of balancing being a mother of five and a world-class athlete. “It’s about organizing yourself and making sure that everything is done at the right time.”NigeriaZainabu Hamayaji, a Boko Haram survivor who pretended to be crazy to save her childrenIngenuity, inspiration, an elaborate ruse and a touch of madness. That is what it took for Hamayaji to protect her family from Boko Haram. The terror network in northeastern Nigeria has killed 20,000 people, abducted thousands and driven more than 2 million people from their homes during its eight-year insurgency. The 47-year-old mother of 10 — four biological and six orphaned children ranging from age 5 to 15 — feigned insanity to keep the insurgents away. “I was told Boko Haram was approaching and looking for young girls,” she says. “Someone had tipped them off that I had a daughter of marriageable age, but I swore to myself that I would never allow them to wed or abduct my daughter.” And they didn’t want to mess with a “madwoman,” says Hamayaji, whose husband had been killed earlier by the insurgents. She and her children now live in a camp for displaced persons in her hometown.YemenEqbal Dauqan, a refugee who didn’t let war deter her from being a scientistIn March 2015, Dauqan’s hometown of Taiz was pulled into Yemen’s bloody civil war. Planes dropped bombs — and not just on military targets. “They were bombing my university!” says Dauqan, a biochemistry professor. “They killed some of my students.” After the bombings began, she had to stop her research. The university shut down. And it wasn’t safe for her to leave home. After months in hiding, Dauqan had an idea: Maybe her science could get her out of the war. She applied for a scholarship for refugees — and won it. Today, she works as a scientist, researcher and professor at Universiti Kebangsaan in Malaysia.ZimbabweChenai Mathabire, winner of a prize for her research on a faster tuberculosis testThere was a time when Mathabire read Vogue, watched beauty pageants on TV and fantasized about being a supermodel. Today she helps the sick and injured as a nurse and epidemiologist. This year, she received an International AIDS Society prize for showing that a faster tuberculosis test could be implemented at health centers in southeast Africa. Her goal is save the lives of HIV-positive patients who contract TB. “Nursing is often looked down upon and people just think you are there to be the maid of the doctor or do the dirty work. But teachers made me realize that nurses have a big role to play,” she says.Your TurnTell us about a woman who’s making life better for other women — especially in the developing world.It can be a woman you know personally, a woman you’ve read about in the news or an under-the-radar woman whose story you think the world needs to know. We’re taking submissions until March 16. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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first_imgWriting that “a reasonable jury could conclude” that the herbicide in Monsanto’s Roundup can cause a form of cancer, a federal judge says liability lawsuits against the company should proceed, siding with plaintiffs against an effort to quash the litigation. But the judge also said some of the expert opinions presented so far in the case are “shaky.”The lawsuits allege that glyphosate, the herbicide in the widely used Roundup, can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — and that Monsanto didn’t warn consumers or regulators about that alleged risk. Claims against Monsanto received a boost in 2015, when the International Agency for Research on Cancer – part of the World Health Organization — announced that two pesticides, including glyphosate, are “probably carcinogenic to humans.”Monsanto is now facing hundreds of lawsuits, many of which were filed after that 2015 announcement. Dozens of the suits were joined to be heard in the court of U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria – who, even as he allowed the case to proceed, said the plaintiffs “appear to face a daunting challenge” in supporting their claims at the next phase of the case. Citing expert testimony from three doctors who spoke on plaintiffs’ behalf, Chhabria wrote in his ruling, “the opinions of these experts, while shaky, are admissible.”It wasn’t the time, Chhabria said, for a judge to exclude those opinions – even if he believes potential jurors in the case might question the experts’ findings or credibility. He allowed their testimony to stand, even as he excluded all or part of other opinions from the plaintiffs’ experts.The judge wrote, “Therefore, the plaintiffs have presented evidence from which a reasonable jury could conclude that glyphosate can cause NHL at human-relevant doses. Monsanto’s motion for summary judgment is denied.”Up next, Chhabria said, individual plaintiffs will need to present “enough evidence to warrant a jury trial on whether glyphosate caused the NHL [cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma] they developed.”In response to the ruling, Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge said, “More than 800 scientific studies and reviews, the U.S. EPA, the National Institutes of Health and regulatory agencies around the world have concluded glyphosate-based herbicides do not cause cancer.”Partridge added in his statement to NPR, “We have sympathy for anyone suffering from cancer, but the science clearly shows that glyphosate was not the cause.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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