first_imgWith a combined foot of snow or more around the region this past week, neighborhood fire hydrants have been buried in some locations.Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper reminds residents to help keep snow away from the fire hydrants in their city:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….tank on the truck. :15Schipper is asking residents to help firefighters out by clearing a path around the hydrant near their home:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……………to the truck. :10Schipper says fire crews can’t get around to all 600 plus hydrants in Le Mars to clear them, but if the public helps, it ensures a faster response if there is a fire in their neighborhood.last_img read more

Man Utd schedule ‘concerns’ Mourinho

first_imgManchester United Man Utd schedule ‘concerns’ Mourinho as preparation time is cut Alex Fisher Last updated 2 years ago 23:01 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) josemourinho - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Premier League José Mourinho Manchester United v Crystal Palace Crystal Palace The Portuguese coach has once again questioned the Red Devils’ hectic fixture list and the recovery time being made available to his squad Manchester United’s hectic schedule means they must stay mentally strong if they are to remain competitive on all fronts, according to Jose Mourinho.United sit joint-top of the fledgling table after five wins and a draw from their opening six matches, level with Manchester City at the summit.United 5/2 for PL title with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Their return to the Champions League has also started well, with a 3-0 win over Basel followed by a comprehensive 4-1 thrashing of CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.However, just three days later United face Crystal Palace in the league and Mourinho is not happy with the preparation time for the Old Trafford clash.”When I looked at the fixtures, I only looked to the period of time we have to recover from match to match,” he told a media conference.”It’s the only thing that concerns me. It is very important. “We played Wednesday night and we arrived [in] Manchester [at] 4am, so [we got] home at 5am, and we have to [play] tomorrow, so [our] mentality is [always] very important.””We have to train and make decisions after training,” says the boss. “I hope some of the players that couldn’t play in Moscow can recover.”— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 29, 2017Some may see Palace as an easy return to domestic action given they have suffered the worst start ever to a Premier League campaign.However, despite the Eagles failing to gain a point or score a goal, Mourinho does not believe Palace should be written off yet.”There is a long time to go,” he added when asked about Palace’s plight. “It is just the beginning.”He [Roy Hodgson] is an experienced manager with good players, and they have a long time to fight and reach their objectives.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Forget Kane & Alli – it’s Pochettino Real want

first_imgTransfers Forget Kane and Alli – Real Madrid want to sign Spurs boss Pochettino Ben Hayward Last updated 2 years ago 15:00 10/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(18) Harry Kane, Mauricio Pochettino, Florentino Perez split Getty Transfers UEFA Champions League Harry Kane Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur Los Blancos still see Karim Benzema as their main striker and are well stocked in midfield. However, Florentino Perez has long admired the Spurs boss Real Madrid are not currently considering summer moves for Tottenham pair Harry Kane and Dele Alli, but the European champions are keeping tabs on Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.Kane in particular has been strongly linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu after his impressive performances over the past year, with some speculation also claiming interest in Alli from the Spanish side.Spurs 11/2 to beat Madrid Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “Kane is a fundamental player for Tottenham,” Real boss Zinedine Zidane said in the pre-match press conference ahead of the teams’ Champions League clash on Tuesday. “He is very good at everything. He’s very quick and very dangerous with spaces. He’s very complete and in the end, he always appears.”However, Los Blancos still see Karim Benzema as their first-choice central striker, with the French forward extremely popular with his team-mates, his coach and president Florentino Perez. And if Madrid were to bring in another No.9, it would be as back-up to the 29-year-old — at least at this stage.Dele Alli TottenhamBenzema is currently the only senior striker at the club following the summer sale of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea, and the Frenchman was sorely missed during a recent absence through injury.However, Kane would only be signed as a starter and Madrid are unwilling to spend in excess of €100 million for a player who, they believe, is not needed at this point in time.Alli’s case is similar. Real, like all of Europe’s top teams, have monitored the Tottenham and England midfielder, but believe they are well stocked in the centre of the park at this point in time.Luka Modric is 32, but is set to continue for some time yet along with Toni Kroos (27) and Isco (25), with Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio (both 21) also at the club. So an expensive move for Alli is not necessary at the moment. Harry Kane Tottenham 2017“I know Harry was so emotional when he saw [Francesco] Totti’s farewell at Roma, after only playing at one club,” Pochettino said of Kane on Monday. “I said maybe Harry Kane can have the same career. Maybe that can provide extra motivation.”The most important thing is that he’s happy at Tottenham and in the future who knows where he’ll be. He enjoys Tottenham, he comes from the academy and he identifies with the club. He’s a player who likes scoring, loves the Tottenham shirt. I hope he stays with us for a long time.”Spurs chairman Daniel Levy hopes Pochettino will also stay at the club for an extended period.“I would love nothing more than for Mauricio still to be our manager in 10 to 15 years’ time,” Levy said in an extract of a new book by Guillem Balague, which is being serialised by the Daily Mail . “To really build success you need time, longevity.”And he added: “It’s easy to go and become a manager at Real Madrid, for instance. It’s a fantastic club, don’t get me wrong, but winning at Tottenham Hotspur is far greater than winning at Real Madrid — and he agrees.”Mauricio Pochettino TottenhamPochettino has been admired by Madrid, and Perez, ever since his time at Espanyol and a shock 2-1 win at Camp Nou against Pep Guardiola’s great side. And in 2015, he said: “Of course I would like to manage Real Madrid — they are the best team in the world.”His past as an Espanyol player (in two spells) and coach means he is unlikely to end up at Barca, however, even though he was under consideration following Luis Enrique’s exit in the summer.”I could not train Barcelona for many reasons, which we shouldn’t go deep into,” he said on Monday. “I hope I stay 10 to 15 years at Tottenham. If he [Levy] wants, I would love to sign that contract. It’s always up to the owner or chairman to decide if you’re a manager for a short time or a long period.”So it might be a good idea for Tottenham to draw up that contract soon, because whenever Zidane ends up leaving Los Blancos (and coaches do not usually last many years at Real), Pochettino will be one of the club’s top targets to replace him.last_img read more

SportingPulse Upgrades

first_imgClubs and teams can now reward and acknowledge members with the introduction of the online MVP awards, as well as a completely new website section, the Trophy Room.MVP awards allow clubs to acknowledge the achievement of an individual with both a certificate and a voucher for a Red Rooster product.Other new functionalities include maps on Sportzware sites, club training workshops and Sportzware central 7.1 upgrade. For more information, please visit the SportingPulse website:www.sportingpulse.comlast_img read more

Goa govts ODF status claim are false

first_imgPanaji: The opposition Congress in Goa on Sunday contested the BJP-led state government’s claim that all village panchayat areas have become open defecation free.Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, Digambar Kamat, said the government has “manipulated” facts and figures to create a “false picture” of acquiring ODF status, which he said will affect the “image of Goa”, a popular tourist destination. Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho had said all 180-odd panchayats have been officially declared as ODF. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Goa declared 100 percent ODF: This is expected from the Government which has mastered the art of manipulating facts & figures to create fake feeling of Acche Din”. “This announcement will now turn all those people who are compelled to use open spaces to answer their natural calls as criminals,purely because Government has miserably failed to provide them with adequate toilets,” Kamat said in a tweet. Contesting Godinho’s claim that the government had installed adequate number of toilets, including community ones, in these areas, Kamat said information provided to the Assembly had “showed that a huge number of houses lacked toilet facilities”. “It is surprising that Government has just ignored facts and figures to create a false picture. This will severely affect the image of the state. I urge the Government to understand the ground reality by reading various media reports in today’s local newspapers,” he added.last_img read more

Were not convinced Draft plan to restore Wood Buffalo National Park panned

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, A.B. – The draft for a federal plan to restore Canada’s largest national park suggests Ottawa is unlikely to ease international concerns about threats posed to its status as a World Heritage site, say environmental groups and First Nations.“If this is all we’ve got to save the park, we don’t have a very good outlook,” said Kecia Kerr of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, one of the groups worried about the impact of development and climate change on Wood Buffalo National Park.The federal government has until Friday to respond to concerns raised by UNESCO about the park, which straddles the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary. The area’s Mikisew Cree First Nation warned UNESCO in 2014 that the sprawling park _ one of the world’s largest inland deltas _ was in trouble. UNESCO investigators agreed and that triggered a federal study.At 561-page report released last summer concluded that 15 out of 17 measures of ecological health were declining. The effects _ everything from low water flows to curtailed Indigenous use _ stem largely from changes to area rivers caused by climate change, dams in British Columbia and industry in Alberta.UNESCO gave Canada until Feb. 1 to say how it would fix the problems. The draft of that plan isn’t encouraging, said Mikisew’s Melody Lepine.“There’s a lot of things they say they’re going to do. However, there’s no hard timelines or finances. Without resources and some key timelines, it’s just words on paper.”Spokespeople from Environment Canada say the draft document has changed significantly since it was released in November.Audrey Champagne, a spokesperson for Parks Canada, responded to criticism that the document was vague by noting the government has committed more than $27.5 million over five years to support the action plan to preserve the World Heritage site. “It leaves out quite a few of the recommendations from the (UNESCO) mission,” she said. That includes a recommendation to assess the environmental and social impacts of B.C. Hydro’s Site C dam.Much of what the draft highlights are measures that already exist.It suggests threats posed by vast oilsands tailings ponds upstream of the park are adequately managed by company remediation plans filed with Alberta’s energy regulator. However, the regulator itself has expressed concern about those plans.As well, the draft promises improved Indigenous consultation through an existing management committee, a group Lepine describes as dysfunctional.“We’re not convinced that’s going to be a meaningful change,” she said. “They’re basically relying on the status quo.”Lepine does support the draft’s proposal to try to artificially mimic spring flooding and other natural water flows to rejuvenate the delta’s lakes and streams.But she questions the government’s promises to consider cumulative effects of oilsands projects planned for near the park, such as Teck’s Frontier oilsands mine.Hearings for the proposed mine, 30 kilometres from Wood Buffalo’s southern boundary, are already over.“What kind of change will we see after approval is given?” asks Lepine.“We don’t see a lot adaptive management right now. The green light’s given and everybody walks away.”Champagne countered that Parks Canada participates with other federal departments in the environmental review of projects which may impact the park. She also noted the Alberta government has been a “key partner” in the action plan’s development and will speak about their contributions once the plan is submitted to the World Heritage Centre.Ottawa’s draft report has been distributed to 30 Indigenous groups and at least 13 energy companies and environmental groups, as well as to the Alberta, British Columbia and Northwest Territories governments.center_img “This demonstrates Canada’s commitment to securing the future of Wood Buffalo National Park World Heritage Site, so that it remains a treasured place with Outstanding Universal Value for generations to come,” Champagne wrote in a statement, adding more details will be available when the action plan is formally announced.Wood Buffalo covers almost 45,000 square kilometres of grasslands, wetlands and waterways. Millions of migratory birds from four continental flyways converge there to breed.It is the world’s only breeding ground for endangered whooping cranes and home to the largest herd of free-ranging wood buffalo left anywhere. First Nations have depended on the area for generations for cultural and physical sustenance.Kerr said the draft is so lacking that she doubts any revisions would go far enough.last_img read more

Video Cristiano Ronaldo Disguises as Homeless man Surprises Young Fan

Rabat – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo dressed up as a homeless man to surprise a young fan in the Spanish capital Madrid.A video showed the three-time Ballon d’Or winner dressed in a wig, moustache and baggy clothing.He then revealed his true self before giving a young fan a hug and an autographed soccer ball. This comes after it was reported that Ronaldo is sponsoring a team in his home town of Madeira.

Pompeo visits Swiss event as Trumps policies raise concerns

MONTREUX, Switzerland — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is joining Trump adviser Jared Kushner at a closed-doors meeting of the Bilderberg Group in the Swiss lakeside resort of Montreux.Saturday’s annual gathering has long been shrouded in mystery because of its secretive nature and high-profile participants from business, politics, intelligence and defence.The drop-in visit by America’s top diplomat on the penultimate day of the four-day gathering comes at a time when many of the global elite represented there are uneasy about the wrecking ball that President Donald Trump’s administration has taken to the world’s postwar, internationalist order that the United States itself helped establish.Trump supporters counter that the United States has been taken for granted for too long, and insist that U.S. interests must come first.The Associated Press read more

Economic restructuring schemes must consider rights of poor says UN expert

25 October 2007International financial institutions and wealthy States imposing structural reform programmes on poor countries or executing debt repayments should ensure that when doing so they do not undermine basic cultural, social and economic rights, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today. Bernards Mudho, the Human Rights Council’s Independent Expert on the effects of economic reform policies and foreign debt on the full enjoyment of all human rights, detailed draft guidelines for financial institutions and industrialized States to follow when pursuing economic restructuring programmes in developing countries.He told the General Assembly’s third committee (social, humanitarian and cultural issues) that the draft guidelines include a provision calling on institutions demanding repayment of foreign debts to ensure that a debtor country is not prevented from fulfilling its human rights obligations to its citizens as a result.Moreover, whenever major economic reform programmes are being considered, including macroeconomic stabilization, trade liberalization and social sector reform, social, cultural and economic impact assessments should be conducted first.Mr. Mudho added that creditors and borrowers must share responsibility for new loans and debt sustainability.“The creditors and the borrowers should assess [the] economic and social impact of debt service obligations before entering into a new loan agreement,” he said. “The performance of each loan should be monitored by both the creditors and the borrowers, and the agreements should allow review of loan conditions.“Both the negotiations and implementation of loan agreements should be transparent and open to public scrutiny, including [the] participation of civil society and state legislature.”The Independent Expert also said the global lending economy should also agree on common lending principles, especially in cases of potentially unsustainable debt situations.“These include debt relief, debt swapping and shifting to highly concessional loans and grants, particularly in absorbing external shocks.”In addition, he said, human rights obligations should play a key role in trade negotiation processes.The guidelines are now being circulated among Member States and others and Mr. Mudho said he hoped the draft would serve as a basis for constructive discussions on issues of economic management. He plans to submit a final draft of the guidelines to the Council in December so that it can begin deliberations on whether to approve them. read more

UN tribunal finds 2 former Rwandan officials guilty of war crimes

Eliezer Niyitegeka, Minister of Information of Rwanda’s Interim Government in 1994, was given a life sentence for genocide and conspiracy to commit genocide, and both direct and public incitement to commit genocide.The Tribunal concluded that Mr. Niyitegeka had played a prominent role in the events that took place in Kibuye prefecture, particularly in Bisesero, from April to June 1994. He procured gendarmes for an attack on Tutsis hiding inside Mubuga Church and also twice led armed attackers to Tutsi refugees who were at Muyira Hill.Mr. Niyitegeka was also convicted of murder, extermination and other inhumane acts as crimes against humanity – the first such conviction by the Tribunal. The trial court said his presence and instruction during the killing and mutilation of a Tutsi constituted an inhumane act, as was his instruction to attackers to mutilate the body of a murdered Tutsi woman.The judges acquitted him, however, of complicity to commit genocide, rape as a crime against humanity and serious violations of a Geneva Convention.In the second conviction, the Tribunal found Laurent Semanza, a former Bourgmestre of Bicumbi commune, guilty of complicity to commit genocide and crimes against humanity. He was sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment.The trial judges found that the accused aided and abetted in the crime of genocide during massacres at Musha Church and Mwulire Hill. He was also found guilty of torture and murder as crimes against humanity for inciting a crowd in a commune to rape Tutsi women before killing them.Mr. Semanza was also directly criminally responsible for the torture and murder of a Tutsi who he attacked during the church massacre. He was acquitted, however, of genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, persecution as a crime against humanity and serious violations of a Geneva Convention. read more

Spain turns away Argentine fan in Libertadores crackdown

MADRID — Spanish police have deported an Argentine fan who arrived in Madrid for the final of the Copa Libertadores, saying he has a long criminal record.Spanish private news agency Europa Press reported Mazi Mazzaro was turned away at Madrid airport late Wednesday. The agency cited on Thursday unidentified police sources who described Mazzaro as dangerous, without elaborating.Police in Madrid are on high alert for the game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium featuring Buenos Aires archrivals Boca Juniors and River Plate.The second leg was moved to Spain after it was postponed twice because of fan violence in Buenos Aires.___More AP soccer: and Associated Press read more

12yearold boy relives fatal attack on his mum

first_imgA 12-year-old boy had to relive his mother’s fatal attack in the Melbourne Magistrates Court this week at the committal hearing for Con Vlahos. It is alleged that Vlahos, 35, murdered the woman – the boy’s mother – at a Preston flat in October last year and then burnt her body. Under questioning the boy, unnamed for legal reasons, recounted how he pleaded with the man, “I need a mum in my life” before fleeing the murder scene. He said his mother has whispered to him that she loved him and to flee the Preston flat. The young boy told the court that Vlahos had ”slashed” at and punched her after he poured boiling water on her and him. In the trial, another witness has alleged that Vlahos held a blood-stained knife to the boy’s throat as his mother lay bleeding on a couch. The unidentified witness, who is said to have been the mother’s lover and a friend of Vlahos, said the woman had a temper and a problem with alcohol and always carried a knife for protection. He said on the day in question, the three had taken cocaine at Vlahos’ Preston flat and an argument escalated between Vlahos and the mother. He alleged Vlahos was in a “rage”, demanding of both “where’s the dope?” before he poured hot water on her and then stabbed her and later stomped on her head. The boy, who gave evidence from a remote witness facility transmitted to a contested committal hearing for Vlahos, told the defence lawyer Theo Kassimatis that during the fight he screamed “I just want my mum”. He said Vlahos put a knife to his throat then let him go. At this stage the woman told her son she loved him and to flee the flat. The hearing continues. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dortmund players discuss teams win in the UCL

first_imgBorussia Dortmund players Marco Reus and Mario Gotze have discussed their opinions after the team’s impressive victory over Atletico Madrid.The German Bundesliga side defeated Atletico in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday to maintain their perfect record in the competition so far, thanks to goals from Axel Witsel, Raphael Guerreiro (2) and Jadon Sancho.The victory gives Dortmund nine points and puts them top of Group A as they seek qualification into the second round.“We suffered a lot today.” Marco Reus said, according to the club’s official website.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“Atlético really picked up the pace in the second half. We managed to survive that. It was a brutal evening for us, but the way we did it was great.”“Everyone was challenged defensively, we just stayed calm and scored the goals. We had a lot of space at the back. Atlético were respectful and we are extremely happy.”Mario Gotze said after the game, that: “We can be happy and satisfied today. We couldn’t have imagined it going any better. We all attacked and defended together and our teamwork set us apart. We were extremely varied up front, we moved well in the spaces and scored at important times in the game. We want to take this momentum with us now.”last_img read more

Study of whooping cranes reveals pairs bond even before reaching mating age

first_imgA team of researchers from the U.S. and Germany has found that many whooping cranes pair up even before they are old enough to mate. In their paper published in the journal Animal Behavior, the group describes their study of the rare birds and offers some opinions on why the birds pair up so early and become mates for life. Explore further , Animal Behavior More information: Claire S. Teitelbaum et al. Birds choose long-term partners years before breeding, Animal Behaviour (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.10.015AbstractPair bonds can provide social benefits to long-term monogamous species alongside their benefits for reproduction. However, little is known about when these bonds form, in particular how long they are present before breeding. Previous studies of pair formation in long-term monogamous birds have been rather data-limited, but for many migratory birds they report pair formation on the wintering grounds. We provide the first systematic investigation of prebreeding association patterns of long-term monogamous pairs by examining entire life histories based on tracking data of migratory whooping cranes, Grus americana. We found that a substantial portion (62%) of breeding pairs started associating at least 12 months before first breeding, with 16 of 58 breeding pairs beginning to associate over 2 years before first breeding. For most pairs, these associations with future breeding partners also became unique and distinguishable from association patterns with nonpartner individuals 12 months before first breeding. In addition, 60% of pair associations began before at least one partner had reached nominal sexual maturity. Most pairs began associating in the late spring upon arrival at the summer grounds, while associations beginning at other times of the year were rare. Patterns in the associations of pairs prior to breeding can point to the potential benefits of prebreeding relationships, for instance providing support in competitive interactions or increasing partner familiarity. Researcher studies birds that break all the mating rules Citation: Study of whooping cranes reveals pairs bond even before reaching mating age (2017, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. Credit: CC0 Public Domain © 2017 Journal information: Animal Behaviour Prior research has shown that whooping cranes, like several other bird species, bond with their mates for life. The practice, other research has shown, improves reproduction numbers and helps birds live longer because the paired mates look out for one another against predators and in some cases, help each other in foraging for food.Sadly, whooping cranes are still quite rare after near extinction in North America back in the 1940s. Efforts to save them have resulted in a rising population, but they are still considered to be an extremely threatened species. These tall, long-legged white birds with red tipped heads and black tipped wing feathers have been the focus of several studies. In this new effort, the researchers attached monitoring devices to 89 of the birds reintroduced into the eastern U.S. back in 2001, and have been studying them ever since.The researchers report that over the course of their study, they witnessed the development of 58 male/female partnerships. But what was surprising was that 62 percent of those partnerships started before at least one of the birds was old enough to mate. They noted that the bonding began occurring on average one year prior to mating, though there were some exceptions—they found, for example, that in 16 of the matchups, bonding began as early as two years before mating. And there was one pair that “courted” for four and a half years before they mated. Interestingly, the researchers also found a few examples of a pair bonded before mating, but then changing their minds, choosing instead to find more suitable mates.The researchers suggest early courtship is likely part of a process of finding the right fit—if they are to remain a bonded pair for life afterwards, it would make sense for them to test their compatibility first.last_img read more

Docudrama on Tagores Karna Kunti Sambad at Indian Museum today

first_imgKolkata: Indian Museum will host a docu-drama based on Rabindranath Tagore’s Karna Kunti Sambad to mark the occasion of Gurudev’s 158th birth anniversary on Thursday.The docu–drama titled “Changing Shades of Time” has been made by the director of Indian Museum Rajesh Purohit. “I was inspired by the English translation of Tagore’s Karna Kunti Sambad by Ketaki Kushari Dyson. Here Tagore depicts the relationship between a mother and child in the most wonderful way. I had made this docu-drama while I was in Kurukshetra eight years back,” Purohit said. Tagore had written Karna Kunti Sambad in 1901. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe docu-drama aims to show the change with the passage of time on how Vyasa had portrayed the relationship between Karna and Kunti in his Mahabharata, how Tagore conceived the two characters in Karna Kunti Sambad and what relationship street-children share with their mothers these days. The authorities of Indian Museum are also putting on display the original Japanese translation script of a poem from his play Mukta Dhara (‘Waterfall’ in English) that he had written after his first visit to Japan. A silver enameled bead that Tagore had gifted to a famous person in the Japan during his visit will also be exhibited. The two rare collections of the museum will be the exhibits of the month and will be displayed for public till May 31. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThese two exhibits and some photographs in connection with Tagore’s Japan visit were gifted to the Indian Museum by the Japan Embassy in the year 1989. Tagore had visited Japan three times — in 1916, 1924 and 1929. His visits to Japan have proved to be a milestone in the relation that Japan and Bengal share. During his tours, Tagore had met the Prime Minister of Japan, writers, artistes, musicians, educationists, politicians, and journalists. He delivered numerous lectures and befriended a number of Japanese.last_img read more

Microsoft MIT Turn Temporary Tattoos Into Touchpads

first_imgAugust 15, 2016 Temporary tattoos are more than just a fun activity to try at the beach, or some novel way to test out a real tattoo before you go under the needle. If some PhD students have their way, they’ll soon be a fashionable way to control your smartphone.That’s not a typo. A new project from Microsoft Research and MIT’s Media Lab combines embedded sensors and gold leaf — a connective element — to create interactive temporary tattoos. And these DuoSkin tattoos aren’t just input-only. While you could use one of them to theoretically control the volume on your smartphone, they could also be used as an output device. In other words, tiny components in the temporary tattoo (like LEDs) could change in some fashion based on a stimulus, like your body temperature. The tattoo could also store data and transmit information when queried by other devices (like an NFC chip of sorts). “Importantly, DuoSkin incorporates aesthetic customizations found on body decoration, giving form to exposed interfaces that so far have mostly been concealed by covers. Our technical evaluation confirmed that gold skin was more durable and preferable when affixed to skin than currently commodity materials during everyday wear,” reads the research paper from MIT’s Media Lab and Microsoft Research.”This makes gold leaf a viable material for users to build functional and compelling on-skin devices. In our workshop evaluation, participants were able to customize their own on-skin music controllers that reflected personal aesthetics.”The one sticking point with the tattoos — two, really — are their ability to stay on your skin for a decent amount of time and external microcontrollers you have to attach in order to enable some tattoos’ functions. Though the tattoo researchers appeared to have a little difficulty getting the tattoos’ copper tape and conductive thread to stick to subjects participating in an eight-hour trial of the tattoos, the gold leaf itself stayed on perfectly.Microcontrollers are a necessary part of the equation for those looking to have tattoos that serve as inputs or outputs, as batteries and other larger components aren’t embedded in the gold-leaf tattoos themselves. However, these can be discreetly hidden on one’s body (or attached to a piece of clothing). They’re a small price to pay to turn one’s wrist into a volume control or, better yet, a functional touchpad for one’s connected device.”We believe that in the future, on-skin electronics will no longer be black-boxed and mystified; instead, they will converge towards the user friendliness, extensibility and aesthetics of body decorations, forming a DuoSkin integrated to the extent that it has seemingly disappeared,” reads a video description for DuoSkin. This story originally appeared on PCMag 3 min read Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Report BofA Planning to Unload Another 100B in Servicing Rights

first_imgReport: BofA Planning to Unload Another $100B in Servicing Rights January 9, 2013 430 Views in Secondary Market, Servicing Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Ally Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Basel Accords Investment Investors JPMorgan Chase Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights Ocwen Service Providers 2013-01-09 Tory Barringer After “”announcing Monday””: the sale of nearly $306 billion in mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) on 2 million loans, “”Bank of America””: might be looking to unload a little more.[IMAGE]””Reuters””: first reported Tuesday that the bank is planning to sell rights on at least another $100 billion of mortgages. BofA is likely to announce more MSR sales in the next several weeks, according to two unnamed sources who spoke to Reuters.The bank announced Monday agreements to sell “”$215 billion””: in MSRs to “”Nationstar Mortgage Holdings””: (in a $1.3 billion deal) and “”$93 billion””: to “”Walter Investment Management””: (in a $519 million deal).Sales of servicing rights have become more and more prevalent as associated costs rise and servicers fall to bankruptcy, leaving hungry institutions to purchase their MSRs. The most active buyers as of late have been Nationstar, Walter Investment, and “”Ocwen Financial Corp.””:, which purchased the servicing rights of the bankrupt Residential Capital, LLC in a joint bid with Walter Investment.Another factor leading the rapid transfer of MSRs is the impending implementation of Basel III capital rules, which will force banks to either hold more capital for mortgages serviced or to put less premium on the value of MSRs. As a result, more banks are trying to unload their servicing rights to cut costs.Because servicing companies are exempt from the Basel III Accord, they can capitalize on the sales.Sources also told Reuters that “”Ally Financial Inc.’s””: banking subsidiary is looking to sell $122 billion of MSRs, and “”JPMorgan””: may try to do the same. According to Reuters, Ocwen, Nationstar, and Walter are among a handful of firms attracted to Ally’s MSRs. A BofA spokesperson declined to comment to Reuters on specific transactions, but he did say the sale of MSRs is part of the bank’s strategy.””By reducing the size of our portfolio, we improve customer service capacity and resolve legacy mortgage issues and reduce risk in our portfolio,”” he said.last_img read more

by Adina Bresge The Canadian Press Posted May

first_img by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted May 30, 2019 2:09 pm PDT TORONTO — The president of Heffel Fine Art says the auction house remains committed to its international ambitions after the flopped sale of a canvas by French artist Henri Matisse.“Femme assise sur un balcon” had been valued between $3.8 million and $5.8 million heading into Heffel’s spring sale at Toronto’s Design Exchange on Wednesday.But the 1919 painting failed to sell after the highest bid of $3 million fell short of the consignor’s undisclosed reserve price.Heffel had touted the lot as the first major oil-on-canvas by Matisse to be offered at auction in Canada, with president David Heffel calling the international offering a “milestone” signifying the maturity of the Canadian art market.The auctioneer stood by that assessment in an interview Thursday, downplaying the result as symptomatic of the vagaries of the art market.“That milestone has been reached and will continue,” Heffel said by phone. “It’s great when the moons align, but sometimes, for whatever reason, it just doesn’t.”A number of international and domestic collectors had expressed interest in the painting before the auction, he said, but for “unknown reasons” those potential purchases didn’t pan out.He said the consignor of the Matisse canvas, a private collector in Monaco, wasn’t too disappointed with the outcome having auctioned off two other works by Jean Paul Riopelle for a combined $902,500.“They weren’t expecting, to quote the family’s word, ‘a hat trick,’” said Heffel. “They look forward to consigning and working with Heffel in the future.”The auction house is taking offers for unsold works, which will be forwarded on to the consignor, who can choose whether to accept them.Heffel doesn’t expect Wednesday’s auction will deter collectors from consigning foreign art to the auction house, noting that works by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Tokyo-born abstractionist Larry Poons and Japanese-French painter Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita all fetched prices above their pre-sale estimates.“For one miss at the bat, there were three home runs,” he said. “Sometimes, an opportunity is lost for a great treasure, and the future value and appreciation for any great work over time proves itself.”The Toronto auction house has faced other challenges in positioning itself as a global player in the art world.In 2016, a panel of experts prevented Heffel from exporting a painting by French artist Gustave Caillebotte to a U.K. purchaser on the grounds that the work was too valuable to Canadian heritage to be shipped abroad.Heffel challenged that decision in court and won. But in April, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled the government-appointed panel was reasonable in deeming the French painting to be of such “national importance” and “outstanding significance” that it should be denied an export permit under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.Heffel’s president noted that the Matisse canvas would not have been subject to such a review, because the criteria only applies to works that have been in Canada for more than 35 years.He said the auction house has no plans to take the case to a higher court at this time. But he hopes that Ottawa will “modernize” legislation to make it easier for international collectors to participate in the Canadian art market.“We really want to … hold hand-in-hand our great Canadian artists with the great international masters,” he said. “To not only elevate Canada’s participation in the (international) art market, but to elevate Canadian art’s exposure in that international art market by showing a great Emily Carr next to a Picasso.”Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Heffel president holds fast to global art ambitions after Matisse auction flopcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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