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David Bowie Wins Greatest 20th Century Entertainer In BBC Poll

first_imgNews Twitter Facebook Email David Bowie Voted #1 20th Century Entertainer david-bowie-wins-greatest-20th-century-entertainer-bbc-poll Bowie died in 2016 and posthumously won four categories at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for his final album, Blackstar, and its title track, for a career total of five wins. Additionally, in 2006 he was honored with the Recording Academy’s Lifetime and Achievement Award. The icon also has two singles and one album in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame: 1969’s “Space Oddity,” 1972’s “Changes” and 1972’s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.A Bowie Celebration Announces Tour DatesRead more BBC viewers placed Bowie at the pinnacle, above Charlie Chaplin, Billie Holiday and Marilyn MonroePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 18, 2019 – 1:56 pm On Jan. 16, BBC revealed David Bowie was the winner of its viewer poll for greatest entertainer of the 20th century. His competition included Charlie Chaplin, Billie Holiday and Marilyn Monroe.The poll was held as part of BBC Two’s “Icons” series, which also spotlights explorers, leaders and scientists. The winners in those categories respectively were Ernest Shackleton, Nelson Mandela and Alan Turing, placing Bowie in the poll’s final round for greatest 20th century icon. The series’ bio for Bowie describes him as “an innovator constantly at music’s cutting edge.” https://twitter.com/BBC/status/1085618590471077889 David Bowie Wins Greatest 20th Century Entertainer In BBC Poll last_img read more

Google Doodle honors Elena Cornaro Piscopia first woman with a doctorate

first_imgUpdate 7:00 p.m. PT: Google made the doodle available in the U.S. Post a comment Tags The Google Doodle for June 5. Google Google’s search doodles often take to highlighting the trail blazers that have changed the world. The doodle on June 5 is no exception. Drawn up by Californian artist Alyssa Winans, Wednesday’s doodle shows Elena Cornaro Piscopia, a female scholar from Venice, Italy who in 1678 became the first woman in the world to be awarded with a doctorate. The doodle shows Piscopia with her head in a book in a library, with Winans hoping to show how Elena was happiest “when she was able to study undisturbed.” Today marks her 373rd birthday. Cue the “tanti auguri a te!”Piscopia was trained in the classic languages of Latin and Greek during her childhood years and developed a love of study. She mastered seven languages in total. However, she didn’t seek glory or degrees, she was just keenly interested in accumulating knowledge. It was at her father’s insistence that she requested access to the Doctor of Theology course at the University of Padua.But this was the 1670s and the Roman Catholic Church did not want to offer a woman such a title. Eventually, the church allowed Elena to apply for a Doctor of Philosophy and so she did. Her thesis defense — an oral test in front of examiners and the public — was so well attended it had to be moved to the local cathedral. She passed with flying colors and wrote her name in the history books on June 25, 1678. Elena passed away just six years later, after battling tuberculosis. The Google Doodle was not originally visible if you are using the search giant in the U.S. on June 5 but it, and it has now been added. In France, today’s Google Doodle celebrates French director Jacques Demy. 49 Photos 0center_img Our favorite Google Doodles through the years Share your voice Sci-Tech Google Doodlelast_img read more

Police absent on the spot still injured

first_img,As many as 401 leaders and activists of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) were implicated in a case filed after an attack on BNP candidate for Munshiganj-1 Shah Moazzem Hossain’s motorcade on Saturday.However, the police registered the case for showing it as an incident of attack on the law enforcement.Witnesses and local BNP leaders said no policeman was not present during the occurence.Shah Moazzem’s motorcade came under attack by some unidentified men in Kuchiamora area in Sirajdikhan upazila on Saturday.Officer-in-charge (OC) of Sirajdikhan police station Farid Uddin then said none was injured in the incident.On Monday, he claimed that five policemen including sub-inspector Sheikh Ashraful  and Mashiqur Rahman got injured in the incident.The police filed the case on Sunday accusing the BNP men of injuring the policemen.SI Ashraful named 251 BNP men including upazila secretary general Awlad Hossain and implicated 100-150 unnamed men in the case.Asked about contradictory statement about the police being attacked, OC Farid Uddin said Saturday’s comment was his immediate response.He claimed that he later knew that five police men were injured as brickbat was thrown at them and took primary treatment at upazila health complex.However, witnesses said the attackers left the scene 15 minutes after the attack was carried out around 4:30pm.On hearing, the police personnel reached the spot around an hour later.Sirajdikhan upazila BNP chairmen Abdul Kuddus, who was at Shah Moazzem’s entourage, confidently said no policeman was present during the attack.“The police didn’t come (during the attack) although we called them. How can they be injured? We have seen 5-7 policemen reached the spot around 7:00pm when we started for Dhaka,” he said. Khondokar Ashek Mahmud, a physician at Sirajdikhan upazila health complex, recalled that five policemen came to the facility to take treatment. However, there were no such injury marks on their bodies.“I heard they were injured by brickbat,” he added.Superintendent of Munshiganj police Zaidul Alam Fuad, however, said the policemen might get injured during the chaos.He said the police would not harass any innocent person.last_img read more

Qunun escape sparks rare criticism of Saudi guardianship laws

first_imgFactfile on what we know so far about the 18-year-old Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun who was detained at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok and is now being helped by UNHCR. Photo: AFPA Saudi teen’s live-tweeted asylum plea has cast a renewed spotlight on women’s rights just months after women won the right to drive, and sparked rare criticism of restrictive “guardianship” laws — from men.Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, arrived in Thailand at the weekend after fleeing what she called an abusive family in the deeply conservative kingdom and staved off deportation after her tweets drew global attention.Qunun’s impassioned cry for help set off a media frenzy, prompting angry denunciations and death threats from many in a kingdom where guardianship laws are still widely supported.But the incident sparked a rare online debate as several young Saudis — including men — implored authorities to dismantle the guardianship system.Seen as a form of gender apartheid, the system means Saudi women are often only as free as their male “guardians” — husband, father and other male relatives — allow them to be. The men in their lives have to give formal permission for the women to study, get married or even renew their passports.”Guardianship gives men the ultimate authority over women,” a young Saudi medical student named Bandar said in a video monologue posted on Twitter.”He can control her, slap her, beat her, do whatever he wants and no (government) agency can stop him.”This is causing women to dream about living elsewhere, away from where they were born and raised. Why? Because living here suffocates them.”As tweets by Qunun, now in the care of a UN refugee agency in Thailand, went viral, a new hashtag gained traction in Saudi Arabia: “Drop guardianship or all of us will migrate”.”Saudi society, in general, has utterly failed to come to terms with the reality that women have an equal desire for self actualisation,” tweeted another Saudi man, Ahmad Nasser al-Shathri.”The notion that a women’s innate desire is to be a homemaker is crippling our societal growth.”‘Repressive’ systemThe backlash follows a wide-ranging liberalisation drive spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that is aimed at transforming the conservative petro-state, long criticised for its treatment of women.His reforms include the much-celebrated decision overturning the world’s only ban on female motorists last June, allowing women to attend soccer games alongside men and take on jobs that once fell outside the narrow confines of traditional gender roles.Catalysed in large measure by what experts call economic pain owing to a drop in oil prices, the reforms have introduced a series of firsts in the Saudi labour market, where women have a miniscule presence.In recent months, Saudi media has championed the first woman restaurant chef, first woman news anchor and even the first woman racing driver.For the first time, women are seen alongside men in music concerts and social gatherings, amid the waning influence of the once-feared religious police, which strictly segregated the genders.But while transforming the lives of many women, this reform drive will be cosmetic for many others until the kingdom abolishes a system that gives men arbitrary authority over their female relatives, critics say.”The social reforms in Saudi Arabia are very much real and they will improve the everyday lives of women,” Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, told AFP.”But the guardianship system remains repressive and hinders women’s rights and mobility.”Lightning rodWomen’s empowerment is a potential social lightning rod in the deeply traditional society of Saudi Arabia.Officials close to the government say they are seeking to dismantle the system piecemeal to prevent any backlash from arch-conservatives.Meanwhile, horror stories regularly surface.Women inmates are often reported to be stuck in prisons after completing their terms because they were not claimed by their guardians.One Saudi woman told AFP how she was stuck in limbo, unable to even renew her passport, when her father, her only male guardian, slipped into a coma after an accident.Many Saudis condemned Qunun for what they described as dishonouring her family.But as she galvanised international support in a Twitter-led campaign, many others voiced solidarity — especially after the Saudi charge d’affaires in Bangkok was caught on tape telling Thai authorities they should have confiscated Qunun’s cellphone.”It is challenging for the crown prince to completely dismantle guardianship laws because of religious conservatives who have a vested political interest to remain relevant in a changing Saudi Arabia,” said Momani.”That said, social pressure from young people like Rahaf, who find the reforms glacially slow … may prove more of a political challenge than the religious conservatives.”last_img read more

Nayan Bonds patronised by police politicians

first_imgSabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond. File PhotoSabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond, main accused of Rifat Sharif murder and killed in an alleged gunfight with police, created a criminal gang ‘Group 007’ under the patronisation of police and politicians. Nayan’s relatives and local politicians have said this. Nayan’s mother Shahida Akhter said Nayan did not become ‘Nayan Bond’ in a day. An influential quarter created Nayan Bond to use him, she said.Shahida, however, did not talk about the influential quarter.Nayan Bond and his criminal gang ‘Group 007’ came up in the discussions after Rifat was hacked to death in broad daylight in Barguna town on 26 June and the video footage of the murder went viral.Prime accused Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond was killed in what police called a gunfight with them in Barguna’s Burirchar on 2 July.But questions haunt Barguna people as to who are behind the rise of Nayan Bond.According to an investigation of Prothom Alo, Sunam Debnath, Barguna district Awami League unit science and technology affairs secretary, patronised Nayan Bond. Sunam is also the son of Dhirendra Debnath Shombhu, a member of parliament (MP) from Barguna-1 constituency. Shawon Talukdar and Abhijit Talukdar, two brothers-in-law of Sunam Debnath, were directly involved in different criminal activities committed by Nayan.Nayan built good relations with local police. He maintained regular contacts with at least six officers of Barguna Sadar police station and Detective Branch (DB) of police. Before becoming a small criminal, Nayan had a relation with police. He was also a so-called informant of police. In different criminal activities in the town, he got support from police. Alongside a number of police officers, politicians patronised him. Through this, he and his gang established supremacy in the entire town. None talked against them out of fear.“A group of youth does not become desperate naturally. It requires backing. There is no scope to spare those who gave them shelter,” Barguna district AL joint general secretary Motaleb Mridha said to Prothom Alo.Nayan’s mother Shahida Begum said Nayan was a good student at his boyhood. He got scholarships in class V and VIII. After the death of his father, a bank official in 2007, Nayan lost his interest in studies.Noor Hossain, a close friend of Nayan, said his love affair severed after the death of his father and he started taking cannabis. Before passing SSC, he was addicted to yaba and heroine in 2011. Then, he got involved in petty crimes including snatching cell phones and ornaments, he added. On 7 July 2011, a case was filed against Nayan on charges of snatching ornaments from a female student who was going to school.In 2017, he formed a criminal gang and controlled drug trade in the town. He opened a Facebook ID Nayan Bond. Members of his gang added Bond in their names too. On condition of anonymity, a councillor of Barguna municipality told Prothom Alo that he handed over Nayan to police when he (Nayan) went to a saw mill for extortion. As Nayan made a phone call, Sunam Debnath appeared on the spot. By the time, police took away Nayan in a pickup van. The councillor came to know later that Sunam helped Nayan get released from police van before it reached police station.Sunam Debnath was not available over phone for comments.A number of youths, who are involved in drug trade and criminal activities in Barguna town said Nayan was the informant of three DB officials including assistant sub inspector Khairul Hasan. Verifying the call list of Nayan, his contact with Khairul Hasan has been confirmed. When asked, Khairul said, “I had no contact with Nayan.” About Nayan Bond’s role as police informant, Barguna superintendent of police Maruf Hossain said, “The informant of police is a secret matter. The police officials are not compelled to disclose who their informant is.” Nayan’s mother Shahida Akhter said her son had a contact with police.This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Cardinals Announce Addition of Four Signees to 2019 Class

first_imgStory Links Caitlin BentleyHometown: Johannesburg, South Africa  High School: St Mary’s School WaverleyRowing Team: St. Mary’s School Rowing ClubIntended Major: Exploratory StudiesAbout Caitlin: She won gold in the single, double, and quad at the South African Schools Rowing Championships in 2018 along with being voted the 2018 South African Junior Rower of the Year. She represented South Africa at Junior Worlds in 2016 and 2017. Miranda McDonaldHometown: Springboro, OhioHigh School: SpringboroRowing Team: Dayton Boat ClubIntended Major: BioengineeringAbout Miranda: She was a competitive gymnast before she began coxing, and her athletic background created a great foundation for her coxing talents. She is mature and a confident decision maker. Team’s thoughts on Sydney: “She made a great first impression during her official visit. When she visited us this spring, she immediately fit right in with the team. Sydney is extremely genuine and a natural leader. She is very kind and her presence brings a fun energy into any room. We knew she was a Cardinal from the first day of her official visit.” Sydney on becoming a Cardinal: “I chose to attend the University of Louisville for the authentic passion and grit that I could feel in the team and coaches. I could sense that it would be a place where I could learn to be not only a better rower, but a better person. The unique culture and love of the sport was tangible in every person that I talked to. Louisville was the first school that I got excited when I thought about going back, which says a lot. It is an amazing city, school, and team, and I am be honored to be a part of the community Louisville Rowing has built.” Caitlin on becoming a Cardinal “The moment I set foot on campus I felt an overwhelming sense of friendly support from the girls and coaches. Everyone I met had such a great sense of humor which made me realize this is a happy and well-rounded community. Coming from South Africa, it’s a whole new culture and way of life to experience. The campus and facilities are fantastic as well, which makes me excited to join the University of Louisville.” For the latest on Louisville rowing, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @UofLRowing, Facebook /UofLRowing, and Instagram @UofLRowing.  Print Friendly Version Taleala on becoming a Cardinal “I absolutely fell in love with the team at Louisville. Everyone is so supportive of one another and pushes themselves and their teammates to be the best they can be. That mixed with the amazing resources made Louisville hard to beat in the recruiting search. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make life-long friends at Louisville.” Team’s thoughts on Caitlin: “We are so excited for Caitlin to join us. Her joy and integrity did not go unnoticed from the moment she arrived. Caitlin fits right in to our family.” LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville rowing team is proud to announce the signing of four student-athletes in Caitlin Bentley (Johannesburg, South Africa), Taleala McCarthy (Adelaide, Australia), Sydney Paulus (Seattle, Wash./ Bishop Blanchet), and Miranda McDonald (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro), to National Letters of Intent to compete for the Cardinals in the fall of 2019. The quartet joins a 2019 class that includes eight rowers that have already signed with the Cardinals. “These four student-athletes add a wealth of race experience and passion to our current signing class,” head coach Derek Copeland says. “We look forward to the grittiness and competitive edge they will add to the group. We are thrilled to have each and every one of these athletes joining us in the fall.” Miranda on becoming a Cardinal: “I fell in love with the team atmosphere and felt that everyone was driven to do their best while also pushing each other. Additionally, the strong engineering program at Louisville combined with the team competitiveness made me feel like I fit in perfectly. I’m looking forward to joining a program where I can practice what I love with a support system that will help me reach my goals.” Sydney PaulusHometown: Seattle, WashingtonHigh School: Bishop BlanchetRowing Team: Pocock Rowing CenterIntended Major: Biology/ Pre-MedAbout Sydney: She is currently team captain for both her swimming and rowing teams and is a member of the National Honors Society. She describes herself as compassionate, determined and quirky. Team’s thoughts on Miranda: “We are so excited for another Dayton Boat Club athlete to join our Louisville family! Miranda is going to be a great addition to the coxswain group and we are looking forward to watching her learn and grow with our team the next four years. She is an amazing teammate and we’re hyped to be able to compete alongside her.” Team’s thoughts on Taleala: “She is a very genuine person who is going be a great addition to our group of girls. We’re excited to see her throw down on the water!” Taleala McCarthyHometown: Adelaide, AustraliaHigh School: University Senior CollegeRowing Team: Adelaide Rowing ClubIntended Major:  BioengineeringAbout Taleala: She trained at the South Australian Sports Institute and went on to win SA State Titles in the U19 double and quad, as well as the U21 quad in 2018. She won Bronze in the U21 women’s quad at the 2018 Sydney international Rowing Regatta and most recently won SA State titles in the U21 quad and open quad in 2019.last_img read more

The Himalayan expedition

first_imgCascading waterfalls, mighty mountains, wild forests and the lush green valleys  make for everyone’s idea of utopia. For some it is a reality that they breathe day in and day out. The Himalayas, nurtures and sustains the faiths and socio-religious beliefs of its civilization. It cradles myths, legends and tales – some told some untold. Author Alka Raghuvanshi and photographer Sanjay Sharma capture these magical moments in places few have ventured due to reasons of inaccessibility in the book Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Garhwal Himalayas- Chorus of Solitude. ‘Perhaps it was ordained that many of the trips were made well before the book was even envisaged. And as the reader goes through the maze of legends and reality juxtaposed in weird and wonderful patterns, it would be important to remember that this journey into the unforgiving terrain – one wrong move is all that separates life from life eternal,’ says the author Alka Raghuvanshi. The photographer made endless trips to most places featured in this book in different seasons in his quest for getting just the right picture, including earlier this year in adverse weather conditions. Being the last documentation of the Uttrakhand region before havoc, this book written over six years assumes even more importance in this context.last_img read more

Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup 2016 begins

first_imgGolf, commonly known as the gentleman’s game, when associated with a high class airline company, ups the class-quotient by great degrees. One of the golf’s largest and most exciting amateur tournaments, the fourth edition of Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup 2016, took place at Classic Golf & Country Club in the national Capital. The global event, which has gone from strength to strength since the inaugural tournament in 2013, featured 100 players, all personally-invited guests of Turkish Airlines. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Ravi Burman, Director, Urgent Care Hospital won the individual competition with 45 points and progresses to the Grand Final in Antalya, Turkey, this October and November. Dr Ranjeet Mehta, Director, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry was runner-up, Siddharth Sangwan, Market Leader – Global Technology Markets, Futurestep was third and Rajiv Thapar, Chairman, FFV Services Pvt. Ltd and Meeta Makhan, Director, IDFC Bank won the nearest-the-pin prizes. N K Lenka, MD, Nutrikraft India won the Best Gross Score. “We would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup qualifier in Delhi,” said Ozer Guler, General Manager for Turkish Airlines, North and East, India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe first qualifiers took place in Dar Es Salaam, Mumbai and Doha in February and the 2016 series will take place across the globe, in destinations including Hong Kong, Great Britain, South Korea, Japan, China, Spain, the United States, Portugal, Italy, France, Greece, Argentina, Brazil and Turkey. The overall winners of the Grand Final progress will play in the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open pro-am, while all finalists are to enjoy a seven-night stay in an all-inclusive hotel. Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 300 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 284 destinations worldwide with 235 international and 49 domestic. Turkish Airlines, which was recently voted Best Airline in Europe for the fifth consecutive year, as well as World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge and World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining in 2015, launched the World Golf Cup in 2013. After that initial success, there was a rapid expansion to include 70 events worldwide last year.last_img read more

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first_img The bull also made a comeback in 2009-2010, fighting its way up out of what seemed at the time to be the deepest hole (1.04) in October, 2008. Stocks have been on a long slide since the ratio last peaked at 3.24 in October, 2010, with the downturn in 2013 pushing multiples to previously unseen lows. No one—us included—has a crystal ball, and so it’s impossible to tell if the bottom is behind us. We can, however, gauge with certainty when an asset is cheap—and cash-generating companies selling for little more than book value are extraordinary values for big-picture investors. Now let’s see how these valuations look against the S&P 500. Gold stocks staged spring and summer rallies this year, but haven’t able to sustain the momentum. Many have sold off sharply in recent weeks, along with gold. That makes this a good time to examine the book value of gold equities; are they objectively cheap now, or not? By way of reminder, a price-to-book-value ratio (P/BV) shows the stock price in relation to the company’s book value, which is the theoretical value of a company’s assets minus liabilities. A stock is considered cheap when it’s trading at a historically low P/BV, and undervalued when it’s trading below book value. From the perspective of an investor, low price-to-book multiples imply opportunity and a margin of safety from potential declines in price. We analyzed the book values of all publicly traded primary gold producers with a market cap of $1 billion or more. The final list comprised 32 companies. We then charted book values from January 2, 2007 through last Thursday, October 15. Here’s what we found. At the current 1.20 times book value, gold stocks aren’t as cheap as they were when we ran the numbers in June, 2013, successfully pinpointing the all-time low of 0.91 (the turning point before the period in gray). Of course, that P/BV is hard to beat: it was one of the lowest values ever. And while the stocks not quite as cheap now, the valuation multiple still lingers close to its historical bottom. Remember, we’re talking about senior mining companies here—producers with real assets and cash flow selling for close to their book values. In short, yes, gold stocks are objectively selling cheaply. The juniors, of course, have been hit harder. It’s hard to put a meaningful book value on many of these “burning matches” with little more than hopes and geologists’ dreams, but valuations on many are scraping the bottom, making them even better bargains, albeit substantially riskier ones. What does this mean for us investors? It’s no surprise to see that every contraction in the ratio was followed by a major rally. In other words, the cure for low prices is low prices: The August, 2007 bottom (2.2) and the momentary downtrend that preceded it were quickly erased by a swift price rally leading to a January, 2008 peak (3.8).center_img Stocks listed in the S&P500 are currently more than twice as expensive as the gold producers. That’s not surprising given how volatile metals prices can be and how unloved mining is—but is it rational? Note that despite the downtrend in the last month, the multiple for the S&P500 remains close to a multiyear high. In other words, yes, the S&P 500 is expensive. This contrast points to an obvious opportunity in our sector. So is now the time to buy gold stocks? Answer: our stocks are good values now, and, if there is a larger correction ahead, they may well become fantastic values, briefly. Either way, value is value, on sale. As the most successful resource speculators have repeatedly said: you have to be a contrarian in this sector to be successful, buying low and selling high, and that takes courage based on solid convictions. Yes, it’s possible that valuations could fall further. However: The difference between prices and clear-cut value argue for going long and staying that way until multiples return to lofty levels again—which they’ve done every time, as the historical record shows. With a long-term time frame in mind, whatever happens in the short term is less of a concern. Building substantial positions at good prices in great companies in advance of what must transpire sooner or later is what successful speculation is all about. This is how Doug Casey, Rick Rule, and others have made their fortunes, and it’s why they’re buying in the market now, seeing market capitulation as one of the prime opportunities of the decade. That’s worth remembering, especially during a downturn that has even die-hard gold bugs giving up. Bottom line: “Blood in the streets” isn’t pretty, but it’s a good thing for those with the liquidity and courage to act. What to buy? That’s what we cover in BIG GOLD and the International Speculator. Thanks to our 3-month full money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose and the potential for gains that only a true contrarian can expect.last_img read more

We are throwing good money after bad here as the

first_imgWe are throwing good money after bad here, as the The Washington Times reports: Roughly 6.5 million people with active Social Security numbers are age 112 and older, according to an audit by the Social Security Administration’s inspector general. The March 4 audit concluded that the administration “did not have controls in place to annotate death information” on the main electronic file… The inspector general said the questionable identification numbers put the government at risk of fraud and waste. Some of the numbers assigned to long-dead people were used fraudulently to open bank accounts, and thousands of numbers were apparently used by illegal immigrants to apply for work, CNS News reported. For all of its many shortcomings, the IRS does a darn good job of tracking who’s alive and who’s dead. Maybe it should send an intern over to the SSA to teach ’em how to cross out a name and number with a red pen. Until then, we’ll continue to lose money to people receiving benefits fraudulently and waste money tracking and prosecuting preventable identity-theft crimes. This is just one more example of why people protect their own money far better than any government agency ever will. After all, we all own red pens.last_img read more

first_img— 5:07: Wall Street Gets BLINDSIDED The 5:07 mark of this video is VERY CONTROVERSIAL. It’s no wonder Wall Street has sent out diversionary tactics on this strategy. They’ve been beaten at their own game! Click here to discover the shocking reveal at the 5:07 mark… and why it could help regular people collect $103K in the next 12 months. Bonner & Partners’ Exclusive One Week Only: Major Predictions Regarding Impending iPhone Launch Until midnight Wednesday, September 6th, the publishers at Bonner & Partners have organized a rare opportunity for you to get the behind-the-scenes story on what the new iPhone means for investors, before the official launch. They’ve arranged a top-level Silicon Valley insider – a former vice president at a key Apple supplier – to reveal four targeted iPhone plays that could make you between 414% and 2,100% over time, starting from September 6th. Hurry here to get the full scoop. Recommended Link Here’s why I’m telling you about this trend… Later this year, Apple will release the latest and most technologically advanced version of its most popular product: the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 will almost certainly include wireless charging capabilities when it’s launched sometime this fall. Wireless power involves transmitting energy over radio frequency waves. It’s similar to wireless communications technology we use in our mobile devices. Behind the complex technology of wireless charging is something quite simple… The ability to charge your electronic devices without power cables. Imagine being able to come home after being out all day and placing your smartphone on your computer desk. That’s it. Nothing to plug in, no cables to worry about… Just set down the device, and it charges “magically.” This will be a game changer for Apple… and will likely boost iPhone sales. But I’m not writing today to tell you to buy Apple. You see, there’s a unique way to profit from Apple’s wireless trend… buying the companies that make the microchips Apple uses in its wireless devices. Following a Tech Giant Historically, Apple has used third-party chip providers for its wireless technology. Qualcomm has made chips for Apple’s cellular modems. And Broadcom has made Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips for Apple. Broadcom is a good example of how profitable making chips for Apple can be. — Justin’s note: Today’s essay comes from my colleague Jeff Brown, editor of Exponential Tech Investor. Jeff has been working in the tech field for over two decades. He’s seeded over 70 private, early-stage tech companies… And he’s a formal advisor to eight tech startups.Right now, Apple’s iPhone 8 launch is on his radar… and he says you can profit from this big event. Read on to learn how (hint: It’s not by buying Apple)… By Jeff Brown, editor, Exponential Tech Investor In 2003, Apple introduced its first wireless mouse and keyboard. In 2010, Apple released its first external wireless computer trackpad. And in 2016, Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. If you want to listen to music on the smartphone, you need wireless AirPods. As you can see in the graphic above, Apple is moving toward completely wireless technology. Recommended Link Apple released the iPhone 7 in September 2016. And Broadcom’s stock climbed 41% less than a year after the launch. Broadcom revenue from wireless chips sales came in at $1 billion in the third quarter of 2016. That was up 27% from the previous quarter. And the stock is up 50% since the iPhone 7 launch in September 2016. As you can see from the chart above, making chips for Apple’s signature phone can really boost business. Now, Apple is looking for chipmakers for its wireless charging feature. The company that lands this contract should see its stock push much higher. Tip of the Iceberg Some forecasts for Apple’s fourth-quarter 2017 iPhone shipments are coming in at around 90 million units. And each of them will likely carry a wireless charging chip. But Apple is just the tip of the iceberg. Since Apple released its very first iPhone in 2007, it’s been a trendsetter for other smartphone makers. Whatever new features Apple adds, others follow. And the rest of the mobile phone market is much larger than Apple’s shipment volumes. Samsung alone shipped 309 million smartphones in 2016… And Chinese company Huawei shipped 139 million. In 2016, Apple’s rivals shipped 1.27 billion smartphones. That’s a massive market for wireless charging chips. And wireless charging won’t be confined to just your mobile phone. Any electronic device will be a target for this technology. Wireless headphones, iPads, smartphones, health tracking devices like heart monitors, and even “smart clothes” will one day charge wirelessly… no power cables at all. You could even use this technology to continuously heat your morning cup of coffee so that it never gets cold. Companies I’m Watching Companies that make wireless charging chips will be big winners as this technology becomes the new reality. Here are a few on my radar: Analog Devices, Dialog Semiconductor, and Texas Instruments. If wireless charging is anywhere as successful as I think it will be, companies in this sector have the potential to see outsized returns. Regards, Jeff Brown Editor, Exponential Tech Investor P.S. As I mentioned, when Apple unveils its iPhone 8, I believe it will include wireless charging capabilities. But to pull this off, Apple will need the help of one company—a company that I’ve recently identified… That’s right—I’m confident that I have found the one company that will make Apple’s wireless charging feature a reality. And when Apple makes its announcement in the next few weeks, the price for this little-known, small-cap stock will skyrocket. Get all the details right here. In Case You Missed It… Doug Casey just released his newest novel. Drug Lord—Book 2 of the High Ground Novels—is now available on Amazon. In this riveting tale, Charles Knight returns to the United States after seven years traveling the world. He embarks on two concurrent professions: one as a major investor in a small pharmaceutical company, and the other as the head of a black market drug smuggling and distribution operation. Charles has to sort through the legal and illegal, moral and immoral, and right and wrong as he navigates the War on Drugs and the crony pharmaceutical industry. They all want him dead. But Charles intends to start a revolution. To get the whole story, you can order your copy of Drug Lord right here.last_img read more

When a relationship ends but love remains it can

first_imgWhen a relationship ends but love remains, it can be both frustrating and embarrassing.Dessa, a well-known rapper, singer and writer from Minneapolis, knows the feeling well. She’d spent years trying to get over an ex-boyfriend, but she was still stuck on him.”You’re not only suffering,” she says, “you’re just sort of ridiculous. Discipline and dedication are my strong suits — it really bothered me that, no matter how much effort I tried to expend in trying to solve this problem, I was stuck.”But things changed when Dessa turned to the frontiers of neuroscience for help. She came across a TED Talk by Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and visiting research associate at Rutgers University. Using a type of brain scan called functional MRI, or fMRI, Fisher had looked into the brains of love-struck people and noticed that certain parts of their brains were unusually active.”That you could objectively measure and observe ‘love’ — that had never occurred to me before,” Dessa says.She wondered: If science could map the sources of love in her brain, could it somehow make that love go away?The question led her to a controversial therapy technique called neurofeedback.The idea is simple: If you want to learn to lower your heart rate, it helps to be able to hear your pulse. And if you want to change patterns of brain activity, it might be helpful to be able to see what your brain is up to.One flavor of neurofeedback therapy uses a technology called electroencephalography (EEG). A cap full of electrical leads picks up brain waves and translates them into visual or audio cues — like shifting colors on a screen or a series of dings.The idea is that people can use this feedback to retrain those brain waves, changing underlying patterns in the process — turning down unwanted brain activity or turning up regions that are too quiet.Clinicians have used neurofeedback to try and treat all kinds of mental health issues: anxiety, depression, autism, and ADHD. And they say they’ve seen some positive results. Patients say they feel better.The growing popularity of EEG-neurofeedback has been met with skepticism. Some scientists say the power of this therapy may stem from the placebo effect. (They also point out that a lot of neurofeedback research is done by people who have a financial stake in the industry.)But more rigorous research from the past couple of years supports the idea that, at least in some cases, neurofeedback can be used to train the brain. Most of this research uses fMRI brain scans — not EEG — to peek inside the skull.In one study, participants learned to turn up a brain region linked to motivation and focus. In another, patients with depression were able to alleviate some of their symptoms. But scientists doing this research say there’s a lot of work to be done before it can be applied clinically.Could neurofeedback provide a balm for broken hearts? No research has been done in this area. But that didn’t stop Dessa from trying a sort of experiment on herself: nine EEG-neurofeedback sessions aimed at helping her brain escape the rut of romantic obsession.She says she felt different when she was done.”Before, I felt that I was really under the thumb of a fixation and a compulsion,” she says. “And now it feels like those feelings have been scaled down.”Now, maybe the neurofeedback had worked as practitioners suggest it does. Or maybe, alternatively, Dessa got the therapy she wanted in other ways — by talking through her experiment, by writing about it, by composing songs for her new album.Or maybe, her neurofeedback sessions helped her via the placebo effect. They suggested that her emotions are grounded in a physical organ — one that she might be able to influence. Maybe simply believing that she wasn’t helpless helped her change her mind and heal her heartbreak.Whatever the reason, Dessa is happy to begin to move on and to start a new chapter with her music.”I’ve written a bunch of sad rap bangers — I’d like to write other kinds of songs,” she says.Follow Skunk Bear, NPR’s science show, on YouTube and Facebook and please fill out our short survey so we can learn more about you and the kind of stories you’re interested in. Dessa’s new book, My Own Devices, was published Tuesday, Sept. 18. You can watch her perform behind NPR’s famous Tiny Desk here:Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Opposition MPs have failed in their latest attempt

first_imgOpposition MPs have failed in their latest attempt to defeat government plans to cut out-of-work disability benefits.The government is using its welfare reform and work bill to reduce support for new claimants placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance (ESA) by nearly £30 a week from April 2017.But Labour and SNP attempts to introduce a string of changes to the bill including scrapping the WRAG cut, were defeated by Conservative MPs.Their failed attempt came after members of the House of Lords succeeded in delaying government plans to cut tax credits.Among the changes suggested by Labour and SNP MPs was a measure that would have forced the government to ensure an independent review of the benefits sanctions regime.Debbie Abrahams (pictured), Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, speaking in the main chamber for the first time in that role, said the welfare reform and work bill was “wicked” and the proposed cut to WRAG payments was “a disgrace”.And she questioned why the government had not yet carried out a cumulative impact assessment of the changes in the bill on disabled people, as it should have done under the Equality Act.She said: “There is no analysis of the impact that this will have on the disabled people who will be pushed into poverty.“Half a million disabled people will be affected and lose £30 a week – nearly a third of their weekly income.”Abrahams pointed to the government’s refusal to publish 49 internal reviews of benefit-related deaths – whose existence was first revealed by Disability News Service – and said the government’s failure to order an independent review of its sanctions regime was “a slap in the face of everyone affected by sanctions, including family members of those who have died”.And she said it had been estimated that further planned reductions in the benefit cap “risk pushing tens of thousands of children, families and disabled people into poverty”.She said: “We are the sixth wealthiest country in the world. It is not right that the government are seeking to secure the recovery on the backs of the working poor, their children and disabled people.”Natalie McGarry, the SNP’s shadow disability spokeswoman, said: “We already know that the UK government’s austerity programme is impacting disproportionately on those living with disabilities and sicknesses and that it impairs their ability to work.“We also know that there is absolutely no evidence that these policies of cuts will have a positive impact on moving those in the WRAG group into work.“There is no evidence from the government, despite repeated requests for it to be produced.“It is therefore absolutely shameful that, without any evidence, the Conservatives should have disabled people in their sights yet again, promising to cut nearly a third of ESA support for new claimants in the work-related activity group.”But Priti Patel, the employment minister, said: “In 2008, when the then Labour government introduced ESA as a ‘radical reform package’, the work-related activity component was originally intended to act as an incentive to help people into work and to return quickly to work.“However, the original estimates were incorrect and only one per cent of people in the work-related activity group left the benefit each month.“It is clear, therefore, that the existing policy is not working and that it is failing claimants.”She said that £100 million a year (by 2020) of the £640 million annual savings from the WRAG cut would be spent on helping “claimants with limited work capability but who have potential, because they want to move into work, to get closer to the labour market”.Patel said the government kept the operation of its sanctions regime “under constant review”.Opposition attempts to amend the bill, including the withdrawal of the WRAG cut, were defeated, and the bill was passed at both the report stage and third reading, and will now be debated by the House of Lords.last_img read more

American Airlines Glitch Caused It to Give Too Many Pilots Vacation Over

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Planning to fly with American Airlines this holiday season? We have some potentially bad news.According to Bloomberg, more than 15,000 American Airlines flights scheduled from Dec. 17 to Dec. 31 do not have a pilot, first officer or both due to a computer glitch that allowed too many staffers to take off for the holidays. The problem reportedly affects flights originating from Dallas Fort Worth International and other airports in Boston, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Charlotte, N.C.In a statement, American Airlines told PCMag it is “working diligently to address the issue” and it expects to “avoid cancellations this holiday season.””We have reserve pilots to help cover flying in December, and we are paying pilots who pick up certain open trips 150 percent of their hourly rate — as much as we are allowed to pay them per the contract,” the airline said. American said it will work with the Allied Pilots Association (APA) union to “take care” of its pilots and “ensure we get our customers to where they need to go over the holidays.”The computer glitch caused the airline’s scheduling system to show sufficient coverage for certain flights when that was not actually the case, Bloomberg reports. The airline has reportedly fixed the problem and believes its system is now working normally.The APA, meanwhile, isn’t happy with American’s proposed solution for crewing affected flights. The union has filed a grievance, saying the solution violates the company’s contract.”Because management unilaterally created their solution in violation of the contract, neither APA nor the contract can guarantee the promised payment of the premium being offered,” the union said in a statement. Add to Queue Angela Moscaritolo Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag Thousands of flights scheduled from Dec. 17 to Dec. 31 do not have a pilot, first officer, or both due to a computer glitch that allowed too many staffers to take off for the holidays. Reporter American Airlines Glitch Caused It to Give Too Many Pilots Vacation Over Holidayscenter_img –shares Image credit: Shutterstock.com Register Now » Travel November 30, 2017 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 2 min readlast_img read more

Uber Is Giving Free Rides in This Town to Curb Drunk Driving

first_img Image credit: Pixabay Add to Queue Next Article Register Now » A New Jersey town on track for a record-breaking number of drunken driving cases has become the first U.S. municipality to partner with ride service app Uber to keep inebriated residents from getting behind the wheel.To keep the roads safe in Evesham Township, a town of 45,000 people in southern New Jersey, anyone drinking in at least 19 alcohol-serving establishments can now get a free ride home from Uber in a program funded by donors and started last week.Donations from area nonprofits and businesses are also funding a second free ride option that started on Friday: the mobile app BeMyDD, through which people can hire a driver to get both them and their car home.”We’re dealing with people who might’ve had too much to drink, so we needed to make it so easy for them to open their iPhone and push a button,” Evesham Mayor Randy Brown said.Evesham had been on track to reach 250 DUI arrests in 2015, a record for the town, Brown said.The effort extends a pilot program tested during September, when town shuttles provided free rides to more than 350 people. The shuttles helped decrease DUI arrests to eight in September from a monthly average of 23 from January to August, a drop of 65 percent, Brown said.Free rides are available from the designated bars and restaurants from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. every night of the week. The partnership with both apps runs through Jan. 2.”We began working with Mayor Brown through our national partner, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and realized it was the perfect opportunity to use our technology to help take drunk drivers off the road,” Ana Mahony, general manager for Uber New Jersey, said in a statement.Uber is testing the pilot locally and is considering working with other towns to create a similar partnership, a spokesman for the company said.Alexa Milkovich, vice president of marketing for BeMyDD, said the company recruited drivers quickly to make sure the area would have enough to meet demand.(Reporting by Katie Reilly) Uber Reuters October 23, 2015center_img 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Reuters Uber Is Giving Free Rides in This Town to Curb Drunk Drivinglast_img read more

Italy Claims Google Dodged 248 Million in Taxes

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Legal Image credit: GongTo | Shutterstock.com Italy Claims Google Dodged $248 Million in Taxes 2 min read Next Article –shares This story originally appeared on Reuterscenter_img Reuters Add to Queue Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. The Italian finance police believe Google evaded 227 million euros ($247.5 million) in taxes in Italy between 2009 and 2013, investigative sources said on Thursday.The finance police report was due to be delivered to the Internet giant later in the day and comes amid an increasingly angry debate across Europe over taxation of multinationals who park earnings in low-tax nations.Asked about the Italian report, a Google spokesperson said: “Google complies with the tax laws in every country where we operate. We are continuing to work with the relevant authorities.”Google’s latest figures show it paid 2.2 million euros of tax in Italy in 2014 on revenues of 54.4 million euros generated in the country. Italy’s Communications Authority estimates Google’s Italian revenues at around 10 times higher.Last week Google agreed to pay 130 million pounds ($185 million) in back taxes to the British authorities, though the opposition Labour Party and others said this was too small compared with the profits the company earned in Britain.In December, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) agreed to pay Italy’s tax office 318 million euros to settle a dispute over allegations it failed to pay taxes for six years, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.On Thursday the European Commission weighed into the row over taxation of multinationals with a proposal that would allow EU countries to tax corporate profits at home in some cases, even if the money has been transferred elsewhere to avoid such payments.($1 = 0.9170 euros)(Reporting by Sara Rossi and Manuela D’Alessandro, Writing by Crispian Balmer, Editing by Gareth Jones) January 28, 2016last_img read more

Physicians graduated outside the US offer better care for Medicare patients with

first_img Source:https://www.massgeneral.org/about/pressrelease.aspx?id=2362 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 20 2019A study by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team indicates that internal medicine physicians who are graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. care for Medicare patients with more complex medical needs than those cared for by graduates of American medical schools. Their report, published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, has implications for a potential impact of Federal immigration policies on access to care for Medicare patients and potentially for others.”International medical graduates represent almost one quarter of U.S. practicing physicians and a third of primary care physicians,” says McKinley Glover IV, MD, MHS, of the MGH Department of Radiology, lead and corresponding author of the report. “We know they are more likely than domestic graduates to practice in underserved and rural areas, and our study – suggesting they also care for sicker patients – adds important information.”Given the current nationwide shortage of primary care physicians and the number of international medical graduates who provide primary care services, the MGH team set out to improve understanding of the needs of the patients they serve. To do so they analyzed information from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Compare database, which includes background information for physicians participating in Medicare. They included physicians listed as practicing internal medicine, excluding subspecialties, and determined whether they were graduates of domestic or international medical schools based on physician profiles on Doximity.Information on Medicare patients cared for by each physician was based on the CMS risk scores that are calculated for patients based on age, gender and previously documented health problems and reported in the CMS Provider Utilization and Payment Data File. A risk score of 1.0 would reflect a Medicare beneficiary predicted to have average health care costs, while a score of 1.5 would indicate a beneficiary whose costs would be expected to be 50 percent higher.Related Stories‘Medicare for All’ emerges as early divide in first democratic debateStudy estimates health care costs of uncontrolled asthma in the U.S. over next 20 yearsSocial Security error jeopardizes Medicare coverage for 250,000 seniorsAmong the almost 75,000 internal medicine physicians included in the study, 52 percent were graduates of domestic medical schools, 30 percent were international medical graduates, and the status for the other 18 percent was unknown. While the average risk score of all Medicare patients was 1.73, among patients of domestic graduates the average score was 1.45, while patients of international medical graduates had an average risk score of 1.94. After adjustment for several characteristics related to physicians and their practices, the average scores for Medicare patients cared for by international medical graduates remained significantly higher.Senior author Jason H. Wasfy, MD, MPhil, MGH Division of Cardiology, says, “Studies have shown that the U.S. health care system has been increasing its reliance on international medical graduates to counteract the growing physician shortage. Our findings add to previous literature by demonstrating that international medical graduates generally care for sicker Medicare beneficiaries. Although policies that restrict or discourage international medical graduates from entering and practicing in the U.S. probably would not have an impact on care for several years, there is a real concern about restrictive immigration policies reducing access to primary care for the sickest Americans.”last_img read more

Researchers uncover new brain mechanisms regulating body weight

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 2 2019Researchers at University of Gothenburg, Sweden, clarify the link between the molecule interleukine-6 (IL-6) in the brain and obesity. In experiments on rats and mice they show that the molecule does affect the risk of obesity, and also where this effect occurs in the brain.Interleukine-6 (IL-6) is a well-known pro- inflammatory molecule, and an integral element of body’s first line of defense during infection. Intriguingly, the brain may govern and utilize IL-6 differently from the rest of the body.Researchers led by the laboratory of Karolina Skibicka at the Sahlgrenska Academy,Sweden (Mishra et al Cell Reports, 2019: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30865890), asked: what happens to IL-6 levels in the brain following a diet that leads to obesity?Rats and mice were offered a high-calorie palatable food – a mix of fat and sugar, in addition to their regular low-calorie diet – like many humans, rodents choose to overeat when presented with calorie dense foods.”What we found was that the rats and mice that became obese, had reduced IL-6, but only in one brain region, called Lateral Parabrachial Nucleus (lPBN)”, says Devesh Mishra, postdoctoral fellow leading the study.”To understand whether this reduction of IL-6 is a good or bad thing for the metabolic health of the rodents, we viro-genetically reduced IL-6 levels very selectively in the lPBN; this led to increased body weight and body fat, even in rodents fed a healthy diet”.Therefore, the researchers conclude that the reduced levels of lPBN IL-6 in obesity are problematic, and likely contribute to metabolic dysfunction and weight gain.Related StoriesNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injurySince body weight is a result of how much we eat i.e. energy intake and how much energy we use i.e. energy expenditure, weight gain can follow dysfunction of either one of these branches of energy balance.What makes local parabrachial nucleus-produced IL-6 extra important, the study found, is that it affects both branches simultaneously: it decreases food intake and increases energy expenditure, the latter by increasing brown fat activity, so body’s energy is utilized for heat generation or fat burning. Hence reduced levels of lPBN IL-6 disrupt the entire energy balance equation.These findings may be relevant not only for mice but also men, since an earlier study from University of Gothenburg, revealed that blood serum IL-6 levels in obese and overweight men are increased, yet brain IL-6 levels, measured in cerebrospinal fluid, are reduced.There is one unsolved piece of the puzzle in these new findings – researchers found that the obesity-associated reduction in IL-6 was only present in males. Female rats and mice had normal IL-6 levels. The Sahlgrenska team is now investigating why females are protected from the obesity-associated IL-6-driven dysfunction.Given that obesity is a major global disorder with 1.9 billion overweight individuals out of which 650 million are obese, new effective anti-obesity treatment are desperately needed to minimize the amount of personal and medical burden on individuals and overall our societies. On the scientific end, we think that IL-6 as a satiety mediating substance with a brain region specificity is an important discovery and can open new directions in the quest for more effective anti-obesity strategies. Source:https://sahlgrenska.gu.se/english/research/news-events/news-article//new-brain-mechanisms-regulating-body-weight-.cid1627241last_img read more

Virtual championship real ambition as NBA launches eSport league

© 2018 AFP “It was an easy decision to make,” Jason Wexler, president of business operations with the Memphis Grizzlies, told AFP.”It’s a good way to start to understand the eSport base a little bit better. It’s not a gimmick, it is a very real sport. It’s better to figure out how to come onboard now, rather than wait.”With their virtual championship taking place in a studio in New York, which will be broadcast on the Twitch gaming platform, NBA officials say they hope to engage three types of audience—the millions of gamers who play NBA 2K around the world, the estimated 1.5 billion fans of the NBA, and a further 200 million or so estimated eSports enthusiasts.eSports ‘exploding’Brendan Donohue, managing director of the NBA 2K League, said the league’s launch reflects the pull of eSports.”We saw eSport just exploding,” Donohue told AFP. “Over the last three years it has doubled in size. Experts say it is likely to again double in size in the next three years.”To select the league’s players, an open casting was held among all those who have won at least 50 games on NBA 2K’s difficult Pro-Am setting.That process produced 72,000 hopefuls, whose skills were evaluated virtually and remotely by playing 40 matches at a specific position and with a profile and physical capabilities predefined by the game designer.Eventually 102 mostly American players were selected, entering a draft which then decided the make-up of the 17 teams.Lang Whitaker, the general manager of Memphis’s eSport team—”Grizz Gaming”—said teaching players used to competing in isolation to be part of a team was a particular focus.”Most of these guys are pretty much used to playing the game the whole day. They are used to putting in a huge amount of time,” Whitaker said.”They haven’t been in the same room playing togther. That’s our focus, discussing strategy. They are the very best of the game. They just need to get used to playing together.” NHL takes esports on ice with gaming tournament A virtual championship with real ambitions gets under way on Tuesday as the National Basketball Association tips off its bid to gain a foothold in the burgeoning arena of eSports with the launch of its NBA 2K League. The league mirrors the NBA—with a regular season, playoffs and a draft presided over by commissioner Adam Silver, where top franchises vie to secure the stars of tomorrow.The NBA 2K League is based on the best-selling basketball video game of the same name which has sold more than 60 million copies since its launch in 1999.It is the first time a major professional US sports league has embraced eSports to the point of setting up its own league.The NBA 2K season will run for 17 weeks until August, with a 15-week regular season followed by two playoffs and three independent tournaments, competing for a total prize pool of $1 million (820,000 euros).Seventeen of the 30 NBA franchises have agreed to field teams of six players who each receive a salary of between $32,000 and $35,000, in addition to their accommodation.Speaking at the new league’s draft in April, NBA commissioner Silver said the new eSports venture was now part of the league’s family, enthusiastically lauding the skills and dedication of its players.”From the NBA’s standpoint, this is our fourth league. We have the NBA, the WNBA, the G-League and now this is the fourth league in our family, and that’s exactly as we’re treating it,” Silver said.’New generation of athletes'”What’s so exciting today is we’ll be welcoming a new generation of athletes, of NBA players, into this league,””It’s a different set of physical skills certainly, but to watch these gamers/athletes compete, what I’ve read about their training regimens they go through, it’s incredibly hard work.”Silver, a former lawyer who has been widely praised for his leadership of the NBA since taking over in 2014, was impressed by the potential of eSports after seeing 22,000 fans flock to Madison Square Garden in August 2015 for the North American League of Legends Championship final, the pinnacle of eSports.The league arose following ongoing discussions between Silver and NBA 2K video game publisher Take-Two Interactive.While not every team has entered a franchise in the inaugural season, those who are participating have said the decision was a no-brainer. A general view of the NBA 2K League Draft at Madison Square Garden on April 4, 2018 in New York City Citation: Virtual championship, real ambition as NBA launches eSport league (2018, May 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-virtual-championship-real-ambition-nba.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more