Meghalaya activist claims coal mafia-police nexus

first_imgThe day Meghalaya’s RTI and anti-graft activist Agnes Kharshiing was attacked by alleged coal transporters, another activist registered a complaint accusing a “police-backed” coal gang of threatening him.In his FIR on Thursday, Marshall Biam, chairman, North East Indigenous People’s Federation, said seven people had attacked him on Tuesday and demanded withdrawal of cases by other members of his federation against coal dealers.Mr. Biam too was assaulted in East Jaintia Hills district. He said that the attackers forced him into a vehicle and took him to the office of the district SP, Sylvester Nongtnger. “The SP asked me to withdraw the complaint though I told him I was not the complainant,” he wrote.Mr. Biam said he was compelled to withdraw the complaint, and since he suspected a nexus between the coal mafia and the police, he lodged the FIR before the Deputy Inspector General in Shillong. The SP denied using force on Mr. Biam.On Friday, doctors attending to Ms. Kharshiing at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences in Shillong said her condition was stable but she would be kept under observation in an intensive care unit.Ms. Kharshiing and her companion Amita Sangma were assaulted in East Jaintia Hills district’s Tuber Sohshrieh, about 120 km from Shillong.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Acidic Oceans Could Impair Fish Vision

first_imgAs human-emitted carbon dioxide dissolves in the oceans and turns them more acidic, some fish could struggle to see fast-moving details in their environment, a new study suggests. Scientists have found that ocean acidification can impair fish’s smell and hearing, but they know less about its impacts on eyesight. So researchers turned to the spiny damselfish (Acanthochromis polyacanthus, pictured) a common ocean-dwelling fish that’s easy to breed for lab study. Much like humans can see TVs flicker, these swimmers use their eyes to detect rapid light flickers. Curious how higher-CO2 conditions would affect this ability, researchers placed the animals in water tanks with different levels of carbon dioxide and shone lights at various flickering rates. To assess whether the fish discerned individual flickers, the team used electrodes to measure nerve-cell activity deep in the eyes. If the electrodes detected activity in tandem with the flashing, the fish had recognized the flickers. In damselfish exposed to CO2 levels projected for 2100, this activity pattern stopped after the flashing rate reached 79 times per second. That’s more than 10% slower than the maximum 89 flashes per second that fish exposed to modern-day CO2 levels discerned, the researchers report in The Journal of Experimental Biology. Fish with impaired flicker detection could be more vulnerable to predators, the team suggests. The higher-CO2 conditions likely disrupt the GABA family of nerve-cell proteins, which are involved in vision and behavior, the researchers say. Other animals possess these proteins, so many could suffer similar problems in higher-CO2 water.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Govt school teacher booked for rape in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur

first_imgA government school teacher has been booked for rape after a 20-year-old pregnant woman lodged a complaint against him in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district, police said on Tuesday.Subash Singh, posted at a middle school in Brari, is on the run and efforts are on to nab him, an official said.He said the woman, who was reportedly six-months pregnant, approached Ramnagar Police Station on Monday, alleging that Singh outraged her modesty a few months ago and impregnated her. The woman, who is a class 10 drop out, was admitted in a hospital for medical examination, the official said. He said a rape case was registered against the accused and further investigation is on. The incident came to light after the woman’s parents took her to a doctor for some some medical complications and was told that their daughter is pregnant, the official added.last_img read more

Foundation stone of Sanjay Gandhi medical institute becomes a headache for UP govt

first_imgTripathi (inset) and a police tent near the strong-room (circled): Awkward legacySanjay Gandhi has gone but his awkward legacy lives on. Part of it is the foundation stone of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow, which was laid with much fanfare by President Sanjiva Reddy,Tripathi (inset) and a police tent near the strong-room (circled): Awkward legacySanjay Gandhi has gone but his awkward legacy lives on. Part of it is the foundation stone of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow, which was laid with much fanfare by President Sanjiva Reddy on December 14 last year. The seemingly innocuous block has proved a headache for the Uttar Pradesh Government, especially for state Health Minister Lokpati Tripathi. The continued existence of the stone means much to Tripathi, for setting up the prestigious medical institute would mean polishing up a political image tarnished by the ouster of his father, Kamlapati Tripathi. If something happens to the stone, as has been feared from the day that President Reddy gave it his benediction, Tripathi’s head will be on the block. And the anxious health minister is making every effort to keep his head intact.That, principally, has meant taking on a strong group of teachers of the nearby King George Medical College (KGMC), who fear that their college and the new institute might be clubbed under Sanjay Gandhi’s name. To guard the stone from the aroused medicos, it has been kept under the 24-hour guard of armed policemen, from the very day it was laid. For more security, after nearly two months of its installation, a squarish strong-room was constructed around the stone. The Government has so far spent over Rs 20,000 on the armed guard and the strong-room.But matters do not end there. The stone had been erected in a field which used to be the playground of the KGMC; the authorities of the college are wondering if, like every year, the annual sports of the college should be held there or not. An official of the college told India Today that if at all the games were held, there would have to be heavy police bundobust to protect the stone from the not so healing touch of the medical students.advertisementlast_img read more

Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to Be a Part of Revamped Davis Cup

first_imgAndy Murray has been selected for Britain’s Davis Cup squad 24 hours after winning his first tournament since 2017. Former world number one Murray clinched his first ATP Tour title for over two years on Sunday when he beat Stan Wawrinka in the European Open final in Antwerp.It was only the sixth singles event the 32-year-old Scot has competed in since returning from the hip resurfacing operation he had in January. GB captain Leon Smith on Monday named four of his five-man team, with two-time Wimbledon champion Murray alongside his brother Jamie, Dan Evans and Neal Skupski.The group will compete in the new-format Davis Cup in Madrid next month as Murray looks to emulate his star role in Britain’s 2015 victory in the competition.”I’m delighted to name our first four players to represent GB for the Davis Cup Finals,” Smith said.”Dan is playing some of the best tennis of his career and firmly deserves his place back inside the world’s Top 50.”It’s been absolutely fantastic to see Andy back competing again, headlined by his incredible win in Antwerp yesterday.”Jamie and Neal have been gaining much momentum as a team with impressive semi-final runs at Cincinnati, US Open, Beijing and Shanghai.”We are in a good positions with improved strength and depth in our team and will be naming the fifth player in the next couple of weeks.”We are looking forward to bringing our best tennis to the group phase.”The Davis Cup will have a round-robin stage before the group winners and the next two top teams advance to the knockout stages.The tournament takes place on the hard courts of La Caja Magica in Madrid from November 18-24.The ties themselves will have two singles matches and one doubles, all of which will be best-of-three tie-break sets.Great Britain are in Group E with Holland and Kazakhstan, who they face on November 20 and 21 respectively.RAFAEL NADAL, NOVAK DJOKOVIC TO LEAD SPAIN, SERBIARafael Nadal, Roberto Bautista, Pablo Carreno, Feliciano Lopez and Marcel Granollers have been called up by captain Sergi Bruguera to represent Spain in the Davis Cup Finals to be held in Madrid on November 18-24.Bruguera repeated the list he announced for the 2018 Davis Cup semis against France, although Nadal was a last-minute change and was replaced by Albert Ramos then, reported Efe news.Nadal will play Davis Cup as world No. 1, a position he will claim as of November 4, while Bautista will be ranked No. 10, Carreno (35), Lopez (62) and Granollers (113).Before the Davis Cup Finals, Nadal will take part in the Paris Masters and then the ATP Finals, which comes to an end on November 17.In the new format, the captains can make up to three changes to the list a day before the competition gets underway, given the possible injuries and being held just after the ATP Finals.The clashes feature two singles matches followed by a doubles encounter, with the duels being best-of-three sets.The competition will be played at Madrid’s Caja Magica on November 18-24.Spain was drawn in Group B alongside Croatia, the defending champion and Russia.Novak Djokovic, world No 1, will steer Serbia in the 2019 Davis Cup Finals to be held in Madrid, the Serbian Tennis Federation announced on Monday.The Serbian team’s captain Nenad Zimonjic also called up Dusan Lajovic, ranked No. 33 in the world, Filip Krajinovic (46), Viktor Troicki (159) and Janko Tipsarevic (219).”The important thing is to reach the beginning of the competition in the best possible way and that the players stay healthy. We certainly have the quality to be able to surprise any team,” Zimonjic said.Serbia was drawn in Group A, alongside Japan and France, reports Efe news.Zimonjic considered France to be the main challenge to his team’s bid to make it to the following phase.”It is difficult to predict. We have to prepare well. That is why we will go to Madrid about 4 or 5 days before to adapt to the conditions,” he said.Djokovic will join the team after his ATP Finals campaign.The ATP Finals will come to an end on November 17, while the Davis Cup Finals is scheduled for November 18-24.The remaining participating selections are divided into five other groups; Spain, Croatia and Russia in Group B; Argentina, Chile and Germany in Group C; Belgium, Australia and Colombia in Group D; Great Britain, Kazakhstan and Holland in Group E; and the United States, Italy and Canada in Group F. 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. andy murrayatpdavis cupGreat Britain First Published: October 21, 2019, 10:48 PM ISTlast_img read more

Who cares what colour of ink one uses: Amarinder

first_imgChandigarh, Jun 14 (PTI) In the wake of allegations that some of Congress votes in Rajya Sabha elections in Haryana were rejected due to use of wrong pens, PCC chief Amarinder Singh today asked what difference it makes if someone uses ink of a different colour while voting.”The world has entered the year 2016. And you are saying which is blue pen, black pen? What difference it makes, when one has ticked with blue, red, green, pink colour of ink. Who cares? It is stupidity….,” he said here.The votes of 14 Congress MLAs were declared invalid in the Rajya Sabha elections for two seats in Haryana which led to independent candidate R K Anand, backed by the party, losing the poll.Amarinder said the party would find out what had led to the shock defeat.After the victory of BJP-backed Independent candidate and media baron Subhash Chandra from one seat in the biennial polls to the Rajya Sabha from Haryana, allegations and counter allegations by political parties ran thick and fast on the “invalid” votes.Congress yesterday approached the Election Commission to demand cancellation of the election to both Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana, alleging that a “conspiracy” by the BJP and RSS led to the defeat of the candidate backed by it.Senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala, who is also Leader of Opposition in Haryana Assembly, had pointed fingers at the ruling BJP as well as “Hooda and company” for allegedly being behind the conspiracy which led to the votes being declared as invalid, paving the way for Chandras win. PTI CHS VJ BSA ZMN BSAadvertisementlast_img read more

Rio Olympics local committee has deficit of up to $151 million

first_imgThe local organizing committee for the upcoming Rio Olympics is running a deficit of between 400 million and 500 million reais ($121 million to $151 million), a source with direct knowledge of the committee’s finances told Reuters on Monday.The local committee’s privately funded budget is what is used to operate the Games; it is not public money which is used for infrastructure or venues. (Also read: Sardar axed as captain, Sreejesh to lead men’s hockey team at Rio) Any shortfall in the committee’s finances, which pay for the production of the spectacle and competition of the Games, could negatively impact the experience of both fans and athletes, take away from the luster Brazil hopes to project to a global audience and further weigh on strained public finances.The deficit, challenging organizers 25 days before the games begin, represents about 6 percent of the local committee’s budget and just over 1 percent of the total projected cost of 40 billion reais to host the Olympics. (Also read: Golfers Anirban Lahiri, SSP Chawrasia qualify for Rio Olympics) The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said the committee could not fill the gap in its 7.5 billion real budget despite making as many cuts as possible.’WORKING TO CUT COSTS’But a top Rio city official told Reuters that organizers were still working to cut costs to avoid a committee deficit.According to the contract, any deficit after the Games must be filled by the city, state and federal governments, which are already severely strained amid Brazil’s worst recession since the 1930s.advertisementPhil Wilkinson, a spokesman for the local committee, declined to comment on any deficit. “We’re on course to deliver a balanced budget for the Games,” he said.The source said the big drivers of the deficit are rent for the Olympic Village, where thousands of athletes will stay. The rent was expected to be paid mostly by the federal government, with the local committee only paying 10 percent of the cost – or about 40 million reais.But that agreement was made with suspended President Dilma Rousseff, the source said. Amid her impeachment and the installment of an interim government, the money has not yet materialized.Another big blow was smaller-than-expected sponsorship funding by Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras (PETR4.SA), whose fortunes soured amid low oil prices and a corruption scandal.A senior Rio de Janeiro state official said there was no way the state government could cover any shortfalls. Rio state is Brazil’s second most indebted, suffering from plunging revenues from offshore oil royalties.last_img read more

Billiards star Pankaj Advani recommended for Padma Bhushan

first_imgBilliards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) has once again recommended Pankaj Advani for the Padma Bhushan award, India’s third-highest civilian honour. (Latest Sports stories)Advani, a 15-time world champion in billiards and snooker, was also recommended for the honour last year before being overlooked for the award.”Yes, we have recommended Pankaj for the second year in a row. He is a deserving candidate and hopefully he would get the award this time,” BSFI secretary S Balasubramanian told PTI. (Also Read: Wrestler Sushil Kumar recommended for Padma Bhushan)Advani has already been conferred with a Padma Shri (2009), Khel Ratna (2005-06) and Arjuna Award (2004).The Padma awards are given for distinguished and exceptional achievements, service in fields such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry.Last date for receipt of the nominations for the Padma awards is September 15, according to a notification issued by the Home Ministry.The nominations/recommendations are placed before the awards committee, constituted by the Prime Minister.The winners will be announced on the eve of Republic Day.last_img read more

Cardinals’ Bowles New Jets Coach

first_imgNEW YORK — Todd Bowles is coming home and taking over as the New York Jets’ head coach.The Jets hired the Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Jan. 14 to replace Rex Ryan, who was fired, along with General Manager John Idzik, on Dec. 29 after six seasons.Bowles, 51, was highly sought after leading Arizona’s aggressive-style defense the last two seasons. This will be his first full-time head coaching job at any level after serving as Miami’s interim coach for the final three games in 2011.“It’s an honor and privilege to coach the Jets,” Bowles said in a statement. “I can’t help but be humbled by the chance to coach this team. I am going to do everything I can to build a consistent winner.”It is a homecoming of sorts for Bowles, who is a native of Elizabeth, New Jersey. He also served as the Jets’ defensive backs coach under Al Groh during the 2000 season.Bowles beat out five other candidates, including Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and former Buffalo coach Doug Marrone, who interviewed with owner Woody Johnson and consultants Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, both of whom Bowles has ties to.Bowles had a second interview Tuesday with Johnson, Casserly and Wolf — along with newly hired General Manager Mike Maccagnan — and impressed the Jets enough to move forward.New York canceled a scheduled interview with Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott that was set for Jan. 14. Bowles also called off a second meeting that was scheduled for Jan. 14 with the Atlanta Falcons for their head coaching vacancy.“He is a hard-working and dedicated leader who has garnered the respect of players and coaches,” Johnson said. “I am confident that Todd and Mike Maccagnan are the right combination to lead this team.”Bowles becomes the fifth black head coach currently in the NFL, joining Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, Tampa Bay’s Lovie Smith and Detroit’s Jim Caldwell.He also is the Jets’ sixth straight defensive-focused head coach and fifth since Johnson took over the Jets in 2000, joining Ryan, Eric Mangini, Herm Edwards, Groh and Bill Parcells.With the Jets, Bowles will inherit a solid defensive front seven with rising star defensive linemen in Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson. The secondary, however, needs a major overhaul.Along with Maccagnan, who was hired Jan. 13, Bowles will try to help the Jets bounce back from four straight seasons out of the playoffs. The franchise is also starving for a Super Bowl appearance, something it hasn’t had since 1969.“When we first met, it was immediately clear how sincere and very real he is,” Maccagnan said. “While he appreciates the need for discipline, players love playing for him and I believe he has outstanding qualities to help make the Jets a competitive, winning team.”Several key decisions will need to be made in the next several weeks, including assembling a staff and figuring out the quarterback position.A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that former Dallas and Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey will be Bowles’ offensive coordinator. Gailey was out of football the last two seasons after being fired as the Bills’ coach after the 2012 season.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Jets have not announced Gailey’s hiring.Bowles brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience with him to New York. He played college football and was a team captain for current Cardinals coach Bruce Arians at Temple.He was signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent in 1986, but worked his way to a major role with Joe Gibbs’ Redskins — including starting at free safety against Denver in the 1988 Super Bowl. Bowles played eight NFL seasons, including two stints with Washington while Casserly was in the Redskins’ front office, sandwiched around one season (1991) with San Francisco.Bowles was hired by Green Bay after his playing career, working in the Packers’ player personnel department from 1995-96 — when Wolf was the GM.He then made several stops as a coach at the college and pro levels, first as the defensive coordinator at Morehouse College and then Grambling State — both under former Washington teammate Doug Williams — and as an assistant with the Jets, Cleveland and Dallas, under then-coach Parcells, whom he considers a mentor.He was hired as the Dolphins’ Assistant Head Coach and Secondary Coach from 2008-11. He went 2-1 as the team’s interim head coach at the end of the 2011 season after Tony Sparano was fired.Bowles went to Philadelphia in 2012 as the Eagles’ secondary coach, but was elevated to defensive coordinator when the team dismissed Juan Castillo. After that season, Bowles was hired as Arizona’s defensive coordinator and firmly established himself as one of the league’s up-and-coming assistants.“We’re sorry as hell to lose him,” Arians said, “but we all knew this day was coming, especially with the job he did here the last two years.”___(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

1 Last Doubt for Zidane: Creative Isco or Overpowering Bale?

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane has one last dilemma to solve before Real Madrid takes on Juventus in the Champions League final on Saturday.Will he go with the overpowering Gareth Bale in attack or keep the creative Francisco “Isco” Alarcon in midfield?“It’s going to be a difficult decision,” Zidane said. “They are two very good players who have been important for us. Bale has played less minutes but he has recovered from his injury. And we already know what kind of player Isco is.”Bale was a regular starter for Zidane until a right ankle injury sidelined the Wales forward for nearly three months earlier this season. Isco successfully took over Bale’s place in the squad and quickly became an important member in Zidane’s team.“Whatever decision (Zidane) makes, that’s final. I completely understand it,” Bale said. “I think Isco has been fantastic. He has been playing very well the last few weeks. He has helped the team.”The 27-year-old Bale has the disadvantage of limited playing time in the latter stages of the season. He missed the second leg of the quarterfinal against Bayern Munich and both semifinal matches against Atletico Madrid because of problems stemming from the ankle injury.On Tuesday, he said he has recovered but still wasn’t at “100 percent.”Zidane said Bale is ready to play, but didn’t give any hints on whether he would include him in the starting lineup or keep him on the bench.Even Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri weighed into the debate, saying the characteristics of the Madrid team change significantly depending on which player is in the lineup.“With Bale, they gain more depth,” Allegri said. “If Isco plays, he is a lot more technical.”Zidane said there was even a chance that both Bale and Isco would make it to the final.“They can play together as well,” Zidane said. “It happened in other 16 matches this season and maybe it can happen again in the final.”If Zidane makes that decision, he would likely take Karim Benzema out of the lineup.If only Bale plays, Madrid would have three men in the attack along with Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.But if Zidane goes with Isco, the Spanish national would play between the midfielders and the forwards. Isco thrived in that position, becoming one of the team’s best players late in the season.“With the 4-3-3 you can play more from the sides, with two players on the wings in the front,” midfielder Toni Kroos said. “And with the 4-4-2 you have two strikers in the middle, of course it changes the way we play, not only on offense, also defense. The coach will tell us what is best against this team on Saturday.”Bale scored a goal when Madrid defeated city rival Atletico Madrid in the 2014 final. He also was a starter in last season’s final. Isco was a second-half substitute in both finals.TALES AZZONI, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Garry Kasparov: “Machines Will Never Replace Human Creativity”

first_imgGarry Kasparov, a living legend of chess, held the audience of an international forum of Microsoft in Athens captive with his speech on “The Bright Future of Human + Machine”.Referring to his legendary chess game with an IBM computer, Kasparov admitted that “when I was defeated by Deep Blue in 1997 I lost because I made more mistakes. Deep Blue however was not some brilliant machine; on the contrary, it just did not repeat the same tactic when it played chess.”“There should not be a dilemma of man or machine,” said Kasparov, explaining that “when human intuition and experience collaborate with analytic power and the speed of machines, they can achieve many things.” Concluding he underlined that “machines will neither replace human creativity nor emotional sensitivity, but they can help us explore new horizons which we can’t even imagined.”TweetPinShare1414 Shareslast_img read more

Qatari leader in Rome visit next week

first_imgRome, Nov 17 (IANS/AKI) Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and a delegation of his ministers will arrive in the Italian capital on Monday for a two-day visit to clinch a series of bilateral deals in the areas of health, food and agriculture, sport and research.During his visit, 38-year-old al-Thani will meet Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella and prime minister Giuseppe Conte, as well as the speakers of the lower and upper houses of parliament, Roberto Fico and Elisabetta Casellati.It is understood the visit will prepare the ground for a series of trips to Italy next year by Qatari investors organised by business associations in the two countries.”Relations between Italy and Qatar are excellent. In the past two years, trade between the countries has increased by some 11 per cent,” Italy’s ambassador to Qatar, Pasquale Salzano, told Adnkronos.”Italy is much in demand in Qatar, with big groups including Salini Impregilo, Saipem, Eni, Fincantieri, Rizzani de Eccher and Leonardo part of a massive presence here,” Salzano said.”An undoubted novelty is the scale of demand for small-to-medium-sized firms, craftsmen, high-end luxury, food and agricultural goods,” he added.Qatar’s economy is currently the fastest growing in the region at an annual rate of around 2.8 per cent despite a blockade against the emirate by neighbouring Arab states due to its alleged support for Islamic extremism.–IANS/AKIvclast_img read more

How to Get Rid of Allergy Symptoms, According to the Experts

first_imgGetty ImagesSpring and summer allergies. We hate you. From incurably watery eyes to sneezing, congestion, and even dark circles and puffiness, we’re about done with the billions of tiny pollen that are f-ing up the season.So we spoke to allergy experts around the country to get their tips on how to get rid of allergies (if you’re already in the throes of pollen purgatory) and ways to prevent symptoms from hitting ahead of time.Do You Have Allergies or a Cold?Symptoms include runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, nose and throat itching, and post-nasal drip. How can you discern between a cold/flu and allergies? Cristina Porch-Curren MD, says “A typical cold/flu is the combination of a sore throat and low-grade temperature.” So no temp = it’s allergies. BTW: here’s how to get rid of a cold. What Is Causing Your Allergies?“During spring, it tends to be tree pollen and during summer is grass and weed pollen,” says Porch-Curren. “However this all depends on the environment and climate you live in. For example is Southern California we don’t have distinct seasons and pollens can be present year-round.” (But you’ve also got In-n-Out, so weigh the good with the bad, my dudes.)“Spring and fall can be tricky,” adds Kate Moran, MD. “Dust and pet dander know no season, but plant-based allergens flare up during different times of the year. The Weather Channel “Allergy Tracker” (enter zip code for information on local culprits) can be helpful to predict symptom flare-ups or to prepare for out of town travel.”How Do You Get Rid of Allergies?In the midst of symptoms that make you want to man-cry, turn to “nasal saline lavage, various OTC medications like antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays, and make a visit to see your allergist,” says Porch-Curren.Dr. Moran recommends the following pills, sprays, rinses, and various potions:“For oral meds, try Zyrtec (cetirizine), Claritin (loratidine), Allegra (fexofenadine), or Singulair (montelukast) taken daily if symptoms are frequent or  4-6 hours prior to exposure with an upcoming contact with allergens…  typically these newer medications are less sedating than Benadryl (diphenhydramine).”She adds that most allergy medications have combination pills with pseudoephedrine, which help with “severe symptoms.” These will be behind the counter and require a photo ID to purchase. “Thank the people who make meth for that inconvenience,” Moran adds. “And do not expect total symptom resolution with only one or two doses. Two thumbs up for generic.”Note that anyone with a significant medical history taking prescription medications should discuss over the counter medications with their doctor for safety.For nasal sprays, look for Nasonex (Mometasone), Flonase (fluticasone), or Nasacort (triamcinolone) to use daily. “These will not take effect immediately,” Moran says. “Afrin (oxymetazolone) works on contact but do NOT use more than 3 days in a row.”You can also turn to a nasal saline rinse. “Use at least 200mL/7ounces per side, one to two times a day,” says Dr. Moran. “Pre-made packets are available or make your own with a one-quart clean, glass jar, distilled or boiled water, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt (pickling or canning salt; NOT table salt – it has other chemical ingredients), mix well, store to use for one week at a time then pitch and start fresh. You’ll need a Neti-Pot, squeeze bottle, or nasal irrigation syringe,” says Dr. Moran.How Do You Prevent Allergy Symptoms From Starting?You can prevent allergies by using HEPA filters, taking frequent showers, keeping windows closed, not drying clothes outside on a clothesline, and by using a nasal saline spray, Porch-Curren decrees. Keep in mind, a lot of whether you get allergies or not relies on your genetics and exposure. Which means, avoid the triggers you know make your eyes red as the devil. Use your air conditioning and keep windows and doors closed. How to Remove a Tick: A Simple Guide to Safely Getting Rid of Ticks 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home The Best Pillows Designed With Stomach Sleepers In Mind Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Expert Pitmaster Tips on How to Smoke a Brisket at Home last_img read more

Fez to Host 2nd International Artists Gathering

Rabat – The 2nd International Artists Gathering in Fez is a festival that seeks to unite different world cultures through art.Through a series of exhibitions, panels and workshops, the gathering will be held on 12-15 January to explore the theme of Art in the Time of Crisis.In its second year, the gathering seeks to provide a platform to connect countless diverse artists from all over the globe. Congregating in the sacred city of Fez, the gathering will be filled with discussions, exhibitions and workshops that are open for everyone to take part in. They will discuss very pertinent issues that permeate various parts of the world today. Founded and directed by local Fez photographer, Omar Chennafi, the gathering this year explores the theme of “Art in the Time of Crisis.”“We want to give these major issues a different perspective and open up the dialogue,” Chennafi said.The guest of honor at this event is no other than the European country, which has accepted the largest number of refugees, Germany. Not only is the country a pivotal cultural and artistic hub in the European continent, at the time of this crisis, it is using its economic might and strong political position to welcome and integrate refugees into its society.The 2017 Gathering will host five new art exhibitions, selected by German curators Pascual Jordan, and Evi Blink, that will blend together through photography, installations and paintings. The artwork covers a broad range of topics, such as the refugee crisis, war, Islamic extremism and a lack of global education. Exhibited artists will come from all corners of the globe.The gathering also aims to promote art education amongst Moroccans, as all events are free and open to the general public. In doing this, the event is accessible to all, artists and non-artists, Moroccans and foreigners; its doors are open to all those who wish to discover more about art and its role in crises.The gathering further seeks to promote artistic expression and its role in combatting extremism. Morocco is a world leader in combatting Islamic extremism and it is via the promotion of cultural initiatives such as the International Artist Gathering in Fez that this can be achieved.On his hopes for the gathering Omar Chennafi said, “I believe that art can help us face the problems that arise out of these various political, religious, and economic crises. By bringing an international group of artists together here in Fez, we will create a forum for sharing art, encouraging cross-collaboration across geographical borders, and discussing positions on the role of art in the time of crisis.”“Muslim culture celebrates art, but it isn‘t given the right exposure. We are trying to open up this conversation globally to show the world that there is a place for art in Islam. Religion without culture is extremism and culture without art is dogma and art is the opposite of dogma,” Chennafi added.Upon its conclusion the gathering will be reviewed and participants will be able to give their feedback on the event. The entire festival will be filmed, documented and subsequently shared on social media. Coverage will also include one-on-one interviews with artists and participants.“We want to archive everything that happens, so that anyone who has an interest in cultural research can have access, ” Chennafi said.For more information about the International Artists Gathering and for a full breakdown of the schedule, please visit, read more

Hong Kong police arrest 29 as city returns to violence further protests

HONG KONG — Hong Kong police said on Monday they arrested 36 people, the youngest aged 12, after violence during anti-government demonstrations escalated as protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at security forces who responded with water cannon and tear gas.Sunday’s protests saw some of the fiercest clashes yet between police and demonstrators since protests escalated in mid-June over a now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong people to be sent to mainland China for trial.Police fired water cannon and volleys of tear gas in running battles with brick-throwing protesters on Sunday, the second day of violent clashes in the Chinese-ruled city.Six officers drew their pistols and one officer fired a warning shot into the air, police said in a statement.“The escalating illegal and violent acts of radical protesters are not only outrageous, they also push Hong Kong to the verge of a very dangerous situation,” the government said in a statement.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.More demonstrations are planned in the days and weeks ahead, including a rally at Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways headquarters on Wednesday to protest against perceived “white terror,” a common expression to describe anonymous acts that create a climate of fear.Cathay has emerged as the biggest corporate casualty of the protests after China demanded it suspend staff involved in, or who support, the anti-government demonstrations that have plunged the former British colony into a political crisis. The protests also pose the gravest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he took power in 2012, with Beijing eager to quell the unrest ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct 1.Protesters once again adopted cat-and-mouse tactics on Sunday evening, moving swiftly to locations across the former British colony, where they set up barricades to block some roads, following a largely peaceful rally earlier in the day.Police said they arrested 29 men and seven women, aged 12 to 48, for offenses including unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons and assaulting police officers.The clashes on Saturday and Sunday marked a return to unrest after days of calmer demonstrations. The protests, which escalated in June over a now-suspended extradition bill, have rocked Hong Kong for three months, occasionally causing serious disruption including forcing the closure of the airport.The city, a major Asian financial center, is facing its biggest political crisis since the handover of power from British rule in 1997. Canadian Consulate suspends travel to China for Hong Kong staff Lawmakers urge U.S. to block sales of crowd-control gear to Hong Kong Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is dead after mass protests Protesters say they are fighting the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement under which Hong Kong returned to China with the promise of continued freedoms, not enjoyed on the mainland, for 50 years.The protests are taking a toll on the semi-autonomous Chinese city, where hotels and restaurants are half-empty and several global events have been postponed.Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index dropped more than 3% early on Monday, outpacing falls in regional markets, as the latest salvo in the Sino-U.S. trade war rattled investors. Chris McGrath / Getty Images Protesters clash with police after a rally in Kwun Tong on August 24, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 7, 2014 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,576.45, down 166.67 points):Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Down 11 cents, or 2.06 per cent, to $5.22 on 11.6 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Up one cent, or 0.28 per cent, to $3.60 on 5.9 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down seven cents, or 3.11 per cent, to $2.18 on 5.7 million shares.Spartan Energy Corp. (TSX:SPE). Oil and gas. Down 10.5 cents, or 3.21 per cent, to $3.17 on 4.4 million shares.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Down 23 cents, or 2.54 per cent, to $8.81 on 4.1 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down $1.02, or 2.58 per cent, to $38.53 on 3.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:DHX Media Ltd. (TSX:DHX). Entertainment. Down 10 cents, or 1.17 per cent, to $8.48 on 304,419 shares. The company said Tuesday it will produce a new preschool series with Ragdoll Productions called Twirlywoos for CBeebies, the children’s arm of the BBC. The company will also handle the global distribution, merchandising, brand management and marketing of the series by Anne Wood, creator of the original Teletubbies and In the Night Garden.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Miner. Down 55 cents, or 2.14 per cent, to $25.21 on 1.8 million shares. Chile’s top court has suspended the development of El Morro mine after siding with indigenous groups opposing it. The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the project’s environmental permit to be halted until the Diaguita indigenous community is consulted. read more

Baseball Is For The Youths

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code This past week brought a series of impressive feats from baseball phenoms. Pete Alonso set a record for home runs hit by a National League rookie. Rookie Aristides Aquino hit his 11th home run in just 17 career games, becoming the first player since at least 1900 to do so. And Yankee infielder Gleyber Torres set a record for the most homers since 1969 against a single team when he hit his 13th home run of the season against the Baltimore Orioles. On the show, we break down this era of unprecedented dominance by the young players of MLB.Looking ahead to the start of the 2019 college football season — which kicks off this weekend — we’ll preview which teams to watch for and make our own championship predictions.To round out this all-youth episode, we dive into the Little League World Series and the players whose names suggest that they are destined for greatness.What we’re looking at this week:Neil’s piece on youths in baseball.Forbes breaks down the college football rankings.The joys of Little League World Series fandom from The Ringer. read more

Commentary Johnathan Hankins should receive top consideration among defensive linemen

No Ohio State football players were selected in the first round of last year’s draft, but thanks to Johnathan Hankins, the Buckeyes should be represented on the draft’s first day this time around.The junior defensive tackle made an unsurprising decision when he announced Monday he would bypass his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL draft. Hankins, a second-team Associated Press All-American this season, is very likely to be a first-round draft pick.He could even be the first top-10 draft pick from OSU since former defensive lineman Vernon Gholston was selected with the No. 6 overall pick in 2008.Hankins has the measurables and skill set that NFL teams look for in a nose tackle. At a listed weight of 322 pounds, Hankins is a massive man, and with that size comes great strength and power. He supplements that girth with a rare level of quickness and athleticism for a man of his size, which truly makes him a special player and NFL prospect.In order to contain his size and explosive combination of strength and quickness, opposing offensive lines consistently double-teamed Hankins throughout his OSU career.In two full seasons as a starter, Hankins was very productive, picking up 122 tackles and 15 tackles for loss, but much of his impact doesn’t show up on the stat sheet. He is not a great pass-rusher, but by consistently occupying blockers, he frees up lanes for his teammates to make plays.By entering the draft, Hankins enters a class that is highly competitive among defensive tackle prospects. Utah’s Star Lotulelei, Alabama’s Jesse Williams and Georgia’s John Jenkins are all massive but athletic nose tackles like Hankins, and all should be first-round picks. Even with all of that competition to be among the draft’s top picks, it would come as a big surprise if Hankins falls outside of the top 20.Defensive tackles with Hankins’ size, athleticism, ability to impact plays and collegiate productivity don’t come along in every draft class. With the potential to be a top-10 draft choice, it is hard to blame him for choosing to make the jump to the next level. He should have the opportunity to play immediately, and he will get paid for it.By leaving one season early for the NFL, Hankins sacrificed the opportunity to be part of a Buckeyes team expected to make a national championship run in 2013. On the other side of the equation, the Buckeyes lose one of their best defensive players, and will have no returning starters on the defensive line next season.Even with Hankins’ early exit and the graduations of 2012 starters John Simon, Nathan Williams and Garrett Goebel, the Buckeyes should still have a strong defensive line next season. The Buckeyes have done a great job recruiting defensive linemen over the past few years, including sophomore Michael Bennett and freshmen Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt, all of whom played well in limited action this season, and will likely form the Buckeyes’ starting front four next year.Of the four departing linemen, Hankins will be the toughest to replace, as the Buckeyes do not have another player on the roster with Hankins’ combination of size and explosive athleticism. But even with his loss, the Buckeyes have enough talent on defense to be a championship-caliber team in 2013.Hankins has the versatility to excel at the next level in the middle of a three-man defensive front or as one of two defensive tackles in a four-man front. That makes him an attractive option for any team in need of a defensive tackle. Potential teams who could draft Hankins include the Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.The 2013 NFL draft begins April 25. If not the first defensive tackle selected, Hankins should at least be among the top two or three. read more