Kashmir Valley remains cut off for second day

first_imgThe Kashmir Valley remained cut off for the second consecutive day on Tuesday as the government anticipated violence after Parliament passed a resolution ending Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in the Indian Union under Article 370.The Hindu’s Srinagar Correspondent could not send any despatch for lack of connectivity. A senior official in Delhi said the “curfew-like” situation would continue for at least a week, and it would have to be monitored for three-four months.As per the details accessed by The Hindu, at least 15 incidents of stone-throwing were reported in the past 48 hours in Srinagar and Awantipora districts. Some incidents continued for six hours. “One or two boys would come out, throw stones and go back; they would not stay out for long as they might be detained,” the official said.An official said around 8,000 additional Central armed police personnel were rushed to the State on Monday. In the past 10 days, 32,000 additional personnel were deployed in the Valley. Another 32,000, deployed for the Amarnath Yatra, were diverted to secure the interior districts. “The deployment of Central forces is based on verbal orders. There is no written communication any more because such orders leaked in the past, creating panic,” the official said. Central forces posted in the north-eastern region were being sent to the Kashmir Valley. “There are the maximum number of boots on the ground. As of now, there are no personnel in reserve; there is 100% deployment,” the official said. The last time the Valley came under a similar clampdown was in 2013 when the 2001 Parliament attack case convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri, was hanged and buried in the Tihar Jail in Delhi.“Curfew was imposed for around 10 days then. All major roads were blocked and people were prevented from coming out of their homes as protests and disturbance in law and order arrangements were expected after the hanging of Guru. But for two incidents, there was not much impact on the ground,” said the official. The official added that the situation went out of control after Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter on July 8, 2016. “No one anticipated any large-scale violence after Wani’s death, but the Valley remained disturbed for almost six months. It all depends on how prepared the administration is,” the official said. As per government data, from July 8, 2016 to September 6, 2016, 1,732 law and order incidents were reported, and 62 people, including two security men, died. Several Kashmiris were blinded, having been hit by pellet guns, and 82 government buildings, including schools, were burnt or damaged.last_img read more

Irani Cup: Umpire Nandan, who ruled Faiz Fazal out erroneously, hit on the head by ball

first_imgIrani Cup: Umpire Nandan, who ruled Faiz Fazal out erroneously, hit on the head by ballPlay was halted for a few minutes in the second session on Day 4 after a throw from the fielder at long-on hit umpire CK Nandan flush on the back of his head forcing him to go down on the ground.advertisement Rohan Sen NagpurFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 19:37 IST Umpire CK Nandan went down on the ground after being hit on the back of his head (BCCI video screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSCK Nandan was hit on the back of his head in the 2nd session on Day 4The umpire was attended by physios on the ground as play halted for a few minutesVidarbha reached 37 for 1 at stumps and need another 243 runs to win on Day 5Umpire CK Nandan suffered a nasty blow while officiating during the fourth day of the Irani Cup match between Vidarbha and Rest of India in Nagpur on Friday.During the second session of play and with Rest of India reaching 287 for 3 in their second innings, Hanuma Vihari took a single towards long off, the fielder picked up the ball and threw towards the stumps, at the non-striker’s end, but missed his aim and the ball hit umpire Nandan hard on the back of his head forcing him to go down on the ground.The impact shattered the sunglasses that Nandan had kept on the back of his hat as he winced in pain. Physios rushed to check on him and play was halted for a few minutes.The match referee also came on to the field to check on Nandan and even asked him if he could continue to which the umpire replied in the affirmative.pic.twitter.com/5q8o2cI4O0Dhoni Fan (@WastingBalls) February 15, 2019Vihari was batting on 144 at the time along with Shreyas Iyer on 8 as ROI led the Ranji Trophy Champions by 191 runs. ROI eventually declared their second innings at 374 for 3 with Vihari finishing unbeaten on 180 while Iyer made 61 not out, setting Vidarbha a target of 280 to win the match.They lost the wicket of captain Faiz Fazal for a duck but Sanjay Raghunath and Atharwa Taide steadied the innings and took the team to 37 for 1 at stumps. Vidarbha need another 243 runs to win the match with 9 wickets and one full day’s play remaining.advertisementThis was the second incident involving umpire CK Nandan in the past three days in this match as he was also the one who gave Faiz Fazal out under controversial circumstances on Day 2 when Vidarbha were batting in their first innings.Nandan was criticised for taking a lot of time to give Fazal out on the second day when the left-handed opener was batting on 27 with Vidarbha 50 for no loss.Fazal edged a delivery from Krishnappa Gowtham which ended straight in the gloves of wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan. All the players in ROI team went up in appeal but Nandan shook his head initially but suddenly raised his finger after his colleague, umpire Nitin Menon standing at square leg, confirmed that the ball had hit Fazal’s gloves.pic.twitter.com/e3oF3Q0haYDhoni Fan (@WastingBalls) February 13, 2019The decision left Fazal in shock while the ROI players, including the bowler Gowtham, were also confused as to what had just happened. But after realising the umpire’s final call they celebrated.Vidarbha managed to post 425 in their first innings and grabbed a crucial 95-run first innings lead after bowling out Rest of India for 330.Also Read | Irani Cup Day 4: Hanuma Vihari 180, Rahane 87 leave Vidarbha with tricky chaseAlso Read | Vidarbha’s X-factor, Aditya SarwateAlso Read | Hanuma Vihari creates Irani Cup history with hat-trick of hundredsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow CK NandanFollow umpire NandanFollow Irani CupFollow Vidarbha vs Rest of IndiaFollow VID v ROIFollow Faiz Fazallast_img read more

3 Ways to Blow Through Airport Security Like a Pro

first_img Will You Need a Passport to Fly Within the U.S. Next Year? Editors’ Recommendations Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The days of “breezing through” TSA checkpoints are mostly long gone. Increased security measures and drastic budget cuts have left the agency understaffed and overworked. But, if you’re willing to shell out a bit of cash upfront, it’s still possible to eliminate most of the headaches and frustrating wait times. Here are three paid services to help you do just that.The Good Option: ClearCLEAR is the only privately-owned, expedited airport security program currently operating in the United States. Subscribers are provided access to dedicated CLEAR lanes at participating airports. There, a CLEAR employee will scan their boarding pass and escort them directly to the front of the line for physical screening. It’s a bit like being an airline crew member without the obligation of actually flying the plane. The company ensures customers can pass through security in five minutes or less. The downside: Although it is expanding, the service is only available at limited U.S. airports. At $179 USD annually, it’s also the most expensive program on this list.The Better Option: TSA PrecheckTSA Precheck is Custom and Border Protection’s most basic trusted traveler program. For just $85 every five years, the program provides expedited processing at security checkpoints throughout the country. Subscribers needn’t remove their shoes or take laptops/liquids out of their luggage. The experience recalls the “good ol’ days” of air travel: put your bags on the belt, step through the metal detector, and be on your way. In our experience, Precheck members often zip through security in one-third the time of regular passengers. The downside: during periods of heightened security (which is happening more often these days), subscribers may need to wait in standard lines just like everyone else.The Best Option: Global EntryWhile the Global Entry program is primarily targeted at international travelers, it’s the best option for anyone who travels out of the country two or more times per year. The main reason: cost. For just $100 every five years ($3 more per year than TSA Precheck), you get all the benefits of the TSA Precheck program, plus the ability to zip through customs and international border security in minutes. Cardholders reentering the United States simply present their credentials at an automated kiosk and can often save hours of travel time per trip. The downside: the application process can be long, tedious, and requires a boat load of personal background information.Once you finally board, treat yourself to this travel playlist: Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical Score an RV Rental for $1 Per Day With Secret Repositioning Dealslast_img read more

NWC to Seek Funding for Projects to Boost Water Supplies in KMR

first_imgNational Water Commission (NWC) President, Mark Barnett, says the agency is looking to secure funding to execute several projects geared towards boosting water supplies in the Kingston Metropolitan Region (KMR), at an estimated cost of US$100 million.Speaking at a press conference at the NWC’s Corporate Office in New Kingston on December 28, Mr. Barnett said the works include replacement of pipelines running from Six Miles along Spanish Town Road to Marescaux Road; along Washington Boulevard and Dunrobin Avenue up to Constant Spring Road; from Stanton Terrace to Marescaux Road; and from Ferry across Plantation Heights to Red Hills, for which designs have been completed.“We hope that during the 2019/20 financial year, we will be able to tie down the financing, so that, at least, by now and 2020/2021, those systems can be in service. If we are going to improve the resiliency and reliability of service in Kingston, they must be replaced,” the President emphasised.Water supplied across Kingston and St. Andrew has, within recent months, averaged 40 million gallons per day.This, according to Mr. Barnett, is a significant fall in the output consequent on a range of factors, including road improvement works now under way in the Corporate Area and St. Catherine.Meanwhile, Mr. Barnett disclosed plans for the construction of an additional 15- million gallon water-treatment plant adjacent to the Rio Cobre River in St. Catherine, as part of efforts to further boost supplies to Kingston, St. Andrew, Greater Spanish Town and the Portmore communities in south east St. Catherine.There is also the replacement of the 18-inch pipeline, situated 35 feet underground, between the Ferry Police Station and the Washington Boulevard/Spanish Town Road intersection that channelled some six million gallons of water daily prior to sections of the line suffering breaks, This is expected to be completed by April 2019.last_img read more

UN agency urges global job creation policies to stimulate economies

The heads of the United Nations labour agency and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today joined other leaders to call for a broad global commitment to policies that focus on creating jobs to reverse the economic downturn bedevilling the world.At a conference in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, hosted by the country’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and co-sponsored by the IMF and the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), leaders from governments, labour, business and academia discussed the sharp rise in the rates of unemployment and underemployment since the financial crisis rocked the global economy in 2008.“The international community must respond to the very real impact the crisis has had on working people,” said IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.“This gathering has helped to define the steps that must be taken to bring millions back into the workforce. Tackling the jobs crisis is not only critical for a meaningful global economic recovery, but also for social cohesion and peace,” he added.Juan Somavia, ILO’s Director-General, said: “When growth is not fair, it becomes unsustainable. This has been the overriding lesson of the crisis. High levels of employment creation should be a key macroeconomic objective alongside low inflation and sustainable budgets.“We need to steer globalization in the right direction. For that we need coherence and balance across policies, as well as coordination and dialogue among institutions and nations. This conference has marked an important step in that direction,” Mr. Somavia added.ILO estimates that the rate of unemployment has gone up by more than 30 million people worldwide since 2007. The increase in developed economies has been particularly severe, but the crisis also has hit emerging markets and developing economies.The Oslo conference brought together senior government leaders, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia; Prime Minister George Papandreou of Greece; and Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero of Spain. A large delegation of labour leaders was led by International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) General Secretary Sharan Burrow.IMF and ILO agreed at the conference to work together on policy development in two specific areas.They will explore the concept of a “social protection floor” for people living in poverty and those in vulnerable situations within the context of a medium to long-term framework of sustainable macroeconomic policies and strategies for development.Secondly, the two institutions will focus on policies to promote employment-creating growth.There was also agreement on the central role that effective social dialogue can play in building the consensus needed to tackle the difficult adjustment challenges created by the crisis, and to ensure that the social consequences of crisis and its aftermath are taken fully into account.The two institutions also agreed to continue and deepen their cooperation in support of the Group of 20 (G20) and its Mutual Assessment Process aimed at ensuring strong, sustained and balanced global growth. 13 September 2010The heads of the United Nations labour agency and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today joined other leaders to call for a broad global commitment to policies that focus on creating jobs to reverse the economic downturn bedevilling the world. read more

TimorLeste increasingly stable as UN mission prepares to depart – peacekeeping chief

Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Hédi Annabi said the March elections had been peaceful, with the ruling party retaining power, but the opposition gaining a significant number of seats.As the UN Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) prepares to start operations later this month, stability is taking root.During a 20-day church-organized demonstration against making religious education optional, the Timorese police had exercised restraint, on the advice of UNMISET civilian police, Mr. Annabi said. He added that further training was needed for the public administration, especially the border unit, the national police and members of the judicial system. Meanwhile, some 96 per cent of the border between Timor-Leste and Indonesia had been demarcated, with the remaining 4 per cent being related to the westerly Ocussi Enclave, he said. All current advisors would be retained until differently qualified people replaced them in UNOTIL, with more than half of the 45 civilian advisor posts expected to be filled by new people fitting the new requirements.UNOTIL would transfer skills and knowledge, assisting with the development of critical State institutions by providing up to 45 civilian advisers, sending in up to 40 police advisers and bolstering the development of the Border Patrol Unit by adding up to 35 additional advisers, 10 of whom might be military advisers, the Security Council said last month.The Security Council had not authorized the deployment of a 144-member security backup force recommended by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in February. Not only would they have provided a deterrent to crime but would have been the only means of keeping the land route passable from the capital, Dili, to the border, Mr. Annabi said. read more

UNled ministerial conference in Moscow agrees universal commitment to end tuberculosis

On Friday, 75 ministers announced a landmark agreement to take urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030 at the conclusion of a World Health Organization (WHO) conference in Moscow, Russia, on eradicating the world’s deadliest infectious disease.“Today marks a critical landmark in the fight to end TB,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at the closing of the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era, held in Moscow. “It signals a long overdue global commitment to stop the death and suffering caused by this ancient killer,” he added. Together with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and Mr. Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the Conference on 16 November. The gathering brought together delegates from 114 countries. The newly-minted Moscow Declaration to End TB is a promise to increase multisectoral action as well as track progress, and build accountability. It will also inform the first UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB in 2018, which will seek further commitments from heads of State. Since 2000, global efforts to combat the disease have saved an estimated 53 million lives and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37 per cent. However, progress in many countries has stalled, global targets are off-track and persistent gaps remain in TB care and prevention. As a result, TB still kills more people than any other infectious disease. There are also major problems associated with antimicrobial resistance, and it is the leading killer of people with HIV. “One of the main problems has been a lack of political will and inadequate investment in fighting TB,” stressed Mr. Tedros. “Today’s declaration must go hand-in-hand with increased investment.” More than 1,000 participants took part in the two-day conference, which was attended by ministers and country delegations, as well as representatives of civil society and international organizations, scientists and researchers.The end result was a collective commitment to ramp up action on four fronts. The first pledge was to rapidly move to achieve universal health coverage by strengthening health systems and improving access to people-centred TB prevention and care so no one is left behind. Secondly, was the assurance that sufficient and sustainable financing would be mobilized through increased domestic and international investments to close implementation and research gaps. The third commitment was to advance research and development of new tools to diagnose, treat, and prevent TB. Finally, the ministers vowed to build an accountability framework to track and review progress on ending TB, including multisectoral approaches. They also promised to minimize the risk and spread of drug resistance and do more to engage people and communities affected by, and at risk of, tuberculosis. read more

These are very dark times for Yemen senior UN official on air

The strikes hit a former community college compound on the northern outskirts of Dhamar City. According to sources on the ground, as many as 170 prisoners were being held in a detention facility within the compound. The Yemen UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has confirmed that 52 detainees are among the dead. At least 68 detainees are still missing. Casualties are most likely to increase as rescue efforts are still on going.First responders have been struggling to reach the scene due to repeated strikes on the site. Survivors are believed to remain trapped under rubble and the search for further casualties continues.“Today’s event is a tragedy. The human cost of this war is unbearable”, said Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen. “We need it to stop. Yemenis deserve a peaceful future. Today’s tragedy reminds us that Yemen cannot wait. I hope the Coalition will launch an enquiry into this incident. Accountability needs to prevail.” “Humanitarian partners are rushing surgical and medical supplies, including trauma kits, to Dhamar General Hospital and Maaber Hospital. We are diverting critical medical supplies from the cholera response,” said Ms. Grande. “We have no choice.”Humanitarian funding gap compounds crisisThe attack occurred just two days after Ms. Grande assessed the situation in Yemen as “very fragile”, with insecurity compounded by a humanitarian funding gap which has forced several health programmes to close. Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with nearly 80 per cent of the total population, some 24.1 million people, requiring some form of humanitarian assistance and protection.The 2019 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) requires US$4.2 billion to assist more than 20 million Yemenis but the plan is only 34 per cent funded. At a UN pledging conference in February, donor countries promised $2.6 billion to meet urgent needs but, to date, less than half of this amount has been received. read more

Track and Field Sade Olatoye throws herself into Ohio State record books

Ohio State senior Sade Olatoye goes through her motions during a weight throw. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsBreaking record after record, Sade Olatoye has carved out a space for herself in the school’s history books. Olatoye wasn’t always a track athlete. In third grade, she started playing basketball, which became her main sport. In seventh grade, she joined track as a way to stay busy.“I thought I was definitely going to be a sprinter,” Olatoye said. “That turned out not to be the case.”Instead, she participated in shot put, discus and high jump.While attending Dublin Coffman High School, Olatoye continued playing basketball and running track, still as just a hobby. That would all change.Olatoye tore her ACL after a contact injury on the basketball court before her senior year of high school. Her high school track and field coach, David Woodmansee, said he remembers her being devastated. But the injury proved to be much more critical to her future than she knew at the time.“[The injury] pushed me more to the track side, and the bigger offers I was getting [were] for track and field,” Olatoye said. Olatoye knew she would have to focus on track and field after her commitment to Ohio State her senior year of high school, preparing for events she might not be used to: the hammer throw and the weight throw. Before starting her fall semester at Ohio State, Olatoye took summer classes and trained with Ashley Kovacs, the assistant throws coach at Ohio State, when she was introduced to the collegiate field events. With no experience in either the hammer or the weight throw, Olatoye was off to a slow start. But she did not let that get to her.  Olatoye said the summer training helped her to get the repetition and practice she needed to establish the fundamentals to excel in the two events during her freshman year. During the summer of her freshman year, Olatoye represented the United States at the U-20 World Junior Olympics. “Being able to represent the United States as one of the top two throwers my freshman year was really amazing,” Olatoye said. Kovacs said Olatoye is one of the best competitors she’s ever seen. “She has all the physical tools she needs to be at the absolute highest levels,” Kovacs said. Olatoye’s success didn’t stop after her freshman year. Throughout her sophomore year, she won a total of 10 titles during the outdoor season.It was also the year Olatoye made a place for herself in the record books as the first woman in program history to win both the shot put and weight throw at the same conference meet. She also became the first woman in program history to be named Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. But Olatoye still had larger goals on her mind. She did not compete during the outdoor season of her junior year, strategically redshirting to get an opportunity to get an Olympic qualifying mark during the 2020 season. During her senior indoor season Olatoye has begun that process.After winning and setting records in both the shot put and weight throw at the Big Ten Championships, she earned herself the No. 1 spot in the nation in both events. Because of her performance, Olatoye earned a spot on the Bowerman watch list and is the first Buckeye to ever receive this honor. The Bowerman Award is presented annually by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association to the most outstanding male and female NCAA track and field athletes in the nation.She is also the first athlete at Ohio State to win the Great Lakes Women’s Field Athlete of the Year award.Looking forward to the NCAA Championships, Olatoye said she hopes to get over the standard and break 18 meters in the shot put and qualify for the World Championship, which takes place in the fall.Olatoye also said she hopes to break 24 meters in the weight throw. “I think that Sade can go as far as she wants to go in the sport,” Kovacs said. “There are no limits for what Sade could do.”Olatoye said all the awards she has received are humbling, but she reminds herself to not let it go to her head. “Don’t get blindsided by all the shiny things that are in front of you — you just have to focus at the task at hand,” Olatoye said. read more

Unionists call to unite against severe austerity

first_imgLeaders and representatives from the Greek Community and some of the largest trade unions in Australia have sponsored a joint statement in support of the rights of Greek workers and the Greek people more broadly condemning the austerity measures that are being inflicted on the poor, the elderly and the most vulnerable in the Greek community. One of the organisers of the statement, Arthur Rorris, Secretary of the South Coast Labour Council in NSW said that Greek Australians have a special responsibility to support and demonstrate their solidarity with the Greek people at a time when such a grave injustice is being inflicted on the workers and in particular on those least able to defend themselves and their rights. “We have to expose the myth that the Greek financial crisis was caused by the people of Greece living lives of luxury and extravagance when we know the truth to be very different, when we know that those responsible are not the ones who will carry the burden of austerity for decades to come,” he said adding that “it is an insult to a people who have borne the brunt of war, occupation, famine and depression for the best part of the 20th Century in Europe to be told that they have had it too easy.” Mr Rorris said that describing the current situation in Greece as “just a Greek tragedy” are false and misleading. “If the world’s biggest banks succeed in imposing these measures of austerity and misery on the Greek people they will soon apply the same recipe to others such as Portugal, Spain and Italy. No country is safe from the greed and ruthlessness of the big banks and international financial institutions,” he said He called the wider Greek Australian community to support the statement. At midday, Friday 23 March a deputation will simultaneously present this statement to officials at the Greek Consulates in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. “We welcome all who support these sentiments and who are able to be present, to join us and show your support for this initiative,” Mr Rorris said. STATEMENT ON THE GREEK CRISIS“The continuing economic crisis in Greece is not an isolated phenomenon peculiar to one country. It is symptomatic of a broader systemic economic failure in the global economy and in particular, the European Union. The people of Greece today, deserve no less assistance than the global banks and financial investment houses received during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008. During the GFC, workers’ savings and collective assets were used to guarantee the survival of some of the world’s biggest banks. These institutions were bailed out of a crisis that they themselves created. Today ordinary Greek workers and their families are being told they must pay again. They will have their incomes, working conditions, pensions, and their social services destroyed and their nation’s productive capacity severely constrained so that their economy can be ‘saved’. The broad, popular movement in Greece against the proposed austerity measures deserves the support of the international community and solidarity of the labour movement and the Australian community more broadly. Accordingly, we call upon the Greek Government, European Union and the global financial institutions to: (i) Abandon the fiscal austerity program that is strangling the Greek economy and its people, and; (ii) Adopt an expansionary investment program to break the vicious downward spiral and provide jobs and hope to an increasingly desperate people. We further call on the Australian Government to support this position and to communicate it to the Greek Government and the European Union.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mike Wallace 60 Minutes pioneer dies at 93

first_imgAs the self-described “black hat” of television’s premier newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” Mike Wallace crafted a persona of a probing reporter known for his often caustic questioning of sometimes reluctant guests on the program. Beginning in 1968, as one of the first hosts of the enduringly popular news show, he circled the globe, displaying his charm and wit and asking sometimes barbed, always penetrating questions of kings and presidents, business magnates and bureaucrats, entertainers and cultural personalities.Wallace, who had triple bypass heart surgery in early 2008, died Saturday at a care facility in New Canaan, Conn., the CBS network announced. He was 93.Of the roughly 800 pieces the pioneering correspondent did for “60 Minutes,” two stood out the most for him, Wallace told The Associated Press in 2006.One showed his tender side as Wallace persuaded piano virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz to pound out “Stars and Stripes Forever” in 1977. The other, in 1979, showed Wallace’s tough side as he became the first Western reporter to interview Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini after 53 Americans were taken hostage in Tehran. To Khomeini’s face, Wallace quoted Egyptian President Anwar Sadat as calling him a lunatic.“I figured what was he going to do, take me as a hostage?” Wallace said. “The translator looked at me as if I were a lunatic.”last_img read more

A cow for the price of a goat

first_imgSales of sacrificial animals at different markets in the capital went down dramatically on Tuesday.Although buyers started thronging the city’s cattle markets since morning, Tuesday evening saw less presence of crowds in markets such as Gabtali, Shaymoli, Mohammadpur, Nayabazar, Aftabnagar and Kamalapur.Buyers and traders said a huge number of cattle had entered the capital from different parts of the country in past 48 hours.The prices of the cattle dramatically fall than that of the past couple of days, traders said.While visiting Eastern Housing cattle market in the capital’s Mirpur area, a UNB correspondent found that plenty of cattle were there, but few buyers.The same situation was prevailing in other city markets including 100-foot market, Shanir Akhra and Kamalapur markets.In Eastern Housing market, a buyer bought two goats for just Tk 3400, while another buyer was going with a cow bought for Tk 22,000.The buyer of the cow with a smile on his face told UNB, “[It is] A cow for the price of a goat.”Rakib Imran, one of the lessees of the 100-foot cattle market, said the supply of sacrificial animals is sufficient.”The cow whose price was offered Tk one lakh last night is not getting any customer for even Tk 80,000 today,” he said.The demand for small-sized cows was higher as well as those were being sold at higher prices. Moreover, the supply of the bigger ones was adequate.Another UNB correspondent found that lots of cattle were there in Kamalapur market, but the number of customers did not match up.While taking to UNB, Suman, a cattle trader who came from Kushtia with 17 bulls, said 13 of his cattle were already sold and he made a good profit out of those.”If I get reasonable price, even the same as my costs, I will sell all of those and go home.”However, the price of goats was a bit reasonable as lots of medium sized ones were available in all the markets.Small-sized cattle are selling at Tk 40,000-70,000 each while medium-sized ones at Tk 1-1.75 lakh each and large-sized ones Tk 3-10 lakh each in his market.Earlier on Monday, Aminul Islam, a cattle trader who came from Kushtia, said they were getting fair prices of their cattle heads this year due to the poor presence of Indian cattle.Dhaka North City Corporation has set up nine temporary cattle markets or haats alongside Gabtoli permanent cattle market while Dhaka South City Corporation gave permission for setting up 15 temporary cattle haats this year.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday May 1 from 5

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uTonight, we begin the Spring Membership Drive at WEAA, and in our first hour we’ll discuss the perilous plight of Black boys in Baltimore, with David Miller, founder and CEO of the, “Dare to Be King Project.” In the second hour, we’ll catch up with Jed Deitz, founder of the Maryland Film Festival, which launches it’s 19th year this week. And please support First Edition with your financial gift…410.319.8888!These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

11 new GTA V screens put a pretty sheen on gritty gameplay

first_imgGrand Theft Auto V is only a couple of months away, and to keep our appetites whet, Rockstar has graced the world with 11 new screenshots of the upcoming crime-em-up. As we know, the game will feature a new-to-the-series gameplay mechanic wherein you can switch between one of three main characters, whose stories will converge within top-secret theme. Who knows, maybe that theme will involve crime of some sort; perhaps theft of automobiles?The carefully tailored screenshots show us each of the three main characters, Michael, Trevor, and Franklin, in their respective settings of the fancy Rockford Hills, Blaine County desert, and Vespucci Beach. Like the previous media we’ve seen released for the game, these screenshots share an equal focus on the game’s varied set of vehicles as much as it focuses on its main characters. We not only get a glimpse of a fancy muscle car, but a plane that may or may not be experiencing engine trouble, a military helicopter, and a boat that we can only assume is ironically named Dignity.With the release of these screenshots, Rockstar has also teased the world that the game’s online component, Grand Theft Auto Online, will be revealed in detail sometime during this coming August. All we know of the online component so far was revealed for only a few seconds toward the end of a gameplay trailer that was released at the beginning of this month. A character stood in an apartment looking out over the city as a cars drove on the roads underneath and planes flew around in the sky — all with character names hovering over the vehicles.GTA V looks extremely promising so far, and thanks to GTA Online and the character-switching mechanic, might even be able to pull in some gamers with tastes that never aligned with the mayhem simulator. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Fancy carFancy carSmile for the cameraAre the engines supposed to do that?Bond, James BondLake vacationEverything the light touchesGet to the choppaTypical arrestGrand Theft BridgeThe pool lifeSS Dignitylast_img read more

Researchers discover ant rivals mix venom creating first instance of naturally occurring

first_img More information: Chen, L., Mullen, G. E., Le Roch, M., Cassity, C. G., Gouault, N., Fadamiro, H. Y., Barletta, R. E., O’Brien, R. A., Sykora, R. E., Stenson, A. C., West, K. N., Horne, H. E., Hendrich, J. M., Xiang, K. R. and Davis, J. H. (2014), On the Formation of a Protic Ionic Liquid in Nature. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.. doi: 10.1002/anie.201404402AbstractThe practical utility of ionic liquids (ILs) makes the absence (heretofore) of reported examples from nature quite puzzling, given the facility with which nature produces many other types of exotic but utilitarian substances. In that vein, we report here the identification and characterization of a naturally occurring protic IL. It can be formed during confrontations between the ants S. invicta and N. fulva. After being sprayed with alkaloid-based S. invicta venom, N. fulva detoxifies by grooming with its own venom, formic acid. The mixture is a viscous liquid manifestly different from either of the constituents. Further, we find that the change results as a consequence of formic acid protonation of the N centers of the S. invicta venom alkaloids. The resulting mixed-cation ammonium formate milieu has properties consistent with its classification as a protic IL. Explore further (Phys.org) —A large team of researchers with members from the U.S., China and France has found in studying the behavior of two types of invasive ant species in southern parts of the U.S., that ant venom is mixed when the two interact causing the creation of an ionic liquid material—the first known instance of such a material occurring naturally. In their paper published in Angewandte Chemie International, the team describes how the two species of ants interact and how the liquid material comes about. Citation: Researchers discover ant rivals mix venom creating first instance of naturally occurring ionic liquid (2014, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-ant-rivals-venom-instance-naturally.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. When fire ants made their way into the U.S. several years ago it generated a lot of news, the name alone was enough to scare people unaccustomed to such a ferocious ant species. More recently, people who have come to accept the fire ants have learned that a new type of invasive ant (also from South America) has entered the area—tawny crazy ants. And they come with both good and bad news. The good news is they are displacing fire ants. The bad news is they’re destructive and their populations swell rapidly. In this new effort the researchers have uncovered how it is that the tiny ants are able to overcome fire ants—when sprayed with fire ant venom, they cover themselves with their own venom rendering the fire ant venom harmless. But in so doing, they create a new type of thick material, an ionic liquid.Ionic liquids are by definition, salt based with low melting points. Scientists have created a large number of such liquids over the years to serve a variety of purposes—they’re used in batteries, solvents, sealants and electrolytes. The discovery by the researchers of an ionic liquid created in nature is the first that has been seen however, and thus it’s generated considerable excitement in the chemistry community.In studying the two ant species, the researchers found that when specimens encounter one another, the fire ant sprays the tawny crazy ant with venom, a move that kills many other types of insects. Instead of succumbing, the crazy ants immediately groom themselves with their own venom, rendering the fire ant venom harmless. Interestingly, another team of researchers also discovered the self-saving maneuver by the crazy ants—as part of an experiment, they found that if they prevented the crazy ants from grooming themselves, 48 percent of them died after being sprayed with fire ant venom. When allowed to groom, on the other hand, 98 percent survived. They’ve published their research in Science Express. Micrographs of evaporates of alkaloid isolate (a) and fire ant venom (b) taken at a magnification of 50X. Credit: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.. doi: 10.1002/anie.201404402 Crazy ants dominate fire ants by neutralizing their venom © 2014 Phys.org , Angewandte Chemie International Edition Journal information: Science Expresslast_img read more

Fire at Howrah nursing home patients moved to safety

first_imgKolkata: Tension ran high among the patients and their family members at a private nursing home in Howrah after a fire broke out on the second floor of the nursing home late Monday night.Three fire tenders immediately swung into action to douse the flame at the Howrah nursing home . After being informed the police reached the spot and cordoned off the entire area to prevent any untoward incidents. The security staff members of the nursing home also helped the firefighters in rescue operation. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe patients were immediately evacuated from the second floor of the building. The fire officials reached to the spot. Initially, they faced some difficulties as the room was filled with black smoke. Eyewitnesses told the police that they spotted smoke billowing out of nursing home and informed the matter to the fire brigade. It may be mentioned here that some local residents also took part in the rescue operation. No injury or casualty has been reported so far in this regard. The fire officials broke the situation under control and doused the flame. According to the preliminary investigation the fire officials suspect that an oxygen cylinder exploded leading to the fire. They are yet to ascertain the real cause of the bursting of cylinder. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs the smoke covered the second floor the patients got panicked immediately after the incident. Police are fire officials are investigating if there was adequate fire fighting mechanism in place. A detailed probe has been initiated. Steps might be taken against the nursing home authorities if they are found to be flouting the fire safety norms. The exact cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are yet to be confirmed by the fire officials. In a separate incident,a 22-year-old woman was charred to death in her in-laws house at Moynaguri. The victim, Prabhadini Roy got married a year ago. The family members of the victim alleged that she was set on fire by her husband. While the accused family members claimed that she committed suicide. Family members of the victim alleged that she had been subjected to both mental and physical torture at her in-laws house. The victim told her family members about the torture but they could not comprehend that it could lead to her death, a family member told the police. Police have started a detailed probe into the death of the victim. The body has been sent for the post mortem examination.last_img read more

Adam Lambert joined celeb dating app Raya then this happened

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Adam Lambert | Photo: Two Fux single artwork He furthermore added: ‘You can meet somebody great and then be like ok, I’m only here for three days I gotta go. That was a nice first date and goodbye, let’s try to keep in touch… It’s tough.’Asked by the presenter if he’s ever been on that ‘celebrity dating app’ Raya, Adam replied to the affirmative.But, unbelievably, nothing came of it!‘I’m on there. I’ve already done that one. I’ve come through it and I didn’t meet anyone.’Hang on in there, Glambert… If your Instagram pics are anything to go by, we’d definitely be swiping right!Adam rose to fame on the 2008 series of American Idol. He’s since scored hits like Ghost Town and Fever, while also touring the world with Queen.The 9 best songs by LGBTI pop stars of 2017 The Two Fux singer has discussed meeting guys in a new interview, admitting he finds keeping in touch with guys ‘tough’.Adam was speaking on KISS FM’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show, when he made the revelations.‘Dating is a bit tricky’Instagram/AdamLambertThe star said: ‘Dating is a bit tricky when you’re moving around all the time I have to say.’ This makes us feel so much better about our own love-lives… It may be hard to believe, but even international pop stars like Adam Lambert find dating tricky sometimes! GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Adam Lambert on dating and why he’s been single for 5 yearsHere’s what went down when Steve Grand met Elton John (and Adam Lambert)Graham Norton doesn’t use Grindr because he ‘works for the BBC’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/adam-lambert-speaks-finding-love-tough/last_img read more

Its All About the Patient

first_img Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | Computed Tomography (CT)| December 02, 2015 It’s All About the Patient Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. GE’s ViosWorks images the heart with 10-minute scan. (Image courtesy GE Healthcare) Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more There is no greater force today in radiology than the patient. Some might argue that financial issues matter more. But they don’t.Without the patient, there would be no financial issues. No operational concerns. No need to be efficient. Certainly no reason to be effective. This truth has been staring radiology in the face for a long time.Twenty years ago radiologists debated the merits of high-field imaging. Their only concern back then was image quality. Claustrophobia, which they defined as the irrational fear of tight spaces, affected only a tiny slice of the patient population.Really, back then, nobody paid much attention to the patient. That changed, in the mid-1990s, when the boom market for MR scanners in the U.S. went bust. Open MR scanners saved it. Or, more exactly, patients did, patients who balked at sliding head first into darkened cylinders for hour-long scans punctuated by bizarre sounds. Sales of open MR scanners skyrocketed. The MR industry got back on its feet. And learned an important lesson about the patient.Today the bores are wide. The sounds are muffled. The cylinders are lit, even outfitted with music, sometimes video. If the advanced scan protocols shown this year on the RSNA exhibit floor live up to expectations, scan times could drop to 10 or even five minutes for the brain and from 30 to 10 minutes for complex cases, such as those of the liver and the heart.These and patient-oriented changes now on the way are because patients demanded a friendlier experience. The industry’s awareness of patient needs has since spread throughout radiology. A breast CT scanner shown for the first time as a product at this RSNA delivers image quality comparable to tomosynthesis, yet eliminates the need for painful compression of the breast. A CT now being developed to scan just the extremities — elbows, wrists and hands; knees, ankles and feet — might be installed in clinics and physician offices in much the same way as X-ray rooms are today. It could radically change workflow, cutting the time from diagnosis to treatment. And, by allowing weight-bearing exams, this still experimental but promising scanner might even make diagnosis and treatment planning more accurate.Dual energy and spectral CT use different energy X-rays to identify the composition of body tissues and structures, better identifying disease and helping physicians zero in on the most effective treatment. Dual-source CT in the emergency department is identifying patients stricken by heart attack, channeling them for immediate treatment, while allowing others to go home. The latest generations of general purpose CTs — from high- to low-end — minimize radiation exposure, a development aimed squarely at benefiting the patient. Radiation reduction has become the mantra for digital radiography and fluoro units, angio and cardiac cath, as well as mammography.IT systems track patient dose and snitch on the systems that expose patients to more than they should. Patients access their images and schedule appointments via the Internet.Radiology is fanning across the enterprise, empowering the patient care team as it compiles and implements treatment plans. Medical images are intermingling with data from pathology and cardiology, soon even from patient wearables that track blood pressure and heart beats. Accumulated data are being mined for insights into patient outcomes, which might be translated into best practices and then form the basis of standardized management protocols — all for the benefit of patients.The buzz at this RSNA meeting — and the several RSNAs that preceded it — was about giving radiologists the tools to become a more integral part of the patient care team. Analytics are being showcased for pulling data together from multiple reports to better manage the patient. Dashboards are being demonstrated for their ability to graphically depict trends in patient response to treatment. Deep learning algorithms are being framed for their potential to plumb radiological images and other medical data to uncover clues about how to make sick patients better and keep well patients from getting sick.It is, literally, all about the patient. Now. Tomorrow. Next year. The decade ahead. And it will only get more intense.Editor’s note: This is the fourth blog in a series of four by industry consultant Greg Freiherr on The Evolution of Radiology. You can view the first blog in this series, “Radiology Faces Frightening New World,” here. You can view the second blog in this series, “Imaging’s Evolution Fulfills Patient-centric Destiny,” here. You can view the third blog in this series, “Radiology’s Evolution Leaves Women Behind,” here. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Related Content Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Costa Rica dominates Nicaragua 30 in national teams first match since World

first_imgRelated posts:Arsenal’s Joel Campbell stars on Costa Rica roster for Ticos’ first post-World Cup match Costa Rica takes on Nicaragua on Wednesday afternoon in Ticos’ first match since World Cup Watch Costa Rica’s three (yes, three!) goals in the victory over Uruguay Thanks to dear neighbor Nicaragua, Costa Rica advances to Central America Cup final against Guatemala Costa Rica showed no signs of a letdown against Nicaragua during the Ticos’ first match since their history-making runto the World Cup quarterfinals. In the opening game of the Central America Cup, Costa Rica defeated the worst team in the region, 3-0, on Wednesday evening in Washington D.C.The roster only included seven players who played in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but those same players were key to Costa Rica’s dominant victory. Team captain Celso Borges converted a penalty at the 38th minute to open the scoring. (Borges made two penalty kicks during the World Cup as well.)https://vine.co/v/OuqtbbxHVzuAt the start of the second half, Marco Ureña scored a beautiful left-footed goal. With an assist from Joel Campbell, Ureña, who scored against Uruguay in Brazil, clanged a shot off the top post to put the Ticos up 2-0. (No idea what’s up with Pearl Jam in the video.)https://vine.co/v/OuqYbwK6eZBA newcomer contributed Costa Rica’s final goal of the match. Johan Venegas, making his La Sele debut, headed in a well-placed pass from Cristopher Meneses the 85th minute. (No idea what’s up with Jamiroquai in the video.)https://vine.co/v/OubAjvnaAg5The Ticos could’ve easily scored a couple more goals. Arsenal’s Joel Campbell repeatedly sliced through the Nicaraguan defense and found open space, but failed to finish when given the opportunity. Venegas subbed in for Campbell at the 66th minute.The Nicaragua attack hardly threatened the Costa Rica goal all match. Two Ticos did pick up yellow cards, Nicaragua-born defender Óscar Duarte and José Miguel Cubero (both of whom played in the World Cup).Paulo Wanchope, in his first match in charge of La Sele, celebrated an easy victory. The legendary Tico player took over for Jorge Luis Pinto after a nasty split following the World Cup. Pinto left La Sele in late July after accusing his assistant Wanchope of betraying him. Pinto said Wanchope tried to have him fired during World Cup qualifying. Wanchope is just a temporary fix at head coach as FEDEFUT searches for a veteran foreign coach to take over the team later this fall.  But most fans took Pinto’s side in the coaching controversy, so it should at least be a relief to FEDEFUT and Wanchope that the team didn’t stumble against a lousy Nicaragua squad ranked 175th in the world.Costa Rica, ranked No. 15 internationally, take on Panama in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday. The winner likely will head to the Central America Cup championship on Sept. 13 in Los Angeles, California.All seven countries in Central America compete in the cup, which is taking place in the United States for the first time. The top four teams secure an automatic berth to next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Costa Rica is in Group B with Nicaragua and Panama. Group A contains the remaining sides: Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador.Honduras, the only other Central American country to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, also has a new head coach — former Costa Rican star Hernán Medford. The Medford era has gotten off to a swell start. Belize scored two own-goals in the opening half against Honduras as the Hondurans won 2-0 in the second match of the Central America Cup on Wednesday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more