Fate of Atishi Lovely and Gambhir sealed

first_imgNew Delhi: East Delhi woke up to a brisk start as Delhi went to polls on Sunday. The constituency which snail-paced in the morning in terms of voting percentage picked up pace in the afternoon and closed at approximately 61.95, third after North East Delhi which scored 63.45 topping the list followed by Chandni Chowk which came second with 62.69 percent. With this, the fate of AAP candidate from East Delhi Atishi, BJP’s Gautam Gambhir and Congress Arvinder Singh Lovely is locked in the EVMs.The educational background of Atishi is up against the stardom of BJP’s Gautam Gambhir and the experience of Congress candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely. Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, who is also the BJP candidate from east Delhi on Sunday voted along with his wife at a polling station in Old Rajendra Nagar area. “I urge the voters especially the first time voters to come to vote because voting is the biggest power one has. Even the voters should bring in their friends to the polling booths,’ Gambhir urged Delhi residents after casting his vote early morning. However, Atishi felt that women security is the biggest issue which women of east Delhi would vote for. Stepping out after casting her vote she appeared confident of her win. “I think women security is the biggest issue in East Delhi, especially for areas like Trilopuri and kalyanpuri where women struggle with illegal liquor being sold in the areas . It is, however, a clear battle between AAP and BJP and the silent voter has always been a voter of AAP,” Atishi said. “This is not an election for Arvinder Singh Lovely, it is an election for trans Yamuna people. The celebrity status of Gambir won’t work, we have seen Chetan Chauhan earlier, people haven’t seen him again,” Arvinder Singh Lovely said.last_img read more

Morocco Achieved Successful Reforms on Democracy and Governance Peruvian MP

Lima – Morocco achieved, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, successful reforms which have contributed to reinforcing democracy and governance in many areas, said Peruvian MP Victor Andres Belaunde.The pertinent reforms carried out by the Kingdom over the past years were undertaken with vision, transparency and maturity given the fact that Morocco is aware of the importance of peaceful and moderate change which could have a positive impact and lead to an openness on the rest of the world, he told MAP on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, which was held recently in Lima.The Peruvian MP described as “a positive step” the decision of Morocco to return to the African Union, adding that this return will be beneficial not only for the Kingdom, but also for Latin American and Peru. “Morocco will be an interlocutor with which we share viewpoints and through which we will build bridges of cooperation and dialogue with other African countries,” he underlined.With MAP read more

Heat Wave to Hit Morocco This Week

Rabat – A heat wave is expected to hit several regions of the Kingdom next week, with high temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in some regions.Temperatures between 38 to 44 degrees Celsius are forecasted for Marrakech, Aoussered, Oued Eddahab, Essmara, Assazag, Tata, Zagora, Guelmim, Fquih Ben Salah, Settat, Taroudant and Kelaâ des Sraghna starting Monday until the end of the week, announced the National Directorate of Meteorology (DMN) in a special bulletin.Meanwhile Ouezzane, Sidi Slimane, Meknes, Moulay Yacoub, Fez, Khemisset, Kenitra, Ben Slimane, Berrechid, Rhamna, Youssoufia, Chichaoua, Sidi Bennour, Safi, Essaouira, Agadir-Ida ou Tanane, Inezgane-Ait Melloul, Chtouka ait Baha, Tiznit, Sidi Ifni, Errachidia, and Tan-Tan will see temperatures between 33 and 38 degrees Celsius. Starting Sunday, May 14, the extreme south of the country, particularly Aousserd, had already recorded temperatures of 37 to 41 degrees Celsius, noted the same source.High temperatures are expected to persist until at least May 20, DMN announced, indicating that by that time, further forecasts will have been announced. read more

Indian envoy meets monks over attacks

The High Commissioner of India met senior Monks of the Maha Sangha today, to address their concerns about the two recent incidents involving assaults on Sri Lankan Buddhist monks in Tamil Nadu, the Indian High Commision in Colombo said.At the meeting the High Commissioner has underlined that the isolated incidents did not reflect the strong people-to-people bonds that have been an integral part of the close historical, cultural and civilizational ties between the two countries. “People-to-people contacts constitute one of the fundamental pillars on which the edifice of the bilateral relationship rests. It is noteworthy that nearly 250,000 Sri Lankan nationals visited India and over 175,000 Indian nationals visited Sri Lanka in 2012. Sri Lanka’s bonds with India, including the state of Tamil Nadu, are historic and go back many centuries. A substantial number of the Sri Lankan nationals visiting India travel through Chennai, be it for purposes of tourism, pilgrimage or shopping. Of the 128 flights connecting Indian and Sri Lankan cities, 76 involve destinations in Tamil Nadu. In order to get a true perspective, the isolated incidents of attacks on Sri Lankan nationals should be seen against these important facts,” the High Commission said. (Colombo Gazette) The monks underlined the need for a closer dialogue between civil society and religious leaders on the two sides, to avoid such incidents. A proposal to initiate such a dialogue would be pursued in the coming days and months.The High Commission noted that the cultural interaction between India and Sri Lanka had been intense, resulting in constant cross-fertilization in the spheres of art, literature, culture and philosophy. The meeting at India House today was attended by the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero; Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero; Ven. Kirima Wimalajoti Nayaka Thero; Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero; Ven. Thiniyawala Palitha Thero; Ven. H. Kondangna Thero; Ven. Galagoda Attha Gnanasara Thero and Mr. Vasantha De Silva, Secretary Mahabodhi Society. In this context, he recalled the statement of the Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India on 19th March 2013, expressing concern and reiterating that the state government of Tamil Nadu had taken immediate action to identify and prosecute the miscreants responsible for these incidents. read more

Annan meets with Arab countries for talks on situation in Iraq

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the Secretary-General said the Arab Group – which is not one of the five regional groups – were concerned about the situation on the ground, as well as the Iraqi population and the civilian casualties. “They are also anxious that assistance should get to the cities and to the people as soon as possible,” he added. “But of course they are worried as to how all this is going to turn out, which nobody really knows.”As for the UN’s Oil-for-Food programme, which the Security Council voted last Friday to restart, giving the Secretary-General more authority to administer the operation, Mr. Annan said he thought the UN was taking steps to be able to get food to those in need. Some 60 per cent of the Iraqi population depends solely on the programme for their daily rations.”We would expect the belligerents, we would expect the Government of Iraq and the coalition forces to give us humanitarian access and help us create humanitarian space for us to do our work and get assistance to the needy,” he said.Mr. Annan is expected to begin his broad consultations with the five regional groups tomorrow. read more

Veresen selling power generation business for 118B in series of transactions

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 21, 2017 6:43 am MDT Last Updated Feb 21, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Veresen selling power generation business for $1.18B in series of transactions CALGARY – Veresen Inc. (TSX:VSN) is selling its power generation business to several buyers for a total of $1.18 billion.The Calgary-based company didn’t identify the buyers in its announcement.According to its website, Veresen’s power business includes a combination of gas-fired, hydro-electric, wind and other types of alternative energy sources across Canada and in the United States.Veresen says its power assets would be sold in three separate packages, with closings expected during the second quarter.The company says the sales will help fund capital projects in its core businesses.Veresen owns interests in natural gas pipelines, natural gas processing and storage infrastructure and a planned liquefied natural gas export terminal in Oregon. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball team to take on two undefeated teams in

Members of OSU womens volleyball team celebrate after a play during a game against Florida State on September 6 at St. John’s Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking to capture its second tournament win in a row this weekend as it heads to Brooklyn, New York, for the Blackbird Invitational.OSU (5-1) is set to take on host Long Island University Brooklyn (0-4) on Friday at 7 p.m. to kick off the tournament. The No. 15 Buckeyes are then scheduled to take on two currently undefeated teams on Saturday, playing Syracuse (5-0) at 10 a.m. and No. 13 Arizona (6-0) at 5 p.m.The Buckeyes are riding a five-match winning streak and are coming off a tournament win on their home floor at St. John Arena, defeating then-No. 14 Florida State twice and Northern Illinois once.Coach Geoff Carlston was happy with the way his team stayed steady and worked together, and said he hopes it carries over to this weekend.“I thought we really played well as a unit this weekend,” he said. “Everyone impacted our team and our wins. In that sense, I think we feel really good about the culture we’ve created.”Carlston said his team has confidence after sweeping the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic tournament, but his players are trying to remain grounded as they prepare for conference play.“We really try to stay so in the moment because you’re going to have big wins and big losses in the Big Ten,” he said. “Then the next day, you have to be playing another top 25 team.”Sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer echoed the sentiments of her coach when she described the team as confident but focused as it heads into another important set of games.“Two undefeated teams are coming into the tournament, so we’re going to have to play our best again,” Schirmer said. “We can’t let our confidence overcloud how hard we’re going to have to work.”Keys to victoryHeading into the Blackbird Invitational, senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell said the key will be the intensity of the back-row defenders.“I thought our back-row defenders did a great job of scrapping,” she said. “I mean, they picked up everything that you could possibly throw at them.”In the D.C. Koehl Classic, junior libero Valeria León had 58 digs en route to a second straight all-tournament performance, while sophomore defensive specialist Kalisha Goree added 24.Mitchell also said the presence of the team’s middle blockers was huge for the OSU offense last weekend and she hoped they continue their high level of play.“Having the middles as a constant presence makes the other teams worry about them a little bit more than they usually do, and that opens up our offense,” she said.Sandbothe earns more honorsOne of the middle blockers to whom Mitchell was referring is junior Taylor Sandbothe, who was named a Big Ten co-player of the week alongside sophomore middle blocker Haleigh Washington of Penn State.“She played at another level this weekend and that’s what I talked to her about,” Carlston said. “And it wasn’t just the game, it was her persona, her personality, how she played the game.”Sandbothe was also named the D.C. Koehl Classic tournament MVP after picking up 42 kills on a .521 attack percentage, along with 16 blocks and three aces.What’s next?OSU will wrap up its nonconference schedule by playing in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational in Rochester, Michigan, on Sept. 18 and 19. read more

Ohio State baseball looking for revenge Big Ten title in 2016 season

OSU then-sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson signs autographs before a game on April 12 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State baseball team hasn’t won its conference or made the NCAA tournament since 2009. That six-year postseason drought, however, could be put to an end this season, as the Buckeyes are returning 20 letter winners, including 10 seniors and six starters, in a lineup that projects to be among the best hitting teams in the Big Ten.OSU’s quest for the postseason is set to commence this season with four games at the Dodgertown Classic in Vero Beach, Florida.Sixth-year coach Greg Beals said he is excited about his team’s potential, making it clear that he expects the Scarlet and Gray to compete for the conference championship. “I think you approach every season with a championship mindset, and if you ask any guy in that locker room and anyone on that coaching staff, that’s our mission: to play for a Big Ten championship,” he said. “The expectation is to play up to our ability and be as consistent as we can on a daily basis. I believe with the talent on this club, the experience on this ballclub, if we’re able to play at a high level consistently, then the winning and losing will take care of itself.”Counting on the outfieldBeals said the Buckeyes have the experience needed to bring the Big Ten championship back to Columbus. A key reason, the coach said, will be the strength of OSU’s outfield.The unit will be anchored by a pair of juniors: center fielder Troy Montgomery and left fielder Ronnie Dawson.“They are experienced, high-quality players with big, big futures ahead of them,” Beals said. “I’m looking for them to have big seasons.” Montgomery will be the Buckeyes’ leadoff hitter after batting .317, with a team-high 54 runs scored in 55 games last season. Beals said Montgomery has blistering speed, as evidenced by his 35 stolen bases last season which led the Big Ten and tied a program record.Dawson, a career .307 hitter, should provide the power for the Buckeyes. He will bat third in the lineup after clubbing seven home runs and 15 doubles last season. Beals said Dawson had an outstanding offseason, which included earning all-star honors in the Cape Cod Baseball League over the summer.The Grove City, Ohio, native said he believes the team is fully prepared to start the season on a good note to build momentum early on.“We’re one unit this year, and last year we had a bitter taste in our mouths,” Dawson said. “As a team I think we’re ready. We’re excited to get out there to show people what we’re capable of. It’s going to be a big year for the Bucks.”Leadership across the boardBeals said the team’s captains, senior second baseman Nick Sergakis and junior catcher Jalen Washington, will provide the team with the leadership needed to propel the Buckeyes through the 57-game slate. Washington said the team is hungry, while Sergakis said the team will be looking for revenge on some of the teams that took it to OSU at the end of last season.“We have a high expectation, of course,” Sergakis said. “As far as last year goes, it didn’t end up the way we wanted and we want to try and correct it. We’re looking for payback this year.”Sergakis leads an experienced infield defense that in total has started 388 games for the Scarlet and Gray. Washington is in his first year as the everyday catcher and his development, along with the pitching staff’s, is going to be an important factor for OSU’s overall success.Starting out strongHeading into this season, the pitching staff will be looking to fill the void from some key departures, as it lost Travis Lakins, Ryan Riga and Trace Dempsey to graduation or the MLB draft. But fortunately for OSU, the team is returning two key pieces to the rotation in junior left-handed pitcher Tanner Tully and redshirt sophomore righty Adam Niemeyer. Tully said he is fired up and ready to take the mound as OSU’s opening-day starter.“We all worked hard this summer going our separate ways, and we’re coming back as a unit,” Tully said. “We pushed each other harder than we have before, (we) definitely (had) a good fall, and we’re ready to go.”Last season, Tully went 4-4, compiling a 4.32 ERA while striking out 44 batters. His counterpart, Niemeyer, a right-handed pitcher from Minster, Ohio, compiled a 2.16 ERA in 12 appearances last season, with a 2-0 record over four starts for the Buckeyes. Beals said Niemeyer will be the typical Saturday night pitcher and will be looked at as a guy who OSU can count on for big innings this season.“Adam’s a great competitor,” Beals said. “He’s another guy that’s got good feel for pitching the baseball, he throws a lot of strikes. I’m excited for Adam to be a regular in the rotation, he’s certainly ready for that. I’m confident he’s going to have a really good season for us.”The third and fourth spots in the rotation are set be rounded out by senior John Havird and freshman Ryan Feltner. “Havird has been throwing the ball really well,” Beals said. “He’s not a flamethrower, he’s a lefty and he’s a command guy. He’s got great movement on his fastball, plus changeup and breaking ball. And Ryan Feltner is a very highly skilled, highly touted freshman who was in the draft out of high school. I’m looking forward to seeing his first collegiate start this weekend.”Dodgertown ClassicOSU is scheduled to open versus Toledo on Friday, before playing a doubleheader against Niagara and Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Buckeyes are slated to close the season-opening series again with Toledo on Sunday. Beals said the full weekend of baseball will give him a good look into the true makeup of his team.“Obviously, we want to get started fast, but with the high expectations that this ballclub has, we’ve got to be careful that we’re not pushing too hard too soon and that we trust ourselves and just go out and play the game,” he said. read more

Ryanair shock the people of Ireland with act of Christmas generosity

first_imgHOLD ON TO your horses, people, because you’re not going to believe this one.Ryanair are offering children and their parents free flights from Shannon Airport this weekend so that they can meet Santa ‘in the sky’.Six flights will depart on both Saturday and Sunday and take to the skies for approximately 40 minutes, before which, parents can take advantage of shopping in the Loop.While the initial tickets were snapped up quickly earlier this week, there is still a chance to get some via a draw which will take place next week.To get into that draw, simply fill in the booking form available here, an e-mail it to santa@shannonairport.ie.It would appear that Ryanair are taking their move toward a better customer experience seriously, however, ‘standard  Ryanair conditions apply’.8 key moments from the new Ryanair cabin crew calendar*>9 things we learned from Michael O’Leary’s Twitter Q&A>last_img read more

A senator wants students to get CAO points for sports and social

first_img Monday 25 Feb 2019, 6:15 AM By Orla Dwyer File photo: students taking an exam. Image: Martin Schutt/DPA/PA Images Feb 25th 2019, 6:15 AM Share45 Tweet Email1 File photo: students taking an exam. Short URL 19 Comments center_img https://jrnl.ie/4507204 13,180 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A Fine Gael Senator is proposing to change the CAO applications system to give points for social and athletic involvement. Senator for Cavan-Monaghan Joe O’Reilly has proposed to change the current 625 points system to award 550 points for academic subjects and 75 points to social, cultural and athletic achievements. The plan received support on the floor of the Seanad and is backed by O’Reilly’s Fine Gael parliamentary colleagues.“I accept the methodology of the current system but it doesn’t give recognition for students involved in social and active activities,” O’Reilly told TheJournal.ie.“I just want a system that will reward social action and affirm cultural and sporting activity.”O’Reilly has discussed the issue with the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh and is planning to put forward a formal submission. Under the new system, 50 points would be awarded for social and community action and 25 points for cultural and athletic achievement.It is hoped that the social points would give students “awareness, empathy and a desire to improve their world”. Social points would be granted for community activities such as helping the elderly. The new areas would be graded internally in schools and administered by a core pastoral team in each school. There would be national criteria and locally administered guidelines.“It would especially benefit children from public schools around the country and level the playing pitch for them,” O’Reilly said.The Senator added that the current system should be a bit more rounded but he understands the importance of focusing on academia. There is no set timeline for the initiative but he is hopeful it will progress further soon. “The sooner the better, but these things need to be tested first,” the Senator said.Career coach and business mentor Ronan Kennedy believes the new system could be feasible and would build confidence levels of less academic students.“I think we need to take a more holistic look at the ability of our young people in order to let them flourish,” said Kennedy.He added that the points for athletic activities would benefit students as a “healthy body leads to a healthy mind”. “I wouldn’t think it would make it as accessible as we would like but it would help to build the confidence of a lot of people who are talented in other areas that may not transfer academically,” said Kennedy. The initiative aims to make students more intellectually rounded and active which would aid them in future academic study. A Department of Education and Skills spokesperson said the senior cycle in secondary school is currently under review with an advisory report due to be completed in June 2019. The spokesperson did not mention whether O’Reilly’s proposal would be included in the review.   A senator wants students to get CAO points for sports and social action “It would especially benefit children from public schools around the country and level the playing pitch for them.” Image: Martin Schutt/DPA/PA Imageslast_img read more

FIFPro and UEFA condemn racist abuse towards Koulibaly

first_imgThe Napoli footballer was racially abused on Wednesday during the match between his club and Internazionale MilanNapoli’s footballer Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused during the match between his side and FC Internazionale Milan.Inter Milan has been sanctioned with two games to be played behind closed doors, and a partial closure for the Nerazzurri’s third match.And FIFPro and UEFA have jointly condemned the racist abuse.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Both organizations applaud the prompt actions taken by Italy’s football authorities, who sanctioned FC Internazionale with the next two matches to be played behind closed doors and, additionally, with a partial closure for FC Internazionale’s third home match,” read a statement published on FIFPro’s official website.“However, FIFPro and UEFA are very concerned by this unacceptable racist incident and by what appears on the surface to be a failure to respect the widely-recognized three-step anti-racism protocol.”“Koulibaly, a French-Senegalese defender, was subject to racist chanting and, despite announcements made by the stadium speaker, the chants did not stop,” the release continued.“Moreover, it seems that Napoli’s coaching staff had already informed the referee several times of racist chants.”last_img read more

Violinist Joshua Bell Honored At Gala Benefitting Music Education

first_img Email Twitter Joshua Bell Honored At Music Education Gala violinist-joshua-bell-honored-gala-benefitting-music-education Read more Violinist Joshua Bell Honored At Gala Benefitting Music Education News The GRAMMY-winning violinist was joined by a host of supporters from music, film and education to raise funds for Los Angeles music in schools Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 7, 2017 – 3:56 pm A star-studded lineup of music education supporters turned out on Nov. 28 to honor GRAMMY winning violinist Joshua Bell and benefit music education in Los Angeles schools.Bell, joined by fellow GRAMMY winners Chris Botti and Billy Childs, among others, came together for Education Through Music-Los Angeles’ Benefit Gala at L.A.’s Skirball Cultural Center.Music Educator Award: 2018 Finalists AnnouncedHosted by “Mozart In The Jungle” star Malcolm McDowell, the event featured performances by Bell, Botti, and Childs, as well as Prince and Michael Jackson collaborator Judith Hill, L.A. Philharmonic pianist Joanne Pearce Martin, and students from James A. Foshay Learning Center and ETM-LA. The evening also honored veteran music teacher Vincent Womack. Facebook Now in its 12th year, ETM-LA has grown from assisting two schools and 800 children to plans of serving 30 schools and approximately 15,000 students each week in diverse communities across Los Angeles.For more information, visit the organization’s website.GRAMMY Music Education Coalition Brings Music To Pubic Schoolslast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday Nov 25 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen NowAll absentee ballots counted and accounted forJay Barrett, KMXT – KodiakJust before heading out for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Alaska Division of Elections made its final count Wednesday of outstanding ballots from the November 8th General Election.Rural lawmakers wield power without recent precedentAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauDillingham Democrat Bryce Edgmon will be the first speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives from off the road system or outside of Southeast Alaska since Nome’s Howard Lyng in the Territorial Legislature of 1941. Other rural lawmakers will hold more important leadership posts in the next legislature than they have had in decades.DOC seeks input on re-purposing Palmer Correctional CenterEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Palmer Correctional Center, now shuttered after a state Department of Corrections decision to close it due to budget cuts, was the topic of a “brainstorming” session earlier this month. The state wants input on how to re-purpose the buildings and the land now occupied by the prison.High winds forecast for Aleutians, Alaska PeninsulaAssociated PressResidents of the central and eastern Aleutian Islands could see strong winds Saturday.Sitkans aim to raise funds, traditional foods for Standing Rock protestersEmily Russell, KCAW – SitkaProtests on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation continue this week. That’s despite rising tensions between protesters and police and dropping temperatures in the Midwest. An event in Sitka this Saturday aims to raise food and funds for the reservation’s residents, who fear that the Dakota Access Pipeline could threaten their drinking water and destroy sacred lands.Trump, Congress and Southeast timber, what are the possibilities?Aaron Bolton, KSTK – WrangellCould President-elect Donald Trump and the incoming Republican-led Congress change logging plans in Southeast Alaska? Changes to the Tongass forest plan amendment, a contentious Forest Service regulation, are possible.Ski champ Randall back on women’s US Cross Country Ski TeamAssociated PressWorld champion skier Kikkan Randall is back on the women’s U.S. Cross Country Ski Team after taking a season off to have a baby.UAA women take fourth place in Great Alaska ShootoutJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe University of Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team fell Wednesday to NCAA Div. I opponent Missouri State in the Great Alaska Shootout.AK: Native fashion designs dazzle catwalksEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaNovember is Native American Heritage Month. To celebrate, we’re taking you down the catwalk and into the heart of contemporary Native fashion. From seal skin corsets to gowns fringed like Eagle feathers, today’s designers are finding new silhouettes for traditional art. And their customers love49 Voices: Ma’o Tosi of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Ma’o Tosi in Anchorage. Tosi is a property manager at the Northway Mall and a community advocate.last_img read more

Horticulture department keen on propagating bamboo

first_imgHyderabad: The Telangana horticulture department is keen on propagating bamboo, said L Venkatram Reddy, Director of Horticulture and Telangana Bamboo Mission. He was speaking at an interactive session on bamboo.Telangana Bamboo Mission, Bamboo Society of India in collaboration with URAVU a Kerala based non-governmental organisation organised the one-day seminar. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Venkatram Reddy said the department has chalked out the action plan of covering 2, 714 lakh hectares under bamboo and a budget of Rs 11 crore allocated for the year of 2018-19 and the focus would be mainly on nurseries and area expansion to develop this sector. “We will strive hard to take forward this Bamboo Mission.” R K Mehta, Chairman of Bamboo Society of India, said, “We believe there can be about 500 industries set up in Telangana and about 20 clusters. We can go ahead with plantation and a lot of quantity will be available and the industries can be set up on value addition basis. As value addition, it has a great demand and will create jobs and boost GDP by way of exports.” Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us With the help of bamboo, the artisans have successfully produced 6,000 different products made out of bamboo which can be an alternative to the plastic, steel, and other daily use items. G B K Rao, CMD, Pragati Resorts said, “We use a lot of bamboo products and grow bamboo at Pragati Resorts. We are planning to set up bamboo sheds and reduce the usage of cement.”last_img read more

The Exorcist Found a New Way to Show Us an Exorcism

first_img Here we are. You can’t have a show called The Exorcist without an Exorcism. Seven episodes into the second season, we have our main one. Back at New York Comic Con, I heard the Exorcist showrunners say the danger of having a show about demonic possession and exorcism is that it can easily become a show about men chanting. That this season, they wanted to avoid that. Judging by last night’s episode, they’re succeeding. Rather than seeing the effects of possession from the outside, we got to experience the exorcism from the point of view of the possessed. We got to see what it looks like to fight a demon, and how a demon tries to ensure it’ll win.After the end of last week’s episode, there’s no pretending the demon isn’t here anymore. Everyone in this house either floated or saw people floating through the air. Everyone in the house saw Andy hold a woman up against a wall with one hand and stab her. Then they all saw him recoil when when Father Tomas and Marcus approached him with crosses. He’s possessed. There’s no getting around that. This week’s episode picks up pretty much right after that. With everyone accepting that an exorcism is the right thing to do, they put the body in a room off to the side so the exorcists can begin their work. The way they mention that is a little silly. Rose just mentions that there’s a body in the other room they’re going to have to deal with that sooner or later, so the boys better work fast. But hey, it’s all in service of getting us into the exorcism as fast as possible. That being the goal, it’s a success.Alfonso Herrara, Li Jun Li and Ben Daniels (Cr: Serguei Bashlakov/FOX)This is the exorcism I was hoping for last season. In season one, the show made a huge deal about the exorcism beginning in episode six. Ads carried the phrace “The Exorcism Begins” with the date of the episode. Someone even promised it would be real time. It wasn’t. In practice, there was too much time spent outside the room where all the action was. The show has clearly learned its lesson. All other stories are shoved to the side for a full hour of TV. We don’t see much of the kids. The park ranger is nowhere to be found. The larger demon conspiracy story with Father Bennett and Mouse is put on hold. It’s just 40-odd minutes (plus commercials) of two priests in a room with a possessed man. This time though, it’s from the perspective of the possessed man.That’s the big twist of this season’s exorcism. Though a good chunk of it is spent inside the room where Andy’s being kept, with the priests standing over him and chanting like you expect to see, most of it takes place inside Andy’s mind. We see his memories and how the demon corrupts them. We see the day his wife killed herself. After Truck gets a strangely ominous lunch box note one morning, Andy goes looking for Nicole to give her some coffee. When she’s nowhere to be found in the house, he expands his search. Finally, he finds her in the water. He watches her drown herself. He tries to save her, but can’t find her in the water. Eventually, he has to call in a rescue crew to pull her body from the sound. Over the course of the episode, we see two versions of Nikki. There’s the real one, who appears in Andy’s actual memories, and there’s the demon, who corrupts those memories. Alicia Witt does a fantastic job of playing both. From scene to scene you can see her weave in and out of both characters, making it deeply unsettling when she transitions from the kindhearted Nikki to the demon currently using her memory.Brianna Hildebrand and John Cho (Cr: Serguei Bashlakov/FOX)It was cool seeing the family come together. We got to see the moment Andy and Nikki decided to become foster parents. Nikki worked in the foster system and had trouble placing a girl who’s been through some real messed up stuff. Nikki is convinced that they are the parents for her. It’s not a surprise that Verity is the first kid they took in, but it was nice seeing how she became part of the family. We saw Verity and Nikki fight and bond as Andy remembered what his wife was really like, vs. the twisted version the demon is showing him. All this makes it all the more disturbing when the demon starts to win.Over the course of the episode, Nikki tries to tempt Andy in different ways. Sex, peace and quiet, a Ferrari in the driveway. She’s deliberately trying to get him to ignore the kids. That’s what this demon does. If you remember the stories of the island we’ve heard in past episodes, this is a demon that attacks families. It’s not motivated by revenge or even all that interested in the grand conspiracy the way the demons of season one were. It wants to make parents kill their children. And by the end of the episode, it’s winning. The last few scenes are easily the scariest in an already unsettling hour. Partly because they come after a brief moment of hope. Andy is rejecting the demon, and at the priests’ encouragement, he nearly fight’s it off. But remember we still have three whole episodes left. The show isn’t going to let us off that easy.Ben Daniels and Alfonso Herrera (Cr: Serguei Bashlakov/FOX)The demon tightens her hold on Andy, making the priests appear as monsters. That’s probably the coolest part of showing the exorcism from the point of view of the possessed. As horrifying as the demons made the possessed person look, the things they make the person see are worse. Tomas and Marcus appear as sadistic monsters, gleefully branding him with crosses and burning him with holy water. We also have our classic Exorcist head turn, which I believe is a first for this series. We sort of had one in a flashback in season one, but the boy whose head turned around died. Here, it was an illusion. The demon made it look like Father Tomas’ head twisted all the way around. Nobody died, but it sure scared the hell out of me. Even worse, it was followed by Andy surrendering to the demon. We got a disturbingly quiet scene of Andy walking through his house. Each of his foster children are tied up and gagged, begging him to stop. He ignores them and walks out to the water. He sees Nikki about to drown herself. This time, he rescues her. The demon has given Andy what he wants most, making him let his guard down. In the real world, Andy sits up in bed, the demon fully in control and more powerful than ever.This is how you make an exorcism episode scary. It was unrelenting in a way that past episodes haven’t been. Usually, you get a chance to breathe in between scares. Here, nothing ever seemed safe. Even when it was clearly the real Nikki from Andy’s memory, there was always a danger that she would turn. That the memory would become corrupted. You get the sense that they can really only get away with one, maybe two of these per season. That way, it’s a big deal when it happens. Everything else going on in the story takes a backseat. Right now, this exorcism is the most important thing going on and the show isn’t going to give you a break from it. The cool thing is that the exorcism wasn’t just a scary spectacle. The episode did a lot to set up the rest of the season. Now, we’ve seen how the demon works and we know for sure what it intends to do. Now that it’s taken complete control of Andy, we’re going to see it try. What does a fully possessed John Cho look like. I’d really rather not have to wait two weeks to find out, but at the same time, I’m glad we have to. After last night’s episode, I could use the break. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were GreatThe 11 Scariest Religious Horror Movies center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

North Carolina Chose to Ignore Its Dangerous Sea Levels Years Before

first_imgMcElraft introduced the bill in April 2011, and it passed the legislature in the summer of 2012.Part of the bill stipulated that state and local agencies must also refer to historical linear predictions of sea level rise rather than current research, and another alarming section required that research look only at 30-year predictions rather than at a century, as the CRC report had done. Supporters of the bill saw short-term benefits in more affordable insurance, and continued opportunities for real estate development and tourism along the attractive coast. Critics saw the long-term consequences of damaged homes and businesses and vast swaths of the state being swallowed by floods.Environmental scientists, coastal researchers and a number of lawmakers called the measure a blatant denial of crucial climate science and criticized then-Gov. Bev Perdue (D) for not acting on the bill and therefore allowing it to become law.“By putting our heads in the sand, literally, we are not helping property owners,” said then-state Sen. Deborah K. Ross. “We are hurting them. We are not giving them information they might need to protect their property. Ignorance is not bliss. It’s dangerous.” Sea level rise is a direct consequence of global warming; the warming of the ocean has resulted in thermal expansion and melted ice sheets and glaciers that are causing the oceans to rise. Since 1950, the sea level has risen 6.5 inches ― a number that sounds small but has actually had major consequences across the country. Sea level rise can also affect the severity of hurricanes, said William Sweet, an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “If you compared storm surge heights from the same storm at the same location over several decades, the surge would be higher ― assuming no change in flood defenses ― because of sea level rise,” Sweet said.But in North Carolina, lawmakers chose to ignore the threats. A panel of scientists on the state Coastal Resources Commission issued a dire warning in March 2010, estimating that the sea levels along the state’s coast would rise 39 inches over the next century. Conservative lawmakers and business interest groups feared the report would hurt lucrative real estate development on the state’s coast and sought to undermine it. A lobbying group committed to economic development on the coast accused the panel of “pulling data out of their hip pocket.”Conservative state Rep. Pat McElraft, whose top campaign contributors were the North Carolina Association of Realtors and the North Carolina Home Builders’ Association, drafted a bill in response that rejected the panel’s predictions. The state also has a wide, shallow continental shelf compared with places like Miami, which “means there is massive potential for a storm surge,” he said.“Especially a storm like this, that’s moving straight forward,” he said. “It’s a really bad setup.” “Sea level rising, simply put, makes every coastal flood deeper and more destructive,” said Ben Strauss, CEO of Climate Central, a climate change research organization that has published dozens of studies about rising sea levels and the risks of ignoring the problem. “Ignoring it is incredibly dangerous.”“It only takes a few extra inches of water depth to be the difference between a ruined floor and no damage, or a ruined electrical system and just a ruined floor,” Strauss said. “Floods tend to be a great deal more destructive and costly than homeowners anticipate.” This story originally appeared on the Huffington Post and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.In 2012, North Carolina legislators passed a bill that barred policymakers and developers from using up-to-date climate science to plan for rising sea levels on the state’s coast. Now Hurricane Florence threatens to cause a devastating storm surge that could put thousands of lives in danger and cost the state billions of dollars worth of damage.The hurricane, which is expected to make landfall on Friday, is shaping up to be one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast. Residents of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and mainland coasts have already been ordered to evacuate. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in both North and South Carolina, and a Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator said that the Category 4 hurricane will likely cause “massive damage to our country.”And the rise in sea levels, experts say, is making the storm surge worse. In North Carolina, the state’s topography and the rising sea levels have made for even more dangerous storms and floods, Strauss said. Unlike coastal communities that have deep, cliff-like dropoffs, North Carolina’s coast is flat, wide and shallow, “like a kiddie pool,” Strauss said. “When you think about storm surge, some places have higher potential than others. The same storm would produce different surges depending on the topography,” said Strauss. At the same time, climate change has “supercharged” recent storms, as HuffPost’s Chris D’Angelo reported on Friday, putting Florence on track to do as much, if not more, damage than last year’s Hurricane Harvey, which devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana.“It is fair to say that the very same factors are likely at play here, namely very warm ocean temperatures and an anomalous jet stream pattern favoring stalled weather systems,” said Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University.Climate change experts say a more proactive approach to emergency preparedness is necessary, including a better understanding of how global warming and sea level rising are affecting storms.But it’s often complicated to bring the issue of how to adapt to the changing climate into emergency management discussions, said Jessica Whitehead, the coastal communities hazards adaptation specialist at North Carolina Sea Grant. Emergency response is so often dealing with a crisis, and “it is exceptionally difficult” to plan for one catastrophe while recovering from another. More Great WIRED StoriesKelly Slater’s artificial surf pool is really making wavesThe hearing aid firm taking a page out of Apple’s playbookBump-canceling beds promise super smooth bus ridesPHOTO ESSAY: Giant family portraits with Vladimir PutinHow to use Twitter: critical tips for new usersHungry for even more deep dives on your next favorite topic? Sign up for the Backchannel newsletterlast_img read more

Researchers Resuscitate Pig Brains Hours After Death

first_img(Credit: janecat/shutterstock)Researchers say they’ve rebooted pigs’ brains four hours after the animals died. The scientists managed to restore some blood flow and brain cell activity to the dead animals’ brains by pumping a protective solution through the tissue using a proprietary technology they call BrainEx. The brain was never alert and researchers did not restore consciousness, but the work could lead to new ways to aid recovery after trauma like heart attacks and strokes, the researchers say.“BrainEx’s cell-protective formulations may someday find application in therapies for disorders such as stroke,” Nenad Sestan, a neuroscientist at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, who led the new research, said in a press announcement.Dead Stop To DeathThe brain is a highly sensitive organ. As blood courses through the brain’s blood vessels, it delivers oxygen and other nutrients that our minds needs to survive. And when a blood clot or heart attack prevents enough blood from pumping through the brain, our brain cells die, leading to strokes.Researchers have long considered the lack of blood flow in the brain to mean instant, unavoidable death of the nutrient-deprived brain cells. Yet, scientists have managed to harvest cells from brains after death and keep the cells alive in petri dishes. “This indicated that cells in the postmortem brain may still have the capacity to be revived,”  Sestan said.In the new study, Sestan’s team wanted to find out what happens in the brain after blood flow stops and test whether they could restore function to a dead brain in a way similar to the brain cells in petri dish. “If we can do this in a Petri dish, can we do it in the entire brain?” Sestan asked.CT scan of a dead pig brain as it was hooked up to the scientists’ device. (Credit: Vrselja et al. / Nature)Brain RebootThe researchers got their hands on the decapitated heads of about 300 pigs that had been slaughtered for food at a New Haven-area food processing plant. Since the animals were bred and killed as part of the food industry, no pigs were sacrificed for this research, the authors say. The scientists then removed the pigs’ brains from their skulls four hours after the pigs had died and hooked about 30 of them up to a system of chambers, pumps and tubes. For another six hours, the system pumped a solution of synthetic nutrients through the brains in a fashion meant to mimic what other organs in the body do.When Sestan and colleagues assessed how well the brains worked, they found their tech had preserved the tissue’s three-dimensional shape and restored some blood flow to the organ, according to their research published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The scientists also detected electrical activity in some brain cells including those in the hippocampus, a part of the brain central to memory.“These findings lay the groundwork for novel approaches to studying the postmortem brain and potentially restoring the function of damaged cells in the diseased brain,” Sestan said.Conscious QuestionsBut perhaps as important as what the researchers found is what they did not find. In addition to monitoring the electrical activity of individual cells, the researchers also kept an eye on electrical activity across the entire brain. This global electrical activity is necessary for normal brain function and is associated with consciousness. The researchers did not find evidence for higher-order brain activity nor any sign that the pig brains could perceive the environment or experience sensations.“This is not a living brain. But it is a cellularly active brain,” Sestan said. The researchers also emphasized the goal of the research was never to bring about consciousness in a disembodied organ and in fact had steps in place to shut down consciousness had they discovered it.Still the research raises a number of ethical questions and concerns. If technologies like BrainEx become more widespread, researchers fear people who are declared brain dead and are primary candidates for organ donation could instead become candidates for brain resuscitation. That’s the argument a group of researchers who were not involved in the study make in a related commentary. The new possibility could complicate the grave decision of when to switch from saving a person’s life to saving their organs for possible transplant.The study also throws into question what makes an animal alive, another group of researchers who were not involved argue in a second commentary. They add that animals used for this kind of research could end up in gray area of not really alive or dead.last_img read more

Ethiopia dissident blogger sentenced to 18 years

first_imgADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – Ethiopia’s federal court has sentenced a prominent dissident blogger to 18 years in prison.The court on Friday also handed the deputy leader of the Unity for Democracy and Justice opposition party Andualem Arage a life sentence on terror charges.The journalist Eskinder Nega, who was known for his critical stance on Ethiopia’s government, received a prestigious press freedom award from PEN America in May. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center The two were among 24 people found guilty on terror charges last month, though critics of the prosecution said the government was improperly labeling dissent as terrorism.Mohamed Keita of the Committee to Protect Journalists said the sentences make clear that Ethiopia’s growth and stability are dependent on an iron fist from leadership intolerant of critical reporting.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories center_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top holiday drink recipes Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

India Tourism Sydney and Australia India Travel

first_imgIndia Tourism Sydney and Australia India Travel & Tourism Council (AITTC), in partnership with Wendy Wu Tours, chose the diversity of Indian cuisine, and its ranking in the world’s top five popular cuisines, to showcase India, via its culinary delights, to a selected industry audience last week.Sydney’s elegant waterfront restaurant Manjits played host to the evening, that saw 75 guests – travel agents, airlines, hotelliers and industry personalities dominating the India-Australia tourism spectrum – dine on delicious offerings as varied as the many geographically and culturally diverse regions of India.According to AITTC chairman Sandip Hor, the objective behind the initiative was simple – to pass on enhanced knowledge about Indian cuisine and to motivate Australians, who love Indian food, to visit India and experience a heady cultural encounter with the country via its food.Saransh Goila, a celebrity chef in India, appeared via video, while Indian Consul General Sydney, B. Vanlalvawna, Director India Tourism Sydney, Kanchan Kurkeja, and Laura Cuthbert from Wendy Wu Tours addressed assembled guests. Celebrity chef Sandeep Chatterjee spoke of traditional Indian cuisine, while Manjit’s chef de cuisine Varun Gujral shared his knowlegde on modern trends in Indian eats.last_img read more