Letter From the Publisher

first_imgThe print edition of Little India this month has undergone a major facelift. You noticed, right? We have switched to an all-glossy format from newsprint and added color, graphics, visuals and section heads to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the magazine. Coast to Coast ReachOne Nation Under Little IndiaPublished from California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Washington, D.C.But we have undergone more than just cosmetic surgery. We have also bolstered our editorial, added more of our signature indepth stories, created new sections and columns, as well as revamped some of our earlier content.Since its founding 14 years ago as one of the first general interest Indian American feature magazine, Little India has sought to reflect the lives and experiences of Indian Americans as they navigate their new terrain. Little India was the first Indian publication to begin exploring issues of individual and community identity, both within its pages and with its path-breaking conferences at Montclair State University and Rutgers University in 1995 and 1997, which featured, among others, Harvard economist Amartya Sen, well before he won the Nobel Prize. He returns this month in the magazine with an exclusive excerpt of his provocative new book The Argumentative Indian, scheduled for U.S. release this month.We will continue the tradition of penetrating reporting and trenchant commentaries that capture the fullness and diversity of Indian American life. We report India through the prism of an overseas Indian and we serve as a bridge between the Indian community and the mainstream in arts and entertainment, business, politics, education, the professions, etc.Little India Penetration Little India: 21% (Indian households) Reader’s Digest: 9% (U.S.households) Time: 4% (U.S. Households) Ebony: 11% (Black households) Latina: 3% (Hispanic Households)Little India is the most prominent media voice of overseas Indians. In the past two years alone, it won four Ippie Awards from the Independent Press Association of New York and garnered nominations for the Utne IPA Award for Ethnic Issues Coverage as well as the GLAAD Media Award, with such publications as the New York Times Magazine, ESPN Magazine, Teen People and Nation.From its beginnings as a regional publication in New Jersey in 1991, Little India has taken giant strides, especially in the past three years during which has tripled its circulation and quadrupled its advertising. It is now the largest circulated Indian publication in the United States, published in 9 editions from coast to coast from California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Washington, D.C., making it the only genuinely national Indian print publication in the United States.Little India’s single copy circulation of 143,000 in June 2005* is more than three times the circulation of the next largest Indian publication. Indeed, Little India is now the largest circulated Asian publication in the United States and among the largest minority publications in the country. We are arguably the largest circulated Indian publication outside India. Not bad, hey, for an upstart? Well it’s kind of like the community.Largest Circulated Indian Publication in USA Largest Circulated Indian Publication Outside India Largest Circulated Asian Publication in USA Among Largest 15 Minority Publications in USA Three Times Larger Than Next Largest Circulated Indian PublicationDefying industry trends at the time, Little India decided during its initial launch 14 years ago, to be a free, controlled distribution publication to ensure the widest possible dissemination within the community. We have established an enviable distribution network for the magazine from coast to coast and we often hear from readers on the efficiency of being able to procure the magazine locally.Little India penetrates a remarkable 21% of the 700,000 Indian households in the United States. In our major circulation areas, such as New Jersey, Georgia, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, our reach is even higher. To comprehend the significance of Little India’s circulation penetration, consider this: even a magazine like Time is received in fewer than 4 percent of U.S. households; Ebony reaches some 11 percent of African American households and Latina just 3 percent of Hispanic households.Two years ago, Little India took steps to enhance its circulation model by getting itself audited by BPA Worldwide, the premier magazine audit agency. The independent and rigorous annual audits by BPA not only validate our claimed circulation figures, the process has also served to significantly improve the quality of our distribution model.In recent months, Little India initiated a process to shift its circulation model to mail. The magazine will continue to remain free, but we encourage you to sign up for your free mail subscription by completing forms in the magazine or available online at www.littleindia.com.Award Winning Editorial Four Ippie Awards 2004 (Independent Press Association, New York) Nominee GLAAD Magazine Award 2002 (with New York Times Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Teen People) Nominee Utne-IPA Award 2002 Ethnic Issues CoverageWe hope that our glossy conversion and circulation and editorial enhancements make us worthy ambassadors of the community we seek to represent. We count on you, our readers, to aid us in that effort.We often hear from some of you, touched frequently, miffed occasionally, by a story or a commentary we have published. Several of you ask how you can support the publication. You help us most with your comments, criticisms and advice. So please keep those coming. We view ourselves as an unending work in progress and even as we are proud of where we have arrived on our boat, the other bank is still quite far. We will consider ourselves as having “arrived” when we are at the half way mark! So keep us rowing!There are tangible ways you can help. Spread the word about the magazine both within the community and in the mainstream. Prod those friends and colleagues borrowing your copy to take out their own free subscriptions.The resources for our growth and improvements come from advertising in the magazine. Encourage potential advertisers to try out Little India; hundreds of our current advertisers are testament to its marketing merits already. If you are a consumer of the products or services advertised in the magazine, make it a point to let the businesses know that you saw their ad in Little India. Your word of mouth support means a lot.But above all, celebrate with us the success of the Indian community, which is economically the most successful ethnic group in the United States with a household income that is nearly 1.5 times the national average. As we have reported over the years, Indians are among the fastest-growing ethnic groups in the United States, increasing almost 8 percent annually. India is now the second largest immigration source after Mexico. This year, Indians became the second largest Asian group, and they could potentially become the largest Asian group by 2010.Indians own 45 percent of all hotels and motels in the country and constitute 15 percent of all foreign medical graduates in the United States. Indeed, 5 percent of all U.S. physicians are of Indian origin. They constitute almost 20 percent of the high tech workforce and in recent years almost 50 percent of all H1 visas have been issued to Indians. Indians are the largest and fastest growing foreign student group in the country, overtaking the Chinese, who have traditionally held that spot. Indians also have the highest educational attainment of any group: 67 percent hold a bachelor’s degree (against 28 percent nationally) and almost 40 percent have a masters or other professional degree, which is five times the national average of 8 percent. There are an estimated 8,000 Indian faculty members in U.S. universities.Asian Indians Fastest Growing Ethnic Group: 133% in Decade; 8% Annual Second Largest Immigration Source after Mexico Second Largest Asian Group Potentially Largest Asian Group by 2010During the past 14 years, Little India has celebrated and reported these glittering individual and community accomplishments. But we recognize also that we have a journalistic responsibility to reveal the community’s warts. The community has its share of rascals and scoundrels and they will not get a free pass here.Whatever the community median might say, not every Indian is affluent. New immigrants are not quite as well heeled as long time Indian American residents. Nine percent of the community subsists below the poverty line. There is a marked absence of shared community responsibilities. Take just one illustrative example, and it’s only an example, because the criticism could just as easily be applicable to other successful Indian professional groups. Even though there are 10 times as many Indian American physicians proportionally nationwide, they have not made any collective effort to address the health cares needs of the almost 40 percent of Indians without health insurance. That is both shameful and unforgivable. We propose to keep the community leadership accountable for failures.Most of the time though, Little India is revealing the community to itself. This month we break the extraordinary story of a small community in Millbourne, Penn., which has the unique distinction this year of becoming the only majority Indian place in the United States. Who else but Little India could have ferreted out that information? We might have had to wait until 2012, when the 2010 U.S. Census data is compiled, to know. We hope we can always stay that far ahead.Indian Americans, both first generation immigrants and the U.S. born new generation, are navigating unchartered territory without the aid of a compass – all right, GPS. That makes it simultaneously exciting and nerve racking. Thank you for taking us onboard, fellow traveler riding the rapids.Achal Mehra Publisher Most Affluent Group Median Household Income: $69,000 (1.5 Times National) Own 45% of all hotels/motels in country 15% of Foreign Medical Graduates 5% of Physicians in USA 20% of High Tech Workforce 50% of All H1 Visas Largest & Fastest Growth of Foreign Students — Ahead of China 67% Bachelors (28% National) 40% Masters+ (8% National) 50% Managerial / Professional 33% Technical / Sales 8,000 Indian Faculty Members*Little India total circulation June 2005, 143,206. Publisher’s Statement, subject to audit. BPA audited circulation Dec 2004 was 136,541. BPA Worldwide is referenced here only for the circulation of Little India and for no other information.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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2 Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant from Punjab

first_imgChandigarh, May 23 (PTI) Two Rajya Sabha seats from Punjab will fall vacant in July after the end of term of Ambika Soni (Congress) and Balwinder Singh (Shiromani Akali Dal), an election office spokesman said today.”The term of office of the two members of the Rajya Sabha elected from Punjab is due to expire on their retirement in the month of July,” the spokesman said here.Both the seats will fall vacant on July 4, he said, adding election to the seats will be held on June 11.The notification for the polls will be issued on May 24 and the last date for making nominations is May 31, he said.While the scrutiny of the nominations will be held on June 1, the last date for withdrawal of candidature is June 3.Both Soni and Singh are likely to be re-nominated to the upper House by their respective political parties.The term of 57 members of Rajya Sabha from 15 states is coming to an end between June and August and elections to the vacant posts will be held on June 11. PTI VJ KIS RG KISlast_img read more

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SIOUXLAND CHAMBER GROUP RETURNS FROM D.C. MEETINGS

first_imgTHE DELEGATION THAT ATTENDED THE 63RD ANNUAL SIOUXLAND CHAMBER’S WASHINGTON CONFERENCE IN THE NATION’S CAPITOL HAS RETURNED HOME.CITY MANAGER BOB PADMORE SAYS THE TRI-STATE GROUP HAD SEVERAL GOOD MEETINGS WITH THE AREA’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TRIPDC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………PRIORITIES ARE. :08AMONG THE OFFICIALS MEETING WITH THE GROUP WERE IOWA SENATORS CHUCK GRASSLEY AND JONI ERNST, CONGRESSMAN STEVE KING AND SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT BEN CARSON.PADMORE SAYS CONCERNS ABOUT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AFFECTING SEVERAL LOCAL PROGRAMS WERE EASED WHEN A FUNDING EXTENSION WAS PASSED BY CONGRESS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TRIP2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..ONE MORE YEAR. ;17PADMORE SAYS THERE WILL BE TOUGH BUDGET DECISIONS AHEAD IN WASHINGTON OVER THE NEXT YEAR AND WHAT EFFECT THEY HAVE ON FUNDING LOCAL PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS REMAINS TO BE SEEN.last_img read more

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Brisbane Touch Football grows from humble start

first_imgTuesday’s Courier Mail has a great story about Touch Football in Brisbane and how it is celebrating 40 years in 2013.  To view the story, please click on the link below: http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/more-sports/love-of-the-game-brisbane-touch-football-grows-from-humble-start/story-fnii0hmo-1226679980464 Related LinksCourier Mail Storylast_img

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Antjuan Simmons, 4-Star Ohio State Commit From Ann Arbor, Jokes That He “Might Not Make It Through The Week Alive”

first_imgAntjuan Simmons joked on Twitter.Twitter/@_antjuan_Antjuan Simmons lives in Ann Arbor, but he is committed to Ohio State football. The linebacker joked on Twitter that he’s worried about his safety ahead of next weekend’s edition of The Game.Simmons, a four-star outside linebacker who committed to the Buckeyes back in March, took to Twitter at the start of this rivalry week to crack a joke about his personal safety in Ann Arbor as a future member of Ohio State football.He’s fully committed, as well, refusing to use any letter ‘m’s, even the two in his last name.I’❌ the only Buckeye in Ann Arbor… Can I get a prayer or so… I ❌ight not ❌ake it through the week alive?? #rivalweek #stuckinahardplace— Antjuan Si❌❌ons (@_antjuan_) November 20, 2016Simmons chose Ohio State over his hometown Wolverines, as well as a number of other top programs, including Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Tennessee. He took a visit to Michigan State last weekend, alarming some Ohio State fans, but tweeted a Buckeye graphic afterwards. He seems pretty solid to Urban Meyer’s program.last_img read more

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REMINDER CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – From Page to Screen

first_imgDeadline:  January 12, 2017Online Application Portal (OAP) re: Application SubmissionsPrior to commencing an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered. If this has not already been done, you should register as soon as possible by going to: https://apply.omdc.on.ca.If you encounter problems setting up your company’s corporate information, you can email applyhelp@omdc.on.ca for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP.Guidelines and Title Template Forms For PublishersFrom Page to Screen Publisher Guidelines From Page to Screen Publisher Title TemplateGuidelines For Film, TV and Interactive Digital Media Companies:From Page to Screen Guidelines for Film, TV and Interactive Digital Media Companies EnquiriesJanet HawkinsProgram Consultant, Industry InitiativesPhone: 416-642-6698Email: jhawkins@omdc.on.caORBianca SpenceProgram Coordinator, Industry InitiativesPhone: 416-642-6652Email: programs2@omdc.on.caTo receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please email programs2@omdc.on.ca with your complete contact information, including your full name, company name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program that you are interested in. Advertisement This event has been created to promote the adaptation of Canadian fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature published by Ontario publishers to the big and small screens. It provides a forum for Ontario film and television producers to meet with publishers in scheduled, one-on-one meetings.NOTE: Full eligibility requirements and details can be found in OMDC From Page To Screen Guidelines. Please read the guidelines completely before beginning your application. OMDC reserves the right to revise Guidelines and Application Forms.When completing the application please note that there are 2 separate applications for From Page to Screen: one for publishers and one for film, television and interactive digital companies. Be sure to complete the appropriate application. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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This Week Fed data on credit Constellation Brands earnings

first_imgA look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:CONSUMER CREDITThe Federal Reserve on Tuesday will release its consumer credit data for the month of November.Consumer borrowing is closely tracked for signs of consumers’ willingness to take on more debt to finance their purchases. The Fed’s consumer borrowing report does not cover home mortgages or other types of debt secured by real estate such as home equity loans.Borrowing has been on an upward trend for some time. Here’s a look at its gains each month based on seasonally adjusted data:October: 7.7 per centSeptember: 3.5 per centAugust: 7.1 per centJuly: 5.4 per centJune: 1.7 per centMay: 6.8 per centSource: Federal Reserve reportsSEEING STARSBeer, wine and spirits maker Constellation Brands reports its earnings on Wednesday. The Victor, New York-based company is one of the world’s largest beverage companies. Its brands include Corona beer, Robert Mondavi wines and Svedka vodka. The company also recently made a foray into marijuana with a $4 billion investment in Canopy Growth Corp., a cannabis company based in Canada.Additionally, it announced in October that its chief executive officer Rob Sands will step down later this year and hand over the reins to its current president Bill Newlands.Constellation has been experiencing significant gains of late. Here’s a look at its sales for the past six quarters:2Q: $2.3B1Q: $2B4Q: $1.83Q: $1.82Q: $2.11Q: $1.9Source: FactSetMORTGAGE RATESFreddie Mac, the mortgage company, on Thursday releases weekly mortgage rates.Mortgage rates began to spike after President Donald Trump signed broad tax cuts, financed by government deficits, into law in December 2017. But rates have eased in recent weeks amid steep declines in the stock market and a drop in the yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which influences long-term mortgage rates.The decline in mortgage rates could help boost home sales, which have stumbled last year as higher borrowing costs have eroded affordability.Here’s a look at the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage for the past six weeks:Jan. 3: 4.51Dec. 27: 4.55Dec. 21: 3.99Dec. 14: 3.94Dec. 7: 3.93Nov. 30: 3.94Source: Freddie MacThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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Science World coming to Fort St John next weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Science World is bringing its unique and entertaining science shows back to Fort St. John next weekend.Science World’s On The Road team will be in Fort St. John and surrounding communities from March 5th–9th. Science World road team visits over 30,000 students each year at schools outside the Lower Mainland, who might not otherwise have a chance to visit Science World in Vancouver.The team will wrap up its visit by participating in the Community Science Celebration at Northern Lights College in Fort St. John on Saturday, March 10th. The free community event will include eye-popping shows, demonstrations and challenges, along with an opportunity to meet all the people in the community doing working in science, technology, engineering and math every day. “We are thrilled to be participating in the Community Science Celebration in Fort St. John,” said Jo-Ann Coggan, Director of Community Outreach for Science World. “It is a showcase of the community for the community and will profile local businesses, organizations and innovators. Science World will provide fun, dynamic science experiences for the whole family as part of this event.”The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 10th at Northern Lights College.last_img read more

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Eastern Canadas largest container terminal sold to Singaporebased port operator

HALIFAX — A Singapore-based port operator has announced a deal to buy the largest container terminal in Eastern Canada.PSA International Pte Ltd. says it has finalized an agreement to acquire the Halterm terminal at the Port of Halifax from Australia’s Macquarie Infrastructure Partners.The company will also acquire Penn Terminals in Philadelphia from the Australian fund, which is managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.A PSA spokesperson says it is in the process of securing regulatory approvals from Canadian and U.S. authorities.The company declined to comment on the price tag, closing date or its plans for the terminal.PSA beat out several bids for Halterm, including a joint bid by Canadian National Railway Co. and a partner.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR)The Canadian Press read more

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Markhams Pacific Mall flagged as one of the worlds most notorious markets

TORONTO — A Toronto-area mall’s management says they’re taking measures to stop imitation goods from being sold there after a U.S. government report claimed it was among the world’s most notorious sources of such products.Markham, Ont.-based Pacific Mall management says in a statement that they are deeply disturbed and disappointed by a recent report suggesting its vendors sell imitation goods.In January, the U.S. Office of the Trade Representative named the predominantly Chinese-Canadian shopping centre in its annual review of so-called “notorious markets” that included 18 brick-and-mortar locations and 25 online retailers.The mall’s preliminary steps to tackle the illegal activity include issuing written advisories and warnings to store owners and tenants partaking in such activities.Pacific Mall says it is also partnering with manufacturers to assist in identifying imitation products and commissioning a private investigator to conduct internal audits and monitor for imitation goods.It also launched a website where shoppers can report suspected imitation goods at reportimitationgoods.com.Management says it hopes “to reaffirm the public’s confidence in Pacific Mall as a place where consumers and families can find a wide array of cultural opportunities and products at great value.” read more

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Another 17 arrested in Jaffna

Last week the TID arrested several others under the anti terrorism laws just days after university students in Jaffna clashed with the police on the anniversary of the LTTE ‘heroes day’. All those arrested were initially taken to the respective police stations in their areas and then to Vavuniya for investigations. Another 17 people were arrested in Jaffna by the Terrorist Investigations Division (TID), reports from Jaffna said today.Reports said that 15 people were arrested in Achuveli yesterday and another two people were arrested in Kopai today. Complaints had been lodged last week with the human rights commission in Jaffna regarding some of the arrests. read more

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Sri Lanka invited to visit Chechnya for post war experience

“If Sri Lanka is interested we can arrange the visit,” Karchava  said at a media briefing in Colombo today. He recalled that Russia has in the past voted against resolution submitted against Sri Lanka at the UN Haman Rights Council.The Ambassador said that Russia stands for any conflict situation to be resolved peacefully. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka has been invited to visit Chechnya to learn how the former war zone is recovering and rebuilding.Russia’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alexander Karchava said he had put forward the proposal to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. After a decade of unsuccessfully fighting for independence, Chechnya is now firmly under the control of a Russian-appointed leader.The Ambassador asserted that Russia will not interfere in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs and how Sri Lanka addresses concerns over the war is upto the Sri Lankan Government. Kumaratunga is heading a task force on reconciliation and Karchava said he proposed to her that Sri Lanka send a delegation to Chechnya to learn about how the city is rebuilding after war. read more

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Copa Libertadores final the only news in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — One day everyone in Argentina will say they were there.That is the case for Diego Maradona’s professional debut, and the 1978 World Cup final in Argentina, won by the host.This time, it’s the Copa Libertadores final on Saturday at Monumental de Nunez Stadium, where Boca Juniors and River Plate, the most popular Argentine clubs, face off.Three weeks ago they drew 2-2 at La Bombonera, but away goals won’t matter in the second leg.Except for a brief pause when an Argentine submarine was found in the Atlantic one year after it disappeared with 44 crew members, Saturday’s final has been the biggest news in Argentina. Even a summit of leaders from G20 nations has been eclipsed by the historic superclasico.On Thursday, Boca fans overcrowded the 49,000-seat La Bombonera just to watch a training session. There will be no visiting fans at River’s stadium because of Argentina’s anti-football violence legislation.Players, however, have kept a lower profile, without the traditional provocations.River has reasons to be optimistic. Not only did the team fight back from 2-0 down in the first leg, it has also lifted its three Copa Libertadores titles at home.River coach Marcelo Gallardo, who has won one Libertadores as a player and another as a coach, is still considering his starting lineup after losing suspended striker Rafael Santos Borre and injured target man Ignacio Scocco.But he has a spine to work from: Goalkeeper Franco Armani, who played for Argentina in the last World Cup; veteran defenders Jonatan Maidana and Javier Pinola; captain Leonardo Ponzi and midfielders Gonzalo Martinez and Exequiel Palacios, who will leave the club at the end of the year.Boca also has question marks before the final. The goalkeeper will be either Agustin Rossi or Esteban Andrada. Right back Leonardo Jara did not leave a good impression in the first leg and could be replaced by Julio Buffarini.While Gallardo has been busy finding replacements, Boca coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto — who won the tournament three times as a player — has the luxury of deciding which striker to leave out. If he can’t count on winger Cristian Pavon, he can choose from Carlos Tevez, Mauro Zarate, and Colombians Edwin Cardona and Sebastian Villa. He also has Dario Benedetto and Ramon Abila, who scored Boca’s goals in the first leg.Boca relies on its strikers, who have 14 of the team’s 15 goals in the knockout stage.Boca fans trust in their tradition of winning the Copa Libertadores away, as they have in four of the clubs’ six titles.If there’s another draw on Saturday, there will be 30 minutes of extra time. If the draw persists, the trophy will be decided by penalties. Next year, the Copa Libertadores final will be played in a single match.The winner advances to the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates next month.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDebora Rey, The Associated Press read more

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EURO 2014 Quals Poland with important home win over Sweden

← Previous Story EHF EURO Quals: Austria with another miracle, draws in Serbia! Iceland again better than Slovenia! Next Story → Rivera and Urdangarin together in Qatar! anderssonbieglerdaszekjabkossonjaszkajureckijurkiewiczlarholmnilssonpalickaPolandSwedenwisniewski Poland’s national team got revenge for Thursday’s game in Sweden and this time Michael Biegler’s team won 22:18. Polish played good game, especially great day had goalkeeper Sławomir Szmal, who was the best player of his team.From the beginning Poland seemed to have everything under control and after first half they were winning 12:10. However in 28 min Sweden managed to make a draw (10:10), but thanks to good play in defence Poland finished this part of the game with 2 goals advantage. In second half in Swedish team we could see Andreas Palicka, who made a quite big difference. He was next to Kim Andersson the best player of his team. Unfortunately for Sweden they couldn’t help their national team and they lost 22:18.Poland – Sweden 22:18 (12:10)Poland: Szmal, Wichary – Wiśniewski 7, Bielecki 5, Jurecki 4, Daszek 2, Kuchczyński 2, Jaszka 1, Jurkiewicz 1, Grabarczyk, Krajewski, Kubisztal, Paczkowski, Podsiadło, Syprzak, SzperaSweden: Sjostrand, Palicka – Ekberg 4, Petersen 3, Olsson 3, Jakobsson 2, Kallman 2, Nilsson 2, Gottfridsson 1, Larholm 1, Andersson, Barud, Fahlgren, Karlsson, Nielsen, ZachrissonTEXT: Michalina Chabowska read more

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New Evidence Supports Existence of Hypothetical Planet Nine

first_imgStay on target Water Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ PlanetNone of Jupiter’s New Satellites Are Named Moony McMoonface Three years after hypothesizing its existence, researchers present further arguments for a ninth planet in the Solar System.California University of Technology’s Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin in 2016 proposed a possible orbit for the so-called Planet X.Now, they are publishing a pair of papers analyzing evidence for the hypothetical super-Earth-sized orb—specifically, its suspected nature and location.The theory was originally founded on evidence suggesting the clustering of objects in the Kuiper Belt (known as “Trans-Neptunian Objects,” or TNOs) is influenced by the gravitational pull of an unseen world.It remains unclear, though, whether that bunching actually occurs, or is the result of bias in where and how TNOs are observed.In an effort to find out, Batygin and Brown developed a method to quantify the amount of bias in each individual observation, calculating that the probability of artificial clustering is about one in 500.“Though this analysis does not say anything directly about whether Planet Nine is there, it does indicate that the hypothesis rests upon a solid foundation,” Brown, a professor of planetary astronomy at Caltech, said in a statement.The results were published last month in The Astronomical Journal.This illustration depicts orbits of distant Kuiper Belt objects and Planet Nine (via James Tuttle Keane/Caltech)A second paper, which provides updated insight into the nature of Planet Nine, is scheduled to appear in the next issue of Physics Reports.“The strongest argument in favor of Planet Nine is that independent lines of evidence can all be explained by a proposed new planet with the same properties,” University of Michigan professor Fred Adams said. “In other words, there are multiple reasons to believe that Planet Nine is real, not just one.”Adams, who co-authored the second study, believes that within the next 15 years we’ll be able to observe Planet Nine, or have enough data to rule it out.Finding this unfindable world would be a great boon for astronomy, and may help solve many of the Solar System’s mysteries, including the origin of a rocky object called 2015 BP519.“Planet Nine is a really good explanation for 2015 BP519—the physics works perfectly,” according to co-author Juliette Becker, a doctoral candidate from U-M’s Department of Astronomy. “However, until we see Planet Nine in an image and are sure it’s there, I don’t feel like we’ve truly solved the mystery of its origin.”Based on new models and extensive calculations, the team estimates that Planet Nine has a mass about five times that of Earth, and an orbital semimajor axis around 400 astronomical units—making it smaller and closer to the Sun than previously suspected, and potentially brighter.More on Geek.com:NASA Scientists Reproduce Origins of Life on Ocean FloorNeptune’s Tiny Moon Hippocamp May Be Debris From Larger SatelliteNASA Planet Hunter Discovers Third New Worldlast_img read more

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Vancouver couple sentenced for Christmas gift theft spree

first_imgA Vancouver couple was sentenced Tuesday to federal prison for stealing Christmas presents in a two-week spree in December 2010.Jason May, 35, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and three years of supervised release. Jolynn May, 35, was given one year in prison, three years of supervised release, four months of home detention and 80 hours of community service, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.The two also were ordered to pay nearly $70,000 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service as part of U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle’s sentence.The Mays pleaded guilty last spring to theft or receipt of stolen mail. A third Vancouver defendant, Mychal Lecouris, 31, was sentenced in July for his role in the thefts.Prosecutors said the Mays were apprehended Christmas Eve 2010, after a search of their apartment and car turned up merchandise and toys apparently stolen from several people. Some of the items had been wrapped and placed under the Mays’ tree.The arrest followed a spree in which the Mays stole packages from porches throughout Southwest Washington and by using tools to pry open locked security mailboxes, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Among presents stolen were a Target gift card, a Powell’s Books box, a Nordstrom package and several new toys, according to charging papers. In one instance, the two returned stolen gifts to Nordstrom for $300 cash, prosecutors said.last_img read more

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Officials expect to find more bodies under collapsed bridge

first_img“Our priority, which is the most critical thing, is to get to the victims — get to the remains of the people that are underneath that bridge so that we can take them to the proper place so that their families can have the appropriate burial,” Perez said.Officials are warning the recovery process will be slow. As a result, Southwest Eighth Street, one of the busiest streets in the county has been shut down indefinitely between 107th Avenue and 118th Avenue.“The investigation is vital because we want to ensure that this type of accident doesn’t happen again locally or anywhere in this country,” said Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor Maurice Kemp.The pedestrian bridge which was not yet opened to the public, collapsed over traffic following a “stress test.” According to Sen. Marco Rubio, the engineering firm involved ordered the tightening of cables that had become loosened.“They were being tightened when it collapsed,” Rubio said on Twitter Thursday night. WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) — As crews work to remove the debris from the collapsed pedestrian bridge near Florida International University, police said more bodies may be found under the 950-ton structure.FIU student Alexa Duran was among the six dead, after the bridge collapsed near the campus, Thursday afternoon.“The students have already rallied in supporting the family, which we’re very grateful for,” said FIU President Mark Rosenberg, “and we’re gonna be providing a lot of support for the family, as well.”Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said five bodies were located with the help of cameras, while one victim was removed and died at the hospital. Perez also said additional victims will likely be found as rubble is removed.Ten victims, including several construction workers, were transported to area hospitals.Search and rescue efforts went late into the night Thursday as crews held out hope, looking and listening for signs of life. However, officials have since suspended rescue efforts.Recovery efforts are underway, Friday, as crews work to remove the at least eight cars trapped underneath the rubble. Heavy machinery could be seen cutting through the metal and concrete to get to the bottom. The cables that suspend the #Miami bridge had loosened & the engineering firm ordered that they be tightened. They were being tightened when it collapsed today. https://t.co/9Uc9EUsDYY— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 16, 2018 center_img Florida transportation officials also said an engineer called two days before the bridge collapse to report cracking at one end of its span.The National Transportation Safety Board have a team on scene investigating the incident. “We’re charged by Congress to investigate transportation accidents to determine the cause to make recommendations, so that something like this does not happen in the future,” said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also conducting an investigation.“The key is to be deliberate and meticulous and to work off of facts, not speculation, so that’s what we intend to do,” said Kemp.Munilla Construction Management released a new statement Friday in response to the collapse. It reads in part, “The National Transportation Safety Board is commencing an in-depth investigation of yesterday’s FIU pedestrian bridge collapse. MCM is fully cooperating with the NTSB in its effort to determine the cause of this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the families and victims.”If you have any information on the bridge collapse that can help investigators, call police at 305-471-2421 or 305-471-2400. You can also email video to police at MDPDFVU@GMAIL.COM.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Amu tells CJ this is Bangladesh not Pakistan

first_imgIn an oblique reference to chief justice’s remarks, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu on Sunday said Bangladesh did not emerge from any communal poison like Pakistan but through the sacrifices of three million people. “Such utterances are meaningless… this is not Pakistan…this is Bangladesh,” he said apparently venting angers at the chief justice’s remarks.Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, as media reported on Sunday, said the judiciary is having enough patience. Amu said, “We’ve heard our chief justice asked to look at Pakistan. We had looked at Pakistan many days ago, not today.”Recently, Pakistan’s Supreme Court ousted its prime minister Nawaz Sharif over corruption claims.The Awami League leader said the judges came to the court set up for hanging Bangabandhu in the Agartala “conspiracy” case but the people of Bangladesh and Pakistan do not know how and when they (judges) fled. “We’ve had that experience. If such things need to be seen again here, then the people of the country are ready (to face it).”The industries minister said conspiracies are being hatched against Bangladesh to make it a failed state. “We’re seeing conspiracies from various fronts. Some are trying to catch fish in troubled waters. A vested group is conspiring to hamper the country’s security and halt its pace of development,” he said.Amu said Pakistan is now a failed sate and they cannot tolerate today’s progress of Bangladesh. “That’s why they’re conspiring to make Bangladesh a failed state.”The minister came up with the remarks at a discussion organised by the Ministry of Industries marking the 15 August.About Bangabandhu, he said the killers did not only kill the person Bangabandhu on the black day of 15 August but also tried to kill the spirit of the independence.last_img read more

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Lion cub smuggling case Forest dept to move to higher court

first_imgKolkata: The state Forest department will move to a higher forum, seeking cancellation of bail for the three persons who were arrested in the wee hours of Saturday on charges of smuggling a lion cub and three langurs. The trio was granted bail on being produced at Barrackpore Court later in the day, even though the Forest department had prayed for judicial custody.”We are speaking with our public prosecutor and will move to a higher court, preferably the Calcutta High Court, for cancellation of bail of the three arrested persons. We are not ruling out the involvement of an international racket in this illegal animal trade and we need to take them into custody and interrogate them for more leads,” said state Chief Wildlife Warden Ravikant Sinha. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA three-month-old lion cub and three white headed langurs, which included two adults and one juvenile, were rescued from a vehicle on Belghoria Expressway through a raid carried out jointly by the state Forest department’s Wildlife Crime Control Unit (WCCU) and the Centre’s Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB). According to preliminary investigation, the lion cub trapped inside a nylon bag and the three langurs were being smuggled from the Benapole-Petrapole border via Kolkata to Western India. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe rescued animals were taken to Alipore Zoo’s Hospital later in the day. “They are in quarantine and are doing well. The veterinary doctors at the zoo hospital are giving them proper medicines and diet,” said Vinod Kumar Yadav, member secretary of West Bengal Zoo Authority. The animals were very weak and famished when they were rescued. According to a senior Forest department official, possession, transportation or confinement of any animal protected under the Wildlife act is a punishable offence and the maximum punishment, if proven guilty, is seven years of imprisonment. The International Union for Classification of Nature (IUCN) has classified white headed langur as a ‘critically endangered’ species, while Asiatic lion is classified as ‘endangered’.last_img read more

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Indias censors deny banning Love Simon

first_img‘CBFC has certified the film four months ago on 6th feb 2018 (sic),’ said CBFC’s chairperson, Prasoon Joshi.‘The release date, or delays  queries need to be addressed to the Studio / Producers.‘It’s truly sad when unnecessary controversy is created regarding CBFC.The CBFC has come under fire before for refusing to classify films with LGBTI content or banning them altogether.For more than a year filmmaker Jayan Cherian has battled for the CBFC to classify his gay love story film, Ka Bodyscapes.The LGBTI community also accused the CBFC of over-censoring the Oscar winning movie, Moonlight, to the point where the film lost its original meaning.In 2015, the CBFC banned the lesbian film, Unfreedom, because it thought the film would ‘ignite unnatural passions’ in viewers.Gay Star News has reached out to the film’s producers to find about Love, Simon’s fate in India.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Love, Simon is an adorable and heartfelt coming out movie. | Photo: YouTube/20th Century Fox eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Last week, it was reported that the release of Love, Simon had been ‘indefinitely delayed’ in India.This prompted a swift social media backlash.  The hashtags #ReleaseLoveSimoninIndia and #LoveSimon soon trended on Twitter.Some people even started online petitions for the ‘important’ film to be shown in India.Film goers first noticed the film had disappeared from cinema session times when they tried to book tickets just days before its 1 June release.Many questioned if the India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had delayed the release of the film to review its gay content.Gay sex is banned under Section 377 of Indian Penal Code. LGBTI issues remain taboo and are not often covered in mainstream media.Love, Simon’s classificationBut the head of CBFC told Gay Star News it had given a classification to the film in February. But it has not yet informed GSN what classification it gave Love, Simon. The head of India’s censors board has denied it refused to classify the gay coming out film, Love, Simon. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/indias-censors-deny-banning-love-simon/last_img read more

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