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ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli reveals why Mohammed Shami didn’t play vs Pakistan

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday said that Mohammed Shami is the one player with the least match practice among the four fast bowlers in the squad which is why he was kept out of their opening game against Pakistan on June 4.Shami returned to the team for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after spending more than two years recuperating from the shoulder injury.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah are the in-form bowlers for India and hence, have been Kohli’s preferred choice.”Shami has not played 50-over cricket for a long time and I am glad he bowled really well in the practice games. But I felt the others – Umesh, Bhuvi and Bumrah – had much more match practice and had the performances to back that up,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference on the eve of their clash against Sri Lanka.The run machine is gearing up for the nets – @imVkohli #TeamIndia #CT17 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/ANefd0PIwz- BCCI (@BCCI) June 7, 2017Kohli though made it clear that Shami is always in the scheme of things of the team and is a proven match-winner. But he will step in only if someone else gets injured.”A bowler like Shami will always be in the scheme of things for us. He is the sort of guy who can win you games in any form of cricket. He is feeling his way back in and is certainly an asset.”If, god forbid, something happens to someone, we have someone like Shami who’s ready to strike and has proven himself. That just shows our bench strength,” Kohli added.advertisementUmesh was the pick of the bowlers for India in their first match against Pakistan, getting 3 wickets for 30 runs in 7.4 overs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar got one wicket. Bumrah was as usual economical in his five-over spell and helped build pressure on the Pakistani batsmen.India are likely to go in with the same playing XI in their next match against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Thursday. A win would see the Men in Blue go through to the semi-finals alongside hosts England.last_img read more

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a month agoAtletico Madrid great Futre: Felix will take the throne from Ronaldo

first_imgAtletico Madrid great Futre: Felix will take the throne from Ronaldoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid great Paulo Futre is convinced Joao Felix will have a huge future.Indeed, Futre says Felix will be a future Ballon d’Or winner.He declared: “Joao Felix is twenty years old, he is a champion, he can occupy the throne of the best Portuguese player when (Cristiano) Ronaldo will stop and he can also win the Ballon d’Or.” On Juventus star Ronaldo, Futre says that “he’s even better than (Usain) Bolt”.And on Juve defender Matthijs de Ligt, he says he is “a crack, like Felix, and that in the Champions League will find it easier than in Serie A”. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Agritrade Resources Wraps Up VLCC Purchase

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-based Agritrade Resources Limited has finalized the purchase of a very large crude carrier (VLCC) from Marshall Islands-based shipping company Chris Tanker Corporation.Featuring a capacity of 309,300 dwt, the VLCC, which is classified by Lloyd’s Register, was constructed in December 2001.The VLCC is scheduled to join its new owner in January 2017.The company said that its wholly-owned subsidiary Fair Cypress Limited purchased the oil tanker at a consideration of USD 23.7 million.The parties earlier said that the USD 2.37 million will be paid as a deposit within three business days upon the signing of the agreement, while the remaining amount of USD 21.33 million will be paid upon the delivery of the VLCC.Following the completion of the deal, the group will own three VLCCs, “which would contribute stable, sustainable and diversified income and cash flows to the group on a long-term basis,” Agritrade Resources said.last_img read more

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Multidimensional approach

first_imgLast year, on the occasion of World Environment Day, India announced its resolve to phase out single-use plastic by 2022. This deadline was later updated to be 2025. Indeed, the monumental task of phasing out something that so essential to regular modern life is bound to take a good length of time and much more. This resolve was reiterated and the government’s decision was reinforced in the Prime Minister’s speech on Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort. As practical matters stand, the ban of single-use plastic is sure to adversely impact a sizable part of existing investments in machinery and jobs in the industry will suffer. But this eventually gets counter-balanced in the long run with alternate systems functioning well in place. The overall cost of clearing out accumulated plastic stifling the environment, the use of which could have been avoided, will far outweigh the temporary loss from the clampdown on this pollution-causing industry. The menace of single-use plastic is known and felt too well. The issue is not so much about the discontinuation of plastic from common use, but the actual concern is the availability of option to replace plastic in a manner that this fundamental shift in basic practice does not affect people and their lives in any adverse way. For this, it is imperative that this resolve to ban single-use plastic be pursued with a multi-dimensional approach whereby a replacement is simultaneously prepared so as to seamlessly obliterate the greatest cause of pollution. One such initiative from Odisha comes as an example to emulate. The ban on single-use plastic in the forest-rich state has opened doors for the tribal community to thrive economically and empower themselves. About 5 million people in the state are involved in making single-use disposable plates from leaves using both hand and machine stitching methods. Mostly tribals, this focus on bring out for popular use alternate products is expected to bring increased income to those engaged in this business. Two major leaves of forest that they depend on for their earnings are sal and siali. The market value of Odisha’s leaf plate and cup market is said to be Rs 1,500 crore. 2.5 million people, most of whom are from tribal communities, are sal leaf pluckers, 1.5 million are siali leaf pluckers. Around one million are connected with other leaves for this purpose. Shifting focus to bio-degradable alternatives is the most obvious step in banning plastic from popular use. In 22 of the 30 districts of Odisha, residents of forest-fringe villages are traditionally involved in leaf-plate making. Along with counter-balancing the impact on the environment, the economic empowerment of people by this means is an encouraging assurance. Tribal women in some districts are known to have already formed federations to get a better deal in the trade. Economic empowerment is a fundamental component of development of a society and people. The next step to this is predictably education and means to invest in education from the result of economic development will further open many more doors for the common people to thrive and to prosper. In line with the engagement of tribal communities, Odisha government’s effort to launch a revamped Tribal Retail Outlet, ADISHA at the state capital is a necessary effort to and sale of tribal artifacts, and in the process, bring them to the mainstream with their distinctness and indigenous ideas that could be useful for the pervasive homogenised city culture. Promoting some of the original ways and practices of the tribals are important as not only are they in keeping with the government’s goal of inclusive development, but also because the tribal communities are very closely connected and associated with nature and their lives are shaped and regulated by the forests in many ways. Some of the vary basic lessons in sustainable growth are not novel innovative initiatives but simply the traditional ways of tribal life. Giving them the benefits they have been continually denied will serve the dual purpose of uplifting them, and considerably through them, the physical environment and thus everything else influenced by that. Roping in forest-dwelling communities extensively will make the accomplishment of this goal qualitatively better. The ban on single-use plastic is definitely not a one-way initiative and in order to make it effective and consequential, alternatives to seamlessly replace it are critical and decisive.last_img read more

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In the news today Jan 25

first_imgFour stories in the news for Friday, Jan. 25———MOUNTIES TO GIVE UPDATE ON KINGSTON, ONT., ARRESTSRCMP are expected to give an update today on a national security investigation that saw two people arrested in Kingston, Ont. Mounties say there’s no immediate threat to public safety after Thursday’s operation, which also involved local police. A senior government official speaking on background confirmed that the arrests were related to a national security investigation. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says any operational details on the RCMP investigation will be released by the Mounties. Goodale says the country’s official threat level remains at “medium,” where it has stood since the fall of 2014.———INDIAN ACT AT CORE OF PIPELINE DISPUTE: MINISTERCanada’s minister of Crown-Indigenous relations is pointing her finger at the Indian Act for creating a gridlock in northern British Columbia where some hereditary clan chiefs say a liquefied natural gas pipeline doesn’t have their consent. Carolyn Bennett would not say whether she believes the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have jurisdiction over the 22,000 square kilometres they claim as their traditional territory. But she says the situation is an example of why the federal government is working to increase First Nations capacity for self-governance, including a new funding program to rebuild hereditary structures.———PM WARNS OF IMMIGRATION FEAR-MONGERINGJustin Trudeau is warning voters to be wary of fear-mongering about immigration, suggesting the issue will be a hot-button topic during the federal election campaign this fall. The prime minister reminded the crowd during a town hall meeting in Miramichi, N.B., on Thursday that it was his Liberal government that granted asylum to 40,000 Syrian refugees in 2015-16. He said his government was glad to help, but he stressed Canadians — those in church and community groups, neighbourhoods and families — made the integration of Syrians a success. The public meeting in New Brunswick was part of a cross-Canada swing aimed at boosting the fortunes of Liberal candidates in an election year.———U.S. INDUSTRY URGES TRADE REPS TO TEAR DOWN TARIFFSAmerican automakers, aluminum producers, manufacturers and farmers are running out of time, money and patience as the North American tariff standoff persists. Industry emissaries are warning U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Mexican and Canadian steel and aluminum, as well as their reciprocal countermeasures, are rapidly undermining whatever benefits the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will produce once it takes effect. “The damage from the reciprocal trade actions in the steel dispute far outweighs any benefit that may accrue to them from the USMCA,” the group writes in a letter released this week by a coalition of more than 40 different industry associations and lobby groups.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Unifor national president Jerry Dias is expected to make an announcement on the next action in the union’s push to save the GM assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont.— A sentencing hearing is scheduled today for Halifax businessman Hector Mantolino, who pleaded guilty to immigration fraud.— Calgary MP Kent Hehr will announce funding today for the Waterton Lakes National Park.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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AFN wants independent probe of Winnipeg police paramedics in Tina Fontaine case

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Assembly of First Nations is calling for a full investigation into the actions of Winnipeg police and paramedics who came into contact with 15 year-old Tina Fontaine before her murder.AFN Alberta regional Chief Cameron Alexis, a former RCMP officer, said it’s “unfathomable” Fontaine managed to pass through the hands of both police and paramedics shortly before she disappeared.Fontaine’s body was pulled wrapped in plastic from the Red River on Aug. 17. Police say she was murdered.“It is my opinion that policies of the Winnipeg police service may have been breached and we call upon an independent police service or a Serious Incident Response Team to conduct a thorough internal investigation on this very serious matter,” said Alexis, who was an RCMP officer for 23 years. “A thorough investigation must commence immediately and the police officers in question may need to be released from duties.”Despite being named in a missing persons report, Fontaine was briefly detained and released by Winnipeg police officers on Aug. 8 during a spot-check. The driver of the car carrying was also detained and charged with impaired driving.Later that same day, Fontaine was found passed-out by a passerby in an alley. Paramedics treated Fontaine and took her to a city hospital where she remained for about four hours.Fontaine was then released into the care of a child care worker who didn’t know the address of her caretaker. The 15 year-old eventually escaped the custody of a child care worker and vanished.The Winnipeg Police said it was a field trainer and a trainee who came into contact with Fontaine and they have both been put on restricted duties while they undergo an internal investigation.“I am offended and hurt that we have lost another child to a system that is failing our people.  This is yet one more compelling reason for a national public commission of inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls,” said Alexis.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Committee looks at ways to help communities on financial track

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN National News142 First Nations are in some type of default management.That includes co-managers or third party management.A House of Commons committee is currently looking at preventing communities from going into default.tlamirande@aptn.calast_img

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I love Spains Wine and Pork and Dont Fast Ramadan Loubna

Rabat – Moroccan actress Loubna Abidar, who played the role of a prostitute in the controversial film “Much Loved,” has confessed that she does not care about Islam and doesn’t fast in Ramadan.The controversial actress made the statement at a press conference in Spain, after receiving the “best actress” award for her role in “Much Loved” at the Gijon International Film Festival.Abidar, 30, also expressed her love for Spanish wine and ham. “You [Spain] have such a very good wine and very good ham,” she said. She told reporters that she was harshly criticized for her role in “Much Loved,” adding that she was also offended by Moroccan media, which caused her more suffering.“Sex workers in Morocco are lost between the religion which is imposed on them and the hardship of life,” Abidar added.“I grew up in a popular neighborhood which made me meet those women,” she explained.Abidar had received death threats earlier this year, and recently had to move to Paris after she was physically assaulted in Casablanca.Nabil Ayouch’s film exposes the phenomenon of prostitution in Morocco by following four prostitutes. The film caused an outcry for representing real porn scenes.The film was banned by the government shortly after its screening at the Cannes film festival last May.Both the film’s star, Loubna Abidar and the film’s director, Nabil Ayouch were charged in June with “pornography, indecency and inciting minors to debauchery” after clips of the film were leaked online.Ayouch has also faced death threats, interrogation by the authorities, calls to hang him and a beheading fatwa by ISIS, since the first screening of his film in Cannes. read more

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Bird flu virus still a serious threat despite improved response UN warns

27 June 2007The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that although the global response to the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus has significantly improved over the past few years, the virus remains entrenched in several countries and will continue to spread. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that although the global response to the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus has significantly improved over the past few years, the virus remains entrenched in several countries and will continue to spread.According to FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Joseph Domenech, the virus was rapidly detected and eliminated or controlled in some 15 countries in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East where it was introduced during the past six months.Speaking at a press conference at the agency’s headquarters in Rome, he said most affected countries have been very open about new outbreaks. “This shows that countries are taking the H5N1 threat seriously. They are better prepared today and have improved their response systems.”At the same time, Mr. Domenech stressed there was no room for complacency, and said a potential human influenza pandemic could not be ruled out as long as the virus continued to exist in poultry.Recent H5N1 outbreaks in Bangladesh, Ghana, Togo, Czech Republic and Germany are a clear reminder that the virus is spreading to new or previously infected countries, he said, adding that the situations in Egypt, Indonesia and Nigeria are particularly serious.FAO says containing and eradicating the virus will require a long-term financial and political commitment from Governments, including modifying or changing high risk poultry production and marketing practices to ensure safer supply.“Even if bird flu has disappeared from our TV screens, it doesn’t mean that the risk is over,” Mr. Domenech stated. “Avian influenza is not a one-time event, the international community will have to live with the disease for several years to come.”To date, 315 people from a dozen countries have been infected with the virus, resulting in 191 deaths. More than 200 million birds have died from either the virus or preventive culling in the current outbreak. read more

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CBI chief to join Ford of Europe and Premier Automotive Group

Sir Digby Jones, outgoing director-general of the CBI is to join Ford of Europe and the Premier Automotive Group (PAG) as a part-time corporate and governmental affairs advisor from 1 October 2006. He will provide Ford Motor Company’s operations in the UK and Europe with strategic input on global political, business and trade issues.In his six-and-a-half years at the CBI, Sir Digby became well-known for his role as the leading ‘voice’ of British business. Announcing the appointment, Lewis Booth, executive vice president for Ford Motor Company overseeing Ford of Europe and PAG, said, ‘Sir Digby has a depth of knowledge, strategic mindset and an ability to communicate – qualities which are hard to beat in the business world. I believe his ability to instill passion and his wise counsel will be invaluable assets to Ford Motor Company’s management teams here in Europe, and I’m delighted Sir Digby is joining us.’Sir Digby Jones said, ‘I’ve been a loyal Jaguar customer for years and as a born and bred Brummie, I am a passionate advocate of the British motor industry. It is hugely important to remember that Ford Motor Company is a vital part of our domestic motor industry. Ford has significant engineering and manufacturing presence in the UK in Essex, Bridgend and Southampton. And every Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin is designed, engineered and built in the UK. There are close to 35,000 employees and it is one of our biggest exporters. It also accounts for almost 80 per cent of all automotive R&D in Britain.‘I am delighted to be joining a company that has shown such tremendous long-term commitment to the industrial, economic skills base of this country. And what excites me about Ford’s operations today is the focus on the future – its emphasis on hi-tech, premium, value-added products is spot on – and exactly what all successful businesses should be doing to ensure they remain globally competitive,’ said Sir Digby.SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan welcomed the appointment, ‘Having someone of the calibre of Sir Digby Jones championing the motor industry is great news for Ford, and for everyone involved in motor manufacturing in the UK. He has been a staunch supporter of British industry during his tenure a the CBI and we look forward to working with him as he begins his new role.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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BBC kills off iPlayer radio app and replaces it with BBC Sounds

BBC Sounds now has 1.7 million weekly users and is a digital home for radio stations, music mixes and podcasts. The aim is to attract a younger audience – Mr Purnell said it will “serve both loyal BBC radio listeners as well as people who in the past haven’t spent much time, if any, with us.”A BBC spokesman would not say how many users are currently still using the iPlayer radio app, but confirmed that anything they have downloaded will be lost when the service disappears and cannot be transferred to Sounds.The app is not available overseas, although the BBC Sounds website can be accessed.The iPlayer radio switch-off process will begin on September 16 and will take around two weeks. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The BBC is to close its iPlayer radio app this month and replace it with the unpopular BBC Sounds, prompting an outcry from listeners.Users of the iPlayer service have begun receiving messages informing them that the service is ending.BBC Sounds has attracted thousands of complaints since its launch last year from listeners who say it is “user hostile” and difficult to navigate, and news of the iPlayer close led to more complaints on social media.Some listeners say the “autoplay” function, which kicks in when their chosen programme ends and automatically selects something else for them to listen to, is giving them shows that bear no relation to their tastes.The BBC is spending a reported £10 million on marketing Sounds, which is the pet project of the corporation’s head of radio and education, James Purnell.In a blog post, Mr Purnell said “increased global competition in the audio market” meant that change was needed.He urged people to give the app a second chance if they had abandoned it in frustration when it first launched, saying that it has improved.“The great thing about digital products is they can continually change and improve. They’re never finished, so please keep on giving us feedback. I hope you can see how we’ve listened to you over the last few months.” read more

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Kevin Nash reveals he will not be appearing at RAW 25 next

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Hulk Hogan Twitter Ric Flair Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:39 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash reveals he recently underwent stem cell treatment Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash revealed via Twitter on Wednesday night that despite being advertised, he will not be appearing on the RAW 25th Anniversary show next week.Nash noted that air travel would be very rough on him after undergoing a full knee replacement recently, describing it as “self inflicted torture.”He did note he plans to make appearances at WrestleMania 34 this April.You can check out his full tweet below.Was so looking forward to being a part of RAW 25. It’s nearly impossible to travel on our down sized airlines healthy. With a total knee replacement it would be self inflicted torture. See ya everyone at Mania— Kevin Nash (@RealKevinNash) January 18, 2018 Pinterest Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Facebook Impact and AAA announce partnership for Invading NY event on September 15 Ronda Rousey Is Now With The WWE Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Former WWE Superstar Enzo Amore announces he is returning to the ringlast_img read more

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Prayers mark the Dalai Lamas 84th birthday

first_imgDharamsala, July 6 : Donning traditional dresses, hundreds of Tibetans on Saturday joined the 84th birthday celebrations of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the main temple Tsuglakhang here. The Dalai Lama, revered by the Tibetans as a “living god”, attended the prayers and blessed the gathering, which also included Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister of the Tibetan-government-in-exile. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “Special prayer sessions were held for the long life of His Holiness,” a Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) spokesperson told IANS. Releasing a statement on the occasion, the Tibetan parliament thanked the Indian government and its people for extending assistance to the Tibetan people. The statement said it had been 60 years since Tibet was forcefully annexed by China, resulting in the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetans fleeing into exile. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “The government and people of India with whom Tibet had deep cultural ties since ancient times have been most generous in extending every possible assistance and facilities to the Tibetan people during this difficult time,” it said. Born on July 6, 1935, at Taktser hamlet in northeastern Tibet, the Dalai Lama was recognised at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. Advertise With Us He fled Tibet after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959. Since then, he has spent his time in exile pushing for autonomy for Tibet. The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent campaign for democracy and freedom in his homeland. However, the Chinese view him as a hostile element bent on splitting Tibet from China. India is home to around 1,00,000 Tibetans.last_img read more

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Growth bite for pet industry

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): To own a pet especially a dog was once considered to be an elite affair. But today it has become crucial; from a big business tycoon to a celebrity and even a common man, everyone owns a pet. And it’s no surprise that this reason has made the pet food market boom in a very short period of time. According to estimates, the pet industry in India has revenue earning potential of 56.5 million USD, out of which, around 40.3 million USD is contributed only by pet foods. With franchising entering the pet domain, the industry has witnessed unprecedented growth. And this growth has also given the sector new concepts.last_img

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India landmine blast kills 7 policemen

first_imgAt least seven police personnel were killed and five injured in a landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoists in Odisha’s Koraput district on Wednesday, police said.Police said the incident took place on National Highway 26 at Mungabhumi village under Pottangi police station on the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border, when the personnel were travelling in a van to Cuttack for training.“Seven personnel of the district police have been killed while five injured in the landmine blast. They were going for training as assistant drivers,” Koraput Superintendent of Police Charan Singh Meena told IANS.The injured persons have been admitted to hospitals.The blast comes just about two weeks before the three-tier panchayat polls in the state. Maoists have given boycott call in Malkangiri district and other extremist-affected districts.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik described the incident as “an act of cowardice” and expressed his condolence to the deceased families.“Strongly condemn the cowardly act & condole martyrdom of police personnel in the landmine blast. My deep sympathies with bereaved families,” tweeted Patnaik.last_img read more

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A History Of Comic Book Characters Breaking The Fourth Wall

first_imgWith Deadpool once again dominating the box office, I thought it might be time to revisit one of the gimmicks that made him famous: his continual breaking of the “fourth wall,” that invisible barrier between character and reader that keeps each in their own liminal space. The term comes from the theatre, where it signified the absent partition that separated audience and stage, but it’s come into common parlance.But rules are made to be broken, as we all know, and Deadpool isn’t the first. Comics have a long and storied history of characters communicating directly with the reader in unique and clever ways. Let’s grab our wrecking ball and smash that fourth wall for good with these iconic heroes and villains.SupermanDuring the Silver Age, comics were a lot less serious about keeping continuity in its place, and no series showed that quite like Superman. The Man of Steel never came out and talked to the reader directly, but at the end of many stories where Clark Kent once again prevented Lois Lane from learning his true identity (a very big deal back then), he’d turn to the fourth wall and wink knowingly. This obviously raises some very deep existential questions about Superman’s place in the metafictional cosmos, but they wouldn’t be answered by Wayne Boring, Al Plastino or the other workhorses in the DC bullpen. GwenpoolWho said that an encyclopedic knowledge of comic books never got you anywhere? Gwen Poole was an ordinary fan like you or I until she got sucked into the Marvel universe, where her vast stores of superhero knowledge allowed her to skirt the rules of narrative fiction itself as the masked mercenary Gwenpool (very imaginative). Writer Christopher Hastings experimented with the fourth wall in numerous ways, from letting Gwen step outside panels and read thought balloons to dealing with a version of herself from the future trying to prevent her series from being canceled.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Squirrel GirlMost of the time, Doreen Green is happily a resident of the Marvel Universe without any knowledge of her position as a fictional character. She makes an exception for recap pages, but those aren’t strictly in continuity so we don’t count them. What we do count, though is her two squirrel companions Tippy-Toe and Monkey Joe, who regularly narrate their adventures directly to the reader in squirrel language. You can read squirrel language, right? Or do they not teach that in America’s failing school system anymore? DeadpoolWhen he was first introduced, Wade Wilson was just another Rob Liefeld character with big guns and thighs and small feet. A blatant knock-off of DC’s Deathstroke (aka Slade Wilson), it took some time for him to come into his own as the wisecracking meta-hero he is today. Whether it’s arguing with his own caption boxes or literally cutting through the pages of a comic book to give advice to himself in the past, Deadpool is one of the most prolific violators of the separation between fantasy and reality the medium has ever seen. May he never stop the madness. Ultra ComicsGrant Morrison would revisit the concept of self-aware comic book characters with his Multiversity series, revolving around a periodical called “Ultra Comics” that was created by a world without superheroes to defeat hostile interdimensional beings called the Gentry. This might be the most self-aware comic book of all time, a dizzying metafictional combat that recruits you, the reader, as a key part of the fight. And, in the end, to imprison the Gentry forevermore, the final blow belongs to you as you close the book. But do you dare open it again? She-HulkJennifer Walters was created as part of Marvel’s 1970s push for female readers that also gave us Hellcat, Dazzler and… uh, Night Nurse. The cousin of Bruce Banner, she had the strength and green skin without the rage issues, which made her sadly less interesting a character. When the legendary John Byrne took her book over in 1989, he realized that She-Hulk needed a little something extra to make her successful, so he started playing around with the meta-nature of comics itself, letting Jen rip through pages, comment on gaps in time happening between panels and more. His run is rightly considered one of the seminal takes on the character and the jokes still land today. Animal ManFor a more serious take on the concept, Grant Morrison’s landmark run on Animal Man is essential reading. C-list superhero Buddy Baker could channel the abilities of any fish, bird or beast, and for most of his career he spent it doing generic good deeds. Under Morrison’s pen, though, he took a psychedelic trip through the very universe of comics itself, with the villainous Psycho-Pirate mentally undoing the events of DC’s recent Crisis to resurrect forgotten characters. In the last issue of Morrison’s run, the writer himself appears as a character in the comic to talk things out with Animal Man. Hilariously, Morrison’s self-insert would later be drafted into the Suicide Squad and die on a mission.center_img Batman & Sgt. RockThe Brave And The Bold featured the Dark Knight teaming up with a variety of characters from across the DC universe, but one of the absolute strangest tales came in issue 124. Batman’s co-star was tough as nails military hero Sgt. Rock and the duo were busting a terrorist group smuggling high-tech rifles. Sounds pretty routine until the story switches perspective to artist Jim Aparo, who is drawing thr very issue we’re reading and notices that the script calls for Batman and Rock to die! The terrorists show up at Aparo’s studio, he flees for his life and ends up getting on the phone with writer Bob Haney to plot out a way for the heroes to save them. It’s a totally out of the blue metafictional tale that’s unlike anything else in the series. Ambush BugThe ability to teleport is Ambush Bug’s only real superpower, but plenty of people can do that. What makes the green-suited villain turned… whatever the hell he is notorious is his ridiculous habit of breaking every rule known to comics. Originally appearing as a one-off bad guy for a Superman story, Ambush Bug (real name Irwin Schwab) starred in a pair of mini-series in the late 80s where he popped through genres, complained about storylines and interacted with characters and creators alike. He was most recently spotted in Doom Patrol, a fine fit for his unique brand of lunacy. Jack Of FablesThe central conceit of Bill Willingham’s Vertigo hit Fables was that all the characters from legends and fairy tales were actually alive and well in New York City. It’s not terribly surprising that one of them would figure out the whole metafictional deal. Jack Horner got a spin-off book in 2006 with Jack Of Fables, and the sociopathic trickster went on numerous adventures throughout the mundane world. Unlike the main book, Jack Of Fables is significantly sillier and quirkier, with Jack and his cohorts breaking the fourth wall in numerous ways, most notably in the final issue when Jack took his ball and went home where he had a “better artist.” The Broken ManKurt Busiek’s Astro City is a love letter to superhero comics in all their forms, so it’s no surprise that he’d tackle the popular idea of a character understanding their place in the fictional ecosystem. The Broken Man is an inmate at an Astro City psychiatric facility who hallucinates himself as a purple-skinned omnipath who talks directly to the reader about the journey they’re going on together through the four-color world of heroes and villains to stop a mysterious force called the Oubor. Uatu The WatcherThe chrome-domed peeping tom who hangs out on the Moon typically keeps his commentary to the denizens of the Marvel universe, but in the introductions to issues of What If?, the company’s gleeful imagining of alternate realities, he speaks directly to you, the reader. In turgid prose, Uatu would explain at length how the alternate world you were about to see differed from the mainline Marvel universe, typically due to one eventful change like “if Wolverine was a girl.”last_img read more

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The next interface Electrical fields MGC3130 and your hand w Video

first_img Citation: The next interface: Electrical fields, MGC3130, and your hand (w/ Video) (2012, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-interface-electrical-fields-mgc3130-video.html According to the company, the MGC3130 can enable 3-D gesture recognition with power consumption as low as 150 microwatts in its active sensing state. More information: www.microchip.com/wwwproducts/ … px?dDocName=en560048 © 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Microchip Technology has been working in the “non-contact user interface” space, which is translating into gesture control over your next computing device. The company is using electrical fields to sense hand movements. They have announced a controller that transmits an electrical signal and calculates the three-coordinate position of a hand based on the disturbances to the field the hand creates. Chandler, Arizona, based Microchip Technology, in looking at electrical fields to sense hand movements, issued this week’s announcement of “the world’s first electrical field based 3-D gesture controller, the MGC3130.” The new controller offers low-power, hand position tracking with gesture recognition. Its two promoted advantages are low cost and low power. The company is offering a development kit. A gesture library was constructed using algorithms that learned from how different people make the same movements, to be applied toward device functions such as .point, click, zoom, or scroll. Ten gestures were programmed into the device with recognition based on Markov models. According to the company, “the chip provides developers the flexibility to utilize pre-filtered electrode signals for additional functionality in their applications.”Gesture-recognition technology is familiar to those using game consoles, but the concept of gesture recognition could now become more mainstream with users of desktops, laptops, or smartphones, making use of gesture-control hovering motions. Microchip Technology said that it is already working with product manufacturers to implement user-input controls.The MGC3130 will cost $2.26 each in high volumes and volume production is expected in April 2013.center_img MGC3130’s design and configurable power modes represent the lowest power consumption of any 3-D sensing technology, says Microchip’s creators, and up to 90 percent lower than camera-based gesture systems.Microchip Technology is aiming its technology toward a range of devices; an easy vision of how it would translate into end use would be hand gesture recognition for smartphones and notebooks. The company said its chip will offer interaction with both mobile devices and consumer electronics. Its list of potential devices, for example, includes electronic readers, remote controls and game controllers. NEC unveils gesture controlling device This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Awareness campaign on animal welfare for students

first_imgKolkata: The students going to the residential schools under Sarba Siksha Mission will be made aware of animal welfare.There are 25 residential schools under the mission. The decision was taken following a meeting between Kartick Manna, president of Sarba Siksha Mission and representatives of Love and care for Animals, an NGO working in the field of animal welfare. The duration of the awareness course will be for two years.The students will be made aware about the animal welfare laws and there will be interactive sessions and Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedslide shows.Quiz competitions will be held on the matter that will be shown.Awareness classes have already been held in some state-run schools in South and North 24-Parganas and Kolkata.People working on animal welfare said because of sustained programmes, attacks on stray dogs in Kolkata have gone down.Earlier, many people used to sprinkle boiled water on them and used to tie crackers to their tails and set them on fire. Frightened stray dogs used to run away and many of them got killed.Susmita Roy a spokesman for Love and Care for Animals said the students show great interest in the awareness classes. “If they are trained in school days they will develop love for the pets and stray animals,” she said adding “this is very important at a time when deserting pets, particularly when they grow old, has reached an alarming level in the country and alsoin Kolkata.”last_img read more

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