News / Container terminal sector experiencing change with a new breed of operator

first_img A new breed of international container terminal operators has emerged over the past few years to challenge established companies which have traditionally dominated the sector.Localised players, such as ICTSI, SSA Marine, Eurogate and HHLA, have always had particular strengths in certain areas, but for almost a decade the container terminal operating industry’s four main global players have been ever-present in bidding for new concessions and privatisation opportunities – Hutchison, PSA, DP World and APM Terminals.Now however, according to the latest Global Terminal Operators Annual review released by Drewry, two new entrants have been added to the list of global terminal operators this year – France-based Bolloré and China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI).Drewry’s director of ports, Neil Davidson, described CMHI as “a significant new entrant this year”, calculating that after its 49% acquisition of the CMA CGM’s Terminal Link subsidiary, the company now has a 3.6% market share of the global container terminal industry.In contrast, the largest box port operator in terms of volumes remains Singapore’s PSA, which has an 8% global market share, and last year handled 61.8m teu, around half of which was at its flagship Singapore transhipment hub.In terms of market share it is followed by Hutchison with 7%, APM Terminals with 5.5% and DP World with 5.1%.He added that APMT and DP World had the most developed geographical spread of the four main operators.“The strategy of terminal operators varies from company to company – all the pure stevedores and hybrid carrier/operator companies remain active, mainly in terms of greenfield and brownfield expansion, but also because of a degree of acquisitions,” Mr Davidson said.He added that at the same time, investments by shipping lines in dedicated facilities had ground to a halt, with several looking to offload minority stakes in their terminals to financial investors.Nonetheless, the sector has remained fantastically profitable, with terminal operators maintaining an EBITDA margin of 20-45%, depending on “the level of risk in each operator’s portfolio”, which operators maintained even in 2009 when the financial crisis decimated volumes.In addition, merger and acquisition activity has intensified as financial investors have looked to re-enter the sector, while emerging operators, particularly CMHI, have sought to expand their networks.“CMHI has aggressive expansion intentions and further acquisitions seem particularly likely,” he said.“At the same time, regional players such as Gulftainer and Yilport will be contending for global container terminal operator status soon,” he added.Drewry has forecast that global container terminal volumes will reach 840m teu by 2018, with an average growth rate per year of 5.6%, and this would increase terminal utilisation from the 67% seen in 2013 to a near-critical 75% by 2018.Meanwhile, the impact carriers grouping themselves into four major alliances will also be far-reaching, “because of the concentration of volumes that that brings and the logical desire of the alliance members to bring the volumes together in one terminal”.He said currently volumes are often spread across different terminals in one port, which requires either inter-terminal transfers or separate calls at different terminals in one port – and this is “creating a lot of pressure for concentration of capacity in ports”.Mr Davidson continued: “One of the big issues is that is that capacity is fragmented for historical reasons in many ports – so that both physically and in terms of ownership capacity is often scattered around, and bringing that together in a fewer number of larger terminals in one port is difficult because it is a significant expense – but that’s the nature of demand, which is also tied in with the introduction of bigger ships, and begs the question of who is going to pay.” By Gavin van Marle 09/12/2014last_img read more

Division 4 football glory for Portlaoise against Graiguecullen

first_img Previous articleManager Brennan heralds Laois fans as attentions turn to 2020Next articleWorld’s first plastic waste to wax plant opened in Portlaoise LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Division 4 football glory for Portlaoise against Graiguecullen Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Home Sport GAA Division 4 football glory for Portlaoise against Graiguecullen SportGAAGaelic Football Facebook GAA Pinterest Colm Doran got the game’s first point for Graiguecullen but that would be the only time that they would lead.The sides did trade scores in the opening 20 minutes but Portlaoise got a run on Graiguecullen with points from Chris Lynch, Jack Fennell, Fearghal Fennell and David Finn to take a 0-10 to 0-4 lead at the break.Graiguecullen needed goals on the resumption of play to force their way back into the game and they were given the perfect opportunity when they were awarded a penalty.However, Portlaoise keeper John Hannify was equal to the task as he made a brilliant save from Peter Brannigan’s spit kick to keep him out.This spurred on Portlaoise and they finished the game with goals from Fennell and Moore to seal the win.Portlaoise now look towards the Junior ‘A’ championship, while Graiguecullen are out against O’Dempsey’s in the ‘C’ championship on Tuesday.SCORERS – PORTLAOISE: Fearghal Fennell 1-5 (0-1 free), Ian Moore 1-1, Jack Fennell 0-2, Thyge Ryan, Ben Conroy, Chris Lynch, Andrew Dowling, Jack Reddin, Liam McGovern, David Finn and Mikey Nerney 0-1 each GRAIGUECULLEN: Mark Doogue 0-3, Peter Branagan 0-2, Shane Aylward, Ian Bradley, Brian McDermott and Colm Doran 0-1 each.PORTLAOISE: John Hannify; Kevin Phelan, John Delaney, Brian Dunne; Eoin Rochford, Aidan McGovern, JP Seale; Chris Lynch, Mikey Nerney; Jack Reddin, Jack Fennell, Ben Conroy; Fearghal Fennell, Andrew Dowling, David Finn. Subs: Fintan Walsh, Liam McGovern, Kieran Drea, Niall Carey, Bryan Naughton, Ian Moore, Eoin Carey, Thyge Ryan, James Nerney, Gavin Fitzpatrick, Joey Delaney, Malachy McNulty, Brian GaynorGRAIGUECULLEN: Don Scully; Donal Hurley, Wayne Humphreys, Daithi Hurley; Kevin Smith, Liam O’Brien, Shane Aylward; Barry Regan, Ricky Lawler; Conor Hogan, Dale Byrne, Alan Byrne; Colm Doran, Peter Branagan, Mark Doogue. Subs: Brian McDermott, Ian Bradley, Conor Hayden, Stephen AlsyburyReferee: Eric Ward (Portarlington)SEE ALSO – Laois Ladies set to play All-Ireland championship match in O’Moore Park TAGSACFL Division 4Portlaoise RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By LaoisToday Reporter – 15th July 2019 center_img Twitter WhatsApp GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter GAA Portlaoise ACFL Division 4 winners Portlaoise 2-16 Graiguecullen 0-9ACFL Division 4 FinalPortlaoise had 13 points to spare over Graiguecullen in the Division 4 football final on Saturday evening in Timahoe.This was a battle between the third string teams in each club and it was the first of three adult league finals that Portlaoise will compete in this year.Second half goals from Fearghal Fennell and Ian Moore did the trick for Portlaoise but in truth they were well on top by that stage. Facebook Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Wine Vision Ventures to the New World – Sonoma County, California…

first_imgLinkedin ReddIt Home Industry News Releases Wine Vision Ventures to the New World – Sonoma County, California to…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessWine Vision Ventures to the New World – Sonoma County, California to Be Host Destination for 2016By Press Release – June 9, 2016 46 0 TAGSfeaturedSonoma CountySonoma County WinegrowersWilliam Reed Business MediaWine Vision Share Facebook AdvertisementJune 8, 2016 — Following two years in London and resounding success in Bilbao, Spain in December 2015 the premier international wine industry event, Wine Vision, will make its first visit to the New World of wine in 2016. The host location for this year’s Wine Vision will be Sonoma County, one of North America’s most progressive wine producing areas with a two-hundred year history of viniculture and a commitment to sustainability.“We look forward to welcoming the global industry to Sonoma County,” says Karissa Kruse, President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers.  “We’re ready to show our peers around the globe how our community of multi-generational grape growers and vintners are setting the gold standard for sustainability as well as producing some of the finest quality wines in the world.”  In 2014 the Sonoma County Winegrowers announced its commitment to become America’s first 100% certified sustainable wine growing region by 2019 and is progressing rapidly towards that goal, with more than half the vineyard acres already certified sustainable.Sonoma County is the birthplace of California wine with the first commercial, bonded winery in the state, Buena Vista, dating back to 1857. Today there are more than 450 wineries and 1,800 vineyards in Sonoma County.  Most are multi-generational family businesses with a deep commitment to the land and the community.  The wine region is comprised of 17 unique appellations with varied topography — the foggy Pacific Coast, rolling hills and valleys, and steep mountain ranges — and is home to 66 commercial grape varieties, including 44 red and 22 white. These wine grapes have been the county’s highest revenue generating crop since 1989 and, today, classic Bordeaux and Burgundian grape varieties rub shoulders with lesser known varieties native to California and from around the world. This diversity allows Sonoma County to produce a rich variety of wines for home market and export.Recognised as the wine industry’s leading business innovation forum, Wine Vision left its London home in 2015 and set off on a global journey to showcase some of the world’s most progressive wine regions. By partnering with a new location each year Wine Vision is bringing debate about the wine industry’s future to its centres of production and creating a showcase for regional innovation and ingenuity.Last December Spain’s Basque country was the first international co-host of Wine Vision, attracting record delegate numbers.  In an independent post-event survey, 88% of attendees rated Wine Vision 2015 and Bilbao as excellent or good.  84% agreed it had met or exceeded their extremely high expectations for the quality of its content, networking and opportunities to make new commercial contacts.  79% described Wine Vision as ‘unique’ and 73% named it as the event that now ‘sets the agenda’ for the global wine industry.“Almost two thirds (61%) of our delegates confirmed that they plan to join Wine Vision again in 2016,” says Andrew Reed, Managing Director of Events for Wine Vision’s organisers, William Reed.  “They told us they relish the opportunity to see great wine producing regions up close and urged us to take them even further afield in 2016 – so we look forward to welcoming them to Sonoma.”Highlights of Wine Vision’s visit to Sonoma County will include:An interactive 3-day conference programme that combines global content with an opportunity to experience a premier world wine region close up.Options to extend your visit with a series of wine tours across Sonoma County immediately following Wine Vision.A first night Prohibition Party at the Francis Ford Coppola winery that will celebrate the 83rd anniversary of the end of prohibition in movie-maker style.A series of exclusive networking luncheons and dinners at some of California’s most innovative wineries including Rodney Strong Vineyards and Jackson Family Wines.An introduction to the county’s sustainability projects including an initiative to power a winery with high tech battery technology developed by Tesla, the ground-breaking electric car company founded by the serial entrepreneur and multi-billionaire founder of PayPal, Elon Musk.Wine Vision will be held from 5 to 7 December 2016.  If you would like further information about attendance or sponsorship opportunities please contact:Margarete Baltay, Event DirectorT:  +44 (0)1293 610 452E: [email protected] Wine VisionWine Vision is a leading industry event created by the international publishing and events business, William Reed.  Wine Vision was founded in 2013, takes place annually and complements a portfolio of wine publications and events, which include the globally renowned International Wine Challenge and BeverageDaily.com.  It is administers the World’s 50 Best Restaurants programme.   www.winevision.comAbout William Reed Business MediaWine Vision is delivered by William Reed Business Media, publishers of a host of magazines, digital newsletters, publications and data sources for the wine industry.As in international events company, William Reed welcomes more than 40,000 delegates to over 40 live events, conferences and exhibitions every year, on every continent.About Sonoma County Winegrowers The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, also known as Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW), is a marketing and education organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions.  SCW has oversight by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and seeks to increase awareness and recognition of the quality and diversity of Sonoma County’s grapes and wines through dynamic marketing and educational programs targeted to wine consumers around the world.  In January 2014, SCW committed to becoming the nation’s first 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019. Currently, 64% of the vineyard acreage in Sonoma County has gone through the sustainability self-assessment and more than half of the vineyard acres are certified by a third party auditor.  These sustainability efforts were recently recognized with California’s highest environmental honour, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA).www.sonomawinegrape.orgAdvertisement Pinterest Email Twitter Previous articleAfternoon Brief June 8Next articlePennsylvania Governor Signs Law Allowing DTC Wine Shipping Press Releaselast_img read more

Sense of Smell Requires Optimized, Scalable Network Circuitry

first_imgBillions of Missing Links: Mysteries Evolution Can’t Explain “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Recommended Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsantennaebioRxivCharles StevensciliaCold Spring Harbor Laboratorycomputer scienceCurrent BiologyevolutionFanny Lecuyer GiguèreglomerulusIllustra MediaJohannes FrasnelliLiving WatersmosquitosNIHodor particlesolfactionolfactory receptor neuronolfactory receptor neuronsOSNPacific Salmonpheromonesphysiologypiriform cortexSalk InstituteShyam SrinivasansmellThe ScientistUniversity of MontrealUniversity of Washington,Trending Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share The ability to detect and respond to molecules in the air — olfaction — is one of the most complex of our senses. It requires sorting, analyzing, and prioritizing a torrent of input data quickly. If you saw the animation “A Pacific Salmon’s Sense of Smell“ from Illustra Media’s documentary Living Waters, you got a feel for the complexity of neural wiring and organs that process the inputs. Here, we look at new findings about what it takes to run an olfactory function.What Is KnownAt Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, winners of a NIH award for innovative neuroscience research have been creating models of olfaction. At Medical Xpress they explain what is known about the sense of smell:Generally, scientists know that odor particles first enter through the nasal cavity, where odorant receptors expressed by olfactory receptor neurons in the sensory tissue bind to them. The olfactory bulb, a structure located in the forebrain of mammals, then processes information sent up from the receptors. Afterwards, the bulb sends out this information to several higher processing brain areas, including the cerebral cortex. There, the olfactory output messages are further analyzed and broadcast across the brain before they’re conveyed back to the bulb in a feedback loop. [Emphasis added.]What Is Not KnownThe same research team recently found that “it’s probable that the entry-level of olfactory inputs and the further processed bulb outputs care about different aspects of smell.” Previous models, they say, have not stood up to further testing. For instance, combining odorants should predict neural responses, but they often do not. When it comes to smell, “we don’t really know what the brain is looking for, and we don’t know what physical or chemical features, if any, the brain extracts,” Albeanu said.Their latest paper in Current Biology, “Scaling Principles of Distributed Circuits,” sounds more like a title about computer science than physiology, but it concerns primarily the problem of modeling olfaction as a signal-processing circuit. They found mathematical relationships between the incoming neural signals and the glomeruli that receive them, deducing that the ability to discriminate odors corresponds to the circuit size. The system grants scalability to the olfactory system across species: the more incoming neurons, the more glomeruli there are to process the inputs. This scalability, which follows a power law, also allows the precision of the signal at one stage to be maintained throughout successive stages. The power law has an exponent of 3/2, which reflects the fact that the signal goes from 2-D (at the olfactory receptor neuron or OSN) to 3-D in the glomerulus. The glomerulus will receive multiple signals from numerous OSNs because numerous molecules impinge on OSNs simultaneously. This allows the glomerulus to calculate the concentration of the signal even if the OSNs have different sensitivities; the multiplicity of signals increases the signal-to-noise ratio, and reduces uncertainty about the environmental source. “In an optimal circuit,” they explain, “precision should be maintained in each successive stage: it is wasted if the downstream circuit cannot maintain it.” The 3/2 power law allows the olfaction system to maintain that precision. Everything was going smoothly until Darwin entered uninvited.Thus, evolution might have designed the circuit’s connectivity parameters to be optimal for robustly maintaining information and discriminatory ability.And what do you know, but it also appears that species that have more need to discriminate smells have bigger circuits to accommodate the need! How about that. Clever, that evolutionary designer. Some individuals can even grow more OSNs in response to frequently-encountered odorants.Thus, evolution might have increased circuit size among more olfaction-dependent species in order to classify and discriminate more odors.What a skilled designer evolution is! He, she or it even sets up and follows the rules. “Scaling, which has been observed in myriad biological contexts, reveals design constraints imposed by evolution.”From New York to CaliforniaOn the West Coast, two team members at the Salk Institute contributed to the paper. Charles Stevens and Shyam Srinivasan found that “at least six types of mammals — from mice to cats — distinguish odors in roughly the same way, using circuitry in the brain that’s evolutionarily preserved across species.” (Evolutionarily preserved means essentially that no Neo-Darwinian evolution occurred, except for scaling of the network for each species.) Srinivasan boasts, “So, if you told me the number of neurons in the nose, I could predict the number in the piriform cortex or the bulb.”Their image of the piriform complex, a portion of the brain that receives processed signals from the olfactory bulb, made Image of the Day at The Scientist. The caption reads,Brain circuits underlying mammals’ keen sense of smell seem to be conserved across many animals, from mice to guinea pigs to opossums. Receptors in the nose shoot signals to a cluster of neurons in the brain — the olfactory bulb — and then on to the layered piriform cortex. The relative number of neurons involved in each successive stage is consistent across species, researchers reported July 18 in Current Biology. The Salk duo explains that the olfactory neural network, which is different from those of other senses, works with codes in ways human designers will appreciate:Specifically, identification of individual odors is linked to the strength and combination of firing neurons in the circuit that can be likened to music from a piano, whose notes spring from the depression of multiple keys to create chords, or the arrangement of letters that form the words on this page.“The discrimination of odors is based on the firing rate, the electric pulse that travels down the neuron’s axon,” says Srinivasan. “One odor, say for coffee, may elicit a slow response in a neuron while the same neuron may respond to chocolate at a faster rate.”Robust but Not InvincibleOur senses can often last a lifetime, running on sugars and proteins and fats. They don’t short out when we dive into a swimming pool. They are compact and elegantly sensitive, but they can be damaged, or can diminish with age.Researchers at the University of Montreal found that a blow to the head can injure the sense of smell. Depending on the amount of damage from a concussion, the olfactory network might recover, but patients need to be aware of the symptom.“A lot of people will suffer a mild concussion at some point in their life, so realizing they have trouble smelling is the first step to telling their doctor about it,” said lead author Fanny Lecuyer Giguère, who did the research as part of her doctoral thesis in neuropsychology supervised by UdeM affiliate professor of psychology Johannes Frasnelli. “It’s important that patients report any loss of smell, because it’s not something their general practitioner or emergency-room physician normally asks about.”The researchers followed up with victims of ski accidents. Loss of olfaction was often correlated with anxiety. Fortunately, “the researchers were able to determine that most who’d lost their sense of smell gained it back within six months of their accident.” This implies that the body’s amazing self-repair abilities extends to the olfactory circuitry. Further InA preprint on bioRxiv finds a connection between centriole number and arrangement. The cilia on OSNs house the olfactory receptors. At the base of the cilia, centrioles are arranged in a rosette formation. Two proteins amplify centrioles, and when there are enough, the cells can divide. “Our findings highlight the importance of accounting for centriole amplification in neuron regeneration therapies derived from olfactory epithelia.”Scientists at the University of Washington examined the olfactory system in mosquitos. Many insects have astonishing sensitivity to odors such as pheromones, able to detect them from miles away (for mosquitos, it’s the CO2 in our breath that attracts them). Insects wear their OSNs on their antennae, but similar functions of collection, sorting and processing go on in their glomeruli, arranged in an organ called the mushroom body. Then, as in larger mammals, the signals undergo additional processing in their pinhead-sized brains. That such ability can be miniaturized for a mosquito, or a gnat, should be sufficient to arouse awe.Image source: Living Waters, via Illustra Media. Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Intelligent Design Sense of Smell Requires Optimized, Scalable Network CircuitryEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCAugust 27, 2019, 5:08 AM A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Technologies: Slayer of Mind and Body

first_imgThe world is full of technical gadgets. Now few people use pen, pencil, diary or notebook. Now all use a mobile phone, digital diary, tab, laptop, or commuters for writing and keeping the records. There was a time when writing kits, pen sets, or diaries were given as popular gifts but this popular practice has become a thing of the past. This has on one hand killed the market and business of these items and on the other hand-creativity has been killed.There was a time people used to have proud of their good and artistic handwriting and language skills. But this generation is completely ignorant about this creativity and skill. Diary writing was another art that is altogether forgotten. People used to keep stylish pen and pencils to demonstrate their style and mannerism. This generation has no idea about this taste.There was another family feature when people have different colours of ink and inkpots and their hands, handkerchiefs, clothes etc have also marked off the ink they and their children use. Special soaps were used to clean the stains and marks of the inks. Children have special freedom and game to ruin the dupattas, sarees, shirts of their fathers’, mothers’, sisters’ and brothers’ were spoiled by the stains. All such games and naughty pleasures and family love have now vanished with the over-use of technologies. Now users are always tensed about safety due to the high cost and high maintenance cost of the gadgets.Pen, paper and writing skills give physical and mental satisfaction. If one is an expert in writing and calculations, it develops a certain intense connection about this bond, a closeness that is missing from any other electronic gadgets i.e. computer, laptop, smartphones and calculators. It is the possession and contact of the pen and paper, the flow of ink, the speed of the pen, the alliance and intimacy of all with the human hand and the hand’s link with the mind of the writer vibrate the mind and body with energy. This is all the role of the pen and the significance of the paper. Man’s overdependence and overindulgence with computers, smartphones and calculators have killed this relationship and broken the joint family into nothingness.Even if now somebody uses a pen, they use a high-quality one. It rarely spoils anything. People are so lazy now that they do not re-use or re-fill the ink. The used pen is thrown. It is total casualness. Now, the study table is without ink-pot, eraser, blotting paper, diary, writing pads or sharpener. People are the complete slave of smartphones, tabs, laptops, computers, digital diaries and calculators. Due to this mental slavery, people are crippled that they cannot do any simple calculation without the help of the calculator.Technology has distorted our lives, mentality, behaviour and persona. Our thinking, memorizing and writing sense is are heavily damaged.  We don’t use these technologies judiciously but rather we are over-reliant and slave of them. If they are not with us we become uneasy and annoying. We feel a sense of loss and vacuum around us.Around a few years back, the beg of school-going children was fully prepared and equipped by their mothers with copies, diaries, pens, pencils, pen-holders, nibs, and ink-pots. All the children have a pencil box equipped with pencils, scales, erasers, sharpeners etc. Desks in the schools were made with an ink-hole for ink.Students had to dip the nib of the holder into this ink-hole of blue or black ink repeatedly and then fight away to write few words before again dropping the nib into the ink-hole. Good writing was a prized art. It was a good mental exercise of mind, body, hands, eyes and concentration.This was a very strenuous task; but this process shaped and produced Dickens, Mark Twain, Shaw, Tolstoy, Kipling, Munshi Prem Chand, Tagore, R.K.Narayan and Dr S.Radhakrishnan —dip and write, dip and write, for days, weeks, months and years. People and writers were very meticulous and careful about handwriting, spellings, grammar, and punctuation so that the readers, compositor, or teacher can understand and appreciate the writing. But smartphones, laptop, tab, etc have killed this art and mental work out.Letter writing and diary writing are the biggest causalities of this technology colony. There was a time when diary writing and letter writings were big documents and art. Letters and diaries used to discuss and narrate families, relations, news, philosophy, society, politics, environment, nature, psychology, weather and whatnot. The art of diary and letter writing produces some of the greatest intellectual minds and literarily pieces. Diaries and letters of Matthew Arnold, Arthur Hugh Clough, Bernard Shaw, Anne Frank, Mahatma Gandhi, Emily Dickinson, P.G.Wodehouse, Nehru, John F. Kennedy, Robert Scott, Meena Kumari etc., are now big and popular literary books.Mathematical abilities and calculation power have been destroyed by the slavery of computers, calculators and computers. Now the majority of people are incapable of solving the easy and simple mathematical calculation without using calculators. The slavery of technology has mentally crippled this generation.Above all, writing art and skills develops the personality of a person and makes him disciplined and efficient. The handwriting of a man indicates and specify the personality and behavioural aspects of a person. Matthew Arnold, Abraham Lincoln, John F Kennedy, Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr.S.Radhakrishnan had very good handwriting and everyone knows they were great creative writers and statesmen. On the other hand the handwriting of Hitler, Mussolini and Jinnah were very poor. Their mind and behaviour were also very destructive.There is a very interesting fact about handwriting. Henry Wainwright was a very dangerous criminal but had neat elegant handwriting. This refined him as a meticulous criminal and clean prisoner. The same was true to another dreaded criminal Charles Shobraj. Shobraj was a very shrewd conspirator and criminal and he was also a skilled writer.Commuters, laptops, smartphones, and calculators have also killed the art of good teaching. Now teachers are also dependent on these gadgets. Without the help of these gadgets, they are almost handicapped.  There was a time, good teachers used to memorize everything and they used to teach writing on the blackboard, neat and fast. They always emphasized the memorising and significance of good handwriting. Neat and open handwriting develop a cultured, disciplined, organised and orderly mind.The mind has become so much crippled due to the over-dependence on technology that to check the coping and cheating Plagiarism Checker Apps are used because human beings have no power of reasoning, memory and judgment now. However, these plagiarism checker apps have only the mechanism to check the copying of the language. However, only a creative mind can write the unidentical language. They do not have the power to check the coping of points, contents and other major issues. This method is again very absurd like electronic gadgets.Unfortunately, computers and smartphones have soiled all these qualities of mind and body. Now, nobody wants to take pains of writing, oral calculations and mathematical calculations. Now, teachers and students are crippled due to their slavery to smartphones and computers. Good handwriting and capability of oral calculations keep mind and body in good shape and alert.Over-dependence on smartphones are also responsible for a large number of accidents. Thousands of people die every year in accidents using mobile phones. Similarly, the over-use of electronic gadgets is turning modern youth casual, undisciplined and ill-mannered. Educational campuses are full of such students. The use of technologies must be judicious.last_img read more

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Cardinal Huskies Fall Hard to the Cuyahoga Heights Redskins 41-13

first_img Related TopicsBrett LowtherCardinal HuskiesCuyahoga Heights Redskins Danny Simpson is a 4 year graduate from John Carroll University in Cleveland with a BA in Communications and Theatre Arts where he specialized in broadcast and theatre production. Graduated from Aurora High School, Danny has lived in North East Ohio all his life and love Cleveland Sports. Currently enrolled at The Ohio Center for Broadcasting in the Sports emphasis program, Danny hopes to make a name for himself somewhere for some professional or collegiate sports organization. Danny Simpsoncenter_img This Ohio High School Football Review is brought to you by the Learned Owl Bookstore in Hudson, Ohio CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS, OHIO – Coming into this game, the Cuyahoga Heights Redskins are 4-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play, and are absolutely focused on nothing other than being 5-0 by the end of the game. Cardinal Huskies are currently 1-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play.The game would start off with the Redskins scoring on a 9-yard touchdown run from senior quarterback Brett Lowther; the point-after-touchdown (PAT) would be good from kicker Mark Shafer. Cuyahoga Heights, on their first defensive series, would force a 3 & out which they would capitalize on with a 21-yard touchdown run from Lucas D’Orazio. PAT would be good and the Redskins would lead the Huskies 13-0 at the end of the opening quarter. The second quarter, Huskies would force a Redskins fumble backed up near their own end zone, which seemed to spark some energy in Huskies. However, the Huskies themselves would turn the ball over on downs in the red-zone with 6:38 left in the first half. And after a long drive from the Redskins, D’Orazio would punch in another TD with a booming 1-yard run. Redskins extend their lead to 20. And then for some late first half drama, the refs would “inadvertently throw” a penalty flag on a play in which the Redskins intercepted the ball in the 5-yard line and returned for a touch down. The flag seemed to be thrown for pass interference on the Redskins, later, the referee who “threw” the flag said it “fell out of his pocket” according to one of the Huskie coaching assistants. The interception returned for a TD by Dylan Drummond would stand. The half would then be cut 11 seconds short due to one of the stadium light polls losing power. The score at the half; Redskins 27, Huskies 0. As for he second half, the Redskins would score 2 more times in the 3rd quarter, once from Lowther on a 13-yard run, and a 70-yard run from back-up QB Ryan Polk. The Redskins defense would also come up with yet another interception. The score by the end of the 3rd quarter would be Redskins 41, Huskies 0. However, the Redskins defense would not be able to shutout the Huskies. The Huskies would score twice in the 4th quarter. Their first TD would come from Kyle Simms on a 34-yard run. PAT would be no good. And the second TD would come courtesy of Jacob Gotham on a hard-hitting 5 yard run. Both teams would end the games with their back-up squads. Your final score; Redskins 41, Huskies 13. The Redskins now have an overall record of 5-0 and the Huskies overall record of 1-4. Next up for both schools, Cuyahoga Heights takes on Richmond Heights at home for another conference game, and Cardinal matches up against Harding at Cardinal High School. With the regular season on the back-end, the playoffs will be here before you know it. last_img read more

Saban: Alabama QB Jake Coker out with minor foot injury

first_imgTUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama quarterback Jake Coker could miss a few days of practice with a foot injury.Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in a statement Monday that Coker’s injury is minor and doctors believe he will make a full recovery. Saban says the senior quarterback is expected to miss “several days” of practice. Saban didn’t say when or how Coker was hurt.Coker is among the contenders to be Alabama’s starting quarterback for the opener Sept. 5 against Wisconsin. He’s battling redshirt freshman David Cornwell, along with Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman and freshman Blake Barnett.Coker is the only one of the group to have thrown a pass in college. He’s a Florida State transfer who backed up Blake Sims last season.last_img read more

Rapper Tory Lanez samples UFC superstar Conor McGregor in his latest track; Watch

first_imgAlso Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov Accuses Conor McGregor Of Lying Amid UFC 249 RigmaroleAccording to reports, Tory Lanez has already gained 2.2 million more Instagram followers in less than 30 days. Moreover, there has been a reported surge of 90 percent in his YouTube subscribers. Tory Lanez now has more monthly Spotify listeners that Nav, Russ, and Meek Mill. Raj Sarkar UFC 249 updateUFC 249 headlined by Justin Gaethje vs Tony Ferguson has been postponed amidst the global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Initially, Dana White was about to host the fight card under any circumstances as he was also planning to secure a private island for the fight to take place. However, after repeated suggestions from ESPN and Disney, Dana White has called off the PPV for now.Also Read | Jorge Masvidal Wants To Replace Khabib For Taking On Tony Ferguson In UFC 249Also Read | UFC 249 update: Dana White Reveals Why He’s Keeping UFC 249 Location A Top Secret(Image courtesy: Twitter) Conor McGregor’s upcoming UFC fight is going to take some time as the entire world is dealing with the unfortunate outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic at the moment, but that did not stop him from making headlines. Conor McGregor has already been active in helping his countrymen in the battle against coronavirus as the UFC superstar has reportedly donated €11 million to the hospitals in Ireland. However, Conor McGregor has attracted a lot of attention for yet another reason and fight fans are thrilled to witness the aura of McGregor in a rap version. Rapper Tory Lanez recently sampled Conor McGregor in his latest track and the entire UFC fanbase has been buzzing with excitement since then. Also Read | Dana White Refuses To Put The Blame On Khabib Nurmagomedov For Pulling Out Of UFC 249UFC: Tory Lanez samples Conor McGregor in his latest track ‘Stupid Again’ Rapper Tory Lanez recently dropped his new album ‘The New Toronto’ which features a song titled ‘Stupid Again’. Tory Lanez has used one of the most famous quotes of UFC superstar Conor McGregor in the song and fight fans had no difficulty in pinpointing McGregor’s words. The song ‘Stupid Again’ begins with Conor McGregor’s famous speech, which he delivered at UFC 205 after becoming the first double champion of UFC. Conor McGregor offers his iconic apology to ‘absolutely nobody’ before Tory Lanez hits the canvas with his rap verses in the song. Here’s a glimpse. WATCH US LIVE First Published: 13th April, 2020 12:35 IST COMMENT Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 13th April, 2020 12:35 IST Rapper Tory Lanez Samples UFC Superstar Conor McGregor In His Latest Track; Watch Rapper Tory Lanez used one of the most famous speeches of UFC superstar Conor McGregor in his new track ‘Stupid Again’, which was released earlier this week. LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more