NBA Draft: Warriors acquire Alen Smailagić from New Orleans, select Eric Paschall at No. 41

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors just added a player that they considered worth more valuable than $1.3 million and a future second-round pick. The Warriors also added another player by trading an undisclosed amount of future second-round picks to New Orleans.The Warriors selected Villanova senior forward Eric Paschall at No. 41 in the NBA Draft on Thursday shortly after acquiring Alen Smailagić from the New Orleans Pelicans after he was selected at No. 39. The Warriors acquired the No. 41 pick from …last_img

Video: How to do the diski dance

first_imgStart learning the soccer-based moves of South Africa’s diski dance and you’ll start feeling the rhythm of African football – and the energy and passion that’s in store for the world at the 2010 Fifa World Cup.last_img

Employers Have Embraced Veterans Leadership Skills DOD Official Says

first_imgThe unemployment rate for veterans fell to an eight-year low in October, an achievement a senior DOD official attributed to an improving economy, the rising number of corporate campaigns to hire veterans and a greater appreciation among employers for the professional attributes ingrained in service members.The veteran unemployment rate stood at 3.9 percent in October, while nonveteran unemployment was 5.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even more impressive were the employment gains by veterans who served after 9/11 — their unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, essentially the same as the rate for nonveterans.The philosophy behind hiring veterans has evolved from the “right thing to do” to “the smart thing to do,” Susan Kelly, director of the Pentagon’s Transition to Veterans Program Office, told DOD News.Kelly pointed to an increased understanding in the corporate world for the leadership skills instilled in every veteran. Beyond leadership, those “essential skills” include ability to handle work stress, persistence, attention to detail, interpersonal skills, teamwork and team-building, oral and written communication, decision making, training people, supervising, critical thinking and project planning, she said.“Employers have been telling us the last 18 months, ‘We can train them in technical skills, but the [other skills] take years to develop,’” Kelly said.Another key to the declining veteran unemployment rate has been the outpouring of corporate and nonprofit efforts to hire veterans and military spouses spawned by the White House’s Joining Forces initiative.At DOD, Kelly helped transform the Transition Assistance Program into week-long, mandatory training for separating personnel covering the skills needed to secure jobs, seek education and pursue optional training. She told DOD News that the professional skills possessed by service members are badly needed by a civilian workforce with significant skills gaps.“We look at these skills as an asset for the workforce, but our veterans have an incredible amount of attributes that can be used in all aspects of community life,” Kelly said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Out of favor Bitcoin finds another critic The World Bank

first_imgWorld Bank says bitcoins are “dangerous” to the global financial system.ReutersThe World Bank has joined the chorus of central banks around the globe on financial risks associated with cryptocurrencies. The US-based international financial institution has cautioned the banking sector against bitcoin business saying it is “dangerous” to the global financial system.According to World Bank Group senior vice president Mahmoud Mohieldin, there is a need for central banks to have regulations to protect consumers from using Bitcoin, so as to create trust among those using their financial systems, Kenya Broadcasting Corp reported Wednesday.Mohieldin said there is a strong case for authorities to rein in digital currencies because their links to the established financial system could cause disruptions, according to the report.The meteoric rise in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum has caught regulators flat-footed, leaving them in an awkward situation: adopt or ban them.Recently, the Reserve Bank of India had banned all banks from dealing with or providing services to any individual or business entity dealing with or settling virtual currencies.The central bank has declared that it does not consider bitcoins and others as legal tender but that’s apparently not enough to keep investors off bitcoins.Bulls say that Bitcoin’s boom is far from over and that there’s more to analyzing a market than just measuring price gains. While the recent tumble has alarmed some investors, the cryptocurrency has bounced back from several previous swoons.Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, who is one of the earliest investors, believes countries will benefit a lot from adopting cryptocurrencies and blockchain as it will enable governments to become more transparent and efficient.last_img read more

Order Monday on whether to wind up scamhit Destiny

first_imgThe Supreme Court will deliver its order Monday on an appeal against a High Court notice asking the authorities concerned to explain to why directives should not be given to wind up Destiny 2000 Ltd.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, fixed the date after completing hearing of the appeal filed by Destiny 2000 Ltd on Sunday.Barrister Rokon Uddin Mahmud stood for the petitioners while advocate AKM Badruddoza represented the Office of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms.On 15 May, the High Court issued the notice. Later on 21 May, the chamber judge stayed the HC order and fixed 27 May to hear the appeal in a full bench.In the notice, the HC bench of justice MR Hasan wanted to know why a petition filed by the multi-level marketing company seeking pardon for delay in arranging annual general meetings (AGM) should not be considered as one to wind up the company.According to the law, if any company fails to hold its AGM in a year, the court can pass any order.On 31 July 2012, the anti-graft watchdog filed the two money laundering cases against Destiny 2000 chairman and the Destiny Group’s managing director and 20 others on charge of misappropriating investors’ money amounting to Tk 32.85 billion.ACC deputy director Mozahar Ali Sarder filed a case with Kalabagan police station against 12 officials of Destiny 2000, including its chairman and managing director, under the Money Laundering Act 2012 for allegedly misappropriating over Tk 21.06 billion from the Destiny Tree Plantation Limited (DTPL).last_img read more

Notion of age being criteria for contesting elections should change

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress candidates Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan believe that the very perspective that one needs to be reasonably old to fight the elections should change.”When a person is at a young age he/she can stand beside a common man in crisis in an effective manner. Once you attain old age, some sort of disease may affect you in some way or the other and you cannot rush to a person in crisis. Didi (Mamata Banerjee) has brought Paribartan in the state (ending the 34 year rule of Left Front) and her thought of fielding young candidates for the election might have been triggered by this perspective change,” Mimi said at a recent interview to a private Bengali television channel, with Nusrat endorsing her views. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseChakraborty will be contesting in the Jadavpur seat, while Jahan will contest from the Basirhat seat. “People of today’s young generation are well aware of politics and have their own views. Didi has surely done her calculations and has thought that both of us will be able to fulfill her expectations. Didi believes in unity in diversity and so her list of candidates has people from different fraternities,” Nusrat said. Chakraborty, who hails from Jalpaiguri, has grown up seeing her uncles who are in active politics. “I have the experience of carrying political flag seated as pillion rider on motorcycles and with Didi fielding me as a candidate I will try my best to live up to her expectations,” she added. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhen questioned about trolling on social media, Nusrat said that gossips and scandals have been a part and parcel of their life and they are accustomed to the same. Reacting to a poser on campaigning in the terrible heat, both of them sounded confident. “While shooting for films we have to often wear heavy dresses. Now while campaigning we can wear cotton dresses of our choice. We have previous experience of campaigns in places like Purulia, Bankura and Birbhum during summer,” Mimi said. Taking the cue from Mimi, Nusrat said that the love of people when they go for campaigning provides them with extra energy. Both the actors believe that balancing their film career with politics will not be a problem. “There are so many people from the film fraternity who are into active politics and are striking such a fine balance,” Mimi said. Both of them have already started holding party meetings with senior leaders to come out with a comprehensive strategy of campaigning and addressing the voters.last_img read more