In Sukma, CRPF jawans fight hostility on several fronts

first_img“They must be worried about me,” says Deepchand Sharma, as he tries to make a call from his wireless in local loop (WLL) phone. “I want to tell them I am safe, but phones are not catching network the past three days.” Mr. Sharma is a Central Reserve Police Force constable, posted in a camp near Burkapal village, Sukma, south Chhattisgarh. On April 24, a Maoist ambush killed 25 of his comrades.For him and the other jawans, the lack of cellular towers in the area means that most of the time their mobile phones are reduced to music players. That is their minor complaint.Into the furnaceThere are 150 men posted here. The jawans have no dormitories; they sleep 30 to a large shed, and there are not enough beds, so some sleep on the floor. There are no cabinets to store their belongings. All 150 share six toilets; inevitably the queues are long every morning.“This is where Ram Mehar slept,” a jawan said, showing a dilapidated bed with a torn mosquito net. Mr. Mehar was one of those who lost their lives.The tin roof has turned the shed into an oven. There are ceiling fans, but as a jawan says mordantly, “They are for display.” There is no electricity in this part of Sukma; the camp has five generators, but those are effectively decorative too. “Supplies come once a month,” another jawan says. “It is impossible to run the generators for a month with the oil we are provided.”The men try to keep drinking water cool by covering bottles with wet cloth — with more dark humour, they call these their refrigerators — but the heat wins: a jawan poured hot water from his bottle on this reporter’s hand to demonstrate, saying, “You can cook rice with this.” Joining in on the grim laughter, another jawan points to a WLL handset: “This is our Doordarshan. It works once in 15 days.”Battle for healthIn their barracks, the heat is overpowering, but on patrol, there is more than sweat to deal with: plants and insects provide itches. Most of them suffer from rashes and infections in sensitive body parts. “It’s difficult to show it to a doctor here,” a jawan says. The nearest CPRF field hospitals are seven kilometres away in opposite directions, in Chintalnar and in Chintagufa. But the men cannot drive there or even walk the road: that would make them easy targets for the extremists.Instead, they must deploy a “road-opening party” — at least 70 jawans struggling through the forest, each carrying 15 to 20 kg: weapon and ammunition, rations, and lots of water to cope with the +40°C heat. (On longer patrols, the load doubles, as they must carry their own food and the means to prepare it.) The result: it takes hours to get anywhere.A jawan puts it like this: “If someone falls ill, only God or a helicopter can save him. In any case, the doctor [at the field hospital] only treats major ailments. Every month, someone is down with malaria.”Roads of bloodAt Burkapal, the jawans’ task is supposed to be anti-Maoist operations. But, as with many CRPF bases in the area, protecting road projects takes up much of the time, a job that feels thankless. Crooked contractors, the jawans say bitterly, stretch out jobs to make profits, while security personnel die. “But when we say no to providing protection,” an officer says, “the police and administration blame us for everything to hide their own incompetence.”Road protection leaves little time and few personnel for patrols. And as for the essential intelligence-gathering, an officer says, “The only way to get proper inputs is human intelligence. But we don’t know the dialect, and local forces are not posted with us.” Despite Home Ministry guidelines, there is hardly any civil police deployment. “You will find only one or two in every CRPF camp.”“The camp is the only place where we can say we are safe,” a jawan says. “Danger awaits even just outside the gates. There have been killings of civilians and security men hardly a few metres away. Everyone is hostile, even the civil police.”The constant danger means that the men are always tense. “Even a wireless set has a 12-hour battery life,” an officer says, “But the men are on alert 24 hours a day. How long can one stay alert?”An officer says, “We don’t get transfers for years, and then mostly to tough areas.” A jawan says, “We get leave twice a year. But to go on leave, the only way is by helicopter, which has limited running hours in this area. When we get leave, it is with short notice. We can’t book berths, so we travel in unreserved compartments. Even going on leave is like punishment.” Another adds, “Even for marriage or funerals, we must wait for a couple of days for leave to be sanctioned, then for the helicopter to arrive.”“Prisoners live better,” a jawan says, “and yet the government wants us to fight like Black Cat commandos.”A senior officer wearily sums it up: “We die of weather and diseases. Those who survive, the living conditions kill us. Those who survive that, the Maoists and the IEDs [improvised explosive devices] kill. Death is always staring at us.”last_img read more

NGT seeks performance guarantee

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) has modified a previous order and directed the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation to furnish a performance guarantee to the Central Pollution Control Board within a month for dumping muck into the Bhagirathi river in Uttarakhand. A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said: “We modify the [earlier order] requiring deposit of ₹2 crore as compensation to the effect that instead of depositing the said amount, the NHIDCL may furnish a performance guarantee to the satisfaction of the CPCB within one month undertaking to take remedial measures by March 31, 2020.”last_img read more

Trailer of Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Podcast with The Undertaker Released

first_imgWWE has now announced that Stone Cold Steve Austin is returning to WWE Network with The Broken Skull Sessions, a monthly original podcast series premiering Sunday (November 24) following Survivor Series.The show, which is being hosted and executive produced by WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Broken Skull Sessions will feature one-on-one, no-holds-barred conversations with some of the biggest names in WWE history, including legends, currents superstars and celebrity guests. WWE has officially confirmed that in its debut episode, Austin will welcome The Undertaker for a ” rare long-form interview,” which will allow wrestling fans to get an unprecedented insight into one of the biggest WWE icons of all time.Speaking about the new podcast, Austin said, “I’ve raised hell all over the world inside the ring while with WWE. Now with The Broken Skull Sessions, I get to raise hell outside the ring, shooting the breeze with Superstars from the world of sports-entertainment.”According to WWE, the show, which will be filmed at Austin’s home studio in Southern California, will see each episode contain more than an hour of candid conversation with stars and guests.Stone Cold’s first WWE-podcast was released in December 2014 with Vince McMahon, while the last one was with Dean Ambrose in August 2016. 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. podcaststone cold steve austinThe Undertakerwwe First Published: November 12, 2019, 4:07 PM ISTlast_img read more

Cubs Beat Miscue Mets, 2-1

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — David Wright was able to recover after bobbling a grounder and get an out at first base, so technically there was no error on the play.But you won’t convince the New York Mets third baseman that his miscue in the ninth inning — one of several missed opportunities in the game — wasn’t a major factor in his team blowing a late lead in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.“We gave this away,” Wright said. “Obviously, not being able to get that lead runner in the ninth, and then we had numerous chances to put that team away.“We couldn’t do it. Any time you put that many runners in scoring position and you only come away with one (run), that kind of gets the momentum back on their side and they were able to take advantage of it late.”Nate Schierholtz hit a two-out game-ending RBI single, after Chris Coghlan homered to tie it in the eighth.Curtis Granderson had three hits for the Mets and drove in their run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. The Mets fell short of winning a season-high fourth straight game.Cubs reliever Hector Rondon (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth.The Mets left nine men on base in the first five innings, including three in the third inning, when they came up empty despite loading the bases with none out.“The third inning we let get away from us and that came back to hurt us,” New York Manager Terry Collins said.Anthony Rizzo led off the bottom of the ninth with a single off Mets reliever Scott Rice (1-2). Starlin Castro then hit a grounder right at Wright, which seemed a surefire double-play ball off the bat. But the bobble ended those hopes and Wright could only throw to first base for an out as Rizzo took second.“It bounced a little higher than I thought it would and got me in the heel of the glove,” Wright said. “That was that.”Rice then struck out Luis Valbuena — which would have ended the inning if the double play was made — but Schierholtz stroked an 0-2 pitch into right field to score the winning run.“In that situation, I just want to put the ball in play,” he said. “Anything can happen off the bat. I wasn’t sure where the right fielder was playing so it just hit me when I was rounding first.“It was a lot of fun today.”Mets starter Zack Wheeler pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings and was in line for the victory until Josh Edgin gave up a leadoff home run to Coghlan to tie the game and snap a 15-inning scoreless streak for Chicago. It was the left-hand hitting Coghlan’s first homer against a lefty pitcher since 2010.“He got the ball up,” Collins said of Edgin. “Four sliders in a row, or whatever it was, he wanted to run a fastball and he just got it up and out over the plate.”After only giving up one run in 6 1-3 innings to the Phillies on May 29, Wheeler gave the Mets another strong outing. He had little trouble against an overmatched Chicago offense. He allowed two hits, while striking out seven and only allowing two walks. The 24-year old right-hander did not allow a runner past first base.“I thought his location was outstanding,” Collins said. “He didn’t have his best stuff, but he moved the ball around and I was very impressed with the way he pitched.“That’s what good pitchers do. You’re only going to have your good stuff 10 times, 15 times a year and then you have to learn how to pitch when you don’t have that. Today he showed us he can do that.”(JOHN JACKSON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sixers Drop Twenty Six in Row

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas scored 30 points and Jae Crowder hit a go-ahead 3-pointer as the Boston Celtics rallied to beat Philadelphia 84-80 on Wednesday, handing the 76ers their 16th straight loss to open the season and record-tying 26th in a row overall.Philadelphia tied the major U.S. professional sports futility mark set by the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976-77 and matched by the 76ers in 2013-14. They are two losses away from tying the then-New Jersey Nets’ NBA-worst mark of 18 losses to open a season.“How many streaks have I been a part of?” 76ers third-year coach Brett Brown said. “I’m numb to it.”Jahill Okafor led the 76ers with 19 points and nine rebounds.Elsewhere, Toronto topped Cleveland 103-99 for its third straight victory, Utah beat slumping Los Angeles 102-91 to end a 13-game skid against the Clippers, Memphis beat struggling Houston 102-93, and Charlotte closed with a 25-2 run to beat Washington 101-87.In Toronto, Kyle Lowry scored 27 points and DeMar DeRozan added 20 as the Raptors handed the Cavaliers their third straight road loss.After missing their first five shots of the fourth quarter, the Raptors scored nine straight points over a 2-minute span to open a 91-84 lead with 5:38 to go.LeBron James had 24 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Cavaliers, and Kevin Love added 21 points and 13 rebounds.Utah’s Gordon Hayward scored 14 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, while Derrick Favors scored 22 points and Rudy Gobert had 10 points and 11 rebounds.Blake Griffin had 40 points — two off his career high — and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who fell to 7-8 with their seventh loss in eight games.Houston’s troubles also continued against the Grizzlies as the Rockets lost their third straight to drop to 5-10 overall and 1-3 since coach Kevin McHale was fired and replaced by J.B. Bickerstaff.Jeff Green scored 20 points and Courtney Lee had 10 of his 17 in the fourth quarter for Memphis, while James Harden had 40 points for the Rockets.Charlotte overcame a late nine-point deficit and set a team record by holding the Wizards to six points in the fourth quarter. The Hornets have won five of six overall.Jeremy Lamb had 18 points and seven rebounds and Nicolas Batum added 16 points and 11 assists and Kemba Walker had 16 points.In other games, Zach LaVine had 18 points, six assists and five rebounds in place of the injured Ricky Rubio as Minnesota beat Atlanta 99-95.Rubio first tweaked his left ankle Monday against Philadelphia and tried to play through it Wednesday, but another spill in the second quarter limited him to 21 minutes.In San Antonio, Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and seven rebounds as the Spurs beat Dallas 88-83.Detroit’s Andre Drummond had 18 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Pistons over Miami 104-81 to end a two-game losing streak.Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored 30 points and Russell Westbrook added 27 points and 13 assists as the Thunder beat Brooklyn 110-99.Also, Sacramento topped Milwaukee 129-118, New Orleans defeated Phoenix 120-114, and Orlando edged the New York Knicks 100-91.last_img read more

PAOK triumphs at Larissa to climb to second in league

first_imgPAOK has risen to second in the Super League after beating Larissa away on Wednesday, while Panathinaikos and AEK strolled to the next round of the Greek Cup on the same day.PAOK made it five wins on the road in a row triumphing 2-0 at Larissa in a game that had been postponed due to frozen pitch. Yiannis Mystakidis and Leo Matos were on target for the Thessaloniki team that is now joint second at the table, along with Panionios and Xanthi, 13 points behind leader Olympiakos.Larissa is embroiled in fresh problems as owner Alexis Kouyias announced after the match his departure from the club in the summer.In another league game that took place on Wednesday bottom club Iraklis shared a scoreless draw with Kerkyra.Platanias eliminated PAS Giannina in a thrilling Cup tie decided in extra time. The Hania team had won 1-0 at home and went down by the same score after 90 minutes at Ioannina on Wednesday. However in extra time Platanias scored twice to win 2-1 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.Panathinaikos dismissed another Hania team, Kissamikos of the second division, with a 4-0 score on Crete on Wednesday having also won 3-0 at home. On his debut in his second stint at Panathinaikos, after returning from Lens in France, Viktor Klonaridis score one goal and set up another adding some freshness to the Greens. Youngsters Tassos Hatziyiovannis and Sotiris Pispas were also on the scoresheet, as was Olivier Boumal.Holder AEK trounced Levadiakos 6-0 at the Olympic Stadium of Athens for a 7-0 aggregate win. New signing Sergio Araujo was the star of the night with two goals and one assist, while the other goals came from Tassos Bakasetas, Ronald Vargas, Dimitris Kolovetsios and Costas Galanopoulos.In other ties Atromitos beat Lamia 2-0 on Wednesday to advance 4-2 on aggregate and Xanthi lost 2-1 at OFI Crete on Wednesday but went through having won 1-0 at home.On Thursday Olympiakos hosts Aris, after the first leg in Thessaloniki ended in a 1-1 draw.SourceL: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sensational Saurabh smashes junior record for gold at worlds, Verma misses out on Olympic quota

first_img(Eds: Recasting intro and adding inputs) Changwon (South Korea), Sep 6 (PTI) Saurabh Chaudhary claimed a record-shattering gold in the junior 10m air pistol event but Abhishek Verma missed out on an Olympic quota after finishing eighth in the senior competition of the ISSF World Championship here today. While they failed to impress individually, the senior shooters, including Verma, won silver in the 10m air pistol event. Asian Games bronze medallist Verma had shot 583 in the qualification. Arjun Singh Cheema settled for a bronze in Chaudhary’s event and the Indian team took the silver, propelled by the 16-year-old Asian Games gold medallist’s phenomenal individual performance. India also picked up a silver medal in the junior men’s trap team competition with Aman Ali Elahi, Vivaan Kapoor and Manavaditya Singh Rathore shooting a combined score of 348 to finish second behind Australia. In the senior competition, Verma, Om Prakash Mitharwal, who claimed the 50m pistol gold, and Shahzar Rizvi pocketed the team silver with a combined score of 1738 in men’s 10m air pistol. The 16-year-old Chaudhary, who won the Asiad gold last month, qualified third with a score of 581 before shooting down his own world record with a score of 245.5 in the final. Singh managed 218 once the field was pruned to eight following the qualifying round. Chaudhary first set a world record in the 10m air pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup in June. Korean Hojin Lim, who made the finals as the top qualifier, finished second with a final score of 243.1 for the silver medal.advertisement The Indian team of Chaudhary, Singh and Anmol, who could not make the individual final, claimed the silver with a combined score of 1730. The gold was snared by the Korean team, which broke the world record with its total of 1732. Russia picked up the bronze with a score of 1711. However, there was disappointment for senior shooters in the individual competition of the 10m air pistol event. Asiad bronze-medallist Abhishek Verma raised hopes for a medal by qualifying third for the 10m air pistol event for men. However, the lawyer-cum-marksman disappointed with an eighth place finish in the final after shooting a score of 118. Korea’s Jin Jongoh claimed the gold in this event. The local favourite was tied on a score of 241.5 with Russia’s Artem Chernousov but prevailed in the shoot-off. India did not return empty handed though with the team of Abhishek Verma, Om Prakash Mitharwal, who claimed the 50m pistol gold, and Shahzar Rizvi pocketing the team silver with a combined score of 1738. In junior trap, Aman shot the best among the trio, his 118 in qualification taking him to the six-man final. He ended sixth. Aman had to also overcome a four-man shoot-off to get to the final. In women’s trap, Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Shreyasi Singh managed 110 out of 125 to finish 34th, followed by Seema Tomar (108 out of 125 to finish 41st) and Varsha Verman (107 out of 125 to finish 42nd). The team signed off eighth with a combined score of 325. India ended day five with an overall total of 14 medals which includes four gold, six silver and four bronze. They lie third in the medals tally behind Korea and Russia. So far, Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela are the only Indian shooters to secure quota places for the Olympics by winning a silver and finishing fourth respectively in the women’s 10m air rifle event. Though the two shooters have secured quotas, as per the stated policy, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) will take the final call on selection, based on the aggregate scores of shooters (in international tournaments and selection trials) leading up to the Olympic Games. PTI PM AHAHlast_img read more

Infographic: OSU-FSU

first_imgPFB_IG_Week1-01Click to expand.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!last_img

Neymar needs to say sorry to Barca fans – Rivaldo

first_imgRivaldo says Neymar would have to make an official apology to Barcelona fans if he completes a sensational return to Camp Nou from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.Neymar left Barca under a cloud in 2017 after PSG paid his €220 million (£200m/$262m) release clause, but after two troublesome years the French club’s hierarchy appear to be ready to send him back to Catalunya.Rivaldo, who played for Barca between 1997 and 2002, says he wants to see Neymar back in Catalunya and believes he could help the club win the Champions League again, but realises the 27-year-old would have to rebuild some bridges before he can get back to business. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “It’s a difficult decision,” Rivaldo tells Goal at Camp Nou, courtesy of Betfair. “It’s difficult because of the way Neymar left. I think a lot of the fans are angry with everything that happened, but football is how it is, football is good, and Neymar is a great player who has personality.“So if he comes here of course there will be times when he is criticised by some fans, but in the games, the training sessions, Neymar will still be the same Neymar, and it could be something special for Barcelona. He adds: “He should say sorry. Officially, yes. Say sorry, say he was wrong, say that this is his home, that he is going to be the difference. “I think that all the fans… many will understand, they’ll see him on the pitch in the league, the Champions League, doing things well, and the fans will forgive him easily. “If it’s like it was when he was here playing football before together with Messi and Suarez, it was great for the club. If they win the Champions League, I don’t think it will be a problem for the fans.” Rivaldo BetfairRivaldo BetfairRivaldo BetfairIf Neymar does return to Camp Nou this summer he will inevitably be charged with helping the club win the Champions League, something they have not done since the ‘MSN” frontline featuring the Brazilian, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez lifted the trophy in 2015. Barca had looked set to reach the final this year, only to see a 3-0 first-leg lead slip through their fingers at Anfield, leading to a clamour for coach Ernesto Valverde to be fired. The club elected to stick with the former Athletic boss, and while Rivaldo says he has simply suffered from “bad luck” last season, the Brazilian does say changes need to be made when it comes to the Champions League. Would Barcelona fans accept Neymar’s return?Would Barcelona be better off signing Antoine Griezmann?@RIVALDOOFICIAL gives his opinion 👇 @Betfair— Goal (@goal) June 27, 2019“They have to be more careful when they play a quarter-final or a semi-final, when they are 3-0 up! To be more careful of the fact that ties are not decided in one game, they are decided in two. You have to play with intelligence; if you win 3-0 at home you have to make some changes to play a bit more defensively.  “I am Barcelona but we have to play for the result, with the goals that they score at home, in some games away from home you can’t play how you always play. If you are 3-0 or 2-0 you can’t play in England and Italy like you would at home, you have to make some changes and hope to finish the first half 0-0 or 0-1, you have to play until the result is in the bag.” But while Rivaldo supports Valverde, he says he would love to see Pep Guardiola return to the club as coach one day. Guardiola won the Champions League twice in his four seasons at Camp Nou, and has since gone on to enjoy success at Bayern Munich and Manchester City. “Always, in every team he has managed, he has done something spectacular,” Rivaldo says. “He’s such a great coach, and I hope that one day he can come back to Barcelona. “He’s from the city, he loves the club, and if there is a chance why not? He has already shown that he’s a great coach in other countries, and now if he wants to return home I think he has the opportunity.” As official betting partner of Barcelona, Betfair invited supporters from all around the world to play in a tournament at Camp Nou. Fans won a place by testing their Barca knowledge in a quiz named ‘Beat The Elite’ where they had to better the score of 1999 Ballon d’Or winner and Betfair Ambassador Rivaldo.last_img read more

School District 60 School buses cancelled for Monday

first_imgFor updated on school buses in School District 60, you can watch their school bus status page here: District 59 has not yet announced if busses will be running in the South Peace on Monday. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 has cancelled all school buses for Monday, February 4 due to the extreme cold.An extreme cold warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace and the District has announced busses will not be running on Monday, February 4.  Schools will still be open.The temperature is expected to drop to minus 33 overnight Sunday into Monday morning with the wind chill making it feel more like minus 43.last_img read more

Sensex cracks over 300 pts Nifty below 11700

first_imgMumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex cracked over 300 points in early trade Monday tracking losses in index heavyweights RIL, HDFC and ICICI Bank, amid weak global cues, sinking rupee and soaring crude oil prices. The 30-share index was trading 309.56 points or 0.79 per cent lower at 38,830.72. The NSE Nifty too plunged to 101.80 points, or 0.87 per cent, to 11,651. In the previous session Thursday, the BSE bourse settled 135.36 points, or 0.34 per cent, lower at 39,140.28. The broader Nifty slipped 34.35 points, or 0.29 per cent, to 11,752.80. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Stock market was closed Friday on account of Good Friday. Yes Bank and Reliance Industries were the biggest losers in the Sensex pack, dropping up to 2.66 per cent, followed by IndusInd Bank, Bharti Airtel, Asian Paints, Kotak Bank, Tata Motors, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC, Maruti, M&M, Bajaj Finance and SBI, shedding up to 1.72 per cent. Bucking weak market trend, TCS, PowerGrid, HCL Tech, Infosys, HDFC Bank and NTPC rose up to 1.31 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “After a period of significant momentum ahead of the general elections, the market may take a pause in some kind of an interim profit booking,” said Joseph Thomas-Head Research, Emkay Wealth Management. The accelerating scenario of a slowdown in global growth as also the definitive prospects of higher fuel prices and a weaker currency may also be working on the minds of the market participants at this juncture, he added. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) purchased equity worth Rs 1,038.46 crore on Thursday, and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares to the tune of Rs 337.59 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. The rupee depreciated nearly 50 paise to 69.84 against the US dollar in early trade. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, was 2.06 per cent higher at USD 73.84 per barrel. Elsewhere in Asia, benchmark equity indices in Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul were trading in the red in early trade.last_img read more

Bet responsibly A struggle for some as sportsbook ads widen

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — It’s hard enough for compulsive gamblers to stop betting.Now, in a growing number of places, they’re bombarded with ads urging them to gamble on sports.It’s a temptation they didn’t face a year ago.And it’s raising questions as to how tightly regulated sports betting advertising should be in the United States.Aside from requiring a mention of a compulsive gambling telephone hotline, the U.S. takes a much lighter hand with these ads than some European governments.Gambling ads are increasingly being banned or restricted in several European countries. The gambling companies themselves say they are sensitive to compulsive gamblers and try not to target them with ads.Wayne Parry, The Associated Press read more

UN mission calls on Guatemala to guarantee peoples security after violent rally

“These acts of violence…led to death, aggression and intimidation which could and should have been prevented,” the UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA) said in a statement Thursday. The operations was established in 1994 after decades of civil war in the Central American country.“These acts go way beyond all the limits of the exercise of democracy and the right of citizens to demonstrate, becoming a dangerous and mortal threat to the security of the citizenry.“MINUGUA urgently calls on the leaders of the official party to intercede with its sympathizers to desist from any violent act,” the statement added. read more

Kwakwani Hospital needs urgent expansion – Dr Inniss

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMurder of Kwakwani nurse: ‘We are not giving up’, says E Division CommanderNovember 7, 2018In “Crime”Kwakwani Utilities Inc. commissions new enginesMarch 22, 2018In “latest news”Kwakwani mother found lifeless by daughter 6, was strangled to death- autopsyOctober 30, 2018In “Crime” The Kwakwani HospitalBy Lakhram BhagiratKwakwani, one of Guyana’s premier logging communities, has been on the cusp of rapid development for a number of years, but it seems as though its only health care facility is yet to be bitten by the developmental bug. And according to the doctor in charge of the institution, Kwakwani Hospital Complex is in dire need of urgent expansion.Dr Delisa Inniss was posted as the doctor in charge of the Upper Berbice River area in April of 2018, and she has been advocating for better service delivery as well as improved facilities for the more than 600 residents of Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).During an interview with <>, Dr Inniss said the issue of expansion of the Kwakwani Hospital Complex was recently raised with Public Health Ministry officials.“We are a small hospital, a district hospital, but we have need for expansion, because our unit is small in terms of space, and it is very cramped. Our Emergency Department can only hold two beds, and the space to manoeuvre around is very limited; so sometimes you will find when we have accidents (that) we cannot deal with more than two patients at a time, and we have to pick and choose and really triage who to deal with first and what’s not,” she related.The doctor informed that accidents in the area occur more than often, because of the fact that it is a logging community; and therefore the hospital’s capacity is very limited when it comes to dealing with the patients.Presently, along with Dr Inniss, another junior doctor, who is on four months’ rotation, along with a resident Dental Surgeon, service the residents in the area.Dr Inniss said the medical institution has ample support staff, which makes the work of the doctors a lot easier. However, she explained that the needs of the hospital far outweigh the services it can offer at this time.The hospital is equipped with a fully functioning X-ray machine, but there is no technician to man the equipment, and there also is no ultrasound machine or technician. Several requests have already been made for technicians, particularly the ultrasound machine and technician, she said; but despite promises, that is yet to be fulfilled.Dr Inniss explained that the medical institution has had to transport pregnant mothers through rough terrain to the Linden Hospital Complex every time they need to get an ultrasound done to monitor the health and development of the foetus. In the case of X-rays, she noted that the institution would have to transport patients to Linden to confirm fractures and other things.“…our antenatal mothers we have (had) to put…through that, just to get an ultrasound to ensure that the baby is okay; and some of them are high risk mothers, and having to go through that is not easy. Sometimes it can put them through preterm labour, so it is a risk. So we have need for some of the things here,” she said.“Even some of the mothers who are elective cesarean, that could be done here, and it could be easier; because we find that most of the areas (the hospital services) are poor areas and they always complain that they don’t have money to go, and they have nowhere to stay in Linden. So they have to go and come back, and that is a real sore point here,” Dr Inniss highlighted while identifying the need for a General Surgeon to be stationed at the hospital.In terms of the building expansion, Dr Inniss said Minister Volda Lawrence would have committed to that, along with the construction of an operating theatre.Additionally, the doctor said, the delivery room is in need of expansion as well.“Our Delivery Room is even smaller. There is one delivery bed, so only one delivery could be in progress at a time. And sometimes you get cases where somebody is in labour and another one comes, and we have to use another bed. So we have need for that,” she identified.The doctor also said new vehicles are needed to transport patients, since the ones they currently have would sometimes break down in the trail, and they would have to wait hours for assistance. She said that in some cases they were forced to do emergency deliveries in the vehicles on the trail. read more

Telsmith forming Mining Resource Solutions

first_imgTelsmith is creating Mining Resource Solutions, OEM parts by Telsmith as a brand that will source, manufacture, market, and distribute OEM quality replacement parts in support of aggregate and mining equipment worldwide. Owners and operators of cone crushers, jaw crushers, and impactors can look to Mining Resource Solutions providing OEM quality replacement parts for brands such as Metso, Sandvik, Extec, and McCloskey at a competitive price with availability to meet critical uptime requirements. “While customers have several options when sourcing parts for their aggregate & mining equipment, we want to make Mining Resource Solutions their one partner,” says Michael Derr, Mining Resource Solutions product manager, “We are able to leverage the manufacturing expertise of Telsmith to deliver OEM quality, while understanding that current economies stress the need for a competitive price and delivery to minimise critical equipment downtime.” An initial product offering of manganese, bronze parts, head and shaft assemblies, upper/lower frames, toggles and toggle seats, as well as drivetrain components will be available on the launch date of January 4, 2016.last_img read more

Lynn Ruane Now is not the time to stop listening to David

first_img 27,115 Views Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 8:30 PM By Lynn Ruane Independent Senator Lynn Ruane: ‘Now is not the time to stop listening to David Attenborough’ We don’t have time for small measures when it comes to climate change, writes Lynn Ruane. THE THREE ARENA is full to the brim of people scurrying to their seats, plastic bottles of water in one hand and a paper container of popcorn in the other. The stage is ready, large screens act as a backdrop to the orchestra that is about to take its place on stage. Blue Planet II illuminates the first few rows of the audience.If you had asked me when I was younger what I wanted to be, I usually replied “David Attenborough”. He was more than just my idol: he was the man who showed me the world.He will never know me, yet he has shaped so much of who I am. I would sit staring at the television screen, afraid to even blink in case I missed something. There was no rewind on the television in the 90s, so I couldn’t risk missing even a second of David Attenborough showing us the savanna filled with impalas, mounds of ants or the glaciers of Greenland.Some of my best memories are of lying on the sofa with my Da watching his documentaries. My Da told me about a show called Zoo Quest that Attenborough had in the 60s. My Da said he went to a place called Madagascar. The word Madagascar sounded so beautiful to me so I lodged it in my head with a promise to my future self to go there.In those early years, Attenborough didn’t bring the scenes of destruction we see today and this, in my opinion, was not because he felt he didn’t have to. Instead, he connected us to the world in a way that didn’t feel so far away.Everything is interconnectedHis shows taught people better than anyone else that everything is interconnected. Not in a spiritual sense, in a purely scientific and observational sense – this river dries up, that plant dies, those herbivores thin out, that carnivore goes extinct.That’s his greatest gift for me: he brought me from my home in Killinarden into every corner of the world and made me feel part of it.He didn’t need to hammer home the point about us being responsible, because he taught us that nature is both easy to disrupt, yet also robust if we give it space.My desire of exploring Africa came from watching him, lapping up his every word as everything he said inspired an aspiration in me. It is because of David Attenborough that my daughter Jordanne and I sat on the wooden barges of Cancun, Mexico in hope we would catch a glimpse of a saltwater crocodile.It is because of him that in 2009 we travelled to Mozambique to spend time in the African bush and the following year to Zululand for five weeks to research the movements of the endangered wild dogs as volunteers.‘I felt like I was home’I remember the exact moment we landed in Africa for the first time. Our excitement was tinged with panic when we saw the plane. It looked ancient, and flimsy. Jordanne held my hand and said: “Mam, I love Amelia Earhart, but I don’t know about getting on the actual plane she flew.”But nothing was going to get in our way, so we boarded the plane, squeezed each other’s hands and closed our eyes tightly as we took off. After a few minutes, we gently opened our eyes and gazed out the window. There it was, Africa. I hadn’t yet stepped foot in the African bush and already I felt like I was home. The tears fell as I realised we had made it. Once the plane landed, we were piled into a pick-up and ferried to our destination, a wooden lodge with a straw roof, perched on a mountain top, surrounded by lush green trees. Everything looked so rich in colour. We were met by the friendliest of staff, who gave us strict instructions: Don’t leave the room without a guide because animals often make their way through the lodge. And don’t leave your door unlocked from the inside because the baboons like to rob all the pretty things from guests’ rooms.Jordanne’s eyes were wide open and the excitement on her face made my heart skip a beat. I was emotional with gratitude that we could visit such a place. We made our way out on the balcony just in time to watch the sun go down over the plains.Only a couple of hours later, we would be out on our first trek in the Land Rover. Jordanne was nine at the time and the trip had such a powerful impact on her that she never ate an animal again. David Attenborough had become just as much her role model as he was mine and her love and respect for the animals allowed her to take this principled decision at such a young age.For a decade now, she has become a passionate advocate of the movement for people to address the impact of eating meat is having on the planet. We will always treasure those heart-stopping moments and beautiful memories in Africa. But we understand that the safety we felt in our planet then, is not there now. ‘Attenborough is no longer just here to entertain us’Back to 2019 in the 3Arena and as Jordanne held my hand again, it wasn’t excitement we felt, it was grief. As the audience sat uncomfortably in their seat we hoped that they like us were just as distraught by the scene on the screen.We sat there, silently crying, as a walrus cub was cradled close to its mother in an effort to find a surviving bank of ice that they could have safety from the polar bears. Polar bears that are not in good condition either. Attenborough drives the point home that the ice is disappearing due to rising sea temperatures brought on by climate change. David Attenborough has dedicated his life to bringing our planet into our homes and now he is telling us in no uncertain terms that we must take what he is saying out of our sitting rooms and into our everyday lives to save our beautiful planet.You could feel the concern in the room as people glanced to the plastic bottles in their hands and the empty popcorn containers at their feet. He has brought generations of us on a journey around the world, but Attenborough is no longer just here to entertain us of a Sunday afternoon. Now is not time to stop listening to him.There are encyclopaedias written about communicating climate and environmental politics – we’ve gone from spreading information, which was considered disempowering and depressing, to hyper-positive solution-orientated talk of economic opportunities of decarbonising, back to a more realistic position that is emerging now from voices like Greta Thunberg. We don’t have time for small measures, for consumer choices and educational programmes – we have 11 years left to fully implement policies to avoid catastrophic disruption to the world’s systems, and panic is the only appropriate response. Panic matched with action.It’s hard to not let despair and helplessness become the reaction to that though. Some, like Greta Thunberg, have focused on the approach that despair and resignation are a “sin” in these circumstances. That’s an evolving debate. In acknowledging Thunberg’s comments, we also need to ensure we are not just passive onlookers to this drama. Some would say that individual action is mostly irrelevant, yes, but it’s the same in voting, and we still do that and we still encourage others to too.We have to act responsibly and set examples, and we have to convey to our representatives, including those knocking on your doors over the coming month, that this is one of the most important issues that we care about, and that we will accept changes to our way of life as long as they are fair, effective and will allow us to continue to enjoy all we’ve achieved in the past without costing the earth.One way for Ireland to lead on this is to fully get behind Deputy Bríd Smith’s Climate Emergency Bill, which bans Fossil Fuel exploration in Ireland.In the words of George Monbiot, leading environmental thinker in the UK and Guardian columnist “we can’t do it by just pissing around at the margins”.Lynn Ruane is an independent senator. center_img Lynn Ruane 51 Comments Apr 28th 2019, 8:30 PM Share Tweet Email1 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Des chercheurs percent les mystères de microorganismes méconnus

first_imgDes chercheurs percent les mystères de micro-organismes méconnusUne équipe de chercheurs est parvenue à identifier 201 génomes de micro-organismes unicellulaires. Cette campagne d’exploration s’est intéressée à des cellules microbiennes, une “matière noire” jamais étudiées jusqu’alors.Les bactéries et autres micro-organismes constituent un monde omniprésent mais invisible. Il n’est donc pas facile de percer ces mystères, donnant un aspect de “matière noire microbienne”. Mais des chercheurs ont une nouvelle fois réussi à lever une petite partie du voile. Eddy Rubin, directeur de l’Institut de génomique du Département américain de l’énergie (DOE JGI), a mené une équipe internationale de chercheurs qui a étudié et identifié plusieurs types de micro-organismes unicellulaires. “Les microbes sont les formes les plus abondantes et diversifiées de la vie sur Terre”, et on en trouve au plus profond des océans comme dans les déserts les plus arides, souligne Tanja Woyke, responsable du Programme Microbien au DOE JGI. Or, malgré cette diversité impressionnante, les données génomiques sont rares, notamment parce que la grande majorité de ces organismes n’ont jamais été cultivés en laboratoire. Partie de là, l’étude du DOE JGI a porté sur des cellules microbiennes issues de neuf régions distinctes : le lac Sakinaw au Canada, la lagune grecque d’Etoliko, un centre de traitement des boues au Mexique, le golfe atlantique du Maine, la côte hawaïenne d’Oahu, le Gyre subtropical de l’Atlantique sud, la dorsale Est-Pacifique, la mine américaine de Homestake et le site de Great Boiling Spring, aux États-Unis. 201 génomes distincts À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En tout, les chercheurs ont ainsi trié quelque 9.000 cellules, à partir desquelles ils ont pu identifier 201 génomes distincts, qui pourraient appartenir à 29 grandes familles inédites.”Nous avons interprété des millions de ces bribes d’information génétique comme des étoiles lointaines dans le ciel nocturne, en essayant de les aligner en constellations reconnaissables”, a expliqué Tanja Woyke citée par l’AFP. Les chercheurs ont par exemple constaté que certaines archéobactéries présentaient des caractéristiques observées auparavant uniquement chez des bactéries et vice-versa. “Nous découvrons aujourd’hui des caractéristiques métaboliques inattendues qui élargissent notre compréhension de la biologie et défient les frontières établies entre les domaines de la vie”, a indiqué la chercheuse. Grâce à cela, les scientifiques se rendent compte qu’”il reste encore une quantité phénoménale de la diversité à explorer”.”Rien que pour tenter de saisir la moitié de toute la diversité phylogénétique actuellement connue, nous devrions séquencer 20.000 génomes supplémentaires”, estime ainsi Mme Woyke.Le 21 juillet 2013 à 16:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Toy Tuesday 11 Coolest RemoteControlled Toys

first_img One of the most interesting resurgences in the world of toys has been remote control. Long considered to be a relic of the past, supplanted by the excitement of video games, advances in technology has made radio control cool again. From smartphone-controlled helicopters to gas-burning dune buggies, there are more cool RC machines on the market than ever before. From first-time hobbyists to serious diehards, these are our picks for the 11 coolest remote controlled toys you can get right now.Nerf Terrascout Drone BlasterNerf wars have escalated considerably since the old days when we used spring-loaded pistols to lob soft foam balls at each other. Today’s Nerf weaponry is as high-tech as the stuff real fighting forces use. And if the big trend in actual warfare is remote-controlled death drones, you bet your bippy that Nerf is going to get in on the action. Enter the Terrascout Drone Blaster, a tank-like device that can scout out the battlefield and pop any suckers that stick their necks out with a 35-dart rotating drum. Add a SD card and you can even record your battles and upload them to YouTube for propaganda purposes.Get it at Amazon.comDJI Mavic 2 ProWe could do a whole article just on drones, but things might get redundant. If you’re going to shell out for just one, our money’s on the DJI Mavic 2. It’s certainly not cheap, but why waste money and resources on something disposable when you can invest in something that will last you? The Mavic 2 has everything you need to take to the skies, including an omnidirectional environmental awareness system that allows it to dodge obstacles in every direction, a 4K video camera and a 12MPH top speed. Decent battery life, too.Get it at Amazon.comRedcat Racing Gas BuggyMost of the RC vehicles out there — and on this list — run on battery power. That’s all well and good, but sometimes you need a little more oomph in your drive, and for that only good old fashioned gasoline will do. Redcat’s Gas Buggy boasts a 30cc engine that packs a punch, and the aluminum alloy chassis is durable but lightweight, allowing the buggy to navigate uneven terrain with ease. Steel disc brakes and bead locked wheels give this puppy great cornering as well. If you’re ready to take the next step in your RC passion, a gas-powered car is the way to do it.Get it at Amazon.comTraxxas XO-1If you’re going to drop north of $800 on a remote controlled car, you’d better be getting something truly special. That’s definitely the case with the Traxxas XO-1, one of the most insanely powerful RC vehicles ever produced. How powerful, you might ask? Well, if you tune it right and use the Traxxas LINK app, you can get it up to speeds of 100 miles an hour. Hell, my real car can’t go that fast without smoke coming out of it. The company’s steering algorithms are ultra-advanced, allowing you to turn on a dime and manage uneven terrain. This baby isn’t designed for off-roading, though, so treat it with love and care if you want to squeeze out those big speeds.Get it at Amazon.comAirsoft M1A2 Abrams Battle TankNow this thing is seriously cool. There are plenty of RC tanks out there, but this 1:16 scale replica of the classic M1A2 Abrams USA Main Battle Tank goes the extra mile and beyond for accuracy and power. Made by Chinese company Henglong, notorious for their high-quality military RC creations, it features 7-way movement and a motor so beefy that it can bring the tank up a 35 degree grade without flinching. The turret can be rotated 320 degrees and angled 30, and it fires Airsoft pellets with realistic recoil and smoke action. You can even change the control frequency to enable multi-tank battles with your friends.Get it at Amazon.comGiant Remote Control CentipedeRemote-controlled bugs are cool, but if you really want to go big you need to pick up this Animal Planet-branded RC centipede. Stretching over 20 inches long, this massive Amazonian insect will freak out any sensitive soul you slither it into the vicinity of. The internal battery is USB rechargeable, so you can save a little on disposable batteries for all of your centipede adventures. Alas, the legs don’t move, but the creature’s segments move in a realistic undulating motion that is very unnerving.Get it at Amazon.comVaterra 1972 Ford BroncoHigh-end RC manufacturer Vaterra recently got the license to a whole slew of classic American rides, from muscle cars to trucks, and their 1:10 scale reproductions are seriously dope. For our money, the pick of the litter is the 72 Bronco, that iconic boxy pickup truck with a camper back that helped popularize off-roading. This is a seriously pro remote-controlled vehicle, with a brushed 35T crawler motor, oil-filled shocks and an aluminum suspension to help it handle the roughest terrain. If you want even more power, upgrade to the optional two-speed transmission for expanded performance.Get it at Amazon.comMoorebot Zeus Battle RobotThere are plenty of remote-controlled robots on the market that you can put into battle with one another, but Moorebot’s Zeus is in a class of its own. This high-end beast uses 22 metal servomotors across its humanoid body to execute a wild range of fighting styles, from boxing to kung fu. Standing 14 inches tall, it’s a sturdy beast that will take you some assembly time, but the end result is more than worth it. In addition to pre-programmed moves, the enterprising robot fighter can create their own. You can even custom print armor pieces for the thing with your 3D printer. At $1800, this baby isn’t cheap, but it’s certainly badass.Get it at Amazon.comParrot Jumping SumoIn olden days, RC cars were pretty limited in terms of the kind of terrain they could handle. Too rough or too slanted and they’d just sit there spinning their wheels. Times have changed, though, and the latest and greatest models can navigate all kinds of obstacles. One of the coolest radio-controlled vehicles in terms of maneuverability is Parrot’s Jumping Sumo, a two-wheeled beast controlled with a custom smartphone app that lets you turn on a dime and jump into the air almost three feet. The onboard camera lets you experience its adventures yourself.Get it at Amazon.comZelos Twin Catamaran Racing BoatIf you’ve never had the experience of steering a remote-controlled boat, you’re in for a treat. It’s a totally different feeling than piloting a drone or driving a car, requiring you to understand the dynamics of the water in addition to the abilities of your craft. The Zelos Twin Catamaran is a seriously sweet shell equipped with a pair of 2000Kv motors that can get the boat to a top speed of 60 miles per hour, skipping over the top of the water like a well-thrown stone. Its high-torque metal steering servo holds up even at maximum velocity.Get it at Amazon.comSphero BOLTDirect remote control is still a big deal, but one of the coolest trends in toys is folding in a little coding into the toys, allowing you to write programs that help your toys manage themselves. Sphero is a hot name in the market thanks to their Star Wars stuff, but our pick from them is the BOLT, a spherical droid that has a ton of fascinating features like an 8×8 LED grid display and a ton of internal sensors including a gyrometer, infrared, magnetic compass and more. You can control it directly or code in Scratch, JavaScript or even just by drawing.Get it at Amazon.comMore on Best Final Fantasy Toys11 Stealthiest Ninja Toys11 Nintendo Toys That Will Have You Playing With Power Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long Stay on targetlast_img read more

Mata targets Spain recall

first_imgManchester United’s Juan Mata is targeting a return to Spanish national team under new boss Luis Enrique, according to ESPN.Juan Mata is hoping to get a call-up back into Spain squad under Luis Enrique by having a stellar season with Manchester United.The former Celta boss was announced as the head coach of the Spanish national team replacing Hierro who stepped down after Spain’s disappointing performance at the World Cup.Spain appointed Hierro just before the start World Cup after Julen Lopetegui was unceremoniously relieved of his duties for his conduct with Real Madrid. The newly appointed Madrid manager agreed to join the Champions League holders while still the head coach of Spain leading to the Spanish Football Association sacking him on the eve of the World Cup.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Mata was a part of the Spanish side that won the World Cup in 2010 as well as the European Championships in 2012.“I will do everything in my power to return to the National team. I want to let the new boss know he can count on me and I’ll work harder to get back into the team,” Mata said.Mata joined Manchester United from Chelsea in 2014 after current boss at United deemed him surplus to requirements at Chelsea. The Spanish midfielder has found his feet at Old Trafford making 36 starts for the club last season.last_img read more

Gracia says he wants to build something special

first_imgThe Watford boss continues talking after his contract was extended and he can plan now for a longer future in the English Premier LeagueWatford boss Javi Gracia recently signed a four-and-a-half deal with his English Premier League club.And he cannot stop talking about how this makes him plan for the future.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“I’m delighted. I feel comfortable here in this environment, with the owners, the players, the supporters. I am happy to stay here. I am proud to belong to this club, our club,” he said to Sky Sports.“From my beginning it was the same – all the people helping me to do my job. I have tried to do my best from the beginning, and I got the feeling I am part of this family. I like to be here.”“In this moment, we have a very good squad, and I would like to keep all these players to build up something special,” he explained.last_img read more