Energy Efficient AC Units to be Installed in Public-Sector Entities

first_imgStory Highlights More State entities are to benefit from an air-conditioning (AC) installation exercise in the upcoming fiscal year in a bid to conserve energy and contain costs within the public sector. More State entities are to benefit from an air-conditioning (AC) installation exercise in the upcoming fiscal year in a bid to conserve energy and contain costs within the public sector.A sum of $300 million has been provided in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure to carry out this and other activities under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme.The money will go towards the completion of the supply of plant and equipment for AC retrofits at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Mobile Reserve, May Pen police station, the National Police College, and the Post and Telecommunications Department.The funds will also be used to complete the development of national guidelines for the disposal of hazardous waste, and an energy efficiency/energy conservation awareness survey.Up to December 2018, under the project, over 71,700 square feet (sq. ft.) of solar control film was installed in 36 facilities; more than 208,680 sq. ft. of cool roof solution was applied to 11 facilities; and a contract implemented for installation of AC retrofits at the Kingston Public Hospital, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Tax Administration offices, Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, the Blood Bank, and the National Public Health Laboratory.In addition, a contract was initiated for technical energy efficiency services, including energy audits and comparable estimates; consultancy services were engaged to conduct an external financial audit for the period ending March 2014; an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Standards Manual for the public sector was launched; and a Memorandum of Understanding was implemented between the JIS and the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology for a public awareness programme.The project, which is being implemented by the Office of the Prime Minister, through funding from the Government, seeks to enhance Jamaica’s energy efficiency and conservation potential through the design and execution of concrete energy efficiency and energy conservation cost-saving measures in the public sector.It was originally slated to run from November 2011 to November 2015. After an extension, it is now scheduled to end in March 2020. The money will go towards the completion of the supply of plant and equipment for AC retrofits at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Mobile Reserve, May Pen police station, the National Police College, and the Post and Telecommunications Department. A sum of $300 million has been provided in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure to carry out this and other activities under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme.last_img read more

Baseballs Hall Of Fame Is Stuck In The 60s

Last month, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that nobody was elected in this round of Pre-Integration Era Committee balloting — the second straight year that one of the Hall’s era-based Veterans Committees failed to induct a player from before 1973. 1920s2811.0+17.011.3+16.7 1870s01.0-1.01.0-1.0 1970s1727.3-10.328.3-11.3 DECADEACTUALEXPECTEDDIFFEXPECTED W/ PEDSDIFF 1930s2818.1+9.918.8+9.2 Although players who produced the bulk of their WAR before the 1970s make up only 62 percent of the all-time MLB population, they represent 79 percent of all player inductees. Conversely, the 38 percent of players who made their mark since have yielded only 21 percent of Hall members. If we expect legendary talent to crop up in proportion with the playing population of an era, the Hall of Fame hasn’t been paying attention for a half-century.Then again, maybe it isn’t valid to assume Hall of Fame-caliber careers occur in lockstep with the number of players hitting the absolute minimum for consideration. To check whether there was simply a disproportionate number of great players in action before the ’70s, I ran a logistic regression on all Hall-eligible players, predicting whether they would be inducted based on their career WAR relative to the average for Hall of Famers at their position (a la Jay Jaffe’s JAWS).Based on the production of each era’s players, my regression predicts 124 Hall of Famers to emerge before the 1970s; in actuality, 169 players have been elected from that time frame. We would also expect 91 players from the ’70s or later to be inducted; thus far, only 46 have gotten the nod. This implies that recent decades of baseball history, what the Hall refers to as the “expansion era,” have been shortchanged by about 45 Hall of Famers relative to earlier epochs of the game. That conclusion isn’t based on an arbitrary cutoff — these are the standards set by the Hall’s own past selections.Of course, the matter of steroids can’t be ignored. So could the expansion era’s shortfall simply be attributed to voters’ unwillingness to enshrine players (such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens) whose performances would otherwise warrant a Hall of Fame nod? To account for this wrinkle, I added a variable in the regression for whether the player had ever been implicated in the use of performance-enhancing drugs.1Using the same criteria my colleague Walt Hickey and I employed here: Was the player ever suspended for PED offenses, linked to the Biogenesis scandal or named in the Mitchell Report, or did he have a failed drug test leaked to the media? The resulting formula drops Bonds and Clemens down to matching zero percent Hall likelihoods, but it still says the expansion era is about 42 Hall of Famers short of what we’d expect. 1890s1510.2+4.810.5+4.5 For players from the late 1990s and the 2000s, the gap occurs partly because recently eligible players have spent less time on the ballot (and therefore have had fewer chances to be inducted) than their predecessors. But under the Hall’s new rules reducing the years of ballot eligibility, they’ll never get as many cracks at the ballot as players did in the past. And besides, even if we throw out the 1990s and 2000s completely, it doesn’t explain why the ’70s and ’80s are also a collective 23 Hall of Famers shy of what we’d expect.Instead, the biggest explanation boils down to what Bill James called the “expansion time bomb.” Expansion began as early as 1961, with the additions of the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Senators,2Now the Texas Rangers. and six more teams were added by 1969. By 1998, MLB had roughly twice as many teams as it did in 1960.James argued that the Hall of Fame wouldn’t have been affected by expansion at all for about 25 years — and even then the consequences were small, for the time being — but that the effects compounded over time as the ratio of highly accomplished players (according to both traditional and advanced gauges) to inductees grew. Expansion gives more players the opportunity to build Hall of Fame-caliber careers, but it creates a backlog if the voters are slow to account for this by inducting a commensurate number of players. And from the numbers above, it’s clear that the Hall has never quite figured out the expansion time bomb, a problem that continues to grow each year.The good news is that everybody’s ’90s darling, Ken Griffey Jr., will be a lock to represent the decade in this year’s voting, and he’ll probably be joined by Mike Piazza (who was ever so close to induction last year) and other contemporaries. Further, a big change to the makeup of voters — writers who haven’t covered the game in 10 years are no longer eligible for Hall voting — could open the floodgates to more recent players.But for now, the last half-century of baseball has been neglected by the Hall of Fame, and voters have a lot of inducting to do before it’s fairly represented relative to other eras.Read More:Griffey In His Prime Was The Second Coming Of Willie MaysMike Piazza Was More Than A Big Bat 1980s2030.6-10.631.4-11.4 1950s1814.4+3.614.7+3.3 HALL OF FAMERS 1910s1210.8+1.210.8+1.2 1990s930.5-21.525.7-16.7 1960s2123.0-2.023.7-2.7 2000s02.9-2.92.6-2.6 Szymborski is right. Relative to their share of the overall population of Hall-eligible MLB players, those who produced the majority of their wins above replacement before the 1970s — particularly those from the pre-integration era — don’t need their own committee because they’re already wildly overrepresented in the Hall of Fame. In the chart below, we looked at all players retiring in 2009 or earlier with a minimum of 10 career WAR and tracked how many among that group were elected to the Hall. We ballparked 10 WAR as a lower limit because the lowest WAR total for any Hall member whose career wasn’t severely truncated by segregation was Tommy McCarthy’s 14.6. 1940s1310.6+2.410.8+2.2 1880s1312.5+0.513.0-0.0 1900s2112.1+8.912.4+8.6 read more

How The Warriors Should Adjust Their Offense Without Steph Curry

Curry’s impact on the DubsEffective field goal percentage of Warriors with at least 30 shots taken in each scenario below, 2017-18 The Warriors are hurting. The latest bad news came over the weekend, when the team learned that superstar Stephen Curry, who was just returning from a six-game absence because of a tweaked right ankle, sustained a Grade 2 MCL sprain to his left knee. He joins three other hurt Golden State stars who are currently riding the bench: Kevin Durant has a rib fracture, Klay Thompson has a fractured right thumb and Draymond Green has a pelvic contusion.Coach Steve Kerr has already ruled out the idea of Curry returning for the first round of the postseason. But these other guys will be back. So, how will the Warriors’ offense function without Curry when the postseason starts up? And how should it?To some, these questions might seem pointless, considering that Durant, a fellow superstar, is also on the roster. After all, the possibility of a Curry injury was among the best arguments for signing Durant: Even if Curry goes down, there’d be two other stars (Durant and four-time All-Star Thompson) to count on.1This doesn’t even include Green, the reigning defensive player of the year, who logged a dominant 32-point, 15-rebound, 9-assist outing during Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. But any changes to a powerhouse lineup like the Warriors’ has some impact: Defenses now will have more resources to clamp down on Durant. The challenge then for Golden State is to navigate the increased attention on Durant while not making any wholesale changes to the offensive plan with only nine games left in the regular season. After all, the Warriors want Curry to hit the ground running when he returns, using the same pass-happy system that was in place when he left.There are a handful of things we can likely expect once the other banged-up Warriors rejoin the lineup as expected. The most important: It’s a safe bet that most of the key role players will shoot at least slightly worse without Curry in the picture — a majority of them have performed worse on offense in times when Curry’s been out and Durant’s been playing (compared with their performance when sharing the court with both Curry and Durant). PlayerWith Curry, w/o DurantWith Curry and DurantWith Durant, w/o Curry Effective field goal percentage is a measure of shooting efficiency that accounts for 3-pointers being worth 50 percent more than 2-pointers.Sources: Second Spectrum, NBA Advanced Stats Effective FG% JaVale McGee64.570.472.7 Draymond Green48.755.550.5 Zaza Pachulia44.763.358.3 Klay Thompson63.067.549.0 Stephen Curry62.261.7— Kevin Durant—63.055.5 Andre Iguodala61.344.539.2 Nick Young51.674.048.6 Durant’s offensive performance has also suffered when Curry isn’t playing. Despite being a top-three player in the world, Durant occasionally finds easy looks as a result of the fear that defenses have of Curry getting open along the arc. One indication of the boost Durant gets: Green has completed 16 alley-oops to him over the past two seasons — many of which were sprung while Curry was distracting defenses with fake backscreens. But those were all with Curry on the floor. Without Curry, Green hasn’t found Durant for a single lob during that time period, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/draykd.mp400:0000:0002:02Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Durant is still a dynamite scorer without Curry, though — as evidenced by his 45 points per 100 possessions (on 48 percent shooting and 42 percent from 3-point range) in the four games he played mostly without Curry recently. But the downside without Curry is that the free-flowing offense grows more stagnant as Durant isolates more to find his shots. The Warriors go from having 106.0 possessions per 48 minutes when Curry orchestrates the offense to 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes when Durant is on the floor without Curry. And the total number of isolations per 100 plays increases 43 percent, from 10.1 to 14.4, when Durant spearheads the attack without Curry, according to Second Spectrum. The high-octane club goes from scoring almost 122 points per 100 possessions with Curry and Durant to 108 when Durant plays without Curry.A few caveats: Those pace and offensive efficiency numbers, while down considerably, would still rank among the highest in the league. If anything, this merely speaks to how otherworldly the Warriors are at full strength, or at least when Curry is running their offense. Without Curry playing, they would still be favored against just about any team out West, perhaps except for Houston.The Warriors know that, too, and based on their recent history with knee sprains, it seems a foregone conclusion that they’ll take things slowly with Curry’s rehabilitation. Curry of course missed two weeks of the postseason in 2016 after suffering a less severe Grade 1 MCL sprain. He had a 40-point game in his return against Portland but then struggled in the finals (he later suggested that he wasn’t anywhere near 100 percent that postseason after the injury). The team took a different approach with Durant last season — and saw different results. He returned from a nearly six-week absence and Grade 2 MCL sprain to outplay LeBron James and earn the finals MVP.While Durant and the rest of the Warriors await Curry’s return, there are several tactics they could take to both take advantage of the line-ups they will have on the floor and to make sure that Curry can re-enter the offense seamlessly. For one, Golden State would be smart to push the tempo and to screen more on the ball using either Green or Andre Iguodala to set picks for Durant. (The Warriors set about 10 fewer on-ball screens per 100 possessions when Durant is running the offense without Curry.) Both Green and Iguodala are playmakers and are more likely to keep the ball moving than Durant. He’s a good passer but calls his own number for 1-on-1 scenarios far more often than most players do.This is why running more simple screen-and-roll sets could help Durant: Such plays give him a clearer opening for an occasional jumper when he wants one. But they also allow him to share the ball with confidence that he can get it back in perhaps his most lethal position: off the catch, where he shoots a far-higher percentage than when he dribbles several times before launching an attempt.It’s worth noting that the Warriors have generated more points per play out of Durant pick-and-rolls with Green setting the screen this season (1.18) than they have with Curry pick-and-rolls in which Green is the screen-setter (1.08), according to Second Spectrum.2Among NBA pairs who’ve run at least 100 direct pick-and-rolls — meaning that the player associated with the play either shot the ball, was fouled, turned it over or passed to a shooter within one dribble of receiving the ball.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/p.mp400:0000:0001:48Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For context, the Durant and Green combo ranks second in efficiency among NBA pairs who’ve run at least 100 direct pick-and-rolls, trailing only the unstoppable duo of Curry and Durant.So, no — there’s obviously no true way to replace everything Curry brings on offense. But playing a style that isn’t far removed from what he’s used to could help keep the team in rhythm for when he returns.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges

first_img Recommended for you Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Related Items:dema, emergency, grand turk, katherine hart, national park Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2016 – Climate change is affecting coastal conditions in Grand Turk so severely that the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs, DEMA is permitting some extra-ordinary measures to save personal property. A notice came late yesterday saying there continues to be severe erosion along the coast and that it is causing concern for beach front property owners in the Capital. The situation is so bad that DEMA is labeling the work to be done as an emergency and is allowing heavy machinery to maneuver within the National Park in order to preserve residents’ properties. Katherine Hart, Environmental Officer said: “The primary problem is erosion of the beach in the National Park which, so far, has been impacting roads…” High swells and wave action is behind this exceptional permission and drastic action. last_img read more

Airports Authority reveals sabotage at South Caicos Airport

first_img Related Items:fire truck, sabotage, south caicos airport, Tciaa Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – Sabotage at the South Caicos Airport is reported, reluctantly by the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority. Photos to show the damage which has rendered the fire services inoperable were sent to media by the TCIAA. When fire service is down, it means the airport must be closed or limited to flights and this is happening just as South Caicos finally gets one of its long awaited for resorts, up and running. The TCIAA this morning said in a statement that, “The Authority views this as a calculated attempt to intentionally damage Airport’s property and cripple its operations. The Executives and Board are disappointed by this senseless act. Several engineers were immediately sent to repair the damage done to the fire trucks. Extensive works were done and the fire equipment is now recovered as it had to undergo extensive testing before usage.” Vandalism of official property is seemingly on the increase; in Grand Turk there are similar reports about personal cars and Government vehicles.The TCIAA has hired more security at the site. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Exercise Design Training Workshop 22nd – 26th February 2016last_img read more

Semantic Ad Platform Creates Analytics Dashboard for Publishers

first_imgPeer39 has upgraded its semantic targeting technology platform, which analyzes URL categories and matches advertisements to related editorial content, to now include an analytics dashboard allowing publishing executives to gain insights into inventory in “almost real time.” The dashboard features an “executives” tab, which overviews content categories and ad placement via pie charts and offers analytics, graphs, tables and insights for various groups on the publishing side that deal with inventory and advertising operations. It also will introduce an ad operations section for projections on the amount of content created in a given category, simplifying the process of predicting revenue for a particular ad campaign. Sales people also can utilize post-campaign reporting functions, which are broken down by conversions, clicks, and volume, with the option to add and block content categories, helping advertisers that require brand-safe environments on publishers’ sites. According to Peer39 CEO Amiad Solomon, the company expects its new dashboard interface “will give [clients] a better understanding of, and the ability to take further advantage of, our platform’s capabilities.”For publishers already signed up for Peer39 (cost is an annual flat rate based on number of impressions, or a per-CPM fee), the dashboard upgrade is free.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Mark Kratman Is An Asset To Tewksbury  Wilmington

first_imgDear Editor,Mark Kratman has served Tewksbury well over the years and always had our best interests at heart. I worked closely with Mark on both the Wilmington and Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce and The Tewksbury Economic Development Committee; he is always available and willing to help with any issues that face our town. He is a tremendous asset to our community and continues to be a strong advocate for our small business community.Mark met with businesses that expressed interest in doing business in Tewksbury and was among the first town officials to encourage them to move in and help them navigate our Town Government to acquire all necessary permitting. During his two terms as the Chairman of the Tewksbury Economic Development Committee, he worked with our town officials to improve Town Website and solicited Amazon and Lowell General Hospital to do business in Tewksbury. Mark understands the positive affects small businesses can have on our taxes and will continue to be a strong advocate for small business in both Tewksbury and Wilmington.The citizens of this district need someone like Mark who is not afraid to speak out on key issues that affect us all. Someone who was endorsed by the late Jim Miceli and knows his way around Beacon Hill.I hope my fellow citizens will join me on Tuesday, September 4 in voting for Mark Kratman for State Representative.Sincerely,Hanson BechatLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Town Crier News Editor, Town Moderator Jayne Wellman Miller Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Committee To Elect Mark Kratman Expresses Disappointment With Robertson Campaign’s TacticsIn “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Democratic State Rep. Candidate Mark KratmanIn “Government”last_img read more

Heres the new Firefox logo for a family of Mozilla apps

first_img Firefox Privacy Mozilla Share your voice 0 Tags Mozilla Mozilla on Tuesday unveiled its new Firefox logo — actually a family of logos — designed to give a unified identity to its broadening suite of products and services.You probably know the Firefox name from Mozilla’s open-source browser. But the new Firefox “master brand” stands for a collection of tools that’ll sport the Firefox name. That includes not just the browser, but also Firefox Send for transferring files, Firefox Lockwise to store and sync passwords, and Firefox Monitor to check if your password was exposed in a data breach.”That’s just the beginning of the new Firefox family,” Mozilla said in a blog post about the new brand. The master brand is a variation of Firefox’s globe-encompassing, flaming fox, but it’s mostly just a stylized flame that opens the door to a broader suite of colors.A master Firefox brand, at top, spawns variations for different Mozilla apps and tools.A master Firefox brand, at top, spawns variations for different Mozilla apps and tools. Mozilla Mozilla is expanding its tools, but the icon for the Firefox browser, used by close to 300 million people each month, is likely to remain the most important one you’ll see on your PC or phone screen for now. As first reported by CNET, the new Firefox browser icon is stylized, simplified, and for the first time faces you. The blue Earth is now purple (the continents vanished in an earlier redesign), and the fox’s legs are gone altogether.The new branding comes during a push to emphasize private browsing that contrasts with the user-tracking priorities of online advertising giants Facebook and Google, maker of the rival Chrome browser. Firefox remains an important browser, but it hasn’t dented Chrome’s dominance. With privacy now in vogue in tech circles — yes, even at Google and Facebook — Mozilla has a new chance to win new loyalists.The new Firefox brand opens the door to some new color schemes. Mozilla likes the gradients.The new Firefox brand opens the door to some new color schemes. Mozilla likes the gradients. Mozilla “Privacy is woven into every Firefox brand experience. With each release, our products will continue to add features that protect you and alert you to risks,” Mozilla said. “Unlike Big Tech companies that claim to offer privacy but still use you and your data, with us you know where you stand.”This month, Firefox began blocking attempts to track your browsing behavior across the web, though the change affects new users only for now and will only be enabled for existing users in coming months. The move followed browsers Safari and Brave. Microsoft is building a similar tool into its Edge browser.Mozilla will distribute the new Firefox browser icon with an update of the software arriving this fall.Originally published June 11, 8:04 a.m. PTUpdate, 1:06 p.m.: Adds schedule for when the Firefox browser will ship with the new icon.center_img Post a comment Computers Security CNET Apps Todaylast_img read more

Amazon faces EU antitrust probe into its marketplace

first_img Amazon Tech Industry Mobile Apps Mobile Amazon Prime Day has turned us all into shopaholics (The… Tags Now playing: Watch this: Amazon is under the EU’s microscope.  SOPA Images/Getty Images The European Union’s antitrust regulators have opened an investigation into Amazon. The goal is to explore whether the e-commerce giant breached the EU’s competition rules with its use of data from independent retailers. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is in charge of the EU’s competition policy, said European customers shop online for the selection and pricing.”We need to ensure that large online platforms don’t eliminate these benefits through anti-competitive behaviour. I have therefore decided to take a very close look at Amazon’s business practices and its dual role as marketplace and retailer, to assess its compliance with EU competition rules,” Vestager said Wednesday in a statement. In an email, an Amazon representative said the company will cooperate fully with the European Commission and continue working to support businesses of all sizes. 14 Photos The EU announced the investigation on the heels of Prime Day, the company’s biggest sale. While many people shopped, Prime Day also brought out a wave of anti-Amazon protests and activism over everything from climate issues to the company’s ties to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Amazon and other tech giants like Facebook and Google have also come under scrutiny from Congress about potential antitrust issues. 0 null 7:35 Share your voice Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questionslast_img read more

Air India gets Rs 1500cr loan from Bank of India for working

first_imgAir India flightsReutersThe debt-ridden state-owned airline finally received a loan worth Rs 1,500 crore from Bank of India to meet urgent working capital needs. This is the second time in the recent months the carrier has received loans from a public sector lender, PTI reported.Earlier in October, Air India put out a requirement for government guarantee-backed Rs 1,500 crore short-term loans to meet urgent working capital requirements. The company then said that tenure of the loan will be one year and the amount proposed will be drawn in two or three tranches.The loan was required as part of efforts to revive the ailing carrier, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 50,000 crore.The disinvestment-bound national airline is facing some serious headwinds with only IndiGo showing interest in buying the international business of the carrier that has huge debt in its book and also roadblocks in selling non-core assets.Experts estimate that around Rs 30,000 crore of working capital debt needs to be written off for potential buyers to consider acquiring the airline. However, writing off the Rs 30,000 crore debts will lead to serious financial implications.The central government is currently at the final stage to decide the contours of the company’s strategic disinvestment. Air India is surviving on taxpayers’ money under the bailout package extended by the previous UPA government in 2012, reported the news agency.Prior to this loan, back in September, the airline had borrowed around Rs 3,250 crore as short tenure loans from two lenders—IndusInd Bank and Punjab National Bank.In nearly three months, at least two public sector lenders—Bank of India and Punjab National Bank—have provided loans to the airline to keep it afloat.As part of the turnaround plan, and to continue with the operation the national carrier is to receive as much as Rs 30,231 crore from the government over a 10-year period subject to meeting certain performance thresholds, according to the report.last_img read more

9 Nagorik Oikyo men to contest polls with Sheaf of Paddy

first_imgMahmudur Rahman Manna and SM AkramA total of nine Nagorik Oikya leaders will contest the upcoming general elections with the symbol of ‘Sheaf of paddy’, the election symbol of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).A top leader of the Nagorik Oikya told Prothom Alo that as their party has no registration, their candidates will compete in the elections with the BNP’s symbol.Nagorik Oikya started distributing the nomination papers to the nominated candidates on Tuesday morning after the BNP leaders handed over the nomination papers to the representatives of the party on Monday night.“BNP earlier told us about nine seats. Finally, they handed over the nomination papers to us on Monday night,” said ther top leader of the Nagorik Oikya.Those who were nominated from the Nagorik Oikya are Nagorik Oikyo convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna for Bogura-2 constituency, SM Akram for Narayanganj-5, Fazlul Haque Sarkar for Chandpur-3, Nazrul Islam for Mymensingh-2, Mobarah Hossain for Brahmanbaria-2, Rabiul Islam for Satkhira-2, Shah Mohammad Rahmatullah for Rangpur-1, Mofakkharul Islam Nabab for Rangpur-5, M Nurur Rahman for Barisal-4.Manna confirmed to the Prothom Alo that nine Nagorik Oikya candidates are going to contest the next national elections with ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.last_img read more

Awarding the scribes

first_imgEminent Hindi writer with more than 50 years of experience and creator of Jaltarang, Simmi Harshita was awarded on Wednesday for her rich literary contributions at the 3rd annual Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman 2014.The occasion, an annual initiative by Kusumanjali Foundation was organised to recognise contributions made by renowned  authors in the field of Hindi and Bengali literature.Present at the event, LK Advani, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha was the chief guest  who presented the awards to Dr.  Ramkumar Mukhopadhayay for his Bengali contribution titled Dhanapatir Sinhaljatra and to Simmi Harshita for Jaltarang. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Commenting on the occasion the senior BJP leader promoted Indian languages and said that they should be used frequently even in abroad,’I was born under British rule. It was very humiliating that during foreign trips, people of different countries used to talk in their own language but people going from India mostly talked in English, even amongst themselves. It didn’t look nice.’ ‘There are some things which are very painful. One of them is not speaking ones language and speaking another language,’ Advani said at the event where he was felicitated. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKusumanjali Foundation, founded and established by  writer  Dr Kusum Ansal seeks to promote and support the artisitc, literary, and cultural activities in the country. As a part of Foundation’s promotional programmes, the Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman was established in 2011 to recognize the talent of reknowned authors in the field of literature. Every year, two awards are givern to creative works in the genres of literature comprising fiction, shorrt story, poetry and drama. Nominations from a large number of literary works published during the last five-year periods were selected for the Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman  2014.Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Kusum Ansal, prolofic writer and Founder of Kusumanjali Foundaton said, ‘ The Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman was initiated with a view to recognise the merit and standards of excellence acheived by eminent authors and scholars in their respective field of literature. Our country holds a distinctive linguistic and literary history. The award-winning texts borrow cultural inspirations from the author’s mother tongue are are a rich source of contemporary yet classical Indian writing.’last_img read more

Renowned classical singer Pandit Arun Bhaduri passes away

first_imgKolkata: Renowned classical singer Pandit Arun Bhaduri passed away at a city hospital on Monday morning after a prolonged illness, family sources said. He was 75 and is survived by wife and son. Pandit Bhaduri, considered to be one of the masters of Bengali songs and Bhajans, was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other respiratory ailments for quite sometime. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her grief over the demise of Pandit Bhaduri. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “I am deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Pandit Arun Bhaduri, an exponent of Kirana, Rampur Gharana… “He was a guru at the state Sangeet Academy. In 2014, we had conferred Bangabibhusan award. I convey my heartfelt condolences to members of his family, friends and followers,” Banerjee said in a statement. The veteran singer had served as a guru (teacher) at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, and was a top radio and television artiste. Pandit Bhaduri was trained in Indian music by Md A Daud and Md Sagiruddin Khan.last_img read more

Motorist caught watching YouTube videos while driving on M6

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice caught a driver watching videos on Youtube – while driving on the M6. The motorist was stopped on the M6 in Cheshire at around 11pm last night, police said. A North West Motorway Police spokesman said: “Driver stopped on the M6 by a Cheshire Police unmarked car after being observed watching YouTube videos whilst driving. TOR issued.” For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Homeless man defecates in police van after smashing up public telephone Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire.last_img read more

Kaltura has partnered with 24i Media integrating

first_imgKaltura has partnered with 24i Media, integrating the latter’s TV everywhere interface with its OTT TV platform.24i Media’s SmartTemplate TV user interface will now act as a new front end for Kaltura’s OTT TV platform.“The integration of the SmartTemplate TV app with Kaltura’s OTT TV backend platform means that companies can now launch a full multiscreen OTT service in a matter of weeks,” said Kaltura.last_img