Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday May 13

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA review of some of the top news stories of the week, directly from the pages of the AFRO, with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Stephen Janis and Taya Graham of The Real News Network, continue their exclusive reporting on 21st century Jim Crow in Pocomoke City, Maryland. These stories and much more, coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Roku Starts Selling New Premiere 4K Streaming Adapters Roku TV Wireless Speakers

first_imgSquare but with round corners, the latter remote fits snugly into an indentation on top of the speaker, with an integrated magnet adding additional stickiness. However, Clarke said that the remote was primarily meant to reside somewhere else in the house. Perhaps in your entry hallway or kitchen, where it could be used to fire up your favorite station in the living room.To make this easier, Roku has added two preset buttons that can be programmed with shortcuts to streaming services or online radio stations. There’s also an integrated speaker for voice feedback, as well as a mysterious extra button that doesn’t do anything at launch. Clarke didn’t want to comment on the need for this extra button, but one could imagine that it could be used for some sort of multi-room audio functionality.Roku first unveiled its Roku TV Wireless Speakers in July. The company announced that it was expanding beyond streaming devices and smart TVs into the audio space at CES in Las Vegas in January. Back then, the company also revealed that it was working on its own entertainment-focused voice assistant that would be complementary to Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s assistant. “We can see it co-existing in the home with other AI,” said Roku’s VP of product Mark Ely at the time.The company is getting ready to take a step towards such a co-existence in the coming weeks: Roku devices will soon be compatible with the Google Assistant, and allow consumers to search for content, control playback and more with a Google Home speaker or similar devices. Roku is also revamping its top-of-the-line Roku Ultra streamer, albeit only with a new accessory. The company didn’t change the hardware of the $100 streaming box, but instead replaced the generic headphones that can be used with the Ultra’s private listening feature with JBL ear buds.However, Roku’s biggest fall hardware update is a different kind of device: The company will start selling its Roku TV Wireless Speakers in October. The speakers cost $200 for a pair, but consumers who pre-order them by 10/15 will be able to get a pair for $180. The speakers will only be available via Roku’s website for the time being.Roku TV Wireless Speakers are custom-made for Roku TVs like the ones made by TCL, Insignia or Hisense. They won’t work with any other TV model, even if those TVs are equipped with Roku streaming device. The speakers are meant to alleviate a problem of TV set design: As displays get thinner and thinner, so does the sound of speakers integrated into those TVs. “It’s a physics problem,” Clarke said.Roku TV Wireless Speakers also support some audio-only functionality, including the ability to launch playback from some apps while the TV is on standby mode. The company integrated Spotify Connect, and the speakers also support Bluetooth to stream any audio source directly from a mobile device.In addition to better sound, the speakers also add some intelligent audio features to a Roku TV. This includes the ability to increase speech clarity as well as volume leveling features, including a night mode that takes the shaking bass out of those loud explosions.Notably absent from the speakers: Any built-in microphones, like the ones Amazon’s Echo speakers use for far-field voice control. Roku instead ships the speakers with two remote controls with built-in microphones. One of them is meant to replace the cheaper remote that ships with most Roku TVs, while the other is custom-build for speaker audio control. Streaming device maker Roku unveiled its fall device lineup Monday, which includes two new streaming devices as well as the company’s previously-announced smart speakers. The common thread for all those announcements is an attempt to introduce better audio and video, thanks to 4K streaming and Hi-Fi sound.“Roku believes that this is gonna be a 4K holiday,” said the company’s director of product management Lloyd Clarke in an interview with Variety.On the streaming adapter front, Roku introduced two new devices Monday: The new $40 Roku Premiere is a 4K streaming adapter that lends its look from the company’s Roku Express, but incorporates a 4-core processor to power 4K and HDR streaming from services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.The Premiere includes an infrared remote that requires consumers to have line-of sight to the device. Anyone who spends $50 on a Roku Premiere Plus can instead opt to hide their streaming hardware behind their TV. This model comes with the same hardware as the Roku Premiere, safe for an upgraded Wifi remote that doesn’t require line-of-sight, and also includes a microphone for voice control as well as power and volume buttons to control the TV. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

AMD Planning 16Core Server Chip For 2011 Release

first_img Explore further 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. Intel Outlines Processor Roadmap Citation: AMD Planning 16-Core Server Chip For 2011 Release (2009, April 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-amd-core-server-chip.htmlcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — AMD is in the process of designing a server chip with up to 16-cores. Code named Interlagos, the server chip will contain between 12 and 16 cores and will be available in 2011. Pat Patia, VP of AMD’s server platform unit stated that increasing chip core counts will improve performance and reduce power consumption by the processors. The increase of server chip cores can reduce the total power consumption and server count in a data center.The 16-core chips can be deployed in servers with two to four chip sockets thereby maximizing each server with up to 64 cores. The chip will be part of AMD’s Opteron 6000 series chips. AMD’s Opteron chips compete with Intel’s 8-core version of its Xeon server chips, code named Nehalem-EX, which is due for release in 2010.AMD’s future chips will integrate advanced power management features and improved instruction sets for better task executions in virtualized environments. By manually capping the power drawn by cores, users will be able to better control power consumption. Along with AMD’s new server chips, there are plans to add additional memory and cache support in the server platforms. One feature that would be lacking in these new chips is multithreading which allows cores to execute multiple threads and task simultaneously; this feature however is currently used in Intel’s chips. The new chips, made by AMD, will be made using the 32-nanometer manufacturing process which is more energy efficient and has better performance than the current 45-nanometer process. AMD’s goal is to add more complex features onto the surface of a processor chip so that it can handle a larger number of applications.© 2009 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Canada Mexico win WTO nod for 1 billion in trade sanctions against

first_imgRelated posts:US, Latin American leaders push hard for proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators push hard for deal Trans-Pacific Partnership: 12 Pacific countries seal huge free trade deal Mexico takes Costa Rica ban on avocados to World Trade Organization WASHINGTON, D.C. – Canada and Mexico won WTO approval Monday to impose some $1 billion a year in trade sanctions against the United States over its country-of-origin labeling requirement for beef and pork.An arbitration panel at the Geneva-based World Trade Organization ruled that the U.S. policy, known by its acronym COOL, was unfair because it puts imported livestock at a disadvantage to domestic livestock.The panel concluded that Canada and Mexico, partners with the U.S. in the North American Free Trade Agreement, could apply  retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports.Canada, the largest U.S. trade partner, is authorized to impose up to CAD$1.05 billion (US$780.3 million) in sanctions annually in the goods sector, while Mexico can levy up to $227.8 million a year in retaliatory tariffs.COOL requires labeling that states where livestock animals are born, where they are raised, and where they are slaughtered.The labeling law, popular with U.S. consumers for giving greater transparency to their food purchases, was enshrined in the 2002 five-year Farm Bill. Congress strengthened it in 2013, even as Canada and Mexico were challenging the policy at the WTO.The U.S. meat industry, as well as Ottawa and Mexico City, have campaigned against COOL as an unfair and costly burden on producers.“Country of origin labeling harms Canadian and Mexican livestock producers as well as U.S. processors and producers. It also disrupts the highly integrated North American meat industry supply chain,” the Canadian government said in a statement after the WTO ruling.“Since 2011, the World Trade Organization has repeatedly ruled that COOL discriminates against Canadian and Mexican cattle and hogs and violates the trade obligations of the United States,” it said.President Barack Obama’s administration moved Monday to defuse the WTO decision, saying it would work with the U.S. Congress on alternatives to the labeling law.“We are disappointed with this decision and its potential impact on trade among vital North American partners,” said Tim Reif, general counsel for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, in a statement.“We will continue to consult with members of Congress as they consider options to replace the current COOL law and additional next steps. In the meantime, if Canada and Mexico take steps to raise import duties on U.S. exports, it will only harm the economies of all three trading partners.”Advocacy group Public Citizen said that the WTO decision was an example of how trade pacts can undermine the public interest.“Today’s ruling makes clear that trade agreements can — and do — threaten even the most favored U..S consumer protections,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.“We hope that President Obama stands by his claim that ‘no trade agreement is going to force us to change our laws,’” she said.“But in fact rolling back U.S. consumer and environmental safeguards has been exactly what past presidents have done after previous retrograde trade pact rulings.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Soccer beats out baseball in game of USCuban detente

first_imgThe last professional U.S. soccer team to visit Cuba was the now-defunct Chicago Sting, which played in 1978 after President Jimmy Carter sought to improve relations with Cuba and opened the interests section in Havana that both countries want to soon convert into a full embassy.___Associated Press writer Michael Weissenstein contributed to this report.___Michael Weissenstein on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mweissensteinCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “In this new era that our two countries are living, this game is another link that will help establish the relations announced by the two presidents,” said Antonio Garces, vice president of the Cuban Soccer Association.While the two governments have yet to reopen embassies following the December announcement of detente, Havana has been flooded by a surge of U.S. tourists as well as delegations of lawmakers, business executives and athletes.A group of retired NBA stars held a training camp for Cuban players in April, and Cuban officials have said a U.S. professional baseball exhibition game is planned for the near future, although Major League Baseball officials have said no plans have been made.The Cosmos, who are leading the standings in the second-tier North American Soccer League, arrived Sunday night and trained Monday afternoon ahead of the next day’s match at 30,000-seat Pedro Marrera stadium, which is to be televised nationally in Cuba.“I’m happy that we came here to play soccer and unite two countries,” Cosmos midfielder Walter Restrepo said. “The people have really welcomed us, with high expectations for the game.”Garnering much attention in Cuba were former Real Madrid star and current Cosmos player Raul Gonzalez and the team’s honorary president Pele, the legendary Brazilian star who played for the original Cosmos franchise as his career was ending. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Legendary Cosmos and Brazilian national soccer team player Pele arrives at Melia Cohiba in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, May 31, 2015. The New York Cosmos will play against the Cuban national soccer team in a friendly match on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan) Sponsored Stories “I never imagined that Cuba against the Cosmos would happen. And to think Raul and Pele would come to Cuba, nobody thought that,” fan Yosbani Fuentes said.Asked about the bribery scandal that exploded last week in soccer’s global governing body, Pele declined to criticize FIFA or its head, Sepp Blatter.“We are players and we want to provide joy to the public and people. What happens with executives doesn’t interest me,” Pele said. “He’s a man who has been there 25 years. You have to respect him.”While Cuba is far from a soccer powerhouse, the sport hasn’t been spared the waves of departures that have robbed its teams of many top-ranked athletes. Forward Maykel Galindo left in 2005 and went on to play for several U.S. teams. Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso abandoned Cuba two years later and now plays in Seattle.Cuba’s relatively weak international soccer performance hasn’t stopped the sport from spreading on the island, with growing numbers watching professional games on television and playing on dusty fields and neighborhood streets.“Soccer is a people’s sport that’s gained a lot of popularity in recent years, in Cuba and the United States, and without a doubt it’ll help tear down barriers and open doors,” Garces said. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility HAVANA (AP) — In a landmark act of sports diplomacy, soccer’s New York Cosmos on Tuesday will become the first U.S. professional team to play in Cuba since Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama announced their countries would re-establish diplomatic relations.Soccer’s popularity is growing in both baseball-crazy nations and Cuban officials said the friendly match against the country’s national team would be an important step in the normalization of the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba. How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top Stories last_img read more

Vietnam Human rights should not obstruct deeper US ties

first_imgTrong called for the two nations to take relations “to the next level” after declaring a comprehensive partnership in 2013. He said they have a common interest in peaceful resolution of disputes and freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, and there was lots of potential to increase trade and investment ties.U.S. officials see stronger ties with Vietnam as a linchpin in Obama’s Asia policy, and last fall eased restrictions on sales of lethal weaponry to Vietnam for maritime security as concern grows over Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea, which is an important conduit for world trade.Human rights have remained a sore point, although the U.S. says Vietnam’s prosecution of dissidents has decreased. According to the State Department, Vietnam was holding about 125 political prisoners at the end of 2014.On the eve of Trong’s visit, a bipartisan group of nine U.S. lawmakers urged Obama to call on the party leader to release a number of detainees, saying the U.S. must send “a clear message to the Hanoi authorities that respect for human rights is essential for a closer economic and security relationship.”Trong said Vietnam wants to promote and protect the human rights of all people, including the poor and those in mountainous areas, but added that the rights of each individual must be put in the context of the wider community. He said people are not detained because of their religion or background, but because they violated the law. He said dialogue was needed between the U.S. and Vietnam as they had a different understanding on the issue.“But we should not let this human rights issue be an obstacle to our relationship,” Trong told the Center for Strategic and International Studies.After Tuesday’s Oval Office meeting, Obama said he and Trong spoke candidly about human rights and religious freedom in Vietnam. The Southeast nation’s restrictions on labor unions have also come under scrutiny as Vietnam is among the 12 nations negotiating the U.S.-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party said Wednesday that differences with the United States on human rights should not be allowed to obstruct the deepening of relations between the former enemies.Nguyen Phu Trong, the one-party state’s de facto leader, spoke at a Washington think tank after an unprecedented meeting Tuesday with President Barack Obama at the White House.Trong’s visit comes 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War and 20 years after Washington and Hanoi restored diplomatic relations. On Capitol Hill, meanwhile, lawmakers honored American veterans at a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the arrival of U.S. ground troops in Vietnam. Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

After Scooping the World on Salvator Mundi Kenny Schachter Has More to

first_imgWant to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward. Perhaps you may have read (or heard) that I outed the whereabouts of Leonardo da Vinci’s Savator Mundi in my last column. It was the scoop heard around the world, from Australia to Zimbabwe, picked up by pretty much every major global news outlet as if it were something that actually mattered. Hope the Serene, the yacht where Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is presently enjoying his latest acquisition, doesn’t become an Iranian target, like the Saudi oil tankers recently hit in the Gulf of Oman. Art Basel global director Marc Spiegler called me the art world’s Sherlock Holmes. I’ve been called (a lot) worse.I was approached by a Middle Eastern man in front of the entrance to the fair in Switzerland last week who asked me, “Are you Kenny Schachter?” After I responded affirmatively, he said, “I’m from Saudi Arabia”—at which point the prominent collector I was previously chattering to recoiled in fear, literally jumping back three steps in one go. Thankfully, he only wanted to say he liked my writing.AdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by TeadsMy latest scoop is just as juicy: the guarantor of the Leonardo was billionaire Taiwanese investor Pierre Chen (born Chen Tai-ming), who in 1977 founded Yageo, a New Taipei City-based manufacturer of parts found in mobiles, automobiles, and desktops. Chen is the auction houses’ go-to-guarantor for big-ticket items, by far the world’s most successful player in that arena, and the canniest. He’s famous for not even bothering to see the art he places such gargantuan bets on in person—jpegs suffice. He’s that good, and that sure of himself. His touch is as platinum as the key component used in the hard drives and circuit boards he sells.Meanwhile, one of his twin daughters, Jasmine, is a talented specialist at Sotheby’s (and an Olympic-level horse jumper) who curated an exhibition of George Condo and Picasso in Hong Kong. Her hire was a clever personnel move by the soon-to-be-private auction company, where her dad also guaranteed the SFMOMA-deaccessioned Rothko for $50 million in Sotheby’s last New York sale. (I’d gather Jasmine held shares in Sotheby’s at the time of privatization, so good for her.)Though the 52-week high of Yageo shares is 1,310 New Taiwan dollars, it last closed at NT$261, near its low on the year of NT$247. So, it’s an especially fortuitous thing that his Leonardo guarantee, at $130 million, netted him a whopping payday of $135 million in pure profit, all with no money down! Which, as I previously reported, has been paid in full. So I asked Jasmine to pick up the tab for a dinner in Basel—I’m still waiting.While I am at it, the underbidder of the Leonardo is said to be Liu Yiqian, the Chinese owner of the Long Museum. Before the auction, the painting had been offered to gallerist/art investor Adam Lindemann by the son of a restaurateur—never a reassuring sign—first for $50 million and then for a reduced rate of $47 million before finally being sold by Sotheby’s private-treaty division to freeport owner Yves Bouvier for $80 million. Immediately after, Bouvier flipped the painting to Russian Dmitry Rybolovlev for $127 million, not a bad return for a day’s (or two) work. With a hammer price of $400 million for Salvator Mundi, Rybolovlev might consider abandoning his flurry of lawsuits against Sotheby’s and Bouvier and return to his previous pastime of idle oligarch-ing.Robert Rauschenberg, Buffalo II (1964). Courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd.I’m as exhausted as you are at this point, but not done slinging dish on May’s auction results: billionaire Chicagoan Ken Griffin, founder of the Citadel hedge fund, was the buyer of Robert Rauschenberg’s Buffalo II (1964) for $89 million at Christie’s—not, as previously reported by others, Crystal Bridges’s owner Alice Walton. (A Citadel representative denied Griffin purchased the piece.) And gallerist Per Skarstedt snagged Christopher Wool’s Fool for nearly $15 million on a fat Sotheby’s credit line.That’s not all: Idan Ofer, son of Israeli shipping magnate Sammy, was the underbidder on Koons’s bunny, while his brother Eyal picked up a Sigmar Polke owned by Nicolas Berggruen from David Zwirner at the Basel fair for about $8 million, though it was widely reported to have sold for $10 million. Okay, done… on the auction front. BaselNow, onto the forced march that is Art Basel, which held its 50th edition this year, slowly catching up to me in age. The fair is waiting to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, one of the little deceptions of vanity that come with the accumulation of so many years. (Call me a 50th-anniversary truther, like Ted Loos.) No matter how desperately I wanted to skip—and I did—FOMO kicked in and off I went.Anyway, I’d be remiss to miss the fair for the wealth of information wafting through its halls, let alone the multiple museums’ worth of art offerings. As one prominent New York dealer put it: “I anticipate a shit show with Brexit and Venice—and, of course, the prices keep going up.” After attending most of the Swiss iterations for the past 30 years, I can attest that ever escalating prices are the only difference I can discern over the preceding decades, with much else remaining exactly the same as it ever was. And I beg to differ with the naysayers, the art was as fabulous and wide-ranging as ever.Subsisting on a diet of chips and chocolate (there’s no time for anything more substantial), I mustered the strength to fight the ruthless queue-cutters to get into the fair and taxi-line-dodgers to get out. According to the indefatigable doyenne of art dealers, Rhona Hoffman, pre-selling at the Basel fairs used to be prohibited—at 85 years young, she should know—but now it’s near impossible to find any sought-after primary works not snapped up before the gates open.The human condition of art evolution. Illustration courtesy of Kenny Schachter.Word in the aisles was that there were fewer prominent American and Chinese VIPs than last year, yet there were still plenty enough to fill the coffers of dealers—though success, as usual, took the shape of a bell curve. The reduced Chinese turnout, no doubt due to continued capital-outflow restrictions and the trade war, smarts especially due to their high-spending tendencies. (For instance, they account for the highest spending by tourists in the United States, forking over 50 percent more than other international visitors.Gallerists hate when I reveal their prices—but there should be a constitutional, unassailable right to know, no? Though I kind of swore to many I wouldn’t, I can’t help myself. I steal (information) from the rich (art dealers) to serve up to you, dear readers, free of charge. I can only roll my eyes at the public text work by didactic market darling Rirkrit Tiravanija affixed to the side of a local Basel building that read: “The Odious Smell of Truth.” But I trade in truths that to me smell more like Chanel No. 5—but perhaps less so to others, like my friends at David Zwirner, Barbara Gladstone, Lévy Gorvy, and others.My take on Rirkrit Tiravanija’s The Odious Smell of Truth. To me the truth smells delicious! Image collage courtesy of Kenny Schachter.Let’s begin with Zwirner. His Gerhard Richter crowd scene, widely reported to be sold for $20 million during the fair was, in actuality, presold at $16 million, I’m told. The seller was reputed to be an Italian collector, Massimo Valsecchi, who used to own a gallery, the proceeds of which probably went to the upkeep of his palazzo in Sicily where he exhibits his other Richters, Warhols, and Old Masters. (A Zwirner representative denied the work was sold for less than $20 million, but confirmed that it was consigned by Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi, specifically in order to “raise funds for the establishment of their public foundation and museum project, the Palazzo Butera.”)The buyer of the Richter? All signs point to a Chinese collector who resides in the United States and who seen posing with Zwirner in front of the painting, both sporting Cheshire-cat grins. The gallery also had a set of Bruce Nauman hands for $1.75 million—much cheaper than Lévy Gorvy’s similar set for $2.7 million, both unsold last time I checked.According to an auction-house friend, Zwirner’s Donald Judd stack on sale for $12.5 million previously sold for about $9 million two Basels back. In the Unlimited section of gargantuan works, the gallery exhibited the full set of 55 Félix González-Torres’s micro-sized cardboard puzzles, seen together for the first time, that was overwhelming—too much of a good thing, making it impossible to focus on any one work. I solved the riddle of how much the collection cost: $12 million in toto, unsold at the time of this writing. (González-Torres’s pair of mirrors in the booth, incidentally, was priced at $3.6 million). One prominent advisor pulled me aside in the Zwirner stand and said, sternly, and in no uncertain terms: “Don’t write about my clients!” I felt like I was on the set of The Sopranos.Gagosian Gallery(s)—there’s now, count ’em, 17 in all—sent out a 120-page PDF hawking its wares prior to the fair, but that paled in comparison next to the two-volume bound set of catalogues on offer from Hauser & Wirth. Outdoing Larry G on another front, the Swiss gallery conglomerate paid about $35 million to steal away John Chamberlain’s estate, and another $35 million (upfront) to coax David Hammons to play in the H&W sandpit in Los Angeles. It ain’t cheap to compete with the biggies in today’s art business.The Hauser & Wirth behemoth marches on— where will it end? Image collage courtesy of Kenny Schachter.The new version of “fresh-to-market” is “renewed-resale,” like the Peter Doig that Geneva jewelry heavy Abdallah Chatila just bought at auction for $20 million, only to re-emerge on sale at the fair for $25 million. Then there is Thierry Gillier, the founder of trendy clothing label Zadig and Voltaire who flogs more of his “art collection” than his jeans—on this occasion a Christopher Wool that was back on the market at $6.5 million after being purchased second-hand from Simon Lee Gallery. Another Wool, previously auctioned at Phillips for $2.2 million, was last week on consignment from Jacques Seguin (the heart valve inventor, not Patrick the Prouvé market inventor) for $6 million. Both paintings went unsold.Something you don’t hear much about are the art-fair reneges, which are far from uncommon. In this regard, there were at least a few pieces noted as sold during the commotion of Basel that were thereafter cancelled. (No doubt serious cases of buyer’s remorse set in.) When you say “I do” at a fair, unlike a wedding, there’s no binding contract. Not to overgeneralize, but the Chinese in particular are known for it, just after assiduously bargaining down the price and then haggling some more.Koons’s giant shiny, blingy heart hung heavy at Gagosian, unsold at $14.5 million. Larry G’s Warhol dollar sign was available for $9 million, versus Christophe Van de Weghe’s similarly scaled work undercutting him at $8.9 million—though both failed to find a buyer. Joe Bradley’s latest modernist abstraction painting at Gagosian was sold for an astonishingly high $1.1 million, and a Mark Grotjahn for $5.5 million. Yes, though some (very) big ticket items remained unaccounted for, Larry G still managed to sell loads, as he always does. There is an undeniable, infectious energy in this booth, and a dynamic charisma to its mega-dealer, who will be sorely missed whenever he ultimately bows out—if that ever happens.On that note, I’m told Gagosian has previously been in talks about selling the whole kit and caboodle to a non-art-associated private-equity firm in a deal that would presumably encompass the 24th Street gallery he owns outright and, I’d imagine, at least a chunk of his storied collection that is valued, more or less, at $1 billion. Why not? He’s got no heirs and I can’t imagine anyone in the business at present with anywhere near the wherewithal to match the legendary man himself—no matter how much he has attempted to plan for succession of late.If I had anywhere near the dough, I’d buy his art stock and real estate, sell the building for condos (not the cartoon-on-canvas variety), auction some of the paintings to pay acquisition costs, and shut the galleries the next day. Which will happen anyway. A vulture fund for a vulture dealer, just watch.When a museum such as Basel’s Beyeler shows an artist, it changes weather conditions—and so it was with its Rudolf Stingel show, which caused it to rain Stingels at the fair. The primary-market works seemed to sell quickly (i.e., before festivities kicked off), like the one for €2.2 million at Massimo De Carlo. Lévy Gorvy sold another for $1.8 million, which they marketed by stating the fabric used in the making of the work was Swiss-made (ugh), and Paula Cooper sold a realistic work for $2 million as well.An installation view of “Rudolf Stingel” at Fondation Beyeler. Copyright Rudolf Stingel. Photo: Stefan Altenburger. Courtesy Foundation Beyeler and Gagosian.At the Beyeler dinner for Stingel, the artist recounted a story of how he began his career as a dealer, selling fake Modiglianis at age 20; when he offered one to a Venice gallerist, the dealer replied that he knew where the original (real) painting was, saying: “Why don’t you go home and make art instead.” There you have it.Los Angles’s Blum and Poe Gallery sold out before the completion of the first day, including paintings by Nara, Henry Taylor, Robert Colescott, up-and-coming Japanese star Tomoo Gokita, and four new Grotjahns that were hoovered up for near $1 million apiece before the onset. Flouting child-labor laws, the gallery has consistently employed Lux Blum—Tim’s son, with a name that could only emanate from LA—since he was 14 years old, with this being his fifth time manning the booth. I asked Lux for his take on the proceedings, to which he replied: “The funniest moment was when a young girl and her mother were taking photos way too close to our Nara, so my father asked them to move, and when she responded in German he told her—in the only German he knew—“Auf Wiedersehen! Die Welt ist schön!” Translation: “Goodbye! The world is beautiful!” I love Tim and Jeff, and not just because I will have a small project of my work in their Tokyo branch in spring 2020.Last bit of breaking news! I solved the mystery of Steve Cohen’s missing caviar. When he had a tub sent to his room by a birthday well-wisher, it never made it, instead being mis-delivered to another Cohen staying at the same Trois Rois hotel. Frank Cohen (known as the Saatchi of the North of England, whose two kids work with Gagosian), taking advantage of the mix-up, proceeded to dig in. People incessantly bemoan art fairs, even me on occasion, but in truth I’m endlessly amused, entertained, and enriched by the onslaught. Now, however, I’m happy for a break—enjoy your summer.Follow artnet News on Facebook: last_img read more

Australian tourists spending more than ever before in Queensland

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Is the Appraisal Industry Suffering from Barriers of Entry

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For example, one of the requirements to become an appraiser is a degree, whereas before, appraisers did not need a degree to be licensed and certified as an appraiser. Instead, they needed experience, take a few classes, and take the test to become an appraiser. This is one barrier to entry. Individuals graduating college are looking at potential jobs they can do.  They have to take many units in appraisals, have their degree, and then they must find someone who will train them. This is another barrier to entry. Typically, if these new graduates do not have someone in their family that will train them, they need to find someone who will for almost two years. You can imagine how difficult that can be.In this industry volumes are very fiscal so if you are lucky to find an individual to train you, when they are busy, they may not want to take the time to do it. When they are really slow, they may not have enough business to actually train you.Appraising is considered a “family business.” It’s very difficult for someone without those family ties to find someone who will train them. The training period is about 2500 hours. This is after they have gotten their degree and taken the state test. That’s a pretty significant time frame for anybody in any industry. The industry is aging. The average age of appraisers is approaching 60 years, according to one of our studies. This means that there are a lot of appraisers that are well-above 60-years-old.These are the issues that the appraisal industry is facing. Frankly, it needs to be seriously considered on what can be done to attract new appraisers to the industry.MReport: How can the industry bolster up their appraiser numbers?Pickell: I don’t have a crystal ball, but as more and more appraisers retire and get out of the industry, there will be a shortage of appraisers. We are already seeing that right now in the last couple years. We were getting to a point where appraisers were quoting four to six weeks of turnaround time to get one report done for us in certain markets. What will happen is that as the number of appraisers reduces, the ones that remain in business will begin to charge more money, so all of sudden appraising will become a very lucrative profession in the future. That will probably attract new individuals. So money will be a big factor in attracting new appraisers into the industry.Some clients say that we will not accept an appraisal from a trainee signing the report. Because of that rule, we typically don’t recruit trainee appraisers. Even though the supervisor may sign the report stating that they did inspect the property with the trainee, many lenders will still not accept those reports. Somehow, there needs to be some legislation that requires lenders to accept reports done by trainee appraisers. That’s part of the double-edged sword. If the industry does attract more appraisers, they can’t do appraisals because no one will accept their work. I am not an advocate of more legislation, but because we do have these levels in the industry, there needs to be some rules and regs surrounding trainee’s appraisals with supervisory guidance and approval.MReport:  Let’s talk about the homeowner vs appraiser opinion gap that Quicken Loans reports on every month. This gap, while it has gotten smaller over 2015, still persists. Homeowners are valuing their homes more than appraisers. Why is this? Will there ever be a point where the gap closes completely? Should the paradigm ever change to where appraisers’ opinions are higher?Pickell: We think we have had the internet forever but we really haven’t. In the last 10 or 15 years, the internet has probably had the largest impact on a lot of people. With that, companies like Zillow and some others that provide valuations on homes. This is not an appraisal; this is number crunching and regression analysis. There is a big difference between appraised value and that value or price that these websites and companies are giving these homeowners. It creates a false sense of confidence from the homeowner who says, “Zillow says my house is worth $850,000.” Meanwhile, the appraiser says, “No, based on the comps and adjustments I made, your home is worth $825,000.” You have to use the information wisely. Valuation has always been and will probably always be a subjective value because it’s not a science. It’s an art. You have a difference of definitions going on. Appraisers have a specific, defined market value (Fannie Mae Form 1004). These websites are not concerned about that, while for an appraiser, that is what they are analyzing, so therefore, they will exclude comparables in an area where these other websites will include them in their analysis. This can skew the numbers.MReport: With slow growth expected in the housing market in 2016, how can the appraisal industry prepare, prosper, and increase business?Pickell: Companies and individuals that have been in this industry for a long time expect this slow growth period. If you are doing origination loans, you are a victim to the interest rates. When interest rates are low, you are very busy, but when interest rates are tweaking up, business can be slow. Appraisers that understand that model, they are diversifying themselves and preparing for this slow period when it’s really busy.  They are preparing by always providing excellent customer service. When it’s busy and appraisers are doing everything they can to keep their heads above water, they still have to provide exceptional customer service to clients. Knowing that the industry will slow down soon, these clients will know who to turn to. This comes by turning around files quickly, providing the highest quality appraisal, and accuracy is always important. The companies that are just now realizing that 2016 will slow, will struggle this year and beyond.Since 2008, with the advent of HVCC, Dodd-Frank, and other regulations, that’s when the AMC really started to explode. It’s been on an explosion pace since then; there has not been much of a slowdown. If 2016 brings a slowdown, there may be some consolidation in the AMC market, where there will be mergers and acquisitions taking place.MReport:  What is your outlook for the appraisal sector in 2016 and beyond?Pickell: This industry is very interest rate sensitive. The appraisal industry is very niche oriented and there are a lot of opportunities for appraisers and AMCs. Diversity is key. It’s all about diversifying your client base, not just focusing on originations. There is still a lot of business among defaults, short sales, and REOs. 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Guadalajara Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler

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Sabastijan Tahirovic, the Roman Republic had endured for four centuries and ruled over millions of people around the shores of the Mediterranean It was far from a perfect democracy but the citizens of Rome had a real voice in their government in contrast to the kingdoms and autocratic empires elsewhere in the ancient world But times were hard Decades of economic downslide threats from the Middle East and political infighting had left the Roman people weary of the plodding nature of their government They were ripe for someone to take the reins of power and shake up the business-as-usual attitude of their senate Julius Caesar was a charismatic and unconventional politician who knew what the masses wanted to hear He used his immense wealth to fight his way to the highest ranks of political power The old guard politicians of Rome were horrified at his rise and did everything they could to stop him but nothing worked The more the establishment spoke against him the more the common people loved him And so the masses cheered when Caesar crossed the Rubicon River in 49 BC and swept away the career politicians He promised to shake things up and he did but it wasnt long before he proclaimed himself dictator for life He was killed on the Ides of March in 44 BC But by then it was too late The structures of republican government had been laid waste and the voice of the people was silenced for the rest of the Roman Empire Freeman holds the Qualley Chair of Classics at Luther College in Decorah Iowa and is author of over a dozen books on the ancient world including biographies of Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great Loren J Samons II Very littleYou cant have democracy without demagogues Democracies breed demagogues This has been true since the beginning Demagoguery emerged in Athens concurrently with the rise of democracy One might argue that the Greek "tyrant"a strong man with popular support who often circumvented or dominated the normal avenues of power in an ancient Greek city-stateoffers a kind of precursor to the demagogue of democratic Athens Except the Greek tyrant often relied on brute force as much as rhetoric And it is the use of persuasive speech and the dependence on an electorate willing to be persuaded that marks the primary tool of the demagogue As such in a democratic environment demagogues simply cannot be avoided They are one of the natural products of a form of government that depends on elections The most one can rationally hope for is that a majority of the (participating) electorate will identify the demagogue AND reject his or her message But history again teaches us that such a reaction is unlikely In fact the identification of a "demagogue" turns out as often as not to be an act of demagoguery itself with those occupying each end of the political spectrum leveling the term against leaders springing from or appealing to the other side I would suggest that there remains one simple test that will allow voters to identify a demagogue: If the would-be leader promises to give restore provide insure or enhance a country but never asks the citizens to sacrifice pay serve or simply work then this leader is a potential demagogue By this standard most national American politicians of the last 30 years qualify as practicing demagogues John F Kennedys sacrificial challenge "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country"stands in ever starker contrast to the endless promises made by both parties today Of course Kennedy made that challenge in his inaugural address: that is after his election In the end demagoguery works when the electorate lacks the integrity and cultural imperative necessary to reject tangible and immediate gain in favor of principles that require sacrifice effort and personal responsibility Democracy therefore provides a fecund environment for the reproduction of demagogues As Shakespeares Cassius noted "The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars but in ourselves " Samons is Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University where he teaches ancient history Greek and Latin His most recent book Pericles and the Conquest of History (Cambridge University Press) argues that Athens greatest leader depended on and encouraged Athenian nationalism and belligerence Daniel Schily Learn from Germany and make sure that democracy speaks the language of the people A demagogue is first and foremost just a talented popular speaker In Goethes time the word had a thoroughly positive connotation After the failed revolution of 1848 Prince Metternich heavily attacked the famous revolution speakers in what was known as the "persecution of demagogues" In the subsequent restoration period free public speech was vilified Amongst the middle classes a self-serving demagogic paranoia prevailed In public political topics were discussed briefly factually soldierly so as not to arouse suspicion of incitement of the people In contrast in the theaters and on the stage an extremely eccentric style was developing The German late romanticism and early modernism came into fashion It can still be heard today in the recordings of the Mephisto performer Gustav Grndgens The music of Richard Wagner belongs to this (Incidentally as a young man he was involved in republican activities and uprisings) We also know that Adolf Hitler was an enthusiastic visitor to the opera and theater He spent years practicing theatrical poses in front of the mirror The German experience can be summarized as follows: If problems of the citizens are enduringly hidden in politics if a political idiom creeps in that no longer means anything to the people then the time has come for the actor to take to the stage But not just any actors actors who are prepared to step down from their personal stage and turn the real life of a nation into a stage The audience is at first astonished uneasy about the chutzpah then charmed and fascinated Then comes the final step the transformation of the intoxicated audience into an intoxicated nation Regrettably it is usually the narcissistically damaged actors who become political performers Hitler for instance was constantly torn between delusions of grandeur and suicidal tendencies He could have been intriguing as Hamlet As a politician he was a catastrophe Is there a drug or a vaccine The constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany has very intentionally dispensed with the post of a directly elected president and the government is elected by the parliament In addition the Federal Council is not controlled by directly elected senators but by the regional governments We currently have a chancellor whose theatrical talent is about zero and whose plain factual tone is virtually a cult Touch wood Schily is one of the co-founders of Democracy International eV in Germany He has dedicated his life to fight for more direct democracy and citizens’ participation Melissa Lane Guard against elitism Who is a demagogue While it has come to be a synonym for a certain kind of bad leader its worth remembering that the word demagogue combines root Greek words that mean simply "leader of the people" (demos or "the people"; agein or "to lead") The pejorative association originated in part in a certain kind of elitism The "demagogue" cameonly gradually in ancient Greek literary reflections more than in actual political activityto be seen as someone rising to power with the support of the "common people" who were looked down upon as the uneducated many by the elite few Most often to this opposition of class interests was added an accusation of insincerity: that the demagogue is someone who only pretends to serve the interests of the many (or does so only sometimes) Hence the thought that his or her real aim is to exploit the common people’s support to advance his or her own interests or those of a small coterie And to these concerns about overly partisan populist ends and to cloaked private ends was added the accusation that a demagogue relies on fraud or force and hides their real purposes under a cloak of populist purposes Thus "demagogue" can refer to either overly populist and partisan ends; or to deceptive or dangerous means; or to both While denunciations of demagogues originated in fear of a certain kind of populism the danger that "the people" will be invoked as a license to exclude or demonize minorities remains a real one To resist the unscrupulous means of fraud and force democracies need citizens leaders and journalists who can articulate the expected norms of politics and expose violations of them Especially effective are exposures of hypocrisy pointing out when a demagogue pretends to be speaking for "the people" but can be shown to be truly committed to the advancement of the interests of a small group or simply to his or her own aggrandizement Finally we should remember that simply slapping the label of "demagogue" onto someone does not clarify the specific dangers that they posefor as we have seen the dangers may be ones of ends means or both At the same time we should take care that in resisting those who do genuinely pose a threat to democratic norms and values we do not fall into the trap of an elitist condemnation of those groups among the people whom demagogues seek to exploit Lane is the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics at Princeton University specializing in ancient Greek political theory and author most recently of The Birth of Politics: Eight Greek and Roman Political Ideas and Why They Matter (Princeton University Press 2015) Jason Brennan Make sure elites and the people keep each other in check In general democracy works because it doesnt work One reason why democracy tends to produce decent outcomes is that educated elite political insiders tend to control the political parties and the bureaucracy To a significant extent these elites prevent the people from simply getting what they want What we see this year with the rise of Donald Trump is what happens when the Republican establishment breaks down and is forced to run a populist candidate rather than a candidate the savvy insiders prefer Demagogues play to popular prejudices and misinformation Theres little democracies can do to stop them other than grant elites significant control over the process Education information and political deliberation havent done (and wont do) the trick Democracy suffers from an inescapable built-in flaw Each citizen gets an equal but tiny share of political power An individual voters ballot makes a difference only if she breaks a tie But the probability shell break a tie in most cases is vanishingly small Thus most voters have no incentive to be well-informed about politics or to correct their misinformed opinions They have no incentive to think rationally about politics or to process information in a reasonable way They have every incentive to indulge their biases and prejudices In a well-functioning democracy elites and the people keep each other in check To some extent the elites keep the people from implementing dumb policies policies the people support only because theyre badly informed To some extent the people keep the elites from simply running the government to their own advantage at the expense of everyone else Many supporters of democracy decry the power of elites They should be careful what they wish for Donald Trump is what happens when we the people get what we want Brennan is Flanagan Family Chair of Strategy Economics Ethics and Public Policy at Georgetown University He is the author of seven books including Against Democracy and The Ethics of Voting Dr Rafael Piñeiro It’s up to citizens to provide accountability Demagoguery is a congenic illness of democracy There is though the chance to keep it under control Citizens alienation and disenchantment with politics breed demagoguery when parties or the institutional resources available to citizens are not capable of delivering When politics becomes meaningless for a portion of the electorate the opportunity for demagogues arises Although demagogues re-engage disaffected citizens they and their political organizations cannot fulfill their promises Therefore demagogues are simply political agents taking advantage of citizens frustration with democratic representation Keeping parties and politicians in line with the preferences of the citizens is the best possible protection against demagogues Under democracy it is essentially up to citizens to make established parties and governments accountable Institutional instruments like mechanisms of direct democracy in conjunction with other resources facilitate collective action and the expression of citizens interests When democracy fulfills its promises citizens do not need to turn to demagogues for solutions Demagogues are not the bad politicians; they are just the product of the really bad ones Piñeiro is Assistant Professor at the Social and Polítical Science Department of the Universidad Católica del Uruguay Lee Drutman Protect the separation of powers In the heady times of Philadelphia 1787 the drafters of the US Constitution struggled to balance two competing insights Democracy depended on the people; but the people were not always enlightened Shays Rebellion was a top-of-mind reminder that bottom-up populist passion could turn to violence But the top-down power of the awful King George also loomed large The Founders resolved these competing insights into a complicated system of checks and balances an elaborate edifice of tension rods to balance legitimacy representation and rationality The House would be directly elected by the people; The Senate would be indirectly elected by state legislatures; The executive would also be chosen separately by special electors; And an independent judiciary would have strong powers of review And all this on top of relatively autonomous state governments To guard against demagogues the Constitution set up a system that demanded much compromise and negotiation and relied less on plebiscite power Over time the democratic impulse has weakened some of the initial elitist safeguards The Electoral College has come to reflect the popular vote Since the 1913 passage of the 17th Amendment senators are now directly elected The legislature has delegated more power to the electoral branch which has grown considerably more expansive And the modern 24/7 media has strengthened the focal plebiscite power of the presidency But the independent counterbalancing power of the three branches endures States rights remain strong And the distrust of centralized power still runs deep in the American political culture Indeed for all the criticisms that our complicated system of checks-and-balances is inefficient (it certainly is) it has held together for almost 230 years All the veto points are also safeguards against the potential power of demagogues And so far they have worked Drutman is a senior fellow in the political reform program at New America and the author of The Business of America Is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Political and Politics Became More Corporate This article originally appeared on Zocalo Public Square Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editors The release of Sid Meier’s Civilization VI for iPad took gamers by surprise Thursday with the top-rated title appearing on a mobile device just over a year after its original release on PC Mobile devices that run Android and iOS typically get watered-down versions of popular games if they even come to smartphones or tablets at all which makes a port of the full version of the latest Civilization game such a shock “You have to think on your feet in Civilization VI in ways youve never had to before” read TIME’s Civilization VI review last year And as a full version reconfigured for touch controls on Apple’s iPad the turn-based war strategy game will let gamers walk pace and move untethered by a PC or a game console (Unfortunately for people who use Google’s gear Civilization VI for Android is not available at this time) But Civilization VI‘s price has split the gaming community into warring factions Casual gamers may give pause at paying $60 for the title but developers (especially those who toil on lower-priced mobile games) are excited at the chance to earn more for their work Civilization VI on iOS is going to cost $60 a full AAA game cost Brave .S. especially when China’s promises under that accord are not particularly ambitious – while U. ”A big focus of Purdon’s tenure as U.

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ND – 83, the day after the attacks on the Twin Towers, Semenya won gold in 800 metres and bronze in 1,but also small packets of glittering pills for local consumption and for export to Bangladesh A press release from the BSF said that two veteran smugglers – Samsul Alam and Noor Mohammad – were arrested during the operation The consignment of 4566 tablets that was seized came close on the heels of another seizure of 110 tablets on 20 March in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills which were en route to Bangladesh Yaba a Thai word for “crazy medicine” is a mix of methamphetamine and caffeine that comes in different flavours and colours Inhaling its fumes or snorting the crushed powder induces a hyper-alert state so exhilarating that users have been tempted to give up on heroin and ganja There is also a crystalline variant of this drug called Ice made up entirely of methamphetamine The sustained use of Yaba can cause permanent damage to the lungs kidneys and blood vessels in the brain which could eventually cause a stroke cardiac arrest and rotting of the teeth BSF officials informed that the arrested duo has been receiving consignments from agents in Meghalaya but they were unaware about the origin of the pills Officials believe they are imported from laboratories in Myanmar through the Mizoram and Manipur borders On interrogation the two accused confessed that Yaba’s demand has been steadily picking up in some border zones but more important for them was transferring the packets across to Bangladesh where the demand has been steadily soaring BSF officials after a seizure of Yaba tablets Image courtesy: BSF Bangladesh receives the bulk of its supplies through Cox’s Bazar which borders Myanmar According to reports the seizures last year in the country yielded 294 million pills These could comprise only a small amount of the total quantity consumed in the neighbouring country The pills are available in different labels like R7 Guti Champa and Baba in a wide price range varying between Taka 300 – 2000 Alarmed over the situation the Bangladesh High Court had instructed the government in January to take effective steps to check the influx of illegal narcotics including Yaba Origin of Yaba In “The Merchants of Madness: The Methamphetamine Explosion In The Golden Triangle” Bertil Lintner and Michael Black have documented the origin and spread of methamphetamine which was first created in Japan in 1918 by a chemist named Akira Ogata but marketed only in the late 1930s Called ATS (Amphetamine Type Stimulants) these tablets were widely used by the Japanese and German militaries during the Second World War for helping soldiers to fight round the clock According to a report in Spiegel Online more than 35 million tablets of Pervitin and Isophan were supplied to the German army and air force during the short period between April and July of 1940 These tablets were sent to the Wehrmacht’s (Armed Forces Headquarters) medical divisions under the code name OBM and then distributed directly to the troops The packages were labeled "Stimulant" and the instructions recommended a dose of one to two tablets "only as needed to maintain sleeplessness" After the war production of methamphetamine resumed in Japan South Korea Taiwan and China which subsequently became available in Thailand as Yama since the mid-1950s Its use decreased in the country in the 1970s after the government clamped a ban However that was only the beginning of Yaba’s journey in the region As the book reveals drug gangs which once produced heroin shifted to the tablet from the early 1990s since it was easier to manufacture them in portable laboratories less expensive and not dependent on the supply of opium A primary ingredient required for its manufacture is Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride which is supplied to the laboratories from multiple sources in China Thailand and India North East At Risk In the last two decades or so the bulk of the methamphetamine labs have been concentrated in Myanmar especially in the Shan state This state bordering China and Thailand is also a hotbed of insurgency Most of these labs are in territory controlled by the United Wa State Army (UWSA) one of the largest and well armed drug-dealing outfits in the world Sections of the Myanmar army are reported to be involved in the trafficking of the drugs BSF officials are apprehensive that Yaba’s demand in Bangladesh could fuel more imports from Myanmar into the North East and also lead to a spurt in the export of Actifed pills to the neighbouring country for its pseudoephedrine content Arteries that already exist in the North East have been transporting large quantities of Heroin No-4 and gold among other items from the Indo-Myanmar border to different destinations which is evidenced from the seizures in the past few years The two most prolific routes are from Chandel in Manipur and Champhai in Mizoram that pass through Assam’s Barak Valley to multiple points along the Indo-Bangladesh border Besides Yaba another synthetic drug similar in colour and size that has surfaced in the North East is ‘Word is Yours’ the usage of which is increasing in a section of the youth from the upper income groups in the region Consignments of these tablets which are also imported from Myanmar have been seized at least four times since 2012 Most of them have been seized near the border in Manipur (Bhattacharyya is a senior journalist in Guwahati and author of Rendezvous With Rebels: Journey to Meet India’s Most Wanted Men) Hours after the fragile bonding that the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal (United) snapped on Wednesday after Nitish Kumar decided to call it quits BJP announced its support to the JD(U) paving the way for the next government to take over The JD(U) and BJP had ruled the state for nine years earlier File image of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav PTI In the last election in 2015 for the 243-seat Bihar Assembly RJD won 80 seats JD(U) 71 while the Congress won 27 seats With a total strength of 178 the grand alliance or the Mahagathbandhan comfortably formed the government with Nitish Kumar as the chief minister However after JD(U) pulled out both the RJD and the Congress combined don’t have the requisite numbers to continue in the government as they have only 107 seats in their kitty The BJP suddenly found itself in the role of the kingmaker as it has 53 seats in the Assembly Its alliance partner Lok Jan Shakti has two seats Provided all the three comes along then the number reaches 126 barely above the majority mark The RLSP HAM and CPI(ML) have 2 1 1 seats respectively Although the NDA has 58 members in the Bihar House the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) is not very keen on supporting Nitish Kumar given his relatively clean image was under intense pressure to remove Tejaswi Yadav after his dubious dealings came to the fore following raids to his premises by various investigating agencies With Prime Minister Narendra Modi openly praising Kumar for the 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