Bid On Celebrity Eyewear And Benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles

first_imgUnique eyewear designer, Stevie Boi, is auctioning off some of his celebrity-worn items to raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles on Closets For Causes.Steve Boi Charity AuctionStevie Boi has teamed up with Closets For Causes to auction off some of his one-of-a-kind glasses like the ones worn by Anna Dello Russo, Fergie and Eva Marcille.Fans have the opportunity to bid on the Attackz shades and limited edition gold-spiked eye patch seen on and adored by Anna Dello Russo, the Fergz glasses rocked by Fergie during her Black Eyed Peas performance for Science is Rock and Roll, the Shines shades that were fiercely worn by America’s Next Top Model winner Eva Marcille, and a pair that graced the cover of Vogue Italia. In addition to these eye-catching sunglasses, Closets For Causes is also auctioning hand-painted tees, adorned with images of celebrity icons that were part of an exclusive collaboration with Anthony Pieters for Australia Fashion Week 2011.The Baltimore native has pushed the boundaries with his latest collection, “Leather” which features dark, sexy and chic pieces. His pieces have been worn by daring stars who push the limits of fashion. Stevie’s big break was landing his eyewear on the cover of the Vogue Italia November 2011 issue, shot by Steven Meisel plus an additional six page spread entitled The A Train featuring pieces from his collection “Coexist”. Stevie Boi now specializes in high fashion, runway, ready-wear shades and accessories, and is a favorite of Vogue Japan Editor-at-Large Anna Dello Russo.“I am very excited to team up with Closets For Causes on this campaign. I make fearless sunglasses so people can be who they are while rockin’ their own style. I’m honored to help support the fight against AIDS, and have my creations touch more lives than just those who wear them” says Stevie Boi.AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education, and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation.In 2013, APLA marks its 30th year of operation and is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. Annually, the agency provides direct services and HIV prevention education to more than 11,000 clients in Los Angeles, a city with the second-largest HIV/AIDS epidemic in the nation.“We are extremely happy to have the support of Stevie Boi. His decision to support our efforts to end the spread of HIV/AIDS and get those infected with the disease into the medical care system so that they can live happy, healthy and productive lives is commendable” says Clarence Williams, Corporate & Major Gifts Officer.Find out more here.last_img read more

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Heads of various depts asked to ensure compliance of poll code

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Chief Electoral Office (CEO)’s office in Delhi has asked heads of various departments under the Delhi government to ensure compliance of the poll code after it received a complaint that MLAs were allegedly “alluring” voters in the garb of undertaking field inspections during installation of CCTV cameras in the city.In a letter to all principal secretaries and secretaries of the Delhi government, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer in has said the matter appears to be “violation of instructions”. The CEO’s office said it is in receipt of a complaint that certain public representatives or MLAs were allegedly “alluring” the voters in the garb of field inspections during installation of CCTV cameras in residential colonies and market places in their respective constituencies. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe poll panel has also attached instructions containing point number 2 and 5 of Chapter 4 — special measures taken by the Election Commission to enforce model code. “It appears to be violation of instructions contained in point-2 and 5…All are requested to comply with the above instruction, in letter and spirit,” the CEO office stated. According to sources, Bharat Electronics (BEL), a state-owned company, had recently agreed to execute the project, under which 2,000 cameras will be installed in each of the 70 assembly constituencies and the work for installation of 2,000 CCTV cameras each in every assembly constituency has begun. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe motive behind huge installation of CCTV cameras are to curb cases of chain and mobile snatching. Thousands of people do not even file complaint with the police. Installation of CCTV cameras in every street will bring the situation under control and also help the police. The Arvind Kejriwal government has been installing CCTV cameras across the national capital, saying it will contribute towards the safety of women. Last month, the CEO office had also received several complaints about various departments of the AAP government and BJP-ruled MCDs which had started work on projects before the poll code came into force and had sought formal approvals later, an official said. The CEO office had shot off a letter to head of departments, saying the projects that actually started on the ground after obtaining all necessary permission, before the poll code came into force, can be continued.last_img read more

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Shameful PM seeking votes in name of soldiers

first_imgIslampur: Mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his failure to build Ram Temple at Ayodhya in the last five years, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticised him for seeking votes in the name of soldiers and martyrs.Armed forces belong to each and every Indian and Modi and BJP should not think the forces to be their fiefdom, she said at an election rally here in Uttar Dinajpur district. “For the last five years he could not build the Ram temple (at Ayodhya). But whenever election approaches, he rakes up the issue. The people are not fools. You cannot befool them every time,” she said and mentioned that she has respect for every religion in the country. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe Trinamool Congress supremo said Modi should be ashamed to seek votes in the name of soldiers and martyrs. Banerjee said, “He is now seeking votes in the name of martyrs and soldiers as if the army belongs to him, as if it their fiefdom. Armed forces belong to everybody. It is our pride. He should first answer why so many jawans were killed in Pulwama despite intelligence inputs of such an attack.” Comparing Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah with Duryodhana and Dushshasana of the Mahabharata, she claimed that they are trying to take away the independence of the country.last_img read more

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Did The Packers Squander Aaron Rodgers

IND9.810.1HOU98.22.423.61515 Although the Packers hadn’t replaced a coach at midseason since 1953, Sunday’s loss forced their hand. Now they’ll need to figure out who’s next, from a candidate list that includes big names among both pro coordinators (Josh McDaniels) and up-and-coming college coaches (Lincoln Riley). They’ll also need to hope Rodgers’s issues were more related to McCarthy’s offense and less to his getting older and less productive — basically, that the next Packer coach will be more Mike Shanahan to Rodgers’s John Elway than Jimmy Johnson to his Dan Marino. So while the Packers may not have much on the line over the rest of their games, this promises to be the most interesting offseason Green Bay has had since Favre was retiring and unretiring more than a decade ago.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersMake sure to check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings using our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks how often each team should make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. And did you know you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game? Maybe you can also climb up our giant leaderboard (or, if you’re like me, fall down it with each passing week).Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: Rodgers hasn’t won as much as he should haveTop 10 NFL starting quarterbacks by Yards Above Backup QB, 1990-2017, with their actual and expected Super Bowl appearances PIT62PIT54LAC 33, PIT 30+6.7– 1Peyton Manning1721,58544.15-0.15 PHI28.324.2DAL81.119.451.01578 3Drew Brees1617,25012.89-1.89 KC83KC89KC 40, OAK 33+0.4– Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. 6Ben Roethlisberger1410,94531.35+1.65 CAR17.89.9CLE0.30.422.01454 8Steve Young810,02211.65-0.65 4Brett Favre1913,04721.86+0.14 Over time, it became more and more difficult for the Packers to come within striking distance of the Super Bowl. In 2015, Rodgers slumped to career-worst numbers without top wideout Jordy Nelson, though the team as a whole was still good enough to get to the divisional playoffs before losing. In 2016, it was more of the same when Rodgers mused that Green Bay could still “run the table” — sparking an eight-game winning streak that saw the QB return to vintage form and left the Packers a win away from the Super Bowl.4Though their defense was shredded by Matt Ryan and the Falcons for 493 yards, ending the streak. By then Rodgers was 34 years old, so a sense of urgency was setting in when 2017 came and went without a playoff berth — even though that could be written off as the byproduct of Rodgers missing nine starts.The 2018 season was always going to be the real crossroads for McCarthy. With a healthy Rodgers leading the way, the Pack could always count on contending in the past, so this year’s expectations were no different. But Rodgers’s numbers have been merely good, not great. Brett Hundley isn’t around anymore to take any blame. And unlike in 2015, when Green Bay was talented enough to survive despite a downturn in its QB’s individual stats, there has been no answer from the team’s supporting cast this time around. It all came crashing down around McCarthy in the loss to Arizona as 13½-point favorites, Green Bay’s single most disappointing defeat since the merger according to Pro-Football-Reference’s point-spread data.We can visualize the Packers’ decline over McCarthy’s final few years at the helm using FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings. Specifically, I’ve been tinkering with an experimental version of Elo that keeps a separate adjustment for the primary QB in each game, similar to how we treat starting pitchers in our MLB ratings.5For those curious, it uses what I’m calling a QB’s Performance Value Added (PVA). That metric starts with an estimate of a primary QB’s value over replacement (according to ESPN’s expected-points data) in a game:PVA = -2.2*Attempts + 3.7*Completions + (Pass Yds / 5) + 11.3*Pass TDs – 14.1*Interceptions – 8*Sacks – 1.1*Rushes + 0.6*Rush Yds + 15.9*Rush TDsIt then compares that number to the per-game average allowed by the opposing defense in all other games that season (excluding the game in question). By definition, an average PVA is 0.0. Then a running mean of PVA is kept for both teams and individual QBs, which is used to modify the team’s base rating depending on which QB is used. (Interestingly, the predictions work best when the individual ratings update slightly faster than the team ones, which suggest QB “hot streaks” do contain extra information.) Debut QBs are assigned an expected PVA of -47, and they reduce a team’s effective Elo rating by 108 points relative to an average QB. Using this, we can trace how a team’s performance rises and falls independent of its QB — which is useful in cases like 2017, when Rodgers was hurt and Hundley started nine games. (For instance, by season’s end, the Packers would have projected to be a 1529 Elo team with Rodgers starting — compared to a 1427 team with Hundley. And remember, 1500 is average.) HOU77HOU69HOU 29, CLE 13-6.6– LAC96.03.6CIN0.91.39.11504 Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 13Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 13 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Playoff %Playoff % The dismissal of Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy — who was let go after the Packers’ stunning home loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday — wasn’t exactly a shock. Perennially tabbed as a Super Bowl contender out of the NFC, McCarthy’s team had gone just 11-16-1 over the past two seasons, including a disappointing 8-9-1 in games that featured future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers as Green Bay’s primary passer.1Meaning he led the team in attempts for the game. It was time for a change along the sidelines that Vince Lombardi once roamed.Things weren’t always so bleak on the frozen tundra. The McCarthy era had its high points, particularly early on — when he and Rodgers appeared to have Green Bay positioned on the cusp of a potential dynasty. But between postseason near-misses, roster changes, injuries and coaching miscues, McCarthy’s Packers never fulfilled that promise. Instead, it’s fair to wonder whether Green Bay squandered the prime of one of the most talented QBs in NFL history.The Packers team that McCarthy inherited in 2006 from Mike Sherman2Because every Packer coach must be named “Mike”. was one in transition — and that meant navigating some heavy-duty Brett Favre melodrama in his first two seasons at Green Bay’s helm. However, McCarthy quickly found that he had an all-time great on his hands in Rodgers, who, when he took over the starting job at age 25, was just entering his best years as a passer. The McCarthy-Rodgers marriage sputtered to a 6-10 finish in its first season but yielded great results shortly thereafter: an 11-5 playoff campaign in Year 2, then a Super Bowl crown in Year 3 and a 15-1 regular season (with Rodgers winning MVP) in Year 4. The sky seemed to be the limit for McCarthy and his star QB.Since the end of the 2011 regular season, however, the Packers have gone just 5-6 in the playoffs; by comparison, Tom Brady and the postseason Patriots are 13-5 over the same span. Green Bay’s record includes a crushing home defeat against the New York Giants two weeks after that 15-1 season ended and another loss in which they watched helplessly as ex-49er Colin Kaepernick destroyed their defense in 2012 — still one of the greatest individual QB games in playoff history. The Packers’ postseason circumstances have not always been ideal: For instance, that Giants game was actually the only time since 2011 that Green Bay lost in the playoffs while favored — meaning the rest of the losses were as underdogs. But at the same time, the Pack have also had clear chances to return to the Super Bowl, and they came up short in each of them.All told, it remains mystifying that a quarterback of Rodgers’s stature hasn’t won more frequently. If we run a simple logit regression between a QB’s Yards Above Backup in a season and whether his team made the Super Bowl,3Minimum six starts during the season, using data since 1990 (the era of the current playoff setup). we’d expect Rodgers to have made 1.86 Super Bowls in his career through 2017 — roughly twice as many as he’s actually been to. (Meanwhile, other contemporary QBs — such as Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning and even Brady — have gone to more than twice as many Super Bowls as we’d expect from their individual stats.) BAL65.0%+/-15.1KC100.0%+/-0.031.81628 TB1.72.0NO100.00.06.91570 9Matt Ryan108,25111.14-0.14 DEN20.911.1SF0.00.024.71427 LAR68LAR79LAR 30, DET 16+4.1– CHI69CHI72NYG 30, CHI 27-6.1– TEN78TEN72TEN 26, NYJ 22-4.4– TEN18.910.6JAX0.10.121.91478 GB73GB79ARI 20, GB 17-10.5– PIT83.811.0OAK0.00.023.71453 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 1990 was the first season of the NFL’s current playoff format. Expected Super Bowls are based on a season-by-season logit regression between a QB’s Yards Above Backup and whether his team made the Super Bowl.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com MIN59.719.9SEA87.711.841.41572 GB1.41.3ATL1.11.25.51469 7Philip Rivers1210,72101.54-1.54 MIA6.67.4NE99.70.516.21537 Super Bowls Made NE67NE65NE 24, MIN 10-3.8– 10Tony Romo98,19201.11-1.11 IND51IND62JAX 6, IND 0-14.0– NO64NO74DAL 13, NO 10-15.3– CIN52%DEN59%DEN 24, CIN 10+8.5– CHI94.44.3LAR100.00.010.81615 BUF0.00.0NYJ0.00.02.41377 PHI69PHI66PHI 28, WSH 13-4.1– After a series of narrow wins at midseason, the algorithm handed the readers their worst loss (-55.2 points on average) since Week 3. Some of the blame can go to the subject of this column — the Green Bay Packers, whose loss not only cost Mike McCarthy his job but also cost users 10.5 points on average. But readers were also burned by the Jaguars’ win over the Colts and the Cowboys’ upset victory over the Saints. Add it up, and Elo has beaten the average reader 12 times in 13 weeks this season.But congrats to Mike Edelstein, who led all users in Week 13 with 137.0 points, and to one of my favorite leaderboard names, Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who maintained his No. 1 ranking on the season with 1,002.1 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 5Aaron Rodgers1010,98811.86-0.86 CAR59CAR64TB 24, CAR 17-7.8– WSH26.411.7NYG0.10.124.91435 The best matchups of Week 14Week 14 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions ATL53ATL50BAL 26, ATL 16+1.5– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS DET0.30.3ARI0.00.04.21412 2Tom Brady1619,73583.63+4.37 SEA83SEA83SEA 43, SF 16-1.5– MIA58MIA57MIA 21, BUF 17-2.3– QuarterbackYears StartingYARDS Above BackupActualExpectedDiff. At the beginning of 2015, the Packers had an effective Elo of 1622, which included a 73-point boost from having Rodgers at QB and a 49-point boost from his teammates. By the end of the year, Green Bay’s effective Elo was still in the same neighborhood (1597), despite Rodgers’s adjustment actually dropping to negative 11, because the rest of the team carried a larger share of the weight (+108). Meanwhile, at the peak of the Packers’ run-the-table surge in 2016, the team’s 1657 effective Elo arose out of a 61-point boost from Rodgers and 97 additional points (relative to league average) from the rest of the team.But fast-forward to now, and it’s clear how much the Packers have crumbled around Rodgers. His own adjustment is 16 points of Elo above an average QB, the lowest it’s been since Week 10 of the 2016 season. But he’s still expected to be above average; his supporting cast, by contrast, has fallen to a negative-67 score relative to the average team. That’s the worst they have been in Rodgers’s entire NFL career, and it isn’t especially close. Keeping QB play constant, the Packers’ Elo has dropped by a total of 139 points since the end of the 2016 season, which is essentially the difference in current Elo ratings of the 11-1 Los Angeles Rams and the 6-6 Carolina Panthers.The reasons for the slide are varied, but many can be traced back to a series of poor drafts under former general manager Ted Thompson, who was replaced by current front-office chief Brian Gutekunst in January. As Sports Illustrated’s Kalyn Kahler pointed out last week, only three of Green Bay’s 17 draftees from 2014 and 2015 remain on the current roster. While no team can avoid dry spells in the NFL draft if given enough time, the Packers also — largely by design — did little in the way of enlisting outside help as a backup plan.6In addition to the lack of starters from recent drafts, only two of the team’s current starters were drafted by a team other than Green Bay. Again, this was the byproduct of the Packers’ religious devotion to drafting and developing their own prospects, but that plan only really works when you draft well. Combine those infrastructural problems with criticisms of McCarthy’s offensive scheme (criticisms of a perceived lack of innovation that Rodgers apparently shared), plus legitimate complaints about Rodgers’s own decline in performance, and a season like this was bound to happen to Green Bay sooner or later.Even so, it came contrary to preseason predictions. Going into the schedule, you might have penciled in this week’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons as a marquee game with playoff implications. Instead, it will be the third-worst game of the week, according to our combination of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and game importance (how likely it is to swing every team’s odds of making the playoffs):7A little note is in order here, to explain how these game importance ratings are now calculated. All season long, I have been crunching the numbers on how a given game affects the two teams involved. But this week, with the playoffs on the horizon and certain matchups taking on more importance because of their outside implications, I changed the formula to add up a game’s potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league — including those not participating in the game itself. read more

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Mens basketball Battle of two 35 Big Ten teams Ohio State –

Members of the Ohio State men’s basketball team huddle before the start of the second half versus Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorIn late February 2016, Ohio State took down No. 9 Iowa to stay afloat in the NCAA tournament picture. The Hawkeyes choked down the stretch, losing four of its final five games to finish 12-6 in the Big Ten. Iowa then lost in the first round of the Big Ten tournament to Illinois.The Hawkeyes enter Saturday’s contest versus the Buckeyes having lost three in a row after beginning Big Ten play 3-2. OSU started the conference slate 0-4 but finds itself in the same place as Iowa — one of six teams tied at 3-5 in the Big Ten.Since the two teams last met, both rosters have seen great turnover, but in different ways, after they each had disappointing finishes to the season. Nonetheless, Iowa and OSU are both fighting for a crucial win in conference play in Iowa City.IowaCoach Fran McCaffery had to replace four starters from last year’s roster. The lone returning starter is senior guard Peter Jok, who leads the Big Ten with 21 points per game.“He’s a big-time scorer,” said junior forward Jae’Sean Tate. “He’s been a big-time scorer since I’ve been in college. We’re not going to change anything we do. We’re still going to guard the ball, play Ohio State defense. But we’re going to try to dock him, make him uncomfortable.”For the four starters alongside Jok, McCaffery has yet to settle on a lineup. Eight different Hawkeyes, excluding Jok, have started at least six of the 21 games in 2016-17. Down 16 at the beginning of the second half on Wednesday at Illinois, McCaffery switched 80 percent of his starters. Freshmen Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Tyler Cook and Cordell Pemsl were replaced by sophomores Nicholas Baer, Ahmad Wagner and Christian Williams, as well as freshman Ryan Kriener.The Hawkeyes lost 76-64.Iowa sits at No. 96 in the KenPom advanced-statistical ratings. OSU and Iowa are identical in adjusted offensive efficiency, averaging 110.2 per 100 possessions. However, the Hawkeyes rank third in conference averaging more than 80 points per game and third in total rebounds with 39.4 per contest.Losing four starters is certainly a challenge to a coach, and often times the defense is what drops off the most. For Iowa, its defense is without a doubt its greatest weakness.The Hawkeyes are last in the Big Ten in scoring defense and opponent rebounding, allowing 78.2 points and 38.7 rebounds per game. However, at home, Iowa allows 75 points compared to 82 points away from Iowa City.Cook is the only other player for Iowa that averages double figures with 11.9 points. Jok leads the Hawkeyes in points, assists, steals and 3-point field goal percentage.The GameThe Buckeyes arguably put together its most complete game of the season on Wednesday against Minnesota, something the team is trying to build on.“I would say (the Minnesota game is) just a stepping stone,” Tate said. “Like I said, this year, there’s been multiple times that you’ve seen us play at the level we’re supposed to play at all the time. I think we did that against Minnesota, but we still didn’t do it for the whole 40 minutes.”Redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson and senior forward Marc Loving led the team with 19 points a piece — a career high for Thompson. It was the former Virginia Tech transfer’s seventh double-double this season, which is the most for an OSU big man since Jared Sullinger had 17 in the 2011-2012 season. Expect Thompson to register his eighth against Iowa. One thing OSU has had difficulty with is keeping possession. Turnovers have cost the Buckeyes a few games this year and will need to tighten up against McCaffery who likes to implement a half-court trap and 3-2 zone at points in the game.“It’s just, it’s a matter of whatever they throw at us we’ve got to know exactly what we’re doing and get the best shot we possibly can,” OSU coach Thad Matta said.OSU has played completely different away from home this season, and Matta said he has about given up trying to figure out why his guys don’t engage into the action from the get-go. He said his team has to become more consistent in every aspect of the game.Iowa will likely go on a few runs in the first half, but OSU’s rebounding should be the difference in the game and allow OSU to have more scoring chances than the Hawkeyes.Prediction: Ohio State – 76, Iowa – 72Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. read more

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Baseball Ohio State looking for surprise in Arizona against pair of heavyweight

Ohio State redshirt senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff at bat during the Scarlet and Gray World Series in October 2016. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe past weekend was a tale of two halves for the Ohio State baseball team. They combined for 21 runs in the two victories, only to falter in their final two games with a combined four runs. Now looking ahead to the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, OSU (2-2) will have to find the bats again if it hopes to have success against No. 5 Oregon State (4-0) and the reigning Pac-12 champion Utah Utes (2-1) in Surprise, Arizona.Despite the daunting task ahead of the Buckeyes, OSU coach Greg Beals said he’s excited to lead the team to the Grand Canyon State for the first time in 20 years and play some high-quality competition.“We’re heading out to Arizona for the first time — site of Spring Training, we’re going out and playing in a Spring Training facility. Excited for that to take our guys to a Major League complex,” Beals said. “To play teams from the Pac-12, that west-coast style baseball, I think it’s important for us to see different styles and have to be prepared to compete against a different style of baseball.”Scouting Oregon StateEntering the season, expectations were high for an Oregon State team that showed a lot of promise last season, finishing 35-19 (16-14 Pac-12). The NCAA’s consensus rankings placed the Beavers as the No. 6 team in the country. After an undefeated opening weekend, they have risen in the rankings.Pitching was the strength of this team last season and it appears this will be their backbone once again. In the first series, the Beavers’ pitching staff had surrendered a total of six runs (only three earned) with 37 total strikeouts, only 11 walks and 23 hits (.177 opponents’ batting average).Oregon State’s offense does not stand out, but can score runs when necessary. The team owns a collective .270 batting average with 22 runs scored, two home runs and three stolen bases so far on the season. Beals knows that Oregon State operates under a different style of play and that if the Buckeyes are going to come away with a win, they will have to force the Beavers to play a higher-scoring game. “They’re going to play a smaller game that they like to bunt, to run and they really emphasize their pitching and defense and play lower-scoring games is their ideal way of playing out there,” Beals said. “Our goal is to shape the game where we can get out and score some runs and force them — if we can get out a couple runs — force them to have to play for more than just one run at a time”Ratcliff emerging as power threat in final collegiate seasonRedshirt senior designated hitter Zach Ratcliff has never registered more than 100 at-bats in a single season for the Buckeyes and, prior to the weekend, he had never hit more than two home runs in a single season. After just the first weekend, he has already matched that single-season home run total. In last Saturday’s game against Delaware, Ratcliff blasted two home runs — one in the second inning and another in the fourth.Ratcliff has been given an opportunity to serve as the regular designated hitter for OSU in his final season of eligibility and, so far, has been making the most of it. He attributes his newfound success in large part to the work he put in over the summer with Beals and assistant coach Matt Angle.“This summer — when we got back to work with coach Angle, coach Beals — we kind of tore my swing down and worked from the ground up and made a few adjustments, just to kind of simplify everything,” Ratcliff said. “It’s obviously paying off early so, hopefully, I can keep things rolling.”OSU will face Utah on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET and Saturday with games against Oregon State coming on Friday and Sunday. read more

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Jon Gruden witness to Braxton Millers spring performance

“They’ve got a hot-shot guy in here from Dayton. No. 5 is all I know. Braxton is his name. He’s pretty darn good.” That’s what NFL analyst and Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden said about Ohio State freshman quarterback Braxton Miller after spending Wednesday and Thursday watching the team practice. Gruden was the keynote speaker at Friday’s coaches clinic. The skills that earned Gruden’s lofty praise were on full display Saturday during OSU’s annual Spring Game. Miller completed seven of 12 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown, and also led the offense on a 14-play, 92-yard touchdown drive. Coach Jim Tressel took notice. “I thought Braxton probably played a little bit more relaxed and had a little bit more fun than he has had,” Tressel said. Miller, who enrolled at OSU for Winter Quarter to get acclimated to the offense, has been thrust into a quarterback competition after incumbent starter, senior quarterback Terrelle Pryor, was suspended for the first five games of next season. Since enrolling, Miller has spent much of his time just trying to learn the offense. Senior linebacker Andrew Sweat, who enrolled early when he was a freshman, said Miller has done well so far. “I came in early as a freshman, and it’s overwhelming,” Sweat said. “I think Braxton does a great job of being mature and learning the plays. I think he’ll be a good player.” On Saturday, Miller showed the dual-threat capabilities that made him such a highly prized recruit coming out of high school by routinely avoiding the pass rush and rushing for 19 yards on five carries. Senior running back Dan Herron said Miller’s elusiveness adds another dimension to the offense. “When you got a guy back there like Braxton who can throw it or run it, it gives you a lot of options,” Herron said. Joe Bauserman, Taylor Graham and Kenny Guiton are also in the mix to replace Pryor and all have more experience with the offense than Miller. But Tressel said Miller will have as much opportunity as anyone. “We’re going to play whoever we need to, and it doesn’t exclude Braxton,” Tressel said. Miller, who was the only quarterback to complete more than half of his passes, has played well enough to be in consideration to become the starter, and has also gained his teammates’ respect. “I was curious to see how he was going to do today in more of a live setting,” senior center Mike Brewster said. “And I told him. I said: ‘Man, you did a good job today. I’m proud of you.’ He’s just a high school guy out there doing that stuff. That’s pretty impressive.” But, Brewster said, spring ball is only the beginning. The right to be the starter in the fall might be earned during the next three months, as the team takes a break from practicing until summer camp. “Over the next few months, he’ll be in the film room learning,” Brewster said. “I’m sure Terrelle will be bringing him along.” Pryor, Herron, offensive lineman Mike Adams, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Tressel will join them for failing to report their violations. read more

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Football Hilliard Babb suffer injuries sidelining them indefinitely

Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore linebacker Justin Hilliard walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Ohio State confirmed Tuesday that senior linebacker Justin Hilliard and redshirt freshman wide receiver Kamryn Babb have sustained injuries that will sideline both indefinitely. The announcement did not come with clarification as to what the injuries were for both players. Lettermen Row reported Monday that Babb had sustained a non-contact knee injury after suffering an ACL tear that kept him off the field for the 2018 season. Ohio State did not confirm the specific injury for the redshirt freshman receiver, only that he would have surgery on the injury within the next week. According to the release, Hilliard has already had surgery for his injury. A former five-star recruit, Hilliard played in 12 games for the Buckeyes last season, accumulating 20 tackles, including a tackle for loss against Tulane on Sept. 22. Hilliard has played in 29 games for the Buckeyes in his four years with the program, recording 38 total tackles. read more

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Northern Ireland were denied clear penalty says ONeill

first_imgMichael O’Neill has blamed the officials for not awarding Northern Ireland a “clear” penalty after his side lost 2-1 at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina.Despite dominating the game at Windsor Park, Northern Ireland paid the price for not taking their chances.The referee failed to award a penalty for Northern Ireland in the first minute of the game when George Saville was tripped in the 18-yard box.“We should have had a penalty early in the game, it’s pretty clear,” O’Neill told Sky Sports.“Maybe it’s early in the game so it’s difficult to give. If we had scored the penalty, if it was given, then it would have put a different slant on the game.”The Netherlands have a walk in the park in Estonia’s pitch Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 9, 2019 With a stellar performance from Ryan Babel, the Netherlands won their second consecutive UEFA Euro Qualifier against Estonia.After the impressive performance they offered in…Northern Ireland midfielder George Saville agreed with his O’Neill but clarified it wasn’t the defining factor in the game.“There was contact there and I think it is a penalty, that changes the game, but we have to take chances and we paid the price a bit. We can’t blame it [defeat] on that decision. We shot ourselves in the foot today.“It was massively disappointing for us, considering we controlled the game for most of 90 minutes. It was two sloppy errors from us, which we paid for.”last_img read more

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Arnautovic set to miss Austrias game

first_imgAustria are weighing the risks of playing star man Marko Arnautovic in their Nations League match against Northern Ireland on Sunday.Austria travel to Windsor Park on Sunday to face Northern Ireland who have already been relegated.The Central European country has no possibility of taking the top spot from Bosnia & Herzegovina and is not looking to risk playing West Ham forward Arnautovic.After playing against Bosnia on Thursday, Arnautovic sustained a knee injury and trained separately from his team-mates on Saturday.robert lewandowski, PolandReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group G George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group G, saw Robert Lewandowski draw another blank.What should have been a plane sailing group for Poland, has turned out to…“The knee is not the best but I am fit and I can play. I’m not training a lot at West Ham to try and keep my knee calm,” Arnautovic told Sky Sports News last month about his persistent knee injury.“It is going to take some time as I have some inflammation in my bone but I am always ready to play on the weekend.“After a game, I need some rest for about two or three days. By the middle of the week, I am training normally with the team, training in full.”last_img read more

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Woman found in Chula Vista with bluntforce facial injuries

first_imgWoman found in Chula Vista with blunt-force facial injuries CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — A woman was found at a downtown Chula Vista intersection with injuries to her face that appeared to be the result of an attack, police said Saturday.She was found about 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of Broadway and F Street, according to Chula Vista Police Lt. Rusty Rea.The woman was taken to a hospital with serious blunt-force injuries, Rea said.No update on her condition was available.There is currently no description of a suspect. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom May 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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First Marijuana Retail Shop In Homer Set To Open Next Month

first_imgUncle Herb’s will be located along Ocean Drive next to the Homer Farmers Market. The facility is roughly 600 square feet, but the retail will occupy only a small portion. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Homer’s first retail marijuana shop, Uncle Herb’s, is expecting to open its doors at the end of May. Currently the building is undergoing renovations and will need to pass a final inspection by the state prior to its doors opening. Stiassny is confident the shop will open later next month. Owner Lloyd Stiassny: “I think it’s a great opportunity for the state of Alaska to engage in a new industry, you know it’s quite dynamic, the industry that’s got both the manufacturing, retail, and farming and cultivation aspect to it. There’s not many industry like that in the state. Back in September, Uncle Herb’s had its license approved with Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board.last_img read more

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Tire company Sumitomo developed a way to generate electricity inside tires

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Enlarge ImageHopefully you can detach it — and not be forced into paying for a replacement — if the tire goes flat. Sumitomo If you’ve ever wondered how your tire pressure continues to power itself, there’s no magic kinetic witchcraft happening in your tires — they just have batteries and strive to use as little power as possible. But in the future, swapping out a depleted tire-pressure sensor may become a thing of the past.Falken Tires announced last week that its parent company, Sumitomo, has developed a clever “energy harvester” that can produce power from frictional charging, best known as static electricity. It’s not quite ready for prime time yet, but it just cleared a big hurdle that could bring its benefits to automobiles at some point in the future.Inside Sumitomo’s energy harvester are two layers of rubber. Each is covered with an electrode and a film. As the tire rolls and deforms, the negatively charged film will interact with the positively charged film on the other side. This generates a small bit of electricity that can go on to power… something.I say “something” because these harvesters won’t be creating enough energy to add miles of range to your EV. Instead, it’ll be used to provide a trickle of power to a system that only needs that much. Tire pressure monitors are a perfect candidate, as they’re already inside the tire and only need a little bit of juice. Sumitomo says that other devices can also benefit, but didn’t dive into specifics.These little harvesters won’t be in your next set of tires, but things are moving along. The Japan Science and Technology Agency recently selected the project for additional research, which means Sumitomo will have some help with its R&D. Let’s just hope the harvesters don’t cost an arm and a leg each. Michelin shines spotlight on worn tire testing Michelin shines light on worn tire performance and testing 3:31 36 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 0 Post a comment Auto Tech Tagslast_img read more

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Amit Shah filed false affidavit disqualify him from contesting LS polls Congress

first_imgCongress said that Amit Shah has undervalued the property which as per the govt guidelines is valued at Rs 66.5 lakh but Amit Shah has declared its value at Rs 25 lakh.Accusing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah of filing “false affidavit”, the Congress party on Friday (April 6) asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to disqualify him from contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar. The party also demanded action against the BJP president for filing a deceptive affidavit.In its complaint, the Congress said that Amit Shah has “once again filed a false affidavit with two glaring omissions”. “First, with regard to a plot in Gandhinagar and second, with regard to loans taken from a commercial bank by his son for which he is the guarantor,” the Congress said in its complaint.Citing reports, the party said that Shah has “undervalued the property which as per the government guidelines is valued at (at least) Rs 66.5 lakh but Amit Shah has declared its value at Rs 25 lakh”.The Congress said that before filing his nomination for the Lok Sabha polls, Shah had already mortgaged two of his properties (in 2016) to Kalupur Commercial Cooperative Bank (one of Gujarat’s largest cooperative banks) for his son Jay Shah’s business venture Kusum Finserve.”The properties were mortgaged in lieu of a large and substantial loan of Rs 25 crore extended by the bank to his son’s company. It is, therefore, a fact that the properties are mortgaged to Kalupur Commercial Cooperative Bank and hence constitute a liability that should have been declared,” the complaint said.The party alleged that the omission of liabilities was “deliberate and not inadvertent”.”The Election Commission of India must take immediate note of this and initiate appropriate proceedings to disqualify Amit Shah from contesting the upcoming elections. Further, the ECI must initiate proceedings against Amit Shah for the filing of a false affidavit,” the Congress mentioned in its complaint.(Inputs from agencies)last_img read more

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More than double inmates crammed into jails

first_imgPhoto : BSSInspector General of Prisons brigadier general Syed Iftekhar Uddin said that the number of prisoners across the country stood at around 82,000 while the existing prisons have the capacity to accommodate 36,614 inmates, state news agency BSS reports. The inspector general revealed the information while speaking to reporters  after visiting the construction work of Madaripur prison on Wednesday.He said that the government has undertaken a number of projects to build prisons to facilitate accommodation of additional prisoners across the country.”Re-building of prison is urgently needed”, Iftekhar said adding that some prisons are accommodating five to six times prisoners beyond their capacity.He also said that the government is trying to increase capacity of the existing prisons.“Old prisons are being renovated to solve the accommodation problem of prisoners,” he said.He also hopes that this problem will come to a tolerable level by the next years.Among others, Madaripur district administrator Wahidul Islam, civil surgeon Farid Hossain, police super Sarwar Hossain and Madaripur district jail super Shahidul Islam were present with him at the visit.last_img read more

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Khulnas cloud hovers over Rajshahi

first_imgRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidate Khairuzzaman Liton exchanges greetings with voters during a programme in Rajshahi recently. Photo: Prothom AloRuling Awami League is taking up the same strategy of Khulna by arresting BNP leaders and activists over various charges and intimidating them ahead of Rajshahi city polls, alleged BNP leaders.Leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party said, three different cases have been filed after the schedule of Rajshahi city polls was declared. And 178 BNP men were accused in those cases while 29 were arrested to date, according to party insiders. BNP mayoral candidate in Rajshahi Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul alleged that the ruling AL was trying to drive out BNP’s polling agents or make them leave the area before the election, like in Khulna and Gazipur.Mosaddek Hossain told Prothom Alo that he decided to provide the local media, the election commission and law enforcers with the names and identity of all his polling agents.“And environment for a fair election has not been created yet. It seems ruling AL is trying to replicate the Khulna-style election in Rajshahi,” the BNP mayoral aspirant said.However, AL rejects such apprehensions of BNP.AL candidate Khairuzzaman Liton said he had no knowledge about what happened during the Gazipur and Khulna mayoral election“We have not seen anything wrong in Khulna or Gazipur. However, there is no need to do anything in Rajshahi. I do not think that anything wrong will happen here,” Liton added.“BNP is probably facing a polling agent crisis due to its internal conflicts. Nobody perhaps agrees to be agents for BNP,” he further said. Prothom Alo came to know that the police have filed three new cases against BNP leaders and activists, charging them with carrying out explosions and cocktail blasts and planning sabotages.BNP leaders, however, said there were no cocktail attacks since the announcement of the schedule in the area. They claimed the cases to be false.“Important leaders and activists engaged in electioneering have been accused. Charges have also been filed against unidentified persons, so that anyone can be arrested and sent to jail in these cases,” said BNP leaders.The latest case was filed on Thursday in Rajpara police station. TM Selim Reza, the sub inspector, is the plaintiff of the case.It is said in the case statement that 15 to 20 BNP leaders and activists secretly held a meeting at Terakhaida cricket grounds allegedly planning a sabotage.Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) mayoral candidate Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul conducts his electioneering at Bishwabidyalay Road of Rajshahi on Friday. Photo: Prothom AloThere are 16 accused enlisted in the statement. Three of them were arrested by the police. They are Nurul Islam, 35, Sajjadul Haque, 65, and Dildar Ali Jony, 32.Officer in charge of Rajpara police station has claimed that the arrested persons were Jamaat activists. They were caught during a secret meeting while others managed to escape, said the OC.BNP leaders, on the other hand, claimed, most of the accused are BNP leaders and activists.Although he left BNP five years back, Shafiqul Islam, former organising secretary of Rajpara BNP, was accused in the case, according to Prothom Alo investigations.Police earlier filed another two cases on 8 and 9 July Kashiadanga police station.The case statement says, around 150 miscreants gathered in Uttar Math area of Kashiadanga at around 3:30 pm on 7 July.Police in the drive arrested organising secretary of BNP Ward-1, Nurul Islam and former president of Ward-2 Swechchhasebak Dal, Aminul Islam. BNP chairperson’s adviser and former mayor of Rajshahi Mizanur Rahman Minu alleged that police arrested 29 leaders and activists till now and have raided the houses of hundreds of leaders and activists. Denying such allegations, the senior assistant commissioner of metropolitan police said, police have arrested some accused in the anti-drug and anti-sabotage drive.Apart from police operations, alleged many BNP leaders, posters were being torn down and threats were being issued in Rajshahi, alleged many BNP leaders.Besides, BNP and other party candidates also alleged that supporters of the ruling candidate spared no place for them to paste up their posters and festoons.Local government expert Tofail Ahmed told Prothom Alo, cases being filed against BNP leaders and activists before the election, amounted to the administrations interference in the election process. The election commission should look into the matter. This can be perceived as a challenge to the election commission’s authority. The ball is in the election commission’s court. It is to be seen what action it takes.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

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Asian Streamer iflix Abruptly Exits Middle East

first_img Popular on Variety Asia-based streamer iflix is pulling out of the Middle East after entering the region with some fanfare two years ago in a partnership with Kuwait-based mobile and data services operator Zain.Shuttering the streamer’s Iflix Arabia joint venture is taking place as disgruntled distributors with whom it has content deals complain about missing payments and unreturned emails and calls, sources confirmed to Variety.“Iflix and its partner, Zain, are working together to complete the wind down of the operations in the Middle East to allow iflix to focus on its core markets in Southeast Asia,” the company said in a statement.The statement did not give any other motive for the pullout.In December iflix sold its Africa business, Kwese Iflix, to telco Econet Group claiming it was looking to double down on growth in Asia, which is its core market. “We are also working with all suppliers to finalize that wind down, which has been a complex process and apologize if some people are yet to be contacted, though expect this to happen in due course,” it added. Former 03 Chief Fadi Ismail Launches Shingle With Eye on Saudi Arabia (EXCLUSIVE) Related ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 News of the pullout surfaced shortly after Iflix announced that it had completed its latest round of funding for more than $50 million by bringing in major institutional investor, Fidelity alongside strategic shareholders Hearst, Sky and EMC and said it is looking at a possible IPO.Iflix, which launched in Malaysia and the Philippines in 2015, set up Dubai-based Iflix Arabia in 2017 and rolled out the service in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt and Sudan. In line with its policy of localized content production, that year the company made a splash with Arabic online original “Tough Luck,” a Cairo-set comedy of errors titled packed with local stars.But though streamer subscribers in the Middle East are growing, analysts say top-tier services such as Starz Play, which is now the Middle East market leader ahead of Netflix and Shahid Plus, are getting more traction than lower-cost operations like iflix, which targeted a more downmarket customer base that is being eroded by increased piracy.The decision to pull out from the Middle East was first reported by Deadline. Asian Streamer Iflix Completes $50 Million Fundraising Roundlast_img read more

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Believe none of what you hear

first_imgAll Western names! Irony being we Indians have a richer folklore than the West. But I’m wrong. Faraz Kazi is here with The Other Side who quenched the thirst of many readers of this genre.After writing a love story he has attempted horror. He says,‘I seriously don’t think changing genres proves anything. I write for myself and not for the market and I’m comfortable writing in any genre under various themes of tragedy, comedy, fear. I would rather prefer not being tagged as a genre-specific writer.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All the stories have an Indian connect. Kazi tells us ‘the book is a tribute to the culture and folklore of my land.’ Two are a must read: Dream Girl and Possession. He believes any ghost story collection is incomplete without touching upon the idea of possession, the merging of a secondary spirit with a human soul. Kazi wanted to retain  a strain of innocence in the story, hence the protagonist is a child and through her we see the world of the unknown and soon see her family also getting involved. Perhaps there is a hidden story of possession in every neighbourhood and readers can make the connection, irrespective of  their believers or sceptics. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs he elaborates  on Dream Girl, Kazi quips, ‘It was a strong subject and it is easily the most graphic story of the lot. Thank god, books don’t have much censorship issues because I wanted this story to come out in its crude form and shock the readers. Simply through the psyche and thought process of one single man who vows to ‘create’ his dream girl by cutting and stitching together the body parts of other girls, I tried to understand our deepest recesses.’He’s also a genre-hopper, evidently. After writing a love story and a horror fiction, now he is working on his dream project,  another collection of stories that involves the coming of age story of a woman! We aren’t scared.last_img read more

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PDS to offer over 500 branded products

first_imgDarjeeling: More than 500 branded products, including oil, soaps, shampoos and toothpaste will shortly be available through the Public Distribution System (PDS), that too at a 25% lesser cost.The products will be available throughout the state and are mainly aimed at benefitting the rural areas. This has already commenced in North 24-Parganas and is to be implemented soon in 7 districts, including Darjeeling and Kalimpong.”The state government had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Future Group, during the Bengal Global Summit in Kolkata. The Future Group will make 500 branded products available through the PDS, that too at a 25% lesser cost,” stated Jyotipriyo Mullick, minister in charge of Food and Supplies. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe minister held a meeting with PDS dealers and officials at Uttarkanya, the mini Secretariat in Jalpaiguri on Wednesday.Meanwhile, good quality packaged atta is now being distributed in the Hills. “This atta is being packaged in the local mills. However, we have got a system in place to check whether the atta is adulterated in any way. CCTVs are fitted in the mills and there are food inspectors deputed to oversee operations on a rotation basis,” stated the minister.”The distribution of pending ration cards in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts will be completed soon,” stated the minister.Distribution of around 64,000 ration cards is pending in the two districts, including 17,000 in the plains of Siliguri.last_img read more

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PayPal Here Joins MobilePay Apps Already There

first_img Two business days Syncs with accounting programs Yes March 27, 2012 3.7% per transaction or monthly fee of $12.95, plus 2.7% per transaction Free Android, iOS No Android, iOS 3.49%, plus19 cents 3.5%, plus 15 cents 2.7% Funds available Cost of app and reader Accepted platforms Canada, Hong Kong, Australia 3.5%, plus 15 cents No Android, iOS Monthly minimum Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express Android, iOS No 2.7% per transaction or monthly fee of $12.95, plus 1.7% per transaction Free Keyed fee (numbers entered manually) per transaction Cash No Card brands accepted Other forms of payment accepted No 2.69%center_img Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express Quickbooks PayPal, Check (U.S. only) Quickbooks 4 min read No International use (available to foreign-based merchants) EBay’s payment service PayPal revolutionized how we pay for online purchases. And two years ago, the payment giant attempted to change how we use our phones when it introduced its PayPal Mobile app, which offers to transfer money from one person to another by bumping phones together. And though it would make sense for PayPal to continue its reign in payment innovations, the company appears to be the last to arrive at the mobile-payment party.Earlier this month, PayPal with a heaping helping of pomp, launched its mobile payment system PayPal Here, which runs on a person’s smartphone through a downloadable app and uses a small plastic reader to swipe cards. The company boasted last week that it signed up more than 1,000 new users per hour in its first day.Though PayPal remains a juggernaut in the online-payment space, the question is, is PayPal too late to make a dent with business customers?The new platform joins incumbent systems like Jack Dorsey’s Square, Intuit’s GoPayment, and North American Bancard’s Pay Anywhere, among others. Square, alone, claims more than a million users and merchants and a spokesperson says the company processes more than $4 billion annually. But, it’s a sector that’s growing, says Todd Ablowitz, founder of Double Diamond Group, LLC, a Centennial, Colo., payment systems consultancy. “The entrance of PayPal shows that this is a very real market, with an increasing number of options for target merchants,” he says.Related: For Some Businesses, Square Register Can Replace Traditional Point-of-Sales ToolsCynthia Wahl, for one, says she loves Square. The co-founder of Texas Toast Culinary Tours, a Fort Worth, Texas-based tour company, says she routinely uses her Square system to sign up last-minute attendees on their tours—an important financial catch-all for the two-year-old company.”It’s so simple to use,” Wahl says. “We signed up in about five minutes and were taking credit cards immediately. The money is in our account the next day. It just seems like Square is looking out for the small business owner.”But features vary from provider to provider. Texas Toast doesn’t run tours every month, so Wahl is loathe to pay a monthly fee, which is an option with one of the services. But Ablowtiz says it might make sense for those with a high volume of mobile transactions to opt for a monthly fee and a lower swipe rate. Your business may need to accept multiple forms of payment, generate invoices or process transactions internationally — features that vary from app to app.So, how do the main players stack up? Here’s our breakdown to help you evaluate the right mobile system for your business:  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express Next business day Register Now » No Invoicing ability from app No Swipe fee per transaction No Free No Free Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global No Same day via PayPal or three business days  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express No Yes Two to three business days Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. No 2.75%last_img read more

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