With the elimination of the Montreal Canadiens from the playoffs last week, Canada will extend its streak to 20 NHL seasons without a Stanley Cup. But Canadian hockey fans might have a mild rooting interest in the outcome of the Stanley Cup Final in favor of the New York Rangers. If the Los Angeles Kings win, it would move the Stanley Cup Center of Gravity further in the direction of the United States.What the H-E-double-hockey-sticks is the Stanley Cup Center of Gravity? It’s a concept we came up with, which is calculated by averaging the geographic location of all Stanley Cup winners. (There’s some room for debate about which team qualifies as the first champion, but we date the series back to 1915 and the Vancouver Millionaires.)After 1968, for example — the first Stanley Cup contested during the NHL’s expansion era — the Stanley Cup Center of Gravity was in southern Ontario, a little to the northwest of Toronto. It steadily moved eastward through 1983, with teams such as the Canadiens, the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders winning the Stanley Cup consistently. At one point, it breached the shores of Lake Ontario.The rest of the 1980s saw a sharp shift in a west-northwest direction, as the Edmonton Oilers won five Stanley Cups and the Calgary Flames added another. As of 1990, the Stanley Cup Center of Gravity was somewhere near Owen Sound, Ontario.The long streak of U.S.-based winners has since moved the Center of Gravity to the south-southeast. It crossed into Lake Huron a few years ago. And, after the Kings won their first Stanley Cup in 2012, it shifted to the American side of the maritime border. U.S.A.!A Rangers win would move the Center of Gravity eastward toward Ontario — not enough to bring it back into Canadian waters, but it would be close. By comparison, another Kings win would shift it to the south and west, putting it on the U.S. mainland for the first time in many decades — near Sandusky, Michigan.P.S. Ever hear the one about the statistician who drowned crossing a river that was 3 feet deep, on average? read more
The High Court on Wednesday granted conditional bail to three BASIC Bank officials, including its deputy managing director Fazlus Sobhan, in a number of cases filed over loan scam.Fazlus Sobhan was granted bail in four cases while BASIC Bank’s Gulshan branch manager Shiper Ahmed and another bank official Mohammad Selim got bail in two cases.A HC bench of justice Enayetur Rahim and justice Shahidul Karim granted the bail.As per bail conditions, the three bank officials will have to surrender their passports to the court and cannot go abroad without court’s permission.In September 2015, the ACC filed 54 cases against 56 people, including the bank officials.According to an inquiry of Bangladesh Bank, about Tk 45 billion was swindled out of the BASIC Bank during the six years’ tenure of Sheikh Abdul Hye Bachhu as its chairman. read more
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir will be hosting their “A Holiday Jukebox” concert on Dec. 18 at The THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave., S.E., starting at 7:30 p. m. Tickets are $25 each, or $20 each for groups of 20 or more. For more information, visit thearcdc.org.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that her government ensures supply of foodgrains to every single individual and there is not a single person in the state who does not get food.The response from the Chief Minister came in the wake of reports in a section of media that had alleged that seven deaths had occurred in Jangalmahal due to starvation. She reiterated that the reports were ‘fabricated’ and said that “age-related ailments” or “excessive liquor consumption” had led to the deaths. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeLast week, media reports had suggested that seven people of the Sabar community in Jangalmahal area of Jhargram district, had died due to starvation. “No one has died in Bengal due to starvation. We provide free rice and wheat to each and every poor person in this state – from the Hills in the North to Jangalmahal in the South,” Banerjee said in her address at the state Assembly. She was speaking in response to a query from Trinamool Congress MLA Dipak Halder, regarding the food grain package in the tea gardens and Jangalmahal. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to Banerjee, in the period from August to November, there have been seven deaths. Two persons had died of old age – one was 77 and the other was 75. The other 5 deaths were due to chronic liver disease, resulting from excessive alcohol intake. She maintained that the Toto, Lodhas and Sabar communities in Jangalmahal get all facilities when it comes to food grains. ” We are now starting counselling for the tribals,” she added. The Chief Minister also mentioned that every family in tea gardens get 35 kg food grains at only 47 paise per kg. Each person in Jangalmahal get 8 kg rice and 3 kg wheat and each one of them has a ration card. The legislators of CPI(M) and Congress insisted on having a detailed discussion on the alleged Sabar community deaths, despite the Chief Minister saying that she was ready to answer the queries of the Opposition in this regard. They also staged a walkout in protest. State Food minister Jyotipriya Mallick said that he, along with senior officials of the department, will soon visit the districts of Bankura, Purulia, West Midnapore and Jhargram, to monitor the distribution of foodgrains under the Khadya Sathi scheme. read more
March 20, 2009 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Google finally launched its long-awaited voice service, aptly named Google Voice. It’s an outgrowth of a service it acquired last year, Grand Central, which gives you one number for all your telephone needs. When people call this number, all the phones you program into the system are called simultaneously. So no matter where you are, you can be reached on the phone, and even better, you only have one number to give out.What makes this even more interesting is not the system, but the fact that Google is making it free.Current services on the market such as Onebox from J2 Global, Gotvmail, Virtual PBX and Ring Central and Skype offer various degrees of functionality to help you better manage how you receive phone calls and the annoying voice mails that come with them.Google Voice, however, offers much more than many of them (listening to voice mail as it’s being left and deciding whether to answer) and it’s free.One difference between Google Voice and many of the other services is that Google Voice doesn’t give you one number with extensions, which you could use with a multi-person company. Google Voice is ideal for the solo entrepreneur who wants to manage a single telephone line.In the future, Google could offer a “business” version to enable account management and multiple phone numbers for one company.How does this affect your business?Google is offering a number of services for free, including Google Docs which competes with Microsoft Office Live Workspace (also free), Cisco’s Webex WebOffice (fee), HyperOffice (fee) and dozens of other file-sharing and collaboration services.The question you need to ask is whether you should (or can) trust your business to Google. My answer is yes. But here’s some more information to help you make your own decision.Many executives have told me that Google is great when it comes to engineering but will struggle to grow any viable business services beyond its free services because it can’t (or won’t) offer the level of support businesses demand.When there’s a problem affecting a business service, your customers will want to call or e-mail you and will expect quick support. Google’s response to this, I suspect, would be that their products are so simple to use that just about anyone can use the product right out of the box. But some products might require a bit of technical aptitude.Intuit has this should-be-easy-enough-right-out-of-the-box policy for the most part. The difference is that Intuit’s products–QuickBooks–are not only very easy to use, but also come with a range of support options.Google has thousands of happy Google Apps corporate e-mail customers and has various other fee-based services, like its security service, acquired from Postini.For free services like Google Voice, try it out (right now it’s only for existing customers) and see how you like it. I think there’s nothing wrong with free as long as it works well. People say you get what you pay for, but I’ve used many free products, including Skype for years, and they work quite well.Ramon Ray is Entrepreneur.com’s “Tech Basics” columnist and editor of Smallbiztechnology.com. He’s the author ofTechnology Solutions for Growing Businesses and serves on the board of directors and the technology committee for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. read more
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