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NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (November 17-November 26):Tewksbury Woman Is The Latest Mass. Lottery $1 Million WinnerPHOTO GALLERY: Historic Win For Aylward’s, As Redmen Stuff Wildcats, 43-0Tewksbury High Cheerleaders Cap Fall Season With Strong Showing At StatesTewksbury Youth Lacrosse Association Introduces A New ProgramTewksbury U10-1 Girls Soccer Wins Global Premiere Soccer Tournament Your Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”last_img read more

Kalank box office prediction These 4 aspects may take a toll on

first_imgKalank poster.InstagramBollywood movie Kalank starring Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur is set for grand worldwide release, but four aspects may affect its collection at the box office.Kalank is riding on huge hype and expectations. Its ensemble cast of Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt, vibrant production values featured in its promos have generated a massive amount of curiosity about the film, which is set for worldwide release on April 17. Considering this hysteria, it is expected to start with a bang and make a superb collection.But some aspects may prove very costly for Kalank and eat away its prospects at the box office. Here are those five threats.IPL feverIndia is a fast gripped by the IPL fever and there is little interest among the people to watch movies at the moment. The evening shows of a movie decide its prospects, but Kalank is surely going miss this on a huge scale, as most of the viewers will be busy watching cricket matches every evening for the next few days. Hence, its collection may be affected largely by the IPL fever.2019’s general electionsGeneral elections are the biggest sensations in the country at the moment and almost everyone is focused on it. In fact, it is the biggest entertainment for some people after the IPL. Many are busy watching political leaders pulling each other’s legs during election campaigns. This engagement might also prove costly for Kalank, as it may keep many viewers away from the cinema halls.Alleged love jihad and nationalismLove jihad and the feeling of nationalism created by the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are the interesting topics of debate for many people. This feeling might force some viewers to boycott Kalank, as it deals with a love story of a Muslim guy and Hindu girl. Some right-wing audience had expressed their anguish against the makers after watching its trailer. Now, they may stay away from watching the film.Kalank comparison with SLB’s moviesSanjay Leela Bhansali is a master of storytelling and has an impeccable eye for details from palatial sets to elaborate costumes. From Devdas to Bajirao Mastani, his films are extravagant visual feasts and nothing short of poetic experiences. He has an impeccable eye for details. From palatial sets to elaborate costumes, he is a master of storytelling. Kalank song Tabaah Ho Gaye.InstagramWhen the teaser of Kalank was released on the internet, many viewers asked whether Karan Johar is trying to break into Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s grandeur and charm genre. This shows that there will be a lot of comparison with the latter’s films. Since there is a lot of difference in their way of filmmaking, it may lead to negative word of mouth, which may affect the collection of the movie at the box office.last_img read more

Morning Brief Cyrus Mistrys removal from Tata Sons sparks speculation BCCI holds

first_imgHere are a few stories from the International Business Times India to start your day with.1. Tata Sons removes Cyrus Mistry, appoints Ratan Tata as interim chief; speculations rife over his removalIn a development that has taken many in India Inc. by surprise, Tata Sons said on Monday that chairman Cyrus Mistry has been replaced by doyen Ratan Tata as the interim head of the holding company. The sudden decision to remove 48-year-old Mistry was attributed to his approach to non-profitable businesses of the Tata Group, which grossed combined revenues of $103.51 billion in 2015-16. Read more…2. Samajwadi Party rift: ‘Why will I form a new party?,’ Akhilesh Yadav breaks down at SP meet Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav broke down on Monday morning at a Samajwadi Paty (SP) meeting in Lucknow, saying that he had no intentions of forming a new party despite his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav’s claims. Read more…3. US Presidential elections 2016: Clinton’s close aide directed $675,000 for wife of FBI deputy director who probed email scandalAs the US elections come close, skeletons are coming out of the closets of both the candidates. While Republican candidate Donald Trump is being haunted by accusations of sexual assault on multiple women, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton’s email scandal seems to be catching-up with her as well. Read more…4. BCCI holds off on IPL tender processThe IPL tender process has been put off by the BCCI owing to the orders imposed by the Lodha Committee and the Supreme Court. The tendering was scheduled for Tuesday, but with all the new rules that have now been imposed, the Indian cricket board, already on the backfoot, have been left with little choice but to hand over the tender process duties to the Lodha panel. Read more…5. Bengaluru water tanker driver G Balakrishna wins Mr Asia titleIndia’s G Balakrishna has won the coveted Mr Asia 2016 title at the 5th Phil-Asia International Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships that took place earlier this month in the Philippines. The 25-year-old, who hails from Bengaluru, dedicated his win to Indian Army soldiers. Read more…last_img read more

Ferry services on PaturiaDaulatdia route remain suspended

first_imgFerry Service. Prothom Alo file photoFerry services on the Paturia-Daulatdia route in the Padma River remained suspended since early Friday due to dense fog, reports UNB.The authorities of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) suspended the ferry services and plying of the water vessels on the route from 3:30am due to blurred visibility caused by thick fog, said Nasir Uddin Mohammad Chowdhury, assistant general manager of BIWTC at Aricha.Four ferries remained stuck in the middle of the river while eight others lay anchored at Paturia and two at Daulatdia ghats with a good number of vehicles and passengers on board.Besides, hundreds of passengers were suffering as more than 300 vehicles, including buses, private cars, micro buses and goods-laden trucks, are waiting on both sides of the river to cross it, said Nasir Uddin.Ferry services on the busy route will resume once the visibility returns, he added.last_img read more

OC Moazzem to be produced in Cyber Crimes Tribunal today

first_imgMoazzem Hossain, former officer-in-charge of Feni’s Sonagazi police station. File photoFormer officer-in-charge of Sonagazi police station Moazzem Hossain, arrested on Sunday following an arrest warrant issued by a Dhaka court, will be produced before Dhaka Cyber Crimes Tribunal on Monday afternoon.Earlier, he was taken to Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court on Monday morning.Deputy commissioner (Ramna Division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Maruf Hossain Sorder said Shahabagh police handed over Moazzem to Sonagazi police.Police arrested Moazzem Hossain on Sunday from the High Court area in a case filed over circulating a video clip on social media on Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement at the police station.On 27 May, a Dhaka court issued an arrest warrant against Moazzem Hossain in the case. But he could not be traced after the issuance of warrant for his arrest.Allegations brought against Moazzem after Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder were found to be authentic by the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul HaqueSumon filed the case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on 15 May.The former OC was accused of illegally interrogating madrasa student Nusrat and recording the episode on his phone. The video was later circulated on the social media.Moazzem summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s principal Sirajud Doula and Nusrat to the police station after the latter accused her teacher of sexually harassing her.The OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman. She was crying but the OC paid no heed and kept questioning her using inappropriate language.Nusrat’s mother had filed a case with Sonagazi police over her daughter’s sexual harassment. On 6 April, the girl was set on fire at an exam centre in Sonagaziupazila, by people loyal to SirajUd Doula. She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.Moazzem was withdrawn the same day and suspended a month later on charge of negligence.last_img read more

2 killed in lightning strikes

first_imgFile photo of LightningTwo people were killed by lightning strikes in separate places in Nachole upazila of Chapainawabganj on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased are Ekramul Haque, 35, son of Wajob Ali of Surjopur Kataripara are in Nachol upazila and Arman, 30, son of Kabir Ali of Fatepur Bera village.Officer-in-charge of Nachol police station Zobair Ahmed said Ekramul sustained injury after being struck by lightning while he was working in his cropland at 12:30pm.Local people rescued him and sent him to Nachol Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared him dead.In another incident, Arman, 30, son of Kabir Ali of Fatepur Bera village, was killed as a thunderbolt hit him on his cropland at noon, said UP member Mojibur Rahman.last_img read more

Texas Oil Regulator Says Customs And Border Protection Proposal Would Harm Industry

first_img Share 00:00 /01:15 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Berardo62 via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0The energy industry and ship builders are at odds over a Customs and Border Protection proposal.Could Homeland Security slow down the oil industry?A Texas oil and gas regulator thinks so. He says a proposal from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) could get in the way of offshore drilling.CBP wants to rethink how it interprets part of a law called the “Jones Act.” It basically requires ships conducting business along the coast to be American ships, meaning American-made.For decades, the government has allowed certain ships to be exempt from the law, but a proposal from CBP issued in the last few days of the Obama Administration would crack down on the leniency. More ships in the gulf would have to be U.S. ships.Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton says that would be a big cost for oil companies that use cheaper foreign ships, a cost they couldn’t immediately absorb.“So you’re gonna cut off some of the markets because they can’t afford to transport the product,” he says, adding that there just aren’t enough American ships in the gulf to keep the oil business humming.“And even if you went and ordered them all today, we’re talking years to get them all built and manufactured.”Sitton wants the proposal withdrawn, as does the energy industry. But ship builders love it. They describe it as an America-first policy that would support American jobs.Which puts the Trump Administration in a tricky spot. They have until mid-May to decide whether to prioritize energy development or American manufacturing, big Trump talking points that are seemingly at odds in this situation. Listenlast_img read more

City Council Getting Back To Normal

first_imgIt was a busy week for members of the Baltimore City Council. In the aftermath of the riots they could be seen during television interviews on channels from MSNBC to CNN, talking about what is next for Baltimore, how the city is holding up and what the large peaceful rallies held over the weekend meant.Councilman Brandon M. Scott, District 2, has been at the forefront of calling on members of the community to be responsible and show one another love. He is calling for City Council hearings on the safety of the police wagon fleet. His resolution calls for Anthony Batts, police commissioner, to appear before the City Council and discuss how people transported in police wagons can be kept safer. Freddie Gray, of course, was severely injured while being transported in a police wagon. The resolution was adopted by the City Council and now goes to the Police Department for their response.The other notable piece of news from last week’s City Council meeting was a resolution introduced by Bill Henry, District 4, seeking to call on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to increase funding for Community Schools. There are 20 Community Schools in Baltimore in each district except for District 8. Community Schools offer additional resources for students as well as the surrounding community. These resources can range from increased mental health care and help for homeless families to health screenings, among others.Community Schools currently receive $6 million in funding and the resolution calls for an increase to $10 million.last_img read more

Cheddar Buys Rate My Professors Website From Viacom

first_imgMillennial-targeted news startup Cheddar is getting into the prof-assessment biz with the acquisition of Rate My Professors from Viacom.The RateMyProfessors.com website and its app are used by 6 million college students monthly, who write an average of 125,000 new professor and course ratings per month. Currently, it hosts over 20 million ratings across 1.8 million professors, spanning nearly every college and university in the U.S.Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Viacom bought RateMyProfessors.com in 2007, where it had been housed in the conglomerate’s MTVU college network group.Cheddar’s pickup of Rate My Professors comes after its May 2018 acquisition of Viacom’s MTV Networks on Campus, the distribution platform for MTVU. Cheddar used that to launch CheddarU, a collegiate-focused news network that runs on 1,600 TV screens on 600 U.S. campuses. With the MTVU deal, Carlo DiMarco — who ran MTVU and Rate My Professors as SVP of digital networks for Viacom Music and Entertainment Group — joined Cheddar. Another five former MTVU employees came over to the startup this summer, according to Jon Steinberg, founder and CEO of Cheddar, “so we mostly had the team already.”Rate My Professors adds “user-generated content and deep engagement to our company,” Steinberg said. “Rate My Professors, coupled with our [over-the-top] networks and CheddarU network, makes us the defining media company for a new generation that has no relationship with legacy cable news media.”Cheddar plans to redesign RateMyProfessors.com and enhance the site’s features for searching and evaluating profs. Next year, the company intends to roll out a premium tool set for educators to manage their profiles on the site, similar to what company-ratings site Glassdoor offers to employers.In addition, Cheddar has signed a deal with Taboola as a strategic in-feed discovery partner for Cheddar’s operation of Rate My Professors.Cheddar’s programming is available on Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV, Snapchat, FuboTV, Philo, Amazon, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook and smart TVs in the U.S. It currently broadcasts two live networks: the flagship Cheddar business-news network and Cheddar Big News, a general news network.The New York-based company was founded in early 2016 by Steinberg, formerly president/COO of BuzzFeed. Investors include Lightspeed Venture Partners, Raine Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Liberty Global, Comcast Ventures, AT&T, Amazon, and the New York Stock Exchange. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

APOS Asia Streamer Hooq Heads for 100 Original Shows

first_imgAsian video streaming service Hooq has committed itself to developing at least 100 original shows and films by the end of this year. They will be produced in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and India, and range in genre terms from horror to comedy and from factual to lifestyle.The company has begun the immediate release of “Bhak,” a colorful dramedy from aspiring filmmakers Arjun Chatterjee and Shreyom Ghosh,  loosely based on their experience trying to break into the bowels of the Bollywood film industry. Starring Sreecharan Rachakonda, Akash Arora, and Priyanka Nath, the show runs to 8 episodes. It was the first winner of Hooq’s Filmmakers Guild, competition.The 2020 roster is also set to include, “She’s A Terrorist And I Love Her.” HOOQ also it as this year’s winner at the APOS conference in Bali, Indonesia. The 8-part dark comedy revolves around a down-and-out man who enters a sham marriage for a quick payout, only to find that his beautiful “wife” is an extremist, hell-bent on wreaking havoc. The pitch came from Singapore online comedy channel, Ministry of Funny’s Terence Chia and Haresh Tilani. It will star Haresh Tilani, Alexis Sueann, Noah Yap, Farah Lola, Tiffany Gnanaraj and Jacky Ng. ALL NEW! HOT LIPS 2 11 lipstick shades inspired by 11 incredible icons Ad by Charlotte Tilbury See More AdChoices Popular on Variety Hooq is jointly owned by Singtel, Sony Pictures and Warnermedia. It says it will play some of its originals on its newly enhanced “freemium” layer, which was recently rolled out across Southeast Asia.The moves are part of an intensifying arms race between OTT platforms in the Asia region. They are using original content to attract eyeballs to their platforms, convert users to subscriptions, and to beat their global rivals which have smaller amounts of local content. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Chemists offer more evidence of RNA as the origin of life

first_img Citation: Chemists offer more evidence of RNA as the origin of life (2016, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-chemists-evidence-rna-life.html (Phys.org)—A team of chemists at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich has shown how the purines adenine and guanine can be synthesized easily and in reasonable yields, offering more evidence that RNA could have served as the origin of life on Earth. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes the process they took in looking for evidence that RNA could have been the first self-replicating molecule that eventually led to all life on our planet and what they found. Journal information: Science 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. For several years many scientists have supported the idea that life got its start on our planet due to a series of events that led to the creation of RNA molecules—it seems like a strong candidate because it is able to both store information and act as a catalyst. To bolster the theory, scientists have been trying to show under what conditions RNA might have come about based on the conditions that existed on early Earth. In the early going, researchers found it relatively easy to show how two of the four main building blocks in RNA, uracil and cytosine, could have come about, but showing how the other two, adenine and guanine, might have come about has been problematic. In this new effort the research team describes a scenario under with both might have come about given conditions at the time that life is believed to have got its start.The team started by extending prior research that had shown that a molecule called formamidopyrimidine can react under certain conditions to form purines—they discovered that adding acid to an amine (which the team showed could have come about very easily from plentiful carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen) allowed for a reaction that led to the formation of a purine and that it would easily bond with formic acid, which recent research has shown is plentiful on comets—that means it could have met with existing purines if a comet crashed into the planet at the right place. Once that happened, the resultant reactions would have led to forging bonds with sugars which would have resulted in the creation of large amounts of purines, including adenine and guanine—thus all of the necessary ingredients would have been in place for the creation of RNA molecules, setting the stage for the development of living organisms. This is a computer graphic of an RNA molecule. Credit: Richard Feldmann/Wikipediacenter_img © 2016 Phys.org Missing links brewed in primordial puddles? Explore further More information: S. Becker et al. A high-yielding, strictly regioselective prebiotic purine nucleoside formation pathway, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aad2808AbstractThe origin of life is believed to have started with prebiotic molecules reacting along unidentified pathways to produce key molecules such as nucleosides. To date, a single prebiotic pathway to purine nucleosides had been proposed. It is considered to be inefficient due to missing regioselectivity and low yields. We report that the condensation of formamidopyrimidines (FaPys) with sugars provides the natural N-9 nucleosides with extreme regioselectivity and in good yields (60%). The FaPys are available from formic acid and aminopyrimidines, which are in turn available from prebiotic molecules that were also detected during the Rosetta comet mission. This nucleoside formation pathway can be fused to sugar-forming reactions to produce pentosides, providing a plausible scenario of how purine nucleosides may have formed under prebiotic conditions.last_img read more

Understanding how slow predators catch faster prey could improve drone tactics

first_img Journal information: New Journal of Physics (Phys.org)—Since a gazelle can run faster than a lion, how do lions ever catch gazelles? A new model of predator-prey interaction shows how groups of predators use collective chasing strategies, such as cornering and circling, to pursue and capture faster prey. Without this tactical collaboration, the predators would have no chance of catching these prey. Simulations of predators (blue dots) chasing a faster prey (red dot). Credit: Janosov et al. Published in New Journal of Physics. © 2017 Phys.org Modelling explains how hunters team up to catch faster prey Explore further In their model, the researchers also observed emergent behavior, which is behavior that appears only in groups. In particular, groups of predators often begin to encircle their prey, and this behavior arises directly from the chasing rules. In nature, it’s common for prey to sometimes run in a zigzag pattern to confuse the predator, and to eventually run directly away from the predator in a straight line. The researchers also observed these strategies in their model, and found that zigzagging is especially advantageous when the predators have a long delay in responding.In the future, the researchers expect that additional interesting results can be obtained by modifying the model, such as investigating situations with multiple fast prey and equipping predators and prey with machine learning algorithms. “Our major goal in this research was to gain a deeper understanding of the collective behavior of animals, to extend our knowledge on fundamental questions on animal behavior,” Janosov said. “However, given the fact that our research group is developing collective motion algorithms for our flock of quadrocopters, there are plenty of potential applications we could propose. For example, a group of tactical drones using smart encircling strategies could become even lifesaving in the case of terrorist attacks, when the goal is to capture terrorist flying vehicles, or chasing criminals in narrow, highly populated urban areas. “Besides these, our results could have potential applications even in the entertainment industry in developing field games, possibly combined with virtual reality tools, or by the streaming of popular sport events, especially those that are widely spread in space—for example, bike or car races.” The results are not only relevant for understanding wildlife, but also have potential applications for drone-flying strategies and in the entertainment industry.The researchers, Milán Janosov, Csaba Virágh, Gábor Vásárhelyi, and Tamás Vicsek at the MTA-ELTE Statistical and Biological Physics Research Group, Hungary, have published their paper on their new model of collective chasing strategies in a recent issue of the New Journal of Physics.”After many previous efforts, we managed to give a simple, yet surprisingly life-like explanation of how predator animals can form successful hunting packs, and by that drastically enhance their chances of being successful on a hunt,” Janosov told Phys.org. “This is particularly interesting because we managed to model these exceptionally complex systems—the hunting groups of large carnivores—in a simulation resembling realistic features of animal pursuits, such as encircling, optimal group size, and finite space, only by using a set of compact rules formulated as force-like interactions in physics.”Although there are other models that describe predator-prey interactions, the new model is different because of the large number of factors it accounts for, such as the prey’s panic threshold, the predator’s ability to predict the prey’s future position, and the interaction between multiple predators, within closed boundaries with realistic measures. All of these parameters contribute to making a more realistic model that accurately describes behaviors observed in nature by groups of predators such as lions, wolves, and coyotes.By running simulations and measuring the effectiveness of different combinations of parameter values, the researchers determined the optimal combinations that resulted in the most successful group chasing strategies. Among their results, they found that just one or two predators can never catch a faster prey, and that groups of three or more succeed only with certain collaborative strategies. More information: Milán Janosov et al. “Group chasing tactics: how to catch a faster prey.” New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/aa69e7 Play Credit: Video abstract, New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/aa69e7 The model revealed that three predators forms an optimal group when chasing in two dimensions (such as on land) in a confined space. In three dimensions (such as in the air or under water), chasing becomes more challenging, and groups of five are optimal. These group sizes are comparable to those observed in nature. Somewhat surprisingly, the researchers also found that an odd number of chasers does better than an even number, which is due to geometrical reasons: with an even number, it’s more likely that a gap remains between predators that allows the prey to escape. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Understanding how slow predators catch faster prey could improve drone tactics (2017, May 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-predators-faster-prey-drone-tactics.html 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

Mother of all battles

first_imgWhen India play Pakistan at the World Cup, it’s no cliche that both captains say they’re not looking beyond their first game of the tournament. World Cup organisers are tipping Indo-Pak clash to draw the biggest television audience when the teams meet in Adelaide on Sunday in the opening Pool B clash.The politically uneasy neighbours also have a long rivalry on the cricket field, with Pakistan leading overall in their limited-overs meetings. But defending champion India have a 100 per cent record so far after five World Cup clashes. The two teams first locked horns in 1992, also the last time the World Cup was jointly staged by Australia and New Zealand, and the atmosphere was intense and couldn’t be compared with any other game. Also Read – Mahavir Phogat plans sports complex in native villageIn his autobiography Playing It My Way,  which was released last year, Tendulkar has recalled a 2003 World Cup match against Pakistan, saying he’d waited for the showdown for a full year after the schedule was unveiled and couldn’t sleep for several nights before the match. “The nation would brook no failure and for many of our fans this was the true final. It really did not matter to them what happened in the rest of the tournament,” wrote Tendulkar. Also Read – Ballon d’Or: A trophy that evaded legends of the gameIndia won that match by six wickets but lost the final to Australia. India got a measure of revenge by beating Australia in the quarterfinals in 2011, then held of Pakistan in the semifinal in Mohali before beating Sri Lanka in the final at Mumbai, where Tendulkar finally added the World Cup crown to his decorated hat in his sixth attempt.India’s dominance in World Cup matches against Pakistan has confounded critics. The two countries did not meet in the first four editions of the World Cup. In 1992, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, an 18-year-old Tendulkar scored a half-century to propel India to a 43-run win. Though Pakistan lost that match, it went on to win the title. Tendulkar, who scored a record 2,278 runs in 45 World Cup matches, is the only common denominator in those results, averaging 78 and posting three half-centuries, including a high of 98 in that 2003 match. But he retired in 2013, leaving India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to continue the legacy. Both teams have been conscious to emphasise the rivalry between players is on the field, and there’s no animosity outside the boundary. Yet both teams were publicly silent, holding closed practice sessions as fans from  both sides started flooding into Adelaide. Hotels and flights on the weekend were fully booked, and anticipation was growing. Commenting on Sunday’s match, Mohinder Amarnath, hero of the 1983 World Cup-winning side, said, “There is not much of a difference between the two teams. Both have good individual players but I will go with the record. India has always done and played well against Pakistan in World Cup. But if India wins this time, it will be because of their batting and not bowling.”Interestingly, this will be India’s first World Cup fixture against Pakistan which will not feature Sachin Tendulkar. “Tendulkar has been a great player but every player has to retire and you can’t get a replacement of his calibre anywhere. Not only him but players like Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh are irreplaceable,” added Amarnath, who was man-of-the-series during India’s World Cup triumph in 1983.Four years back in Mohali, Tendulkar (85) again rose to the occasion in a crunch semifinal tie and helped India to a fighting total of 260/9. The home team was well placed to post a superior total but was restricted by left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz (5/46). Pakistan’s response was typical, a strong start followed by a middle-order failure. The onus fell on the reliable Misbah-ul-Haq (56) to pull Pakistan through but he ran out of partners and ultimately was the last person to be dismissed.No Tendulkar gives Pakistan World Cup hopeIndia go into the World Cup without the reassuring presence of retired batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar for the first time since 1992, which surely must bring relief to arch-rivals Pakistan. Pakistan have lost all their five World Cup meetings against India and Tendulkar, who featured in all of them, proved a stumbling block on at least four occasions. India and Pakistan face each other in a high-voltage clash at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday to kickstart their campaigns in the 2015 edition of cricket’s showpiece event. Tendulkar, who retired in 2013 as the world’s leading run-getter in both Test and one-day cricket, added colour to the World Cup, both literally and metaphorically. Coloured clothing was introduced to the World Cup when Tendulkar made his tournament debut in Australia and New Zealand in 1992 after the first four editions were played in whites. Over the next six editions, the prolific Mumbaikar scored more runs (2,278) and centuries (six) than any other batsman in the tournament, ending his World Cup career with a creditable average of 56.95. Indian fans hold a placard for Sachin Tendulkar, who has scored more World Cup runs and centuries than any other player. Tendulkar often spoke of his dream of winning the World Cup for India, saying he was inspired as a 10-year-old by the country’s triumph in the 1983 editon when Kapil Dev’s men stunned favourites West Indies at Lord’s. He saw action from close quarters as a ball boy at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium when India co-hosted the World Cup with Pakistan in 1987, two years before he burst on the world scene as a 16-year-old. Tendulkar was the tournament’s leading scorer when India made the semifinal in 1996 and the final in 2003 before he realised his dream when Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side won back the title on a memorable night in Mumbai on April 2, 2011.Former greats favour IndiaLegendary cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Chappell tipped India as favourites in their much anticipated World Cup clash against Pakistan, saying past history and better acclimatisation to Australian conditions could tilt the balance in favour of the defending champions. Both Gavaskar and Chappell said Pakistan are unlikely to break their World Cup jinx this time also, although both sides go into the showpiece event as struggling teams. “Both teams are going into the World Cup not in great touch. Pakistan are also struggling as they had lost to New Zealand recently, it could be even stevens. But I think India will start as slight favourites because of their past records,” Gavaskar said.He said the absence of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will have a huge impact on the 1992 champions. “Without a doubt, Ajmal was half the Pakistan side and they will be hit hard without him. He is a wicket-taking and a containing bowler. He is just like Muttiah Muralitharan in his prime days in the Sri Lankan side,” the former Indian captain said. “They (Pakistan) won the World Cup in 1992 but at that time they had so many match-winners in Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul-Haq. They don’t have those match-winners in the current team. The loss of Junaid Khan is also a big blow for them. India have been playing in Australia for the past two months and they have acclimatised more to the conditions than  the Pakistanis,” Chappell said.last_img read more

8th Theatre Olympics to take Indian culture to the world

first_imgImprinting its name in the global theatre map, India recently threw the floor open to the 8th Theatre Olympics, the largest theatre festival in the world. The event is being hosted for the first time in India by the National School of Drama, under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The 51-day-long nationwide theatre extravaganza was inaugurated by the Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, on February 17, at the majestic Red Fort. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDr Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for Culture (IC), and Theodoros Terzopoulos, Chairman of International Committee of Theatre Olympics, marked their presence as the guests of honour.Among the other esteemed guests was the Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Raghvendra Singh, Artistic Director of 8th Theatre Olympics, Ratan Thiyam, and Acting Chairman of NSD Society, Dr. Arjun Deo Charan, and Director of NSD Professor Waman Kendre, who along with many other dignitaries, members of International theatre fraternity and hundreds of people, witnessed another history in making at the lawns of the 17th century Mughal era fort. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The 8th Theatre Olympics will take Indian culture and heritage to the world and bring the world to us. Art has the power to unite people across the globe. India believes in the culture of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam which means the entire universe is one, which is an integral part of the Indian cultural and theatrical tradition,” said Venkaiah Naidu.Speaking on the occasion Mahesh Sharma stated, “Art gives the message of togetherness, brotherhood, and friendship, and portrays social issues to convey the message to common people. We have a rich and diverse theatre tradition since ancient times and I hope this Olympiad would bring people together to share and celebrate the unparallel bonding of artist fraternity.” A spectacular musical treat titled ‘Geet Rang’ fascinated the audience at the inaugural ceremony. The programme presented a bouquet of selected songs from different theatre forms, traditions, productions, and campaigns in India that epitomises importance of music in drama and music as a means to elevate, purify and enlighten human beings.Voicing his opinion on the occasion, Theodoros Terzopoulos, Chairman of International Committee of Theatre Olympics said, “Through the 8th Theatre Olympics, we meet the rich theatrical tradition of India and we encourage the articulation of a free and collective voice which will defend the value of the theatre tradition, research, and experimentation.”Raghvendra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, however, feels that the event is bound to take the national theatre to another pedestal.Towards the end, Dr Arjun Deo Charan, Acting Chairman of National School of Drama Society thanked all the theatre enthusiasts and experts for coming to the inauguration ceremony. Speaking further, she said, “Let us form a world where the boundaries between individual and communities are overlapped, obfuscated, and are mutually agreeable to exchange one. Long live theatre.”The theme of this edition of Theatre Olympics is “Flag of Friendship” and will bring together over 25,000 artists under one roof. The event will stage 450 shows from more than 30 countries performed across 17 cities, enthralling the audience for 51 consecutive days. Plays will be performed at Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Imphal, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram and Varanasi during the festival. Besides, the Theatre Olympics will include 600 ambiance performances and 250 youth forum shows alongside thespians from 30 nations.The festival will conclude on April 8, 2018, with a grand ceremony at the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai.last_img read more

Bhatpara bypolls marred by violence narrow escape for Madan Mitra

first_imgKolkata: Amid violent clashes between workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress, with hurling of bombs and ransacking of two police vehicles, the Bhatpara Assembly constituency turned into a battleground during the by-polls on Sunday.Three persons have been injured in the violence with 18 persons being arrested so far. The by-polls were necessitated after Arjun Singh, who defected to the BJP from Trinamool Congress, resigned as Bhatpara’s MLA to contest the Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMadan Mitra, the Trinamool candidate in Bhatpara constituency, alleged that Arjun Singh had resorted to violence as he knows that BJP will lose the by-election. The Election Commission has already sought a report on the violence. According to sources, Mitra on Sunday visited the polling booths one after another and around 12 pm while he was present at Kankinara High School, he saw that Central Force personnel were not checking the identity of the persons entering the polling booths. When he reportedly asked the jawans why was this happening, a heated exchange broke out. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMitra alleged that BJP had arranged outsiders to cast false votes in favour of the candidates. Significantly in the Bhatpara by-election, BJP leader Arjun Singh’s son Pawan is contesting against Mitra. “Several persons could be seen entering polling premises wearing half pants. No police personnel or Central Force jawans were seen doing their duties. When I asked them about why they were not checking the identities of the voters, I was confronted,” said Mitra. Sources informed that after visiting Kankinara High School, when Mitra was on his way to another booth at Kantapukur area, several miscreants allegedly backed by the BJP hurled bombs targeting his car. But no harm was done as he immediately turned his car and left the area. Later, a Trinamool party office was allegedly set on fire by the BJP workers. As the situation worsened, the Central Force jawans lathi-charged to disperse the mob. There were attempts to reportedly snatch firearm from a jawan as well. Later, Commissioner of Police (CP), Barrackpore, Sunil Kumar Choudhary went to Kantapukur in Kankinara along with the Rapid Action Force (RAF). “We have asked for a factual report from the district administration,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Basu said. It is alleged that BJP has used the non-Bengali people who used to work in the jute mills that have been shut down for the past few years. Those jobless people have joined the BJP and are working as musclemen for the saffron party. In the afternoon at around 4 pm, Arjun went to the spot and alleged that Mitra was trying to create problems in the area. Condemning the violence in Kankinara, Trinamool spokesperson Derek O’Brien issued a media statement where he also alleged that the Central Forces are doing as they have been instructed by the BJP. In the statement he said: “Central forces, taking orders from BJP, mercilessly beating up citizens and Trinamool workers. Bombs hurled, open fire on citizens. BJP is resorting to high level of violence in the Bhatpara Assembly by-poll. This is dangerous for democracy. Goons of Arjun Singh have hurled bombs and even attacked the Trinamool candidate Madan Mitra.”last_img read more

Trafalgars 20202021 Asia Program includes nine new itineraries

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Asia, Trafalgar Posted by Thursday, July 25, 2019 TORONTO — Nine new trips have been unveiled as part of Trafalgar’s 2020/2021 Asia program, bringing its total offering in the region to 32 trips across nine countries.“We are so excited to be unlocking more of Asia in 2020/2021, with our nine new trips being a reflection of how much our clients love exploring Asia with Trafalgar,” said Janice Farnum, the brand’s Director of Product for Asia and Africa. “With four nights in each destination, one of my personal favourites, which I know clients will love, is our new Saigon and Bangkok Explorer. They can settle into the rhythms of these iconic cities and really feel like a local – which is what we’re all about.”New additions include the ‘Saigon and Bangkok Explorer’, which is part of the company’s ‘City Explorer’ series. Available as a nine-day standalone trip or with a three-day Phuket extension, this trip includes a ‘Be My Guest’ experience featuring a farm-to-table lunch on an organic farm outside Ho Chi Minh, and a factory visit to learn about the silk industry.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJAlso new is ‘Colourful India – Celebrate Holi’ featuring Diwali, the Festival of Light. Guests will don traditional attire and join a local family to take part in the ‘puja’, a sacred ritual and offering to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth.Trafalgar is also extending its ‘Be My guest’ series to include a brand new Japanese Kaiseki and Tea Experience, during which clients will participate in a Yamato tea drinking ceremony with a local family.Moreover, the company continues to stay true to its commitment to using travel as a force for good by including at least one ‘JoinTrafalgar’ experience on every Asia itinerary. These experiences allow clients to make a meaningful difference in the places they visit, and include a performance by a group of blind youth musicians, which supports the Ho Chi Minh Blind Centre that provides training for the visually impaired.“With the colours of Holi, our incredible ‘Be My Guests,’ our wonderful Travel Directors and experiences that ignite the senses, Trafalgar Asia 2020/2021 offers more for clients than ever before. With JoinTrafalgar initiatives on all our Asia itineraries, I’m proud we can enable clients to make a positive impact in the places we visit. It’s a travel experience you cannot get elsewhere,” added Farnum.center_img Travelweek Group Share Trafalgar’s 2020/2021 Asia Program includes nine new itinerarieslast_img read more

French broadcaster TF1 reported an increase in aud

first_imgFrench broadcaster TF1 reported an increase in audience share during the first half of 2013, though saw net profit and revenue drop year-on-year during Q2. The firm said that over the first six months of 2013, its four free-to-air channels achieved audience share of 29.0% among people aged four and over, a year-on-year increase of 0.6 of a point, or 2%.However, revenue for the broadcasting and content segment for the half year the period was down 7.0% at €844.2m, with advertising revenue from the free-to-air channels down 8.8% to €728.4m in the first half of 2013 and revenue for the pay TV segment down 3.9% to €258.8m.In Q2 alone, overall revenue was €642.4 million, down 4.5% year-on-year, while net profit was €48.4 million, down 17% year-on-year.last_img read more

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first_imgClick here for the full details Now, Jason says his system can flag this type of trading activity because it quickly catches what institutional buyers are doing. That type of speed is key.Here’s what he told me:Most ordinary investors miss these opportunities because they don’t know what professional investors like hedge funds and institutions are doing. But to be fair, these big-money firms work hard to keep their activity quiet – because until they’re done, it doesn’t help them if people know what they’re buying. That’s why speed is key.In his most recent Palm Beach Trader issue, Jason identified a small tech company that institutions are snapping up quickly. And his system is showing there’s likely more demand from hedge funds – which could lead to triple-digit gains in just a few months. (Subscribers can read the issue right here.)If you’re not a Palm Beach Trader subscriber, the best one-click way to get exposure to the sector is through the iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX). This fund holds large semiconductor companies like Nvidia, Intel, and Broadcom.Regards,Nick Rokke Analyst, The Palm Beach DailyP.S. As I mentioned above, Cantor Fitzgerald stunned everyone with its new high-speed trading system in 2012. Time magazine… The New York Times… The Telegraph… and even 60 Minutes reported on this system – which could “look up to 30 milliseconds into the future.”It was hands down the fastest high-speed trading system in Wall Street history. But now, after seven years, Jason is ready to make history again.On April 24, Jason is unveiling his own breakthrough system, which he says can spot the market’s fastest-growing stocks up to 30 days in advance – and you’re invited.As an attendee, you’ll have the chance to claim his No. 1 recommendation. And the profit potential could be enormous – as much as $9,385 in one trading day. Plus, Jason’s giving away a special three-part masterclass for free when you register now.Reader MailbagDo you plan on attending Jason’s VIP event? If you’d like to ask questions ahead of time, send them to us at feedback@caseyresearch.com. Recommended Link Seeing the Future… Before Everyone ElseIn February 2019, Jason told me his proprietary system (more on it in a moment) was seeing a rush back into semiconductor stocks – and that it was a positive sign of economic growth.Here’s what he said then:Perhaps the biggest evidence of a rush back to growth is being seen again in semiconductors. Semis got smoked last year and were essentially a toxic wasteland… And we noticed a major repricing of semis earlier this month with some stellar earnings and heavy institutional accumulation.As usual, Jason nailed that call…The sector has shot up nearly 30% in this year’s first quarter – its best start ever. And the overall market has followed.But if you think you’ve missed the boat on semiconductors, think again. Jason says his system is continuing to signal institutional buying in the sector. And that means more gains ahead for investors in these companies…Big Money Is Piling InRegular Palm Beach Daily readers know that we call Jason our Wall Street insider because he spent nearly two decades as a trader (including being a partner at Cantor Fitzgerald).But few people know this: In 2012, his firm helped create Tradeworx.The name might not ring a bell. But if you’ve read about high-speed trading in The Wall Street Journal or The New York Times – or watched the 60 Minutes special on it – you actually do know about Tradeworx.It was the fastest high-speed trading system on Wall Street – making trades in less than a second. But here’s the thing…After Jason left Cantor Fitzgerald, he created his own breakthrough system – one that can spot the biggest (and most lucrative) trades on Wall Street… up to a month in advance.That same system flagged institutional buying in semiconductors earlier this year. And it’s proven to be highly accurate on a number of other occasions, too. (For example, it predicted the sell-off in February 2018 and the rally we saw at the start of this year.) Justin’s note: Today, we’re doing something a little different from our usual fare. Our friends over at Palm Beach Research Group have an interesting story to share about a reversal in a little-known – but very important – sector of the market.Nick Rokke and Palm Beach Trader editor Jason Bodner explain why this reversal is bullish for stocks… indicates market health… and presents a huge money-making opportunity for investors.Read on to see what it is and what we can buy to profit today…By Nick Rokke, analyst, The Palm Beach Daily Toward the end of last year, semiconductor stocks tanked…Now, semiconductors are the microchips that make electronic devices work. (They’re also called the “brains” of machines.) From toasters and smartphones… to computers and complex networking equipment… the modern world couldn’t operate without them.And because the companies making them are the first part of the supply chain, they’re often the first to feel the pain when the economy slows down.In fact, as you can see in the chart below, the sector is so important that it’s widely considered a leading indicator of market health:In the second half of 2018, semiconductor companies crashed 24%. An overall 19% market meltdown soon followed.The carnage was so bad, Palm Beach Research Group’s Wall Street insider Jason Bodner called semis a “toxic wasteland.”But today, we’re seeing a reversal in this important sector. That’s bullish for stocks – and it presents a money-making opportunity for investors… Recommended Link Register here to reserve your spot President Trump’s $2.6 Trillion Revenge Against The Fed… (And How It Could Turn $250 Into An Absolute Fortune)President Trump has called the Fed “crazy”, “out of control,” and “loco”… Because despite keeping rates near zero the entire time Obama was in office… and inflation being within just .1% of their target… Under President Trump, the Fed hiked rates not once, not twice… But six times. And with it, ushered in the worst December for investors since the Great Depression. Now, President Trump will have his revenge… And, in doing so, he will give you the chance to turn $250 into an absolute fortune. — — No matter your age or expertise, if you have a computer or cellphone you can potentially profit from thisJason Bodner has cracked the code. He spent 18 years on Wall Street, was named partner at the global financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, and became one of the biggest power players on Wall Street. Now he’s sharing his secrets. On Wednesday, April 24 at 8 pm ET, Jason will unveil his powerful new system that helps him spot America’s fastest-growing stocks up to 30 days in advance. No matter your age, net worth, or expertise… if you have a computer or cellphone… he can show you that you can profit from this strategy with less than 20 minutes of “work” a month. Learn from a true Wall Street legend — for free.last_img read more

For the eightandahalf years she spent in prison

first_imgFor the eight-and-a-half years she spent in prison, Kristan Kerr looked forward to one thing every month: a visit from her daughter, Chloe. Visit by visit, she watched Chloe grow from a toddler into a young adult.”I just watched her grow all the way up,” Kerr says. “One visit, she couldn’t read, and then the next visit she was reading something to me.”Convicted for aggravated robbery in 2011 – she was the driver — Kerr says she wasn’t making good choices back then, and it meant missing out on a lot.She and Chloe would talk on the phone and send letters and visit, but she says you can’t do the physical, nurturing part of parenting from prison. Even though Kerr trusted that Chloe was being cared for by her grandmother, she says you never stop worrying about your kid.There are more than 225,000 women behind bars, according to the most recent 2017 federal statistics. Half are in state and federal prisons, the other half in local jails. It’s actually a slight decrease, coming after years of ballooning incarceration among women.From 1980 to 2016, the country saw a 700% increase in the number of women behind bars. Exactly how many are mothers isn’t well tracked, but a survey of women in Texas prisons showed more than 80% of them are moms.Lawmakers across the country are now considering ways to send fewer moms with minor children to jail and prison, and to help preserve parent-child bonds when they’re locked up.In Texas, lawmakers are considering bills that would promote diversion programs, probation or other community-based sentences over jail or prison time to avoid breaking up families. Tennessee recently passed legislation to do that.There were some tough times for Chloe, who’s now 12. It was hard seeing other kids with their moms, but she says it’s been good since her mother was released in October. Not that it’s been easy, exactly.”It’s been a little bit challenging because I’ve still got to get used to her, I’ve got to learn her, get comfortable with her,” Chloe says. But, she adds, “I’m happier now that she’s here, that I get to see her every day.””Many of the women, once they get arrested, are scrambling to find someone to take care of their kids,” says Michele Deitch, who studies prison issues at the University of Texas at Austin. “So a lot of kids get shuttled from place to place, and if they’re not able to find a place for them, then many of the kids end up in foster care.”Other states are looking at incarcerating parents closer to their children, and expanding visitation so kids can see mom or dad more often. Incarcerated parents who have stronger relationships with their kids, Deitch says, behave better while inside, and are less likely to commit future crimes after they’re released.”It’s really critical for the parent to not lose touch with their child, and to stay involved and to feel like they can make a difference in the child’s life to be aware of what’s happening to them,” Deitch says.Growing up with their incarcerated parents can be damaging to their children. That’s part of the reason children with incarcerated parents are more likely to end up in the criminal justice system themselves, according to Dallas lawyer Brittany Barnett. She launched Girls Embracing Mothers, a nonprofit aimed at improving outcomes for girls and their incarcerated mothers, after her own mother was sent to prison.”Even though I was a young adult when my mom went to prison, my sister and I were devastated by her incarceration,” Barnett says. “It not only impacts the person in prison, but the children are the hidden victims of their parents’ crimes.”Kristan and Chloe Kerr took part in the Girls Embracing Mothers program. Barnett says she’s optimistic about reform legislation, but hopes it’s just a first step toward a more effective and less punitive justice system.”These women aren’t bad women, they made bad choices,” Barnett says.Texas Rep. James White, a Republican, says the crimes women commit are often different from their male peers. He heads the House Committee on Corrections, and introduced a bill to address issues faced by women in prison, including pregnancy and childbirth.”I hear a lot of offenses that are linked to domestic violence, so they may stab their spouse that’s abusing them and their kids,” White says, “young women that have experienced repeated sexual abuse from a family member, women who have fallen into the trap of addiction.”Researchers agree that a history of trauma underlies a lot of the criminal behavior that lands women in jails and prisons. Kristan Kerr says many of the moms in prison with her struggled with psychological and behavioral issues.”Women, they love their kids,” she says. “Maybe they’re stuck with addiction but that’s a sickness, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want their children.”Since she’s been out, Kerr has been working through a list of goals she set for herself to rebuild her life. She’s got a job, got her driver’s license, and she’s spending lots of time with her daughter. Copyright 2019 KERA. To see more, visit KERA.last_img read more

If You Still Call Amazon an Online Retailer Heres One More Reason

first_img Stephen J. Bronner News Director It depends heavily on its cloud business, not ecommerce. Next Article Entrepreneur Staff –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue February 1, 2018center_img Enroll Now for $5 2 min read Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. If You Still Call Amazon an Online Retailer, Here’s One More Reason to Stop Amazon Image credit: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com Amazon is staggeringly good at selling things online. In just North America last year, the company generated $2.8 billion in operating income. That’s a 20 percent jump from 2016, according to a release connected to its latest earnings report.But, that’s not the complete picture. It’s still-growing international sales segment saw a $3 billion loss in operating income.Related: The Surprising Ways Amazon, Apple and Microsoft Really Make Their BillionsThank goodness for Amazon Web Services. The company’s cloud division helped propel Amazon to some of the best numbers in the company’s history. The cloud service saw $17.5 billion in net sales last year. After expenses, the division still brought in an operating income of $4.3 billion, a 39 percent increase from 2016, ensuring a total annual net income for the company of $3 billion.And this segment of Amazon’s business will continue to grow. The company announced several high-profile clients for AWS in its report, including Disney, Turner, Symantec and the NFL. Amazon also expanded AWS infrastructure in France and China, and plans to open new zones in Bahrain, Hong Kong and Sweden between now and early 2019.The company is also expanding its AI offering to include transcribing and translating services and deep-learning powered video analysis. It also announced AWS Media Services, which will provide cloud tools for video providers.Related: Here’s How You Can Use Alexa at WorkAmazon also further entrenched itself in the workplace with Alexa for Business.While the company continues to burn money in its bid to get the world to buy everything from the “everything store,” it will have AWS propping it up.Of course, Amazon’s incredibly strong retail segments are still essential to the company and only part of its many growing offerings. The lesson for entrepreneurs is to watch how AWS’s growth and continued success is helping the company invest and make inroads in AI, international ecommerce or media that many other companies can’t.”Our 2017 projections for Alexa were very optimistic, and we far exceeded them,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO and founder, in a statement. “Expect us to double down.”last_img read more