Calabar High retained the ISSA Southern Conference Under-19 title on Wednesday at the National Indoor Sports Centre, following a pulsating and gripping 59-55 win over Camperdown in the decisive game of their three-match series for a 2-1 win.The winners trailed the entire first-half but pegged back their opponents in the third before pulling off a thrilling victory in the final minute of the game.Jehvaun Faulder led the Red Hills Road school with a game high 22 points and he was well supported by tournament MVP, Maliek McCarthy with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Desean Boyd had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Camperdown.”We got them into foul trouble and at that point we used our more experienced players to attack them,” Calabar coach Ludlow Barker related after the game”We are the best team and we showed that tonight and we want to continue that as we move into the all island,” he added.Camperdown started the better team and took the first quarter 16-13 and led 35-27 at the half.Calabar came out recharged in the third quarter and started reeling in their opponents and went in front for the first at 41-40, with over a minute to go but Camperdown regained the advantage as the quarter ended 45-44.The final quarter was action-packed. Calabar edged in front 56-55 with only 27 seconds to play and eventually sealed the game from the free-throw line.
BALTIMORE, MD — California Chrome won the Preakness Stakes in dramatic fashion on Saturday to keep alive his bid for U.S. horse racing’s first Triple Crown since 1978.As a follow-up to his victory in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Art Sherman’s horse justified his stature as the overwhelming favorite by outrunning Ride On Curlin to the finish.It was the first Preakness victory for the 77-year-old trainer. California Chrome has won six straight races.The chestnut colt covered the 1 3-16th mile (1,900-meter) course in 1:54.84.With Victor Espinoza in the saddle, California Chrome stayed off the pace in third place before kicking into another gear to storm in front.“It’s an awesome feeling,” Espinoza said. “It was just a crazy race. I got more tired mentally than physically. I see another horse go to the front. I was going to sit second. .. I sit back, as soon as the other horse got clear of me, it worked out perfect.”Although Ride On Curlin was strong at the finish, he didn’t have enough to catch the winner.California Chrome paid $3 and $2.40. Ride On Curlin returned $5.60 and $3.80. Social Inclusion, who went off as the second favorite at 5-1, returned $3.40.General a Rod was fourth and Ring Weekend took fifth.California Chrome is the first California-bred horse to win the Preakness since Snow Chief in 1986.With a victory in the Belmont on June 7, California Chrome will become the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed. Since 1978, 11 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, but failed to win Belmont.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Best-selling author, philanthropist, educator and former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush will speak at the 2018 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Mrs. Bush is a powerful advocate for literacy, education and human rights, and she will address the conference on Tuesday, May 29.As First Lady, Mrs. Bush advocated for the importance of literacy and education to advance opportunity for America’s young people and to foster healthy families and communities. She highlighted the importance of preparing children to become lifelong learners, convening in 2001 a White House Summit on Early Childhood Cognitive Development and creating the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.Today, as Chair of the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative, Mrs. Bush promotes access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity for women and girls around the world. The Women’s Initiative programs are preparing and empowering the next generation of women leaders in North Africa and the Middle East, working to ensure the expansion and protection of women’s rights in Afghanistan and engaging and supporting First Ladies from around the world to effectively use their unique platforms to advance issues for women and girls in their countries.“Through her early work as an educator, her years in the White House and now as a leader at the Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush demonstrates the impact passionate advocates can make throughout all sectors of society,” commented Esther D. Brimmer, NAFSA Executive Director and CEO. “As a strong advocate for literacy, education and human rights around the world, her contributions to the NAFSA conference will no doubt serve as a catalyst for vital discussion and engagement among our attendees.”Mrs. Bush is the author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken From the Heart, and bestselling children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard. She also wrote the forward to We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope. Born in Midland, Texas, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas.This plenary session featuring Mrs. Bush is sponsored in part by Education in Ireland. Learn more about all the plenary speakers here.
“Everybody thought I was combative, thought I was, you know, being aggressive,” Brown said of what the officers claimed of the incident despite the video showing he was not confrontational. “I get mad every time I watch it, you know, ’cause I was defenseless, pretty much.” The 24-year-old’s lawyer, Mark Thomsen, said his client wants the city of Milwaukee to admit wrongdoing. If not, the case will be fought in court. That Brown may not take the payout should come as no surprise, as Thomsen said it’s about more than money. The settlement offer had been approved on Wednesday by the Common Council in a closed session. Now, the clock is ticking as Brown must decide whether to accept it in 14 days, TMJ4 reported. “I fully anticipate that any settlement that doesn’t include an admission that they violated Mr. Brown’s civil rights will go nowhere,” Thomsen told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We can’t heal in this city without that.” By May 2018, body camera footage of the incident was released. “I think what people overlook and forget is that the city had the video and sat on it,” he told TMJ4. “It was months, and during that time, his name was trashed on the internet.” No charges were filed against Brown, and three officers faced suspensions that ranged from just two days up to 15 days. Remedial professional communications training was ordered for eight other officers, The Associated Press reported. More than a year after Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown sued the city and local police over claims he was unlawfully and forcefully arrested, the city has approved a $400,000 settlement offer, but his attorney says that may not spell the end of their battle. The compensation proposal is for a lawsuit Brown filed last June alleging that police stunned him with a Taser outside a local Walgreens on Jan. 26, 2018, when he did not immediately do as told and remove his hands from his pockets. The encounter began with one officer confronting Brown over the athlete illegally parking in an accessible parking space. In the suit, Brown alleged one of the officers involved later mockingly tweeted of the NBA player, “Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol#FearTheDeer.” Brown opened up about the police confrontation on “Good Morning America” last year, saying he “felt like it was unnecessary” that backup officers arrived on the scene. He said he filed a civil suit to “draw attention to it and … be that voice and try to help as many people as I can in this situation.”
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:02Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:01?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Indian military commanders have been planning to restructure the forces for the last two years to reduce manpower costs but the snail-paced development has halted any decision. Currently, more than 2.4 million retired defence personnel are getting pensions from MoD with around 55,000 being added every year. Laxman Behera, a research fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, added, in last four years, the military’s spending on pay, allowances and pensions had jumped from 45 per cent to 56 per cent. In contrast, capital procurement sunk to 18 per cent from 21 per cent during the same period. Close Indian Army soldiers in KashmirCredit: ReutersThe Indian defence forces seeking a long-planned modernisation programme is likely to wait longer as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is expected to get a meagre rise in defence spending in the 2019-20 budget. All the tri-services have requested for an urgent modernisation to remain effective in war.For instance, the Indian Airforce is in dire need of hundreds of fighter aircraft to fight a two-front war. It is already operating below its sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons. The navy has a long list of submarines and patrol ships to counter Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Similarly, the Indian Army has requested for almost every modern equipment from assault rifles to surveillance drones and body armour to increase its lethality. Sailors from the Indian Navy stand on a submarine as Indian as well as foreign warships began to line up off the Bombay coastCredit: ReutersBut all these plans have been kept on hold since a long time as the governments have been unable to allocate funds for modernisation programme due to a major chunk of money going for a 1.4 million standing military, the world’s second largest after China. The government allocated Rs 4.31 trillion ($62.27 billion) for defence, a 6.6 per cent rise as against last year in the interim budget announced in February before national elections. The allocations clearly meant that the amount would not be enough to add lethality to its forces.News agency, Reuters reported that upcoming budget to be presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is also going to be on the similar lines and any major jump in fund allocation to MoD is highly unlikely. One of the officials close to the development said, “Defence is our major spending and we give it as much as the budget allows. But this year, a significant rise to what has already been allotted looks difficult.” Indian Air Force to buy 110 fighter jets worth Rs 973.8 bn
Security guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, August 14, 2015.Reuters fileOnline retailer Snapdeal’s Freecharge has been up for sale for a while now and competitor Amazon is said to have made a bid to acquire the digital payments platform. If the deal goes through, Amazon is likely to merge Freecharge with its own payments platform Amazon Pay.Amazon’s bid is said to be in the range of Rs 500 crore ($70-$80 million) and a term sheet has been signed by the Seattle-based company as well as Jasper Infotech that owns and operates the platform, reported The Economic Times. While Jasper Infotech did not respond to ET’s queries on the sale of Freecharge and the term sheet, an Amazon spokesperson said: “We don’t comment on rumours and speculations.”With Amazon stepping into the picture, it looks like Axis Bank has some competition when it comes to acquiring Freecharge. India’s third-largest private sector bank was said to be leading the race to acquire the digital payments platform and was even said to be conducting due diligence.While neither of the parties had commented on the reported acquisition talks, sources had revealed to the daily that the deal could be worth $100 million. Due to this, it is being said that Axis Bank might still be the frontrunner to buy Freecharge, despite Amazon joining the race.It was earlier reported that two private banks — one of them being Bank of Baroda — and a few other private equity firms had expressed an interest in acquiring Freecharge. Additionally, Paytm is also said to have made a bid of $10-15 million for the platform, but it now looks like Axis Bank could soon take Freecharge off the market.Freecharge, which was popular with users and racked up about 12 million transactions in April 2017, has taken a hit from the bleeding state of online marketplace Snapdeal. The online marketplace itself is in talks with Flipkart for a buyout. Snapdeal’s board members rejected Flipkart’s $700-$800 million buyout bid on July 4, after which the latter made a new offer of about $900-$950 million. The new proposal is now being evaluated and discussed by the board of Snapdeal. A private security gurad stands at a gate of Snapdeal headquarters in Gurugram on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, April 3, 2017. Picture taken April 3.REUTERS/Adnan AbidiIt was also reported last week that Snapdeal may even merge with Infibeam, the only e-commerce company in the country to be listed on the stock exchange. Infibeam had even charted a term sheet with the basic conditions under which an investment would be made and it was likely to value Snapdeal at $1 billion. The firm based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, has a market cap of about Rs 6,100 and if the merger with Snapdeal materialises, the duo will create a $2 billion e-commerce giant.While Snapdeal chose to remain tight-lipped about the proposed merger, Infibeam came ahead and denied that it had made any bid for the online marketplace. “No, we haven’t made any offer to Snapdeal,” Infibeam founder and MD Vishal Mehta told the ET.
Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with affiliations to research facilities in Argentina, the U.K. and New Zealand, has confirmed that fossilized pollen grains found in Antarctica are members of the flowering plant family Asteraceae. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their research and conclude by suggesting that the fossils represent the family’s oldest fossils ever discovered. 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The Asteraceae family includes a lot of popular modern flowers—daisy’s, chrysanthemums, sunflowers, as well as gerberas, lettuce, artichokes and even dandelions. One of their main characteristics is inflorescence, which means they have clusters of flower heads that form the larger flower. It is believed that they played a major role in the evolutionary history of many insects and pollinating birds and also perhaps that of bees and wasps. Prior research had placed their earliest known evolutionary history to approximately 60 million years ago. This new research has revealed evidence that pushes that history back another 20 million years—to the Cretaceous, which means the flowers were growing back when dinosaurs were still around.The pollen grains were found on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, a part of what was once the super-continent Gondwana—back then the area would have been covered by lush grasslands and temperate forests. In studying the fossils, the team noted their shape, size and surface sculpture, placing them in the species Tubulifloridites lillei—other samples had been found in Australia and New Zealand but it was not until the new fossils were found in Antarctica that researchers could definitively prove that they were also members of the Asteraceae family. Further study showed that the more recently found pollen grain fossils were similar in ways to members of the Barnadesioideae subfamily of Asteraceae found today in South America, which offers a hint of what the earlier flowers might have looked like.There is still more work to be done before the new fossil finds can be officially placed in the flowering plants family tree, but once that happens, the researchers are confident that they will be placed at a time approximately 80 million years ago. © 2015 Phys.org Early sunflower family fossil found in South America More information: Early evolution of the angiosperm clade Asteraceae in the Cretaceous of Antarctica, Viviana D. Barreda, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1423653112AbstractThe Asteraceae (sunflowers and daisies) are the most diverse family of flowering plants. Despite their prominent role in extant terrestrial ecosystems, the early evolutionary history of this family remains poorly understood. Here we report the discovery of a number of fossil pollen grains preserved in dinosaur-bearing deposits from the Late Cretaceous of Antarctica that drastically pushes back the timing of assumed origin of the family. Reliably dated to ∼76–66 Mya, these specimens are about 20 million years older than previously known records for the Asteraceae. Using a phylogenetic approach, we interpreted these fossil specimens as members of an extinct early diverging clade of the family, associated with subfamily Barnadesioideae. Based on a molecular phylogenetic tree calibrated using fossils, including the ones reported here, we estimated that the most recent common ancestor of the family lived at least 80 Mya in Gondwana, well before the thermal and biogeographical isolation of Antarctica. Most of the early diverging lineages of the family originated in a narrow time interval after the K/P boundary, 60–50 Mya, coinciding with a pronounced climatic warming during the Late Paleocene and Early Eocene, and the scene of a dramatic rise in flowering plant diversity. Our age estimates reduce earlier discrepancies between the age of the fossil record and previous molecular estimates for the origin of the family, bearing important implications in the evolution of flowering plants in general. Citation: Fossil pollen grains found in Antarctica push back evolutionary history of daisy family (2015, August 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-fossil-pollen-grains-antarctica-evolutionary.html A typical Asteraceae flower head (here Bidens torta) showing the individual flowers. Credit: Marshman/Wikipedia
Posted by Tags: Travel Leaders Network, Vacation.com NEW YORK — Vacation.com and sister companies Travel Leaders Associates and Results! Travel are consolidating to form one organization – Travel Leaders Network – with close to 7,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada.The group will include both franchise (Associate) and consortium (Member) affiliations and will be headed up by President Roger E. Block, CTC, formerly President of Travel Leaders Franchise Group. Block will report to John Lovell, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Network and Leisure Group.The move makes Travel Leaders Network the largest seller of luxury travel, cruises, river cruises and tours in the travel agency industry, comprised of more than one-third of North America’s leading travel agencies. The group has a combined annual sales volume of more than US$17 billion.All of the participating agencies that previously belonged to either Travel Leaders Franchise Group (Travel Leaders Associates and Results! Travel) or Vacation.com will continue to be Members within Travel Leaders Network.Existing Travel Leaders Associates will retain sole licensing rights for the exclusive use of the Travel Leaders brand name. All Members of both Results! Travel and Vacation.com will automatically become Members of Travel Leaders Network, while qualifying Members will be provided the option of becoming Travel Leaders Associates “to enjoy a heightened level of offerings”.“We have long been recognized as a world-class organization, offering the industry’s most innovative and honored travel agency solutions. But as our industry’s landscape continues to evolve and consolidate, so must we. Simply put, we must come together to create one powerful force that helps each of our agencies compete even more effectively for the hearts and minds of the traveling public,” said Lovell. “Our focus must be on delivering an even greater return on our agency constituents’ ever-changing needs. Rather than competing with each other, we must remove the barriers behind the scenes within our three businesses so the agencies we serve can more effectively compete both within and beyond the traditional travel agency space. As we further sharpen our focus and value proposition, we’re removing any prevailing brand confusion about who we are within the marketplace.”More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”“As we embark on solidifying our place as the agency industry’s ‘best in class’ organization, all of the agencies already onboard can expect increased benefits along with a clear vision for the future. On the technology side alone, our combined investments in the millions of dollars per annum will allow us to finely tune our focus on selling the value of our agents in the marketplace,” added Block. “Bringing these three powerhouse brands into the broader Travel Leaders Network translates into unparalleled cohesive strength as we work within the greater travel industry, accelerated growth for our agencies, heightened technological and marketing capabilities, and elimination of duplicate efforts from our combined leadership and support staff, who can now focus entirely on delivering the leading-edge innovations for which we’re celebrated.”Stephen McGillivray, Chief Marketing Officer for Travel Leaders Group said the marketing staff across Travel Leaders Group has been operating as a singular team for several years. “Our team looks forward to collaborating even more closely with our supplier partners executing customer-generating marketing that will benefit our Travel Leaders Network agencies and their more than 35,000 travel agents,” he said.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe new Travel Leaders Network will continue to offer varying levels of participation. Apart from the combined organization’s new name, participating agencies will see few changes before 2017. Major changes include:Agent Profiler – By 2017, bios from all qualifying agents from Results! Travel and Vacation.com will be added to travelleaders.com’s existing Agent Profiler directory, thus further elevating the award-winning program’s search engine optimization (SEO) for every participating agent. The greater SEO value enables Travel Leaders Network to be better positioned to take on external competition.Annual Conference – Beginning in 2017, Travel Leaders Network will convene an ‘overlapping’ convention in which Travel Leaders Associates will share their final day with the first day for Members from the rest of Travel Leaders Network. Associates and Members of Travel Leaders Network will continue to take part in separate sets of sessions, training and networking events tailored for their specific needs.Marketing – While Travel Leaders Associates will continue to receive marketing specifically branded for their needs, the blended marketing team will be more focused on providing “innovative solutions and additional marketing publications designed to break through”, more effectively competing with forces beyond the traditional travel agency space.Technology Access – Based on participation agreements agents will have access to programs including CruisePRO, AgentMate and corporate business solutions.Agent Universe – By 2017 each of the existing agency extranets will migrate to one Agent Universe platform. Content will be delineated based on individual agency participation agreements. 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