‘Bed of nails’ surfaces just won’t get wet

first_imgBirds do it. Bees do it. Even the leaves on the trees do it. No, not that. They have surfaces capable of shedding water. In recent years, scientists have jumped into the game, creating a wide variety of coatings capable of shedding very different liquids, such as oil and water. But they haven’t yet managed to create a surface that also repels the “wettest” fluids—those with very low surface tension, such as fluorinated solvents. Until now. Researchers report online today in Science that they’ve engineered glass and metal surfaces to repel virtually all fluids. To do so, they etched the surfaces to resemble a bed of nails, with the heads of the nails—each 20 micrometers across—facing up. That limits the surface area that liquids can contact, a strategy that had been used before. But in this case, the researchers also undercut the head of each “nail” to prevent liquid from invading the gaps in between. Because the etched surfaces don’t use a coating, they can withstand high temperatures, a property that could make them valuable in the production of electronic circuits. They might also lead to surgical instruments that repel blood and other fluids.last_img read more

Dentist booked for giving instant triple talaq

first_imgA case has been registered here against a dentist for allegedly giving instant triple talaq to his wife over dowry, police said on Friday.Saira Bano, a resident of Mustafabad village in Muzaffarnagar area, was given instant triple talaq by her husband in April 16 after the dowry demands were not met, according to a complaint.A case was registered against Tahir Hasan under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act at the New Mandi police station on Thursday, the police said.The couple, who got married in December 2015, are dentists and have a clinic in Deoband town of Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district.last_img

KARNA-LD RESHUFFLE 2 LST

first_imgSignaling that some ministers would have to take upSignaling that some ministers would have to take up party responsibility, the Chief Minister had said the cabinet reshuffle would be done keeping the next Assembly polls in mind. The talk about the ministry reshuffle had been doing the rounds for long but various reasons like drought and elections to local bodies, Council and Rajya Sabha have been cited for its deferment.With the talk about reshuffle gaining currency, several “like-minded” Congress MLAs have held meetings and sought dropping of “non-performing” ministers while some seeking ministerial berths for themselves. PTI RA BN SRYlast_img

Celebrities remember Bollywoods Amar- Vinod Khanna

first_img(Att Eds: With additional quotes)Mumbai, Apr 27 (PTI) Remembering him as the coolest and the most charismatic star of Indian cinema, Vinod Khannas friends and colleagues such as Rishi Kapoor, Rajinikanth, Shatrughan Sinha, Akshay Kumar and Sanjay Dutt paid tributes to the actor and called his death the end of an era.Khanna was admitted to Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and breathed his last at 11.20 AM today due to advanced bladder carcinoma. He was 70.Rishi, who played the actors younger brother in hit film “Amar Akbar Anthony”, thanked Khanna for always being by his side.”Will miss you Amar. RIP. Remembering the good times with you, Vinod. Thank you for being my friend,” he tweeted.Superstar Rajinikanth posted, “My dear friend Vinod Khanna… Will miss you, RIP. My heartfelt condolences to the family.”Khannas contemporary Shatrughan Sinha described his death as a personal loss.”Vinod Khanna was a greatly admired personality. Its a personal and emotional loss for me as we have been very close and journeyed together in films as well as in politics,” Sinha who worked with Khanna in hits like “Mere Apne”, “Bombay 405” and “Do Yaar”, told PTI.Dutt remembered watching Khannas films as a child and called his death a big loss.”It is saddening to hear of the demise of Vinod Khanna ji. I have watched him as a child and throughout my life I was always fascinated by his style and charisma.”He was always a thorough gentleman. A big loss to the fraternity. He is and always will be family to the Dutts. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to Kavita bhabhi, Akshaye, Rahul and Sakshi,” Dutt said in a statement.advertisement”Vinod Khanna ji, one of the best talents in the film industry, is no more. I am deeply saddened by the news. His demise is a big loss to the film industry. May his soul rest in peace,” singer Lata Mangeshkar tweeted.Akshay called Khannas demise “an end of an era”.”Sad to learn about the passing away of #VinodKhanna Sir, one of the most charismatic actors… Truly an end of an era. Condolences to the family (sic),” he tweeted.”RIP Vinod Khanna. Its a sad sad day… Condolences to each member of the family,” actress Shabana Azmi said.Khannas “Dayavan” and “Zameen” co-star Madhuri Dixit tweeted, “RIP Vinod Khanna-ji. The world has lost another talented soul. You will live on in our memories. Our sincerest condolences to his family (sic).”Filmmaker Karan Johar wrote, “His screen presence is unparallelled even today… His super star swag is what we grew up on… RIP #VinodKhanna… Thoughts and prayers…”Veteran singer Asha Bhosle said, “Very sad to hear about Vinod Khannaji. A decent man and a star till the very end. My condolences to his family.”Actor Varun Dhawan, who worked with Khanna in his last film “Dilwale,” wrote, “#Vinodkhanna will always remain the coolest and most good looking actor to grace the Indian screens. The industry has lost a legend today.””Your charisma and charm will always be unmatchable… Will miss your flamboyant walk. #VinodKhanna,” Manoj Bajpayee tweeted.Calling Khanna a magnetic person, actor Anupam Kher posted, “He was kind, affectionate and helpful. Loved his panther like walk. Will remember #VinodKhanna ji for his larger than life performances and his graciousness. There are very few people like him. Will miss you Sir (sic).” “Deeply saddened on Vinod Khannaji passing away. Our condolences to the family & prayers that his soul rests in eternal peace,” actress Sridevi, who worked with Khanna in “Chandni”, said.Actor-director Ajay Devgn shared a picture of Khanna and wrote, “They dont make them like that anymore. RIP Vinod Sir.”Actor Sonu Sood, who worked with Khanna in “Dabangg”, said, “Was blessed to share screen space with the legend. Will miss you sir. Rip#VinodKhannaji.”Anushka Sharma, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Sonakshi Sinha, Arshad Warsi, filmmaker Kunal Kohli and CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani also paid their tributes to Khanna.Besides film stars, several sports personalities expressed their sorrow on Khannas passing.Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar wrote, “Deeply saddened to hear about the loss of legendary actor #VinodKhanna ji. My condolences to the family. RIP.”Virender Sehwag posted, “Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of one of the most charismatic actors #VinodKhanna ji. Om Shanti! (sic).”Boxer Vijender Singh tweeted, “Rest in peace #VinodKhanna Saab big fan.” PTI SHD SNS JCH JCHlast_img read more

HS Prannoy climbs to 17th spot in BWF rankings after US Open Grand Prix triumph

first_imgCourtesy his US Open Grand Prix Gold title triumph, Indian shuttler HS Prannoy has jumped six places to be at 17th position in the latest BWF world rankings.Parupalli Kashyap, who reached his first final at US Open in more than two years after recovering from multiple injuries, also gained 12 places to be at the 47th spot.Sameer Verma, who has qualified as the fourth Indian for the World Championship, jumped four spots to be 28th in the standings.With Prannoy improving his position, India have four men in the top-20. Kidambi Srikanth, who clinched back-to-back titles at Indonesia and Australia, is the highest ranked Indian at number 8.Ajay Jayaram is ranked 16th, while B Sai Praneeth is 19th spot after losing a place.In women’s category, PV Sindhu remained 5th while Saina Nehwal dropped a spot to be world number 16. They are the only two Indians in the top-25.In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy dropped three places to lie at the 20th spot. There were no Indian pair in the top 25 in men’s or women’s doubles.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Belgium’s counterattack stunned Japan, admits coach

first_imgJapan did not expect the kind of counterattack Belgium orchestrated after the Asian giants had taken a two-goal lead in the round of 16 match of FIFA World Cup 2018 at Rostov Arena on Monday. Belgium fought back to win 3-2 and book a quarter-final berth against Brazil on Friday.Belgium in fact, became the first team since West Germany in 1970 to come from behind and win a World Cup knockout game.The Belgians threw caution to the wind to reach the World Cup quarter-finals as substitute Nacer Chadli scored in the dying seconds against Japan to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.The distraught Japanese, who went 2-0 up with goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui early in the second half, fell to the turf after Chadli poked the ball home from Thomas Meunier’s cross four minutes into added time at the Rostov Arena.World Cup 2018: Brazil, Belgium in quarter-finals, Japan go down fightingBelgium, who had taken a conservative approach to the game, got back into contention with late goals by Jan Vertonghen and substitute Marouane Fellaini before Chadli struck.And that stunning late assault, minutes after Japan were soaring high and dreaming of a quarter-final berth, was too much too handle for the 61st-ranked team.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”We wanted to win it. Our team is strong enough and against Belgium we could at least match them, I believed. There were different plans in my mind and of course we started off very well but at the end, right at the end, to have conceded a goal like that was not expected,” said Japan coach Akira Nishino.advertisement”When we were 2-0 up and I didn’t change my players, I really wanted to score another goal and we did have opportunities. We were to some extent, controlling the ball and controlling the game, but at that point, Belgium upped their game when they really had to.”At that point, when the free-kick and corner-kick were taken, we wanted to decide and finish the match. Of course at that point I thought we might go to extra-time but I did not expect that kind of super counter-attack and my players didn’t expect that in a few seconds the ball would be carried into our half and it would decide the match.”Belgium faced an embarrassing exit but finally clicked to become the first team to win a World Cup knockout game from two goals down since West Germany beat England 3-2 after extra time in 1970.However, there was a lot of praise for Japan on social media. The Asian side won respect and admiration for their gutsy fight against one of the best teams in the world.Belgium will now play Brazil in the quarter-final in Kazan on Friday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Mother Of UCF QB McKenzie Milton Issues New Injury Update

first_imgUCF quarterback McKenzie Milton.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The road to recovery has been long for UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton after he suffered a season-ending knee injury during the 2018 college football season. The UCF quarterback led his team to an incredible winning streak before suffering the freak injury.After the season ESPN reported that the Knights remain hopeful that Milton will be able to play during the 2019 football season. “The Knights remain hopeful that Milton will return to play football in the 2019 season or beyond after he suffered a serious right knee injury in November against USF,” ESPN’s Mitch Sherman said.Milton has already undergone several surgeries on his leg and now he’s headed for another. Milton’s mom posted a video to social media saying “on the way to surgery!”On the way to surgery! pic.twitter.com/tULwWA6pPW— TeresaMilton (@milton6teresa) January 23, 2019Milton’s status for the 2019 season remains unknown, however, the team added a star quarterback transfer.Former Notre Dame starter Brandon Wimbush announced his transfer to the Knights earlier this year. As a graduate transfer, Wimbush is eligible to play for UCF immediately, though we’ll have to wait and see how the quarterback competition shakes out with Milton returning from injury.Milton has been in rehab since the injury and was spotted doing leg presses with limited weight earlier this year.last_img read more

Maersk Broker to Take a Major Share in NAODAN Chartering

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering has reached an agreement to become a major shareholder in NAODAN Chartering.Under the deal, Maersk Broker is to take the share in the dry-cargo ship brokerage company as of January 1, 2019.NAODAN Chartering will subsequently continue to focus on its business out of the West Coast of the USA, West Coast Canada and Alaska, and the trading activities will continue to be carried out under the name of NAODAN Chartering.“We are confident that this new venture will increase our joint presence within the Pacific market and indeed globally,” Maersk Broker informed.By entering the US West Coast, West Coast Canada and the Alaskan market place, Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering would be able to continue to grow its business within the dry cargo chartering market.The company unveiled the acquisition move only days after it agreed to merge with Wonsild Dry, which will become a fully integrated part of the company, as of January 2019. The combined activities will be trading as Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering, the company earlier said, adding that Wonsild’s tanker activities would not be affected by or be part of this transaction.last_img read more

Literacy High Priority for Atlantic Education Ministers

first_imgA strong commitment and efforts to promote and enhance literacy is the key theme that emerged from a meeting of the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training on Friday, Jan. 21, in Dartmouth. The ministers were pleased with the progress of their 2009 plan, Literacy: Key to Learning and Path to Prosperity – An Action Plan for Atlantic Canada 2009-14. These accomplishments will be contained in a progress report to be released next month. For a detailed news release on the meeting, visit the council’s website at www.camet-camef.ca/images/eng/docs/2011%20January%2021%20CAMET%20FINAL.pdf . -30-last_img

Angel Awards To Honor Jane Lynch This Weekend

first_imgProject Angel Food has released new details regarding its upcoming Angel Awards this Saturday, August 10th in Hollywood.Guests at this year’s gathering will be treated to a special appearance by the organization’s founder, Marianne Williamson, as she presents award-winning actress Jane Lynch with the appropriately named Marianne Williamson Founder Award. The evening’s other honoree, celebrity chef and Food Network star, Giada De Laurentiis, will receive the organization’s inaugural Iconic Chef Award from actress Bryce Dallas Howard. Howard knows firsthand just how extraordinary De Laurentiis is in the kitchen as one of De Laurentiis’ first jobs after cooking school was working as the Howard family’s personal chef.On behalf of the Los Angeles City Council, Councilmember Tom LaBonge will be on hand to present each honoree with a special proclamation saluting their individual achievements. Angel Awards traditionally honor corporate and community leaders, whose support of Project Angel Food and its mission to feed men, women and children affected by life-threatening illnesses, has been significant; Angel Awards also serve as a platform to recognize individuals who have contributed to the greater good of our community on behalf of our neighbors in need.The al fresco event, held in Project Angel Food’s “backyard” (at 922 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90038), will begin at 6:00PM with cocktails and a silent auction set to the musical stylings of The Harvard Yardbirds, Harvard’s acclaimed alumni a cappella group. Dinner featuring produce from the Project Angel Food community gardens will follow at 7:30PM, having been expertly prepared in the organization’s own kitchen. The evening will round out with the awards presentation and the always popular live auction which will be conducted by recent Emmy-nominee Dan Bucatinsky from ABC’s “Scandal” and Project Angel Food’s newly appointed CEO Laurie Lang.Tickets for Angel Awards 2013 may be purchased online from Project Angel Food’s website at www.angelfood.org through 12:00PM on Friday, August 9th. Money raised from the event will fund the cooking and delivery of life-sustaining meals for men, women and children struggling with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life threatening illnesses throughout Los Angeles County. Thanks to devoted volunteers, who work under the guidance of professional staff, Project Angel Food provides 600,000 meals a year to those in need.Project Angel Food would like to thank its Angel Awards 2013 event sponsors: Wells Fargo Bank; 20th Century Fox; The Cimarron Group; FOX Broadcasting; Hersh, Mannis & Bogen, LLP; Warner Bros.; and product sponsors: Brown-Forman Beverages; el Jimador Tequila; FlatRate Moving; Finlandia; Jack Daniels; Icelandic Glacial Water; Premio Brands USA; and Viva Diva Wines.last_img read more

Wayne Bruce Pete McLaughlin

Wayne Bruce “Pete” McLaughlin was born as the fourth child and only son to Bruce Lambert and Nora Josephine Stephenson McLaughlin on February 1, 1928 in Coldwater, Kansas. He enlisted in the Navy after turning 18. He honorably served his country for two years as an Aviation Machinist Mate. He returned to Kansas and met the love of his life, Emma Ellis. They were married in 1949. They welcomed 3 children to their family in the next 5 years. Through the course of their marriage the McLaughlin family lived in Kansas, Idaho, Wyoming,l, New Mexico, and Arizona. Pete and Em settled in Castle Dale after Pete retired from Enron Gas. They have lived in Castle Dale for over 30 years and made many good friends there and in Quartzsite, AZ, where they spent the winters.Pete never stopped learning and was a wonderful man. He was a pilot and owned his own Tri-Pacer. When he could no longer fly, he began building and flying model and radio control airplanes. He was also an expert marksman and a gunsmith. He really enjoyed going to gun shows and competing in trapshooting. He taught the kids and then the grandkids how to shoot safely. He also was an avid gardener and outdoorsman. Pete loved cars and enjoyed watching a good Nascar race. Pete was always seeking knowledge. He even tried to learn to play the bagpipes. He enjoyed reading and loved sharing his favorite books.Pete always had time to teach the kids and grandkids about what he was doing. He was patient and kind. More than anything, Pete was a good and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.Pete returned to Heaven on July 8, 2019. He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, his children Kathy (Harley) Gist, Bruce “Pug” McLaughlin, and Sherry (Jeff) Pugliano, five grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. His sisters Wilma Anton and Maxine Bramblett. Pete is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Thorine Ruth Danford and Darlene Dene Thompson.Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:I will be there still, my dear,While the sands o’ life shall run.-Robert Burns 1794 read more

Kypreos fails to win Vatskalis seat

first_imgLabor candidate Lauren Moss won the Northern Territory’s Casuarina by-election, despite a swing to the Country Liberal Party (CLP).She thanked family and staff as well as Labor’s long-serving member for Casuarina Kon Vatskalis, whose resignation announcement in July triggered the by-election.The CLP, represented by Greek Australian candidate Dr Harry Kypreos, improved its first preferences vote by less than one per cent.Dr Kypreos was a member of the local Greek community, a group that has a strong presence in Casuarina. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Massive Wasp Super Nests Are Popping Up All Over Alabama

first_img Watch: Man Uses Roman Candle to Kill Hornets, Sets Roof on FireLas Vegas Pizzeria Offers ‘Grasshopper Pie’ Amid Insect Inva… Stay on target Officials are warning Alabama residents about massive “super nests,” housing up to 15,000 stinging yellow jackets, that have begun appearing throughout state. Some of the nests are the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, experts say.At least two “perennial yellow jacket nests” were spotted in Alabama in May, and more may pop up, according to Charles Ray, an entomologist working with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES).Entomologists believe that due to milder winters and an abundant food supply, wasps are able to survive and “enter spring with much larger numbers,” resulting in the appearance of the nests.A yellow jacket nest on a house. (Photo Credit: Alabama Cooperative Extension System)“These perennial nests may be several feet wide and have many thousands of workers, far more than an average nest,” said Ray, who is also a research fellow in Auburn University’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. “We have found them attached to home exteriors and other places you might not expect to find yellow jackets.”Ray said the biggest amount of workers he has counted was about 15,000, which is three to four times bigger than a normal nest. However, there was one nest in South Carolina that was documented with more 250,000 workers.The state of Alabama may actually see larger numbers of perennial nests this year.A yellow jacket nest filling the interior of a car. (Photo Credit: Alabama Cooperative Extension System)“We confirmed two nests in May and have indications of a third,” Ray said. This means the nests have started appearing several weeks earlier than in 2006, when experts identified the first giant nest in June 13.“If we are seeing them a month sooner than we did in 2006, I am very concerned that there will be a large number of them in the state,” Ray said. “The nests I have seen this year already have more than 10,000 workers and are expanding rapidly.”In 2006, nests were located in multiple counties with the most northern location occurring in Talladega County.An above-ground yellow jacket nest. (Photo Credit: Alabama Cooperative Extension System)So what should Alabama residents do if they spot one of these massive nests?“First and foremost, do not disturb the nest,” said Ray. “While these giant nests often appear less aggressive than smaller colonies, it is important that people do not disturb the nests.”Next, Ray wants people to contact him so he can document the nest and collect insect specimens. People should contact him by email at raychah@aces.edu or at raychah@auburn.edu.Finally, if people need to have nests removed, Ray says it is a task only for licensed commercial pest control operators. He warns that even some commercial operators will not tackle these giant perennial yellow jacket nests.More on Geek.com:Watch : Florida Man Dodges Lovebugs With ‘The Matrix’ MovesDoctors Find Four Bees Living Inside Woman’s EyeSwarm of Mayflies Invades Ohio, Shows Up on Weather Radarlast_img read more

MercedesAMGs GLB35 is a USbound hot crossover thats ready to rip

first_img 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC350e review: Premium plug-in hybrid feels like an efficiency half-step Share your voice Enlarge ImageThe GLB35 is a 300-hp hot crossover that looks ready to rip up a twisty road. Mercedes-AMG We’re fans of the styling of Mercedes-Benz’s latest little crossover, the GLB. It’s slightly boxier and more practical-looking than some of its kin, it looks like it’d be a great car for city driving and the only way we’d dig it more would be if AMG got involved somehow.Oh wait, it did. Mercedes-AMG announced the hotted-up GLB35 4Matic on Wednesday, and it’s a hell of a thing. As you might expect based on the name, AMG has bestowed upon this little beastie its 305-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and some sweet all-wheel drive. The best part is that Mercedes has confirmed that it’ll hit US dealers in late 2020. Time to start saving that couch change.”With the new GLB 35 4MATIC we are extending our product portfolio by adding a highly attractive model for an active target group that attaches special importance to versatility,” said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG. “This also includes the optional seven-seater capability of our new compact SUV, though without having to sacrifice the genes typical of an AMG. Because in its segment, our GLB 35 likewise fulfills our brand promise of Driving Performance.”What else makes the GLB35 special? Well, it’s got an eight-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch transmission and what AMG is calling Race Start — aka launch control. Add that to its five selectable driving modes and AMG-tuned suspension and dynamic power steering, and you’ve likely got an impressive little canyon carver that’s just as happy grabbing groceries as getting speeding tickets.Because the GLB class is new, it gets to benefit from Mercedes’ excellent MBUX infotainment system and the stylish dash layout that tends to come with it. Other interior touches include Mercedes’ first optional third row with two individual seats, rather than a bench. Mercedes-Benz Tags More From Roadshow Crossovers Performance Cars 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door: A fancy-pants muscle car 27 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 0 8:42 Post a comment Mercedes-Benz 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet: How sweet it is Mercedes-AMG’s GLB35 is small, boxy and fastlast_img read more

Asaduzzaman Mia reappointed as DMP commissioner

first_imgAsaduzzaman Mia. UNB File PhotoAsaduzzaman Mia, the outgoing commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, has been reappointed on contractual basis for the next 30 days, reports UNB.He will join the contractual job on Wednesday as per the order of the president, said a press release issued by the public administration ministry on Tuesday.He will serve till 13 September.The appointment was made on condition of the cancellation of his post-retirement leave.Asaduzzaman Mia joined as DMP commissioner on 7 January 2015 and completed his tenure on 13 August (Tuesday).last_img

From HBO to HU Howard AD Davis Brings HBO Savvy to HBCU

first_imgBy MARK F. GRAY, Special to the AFROFew people in sports know the exhilaration of constantly being at the epicenter of world-class events.  Howard University Athletics Director Kery Davis does.  The former HBO Boxing executive is now the steward of a Bison athletic program that is enjoying a renaissance thanks to the credibility he has restored.However, there is a still a passion for the game where he made his name.  Davis was formerly one of the big players when HBO was the leader in televised boxing.  Davis helped grow fighters into household names by bringing unbelievable talent onto an international stage that gave them a platform to become icons that transcended sports.Former HBO Boxing executive and director of Howard University Athletics, Kery Davis, shared his disappointment with HBO ending boxing broadcasting. (Courtesy Photo)With another homecoming week on the horizon Davis is focused on his football team that remains in contention for a berth in the Celebration Bowl and the start of basketball season.  However, more than three years removed from being one of the most influential executives in sports broadcasting, there are still melancholy feelings about what his former employers did to the brand he did so much to build.“It hurts,” Davis told the AFRO on the sidelines during Howard’s win at Morgan State.  “When you put your heart and soul into something and watch it go away, it’s like a death in the family.”HBO made it official in September when they announced they were getting out of the boxing game.  The days of Sugar Ray Leonard vs Thomas Hearns were no more. Mike Tyson knockouts were a thing of the past. There would be no more cards headlined by Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather either.  Talents such Canelo Alvarez would no longer have that stage as a place to display the skills that make them box office celebrities.“When they hired my assistant to fill my role I could see the handwriting on the wall,” said Davis.  “I knew I could do something, but it wouldn’t be in network TV.”Davis signed Alvarez in one of his last major coups at the network.  Now, as HBO gets out of the game, Alvarez has signed with DAZN, the new subscriber based fight platform, for a multi-year deal that will pay him over $300 million.“If you’re starting a fight network these days that’s not a bad place to start,” Davis said.  “He brings viewers and that’s a great signing for them.”Davis’s mark is now being felt on the entire athletic department at Howard.  Once homecoming was the signature event and the focus of the department for the ensuing 364 days until SportsCenter meets Access Hollywood surrounded by football game again.  Now Howard athletics values its brand and Davis has played a major role in that.From the outset Davis chartered a course that has renewed Howard’s athletic visibility.  When he hired Mike London from the University of Maryland as football coach, the seismic shift in credibility shifted dramatically.  London, who was a national champion at the FCS (Division I-AA) level, had previously been an ACC Coach of the Year.  Once London beat UNLV in his first game, order had been restored.However, Davis hasn’t been shy about using the media to take his brand into the homes of potential student athletes while exposing their events to an international audience.  ESPN chronicled an entire basketball season after James Daniel led the nation in scores.  The network also put the Howard soccer legacy in focus through the documentary Redemption Song.Now Howard sports are broadcast through WHUR’s “Our Voices” satellite radio channel each week.  Once basketball season commences, four games – including vs Harvard and Hampton are expected to be broadcast via Monumental Sports Network.last_img read more

Love Inc Startups Make Breaking Up Easier to Do

first_imgJune 24, 2013 Michelle Crosby’s passion for fixing divorce began when she was 9 years old. “My parents had one of those War of the Roses divorces,” she says. They split when she was 3 years old, but their ongoing disputes led to 15 court appearances over the span of her childhood.Their conflict provided the catalyst for Crosby’s career as a family attorney. But over time, she saw herself contributing to the problematic system that had so profoundly affected her childhood, and knew something had to change. “That 9-year-old really started screaming, ‘No, no, no, we were supposed to fix this, and you’re becoming part of it,'” she says.Crosby resigned from the law firm and in 2009 launched Wevorce, a technology platform that aims to make divorces amicable. Although divorce is a legal process, she says, it is fundamentally a personal and emotional issue that can often be solved without a legal battle.While heartbreak has long been a lucrative business for attorneys, only in recent years have startups begun staking their own claim in the post-love period of canceled weddings, called-off engagements and, of course, divorces. More than 1 million U.S. couples get divorced each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.Related: Why Rupert Murdoch’s Divorce Is a Wakeup Call for Business OwnersWevorce walks couples through a six-step process that culminates in a clean break. Each family is assigned three local experts — an attorney, family counselor and accountant. Along the way, the Wevorce software eliminates redundancies as data, once collected, automatically populate all required documents.Following a four-month trial run at startup accelerator Y Combinator, the startup is retooling and building its network of experts for a nationwide launch. Wevorce, based in San Francisco, currently offers its service in California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and North Carolina. “Right now we have more demand than we can possibly meet,” says Crosby, who declined to disclose revenues for the 6-employee company. More than 100 families have used Wevorce so far, and only one ended up in court, she says.Michelle Crosby stands with Jeff Reynolds, her partner in Wevorce, a technology platform that aims to eliminate the need for lengthy courtroom divorces.Image credit: WevorceCrosby estimates that divorce professionals spend only 20 percent of the time on a Wevorce case that they would spend on a traditional divorce. Clients pay between $3,500 and $15,000 per family to use the service, and Crosby plans to open up a second revenue stream this fall by licensing the Wevorce software to lawyers, counselors and accountants — professionals who currently work for the company as independent contractors. For clients, the cost is not easily comparable to a standard divorce, which can vary from $5,000 to more than $100,000, depending on how contentious it becomes, particularly if children are involved, says Sari Friedman, a Garden City, N.Y. divorce attorney who runs her own firm.Divorced people often find themselves at odds with their exes over child-care and other issues, Friedman says. According to her, the chief pain point for divorced couples is lack of trust, especially when it comes to raising kids.To reduce this distrust, Two Happy Homes launched in 2012 as a safe space for amicable co-parenting. Founder Traci Whitney, an independent graphic designer in Hartford, Conn., and divorced mother of three young children, launched the website after failing to find adequate tools for communicating with her ex-husband. “It’s sort of an untapped market,” Whitney says. “There is competition, but nobody has taken the lead on it yet.”Related: How to Ask Your Partner for a PrenupTwo Happy Homes offers a shared calendar for children’s activities, a finances section to track expenses and online payments, a medical section for medication and doctor information, a joint-contacts list and a community section that consists of a members’ forum and advice articles written by experts. Users can also share documents and pictures.The website keeps a permanent record of all parental dialogue. This record can be accessed by lawyers and other professionals as needed. “Some higher-conflict couples need to have a record of communications,” Whitney says. The limited basic service is free of charge, while for $15 a month you get access to unlimited contacts and document sharing, plus the medical section and the ability to pay your expenses through PayPal.”There is no talk of courts or custody battles. People that are co-parenting don’t need to be reminded every day that they’re divorced, they just need a place to organize their hectic lives that is friendly and useful,” Whitney says. To be sure, some exes may be too far gone to work together. But Friedman says a system like the one Two Happy Homes offers could lead to a better co-parenting arrangement for others.Whitney’s solo venture has not yet turned a profit, since all revenue — less than $10,000 so far — is going to maintain the site. According to her, after a little over a year the site currently has about 2,500 users — 1,250 couples — and is adding users every day. In the near future, Whitney hopes to create a mobile app. She is in talks with angel investors, she says, and would like to raise about $500,000 to develop the app and begin a major marketing push.Along with these divorce-centered businesses are a small crop of startups addressing the problems surrounding called-off engagements and canceled weddings. I Do Now I Don’t is an online discount marketplace for engagement rings and wedding dresses from couples who never made it down the aisle. Founded in 2007 by former market researcher Josh Opperman, the company’s monthly sales are about $200,000.Another startup helping the “disengaged” is Bridal Brokerage. Would-be brides and grooms who call off their wedding can sell their wedding package at a discount through the Bridal Brokerage website. Another couple gets the day of their dreams, while the seller recoups some of the cost of flowers, caterers, photographers, location deposits and more.These startups are banking on the millions of lovelorn searching for ways to ease the pain of heartbreak. “We’re really trying to change a very big conversation in this country,” Crosby says. “If we can make this easier for the professionals and the client, why wouldn’t you choose to settle things amicably? Why would you fight it out in court?”Related: 7 Qualities to Look for in a Lawyer 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.last_img read more

Etsys New Web Service Is Its Answer to WordPress and Squarespace

first_img Etsy has stitched its way into the custom website space.The ecommerce marketplace yesterday rolled out a new way for its users to showcase and sell their products. Using Pattern, a custom website creator that links up with existing Etsy shops, sellers can select a custom domain and all the information from the seller’s existing Etsy shop — listings, product descriptions and images, inventory and current orders — will be added to a new mobile-friendly site.Related: This Teen Paid for College by Selling on Etsy. Here Are 5 Ways She Did It.The company says that over a third of Etsy users are interested in a site of their own, and with this new option, the platform is competing with other website creators such as Squarespace, Wix, WordPress and Weebly while establishing a new revenue stream and adding to its suite of services.The tools that Etsy has in place for payment processing, checkout and shipping will remain the same, and Pattern provides analytic statistics. There are no storage limits for the sites. For the launch of the service, Etsy is offering a 30-day free trial and then afterwards, sellers pay $15 a month.Related: New Feature Enables Etsy Sellers to Shoot and Edit Product Videos From Smartphones   The emphasis that the company is putting on reaching customers through mobile is in line with the January release of a video editing feature on the Sell on Etsy app. That feature allows users to edit and upload video content they film on their smartphones to their shops. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. April 6, 2016center_img Register Now » 2 min readlast_img read more

When its icy or snowy this is how you should drive

first_imgIn 1990 we had PROPER snow Why do schools close when it snows? Your rights if you can’t make it to work This is how to drive in ice & snow 7 fun ways to enjoy snow with kids 8 local places to go sledging! center_img How to stay safe in snow on commute A snowy Stoke-on-Trent in 1981 Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailHeavy snowfall and showers of sleet are expected across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this morning. The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for ice, which could pose a danger to drivers. To ensure motorists stay safe we’ve compiled a list of useful guideline and advice from the RAC. Read these tips from the  RAC  on how to drive safely in snowy conditions:  Wear comfortable and dry footwear. Accelerate gently, use low revs and change up to a higher gear as quickly as possible. Move off in second gear as this will help reduce wheel slip – some cars have a winter mode, which does the same job – so check whether your car has this function in its handbook. Get your speed right and maintain safe stopping distances between you and the car in front, leaving as much as 10 times the normal recommended gap. Prepare for an uphill start by leaving plenty of room in front so you can maintain a constant speed without the need for changing gear. Use a low gear for going downhill and try to avoid braking unless necessary, make sure you leave plenty of space between you and the car in front. When approaching a bend, brake before you actually start to turn the steering wheel. If your car does lose grip try not to panic; the key thing is to take your foot off the accelerator and make sure that your wheels are pointing in the direction you want to go in. If you do encounter a skid, steer gently into it. For example, if the rear of the car is sliding to the right, steer to the right. Do not take your hands off the steering wheel or stamp your foot on the brakes. When driving in heavy snow, make sure that you use your dipped headlights. Relying on daytime running lights is not enough, because they don’t always put lights on the back of your car. If visibility drops below 100m, put your fog lights on. But remember to turn them off when the visibility improves. Controls such as the brakes, as well as the steering, accelerator and even gear changing should be operated smoothly and slowly. If the road has not been gritted, be wary of other vehicles, as compressed snow is likely to be more icy than fresh snow. Sunglasses can help to reduce the glare of low winter sun on the snow. It’s important to think about the environment that you’re driving in, especially micro-climates that might appear on the road. These are areas that perhaps the sun hasn’t got to, which could stay icy when the rest of the road has thawed. Bridges are a good example. They’re normally the first to freeze and the last to thaw. So be aware of that when you’re driving in open spaces. Make sure you keep your car clean. The salt used to de-ice roads can cause corrosion to your car over time, so it’s worth making a point of cleaning it regularly throughout the winter months. Read MoreSnow in Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire Read these tips from the  RAC  on how to drive safely when there is ice on the roads:  Prepare for driving on ice: Firstly, think about whether your journey is really necessary. Tyre grip is hugely reduced on icy roads, and braking distances are much longer. Even if you avoid an accident, your car may get stuck – potentially leading to a long walk home. Traffic congestion is likely to be worse, too. If you don’t get stuck, the driver in front of you probably will… Before you leave home, make sure you pack a charged mobile phone (and a charger cable), a bottle of water, a few snacks and a warm blanket. If snowfall looks likely, a set of snow socks – high-grip fabric covers fitted over the car’s driven wheels – is worth having, too. If you’re driving to meet someone, let them know your route and when you expect to arrive. Make sure the car’s windows and mirrors are completely clear before you set off. And in cars with selectable drive modes, select the best option for cold conditions. How to drive on icy roads: Anticipation and smoothness are key for driving on icy roads. Look well ahead for potential hazards – including, of course, patches of ice – and keep your speed well down. Accelerate, brake, steer and change gear as smoothly as possible to reduce the risk of a skid. A higher gear may be more appropriate to aid grip on packed ice. This helps manage engine power delivery, making it easier to find traction. If it’s a manual, you might need to slip the clutch a little to prevent the car from stalling. Many automatics will let you select second gear at a standstill to pull away in.last_img read more

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