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first_imgOne person has been arrested and six are absconding in connection with the video on social media of a schoolgirl being stripped and molested in Bihar’s Saharsa district. The video is said to be two months old but was posted on social media on Monday and has gone viral since.Filmed on mobile phoneThe district police arrested Pankaj Yadav, 20, for filming the incident on his mobile phone while his friends stripped and molested the girl at a secluded place. The police said Pankaj has confessed to his crime and search is on for the others. Soon after the video went viral, the district police took suo moto cognisance and an FIR was registered against seven persons visible in the video. “We got to know about the video on Monday and immediately started an investigation and arrested Pankaj Yadav from the Town police station area…others too would be nabbed soon,” said Saharsa SP Rakesh Kumar.The 40-second video shows six men dragging, molesting and abusing a schoolgirl. The girl is seen pleading with them but they catch and molest her. She finally breaks down before them but the perpetrators do not leave her.War of wordsEarlier, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav had slammed the Nitish Kumar government over the video and said Bihar once again has been shamed because of such incidents. “After Nalanda, Gaya, Madhubani, Jehanabad, Rohtas, Sasaram and Ara, now a video from Saharsa has gone viral …Chacha (uncle) wake up,” tweeted Tejaswi Yadav. However, on Tuesday, the JD(U) leaders addressing journalists alleged: “Since the video is two months old, it is Tejaswi Yadav who has been shaming Bihar by tweeting on such viral videos…it is to defame the government that such videos are being dug out and posted on social media.” JD(U) spokesperson Sanjay Singh said: “This video has been made viral by RJD men.”last_img read more

first_imgKirtiraj Kundlik Gaikwad, an Indian scientist with the Department of Packaging, has been awarded the prestigious IAFP Young scientist scholarship Related Itemslast_img

first_imgPhil Younghusband struck from the penalty spot and FC Meralco Manila came away with a gutsy 1-0 victory over Ilocos United as the Sparks regained top spot in the Philippines Football League on Saturday at Quirino Stadium in Vigan.Under a heavy downpour, Younghusband cooly sent his spot kick past Ilocos goalkeeper Baba Sampana in the 54th minute for his fifth goal of the season after a handball infraction on Ilocos inside the box as the Sparks upped their haul to 20 points from eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Sparks also got a superb effort from goalkeeper Jun Badelic, who stopped Josh Reyes’ effort in the 84th minute, preserving the victory for Meralco.The victory puts the Sparks two points clear of JPV Marikina, which can regain top spot with a win over Davao Aguilas in a match scheduled Sunday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOver at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Ceres Negros whipped Stallion Laguna, 5-2, for its third straight victory.Flaunting their attacking firepower, the Busmen had five different players scoring in front of the home crowd with Stephan Schrock setting the tone for the rout with his 12th minute strike. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Goals from Jeffrey Christiaens, Iain Ramsay, OJ Porteria and Bienvenido Maranon highlighted a strong performance by coach Risto Vidakovic’s men.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games SMB dynasty in the offing Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgClaudio Ranieri is back in the Premier League three years after winning the title with Leicester City after being appointed by relegation-threatened Fulham to replace Slavisa Jokanovic.The Cottagers sit bottom of the table after conceding 31 goals in their opening 12 games and with only one win all season since winning promotion from the Championship.With survival now the aim of the game, what can Fulham expect as the former Chelsea boss returns to west London? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! 4-4-2 formationRanieri has usually played a 4-4-2 formation wherever he has gone. Fitness and pressing in midfield are trademarks of his teams, and he now has the international break to drill his new squad on his preferred tactics.Fulham will look to start with two strikers, with either Andre Schurrle or Luciano Vietto likely joining Aleksandar Mitrovic up front.Vietto may well be the key to Ranieri’s 4-4-2. A striker who can create chances for a more natural finisher was an important asset whilst he was manager at Leicester and Chelsea. Shinji Okazaki was the unsung hero when Leicester won the league and Eidur Gudjohnsen was a key member of his Chelsea team.The Argentine has already provided four assists in the league so far this season so he could be ready made for Ranieri’s style by playing as the second striker.A new-look midfieldRanieri has always had high-class midfielders at his disposal; at Chelsea he had Claude Makelele and at Leicester he had N’Golo Kante.Holding midfielders with a high work-rate are the key to success under Ranieri and he will hope to unlock that from record signing Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa after his £30 million arrival on deadline day.If that fails, he could look to go down a different route with Stefan Johansen. The Norway captain has been on the fringes at Fulham this season but his impressive fitness and work rate could see him brought in as an important player under the new manager.If Fulham are to play Anguissa or Johansen in a 4-4-2, that leaves one spot open for either Jean Michael Seri or Tom Cairney. Both were expected to light up the Premier League this season but neither man has found any type of form. Defensive improvementThe thing Fulham have been lacking most is defensive stability after conceding 31 goals in just 12 Premier League games.At almost every club he has managed, Ranieri has employed no-nonsense centre-backs whose primary role is to just defend. Robert Huth embodies this more than anyone else after being utilised at both Leicester and Chelsea.Ranieri has been a fantastic defensive manager in the Premier League, never conceding more than 40 goals when he has had a full season in charge of either Chelsea or Leicester.The arrival of the Italian could spell the end of Denis Odoi as a centre-back. The Belgian is small for a centre-back, standing at only 5ft 10in and was favoured by Jokanovic for his ball-playing abilities, something which Ranieri has never prioritised in defence.Alfie Mawson should immediately become first-choice centre-back under the new regime. The 6ft 2in Englishman fits the mould of what the former Chelsea manager wants from his centre-backs.The other spot will go to one of Tim Ream, Maxime Le Marchand or Calum Chambers. All three players can play the role that the new manager would want but Ream may be the man he goes for.Ream was a rock at the back for Fulham last season, never more so than in the Championship play-off final when he had to play the last 20 minutes without his partner Odoi, who had been sent off. If Ream can rediscover that form, then Fulham’s defensive woes could be over.A fast startRanieri may be the perfect man to take over at Fulham for this very reason. The Italian gets immediate results out of his team due to his incredible man-management abilities. He famously guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016 whilst getting the best out of players such as Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy.The former FIFA Coach of the Year winner used unorthodox tactics to motivate his players, taking them out for pizza if they kept a clean sheet and shouting “Dilly ding, dilly dong” at Mahrez to get him into gear at training.He also experienced a fast start at his last job. As Nantes manager he led them to third in Ligue 1 after 10 games before a late-season dip in form left them in 10th.If Fulham can benefit from this after replacing Jokanovic they could save themselves from relegation as they lie only three points below Southampton in 17th who they face in their next game.January signingsDanny Drinkwater ChelseaAlthough Fulham’s recruitment in summer has so far turned out to be disappointing, they did spend in excess of £100 million.The board could pump even more money in to the squad in January, meaning that Ranieri could look towards some familiar faces to save his new club.Huth is currently without a club and, with Stuart Gray leaving his post as defensive coach at the start of the season, the Italian could even bring back his former player to fill that vacancy in a player/coach role.Danny Drinkwater hasn’t played in the league at Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri yet and could be available at a cut price. The Premier League winning manager certainly wouldn’t be averse to signing a key player from his Leicester days.last_img read more

first_imgJuventus FC have agreed to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, the Spanish giants announced through an official statement.The deal is believed to go ahead for a fee of above 100 million euros and will be payable over two years.Ronaldo, who was reportedly unhappy with president Florentino Perez and the treatment of the Portuguese star, had dropped a hint after the Champions League final in Kiev this year that he might be on the move.It was believed that Ronaldo was unhappy with Real president for not keeping his promises and was finally ready to move on.”Real Madrid C.F. communicates that, in response to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, he has agreed to transfer to Juventus FC.”Today, Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.”Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these 9 years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement,” said Real Madrid’s official statement.”For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of his great symbols and a unique reference for the next generations. Real Madrid will always be your home,” it added. Cristiano Ronaldo is Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and won 4 Champions League trophies with them (Reuters Photo)Moments after lifting a third consecutive Champions League trophy by helping Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final in May, Ronaldo appeared to suggest he had already decided to leave the club this year, telling a reporter on the pitch at Kiev’s NSC Olympic Stadium: “It was beautiful to play for Real Madrid.”advertisementThe five-times world player of the year has had several fallouts with his club and on several occasions indicated that he would leave.However, a move to Juventus was out of cards as a return to Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain was believed to be more likely. But, the former United player decided to quit the sunny shores of Spain and join Turin instead of a dull and rainy Manchester.Few days back, Ronaldo’s agent had told Portuguese media that the player would be “eternally grateful” to Real Madrid if he ends up leaving the European champion.Jorge Mendes was quoted as saying in Portuguese newspaper Record that Ronaldo would always be grateful to “the club, the president, the directors, the medical staff, all the workers without exception and all the Madrid fans around the world.”Mendes was quoted by Record last Thursday as saying that “if that happens, it will be just a new phase and a new challenge in his brilliant career.”And, it has finally happened. A vendor adjusts a Juventus’ jersey with the name of Cristiano Ronaldo exhibited in his shop in Turin (Reuters Photo)He is all set to wear his famous No. 7 jersey and will be unveiled in the upcoming days by the Old Lady.News of him moving to Italy broke out just after Portugal crashed out of the World Cup 2018 in the round of 16 after losing to Uruguay.While, many people were shocked by the news of him moving to Juventus, shares of the Italian club were up 5.5 percent at 0.865 Euros, after a session high of 0.8995 Euros. The stock kept rising in the upcoming days.Many have raised questions about Juventus’ ability to pull off such an astronomical deal because of the transfer fee and player salary involved but a Milan-based trader pointed to the potential gain from a merchandise point of view. He said that Real Madrid has sold 750 thousand jerseys of Ronaldo alone and there is no sign of that changing even at Juventus.In February, Juventus said it forecast to end the 2017-18 financial year, ending in June 2018, with a loss after posting half-year revenues at 290 million Euros and a profit down to 43.3 million Euros. Ronaldo joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds (Reuters Photo)Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world-record fee of 80 million pounds ($106 million), is the Spanish club’s all-time top-scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and has won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.last_img read more

first_imgLa Liga’s organising committee and a multinational media, sports and entertainment group have reached an agreement to stage a Spanish top-flight match in the United States of America in the future.”LaLiga, Spain’s top-flight soccer competition, and Relevent, a multinational media, sports and entertainment group, today announced a first-of-a-kind 15-year, equal joint venture to promote soccer in the U.S. and Canada,” said a statement on Thursday.”As part of the agreement, LaLiga plans to bring a regular season club match to the United States, the first to be played outside of Europe.”La Liga did not give any details on when the first game across the Atlantic was set to take place and did not immediately respond to a request for information from Reuters.Spain’s biggest clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona recently returned from pre-season tours in the United States. They played against top European sides such as AC Milan, AS Roma, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the International Champions Cup, a tournament organised by Relevent.In July 2017, the two sides played each other in a friendly ‘Clasico’, selling out Miami’s Hard Rock stadium.La Liga president Javier Tebas has spoken on many occasions about his desire to play regular season games outside of Spain and mimic the NFL’s highly successful policy of playing official games in London since 2007.”We’re devoted to growing the passion for soccer around the world. This ground-breaking agreement is certain to give a major impulse to the popularity of the beautiful game in the U.S. and Canada,” Tebas said.advertisement”Relevent has filled stadiums across the U.S. with the International Champions Cup, we’re thrilled to partner with them on a joint mission to grow soccer in North America.”Earlier this month, the Spanish Super Cup, Spain’s annual curtain raiser between the league and Copa del Rey winners, was moved outside of the country for the first time, with Barcelona beating Sevilla 2-1 in Tangier, Morocco.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 12:44 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Pixel 3 XL Lite has been spotted with a Snapdragon 625 chipset.The phone has also been spotted with Android 9 Pie on board.The Pixel 3 Lite XL is expected to sport a 6-inch display and Google’s advanced camera.For a lot of months in late-2018, Google’s Pixel 3 Lite series was one of the most hyped smartphones in the world of smartphones and tablets. The Lite series was speculated to offer a cheaper alternative to the flagship Pixel 3 phones by offering watered-down chipsets and some other features while still retaining the Pixel’s strong points – something like an iPhone XR-rival. Later, rumours suggested that Pixel 3 Lite phones could be priced even lower to compete against the likes of OnePlus and Oppo flagships. So many leaks over the past few months have given us a fair idea of what to expect from this mysterious Pixel device. However, one of the latest leaks has completely changed previous assumptions.According to a report from Nashville Chatter, the Pixel 3 Lite XL has been spotted on Geekbench, giving some details about the chipset and the expected performance. So far, we knew that Google might be going for Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 670 chipset for one of the Pixel 3 Lite smartphones. However, the Geekbench listing suggests that the bigger Pixel 3 Lite XL is going to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset. There’s 3GB RAM as well.Yes, the Pixel 3 XL Lite has been spotted with a Snapdragon 625 chipset – the same chipset that powered the popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 two years ago. The Snapdragon 625 was introduced as a midrange chipset two years ago for budget smartphones and has seen two generation upgrades since. With the latest version of Android even in its stock form, the Snapdragon 625 isn’t an ideal chipset, to begin with, even for a budget smartphone in 2019.advertisementFrom what we can see, there are three possible outcomes to this discovery. The first one hints that Google could be pulling off an Apple and use an older chip with its extreme software optimization to offer smooth performance. However, if the Pixel 3 Lite XL is aimed at the likes of OnePlus 6T or Honor View 20, the smartphone will be a serious disadvantage in terms of raw power for daily usage. The second possibility is that Google might offer the Pixel 3 Lite XL as a budget smartphone under Rs 20,000, in which case it could be an alternative to Android One devices. The third possibility is that this might be a prototype device where Google is testing its software.For all those who have been waiting for the Pixel 3 Lite series, it is sincerely expected that the third possibility comes true. A budget Google device running the cleanest form of Android might be a good idea for those who can’t afford the Pixel 3. However, Android phones require powerful hardware to offer decent performance and a Snapdragon 625 is good for power efficiency, but not for a smooth daily performance. The only reason someone might go for the Pixel 3 Lite XL with a Snapdragon 625 is because of the camera performance. But all of that is speculation at the moment.ALSO READ | Pixel 3 XL Lite will have more RAM than Pixel 3 XL, more specifications leak as wellALSO READ | Google Pixel 3 Lite, Pixel 3 XL Lite to launch in India soon, could be priced around Rs 40,000ALSO READ | Cheaper Pixel 3 Lite, new Pixel 4, smartwatch and new Google Home to be launched this year by GoogleGet 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow GoogleFollow androidFollow smartphones Google Pixel 3 Lite XL spotted with Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3GB RAM — is it a budget smartphone?The Pixel 3 Lite XL has been spotted on Geekbench revealing some of its most important specifications. The XL is running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset along with 3GB RAM. And there’s Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgzoom The largest piece of the turret for Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility has set sail from Dubai for the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, where the facility is under construction.The turret is part of a mooring system designed to ensure Prelude FLNG can operate safely in the most extreme weather conditions.At almost 100 metres high, it is the largest in the world. The turret will run through the front of the facility and connect to giant chains that will keep it moored securely over the Prelude gas field.The turret mooring system will allow the facility to turn slowly in the wind and with currents – ensuring it can remain safely at its location through the most powerful cyclones.“Prelude FLNG combines our many years of experience in shipping and in managing complex LNG and offshore projects. It’s great to see our innovative designs and technologies become a reality as we reach significant project milestones like this,” said Matthias Bichsel, Projects & Technology Director at Shell.“Designed in Monaco, built in Dubai, shipped to South Korea and for use off Australia, the turret is an example of the truly global nature of this project.”Prelude FLNGShell was the first company to commit to an FLNG project, and it expects Prelude FLNG to be the first of many such Shell facilities.Once complete, Prelude FLNG will operate in a remote basin around 200 kilometres off Australia’s north-west coast, for around 25 years.It will produce about 3.6 million tonnes of LNG a year to help meet rising global demand for cleaner energy.After the first 25-year assignment, Prelude FLNG could be refurbished and moved to a different field for another quarter century.FLNG will allow Shell to produce natural gas at sea, cool it onboard into LNG, and pump it directly into ships that will transport it to customers around the world.It can mean faster, cheaper and more flexible development of offshore gas fields that would otherwise be too costly to develop. Press Release, August 15, 2014last_img read more

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk shipping company Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has taken delivery of one 2010-built Capesize and one 2011-built Supramax.The 170,057 dwt Capesize has been renamed to M/V Geniuship, and the 56,884 dwt Supramax has been renamed to M/V Guardianship.Both the Geniuship, built by Sungdong SB, and the Guardianship, built by CSC Jinling Shipyard, will be employed in the spot market.The acquisition cost of the two bulkers has been funded by senior secured loan agreements with international financial institutions and by a funding arrangement with Seaenergy’s sponsor.The Geniuship and the Guardianship are the third and the fourth of seven secondhand dry bulkers that the company had agreed to acquire back in August for a gross purchase price of approximately USD 183 million.Seaenergy expects to take delivery of the remaining three bulkers by the end of November 2015.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Tech giant Google took down over three million fake business profiles last year from Google Maps that could potentially defraud customers, according to a company blogpost. Google, which helps people connect with businesses by offering information like contact details and directions to the establishment, said business scammers occasionally take advantage of local listings to make a profit. These scammers charge business owners for services that are actually free, defraud customers by posing as real businesses, and impersonate real businesses to secure leads and then sell them, Google Maps Product Director Ethan Russell said in a recent blogpost. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepHe added that the company has been using a wide array of techniques and approaches to limit abuse on its platforms. “(Last year), we took down more than three million fake business profiles and more than 90 per cent of those business profiles were removed before a user could even see the profile. Our internal systems were responsible for more than 85 per cent of these removals,” he said. More than 250,000 of fake business profiles that it removed were reported to Google by users, and the company disabled more than 150,000 user accounts that were found to be abusive (up 50 per cent from 2017). Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”It is a constant balancing act and we’re continually working on new and better ways to fight these scams using a variety of ever-evolving manual and automated systems,” Russell noted. Google said over the years, it has added more than 200 million places to Google Maps and every month, it connects people to businesses more than nine billion times, including over one billion phone calls and three billion requests for directions.last_img read more

first_imgBengaluru: ISRO on Sunday said it has successfully performed the fifth and final lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for the Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft and was gearing up for separation of the lander from the orbiter on September 2.All spacecraft parameters are normal, the Bengaluru headquartered space agency said after Sunday’s manoeuvre on the spacecraft, that is currently in the lunar orbit for its rendezvous with the Moon. “The final and fifth Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (September 01, 2019) beginning at 1821 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The duration of the manoeuvre was 52 seconds. The orbit achieved is 119 km x 127 km,” the Indian Space Research Organisation said in an update. It said the next operation is the separation of lander ‘Vikram’ from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter, which is scheduled on September 2, 2019, between 1245 hrs and 1345 hrs (IST). Following this, there would be two deorbit manoeuvres of lander ‘Vikram’ to prepare for its landing in the south polar region of the moon. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KVikram (with rover ‘Pragyan’ housed inside) is expected to touch down on the lunar surface on September 7, between 1.30 AM and 2.30 am. ISRO said that after the lander’s separation on Monday, two deorbit manoeuvres are scheduled for September 3 (9:00-10:00) and September 4 (3:00-4:00) respectively, before the powered decent on September 7. ISRO Chairman K Sivan has said the proposed soft-landing on the Moon would be a “terrifying” moment as it is something ISRO has not done before, whereas the Lunar Orbit Insertion manoeuvre was successfully carried out during the Chandrayaan-1 mission. In a major milestone for India’s second Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft had successfully entered the lunar orbit on August 20 by performing the LOI maneuver. Chandrayaan-2 satellite began its journey towards the moon, leaving the earth’s orbit in the dark hours on August 14, after a crucial manoeuvre called Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) carried out by ISRO to place the spacecraft on “Lunar Transfer Trajectory”. India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV MkIII-M1 had successfully launched the 3,840-kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into the earth’s orbit on July 22. The spacecraft’s health is being continuously monitored from the Mission Operations Complex at ISRO Telemetry,Tracking and Command Network in Bengaluru with support from Indian Deep Space Network antennas at Bylalu, near Bengaluru, the space agency has said. Following the landing, the rover ‘Pragyan’ will roll out from lander ‘Vikram’ between 5:30-6:30 am on September 7 and carry out experiments on the lunar surface for a period of one lunar day, which is equal to 14 earth days. The mission life of the lander is also one lunar day, while the orbiter will continue its mission for a year. The orbiter carries eight scientific payloads for mapping the lunar surface and study the exosphere (outer atmosphere) of the Moon while the lander carries three scientific payloads to conduct surface and subsurface science experiments. The rover carries two payloads to enhance the understanding of the lunar surface. India’s second lunar expedition would shed light on a completely unexplored section of the Moon, its South Polar region. ISRO has said that the mission objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface. On the science front, the mission aims to further expand the knowledge about the moon through a detailed study of its topography, mineralogy, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics and atmosphere, leading to a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the moon, the space agency had said.last_img read more

first_imgWith more than 29,000 tickets sold, Farm Aid 2012 is officially sold out. Fans at home can watch a special presentation of the concert event from Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 to 11 p.m. EDT at www.farmaid.org.Farm Aid has announced that Jamey Johnson and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals will join an already star-studded lineup at Farm Aid 2012. Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson; Neil Young, performing with Crazy Horse; John Mellencamp; and Dave Matthews, performing with Tim Reynolds, will headline the event. In addition, the stellar lineup to be hosted at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa., includes Kenny Chesney, Jack Johnson, ALO, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.“We are grateful for the overwhelming enthusiasm that Pennsylvania has shown for Farm Aid 2012,” said Jennifer Fahy, spokesperson for Farm Aid. “We hope that people across the country will tune in to farmaid.org to watch the “Farm Aid 2012: A Backstage Pass,” webcast. While we wish all our fans could join us at Hersheypark, we’re glad that those at home have a chance to be part of this music, food and farming event.”In addition to performances on stage, viewers of “Farm Aid 2012: A Backstage Pass” will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Farm Aid 2012, featuring interviews with artists, farmers and fans; demonstrations from the HOMEGROWN Village where concertgoers engage in interactive exhibits about farming and food; a look at Farm Aid’s signature HOMEGROWN Concessions, which brings family farm food to concertgoers; and a peek into the production side of things showcasing what it takes to produce this major music, food and farming festival.Farm Aid also announced that Willie Nelson will be joined onstage by special guests the Blackwood Quartet & the Bee Creek Gospel Singers. Brent James and the Contraband will entertain the crowd in the HOMEGROWN Village.The sponsors of Farm Aid 2012 are Giant Food Stores, Anvil Knitwear, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Horizon Organic, Weis Markets, Organic Valley, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Silk Soymilk, Amy’s Kitchen, Bell & Evans Air Chilled, Martin Guitar, Messina Wildlife PLOTSAVER and UNFI Foundation.For updates about Farm Aid 2012, visit www.farmaid.org and join the conversation at www.facebook.com/farmaid and www.twitter.com/farmaid.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook This interview has been edited and condensed.The TV Junkies: You’ve had such an interesting and varied career working in journalism, as a television executive and now running a production company with your sister. Can you share a little bit about how you got into the industry and whether making TV was something you always wanted to do?Amy Cameron: It wasn’t what I wanted to do. I remember telling my best friend in high school that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but if I could figure out a job telling stories then that would be great. I found myself circling various storytelling jobs and TV is just another way of telling stories. However, I went to university for fine arts and painting, found myself in New Brunswick and ended up working as a journalist. I then went to Maclean’s where I decided I would write a book and started freelancing as a journalist. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Stories can change our lives. Stories are an important tool for communication and in getting people to relate to one another. They matter. Telling good and interesting stories is exactly what producer Amy Cameron has strived to do for her entire career. It’s one of the driving reasons that she, along with her sister Tassie Cameron, started the production company Cameron Pictures Inc. Together, the sisters have used their independent production company to back Mary Kills People for Global TV and Lifetime, starring Caroline Dhavernas as an ER doctor who performs doctor assisted suicides, as well as the upcoming CBC comedy series Little Dog, created by and starring Joel Thomas Hynes as a boxer on a quest for redemption.Amy Cameron’s path to production company head was anything but straight-forward. She has worked at various positions, in and outside of the television industry, as a writer, journalist and network executive. As the former executive in charge of production in the drama department at CBC, Cameron oversaw projects such as Heartland, Republic of Doyle and The Book of Negroes. She was an editor for Maclean’s and contributed to publications such as The Globe and Mail, as well as a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre.Cameron recently spoke with The TV Junkies as part of our Women Behind Canadian TV series. She shared with us the principles used by Cameron Pictures when staffing their shows, and how they try to find diverse, sometimes young and inexperienced voices, and give them an opportunity to find new and exciting ways to tell stories. She also touched on positive initiatives she sees happening in the industry that give her hope things will continue to become more diverse and more inclusive moving forward. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

The attack took place at 12:15 local time in the capital, Islamabad, according to a statement from WFP, which added that a number of injured – some of whom are in a critical condition – are being treated in hospital.“This is a terrible tragedy for the UN and for the whole humanitarian community in Pakistan,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued in Geneva, where he is currently on an official visit.“This is a heinous crime committed against those who have been working tirelessly to assist the poor and the vulnerable on the frontlines of hunger and other human suffering in Pakistan,” he added.WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran expressed her deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the staff members who were killed or injured in the attack. They have been identified as Botan Ahmed Ali Al-Hayawi of Iraq, and Mohammed Wahab, Abid Rehman, Gulrukh Tahir and Farzana Barkat, all of whom are Pakistani nationals.“All of the victims were humanitarian heroes working on the frontlines of hunger in a country where WFP food assistance is providing a lifeline to millions. This is a tragedy – not just for WFP – but for the whole humanitarian community and for the hungry,” she stated.The UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan, Fikret Akcura, said there is no possible justification for this “shocking” crime against humanitarian workers. “We urge Pakistani authorities to place their full attention on arresting the perpetrators who planned and implemented this horrendous act of terrorism.” Following today’s attack all UN offices in the country have been temporarily closed. WFP is providing vital food assistance to as many as 10 million people across Pakistan, including emergency relief to as many as 2 million Pakistani civilians who were displaced by conflict in the Swat Valley region earlier this year. The agency also supports school meal programmes and targets food assistance at vulnerable groups of people across the country. 5 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s suicide attack against the office of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Pakistan in which five staff members were killed. read more

28 April 2011The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today urged businesses to transform their enterprises into low-carbon operations that are environmentally sound and benefit communities in order to remain profitable and sustainable. “Business as usual, which leads to broken ecosystems and a warming climate, contributes to increasing economic volatility, and to higher costs and lower profitability of doing business,” said Helen Clark, the UNDP Administrator, in a keynote address to the summit on business solutions for the environment, held in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.“Conversely, I believe that there will be significant business and livelihood opportunities, and a better future for us all, if we collectively commit to a sustainable course. The way we live and the way we do business needs to be aligned with achieving inclusive and low-carbon development,” she added.Miss Clark said she believes that, increasingly in global markets, goods and services with high carbon footprints and negative social costs will become less competitive and less desirable. She highlighted the proliferation of green certification systems as an indication that future markets will demand greater compliance with environmentally and socially responsible standards.“Markets will adapt to those global frameworks which are agreed to by the international community,” she said, citing as an example the Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization, which was adopted last year in the Japanese city of Nagoya.She said the protocol established a groundbreaking new standard for ensuring that local communities and developing countries benefit more equitably from the proceeds and use of biological resources.Miss Clark expressed UNDP’s solidarity with the one billion people across the world who live in extreme poverty and rely on the environment in which they live for their livelihoods and primary assets. Preserving ecosystems is critical for their daily survival and that of humankind, she said.She noted that the world’s poor are the most vulnerable to the effects of environmental degradation, including severe floods and droughts, extreme temperatures and rising sea levels resulting from climate change.“How to advance human development and progress for all those yearning for a better life, while also securing the future of our planet and its ecosystems, is one of the greatest challenges of our time.”The Administrator emphasized that inclusive and sustainable business models, as well as strong and capable government institutions and good policy, are key to achieving transformative solutions for the planet.“But above that, we need vision and commitment from all stakeholders, and the passionate belief that we can transform living standards while also sustaining our environment. Developed countries have a heavy responsibility for cleaning up their act, and for supporting developing countries to advance human development in sustainable ways. We are all in this together.” read more

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston sets the offense during a game against Illinois on Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 117-74. Credit: Brooke Profitt | Lantern photographerAs time ticked down at the Schottenstein Center in the final home game of the Ohio State women’s basketball team’s regular season against Illinois, the question was not which team would score more points. It was whether OSU’s starting backcourt of Kelsey Mitchell and Ameryst Alston could outscore the Fighting Illini on their own.On a warm Sunday afternoon in Columbus, No. 5 OSU (23-4, 15-1) ran past Illinois (9-18, 2-14) with an outstanding offensive showing, 117-74. The Buckeyes powered past the Illini behind an impressive offensive performance from the senior guard Alston, who scored 39 points, just three points shy of the single-game record at OSU. Meanwhile, the sophomore Mitchell had an extremely efficient day, putting in 35 points on 11-of-14 shooting, including eight 3-pointers.Combined, the duo matched the point total of the entire Illinois team, with 74. “We played with great pace, we shared the ball (and) we shot it well. We were extremely efficient,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “There’s not much more I could ask for in terms of how our offense went today.”The Buckeyes are now on a season-high 11-game win streak and still hold sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.  Before their final game at the Schott began, Alston, along with fellow senior Cait Craft and redshirt junior Kalpana Beach, were recognized for their contributions to the program over the course of their careers.The emotional pregame turned into a high-powered first-quarter offense for the Buckeyes. The Fighting Illini held their own through the first five minutes, but quickly fell behind by double digits when the Scarlet and Gray turned to their full-court press defense. The Buckeyes finished the first quarter with 37 points, 16 of which were dropped in by the nation’s fifth-leading scorer, Mitchell.OSU followed up its first quarter outburst with another offensively charged 10 minutes. An array of Buckeyes contributed to the second-quarter barrage.By the half, the lead had bloomed to 27 points as the Buckeyes owned a 67-40 advantage heading into the locker room. It marked the highest-scoring first half of the season for the Buckeyes. The Scarlet and Gray’s big lead was due in part to impressive team 3-point shooting effort, as they connected on 11 of their 18 attempts. At the midway point, Mitchell had 25 points for the Buckeyes on a nearly perfect 8-of-9 shooting. Alston added 19 points of her own.Although the Buckeyes maintained control for the vast majority of the game, Craft said she is still focused on what the team can improve on heading toward the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.“I feel that offense is something our team has, even when we’re not hitting shots, we find other ways to score,” Craft said, “Defensively is where we really need to work.”OSU showed no signs of rust coming off the break as it continued to add onto its already-impressive lead. No single player took control in the third period, but just about everyone who checked in meshed with the others and helped create scoring opportunities. At the conclusion of the third period, the Buckeyes were in control by 44 points. In the closing quarter, the Buckeyes held their own, maintaining their massive lead and spreading out playing time. The three players recognized before the game subbed out just before the end of the final quarter and were given a big round of applause by the home crowd. “I think we were really dialed in,” Alston said. “I feel like that’s how the game should be. When you make it fun and everyone is scoring it becomes contagious.”The Buckeyes are set to get back in action Wednesday on the road against Minnesota (18-9, 10-6). Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

first_imgDingo Software, the supplier of heavy asset management software and services, has announced the formation of what it claims is the world’s first Global Asset Wellness network. “Customers will now be able to receive expert maintenance insights on a wide range of mining assets anywhere, anytime” said Paul Higgins, CEO of Dingo. After developing this Cloud-based approach with customers in 2007, Dingo’s Asset Wellness network now protects over 70,000 major components daily, having received and processed tens of millions of data samples from a large range of sources including oil analysis labs, vibrations systems, VIMS, Komatsu VHMS, Detroit DDEC, Cummins Cense, Equipment Management Systems, SAP, tyre wear, component inspection reports and images, CMMS work orders, undercarriage wear, and fluid consumption.Data entering the 24-7 network is transformed into proactive work using Dingo’s Trakka software, which first filters the information using sophisticated rules and statistics, passing identified problems to teams of experienced maintenance experts for real, contextual decisions.  This announcement links Dingo’s global Insight and Action Centres and extends coverage across all time zones, meaning lower risk and higher responsiveness for customers. Dingo’s network is comprised of dedicated Asset Insight centers in Brisbane and Denver, connected to Asset Action centres in the UK; Muswellbrook, New South Wales; Timmins, Ontario; Fernie and Kamloops in British Columbia; Madisonville, Kentucky; Silver City, New Mexico; Boise, Idaho; and Elko, Nevada.  This Asset Wellness network is connected to customers through the Cloud-based Trakka software and to data sources through Dingo’s Connector Library.“Much like in human health, asset intensive industries are looking for ways to push the boundaries of what it means to operate in an optimum state”, said Higgins.  “While ‘health care’ triggers images of hospitals treating the ill, ‘Wellness’ describes groups of people enjoying long and full lives, through regular exercise and proactive measures.  This vision captures what Dingo is bringing to the world of Asset Management.” In a recent example, a Dingo customer, whose five mines are served by Dingo’s Denver Insight center, realised a 19% improvement in average life across an entire mining system.  This was achieved through close monitoring of health indicators, combined with rapid action on recommendations issued directly from Dingo’s Network, to maintenance staff. “Users benefit from analysis of the largest OEM-independent database of comparative machine performance information,” commented Colin Donnelly, Dingo’s Director of Engineering. “Our goal is to make it easy for asset managers to find and fix problems before they become an expensive failure, and to take care of their machines so they can maximise their longevity.”last_img read more

first_imgEnda Kenny is not someone that hold’s grudges, we have seen that in other incidences too. It is not his style. I have always had a good working relationship with him.He reiterated however that him rejoining the party was not something that “is best for him, but what has to be best for the party”.Reapplication When asked why he was waiting to make a formal application he agreed there is a cooling off period, but added that when Peader Tóibín was suspended from Sinn Féin over the same issue last July, it was for a period of six months.“Fine Gael took a stronger line on the matter than Sinn Féin did,” adding he did not think it was feasible for him to be reinstated prior to Tóibín being brought back into Sinn Féin.Speaking about the contentious relationship he has had with other colleagues that were expelled and have since formed the Reform Alliance, he said that a lot of what he said to them was “taken completely out of context”.Reform Alliance members claimed that Walsh spoke about fundraising for the new grouping and creating a fully-fledged political party at a meeting held before the Dáil resumed last September.Fundraising He said that during a meeting members of the Reform Alliance spoke about hiring researchers and setting up a website.“I simply asked the question about how this was all going to be funded, that was all I asked. Since then I see they have signed up to the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) as a third party, meaning they can now raise funds,” said Walsh.When asked if other members, such as those in the Reform Alliance, were to reapply for readmittance to the party, what would the atmosphere be like, Brian Walsh said he held nothing against the Reform Alliance members.He added that he had spoken to a number, such as Lucinda Creighton and Paul Bradford over Christmas.“I don’t hold anything against them. It’s all water under the bridge. I don’t in any way discourage what they are doing, fresh ways of thinking are to be welcomed, and things can be said in the heat of the moment”.Reform AllianceHe did however state that the Reform Alliance was originally set up to ensure the members got adequate speaking rights, but said: “I think it has evolved to something much bigger than that now”.When asked whether he thought applications for readmittance from members of the Reform Alliance would be looked on as favourably as he thought his might be, he said, from his own assessment only, “if they were to reapply, like me, then I think the party would look on them favourably”.He added that that was his own assessment and not something that had been indicated from anything internal from Fine Gael.Read: “Reform Alliance wants to undermine Taoiseach” – Brian Walsh> Read: Creighton: ‘I don’t have any anti-Enda sentiment, I just want to get on with the job’> GALWAY WEST TD Brian Walsh believes he has a “good chance” of being allowed rejoin the Fine Gael parliamentary party when he submits a formal application to rejoinSpeaking to TheJournal.ie, he said that Enda Kenny had taken a “softer line” than previous during his trade mission to the Gulf on the ‘rebels’ who were expelled from the parliamentary party for voting against the abortion bill last July.He said he hoped to reapply for membership “perhaps in the first half of this year”, adding: “I always said that I wanted to be a member of Fine Gael party. I think I have demonstrated, unlike other members, that this was a single issue matter for me”.He added that from discussions with members of the party he said he believed it would be looked on favourably, stating he had consulted widely with colleagues on the matter.Meetings with the TaoiseachWalsh also said that he had met the Taoiseach on numerous occasions since his expulsion from the party.“I have spoken with Enda Kenny on many matters since I left. I have met him socially down in Galway while he was here and of course at formal occasions too and we have discussed many issues. The decision about my readmittance ultimately lies with him to decide,” said Walsh.He added:last_img read more

first_img Driver Finds Dog With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped in OhioWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike Stay on target We all have that one friend who can’t bear to watch a movie where an animal dies (me, for example). And yeah, I get the real world is hard, and we shouldn’t shelter ourselves blah blah, but look. I’ve seen some shit and maybe when I chillax for the night, I don’t want to see cute stuff dying. Also, content warning for mentions of a lot of rough stuff. That’s the idea behind doesthedogdie.com. It’s essentially a website that logs lots of information about various movies and shows and crowdsources answers on basic triggers. Some people (also me) really can’t stomach seeing torture on-screen. Others hate nail-pulling or anything with teeth, or whatever. The idea here is that if you’re looking to sit down for a good movie, you can do a quick scan (obviously with loads of spoilers). But it will let you know if it’s going to be something you can snuggle up with, or one that might need to be consumed alongside two gallons of hot chocolate and a giant baggie of marshmallows. The top movies currently include Avengers: Infinity War (no, no dead dogs), The Meg (also no), and… uhhh…. John Wick. Which… yeah. We shouldn’t even mention that anymore lest alternate-reality Wick pops out of a screen and murders me six ways to Sunday for even thinking about his pooch.Unfortunately, as of yet the database is pretty fresh, so there isn’t too much data on each film/show/book/game, but that’s part of the jam. As it gets more coverage, more people use it and it becomes more useful. And given just how many people I know from all different walks of life really want to have some idea about specific shit in a movie like… well whether or not the dog dies, this is a pretty good resource to keep your eye on. But yeah. Trillions of spoilers. So… mega-warning there.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Military officials are investigating the sudden death of a South Florida soldier inside the barracks at Fort Bragg.This marks the second death of a Fort Bragg soldier in the past week.Twenty-two-year-old army specialist Carlton Butler was found dead in his barracks in North Carolina over the weekend.Butler was from North Miami Beach and joined the Army in June 2014. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in December of that same year.Lt. Col. Graham R. White said in a statement, “Carlton was an energetic and motivated paratrooper. Our thoughts now turn to his family and fellow paratroopers.”Days earlier, on Thanksgiving Day, a soldier from Georgia was also found dead in his barracks.Both deaths are under investigation by military officials. last_img read more