The last 4,200 years have been classified by geologists as a new distinct age in Earth’s history, called the “Meghalayan Age,” named after the Indian state of Meghalaya.The new age, which was brought about by a global drought that had severe consequences for various civilizations, will now appear on all official charts depicting Earth’s geological history, the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) announced at a meeting held in June. The International Chronostratigraphic Chart is updated to show the Meghalayan Age as the youngest slice of Earth’s 4.6-billion-year geological history, incorporated into the Holocene Epoch, the last 11,700 years on the planet that began with the end of the Ice Age. This epoch also includes the Greenlandian Age — the oldest phase of the Holocene — and the Northgrippian Age, which dates from 8,300 years ago up to the beginning of the Meghalayan.The latest version of the International Chronostratigraphic Chart/Geologic Time Scale is now available! New #Holocene subdivisions: #Greenlandian (11,700 yr b2k)#Northgrippian (8326 yr b2k)#Meghalayan (4200 yr before 1950) https://t.co/IhvZHfHnWh#ChronostratigraphicChart208 pic.twitter.com/8Pf9Dnct7h— IUGS (@theIUGS) July 13, 2018The Meghalayan goes back 4,200 years, when a devastating drought severely impacted civilizations in Egypt, Greece, Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and the Yangtze River Valley over two centuries. The proposal for the Meghalayan age was floated around six years back, after distinct chemical signals were detected for the transition to a new age in the stalagmites rising from the floor of the Mawmluh cave near Cherrapunji in the northeastern Indian state. The layers of the stalagmite showed a change in the isotopes of oxygen atoms due to weakened monsoons. “The isotopic shift reflects a 20-30% decrease in monsoon rainfall,” Prof Mike Walker of the University of Wales, UK, who led the international team of Holocene scientists that developed the division proposal, told BBC News.“The two most prominent shifts occur at about 4,300 and about 4,100 years before present, so the mid-point between the two would be 4,200 years before present, and this is the age that we attribute to the [Meghalayan golden spike],” he added.The Meghalayan is a unique division in the time scale because it marks a major global cultural event that resulted from a global climatic happening, the report cited Stanley Finney, professor of geological sciences at Long Beach State University and Secretary-General of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), which ratified the ICS proposal, as saying. Some scientists, however, are not convinced about the move to label a new Meghalayan Age, especially since deliberations are still going on about identifying a new time period — tentatively called the Anthropocene — that would recognize the impact of human activity on the planet. “After the original paper and going through various committees, they’ve suddenly announced [the Meghalayan] and stuck it on the diagram,” Mark Maslin, a professor of geography at University College London, UK, told the publication. “It’s official, we’re in a new age; who knew? We have lots of new definitions that perhaps now contradict the Anthropocene Working Group and go against what most scientists perceive to be the most important change on Earth in the last 10,000 years.”Prof Walker, however, dismissed the objections. “To be frank, I see absolutely no conflict at all between the new subdivisions that we have here and a future designation of the Anthropocene,” he told the BBC. “These subdivisions of the Holocene are based entirely on physical (climatic/ environmental) evidence whereas any designation of the Anthropocene as a new unit within the geological timescale would rest entirely on evidence for human impact.”Meanwhile people in India, and especially Meghalaya, are ecstatic with the recognition that the state has got. “I think this is a very proud moment for everybody in Meghalaya. It’s a global phenomenon where the history of the earth and humanity is named after Meghalaya,” Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, the Hindustan Times reported. “In fact we can proudly say, we are living in our age,” he added, pointing out that right policies are needed to protect the vast network of caves, such as the Mawmluh cave, that are found in the state. Related Itemsgeologymeghalaya
She is over the moon after becoming the first Indian woman boxer to clinch an Olympic medal but bronze is not the colour for M C Mary Kom, who feels she could have finished higher on the podium had it not been for the “confusion” that gripped her during the semifinals.’Magnificent Mary’ as she is called by the International Boxing Association, was the lone Indian in fray when women’s boxing made its Olympic debut in the just-concluded London Games.Top 10 memorable moments from London OlympicsThe five-time world champion ensured a piece of history for herself and the country by fetching a bronze in the flyweight 51kg division. But for someone who is more used to finishing at the top, bronze was less than satisfactory.”I am very happy to be the first Indian woman boxer to get a bronze medal but I am sad that I could not convert it into gold. I don’t know what happened during my semifinal bout. My body was not moving the way I would have liked and I felt as if I could not do anything. I was very much confused,” the 29-year-old, who returned to the country to a rousing reception early this morning, told PTI in an interview.Video: Mary Kom gets a rousing welcomeHundreds of cheering fans welcomed Mary Kom at the airport, breaking into an impromptu jig in which the boxer also participated. She was accompanied by her husband Onler Kom and her mother Akham Kom.Mary Kom lost 6-11 to England’s two-time world champion Nicola Adams in the semifinals and reflecting on the bout, the diminutive Manipuri was at a loss of words to explain what went wrong.advertisement”I never get nervous before bouts but that day I don’t know what was happening to me. I can’t even explain it. I was not attacking as much and may be it was the crowd also which was cheering Nicola. I generally don’t get affected by how the crowd is behaving but probably in the semifinals, it affected me,” she recalled.The Indian conceded that Adams had the bout but was not quite convinced by the scoreline which she felt was narrower than what the record books show.”I don’t think it was that big a margin even though I admit that Nicola won it. At best, it could have been a difference of 2-3 points but certainly not 6-11. Even though my body was not moving that well, I think I hit her hard and I should not have lost by that margin,” she insisted.”I don’t think she hit me so many clear punches, hers was a touch-and-go game. I had already fought my toughest bout of the competition in the first round itself,” she said.The mother-of-twins was nevertheless happy that she returned to the country with a medal around her neck.”I think I have achieved everything that I dreamt of. Of course I wanted a gold medal at the Olympics but I am happy with the bronze too because I am the first Indian woman boxer to get it,” she laughed.However, realisation of all her dreams does not mean that Mary Kom is thinking of hanging up her gloves just yet.”I am planning to continue till the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. I don’t know if my body will allow this to happen but if it does, then I would surely try to get a gold there,” she said.Asked to compare her five world titles with the Olympic bronze, Mary Kom emphatically said that nothing can beat the thrill of being there on the podium at the biggest sporting show on earth.”This Olympic bronze is very, very special for me. Of course the world titles also mean a lot but an Olympic medal is at an altogether different level for every athlete in the world. It is the highest honour,” she explained.”It is a perfect climax to all the hardships that I have gone through during my life. God has been kind to me,” said the boxer, reflecting on a 12-year career during which she changed three weight categories since debuting in 45kg.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario come up big late as TNT topples San Miguel The Beermen were down 11 points, 100-89, in the final 4:06 with plenty of time for a comeback but what transpired until the final buzzer was a horror show that featured no offensive flow.San Miguel committed four turnovers while Jayson Castro scored on two absurd layups that gave the KaTropa a 104-89 lead with 1:31 remaining.“They stopped us and their shots just went in,” said Fajardo, who finished with 22 points and five rebounds. “We have to be better, we have to adjust and bounce back in our next game.”ADVERTISEMENT TNT soundly defeated the Beermen, 104-93, on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and although a 2-2 slate is still a respectable record a franchise like San Miguel frowns upon that kind of mediocrity.“Who would be happy if we lose?” said five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo in Filipino. “Still, that’s part of our progress and it’s a challenge for us to overcome this one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFajardo then showed the wallpaper on his phone that read “hard times ahead.”Instead of joining NorthPort in the third spot in the standings, and getting a third straight win, the Beermen find themselves in a three-way tie with the KaTropa and Columbian in fourth place after a loss that could’ve been prevented. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel’s prestige is taking major damage at the start of its most endearing conference, the PBA Philippine Cup.The Beermen own eight Philippine Cup titles, the most in league history, and are also seeking an unprecedented fifth straight crown, but their title defense is off to a rocky start as the mighty club split its first four games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte
Tottenham Hotspur sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday, six months after he led the club to the Champions League final and after five years in charge, saying that it was a move made reluctantly after a disappointing start to the season.Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has already been linked to the job, with Sky Sports reporting that talks between the Portuguese and Spurs were at an advanced stage with both sides confident a deal could be reached by Wednesday. Pochettino, appointed by Tottenham in 2014, had turned the perennial under-achievers, who had been through a series of managers, into a Premier League force, with finishes of fifth, third, second – their best for over 50 years – third and fourth.They also reached the League Cup final in his first season.The Argentine oversaw a remarkable Champions League campaign last season, beating Ajax Amsterdam on away goals in the semi-final after trailing 3-0 on aggregate at halftime in the second leg but losing 2-0 to Liverpool in the final in Madrid.With the club also moving into a wonderful new one billion pounds ($1.29 billion) stadium, everything was looking rosy, despite concerns about a lack of transfer market activity.However, the first few months of this season have been disappointing, as the team have won only three of their opening 12 Premier League games and are in 14th spot. They were also thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League and knocked out of the League Cup by fourth-tier Colchester United.Pochettino’s assistant Jesus Perez and the rest of his backroom staff have also been relieved of their duties, the club said in a statement.”We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste,” Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said.”Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.”It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions — this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff — but we do so in the club’s best interests.””Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history,” Levy added. “I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.”I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.”The statement said an update on the new coaching set-up would be made in due course.STABILITYSince joining from Southampton, Pochettino has become a hugely popular figure at Spurs, bringing some much-needed stability to a club that averaged almost a manager a year over the previous decade.”We came a long way together,” Tottenham’s Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld told Sky Sports. “A lot of players achieved big things. I can see where we’ve come from before my time at Spurs. We have to be thankful for what he achieved at the club.”We have to try to work hard and I think there will be a (new) manager quickly. Spurs are a big club so there will be a big manager for us. We (the players) have to stay together and change things as quickly as possible.”Spurs midfielder Dele Alli posted a picture of himself and Pochettino on Twitter and Instagram and wrote: “I can’t thank this man enough. He’s taught me so much and I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me. Good luck and hope to see you again my friend.”Pochettino’s five-year stint made him Spurs’ longest-serving coach since Keith Burkinshaw who was in charge from 1976-84, and, until Tuesday, the third-longest serving Premier League boss behind Eddie Howe at Bournemouth and Burnley’s Sean Dyche.”He helped the club to punch massively above their weight for years,” wrote former Spurs and England striker Gary Lineker on Twitter. “Good luck with finding a better replacement…ain’t gonna happen.”Another former Spurs player-turned pundit Jermaine Jenas said: “Should have backed him, not sacked him.”However, another pundit, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was not surprised. “I said a few weeks ago I felt this project had ran its course,” he said. “I thought there would be a change at the end of the season with either the manager or players changing.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. english premier leagueEPLjose mourinhoPochettino First Published: November 20, 2019, 8:52 AM IST
New Delhi, Dec 25 (PTI) Fitter and faster than players 10 years his junior, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is irreplaceable in the Indian ODI team right now, feels national coach Ravi Shastri, who says critics should perhaps analyse their own careers at 36 before finding faults in the former captain.Dhonis form with the bat has been heavily scrutinised in the recent past with every failure being looked upon as an ominous sign.However, the talismanic keeper-batsman did well in the just-concluded limited overs series against Sri Lanka to silence some of the criticism.”We are not stupid. I have been watching this sport for the last 30-40 years. Virat has been a part of this team for a decade now. We know, at this age, he (Dhoni) can beat players aged 26. People who talk, forget that they played the game,” Shastri told India Today.Dhonis sharp reflexes behind the stumps are still unmatched and chief selector MSK Prasad made it clear that none of the younger guys have quite yet matched upto the game-changer, under whose leadership India won an unprecedented two World Cups.The sentiment was echoed by Shastri, who has been vocal in defending Dhoni in the past as well.”If they look at themselves in the mirror and ask the question, what they were at the age of 36?. Would they have run two runs faster? But the time they finish two, this guy will run three. Then he has won only two World Cups and averages only 51. Till today you dont have a wicket-keeper to replace him in the one-day team,” he asserted.advertisementShastri said Dhonis skill set is not easy to find and it would be long before a replacement comes along.”He is still one of the best around, not only in the Indian team, but in the world. Some of the things you see with him are not sold in the market. You will not get it anywhere else,” he said.”The fact that he does not play Test cricket, means he should be playing as much cricket as possible till the World Cup in 2019,” he added.Shastri also spoke about the upcoming tour of South Africa, which starts with a three-match Test series from January 5.The team is scheduled to depart on December 27 and would be aiming to secure its first Test series triumph on the South African soil.”For us all opposition is the same, all oppositions have to be respected and every game is a home match. And as it turned out that next we are in South Africa. Where South Africa is different is that we havent won a series in South Africa,” he said.”Therein lies a massive opportunity for the team to do something special. The belief is there. We are going there and we will treat South Africa like we treat any other opposition we have played against. There will be respect but we will go there to win,” he added.Shastri heaped praise on current skipper Virat Kohli, who took a break from the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka after a massively successful year with the bat.”The great thing about Virat is his work ethic, his realisation of what kind of player he can become and what he it takes to become that player… And it has become part of his lifestyle.”What happens is, that when you have a captain in that frame of mind, wanting to achieve things others can only dream of. Then it rubs off on other players. Others want to emulate him. He wants to raise the bar for himself and he doesnt want any room for excuses,” said Shastri.The Indian team is signing off the year with 37 wins across all formats and Shastri said it has a lot to do with the cohesion in the dressing room.”The most important thing about the team is that this is a team and not an individual. The word I can be thrown out of the window. It is always we. Individuals can stay at home if they are not part of the team culture. No matter how big the individual. That is the difference with this team,” he said. PTI PM PDS PDS
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State lost a commitment on the edge of their future defensive line this week with Hendrickson defensive end prospect Nelson Mbanasor decommitting from OSU, and likely flipping to Arkansas.With Mbanasor likely moving on from OSU, the coaching staff has been working behind the scenes on a contingency plan, with the expectation that Mbasnasor’s decommitment was a “when” not “if” type scenario.Oklahoma State still holds one pledge at defensive end for the 2017 class in Oologah standout Brock Martin, who appears solid with his pledge. But OSU would like to grab at least one more prospect to add to the mix for next season, and they’ve got two they’re steady after on the recruiting trail.David Anenih – 6-3, 220Anenih is a standout defensive end from Mansfield Timberview, who picked up an offer from the Pokes in mid June. The coaching staff has been recruiting him steadily since, and despite being uncommitted, Oklahoma State currently leads in his recruitment ahead of Houston, Kansas State, and Texas Tech. He’s expected to take his official visits following the football season, but Anenih is one to keep an eye on. He seems very high on OSU and with a spot opening with Mbanasor’s decision, it could be a more inviting place for him.Michael Clemons – 6-6, 240Clemons is the more polished prospect OSU is chasing, and he’s also a junior college recruit from Cisco College with a dozen scholarship offers. He’s a versatile edge rusher like OSU hasn’t had in recent years. Emmanuel Ogbah, one of the best to do it for OSU, was an elite pass rusher but he was a more ‘hand in the dirt’ get to the QB defensive end. Clemons can do a little of everything, lining up in the down position and as an outside linebacker. OSU is recruiting against Arkansas, K-State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mizzou and others for Clemons, who likely factors into an immediate impact prospect next season wherever he chooses.
Gaming eSports club jerseys included in FIFA 18 Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 01:40 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) EA Sports Gaming Premier League eSports Kits from Team Vitality, Hashtag United and AS Roma’s eSports team are all available for players of FIFA Ultimate Team in this year’s game Have you ever dreamed of being in the FIFA video game series? Is the only thing holding you back a lack of footballing ability? Don’t give up just yet!For the first time ever, eSports teams will be represented in FIFA, with jerseys from some of the world’s biggest eSports clubs included in this year’s edition of the game. Kits from Team Vitality, Hashtag United, Team Liquid and AS Roma eSports have all been unveiled ahead of the worldwide release of FIFA 18 on September 29, with special edition jerseys available in FIFA Ultimate Team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing We have a crazy news to share guys, we’re in the game! Our jersey will be featured as a special #FIFA18 itemRT for a chance to win it pic.twitter.com/D6kDExdpgm— Team Vitality (@Team_Vitality) September 15, 2017You can now rep TL in #FIFA18!RT for your first chance to win pic.twitter.com/bULFS1fVXd— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) September 15, 2017We’re very happy to announce that this year’s #ASRoma eSports kits will be available on @EASPORTSFIFA Ultimate Team! #FIFA18 pic.twitter.com/cIX77eDDcT— AS Roma eSports (@RomaeSports) September 15, 2017While Roma eSports is affiliated to Serie A side Roma, Team Vitality is a French independent eSports organisation which has gained a large following online through its streaming channels and social media platforms.Team Liquid is an eSports club that compete across a range of video games, including Starcraft, Hearthstone and Street Fighter, as well as FIFA.Hashtag United have both a real world football team and an eSports side, and their kit is not just FIFA exclusive – if you really like the look of it, you can purchase the Umbro-manufactured kit online.Maybe one day if you become a good enough FIFA player, you might find your own team included! Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) Director of Referees, Greg West, hosted the event, teaching the crowd some new things about the referee discipline. The breakfast covered topics including teamwork, score line positions and outcomes, as well as rules and interpretations. Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup referees, David Baggio and Luke McKenzie, spoke to the referees on different occasions at the breakfast, using video examples from 2011 Youth Trans Tasman and Elite Eight Series games. A question and answer session was also held at the end of the breakfast, with Baggio and McKenzie being asked about how they got into refereeing, how long it took to progress through the levels of refereeing. They were also asked what training they take part in and what advice they have for referees from rural areas. Both McKenzie and Baggio spoke about how important it is to use opportunities like the National Youth Championships to make contacts, not only with the referee panel members, but with referees from around the country. Both also spoke of the friendships they’ve made throughout the years whilst refereeing at events.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program has landed some big recruiting news on Christmas Day.The Buckeyes have landed a commitment from one of the top wide receivers in the country.Gee Scott Jr., a four-star wide receiver out of Washington, has committed to Ryan Day and Co.The top prospect chose the Buckeyes over Wisconsin and Washington, among other programs.Scott announced his commitment on Twitter.“A dream come true. I am 100% Committed…” he announced.A dream come true.I am 100% Committed… https://t.co/JlGFZKuKrM— Gee Scott Jr. (@geescottjr) December 25, 2018Ohio State is building one of the top recruiting classes in the country for 2020.The Buckeyes now have six commitments, five of which are four-star prospects, with one being a five-star recruit.You can view Ohio State’s full 2020 class here.
America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Over the last few years, spirits made in Mexico have gained notoriety and grown in popularity. First, tequilas rose to power (and still on top of the pile, as it were, selling 15,867,000 cases in 2016). Then, more recently, we’ve seen an explosion of mezcals available in markets across the United States. Now, we’re getting a new treat—the northern cousin to tequila and mezcal, sotol.Made from a wild plant called “the Desert Spoon” (Dasylirion wheeleri), which is known as sotol in Spanish, the spirit can only be produced in three states—Chihuahua, Coahuila, or Durango. Originally, Desert Spoon was thought to be (and classified as) an agave, but is no longer as more DNA studies have been completed and it was shown that it is merely related to agave.Dasylirion Plant/Fabriquero SotolFabriquero Sotol, for example, one of the first sotols to be sold commercially in the United States, is also one of only two sotols made in Durango. Produced by Don Héctor Jiménez using century-old methods at his family’s vinata, Fabriquero uses 100-percent estate-grown sotol that are hand-picked and cooked for five days in a pit that uses acacia and mesquite as fuel. Once cooking has been completed, the sotol is crushed and fermented in the open air before being double distilled in a copper alembic still.As for its flavor profile, the spirit takes on many of the characteristics of the elements around it. You’ll get a good bit of minerality and grassiness from the terroir, while also having slightly smoky notes that come from the five-day cooking process. The various features that you can pull out of the sotol help it to be a spirit you can drink straight, on the rocks, or in a cocktail (sotol old fashioned, anyone?)Fabriquero Sotol will be available nationwide in limited quantities and will retail around $65. The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know
The road to Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours International Festival will run through Sherbrooke again this year. On Thursday, Oct. 6, the night before the official Celtic Colours kickoff, award-winning singer-songwriter Dave Gunning will headline the second annual Road To Celtic Colours Ceilidh at the Sherbrooke Village Courthouse. Other featured performers will be acclaimed Celtic harpists Ardyth & Jennifer along with regular Courthouse performers Roly & Ellie Burton with Bob MacDonald. “This special Ceilidh will be a fitting way to cap what has been a successful concert series,” said George Brothers, manager of program development at Sherbrooke Village. “We’re very pleased to have artists such as Dave Gunning and Ardyth and Jennifer returning to perform in our Courthouse. This event will provide people with the opportunity to take a scenic road to Cape Breton and get a head start on the musical magic that is Celtic Colours.” Tickets for the Ceilidh, which starts at 7:30 p.m., are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information call 1-888-743- 7845.
Kolkata: Jadavpur University (JU) on Thursday kicked-off tree audit on its main campus to create a data bank of the variety of flora inside the sprawling campus.The move, which is the first ever initiative on the part of the varsity comes in the wake of allegations from members of Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association that some trees have been cut down inside the main campus. “We have began the process of tree audit in the campus. There will be scientific mapping of the trees and the species will be classified along with their names . We will also demarcate the trees that have medicinal value. GPS technology is being adopted for the exercise” said Snehamanju Basu, Registrar of JU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe JU campus abounds in trees of various species but scientific method of plantation has hardly been followed. “The mapping and zone wise categorization will also help us in adopting a scientific method of plantation on future,” a senior JU official said. The mapping will be done based upon latitude and longitude. “We will prepare a list , name the various species and demarcate the place in the map with exact locations of the trees. We will put up a display board along with the scientific name and medicinal value, if any,” said Soumyajit Biswas, deputy director (eastern region) of National Medicinal Plant Board which is executing the work for the census. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayJUTA members in the middle of July had presented photos of two chopped off tree planks to the university authorities and had alleged that trees are being chopped down keeping the varsity in the dark. They had alleged involvement of a section of employees of the varsity in connivance with a racket in the illegal act. There are mahogany, mango, arjun, sirish, krishnachura and many other trees inside the 58 acres of land in the main campus of JU.
TORONTO – With cases of flu continuing to rise in Canada, there’s likely a whole lot of “achooing” going on across the country. But ear, nose and throat doctors advise against trying to stifle those sneezes, as such suppression can in rare cases lead to injuries.One of the most serious is detailed in the journal BMJ Case Reports, published online Monday, in which a 34-year-old man from the United Kingdom ruptured his throat after pinching his nose and clamping his mouth shut to contain a forceful sneeze.The post-sneeze trauma left the man in pain and barely able to speak or swallow.When emergency care doctors examined the patient, they heard popping and crackling sounds extending from his neck to his rib cage — a sign that air bubbles had found their way into the tissue and muscles of his chest, the authors at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust write.The unidentified man, who was treated in hospital for a week, was advised against repeating such a “dangerous manoeuvre” in the future.“This tear in the throat is incredibly unusual,” said Dr. Douglas Chepeha, an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist at University Health Network in Toronto. “In my career, I’ve never seen anything like that.”However, he said there are a number of other injuries that could occur from trying to block a sneeze, though they, too, are relatively rare.Impeding the release of air from the nose and mouth during a sneeze could rapidly increase the pressure in the lungs, forcing the air out and trapping it in the chest between the lungs — a condition known as pseudomediastinum.A suppressed sneeze could also build up pressure in the middle ear, though Chepeha said bursting an eardrum that way is very rare. (To understand the effect, think of popping one’s ears in a descending airplane by breathing out against pinched nostrils to restore hearing.)In the BMJ case report, authors point out that thwarting a sneeze — the body’s attempt to eliminate such irritants as mucus or allergens in the nose — could conceivably rupture an undetected aneurysm, or ballooning blood vessel, in the brain.And it could also cause small surface blood vessels in the eyes and other areas of the head and neck to burst due to built-up pressure, Chepeha said.“In your nose itself, you can burst a blood vessel and get a bleeding nose.”Even without being impeded, sneezing has been known to cause injuries, said Dr. Eric Monteiro, an ENT at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.“There have been reports of elderly women who develop brittle bones in osteoporosis, developing vertebral compression fractures as a result of sneezing,” he said Monday in an interview.Some Major League Baseball players have hurt themselves by sneezing, including Toronto Blue Jay Kevin Pillar, who ended up on the 10-day disabled list when a sneeze led to an oblique muscle strain during the 2015 pre-season.So is there a right way to sneeze?Not really, said Monteiro, explaining that sneezing is an involuntary protective reflex that can’t necessarily be controlled.“But I think there is a wrong way, which is trying to plug your nose and close your mouth, which is just generally not recommended because you inhibit the natural process,” he said.“And if you do that, you’re potentially setting yourself up for an injury, notwithstanding the fact that they’re rare.”While doctors may discourage people from stifling a sneeze — whether it’s a dainty achoo or a big honk — Chepeha said people should deliver it into their inner elbows to prevent spreading the flu virus or other air-borne bugs.“Of course you have to cover your mouth, and the absolute best way is to cough or sneeze into your sleeve.”– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.
WINNIPEG – A move to ban discrimination based on weight and size under Manitoba’s human rights code has moved a step closer to becoming law, although the Progressive Conservative government has not yet committed to passing it.Liberal legislature member Jon Gerrard has tried three times to get support for a private member’s bill that would add weight and size as grounds for human rights protection. He didn’t get any support for his previous two attempts, but the Tories have now voted in favour of sending Gerrard’s bill to a legislature committee for public hearings Wednesday night.“There’s no guarantee it will pass all the way, but we believe we’ve got some really good presenters at committee stage and we’re hopeful,” Gerrard said Tuesday.Justice Minister Cliff Cullen would not make any promises beyond listening to what people have to say.“We will reserve comment until we’ve had the opportunity to listen to Manitobans at committee,” Cullen said in a brief written statement.“We look forward to discussing ways to better ensure that all Manitobans are treated fairly and equitably.”Gerrard has long said overweight people need protection because many have been bullied, shamed, passed over for promotions or denied health-care services.The bill also proposes protection for people with dwarfism.Lindsey Mazur, a dietician and spokesperson for Manitobans Against Weight Stigma, said the proposed law is needed.“Certainly I have heard about promotions and jobs being denied based on size,” Mazur said. “This affects so many areas of society, all the way to our children and bullying.”Some people have been told they will not receive medical services unless they first lose weight, she added.Manitoba’s human rights code bans discrimination on several grounds including age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and disability.Across Canada, there have been human rights commission rulings in favour of obese persons, but they have been limited to people considered disabled because of their obesity.In 2010, the Quebec Human Rights Commission ruled a morbidly obese woman was discriminated against by her condominium association when she was denied a handicapped parking spot.Gerrard said people should not have to be obese to the point of being disabled before they can be protected from discrimination.
New Delhi: In a major setback to Bihar government, which is led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Patna High Court order forced the state government to cough-up Rs 12.88 crore compensation to the victims of infamous ‘uterus scam’ that was unearthed in 2012.As per the official sources, the Bihar government, which was reluctant to accept any irregularities in the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), finally sanctioned Rs 12.88 crore in March 2019 following the Patna HC order dated September 25, 2018. The incident relates to the forceful removal of the uterus of women and underage girls by ‘doctors’ without taking victims’ consent. Interestingly, some fake the doctors were also in the team that carried out the mass operation. Notably, a total of 702 women, including some unmarried girls, were operated upon to remove their uteruses under the medical insurance scheme for poor families in eight different districts during the year 2012. As per the verdict, the Patna HC had ordered the government in September 2018 to pay compensation within six weeks to all the victims of a uterus scam. An HC division bench comprising Chief Justice MR Shah and Justice Ashutosh Kumar, while hearing a PIL filed by Veterans Forum for Transparency in Public Life, ordered that all investigations in the scam, if pending, must be completed within six weeks followed by filing of chargesheets against accused doctors and others. The forum was represented by counsel Dinu Kumar. The maximum cases of unauthorized and illegal operations of uterus were registered in Gopalganj (318) followed by Samastipur, where 316 women and girls fell victim of illegal surgery. The orders issued by the state home department to the District Magistrates of the concerned districts stipulated that compensation of Rs 2.50 lakh each be paid to the women between 20 and 40, and those above 40 would be paid Rs 1.50 lakh each. In August 2012, Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) took suo-motu cognizance of reports about irregularities in cases of uterus removal under the scheme. He also sought a report from the state government and an expert committee was formed, following CM’s directive. The scam was exposed when the then Samastipur DM Kundan Kumar had organised special medical camps to re-examine the women, after the administration received complaints about unnecessary surgeries.
Fez – The American Language Center (ALC) and the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF) offer a variety of clubs and activities to serve both Moroccan and foreign students. It participates in community service, furthers the education of students, and helps teachers develop their skills.Apart from interactive classes to teach English and Arabic, the ALC strives to enhance students’ knowledge by providing extracurricular activities and entertaining educational, cultural events as well as by providing entertainment.The Center achieves its objectives through hiring the best teachers, whether they are Moroccans or native speakers of English, and exposing students to a variety of extracurricular activities that provide an anxiety-free atmosphere that helps develop intrinsic motivation. ALC Film Club: students are discussing answers which they’ve submitted on Socrative (by Jamal Morelli)As a step towards promoting competitiveness and encouraging students to learn English, the ALC gives students in public schools and universities the chance to study for free and benefit from the resources in the library and the various clubs organized by the administration.In an interview with Morocco World News, ALC Director David Amster said, “The purpose of the clubs and activities is to help Moroccan and foreign students learn about the other’s culture and to provide an opportunity to practice English and Arabic outside of class.”During an Activity of ALC Photography Club (by the club)Members of the Center can choose from various activities to suit their interests. If a student is an avid reader, the ALC Book Club, run by Mitch Virchick, is dedicated to promoting reading. Attendees enjoy reading novels and poems with a thorough discussion of themes and cultural issues and provides the opportunity to use English authentically. To encourage literacy in Moroccan students, the library can be used by all ALC students and library members, and the bookstore offers books starting at MAD 20.Film lovers can also enjoy their passion. Jamal Morelli, an innovative and energetic teacher at the Center, presents a film each Friday afternoon and enables his students to hold Skype conversations with native speakers as a pre- or post-watching activity in addition to group interaction and the pedagogical use of social media. Every Friday evening at the ALIF Riad in Batha there is a film in Darija or Arabic, which Moroccan and foreign students watch and discuss afterwards. There is also an excellent collection of 1,000 DVDs that anyone can borrow for free.During an Activity of ALC-FEZ &ALIF Cooking Club (by the club)Additionally, the administration often invites scholars from Morocco, the larger Arab world, and foreign countries to give lectures in their fields of specialization. Recently Leila Abouzeid, renowned author of Year of the Elephant, gave a fascinating lecture to ALC and ALIF students.For those who like sports, the ALC sponsors a football team (the most famous sport in Morocco). The team participates in a yearly tournament involving ALCs around Morocco.Community Service Club ALC-Fes & ALIF (by the club)To promote the spirit of volunteering, the ALC-ALIF Community Service Club, a group of Moroccan and foreign students, organizes various charitable activities for youth to participate in, such as donating blood, tutoring needy children, cleaning public spaces, and gathering clothes for the impoverished. Additionally, the Club has improved the skills of students through workshops on public speaking, leadership, and art.The ALC also provides courses for teachers to brush up and enhance their skills. Currently the Center is providing a scholarship for public school teachers to further increase their knowledge of English.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Britain has issued a virtual ultimatum to the government saying if there is insufficient progress on Sri Lanka’s own commitments, or deterioration in the human rights situation, Britain will look for a strong and unified response at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Alistair Burt had informed the British House of Commons last week that Britain continues to raise concerns about lack of progress on post-conflict reconciliation, accountability, and the current human rights situation with the Government of Sri Lanka. “We co-sponsored the Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka which passed with increased support in March 2013. The council will return to the issue of Sri Lanka in September and next March. If that is against the backdrop of insufficient progress on Sri Lanka’s own commitments, or deterioration in the human rights situation, we will look for a strong and unified response,” Burt warned. Burt said that in attending CHOGM, the British Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary will see the situation on the ground, speak with the Government of Sri Lanka, and draw international attention to either progress made or the lack of it. “We have been clear that we expect progress in both these areas and also access by media and civil society to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), as well as free, fair and peaceful Northern Provincial Council elections in September,” he had said, according to the House of Commons hansard.
The head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), James Morris, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) in front of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Durban, South Africa, where all three officials are attending the launch of the African Union.“I think this partnership emphasizes the determination of the two agencies to implement their operations effectively,” Mr. Annan told reporters at the signing ceremony. “I hope and trust that the donors will also continue to support us and enhance their support in material and financial terms.”The MOU updates one originally signed in 1985 and reflects the changes in refugee programmes around the world, such as attention to the needs of refugee women and children to guarantee their protection against abuse, the two agencies said in a statement.In addition, protracted refugee programmes have led the two agencies to refocus their strategies in order to make refugees more self-sufficient by establishing income-generating activities and negotiating with host countries to incorporate refugees’ specific needs into national development plans.According to the agreement, WFP, which traditionally has procured and transported food aid for refugee caseloads over 5,000 people, will also now assume on a temporary basis responsibility from UNHCR for distributing the supplies. If the new division of labour proves more effective, the UN food agency will take over the task worldwide.
With no rains anticipated before April in parts of the Sool and Sanaag regions, further losses to livestock and other assets are expected, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is calling for prompt intervention to stem the problem. “The situation is fragile,” UNICEF Somalia Emergency Officer Robert McCarthy said. “Our planning is based on the assumption that children will be increasingly vulnerable to malnutrition and disease in the coming weeks.” He added that nomadic communities which have lost significant numbers of their livestock will require outside food and supplies to survive. Growing tension between the local administrations in Northwest Somalia (‘Somaliland’) and Northeast Somalia (‘Puntland’), both claiming the affected areas as their territory, is creating some concern among humanitarian agencies. UNICEF said operations could be jeopardized or even halted if the situation escalates into violent conflict. In the past, efforts to reach the affected communities – often in remote areas – were possible thanks to cooperation between the two administrations. UNICEF Somalia Senior Programme Officer Leila Pakkala urged that this continue. “We appeal to them to maintain a stable environment and ensure the continuity and effectiveness of response activities,” she said. Failed rains over the past four years have caused large-scale food insecurity among pastoral people in parts of northern Somalia. A joint mission in October, led by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), found the population hard hit by loss of livestock and purchasing power. In two recent missions, the last ending on 2 January, 10 teams supported by UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) visited 72 villages, providing vaccination, clinical and antenatal care, and dry supplementary rations to complement UN World Food Programme (WFP) distributions. Later this week, UNICEF and WFP are set to begin the second phase of food, medical and nutritional interventions.
Premium pay TV channel Starz renews deal to get Sony movies through 2021 LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Premium pay TV channel Starz said Monday that it has renewed its agreement to carry movies from Sony Pictures through films hitting U.S. theatres in 2021. The deal, which was seen as a must-win for the channel, comes two months after Netflix snatched future Disney movies from Starz.The deal will extend Sony’s relationship with Starz by five years, giving the channel access to major Hollywood releases into the future. Disney movies released in 2016 and beyond will play on Netflix’s streaming service instead of Starz.Analysts speculated that Starz is paying anywhere from $250 million to $400 million per year, an increase from the estimated $200 million it is paying Sony currently.Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in a securities filing, “we believe the terms are consistent with other recent agreements between traditional premium TV networks and major Hollywood studios,” without elaborating.The wording suggested Starz was paying more than $200 million annually, but less than $350 million a year, which is what Netflix is estimated to pay Disney.Netflix isn’t considered a “traditional” pay TV network, but its service, at $8 a month, is seen as increasingly competing with premium pay TV channels such as HBO, Showtime and Starz, which cost $15 a month.Starz had 21 million subscribers as of the end of September. Netflix has 27 million subscribers at year-end.Both Netflix and Showtime were bidders for the movies, according to a person familiar with the matter who wasn’t authorized to comment publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.Last month, Netflix Inc. CEO Reed Hastings told analysts on a conference call he was interested in going after Sony movies. “Our appetite is just like it was for Disney, it’s strong,” he said. However, he added that “there is no specific piece of content that we must have.”Disney content was seen as more important for Netflix, which is raising the profile of its children’s programming and has a devoted kids audience.In comparison, Sony has put big-budget, popular movies in theatres including “The Amazing Spider Man,” ”Zero Dark Thirty” and “Men in Black 3,” and has a stronger focus on movies rated PG-13. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2013 2:12 pm MDT