Tara Page and David Aho

first_imgJim and Judy Page of Interlaken announce the engagement of their daughter Tara Page to David Aho, son of Amy Aho and the late Mike Aho of Little Silver.The bride-to-be is a student at the City University of New York. She is employed as a model at Ford Models of New York.The future groom received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a partner of Colbeck Capital Management.The couple met at Felix Restaurant in New York City. They live in Manhattan with their three cats: Gus of New York, and Ophelia and L.A., both of Anguilla, BVI.A fall 2012 wedding is planned.last_img read more

Thousands of Jobs available for 2020 Census

first_imgMandated in the Constitution, the census is conducted every 10 years and determines how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives. It also allows state officials to redistrict congressional and state legislative districts to account for population changes, among other benefits. RED BANK – Adults looking to earn extra money this winter can apply for jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau, officials told the public at a meeting Nov. 20 at the Red Bank Public Library. The census asks questions about a resident’s name, sex, age, date of birth, origin, race, relationship, and if they are renters or homeowners. Census takers also ask for phone numbers in case they need to contact that person again. But all information is private and census takers are sworn to secrecy regarding the information they receive from others. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age. They also must have a valid Social Security number and email address and must pass a background check, the application process and an assessment. Those interested in working with the 2020 Census team are welcome to apply online at 2020census.gov.jobs or by phone at 1-855-JOB-2020.center_img Office positions include area census office manager, census field manager, administrative manager, information technology manager, recruiting manager, office operations supervisor and clerical support. In the field, there are positions for recruitment, census field supervision and enumerators. The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring thousands of individuals to help conduct the 2020 Census. And for the first time, citizens will be able to answer the census online, making it – according to Census Bureau representatives – easier than ever. The first U.S. census was conducted in 1790 and served as an important piece of the country’s history and future.last_img read more

Aubameyang at the double in Emery’s first European game as Gunners boss

first_img gameday cracker silverware revealed Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 4 Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang bagged a brace in Unai Emery’s first European game as Arsenal boss ended in a comfortable 4-2 win over Vorskla Poltava.The Spaniard is a master in the competition having masterminded Sevilla to three consecutive victories. But conceding two late goals will have undoubtedly irked Emery at the Emirates. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 The points were almost secured on the stroke of half-time as Arsenal twice came close to extending their lead.Aubameyang drifted through the defence before hitting the outside of the post with a bending effort before Mkhitaryan forced a smart save out of Bogdan Shust moments later.Emery’s side had just about hit their stride before the interval and looked to continue their dominance after the restart, only for Mkhitaryan to spurn a glorious chance.He made amends by clipping in for Welbeck to head home the second soon after, with the gulf in class between the sides starting to show. Aubameyang curls home the second 4 Danny Welbeck rises to score SORRY Aubameyang was starting to enjoy himself and, after missing a chance following more fine work from Iwobi, he tucked away a second of the night before being replaced by Ozil.Arsenal took their foot off the gas with the points secured but – after introducing academy graduate Emile Smith-Rowe for his competitive debut – Ozil poked home a fourth after good work from Lichtsteiner. latest predicted BEST OF Much of the first half offered more than an overhang of Arsene Wenger’s final campaign with a sparsely-populated stadium, wholesale changes to the starting XI and a struggle to break down clearly weaker opposition.But once the deadlock had been broken by Aubameyang at the end of a swift counter-attack, the night belonged to Arsenal.Henrikh Mkhitaryan collected the ball on the edge of his own box and burst forward before feeding Alex Iwobi, whose inch-perfect low cross was swept home by Aubameyang.Lucas Torreira, on his first start for Arsenal, almost marked his full debut with a goal but could only hit the side-netting with a free-kick after Stephan Lichtsteiner had been fouled by Pavlo Rebenok. Most read Football storie Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Vorskla came here having failed to win any of their previous eight games in either the Europa League or UEFA Cup but did have a moment to savour as Chesnakov, who on the eve of the game named Ozil as his footballing idol, thrashed home for the visitors.Leno was beaten again as Sharpar’s cool finish with the final kick of the contest saw Vorskla head back to Ukraine with two goals. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Aubameyang celebrates with Mkhitaryan after scoring his second Mesut Ozil scored from the bench 4 4 Aubameyang scored in either half for an Arsenal side showing eight changes from the weekend win at Newcastle, with Danny Welbeck and substitute Mesut Ozil also weighing in with goals.Goalkeeper Bernd Leno was handed his debut following his move to the Emirates Stadium in the summer – but the German was unable to toast the occasion with a clean sheet.Captain Volodymyr Chesnakov pulled one back for Vorskla, who added a second as Vyacheslav Sharpar scored with the final kick of the evening.Head coach Vasyl Sachko took his Vorskla players on a tour of London before the game and as the night wore on, the visitors began to resemble some of the famous statues which adorn the capital’s landmarks. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings last_img read more

Video: Surfing the skies in Soweto

first_imgSoweto is well known to Johannesburg visitors seeking a taste of the city’s African culture and history of resistance against apartheid. Now, adrenaline junkies can also board the bus to Soweto, as a project to develop a “vertical adventure centre” with a distinctive township feel starts coming to fruition. Zoopy TV takes a flying leap from Soweto’s Orlando Towers. Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 23 February 2009.last_img

Fhb1 fusarium head blight gene

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Although not as prevalent this year, one problem that eastern Corn Belt wheat growers face frequently is Fusarium Head Blight (Scab). This disease can cause significant yield loss in addition to reduced grain quality and high levels of mycotoxins. Growers have effectively managed head scab with timely fungicide applications.One additional too available to growers for management of Fusarium Head Blight is gene resistance. The Fhb1 gene is widely recognized as an outstanding source of head scab resistance in wheat. This gene is effective in reducing the DON (Deoxynivalenol) levels in wheat, ultimately resulting in better grain quality. DON levels are a major concern in wheat because they cause animal feed refusal, sickness, and decreased weight gain.For the 2016-2017 sales season Seed Consultants, Inc. is offering a new wheat variety (SC 13S26) with the Fhb1 gene. The Fhb1 gene provides Type II resistance, which slows down or inhibits the spread of the pathogens from the initial infection site. Studies have found that the Fhb1 gene has cinsistely reduced infected grains by 27%. Although this gene provides additional protection from head scab, use of fungicides may be needed to maximize scab protection and reduce DON levels.last_img read more

Tax webinar for farmers Jan. 29

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Are you getting the most from your tax return? Farmers and farmland owners that wish to increase their tax knowledge should consider this webinar that will address tax issues important to them. Mark your calendars for Jan. 29, 2018 to participate in this  hour webinar from 10 a.m. to noon.The webinar, which focuses on tax issues specific to farmers and farmland owners will offer insight into topics such as new and proposed tax legislation as well as buying and selling farmland.OSU Income Tax Schools which are a part of OSU Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will offer this webinar on Jan. 29 from 10 to noon.The two-hour program, which will be presented in a live webinar format, is targeted towards farmers and farmland owners who file their own farm taxes or simply wish to arm themselves with more tax information that will help them to better plan for tax filing.Topics to be discussed during the webinar include:New and Proposed Tax LegislationAg Income and ExpensesNet Operating LossesBuying and Selling FarmlandRental PropertyDemolition of StructuresThe cost for the webinar is $35. To register for this live webinar, go to https://farmoffice.osu.edu/osu-income-tax-schools/2017-farmerlandowner-income-tax-issues-webinarThe OSU Income Tax School Program is a part of OSU Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.last_img read more

Swami-turned-Minister in M.P. moots ‘cow Ministry’

first_imgChairman of the Madhya Pradesh Gau Samvardhan Board (Cow Protection Board) Swami Akhileshwaranand Giri, who was recently elevated to the rank of Cabinet Minister, has sought the formation of a ‘cow Ministry’ in the State.As per the board’s proposal to the government, the ministry can avail a part of the funds earmarked for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) works.“When Anand Mantralaya (Ministry of Happiness) can be constituted, why can’t there be a Gau Mantralaya? Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan himself keeps a cow at his residence. The Gau Samvardhan Board has prepared a proposal and conveyed it to the Chief Minister,” he said.“Currently matters related to the cow are handled by the Animal Husbandry Department. We want a ministry exclusively for the cow. The cow should be kept out of animal category,” he said.“The board has a meagre annual budget of ₹16 crore and no powers, so a separate Ministry is needed,” he said.The ministry could promote “cow-related industry,” create jobs for rural youth and conduct research in the field of cow breeding, he said. Rajasthan had set up a directorate for cows, but it too was inadequate, he opined.Funds from MGNREGA“Over 1.5 lakh cows are taken care of at 604 registered gaushalas (cow shelters) in Madhya Pradesh. Around the same number roam free on roads. The number of cows is expected to increase by 25% in the next livestock census,” he said.“The board has proposed that out of MGNREGA funds (around ₹15,000 crore for the State), ₹1,000 crore can be given to the cow ministry,” he said.last_img read more

BUD-ARUNACHAL 3 LAST

first_imgPul said, to develop the geology and mining sector forPul said, to develop the geology and mining sector for revenue generation, an allocation of Rs 11 crore has been proposed in the budget while an allocation of Rs 86.77 crore proposed for development of the tourism sector.The chief minister in his budget speech also said that the government proposed a tentative allocation of Rs 38 crore to promote urban development sector while an amount of Rs 233 crore has been proposed in the infrastructure sector under the State Annual Development Agenda. An allocation of Rs 40 crore has also been proposed under State Development Agenda for development of the sports sector besides quantum hike in budget allocation to the information technology, transport, Art and Culture, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) and Border Affairs departments. The chief minister added that the budget has kept a provision of Rs 50 crore for overall development of backward districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding while, the MLA local area development fund has been enhanced from existing Rs 1.50 crore to Rs 2 crore per annum. PTI UPL MDlast_img read more

Yield of Noor Jahan mango variety likely to be down this year

first_imgIndore, Apr 5 (PTI) The yield of rare variety of mango called Noor Jahan, cultivated only in Alirajpur district in Madhya Pradesh, is likely to remain low this season due to unfavourable weather conditions.The variety, originally belonging to Afghanistan, is now cultivated in Katthiwada region in Alirajpur district, around 250 kms from here.”In view of the extreme cold weather that prevailed in the winter season in November-December and the severe heat this summer, only 10 per cent of the Noor Jahan trees have flowered,” Shivraj Singh Jadhav, an orchid owner, told PTI today.The Noor Jahan variety produces fruits towards the end of May. On an average, one mango weighs over four kg and is nearly one-foot long.This variety of mango has won many acclaims, including the national award at Indore Mango Festival in 1999.The Katthiwada region reprotedly has two mango farms with three trees and nearly 70 mangoes grows on a single tree. Each mango fetches around Rs 300.The tree of this particular variety measuring 10 to 12 feet grows in sandy soil and requires cool climate, the report added.Jadhav said his father Thakur P Singh had brought a sapling of Noor Jahan variety from Valsad in Gujarat to Katthiwada in 1968. PTI HWP COR LAL MAS NP KISlast_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott Releases Apologetic Statement Regarding Post-Game Comments

first_imgEzekiel Elliott releases apologetic statement after post game comments.ezekiel elliott releases apologetic statementFollowing Ohio State’s last-second loss to Michigan State this past Saturday, running back Ezekiel Elliott spoke out against his coaching staff’s play-calling during the contest, suggesting that he didn’t get the ball enough. Since, he’s been dealing with a great deal of criticism. Monday afternoon, he released an apologetic statement on the matter.Just minutes after head coach Urban Meyer told reporters that Elliott will not be suspended for the transgression, Elliott tweeted a heartfelt statement about his actions. He told fans that he got “caught up in the emotions” of the loss. He also said the team will be ready for Michigan this Saturday.pic.twitter.com/n2UYS4dCHO— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) November 23, 2015Ohio State has a chance to silence doubters this week against Michigan. The Game kicks off at 12:00 PM.last_img read more

Disaster Financial Assistance available for Old Fort residents

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province has made the Disaster Financial Assistance program available for residents of the Old Fort.The DFA is available to homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers charitable organizations and local government bodies unable to obtain insurance to cover disaster-related losses.If you would like to apply for DFA funding, residents of Area C and the Old Fort area have until January 17, 2019, to do so.  The application can be found online at http://www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance Financial assistance is provided for each accepted claim at 80% of the amount of total eligible damage that exceeds $1,000, to a maximum claim of $300,000. Applications can be made in more than one category.last_img read more

Northern Development announces 250000 towards airport runway project

first_imgWith Air Canada, WestJet, and Central Mountain Air having routes to the North Peace Regional Airport, without the improvements to the runway, the airport operations could be put at risk. This would negatively impact the economy of the North Peace Region, B.C. and current commercial air carriers, according to the NDIT.The Economic Diversification Infrastructure program provides grant funding to support major infrastructure projects in order to strengthen the local economy. The program supports public multi-use facilities or capital investments that drive revenue and job creation and provide a long-term asset for communities throughout central and northern British Columbia.The next intake deadline for the Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program is October 31, 2019.To read more; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) announced it has approved over a half a million dollars for economic development projects in northern B.C. with $250,000 approved for the airport runway project.The North Peace Airport Society for the North Peace Regional Airport runway rehabilitation project was approved at the NDIT meeting on July, 23rd, 2019 by the board of directors through the Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program.The $250,000 will go towards upgrades to the airport’s runway as the existing pavement on one of the two runways has not been improved for over 20 years and needs substantial repairs and rehabilitation.last_img read more

Dikshit calls urgent meeting with DPCC working presidents

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Congress Chief Shiela Dikshit has called an urgent meeting with the three working presidents of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee on Tuesday, a senior party leader said. The meeting comes in the backdrop of Congress mulling its options to align with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi in its bid to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections, days after having unanimously decided to go it alone in Delhi. “An urgent meeting has been called with the three working presidents Devender Yadav, Haroon Yusuf and Rajesh Lilothia, at Diskhit’s residence,” a party leader said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The leader, however did not elaborate on the agenda of the meeting. Uncertainty has been persisting in the Delhi Congress over a pre-poll tie-up with the AAP after Dikshit and her three working presidents wrote to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi against the alliance. In a letter written last week, Dikshit along with Yusuf, Yadav and Lilothia protested a recent phone survey to gauge workers’ mood on the alliance.last_img read more

While memory serves

first_imgIf I remember correctly, it was Thursday, March 25, 1971. My M.A (History) final exam was round the corner. We in India then had the audible, omnipresent, omniscient and ubiquitous “All India Radio” but no electronic visuals. Hence hearing the evening radio “news” and reading morning newspaper was my childhood “addiction”, exam or no exam. My father – an extraordinary scholar of income tax law, English, Bengali & Sanskrit languages, with expertise in Mathematics, Astrology and Economics, and a senior civil servant of the government of India, was born in, and hailed from, 2 Toynbee Circular Road, Tikatuli, Dhaka (then India, in 1917) and was not the type to disturb his son for radio “news” in the exam season. That day, I too, seem to have something else in mind for emperor Ashoka and Buddhism as a possible question for my paper. Also Read – A special kind of bondNevertheless, there suddenly came a stentorian voice from our C-II 17 Wellesley Road, New Delhi-110003 “radio room”. “Come immediately” was the two-word command. Usually serene, serious yet ever-smiling, he suddenly lit upon hearing the All India Radio news that the charismatic Bengali leader, widely respected and revered as “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rehman” had given a clarion call to the people of (then) East Pakistan, firing the first salvo at the West Pakistani Punjabi-speaking military junta, from Dhaka’s Ramna Maidan: “Aamago share shaat koti zanagan re tomra dabayya raakhte parbaanaa” (You oppressive rulers, you will never be able to suppress us seven and half crore Bangali people). We instantly felt the electrifying effect and potential tremor, almost after 24 years of the Partition days, in the “radio room” of the Hindu Bengali refugee in Lutyen’s zone of New Delhi. Also Read – Insider threat managementThereafter, things moved at high speed. Owing to his professionalism, probity and spotless past, my father was one of the two Bengali speaking senior civil servants whose residence was identified by the Government of India as an “informal meeting point”, should the need arise in future. My M.A exam ended on Saturday, May 15, 1971, and results were out on Monday, July 05, 1971. I was happy with my result, but was happier owing to the fast unfolding scenario of possible emancipation of an enlightened and inherently simple Bengali-speaking people in a geography which is so dear to our heart, mind and thought owing to shared history, culture, language and tradition. Soon, however, came Wednesday, August 18, 1971, the ‘appointed date’ of an “informal meeting”, closely coordinated by Shri Ashok Ray, then Joint Secretary of Ministry of External Affairs, and other organisations of the state. Commencing at 5:30 pm. and ending around midnight, it was a gala party; a reunion of sorts, high on emotions, love, tears of joy, passion, fraternity, feasting. A gathering of 150 people of whom at least 80 were from the land of Bangabandhu, including the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh Tajuddin Ahmed. The best (and most surprising) part of the gathering emerged from the fact that despite Ahmad being eight years younger to my father, they knew each other very well. It was an incredibly sensational scene. Also, half of the guests had escaped, God only knew how from the army junta’s clutches; and at least two families had driven down in their “Made in Japan” Nissan and Toyota cars which were a rare commodity in India of 1971. Some of us were mighty impressed. As we were then used to Ambassador of Calcutta; Fiat of Bombay; Standard Herald of Madras; watch of HMT; steel of Tata; and shoes from Bata. All “Made in India”. Indigenous. Not imported. The outcome of the meeting was essentially a commitment to do everything necessary. The government and the people of India were one with the Bengalis under Bangabandhu. All present in the meeting had the same goal, in different ways, irrespective of their nationality and ethnicity. I vividly recall the spontaneous, repeated and vociferous slogan “Joy Bangla”, reverberating through the hot, humid night of that 1971 “August day”. Two more meetings subsequently took place in two different places in Delhi, which I could not attend owing to my preparation for competitive examinations. As things were heating up, I travelled to spend the winter with my maternal aunts in Asansol and Calcutta. My stay in Asansol lasted five days as war broke out on Friday, December 03, 1971. I took a train the next day, December 4, for Calcutta. The three-hour journey was an experience by itself as the train moved with all “lights off” in the “chair car”. Howrah station was pitch dark but packed with passengers, police, and personnel of railways. Home guards were extra vigilant, navigating all and sundry, and the half an hour road to Alipore residence of aunt turned out like a two-hour air journey from Delhi to Kolkata, as I reached at 11 pm. The following day dawned with my frantic attempt to catch up with Major General Bishwa Nath Sirkar (whom I had known before) in Fort William, Headquarters of the Eastern Army Command. Major General Sirkar, a Second World War veteran, saw action on several fronts, was an armoured corps officer par excellence (belonging to Central India Horse). Being strict disciplinarian, with frugal habits and exemplary probity, he never sought publicity and was never flashy. The Major General was handpicked overnight (rather plucked) by Army Chief Sam Manekshaw and transferred from the post of Military Secretary (in Army Headquarters, New Delhi) to a newly created post in the Eastern Command Calcutta, exclusively for cooperation with the Mukti Bahini. Consequently, whereas world today knows who did what in 1971, hardly anyone can either remember or recall his invaluable contribution in the liberation movement of Bengalis in the east and role played in actual combat of the 14-day war. After the 1971 war, Sirkar became Lieutenant General but resigned after a serious difference of opinion with then Defence Minister of India. He had several years of service left at the time of his premature departure. I remain eternally grateful to that great soldier and noble soul for helping me to “see the front” for two days after Sunday, December 12, 1971, when the writings were already on the wall. After a resounding firing to deter me from “seeing is believing”, the gentleman in the General relented and “put me on” to II Corps operating from Krishnanagar. The rest, as they say, is history. At the age of 23 years, I had a remarkable, unforgettable side view of the moving procession of history, resulting in the crumbling of old (dis)order and the birth of a new nation, not in the distant horizon but in our vicinity. Between 1947 and 1971 came alive two nations: the first under bondage, second as an uncaged bird with the unrestricted horizon of thought and action as its domain. (The writer is an alumnus of National Defence College and author of ‘China in India’. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Maduro announces 30 days of electricity rationing

first_imgCaracas: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro announced 30 days of electricity rationing Sunday, after his government said it was shortening the working day and keeping schools closed due to blackouts. Angry Venezuelans meanwhile took to the streets of Caracas to protest the power cuts and water shortages. The measures are a stark admission by the government — which blamed repeated power outages in March on sabotage — that there is not enough electricity to go around, and that the power crisis is here to stay. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe blackouts have worsened already dire economic and living conditions in the country, which sits on the world’s largest proven oil reserves. Power failures come alongside a political showdown between Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is recognised as interim president by the United States and more than 50 other countries. Speaking on state television, Maduro said he had approved “a 30-day plan” to ration power. He did not detail how it would work but said there would be “an emphasis on guaranteeing water service”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMaduro also acknowledged that many Venezuelans could not watch his broadcast because they had no electricity. Crippled infrastructure, little investment in the power grid and poor maintenance have all contributed to electricity problems. A “brain drain” of qualified personnel has also hit the industry, with about 25,000 people in the electricity sector among the 2.7 million Venezuelans who have emigrated since 2015. Add to that the country’s deep economic crisis, which includes a soaring inflation rate. Earlier on Sunday, authorities announced other measures as a result of the electricity shortage. “To achieve consistency in the provision of electricity, the Bolivarian government decided to maintain the suspension of school activities and establish a workday until 2:00 pm in public and private institutions,” Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said on state television. With no electricity, pumping stations can’t work, so water service is limited. Street lights and traffic lights go dark, pumps at fuel stations stand idle, and cell phone and internet service is non-existent. Children don’t have “a drop of water” to drink, complained Maria Rodriguez, a Caracas resident.last_img read more

Man dies on 2nd Hooghly Bridge in road accident

first_imgKolkata: A person was killed and several others injured in a number of accidents in the city on Friday night till Saturday morning. A fatal accident was reported from second Hooghly Bridge under Hastings police station at around 12.03 am when the driver of a heavy goods vehicles died after his vehicle collided head-on with a container-laden trailer. The deceased, identified as Tribeni Yadav, was a resident of New Alipore. The driver of the trailer, Kamaleshwar Roy, sustained minor injuries and has been admitted to SSKM. Both the vehicles have been seized. In another accident at Hudco Crossing near Ultadanga, four persons including a driver were injured when an auto-rickshaw overturned at around 6.15 am on Saturday morning. The passengers and the driver were provided medical assistance at Maniktala ESI Hospital and later released. In another accident at Sarat Bose Road, a motorcyclist, identified as Jainal Abedin, was injured on being dashed by a private bus. The police are examining if the biker was wearing a helmet.last_img read more

Turner needs partner in crime

Batman and Robin have been a staple of American entertainment for half a century. Everyone knows Batman is the boss and is always in control. No one would ever mistake the “Boy Wonder” for the “Caped Crusader.”Applied to the Ohio State men’s basketball team, Evan Turner would be Batman and William Buford would be Robin.But in order for the Buckeyes to make a deep NCAA Tournament run, something they are very capable of, Robin is going to have to play a more prominent role in OSU’s offense.Buford’s statistics are actually a bit puzzling. When Turner’s been in the lineup, Buford has put up 14 points a game. In Turner’s absence, Buford was good for 15 points a game — obviously not a big difference, but in order to understand Buford’s significance to the offense, one must dig deeper.The great thing about Buford is that he’s shown the potential to be a very dynamic offensive player. When his shot wasn’t falling against Wisconsin last month, Buford hit the glass and grabbed 12 rebounds. He had 10 assists in a win over Eastern Michigan earlier this season. On Jan. 31 versus Minnesota, Boy Wonder had his shot going. His form isn’t what you would call textbook, but when his high-arching jumpers are falling, it’s a thing of beauty. Buford finished with a career-high 26 points.College basketball isn’t the NBA. Teams can’t just ride a superstar player who can go one-on-five — a la LeBron James or Dwayne Wade — to the title. I’d argue the last team to win the national championship that truly rode the coattails of one player to the title would be the 1988 Kansas Jayhawks.Kansas lost 11 times that year, the most ever of any team to win the title. Entering the tournament, the Jayhawks were a No. 6 seed. But National Player of the Year Danny Manning and the “Miracles” would not be denied. In Kansas’ 83-79 victory over Oklahoma in the National Championship Game, Manning had 31 points, 18 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 blocked shots.That was nearly 22 years ago and college basketball has evolved since then.The further Ohio State advances in the tournament, the more defenses will attempt to take Turner out of the game. Opposing coaches will attempt to conjure up some of the most preposterous game plans in an attempt to neutralize “The Villain.”OSU could see something similar to the triangle and two defense Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos used to hold former Davidson star Stephen Curry scoreless last season. Patsos knew his team couldn’t stop Curry, so he double-teamed Davidson’s sweet-shooting guard the entire game. Curry only got up three shots and didn’t score, but Davidson still won by 30.Obviously, it’s preposterous to think any coach would become that desperate in an NCAA Tournament game. However, a junk defense such as a box-and-one is not out of the question. That brings me back to Buford.He’s the only other player on Ohio State’s roster besides Turner who is a complete offensive player. Buford is capable of getting his own shot and finishing at the rim, at the foul line or beyond the arc. As sports clichés go, Buford is OSU’s “X-factor.”The key for Boy Wonder is to be an efficient scorer. Ohio State is only 7-6 when he has 12 or more field goal attempts. Forced shots and quick shots usually result in fast break points for the other team.If Buford can be a solid but not necessarily spectacular Robin, OSU fans may find the Bat Signal in the skies over Indianapolis, the site of this season’s Final Four. read more

Ohio States Braxton Miller named 2011 National Freshman Performer of the Year

Ohio State freshman quarterback Braxton Miller was chosen Friday as the 2011 National Freshman Performer of the Year. The College Football Performance Awards organization selects its honorees based on the player’s improvement to the overall effectiveness of his team. During the 2011 season, Miller, who was not made available for comment, threw for 1,159 yards and completed 54.1 percent of his passes. Thirteen passes led to touchdowns, a freshman school record. Miller closed his first 10 games as a starter for OSU with season-high records against Michigan and Florida despite losses in both games. He threw for 235 yards at Michigan Stadium and earned a 78.3 completion percentage in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl. He also led the team in rushing with 715 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry on the season. Miller claimed team-best statistics when he ran for over 100 yards three times against Penn State, Indiana and Michigan. He also broke the record for the longest scoring run by a quarterback with 82 yards. Miller averaged 59.6 rushing yards and 96.6 passing yards per game. The award comes in the form of a crystal trophy that stands 22 inches tall and includes an eight-inch crystal football on top. Previous National Freshman Performer of the Year award winners include South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore in 2010 and Oregon’s LaMichael James in 2009. The Huber Heights, Ohio, native has been honored more than once for his efforts in the 2011 season. In December, Miller was awarded OSU football’s Archie Griffin outstanding offensive player award and voted the team’s most outstanding first-year offensive player by OSU coaches. The Big Ten Conference announced in late November that Miller would be the recipient of the 2011 Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year award as well. Miller, a communication major, tweeted a simple “Thank u !!” early Saturday morning. read more

Hazard happy to help Gladbach to get a crucial win

first_imgThorgan Hazard was a key figure in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin as he managed to score a brace and helped his team to come from behind after trailing 1-0.The Belgian knows that his side are in the crucial part of the season and they need every single point to gain a better spot in the Bundesliga table as they are still fighting to secure the European football for the season to come.The former Chelsea player spoke about this win as he said, according to borussia.de:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We weren’t at our best today and it wasn’t easy to turn the game around. After trailing 1-0, we scored but it wasn’t given and we kept going. We scored twice and won.”“If I’m honest, playing like we did and winning is far better than playing well and losing. At this stage of the season, it’s crucial. It means a lot for our confidence. I hope we can push on.”“I was happy once more yesterday. I hope I keep smiling but football is a team sport. Scoring goals is great but you have to win the game. When both happen, it’s even better.”last_img read more

Milojevic Red Star cannot switch off against Liverpool

first_imgRed Star Belgrade boss Vladan Milojevic believes it’s essential his players maintain full concentration for their entire Champions League game against LiverpoolThe Serbian side will host Liverpool for their fourth fixture of Group C at the Rajko Mitic Stadium this evening.So far, Red Star have only collected a single point from three games and lie bottom of the group table.Therefore, defeat today will almost certainly ensure their elimination from the competition – depending on the outcome of the Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain game.“In every game, it is important that for 90 minutes you have concentration both in defense and in attack,” said Milojevic, according to Tribalfootball.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Our opponent is a team that has been selected to win the Champions League. We have to do our best.“They use every moment. Their players punish even the smallest detail.“Simply, at this moment, all the teams in our group in the Champions League play in the three best leagues in the world.“And they are much stronger. This is our reality. We’ll do our best. We will fight for each ball.”The game between Red Star and Liverpool will begin at 18:55 (CEST).last_img read more

MARINE FORECAST FOR BAHAMAS TURKS AND CAICOS

first_img Recommended for you Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Related Items:bahamas weather, turks and caicos weather Noon Bahamas Marine Forecast Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMARINE FORECAST FOR THE BAHAMAS FOR 24 HOURS FROM 6:00AM TUESDAY 06TH JANUARY 2015, ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 1030 UTC.NO WARNINGS…HOWEVER, BOATERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS AS WELL AS REDUCED VISIBILITY TO 3NM OR LESSGENERAL SITUATION: A FRONTAL BOUNDARY ACROSS THE EXTREME NORTHERN ISLANDS WILL STALL AND MERGE WITH ANOTHER FRONT MOVING INTO THE ISLANDS BY TOMORROWFOR THE NORTHWEST BAHAMASWINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS, FALLING LIGHT AND VARIABLE AT TIMESSEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEANWEATHER: FEW ISOLATED SHOWERSFOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT CAUTION REMAINS IN EFFECTWINDS: EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS WITH HIGHER GUSTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSSEAS: 4 TO 7 FEETWEATHER: BREEZYMOONSET: 07:44 AM HIGH TIDE: 08:23 AMMOONRISE: 07:10 PM LOW TIDE: 02:50 PM HIGH TIDE: 08:41 PM LOW TIDE: 02:44 AM WED.FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAYWINDS: VARIABLE AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS ACROSS THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSSEAS: 3 FEET OR LESS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 7 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSWEATHER: FEW SCATTERED SHOWERSFORECAST FOR THURSDAYWINDS: NORTHERLY AT 20 TO 25 KNOTS ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSSEAS: 7 TO 10 FEET ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSWEATHER: WINDY WITH FEW ISOLATED SHOWERSlast_img read more

Montego Bay company presents gifts to 3000 children

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, December 28, 2016 – Some 3,000 children were presented with gifts on December 25 (Christmas Day) by Hah-R-Mony Entertainment Limited of Montego Bay.   The event was facilitated by the St. James Municipal Corporation at the Old Hospital Park, Gloucester Avenue, in the city.Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis, praised the efforts of the local company for providing the gifts for the children.  “The city really needed something as beautiful as this for a change,” he said.   “There are many good and decent law-abiding persons throughout the parish of  St. James, and we saw a lot of that on display here today.   The parish council is indeed happy to have been a part of it,” the Mayor said.Originally billed to cater for 2,000 children, the event well exceeded the amount, forcing the organizers to resort to a contingency plan.   Fortunately, there was enough staff on hand to keep things in order, so that every single child inside the venue was able to receive a gift.   Earlier, they were treated to a live concert where the steel band Tropical Vibes was a huge hit, playing a number of popular Christmas songs.For his part, President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Omar Robinson, said he was impressed with the event.   “The JHTA took some 60 kids from the SOS Children’s Village to the event, and they all had smiles on their faces. It is really nice to see an organization taking this time to put in such a tremendous effort.   This is a beautiful thing for Montego Bay and the adjoining communities, and the organizers must really and truly be commended,” he said.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Entertainment Director of Hah-R-Mony, Ho-Chi-Min Castillo Rolffot, said his company is very happy to have been able to put on the event, noting that “it was worth every penny that we spent”.   “We are fully committed to do this again next year. We are going to try our best to get more sponsors involved, so we can have even more gifts for the children,” he said.Hah-R-Mony Entertainment Limited is a promotional company that was established in 2009, and which currently operates in 29 hotels and employs more than 100 workers. #MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Foundation stages event to promote Heart Health

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 30, 2017 – Kingston – The Heart Foundation of Jamaica launched its annual PROVEN Run for Your Heart on September 27 as part of efforts to promote heart health.   The lapathon and fun day event will be staged at Stadium East in Kingston on November 26 from at 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.    Activities include running, walking, aerobics sessions, rock wall climbing, football and netball as well as demonstrations by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Now in its 38th year, Run for Your Heart aims to raise funds to maintain its subsidised heart healthcare services.    Proceeds from the event are also used to educate primary and secondary students on healthy lifestyle choices.   The event is geared towards all members of the public, including primary, secondary and tertiary students, companies and sport clubs.Speaking with JIS News at the launch of the event at Emancipation Park in Kingston, Allie McNab, Special Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, said the Government fully endorses the initiative.“Healthy lifestyle is important right across the board. The Ministries of Culture and Health fully endorse this initiative.   [A] healthy lifestyle extends your life and gives you a good quality of life.   We want persons to take up the challenge of living a healthier life in terms of diet and exercise and, hopefully, this will combat some of the illnesses common in society,” he said.For her part, Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Deborah Chen, said that the event is an important tool in the fight against cardiovascular disease, adding that 25 per cent of the population suffer from high blood pressure with another 33 per cent being pre-hypertensive.“Exercise is one of the activities that we can use to try and prevent ourselves from becoming overweight, along with healthy eating.   Healthy eating means avoiding foods with too much salt, sugar and trans fats.   What we are trying to do at this event is to encourage persons to start or continue a healthy lifestyle,” she said.Interested persons can register for the event by contacting the Heart Foundation of Jamaica at 906-9407 or email 5krace@heartfoundationja.org. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police force investigation updates

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Traffic Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating a fatal accident that occurred last night (Tuesday 14th November 2017) around 6:18 pm on South Dock Road, Providenciales where a 23-year-old female lone passenger of a Silver Nissan Murano succumbed to injuries after the vehicle collided into a wall.Investigations are ongoing to determine the circumstances that caused the accident and the exact cause of the death.The RT&CIPF are appealing for any witnesses to this accident to contact them.ArrestsDetectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are continuing investigations into a number of reports and have successfully arrested and charged numerous persons.As a result of investigations, On Thursday 5th October 2017, an 18-year-old male of Providenciales was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of Cannabis, Handling Stolen Goods, Burglary and Taking Motor Vehicle without Authority.   He was taken to court and is remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP).Also on Friday 20th October, a 40 year old male of Grand Turk was arrested and given 30 charges (10 counts of Forgery, 10 counts of Theft of a Chose in action and 10 counts of Uttering Forged document) in connection with reports made on Tuesday 10th October and Thursday 19th October 2017 by two different complainants. He was taken to court and given bail.On Tuesday 7th November 2017, two males of Providenciales, ages 17 and 22 years old were arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Drugs namely Cannabis. Both were taken to court and given bail.A 25-year-old male of Providenciales was arrested and charged with Burglary in connection with a report made on Friday 13th October 2017.   He was taken to court and also given bail.Two (2) males of Providenciales, ages 22 and 26 years old were arrested for numerous serious offences after a report was made on Tuesday 18th July 2017. On Monday 6th November, The twenty-two year old was arrested and later charged with three (3) counts of kidnapping, two (2) counts of Robbery, three (3) counts of rape, three (3) counts of possession of imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and taking motor vehicle without authority.   He was taken to court and later remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.   The twenty-six year old was arrested on Thursday 9th October 2017 on suspicion of Robbery, Kidnapping and rape.   He is remanded in police custody for fourteen (14 days) orders of the court.Also, a 34-year-old male of Providenciales is presently in Police custody after he was arrested on Tuesday 14th November 2017 on suspicion of Robbery and Attempted Murder in connection with a report made on 11th October 2010.On Friday 10th November 2017, Financial Crimes Detectives arrested a male of Nassau Bahamas for Uttering Forged in connection with a report made on the 4th August 2017.   He is presently on $50,000 police bail.Press Release: RT&CIPf Related Items:last_img read more

CWC 2018 Espérance takes the Fifth Place

first_imgEsperánce de Tunis defeated Club Deportivo Guadalajara in penalty kicks to take the Fifth Place of the FIFA Club World CupEspérance Sportif de Tunis took home the Fifth Place of the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup after beating Club Deportivo Guadalajara in penalty kicks.The match was played before 5,883 fans in the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in the city of Al Ain, in the border between the United Arab Emirates and Oman.Chivas Guadalajara took advantage very early in the match after Sameh Derbali fouled Angel Zaldivar in the area for a penalty kick, three minutes after kick-off.Walter Sandoval took the ball and scored the first goal of the match for Guadalajara.The game continued until Franck Kom shot in direction of the Mexican goal and Josecarlos Van Ranking deflected the ball with his hand for a new penalty kick, now against Guadalajara.Mohamed Belaili took the shot and tied things up 1-1.Report: Chaos of the African Champions League final George Patchias – August 1, 2019 Teams walking off in the game, VAR breaking down and the Court of Arbitration for Sport asked to decide the result.In a report from…The second half was an awful display of football, and after 90 minutes and two players less for Esperance, they were sent-off after various fouls, the game went into penalty kicks.Here the Tunisian club was smarter and ended up winning after eight shots from both teams.This is the first time Esperance ends up in Fifth Place, after losing to Mexican club Monterrey in 2011 and staying in Sixth.Meanwhile, Club Deportivo Guadalajara had the worst participation by a Mexican team by ending up in sixth place out of seven teams.#CWC18: @ESTuniscom took home Fifth Place and their fans couldn’t be happier. pic.twitter.com/pNBGrwshJc— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 18, 2018last_img read more

Firefighters contain group of small vegetation fires in Lakeside

first_img Posted: June 13, 2018 LAKESIDE (KUSI) — A spate of small vegetation fires blackened patches of open land near El Capitan High School Wednesday.As many as four blazes erupted in close proximity to each other off the 13000 block of Willow Road in Lakeside at about 10 a.m., according to Cal Fire.Authorities shut down Ashwood Street between Mapleview Street and Willow Road while firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, the state agency reported.It took crews about an hour to halt the spread of the non-injury fires, which scorched a total of roughly two acres.It was not immediately clear what sparked the blazes, which posed no structural threats and necessitated no evacuations. KUSI Newsroom, Firefighters contain group of small vegetation fires in Lakeside June 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Juan Hidalgo Jr on his fight for the 51st District

first_imgJuan Hidalgo Jr. on his fight for the 51st. District September 25, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The two people running for the congressional seat in 51st District are incumbent Juan Vargas and Juan Hidalgo Jr.The Republican candidate Juan Hidalgo Jr. joined us in-studio with more on his campaign. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Undetected water main break floods businesses in Moreno

first_img Posted: December 7, 2018 December 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The break in the eight inch water main was discovered this morning but it may have happened earlier and gone undetected due to the flooding from rainfall yesterday. Four businesses were flooded along Naples Place. Undetected water main break floods businesses in Moreno KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Arctic Monkey Announce New Album Tranquility Base Hotel Casino

first_imgThe GRAMMY-nominated English rock band have officially announced their sixth albumBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 6, 2018 – 11:41 am Less than a month before embarking on their new North American tour, GRAMMY-nominated English rock band Arctic Monkeys have announced the release of their first album in nearly five years, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, set for May 11.The album will be their sixth studio LP and first new release since going on temporary hiatus following an extended tour in support of 2013’s AM. “Do I Wanna Know?,” one of AM’s biggest hit singles, earned the band their third career GRAMMY nomination at the 57th GRAMMY Awards. https://www.instagram.com/p/BgOpFGMAAZx/?utm_source=ig_embed News Twitter Along with the forthcoming record, Arctic Monkeys are preparing to hit the road for a 10-date tour of North America, starting off in Los Angeles at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery on May 5. The tour will run through Aug. 5, wrapping up in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. Tickets and show date info for the North American tour, as well as additional dates in Europe throughout the summer, can be found on the band’s official website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook Email Arctic Monkey Announce New Album arctic-monkey-announce-new-album-tranquility-base-hotel-casino Arctic Monkey Announce New Album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ last_img read more

2 Boeing Dreamliners to join Air Indias fleet by December

first_imgAircraft manufacturer Boeing will deliver two Dreamliner aircraft to Air India by the end of this year. In addition, four more Dreamliners will be added to the state-owned carrier’s fleet next year.”The delivery of Dreamliners starts in November this year. Its delivery is on schedule. First plane in November and the next in December. Four more in 2017,” Dinesh Keskar, Boeing’s senior Vice President (Asia Pacific and India) told the Press Trust of India.Air India despite being one of the first customers of Boeing’s 787-800 is still struggling with rectifying the technical glitches of the previous deliveries of its Dreamliner fleet. Technical glitches in the past have forced the carrier to ground its planes on numerous occasions and cause long flight delays, which results in loss of revenue for the state-based carrier.Around a decade ago, Air India had placed an order for 68 Boeing aircraft, which included 27 Dreamliners and 41 Boeing 777 and Boeing 737-800.Not just Air India, Boeing is reportedly in talks with SpiceJet for plane orders.”The answer is very simple. They have already ordered Boeing 737 MAX planes. They have been operating Boeing planes from day one. All they are looking at now is what kind of price Boeing will offer or what benefits Airbus will offer. When the time is right, they will make their decision,” Keskar said.In the Indian civil aviation market, domestic carriers such as Air India, Jet Airways and SpiceJet have Boeing aircraft in their fleet.In terms of market share, Air India’s share for the month of May increased to 15.6 percent.Two months ago, Air India had offered new discount scheme in a bid to woo passengers. It had announced an all-inclusive airfare of Rs. 1,499 to passengers on all domestic routes. The limited-period scheme was valid for five days during the last week of May.last_img read more

Bangladesh needs 12b fix fashion giants in rights drive

first_imgFive years ago this week, just after thousands of garment workers had settled in behind their sewing machines, a poorly built eight-story Bangladeshi factory complex called Rana Plaza buckled and collapsed. More than 1,130 people, mostly young women, died; 2,500 were injured, reports Reuters.In the years since the worst disaster ever in the apparel industry, Bangladesh has become a laboratory for testing factory safety. Western brands and retailers that source low-priced clothing in Bangladesh have inspected 2,300 active factories and pressured suppliers to make real improvements. Dozens of shoddily built facilities have closed altogether.But the Bangladesh experiment has been only partially successful. The European and American companies limited their reach and left thousands of factories untouched. The Bangladeshi government, meanwhile, has demonstrated little willingness to change its lackadaisical attitude toward regulation. Millions of garment workers remain at risk, especially those working for subcontractors-small second- and third-tier factories often completely unknown to Western brands.The turmoil in the wake of Rana Plaza constituted a public relations crisis for Western brands and retailers. Some 250 companies have formed a pair of initiatives: the European-dominated Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, whose leadership includes trade unions, and the American-led Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. These groups inspect factories, oversee remediation of safety problems, and collectively cut off any suppliers that fail to comply.Within their self-assigned jurisdictions – defined as the body of factories with which their members directly do business – the Accord and the Alliance have performed impressively. The Accord reports that 85 per cent of the hazards its inspectors identified have been fixed. These include blocked exits, inadequate sprinkler systems, faulty electrical wiring, and unstable support pillars. The Alliance reports an 88 per cent remediation rate.Catastrophic accidents have declined in Bangladesh. In 2013, there were 17 accidents, including Rana Plaza, that resulted in five or more deaths and/or 10 injured workers. Each year from 2014 through 2017, this number has hovered between two and five such accidents, according to data analysis contained in a new report by the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights.But the mission of making factories safe in Bangladesh isn’t even close to done. The Accord and Alliance will not continue indefinitely. The Alliance plans to wrap up its work by the end of 2018. The Accord will renew its mandate every six months, but only through mid-2021. At some point, the factories that the two initiatives have overseen will return to the supervision of the Bangladeshi government, which is notorious for having ignored death traps like Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashions, where a November 2012 fire killed 112.Subcontractors present a big challenge. These smaller shops help “mother” factories handle sudden volume increases and changed orders. No one has an exact count of subcontractors, most of which operate with little or no regulation. While the NYU Stern Center estimates that there may be as many as 3,000 of these factories, the government denies a subcontracting system even exists.But on a recent fact-finding trip, researchers from the NYU Stern Center visited two subcontracting factories of 150 and 200 workers each. They weren’t hard to find. At one, the owner told of receiving a list of fire-safety mandates from a government inspector. The owner said he’d lost the list and, in any event, didn’t have the money to install sprinklers or a fire alarm. He didn’t seem in the least concerned.It’s vital that the Bangladeshi government recognises the presence of garment subcontractors – as well as its larger long-term duty to regulate the industry with vigour. In the short term, though, those with an interest in the country’s apparel business ought to band together and finance a task force devoted to finishing the work the Accord and Alliance have begun.A “shared responsibility” task force could seek to address human rights challenges by means of the collective action of major stakeholders. Variations on the model have been used for years by international organizations that convene donor conferences to respond to refugee crises. In the supply-chain context, the goal ought to be protecting workers and spreading the benefits of globalisation more evenly.The task force should be Bangladeshi-led and include Western brands and retailers that have profited from selling Bangladeshi-made clothes. Western governments also need to step up, recognizing that their citizens benefit from the opportunity to buy these clothes at low prices. Traditional international funding agencies like the World Bank also ought to do much more to protect the workers in this sector. There is a role for private philanthropies, too.A rough estimate of how much such a task force should seek to raise is $1.2 billion. This represents an approximation of the number of factories that haven’t been renovated multiplied by $250,000 – a ballpark figure for an average remediation.Whatever budget the task force sets for itself, the amount should be understood as paying for the attainment of safety today. Once current gaps have been addressed, responsibility ought to shift to the government of Bangladesh. The fifth anniversary of Rana Plaza calls for a renewed and collective commitment to a safe and secure garment industry.According to British charity War on Want, garments exports account for 80 per cent of Bangladesh’s total export revenue, reports AFP.But even today, garments workers’ rights remain far from guaranteed, with many working 14 to 16 hour days at some of Bangladesh’s 4,500 factories, the organisation says.- ‘Never again’? -As Western consumers grow more socially and environmentally conscious, the fashion houses that have long relied on factories like those in the Rana Plaza have battled to redeem themselves.Primark, for one, says it “continues to support those who were affected and … has contributed a total of over $14 million in aid and compensation”.It also says it launched a programme of building inspections “to assess its suppliers’ factories against international standards” six weeks after the building collapse, and that it “remains committed” to improving the Bangladeshi garment industry as a whole.Swedish retail giant H&M, which says it never used the Rana Plaza factories to produce garments, is nonetheless committed to ensuring greater “social and environmental progress” in Bangladesh.On 19 April, H&M said in a statement that 450,000 textile workers at 227 factories in Bangladesh that produce garments for its stores worldwide “are now represented by democratically elected representatives”.The role of these representatives is to “speak on behalf of the workers when discussions are held about for example working hours, working conditions, health and security issues”, the statement said.- ‘Appalling’ conditions -More broadly, the International Labour Organisation launched a programme following the disaster, to “enhance safety in factories so that the country should never again experience a tragedy like the Rana Plaza collapse”.The ILO programme includes training for local producers in chemical safety, inspection of over 1,500 factories for building and fire safety, labour inspection, and an improved culture of safety in the workplace.Celine Choain, a garment industry specialist at the Paris-based Kea Partners consultancy, said that while there has definitely been progress, much remains to be done.”The incident definitely acted as a catalyst for brands” to put in place changes in the way they produce their garments, Choain told AFP.She noted that two thirds of the 1,700 Bangladeshi factories inspected following an ILO-sponsored safety agreement successfully corrected 75 per cent of the breaches that were identified.However, wages remain dismally low, according to War on Want, which last week described working conditions for the vast majority of Bangladesh’s garment factory workers as “appalling”.Many garment workers earn little more than the minimum wage of 5,300 taka ($65, 53 euros) per month.last_img read more

Shahidul Alam sent to jail

first_imgDetective Branch of police produces Shahidul Alam, who was picked up by plainclothes men earlier, before a Dhaka court Monday. Photo: Shuvra Kanti DasA Dhaka court on Sunday sent internationally-renowned photographer Shahidul Alam to jail before completion of his seven-day remand, in a case filed under the ICT Act, reports UNB.Investigation officer of the case, Arman Ali, inspector of Detective Branch (DB), produced Shahidul before the court and asked to keep Shahidul in jail until the investigation of the case ends.Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court judge Fahad Bin Amin passed the order.Earlier on 6 August, Shahidul Alam was placed on a seven-day remand for interrogation.Meanwhile, the High Court on 7 August, asked the authorities concerned to send Shahidul Alam to BSMMU for his treatment and also asked the relevant authorities to form a medical board to examine his health and submit a report on his health condition on 9 August (Thursday).In compliance with the order, the BSMMU authorities placed a report before it on 9 August (Thursday).Later on 9 August, High Court asked the authorities concerned to examine as per section 2 (6) of the Torture and Custodial Death Prevention Act, 2013 whether Shahidul Alam, was tortured physically and mentally.Detectives detained Shahidul Alam from his Dhanmondi residence on the night of 5 August, for interrogation over his Facebook posts on the student protests demanding road safety.Later, police filed a case against him with Ramna police station.last_img read more

One year on Rohingya facing an uncertain fate

first_imgRohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar.File photo ReutersDoctors without Borders (MSF) in a statement on Friday said the denial of Rohingya’s legal status, coupled with unacceptable living conditions in haphazard makeshift camps, continues to trap refugees in a cycle of suffering and poor health.While Bangladesh showed extraordinary generosity by opening its doors to the refugees, 12 months on, the Rohingya’s fate remains very uncertain, said MSF, a Paris-based international humanitarian non-government organisation.“It is unacceptable that watery diarrhoea remains one of the biggest health issues we see in the camps,” says Pavlo Kolovos, MSF head of mission in Bangladesh.Host states in the region deny them any formal legal status, despite the fact that they are refugees and have been made stateless by Myanmar.Many of the refugees that MSF teams speak to are very anxious about the future.”I’ve lost my strength, my ability to work. I always have so many worries, worries about the future,” says Abu Ahmad, a Rohingya father of eight. “I think about food, clothes, peace and our suffering… If I stay in this place for 10 years … or even for one month, I will have to suffer this pain.”On 25 August 2017, the Myanmar Army launched renewed ‘clearance operations’ against the Rohingya people causing widespread violence and destruction, and forcing more than 706,000 to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh.They joined over 200,000 others that had fled to Bangladesh after previous waves of violence, bringing the total number of Rohingya hosted in Cox’s Bazar district to over 919,000.In the 12 months since, MSF has provided over 656,200 consultations, equivalent to more than two-thirds of Rohingya refugees, in 19 health facilities or mobile clinics.At first, more than half of MSF’s patients were treated for violence-related injuries, but other health concerns soon emerged that were linked to the overcrowded and unhygienic conditions in the camps. “The infrastructure to meet even the most basic needs of the population is still not in place, and that seriously affects people’s wellbeing.”  Donors and governments with influence over the Government of Myanmar have failed to show the necessary leadership by not pressuring it to end persecution against the Rohingya, which is the cause of their displacement.The UN-led humanitarian response in Bangladesh is, to date, only 31.7 per cent funded. The health care funding stands at a mere 16.9 per cent, leaving significant gaps in the provision of vital medical services.The Rohingya have long been excluded from healthcare in Myanmar, meaning they have very low immunisation coverage. Preventative health measures are therefore crucial. Vaccination campaigns, supported by MSF, have been instrumental in preventing outbreaks of cholera and measles, and in containing the spread of diphtheria.Under the pretext that the Rohingya will soon be returning to Myanmar, the humanitarian response has been hampered by restrictions placed on the provision of long term or substantial aid.The conditions endured by the Rohingya in the haphazard, makeshift camps fall far short of accepted international humanitarian standards, with the refugees still living in the same temporary plastic and bamboo shelters that were built when they first arrived.“In an area where cyclones and monsoons are common, there are almost no stable structures for Rohingya refugees, which has a tangible impact on their security and dignity,” says Kolovos.One refugee that MSF spoke to described how vulnerable his family felt in the camp: “When it rains we sit together, all our family members, [holding the house down] so the house won’t blow away. At night it is very dark here, we have no lights.”Considering the level of violence that the Rohingya faced in Myanmar and the trauma this will have caused, services to treat mental health issues and sexual and gender-based violence injuries remain inadequate.They are also complicated by the lack of legal status, which prevents people from reasonable access to justice and the rule of law.The Rohingya remain forcibly confined to the camps, and most of the refugee population in the camps has poor access to clean water, latrines, education, job opportunities and healthcare.“These restrictions not only limit the quality and scale of aid, but also force the Rohingya to depend entirely on humanitarian aid. It deprives them of any chance to build a dignified future for themselves and makes every day an unnecessary struggle for survival,” says Kolovos.More durable solutions must be found to respond to what is likely to be a protracted period of displacement.“The reality is that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have been displaced in Bangladesh and elsewhere for decades, and it may be decades until they can safely return to Myanmar, if ever. The scale and scope of the Rohingya’s suffering merits a much more robust response – locally, regionally and globally,” says Kolovos.“Pressure must meanwhile continue to be exerted on the Myanmar government to halt its campaign against the Rohingya.”last_img

Bernicat discusses Rohingya issues with FS

first_imgMarcia BernicatOutgoing US ambassador Marcia Bernicat on Wednesday held a meeting with foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque where they discussed political and Rohingya issues with special focus on the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).They discussed how the UN Security Council can play a role on Rohingya issue, Bernicat told reporters after the meeting at the foreign secretary’s office here.Responding to a question, she said the US focuses on a free, fair, credible electoral process in the country which will express the will of Bangladeshi people.She also noted that the government is committed to holding a free, fair, credible and inclusive election.The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) will open on 18 September.The first day of the high-level General Debate will be on 25 September and is scheduled to last for nine working days.María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, president-elect of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), announced in July 2018 that the theme of the general debate will be, ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.’last_img read more

China using LinkedIn to recruit Americans US spy

first_imgSmall toy figures are seen between displayed US flag and Linkedin logo in this illustration picture on 30 August. Photo: ReutersThe United States’ top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should shut them down.William Evanina, the US counter-intelligence chief, told Reuters in an interview that intelligence and law enforcement officials have told LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft Corp, about China’s “super aggressive” efforts on the site.He said the Chinese campaign includes contacting thousands of LinkedIn members at a time, but he declined to say how many fake accounts US intelligence had discovered, how many Americans may have been contacted and how much success China has had in the recruitment drive.German and British authorities have previously warned their citizens that Beijing is using LinkedIn to try to recruit them as spies. But this is the first time a US official has publicly discussed the challenge in the United States and indicated it is a bigger problem than previously known.Evanina said LinkedIn should look at copying the response of Twitter, Google and Facebook, which have all purged fake accounts allegedly linked to Iranian and Russian intelligence agencies.“I recently saw that Twitter is cancelling, I don’t know, millions of fake accounts, and our request would be maybe LinkedIn could go ahead and be part of that,” said Evanina, who heads the US National Counter-Intelligence and Security Centre.It is highly unusual for a senior US intelligence official to single out an American-owned company by name and publicly recommend it take action. LinkedIn boasts 562 million users in more than 200 counties and territories, including 149 million US members.Evanina did not, however, say whether he was frustrated by LinkedIn’s response or whether he believes it has done enough.LinkedIn’s head of trust and safety, Paul Rockwell, confirmed the company had been talking to US law enforcement agencies about Chinese espionage efforts. Earlier this month, LinkedIn said it had taken down “less than 40” fake accounts whose users were attempting to contact LinkedIn members associated with unidentified political organizations. Rockwell did not say whether those were Chinese accounts.“We are doing everything we can to identify and stop this activity,” Rockwell told Reuters. “We’ve never waited for requests to act and actively identify bad actors and remove bad accounts using information we uncover and intelligence from a variety of sources including government agencies.”Rockwell declined to provide numbers of fake accounts associated with Chinese intelligence agencies. He said the company takes “very prompt action to restrict accounts and mitigate and stop any essential damage that can happen” but gave no details.LinkedIn “is a victim here,” Evanina said. “I think the cautionary tale … is, ‘You are going to be like Facebook. Do you want to be where Facebook was this past spring with congressional testimony, right?’” he said, referring to lawmakers’ questioning of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Russia’s use of Facebook to meddle in the 2016 US elections.China’s foreign ministry disputed Evanina’s allegations.“We do not know what evidence the relevant US officials you cite have to reach this conclusion. What they say is complete nonsense and has ulterior motives,” the ministry said in a statement.Ex-Cia Officer EnsnaredEvanina said he was speaking out in part because of the case of Kevin Mallory, a retired CIA officer convicted in June of conspiring to commit espionage for China.A fluent Mandarin speaker, Mallory was struggling financially when he was contacted via a LinkedIn message in February 2017 by a Chinese national posing as a headhunter, according to court records and trial evidence.The individual, using the name Richard Yang, arranged a telephone call between Mallory and a man claiming to work at a Shanghai think tank.During two subsequent trips to Shanghai, Mallory agreed to sell US defence secrets – sent over a special cellular device he was given – even though he assessed his Chinese contacts to be intelligence officers, according to the US government’s case against him. He is due to be sentenced in September and could face life in prison.While Russia, Iran, North Korea and other nations also use LinkedIn and other platforms to identify recruitment targets, the US intelligence officials said China is the most prolific and poses the biggest threat.US officials said China’s Ministry of State Security has “co-optees” – individuals who are not employed by intelligence agencies but work with them – set up fake accounts to approach potential recruits.They said the targets include experts in fields such as supercomputing, nuclear energy, nanotechnology, semi-conductors, stealth technology, health care, hybrid grains, seeds and green energy.Chinese intelligence uses bribery or phony business propositions in its recruitment efforts. Academics and scientists, for example, are offered payment for scholarly or professional papers and, in some cases, are later asked or pressured to pass on US government or commercial secrets.Some of those who set up fake accounts have been linked to IP addresses associated with Chinese intelligence agencies, while others have been set up by bogus companies, including some that purport to be in the executive recruiting business, said a senior US intelligence official, who requested anonymity in order to discuss the matter.The official said “some correlation” has been found between Americans targeted through LinkedIn and data hacked from the Office of Personnel Management, a US government agency, in attacks in 2014 and 2015.The hackers stole sensitive private information, such as addresses, financial and medical records, employment history and fingerprints, of more than 22 million Americans who had undergone background checks for security clearances.The United States identified China as the leading suspect in the massive hacking, an assertion China’s foreign ministry at the time dismissed as ‘absurd logic.‘Unparalleled Spying EffortAbout 70 per cent of China’s overall espionage is aimed at the US private sector, rather than the government, said Joshua Skule, the head of the FBI’s intelligence division, which is charged with countering foreign espionage in the United States.“They are conducting economic espionage at a rate that is unparalleled in our history,” he said.Evanina said five current and former US officials – including Mallory – have been charged with or convicted of spying for China in the past two and a half years.He indicated that additional cases of suspected espionage for China by US citizens are being investigated, but declined to provide details.US intelligence services are alerting current and former officials to the threat and telling them what security measures they can take to protect themselves.Some current and former officials post significant details about their government work history online – even sometimes naming classified intelligence units that the government does not publicly acknowledge.LinkedIn “is a very good site,” Evanina said. “But it makes for a great venue for foreign adversaries to target not only individuals in the government, formers, former CIA folks, but academics, scientists, engineers, anything they want. It’s the ultimate playground for collection.”last_img read more

Full Show Health Care Merger and Rep Culberson Candidate Interview Oct 2

first_imgOn Tuesday’s Houston Matters: With the news that Memorial Hermann Health System and Baylor Scott & White Health plan to merge, we examine how the merger might affect health care costs.Also this hour: We continue our series of candidate interviews with Republican Congressman John Culberson of District 7. Then, Rice University professor Bob Stein outlines what makes Houston a challenging and unique place to conduct polls. And we remember the Battle of Gonzales, which started the Texas Revolution and enshrined the motto “Come and Take It” into Texas lore.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /50:49 Xcenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

Food Insecurity a Problem for Nearly a Quarter of Baltimore Residents

first_imgNearly 23 percent of Baltimore residents suffered inadequate access to food in 2012, according to a new report prepared by Feeding America, a Chicago-based hunger relief non-profit organization. The report, titled “Map the Meal Gap,” examined food-insecurity rates in all 3,143 counties in the United States, and was funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, ConAgra Foods Foundation, and The Nielsen Company, according to Ross Fraser, a spokesperson for Feeding America. Food-insecurity is determined on the basis of whether all members of a household, at all times, had access to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle, a definition established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The food-insecurity rate is defined as the percentage of the population that experienced food insecurity at some point during the year. The national food-insecurity rate stood at 15.9 percent in 2012, the most recent year for which data was available, while the rate for the state of Maryland was 13.1 percent. Of the 140,490 people who experienced food insecurity in Baltimore in 2012, 85 percent were within the eligibility threshold for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. According to the report, it would cost approximately $72.5 million to make up the food shortfall for Baltimore residents. “The big news is the finding on the ‘Food Budget Shortfalls,’ the amount of money low-income Americans tell the Census Bureau they are short of having in order to provide themselves and their families with three square meals a day,” Fraser said. “In last year’s report this shortfall was $21.8 billion dollars [total], the number has now grown to $23.5 billion, an increase of $1.7 billion—and this was before food stamps were cut by $5 billion in November 2013.” Feeding America has released an interactive map which allows users to look up food insecurity rates by state and county for 2012, as well as compare overall food insecurity rates to child food-insecurity rates. The map is available at: http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspxlast_img read more

Ebola Cases Rise in Africa as Doctors Sound Alarm

first_imgPeople protest outside a hospital as Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visits the area after Ebola deaths in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Seven people believed to have the Ebola virus have died in recent days in the first deaths reported in the Liberian capital since the outbreak began, a health official said Tuesday.RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The international medical organization Doctors Without Borders sounded the alarm Monday over the outbreak of the Ebola disease in West Africa as some 20 new deaths have been reported.In its own statement Monday, the World Health Organization said that the latest figures show 567 cases with 350 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Last week the organization reported more than 330 deaths.Most of the deaths, 267 of them, are in Guinea, but with Sierra Leone reporting 39 new cases and eight deaths between June 15 and 17, growth there appears to be faster, according to the organization’s figures.The World Health Organization said it is working with local governments to provide the necessary expertise and is planning a regional meeting in Ghana on July 2.But Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF, said that the outbreak will require a “massive deployment of resources” by governments and aid agencies to bring it under control.The organization, which earlier said the outbreak was out of control, said it is stretched to the limit and is having trouble responding to an epidemic that is breaking out in more than 60 locations across three countries.Empty hospital beds are seen at Redemption hospital after nurses and patients fled the hospital due to Ebola deaths in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Seven people believed to have the Ebola virus have died in recent days in the first deaths reported in the Liberian capital since the outbreak began, a health official said Tuesday.“We have reached our limits,” said Dr. Bart Janssens, MSF director of operations. “Despite the human resources and equipment deployed by MSF in the three affected countries, we are no longer able to send teams to the new outbreak sites.”This Ebola outbreak is the most deadly ever. The virus has no cure and causes internal bleeding and organ failure, spreading through direct contact with infected people. Containing an outbreak focuses on supportive care for the ill and isolating them to limit the spread of the virus.Medical facilities in these countries, some of the poorest in the world, are struggling to deal with the outbreak as well as educate populations unfamiliar with how to prevent the disease from spreading.The current outbreak, which began in Guinea either late last year or early this year, had appeared to slow before picking up pace again in recent weeks, spreading to the capital of neighboring Liberia for the first time.last_img read more

Baltimore Hits 300 Homicides for The Year

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Police say the city has hit a grim benchmark, reaching 300 homicides so far this year.The 300th homicide of 2016 was recorded Tuesday night. Police say two men were found with gunshot wounds in northwest Baltimore and both were taken to hospitals, where one of them later died.Last year, the city hit the 300 mark on Nov. 14.The city broke a 44-year record in 2015 with 344 homicides. The spike in violence followed civil unrest inspired by the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a young African-American man whose neck was broken in the back of a police van. Authorities attributed some of the violence to crimes related to prescription drugs stolen during rioting that spring touched off by Gray’s case.While 2016 has been slightly less violent for Baltimore, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis has said, “we’re still not where we want to be.”Davis said that as of Monday the rate for resolving the city’s homicides was about 37 percent.last_img read more

Player Spotlight on Blaire Bass

first_img The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode 16 features senior Blaire Bass. Episode 16: Blaire BassThe Bass FileNumber: 3Full name: Blaire Elisabeth BassNickname: BeezyPosition: OFBats/Throws: R/RHometown:  New Roads, La.High School: Catholic High School of Pointe CoupeeTravel Team: Birmingham ThunderboltsMajor: CommunicationsFun Fact: Her left pupil is always bigger than her right.   Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Top BJP ministers attend RSS meet Oppn questions govts accountability

first_imgFormer J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took a dig at the RSS over its coordination meeting with the BJP and questioned how it could be called a ‘social organisation’. “So the RSS is doing a 3-day performance appraisal of the Modi government. Anyone else want to tell me that they are a ‘social organisation’?” he tweeted. There was speculation that the demand for ‘one rank, one pension’ (OROP), over which ex-servicemen have been agitating in the national Capital was discussed on the sidelines of the three-day coordination meeting.  Also Read – K’taka cabinet expansion on August 20Governance issues such as the Land Bill and the Patel reservation agitation in Gujarat and recent census figures are also on the list of items to be deliberated.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the event on its last day (Friday). Wednesday’s deliberations were attended by Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Manohar Parrikar, Venkaiah Naidu, Anant Kumar besides party chief Amit Shah and some other ministers.  Also Read – Torrential rains lash northern states, alert sounded in PunjabRSS chief Mohan Bhagwat presided over the meeting, which was attended by representatives of 15 Sangh associates – Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch and Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangathan. BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav, who has been deputed by the RSS to the party, said there would be no discussion on OROP, adding that the government is seized of the matter.“The meeting is about how we should move ahead into the future. It’s not about any review of the government or any policy and programmes,” he said. Sources said government would be given a feedback over the issues before it but it would not be any threadbare analysis of any specific programme or policy. There was a feeling among the participants in the meeting that the contentious OROP issue should be resolved at the earliest, considering that it is an issue dear to the Sangh Parivar.last_img read more

Youth threatened at gunpoint

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar police have arrested two persons on the charges of threatening a local youth on gunpoint.The incident sparked tension among locals, who were walking along the Shaymnagar road on Saturday evening.The complainant, Pradip Nayek, told the police that he was passing through the area when one person, later identified as Debu Mukherjee, took out a firearm and threatened him on gunpoint.One Gazi Oraon, a local resident, was accompanying the accused. Some of the locals managed to catch hold of the accused.They were also roughed up by the irate mob. After being informed, police rushed to the spot and arrested both the youth. Police have recovered one firearm and two rounds of cartridges from his possession. Both the youths have been remanded to five-day police custody after being produced before Bidhannagar court on Sunday.last_img read more

iPad Pro Is the Fastest Tablet Ever

first_img It goes without saying that the iPad Pro is the fastest tablet Apple has ever made. That’s to be expected; it’s the latest and greatest slate powered by the powerful new A10X Fusion processor.The question is how much more powerful is it? We benchmarked the 10.5-inch iPad Pro against the other iPads in Apple’s lineup as well as Android rivals, and according to results, the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro’s A10X chip is a third faster than most other tablets on the market, though only 10 percent faster than its predecessor.AnTuTuOn the AnTuTu benchmark, which measures overall system performance, the new iPad Pro scores 205,223, the highest score we’ve ever seen on any device, not just tablets. It’s higher than the 2016 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with its A9X processor (187,411), the A9-powered iPad (126,384), and the aging iPad mini 4 (84,841).That means the new iPad Pro is 9 percent faster than the older model, 38 percent faster than the iPad and a staggering 59 percent faster than the mini 4. Compared with the Snapdragon 820-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (139,783) — the most powerful Android tablet on the market — it’s 32 percent faster.The only Android device that comes close is the HTC U11 with a Snapdragon 835 processor (175,241), but the iPad Pro is still 15 percent faster.Geekbench We also tested the iPad Pro using Geekbench, a measure of single-core and multi-core CPU performance. Apple has typically excelled at having fewer, faster processor cores, while Qualcomm loads its chipsets with more cores and multiple low-power cores to improve multitasking and battery life.With the iPad Pro, it doesn’t matter; the slate blows all other comers out of the water, scoring 3929 single core and 9348 multi-core. Again, it’s the best result we’ve seen on any device, including the 12.9-inch 2016 iPad Pro (3119/5247), the iPad (2522/4369), the mini 4 (1709/2901) and the Galaxy Tab S3 (1609/3963).Graphics performance and web browsingGraphics performance is also improved. On the PCMark suite, the iPad Pro scores 3263 for graphics performance, a small improvement compared with last year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3163).The bigger gap is with the iPad (1994) and mini 4 (1086). On GFXBench suite, this translates to 208fps on the T-Rex offscreen test, again a modest improvement over the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (170fps), but a big jump over the iPad (82fps) and mini 4 (48fps). The Tab S3 does no better than the iPad in this test (83fps), making the iPad Pro 60 percent faster than its primary Android competitor. On the iPad Pro, demanding games will be smoother and provide sharper graphics and better textures.When it comes to web browsing, the iPad Pro again excels in the Jetstream and Browsermark tests (203.5 and 472.7, respectively). It’s quite a bit faster and more efficient than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (150 and 300.7), iPad (130 and 250) and mini 4 (80.5 and 187.5).What all this boils down to is that the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro’s A10X Fusion processor will be slightly faster than the A9X in speed, graphic performance and web browsing, but the gap between the two isn’t big enough that the average user will notice.Where the iPad Pro really excels is compared with A9 and Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered tablets. There, the new iPad Pro is between 30 to 50 percent faster, showing how far Apple’s new chipset has come compared with the previous generations. If you own an older, non-Pro Apple device or an Android slate, you may want to give some serious thought to an upgrade. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on PCMag 3 min read June 15, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

Google Chrome developers clarify the speculations around Manifest V3 after a study

first_imgOn Friday, a study was published on WhoTracks.me where the performance of the most commonly used ad blockers was analyzed. This study was motivated by the recent Manifest V3 controversy, which reveals that Google developers are planning to introduce an update that could lead to crippling all ad blockers. What update Chrome developers are introducing? The developers are planning to introduce an alternative to the webRequest API named the declrativeNetRequest API, which limits the blocking version of the webRequest API. According to Manifest V3, the declarativeNetRequest API will be treated as the primary content-blocking API in extensions. The Chrome developers listed two reasons behind this new update, one was performance and the other was better privacy guarantee to users. What this API does is, allow extensions to tell Chrome what to do with a given request, rather than have Chrome forward the request to the extension. This allows Chrome to handle a request synchronously. One of the ad blocker maintainers have reported an issue on the Chromium bug tracker for this feature: “If this (quite limited) declarativeNetRequest API ends up being the only way content blockers can accomplish their duty, this essentially means that two content blockers I have maintained for years, uBlock Origin (“uBO”) and uMatrix, can no longer exist.” What the study by Ghostery revealed? This study addresses the performance argument made by the developers. For this study, the Ghostery team analyzed the network performance of the most commonly used ad blockers: uBlock Origin, Adblock Plus, Brave, DuckDuckGo and Cliqz’z Ghostery. The study revealed that these content-blockers, except DuckDuckGo, have only sub-millisecond median decision time per request. This small amount of time will not have any overhead noticeable by users. Additionally, the efficiency of content blockers is continuously being improved with innovative approaches or with the help of technologies like WebAssembly. How Google developers reacted to this study and all the feedbacks surrounding Manifest V3? Following the publication of the study and after looking at the feedbacks, Devlin Cronin, a Software Engineer at Google, clarified that these changes are not really meant to prevent content blocking. Cronin added that the changes listed in Manifest V3 are still in the draft and design stage. In the Google group, Manifest V3: Web Request Changes, Cronin said, “We are committed to preserving that ecosystem and ensuring that users can continue to customize the Chrome browser to meet their needs. This includes continuing to support extensions, including content blockers, developer tools, accessibility features, and many others. It is not, nor has it ever been, our goal to prevent or break content blocking.” The team is not planning to remove the webRequest API. Cronin added, “In particular, there are currently no planned changes to the observational capabilities of webRequest (i.e., anything that does not modify the request).” Based on the feedback and concerns shared, the Chrome team did do some revisions including adding support for the dynamic rule to the declarativeNetRequest API. They are also planning to increase the ruleset size, which was 30k earlier. Users are, however, not convinced by this clarification. One user commented on Hacker News, “Keep in mind that their story about performance has been shown to be a complete lie. There is no performance hit from using webRequest like this. This is about removing sophisticated ad blockers in order to defend Google’s revenue stream, plain and simple.” Coincidentally, a Chrome 72 upgrade seems to break ad blockers in a way that they can’t see or block analytics anymore if the web page uses a service worker. Read Next Chromium developers propose an alternative to webRequest API that could result in existing ad blockers’ end Regulate Google, Facebook, and other online platforms to protect journalism, says a UK report Google announces the general availability of a new API for Google Docslast_img read more

in the photo Here we see the base of the 3D Jerse

first_imgin the photo: Here we see the base of the 3D Jersey model being assembled.[photo credit: Colly Soleri]166201csin the photo: exhibition preparation at the Corcoran gallery. “ArCanyon” arcology. in the photo: exhibition preparation at the Corcoran gallery. [photo credit: Colly Soleri] July 4, 2016We salute the long and valiant effort that led to a FREE INDEPENDENT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the constitution that was written to establish the underlying principles for this, our country.HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!Here is the continuation of our report about the 1970 Soleri exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C..in the photo: exhibition preparation at the Corcoran gallery.[photo credit: Colly Soleri]Excerpt from the catalog: “PAOLO SOLERI DOCUMENTA”, commentary and graphics by Donald Wall, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, February 1970.“Because the Soleri Exhibition accedes to a social relevance seldom attained by most museum exhibitions, the Corcoran Gallery of Art is especially indebted to the Prudential Insurance Company of America for acting as co-sponsor, and to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for aid in the publication of the catalog. Prudentials’s contribution goes beyond the financial: it shows American business interest can exert collaborative pioneering effects on the social reals. And HUD’s participation through the urban renewal demonstration program represents a new dimension of that department’s concern for the achievement of quality in our developing environment. While neither Prudentail, nor HUD necessarily endorse any of Soleri’s particular solutions, both feel that the issue he raises must be heard and discussed at an early date if ever new cities are to be created.”in the photo: exhibition preparation at the Corcoran gallery. The “Suspension” bridge[photo credit: Colly Soleri]in the photo: A large platform was placed into the main atrium, to support the 3D Jersey model.[photo credit: Colly Soleri]center_img in the photo: exhibition preparation at the Corcoran gallery. “Mesa City Markets” and “Mesa City Crafts Villages” scroll drawings.[photo credit: Colly Soleri]in the photo: all is ready for the opening[photo credit: Colly Soleri]The next segment of this report will be Wednesday, 7/06/2016 and it is about the exhibition opening.last_img read more

New approach to poststroke rehabilitation proposed

first_imgFor a long time, it was believed that when one hemisphere is bad, the second, instead of helping it, suppresses it even more. In this regard, the suppression of the activity of the “unaffected” hemisphere should help restore the affected side of the brain. However, the fact is that this particular scheme does not work in many patients after a stroke. Each time it is necessary to check what the impact of the unaffected hemisphere is — whether it is suppressive or activating.”Maria Nazarova, one of the authors of the article and a researcher at the HSE Institute of Cognitive Neurosciences Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 27 2019The existing approach to brain stimulation for rehabilitation after a stroke does not take into account the diversity of lesions and the individual characteristics of patients’ brains. This was the conclusion made by researchers of the Higher School of Economics (HSE University) and the Max Planck Institute of Cognitive Sciences in their article, ‘Predicting the Response to Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation in Stroke’.Among the most common causes of death worldwide, stroke ranks second only to myocardial infarction (heart attack). In addition, a stroke is also a chronic disease that leaves patients disabled for many years.In recent decades, non-invasive neuromodulation methods such as electric and magnetic stimulation of various parts of the nervous system have been increasingly used to rehabilitate patients after a stroke. Stimulation selectively affects different parts of the brain, which allows you to functionally enhance activity in some areas while suppressing unwanted processes in others that impede the restoration of brain functions. This is a promising mean of rehabilitation after a stroke. However, its results in patients remain highly variable.The study authors argue that the main reason for the lack of effectiveness in neuromodulation approaches after a stroke is an inadequate selection of patients for the application of a particular brain stimulation technique.According to the authors, the existing approach does not take into account the diversity of lesions after a stroke and the variability of individual responses to brain stimulation as a whole. Researchers propose two criteria for selecting the optimal brain stimulation strategy. The first is an analysis of the interactions between the hemispheres. Now, all patients, regardless of the severity of injury after a stroke, are offered a relatively standard treatment regimen. This approach relies on the idea of interhemispheric competition. Related StoriesStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesCancer patients taking statin medication has lower risk of suffering a strokeNew method improves detection of atrial fibrillation in stroke survivorsThe second criterion, scientists call the neuronal phenotype. This is an individual characteristic of the activity of the brain, which is ‘unique to each person like their fingerprints’. Such a phenotype is determined, firstly, by the ability of the brain to build effective structural and functional connections between different areas (connectivity). And, secondly, the individual characteristics of neuronal dynamics, including its ability to reach a critical state. This is the state of the neuronal system in which it is the most plastic and capable of change.Only by taking these criteria into account, the authors posit, can neuromodulation methods be brought to a new level and be effectively used in clinical practice. To do this, it is necessary to change the paradigm of the universal approach and select methods based on the individual characteristics of the brain of a particular person and the course of his or her disease. Source:National Research University Higher School of EconomicsJournal reference:Nazarova, M. et al. (2019) Predicting the Response to Non-invasive Brain Stimulation in Stroke. Frontiers in Neurology. doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2019.00302.last_img read more

Seven chateaux and counting Chinese billionaire is big in Bordeaux

“I pictured a French country house, and it just so happened that it had eight hectares of vines around it,” he said.That was his first chateau, Haut-Brisson in Saint-Emilion, which he purchased in 1997, without ever having sampled the fruits of the vine.He quickly learned that winemaking isn’t just about planting and harvesting vines—it’s a way of life. And as in life, “there are many things that you cannot control. You do the best you can, but then you have to wait for nature.” Bordeaux’s ‘magnificent’ lost vintage pushes small growers to the edge Citation: Seven chateaux and counting: Chinese billionaire is big in Bordeaux (2018, May 4) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-chateaux-chinese-billionaire-big-bordeaux.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. ‘Black coffee and baguettes’It wasn’t his love of a plummy merlot that brought the Vietnamese-born businessman to Bordeaux. “My children study in the United States, so I was looking for a place halfway for vacations. France is halfway,” he told AFP in an interview.But there was also a touch of whimsy in his decision to set up shop on the other side of the world.Growing up in Vietnam under French colonial rule—living in the capital’s sprawling Chinatown—he was enthralled by “images of De Gaulle, black coffee, baguettes and dreams of Paris.”But instead of buying a pied-a-terre in the French capital, Kwok opted for a house in the country. © 2018 AFP Peter Kwok pose dans la cave du Château Bellefont-Belcier, à Saint-Laurent-des-Combes, en Gironde, le 11 avril 2018 Peter Kwok pose dans le Château Bellefont-Belcier, à Saint-Laurent-des-Combes, en Gironde, le 11 avril 2018 Some left after seeing their investments wither on the vine, but Peter Kwok, who has no fewer than seven vineyards to his name, says he is here for the long haul.The 69-year-old Hong Kong-based billionaire has been in southwest France for the past 20 years, recently snapping up Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, a Saint-Emilion grand cru.Some in France’s winemaking community are sniffy about the Asian investors who have bought up 140 chateaux in Bordeaux.The acquisitions—though making up only 1.5 percent of the region’s 7,000 vineyards—have stirred sensitivities about growing foreign investment, particularly Chinese, in strategic or heritage sectors.In February, President Emmanuel Macron said he would work to prevent foreign investors buying French farms after it emerged that a Chinese fund had bought nearly 3,000 hectares (7,500 acres) of wheat fields in the centre of the country.The Chinese tycoons present in Bordeaux see wine mainly as a way of diversifying their fortunes.But Kwok, who has invested 60 to 70 million euros ($72.5-85 million) in the region, insists he’s not in it for the money—though as an investment banker he keeps a eye on the numbers.”Other friends who own vineyards warned me the only way to make a fortune in wine is to invest an even bigger fortune!” said Kwok, who heads the energy subsidiary of Chinese investment group CITIC. Explore further Kwok has earned respect from locals thanks to the quality of his wines At first, he sold most of his wines in Asia, particularly Hong Kong, Singapore and mainland China.But as the reputation of his wines grow so too has his global distribution.With a few harvests under his belt his goal now is to build his “Vignobles K” brand.”The other aim is to make good wine, which will also take years, but not quite as many.”Wine as artAt Bellefont-Belcier, something of a sleeping beauty in Saint-Emilion, one of his first tasks will be to clean up the woods that dot the rolling limestone hills over which the estate is spread.Kwok has earned his chops when it comes to revamping older chateaux, having restored the 18th-century dry masonry terraced vineyards at the Tour-Saint-Christophe estate he acquired in 2012. Reflecting on those Chinese peers who bid farewell to Bordeaux after a brief dalliance, he said: “It (owning a chateau) became the fashion. They just wanted the experience. But they slowly realised that winemaking is not the business they thought.”His time in France, which he visits three or four times a year, has taught him that the key ingredient in wine is not equipment or skilled labour, it’s the “terroir”—the land.”It’s like being the owner of a piece of art,” he said. “Only with wine, it’s a piece of art you can work on.” Over the past decade Chinese investors have conquered dozens of chateaux in Bordeaux, France’s famed wine-growing region. read more

Sheena Bora murder Accused Peter Mukerjea recovering after surgery says doctor

first_imgSheena Bora murder: Accused Peter Mukerjea recovering after surgery, says doctorThe doctor submitted a medical report to the Bombay High Court on Friday. The report stated, “Peter is fit and responding positively to the medical treatments post his bypass surgery.”advertisement Vidya MumbaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:29 IST Peter Mukerjea has filed a petition seeking bail on health grounds from the high court.Sheena Bora murder-accused Peter Mukerjea is currently being treated in a private hospital and is recovering from his bypass surgery, his doctor in Mumbai has said.The doctor submitted a medical report to the Bombay High Court on Friday. The report stated, “Peter is fit and responding positively to the medical treatments post his bypass surgery.”Peter Mukerjea has filed a petition seeking bail on health grounds from the high court. His lawyer Shrikant Shivde, while seeking bail asked the court to allow Peter to stay under observation in JJ Hospital in South Mumbai for at least two weeks after completing his treatment.Shivde said, “Peter has gastro problems due to which he is required to be shifted to JJ Hospital.” Peter’s medical treatment post his heart operation is scheduled to be completed by July 17.The court recorded the medical reports which were presented in the hearing today by Dr Siddhesh Mali, who is responsible for Peter Mukherjea’s medical treatment at the private hospital.After going through the report, Justice Revati Mohite-Dhere pointed to the reports and said, “According to the medical reports, the patient seems to be fit and responding well to the treatments.”In addition to this, the court also ordered a doctor from JJ Hospital to be present along with a supplimentary medical report on the next date of the hearing.The lower court had earlier rejected Peter Mukerjea’s bail plea,who was seeking interim bail on medical grounds.Peter along with his former, wife Indrani Mukerjea are accused in the killing of her daughter Sheena Bora in April, 2012. However, the former media head honcho and Indrani, both have ostensibly denied the charges.After the hearing, the court adjourned the hearing of Peter’s bail application to July 16, one day prior to the completion of his medical treatment.Meanwhile, in the lower court, witnesses are being presented by the CBI and the trial is underway.Also Read | Sheena Bora murder case: In court, CBI terms Peter Mukerjea silent killerAlso Read | Sheena Bora murder case: 7 years on, cause of death unknownAlso Watch | Sheena Bora murder: Peter Mukerjea hospitalised after complaint of chest painFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Sheena BoraFollow peter mukherjee Nextlast_img read more