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first_imgFor centuries, physicists have made their living by illuminating the secrets of our universe, from gravity to electricity to black holes. But among the search for Higgs bosons and the endless unspooling of string theories, there remained a particularly glaring mystery: Why does a teakettle whistle? “Oh that,” they said, standing at their stoves in between bouts of programming supercomputers. “Vibrations. Or something.” Now, we are happy to report, human intellect has at last triumphed over the dark shadow of ignorance and solved the conundrum lurking within one of our lowest-tech kitchen appliances. After years ensconced in the ivory tower of the University of Cambridge in in the United Kingdom, a team of researchers has emerged with an accurate mathematical model of a teakettle’s whistle. It has not one but two phases, they tell us. The first begins as the steam is forced into a jet by the kettle’s narrow spout; as the rushing air is compressed and then escapes into your kitchen, it vibrates with the frequency of a welcoming whistle. But the water inside the kettle is still boiling, sending more and more steam through the spout at faster and faster speeds. When the flow speed passes a certain point, tiny whirlpools form in the steam and radiate sound waves that eventually overtake the original vibrations. The new model is so accurate that physicists can now predict the pitch of any kettle’s whistle. And having solved another mystery of our vast but perhaps ultimately knowable universe, they smile and sip their tea.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

first_imgThe Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) signed an agreement worth $1 billion with the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India to facilitate the flow of foreign capital for infrastructure development in the country. ADIA, one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world, will become the first institutional investor in NIIF’s Master Fund and a shareholder in National Investment and Infrastructure Limited, the NIIF’s investment management company, the two companies announced on Oct. 16.“We are proud to have ADIA as our founding partner, and grateful for its support and contributions to date, and we now look forward to announcing further agreements with other investors,” Sujoy Bose, the chief executive officer of NIIF, said, adding that the agreement paves the way for creating significant economic impact through investment in commercially viable infrastructure development projects. The collaboration with ADIA aims to develop an investment structure that is attractive to international investors as well as aligned with NIIF’s objectives.Besides the Indian government and the AIDA, six other domestic institutional investors — HDFC Standard Life Insurance, HDFC Asset Management, Housing Development Finance Corp, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance and Axis Bank — will also join the NIIF Master Fund. NIIF is a collaborative investment platform sponsored by the Government of India for international and Indian investors. The stake of the government in NIIF is 49 per cent, an attempt to make it attractive to sovereign wealth funds, as well as multilateral and bilateral investors.While NIIF will target a corpus of Rs 40,000 crore, the government has promised to invest Rs 20,000 crore to the fund.Khadem Al Rumaithi, the executive director of Real Estate & Infrastructure Department at Adia, said: “As a long-standing investor in India and in infrastructure globally, Adia welcomes the opportunity to be the first to partner with NIIF in a platform that is sure to be of interest to other long-term institutional investors.”“In parallel, ADIA will also continue to consider and pursue investments into Indian infrastructure opportunities that fall outside the scope of the NIIF, including taking minority stakes in high-quality Indian companies alongside aligned and reputable partners,” he added.ADIA has been investing funds on behalf of the Government of Abu Dhabi, and has invested in equities, fixed income and real estate in India, to create long-term value. It manages a global investment portfolio diversified across over 20 asset classes and sub-categories, and has invested $350 million in the renewable energy companies, ReNew Power and Greenko, in India. Related ItemsAbu Dhabi Indian infrastructureAbu Dhabi Investment Authority IndiaADIA National Investment and Infrastructure FundADIA NIIFlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementWWE SmackDown will celebrate its 1000th episode on the 16th of October in Washington D.C. Fans had speculated that a lot of legends and Hall of Famers would return at the show. However, WWE only announced the Undertaker’s name until yesterday. But now, WWE has added some more high-profile individuals as they announced in their website that Randy Orton, Triple H, Batista, and Ric Flair would reunite at the show.Evolution (and Batista) to return to SmackDown Live 1000!Despite the show taking place in his hometown, Batista had clarified that WWE didn’t invite him. The fans were bewildered by this decision as Batista and WWE are on good terms. Many wrestling journalists had reckoned that it could be a work as Batista would want the announcement to be a surprise.Surprise surprise!! I wasn’t invited! And it’s in my hometown.! 😳.. guess by now I shouldn’t be shocked anymore.— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) September 13, 2018But now, as Batista is announced to appear at the SmackDown Live 1000 episode, the rumors pertaining to his non-availability can be put to rest. The quartet has 49 World Championships between them and the last time they were seen feuding with the Shield in 2014.Only time will tell if the reunion is a one-off or the group is here to stay. Batista has himself clarified in various interviews that he would love to wrestle in WWE again. Moreover, he had stressed that he would like to have a feud with Triple H before hanging up his boots. Well, the seeds of the rivalry can be planted on the reunion itself!Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli has condoled the deaths of former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee and ex-India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar. Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at the age of 93 in New Delhi on Thursday a day after Wadekar, who passed away aged 77 after a prolonged illness.Vajpayee was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on June 11 and passed away on August 16 at 5.05 PM, according to a statement issued by AIIMS. The former Prime Minister was being treated for kidney infection, chest congestion, urinary tract infection and low urine output.After Vajpayee’s death was announced, the BCCI and cricketers across the nation tweeted to offer their condolences.Kohli also took to Twitter the pay his tributes to the two great personalities.”A sombre day for us as we mourn the loss of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji and Legendary Indian Captain Ajit Wadekar sir. May your souls rest in peace. India and its millions will always remember you fondly,” Kohli tweeted.A sombre day for us as we mourn the loss of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji and Legendary Indian Captain Ajit Wadekar sir. May your souls rest in peace. India and its millions will always remember you fondly.Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 16, 2018My deepest condolences on the passing of our former Prime Minister Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji. One of the few politicians I always respected for his honesty and devotion to the national cause. May his soul rest in peace.Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 16, 2018advertisementDeeply saddened to hear about the loss of Shri #AtalBihariVajpayee ji. His values and ideologies will be remembered forever.cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) August 16, 2018It’s been a sad week, the demise of one of India’s finest leaders “Mr. Vajpayee” is heartbreaking. #RIPVajpayeeAshwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 16, 2018A sad day for the country, as we lose one of our greatest leaders. #AtalBihariVajpayee contributed so much for the betterment of the country. May his soul rest in peaceAnil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 16, 2018Vajpayee served as India’s Prime Minister three times. During his tenure as PM, Vajpayee had ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power and travelled by bus to Pakistan in a grand diplomatic gesture.Also Read – Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies at 93: Indian cricket team offers condolencesVajpayee occupies a fond place in the hearts of India’s cricketing superstars. Back in 2004, when India toured Pakistan for a Test and ODI series, Vajpayee had told then Indian captain Sourav Ganguly to win games as well as hearts in the neighbouring country: ‘Khel bhi jeetiye, dil bhi jeetiye.’India won the Test as well as the ODI series in Pakistan and they were showered with warm affection in the country. Ajit Wadekar passed away at the age of 77 in Mumbai (Getty Images)Wadekar is best remembered for captaining the Indian team to a 1-0 series win in the Caribbean in 1971 and then beating England by the same margin later in the year.Also read – Ajit Wadekar dies at 77: Cricket fraternity mourns death of legendary captainThe left-handed batsman scored 2,113 runs at an average of 31.07 in 37 Tests with a hundred and 14 half-centuries.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgA confession: I love doing mailbags. I had breakfast with an OSU buddy this morning, and he asked me how much influence Bill Simmons had in my life. I told him it’s hard to imagine a 31-year-old sportswriter who wasn’t influenced by Simmons. He was the independent sports internet before there was an independent sports internet.Anyway, Simmons’ mailbags were always my favorite thing he did so I think they’re a little ingrained in my sportswriting DNA. Unfortunately they take forever, and I’m not really afforded forever in 2016 internet time. So I’m going to try and answer 3-4 of your questions in writing every Wednesday and then hop on a Periscope/Facebook Live event and bang out a few more of them. We’ll see how that goes throughout the year.Let’s get to the first three questions this week (via Twitter).Caleb Robinson: Which happens first — Gundy takes the football team to the CFP or Underwood leads basketball team on a Final Four run?This was a fantastic question. My first instinct was Gundy because OSU football is so much better than OSU hoops right now. But here’s the thing: George Mason went to a Final Four. Butler nearly won two Final Fours.It’s a lot easier to get to the Final Four than it is the College Football Playoff. Once you lose two football games, you’re essentially eliminated. All you have to do to get to a FF is beat three good teams in a row (presuming you’re a top five seed).I do think the CFP will expand to eight teams in the next five years which will allow OSU to get in more easily, but I also think Underwood is going to be great. I’ll say Final Four in hoops before CFP for Gundy.Cam Hardaway: Thoughts on Arroyo? Interesting path/stops on the way to OSU. Legit chops as both player (QB) & coach (various). OC in waiting?He’s had sort of the opposite career of Todd Monken. Went from Tampa Bay Bucs to Oklahoma State. Monken went the other way. He’s certainly impressive. From his recruiting hauls (well-documented by Kyle Boone) to his ability to somehow get five different RBs to all buy in to the same thing, he’s been a glue that Gundy desperately craves. And at the age of 36 he’s on pace (#onpaceguy) to snag a better job at a smaller school.Throw in the fact that he has actually been an OC before (in 2013 when they went 1-11 in Monk’s first season there), and I would be pretty surprised if he didn’t end up calling plays for a Memphis or a Temple. The only question is whether he wants to step back down to that tier of school after tasting both the NFL and a big-time program like OSU.Taylor Weston: What does the coaching staff see that makes them so high on Carson? It’s really tough to tell why from an outsider point of view.I ride with you, Taylor. He’s fine. I like him. He certainly looks like he should be the best RB in the B12. But it’s difficult to see why he’s still starting. Here’s the thing, though, and I talked about this a little bit on our Periscope on Wednesday, maybe this is an OSU problem. Maybe running backs who look and run like Chris Carson and Jeremy Smith just don’t fit well into what OSU does.screenflick-movie-20Maybe OSU should save Carson — who seems like he’s smart and knows what he’s doing — for red zone situations. Maybe they should just build goal line packages around him. Look at the dude, he’s a total monster. But I’m not sure he’s RB1 on this offense. Maybe I’m wrong (I hope I am), but I have yet to see why Gundy and Co. are rolling him out there.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Contopia, Shipping Container Utopia by Loginno The winner of the Contopia Factor competition, led by Israeli shipping IoT startup Loginno, will be unveiled on June 4, 2019, during Nor-Shipping, one of the biggest events in the shipping industry taking place in Oslo, Norway.The selected company will have its entire shipping container fleet converted to smart containers, becoming the world’s first fully digital shipping company.Quite a few applicants have entered the six-month competition already, according to Loginno co-founder Amit Aflalo, who expects a fair sized two-digit number of them by end of February.“So far, applicants hail mostly from Europe and the Americas, with a surprisingly low participation rate by Asian companies. We estimate the continental ratio will stay the same and even increase, as European Nor-Shipping steps in,” he added.Related: Welcome to Container UtopiaLoginno will also lead a “Blue Economy” panel discussion at the event, on how IoT is changing the shipping industry for the better, with a focus on its global Contopia (Container Utopia) plan.Small to mid-sized shipping companies that wish to participate in compeition must do so before the end of February 2019, after which a shortlist of applicants will be selected, before the winner is chosen.Eligible companies interested in applying can do so here.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal witnessed a neck-and-neck fight between Trinamool Congress and BJP. While TMC won 21 seats, BJP bagged 16 with a single seat for Congress. TMC was leading in one seat, BJP in a couple and Congress in one as per the last poll result update.TMC’s showing was good, particularly in South 24-Parganas, Kolkata, Howrah and Birbhum, where it managed to retain all the seats it had won in 2014. In South 24-Parganas, Pratima Mondal won the Joynagar seat by over 3 lakh votes, while Chowdhury Mohan Jatua won the Mathurapur seat by around 2 lakh votes. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAbhisekh Banejee came out with flying colours in the Diamond Harbour seat by over 3 lakh votes, whereas Mimi Chakraborty won the Jadavpur seat by over 2.9 lakh votes. The prestigious Kolkata North and Kolkata South seats were won by Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Mala Roy respectively, while Howrah and Uluberia were won by Prasun Banerjee and Sajda Ahmed. The party also managed to win both the seats in Birbhum district, with Satabdi Roy bagging Birbhum and Asit Mal winning from Bolpur. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersTamluk, Kanthi and Ghatal went in favour of TMC as well, while BJP’s Dilip Ghosh and Kunar Hembram bagged Midnapore and Jhargram, where TMC had a lead of 34,78,883 votes in 2014. The Purulia seat also swung in favour of Jyotirmay Singh Mahato of BJP, where TMC had won by 1,53,877 votes in 2014. The Malda Uttar seat that was won by Mausam Noor of Congress, also swung in favour of the saffron party with Khagen Murmu winning. Noor ended up in the losing side this year, contesting on TMC’s ticket. Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury of Congress was leading in the Maldah Dakshin seat as of the last update. In Murshidabad, TMC’s Khalilur Rahman defeated Congress’s Abhijit Mukherjee from the Jangipur seat by a margin of over 3 lakh votes. Mukherjee, the son of former President Pranab Mukherjee, had won by a margin of 8,161 votes in 2014. Adhir Chowdhury of Congress, meanwhile, retained the Behrampur seat though his lead dropped to 78,000 from 3,56,567 last year. The Murshidabad seat that was bagged by Left Front in 2014, was grabbed by TMC’s Abu Taher Khan. The Krishnanagar seat was retained by Mahua Maitra of TMC, who won by over 65,000 votes. The Ranaghat seat, the second in Nadia district, went to Jagannath Sarkar of BJP where TMC had a lead of 2,01,767 votes in 2014. In North 24-Parganas, Sougata Roy of TMC managed to retain the Dum Dum seat and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar won the Barasat seat, while newcomer Nusrat Jahan won from Basirhat. The Bongaon seat, where TMC had won by 1,46,601 votes in 2014, swung in favour of Santanu Thakur of BJP. The Barrackpore seat witnessed defeat of TMC’s Dinesh Trivedi, where BJP’s Arjun Singh won by a narrow margin of around 13,000 votes. Hooghly, meanwhile, had a mixed result for TMC with Kalyan Banerjee retaining the Sreerampore seat and the Hooghly seat swinging in favour of BJP with Locket Chatterjee winning over Ratna Dey Nag of TMC. Aparupa Poddar of TMC has a narrow lead of over 2,000 votes in Arambagh, according to the latest update. Burdwan East was retained by Sunil Mondal of TMC, while the Burdwan-Durgapur seat was witnessing a lead by the saffron party, as per last reports. The Asansol seat was retained by BJP’s Babul Supriyo. TMC suffered a setback, particularly in North Bengal. John Barla of BJP defeated party candidate Dasrath Tirkey, while Nisith Pramanik shocked TMC’s Paresh Chandra Adhikary. Jayanta Kumar Roy of BJP also emerged victorious over Bijoy Chandra Barman of the ruling party from Jalpaiguri, whereas BJP’s Sukanta Majumdar snatched the Balurghat seat from TMC’s Arpita Ghosh. TMC had won all these seats in 2014. BJP’s Raju Bista managed to retain the Darjeeling seat, while the Raiganj seat that saw a narrow margin win for Left Front’s Mohammed Salim in 2014, also went in favour of the saffron party. TMC witnessed collapse in the two seats of Bankura district, with Saumitra Khan winning from the Bishnupur seat. Both the seats had been won by TMC in the last Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: One woman died and two others were injured when a portion of a three-storey building collapsed in outer Delhi’s Badli area on early Friday morning.The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Poonam who was residing at the second floor with her husband. Her husband has also received injuries. Delhi Fire Service (DFS) officials said they received information about the incident at 5.15 am after which the staff rushed to the spot and started rescue operations. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe building was old and one portion collapsed before the residents could come out to a safer position. “I heard a huge thud early morning and when I reached here i saw a part of the building has collapsed. The injured were rescued from the debris. However, one girl could not be saved,” said a local resident. The two injured have been shifted to Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial hospital and Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital for treatment, fire officials added. The condition of the injured is said to be stable. “We have registered a case of negligence under IPC section 304 A and investigating the incident,” said a senior police officer.last_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Ont. – Two eastern Ontario teens are facing charges after a social media argument escalated into a fight with weapons on a front yard.Police in Kingston, Ont., say two girls became involved in an argument over social media on Sunday and it escalated to the point where one of them proposed they settle their differences in a fight.They say the complainant went out to her front yard and saw the other girl and a boy approaching and calling her names. It’s alleged the boy fired a pellet gun at the complainant multiple times and missed, at which point the other girl pulled out a knife.Police say the alleged victim struck the girl, causing her to drop the knife, and the two engaged in a physical struggle during which the complainant’s face was scratched and she was kicked several times by the boy.The alleged assailants fled when neighbours said they were calling police and the complainant was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.A boy and girl — both 17 — surrendered to police on Monday. He is charged with two counts of assault with a weapon and assault, while she faces one count of assault with a weapon.last_img read more

first_img‘Rest in Peace’ is a term much in popular use and is sighted characteristically on the social media portals. Whenever a known person departs for their heavenly abode, members of a particular social media group immediately take to expressing sorrow and grief and quote “RIP”. Thi has actually become a social ritual. But the person for whom this ‘RIP’ is being used has no effect from such expressions. One fails to understand what the actual usage of such expression is. Then why it is being used at all? The mind seeks an answer to this logical question. Also Read – A special kind of bondTo understand this aspect a little more in depth, one needs to understand the basics of the Sanatham Dharma which is largely in practice by the majority of people in this country. It is believed that there is only one great soul which is referred to as the “Paramatma”, the God, the Father. Each and every living creature is part of this God and ‘Atma’ present in each human and other living creatures are always eager to get attached to the ‘Parmatma’, whenever it leaves the physical form. The body is like the clothing which one keeps changing and the ‘Atma’ never dies, it never ceases to exist. Hindus and some other believers across the world subscribe to the notion of rebirth and reincarnation. At the end of one’s physical life graph, the balance sheet of the good and bad deeds decide the fate and the course of the next birth. More good deeds clocked by one during their lifetime means a better life in the following rebirth. It is directly proportional to the quality of the next life. It is the effect of ‘Karma’. Human life is the supreme one among all living beings. The ultimate ‘Moksha’ can only be attained through human life. ‘Moksha’ refers to the end of the life cycle when the soul is permanently attached to Parmatama and finally merges it with. There is no reversal here, no rebirth that one must undertake after the Moksha is attained. India is a land of Rishis, Munis, and Sadhus and noble souls always thriving to attain Moksha. Kaliyug (the age we are living in today) makes room for some dilution of the spiritual values. Nevertheless, spiritually elated people in each and every city, town, and villages of India are constantly seeking the ultimate Moksha and leading a simple and spiritually rich life towards achieving the main aim to attain Moksha by means of ‘Tapasya’. Also Read – Insider threat management”Hinduism” is arguably the oldest socio-religious way and dictum to lead life. It is rather a way of life more than a religion and is followed by Christianity and Islam. Unlike Hinduism where after death, the body the dead is burned, in Christianity and Islam, it is buried. In Hinduism, it is believed that as soon as the heart stops, the soul or the “Atma” leaves the body and gets attached to the ‘Parmatma’ or God. In Christianity and Islam, a person’s dead body is buried and both these faiths don’t believe in rebirth. Thus, the ‘Rest In Piece’ concept evolved with burial practiced in Christianity and Islam. Adaptation and exchange of good values across faiths and religious systems will improve the quality of life and enrich it. At the same time, it is to be remembered that such an exchange should not dilute or erase one’s own values or hurt one’s faith which should not be overshadowed by such adaptations. So, RIP all faiths and religions without blurring the basic tenets of one another! (The writer is a senior Veteran Officer of IAF, and former Additional Director General, Prasar Bharti. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

9 March 2009The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan is in Iran today to explore further areas of cooperation between the neighbouring nations. Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, addressed a high-level meeting in Tehran of the 10-nation Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), an inter-governmental group promoting mutual economic, technical and cultural support in Central Asia.The body’s membership consists of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.His visit is part of efforts, mandated by the Security Council, of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to improve regional cooperation to build a stable and more prosperous nation.The official is slated to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and other senior Government officials during the visit. Last month, the UN and its partners launched their 2009 Humanitarian Action Plan for Afghanistan and appealed for $604 million to help meet the needs of Afghans made vulnerable by natural disasters, lack of access to basic social services, increasing food insecurity and the worsening security situation. More than half of the funds will go towards food aid, while almost $100 million will be used to rid the strife-torn nation of landmines.The Plan, with a set of 112 projects from 39 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and eight UN agencies, also focuses on the delivery of education, water and sanitation, as well as on protection concerns amid growing insecurity in a country, where 42 per cent of the population lives on less than $1 per day. read more

Gabriela Knaul, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, noted that the 2008 constitutional reform of the criminal justice system could prove to be major step forward in improving access to and the administration of justice in Mexico.The reform, the independent expert said, contains important elements guaranteeing the rights of all people coming into contact with the criminal justice system.“However, it faces difficulties and obstacles in its implementation and does not appear to enjoy the determined, constant and uniform political will in the entire country in order to advance in an appropriate manner,” she noted.“The reform of the penal system depends on the political leadership and needs strong support by the part of all institutions concerned.”During her 1-15 October mission, Ms. Knaul analyzed the judiciary’s independence in Mexico, as well as the impartiality of magistrates, judges and lawyers. She also looked into the autonomy of public prosecutors.She expressed concern over the level of independence of judges, especially at the federal level, emphasizing that the linking of high court magistrates with the Executive of their states is a “real hazard to their independence.”The expert also found that many Mexicans – especially the poor, indigenous, rural, women and migrants – lack access to justice.During her visit, Ms. Knaul met with President Felipe Calderón and other top officials, including the foreign minister, public security minister, Senate members, Attorney General, and Supreme Court magistrates.She visited Mexico City and the states of Chiapas, Mexico, Nuevo Léon, San Luis Potosí and Yucatán.The unpaid expert will present her final conclusions and recommendations based on this visit to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council next June. 18 October 2010A strong and independent justice is a prerequisite for effectively fighting growing violence in Mexico, a United Nations human rights expert, who wrapped up a 15-day mission to the country last week, said today. read more

WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Friday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $2.60 higher $506.40; Jan. ’18 $2.60 higher $511.70; March ’18 unchanged $513.40; May ’18 unchanged $516.70; July ’18 unchanged $519.70; Nov. ’18 unchanged $490.90; Jan. ’19 unchanged $491.70; March ’19 unchanged $494.40; May ’19 unchanged $494.40; July ’19 unchanged $494.40; Nov. ’19 unchanged $494.40.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $140.00. read more

The NFL draft starts Thursday night, and during the coverage you’ll probably hear about safe and risky picks. In some cases, the risk is specific to the player. Perhaps Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is a risk for his history of alleged off-the-field misconduct, while his counterpart at Oregon, Marcus Mariota, comes with worries that his stock was inflated by the Ducks’ spread offense. But some of the risk is also considered intrinsic to certain positions, while other positions carry a reputation for being particularly low-risk.The trouble, though, is that there’s no way to prove which positions consistently offer good returns on draft investment — at least not with football data in its current state. And in large part, that’s because we can’t really evaluate on player performance as accurately for the so-called non-skill positions.For instance, taking a quarterback (like Winston and Mariota) might seem like a hazardous bet to make early in the draft. But it’s possible that QBs only appear risky relative to other positions because we can more readily measure a quarterback’s performance statistically. In other words, when Ryan Leaf posts a 39.0 quarterback rating as a rookie, he’s easy to identify as a bust, but his linebacking equivalent might be harder to recognize.Here’s another example. You could use Pro-Football-Reference’s Approximate Value (AV) to estimate the odds that a player’s performance1We’re looking at the first five seasons of a player’s career. will live up to the expectations of where he was drafted, and break those numbers down by position:You’d find that the average offensive lineman2Weighted by the expected value of the pick, so that successful high picks are rewarded more — and highly-touted disappointments are more heavily penalized. meets or exceeds the median AV expected of his draft slot about 59 percent of the time — the NFL-wide average across all positions is, by definition, 50 percent — while the average receiver3Lumping together wide receivers and tight ends. provides positive value for his pick slot only 41 percent of the time. And quarterbacks wouldn’t be far behind receivers on the “risky” list, beating expectations at a rate of only 43 percent.But there’s another clear pattern in the AV data: The positions that seem like the riskiest picks are also the ones where we have the most data to differentiate between good and bad performances. Coincidence? Probably not.An offensive lineman’s AV is based solely on his team’s offensive performance, his own playing time and any accolades he receives (like Pro Bowl or All-Pro nods). So, short of being outright benched, there’s very little he could do to distinguish himself negatively under the structure of the study above (or those like it). A skill-position player struggling to meet expectations, on the other hand, can be identified via his inferior yardage, touchdowns, turnovers and the like. (To the extent that those metrics are even good descriptors of player performance.)It’s similar to the phenomenon that causes linemen to boast a far higher Pro Bowl “retention rate” than other offensive positions, particularly quarterbacks. The less information voters have to go on, the more they rely on a player’s priors (and perhaps rightly so). And the same can go for the draft, where certain positions can feel safer simply because we don’t have glaring, easily-quantifiable evidence to the contrary.The answer, of course, is more data. When Chase Stuart conducted a more granular (if anecdotal) look at offensive tackles using ProFootballFocus grades, for instance, he found what seems to be a healthy bust rate even for a position often tagged as one of the most reliable. Then again, PFF grades aren’t universally accepted as gospel, either; besides, they only go back to the 2007 season (as opposed to 1950 for AV).That’s why, for now at least, it may not be possible to truly say whether certain positions are more or less likely to live up to their draft-day expectations. It’s another unanswerable question to throw onto the pile of things about the NFL draft that we just don’t know. read more

first_imgWhat I would want from Roy, he has produced for me and produced in quantity. The players get on extremely well with him. He has been terrific, absolutely terrific, and there would be nobody more disappointed than myself if he left.“Steve and Steve are in here at this minute because we have games in quick succession in a three-and-a-half week spell. That is not going to happen all the time and even if they were brought in, I think Steve Guppy and Steve Walford would have been very much on a part-time basis.” IRELAND MANAGER MARTIN O’Neill insisted that there was no backroom revolution as Celtic closed in on Roy Keane last night.Keane spoke with the Scottish champions earlier this week as they whittled down the list of candidates to replace Neil Lennon.Following a day of fevered speculation, the Corkman emerged as a solid favourite to return to Celtic Park — and to quit his Ireland job just seven months after a sensational international comeback.O’Neill said: “I would be disappointed obviously if he’s gone but a club like Celtic is a very, very big club and those particular offers don’t come around too often.”In a statement of their own, Celtic said that they are continuing discussions “with a number of excellent candidates.”“We will continue this process and select who we regard as the best appointment for Celtic.”Ireland are due to fly out to London later today ahead of their friendly against Italy in Craven Cottage tomorrow evening.The squad have been preparing in Malahide all week where coaches Steve Walford — a long-time confidant of O’Neill — and Steve Guppy have also joined the set-up.Last night international midfielder Keith Andrews said “little alarm bells were ringing” when he saw Walford, not Keane, sitting next to O’Neill on the bench against Turkey.But O’Neill dismissed the suggestion that his assistant would have been marginalised with the extra coaches on board. Too many cooks? Guppy, Walford, O’Neill and Keane oversaw proceedings in Malahide this week while Seamus McDonagh worked with the goalkeepers. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“That is absolutely not the case,” he said.“[Steve Walford and Steve Guppy] have come in here because we have a number of games in quick succession. Roy’s role has nothing whatsoever to do with that at all. Roy’s role has not been diminished at all. O’Neill and Keane watched Ireland’s U19s on Wednesday night as the Celtic rumours began to grow louder. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOThe possibility that Keane would be headhunted for a top job in England or Scotland was always a threat to Ireland’s management double-act, O’Neill said, and revealed that Celtic are not the first suitors to come knocking since their appointment last November.“I kind of felt when I took him on in the first place for the course of the next 18 months to two years that this kind of thing was likely to happen.He was coming right back into high profile again and perhaps I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly.“Celtic is one [option]. He has had a number of offers as well too from other football clubs so he obviously has a lot to consider.”Asked whether Keane could take the Celtic job and remain in his Ireland position, O’Neill said that he hasn’t had time to discuss that option yet, though he accepted that the pressures of full-time management would probably rule it out.Keane is due to travel to London with the team today, though whether he will still be around by the time they fly out to America is anyone’s guess.“I’ve no regrets whatsoever,” O’Neill said. “We would all be disappointed — players, backroom staff and myself.”‘It seemed like he wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry’ – Doyle surprised by Keane speculationCeltic job too good for Roy to turn down, says Andrewslast_img read more

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation has released it’s weekly road construction update for the projects currently taking place on the Kenai Peninsula. STERLING HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SKILAK LAKE to STERLING ROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberDrivers should expect LANE CLOSURES, ONE-LANE traffic and flagging operations, Monday through Sunday, 8:00pm to 7:00am.Construction crews have begun milling operations between MP 77 and 79. Traffic will drive on a gravel surface until foaming operations begin Monday, June 18.During foaming and paving work, drivers should expect PILOT CAR operations and 15 to 20 minute DELAYS, Monday through Sunday, 8:00pm to 8:00am.Crews will continue to work north from MP 67 and 69. Watch for flagging and PILOT CAR operations, with 5 to 10 minute DELAYS.STERLING HIGHWAY, MP 89.8 LEFT TURN LANESROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberConstruction crews are working on the additional left turn lanes at Forest Lane and Jim Dahler Road from the Sterling Highway at MP 89.8.KALIFORNSKY BEACH ROAD MP 16 to 22.2, RESURFACING and SIGNALIZATIONROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonDrivers should be aware that the temporary signals are on a timer, not detection, so usual signal patterns have changed.STERLING HIGHWAY BELUGA LAKE DAM IMPROVEMENTSROAD CONSTRUCTION through mid JulyThe area of impact for this construction is approximately a 1/2 mile, with guard rails on both sides of the highway.HOMER EAST END ROADROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberConstruction crews will be working on additional culvert repairs through June 17.Drivers should be alert to culvert work and equipment on the road.Expect LANE RESTRICTIONS, flagging operations and DELAYS of up to 20 minutes from 8:00am to 8:00pm, Monday through Saturday.Please drive with caution and check back for more information as the project continues.last_img read more

first_imgThe tribe is meeting with IHS and BBAHC this week to discuss the transition. The earliest the withdrawal will take effect is May 2020. The Curyung Tribe is the largest of the 28 Alaska Native tribes that currently authorize BBAHC to provide care to their members through a contract with the Indian Health Service. In 1980, it authorized the health corporation to provide healthcare services through the Indian Health Service on behalf of tribal members. It reissued that authorization in 1994. In a statement, Robert Clark, President and CEO of BBAHC, said the corporation “does not intend to change any of its policies about who is eligible to receive healthcare in its facilities and the scope and nature of care we provide until all withdrawal issues have been addressed.”  The hospital was deemed compliant a few months later, in January. But Carty said they had difficulty working with BBAHC, and that their decision to withdraw also came after the health corporation removed the tribe’s representative from the hospital board.  Last fall, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that Kanakanak Hospital pharmacy practices put patients at risk of harm or death. BBAHC manages the hospital, which is listed as a self-governance program on the Indian Health Service website. “The main reason for the withdrawal focuses on patient care issues and the failure of BBAHC to take concerns from our tribal members and Council, seriously,” she said. center_img The Curyung Tribe is leaving the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation.  The Curyung Tribal Council building in Dillingham.(Tyler Thompson/KDLG) Tribal administrator Courtenay Carty said in an email that the tribe passed a resolution in May to withdraw from BBAHC.  At the Curyung Tribe’s annual meeting last November, members passed a resolution authorizing the council to leave the health corporation if their concerns were not addressed.last_img read more

first_imgPV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal would look to become the first Indian winners of Asian championships since 1965IANSMost people know about the Indian badminton players who have won the All England Championships. They are also likely to remember Indian badminton medallists in World Championships and Olympics. But it would be a very tough question to ask someone, who was the last and only Indian to win the Badminton Asia Championships?For the answer, you would have to go to an era even before that of Prakash Padukone. It was in 1965 that Dinesh Khanna became the Asian Champion by triumphing in this event. Since then, many great badminton players have come and gone but a gold medal in this prestigious, if sometimes overshadowed the event, remains elusive for India.Will 2019 be different?As the 2019 edition kicks off on April 23, can we expect the drought to be broken this time? Last year, HS Prannoy and Saina Nehwal claimed Bronze in their respective categories. This year, both Saina and PV Sindhu will be competing, not just to end India’s 54-year long wait but also to regain some form.Sindhu is enduring a terrible year and after some disappointing results, have faced questions about her focus and dedication to the game. Saina started the year on a good note by winning Indonesia Masters – albeit with a walkover in the final against Carolina Marin – and retaining her Nationals crown. But she too has subsequently not produced the kind of results her fans would have hoped for.Going by present form, the chances are not bright for India. But there is some hope. Defending champion and the best player in women’s singles circuit right now, Tai Tzu Ying, has withdrawn from the event. The biggest obstacle in the Indian ladies’ way to the title is out. But there still remain other formidable foes. Tai Tzu Ying’s absence from the tournament would boost the chances of Indian ladiesRobertus Pudyanto/Getty ImagesBiggest threatsChen Yufei, the fastest rising Chinese player, who defeated Tai Tzu Ying in the finals of All England Championships earlier this year, is in the fray. So are the two Japanese girls constantly featuring in the last-four of big events – Nozomi Okuhara and Akane Yamaguchi. They would be joined by Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon – always a threat – and China’s other prominent player HE Bingjiao.Unfortunately for Sindhu, if she gets through the initial rounds, the quarterfinals could see her facing Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea. The latter hasn’t won a big title in a long time but was responsible for knocking out Sindhu in the 1st round of All England Open and the 2nd round of Malaysian Open. Saina would face her first big challenge in the quarterfinals also, in the form of Yamaguchi, a consistent performer.So, the road is tough for the two Indian badminton queens. But let us remember that in the past, Sindhu has shown the ability to raise her performance dramatically in big events. Though she only has a bronze in Asian Championships so far, this could be the tournament where her fortunes turn around. As for Saina, her form is better than what her results indicate. A little more luck and effort could see her earning another medal, to go along with three bronzes, at this prestigious event.Men’s singlesIn the men’s category, there are just two representatives of India – Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma. With a field containing the likes of Kento Momota, Shi Yuqi and Chen Long, it is going to be extremely hard for either to get to semis. Prospects for India don’t look good. But Sindhu’s mercurial form and Saina’s latent quality might just bring joy to Indian fans.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto via ShutterstockMore than 100 people have died from the flu in North Texas this season.One person in Parker County, seven people in Denton County, 14 in Collin County, 24 in Tarrant County and 60 in Dallas County have died after complications from the virus.In Dallas County, the number of flu-related deaths has skyrocketed since Jan. 1, when the total number was just six. Dallas County Health and Human Services reported six additional deaths on Wednesday.On Wednesday, Denton County reported a sixth and seventh fatal case and Parker County reported one, according to KXAS-TV. Collin County has reported 14 deaths and Tarrant County has reported 24 as of Wednesday, according to the Dallas Morning News.High flu activity in Dallas-Fort WorthNorth Texas is one of worst areas for the flu in the country right now, according to a weekly index from Walgreens. And Texas currently ranks at No. 2 among the 10 states with the highest flu activity.The pharmacy store chain compiled data using retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide. The data does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.Flu across Texas and the countryThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking the spread and impact of the flu in the U.S. week by week. Like much of the country, Texas is experiencing widespread flu activity.Nearly 2,900 Texans have died, according to the state’s latest report. It’s too early to tell if the season has hit its peak.Who’s affected by the fluOlder adults, people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women and young children are more vulnerable to the flu. With influenza on the rise, people at risk should take precaution by getting a flu shot. The CDC recommends a yearly vaccine for people 6 months and older.How to prevent spread of the seasonal fluGet a flu vaccination. Enter your address to find a clinic near you.Cover your cough with a tissue or cough into your sleeve.Wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face.Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or appear ill.Stay home if you are sick or keep family members home if they are sick.Source: Dallas County Health and Human ServicesVaccine effectivenessFlu vaccination rates for adults in recent years hover just over 40 percent, according to the CDC. Dr. Edward Dominguez, an infectious disease specialist at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, thinks he knows why.“Many people feel that all of the available vaccines for influenza in the United States can actually cause the flu,” he said. “And these are killed vaccines; they can’t cause anything other than pain and local inflammation. Or you can be allergic to the components. None of these vaccines can actually cause the flu.”Dominguez says people are also turned off to getting the vaccine when they hear it’s only 32 percent effective. Believe it or not, he says, that’s not unusual.“It turns out that that’s about as good the flu vaccine has always been,” he said. “Somewhere between 30-to-50 percent effective.”The season is far from over Flu activity often begins in October and peaks between December and February, but it can last as late as May, according to the CDC. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img Share 00:00 /01:58 Listenlast_img read more