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Are You Really Learning Anything?

first_imgIf you are not going to take action on the ideas that you read, then there is no reason to spend your time reading.If you aren’t going to find a way to apply what you are learning to your life, then you aren’t really learning.If you spend time scouring the social web for ideas that might help you but never act on those ideas, then you may as well have done nothing. Or done something better with your time.Improvement begins in the mind. The idea that changes your beliefs provides you with potential power, not actual power. In order to convert that potential power to real power, you have to take action. And even action isn’t enough.If you succeed the first time you try something, you are lucky (or maybe gifted at this one thing). The first time you take a new action is really about taking the first step, acquiring the feedback (negative or positive), and making adjustments. You only find the real improvement that a powerful and useful idea brings when you consistently apply that idea, and when you learn how to make it work for you.Millions of people use the web to find ideas that might help them. Just like all the people who buy books, audio programs, and training courses and never work through the material. The few that do work through the content realize the benefit, and no matter how great or how small, are transformed.last_img read more

Distrust roils Chainpura

first_imgA sordid combination of rumours, distrust and fear of the unknown played a role in the brutal assault on four Sikh men seeking alms from the residents of this dusty village in the Ajmer district one month ago. The villagers here accuse the ‘sewadars’ of a gurudwara of ‘hypnotising’ them while asking for cash and foodgrain.The matter came to light earlier this week when a 51-second video of the Sikh men being abused and thrashed went viral on social media. The victims of violence, who fled to their native place of Khairthal in Alwar district, have not returned to Nasirabad to seek action against the youths seen beating them mercilessly in the video.The incident was similar to a recent episode in Jharkhand where six persons were lynched on the suspicion that they were child lifters. Villagers at Chainpura, situated 10 km from Nasirabad and dominated by Rawat Rajputs, insist that the incident involving youths from the nearby Chat Sardarpura hamlet was the culmination of tension building up in the area since long. “These Sikh men were around for several days. They asking villagers to donate foodgrain and threatening people who refused to do so,” Ajay Rawat, who owns a wine shop in Pushkar, said on Friday.The rumours ranged from child trafficking and molestation of women to hypnotism, robbery and selling low quality rice. The minuscule Sikh minority in Nasirabad was unaware of the incident until the video was circulated on social media.last_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Brace Helps Liverpool Trounce Genk

first_imgGenk: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain marked his return to the Champions League arena with two superb goals as Liverpool claimed their first group stage win on the road for two years with a 4-1 triumph at Belgian club Racing Genk on Wednesday.It was not as comfortable as the scoreline suggests but two sublime finishes by Oxlade-Chamberlain, playing his first game in the competition since suffering a serious knee injury in the semi-final against Roma 18 months ago, put Liverpool in control before Sadio Mane and Mo Salah sealed the points. Genk got a late consolation through Stephen Odey.Victory lifted Liverpool to six points, one behind Group E leaders Napoli, although the evening began on a sour note when a banner depicting striker Divock Origi was removed from the away end with Liverpool condemning it as racist.Liverpool had not won away from home in group play since a 7-0 win in Maribor two years ago but ended that sequence in emphatic fashion with a clinical display of firepower.”I’ve definitely missed (the Champions League),” Oxlade-Chamberlain, who sat out almost the whole of last season, said. “It’s nice to be back in the starting line-up and put in a performance to help the team.”It took them only two minutes for Oxlade-Chamberlain to make his mark. Receiving the ball just outside the area in a central position he took aim and fired a low shot inside the post.Genk, who held Napoli to a 0-0 draw on matchday two after a 6-2 thrashing by Salzburg, were not about to roll over and their pace caused several alarms in the Liverpool defence.A ball over the top released Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta but he shot wide and soon afterwards Paul Onuachu also got behind the Liverpool defence but was denied by Alisson.A wide-open match then saw Liverpool go close to a second goal when Roberto Firmino’s clever flick release Mane inside the area but his shot was saved by Gaetan Coucke.The chances came thick and fast and Liverpool had a let-off in the 26th minute when Samatta’s bullet header beat Alisson but his celebrations were cut short when referee Slavko Vincic disallowed it and a lengthy VAR check backed up the most marginal of offside decisions.Genk were still in the hunt but Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Liverpool breathing space in the 57th minute with a goal of supreme skill. Firmino played the ball back to the former Arsenal man and he dug out a first-time shot with the outside of his right foot that flew past Coucke and in off the bar.Mane gave the scoreline a rather flattering look when he finished off a superb move after 77 minutes and Salah rubbed salt into the hosts’ wounds with a silky turn and deft finish as Genk finally began to run out of steam.Liverpool’s win made it a full house for the four English clubs in Champions League action this week with Chelsea winning earlier and Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlainchampions leagueGenkjurgen klopp First Published: October 24, 2019, 8:03 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Fishing, water sports banned in Goa in view of BRICS Summit

first_imgPanaji, Oct 11 (PTI) Fishing and water sports in Goa were temporarily banned from today in view of the upcoming BRICS summit beginning in the coastal state from October 15.”All the fishing vessels are asked to stay at the jetties, also the water sports have been stopped considering the security measures for the BRICS (Summit),” Deputy Inspector General of Police Vimal Gupta told reporters today.He said these activities will resume only after the summit culminates and heads of different countries leave Goa.Gupta said special watch has been kept on the beaches which are manned by anti-terrorist squads and quick response teams.The marine police has also been asked to be on the guard, he said.Gupta also said up to 10 miles, the Coast Guard and Navy will be taking care of all security-related measures. PTI RPS NRB ZMN BASlast_img read more

Sportsperson has to be in centre of Sports Policy: Advani

first_imgNew Delhi, May 10 (PTI) Ace cueist Pankaj Advani feels India has still not reached a stage where athletes are the centre of focus in formulating a sports policy. Advani today met Union Sports minister Vijay Goel today to discuss certain issues pertaining to the Sports Authority of India (SAI). “All I can tell you is that sportsperson has to be the centre of focus in sports policy and in India we have not reached that stage,” Advani told PTI today. “Lot of times, athletes have to go after authorities and chase them whereas they should be left alone to concentrate on their game. Their should be others to facilitate whether its the federation or the SAI or the coaches. We are yet to reach that stage,” the 16-time World Champion said. Asked about the issues related to SAI, which he discussed with the minister Advani refused to divulge the specifics. “There are a few things, which I would not like to discuss right now as they are sensitive. The sports minister has promised to help. I will still have to co-ordinate with his office and give them all the details so that things can be streamlined going ahead.” Advani also sought Goels help in co-ordinating with Indian Olympic Association (IOA) so that there is a push for inclusion of the sport in the Olympics. Cue sport is a part of Asian Games. “Heres a sport in which we are doing so well and we have medal prospects. We need to put an effort to include in quadrennial Games. Sports minister said that he will speak to IOA and write to them and follow up.” At 31, having achieved everything possible on the green baize, Advani still looks forward to each day as the passion to compete at the highest level has not diminished one bit. “Definitely there are times when you feel complacent. There are times, I tell myself, what I have achieved is enough in life. Just take it easy,” said Advani when asked what else is left for him. But then there are enough reasons to feel motivated beyond statistics. “I go back to the reason why I started playing the sport. It is because I loved playing it and I loved competing. It gives me a reason to look forward to something everyday. “Its not about results, stats — just probably a simple fact that I want to go out there and express myself. Because it transports me to another world free of my worries,” he put it eloquently. So whats the new thing that he is imbibing after so many years at the top level?. “Its not about how good you are on your good day but its all about how good you are when you are not playing well. To win with your B, C or D game. Thats what I want to master,” said Advani. “Its like answering a test paper when questions are not easy. Similarly in sport how you come out of it when you are in a spot of bother is what makes you a great player and a champion.” Sporting greatness, according to Advani, should be purely based on achievements. “When it comes to sport and let it be purely based on achievements. There are sports which enjoy popularity and we are not against them. Certain events that get massive coverage like the Asian Games and the Olympics and I am not against them. “But fact is that every sportsperson works hard every day, every week of the year to be the best. If someone is achieving that position, obviously you guys know how to rate the achievement.” PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

TN govt appoints squash player Joshna in Electricity dept

first_imgChennai, July 11 (PTI): The Tamil Nadu government has appointed squash player Joshna Chinnappa as a senior sports officer in Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO), which comes under the Electricity department. Chief Minister K Palaniswami handed over the appointment letter to Chinnappa at the Secretariat here today, an official press note said. The decision to make a direct appointment under the sports quota was made on a request by the squash player, the release said. Chinnappa had won the womens title in the Asian Individual Squash Championship here in April last. She also reached the quarterfinals of the World Championship in Egypt earlier this year and has won seven titles in her career so far. She won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in the womens doubles with Dipika Pallikal-Karthik. Yesterday, the Chief Minister had announced cash rewards for Tamil Nadu athletes who won medals in the Asian Athletic Championship, which concluded in Bhubaneshwar on Sunday. He told the state assembly that Pudukottai runner G Lakshmanan, who won the gold in 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres event would receive Rs 20 lakh while Arokiya Rajiv of Tiruchirapalli, who claimed a gold as part of the 4X100 relay and a silver in the 400 metres event would get Rs 15 lakh. PTI SS APR APRlast_img read more

World Cup 2018, Brazil vs Serbia: Why was Neymar trolled this time?

first_imgBrazil outclassed Serbia 2-0 on Wednesday to advance to the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia but not without some drama.Neymar, one of the top strikers in world football at the moment, has once again grabbed the headlines for his theatrics on the field than goals at the ongoing tournament.Neymar was brutally trolled on social media once again after he went rolling along following a foul by Serbia’s Adem Ljajicn in the 33rd minute.Neymar’s obsession with fame has brought him both cheers and jeers in equal measure.The 26-year-old is yet to hit the top gear at the World Cup and has struck just one goal so far in three matches for the five-time champions.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe Brazilian, who came under fire for his antics against Costa Rica, was slammed on Twitter for overreacting to a foul in the match.#Copa2018 Social (@RealitySocial) 27 June 2018Does Neymar want to roll anymore from that challenge Martin (@ItsMattMartin_) 27 June 2018I thought #Neymar was going to roll all the way into the #SRB goal the rate he was going#WorldCup2018Ashwin Mushran (@ashwinmushran) 27 June 2018I wonder how much time Neymar spends each day perfecting his “I’ve been hit, I’m rolling back to Brazil” roll? #SERBREEllen (@elleninnit) 27 June 2018Some say Neymar is still rolling after that tackle #WorldCup #SRBBRA (@FourFourTwo) 27 June 2018Brazil took a while to find their stride against a physical Serbian side who briefly rattled their illustrious rivals, but once Paulinho put them ahead after 36 minutes they always looked comfortable and Silva’s 68th-minute header settled it.advertisementPaulinho and Thiago Silva earned them a win over an outclassed Serbia and set up a knockout tie against Mexico.The five-times champions rarely hit the heights against tough, dogged opponents who had qualification hopes of their own but, in this World Cup of shocks and late drama, Brazil will be delighted to have made it through a potentially awkward game with the minimum of fuss.Brazil finished top of Group E on seven points, two ahead of the Swiss who will face Sweden in the last 16. Serbia ended third on three points and are eliminated along with Costa Rica.Brazil reach last 16 with easy win over SerbiaBrazil took a while to find their stride against a physical Serbian side who briefly rattled their illustrious rivals, but once Paulinho put them ahead after 36 minutes they always looked comfortable and Silva’s 68th-minute header settled it.However, a superb lofted pass from just inside his own half by the outstanding Philippe Coutinho sent Paulinho clear and he stretched high to toe the ball over goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic and ease the pressure.Brazil can cope under attack, says Thiago SilvaBrazil’s often-overlooked defence, which has now conceded only three goals in 13 games, did still have to stand up strongly against a Serbian side whose only real threat looked to be an aerial assault.Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic roused the Serbian fans around the hour when he went close with two headers but that brief flurry proved their high-water mark as Silva finished it when he rose high to thump home a Neymar corner.That assist was a frustrated Neymar’s major contribution as he fired one shot at Stojkovic’s legs after a 70-metre counter-attack, bounced another over the bar and saw the keeper palm clear his final effort of a night where he was routinely bullied off the ball and lost possession countless times.It was not his greatest performance, nor Brazil’s, but it was more than enough and they march on and remain the team everyone else will want to avoid.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Pakistan eliminate South Africa from semi-finals race with 49-run win

first_imgPakistan kept their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals of the World Cup 2019 alive after registering a 49-run win over South Africa at the Lord’s cricket ground on Sunday. The Proteas now have no chance of advancing any further in the tournament after suffering their fifth loss in seven matches.Chasing 309 for victory, South Africa were restricted to 259 for 9 in 50 overs with leg-spinner Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz picking up 3 wickets each while Mohammad Amir contributed with 2 wickets. Shaheen Shah Afridi also got a wicket.That’s Shadab Khan’s 50th wicket in ODIsHow important is he to this Pakistan side?#WeHaveWeWill | #CWC19 World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019Pakistan are still in with a shot at making the cut for the final four but they need to win their remaining three matches and then hope for some of the other results to go in their favour to stay alive in the competition.Pakistan will face New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in their remaining matches while the Proteas have Sri Lanka and Australia remaining in their roster before they return home after a disappointing campaign.Electing to bat first, Pakistan put up 308 for 7 against South Africa after a swashbuckling 89 off 59 balls by the recalled Haris Sohail in a late flurry at Lord’s.Haris, brought back for the dropped Shoaib Malik, featured in key partnerships of 81 with Babar Azam (69) and 71 with Imad Wasim (23).Excellent finish for Pakistan!Sohail led the charge with his 59-ball 89 after Azam’s half-century and contributions from the openers. have set South Africa a target of 309.Will that be enough? #CWC19 | #WeHaveWeWill | #ProteaFire World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019Haris was out trying to slog the penultimate ball, his 59th of a superb innings that included three sixes and nine boundaries.Pakistan were off to a brisk start thanks to Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, both of whom made identical scores of 44 and added 81 in 15 overs for the opening partnership. But both openers were dismissed by leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who became South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in World Cups with 39, one more than retired fast bowler Allan Donald.Tahir achieved the record in style, brilliantly catching Imam one-handed low to his right off his own bowling. In taking 2-41 from 10 overs, Tahir’s performance will have also heartened Pakistan’s spinners.Babar and Mohammad Hafeez, dropped on 2 en route to 20, made Pakistan’s fans bubble back up again, but it was the stand between Babar and Haris which lifted their side from scratching around 5 an over.Babar was out for 69 but Haris continued to take the South African bowlers to the cleaners.Ngidi finished with three wickets, all at the death, but he and the wicketless Rabada were too often loose, and thrashed by Pakistan. They were saved by Tahir, part-timer Aiden Markram, and Andile Phehlukwayo.Also Read | Pakistan vs South Africa Highlights, World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Indian fan cheering for Pakistan becomes an instant hitAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistani fans troll Fakhar Zaman after strange dismissal vs South AfricaAlso Read | Imran Tahir becomes South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in World Cupslast_img read more

Euro 2020 roundup: Italy qualify, while Spain are delayed by Norway

first_imgEuro 2020 qualifying Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Twitter news Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Euro 2020 Topics Share on Pinterest Spain The battle for second remains wide open. Finland, second, were thrashed 4-1 by fourth-placed Bosnia-Herzegovina, with Miralem Pjanic scoring twice, while eliminated Liechtenstein held third-placed Armenia to a 1-1 draw.In Group F, Josh King scored a dramatic added-time penalty for Norway to delay Spain’s qualification in Oslo. Spain looked to have secured their place with a goal from Saúl Ñíguez but the referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot with seconds to go after Spain’s goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga collided with Omar Elabdellaoui.Spain are six points clear of third place with three games to play. Sweden in second romped to a 4-0 away victory against the already eliminated Malta, with Sebastian Larsson scoring twice. Romania put three past the Faroe Islands without reply and sit third in the group. Norway Share via Email Italy Republic of Ireland Italy 2-0 Greece, Norway 1-1 Spain: Euro 2020 qualifiers – as it happened The Observer Italy secured their place in the Euro 2020 finals with a 2-0 win over Greece in Group J. Chelsea’s Jorginho put Italy ahead from the spot in Rome after Andreas Bouchalakis handled and Federico Bernardeschi made it two with 10 minutes left. There was no debating the penalty, with Bouchalakis sticking out his left arm to block Lorenzo Insigne’s shot.Italy’s qualification was secured in when Bernardeschi let fly from 25 yards, with his effort taking a slight deflection and nestling in the bottom corner. Insigne came close to adding a third, Alexandros Paschalakis producing another good save. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Releases New NFL Mock Draft Top 10

first_imgA photo of the stage at the NFL Draft.ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: A view of the NFL Draft theater prior to the start of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The NFL Scouting Combine is just around the corner, but mock drafts for the 2019 NFL Draft have been getting made for weeks now. With the recent decision by Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray to enter the draft, ESPN’s top draft analyst has updated his mock draft.On Monday, ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. revealed his new top ten in the 2019 NFL Draft. The new mock draft also included a somewhat surprising selection for the first skill position player taken.Not deviating from his previous drafts, Kiper had Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa going No. 1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals.From there, he has Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen going second to the San Francisco 49ers, then Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams to the New York Jets.It’s safe to say that T.J. Hockenson made the right decision. Mel Kiper Jr. has him going number 8 overall. #Hawkeyes— David Eickholt (@DEickholt247) February 18, 2019Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary is projected to go No. 4 to the Oakland Raiders, with Mississippi State pass rusher Montez Sweat going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins is projected as the first quarterback off the board at No. 6 to the New York Giants, while offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor goes to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 7.At No. 8, Kiper has Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson going to the Detroit Lions as the first skill position player taken.It’s a bold prediction at No. 8 to be sure. If selected, Hockenson would be the highest tight end drafted since Vernon Davis was taken by the 49ers in 2006. Only seven tight ends have been drafted in the top ten in the past 40 years.The Lions also happen to be the most recent team to select a tight end in the top ten. They drafted Eric Ebron No. 10 overall in 2014.Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf goes No. 9 to the Buffalo Bills, and LSU cornerback Greedy Williams will go to the Denver Broncos.last_img read more

Gov’t to Spend $23 Million to Ensure Smooth Implementation of Traffic Ticket Amnesty

first_imgThe Government will be spending $23 million to carry out various activities to ensure the smooth implementation of a three-month traffic ticket amnesty, scheduled to begin on August 2.These activities include the hiring of 22 young persons who are now being trained to respond to queries from motorists during the period; and the provision of additional cashier stations and security personnel required to manage the anticipated influx of motorists at the offices of Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ).State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. made the disclosure in the Senate on Friday (July 14).  He was piloting the Road Traffic (Temporary Ticket Amnesty) Act 2017 which makes provisions for the amnesty.He informed that the sum will also be used to conduct a public education campaign via radio, print media, social media and television “to ensure that every motorist is aware of the amnesty, its benefits and the designated payment locations”.“This campaign has already begun via radio and (through) the circulation of Frequently Asked Questions sheets at various connected Government agencies and bill payment outlets including Paymaster,” he said.Additionally, a portion of the money will facilitate the conducting of a series of briefing sessions with key stakeholders, including the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the Ministry of Justice, TAJ and the Court Management Division.Through this amnesty, which will end on October 31, the Government is seeking to recover outstanding fines from tickets issued between September 1, 2010 and July 31, 2017.“This amnesty is not a reward for delinquency. It is a practical approach and effort to collect a total sum of $2.84 billion in outstanding traffic tickets as at December 31, 2016,” Senator Charles Jr said.The State Minister noted that the money collected will be used to upgrade the Ticket Management System utilised by TAJ, JCF and the courts. It will also go towards the modernisation of the court system and the employment of more Judges. Some of the funds will also assist the Transport Ministry in modernising the methods used to enforce the Road Traffic Act, to ensure greater compliance by motorists.Also, the money is expected to assist the Ministry of National Security to purchase appropriate hardware and software to strengthen the cyber security network system. It will also be used to purchase additional vehicles for the JCF, and invest in the security intelligence network.Senator Charles Jr said the overall objective of the Government in granting the amnesty, are to enhance revenue administration and collection; allow persons to clear their driving record; improve the efficiency of the courts; and reduce the number of traffic cases before the courts.“The intention of the Government is to give members of the motoring public the opportunity to “wipe their slates clean” before the implementation of the stricter Road Traffic Act,” he said.“This is the opening for those motorists with matters before the court to not be subjected to any penalties being recorded against their driver’s license. Additionally, those individuals with large numbers of tickets will not have warrants executed on them by the courts,” he further explained.He noted that the Road Traffic Act will be tabled by the end of July and should be enacted by the end of the amnesty period.Following this, Senator Charles Jr warned that “the strong arm of the law will be visited upon those members of the motoring public who failed to utilise the amnesty”.“These individuals may even have their licences taken away from them because of the number of tickets that they have outstanding. This will be so as there will be zero tolerance for those in breach of this new Road Traffic Act,” he said.Members of the Senate approved the Bill, which was previously passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 11).last_img read more

Hamburg Süd Christens Another Polar Class Vessel

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Hamburg Süd German shipping company Hamburg Süd has christened its latest Polar-class containership, Polar Ecuador.The christening ceremony was held at Belgian New Fruit Wharf in Antwerp on May 20, 2019.“Antwerp is a highly important port for Hamburg Süd, and the Belgian New Fruit Wharf is a very suitable place for the christening of a ‘Polar’-class vessel,” Frank Smet, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Hamburg Süd, commented. “After all, with more than 1,000 reefer plugs, the ‘Polar Ecuador’ transports a disproportionately large volume of refrigerated cargo for a container vessel of this size from Mexico and the Caribbean to Antwerp,” he added.The 52,100 dwt Post-Panamax is deployed in Hamburg Süd’s North Europe -Mexico/Caribbean service (EMCS), which connects Antwerp and other European ports in Ireland, Great Britain and Germany with Mexican and Caribbean ports.Polar Ecuador belongs to a group of four structurally identical vessels in the Polar class that were built for Hamburg Süd by the Chinese shipyard Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding.With a total length of 230 meters and a width of 37.3 meters, the ship offers a container storage capacity of 3,800 TEU and is equipped with 1,000 reefer plugs.Last month, the company christened Polar Ecuador’s sister vessel, Polar Mexico, in the Mexican port of Veracruz. The christening of Polar Mexico also marked first berthing of a container vessel at the new ICAVE terminal.last_img read more

KMC deputes additional staff to combat dengue unknown fever

first_imgKolkata: The state Health department has taken several measures, including deployment of additional staff, to combat the spread of dengue and unknown fever in some pockets in North 24-Parganas.The affected areas included Habra, Gaighata, Barasat, Barrackpore and Ashoknagar. More than 2,000 people have been afflicted with dengue and unknown fever. The state health department has sanctioned Rs 40.50 lakh to pay the remuneration of additional staff for vector control and conduct house to house survey. Already 450 additional staffs have been engaged in Habra I and II, Gaighata and Barrackjpore II blocks. Virologists and doctors from School of Tropical Medicine have been sent to Habra-Ashoknagar hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe patients with high fever are suffering from headache, nausea and body ache. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed all the municipalities and civic bodies to gear up anti-larvae drives in their areas. In a recent meeting with the state health department officials at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) headquarters, mayor Firhad Hakim said the KMC has become a model to combat Dengue for all the municipalities. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The KMC launched the anti-larvae drive from February. The drives kic started with rallies held in all the 144 wards. The KMC has identified 20 areas as vulnerable and special drives have been conducted in these areas. The civic body has asked all the laboratories carrying out pathological tests to conduct blood examination by ELISA method to detect dengue. Senior doctors said people suffering from Dengue during monsoon was not uncommon but Hemorrhagic Dengue Fever often poses serious life threat if the patient is not monitored properly. They advised people suffering from high fever to increase their fluid intake. They said people suffering from high fever should not panic and consult doctor for advice.last_img read more

Abbotsford BC officer didnt like guns but didnt hesitate when call came

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – An Abbotsford, B.C., police constable killed in the line of duty was remembered as dedicated and caring, a man who had a gut-busting sense of humour and a dislike for guns.Thousands of officers and first responders jammed into Abbotsford Centre on Sunday while members of the public filed into spill-over centres for the celebration of life for 53-year-old Const. John Davidson.His police partner, Const. Renae Williams, described Davidson as a man with a sense of humour who took far longer to get coffees because staff at the coffee shop couldn’t understand his thick Scottish accent.“He could take it as well as he could dish it out and did more than his fair share of doling out playful barbs. Most of his comebacks included the line ‘Well back in the U.K. we did this.’”Davidson got his start in policing in Northumbria in the United Kingdom in 1993, where few police officers carry guns. He moved to Canada in 2006 and had worked in the Abbotsford department for 11 years.He had a gift of gab, was respectful and civil to the public, level-headed and believed there were lessons to be passed on with each traffic stop, Williams told the service.“He was tough, but more than fair. That was evident by the number of people I have seen shake his hand after getting a ticket.”Williams said Davidson pushed himself to be first, whether it was during a workout or in trying to help others.“Which is exactly what happened on Nov. 6, 2017,” she said, her voice cracking with emotion.“For a man who hated guns and never became comfortable carrying a gun after coming over from the U.K., he was one of the first to step in and intervene when a call of shots fired came in.”Before the ceremony on Sunday, hundreds of people lined the streets of Abbotsford in the pouring rain to watch thousands of first responders march behind the hearse carrying Davidson’s coffin.Police officers from as far as Ontario and the U.K. joined the procession, marching in a unified sea of blue and red uniforms. Abbotsford police has expected about 8,000 first responders to attend.The crowd inside the area was silent as eight of Davidson’s fellow officers carried in his coffin.His service belt and both his police hats from Abbotsford and Northumbria were placed atop his coffin, draped in a Canadian flag. During the service, the chief of the Northumbria police presented Davidson’s wife with a Scottish flag.Abbotsford’s police chief, Bob Rich, told the service that Davidson was the first officer to arrive when there was a report of a man firing rounds from a shotgun into a truck.“When that shot rang out, evil won. There was an oily blackness that fell upon our city. It was awful. I cannot imagine a darker thing to have happen to us,” Rich said.Rich said the suspect was later surrounded by five Abbotsford officers in police vehicles and they fired, hitting the suspect.“That man’s evil intentions, I totally believe, were to kill more of us. There was going to be a rampage in the city of Abbotsford. I don’t know who would have fallen,” he said. “But they stopped him at that moment and their lights shone bright at that moment.”Since the death, Rich said there has been an outpouring of support from fellow officers and the public.A suspect, Alberta resident Oscar Arfmann, 65, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Davidson’s death. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Nov. 28.Davidson’s friend, Abbotsford Sgt. Jason Scott, told the service that Davidson was good at what he did and was proud to be a husband, father and police officer.Davidson is survived by his wife, Denise, and three adult children, Dina, Fay and Drew.Dina Davidson told the service that their father was modest and never mentioned his accomplishments.She said they didn’t recognize the man others were describing after his death.“He never let us know any of that,” she said, laughing.She thanked those who helped her father after he had been shot.“Please forgive yourself for not being able to change his fate.”Fay Davidson said it is hard to capture in words how amazing their father was. Her siblings held her as she spoke, her voice choked with tears.“It is agonizing to picture a future without his guidance and support,” she said. “But we’ll always be able to hear his harsh Scottish accent cheering us on.”last_img read more

St Regis Mohawk Tribal police chief fired over cash payments for impounded

first_imgAPTN National News AKWESASNE–St. Regis Mohawk Tribal police Chief Andrew Thomas has been fired following a probe into cash payments received by the police force for towing and storage fees for impounded vehicles, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Commission said Thursday.The police commission said in a statement Thomas was fired on July 24.Thomas is facing disciplinary charges filed July 7 from the commission for gross misconduct and disregard for tribal and regulatory policies and failure to reconcile receipts and funds, the statement said.Thomas appeared before a disciplinary hearing on July 15 and the police commission voted unanimously to terminate his employment.The investigation was triggered by a query from a community member about the police department’s taking of cash payments for impounded vehicles.A spokesperson for the St. Regis Tribe said the police commission would not be issuing any further comment.Matthew Rourke is currently the acting tribal police chief.The St. Regis Tribe governs the U.S.-side of Akwesasne, a Mohawk community which straddles the Canada-U.S. border about 120 km west of read more

CEB ordered to appear in court over illegal power cuts

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has been ordered to appear in court over the power cuts implemented around the country.The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court ordered the CEB to appear in court on April 09 after the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) filed legal action saying the power cuts were illegal. The CEB was accused of failing to obtain approval from the PUCSL to carry out the power cuts. (Colombo Gazette)

In a sign of broader ambitions Facebook opens hardware lab

by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Aug 3, 2016 10:45 am MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In a sign of broader ambitions, Facebook opens hardware lab MENLO PARK, Calif. – Facebook built its fortune on the internet, that non-physical space where people share updates and digital videos with friends. But deep inside its Silicon Valley headquarters, engineers have stocked a new lab with computerized lathes, industrial mills and tools for making physical goods.It’s not a factory for mass-producing smartphones or other consumer products. Rather, it’s where engineers will be working on some of the high-tech gadgetry needed for the company’s long-term plans to connect people through smart devices, virtual-reality headsets and high-flying drones that deliver internet signals via laser to remote parts of the world.And like Google’s celebrated X lab, where the internet search giant pursues “moonshot” projects such as self-driving cars, Facebook’s new research facility demonstrates that in Silicon Valley, leading tech companies are rarely content to keep doing the same thing.“When you think about connecting the world, you have to build different types of hardware to help people connect,” said Jay Parikh, Facebook’s head of engineering and infrastructure.To get virtual reality right, he added, Facebook needs to refine hardware such as lenses and processors.The lab will be a space for engineers to design energy-efficient servers for Facebook data centres, test new laser mounts and drone propellers and perfect a prototype 360-degree video camera that Facebook unveiled at a conference in April.Facebook announced the lab’s opening Wednesday and invited journalists to tour it. The company wouldn’t say how much it spent to build the facility.The lab is dubbed Area 404, a joke playing off the “error 404” message internet users see when they try to visit a web page that can’t be found. Facebook says its engineers had long talked about wanting such a workspace, but it couldn’t be found because it didn’t exist until now.Facebook became a Silicon Valley powerhouse and Wall Street darling because its vast online network is a mecca for digital advertisers. The company sold more than $6 billion worth of ads in the April-June quarter, reaping more than $2 billion in profit.That offers plenty of leeway to invest in new ventures. Two years ago, the company spent $2 billion to buy Oculus VR, a startup that makes high-end gear for virtual reality. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has predicted that virtual reality will be a leading platform for communication, entertainment, education and business in the future. In recent speeches, he outlined a 10-year vision for Facebook that includes services based on virtual reality, artificial intelligence and internet access for the world’s most under-developed regions.The Oculus operation has its own lab in Seattle, while Facebook’s drone team is based in Somerset, England. They aren’t relocating, but Parikh said engineers from both groups will also use the new facility.Zuckerberg has hinted at other aspirations, too. This spring, he announced the formation of a mysterious research-and-development group known as “Building 8.” It’s led by prominent engineer Regina Dugan, a former director of the Pentagon’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, the agency that created the internet in the late 1960s.Before joining Facebook, Dugan ran a Google team that specialized in “rapid innovation” of new tech gadgets. Her projects included a location-tracking smartphone camera for creating 3-D virtual worlds, a technology that Lenovo will include in the Phab2 Pro out this month .Dugan’s group will use the Area 404 lab, but Facebook wouldn’t talk about specific projects she will undertake.Analysts say it’s too early to know if these ideas are “vanity projects” or if they will boost Facebook’s bottom line. But rivals including Google, Amazon and Microsoft have similar ambitions, some involving drones, tablets or other hardware. Facebook says it spent $4.8 billion on research and development in 2015, nearly doubling its budget from the previous year.“When you’re big enough, you need to think bigger picture and longer term,” said Bob O’Donnell, chief analyst at Technalysis Research.Facebook could wait for others to develop new gadgets, he said, but the company can learn by designing hardware on its own and seeing how its software works with it. He said Facebook could even license its hardware ideas for others to manufacture.Aside from Oculus, most of Facebook’s hardware isn’t aimed at the consumer market. Several years ago, the tech industry was abuzz with rumours that Zuckerberg wanted to build a Facebook smartphone. That never happened, although Facebook created special software for an HTC phone that didn’t sell well.Instead, Facebook has led an industry effort to develop more energy-efficient computer centres by sharing server designs with other companies. Similarly, Facebook says it developed the 360-degree video camera to show other inventors what’s possible in new camera designs. Those designs could, in turn, produce more video content for the social network to share.Facebook executives say their solar-powered drones are also meant as prototypes, in the hope that telecommunications companies will use their designs. While Zuckerberg says internet access can spur economic development in poor nations, Facebook also stands to benefit if more people get online.___Follow Brandon Bailey at or find his reporting at . In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, model maker Spencer Burns, leads a tour of Area 404, the hardware R&D lab, at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) read more

Zach Farmer remembered for relentless positivity in the face of illness

Zach Farmer’s No. 34 is written on the mound at Bill Davis Stadium after his passing on Aug. 4, 2015. Credit: Ryan Cooper / Sports EditorStay strong, don’t give up and keep fighting.Those are the words Zach Farmer lived by throughout his battle with cancer; and although the former Ohio State pitcher may have lost his battle with acute myeloid leukemia, he is still inspiring his teammates and coaches to live their lives to the fullest.OSU baseball coach Greg Beals said that Farmer’s legacy will live on well past his 21 years of life.“We learned a lot from Zach and his positive outlook, just that attitude that he was going to make it all good, was absolutely one of his strongest characteristics, no doubt,” Beals said Tuesday afternoon. Farmer passed away earlier that morning.OSU held a memorial service in honor of Farmer’s life at Bill Davis Stadium, where Farmer’s No. 34 was added to the pitcher’s mound in tribute. Beals said he knows Farmer will be watching over his former team.“We’re certainly going to have a guardian angel,” Beals said. “He’ll be there for our pitchers and our whole team. Today, I just felt it was proper to put his number on the mound. We’re going to light this stadium up tonight and keep the lights on tonight, so he can look down on us.”Beals said that Farmer’s fight has brought the team closer, reminding them to hold every day precious.“We talk about brotherhood,” Beals said. “It’s not an opportunity we’re certainly looking for, but it does present an opportunity for that brotherhood to strengthen and grow and that’s what Zach would want, no doubt about it. Not for it to benefit us as a team, but to benefit each of us as individuals, to take advantage of our opportunities, not to take things for granted, that life is precious and we need to attack every day like Zach did.”Adam Niemeyer, a rising redshirt sophomore pitcher for the Buckeyes, said he and his teammates are supporting each other through this tough time.“We’re all just there for each other, helping each other through it, talking to each other and just really praying for Zach’s family because that’s the most important thing right now,” Niemeyer said.Niemeyer said the last time he saw Farmer was when a group of players visited Farmer at his family’s home last week in Piketon, Ohio.“We just hung out with him,” Niemeyer said. ”It was actually during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony when Randy Johnson gave him a shout out. It was pretty cool to be there with him watching that stuff all happen, and we just hung out like it was a normal day — it was a good day.”Then-freshman pitcher Zach Farmer throws a pitch against Toledo on April 2, 2014. Farmer passed away on Tuesday from a second bout of leukemia.Credit: Lantern file photoFarmer was considered a professional prospect before arriving to OSU, but Niemeyer said his attitude didn’t give off the slightest bit of arrogance.“Zach was a great kid,” Niemeyer said. “Great teammate, very unselfish person. He was a very touted recruit out of high school, had the opportunity to get drafted out of high school, but just knowing Zach, you never would’ve known that just from talking to him. He was a very humble kid, good kid, a great teammate, and we’re going to miss him.”In Farmer’s one season at OSU, he compiled a 6-4 record with a 3.28 ERA before being diagnosed with leukemia. Farmer fought hard and initially thought he had beaten the illness — announcing he was cancer free just a couple of months after the diagnosis — but his victory was short-lived as the cancer returned after his body rejected the bone-marrow transplant — a condition known as graft-versus-host disease.Farmer opted to go through a second chemotherapy treatment — which was not compatible with the treatment for GVHD — to try to fight off the cancer, but it was too late, as his lungs began to fail him.Before he passed, Farmer married his girlfriend of four years, Kelsie Mays, who took his last name after marriage. They had their reception in the gymnasium of Farmer’s former school —  Piketon High School — on July 19, just days after he learned of his fatal diagnosis.His former teammate Niemeyer said Farmer’s life and death will provide extra motivation for the Buckeyes this upcoming season.“It’s definitely going to be something to play for, it’s always going to be on our minds,” Niemeyer said. “You can never really take anything for granted. It really puts things into perspective, and it will give us something to play for this spring.”Was privileged to know the person behind the pitcher. Gone too soon but his inspiration & love will live on.God bless the Farmer family #RIP— Nick Sergakis (@SurgieeBaby) August 4, 2015Lost a brother today. I will never forget how Zach Farmer inspired me and so many others with his battle. Rest easy Farm Boy #ZF11— Pat Porter (@Pat_Porter3) August 4, 2015 read more

1Gbps Internet coming to 700 homes in California for 70 a month

first_imgAt one time, a 1Gbps broadband connection to the Internet seemed like a pipe dream. That was until we reported in April 2010 that an ISP based in Hong Kong planned to offer it for an astonishing $26 a month. Luckily, such a service being offered here in the U.S. became more of a reality when Google partnered with December of last year the two companies teamed up to manage Google’s trial fiber-to-the home-network at Stanford University which will encompass 850 faculty and staff homes on campus. One of the reasons was viewed as a top candidate to manage Google‘s network was due to the fact the company had previously announced its own plans to offer fiber connections of up to 1Gbps to homes in Sebastopol, California. That deployment has now begun.AdChoices广告While just the mere fact that a 1Gbps connection will become an option for about 700 homes in Sebastopol is astounding, what is truly mind blowing is what plans to charge for the plan. Believe it or not, they only want $69.95 per month for it, and that even includes two phone lines with unlimited long distance calling. A 100Mbps option for $39.95 a month will also be offered which includes one phone line with unlimited long distance calling.Within the next month, about 60 homes residing on Florence Avenue will be connected to’s fiber network with the remaining homes being connected before the end of the year. The service will begin as a trial which, if successful, will be followed by the deployment of a similar network to Santa Rosa or San Francisco.Outside of its deployment at Stanford University, Google plans to deploy a 1Gbps fiber network to Kansas City as part of its goal to reach from 50,000 up to potentially 500,000 homes with its fiber network. Google selected Kansas City as part of its Fiber for Communities Project which solicited submissions from a number of communities nationwide with Kansas City eventually coming out on top. The Kansas City fiber network is expected to be up and running by 2012.Read more at PressDemocrat.comlast_img read more

Opinion Direct provision has been a disaster

first_img By Ronan Herlihy Short URL WE HAVE A long history of scandals to our name. In times gone by, scandals involving the Catholic Church have been prominent. Scandals surrounding politicians have received plenty of attention.Some scandals were so dishonourable that we even went as far as setting up tribunals to deal with them.We now have a 4-step plan with dealing with scandals: exposure, outrage, tribunal and more outrage.A disasterHowever, one scandal has stayed constant for nearly two decades. One scandal has looked us straight in the eyes and refused to blink. One scandal has refused to go away and it is this scandal that will judge us as a country in years to come. To cut to the chase, direct provision has been a disaster.There have been an abundance of reports and a litany of articles written highlighting the ungodly conditions service users encounter on a daily basis.Up to December 2017, there were 5,096 people in direct provision. Total capacity in the 34 centres spread across 17 counties, means we are operating at a capacity of 93%.Service users have repeatedly spoken open heartedly of being monitored 24/7 like prisoners, their only crime being that they came here from their war ravaged countries, in search of hope and to fulfil whatever ambition they might possess.Right to workHere’s a case in point. Up to recently service users have been unable to seek work legally. This has since changed due to a Supreme Court ruling. As all service users receive only €21.60 per week, this ruling is welcome and can only be seen as a step in the right direction. But all is not as it seems.Service users are still encountering barriers. Even with this ruling, they cannot take up employment in jobs, that pay below €30,000 per year. Additionally, before they take up this work they are required to pay between €500 and €1,000 for a work permit. If that wasn’t enough, they are prohibited from taking up work in a variety of sectors such as childcare, hospitality and construction.So basically we set standards and barriers which we don’t apply to ourselves.Direct provision was initially seen as an interim arrangement for 6 months per individual. However, the light touch approach that successive governments has taken, has seen service users spend an average of 23 months in direct provision centres.RestrictionsOf these 34 centres only two are self-catering and one is a reception centre. During time spent here, they are subjected to a constant routine of assimilation. We have chosen to segregate them to the fringes of society.Simple restrictions such as not been able to cook for oneself, or even freedom of bringing your child to the shop for a treat might not seem like a big deal. But try it for a prolonged period. Try living in a canteen environment day in day out, where you must eat what is put in front of you, regardless of your dietary needs.There are currently 1,420 children living within the direct provision service. These children have the right to attend primary and secondary school but cannot continue to third level.Whatever happened to education been the gateway to opportunity? As highlighted earlier, the scandal of direct provision is not a new phenomenon.Reports and recommendationsNumerous reports and recommendations have cast a light on the failings. But we need to ask ourselves, how many reports need to be conducted before we see real change? How many more current and past service users need to speak out highlighting the degrading conditions within the service, before the government finally acts?Evidently, it’s either a case that the government don’t see it as a priority or they think that the status quo should continue.I have no doubt that the structures of direct provision were made in good faith, but what was once seen as a solid foundation to opportunity, has since turned into quicksand.What behoves us as a nation is that we deal with this issue now.Ronan Herlihy is a Politics and Sociology student in National University Ireland Maynooth. He blogs at  Jun 18th 2018, 7:01 AM Ronan Herlihy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’> Opinion: ‘Direct provision has been a disaster’ Numerous reports and recommendations have cast a light on the failings, writes Ronan Herlihy.center_img 30,460 Views Student and blogger 60 Comments Share117 Tweet Email Monday 18 Jun 2018, 7:00 AMlast_img read more