Burger joint closes after video appears to show rat cooking

first_imgHONOLULU — A Hawaii-based burger chain has closed a Honolulu restaurant for cleaning after a video posted to social media appeared to show a rat being cooked on the grill.Teddy’s Bigger Burgers has closed the Mapunapuna location and fired two employees who appeared in the Snapchat video.Company president Richard Stula says in a statement they are investigating the authenticity of the video and are “horrified” by the employees’ conduct.Stula says equipment and utensils are being replaced at the restaurant that’s undergoing “a complete sanitization.”He says a corporate team will inspect and audit the restaurant before it can reopen.The state Department of Health is scheduled to inspect the fast-food restaurant on Mapunapuna Street on Friday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Northern polls likely on September 7

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya is expected to be informed about the establishment of the northern provincial council and the holding of elections in September, the report said. The Northern Provincial Council election is likely to take place on September 7, the Uythayan newspaper quoted well informed sources as saying.The newspaper quoted a government source as saying that just prior to the election the government will formally establish the northern provincial council.

FEATURE International Jazz Day – a global celebration of creativity and diversity

The celebration in Havana also marks the seventieth anniversary of Cuba’s accession to UNESCO. In anticipation of the Day, schools, art venues, community centres, jazz clubs and parks across Havana and throughout Cuba have already begun engaging its citizens. Jazz history and education classes are being provided for tens of thousands of students in more than 11,000 schools across the country. This is among the thousands of International Jazz Day live performances, educational activities and community service programmes taking place in more than 190 countries on all continents.Jazz for peaceUNESCO points out that jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance. International Jazz Day carries the unique mandate of utilizing and promoting the values of jazz for peace. According to the agency, jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups and communities and reinforces the role youth play for social change, including stimulating intercultural dialogue and empowering young people from marginalized societies.On International Jazz Day, education programmes worldwide promote and emphasize the importance of sharing the history of jazz, and of reflecting on the kind of mutual respect and democratic principles necessary for the music to thrive. < Previous Next > World-famous musicians perform at the inaugural International Jazz Day Concert at UN Headquarters in New York, including UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder. Credit: Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz InstituteThe 2013 concert was held in Istanbul’s Hagia Irene where Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding and Milton Nascimento performed. Credit: Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz InstituteIn 2014, Steve Turre performed his own composition at Osaka Castle Park, Japan. Credit: Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz InstituteParis hosted the Day in 2015, where (L-R) Femi Kuti, James Genus, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Till Bronner, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Al Jarreau, Guillaume Perret and Dhafer Youssef performed together for the finale in France. Credit: Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz InstituteIn 2016, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted International Jazz Day in Washington D.C.  at the White House. Credit: Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Institute According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), for more than a century jazz has helped soothe and uplift the souls of millions of people in all corners of the world.  And so, it is no wonder that the UN’s cultural arm has organized International Jazz Day to harness “the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.” Since 2012, International Jazz Day, celebrated annually on 30 April, has highlighted the power of this musical art form as a force for freedom and creativity, promoting intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding and uniting people from all corners of the globe. “Today, we celebrate the international art form of jazz and its power to promote dialogue among cultures, to make the most of diversity, to deepen respect for human rights and all forms of expression,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in her message for the Day. “The story of jazz is written into the quest for human dignity, democracy and civil rights. Its rhythms and variety have given strength to the struggle against all forms of discrimination and racism – this is the message we must take across the world today.” When Africans were brought to Cuba, they also brought their traditions. They embraced the tempo and music of the indigenous population and mixed it with their own. Now young people keep the music alive. Jazz is dialogue, a conversation that, crosses boundaries and helps build bridges of communication. InternationalJazzDay2017 Global Host City: Havana, CubaEach year a different city hosts the global concert marking International Jazz Day, and this year that honour goes to the musically vibrant and culturally rich city of Havana, Cuba. “UNESCO is proud to be associated once again with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, as well as with the Instituto Cubano de la Música, to raise the flag for jazz, for freedom, for creativity, for diversity and for unity,” said Ms. Bokova.”This year’s focus on Cuba is testament to the power of jazz to build bridges and join women and men together around shared values and aspirations,” she added.Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue, thanked the citizens of Cuba for their enormous support of jazz, saying “Afro-Cuban jazz and its rich history have played a pivotal role in the evolution and enrichment of the entire jazz genre.” read more

LeBron Is Going to Make His Cavs Teammates Whoa Better

Within hours of LeBron James’s announcement that he’d be going home to Cleveland, Kevin Love was already musing about how “intriguing” it would be to play alongside James if the Minnesota Timberwolves traded him to the Cavs. In Minnesota, Love was opposing defenses’ chief concern. In Cleveland, next to James, he wouldn’t be. James has made terrifying strides in offensive efficiency and returns a better, more-dominant player than when he left.Earlier FiveThirtyEight analysis didn’t pick the Cavaliers as James’s ideal destination if his goal is to quickly win more titles, but Cleveland has some solid pieces already in place. And those pieces are going to get even better.In 2010, James left a Cavaliers squad that scored 102.1 points per game, tied for ninth in the NBA. That year Cleveland won 61 games en route to the Eastern Conference semis and featured a deceptively useful supporting cast; members of the squad who weren’t James shot a combined 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. Nine players returned for 2010-11, the first season without James, and they all shot worse. The table below shows how these players’ true shooting percentage (which accounts for threes and free throws) performed in James’s absence:That’s an annihilation. Without James, all nine players saw a drop in true shooting and the team finished with only 19 wins. We can’t chalk up all that difference to James’s absence; the Cavs also dropped an old but effective Shaquille O’Neal, role players Delonte West and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and five bit players. But much of the core was still there; Mo Williams, Anthony Parker, Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson were second only to James in minutes played the previous year. If they were good enough to keep the team afloat, we would’ve seen it.Cleveland’s loss was Miami’s gain. The Heat squad that James (and Chris Bosh) joined included seven players from the previous season, who had accounted for 53 percent of that squad’s minutes. Here’s how these seven players improved upon James’s arrival:Although these improvements weren’t as dramatic as the Cavs’s losses, there was still an across-the-board bump in true shooting. Presumably, Kyrie Irving, Varejao and Tristan Thompson will get the same kind of help when James takes the court with them next season.But that change may be dwarfed by the one in Miami. Whoever’s left in Miami when the dust clears — as of now, the Heat only have Bosh and Norris Cole under contract — should expect more defensive pressure in James’s absence. If the 2010-11 Cavs are any indication, it might get ugly. read more

RSPB asks government to ensure developers build bird boxes into new homes

David Thomas, chief executive of Barratt Developments, said: “Our aim is to try and give nature a home, so by installing swift bricks into houses as we build them it is a simple and effective way to do just that. Swifts are an iconic bird that used to be seen everywhere. By giving them new nesting sites hopefully it will help give them a boost so we can see more of them.”The Ministry of Housing recently finished a consultation into how new homes can help preserve and enhance nature, and bird charities hope that it means new houses will be built with feathered visitors in mind.A housing ministry spokesperson said: “We support the use of swift boxes in appropriate areas. Our revised planning rule book embeds the principle of environmental net gain into all new developments, meaning developers should look for all opportunities to protect the environment.”A spokesperson for the RSPB added: “No one wants to live in neighbourhood where birdsong has been pushed out and our wildlife is not welcome. Our wildlife is vanishing and the UK’s nature is in crisis.”The Government is already looking at how new developments should complement and enhance, rather than threaten, the natural environment. And this is an important recognition that builders and planners can be part of the answer, by ensuring they replace what is lost.”Nest boxes will help many birds such as swifts, swallows, sparrows but are only part of the picture, we also need wildlife friendly planting and features to bring wildlife back into our gardens and communities, so we would encourage all developers to look at what they can do to support wildlife and let nature sing by the time new homeowners move in.” How the swift brick works Concerned birdwatchers have reported that there appear to be fewer swifts this year than usual, as campaigners warn that new builds are not always taking the natural world into account.The RSPB has designed special “swift bricks”, which are designed to look like a brick and have a small hole into which swifts can enter and build their nest.The Telegraph can exclusively reveal that the UK’s largest house builder, Barratt Homes, will be installing these bricks in all the houses it builds in ten of Britain’s biggest cities.These ten cities are where the swifts have recently faced their largest decline. These are Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Ipswich, Manchester, Newcastle and Oxford.Mike Clarke, chief executive of the RSPB, said: “There’s nothing quite like seeing and hearing swifts soar over rooftops as they perform breath-taking aerobatics at incredible speeds on a summer’s evening. Although their calls can make it seem like there are a lot of them, unfortunately this is a bird we are very concerned about as there are less than half the number we used to see in our skies in the 1990s. Housebuilders like Barratt are able to help our swifts, and their commitment to create homes for them as well as people will make a big difference in keeping these amazing birds in our skies.” How the swift brick works One such "swift brick" used by Barratt Homes One such “swift brick” used by Barratt HomesCredit: Mike Sewell The RSPB has urged the government to ensure developers build bird boxes into new homes amid fears swift numbers are plummeting.The small bird, whose distinctive wings make it look almost like an arrow in flight, nests in nooks and crannies in buildings after flying over 6,000 miles from Africa in the spring.They are one of the fastest birds in the world, able to reach up to 70mph and often not touching the ground for up to three years at a time.Numbers of the animal have dwindled to fewer than 90,000 pairs, down from 150,000 pairs two decades ago.Swifts are an urban species of bird which use spaces in rooftops or in old buildings to make their nests. The species has seen this serious decline in numbers partly because modern building methods can eliminate the swifts’ access to rooftops and as old buildings are demolished so reducing available nesting sites. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Van Graan extends Munster deal by a further two years

first_img Subscribe By Gavan Casey JOHANN VAN GRAAN has extended his contract for a further two years and will remain with Munster until June 2022, the province and the IRFU have confirmed.The South African made the move to Limerick in November 2017 and guided Munster to the semi-finals of both the Pro14 and the Champions Cup during his first six months in charge.He has repeated that feat during his first full season at the Thomond Park helm, with the southern province due to face Saracens in the Champions Cup last four and still chasing a home semi-final berth in this season’s Pro14 with play-off rugby already guaranteed.Van Graan, 39, said of his contract extension: “I am very happy and grateful to be in this position, knowing that I can continue to work with this incredible group of people and play my part in shaping Munster’s future. Johann van Graan. Toner and Henshaw set for return as Cullen plans for Toulouse 62 Comments Short URL Apr 8th 2019, 11:44 AM https://the42.ie/4581498 Johann van Graan. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHOcenter_img 19,016 Views Coming to Munster I wanted to become part of the community, and every day I get to experience that sense of belonging with my family and I settling in from the very beginning.“Moments and scenes such as last Saturday week in Edinburgh with the Munster supporters, players and management make for amazing memories. They can never be taken for granted. This is a special place, a special club to be part of and I look forward to continuing the journey together.” Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Johann van Graan celebrates Munster’s Champions Cup win over Edinburgh with his wife Melissa and his son Wyatt. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOMunster’s Acting CEO Philip Quinn added: “We are delighted Johann has committed his future to the province. There was a significant amount of interest from other clubs so it was always going to be a challenge to retain the services of a coach of Johann’s calibre. However, Johann is fully committed to Munster Rugby and I believe it is a statement of intent from the province that we have finalised this deal.“Johann brought with him a wealth of experience and a track record with the Springboks and the Bulls in Super Rugby. He has put his own stamp on this squad over the past 18 months and has enhanced the Munster environment further. Working closely with his backroom staff he continues to drive the standards on and off the field, and we look forward to seeing the progress continue over the next three years.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Van Graan extends Munster deal by a further two years The South African will remain at the southern province until 2022. Monday 8 Apr 2019, 11:43 AM Share50 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Lhomme serait plus heureux en effectuant des tâches ménagères

first_imgL’homme serait plus heureux en effectuant des tâches ménagèresUne étude vient de montrer que plus les hommes participent aux tâches domestiques, plus ils sont heureux. Aujourd’hui, ce sont encore le plus souvent les hommes qui se situent au sommet de la hiérarchie professionnelle, ont le salaire le plus élevé à fonctions équivalentes et passent moins de temps à effectuer des tâches ménagères. Ce dernier point pourrait cependant changer très vite au regard de la dernière étude réalisée sur le sujet qui montrerait que les travaux domestiques rendent les hommes plus heureux.A l’orée des années 2010, la société est plus sensibilisée à l’inégalité des sexes qu’il y a un siècle. Cependant, après d’importants progrès réalisés en faveur des femmes dans les années 50 et 60, la tendance actuelle serait plutôt à la stagnation.Une étude, parue dans le livre Gendered Lives, fait le point sur les inégalités hommes-femmes en Europe. Le constat est sans appel : les femmes continuent à devoir choisir entre faire carrière et fonder une famille. La tradition de la mère au foyer et de l’homme au travail pour nourrir sa famille est toujours présente, même inconsciemment. Au Royaume-Uni par exemple, 40 % des femmes au travail le sont à temps partiel contre 10 % des hommes. Mais les inégalités à l’intérieur du foyer sont également criantes. Selon l’Emploi du Temps 2009/2010 publié par l’Insee (Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques), les hommes s’attellent aux tâches domestiques 2h24 par jour contre 3h52 quotidiennes pour les femmes.Des hommes moins stressés grâce aux travaux ménagers À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Fin juin, The University of Cambridge a réalisé une étude à partir de l’ouvrage Gendered Lives en s’intéressant au plaisir des hommes vis-à-vis du temps qu’ils passent à effectuer des activités domestiques, notamment la cuisine, la vaisselle, les courses et le ménage. Les scientifiques ont comparé les données recueillies dans l’enquête de l’European Social Study, à Bruxelles, interrogeant des hommes originaires de pays plutôt nordiques (Suède, Norvège, Danemark, Pays-Bas, Allemagne, France et Grande-Bretagne) pour connaître leur sentiment face aux tâches ménagères. Chaque volontaire était questionné sur son bien-être, son degré d’épanouissement personnel et sa capacité à jongler entre vie privée et vie professionnelle. Ils devaient également évaluer leur implication dans les tâches du quotidien. Les chercheurs s’attendaient alors à voir s’accroître les tensions et baisser le niveau de bien-être avec l’augmentation du temps passé à réaliser des travaux domestiques. C’est pourtant exactement l’inverse qui a été constaté : les hommes se déclarent moins stressés donc plus heureux lorsqu’ils effectuent ces tâches.Quelle pourrait être la raison de ce bien-être inattendu? Selon les scientifiques, il s’agirait d’un sentiment de bonne conscience due à l’évolution des mœurs. En effet, à l’inverse, les hommes culpabiliseraient lorsqu’ils regardent leur compagne faire des travaux domestiques. Par ailleurs, les femmes osent davantage réclamer un traitement équitable et les hommes besogneux ne subissent plus les foudres d’une partenaire en colère. Il y aurait moins de disputes donc moins de stress et plus d’apaisement. Gendered Lives cherche à montrer l’impact des discours culturels et sociétaux sur la mise en place d’un traitement égalitaire entre hommes et femmes.Le 11 juillet 2012 à 11:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jeff Hardy talks about wanting to end his career inside a Hell

first_img Tim Church Pinterest WWE would never risk Undertaker’s health and career on this fool. Maybe they will bring back Hardcore Holly for a final match for Jeff. 4 COMMENTS Mat Thompson That’s the way a smart WWE would look at things. Instead, they’ve ruined the careers of what could’ve been several future stars of the company by feeding them to Taker’s over-long joke of a “Streak”, only to have it ended by a man who will soon leave to return to the recently-sold UFC (if they allow him after failing multiple drug tests).Jeff losing a match to Matt’s son in a kiddie pool would get a bigger rating & reaction than a ‘Mania match of Taker vs. anyone these days (unless he negotiated to bring his wife back to the company, too). July 26, 2016 at 10:08 am Twitter Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Well Jeff, since you have been deleted, you should head back to WWE-PG. Yeah too bad you’re in the wrong organization. 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event Facebookcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Aaron David Harwood diggs July 26, 2016 at 9:17 am July 25, 2016 at 9:03 pm Google+ LA Weekly is featuring an interview with TNA star Jeff Hardy where he talks about wanting to end his wrestling career in a Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania.The article describes his current stint with TNA as being “underexposed on Pop TV, a network most wrestling fans haven’t even heard of.”“Man, I want to Swanton [a forward flip that’s Hardy’s finishing move] off the top of the cell, onto the commentary table. Then, I want to climb the cell, cut the f*cking cage, when Taker’s back in the ring, and Swanton though the cage, miss, and then Tombstone 1-2-3.”Hardy revealed he remains under contract with TNA until February 2017 and would be open to a negotiation with WWE, but wasn’t interested in a full-time schedule again. Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) July 27, 2016 at 5:05 pm WhatsApp Comments are closed.last_img read more

Zinedine Zidane will be back to action soon according to his

first_imgAfter staying put for about six months, Zinedine Zidane could soon return to action according to his son EnzoThe legendary Frenchman left Real Madrid last summer after winning three successive Champions League titles with Los Merengues.Although he is yet to officially announce his decision regarding his managerial career the various reports across Europe have been naming Zidane the leading candidate to take over Jose Mourinho’s job at Manchester United.However, nothing concrete has happened yet, as the 46-year-old tactician still remains silent over his future.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…On the other hand, speaking to the Spanish news outlet, Diario AS, Enzo Zidane has revealed his father’s desire to proceed with his coaching career in the forthcoming period. The interview has been broadcasted by the Football Espana.“My father loves football, and he loves to coach, this is clear,” Enzo said.“It seems likely that he will return to coaching soon but right now he is resting, and this is something that he needed to do.“Managing Madrid was beautiful for him, but it was also hugely demanding and involved a mass amount of work, so he is now recovering.”last_img read more

Troopers Warn Of Community Scam Alert

first_imgThese individuals have called citizens in an effort to gain personal information and extort money. The Alaska State Troopers will NOT call your residence, business, or place of employment to collect unpaid debts, bail, court judgments, or other monetary instruments. If you are in question of the validity of a law enforcement officer or their requests, citizens should get the name of the alleged officer and call their local police agency to verify their identity. Citizens are encouraged not to provide personal information to anyone over the phone.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers have received reports of a recent scam involving unknown individuals who claim to be Alaska State Troopers or other law enforcement.last_img read more

Acclaimed Alaskan filmmaker premieres new film at UAF

first_imgThe story of indigenous peoples facing disruption of their culture has long fascinated filmmaker Len Kamerling. Kamerling is known for depicting Alaska Native Culture. But his new film, premiering tonight, is set in Africa.Download AudioThe film Changa Revisited, by Alaskan filmmaker Leonard Kamerling (Photo courtesy of the UA Museum of the North)Over the years, University of Alaska Fairbanks filmmaker Len Kamerling has earned a reputation for examining Alaska Native peoples with dignity and insight. His film “The Drums of Winter,” was named to the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress in 2006.But tonight, Kamerling premiers a new documentary set in Tanzania, East Africa. “Changa Revisited,” concerns a Maasai family coping with cultural disruption. Kamerling was drawn to the story by his co-producer and friend Peter Biella. Biella directs the Program in Visual Anthropology at San Francisco State University and he originally documented the family thirty years ago. He invited Kamerling to join him in finding the family again and see how the intervening years had changed it.“Scene in 1980 and in 2009,” Kamerling points out. “The film uses these two perspectives to tell the story about change.”Kamerling says, beyond questions of balancing cultural values and worth in a rapidly changing world, he wants his films to embrace more universal concerns.“If the audience forgets that they’re in Africa or Alaska and they’re just relating to the characters, somehow the characters reflect something about themselves and their own lives, said Kamerling. “And that’s the goal for me and my filmmaking.” 13 Sec.Kamerling’s “Changa Revisited” premieres tonight at 7 PM, at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.last_img read more

Deepa Malik basks in Khel Ratna glory Bajrang misses ceremony

first_imgNew Delhi (PTI): Paralympic silver-medallist Deepa Malik on Thursday became the first Indian woman para-athlete and the oldest to be conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award but training commitments kept co-awardee Bajrang Punia away from the ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here. Malik, who won a silver medal in the shot put F53 category in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was joint winner of the top honour with Asian and Commonwealth Games champion Punia, who is in Russia to prepare for the upcoming World Championships in Kazakhstan. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Malik became only the second para-athlete after double Paralympic gold-medallist javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, who received the recognition in 2017, to have won the prestigious award. At 49, she also became the oldest athlete ever to have claimed the honour. “I am very happy. This whole journey has been more about changing the attitude of people towards disability and the hidden potential in people with disability,” Malik said. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us “I think the award is going to be a huge inspiration to women athletes in disability. It took 70 years for independent India to win a medal by a woman athlete in Paralympics,” she added. World Championships bronze-medallist shuttler B Sai Praneeth, woman cricketer Poonam Yadav, Asian Games gold-winner heptathlete Swapna Barman, footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, two-time world silver-medallist boxer Sonia Lather, Asian Games silver-medallist equestrian Fouaad Mirza, motorsports ace Gaurav Gill and Kabaddi captain Ajay Thakur were among the 19 sportspersons who received the Arjuna Award from President Ram Nath Kovind here. Advertise With Us Malik became fourth-time lucky as she was ignored for the award for the past three years, leading her to question and criticise the decision. Prominent absentees from the event, apart from Punia, were cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, Asian Games gold-medallist shot-putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, silver-winner quartermiler Mohammed Anas and shooter Anjum Moudgil, all of who were picked for the Arjuna award this year. Jadeja is currently on national duty with the Indian Test team in the Caribbean. Toor, on the other hand, is training in Europe while Anas is competing in the National Inter-State Athletics Championships in Lucknow right now. The National Sports Awards are given on August 29 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. India national men’s football team goalkeeper Gurpreet said his Arjuna Award will inspire the future generation. “I want to dedicate this award to the seniors who made this possible for me. This award is for the future generation of Indian football. I hope this will act as a catalyst to inspire them,” he said. Heptathlete Swapna Barman said winning the Arjuna Award was a dream-come-true moment for her. “It’s a dream-come-true moment for me. I would like to thank the Athletics Federation of India for recommending my name. This award will inspire me to achieve greater things in future,” she said. While the Khel Ratna award carries a prize purse of Rs 7.5 lakh, the Arjuna awardees are given Rs 5 lakh each, along with citations. Besides the Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards, the President also gave away Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards to coaches, the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure awards, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, Sports Seceretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya, Sports Authority of India Director General Sandeep Pradhan, Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta were some of the dignitaries present at the function. List of Awardees Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Deepa Malik (para-athletics), Bajrang Punia (wrestling) Arjuna Awards: Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Sonia Lather (boxing), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey), S Bhaskaran (bodybuilding), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), B Sai Praneeth (badminton), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics), Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Simran Singh Shergill (polo), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Swapna Burman (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics) and Gaurav Singh Gill (motorsports). Dronacharya Award (regular category): Mohinder Singh Dhillon (athletics), Sandeep Gupta (table tennis) and Vimal Kumar (badminton). Dronacharya Award (lifetime category): Sanjay Bhardwaj (cricket), Rambir Singh Khokar (kabaddi) and Mezban Patel (hockey). Dhyan Chand Award: Manoj Kumar (wrestling), C Lalremsanga (archery), Arup Basak (table tennis), Nitten Kirrtane (tennis) and Manuel Fredricks (hockey).last_img read more

Cambridge Nights a late night show for scientists

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — While it’s not uncommon to see scientists on TV, most of the time it’s just for a few minutes on the news to comment on a recent event or major discovery. A new late night show called “Cambridge Nights” coming out of MIT’s Media Lab is changing that by providing an outlet for researchers to talk about their work in a slower paced, conversational setting. The first episodes of the show are being posted at http://cambridgenights.media.mit.edu. © 2011 PhysOrg.com A screenshot during the intro to “Cambridge Nights.” Image credit: MIT Media Lab 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. Similar to how Leno, Letterman, and John Stewart interview interesting people in pop culture, Cesar Hidalgo, ABC Career Development Professor at MIT’s Media Lab, interviews academic professionals about their research, their life stories, and their views of the world. So far, eight episodes have been filmed, each about 30-45 minutes long. The episodes are being released every Wednesday, with the fourth episode appearing this week. The three episodes that have been released so far feature interviews with Marc Vidal, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School; Geoffrey West, former President of the Santa Fe Institute; and Albert-László Barabási, director of Northeastern University’s Center for Complex Networks Research.Due to the laid-back setting, the guests are able to tell stories that span their careers, peppered with interesting bits of trivia. For instance, as West discusses his research on how metabolism scales with an organism’s body mass, he notes that life is often marveled at for its diversity, but no less intriguing is how the characteristics of all known life forms follow some simple physical and mathematical laws. Even the arrangement of trees in a forest follows a formula, despite looking random, he explains. As the shows are not pressed for time or commercial breaks, the guests are allowed to take their time while talking without being cut short by frequent interruptions or confrontational questions.“Guests are not asked to simplify or condense their narratives,” according to the “Cambridge Nights” philosophy. “We invite them because we want to hear what they have to say, and we want to give them the time to say it comfortably. There are many high-speed formats out there. ‘Cambridge Nights’ is an alternative where thoughts can be developed and reflected upon without the need to rush.”For these reasons, the researchers who have appeared on the show so far have given positive feedback about the new outlet.“The guests have loved the format,” Hidalgo said. “Scientists tend to be long-winded, since they have a lot to say and are careful about making distinctions. An open and relaxed format has suited them well and they have been very happy.”While the rest of the episodes of the first season continue to be released through the end of November, the show is currently preparing for the next season.“We are also getting ready to film season two,” Hidalgo said. “The plan is to film during the winter and release again next fall. We are shooting for 8 to 10 episodes for season two. Currently, our plan is to continue doing this yearly.” The kids are alright More information: http://cambridgenights.media.mit.edu Citation: ‘Cambridge Nights’: a late night show for scientists (2011, October 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-cambridge-nights-late-night-scientists.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Rage Against the Machines The Beginnings of the AntiIndustrial Movement

first_imgIt is most likely that Ned Ludd was a mythical figure, but even so, the folklore story of “General Ludd” who lived in Sherwood Forest  might have inspired one of the most passionate and disruptive uprisings in 19th century Britain. Ned Ludd’s story first appeared in The Nottingham Review on December 20, 1811. In the story, Ned Ludd is described as a weaver from Anstey (near Leicester, England).In 1779, after being beaten for not working hard enough, some accounts say he was taunted by local children, Ludd flew into a “fit of passion,” and smashed two knitting frames.Engraving of Ned Ludd, Leader of the Luddites, 1812.While this story is mostly fictional, it has since then been cited as the inspiration for what soon followed: The Luddite movement.The movement began on March 11, 1811, in Arnold, Nottingham. At first, the “Luddites” were a small band of passionate, disenchanted weavers, textile workers, and other laborers. They were frustrated and enraged at the thought of being replaced by industrial machines.Sherwood Forest.They would meet in small numbers on the moors of Nottinghamshire. There, they practiced destroying industrial machinery by the light of the pale moon. Then they would don masks and sneak into the towns and cities to carry out their attacks.It only took two years for the movement to pick up speed and sweep across England, with Luddite groups cropping up in West Riding of Yorkshire in 1813.Blue Plaque on White Lion public house, Westhoughton, commemorating the burning of Westhoughton Mill in 1812.Luddite handloom weavers burned mills. They sabotaged and wrecked factory machinery. The Luddite textile workers destroyed industrial equipment and even began attacking those who owned and operated them.Later interpretation of machine breaking (1812), showing two men superimposed on an 1844 engraving from the Penny magazine which shows a post 1820s Jacquard loom.Once such incident was carried out by a small band of Luddites led by George Mellor. They planned to ambush and assassinate William Horsfall, a wool and textile manufacturer from Ottiwells Mill in Marsden, West Yorkshire, at Crosland Moor in Huddersfield. Horsfall owned a textile factory and was an outspoken critic of the Luddite movement.George Mellor and his group ambushed Horsfall at night near Crosland Moor. After Horsfall made a scornful remark to his attackers, Mellor shot him in the groin. Horsfall died of the wound, and Mellor and his fellow Luddites were arrested.An 1812 handbill asks for information on armed men who destroyed five machines. Photo by The National Archives OGLBritish Parliament had already passed legislation to combat what they called Industrial Sabotage. In 1721, they had criminalized the act of “Machine Breaking,” and they had passed the Protection of Stocking Frames Act in 1788.18 Old English insults we need to bring backClearly, the Luddite movement proved that the penalties for these crimes weren’t severe enough. To solve this problem, Parliament had passed the Frame Breaking Act of 1812, which made machine-breaking a capital offense punishable by hanging.So in 1813, when the British Government arrested George Mellor, they brought 60 other Luddites to a trial in York where they were charged with various crimes in an attempt to squash the uprising.John Kay inventor of the Fly Shuttle by Ford Madox Brown, 1753, depicting the inventor John Kay kissing his wife goodbye as men carry him away from his home to escape a mob angry about his labor-saving mechanical loom.However, many of those who were charged were only self-proclaimed Luddites and not connected to the movement. Because of this, 30 of them were acquitted due to a lack of evidence. The Luddite movement lost a lot of momentum after this trial.In 1817, Jeremiah Brandreth led the Pentrich Rising, where a few hundred stockingers, quarrymen, and ironworkers carried out what is now considered the last action of the Luddite movement.Jeremiah Brandreth (1790 – 7 November 1817) was an out-of-work stocking maker who lived in Sutton-in-Ashfield, NottinghamshireIn 1861, Parliament continued to crack down on acts of Machine sabotage by passing the Malicious Damage Act.Read another story from us: What Caused the Great Irish Potato Famine of 1844-1849?While the Luddite movement might sound like a minor conflict, the British Army once deployed more soldiers in the fight against the Luddites than they had in their fight against Napoleon Bonaparte.last_img read more

Global Propolis Market Share Size Growth and Forecast Till 2026

first_imgPropolisPeople Historicalyear – 2016, 2017 Thedetailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below: Propolis isantibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory and, hence, iswidely used in treating abscesses and healing wounds. Moreover, propolis isused in the treatment of cancer of the nose and throat due to its anti-tumoraland anticancer properties. In addition to this, propolis extract is widely usedin various cosmetic products such as anti-acne soaps and lotions, shampoos, andanti-dandruff conditioners. Surging demand for propolis in healthcare sectorand rising demand in cosmetic products is one of the major factors responsiblefor high CAGR of the market. Rising standards of living among people is thefactor that offers growth opportunities. Additionally, increasing prevalence ofupper respiratory tract infection and ulcers is contributing towards growth ofglobal Propolis market. Further, escalating utility of propolis consideringtreatment of chronic diseases which includes tuberculosis and cancer thatregulates their demand across various regions. However, propolis can causeallergic reactions to people, particularly who are allergic to bees and beesproducts is anticipated to hamper the market growth during the forecast period. HealthcareFood & BeveragesPersonal Care & CosmeticsOthers Majormarket player included in this report are: Bee HealthLimited The regionalanalysis of global Propolis market is considered for the key regions such asAsia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World. NorthAmerica is the leading/significant region across the world in terms of marketshare owing to increasing demand for the product from healthcare and personalcare & cosmetics industries in the region. Europe is also anticipated togrow at significant growth rate in the global Propolis market during theforecast period due to rising consumption of cosmetic product among ladiesacross the region. Asia-Pacific is also anticipated to exhibit highest growthrate / CAGR over the forecast period 2019-2026 due to increasing utility inbeauty products across the region. Furthermore,years considered for the study are as follows: Third-partyknowledge providers Investors By Type: Theobjective of the study is to define market sizes of different segments &countries in recent years and to forecast the values to the coming eight years.The report is designed to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspectsof the industry within each of the regions and countries involved in the study.Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucialaspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the futuregrowth of the market. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate availableopportunities in micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with thedetailed analysis of competitive landscape and product offerings of keyplayers. Big MarketResearch has a range of research reports from various publishers across theworld. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categorieswould help to find the exact report you may be looking for. Sunyata PonLee Global Propolis Market is valued approximately USD XX million in 2018 and is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than XX% over the forecast period 2019-2026. Propolis, also called bee glue, is a resinous substance obtained from honeybees. It contains active organic chemical compounds such as flavonoids, aromatic acids, amino acids, and essential oils. KeyConsulting Companies & Advisors Avail the Discount onthis Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3191883?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SD Large,medium-sized, and small enterprises Direct: +1-971-202-1575 TollFree:+1-800-910-6452 ContactUs: HerbalandNaturals Inc. Forecast period – 2019 to 2026 Value-AddedResellers (VARs) Big MarketResearch ByApplication: ByRegions: Venturecapitalists AntioxidantPreservativeSkincareHaircareMedicalOthers About Us: Investmentbankers Comvita Mr.Abhishek Paliwal TargetAudience of the Global Propolis Market in Market Study: Get the Free SampleCopy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3191883?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SD OR 97220United States Base year –2018 North AmericaU.S.CanadaEuropeUKGermanyAsia PacificChinaIndiaJapanLatin AmericaBrazilMexicoRest of the World NaturesGoodness Global Propolis Market report focuses on the major drivers and restraints for the Global key venders. It also provides regional analysis of the market size, share, growth, forecasts and geographic regions of the market 5933 NE WinSivers Drive, #205, Portland, E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

State security takeover for Solidaridad temporary

first_imgOn the evening of May 14, state governor Carlos Joaquín González made a three-minute public address, announcing the takeover of security for the municipality of Solidaridad. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The agreement also stipulates that the head of the Secretaría de Seguridad Publica (SSP) will serve as a delegate of the command and that the members of the Municipal Secretariat of Public Security and Solidarity Transit must obey. This agreement indicates that the command will last as long as necessary, until public order is restored and the safety of the persons and their assets can be guaranteed, but it cannot be maintained beyond the date of September 10. However, after the Centralized Police Command was implemented in the municipality, an agreement signed by the Governor of Quintana Roo says that it will be temporary and the command will be recovered again by municipal president Laura Beristain no later than September 10 of the current year. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — After the state’s announcement to take over security of the municipality of Solidaridad, the mayor of Playa del Carmen says she will wait for the outcome of the president who, when he learned of the takeover, said he would investigate.last_img read more

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Uterine tamponade involves inflating a special balloon to fill the inside of the uterus after the baby is delivered, using pressure to help control the bleeding.“Before routine prenatal ultrasound, many of these women would die in childbirth, but now we can diagnose the problem in advance and plan to perform balloon occlusion before a scheduled C-section,” said Constantino Pena, M.D., medical director of vascular imaging, Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute, Miami, Fla., where many women have undergone the procedure. “In some difficult cases, we even use gel foam particles to temporarily embolize (block) the arteries to prevent bleeding. Internal iliac artery balloon occlusion is becoming more common, offering women a chance to preserve their fertility.”In the study being presented at ISET, 35 pregnant women had uterine artery balloon occlusion prior to undergoing C-section; 24 of those women also had uterine tamponade. 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Nicaraguas Ortega wants control over all of the countrys forests

first_imgMANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has asked his country’s legislature to pass a bill giving him complete control over the management of the country’s forests, which have been clear-cut in an “extraordinary” manner during the last 20 years, said an official source on Thursday.Ortega is selling the bill as a way to combat ongoing deforestation by logging companies, but local Nicaraguan media have accused the Sandinista president of having links to at least one of those companies.Ortega seeks the ability to control requests for forestry exploitation, supervise logging businesses and promote “the rational and sustainable use of the forests,” according to the bill, which Ortega sent to the National Assembly in February.According to the proposed reform, the “presidency will assume control of the forestry administration in all national territories.”Nicaragua is losing an estimated 70,000 to 80,000 hectares of forest per year due to unregulated and illegal logging, despite a government-run reforestation plan being in place, according to the nongovernmental organization National Recycling Fund (Fonare), based on official data.“In the last 20 years, 80 percent of [Nicaragua’s] forest has been lost. There is an extraordinary deterioration,” said geologist William Martínez, in a recent interview with AFP. An undated handout photo released by the Nicaraguan Attorney General’s Office on Feb. 3, 2010 shows an aerial view of Mt. Saslaya in the Biosphere Reserve of Bosawás, in northwestern Nicaragua, near the border with Honduras. Procuraduría General de Nicaragua/AFPNicaragua has 56,000 square kilometers of forest, which comprises 43 percent of its territory. The majority of forests is located in the Caribbean region and the department of Río San Juan, according to official data.Indigenous leaders from the northern Caribbean region of the country denounced the company Alba Forestal — a Nicaraguan and Venezuelan company — as “wood robbers” who are exploiting and commercializing local resources. The comments came from the vice president of the Environmental Commission of Congress, an opposition lawmaker named Boanerges Matus, in an interview with the Nicaraguan daily La Prensa.There exists “a suspicious silence about Alba Forestal and the resources they are exploiting,” because nobody knows “where the wood is heading,” said Matus, in reference to the complaints from the indigenous leaders.A second opposition lawmaker accused Ortega of owning Alba Forestal and passing the reform for his own benefit.“With this reform, … Ortega will have control of permits for forestry exploitation, favoring his private company, Alba Forestal,” lawmaker Eliseo Núñez Morales told La Prensa. “Furthermore, he will avoid any scandal such as the accusations of clear-cutting in the Bosawás.” Bosawás is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and considered one of the most important biological “lungs” of Central America.In the bill, Ortega also aims to take control of an Agricultural Ministry agency charged with overseeing disease epidemics and pesticide regulation. Facebook Comments Related posts:Can Nicaragua survive the crisis in Venezuela? Southern Nicaragua communities protest Ortega’s canal plans US concerns grow over possible Nicaragua Canal land expropriation, ambassador says Financial, environmental questions plague Nicaragua canal projectlast_img read more

Qantas gear changes for Frequent Flyers

first_imgQantas is stripping away the VIP treatment for Frequent Flyers following the announcement of new baggage limitations by numbers and weight. In a memo sent to members earlier in the week the airline advised its most valued customers that there will be new restrictions applied to the number of luggage as well as stricter weight restrictions, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. While the current accepted baggage weight ranges from 23 to 45 kilograms tickets booked from 1 December will follow new rules limiting customers to “one or two checked bags weighing up to 23kg or 32kg, depending on their status in the scheme and the class of travel”. Qantas Spokesperson said the new restrictions were introduced to accommodate to the new do-it-yourself system currently tested in Perth. Qantas Platinum card members were also advised the airline has removed “any time” access to the lounges and they will only be available when travelling with Qantas or Jetstar.Up to seven million members will be affected by changes expected to commence on flights booked in December and others from May 2011. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Emirates bolster partnership with JetBlue with additional flight from

first_imgEmirates has announced it will be launching a fourth daily service from Dubai to John F Kennedy, New York on 8 March 2015.Emirates divisional senior vice president of commercial operations Hubert Frach, said the new service will mean passengers can take an afternoon flight from both locations that will complement the existing morning and evening departures.“New York is one of our busiest and most popular routes in the United States. Adding this fourth service will give our passengers even more choice of connectivity when flying from any part of our global network, in particular the Far East and South Asia,” Mr Frach said.Emirates has a codeshare partnership with JetBlue Airways and the added flight will mean good connectivity to various points across the United States and the Caribbean.The partnership between the two airlines began in 2010 and through the subsequent years the relationship has flourished with benefits for both airlines. This initiative is expected to bolster the relationship further. The partnership means the airlines will co-share the terminal in Boston. For passengers it means reciprocal benefits for frequent flyers of both airlines.JetBlue senior vice president of airline planning Scott Laurence said the partnership would mean continued patronage with one of the leaders of high standard aviation, for their customers.“As New York’s hometown Airline, we are delighted to see Emirates continue to expand at our main base of operations with this fourth daily service. Emirates is a valuable partner of JetBlue, providing our shared customers with high standards of service across an incredible network,” Mr Laurence said. Source = ETB Travel News: Basil Naimetlast_img read more