10 months agoInter Milan president Zhang delivers passionate Christmas address: Stars want to join us!

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan president Zhang delivers passionate Christmas address: Stars want to join us!by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan president Steven Zhang is convinced they can dominate the world.Zhang made a passionate speech at the club’s Christmas dinner.“We’ve improved a lot in every respect, compared to five years ago, and we must continue like this, as a team and as a club,” declared Zhang.“We’ll crush everyone on and off the field. The objective must be back to talking about trophies and aiming for victory.“We’ve had a great 2018 and there were some extraordinary moments for Inter, like the return to the Champions League thanks to Vecino’s goal, which everyone remembers.“We’ve been competitive against some of the best teams in the world and, compared to four or five years ago, we’ve shown a marked improvement.“I think we’re invincible in some of our games and so many players want to join us. They fear us!“As a club and team, we have everything to win the title. It’s not arrogance, but rather confidence and conviction.“We’ll try to beat everyone both on and off the field and, after many years of waiting, we have the chance of winning things.” last_img read more

ESPN The Magazine Makes College Football Playoff, National Title Prediction

first_imgESPN PlayoffESPN PlayoffThe college football preview of ESPN The Magazine has been released. In the magazine are a number of predictions for the 2016 season.  Twitter/Playoff.Twitter/Playoff.Among them: a College Football Playoff forecast. ESPN college football expert Brad Edwards has made his prediction for the playoff and the New Year’s Six bowls. Here’s ESPN The Magazine‘s College Football Playoff:No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 WashingtonNo. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 ClemsonHere’s ESPN The Magazine‘s national championship:No. 1 Oklahoma over No. 3 Clemson. The rest of the New Year’s Six bowls:Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Houston vs. Notre DameCapital One Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. AlabamaRose Bowl: Michigan vs. USCAllstate Sugar Bowl: Tennessee vs. TCUThe full magazine is on newsstands now. [ESPN]last_img read more

Mining Management Institute to be Established

first_imgMinister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Government will be establishing a Mining Management Institute to provide training and certification for Jamaicans working in the mining sector.“We will …train managers, supervisors and workers in all aspects of mining management,” he said in his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (May 30).“The management of a mine or quarry operation requires proper record keeping, safety rules, reclamation techniques and energy efficiency, while reducing damage to the environment and protecting people’s health. This will be the base of the curriculum,” he noted.Mr. Montague said the Ministry is determined to lift standards within the mining industry with training and certification for sustainability.The mining sector contributes 2.2 per cent to Jamaica’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).last_img read more

Old Fort residents frustrated about uncertainty for their community

first_img“Are we going home, or are we planning to exodus the place? That’s really the million-dollar question,” said Pardy.He said that the message he’d gotten from the geologists is that the situation is improving, meaning residents could be able to return to their homes in the near future.In contrast, he said that many residents became angry on Sunday upon learning that the Regional District had contracted R&R Rentals to help organize giving residents temporary access to their homes to retrieve belongings.“It really upset people when they started talking about coming in, organizing this evacuation, a bunch of strangers coming into our houses and packing up our stuff.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though some residents of Old Fort are once again allowed to temporarily return to their homes to winterize structures and retrieve valuables, many residents are frustrated with the uncertainty that has been caused by the landslide that cut off road access to the community over two weeks ago.Old Fort resident Gord Pardy said that while residents did hear some good news at Sunday’s meeting hosted by the Peace River Regional District, she said that many residents have taken issue with the way the PRRD has dealt with the situation.He explained that the Regional District has not made it clear to residents of Old Fort whether they will eventually be allowed to return to their homes or if the landslide will make the community too dangerous for human habitation in the future.last_img read more

SC cancels bail granted to exJharkhand minister Yogendra Sao

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday cancelled the bail of former Jharkhand minister Yogendra Sao, against whom several cases of rioting and instigating violence have been registered.A bench headed by Justice S A Bobde said it is satisfied that have been breach of bail conditions imposed on Sao in December 2017 as his “unauthorised presence” was found in Jharkhand. Sao had been directed to stay in Bhopal. The apex court comprising justices S A Nazeer and Indira Banerjee transferred the trial in 18 criminal cases against Sao and his MLA wife Nirmala Devi, an accused in similar cases, from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand to Ranchi. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’However, the top court rejected the state government’s plea seeking cancellation of Devi’s bail, saying the deviations in bail conditions in her case were minor in nature. It refused to accept Devi’s prayer to allow her to stay in Patna instead of Bhopal. On January 21, the Jharkhand government had told the apex court that Sao was threatening an investigating officer posted in Barkagaon police station in Hazaribagh district and a case has been registered against him. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe state government had asked for cancellation of Sao and Devi’s bail, saying they were not staying in Bhopal as directed by the top court and also did not attend trial court proceedings when they were in Jharkhand. On January 15, the apex court had asked Sao and his wife to explain on how many occasions they did not attend trial court proceedings despite being in the state. The top court had also asked the couple about the circumstances in which they were out of Bhopal, saying the exception granted to them was that they would enter Jharkhand only to attend trial court proceedings. Both Sao and Devi were granted bail on December 15, 2017, by the top court and they were directed to stay in Bhopal as a bail condition. They were allowed to visit Jharkhand only for court hearings under police protection after intimating Bhopal superintendent of police. The Jharkhand government has said that out of 260 days, Sao had been in Jharkhand for more than 150 days and hardly spent 25 days in Bhopal. It has claimed that Sao travelled out of Bhopal on 24 occasions, out of which he travelled to Delhi a dozen times. It has said that in 11 cases registered against Sao, charges were not framed by the trial judge as he did not appear before the court despite directions from the top court. It has said several criminal cases were pending against the couple. The cases are at various stages of trial, including at the level of framing of charges, where their presence is needed. The apex court had taken exception to the charge framing order passed by a court in Jharkhand through instant messaging application WhatsApp. It had wondered how this kind of a “joke” was allowed to happen in a court of law in India. A lower judge in Hazaribagh district had put Sao on trial by pronouncing the order framing charges against them through a WhatsApp call. Both Sao and Devi had challenged the order in apex court, saying the trial judge had on April 19 last year framed charges against them through a WhatsApp call despite they raising objections to it. The apex court took serious note of it and observed that this process cannot be allowed, and administration of justice cannot be allowed to be brought into disrepute. The couple had sought transfer of their cases from Jharkhand to New Delhi. Both Devi and Sao were accused in a case relating to violent clashes between villagers and police in 2016 in which four persons were killed. Sao was a minister in the Hemant Soren government in August 2013.last_img read more

Setting new standards of beauty

first_img15-year old Laxmi Agarwal had no idea that a seemingly ordinary day of 2005 would turn her life upside down. Agarwal was returning home after her music class, when she was attacked by 32-year-old man Gudda and his alias Nadeem Syed whose advances she had rejected.Laxmi, who is now a single mother of a girl, says though she has made peace with the unfortunate past, the dreadful memories still haunt her. “I don’t think I will ever be able to push those memories out of my mind. I was leading a normal life, and one incident suddenly took my life by storm. Thereafter, I had to go through 70-80 operations, my studies were hampered, and dreams were shattered. I had no idea if I would ever be able to bring my life back on track, or inspire a thousand people, or become subject for a movie,” states Laxmi, who survived the situation and emerged out as a winner. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Today, I feel proud to see myself standing strong. I don’t cry anymore. I have successfully managed to explain people that my beauty if defined by the work that I do, and not how I look. But whatever happened in all these years– say it the demise of my father and brother, or the disorientation of my family – it’s unforgettable,” she adds. Laxmi advocated against acid attacks by gathering 27,000 signatures for a petition to curb acid sales, taking that cause to the Indian Supreme Court. She is the Founder of Stop Sale Acid – a campaign against acid violence and sale of acid. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhile rising from the ashes, one thing Laxmi knew was that she was not a victim. “I was never a victim, will never become one, and won’t let anybody else victimise others. I hate how casually this word is used. Why to call anybody a victim” she questions. The acid attack survivor walked the ramp for Designer Laxmi Shirali at India Runway week, which was held in the Capital recently. Agarwal is happy about the fact that they (Designers and organisers) have chosen an acid attack survivor to step up and explain the real meaning of beauty. “We need to understand that beauty is much more than superficial appearance. And events like these give out a message to society as well as other survivors like me, to muster courage and make something meaningful out of this life. If somebody could take inspiration from my story and achieve what they always dreamt of, I will be the happiest person on the planet.” Laxmi’s life and struggle has inspired an upcoming Bollywood film titled Chhapaak, which will see Deepika Padukone in the titular role. The movie will bring into light some unexplored aspects of Laxmi’s life…but does that make her insecure? “When a celebrity like Deepika comes out to support a cause and speak on behalf of all the acid attack survivors, it’s an answer to all those (the society) who constantly try to suppress people like us. As far as the fear of showing the unknown sides of me is concerned, I would say that Laxmi is an open book. The fear vanished soon after the attack. The person Laxmi was in 2005 doesn’t exist anymore. She is a completely different personality now. She has no fears, no inhibitions.” “For the rest, you need to wait and watch the movie. I can’t reveal much,” she concludes.last_img read more

Abdullah highlights Srinagars infrastructure issues blames Centre previous JK govt

first_imgSrinagar: National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said the urban life of Srinagar city was blight with various problems, adding that neither the Centre nor the Jammu and Kashmir government invested in the augmentation of urban infrastructure of the state capital in the last five years. “The people of Srinagar stand dejected at the paucity of amenities and the appalling condition of roads. The people of Srinagar city were forsaken by the former PDP-BJP government and the present governor’s administration proved no different. The work on the various vital projects of the city initiated by our government was unfortunately stalled by the former PDP-BJP regime,” Abdullah said, addressing a party function where 11 corporators of the SMC joined the NC. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Abdullah said the NC, despite being subjected to political shenanigans and conspiracies of various agencies, never left any stone unturned to work for the benefit of the people of the state. “Once in power, we will carry forward the mission of development and work towards ensuring peace in the state with active participation of people. The urban life of Srinagar is fraught with different issues. The party, once in power, will hold the authorities accountable. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi “For the last few years, no headway was seen towards upgrading the existing road and transport infrastructure of the city. The need of the hour, therefore, is proper planning to rise up to the demands of the growing population of Srinagar city,” he said. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said the absence of a popular elected government in the state was taking its toll on the development scenario of the state. “The onus for the miseries that are plaguing the state in the absence of an elected government lies on (PDP chief) Mehbooba Mufti. Had she asked the governor to dissolve the Assembly in June last year, after being shown the door by its former ally, things would have been much different. “Today we would have had an elected government looking after the basic needs of people. However, she chose not to do that and what followed is known to all. It is she who is blameworthy for putting the state into a chasm,” Abdullah said.last_img read more

Moshiri wanted me out – Wayne Rooney

first_imgFormer Everton striker Wayne Rooney has revealed the club’s major shareholder Fahad Moshiri rather than former manager Sam Allardyce wanted him out of the club.The ex-England captain returned to Everton in the summer of 2017 after 13 successful seasons with Manchester United, where he became the club’s all-time leading top scorer.Rooney who moved to MLS side DC United earlier this year insists Allardyce wanted him to stay at the club without guarantee of regular game time but Moshiri wasn’t keen on it.“[Leaving] was the owner’s decision. He knew he was going to bring a lot of players in and wanted to free money up. That’s his decision but I’m disappointed how it happened,” Rooney told The Sunday Times.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I started to think: ‘Is there something being said?’ So I went to see Sam [Allardyce]. I said ‘listen, I’m not a kid, what’s going on – do you want me or not?”“Sam was the honest one. He said, ‘If I’m still here next season you might not play as much but I still want you’. But then he said: ‘I’m not sure the owner has the same opinion’. And trying to get an honest answer out of the owner took three months.“I kept trying and trying. All I wanted was clarity. Even [current Everton boss] Marco Silva was surprised because before he came in he was told I was leaving – but that was before I was told I could leave.”last_img read more

Solari Benzema is playing through pains

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari is proud of striker Karim Benzema who has been playing through the pain barrier in recent games.Madrid are currently playing with a thin squad after their squad was decimated via injuries to key players like Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale.Benzema, however, delayed a surgical repair after suffering a broken finger in the win over Real Betis on January 13th.The French international went on to feature in the La Liga win against Sevilla and the Copa del Rey victory over Girona where he scored the fourth goal and played the entire 90 minutes in both matches.And Los Blancos boss Solari singled him out for praise in his Saturday morning press conference and cited via Football Espana.“I am very pleased with Benzema. He is a very generous player, who is having a great season so far.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He is showing that generosity at the moment, as he is helping the team by playing with a broken finger and playing with the pain.”A decision is likely to be made on whether or not he will undergo surgery later this week, with key returns to the squad likely to allow Benzema the time to recuperate.‘Generous’ Benzema playing through the pain – Solari https://t.co/mj3eQiOJPH pic.twitter.com/ERR3QoC7IQ— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) January 26, 2019last_img read more

July 30 Is World Day Against Trafficking In Persons

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 24 (JIS): On Thursday, July 30, Jamaica will join 133 other countries in observing the inaugural World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 24, Chairperson for the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), Carol Palmer, said that the observance of the day is necessary to raise awareness of the trauma experienced by victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.“Our intention is largely to provide the society with more information on this crime, so they can become fully aware. If every person in the society doesn’t know what is human trafficking, then we have not succeeded in our efforts,” she said.NATFATIP will observe a week of activities, beginning on July 26 with an 8:30 a.m. church service at Hope United Church, Mona, in Kingston. There will also be a national broadcast of the Prime Minister’s message to be aired on the Day of observance, supported by a supplement and inserts in the newspapers. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Week will end with the Task Force’s participation in the Denbigh Show from July 31 to August 2, in May Pen, Clarendon. Meanwhile, Secretary General of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODOC), Ban Ki-moon, in an official statement for the Day, said that every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals.“On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all,” he said.Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad.UNODOC reports that an estimated 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. Related Items:last_img read more

Tuesday AM Update Containment Lines Continue To Hold On Swan Lake Fire

first_imgFirefighters mopped up and held fire line from Sterling Highway to Skilak Loop Road and Hidden Lake to the Kenai River. Mop up operations continued around Trout, Juneau and Romig cabins. A Wildfire Use Module (specialized firefighting crew) worked on improvements in the vicinity of the Russian Lake area. Due to the holiday weekend drivers saw some delays along the Seward Highway. Pilot car operations were in place on both sides of the highway and will remain in place on Tuesday. Expect delays from 45 minutes  up to several hours. The structure group in the Cooper Landing area continues to prep structures on the south end; and reduce fuel loading around structures by using chippers and a masticator. Firefighters are installing hose lays and sprinklers along the Fuller Lake trail to cool down heat. Firefighters cut out blown down trees and built fire line in the Surprise Creek area along the southern edge. Helicopter bucket work was accomplished northeast of Hidden Lake campground and south of the Trout Lake area. A return to normal temperatures over the next few days and relative humidity may increase fire activity, according to the Incident Command Team. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Original Post: 6am: The strongest winds in two weeks occurred Saturday.  All containment lines held and no wind-related injuries occurred. Sustained ten mile-per-hour south to southwest winds and gusts over 20 miles per hour were clocked.Despite those strong and erratic winds with no moisture the firefighters made good progress throughout Monday. The Swan Lake Fire currently sits at 162,179 acres with 729 personnel and at 29% containment. If you must go on the road it is recommended that you have a full tank of gas, extra water and food and something to do while you wait.last_img read more

Paid Search Spending Spikes in Fourth Quarter 2010

first_imgDownload the full report here. [PDF, register] A recent report on the paid search market from SearchIgnite, a performance marketing technology and services firm, says paid search spending was way up in fourth quarter 2010 when compared to 2009. Marketers increased their spend by 35.5 percent in Q4, says the report, and 18.5 percent for the year.In 2009, half of the year dragged by in the negative single digits, rising slightly in Q3 to flatten out through Q4. In the last three months of 2010, spending ramped up significantly, providing apparent momentum for the first part of 2011. Spending was up 25.4 percent in October 2010, 35.3 percent in November and 44.8 percent in December-which mirrors the holiday push.Results of all that spending were up as well. Clicks in fourth quarter 2010 were up about 20 percent, impressions rose 2 percent and click-throughs jumped almost 18 percent. Meanwhile, Google maintained its dominance in the paid search market, according to the report, increasing its market share from third quarter to fourth quarter by 3 percent, topping out at 82.6 percent by the end of 2010. Bing, on the other hand, only managed 17.4 percent market share in Q4.last_img read more

Govt walks the talk Imposes 100 penalty for accepting cash above Rs

first_imgHere comes the next in the series of the government’s crackdown to discourage the use of cash in large amounts: If you receive anything above Rs 3 lakh in cash, be prepared to pay a penalty of an equal amount, effective from April 1. Warburg Pincus acquires airline services group AccelyaOn February 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed in the Budget that “no person shall receive an amount of Rs 3 lakh or more by way of cash in aggregate from a person in a day; in respect of a single transaction; or in respect of transactions relating to one event or occasion from a person.” Now, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has said that the penalty for doing cash transaction will be steep and the receiver will have to pay an amount equivalent to the cash received.”Supposing you do a transaction of Rs 4 lakh in cash, then the penalty would be Rs 4 lakh. If you do a transaction of Rs 50 lakh, the penalty would be Rs 50 lakh,” Adhia told PTI. Interestingly, the fine will be paid by the receiver, not by the one who pays. So, if a shopkeeper sells an expensive watch for cash, it is the shopkeeper who will have to pay the penalty.However, governments, banking companies, post offices and co-operative banks will remain immune to this restriction. The revenue secretary said the previously notified rule of quoting PAN for any cash transaction above Rs 2 lakh stays. Meanwhile, private sector lender HDFC Bank has announced steep hikes in fees on cash transactions. The bank has limited third-party cash transactions to Rs 25,000 per day and free cash transactions at branches have been reduced to four from five earlier. Additionally, the fee on non-free transactions has been hiked by a steep 50% to Rs 150. The bank has also revised free cash transactions at home branches, including deposits and withdrawals at branches, at Rs 2 lakh, above which customers will have to pay a minimum of Rs 150 or Rs 5 per thousand. Earlier, the bank allowed Rs 50,000 cash transactions, both withdrawals and deposits, per day. These new measures will be applicable from March 1 and would apply to salary and savings account holders.last_img read more

FinMin extends deadline for filing GST annual returns till March 31

first_imgIn picture: Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley (centre) addresses a press conference in New Delhi on October 24, 2017. Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa and Principal Director General (M&C), Press Information Bureau, AP Frank Noronha are also seen.Press Information BureauThe Finance Ministry has extended the last date for filing annual GST return forms by three months until March 31, 2019.The annual returns form in which businesses registered under the GST have to provide consolidated details of sales, purchases and input tax credit (ITC) benefits accrued to them during 2017-18 fiscal was notified in September.The last date for filing was set at December 31, 2018. In a statement, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said, “the competent authority has decided to extend the due date for filing Form GSTR-9, GSTR-9A and GSTR-9C till March 31, 2019.The requisite Forms shall be made available on the GST common portal shortly”. GSTR-9 is the annual return form for normal taxpayers, GSTR-9A is composition taxpayers, while GSTR-9C is a reconciliation statement Trade and industry players have been seeking an extension of the deadline for filing the annual returns.EY Tax Partner Abhishek Jain said industry players have been struggling to collate the information required to be disclosed in GSTR-9 and GSTR-9C. PwC Partner and Leader (Indirect Tax) Pratik Jain said, “Industry, as well as consultants, were struggling with December 31 deadline, given the volume of work involved including preparing a virtual P&L at a State level”.last_img read more

Hasina expects no help from Trump on Rohingya issue

first_imgBangladesh`s prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks with a reporter during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Photo: ReutersBangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina said she spoke to US president Donald Trump on Monday about Rohingya Muslims flooding into her country from Myanmar, but she expects no help from him as he has made clear how he feels about refugees.As Trump left an event he hosted at the United Nations on reforming the world body, Hasina said she stopped him for a few minutes.“He just asked how is Bangladesh? I said ‘it’s doing very well, but the only problem that we have is the refugees from Myanmar’,” Hasina told Reuters in an interview. “But he didn’t make any comment about refugees.”A Myanmar military response to insurgent attacks last month in the country’s Rakhine state sent more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh, escaping what the United Nations has branded as ethnic cleansing.The Myanmar government says about 400 people have been killed in the fighting.Hasina, who is due to address the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, said Trump’s stance on refugees was clear, so it was not worth asking him for help with the Rohingya Muslim refugees.“Already America declared that they will not allow any refugees,” she said. “What I can expect from them, and especially (the) president. He already declared his mind … so why I should ask?”“Bangladesh is not a rich country … but if we can feed 160 million people, another 500 or 700,000 people, we can do it.”A senior White House official was unaware of the exchange but said Trump was deeply interested in the subject and that “he would definitely engage if it were brought up.”Shortly after taking office in January, Trump tried to put a 120-day halt on the US refugee program, bar Syrian refugees indefinitely and impose a 90-day suspension on people from six predominantly Muslim countries.“The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!” Trump said on Twitter on Friday.Trump says the move is needed to prevent terrorist attacks and allow the government to put in place more stringent vetting procedures. There is a key Supreme Court hearing next month on the constitutionality of his executive order on the ban.About a million Rohingya lived in Rakhine State until the recent violence. Most face travel restrictions and are denied citizenship in a country where many Buddhists regard them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.Hasina said she wanted to see more international political pressure on Myanmar to allow the Rohingya to return.“(Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi) should agree that these people belong to her country and that Myanmar is their country. They should take them back,” she said. “These people are suffering.”Nobel laureate Suu Kyi has faced a barrage of international criticism for not stopping the violence. Myanmar national security adviser Thaung Tun told Reuters on Monday that Myanmar would ensure those who left their homes could return, but there was “a process we have to discuss.”US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley urged the Myanmar government to end military operations, grant humanitarian access, and commit to aiding the safe return of civilians to their homes.“People are still at risk of being attacked or killed, humanitarian aid is not reaching the people who need it, and innocent civilians are still fleeing across the border to Bangladesh,” Haley said after Britain hosted a meeting on the crisis in New York on Monday.A US deputy assistant secretary of state, Patrick Murphy, is due in Myanmar this week.last_img

Govt official arrested for raping domestic help

first_imgAn official of Palli Daridro Bimochan Foundation (PDBF) was arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl domestic help at Taherpur village in Manirampur upazila of Jashore on Monday night.The arrested person is Golam Kibria, 55, a resident of Shailkupa upazila in Jhenaidah. He is the assistant officer of PDBF in the upazila.Golam along with his family was staying at a rented house at Fateyabad village in the upazila for his job.When his wife went out of house, he used to reportedly rape the girl alluring her to give different things. At one stage, the girl became five-month pregnant and went to her village home after being sick in February, according to the case statement.The victim’s father filed a case with Manirampur police station after medical test of the girl.last_img

Halloween Fun Monster Vehicles Bring Southeast DC Community Together

first_imgChildren visit a haunted Halloween trailer.It was Halloween night and tiny goblins and ghouls, witches, and pirates scurried along the streets of southeast Washington. However, they weren’t headed door to door.  They were headed car trunk to car trunk. Trunk of Treat had come to AnacostiaThis year, residents joined a slow growing trend across the nation in cities from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Detroit to Johnson City, Tennessee, where adults decorate their cars as monsters and spiders and park in the parking lot behind the Big Chair in Anacostia for children to trick or treat.“I wanted to do something creative,” Jonathan Silverman, brother of at-large D.C. Councilwoman Elissa Silverman (D), said. “Part of this Trunk or Treat idea is so that kids can all come together and meet each other. I wanted to make it kind of like a house. I wanted to make it a welcome place to come in.”Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 8 Councilwoman LaRuby May take in the festivities..Councilwoman Silverman and Ward 8 Councilmember LaRuby May (D) sponsored the night’s events with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s help. Bowser (D) came to watch the children have fun and to see May dance.Between eating their picked up Twizzlers, Mike & Ike, and Kit Kats, children stopped to create arts and crafts, snack on popcorn, play in the bounce house, or take a trip into a mobile trailer that had been turned into a haunted house.They took tours through a Halloween Metro bus decorated with spider webs and skeletons and climbed atop a huge yellow steamroller to blow the horn.“I thought it was a great concept and a great idea to have everyone together and there’s a real sense of community here,” said Nicole Luke, who blogs about community events using the name D.C. Thrifty Mom.Luke said she came to hand out candy and allow her two daughters to trick or treat.Dorothy Wortham and her son and daughter traveled from Clinton, Maryland to participate in the event. Wortham’s son was dressed as a Star Wars character. “LaRuby May is a member of my church at Allen Chapel AME Church,” she explained. “We did it last year on a smaller scale on our church parking lot. So, Ms. May wanted to make it bigger and invite more people so they moved it out here. I love it and I think it’s a great idea.“My son is having a ball. We’re trying to get him to leave, and he doesn’t want to. We’re having a great time.”For many, the key element was that the event was a safe space for children to enjoy Halloween. “This is a safe way to do things,” said Denise Monroe who came with her husband and three grandchildren. “I heard about it and here we are.”Ro Zebina, president of the Deuces Wild Motorcycle Club, and his members, dressed in emblem-covered hoodies and vests, brought along about 20 motorcycles. They handed out candy and posed with children for pictures. “I hope that there are more events like this for the kids to come out and see that there’s positivity and different things going for them,” Zebina said.last_img read more

Wasike Adds Another AllAmerican Honor to Her Accolades

first_imgMakenli Forrest will compete in weight throw tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. to wrap up the indoor season for Louisville. Print Friendly Version Live Results ” Dorcas lined up against the best women in the country today and gave a tremendous effort,” said head coach Dale Cowper. “While it’s not the result she was hoping for, we are proud of the way she represents our program and the university.  I don’t know many college students that can be competitive at an All-American level for 10 months out of the year while pursuing a nursing degree, but that’s what she has been able to do.” Wasike clocked a time of 15:55.84 to finish ninth, wrapping up her second career indoor season.   Wisconsin’s Alicia Monson won the race with a time of 15:31.26. Story Links Wasike started off the indoor season by breaking the school record in the 5,000 meters at the BU Season Opener in December with a time of 15:14.78.  She finished as the ACC runner-up in a closely contested race.  Wasike won the 3,000 meters the next night at the ACC Championships with a time of  9:24.05.  She earned first team All-ACC honors in the 5,000 meters and 3,000 meters.  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – In her first appearance at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, University of Louisville’s Dorcas Wasike earned second team All-American honors in the 5,000 meters.  The redshirt sophomore is now a two-time Cross Country All-American, an Outdoor Track All-American, and now an Indoor Track All-American. last_img read more

Comparing the amount of energy needed by two species of Galapagos tortoises

first_img Back from the dead—how to revive a lost species More information: Ylenia Chiari et al. Self-righting potential and the evolution of shell shape in Galápagos tortoises, Scientific Reports (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15787-7AbstractSelf-righting, the capacity of an animal to self-turn after falling on its back, is a fitness-related trait. Delayed self-righting can result in loss of mating opportunities or death. Traits involved in self-righting may therefore be under selection. Galápagos giant tortoises have two main shell morphologies – saddleback and domed – that have been proposed to be adaptive. The more sloped shape on the sides of the shell and the longer extension of neck and legs of the saddlebacks could have evolved to optimize self-righting. The drier environments with more uneven surfaces where the saddleback tortoises occur increases their risk to fall on their back while walking. The ability to fast overturn could reduce the danger of dying. To test this hypothesis, we used 3D shell reconstructions of 89 Galápagos giant tortoises from three domed and two saddleback species to compare self-righting potential of the two shell morphotypes. Our results indicate that saddleback shells require higher energy input to self-right than domed ones. This suggests that several traits associated with the saddleback shell morphology could have evolved to facilitate self-righting. Studying the functional performances of fitness-related traits, as in this work, could provide important insight into the adaptive value of traits. Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain Journal information: Scientific Reports © 2017 Phys.org Putting all their data together, the researchers found that saddleback tortoises have to use more energy to right themselves than do those of the domed species. Noting that being unable to flip over is a leading cause of death of the tortoises, the group suggests the different shell types may have evolved to handle tipping under different environmental circumstances. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from the U.S., Portugal and France has conducted a study of the amount of energy required by the two main types of tortoises that reside on the Galapagos Islands—the domed and the saddleback—to flip themselves right side up when they overturn. In their paper published in Scientific Reports, the group describes analyzing shells of the two tortoise types, comparing them and then calculating which required more energy to flip itself back upright. The giant tortoises that live on the Galapagos Islands are world famous due to their huge size. Less well known is that there are two main types defined by differently shaped shells: domed and saddleback. The domed species are the ones mostly seen in tourist pictures. Less popular are the saddleback, which have a shoehorn-shaped part of their shell near the neck, flatter shells and longer necks. Both kinds tend to tip over due to rough terrain or when fighting with one another. But which has to expend more energy to right itself? That is what the team on this new effort sought to find out.To figure out how much energy each type would have to expend in tipping itself back upright, the researchers studied the techniques used by both: The domed species tend to move their legs around until they work up enough momentum to turn over. The saddlebacks, on the other hand, used their necks in addition to flailing their legs. The group then took pictures of 89 of the shells (many from inside museums) to create 3-D versions on a computer. Then, at the Rotterdam Zoo, the team hoisted one of the turtles onto a platform connected to equipment that produced the desired result. Citation: Comparing the amount of energy needed by two species of Galapagos tortoises to flip back over once overturned (2017, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-amount-energy-species-galapagos-tortoises.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.last_img read more

ITE dept to organise summit on Embedded Technology

first_imgKolkata: The state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department will organise a summit on ‘Embedded Technology’ with various stakeholders from the state, industry and academia at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town on Friday.State IT&E minister Bratya Basu will address the programme, which will cover the industry, research and development and other perspectives for this cutting-edge technology.”Embedded technology has an intrinsic link with the electronic industry and the job potential in this area across the globe is immense. It will rise further in the days to come. So, we have to ensure that the young generation of Bengal is prepared to embrace this new technology,” a senior official of the state IT&E department said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe official added that embedded technology exists in smartphones, gaming consoles and 3D printing and knowledge regarding the technology is being felt to a large extent.It may be mentioned that Additional Chief Secretary of IT&E department Debashis Sen recently visited Taipei on the occasion of Computex 2018 and has witnessed that the country is progressing by leaps and bounds in modern age technologies like embedded technology.”This technology is relatively new and so, people need to undergo training and skill development to be prepared for it,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedChief Minister Mamata Banerjee desires to build a hub for technology firms like Silicon Valley in the state and so, the state IT&E department is leaving no stones unturned to play a leading role in emerging IT technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Embedded Technology, Robotics, IOT etc.”Our vision is to move towards a decentralised and transparent ecosystem, where the government and every industry will be able to leverage benefits of these emerging technologies,” the official said.The keynote speaker at the workshop will be Amlan Chakrabarti, dean of Calcutta University, who will be speaking on “Reconfigurable Computing for Embedded Technologies.”The day-long summit will witness eminent speakers from various government and private agencies, along with the nodal officers from all departments, directorates and statutory bodies .last_img read more