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Be sensitive while reporting suicides, says Goa child panel chief

first_imgPanaji: The Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR) on Wednesday issued a comprehensive set of guidelines for the media to follow while reporting suicides, particularly by children and adolescents.Dr. Sushma Kirtani, chairperson of GSCPCR, in a covering letter attached to the guidelines, said the Commission had taken suo motu note of some recent suicides cases by students which were inappropriately reported in some sections of media. Referring, in particular, to the reportage of a suicide by a student in Bicholim in North Goa on Wednesday, Dr. Kirtani said, “We are very disturbed by such reporting.” The GSCPCR chairperson cautioned that “as per the WHO guidelines, the media is not supposed to report in details such information as it is very detrimental to children reading it. It also can lead to “copy cat suicides” or threatening or blackmailing parents when they try to instil discipline.”Dr. Kirtani who has also been formulating a comprehensive State policy on mental health for children and adolescents with inputs from her own colleagues and from experts, urged the media to do “responsible and sensitive reporting”.last_img read more

Navarro catches fire late as San Sebastian forces three-way tie for 4th

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Blazers have now lost six of their last seven games to drop to 3-10.The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 73 – Navarro 16, Calisaan 11, Costelo 10, Bulanadi 8, Valdez 8, Baetiong 7, David 5, Ilagan 3, Calma 2, Mercado 2, Gayosa 1, Baytan 0, Capobres 0, Quipse 0.ST. BENILDE 61 – Leutcheu 15, Naboa 15, Castor 7, Belgica 5, Domingo 5, San Juan 4, Young 4, Johnson 3, Mercado 2, Dixon 1, Pili 0, Sta. Maria 0.Quarters: 13-10, 30-20, 51-42, 73-61.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Lyceum refuses to be content with Final Four spot MOST READ Michael Calisaan chipped in a double-double with 11 markers and 11 rebounds, while Ryan Costelo got 10 for San Sebastian, as it kept itself in the Final Four race with its 6-6 record and forcing a three-way logjam at fourth place with Letran and EAC.“I guess the boys really want to be here. Hopefully, everybody will step up so that we won’t have a difficult time getting to the Final Four,” said coach Egay Macaraya.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Golden Stags had a hard time pulling away against the Blazers before Navarro drilled back-to-back triples in the payoff period to grab a 70-52 lead with 3:34 remaining.Clement Leutcheu paced St. Benilde with 15 points and nine rebounds against eight turnovers, while Unique Naboa also had 15 markers and three boards. Renzo Navarro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRenzo Navarro waxed hot in the fourth quarter as he led San Sebastian to a 73-61 win over St. Benilde Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The diminutive playmaker went 5-of-6 from beyond the arc to finish with 16 points, 12 of which coming in the payoff period to help the Golden Stags hold off the Blazers.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City PLAY LIST 01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Iowa Releases 6-Minute Tribute Video To Roy Marble, Who Passed Away Friday

first_imgA game ball for the NCAA Tournament.LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 15: A detail of an official NCAA Men’s Basketball game ball made by Wilson is seen on the court as the Iowa State Cyclones play against the Connecticut Huskies during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)It’s been a tough week for Iowa fans. This past Tuesday, former football star Tyler Sash passed away at the age of just 27 years old. Friday, former basketball player Roy Marble, the leading scorer in Hawkeyes history, died after a year-long battle with cancer. He was only 48 years old.Friday afternoon, Iowa released a touching six-minute tribute video in Marble’s memory. You can view it below.A Tribute Video to Roy Marble http://t.co/EyoS82ilVl— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) September 11, 2015Our thoughts and prayers are with Marble’s friends and family during what’s surely been a tough week.last_img read more

Crude by rail exports rise to record level of more than 300000

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada rose to a record 327,229 barrels per day in October.That’s up more than 21 percent from 269,829 in September and represents the first time exports by rail have exceeded 300,000 barrels per day _ in October 2017, only 137,000 bpd left the country in railcars.Full export pipelines were blamed for a glut of oil in Western Canada that pressed down a the price for a key benchmark oilsands blend. Western Canadian Select was priced more than US$50 per barrel less that New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate in October.Those differentials have narrowed to around US$15 per barrel since the government of Alberta announced in early December it would impose crude oil production curtailments of 325,000 bpd starting Jan. 1.The province has also promised to buy as many as 80 locomotives and 7,000 rail tankers to help move oil to markets starting in late 2019.Oilsands giant Suncor Energy Inc. warned last week that the tighter differentials have made crude-by-rail shipping “uneconomic.” Analysts estimate it costs about US$20 per barrel to ship Canadian oil by rail to markets on the U.S. Gulf Coast, so differentials that are lower than that make the practise less attractive.last_img read more

Ethiopia set to send crashed Boeing jets black box abroad

first_imgHejere: The black box from the Boeing jet that crashed and killed all 157 people on board will be sent overseas for analysis but no country has been chosen, an Ethiopian Airlines spokesman said Wednesday, as much of the world grounded or barred the plane model and grieving families arrived at the disaster site. In an interview with The Associated Press, Asrat Begashaw said the airline has “a range of options” for the data and voice records of the flight’s last moments. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”What we can say is we don’t have the capability to probe it here in Ethiopia,” he said. An airline official has said one recorder was partially damaged. The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed six minutes after takeoff Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. The disaster is the second with a Max 8 plane in just five months. While some aviation experts have warned against drawing conclusions until more information on the latest crash emerges, much of the world, including the entire European Union, has grounded the Boeing jetliner or banned it from their airspace. Ethiopian Airlines, widely seen as Africa’s best-managed airline, grounded its remaining four 737 Max 8s. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThat leaves the United States as one of the few remaining operators of the plane. “Similar causes may have contributed to both events,” European regulators said, referring to the Lion Air crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people last year. Others took action on Wednesday. Lebanon and Kosovo barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from their airspace, and Norwegian Air Shuttles said it would seek compensation from Boeing after the low-cost carrier grounded its fleet. The US-based Boeing has said it has no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies and does not intend to issue new recommendations about the aircraft to customers.last_img read more

Ajax consider Barca as favourites to sign De Ligt

first_imgAjax sporting director Marc Overmars has tipped Barcelona to land in-demand duo Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong.De Ligt has been on the radar of Juventus, while De Jong is equally in demand with Barca keen on wrapping up a deal with the parent club.Multiple reports have said the Dutch giants would demand a whopping €140m to part company with their highly-rated star duo.“Barcelona are the favourites, they are a fantastic club,” said Overmars – who used to play at the Camp Nou – as cited by Football Espana.Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“But there are two other clubs who are also very close and all of Europe is moving, so Barca must do this well.“Can Messi help? Yes, but money is not the important factor for them – last year they turned down betters offers to stay here.“Will my time at Barca help? They already know about the club without the need for me to say.”last_img read more

San Diegos high surf advisory will remain in effect until ten tonight

first_img Posted: December 18, 2018 San Diego’s high surf advisory will remain in effect until ten tonight Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dan Plante, center_img December 18, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s high surf advisory will remain in effect until ten tonight.Even though the waves seem dangerous to some, local surfers see them more as an opportunity.Waves measuring in the double digits were seen around the county coastline. Updated: 5:32 PMlast_img read more

Alaska LNG Community Meeting

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska LNG Project Team is hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, June 20, at the Nikiski Recreation Center to present the final decision on the Kenai Spur Highway reroute. Jesse Carlstrom Communications Manager with the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation: “The team, at Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, is extremely sensitive to the fact that the Kenai Spur Highway Reroute will impact residents and Alaskans throughout the Kenai and specifically Nikiski area. Nikiski residents will be the very first to know about the selected reroute.”  The AGDC in April 2017 provided the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with a site map of the proposed LNG plant in Nikiski, showing locations for the three liquefaction trains, two LNG storage tanks, material offloading facility and north and south plant entrances. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m., with an Open House followed by a presentation at 7:00 p.m.center_img Following the site map, the AGDC filed a map of possible alternatives for relocating the Kenai Spur Highway around the LNG plant site to FERC. According to Carlstrom the AGDC has not submitted the final selected route to FERC: “It’s extremely important to us to let residents be the first to know about the selected reroute. So, that’s why we (AGDC) have not submitted this proposed reroute alternative to regulatory agencies, specifically the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that is overseeing the Alaska LNG project, we will let the public know first.”last_img read more

Study How Successful are Journalism Grads After Graduation

first_imgThe University of Georgia has released its annual survey measuring the success of journalism and mass communications majors in finding jobs after graduation. The study found that about three out of four of those with bachelor’s degrees had successfully found employment upon graduation.Just a few months after graduation, on the benchmark date of Oct. 31, the survey found that 56 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients had a full-time job, a slight improvement from 53.3 percent the previous year. This can be compared to 56.6 percent of master’s degree recipients who had a full-time job on the same benchmark date. The success for bachelor’s recipients continued to increase six to eight months after graduation, with 65.6 percent of graduates securing full-time jobs.However, not all of these opportunities were in the field of the respondents’ majors. About 60 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients held jobs in the field of communications six to eight months after graduation, an increase from the previous year.Bachelor’s degree recipients who found full-time work earned an average of $32,000 in 2012, compared to $31,000 a year earlier. This increase was sufficient to offset the effects of a relatively modest inflation. By comparison, master’s degree recipients with full-time jobs earned an average of $40,000 in 2012, the same as in 2011. The study also found that journalism and communications graduates were more successful compared to others in the 20-24 year old age group. Journalism graduates had about a 10 percent unemployment rate, while the unemployment rate of the entire U.S. Labor Force aged 20-24 years old with bachelor’s degrees was about 14 percent.The report stated that about a quarter of the bachelor’s degree recipients said that they regretted studying journalism and communications, similar to the past.More female graduates reported having a full-time job than men in 2012, which has been the case historically. Also, bachelor’s degree recipients of racial and ethnic minority backgrounds had more difficulty finding work than other graduates. This gap has been consistent over time and was nearly the same as the previous year. Those minorities who were able to find a job were much less likely to find one in the field of communications than graduates who were not members of minority groups.last_img read more

Shawsheen Elementary School Adds A Kindness Library

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Shawsheen Elementary School recently added a “Kindness Library” to its school library.Kindness libraries are bookcases filled with more than 50 different children’s books books that teach and highlight lessons in kindness.  The mobile bookshelf is filled with quality texts that help foster and support friendships and kindness initiatives at school.The Shawsheen received the kindness library after winning a raffle at the Massachusetts Reading Association Conference. The kindness library, valued at approximately $1,000, was donated by the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation, Inc.“The Kindness Library will provide a concrete place for students to initiate inclusive behaviors while fostering friendships and reinforcing kindness,” said Principal Lisa King. “This gift represents and touches upon many values that we hope to instill in our youth, such as respect, kindness, empathy and inclusion.”The school dedicated the library to the district’s late superintendent Joanne Benton. A plaque with her name was included on the bookshelf.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: How To Talk To The Other Side on Sept. 10; Classical Music Concert on Sept. 12In “Community”BREAKING NEWS: Longtime School Committee Member, Community Leader Peggy Kane Passes AwayIn “Breaking News”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wilmington Rotary Club Donates $6,000 For Student Physical Activity BagsIn “Education”last_img read more

Hajj agencies spurn punishment

first_imgHajj pilgrims at the airport. Photo: Prothom AloDespite facing penalty over the past two years for various irregularities, a total of 26 hajj agencies have created a crisis for around 4,000 intended hajj pilgrims this year again.The pilgrimage of over 4,000 Bangladeshis still remains uncertain as their hajj agencies are yet to apply for visas and rent houses in time for the pilgrims.Biman and Saudi Airlines started carrying pilgrims from 24 July.So far, a total of 33 hajj flights have been cancelled due to the shortage of pilgrims.According to religious affairs ministry officials, a total of 91 hajj agencies compounded the crisis as they failed to complete visa procedures and rent houses in due time.Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB) secretary general Shahadat Hossain told Prothom Alo that only a few agencies are involved with irregularities and mismanagement.The same dubious persons take licences in different names, he added.Shahadat also said that these people should be identified and measures have to be taken so that they can never get licences.On 10 August, the religious affairs ministry served 377 hajj operators including the 91 with show cause notices for irregularities.The religious affairs ministry penalised a total of 26 hajj agencies – 13 in 2015 and another 13 in 2016 – on charges of irregularities and mismanagement.In this context, former HAAB chairman Mohammad Ibrahim told Prothom Alo, “Pilgrims suffer every year due to some agencies. The ministry fines the agencies after hajj, but the agencies don’t care about the punishment as the fine is too scanty.”In 2016, the religious affairs ministry fined 84 hajj agencies for different anomalies, deception, and mismanagement. Among the agencies, Gulf Travels was fined Tk 5,00,000 and Gaus Pak Tours and Travels Tk 4,00,000.Al Aqsa Travels, Gausia Travels and Tours, Abrar Tours and Travels, Mozaddia Hajj Travels and Tours, SM Travels International were fined Tk 2,00,000 each.Salamat Hajj Travels and Tours, Solaiman Travels and Tours, SN Travels and Tours, Noorani Tours and Travels, Zanurain Travels were fined Tk 1,00,000 each.Managing director of Gulf Travels, Mohammad Shah Alam, claimed that their 213 passengers will fly for Saudi Arabia in a day or two.However 190 pilgrims of Gulf Travels, of the 213 with visas, could not yet fly for Makkah.“How can I send pilgrims before the date I rented houses for the pilgrims?” said Mohammad Mohiuddin, owner of Gausia Travels and Tours.Jont secretary of the religious affairs ministry Mohammed Hafiz Uddin told Prothom Alo, if any agency penalised in the past is involved in irregularities this time two, their licences will be revoked.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition is rewritten in English by Imam Hossainlast_img read more

Pakistan market bomb attack kills at least 31

first_imgLocation of Peshawar, Pakistan. Photo: Screenshot taken from Google MapAt least 31 people were killed and 50 wounded when a bomb hidden in a carton of vegetables ripped through a crowded marketplace in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal region Friday, officials said.The attack took place during the regular Friday bazaar in Kalaya, a town in a Shiite-dominated area of Orakzai tribal district, senior local official Khalid Iqbal told AFP.”According to our initial investigation, it was an improvised explosive device hidden in a carton of vegetables,” he said.Another senior official, Ameen Ullah, said 31 people had been killed, including 22 Shiites.More than 50 people were wounded, with 17 of them in critical condition, he said. Tribal police confirmed the toll.Orakzai is one of seven restive semi-autonomous tribal regions on the Afghan border, an area that has long been a focal point in the global war on terror and was famously described by Barack Obama as “the most dangerous place in the world”.Washington has insisted that the mountainous region provides safe havens to militants including the Afghan Taliban and Al Qaeda — an allegation that Islamabad denies.Pakistan, which joined the US war on terror in 2001, says it has paid the price for the alliance.It has been battling Islamist groups in the tribal belt since 2004, after its army entered the region to search for Al-Qaeda fighters who had fled across the border following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.Multiple bloody military operations have been carried out in the area, officially known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and home to around five million ethnic Pashtuns.Security has improved in the region in recent years, though lower-level attacks are still carried out with devastating regularity, often targeting Shiites in the area.But it remains notorious for the availability of cheap guns and smuggled goods, along with narcotics including hashish and opium grown in both the FATA and neighbouring Afghanistan.Residents also complain of undue harassment by security forces, citing disappearances and extrajudicial killings.Earlier this year Pakistan passed legislation which paves the way for the tribal areas to be merged into neighbouring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, bringing them into the political mainstream.The move will impose the Pakistani judicial system on a region still loosely governed by British colonial-era laws and the tribal system of honour, which has always existed on the fringes of the state.last_img read more

Liquor Stores Struggle In Aftermath of Riots

first_img(Screenshot from a YouTube video)The long-faded sign proclaimed the store’s fares—liquor and lottery. On April 27, however, the establishment on the corner of North and N. Fulton avenues resembled an ants’ nest—looters swarming in and out of the dark, yawning opening, toting pilfered goods away.Hours later—after the burial of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old Sandtown-Winchester man who died from injuries sustained while in police custody—the nameless liquor store was ablaze, becoming one of the iconic images of the civil unrest in Baltimore.Weeks later, Charm City is in rehab. But recovery for that unnamed liquor store and about 22 others—unlike the remainder of the nearly 400 businesses, including 17 other liquor stores, damaged in the uprising—will be much harder. Last month, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced those 23 liquor stores are ineligible for no-interest loans available to damaged businesses because they “nonconforming,” that is, they are not in line with a zoning ban on the sale of alcohol in residential areas.“I have a great amount of sympathy for those stores that have been damaged, and we want them to rebuild; we want them to reopen,” Rawlings-Blake said in making the announcement. “But with all the grants and the loan programs that we have available we have a unique opportunity for these nonconforming liquor stores to convert into uses that can uplift our community.”At the basis of the mayor’s decision are ongoing efforts to retool Baltimore’s zoning laws.According to Laurie Feinberg, of the Department of Planning, the city’s first zoning ordinance was approved in 1923 and zoning laws were last updated in 1971. Though the zoning changes banned alcohol sales in residential neighborhoods, preventing new takeaway liquor establishments from being built, existing liquor stores were “grandfathered” in, or allowed to continue their operations.There are about 100 such nonconforming liquor stores peppered across Baltimore, officials said, though they tend to be concentrated in certain neighborhoods.“We have an overpopulation of liquor stores in predominantly low-income communities in Baltimore,” said Kevin Harris, a spokesman for the Mayor’s Office. “Anybody that rides through portions of Baltimore can see: There’s a liquor store on every corner…. The community had complained about them for years.”In 2008, efforts to shutter those nonconforming off-site liquor stores took flight when the Department of Planning began the process of rewriting the city’s zoning code.“A group of public health advocates—a really quite adamant and outspoken group—brought to our attention the high concentration of liquor outlets in Baltimore and, specifically, the public health impact,” Feinberg said.In 2012, a new zoning proposal called “TransForm Baltimore” was introduced into the City Council (Bill 12-0152). And a health impact assessment called “Zoning for a Healthy Baltimore,” which was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and largely conducted by investigators from Johns Hopkins University, was consulted during the development of that plan.“It was a relatively exhaustive process,” said Dr. Rachel Thornton, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins’ School of Medicine and a co-author of the assessment. “We were particularly interested in the health equity issues in the city. [And] we sought to frame our work around the major health disparities in the neighborhoods.”Thornton said, for example, they were sensitive to the fact that recommendations or solutions could have varying impacts on different neighborhoods.An issue that stood out was the proliferation of alcohol outlets and the disparate impact on poorer communities.“One of the things that popped out pretty consistently in the research literature, especially with regards to liquor establishments, is that both the proximity to outlets and the density of outlets are associated with increased risk of violent crimes,” Thornton said.In a September 2013 follow-up study titled, “Neighborhood Alcohol Outlets and the Association with Violent Crime in One Mid-Atlantic City: The Implications for Zoning Policy,” lead author Jacky Jennings and others conducted an analysis of census tracts in Baltimore City from 2011 to 2012. The data included violent crimes (51,942) from 2006 to 2010, licensed alcohol outlets establishments (1,327) from 2005 to 2006, and data on neighborhood disadvantage, percent minority, percent occupancy, and drug arrests from 2005 to 2009.In addition to finding that the city had “more than twice the number of outlets per capita as mandated by Maryland state law” (1,330 licenses compared to 630 based on population), the study also found statistically significant correlations between alcohol establishments and violent crime, mirroring findings in other urban centers.“Each one-unit increase in the number of alcohol outlets was associated with a 2.2 [percent] increase in the count of violent crimes adjusting for neighborhood disadvantage, percent minority, percent occupancy, drug arrests, and spatial dependence,” reported the study, which was published in the National Institutes of Health’s {Urban Health Journal}. It later added, “Evidence suggests that off-premise alcohol outlets double the risk of violent crime and are specifically associated with increased homicide rates.”In the unadjusted model, each unit increase in alcohol outlets accounted for a 1.5 percent increase in violent crime.Partly reflecting the findings and recommendations of the Health Impact Assessment, the proposal to rewrite Baltimore’s zoning ordinance includes provisions to address the potential adverse health impacts of liquor establishments decreasing the density of alcohol outlets over a period of time.For liquor stores to become conforming, they have to either move out of residential zones or “they have to agree to provide or perform other services in the community,” Harris said. “We have a number of programs to provide them with incentives to help them conform, so they’re more reflective of the desires the community has.“Imagine if each of these liquor stores reopened as stores that sold fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, things that the communities needs and other essential groceries,” Rawlings-Blake said during the June 15 press conference. “The impact such a change would have, it would be dramatic on our ability to reduce and even eliminate food deserts in many of our communities across the city.”In the meantime, the 23 nonconforming liquor stores damaged earlier this year will have to petition the state–which is also offering interest-free recovery loans of up to $35,000 without the city’s restrictions—or meet other criteria to access city-provided recovery funds.“The mayor has said if you want to receive funds you have to get a letter of support from your City Council representative, who must agree to make [the establishment] a conforming liquor store,” Harris said, “and you have to get a letter of support from the community.”last_img read more

Scientists investigate how chemicals evolved into communication signals

first_imgInsects are attracted to the chemicals in flowers, helping to pollinate the flowers. Image credit: John Severns, Wikimedia Commons. Explore further Citation: Scientists investigate how chemicals evolved into communication signals (2011, January 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-scientists-chemicals-evolved.html Copyright 2010 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. 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. Pheromones a myth in mammals More information: Sandra Steiger, Thomas Schmitt, and H. Martin Schaefer. “The origin and dynamic evolution of chemical information transfer.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2285 (PhysOrg.com) — Living things possess many diverse ways of communicating, but perhaps the oldest and most widespread form of communication involves the use of chemicals. From animals and plants to bacteria and fungi, organisms emit and receive chemical signals as a way of transferring information between one another. Organisms are sensitive to a very broad range of chemicals; for example, scientists estimate that rodents can detect thousands or even tens of thousands of odorant molecules. Exactly how organisms evolved the ability to use chemicals to communicate is still an open question. In a recent review of the subject, researchers Sandra Steiger from Illinois State University and Thomas Schmitt and H. Martin Schaefer, both from the University of Freiburg in Freiburg, Germany, have proposed several mechanisms that help clarify the possible origin and evolution of chemical information transfer. Their study is published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.As the scientists explained, chemical information can be found in mammal excrement, insects’ cuticles, spider silk, plant nectar, and so on. Other organisms detect the chemical information in these substances to gain information. For example, red harvester ants have different chemicals in their cuticles that can reveal to other ants whether they are foragers or nest-maintenance workers. And wolves’ feces contain sex hormone levels that indicate their status within the pack to other wolves. The scientists suggested that these chemical cues originated for non-communicative purposes at first, and only inadvertently contained information that other organisms detected. Then, the chemical cues could have evolved into signals in a few different ways. If the organism that detected the original chemical reacted in a way that benefitted the organism that released the chemical, then the chemical’s function as a means of communication should be enhanced through evolution. Enhancement could be done by, for example, the sender increasing the quantity of the chemical cue, adding behavioral components to the chemical cue, or modifying the chemical cue to become more conspicuous.“In the last years, research on the evolution of chemical signals has largely focused on sex pheromones and their diversification due to speciation events,” Steiger told PhysOrg.com. “However, there are other or additional reasons for the ubiquity and high abundance of chemical signals. Our concept that signals derive from cues is not a novel concept; however, it has been an astonishingly underappreciated topic. The studies we present in our review show that a wide range of organisms release waste products and chemical compounds with non-communicative functions. These chemicals can incidentally carry information and therefore provide multiple starting points for the evolution of chemical communication. As there are different ways how selection enhances the communicative function of these chemicals, several distinct evolutionary trajectories of chemical communication are possible.”Because organisms possess such a large number of different odor receptors, the scientists predicted that evolution may have tailored organisms’ chemical signals to match the sensitivities of the intended receivers while avoiding those of predators. To better understand this process, Steiger says that more phylogenetic studies are needed to support the concept that chemical signals can derive from cues, which is not well-investigated. Phylogenetic studies could also reveal how often organisms use different techniques for enhancing the efficiency of chemical communication (for example, how often behavioral elements are added and how often only the quantity of a chemical is increased).“There is definitely a need for studies that evaluate the different selection factors acting on chemicals,” Steiger said. “Chemicals can have both a communicative role and a non-communicative function (e.g., chemicals on the cuticles of insects protect against desiccation and bacteria, but also function frequently as sex pheromones). Are these multiple functions in conflict or in accordance?”last_img read more

Dance as a way of life

first_imgThey say dance is the hidden language of the soul. Groomed in classical Tanjore dance, Sohini Roychowdhury combines the best of two worlds — a classical conservative training and a modern innovative outlook. Expressional dance being her forte, she gives greater importance to the aesthetics of dance and the clear interpretation of mythology. She shares her journey with Millennium Post, where she talks about her recent innovative forays into the realm of self-choreographed thematic dance dramas, which she performs with her troupe Sohinimoksha. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How did classical dance happen to you?Born to sitar maestro Pandit Subroto Roychowdhury, breathing in notes of Ahir Bahirav, Jhinjhoti, Desh, Behag and Rageshri, dawn to dusk; classical music was, by default, an ingrained way of life. Bharatanatyam happened to me, like falling in love for the first time — it cannot be rationalised or explained easily, but can only be felt in the veins and stirs up a deep passion. When I saw Yamini Krishnamurthy on stage for the first time in my life, she created a fairy-tale that I wanted to be a part of. When she held the Krishna posture, I could almost hear the notes of the flute and that was the only language I wanted to speak. I was hooked for life. I started formal training from the tender age of seven, under Guru Thankamani Kutty, and later, under Guru Kalamandalam Venkitt, as far as mastering the structured form goes. Subsequent innovations and embellishments have been learnt and self-taught from Life. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWho has been your idol, and who ignited your passion for Dance?Yamini Krishnamurthy is my inspiration. She was past her prime when I first saw her dance but I was in love with the magic and poetry of her movement. I saw Birju Maharaj when well past his prime and overweight, but his ‘abhinaya’ left me spellbound. I saw this shy lovesick Radha on stage and forgot everything else. Last but not the least, Michael Jackson and his mesmerising stage presence with his special ability to leave an audience spellbound. How challenging is it to promote classical dance in a foreign land?Rather challenging, I would say, as one is constantly dealing with cultural racism, complete ignorance tinted liberally with snobbery, superficial Bollywood driven India Exotica and the rather fatal India ‘Idiotica’. Thankfully, we have managed to combat these monsters, to a very large extent, and also my student and audience base are international, which is not restricted to the expat Indian communities and that is primarily due to the fact that I have taken the time and made the effort, to transform the oldest form of Indian classical dance form with or without fusion, that is universally appealing. By integrating it in myriad ways with local rhythms and tunes, dances and movements, by extending its boundaries beyond the inherent rigidity of the craft, meshing it with Tchaikovsky, with Flamenco, splitting the core into an universal amalgamation of cultures and civilizations, whilst retaining the essence of the ancient form — Connecting Civilizations. That has been, and still continues to be, my mantra to rise beyond this challenge.How have international audiences warmed up to you?The response is emotional and overwhelming at all times. There is, amongst my Madrid audience, a girl of five, who always insists that her parents bring her to every performance of Sohinimoksha, and calls me ‘Maya’, the character played by me in one of our dance operas — ‘Maya’s Dream’. Yet another fan, a wheelchair bound 80-year old Spanish lady is a regular at all our Madrid shows, and is left teary-eyed at the end of each performance. There are, of course the usual inquisitive, wide-eyed first timers, whose closeted image of an archetypal elephants-peacocks-palaces-Bollywood India is at once shattered, re-built and expanded into new and magical horizons, and some who flock backstage to indulge in a quick chat with me and the other dancers, and of course for selfies. A Bulgarian film-maker, Denica Veselinova, travelled with me and my troupe to Kerala during our Prabasi Bharatiya Divas show, specifically to make a documentary on the trip and the performance —Bailando India.What is your opinion about pursuing dance as a profession in India? Do you think it should be promoted in schools, too?Like anywhere else in the world, deciding to be an artist, needs a lot of faith and passion but one needs to be a braveheart. You may be rejected 100 times, but each time you fall, you rise up with more conviction than ever. In India, deciding to be a professional classical dancer is certainly very difficult, far more than deciding to be a doctor, a CA or a banker. In those professions, there are certain inherent livelihood guarantees that come with the degree or the education however such is not the case in taking up dance as a career as there’s no certainty or guarantee of a secured livelihood, or future on the whole. Yet audience’s appreciation and the magic displayed on stage, often surpasses lifelong financial security. Moreover, it is the passion that carries the best of us through. As far as promotion in schools are concerned, dance and music must be essential parts of any school curriculum,  especially in a country like ours, which has such a rich tradition in both. To  promote sensitivity, kindness and creativity — essential skills are needed for a harmonious existence.Any advice or tips to upcoming artists?Work hard, have faith, focus and fire – the holy trinity and stick to your passion, come what may. There’s magic, that will last and bring happiness to all around you, ever after. Art is the expression of love and harmony, there is nothing beyond.Some memorable moments and achievements in her career Forming my troupe Sohinimoksha World Dance and Communications – 2006 Dancing for the premier of the multi-Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire at the request of its director, Danny Boyle – Feb 2009.For my troupe, Sohinimoksha, comprising of dancers from all over the Occidental world, to be invited to perform in front of the President of India at the Prabasi Bharatiya Divas in Kochi, Kerala, homeland to a million ace native Bharatanatyam dancers– January 2013. Winning the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Award at the House of Lords, British Parliament, London – October 2013. Also when the Ambassador of India to Spain, Sunil Lal, walked into my Madrid studio andgreatly appreciated our Moksha style. This was the magic wand of faith for all my students, and for me, that led us through ever after, even when faced with the worst professional hurdles and detractors – October 2011.First Indian dancer to be invited to perform at Madrid´s famous street festival Nocheen Blanco, before a record audience of more than 5000 – our ‘foreign’ classical dance form luring audiences away from the Rock bands – Sept 2010.Presenting my choreographed dance opera Durga for the UAE´s ruling Al Makhtoum Family in Dubai at the Inner Voyage concert.Performance at the Press Conference to announce the first ever El Clasico Legends exhibition football match between Real Madrid and Barcelona in India – The Ritz, Madrid, June 2014.Winning the Priyadarshini Award for Outstanding Women Entrepreneur – by the Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs – May 2015last_img read more

3 jumbos 1 calf mowed down by train in Jhargram

first_imgKolkata: Two full grown elephants and a calf were killed when a speeding train knocked them down in Jhargram district on early Tuesday morning.According to local administration, the elephants were crossing the railway track near Gidhni railway station at around 1.30 am when hit by Gyaneswari Express. Gidhni railway station is situated at a distance of around 180 km from Kolkata.A senior Forest department official said a herd of 11 elephants were seen roaming around the forest areas of Jhargram for the past few days. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe three elephants, which were killed, are suspected to be a part of the herd recently spotted.Following the incident, senior Forest department officials and police officers reached the spot to monitor the situation.The carcasses were removed from the railway track. The senior Forest department officials said it was not an isolated incident. The carcasses were later cremated at a nearby forest later in the day. According to a forest official, there must be some mechanism to avoid the death of elephants in this manner. Without a proper mechanism, these incidents cannot not be averted.The incident has led to the disruption of trains.According to railway sources, train services were partially affected for around two hours at the Kharagpur-Tatanagar section of the South Eastern Railway (SER).Three local trains — Jhargram-Medinipur, Kharagpur-Dhanbad and Kharagpur-Purulia — were cancelled this morning, an official said.last_img read more

Cultural extravaganza

first_imgAfter two successful years, the third edition of the North East Festival was successfully held in a brand new avatar in the national Capital. The festival which began on October 16 at IGNCA, Janpath, was inaugurated by Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi. Manish Sisodia, Deputy CM Delhi, Kapil Mishra,  Tourism Minister of Delhi were the guest of honours for the inaugural. This year’s main focus of the festival was Tourism, Look East and Act East Policy with various discussion sessions with top policy makers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The North-East Festival is synonymous with the unification of the various stakeholders of North East under one dynamic platform. While inaugurating the 3rd edition of North-East Festival, Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, said, “North East is the most beautiful destination in India and its people are also most beautiful and nice. It is extremely heartening to see such a festival happening in Delhi. North-East festival is a great initiative and we promise to make it bigger with more marketing next year. I would like to ensure that people from North East are safe in Delhi and we will do everything to ensure their safety here.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis year a special exhibition on North East’s Freedom Fighters’ contribution to India’s Independence has been organised. Arvind Kejriwal was gifted a sketch of Swahid Kushal Konwar, the great martyr of India’s Freedom Movement from Assam.Speaking about this year’s edition, Shyamkanu Mahanta, organiser, North East festival said, “North-East Festival is an attempt to build bridges between North East and rest of India by showcasing best of North-East has to offer. With 25 food stalls, 60 artisans, 40 musical bands, 30 folk dances, various exhibitions of tribes, handloom, handicrafts and much more have made North-East Festival the biggest cultural Festival in Delhi.”   He added, “This year, tourism is the key focus and the festival would bring forth various facets of the North-East.  With the enthusiastic support of Delhi Tourism, we are inviting tour operators across Delhi to be a part of the North-East Festival and we expect many foreign tourists as well.”North East Festival was organised by the reputed socio-cultural trust, Trend MMS, in association with IGNCA and North East Today.last_img read more

Breaking free from patriarchy

first_imgArt will never be the same again- India International Centre (IIC) has come up with an alluring presentation of installations and sculptures. The exhibition will seamlessly occupy India International Centre’s Gandhi Plaza with art works free from the constraints of a patriarchal/commercial art history. An aristocratic Gandhi Plaza with natural trees and a dramatic natural skylight will behold installations as well as magical yet thoughtful free standing pieces like Neeraj Gupta’s Divine Love, Arun Pandit’s Mask Seller, Sanjay Bhattacharyya’s 12 foot bronze Krishna, Vineet Kacker’s Buddhist Pillar, Tapas Biswas’ Innocence and Mukesh Sharma’s magnificent Shesh Nag. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“iSculpt is a revolution in the making of public exhibitions and public art that expresses fidelity to the idea of a ‘sculpture of one’s own’– in this case, a series of literal and metaphorical works dedicated to material experimentation and innovation- and in doing so provides a plethora of works for the history of ingenuity among sculptors to take root,” says curator Uma Nair.  The exhibition will be an evolution in the making which will adopt a generous stance that exults form, materiality, and process alongside the history of art discourse, which allows for a breadth of new readings and understandings to occur, both between artists and generations of artists. Neeraj Gupta’s Divine Love is a testimony to the warmth of human relationships and the eternal quest for a civilization to live and procreate for posterity. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMadhab Das’ National Award winning work An Inconvenient Truth of a deer with iron, bricks and tall iron rods is a statement on the loss of habitat for the beautiful animal whose world is threatened because of large scale deforestation. Sanjay Bhattacharyya’s tall and stately Krishna as a flute player will be the cynosure of all eyes as will be Arun Pandit’s powerful bronze Mask Seller, a work that looks at the many faces of the human predicament.From Kolkata is the gifted Tapas Biswas, whose works Innocence I and III are a network of leaves and twigs created in metal –while one work looks like an intricate network of leaves and twigs with a resonance of nature the second work with the face of a little girl- it has many suggestions of the attention needed for the girl child. Mukesh Sharma’s Shesh Nag was part of the Venice Biennale and is a testimony to the uselessness of waste and the degree of conspicuous consumption. Created out of computer boards and styrofoam packaging materials this is a head turner. Puneet Kaushik’s wire spiral of a metaphoric spider, talks to us at different levels about the beauty of nature, the fragile eco system. Vineet Kacker’s Buddha Pillar is a statement of charismatic contours and the felicity of weaving spiritual fervour into the textural terrain of ceramic ware. Atul Sinha’s wooden carved work with sleek textural contours sets him apart as a sculptor of deep reverberations. The show will be a mélange of installations and sculptures that create their own rhythms in the beauty and setting of the Gandhi Plaza which Nair believes is the best in the capital city to garner as a sculpture court. The show will be inaugurated by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on December 6 at 5PM at India International Centre and will be put on public view from December 7 – 21.last_img read more

Rep Kahle to serve on key House committees

first_img26Jan Rep. Kahle to serve on key House committees Categories: Kahle News Legislator named vice chair of Workforce and Talent Development CommitteeState Rep. Bronna Kahle has been named by Speaker Tom Leonard to serve on four key House committees during the 2017-18 legislative session.Kahle, who is the former director of the Adrian Senior Center, was named the vice chair of the Workforce and Talent Development Committee.“I’m so honored to be given this opportunity,” Kahle said. “It’s a blessing to serve on committees where I can put my experience helping seniors and running a small business to work. Michigan has made progress over the last few years, but we still have more work to do help out the hard-working taxpayers of Lenawee County.”In addition to serving as vice chair of Workforce and Talent Development Committee, Kahle was named a member of the Health Policy; Family, Children and Seniors; and Tax Policy Committees.Kahle can be reached by phone at 517-373-1706, by email at BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov, or by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514.###last_img read more

Thomson Video Networks is showing the ViBE VS7000

first_imgThomson Video Networks is showing the ViBE VS7000 video system, its new flagship encoding/transcoding platform for web TV, over-the-top services, IPTV, and cable delivery.The ViBE VS7000 video system combines Thomson’s next-generation compression platform in an all-IP environment, with live broadcast-quality encoding and faster-than-real-time file transcoding, according to the company.Supporting all major formats including the latest MPEG DASH file standard as well as major codecs such as MPEG transport streams, Adobe Flash, Apple HTTP Live Streaming, and Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and featuring video resolution up to 1920×1080 in progressive and interlaced modes, the ViBE VS7000 is scalable for input channels and output profiles, with support for multiple output formats per channel.last_img read more