Security up in Imphal ahead of PM’s visit

first_imgAhead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Manipur on January 4, security measures have been beefed up on an unprecedented scale. The police and paramilitary forces, including Assam Rifles, are conducting pre-dawn cordon-and-search operations at several places. During a search on Saturday evening, insurgent leader Anand Laishram, 21, of Chajing Karam near Imphal was arrested by the joint forces. Election ploy: Cong.Mr. Modi is likely to announce a slew of developmental projects during his visit lasting a few hours. However, Congress MLA N. Loken said: “It is too late. Mr. Modi and other BJP leaders may announce some projects involving huge amounts. This is mere election ploy. Because no construction work can be taken up in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha election.”Police sources said the search operations would continue. Identification papers of all youngsters are being verified.The police said the arrested insurgent leader, Anand Laishram, took part in the June 4, 2015 ambush against soldiers at Paraolen in Chandel district, in which 18 Army men were killed on the spot and 11 others were seriously injured. Authorities had announced a reward ₹2 lakh for information leading to his arrest, the police said.last_img read more

PH archers miss shot at third medal

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PH bets Paul Marton Dela Cruz and Amaya Cojuangco during the semifinals of Mixed Team Compound archery in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines narrowly missed a medal in archery mixed compound after back-to-back jolting match-play defeats Friday at Synthetic Turf Field inside KL Sports City.Paul Marton Dela Cruz and Amaya Paz-Cojuangco handily made it to the semifinals after a 156-150 win over Laos in the eliminations.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Navarro heats up late, lifts San Sebastian past EACcenter_img PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Paz-Cojuangco, who was four-time champion here, could not contain her emotions after that heart breaking losses and had to excuse herself at the back of the field.The Philippines still has golden chances in recurve which will begin on Aug. 21. That heightened expectations of another medal from the sport that already brought two bronzes the previous days but the Filipino archers fell short this time.“We didn’t make it. It’s not our day. They shot way better than us today,” said the 30-year-old Dela Cruz who bagged the individual bronze and shared another with men’s team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeading in the opening end, Dela Cruz and Cojuangco witnessed a steely-nerved Myanmar pair finishing them off in the suspense-filled shoot out. They finished the six ends tied at 154.Stunned, the Philippines thus fell into bronze medal match-up facing Vietnam, which prevailed, 159-155. MOST READlast_img read more

Blazing the Trail

first_imgVerve and venerationAlarmel Valli, 57, Classical DancerBecause She has umpteen prestigious awards dotting an illustrious 50 years in dance, a three-decade-old dance school and hundreds of celebrated international performances.And yet, Alarmel Valli chuckles at the idea of a planned career progression.”When I went on stage for my arangetram, I was,Verve and venerationAlarmel Valli, 57, Classical DancerBecause She has umpteen prestigious awards dotting an illustrious 50 years in dance, a three-decade-old dance school and hundreds of celebrated international performances.And yet, Alarmel Valli chuckles at the idea of a planned career progression.”When I went on stage for my arangetram, I was nine-and-a-half years old and a career in professional dance had not crossed my mind,” she says.”Those days, you learned dance for the love of it and because it enriched your life. To be able to perform was not an important consideration,” she adds.Because It has been 50 years since Valli started dancing and her seasoned approach to the art stands as a strong point of reference to Bharatanatyam tutelage today.With an obstinate desire to transcribe the value she has imbibed,Valli takes great care in teaching her own students at the Dipasikha Dance Foundation with the same spirit that she saw in her gurus.Afew of the forums that she has worked in include Spic Macay in India, the Societa Italiana del Flauto Dolce, The Philharmonic Society in Rome, the international Summer Tanzwochen in Vienna,The Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society and universities across the US.Because As one of the youngest dancers to be awarded the Padma Shri,Valli views her most prestigious accolades including the Padma Bhushan and Chevalier of Arts and Letters Award from the French Government as welcome acknowledgements of her contribution to dance. “Ultimately an artiste’s biggest accolade comes from the rasikas; those who follow you fromsabha to sabha to watch you perform or save money throughout the year to attend your best shows during the December season,”says Valli. She adds, “As an artiste, I would love to see a day when one’s art alone drives home an award.”advertisementNURTURING NUANCE Today,Valli sees a change in the way students are taught natyam. She recalls an adage her guru had coined in her head over the years – ‘more sarakku than minukku’, which loosely translates to more content than embellishment. “Today, packaging often overshadows content. Success calls for not just artistic talent, but PR skills as well,”she says.Valli believes this generation is dangerously dependent on technology.”DVDs and Skype classes may make dance more accessible, but cannot capture subtext.And nuances are what give dance its soul,”she says.Springboard storiesCharukesh Sekar, 28, Independent Film-makerBecause When 28-year-old Charukesh Sekar had approached in vain,more film producers than his brain could register, he decided to demonstrate his craft to the industry by plunging into what he describes as his “most honest story till date”, on a zero budget.”I wanted them to see what I could create, instead of just hearing me out like they do with hundreds of young, wide-eyed aspirants.”The result was Puzhu, an 11- minute short film about two grievously injured friends who oscillate between emotions of love, nostalgia, betrayal and revenge, and eventually try to kill each other. It gave him 1,000 YouTube views in three days – which is unique for an art house film-and a prospective association with Bench Flix – a coveted platform for short film makers to showcase their work and get it distributed, run by director Karthik Subbaraj. The film also went on to gain appreciation from senior film critic and founder of, Sethumadhavan.Because Good talent can never go unrecognised in this age of social networking. His last film,Life and Death of a Rebel,was shot in the breathtaking expanses of Ladakh and starred actor Ashok Selvan, who went on to act in Pizza 2: The Villa and Thegidi.The film is about a terminally ill patient who takes off to a faraway land to help his loved ones cope with the eventuality.”Previously, if I were to show my film to a potential investor, I would have to pass through 100 middlemen who would only slow down the process,”says Sekar. He adds,”Now with the advent of social networking and video platforms like Youtube and Vimeo, there is no limit to how far your content can go.Afew shares after that and your film can be watched across continents!”he beams.Because Charukesh started young. Amechanical engineering graduate, he traces his love for stories to his early school days, when he would sit with his Tamil language teacher,Mrs. Sujatha, for hours and pen down stories for his school skits. “She taught me how to write a script – to fold a paper in half, write the scene description on one side and the dialogues on the other- I found the process so beautiful,”he says.advertisementALEARNING EXPERIENCE “I am an independent filmmaker; I know the maddening routine of shallow questions, unreturned phone calls and painfully procrastinating timelines that follow our efforts to get a film produced,”says Valli. “But what I’ve learnt is that not all these are unproductive hindrances.They are in fact repeated opportunities for you to raise the bar.” Shekar believes that young filmmakers who are in need of funds to make content oriented, off-beat films must be prepared to use limited resources, as this eliminates any risk of loss for the investors.”If there’s a way your film can see the light of day without any compromises being made on your style and content, it is perfectly okay to cut a few corners,”he explains.THE BIG PICTURE Shekar’s trademark style lies in portraying known concepts in novel sensibilities; he is heavily inspired by directors like Mysskin, Balaji Sakthivel and Rajumurugan who have attempted to show people of the third gender and sex workers in a fresh new light through their films (Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum, Vazhakku Enn? and Cuckoo respectively), in an industry that has used them as comical characters.”That’s how we end up stereotyping them on the streets. But when a mass medium like cinema offers a change in our approach to the subject changes,”he says.Strength in serviceDr V. Shanta, 87, Chairperson, Adyar Cancer InstituteBecause In 1954 in Madras, when most 27-year-old women were building their lives around marriages or learning new vocations, Shanta was armed with a fresh M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree, and had decided to join a scantily-equipped, 12-bedded cottage hospital specialising in cancer care.Started in Adyar,Madras, it was the second hospital of its kind in independent India.Not surprisingly, she was perceived as whimsical and over-ambitious, but six decades on, her decision has successfully transformed thousands of lives.Cementing her conviction was another visionary- Muthulakshmi Reddy, the first woman medical graduate of the country and the first Indian woman legislator – who founded the cancer institute and took her in.Because She found the impetus she needed from hardships.”Dr.Reddy had lost her sister to cancer in 1923.When her son,Dr. Krishnamurthi, returned from the US, she wanted to start a cancer hospital. She had an extremely tough time getting the required permission, and more importantly getting people to see what she saw.They did not understand cancer and there were no facilities for its treatment in the country,”reminisces Shanta.There was a challenge involved in addressing the issue and creating awareness about it.”People were dying of cancer and science was developing parallelly. It was a part of medicine that had not been explored and I saw this as an opportunity,”she says. Because The Cancer Institute’s most significant milestone is its undeterred adherence to its motto,’Service to All’, and Dr. Shanta stands at its helm. Her dedication to the cause has earned her the Magasasay Award and the Padma Shri. Even at 87, she’s available anytime in case of emergencies.advertisementThe Cancer Institute stands as the foremost medical institution to offer highly subsidised and free treatment to almost 60 percent of its annual patients.”I have always worked towards the reintroduction of ideas like empathy and compassion.We work on the basis of service; we don’t earn in lakhs and are discerning about our work ethics and use of resources,”she says.”But the government is still very apathetic,”she adds.OVER THE YEARS Today the institute has earned a reputation for its success stories. Dr. Shanta has watched the scene evolve, as a doctor, subsequently the institute’s director and now its chairperson.”The first cobalt unit – a revolution in radiation oncology – came to us in 1956 from the Atomic Energy of Canada.We’ve seen advancements since then and today I can say that 40 per cent cancers are preventable and curable if detected early,”says Shanta.Into the wildRomulus Whitaker, 71, Wildlife ConservationistBecause He now stands high as the country’s most revered herpetologist and wildlife conservationist.On any given day, he’d be glad to share a Kodak moment with a reared-up king cobra or a fully-grown gharial. But Whitaker’s fascination for these seemingly implacable creatures is no more a surprise today, almost four decades after he started the Chennai Snake Park. Whitaker first came to India as a boy of seven,when his family had moved to Mumbai in 1951. But his attraction to snakes began much earlier, when he spent time catching and petting non-venomous snakes back at home in the US.”Here in India, I was lucky to spend most of my school days in Kodaikanal. I was a lousy student but the forests around me were like heaven.That’s where I really learned the jungle lore-both on my own and from the local tribals and hunters from the hills,”says Whitaker.Because The new headquarters of the snake park in Guindy saw one million visitors in the first year alone, including celebrated ones such as Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi,Sonia Gandhi,Margaret Thatcher and Satyajit Ray.About six years later in 1976,Whitaker gave the country the first crocodile gene bank in all of Asia- The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.Today, the centre harbours 18 species of crocodiles, 14 species of turtles, and many lizards and snakes. It also remains one of the best institutions for herpetological research in Asia.Because He is involved in extensive research, conservation and public education on the king cobra and the gharial. In Agumbe,Karnataka, where he recalls encountering and catching his first king cobra in 1971,Whitaker has set up a forest field base, the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, to do research and conservation “and some chilling too!”. “We have an MoU with the National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore and in exchange for their support, their scientists and students use our base for field work,”says Whitaker. In addition to this, he has also made three documentary films on the king cobra for National Geographic, BBC Natural World and Animal Planet and one film on the gharial for the BBC and Animal Planet.THE REPTILE GUY He shared a special camaraderie with the Irula tribals as a child, which became a major impetus for him to start what became a milestone in his rehabilitation work-the Irula Snake-Catchers Cooperative Society.”In the 1970s, the snakeskin trade was booming but also getting out of hand.Abunch of us campaigned to stop it, which it eventually did and all snakes came under India’s Wildlife Protection Act,”says Whitaker. But, he was unconvinced about the condition of the Irulas who were the main suppliers of snake skins in South India and had been hit hard.”These expert trackers and hunters were my gurus and taught me more than I ever learned in college.To repay them, I came up with the idea of setting up the society,”he says. While the Irulas were getting rehabilitated,Whitaker was also working on setting up India’s first reptile park-the Madras Snake Park in 1969, in a village on Velachery Road, south of Chennai.”With the help of my sister and brother, Nina and Neel Chattopadhyaya, and a bunch of our crazy friends, the snake park was set up. But it was pretty far out of town and the 25 paise entry tickets didn’t help us pay salaries or feed the hundreds of snakes.I approached then Chief Conservator of Forests in Tamil Nadu, K.A. Bhoja Shetty, who graciously gave me half an acre of the beautiful Guindy Deer Park (now National Park) on lease to set up the snake park.How the land was given to an American citizen (I only got my Indian citizenship in 1975), I’ll never know,”recalls Whitaker.BACK TO THE ROOTS Whitaker believes that there is a lot of scope.”The biggest threat to the environment is a combination of human greed and the inability to understand what needs to be done. But the positive aspect is that there are beautiful, functional models of ideal forest and wildlife conservation around the planet.There is no need to reinvent the wheel when we can learn and borrow from such success stories,”he says.Crafting careersDivya Jhaveri,30, Ritu Jhaveri,25, Designers and founders,Wild RoseBecause The entire profit from the sales at Wild Rose is kept aside for the education and upliftment of underpriviledged girls. “The idea of educating girls came forth from both of us. We’ve both been brought up with a lot of luxury. While we’ve always been encouraged to achieve, we’ve never even had the pressure to earn for the family. And the idea that kept repeating in our heads was,’Wouldn’t it just be great if other girls did not have to carry the burden of education?”say the sisters.Because What started as a creative necessity for the older sibling Divya five years ago has become the driving force for the sisters to imagine, explore and showcase new design sensibilities to make beautiful home accessories under their brand,Wild Rose. In addition to filling her fashion void, Divya was also creating pretty decor items for home, which her mother loved displaying.”But then I took a break for four years and was introduced to the Bihar School of Yoga, where I saw the beauty and fulfillment of seva – or selfless service.People worked hard and helped for one another unconditionally, and I was deeply inspired,” she says. By the time she returned to Chennai, the philosophy was ingrained in her head and she started looking at it as a prospective business-cum-philanthropic idea. She took in her younger sister Ritu to further give shape to it and started the brand Wild Rose that could give them the platform to design and also help the underprivileged.BecauseThe sisters plan to reach out to deserving girls through known, trustworthy sources and focus on aiding their higher education and possibly, employment opportunities.”We are looking at financing girls at the college level or at a point where they can become breadwinners of the family.We have now been connected to a girl from Assam, who wants to do a teacher training course.After looking at her mark sheets,we will provide her with the necessary aid.We are also working closely with the schools supported at our ashram,”says Ritu.NURTURING IDEAS Ritu believes that the nobility of the founding idea has helped the store grow.The sisters owe their gratitude to their gurus-Sw.Satsangi and Sw. Niranjan of the Bihar School of Yoga and Shri Parthasarathy Gopalachari of Ramachandra Mission Chennai. “People often wonder how we have managed without any formal training or employing any labour. But we’ve constantly been guided in the right direction. For instance, our drivers also act as carpenters for our merchandise and they have taken up a keen interest in mastering the craft.Our maids help us in the embellishment of the products and love the creative outlet it provides them.We have a warm, informal working environment where we share ideas and give them shape,”says Divya.SHOW AND TELL Wild Rose now largely caters to marriages and corporate events with a wide range of gifts and home accessories.They make candle holders, tissue boxes, bags and finely embellished clocks and mirrors.Their signature style uses a lot of shimmer and mirror work and their products are priced from as low as Rs 350.The brand has already been showcased at five exhibitions this year, with another one coming up at The Park in September.”Exhibitions remain our prime focus this year.We want our products to reach out to as many people as possible, so that we have a steady flow of clientele and can make profit.We believe with effort and goodwill, there’s a long way to go,” says Divya.Tune inVishal Chandrashekhar, 29, Music DirectorBecause He has worked in over 400 short films, 40 national ads and four feature films and also composed the song for Kingfisher IPL this year within just a few hours.Though he started composing for films in 2001, it wasn’t until Satosh Sivan’s film Ceylon in 2013 that Chandrashekhar started believing that he was on the right track.”I sat there for four-and-a-half hours, not even blinking. I watched every frame and heard every tune; it was amazing and unnerving all at once,”he says.Though the film was pulled out of theatres within days of its release, owing to its sensitive story that followed the Sri Lankan war, Chandrashekhar’s own spirits remained high.Because His music for latest sci-fi film Appuchi Gramam opened to critical reviews from leading webzines and the media.”I see no conflict creating music for commercial films,” he says.”After you have learnt the finest aspects of music, a commercial film can challenge your potential to produce with versatility. Striking that balance is a lesson in itself and I’m lucky to have learnt it from the right people,”he says. Because In an industry where creative differences between directors and music composers are constantly put on the table, Chandrashekhar has honed himself to be honest, flexible and yet uncompromising.”What results in the end is of most importance; as individuals, we can never become bigger than that,”he says.MODEL STUDENT A student of AR Rahman’s KM Music Conservatory, Chandrashekhar owes a significant part of his evolution to the training he received at the celebrated institute.At this point, the young composer drew his own innate style from the cultural influences he witnessed while growing up.”I studied in 17 schools and my teachers came with demographically varying sensibilities.Today, I can see all their styles influencing my music,”adds Chandrashekhar.SPIRITUAL SOUNDS Chandrashekhar hopes to compose an album on Lord Shiva someday.”That would be something I do for myself and the grace that has brought me where I am,”he concludes.The godfatherVidyaakar, 61, Founder, Udavum KarangalBecause The calm, 10-acre facility in Thiruverkadu that serves as a haven for 630 abandoned children, children with disabilities and mentally challenged and destitute men and women, is proof to the sweat and service that Vidyaakar has invested in it for the last 14 years.However, his association with humanitarian work began much earlier in 1980, when he started collaborating with a local charity in NSK Nagar to help the poor understand their rights and avail them. In about three years, his efforts elevated with his first case – an abandoned child who was left behind at a cinema hall after a night show.”When we couldn’t find any takers for him, I decided to foster him myself at home. It soon became an impromptu centre for anyone who needed help after that,”says Vidyaakar, who registered it as Udavum Karangal in 1983. It was only nine years later in 1994, when they relocated to the bigger campus in Thiruverkadu.Because As of today, his work has touched more than a 5000 lives,many of which are restored with well-paying jobs, families, businesses and marriages. March this year saw Abhilash, a B-Com student from Udavum Karangal, receive the Outstanding Performer Award from his alma mater, St.Thomas College of Arts and Science.Another resident, Nithya Kalyani, received a gold medal for her degree in social work from the Madras School of Social Work, and is now happily married. While such success stories are many, their inspiration is always their only parent – ‘Pappa’Vidyaakar.Because In the last five years,Udavum Karangal’s focus has intensified towards rehabilitation.”We don’t take in abandoned children anymore. Instead we send them to Childline India Foundation for adoption. The children we house here are mostly those born to psychiatric patients,”he says. Further facilitating the NGO’s motto of restoration and value-creation is Udavum Karangal’s school in Thiruverkadu, which is open to both in-house children and children from outside.Another successful initiative is Jeevan – their community outreach programme, which includes services like a school for nursing, student sponsorship programme, day care centre, computer centre, school for special children, school of tailoring, a crche and legal services.THE DEVELOPMENT DIMENSION “We are now solely working on empowering communities. Even when we find women who are destitute,we try to trace them back to their families, where they are restored, so long as it favours their wellbeing,”he says. He adds, “If our kids don’t fit into mainstream schooling, they can opt for private education.” Every single person here must be on the track to development.Rib-ticklersKarthik Kumar, 36, Bhargav Ramakrishnan, 27, Founders, Evam Standup TamashaBecause Even though it has been assumed for years that Chennai is unforgiving about the digs taken at its cultural conditioning and lifestyle choices, Karthik Kumar and Bhargav Ramakrishnan saw remarkable scope in some healthy home-grown humour and came out with Evam Standup Tamasha in 2012.This of course after a few months of treading carefully with little spoonfuls of experimental humour they called ‘comic monologues’, which were performed at “pubs, dingy bars, auditoriums and drawing rooms of friends before launching officially,”as says Kumar.Because After their first comic monologues series turned out to be a hit, the duo decided to rope in more talent and started looking for new performers who could hold an audience with their tales. “Standup comedy is a truly unique and extremely challenging art form.We were quite reluctant to go about calling ourselves standup comedians early on.We instead called it comic monologues, slice of life comedy and many other things before branding ourselves as standup comedians,” says Ramakrishnan.Because Their work offers younger audiences a great forum to share social, political and cultural ideas.”It’s the closest one can get to pop culture wherein the youth absorb new values and ideals through a show.And believe it or not,most standup comedians are peace loving, diversity embracing artists,”says Kumar.The duo ventured into the space with self-scripted pieces, which were also autobiographical in nature.”We started telling tales that would be cathartic when narrated-and catharsis could lead to some great laughter and emotional release in an audience.When we learnt to channelise this release with comedy as the final filter, it led to an organic segue into standup comedy,”says Kumar.MAKE ‘EM LAUGHThe performers of Standup Tamasha draw instances from their own lives, which helps them personalise the jokes and also put them across with ease. Popular references include relationships, girlfriends,hometowns, new towns, offices, bosses, sports, Indian-isms and politics. “Life is boring and tedious until we choose to paint it with comedy, and then everything just becomes ‘material’ for the show. For instance,my first set in 2010 was all about how Sathyam Cinemas had removed the separators between the urinals in the men’s room.Though this was a small event, it had left many men in the city confused and disoriented,”laughs Kumar.NO FUNNY BUSINESS They have also had to face some not-so-amused audiences who have made their displeasure evident. “I remember an aunt coming up to me after my first show; she stayed back half an hour to lecture me on how I must never do this again, ever,”says Kumar. Interestingly, the audiences they remember most are always the ones that didn’t take the show well. “From drunk hecklers, scandalised bosses and enraged oldies to people who did not share our point of view,we have been through the lot and that has made us tougher performers,”says Ramakrishnan. “But whenever we are doing a show,we always ask ourselves where, when and for whom are we doing it.That discretion we’ve learnt and maintain,”he adds. But despite these minor disapprovals, this group of young performers has remained unstoppable.TRICKAND TREAT They earn the credit for breaking into the city’s long-preserved mould against standup comedy, which rarely any other group has been able to penetrate. Evam Standup Tamasha now has autonomous operations in Singapore, having done over 10 shows there already.They recently completed their seven-show debut tour in the US and will be heading back there for a five-week, 25 shows tour in October.Apart from Chennai, they have also launched in Mumbai,Coimbatore,Kochi and Bangalore.”The secret is to customise and re-contextualise the issues.We have understood you must be one among your audience and yet different from them; it’s a strange combination, but remains the most effective one,”says Kumar.last_img read more

Brazilian GP: Max Verstappen Wins ‘Crazy Race’ as Both Ferraris Crash Out

first_imgSao Paulo: Max Verstappen underlined his potential as a champion of the future on Sunday with a commanding victory for Red Bull in an astonishing and crash-hit Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.The 22-year-old Dutchman twice passed newly-crowned six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in a thrilling contest that had two safety car interventions and saw the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc clash and retire, before clinching the eighth victory of his career. His third win this season also made up for his disappointment in last year’s race in Brazil when he looked certain to win before a late accident wrecked his hopes of victory.He made the most of pole position and finished a dominant winner ahead of his former Red Bull team-mate Pierre Gasly, now with Toro Rosso, as they delivered a Honda-powered one-two for the Japanese company for the first time since the heyday of local hero Ayrton Senna.Frenchman Gasly came home 0.062 seconds ahead of Hamilton, who finished third for Mercedes but was demoted to seventh following a post-race stewards’ investigation after crashing with luckless Thai driver Alexander Albon, the man who replaced Gasly at Red Bull, in the final laps.Hamilton’s demotion gifted McLaren’s Carlos Sainz his first Formula One podium, subject to several other stewards’ inquiries.”Lewis was very quick,” said Verstappen. “So I had to keep pushing all the time. He pitted early so we had to be on top of our pit-stops and we had a good move on him.”I could control the race with the tyres I had, so, for me, it was unbelievable. It was a lot of fun out there and great to win the race.”VERSTAPPEN ‘FLAT OUT’He said his decisive second overtake of Hamilton was achieved thanks to his superior speed in the rarefied atmosphere of the 700-metre altitude Interlagos circuit.”I was behind so I was pushing flat out on my out lap,” he said. “We knew we had great top speed the whole weekend — but that was a guess — and I’m very happy to have got past him!”Gasly screamed with delight at his good fortune on his slow-down lap.”This is my first podium in F1 and, for sure, I will never forget it,” he said. It’s such a special moment. So emotional…”Toro Rosso have given me such a fantastic car since I came back. This is an amazing day… I was praying for the engine to give everything it had –- without Honda, it would not have been possible.”Hamilton was handed a five-second penalty and two points on his racing licence.”I fully accept it was my fault and I accept the penalty,” said the Mercedes driver.”I was the driver behind and it was my mistake. I apologise massively to Alex –- the gap was there, but it closed pretty quickly. It was completely my fault and I hold my hands up.”Albon, who looked certain to finish on the podium, came home 15th.Sainz finished fourth on the road for McLaren ahead of the two Alfa Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, seventh-placed Daniel Ricciardo of Renault and Lando Norris in the second McLaren.Sergio Perez of Racing Point finished ninth and Daniil Kvyat was 10th in the second Toro Rosso, but all of the results were subject to revision as the stewards investigated a string of incidents late into the evening. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. brazilian gpBrazilian Grand Prixcarlos sainzCharles Leclerc First Published: November 18, 2019, 7:34 AM ISTlast_img read more

2 women who flashed breasts at World Series banned by MLB

first_imgSomeone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Olympic boxing trials new judging system to ‘regain trust’ Julia Rose and Lauren Summer identified themselves on social media. Popular on Instagram, they lifted their tops and exposed themselves as Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole was set to pitch to Ryan Zimmerman of Washington in the seventh inning at Nationals Park.The women were standing in the second row, slightly to the first base side behind the plate. Their stunt was seen live on Fox by a camera shooting from center field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceCole stepped off the mound, but it’s unclear whether he saw the women.MLB says the ban from big league stadiums is indefinite. LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerscenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Nationals Park is seen before Game 5 of the baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)HOUSTON — The two women who flashed their breasts from behind the backstop during Game 5 of the World Series have been banned from major league ballparks.Major League Baseball sent the women a letter shortly after their escapade Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “The fans who were involved in exposing themselves during Game 5 of the World Series violated the Nationals’ fan code of conduct. As a result, they were removed from the stadium and are suspended indefinitely from attending an MLB ballpark or facility,” MLB said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc MOST READ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Read Nextlast_img read more

India vs Australia: Heavy Melbourne rain washes out 2nd T20 International

Relentless rain in Melbourne meant the second T20 International between Australia and India had to be abandoned after the hosts had finished with 132 for seven off 19 overs.There was a brief exchange of words between Virat Kohli and the umpires who did not stop play even as it started raining heavily in the 18th over. The first T20I in Brisbane was also affected by rain but play was possible after the match had been reduced to 17-overs-per-side.The second T20I at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was crucial for India, who had arrived in Australia as favourites. But after losing a thriller at the Gabba, Australia had their tail up.India, however, were back at their best on Friday. Bhuveshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah were brilliant up front and reduced Australia to 41 for 4 in the 7th over. Ben McDermott held the innings together and was involved in useful partnerships with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Andrew Tye as Australia looked like finishing decently.India vs Australia, 2nd T20I: HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDThe rain break changed things.After play had remained halted for over an hour, the players were back on the field with India set to chase 90 runs off 11 overs according to the DLS method. But moments before play could resume, the rain returned.Not long after, there was news India might have to chase 46 off 5 overs. But the relentless rain meant match officials had to call play off.The T20I series now moves to Syndey where the final match will be played on Sunday. The best India can now do is draw the series.advertisementBefore coming to Australia, India had won seven successive T20I series. That streak now comes to an end.Also watch – read more

Hanuma Vihari centuries in vain as Vidarbha beat Rest of India to defend Irani Cup

first_imgRanji Trophy champions Vidarbha won the Irani Cup against Rest of India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur on Saturday. Vidarbha emerged winners thanks to their first innings lead as they defended the Irani Cup. They became the third team after Bombay and Karnataka to defend Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup titles.Vidarbha rode on half-centuries from Atharwa Taide (72) and Ganesh Satish (87) as the match ended in a draw but Vidarbha won on first innings lead. Vidarbha had scored 425 in their first innings in reply to Rest of India’s 330.After a poor start to their chase of 280, Sanjay Raghunath and Atharwa Taide ensured Vidarbha finish Day 4 with 37 for 1. The duo slowly but steadily revived the Vidarbha innings before putting the Ranji Trophy champions in a strong position.The duo then dominated the Rest of India bowlers and took control of the chase. The two batsmen were going strong before Rahul Chahar struck just before lunch on Day 5 when he trapped Sanjay Raghunath leg before wicket. Raghunath had scored 42 of 131 deliveries.Raghunath was also involved in a 116-run stand with Taide, who in the process completed his second half-centuy, for the second wicket.However, that did not stop Taide from playing an attacking game. Taide was joined by seasoned campaigner Ganesh Satish and the duo continued to dominate the proceedings.Soon after lunch, Chahar struck once again to remove Taide for 72 off 185 balls.Satish and Mohit Kale then took charge of the chase as the pair added 83 runs for the fourth wicket as Satih completed his 33rd half-century. But the stand was broken when Kale (37) was caught by Tanveer Ul-Haq off Dharmendrasinh Jadeja at the stroke of tea.advertisementWith just 11 more required to win, Satish departed and it denied Vidarbha an outright win. The captain of Vidarbha Faiz Fazal and Rest of India skipper Ajinkya Rahane decided to call truce before Vidarbha completed the chase and the match ended in a draw.Earlier, Hanuma Vihari scripted history by becoming the first player to score a hat-trick of hundreds in the Irani Cup, helping Rest of India set Vidarbha a tricky 280-run target.Vihari had scored 183 for Rest of India during last year’s Irani Cup match against Vidarbha, who recently retained the Ranji Trophy with another exemplary showing.Besides Vihari’s 180, India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane made 87 and Shreyas Iyer raced to a 52-ball 61, helping Rest of India to declare their second innings at 374 for three, a day after conceding a big first-innings lead.last_img read more

Grants Pen Residents Benefit from Mobile Justice Unit’s Services

first_imgStory Highlights Residents of Grants Pen, St. Andrew, are the latest beneficiaries of the Legal Aid Council’s Mobile Justice Unit.The Unit was at the Grants Pen Peace Park on Wednesday (February 28) dispensing free legal information on the expungement of criminal records, wills, land titles, criminal matters, and child custody and maintenance, among other issues.The services are part of phase three of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP II), targeting 50 communities.The CSJP is a multifaceted and multi-stakeholder crime- and violence-prevention initiative, focused on building community safety and security.It is administered by the Ministry of National Security and jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica; Inter-American Development Bank; United Kingdom Department for InternationalDevelopment; and Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.Attorney-at-law, Shara-Kay Dacres, who is a legal consultant with the Unit, told JIS News that residents were grateful for the services provided, noting that most of them sought advice on land-related matters.“The persons we have seen are very interested in the services. Most of them were not aware that the services of the bus even existed. So they are very interested to know when we will be back in the community, because they have other friends and persons who they know would benefit from the services as well. They are grateful for the advice because a lot of them have issues that they didn’t know how to (address),” she explained.Against this background, Ms. Dacres said the Council is looking to revisit the community and bring back the Unit later in the year.Grants Pen resident, Orette Perkins, who enquired about land-related matters, said the information he received was very detailed.“I am doing something over my yard that’s pertaining to land – paying tax and such – and so I came and got some vital information,” he told JIS News.Another resident, Rochelle Gilzene, said she was very appreciative of the legal advice she received.“I came to check and confirm some information on a legal matter, and I found the information very helpful and informative. The representative was very friendly and courteous and she advised me accordingly… so I am satisfied,” she said.Ms. Gilzene said initiatives such as these are critical to the community.“We have a lot of persons who need this kind of help… to help to sort out certain personal and legal matters, which would be beneficial to persons individually and the community on a whole,” she said.The provision of services through the Mobile Justice Unit is in keeping with the Justice Ministry’s thrust to improve access to justice for everyone, particularly persons in rural and inner-city communities.It is also consistent with the Government’s 2017/18 policy priority regarding the rule of law and timely justice outcomes. Residents of Grants Pen, St. Andrew, are the latest beneficiaries of the Legal Aid Council’s Mobile Justice Unit. The services are part of phase three of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP II), targeting 50 communities. It is administered by the Ministry of National Security and jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica; Inter-American Development Bank; United Kingdom Department for InternationalDevelopment; and Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.last_img read more

NEB reports crudebyrail exports rose to a record 269829 bpd in September

first_imgCALGARY — The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada rose to a record 269,829 barrels per day in September.That’s up more than 17 per cent from 229,544 in August and just over double the 134,132 barrels per day recorded in September 2017.Total crude exports reached 3.47 million bpd in September, up from 3.31 million a year earlier. Pipeline export constraints are being blamed for a glut of oil in Western Canada that caused the price discount to peak at more than US$50 per barrel in October for Western Canadian Select oilsands blend versus New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate.The province has called on Ottawa to help increase crude-by-rail shipments, estimating the discounts are costing the Canadian economy as much as $80 million per day.Meanwhile, oilsands producers such as Cenovus Energy Inc. and Imperial Oil Ltd. are ramping up crude-by-rail volumes to get barrels to markets where they will receive better prices.Cenovus has called on the province to impose production cuts to reduce the oil oversupply in Alberta but the suggestion has been panned by rivals who are insulated from discounts because they have firm pipeline contracts or use their oil in their own refineries. Companies in this story: (TSX:CVE, TSX:IMO)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bobs Worth wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup for Nicky Henderson and Barry

first_imgBOBS WORTH AND Barry Geraghty won a thrilling renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup this afternoon as jumps racing’s finest festival winds to a close for another year.Sent off the 11/4 favourite, Nicky Henderson’s eight-year-old stayed longest up the Cotswold course’s famous hill to win by a clear seven lengths from Irish challenger Sir des Champs (4/1).Long Run (7/2) , the 2011 winner also trained by Henderson, stayed on in third place.But the afternoon belonged to Bobs Worth who appeared to be slightly hampered when Ruby Walsh and Silviniaco Conti fell shortly before the turn for home.At that point, front-runner Long Run and Sir des Champs — trained by Willie Mullins and owned by Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary — were the two disputing the lead before Geraghty produced a textbook performance to reel them in and draw clear.With the day’s events overshadowed by thoughts of Irish amateur jockey JT McNamara, who fractured two vertebrae in a serious fall yesterday, Geraghty dedicated the win to his friend who remains in hospital. McNamara, 37, had surgery in Bristol’s Frenchay Hospital today and a further update on his condition is expected tomorrow.On the course, Ireland got the final day off to a flying start with winners in the day’s opening two races, both saddled by 20-year-old Kerry native Bryan Cooper.Cooper romped clear on board Our Conor, one of the hottest Irish prospects of the week, to win the JCB Triumph Hurdle by a massive 15 lengths, a performance so impressive that bookmakers immediately installed Dessie Hughes’ charge at 6/1 to win next year’s Champion Hurdle.Cooper followed up in the next when he drove home Tony Martin’s 10/1 shot Ted Veale to win the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle.The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle went to 11/8 favourite At Fishers Cross, the first winner of this year’s festival for jockey AP McCoy and owner JP McManus.There was heartbreak for Jane Mangan in the Foxhunters’ Chase Challenge Cup when Oscar Delta was pulling clear to win after the last before he sensationally ran out through the side fence and threw Mangan to the ground. Last year’s winner and 2/1 favourite Salsify, trained by Rodger Sweeney and ridden by his son Colman, took full advantage to win by a comfortable 20 lengths.LIVE: Cheltenham Festival, Day 4last_img read more

Sangliers morts les soupçons se renforcent sur les algues vertes

first_imgSangliers morts : les soupçons se renforcent sur les algues vertesLes premières autopsies réalisées sur les sangliers retrouvés morts dans l’estuaire de Gouessant semblent confirmer l’idée selon laquelle les algues vertes seraient responsables de cette hécatombe. De l’hydrogène sulfuré a été retrouvé dans les poumons de cinq animaux.Depuis le 7 juillet, 36 sangliers ont été retrouvé morts dans l’estuaire de Gouessant, dans la baie de Saint-Brieuc (Côtes d’Armor). Les six premiers animaux ont été analysés et les résultats font état de la présence d’hydrogène sulfuré (H2S) dans les poumons de cinq d’entre eux, ce qui renforce les soupçons qui pèsent sur la responsabilité des algues vertes. En effet, l’hydrogène sulfuré est un gaz toxique qui provient de la putréfaction des algues vertes et bien que la préfecture des Côtes d’Armor préfère temporiser en attendant les prochaines analyses, la présence d’H2S chez cinq des animaux morts “est avérée”. “Il serait excessif de conclure de manière radicale que c’est l’hydrogène (H2S) qui a provoqué leur mort puisque l’un de ces animaux n’en présentait pas. Le H2S a pu contribuer à leur mort dans des proportions que je ne suis pas en mesure de vous dire aujourd’hui”, a indiqué Philippe de Gestas, secrétaire général de la préfecture lors d’une conférence de presse.Les résultats proviennent d’un laboratoire basé à Strasbourg, indique Sciences et Avenir. Sur les six animaux examinés, deux présentent une concentration très élevée d’hydrogène sulfuré (respectivement 1,47 milligrammes par kilogramme et 1,72 mg/kg) tandis que trois autres présentaient des taux plus faibles de 0,14 mg/kg, 0,36 mg/kg et 0,93 mg/kg. Sur un des sangliers, des traces de chloralose, un produit utilisé pour empoisonner les rongeurs, a été retrouvé mais en quantité toutefois insuffisante pour provoquer la mort.Un plan d’action à accélerer À lire aussiL’étonnant secret caché derrière les plages de sable blanc paradisiaquesPour les écologistes comme Gilles Huet, délégué général de l’association Eau et rivières de Bretagne, “le faisceau de présomptions sur le H2S se renforce de façon assez claire”. L’association continue donc de réclamer la fermeture immédiate des plages où les algues vertes ne sont pas ramassées chaque jour. A la mi-juillet, 32.000 m3 d’algues vertes avaient déjà été ramassées sur les plages bretonnes. De plus, un plan anti-algues vertes a été adopté par les pouvoirs publics sur la période 2010-2014 pour un coût estimé à 134 millions d’euros.L’association Eau et rivières de Bretagne demande également l’accélération de la mise en œuvre du plan d’action “pour tarir le robinet des nitrates”, annoncé en février 2010, et qui “n’a pas encore trouvé de traduction concrète en baie de Saint-Brieuc” où se jette le Gouessant, d’autant que huit baies touchées par le phénomène ont été identifiées en Bretagne. Des programmes pilotes de lutte ont déjà été négociés pour deux de ces baies (Lannion et Saint-Brieuc), les autres sont en cours de discussion.”Le gouvernement doit revenir sur ses projets de décrets assouplissant les modalités d’épandage”, a également insisté M. Huet. En effet, si les algues vertes sont naturellement présentes en mer, leur prolifération excessive provient du largage des nitrates agricoles effectués dans des faibles fonds marins, dans des zones où l’eau stagne et où la chaleur et la luminosité favorisent leur développement.Le 2 août 2011 à 16:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dont make space unstable US warns India after Mission Shakti missile test

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/2:11Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:06?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing regarding the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense, March 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesActing US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan warned any nations that might be considering anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons tests like the one India carried out on Wednesday to “not make a mess” in space, noting the debris that can be left behind.”My message would be: we all live in space, let’s not make it a mess. Space should be a place where we can conduct business. Space is a place where people should have the freedom to operate,” Shanahan told a small group of reporters on Wednesday, without saying whether he believed India’s test left debris.He said the United States was still studying the Indian test.”You cannot make (space) unstable. We cannot create the debris problem that ASAT tests create. So, thoughtfulness goes a long way.”India’s foreign ministry played down any risk of debris, noting the test was in low-Earth orbit and said the remnants would “decay and fall back on to the Earth within weeks.”India would only be the fourth country to have used such an anti-satellite weapon after the United States, Russia and China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.The United States ran the first anti-satellite test in 1959 when satellites themselves were rare and new.Shanahan noted that, given the increasing global reliance on space, it was important to create rules of the road for space.”I think not having rules of engagement is worrisome. So, how people test and develop technologies are important,” he said, adding: “I would expect anyone who tests does not put at risk anyone else’s assets.”center_img Narendra Modi: It is not Modi’s Strength, It is the strength of your vote, that the world is witnessing todaylast_img read more

UPDATE Harris County Commissioners Court Decides Not To Vote On Sanctuary Cities

first_img X Al OrtizJudge Ed Emmett (center) presided the Commissioners Court bi-monthly meeting held on July 11th that debated whether Harris County will join the lawsuit against SB4.Harris County will not sue the State of Texas over SB4, the new state law that will allow members of law enforcement agencies to ask the public about immigration status and the Commissioners Court meeting got heated when the matter was discussed on Tuesday.Immigration activists and elected officials urged the Commissioners to join the lawsuit against SB4.Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia was among those who voiced their concerns and told the Court, “[T]his bill cannot be implemented without racial profiling and that’s what it will lead to.”Judge Ed Emmett acknowledged that, on a personal level, he shares some of the worries.“Clearly, the show me your papers aspect of Senate Bill Four is a vast overreach,” Emmett noted during the debate, which got heated when a member of the audience demanded that the Judge and the commissioners take action.“If you do not lead now we will run you over and vote you out of office! You’re on notice!” the woman told the Court as Emmett asked for her to exit the Court’s chamber.Towards the end of the meeting, Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis proposed a motion to join the lawsuit.At that moment, Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman said he has “serious concerns” about SB4, but added that suing the state over it could set a “dangerous precedent.”Neither Emmett nor any other commissioner supported Ellis’ motion and, ultimately, the Court didn’t hold a vote about Harris County joining the litigation.After the meeting, the Judge addressed the question and noted that “we’re not even sure we can sue.”“Technically, the [Texas] Legislature creates counties and abolishes counties. I mean, we are an arm of State government, so, it would be like kind of suing ourselves,” Emmett added.Several counties, including Bexar, El Paso, Maverick and Travis, have joined the lawsuit against SB4, which is supposed to go into effect on September 1st, although one of the goals of the litigation is to impede that. Listen Share 00:00 /01:16 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Trial Begins For Firefighters Pushing For Equal Pay

first_imgThe Houston Professional Fire Fighter’s Association wanted to put pay parity on the November ballot, but thousands of signatures were not validated in time by the City of Houston.A trial begins today for a lawsuit seeking a court order to force the City of Houston to count the pay parity petitions, so the measure can be eligible for the next ballot.Marty Lancton is president of the Houston Professional Firefighters Association.“This is a fundamental right of the citizens to petition their government. When government doesn’t recognize that, becomes a huge issue,” Lancton told News 88.7.According to the Houston Chronicle, the City Secretary counts the petitions in the order they are submitted unless the law dictates otherwise. Sharelast_img

Quantum levitation could prevent nano systems from crashing together

first_img( — Since the first demonstration of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) in the mid-‘80s, the technology has not proven as useful as originally anticipated. One of the problems is that the tiny components tend to stick together due to strong surface adhesion forces on the nanoscale, an effect that engineers call “stiction.” Now in a new study, scientists suggest that this problem might be solved by inducing quantum levitation between components, which they demonstrate by simply adding a thin metallic coating to one of the interacting surfaces. Journal information: Applied Physics Letters Explore further Researchers see exotic force for first time More information: Mathias Boström, et al. “Ultrathin metallic coatings can induce quantum levitation between nanosurfaces.” Applied Physics Letters 100, 253104 (2012). DOI: 10.1063/1.4729822 By preventing stiction, quantum levitation may offer a way to prevent surfaces used in MEMS and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) from crashing together due to other attractive van der Waals forces that exist between them. Since the thickness of the nanocoating changes the dielectric properties of the interacting surfaces, researchers would have to precisely determine the correct thickness for a desired levitation distance. If the technique works, it may provide a much needed revitalization of the fields of MEMS and NEMS.In the future, the researchers plan to extend their investigations to other materials, such as zinc oxide and hafnia, which are widely used in microelectrical and microoptical devices. They also have an upcoming paper ( in which they investigate the repulsive and attractive forces between excited Cesium atoms that are confined in a nanochannel, which are very different from those in free space.“Two Cesium atoms that are close together and in an excited state can form unusually large molecules when they are between two gold surfaces,” explained coauthor Mathias Bostrom of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, and Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. “The effects from retardation for these excited state interactions between atoms are very similar to what we found for the Casimir-Lifshitz force between a gold-coated silica surface and a silica surface in toluene. Hence we found long-range attraction that brings the atoms together and short-range repulsion enabling bound states (preventing the atoms from crashing together, i.e., forming super large molecules).”Finally, the researchers plan to further investigate how quantum levitation may be used for NEMS systems by looking at anisotropic effects, which are the different properties that arise when parallel or perpendicular to the material interface.“Our colleagues in Oslo (Professor Clas Persson of the University of Oslo and his team) have calculated the actual optical properties of the materials (the dielectric function) for thin gold sheets which will be used to investigate how anisotropic effects may influence NEMS systems with gold nanocoatings. It is likely that the range with repulsive forces (preventing the system from crashing together) may be influenced in such improved calculations. Our aim is to do such calculations this autumn.” Two pieces of silica – one with a gold nanocoating – will experience a repulsive Casimir-Lifshitz interaction beyond a critical distance. Without the gold nanocoating, the interaction would be attractive at the same distance. Image credit: Boström, et al. ©2012 American Institute of Physics The team of researchers, from institutions in Norway, Australia, and Sweden, has published the study on quantum levitation between nanosurfaces in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.The odd thing about this levitation is that it stems from the Casimir-Lifshitz force, which has the unusual property of being either attractive or repulsive. As a type of van der Waals force, it arises between nearby particles due to their inherent electrical properties. In this study, the scientists looked at the Casimir-Lifshitz force that occurs between two silica surfaces in a liquid (either bromobenzene or toluene). Normally, this force is attractive, but it weakens as the silica particles move further apart. This weakening is called retardation, and the researchers found that they could decrease the distance at which retardation occurs by coating an ultrathin layer of gold on one of the silica surfaces. This small modification shifts the retardation regime from a separation distance of several nanometers down to a few nanometers by modifying the dielectric properties of the coated silica surface. In fact, retardation weakens the attraction so much that the force becomes repulsive when the surfaces are separated by a few nanometers or more, at a critical distance called the levitation distance. Below the levitation distance, the force again becomes attractive, while above this distance it becomes increasingly repulsive up to a maximum point. At still larger distances, the repulsion stabilizes below the maximum value. The ability to control the Casimir-Lifshitz force is not completely new. Scientists have known about these effects theoretically since the 1970s, but only recent advances in nanotechnology have allowed for experimental investigations. “The interaction between two silica objects in toluene is attractive,” coauthor Bo Sernelius of Linköping University in Sweden told “Previous studies have shown that, if one of the objects is replaced by a solid gold object, the interaction turns repulsive for distances beyond the levitation distance. Thus there is a potential barrier that reduces the chance for the objects to come close and stick to each other. We found, and this is new, that if instead of having a solid gold object we had a silica object with a thin gold coating, the levitation distance shrunk and the barrier became higher. The chance of preventing stiction increased considerably.” Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. 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Not So TechSavvy

first_imgNovember 25, 2008 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Some entrepreneurs are naturally tech-savvy. For the rest of us, technology seems like just one more daunting task to master. Even choosing the right cell phone or PDA, such as a BlackBerry, has become a complex and time-consuming effort. But when you’re running a business, you need to maintain a certain level of professionalism from the start–especially when it comes to tech basics like e-mail, website and communications. Fortunately, there are countless programs you can tap for help on tasks ranging from e-mail blasts to telephone conference calling to website add-ons, even with limited technical know-how. I’ll share a few of them here.First and most importantly, take a look at your e-mail address. As the owner of a company reaching out to potential retailers, partners or media, it’s essential to present a professional name to the world–and that should begin with your e-mail communications. A common mistake I frequently see business owners make is that they continue to use generic e-mail addresses like Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo. While these are great free services for personal e-mail, it’s easy, inexpensive and essential to register an e-mail address that instead incorporates your company name. For example, if you sell widgets and your name is Jane Smith, you’d register as your e-mail address. It doesn’t cost much and it’s simple to do, but it already sets you apart.There are countless services (such as ) that enable you to register your own e-mail, including, most likely, your current internet service provider. You may also wish to “bundle” this service at one of the many companies that also offer web hosting, web design, internet service and more web-related resources under one roof.A relatively inexpensive service that can help kick up email blasts, surveys or newsletters is Constant Contact. This company offers a wide variety of pre-designed templates to help you create great looking professional e-mails. You don’t need design skills or knowledge of HTML–all of that is done for you, and even design novices find it easy to use. The site also provides tools to store, track and manage your e-mail contacts. Best of all, you’re charged monthly by the number of e-mails you send or the amount of survey responses you receive, and monthly fees start at just $15. So that means if you’re starting small, say, an e-mail blast of under 500 recipients, you don’t have to pay the big ticket prices.Another service that can help you create professional e-mail surveys is Survey Monkey. This service helps you design and create great looking, easy-to-read surveys, (again, without any design skills or HTML knowledge) plus manage contacts and analyze results. The service also lets you download raw data into spreadsheet or database format to help you organize and evaluate your feedback.Of course, you can’t neglect your web site. Often it’s the first (or only) impression you’ll make on customers, potential retailers, the media and more. Not only should you make sure it looks professional, it should also be searchable. When people type in search words related to your company, your business should be one of the first to come up. Unless you are design- and HTML-proficient, I recommend getting help. This will ensure your site looks great and that it supports your brand (e.g., if you have a fun consumer product it should look inviting, appealing and creative; if you have a business-to-business product it should look crisp, professional and reliable). And don’t forget that good writing and proofreading also go a long way in maximizing your web marketing and/or sales tactics. Whether you hire a local freelance designer, a web design firm, or you take advantage of the countless web design and hosting companies online that provide do-it-yourself templates, be sure to take the time to strategize what you want your site to do and what message you’d ultimately like it to convey. One such site that provides professional-looking templates is .Another cool site I recently discovered that can really help make your web site pop is Audio Acrobat. This site allows you to record audio or video content that you can upload to your current website to make it come alive. For example, if you’d like to record a personal message and speak directly to customers, or you’d like to upload a media appearance or a product demonstration, this site makes it easy and affordable to do so. Once again–few tech skills required.When you find yourself getting off the computer and on the phone, may come in handy. This site helps you communicate via professional conference calling services, and some of them are even free. So instead of investing in an expensive telephone conference calling system, this company provides conference calling services for up to 150 callers for free just by scheduling with them. You can also pay a fee for more specialized services, such as toll-free conference calling, conference call recording, or clearer, all-digital connections. Basically, whatever suite of conference call services you need, this company provides; and your business calls, seminars or virtual meetings can operate without a hitch.Of course, these are just a few of a deluge of services available to your business to help you communicate via e-mail, the web and the phone with professionalism; even if your company is just one or two employees strong. Talk to fellow business owners, search the internet and ask for recommendations when other business requirements arise along the way; chances are there’s a company that will cater to your needs. And remember, perception is everything–retailers and customers will take you more seriously if you already look like an established, profitable business they can rely on. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more January 6, 2012 – A firm developing a noninvasive test for the early detection of lung cancer and other applications today reported that it had achieved full automation of its Cell-CT system – a proprietary imaging platform that generates high-resolution 3-D biosignatures from intact cells. Development of the fully automated system, by the company, VisionGate, Inc., was funded in part by a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Biomedical Research, Development, and Growth to Spur the Acceleration of New Technologies program (BRDG-SPAN).VisionGate’s first diagnostic application for the automated Cell-CT system is the LuCED test, a non-invasive test in development for lung cancer screening. LuCED and the Cell-CT platform produce detailed 3-D images of cells in sputum, which the system automatically analyzes to identify key features, or biosignatures, associated with potential malignancy. The analysis yields a score that indicates whether or not cancer cells are present. The Cell-CT system produces clear and comprehensive 3-D images of the cells, enabling extremely accurate classifications. LuCED is initially being developed for use in conjunction with x-ray CT screening, which has been shown to reduce lung cancer deaths in high-risk individuals, but which also has a high rate of false positive results. LuCED is expected to greatly reduce the incidence of false positives, potentially enabling the approach to be used for cost-effective lung cancer screening on a mass scale.“We believe the automated Cell-CT platform could revolutionize cell-based diagnostics, both by enabling early disease detection and by providing pathologists with a powerful new tool for a wide range of applications,” said Alan Nelson, Ph.D, chairman and CEO of VisionGate. “In the near-term, automation of the Cell-CT platform sets the stage for submission of our first applications to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) later this year for regulatory review of LuCED.”In a July 2011 presentation at the International Academy for the Study of Lung Cancer’s 14th World Conference on Lung Cancer, VisionGate showed how LuCED and the Cell-CT platform could accurately detect cancer cells in sputum samples from individuals at high risk of lung cancer.”The Cell-CT 3-D imaging system could be a valuable tool for early detection of lung cancer, when the disease is potentially curable,” said David Yankelevitz, M.D., professor of radiology and director of the lung biopsy service at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “But the large number of individuals at high risk for developing this disease, which kills more than 160,000 Americans annually, mandates that screening be accurate, efficient and cost effective. Automation of this innovative diagnostic tool is an important step towards achieving these performance requirements.”The Cell-CT automated system uses optics and computational technology that have the capability to capture images rapidly and render scanned objects into 3-D digital images. All components of the Cell-CT system have been custom-designed by VisionGate’s and the technology is covered by 66 issued patents around the globe.The BRDG-SPAN program aims to accelerate the transition of research innovations and technologies toward the development of products or services that will improve human health, help advance the mission of NIH and its affiliates, and create significant value and economic stimulus. This program also aims to foster partnerships among a variety of R&D collaborators working toward these aims.VisionGate will be presenting at the 2012 OneMedForum Finance Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Related Content Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Costa Rica calls for 100 countries to ban cluster bombs

first_imgRelated posts:Obama: Expand effort against Islamic State Fleeing war, Syrians find refuge in Latin America World leaders map out plan to solve Syria crisis through negotiations Elena Poniatowska: Mexican student massacre reminiscent of concentration camps Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel González marked the sixth anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Cluster Munitions by setting a goal for 100 countries to approve a treaty banning cluster bombs in advance of a 2015 meeting in Croatia, in astatement from the ministry on Wednesday. As of December, 88 countries have become party to the treaty.“Costa Rica, as the president of the convention, and with the support of Ecuador and Norway, has decided to call on signatory countries and those who are not yet part of the Convention to redouble their efforts during the First Review Conference, so that we can tell the world that 100 countries have decided together to say never again to cluster munitions,” González said.The convention was signed in Oslo on Dec. 3, 2008, and went into force in August 2010. Joining the convention means that countries promise not to produce, store, sell or use cluster bombs and destroy any preexisting arsenals. Cluster munitions are explosives dropped from planes or launched from the ground that release smaller submunitions across a board area. The bombs have been singled out for their indiscriminate attacks that could injury or kill civilians below. The bombs are being used in the ongoing Syrian conflict and were used in the Vietnam War, among several other conflicts, according to the Cluster Munition Coalition.Central America became the first region in the world free of the deadly munitions after Belize adopted the treaty in September. The United States is neither signatory nor party to the convention. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

September 28 2005 On Sunday October 2 2005

first_imgSeptember 28, 2005 On Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 3 pm Sonya Kumiko Lee will play works by Bach, Beethoven, Ginastera , Tchaikovsky and Chopin to celebrate the 24th annual Colly Concert at the Colly Soleri Music Center Amphitheater. This concert honors the memory of Cosanti Foundation Co-Founder Colly Woods Soleri who with Paolo Soleri founded the Cosanti Foundation. Colly was an avid supporter of art and cultural events during her lifetime and the tradition has continued through the Colly Soleri Music Center’s Concert Season which continues to bring excellent music to the high desert. Concert-goers may choose to follow a complimentary one hour tour at 11, 12, 1 or 2 and enjoy a gourmet luncheon between noon and 2 pm consisting of Roasted Red Pepper and Coconut Soup, Mixed Green Salad with Sweet Pecans, Blue Cheese, Pears and Arcosanti Peach Vinaigrette Dressing, Butternut Squash with Orange Cranberry Glaze, Broccoli Rabe with Roasted Garlic, Portobello Pizzas with Fresh Tomatoes and Goat Cheese, Flank steak on Greens with Mango and Pepper Sauces and Hazelnut Custard with Chocolate. Tickets are $30.00 for Luncheon and Concert , $15.00 for Concert Only, $7.50 Student Concert Only. Reservations are required. [Photo: Sonya-Kumiko Lee & text: Cosanti Foundation]last_img read more