Kolkata: Calcutta High Court judge Samapti Chattopadhyay, who is hearing the Bongaon Municipality trust vote and other local body cases, on Wednesday barred journalists from entering her court room till further orders. At the commencement of the hearing on the Bongaon matter, Justice Chattopadhyay orally directed that reporters would not be allowed to be present in her court room, during hearing of cases, till further orders. Eleven BJP councillors had moved the high court claiming they had not been allowed to enter the municipal body office for participating in a ‘no trust’ vote against the chairman and that Justice Chattopadhyay’s earlier order on moving a no-confidence motion was not followed by the administration. The high court judge has recently pulled up the West Bengal government over several issues, including the manner of holding trust votes in municipal bodies and illegal filling up of water bodies. State-empanelled lawyers had on July 22 decided to not attend the court of Justice Chattopadhyay protesting her remarks against the West Bengal government, only to rescind the decision a day later.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – On Saturday, December 8 at 7:48 AM, Dawson Creek RCMP were called to the parking lot of the Pouce Pub (Hart Hotel) for a man laying down.The adult male was unresponsive and taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.RCMP say the death appears to be suspicious in nature and police are looking to the public for information. The police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk. Anyone who was a patron at the Pouce Pub on Friday, December 7 and into Saturday, December 8, is asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250 784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477.
New Delhi: In a Law and Order meeting on the theme “General Election 2019 preparedness”, the Excise Department was told to explore the possibility of earning revenue from confiscated liquor. In the meeting, the city police were told to closely monitor the social media till the completion of the election. Highly placed sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was held at Raj Niwas on the last week of March. The timing was around 11:30 am under the chairmanship of LG Delhi. The meeting was attended by chief secretary rank officials, Delhi Police, the Excise Department, Divisional Commissioner. “In the meeting Excise Department has been told to explore the possibility of earning revenue from confiscated liquor in accordance with rules instead of destroying it, if found fit for human consumption,” sources said.The meeting was related to preparedness of Delhi Police including force management, coordination with police neighbouring states to check communal violence, terrorist activities, distribution of illicit liquor, cash & other narcotics drugs, security of VIPs/VVIPs, crime in border areas, sale of illegal arms, weapons, action against defacement of public property, vulnerability mapping of polling stations. At the start of meeting a Special CP from Delhi Police gave a power point presentation on the preparedness. The issues of deployment, mobility, the requirement of Central forces, coordination with neighbouring states and enforcement of Model Code of Conduct were discussed. Sources further said after deliberations, several decisions were taken in the meeting. Chief Secretary and Commissioner of Police will maintain constant liaison with CEO, Delhi to ensure strict enforcement of Model Code of Conduct and action against illicit cash, liquor and muscle-men. “Field supervision to be ensured by senior officers through surprise checks. It was informed that a Single Window System for permissions before conducting meetings, rallies etc exists in the office of every Returning Officer. The same facility is also available through an App called Suvidha. LG advised that the App should be publicized through police and Revenue Department,” sources said quoting the meeting points. According to Delhi Police data, this year 1,76,890 bottles seized by city police and excise Act cases till March was 1,549.
After Ohio State plays its last regular season game against Michigan in late November, Ohio Stadium will keep its gates open.For the first time in 25 years, Ohio Stadium is set to host the Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs and is set to bring in an estimated $4 million in visitor spending for Columbus, according to a Greater Columbus Sports Commission press release.The OHSAA state playoffs are set to begin Friday.From Dec. 4-6, high school teams from around the state and in all seven divisions will compete for a state title from the confines of Ohio Stadium.Game one is scheduled to take place Dec. 4. at 7:30 p.m. while the following two days will host three games each, with games starting at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.Single game tickets for each game can be purchased for $15 for club level seating, or $12 for general stadium seating. In addition, an all-session ticket can be purchased for $105 that gives the ticket holder access to the Huntington Club for each game, while an $84 all-session pass will simply give the ticket holder access to each game.For the last 24 years, the OHSAA state title games have been held at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, and also at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, Ohio. Ohio Stadium last hosted the OHSAA title games in 1989.
Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) follows freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) down the court on a fast break during an exhibition game against Walsh on Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 77-37.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern photographerLess than a week before its season opener, the No. 20 Ohio State men’s basketball team dispatched Walsh University, 77-37, behind the play of a pair of freshmen.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell led the Buckeyes with a game-high 17 points while freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate added 10 points in the Sunday evening exhibition at the Schottenstein Center.Tate said making his first appearance in front of the Columbus crowd was something he’s dreamed of as a Pickerington, Ohio, native.“I’m from here, this was a dream come true,” he said after the game. “This was a good first game to get all the butterflies out and we are just ready to go and get this season rolling.”Russell and Tate each tallied eight rebounds, while Russell had six assists.OSU coach Thad Matta said Russell has shown throughout preseason practice that he has the ability to make an impact in a variety of ways.“That’s kinda what he’s done to this point,” Matta said after the game. “I think that he’s got a different pace about him, he sees things like a lot of freshmen don’t see them. And that’s good.”Russell said he came to OSU with a chip on his shoulder, and added he’s prepared to do anything the Buckeyes’ coaching staff asks of him this season.“Whatever coach needs me to do, I am going to do it,” he said after the game. “If he needs me to score, I’m gonna score. If he needs me to get everybody going, I am going to do it. Rebound, defend, I am going to do it.”Matta added that Tate can play bigger than his 6-foot, 4-inch frame would suggest.“Jae’Sean Tate plays big for his size, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.Senior forward Sam Thompson chipped in with 13 points in just 20 minutes of action.Russell and Tate were among five new faces for OSU coach Thad Matta, as three true freshmen, one redshirt-freshman and a redshirt-senior transfer took the floor for the Buckeyes. Russell started the game while Tate, freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop, redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams and Temple transfer forward Anthony Lee came off the bench.“It’s good for these guys to get through that,” Matta said of the young Buckeyes making their debuts. “I think from the standpoint of first time they’ve ever worn the jersey, I think they’ll be at a little bit more at ease as we move forward.”Because of an offensive rebound from senior center Amir Williams, OSU had two chances to score on its first possession of the game, but Thompson and senior guard Shannon Scott each missed three-pointers. From there, the Buckeyes shot seven of 13 from beyond the arc and added a buzzer-beating tip in by Tate to close out the first half with a 48-19 lead.Russell — a Louisville, Ky., native — finished the opening 20 minutes with 16 points on four-of-five shooting from three-point range.Through the first 10:11 of the second half, OSU opened up a 38-point advantage before closing out the game.But despite the 40-point win, Matta said the OSU offense could have run with a higher tempo at points in the second half.“I thought for the most part, that was the biggest thing,” he said. “We just stopped. We became very stagnant offensively there in the second half.”Behind Russell and Thompson, sophomore forward Marc Loving added 12 points and seven rebounds for OSU. Scott tied Russell for the game-high with six assists, while Thompson added three blocks. The 10 players to see the floor for the Buckeyes scored at least two points each.Tate said any player on the roster can make an impact offensively in any given game.“We just try to share the ball and get the win,” he said. “I think the team as a whole will carry the offense.”Junior guard Jesse Hardin Jr. had 10 points to lead Walsh.Sophomore center Trevor Thompson, senior forward Jake Lorbach and freshman center David Bell were the only players listed on the Buckeyes’ roster not to appear in the exhibition. Thompson has to sit out the season per NCAA transfer rules after coming to OSU from Virginia Tech. Lorbach is a senior walk on while Matta said Bell will likely redshirt this season. Neither Thompson nor Lorbach dressed for the game.OSU’s regular-season schedule is set to begin Friday against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Schottenstein Center. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.“It’s the season now, practice this week, play a game,” Matta said. “It’s on us.”
New Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has admitted that he is open to using Marco Asensio as a false nine ahead of his maiden campaign in chargeThe Champions League holders have a huge gap to fill in the centre of their attack with Karim Benzema being the only real option to take on the role as a false nine for the season ahead following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus last month.But Lopetegui made a surprise tactical change in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the International Champions Cup by putting Asensio in the role after coming off the bench.And the move proved to be a masterstroke with Asensio grabbing a brace to secure victory for the Spanish giants.Now Lopetegui has suggested that we may be seeing more of Asensio as a false nine for next season.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“It’s an option,” he admitted, via Goal.“Pre-season is a time when we can test different things and what we need to do is look for resources or different ideas within the team.“It was good to see him play at that position and he played extremely well. It’s not important where he plays but how he plays.”Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, although any prospective deal for the duo now appears to be extremely unlikely.Real will face AS Roma on Wednesday for their final pre-season friendly before taking on city rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, September 28, 2016 – News item on Tropical Storm Matthew issued by the Bahamas Department of Meteorology forecast office section, at 12 pm Wednesday, 28th September, 2015.At 11:00 a.m EDT, the center of Tropical storm Mathew was located near latitude 13.4 degrees north and longitude 60.7 degrees west or about 35 miles southeast of St. Lucia or 35 miles east-northeast of st. Vincent. Mathew is moving toward the west at 21 mph. A westward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move through the windward islands during the next couple of hours, and move over the eastern Caribbean sea through Friday.Maximum sustained winds are near 60 miles per hour (mph) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecasted during the next couple of days, and Matthew could become a hurricane by Friday. The next news item will be issued at 6 p.m. Related Items:ts matthew, ts matthew now formed
But traveling during the holidays doesn’t have to turn you into the Grinch. If you plan to venture out of the Kenai Peninsula visit 511.alaska.gov prior to embarking on the roadways to check road conditions and possible delays. For travelers heading to Anchorage from the Peninsula, Hewitt advised them to be aware of pothole damage in the Girdwood area, and winter driving conditions are ‘fair’. With temperatures expected to remain below freezing through Christmas Day, Alaskan travelers are urged to prepare a simple winter safety kit for holiday road trips. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享“Home for the Holidays” is a familiar refrain during December. But for a growing segment of Kenai Peninsula residents, Christmas time has become a popular time to travel. Breke Hewitt with the Department of Transportation says driving conditions throughout the Kenai Peninsula for the holiday weekend are ‘fair with some slightly icy patches’: “Drive with your headlights on, give yourself plenty of time to safely get where you may be going for the holiday weekend.” AAA said in a report, that roughly 107.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during December 23 through January 1, a 3.1 percent increase from a year earlier and the most ever recorded. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-christmas-travel-outlook-.mp3VmJennifer-on-christmas-travel-outlook-.mp300:00RPd
Email Facebook Duff McKagan Teases New Guns N’ Roses Album: “Oh, It’s Real” Following the wildly successful reunion for the Not In This Lifetime… Tour, GN’R’s bassist provides a promising update on new materialNate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 25, 2019 – 5:26 pm At this point, Guns N’ Roses fans are used to two things: extended waits for new music and big surprises. The band’s 2008 album, Chinese Democracy, came after a notorious 15-year hiatus, and their blockbuster 2016 reunion for the Not In This Lifetime… Tour shocked and delighted fans on its way to becoming the fourth-biggest tour ever. Questions about new music were bound to arise, and now GN’R bassist Duff McKagan is fanning the flames of anticipation for a new album.”Oh, it’s real, but the fun part and the cool part about Guns N’ Roses is we don’t really talk about it, and what happens next just happens,” McKagan said on the Trunk Nation radio show. “It’s never been that band that there’s a direct schedule of how we do things. I’ve heard some magnificent stuff that Axl [Rose] has, really cool stuff he’s been working on. So I’m excited about the possibilities with that, of course. I don’t mean to get anybody rabid. Our day will happen when it happens, that’s for sure.” Twitter Duff McKagan Teases New Guns N’ Roses Album duff-mckagan-teases-new-guns-n-roses-album-oh-its-real Earlier this month, the band’s unmistakable guitarist Slash gave an equally hopeful yet murky glimpse into the new project. “Axl, Duff, myself and Richard [Fortus] have all talked about… there’s material and stuff going on already for a new record,” Slash said. “It’s just, with Guns N’ Roses, you don’t go, ‘Oh, there is a plan, and it’s gonna be like this,’ because that’s not how it works. So, basically, the only real answer to give is we’re hoping to put a new record out, and we’ll just see what happens when it happens.”Guns N’ Roses have been nominated for the Best Hard Rock Performance GRAMMY Award three times in their career. Last year the group released a sprawling 73-track box set to commemorate the anniversary of their 1987 debut, Appetite For Destruction. The collection, titled Locked N’ Loaded, earned its art directors a GRAMMY nomination for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package and gives fans plenty of music to enjoy from the GN’R archive while they eagerly await additional details on a new album.Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction | For The RecordRead more News
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of September 30, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Donald M. Manson, 76Patricia Anne (Walsh) Moulton, 77Previously Lived In Wilmington:Ursula E. (Uhland) Tupper, 73Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Ralph Douglas Spurling, Jr., 72Like 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the election commission’s decision that rejected all her three nominations for contesting the 30 December election, reports UNB.Lawyer Nowshad Jamin, on behalf of Khaleda Zia, filed the petition with the concerned High Court bench on Saturday morning.The bench of justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and justice Md Iqbal Kabir is likely to hear the petition on Tuesday, said lawyer Kaiser Kamal, a counsel of Khaleda Zia.Earlier on Saturday, the election commission upheld returning officers’ decisions cancelling the candidature of jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia for forthcoming national election.On the basis of majority opinions of the five election commissioners, the commission pronounced its judgment turning down Khaleda’s petitions filed to it to get back her candidacy in Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7 constituencies.The lawyers of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday filed appeals with the election commission against rejection of her nomination papers of three constituencies.On behalf of Khaleda Zia, lawyer Kaisar Kamal submitted the appeal for Feni-1 constituency while lawyer Nowshad Jamin for Bogura-6 and lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder for Bogura-7 constituencies at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.Earlier, the EC on Sunday (2 Dec) ditched Khaleda’s all the three nomination papers filed for contesting the polls from Feni-1, Bogura-6 and Bogura-7 seats for her conviction in two graft case.On 29 October, Khaleda was convicted and sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment by a special court in Dhaka in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.Khaleda landed in jail after being sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust case by the same court on 8 February. The High Court later on 30 October extended her jail terms in the case to 10 years.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Florek has tallied 29 saves over the Cards’ last three contests and collected three ground balls against the Buckeyes. For the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLLacrosse. Print Friendly Version Senior Tessa Chad surpassed two milestones during Louisville’s win over the Buckeyes, notching her 100th point as a Cardinal and the 200th point of her career en route to a program record 11 points from nine goals and two assists. Game Notes As a team, Louisville has turned the ball over less than its opponents in nine of its 15 games. The Cards forced 12 of the Buckeyes’ 19 turnovers in their latest outing. Sophomore Ally Hall also recorded a hat trick with three goals in the victory over Ohio State, her fifth of the season. Junior midfielder Sammy Mueller follows just behind with 34 goals and 19 assists for 53 points. Fellow midfielder Maggie Jackson leads the Cavaliers in both assists (25) and draw controls (67), while also adding 27 goals. Watch LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s lacrosse faces its seventh ranked opponent of the season this weekend, traveling to Charlottesville, Va. for a matchup with No. 7 Virginia on Saturday at 12 p.m. Date: April 13, 2019Time: 12:00 p.m. ETSite: Charlottesville, Va.Video: ACCNELast Meeting: April 14, 2018 – (L, 18-10 at Louisville)Series History: 0-5 (0-2 home, 0-2 road, 0-1 neutral) The Cardinals (5-10, 0-5 ACC) will look to build on the momentum from a dominant 19-7 victory over Ohio State and are in search of their first ACC win since April 22, 2017. Alex McNicholas also set a career milestone when she won her 100th draw control during Louisville’s game against North Carolina. The sophomore tallied six against the Tar Heels for 104 in her career. In goal, Charlie Campbell has tallied 132 saves in 15 contests with a save percentage of .452. As a team, Virginia is averaging 13.4 goals per game and is led by senior attacker Avery Shoemaker with 41 goals and 13 assists for 54 points. ABOUT THE CAVALIERS Virginia (10-5, 1-4 ACC) enters Saturday’s matchup as the No. 7 team in the nation, most recently defeating Penn State 16-13 on the road. Prior to Sunday’s win over the Nittany Lions, the Cavaliers had dropped two straight contests to Boston College and Maryland, the nation’s top-two squads. North Carolina was picked to finish fourth in the ACC Preseason Coaches Poll, and four Cavaliers were named to the Preseason All-ACC Team, including Shoemaker, Mueller, Jackson and defender Kaitlin Luzik. Series History – The Cardinals are 0-5 all-time against the Cavaliers, including an 0-2 record on the road. The last meeting occurred on April 14, 2018 and resulted in a 18-10 loss for the Cards at UofL Lacrosse Stadium. Story Links Live Stats
Citation: Soapy property improves electron mobility in organic semiconductors (2008, October 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-10-soapy-property-electron-mobility-semiconductors.html Taking a step toward that goal, physicists have made an important advance in the development of organic semiconductors in terms of their electron mobility. Generally, organic semiconductors have low electron mobility, meaning that the overall motion of their electrons is too random and not directed enough to provide a good electric current and conductivity. The physicists demonstrated how to improve the electron mobility of liquid crystalline semiconductors to 0.27cm2/ V•s, which is 10 times higher than the current highest level for room-temperature columnar liquid crystalline materials. The physicists, from the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Osaka University, and the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute, published their study in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.The scientists modified a molecule known as a condensed porphyrin copper complex to make it self-assemble into a liquid crystalline state at room temperature (throughout a wide range from -17 to 99°C). They achieved the record mobility at a temperature of 16°C.The key modification was adding hydrophobic side chains to one side of the molecule and hydrophilic side chains to the other. By being both hydrophobic and hydrophilic, the molecule has now become “amphiphilic.” Other common amphiphilic substances include soaps and detergents, which have molecules that can both attach to grease and easily be washed away by water.The amphiphilic property is useful for improving electron mobility because amphiphilic molecules tend to gather together in an orderly manner. Specifically, the amphiphilic molecular design enhanced the ð-stacking interaction, and molecules with larger ð-conjugated cores tend to have higher electron mobility. The physicists explain that ð-stacking is improved due to a nanoscale phase separation caused by the incompatibility between the hydrophobic and hydrophilic side chains of the molecules.The scientists also noted that the new organic semiconductor is especially efficient at absorbing visible light, which could make them useful for organic thin-film solar cells.More information: Sakurai, Tsuneaki, et al. “Prominent Electron Transport Property Observed for Triply Fused Metalloporphyrin Dimer: Directed Columnar Liquid Crystalline Assembly by Amphiphilic Molecular Design.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130 (42), 13812-13813, 2008. 10.1021/ja8030714.via: Tech-On! Polarized optical micrograph of a condensed porphyrin copper complex molecule with hydrophobic and hydrophilic side chains. Image credit: Tsuneaki Sakurai, et al. Physicists use nanostructures to free photons for highly efficient white OLEDs (PhysOrg.com) — Organic semiconductors are a main component in a variety of future organic electronics, such as flexible flat-panel displays, inexpensive solar cells, and other unique devices. Because of their advantages – which include being energy-efficient, inexpensive, and lightweight – organic electronics are expected to compose a multi-billion industry. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
A store recently launched its heritage bridal collection at a star property in central Delhi. The fash frat attended the fashion show over high tea. We saw Narendra Kumar, Poonam Bhagat, publisher Archana Pillai, Kavita Bhartia, Aki Narula, Fleur Xavier, Deepika Jindal and Anisha Munjal among others. Take a look
Dresden police on Sunday said they had received information from federal and state counterparts indicating a “concrete threat” against the right-wing populist group “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident”.There had been calls for would-be “assassins to mingle among the protesters and to murder an individual member of the organising team of the PEGIDA demonstrations”, police said in a notice on the 24-hour ban.This was consistent with “an Arabic-language Tweet that called the PEGIDA demonstrations an enemy of Islam,” it said. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe PEGIDA marches — which have voiced anger against Islam and “criminal asylum seekers” and vented a host of other grievances — began in Dresden in October with several hundred supporters and have since steadily grown.They drew a record 25,000 people last Monday, in the wake of the attacks by radical Islamists in Paris in which 17 people were killed.Also last Monday, some 100,000 Germans marched in nationwide counter-demonstrations against PEGIDA. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanDresden police said that after the latest information “and given the characteristics of terrorist attacks, we must assume the use of homicidal means and an immediate threat to life and limb of all participants of the demonstrations.”Because there were no individual suspects, Dresden police said it saw no alternative to the temporary suspension of the constitutional right to free assembly within city limits.However, PEGIDA earlier told its followers on Facebook that its 13th planned rally had been scrapped, citing a threat from the Islamic State jihadist group, and portraying the cancellation as its own decision. “What in police jargon is called an ‘abstract threat’ has changed to a ‘concrete death threat’ against a member of the organising team. IS terrorists have ordered his assassination,” it said in a statement.It had decided to call off the Dresden event as it could not guarantee the security of marchers and feared “collateral damage”.In a later press release, it said that after having failed to agree with police on a way to secure the march, it had “considered it irresponsible to expose our sympathisers and our city to incalculable risks.”
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals RoboRoaches for sale, iBeengo wants you to go too, highlighting the MBA for entrepreneurs, the war on working from home, Burberry CEO dishes on the future of retail and design, A tech writer goes on a social-media diet… This week’s notable news and tantalizing tidbits for entrepreneurs:1. The cyborg cockroach: Part insect, part machine, the first commercially available cyborg will become reality in the form of a remote-controlled “RoboRoach.” The Dr. Moreau-esque creation of Backyard Brains came to fruition by popular demand as a Kickstarter project. (Vice)2. Been there, done that: Two Taiwanese-Canadian brothers are revolutionizing the typical travel tour with their startup called iBeengo, by giving the customers what they want, flexibility and customization. (BBC)3. The MBA for entrepreneurs: The Acton School of Business has created a MBA program geared toward entrepreneurs looking to create, grow and possibly sell a business, not investment bankers looking to run a hedgefund. (Forbes)4. The war on working from home: The second wave of the work-from-home movement is upon us, and it seems that round-one enthusiasts are recasting their votes. Big companies like HP, Yahoo and Best Buy are all reining in their workers. Find out why. (Wired)5. Bite-sized insight from Burberry: Burberry CEO, Angela Ahrendts, talks in a 30-second video about the future of retail, and the connection between business, design and technology. (Fast Company)6. Government shutdown = no new beer: Beer and spirits have been the quiet small-business heroes of the recession, but the government shutdown has stopped these craft brewers in their tracks because of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, which is a little known arm of the Treasury Department. (Fox News)7. My social-media diet: Tech writer Jessi Hempel gave up social media for a month to figure out what she gained from inserting social technology into her life in the last decade. The good, the bad, the mundane… here are her findings. (Fortune magazine)8. Gellin with Yellen: President Obama has nominated Janet Yellen to be head of the Federal Reserve. Many are concerned, but with a specialty in jobs and labor markets, now vice chairwoman might be just the remedy the U.S. needs. (LA Times)9. Motivate yourself: Serial entrepreneur and investor, Mark Suster, talks about the insecurities, uncertainties and stress that come with starting a business — and how he keeps himself motivated. (LinkedIn Today)10. The small biz behind HealthCare.gov: Before big developers took control, a small team of engineers laid the groundwork for the face of the new health care exchanges at HealthCare.gov. Development Seed president, Eric Gundersen explains how the site was supposed to work, and what the current issues are. (Washington Post) Register Now » 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 11, 2013
United Airlines is cancelling another month’s worth of flights with Boeing 737 Max planes that were grounded after two deadly accidents.United said Friday it has removed the Max from its schedule through Aug. 3 and will cancel about 2,400 flights in June and July as a result. It had previously cancelled all Max flights through early July.Southwest and American have already dropped the Max from their schedules into August.Boeing is making changes to flight-control software that investigators believe played a role in crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that together killed 346 people. The company is expected to soon formally submit its changes and a proposal for additional pilot training to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval.Acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell said that his agency is conducting a wide-ranging review of the crashes that will guide its analysis of Boeing’s changes to the Max and additional training for pilots.“We are looking at everything,” Elwell said, adding that the list included pilot procedures, training and aircraft maintenance.Elwell said no final decision has been made on pilot training, and he declined to give a timetable for the agency’s review, saying only that the FAA won’t allow the Max to return to the skies until it is convinced the plane is safe.More news: Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThe Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed government officials, reported Friday that the decision to review emergency procedures used by pilots on previous models of the Boeing 737 could contribute to delays in approving the Max’s return to flying. Those procedures include how pilots should respond when onboard computers push the plane’s nose down, the newspaper said.In a statement, Boeing spokesman Charles Bickers said, “We are working with the FAA to review all procedures.” He said the safety of the previous version of the 737, called the NG, “is not in question” after more than 200 million flight hours in over 20 years.The FAA held a meeting Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas, with nearly 60 officials from more than 30 countries to explain its process for analyzing Boeing’s changes to the Max.In a setback to FAA’s prestige, other regulators around the world grounded the plane in March after the second crash without waiting for the FAA to do so. The FAA hopes that this time, other regulators _ some of whom are doing their own separate reviews _ will approve Boeing’s changes at the same time or soon after FAA does.“Our review of the Max design changes, the software upgrade, is already underway,” said Nicolas Robinson, the head of civil aviation for Transport Canada, that country’s counterpart to FAA.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backRobinson said, however, that it’s “difficult to put a time limit on that” because the length of the review will depend on how quickly Canada gets answers to questions it has about Boeing’s work.Robinson said that at Thursday’s FAA meeting in Fort Worth, some attendees put timelines on the review process but the consensus _ and the view of FAA _ was that “this is not about meeting a deadline, it’s about getting safety done properly. It will be done when we feel comfortable.”United’s decision to cancel more Max flights puts the carrier more closely in line with Southwest and American, the other two U.S. airlines with Max jets, which had already dropped the Max from their schedules into August.United is using other planes to cover some flights that had been scheduled with its 14 Max jets. However, the airline said that because of the Max’s grounding it will cancel about 1,120 flights in June and about 1,290 in July. By: The Associated Press Tags: Boeing 737 MAX, United Airlines Share Monday, May 27, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> United Airlines extends cancellation of Boeing Max flights
Take oil and gasoline, for example. Oil is far removed from final use (gasoline) and has varied from $30 to $140 a barrel during the past ten years… and yet the gasoline price (final consumption) is far more stable, varying from $3 to $4 a gallon. But there’s a silver lining in this story. While commodity prices are far more volatile, it also means that commodities and commodity stocks can be much more profitable on the upside… if you buy right. And with commodity prices down 40% or more (with oil being an exception), now may be a great buying opportunity. For example, Newmont Mining (NEM) is currently selling for book value at only eight times current earnings and sports a 5.1% dividend that is rising. It looks like a bargain to me. Good investing, AEIOU, Mark Skousen Editor, Forecasts & Strategies www.markskousen.com “To trace something unknown back to something known is alleviating, soothing, gratifying and gives moreover a feeling of power. Danger, disquiet, anxiety attend the unknown—the first instinct is to eliminate these distressing states. First principle: any explanation is better than none. —Friedrich Nietzsche “Nobody really understands gold prices and I don’t pretend to understand them either.” —Ben Bernanke, July 18, 2013 (6 days ago) As Nietzsche understood, humans like to have an explanation for everything. Unknowns are stressful. Behavioral psychologists will tell you that when you come to understand a previously baffling phenomenon, your brain releases chemicals that make you feel good. Humans are chemically wired to seek knowledge for the sake of certainty, real or imagined. That’s not to say humans who don’t seek answers about a particular subject have some sort of handicap. Some topics are simply of no interest. For instance, I don’t know why my dog likes to lick my face, but I’m not going to spend precious time looking it up, because I don’t really care. However, if I were chairman of the Federal Reserve and didn’t understand the forces that move gold, learning about them would be near the top of my to-do list, if for no other reason than a large swath of the investment community uses gold as a barometer to evaluate how good a job I’m doing. Bernanke’s clueless quote paints a stark contrast between the academic and real world. Upon observing the recent correction in the price of gold, how many asset managers do you think threw their hands up in confusion and proclaimed that no one can possibly know what’s going on, so why even try? My guess is zero. Instead, they researched, reached out to their contacts, and tried to find out what the heck was happening. Collectively, they hatched a multitude of theories—the vaunted QE taper, JPMorgan’s dominance of the paper gold market, stricter gold buying laws in India—as to why the gold price fell. Some were more viable than others. The point is that human nature compels us to seek answers to pertinent questions, especially if those answers impact your wealth, your employment, or both. Bernanke, apparently, is immune to these forces. It’s curious that he doesn’t even try to understand gold. Perhaps he’s short on serotonin receptors… though it’s more likely that he doesn’t want to understand, because doing so would call into question virtually every action he has taken since becoming Fed chairman in 2006. Or maybe he does understand the connection between his printing trillions of dollars and the sevenfold rise in the price of gold, but pretends not to. Only Ben knows for sure. Our feature article today approaches the issue of gold volatility from a broader angle by explaining why not just gold, but all commodities, are so volatile. Have you ever wondered why the price of coffee beans has dropped 34% in the past year, but the price of a venti at your local Starbucks hasn’t budged? Mark Skousen, today’s featured author, has the answer. If you aren’t familiar with Mark, he is an Austrian School economist, investment expert, and newsletter editor. He’s written several books, is the founder of FreedomFest (at which our own Doug Casey was a keynote speaker just a few weeks ago), and is in general a heavyweight in the combined fields of economics, investing, and freedom. Enjoy Mark’s article, and see you next week. Dan Steinhart Managing Editor of The Casey Report Why Are Gold and Commodities So Darn Volatile? By Mark Skousen, Editor, Forecasts & Strategies Why are commodities and commodity stocks so volatile? Commodity speculating is not for the faint of heart, and many investors give up on gold, silver, and mining stocks because they can lose 40-90% of their value in a short period of time. Gold’s recent drop from $1,900 to $1,200 is a case in point. You have to expect a volatile market. The reason why commodity prices vary so much can be found in an understanding of Austrian economics, the free-market school that is endorsed by Doug Casey, Rick Rule, and many other commodity experts. As developed by Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek in the 20th century, the Austrian school of economics explains why commodity prices are so volatile. Austrian economists call it “the structure of production.” As a follower of the Austrian school, I wrote a book titled The Structure of Production (New York University Press, 1990). Rick Rule told me he loves the book and has bought hundreds of copies to give to his clients. Austrian economists emphasize the structure of the economy—the structure of interest rates, production, employment, and inventories. It is a complex theory, but the basic idea is that price volatility depends on how far away the product or service is from final consumption. Consumer prices are the most stable, producer or wholesale prices less stable, and commodities are the furthest from final use; therefore, those prices are the most volatile. You can see this difference in the graph below, where the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is far more stable than the RBA Commodity Index.
Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Add to Queue Nina Zipkin Uber 5 min read Image credit: Shutterstock Entrepreneur Staff 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Just Who Has the Right Skills to Turn Uber Around? Experts says that communication and a capacity for empathy is a good place to start. August 1, 2017 –shares Apply Now » Next Article Last week, Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman decided to clear the air. The executive took to Twitter — an account that largely hadn’t been active since 2011 — to make this statement about whether she would step into Uber’s CEO position vacated by Travis Kalanick.(3/3) We have a lot of work still to do at HPE and I am not going anywhere. Uber’s CEO will not be Meg Whitman.— Meg Whitman (@MegWhitman) July 28, 2017Her answer was a resounding no. So who is it going to be? Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and GM CEO Mary Barra apparently aren’t interested either. Two of the names that have floated to the surface are Jeffery Immelt, who will leave his post as CEO of GE this week, and Mark Fields, who was CEO at Ford.Kyle Jensen, associate dean and director of entrepreneurship at the Yale School of Management, says he thinks that those leaders would be sensible choices.“Each is a Silicon Valley outsider and each presided over complex multi-national operations, which is relevant as Uber races Lyft and others around the globe,” Jensen says. “Unfortunately for Uber, its culture was ill-shaped by the leadership of founder Travis Kalanick. Uber is in the enviable position of leading the ride share market, which will provide some breathing room and time to instill more sound ethics in the organization. Until the culture is fixed, it will be a tax on the company.”The search continues for a new person to helm the embattled ride hailing company, but reports indicate it hasn’t been the smoothest transition. And that’s before you get into turning around a company that has spent months beset by scandal.As Kalanick remains on Uber’s board, how much of an impact the former CEO will have on the day-to-day operations of the company remain somewhat unclear, but it would seem that he isn’t quite comfortable with the idea of taking a backseat to new leadership.Related: Travis Kalanick Stepped Down, But Uber’s Problems Won’t Be Instantly SolvedAccording to Kara Swisher in Recode, some are concerned that Kalanick is “trying to game the outcome in his favor, after he told several people that he was ‘Steve Jobs-ing it.’ It is a reference to the late leader of Apple, who was fired from the company, only to later return in triumph.”In April, Uber’s valuation was hovering around $50 billion — still high, but a significant dip from the $70 billion valuation that made it the most valuable private company in the world. For the members of the board who have put money and time into the growth of the company, finding a new CEO isn’t just about righting Uber’s cultural woes but also getting a return on their investment.“This next CEO could potentially be the CEO to take the company public,” notes Dr. Marsha Ershaghi Hames, managing director of strategy and development at LRN, a firm that specializes in helping companies build cultures and systems of leadership that promote ethical behavior. But in order for the new leadership to succeed, it can’t just be about the money.Related: Uber Recently Gave Pay Raises, But Are They Enough to Keep Employees Around?“We’re in this era where we’re doing well when we’re doing the right thing,” Ershagi Hames says. “My advice to whoever is leading the recruitment and evaluation for the next Uber CEO is there isn’t going to be one individual or one silver bullet. That individual put into the position of leadership needs to lead by building trust, by driving an open and transparent dialogue, by being willing to listen first and by connecting profit with purpose.”One of the central tasks that a new CEO will have to contend with is recreating the company’s culture. The investigation conducted by former attorney general Eric Holder highlighted the most toxic elements that need to be removed in order for Uber to move forward, but Heather Huhman, career expert and the president of Come Recommended, says that it can be tough to impose a new culture, especially if it is seen as coming from an outsider.“Culture is discovered rather than created — and a new leader will need to listen very carefully to the people inside Uber to find the stories and values that they can amplify to propel them forward,” she says. “This will be the defining trait of the right person — that they are able to find a voice for the people that are there, rather than bringing all the ideas from outside. These are hard questions that the company needs to grapple with, and they will require an extremely skilled listener and communicator to turn the ship.”Related: The Rise and Fall of Uber and Travis KalanickBrett Stephens, the CEO of executive search and leadership consulting firm RSR Partners, agrees. He says that he thinks the main trait that a successful CEO leading a turnaround must have is a capacity for empathy.“Uber is a perfect example of how artificial intelligence and digital disruption are quickly recalibrating the CEO’s desired skillset,” Stephens says. “These chief executives need to be experts in collaboration, engagement and human interaction. This ability to connect with others will likely be the defining leadership trait of our generation. If deployed adeptly, empathy will enable a new CEO to not only excel at reshaping the company, but also build a culture that empowers employees, strengthens the company and rewards investors.”While Uber’s first era was marked by sharp elbows and a win-at-all-costs mentality, for the company to succeed in its next chapter, the person at the helm will do well to listen rather than talk.