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Federations must act on dope menace: MS Gill

first_imgThe embarrassment caused by 12 athletes failing dope tests in the last week seems to have stirred up the ministry of youth affairs and sports to a great extent.Sports minister MS Gill gave ample proof of this at the Conference of the State Ministers of Youth Affairs and Sports on Tuesday when he reiterated his stance that every medal that Indian athletes win should be through fair means.”We do want a lot of medals, but even if we win one medal, we want it with honour,” Gill said, alluding to the fact that eight of the athletes caught were members of India’s Commonwealth Games (CWG) teams.Sport Minister MS GillAs MAIL TODAY had reported on Tuesday, the laxity of national sports federations in educating sportspersons and conducting random tests is one of the prime reasons for the dope menace persisting in Indian sports.Gill too put the onus of rooting out dope from the grassroots upwards on the federations. “We have to kill the abuse of dope. The national federations should make the sportspersons aware of this. We are doing our bit and the federations better launch education programmes for their sportspeople so that nobody is caught ignorant,” he said.Gill heaped praise on the state-of-the-art National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) in the Capital, saying it was the best tool to curb the menace. ” Last year 3000 tests were conducted there and this year, the figure has gone up to 5000, including 1500 samples from the Youth Olympics in Singapore. The lab will test about 2500 samples for the Commonwealth Games.advertisement”The rates are reasonable, and we are actually refusing samples now, from abroad. The lab is near perfect. For, even if you have a decimal point mistake, you will damage a career. Nobody can doubt our testing,” Gill said.Former India hockey captain Pargat Singh, who was attending the conference in his capacity as Director (Sports), Punjab, told M AIL T ODAY that the minister’s statement was a positive sign. ” Drugs defeat the very basic purpose of sports, which is to attain a good level of physical and mental health.Dope has a negative impact on the health of the person taking it.”That is why I think the antidoping policy needs to be followed properly,” Pargat, who also heads an independent society called Clean Sports India, said.He agreed that the federations needed to do more in terms of educating athletes.”They definitely have to take the responsibility for their athletes getting caught. Education of the athletes is of utmost importance. But, having said that, I must say some athletes know about this, and still use these unfair means. These people must be given the prescribed punishment to teach them a lesson,” Pargat said.Pargat also assured that in his state, all necessary steps will be taken soon to get rid of the doping menace.”In the age group 14-16, there are no cases of doping. The problems starts only when the athletes reach the national or university level. That’s when we need to step in and educate them.”With the NDTL in our country, we can rely on them to help us, because they are the experts in the field, otherwise the World Anti- Doping Agency wouldn’t have given them accreditation,” he said.last_img read more

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Navy Secretary Gets Green Light to Nominate Adm Michael Gilday as Next

first_imgNavy Secretary Richard Spencer has received White House approval to nominate three-star Navy Adm. Michael Gilday to become the next Chief of Naval Operations, Defense News reported Thursday.If confirmed by the Senate, Gilday, currently the Director of the Joint Staff, would be promoted over several four-star colleagues who will remain in their current roles. Gilday and other senior Navy leaders met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday where they received his approval to move forward his promotion and nomination, according to the report.Gilday’s appointment to CNO would replace the Navy’s current top military official, Adm. John Richardson.Richardson was originally scheduled to be replaced Aug. 1 by Adm. Bill Moran.Last week Moran abruptly declined the appointment and requested retirement after Spencer raised new questions about Moran exercising poor judgment involving a past professional relationship.Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Hartland ADC AUTHORlast_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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Weaving stories into art

first_imgIf you ask them, people will give you varied definitions of what feminism means to them. For some it is raising their voice for equality for women, for some it is a fight for removal of patriarchy and for some it is resistance to any sort of inequality.  Baaraan Ijlal, a visual artist, sees feminism as a part of people’s struggle, for her feminism takes a form of visual expression on her canvas. Weaving stories of people that affect her and intricately painting them on her canvas is Ijlal’s form of expression against all strands of inequality she sees around irrespective of people’s sex or sexuality. This is what she explained to us at a discussion on canvas writing at the Oxford Bookstore. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The discussion was organised in association with Apne Aap Women Wordwide in continuation of their series of Feminism Beyond Boundaries. Art for Ijlal is very personal, she tries to bring out people’s pain through her paintings. She says that her pieces are a reaction to the ongoing struggle of people she sees around her. Describing a painting of hers where a red-haired passenger is sitting on the backseat of a bicycle, she says that the met the owner of that bicycle in a ghetto. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix She says that the boy-faced man with long hair which slightly curled at the end was sitting sipping his tea and staring intently at his bicycle which had a tightly screwed red tin box tied to the rear end. When Ijlal asked him about his story, he said that the bicycle was given to him by his lover as a parting gift. The emotions attached to that object and the inner struggle of the cyclist struck her where he symbolically reserved a seat for his lover at the end with the red tin box and she  drew out that emotion her canvas and filled in the colours. Ijlal says her canvas is an instrument to fight for justice. When asked more she explained, ‘I try to fight for justice because I have seen fairness. I have seen my parents always stand up for justice no matter what.’ And the lessons she has grown up with find expression in the works she creates on canvas. Ijlal owes the narrative style of her work to the early influences of writers such as Manto, Albert Camus, Garcia Marquez and Faiz Ahmad Faiz. These and many other early influences have inspired this artist to create a space where she can tell her stories, and stories of others, on canvas, where language is not a barrier, where possibilities are endless and where cultural and social taboos are challenged constantly.last_img read more

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