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Eating nuts twice a week lowers heart attack risk

first_imgEating nuts at least twice a week can slash the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by almost 17 per cent, a new study suggests. “Nuts are a good source of unsaturated fat and contain little saturated fat,” said study author. “They also have protein, minerals, vitamins, fibre, phytosterol, and polyphenols which benefit heart health. European and US studies have related nuts with cardiovascular protection but there is limited evidence from the Eastern Mediterranean Region.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe study, examined the association between nut consumption and the risk of cardiovascular disease. A total of 5,432 adults aged 35 and older with no history of cardiovascular disease were randomly selected from urban and rural areas. The intake of nuts including walnuts, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts and seeds was assessed in 2001 with a validated food frequency questionnaire. Participants were interviewed every two years until 2013 for the occurrence of cardiovascular events and death. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardDuring a median 12-year follow-up, there were 751 cardiovascular events, 179 cardiovascular deaths and 458 all-cause deaths. According to the findings, eating nuts two or more times per week was associated with a 17 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular mortality compared to consuming nuts once every two weeks. The connection was robust even after adjusting for factors that could influence the relationship such as age, sex, education, smoking. to name a few.last_img read more

Will carry forward Parrikars legacy of good governance Pramod Sawant

first_imgPanaji: Newly-appointed Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Tuesday met family members of his deceased predecessor Manohar Parrikar before assuming charge of office, hours after he took oath of the post at around 2 AM. Sawant visited the family members of Parrikar at their private residence at Dona Paula near here around 12 noon, before heading to the CM’s Office at state Secretariat, Porvorim. Speaking to reporters, the new chief minister said his priority would be to reach out to every person, and carry forward the “glorious legacy” of good governance left behind by Parrikar. Sawant, a BJP MLA, was sworn in as new Chief Minister just before 2 am Tuesday, hours after cremation of Parrikar, as the BJP moved swiftly to snuff out Congress’ attempts to wrest power in Goa. Sawant, a protege of Parrikar, was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly when he was picked to be the successor of Parrikar. “Manohar Parrikar is a father-like figure for me. He was my inspiration…every thing. I am here only because of him…I became MLA, then Speaker, and nowCM only because of Parrikar,” Sawant told reporters after meeting kin of the late chief minister. When asked to list his priorities, Sawant said, “As a chief minister, my aim would be to reach out to every person and complete his works”. Sawant also appealed that he not be greeted with bouquets for being the new CM, as the state is in morning. “I have taken charge with great humility and gratitude towards my idol and mentor Manohar bhai (Parrikar). I seek your blessings and support to carry forward the glorious legacy of commitment towards good governance,” he said. In the wake of the fluid political situation in Goa and Congress’ repeated attempts to wrest power, the BJP leadership ensured that the new chief minister was in place quickly. Sawant was sworn in by governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan at 1.50 am. Sinha also administered the oath of office to 11 other ministers, including those from BJP’s allies MGP and the GFP. Parrikar died at his private residence Sunday evening due to pancreatic cancer. He was cremated with full state and military honours Monday evening.last_img read more

Working with Colliva was great learning Farhan

first_imgMumbai: Actor-singer-songwriter Farhan Akhtar who has released his first solo music album titled “Echoes”, produced by Grammy Award-winning Italian producer Tommaso Colliva, says such collaborations are fruitful for creativity. Sharing his experience of working with an international producer who has worked with British band Muse and Mary Chain among others, Farhan told IANS: “Working with Tommaso was really amazing because his approach was quite different. He wanted to know the story behind each song, and what was my frame of mind when I was writing them. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “The atmosphere was so conducive that as a singer-songwriter I felt really excited to work on it. He wanted to do the production and sound following those written words. It really added value to the album. It was a great learning experience.” Asked if he would like to use the experience to contribute to the independent music scenario in India, where Bollywood music mostly overshadows it, Farhan said: “We are doing a lot of stuff through our movies. If you look at the recent example of ‘Gully Boy’, we have encouraged musicians from the underground scene. We often collaborate with independent musicians. I would love to support and encourage young talent, but look, this is not my full-time job.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “As a creative individual, I want to write more songs, tell more stories and perform with the hope that more people will feel inspired and come out with their creative ideas. I am always open to collaboration and think that’s also a way of supporting other artistes,” said Farhan, son of poet and screenplay writer Javed Akhtar. Farhan took around three years to write the 13 songs of the album “Echoes”, which was released on Friday. He went to Milan for recording of the tracks. Three songs; “Pain or pleasure”, “Why couldn’t it be me” and “Rareview mirror”, from the album were released online earlier. Sharing the core thought behind the album, the “Rock On!!” actor said: “I believe who we are today is the result of our experience in life so far. The emotional journey that we have gone through in life, in love, how we felt lost in love and then desolate.” “The reason why I am calling the album ‘Echoes’ is that somewhere all the emotional experiences are echoing in our mind even though we are not holding on to our past and moving on. This is really an emotional album.” The song titled “Why couldn’t it be me” was the result of the horrifying terrorist attack at the military school in Peshawar in 2014. On the story behind “Pain or pleasure”, Farhan said: “That song came from a personal space. At times in a relationship, feeling love for someone can get toxic. At times we really try to hang on to something that is really not there and you realise that healthy thing is to move on. “But then with the insane highs and terrible lows of a relationship, one has gone through, you want them all. There come the pain and pleasure of it.” Farhan will be seen opposite Priyanka Chopra Jonas in “The Sky Is Pink”, which will release in October.last_img read more

Morocco House of Representatives adopts appropriation draft bill

first_imgRabat- The house of representatives (lower house) adopted, on Wednesday in a plenary session, the second reading of the 2014 appropriation draft bill. The draft bill was adopted by a majority of 186 votes, versus 59 votes against it.The House of Advisors rejected, last Thursday in plenary session, the draft bill by a majority vote (87 votes for, 33 against), which required to submit it to the House of Representatives for a second reading. The Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid, said in a statement to MAP, at the end of the vote, that it was necessary to take into account the particular political, economic and financial juncture during which the bill was elaborated, adding that new and important amendments were introduced during the debates in both Houses of Parliament, which will likely contribute to preserving financial stability, promoting the opening of new horizons for the national economy and strengthening institutions.These amendments, which he described as “very important”, tend to strengthen enterprises and increase the resources of the Social Cohesion Fund. The main amendment that sparked heated debates concerns amnesty on assets and property held illegally abroad, the minister said. The opposition groups deemed that the 2014 appropriation draft bill does not respond, despite the amendments, to the social and economic demands dictated by the current juncture.last_img read more

Mike Trout And Bryce Harper Are Baseballs Best Young PositionPlayer Duo Ever

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, by consensus the most talented young position players in baseball, are facing off this week for the first time in their burgeoning careers. (Trout’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim got the best of Harper’s Washington Nationals on Monday night, 4-2.)Few youngsters arrived in the majors with as much buildup as Harper, who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 16. Luckily for the Nationals, he’s mostly been as good as advertised (and he’s still just 21 years old, a fact that’s often forgotten because he’s been so good). Meanwhile, all Trout did in his first full pair of major-league seasons was turn in two of the 150 or so best position-player seasons in the past 113 years of baseball, making two strong MVP bids in the process.So, yeah, these guys have been really good, really early in their careers.With all the (deserved) hype surrounding Trout and Harper, I was wondering how the duo compares to other concurrent 22-or-under pairs of position players in the history of baseball. To answer that question, I looked at the most productive two non-pitchers age 22 or below in a given season, based on the combined number of wins above replacement they’d generated in the previous two seasons. (We can’t compare Trout/Harper through age 22 because we don’t know what they’ll do in 2014.)By that standard, Trout and Harper are the most productive young duo in baseball history. Here were the seasons featuring the best pairs of budding superstars ever (taking only the best score for duplicate pairs):The majority of those 28.2 combined WAR belong to Trout, author of the aforementioned pair of historically dominant campaigns. Let’s be honest, though: Given Trout’s otherworldly production at such a young age, we could pair him with just about anybody and he’d still be near the top of this list (Trout by himself would rank fifth). But Harper’s numbers to date hardly make him a coattail-rider. As far as No. 2s go, Harper’s 8.6 WAR ranks below only Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews as the third-best second fiddle in the history of promising under-22 duos.If we’re looking to give extra weight to No. 2s, ensuring that both players in a pair have great stats (to safeguard against a situation such as what happened in 1918, when Rogers Hornsby had 97 percent of the WAR in his “duo” with Ross Youngs), perhaps a better way to rank these kinds of pairings is not to sum up all of the WAR generated by a pair, but rather to take the harmonic mean of the two individuals’ WAR totals. If we do that, the following list emerges:By either list, though, Trout-Harper is the best young duo in baseball history. So, savor their matchup this week — you may never again see a pair of position players so good face off at such a young age. read more

Baseball Leaving pitching behind Murray hopes to impact 2017 Buckeyes with change

OSU redshirt senior Shea Murray is switching positions from pitcher to outfield for the 2017 season. Credit: Courtesy of OSUChanging positions in baseball is often just part of the game. But it is rare a position change occurs in a player’s final year of eligibility. It is even more rare still that the change is from the mound to the outfield.But that is the transition coming for redshirt senior outfielder Shea Murray ahead of the 2017 season. The former pitcher will be taking his talents to the outfield where he hopes to compete for a starting spot in his final season with the Ohio State baseball team.The decision to make such a drastic position change came toward the end of the 2016 season. The coaching staff sat down with Murray and discussed a way for the 23-year-old player to have an impact on the team after three years of limited playing time.“My mechanics were not great — I couldn’t locate the ball like I at one time could and basically coming into my fifth year, I just wanted to have an opportunity to get on the field any way that I could,” Murray said. “And we lost a lot of the lineup from last year: two of the outfielders (Ronnie Dawson and Troy Montgomery) and a lot of the hitters. I felt like if there was any opportunity to make that transition, it was this year.”The decision to join OSU as a pitcher initially was not his alone. After graduating from Defiance High School, Murray spoke with baseball coach Tom Held who recommended he try to walk on as a pitcher due to his size and projectability.“He’s just a guy who’s got a lot of God-given ability, that I always knew if we convinced him that he could throw 90 miles per hour as a pitcher, he could walk on,” Held said. “I said, ‘you throw 90 at 6-foot-5 the way you are, they’ll keep you as a walk-on and that’s what he did.”Held – who has sent four pitchers to professional baseball, including Jon Niese and Chad Billingsley, as well as five pitchers to Division I college baseball – believed if there was ever a player who could make this transition, it was Murray.“We have a little idea to compare Shea with all those guys,” Held said. “Shea’s more athletic than any of them. That doesn’t mean he’s a better pitcher, but he’s more athletic.”Murray opted to redshirt his true-freshman season. That year he appeared in five games with little success, posting a 30.38 ERA across 2.2 innings. The following year, he made six appearances, but again failed to find much success as he produced a 7.04 ERA in 7.2 innings of work.Despite the struggles, Murray attracted big-league attention. After the 2015 season, Murray was drafted by the Texas Rangers when they selected him in the 39th round of the draft, 1158th overall.Some might find it strange to draft someone with only 10.1 innings of collegiate experience, but former Chicago Cubs scout and Cincinnati Reds’ interim general manager Brad Kullman said that is a typical pick for teams late in drafts given the upside that comes with Murray’s profile.“There is an old saying in baseball that you can teach a kid off-speed pitches, and you can work with his mechanics (to improve control), but can’t teach arm strength,” Kullman said. “The Rangers scout must have had a theory that they could work with his mechanics and try to harness his power. If he truly has not just a good arm, but two-plus pitches for a 39th rounder, it’s not an unreasonable gamble to try to catch lightning in a bottle.”Despite the offer to play professionally, Murray opted to return to OSU to prove to himself he could improve his value and still contribute to the team’s success.“I felt I could up my draft stock coming back and playing for another year,” Murray said. “I felt like I had unfinished business here at Ohio State, that was before we had won the Big Ten Championship. That was before I really had very much playing time and also, I hadn’t finished my degree yet, so it was a combination of things that was why I wanted to come back.”The 2016 campaign yielded better results for Murray as he logged 2.0 innings in two appearances and a 0.00 ERA with four strikeouts. The season also saw him log an inning in center field and register his first at-bat as a college player.After the season ended, OSU baseball coach Greg Beals saw practice in the outfield as a chance for Murray to reset his mechanics and get back to basics. But Beals was impressed enough by what he saw in Murray’s defensive ability and potential offensive upside that he now believes Murray might have a chance to stick in the outfield as a starter this season.“Shea’s a great athlete, I mean (he) can really run and throw; he’s a big, physical kid with great tools to play outfield defense,” Beals said. “He’s taken to playing the outfield extremely well and we’ve left him in that position, because we think he’s got a significant opportunity to contribute to our ball club this year.”For Murray, this transition has required spending many hours in the batting cages and shagging fly balls out in the field. His summer was spent improving his swing and defensive ability in the field with coach Beals and former MLB outfielder Matt Angle.Held believes Murray’s dedication to the baseball following a high-school career as a three-sport athlete has helped him make this transition by providing him with confidence in his ability and a strong work ethic.“He went to work that day (he made the position change) and has continued to put himself in a position maybe to put himself on the field and I couldn’t be more proud of him,” Held said. “Most guys wouldn’t do that. They wouldn’t even take on that challenge.” read more

David Beckham wants to see Theo Walcott in MLS

first_imgAfter some recent claims suggested David Beckham tries to bring Radamel Falcao at his Inter Miami, over the past few hours emerged some shocking news regarding his interest in another major player.According to the British publication Bleacher Report, England national team icon would be glad to see Everton star Theo Walcott swapping the Premier League with the Major League Soccer.Although Inter Miami won’t be competing in MLS until 2020, Beckham is already trying to build a competitive team for the inaugural season.Inter Miami reportedly wants £110k-a-week £20m Everton ace Beckham once called incredible – https://t.co/l9R5JbXvU8 #EvertonFC #EFC pic.twitter.com/zUaqAvMqUiPremier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…— Toffee News (@TOFnews) October 5, 2018The pacey 29-year-old forward joined the Toffies last winter from Arsenal for a reported fee of around £20 million. During his year-long spell at the Goodison Park, the former Southampton man registered a total of 20 appearances, scoring five goals in the process.In case he accepts the transfer, Walcott would follow the footsteps of Gerrard, Lampard, and Beckham, who also performed in the United States. But, it’s also up to Everton to decide whether to renounce his services if they fail to find a suitable replacement.last_img read more

Native Pride Dancers Are Returning To Kenai

first_imgThe dances have been passed down by ancestors and relatives, and depict stories, such as the hunt, the Prayer of the Eagle, and the Healing Dance, a traditional women’s jingle dance, according to Yazzie. The Native Pride Dancers celebrate the spirit of indigenous peoples through art that reflects a rich cultural history. The performance will include live flute music and interaction with the audience. The Native Pride Dancers visited Alaska for the first time back in January. Larry Yazzie, founder and artistic director of Native Pride Arts, said audiences will be treated to powerfulstorytelling through the group’s colorful music and dance. The performance will be on Wednesday, September 5, at Kenai Middle School, at 6pm. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. Yazzie: “We’ll get them up and have them dance with us. “ Yazzie: “We encourage our youth to hold on to our cultural ways by song and dance, and we instill that pride into everybody.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Native Pride Dancers are returning to Kenai for their second performance ever in the State of Alaska.last_img read more

Olson Withdraws From WriteIn Campaign For Borough Assembly

first_imgOriginal Story: Brian Olson announced he will be running a write-in campaign for the upcoming municipal election on October 2. Olson: “After further consideration, I have come to the conclusion that a write-in candidacy is not feasible at this time.  Therefore, I will no longer be pursuing a write-in campaign for Borough Assembly.” Hibbert, owner of Alaska Cab, is running for his second term on the borough assembly. Hibbert declined to comment on the upcoming election. The local municipal election Day is October 2. Absentee voting is open in the borough and begins on September 17 in the cities. Olson: “The reason I chose to do a write-in campaign is because of the annexation vote on the resolution  that took place on Tuesday nights borough assembly meeting. My representative, Brent Hibbert, did not support the Mayor and Mr. Blakeley’s resolution. Mr. Hibbert has one of the largest districts affected by annexation and he’s out of touch with the people out here.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on September 9th, 2018 at 08:34 amUpdate on Sunday, September 9: Brian Olson has announced he will no longer be pursuing a write-in campaign for District 1, on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. Olson will take on incumbent Brent Hibbert who is running for reelection in District 1, which includes Kalifornsky Beach Road and part of Kenai.last_img read more

Next iPhone may swap Lightning port for USBC have three rear cameras

first_img 8 reading • Next iPhone may swap Lightning port for USB-C, have three rear cameras Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? The next iPhone may have three rear cameras instead of two. Angela Lang/CNET The next iPhone may feature a handful of new hardware and tricks, particularly related to its camera setup, Bloomberg reports.The Apple iPhone is one of the most popular and recognizable devices in the world. But after years of steady growth, Apple reported a disappointing fiscal first-quarter, and its iPhone sales of $52 billion is 15 percent lower than last year’s. Adding compelling features to the successors of the iPhone XS, XS Plus and XR may push customers to upgrade their phones, increasing Apple’s sales and pulling it up from this slump. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 • Apple According to Bloomberg, which cited people “familiar with the plans,” the next iPhone may include three rear cameras, instead of the current two. The third camera will have a more powerful zoom, a higher resolution and a wider field of view than any camera on today’s iPhones.In addition, 2020 iPhones could have a rear 3D camera system. (Right now, the iPhones only have a front-facing 3D camera.) With this new update, the camera could sense distance and measure depth through lasers, improving the iPhone’s handling of augmented-reality apps and features.Apple is purportedly testing out iPhones with a USB-C port as well. Most iPhones are outfitted with Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. To change from Lightning to USB-C would be a notable move for Apple, and would increase the iPhone’s compatibility with third-party accessories and Android phones.Other rumors reported by Bloomberg include:Apple will release a lower-cost 10-inch iPad with a Lightning port.Apple is planning to release a new version of its iPad Mini, which was last updated in 2015.iOS13 will have a dark mode. iOS13 for iPads specifically will allow users to tap through multiple tabs in a single app (similar to multiple tabs in the Safari or Chrome web browser apps).iOS 13 will include two new Apple subscription services to magazines and original video content.Apple didn’t immediately reply for a request to comment. Phones 7:16 Here’s every iPhone ever made from 2007 to today Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it The 2019 iPhone lineup may give you deja vu Tags Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 48 Photos Comments See All Now playing: Watch this: Applelast_img read more

ISIS releases coming soon poster in Bengali intel warns of Sri Lankalike

first_imgThe Bengali poster, released on Thursday night, read “Shighroi Aschhe [coming soon], Inshallah…”.Reuters”SHIGHROI ASCHHE [coming soon]” – these were the only two words in a Bengali poster released by a pro-Islamic State (IS) Telegram channel. In the aftermath of the serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday (April 21), another terror attack has been planned possibly by pro-Islamic groups in West Bengal or Bangladesh.An investigation is underway, as per sources in the intelligence agency. According to a Times of India report, the poster, released on Thursday night, read “Shighroi Aschhe [coming soon], Inshallah…”. The poster is being hugely circulated and also has the logo of a group named Al-Mursalat.The investigation into the existence and circulation of the Bengali poster is being taken seriously after the bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 350 people and injured 500 others. Earlier, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) came under scanner for possibly carrying out Sunday’s serial bombings on Easter. The NTJ had close links with the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India unit. Sri Lankan state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene had earlier said the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India (JMI), a unit of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or JMB, may have had a role in Sunday’s bombings.However, there is very little information on JMI’s activities in India. But, there have been several reports that indicate its presence in India. In February, two members of the JMB were arrested from West Bengal’s Murshidabad district.How the Sri Lanka terror attacks unfoldedNine people are suspected of carrying out the attacks in Sri Lanka. President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena confirmed that the alleged ringleader, Zahran Hashim, died in the attack at the Shangri-La hotel in the capital, Colombo.The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka attacks. IS released video footage showing the Sri Lankan suicide bombers swearing allegiance to the self-proclaimed caliphate leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before the Easter Sunday massacre.The viral video that has been doing rounds on the internet showed jihadists standing in a circle, holding hands and pledging their loyalty to the terror group leader whose whereabouts have been unknown for some time. Among the eight people, one jihadist kept his face uncovered, while the other seven were seen wearing black-and-white checkered scarves.Multiple bombs ripped through several cities in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing over 350 people. Three churches and three luxury hotels were targeted in the deadly attack. Around 11 Indians have been officially confirmed dead in the deadliest violence in the country.last_img read more

Trump refuses to confront Putin on vote meddling

first_imgUS president Donald Trump and Russia`s president Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland on 16 July. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump refused to confront Russian president Vladimir Putin over meddling in the US election at their first face to face summit, publicly challenging the findings of the US intelligence community and triggering bipartisan outrage at home.The US and Russian presidents came out of their meeting in Helsinki Monday expressing desire for a fresh start between the world’s leading nuclear powers and more talk on global challenges, after discussing an array of issues from Syria, Ukraine and China to trade tariffs and the size of their nuclear arsenals.There were indications of an arrangement to work together and with Israel to support a ceasefire in southern Syria, suggesting that the US administration is backing off its demand that Moscow’s ally Bashar al-Assad step down.If that is anathema to many in Washington, Trump’s apparent concessions to Putin over the election controversy drew stinging condemnation from across the political divide.Standing alongside the Kremlin boss at a joint news conference, Trump acknowledged that his intelligence chiefs believe Russia hacked and leaked Democrats’ emails containing politically damaging information about his rival Hillary Clinton in 2016.But, insisting he had won the race fair and square, the wealthy property tycoon said: “I have president Putin, he just said it is not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”Friday’s US indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence agents exploded with embarrassing timing for Trump as he prepared to meet Putin. On Monday, officials said another Russian agent had been arrested for seeking to influence US politics.But the US leader insisted that his counterpart had delivered a “powerful” denial of any Russian manipulation, and that the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller was proving a “disaster” for the United States.Never interferedTrump again denied any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin, while Putin insisted: “The Russian state has never interfered and is not planning to interfere in the USA’s internal affairs.”As criticism mounted, Trump tweeted from Air Force One on his way home from Finland that he had “GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people”.“However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past – as the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along.”Angry criticism of his disavowal of his own intelligence agencies came even from within Trump’s Republican Party.Senior Republican senator John McCain was particularly scathing, saying: “Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American presidency.”Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats distanced himself from his boss, issuing a statement saying the US intelligence community’s judgment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election was “clear”.But the top Democrat in the US Senate, Chuck Schumer, tweeted that many Americans can only wonder if “the only possible explanation for this dangerous behaviour is the possibility that president Putin holds damaging information over president Trump.”And former CIA director John Brennan said Trump’s behaviour at the news conference “rises to and exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanours.’ It was nothing short of treasonous.”Putin denied the notion that Russian spy bosses may hold compromising information on Trump, who in his previous business career oversaw the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013.“Please get this rubbish out of your heads,” the Russian leader said.In a post-summit interview with Fox News, Putin said US-Russia relations should not be held “hostage” to “internal political games,” referring to the Mueller probe.The two leaders appeared relaxed at the Helsinki news conference, smiling on occasion, in contrast to their sombre demeanour at the start of the day.Trump, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite the election allegations, went into the summit blaming the “stupidity” of his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low.His manner towards Putin was also a contrast to the anger Trump flashed at NATO allies at a combative summit of the alliance in Brussels last week, which critics said would only hearten Putin.Only the beginningA post-NATO trip to Britain, supposedly America’s partner in a “special relationship”, was riddled with controversy as well.In Helsinki, however, Trump was determined to accentuate the positive, as was Putin.The two leaders met one-on-one for more than two hours, with just their interpreters present, before they were joined by their national security teams.Many in Washington were agog at Trump’s decision to sit alone with Putin, worried about what he might give away to the former KGB spymaster, after previously cosying up to the autocratic leaders of China and North Korea.But Trump, convinced his unique brand of diplomacy can win over Putin, pressed ahead and looked forward to “having an extraordinary relationship” as the pair sat down to discuss global hotspots.Foolishness and stupidityTrump began the day by firing a Twitter broadside at his domestic opponents, blaming the diplomatic chill on the election investigation.“Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!” Trump tweeted.Russia’s foreign ministry tweeted in response: “We agree.”In a weekend interview with CBS News, Trump admitted that Russia remains a foe, but he put Moscow on a par with China and the European Union as economic and diplomatic rivals.last_img

British envoy said Trump dumped Iran deal to spite Obama

first_imgDonald Trump and Barack Obama. File PhotoBritain’s ambassador to Washington believed US president Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal because it was associated with his predecessor Barack Obama, according to leaked documents published Saturday.”The administration is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for ideological and personality reasons — it was Obama’s deal,” ambassador Kim Darroch wrote in a diplomatic cable in May 2018.The cable was included in a second batch of leaked reports published by the Mail on Sunday newspaper, the first of which caused Darroch to resign earlier this week.Separately, the Sunday Times reported that a government investigation into the leak had identified a civil servant as the person responsible.Working with officials from the National Cyber Security Centre, part of spy agency GCHQ, and MI6, the probe has homed in on a suspect who had access to historical Foreign Office files, the paper said.The first leaked reports authored by Darroch were published last weekend, causing major turmoil between Britain and its closest ally.The ambassador was reported to have described the White House as “inept”, prompting Trump to claim the ambassador was a “pompous fool” whom he would no longer deal with.Darroch resigned on Wednesday, saying it was now “impossible” to do his job.’Day-after’ strategyIn May 2018, Britain’s then-foreign minister Boris Johnson went to Washington to try to persuade Trump not to abandon the Iran deal.In a cable sent afterwards, Darroch reportedly indicated there were divisions in Trump’s team over the decision, and criticised the White House for a lack of long-term strategy.”They can’t articulate any ‘day-after’ strategy; and contacts with State Department this morning suggest no sort of plan for reaching out to partners and allies, whether in Europe or the region,” he wrote.He reported back that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during his talks with Johnson, “did some subtle distancing by talking throughout about ‘the President’s decision'”.The newspaper reported that, according to Darroch, Pompeo also hinted that he had tried but failed to “sell” a revised text to Trump.In 2015, the United States, China, Britain, France, Russia and Germany signed a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear programme in exchange for a partial lifting of international economic sanctions.Trump had long been critical of the deal and withdrew the United States on 8 May, 2018.As well as a government investigation into the leaks, police are also looking into a potential breach of the Official Secrets Act.London’s Metropolitan Police sparked widespread condemnation on Saturday after a warning to journalists that publishing leaked documents could be a criminal matter.Johnson, who is now in the race to succeed May as prime minister, said that prosecuting media outlets would have a “chilling effect on public debate”.last_img read more

KG Dass contribution to a healthy discourse on cinema

first_imgThere is the rare example in world cinema of a group of film critics belonging to the Cahiers du Cinema, dividing their time between exploring the intellectual content of films in their writings and actually making films. The publication had been launched by Andre Bazin in the early 1950s and it paved the way for aspiring directors like Godard, Truffaut, Chabrol and Rohmer to express their views – somewhat radically.Stalwarts from Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Girish Kasaravalli in the South to Shyam Benegal in Mumbai have been associated with academic projects in film institutes but have been unable to record their impressions in print. However, in Bengal, Satyajit Ray expressed his views on a wide range of issues in a stream of articles published despite a hectic career – spanning more than 35 features films. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSimilarly, compilations have been made of essays written by Mrinal Sen which were spontaneous personal expressions. Ritwik Ghatak, on the other hand, had written not only essays but also plays that embraced his personal anguish over the partition. With KG Das’s arrival, documentaries and a few feature films seemed to follow suit. Associated with Films Division for nearly four decades till his retirement a few years ago, he contributed to journals that had helped sustain a lively discourse on cinema. These contributions are now in a book called ‘Chalachitrer Nepathya Katha’ (Hidden Stories on the Cinema) which is subjective. The book published by Orient Book Company was launched at Nandan in the presence of director Gautam Ghose who chose the occasion to emphasise the need for healthy debates on the cinema. These debates had been a part of critical experience but have now been diluted in the market era. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis was something KG Das stressed about at the book launch. It was his way of recalling a lively climate that has all but disappeared. In one of his essays, he recalls the works of directors who had carved out a place for themselves while Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Ritwik Ghatak had become role models of film fraternity across the country. How can anyone disregard directors like Ajoy Kar, Tapan Sinha, Tarun Majumdar, Arabinda Mukherjee, Bijoy Bose, Saroj Dey, and Dilip Mukherjee, to ame a few? All of them desired a healthy culture for popular cinema in Bengal relying on the star system and the overwhelming influence of screen idols like Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. KG Das, on his part, was primarily restricted to documentaries on account of association with Films Division. But he had not shied away from creative possibilities that had resulted in award winning documentaries like ‘Dreams of Rabindranath’ and ‘Mangrove of Sunderbans’. However, it was the feature ‘Dukhira’ that invoked satisfaction in him and on the occasion of the book launch, he platformed his anguish against the cruelty of the system that had led to the helplessness – and final protest – of the common man. It was the story of a young man trying desperately to make the best use of the success he had achieved in his studies in the remote corner of rural Bengal and then confronting massive hurdles from the local administration. The protest comes through in ‘Dukhiram’, which leaves a strong impression. One of the films that he had made was on the last journey of Satyajit Ray after his death. While the documentation on celluloid was invaluable, his mind was disturbed when body of the legend was brought to house from the hospital. There was a stream of visitors wanting to pay their last respects. Their entry was closely monitored. Among those who were stopped at the gate was Dulal Dutta who had edited all of Ray’s films since Pather Panchali. A soft-spoken, low-profile technician never been in the spotlight although he had made one of the most vital contributions to Ray’s films. Why didn’t anyone recognize him till a close acquaintance escorted him to the room to have a last look at his mentor? The book provides a platform where he can make candid confessions about expressing himself in spirit of freedom. Whether or not he made it to the ranks of Films Division stalwarts like Jagat Murari, Santi P. Chowdhury, Sukhdev, Harisadhan Dasgupta and Yash Chowdhury can be a matter of another debate. But what he has done is to contribute meaningfully to a healthy discourse.last_img read more

Spend from this market is down but Brand USA is still banking

first_img Friday, February 16, 2018 Share TORONTO — Brand USA’s outreach to the travel trade for 2018 will include more MegaFams, open to 60 – 100 travel agents per fam and now with nine airline partners on board, as well as more co-op marketing programs, says Karly Melo, Brand USA’s new Regional Director for Canada.Speaking at yesterday’s Discover America Canada Committee AGM at the Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto, Melo said Brand USA will also push ahead with its USA Discovery Program for the trade, offering specialist badges and perks including MegaFam opportunities to travel agents who complete the USA Discovery Program’s online destination training courses at USADiscoveryProgram.com.Brand USA also launched a new travel trade microsite in January, at VisitTheUSA.com/TravelTrade, with trade resources and sales tools including free videos from Brand USA’s YouTube channel for travel agency and tour operator marketing initiatives.“We want to work with the trade to let them know we are here to answer questions and promote product,” said Melo. “We want to set you up for success any way we can.”Canada is the number one market for inbound visitation to the United States. In a January 2017 interview with Travelweek, Tom Garzilli, Brand USA’s Chief Marketing Officer, said Brand USA will maintain its marketing efforts in the Canadian market in 2018 and beyond, with initiatives including the appointment of Melo to the Regional Director, Canada post.The latest Brand USA statistics show that Canada has dropped to 11th spot when it comes to travel spend in the U.S., for an annual total of US$46 million. Some 88% of Canadians travelling to the U.S. are repeat visitors.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesWhile spend is down, “Canadians are still travelling to the U.S. more than any other international destination,” says Melo.In addition to MegaFams, online training and co-op marketing, Brand USA is also doing a blitz of sales calls to the Canadian travel trade and taking part in trade shows and conferences.A complete audit of bookable / sellable product to the U.S. from the Canadian market is currently underway, says Melo.Meanwhile Brand USA’s ‘America’s Musical Journey’ movie from MacGillivray Freeman Films and narrated by Morgan Freeman just had its world premiere at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum yesterday and at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History today. The film rolls out to theatres globally today as well, including several in Canada.Brand USA’s first film project, the 45-minute ‘National Parks Adventure’, has been seen by 7 million people, says Melo. It’s now on Netflix.Last week Brand USA launched GoUSA TV, a first-of-its kind connected TV network, featuring created, curated and licensed video content “to inspire, invite and welcome travellers to visit the USA”. The service is now available on Apple TV, Roku and Amazon. Partnering with Brand USA with a spot on GoUSA TV “is a chance to get your product in front of viewers at home as they’re watching TV online,” says Melo.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Yesterday’s Discover America Canada Committee AGM also included some quick-hit Canadian market travel stats from Raina Williams, Senior Account Executive for Expedia – Canada.Comparing Canadian travellers with their American counterparts, Williams says Canadians don’t take as many annual trips as Americans (2.8 vs. 4.4), but when Canadians do travel, they travel for longer, at 8.7 days compared to 6.7 days for Americans.Not surprisingly Canadians are far more likely to travel outside their own country (59% versus 18% for Americans). The study also showed that 68% of Canadian travellers say they may be looking for help or inspiration when it comes to making travel plans and bookings, and 54% said they’re typically deciding between two or more destinations.There was a strong turnout for yesterday’s Discover America Canada Committee AGM and the event included voting for four new board members: Cynthia Farrill, Visit Florida – Canada; Denise Graham, Experience Kissimmee / VoX International; Annika Klint, KAI / Colorado Tourism Office; and Susan Webb, VoX International.Membership was at 50 for 2017, a net loss of 3 from 2016. Upcoming events include IPW 2018, taking place May 19 – 23 in Denver, and the Discover America Canada Day Oct. 1, 2018 at Toronto’s Arcadian Court venue. Registration packages will be going out in early March. Travelweek Group Tags: Brand USAcenter_img Spend from this market is down but Brand USA is still banking on Canada Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Digital swtichover has given a strong boost to IPT

first_imgDigital swtichover has given a strong boost to IPTV take-up in Lithuania, according to figures released by the country’s Communications Regulatory Authority.IPTV viewers have grown by 21% in the year since switchover, compared with an overall increase in pay TV numbers of 6.7%. IPTV is now used by 26.9% of Lithuanian households with digital pay TV services, putting it ahead of cable and satellite.Leading IPTV provider Teo said that its Gala TV IPTV service passed the 100,000 subscriber mark in September.last_img

Video everywhere artificial intelligence and edge

first_imgVideo everywhere, artificial intelligence and edge computing are the three key technology trends that will have a major effect on the commercial and consumer markets in the coming year, according to IHS Markit.The research firm’s ‘Top Trends of 2019’ report claims that the increasing ubiquity of video is forcing significant industry change as a growing number of players vie for consumer attention and revenue.“Online video subscriptions from over-the-top and traditional media players alone will more than double between 2017 and 2022, by which time they will approach the one billion mark,” according to the report.“While TV, home entertainment, social media, video games and other media sectors are at the heart of the video everywhere trend, other industries – including security, education, and healthcare – are also becoming increasingly reliant on video technology.”In the AI space, IHS notes that industries like consumer electronics, healthcare and automotive have already moved to adopt this technology and predicts that more than 170 million AI systems will be implemented in the auto sector alone by 2025. However, it cautions that for AI to fully develop, there remain many components that must advance and succeed.Similarly, edge computing is already transforming the way networks are deployed and devices are built, but the main obstacle to effective edge deployment is the large bandwidth required and the most significant issue is the need to reduce upstream traffic to refine data at the edge, according to IHS.To download the full white paper, which also covers topics like 5G, Blockchain and next-generation cloud gaming, click here.last_img read more

This was the HFT boyz and their algorithms putting

first_imgThis was the HFT boyz and their algorithms putting the boots to the price The gold price chopped quietly lower in fits and starts until the London p.m. gold fix was in.  At that point, the gold price was down about thirteen dollars.  Then a not-for-profit seller, algorithms at the ready, ground the gold price down by another twenty bucks, with the low tick coming minutes before the 1:30 p.m. COMEX close.  From that point the gold price crawled higher into the close of electronic trading at 5:15 p.m. The high and low ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,285.40 and $1,251.00 in the February contract. Gold finished the Thursday trading session at $1,258.10 spot, down $25.20 from Wednesday’s close.  Net volume was way up there at 255,000 contracts. Considering the carnage in both gold and silver yesterday, I consider the share price action to be a positive.  Let’s hope it lasts through today. The first of two CME Daily Delivery Reports showed that  12 gold and 2 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories today.  As I said in this space yesterday, the balance of January’s open interest would have to go off the books by the close of business today—and here it is. The January delivery month closed out as follows—95 gold contracts were delivered, but a chunky 453 silver contracts were posted for delivery, which is an impressive outcome to what is traditionally a non-delivery month. Late yesterday evening the CME Group updated the Daily Delivery Report with the First Day Notice numbers for delivery into the February gold contract starting on Monday.  It showed that only 55 gold, along with an astonishing 288 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday.  Jefferies was the only short/issuer of note in both gold and silver—and the list of long/stoppers totalled about ten, with no standouts.  But that wasn’t the case in silver, as Jefferies was the only short/issuer—and Canada’s Scotiabank stopped 282 of them.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The Preliminary Report for the Thursday trading session showed zeros across the board for outstanding deliveries into the January contract, as per my previous comments.  The gold open interest for February shows a very high 8,494 contracts, but I expect that to drop precipitously in the days ahead, so don’t use that number as guide.  The number in tomorrow’s Preliminary Report will be a better guide.  In silver, the February o.i. shows 316 contracts, a goodly portion of which [288] were posted for delivery on Monday There was another surprise deposit in GLD yesterday, as 182,454 troy ounces were shipped in by an authorized participant.  I would guess that this was being deposited to cover an existing short position.  As of 9:53 p.m. EST yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Joshua Gibbons, the “Guru of the SLV Bar List“, updated his website with the weekly report from the iShares.com Internet site—and here’s what he had to say:  “Analysis of the 28 January 2015 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list — 5,696,474.9 troy ounces were removed (all from Brinks London), no bars were added or had serial number changes.“ “The bars removed were produced by the following refineries: Handy Harman (1.8M oz), Britannia (0.9M oz), Hoboken (0.5M oz), Noranda (0.7M oz), Asarco (0.6M oz), and 23 others.“ “As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 390.7 oz.  All daily changes are reflected on the bar list.“ “As has been common, over 99% of the bars removed recently had been in SLV for many years. I do not know if they are being ‘hand picked’ (e.g. COMEX-approved brands), or if this is just a coincidence (e.g. entering the vault from the back entrance to remove bars, for those vaults with multiple entrances!).“ The U.S. Mint had a tiny sales report yesterday.  They sold 1,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—and another 111,500 silver eagles. Once again there was no in/out activity in gold at the COMEX-approved depositories on Wednesday—and there was very little activity in silver, as nothing was reported received—and only 36,027 troy ounces were shipped out. I have another whole raft of stories for you again today—and I’m happily leaving the final edit up to you once again. You certainly don’t need me to read you chapter and verse on what happened yesterday, as we’ve been down this particular road together many times before.  Once again the price action had ZERO to do with supply/demand issues—and ZERO to do with what the currencies were doing.  This was the HFT boyz and their algorithms putting the boots to the price in the COMEX futures market, a paper market, allowing them to cover part of their grotesque short positions. They weren’t just content with the four precious metals, they kicked the crap out of copper, natural gas and crude oil as well.  You can’t have investors running to hard assets when paper assets of all descriptions require constant support—like the Dow and the bond market for instance. Here are the 6-month charts for the Big 6 commodities—and I’ve included natural gas as well. The palladium and platinum charts looked very similar to the silver and gold charts.  Platinum finished the Thursday session at $1,218 spot, down 31 bucks from Wednesday.  Palladium closed at $771 spot, down 21 dollars.  Here are the charts. The dollar index closed late on Wednesday afternoon in New York at 94.63—and made it up to 94.80 by 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time.  From there it chopped lower, hitting its 94.37 low tick the moment that the HFT boyz and their algos showed up around 10:30 a.m. EST in New York.  By 12:30 p.m. the dollar index had blasted up to its 95.00 high—and got sold down from there, closing the Thursday session at 94.68—up only 5 basis points on the day. All of the the precious metal declines occurred while the dollar index was declining from 94.80 to its 94.37 low tick—and their subsequent rallies were in the face of a sizzling dollar rally.  As I’ve said on many occasions—and will repeat again here—what the dollar index is doing is almost totally irrelevant—with yesterday’s price/dollar action an excellent case in point.  Movements in precious metal prices have everything to do with what’s happening with the paper traders in the COMEX futures market. So the next time you hear the brain-dead pundits saying the the precious metal rose or fell on what was happening in the currency markets, it’s an excellent bet that you can reject those comments for the bulls hit that they are. Looking at the gold chart above, you’ll note that the price broke below its 200-day moving average by a small amount, but did not close there.  Silver was only allowed to touch its 200-day moving average on the latest rally—and came within a few pennies of its 50-day moving average on the way down yesterday. Platinum and palladium were closed below their respective 50-day moving averages, but with the chart patterns they have, I wouldn’t read a thing into that. So, are we done to the downside?  Perhaps—for the moment.  But if forced to bet ten bucks, I’d bet that JPMorgan et al are far from through.  Even though there was big down-side price/volume action yesterday, the Big 8 short holders still hold an historically large short position in both silver and gold—and only the timing of the next engineered price decline remains in doubt.  It could be today, next week, or next month—but it’s coming. Could they get over run?  Sure, but these guys have hijacked the price mechanism so thoroughly that it matters little as to what might happen in the real world. The one thing that should be pointed out, is that the big price smashes yesterday should have come as no surprise to anyone who reads this column on a daily basis, as both Ted Butler and I have just been sitting and waiting for “da boyz” to pull the trigger—because as I said in Wednesday’s missive “the danger flags are snapping in the wind“. And as Ted pointed out on the phone yesterday, you have to wonder how long the precious metal miners are prepared to put up with this price management scheme, as it’s even more obvious now than it was a year ago.  But the World Gold Council and The Silver Institute will certainly put an end to any attempt by the mining industry from asking the CFTC and the CME Group any embarrassing or incriminating questions. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is about twenty minutes away.  All four precious metals are up a bit from their respective closes in New York late Thursday afternoon.  Net volume is gold is around 19,000 contracts, which is mostly in the new front month, which is April—and in silver net volume is around 5,500 contracts.  The dollar index, which kept creeping lower all through Far East trading on their Friday, is currently down 4 basis points.  All is quiet at the moment. Today we get the new Commitment of Trader Report for positions held at the close of COMEX trading on Tuesday—and without even seeing the report, it can already be classified as “yesterday’s news,” because what happened after the cut-off on Wednesday and Thursday has already rendered it irrelevant—and we’ll have to wait until next Friday’s report to get an idea of what happened yesterday and the day before.  We also have three more trading days in the reporting week to add to next week’s COT Report—and anything can [and probably will] happen between now and then. So we wait some more. The one positive note yesterday was the muted reaction of the precious metals shares.  Considering the pounding that both gold and silver took, I was much relieved to see share prices rebound quickly.  Will that continue?  Beats me, but I don’t expect we’ll have to wait long to find out. One thing I will be watching closely over the next week, is just how much gold is withdrawn from GLD because of the price action over the last couple of days.  As far as SLV is concerned, this price smash would certainly allow JPMorgan to cover some or all of their short position in that ETF, because there has only been one deposit in SLV since December 1—and that was 1.1 million troy ounces that was added on January 22. Since December 1, just over 30 million ounces of silver has been withdrawn from SLV—and not a soul, except for Ted Butler, is saying a word about it.  The SLV ETF was obviously owed a lot of silver, but since nothing was deposited during the previous rally, the authorized participants , with JPMorgan being the chief culprit, was shorting the shares in lieu of depositing real metal.  Now they’re covering. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:25 a.m. EST, I see that the gold price is still inching higher—and is currently up 8 bucks.  Net volume is around 29,000 contracts, which isn’t a lot.  Silver is back over the $17 mark.  Just twenty-four hours ago it was just above $18 spot.  Net volume is 7,800 contracts. Platinum and palladium are up as well, but their respective “rallies” got sold down a hair—and the dollar index hasn’t changed much from about three hours ago, and is currently down 6 basis points. Today is the last day of the week—and the month—and absolutely nothing will surprise me from a price perspective when I check the charts later this morning.  It shouldn’t surprise you, either. Enjoy your weekend—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The gold stocks gapped down at the open, of course, but rallied into the London p.m. fix before turning lower when the assault on the gold price began shortly after.  Their low tick came when gold hit its low, which was shortly before the COMEX close.  They rallied sharply from there—and were in danger of breaking into positive territory before getting sold down a bit going into the close.  The HUI finished the Thursday session down only 1.48 percent. The silver equities follows a similar price pattern but, not surprisingly, they didn’t do as well as their golden brethren—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 3.43 percent. Silver traded more or less flat in Far East trading on their Thursday morning—and briefly penetrated the $18 spot price mark in early morning trading.  Then, starting at 1 p.m. Hong Kong time, “da boyz” showed up—and by 10:40 a.m. EST, they had the price down about 60 cents.  Then the HFT algorithms kicked in—and the low tick was printed about 12:20 a.m. EST.  Then, like gold, it rallied a bit into the close. The high and low ticks were reported as $18.05 and $16.74 in the March contract an intraday move of over 7 percent. Silver closed yesterday in New York at $16.915 spot, down $1.045.  Volume, net of February, was enormous at 85,000 contracts. 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SIMON NOTT Tales From The Ring Aintree Friday

first_imgAINTREE FESTIVAL FRIDAY: SIMON NOTT reports from the Star Sports pitch on day two of the Aintree Festival. It wasn’t the best start on Thursday – weather or results wise. There was also the inevitable sting in the tail which we are getting used to. How would day two fare. New dawn, New day and all that.The firm enjoyed a fish supper, let shoes dry on the radiators overnight and were ready to roll into a forecast dry Ladies Day. Ben had made the effort in his Gresham Blake clobber, Lofty cheered up a bit and the punters reappeared from the bars. Things were looking rosy going into day two. It wasn’t just the racing conundrum that was confusing punters. Just what was Dave Nevison wearing on his ankles? A young lady ventured to ask and he confided they were weights and he’s ‘in training’. For what? Nobody knows, watch this space. 1:45 Merseyrail Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)The opener was a hard race to kick off with. Feature of the race was the weakness of forecast favourite Tedham which drifted from 7/2 to 13/2 in places at the off.The worst loser in the book Canardier which had been steadily backed. There were no lumps to report so gently eased into the day.Three Musketeers winning at 8/1 was a fair start for the book. The bogie at an each-way price in third took some of the shine off the race but a cop in the book in the first is always welcome.2:20 Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)The sun actually came out for the much easier looking next heat. The punters did too but they appeared to be keeping their powder dry. Bets were extremely modest so the field money was disappointing. At the off Itchy Feet was the bogie.Winning at 7/2 Felix Desjy was a better winner in the book than it was probably entitled to be so a welcome boost to the day.2:50 Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)Business was still light for the next. Ben had high hopes of getting Topofthegame bet add a shade of odds-on but lumps were not forthcoming. Ben was kept busy by beautiful ladies in their finery and ITV’s Brian Gleason near the off but not big bets.Lostintranslation winning at 3/1 was bittersweet, it was a profitable race but not really one where we got our whack having not been able to properly get the jolly in the hod.3:25 JLT Chase (Registered As The Melling Chase) (Grade 1)Not wishing to be unduly negative but business was proving to be disappointing. The level of bets and stake sizes both down. Despite a decent betting heat on paper Lofty reported an ‘upside-down’ book. The poor business and lack of big-staking punters saved us while the firms around did their money when 2/1 favourite Min won impressively by 20 lengths.4:05 Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (National Course)Betting was brisk for the Topham, mostly modest stakes but a punter did come in for £9000-£1000 Ballyhill. Yes, I know, why on Earth didn’t he ask for the fractions. If you don’t know about fractions you should read this CLICK HEREThere was only the one loser in the book after that bet so Cadmium winning at 8/1 was another nice cop.4:40 Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)Ben was still here for the penultimate but it wasn’t a great betting heat. At the off Emitom was the biggest loser for four figures with a couple of ‘takers’ smattering the book.The office had been quiet but Ben got a late call to say them had the jolly Champ losing a six-figure lump.It had all been going so well. Champ was a small winner in the book but the office just did their orchestras. In the bigger picture that was a disaster.5:15 Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2)There’s no time for despondency in this game. Lofty jumped up on the stool for the lucky last and called the punters in.‘It’s busy, it’s come alive’ boomed Lofty as the punters piled in, he added a cheeky ‘I think Ben scares them all off’ between bets.Maybe the punters just fancied one last tilt at the ring, but let’s not steal Lofty’s thunder.They certainly appeared to, a punter marched in for a bet of £4500 – £2000 McFabulous, a lady with a bottle, £200 not Moët, plus several other three-figure wagers. They were indeed having it on in what proved to be the best betting heat of the day. All that was needed now, a result.McFabulous winning was a result, but not the type we needed. The 2/1 favourite wore down Thebannerkingrebel which at 14/1 would have got the book plenty. Hearts broken in the ‘lucky’ last two days in a row. We’re back tomorrow for the big one.All eyes of course will be on our brand ambassador DAVY RUSSELL in the Grand National on Tiger Roll. Check out his thoughts in his exclusive blog. CLICK HERESimon Nott Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

KFC Chicken Wings Box Doubles as a Quadcopter

first_imgKFC Next Article Buying Smoky Grilled Wings from KFC in India also gets you a build-it-yourself drone. January 24, 2018 –shares Matthew Humphries Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5 Senior Editorcenter_img This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. KFC Chicken Wings Box Doubles as a Quadcopter Add to Queue Usually the best thing to do with a KFC box after eating the delicious chicken inside is recycle it, but that’s not the case in India for the next couple of days. Order the right thing and the box your chicken comes in can be turned into a fully-functional quadcopter.As Engadget reports, the drone is called KFO and is unfortunately limited to KFC locations in India, and only available on Jan. 25 and 26. So it’s clearly a marketing promotion, but quite an extravagant and expensive one.Select KFC locations in Bangalore, Gurgaeon, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigrah, Pune and Kochi will stock the drone boxes, but to get one you must order Smoky Grilled Wings. The box they come in contains everything required to build the quadcopter, which is then controlled using an iOS or Android smartphone app.It’s unlikely the drone box will make its way to the U.S. simply because of the costs involved of offering it. You can’t ship all the components to make a quadcopter for the price of a box of chicken wings and expect to make a profit. Not unless you increase the price to a point nobody would pay for some wings. Image credit: KFC via PC Maglast_img read more