Working Together in Addressing Sensitive Topics – We want to hear from you!

first_imgThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on July 29, 2016. Listening Session: Working Together in Addressing Sensitive TopicsDate: August 10, 2016Time: 11:00 a.m. EasternThe MFLN Military Caregiving concentration would like to invite you to join us at 11:00 a.m. ET, August 10, 2016 for a Listening Session entitled, Working Together in Addressing Sensitive Topics. Yep, you read that right…Listening Session. The session will offer an opportunity for your voice to be heard and for you to actively communicate your client concerns with fellow peers and colleagues.Often caregivers find it difficult to discuss sensitive topics such as finances, asking for help, intimacy, mental health and other topics with military service providers. During the listening session you will have a chance to identify specific sensitive topics that can be found within your field, as well as challenges you face when communicating these sensitive topics. The session will briefly introduce the importance of interpersonal relationships and its effects on varying adult learning styles, followed by an in-depth, engaged session from you, the service provider.The information we gather from this listening session will set the stage for our Military Caregiving concentration’s three-part Virtual Learning Event (VLE), held this fall on Communicating Sensitive Topics: A Service providers Approach to Working with Caregivers. Be ready to share your sensitive topics, case studies, scenarios and questions with colleagues on August 10th in similar special healthcare disciplines. Certificate of CompletionThe MFLN Military Caregiving concentration will offer a certificate of completion following the webinar.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join the webinar, simply click on Listening Session: Working Together in Addressing Sensitive Topics. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream. Mobile options for Ustream are available on all Apple and Android devices.last_img read more

Guwahati college suspends teacher for remark on Pulwama attack

first_imgA private commerce college in Guwahati has suspended an assistant professor of English for posting “objectionable remarks” on Facebook regarding the February 14 terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.The college authorities said they suspended Papri Banerjee with immediate effect on Saturday after her social media post invited criticism and an FIR was lodged against her.In her Facebook post on Friday, Ms. Banerjee said that the killing of the CRPF jawans was a cowardly act that would “break the heart of any Indian”. But she indicated that the armed forces invited retaliation for maiming children, raping women and slaughtering their husbands. “The terrorism maybe Islamic but Karma is a very Indic concept,” she wrote.Facebook users in Assam, grieving the loss of more than 40 CRPF men including Assam’s Maneswar Basumatari, slammed Ms. Banerjee besides tagging the Assam Police for taking action against her. One Subhasish Choudhury of southern Assam’s Silchar town lodged an FIR against her at the local police station.“We have initiated an investigation into the Facebook post,” an officer in the police’s cyber cell said.M.s Banerjee, who removed the post from her timeline after the backlash, told reporters that her post had been misunderstood. “I disagreed but I didn’t disrespect our security forces. I am depressed over the terror attack as any other Indian,” she said.last_img read more

Messi staying with Barcelona to 2021 after new contract

first_imgFC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi takes part in a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi. APBARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona enjoyed a big win on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) without even playing.Lionel Messi finally put Barcelona and its fans at ease by signing a new contract that will keep the Argentine forward at the Spanish club through 2021 when he will be 34.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Club president Josep Bartomeu said Barcelona and Messi already agreed to a new deal in June, but that following Neymar’s departure they revised it to more than double the buyout clause. It was originally set at 300 million euros ($358 million).Bartomeu said the new contract “is more in line with the current situation in the ever-changing world of football.”Barcelona announced in July that Messi agreed to a new deal that it would make official “in the coming weeks.” The wait that turned into months eventually caused many Barcelona supporters to fear the worst.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said having Messi signed up for four more years should help the team focus on its strong Spanish league and Champions League campaigns this season. Barcelona visits second-place Valencia on Sunday seeking a win that would give it a commanding lead as it tries to retake the Liga title from Real Madrid.“I am not an expert in contract clauses, but if we look at what happened with Neymar, then you have the answer,” Valverde said. “The renewal of Leo is great news for the club. It calms everything down, especially all that surround the team. We already were calm because we see him train every day and we see his commitment to the club.”ADVERTISEMENT Messi has been the heart and soul of Barcelona for more than a decade.A five-time world player of the year, Messi has helped Barcelona win 30 titles since he arrived from Argentina at age 13. That haul includes four Champions Leagues and eight Spanish leagues.Now in his 14th season, Messi is the club’s all-time leading scorer with 523 in 602 matches.He received his fourth Golden Shoe award on Friday for leading all of Europe’s leagues in scoring last season.“The objective is to continue achieving things, fill the club’s trophy cases, and keep making history at Barca,” Messi said. “We’ve been lucky enough to have won a great many things and I hope there will be more in the future.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES “The club … is my home,” Messi said. “My dream was to finish my career at Barca and we are moving down that path.”The club did not reveal many financial details, including Messi’s salary. According to El Mundo newspaper, Messi will receive 30 million euros ($35.8 million) per season along with a signing bonus of 50 million euros ($59.6 million).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith his former contract set to run out next summer, Messi would have been free to listen to offers from other teams on Jan. 1. That approaching deadline generated speculation Messi could follow Neymar’s lead and leave.Messi’s new deal includes a buyout clause of 700 million euros ($835 million). The massive figure is aimed at keeping away even the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, which secured Neymar in the offseason by triggering his buyout clause with a record 222 million euros ($262 million) payout. View comments Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort United, Chelsea rely on strokes of fortune in EPLlast_img read more

Lankan Board asks MI bowler Lasith Malinga to return

first_imgThe ongoing battle between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLC) is hotting up. After asking its national players to leave the IPL-4 midway and report for the pre-tour camp to England on May 5, the SLC has now asked Lasith Malinga to return though he is not slated to tour England for the Test series.Malinga is a key member of the IPL’s Mumbai Indians squad and was expected to feature in the entire season. The SLC has not taken kindly to Malinga’s absence from the Test team, citing injury but playing in the cash-rich T20 league.Former Sri Lanka captain and current chairman of selectors Duleep Mendis minced no words in questioning Malinga’s decision to stay away from the national Test side while being available for the IPL. Mendis has written to Malinga urging him to return from the IPL to undergo his rehabilitation programme so that he can return to top fitness and be available for the Sri Lankan natioanl team at the earliest.SLC secretary Nishant Ranatunga, too, expressed his dissatisfaction over Malinga continuing to play in the IPL.The BCCI has said it may block payments of Lankan players for IPL4 if the SLC did not allow its players to stay on for the entire season.According to sources, the BCCI has been miffed at the SLC after its request to allow the Lankan cricketers to stay back was turned down. Sources confirmed that the BCCI might ask the IPL franchises to withhold the payments of Lankan players and even not pay the SLC its share of 10 per cent of the players’ earnings.advertisementAccording to IPL rules, only those players would be paid their entire salary who stay on till the end, that is May 22.There are 10 Sri Lankan players playing in the IPL. The collective earnings of these players this season is estimated around $56,80,000 of which SLC stands to gain $5,68,000 as per its contract with the BCCI.last_img read more

Wired to win: Wire fox terrier is Westminster best in show

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes There were some boos — along with modest cheers — when judge Peter Green pointed at the 7-year-old King.But the win was hardly a surprise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWire fox terriers have won 15 times at the nation’s most prestigious dog show, far more than any other breed (Scottish terriers, with eight). And Green is a renowned figure in the dog world, especially for his work with terriers.A Havanese named Bono came in second among the more than 2,800 dogs who entered this show. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Disgruntled Anthony Davis has just 3 points, Pelicans routed by Magic Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rangel teared up in the middle of the ring after the win, overwhelmed by the moment.“I look at King, he’s like a beautiful painting, a piece of art,” Rangel said earlier in the day. “The way he stands and performs, he’s the whole package.”Neither he nor King will have much time to rest.Wednesday’s victory lap includes visits to morning television shows, a steak lunch at midtown eatery Sardi’s, a trip up the Empire State Building and possibly a walk-on part in the Broadway musical “Pretty Woman.”There is no prize money for the win, incidentally. Besides a shiny silver bowl, the reward comes in lucrative breeding rights and a lifetime of bragging rights.This was the 47th overall best in show win for the wire fox with a champion’s name of Kingarthur Van Foliny Home. He’s also done well at the largest dog show in the world, Crufts in England.The fan favorites at the Garden were clearly Bean and Burns.Chants of “Bean! Bean! Bean!” bounced around the packed arena as the Sussex spaniel rounded the ring. And Burns drew loud cheers as his long hair flowed while circling the green carpet. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting King, a wire fox terrier, competes with the terrier group at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Wire fox terriers are still King at Westminster.A wire fox from Brazil who’s won big in Europe became America’s top dog Tuesday night, beating out a crowd-pleasing longhaired dachshund and popular Sussex spaniel.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Also in the final ring were Bean the Sussex spaniel, Burns the longhaired dachshund, Wilma the boxer and Baby Lars the bouviers des Flandres.There was a bit of dog show drama at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club, too.A day after earning a coveted spot in the final ring of seven, spirited Colton the schipperke was ruled ineligible for best in show.There was a conflict of interest — Green’s longtime partner has co-owned dogs with one of Colton’s co-owners. Colton was allowed to run around the ring, then was excused.Wagging his tail, King was completely in control under handler Gabriel Rangel, who won for the third time at Westminster.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Deepak Punia Books Tokyo Olympics Quota After Entering Semis at World Wrestling Championships

first_img 2020 tokyo olympicsDeepak Puniarahul awareWorld Wrestling Championships First Published: September 21, 2019, 3:45 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): Reigning junior world champion Deepak Punia on Saturday became the fourth Indian to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after moving to the 86kg semi-finals at the World Wrestling Championship here on Saturday.Competing in his maiden senior World Championship, Deepak locked the quota after prevailing 7-6 in a tense semi-final against Colombia’s Carlos Arturo Mendez. With one minute to go, he was trailing 3-6 but pulled off a takedown and then expose move to take a 7-6 lead in the dying moments of the tense bout.He will now clash with Switzerland’s Stefan Reichmuth for a place in the gold medal match.Also doing a commendable job was Rahul Aware, who has moved to the semi-finals in the 61kg non-Olympic category.Both Deepak and Rahul overcame rough Kazakh wrestlers en route the semi-finals.Vinesh Phogat, Deepak Punia and Ravi Dahiya have already qualified for the 2020 Olympics with bronze medals.However, Jitender (79kg) lost his quarter-final while Mausam Khatri lost his first round in 97kg to reigning Olympic champion Kyle Frederick Snyder.Deepak had bumped into home wrestler Adilet Davlumbayev in his opening round and looked a bit nervous before the bout, probably fearing partiality.However, he played very smartly to defeat the home favourite despite trailing 0-5.Adlilet was playing rough and was cautioned for poking Deepak. Consecutive takedown moves and a caution point brought Deepak on even terms at 5-5.He converted an opportunity but also conceded a throw and it was 7-7. The home camp challenged the call and lost.Deepak got one more point while the Kazakh lost one, sending Deepak into the next round.He was hardly troubled by Tajikistan’s Bakhodur Kodirov, who he beat 6-0 to move to quarter-finals.In 61kg, Rahul Aware played his pre-quarterfinal against Turkmenistan’s Kerim Hojakov.The diminutive agile wrestler from Maharashtra was in complete control of the bout, which he ended with leg lace moves, winning by technical superiority.Against Kazakhstan’s Rassul Kaliyev, it was a very tough bout but the Indian showed more craft than his rough opponent and won 10-7 in a roller-coaster quarter-final. He was technically more sound and sharp.Jitender began with an easy 7-2 win over Molodova’s Gheorghi Pascalov.In the pre-quarterfinals, he was up against Turkey’s Muhammet Nuri Kotanoglu, the European Championship bronze medallist and again his immense upper body strength helped him to a 7-2 win.However, he could not find a way to break the solid defence of Slovakia’s Taimuraz Salkazanov, losing 0-4.In 97kg, Mausam Khatri was no match to the American, losing by technical superiority. last_img read more

Par panel favours Mallyas expulsion from RS

first_imgNew Delhi, April 25 (PTI) Independent MP and liquor baron Vijay Mallya is all set to face expulsion from Rajya Sabha, with a Parliamentary panel examining the matter related to his alleged loan default of over Rs 9,400 crore rupees, today unanimously favouring such action.At the same time, the Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha headed by veteran Congress leader Karan Singh, decided to give Mallya one week time to explain his conduct, which the members said is a “procedural formality”.In a step closer to initiating his deportation, the government had yesterday revoked the passport of Mallya, who is believed to be in the UK after leaving India on March 2.”We have examined the entire issue related to Mallyas case. The documents that we had sought from banks have also come. There was a unanimous view in the panel that he should be expelled from the House membership.”But still we have decided to give him a week time to tell us whatever he has to say. The next meeting of the committee has been fixed on May 3, when we will take a final decision,” Singh told reporters after the meeting.Asked whether the committee is unanimous in the view that Mallya should be expelled, Singh said, “the committee is unanimous but we have to follow the procedures.”JDU President Sharad Yadav, who is also a panel member said,”Mallya should be expelled from the Rajya Sabha and he will be expelled. His membership is almost gone now. This is the firm view of the committee. It is final that his membership will go. He has been given the time to complete the procedure”.advertisementCPI-M General Sitaram Yechury said that the opinion in the committee was that Mallya has no right to remain a member of Rajya Sabha.The committee had sought details of the liabilities on Mallyas airline Kingfisher from 13 banks, which furnished their replies according to which the total liability on Mallyas company is Rs 9431.65 crore. Of this IDBIs liability alone is Rs 1687.04 crores followed by the Rs 1223 crore by Punjab National Bank.The committee decided to crack the whip on the ground that Mallya never declared these liabilities in the last ten years, which a member is supposed to do annually.Enforcement Directorate had last week written to 17 banks and a clutch of probe agencies with an aim to prepare a water tight case against Mallya who is being probed for money laundering charges in the IDBI bank alleged loan fraud case. (MORE) PTI AMR VMNlast_img read more

Isles Go Big On Blue Jackets, 5-2

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio — The New York Islanders got key contributions from a few unlikely sources in their latest victory.Brian Strait had a goal and an assist while playing his second game in a row after sitting 11 and backup Chad Johnson made 16 saves in his first start since Dec. 23 to lead the Islanders to a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 10.“As a coaching staff, not only do we want to see them do well, their teammates want to see them do well, too,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “We have a close-knit group.”They also don’t mind scoring by committee as Nikolay Kulemin, Matt Martin, Anders Lee and Kyle Okposo also scored, and Ryan Strome and Thomas Hickey each had two assists for the Islanders, who maintained their recent surge into first place in the Metropolitan Division with a second consecutive win in as many nights.“We played within the framework and the structure that we wanted to play against a really good hockey team,” Capuano said. “I like the way we dictated the pace tonight.”Jack Johnson and Nick Foligno scored for Columbus, back home from a four-game (2-2-0) trip with the logo for the upcoming NHL All-Star game freshly painted inside the center-ice circle.But for a second straight game they had a bad period that cost them.“We became undisciplined in certain areas of the game and it opened up holes and exposed us,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said.While the Islanders stuck to their game plan, the Blue Jackets fell apart in the second period. On Jan. 9 in Toronto, it was four goals against in the first period in a 5-2 loss. In this one, the Islanders found the net three times in 7:27 in the middle frame to move ahead 4-1.“For the most part, we capitalized on all the chances that we had,” Chad Johnson said. “Just tried to funnel pucks to the net and get to the rebounds when we could.”Tied at 1 and with Sergei Bobrovsky flashing his pads to make one stop after another, he finally didn’t have an answer on a perfect passing combination off a rush started by Casey Cizikas. Strome then sent a pass from the right wing to Martin for the easy redirection in front for his sixth at 10:04.Three minutes later, Kevin Connauton had trouble with a bouncing puck in his skates. Lee grabbed it at the blue line, raced in and beat Bobrovsky between the legs for his 10th.Strait followed with his first at 17:31 on a shot from the slot that deflected off the stick of Columbus’ Ryan Johansen.“It’s always exciting to get back in and play,” Strait said. “It’s one of things where you’ve just got to get back in there and feel comfortable. Try to come in as confident as possible and build each game.”Early in the third period, Foligno snapped home a rebound off Johansen’s shot to close the gap to two on his career high-tying 18th of the season. Okposo closed the scoring with his ninth at 14:54.The game was tied at 1 after the first period even though the Islanders held a 16-4 shots advantage.Kulemin open the scoring just 31 seconds in, redirecting Nick Leddy’s slap shot for his seventh.Johnson pulled Columbus even with a power-play slap shot from the point at 4:22 for his fourth.“For me and my game, I just try to stick with it,” Chad Johnson said. “The guys will take care of what they have to do and score goals. They did a good job in front of me.”(ROBERT DENHARD)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Embedding custom real-time processing in a multi-gigasample high-speed digitizer

first_imgReal-time data processing after analog-to-digital conversion at multi-gigasamples per second on digitized data can’t be performed on a host computer as the backplane is not fast enough to extract the samples at full speed. In addition, a modern multi-processor workstation can’t perform real-time operations at such rates. Hence, an FPGA with enough available resources for customization inside the acquisition module is the ideal solution to apply such real-time algorithms on the acquired data at full speed.Figure 1. The FPGA is the ideal place to host a custom real-time algorithm operating at multi-gigasample per second (Source: Keysight Technologies) Reducing the amount of data produced, accelerating the algorithm’s execution, and improving the software application processing and analysis time are among the main reasons why a programmable device open for customization on the digitizer data path is required.Furthermore, confidentiality is a sensitive topic, especially for aerospace and defense (A&D) applications and new wireless communication standards like 5G. An FPGA with modern encryption techniques is the ideal place to protect intellectual property (IP).Engineers will come across a variety of alternative solutions if they wish to implement real-time data processing on a signal acquired with a high speed digitizer. Some of these solutions offer a basic approach providing strictly the minimum set of capabilities to customize the FPGA with limited or no support. Others have a more comprehensive approach providing everything that is required to quickly turn ideas into reality, including access to the full features and performance of the digitizer coupled with an extensive engineering service.Hidden and upfront costs, time to market, guarantee of success, and continuous support are key elements in choosing between solutions.Key elements of a modern FPGA development kit Nowadays, most high-performance, high-speed digitizers share the same analog-to-digital converter (ADC) technology and include an FPGA with direct access to the acquired samples and to the onboard memories. As was previously noted, embedded real-time processing is required, allowing data reduction and storage to be carried out at the digitizer level. The overall benefits are minimizing data transfer volume, speeding up analysis, protecting IPs, and enabling new applications. Unfortunately, few digitizer manufacturers open the FPGAs of their digitizers by offering a special tool to facilitate custom firmware development.Figure 2. A typical architecture for a FPGA based digitizer card(Source: Keysight Technologies) There are several key elements designers should pay attention to before making their choice concerning the hardware, the design environment, and the software.Sharing the same ADC and FPGA hardware technology doesn’t mean achieving the same level of performance. Overall performance might vary greatly from one manufacturer to another depending on additional proprietary integrated circuit devices onboard, the front-end design, calibration features, and the qualification and test process.In order to meet aggressive time-to-market goals and minimize the risks associated with a project, engineers should expect at minimum the following from an FPGA development environment:A pre-configured environment, thereby saving the time-consuming effort of selecting the tools, adapting constraints and scripts, and verifying the flow.A database of optimized and standardized cores, which — coupled with a stable and reliable design flow — ensure fast compilation times and repeatability of results.A functional system-level testbench environment allowing quick verification of the custom algorithm integration before running the building flow.An automatic flexible and configurable building script to ease repetitive tasks, thereby allowing users to produce multiple bitfiles every day.A direct line of support to an FPGA and digitizer expert who can address any issue and consult on the best approach to implement the algorithm(s) to assure the success of the project.The software driver should offer a standardize API interface, support for multiple and modern languages like Python, a dedicated custom interface, and a reusable calibration routine. Such a driver reduces the need for detailed hardware knowledge of the common control functions, enables fast and easy integration of custom processing, and avoids erroneous operations by protecting against prohibited actions.Additionally, a suite of complete example designs and an easy design migration path facilitating deployment on multiple products and form factors with small delta effort is also of great benefit.Figure 3. A standard FPGA design flow; the grey areas represent processes that should be automated. (Source: Keysight Technologies) All together, such a solution would allow real-time custom algorithms to be quickly designed, verified, implemented, and deployed with a significant reduction in development time.Upfront costs, hidden costs, and time to market When it comes to embedding an algorithm in a high speed digitizer, the selection of the hardware and associated development environment has a great impact on the time to market and total cost of ownership. The initial price paid by the user for accessing the FPGA’s programmability may represent only a fraction of the total final cost for deploying a custom solution. Each hour of R&D engineering spent in creating, optimizing, and automating the design flow, trying to achieve the desired analog performance, or waiting for customer support detracts from the algorithm’s design time. These hidden costs add to the initial price of the selected solution, negatively impacting the time to market for the final product, hence delaying sales revenue.EDA tools and repeatability of results In a standard FPGA development environment, many elements need to be configured and validated in order to interface with the hardware. The FPGA flow necessary in order to generate a bitfile can be complex and a broad range of knowledge in the digital design domain is required. EDA tools can be difficult to configure and their usage and behavior might differ from one version to another.Including state-of-the-art tools and associated licenses in an FPGA development kit comes with a cost for the user, but also with many advantages. There is no more need to spend engineering time configuring and sorting out the best configuration to achieve the desired results, or having to repeating this for each new version. In addition to having a standardized flow, a well-designed flow provides functional partitioning and optimized locked floor planning that guarantees repeatability of results and eases support. Furthermore, tools offered as part of an FPGA development kit bundle often come with significantly reduced prices for the end user as compared to buying the same tools directly from EDA providers. This automated process allows engineers to concentrate on the algorithm design, thereby reducing time to market and final development costs.Calibration and analog performance Calibration of the instrument is essential in order to achieve the performance advertised on the digitizer datasheet. Combining this performance with the ability to embed custom processing is challenging but very important. Alternatively, end users could implement their own calibration routines, but nowadays this represents a nearly impossible and extremely time-consuming task as it requires mastery of many hardware details related to the selected platform.Ideally, users should be able to calibrate the board with their custom bitfiles in a seamless manner — irrespective of which functionality they have implemented — and still achieve the level of performance reported in the datasheet. One effective approach is to provide — with any custom FPGA image — the infrastructure required to execute the software calibration routine provided in the API, thereby allowing the user to work at the FPGA level on the calibrated data. As an additional advantage, the digitizer function should always be available and accessible by the user on board the acquisition card, irrespective of whether it’s being used with a custom or standard bitfile.Support, debug, and training What happens if an engineer comes across an issue while using an FPGA development kit? Even if automation is provided and the complexity of the hardware is masked, designing and deploying an algorithm into an FPGA remains a specialized R&D task and — as such — should be supported by an expert both on the hardware description language (HDL) and the hardware. Otherwise, it may take weeks to figure out the issue and solve it, thereby negatively impacting the schedule and resulting in loss of revenue.Hardware debug is also required when deploying an algorithm into a digitizer. All major players in the FPGA market today offer the ability to insert virtual logic analyzers into their devices, allowing view of any internal signal or node. Signals are captured at the speed of operation and brought out through a JTAG debug interface. Captured signals are displayed and analyzed using the debugging analyzer tool. An FPGA development kit should offer these in-circuit debug capabilities to the users along with an easy-to-access standard connector. Finally, training sessions might be required in order to bring the engineer(s) working with the FPGA development kit up to speed. This is particularly applicable to the OEM market in which the hardware or multiple cards are intended to be customized and deployed in final measurement instruments.Introducing the Keysight U5340A FPGA development kit This design tool is an example of a commercial solution for the implementation of custom algorithms across the entire family of Keysight high-speed digitizers in PCIe, AXIe, and PXIe form factors. It provides an integrated and automated environment with predefined capabilities and includes powerful design engines from Mentor Graphics and Xilinx. Those engines are all linked together and interact with the pre-designed building flow.The U5340A enhances design efficiency and can reduce development time by months as uses can leverage the same proven development environment used internally by Keysight R&D teams. It eliminates the time required to set-up and to configure the tool and allows access to the full resources and processing capabilities of the hardware. The “Get Started” design example allows users to start faster with a design template and to build an initial custom design in just one hour. Premium customer service direct from engineering ensures the feasibility and success of the user project.Figure 4. Comparison of FPGA development time: standard versus Keysight U5340 FPGA development kit (Source: Keysight Technologies) The U5340A can currently be used to develop custom algorithms with high-speed digitizers from 8 to 12-bit resolution and 1 to 4 GS/s sampling rate.For very demanding high-channel count applications requiring numerous real-time interfaces, the M9703B-B01 enables up to 192 programmable front-panel IOs with fixed low latency.The U5340A FPGA Development Kit shortens the customer time-to-market with turn-key, easy-to-use development flow and debug and facilitates configuring the custom real-time processing area of the FPGA within a high-speed digitizer. It combines capabilities to achieve multi-gigasample real-time processing on a full digitizer framework by leveraging the full density and speed of the FPGA.Click Here for more information about the U5340A FPGA development kit and other products and services from Keysight Technologies. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA Continue Reading Previous Tidy your wiringNext Siglent’s SDS 2000X oscilloscopescenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Underfire Julen Lopetegui running out of time to impress at Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui looks to be on borrowed time after his side slumped to their third straight loss on Saturday, when Levante beat the Los Blancos 2-1 at the Bernabeu.Following the game, Lopetegui announced that he is not worrying about a sack and two of Real’s key players in Sergio Ramos and Marcelo also threw their weight behind the manager.”Right now that (his position) is the last thing that I’m thinking about. I feel more encouraged than ever to continue because the team gave their heart and soul on the pitch. Sooner or later we will come out of this.”The dressing room was sad but the players are keen to lift themselves up and look to the next game. The players gave everything and we will get out of this situation,” Lopetegui told reporters.”Julen has the backing of the entire team,” Sergio Ramos said.”We are with him to the death,” Marcelo added after Real slumped to their fourth defeat in five games.But, it is not all rosy for the former Spain manager, who was dramatically sacked a night before Spain’s first World Cup match in Russia as he took the Real job before letting the Spanish federation know.If reports are to be believed, his position is in jeopardy after Real’s disastrous start to the season. But, a saving grace for him could be the lack of options at club president Florentino Perez’s disposal if he decides to axe him.Santiago Solari, coach of Castilla, Real Madrid’s B team, could take charge in the short-term but the troubled search for a suitable coach in the summer would not appear much smoother now.advertisementMauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp and Max Allegri would all be near-impossible to sign mid-season, while Joachim Low is still attached to Germany.Antonio Conte is out of work but there is an issue with the Italian’s style of play, not to mention any legal wranglings around his compensation package with Chelsea.Arsene Wenger would be fascinating but high-risk.For Lopetegui to call off the search, victory is surely essential at the Santiago Bernabeu against Plzen, the Czech team that have only won two Champions League matches in their history.Then avoiding defeat to Barcelona, who will be without the injured Lionel Messi, could buy him a trio of theoretically kinder fixtures against Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Real Valladolid in the league and Plzen again in the Czech Republic. Win those, and the outlook might look more rosy.Amid the sprawl of disapproving headlines on Sunday, Diario AS ran an online poll: who is more guilty, the club’s coach or president? Just over 80,000 replies were credited – almost 17,000 more than had attended the Santiago Bernabeu the day before – and 86 per cent of them answered Perez. Real Madrid fans were not impressed with their side’s display against Levante (AP Photo)There were whistles after the loss to Levante and a scattering of swinging white handkerchiefs too.But the atmosphere was marked more by deflation than disgust. At the end, as his players hunched on their knees, Lopetegui stood on the touchline, staring into space.Lopetegui is on the brink – he may well not make the Clasico on Sunday – but there is a sense this “mega crisis”, as termed by Barcelona’s Mundo Deportivo, has been a long-time coming.In July, days after Cristiano Ronaldo had left for Juventus, Perez defended his recruitment strategy, saying: “Madrid is strengthening its search for young players that will become the next great players of the sport.”By the end of the summer, they had signed Vinicius, the 18-year-old striker from Flamengo, Alvaro Odriozola, a 22-year-old right back from Real Sociedad, and Mariano Diaz, who returned after a decent season with Lyon.Only Thibaut Courtois could be considered a star, and he was joining a club that already had UEFA’s goalkeeper of the season.One theory goes that Perez is keeping the treasury full in preparation for a fresh tilt for Neymar next summer. It might explain too why a move for Eden Hazard has never been pushed through.In the meantime, Zinedine Zidane and now, Lopetegui, have been charged with papering over the cracks.Zidane managed it, spectacularly, by winning in Europe, although if Michael Oliver had not puffed his whistle for a borderline 98th-minute penalty against Juventus, Madrid would have been out in the last 16. In La Liga, they finished 17 points behind Barcelona.Three Champions League titles in a row is no fluke, just as two interventions from the Video Assistant Referee were not the sole reason Madrid lost at home to Levante for the first time in 11 years.advertisementDefensive mistakes, panicky finishing and stodgy build-up all reflected badly on Lopetegui, who made matters worse by leaving Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema on the bench.Both endured fitness issues over the international break but were excellent in the second half. By then, it was too late.”I believe in this team more than ever,” Lopetegui said. Only one of the last six Madrid coaches to preside over three consecutive defeats was not sacked afterwards. That was Bernd Schuster, whose team had put their feet up after winning the title in 2008.Lopetegui has far less credit in the bank. Perez’s period of austerity is coming home to roost.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

‘Neymar is not the boss of PSG’

first_imgPSG ‘Neymar is not the boss of PSG’ – €222m forward told to respect Cavani by Dugarry Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 21:38 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Neymar Paris Saint-Germain Franck Fife PSG Neymar Ligue 1 The former France international has warned the Brazilian striker that he needs to earn the right to be considered squad leader at Parc des Princes Neymar needs to accept that he is “not the boss of PSG” following his on-field spat with Edinson Cavani, says World Cup winner Christophe Dugarry.The Brazilian sparked controversy during a Ligue 1 clash with Lyon as he very publicly bickered with his club colleague.Neymar 12/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Neymar, with assistance from countryman Dani Alves, prevented Cavani from taking a second-half free-kick, before then being waved aside as the Uruguayan took ownership of a penalty.Questions continued to be asked of squad harmony at Parc des Princes on the back of the incidents, and an elaborate summer of spending, and Dugarry has warned PSG’s €222 million record buy that he needs to show greater respect to those around him and earn a standing as squad leader.The former France international said: “Cavani has been there for four years – he is not the type to make life difficult.“At some point, we have to reflect the senior players. Neymar is a great player. He will be the boss of PSG. But he will not be because he is worth €222m but because he has won things with PSG. Unai Emery must intervene.Christophe Dugarry Neymar PSG boss“Neymar, I repeat, is not the boss of PSG. Soon, he is going to be taking training and picking the team. Where are we going?“I am sympathetic to Cavani. The guy, he runs like crazy all match. He never says anything. He is everywhere. He is generous, he is without fault. There’s nothing to say. And then he is hit like that – it is not possible.”Neymar has netted five times in his six appearances for PSG to date, while Cavani has nine in eight outings, having reached 49 in all competitions last season.While the pair are understandably keen to keep their respective tallies ticking over, they are also having to share the load with Kylian Mbappe, with the 18-year-old having also arrived over the summer in a deal which will eventually be worth €180m.last_img read more

Fulham ban Aboubakar Kamara after arrest on suspicion of actual bodily harm

first_imgnews Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara has been arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm following allegations of a fight at the club’s Motspur Park training ground that has also led to the striker being banned indefinitely from both the venue and “all club activities”.Kamara is believed to have visited the training ground on Monday seeking to discuss his future with the Fulham chief executive, Alistair Mackintosh, having found himself marginalised after two recent incidents and banished to train with the Under-23s.It is understood that Kamara was stopped from seeing Mackintosh and allegedly became involved in an altercation with a member of security. Police were called to Motspur Park shortly after 5pm following reports of a violent incident.“One man, in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of ABH and criminal damage,” read a police statement. “He has been taken into custody in a south London police station. Inquiries continue.” Read more Topics Kamara was seeking clarity on his future after a period of turbulence and uncertainty. The Frenchman, who joined from Amiens in July 2017, overruled Aleksandar Mitrovic in order to take a penalty against Huddersfield last month – which he missed – and then had a run-in with the Serb during a squad yoga session.Since then Kamara’s time at Fulham has been in doubt, with reports linking him with a move to the Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor. He was left out of the squad for the two most recent games, against Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur.“The club is grateful for the swift attention and action by the Metropolitan police immediately following our reporting of the incident on Monday,” read a Fulham statement. “The subject who was arrested is banned indefinitely from Motspur Park and all club activities.“We will refrain from further comment but will stress that we will fully cooperate with any new or continuing investigation or legal proceeding in the name of providing everyone a secure and safe working environment.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Fulham’s Mitrovic makes late difference in basement clash with Huddersfield Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Fulham Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Talking Touch – December

first_imgTo view the stories, please click on the following links: Tomaree High School Students Star In Touch Football The Touch Football paddock is proving to be a place Tomaree High School students are getting to know well. A host of skilled athletes from the high school are making inroads into the sport, which is being pushed by Touch Footballing mentor and new Hunter schools touch convenor Jodie Laloata. Underdogs Set For Touch Grand FinalWagga Touch Football champion Don Tuckwells Audio is in danger of a premiership upset tonight, according to Kristopher Graydons Jewellers captain Denise Edwards. Set to face the women’s premier league heavyweight in tonight’s grand final at Jubilee Park, Edwards believes the enthusiasm of her young squad could be enough to topple the favourite. Holden: A Touch Of ClassIn Albury-Wodonga, which straddles the Victoria-New South Wales border, Touch is as pervasive as AFL football is further south. So when Georgia Holden moved from the town to La Trobe University in Bundoora this year, it seemed only natural that she start playing for the university Touch team. Billy’s Touch Of HistoryBilly Greatbatch made history last weekend. He became the youngest person in Australia to be awarded a level four touch football referee badge Ospreys Touch OutThe Yamba Touch Association has made an impressive return to major competition with the Ospreys acquitting themselves well at the 35th annual NSW Touch State Cup in Port Macquarie at the weekend. Port Team Wins At State Cup The new-look game-plan paid dividends for the Port Macquarie mixed open B team yesterday when they triumphed in the State Cup at Regional Sports Stadium. Before the tournament, coach Aaron Ison said his team would play a different style and try to surprise their opposition. State Cup Goes Off Without A HitchPort Macquarie punched above its weight at the State Cup last weekend. That was the opinion of Port Macquarie Touch Football Association president Chris Veech. Bandits Win Third CrownThe Beresfield Bandits have claimed their third consecutive NSW State Cup crown after a successful showing at Port Macquarie over the weekend. The Bandits women’s 40s squad remained undefeated to seal the deal at the 2011 tournament in an effort described by player-coach Gai Taylor as inspiring. Port Women Show Their SkillsThe Port Macquarie women’s open team have confirmed their place as top competitors in the Touch Football State Cup.In day two of the tournament, the girls took down Taren point seven to three. Devils Advocates Hell-Bent On Cup SuccessThe absence of Australian representative Nicole Beck hasn’t hurt the Wollongong open women’s touch team’s confidence heading into this weekend’s State Cup at Port Macquarie. Runners-up last year, the Red Devils are determined to prove they can win without Beck, who is recovering from ankle surgery. State Cup Kicks OffDay one of the State Touch Football Cup has got off to a roaring start. Thousands of competitors have fought it out, in search of glory. Port’s Open Women’s Team Start SlowlyThe Port Macquarie open women’s touch football team contesting the State Cup have had a forgetful start. Despite playing two games for two losses the competition rookies have taken heart out of their defeats. Follow The State Cup Right HereTwo hundred teams from across NSW have converged on Port Macquarie this weekend to compete in the 2011 State Cup. About 3000 players will be competing across 17 divisions at the event, ranging from under 20s to the men’s 50s division. Coleman Women Love State CupToday marks the start of one of the best times of the year for the Coleman women. Sisters Kate and Laura will team up in the Port Macquarie women’s open A side at the NSW Touch State Cup. Port Women Our Great State Cup HopeThey’re our great State Cup hope. The Port Macquarie women’s open team may not have an official ranking at the tournament, but that’s not going to stop them turning heads. State Cup Stays In Port MacquarieTouch Football’s love affair with Port Macquarie will continue through until 2016 – at least. NSW Touch Football general manager Dean Russell revealed Port Macquarie has won a five-year contract to host the jewel in the sport’s crown as he launched this year’s tournament this morning. Port Retains Touch Cup Hosting RightsPort Macquarie will benefit from a $13 million windfall after the NSW Touch Association yesterday announced the prestigious State Cup would remain in town for the next five years. General manager Dean Russell made the declaration at Port Macquarie Panthers on the eve of the 23rd tournament, which starts today at Tuffins Lane and the Regional Sports Stadium. State Cup Stays Put Port To Remain Home Of State CupPort Macquarie has won the right to host the New South Wales Touch Football State Cup for the next five years. The announcement was made this morning, as the town prepares to welcome 5,000 players, officials and supporters for this year’s event. Touch For Maitland’s State Cup CrewThe Maitland region will be well represented at the state’s largest touch football competition. Eight teams from the Maitland district will be part of 3000 competitors taking part in the NSW State Cup, which starts in Port Macquarie tomorrow. Uphill battle for Mudgee MudcrabsInjuries and other commitments have ravaged the two Mudgee Mudcrabs teams for the NSW State Cup, which begins today in Port Macquarie. The Mudcrabs have sent two teams to contest the men’s opens B and women’s under 20s divisions. Touch Football Star Named Sports StarDalby Herald09/12/2011Our Lady of the Southern Cross College student Hannah Hegedus has had an incredibly successful year on the touch football field.Her achievements in playing touch at a national level and athletics and cross country at a state level have earned her the title of Sports Star of the month for October.Hannah was chosen on the South West Queensland under-12 girls club touch football team which competed in the state championships at Townsville. As a result of her performances at the championships, she was named on the Queensland U12 Merit Teams.After playing for the Darling Downs touch football team at the U12 schoolgirls state championships in Toowoomba, Hannah was picked to play for Queensland and headed to Coffs Harbour to contest the national title.To add to this achievement, Hannah was also the team’s co-captain. After playing close to 10 games over four days, the Queensland team made it to the grand final, just going down to New South Wales 3-2 in a tight match.Hannah said playing at the nationals was a fantastic experience which exposed her to touch football at a high level.“I was very nervous, but it was a really great experience,” Hannah said.“Being co-captain meant I had to lead the team and do the toss.”“My whole family came down to Coffs Harbour to watch.“I’d really like to play for Queensland again.”Hannah said she hoped to compete in future national titles as she goes into high school.“It’s a fun team sport, and I really like it.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s India face risk of unwanted record in ODI series vs Australia

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 12, 2019UPDATED: March 13, 2019 21:33 IST After winning the first two ODIs, India have let Australia claw back into the series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will take on Australia in the fifth and final ODI of the series in Delhi on WednesdayIndia have beaten Australia thrice in four meetings at the Feroz Shah KotlaIndia have never lost a five-match bilateral ODI series after being 2-0 upIndia were touted as one of the firm favourites for the World Cup but the narrative, it is safe to say, has changed in a span of four matches.Virat Kohli’s men were expected to dominate the ongoing ODI series against Australia, who haven’t won a bilateral ODI series since January 2017. However, the hosts will be under pressure when they face the high-flying Australian team in the series decider at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Wednesday.India have been experimenting with the playing XI in a bid to get their combination right for the 2019 World Cup in the ODI series, which is also their last international assignment ahead of the quadrennial showpiece event, starting May 30 in England and Wales.However, the experimentation has put India in a spot of bother. The hosts have allowed Australia to claw back into the series after taking a 2-0 lead. Aaron Finch-led visiting team stunned India in Ranchi and Mohali to take the series to the decider.Ahead of the fifth ODI in Delhi, here are some key numbers involving both the India and the Australia teams.India have not ODI series after being 2-0 up since 2005India have never lost a bilateral ODI series consisting of five matches after taking a 2-0 lead since 2005. On the other hand, Australia are eyeing an absolute first as the five-time world champions have never managed to win a five-match ODI series after being down 2-0.The momentum is certainly on Australia’s side leading into the fifth ODI as they had stunned India, recording their highest-ever ODI run-chase in the fourth ODI on Sunday. Ashton Turner smashed 84 from just 43 balls while taking India bowlers, including death-over experts Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, to the cleaners and helped the team gun down a 359-run target.advertisementFinch seeks to end Australia’s 10-year-droughtMeanwhile, Aaron Finch will be bidding to become the first Australia captain in the ongoing decade to win an ODI series in India. Australia last won a bilateral ODI series in India in 2009-10 season when a Ricky Ponting-led visiting side thrashed India 4-2 in a seven-match series. Australia’s last trip to India saw the visitors face a 4-1 defeat in 2017-18.India’s good record in series decidersHistory though favours India as the hosts have won six of their last eight series deciders in ODI cricket. Since the 2015 World Cup, India have lost the deciding match of an ODI series only twice — against South Africa at home in 2015-16 (3-2) and against England on the road last year (2-1).India 3:1 Australia at Feroz Shah KotlaIndia can also take heart from their record in the capital city. The Asian giants have won 12 out of 19 ODIs played at the Feroz Shah Kotla. In four meetings against Australia, India have managed to win three with their only loss coming in 1998.Can Kohli break another Tendulkar record?Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has an opportunity to break another Sachin Tendulkar record on Wednesday. Tendulkar holds the record for the most ODI runs scored at Feroz Shah Kotla (300 in eight matches) and Kohli needs only 99 runs to go past his idol.Notably, Kohli had smashed back-to-back hundreds in the second ODI in Nagpur and third ODI in Ranchi. However, he was dismissed cheaply on Sunday after he walked in to bat at No. 4 in a bid to accommodate KL Rahul at No. 3.Also Read | Bishan Bedi’s message for Virat Kohli: Calm mind ultimate weapon against any challengeAlso Read | India can’t use dew factor as an excuse for Mohali ODI loss: Madan LalAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Delhi ODIFollow Virat KohliFollow Aaron FinchFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Ricky PontingFollow MS DhoniFollow Feroz Shah Kotla Virat Kohli’s India face risk of unwanted record in ODI series vs AustraliaAaron Finch will be bidding to become the first Australia captain since Ricky Ponting in 2009 to beat India in a bilateral ODI series in India.advertisementlast_img read more

Court orders women accused of defaming author to share emails online posts

first_imgVANCOUVER — A B.C. Supreme Court judge has awarded author Steven Galloway access to emails between a woman who accused of him of sexual assault and staff at the University of British Columbia in a test of a provincial law intended to protect freedom of expression.Galloway, who is the former chair of the university’s creative writing department, filed lawsuits against the woman and two dozen others last October, alleging he was defamed by false allegations of sexual and physical assaults made by the woman and repeated by others.The woman and two others applied to have the lawsuit thrown out under the province’s Protection of Public Participation Act that came into effect in March and aims to protect critics on matters of public interest from lawsuits intended to silence or punish them.Although the defamation action is essentially stayed until the dismissal application is dealt with by the court, Galloway had requested access to further documentation that he argued he needed to defend his case against dismissal.In her ruling released Friday, Justice Catherine Murray says she believes it’s the first time a court in British Columbia has been asked to rule on whether a plaintiff like Galloway is entitled to request information and documentation on the cross-examination allowed under the new act and if so, what disclosure he’s entitled to.She ordered the release of emails and documentation the woman provided the university to back up her allegation, as well as screenshots of tweets and Facebook posts made by the other two women who joined the dismissal application and other materials.“I am advised that this is a matter of first impression; no court in British Columbia has yet considered this question,” Murray says in the ruling. The Canadian Presslast_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

Moroccan University Exam Places God at Top of Political System Sparking

Rabat – A question in a test at a Moroccan university has stirred controversy on social media for placing God at the top of the kingdom’s political system.Critics accused the exam, held at the Hassan II University in Settat, of reproducing notions of theocratic rule and feeding them to young students.“At the top of Moroccan political hierarchy we find Allah almighty, then there is the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him, and there is in the third place the Prophet’s grandson,” said the exam, referring to the king as the third person since he is a descendent of the prophet. “If God is one with partners and his one-ness is manifested in everyone’s belief and consciousness, the presence of the Prophet peace be upon is manifested through his deputy on earth who holds all the powers,” added the test.A picture of the exam paper was widely shared on social media in Morocco and beyond, with several media outlets, some in countries like Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen, reporting about it.The exam added to the controversy by another question about the Rif protests.“The Moroccan constitution of 2011 brought several guarantees and rights to safeguard liberties including the right to peaceful protest. Is the Hirak in the city of Al Hoceima is a practice of a constitutional right or a civil disobedience?”The professor who gave the exam, Mohammed Khamrich, was slammed by several social media users.“Unfortunately, professors like this one are the ones who ruined Moroccan universities,” wrote a Fecbook user.“The professor who put that question doesn’t himself know a damn thing about that question,” wrote another.On Wednesday, the Moroccan daily Akhbar Al Yaoum reported that Khamrich had expressed his surprise at the controversy, stating that the exam was given two months ago.He said the question was intended to stimulate the students’ thinking and curtail “cheating” among students. read more

Negotiations still ongoing on Hambantota port deal

An agreement is yet to be reached between the government and a Chinese company on the Hambantota port.Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that talks on the port are still ongoing. A deal was to be reached in January. However pressure from the opposition led to the signing of the deal being postponed. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament later that discussions on the port agreement are still ongoing and that no agreement had been reached.He said the final draft agreement will be submitted to Parliament before it is signed. The Chinese company and the government have been in talks for several months on operating the port but no deal has been reached yet. The Prime Minister said that the Government is facing a severe financial loss as a result of the port and the losses need to be recovered.The Reuters news agency reported in February that China will delay a planned billion dollar investment in the Hambantota port until Sri Lanka clears legal and political obstacles to a related project. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Judge rules in Canada Posts favour

A judge ruled this afternoon that the City of Hamilton bylaw which tried to control where Canada Post puts so-called super mailboxes is invalid. It’s a win for the crown corporation, but one that doesn’t come as that much of a surprise based on the arguments in court. There’s a lot of reaction to this afternoon’s decision.Terry Whitehead is one of the Hamilton City councillors who has been leading the charge to put the bylaw in place. “In my humble opinion judging from what I observed I think the judge, he misapprehended the bylaw and I believe that we’re going to have to regroup and take a look at the decision. Do our due diligence and certainly consider an appeal. This is too important to municipalities, it’s too important to Hamilton to give ultimate rights to Canada Post to be able to put super mailboxes anywhere they damn well please.”He says he’s not surprised at the judge’s ruling and that City Council will now have to decide whether to appeal. During the case a lawyer for the city had argued that local governments should have a say in the placement of the mailboxes, even if federal law states they can go on municipal property. The bylaw required Canada Post to get a 200-dollar permit for each community mailbox site. Canada Post had argued that would cost roughly 100-thousand dollars in permit fees and tens of millions in lost savings because it would push back the installation of Hamilton’s new mailboxes until next spring. In his ruling Justice Whitten said Canada Post is “entitled to make decisions which go to the benefit of its survival” and called the bylaw “inapplicable and inoperative.” Despite the legal battle, Canada Post says instillation in Hamilton is still running on schedule. This case has been closely watched by other municipalities across the country. read more