Why NOTA option, asks Ahmed Patel

first_imgSenior Congress leader and party nominee for the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, Ahmed Patel, on Tuesday questioned the move to introduce the NOTA option after the notification of poll in the State.“First Rajya Sabha election was postponed. Second NOTA was permitted post-notification. Reasons best known to the Election Commission,” Mr. Patel tweeted after the Election Commission said NOTA would be introduced as an option in the ballot paper.Mr. Patel, who is facing a tough contest in the wake of a spate of resignations by Congress legislators and open revolt by former Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Shankarsinh Vaghela, also asked why the election was postponed by the EC, which had mysteriously cancelled the notification for election of 10 Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat, Goa and West Bengal.last_img read more

Meralco spoils Devance’s return with win over Ginebra

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:06Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance01:29Police 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Fil-American forward also believes that the same is the case for Ginebra, which now dropped to sixth place with a 5-5 card as he charged this defeat to growing pains — something which could help this young team develop in the long run.“I think we lost focus on execution and defense. When something like that happens, it just kinda boils down to execution and defense and that’s where we lost our focus,” he said before admitting that the Bolts, which have their backs against the wall, wanted the game more.“They came out, wanted it more than we did in that fourth quarter and that’s the ball game.”Devance isn’t losing hope, though, as the Gin Kings only need one win to formalize their entry to the playoffs, something which they could get against Rain or Shine on March 2.“It’s just the first step though. It’s a part of the process,” he said. “Hopefully we can regroup and get the next game. We shot ourselves in the foot and put ourselves in a bad position, but hopefully we can get this next game and see where we land on the playoffs.”ADVERTISEMENT But the Bolts had other plans as they came away with an 84-82 win on Sunday night.“I’m just disappointed that we lost, especially since it’s my first game back,” Devance said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe most important thing is that Devance is slowly but surely getting himself back to his old form.“I’m okay. I still have quite a bit to go,” he said after playing for 18 minutes and finishing with four points, three rebounds, and two assists. “I’m just trying to work hard every day. Hopefully when we make the playoffs, I’ll be 100 percent or close to it.”center_img MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Red-hot Alab torches lowly Formosa for 8th straight win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Joe Devance would have liked to mark his return from a foot injury with a victory.After all, his first game this season was interestingly at Philippine Arena, the site of Ginebra’s 2017 Governors’ Cup triumph last October, and against their Finals foes in Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more

Brazil take on Croatia in World Cup opener amid defensive woes

first_imgBrazil enters its final days of preparations for the World Cup paying extra attention to its defenceBrazil enters its final days of preparations for the World Cup paying extra attention to its defence.Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari spent part of the team’s training session on Monday making adjustments to the defensive setup, stopping practice several times to reposition players until he was satisfied.Although Brazil didn’t concede a goal in its two warm-up matches before the World Cup, Scolari said he was not completely satisfied with how his squad played defensively. He didn’t even like how the team practiced at times, and publicly said his players were giving up too much space for counter-attacks.One of the coach’s main goals in the last week of preparations was to make sure the team ready defensively in time for the opener against Croatia on Thursday.”We know that if we don’t concede goals, our chances to win matches increase, because we know the kind of talent we have in attack,” Scolari said. “It’s important we are well prepared on defense so we are not caught by surprise.”Right back Daniel Alves acknowledged that Brazil’s defence isn’t perfect, but said the team is working to improve before the opener.When told that Croatia striker Ivica Olic said he saw spaces in Brazil’s defence during the warm-up matches, Alves acknowledged that adjustments still have to be made.”Obviously, if we didn’t make mistakes, we would be a perfect team, and that’s not possible,” the Barcelona defender said. “If Olic saw spaces, then we have to make sure we fix that so he can’t find them anymore.”advertisementThe last time Brazil conceded a goal was in a 2-1 win over Chile in a friendly last November. Brazil beat Panama 4-0 and Serbia 1-0 last week in the last two matches before for the opening match in Sao Paulo.”Physically we are ready, but tactically we still have to adjust a few things,” Scolari said.The coach’s other main focus during Monday’s training was on set pieces – another area where he said Brazil still needs to improve.There was a scare in the session when Neymar twisted his right ankle. He was on the ground in pain and needed to be attended to by doctors, but was able to finish the training session normally.Brazil is expected to practice again at its training camp outside Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday before traveling to Sao Paulo later in the day for the opener.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova banned for two years for doping

first_imgThe five-time Grand Slam champion was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation in early March, when she announced at a news conference in Los Angeles that she failed a doping test in January.Sharapova said then she was not aware that the World Anti-Doping Agency had barred athletes from using meldonium, also known as mildronate, as of January 1.Her lawyer, John Haggerty, said Sharapova took the substance after that date.NO INTENTION TO CHEATWednesday’s ruling said Sharapova did not intend to cheat, but bore “sole responsibility” and “very significant fault” for the positive test.In addition to testing positive at the Australian Open, she also failed a test for meldonium in an out-of-competition control in Moscow on February 2, the ITF said.The two-year ban can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Sharapova said she first was prescribed the Latvian-made drug, typically used for heart conditions, for medical reasons in 2006. She could have been barred from competing for up to four years.The ITF ruling in Sharapova’s case follows a hearing before a three-person panel. Lawyers representing the ITF argued their side, while Haggerty argued hers. He said she spoke at the hearing.FUTURE DOUBTFULThe ban throws into doubt the on-court future of Sharapova, a 29-year-old Russian who is one of the most well-known – and, thanks to a wide array of endorsements – highest-earning athletes in the world.She is a former top-ranked player who is one of 10 women in tennis history with a career Grand Slam – at least one title from each of the sport’s four most important tournaments. So much came so easily for her at the start: Wimbledon champion in 2004 at age 17; No. 1 in the rankings at 18; US Open champion at 19; Australian Open champion at 20.advertisementAn operation to her right shoulder in 2008 took her off the tour for months, and her ranking dropped outside the top 100. But she worked her way back, and in 2012, won the French Open, then added a second title in Paris two years later.Sharapova hasn’t played since a quarterfinal loss to Serena Williams at this year’s Australian Open, and she is ranked 26th this week.Meldonium increases blood flow, which improves exercise capacity by carrying more oxygen to the muscles.In April, citing a lack of scientific evidence about how long the drug remains in a person’s system, WADA said that provisional suspensions may be lifted if it is determined that an athlete took meldonium before it went on the list of banned substances.About 200 athletes tested positive for meldonium this year from various sports and countries – many, like Sharapova, were Russian – and some said the drug stayed in their systems for months even though they stopped using it in 2015.But, according to Haggerty, that was not the case for Sharapova.last_img read more

Sweden play down Lindelof injury concerns

first_imgSweden have played down fears surrounding the fitness of Victor Lindelof after he was substituted at half-time of his side’s win over Turkey.The Manchester United defender was taken off in place of Filip Helander after the first 45 minutes of Sweden’s 1-0 UEFA Nations League game against the Turks.However, head coach Janne Andersson reassured fans there is no serious issue with the 24-year-old, with his team-mate Helander insisting his struggles on the pitch were related to him having a cold. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Victor did not feel well but he finished the first half,” he said, as quoted by  Sky Sports .”Then Filip came on and did not make a mistake, so Filip played very well.”Helander added: “It was a cold. He [Lindelof[ felt ineffective.”In Lindelof’s absence, Sweden set up a winner-takes-all clash with Russia in Nations League B Group 2, while also confirming Turkey’s relegation.With Russia currently on seven points, and the Scandinavians on four, whoever emerges victorious in Stockholm will gain promotion to League A.Sweden will hope that Lindelof is available for clash, with the United man having become an important member of the squad, and with 26 caps he is one of the more experienced players in the side.Indeed, he was crowned as his country’s player of the year recently – an award that had been won 10 times in a row by former United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic until 2016.The defender has played in all three of his country’s Nations League games so far and was a key figure in Sweden’s run to the World Cup quarter-final.Lindelof missed the opening game of the tournament through injury, but played in his country’s next four games in Russia.The former Benfica man has also become a permanent fixture in Jose Mourinho’s team. He has started the last six in all competitions and is beginning to form an established partnership with fellow centre-back Chris Smalling.When he returns from international duty, Lindelof and his United team-mates face Crystal Palace before a hugely important Champions League fixture against Young Boys.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Signs Agreement with Bermuda

first_imgA memorandum of understanding signed today, Jan. 13, by Premier Rodney MacDonald and the Premier of Bermuda, Ewart Brown, will create more market diversification for Nova Scotia in a region of the world where the province is already very visible. “Nova Scotia and Bermuda have been doing business with each other for 150 years, and we see lots more potential looking to the future,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “Nova Scotia is well positioned to encourage new business with Bermuda in growing knowledge and financial sectors, as well as in the areas of education and tourism.” The five-year agreement will strengthen Nova Scotia’s ties with Bermuda and enhance service export opportunities, tourism, transportation and health links in both jurisdictions. “Collaboration such as this between industry, government, universities and community colleges helps to create unique programs and initiatives for our workforce,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “New opportunities resulting from this agreement will be attractive to immigrants, as well as Canadians working in Bermuda who wish to return home.” Nova Scotians and Bermudians work in the same time zone, speak the same language, share similar cultures and have highly skilled, educated, committed workforces with low employee turnover. For many years, hundreds of students from Bermuda have been enrolling in Nova Scotia universities and colleges, while many Nova Scotians pursue career opportunities in Bermuda. In addition, the trade links and shipping lines that connect the two locations have progressed to include the latest technology and fibre optic cables along with a continuous flow of business and people. “Bermuda’s education and business ties with Nova Scotia have been productive for many years for countless Bermudians,” said Premier Brown. “Now, on our country’s 400th anniversary, we are strengthening already established ties and committing ourselves to fostering new ones for the benefit of people in both jurisdictions.” Bermuda has developed a niche in the global financial services sector, which Nova Scotia is benefitting from as a partner. Over the last three years, Nova Scotia has attracted Bermuda-based companies like Butterfield Fund Services, Marsh Captive Solutions and Flagstone, adding to the province’s international business profile. The government of Nova Scotia continues to pursue partnerships that create economic prosperity. Trade within and beyond Nova Scotia contributes to the province’s global competitiveness, making it an attractive marketplace.last_img read more

IndiaUS ties made unparalleled progress in last few yrs Shringla

first_imgHouston: India has close strategic partnership with the US and the bilateral ties have made an “unparalleled progress” in the last few years with collaboration in areas like counter terrorism, defence and energy, India’s envoy to Washington has said.Indian Ambassador to the United States Harsh Vardhan Shringla recently visited Texas, one of the largest American states with a GDP of USD 1.6 trillion. The state has a significant concentration of Indian-Americans. Texas is an important state as 10 per cent of the total India US trade is from oil-rich Texas. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCHe said that India is set to emerge as a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years and USD 10 trillion economy in the next 10 years. India’s success relies in ensuring that there is a greater interest and involvement of American industries and businesses in the country, he said. “We have close strategic partnership, close synergy on issues of security, counter terrorism, defence, but the underpinnings of the relationship are based on business and that’s where you come in,” he said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsAddressing representatives from major Indian companies and the local media in Texas, Shringla said that the progress made by India and the US in the last few years has been unparalleled. “The energy sector is an important area where we have increased our collaboration and also increased our off take from the US,” he said. “We have placed orders for nearly 300 civilian aircraft amounting to USD 39 billion,” he said. “Also, India has introduced new items such as poultry to the list of imports from the US. Defence is a new equation. Fifteen years ago, India had no defence ties (with the US) and today we are importing defence equipments worth USD 18 billion.” “What amazes me is that in the last few years, the amount of progress that our relationship has made is unparalleled in many senses,” Shringla said. He said that the United States is India’s largest trading partner. “We are looking at technology at different levels that will help us leapfrog the processes in India like NITI Aayog. India’s USD 1.5 trillion infrastructure development would need foreign direct investments. The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) is getting support from Japan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Singapore,” Shringla said. He said India is set to emerge as a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years and USD 10 trillion economy in the next 10 years. Knowing it to be an ambitious target, Shringla said India needs investment. “Our success really lies in ensuring that there is a greater interest and involvement of US industries and businesses in India in line with our own priorities in terms of development of India,” Shringla said. Bilateral trade between India and the US has reached USD 142 billion last year. PTIlast_img read more

Basnayake Nilame of Ruhunu Kataragama temple suspended

The Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya, has been suspended after several complaints were filed against him.The Minister of Buddha Sasana, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, said that D.P. Kumarage was suspended pending an investigation against him. Kumarage has been suspended for three months to investigate at least 16 complaints against him. (Colombo Gazette)

Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL Week 8

Former Buckeyes Marshon Lattimore, Tyvis Powell and Darron Lee catch-up during the Spring Game on April 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOf all the former Buckeyes currently in the NFL, these five players stood out in Week 9 of the NFL season.Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel ElliottElliott had another impressive game, carrying the ball 27 times for 93 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Elliott was not expected to play this week following a decision to reinstate his suspension. However, a New York district court decision allowed him to play, providing the running back with a stay. Elliott reportedly had been trying to settle with the NFL over the suspension relating to an alleged domestic violence case, but once again was allowed to play and helped lead the Cowboys to another big win. _________________________________________San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos HydeHyde had an unusual game by his standards as he ran the ball 12 times for 41 yards along with nine catches for 84 yards, setting a new career high for receiving yards in a 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The game was unique for Hyde as the bruising back is typically viewed more as a rushing threat than a receiving option. Hyde was one of the only players keeping the chains moving for the 49ers’ offense, as quarterback CJ Beathard completed less than 50 percent of his passes along with an interception.._________________________________________New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.Ginn had another solid outing Sunday, catching four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown as the Saints continued their hot streak, winning their sixth consecutive game after starting the season 0-2. With the Saints up 23-3 with 9:46 left in the third quarter, Ginn put the icing on the cake with a 36-yard touchdown catch from Drew Brees to extend the lead and put the game out of reach. Ginn has 421 receiving yards on the season, second-most on the team behind fellow Buckeye alum Michael Thomas._________________________________________New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael ThomasThough Ginn had the standout game between the two former Buckeyes, Thomas had a productive day as well, bringing in eight catches for 65 yards Sunday in a 30-10 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas continues to rack up receptions, as he is now tied for 11th in receptions among NFL receivers this season. He also ranks 17th in receiving yards. In an offense led by Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees who likes to spread the ball around, Thomas is having a productive sophomore season._________________________________________New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon LattimoreLattimore continues to impress as the new-and-improved Saints’ defense has found its anchor. Lattimore had four tackles and one pass defended in a 30-10 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lattimore was involved in a fight on the sideline that led to him being hit from behind by Buccaneers’ wide receiver Mike Evans. Evans later apologized for the hit and was suspended one game for the hit, and was charged with a 15-yard penalty during the game._________________________________________Other notable players:New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee: two tackles, 2 QB hits, one sack read more

Urban Meyer I dont know who our quarterback is going to be

Redshirt-senior quarterback Braxton Miller doesn’t have a date set for his return from a second shoulder surgery.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorWith two out of three quarterbacks in an open competition limited by injury, Ohio State’s spring practice plan has stayed the same day to day.Coach Urban Meyer said the Buckeyes want to keep redshirt-senior Braxton Miller moving toward full health, get redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett as much practice time possible and keep redshirt-junior Cardale Jones’ foot on the pedal.“Hoping to get J.T. Barrett a million reps, probably more than I thought we’d get him,” Meyer said during a Monday press conference. “Cardale didn’t have a particularly great day today, but he’s had a good spring and we’re getting him as much reps as we can. And Braxton’s getting healthy, and he’s getting a lot of mental reps.”Each of the three has a chance to start when the Buckeyes open the 2015 season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7, depending on their health.Miller is in the process of recovering from his second labrum surgery after injuring his throwing shoulder, which held him out for the whole 2014 season. Barrett is coming off a fractured ankle suffered in late November against Michigan, and Jones is healthy, but only has three collegiate starts under his belt.Jones has gotten the most reps in the spring, and Meyer said he and redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier will be the two Buckeye signal callers playing in Saturday’s annual Spring Game at Ohio Stadium.Barrett has been less limited than expected, Meyer said, and has even had a chance to compete in two-minute situations in practice. The fourth-year OSU coach said the Wichita Falls, Texas, native has been more of an active participant because the team as a group knows how to avoid causing injuries in practice.“There’s winner-loser days where you are gonna do whatever you got to do, but then there’s a day to pull up right before something stupid happens,” Meyer said. “We monitor that real close.“If you re-injure it, he’s done for the year.”Left: Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett addresses the media Dec. 3 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Barrett had surgery for a fractured ankle on Nov. 30, and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorRight: Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorBarrett has more starting experience than Jones, but only got his shot when Miller — who has been OSU’s starter for the better part of three seasons — was injured during fall camp.Meyer said he doesn’t yet have a date for when Miller will be fully available again, but said the former Wayne High School signal caller has been evaluated by Dr. James Andrews, a surgeon who regularly operates on high-level athletes, multiple times. Meyer added that — even ahead of medical personnel — he trusts Miller’s take on his own status first and foremost.“I’ve known Braxton for a long time and almost every day, ‘How’s it going, talk to me,’” Meyer said. “And he says it’s going very well.”With three quarterbacks in three different stages of availability, Meyer said there’s no set plan for when the Buckeyes take on the Hokies in Blacksburg, Va., in less than five months.“I don’t know who our quarterback is going to be,” he said. read more

Une lycéenne développe un réseau de neurones artificiels pour diagnostiquer des leucémies

first_imgUne lycéenne développe un réseau de neurones artificiels pour diagnostiquer des leucémiesBritanny Wenger, une lycéenne américaine âgée de 18 ans, a mis au point un réseau de neurones artificiels. Ces derniers sont capables de détecter les profils génétiques susceptibles de développer une leucémie myéloïde chronique.En avril 2013, Britanny Wenger, une lycéenne de Floride de 18 ans, a remporté un prestigieux prix scientifique pour son invention. Elle a mis un point un algorithme informatique, baptisé Cloud4Cancer, capable de détecter un cancer du sein.La leucémie myéloïde chronique en ligne de mire Mais la jeune lycéenne ne s’est pas arrêtée en si bon chemin. Elle vient maintenant de créer un réseau de neurones artificiels destiné à  repérer un schéma génétique afin de déterminer si une personne est susceptible de développer une leucémie myéloïde chronique (LMC).La chose est d’importance lorsqu’on sait que les LMC entraînent la mort des patients atteints dans les cinq ans dans 60 % des cas, souligne le Huffington Post.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Brittany Wenger explique avoir découvert que “les différents types de cancer ont chacun une empreinte moléculaire”. Mais elle a aussi constaté que certains gènes présents dans le corps peuvent être utilisés pour créer des médicaments contre la LMC.Cette nouvelle découverte lui a valu une nouvelle distinction et un prix de 3.000 dollars (2.300 euros), lors de l’Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, le plus grand rassemblement scientifique de la planète, indique francetvinfo.fr.  (Crédits photo : Britanny Wenger) Le 24 mai 2013 à 14:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Soul Singer Charles Bradley Dead At 68

first_img Soul Singer Charles Bradley Dead At 68 soul-singer-charles-bradley-dead-68 https://www.instagram.com/p/BZZFAOgBicd/?hl=en&taken-by=daptonerecords News Bradley’s incredible career, which began as a James Brown impersonator, blossomed marvelously in recent years as a recording artist, releasing three studio albums on Daptone Recrods.Just recently, Bradley announced that due to complications from his illness, he would forego his upcoming tour dates in order to recover. Unfortunately, the heartbreaking news of his passing comes as a devastating reminder of how lucky we were to experience Bradley’s unique artistic talents.Charles Bradley Cancels Tour Due To Liver CancerRead more Twitter Email From James Brown impersonator to Daptones Records recording artist, Bradley’s deep passion and soulful voice will not be forgotten Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 25, 2017 – 11:52 am Charles Bradley, the electrifying soul singer and critically acclaimed artist, died on Sept. 23 at age 68 after battling cancer of the liver and stomach. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Charles Bradley Interview “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Charles Bradley,” said Bradley’s representative in a statement. “Always a fighter, Charles battled cancer with everything he had..” Soul Singer Charles Bradley Dead At 68 Facebook last_img read more

Soil bacteria found to produce mosquito repelling chemical stronger than DEET

first_imgAedes aegypti mosquitoes after an experiment. The lack of red in their guts indicates the compounds repelled the mosquitoes, which chose not to feed. Credit: Mayur Kajli Journal information: Science Advances DEET has been the leading mosquito repellent since the late 1940s and multiple studies have shown it to be safe to use—still, some believe its synthetic nature suggests it might be causing harm. Because of that, scientists have continued to look for a natural repellent. In this new effort, the researchers report that they have found a naturally occurring chemical that is even more repellent than DEET, though it will have to undergo extensive study to see if it is safe to use.The researchers report that their study began with Xenorhabdus budapestensis, a type of bacteria that takes up residence in soil-dwelling nematodes. The nematodes actually use the bacteria to help them parasitize insects. The researchers wanted to learn more about how the bacteria help kill insects and, in the process, found that mosquitoes were quite averse to its presence. This suggested the bacteria produced a chemical that caused the mosquitoes to stay away. To find out what it was, the researchers built an animal stand-in using a membrane filled with fake blood and then covered it with cheesecloth laden with chemicals from the bacteria. They put the stand-in inside of a container where they could release mosquitoes and used it to narrow down the chemicals produced by the bacteria to just one—one that was a member of a class called fabclavines. A trio of researchers at the University of Wisconsin has discovered that a common soil bacterium produces a chemical that is more effective in repelling mosquitoes than DEET. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, Mayur Kajla, Gregory Barrett-Wilt and Susan Paskewitz describe their search for the chemical made by the bacteria and their hopes for its future. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes engorged after feeding on a red-colored mosquito diet during a control experiment in which water was used in place of repellent. The experiment showed a cloth coated with compounds extracted from bacteria is an effective repellent. Credit: Mayur Kajli Citation: Soil bacteria found to produce mosquito repelling chemical stronger than DEET (2019, January 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-soil-bacteria-mosquito-repelling-chemical.html © 2019 Science X Networkcenter_img More information: Mayur K. Kajla et al. Bacteria: A novel source for potent mosquito feeding-deterrents, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau6141 Scientists investigate how DEET confuses countless critters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Credit: University of Wisconsin-Madison When applied via the cheesecloth, the researchers found that the mosquitoes would rather starve to death than go near it. Further testing showed that the chemical was up to three times more repellent than DEET. The team also found that high concentrations of the chemical served well as a repellent, while small concentrations worked well as a deterrent from drinking the blood from a treated surface. The researchers note that their work is purely preliminary, they have no idea if the chemical would be safe for human use, or if it could be made in mass quantities.last_img read more

Countdown to Durga Puja 2k18 begins as Kumartuli starts receiving orders

first_imgKolkata: Poila Baisakh marks the beginning of the preparation of Durga Puja, with several Puja organisers visiting Kumartuli to place order for idols.Durga Puja is still 184 days away, but there are several Puja organisers in and around the city that consider the first day of the Bengali calendar as the auspicious one to place order for the idol of Goddess Durga and her entourage.There are around 600 artisans in Kumartuli and they make around 4,000 idols of Goddess Durga every year. Different Puja organisers follow different traditions. Some organisers place order for idols on Poila Baisakh, while the number of the same is more on the day of Rathayatra. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe artisans start making idols of which they get order on Poila Baisakh, in the first week of May. At the same time, they also complete the basic preparation for the idols they have to start making after Rathayatra.Kartik Pal, a senior member of the Kumartuli Mrit Shilpi Samity, said: “The organisers perform a Puja in their clubs on Poila Baisakh and many of them then come to Kumartuli in the afternoon or in the evening, to place order for the idols of Goddess Durga. It has been the tradition for many organisers and no one wants to discontinue it until and unless there is any difficulty.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThis year, Mahasaptami of Durga Puja is on October 16 and Puja organisers will start taking the idols to Puja pandals at least 10 days ahead of Mahasaptami. In some cases, it would happen at least 15 days ahead as well. Keeping this in mind, the artisans in Kumartuli have started making preparations, so that they do not face any trouble in allowing Puja organisers to take idols on time. Like all the previous years, the artisans are also taking necessary steps considering the problems that they usually face every year during monsoon.Most idols in and around the city are made in Kumartuli and it is also a place of tourist attraction for people who visit the city from different parts of the country and abroad.last_img read more

Tico Times Letters to the Editor Jan 11 2019

first_imgThe Tico Times is proud to be an independent, English-language news source in Costa Rica. Our readers regularly submit editorials and responses to our articles; we appreciate your opinions and feedback.Below is a selection of editorials we have received recently.A Two-Pronged Policy Needed To Stem The Flow Of MigrantsBy Dr. Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU. To dramatically slow the flow of illegal immigration and even end it does not rest on building walls or sending troops to the border, or by heartlessly snatching children from their mothers’ arms, or by incarceration, deportation, or prosecution. A big part of the answer lies in economic development, mainly sustainable development projects, in the migrant’s country of origin. Indeed, instead of building walls, we need to build the kind of bridges that can change the lives of other people for the better and give them hope. After all, the political destabilization in Central American countries was in part, if not to a great extent, precipitated by the United States, which makes America even more morally responsible to do something about it.Beyond that, abject poverty and hopelessness breeds resentment and despondency and leads to gang violence and extremism, which is only the natural outcome of these subhuman conditions. Little will change unless the people, especially the youth, are given an opportunity to live a normal and productive life, develop a sense of belonging, and have vested interests in their work and self-worth.The plight of three Central American countries tells the story behind the influx of immigrants flocking to our country from these and other countries.Honduras is Central America’s second-poorest country. More than 60 percent of the population lives in poverty, and it has one of the highest levels of economic inequality in Latin America. Poverty in Honduras is chiefly due to rampant crime, violence, political instability, corruption, and a significant susceptibility to hurricanes and droughts.Guatemala has the largest economy in Central America, but despite recent growth, economic inequality and poverty have increased, particularly among the rural indigenous population. Malnutrition and maternal mortality rates are among the worst in Latin America, especially in indigenous areas. More than half of the population lives below the poverty line.El Salvador has one of the lowest economic growth rates in Central America. Since the end of the civil war in 1992, the country has made progress in terms of political and social development, but high rates of crime and violence continue to threaten these gains. El Salvador is also vulnerable to adverse natural events, which is only made worse by extreme climate change.In these countries, rural poverty places great stress on cities and ultimately propels immigration, and as long as it does, the enormous economic and political instability that it creates will continue.Trump’s demand of $20 billion to build a wall along the Mexican border is misguided, impractical, and a waste of precious resources that can change the lives of millions of people if invested wisely in these poverty-stricken countries. Does Trump know how cost effective it is to promote people’s projects within the country of origin?A fraction of $20 billion would change the socio-economic conditions in these countries. One billion dollars invested in economic development projects can provide food, drinking water, jobs, self-empowerment, and hope for better life for a million poor, displaced, and despairing people.According to Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, President of the High Atlas Foundation in Morocco and a 20-year veteran in sustainable development, a $100,000 investment can establish a women’s co-operative of approximately 50 members benefitting approximately 300-350 people. “The outstanding investment needed ends up being a relatively small proportion of the cost the nations that receive or repel migrants incur.”In Guatemala, for example, an organization working on family planning in 2017 alone prevented over 14,000 unwanted pregnancies, 95 child deaths, and 6 maternal deaths, all with only $880,000.It has unequivocally been shown that would-be immigrants strongly prefer to stay in their home communities if only their basic needs are met and there exist opportunities for growth. They will work hard to ensure the sustainability of projects they choose and develop vested interests in their implementation and outcomes.It should be noted that the principle of economic development is the same, be that in countries in South America or Africa; only the nature and the type of project differs from one country or community to another, depending on their special needs. Here is where we must invest, to give people a chance not only for their sake but ours as well, because America flourishes when other people in far lands flourish too.Economic investments and the implementation of sustainable development projects doesn’t mean that all illegal immigration will stop. We still need a comprehensive immigration policy consistent with our tradition of receiving migrants with open arms—a sensible and companionate policy that governs all aspects of migration to America.We should end the painful instability for DREAMers by offering a path to citizenship to the nearly one million individuals who came to the US when they were children. They are Americans in their hearts and souls; they are here to stay, and we have a solemn obligation to remove any cloud of uncertainty about their future.We must resolve once and for all the problem of the over 12 million undocumented immigrants who have been in the country for years and have become an integral part of America’s social fabric. They should be assured that they will not be deported if they voluntarily register and will too be offered a path to citizenship – a one-time amnesty program.We must enforce established procedures to deal with refugees and asylum seekers, not ignore or completely violate them as the Trump administration has cruelly done—a decent process that allows safety for those who are escaping the horror of violence and would face certain death if turned back.And finally, existing programs for legal immigration, including the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, family reunification, and employment-based immigration, should be fully implemented. The Trump administration should be prevented from undermining these processes that have been in place for many years.America has and must continue to welcome immigrants of all colors, denominations, and countries. Each and every new migrant, regardless of his or her background, brings with them the riches of their culture, talents, and skills, and ultimately is economically beneficial to the United States, not a drain.There is something magical about America. It is a country that has opened its doors to immigrants from the world over, and the wider the door has been open, the better and greater America has become. But sadly, Trump’s racist, Islamophobic, and white supremacist DNA has made an even greater mess of the already unsavory, incoherent, and partisan policy and methods in addressing the problem of immigration.The solution to illegal immigration must be based on a two-pronged policy: first, investing in economic development projects through private entities to alleviate poverty and substantially reduce violence, which would also encourage other countries to invest. Second, developing a comprehensive immigration policy consistent with our tradition and moral obligation to extend our hands to those whose only sin is escaping the horrors of war, violence, and starvation.The simultaneous implementation of this two-tiered policy would, within a relatively short period of time, significantly reduce the influx of migrants to our borders while developing the socio-economic conditions to give substance and reason for the inhabitants of these countries to stay put and build a hopeful future in their homeland.[Editor’s Note: This letter was originally published on Dr. Alon Ben-Meir’s website and also appeared on the Center for Research on Globalization.]  Invisible in their own land By Sebastián Muñoz Ramírez, English major at University of Costa Rica Dear Tico Times:I agree thoroughly with the message behind “Lessons from indigenous communities in Limón Province”, written by Regional Peace Corps Leader Crystal about raising awareness on the lives of indigenous societies in Costa Rica. It is such a shame that these are practically invisible to the rest of the country. For this reason, the government and the media should encourage citizens to come in contact with these populations; not out of pity, but rather to realize, just as Crystal did, that they have a rich culture with traditions that are, for the most part, unknown to the rest of Costa Rica.These communities have had a rough history ever since the Spanish conquest, and it is only fair that we, as a country, treat them as they deserve: providing them with adequate basic services and resources as well as giving them equal opportunities to thrive in society, which they so much lack.National media should dedicate more spaces to them, just as this Peace Corps article did, with information about their traditions that we are not properly taught about in school. We learn about them from an academic standpoint, but not in a human sense. Some might say that learning about indigenous communities from an academic standpoint is necessary, and I agree. However, the absence of cultural education aimed at human nature is a reflection of the government’s attitude towards this prevalent issue. We do not learn that, according to a 2000 census done by UNICEF, 90% of them live below the poverty line and that their mortality rate is three times greater than that of the rest of the country because they lack proper medical services. They receive discrimination even when they leave their native community to look for a better job in a city, and that is unfair and unacceptable.Peace Corps Costa Rica is doing an amazing job in changing that general attitude of indifference, but they should also try to reach out a bigger audience so more people join their cause. Personally, I had never heard of them, and I am sure that many would be willing to help in any way possible if they knew about them. Other forms of mass media have also contributed to the cause aside from the efforts of organizations like Peace Corps.Recently, there has been more media exposure of indigenous individuals, especially in television commercials, where they mainly highlight their language. However, as cynical as it may sound, it is only an appeal to emotions and it is not accomplishing much in terms of providing these communities with a better quality of life. Television networks especially should use their influence and funds to help those in need instead of using them as an exotic accessory for people to look at without them actually helping.The silver lining of all of this is that it is a first step on the way to visibilization of disfavored sectors of society, and perhaps in the future more groups like Peace Corps Costa Rica will arise to make that positive change needed. I encourage every company to seek ways to help not only indigenous communities but also anyone in areas of extreme social and economic risk. Let us make that social gap smaller one step at a time.Sincerely,Sebastián Muñoz Ramírez The Value of LifeguardsBy Nicole Vargas Vega, English and French major at University of Costa Rica Dear Tico Times:The government has always boasted about how Costa Rica is one of the best countries in the world for ecotourism mainly because of its multiple pristine beaches. Yet, how dare the government attract tourists to our shores when they do not count with the most essential element of safety and prevention? A few weeks ago, I read an article called “Lifeguards call for help in Costa Rica: support their work in Osa” where The Asociación de Guardavidas de la Zona Sur was asking for contributions to afford the continuity of lifeguards on the beaches. I thoroughly approve of this initiative; however, I believe the municipalities of the coastal communities are the ones who must procure yearly financing to lifeguards.Apparently municipalities forget that being a lifeguard is not an easy occupation. It is not about sitting in the sun all day overseeing tourists as they enjoy their vacations. No, lifeguards patrol thousands of miles of ocean coastline each day knowing that at any moment they have to risk their lives to try to save somebody else’s. Hence, it is inadmissible that lifeguards do not count with an appropriate division within the municipalities to oversee all the logistics such as recruitment, training, equipment and salaries.Costa Rica cannot lose its few lifeguards left. Even during rainy season, the flow of tourists that visit the beaches is rather high; nonetheless, the current number of lifeguards is not enough to ensure the protection of every individual. Most of the time, tourists are oblivious of how the weather patterns can cause hazardous conditions on the shores as there is nobody to inform them; consequently, what begins as an exciting travel could end in a devastating tragedy. Then again, if municipalities validate the importance of lifeguards and provide them with the necessary conditions, these fatal accidents might decrease to a bare minimum.Furthermore, it is impossible not to highlight the irony of the government’s discourse towards tourists. For being a country that relies a great deal on eco-tourism to generate profits, Costa Rica presents an unfavorable image. Who will want to vacation in a country where the government does not make sure the basic security measures are met? Still, even if people decide to come to Costa Rica, the reservations might decrease considering that people might prefer to spend time in other areas like the mountains. Under those circumstances, the small businesses near the beaches might lose clients which might ensue a massive loss in revenue for the country.Although there are several organizations that intercede for the work of lifeguards, the municipalities must take the full responsibility in guaranteeing them a stable income. Lifeguards should never be underestimated or belittled; on the contrary, their role should be appreciated and recognized by the citizens.Every life is important, and people should be able to feel safe and comfortable when they vacation; particularly when it comes to traveling to coasts. It is shameful that lifeguards had to resort to pleading for help to preserve their jobs instead of the government willingly offering them support.To share editorial ideas, comments or news tips, please email Katherine Stanley Obando, Editor, kstanley@ticotimes.net Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Tico Times: Letters to the Editor (Dec. 21, 2018) Tico Times: Letters to the Editor (Dec. 28, 2018) Tico Times: Letters to the Editor (Jan. 4, 2019) Letter to the Editor: Costa Rica reflectionslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >To celebrate the Year of the English Garden, passengers can join European Waterways on garden and flower show themed cruises aboard the elegant hotel barge Magna Carta.The themed cruises, departing 22 May and 3 July 2016, coincide with the 300th anniversary of the birth of England’s greatest landscape designer. Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown changed the face of 18th century England, designing the formal gardens of magnificent country estates and mansions and creating flowing lakes and serpentine rivers.On board Magna Carta, guests will cruise the picturesque upper reaches of the River Thames and discover garden delights such as the Royal gardens and maze at Hampton Court Palace and the famous Kew Gardens. The themed itinerary also includes a visit to the magnificent Cliveden Estate and Gardens, former home of Lord and Lady Astor. The estate boasts amazing views and incredible gardens first laid out in the 18th century.A major highlight for guests on the 22 May departure will be the chance to visit the renowned Chelsea Flower Show. Spend the day exploring the colour filled stands and amazing arrangements created by nurseries, societies and charities.Other excursions during each cruise include visiting the stunning Savill Garden, which covers 1500 hectares in Royal Windsor Great Park and a fascinating tour of Oxford’s grandest college, Christ Church, where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland.The six-night cruises aboard Magna Carta departing 22 May or 3 July are €4,250 (AU$6,195) per person and €31,300 (AU$45,605) for full barge charter for 8 passengers.   With a maximum capacity of eight people, the hotel barge is popular for charter bookings whether for a group of friends or family celebrations.For lovers of the ever-popular TV series, Downton Abbey, Magna Carta will also be offering a private visit to Highclere Castle on other cruise departures in March, April and May 2016.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgBy George PsyllidesPRIVATE auditors have expressed doubt the electricity authority (EAC) could be considered a going concern and have asked its board to draft a credible plan to tackle the problem, according to the auditor-general’s 2012 report on the semi-state company.Among other issues, Chrystalla Georghadji highlighted the EAC’s cash flow problem, the overdue electricity bills and the handsome employee allowances.The auditor-general said she had been informed by the company’s director at the end of May that “following a preliminary examination of the EAC cash flow, private auditors expressed doubt whether the EAC can be considered a going concern and have asked the board to prepare and submit a credible plan to tackle the problem.”Georghadji said she agreed with the proposal.The auditor-general said the company should have expedited the process of streamlining its structure in a bid to cut operating costs and improve its financial situation.In her view, “no substantive measures had been put in place to restructure/rationalise the organisation while actions that had taken place were rather circumstantial and achieving the undertaking is questionable.”Georghadji said the company had drafted a new voluntary retirement scheme, which has not been approved by the finance ministry and parliament thus any spending had no legal basis.According to the report, the compensation provided by the plan “are especially high and much higher than the additional compensation afforded to EAC employees today.“In our view, the plan is not realistic and provokes the people’s sense of justice,” the auditor-general said.The plan appeared to ignore the EAC’s cash flow problems, the dire economic situation in general, and the fact that civil servants who retired early received no additional benefits.The report said that at the end of 2012 EAC was owed €57.2 million in arrears from the sale of electricity.In the first three months of this year, the amount rose to €77.2 million.Georghadji said the EAC has the right to cut power to consumers who owe money but it failed to do so in cases where bills remained unpaid systematically.And the EAC has not yet cut any of the numerous allowances afforded to staff as was the case in the central government.The organisation’s chairman said the allowances were being reviewed in cooperation with the unions.Wastefulness was also observed at the semi-state telecommunications company CyTA.The auditor-general said certain funds in the regular budget had been exceeded repeatedly and covered by transfers from other funds.This raised questions regarding the degree of monitoring of the budget and whether the budgeted amounts represented CyTA’s real needs, Georghadji said.CyTA had overshot 12 items in 2012 by €13.2 million.A report will be prepared and submitted to parliament detailing the cases where and why certain funds had been exceeded, the report said.Case in point was the early retirement fund.The finance ministry had released €2.0 million but CyTA ended up paying €3.91 million – the balance covered by transferring funds.Other notable extras were €3.6 million paid for the purchase of programmes for Cytavision – the company’s television arm – €1.5 million for water and electricity, and €1.6 million for advertising and promotion.A further €3.4 million above budget was paid for equipment.Overtime pay dropped in 2012 compared with 2011 – €3.92 million versus €4.75.However, it was again observed that many CyTA staff systematically put in many extra hours and in some cases their overtime pay exceeded 100 per cent of their gross revenues.  AKEL wants state to look at options other than SGO sell-offOPPOSITION AKEL yesterday released a draft finance ministry report outlining steps that need to be taken towards privatisation.The draft report listing a number of recommendations to Cabinet demonstrates the government’s “stubborn refusal to consider other proposals and alternative choices so that it can safeguard the national wealth,” AKEL’s deputy parliamentary spokesman Stavros Evagorou (pictured) said.AKEL – which was in government when Cyprus first agreed to possible privatisations – said President Nicos Anastasiades was breaking his electoral pledge not to privatise profit-making semi-governmental organisations (SGOs).Anastasiades did promise to prevent privatisations if Cyprus’ bailout was low enough to ensure a sustainable public debt and had even visited one SGO and pledged he would not agree to privatisations. Although Cyprus’ €10 billion bailout is considered sustainable, the finance ministry’s report makes it clear to those who still had a doubt that privatisations will take place.AKEL seized the opportunity to urge the government to consider alternatives, such as allowing SGOs to find the necessary funds themselves, despite the fact that Cyprus itself was forced to seek a loan from the troika of lenders because no one else would lend to the country.Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreed with the troika, privatisations are meant to eventually fetch €1.4 billion. The finance ministry has recommended to Cabinet to hire specialised independent consultants to prepare a framework for privatisations. The electricity authority, ports authority and other semi-state bodies may all be privatised with the finance ministry warning that because of tight timeframes, actions need to be swift and relevant bodies need to collaborate closely.Evagorou said that sticking with the MoU would entail “many ills” for Cyprus but did not offer an alternative.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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