‘Odisha would get floods due to Polavaram dam’

first_imgRecent waterlogging and slow drainage of floodwaters in Motu tehsil of Odisha’s Malkangiri district hints at the vagaries this region would face after completion of the Polavaram project in adjoining Andhra Pradesh, alleged anti-Polavaram organisations and leaders of Odisha.According to Malkangiri district residents, this year the Saveri river overflowed and flooded large areas of Motu and Kalimela tehsils. The region was similarly flooded in 1986 and 2006. However, then the floodwaters had receded in a day or two after the rain stopped. But this year the water has not receded even after a week. The CPI(M)’s Odisha unit, peasants’ organisation All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha and the People’s Forum Against Polavaram have blamed the flood on the Polavaram project. CPI(M) Odisha secretary Ali Kishor Patnaik demanded that the State government take note of the recent flood situation and on the basis of a detailed survey approach the Supreme Court on the issue.AIKMS national secretary Bhalachandra Shadangi said, “What was feared in Malkangiri district has happened, but the State government has not come up with any detailed report on the possible losses in Odisha.” Chhattisgarh too hitAccording to AIKMS, the State Water Resources Department had in July 2018 conducted a survey in the areas to be affected, but the report has not been made public yet. PFAP added that Konta tehsil in Chhattisgarh has also suffered floods this year due to the Polavaram project.last_img read more

Naomi Osaka taps into ‘zombie mode’ to advance in Madrid

first_imgJapan’s Naomi Osaka returns the ball during her match against Spain’s Sara Sorribes during the Madrid Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)Naomi Osaka said she switched into “zombie mode” in the final set to swat aside Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in Tuesday’s second-round match at the Madrid Open.Top seed Osaka was taken to three sets by world number 73 Sorribes Tormo before the Japanese star stepped up her game to close out a 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-0 victory.ADVERTISEMENT “In the third set, I just, like, went zombie mode,” said Osaka, who has won the last two Grand Slam titles at the US Open and Australian Open.“I just thought of everything that I had to do to win – not necessarily the outcome, but just like the little things in between every game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The match was basically on my racquet, she wasn’t going for winners.“The points ended by me making a winner or an unforced error. But I was a bit unfocused in the second set.” Osaka has struggled since splitting with her coach Sascha Bajin in February while an abdominal injury forced her to withdraw from the Stuttgart WTA tournament recently, creating doubts about her challenge at the French Open later this month. She will meet Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus for a place in the quarter-finals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Thunder stars Paul George, Russell Westbrook undergo surgery Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

Backup flame for Rio lit in birthplace of ancient Olympics

first_imgFire spurted from a concave mirror Wednesday as a priestess, kneeling in her long, pleated dress before a ruined Greek temple, focused the blazing sun’s rays on her metal torch.Come rain or shine on Thursday’s official lighting ceremony, Rio de Janeiro has now secured its Olympic flame, which will burn in the Brazilian host city throughout the Aug. 5-21 games.About 2,500 people attended Wednesday’s dress rehearsal for the meticulously-choreographed ceremony in Ancient Olympia, southern Greece, where the Olympics of antiquity were held for more than 1,000 years.The flame lit before the Temple of Hera will be kept as a backup, in case cloudy skies derail Thursday’s ceremony, which will be attended by top International Olympic Committee officials and Rio organizers.Actress Katerina Lehou (right) as high priestess, lights a torch with the Olympic Flame. (AP Photo)The buildup to the Olympics has been clouded by a series of non-games linked setbacks in Brazil, which is facing a major political corruption crisis, a sharp economic recession and the Zika virus outbreak.Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who is facing an impeachment process, canceled a scheduled appearance at Thursday’s ceremony.But IOC officials and Rio organizers maintain that preparations remain on track and the games will be a success.”The last stretch is always the most difficult one, and of course there are challenges,” IOC President Thomas Bach said. “But I think the organizing committee has shown in the last year which great progress they made and, with the ongoing solidarity of the IOC and the international federations, we are very confident that it will be excellent games.”advertisementSpeaking to reporters in Ancient Olympia, Bach played down concerns the political crisis could harm the games, saying preparations are already at an operational phase, “and therefore we can concentrate now together with the organizing committee on the delivery.”Referring to concerns over water pollution in areas where sailing and rowing events will be held, Bach said the city and organizing committee have made strenuous efforts “and what we see now is that in the bay, about 60 percent of the surface is clean.””Without the Olympic Games it would be zero,” he added. “We are very confident that the competition area for the athletes will offer safe and fair conditions.”The modern revival of the ancient games, which were the most important of their kind in antiquity and lasted from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D., started in Athens in 1896. But the flame-lighting ceremony, a key part of the pageantry, dates to one of the more awkward moments of the modern games, the 1936 Berlin Olympics conducted by Nazi Germany.Wednesday’s ceremony started with three beats of a drum held by an actress playing the part of an ancient priestess. Greek actress Katerina Lehou, in the role of a high priestess, lit the torch after offering a mock prayer to Apollo, the old Greek god of light and music, and the ceremony continued in the ancient stadium – which was used at the 2004 Athens Games as the shot put venue.On Thursday, Lehou will deliver the flame to Greek world gymnastics champion Eleftherios Petrounias, the first runner in a torch relay that will culminate at the opening ceremony in Rio’s Maracana Stadium on Aug. 5.Over the next six days, hundreds of runners – including a Syrian refugee who has claimed asylum in Greece – will carry the torch for 1,388 miles (2,234 kms) through Greece. Stops will include a refugee camp in Athens and the ancient Acropolis, and it will be handed over to Brazilian officials in the venue for the 1896 Games, a rebuilt ancient marble stadium.The flame will be handed over to Rio officials on April 27. Carried in a lantern, the flame will then travel to Switzerland for ceremonies at the United Nations office in Geneva and Olympic Museum in Lausanne on April 29.The flame will then be flown to the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, where the relay across the country kicks off on May 3. The Brazilian relay will include 12,000 torchbearers and visit 329 cities and towns, reaching 90 percent of Brazil’s 200 million people.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar comes to aid of school in Bengal tribal village

first_imgSachin Tendulkar during his playing days would have come to Team India’s rescue many times, but on this occasion the scenario was different. Responding to a school headmaster’s request, Tendulkar released Rs 76,21,050 from his MPLAD fund for the reconstruction of “Gobindapur Makrampur Swarnamoyee Sasmal Siksha Niketan” building.The school is located on NH-6 about 140 kilometres southwest of Kolkata in the Midnapore (West) district. The legendary batsman, who is a Rajya Sabha MP, has released 75 per cent of the amount and the remaining amount would be given on production of the utilisation certificate.It was nothing but a “miracle” for headmaster Uttam Kumar Mohanty who was left “frustrated and endured sleepless nights after making door to door” pleas to the local MPs and MLAs for financial assistance to the school which was on the verge of collapse.WRITING TO SACHINTen years after his struggle, one fine day in 2013, the idea of writing to Tendulkar occurred to him. Tendulkar, at that time, was one year into his new profile and was criticised for his rare appearances in the Upper House.Mohanty, after getting Tendulkar’s official e-mail id, finally wrote to him on March 13, 2013, requesting for assistance for the school building.”I had little hope after being ignored by Suryakanta Mishra (a five-time MLA) and Prabodh Panda (who was in the House from 2001-14). It was out of sheer frustration,” Mohanty told PTI from his residence in Kharagpur.More than a year passed by and when Mohanty had almost forgotten, the “miracle” happened on August 7, 2014 when Tendulkar replied assuring him of all the assistance for the school with more than 1000 students.advertisement”This is with reference to your proposal of construction of library, laboratory and girls’ common room and seeking funds… I’ve recommended to the honourable district collector Bandra that funds be released to you… You’re requested to please contact the honourable collector in your area and submit to him the details of the project with an estimate,” wrote the iconic Indian cricketer.Mohanty sought help of civil engineers and the rough estimate was Rs 76,21,050, a huge amount considering the Midnapore village was unheard for the Mumbai maestro.”But he agreed readily,” Mohanty said.It was the greatest joy in the life of the 49-year-old headmaster as he rushed to the West Midnapore district collector office with the letter.”Everyone was astonished and could not believe their eyes, even the ones who criticised me all these years. I cannot express in words how much happy I was… It was like God-sent. Everyone at the school will remain indebted to Tendulkar forever. It was so overwhelming,” Mohanty said.In due course, Tendulkar’s office got in touch with Mohanty over phone and credited the amount to the local DC.”The greatest thing for me is his humility. This nondescript village is unheard of for him and many others but he was convinced and came forward seeing just my letter and the supportive documents,” he said.Construction is in full swing and the building has a plaque which duly acknowledges the contribution of “Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, honorable MP Rajya Sabha. FY 2015-16.””After the school is complete, I will personally go to Mumbai to invite him for the inauguration – it’s like another dream, but everyone here are desperate to see the ‘God-like icon’,” Mohanty said.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

Jets Comeback Beats Bengals, 25-17

first_imgCINCINNATI — Andy Dalton’s first throw was right there. So were his next seven. Even his longest pass came down in the exact spot he intended. Perfect, all around.Dalton completed all eight of his passes and led the Bengals to a pair of touchdowns and a field goal during three impressive series Aug. 16 before the New York Jets’ reserves rallied for a 25-17 preseason victory.“He continues to play the way we think Andy should play all the time,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “It doesn’t surprise me. It’s the way he practices every day. He doesn’t need to be flashy. He just needs to be accurate. He just needs to handle the offense. He does that very well.”It was Dalton’s first game at Paul Brown Stadium since his turnover-filled 27-10 loss to San Diego in the opening round of the playoffs.Also, it was his first home game since he signed a six-year contract extension that showed Cincinnati’s commitment.Couldn’t have gone any better. “That’s about as good as it gets in the preseason, I guess,” Dalton said. “I just felt good out there.”The fourth-year quarterback went 8-for-8 for 144 yards, one touchdown and a perfect passer rating of 158.3. The Bengals (0-2) rolled up 173 yards while he was in the game, pulling ahead 17-3.With their starters on the field, the Jets (2-0) had another bad day at Paul Brown. They got drubbed 49-9 in Cincinnati midway through last season — Dalton threw a career-high five touchdown passes in that one.Their injury-depleted secondary made it easy for Dalton. “Dalton looked like a million-dollar quarterback tonight,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said.In an experiment, the Jets moved safety Antonio Allen to cornerback and had him cover A.J. Green. It didn’t go well at all — Green caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 35-yard catch after he pulled away from Allen down the sideline.Dalton threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu on the opening series, fitting a long throw in-between double coverage. “I just had to put my hands out,” Sanu said. “It was all Andy on that one.”The Bengals went no-huddle with Dalton in the game, part of new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson’s attempt to speed things up. They looked comfortable at the new pace.“You want to see that every time out,” Lewis said. “Andy looked very sharp.”Geno Smith played the first half, staying in with the starters after Cincinnati substituted on defense in the second quarter. Smith was 10 of 13 for 98 yards and a passer rating of 65.5. He also ran four times for 20 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown.Smith had his worst day as a rookie at Paul Brown last season, throwing two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.Michael Vick took over in the second half and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass. He went 5-of-9 for 70 yards and scrambled twice for 16 yards. Rookie Ikemefuna Enemkpali blocked Kevin Huber’s punt out of the end zone for a safety.The Jets had seven penalties for personal fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness. Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini got two of them — one for shoving cornerback Terence Newman after his interception, another for a roll block. Guard Brian Winters also got flagged for two.(JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

New Delhi to get Rs 139cr sports complex soon

first_imgThe Delhi government on Wednesday approved Rs 139 Crore ultra-modern sports complex in Najafgarh, in outer Delhi.The proposal of department of education was approved in the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, a government spokesperson said.Spread over 18 acres, the complex in Kair village will have features like a synthetic athletic track, a jogging track, a tennis court, a basketball court, a swimming pool, sports lighting for cricket ground, an athletic and football ground and an uninterrupted power supply system, the spokespersons said.Confirming the move Najafgarh lawmaker and Delhi’s transport minister, Kailash Gahlot hailed the decision saying it will turn Najfgarh into a sports hub.”The stadium will have international level facilities for football, cricket and other indoor games. Possible only due to the blessings of Arvind Kejriwal ji and Manish Sisodiaji,” he tweeted.A government statement on cabinet decisions said that the Directorate of Education (DoE), while submitting the proposal, felt that it does not have any sports sports complex or stadium in rural areas of Najafgarh and its nearby villages. The area has one small stadium which caters to student of eight government schools.”It does not fulfill the requirements of sports needs of Najafgarh itself, especially most popular games like football, cricket etc. Almost all the school students have to organize sports practices either in this small stadium or in their respective school playgrounds,” the statement said.The DOE also felt that the excellence in sports is best possible only when the sportspersons receive training in specialised sports residential academies. “It surveyed the entire area and found a piece of suitable land in village Kair,” the statement said.advertisementAlso Read | You are my batting inspiration, Smriti Mandhana jokes with Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Watch | India would not be too worried about 1st T20I defeat vs New Zealand: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

CoA appoint former CEC N Gopalaswami as BCCI Electoral Officer

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 21:17 IST N Gopalaswami (right) in a file imageHIGHLIGHTSN Gopalaswami served as Chief Election Commisioner from June 2006 to April 2009The CoA had in its meeting on May 22 decided that the elections would take place on October 22Gopalaswami shall operate from the BCCI headquarters in MumbaiThe Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Friday appointed N. Gopalaswami as the Electoral Officer to supervise the elections of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian Cricketers Association.A release issued by the CoA read: “On the advise of the Chief Election Commissioner of India, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India-appointed Committee of Administrators today confirmed N. Gopalaswami, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, as the Electoral Officer to supervise the elections of the BCCI and the Indian Cricketers Association. Gopalaswami shall operate from the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.”The CoA had in its meeting on May 22 decided that the elections would take place on October 22. It had also said that the elections of the state associations are to be completed by September 14 and the names of representatives of the state associations to BCCI are to be sent by September 23.The CoA had further said that the appointment of the Electoral Officer by the BCCI and preparation of the electoral protocol by the Electoral Officer in consultation with the CoA would be communicated to all by June 30.Also Read | Pakistan players wanted retaliatory celebration against India, PCB says noAlso Read | ICC red cards Dhoni gloves: Mahi in breach of ICC rulesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow N GopalaswamiFollow BCCI elections CoA appoint former CEC N Gopalaswami as BCCI Electoral OfficerOn the advice of the Chief Election Commissioner of India, BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) has appointed former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami as the supervisor for the upcoming Board electionsadvertisementlast_img read more

Taxi drivers petition city for level playing field with ride sharing companies

first_imgAround 300 Calgary cab drivers have signed a letter to the city, asking for ride sharing companies to be subject to the same rules and regulations as taxis.The petition says more and more cab drivers are being forced to give up on mortgage payments and file for bankruptcy as they struggle to make ends meet.Taxi driver Syed Hussain said one example is vehicle inspections: taxis must go in every six months, but for Uber drivers, it’s once every year.“When we renew our taxi badge, we pay $175, the Uber guys they pay $15,” he said.Hussain said added costs mean taxi drivers often work 12 hours a day, seven days a week.“We have over 2,000 drivers and they are suffering unbelievably,” he said.“There are double standards. Two laws: one for the tax industry and one for the sharing companies like Uber or Lyft or whatever, and that is not fair.”Meanwhile Clement Gulston, who drives for both ride-sharing companies Uber and Cowboy Taxi, argues he pays just as much as a taxi driver, maybe even more, as 25 per cent of fares go to the company to cover costs.“Their (taxi) system is outdated. Checker has apps, do you know that? Associated has (an) app, do you know that? Calgary City Cab has app? Have you ever tried to use their app, have you ever talked to anybody who tried to use their app? If you use any one of these apps, you’re not connected instantly with the driver,” he said.Gulston says he works for two companies driving four cars, not because he needs the money, but because he’s taking advantage of good opportunities. Should rideshare drivers (Uber, Lyft) face the same regulations as cab drivers?YesNoVoteView Results Take Our Polllast_img read more

Husky awaits explosion investigation results before restarting asphalt refinery

first_imgCALGARY – Two months after fire and explosions ripped through its recently purchased asphalt refinery in Superior, Wis., Husky Energy Inc. says it still doesn’t know when it will be able to restart the facility.Spokesman Mel Duvall says investigations are continuing into the cause of the April 26 incident in which 11 people were injured and nearby homes evacuated while plumes of black smoke rose into the sky.He says the Calgary-based company won’t be able to fully assess damage and map out a recovery plan until the U.S. Chemical Safety Board completes its determination of cause.Husky bought the 50,000-barrel-per-day refinery from Calumet Specialty Products Partners of Indiana for about $570 million in a deal that closed in November.According to a website update posted Monday, cleanup efforts have progressed to the point that the off-site incident command centre has been moved onto refinery property. It says about 400 employees and contractors are supporting daily operations.As of last Friday, Husky says it has received some 3,300 claims from local businesses and residents who incurred expenses or suffered losses during the incident, of which about 2,700 have been resolved.“We do have insurance, both on the assets and business interruption, and we have made alternate arrangements to continue supplying customers. No employees have been laid off,” said Duvall in an email.“We may be able to provide an update (on costs) on our second-quarter conference call later this month.”He said all of the injured people have been released from hospital.On the website, Husky says it expects to be able to bring in trucks later this month to remove stored asphalt inventory.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE)last_img read more

Tata Tele merger DoT seeks Rs 7200 cr bank guarantee from Airtel

first_imgNew Delhi: The Department of Telecom has given approval for the merger of Tata Teleservices (TTSL) with Bharti Airtel, subject to the condition that the Sunil Bharti Mittal-led firm furnishes Rs 7,200 crore worth bank guarantee, a government official said. On April 9, telecom minister Manoj Sinha gave a conditional nod for the merger, the official said. Subsequent to the minister’s approval, the official said, that DoT has asked Airtel to furnish bank guarantee totalling Rs 7,200 crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Both companies also need to submit undertaking on matter related to court cases before merger is taken on record,” the official said. The merger will be taken on record after Airtel submits bank guarantee of about Rs 6,000 crore for one-time spectrum charges and another Rs 1,200 crore for the spectrum that would be acquired from TTSL. There is also a “very small amount” of dues that has to be cleared by TTSL before consummation of the deal, another official said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs part of the proposed agreement, Airtel will absorb Tata consumer mobile business (CMB) operations in 19 telecom circles (17 under TTSL and 2 under Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd ). It also agreed to take over a small portion of the unpaid spectrum liability of Tata. The merger will bolster Airtel’s spectrum pool with significant additional 178.5 MHz spectrum in 1800, 2100 and 850 MHz bands, all widely used for 4G. The proposed merger will include transfer of all the customers and assets of Tata CMB to Airtel.last_img read more

California smuggler of erectile dysfunction drug gets prison

LOS ANGELES — A Southern California man who smuggled $11 million worth of erectile dysfunction drugs into the U.S. from China has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison for conspiracy and smuggling contraband.Prosecutors say the drugs sold by 41-year-old John Lee of Walnut were dangerous black-market creations falsely advertised as herbal remedies and some customers suffered permanent injuries.Lee also was ordered Monday to pay $550,000 in restitution to victims.Prosecutors say from 2011 to 2017, Lee illegally imported powdered tadalafil — the active ingredient in the prescription drug Cialis.Lee made 5 1/2 million pills, some containing 14 times the level of the drug found in Cialis.He pleaded guilty in February. More than a dozen other associates and companies have pleaded guilty to conspiring with Lee.The Associated Press read more

Past experience helping Driss Guessous produce on court for Ohio State mens

Redshirt-freshman Driss Guessous (4) prepares to hit the ball during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorDriss Guessous went from redshirting his first year at Ohio State to starting every match and becoming one of the most influential players on the men’s volleyball team the next and is far from your average freshman athlete.That’s because when it comes to experience, redshirt-freshman middle blocker Guessous’ coach Pete Hanson said his rivals anyone.“Driss is a great athlete, but all of his experience is one of the reasons why he is having such a successful freshman year. He has played some great volleyball and is drawing from those experiences,” Hanson said.Guessous started playing volleyball during his freshman year of high school at Loyola in Pasadena, Calif., where he was named a 2012 first-team All-American and led the team to a state title. The past two summers, he has played with the USA Volleyball and the Junior National Team, competed at the Federation Internationale De Volleyball and played in the Men’s U-21 World Championship in Turkey with Buckeye teammate and junior outside hitter Michael Henchy.As an OSU Scholar-Athlete, Guessous said it has been a difficult adjustment from last season to find the time to stay on track with his schoolwork while traveling with the team.“The hardest transition for me is trying to balance school and volleyball. Being a physics major and having to travel to matches all over the Midwest can be quite the challenge, but it keeps me focused on what my goals are and what I want to take away from college — a great education and, hopefully, a national championship,” Guessous said.The Buckeyes have the 15th-best hitting percentage in the nation at .287, led by Guessous, who is ranked No. 1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and fourth in the country for his hitting percentage of .446.“Driss is our most consistent attacker. If we ever get into an offensive slump, we know that he has the ability to get us out of it,” redshirt-junior setter Peter Heinen said.“Driss is one of our best offense weapons. He’s consistently killing balls for us,” Henchy said.Hanson said for one player to be successful on the court, the whole team must work together. But when it comes to Guessous, he works hand-in-hand with freshman setter Christy Blough, to get set up for a kill.“We have a setter who really understands that finding a way to get Driss the ball can really help the offense. Christy has really embraced that and does a good job of assisting Driss in a lot of opportunities,” Hanson said.Beyond his contributions to the Buckeye offense, Guessous is a main contributor to the defense as well. He is ranked sixth in the conference in blocks per set with a .94 average. His position as middle blocker entails a lot, Hanson said.“There is a lot of responsibility on a middle blocker from a blocking perspective, and as an attacker, to make some pretty instantaneous judgments, and being aware of everyone’s positioning on the court and the position of the ball,” Hanson said.As Guessous’ familiarity with the team increases, he also will grow as a player, Hanson said.“The more and more Driss and the passers and setters play together, the quicker and smarter his decisions will become,” Hanson said. “That will help him to continue to be more and more effective.”After falling to No. 15 IPFW Wednesday 3-2, the Buckeyes are set to take on No. 12 Penn State Friday at 7 p.m. in Columbus.Guessous said he is always looking to improve and understand that he has a lot to learn during these next few years as a Buckeye.“I want to get better at all facets of the sport. That’s the best part about playing volleyball — no matter how good I am, I can always can be better. That is why I love the sport. I crave the challenge and that is what keeps me going,” Guessous said. read more

Swimmers told to avoid seals after man left with infected bite in

Animal charities have reminded the public that despite their appearance seals are wild and should not be approachedCredit:David Rose Animal charities have reminded the public that despite their appearance seals are wild and should not be approached 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. Seal charities have reminded the public that despite their appearance the animals are wild and should not be approached.  Swimmers have been told to steer clear of seals after a man was left with an infected bite which could have led to an amputation.The marine wildlife volunteer, known only as Richard, was left with a 3 inch wide wound after helping the pup who had been fighting with another seal.He was bitten on Saturday when the injured seal was relayed to him by a police officer who picked it up after the scrap had ended on Caister beach in Norfolk.There were fears he could develop ‘seal fingers’, an infection caused from seal bites which can lead to a contamination of open wounds and eventually amputation if not treated.The bite takes between a few hours and four days to become infected but an antibiotic called Tetracycline is known to be an effective treatment.However, Richard, who volunteers for wildlife charity Seals and Shore, was taken to A&E where he was given antibiotics for the bite on his left arm, so did not require an operation.It comes only days after a wild seal was filmed swimming up to kiss swimmers at a beach further down the east coast in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. A spokesperson for British Divers Marine Life Rescue warned that the disturbance of seals in their natural habitats is becoming more commonplace.They said: “People are getting too close to seals and touching them. They are wild animals which can bite so the best advice for people going to the beach who spot them is to leave them alone. The disturbance of seals is becoming more and more common. ” Other wildlife groups are calling for more protection for seals as disturbances can lead to chronic stress, which can lead to breeding failure and the death of seal pups.Andy Ottaway, Campaigns Director for the Seal Action Group, is urging the public to stay at least 100 metres away from the animals in order to avoid any more incidents. read more

Rockwell Automation and Gekko to collaborate on mining software technology

first_imgGekko Systems and Rockwell Automation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop software solutions that will assist mining customers across the globe to account for metal content in the various stages of ore processing plants and provide the analytical capability to audit and improve operating performance.Rockwell Automation and Gekko have worked together collaboratively over 15 years and bring together Gekko’s deep knowledge and experience in mineral processing solutions and operations with Rockwell Automation’s global leadership in automation.“It is exciting for Gekko Systems to be associated with Rockwell Automation in what we believe to be a significant opportunity to assist the mining industry to make sense from valuable data that is often lost or not easily accessible for analysis.” said Gekko’s Global Mining and Processing Services Manager, Renaldo Maras.The metallurgical accounting program is in development and pilot stage.“We are delighted to have the opportunity to help co-develop this Connected Mine software solution with Gekko Systems. This is the culmination of our ongoing 15 plus year relationship and the exploitation of technology and industry trends towards the Industrial Internet of Things. This is a solution that ultimately will help benefit our respective clients,” said Steve Simpkin, Gekko Account Manager, Rockwell Automation.Left to right in the picture, Peter Morell, Business Manager, Rockwell Automation; Renaldo Maras, Global Mining & Processing Services Manager, Gekko; Andrew Edmondson, Group Manager – Sales & Commercial, Gekko; Michael Pantaleano, Business Manager, Rockwell Automationlast_img read more

LetsCatchup rolls out alumnireferral network to help jobseekers in India

first_imgThere is no shortage of recruitment platforms on the web. But looking for a job is still a nightmare; employers too, are flooded with resumes and finding the right talent at the right time is a dream shot. While multiple social and referral hiring companies are trying to solve this problem, a Singapore based startup LetsCatchup is changing the Indian recruitment Industry by leveraging the power of alumni networks.The company is backed by Asia’s No.1 business accelerator JFDI Asia, which has invested around $200, 000 in cash and support. The startup went through a rigorous four-month accelerator program; concluded with a grand demo day last month, which was attended by over 100 investor groups from South East Asia.”We have worked with over 50 startups in last 5 years;LetsCatchup has checked all the boxes for building a successful company. With an experienced team and unique business proposition, they clearly excelled in our program.” said, ChiKai Huang, JFDI program Manager.Conventional recruitment portals are mostly job listings based, where hundreds of job seekers compete for one post. This also troubles the employers with huge time and money spent on shortlisting of candidates. LetsCatchup solves this problem with their unique referral-matching engine, explained Vinay Pahlajani, CEO of LetsCATCHUP:”Job seekers spend lot of time in finding the right connections and opportunities. We have developed an engine, which automatically sends them matching opportunities from companies where their peers or seniors are working. They don’t have to visit multiple job boards, if there is a matching job- it will come directly to their inbox.”LetsCATCHUP directly connects job seekers with Industry Insiders to get career advice and job referrals. Every application goes through an internal connection, which ensures faster and better response; at the same time the employers get short-listed and verified resumes through existing employees.The platform leverages college alumni communities to maintain the quality of referrals and is only open for graduates of selected premier Indian Colleges like IIT’s and IIM’s right now. “We are adding new colleges with invitations only; there are 131 colleges in our waitlist already and we plan to open the network by end of this year. Going forward, we’ll expand to company and Industry based networks,” added co-founder, Ruchin Chaudhary.last_img read more

ExIPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt sentenced to life imprisonment

first_imgIPS Sanjiv Bhatt (2L) poses with his wife Shweta (2R), daughter Aakashi (L), and son Shantanu (R) after receiving the 5th Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice in Ahmedabad on December 31, 2012. Bhatt was honoured for his accomplishment for standing against communal forces to ensure the protection of vulnerable and insecure minorities.SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]A former Gujarat cadre IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and another police officer have been sentenced to life imprisonment by Gujarat’s Jamnagar Sessions Court after finding them guilty over a custodial death case.The verdict was given out by Judge DM Vyas after finding the accused Sanjiv Bhatt and another police officer Pravinsinh Zala guilty under Indian Penal Code Section 302 for the custodial death of Prabhudas Madhavji Vaishnani.The incident dates back to 1990 when Bhatt was posted as the additional superintendent of police at Jamnagar. He had arrested nearly 130 people in connection with communal violence in Jamjodhpur town at the time of BJP leader LK Advani’s Rath Yatra.Prabhudas, who was released nine days later, died at a hospital due to renal failure allegedly due to custodial torture.last_img read more

State Panel Says Galveston Pension Underfunded For 17 Years

first_img Share Photo via FlickrA state pension review panel says Galveston has been underfunding the city’s police pension for the past 17 years.A Texas Pension Review Board report released last week also says the Galveston fund is facing “significant financial stress” and that current police officers are contributing more to the plan than they will ultimately receive.The Galveston County Daily News reports the fund is facing $29 million in unfunded liabilities.The board says the fund is plagued by inadequate contributions, poor investment returns, increased payments to beneficiaries and uneven ratio of those paying into the plan versus those receiving from it.Deputy City Manager Dan Buckley disputes that the city owes any money toward the fund.The board found that the plan was nearly fully funded in 2000 but now is only 42 percent funded.___Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.comlast_img read more

New Book Tells The Story Of Developing An Artificial Heart

first_img X 00:00 /08:45 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: In a story she says is “as much about innovation as it is about medicine,” Texas Monthly executive editor Mimi Swartz has a new book called Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart.In it, she follows a nearly 50-year saga of research and roadblocks, focused on the work of Dr. O.H. “Bud” Frazier from the Texas Heart Institute as he strives to develop a fully-functioning artificial heart with the help of various associates, a project that is still ongoing though hopefully nearing some kind of completion soon.We talk with Swartz about the book and why this story piqued her interest.center_img Terry Vine/Texas Heart InstituteDr. Bud Frazier holds up an artificial heart. Listen Sharelast_img read more

Flexible Polymer Transistors Printed Using Ultraviolet Light

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Study results pave the way to programmable electronic inks The procedure for creating UV-printed polymer transistors. (a) A PEDOT-coated mold is placed in contact with the pre-polymer-coated flexible substrate (b) They are illuminated with UV light (c) Upon removing the mold, PEDOT source-drain layers are transferred onto the substrate (d) Active and dielectric layers are “spin coated” on top of the source-drain layers (e) and (f) Using a PEDOT-coated glass substrate, the self-aligning gate layer is contact-printed on the dielectric layer. Image by Hong Lee, © American Institute of Physics (PhysOrg.com) — Computer and television displays made using flexible, bendable polymer materials are technologies of the future, promising roll-up computer monitors and other innovations. Scientists are making progress toward bringing these technologies into our homes and offices. A research group at Seoul National University in Korea recently created a flexible polymer transistor that is printed using a simple process involving ultraviolet (UV) light, described in the November 20 online edition of Applied Physics Letters. Creating transistors in this way is an important avenue toward flexible electronics, as transistors form the basis of most modern electronic devices. Computer processing chips, for example, consist of more than 200 million transistors.”Our printing method is low-cost and could be scaled to the manufacturing level — a requirement for most technologies,” said Hong Lee, the paper’s corresponding author, to PhysOrg.com. “It performs as well as non-flexible polymer transistors and better than similar transistors produced by other research groups.”The researchers started with a commercially available polymer mold etched with a “source-drain” pattern, forming locations for two of the three electric terminals that make up a transistor: the source, drain, and gate. They then coated the mold with a very thin layer (just 100 nanometers) of a conducting polymer material, known in abbreviated form as PEDOT.Next they coated a flexible substrate — a surface on which to build the transistor — with a “pre-polymer” liquid layer. The pre-polymer is key to the process because it hardens and binds to the PEDOT layer when illuminated with UV light.Applying no pressure, the researchers brought the mold and the substrate into contact and exposed them to UV light for 20 minutes. When the mold was removed, the researchers saw that the PEDOT on the mold’s raised areas had been transferred to the substrate, forming the transistor’s source and drain.But unlike ink deposited onto paper by a stamp, in which the paper’s surface remains flat, the substrate underwent topological changes caused by the physical bonding between the pre-polymer and the PEDOT under the UV light during the hardening process. Where the raised parts of the mold met the substrate, the substrate’s surface developed “low” areas. And across from the mold’s low areas, the substrate developed a raised mound between the source and drain, which acts as a channel between them.The substrate was coated with two additional polymers, an “active” current-carrying layer and a dielectric, a material used in transistors to control the flow of current.Finally, the substrate was flipped over and put in contact with PEDOT-coated glass. PEDOT “ink” was transferred to the substrate’s raised area, completing the four-layer printed transistor structure.This method departs from the inkjet-style approaches commonly used to print polymer transistors, in which a printer head moves back and forth across the substrate, depositing the polymer layers in tiny droplets. Inkjet printing has been successful, but ensuring the overall transistor pattern is properly aligned before the ink is dispensed can be difficult. The UV method does not require this step because the formation of the raised mound after the mold and substrate are combined and illuminated acts as a self-alignment mechanism.Citation: Applied Physics Letters 93, 203308 ( 2008) link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/93/203308/1Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Flexible Polymer Transistors ‘Printed’ Using Ultraviolet Light (2008, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-flexible-polymer-transistors-ultraviolet.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

To the hills we say

first_imgNestled between the hills, Arunachal Pradesh is a traveller’s paradise. Long trails, waterfalls, fantastic architecture, the state is something to behold. Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Minister Sonam Chambey was in Delhi recently and we caught up with him for a candid conversation and he explained why Arunachal must top our list of next holiday destinations and also what lies next on the to-do list. Here are excerpts of the interview.What steps have you taken to increase tourism footfall in Arunachal Pradesh? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The only way to improve tourist footfall is to increase awareness of the destination among the potential tourists. Arunachal Tourism has been making consistent efforts in marketing and promotion by way of participation in major travel fairs, ads in popular magazines etc.Furthermore, to make the stay of the tourists in the state more enjoyable and memorable one, efforts are being made to popularize unique tourism products such as rural/tribal way of life, kiwi farm and apple/orange orchard tours etc. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhich places/activities are you promoting within the state?Arunachal Pradesh is a destination, which has something to offer for everyone!  Adventure seekers- white water rafting, mountaineering, trekking, river crossing, mountain biking etc. A treasure trove of culture and heritage- distinct culture and traditions of more than 26 major tribes and over 100 sub- tribes. Spiritual destination with 400-year-old second largest Buddhist monastery in the world, Hindu pilgrimage such as Parasharam kund, Bhismaknagar and Malinithan With 82% forest cover teeming with life, a bio-diversity hotspot with unique flora and fauna is an ideal destination for nature lovers. Niche products such as angling, bird watching, and wellness are also being promoted. We are also planning to sell the state as a destination for creative people- writers, painters, lyricist etcWhat is the kind of tourist footfall seen over the years? Does AP see many foreign tourists as compared to Indians?Arunachal Pradesh is emerging as a favoured destination for tourists. We are witnessing steady flow of both foreign and domestic tourists and the footfall has been increasing over the years. The percentage increase is very encouraging.What kind of development are you looking in for in the state to make travel easier for the tourists?Massive infrastructural development projects such as the Trans-Arunachal Highway, Railways, Airports etc are making rapid progress and will be commissioned shortly. With completion of these projects, travel for tourists will ease to a great extent. Large number of hotels, home stays have come up and many more are coming up to address the accommodation demands of the tourists.You conducted the International Tourism Mart, in January this year; can you tell us the purpose behind it and the response you got from the mart?The ITM in January was held in Guwahati in which Arunachal tourism also participated. It has been a revolutionary initiative of the ministry of tourism. This has put the entire region on global focus as a tourist destination. Arunachal Tourism in particular has reaped a lot of benefits from ITM. The state tour operators have had excellent networking sessions with both domestic as well international buyers and I am certain that this season will see them getting increased business.Arunachal Pradesh was awarded the most favourite upcoming tourist destination by a popular magazine recently; can you tell us what makes AP a unique tourist destination?Arunachal is the largest state in North East India. The geographical diversity of the state with the foothills, hills and the mountains and its distinct flora and fauna, coupled with as many as 26 different tribes, each with separate culture and history makes it a unique destination. With options from adrenaline rushed adventure to relaxed holidaying in the lap of pristine nature, tourists coming to Arunachal are guaranteed a wholesome and a unique experience.last_img read more