JK parties will fight attempt to abrogate special status of state

first_imgSrinagar, Aug 4 (PTI) Regional parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday unanimously resolved to fight any attempt to abrogate the constitutional provisions that guarantee it special status or any move to trifurcate the state.National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, reading out a resolution adopted at the meeting, said the parties have decided to send delegations to meet President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of political parties to apprise them about the consequences of any attempt to abrogate Article 370 and Article 35A of the Constitution, or carry out delimitation of constituencies or trifurcating the state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The meeting was also attended Mehbooba Mufti (PDP), Omar Abdullah (NC), Taj Mohiuddin (Congress), Muzaffar Beig (PDP), Sajad Lone and Imran Ansari (Peoples Conference), Shah Faesal (J&K Peoples Movement) and M Y Tarigami (CPI-M). The parties appealed to India and Pakistan not to take any steps that will escalate tension in the region, Abdullah said. He also appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace. The meeting, which was scheduled to be held at residence of PDP president Mufti, was held at Farooq Abdullah’s residence due to his ill health. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KKashmir remained on edge on Sunday as authorities stepped up security deployment at vital installations and sensitive areas amid heightened terror threat and flare up of hostilities with Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC). After the Jammu and Kashmir administration curtailed the Amarnath Yatra and asked pilgrims and tourists to leave the valley at the earliest on Friday, anxious residents continue to throng markets to stock on essentials and serpentine queues have been visible outside shops and fuel stations.last_img read more

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Stars Attend Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament

first_imgA number of celebrities were spotted out-and-about at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles.at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Rancho Park Golf CourseRock legend Gene Simmons couldn’t help but show his love for Darth Vader and some of the Star Wars Storm Troopers at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles.Former Backstreet Boys AJ McLean and Nick Carter showed each other some love (and played as a team!) at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf TournamentProceeds from this event benefited family members of LAPD employees that have experienced catastrophic circumstances resulting from officer’s injury or death.Among the famous faces were Gene Simmons, Backstreet Boys AJ McLean and Nick Carter, Luke Wilson, Kendall Schmidt, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Alan Thicke, and Andy Garcia.Since it’s inception in 1972, the Foundation has granted more than $16 million for medical, funeral and educational expenses without any taxpayer money. Sponsors from the event included: Live Nation, Rubicon Resources, Kaiser Permanente, In-N-Out Burger and William Comfort Products.last_img read more

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DeMo effect 5 million jobs lost in 2 years

first_imgNew Delhi: Unemployment rate in India has doubled in eight years to 2018 as 50 lakh lost jobs in last two years beginning with demonetisation in November 2016, a new research by a privately run university said. A report by Azim Premji University researchers led by Amit Basole said with the government not releasing results of the new high-frequency Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), they used data from the Consumer Pyramids Survey of the Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIC-CPDX) to understand the employment situation between 2016 and 2018. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Unemployment, in general, has risen steadily post 2011. Both the PLFS and the CMIE-CPDX report the overall unemployment rate to be around 6 per cent in 2018, double of what it was in the decade from 2000 to 2011,” the report posted on the university’s website said. India’s unemployed, it said, were mostly the higher educated and the young. “Our analysis of CMIE-CPDX reveals that five million men lost their jobs between 2016 and 2018, the beginning of the decline in jobs coinciding with demonetisation in November 2016, although no direct causal relationship can be established based only on these trends,” it said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostA leaked report of the periodic labour force survey by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) had shown unemployment at a 45-year high of more than 6 per cent in 2017-18 but the government has officially not yet released the report, saying the version reported in the media was not final. The Azim Premji University research report said among urban women, graduates are 10 per cent of the working age population but 34 per cent of the unemployed. The age group 20-24 years is hugely over-represented among the unemployed. Among urban men, for example, this age group accounts for 13.5 per cent of the working age population but 60 per cent of the unemployed. “In addition to rising open unemployment among the higher educated, the less educated (and likely, informal) workers have also seen job losses and reduced work opportunities since 2016,” it said. “In general, women are much worse affected than men. They have higher unemployment rates as well as lower labour force participation rates”. The report said India’s labour statistics system is in transition. The five-yearly employment-unemployment surveys conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSS-EUS), the last of which was in 2011-12, have been discontinued. The annual surveys conducted by the Labour Bureau (LB-EUS) have also been discontinued. The last available survey in this series is from 2015. “The government has not released the results of the new high-frequency Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) conducted by the NSSO,” it said adding in the absence of official survey data, numbers from the Consumer Pyramids Survey of the Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIE-CPDX) was used to understand the employment situation between 2016 and 2018. “CMIE-CPDX is a nationally representative survey that covers about 1,60,000 households and 5,22,000 individuals and is conducted in three ‘waves’, each spanning four months, beginning from January of every year. An employment-unemployment module was added to this survey in 2016,” the report said. “We find that the CMIE-CPDX estimates of the labour force participation rate (LFPR) and the workforce participation rate (WPR) for men are comparable to those from the LB-EUS survey, as well as the NSS-EUS. For women, these rates differ substantially across surveys.”last_img read more

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Somalia UN envoy urges concerted global support for efforts to restore stability

21 November 2011The United Nations envoy for Somalia today emphasized the importance of the roadmap adopted in September setting out a series of tasks to be completed ahead of concluding the country’s political transition process, and called for coordinated international efforts to ensure the implementation of the plan. “It is critical that the entire donor community understand the centrality of the roadmap to the political process and support its implementation with the necessary resources,” said Augustine Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, writing in the regional weekly, The EastAfrican.The roadmap spells out priority measures to be implemented before the current transitional governing arrangements end next August, in the areas of security, the drafting of a new constitution, reconciliation and laying the foundation for good governance.Mr. Mahiga stressed that Somali leaders must be made to understand that future assistance will depend on their willingness to play their role in the implementation of the roadmap.The political developments in Somalia are underpinned by a major improvement of security, especially since August, when the insurgents of Al Shabaab were forced to withdraw from the capital, Mogadishu, under pressure from forces supporting the transitional Government and the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Mr. Mahiga wrote.“This is a remarkable achievement and has led to roads being repaired, homes rebuilt and markets reopening. If Somalia – and indeed the international community – is to capitalize on these gains, and at the same time address the emerging challenges, then boosting AMISOM’s capabilities, especially in the areas of personnel, logistics, mobility, intelligence, aviation and disposal of unexploded ordnance, will be critical.”A stabilization plan for Mogadishu addresses key reconstruction issues that will be critical to ensuring “political buy-in” from ordinary Somalis, Mr. Mahiga said.Kenya’s decision last month to send its armed forces into Somalia to confront Al Shabaab militants is a demonstration of the importance the region attaches to Somalia’s instability and the broader risk of regional insecurity if the insurgency is not contained, he stated.“Somalia remains the most challenging issues on the international community’s radar. One thing is certain – only sustained engagement by all stakeholders at the local, regional and international levels will ensure that this rare moment is fully exploited,” wrote Mr. Mahiga. read more

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Somalias parties could resume talks says UN envoy

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative François Lonsény Fall returned to Nairobi yesterday after meeting with leaders of both sides in the troubled African country.Mr. Fall met the Somali President and other officials in Baidoa, where he urged them to maintain unity among the Transitional Federal Institutions, a UN spokesman said. In Mogadishu, which he drove through to assess the state of the Somali capital, Mr. Fall met members of the Executive Council of the Islamic Courts.The spokesman added that Mr. Fall also announced that a UN team will visit Mogadishu soon to begin humanitarian assistance there for those in need.Early last month, militias associated with the Supreme Council of Islamic Courts drove warlords out of Mogadishu and took control of parts of Somalia, which has not had a functioning government since the fall of President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime in 1991.On 22 June, the Transitional Government and the Supreme Council reached an accord that included a commitment to refrain from any provocations that could lead to an escalation of the situation. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,344.56 up 12.71 points):Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT). Mining technology. Up eight cents, or 6.50 per cent, at $1.31 on 4.49 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down six cents, or 0.41 per cent, at $14.44 on 4.01 million shares. The gold sector led the decliners on the subgroups, sliding 1.24 per cent to 233.25 points.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up two cents, or 0.14 per cent, at $14.12 on 3.98 million shares.Suncor Energy (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down 32 cents, or 1.09 per cent, at $28.94 on 3.97 million shares.Tuscany International Drilling Inc. (TSX:TID). Oilfield services. Up 4.5 cents, or 50 per cent, at 13.5 cents on 3.73 million shares. The company said it’s looking at strategic options in the wake of a major drop in its share price last week that accelerated a two-year decline in market value. The Calgary-based oilfield services company didn’t specify what options it would consider.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up seven cents, or 1.78 per cent, at $4 on 2.75 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,041.39 down 0.46 point):Sterling Resources Ltd. (TSXV:SLG). Oil and gas explorer. Up a penny, or 1.30 per cent, at 78 cents on 10.90 million shares.Northern Shield Resources Inc. (TSXV:NRN). Miner. Up 2.5 cents, or 27.78 per cent, at 11.5 cents on 2.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Down two cents, or 0.13 per cent, at $14.90 on 2.72 million shares. Presales are underway for the keypad version of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphone in the United Kingdom but its actual arrival isn’t until the end of the month. Many longtime BlackBerry users chose to wait for the keyboard model rather than buy the touchscreen that arrived in stores earlier this year.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Down 18 cents, or 0.30 per cent, at $59.44 on 2.31 million shares. The federal government is investigating the external contractor being used by the big bank to outsource dozens of Toronto jobs. RBC has said it has not hired temporary foreign workers to take over the duties of current employees.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B). Media. Down seven cents, or 0.29 per cent, at $24.41 on 684,394 shares. The Calgary-based company announced after markets closed it signed a deal to buy Enmax Envision Inc. from Enmax Corp. for $225 million. Envision runs one of Calgary’s largest fibre-optic networks and specializes in providing large amounts of bandwidth to businesses and that require a connection or connect multiple locations over private networks. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 5:31 pm MDT read more

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Commentary SECs depth argument seems unrealistic

In college football it is widely accepted the Southeastern Conference is the best.Seven straight national championships is hard to argue with, especially when six of those title games have been by double digits.But the argument that the SEC is the deepest conference in America because any team can beat any team doesn’t seem to be realistic.From the start of the 2012 season until last Friday, the top six teams in the SEC based on their conference record: Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas A&M had a combined total of one loss to the bottom eight teams in the conference.Now after five of those teams lost to lower tier SEC squads – LSU to Ole Miss, Texas A&M to Auburn, South Carolina to Tennessee, Florida to Missouri and Georgia to Vanderbilt – the conference is being touted as the deepest in America.That just doesn’t seem logical, you cannot go from being blatantly top heavy to ultra deep just because the stars lined up one weekend and a bunch of teams lost.One week simply does not make a deep conference.If things continue along this trend and the top teams continue to falter then maybe that argument could be made, but for now, it doesn’t have enough merit.Even if you look at the SEC’s national titles over its collective run of dominance it is top heavy. Of the four championships won since Florida claimed their second in 2008-09, Alabama has won the title three times, with arch-rival Auburn being the only team to unseat them.And after the BCS rankings were released Sunday, the Crimson Tide, ranked No. 1, look poised to bring home another this year.If you are a league that supposedly boasts parity then shouldn’t those championships be more spread out? Wouldn’t you expect a team like Georgia or Texas A&M to contend for a championship?Last season the argument was made that the Big Ten conference was made up of Ohio State, who could not participate in the postseason because of sanctions stemming from tattoo-gate, and then everyone else.Couldn’t you make the same argument with Alabama this season?Sure, until someone manages to unseat the SEC as reigning national champions they will remain as the class of college football. But the conference doesn’t need the added hype making it seem better than it is.The gap in talent between conferences is closing, but until the SEC is brought back down to earth things will remain as they are in college football. read more

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The Lakers Werent Supposed To Be Like This

As things stand, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are not going to make the playoffs this year. In the video above, Chris Herring looks at how the Lakers got to this point and what they would need to do to somehow keep James’s playoff streak alive.

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Ohio State upset in NCAAs

The Drake University Bulldogs scored in overtime to get the upset bid over the Ohio State men’s soccer team Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The second round tournament game saw the Bulldogs score a goal in the seventh minute of overtime to defeat the Buckeyes 1-0 and move to the third round.The winning goal was scored by midfielder Luke Gorczyca. The ball was kicked into the box and bounced off several players before Gorczyca poked it over OSU goalie Matt Lampson. “It was a scramble,” coach John Bluem said. “We failed to clear the ball, and the ball was bouncing awkwardly. They’re a team who was attacking, and when the ball is in the air, it’s easier to get in [the goal] than out.”  There were several OSU defenders who had a chance to clear the ball. Somehow the ball snuck into the net and set off a celebration among Drake players.The first half saw few scoring chances for both teams. Drake held the ball several times inside the box, but the OSU defense kept the ball out of the goal. OSU goalie Matt Lampson had a key save that helped keep the score at zero.   The Buckeyes had their first great opportunity to score on a free kick just outside the 18-yard box, but the ball floated just wide of the goal.  OSU turned up the pressure in the second half and dominated the ball, consistently keeping it on the Drake side of the field.OSU had several shots on goal but failed to make anything of the opportunities. “It just wasn’t our day; it wasn’t meant to be,” Bluem said. “I thought we had the majority of play in the second half, and I thought we were going to get one. Our inability to produce a goal eventually bit us, and a team like that hangs in there long enough, they catch a break.”   Drake caught a break on the last play and capitalized on its chance. Drake finished with nine shots, and OSU had 10, but the Bulldogs had the one they needed most. The Buckeyes end their season with a record of 12-5-4, a Big Ten regular season championship and a Big Ten tournament championship. “We had a great season and we accomplished a lot,” Bluem said. “Today we fell short of a dream on a day where things just didn’t go our way.” read more

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HP TouchPad 4G with 15GHz processor coming soon to ATT

first_imgAT&T will soon have a new tablet to offer alongside its myriad iPad options and the original Samsug Galaxy Tab. No, it won’t be one of the many newer Android tablets you may have been reading about. It’s the HP TouchPad that is coming soon to the carrier’s network.This won’t be a run-of-the-mill, launch day TouchPad, either. The AT&T version will feature a 4G modem, 32GB of internal storage, and a 1.5GHz processor. That’s a nice bump from the Wi-Fi only TouchPad’s 1.2GHz powerplant, and an upgrade which will no doubt squash some of the performance issues reviews bemoaned in their early hands-on testing. PreCentral got its hands on this information courtesy of some leaked presentation slides just last week, and now it’s been officially confirmed by HP.AdChoices广告What hasn’t been confirmed is a launch date, outright purchase price, or contract pricing. PreCentral had pegged the 4G TouchPad for an August launch, and that certainly fits with HP’s vague “in time for back-to-school” remark in the official post.The announcement also comes hot on the heels of HP shuffling the executive deck over at its webOS unit, with former lead Jon Rubenstein moving into a new role with HP’s personal systems group as its “product innovation” chief. Stephen DeWitt, who headed that same personal systems group, will bring his waste-cutting, profit boosting skills to webOS as its new head. The move has some webOS diehards nervous, fearing that the operations-minded DeWitt might put a damper on webOS innovation. Under his watch HP laptops generally got sexier, however, and a little added sex appeal wouldn’t hurt webOS, either.More at HPlast_img read more

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Greek candidates win big

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian Parliament will continue featuring a strong Greek presence, as all of the Labor MPs of Greek background managed to get re-elected, and are even augmented by a new member, Kat Theophanous.This impressive electoral performance has already led to speculation that more Greeks might also find their way to the cabinet of the new Andrews government, following the landslide Labor victory.Both of the current Victorian State Ministers, Jenny Mikakos and Philip Dalidakis managed to get re-elected in Northern and Southern Metropolitan Regions respectively, while both Steve Dimopoulos and Nick Staikos were easily re-elected, both increasing Labor’s reach in their respected electorates.Bentleigh in particular was considered to be an ultra-marginal seat, but Staikos not only managed to defend it, he also marked a swing of 12.6 per cent in favour of Labor, winning with 62.6 per cent.In Oakleigh, Dimopoulos also boasts for a swing of eight per cent, beating his main opponent, Andrew Edmonds (himself of Greek background) by 66.2 per cent to 33.8 per cent.The most significant victory is that of Kat Theophanous, who apparently managed to take the Northcote seat out of the Greens’ hands, beating Lidia Thorpe with 52.8 per cent.Another Labor candidate of Greek background was going for a Greens seat; Jennifer Kanis was a strong contender for the seat of Melbourne, trailing 1.2 per cent behind Ellen Sandell, who looks like she will retain the seat.All in all, the Greeks seem to be well-represented in the Victorian Parliament, albeit only in the Labor Party. The Liberals’ South Barwan current member Andrew Katos met the fate of the Party, and appears to be losing his seat, following an eight per cent swing in favour of the Labor Party.last_img read more

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TRAPPIST1 Moonphase Watch Brings Cosmos to You

first_img Only 39 light years away, ultra-cool red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 has become one of the most interesting places to look for extraterrestrial existence.It is also the inspiration for the ultra-cool TRAPPIST-1 Moonphase watch.The runaway Kickstarter success from San Francisco-based Xeric pays tribute to NASA’s recent discovery of seven Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting a single star.And while you may not be heading into space any time soon, you can now pre-order this otherworldly timepiece, expected for release later this month.Available in seven color combinations, the watch features a domed grille made of space-age material Hesalite. The transparent plastic was developed in the 1960s as a crystal replacement for NASA’s space-bound wristwatches.More than just a unique design detail, the curved grid represents what a first glimpse of the TRAPPIST-1 system might look like through the observatory deck of a spaceship.“As the spacecraft makes its 12 parsecs journey from Earth, the TRAPPIST-1 system would begin to come into view amongst the vast starry backdrop,” the original campaign page said.Just below, two glowing planets orbit a central axis, displaying hours and minutes. Time, according to the manufacturer, reads like a traditional watch. (But I’ll be the first to admit this accessory could benefit from a digital counter, as well.)At the heart of the TRAPPIST-1 Moonphase lies the chronometer’s namesake: a rotating display showcasing the current lunar phase. So you’ll never miss another Blue Sap Moon.Selling for a reasonable $350, the Xeric TRAPPIST-1 Moonphase comes with a limited-time pre-order discount ($70 off), or the option to add a free strap.NASA announced its cosmic breakthrough in early 2017. More than a year later, the search for alien presence continues, as nonprofit research organization SETI Institute reported no signs of life—yet.“We now have unambiguous proof of the existence of the TRAPPIST-1 planet, and we know about their orbits, their sizes, and their mass,” Franck Marchis, exoplanet research chair and senior scientist at SETI, wrote in an update.“But a lot still remains to be learned before we can claim that they have liquid water on their surface,” he continued. “And we need to know far more than that before we can conclude that these planets might be habitable, or inhabited.” Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Soy Growers Welcome USDA Deregulation of DicambaTolerant Soybeans

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that the agency will deregulate Monsanto’s Dicamba-resistant soybeans. Following the news, the American Soybean Association (ASA) issued a statement welcoming the decision and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to quickly finalize the label for the companion Dicamba herbicide technology.“Today’s decision by USDA to deregulate Dicamba is great news for American soybean farmers. In almost all of our 30 soy-growing states, farmers face a strong foe in herbicide-resistant weeds, and this technology presents another mode of action with which we can combat this issue,” said ASA President and Brownfield, Texas, farmer Wade Cowan. “We appreciate USDA’s work on this issue and encourage them to continue addressing our industry’s need for a more reliable biotech approvals process. We turn our attention now to the final registration of the Dicamba product label at EPA, and then to approvals in key soybean export markets like China, so our farmers can fully implement this technology on their farms.”Because of the importance of export markets to U.S. soybean farmers, ASA has a long-standing policy requiring technology providers like Monsanto to seek and obtain approvals in key U.S. soy export markets prior to commercializing those traits domestically. ASA works closely with technology companies, fellow members of the soy value chain and government entities to facilitate timely, science-based reviews of new biotech soybean traits both domestically and abroad.last_img read more

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Fairbanks Leaders Eielson AFB Ink Partnership Deals

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials from Fairbanks, other local governments and Eielson Air Force Base last week signed a charter agreement to participate in the Air Force Community Partnership Program, along with separate agreements setting up specific partnerships.The agreements signed Thursday will allow surrounding communities to collaborate with Eielson to help military spouses find jobs, connect local residents with job openings on the installation and use the base’s indoor turf fields in the winter.The agreements are “the first step in a long process,” said Col. Michael Winkler, commander of the 354th Fighter Wing.“The fact we’re signing some papers here to make life better in the greater Fairbanks North Star Borough, Eielson and Fort Wainwright community is an awesome thing,” Winkler said, reported the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “In my 25 years of service, I have never seen a local community as supportive as we have here at Eielson Air Force Base.”Talks began last year among community and Eielson officials to identify municipal services and other functions that could be shared under DOD’s new authority allowing installations and host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements.The agreement on the use of Eielson’s indoor playing fields will allow players in a youth baseball league to practice in the wintertime.“The summer programs will continue and even expand with Eielson Air Force Base youth sports joining and playing interleague play with the Interior Baseball league,” said David Soderlund, board secretary for Interior Baseball.City of Fairbanks Mayor John Eberhart broached several other partnership ideas, including having Fairbanks Police Department equipment repaired on base and collaborating on training exercises. Both would save the city money, he said.last_img read more

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PSA Book Store Next Door Open Every Wednesday Saturday 10am4pm

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is a volunteer-run used bookstore open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 10am to 4pm.The store consists of four rooms — Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction, Children’s, and Media. Paperbacks cost $1. Hardcovers cost $2. All proceeds benefit the Wilmington Memorial Library.Watch this video PSA, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/6f4b57c5-323c-4146-a4dc-59fc6583052a/video.original.mp400:0000:0002:25Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Khaleda calls for united resistance against undemocratic force

first_imgKhaleda ZiaBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday urged the people of all walks of life to get united to resist the ‘undemocratic evil force’ in the country and give democracy a permanent shape, reports UNB.In a message, she said, “Our democracy has stumbled repeatedly on its march forward…the democracy that was established at the blood of hundreds of martyrs is not out of danger yet.”Khaleda, also a former prime minister, issued the message on the occasion of Fall of Autocracy Day, commemorating military ruler HM Ershad’s bowing out in the face of a mass upheaval on 6 December 1990.She alleged that the true colour of the cruel and despotic one-party rule has got exposed gradually with the attitude of the current regime. “People’s rights and independence have been put at stake once again by enchaining the nation with the one-party cruel rule through holding the 5 January unilateral election.”The BNP chief claimed that the ruling Awami League having the spirit of one-party Baksal rule together with the autocrat who had annihilated democracy in the 80s has destroyed all the democratic institutions. “This undemocratic evil force is gradually snatching people’s basic and constitutional rights.”On 6 December 1990, the autocratic Ershad regime was forced to step down handing over power to a caretaker administration after nine years of rule. Since then, different socio-political organisations have been observing the day as the Fall of Autocracy Day or Democracy Day.last_img read more

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ProBNP panel wins Supreme Court bar polls

first_imgAdvocate Joynul Abedin and barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon. Prothom Alo File PhotoJatiyatabadi Ainjibi Oikya Panel backed by the BNP-Jamaat alliance has won the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) elections defeating the ruling Awami League-led alliance Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parisad, reports News Agency UNB.According to the results, BNP vice chairman advocate Joynul Abedin from Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Oikya Panel was elected SCBA president while barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon general secretary of the bar association outplaying their rivals.Convener of SCBA election conducting committee AY Mashiuzzaman announced the results around 8:00am.Of the total 14 posts, Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Oikya Forum bagged 10 while four posts, including one of vice president, went to Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parisad.The two-day election to the Supreme Court Bar Association ended on Thursday.last_img read more

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LongTime Community Activist Honored with Street Naming Ceremony

first_imgThe 2100 block of Presbury Street is now adorned with a sign that reads ‘Gwen Shelton Way.’ This is a fitting tribute to a woman whose most enduring legacy is a lifetime of community activism and service.Friends and family recalled the “Gwen Shelton way,” defined by selflessness and a tenacious drive to leave the communities in which she resided better than she first encountered them.Kibwe Shelton, the second of Shelton’s two children, recalls the home at Edmondson Ave. and N. Payson where he grew up as a veritable food kitchen, a place where anyone in need of a meal could stop by for something to eat. In addition to food, Gwen Shelton had stocked her home with about four computers for the use of neighbors and area residents.While cleaning out his mother’s personal belongings, after her death in December 2013 at age 65 from breast cancer, Kibwe Shelton discovered another use of those computers: about 20 obituaries his mother had written, without charge, on behalf of community members who had lost loved ones, easing the pressure of a responsibility that can prove daunting in the early stages of processing grief.From 2007 until her passing, Shelton, an active community presence in Baltimore for well over 30 years, served as president of the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association in West Baltimore. Margaret Powell, secretary of the association, and a longtime friend and collaborator, remembers Shelton’s fighting spirit. “She was definitely a warrior for the people of West Baltimore,” said Powell.According to Powell, Shelton was an active presence at Matthew A. Henson Elementary School, and, despite the fact that her own children had long since passed elementary school age, Shelton sat on various school committees. “She realized the school takes a community too,” said Powell.Shelton passed onto Powell the importance of becoming involved in even those facets of the Baltimore community that did not affect one directly, sending her to different community associations to serve as their secretary. “I felt elevated because she thought enough of me that I could do something to help other communities, not just our own,” said Powell.Marvin ‘Doc’ Cheatham, who took over as president of the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association in January, initiated the effort to have the 2100 block of Presbury named after Shelton. He recalled the last general meeting of the association with Shelton presiding. Though at that time she required a cane to get around, Shelton’s focus was ever on the community.“She explained her love for the community,” Cheatham said, “but that each of us had a major responsibility to keep things going and to take it to the next level.”Powell also remembers that meeting, referring to it as Shelton’s “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech. The words that still ring in Powell’s ears: “Our community is worth saving. Our children are worth saving”Shelton’s commitment to people and neighborhoods that many would write off was unyielding. Timothy Hawkins, Shelton’s eldest son, remembers his mother’s courage.“People that I – and anybody – would be afraid to even come near, would come to her and she would deal with them,” said Hawkins.For Hawkins, one of the enduring legacies of the Gwen Shelton Way is the refusal to write people off because of mistakes or their present circumstances. Shelton was heavily involved in the prison ministry at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women as a representative of Empowerment Temple. In the neighborhoods where she lived, she confronted self-described thugs and drug dealers who would later come back to share how her intervention had spurred them to lead a better life.“Everywhere she went she made a difference in the community,” said Hawkins, “and her big thing was it’s not where you live, it’s how you live.”last_img read more

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Study suggests synchronization of algae flagella while swimming not driven by hydrodynamic

first_img Most people have seen video of microorganisms in motion, some have short filaments known as cilia that cover their outer edges causing movement of the organism or the fluid in which they exist. Others such as the unicellular microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, have longer appendages known as flagella, which are flexible rods protruding from the front of the body. C. reinhardtii uses its two flagella to swim through liquid, breaststroke style, which means the appendages must be synchronized—but what mechanism allows this synchronization to occur? Scientists do not know but have suspected it has to do with hydrodynamic forces, meaning the movement of the fluid causes it to come about. In this new effort, the researchers report that experiments they have carried out suggest such assumptions have been wrong, and that the synchronization comes about at least in part due to contractile fibers that connect the two flagella together.The first experiment conducted by the team consisted of placing C. reinhardtii samples in a pipette and then filming the microorganisms as the liquid in which they were swimming inside was sloshed back and forth at varying intensities. The team reports that the flagella initially synchronized with the flow of the fluid, but only up to a point, at which it could not keep up as the slosh rate was increased. They noted also that the rate at which the flagellum beat individually in isolation from its normal partner varied by amounts up to 30 percent, but the two still synchronized when working together. They then calculated that if hydrodynamic forces alone were causing the synchronization, the flagella would have to produce a flow 30 times the normal swim speed of the microorganism to account for such a difference, thus, such forces do not appear to be the answer.The team also looked at mutant samples of C. reinhardtii which did not have a band of contractile fibers connecting the flagella inside their bodies as is normal for the algae and found the flagella did not synchronize. This they claim, suggests that the fibers are somehow causing or allowing the synchronization to occur. Unless they crane their necks all sperm would only turn left More information: Greta Quaranta et al. Hydrodynamics Versus Intracellular Coupling in the Synchronization of Eukaryotic Flagella, Physical Review Letters (2015). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.238101ABSTRACTThe influence of hydrodynamic forces on eukaryotic flagella synchronization is investigated by triggering phase locking between a controlled external flow and the flagella of C. reinhardtii. Hydrodynamic forces required for synchronization are over an order of magnitude larger than hydrodynamic forces experienced in physiological conditions. Our results suggest that synchronization is due instead to coupling through cell internal fibers connecting the flagella. This conclusion is confirmed by observations of the vfl3 mutant, with impaired mechanical connection between the flagella. Explore further © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Delft University in the Netherlands has found via lab experiments, that synchronization that occurs with algae flagella while they swim is likely not driven by hydrodynamic forces. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe their experiments and observations and why they believe that what they saw helps explain how flagella synchronization in microorganisms works in general. Marco Polin with the University of Warwick in the U.K. offers a Viewpoint piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue.center_img Citation: Study suggests synchronization of algae flagella while swimming not driven by hydrodynamic forces (2015, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-synchronization-algae-flagella-driven-hydrodynamic.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters (a) Experimental setup. (b) Snapshots representing the stroke patterns of C. reinhardtii, for a cell with f0=54.3  Hz and an external flow with fF=52.7  Hz and UF=±527  μm.s−1. Time between snapshots: 6 ms. Arrows represent the direction of the background flow. In this sequence, the flagella beat with the flow and the flagellar tip motion has the same direction as the external flow. (c) Snapshots of same cell as in (b) 0.33 s later. The flagella beat against the flow. Credit: (c) Physical Review Letters 115, 238101 (2015). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.238101 . Used with permission. 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.last_img read more

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1 killed 1 injured in two separate road accidents

first_imgKolkata: One person was killed and another person injured in two different road accidents in the city on Sunday.A pedestrian died after he was hit by an unknown bus on Basanti Highway near Chowbaga bus stand on Sunday afternoon. In another incident a minor girl was hit by a private car near Chingrihata Flyover. According to locals, around 2 pm on Sunday, one Ajay Sardar (47) was ran over by a speeding bus on Basanti Highway. As locals ran to help him, the driver fled the scene with the bus. The bus disappeared and as a result nobody was able to note down the registration number of the offending bus. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAjay was rushed to Chittaranjan National Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. After the accident locals protested alleging that police are not doing anything to curb accidents in the area. Later, situation became normal after senior police officers assured people that necessary steps would be taken. In another incident, a minor girl identified as Moumita Sardar (16) was hit by a private car near Chingrihata Flyover while crossing EM Bypass. She was rushed to a private hospital near Kadapara on EM Bypass where Moumita is undergoing treatment. Police detained the vehicle’s driver and seized the car.last_img read more

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