first_imgThe Panthers, … The Panthers and Warriors appear to be on a collision course.The top two teams in the Big 5 are each a perfect 6-0 midway through the league campaign, and scheduled to meet in a crucial three-game series next week.And that’s a series that looks increasingly likely to decide the fate of the league championship.Thus far, the Panthers have taken care of business, sweeping three-game stands with Arcata and Fortuna, while boasting an impressive overall record of 14-3.last_img read more

first_imgBlazers stock report: Portland has lost three of their last four games heading into Thursday’s 110-109 … The Blazers beat the Warriors in overtime Thursday evening in dramatic fashion. Two days later, the two teams will play again – this time up the I-5 highway in Portland.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:00 p.m. (NBCSBA)Blazers projected starting lineup: Al-Farouq Aminu, Maurice Harkless, Jusuf Nurkic, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollumlast_img read more

first_imgMars has no liquid water today, but water must have covered much of the planet in the past. How? Nobody knows.Look at the diagram of Mars the way some secular planetary scientists believe it looked in ancient times (Phys.org). It’s almost covered with water. How could that be? There’s no liquid water there today, and Mars lacks the atmosphere that could keep it liquid. It’s also too cold for liquid water most of the time, although some may be locked up as ice in the polar caps.Scientists infer its presence by its effects. The surface of Mars today is covered with what look like drainage channels. A leading hypothesis is that liquid water carved them at some time in the unobservable past, perhaps about 3 billion years ago.A new study led by Northern Illinois University geography professor Wei Luo calculates the amount of water needed to carve the ancient network of valleys on Mars and concludes the Red Planet’s surface was once much more watery than previously thought.Dr. Luo and his two colleagues re-estimated the amount of water needed. The new estimate is an order of magnitude higher than previous estimates, and 4,000 times the volume of all the valley cavities. He envisions an earth-like Mars with a water cycle, rainfall, rivers, streams, and a large ocean covering over half the planet.Our most conservative estimates of the global volume of the Martian valley networks and the cumulative amount of water needed to carve those valleys are at least 10 times greater than most previous estimates.There are some problems, though. Nobody knows how the water got there, or how it could last if it did.But a large piece of the puzzle is missing, he added, because climate models have not been able to reproduce an early Mars climate sufficiently warm enough to promote an active hydrologic cycle.“Mars is much farther way from the sun than Earth, and when the sun was younger, it was not as bright as it is today,” Luo said. “So there’s still a lot to work out in trying to reconcile the evidence for more water.“Dr Luo needs a large ocean in his model to account for a water cycle that could drive rainfall and erosion to create the valley networks (VNs). Undoubtedly an ocean on a planet with 38% earth’s gravity would not just sit still like a placid sea. Even without a large moon, diurnal rotation and atmospheric winds would likely set up tides and currents. Some of the geological features are considered to be tsunami deposits. Could a sufficiently large impact or volcano move water over continents?Mars elevation map, 2002 MOLAThe paper in Nature Communications sets out some of the possibilities for a Martian ocean in motion: fluctuating shorelines, tsunami deposits, sedimentary layers and deltas. Luo does not speak of any floods. It’s amusing, however, to see planetary scientists routinely refer to a “Noachian epoch” on Mars.How solid is the evidence for a large ocean on Mars? “There is no ground truth to assess the real accuracy of our estimation,” he says. In planetary science, that’s OK these days. If your model requires it, that’s enough reason to believe in it, even if you can’t imagine how water could exist on Mars at all. Someone’s rule of speculating is that if you’re going to tell a whopper, you might as well tell a really big one:Our result is consistent with a warm and wet early Mars climate and the existence of an ancient northern ocean. If erosion of the VNs required significant chemical or physical weathering to produce transportable sediment, fluvial abrasion of channel beds or transport of appreciable quantities of gravel, the required volume of water may have been many times our conservative estimate.Luo justifies his whopper on the basis that something had to carve these channels. If not a wet, warm, oceanic Mars, what did?But on Earth, where the surface is 70% covered by water, could there have been a global flood? Oh, come now; that’s just a religious myth.We’re not disparaging scientific models. Creation geologists use models to try to retrofit observations to Noah’s flood. Dr Walt Brown, for instance, traced ancient shorelines north and west of Grand Canyon to model a large inland lake that could have carved the canyon by a dam breach. Models are useful tools, but they are only simulations of reality. The test of a model is how well it conforms to observable reality. If your assumptions do not hang together well (for instance, a faint young sun with a warm, wet Mars), you had better remain humble about your assumptions, and be open to alternatives. And if you are going to go out on a limb like Dr Luo does, don’t disparage the work of those whose models have much better correspondence with observable reality. Creation geologists can count ten or more clear evidences from the Grand Canyon alone that not only support a global flood, but rule out any other explanation. That’s ground truth. And when you have an eyewitness account from the One who brought it about, that’s truth.Recommended Resource: Want to see evidence for the Flood yourself at the Grand Canyon? Logos Research Associates has a trip planned for June 30 to July 2: 3 days, 2 nights for only $285. Click the link for full information. Highly recommended! (Visited 745 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Little to no rain this week has accelerated crop maturity and provided opportunities for fieldwork, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.4 days available for fieldwork for the week ending September 25th . The hot and dry weather promoted the drying of the corn crop. Condition rating for crops and pastures remained steady. The moisture content for corn harvested over the week averaged 21 percent, and soybean moisture average 14 percent. The window for silage harvest neared the end.Read the full report herelast_img read more

first_imgIt should go without saying that your brand is who you are, what you stand for, and the one thing unifying the goals, ideals, and mission of your business. In short, your brand is an integral part of your business identity, so you want to make a good one right out of the gate. Of course, your business will grow over time, which means it may change. Perhaps your goals will shift. Maybe your mission will develop into something new, or you’ll want to refresh your company’s look and overall vibe. You may even want to offer your customers new services or provide products that are a little different from what you offered previously. When this happens (and for many businesses, it will happen sooner or later), you should begin thinking about re-branding your business. Re-branding is as common as creating a brand itself, but it takes a little extra care. When your business is in a space where re-branding is wanted or needed, the chances are that your company has been in the world for a while. Whether you’ve been around for a year or fifty, when you re-brand, you must reinvent more than just your image so that who your business is on the inside matches the outside and vice versa — all with your customers and employees in mind. To rebrand successfully there are several major do’s and don’ts you must follow for optimal success.Ultimate Guide to Re-branding Your Business: The Major Do’s and Dont’s(Photo Courtesy of Unsplash)Don’t Be Intimidated: Why Re-Branding Might Be Needed and Why It WorksPlenty of brands re-brand. Slack, for example, has already worked through two new re-brands in the last few months. IHOP went through a (very memorable) re-brand during the summer of 2018, and other companies such as Uber, Lyft, Instagram and more have recently undergone some form of re-branding to stay current with their followers, customers, and fans. Though it may seem like a lot of change and uncertainty, re-branding is an opportunity to refresh and revive one of the most critical parts of your company. Re-branding offers lots of room for new opportunities and creativity as well as chances to engage with your customer following in new and dynamic ways. Re-branding doesn’t have to be an entire overhaul of your company image! Instead, think of it as a time when you can tweak and fine tune parts of your company that can be improved for clarity and increased interaction. Let’s think about Slack again: the company itself hasn’t undergone a considerable change. Slack is still a useful app, and network professionals can use to connect, chat, and share information. What has changed is Slack’s look and how it interacts with its customers. A small but profound change, revamping the company look leads to a lot of interest and attention for the company, winning new customers and getting the word out on what Slack does and what it stands for. In short, when you think about your current brand – whether it is your brand’s look and logo, your mission statement and goals, or your products and services – is no longer working, re-branding is the clear next step. So don’t panic. Take a step back and make some time to think about how you want to change your brand for the better.  Re-branding Your Business: The Major Do’s and Don’ts to Keep In MindNow that you’ve got an idea about what re-branding is and why it may be necessary, let’s move on to the actual business of re-branding. There are several do’s and don’ts all companies, whether small, medium or large, must know when re-branding. These do’s and don’ts should help you avoid common pitfalls, save you time and money, and ensure that your re-brand is a complete success:Do’sDo Work from the Inside OutWhen re-branding, you have to think about more than just changing your look. Re-doing your logo and visuals will undoubtedly be some of the more eye-catching changes, but you have to re-brand from the inside out to make an actual impact. Think about the core of your company: your core values, your goals, and your mission statement. When you think about how you’re looking to re-brand and why you can begin identifying how each of these things should shift. As you sort through this step, be sure to include your employees in all new decisions and changes so that you can present a united front when you finally go public.  Do Revamp Your Company CopyIf you’ve been a company for at least a year, the chances are that you’ve got plenty of copy on file. The copy can be anything and everything from your tagline social media posts and e-mails to blogs, articles, and other web content. When re-branding, you don’t want to leave all your old content and copy sitting around. For one thing, the copy may no longer reflect your company accurately, and for another, you may confuse potential customers, investors, and partners about who your company is and what it stands for. In some other cases, your copy may not be that strong or compelling anymore. Whatever the problem, you do want to revamp your company copy during a re-branding. It helps to ensure that everything is up to date, polished, and ready to be read, shared, and engaged. Do Stay Consistent Even in the ChangeRe-branding may be all about making changes, but this doesn’t mean you should lose consistency in who you are and what you do. Re-branding is more about changing how you represent who you are and how you do what you do. Let’s return to the IHOP re-brand: one of the issues people had with “IHOP” becoming “IHOB” for a spell was that burgers are pretty far from pancakes. Though IHOP later clarified that they weren’t turning their back on what made them famous in the first place, how they re-branded had many people scratching their heads. Staying consistent may have looked like keeping their name the same, but launching a burger campaign with a new tagline, logo, and goals specifically for this meal option. When re-branding, don’t get lost in all the new — you also have to remember your roots.Do Get CreativeCreativity is an essential part of any business and should be leaned into at all times. Creative thinking gives way to new ideas, new adventures, new opportunities, and even new customers and fans. In short, getting innovative feeds into all areas of your business and you re-brand: it helps you reimagine your logo, tagline, and visuals as well as other areas. Are you wondering how to provide a product or service that’s already out there? Get creative! Think of how your company can do something the others can’t, whether its providing better quality products, better prices, better customer support, or improvements in another area. Having a creative mind and creative members of your team can open a lot of doors, so be sure that creativity is never stifled.Do Include Employees and Customers AlikeOne thing you must remember during your re-brand is to include internal constituents on the big decisions and changes. If you’re lucky, your employees are loyal to your company and believe in it. With this in mind, you don’t want to begin making changes that your team is not on board with. Beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes can be deeply ingrained in both employees and customers, and for many people change is hard. Keep this in mind when you begin the re-branding process (remember, work from the inside out!) to avoid some severe pitfalls. How can you include employees AND customers? Use insights from your employees, executives, and partners to help craft and fine tune your mission and core values. Offer surveys with rewards to loyal customers to get their opinion on specific changes before they’ve been made. Getting feedback from these parties is valuable and can help make your re-brand smooth and successful. Don’tsDon’t Worry About MoneyWhile it is always important to be mindful of your budget, you don’t want to get caught up pinching pennies and cutting corners to make ends meet. Let’s be real: re-branding can get expensive, but if you plan well and leave yourself some wiggle room, you can keep everything on track. Before you begin, look at other areas of your company where funds may be diverted to add some padding to your re-brand budget. To take things a step further, do your research on how much money your specific re-brand may take, and do your best to plan accordingly. In the end, you have spent a little more than you intended, but having a strong brand identity and strategy can offer a significant return on your initial investment!Don’t Become GenericPart of being a successful business is standing out in a way that is important to your customers. You can give people something they both want and need – something they can’t get from just anywhere. With this in mind, you want to make sure that your re-brand does not strip away any of who you are as a business. Becoming generic reduces your company to just another face in the crowd – another option. Sure, some people may choose you, but what is the incentive? What do you have that others don’t? Keep these questions in mind as you consider why you’re re-branding and what you want the process to do for your company and your customers.Don’t Be In a HurryRe-branding can be a long and deeply involved process, so the last thing you want to do is rush. When changing your company in any way, you must think about what you want, what your customers want, what kind of new customers you want to attract, and how you plan to accomplish your goals while staying in line with your core value. Of course, this is a lot to think about, and so should be given the proper time it deserves. To get the best job done, slow down and make sure that everything is precisely how you want it. It may take longer than you like, but it will pay off in the end. Don’t Recycle Old Content Without Changing or Updating It FirstFor more established businesses undergoing the re-branding process, it may be tempting to post old content on your fresh new site. While recycling material is a good idea, doing so without changes or updates is not. Remember, consistency is critical. It’s vital that your brand voice must stay the same across all avenues. If you have a blog post that contains a lot of useful information, but it was made well before your re-brand, re-visit it and see what elements can be brought up-to-date. Think of it like updating your closet: you don’t get rid of all your old stuff, but you can update looks by adding new pieces among the mix!Don’t OversellFinally, don’t oversell or overpromise anything to your customers or employees. If you oversell what your new brand is going to be and do, it will only be met with disappointment and negative feedback. Such reactions can do severe damage to your business, stunting its growth or making it impossible to recover. If you’re going to create hype around something and make promises, you have to follow through no matter what. A great way to think about it is through your lens: when politicians, friends, family members, or colleagues say they’re going to do something but don’t, how do you feel? Annoyed and let down are usually the top answers. For best results,s be realistic about what your brand will do and stick with it. Re-branding your business is a big job, but when you follow these do’s and don’ts you can ensure that the process will go smoothly. Whether you’re giving your whole company a makeover or are just doing some light housekeeping, these tips are sure to help. After a 10-year career in web development and system architecture, she left her position of Senior Director of Information Systems at a digital security company and cofounded a venture studio. There she noticed a lack of affordable “do-it-yourself” naming services for startups, which in turn became the driver to launch BrandBucket.At the age of 18, Margot was accepted to all 8 Ivy League universities, but shepropel BrandBucket into the successful business it is today.She now spends most of her time doing what she loves most, consulting on naming strategy sessions with tech startups and spreading her wealth of knowledge in the art of naming. 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first_imgTension spread in Pilakhuwa town, Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh, on Monday morning after a man allegedly died of torture in police lock-up. Three policemen, including the Station House Officer, have been suspended and a magisterial inquiry has been ordered by the District Magistrate.According to local sources, Pradeep Tomar (30), a resident of Lakhan village, was picked up by police near the Chhajrasi toll plaza on Sunday for questioning in connection with a murder case. They alleged that he was detained when he was travelling with his wife and son. Late in the night, when his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to the G.S. Medical College in Pilakhuwa and then the Meerut Medical College, where he died in the early hours of Monday. A video purportedly showing Tomar’s posterior as completely blue and marks of beating on his arms has gone viral.‘Died during treatment’Yesh Veer Singh, Superintendent of Police, Hapur, told The Hindu, “On August 30, a half-burnt body of a woman was found in the jungle of Lakhan village. She was the wife of Tomar’s brother-in-law. During surveillance and investigation, he was found to be a suspect. He developed health complications during questioning and was taken to a local hospital. Later, he was referred to the Meerut Medical College, where he died during treatment.”As the policemen didn’t follow the standard operating procedure and didn’t inform their seniors before taking Tomar into custody, Mr. Singh added, inspector Yogesh Baliyan, chowki in-charge Ajab Singh and constable Manoj have been suspended. “We are waiting for the post-mortem report before taking further action. A departmental inquiry and a magisterial inquiry have been ordered.” He refused to comment on the viral video and the claim of Tomar’s son and wife that he was beaten in their presence. Family members and farmer leaders protested in the Meerut Collectorate, demanding murder charges against policemen involved in the case. The Provincial Armed Constabulary has been deployed in Pilakhuwa and nearby villages.last_img read more

first_imgMounting a blistering attack on the Congress-JMM-RJD alliance in Jharkhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday alleged that its “self-seeking” past governments were driven by the “lust for power”, and exploited the mineral-rich State’s resources while neglecting the people. He also accused the previous Congress governments at the Centre of procrastinating resolution of the Kashmir issue and the Ayodhya dispute. “This election is a contest between those who serve and those who loot. The Congress has problems, we have the solutions. They have accusations, we have the report of the work we have done. They have empty promises, we have the proof of development,” Mr. Modi said at a rally in Daltonganj.Social justiceMr. Modi asserted the BJP was committed to the five principles of social justice — stability, good governance, prosperity, respect for all and security. Maoism flourished under the non-BJP governments due to political instability, he said. “Governments were made through the back door. There were alliances of self-seekers who were driven by the lust for power (satta bhog) and exploited the resources of the State. They had their eyes on the riches found beneath the surface of the earth and cared little for those living on the earth. How would it then have been possible to give electricity, roads and water to people? Set up industries?” he said.‘Free from Naxalism’At another rally in Gumla, Mr. Modi said when people would vote for the ‘lotus’ (BJP’s poll symbol) once again, “I believe the backbone of Naxalism will break completely.” Raising the issue of forest rights of tribals, he said, “The BJP is committed to protecting your right to Jal, Jungle, Jameen (water, forest and land).”last_img read more

first_imgFaheem Ruhani’s rating: Untitled Document Tweets about “#marykom”Movie VideosIn conversation with the cast of Mary KomWe caught up with Priyanka Chopra who’s awaiting the release of her next Mary Kom to find out about her experience while shooting for the film.PhotosPriyanka Chopra launches ‘Mary Kom doll’ in New DelhiPriyanka Chopra, who is garnering praises for her power packed performance in her upcoming film Mary Kom, visited the capital to launch the ‘Mary Kom’ doll as part of the film’s promotion.Last year the biopic on legendary sprinter Milkha Singh, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag made everyone a more aware than what they already knew about the sportsman. Today, art director Omung Kumar in his directorial debut captures the life of five times world champion boxer Mary Kom on celluloid. No doubt, both the sports personalities have had fascinating stories which needed to be told.Mary Kom’s story is very unusual because she fought her circumstances, gender bias and a certain regional bias to be at the top of a sport which is still looked upon as male sport in the country.Director Kumar and his writer Saiwyn Quadras attempt to weave a gripping tale of a young girl from a remote village Kangathei in Manipur and how she achieves the remarkable feat of becoming five-time world boxing champion. Not all of the yarn that is spun is seamless. Yet, this two-hour-three-minutes film which talks about achieving your goals under insurmountable difficulties has moments which will pull at your heart strings.advertisementMary’s struggle to reach the top of her game in the face of parental opposition and against all odds is an extraordinary story, which begged to be told on celluloid. Her persevering attitude and the will to fight under any circumstances, even after she got married and was a mother of two twins is a tale of courage and determination. Sprinkle this with a slight personal conflict with her newly married husband Onler (Darshan Kumar). Add to it her struggle to achieve a balance in her personal and professional life even in the wake of her boxing coach (Sunil Thapa) who almost stopped talking to her, the film had everything that a gripping film script should have.Koel Purie’s review | Rohit Khilnani’s review | Suhani Singh’s review | Saurabh Dwivedi’s review Unfortunately, it is all marred by a script which took the convenient route, embellished it with cliches and preferred to tell it in simplistic manner. The film just does not have the gravitas of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. For the most part, it is trying to hard to be a motivational story of one of country’s most inspiring sportsman. Agreed that encapsulating the life of Mary Kom is not as easy task but the first half of the story is told in such a random way, that you fail to get moved by it. It is only in the second half when Mary has to make the decision of returning to the ring that the film gains intense momentum. Till then it feels like a story which was being told all over the place.Things move on too hurriedly in the first half. You do not really get absorbed in the early parts of her life. It remains a bit sketchy and there are too many melodramatic moments like where Mary’s father throws away her boxing gloves into burning coal. Then there are outright stupid moments where Priyanka is shown thanking her husband for rubbing Iodex on her shoulders. Most of us burst out laughing at this silly in-brand advertising gimmick. At another instance Mary is having Havmor ice-cream and eating gol gappas, calling it health food.Then there is the evil Boxing Federation which is only there to create obstacles in the path of Mary Kom. The boxing matches themselves are not able to build the tension that you are supposed to feel when an important match is being fought. Case in point being Chak De! India or the recent Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.Yet what binds this doddering film together is Priyanka’s sincere performance and the effort she puts into it. Of course she does not get the body language or the accent right all the time. Like for instance, when she signs an autograph in a local bus, she appears more like her character in Fashion signing the autograph than Mary Kom. Still, Priyanka completely sinks her teeth into this role and makes it watchable for the most part.  Not much can be said about the other supporting actors. However, actor Darhan Kumar lends able support in this biopic.advertisementIn a better filmmaker’s hand Mary Kom would have been a better film. Right now it remains a Priyanka Chopra film.last_img read more