US Women Are Stronger In The Tennis World Than US Men

American men’s tennis is at a nadir. No Grand Slam singles champion in 11 years. No Grand Slam singles semifinalist in over five years. The U.S. Open unfolding now in New York is the 12th straight Grand Slam without an American man in the quarterfinals, and the seventh of the last eight with none in the fourth round.1The only active American man to even reach a major semifinal is Robby Ginepri, who is 31 and ranked 204th in the world.American women’s tennis is led by the No. 1 player in the world, Serena Williams, who has won 17 Grand Slam titles and remains the favorite to win the U.S. Open for the third year in a row.I wondered, though: Are the American women a stronger force in world tennis than the American men are? Beyond Serena and Venus Williams — who are 32 and 34 years old, respectively — are the women any deeper and stronger than the men?To check, I downloaded the latest singles rankings from both the men’s ATP World Tour and the women’s WTA tour — every player in the world who has a professional ranking point, even just one.As of Aug. 25, the start of the U.S. Open, there are 2,232 ranked men and 1,323 ranked women. About one in 12 of the ranked women are from the U.S., more than from any other nation (Russia trails narrowly). U.S. men make up one in 16 of all ranked professional players, tied with France for most in the world.Counting ranked players is a pretty rough gauge of national tennis strength. A player outside the Top 500 will appear in few tour events, let alone Grand Slams. Getting a ranking can be a product of opportunity as much as merit. An American player who’s just as good as, say, an Algerian player lives much closer to events where he can earn points, and therefore doesn’t have to spend as much to play.So I went beyond merely counting ranked players and added up the ranking points for each nation. This is a decent proxy for how much money players have earned in the sport, because ranking points generally scale with earnings. The bigger the tournament, the more points and dollars are available; and the further a player advances, the bigger a piece of the pie she earns. By this math, Serena Williams’s 2,000 points for winning the U.S Open last year — which still counts in the latest 52-week ranking — is worth slightly more than No. 24 Sloane Stephens’s cumulative tennis accomplishments in the last year. And Serena’s annual achievements are worth about five Sloanes in national tennis strength.That feels about right. Having lots of Top 100 players is nice in the first couple of days of a Grand Slam tournament. Having one player who can consistently reach the last couple of days of a Grand Slam is much nicer.Here, the U.S. women dominate their peers, and their male counterparts. They hog 12 percent of the world’s female tennis talent — half again as much as runner-up Russia. The U.S. men have just 5 percent of global male talent. The U.S. trails four European nations — Spain, France, Serbia and Switzerland — that combined have less than one-half the population of the U.S.Just five years ago, American men and women were much closer in their global tennis standing. American men held 8 percent of tennis ranking points, compared to 10 percent for women. The women have rebounded slightly while the men have lost ground.American men’s tennis boosters can point to a few reasonable explanations. First, the men’s long-term slump is less precipitous than the women’s. I checked by downloading pre-U.S. Open rankings data from the ATP and WTA websites for prior years, with major help from my colleague, Paul Schreiber. At this stage of the season in 1999 — the first year for which WTA ranking data is available on the WTA website — American women commanded 21 percent of global tennis power. American men held 11 percent. The men have narrowed the gender gap even as they have fallen further behind the rest of the world.2Any comparison can look different depending on which dates we choose to start and end with. The U.S. men’s slow decline over the last 15 years followed a crash, from 26 percent heading into the 1990 U.S. Open and 18 percent in 1994.Globalization also has brought more competition to the men’s game. Over the last few decades, the sport’s footprint has expanded further beyond the traditional bases in the four Grand Slam-hosting nations (the U.S., U.K., France and Australia). This is particularly so in the men’s game. That’s partly because of unequal opportunities; many countries still haven’t given girls the same chance to play sports as boys, or have done so only recently. Economic incentives have also favored the men: The Grand Slams equalized pay only seven years ago, and many other tournaments still pay men more than women. There also are more men’s professional events, which helps explain why there are more ranked male players than female players.The result is that 104 countries have ranked men, compared to just 79 countries with ranked women. That represents an increase of 14 countries from this time in 1999 for the men, but a rise of just four countries for the women.American women also are competing with fewer talent bases around the world. Russia is the only other country with at least 5 percent of the world’s ranked women. Three other countries besides the U.S. have a share that big of all ranked men.Another way to understand the men’s relative struggles is that the Williams sisters might be outliers who skew the whole comparison. Their story often has been described as one of the most remarkable in sports history, and rightly so. Their parents, Richard Williams and Oracene Price, trained them at a very young age with the goal of making each the No. 1 player in the world. Their daughters each achieved that audacious goal, and did so outside the well funded national centers. They have remained so good, past the age that most other women’s greats retired, that they account today for more than one-third of all U.S. women’s ranking points.What if the Williams family had never picked up tennis rackets? Then U.S. women would account for less than 8 percent of global talent today, much closer to their male counterparts.3Comparable earlier figures are 5 percent before the 2009 U.S. Open, 13 percent in 2004 and 17 percent in 1999. American women other than the Williams sisters have rebounded slightly after a steep decline. That group includes a number of young players who could one day enter the Top 10 but so far have performed inconsistently, including Stephens, Christina McHale and Madison Keys. None of them — nor the other three American women who rank behind the two Williams sisters but inside the Top 50 — reached the third round of the U.S. Open.4Remove John Isner and Donald Young, the top two American men, from the sport and the U.S. men’s share of global pro tennis power drops just one percentage point, to 4 percent.Here’s an even more outrageous hypothetical: What if Richard and Oracene had trained two young sons instead of daughters, and Jupiter and Steve had the same success that Venus and Serena have had? American men would hog a greater portion of global tennis talent than American women would today.While that scenario is farfetched, it is rooted in the reality of a sport usually dominated by just a few superstars. Even when American tennis was much deeper than it is today, one or two singular talents carried most of the load for winning big tournaments and contending for No. 1. Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe gave way to Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Andre Agassi. Those men won 41 of American men’s 46 Grand Slams in the last 42 years. Maybe it’s just a fluke that another player with that kind of talent hasn’t come around since Sampras and Agassi retired — or hasn’t played tennis.As it happens, Richard Williams, who is 72, has a two-year-old son. But if Richard has his way, Dylan won’t help pick up the mantle for the American men. “He’ll never be a billionaire in tennis,” Richard Williams said earlier this year. He wants his son to buy a gold mine. read more

Rethinking the Magazine

first_imgYou can indeed teach an old magazine new tricks. Here’s a list of examples to prove it. “If there were anything new in this business, we would have done it six months ago,” a cynical old editor once told me. Still, I see new things in old magazines that you may want to consider in the New Year ahead.1. Rethinking the TOC.Traditionally, the lead story on the table of contents is the cover story. Not so at Texas Monthly or Fortune Small Business. Both magazines have been employing a redirect to an interior “cover” story on the TOC. Here’s how it works: The cover story for the November 2007 issue of TM is “Being Jenna Bush,” with a photo of the president’s daughter front and center. When you go to the TOC, however, the Jenna story is summarized in a quick blurb with no visual. Instead, we see a photo of Samir Patel and an oversized text box for “The Glorie of Defeet,” a story about this young man’s maturation as he lost the national spelling bee five years in a row. Samir’s photo covers two-thirds of the page.Fortune Small Business does likewise. The cover story for the July/August 2007 issue is “The FSB 100: Lessons From the Fastest-Growing Small Public Companies,” with a photo of John Norris, CEO of Fuel Tech, the company ranked number 12 in the 100. On the TOC, however, the cover story is blurbed without a visual. The bottom half of the page is dominated by a visual, an oversized page number and a story called “Face-Off: Two companies that make inflatable figures used in movie crowd scenes head to court.” The visual, which covers about 40 percent of the page, is an eerie-looking humanoid figure, all dressed up and ready for court.This packaging approach enables a magazine to go big off the cover, and then redirect the reader to a smaller story that is not even blurbed on the cover. For the magazine, it means less repetition of what has already been said on the cover; and for the reader it’s like finding a little prize inside the package.2. Rethinking the letters department.With the shift from mail to e-mail, and the proliferation of blogs and other forms of commentary, the old-style letters department is suddenly up for review. Last summer, New York dropped letters and launched a department called Comments. It reads like a catch-all in-basket, with tightly and brightly edited comments from reader mail, internal notes from columnists, excerpts from bloggers, and observations gleaned from other publications. “Not all our commentators are impartial, if opinionated, observers,” reported the magazine recently. “Sometimes they’re the subjects of the stories” who write to clarify a point. The give and take with reader mail is often quite lively. A reader from Brooklyn wrote that he found a movie review confusing: “For instance, what is a ‘woo-woo conceit?’ And what is a ‘schnorrer?’” The Comments reply: “Get thee to Google, man! You’ll discover that woo-woo means ‘concerned with emotions, mysticism, or spiritualism’ and schnorrer comes from a Yiddish term for ‘beggar’ or ‘free-loader.’ Yeesh! (An expression of exasperation.)”3. Rethinking the folio line.Are page numbers necessary? Condé Nast recently distributed a stand-alone supplement called Movies Rock with several publications, including The New Yorker, Wired, Vanity Fair. The editorial was identical in all versions, but the ads and ad pages varied from book to book, and so did the page count for each version. What to do? No page numbers appeared on the cover. No page numbers were used on the TOC. No pages were numbered. 4. Rethinking the interviewer.Time was redesigned last spring, a changeover that included much editorial repackaging. For its popular “10 Questions” department, the magazine turned the interviewing over to readers. Readers go online and submit questions to be asked in interviews with notable names in arts, sports, media and politics. “Each week, you ask and they answer,” says the magazine. “Also new: a free iTunes podcast of each interview.”John Brady is visiting professional at the Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University. He is a partner at Brady & Paul Communications, a publishing consultancy, and conducts editorial workshops for professionals. For information on his Interviewer’s Handbook: A Guerrilla Guide for Reporters and Writers, his Web site is johnbrady.info, or you can e-mail him at Bradybrady@aol.com.last_img read more

PuebloPlex Board Approves Reuse Plan for Colorado Depot

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The LRA for the Pueblo Chemical Depot last week approved a redevelopment plan for 15,850 surplus acres at the central Colorado site, paving the way for the Army to begin transferring property at the depot.PuebloPlex, the state agency established in 1994 to redevelop the facility, is aiming to receive about 5,400 acres in the next year. That tract sits in the center of the depot and contains 620 storage igloos and most of the rail lines, reported the Pueblo Chieftain.The LRA now splits the revenue it generates from leasing 255 of the igloos with the Army since it is leasing them under a master lease, said Russell DeSalvo III, the authority’s CEO and president. Following a transfer, those igloos would be owned by PuebloPlex and removed from the master lease.The next parcel that would be conveyed likely is the 1,200-acre south entrance, where groundwater contamination from an explosives washout area is being remediated. PuebloPlex is preparing a grant request to DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment for at least $2.5 million to implement it reuse plan, according to the story.Under the redevelopment plan, almost half of the acreage the LRA is responsible for would be devoted to industrial uses, including manufacturing, distribution and warehousing. Other primary uses would include R&D, education, agricultural research, renewable energy production and open space. Industrial uses would take advantage of the depot’s central location, existing road and rail networks, and the storage igloos.“It’s a guide, a living document,” DeSalvo said of the reuse plan. “It’s impossible to anticipate everything that’s going to happen over the next 100 years.”Matrix Design Group prepared the 1,200-page plan under a $700,000 grant during a year-long process.last_img read more

DOD Installations Chief Lays out Path toward Future BRAC Decision

first_imgDOD opted not to include a request for a new round of base closures when it submitted its fiscal 2019 budget proposal earlier this year, but by no means have defense officials given up on the prospect of asking for a BRAC in the future. On Wednesday, the department’s installations chief told lawmakers that because the administration had just released its National Defense Strategy, it didn’t make sense to include a request for a new round. “We weren’t really in good conscience ready to ask Congress for an authorization for BRAC this year,” Lucian Niemeyer, assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee.Instead, officials decided to take a pause. “We’re looking at the National Defense Strategy; we would like to reevaluate to what degree we think moving forward base closures might help us carry out the defense strategy to become more lethal,” he said in response to a question from Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.).The department is using the pause to reassess its most recent calculation of how much excess infrastructure it is carrying. Niemeyer told Courtney there were “some concerns” about the report DOD released last year that estimated 19 percent of its capacity was excess. The department is embarking on an effort with the services to take a closer look at how fully their facilities are being utilized. “We’re trying to get it to be an enterprise look. … and make sure we are optimally occupying our facilities.”When officials are confident they have a good handle on “exactly where we have excess,” they will brief the defense secretary. Niemeyer did not volunteer how long the process would take or what the next steps may be, however.He also reiterated the argument that a new BRAC round would not only help DOD save money but it also would provide an opportunity for the military “to get more lethal” by consolidating forces and realigning its installations. Unmanned systems, cybersecurity and other new missions were not significant factors during the last base closure round. “How do we lay in those new technologies onto our existing Cold War basing structure? Do we even know what a base of the future really should look like?” Niemeyer asked.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Starkey Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Colorado could be about to get its own net neutrality law

first_img The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET ‘Save the Internet Act’ aims to restore net neutrality Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview See It Read the AirPods review 1:07 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Comment $520 at HP Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Boost Mobile Politics Internet Internet Services I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Net neutrality FCC Donald Trump,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $60 at Best Buy Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read DJI Osmo Action preview 1 The Cheapskate Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Share your voice See at Amazon See it Colorado could be about to get its own net neutrality law. AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images Colorado is reportedly on the cusp of getting its own net neutrality law even as Democrats fight for one at a national level.Jared Polis, the state’s Democratic governor, is likely to sign legislation banning internet service providers from getting Colorado taxpayer money if they slow internet access down or unfairly speed up certain websites, the Denver Post reported.Senate Bill 78 passed Colorado’s House and Senate chambers along strict party lines — all Democrats voted in favor, Republicans against, the paper noted. Polis, who founded internet access company American Information Systems while he was in college, apparently supports it.The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $210 at Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo: Save $30 on any car rentalcenter_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 Comments $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET See at Turo 7 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $155 at Google Express Best Buy Turo Rylo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags $999 See It Tech Turkeys 2018: So much Facebook! But net neutrality too See It Apple iPhone XS $59 at eBay Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 42 Photos California also has its own net neutrality law, but the state’s not currently enforcing it due to legal complications. Nationally, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules and they officially ended in June 2018. Last Wednesday, Democrats introduced the Save the Internet Act of 2019 to restore them.However, President Donald Trump’s advisors said on Monday that they’ll push him to veto the bill if it makes it through the Republican-led Senate.First published at 5:27 a.m. PT.Updated 6:20 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazonlast_img read more

Congress suspends Karnataka leader Roshan Baig for antiparty activities

first_imgThe All India Congress Committee (AICC) has approved Baig’s suspension on the recommendation of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC).IANSThe Karnataka Congress suspended its senior legislator from Bengaluru R Roshan Baig for anti-party activities, a party official said late Tuesday (June 18).”Baig has been suspended with immediate effect for his anti-party activities,” said state Congress General Secretary VY Ghorpade in a statement here.The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has approved Baig’s suspension on the recommendation of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) to take action against him on the basis of an enquiry into his activities.Baig, a former Congress minister, is an eight-time legislator from the Shivajinagar Assembly segment in the city centre.Baig has been in the news of late for wrong reasons, including his alleged involvement in the multi-crore Ponzi scheme, operated by IMA Jewels owner Mohammed Mansoor Khan, who fled the country on June 8.In a purported video clip posted in the social media, Khan accused Baig of blackmailing him for asking to return about Rs 400 crore he claimed to have given the latter for contesting in the recent Lok Sabha elections from Bangalore Central seat though he did not get the ticket.Upset by Baig’s open criticism of the party’s state leadership, KPCC on May 21 served notice to him, seeking an explanation for his attack on AICC general secretary KC Venugopal and Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah for the rout the party faced in the parliamentary elections.Venugopal is also in charge of the party’s state unit affairs.Commenting on the May 19 exit polls on May 20, that projected Congress performing poorly in the general elections, Baig lashed out at Venugopal, Siddaramaiah and party’s state unit president Dinesh Gundu Rao.”Venugopal is a buffoon. What he knows about the party in our state as he is from Kerala? Due to Siddaramaiah’s arrogance, the party lost in the May 2018 Assembly elections and Rao’s immaturity is responsible for the dismal state of affairs currently,” Baig told reporters at his residence here.Baig has been sulking against the party leadership since a year for being denied a cabinet post despite being the Muslim face of the party after the death of veteran party leader Jaffer Shariff in November last year.last_img read more

Bir Protik Kakon Bibi hospitalised

first_imgFreedom fighter Bir Protik Kakon Bibi. (Photo UNB)Freedom fighter Bir Protik Kakon Bibi was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital due to serious health complications on Monday night, reports UNB.Physician Mosaddek Hossain said she was suffering from asthma and heart diseases for long and recently she was attacked by pneumonia.The freedom fighter was admitted under the observation of medicine specialist Nazmul Islam, said Mosaddek adding she was later shifted to the intensive care unit under the observation of physician Sabyasachi Roy.A medical board will be formed on Wednesday for her treatment, he added.In 1971, Kakon Bibi was arrested and brutally tortured by Pakistani army as she worked as a war spy and fought against the Pak army.She fearlessly took part around 20 direct wars.She sustained bullet wounds on her leg at the Ambari fight. Bibi still bears the bullet marks on her body.At present, Kakon Bibi along with her family is living at Jirargaon of Doarabazar upazila in Sunamganj district.last_img read more

Industrial Bank Named December 2018 Location of the Month

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterThe District of Columbia Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) named Industrial Bank its December 2018 Location of the Month.“We’re very excited,” said Melanee Woodard, Assistant Vice President of Industrial Bank. “We just finished our first major renovation on the building. That’s our flagship bank.”The D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) named Industrial Bank its December 2018 Location of the Month.In 2016 the bank went through its first major renovation at the U Street branch. Adding to the aesthetics of the building was a cafe style look, with a seating area for customers.“Now you can come in, sit down, have a complimentary coffee, talk with our team and experience all that comes with our service.”The historic look and feel of the U Street location with a 1930s era vault and bank clock made the building an idealistic choice for filming, according the OCTFME’s press release.Industrial Bank opened in 1934 by Jesse H. Mitchell, a Howard University Law School graduate. The bank was started to provide a need for people in the community.“Our bank was started in the Great Depression,” Woodard said. “At that time they would take our deposits but they wouldn’t provide loans so you didn’t have access to the American Dream of home ownership so they started the bank for that reason.”Since that time Industrial Bank has been a beacon of light for communities seeking financial literacy and information. Some of the recent services include a financial training with the D.C. Department of Corrections, and many new homeownership seminars.Giving back to the community has alway been important to Industrial Bank.“We are CDFI certified and with that certification we invest 60% of our assets back into the community,” Woodard said.Community Development Financial Institution Certification (CDFI) is a designation for institutions that service vulnerable communities and people who don’t have access to financing, according to the CDFI Fund.Next year Industrial Bank will be celebrating 85 years, according to Woodard, but the mission of service stays the same.“We are down to like 19 Black banks in the country,” Woodard said, adding that along with the customer service Industrial Bank still offers the same products and services that all banks provide. “Through it all we’ve been here. Through the depression, through the riots, the building of the subway system. A lot of businesses had to close down during those periods.“So here we are 85 years later still servicing that mission.”The “Location of The Month” Initiative is part of OCTFME’s mission to promote D.C. locales as media production location and bring wider attention to the potential cinematic location for film and television productions.For more intomation about Industrical Bank please go to www.industrial-bank.com and to find out more about OCTFME’s Location program go to the DC-REEL Scout Directory.last_img read more

Teen Found Apples FaceTime Bug While Playing Fortnite

first_img Popular on Variety “My teen found a major security flaw in Apple’s new iOS,” she wrote. “He can listen in to your iPhone/iPad without your approval. I have video. Submitted bug report to @AppleSupport. Waiting to hear back to provide details. Scary stuff!” When all of that failed, the Thompsons reportedly created a YouTube video they planned to send to the press. But, the story broke on Monday before that could happen.Once it was finally alerted to the bug, Apple remotely disabled FaceTime’s group chat feature. It is now working on a fix that it plans to release later this week. An Arizona 14-year-old stumbled upon Apple’s FaceTime bug earlier this month and tried to warn the company, but contacting it proved difficult, according to NBC News.Grant Thompson was trying to set up a group chat with some fellow “Fortnite” players when he discovered the FaceTime app was forcing other iPhones to answer calls, potentially allowing users to access microphones and cameras without a person’s knowledge. Thompson told his mother, a lawyer, about the security flaw.“It was very frustrating getting [Apple] to respond,” she said. “I get it. I’m sure they get all sorts of kooks that try to report things to them.”Michele Thompson told NBC News she tried to notify Apple in a variety of ways. First, she tried to alert the company by email. A representative directed her to Apple’s bug bounty program, which offers cash payouts to people who discover security flaws. But, that required technical knowledge she didn’t have. She also sent a physical letter on her firm’s letterhead. When that didn’t work, she sent tweets. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Kalam Teacher par excellence

first_imgThe People’s President was as much the Pupils’ President. So the eminent educationist Satyam Roychowdhury has named his latest literary venture as “Pupils’ President – APJ Abdul Kalam”. The 11th President of India, the ‘Missile Man’ behind India’s nuclear power, loved to be recognized as a teacher at the end of the day. Even at the age of 84, he used to travel a lot in and outside the country for delivering lectures at varied educational institutes.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In fact, he loved interacting with the students, inspiring them not only to dream, but to transform the dream into reality. He expressed his wish for dying while doing what he liked the most.  It really happened. He passed away while delivering lecture before the students of IIM, Shillong.Satyam Roychowdhury’s “Pupils’.President – APJ Abdul Kalam” is probably the first literary tribute to Kalam after his demise. It is a complete compilation of articles and speeches by the great soul himself along with contributions by eminent scientists and scholars from across the globe. Article like “Paperboy to President “depicts the story of his struggle through the ages. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The little boy who used to deliver newspapers in Rameswaram, later on became a great scientist and eventually acquired the throne of the President of India. The inspiring prologue by the editor is a good read and will ignite the young minds as dreamt by Kalam. The minute description of Kalam’s last rites at Pekkarampu village near his hometown Rameswaram and thereafter the story of his journey “From Rameswaram to Raisina Hills” added a value to the book. The compilation of Kalam’s speeches through the month of July 2015 is well thought of. Moreover, homage articles by Dr Bikash Sinha or those who had the golden chance to come across the great scientist have made the book a collection worth preserving. “Pupils’ President – APJ Abdul Kalam” has been formally launched by Sourav Ganguly on the Teachers’ Day in Kolkata. Sourav was nostalgic as he not only received Padmashri from his hand, but later on also was in close acquaintance with Kalam Sir. He said, “For me, he was a Guru.” Satyam Roychowdhury explained how Kalam’s life fascinated him in many ways. “He has always been my hero. This book commemorates the life of a man who worked tirelessly for the betterment of the nation and to ignite billions of young minds”, said Roychowdhury. It is a very good gesture on the parts of the editor and the publisher BEE Books to offer 50% discount to the students all over India. Sources said, on the World Teachers’ Day which falls on October 5, Satyam Roychowdhury will gift 1000 school students with this book in Kolkata.last_img read more

TMC observes black day partymen attacked by BJP

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress observed ‘black day’ in districts and blocks across the state on Saturday to protest against the “detention and manhandling” of its leaders in Assam’s Silchar airport, where they had gone to assess the situation after the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The protest will continue on Sunday too. Carrying placards and sporting black masks and badges, TMC activists shouted slogans against the BJP governments at the Centre and Assam and the final draft of the NRC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had alleged that the members of the delegation, including women, were manhandled at the airport and accused the BJP of imposing a “super emergency” in the country. TMC Secretary-General Partha Chatterjee had said, “What happened to our party delegation is not only shameful but also undemocratic. Our slogan will be ‘we don’t need this monstrous government any more’.”At Englishbazar, Malda, BJP workers attacked Trinamool Congress supporters who were participating in a rally. The BJP workers demanded that the NRC should start in Bengal, too, and that those whose names would be in the list should be deported to Bangladesh. A large police contingent went to the spot and brought the situation under control. Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury said that the BJP was trying to create chaos in different parts in the district. “Trinamool Congress supporters had taken part in a rally and the BJP workers attacked them without any provocation.”In Kolkata, an effigy of PM Narendra Modi was burnt by TMC supporters at a rally led by minister Subrata Mukherjee. “Those whose names have been dropped from NRC are panicking and really do not know what to do. The BJP is ruining the country with its divisive politics,” said Mukherjee.last_img read more

Learning value of money may make kids less philanthropic

first_imgEven if your five-year-old kid does not know what money can buy for him or her, the moment he or she gets to know the value of it, chances are the knowledge may make him or her less philanthropic in nature, says an interesting research.In other words, the act of handling money makes young children work harder and give less. This effect was observed in children who lacked the concrete knowledge of money’s purpose and persisted despite the denomination of the money. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Money is a double-edged sword. It produces good outcomes in terms of concentration and effort but bad outcomes when it comes to helping, taking, and donating.” said professor Kathleen Vohs from the University of Minnesota and co-author of the study.For this, the researchers conducted five experiments and one study involving 550 children (ages three-six) in Poland and the US. In one experiment, the children were asked to either sort money or buttons before completing a challenging puzzle. The paper is forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science.last_img read more

Envy is Good

first_img 1 min read This story appears in the March 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » February 16, 2010 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Laptop engineers and designers spent much of last year trying to outdo the Apple MacBook Pro. That’s what happens when a machine aimed at business professionals sets a new standard for performance and style. Few challengers have come close, but you can make a pretty good argument for the HP Envy 15. It’s a classy chassis: a thin, 5-pound-or-so unit with a somewhat psychedelically patterned top that’s toned down by cool, businesslike gunmetal shading. Performance-wise, it’s a laptop that surpasses many desktop PCs, with world-beating processing speed from Intel’s 1.6 GHz Core i7 chip, along with a 6 GB DDR3 memory, 500 GB, 7,200 RPM hard drive fronted by Windows 7. Still, seamless multitasking has a price: $1,800 for starters. Also, that i7 sucker runs hot, which means your in-flight tray table would be a better place to set it down than in your lap–unless heat is, you know, your thing. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

PEOPLE Trafalgar draws winner of Best of Devon and Cornwall contest

first_imgTags: Contests, Trafalgar Monday, April 16, 2018 Posted by Tweet Travelweek Group center_img [PEOPLE] Trafalgar draws winner of ‘Best of Devon and Cornwall’ contest TORONTO — Greg Seid from Expedia CSC Kerrisdale is the lucky winner of Trafalgar’s travel agent contest that ran in the 2018 Europe Edition of Travel Professional.Trafalgar’s ‘Best of Devon and Cornwall’ is an eight-day tour that will include visits to Royal Windsor, the Roman Baths in Bath, Longleat house in Warminster, Lacock village, the seaport of Bideford, the artists’ colony of St. Ives, the stone circle at Stonehenge and John Constables in Salisbury.“We were so surprised and thrilled by Travelweek’s e-mail regarding my win of the eight-day Best of Devon and Cornwall – Trafalgar Guided Vacation. We have sold Trafalgar Tours before and now to truly experience it ourselves will be wonderful,” said Seid about his win.For more about Trafalgar, go to trafalgar.com.For more travel agent contests, go to travelweek.ca/contests. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more