Indias first Mr Universe Manohar Aich passes away

first_imgKolkata, Jun 5 (PTI) 104-year-old bodybuilder Manohar Aich, who was once a household name in Bengal after becoming Indias first Mr Universe in 1952, died at his Baguiati residence this afternoon, according to family sources. “Aich was on a liquid died for last 10-15 days and had stopped talking. He breathed his last at 3.50pm,” his son Khokan Aich told PTI. Aich is survived by two daughters and two sons, one of whom manages a gym and fitness centre to fulfill his fathers dream of making the youth “healthy and strong”. “Never quit exercise, he would always say. His mantra to stay healthy was simple ? healthy eating and exercise,” Khokan added. Former Bengal cricket captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who is Minister of State for Sports, visited Aichs residence to offer his condolence. Aich, who turned 104 on March 17, had become Indias first Mr Universe when he won the 1952 National Amateur Body-Builders Association Universe Championships. Born in the district of Comilla (now in Bangladesh), Aich, at just four feet and 11 inches, was not the tallest of men. But encouraged by English officer Reub Martin, Aich took up bodybuilding and made this his passion during his stint at the Royal Air Force under British colonial rulers. He also went on to serve jail term when some years later he protested against colonial oppression, something which Aich considered as “turning point” in his life. MORE PTI TAP SSC SSClast_img read more

SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS AT 1730HRS

first_imgPTI Sports Highlights at 5:30 PMNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) The following are PTIs top/expected sports stories at 5:30 pm:STORIES IN THE PIPELINEINDORE – Report of 2nd T20 International between India and Sri LankaCHENNAI – Report of ISL match between Chennaiyin FC vs Kerala BlastersCOIMBATORE – Report of I-League match Chennai City vs East BengalTHIRUVANANTHPURAM – National shooting Championship for rifle and pistol.STORIES ON THE WIRE:SPO-YEAR-BOXA year of revival, Indian boxing finds its bearings againBy Poonam MehraNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) Medals galore at most tournaments they gloved up for and an administrative recovery that held out promise of a better future — there were loads to celebrate in Indian boxing this year, during which quite a few punched above their weight.SPO-BCCI-FIASCOMumbai T20 Intl: BCCI top brass embroiled in pass fiascoBy Kushan SarkarNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) The friction between the BCCI top brass and the Committee of Administrators (COA) again came to the forefront when the distribution of complimentary passes for the third India-Sri Lanka T20 International led to a tussle between the two sides.SPO-DRAVID-FOOTFantastic to see youngsters play pro football: DravidBengaluru, Dec 22 (PTI) Cricket legend Rahul Dravid today said he is delighted to see young players getting a chance to play professional football alongside former international stars in the Indian Super League (ISL).SPO-WOM-AUS-TOURAustralia women team to tour India for ODIs, T20 tri- seriesNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) The Australian womens team will tour India in March 2018 to play three ODIs against the hosts as part of the ICC Womens Championship (2071-2020), the BCCI said today while announcing a T20 tri-series also involving England.advertisementSPO-SHOOT-ULKHANKARGun for Glory shooter Ulhankar clinches gold and bronzeThiruvananthapuram, Dec 22 (PTI) As Gun for Glorys shooters work hard each day to get better, Maharashtra?s Swaroop Mahavir Ulhankar, who is part of Project Leap is already bearing results at the National Shooting Competitions for para-athletes.SPO-LEAGUE-KERELAGokulam Kerala FC post 2-0 win over Indian Arrows in I- LeagueNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) Gokulam Kerala FC posted their first win of the 11th Hero I-League, getting the better of Indian Arrows 2-0 at the Ambedkar Stadium here today. PTI APA APAlast_img read more

Follow the Epochal Porsche 911’s Lineage through the Ages

first_imgWe’re quick to label one car or another “iconic,” but even among the most stand-out cars and trucks ever made, all bow before the lineage of Porsche’s 911.Why? Certainly not because the model has been reinvented time and time again. Rather, the sports car’s fame comes from Porsche’s fierce determination not to alter its Volkswagen Beetle-inspired shape, the rear-mounted engine placement, and the engaging driving experience. Heck, until this year, the standard 911 model was powered exclusively by a naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine, and while future versions will reportedly make the switch to hybrid power, the legacy will remain.There have been dozens of variants, special editions, one-offs, and trim levels over the years, but only six generations of Porsche’s 911 — 53 years to absorb and praise (or curse). In this list, we’ll analyze each of these body styles and review what made them memorable.901/911 Generation (1963-1989)The 901 design debuted at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show as an evolution of the Porsche 356 (which itself was born from Volkswagen’s Beetle). Though the German automaker planned to make its internal name the production label, Peugeot claimed exclusive rights to three-number vehicle names with a “0” in the middle (talk about a loophole). In the end, Porsche ceded and settled on the 911 nameplate.Originally, Porsche merely intended to offer a larger, four-seater version of its 356, but the result was an all-new car with MacPherson struts and an air-cooled, flat-six “boxer” (cylinder configuration) engine mounted behind the rear axle. The 911 made 128 horsepower when it debuted and was connected to either a four or five-speed manual gearbox. The vehicle reached U.S. shores early in 1965.The 901’s design came from Ferdinand Alexander “Butzi” Porsche. The 356’s fastback carried over, but the now-infamous final form was unique to the brand and industry. Further distinguishing the 911 from anything else on the road was its short wheelbase, rear weight bias and semi-trailing arm rear suspension. Despite the automaker’s efforts, the tail-happy driving nature of the 911 wasn’t resolved until much later in its lifetime.This first generation 911 had by far the longest run (series A through F) and included the introduction of the four-cylinder 912 in 1965, the more powerful 911S in 1966, the removable-roof Targa in 1967, the de-tuned 911T (which became the 911L, and later, 911E), the motorsport-homologated Carrera RS in 1973, the feisty 930 Turbo in 1975, and the 911SC in 1978. Though the 911 grew in power, displacement, length, handling prowess, and popularity over its first 26 years, it wasn’t until 1989 that big changes began taking shape.964 GenerationIn 1989, Porsche introduced the 964 generation with fancy new aerodynamic components like a retractable rear spoiler, ABS, power steering, four-wheel drive (the Carrera 4), a new suspension with coil springs, and an updated flat-six motor good for 247 hp. Equally as dramatic as the 964’s mechanical changes were the styling tweaks. Inside, the cabin was thoroughly modernized while the exterior was butched-up.After the 964 Carrera 4 was introduced, effectively solving many of the oversteer tendencies of the previous generation, a rear-wheel drive Carrera 2 was added, along with an available four-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.In 1990, The 964 Turbo debuted with a blistering 315 hp version of the 3.3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder from the 930 Turbo. Before the 964 was replaced in 1994, a 3.6-liter, 355 hp iteration commanded the world’s attention.993 GenerationThe 1995 model year 911 was thoroughly revised and dubbed the 993 generation. Many enthusiasts remember the 993 fondly as the last of the air-cooled 911’s, and it is widely regarded as the best blend of old school looks and driver engagement, and modern performance and technology.The 993 boasted a new suspension for better ride and handling, a more aerodynamic front end, 268 hp from the same 3.6-liter flat-six motor, and the choice of either a six-speed manual or Tiptronic transmission. The 911 Carrera RS nameplate returned as a light-bodied, 297 hp limited-run version and the Targa was reinvented with a glass roof that slid under the rear window.On the performance end of the spectrum, the Carrera 4S and Carrera 2S were added with power bumps and wide-body designs. Finally, the 993 Turbo debuted with twin-turbochargers, permanent all-wheel drive, and nearly 400 hp. A Turbo S followed in 1997 with more power, a larger spoiler, and better cooling.Oh, did I say that was it for the 993? Porsche actually went mental in 1997 and introduced 57 examples of the road-legal GT2. The race-homologated monster made 430 hp (450 hp in 1998), could hit 60 mph in less than 4.0 seconds, and was one heck of a swan song for the 993 generation.996 GenerationIn September of 1997, Porsche revealed its first water-cooled 911, the 996 generation. In addition to breaking the air-cooled cycle, the automaker took a significant (for the 911) design leap, especially concerning the car’s headlight shape (which mimicked the entry-level Porsche Boxster).Powering the 996 was a 3.4-liter flat-six motor making 296 hp, but that was just the tip of the performance iceberg for this generation. The Turbo, Turbo S, and GT2 pushed the envelope with over 400 hp, but enthusiasts were much more concerned with the new GT3 version. Designed as a road-legal take on the racing GT3, the model was essentially a stripped down, naturally aspirated treat, with 360 hp at its disposal in 1999 (more power was added later).997 GenerationAs far as the 911’s design was concerned, the 997 generation that was introduced in 2005 was a return to form. Rounded headlights, a slick shape, and of course years of prestige helped the 997 become the best-selling 911 ever.Not only did the 997 look “right,” it also performed on par with the world’s best sports cars, especially in terms of acceleration and handling. The 911 Turbo S that was introduced in 2010 made 516 hp and could reach 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds. As for the standard car, 320 hp was on tap from a N/A six-cylinder while 350 hp was made available in ‘S’ designation. Bigger brakes, a lowered suspension, and Porsche’s new stability control system earned the 997 immense respect among gearheads.While the 911 GT3 was again available in 997 form, an even more aggressive GT3 RS with a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated six-cylinder was introduced for those who liked to spend every available moment at the track. Additionally, Porsche added the “RS” treatment to its new GT2, which meant 612 hp, a 205 mph top speed, and a lap time of 7:18 – a record at the time – on the famed Nurburgring circuit. By the end of its generation, the 997 was one of the fastest cars in the world (in the right specification).991 GenerationIn 2012, Porsche introduced its third platform for the 911 since the car’s inception. Longer, sleeker, and with more powertrain and drivetrain options than ever, the 991 generation Carrera is as modern as any sports car on the market, and yet is still a very engaging vehicle to drive.Though the 991 is larger than its predecessor, it’s also lighter by 110 pounds, and more powerful, with over 400 hp available in Carrera S trim. The 991 is available with either a seven-speed manual transmission (a first for the industry) or a PDK dual-clutch unit. Porsche has released several new or refreshed 911 variants under the 991 generation, and the performance bar continues to rise (there’s now talk of a 700 hp GT2 RS – sheesh) even as some enthusiasts bemoan the 991’s more “artificial” components, such as the electric steering system.Though many wish the Porsche 911 would forever remain as it once was, the reality is that Porsche is pressured by emissions regulations, safety standards, and the rest of the automotive industry to update its iconic sports car as consumer tastes change and technology improves. Hybrid power, more invasive driving nannies, and other changes will be incorporated over time, but the classic shape, layout, and driving thrills will live on as long as Porsche’s “911” badge does. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Editors’ Recommendations Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback Andy Warhol Painted a BMW M1 Race Car, and It’s Gorgeouslast_img read more

Japan to Lose Top LNG Importer Position to China by 2022

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image by WMN Japan could lose its pole position as the world’s top LNG importer to China as early as 2022, a new report by Wood Mackenzie showed.By then, LNG imports in Japan are expected to decline 12% to 72.8 million tonnes per annum (mmtpa) compared to 2018, while China’s import volume would rise 37.5% to 74.1 mmtpa.“Despite losing this leadership position, Japanese buyers will continue to take a lead in contracting innovation with developments such as hybrid deals, coal indexation, joint procurement and carbon neutral cargoes,” the report said.As several long-term contracts wind down from the early 2020s and with gas and power market liberalisation underway, this innovation will provide buyers more leverage and opportunities in future contracting discussions.“While LNG demand is declining, Japanese imports will remain above 70 mmtpa through much of the 2020s. It will remain the second largest LNG consumer in the world until at least 2040, with demand still exceeding 60 mmtpa. As such Japan still provides ample opportunities for LNG sellers, particularly as existing contracts expire,” Lucy Cullen, senior analyst, said.“The decline in Japanese imports will be driven by competition from coal, nuclear and renewables in the power sector and slow macroeconomic growth.”last_img read more

Opposition questions silence of foreign missions on Ranils threats

The joint opposition today said it was appalled by the statements made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe threatening editors of newspapers and announcing his intention of naming and shaming other prominent media personnel who have incurred his displeasure.Professor G.L.Peiris noted that in the case of one Editor of a leading newspaper, the Prime Minister specifically stated that, if the Editor in question does not quit his post, methods would have to be found to get rid of him. “The language used in these pronouncements, which received the widest exposure, was undignified and intemperate in the extreme. Similar threats were uttered, with remarkable impunity, against the electronic media,” Professor G.L.Peiris said. He said that it is a matter for the deepest regret that a Government which was elected on a platform of commitment to democratic values and media freedom, is today resorting to intimidation on a scale which has brought about an environment of the most repulsive inhibition which makes it not merely difficult but virtually impossible for conscientious journalists to perform their functions without fear. “What is truly astonishing in this dismal situation is the deafening silence of Western missions and others who, during the previous government, were quick to make the harshest criticisms on the flimsiest of material,” Professor G.L.Peiris added.He said the reason for this, regrettably, is that the present Government, as an appendage of these forces, consistently gives priority to carrying forward their agenda, rather than fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Sri Lanka. read more

AW says it remains committed to Sask beef producers following Roughriders Beyond

A&W Canada is reassuring ranchers that it supports Saskatchewan beef producers after the company aired a commercial showing Roughrider fans eating meatless burgers.The ad, which showed Rider fans outside Mosaic Stadium sampling the chain’s Beyond Burgers, drew criticism from beef producers and prompted a meeting between the football team and the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association.The association said its members were concerned the Roughriders brand was being “leveraged” to support Beyond Meat. In a letter to the association, the Riders apologized for any distress caused to beef producers.In a statement provided by A&W on Thursday, the company said it is reaching out to the Stock Growers Association to address its concerns.“It is important that they know we are advocates of Saskatchewan beef and our beef burgers firmly remain the most popular choice on our menu in the province. As a Canadian company born in the prairies, we appreciate how important agriculture is to Saskatchewan communities,” read the statement. Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.A&W said it buys millions of pounds of Canadian beef each year, and that Saskatchewan is one of its largest sources of meat. The company said it is proud of its ties to Saskatchewan ranchers.The statement went on to say many of A&W’s franchisees were raised on farms or are still farmers, and the company has a “long-standing” commitment to Saskatchewan.In its apology to ranchers, the Roughriders said the organization was not involved in the commercial’s production. A&W is a corporate partner with the Riders, and has permission to use Roughriders branding in its advertising.The Roughriders’ chief brand officer, Anthony Partipilo, wrote in a letter that the club met with A&W, and was told the ad was not meant to convince people to “stop eating beef.” Partipilo said A&W’s intent was to attract customers who do not regularly eat beef.A&W has drew criticism from Canadian ranchers in the past. The company has been accused of using beef from outside Canada, and criticized for advertising that its meat does not contain added hormones or steroids.Below is A&W’s full statement:“We are reaching out to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association to address their concerns. It is important that they know we are advocates of Saskatchewan beef and our beef burgers firmly remain the most popular choice on our menu in the province. As a Canadian company born in the prairies, we appreciate how important agriculture is to Saskatchewan communities. Our commercial that celebrated Rider Nation and featured fans enjoying a Beyond Meat Burger runs for a few days more before we switch to a new campaign that features a new menu item for Saskatchewan: a 100% prairie-raised bison burger. A&W buys millions of pounds of Canadian beef every year and Saskatchewan is one of our largest sources of high-quality Canadian beef, a supply we constantly look to increase. We are proud of our ties to the Saskatchewan ranchers and farmers who also supply us with chicken, wheat, mustard and canola.We have 46 restaurants in Saskatchewan, with the 47th opening in Saskatoon this year and the 48th to open next year in Regina. Many of our franchisees grew up on local farms and several are still farmers themselves. Our restaurants are staffed with 1,500 great Saskatchewan residents, and we have a long-standing commitment to giving back to Saskatchewan, including raising over a million dollars for MS in the province and a $5 million commitment to the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan.”mmelnychuk@postmedia.com read more

Oil price falls to lowest level of the year gasoline down to

by News Staff Posted May 7, 2012 5:09 pm MDT Oil price falls to lowest level of the year; gasoline down to $3.78 a gallon AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil hit its lowest level of the year Monday after election results in Europe appeared to jeopardize the region’s plan for recovery.Benchmark U.S. crude fell as low as US$95.34 per barrel, 10 cents below the previous low set on Feb. 2. By the end of the day, the price had dropped 55 cents to finish at $97.94 per barrel in New York.The price declined after voters in France and Greece rejected incumbent leaders who supported austerity measures to fix the region’s struggling economy. French voters elected a new president, socialist Francois Hollande, who promised to boost spending. Greek voters ousted pro-austerity candidates and left their parliament without a controlling party.The results could derail the eurozone’s plans to use spending cuts to fight its debt crisis, analysts warned. That could further disrupt an economy that consumes 18 per cent of the world’s oil.“This is not just a European problem,” said independent analyst and trader Stephen Schork. An economic slowdown in Europe could drag down other major economies, including the U.S. and China, which rely on European consumers to buy their manufactured goods.“There’s just much more uncertainty in Europe right now,” Schork said. “And that’s scaring off some capital” from commodities markets.Brent crude, which helps set the price of oil imported into the U.S., fell two cents to finish at $113.16 per barrel in London.In the U.S., retail gasoline fell 2.5 cents over the weekend to a national average of $3.777 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. A gallon of regular has dropped by nearly 16 cents since peaking in early April at $3.936. Gasoline is 20 cents cheaper than a year ago.In other futures trading, natural gas rose 5.7 cents, or 2.5 per cent, to end at $2.336 per 1,000 cubic feet. The futures price has jumped by nearly 20 per cent since hitting a 10-year low on April 19. Natural gas prices are climbing as temperatures rise in the West, increasing the use of air conditioners and boosting electricity demand.Heating oil futures fell 2.74 cents to $2.9814 per gallon. Gasoline futures slipped 1.7 cents to finish at $2.9741 per gallon.___Follow Chris Kahn on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ChrisKahnAP(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) read more

UN rights report points to increasing regularity of attacks on girls seeking

“Attacks against girls accessing education persist and, alarmingly, appear in some countries to be occurring with increasing regularity,” the background paper notes. “The educational rights of girls and women are often targeted due to the fact that they represent a challenge to existing gender and age-based systems of oppression.”background paper, which will be presented to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to contribute to the development of its general recommendation on access to education, and which will also be published in advance of the 2015 High-level Review of Security Council resolution 1325, points to significant progress made towards guaranteeing education for all in many countries, while noting that girls still face barriers to full enjoyment of rights to, within and through education.The report notes several recent cases of attacks against girls accessing education, which have highlighted the fragility of achievements in increasing accessibility, availability, adaptability, acceptability and quality of education for all.Among the examples are the murder in December 2014 of more than 100 children in a Pakistani Taliban attack at an army school in Peshawar, the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in April 2014 by the Boko Haram movement in northeast Nigeria and the 2012 shooting of education activist Malala Yousafzai by members of the Taliban in Pakistan.It also points to several incidents of poisoning and acid attacks against schoolgirls in Afghanistan between 2012 and 2014, the reported forced removal of girls from schools in Somalia to become ‘wives’ of Al-Shabaab fighters in 2010, and the abduction and rape of girls at a Christian school in India in July 2013.Attacks on girls’ education take several forms and in some instances are not explicitly motivated by the desire to deny girls an education but reflect, instead, the violence experienced by girls and women in all areas of their public and private lives, the report notes.“Attacks involving sexual violence against teachers and girls in educational facilities or during the journey to or from them have been reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Mali, Myanmar, the Philippines and Syria,” the paper notes.Attacks of all varieties have a ripple effect, impacting the lives of girls and communities who are directly concerned, but also sending a signal to other parents and guardians that schools are not safe places for girls. When girls are removed from education because of security fears and concerns about their subsequent marriageability, additional human rights violations may occur, like child and forced marriage, domestic violence, early pregnancy, exposure to other harmful practices, trafficking and sexual and labour exploitation.Among the paper’s conclusions and recommendations, it calls for measures to address the social, cultural, political, economic and security context within which violations occur, emphasising the need to improve the availability, accessibility, adaptability and acceptability of education for girls, while simultaneously launching programmes to tackle discriminatory cultural and social attitudes and practices.Noting that transformation of unequal power structures based on gender and age is a lengthy and difficult process, the report also calls for the involvement of boys and men in the process of change. read more

3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (1) carries the ball while being hit by a Hawaii defender during a game at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 12. OSU won, 38-0. Credit: Muyao Shen / Asst. Photo EditorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer addressed the media on Monday afternoon to discuss the Buckeyes’ victory over Hawaii on Saturday as well as to discuss their upcoming matchup against Northern Illinois. Here are highlights from Meyer’s press conference:Gameday championsAfter each game, Meyer and his staff evaluate the performances of players and name the game’s best performers “champions.”Meyer announced those Buckeyes that obtained those honors against Hawaii.For the defense, which pitched a shutout against the Rainbow Warriors, the champions were rather abundant.Redshirt sophomore cornerbacks Eli Apple and Gareon Conley, as well as redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell, were evaluated as champions for their performances in the 38-0 win.“Our secondary is playing at very, very high level,” Meyer said.A pair of linebackers, senior Joshua Perry and sophomore Raekwon McMillan, graded out as champions. Redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyquan Lewis also was named, making it six Scarlet and Gray defenders.As for the offense, which Meyer said “didn’t play very well,” there were only two players who graded out as champions: junior tailback Ezekiel Elliott and sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel.He added that Elliott, who rushed for 101 yards and three touchdowns, was the offensive player of the game for the Buckeyes.An update on the quarterback battleMeyer confirmed that redshirt junior Cardale Jones is still the team’s starter, for now.“He’s the starting quarterback. I met with him yesterday,” Meyer said.Redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett, who quarterbacked the final eight minutes of the first half after a shaky start for Jones, continues to get reps in practice.Meyer said Barrett “has not beaten (Jones) out yet” but that he will keep getting opportunities to do that.As for the quarterbacks’ performances against the Rainbow Warriors, Meyer wouldn’t say he was disappointed but he wasn’t overjoyed.“I think we have two excellent quarterbacks, and I expect them to play very well. Neither of them played very well Saturday,” he said.The use of direct snapsSo far in their opening two games, the Buckeyes have run a lot of direct snaps to players who aren’t quarterbacks, especially redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller.Against Hawaii, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year had the ball snapped directly to him eight times.Meyer offered some insight as to the decision to run these types of plays with players like Miller, junior H-back Dontre Wilson, redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall or even Percy Harvin from his time at the University of Florida.“It’s hard to get receivers the ball. If they roll up on you or double you, you can’t get them the ball,” he said. “It’s not real hard — if you want to really give them the ball, put them behind center five yards and snap it to them.”Running those wildcat-like plays works at times, but Meyer said it’s “a little more complicated when people know you’re not going to throw.”However with Miller, a former quarterback, the possibility to throw does exist, but the question was if the shoulder he injured in August 2014 would be healed enough to pass.Meyer all but answered that question on Monday.“The good thing is Braxton can throw and will throw,” he said.Up nextThe Buckeyes are scheduled to be back in action on Saturday, against Northern Illinois. Kick off is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Ohio States Meyer moves in on Fickells dire defense

Ohio State sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier said words couldn’t describe the Buckeyes’ defensive performance against Indiana. The appropriate descriptors came to first-year OSU coach Urban Meyer with apparent ease during his weekly press conference Monday, and he wasn’t happy. Maybe that’s why, at least for the time being, Meyer will have an increased role in the defense – he’s targeted the problem and is already working with the unit to improve its play. In light of nearly blowing an 18-point, late-game lead against the Hoosiers, Meyer, who said he’d be more involved with the defensive unit afterward, said the Buckeyes need to eliminate big plays. To help facilitate the defense’s growth, he’s already upped his involvement with the unit – Meyer said he’s met with both the players and the coaches on the defensive side of the ball. You won’t hear a whine from co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell regarding these matters, though – he said he’s happy to continue collaborating with Meyer. After allowing 481 yards of total offense and 49 points, Meyer described OSU’s problem succinctly, saying it needs to cease allowing big plays. “Pressing issues, eliminate the big play. There were 14 plays in there (against Indiana), and I actually met with the entire defense and the defensive staff in there,” Meyer said. “Instead of just complaining and whining and making noise, we have to put a plan together. That’s eliminate big plays … I’m not happy at all with what’s going on defense. That includes players, coaches and I think we can all get better.” Fickell’s defense is a porous one – OSU has allowed more points through seven games – 172 ­- than in either the past two seasons. Last year, the Buckeyes allowed 114 points to the opposition through seven games and during the team’s 2010 Sugar Bowl-championship campaign, which was later vacated, the defense allowed 112 points through seven games. With concerns about the now No. 7-ranked Buckeyes’ defense bubbling over, Fickell didn’t offer any excuses. Instead, a simple solution – make more plays, he said. “We’ve got to do a lot better job. I think the big thing is you look at – we’ve got to finish,” Fickell said. “To me, the greatest thing is, you say, ‘Hey, let’s see how we learn from this.’” From the outside looking in, it might appear that Fickell, having drawn Meyer’s ire, will now have his toes stepped on by the Buckeyes’ head coach. While it’s true that Meyer will be more involved in the defense, Fickell said, he’s always been present, adding that increased criticism from Meyer should help speed the learning process up. “(Meyer’s) come over more, but I think he’s always been involved. I think his ability to get over there and make sure, you know, motivational things and make things uncomfortable at times, but that’s how you grow,” Fickell said. “Hopefully he continues to spend a little bit more time with us. “(Co-defensive) coach (Everett) Withers and I, (cornerbacks) coach (Kerry) Coombs, (defensive line) coach (Mike) Vrabel – we all do things together, same way we’ve done in the past … It’s a collaborative issue and it’s not about any one person. That’s what we ask our kids to do and that’s what we ask our coaches to be like.” Meyer’s arrival in the defense’s meeting room comes just in time, too. Players, such as Shazier, say they’re distraught about the team’s play. “The defense, we’re really, really mad right now … We discussed how we played (against Indiana) and we had a horrible game,” Shazier said. “I’m not saying anything bad about Indiana, but we shouldn’t have gone out like that. We gave up too many yards, too many points.” The pieces, Meyer said, are already in place to turn the defense’s performance around. “We’ve got good coaches, good players and we’ll move forward and get better,” he said. OSU is scheduled to continue Big Ten play Saturday against Purdue University at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Three Britons injured after a helicopter reportedly plunged off a superyacht in

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Three Britons have been injured after a helicopter reportedly plunged off a superyacht in Norway.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said the trio were hurt on Wednesday, in what was believed to be a botched landing.Images show the aircraft being hoisted out of the fjord in Bergen, on the south-west coast of the Scandinavian country.According to reports, the helicopter had attempted to land on the luxury Bacarella yacht, but lost control when a tarpaulin became entangled in the rotors.An FCO spokesman said: “We can confirm that three British people were injured in an incident in Bergen, Norway on May 10.”We are offering assistance to them and remain in close contact with Norwegian authorities.”last_img read more

Unemployment will be below 400000 before Christmas says Varadkar

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT Leo Varadkar has said that fewer than 400,000 people will be unemployed “by Christmas”.“The various different rating agencies are have started to look at their growth statistics for this year and for next year and have started to upgrade them and that’s a new experience for us – it potentially changes budgetary arithmetic – it’s very encouraging,” said Varadkar, speaking at the Irish US Alumni’s Prominent Alumni Lecture Series at the US Ambassador’s residence in Phoenix Park.Varadkar said the live register has  been falling several months “little by little” and that he was “fairly sure” it would fall below 400,000 before Christmas – which he described as “a big psychological barrier”.The minister dismissed the suggestion that falling live register numbers were a result of people leaving the country in search of work. “It’s not all down to migration – we know it’s not because there has been a growth of the number of people at work in the economy in particular sectors like science and technology and IT also food and accommodation in the tourist sector which has seen roughly 10,000 increase in the number of people at work in the last two years,” he said.Column: The reality of unemployment is being masked by emigrationRead: 100 fewer people on the Live Register last monthRead: Record breaker: Eurozone unemployment now at 12.1 per centlast_img read more

Court case begins on whether the Norths citizens can selfidentify as Irish

first_img 45 Comments Share145 Tweet Email4 Tuesday 10 Sep 2019, 12:05 AM Mon 10:16 PM 53,001 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4801788 It makes you think what other provisions of the Good Friday Agreement they’ll throw by the wayside and how much can they get away with in watering down the Good Friday Agreement. I counted how many times they said in their skeleton argument that ‘the respondent’s wife is a British citizen’, and they said it 19 times. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: If the Home Office is successful, Northern Ireland’s Irish citizens will be completely apart and adrift – it’s creating different tiers of Irish citizens, and effectively rewriting the Good Friday Agreement. DeSouza says that in the context of Brexit, the UK government has given constant assurances that it’s “committed to the Good Friday Agreement”, but at the same time, it is arguing with her in court that it’s not relevant to British domestic law.center_img Previous tribunalsThree judges have already ruled in the DeSouzas’ favour; this is the third appeal from the UK government to have the couple’s case overturned. The appeal was lodged in 2017, but has been delayed several times over the past two years. In its original refusal letter to Jake DeSouza, the Home Office said that “the Good Friday Agreement recognised the right of the people of Northern Ireland to identify themselves and to be accepted as Irish or British or both. British nationality law defines which persons with a connection to Northern Ireland are British citizens, and Irish legislation specifies which people are Irish nationals.” Image: Emma DeSouza Emma DeSouza and her husband, Jake. Image: Emma DeSouza In line with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, your spouse is entitled to renounce her status as a British citizens and rely on her Irish citizenship, but until that status is renounced she is as a matter of fact a British citizen. The judge of a first-tier tribunal ruled in October 2017 that this was incorrect, stating that the Good Friday Agreement changed immigration law: “He or she is permitted to choose their nationality as a birthright. Nationality cannot therefore be imposed upon them at birth.”The hearing is due before a three-judge panel in the upper tribunal in the Belfast’s immigration courts at 11am today (it was originally meant to start at 10am, but was pushed back).Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has previously said that the “UK has got it wrong in the DeSouza case” and that “the Good Friday Agreement is explicit on this matter – the people of Northern Ireland are entitled to be British or Irish or both.”The Department of Foreign Affairs will have an observer in the courtroom to watch today’s proceedings.“Their objective is to make me leave that courtroom as a British citizen,” Emma DeSouza said, “which would mean my husband would have to leave the country – if we lose, there’s every chance that they will push to have him leave.”DeSouza said that the UK government’s legal argument is effectively “rewriting” the Good Friday Agreement, and makes the people in Northern Ireland “harden” their identities rather than the opposite.  A WOMAN FROM Northern Ireland who is caught up in a legal battle with the UK government over whether she is a British or Irish citizen has said that she fears the consequences if the Home Office wins the court case.Emma DeSouza is arguing that her US husband Jake should be permitted residency in Northern Ireland under an EEA residence card, as she is an Irish citizen. The Home Office has refused Jake’s application, arguing that his spouse is a British citizen.Under the Good Friday Agreement, citizens have the right to identify as British or Irish or both. But despite the UK government being a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, the Home Office has argued that it has no provision in its own domestic law for such a mechanism, and so all citizens in Northern Ireland are automatically British.As she was classed as a British citizen, but is an Irish passport holder, the UK government defined her as having dual citizenship, and so her husband cannot apply for an EEA card and she cannot go through the UK immigration system as an EU national. On this basis, her husband’s application for a residence card was refused.DeSouza says  that the Home Office will argue that the Good Friday Agreement means a person can “identify” as Irish, but is still legally a British citizen.She said that if the Home Office wins this legal case, it could subsequently revoke any EEA residencies granted to relatives of Northern Irish citizens who had said they were Irish.“The great thing [about this court hearing] is that the Home Office has to go public with their arguments,” she told TheJournal.ie ahead of today’s case. Court case begins on whether the North’s citizens can self-identify as Irish Emma DeSouza has won three court cases against the UK’s Home Office, which has argued that she is a British citizen. Short URL Emma DeSouza and her husband, Jake. By Gráinne Ní Aodhalast_img read more

Echographie morphologique définition grossesse déroulement quand la faire

first_imgEchographie morphologique : définition, grossesse, déroulement, quand la faire ?L’échographie morphologique fait partie des trois échographies obligatoires de la grossesse. Cet examen d’imagerie médicale, indolore et sans danger, permet de s’assurer que le futur bébé se développe correctement et peut déjà, dans de nombreux cas, servir à identifier le sexe de l’enfant.Qu’est-ce que l’échographie morphologique ?L’échographie morphologique est la seconde des échographies dites “obligatoires”. Elle a lieu au second trimestre de grossesse, plus précisément entre 22 et 25 SA (semaines d’aménorrhée, c’est-à-dire les semaines écoulées depuis le début des dernières règles), soit entre 19 et 23 semaines de grossesse effectives.Comme toutes les autres formes d’échographie, l’échographie morphologique utilise des ultrasons : leur écho, renvoyé par les organes du fœtus, est traduit en images sur un écran vidéo. Cet examen permet surtout de vérifier que le fœtus se développe convenablement (mesure des membres supérieurs et inférieurs, forme du crâne, évaluation de l’activité cardiaque) et que le placenta ne présente pas d’anomalies. Selon la position du fœtus, il permet aussi de découvrir le sexe de l’enfant. À noter : l’échographie morphologique est remboursée par l’Assurance maladie à hauteur de 70 % des tarifs conventionnés.Echographie morphologique : comment se déroule l’examen ?L’échographie morphologique ne nécessite pas d’avoir la vessie pleine ou d’être à jeun. En revanche, il ne faut pas appliquer de crème ou d’huile de soins sur le ventre au cours des 48 heures précédant l’échographie, le risque étant de gêner le passage des ultrasons.S’il le désire, le futur papa peut normalement assister à l’échographie. Que l’on souhaite ou non connaître le sexe de son futur bébé, il est conseillé de le préciser clairement à la sage-femme ou à l’obstétricien avant le début de l’examen. Ce dernier se déroule en position allongée, sur le dos : un gel servant à faciliter la diffusion des ultrasons est appliqué sur la peau du ventre avant le passage de la sonde.L’échographie morphologique dure habituellement une trentaine de minutes, au bout desquels un compte-rendu et des images du bébé sont remis aux parents.Echographie morphologique : quels sont les risques pour la santé ?À lire aussiFrance : un robot réalisant des échographies à distanceLes échographies obligatoires ne présentent pas de risques pour la santé du fœtus et de la mère. Dans la majorité des cas, elles ne révèlent en outre aucun trouble particulier. Il arrive toutefois que l’échographie morphologique mette en lumière des malformations fœtales impossibles à détecter durant l’échographie du premier trimestre (échographie de datation), comme une malformation rénale.Elle peut aussi dépister une anomaliechromosomique, telle que la trisomie 21. Néanmoins, des examens complémentaires sont souvent nécessaires pour confirmer le diagnostic.Le 7 août 2017 à 17:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Leadership group picks three award winners

first_imgClark County – On Tuesday, Leadership Clark County announced the winners of its 2016 Clark County Leadership Awards. LCC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic leadership development program that started in 1993 and has nearly 700 graduates.• Dominique Merriweather, who graduated from the nine-month program in 2008, receives the Outstanding Alumnus Award.• Former Vancouver City Council member Larry Smith receives the Community Leader Award, given to someone who didn’t graduate from the program.• The Business Leadership Award goes to Riverview Community Bank for its community involvement and leadership.The recipients will be honored from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the home of the late Ed and Dollie Lynch, located at 4712 N.W. Franklin St. Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.leadershipclarkcounty.com/awards.last_img read more

Deputy details alleged assault with patrol car

first_imgClark County sheriff’s Deputy Rob Ternus was standing in front of his hijacked patrol car, parked alongside Northeast 78th Street, shouting for the suspect inside to surrender.The man didn’t. Instead, he locked eyes with the deputy, changed gears and accelerated straight toward him.“That’s when I knew I had a bigger problem,” Ternus testified Tuesday.At that point, the five-year deputy said he decided to use force.He jumped to the sidewalk and fired one shot through the window of the patrol car as it whizzed past. Ternus was the first witness in the trial in Clark County Superior Court of Raymond H. Hall, 30, charged with first-degree assault of the deputy. During several hours of testimony, Ternus was candid and detailed about what happened the early morning of Dec. 26, when he pulled over a pickup on Northeast 78th Street for having defective brake lights.Ternus asked Hall, a passenger in the pickup, to step out and talk with him. He said Hall ran away, circling the block while ignoring the deputy’s repeated commands to surrender, and then jumped into the deputy’s patrol car and sped away.“Can you explain to jurors your concern?” about Hall being in the patrol car, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey asked.“My concern was my rifle,” Ternus said.Ternus said that Hall could have gotten the deputy’s rifle from the patrol car. “If I get into a gunfight with a rifle, I’m in a losing battle,” the deputy said.last_img read more

FDA approves first medical device for treatment of ADHD

first_img5:21 Wellness AI in Healthcare: The future of medicine For decades, managing ADHD has meant getting a prescription for Adderall or Ritalin. Now children have another option: the Monarch external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (eTNS) system, an ADHD treatment device that works by sending mild electrical stimulation shocks to the nervous system. The Food and Drug Administration gave the device clearance to be marketed as a treatment for patients between 7 and 12 years old. Here’s what you need to know about the Monarch eTNS.First, what is ADHD and how is it diagnosed?Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a common condition that begins in childhood and is often difficult to manage. Symptoms include inattention, difficulty focusing, impulsivity and high levels of activity.To be diagnosed with ADHD, a person must exhibit persistent inattention and hyperactivity that’s long-lasting and interferes with important parts of life. An example of inattention is failing to pay attention to details on school assignments, while examples of hyperactivity include fidgeting, blurting out or excessive speech and spontaneous bouts of movement, such as jumping or running. Additionally, several symptoms must have been present before age 12, and several symptoms must be present in more than one location. For example, a child might exhibit inattention and hyperactivity at school and in the car.  Now playing: Watch this: All the gadgets for getting healthy at CES 2019 21 Photos What’s the Monarch eTNS system?The Monarch eTNS is a newly released medical device that attaches to the forehead via a patch and small wire. It sits just above the eyebrows and delivers a slight tingling sensation on the skin, an effect of the low-level nerve stimulation. The Monarch system comes from California-based life sciences company NeuroSigma, which develops treatments and devices for neurological disorders.How does the Monarch eTNS work?The electric pulses from this cell phone-size device interact with the trigeminal nerve, which then sends therapeutic signals to the parts of the brain thought to be responsible for ADHD symptoms. “This new device offers a safe, nondrug option for treatment of ADHD in pediatric patients through the use of mild nerve stimulation, a first of its kind,” Carlos Pena, director of the FDA’s Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices, said in a statement.The FDA approved Monarch eTNS for use in managing ADHD symptoms after reviewing a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial of 62 children with moderate-to-severe ADHD. Details of the trial were published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in January. In the study, 32 children with ADHD used the Monarch eTNS device every night, and 30 children with ADHD used a placebo device. The children who used the real device over the four-week trial period exhibited a greater reduction in their symptoms than the children who used the placebo. Post a comment What are the side effects and is it safe to use?According to the 2019 study’s authors, a big advantage of the Monarch eTNS system is the apparent lack of any serious health risks. The study notes that side effects include drowsiness, an increase in appetite, trouble sleeping, fatigue, headaches and teeth-clenching.Even though it’s marketed as extremely safe, Monarch eTNS is intended for use only under the supervision of a caretaker. Also, treatment with the Monarch system takes about a month before symptoms visibly improve. It’s recommended that children who use Monarch eTNS check in with their doctor after four weeks to evaluate treatment effects. Children who use the following shouldn’t use Monarch eTNS:A pacemaker or other implanted device.An insulin pump or other body-worn medical device.Prescription ADHD medications such as Adderall or Ritalin.How can I get the Monarch eTNS?Monarch eTNS is already available in Canada, Australia and Europe as a treatment for epilepsy and depression. There’s no US release date yet.Monarch eTNS is available only with a prescription, which first requires an ADHD diagnosis. Additionally, children can use Monarch eTNS only if they aren’t currently using a prescription medication to manage ADHD symptoms. It’s also recommended that children with pacemakers, insulin pumps or other bodily devices don’t use the Monarch system. What does this mean for future ADHD treatments?The marketing approval of the Monarch eTNS from the FDA sets a precedent for similar devices to follow.”This action creates a new regulatory classification, which means that subsequent devices of the same type with the same intended use may go through the FDA’s 510(k) premarket process, whereby devices can obtain marketing authorization by demonstrating substantial equivalence to a predicate device,” the FDA wrote in its statement. This precedent will allow similar devices to move through the FDA’s approval process much faster.The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and isn’t intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives. Tags Share your voice 0last_img read more

The flip side Bitcoin Ether prices wilt and new questions emerge

first_imgThe flipside of crypto-currency is emerging again with the crash of a host of the virtually “mined” currencies over the weekend. This may not be an identifiable bubble signal right now, though realisation is dawning in the market that it is not just about the bitcoin alone – the crypto-currency market is collectively capitalised at $65.64 billion at the time of going to print. Bitcoin brings up almost half this combined market cap of all crypto-currencies.The bitcoin virtual currency which was at its peak in 2015 and 2016, providing a windfall to early investors, is again under siege. And, yes, it will be shortlived as always as supply adjusts to demand. The combined market cap of crypto-currency increased by over $3 billion in the span of a few hours on Sunday, indicating high market volatility. But this time round, the investor scare comes with a lot more questions attached.Bitcoin, and other blockchain-based alt.coins (or alternative digital coins) like Ethereum or Ether and Monero are feeling the pressures of uncertainty over the markets, and reacting to the resulting speculation. Much of the speculation is short-term and fuelled by concerns over the crypto-currency market, which has undergone a period of rapid appreciation since the beginning of 2017.Bitcoin surged another 150 per cent this year to top $3,000 in June, but has since fallen back more than 20 per cent to around $2,327 on the back of selling pressure. On Saturday, the price of bitcoin hit a 49-day low, falling below $2,000 for the first time in weeks amid a broad selloff across crypto assets.Coindesk.com had in a report late on Saturday, said that the overall figures observed for both bitcoin and the total crypto-currency market were the lowest since late May. Further, the asset class was down 11 percent over a 24-hour span at publication, a time during which it shed roughly $9 billion in value, Coindesk said.Crypto-currency market capitalisation CoinMarketCap.comFuelled up on EtherThe market for Ether has come under sell pressure, spurred by the entry of numerous Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) on the market. Scores of ICOs, — what Jamie Burke, the founder and CEO of blockchain-focussed VC firm Outlier Ventures, calls “the blockchain ecosystem’s killer app” –, have been launched in 2017. Virtually all these ICOs, mostly early crypto-currency projects far from generating significant revenues, are being fuelled by Ethereum and its clients such as Metamask, Parity, Mist and MyEtherWallet.As of May 2017, companies raised $180 million in ICOs, compared to $101 million in all of 2016, according to Smith + Crown, a blockchain research, data and consulting group. This has lured even more money into crypto-currencies.Incredibly high spikes and deep troughs in trading patterns of crypto-currency has caused trepidation among investors and companies who use crypto-currency mining software to acquire virtual currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Zcash, Dash (originally Dark Coin), Tether, Monero and Ripple.Bitcoin continues to lead the pack of crypto-currencies, in terms of market capitalization, user base and popularity. Nevertheless, virtual currencies such as Ethereum and Ripple which are being used more for enterprise solutions are becoming popular, while some alternatives are being endorsed for superior or advanced features vis-à-vis Bitcoins.Bitcoin is essentially a mobile app or computer program that provides a personal Bitcoin wallet and allows a user to send and receive bitcoins with them. Central to Bitcoin is a public ledger, known as the Block Chain. Roughly every 10 minutes, a new “block” is added to this chain or ledger. This ledger records all of the transaction that have taken place in the last 10 minutes, and what quantities of bitcoin currency are now held at different public addresses.Bitcoins are created and entered into circulation through a process called “mining”. Bitcoin miners download free software that they use to solve complex math problems. Solving these problems verifies the validity of bitcoin transactions by grouping several transactions into a block and mathematically proving that the transactions occurred and did not involve double spending of a bitcoin.Not just digital cashSince bitcoins and other crypto-currency are mined and not minted, central banks have found the part of regulating it rather problematic. Understandably, different countries have taken varied approaches to regulation and oversight. The United States has led the way, though different agencies like the Securities Exchange Commission and the US Internal Revenue Service treat cyptocurrency in different ways.The US Federal Trade Commission applies the Federal Trade Commission Act to combat unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce, which includes virtual currencies. In addition, approximately 44 states in the US have issued licenses to companies that use virtual currency in their business model. FlickrWider regulatory coverage of crypto-currency, particularly Bitcoin transactions in the US market have led to greater flexibility in trade and monetisation via online exchanges. For the Federal Reserve, this has raised the responsibility levels needed to look at financial innovation across a broad range of functions, including payments and market infrastructures, supervision and financial stability.The fact that a decentralised means of tracking and assigning wealth or economic value through a software protocol, computer network, idea, community or open source movement is not anathema just because of it being beyond official and bureaucratic bounds or oversight. The official feet-dragging on crypto-currency is also because it becomes difficult for monetary institutions to fix damages or pin accountability in the event of fraud or a market crash involving virtual currency trading.The Indian government and banking regulator Reserve Bank of India (RBI) bring their own set of reservations into the crypto-currency debate. A government-appointed panel is still undecided on how to formulate regulations around it and which body will hold responsibility for regulatory oversight, though the government has not made negative noises about declaring transactions illegal in India.An exclusive story from Moneycontrol.com suggests that the Bitcoin will most likely fall under the RBI’s ambit. Moneycontrol quotes a banking official as saying that there have been other opinions about the Bitcoin being a security rather than a currency, and such an instrument should be regulated by Sebi (Securities and Exchanges Board of India).Bitcoin and the ‘alts’The extant rule on Bitcoin generation limit capped at 21 million has not factored in market spikes and largescale shortages caused by the emerging ICO trend of fundraising by corporates. Counter-intuitively, bitcoin’s biggest weakness — the system’s limited capacity — has also increased demand for crypto-currencies.1/7 3 reckless ICOs in the system now: @BancorNetwork @TezosFoundation @EOS_io. They are experiments, not by any stretch of imagination.— William Mougayar (@wmougayar) July 14, 2017Near fraudulent ICO’s are bound to occur and will taint the promise of serious, meaningful #Blockchain applications— Bhagwan Chowdhry (@bhagwanUCLA) May 25, 2017Bitcoin’s developers have argued for years about how to expand the system, which can only handle seven transactions per second, compared with thousands on conventional payment services. Even before the argument was fructified, new crypto-currency options (or “alt.coins”) have emerged in recent years.Blockchain currently claims to process 160,000 transactions a day across 140 countries. The ultimate vision is to make all crypto-currency data and transactions trackable via an electronic ledger that eliminates delays caused by disparate currencies and financial systems.It will take more time to come up with rules around crypto-currency, even as new challengers have emerged to the Bitcoin in recent years. Ethereum looked the most credible of the lot as it was not just another blockchain technology, but explored new applications for crypto-currency.A study by the John Hopkins Carey Business School in October last year, notes that primary demand in the future for crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin and Ether will stem from their utility as alternative payment channels and as digital assets. “Both Bitcoin and Ether have great potential in penetrating the retail market as they provide a more convenient and affordable solution for both domestic and cross-border transactions,” the study says.Trending on popularity alone, crypto-currencies look set to stay on, but who among them will emerge leaders amid the growing competition within the space will only be revealed with time. As yet, many central banks are in wait-and-watch mode on the utility of crypto-currency.For now, the burning question on every bitcoin aficionado’s mind will be when the market will turn. Equally pertinent is the ongoing debate on ICOs, which are completely unregulated and how long they should stay that way. What if a company issuing an ICO absconds with the money? What is the level of oversight which ICOs need, and can unsafe ICOs be controlled without prices falling steeply? Answers to these should illuminate a small part of the road ahead for crypto-currency.last_img read more