Former NBA star Latrell Sprewell is the latest professional athlete to run into post-career financial problems. Several websites are reporting the retired basketball star has blown through his fortune.“During the course of his career, Latrell Sprewell made over $100 million. Today, Celebrity NetWorth reports that he has around $50,000 and lives in a modest rental,” said Financial Juneteeth.Sprewell, who was 24th in the 1992 NBA draft, played for several teams, but he was infamous for his altercation with Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo. After Carlesimo criticized his passing, Sprewell fought his coach and choked him. He then returned, after showering, and punched Carlesimo, before being dragged away by assistant coaches. He had also previously fought with other teammates, threatening one with a plank of wood and a gun.However, the choking incident cost Sprewell dearly. He was suspended by the NBA for a year and the Golden State Warriors cancelled the rest of his contract which was worth $23 million over three years.He was later traded to the New York Knicks and then the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he received negative publicity for turning down a three-year, $21 million-contract extension, claiming it wasn’t enough to take care of his family.“I have a family to feed … If (team owner Glen) Taylor wants to see my family fed, he better cough up some money. Otherwise, you’re going to see these kids in one of those Sally Struthers commercials (where she solicits donations for starving children in developing countries) soon,” Sprewell said at the time.Sprewell’s troubled reputation preceded him and other NBA teams saw him as too much of a risk to take on.“Sprewell played one more year for Minnesota without the contract extension, and played miserably,” Financial Juneteeth reported. “Still thinking higher of himself than the teams or coaches he negotiated with, he was never again able to agree on a salary and has not played professional ball since. So, some might say that his negative attitude caught up with him because no NBA team wants to sign an angry old man whose best days are behind him.”However, Sprewell’s retirement has been filled with as much bad PR and brushes with the law as his playing career. His daughter was attacked by one of his pit bulls, and he was accused of stealing by a junior college. He was investigated by police for choking a woman on his yacht and also sued by the mother of his four children for $200 million.Sprewell had several financial problems after he retired. His $1.5 million yacht was seized after he defaulted on a mortgage, and he had two homes foreclosed.Unfortunately, Sprewell is not the only retired athlete to face financial hardship. Many ex-jocks run into money problems when their income drops from a huge contract to a pension. They still have extensive financial commitments to ex-wives, mothers of their children, family and lavish lifestyles to maintain. Many athletes are also ripped off by unscrupulous advisers, who know their clients don’t understand the complex world of finance.Former baseball player Torii Hunter told Sports Illustrated financial terms sound like another language to pro athletes.“Once you get into the financial stuff, and it sounds like Japanese, guys are just like, ‘I ain’t going back.’ They’re lost,” Hunter said.According to Sports Illustrated, most ex-professional athletes are broke within a few years of retirement.“By the time they have been retired for two years, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce,” reported Sports Illustrated. “Within five years of retirement, an estimated 60 percent of former NBA players are broke.”
SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS SERIOUSLY DEPRESSED Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 7, 2017 – Providenciales – Under the theme “Depression let’s talk” and in observance of the day the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit partners with Gracebay Pharmacies and Scotia Bank. There was Depression Screening, neck massages and an information booth set up at Scotia Bank main branch yesterday between 9 am and noon.Today at all Gracebay pharmacies there will be information booths, promotion of aroma therapy, calming teas, acupuncture and massages at the main gracebay pharmarcy and Depression screening at all pharmacies from 2pm – 4pm. Depression screening will also be offered at the government clinics at the hospitals on Grand Turk and Provo from 9am to 12 noon.Activities will be carried out throughout the month that will involve all other islands.#worldhealthday2017#tcihealth#depression#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcihealth, #worldhealthday2017, depression
“[It’s] the brand coming to life in a fashion realm,” says Susan Schulz, Cosmo’s editorial brand director. “The process has been very smooth. Everybody, I think, in the beginning was a little nervous. I don’t know that it’s ever really been done before that a magazine would have this much input.”Cosmo will play a role in marketing and promotion of the line through traditional ad placements, as well as content integration.A slideshow featured on the Cosmopolitan.com front page Thursday allows readers to link to a story about the product launch and includes an option to purchase the clothing from jcp.com.“One of my main jobs as we move forward is finding ways to integrate the product,” Schulz says. “How to promote the product in an organic way that makes sense for our reader. We know she doesn’t want to be clobbered with it, she doesn’t want to be getting a message about the Cosmo Collection every five seconds.”“But where it does make sense to her, we want to be able to tell her, ‘Look at these new shoes. They’re in store now. We think you’re going to love them.’ “The product launch is the first of its kind for Cosmopolitan, which attracts more than 18 million print readers and 8.5 unique monthly visitors. The company has participated in collaborative media projects with Sterling Books and YouTube, however.jcpenney also signed a licensing deal with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia [MSLO] in December of 2011. That agreement calls for a line of MSLO products to be sold online and in retail outlets that will be constructed within most jcpenney stores by February 2013. jcpenney also invested $38.5 million in MSLO in the deal. You can now get your Cosmo at jcpenney—not the magazine though, the clothing line.The Cosmopolitan Collection, a new brand of lingerie, sleepwear and accessories inspired by the world’s top-selling women’s magazine, went on sale this weekend at jcpenney’s 600-plus retailers across the country and on jcp.com.The launch culminates a two-year collaborative process between the companies that began with discussions between recently-departed Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Kate White and former jcpenney CEO Mike Ullman in November of 2010.
News • Enter for your chance to win* an unlocked LG G8 ThinQ phone Mentioned Above LG G8 ThinQ (128GB, aurora black) Share your voice Comcast LG T-Mobile LG G8 ThinQ 13 $835 $829 Phones See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. AT&T Wireless Amazon Tags NurPhoto/Getty Images T-Mobile and Comcast are teaming up to fight robocalls.The companies said Wednesday they’re rolling out a feature that protects consumers from robocalls and spam across their networks. It uses the Stir/Shaken standards recommended by the Federal Communications Commission to spot authentic calls.The verification feature is already available for T-Mobile customers and will come later this year for Comcast Xfinity Voice home phone service customers. It’ll mean T-Mobile customers can be assured calls from Comcast home phones aren’t from a scammer spoofing a number, and vice versa, the companies say.”Robocalls and spam calls are an industry-wide problem, and we’ve got to join forces to keep consumersprotected,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a statement. “Today, we’re the first to cross industry lines to do just that.”T-Mobile also said Caller Verified, its implementation of Stir/Shaken, is now available on 10 phones, including the LG G8 ThinQ and the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus. It’ll soon be available on the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Galaxy A6. Customers with the most recent software update will see “Caller Verified” show up on their screen when they get authentic calls from T-Mobile’s network and Comcast’s Xfinity Voice home phone service. T-Mobile expects it’ll do this with more companies as they begin implementing Stir/Shaken in the coming months, said Grant Castle, vice president of engineering at T-Mobile.”As the other carriers get on board, we’ll be able to use this technology to verify nearly all of your calls,” Castle said.Two years ago, T-Mobile rolled out free scam protection that analyzes calls and alerts customers about likely scams. In January, the carrier became the first wireless company to apply the Stir/Shaken standards after launching Caller Verified on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. In November, T-Mobile said it had blocked more than 1 billion spam calls in the last 18 months. $599 Comments See it See It Review • LG G8 ThinQ review: LG’s flagship can’t beat the Galaxy S10E
The Spruce Goose, SR-71, spaceplanes and MiGs at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Evergreen is no one-trick goose, er, pony. Immaculate aircraft from every decade of flight fill two massive hangars, plus several aircraft outside. In the shadow of the Goose is a PBY Catalina, one of the oldest airworthy DC-3s (that you can also go inside), several Cold War-era jets and more. Across the parking lot, past the theater building, is the museum’s collection of more modern aircraft: an SR-71 Blackbird, A-10 Warthog, MiG-23 and a multitude of helicopters. Going a bit higher and faster, the “space” part of the museum includes a Titan missile, X-38 experimental re-entry vehicle, and several replicas of Apollo-era landers and modules. 63 Photos It was 1942. The Second World War was raging. The US needed to get men and supplies across the Atlantic, a passage menaced by German U-boats. Famed shipwright Henry Kaiser had an idea, and he enlisted the help of legendary aircraft designer and business mogul Howard Hughes to bring it to fruition: an enormous flying cargo ship. The H-4 Hercules, aka the Spruce Goose, was born.Hughes would be accused of war profiteering, and, perhaps out of spite, finished and even flew the H-4. It flew once, and only for 26 seconds. Afterward it lived in a climate-controlled Long Beach hangar until Hughes’ death in 1976. In the ’90s, the H-4 made one last trip to its permanent home not far from Portland, Oregon, to the excellent Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. The Spruce Goose is a marvel even now, over 70 years since its first, and last, flight. You can even go inside… which I did. Share your voice Ghost blimps haunt a humongous hangar at the Tillamook Air Museum Apocalypse then: Inside the chilling Titan Missile Museum The fabulous flying boats of the Solent Sky museum Boeings, bombers and biplanes at the Seattle Museum of Flight More tours 1 The Evergreen is also one of the more expensive museums I’ve toured. $27 to get in, plus $30 for a 15-minute, or $50 for a 45-minute, tour of the flight deck of the Spruce Goose. Given the size and variety at the museum, however, I felt I got my money’s worth. If you have limited time in the area, you could spend the morning checking out the ghosts of blimps past at Tillamook Air Museum, and do Evergreen in the afternoon, as I did, for a day of amazing aviation history. As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more. You can follow his exploits on Instagram, Twitter, and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel. Tags Evergreen Air It’s hard to miss the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. There’s not one but two 747s out front and one is stuck on the roof of a waterpark, believe it or not. In the museum’s main parking lot, between the two main buildings, you pass sleek MiG-29s and F-14s, and even catch a glimpse of the H-4 itself, sitting behind the enormous glass-walled front of the museum. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET Inside is one of the most impressive spaces I’ve ever seen. The H-4 dominates the expansive hangar while other aircraft sit under its 321-foot (98-meter) wings, looking almost like toys. On a family trip to California when I was a kid I saw the Spruce Goose in its geodesic Long Beach home. I barely remember it, but standing under the wing it’s like I’m a kid again. I took the guided tour of the Goose’s interior, snapped lots of photos, asked lots of questions, and even recorded this sweet 360 video from the cockpit: Comment Seaplanes to spaceplanes The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum has many of my favorite aircraft, and all in excellent shape. I wish you could go inside more of them, but that’s an expensive proposition, given the wear and tear this would inevitably cause to these classic aircraft. Culture Photography Aviation Military
Politics Tech Industry Security Facebook FTC The FTC will reportedly allege Facebook deceived users about its use of their phone numbers. Angela Lang/CNET Facebook misled users about how it handled their phone numbers and gave insufficient information about a photo tagging tool, the Federal Trade Commission will reportedly allege in a complaint. The complaint will go along with a settlement the FTC reached with the social media giant last week, according to a Tuesday report by The Washington Post. In the complaint, regulators express concern with Facebook’s previous use of two-factor authentication, which provides users with a one-time password via text when they log on to the platform. Some advertisers were able to target Facebook users who added that contact information, perhaps without the users’ knowledge, people familiar with the matter told the Post. The FTC will also reportedly allege that Facebook didn’t provide enough information to users about being able to turn off a tool for identifying and suggesting photo tags. Sources told the Post they expect the FTC’s complaint and settlement with Facebook to be announced Wednesday. As part of the settlement, Facebook will reportedly be fined a record-setting $5 billion for its alleged privacy mishaps. The FTC began investigating Facebook last year following revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a UK political consultancy, accessed data from as many as 87 million Facebook users without their permission. The agency is looking into whether Facebook violated an agreement with the US government in which it pledged to improve its privacy practices.The FTC declined to comment. Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 0 Share your voice Post a comment Tags
Bangladesh’s new anti-graft hotline has been overwhelmed with tens of thousands of calls about acts of corruption in its first week, an official said Thursday.Hotline number 106 was launched last Thursday by state authorities in an effort to crack down on graft in Bangladesh, which has been listed by a global watchdog as one of the world’s most corrupt nations.“Since 27 July around 75,000 people called our hotline,” Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told AFP.The hotline is manned by just five government employees, with a substantial number of calls being forwarded to a voicemail messaging system.Bhattacharya said most callers who got through had complaints that were beyond the agency’s jurisdiction, including personal family disputes and dowry demands.The commission is empowered to investigate bribes in government offices and agencies, misappropriation of state assets or money, embezzlement of state funds, amassing of wealth through illegal means, money laundering and bank fraud.More than 200 relevant complaints were forwarded to the ACC to investigate. “Most complaints are related to land,” Rajib Ahsan, an official at the ACC’s hotline cell, told AFP.Some women had complained of dowry demands from their husbands, he said.Last year Bangladesh was ranked as the 13th most corrupt nation in the world, according to the graft perception index prepared annually by Berlin-based Transparency International.Last week Bangladesh’s finance minister AMA Muhith, while inaugurating the hotline, acknowledged the depth of the problem and said in the past corruption was an act of shame but it had now taken root in the country of 160 million people.“We are all overwhelmed by corruption. Those in power spread corruption,” he said. “It could not continue if everyone were not involved. We are all indirectly involved.”
Election CommissionThe second election to Rangpur City Corporation will be held on 21 December, according to UNB. The Election Commission (EC) took the decision at a meeting on Tuesday, EC acting secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said, adding that the schedule for the polls will be announced on 5 November. He said closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed in important (vulnerable) polling stations and electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used in a polling centre on a trial basis in the local body election. Helaluddin said the commission will take the decision about the CCTV cameras after receiving a list of important polling stations from intelligence agencies, local administration, and the returning officer. About national identity (NID) cards, the EC acting secretary said the fresh voters will be given laminated NID cards first. Some 11.8 million people became new voters after 2012, he said, adding that the Commission decided to provide them with laminated NID cards. The meeting was held with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair. The maiden election to Rangpur City Corporation was held on 20 December, 2012.
Dr Kamal HossainJatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain on Monday said no one will be able to deprive people of their ownership of the country if they get organised and cast their votes, reports UNB.”We all will cast our votes as per the constitution. Let’s conduct an all-out election campaign at every house and every locality. Seeking votes is not an offence,” he said.Speaking at a discussion programme, Kamal further said, “We must enjoy our ownership of the country, but we don’t have any quarrel with anyone. If we can get organised no one can deprive us of it (ownership of the country.”Bangladesh Human Rights Monitoring Council arranged the programme at the National Press Club, marking the International Human Rights Day.Kamal warned that the country’s independence will be hampered if people cannot cast their votes. “We must restore people’s ownership of the country to bring back democracy.”He urged the government to ensure the best use of the last 20 days of its tenure so that people can appreciate it after the election.”Your tenure has almost come to an end. Only 20 days are left. So, use the time properly. We’ll help you if you want to do that. For Allah’s sake do something good so that we can thank you on 31 December,” he said.Kamal also reminded the government that people did not accept the ‘lopsided’ election held in 2014.Referring to media reports on the growing incidents of extrajudicial killing, he demanded the government form a strong probe body to investigate the incidents.”Extrajudicial killing has turned epidemic …there’s no guarantee of normal death in the country for lack of democracy. People can’t die without any trial. Extrajudicial killing must be stopped,” the jurist observed.
A Prothom Alo IllustrationMiscreants have beaten up a housewife in Sirajganj as she did not allow them drinking local wine at her house.The victim is Parbaty Rani Oraon, 42, wife of a certain Anil Chandra Oraon.The incident took place at Khirsin village of Deshigram union in Tarash upazila of the district on Monday night.The victim has filed a complaint in writing to Tarash police station on Tuesday.According to the complaint, Biresh Chandra Oraon, Malin Chandra Oraon, Kamal Chandra Singh, Paltu Singh, Brajendra Nath Singh, Sujjal Oraon, Mithun Oraon and Ranjit Singh went to Anil’s home with local wine.As Anil was not at home at that time, they asked his wife to make sitting arrangements for them. As she refused, they beat her up.Tarash police station officer-in-charge Mustafizur Rahman said they will take necessary action after investigating the matter.
The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops have chosen a Texas cardinal as their new top leader.Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was elected Tuesday as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Among his duties will be guiding the bishops’ relationship with President-elect Donald Trump.Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez was elected vice president. He is the first Latino to hold the post.The vote occurred Tuesday at the bishops’ annual Baltimore meeting. DiNardo succeeds Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, who is completing his three-year term.The bishops’ president does not set conference policy. But the choice of leadership is seen as indicating the direction the bishops want for the American church and how far they’ve gone toward following the priorities set by Pope Francis. Share
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X HISD elementary schools without a full time nurse have higher rates of asthma attacks, according to a new study from Rice University.Almost every other day, an emergency ambulance rushes to a Houston school zone to treat a child suffering an asthma attack that’s gone out of control.That’s according to a new study from Rice University. The lead researcher spotted another trend from 10 years’ worth of data.“One difference that comes out is a higher percentage of those schools do not have a nurse,” said Loren Raun, an assistant research professor at Rice and the chief environmental science officer for the city of Houston.Not all elementary schools in HISD have a full-time nurse. IN 2013, nursing students from Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing taught pre-K students about nutrition and digestion at Whidby Elementary School.Raun said that those ambulances go to certain school zones more than others: more areas on the east side of town, more elementary schools and more places with poverty. Black children made up the largest percentage of ambulance-treated asthma cases, followed by Hispanic students.Raud added that using ambulances to treat asthma adds up to millions of dollars, with each trip to the hospital costing about $10,000.“And that doesn’t include the cost for a lost day of work for the caregiver who has to be home to take care of the child. And it doesn’t take into account lost school days and so that’s an underestimated cost,” she said.Those lost school days cost students with asthma, who can fall behind in school. 00:00 /01:06 Share Listen
On Monday’s Houston Matters: Northwest Mall has been selected as the site for the local station for a proposed high-speed rail connecting Houston to Dallas. Mayor Sylvester Turner discusses the station’s potential impact with us.Also this hour: Among the many strategies for mitigating future flooding in Greater Houston is buying out flood-prone homes. But one group wants buyouts to be an even greater part of post-Harvey recovery. We learn more about a panel discussion the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium is holding on the topic.Then, we learn about the challenges faced by the roughly 200,000 Americans with early onset Alzheimer’s disease — those who get the disease before the age of 65.And Jeff Balke joins us to talk about the Super Bowl, the latest on the Rockets, and all the recent Houston sports news.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Morgan State University student has died after being stabbed off campus in Northeast Baltimore.21-year-old Marcus EdwardsCity police say in a news release that 21-year-old Marcus Edwards died Monday night at a hospital.Officers responded about 10:30 p.m. to a report of a stabbing about a mile north of campus. They found Edwards, suffering from a wound to his chest.Police were to canvass the area Tuesday morning for information.
In Honor of Black History Month, join many of the city’s top cultural attractions under one roof for an afternoon of free interactive and family-friendly activities on Feb. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Baltimore Visitor Center, Inner Harbor. Baltimore’s Legends & Legacies Jubilee invites everyone to embrace the city’s rich African American heritage and culture while encouraging inclusivity and community engagement. For more information go to: baltimore.org/article/baltimores-legends-legacies-jubilee
(PhysOrg.com) — A new study of the skeletal fossils of Neanderthal and Early modern man suggest the lack of a “throwing arm” may have made the difference in human evolution. Researchers Jill A. Rhodes and Steven Churchill, evolutionary anthropologists published their findings in the January 2009 edition of the Journal of Human Evolution. The paper entitled, “Throwing in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic: inferences from an analysis of humeral retroversion,” provides some clues to the extinction of Neanderthal. Projectile weaponry was an important component of early man’s survival toolkit. Traces of projectile weaponry have been found in Africa dating back some 80,000 years. The mass migration by early man out of Africa into Europe some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago, show early European man developed and used bow and arrows and other projectile devices. The Rhodes/Churchill small sampling of Neanderthal’s skeletal remains indicate he was outmatched by early modern man’s development of a “throwing arm”. This anatomical feature is measured by the degree of humeral retroversion in the dominant arm and in bilateral asymmetry. Neanderthal’s short squat body, massive limbs and lack of backward displacement at the shoulder joint may have hampered their ability to incorporate projectile weaponry. According to Jill Rhoades, an evolutionary anthropologist examinations of early modern European fossils show the backward displacement at the shoulder joint, but none of the small sampling of Neanderthal’s skeletal remains carry this anatomical characteristic. Modern athletes like baseball pitchers have this characteristic in one shoulder joint and it is referred to generally as their “throwing arm”. When engaging in over head throwing activity, such as throwing a baseball or a spear, this increases the movement of the muscles and gives greater velocity and speed to the throw, according to Steven Churchill an anthropologist at Duke University. This missing technology, along with climate change and competing arrow-shooting humans significantly challenged Neanderthal and may have led to an eventual extinction. According to the Rhodes/Churchill study, habitual behavior patterns, including those related to the production and use of technology, can be imprinted on the skeleton through both genetic and epigenetic pathways. Samples of bilateral humeri sufficient for measurement of Neanderthals are rare. The study consisted of two males and one female. The study concludes, that while the sample was small, consistently it was found that Neanderthal lacked the characteristic “throwing arm” found in early modern man. According to archeologist Eric Boeda of Paris X, Nanterre, Neanderthal was not without his resources. Boeda’s team identified bitumen, a tar-like substance on sharpened stones in Syria inhabited by Neanderthal nearly 70,000 years ago. The bitumen was used as an adhesive to attach sharpened stones to wooden handle in a procedure called hafting. This finding by the Boeda research team using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and carbon isotopes at 40km from the source places the hafting practice back 30,000 years from the date previously set in other research. Anthropologists agree, Neanderthal could throw spears short distances, but never graduated to the use of bow and arrows or spear-throwing technologies. Some 40,000 years ago, modern humans trekked out of Africa to Europe taking their bows and arrows with them for fishing, hunting and warfare. The bow and arrow enabled modern man to engage his environment and adapt to various environments. While it is cannot be stated with absolute certainty, Neanderthal’s inability or lack of interest in developing projectile weaponry may have been an important factor in his eventual demise. Scientists are uncertain as to whether modern human used bow and arrows or projectile devices against Neanderthal, but it is a distinct possibility. For further reading on the subject, See Journal of Human Evolution, Volume 56, January 2009, Throwing in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic: inferences from an analysis of humeral retroversion, Jill Rhodes and Steven Churchill.© 2009 PhysOrg.com The Reconstruction of the Funeral of Homo neanderthalensis. Captured in the Hannover Zoo. (Via Wikipedia) Citation: Neanderthal Lacked Anatomical Competitive Edge: Skeletal Remains Tell the Story (2009, January 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-neanderthal-lacked-anatomical-competitive-edge.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kolkata: For the first time in the history of Lok Sabha elections in the state, West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC) along with Indian Academy of Communication and Disaster Management will offer communication support through ham radio in mobile shadow zones in North 24-Parganas district.Mobile shadow zones are the areas where there is no mobile network and connectivity. These radio hams will provide information on poll security arrangement, updates on voting process, turnout of voters and various announcements on poll-related issues. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWBRC, which is an organization of ham radio enthusiasts in the state, has got special permission from the Union ministry of Telecommunication in establishing communication through amateur radio in mobile shadow zones. The West Bengal Radio Club will soon conduct mock drill in such zones to ensure proper communication with the residents of these areas during the election. The organization has been instrumental in setting up communication infrastructure in such zones during the state assembly elections in 2016 and during panchayet elections in 2013. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We have received a letter from the District Magistrate and district election officer (DEO) of North 24-Parganas Antara Acharya today (Friday) instructing us to make necessary arrangements for uninterrupted communication through ham radio. We have been informed that necessary logistic support such as vehicles, electricity or battery, accommodation, food, table, chair and bamboo for each radio antenna will be provided by the DEO,” said Ambarish Nag Biswas secretary of WBRC. According to a sources, there are 48 shadow zones in the district which includes urban places such as Titagrah, Barrackpore, Ichapore, Bongaon, Madhyamgram and border areas such as Hingalganj, Sandeshkhali and Basirhat. The areas fall under four LS constituencies —Barrackpore, Bongaon, Barasat and Basirhat. Barrackpore and Bongaon will go to polls on May 6 in the fifth phase while Barasat and Basirhat will vote in the last phase on May 19. The secretary of WBRC on behalf of the radio club had written to the DEO on March 14 expressing its desire to provide support in the shadow zones in the district. “There will be a total of 48 hams — one ham each for each shadow zone. They will be responsible for establishing liaison with all the communication stations such as the DM office, BDO office and SDO office during the election. They will be providing information on whether the polling party has reached properly, what is the security arrangement, regular update of the polling process and the percentage of voting,” said Subir Datta, president of WBRC.