Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta declines Padma Shri citing timing of award

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta, who has been conferred with the Padma Shri, has refused to accept the award which the Centre announced on the eve of Republic Day.She was awarded the Padma Shri in the field of literature and education.The awards were announced on the eve of the Republic Day yesterday.In a press statement issued from New York, Mehta said she was refusing the award as the timing for it was not right, according to a local website.”I am deeply honoured that the Government of India should think me worthy of a Padma Shri but with great regret I feel I must decline as there is a general election looming and the timing of the award might be misconstrued, causing embarrassment both to the government and myself, which I would much regret,” Mehta said in the statement.Notably, the general election is due in a few months. It has been rumoured in the political circles that the Centre’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was trying to woo Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in case there was a hung assembly.The move is being seen as an attempt to win BJD’s support by conferring award to Naveen Patnaik’s sister, Gita Mehta.Gita Mehta has authored books like Karma Cola (1979), Raj (1989), A River Sutra (1993), Snakes and Ladders: Glimpses of Modern India (1997) and Eternal Ganesha: From Birth to Rebirth (2006).Mehta has also produced and/or directed 14 documentaries.Also Read | Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri among 9 sports stars honoured with Padma awardsAlso Watch | Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta refuses to accept Padma Shri awardAlso Watch | Unsung heroes of nation awarded with Padma Shriadvertisementlast_img read more

QA How is the growth of bitcoin affecting the environment

first_imgThe growth of bitcoin is fueling speculation and debate about the environmental impact of the collective energy needed to power the virtual currency in the era of climate change. Some questions and answers about the issue:___WHAT IS BITCOIN?Bitcoin is the most popular virtual currency in the world, and it has grown in value this year. It was created in 2009 as a new way of paying for things that would not be subject to central banks that are capable of devaluing currency. The sustainability concerns about bitcoin, voiced by economists and environmentalists, stem from the process of “mining” that is central to its existence.The “miners” use computers to make complex calculations that verify transactions in bitcoins. This uses a tremendous amount of energy via computers and server farms all over the world, which has given rise to concerns about the amount of fossil fuel-dependent electricity used to power the computers. Some estimates say bitcoin’s energy impact is more than that of a small country.___WHY IS BITCOIN ATTRACTIVE?Bitcoin is a kind of digital money that isn’t tied to a bank or a government, and its value has risen swiftly in the second half of 2017. The value of one bitcoin was about $16,500, in late December, compared with about $1,000 in March. The price is also volatile, though, and tailed off somewhat after coming close to $20,000 earlier in December. A bitcoin itself is essentially a line of computer code. It’s signed digitally when it goes from one owner to another.___WHY ARE CRITICS CONCERNED ABOUT BITCOIN ENERGY USE?Bitcoin can’t exist without computers, which can’t exist without a source of electricity. And the number of computers and the energy needed to power them is rising.The growing value of bitcoin is directly tied to the amount of energy it uses. The miners unlock bitcoins by solving complex, unique puzzles. As the value of bitcoin goes up, the puzzles become increasingly more difficult, and it requires more computer power to solve them.Some estimates say more than 60 per cent of the processing power used to mine bitcoin is in China, where it relies heavily on the burning of coal. Coal and other fossil fuels are also the largest generator of electricity for the rest of the world, and coal is a significant contributor to manmade climate change. Burning it produces carbon dioxide, a gas that is a primary contributor to global warming.This reliance on fossil fuels has given rise to speculation that bitcoin’s energy consumption will continue to rise as it grows in popularity. Glen Brand, director of a Sierra Club chapter in Maine, said in an interview that the growth of virtual currencies such as bitcoin “threatens progress we are making toward moving toward a low energy, low carbon economy.”___HOW MUCH DOES BITCOIN REALLY AFFECT ENERGY CONSUMPTION?Estimates vary, and a true figure could be impossible to come by because of the intentionally anonymous nature of bitcoin use. But Dutch bitcoin analyst Alex de Vries, who operates a Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index on the website Digiconomist, has produced estimates he believes are alarming.If bitcoin miners are using the most efficient machines possible, the lowest amount of electricity they could possibly be using is 13 terawatt hours, de Vries said in an interview. That’s about as much as the entire country of Slovenia. De Vries said less conservative estimates make it entirely possible that bitcoin is using as much energy as Ireland, which consumes about twice as much as Slovenia, or about 0.7 per cent of the U.S. total.The problem is getting worse, said de Vries, who estimated the annual amount of energy consumed by bitcoin rose by a fifth in the final weeks of 2017.___WHO IS RIGHT IN THE BITCOIN DEBATE?The extent of bitcoin’s impact on the environment, and how much that should matter to people who use it, is a source of debate.While de Vries says bitcoin is consuming an “insane amount of energy,” both on its own and relative to older payment systems such as credit cards, others think the situation is now so dire.Bitcoin investor Marc Bevand, of St. Louis, has written that bitcoin likely uses close to four or five terawatt hours, less than the annual electricity consumption for Christmas lights in the U.S. He said that he believes bitcoin’s benefits, such as making payments more efficient and helping people escape inflation, outweigh the environmental toll. However, he added: “We don’t have exact data to say how much we are benefiting from bitcoin.”last_img read more

Paris police bracing for more violent protests

first_imgPARIS — Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris’ police chief says armoured vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital on Saturday.Michel Delpuech told RTL radio on Friday security services intend to deploy the same numbers and strength as last weekend, with about 8,000 officers and 14 armoured vehicles again in Paris.Delpuech said the biggest difference will be the deployment of more groups of patrol officers to catch vandals who roamed streets around the Champs Elysees last weekend, causing damage and pillaging.A sixth “yellow vest” protester was killed this week, hit by a truck at a protest roadblock. Despite calls from authorities urging protesters to stop the protests, the movement rocking the country has showed no signs of abating.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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

5 NBA Little Men Who Would Have Been as

Michael Jordan is universally considered the greatest basketball player of all time, and rightfully so. His game was a combination of skill, heart, effort and guts, and he elevated the Chicago Bulls to six championships. Here are five smaller men who might have equaled Jordan if they were physically his equal.

Football OSUs success motivated by enjoying the little things

The OSU football team and cheerleaders sing “Carmen” following the Buckeyes 62-3 win over Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes were riding high until they ran into a roadblock at Penn State. OSU lost its first game of the season after multiple games that sprung criticism of the offensive play-calling. The defeat prompted OSU coach Urban Meyer to give an alarming opinion on where the team should be at the moment.“We’re not a great team right now,” Meyer said after the Penn State game. “We gotta come back and keep swinging.”Since then, OSU has been playing its best football of the season and is in the heart of the College Football Playoff picture. But the turnaround after Penn State wasn’t the easiest thing. Several players vocalized the importance of learning from the humbling experience. However, it’s one thing to say it, and it’s another thing to actually learn from the mistakes and apply those lessons.For OSU, it is the appreciation of the little things that has made a difference.“If you don’t appreciate the little things of life, those things go away,” said redshirt junior guard Billy Price. “You just have to appreciate winning around here. Wins in the Big Ten are hard; I mean really, really hard. So you have to appreciate every little thing.”Price and the rest of the offensive line were responsible for six sacks and 11 tackles for loss against Penn State. The unit gathered itself and returned to give redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett the pocket he needed to make plays in the passing game. Barrett had arguably his two best games of the year against Nebraska and Maryland. Combined, he gained over 600 yards and has been responsible for eight touchdowns the past two weeks.On the defensive side of the football, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said that the Silver Bullets are also buying into the little things since the Penn State game. He said that the unit was already strong, but adversity brought them together. He added that the bond among the players is paramount in November.“I think we’re only guaranteed like 13 more days together. These seasons, they roll by and people move on,”  Lewis said. “You have to value that time and that bond with your brothers because you’ll never get it back.”The timing of three top-four teams losing and OSU hitting its peak production couldn’t be better. OSU’s offense scored 60 points in back-to-back games for the first time in 20 years. Ranked No. 2 in the College Football Playoff poll, OSU looks to be in a prime spot to make its second final four in three seasons.Michigan’s loss to Iowa on Saturday makes the path to the Big Ten Championship Game a bit complicated for OSU. If OSU and Penn State both win out, the Nittany Lions will represent the Big Ten East in Indianapolis on Dec. 3 by way of a head-to-head tiebreaker. Despite that, Barrett and redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard voiced their opinions on the team’s CFP fate.They see it like this: OSU wins out, the Buckeyes are in.However, the team is focused on Michigan State. Following the Maryland game, Meyer made that apparent.“November is here and we got a big one coming one week from today,” he said. read more

OSU womens volleyball takes home NIU Invitiational title

Daniel Chi / For The LanternThen-senior outside hitter Mari Hole blocks the ball during a match against Northwestern Nov. 7, 2012, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team took home the NIU Invitational championship with a 3-0 victory against Liberty Friday and a pair of 3-2 wins against Green Bay and Northern Illinois Sunday.Junior setter Taylor Sherwin, who dished out a total of 158 assists during the tournament, led the Buckeyes to the wins over Liberty and Green Bay before capping the weekend off with a victory against host Northern Illinois, which marked win No. 300 for Coach Geoff Carlston.Carlston said he was happy to see his team keep their composure in high stress situations, especially in the tournament finale.“We played almost perfect volleyball in the fifth set, with three freshmen on the floor at the same time.” Carlston said.The Buckeye coach said all of the freshmen contributed during the tournament, but he was particularly impressed with the play of outside hitter Kylie Randall, who made her collegiate debut against Northern Illinois.“She’s (going to) be an incredible player,” Carlston said. “Her first eight swings in college were kills, eight swings, eight kills, no errors.”Randall said in an email she could feel the intensity of the situation but found her comfort level with help from Sherwin.“I settled in when Taylor Sherwin looked at me and said be ready (to) go,” Randall said. “Then I knew it was time to make an impact.”Randall finished the finale second on the team with 18 kills and senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led the team with a career-high 26 kills.Sherwin said via email that she did not realize she had put out an MVP caliber performance until after the tournament wrapped up, but she wanted to give credit to Randall and the other attackers.“That’s what matters most to me,” she said. “For me to be able to put them in the best situations.”While Sherwin and company put on an impressive display, Carlston said he recognizes that there is room for improvement.“We put in a new offensive system about a week ago,” Carlston said. “We just (have to) keep building on that.”Leary experienced some problems in the new offense, picking up 16 errors against Green Bay.“I wasn’t making good shot selections and adjustments throughout that whole game,” Leary said in an email. “But it motivated me to redeem myself in the next game.”She certainly stepped up in the finale against Northern Illinois, adding 22 digs to her career-high kill total.“I was very happy to see 22 digs on the stat sheet,” Leary said. “It shows the improvement in an area I needed and have been working on.”Beyond Leary’s performance, senior libero Davionna DiSalvatore said the team’s defense was strong throughout the tournament.“Everyone did a really great job taking care of the tips, rolls and back row attacks,” DiSalvatore said in an email.While the team performed well in both facets of the game, they still found time to honor their coach’s milestone, even though Carlston said he was not aware that it had been his 300th win.He said the players had noisemakers waiting in the locker room after the match.OSU returns to Columbus for an exhibition match against the Polish National Team at St. John Arena at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. read more

Romagnoli will be AC Milans new captain

first_imgThe ex-Roma footballer believes he has grown with the Rossoneri and has so much to offer his clubAC Milan has a new captain, and it’s a young defender.With only 23 years of age, Alessio Romagnoli has been confirmed by the Rossoneri as the new leader of the team.The center-back spoke to MilanTV, as reported on The Offside, about what this means for his career.“How I feel at Milan? I have grown and I have learned more about this world, about the daily life of the Milan world,” he said.“It’s nice; I feel well here in Milano, I’m very happy to stay. I hope to continue at this club for many years.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We must focus on improving, all together, winning and becoming that Milan that was so fun to watch and won so many trophies. We definitely have to improve and do better than last year,” he added.“We need to do much better than the first half of last campaign and to continue to grow together, to finish better in the standings and to raise the bar.”But he aims not to win only locally, but also in Europe.“We have the Europa League and many beautiful challenges ahead of us. We have a very young squad but many experienced players as well, so the goal is to continue improving,” he commented.“We must avoid mistakes and all the distractions that we had last year. Unfortunately, we had them in Madrid too and in other games. We must improve”.last_img read more

Empoli match a must win for Milans Gattuso

first_imgThe team’s manager believes his club can take the three points home when these two teams play each other tomorrow nightFor AC Milan’s boss Gennaro Gattuso the match between his team an Empoli is a “must win.”Both teams will play each other tomorrow night, as part of Matchday 6 of the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season.“We must win, I’m not looking for the perfect match but I want to take home the three points. It won’t be easy, they are good at moving the ball around and they strikers make the right movement. We really need a win,” he told the club’s official website.“We hadn’t scored at home to Atalanta in two years, but we wanted to win it. We played the game we had to play, but all of sudden we stopped and they had seven shots in the space of 25 minutes.”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….“We struggle when we have to run deep and trackback. Too many times it looks like we don’t like running but we also need to learn how to do the things we don’t like,” he explained.“When on the ball we know what to do. We need a change in mentality when off the ball. We don’t have time to wait, we are lacking some grit”.“We are leaving too many points behind, but we are not doing that bad. We need to keep believing in our qualities,” Gattuso continued.“I agree with the club: we need to improve our fifth-sixth place mentality and remedy mistakes that are preventing us from playing with continuity. At times we should be more clinical. We are lacking belief, it happens that we are afraid we won’t win, as it happened against Atalanta”.last_img read more

Miss Teen TCI Malique Ferrette home now

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Massive 8.2 earthquake rocks Mexico and Guatemala; 32 people dead. Recommended for you Miss Teen TCI Contestants to be unveiled Related Items:guatemala, malique ferette, miss photogenic, miss teen Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Feb 2015 – She is back! After a show stopping performance and representation at the Miss Teen Universe pageant in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Malique Ferrette is returned to Turks and Caicos yesterday. The Miss Teen TCI organization called it a series of unfortunate events which delayed Miss Ferrette getting back more quickly; a volcano erupted in Guatemala and forced the airport’s closure, grounding flights and making even next day connections home nearly impossible for the teen and the contingent, which included her mother. The first title holder for the country not only earned best face with the Miss Photogenic award at the Saturday night contest, but was dynamite in drama getting the longest time to put on her talent at the show – her focus on domestic violence. See photos of Malique at the Miss Teen TCI Facebook page; also on hand to greet Malique upon her return, Miss Universe Turks and Caicos, another stand out, Shanice Williams. Miss Teen TCI Malique lovely in Guatemala Citylast_img read more