Jaundice scare grips Cuttack city again

first_imgSupply of contaminated drinking water in most parts of the city through broken pipes has once again brought the city under the grip of jaundice. Tulasipur area covering at least three municipal wards of the civic body is the worst affected as over 75 persons here have been hospitalised for jaundice in last few days.District Collector N. C. Mishra on Friday visited the affected areas and ordered for random sample collection of all water sources to ascertain the cause and source of jaundice. Most households here entirely depend upon PHD pipelines for potable water and the pipelines have broken at many places.last_img read more

NSF Launches Internal Review to Mend Relations With Congress

first_imgThe National Science Foundation (NSF) is taking another shot at explaining itself to Congress and the public. And it has a lot riding on the outcome.In recent years, several Republican legislators have criticized the $7 billion agency for funding research that they consider to be frivolous or undeserving of federal support. Last month, the science committee in the House of Representatives held a hearing on draft legislation that would impose new requirements on NSF before it makes any award.In response to those concerns, acting NSF Director Cora Marrett is assembling a panel of senior managers to recommend how the 63-year-old agency can do a better job of describing how NSF’s overall research portfolio is consistent with its mission to “promote the progress of science … advance prosperity … and secure the national defense.” The panel is part of a broader “framework” review that Marrett described in a 19 November memo to the community.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)This week, Marrett named the leaders of the working group: Peter Arzberger, senior adviser to the director, and Mark Weiss, head of NSF’s division of behavioral and social sciences. The division has been a special target of legislators, and in March Congress blocked NSF from making any grants in political science unless it could certify that the research fostered economic development or national security.The panel has yet to meet. But Arzberger says he expects it will need to spend “several months of hard work” reviewing NSF’s current practices before coming up with recommendations to improve “accountability and transparency” at the agency. One area sure to get attention is the abstracts that describe each approved grant. Legislators frequently cite those short descriptions as evidence that the research in question is not addressing “a national interest.”Part of the problem, Arzberger and Weiss say, is that those abstracts fail to explain how any particular research project addresses a broader scientific challenge. “Program officers are usually specialists in a particular area and they almost inherently know what the big questions they want to answer,” Weiss notes. “So it’s not always foremost in their minds to back up a step and say to the rest of the world, ‘Here are the big questions in my particular area of science.’ ”Weiss likened the process to “a pointillist painting. If you focus on any one dot, or any one project in science, you don’t see the big picture. But if you pull back, the dots start to contribute to something greater than the sum of the parts.”Those narratives need to reach the broadest possible audience, according to Weiss and Arzberger. “It includes colleagues in academia, people at other federal agencies, the public, those in Congress and the executive branch, and so on,” Weiss says.Asked whether individual investigators will have a chance to offer input, Weiss and Arzberger said that the panel has not decided how it will operate. “I don’t think it’s totally internal,” Weiss says. “We’re all partners in this activity. … PIs [principal investigators] will need to work with program officers and the foundation to think more deeply about how they communicate their science to a broad audience, not just to their colleagues.“I don’t think it will be anything that is onerous,” Weiss adds. “But we will ask them to help us think about the transparency of what we are doing.”last_img read more

Cool runnings too as Malaysia, Singapore take up Winter Olympics challenge

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH There were no official programs or funding for figure skating so Yee’s parents had to spend huge amounts of their own money on his training.They also sent him to train abroad during school holidays, in China and South Korea.“People said: ‘Are you mad? You’re sacrificing all this money,’” his mother Irene Cheow told AFP. “We’re looked at differently now.”Yee’s efforts paid off and he won gold at last year’s Southeast Asian Games, and came eighth in the 2017 Asian Winter Games. His crowning glory was qualification for Pyeongchang, alongside Malaysian skier Jeffrey Webb.Speed skater Cheyenne Goh has faced similar challenges in neighboring Singapore, where even a modest cold snap can set the population shivering.This month a freak monsoon surge sent the mercury plummeting to almost 21 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit) — chilly by Singapore standards — sending people rushing to the shops to buy scarves and winter jackets.But unlike her compatriots, Goh got a taste for a cold climate after moving to Canada aged four, where she developed a love of winter sports.The 18-year-old initially took up ice hockey, a staple of Canadian life, before discovering short-track speed skating while watching the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.As well as qualifying for the Olympics, she has represented Singapore at the Asian Winter Games and won two silver medals and a bronze at last year’s SEA Games.No winter to speak of LATEST STORIES Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Liukin steps down as US women’s gymnastics team coordinatorPutin to athletes: Ignore doping scandals at Olympics Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Goh, who is taking a year off after high school and splits her time between Singapore and Canada, insisted her success was not unusual.“It’s not all that strange that I’m representing a country with no winter to speak of at a winter sport,” she told AFP after a recent training session in the city-state.She is modest about her chances of matching the success of swimmer Joseph Schooling, who won Singapore’s first Olympic gold medal in Rio in 2016.But supporters hope her participation in the women’s 1,500 meters category will encourage more Singaporeans to take up winter sports.“After Joseph Schooling’s gold medal, many more became keen on swimming — and we are hoping that the same happens to us,” said Singapore Ice Skating Association president Sonja Chong.The Malaysian and Singaporean athletes join a small group of Southeast Asians heading to Pyeongchang, including several from Thailand and the Philippines.No matter how well he does, Malaysian skater Yee said his qualification had already shown that athletes from the tropics can prove the doubters wrong.“It really does show that many things are possible,” he said. “Even without winter in Malaysia, we can still be there.” ABRELATED STORIES:North, South Korea share the ice in figure skating When growing up, the only places he could find to practice were a handful of small, crowded rinks in the shopping malls scattered around the capital Kuala Lumpur.Figure skating on the tiny rinks was “like trying to get an A380 (world’s biggest airliner) to land on a very small runway”, the 20-year-old told AFP.But he persevered and began training in the morning and evening when the rinks were less crowded.“I skated two times a day, six days — sometimes six-and-a-half days — a week,” he said.‘Are you mad?’ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises It is the latest sign of an unlikely, yet growing, interest in ice and snow sports in a winterless, steamy region, where temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) in most places.A major milestone for winter sports in the region came last year when they featured for the first time at the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, with ice hockey, figure skating and speed skating making their debuts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it was not without problems — puddles formed on the hockey rink during matches, slowing down the puck and forcing marshals with squeegees to dash onto the ice to mop up the water.Figure skater Julian Yee, who will represent Malaysia at next month’s Games, is typical of athletes from the region who have had to overcome a lack of facilities, limited official support and public skepticism to pursue their dreams. Eze’s triple-double powers Perpetual over JRU Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Malaysia’s Julian Zhi Jie Yee. Image: Christof Stache / AFPIn tropical Malaysia and Singapore, Winter Olympics medals are rarer than snowflakes — but a dedicated group of athletes are hoping to change that as they make their countries’ debut Games appearances.A Singaporean speed skater, as well as a figure skater and skier from Malaysia will compete in the Games, a huge achievement for countries better known for palm-fringed beaches and year-round heat than winter sports.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Carlo Ancelotti not interested in Italy job, says country’s footballing system needs change

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti says he has been approached by Italian FA about the possibility of coaching the national side but that he prefers to keep working in club football.Ancelotti, sacked by Bayern Munich in September, said he was honoured that Italians see him as the man to replace Gian Piero Ventura who was fired after Italy astonishingly failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup.However, he added: “It would be a completely different job. I want to continue coaching in club football. I still enjoy training and working every day.”Italian football has some problems and I don’t think I can solve them on my own, it’s the whole system that needs to be changed,” he told the “Domenica Sportiva” programme on state broadcaster Rai.”There is a conflict between the federation and the clubs. The federation needs to impose itself on the clubs to improve the system.”Ancelotti, 58, is one of Europe’s most successful coaches, having won the Champions League with both AC Milan and Real Madrid. He has also won domestic league titles in Italy, England, France and Germany.last_img read more

NBA’s Trade Deadline is Approaching

first_imgLast year there was hardly any action in the days leading up to the NBA’s trading deadline, yet a staggering avalanche of deals were consummated.When the dust settled, 12 trades involving 39 players clogged the league’s approval process for hours after the deadline passed. So even though this week has been fairly quiet, there is still time leading into final buzzer on Thursday afternoon U.S. time.Charlotte has picked up Courtney Lee and Detroit has added Tobias Harris. But history says there are bigger deals involving bigger names coming on Thursday. No matter how pragmatic executives try to be as the clock ticks down, and no matter how dominant Golden State appears to be as it steamrolls the rest of the league in pursuit of a second straight championship, the lure of the deal often wins out.Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Sacramento and so many others have been engaging in trade talks all week that will only get more heated as the deadline approaches.The Celtics are looking for a star for coach Brad Stevens, the Cavaliers are looking to bolster their role players around LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love not so much to help them in the East, but to give them a better chance in an NBA Finals matchup against the Warriors or another Western power. The Clippers need bench help to compete with the Warriors, Spurs and Thunder.Here is a look at some of the names that could figure on the final day:DWIGHT HOWARD: Houston has been one of the most disappointing teams of the season, and the chemistry between Howard and shooting guard James Harden appears to be fraying. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has always been one of the most aggressive dealmakers in the league, and with Howard having the ability to become a free agent this summer, it might be time to part ways.PAU GASOL: Chicago’s All-Star is one of the most skilled big men in the league. But the 35-year-old also can become a free agent in July, and the Bulls could look to get some compensation for him.JEFF TEAGUE: Atlanta could look to shake things up and give themselves a boost while sitting in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. With backup point guard Dennis Schroder showing promise, moving Teague could bring some defensive help in the frontcourt after the Hawks lost big man Tiago Splitter for the season to a hip injury.RYAN ANDERSON: The New Orleans shooter can be a free agent this summer, so a shooting-starved team like Cleveland could bring him in as a rental with the hopes of convincing him to stay for the long term.AL HORFORD: The Hawks All-Star said Wednesday he expects to remain in Atlanta, and he is the ideal fit for coach Mike Budenholzer’s system. But he will be a free agent this summer, and the Hawks could look to move him if they think they would lose him for nothing in a few months.KEVIN LOVE: The Cleveland forward has heard his name in trade rumors for much of the season, but James shot those down in Toronto during All-Star weekend, and it remains unlikely he is moved on Thursday. If the Cavs make a deal, supporting parts like Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov seem more likely to move.JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Glenn Spencer: OSU’s Defensive Snafus Correctable

first_imgThere wasn’t a lot to grumble about following Oklahoma State’s 59-24 win over Tulsa Thursday night. The Cowboys came out fast and in sync offensively and its defense pretty much controlled a decent-to-good rushing attack.But there were the two turnovers — a needless strip sack of Mason Rudolph and a perplexing run-back punt returns that ended in six points for the bad guys. And then there was the missed 33-yard field goal by Matt Ammendola.But Gundy saved the best (or worst) for last.“Our defense needs to do a better job on third and 20,” Gundy said during his postgame presser. “I don’t know what it was, I don’t have the stats, but they had to have been 80 percent at third and 10 or more. They worked hard to get them at third and long and to stay on the field.”The number was actually 62.5 percent. Oklahoma State’s defense got the Golden Hurricane into third down with at least 10 yards to go, eight times. Tulsa converted five of the last six.Gundy wasn’t ready to point blame at any particular part of the defense right after the game.“It’s everybody,” Gundy said. “They were 16-of-26 (on third downs), and I’m willing to bet more than eight of them were third and 10 or more, which is generally a conversion rate of about 18 percent. Without being able to spit it out right now, I’m going to guess it was everybody. That’s something we’ve got to get better at.“You’ve worked too hard to get to that point. Everybody is fired up for third and 15, and we’ve got to get off the field.”Glenn Spencer was asked about his group’s inability to get off the field in those long third-down situations.“We have to find answers,” Spencer said. “We have to get more disciplined in our pass rush lanes, all that’s correctable. Nothing schematically really hurt us at all. But it was just the effectiveness of their quarterback running the ball and losing contain a couple of times. (We) had a lot of tremendous stops out there though.”Two of those plays, as Spencer pointed out, were the result of some over-aggressive pass rushing and a QB with enough wheels to make OSU pay. Here’s a look at the first time Chad President was able to take advantage.OSU is in a three-down set with Star linebacker Calvin Bundage up to blitz.As we see the play develop, linebacker Kevin Henry (No. 33) is drawn to right by the motioning back. When Trey Carter (No. 99) gets double-teamed and moved to the blitz side. The B gap is now a huge running lane for President and he has enough speed to get the first down.President is able to take advantage of the empty space vacated by Henry shadowing the tailback and it’s chain-moving time.Two of these long third-down conversions were QB runs like this and illustrate what Spencer meant by being more disciplined in pass-rushing lanes. Without a complete stud like Emmanuel Ogbah, you can’t gamble as much — or depend on double teams on your edge rushers.It was a great play call by Montgomery and an experienced offensive line held its own. But OSU will face several teams with more athletic QBs and better offensive lines (Kansas State and Oklahoma come to mind).This was the first game of the season and the defense played pretty well, but this will provide plenty of film-room curriculum for Spencer and his staff and will be something the Cowboys try to improve on moving forward.“It was enough to get in that next day and get all those warm fuzzy feelings out of the way and correct them and realize we’re pretty average when we make fundamental errors like that,” said Spencer.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Kuyt: Van Dijk would suit Liverpool very well

first_imgTransfers Van Dijk would ‘suit Liverpool very well’ – Kuyt talks up Reds switch for Dutch defender Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 01:37 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Virgil van Dijk Southampton Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Southampton Premier League The former Anfield icon believes a fresh approach for the Southampton centre-half would make sense as transfer talk builds again heading into January Virgil van Dijk would “suit Liverpool very well” if a fresh approach is made for the Southampton centre-half, says Dirk Kuyt.The Dutch defender spent much of the summer being heavily linked with a move to Anfield, with the Saints accusing their Premier League rivals of making an illegal approach at one stage.Liverpool 13/5 to keep Sevilla clean sheet 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 Eventually the deadline passed with no deal being done, forcing Van Dijk to stay put and put any potential distractions to the back of his mind.Transfer talk is, however, building again ahead of the January window and former Liverpool cult hero Kuyt believes a fellow countryman would be a hit on Merseyside if interest is rekindled.He told Sky Sports News on the ongoing Van Dijk rumours: “I know Virgil. I didn’t play with him in the national team but he’s a great player.Dirk Kuyt Virgil van Dijk Liverpool“We’ll see how things will go in the winter break or at the end of the season.“I don’t think it’s strange for me to say he is a player who will suit Liverpool very well. He has the right mentality and he is a great defender.“He could do a great job at Liverpool but it’s not for me to say if he would be an improvement or not. That’s up to the club.”Jurgen Klopp’s decision not to bolster his options at centre-half during the last window has been discussed at great length, with the general consensus being that greater squad depth is required.Kuyt is among those in that camp, with the ex-Netherlands international aware of the need to have more than just a strong starting XI.He added: “I think the Liverpool team now has great players but if you want to be contenders for titles then you have to have more than 11 good players.”The Reds have been inconsistent at times this season, leaving them 12 points adrift of Manchester City in the Premier League title race, but they are very much in the mix for a top-four finish and are closing in on safe progress through to the last-16 of the Champions League. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Got A Question For Louise Winchester?

first_imgWhether it be a question about the 2011 World Cup, her role as coach of NSWCCC, or anything else you would like to know, send in your questions and we will ask her. Send in your questions to media@austouch.com.au or post a question on the TFA Facebook or Twitter pages and her answers will be filmed and will feature on the Touch Football Australia (TFA) YouTube page. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships, go to www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com. Don’t forget to follow Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the following links: www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Touch Football Australia’s YouTube Channel will also be updated regularly throughout the event with highlights and interviews from the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships. To view the Channel, please click on the following link: www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

22 days ago​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouth

first_img​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouthby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool loanee Harry Wilson has no problems settling into life at Bournemouth on loan.The talented winger has been an impressive edition to Eddie Howe’s squad, adding three Premier League goals to his name in six appearances this season.He believes everyone at the club has helped to make him feel welcome, which has aided his acclimatisation.”I feel I have settled in well. The club have been great with that,” he told reporters.”The coaching staff and the players have really helped.”When I first moved here, I was in the hotel and that was near the beach, so I had a good few walks down there which was good.”I’ve got to know the area, so I am enjoying it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Hardeep Puri gets civil aviation, Kiren Rijiju replaces Rajyavardhan Rathore as sports minister

first_imgHardeep Puri gets civil aviation, Kiren Rijiju replaces Rajyavardhan Rathore as sports ministerHardeep Puri, earlier serving as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Housing and Urban Affairs from 2017, has been given charge of Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, replacing Jayant Sinhaadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 14:24 IST Hardeep Puri (left), Kiren Rijiju (right)HIGHLIGHTSHardeep Puri has been given charge of Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, replacing Jayant SinhaRajyavardhan Rathore has been replaced by Kiren Rijiju as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and SportsUnion ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Piyush Goyal retained their respective ministries — law and railwaysHardeep Puri, earlier serving as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Housing and Urban Affairs from 2017, has been given charge of Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, replacing Jayant Sinha.Rajyavardhan Rathore has also been replaced by Kiren Rijiju as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, in the new cabinet.The cabinet reshuffle saw major changes like Amit Shah taking over as the home minister, Rajnath Singh being given charge of the defence ministry and Nirmala Sitharaman as the first woman finance minister after Indira Gandhi.Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Piyush Goyal retained their respective ministries — law and railways.The cabinet reshuffle took place after Narendra Modi took oath as the prime minister for the second time with a massive mandate in the Lok Sabha 2019 polls.ALSO READ: Amit Shah is Home Minister, Rajnath is Defence Minister: Full list of new portfolios in Modi govtALSO WATCH: Narendra Modi begins his second innings as PM; Amit Shah takes oath as Cabinet minister; moreFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShreya Sinhalast_img read more

Film documents tiny coastal NS villages relentless battle with Ottawa

first_imgHALIFAX – They feared being swallowed by ocean, but the 78 residents of Gabarus, N.S., never waved a white flag before the federal government.For decades, a seawall made of timber and rock protected the tiny 300-year-old fishing village in Cape Breton from the punishing waves of the Atlantic.But as the 70-year-old structure started to crumble, the very existence of Gabarus was under threat — and governments were not helping, each level claiming the wall was not its problem.The plight of Gabarus sparked a years-long battle with Ottawa and kindled a community spirit that has banded together life-long residents with newcomers who settled in the scenic town for its beauty and simplistic way of life.Their story is chronicled in a new documentary titled “Only 78,” set to screen at the Atlantic International Film Festival on Sunday in Halifax.“The people of Gabarus are remarkably resilient and inspiring,” said Toronto filmmaker Jawad Mir, the film’s creator. “They’ve shown that it doesn’t matter how small you are, you can fight. You just have to go for it.”Residents of Gabarus have long argued that Ottawa, which built the seawall in the 1940s, owns the structure and is responsible for maintaining it. But the Fisheries Department has repeatedly said the wall sits almost entirely on Nova Scotia-owned land and is therefore a provincial and municipal responsibility.“Who cares who owns it? We need to have responsible people step forward and say that this isn’t right. We need to have it fixed… The Atlantic Ocean doesn’t give two hoots about us, but our elected representative really should care,” Gabarus resident Heather Hayes said during a public meeting in Sydney, N.S., that is shown in “Only 78.”If the wall was breached, it would put at risk the local fishing industry — its only economy — as well as road access to the village, and many homes. It failed before in the 1980s and was fixed by the federal government, according to research compiled by Gabarus residents.A powerful storm in 2010 that battered the seawall made matters worse, adding to the urgency.Tim Menk, 64, and his partner Gene Kersey, 71, moved to Gabarus from the United States in 2008 and realized the community was “under existential threat.”Armed with hundreds of documents and the blessing of the village’s elders, Menk and a small group of residents set out to fight for funding to repair the seawall.The Friends of Gabarus Society was born and claimed to have evidence that the seawall was the federal government’s responsibility — a notion outright rejected by Ottawa on many occasions.“Those of us who arrived found ourselves enchanted by this place and by its lovely people who were so welcoming… It didn’t matter that we were biracial gay couple from the States. And we felt we owed something to the community because they have given so much to us,” said Menk.“But the attitude was that the government is going to do what the government’s going to do. So we were driven by a sense of moral outrage that the government wasn’t doing the right thing here.”Mir said he was drawn to the story of Gabarus after reading a newspaper article in April 2013. He self-funded the film, travelling to Cape Breton several times over four years on his own dime, inspired by the relentless advocacy in Gabarus and aiming to help their cause.“There are many communities across Canada under similar threat, so I thought it was important to tell their story,” said Mir. “I’m always about the underdog.”After eight years of meetings, media interviews and even a complaint filed with the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner’s office, Gabarus eventually won repairs for its seawall in early 2014 through a $700,000 shared-funding agreement with three levels of government.It served as a catalyst for continued community activism in the historic fishing village. Gabarus also won funding to move its 125-year-old lighthouse away from a cliff’s edge to escape coastal erosion, and its residents raised money to expand the local firehall — all of which gained tiny Gabarus a community spirit award from the lieutenant-governor.Menk said he hopes the story of Gabarus inspires other small communities to take on governments, noting that “Only 78” also touches on the experience of Little Anse, N.S., which has lobbied Ottawa — so far, unsuccessfully — to fix its breakwater.“We’re in the same leaky boat together in these coastal communities,” said Menk. “Row in the same direction. Unless we do that, we have little chance of survival in the long term.”Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Culture impacts the way Aboriginal children express experiences of pain study

first_imgAPTN National NewsA groundbreaking study reveals a surprising difference between Aboriginal children and non-Aboriginal children.The new research indicates culture can affect how children express their experiences of pain.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img

Moroccan Energy Invention Receives Four International Awards

Rabat – Moroccan technology excels once again in the international world of innovation. Majid El Bouazzaoui, President of Morocco’s OFEED Association, recently received four separate awards at four international innovation fairs for his “automatic orientation system of photovoltaic panels” invention.The award-winning innovation “avoids the accumulation of dust and sand on the surface of photovoltaic panels, owing to this automatic change of orientation, to ensure a high level of energy efficiency in the long term, to save enormous quantities of drinking water and to preserve the environment against pollution,” the Moroccan association OFEED Morocco and the International Federation of the Inventors Associations (IFIA) told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).El Bouazzaoui won the gold medal in the environmental protection-energy category at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, the Inventarium-Science Trophy in Portugal, a TIIAWA (Taiwan International Invention Award) gold medal in Taiwan, and a silver medal at the International Archimedes Fair in Moscow. In 2017, El Bouazzaoui received six more gold medals for the same invention in China, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Poland and South Korea.OFEED’s technology innovation has presented Morocco with the opportunity to sign 14 memoranda of understanding with Russia, Germany, India, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Levanon, Poland, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Taiwan, Malaysia, Romania and Finland.The association’s success also enabled Morocco to organize “Let’s Challenge 2.0”, an innovation competition held in Kenitra with the participation of 19 countries.El Bouazzaoui is an engineer in electronics specializing in networks and telecommunication. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Inventors Associations (IFIA).In 2017, El Bouazzaoui won an Inpex Award of Merit during the INPEX International Exhibition of Inventions, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Majid El Bouazzaoui, President of Morocco’s OFEED AssociationKing Mohammed VI also awarded El Bouazzaoui his Wissam Al Istihkak Al Watani (medal of national merit) of 2nd Rank on Throne Day in 2016. read more

Security Council extends UN mission in Western Sahara for 3 more months

In its resolution this morning, the 15-member body asked Mr. Annan to keep it informed of all significant developments in an interim report by 15 January 2002 and to provide an assessment of the situation by 18 February 2002.The decision followed a meeting of the Council yesterday evening, during which the members heard a briefing on Western Sahara by a top UN peacekeeping official, Hédi Annabi. In a statement to the press after the meeting, Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, which holds the body’s rotating presidency for the month of November, said Council members called on the parties to refrain from action that could aggravate the situation, and expressed concern at the humanitarian situation, calling on the parties to resolve outstanding issues in this regard.The statement also voiced the Council’s support for the efforts of James Baker III, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General, to find a solution acceptable to the parties concerned, and for the work of the Secretary-General’s outgoing Special Representative, as well as his successor. read more

Strongly condemning murder of missing Israeli teens UN chief urges calm on

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General condemned “in the strongest terms” the murder of the three Israeli teenagers abducted on 12 June in the West Bank. According to news reports, the Israeli military said it found three bodies northwest of Hebron earlier today. “There can be no justification for the deliberate killing of civilians,” said the statement, noting that Mr. Ban hopes Israeli and Palestinian authorities will work together to bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice, and extends his deepest sympathy to the families of the victims.The statement said the UN chief believes this heinous act by enemies of peace aims to further entrench division and distrust and to widen the conflict, and must not be allowed to succeed. “He calls on all parties to abide by their obligations under international law and to refrain from any actions that could further escalate this highly tense situation,” it concluded.Just yesterday, ahead of farewell meeting in New York with outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres, the Secretary-General underscored the United Nations strong solidarity with Israel and stressed the need to avoid an escalation of tensions in the wake of the abductions. read more

WI domestic stint will boost USA – Coach

USA coach Pubudu Dassanayake has labeled USA’s upcoming tour of the Antigua for the West Indies Regional Super50 tournament as the team’s “most important preparation” for their upcoming tournaments this year, including the start of the qualifiers for the World Twenty20 in 2020, and the ICC WCL Division Three.USA squad stands for the playing of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ (Peter Della Penna/ ESPNCricinfo)“When you are playing those kind of tournaments, you have to play proper cricket and learn from those 20 days and you don’t get that opportunity for Associate players all the time,” Dassanayake told ESPNcricinfo following the news last week that USA will be a part of the ten-team competition this season.“If you take [sic] Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands especially, they benefited from being a part of the English system. Namibia continuously played in the South African first-class system. Afghanistan players individually have gotten to play in the Pakistan first-class system.“All of these things have really contributed for those countries. When we’re trying to develop as a country, neighbouring Full Member countries are important. If you can be a part of their first-class system, that’s the fastest way to develop a country,” Dassanayake said.Since the team returned in early December from their tour of the UAE and Oman, Dassanayake has been holding weekend camps with subgroups of the USA squad in Chicago as well as at his home base just outside of Toronto, with players traveling into Canada to meet him in preparation for the upcoming trip. Though the overall results were not great – USA beat Nepal but then lost four matches to Kenya and Oman – Dassanayake focused on the silver lining of building more cohesion and identifying more defined roles as a playing group while in the Middle East.“I’m happy about the bigger picture where we are playing as a team,” Dassanayake said. “I liked some of the plans that the captain and the bowlers are using. We have confidence slowly building on our fielding. We know if we put runs on the board then we are competitive at that level. [The batting] is an area we need to work on for the coming tour.”Dassanayake coached the combined ICC Americas squad at last year’s Super50 tournament which included players from USA, Canada and Bermuda. The idea behind a combined squad was to have strengthened quality by picking the best from each country. However, the squad lacked chemistry and Dassanayake says it was a challenge juggling selection at times taking into consideration the sensitivity of satisfying each country’s development interests.“We were not competitive because of the dynamic of the team with three countries’ players playing but of course it was a good experience for the individuals,” Dassanayake said. “There’s always pressure to give everybody opportunities because its three different countries, but the best performers were given opportunities to continuously play. The rotation was happening mainly with players who were not performing. But I was obligated to give opportunities to everyone.”Dassanayake also felt that the dangling carrot for squad members, a chance at being one of six players drafted by a CPL franchise team through good performances, was good for individual players but at times undermined team results. Even though it was a 50-over tournament, Dassanayake felt that the lure of the CPL draft, however well intended, influenced some players to play in T20 mode with an eye toward future opportunities rather than stay focused on the task at hand. It’s another reason why he feels being in charge of just the USA squad this time around will lead to better results.“When you get a combined team, to have the focus being on the team rather than a future with a T20 cricket [franchise] – it wasn’t easy,” Dassanayake said. “More than anything what hurt [team results] was that mainly the players were taking the tour as an entry for the CPL and the focus was on T20-type cricket [to get drafted], and we were not really looking to play as a team to win games and be more competitive. We got through games and were able to win one. I thought we could have won two or three more if we had been playing basic cricket right. But I think going as the USA team is going to have big value especially when we can play as a team.”USA’s squad for the Super50 is expected to be named over the weekend. They will depart for Antigua in the last week of January for four to five days of preparation locally ahead of their first match on January 31 against Leeward Islands. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUSA’s Ali Khan in the fast lane to T20 stardomSeptember 7, 2018In “latest news”‘Ultimately we want success’ – Jimmy AdamsJanuary 25, 2017In “latest news”Ashraful eyes Bangladesh return as ban comes to an endAugust 10, 2018In “latest news” read more

State Continues Work To Reduce High Recidivism Rates

first_imgAccording to a reentry plan instituted in 2015 by the DOC, successful prisoner reentry is important state public safety policy. For every returning citizen who does not reoffend, means one less victim and no additional public defender, prosecutor, court, law enforcement and ADOC costs. That individual becomes a productive wage earner contributing to his/her family and to the economy, building healthier stronger Alaskan communities. Governor Walker’s legislation aims to increase funding and resources to assist with programs the DOC currently has in place. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker introduced legislation aimed at furthering the state’s goal of rehabilitating prisoners by increasing access to rehabilitation and reentry programs. Preventing recidivism is a critical part of reducing the overall crime rate in the state of Alaska, and ensuring incarcerated individuals have the necessary resources to continue their recovery will augment efforts already underway in the Department of Corrections. Megan Edge, DOC Spokeswoman: “Within DOC that focus is ‘what do we need to do to make sure these people never come back to prison, how do we lower that recidivism rate’.”center_img Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-state-works-to-reduce-recidivsm.mp3VmJennifer-on-state-works-to-reduce-recidivsm.mp300:00RPd One new program launched the first of the year is the Pretrial Enforcement Division. However, according to Edge, the real work to reduce recidivism happens within the facility: “Pretrial, what happens inside of our prisons, and what happens when you leave our prisons are all crucial to reducing the recidivism rate.” Reentry programs and reentry courts are designed to help returning citizens successfully “reenter” society following their incarceration. Edge: “It would be ludicrous to think that you could send somebody away for that long, not give them any programming, and expect them to be a more constructive member of society.”last_img read more

Turning Content Curation into Dollars

first_imgContent curation and aggregation are part of just about every publisher’s digital strategy today but a new service from “content logistics platform” Vertical Acuity offers publishers the chance to not only automate the process but turn it into a revenue opportunity as well. Vertical Acuity has two goals: help publishers become more of a “point of discovery” for content–a role that has largely been given up to search and social media–and offer more business options for content sharing deals. Publishers are able to extend invites to potential partners within the Vertical Acuity network similar to the connections being made on the largest social networks (the company claims 450 million content pages on its cloud network). “We provide a platform underneath the process of doing business development on the web, which usually includes getting your content out in exchange for some kind of value,” says Joe Fiveash, president and chief revenue officer. “That process goes on every day all over the web but it’s being done the same way it was 15 years ago-with manual, one-off deals. With Vertical Acuity you do those same deals but it’s as easy as friending someone on Facebook.” Publishers can use Vertical Acuity in two ways–pushing their content out to other sites within the Vertical Acuity network (with or without packaging advertising with that content), or accepting other third party content onto their own site. Vertical Acuity works outside the publisher’s existing CMS and publishers create a dedicated page to accommodate partner content, which appears as a series of thumbnails on the bottom of related articles. Users who click on those thumbnails see content branded from other sources, but remain within the host site. “That page has the publisher’s header on it and depending on how they’re using the system, an ad could be on the right,” says Fiveash. “The page has a tag that pulls content into the designated space just like tags pull ad creative in other areas.” Database Decisions, Not ‘Gut Decisions’Participants also receive metrics to gauge how their content is performing on other sites, as well as assess potential content partners within the network. “The metrics dashboard offers actual results for different types of distributions so they can make more intelligent decisions, database decisions rather than gut-based decisions,” says Fiveash, who says that in tests of the system, publishers displaying recommendations for other content received an average of 15 percent more page views than publishers not displaying recommendations. Rodale is currently using Vertical Acuity for its Prevention brand, which in July launched the Healthy Living Group, a digital advertising network of niche health sites. The publisher is pushing its content (and often advertising) out to other sites such as Organic Authority, as well as accepting original content from partners.”We view this as a two-way street: outbound and inbound,” says Michael Kuntz, associate vice president of digital sales with Rodale. “Inbound will really be owned by the edit team. If they make the choice to bring in third-party content, that’s something they’re going to vet. This allows us to create niche, high value content on the fly without having to tap into our editorial resources.”From the business side, Rodale is able to offer extended audience reach to advertisers by integrating advertiser messages with Prevention content appearing on other sites. Partner sites can decide to accept content without ads, and pay the originator of that content on a CPM basis. Sites that decide to accept another publisher’s advertising along with their content get paid on a CPM basis. Additional page views created from recirculation are free. “We all know there’s hundreds of vertical ad networks out there, and typically they go to a publisher and say, ‘Hey Mr. Publisher, give us x amount of ad inventory and we’ll give you whatever effective CPM, and in return you’ll make more money,” says Kuntz. “I think that pitch has become stale. With our brand and the advertisers we work with, if you work with us, not only will you generate money on the advertising side but you’ll get usage of our premium content. In many cases we’re dealing with publishers that don’t have a 20-person edit team and being able to get daily updates on their site is huge.”last_img read more

NKorea seeks equilibrium with US military power

first_imgNorth Korea said Saturday it was seeking military “equilibrium” with the United States as leader Kim Jong-Un vowed to complete Pyongyang’s nuclear programme, which he said had “nearly reached the terminal”.North Korea successfully fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday, responding to a new round of UN sanctions over its sixth nuclear test with its furthest-ever missile flight.“Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option for the DPRK,” leader Kim said, according to a report carried by the official KCNA news agency.Kim said the country was close to the goal of completing its nuclear ambitions and should use all power at its disposal to finish the task, saying it had “nearly reached the terminal”, the official KCNA news agency reported.Kim said Friday’s launch, which it described as a drill rather than a test, had increased the North’s “combat power of the nuclear force”, KCNA reported.“We should clearly show the big power chauvinists how our state attains the goal of completing its nuclear force despite their limitless sanctions and blockade,” Kim said, according to KCNA.The UN Security Council condemned Friday’s launch as “highly provocative” and US President Donald Trump scheduled talks with the leaders of Japan and South Korea to address the crisis.“As Kim Jong-Un’s most recent launch demonstrates, this is one of the world’s most urgent and dangerous security problems,” US National Security Advisor HR McMaster said.Equilibrium ‘unrealistic’The US Pacific Command confirmed Friday’s rocket was an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) and said it did not pose a threat to North America or to the US Pacific territory of Guam, which Pyongyang has threatened with “enveloping fire”.Seoul’s defence ministry said it probably travelled around 3,700 kilometres (2,300 miles) and reached a maximum altitude of 770 kilometres.Yang Uk, an analyst with the Korea Defence and Security Forum, told AFP that Kim’s stated ambition of achieving a military balance was some way off.“It’s too unrealistic for North Korea to reach equilibrium in nuclear force with the US even if it’s true that the North has been making a rapid progress in its nuclear drive,” he said.The North has raised global tensions with its rapid progress in weapons technology under Kim, who is regularly pictured by state media overseeing launches and visiting facilities.“The latest launch, which was apparently made from a TEL (transporter erector launcher or missile vehicle) instead of a makeshift launch pad, means the North is now ready to deploy the IRBM Hwasong-12 for combat purposes,” he said.The North’s previous missile launch, a Hwasong-12 IRBM just over two weeks ago, also overflew Japan’s main islands and was the first to do so for years.“Within three to five years, the North is expected to be capable of operating nuclear missiles as deterrence,” Yang Uk added.Calls for talksRussian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron jointly appealed for talks with North Korea, saying this was the only way to resolve tensions over its nuclear programme.The crisis requires resolution “exclusively through political and diplomatic means, by restarting direct negotiations”, a Kremlin statement said following a phone call between the leaders.The appeal was directed at the United States and Japan, countries calling to ramp up pressure through sanctions rather than pin hopes on talks.Russia and China, North Korea’s main ally, on Monday backed a US-drafted resolution at the Security Council to impose fresh sanctions on Pyongyang—but they maintain dialogue is key to defuse the crisis.Washington has rejected as “insulting” a proposal from China to kick-start talks with a freeze on North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a suspension of US-South Korean drills.The sanctions imposed on Monday banned the North’s textile trade, stopped new work permits for its labourers, and imposed restrictions on shipments of oil products, among other measures.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tokyo could “never tolerate” what he called a “dangerous provocative action that threatens world peace”.In response to Friday’s launch, South Korea’s military immediately carried out a ballistic missile drill of its own, with the defence ministry saying it took place while the North’s rocket was still airborne.President Moon Jae-In told an emergency meeting of Seoul’s national security council that dialogue with the North was “impossible in a situation like this”.last_img read more

Remote Russian Island Invaded By Unwanted Guests

first_img A Russian Arctic archipelago is under siege by … polar bears?Novaya Zemlya, a Soviet nuclear test base with a population of about 3,000, declared an emergency situation following a weeks-long “invasion” of the aggressive animals.Since December, locals have reported a “large accumulation” of polar bears across the isle; a whopping 52 bears were seen in the southwest village of Belushya Guba alone.The Russian government also described cases of “aggressive behavior,” including attacks on people and forced entry into residential and office buildings.“People are scared, afraid to leave the house, their daily activities are disrupted, parents are afraid to let their children go to schools,” Alexander Minaev, deputy head of the local administration, said in a translated press release.In an attempt to safeguard residents, additional fences were erected near kindergartens and military personnel and workers were driven to service in secure vehicles.But the bears, driven out of the warming ocean by climate change, appear to be acclimating to their new on-land lifestyle, no longer frightened by bright lights and loud noises. Attempts to drive them away using patrol cars and dogs have been futile, according to officials.“I have been on Novaya Zemlya since 1983, but never before has there been such a massive invasion of polar bears,” according to local administration head Zhigansha Musin.At least five maritime bears were spotted on a local military garrison, “literally chasing people” and entering residential buildings, he said in a translated press release.Though classified by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as “vulnerable,” Russia considers polar bears an endangered species, and bans the hunting of them.Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Nature Management has refused to issue licenses to shoot the most aggressive of the lot. Instead, a task force will be sent to the archipelago to “assess the situation and take measures to prevent the polar bears from attacking people,” the press release said.If the government can’t rid the island of these animals, a cull may be the only option.Novaya Zemlya will remain in emergency mode “until the security of the local population is ensured.”More on Geek.com:Watch: Cute Polar Bear Cub Opens Eyes for First TimeWWF: Human Consumption to Blame for Declining Wildlife PopulationsAmazon Warehouse Workers Hospitalized in Bear Repellent IncidentTurns Out Yetis Are Really Just Bears Stay on target FaceApp Responds to (Mostly Unfounded) Privacy ConcernsStar-Studded Cast Perform Live Reading of Mueller Report last_img read more