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29 years later, Kashmir Pandit returns to jubilant welcome

first_imgA Kashmiri Pandit’s homecoming to Srinagar, 29 years after he left the State, on Thursday was met with a rousing reception from locals, infusing hope for the peaceful return of the Hindu community that had to leave the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s in the face of raging militancy.Roshan Lal Mawa, in his 70s, on Thursday threw open a shop selling dates in the volatile old city’s Zanai Kadal area, from where he hails originally. That Mr. Mawa will sell a variety of dates is also symbolic since the Muslim holy month of Ramzan is a few days away.Jubilant localsTo his surprise, decision to reopen the shop, closed for 29 years, attracted jubilant locals and fellow shopkeepers. Mr. Mawa was welcomed with the tying of a white turban around his head, a Kashmiri tradition, and many hugs were exchanged. “I have set up a thriving dry fruit business outside [Kashmir]. I lived a happy life in Delhi. But I decided to return [to Kashmir] because I missed the affection I have here, the brotherhood, the hugs and the Kashmiriyat (cultural values of the Kashmiri people). You can’t find these values anywhere in the world,” said Mr. Mawa.He was among the hundreds of members of the Kashmiri Pandit community that was forced to migrate outside the Valley as militancy spread in the 1990s. Mr. Mawa’s decision to return was not easy, given the circumstances in which he had to leave.“It was October 13, 1990. A youth entered my shop and asked for dry fruit samples. In the meantime, he pulled out a pistol and shot me four times in my abdomen. I survived. I, along with my wife, moved outside the State,” he recalled.‘Yearning to return’He said his return to his roots “reflects the general yearning of my community to return home”. But, Mr. Mawa added, “I oppose the idea of having separate colonies for Pandits. It will make us soft targets. I want my [Muslim] neighbours to take care of my children.” Leaders of regional parties joined in welcoming Mr. Mawa. “Eventually, it will be this leap of faith taken by Roshan Lal and the warmth shown by his Muslim brethren that will strengthen ties and also encourage them [Kashmiri Pandits] to return home, where they truly belong,” said Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.last_img read more

Man lynched in Bengal over child-lifting suspicion

first_imgA person was lynched in West Bengal’s Alipurduar district by a mob on the suspicion of being a child-lifter, police said on July 29. The incident occurred at the Tasati tea garden on July 28 evening when locals saw a person moving suspiciously in the area, an officer of Falakata police station said.“Over 250 people had beaten up the man with fists and also kicked him. He was seriously injured when we recovered him from the mob,” the officer said. The man, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, was declared brought dead at the Birpara hospital, hospital sources said.“Seventeen people have been arrested in connection with the incident and they will be produced at the court on Monday. Further investigation is on,” district Superintendent of Police Nagendra Nath Tripathi said. The incident comes a week after two people were beaten up on suspicion of being child-lifters in separate incidents in the district a week ago.last_img read more

‘Moitra violated model code’

first_imgThe West Bengal unit of the BJP alleged violation of the model code of conduct by Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, who, it said, was accompanied by a police officer while campaigning for the Karimpur Assembly bypolls scheduled for Nov. 25. The party attached a photograph to support its charge. In response, the Trinamool Congress said the photo dated back to August 18.last_img

New Bihar CM has big shoes to slip into, says Giridhar Jha

first_imgIt is always a tough task to follow in the footsteps of an illustrious predecessor. Bihar’s new Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi should know it well, as he finds himself in an unenviable position after taking over the reins from none other than Nitish Kumar. Nitish, who resigned after the disastrous performance of the JD(U) the recent Lok Sabha elections, had raised the bar of good governance by bringing Bihar back on the tracks of development during his eightand-a-half-year rule. From facilitating economic growth of an underdeveloped state, restoring law and order and tackling the scourge of corruption with an iron hand, his regime was marked for quick decisions and out-of-the-box solutions to many a long-standing problem.Jitan Ram Manjhi has been a sixterm MLA who has outshone his colleagues with his performance.For the first time in Bihar, development became a byword in the corridors of power during his tenure which prompted his admirers to hail him as the best administrator since Sri Krishna Sinha, the first and the longest-serving chief minister in the state.His political decision, especially the one to snap his party’s ties with the BJP against the rising stature of Modi, may have been questioned but no one could take away the credit from him that he served, to the best of his ability, to work for the inclusive growth of Bihar all through his stint.Nitish’s government was applauded for giving 50 per cent reservation to women in the three-tier panchayati raj institutions, setting up of speedy trials for disposal of long-pending and high-profile criminal cases and confiscating assets of corrupt public servants, including IAS and IPS officers.That is why his sudden exit created a vacuum of sorts. Most people, including former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, felt that Manjhi, the new Chief Minister, would not be able to step into the big shoes of Nitish and end up as a dummy candidate to be remote controlled by his predecessor .This was, however, grossly unfair to Manjhi. A six-term MLA who was made minister in the Jagannath Mishra cabinet way back in the early 1980s, he has been a campaigner who had diligently worked his way to the top with making any noises over the years. Even his performance as the minister for SC/ST welfare in the Nitish government was better than most of his ministerial colleagues. This probably explains why no murmurs were heard within the JD(U) when he was handpicked by Nitish. It was Manjhi’s long experience – in addition to the fact that he belonged to the poorest of the poor Mushhar community of the mahadalits – that worked in his favour and minimised the possibility of any rebellion. Manjhi will now have to prove to his detractors that he is not merely a “rubber stamp.”His task is to carry forward the development agenda of Nitish but he is also expected to take his own independent decisions.Poor girls gettop spots in schoolsIi is not unusual for girls to outperform the boys in the school examinations these days. But in Bihar, they are grabbing the lion’s share of the top spots. In the Class XII Intermediate (Arts) examination conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board, out of the 20 students who got the top positions, 16 of them happened to be girls. What is significant about their achievement is the fact that all of them belonged to the interiors of the state. There were five girls from Madhubani district alone, three from Muzaffarpur, two each from Araria and Saharsa districts but none of them hailed from Patna.This year’s topper Huma Khatoon was a student of Purnia Secondary School while the second and third toppers were Kumari Priyanka from Siwan and Nidhi Kumari from Rosera in Samastipur district. Huma is the first girl from her family to have pursued her education beyond class X. The overall performance of the girls was also far better than the boys. While only 38.75 per cent boys could pass the examinations, 62.24 per cent girls achieved success. Still, the performance of the girls was not better than the last year. In 2013, altogether 19 girls were among the top 20 students. Girls’ education received a tremendous boost during the tenure of Nitish Kumar who offered girl students sops such as free bicycles to check the dropout rate in the state.Bihar kids enter record booksBihar’s kids have something to cheer about. The children of Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan have made it to the Limca Book of Records this year for their commendable feat. In December 2012, altogether 7,475 students in the age group of 9-16 had taken part in the Bal Olympiad (Children’s Olympiad) at the Moinul Haq Stadium in Patna. This turned out to be the largest children’s sports event in the country and earned it an entry into the record book.Patna Sahib mahotsav relocatedThe tourism department of the Bihar government has started organising the Patna Sahib Mahotsav on a grand scale at the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh, seven years ago. Every year, it invites popular singers and other performers to regale the crowds at the festival held near the famous Harmandir Sahib shrine. This year, too, the two-day musical extravaganza saw singer Jasbir Jassi and the dance troupe of Aditi Mangal Das holding the audience in thrall. But the kicked off a controversy due to change in its venue. For the first time since its inception, the Patna Sahib Mahotsav was held at S K Memorial Hall, far away from the holy shrine. The change in venue had angered residents living near the shrine.last_img read more

Sania Mirza has inspired a generation of Indians, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgCricket legend Sachin Tendulkar showered praise on Sania Mirza saying the tennis superstar has inspired a generation of Indians to pursue their dreams.Mirza, on Thursday, was named named by Time magazine in its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.In a profile for Mirza in the Time magazine, Sachin said that Mirza’s confidence and resilience reached beyond tennis. “Sania’s confidence, strength and resilience reach beyond tennis. She has inspired a generation of Indians to pursue their dreams,” Tendulkar wrote.The master batsman, who is known for his love of tennis, revealed that he had followed Mirza from from the early stages of her career. He said he believed in Mirza’s potential when he saw her battle against Serena Williams in a singles match at the Australian Open back in 2008.”In 2008 I saw her play in the third round of the Australian Open against Venus Williams. Though she lost, I believed she had the potential to be a star.”Tendulkar described Mirza, who was recently awarded India’s third highest civilian honour the Padma Bhushan, as an ‘inspiration’ on the court. He lauded her ‘dedication and willpower’ to reinvent herself fully as a doubles player when her singles career was cut short by wrist injuries.Mirza had a dream run in 2015, in which she went on to win the Wimbledon and the US Open doubles title along with Swiss star Martina Hingis. Also, Mirza secured the No. 1 spot in doubles ranking last year. The successful duo began 2016 on a high by winning the Australian Open.advertisementlast_img read more

Applications of blockchain in engineering remain scarce

first_imgWTF Is The Blockchain? A Guide for Total Beginners Blockchain Technology Overview NIST Report on Blockchain Technology Aims to Go Beyond the Hype NIST: Blockchain Provides Security, Traceability for Smart Manufacturing Securing the Digital Threat for Smart Manufacturing: A Reference Model for Blockchain-Based Product Data Traceability What is blockchain? Blockchain. It’s the basis for cryptocurrency and now businesses are looking into other use cases. Engineering use cases have been proposed, though implementations are essentially nonexistent at this early stage in the distributed digital ledger’s development. That’s what EDN learned from speaking with several instrument makers and publishers of calibration software who, when asked, replied “not thinking about it” or “no comment.”Why the lack of enthusiasm in the engineering community? Despite the hype and large number of blockchain descriptions and tutorials available, there is still not even a formal, accepted definition of a blockchain. See ” Blockchain resources,” for links to papers and articles where you can learn how the technology works. Computer scientists at NIST have written a paper that contains the closest thing to a standard description. NISTIR 8202, Blockchain Technology Overview describes a blockchain: Blockchains are distributed digital ledgers of cryptographically signed transactions that are grouped into blocks. Each block is cryptographically linked to the previous one (making it tamper evident) after validation and undergoing a consensus decision. As new blocks are added, older blocks become more difficult to modify (creating tamper resistance). New blocks are replicated across copies of the ledger within the network, and any conflicts are resolved automatically using established rules. The NIST Blockchain Technology Overview, which I highly recommend as a starting point, describes permissioned and permissionless blockchain digital ledgers. In a permissionless blockchain such as cryptocurrency, anyone with the software and enough computing power can become a node in the blockchain network. People who add blocks to the chain use public addresses, concealing their true identities. Permissioned blockchains—where the identity of those able to add blocks is known—have so far received considerably less discussion, but that’s changing. In a permissioned blockchain, only those computers with permission can become nodes in a blockchain network. Such blockchains might have value in documenting engineering activities and storing engineering data as a product moves from design to production. NIST has proposed using blockchain to securely store manufacturing data. Blockchains might find a place in the supply chain to provide proof of origin for parts and prove authentication. Another potential application is to store data as components are assembled onto boards and boards go into systems. EDN spoke with Dylan Yaga, author of NISTIR 8202, who noted this possible use. In addition to its use in the supply chain, blockchain has been proposed as a method for storing calibration data. The authors of Blockchain-based for Calibration of Digital Multimeter System Design point to blockchain’s ability to store data in a way that makes it difficult to change once a block of data is added to a chain. The paper’s authors propose a permissioned blockchain where only authorized parties add blocks of data to the chain. Because the calibration data is stored on every computer in this private blockchain network, it can’t be lost in the event of a data breach, fire, or other calamity occurring at a single location. Today, each lab maintains its own database of equipment it’s calibrated. Many users keep their own copies of data on calibrations performed on their equipment. Figure 1 shows how data might be stored in a blockchain from more than one lab. Each lab would have its own application software (single app shown). Figure 1 Calibration labs, each using their own software (one shown), could share a single blockchain for measurement data. Query a blockchain? The paper’s authors note that simply storing data in a blockchain isn’t enough. The data needs additional software to be organized and needs software to calculate a measurement’s uncertainty and verify traceability to a national lab such as NIST. Michael Schwartz, automation engineer at CalLab Solutions echoed that need. In developing, Schwartz and others considered in 2015 implementing a blockchain database for storing calibration data but ran into problems when designing the database for storing data but ran into issues. “We needed a way to query the blockchain data and couldn’t find one,” he told EDN . Instead, Schwartz chose to store the data in XML files. When asked about Schwartz’s claim of no queries, Yaga replied by saying, “Blockchains need additional software to make them usable. You can construct a relational database that uses the blockchain-stored data to perform queries.” “It’s possible,” he continued, “to query a blockchain’s data block by block, but that’s inefficient. The relational database can cache the blockchain’s data for queries, provide a more useable interface for the data, and perform data processing.” Figure 2 shows a relational database with data copied from a blockchain. “Most people aren’t comfortable with command lines found in most blockchain software. The primary reason for storing the data in a blockchain is because changing the data is difficult.” Yaga added that labs would need to verify that data in the relational database has not been altered by comparing its contents against that of the blockchain. You can also use a block explorer to search data in a blockchain. They’re mostly used for searching cryptocurrency blockchains and go by names such as Blockchair, Gold Explorer, and Cardano Blockchain Explorer. Figure 2 A relational database can perform queries of data copied from a blockchain. “Trust” means different things Blockchain resources There’s no shortage of online blockchain descriptions, tutorials and software ratings. Here’s a sampling. NIST papers and articles How do you build a blockchain? Blockchain basics Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology Continue Reading Previous WITTENSTEIN: SAFERTOS now supports RISC-VNext SRAM-based processor-in-memory (PIM) AI chip proves speedy AI inference performer Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.center_img What is Blockchain and What Blockchains Are The Blockchain Might Be the Next Disruptive Technology IEEE publications Blockchain: Understanding Its Uses and Implications, free online course by Linux Foundation In blockchain terms, trust refers to the integrity of a transaction and in the decentralized database’s underlying cryptographic mechanisms as well. Permissionless blockchains rely on a rigorous mathematical process that results in consensus from the community, which creates trust in a transaction’s validity. That’s essential for a permissionless cryptocurrency blockchain because there’s no central authority as there is in traditional currency. According to Yaga, permissioned blockchains might not have the same level of trust (in blockchain terms) as permissionless blockchains because of the limited number of users available to mathematically reach consensus. He noted that a blockchain with a single user has no way to assign such trust to anything put into it. In a permissioned blockchain, anyone with data-entry permission can add blocks to the chain. With few nodes in the network, the users must implicitly trust each other to keep the data valid. But, engineers usually trust the work performed at a calibration lab anyway. If you don’t trust a lab’s procedures and results, look for another lab regardless of how the lab stores test results. In measurement and calibration, it’s trust in the data that counts. The metrology industry has established calibration procedures that accreditation bodies audit when they visit a lab. In the blockchain paper on DMM calibration, labs are the nodes of the blockchain network. But, before data is entered in the blockchain, software calculates uncertainty, creates a calibration certificate for an instrument, and establishes traceability to a national lab before writing to the blockchain. A lab’s customers can log in to an account at a lab and retrieve calibration certificates created by the external software, but not have access to the blockchain. While not blockchain based, Schwartz’s software calculates the uncertainty in a calibration. That software also compares calibration data against a lab’s “scope of uncertainty,” a set of data that results from a lab’s audit, which is based on calibration procedures, equipment used, and the equipment’s traceability to a national lab. The calculated uncertainty can’t be less than a lab’s scope of uncertainty for a given measurement, lest the data be invalid in a calibration sense. Although blockchains rely on “trust,” that trust has nothing to with trusting the quality of the data itself. Thus, s blockchain can have invalid data even though the blockchain software concludes that the data entered is “trusted” from a blockchain perspective. In other words, “garbage in, garbage out.” Blockchain basics: Introduction to distributed ledgers Do You Need a Blockchain? How Blockchains Work Blockchain-based for Calibration of Digital Multimeter System Design IBM’s solution to linking physical goods with a blockchain last_img read more

Uttar Pradesh: Muslims plan to leave this village if BJP wins polls

first_imgMuslims in Nayabans, an unremarkable village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, say they remember a time when their children played with Hindu youths, and people from either faith chatted when they frequented each other’s shops and went to festivals together.Such interactions no longer happen, many say, because of how polarized the two communities have become in the past two years, and some are frightened and thinking of moving away – if they can afford it.Muslim residents who spoke to Reuters said they thought tensions would only worsen if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins a second term in the current general election, as exit polls released on Sunday indicate is likely. Votes will be counted Thursday.”Things were very good earlier. Muslims and Hindus were together in good and bad times, weddings to deaths. Now we live our separate ways despite living in the same village,” said Gulfam Ali, who runs a small shop selling bread and tobacco.Modi came to power in 2014 and the BJP took control of Uttar Pradesh state, which includes Nayabans, in 2017. The state’s chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, is a Hindu priest and senior BJP figure.”Modi and Yogi have messed it up,” said Ali. “Dividing Hindus and Muslims is their main agenda, only agenda. It was never like this earlier. We want to leave this place but can’t really do that.”He says about a dozen Muslim families have left in the past two years, including his uncle.advertisementThe BJP denies its policies have stoked community divisions.COW KILLINGAt the end of last year, Nayabans, a village of wheatfields, narrow cemented streets, bullock carts and loitering cows, became a symbol of India’s deepening divide as some Hindu men from the area complained they had seen a group of Muslims slaughtering cows, which Hindus regard as sacred.Angry Hindus accused police of failing to stop an illegal practice, and a Hindu mob blocked a highway, threw stones and burned vehicles. Two people were shot and killed – including a police officer.Five months later many Muslims, who only number about 400 of the village’s population of more than 4,000, say the wounds haven’t healed.And in a country where 14 per cent of the population are Muslim and 80 per cent Hindu, Nayabans reflects wider tensions in places where Muslim residents are heavily outnumbered by Hindu neighbours.”There have been no riots in the country under this government. It’s wrong to label criminal incidents, which we denounce, as Hindu-Muslim issues,” BJP spokesman Gopal Krishna Agarwal said.”The opposition has been playing communal politics but we believe in neutrality of governance. Neither appeasement of any, nor denouncement of any. Some people may be finding that they are not being appeased anymore.”CALL TO PRAYERTo be sure, villagers say Nayabans was not free of conflict in the past – attempts to build a mosque in 1977 led to communal riots in which two people were killed. But for the 40 years after that there had been relative harmony, villagers say.Some Muslim residents said Hindu hardliners started asserting themselves more in the village after Yogi took office in March 2017.The atmosphere worsened around the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in 2017 – Hindu activists demanded Muslims stop using a microphone in their madrasa, which also acts as a mosque, to call people to prayer, arguing it disturbed the whole community.The Muslims reluctantly agreed to stop using the mike and speaker – even though they say it had been operating for many years – to keep the peace, but the move created deep resentment.Some Hindus were unsympathetic.”God knows what they are moaning about,” said Hindu elder Om Prakash, a 63-year-old tailor. “There’s peace here but we won’t tolerate any mike there. That’s a madrasa, not a mosque.”Islam requires the faithful to pray five times a day. Without the reminder of hearing the call, some Muslim residents say they risk missing prayer times.”We can’t express our religion in any way here, but they are free to do whatever they want,” said Muslim law student Aisha, 21.She said that Hindu men from the village often shouted anti-Muslim slogans during festival processions. At least a dozen Hindus in the village denied that was the case.Aisha remembers when relations were better.”Earlier they would speak very nicely to us, but now they don’t,” said Aisha. “If there was any problem at all, or someone was sick in the family, all the neighbours would come over and help – whether Hindus or Muslims. Now that doesn’t happen.”advertisement”EMPTY OUT”Sharfuddin Saifi, 38, who runs a cloth shop at a nearby market, was named in a complaint filed with the police by local Hindus over the cow incident last year.After 16 days in jail, he was released as the police found he had nothing to do with the suspected slaughter, but said he found much had changed.Hindus now shun his business. The money he spent on lawyers meant he had to stop going to Delhi to buy stock for the shop, which is largely empty. And he withdrew his 13-year-old son from a private school because he could no longer afford it.”For someone who had never seen the inside of a police station or even dreamt of committing a crime, it’s a big thing,” he said of the trauma of his detention.He often thinks about leaving the village, he says, but tells himself, “I have not done anything wrong, why should I leave?”Carpenter Jabbar Ali, 55, moved to a Muslim-dominated area in Masuri, closer to Delhi, buying a house with money he saved from working in Saudi Arabia.”If Hindus could kill a Hindu police inspector, in front of a police outpost, with armed guards alongside him, then who are we Muslims?” Ali said, recalling the December incident.He still keeps his house in Nayabans and visits occasionally but said he feels much safer in his new home, where all his immediate neighbours are Muslims.”I’m fearful here,” he said. “Muslims may have to empty out this place if Modi gets another term, and Yogi continues here.”Junaid, a round-faced 22-year-old with a goatee, comes from one of the most affluent Muslim families in the village. His father runs a gold shop in a town nearby.Seated outside his home, he recalled playing sport together with Hindus.”When we were young all the Hindus and Muslims used to play together, especially cricket – I played it a lot,” he said. “Now we haven’t played in at least a year.”He said he wanted to move to New Delhi soon to study at a university there. “Things are not good here,” he said.Some Muslims, however, say they are committed to remaining. Aas Mohammed, 42, the owner of a flourishing tiles and bathroom fixtures business in a nearby town, has decided to stay in the village, though he has a house on Delhi’s outskirts.Mohammed helped arrange a lawyer for Saifi after his arrest over the cow incident. He is now lobbying to have the microphone brought back and fighting a legal battle to get a new mosque built.”I will fight on,” he said. “I am not scared, but another term for Modi will make it very difficult for many other people to live here.”Also Read | Axis My India Exit Poll 2019: Frequently asked questions and answersAlso Read | Gurugram: Mob brutally thrashes doctor in Ardee City, says Muslims should leaveAlso Watch | Exit poll predicts Modi tsunami in 2019, NDA likey to win 339-365 seatsadvertisementlast_img read more

Atlanta lands Nagbe in blockbuster trade

first_imgTransfers Atlanta United lands Darlington Nagbe in blockbuster trade with Portland Timbers Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 02:14 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Darlington Nagbe Portland Timbers Jamie Valdez Transfers MLS Portland Timbers Atlanta United The U.S. international will head to the second-year club to join an already explosive attack that includes Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron Atlanta United has acquired Darlington Nagbe from the Portland Timbers in a trade, the two MLS teams announced Wednesday.In exchange for the U.S. international, the Timbers will receive up to $1.65 million in allocation money and an international player spot. Atlanta also received Gbenga Arokoyo in the deal.“Darlington was our top target in the league this offseason and we’re ecstatic to welcome him to our club,” Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement. “He is a perfect fit for our style of play as he has a dynamic ability to dribble out of trouble, maintain possession and make passes that bring additional players into the game.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 27-year-old midfielder was the Timbers first-ever MLS draft pick in 2011 and has spent the entirety of his professional career with the Cascadia club. He scored 27 goals and added 30 asissts over the course of 214 regular-season games with Portland. He also added a goal and two assists over 12 playoff games with the pair of assists coming in Portland’s run to the MLS Cup in 2015.Nagbe has been deployed both as a winger and inside as a playmaker during his time in Portland.Another midfield magician. #ATLUTD signs @darlingtonnagbe from the Portland Timbers:— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) December 13, 2017The Liberian-born Nagbe became a U.S. citizen in 2015 and has been capped 24 times for the U.S. national team.“As the club’s first-ever MLS draft pick, Darlington has grown with this team from its beginnings in the league and has been a great player and representative in his seven years with the Timbers,” said Portland general manager Gavin Wilkinson in a statement. “On behalf of the entire organization, I want to sincerely thank Darlington for everything he has given this club and for helping Portland win its first MLS Cup in 2015. He will always be a part of the Timbers family, and we wish Darlington, his wife, Felicia, and their two children all the best.”The breakdown of the money Portland receive includes $650,000 in general allocation money in 2018, $100,000 in general allocation money in 2019 and $300,000 in targeted allocation money in 2018. In addition to those funds and the international player slot, the Timbers may receive $600,000 in future fees depending on Nagbe’s performance in Atlanta.Nagbe will join an impressive collection of attacking talent in Atlanta, already featuring Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez and Hector Villalba. Under coach Tata Martino, Atlanta scored 70 goals in its debut season, trailing the league-best attack of Toronto FC by just four goals, en route to a playoff appearance. Arokoyo is a 25-year-old defender who played in just one game for the Timbers in 2016 before going down with a season-ending injury before the 2017 season. Prior to signing in Portland Arokoyo played for Gaziantepspor in Turkey’s top division and Mjallby AIF in Sweden’s top league.last_img read more

2010 Pan Pacific Masters Games

first_imgTouch Football is one of the 34 sports on offer at the event and will be played from Wednesday, 10 November until Saturday, 13 November 2010 at Owen Park, Southport. The following divisions will be offered at the event:Men’s: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+Women’s: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+Mixed: W30+/M35+, W35+/M40+, W40+/M45+, W45+/M50+Team entries close on Friday, 24 September 2010. For more information on the 2010 Pan Pacific Masters Games, please visit the following read more

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL review: A Pixel for everyone

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiMay 21, 2019UPDATED: May 23, 2019 09:08 IST 8/10HIGHLIGHTS Earlier this month Google launched Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones.The Google Pixel 3a costs Rs 39,999 in India.The Google Pixel 3a XL costs Rs 44,999 in India.Everything comes at a price. And if it is a flagship smartphone, then the price is very high. So, we are now seeing a new trend. With top-end phone prices soaring high, smartphone market is witnessing the emergence of something new: smartphones in the price range of Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 that offer a premium experience but with some compromises. This trend, on one hand, has encouraged companies like OnePlus to push up upwards and introduce pricier phones like OnePlus 7 Pro with better features, whereas some other phone makers, like Google is doing with the Pixel 3a, have introduced somewhat cut-down down versions of their flagship devices. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, launched at Google I/O 2019 earlier this month, in that way are the less pricier Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL.The newly launched Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL, as one would understand, are the more affordable version of the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL, that we reviewed last year and are available in India for Rs 71,000 and Rs 83,000 respectively.Being the younger sibling of the Pixel 3 smartphones that have been lauded for their camera performance means that they are quite similar to the flagship devices. But like I said everything comes with a price. And the price for getting relatively affordable Pixel smartphone, in this case, lies in small sacrifices like the absence of water and dust resistance coating, an older processor and the lack of Corning Gorilla Glass — there is Dragon Glass layer, though — protection among other things. Yet, there is an upside to this. The Pixel 3a smartphones gain the famous 3.5mm jack that went away from the Pixel smartphones two years back with the launch of the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL smartphones.advertisementFirst a quick glance at the top specs of the Pixel 3a smartphones.SpecificationsScreen: 5.6-inch full HD+ gOLED display for Pixel 3a; 6.0-inch full HD+ gOLED display for Pixel 3a XLProcessor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipsetRAM: 4GB RAMStorage: 64GB memoryOperating System: Android 9.0 PieCamera: 12.2MP rear camera with dual pixel phase detection, 8MP front-facing cameraConnectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.0Battery: 3,000mAh with 18W fast charging for Pixel 3a; 3,700mAh with 18W fast charging for Pixel 3a XLLooks like Pixel 3If there is one thing to say about the newly launched Google Pixel 3a smartphones, it is that they look like Pixel 3 smartphones, feel like Pixel 3 smartphones, but they aren’t Pixel 3 smartphone. They look so much similar to the original Pixel 3 smartphones that it is almost impossible to see the differences. Yet, if you take a closer look, you would realise what makes the Pixel 3 smartphones at least 30 grand pricier than their recently hatched, ahem, Pixel 3a siblings. First things first. The Google Pixel 3a smartphone measures 6.0×2.8×0.3 inches and weighs 147g. In contrast, the Pixel 3 measures 5.7×2.7×0.3 inches and it weighs 148g. Similarly, the Pixel 3a XL measures 6.3×3.0x0.3 inches and weighs 167g. In contrast, the Pixel 3 XL measures 6.2×3.0x0.3 inches and it weighs 184g. At the front there is an OLED display, which shows resplendent colours, and at the back there is a dual finish body along with the Google logo, the fingerprint sensor and the single rear camera setup that is characteristic to the premium budget Pixel smartphones. Like I said, nearly indistinguishable.Yet there are subtle differences. The Pixel 3a smartphones come with a plastic back as against the glass back in the Pixel 3 smartphones. While Google has maintained the texture of the design at back and to a naked eye the difference is none, when you take a closer peek or when you feel the Pixel 3a smartphones in your hands, you would understand that the glass body is one of the most important factors that help you distinguish the premium sibling from the mid-budget one.In addition to this, the Pixel 3a smartphones also miss out on the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection (in the front and at the back) and the IP68 dust and water resistant coating that make the Pixel 3 smartphones more resilient and immune to their surroundings. There is tough Dragon Layer glass on the screens of the cheaper Pixels, but usually we see this glass on much more affordable phones.The Pixel 3a smartphones look so much similar to the original Pixel 3 smartphones that it is almost impossible to notice the differences.While these small compromises may make the Pixel 3a smartphones not seem like a perfect suitor, it has one thing that the pricier Pixels lack: the 3.5mm jack. A lot of people still apparently want the jack in their phone, and Google grants this wish by including one in its budget smartphones.advertisementGoodbye notchAs far as the display of the Pixel 3a smartphones is concerned, it is another way you can distinguish the Pixel 3a smartphones from the Pixel 3 smartphones. The Google Pixel 3a comes with a 5.6-inch full HD+ OLED display. On the contrary, the Pixel 3 comes with a 5.5-inch full HD+ OLED display. Similarly, the Pixel 3a XL features a 6.0-inch full HD+ OLED display while the Pixel 3 XL comes with a 6.3-inch full HD+ OLED display. Again, nearly indistinguishable.The difference between the two smartphones is outside the specs. The Google Pixel 3 smartphones, as we all know, embrace the notch trend. They house an earpiece along with a dual front camera setup with 8MP wide-angle and lenses in the front. Contrary to that, the Pixel 3a smartphones show a blatant disregard for the notch as they bring back large bezels on the top and on the bottom – just like more mainstream and cheaper smartphones. The thick bezels on top harbour an earpiece and an 8MP front camera. The display of the Pixel 3a smartphones is bright and well lit, which makes using the phone easy even under the bright Delhi sun. The colours seem natural and they put barely any strain on the eyes even when the brightness is maxed out, all of which account for an comfortable viewing experience.Piece of a PieOne reason you should prefer Google’s Pixel smartphones over any other Android smartphone is the features that are exclusive to its flagship devices and the software, which gets updated as soon as Google rolls out an update to its mobile operating system. This means lesser delays in getting improved functionality, quicker security patches and faster fixation of issues with its mobile OS updates. This is true for the Pixel 3a smartphones as well. The Google Pixel 3a smartphones, just like their elder siblings – the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL – come with the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system – Android 9.0 Pie – and the promise of getting the next gen Android OS – Android Q. They also come with some of the Pixel’s characteristic features such as the Now Playing, Active Edge feature for accessing the Google Assistant, display colour modes and the notification dots, which make using Pixel 3a smartphones an absolute delight to use.Then there is the Digital Wellbeing feature that gives you a premium flagship smartphone like experience by giving you a minute-by-minute account of the time that you have spent on various apps. There are also features such as Wind Down, which turns the colours grey depending on your night light schedule and the Flip to Shhh feature, which actives the Do Not Disturb mode when you flip the phone, that make it an ideal fit for anyone.advertisementThe real stunner, however, are the shots captured in the low-light conditions where the colours are absolutely stunning.There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor inside both the Google Pixel 3a and the Google Pixel 3a XL smartphones, coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage space. While the RAM and storage in the Pixel 3a smartphones is the same as that in the Pixel 3 smartphones, it is a slower processor that waters down the overall Pixel experience, as I like to call it, in the Pixel 3a smartphones. Notably, the fingerprint is fast and I mean really fast (and flawlessly accurate, each time), the overall experience is comparatively cold. You can notice some lag even while clicking the Night Shots, which by the way are uh-mazing. This I presume is because of the processor. Like I had said in the beginning, everything comes with a price. And so it is possible that Google chose to include Snapdragon 670 processor instead of a newer Snapdragon 710 chipset in order to include other premium Pixel-y features while keeping the overall cost under Rs 50,000.Gorgeous night shotsPixel smartphones are known for their camera quality. Google’s artificial intelligence (AI)-based algorithm that is used in the Pixel smartphones is one of the best image processing software in use. It is this software that has helped Google’s premium budget Pixel smartphones race ahead of the competition at a time when smartphones with a triple rare camera setup have become a norm. Google brings the same technological prowess that powers its pricier Pixel devices to its budget Pixel 3a devices.Both the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL come with a 12.2MP rear camera with Sony IMX363 sensor – the same one that is inside the Google Pixel 3 smartphones. On the front, the two smartphones sport an 8MP camera. Camera specs aside, the new Pixel 3a smartphones, just like their pricier siblings, produce some amazing insta-worthy shots. In the images captured in the indoor lighting conditions, the new Pixels capture images in clarity and vibrancy that is devoid of noise or distortion. Similar is the case for the images captured in the outdoor lighting where the newly launched Pixel devices capture natural colours.The images captured in indoor light using the front camera too carry the same clarity. However, the images captured by the Pixel 3a smartphones carry a subtle tone. So, if you like your images to be extra bright you will have to make the necessary adjustments.IMAGE SAMPLESThe real stunner, however, are the shots captured in the low-light conditions where the colours are gorgeous. The colours are brightened – thanks to Google’s image processing algorithm – with no noise and a slight flare. The overall images look balanced and bright. The only issue I noticed is that of the camera lag while processing images, especially the ones captured in low light condition. It takes 1-2 seconds to capture and process images in the low-light conditions. Sometimes, cloudy weather conditions too can increase the image capturing and processing time, but barring that the camera works flawlessly.Long live the king… oops …PixelBattery is to a smartphone what fuel is to a car. A smartphone with a bigger battery and more efficient battery management system can last for longer durations and ensure that your smartphone doesn’t run out of juice when you need it the most. The Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL smartphones that were launched earlier this month fare well in this department.The Google Pixel 3a comes with a 3,000mAh battery while the Pixel 3a XL comes with a bigger 3,700mAh battery. Once completely charged, the Pixel 3a XL can go without juice for almost two days under normal conditions. This means that you can scroll through Instagram, respond to WhatsApp messages, make your calls and watch addictive food videos on Facebook and your Pixel 3a XL smartphone will support you for a time close to two days. When drained completely, the Pixel 3a XL goes from 0 to 39 per cent in 30 minutes. This means that if you are low on battery, a 30 minutes of charge can easily get you home. It takes the smartphone nearly 2 hours to charge completely.Should you buy Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL?Absolutely yes, if you want a phone with great camera. The newly launched Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones offer the very best of the original Pixel 3 smartphones at a considerably low price. They have a design that is deceivingly similar to the Pixel 3 smartphones and key ‘Pixel-y’ features such as Active Edge, Now Playing and Digital Wellbeing that work flawlessly. They also offer a fantastic camera experience that is close to flagship Pixel phones. And the best of all, even though they are a bit pricey, they don’t cost a fortune like the Pixel 3 smartphones.True, there are some sacrifices to be made — no water resistance — but like I had said in the beginning of this review, some compromises can be tolerated if in return you are getting the Pixel experience under Rs 50,000. So, if you are comfortable with ignoring what is missing, the Google Pixel 3a and the Google Pixel 3a XL are a total catch!Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL review8/10ProsLong BatteryGreat cameraPixel softwareConsNo IP ratingPlastic bodyOld CPUGet 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow GoogleFollow Google Pixel 3aFollow Google Pixel 3a xl Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL review: A Pixel for everyoneThe newly launched Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones offer the very best of the original Pixel 3 smartphones at a considerably low price.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Only a fool would be tempted to bat like Rohit Sharma, says KL Rahul

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Only a fool would be tempted to bat like Rohit Sharma, says KL RahulIndia vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s opening partner KL Rahul says that looking to emulate the India vice-captain would be nothing short of being foolish.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service BirminghamJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 09:08 IST Rohit Sharma is on a different planet when he gets going: KL Rahul. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma top-scored for India with 104 off 92 balls vs BangladeshRohit and KL Rahul’s 180-run stand was India’s highest opening partnership in World CupsIt was also the highest opening partnership by any pair at the ongoing World CupOn his day, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma makes batting look easier than a walk in the park and with four centuries to his name, the 2019 edition of the World Cup has seen him in fine flow. But his opening partner K.L. Rahul says that looking to emulate the stylish batsman would be nothing short of being foolish.”You would be a fool to be tempted to bat like Rohit because he is in a different class. He is on a different planet altogether when he gets going. He made it look really easy (against Bangladesh) when really it wasn’t anything of the kind. The pitch was two-paced, up and down, not coming on to the bat, but from the way he played, you would not have known.”We expect it from him and he is delivering every time. To bat with him is really easy because he takes the pressure off you. He keeps getting the boundaries and the scoreboard keeps ticking, I just have to keep there with him. It is great fun.”He has scored the most runs for the team, but everyone else has chipped in and we have talked about that as a team, to keep the contributions coming from the middle order and at the death,” Rahul explained.Commenting on his own form, Rahul said: “Personally, I feel I have been going well, but am not fully satisfied as I haven’t carried on after some of the starts. When I say ‘convert’, I mean getting to, say, 35 or 45 overs as often as I can because in these conditions it is the set batsmen who can do the most damage.”advertisementThe Men in Blue have now qualified for the semis and Rahul said that the boys did enjoy a bit of a party in the dressing room after the win over Bangladesh at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.”We did enjoy a bit of a celebration after the game,” he said. “We are two steps away from winning the trophy and that has been a dream we have worked towards for the past four years.”We put in a clinical performance, we batted and bowled well, and we have this winning momentum. Now we have to make sure we keep our heads up and our eyes on what is happening.”Also Read | India vs Bangladesh: MS Dhoni did what was right for the team, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: This is the best I have seen Bangladesh play, says Sachin TendulkarAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Rohit SharmaFollow KL RahulFollow India vs Bangladeshlast_img read more

No Vacancy: LA’s Strangest, Best, and Most Exciting Speakeasy

first_img The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Editors’ Recommendations It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat There are certain things about No Vacancy that must remain secret until you visit. For example, the entrance and everything it entails. No Vacancy takes its speakeasiness seriously in the best way possible– once you make it inside, you’re not just in a hidden bar, you’re in an alternate reality with surprises around every corner. Oh, and great booze. The Houston brothers, who are behind other LA favorites like Harvard & Stone, La Descarga, and Break Room 86 just to name a few, have a knack for creating whole worlds and histories for their bars. This time, they took one of the city’s oldest Victorian homes, built in 1902, and created No Vacancy at the Juniper Hotel, giving you the feeling you’ve traveled back in time to a delightfully creepy hotel. It’s all deeply colored woods, plush red velvets, oriental rugs, and leather furniture– such attention to detail suggests the 20th century inhabitants have just stepped out. The Houstons carefully maintained the home’s leaded glass windows, gas lamps and fireplaces, adding bars where a kitchen may once have been. Cocooned in this rich fantastical world, it’s almost impossible to remember it’s 2016 outside.A lobby area, complete with mailboxes for “guests” bleeds off into a large bar room, keep an eye out for the phone booth, which is now the photo booth, and stop by the gift shop of sorts where you can often find a psychic on hand. Then head out to the expansive patio, complete with its own bar and fireplaces. The patio feels like you’re at a Roaring 20’s Hollywood party. String lights looping across the space give way to a thicker wire running across like a tightrope. Because it is a tightrope. No Vacancy has tightrope walkers, live music, burlesque dancers, and even fire eaters. It’s an outlandish spectacle Gatsby himself would approve of.Booze is an equally important part of the experience and some of the finest bartenders, Adrian Biggs, Julian Cox, and Simon Ford among them, were brought in to create the perfect drinks for the Prohibition-era theme. The Dirty Dozen they call them, and in keeping with the Juniper Hotel name, gin is heavily featured. If you’re not sure where to start, order the China Doll: Caprock Gin, jasmine water, lemon juice, coconut jasmine cream and egg white. Tiny details like garnishes of edible flowers set this place apart from most other mixologist hotspots and make the $10-$14 per drink a bit more palatable.Dress code (no flip flops, athletic clothes, hats or loud colors) is strongly suggested, though not mandatory, but you really won’t want to look like a slob at this place. Come early or you risk standing in line, not just to get in, but also for drinks. Then again, there is much to distract you, so the wait won’t feel so tedious. Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more

Museum Activities Continue During Second Week of February Break

first_imgDuring the second week of February break, while Canada’s best young athletes compete in the 2011 Canada Games, museums across the province continue to welcome visitors with educational and fun activities. At Ross Farm Museum in New Ross, visitors can explore 60 acres of snow-covered land and experience what life was like on a family farm 100 years ago. With horse-drawn sleigh rides, sledding on the coasting hill, and hot chocolate breaks in Rose Bank Cottage, each day at the farm will also teach visitors about the different jobs that once made up a farmer’s daily routine. At the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, visitors can explore Atlantic Canada’s largest museum to discover the people, places and machines of the industrial past. After visiting the galleries, visitors can challenge each other to a game of table-top hockey, toss the “rock” on the curling table, take a break in the indoor igloo, and see how far they can launch a “ski jumper”. On Wednesday, Feb. 23, the museum will host family game night, featuring classic board games. At the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, in the Town of Lunenburg, visitors can enjoy art projects, scavenger hunts and games. Daily movies will be shown in the Ice House Theatre. Visitors should expect to be surprised during a visit the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro. After a major renovation project, the museum showcases new interactive displays that lead visitors through half-a-billion years of Nova Scotia’s geological history. Established in 1868, the Nova Scotia Museum is one of the oldest provincial museums in Canada. Its 27 museum sites include over 200 historic buildings, living history sites, vessels, and close to a million artifacts and specimens. For information on all museums, activities, museum locations, admission rates and hours of operation, visit .last_img read more

Public Consultation on Culture Action Plan Begins

first_imgWhat does culture mean to you? How do you participate in it? Government wants feedback to these questions and more as it develops a Culture Action Plan. “Nova Scotians love music, art, theatre, libraries, heritage and our many diverse cultures. We want to work with Nova Scotians to preserve and enhance our rich culture,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “Great variety of input and lots of it are the keys to a successful Culture Action Plan.” People can share their feedback online by completing a short survey in French or English or by uploading a creative representation, for example, a song, image or poem, of what culture in Nova Scotia means to them. Go to for details and to provide feedback. Other opportunities include in-person events at four communities with venues and dates being announced soon. “This action plan is the most comprehensive process ever taken to explore Nova Scotia’s cultural identity and opportunities,” said Pamela Scott Crace, chair of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council. “We’ve had in-depth conversations with sector stakeholders across the province, and now we will hear directly from Nova Scotians what culture means to them as citizens.” Over the last several months, government met with about 1,000 people who work in the culture sector. Feedback was provided through group meetings and an online survey. This input helped shape the public consultation. Once the consultations are completed, it is expected that Nova Scotia’s first Culture Action Plan will be released this fall. Through the Culture Action Plan government will identify opportunities to strengthen culture and help build a prosperous future. Nova Scotia’s strong and vibrant culture sector contributes to the province’s quality of life and economy, providing $949 million to the gross domestic product and about 14,000 jobs in 2014.last_img read more

A familiar outbreak

first_imgWith Muzaffarpur as the epicentre, the horrific outbreak of AES is wreaking havoc in several districts of northern Bihar. The death toll has reportedly hovered over the century mark and the government has sprung into action with desperate measures on the cards. Most casualties fall in the age bracket of 1-10 which makes it an alarming situation since children remain more prone to virus outbreaks of this sort. Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), locally referred to as ‘Chamki’ fever, usually occurs at higher temperatures exceeding 42 degree Celsius—peak summers. While the medical fraternity is engrossed in identifying the reason behind the outbreak – why AES cases have spiked – the state is striving to contain the epidemic. Local health authorities cited that the blood sugar levels of AES patients are quite low and a toxin contained in litchi fruit has been detected in urine samples from two-thirds of them. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that ‘extreme rise in the heat with humidity and litchi fruit’ is the cause of the current AES outbreak and call for measures to address the grave adversity. Bihar Health minister Mangal Pandey and deputy health minister Ashwini Choubey accompanied him as the trio visited Shree Krishna Medical College and Hospital to take stock of the situation. Though Harsh Vardhan announced a slew of measures apart from ensuring the public that the Bihar government would open a high-quality research centre along with ICU with a 100-bed capacity by June 2020, his cavalcade was stopped by protesters, as he was returning from Muzaffarpur to Patna; black flags were waved at him. The agitated mood of the public may be pooled in as an expected response in times of crisis, it is not due to just this outbreak but rather a trend. In the past as well, similar outbreaks of AES have occurred and all that the government machinery has done since then is to take stock, initiate exigency measures and ensure expedited implementation in order to contain the outbreak—classic damage control. While exigency measures and restless hours spent by doctors around the clock to control the situation is appreciated, AES’s annual trend fuels apprehensions. AES is not new for Bihar. It has struck the state in summer months for years. Back in 2014, a similar AES outbreak had caused numerous deaths. Even then, Union Health Minister, which happens to be Harsh Vardhan only, had visited the affected area and called for measures to control the crisis. Five years on and the Centre is still calling for exigency measures with no prevention plan available to avoid succumbing to the outbreak. It is widely reported that AES causes death almost every year in regions of Bihar during the summer months of June-August. Japanese Encephalitis virus remains the most common cause of AES in the nation but it can be caused by several viruses – typhus, dengue, mumps, measles, Nipah, Zika. Children suffering from AES develop a high fever in extreme heat. As their body temperature shoots up, they may suffer from convulsions, weakness, nausea, disorientation, memory loss, seizures and a possible coma. So the extent of symptoms and effects of AES are known which is a crucial input in containing AES. However, the question of why AES remains a trend in Bihar occurring every summer remains unanswered. While the cause is clinically unidentified in several cases, this year, autopsy reports of deceased in Bihar cites low blood-sugar levels and the toxin from litchi fruit. Research is required to corroborate this possibility while on a general note it must be taken into account that AES is not a state-specific epidemic. But then why Bihar depicts such a dismal situation with an alarming number of casualties? It is understood through several accounts that malnutrition in children aggravated by severe heat, humidity and poor hygiene remain prime reasons for the increasingly compounding situation. Bihar has a high frequency of malnourished children and this can possibly explain the grim situation there. While Jharkhand and eastern UP remain alerted over any scope of AES widespread in the area, Bihar has the mammoth task of containing the outbreak while pursuing research to identify the cause and spread awareness regarding the same. Long-term planning is indeed desirable to prevent another AES outbreak. This calls for extensive research, preferably collaborated by WHO, to narrow down the cause and ensure survivability which remains a top priority. In all likelihood, AES outbreak will return and enough time has been poured down the stream with no concrete development to seize it upon its onset. Virology clinics and medical units to deal with AES must be opened in an expedited manner as Bihar undertakes emergency measures to contain the situation at hand. A tip or two from Kerala would work out right as far as containment is concerned while a joint effort to locate the prime cause and isolate it or prevent the onset of the outbreak remains the most important job right now.last_img read more

56 Delhiites think BJP will suffer losses due to postPulwama conduct CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: In an internal survey, the Aam Admi Party found out that in Delhi the conduct of BJP in the post-Pulwama situation had a negative effect among the citizens. Citing the results CM Arvind Kejriwal said that nearly 56 per cent of the Delhiites in the survey said that BJP will suffer due to such conduct.The survey also reportedly showed that people have accepted that the Congress preferred party politics over the country by refusing to have the alliance to avoid split in anti-BJP votes. Minority voters were in doubt earlier about the vote split, but the flat Congress refusal has helped the minorities in forming a clear opinion in favour of the AAP in Delhi. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “The people of Delhi have fully understood that BJP and Congress till today deceived them on full statehood despite having put it in their manifestoes for decades. It is only the AAP which is extremely sincere and serious on statehood for Delhi, therefore people are supporting the party.” Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe survey reportedly observed that the Congress vote share would come down to less than 10 per cent which the party leaders have taken as a big blow to Congress. “The vote share of the Congress should get affected as they have chosen not to form an alliance. People wanted to see us together fighting against BJP but the Congress is now acting as BJP’s B team and people have realised that,” said a leader. On Monday the top leadership of AAP huddled into a meeting at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence to discuss preparations for Lok Sabha polls, on Monday, as a senior party leader claimed chances of party’s alliance are now nil. During the meeting, CM Kejriwal, the AAP national convener, asked party leaders to keep Lok Sabha campaign centred around the full statehood demand for Delhi, instead of getting into the question of the next prime minister of the country. Party MP Sanjay Singh, after the meeting, said “there are no chances of the alliance now,” when asked if the issue was discussed during the meeting. He said the party leaders discussed how to take the issue of full statehood to every home in Delhi in the run-up to voting in Delhi for seven Lok Sabha constituencies on May 12.last_img read more

Ham radio helps tribal woman return to native village after a decade

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC) – an organisation of ham radio enthusiasts in the state, has been instrumental in sending a tribal woman from Jharkhand to her native village.The lady had been estranged from her family for at least ten years and was languishing at Behala Vidyasagar Hospital for more than 45 days. “I received a call a few days ago from the superintendent of Vidyasagar State General Hospital, seeking our assistance in uniting a tribal woman with her family. They informed us that all their efforts to understand the language of the woman have gone in vain and so they have been unable to ascertain her identity,” said Amabarish Nag Biswas, secretary of WBRC. The lady was admitted at the hospital by Behala police in sick condition around 50 days ago. She was unable to walk and was suffering from a number of ailments. When she recovered after treatment for around 20 days, the hospital staff asked her about her identity and she spoke for at least five minutes in a language that could not be understood. Informed about the language barrier, a team from WBRC went to the hospital and recorded her speech. It was then circulated among the hams working in the tribal areas of Bengal and also in the tribal belt of the neighbouring Jharkhand and Bihar. Some days ago, a ham named Soumik Das working at Katrashgarh in Dhanbad passed on the information that tribals from village Araju, about 40 km from Jaridih police station area, speak a language similar to the lady. Soumik, along with his team, went to the village and showed the photograph of the woman. They were informed that the woman had gone missing 10-12 years ago and everybody in the village believed that she had died. Her husband and one son had died in the village itself. One of her sons and her daughter, who were staying in the village, had also gone untraced a few years ago. However, the village mukhiya and other villagers informed the team that they would be happy to welcome her back into the village. “We contacted the Superintendent of Police of Bokaro Steel City, under whose jurisdiction the village area falls and sought his help. We also informed him that the villagers had assured us that they would take care of the lady. He was kind enough to send a police team along with a written document that they would take responsibility of rehabilitating the woman. The woman, along with the police team, left the city on Sunday night after completing the formalities at the hospital,” said Subir Datta, president of WBRC.last_img read more

UN agency dispatches aid to assist Ghanaians fleeing violent clashes

28 May 2010The United Nations refugee agency is rushing aid to about 3,500 Ghanaians who have fled into neighbouring Togo after their homes and belongings were destroyed in an ongoing land dispute between two villages in the northeast of the country. Togolese authorities have provided emergency food and other forms of assistance since the refugees began arriving in mid-April, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today, but the Ghanaians still need water, food, shelter and medicines.About 3,500 refugees have crossed into Togo in the past six weeks and they are now sheltering in four villages in the Savane region, UNHCR spokesperson Andre Mahecic told reporters in Geneva.The group includes many children, pregnant and lactating women, elderly and handicapped people, and some are suffering from malaria or diarrhoea, sparking concerns about possible disease outbreaks.UNHCR said its first emergency aid convoy left the Ghanaian capital, Accra, yesterday morning, loaded with blankets, mats and cooking sets. It will take nearly three days to reach their destination in northern Togo.Another convoy is set to leave in the next few days, carrying hundreds of tents, jerry cans, mosquito nets and cooking sets. The convoys are designed to transport enough assistance to sustain the refugees for the next three months. Educational materials will also be provided.Mr. Mahecic said the agency and Togolese authorities had identified a new site further away from the Ghanaian border where the refugees – who already outnumber local residents of their host villages – can be transferred.“This move will help to improve security and alleviate the pressure on the scarce resources of the host communities and free the public buildings presently used as shelter by refugees,” he said.As the refugees include residents of both villages involved in the land dispute, UNHCR is trying to identify a second site in Togo so that the opposing groups can be separated. In the most recent clashes houses in both villages were pillaged and destroyed and belongings were set on fire.“We hope that the Ghanaian refugees will be able to return to their villages as soon as the conditions allow,” Mr. Mahecic stressed.But this is not the first time this year that Ghanaians have fled into Togo in search of shelter. In March about 300 villagers crossed the border because of the same land dispute before returning home within a few weeks. read more

Rwandan former priest sentenced to 15 years jail by UN war crimes

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for Rwanda today sentenced a former Roman Catholic priest who encouraged and directed the demolition of a church where about 2,000 Tutsis had tried to take shelter during the 1994 genocide – killing all those inside – to 15 years’ jail.Athanase Seromba, the former priest of Nyange Parish in Kivumu commune in the west of the country, was found guilty of genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), sitting in Arusha in neighbouring Tanzania.But Judges Andrésia Vaz of Senegal (presiding), Karin Hökborg of Sweden and Gberdao Gustav Kam of Burkina Faso dismissed the counts of complicity in genocide and conspiracy to commit genocide. Mr. Seromba had pleaded not guilty to all charges.The three judges said prosecutors had established beyond a reasonable doubt that a large number of Tutsis had sought refuge at his church on or about 12 April 1994 as Interahamwe militiamen and gendarmes surrounded the building and began to attack it with grenades.Mr. Seromba later spoke to the driver of a bulldozer, encouraging and identifying when to start demolishing the parish building and which parts were the weakest. All those Tutsis inside the Nyange church were killed when the church was bulldozed and its roof subsequently crashed.Mr. Seromba was arrested by Tanzanian authorities in February 2002 after surrendering to the ICTR following his arrival from Italy, where he had been working as a priest, allegedly under a false identity, in two parishes near Florence.Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered, mostly by machete, across Rwanda in just 100 days starting in April 1994. The Security Council set up the ICTR in November that year to prosecute people responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law. read more

Aluminum maker Alcoa opens 4Q earnings season with profit that matches analysts

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2013 5:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Alcoa Inc. said Tuesday that fourth-quarter earnings met Wall Street’s expectations, and it sees slightly higher demand for aluminum this year.Net income was $242 million, or 21 cents per share. That includes one-time gains like income from selling a hydroelectric project.Without those gains, the company would have made six cents per share — exactly what analysts expected, according to FactSet — on revenue of $5.90 billion. Sales were higher than the $5.58 billion that analysts predicted.A year ago, the company posted a fourth-quarter loss of $191 million, or 18 cents per share, on revenue of $5.99 billion, and a loss after special items of 3 cents per share.The weak global economy has hurt demand for aluminum used in everything from airplanes to soda cans. But Alcoa sees demand growing 7 per cent in 2013, up from a 6 per cent gain in 2012, with the best prospects in aerospace but slower improvement in demand for autos, packaging, and building and construction materials.The company said it hit record profits in its aluminum-rolling and product-making businesses while cutting costs in its mining and refining or “upstream” segment.Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said the company overcame volatile aluminum prices and global economic weakness and was in “strong position to maximize profitable growth” in 2013.Alcoa is the first company in the Dow Jones industrial average to report fourth-quarter earnings. Because it makes aluminum for so many key industries, investors study Alcoa’s results for clues about the health and direction of the overall economy.Alcoa shares ended regular trading where they began, unchanged at $9.10. In after-hours trading following the earnings report, the stock gained 14 cents to $9.24. Aluminum maker Alcoa opens 4Q earnings season with profit that matches analysts’ forecasts read more