There have been 57 retirements to the Rajya Sabha in the previous session. Unfortunately, for the Congress it confidently stake claim to 7 seats. With some clever footwork they can sew up some alliances and make the tally go up to 9. For these nine seats, a game of musical chairs has started within the Congress.The states where the congress is confident are – two seats in Karnataka, one in Maharashtra, one in Uttarakhand, one in Chattisgarh, one in Punjab and one in Madhya Pradesh. Apart from this one seat is up for grabs in Uttar Pradesh with the help of Samajwadi Party and one more if negotiations go well with the JD(S) in Karnataka.Hectic parleys are on within Congress to zero in on the names. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has had several round of meetings with senior leaders. Ghulam Nabi Azad and other senior leaders have been meeting to decide on names but still no conclusion has been arrived at.FOUR NAMES DOING THE ROUNDS There are four specific names doing the rounds for Karnataka they are Oscar Fernandes, Jairam Ramesh, Margaret Alva and P Chidambaram. The Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiha is in Delhi to seal the deal. He met the Congress President Sonia Gandhi today and is being softened up to agree to an outsider and also try and manage a deal with JD S in exchange for the MLC seat in the upper house of the state.In Chhattisgarh, Ajit Jogi is exerting pressure for the lone Rajya Sabha seat. Though Jogi says that ” I am not interested in the job.” But it’s common knowledge that if Jogi is not on board MLAs can even cross vote – a fear which bears heavily on the minds of the Congress top brass. The current incumbent Mohsina Kidwai is not being given a second termadvertisementWhile in Madhya Pradesh an unusual choice is the front runner. Vivek Tankha senior advocate of the VYAPAM is the top contender from the state. Earlier member Vijai Lakshmi Sadho is nowhere in the reckoning. The Congress officially maintains that all this is the decision of the Congress president, spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit says, “The decision of Rajya Sabha nominations lies with the Congress president, she discusses and then decides.”FISH IN TROUBLED WATERSIn Punjab, there is a toss up between the current incumbent Ambika Soni and Sunil Jhakhar the current MLA in the Punjab Assembly. While in Maharashtra it is the former home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde who is in the race, though the current member Avinash Pande is trying hard. In Uttarakhand also the state unit is of the opinion that a local candidate maybe given. The name of former Almora MP Pradeep Tamta is amongst the front-runners.The problem Congress faces in Uttar Pradesh is that the Samajwadi Party needs to be on board. A decision is yet to be reached on this, though senior leaders of both the parties are in touch. A decision is expected over the weekend.The Rajya Sabha is a congress bastion where it exerts pressure over the government. So the congress is not taking any chances and aiming to get maximum seats in this round of Rajya Sabha elections. The final list of candidates can come out anytime after today evening.ALSO READ: BJP mistaken if they think they can threaten us, says Sonia Gandhi
Lawyer admits Ronaldo joined Juventus due to favourable financial environmentby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer admits Spain’s tax laws contributed to his decision to leave Real Madrid for Juventus.Ronaldo left Real over a year ago for the Turin giants.And legal rep José Antonio Choclan told AS: “In the thinking of a player when making his decision, he does not think only of the sporting aspect, the element of taxation also counts. “The Italian tax system is very attractive. I guess that’s not the only reason a player decides to go. In Spain, it is difficult to assume such a flexible system, but they are trying to change it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@BigJah15By now, you’ve heard that Duke freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones met in third grade, roomed together and became best friends in ninth grade, and chose to play for the same college so that they could potentially win a national championship together. Thursday, with Okafor officially declaring for the NBA Draft after just one season, Jones took to Twitter with a cool tribute to his teammate. He urged Okafor to go make “another dream” a reality.So happy for my brother/bestfriend. We had a goal since 9th grade, & we did it Jah. Now go make another dream a reality. You earned it!— Tyus Jones (@Tyusjones06) April 9, 2015Currently, it isn’t known whether Jones will join Okafor and declare for the upcoming NBA Draft. But if he does decide to take the jump, it would be pretty cool to see them both drafted on the same night.
Experts suggest in the time of an emergency using a cell phone would be more productive for than a traditional phone, as cell phones provide your location information.E-Comm 911 provided the following information on their website about VoIP calls.Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)If you are using a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service, there are a few things you should know:VoIP calls to 9-1-1 do not go directly to 9-1-1 centres. If you dial 9-1-1 from a VoIP phone, your call will go to a third-party call centre and an operator will re-direct your call to the appropriate 9-1-1 centre.VoIP phones do not provide location information. It is crucial that your location information is up to date with your VoIP service provider as the operator may assume that you are at the last registered address if you are not able to speak during a 9-1-1 call.To read more from Ecomm CLICK HERE To read more about VoIP CLICK HERE Saluk said she could hear the original 911 operator while they searched for the correct fire dispatch. “Trying to find the right department/person for me to talk to I could hear them, the people he (911 operator) was connecting too, and it was “Hi, I am Operator ‘whatever’, There is a fire in Fort St. John, I am looking for the dispatch” then the reply would be “You have reached the wrong place try this number” again, you have reached the wrong place, so this number. (Saluk implies this is the course several times as 911 Operator tries to connect) “They were shuffling around like nobody had any idea who I was actually supposed to be talking to.”“It was absolutely heartbreaking because if you are in an emergency and you call 911 you might not get the help you need in the time you need it,” said SalukAfter some investigation with E-Comm, the company hired by the Peace River Regional District to answer 911 calls, it turned out the call was never routed to E-Comm in Vancouver. Since Saluk called from her office and her office used a VoIP phone system, the call was sent to a third party service provider.E-Comm explained because VoIP is digital, the exact location of the call is unknown and isn’t routed to the proper dispatch. The other problem that arises with emergency calls being placed on a VoIP line is that the call is directed to a third party that transfers the call which is where Saluk’s phone delay took place.VoIP is an acronym for Voice Over Internet Protocol, which is a phone service that uses the internet, rather than a traditional provider like Telus.It is important to know if you are using a VoIP phone service as this can affect an Emergency call. Unless you have been told, it is hard to tell by picking up the receiver of the phone if the connection is through the internet or a landline. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – January 8th, Veronica Saluk called 911 for help and ended up waiting for close to 9 minutes to be transferred to the correct 911 dispatch centre all because her office used a VoIP phone system.As the City Centre Trailer Park was engulfed in smoke, Veronica Saluk made a call to 911 from her office phone after her co-worker directed her that a building across the parking lot was on fire.Saluk looked out the window and immediately called 911 “He (the operator) tells me to stay on the line, and he would put me through to the right dispatch.” Saluk said she was then on hold for nine minutes. “You could actually see flames by the time I got through to a FSJ dispatch person; it was already in flames.”
Gangtok: Nearly 300 yaks have died due to starvation following heavy snowfall in North Sikkim district since late last year, an official has said. The North Sikkim District Magistrate Raj Yadav confirmed the death of around 300 yaks due to starvation during heavy snow fall in Mukuthang and Yumthang regions since December 2018. While carcasses of around 250 yaks were found in Mukuthang region, 50 yak carcasses were found in Yumthang recently, Yadav said Saturday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “It appears that these dead yaks had got nothing to eat during the prolonged period of snowfall since December last year,” Yadav said. The animal husbandry department’s medical team has reached Mukuthang, he said. The team carried feed and fodder for the yaks which are still alive, he said, adding, the yaks will also be examined by the medical team. The yaks belonged to 15 families in Mukuthang and 10 families in Yumthang, he said. The affected families will get compensations on the basis of a report that is being prepared by the district administration and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, he added.
Ohio State sophomore forward Abdi Mohamed passes the ball upfield against Rutgers on Sept. 18, 2016. Credit: Gene Ross | For The LanternWith four of the next five games at home, the Ohio State men’s soccer team knew if they were going to turn their season around, now would have to be the time to do it.Against Big Ten opponent Rutgers, they got off on the right foot.The Buckeyes dominated this Sunday, taking down the Scarlet Knights 3-1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, their second win in the last three games.“Especially with it being a Big Ten game, we took this very serious,” said Ohio State sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed. “We came out hard, we had a few chances. It was very important for us to come out strong and get this win.”OSU received a rude awakening in their last match against Penn State, leading to a 4-0 deficit in the first half. This time, the Buckeyes were ready right out of the gate.In just the 5th minute, Ohio State junior forward Nate Kohl received a through ball from senior forward Danny Jensen that Kohl buried inside the near post. It was his second goal of the season, which gave the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead. Later in the first period, senior defender Austin Bergstrom received a penalty kick. Bergstrom was able to beat Rutgers senior goalkeeper David Greczek on the left side of the net to extend the lead to 2-0, which they would take into halftime.“The guys were very sharp in the first half. In the first twenty minutes we could have had several goals,” said coach John Bluem. “I thought our attacking play was very good. It was the positive start we wanted in the game.”Ohio State began the second half a bit sluggish.Just two minutes into the second period, Rutgers junior forward Ryan Peterson launched a corner kick to junior defender Niel Guzman, who was able to get his head on the ball and tuck it inside the far post to cut the Buckeyes lead to 2-1. It was Guzman’s first goal of the season.Just when it seemed as though momentum was shifting the way of the Scarlet Knights, Mohamed was given a free kick from 20 yards out in front of the net. Mohamed was able to arc it high into the top left corner of the net, beating the goalkeeper and putting the Buckeyes up 3-1.“They got a little bit of a reason to believe when we let them have a goal there early on. That is exactly what we didn’t want to do, of course,” Bluem said. “But another wonderful strike by Abdi. He can keep doing that all year long if he wants to. He is very good at those.”It was the first time this season Ohio State was able to score more than two goals in a game. For Mohamed, it was his second goal of the season, both coming on free kicks.The Buckeyes outshot Rutgers 16-7 in the game, holding an 11-2 advantage in shots in the first period. The team advanced to 2-1 in the Big Ten so far this season.“We are more confident right now,” Mohamed said. “We know we have to win and get on a stride. We trust each other. We believe in each other and we work hard for each other.”OSU will look to continue their winning ways this Wednesday, as they take on Valparaiso at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The OSU women’s volleyball team celebrates after a win against Michigan State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes won the match 3-0. Credit: Luke Swartz | For The LanternFrom the first serve of the match on Saturday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team was in control. The Buckeyes handed the Michigan State Spartans a loss after a show-stopping performance at St. John Arena. No. 19 OSU outplayed the No. 11 Spartans in every category. The team’s dominance led to the Buckeyes dealing Michigan State a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-19, 25-19). Just two weeks ago, it was the Buckeyes who were scratching their heads after the Spartans swept them in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State was on a two-match winning streak prior to Saturday, which included a impressive upset over No. 3 Minnesota. The win boosts OSU to 14-8 on the season. OSU coach Geoff Carlston said his team was playing with the fire to show everyone what Ohio State volleyball stands for. “They beat us pretty handily at their place, so (I told them) this is really about ‘defending the jersey,” he said. OSU was able to rally back from a handful of small deficits in the first set and went on a five-point run to take the late advantage, 22-19. A monstrous kill from senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe on set point sent the Buckeyes to a 1-0 lead. A Michigan State 3-0 lead to start out the second set would be squandered quickly by an OSU 4-0 run. The Buckeyes would fall behind again, but were brought back to life by aggressive attacking from junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and company. OSU delivered nine unanswered points to close out the second set, 25-19. With two sets to their advantage, the Buckeyes maintained steady control in the third, holding onto the lead the entire set. A solo block on match point by sophomore setter Taylor Hughes put the lid on the team’s stunning performance.Schirmer led the Buckeyes with 13 kills, followed by Sandbothe with 12. Both junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz and Hughes had attacking percentages over .500. Hughes also chipped in 37 assists. With such a stark contrast in results from the first matchup two weeks ago, Carlston said one of the major differences in his team Saturday was determination to avenge its last loss to the Spartans. “It’s kind of nice to play only a couple weeks later so you can really lock in on, ‘Hey, this was only two weeks ago, you kind of got it (a loss) handed to you,’” he said. “’What are you going to do about it?’”Senior libero Valeria León added that OSU had a steady handle on every aspect of play, which allowed the team to keep its composure. “We had more control of the tempo of the game,” she said. “We wanted to out-dig them and out-block them … trusting in the game plan and trusting in each other, I think that’s what helped us get that ‘W’.”Not only was León a major contributor to the Buckeyes’ victory against the Spartans (14 digs), she also solidified her own place in OSU history. In front of nearly 2,600 fans on her home court, León reached the top spot for most career digs in the program. León said she couldn’t have imagined being in this position four years ago, but felt very honored to make her mark. “When you first sign and you come here, you don’t think about breaking records,” she said. “but it’s really cool to leave my name and leave my legacy.” León has been flirting with the record for a few weeks now. After OSU’s game at Penn State on Wednesday, she stood within one dig of the title. León said people have been joking with her saying she purposely played it out so she could reach the achievement at St. John Arena. “People would think that I planned on doing that, but I didn’t,” she laughed. “It was definitely special breaking that record at St. John, because I’ve been playing in front of those fans since freshman year.”Carlston said León’s four-year journey has been incredible for him to watch and to take part in as her coach.“It’s why you coach in a lot of ways,” he said. “To see her grow from her freshman year to this year and to get that record, that’s a big deal.” With a little less than half of the season left, León has the potential to blow the top off of the career digs record and create a new goal for future players to strive for. The Buckeyes will be back in action on Wednesday when they take on the Maryland Terrapins at 6 p.m. in College Park, Maryland.
Courtesy of MCTThe LGBT rights movement seems to slowly but surely be making progress in the United States. Same-sex marriage is only legalized in nine states and the District of Columbia, but three of those states voted to legalize marriage in the 2012 elections. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court is currently debating the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, which both define marriage as only between a man and a woman.While many politicians, entertainment and TV personalities have revealed their homosexuality in recent years and have received widespread support from their peers, the world of sports, and in particular men’s sports, has not progressed as quickly.The civil rights movement toward LGBT acceptance within sports took a big step forward on Monday, when NBA center Jason Collins became the first active player to come out as gay in one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL).“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” Collins wrote to open a cover story for Sports Illustrated that was published online Monday.In one sentence, Collins broke a longstanding barrier within men’s professional team sports. While there have been athletes in all four major sports leagues to reveal their homosexuality after retiring from professional sports, none has come out with the intent of continuing their career in professional sports.“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport,” Collins wrote in Sports Illustrated. “But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation.”Collins is a 12-year NBA veteran who has played for six different teams, has scored more than 2,500 points and grabbed more than 2,500 rebounds in his career, and is known for being a physical player — Collins led the NBA with 322 personal fouls for the 2004-05 season.Being gay didn’t stop him from doing any of that.There is one caveat in Collins’ status as an active professional athlete: he may never play another NBA game. As a member of two different teams (Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards) this season, he scored just 41 points in 38 games, and he will be a free agent this summer.It shouldn’t matter.The fact that Collins is revealing his homosexuality, having played in the NBA and still intending to play in the NBA, is a step forward in itself. Even more importantly, Collins has received support publicly from numerous current and former NBA star players, including Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Shaquille O’Neal and Magic Johnson.“Jason’s sexuality doesn’t change the fact that he is a great friend and was a great teammate,” Kidd, who is currently a New York Knicks point guard and previously played for the New Jersey Nets with Collins, tweeted Monday.Collins’ supporters have ranged far and wide, also including Michelle Obama, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and former Columbus Crew soccer player Robbie Rogers, who came out as gay in February but also retired simultaneously.Kluwe is the co-author of an amicus brief titled “Athletes’ Brief,” along with NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (who also tweeted his support for Collins on Monday), that was sent to the Supreme Court in March in petition opposing Proposition 8, and was signed by a number of professional athletes and sports-related figures who support marriage equality.The NFL has not had any active player come out as gay yet, but during an event at OSU on April 8, Kluwe said he thinks the issue will “blow over in a month or two” once one NFL player does come out as gay.“The first guy or guys that come out, yeah, there’s going to be some attention, but after that, no one will care,” Kluwe said. “Then it becomes, how well can you play football, which is the way it should be.”Now that a male professional athlete in a major sport has come out as gay, we get to find out whether the issue will “blow over” quickly.Earlier this month, Brittney Griner acknowledged her own homosexuality in an interview with Sports Illustrated after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft.“I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So, it wasn’t hard at all. If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way,” Griner told Sports Illustrated.Griner’s acknowledgement did not receive nearly the attention that Collins’ story did on Monday. Women’s sports, however, has had a precedent of star athletes being openly gay, including three-time WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes and tennis legends Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.Regardless of whether Collins plays another NBA game or not, his revelation has set that precedent for male professional athletes.Between Collins, Griner and Rogers all acknowledging their homosexuality within the past three months, the hope is that more professional athletes who are closeted homosexuals will feel comfortable being open about their own sexuality.Furthermore, the support they have received from not only the sports community, but the community at large, should provide an inspiration for LGBT athletes at all levels to embrace who they are, and know that there are many members of the community who will support them for being who they are.If the current trend continues, we may not be too far removed from a nation where being a homosexual athlete is no longer a story, and we will be able to focus simply upon how well an athlete, regardless of their sexuality, can play their sport. That is, like Kluwe said, the way it should be.
Mario Balotelli’s future at Nice looks uncertain considering the latest outburst from new manager Patrick VieiraBalotelli has resurrected his career since joining French side Nice in 2016, and his efforts were recently rewarded with a national team call-up by new Italy manager Roberto Mancini.However, this summer has brought much uncertainty to the Italian striker’s future. It’s believed he got off on the wrong note with new coach Patrick Vieira when he failed to report to the first training.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…The former Liverpool man is notorious for his disciplinary problems, and it seems the Arsenal legend is not a big fan of the player.Vieira has decided not to include him for the first game of their Ligue 1 campaign against Reims, and he spoke to Canal +:“He wants to go away, so I can not say he will stay here … We want players who are happy to be part of this team. It is a complicated and difficult situation, and the club will try to do everything possible to realize his transfer.”
The Saints lost against Everton last weekend and now they will host Leicester City at Saint Mary’s StadiumAfter a not-so-good season start in the Premier League, Southampton FC is looking to get its first win on Saturday.The Saints will host Leicester City at Saint Mary’s Stadium.Southampton is looking for a victory after tying 0-0 with Burnley on Week 1 and losing 2-1 to Everton on Week 2.And to Mark Hughes, The Saints boss, this means he has to find this best starting eleven.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“I’ve got an idea of that,” he said to the club’s official website.“At this stage of the season there are still a few vagaries in terms of guys who have come back late from World Cup who’ve had disrupted pre-season, so there’s still a leveling off in terms of what people are producing and capable of.”“I think that will resolve itself in the next couple of weeks,” he added.“Leicester are probably the club that gains more points on the road than most. They’re a very accomplished counter-attacking team and it’s very difficult to go up against them.”
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #pdmrally, #pnprally, #tcigeneralelections2016 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 11, 2016 – Grand Turk is a hot spot tonight as both major political parties are holding major political rallies. Some have dubbed the duke out as a clash of the titans between the Governing PNP and the Opposition PDM as there are two House of Assembly seats up for grabs.The PNP will be in Grand Turk North says National Chairman, Royal Robinson, which is also where they have incumbent, Minister George Lightbourne. The PDM will set up at the headquarters in GT, and in the Capital – the PDM also holds one seat for Grand Turk South & Salt Cay with its incumbent, Edwin Astwood. We expect to hear from both camps as the evening progresses.#magneticmedianews #pnprally #pdmrally #tcigeneralelections2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 52 Nominate for TCI General Election, information slow in coming
Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… 0 We move quickly to enforce our rules, but sometimes we don’t have the full context and can make mistakes.To fix that, we added a way for people to appeal our decision in the app and have been able to get back to people 60% faster than before. pic.twitter.com/0BWBnff9lt— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 2, 2019 Twitter logo is seen on an android mobile phone. SOPA Images via Getty Images Getting mistakenly locked out of your Twitter account can be a pain, but now there’s a way that could get you a faster response from the company.On Tuesday, Twitter said it added a way for users to appeal a company decision from within the app. Previously, users had to submit an appeal through an online form by visiting Twitter’s Help Center. Twitter said it’s been able to respond to user appeals 60 percent faster than before thanks to the new tool.Twitter users can get locked out of their account for various reasons. The company has rules against harassment, impersonation, child sexual exploitation and other offensive content. Twitter Tags But the company has also made mistakes. Over the weekend, Twitter suspended and then restored an anti-abortion film’s Twitter account, according to Variety. The account for the movie Unplanned was reportedly suspended because it was linked to another account that ran afoul of Twitter’s rules.In a tweet announcing the new feature, Twitter provided an example of a user getting locked out of their account for tweeting “Boom headshot! You don’t have a chance! I’m going to kill you this time with a knife.” The user then sends an appeal to Twitter, noting that the tweet was a joke between friends about a video game and not a real physical threat. Mobile Digital Media 5:14 Post a comment
Map of NarayanganjA sub-inspector of Araihazar police station in Narayanganj was closed to the district police lines on Friday night for freeing three drug traders taking bribe, reports UNB.The closed policeman is SI Rakib, who was posted at Gopaldi police investigation centre.Shariful Islam, inspector (investigation) of Araihazar police station, said the action was taken against Rakib for freeing three drug traders in exchange of Tk 110,000 after their arrest along with 460 bottles phensidyle at Biswanandi Ferryghat on Thursday night.
NASA is set to release a new book Benefits for Humanity that will showcase how research aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is helping improve lives on the Earth, while advancing NASA’s ambitious human exploration goals.It highlights benefits in a number of key areas including human health, disaster relief and education programmes to inspire future scientists, engineers and space explorers.“Some 250 miles overhead, astronauts are conducting critical
Pain in the neck from too much mobile usage? Keep changing hands and hold cellphone at the eye level to avoid it, say experts. Here are few more tips to consider: Maintain correct posture: It is very essential to maintain good body posture while sitting or standing. It is important to stand up straight and keep the neck in line with the trunk. Hold cellphone at the eye level: Hold the cellphone at eye level and avoid bending the neck forward for a prolonged period. Hold it such that it reduces stress both on the head/neck and the arms. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTake a break: Avoid continuously using smart phones for more than a few minutes. While working on laptops or desktops, take a break for 5 minutes after every 25 minutes of continuous working. Work ergonomics: Understand the ergonomics of your work place and if necessary, change it to keep a comfortable posture while working. It also increases your ability and work output. Avoid prolonged static postures: In between working on the desktop/laptop, move your neck regularly with movements like rotations, arching neck backwards and side bends to relieve the muscles of the strain. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChange the hand: Avoid holding large or heavy devices in one hand continuously for a long duration. Neck exercises: Neck and shoulder exercises help to improve muscle stamina, correct posture and strengthen the neck muscle. Trapezius and levator stretches may help. Ice/heat packs: Ice/hot packs can be applied to the painful area of the neck or upper back. Some physicians suggest alternate ice and hot packs as well. Massage: Massage by trained professionals or even just a gentle rubbing can give relief from the stiffness and pain. Use technology: Use apps and devices which track and calculate the time spent in a static position or with stooped posture and give an analysis of the same. If the pain continues, it is important to consult a spine specialist and not try any self-medication. Specialists can prescribe pain medication and inject medicine into the facet joint or trigger point for relief from painful text neck.
Dell Inc. announced today that founder Michael Dell, along with Menlo Park, Calif.-based investment firm Silver Lake, have agreed to acquire the tech powerhouse for approximately $24.4 billion, effectively taking the company private. Tech giant Microsoft is also part of the buyer’s consortium, contributing $2 billion in the form of a loan.As a private company, it’s expected that Michael Dell will have a new opportunity to position the Round Rock, Texas-based company against its rivals, including China’s Lenovo, and to push the PC manufacturer further into the tablet and smartphone markets.The deal is subject to a number of conditions, including certain regulatory approvals and a vote of unaffiliated stockholders. If all conditions are met, the transaction could close before the end of the first half of Dell’s fiscal year 2014, the company says.Related: Zipcar: From Business Idea to IPO to $500 Million BuyoutFounded nearly 30 years ago by Michael Dell — then a 19-year-old college student — Dell Inc. quickly rose to the top among PC manufacturers for consumers as well as business users. Here’s a look back at the company’s history and accomplishments:1984: Michael Dell — a 19-year-old pre-med freshman at the University of Texas at Austin — has an idea for a new computer business he believes will change the way computers will be designed, manufactured and sold. With $1,000, he founds a company called PC’s Limited.1985: Dell designs and builds his first computer system: the Turbo PC. It featured an Intel 8088 processor running at 8MHz, a 10MB hard drive and a 5.25-inch floppy drive (remember those?).1986: Dell releases what it says is the industry’s fastest performing PC: a 12MHz, 286-based system.1987: The company opens its first international subsidiary in the United Kingdom.1988: After just four years, Dell goes public, raising $30 million in its IPO.1989: Dell releases its first laptop computer, the 316LT.1993: The “Dimension” and “OptiPlex” desktops debut for consumer and business users. Dell expands into the Asia Pacific region.1996: The company launches Dell.com, which generates $1 million in sales per day six months after going live, Dell says.1997: Dell ships its 10-millionth PC.2000: It incorporates built-in Wi-Fi on its computers. Sales at Dell.com reach $40 million per day.2003: The company expands its product portfolio with Dell-branded printers.2004: Dell becomes China’s third largest provider of computer systems and services. Michael Dell steps down as CEO but stays on as chairman of the board.2006: The company acquires computer gaming company Alienware. Dell’s share price experiences steady decline, and the company loses its lead in the PC market to Hewlett-Packard. Analysts suggest Dell needs to expand further into non-PC businesses segments.2007: Michael Dell returns to his role as CEO. He begins a new phase in the company he calls “Dell 2.0,” which includes diversifying product offerings and reducing the company’s workforce. The “Vostro” family of computer products becomes Dell’s flagship line for small businesses. Dell launches carbon-neutral programs for consumers and corporate customers.2008: The company acquires storage firm EqualLogic. It launches the “Dell Latitude” line of laptops for business users and creates its first Modular Data Center for cloud-computing applications.2009: Dell acquires Perot Systems and launches a new business called Dell Services, offering end-to-end IT services. Enters the smartphone market with the Mini 3i from China Mobile.2010: Its first tablet, called the Streak (the device was 5 inches), launches.2011: Dell acquires enterprise solutions companies Secure Works, RNA Networks and Dell Force10 Networks. It commits $1 billion to develop Dell data and solution centers around the world and records the largest single-year revenue increase in company history, it says.Related: The Value of Creativity: Adobe Buys Portfolio Platform Behance Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global min read February 5, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Tags: Hawaii, Westin Hotels & Resorts Here’s your first look at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, coming May 2018 Share Posted by Travelweek Group HAWAII ISLAND — Renovations are well underway at the soon-to-debut The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, with the very first images of the property having just been released.The US$46 million renovation will include upgraded guestrooms, an entirely new adults pool and new dining venues, all of which will debut in May 2018. During its transformation, the property will remain open as the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.Upon completion, The Westin Beach Hapuna Resort will be the only Westin on the Big Island.King RoomSuiteSuite bathroomSuiteThe resort in its current form as Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel has the following currently available for guests:Redesigned guestrooms and suites (140 of 232 rooms, inclusive of suites); Hapuna’s guestrooms are among the largest on the Kohala CoastA new adults-only pooloffering a serene poolside experience overlooking the award-winning Hapuna BeachAdult Pool and SpaAdult Pool and SpaFour new dining concepts: Meridia, a Mediterranean inspired restaurant; Naupaka Beach Grill, an innovative casual restaurant featuring an extensive list of local brews on tap;‘Ikena Landing, an open-air breakfast venue with a buffet and a la carte options; and Piko Coffee+Bar, a barista bar serving 100% Kona Coffee and fresh grab ‘n go selectionsSophisticated lobby experience that includes a new Living Wall vertical gardenand interactive check-in pods << Previous PostNext Post >>
January 13, 2009 This completes a series of reports about the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater in Santa Fe, New Mexico. [see 1/2, 1/5, 1/7 and 1/9/09]. With a closer look at the model we see the entrance gradually sloped to reach the below ground level amphitheater. The long entrance runway was dug and the earth sculpted to provide a rigid body upon which a thin shell of concrete was poured. [Photos: Annette Del Zoppo and Colly Soleri & text: sa] Here is an image of the entrance, taken by Raffaele in August last year. [Photo: Raffaele Elba & text: sa] A bridge across the roof of the stage is also visible in the model, and here is an image from Raffaele the shows the bridge very well. SOLERI’S OPEN-AIR THEATER IN SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO from “Soleri architecture as Human Ecology” by Antonietta Iolanda Lima, published by Jaca Books, 2000. In 1964 Lloyd Kiva New, president of the Institute of American Arts and a friend and admirer of Soleri, commissioned him to build a three-hundred-seat open-air theater that would both serve its traditional function and “frame the moon and sun.” Soleri accepted the assignment, although he still believed that the city should be the true focus of architecture. For Soleri, the open-air theater offered another chance to experiment with low-cost materials in close connection with the environment. What he was after was not so much stage mobility as synergy among the participants. He achieved this by creating a stage and seating with no division, a place where actors and musicians could interact with spectators. It was a work of brutal expressionism that made the environment vibrant through an asyntactic division of space and elements that created pronounced dissonance. There were Corbusian reflections (the master plan for Chandigarh) in the plastic movement of the masses. A large, upside-down vault was built above the stage and intersected with a bridge, creating natural flow in a tangle of shapes, projections, variously organized elements, and stairs. Soleri said of the project: We were hoping actors would use not just the stage, but also the area above it, and that’s why we designed the bridge and other platforms. It was meant to be similar to the Elizabethan theater, with action taking place on different levels ….. The notion of using the local landscape, geology, and natural materials was an integral part of the process. We molded earth and arranged the arches, then we excavated trenches and poured concrete to form the walls, using a technique that captures the consistency and shape of the earth itself. Rock, gravel, sand, and so forth were intentionally incorporated into the surfaces. [Photo: Raffaele Elba & text: Professor Jolanda Lima, sa]
Rep. Iden applauds $5 million for job programsKalamazoo Valley Community College was one of 18 community colleges in Michigan to receive a grant for added equipment and training for technical education, State Rep. Brandt Iden announced.The grants come as the Michigan Legislature and governor are placing a renewed focus on filling jobs in the skilled trades. Rep. Iden said he believes investing more in these programs will benefit both the local and state economies.“I recently had a chance to see the great work being done in the technical education programs at KVCC, and I’m convinced that expanding these programs will keep Michigan headed in the right direction,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “Our economy is recovering, and filling open jobs in these fields will keep Michigan and Kalamazoo County moving forward.”The $4,753,682.13 grant was awarded as part of the Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. KVCC will use the money to assist with the 3D Printing/Machine Tool, Welding, CNC, Information Technology, CAD/CAM and Water Treatment/Chemical Processing programs.Rep. Iden said he hopes to see more people take advantage of technical education opportunities in the state.“We’re headed in the right direction and we can’t let up now. Giving these programs additional tools will help them provide training for more people and keep our state on the path to a brighter future,” Rep. Iden said.### 26Feb KVCC boosting skilled trades training Categories: Iden News