Floods drown cricket in Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgRavaged by floods, Jammu and Kashmir faces the real prospect of not getting to host official cricket at all in the 2014-15 domestic season starting early next month.Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) secretary M.L. Nehru, who himself has been airlifted from a submerged Srinagar to Delhi, said on Monday that he would soon request the BCCI to relocate the state’s home matches either to Delhi or Punjab.If that indeed happens, it would send a large portion of the domestic schedule topsy-turvy, as many alterations would have to be made at least to the northzone leg of all the BCCI tournaments.”Since the floods have badly affected the cricket infrastructure, I don’t think we can stage any matches in the state. Even though the Ranji Trophy is beginning in December this season, I don’t think they [JKCA’s home games] can be played there as we, for instance, need good pitches to stage these matches,” Nehru told Mail Today.”We have to conduct trials, too, to select teams for various tournaments. In about 10 days, I will write to the BCCI and request it to relocate our home matches. They may either be held in Delhi or Punjab,” he said.Jammu and Kashmir, anyway, have limited cricket infrastructure – from grounds to equipment – and all of it is feared to have been badly hit by the floods. More importantly, the houses of many players – almost all of those living in Kashmir – have met the same fate.advertisementNehru, who was airlifted along with his wife by the Army on Saturday, said he realised the extent of damage caused only after reaching Delhi as the electricity and telephone lines were cut off to his second-floor apartment near the Dal Lake.”While we were there, stuck on the second floor, we had no idea about the damage. It’s now that I am watching TV here that I realise it,” he said.Nehru said that the entire JKCA cricket set-up is in complete disarray. “We don’t know which player is where. I am told that both our main cricket grounds – the Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar and the Science College in Jammu – have been affected. There was four-to-five-foot water in Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium,” he said, based on what people have been informing him on telephone.”With so much water, the pitches would have been badly damaged. Even when the water recedes, the silt that will be left behind would further affect pitches, and it’ll take them a long time to get back into shape. The ground equipment, like motorised rollers, too would have been affected.”India off-spinner Parveez Rasool, who was stranded for 10 days on the second floor of his home in Bijbehara, Anantnag district, was disappointed when told about the possibility of JKCA not hosting any matches. “It would be sad if we have to play our matches outside the state, though I think we can probably play in Jammu [if the conditions improve],” Rasool told Mail Today.The players, too, have been badly affected. While Srinagarbased players will have to rebuild their houses, Ian Dev Singh, who lives in Jammu, swam across the Dal Lake in Srinagar to reach safety.Singh was playing in Srinagar when floods came. “I had to jump from the balcony of my third-floor hotel room as the water had risen till the second storey. I swam for about 15 minutes in the Dal Lake, all the way to the nearby mountain area,” the batsman told Mail Today.”There were three-four players in my hotel and they also left in the similar way,” he said. “It’s really sad because we had prepared a lot before this [floods]. Now, when we had to practice harder we’re not able to do that. It’s very de-motivating at the moment, but it’s okay. Hopefully, it’s a matter of one or two weeks, then we are going to start again.”last_img read more

Rogers Cup: Djokovic off to winning start, Wawrinka beats Kyrgios

first_imgNovak Djokovic did not let a late switch in opponent throw him off his stride in his quest for a fifth Rogers Cup title as he subdued Bosnian lucky loser Mirza Basic 6-3 7-6(3) in first-round action on Tuesday.Djokovic, the ninth seed, was originally scheduled to play Australian Open semi-finalist Chung Hyeon but the 22-year-old South Korean withdrew with a back injury about an hour before the match was due to start.The Serb, competing in singles for the first time since his Wimbledon triumph last month, was never in real danger during the first-round clash, but he still needed some time to figure out Basic before wrapping up the match in 90 minutes.”I’ve never played Basic. I’ve known him, I’ve practiced with him, but I’ve never played an official match so definitely not easy to find a rhythm from the beginning of the match, said Djokovic. “There were frustrations at times but that means I care.”The Serbian world number 10 was not as sharp as he will need to be if he hopes to triumph here for the first time since 2016, but it was enough on a day when Basic was misfiring on both his forehand and serve.Djokovic broke Basic in the sixth game of the first set to go ahead 4-2 and then wrapped up the opener three games later when he fired an ace down the middle.The former world number one was up a break in the second set and cruising along until Basic broke back in the eighth game to draw level 4-4, leaving Djokovic yelling at himself in frustration while swatting a ball out of the court.advertisementBasic did well to hold serve and pull ahead, but the more experienced Djokovic kept calm and booked his place in the second round, where he will face Canadian Peter Polansky.In other first-round action, Swiss wild card Stan Wawrinka upset 16th-seeded Australian Nick Kyrgios 1-6 7-5 7-5 while Dutchman Robin Haase beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori 7-5 6-1.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

The VK Nagrani Experience

first_img 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee 2. VK Nagrani 3. VK Nagrani 4. VK Nagrani 5. VK Nagrani 6. VK Nagrani When to Take Your Suit in for a Cleaning, According to the Experts VK Nagrani’s socks are made of mostly cotton and mixtures of other fine material. But the difference is they won’t fall down at the end of the day and they will garner more than a few compliments. All of Nagrani’s goods are made in Italy in small local factories. While the socks will run you up to $40 per pair, first -time customers tend to be repeat offenders.The Clothing  The Manual previewed the new VK Nagrani clothing line, which is slated for a man who can be found in multiple cities on a daily basis. His concept was to create clothing that is so versatile it can move seamlessly through time zones and events. The clothes fit very well and can easily be a go-to piece in your wardrobe.  Our top picks were the Liverpool Jacket and the Branson Double-breasted suit. Another favorite was the VK Nagrani underwear, which we heard you can wear for more than two days without loosing the fit. (We don’t advise).  They also rock a tongue-in-cheek surprise on the inside of each pair.  And last but not least don’t forget to check out his pocket squares and scarves printed with tattoo art.Check out the site for more details. Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie How to Buy a Suit: 6 Simple Tips to Keep in Mind All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked VK Nagrani has made a name for his high-quality and stylish dress socks. They are simply the best. To be straightforward we weren’t sure what to expect when we visited the new haberdashery on the Upper East Side. The Upper East Side and hip are typically not synonymous for those of you not familiar with New York.VK NagraniOwner and designer Vivek Nagrani proved us all wrong. He transformed an Upper East Side home (with the help of Hecho, Inc.) into a shopping haven for the stylish men of the world and most of all a badass social club.VK NagraniFrom the moment you walk in the door his Gatsbesque charm, and eclectic décor, takes you for a ride. Not to mention your cup is never empty. Clothes are barely on view. It’s all about the venue here. Except for the handsome retired Harvard library catalogues that display man’s best dress socks with pride. They give the room a bear hug to let you know they’re still the centerpiece. From the kitchen down to the expansive living room there is interesting art and vintage furniture from many eras. If you’re fortunate enough to visit look for the Spaghetti-O display and the wall from Purgatory.  One thing is clear — VK Nagrani’s store is the way you want to shop — with cocktail in hand and in good company. Judging from the fully-stocked kitchen the parties must be insane.The Dress SocksTo paraphrase Nagrani, at one time a man’s hosiery defined his class and status. After our visit there we can completely agree that it still does. Having a quality sock with an interesting design or color completes your outfit. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

The Cleveland Browns Finally Win a Game: Fans Rewarded with Free Bud Light Vending Machines

first_img Bruichladdich Distillery Unveils its New Octomore Scotch Whisky Series Editors’ Recommendations Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer UPDATE: Finally! The Cleveland Browns won their first game in two years on September 20. The underdogs triumphed over the New York Jets, 21-17.  After losing all 16 of their games last year and 15 the year before, the Browns are 1-1 for the 2018 season, with one tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, September 9.Fridge ✅. @TheBudKnight ✅. Bud Light ✅. We’re all set for the @Browns Victory Fridge chains to drop in Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/OD1tJ2E5IH— Bud Light (@budlight) September 21, 2018In honor of Browns fans’ unwavering loyalty during the drought, Bud Light installed “Victory Fridges” in bars around Cleveland. Those beer vending machines were locked and would only dispense free Bud Light once the Browns finally took home a W — and boy, did they deliver.We WON!!! —-Wait….Oh God. The free beer thing…Ok Cleveland. Stay calm. GO BROWNS!!! @Browns @budlight #CLE— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) September 21, 2018Read on for more information about the Victory Fridges and Bud Light’s wonder gesture to fine city of Cleveland.—ORIGINAL STORY: Bud Light is offering a glimmer of hope to Cleveland Browns fans that this season will be better than the last — and the one before that — by installing “Victory Fridges” in Cleveland bars, which are beer vending machines that automatically unlock once the NFL team finally wins a game. They will open only then and not a minute earlier.If anyone needs a reminder, the Browns lost all 16 of their games last year and 15 the year before. This puts their win-loss record going into the 2018 season at 1-31. The Browns also haven’t won a championship since 1964.So, yeah, that record calls for a beer or two. Or a fridge full of them.Bud Light Victory Fridges aren’t meant to poke fun at this abysmal record. They were developed to celebrate the fans. Sure, quarterbacks Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler should get a pat on the back for sticking with the team loss after loss, but the fans freezing their asses off watching them get sacked aren’t making seven figures.“The Bud Light Browns ‘Victory Fridge’ is a fun way to celebrate and reward a fan base that has never wavered in enthusiasm or dedication for their team no matter what happens,” says Andy Goeler, vice-president of marketing for Bud Light. “It’s going to be fun to be part of the celebration when the team earns their first victory of the season.”Bud Light, with help from Ohio-based wholesaler House of LaRose, is installing a handful of these smart vending machines at local watering holes and the FirstEnergy Stadium. The fridges will remain off until the moment of the first big W, when they automatically uncork and dispense free beer, “giving fans 21 and over the chance to enjoy the sweet taste of victory together,” says Bud Light in a press release.You’ve stood by us through it all. We love you for it, and so does @budlight.These special fridges will unlock celebratory beers when we get our first regular season “W”.#VictoryFridge pic.twitter.com/LgsGNabMpt— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 14, 2018“Our top priorities are to build a consistently winning team and to create unique experiences for Browns fans, and the Bud Light Cleveland Browns Victory Fridges will give our fans a special opportunity to celebrate our first win of the 2018 season,” said executive vice president and COO Dave Jenkins. “We have the most passionate, loyal fans in sports, and we are excited to partner with Bud Light on this promotion that they created specifically for Northeast Ohio due to Browns fans’ unmatched support of our team.”Powered by Bud-E Fridge smart technology, the Bud Light Browns Victory Fridge is the brand’s latest innovative technology to help create unique experiences for NFL fans. After all, Bud Light is the official beer sponsor of the league.If you ask us, this top Jim Beam’s smart decanter.Article originally published August 17, 2018. Last updated by Nicole Raney to include details of and reactions to the Browns’ much-anticipated win. Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Looking Back at 70 Years of Nalgene, the Most Iconic Water Bottle last_img read more

Port Tampa Bay Gives Nod to USD 60 Mn Expansion Plan

first_imgzoom Port Tampa Bay has approved a public-private partnership agreement with four other entities which will finance a USD 60 million widening and extension of the Big Bend Channel.The strategic partners include the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Tampa Electric Co. and Mosaic Co., a fertilizer company which is one of the port’s largest tenants along with Tampa Electric.The Big Bend Channel connects to the Tampa Harbor main channel and will be deepened from 34 feet to 43 feet and widened from 200 feet to 250 feet to accommodate larger ships.The Army Corps estimates the expansion to cost more than USD 60 million, but future bids may wind up higher or lower than that. Bids are not expected until March 2018. Project funding from the partners would be due at that time, according to the port.The federal government promised USD 9 million and plans to take over maintenance costs of approximately USD 1 million, according to Ram Kancharla, vice president of planning and development at the Port Tampa Bay.FDOT has pledged to pay 50 percent of the balance after the federal commitment and has given the port USD 5.7 million so far. TECO and Mosaic both use the Big Bend Channel  and will be disproportionately responsible for the remaining funds.“This is the largest project we have worked on at the port,” Paul Anderson, CEO and president of Port Tampa Bay, said, adding it’s “almost impossible” to get private and public companies to come together to dredge a federal channel.Separately, Port Tampa Bay on Tuesday also approved the use of a portion of USD 4.2 million in Florida Seaports Transportation and Economic Development Council (FSTED) funds to improve two existing berths. The port will pay more than half of the reconstruction costs with the other portion coming from FSTED funds and state grants. The update to Berth 219 will cost USD 8.6 million and Berth 3 USD 6.3 million.Port Tampa Bay expects the project to be completed in 2019.A bipartisan group of Florida members of the House of Representatives penned a letter in March claiming the Big Bend Channel represents a USD 50 million economic development initiative.The port has also invested USD 30 million into the growing Port Redwing maritime complex the Big Bend Channel will serve.Image Courtesy: Port Tampa Baylast_img read more

Tax proposals to yield additional 30K cr in FY20 Revenue Secretary

first_imgNew Delhi: The government will rake in an additional Rs 30,000 crore in revenue from higher tax imposed on super-rich and higher duties on petrol and diesel in current fiscal year, Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey said. He said the exchequer will mobilise the additional resources by way of increase in duty and cess on petrol and diesel, and increased customs duty on gold and precious metals, besides higher surcharge on super-rich. However, there will be some revenue loss on account of the increase in ambit of concessional corporate tax rate of 25 per cent to companies having a turnover of Rs 400 crore as against Rs 250 crore earlier. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe annual gain from increase in Special Additional Excise duty and road cess on petrol and diesel is Rs 30,000 crore. However, for the remaining nine months of the current fiscal, the government is expecting a revenue gain of Rs 22,000 crore. The surcharge on super rich is expected to fetch an additional Rs 12,000-13,000 crore. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in 2019-20 Budget, tabled in Parliament, proposed to increase surcharge from 15 per cent to 25 per cent on taxable income between Rs 2-5 crore and from 15 per cent to 37 per cent for income above Rs 5 crore. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe exchequer is likely to forego a revenue of Rs 4,000 crore on account of the proposal to increase the ambit of lower corporate tax rate to cover 99.3 per cent of Indian companies. The government is estimated to get an additional Rs 3,000-4,000 crore from the hike in customs duty on gold and precious metals to 12.5 per cent from 10 per cent. However, this gain will be offset by lowering of customs duty on various other goods. On net basis, Pandey said, the tax proposals in the Budget will yield the government an additional Rs 30,000 crore during the current fiscal.last_img read more

Scattered rain brings relief

first_imgKolkata: The city and its adjoining areas on Sunday received scattered rainfall providing the much-needed relief to the people who had been under the heat spell for quite some time.The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore on Sunday predicted more rainfall in South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours. There may be heavy showers in the coastal districts due to a low pressure trough formed over the Bay of Bengal. The districts of West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Jhargram, Purulia, South 24-Parganas may receive heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours. The city and adjoining districts like North 24-Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly will also receive light to moderate rainfall. The weather officials are apprehending that there may be considerable rainfall in the South Bengal districts at the beginning of the next month. It may be mentioned here that there has been a deficiency in rainfall in June and also in the current month so far. The city’s sky mostly remained cloudy on Sunday with some scattered rainfall in some parts. The weather office prediction says that there is no major rainfall alert in North Bengal for the next few days. The intensity of rainfall in North Bengal has reduced.last_img read more

Average US price of gas spikes 5 cents per gallon to 297

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 5 cents a gallon (3.8 litres) over the past two weeks, to $2.97.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that gas prices have spiked 66 cents since early January.But Lundberg says dropping crude oil costs could mean that prices at the pump will soon stabilize.The highest average price in the nation is $4.14 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.The lowest average is $2.45 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The average price of diesel rose 3 cents over the past two weeks, to $3.17.The Associated Press read more

Indonesia improving on human rights but stronger steps needed – UN expert

12 June 2007Human rights defenders in Indonesia’s province of West Papua continue to face torture, arbitrary detention and harassment from the country’s police, military and security forces, an independent United Nations expert said today after wrapping up a week-long visit to the Asian archipelago, which she said had also taken some positive steps in the legal realm. Hina Jilani, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on the situation of human rights defenders, said she had received “credible reports” of such activities, as well as attempts to interfere with defenders’ freedom of movement.Ms. Jilani “was also informed of cases where human rights defenders were threatened with prosecution by members of the police and the military,” she said in a statement. “It was alleged that when defenders have attempted to register their complaints, this has been denied and the defenders threatened.”The Special Representative added that defenders working in the environmental field “frequently receive threats from private actors with powerful economic interest, but are granted no protection by the police.”Other defenders who allege there have been abuses of authority are “labelled as separatists in order to undermine their credibility,” she said.The Special Representative recommended that existing mechanisms be strengthened to ensure the police, military and intelligence apparatus faces more credible oversight, and the creation of special complaint cells to register incidents involving harm or threats to human rights defenders.In today’s statement Ms. Jilani said that while the harassment and intimidation was not confined to West Papua province, she was “greatly encouraged” by the situation in Aceh province at the opposite end of the country, where the Government and separatists signed a peace deal in 2005.Human rights defenders in Aceh now have much greater scope to conduct their activities and their participation in peace-building initiatives was also being sought, although Ms. Jilani said she was also informed of some cases where defenders were subject to surveillance or interference.Turning to the case of Munir, the prominent human rights defender who was killed in 2004, Ms. Jilani said she was “deeply concerned at apprehensions expressed by defenders that the course of justice may be influenced to protect the perpetrators of this crime,” despite recent developments indicating the Government had made efforts to bring those perpetrators to justice.The Special Representative met senior Government, judicial and parliamentary officials, as well as human rights defenders and civil society groups, during her visit, which took in the capital, Jakarta, and West Papua and Aceh.Overall, the prospects for promoting human rights within Indonesia have advanced considerably recently, she said, but the country has yet to take concrete steps to enact laws, create institutions or set up procedures to protect rights defenders or ensure accountability for any harm carried out against them.Ms. Jilani welcomed the “several positive steps” taken to strengthen the laws and institutions that try to protect human rights, including constitutional changes in 2002 and the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) and the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan).But some of these institutions and organizations face serious constraints on their ability to function, partly because of a lack of inter-agency cooperation and the difficulty of changing long-held attitudes that have helped to maintain impunity for some rights violations.Ms. Jilani also expressed concern at the lack of formal measures taken to protect human rights defenders, saying the only initiative she knew of was the programme on female rights defenders created by Komnas Perempuan.She recommended the setting up of mechanisms to probe complaints of violations committed against rights defenders as they work, and the removal of restrictive Government regulations that can impede defenders’ right to freedom of assembly and association.The Special Representative said she was particularly worried about the lack of protection for defenders working with socially sensitive issues, such as public awareness of HIV/AIDS or the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons.Ms. Jilani will report to the UN Human Rights Council later this year on her Indonesian visit, and said she looked forward to a sustained dialogue with Jakarta on the issues raised by her trip. read more

UN rights chief urges more global attention to wanton violence in Yemen

“Perhaps because of the violence engulfing so many other countries – relatively little attention is being paid to the situation in Yemen,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. “The past few weeks have seen dozens of people killed in a succession of bomb attacks in Yemen. Such wanton acts of indiscriminate violence are utterly deplorable.”Despite the formation of a new Government on 7 November aimed at ending a period of political turbulence and bringing about a full transition towards democracy, Yemen continues to be plagued by violence.Several bomb attacks in the last three weeks have killed a total of 86 people, with the most recent, a car bomb detonated outside a police college in the capital, Sana’a, the most deadly, killing 37 people.“What does anyone gain by slaughtering civilians – especially children – in this way?” Zeid said. “I urge all parties in Yemen to renounce the use of violence to avoid further loss of innocent lives and take concrete steps towards the immediate and effective implementation of the peace and partnership agreement.” Mr. Zeid also urged Yemeni security forces to ensure they used proportionate force when responding to incidents, amid reports of security personnel causing civilian deaths including one incident in December where live ammunition was fired to break up demonstrations.“Notwithstanding the difficult situation they face, it is essential that Government security personnel halt the use of excessive force, resulting in civilian deaths,” Mr. Zeid said. “Violations of international human rights law by all sides must be promptly, independently and effectively investigated to bring perpetrators to justice and ensure that victims’ right to justice and remedy is upheld.” read more

Meet Jeremy the lonely snail hoping to find a leftymate

first_imgJeremy the snail was originally found around a compost heap in Rayne’s Park, South West London by a retired scientist from the Natural History Museum, who spotted its unique traits.Having heard about Dr Davison’s interest in snail genetics, he contacted the Nottingham scientist before sending it on in the post.Scientists are calling on gardeners across Britain to scour their plots to see if they can find another snail with an anti-clockwise shell. Jeremy, a rare snail with an anti-clockwise shaped shell is seen at left Snails mate head to head so there sex organs must be on the right hand side   “However, they don’t really like doing this,” added Dr Davison. “From our perspective, the genetic data from offspring of two lefty snails would be far richer and more valuable to us.”Earlier this year, in research published in the journal Current Biology, Dr Davison and colleagues at universities in Edinburgh, Germany and the US, revealed they had discovered a gene that determines whether a snail’s shell twists in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.The same gene also affects body asymmetry in other animals – including humans – and research using these snails could offer the chance to develop our understanding of how organs are placed in the body and why this process can sometimes go wrong when some or all of the major internal organs are reversed from their normal placement.Garden snails court from 15 minutes to six hours by circling each other, touching with tentacles, and biting on the lip and genitalAnyone who thinks they have found a sinistral snail can email a picture of the snail to angus.davison@nottingham.ac.uk or tweet it using the hashtag #snaillove. Snails mate head to head so there sex organs must be on the right hand side  Life is not easy when you’re a sinistral mutant.Jeremy the garden snail was born with a rare genetic mutation which means his shell spirals anti-clockwise. Unless he finds another snail with a similar abnormality, he simply cannot mate.And it’s not just the aesthetics of his eccentric exterior which is putting off suitors. His left-handed make-up means his sex organ is also on the wrong side.Snails mate face-to-face, sliding past each other on the right hand side so that their genitalia can meet. To copulate Jeremy must beat one in million odds to find another snail which also has left-handed sex organs which are compatible with his own.Yet there is hope. The University of Nottingham is keen to study the genetics of left-sidedness, or ‘sinistral mutation’ and so is on the hunt for a partner for Jeremy so they can study his offspring.“This really is an exciting find – I have been studying snails for more than 20 years and I have never seen one of these before,” said Dr Angus Davison, associate professor at the university’s school of life sciences.“We are very keen to study the snail’s genetics to find out whether this is a result of a developmental glitch or whether this is a genuine inherited genetic trait. It is very rare. It might even be one in a million.“They mate in a face-to-face position and the genatalia are on the right had side of the body in a normal ‘righty’ snail and that means when you get two snails of the opposite kind trying to mate the genatalia just don’t match up. They can’t get it together.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jeremy, a rare snail with an anti-clockwise shaped shell is seen at leftCredit:University of Nottingham “This is something which everyone can get involved with and which you can easily do on your own doorstep,” added Dr Davison.“There is a chance, because it is such a rare thing, that anyone who can find and identify another of these sinistral snails may even find themselves named as a contributor on a research paper we publish in the future as a result of this.Although he has been christened Jeremy, snails are actually hermaphrodites, and can reproduce on their own without the need for another mate.last_img read more

The importance of training and simulators – all the latest news and

first_imgIn an article in the December issue of International Mining, John Chadwick looks at some of the latest ideas in training and the growing global simulator population. In particular he considers the Murray & Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) in South Africa that is becoming a world leader.There is also news of Fortescue Metals Group’s tenth anniversary of its pioneering Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC).Immersive Technologies stresses the importance of checking “if your operator training program [is] inefficient and failing to prove return on investment? Too often training is done ‘for the sake of it’ or only to fulfil a compliance requirement.Wenco has released its latest mine performance solution, Wenco Learning. This online learning system was built in conjunction with corporate training consultants PRIME Learning.In the simulator news of the article there are more examples from Immersive Technology and the example of how a leading Nevada gold mining company recently enhanced its training operations and capabilities by acquiring a new haul truck simulator. The 700MV simulator, purchased from Doron Precision Systems is installed in a custom mobile trailer and is used for training haul truck drivers at multiple sites in Nevada.CM Labs says its new Motor Grader Training Pack “is the most advanced grader simulation available today.”Normet uses custom-built training simulator solutions from Mevea. These solutions include a wide range of training exercises for operators and service personnel. As part of the simulation package that ForgeFX developed for Joy Global’s (now Komatsu Mining) P&H mining equipment line, a custom training simulator shown in the article trains workers to operate a 4100XPC electric rope shovel.Training for underground blasting took a technological leap forward with the installation and commissioning of Africa’s first virtual reality blast wall with rear-view projection, powered by Simulated Training Solutions, at the MRTA.The MRTA has four of the latest generation ThoroughTec CYBERMINE simulators for the training of underground equipment operators. These include a Sandvik DD320 drill rig, DS310 bolter, Toro 40D ADT and an LH517 LHD.Dassault Systèmes and Exa Corp, a global innovator in simulation software for product engineering, have signed a definitive merger agreement for Dassault Systèmes to acquire Exa. With the addition of Exa, Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform will provide customers, the company says, “with a proven, diverse portfolio of combined Lattice Boltzmann fluid simulation technologies, as well as Exa’s fully industrialised solutions and nearly 350 highly experienced simulation professionals.”last_img read more

Changing a single gene allows mice to live 20 percent longer

first_imgA research team at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has been experimenting with changing mouse genes and seeing how it impacts their life. In a surprising discovery, when targeting just one gene change it was found they could extend the life of a mouse by 20 percent.To put that in context, in a human that would mean a life extension of around 16 years, or taking the average human life span from 79 to 95. On paper that sounds great, but it’s not all good news for the mouse and therefore wouldn’t be for humans either right now.The gene the researchers focused on is called mTOR and is associated with metabolism. By lowering its expression (to about 25 percent of what is normal) in a batch of mice they did indeed live longer. They also displayed better memory, balance, muscle strength, and posture as they aged. However, the health of their bones deteriorated more quickly and their immune system was weakened, suggesting that extra time alive wouldn’t really be worth it in terms of overall health.What it does prove is that the different parts of the body age at different rates. Toren Finkel, lead researcher on the project, describes it as a body having several aging clocks. Combined they determine the overall age of the body.One gene change has both positive and negative effects, but if research can get the mix of gene changes right it could result in a way of extending life without any major health downsides. At the very least it’s worth continuing the research to come up with new ways to treat specific diseases related to aging such as Alzheimer’s disease.[Image credit: polarqueen on Wikipedia]last_img read more

Addiction to video games is now a recognised illness

first_img Short URL Monday 18 Jun 2018, 7:51 AM Share1235 Tweet Email26 The behaviour pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning. The pattern of gaming behaviour may be continuous or episodic and recurrent. The gaming behaviour and other features are normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe.The move means that those affected can now receive treatment, with Britain’s NHS prepared to treat children for free.Anecdotal evidence suggests that the condition disproportionately effects younger people more connected to the ever-expanding online gaming world.But last month WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic cautioned that it was premature to speculate on the scope of the problem.“Gaming disorder is a relatively new concept and epidemiological data at the population level are yet to be generated”, he said.Despite the lack of hard data, “health experts basically agree that there is an issue” and that official inclusion in the ICD is the next appropriate step, Jasarevic said.“There are people who are asking for help”, he added, noting that formal recognition of the condition will help spur further research and resources committed to combating the problem.With AFP http://jrnl.ie/4076373 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Paul Hosford Image: DPA/PA Images 34,195 Views 75 Comments Addiction to video games is now a recognised illness Those who suffer have trouble controlling their behaviours around gaming. File Image: DPA/PA Images ADDICTION TO VIDEO games will officially be recognised as a mental disorder from today.The World Health Organisation has included “gaming disorder” in a new draft of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which was released today.The entry for the illness says that those who suffer have trouble controlling their behaviours around gaming and give it precedence over the rest of their lives.“Gaming disorder is characterised by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video-gaming’), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline, manifested by: 1) impaired control over gaming (e.g., onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context); 2) increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities; and 3) continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences. Jun 18th 2018, 7:51 AM Filelast_img read more

San Diego County takes steps toward a shelter for asylum seekers

first_imgSan Diego County takes steps toward a shelter for asylum seekers January 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County Supervisors Tuesday took steps toward helping asylum seekers with shelter, after a lengthy public hearing and considerable debate.The Board of Supervisors approved recommendations by Supervisors Greg Cox and Nathan Fletcher to:— Direct the chief administration office to find armories or other state properties;— Establish a six-month task force to address both long- and short- term solutions;— Direct the chief administration officer to find other properties to house asylum seekers;— Have the county look into funding resources to provide health services to asylum seekers, while seeking federal and state reimbursement.Any shelter proposal involving county money would need board approval first, as would any additional costs for health services.Gallery members applauded the board’s actions. While the board voted unanimously on three of the items, Supervisors Kristin Gaspar and Chairwoman Dianne Jacob voted no on the proposal to find places to house the asylum seekers.Gaspar said the county should use existing properties, while Jacob was concerned about the refugees staying longer than they’re supposed to.Activists working with the asylum seekers said many are fleeing extreme violence in Central American nations such as Guatemala and Honduras.Local human rights activists, along with service and faith-based organizations, say they have provided more than 4,200 migrants with critical humanitarian and transportation assistance since early November.Cox said that over the holidays, he and Fletcher visited a migrant shelter run by San Diego Rapid Response Network, and learned about the “selfless work going on there.” He pointed out that the federal government has granted the refugees permission to be in this country and then meet up with their sponsors.Cox said Tuesday’s action builds on the momentum started by Gaspar, who sent a letter to state and federal officials imploring them to solve the crisis.He also added that having shelter and proper services can lower the risk of a serious health crisis.Fletcher said Americans applaud immigrants who follow the law, and accused the federal government of failing to ensure that these immigrants have transportation and health care options.The county, he said, should meet a basic humanitarian obligation — otherwise, it could be a situation where immigrants are released but have nowhere to go.“Let’s ensure there’s a humane way they can be brought in before they are reunited with their families,” he said.Board members heard from numerous public speakers, most of whom supported the shelter options.San Diego “has a rich history of being a welcoming place for people looking for asylum,” said David Trujillo, of the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties.“Every asylum seeker has the right to humane treatment,” said Trujillo, who criticized federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement for releasing asylum seekers who don’t have a place to stay.“This is a leadership moment, and San Diego must provide leadership,” Trujillo added.Margaret Baker of SDRRN said she has seen refugees being exploited, and heard their accounts of mistreatment while in federal custody.“Men cry and fall into my arms,” she added.Not all speakers were in favor, however. Jill Barto, a board member of the Cajon Valley Union School District, said the county should help American citizens first, adding that she has friends with family members who’ve been waiting here for years for legal status.“The refugees should be helped, but volunteers should open up their homes,” she said.Barto added that years ago, her vehicle was struck in Georgia by an undocumented immigrant, something that affects her every day.Jacob said she has a lot of compassion for the immigrants.She added that as she listens to the volunteers helping families, she can’t help but think of the many homeless veterans needing a place to live. The county now has 1,312 homeless vets, Jacob added.“Our priority should be to take care of our own first,” Jacob said. “We do have a potential health crisis with the refugee situation, but we also have to press hard on the federal government to fix this.”Supervisor Jim Desmond agreed with Jacob, saying, “The county is the doorway to California, but is treated like a door mat.”Gaspar said that in November, she wrote a letter to then-Gov. Jerry Brown asking for state help to deal with food, travel assistance, medical care and shelter for refugees here.She said there was no response, so she sent another letter — this time with support from mayors of regional cities, including San Diego and Chula Vista.Again, Gaspar added, there was no response — but she hopes that Gov. Gavin Newsom will have a different attitude. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Amazon Echo Dot deal 3 for 70

first_imgEnlarge Image Ry Crist/CNET Both Amazon and Best Buy have the Echo Dot (third generation) on sale for $40 or $10 off its list price of $50. But if you add three Echo Dots — any color — to your cart and proceed to checkout, the price goes down to $23.33 per Dot for a total of $69.96, not including tax. For Cyber Monday last year Amazon had single Echo Dots for $24 each, so this is essentially the same deal. On Amazon, just remember to proceed to checkout to see the discounted price. You can read CNET’s full review of the Echo Dot here.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.See it at AmazonSee it at Best BuyBe sure to add three Dots to your cart to see the discount, on both sites. Best Buy See It Adorama Share your voice $29 Crutchfield 17 Photos Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense Transform your Amazon Echo Dot with two new dock accessories Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) See it 1:54 $29 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $49center_img Amazon Echo Dot See It $49 See It The new Amazon Echo Dot: Does it sound better than before? Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags News • Amazon launches new Alexa device for kids but privacy issues will still scare some parents Smart Home Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini Now playing: Watch this: 0 Post a comment Amazonlast_img read more

Body of man found in canal in Nalgonda district

first_imgNalgonda: G venkanna of Sappidi Gudem had lost control of his bike and died after falling into a canal at the outskirts of Akkenepally village of Narketpally Mandal in Nalgonda district. This incident took place on Saturday late night, but came to light on Sunday, when pedestrians of Akkenepally village found his body in the drainage canal. Upon receiving the information, the Narketpally police rushed to the spot and shifted the body to Nalgonda District Hospital for postmortem.last_img

Moscow says no Russian missile involved in MH17 plane crash

first_imgIn this file photo taken on September 09, 2014 shows part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk. Photo : AFPMoscow on Thursday rejected an international investigation that found a Russian missile downed flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014, saying no such weapon had ever crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border and blaming Kiev for the tragedy.”Not a single anti-aircraft missile system from the Russian Federation has ever crossed the Russia-Ukraine border,” the defence ministry said in a statement carried by local news agencies.The ministry accused Ukraine of being behind the disaster in which 298 people died, saying it had presented evidence that “showed the involvement of Ukrainian units using (Soviet-designed) BUK missiles”.Earlier in the day, a Netherlands-led joint investigation team said — for the first time — that the missile which brought down the plane over eastern Ukraine came from a Russian military brigade.The group “has come to the conclusion that the BUK-TELAR that shot down MH17 came from 53rd Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk in Russia,” top Dutch investigator Wilbert Paulissen said.He told reporters gathered for a press conference that “the 53rd Brigade forms part of the Russian armed forces.”The Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 was blown out of the sky over conflict-torn eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.Ukraine and its Western allies have long accused Russia of funnelling troops and arms across the border to fan the flames of the conflict.Moscow has denied the allegations despite overwhelming evidence that it has been involved in the fighting and its explicit political support for the rebels.Investigators had previously concluded that the plane was hit by a Russian-made BUK missile system brought in from Russia and fired from territory in Ukraine held by Moscow-backed rebels. But they had stopped short of directly saying who pulled the trigger.Now the team has painstakingly recreated the route taken by the missile convoy from Kursk towards the border into Ukraine using videos and photos.last_img read more

Gang of girls

first_imgComing from a musically rich background, Sawani Shende has made a mark of her own in the Classical music genre. She started performing at the age of 10 and has never looked back since then. She has now started an international venture with the music icon Tina Turner. Read on..How did your musical journey start?The journey of my concerts started when I was invited to perform at the Pt. Vishnu Digambar Jayanti Samaroh in Delhi when I was thirteen. On the same day, I was honoured when I performed for the then President of India, R Venkatraman at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. I have come up with numerous albums since then. I have been performing abroad in concerts right since 1998. I have toured many countries like USA, Canada, Qatar, Switzerland and Germany. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Tell us about your album Beyond and how is it different from many others?Beyond Love Within is a really unique album. It’s not just any other spiritual album but its an album comprising of three different religions and cultures – Hinduism, Christianism and Buddhism. This venture is all about female power. What are your contributions in the band that makes it special?I have chosen some traditional Hindu shlokas as well as some new self  composed verses for this album in praise of Goddess Saraswati, Lami, Parvati, Durga etc. I have also sung a Meera Bhajan in this album. The striking feature is that I have composed all the tunes for the Hindu texts myself. My training in Hindustani classical music made it easier for me to adapt to the western harmonies keeping the gist , originality and grace of our material intact with its own individual identity. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow would you define your musical philosophy?I strongly believe that music is the fastest and the nearest path to reach up to god! I sing not only to please the audience and make them happy but to please god as I want to worship Him through my singing.In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think the main issues are?Our country has great musical heritage which we should be proud of. The great Indian classical music tradition is acclaimed worldwide and people have started to know the importance of this music not only for entertainment but for great spiritual values like peace and meditation. The main problem I think is that the youth should understand the importance of this rich musical heritage rather than just running behind commercial music and show biz. We should strive to preserve our own culture with pride and try to take it across Indian boundaries. Tell us a bit about your music. What defines your music and songs?My music is a blend of the kirana and Gwalior gharanas of Indian classical music. Also i love to perform semi classical genres like thumri, dadra and bhajans. I always like to combine my performance with strong traditional values as well as aesthetical valuesWhat suggestions/advice would you have for newbie’s in music?There is no shortcut to success. Music should have values of dignity, peace and meditation. You should keep on adding new things to the mainstream but at the same time be grounded to your roots. Be proud of your country and its cultural values.last_img read more

iPhone Forever Promotion Offers You to Upgrade to an iPhone for 22Month

first_img Share Tweet Submit If you have been craving to get a new iPhone but couldn’t save up enough dollars to do that, here is one awesome deal that might help you. Sprint has announced today a new promotion for iPhone users that will allow you to get a new iPhone anytime using the “iPhone Forever” program. Want to know how easy on pocket this deal actually is? Following are all the details. Sprint “iPhone Forever” promotion starts today:If you are a Sprint customer, all you have to do is walk into a Sprint store or alternatively, a Best Buy or Target store to upgrade to iPhone 6. This promotion is valid for all those subscribers who are using a previous version of the iPhone and want to upgrade to the latest device. If you go for this promotion, your monthly bill will include a fee of $22 per month.However, if you want to trade-in a smartphone, you can upgrade to the 16 GB iPhone at the promotional leasing fee of only $15 a month. This offer is valid till December 31, 2015. iPhone Forever offer is also applicable on the upcoming iPhone 6s expected in September. You can trade-in your iPhone right now to upgrade to the next-gen iPhone at the same leasing fees of $15. Following are all these 3 iPhone Forever offers by Sprint:1. Get a 16GB iPhone 6 model for $22 (or the $15 special promotional price with trade-in) when you activate on any individual unlimited plan or family share pack plan.2. Upgrade to the latest iPhone by the end of the year and keep the $15 a month special promotion price.3. At your next upgrade, the monthly cost is $22. (Excludes taxes and service plan charges.)Stuck in a contract with another carrier? Not anymore. Sprint will pay off your old phone and contract so you can switch. It’s that easy.Sprint has also posted a chart comparing its iPhone Forever promotion with similar offers by other carriers. Well, if you are an Sprint user, you would appreciate all these savings that Sprint promises with this promotion.center_img – iPhone Foreverlast_img read more