OSU softballs charity event for breast cancer research to host 22 teams

OSU then-redshirt junior shortstop Maddy McIntyre (30) throws the ball to first base against Ohio on April 21 at Buckeye Field. OSU defeated Ohio, 12-4. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State softball team’s 15th Annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic, which benefits the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, is scheduled to host 22 teams from three different states on Saturday and Sunday at Buckeye Field and Fred Beekman Park.OSU softball coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said it has been incredible to see the growth of the event since its start in 2001.“We want our players to be significant and to pay it forward,” she said. “Having these powerful women outside of our team join the fight to end breast cancer means a lot to the program.”The event has become one of the largest fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in central Ohio, bringing in more than $200,000 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund over the past 14 years.Redshirt senior catcher and first baseman Erika Leonard said that raising awareness about breast cancer and research is extremely important to her.“My mom had breast cancer and is now going on to be a 17-year survivor,” Leonard said. “Without the advancements in research, my mom might’ve not been here today.”Entrance to the event is a $5 donation, with all proceeds from ticket sales and concessions benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund.Madison Spielman, a fourth-year in communications and daughter of the late Stefanie Spielman, said she is grateful for the effort to continue to fight the disease.“It’s a reminder that even after six years since her passing, our mom’s legacy still lives on,” Madison Spielman said. “It means the world to have the support from the school I love.”Redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre said it is a great feeling for the team to be part of something bigger than each individual.“My favorite part is when the Spielman family comes out and throws the first pitch of the tournament,” McIntyre said.After the first pitch from the Spielman family, OSU is set play against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday at 12:45 p.m.The following day, the team will split into two squads: OSU Scarlet and OSU Gray. Team Scarlet is set to face Northern Kentucky at 9:30 a.m. at Buckeye Field, while Team Gray is scheduled to play Toledo at 11:45 a.m. read more

CU to recruit permanent hostel supers to curb incidents of ragging

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta University (CU) has decided to recruit permanent hostel superintendents at all its hostels, to curb incidents of ragging. The decision was taken at the syndicate meeting, the highest decision-making body of the varsity on Monday. The varsity has also decided to demarcate one of its 16 hostels only for first year male students, as they have been found to be the most vulnerable to ragging as per records of the varsity.It may be mentioned that in the last few months, there have been a number of complaints of ragging from the hostels under CU and some of the students have complained directly to University Grants Commission (UGC) through e-mail. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThis had resulted in a section of educationists raising questions over the role of the varsity in investigation of ragging incidents. “We are taking strong measures to curb incidents of ragging in our hostels. A number of hostels did not have full-time permanent hostel superintendents. Now, we will recruit them on a permanent basis,” CU vice-chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee said.A senior official of the varsity, who attended the syndicate meeting, informed that the persons who will be recruited as hostel superintendents, will stay round-the-clock in the hostels and keep a hawk eye on the activities. The minimum qualification for the new recruits will have to be graduate and their age group should be between 45-55. “We have often seen that young persons who are in charge of hostels are unable to control students and the latter have a tendency to ignore his/her instructions. So, we have taken a decision to have an age group for the superintendents,” the official added.”The majority of the complaints that we receive come from first year students. We have decided to segregate a New Law Hostel only for first year male students. The idea is to see whether there are any complaints from this hostel. If the plan works out, then we will earmark another hostel for first year women students,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

3 Chrome Extensions That Can Boost Your Ecommerce Business

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read December 21, 2017 One of the best routes any entrepreneur can take to grow is by utilizing the right tools. If you can speed up your processes or obtain a deeper understanding of your customer base through data analysis, your business will benefit — and your investment in those tools will have been a worthwhile endeavor.Related: How Chrome Won the War of the BrowsersThankfully, the days of trial and error are becoming a thing of the past. Entrepreneurs are becoming more and more plugged into the dynamics of everything from how to place products onto Amazon to how to identify the most trustworthy factories on Alibaba. The tool? Credit the power of innovative Chrome extensions which enable software tools to be layered over web pages.Chrome extensions allow users to have more advanced experiences and operations on websites; extensions are how Grammarly, for instance, initially grew to two million daily users — because it could enable the spell-check function on nearly every web page online.Entrepreneurs looking for a big year in 2018, then, should consider implementing the following Chrome extension tools to better prepare their ecommerce platforms for success in the new year.Buffer One of the hardest things about launching an ecommerce venture is that in addition to all the time you spend optimizing, refining and managing your own website and business, you also have to invest in your social media presence to stay competitive.Without a regular flow of content to publish, your social media pages look bland, uninviting or even deserted; and that may lower consumers’ confidence in your brand. What’s more, your business misses out on a wider audience and the user engagement that can drive social proof and increase conversions.Don’t let this be you! Regardless of how crowded the social media space gets in your industry or how insanely busy you are working your business, your social media game has to stay on point.Here, Buffer can help: It’s one of the best ways to share content across Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn from anywhere on the web, directly integrating with your social media platforms for a seamless customer experience.Buffer can assist you in putting up posts and spreading content out through the day, so that that content doesn’t all appear at once (making you look like you managed to dedicate just a few minutes to curating your social media profiles). Enable your Chrome browser extension and give it a go; you’ll be surprised how much easier it can be to stay engaged across multiple social media outlets.Related: Built-In Chrome Ad Blocker Coming Early 2018And, certainly, time is the point here: As an entrepreneur, it’s perhaps your most valuable asset. That means that any tools which promise to save you time, optimize your processes or make your life easier should be at the forefront of your efforts, and that you should always keep an eye out for the latest and greatest enhancements to conducting business.Factory Confirm Starting an ecommerce company begins with establishing a relationship with the right factory to source your products, but it can be incredibly difficult for a lone entrepreneur to sift through countless potential manufacturers. Even using a resource like Alibaba, which is designed to facilitate international business and help entrepreneurs find products and suppliers quickly and efficiently, can be a struggle for entrepreneurs aiming to get in touch with the factories they need.About 80 percent of the manufacturers on Alibaba, in fact, are trading companies or agents, not actual factories equipped to handle the needs of a new ecommerce vendor.That’s why a Chrome extension like Factory Confirm can be an invaluable tool. It analyzes over 20 data points among company pages, external third party searches and its manufacturer’s, Sourcify’s, own data, to authenticate manufacturer listings on Alibaba, ensuring that entrepreneurs connect to legitimate factories for free.Jungle ScoutAccording to Statista, Amazon generated $22.99 billion in third-party seller-service revenues in 2016, and on Cyber Monday alone, sellers themselves received orders for more than 28 million products. Across the globe, the number of third-party sellers successfully operating on Amazon continues to rise, making it an attractive option for ecommerce vendors looking to increase their audience.But with practically everything imaginable available on Amazon (if it’s not on Amazon, do you even need it?), entrepreneurs find themselves wondering if their product can make a big enough impact on the platform to make listing it there worthwhile.Related: This New Google Chrome Extension Lets Colleagues Share Web Pages Using Beeping SoundsJungle Scout is a Chrome extension that enables users to validate product ideas with trustworthy sales data, like product rank, sales, revenue, reviews and ratings. If you’re wondering if your product idea will make a splash in such a large market, this tool could help you develop an informed strategy. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Apple Confirms it Uses Google Cloud for iCloud

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Do you have your contacts, photos and other data data stored in Apple’s iCloud? Your encrypted files may actually be residing in Google’s cloud.As CNBC reports, the latest version of Apple’s iOS Security Guide, released last month, indicates that the Cupertino tech giant is now using Google’s Cloud Platform, in addition to Amazon’s S3 service, to store iCloud data. In the past, Apple has used Amazon’s S3 and Microsoft Azure for iCloud storage. Now, it appears Apple has ditched Azure in favor of Google Cloud Platform.Don’t worry about Google and Amazon having access to your data, though. Everything stored in iCloud — including contacts, calendars, photos, documents and more — is encrypted.”Each file is broken into chunks and encrypted by iCloud using AES-128 and a key derived from each chunk’s contents that utilizes SHA-256,” Apple wrote in the document. “The keys and the file’s metadata are stored by Apple in the user’s iCloud account. The encrypted chunks of the file are stored, without any user-identifying information, using third-party storage services, such as S3 and Google Cloud Platform.”As CNBC notes, we first heard rumblings back in 2016 that Google had gained Apple as cloud customer, but this is the first time the iPhone maker has confirmed its use of Google Cloud Platform for iCloud storage. Apple isn’t Google’s only big-name cloud customer. Spotify, Snap and PayPal also rely on Google’s cloud services.Apple offers users 5GB of free iCloud storage; after that, it charges $0.99/month for 50GB, $2.99/month for 200GB, or $9.99/month for 2TB.Meanwhile, Apple is gearing up to start storing the cryptographic keys for Chinese users’ iCloud accounts in China instead of the U.S. for the first time, according to Reuters. That change will give Chinese authorities the ability to go through their country’s own legal system, as opposed to U.S. courts, to get information on Chinese iCloud users.”Human rights activists say they fear the authorities could use that power to track down dissidents, citing cases from more than a decade ago in which Yahoo Inc. handed over user data that led to arrests and prison sentences for two democracy advocates,” Reuters reports. February 28, 2018last_img read more

The Mother of All Financial Bubbles is Just Now St

first_imgThe Mother of All Financial Bubbles is Just Now Starting to Pop…It’s time to learn the truth… and to get prepared. If you have the right plan set up, you won’t suffer when this bubble fully bursts.But — and this is the most important point — you must have a plan. And you must be prepared before this epic crisis hits.Click here now. If you needed more proof that silver is at the centre of the known universe for JPMorgan et al, it was provided for you yesterday.All was quiet both price wise and volume wise during Far East trading during their Monday, but moments after London opened yesterday morning, the bid disappeared and the gold price dropped ten bucks in about fifteen minutes.From there it flat-lined up until about lunchtime local time…and then headed lower once again.  The low price tick [$1,622.10 spot] came right at the Comex open in New York at 8:20 a.m. Eastern time.From there it worked its way slowly higher…and closed at $1,638.30 spot…down $4.10 on the day…and about $16 off of its low.  Net volume wasn’t overly heavy at around 112,000 contracts.Silver got sold off about a dime the moment that trading began in New York on Sunday night…and traded around the $31.60 spot price mark up right up until shortly before 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time.  Up until that point, volume had been vanishingly small, but once the high-frequency traders showed up, all the changed…and by shortly before lunch in London, silver was down about 40 cents from it’s Friday close.Once the daily silver ‘fix’ was in around that time, the price was engineered lower…and once the Comex opened in New York, silver was down about $1.20 from its Friday close in New York.The price recovered a bit from there, but about 12:45 Eastern, the price rolled over…and forty minutes later, silver hit its low price tick of the day…$30.40 spot…just a few minutes before the close of Comex trading at 1:30 p.m. before rallying a bit up until 2:15 p.m. Eastern time.  From there it traded flat into the close of electronic trading in New York.Silver closed the day at $30.81 spot…down 84 cents…and had an intraday price move of 4.1 percent.  Gross volume was immense, but the net volume was only 36,000 contracts.The dollar index gapped up a bit at the open on Sunday night…but then traded flat until about 1:00 p.m. in Hong Kong…the very time that the silver price began its journey to the nether reaches of the price chart.  The high tick of the day [about 79.63] came around 10:15 a.m. in New York on Monday…and by the close of trading had given back a large chunk of that gain.  The dollar index closed up about 20 basis points on the dayBased on the timing of the inflection points in both gold and silver prices yesterday, it’s more than a stretch to say that the precious metals pricing had much to do with what the dollar index was doing. The gold stocks gapped down at the open…and hit their nadir around 10:20 a.m. Eastern…which was the top of the move in the dollar, right to the minute.  The gold stocks gained back some of the loses with an hour of their low, before basically trading sideways for the rest of the trading day.  Despite the fact that gold was only down about four bucks…the HUI finished down 2.39%.The silver stocks got it in the neck once again…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index got smacked to the tune of 2.87%.  Most silver stocks are now trading at their 52-week lows.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 101 gold and 1 lonely silver contract were posted for delivery tomorrow.The GLD ETF showed that an authorized participant withdrew 135,948 troy ounces of gold yesterday.  That’s the first time since April 10th…and only the second time this month…that there has been any activity in GLD, in or out.  There were no reported changes in SLV.There was a sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They sold 1,500 ounces of gold eagles…400,000 silver eagles…and 2,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 17,000 ounces of gold eagles…9,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 1,280,000 silver eagles.The Comex-approved warehouses reported receiving 1,847,666 troy ounces of silver on Friday…and shipped out an insignificant 2,003 ounces of the stuff.  That amount of silver received is equivalent to one day of world silver production.  JPMorgan took in 620,615 ounces of that.  The link to Friday’s activity is here.Silver analyst Ted Butler had his usual weekend commentary for his paying subscribers…and here are two free paragraphs.“As I have written before, in studying the COMEX silver warehouse stocks for more than 30 years, I have never been able to decipher a connection between the warehouse data and price. But always in the past, large increases or decreases in COMEX silver inventories were eventually explained by other public developments. Invariably, increases in COMEX silver stocks are interpreted bearishly in that a surplus is the most logical conclusion…and the opposite for inventory reductions. But there are too many variables for there to be only those black and white conclusions…and past price history renders them invalid anyway. All that said, I am still taken back by the turnover in COMEX silver inventories.”“This past week, turnover in COMEX silver inventories was more frenzied than ever. There were two days of net withdrawals of more than 2 million ounces. For the week, total COMEX silver stocks were down nearly 3 million oz to 138.7 million oz. I am not celebrating the reduction, but highlighting the overall turnover. The “churn” in inventories is what has my attention. Why is so much silver being moved in and out of these warehouses? Coincidently, there was also a big reduction this week in the holdings of the big silver ETF, SLV, on the order of 3 million ounces that did not look at all related to plain vanilla investor liquidation. The most plausible alternative explanation is that the metal was more urgently needed elsewhere. Here’s an interesting factoid – just as commentaries concerning the record increase in COMEX silver stocks have circulated, over the past 4 weeks, the combined total silver holdings in the COMEX and SLV have declined by 2 million ounces. My point is not the total level of silver inventories, but the movement.”Reader Scott Pluschau posted a blog about silver yesterday morning…long before the markets in New York were open in New York…but it was obvious that silver was going to have a bad day even then.  When the price activity for New York began, Scott mentioned the fact that “They may get the specs to short, which is what I suspect they are more interested in.”  Ted Butler said precisely the same thing later in the morning, as he said that it was textbook price action for that sort technical fund activity…and it’s entirely possible that the low that came just before the Comex close was a technical fund[s] short position[s] being placed.  The link to Scott’s blog on silver, is here.The following snippet came from the April edition of Casey Research‘s BIG GOLD…”VIA MAT International (VMI) gold storage limit temporarily reached: Due to high and growing demand for its services, VMI reached its insurable limits at its vaults in Zurich, Hong Kong, and London, and cannot accept new customers. We spoke with VIA MAT and were told they are investing in new facilities at all three locations. Hong Kong is expected to be ready this May, and Zurich in June or July. No word yet on London. In the meantime, VMI is placing customers on a waiting list.”Here’s an interesting ad that a doctor ran in Florida’s Panama City News Herald earlier this year…and I thank reader “Rocky R” for sharing it with us.Despite my ‘scorched earth’ editing procedure for this column, I have a rather large number of stories for you today and, as always, I’m delighted to leave the final edit up to you.Apparently, I’m supposed to be more angry about what Mitt Romney does with his money than what Barack Obama does with mine. – Author unknownWell, if you needed more proof that silver is at the centre of the known universe for JPMorgan et al, it was provided for you yesterday.  I just don’t know how much more obvious it has to get than that.Options and futures expiry for the May delivery month in silver is upon us…as is the FOMC meeting over the next couple of days…so I’d guess that one or more of these events brought on the engineered sell-off in silver yesterday.Is it over?  Beats me.  Can ‘da boyz’ take the price lower from here?  Sure, but how many more spec longs are they going to be able to get to sell…or go short?  There is a limit…and the law of diminishing returns sets in quickly when prices get this close to the bottom of the barrel.But, as Ted Butler said on the phone yesterday, you can never underestimate the criminality of the sociopaths that are running this price rigging scam…and I heartily agree with that assessment.  It will be over when it’s over…and we won’t know when that is until after the fact.  Yesterday’s low at 1:25 p.m. in New York sure looked like it to me…but as I’ve said on numerous occasions in the past, I wouldn’t bet the ranch on it.About ten years ago…GATA’s secretary treasurer, Chris Powell, having finally discovered the forces that GATA was up against, said that we were fighting “all the power and all the money in the world”.  At the time we didn’t know how right he was.The gold price sold off a few dollars in Far East trading during their Tuesday, but caught a bit of a small bid at the London open earlier this morning…and as of 5:15 a.m. Eastern time, the gold price is basically unchanged from its closing price in New York on Monday…and the same can be said for silver as well.  Gold volume is pretty light…and silver’s volume is much higher, but a lot of that is roll-overs out of the May contract.  Once you subtract out that volume, silver’s volume is light as well.The dollar index was down a bit in Far East trading, hitting its low price tick at precisely 8:00 a.m. in London…and is now mostly unchanged from yesterday’s New York close as well.I haven’t the foggiest idea of what will happen during New York trading today…so nothing will surprise me when I switch my computer on later this morning.That’s more than enough for one day…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. 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