Notre Dame Continues To Hold On To A Playoff Spot — But

LSU 7-21524100%<1% ▲ 21<1% RankingProbability of … Michigan 8-212181714%9% ▲ 211% Ohio State 10-032445%62% ▲ 2118% Notre Dame 9-1478—a26% ▲ 216% Same old, same old. The college football playoff committee had it easy this week. After a week of games where all their top teams won, they didn’t have to shake things up in their rankings much. The top five remain the same: Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Iowa. After suffering crushing losses last week, Baylor and Stanford fell back in the rankings. Meanwhile, the Sooner state made headway: Oklahoma State and Oklahoma rose up to the No. 6 and No. 7 spots, respectively. But while the Big 12 looks ascendant, they both can’t stay there long: they play each other Thanksgiving weekend.The FiveThirtyEight model has bad news for Notre Dame fans: last week it was Baylor that was projected to elbow out the Irish by season’s end; this week it’s Oklahoma. The model continues to think an undefeated or one-loss Big 12 champion will most likely surpass Notre Dame. Our model simulations — which predict where the committee will land in its final rankings on Dec. 6 — are shown in the following table: College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 17. Oklahoma might eventually edge out Notre Dame, but they have two awfully tough games remaining: against TCU this Saturday and on the road versus Oklahoma State. While the Sooners are our favorite for the fourth slot, the model still only gives them a 45 percent chance of making it in.Lurking at the edges are a slew of hopefuls: Oklahoma State and Iowa, though each doesn’t have a loss, stand but a 25 percent and 22 percent chance to make it; one-loss stalwarts Florida, Baylor, and Michigan State — along with two-loss Stanford — all have above a 10 percent shot.For those of you who want more nitty-gritty about our projections, check out our original methodology manifesto, as well as last week’s methodology update. Oklahoma St. 10-0641335%25% ▲ 215% Northwestern 8-22029610%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oregon 7-32310284%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida 9-1881435%23% ▲ 214% Michigan St. 9-1962211%12% ▲ 211% Iowa 10-05132928%22% ▲ 212% Alabama 9-121361%63% ▲ 2119% TCU 9-1181265%5% ▲ 212% Wisconsin 8-22520241%<1% ▲ 21<1% Utah 8-213262312%1% ▲ 21<1% Baylor 8-11022214%16% ▲ 216% Houston 10-019143739%1% ▲ 21<1% Mississippi 7-3222894%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida State 8-21419160%<1% ▲ 21<1% Navy 8-116164422%<1% ▲ 21<1% Stanford 8-211111144%11% ▲ 212% Oklahoma 9-175146%45% ▲ 2118% USC 7-32417734%1% ▲ 21<1% North Carolina 9-11791536%9% ▲ 211% Memphis 8-22136430%<1% ▲ 21<1% Clemson 10-013562%68% ▲ 2115% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title read more

Ohio States legal fees over Strauss case nearly 15 million

Ohio State has spent nearly $1.5 million in legal fees pertaining to the investigation into former Ohio State physician Richard Strauss, according to invoices obtained by The Lantern.Richard Strauss in his Ohio State College of Medicine photograph. Ohio State has filed to have three lawsuits dismissed regarding its handling of the accusations against Strauss. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateThe three law firms — Carpenter Lipps & Leland, LLP, Perkins Coie, LLP and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP — have each taken on a different role involving Strauss, in which 145 former students reported firsthand accounts of sexual abuse at the hands of the doctor, who died in 2006.Perkins Coie received $1,379,966.30, Carpenter Lipps & Leland received $71,129.90 and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur received $30,806.75. The most recent invoice recorded occurred on Aug. 17 in a $604,290.95 payment to Perkins Coie.The invoices do not provide a description of how much work has been done by the three law firms, only displaying the invoice date, ID number, firm and payment. A records request by The Lantern for contracts of the three law firms is pending.Porter Wright Morris & Arthur is a law firm located in Columbus appointed by the Ohio Attorney General to serve as Ohio State’s legal counsel. Columbus-based Carpenter Lipps & Leland has been the legal representative for Ohio State in any lawsuits the university faces as a result of the Strauss investigation. Perkins Coie, a Seattle-based law firm, was hired by Porter Wright Morris & Arthur to conduct the investigation into Strauss. Ohio State did not respond to comment by the time of publication. An investigation was opened in April into allegations that Strauss sexually abused Ohio State students and student-athletes while employed by the university between 1978 and 1998. Strauss was a former team physician and student health services doctor at Ohio State.Ohio State has filed motions to dismiss three lawsuits it currently faces from accusers on Sept. 7 on statute of limitations grounds. There are currently two class-action lawsuits and a third lawsuit claiming that then-Ohio State employees knew about the alleged misconduct from Strauss and did nothing to stop it from happening. The university argued the plaintiffs are claiming remedies under Title IX law, and that Title IX in Ohio has a statute of limitation of two years. read more

EHF Cup quarterfinals Skjern attack Melsungen for Berlins ticket

← Previous Story VELUX EHF CL: Ready to take the ‪#‎SCOREMORE‬ Challenge? Next Story → Meshkov Brest and PPD Zagreb to play in SEHA F4 semi-finals! Fuchse Berlin will get three potential rivals for the EHF Cup F4 Challenge after draw for TOP 6 was held in Vienna.The first quarter-final leg is scheduled for 11-12 April, the second leg will be played on 18-19 April. The three winning teams qualify for the 2015 EHF Cup Finals in Berlin (16-17 May).Quarter-final fixtures:Eskilstuna Guif (SWE) vs HSV Hamburg (GER)Skjern Handbold (DEN) vs MT Melsungen (GER)RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO) vs Team Tvis Holstebro (DEN) read more

Stamoulis puts 15 million penthouse on the market

first_imgGot a spare $15 million? You might be interested in purchasing Harry Stamoulis’ St Kilda penthouse. Newly on the market, the full-floor penthouse on level 36 of the exclusive Royal Domain Tower complex boasts panoramic views of the city and the waterfront. Bought as a shell for $5.54 million in 2006, Mr Stamoulis and wife Valenti are believed to have spent millions of dollars customising it into one of the largest and most luxurious apartments in the city. The property has four bedrooms, formal entertaining area, family room, study, two bars, butler’s pantry, six parking spaces, fireplace, all stone floors and two outdoor terraces overlooking Albert Park Lake and the Shrine. Royal Domain Tower also offers a 24-hour concierge service, pool, gym, library, business centre and golf driving range.‘St Kilda Road is probably the best location for an apartment in Melbourne,” Ms Stamoulis said to The Age. ”The apartment has 360 degree views and you can watch the air show, Grand Prix, Moomba parade and hot air balloons rising over the city. At night, the view of the city lights is amazing.” The couple plans to move to their new $54 million Toorak mansion which is nearing completion. Based on Vanderbilt family’s historic Marble House in the US, the mansion is tipped to become one of the country’s most expensive private residences when it’s finished next year. After spending $24 million to acquire the land, the couple will outlay about $30 million on the construction and fitout of the 3200 square metre home, which will include five bedrooms, ballroom, theatre, pool and tennis court. For the apartment, the agents are looking promote the property to overseas buyers and inspections are by appointment only. The listing could break records for apartment sales in Melbourne, with fellow property developer Elias Jreissati in a competition. Mr Jreissati recently put his three-level penthouse in the HMAS Lonsdale building in Port Melbourne up for sale at $20 million. The current record stands at $19.3 million for a penthouse in the East Melbourne development 150 Clarendon Street. The Stamoulis’ family fortune is estimated at $457 million, thanks to their soft drink empire. Source: The Age Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Japon la menace nucléaire plane toujours

first_imgJapon : la menace nucléaire plane toujoursCe matin, les autorités japonaises ont annoncé qu’elles redoutaient une seconde explosion au niveau du réacteur n°3 de la centrale de Fukushima, déjà victime d’une déflagration hier matin.De l’hydrogène se serait accumulé dans le réacteur n°3, faisant craindre une nouvelle explosion. C’est ce qu’a annoncé ce matin le gouvernement japonais, un jour après la première explosion survenue dans la centrale de Fukushima au nord-est du pays. Depuis le violent séisme qui a secoué l’archipel vendredi, la menace nucléaire grandit. Le scénario intervenu hier au niveau du réacteur n°1 et faisant 11 victimes, serait susceptible de se répéter.À lire aussiDes lions, des buffles et un accident de voiture occupée par des touristes”On ne peut pas exclure qu’une explosion puisse se produire au niveau du réacteur 3 en raison d’une possible accumulation d’hydrogène” a déclaré le porte-parole du gouvernement Yukio Edano.  Plus inquiétant encore, le gouvernement japonais a indiqué qu’il était probable qu’un processus de fusion puisse se produire ou s’être déjà produit au niveau du réacteur, en raison d’une panne des systèmes de refroidissement. Le niveau d’eau aurait ainsi sensiblement baissé, découvrant les barres de combustible. Un incident que les ingénieurs tentent de résoudre en refroidissant le réacteur avec de l’eau de mer. Alors que la radioactivité avait diminué après la première explosion, celle-ci serait donc repartie à la hausse. Néanmoins, il semblerait que le niveau d’eau ne remonte pas malgré les mesures prises, peut être en raison “d’une défaillance d’une des valves du réacteur” a annoncé il y a peu Yukio Edano. La situation resterait donc grave et incertaine mais le gouvernement japonais réfute toute comparaison avec l’incident de Tchernobyl en 1986. “Des radiations ont été libérées dans l’air, mais rien n’indique qu’il s’agisse d’une grande quantité” a déclaré le premier ministre Naoto Kan. Les ordres d’évacuation sont néanmoins maintenus et les autorités contrôlent régulièrement le taux de radioactivité auprès des habitants de la région, à qui ils distribuent des comprimés d’iode destinés à protéger des radiations.Une remise en question de la sécurité nucléaire L’exemple de la centrale japonaise a créé le doute quant à la sureté nucléaire en France. Hier, des groupements antinucléaires ont interpellé le gouvernement français, relançant le débat sur les dangers de cette technologie. Depuis hier, les manifestations se multiplient à travers le monde réclamant l’arrêt du nucléaire. “Le séisme dévastateur montre que le nucléaire est un colosse aux pieds d’argile” a expliqué l’organisation française Sortir du nucléaire.Le 13 mars 2011 à 16:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

World Soy Foundations Acre Challenge Campaign Recognizes Top Supporting States

first_imgThe World Soy Foundation (WSF), the philanthropic arm of the American Soybean Association (ASA), recognizes the top three supporting states of the Acre Challenge Campaign since early March. These states are helping the WSF to continue reducing malnutrition through the power of soy in the new year.The Acre Challenge, a fundraising campaign started by farmers FOR farmers, is a way they can help alleviate hunger and malnutrition around the world by donating the value of an acre of soybeans. The campaign begins Oct. 1 and runs for a full year. Just one acre of soybeans can make a life-changing difference. Did you know that one acre can be used to make over 43,000 servings of soymilk? That’s enough to feed over 100 children every day for an entire year!So far this year, over 285 donors from 30 states have accepted the challenge and donated an acre to the WSF, showing huge growth since the early years of the Acre Challenge—back in 2009 at this time, the total number of donors had only reached 77 individuals from 17 states. And, without further ado, the number one supporting state so far in this year’s WSF Acre Challenge is Iowa! In the past five months, Iowa farmers have given over $13,200 in support of the WSF’s mission. Roy Bardole, an Iowa farmer and WSF supporter says:“A child starved of protein will grow up to be less than they could be. It’s my responsibility as a producer to contribute to a better tomorrow with a generation that can think and reason better. By donating the value of just an acre of soybeans, I can make a difference.”Photo Credit: WSFComing in second for top Acre Challenge supporters are the farmers of Illinois, raising nearly $7,300. Farmers from Illinois know their crop can be a part of the solution to global malnutrition, and have a history of strong support for the Acre Challenge Campaign.Finally, coming in a close third is Missouri—raising just over $7,000 so far. It is because of the support of great states like Iowa, Illinois and Missouri, that the WSF had record fundraising totals over the winter months! This support allows the Foundation to continue doing even more great work in the future to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy.The Acre Challenge isn’t finished yet, though. To continue helping the Foundation, and get your state to the top of the list, simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price) and give the gift of protein today!Make your donation by visiting www.worldsoyfoundation.org or sending your check to: World Soy Foundation; 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100; St. Louis, Mo. 63141.About World Soy Foundation: The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 philanthropic organization that reduces malnutrition through the power of soy. An optimal source of protein, soy can play a powerful role in a child’s journey to health, happiness and a productive life. Therefore, the World Soy Foundation creates partnerships and builds alliances that deliver soy protein and nutrition education around the world. It is headquartered at the American Soybean Association. More information is available at www.worldsoyfoundation.org,  Facebook  and Twitter.last_img read more

Its a holiday miracle Porsche is making T versions of the 718

first_img Porsche Porsche is releasing T versions of the 718 Boxster and Cayman 0 Tags When we got behind the wheel of Porsche’s lightweight and (relatively, for Porsche anyway) low-buck Carrera T, we were thrilled at how amazingly fun and driver-focused it was, but it left us wondering what a T version of the 718 twins would be like. Thankfully, Porsche seems to have wondered the same thing because it announced the 718 Boxster and Cayman T models on Tuesday.What exactly goes into a “T” model? Frankly, it’s more about what comes out. Unlike the more costly GTS model, the T is based on the non-S version of the 718. It gets the base engine, which produces a still-healthy 300 horsepower from its turbocharged flat-four engine. Buyers can choose to leave things out of the car too, like the stereo.Like most lightweight Porsches, the 718 T’s feature fabric door pulls and a standard Sport Chrono package, and lack fancy 18-way adjustable seats. You only get the basics here. It comes standard with Porsche’s Active Suspension Mangement and a 20-millimeter drop in ride height. Porsche’s six-speed manual gearbox with mechanical-locking rear diff and torque vectoring is standard though PDK will be available as an option.Aesthetically, there are a few select “T” decals to let passersby know that you are a human being of refined taste and driving skill as well as some ultrahandsome wheels and gray mirror caps. This isn’t a car that shouts about how special it is from the rooftops. Porsche hasn’t released any pricing information, but the Carrera T comes in at around $11,000 more than a base-model Carrera without options. It seems likely that the markup here would be similar or less. If you missed the boat on the Cayman GT4 or the Boxster Spyder, don’t sleep on the T. Sports Cars Convertibles Coupes Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 14 Photos Porschelast_img read more

2G Scam Supreme Court Grants Bail to 5 Corporate Honchos

first_imgThe Supreme Court granted bail to five company executives who are charged in the 2G spectrum scam after the trial court framed charges against them today.2G ScamThe corporate honchos Sanjay Chandra of Unitech Wireless, Vinod Goenka of Swan Telecom, Hari Nair, Gautam Doshi and Surendra Pipara of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group were granted bail by the apex court. They have been in the jail since April in connection to 2G scam as lower courts rejected their bail pleas in the past. The CBI had charge-sheeted 17 people in the 2G scam last month. The accused include A. Raja, Kanimozhi, Sharath Kumar of Kalaignar TV, Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables, and Bollywood producer Karim Morani besides the five company executives.last_img read more

Fire breaks out at rubber warehouse in Delhis Keshav Puram

first_img Close (Representational Image)IANSA fire broke out in a rubber warehouse in Delhi’s Keshav Puram in the early hours of Monday, July 15.Twenty-five fire tenders were rushed to the spot. While seven people are reportedly trapped inside the building, rescue operations are underway. No casualties have been reported yet.This is the third fire accident in the national capital under a week.A massive fire broke out on July 13, at a rubber factory in the Jhilmil industrial area. At least three people were killed in the mishap.(This is a developing story. More details awaited.) 17 killed after fire breaks out at Delhi hotel; people jump out of windows to save themselveslast_img read more

Rakhi Sawant wedding Deepak Kalal threatens to ruin her life asks her

first_imgRakhi Sawant, Deepak KalalInstagramRakhi Sawant’s hush-hush wedding created a storm on social media. The controversy queen, who often lands into legal soups for her uninhibited statements and antics, surprised everyone with her surprise wedding.And, Deepak Kalal, with whom she was supposed to tie-the-knot last year is back in the picture again. Upon learning about Rakhi’s wedding, Deepak made a vulgar video where not only he demeaned Rakhi and her husband Ritesh, but, also raised questions on his manhood. Kalal also alleged that Rakhi had taken Rs 4 crore from him and if she doesn’t return the amount to him, he will ruin her life. He also added that he wants her to leave her husband Ritesh and call-off this marriage.Kalal’s derogatory comments left Rakhi with no choice but to give it back to him the same way. Rakhi also made a video leaving no stone unturned in making nasty comments on Deepak. She even asked her fans to abuse him.Rakhi, who always managed to grab headlines, tied-the-knot in a secret ceremony with husband Ritesh, who is an NRI based in the UK. The couple exchanged vows in both, a Hindu and a Christian ceremony at JW Marriott in Mumbai. Prior to this, the couple also did a court marriage and got their marriage officially registered.Rakhi had revealed that Ritesh was a fan of hers who had messaged her and cupid struck soon. She also added that she met Ritesh in person just 15 days before the wedding. Rakhi and Ritesh are planning to have a baby in 2020. Rakhi has also said that people would get to see her husband when they go for their pre-baby shoot and has also revealed that husband Ritesh is a very private person and wouldn’t like him to be under the media spotlight.last_img read more

A Community Remembers Slaves Who Sought Freedom

first_imgBy Delonte Harrod, Special to the AFROAt the end of the War of 1812, Levin Ballard, a slave master in Calvert County, Maryland sent a letter to Congress asking for money for the loss of property, livestock, and slaves who escaped with the British at the end of the war. At the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, the federal government guaranteed slaveholders in the middle Atlantic, if they could prove they sided with the British, reparations.On October 6, residents of Calvert County, specifically members of the Lower Marlboro community – a small town on the edge of Prince George’s County – came together to remember and celebrate, not the slaveholders, but those who sought freedom from oppression. Lower Marlboro Freedom Day was started to share the stories of former enslaved African-Americans who escaped the horrors of slavery in Calvert County to side with the British in the War of 1812.Michael Kent, NAACP president, and local historian, speaks to a crowd at the Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church Oct. 6 for the Lower Marlboro Freedom Day. Kent spoke at length about his family’s connection to slavery, Charles Ball, and the impact of the War of 1812 on Calvert County and the mid-Atlantic states. (Photo by Delonte Harrod)“It’s important to let African-Americans – kids, adults, and the community – know the history of Calvert County,” said Chris Banks, president of Calvert County Historical Society. “[ People know] that Calvert County had slaves, but maybe they didn’t realize that there were slaves who didn’t want to remain slaves and that some of them left slavery not through violence, but by going with the British during the War of 1812.”The annual event entailed a series of speeches–including a brief reenactment of a slave telling her master, a White woman, she was going to fight with British to obtain her freedom; food; and free kayaking tours. Historians set up old maps of Maryland during the time of the war for visitors to view, attendees could view artifacts from archeological excavations around Maryland, and buy historical books about the tobacco-driven, slave labor economy in southern Maryland.The document written by Ballard to Congress, which can be viewed at Maryland State Archives, has six adult names and 8 children’s names, some of which are hard to make out due to the style of writing.“Charles Stewart; Adam Green; Sarah (the wife of Charles Stewart); Eve; Mary, Eve and Phillis (three sisters of Sarah and Adam); Betty (18 years old, the daughter of Sarah, and the wife of a free man named Jesse Coats); Eliza (10 months); Juliet; Lane and Rebecca (Sarah’s children); Suckey (child of Betty); Franny (child of Phillis, 2 or 3 years old); and Sophia (a child),” Kirsti Uunila, historic preservation planner of the Calvert County Government, read while recounting the history during her presentation. “These are the names of the people that we are here to celebrate today.”Banks and Uunila said the British wanted to free the slaves to weaken the infrastructure of America. Freeing slaves and burning slaveholders’ tobacco stock and barns would weaken the local economy. The call was mostly to men, but women could also go, as the British saw that some men wouldn’t leave the county for freedom without their families.African-American men were trained for combat, equipping them with uniforms and weapons. The British militia’s high-ranking officials thought highly of the men, according to Banks and Uunila. “They were regarded for their respect, their discipline, veracity, their order and their dedication to the cause,” said Uunila.The women and children cooked and cleaned. The British told the former slaves that they weren’t there as slaves, but allies aiding them in their cause. Uunila said former slaves, now trained in combat and carrying guns, put fear in the hearts of slave owners like Elizabeth Ballard, perhaps related to Levin Ballard. Uunila told a story of Ballard’s former slave who entered her home, dressed in uniform carrying a gun to retrieve his still-enslaved daughter from his former master.In all, Banks and Uunila believe that about 273 African-Americans left Calvert County to side with the British to obtain their freedom. After the war, the British settled the refugees in Nova Scotia, Trinidad, and Jamaica. However, not all slaves in Calvert County parted with the British, said Michael Kent, NAACP president, and local historian.Kent is a descendant of a multiethnic family whose roots trace back to slaves and White slaveholders in Calvert County. Kent’s ancestors, who were slaves, decided not to leave Calvert County. “It was a tough decision to make . . .,” Kent said during his presentation. “If they left [Calvert County] they would have to go to another country, they would have to learn another language [as well as] learn other things from scratch. They knew what to expect in Calvert County.”There were other reasons as well. Kent said some slaves didn’t want to leave their families behind. They feared that they would never see some of their family members again if they left. In addition, the slaves knew that eventually, they were going to age out of chattel slavery. According to Kent, when a male slave turned 40 years old, he would be useless to his master and when women inched toward their mid-thirties, they also were considered useless, unless they returned to domestic work (housekeeping).Around those ages, they were unable to participate in tobacco cutting, a form of hard harsh labor.Slave masters “wouldn’t have much use for them in the field anymore,” said Kent. Keeping the slaves who were unable to cut and hang tobacco would cost slaveowners more money, according to Kent. Eventually, the slave masters would release them from slavery.It must be noted that just because a slave was free from forced labor didn’t mean he or she was considered equal to White people. They still had to obey rules that governed their bodies. For example, they had to carry documentation detailing their freedom from slavery. If free Blacks didn’t, Whites could legally sell them back into slavery.After taking a tour through history, the Rev. Kevin Phelps, rector at All Saints Church in Huntington, MD, gave the final conclusions. Rector grounded his remarks in the Christian tradition of confession. Phelps spoke to the mostly White crowd, sprinkled with a few African-Americans, about the Episcopal church’s participation in slavery, and how the church was built with slave labor. “Each brick was pressed by slaves,” said Phelps.Phelps also talked about remembering, and collective repentance for participating in slavery and healing relationships with African-Americans. “We have to tell these stories, we have to hear these stories and we have to draw these stories out, and we have to hear new ones,” said Phelps, who has started a reconciliation group at his church.Phelps said Episcopalians celebrate Thomas Claggett, the first bishop to be appointed in America, but never talk about the fact that his family owned 32 African slaves. We never talk about the fact that the architects who designed All Saints Church hired slaves from nearby farms to do the work.“So those stories go unspoken,” said Phelps. “It is important that we remember those stories. Our church is trying to repent of that. Repent in the sense that we have to come to grips with that, that the wealth of this county, the wealth of the church is due to the labor of [Black] men, women, and children. We have to come to grips with that, because if we can’t do that, the best part that comes at the end of reconciliation, the sharing of the peace, the embracing of each other that says I forgive you is impossible. This is why this is important. We need to invite others into this process.”last_img read more

Darjeeling Dooars tourist ready this festive season Goutam Deb

first_imgDarjeeling: The Tourism department is all set to ensure a pleasant experience for the tourists visiting the Hills and Dooars during the forthcoming festive season.Tourism minister Goutam Deb held a meeting with the district administration in Siliguri on Tuesday. “We want the tourists to return home with happy memories. We will ensure that they have a pleasant experience while they are here,” stated minister Deb.The minister will also be holding talks with tour operators, hoteliers and transporters. “We will tell them not to overcharge the tourists,” stated Deb. Incidentally, in the past, there have been complaints against tourist vehicles and hotels overcharging during peak tourist seasons. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere will be a police control room monitoring round the clock. A number of help desks will be set up at major transit points in the region. “We will open help desks at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, Bagdogra Airport and Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus in Siliguri. Along with this help desks will be set up at Malbazar in Dooars,” added the Tourism minister. Soon, the minister will hold talks with the top brass of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration in Darjeeling. “We have plans to set up similar help desks in Darjeeling and Kalimpong,” stated Deb. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Tourism minister will also hold a similar meeting with the district administration, Jalpaiguri. With Siliguri emerging as the most important transit point for tourists visiting the Hills and Dooars, the minister stressed on presenting a clean and green Siliguri to the tourists.”We have information that all hotels and home-stays are booked till capacity during the puja tourist season. We will have to ensure that we present a clean Siliguri. We have to ensure that garbage is not dumped on roadsides. The Siliguri Municipal Corporation has to undertake a special drive to present a clean and green Siliguri to the tourists,” suggested Deb. He stated that toilets have to be constructed. The minister also stressed on the need to remove illegal hoardings. “There should be no hoardings in the zones declared as No Hoarding Zones. The Municipal Corporation has to ensure this,” added the Minister.Incidentally, Darjeeling was in the grip of an agitation in 2017. The agitation also included a 104-day long bandh. With the political unrest tourists had stayed away. This had adversely affected the economy of the region with tourism being the economic mainstay of this region.Finally with peace and normalcy returning to the Hills, Darjeeling and Dooars had experienced a tourism boom during the summer season. This trend is expected to continue during the puja season as well.last_img read more

Money for startups The key to creating more companies

first_img Facebook Comments We can all agree that anything that contributes a third of a country’s gross domestic product is fairly important, right? According to theMinistry of the Economy and Commerce (MEIC), Costa Rica’s small and medium businesses pitch in a whopping 33% of our nation’s GDP. According to the same study, the SMEs (or PYMES, using the Spanish acronym) generate roughly half of private-sector employment. Anybody generating public policy has to wonder: how can we support such an important sector and help it grow?Helping existing SMEs reach the next level of development is a subject for another day, and is certainly a complex task depending on the industry, the competitive landscape, and the maturity of the market; most of all, it depends on the entrepreneur and his or her family. But let’s take a step back and consider how we can get these businesses started in the first place. How do we keep the pipeline flowing and ensure that more and more companies get created every day?What is the most important factor in starting a company? The idea? The entrepreneur? Having access to adequate funding? The timing? The business model?While access to funding has been shown to have the least impact of all these factors in the success of the startup, it seems to be at the top of everybody’s list, from entrepreneurs to government officials to private parties. That belief has fueled a decade of startup competitions and awards that lure hopeful entrepreneurs eager to take home the purse. In the same way, the government has tried to jumpstart the entrepreneurial ecosystem by providing flexible loans and seed money through the Banca para el Desarrollo (Banking System for Development). Incubators are popping up like Starbucks on every corner, offering not only office space but also the long-term promise of investment.The general agreement has been to focus on providing money as a strategy to create more companies. The issue here is that the way this money is being channeled often creates incentives that don’t match the reality of startups, or that aren’t necessarily in line with the intended goal.Let’s take the case of flexible loans. Through the Banca para el Desarrollo, you can go to a local bank and get a loan with low interest rates and sometimes long terms. Sounds good, right? The catch is that banks’ mechanisms to assess risk and determine eligibility are appropriate for individuals or established companies, but not startups. How do you determine the repayment capacity or cash flows of a company that has not yet started generating income?The second problem is collateral. Since young companies rarely have any assets to offer as collateral, it is up to the entrepreneur to mortgage her house or provide some other guarantee of payment, which of course adds to the pressure of starting a company. The truth is, this Banca para el Desarrollo requirement could very well support established companies, but when it comes to startups, this hurdle can get in the way of company creation.See also: Negotiating in the world’s happiest countryEven for established SMEs, relying on flexible bank loans for their financing needs seems like a long shot. In spite of representing a third of GDP and half of the jobs in the private sector, the SMEs’ total balance amounts to only 8.6% of  the credit portfolio of supervised financial entities. Of course, the banks are in it to make money, and they have to adequately protect their exposure to risk, but these figures show that we need to rethink the mechanisms through which we make this money available to startups or SMEs if we really want to boost the sector.Another agent in making funds available for startups is the aforementioned competitions and awards. Again, although perfectly well-intentioned, these competitions are unsuspectingly creating incentives that in many cases not only contribute little to the development of startups, but might also be detrimental.Let’s examine how these competitions usually work. Normally there’s a call for applicants that draws what lately has been a growing number of participants, usually in the hundreds. Because of the volume of applications, the organizations running the competition don’t rely on anything as complicated as a business plan to make their selections, since it would be impossible to read and properly assess hundreds of business plans. So they either rely on a set of ten or so questions, or on a two- to three-minute pitch.How well can you really get to know a business from this limited input? That’s debatable, but I suspect that this mechanism ends up, albeit unintentionally, measuring and rewarding something else. It is usually the most articulate entrepreneurs, the most charismatic, and the best communicators, who end up in the qualifying rounds. Since competitions don’t spend much time checking facts and figures due to volume and time constraints, what really creates the impact is the story, and that is creating a new breed of entrepreneurs: great storytellers for competitions. I am not implying that all winners lack viable businesses, but after having participated as judge or consultant in many competitions, and having followed winners through the years, it is clear that many startups are recognized on the basis of a great story, but not necessarily a great business.Access to funding is without a doubt a factor in startup success and therefore in company creation, even when it is not the most important one. Eager to solve a problem, we often take shortcuts or overlook the fact that even a reasonable solution, when poorly delivered, might fail to create the desired outcome. Precisely because funding seems to be one of the factors that get the most attention, it is important that entrepreneurs, policymakers and investors alike pay attention to the mechanisms through which those funds get channeled and the incentives they create. We have to make sure those incentives trigger the right behavior so that we actually achieve the goal we’re after – in this case, lots and lots of successful startups. Read more “Doing Business columns” here. Randall Trejos works as a business developer, helping startups and medium-sized companies grow. He’s the co-director of the Founder Institute in Costa Rica and a strategy consultant at Grupo Impulso. You can follow his blog La Catapulta or contact him through LinkedIn. Stay tuned for the next edition of “Doing Business,” published twice-monthly.center_img Related posts:The different flavors of starting a business Why changing too fast can hurt new businesses 4 things you need to know before investing in a local startup How investors and entrepreneurs can find common groundlast_img read more

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first_imgFILE – In this June 21, 2012 file photo, former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, right, and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger speak as they take part in an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Primakov, whose career included journalism, diplomacy and spycraft, has died at age 85. The Kremlin said Friday, June 26, 2015 that President Vladimir Putin has offered condolences to Primakov’s family. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File) Primakov also continued to wield considerable influence as the chairman of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, a Russian business advocacy group, the post he held from 2001 to 2011.___Vladimir Isachenkov contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.With his slow, rumbling speaking manner, hooded eyes and a face whose default expression was a sly smile, Primakov, a seasoned political scholar and Middle East expert, looked like the embodiment of an insider operative for a country full of opaque intrigues.Primakov began his career on a classic Soviet path. Trained as an Orientalist, he worked as a journalist for a decade-and-a-half in the Middle East for Soviet radio and the Communist Party newspaper Pravda, positions widely seen to be cover for espionage work.He later moved through an assortment of senior academic positions and joined the political scene in 1989, when he became chairman of one of the chambers of the Soviet parliament, helping spearhead Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s political reforms.As the international drumbeat for war against Iraq increased in 1990, Gorbachev sent Primakov as envoy to Iraq, drawing on his deep knowledge of the Middle East. He was said by some to be the outsider whom Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein knew best and trusted the most.In 1991, he was named head of Russia’s foreign intelligence service and held the job for five years before becoming foreign minister. As Russia’s top diplomat, he was regarded as a firm but pragmatic supporter of Russia’s interests as the country agonized over its loss of superpower status. He worked hard to dilute the United States’ perceived unilateral dominance of world affairs. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall MOSCOW (AP) — Former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, whose career included desperate but unsuccessful diplomatic efforts to avert wars in Iraq and NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia, has died. He was 85.President Vladimir Putin on Friday offered condolences to Primakov’s family, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. He added that the president saw Primakov as “a statesman, a scientist and a politician who has left a very big heritage” and that he always wanted to hear Primakov’s view on global issues. After being appointed prime minister in 1998 following Russia’s bruising financial crisis, Primakov tried to prevent the NATO air war against Yugoslavia over the Kosovo crisis. He was heading to the United States on official visit in March 1999 when he learned that Washington decided to launch the air raids, and ordered his pilots to turn the plane back while it was already halfway over the Atlantic, a bold move that helped bolster his popularity at home.Primakov lost the premier’s job in May 1999 while the NATO bombing campaign was still going on. By many accounts, President Boris Yeltsin feared Primakov’s rising influence and popularity.Primakov was widely seen as a top contender to succeed Yeltsin, but sensationalist criticism of him and his alleged poor health on television controlled by supporters of Putin deflated his aspirations. By the time Putin became acting president when Yeltsin stepped down in the closing hours of 1999, Primakov’s chances of election had vanished.Putin nonetheless continued to tap on Primakov’s expertise in tackling global crises. He made Primakov Russia’s top envoy to Iraq to try to stave off the brewing war in 2003. Primakov also was among those who tried to mediate with Chechen terrorists who seized a Moscow theater and hundreds of hostages in 2002. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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