Salesforce opens up Lightning Bolt portal templates for specific business needs

first_img Posted on 15th September 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingSalesforce opens up Lightning Bolt portal templates for specific business needs Salesforce opens up Lightning Bolt portal templates for specific business needsYou are here: Salesforce has added bolts to its Lightning.Last year, the company released generalized self-service portal templates using its Community Cloud, for businesses’ customers, partners, and employees.The templates were built with the company’s Lightning framework. Lightning enables portals for web and mobile apps to be readily assembled via the use of drag-and-drop functional components, like an organizing tool for community events or the ability to share files among a team.Nearly a thousand Lightning communities were created by businesses with these templates. European telecommunications firm Sky, for instance, created a community of its users, while Unilever employed it for Employee Communities that spanned brands.Salesforce says its research shows that, for such uses as case resolution, employee engagement, partner sales, and customer satisfaction, online communities can boost performance by 40 or more percent.Now, Salesforce has launched the next phase of portal templates, called Lightning Bolt.A componentized portal building tool was made available to ten Salesforce partners — including Accenture, Deloitte, and Cognizant — to create a dozen business-specific portal templates that include built-in logic and workflow, like recommendation engines, e-commerce, and case management. Like the original templates, these are integrated out-of-the-box with Salesforce’s popular customer relationship management (CRM) system and with the Community Cloud, and can be connected via API to other systems.The new Lightning Bolt templates include:an insurance company community for its agents;a store operations platform for internal communications;a B2B e-commerce community between sales reps and suppliers;a community of customers and partners for manufacturers;a portal for patient health;a chatbot that connects retailers with customers, partners, and employees;access to customer information and purchase history by retail store managers.In each case, the design, functions and business logic has been tailored for that specific business need. Salesforce’s AppExchange will now host a new Lightning Bolt category so more partners can build, market, and sell other portal templates.SVP Mike Stone told me that about 60 percent of the Bolt portal templates “are ready to go.” The others can be customized by businesses working with the original partner-creators, or through their own developers.From our sponsors: Salesforce opens up Lightning Bolt portal templates for specific business needs Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more


Betting on Standardization

first_imgWith Office as the most deployed solution across business infrastructure, wherever on the collaboration spectrum your organization eventually lands, the exchange of information both inside and outside the firewall will most likely continue to revolve around Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations.When you standardize with devices that run Microsoft Office natively, your team members can seamlessly collaborate with their colleagues in other companies with 95 percent certainty that their Office documents will be viewed in their native environment.Gain Support from Enterprise ITFrom the perspective of IT, the Intel and Windows 8 platform is easy to implement and requires no additional backend infrastructure. Unlike iPads, Android devices, or even tablets based on Windows RT, Windows 8 devices can easily join an enterprise domain, and administrators can manage them with tools they likely already use.These factors mean that line-of-business managers who want to equip their teams with Windows 8 business devices powered by Intel architectureOpens in a new window will likely encounter less resistance from IT than they would with other options.This blog is part 4 of 4 in a series focused on intercompany collaboration. For a full report please click here.Previous entries include: What Does Collaboration Mean to Information Workers?Opens in a new windowCutting Through the HypeOpens in a new window4 Obstacles That Are Keeping Your Employees from CollaboratingOpens in a new windowDo your employees need mobile devices for their jobs?  If yes, What capabilities should you consider when choosing an enterprise tablet?Opens in a new windowFor more information from Intel’s IT Center and conversations on enterprise IT, click on the Hashtags below:#ITCenterOpens in a new window #enterpriseITOpens in a new window If you were flipping a weighted coin that landed heads-up 95% of the time, would you feel comfortable making a significant bet that the coin would land tails-up? Probably not. In a similar vein – you can’t guarantee the operating systems that your employees’ external business partners are using, but you can make an educated guess. And that educated guess can enable your employees to collaborate seamlessly both within the business with partners outside the firewall. In this blog, we’ll discuss how Microsoft Office is the safe bet for your business.- IT Peer Network AdministratorThe Shortest Path to CollaborationThe shortest path to the collaboration sweet spot for intercompany collaboration is through standardization.When providing employees with tablets, you can standardize information workers’ on elements that most organizations have in common, in order to support users’ needs for tablet and touch flexibility without creating additional collaboration hurdles. That standardization is easily accomplished through devices based on Intel architecture running Windows 8. This platform provides the best experience with the tools your users are already using—namely Microsoft Office—and supports users’ work styles with the least adaptation.In other words, unlike iPads, Android tablets, or fully converged collaboration solutions, devices running Windows 8 integrate seamlessly into user work styles with little disruption. Microsoft Office is the foundation of most information workers’ work styles. According to Forbes, Microsoft leads the office productivity software market with a 95 percent share.last_img read more


Samsung’s Tizen-based smartphone for India could launch this month, specifications tipped

first_imgRumour mills have been doing rounds across platforms for quite some time now that Samsung is working on a Tizen OS based smartphone for India. The smartphone has been long rumoured to be launched by the South Korean tech giant sometime in November this year. Only now, there seems to be some firm news regarding the same, courtesy Gizmobic which has spotted a user agent (UA) profile of a handset, that in all probability could be the device in question. The alleged device with a Samsung SM-Z130H UA profile has also tipped some rare specifications of the said device.The Samsung SM-Z130H smartphone reportedly features a 4-inch WVGA display with a 480×800 pixels resolution and a 288ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 1.2GHz CPU with 32-bit ARMv7 architecture alongside 512MB of RAM. It runs Tizen 2.3 version and comes with Samsung browser 2.0.34. It is also touted to sport a 3.2MP rear camera.It can be recalled that Samsung launched its first Tizen-powered ‘Z’ smartphone back in June this year, more a failed attempt to cash in on an OS that is relatively new when compared to Android or iOS. The company had to postpone the rollout of the device for a period still unknown. Therefore, the new Tizen-based device for India is somewhat of a challenge for the company to hold on to in the longer run. However, for now there is no definite news from the company regarding the device, therefore we’ll have to wait and watch for more.advertisementlast_img read more


10 months agoAgents offer Chelsea target Fekir to Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agents offer Chelsea target Fekir to Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid management have been offered Lyon captain Nabik Fekir.Having rejected OL’s attempts to open talks about a new deal, Fekir is in contact with Chelsea and Bayern Munich ahead of the winter market.And Marca says agents for the France international have been in contact with Real to offer the midfielder for the January transfer window.It’s been suggested Fekir could be a long-term successor for Luka Modric.However, Real coach Santiago Solari has resisted the proposal as he wants to leave room for Vincius Junior to establish himself. last_img read more


Here Are The 68 Teams, Seeded 1-68, Picked To Make The NCAA Tournament By The Mock Selection Committee

first_imgMock selection committee picks 68 tournament teams.We are less than five weeks away from the start of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Or, in other words, the best time of the year. Bracketology is in full swing, with teams starting to secure their tournament position and seed ranges. This week, a mock NCAA Tournament selection committee gathered in Chicago. College basketball writers from across the country met up for a couple of days to pick the field of 68, seed the teams and place them in a bracket. Here are the 68 teams picked to make the 2015 NCAA Tournament, seeded No.1 to No. 68. The teams in green font are the automatic qualifiers. Here’s the #MockSelection seed list, 1 to 68, so far:— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) February 13, 2015The NCAA Tournament is set to begin on Tuesday, March 17, in Dayton, Ohio. The Round of 64 will start on Thursday, March 19.last_img read more


Hilary Swank Edie Falco To Be Honored at Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball

first_imgThe ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has announced they will honor two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank and Emmy Award-winning actress Edie Falco at the annual ASPCA Bergh Ball on April 9, 2015, at The Plaza Hotel in New York.At the black-tie gala – which is now in its 18th year – the ASPCA will present Swank with the ASPCA Compassion Award, and Falco with the ASPCA Voice for Animals Award. Actress Lake Bell and Designer Isaac Mizrahi will co-emcee the event.“Hilary Swank and Edie Falco have as much compassion as they have talent, and we’re thankful they’ve chosen to dedicate considerable time and energy to help animals in crisis,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “The work they’ve done has helped save and protect countless lives, and the ASPCA is proud to recognize their commitment with these awards.”The ASPCA Compassion Award recognizes noteworthy individuals in entertainment and the arts who have made outstanding contributions to animal welfare in the United States. Leveraging their creative talents and prominence, these artists have brought attention and action to the plight of vulnerable homeless dogs and cats, helping immeasurably to protect and save their lives.The ASPCA Voice for Animals Award recognizes influencers, celebrities and entertainers who have leveraged their expertise on behalf of the ASPCA to help animals in crisis. Using traditional and modern media, they have made a remarkable impact on our mission to rescue vulnerable and victimized animals across the country.The theme of the event is “Pup Art,” and will feature playing cards that showcase photos of dogs and cats from the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City, reproductions of dog and cat portraits by Andy Warhol, licensed by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Posing as jokers in the deck are Bravo’s Andy Cohen, with his dog Wacha, and actor Nathan Lane, with his dog Mabel.The Bergh Ball is a cornerstone of the ASPCA’s fundraising efforts to directly impact the lives of homeless, abused and neglected animals across the country. Hugh Hildesly from Sotheby’s will host the live auction portion of the evening which will feature several high end items and experiences including a custom Christian Siriano gown, an exclusive dining experience at Jean-Georges restaurants and a private villa in Mustique. Generous support for the 2015 ASPCA Bergh Ball is provided by BlackRock.The Event Chairpersons for this year’s Bergh Ball are Laura Zambelli Barket, Arriana and Dixon Boardman, Mindy and Tom Fortin, Fredrik G. Gradin, Linda and Benjamin V. Lambert, Jeff Pfeifle, Laura and Frederick Tanne, Kim White and Kurt Wolfgruber. The Associate Chairpersons are Georgina Bloomberg, Allie Rizzo and Scott Sartiano, and Jesse Schuster, and serving as the Associate Vice Chairpersons are Lance Bass, Lake Bell, Jessica Hart, Amanda K. Ruisi, Mollie Ruprecht, Christian Siriano and Brad Walsh.For nearly 150 years, the ASPCA has made groundbreaking strides protecting the lives of vulnerable and victimized animals across the country. Through adoptions, animal health services, community outreach, field investigations, and legislative work, the ASPCA has helped countless animals live safer, healthier and happier lives.Actress/Producer Hilary Swank is a versatile artist whose most recent film include ‘The Homesman,” directed by and co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, and starring in and producing “You’re Not You.” Her other credits include “Million Dollar Baby,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Amelia,” “P.S. I Love You,” and “Freedom Writers,” among others. A passionate animal welfare advocate, Swank recently executive produced and co-hosted “Fox’s Cause For Pause: An All-Star Dog Spectacular.” This one-of-a-kind event raised awareness and funds for rescue organizations and local charities throughout the U.S. Swank’s own charity, The Hilaroo Foundation, brings together disadvantaged youth and abandoned animals with the goal of rehabilitating each, promoting both responsibility and adoption.Actress Edie Falco is the only actress to win Emmy Awards in both the drama and comedy categories, for her roles in “The Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie,” and one of only four women to have won a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and a Screen Actors Guild Award in the same year. An award-winning stage actress, Falco commits much of her time to animal welfare and rescue causes. Her dedication includes participation in Animal Planet and PBS television programs focusing on animal welfare, as well as public awareness campaigns for PETA in 2013 and for the ASPCA in 2015. Falco also sits on the Board of Advisors of Neighborhood Cats, an organization formed in 1999 that promotes trap-neuter-return (“TNR”) approaches to address feral cat overpopulation in New York City.About the ASPCA®Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501©(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.last_img read more


Canada Mexico ready to engage on US sticking point

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Canada and Mexico are prepared to engage the United States on one of its most contentious demands for NAFTA, in an early indication that proposals currently deemed non-starters could, in theory, be redesigned into something all three countries can live with.It involves a U.S. idea deemed so hideous by the other parties that they refused to even look at it in the previous negotiating round. But with a significant facelift, the other countries say, the U.S. proposal could be turned into something a little more palatable, or at least worthy of discussion.That controversial U.S. idea: a five-year sunset clause.Also referred to as a termination clause, the proposal would end NAFTA after five years unless all three countries agree to extend it. Proposed by the Trump administration at the last negotiating round, the demand was derided by the other countries, business groups, and American lawmakers as a recipe for permanent uncertainty, contrary to the spirit of a trade agreement that is supposed to provide investor confidence.But as the latest round of talks kicks off in Mexico City, the other countries are revealing a willingness to discuss modifying the idea. They say the termination clause could be turned into a review clause, meaning the agreement would still undergo assessments at regular intervals — without creating a climate of constant uncertainty, in which the deal could be cancelled by default.The Mexican government has publicly and explicitly acknowledged its willingness to discuss this revised version. Now Canadian officials are saying similar things privately.“We are going with a counter-proposal: Let’s put more force into evaluations, but let’s not establish an automatic phase-out mechanism,” Mexico’s economy minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said this week. “Let’s establish a commitment that every five years we will evaluate what is happening, an analysis, what effects the agreement is having. And based on those results, each country can decide what to do in the future.”That’s compatible with the Canadian position.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland have frequently spoken about the value of reviewing trade agreements, but have not publicly discussed the idea of embedding such a practice in a formal clause of NAFTA.Yet one Canadian official speaking on the condition that he not be identified opened the door on Thursday to discussing the idea.He said the notion of periodic NAFTA performance reviews is not new in trade agreements, nor is it something Canada would be unhappy to discuss should other countries wish to.But he said the original proposal of a so-called sunset clause remains out of bounds. He said it would make for permanent uncertainty, and is unnecessary as NAFTA already has a six-month termination clause that can be invoked at any time by an unhappy signatory.The apparent willingness to engage comes after an acrimonious round in Washington last month, where countries swatted aside each other’s major demands. At the end of the round, all three lead NAFTA ministers publicly scolded each other’s attitudes from the news conference stage.Those politicians, Freeland, Robert Lighthizer, and Guajardo, have announced they will not attend the current round. There are also reports they might miss the next round too, as the politicians retreat from the foreground to give negotiators space to work without all the discord in public view.This hint of willingness to compromise on a review-type clause raises the possibility that there might be some softer stances as the talks approach their hoped-for finish date of next March.That being said, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. business community remain unnerved by some American proposals and wonder what the Trump administration actually wants. Speculation is rife in all three capitals about whether the White House wants a deal, or whether it is attempting to sabotage the talks and set the stage for the announcement of a U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA.More than six-dozen U.S. lawmakers wrote to Trump’s trade czar this week expressing concern about the handling of the NAFTA file.A trade consultant attending this week’s talks says this idea of a regular assessment could be a worthwhile discussion point, as long as it doesn’t come with a termination-by-default portion.He said regular reviews would not be so revolutionary. He pointed out that the current agreement’s Chapter 20 establishes a NAFTA Commission and gives it the power to consider new matters that might affect the operation of the agreement.“It is in fact rather normal to have periodic reviews to determine if the deal is working and can work better. It is not normally tied to killing the deal,” said Peter Clark, an Ottawa consultant.Laura Dawson of Washington’s Wilson Center agreed that some watered-down version of the initial U.S. demand might work.She said it might resemble the World Trade Organization’s policy-review mechanism, which requires all members to conduct a self-assessment and assessment by a panel of others every two, four or six years, although the WTO version doesn’t require countries to act in response to findings.“The review mechanism is probably reasonable,” Dawson said.last_img read more


Unemployment rate sees decrease in May for Northeast BC

first_imgIn May 2018, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent with an estimated 38,500 people working.Overall for B.C., unemployment remained low in May 2019 at a rate of 4.3 percent; the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the past 22 months in a row.Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, says the B.C. economy is expected to grow, with some forecasters expecting the Province to continue to outpace the rest of Canada when it comes to employment.“The economy is expected to keep growing – to the benefit of British Columbians. Private sector forecasters project that growth in our province will continue to outpace the rest of Canada.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Provincial unemployment numbers for the month of May have been released.The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. saw a decrease last month of 0.7 percent, down to 8.3 percent when compared to April’s rate of 9.0 percent.The estimated number of people working in Northeast B.C. for May is up 200 to 37,700 when compared to April’s numbers of 37,500.last_img read more


Rollout of new simplified GST return forms deferred

first_imgNew Delhi: The pilot project envisaged for rolling out simplified monthly GST return forms from April 1 has been deferred and the new forms would be made available once they the notified and the software is ready. The GST Council had in July last year decided that the simplified GST return forms — Sahaj and Sugam — would be rolled out on a pilot basis from April 1, 2019, while mandatory filing across the country would kick in from July. In July last year, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) had come out with the draft GST returns forms and sought comments from stakeholders. Under the new return filing format, taxpayers who have no purchases, no output tax liability and no input tax credit in any quarter of the financial year would have to file one ‘Nil’ return for the entire quarter. Facility for filing quarterly return shall also be available by an SMS. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe new return filing format would replace the current requirement of filing final sales return GSTR-1; but as per the plan, summary sales return GSTR-3B would continue for some time. “The pilot project of new return filing has been deferred. New date would be decided. The forms would be notified first; following which, the pilot would be launched. Systems are being developed for the new forms,” an official said. Small taxpayers, with turnover of up to Rs 5 crore in the last financial year, can file quarterly return with monthly payment of taxes on self-declaration basis. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe return form ‘Sahaj’ is for businesses which make supplies to only consumers (B2C). It includes details of outward supplies and inward supplies attracting reverse charge as well as summary of inward supplies for claiming input tax credit (ITC). Also, such B2C businesses will have to show harmonised system nomenclature (HSN)-wise summary of supplies and interest and late fee liability details along with payment of tax and verification. HSN is a code number to specify a particular product. Besides, businesses making supplies to both businesses (B2B) and consumers (B2C) have to file returns form ‘Sugam’. It includes summary of supplies made and tax liability, summary of inward supplies for claiming ITC, along with details of interest due and tax payment. When goods and services tax (GST) was rolled out from July 1, 2017, a three-stage monthly return filing system was set up — GSTR-1 (sales return), GSTR-2 (purchase return) and GSTR-3 (final returns based on GSTR-1 and 2 matching). However, with businesses facing trouble, the GST Council decided in November 2017 to keep filing of GSTR-2 and 3 in abeyance. It also introduced a simpler GSTR-3B to facilitate easier return filing and tax payment.last_img read more


A defeated purpose

first_imgSwachh Bharat Mission (SBM) has shifted sanitation policy’s focus to the number of toilets constructed from collective behavioural change, said sanitation experts. Despite the fact that community-led total sanitation (CLTS) has brought about change in the last few decades, the pressure of targets has changed the C in CLTS to collector, said VK Madhavan, chief executive, WaterAid. “We need community involvement to look at the hygienic behaviour, but it [sanitation] is becoming a political imperative. We are seeing tunnel vision lead to a narrow emphasis on toilet construction and usage, to some extent, but hygiene is left behind. The assumption is that you have access to a toilet and you use it to adopt hygienic behaviour, but there isn’t enough evidence to support it,” said Madhavan. Also Read – A special kind of bondThey spoke at the launch of book Scaling up CLTS: From village to nation, by Kamal Kar, founder of CLTS Foundation in New Delhi on April 29, 2019. Madhavan expressed disappointment in how the CLTS’ fundamentals were not being met in the SBM. “The CLTS approach is not only an effort to help people build toilets and use them. It is meant to help people transform towards hygiene behaviour and that is missing from the scheme,” said Madhavan. Kar, whose organisation has worked on sanitation practices through technical assistance and policy advocacy across Asia and Africa, said SBM is a “great initiative as it is the Prime Minister’s number one national agenda, which has its own strengths” but it has turned people’s movement into government’s movement. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe government has pledged to make India open-defecation free by October 2, 2019, by providing access to toilets to all rural households. According to government estimates, more than nine crore toilets had been constructed across the country till February 5, 2019, under SBM, which was launched in 2014. Experts pointed out that despite there being a dramatic increase in the number of toilets constructed, there are challenges the country faces before it is declared ODF. Few of them are people being left out of baseline and growth in population, which means new families will emerge and will need new toilets. “Those of us who work on the ground know how difficult it is to declare one village ODF. It’s not an easy task and there are huge community dynamics involved. But with the PM or the President saying the country is ODF without going into the depth of the subject, dilutes the story,” said Kar. He said after the SBM was introduced, the money allocated towards behavioural change under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA), started by Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999, was used for toilet construction. While criticising the government model of giving subsidies for toilet constriction, Kar talked about Bangladesh, which was once a hub of open defecation and below India in sanitation rankings. The country achieved ODF status in 2015. The CLTS model was, for the first time, introduced in Bangladesh and it was against subsidy-driven construction of toilets. Instead of generating collective community demand for toilets, it highlighted public health ramifications of open defecation. “Subsidies don’t necessarily have a role to play if we are talking about communities. The unfortunate reality is that subsidies have become a part of political imperative and a necessity in this country. Even for something as personal as an individual household toilet, we believe the only way people will construct this is if we provide subsidy and that in some sense adversely impacts the processes that are critical to CLTS,” said Madhavan. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more


BJP will not come back to power CM

first_imgBankura/Purulia/Kharagpur: Accusing Narendra Modi of talking nonsense as he is suffering from fear of defeat, Trinamool Congress supremo said the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23, the day when the Lok Sabha election result is declared.Addressing a mammoth rally in Bankura on Thursday afternoon, she clearly indicated that BJP will not come back to power in Delhi and said: “Modi is talking nonsense as he is suffering from the fear of defeat and the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt Purulia, Banerjee challenged Modi to prove that his party leaders are involved with the coal mafia as alleged by him. “The Central Industrial Police Force (CISF) guards the coal mines which are under the Ministry of Coal and BJP leaders are its agents. Instead of blaming them, Modi is blaming us. If he can prove that any of my leaders are involved in the matter, I will withdraw the candidature of 42 candidates but if he fails to prove his allegation, he will have to tender apology and do 100 sit-ups holding his ears.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn Bankura, Banerjee alleged that to please Modi, seven-phase elections are being held in Bengal. “It is impossible to bear the heat but still polls are being conducted so that Modi can come and address election rallies. He is least bothered about the people who are suffering from unbearable heat and incredible stressful conditions.” Banerjee said that BJP had used power to hold Modi’s meeting in Bankura. “There are 50 owners of the land and out of them only 17 had allowed the party to hold the meeting. BJP used force to hold the rally at the venue,” she said. The Chief Minister further added: “Modi had influenced police to get clean chit in Godhra and Gujarat riot incidents.” She also alleged that BJP workers threw chairs and bottles at the police. “Modi babu, this is your culture and not ours. Such incidents do not happen in the meetings of Trinamool Congress leaders,” she said. Banerjee added: “He does not know about our culture and heritage. He says that I do not allow Durga Puja in Bengal. More than one lakh Durga Pujas are held and more than one crore Saraswati Pujas are organised throughout Bengal. He is so shameless that he does not do any homework before addressing the election meetings.” Banerjee urged people to vote for party nominees Subrata Mukherjee, former state minister for Panchayats and Rural Development in Bankura and Mriganka Mahato in Purulia. “Your one vote will help Trinamool to consolidate its position in Delhi and help to form a stable, secular and pro-development government.” Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday hailed his Banerjee as a “Bengal tigress” and said she had “taught a lesson” to the Prime Minister. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief attended her election rally in Kharagpur in support of her party’s Lok Sabha candidate Manas Bhunia.last_img read more


Tennis Has A Big ThreeAndAHalf

We wrote Monday that the Big Four of men’s tennis — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — dominate the sport despite the seemingly seismic upsets at the U.S. Open on Saturday. Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic upset Djokovic and Federer, respectively, in semifinals and will play the final Monday. But Djokovic, Nadal and Federer remain far ahead of those two upstarts and other younger challengers in the rankings.Murray, though, is a different story. He hasn’t reached a final in 14 months. He’ll fall out of the Top 10 if Cilic wins Monday.Murray has always been a bit of a different story — an awkward fit in the Big Four. It’s often seemed like a Big Three and Murray. The other three each have at least seven Grand Slam titles and have been ranked No. 1 for more than 100 weeks each. Murray has two Grand Slam titles and peaked at No. 2.Murray’s overall record at the biggest tournaments makes him mostly worthy of his Big Four status, but it also establishes how far behind the other members he is. Despite repeatedly and unfortunately having to face them, Murray trails only those three players in career success, among anyone whose Grand Slam career began in the past quarter-century.We compiled annual results for 19 players at the four Grand Slams and the nine Masters tournaments, the 13 events where nearly all the top players compete, pulling data from Tennis Abstract. Then we calculated the number of ranking points each player earned at those tournaments — using the current point distributions — and divided by the maximum number of points each could have earned. So, for example, to earn 100 percent of possible points, a player would have to sweep all 13 tournaments. We prorated this year’s numbers and split the 800 additional points Monday’s winner will earn between Cilic and Nishikori.Our 19 players are the Big Four, the second line of five players mentioned in the companion article — Cilic, Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov, Ernests Gulbis and Milos Raonic — and their contemporary Juan Martin del Potro, and the nine non-Big Four male players who reached the No. 1 ranking and started playing Grand Slam tournaments in 1990 or later (1990 is when the Masters events began, under a different name): Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Gustavo Kuerten, Marat Safin, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Carlos Moya, Marcelo Rios and Patrick Rafter.What’s striking about Murray is how much his curve is dwarfed by those of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic — and yet how much his curve towers over almost everyone else’s. His peak season, in 2011, is better than the best season of each of the non-Big Four players we studied. Even Murray’s fifth-best season, in 2010, is better than the best season of four former top-ranked players: Roddick, Moya, Rafter and Kafelnikov. Or, if “better” isn’t appropriate for a season that doesn’t include a Grand Slam title, then Murray’s season in which he had the fifth-highest weighted average level at big tournaments was more consistently good than the career best years for four players who reached the No. 1 ranking.We concluded our earlier piece by saying the second line and del Potro should aspire to match Murray. That’s no small achievement — and it could be big enough to reach the No. 1 ranking he’ll probably never attain, because these younger players are less likely to have to contend with the likes of Federer and Nadal for the entirety of their careers. read more


Football Nick Bosa freshman defensive linemen have productive 2016 season

OSU freshman defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) pays tribute to his brother, former OSU defensive lineman Joey Bosa, by doing the ‘Bosa shrug’ after his first career sack during the Buckeyes’ season opener on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For the first-year defensive linemen who have received the most playing time other than Nick Bosa — redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and freshman Robert Landers — 2016 has been a great season. Coming into the year, Nick, brother of former OSU All-American and current San Diego Charger Joey Bosa, was expected to make an impact — unlike his fellow freshman counterparts on the defensive front.After Bosa suffered a torn ACL during his senior year of high school, and starting defensive tackle and redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle went down with an achilles rupture in the first game of the season, it became apparent OSU needed some big-time minutes from their young players. Although Bosa had a successful rehab period, he still needed time to develop after missing much of the offseason’s drills.According to the Florida native, 2016 has been about growth more than healing, although the time away ensured he was ready to go late in the season.“I’ve grown tremendously this whole year,” Bosa said. “From the first day going full speed in camp to now I think … I’ve actually learned how to play football. Let’s just say that. High school was a lot of brute strength and athleticism. And now, I think I have a pretty good skill set. It’s just been fun to progress all year and learn new things every week. The knee is fine.”Before Bosa started picking up steam as a defender, the interior of the OSU defensive line was a bit of a question mark. That was, until, the trio of Jones, Hamilton and Landers emerged as quality defensive linemen.Jones leads the group with 46 total tackles, while Hamilton and Landers have combined for 25. Of Landers’ 16 tackles, eight are for a loss. Success in his first real playing time with a team in national-championship contention is still a little surreal for Jones.“It set in for my family, not for me yet,” he said. “I’m still in a trance still trying to figure this all out. I’m excited. I’m just ready to go.”OSU is a program that expects contributions from first-year players the moment they step onto campus, like many other top football universities in the nation. Although the expectation might seem lofty, it has helped lots of players develop into NFL-ready talent as soon as they leave Columbus. While it’s a bit like a dream for Jones, Bosa had different things in mind when he committed to the Buckeyes.“I obviously have high expectations of myself,” he said. “I’m not going to come in and not expect to play. The fact that I’ve contributed to a national championship run is surreal.”While the players have been hard at work all week preparing for the task ahead in Clemson, most players agreed the extra practice is a chance to fine tune their skills. Although Jones agreed the bowl practices are helpful, he said they have more of an impact for next season.“Bowl practice, period, is really like a mini camp for us ‘cause it’s a chance for the young guys to showcase their talents and show them we can still play,” Jones said. “This kind of just showcases us for next year’s season.”Recently, Nick Bosa watched his brother throw up an O-H-I-O after getting a sack against Cleveland in the Chargers’ loss last Saturday. Although he has yet to break out any patented moves like Joey’s shrug, Nick said he might give it a try.“We’ll see,” he said. “I’ll probably just be screaming my head off. Too much adrenaline.”Bosa and company will be squaring off against Clemson on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium. read more


Rafa Benitez Aleksandar Mitrovic has no point to prove

first_imgNewcastle Manager Rafa Benitez says Aleksandar Mitrovic should not feel the need to prove himself when he returns to Newcastle with Fulham on Saturday.The forward spent two seasons at Newcastle before joining Fulham on loan in January and finalizing the deal in the summer.Answering questions on whether the forward will be looking to make a statement, Benitez told Skysports:“No I don’t think so.”“I think he is doing well. He is playing well, scoring goals for them. He is working very hard, so I think he will be happy at the moment.”“Obviously he will like to score as many goals as he can but I don’t think he has to prove anything because he is doing well.”Thibaut Courtois, Real MadridReport: Courtois’s agent arrested in money laundering case George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois agent has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation.The ugly word corruption is again staining the world of football. In…Mitrovic has scored seven goals from 17 appearances this season for Fulham, who sit bottom of the league with only two wins and nine points from 17 games.“He is a good player, we knew that before, and I wish him all the best after this game,” said Benitez.“I think he will give everything on the pitch because that is his style of play, and hopefully we can keep him quiet.”“My main priority is to be sure the team is in a good position in the table. I am not talking about every single player.”“You have to concentrate on what you have. I am happy with our strikers, they are doing well, but especially I am happy with our position in the table at the moment.”last_img read more


Environmentalist warns of a third possible Rubis leak

first_img Recommended for you Government ‘jumped the gun’ over Rubis leak risks Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Musical Legend KB’s Latest Save The Bays Release ‘Das What Real Bahamians Do’ Tackles the Silent Tough One, the PSA Related Items:environmentalists, leak, rubis, Save The Bays Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Bahamas, 23 Jun 2015 – A leading environmentalist has called for a full investigation into a third suspected fuel leak from a Rubis station in New Providence.Ecologist & Attorney Romi Ferreira, a director of fast-growing social and environmental movement Save The Bays (STB), said highly toxic and environmentally destructive substances may have leaked, or may be continuing to leak into the ground at Porky’s Service Station on East Street South.“What seem to be test wells, some perhaps recently drilled, along with mobile recovery tanks can be observed at the station,” Ferreira said. “It would seem they are attempting to recover whatever spill material is in the ground – whatever hydrocarbon it is, either gas or diesel – as part of an ongoing exercise.“This is precisely the same methodology that Rubis used at Marathon, they installed similar types of test wells and a recovery system utilizing the same types of tanks. In fact the tanks can be observed as a part of the soil vapor extraction system Rubis currently has running in Marathon, on the property of a resident who lives at ground zero of that disastrous spill of 24,000 gallons of gas.”In the Marathon case, public awareness was raised about the grave health and environmental dangers associated with the leak, but only two years after residents were exposed to harmful, cancer causing chemicals.Ferreira said the recently revealed Sandyport case, and now this East Street South example, force Bahamians to ask how many other leaks have managed to elude public scrutiny.“How many families are being slowly poisoned without their knowledge, while fuel companies and the government maintain their silence?” he asked.“Not only do these leaks point to a culture of poor environmental stewardship, they also speak to a fundamental lack of transparency and accountability on the part of both the company or companies involved, and our elected leaders.”Ferreira said it appears that Rubis and the government learned nothing from the Marathon case, and insisted Bahamians have a right to know when their health is being placed at risk.“Fuel companies and the Ministry of Environment have a duty to make residents and businesses aware of what they know, as soon as they know it.“This is what happens in other jurisdictions around the world. Why are Bahamian lives considered less important? When will our government officials take environmental pollution seriously and move to protect us from its serious consequences?“As with the Sandyport case – which itself only recently came to light through the efforts of concerned residents and businesses – STB calls for a full and open investigation of the situation at East Street South. What’s more, the people whose lives and livelihoods may be affected by this third possible leak should be informed of what the company and the government know immediately.Test wells at Porky’s“Further, we call for increased attention to be placed to the physical state and integrity of all facilities and infrastructure that stores or transports fuels and other volatile hydrocarbon substances throughout the country.“The time for playing hide-and-seek is over, government officials and fuel companies must come clean about any possible dangers to the public health and the integrity of our environment. They cannot be allowed to play with people’s lives.” Gov’t urged to deal swiftly with Clifton oil pollutionlast_img read more