Asia Cup 2018: Khaleel Ahmed emulates hero Zaheer Khan with figures of 3 for 48

first_imgIndia’s new pace sensation Khaleel Ahmed was highly recommended by Zaheer Khan after the left-arm pace sensation impressed India’s most successful pace bowler in domestic cricket and in the Indian Premier League.India vs Pakistan: Live updatesKhaleel worked with Zaheer during his playing time with Delhi Daredevils and when the lanky pacer was selected for the Asia Cup 2018, Zaheer was extremely pleased.And, he didn’t disappoint on his debut for India and incidentally, Khaleel returned with the same figures as his idol Zaheer against Hong Kong on Tuesday at the Dubai International Stadium.Khaleel returned with figures of 10-0-48-3 as India held onto their nerves to win a close match in their Asia Cup 2018 opener. 18-years-ago, Zaheer also registered figures of 10-0-48-3 on his debut against Kenya in Champions Trophy in 2000.Also read – Dhawan, Khaleel star as India survive Hong Kong scare to reach Super 4Khaleel picked up the wickets of Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan and the all-important wicket of Nizakat Khan, who was all set to score his maiden ODI hundred and take Hong Kong closer to the target.”I was with Zaheer Khan (at Delhi Daredevils). He taught me how to bowl on different pitches, what line and length to bowl to different batsman. He corrected a lot of technical issues also,” said Ahmed earlier in the year.advertisement”I want to retire with a wicket more than Zaheer,” Ahmed had jokingly said on receiving Team India call-up.”He’s a bowler to watch out for. I did work with him closely. He’s a very promising talent but needs to keep working hard. He has the ingredients to develop into a match-winner. It’s now up to him as to how much he can push himself. There’s no doubt he has the potential but will need to keep learning as he climbs the ladder. Fast bowling is very hard work and I’ve told him so,” Zaheer had said earlier in the year.However, Khaleel was dropped for the game against Pakistan on Wednesday as Jasprit Bumrah replaced him in the squad.But, Khaleel’s impressive display against Hong Kong will definitely keep him in the reckoning for the future games in the Asia Cup as well as the series against West Indies and Australia. With the World Cup in less than a year’s time, Khaleel’s addition to the Indian squad will give the side an extra option and dimension going into the World Cup in England and Wales in 2019.last_img read more

Confused about what to study in RRB Group D Exam 2018? Prepare for these topics

first_imgAs a part of Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) Recruitment 2018, candidates who are interested to work in Indian Railways, will have to go through two different tests, which are Computer Based Test (CBT) and Physical Efficiency Test (PET).RRB has been notifying its candidates about every detail related to the Group D Exam to be conducted from October 29, 2018, to December 17, 2018. Syllabus of Computer Based TestTotal duration: 90 minutesTotal questions: 100The questions in this test will be objective type with multiple type questions are likely to be based on the following topics:1: MathematicsNumber system, BODMAS, Decimals, Fractions, LCM, HCF, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Mensuration, Time and Work; Time and Distance, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, Elementary Statistics, Square root, Age Calculations, Calendar & Clock, Pipes & Cistern etc.2: General Intelligence and reasoningAnalogies, Alphabetical and Number Series, Coding and Decoding, Mathematical operations, Relationships, Syllogism, Jumbling, Venn Diagram, Data Interpretation and Sufficiency, Conclusions and Decision making, Similarities and Differences, Analytical Reasoning, Classification, Directions, Statement Arguments and Assumptions etc.3: General ScienceThe syllabus under General Science will cover Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences of Class 10 level.4: General AwarenessCurrent Affairs in Science & Technology, Sports, Culture, Personalities, Economics, Politics and any other subjects of importance.Criteria to pass Physical Efficiency TestFor male candidatesCandidates who will be selected in CBT will be eligible for PET. To qualify in PET, he should be able to lift and carry 35 kg of weight for a distance of 100 metres in 2 minutes in one chance without putting the weight down.advertisementHe should also be able to run for a distance of 1000 metres in 4 minutes and 15 seconds in one chance.For female candidatesTo qualify in PET, she should be able to lift and carry 20 kg of weight for a distance of 100 metres in 2 minutes in one chance without putting the weight down.She should also be able to run for a distance of 1000 metres in 5 minutes and 40 seconds in one chance.RRB Group D Exam 2018: Details The exam dates, centers and shift details of Group D exam 2018 have been recently released by RRB on the regional websites.RRB Group D examination 2018 was started on September 17, 2018, to fill in total 62,970 vacancies.RRB Group D Exam 2018: Regional WebsitesRRB Ajmer (www.rrbajmer.gov.in)RRB Allahabad (www.rrbald.gov.in)RRB Bangalore (www.rrbbnc.gov.in)RRB Bhopal (www.rrbbpl.nic.in)RRB Bhubaneshwar (www.rrbbbs.gov.in)RRB Bilaspur (www.rrbbilaspur.gov.in)RRB Chandigarh (www.rrbcdg.gov.in)RRB Chennai (www.rrbchennai.gov.in)RRB Gorakhpur (www.rrbguwahati.gov.in)RRB Siliguri (www.rrbsiliguri.org)RRB Thiruvananthapuram (www.rrbthiruvananthapuram.gov.in)RRB Guwahati (www.rrbguwahati.gov.in)RRB Jammu (www.rrbjammu.nic.in)RRB Kolkata (www.rrbkolkata.gov.in)RRB Malda (www.rrbmalda.gov.in)RRB Mumbai (www.rrbmumbai.gov.in)RRB Muzaffarpur (www.rrbmuzaffarpur.gov.in)RRB Patna (www.rrbpatna.gov.in)RRB Ranchi (www.rrbranchi.gov.in)RRB Secunderabad (www.rrbsecunderabad.nic.in)RRB Ahmedabad (www.rrbahmedabad.gov.in)Read: RRB Group D Exam 2018: Here are 4 simple steps to check exam detailslast_img read more

Fly the flag for a nation at peace

first_imgIn the train on the way back to London were several young Indian men who had been at the cricket. They were glued to a laptop watching the World Cup football between England and Colombia. Their overwhelming joy when England won was unconditional. A country at peace with itself, multi-racial, multi-faith, multi-coloured and multi-patriotic.Lynn MareeWhitstable, Kent• The Guardian must be horrified at what a PR triumph the World Cup is turning out to be for Vladimir Putin, but Tom Rosenthal’s article nailed it (Message to the English: come to Russia and feel the love, Journal, 3 July). It is fantastic and one wonders who’ll turn up to represent the British state should England reach the final and what shade of red their faces will be.Most of the mainstream British media were falling over themselves to scare England fans away from going to the World Cup. After our embarrassingly low numbers of fans in Russia has been shown up by the tens of thousands following Peru or Columbia, how many England fans must now be scrambling to make it to the semi-final?Tim BarlowChester• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters Reuse this content Russia Read more Cricket Share on LinkedIn India Share via Email World Cup Share on Messenger World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp World Cup 2018 Topics Share on Pinterest letters “I’m having a bit of an English flag moment,” says Suzanne Moore (6 July). On Tuesday we went to Old Trafford in Manchester to watch England play India at cricket, with the intention of introducing our Irish daughter-in-law to the game. The first thing we noticed was the number of white guys selling Indian flags. The second was the fact that the spectators were made up of many Indian families. India won and the jubilation of the crowd was immense, Indian flags were waved all over the ground, and the atmosphere stayed friendly in the summer sunshine. Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Publicly thrash those insulting Veer Savarkar says Uddhav

first_imgMumbai: Those who do not respect Veer Savarkar should be thrashed publicly in chowks, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Friday, a day after the student wing of the Congress claimed it blackened the freedom fighter’s bust in the Delhi University. Thackeray said public thrashing of those insulting Savarkar, a revered figure in Maharashtra, will make them understand the value of freedom. “Those who do not respect Savarkar should be once thrashed publicly, in chowks (square). Till then they will not realise who had toiled to what extent to attain freedom for the country,” Thackeray told reporters here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “These people, who insulted Savarkar — whom Rahul Gandhi too had insulted — will not understand value of freedom till then,” he added. The Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) had on Thursday said it blackened the bust of Savarkar while garlanding those of Bhagat Singh and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, installed by the ABVP-led Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) at the Delhi University. The DUSU had installed these busts outside the Arts Faculty building on Tuesday. The NSUI and the Left-backed All India Students’ Association had criticised the move, saying Savarkar cannot be kept on the same pedestal as that of Bose and Singh.last_img read more

Investigating bus crash likely to be a long process experts say

first_imgMONTREAL – The investigation into a deadly crash that killed 15 people in northeastern Saskatchewan last Friday will be a long and painstaking one, according to several collision experts.Retired RCMP collision analyst Rob Creasser says months of work could lie ahead for the analysts and reconstruction experts who are tasked with piecing together the circumstances that caused the collision between a semi truck and a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.Weather, skid marks, visibility, speed and the mechanical condition of the vehicles are just a few of the factors that will eventually be analyzed in order to reconstruct the crash, according to Creasser, a 28-year veteran with the RCMP in British Columbia.“It’s almost physics,” he said in a phone interview.“Two objects come together and they depart at different angles, and you’re looking for any indication of braking, skid marks, gouge marks on the roadway, that kind of thing.”Creasser said the initial gathering of information at the scene takes hours or days, as investigators try to find clues and work to create a comprehensive map that includes the location of each piece of debris and the vehicles’ resting places.But analyzing that data can take much longer.Computer simulations, he said, will eventually recreate the moments leading to the crash, while a parallel investigation will tackle witness and survivor statements.There are also vehicle maintenance reports to obtain, and mechanics to be brought in to examine the engines of the shattered vehicles for any defects.“When there’s a human death, there’s an autopsy,” he said. “Well, this is the autopsy of the vehicles.”In Friday’s tragedy, the truck was heading west at the intersection south of Nipawin when it collided with the bus. The force of the crash propelled both vehicles into the ditch at the northwest corner of the intersection.Aerial footage showed the bus on its side, its roof peeled back and its front end destroyed.The trailer of the truck lay nearby in a shattered mess, with bags of its peat moss cargo scattered all around. The tractor part was intact, lying on its passenger side.The semi truck would have had to yield to a stop sign before crossing over the highway the hockey bus was travelling on. There is a stand of trees on the southeast corner of the intersection, limiting visibility of the approach on both roads.In the case of the Humboldt accident, “the scene talks a lot,” according to former Quebec provincial police crash expert Pierre Bellemare.Bellemare, who retired in 2005 after 25 years of service, says that since the road travelled by the bus didn’t have a stop sign, investigators will have to determine whether the semi truck came to a full stop at the intersection.That, he said, will involve speaking to survivors and witnesses, confirming the truck’s speed, load, and mechanical condition, and checking for anything that may have impeded the driver’s field of vision.Investigators will also look at the safety of the intersection where the crash occurred.Jason Young, the president of Toronto-based reconstruction company Advantage Forensics, says analysts will look at the intersection’s history of recent accidents and make sure the road meets Canadian design standards for safety and visibility.“We’re looking at the visibility across the corners, the visibility the driver on the side road has of approaching vehicles in both directions,” said Young, who has not viewed the site and is not involved in the investigation.If traffic conditions and the accident history warrant, municipalities could eventually change an intersection to a four-way stop or a traffic signal, he said.Some experts, he said, are also recommending increasing the number of roundabouts at intersections as a way to avoid often deadly T-bone collisions.All three experts agree that a major investigation such as the Humboldt one is likely to take time, involving input from police, reconstruction experts, government agencies, mechanics, engineers, and eventually the Crown.“This is something you don’t want to rush,” Creasser said. “You want to do a very thorough investigation, and you’re not counting on only you.”He’s hoping the public will spare a thought for the front-line workers, many of whom are likely struggling with the trauma they’ve witnessed.“You can’t unsee something,” he said. “You can imagine what those members who are first on scene, and those who came subsequently, saw.”last_img read more

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT STEPHAN JAMES THE STAR OF IF BEALE STREET

first_imgAdvertisement You’ll be seeing a lot more of himIn October, it was announced that James would star alongside Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons and Black Panther‘s Chadwick Boseman in 17 Bridges, a Manhattan-based cop thriller scheduled to come out in theatres in July 2019.BY BEN WALDMAN | TORONTO LIFE Over the past year, Scarborough-born actor Stephan James has morphed from obscure Toronto actor into rising Hollywood star. Now, he’s taking on his biggest role yet as the star of If Beale Street Could Talk, scheduled to hit theatres this month. The drama, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel, is Barry Jenkins’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning Moonlight. Here’s everything we know about the Canadian actor: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twittercenter_img Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Yes, he was on DegrassiLike many actors who have gone on to make their mark in multiplexes around the world, James’ first major screen credits came from television appearances. Following in the footsteps of Degrassi’s celebrity alumni (ahem, Drake), James spent a few semesters at Degrassi High as a cast member of The Next Generation playing Julian Williams.He went to Toronto’s oldest high schoolJames, now 24, attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute at Jarvis and Wellesley streets. He kicked off his professional acting career at 16, but still made time to participate in school plays.His parents are from JamaicaJames’ parents came to Canada from Spanish Town, the capital of St. Catherine in Jamaica. His mom was a single parent to three children and a social worker. James said that growing up, she always emphasized that “school comes first.”RELATED LINKPODCAST: STEPHAN JAMES TALKS ABOUT HIS PROJECTS AND THE ISSUES HE’S TACKLEDActing is a family affairThere are a handful of sibling duos at work in Hollywood—Afflecks, Hemsworths, Gyllenhaals. Over the past few years, James and his older brother, Shamier Anderson, have also been climbing the ranks.James has ascended to leading-man status in big-box films, but Anderson is no slouch. He’s likely best known for his leading role in the horror series Wynonna Earp, and he’s also appeared on dozens of television shows and TV movies, including Skins, Rookie Blue, Trailer Park Boys and the Netflix series Dear White People. “He was just someone in front of me, somebody who was tangible, who I could see and say, he was doing incredible work and maybe I can follow in his footsteps in some capacity,” James told the Toronto Star in 2016.James and Anderson have worked together on a few projects, including the Fox series Shots Fired, the 2015 flick Across the Line, and even Race, where Anderson played Jesse Owens’ rival, Eulace Peacock.He has a knack for playing historical figuresIn filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s acclaimed 2015 drama, Selma, James played civil rights activist John Lewis, who works alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in the historic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. “My greatest joy is seeing 12- and 13-year-old kids coming up to me and saying, “I saw Selma and I learned something from it,” James said during a Breakfast Television interview in 2015. “As a 21-year-old kid, there was so much that I got to learn from the film, so I can only imagine what it’s doing for the younger generation.” One year later, James played celebrated athlete Jesse Owens in the big screen release of Race. The film received lukewarm reviews, but James’ performance signalled his arrival as a skillful actor capable of carrying the weight of a major motion picture.Ava DuVernay is his idolJames has worked with all sorts of Hollywood royalty, but his role model is DuVernay, who directed him in 2015’s Selma. In a November interview with The Hollywood Reporter, James said that he admired DuVernay for taking on projects she feels connected to, from her 2016 documentary about racial inequality in the U.S. to her hit drama series, Queen Sugar, about estranged siblings in Louisiana. In the same THR interview, James said he’d like to take a crack at helming a film. “I have huge directorial aspirations,” he said. “So that’s something I’ll dive into pretty soon.”Basquiat is his dream roleWhen asked about his dream role, James said he wants to play his favourite artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Brooklyn-born painter who became famous in the 1980s for his playful, visceral embrace of neo-expressionism.He’s got Julia Roberts’ approvalJames is one of the top-billed actors in Homecoming, a new Amazon Prime series starring Julia Roberts, adapted from a scripted podcast of the same name. James told Variety he’d never listened to a podcast before Homecoming. He sent in an audition tape and soon after, was slotted in for a “chemistry read” with Roberts.And apparently, the chemistry was palpable. “He’s so incredible,” Roberts said during an ET Canada interview. Later, she told the Canadian Press that there should be an Academy Award each year for best performance by Stephan James. “I think he might win,” she joked. And maybe she’s onto something. Earlier this month, James was nominated for a 2019 Golden Globe for his role in the series.He can ballHe’s no LeBron, but Stephan James can certainly hold his own on the basketball court. During the 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, held in Toronto, James laced up for Team Canada, joined by tennis star Milos Raonic, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott. With a hometown crowd cheering him on, James scored 10 points in less than 20 minutes of playing time under the team’s head coach, Drake, and fouled American comedy titan Kevin Hart to seal the victory.last_img read more

Hockey Hall of Fame honours team of residential school survivors

first_imgBeverly Andrews APTN News The legacy of the Sagkeeng Oldtimers hockey team lives on at the Hockey Hall of Fame with memorabilia now on display.Darlene Ahmo, along with community members and some former players, traveled from Manitoba to Toronto to see it for themselves.“My dad was the founder of the team, my mom was the manager, my dad was a coach, I was the assistant to my mom and my dad. Oh my gosh, that was a lot of work, and just seeing the display at the hall of fame was just like all those memories surfaced,” said Ahmo.“I’m sorry, it’s just overwhelming.”Ahmo recalled when her parents, Walter and Verna Fontaine, started the team in the 1970s on the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba.“My dad, he played hockey in residential school,” she said. “He loved hockey. He was a really great hockey man. Now I know why he wanted to do what he did and why my mom helped him.”The team played across North America and Europe. Theodore Fontaine played defence and said the team had a purpose.“It’s a long legacy of denying an identity and it was an opportunity to come up with the identity that we were real, in spite of what government said that we were not real,” he said. “It was an opportunity to show that we were normal and we could compete with the world.”bandrews@aptn.calast_img read more

Emergency relief continues to filter into Gaza UN reports

Close to 100 trucks were able to transport supplies into the impoverished region on the western flank of Israel, of which 21 were delivering provisions for humanitarian agencies.Although the fleet represented a slight increase from yesterday, the average number of trucks crossing into Gaza in October was 123 per day and in May 2007 the average was some 475 trucks a day.UNSCO also reported that some industrial fuel made it to the Gaza power station, but most of the territory is still experiencing power cuts of four to eight hours a day despite the plant’s increased output.For its part, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported that seven of its trucks were able to ship food into Gaza today, including sugar, canned meat and whole milk powder.Following the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict, UNRWA was established by the General Assembly to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees.At its annual pledging drive at UN Headquarters in New York yesterday, UNRWA announced that its cash reserves had plummeted from $60 million in 2006 to just $1 million, enough for less than one day’s average expenditure.Israel closed border crossings into Gaza at the beginning of November citing rocket and other attacks by militants in the area against civilian targets in Israel as the reason. 11 December 2008A slow trickle of humanitarian aid has continued to flow into the Gaza Strip, where 1.5 million residents are forcibly confined, the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reported today. read more

President assures protection for the military

President Sirisena who arrived in the Army Headquarters was welcomed with special guard of honour.The President presented Presidential Colours and Regimental Colours to Sri Lanka Army Regiment and Presidential Colours and Unit Colours to the Sri Lanka Army and the Second Sri Lanka Volunteers Regiment. President Maithripala Sirisena says the government is bound to protect the dignity and pride of the defence sector including the tri-forces while confronting alleged human rights violations purported to have taken place during the last phase of the war.He added that he would never let the security sector including tri-forces to be weakened in any way. A special message to the event issued by the President as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces was presented.The President also unveiled an 80-foot-high statue dedicated to soldiers who were killed during the war.“Even though the various people, who believe different political ideologies, say various things using the freedom of speech and democracy ensured by us, the new government is committed to protect the honour and dignity of the War Heroes”, the President further said. This is the first time a Head of the State participated in a Colours Awarding Ceremony of Army, after 25 years of such participation of Late President J. R. Jayewardene. The President made these remarks at a Colours Awarding Ceremony of Sri Lanka Army held at Sri Lanka Army Headquarters in Panagoda today. “More space has been allocated to our security forces in the UN Peacekeeping operations as a security force which is well-trained and well-disciplined,” he said. The President further said that during his last visit to the US to attend the UN General Assembly he has discussed in this regard with the UN Secretary General and with few state leaders. Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Karunasena Hettiarachchi- Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Air Chief Marshal Kolitha Gunathilaka- Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva- Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, Air Vice Marshal Gagan Bulathsinhala- Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force, Former Commanders of the Army- General Daya Ratnayake, General Shantha Kottegoda, Major General Amal Karunasekara- Colonel of the Regiment Sri Lanka Light Infantry , other senior officers of the Sri Lanka Army and many others participated at the event. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Liberia Security Council meets on Annans call for multinational force

“We all shared the concern of the Secretary-General and shared the analysis of the secretariat of the situation in Liberia given during the briefing by the Secretariat,” Council president for June, Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation said in a statement afterwards. Mr. Lavrov said the 15-member body would continue discussing Mr. Annan’s request, made to the Council in a letter on Saturday, after the return of a Council mission next Saturday from West Africa, where it is “at this moment discussing the issue on the ground.”The Secretary-General himself told reporters in Geneva, where he addressed the opening session of the UN Economic and Social Council, that he was hopeful the Council would approve his call and there were expectations that the United States might lead such a force.”What we need now is the political will to act in face of this gross violation of human rights, this serious and tragic humanitarian situation, with innocent civilians caught in the middle,” he said.Mr. Annan added that just as the United Kingdom was working with the West African and UN peacekeeping operations to calm the situation in Sierra Leone and France led the multinational force in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, “there are lots of expectations that the US may be prepared to lead this [Liberia] force. Of course, that is a sovereign decision for them to take, but all eyes are on them.”In a letter to the Council on Saturday, Mr. Annan noted that earlier this month the 15-member body had endorsed a UN role to implement a ceasefire in Liberia, adding: “The time has now come for the Security Council to take action to give practical effect to that commitment, in the light of the most recent grave deterioration in the situation.”He said that to prevent a major tragedy the intervention should be led by a Member State and authorized under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which permits the use of force.”The consequences of allowing the situation to spiral out of control are too terrible to contemplate,” he stated, calling attention to the danger posed not only to Liberia, but also other West African States, particularly neighbouring Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire.He also called on the Liberian parties to immediately and unconditionally respect the ceasefire they signed in Accra on 17 June, allow for the immediate resumption of international humanitarian assistance, and resume comprehensive peace talks. read more

Danakali LSE listing approaches completion

first_imgDanakali Ltd, the potash company focused on the development of the Colluli potash project in Eritrea, has confirmed its intention to seek admission to the Standard Segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) (Admission) and to trading on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) Main Market. Admission and trading in the Ordinary Shares is expected to commence at 8.00am BST on or around 24 July 2018. The company’s Ordinary Shares will remain listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).Danakali has a market capitalisation of approximately A$193 million and its key shareholders include Well Efficient (13.3%), JP Morgan Asset Management UK (7.7%) and Capital Group (6.3%)Danakali’s core strategy is to become a leading sulphate of potash (SOP) producer through the development of the worldclass Colluli project, located in the Danakil Depression region of EritreaThe project represents one of the lowest cost, shallowest and most advanced greenfield SOP development projects globallyThe project is 100% owned by the Colluli Mining Share Co (CMSC), a 50:50 joint venture between Danakali and the Eritrean National Mining Corp (ENAMCO)The project comprises a JORC-2012 compliant Ore Reserve estimate of 1,100 Mt @ 10.5% K2O for 203 Mt of contained SOP equivalent, allowing an almost 200 year mine lifeThe mine will be developed utilising a modular approach, with production from Module I expected to produce 472,000 t/y SOP, and Module II will increase total SOP production to 944,000 t/yFront End Engineering Design (FEED) confirmed a post-tax project NPV of $902 million and IRR of 29.9% for Colluli Modules I & IIThe company recently announced an offtake agreement between CMSC and EuroChem Trading; EuroChem will take, pay, market and distribute up to 100% (minimum 87%) of Colluli’s Module I SOP productionSOP is used on high-value, chloride-sensitive crops such as fruits, nuts and coffee plants and commands a substantial premium over the more widely available muriate of potash (MOP) that has a high chloride contentPotential additional upside through potash diversification and the monetisation of other commodities within the Colluli resourceThe company believes admission will increase its reach to institutional investors in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, increase share trading liquidity, and further raise the profile of the projectDanakali Executive Chairman, Seamus Cornelius, said: “We are delighted to announce our formal intention to list on the LSE. This has been a key strategic objective for us this year, along with the signing of the offtake agreement with EuroChem and the completion of the FEED study.“The LSE listing provides us with additional access to sophisticated investors in London and internationally with a strong appetite for advanced stage development projects and a good understanding of the African mining and resource environment.“Danakali presents an attractive investment opportunity through providing exposure to one of the most advanced and economically attractive SOP projects globally with a post-tax project valuation of $902 million and IRR of 29.9% for Modules I & II, expected first quartile operating costs, industry leading capital intensity, and an almost 200-year mine life. The Colluli deposit is unrivalled in the SOP industry.“We, and our partner ENAMCO, are excited to be progressing the development of this worldclass project, and delivering a long-term and stable supply of premium fertiliser for years to come. It also promises to be a major contributor to the Eritrean economy through exports, employment and skills. We look forward to bringing Colluli into production, and building value for our shareholders and stakeholders.”last_img read more

Why William Shatner Voiced a Punny Plant Puppet

first_img Aliens Ate My Homework releases today on Netflix, Vudu and DVD. If you spent your childhood devouring every sci-fi novel the children’s section of the library had to offer, you probably recognize that name. It’s based on a kids book from 1993 by Bruce Coville, and its attention-grabbing title and premise made it a favorite of weird kids for decades. Coville’s books were the perfect introduction to sci-fi for any budding nerd. Aliens Ate My Homework follows a young boy whose life gets way more complicated with the arrival of miniaturized extraterrestrials with a taste for paper. And now it’s a movie featuring the Captain himself, William Shatner.Even decades later and in voice only, there really is no actor who feels more at home in the captain’s chair than Shatner. In Aliens Ate My Homework, he voices the miniature ship’s pilot. Though he’s not technically the captain, he’s not sitting in Chekov or Sulu’s seat. The inside of the ship is set up like a much more cramped enterprise, and Shatner’s Phillogenus esk Piemondum (Phil for short) flies the ship from his familiar perch in the back. The movie itself is a fun kids film with some surprisingly good sci-fi action. It’s a fun story about a boy finding some alien friends, learning to get along with his cousin and finding out someone he knows is an evil alien gangster. All this leads to messy slapstick and endless plant puns. It’s exactly the kind of movie I would have picked out at the video store in elementary school.Alex Zahara, Dan Payne, Tristan Risk, Jayden Greig, Lauren McNamara (Photo: Universal Pictures)Of course, my biggest question after seeing it was how Shatner got involved in something like this. Sure, this kind of thing is right up his alley, but when someone asks him to voice a pun-spewing plant puppet, what makes him say yes. I got to ask him. His answer had a lot to do with friendship and Canadian pride.“There’s all kinds of funny answers to that, but the real answer is Gar and Judy Reese-Stevens wrote it. This couple are Canadian and we’ve worked together on many projects, they’ve become dear friends of mine. They wrote this amusing screenplay and they asked me to play this part, and we recorded it in a studio right near my office. It all worked so well, and it was fun to do. We had many laughs as we tried to think of words and lines. It was cute; I had a good time.”Yes, some of those lines were contributed by Shatner himself. If you watch the movie, you’ll notice pretty quick that Phil has the most jokes. Usually, they’re plant-based puns, but as you’d expect, there are a few Star Trek gags in there. It sounds like it’s been long enough that Shatner doesn’t quite remember which ones he contributed. (I asked specifically about a particularly amusing Klingon pun.) He told me, “If it was a good joke, it was mine.”Shatner clearly loves working with the writers of Aliens Ate My Homework. He says that first of all, they’re very talented people. “Second of all they’re very Canadian, so they’re very nice and polite. Very low spoken. When we go out to a restaurant, it’s hard to understand what they’re ordering,” he said. “But they have a great sense of humor and great imagination. They’ve written some novels that have gotten great recognition and sold well, and are great adventure novels that would make really good movies… but they’re great, talented Canadians.”He described how they became such good friends. “Over the years, we’ve become friends and they come over to the house and we talk about other things than science fiction. In other words, we talk about things that make a friendship,” he said. With people as talented as this behind the movie, if they do make the sequels (the book is the first of a series of four), Shatner would totally do the sequels. “Just don’t tell the producers that,” he said.This isn’t Shatner’s first-time voice acting, but after years of watching Star Trek, it was an odd experience to hear his voice coming from the captain’s chair, but not see him in it. No matter how many times he does it, voice acting is a different experience from being there on set, and Shatner does miss having other actors to work with.“You’re standing there somewhat uneasily, wondering what the person who’s in the scene with you, what they’re going to do since they’re not around. You don’t know what it looks like, and you’re kind of flailing around in the dark,” he said. “You really don’t know what the other people are doing, how much energy the other people in the scene are putting out. So if you’re low-energy and the others are high-energy, it doesn’t make for a good scene. One of the characters is out of sync… All that has to be ironed out before you start.” Shatner says that to prepare for any voice acting role, whether its an animated cartoon or a puppet in a live-action film like this one, he has a conversation with the director to figure those issues out.Shatner, as we all know, is nearly synonymous with science fiction. In his early days, he appeared on The The Twilight Zone and of course Star Trek, and all these years later, he’s still flying around in a space ship. Not only that, he’s written a few science fiction novels. You might say he keeps coming back to the genre, but he really doesn’t see it that way.“You’re not really coming back to anything. The only difference between science fiction and other kinds of novels… is the environment that you paint. Human beings are doing the same thing. Or the imagined enemy, the aliens, are doing human things because we can’t imagine something we don’t– we can’t imagine something we can’t imagine,” Shatner said. “Our imagination depends on our experiences and then we extend that experience.”Shatner says when we actually do meet aliens, we might not be able to recognize anything about them. “There’ll come a time way in the future when we meet up with entities that don’t behave in our manner. They might not even be carbon-based entities; we don’t know! We don’t know what we don’t know. So all science fiction novels are humanity based. It’s just if you know a little bit about architecture; you might progress the architecture some. Some scientific principles in the lab that are about to come out, you might push that in a direction that extends them into the future, but it just depends on what the environment is. But the people in a science fiction novel are the people of 2018.”Shatner’s novels, he said, are some of the favorite sci-fi worlds he’s been a part of. They’re about the FBI in space. “I co-wrote them,” he said. “They’re very interesting from a scientific point of view. My co-writer was well-versed in it and I was an admirer. I really liked what he wrote.” Though he wouldn’t say he prefers writing to acting, he does enjoy that writing lets him live in his own world. “The novels are Zero-G and Zero-G 2. The sequel came out last year. And they’re just fascinating to write. We started talking about the spaceships–the spaceship’s pointed and it uses propulsion of some kind–I had become interested in the dhow sailing ship with its triangular sail that was used in the Mediterranean for a long time. So I imagined that this spaceship would have a dhow sail. A triangular sail. Then we made it a triangular sail of reflective material, and it catches the solar wind and goes faster and faster because the wind never stops.”“Imagine,” Shatner said. “Letting your mind dwell on a sailboat in space. That’s kind of fun.William Shatner’s latest sci-fi movie is out now, and he says it’s something everyone can enjoy. “It’s a fun movie, it’s good for the whole family. The adults will recognize the humor in it. The kids will love the fact that plants love each other and there’s a nice story to it. It’s a real family picture, and that gives me great pleasure to be able to say.”Aliens Ate My Homework is out now. Shatner is Santa: Actor Auctions Signed ‘Doctor Who’ Xmas ScriptMoney to Burn Poll: Should You Buy a William Shatner Halloween Mask? Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Cadillac XT6 teased ahead of Detroit Auto Show debut

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe Cadillac XT6 will offer three rows of seats. Cadillac We’ll see Cadillac’s new XT6 crossover this weekend, ahead of its official 2019 Detroit Auto Show debut. And to get The Interwebs all stoked about its big unveiling, Cadillac tweeted the teaser image you see here on Friday, showing the XT6’s front end.As you can see, the XT6 looks… like a Cadillac. That is to say, it has slim headlights, complemented by long, vertical LED running lights. The upper grille looks to be pretty large, with smaller openings around the running lights, as well as along the lower fascia.We don’t have any official XT6 details just yet, but we know it’ll be a three-row crossover, likely with either turbocharged I4 or V6 power. The XT6 will slot between the five-passenger XT5 and full-size Escalade in Cadillac’s SUV lineup, and it’ll battle the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60 and Lexus RX, not to mention the forthcoming Lincoln Aviator.Stay tuned for the XT6’s official reveal this weekend. Tags 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Detroit Auto Show 2019 May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 10 Photos reading • Cadillac XT6 teased ahead of Detroit Auto Show debut Detroit Auto Show 2019 Cadillac 40 Photos Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 26 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 52 Photos Share your voice The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is a handsome luxury crossover More From Roadshow 4 GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks • 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 71 Photos Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Share your voice Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicagocenter_img 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 69 Photos Car Industry Tags Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star Comments 18 Photos Comments See All Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Crossovers Luxury cars SUVs 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  12 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 81 Photos 4 Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 68 Photos 49 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Lincoln Cadillac Infiniti Lexus Acura,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker.last_img read more

A Mural Takes On New Tragic Meaning In Mourning El Paso

first_img Share Stella Chávez/KERAManuel, Patricia, and Andrea Oliver speak at an unveiling ceremony for a mural dedicated to their son and brother, Joaquin, who was killed in the Parkland shooting. The ceremony also served as a memorial to those killed in the Walmart shooting in El Paso.Hundreds of people in El Paso turned out Sunday for a rally against gun violence, the day after a gunman killed 22 people and wounded more than two dozen others inside a local Walmart.The suspected 21-year-old gunman from Allen, Texas, is in police custody, and authorities are investigating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke addressed the community along with local elected officials and faith leaders. They called on the federal government to draft a national plan to deal with white supremacy, domestic terrorism and gun violence as a national crisis.“El Paso is an incredible community — we have been safe for decades,” Escobar said. “Historically, El Paso has led the nation in its desegregation and integration efforts; and during moments of crisis, we’ve demonstrated to the country how we treat strangers and the most vulnerable in our midst.  We will continue to do this because we have chosen to face challenges with decency, strength and love.”.@BetoORourke and @RepEscobar leading a silent march in El Paso for the unveiling of the Manuel Oliver mural in honor of his son Joaquin who would have turned 19 today. Joaquin was killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting. @keranews #ElPaso pic.twitter.com/Xs1RcAGs4c— Stella M. Chávez (@stellamchavez) August 5, 2019Following the rally, Escobar and O’Rourke led a silent march to another ceremony. The family of a victim from last year’s mass shooting in Parkland happened to be in El Paso Sunday to unveil a mural in honor of their late son.Joaquin Oliver was one of the 14 students killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. To commemorate his birthday, his father Manuel Oliver painted a mural outside Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso.That location near the border was chosen because Joaquin was an advocate for immigrants’ welfare in addition to speaking out against gun violence.  Oliver urged El Paso residents to become advocates too.“This is the moment to talk about guns. We know what those families are going through — their lives have changed forever and they expect you to do something about it.”The mural includes Joaquin’s image and jailed immigrant children. Oliver added “El Paso Is Not Alone” in Spanish.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>This piece was originally published on KERAlast_img read more

New type of kill switch to prevent genetically modified microbes from wreaking

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Science Fiction writers dreamed up the idea of mad scientists creating microorganisms that somehow get out into the world and kill everyone long before modern scientists had the skill to actually do it—but now that technology does exist and along with it fear that in trying to do something good, such as creating a cure for a bacterial disease, researchers could create a monster virus that not only harms patients, but jumps to others and causes serious harm or death. That fear is not ungrounded, as most biological researchers will attest, and that is why some of them are working on making genetically modified organisms safe. The idea is to modify genes to cause the organism to note when some chemical is present, and if so, to self-destruct—a modified virus or bacteria, for example, would die if exposed to a chemical present in the atmosphere. While such an approach is deemed practical by many, others would like to have access to a means for using the same technique on different organisms—those who hold patents on GMOs, for example, would like to be able to kill off their product if it gets into the hands of another entity. To meet that need, the researchers with this new effort came up with two new types of kill switches, which they have named ‘Deadman’ and ‘Passcode.’The Deadman solution is a new take on the kill switch idea from old time trains, a certain chemical must always be present or the modified microbe will die. Passcode, on the other hand is more complex, it combines the idea of a needed chemical and the absence of another. Microbes could be modified to be able to live only in the presence of two different molecules, for example, and the absence of another, or the reverse could be true. The designer could choose whichever “passcode” they desire.The main hurdle facing these new ideas and any others that may come along, of course, is in being able to prove that the microbes they modify will not evolve in ways that overcome the kill switches, either alone or by interacting with native microbes, making such efforts moot and possibly putting everyone at risk. Citation: New type of kill switch to prevent genetically modified microbes from wreaking havoc (2015, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-genetically-microbes-wreaking-havoc.html More information: Clement T Y Chan et al. ‘Deadman’ and ‘Passcode’ microbial kill switches for bacterial containment, Nature Chemical Biology (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nchembio.1979AbstractBiocontainment systems that couple environmental sensing with circuit-based control of cell viability could be used to prevent escape of genetically modified microbes into the environment. Here we present two engineered safeguard systems known as the ‘Deadman’ and ‘Passcode’ kill switches. The Deadman kill switch uses unbalanced reciprocal transcriptional repression to couple a specific input signal with cell survival. The Passcode kill switch uses a similar two-layered transcription design and incorporates hybrid LacI-GalR family transcription factors to provide diverse and complex environmental inputs to control circuit function. These synthetic gene circuits efficiently kill Escherichia coli and can be readily reprogrammed to change their environmental inputs, regulatory architecture and killing mechanism. Researchers use CRISPR to create ‘kill switch’ for GMOs Journal information: Nature Chemical Biology Explore further (Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from MIT and Harvard has come up with two new ways to hardwire a kill switch into a genetically modified microorganism to prevent it from going rogue. In their paper published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, the team describes their technique, why they think it is better than other approaches and the ways it could be used. © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more

Saans Breath of life

first_imgThe SAANS foundation was established by Dr Partho Bose. ‘Saans’ meaning ‘breath of life’, is a result of Bose’s efforts in the direction of providing better quality of life to individuals seeking aid and his lifelong commitment to his profession. His mission statement stemming from his extreme concern for human misery, is to eliminate suffering and death due to lung ailments primarily bronchial asthma, through education, advocacy, community outreach and research. The common disorders treated here are respiratory disorders like allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchial asthma, smoker’s asthma (COPD), pneumonia, tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, lung fibrosis &pleural diseases. Stress and life style disorders are also treated here.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBose’s interest in this field of respiratory disorders led him to start the Saans Foundation– a respiratory organisation actively involved in community outreach, professional training and research activities in India. ‘Saksham’ – an initiative of Saans is a multipurpose capacity building forum to provide health worker and home attendant courses. Saksham aspires to train suitable youth from the lower economic strata of society as multi-purpose health care workers in the health and disaster management industry.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThese trained health workers are working as a bridging gap as Allied Health professionals in different health care delivery system. Saans care is incomplete without its one to one rehab program Samarth, which is a rehabilitation center for patients with chronic diseases. Saans believes gateway to total fitness is journey from physical, mental, emotional, environment and social to spiritual wellness in nutshell, a total wellness experience. The rehab attempts to reduce symptoms and make individuals more functional.Saans takes proactive initiatives to cater to old patients through its home care services which provides 24X7 patient care services. Bose has received many awards and has also been nominated for the prestigious Padma Shree award. He has written many books and published articles.last_img read more

BJP worker accused of TMC activists murder found dead

first_imgKolkata: The body of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker, accused in the murder of a Trinamool Congress activist, was recovered from a canal in Hooghly district’s Goghat on Sunday, police said. The body of Kashinath Ghosh, 45, who was missing since the last few days, was fished out from a canal at Kota village of Goghat, about 90 km west of Kolkata, police said. The BJP has accused the ruling Trinamool of murdering Ghosh. “Kashinath was an active worker of our party. He was killed by goons sent by Trinamool Congress,” BJP’s organisational president in Arambag area, Biman Ghosh said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataGhosh was one of the accused in the killing of Trinamool activist Lalchand Bag, who was allegedly beaten to death at Nakunda village in the area on July 22 for attending his party’s Martyr’s Day rally in Kolkata on the day before (July 21). Six local BJP supporters have been arrested in the incident. The saffron party leaders, however, claimed that Bag’s murder was a result of Trinamool’s internal feud and said the BJP supporters were arrested in false cases to protect the real culprits. The local Trinamool leadership claimed Ghosh died due to binge drinking and distanced itself from the incident. “We do not believe in the politics of violence and murder. I have heard that the body of a man, who is known to be a BJP supporter, has been found. Let police investigate the death. BJP names our party after each and every incident,” a local Trinamool leader said.last_img read more

12 Startups Utilizing Blockchain Technology in New Ways

first_imgMarch 15, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Cryptocurrency created quite the buzz this past year. Although the technology has been around for a few years, 2017 was the year it really took off. Bitcoin, the first application of cryptocurrency technology, hit $20,000 a coin, while coins like Ethereum also saw their prices increase. However, the technology behind these tokens, blockchain, has far more applications than just cryptocurrencies.Through a network of smart contracts that operate utilizing decentralized information on a ledger, blockchain is able to provide unmatched security and speed for data transfers. This means that blockchain technology has an application in nearly every industry where value is exchanged.For this reason, many startups have started to explore how this technology can change the way the world works. Here are twelve of those startups, each of which are utilizing blockchain technology in new ways.Related: 10 Reasons Why Good Customer Service Is Your Most Important Metric1. Fr8Fr8’s blockchain network facilitates the digitization of record-keeping related to the trade of assets, even in scenarios where intermediaries and brokers are incentivized to resist change. Last year, trucks drove 29 billion empty miles in the U.S. alone. By applying blockchain, Fr8 helps to streamline and organize the industry in a trustworthy manner.2. IOSTThe internet of Services (IOST) is a new cryptocurrency that is attempting to solve scalability problems. A technological descendant of Ethereum, IOST is a blockchain with the purpose of serving as infrastructure for developers to create decentralized applications. Building on top of a blockchain allows businesses to cut out intermediaries, and also gives them peace of mind in terms of data safety, as blockchain networks are notoriously secure.3. ImpactPPAImpactPPA is creating the SmartPPA (PPA stands for power purchase agreement), a platform that connects the blockchain community with environmentally concerned and socially impactful projects that fuel the development of sustainable solutions. The platform is designed to manage renewable energy resources from generation to distribution to payment. Its aim is solving the globe’s most pressing environmental and humanitarian issues.Related: Steal These 4 Proven Customer-Retention Strategies4. ShipChainShipChain is a freight and logistics platform built on blockchain. The platform focuses on an end-to-end track and trace, which allows for unification across the entire supply chain, among all carriers. ShipChain is member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) alongside Microsoft, and the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), alongside UPS and DHL. The company recently announced a pilot program with Perdue Farms.5. Nano VisionNano Vision is empowering global citizens to step up and lend their efforts to furthering disease-prevention research and development. Through blockchain’s inherently decentralized solution, anyone, whether they are scientists, doctors or simply engaged civilians, will have access to the data that has been collected and the research that has been recorded on Nano Vision’s platform. The initiative anticipates that this will fuel new steps in the research process, thus sparking faster innovation.Related: 25 Tips for Earning Customer Loyalty6. InveniamInveniam is the first organization to successfully structure and tokenize a debt instrument that is capable of being listed on a public market. Equipped with a working product, Inveniam uses Decentralized Ledger Technology (DLT) and “regulated” contracts and tokens to transform structuring, clearing, custody and settlement of fixed-income instruments. This “regulated” token acts as the passkey for all of the underlying documentation associated with the debt, which trades with the token for the life of the instrument.7. BuzzShowBuzzShow is a platform that incorporates proof of contribution to reward online video users. It focuses on creating a decentralized social video ecosystem with a full economic cycle and rewards for creating, curating, viewing and sharing videos. Users retain full privacy and control over their video within the social media space. The platform currently has over 15,000 users.Related: 5 Ways to Build Killer Relationships With Customers8. PatronPatron is a global influencer marketing platform built with blockchain technology. Started by Atsushi Hisatsumi, a Japanese influencer and entrepreneur, the company seeks to connect global influencers with brands in a secure and transparent ecosystem. Benefits of the platform include the elimination of most common intermediary fees, incentivization and voting using tokens to match parties. The company has raised over $10 million to date.9. PhotochainPhotochain is a decentralized stock photography platform built on the blockchain. Using the Photochain marketplace, photographers can retain up to 95 percent of their potential earnings, while ensuring all copyrights and protections are in place using the company’s Digital Copyright Chain (DCC) solution. The marketplace will also connect buyers for a fair and seamless experience, eliminating most of the fees and copyright problems currently found in the stock photography market.10. ODEMODEM is the world’s first decentralized on-demand education marketplace. Using the power of blockchain technology and its smart contract-based payment platform, ODEM will enable students and professors to interact directly and participate in the exchange of education and learning, without the involvement of intermediaries. This means greater access to quality education at a lower cost, helping bridge the educational gap for millions of students globally.11. MEvUMEvU is a decentralized P2P (peer-to-peer) betting application that allows people to bet on anything, at any time and against anyone. MEvU uses smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain to store players’ funds and information, providing players with confidence that their wagers will be executed securely and quickly. The goal is to reduce black market gaming, while promoting fun and transparent gaming between parties.12. Boon TechBoon Tech is an artificial intelligence-powered micro-job platform on blockchain. 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Costa Rican Friday Happy Hour 2 Malpaís

first_imgCosta Rican Friday Happy Hour #1: ‘Julieta’ Facebook Comments The first installment in our new Friday Happy Hour series wasa fun-filled, beer-with-patacones romp. This week’s is more of a mellow, whiskey-sipping tune.For me, it’s also inseparable from my first months living in Costa Rica. While “Malpaís,” from the band of the same name, is about memories of a long-lost, tumultuous but unforgettable love, it resonated with me as I navigated through a country that was more complex and difficult than I’d realized during my brief, sunny stay years before. I was a reporter as corruption scandals washed over the country, learning about the struggles and injustices and yes, even evils that dwell here.The phrase from the chorus, “in this Malpaís that is paradise,” echoed through my mind for months; it was the contradiction I saw each day as I walked through San José’s streets. The tale of a love that ended badly made me wonder if my love for this new country would end badly, too. I delighted in phrases like “en las malas palabras de tu cuerpo” (“in the bad words of your body”) and “donde el mar se enciende como una hoguera” (“where the sea lights up like a bonfire”).I think I was also proud of the context in which I first heard the song: friendless at the start, I ventured forth by myself to watch the band at a show at the Jazz Café in San Pedro, and heard Fidel Gamboa sing the song below. After the show, I bought their album, “Uno,” and stood it up on my windowsill of my rented room like some sort of proof that I was finding my way.What is Malpaís itself? I’ll let the band explain in the notes on their website: “At the end of the Nicoya Peninsula, beyond Cabo Blanco and the last road, lies the refuge of the landless… the beach of Malpaís. Paradise. It’s a bad name for such a lovely place. A contradition. Maybe as contradictory as the name of Costa Rica itself, which for centuries was the poorest corner of this continent.“Malpaís is the place we’re from, the dry lands of the northwest, the sea that bursts, those dusty roads. That’s the source of our way of speaking and of making these songs. And Malpaís is our idea of music: a meeting place that lies beyond the roads.”Take a listen: What are your favorite Costa Rican songs or musical memories? Tell us at kstanley@ticotimes.net. Related posts:Costa Rican Friday Happy Hour #1: ‘Julieta’ Costa Rican Friday Happy Hour #3: ‘El Otro Gol’last_img read more