India Rejects UK’s Proposal of Using DNA Testing to Confirm Nationality of Overstayers

first_imgThe Indian government has rejected a proposal from the United Kingdom over the use of DNA testing to confirm the nationality of illegal immigrants. India cited privacy and ethics issues to turn down the plan, the Hindu reported, citing sources.“In one of the meetings, the U.K. authorities suggested that the nationality of document-less illegal migrants suspected to be Indians could be established by matching DNA samples of their family members living here. We raised objections that this was a breach of privacy and unethical. How do we know that the document-less person is an Indian,” the publication quoted a senior Home Ministry official as saying.A Memorandum of Understanding on return of illegal migrants was approved in January by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, but India chose not to sign the final draft of the pact when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the United Kingdom in April this year.The MoU specified that Indian security agencies would verify the antecedents of the immigrants who do not possess any documents within 72 days while the time frame was set as 15 days for persons who carried identification papers. If no report was filed within the given frame, the immigrant would be deported from the United Kingdom, according to the MoU. But the pact was kept on indefinite hold after National Security Adviser Ajit Doval conveyed that the 15-day limit was unworkable, the report added.The British government is also at variance with the Indian government over the estimated number of illegal Indians living in the United Kingdom. While the UK government says that the number of Indians staying illegally is as high as 100,000, the Indian government puts the figure at 2,000.The issue of Indians overstaying their visas or entering the United Kingdom illegally has been a regular subject of discussion between the two countries. The UK government is keen on to expedite the process of identifying illegal immigrants and returning them to their countries.The final agreement over return of illegal immigrants was expected to be signed during Modi’s visit to Britain in April, but was put off due to issues such as consent clause, security concerns and fear of large-scale deportation.UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in June this year that she will not ease steps to crack down on illegal immigration. Members of the public in the United Kingdom want to know that the government is taking action against people who come to the country in an illegal manner, May had said in Quebec, Canada, where she was attending the G7 summit.The Indian government’s refusal to sign a deal on the return of illegal immigrants was one of the reasons India was not offered relaxed visa norms for students in June, UK’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox had said at the time. Related Itemsillegal immigrationUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

A Play’s the Same. It’s the World That’s Different.

first_imgIn 1998, Aasif Mandvi sent his one-man play “Sakina’s Restaurant” out into a very different world.It was before the twin towers fell and Muslims had to contend with terrorist stereotypes. Before immigration became a hot-button political issue. Before questions of representation were quite so central to the cultural conversation.The play in which Mandvi assumes many characters — from a young Indian immigrant to the proprietor of the restaurant where he works — marked the beginning of his career as an actor. It was before he gained national prominence as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”; starred in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Disgraced”; or produced, co-wrote and starred in the HBO series “The Brink” opposite Jack Black and Tim Robbins.Now, 20 years later and a recently married at 52, he is sending “Sakina’s Restaurant” back out into the world, where it opens Sunday at the Minetta Lane Theater.When audiobook publisher and retailer Audible, which is producing the play and will offer it as a recording, asked Mandvi to revive it, he was initially skeptical.“As I unpacked it again,” he said during a recent break from rehearsals, “I began to see that it’s perhaps relevant in a whole new way than it was back then.”At its core, he added, “it is a story of an immigrant family — their heartbreaks, their joys — and it is a story about what it means to be an American.”To be sure, this was more measured than what Mandvi later posted on his Instagram account as his first preview approached: “I never thought that 20 years later the story I wrote about an immigrant family would be an act of political resistance against an administration that is at war with immigrants.”Audible, which last year started a theater initiative to produce and release audio versions of plays, wanted Mandvi to leave “Sakina’s Restaurant” as is.“It’s so timely still,” said Kate Navin, Audible’s artistic director. “It’s a political piece without being political.”Indeed, the play — originally directed and developed by Kimberly Hughes under Wynn Handman, the artistic director of the American Place Theater — remains largely intact. Kimberly Senior, who directed this production and has grown close to Mandvi since overseeing “Disgraced,” said the show has a poignancy in today’s context.“The innocence of the piece and its optimism is something I personally feel in mourning for in America,” Senior said. “It’s a haunting reminder of our potential.”Despite increasing diversity efforts in the arts, Mandvi said his “Sakina’s Restaurant” role is “a part actors of color rarely get to experience.” That’s why he created it in the first place.Born in Mumbai and raised in England and Florida, Mandvi said he spent his youth doing monologues from “Death of a Salesman” or plays by Eugene O’Neill. “I was always aping white culture, because most theater is about white people,” he said.“Sakina’s Restaurant,” he added, “came out of my bones.”While he amassed many film and television credits, Mandvi wouldn’t go so far as to say the two decades since its launch have brought him all he wanted in a career. “I never thought I would get this far — I’ve worked with some remarkable people,” he said. “But there is always an aspiration to do more.”He has developed projects that never saw the light of day. He didn’t move to Broadway with “Disgraced” because he was working on “The Brink,” which then got canceled.“We are still in the world where, when you are a person of color, it is considered diversity,” he added. “’We already have an Indian Muslim story being told over here, so we can’t have another one.’ Having said that, we have come a long way.”Just as the times have changed, so has Mandvi. “Can I physically do it again?” he said he asked himself. “Twenty years ago, I was 20 years younger, and it was exhausting then.”Yet he has clearly grown more comfortable as a performer. “I like to think that I’m a better actor today than I was then,” he said, “just because of the life experience.”That includes finally getting married, a year ago, to Shaifali Puri, a former nonprofit executive. “When you are 50, people are not happy for you, they’re like, ‘Why?’” Mandvi joked. “’Do you have cancer? Does she have cancer? Who has cancer?’”Mandvi said he and Senior have made nips and tucks to streamline the play’s storytelling. But while they tweaked some moments to make it “crackle and feel present in today’s world,” they have left the 1990s time period as is, with all its dated signposts, like cordless phones and Game Boys.As a result, the whole experience of revisiting the play has been an exercise in nostalgia, Mandvi said, taking him back to a time when he sold brownies at intermission to earn rent money, had to settle for roles as an Indian cabdriver and could not imagine that he’d someday be recognized on the street.“’Sakina’s Restaurant’ was when everything started for me,” he said. “This feels like a return.”c.2018 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

Smelling a Rat

first_imgNeuroscientist at Bangalore’s National Center for Biological Sciences are smelling a rat. Rats, their research shows, smell in “stereo,” wherein their two nostrils operate independently, much as human ears. That would be exceedingly advantageous for survival, including locating food and evading predators. “If you can smell in stereo, you can detect and localize it in one sniff, and you’ll have a decent chance of getting away (from a predator). If you have to look around, or take multiple sniffs to find the predator, you may get eaten,” says Upendra Bhallaco-author of the study “Rats Smell in Stereo,” published in Science magazine.Bhalla’s lab trained rates could determine the direction of smell in under 50 milliseconds, 14 times faster than the 700 milliseconds human’s take. Related Itemslast_img read more

Changing Names in a Changing World

first_imgSouth Africa’s capital, Pretoria, is now officially Tshwane. Bangalore, India’s IT capital, will become Bengaluru this year. New names are coming fast as regimes change and countries shake off (often belatedly) symbolic trappings of a colonial past.In a globalized economy, it is not enough to memorize all those American state capitals. Now we need to know where Kinshasa is, book a flight to Ouagadougou, the vowel-rich capital of Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta), and make sure we spell Llubiljana correctly on that overnight package.The name-changing process began slowly in the quarter century after World War II, as European colonies in Africa and Asia gained independence. The idyllically named Gold Coast became Ghana, the possessively named Dutch East Indies became Indonesia, and North and South Rhodesia – named for the British administrator Cecil Rhodes – became, respectively, Zambia and Zimbabwe, making up for a lack of countries whose names stared with “Z.”At first, these changes were easily absorbed by cartographers, travelers and social studies teachers. But the disintegration of the Soviet Union accelerated the trend: in less than a year, all the former Soviet republics became independent countries. Georgia was an easy one for Americans to remember. But Turkmenistan’s name was close enough to Turkey’s to cause confusion.The changes are all about nation-building and asserting ethnic identity. All newly independent nations try to recast history. They tear down statues of colonial administrators or Soviet leaders, rewrite school textbooks, open museums dedicated to long-forgotten national heroes, teach native languages, launch national airlines and, most symbolically, change the names of countries, cities and streets.But name-changing can be divisive. In the 1830s, the Afrikaners (settlers of Dutch descent) left the British-dominated Cape in ox wagons on the Great Trek to the interior, settling in northern South Africa. Their leader was Andries Pretorius, for whom Pretoria was named. When the city council voted to name the capital for the African king Tshwane, Afrikaners protested that the change undermined their history and traditions. The last apartheid-era president, F.W. de Klerk, said Pretoria was “a symbol of the anti-colonial war that Afrikaners fought against the British, which was one of Africa’s earliest liberation struggles.”The mayor said Tshwane, which also means “we are the same,” would underscore South Africa’s break with apartheid, and the name change was approved. This is the most high-profile of several battles over name changes. Now a government agency, the South African Geographical Names Council, is charged with reviewing proposals, and has approved more than  200 name changes since 2002. But 57,000 more are under review.Not all new names translate as nicely as Tshwane. When Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, decided to move the capital from cosmopolitan Almaty in the southeast to a more central location, he selected Aqmola, an agricultural center. In Kazakh, the name means “white tomb.” This seemed to confirm the worst fears of government officials that they were being shipped off to perish on the wind-blown steppe.Nazarbayev tackled the image problem by changing Aqmola to Astana, which means “capital.”  He also reportedly improved the weather. Journalists claim that in the winter before the move, TV weather forecasts regularly reported that Astana was a few degrees warmer than it actually was.India has been slower to remove reminders of its colonial past. Over a half century since independence, it has changed the names of only four major cities – Mumbai (Bombay), Chennai (Madras), Kolkata (Calcutta) and Thiruvananthapram (Trivandrum). The change from Bangalore to Bengaluru – the abbreviated name in the local Kannada language – will mark the city’s 500th anniversary this year. The name is said to have been given by a chieftain and his warriors who were offered a meal of boiled beans by a local woman. Tourism officials may decide that “the city of boiled beans” is not exactly the image they want to promote, but most think the similar-sounding name will be adopted quickly.New names are not just good for business for branding experts, sign-makers and cartographers – or material for geography bees. They symbolize broader political, social and cultural changes, and a struggle to control a country’s past and future. It is less important for us to remember all the names than to understand why they change. As global citizens, it is a geographical challenge we must undertake.   -By David Mould Related Itemslast_img read more

Gastronomic Feast for Messi

first_imgrom spaghetti to pasta, pork to beef – the Argentine soccer team led by football magician Lionel Messi will be spoilt for choice. The Hyatt Regency hotel here in West Bengal where the team is staying, has laid out a varied spread appealing to the taste buds of the Latin American side, an official said Thursday.The team’s chef Diego Iacovone, who landed in the city in the last week of August, is strictly monitoring the food quality and instructing the hotel cooks on preparing Spanish, particularly Argentine dishes. With Messi being fond of pork and chicken delicacies, the cooks – most of them his fans – are taking every care to churn out mouth-watering but non-spicy dishes. Fruit juices, sandwiches, corn flakes and milk are on the breakfast menu, while tuna fish, pork and chicken, apart from pasta and spaghetti, constitute lunch and dinner, the official said.Messi arrived here Wednesday to play for Friday’s FIFA international friendly tie between Argentina and Venezuela, an event that has captured the imagination of this football-crazy city. Related Itemslast_img read more

The Derby 2019: horse-by-horse guide to the 240th Epsom Classic

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Horse racing Willie Carson relives Derby heydays: ‘Concorde wouldn’t get by me’ Anthony Van DyckBroke alertly, travelled strongly and stayed on powerfully to win the Lingfield Derby Trial, despite being said to need the run after an interrupted preparation. Scored three times as a juvenile, including in a Group Two in August, and ran well to be placed in the National Stakes and the Dewhurst, for which he lacked the necessary speed. That won’t matter so much here and any improvement from Lingfield would make him really dangerous.Bangkok Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Taking an enormous step up in class from the Salisbury novice in which he made all just over a fortnight ago. Fairly bounced off the fast ground that day and should have plenty more to offer but no evidence to suggest he’s good enough for this.JapanWas thought to be Aidan O’Brien’s best chance until a month ago but has evidently had an interrupted preparation and needed his reappearance run in the Dante, when he was fourth. Only 16 days later, it is asking a lot for him to take the necessary step forward. Battled well to beat a more fancied stablemate in a Group Two in September but that form is hard to weigh up, the placed horses having not raced since. By Galileo out of a half-sister to an Arc winner, his sister was runner-up in an Oaks.Line Of DutyWon the Juvenile Turf at the Breeders’ Cup but made a very disappointing return to action six months later when beating only one rival in the Dante. Having trailed Telecaster by 11 lengths that day, he must rate an unlikely winner here 16 days later. Fast ground was suggested as part of the problem but it seems likely to be fast again here. “Terrier-like”, according to his trainer, who thinks Epsom’s unusual layout will help to keep this quirky sort interested.MadhmoonRan on well to be fourth in the 2,000 Guineas, in which the first two may have been helped by the draw. Beat Broome by two and a half lengths in a Group Two in September and seems well suited by a fast surface. Bred to be a miler and, for all that he finishes his races well, it’ll be a surprise if this mile and a half is really his thing.NorwaySteady progress to win a Listed race on his fourth run as a juvenile, though that form does not look strong now. Fourth of nine in a French Group One in October after trying to make all. Sweated up and raced freely in first-time cheekpieces on his reappearance in the Chester Vase, plodding on into a distant second place behind Sir Dragonet. A lot to prove now and does not look good enough. Brother to 2013 Derby winner Ruler Of The World. Read more Share on Twitter Read more Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… features Support The Guardiancenter_img Topics Read more Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. The Derby 2019 Most impressive in winning the Chester Vase by eight lengths, not least because he had made his racecourse debut only two weeks earlier. Had been regarded as “a big baby” at home and did not hold a Derby entry at the time of his Chester success. Has enjoyed softish ground in both starts, so the expected fast ground is an unknown. Suspicion that it may not suit him so well, as a strong stayer who has dwelt when the stalls opened in both races so far. Excellent pedigree for this, by a Derby winner out of a half-sister to an Oaks second, and clearly has a big engine.SovereignLooks like the Ballydoyle pacemaker, having helped force the pace in both races this year, before being well held by Broome. Son of Galileo is tough and might be capable of clinging on for a place if he doesn’t go too quick early on.TelecasterUnraced until late March, he has catapulted himself into contention with three runs in six weeks, winning twice, most recently beating a few of these in the Dante, along with the previously unbeaten Too Darn Hot, which looks really strong form. Main query now is whether this comes too soon, only 16 days after that big effort, but so far he is thriving on racing. Bred to be good, being by a Derby winner out of a mare who lost an Oaks by a neck, so his success can be no surprise, for all that his trainer does not usually compete at this level. Share via Email Talking Horses: O’Brien goes seven-strong for Derby glory at Epsom The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Facebook Sir Dragonet The Derby Winless in three as a juvenile but much better for some time and distance. Still, he was arguably lucky in both wins this year, having an experience advantage over Telecaster in March and getting a better run through than the runner-up in the Sandown Classic Trial. Must improve again and not clear he has it in him.BroomeRaces lazily and can look hard work but finished strongly to win both the Ballysax and the Derrinstown at Leopardstown this spring. The runner-up on each occasion was one of his pacemakers, so he may not have beaten any rivals of substance. Was two and a half lengths behind Madhmoon in September and needs the extra half-mile to turn that form around. Was gifted an easy lead in a French Group One in October but was run down and beaten by a rival who has failed to win since. Ordinary pedigree by the standards of this stable’s Derby runners.Circus MaximusDidn’t finish all that strongly in landing the Dee Stakes last month and it’s possible he will not enjoy the extra test of stamina posed by this race. Still, could get involved if he’s improved. Finished a length behind two subsequent Guineas winners when fourth in the Futurity in October. By Galileo out of a dual Royal Ascot winner. Not the most likely winner but underestimated at 20-1.HiroshimaMust have excited connections by scoring over this distance at Southwell in May and they have decided to take their chance. Seemed firmly put in his place when eighth behind Anthony Van Dyck in the Lingfield Derby Trial and pedigree does not suggest a big improvement is likely at any moment.Humanitarian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Govt to run pilot project to prevent water leakage

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government will emulate environmentalist Aabid Surti’s model and run a pilot project to prevent water leakage problem in Malviya Nagar area.The results of this pilot project will help in deciding better on how this project can be implemented across Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said. According to Surti’s model, teams knock on the doors of the people and appeal to them to check whether there is any form of water leakage in the household from any source — either taps or tanks and in case of any leakages. Such leakages are fixed immediately by plumbers who are part of the team. This minimises any water loss. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe chef minister lauded Surti’s model of water leakage prevention. A proposal of Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti about forming teams and go door-to-door in entire Malviya Nagar to implement Surti’s model will be treated as a pilot project, Kejriwal said. The chief minister expressed confidence that the Delhi government would be able to provide the residents of the city with 24-hour water supply in the coming four-five years. “I would like to inform you that in 2015, when we assumed office, only 58 per cent of Delhiites were getting piped water and rest of Delhi was being supplied water through tankers,” Kejriwal said. “Today, within four-and-a-half years, the number of Delhiites getting piped water has significantly risen to 93 per cent.” The Delhi government has started a pilot project to conserve the Yamuna water that overflows during monsoon, Kejriwal said. “If we can store this water during rain for recharging groundwater, we can solve Delhi’s water shortage problem.” The Delhi government is trying to recharge groundwater on 40 acres of Yamuna flood plains by creating an underground natural reservoir.last_img read more

New Brunswick promises greater transparency on unexpected child deaths

first_imgFREDERICTON – The New Brunswick government is promising greater transparency when it reviews child deaths.In recent years, the province’s child death review committee has reported its recommendations from investigations into the unexpected deaths of children under the age of 19, but it provided few details — citing privacy concerns.Greg Forestell, the province’s chief coroner, said starting Jan. 1 the reports will include more details, such as the child’s age and whether they were receiving services from the Department of Social Development.“Following consultations with the integrity commissioner and the child and youth advocate, brief anonymized summaries of the circumstances of the death will now be released to the public along with the report recommendations,” Forestell said Wednesday.He said it’s important that the effort to provide increased transparency maintains a level of privacy for the deceased and their families.“I want to point out that child deaths in our province are usually the result of natural deaths or accidental causes,” Forestell said. “Incidents of abuse or neglect causing death do not make up the majority of cases. Overall, the rate of child deaths in New Brunswick is below the national average.”New Brunswick’s child death review committee was created in 1996 following a number of high-profile tragedies.Among them were Jacqueline Brewer, a 28-month-old girl who died in the south end of Saint John as the result of dehydration and neglect, and John Ryan Turner, a three-year-old from Miramichi who starved to death.Norm Bosse, the province’s child and youth advocate, said he welcomes the changes, calling them a step forward.He said getting better information to the public can help put a greater focus on the well-being of young people.“An informed public is a public that can sometimes prevent things from happening, and child deaths just happens to be one of them,” Bosse said.last_img read more


first_img“The bottom line is that executives tend to prefer the safer choice and the safer choice historically has been white male directors just because they’ve had more experience.”It’s a cycle that’s been difficult to break. Advertisement Some major studios have announced inclusion programs to help give under-represented filmmakers a foot in the door. The catch? You have to have experience, which is often part of the problem in the first place.Canadian fashion photographer Justin Wu has a growing portfolio of celebrity snapshots, videos and commercials. But when he wanted to make the jump into directing television, he hit a glass ceiling.“There is an unfortunate catch-22: How can directors direct without experience? How can you get experience without directing?” said Wu in an interview at his Toronto photo studio. Login/Register With: Facebook Canadian fashion photographer Justin Wu was part of showrunner Ryan Murphy’s director mentorship program, which has opened doors for him after years of trying to break into television. (Nigel Hunt/CBC).Hollywood has been grappling with criticism over a lack of inclusion for years.The 2019 Diversity Report from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) analyzed 167 of the top-grossing films in 2017. About one in 10 directors were people of colour. That number would have to more than triple to reach proportional representation in the U.S. The level of diversity was marginally higher for TV productions. Advertisement Advertisement Actors such as 12 Years A Slave’s Alfre Woodard and The Wire’s Lance Reddick were among those participating in a script reading for the Ghetto Film School mentorship program. (Kim Brunhuber/CBC) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Ohio State offense needs identity check

In a Season Three episode of “The Office,” prankster Jim Halpert imitates rival Dwight Schrute’s appearance and antics for one day, mocking Dwight’s infatuation with bears and random facts. Dwight threatens Jim, saying, “Identity theft is not a joke, Jim. Millions of families suffer every year.” But to be a victim of identity theft, one needs an identity, something distinct, a desirable characteristic that can be captured and mimicked. No need to secure credit card information or Internet passwords — the Ohio State offense has no identity. Expectations have never been higher for the No. 2 Buckeyes. Many forecasters will be irked if they are forced to erase OSU, penciled into the BCS Championship game with Alabama by most, from their projections. Should the Crimson Tide reach college football’s summit, it will be on the shoulders of their running back tandem, reigning Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and explosive sophomore Trent Richardson. The Buckeyes’ rushing duo, Dan “Boom” Herron and Brandon “Zoom” Saine, is under-used and far less talented. OSU breezed through its non-conference schedule, racking up 49.2 points per game in a 4-0 start. It piled up yardage through the air as quarterback Terrelle Pryor averaged nearly 27 passes per contest. So with Pryor in the locker room suffering from a quadriceps strain during Saturday’s 24-13 win over Illinois, what happened to the Buckeyes’ playbook? Coach Jim Tressel doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have the same trust in backup Joe Bauserman that he does in his Heisman-hopeful signal-caller. Therefore, OSU’s offense dried up like a prune. Even when Pryor returned under center after missing seven snaps, Tressel continued to call Herron’s number. OSU rushed on 11 straight plays at one point, and for good reason, with Pryor not feeling up to the task. “The worst thing was when I came back and the guys said I was all right and they were saying, ‘Come on, Terrelle, lead us,’” Pryor said. “It was hard because I knew I couldn’t do anything about it. There’s no way I could do anything about it, except to hand the ball off and get a couple passes. But it kind of hurt even dropping back.” No team can be fully dependent on one playmaker as its entire source of offense. The Buckeyes ran around like chickens with their heads cut off when Pryor was sidelined. Bauserman threw two passes — one completed for a 1-yard gain and the other completed to the wrong team. Last year, OSU relied heavily on its running game during the challenging conclusion to its Big Ten schedule. The Buckeyes piled up at least 225 rushing yards in five consecutive games — all wins. Before that commitment to smashmouth football, OSU flirted with the inconsistency that plagued it Saturday. Just ask Purdue what kind of offense it faced when it beat the Buckeyes last October. In the Boilermakers’ 26-18 upset, Pryor had a hand in 52 of OSU’s 59 plays. Saine carried the ball the other seven times, six of which came in the first half. Every team faces adversity. The Buckeyes dealt with their first road trip and their first conference test. They didn’t expect to lose the centerpiece of their offense at a critical juncture of the game. But it’s how teams adapt to such misfortunes that determines which squads are cut out for hardware at season’s end. Adaptation comes easier for teams with balance. Take a perennial 50-home run hitter out of a power-starved lineup and the club’s offense will struggle. Remove one of a lineup’s three 25-home run batters and the team shouldn’t skip a beat. The Buckeyes have that top-tier slugger. But they also have complements capable of contributing to the offense’s production. Tressel needs to strike a balance between a Pryor-centric approach and a Woody Hayes-esque, run-only style. Over-reliance on Pryor is a recipe for disaster. Yes, he can change the complexion of a game every time his number is called. But he becomes more effective when defenses have to worry about Herron and Saine as well. Dwight from “The Office” has attributes that are easily identifiable, namely, a mustard-colored shirt, beet-stained teeth and a fervent love of authority. Take a look at the OSU offense, and the only characteristics you’ll find are inconsistent and unidentifiable. read more

Slavko Goluza resigns

Croatia looking for a new head-coach! Slavko Goluza resigned after four years on the Croatian NT bench. The main reason was sixth place at Qatar 2015, which caused a lot of media tensions and critics afterwards Goluza decided to leave job on which he was appointed in 2011 as successor of Lino Červar (2003-2010).Goluza won three medals with Croatia. He began with fifth place at WCh 2011 in Sweden, continued with bronze medal at EURO 2012 in Serbia, Olympic Games in London and WCh 2013 in Spain, while he stayed out of medal podium at EURO 2014 in Denmark, when Croats finished fourth.The sixth place from Qatar is the worst placement in the last 13 years (since 2002), when amazing generation with Balic, Lackovic, Metlicic and Co. began revolution with gold in Portugal – WCh 2003.– It is obvious that I didn’t meet expectations of Croatian public despite the fact that we achieved our goal – placement at Olympic qualifications. I want to take off of all the pressure from Croatian Handball Federation, players, but also my family at the first place – said Goluza. wrote yesterday that first pick to replace Goluza is Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic. ← Previous Story RK Metalurg icon Filip Mirkulovski to TSV Hanover Burgdorf! Next Story → “Vranjes has seen Elahmar” – Egyptian star to SG Flensburg! croatiaSlavko Goluza read more

Im not confident but I am hopeful New boundaries create new challenges

first_imgAS THE LARGEST party in the State, Fine Gael’s ambitions know no bounds right now and its targeting five seats in European elections next year, creating a significant challenge for all of its current MEPs in the redrawn constituencies.While much focus has been on whether junior minister Brian Hayes might be the party’s candidate in Dublin – to replace the outgoing Gay Mitchell – the battles facing Fine Gael in the two other constituencies are just as intriguing.With Ireland East abolished, a new super-constituency of ‘Midlands-North-West’ (MNW) – stretching from Mayo across to Louth and Donegal down to Laois – will see Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness and Jim Higgins (below) compete for two of the four seats.Both told in Brussels this week that they will definitely be running, with Higgins (above) even offering a prediction as to how it will turn out: “The way I see it is Mairead will take the first seat with [Fianna Fáil’s] Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher. “Then we’re going to have a dogfight between Marian Harkin, Sinn Féin and myself for the other two seats.”Higgins is relishing the challenge and again dismissed speculation that party HQ may seek to replace him on the ticket with Mayo TD John O’Mahony pointing out the vast difference in the size of their support base.“Look, there’s an awful gap between [O’Mahony’s] 7,000 votes in Mayo in the last general election and 81,000 votes which I got in the European election [in 2009],” he said.“That’s a fair bridge to gap and all I know is that I will be very confident come the next election that I will top the 81,000 votes that I had the last time. I will actually increase on that, my profile is huge, thanks to my staff in the office, they’re absolutely brilliant.”“I know I am going to be the candidate, and I know I am going to be elected.”McGuinness (below) is more guarded in her predictions, but said she is “enthusiastic” about the her new constituency, adding: “I think it’s physically very large.”The former journalist’s new constituency set-up sees her lose four counties in the old Ireland East – Kilkenny, Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford – and gaining several others including Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Sligo, Roscommon, Mayo, Cavan, Monaghan, Longford and Westmeath.“Elections are always tough. I’ve fought a few, I’ve won a few and I’ve lost one,” she said, adding that she wouldn’t mind if a third Fine Gael candidate is added to the ticket.Meanwhile, in the redrawn Ireland ‘South’ constituency, sitting Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly (below) also faces a significant challenge to retain his seat, saying he is “not confident, but I am hopeful, in the sense that you can’t control how elections are going to go.”“Your second election is the hardest election because I came in to the last election as president of the GAA and people looked at me with potential perhaps,” he said.“Now they will be looking at me from the point of view of delivery. That’s the right way to have it.”Outlining the logistical challenge, he noted that in Ireland South from Bray to Ballinaskelligs in Kerry it is a 474 kilometres. Whereas in the new the Dublin constituency, from Balbriggan to Bray, the drive is less than 50 kilometres.“But listen the decision has been made,” he said. “And we’re all in the same boat, so let’s have a go at it. An election is an election, it’s tough, it’s demanding but I am fit and raring to go.”Kelly’s possible running mates include outgoing Irish Farmers’ Association chairman John Bryan with the former GAA president also name-checking two sitting Fine Gael TDs, the government chief whip Paul Kehoe and Agriculture Committee chairman Andrew Doyle.“At this stage it is pure speculation,” he said. “There’s going to be a convention, sometime perhaps in January, and at that stage I am quite sure HQ and everyone else will have whittled it down to whoever is best.”Pics: Photocall IrelandRead: Will Brian Hayes run for Europe? ‘I haven’t made my mind up yet,’ he saysRead: Dublin a three-seater in Ireland’s new-look European constituency mapRead: This Fine Gael TD is not ruling out a European Parliament bid next yearlast_img read more

As Washington growers struggle with labor shortage vote in Congress on farmworker

first_imgA bill aimed at easing the nationwide shortage of farm labor that has led many Washington growers to lose money won’t get a summer vote in Congress.The House of Representatives legislation would make it easier for employers to bring in people from other countries for temporary agricultural work, offer legal status to undocumented farmworkers already living in the U.S., and require that employers use a system that confirms work eligibility.H.R. 6417 was hobbled by divisions nationally within the farm community over how to address the labor shortage. The House adjourned for the summer on July 26.The legislation has been closely monitored by Washington fruit growers, who have increasingly struggled to find the tens of thousands of workers they need to bring in the harvest.Rep. Dan Newhouse, R- Sunnyside, a bill co-sponsor, said in June he had a commitment from House leadership for a vote in July. When that didn’t happen, Newhouse said in a written statement that he would continue to push for a vote once the House reconvenes in September. But getting action on legislation this fall will likely prove difficult as the November election looms.last_img read more

Officials contact suspect in pushing of girl off bridge

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has contacted a suspect after a girl was pushed from a bridge at Moulton Falls on Wednesday, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release from Friday.The release stated that the suspect is cooperating with the investigation, but that the Sheriff’s Office won’t release any more information on the incident at this time, including the name of the suspect, who is female.Jordan Holgerson, 16, was pushed off the bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park after expressing hesitation about voluntarily jumping off the bridge while standing on its edge Wednesday. She fell more than 50 feet into the East Fork of the Lewis River, and belly-flopped into the water, despite her attempt to land toes first.Holgerson broke five ribs in the fall, and both of her lungs were punctured. During a press conference Thursday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where Holgerson is recovering, Trauma Surgeon MaryClare Sarff said it might take months for her to fully recover.last_img read more

Ukraine proRussia rebels swap war prisoners

first_imgDONETSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russia rebels exchanged nearly 370 prisoners Friday, a major step toward easing hostilities in eastern Ukraine.Ukraine handed over 222 prisoners and the rebels released 145 people, according to Russia’s state RIA Novosti news agency — the biggest one-time prisoners swap since the pro-Russian insurgency flared up in eastern Ukraine in April. The Interfax news agency quoted Svyatoslav Tsegolko, a spokesman for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, saying that 146 Ukrainian prisoners were released Friday and another four will be freed on Saturday. The figures corresponded to earlier Ukrainian official statement, which said that 150 Ukrainian prisoners were to be released.Hundreds of others were released during previous months.Numbers of those to be released varied Friday and tensions were flying high as buses carrying the prisoners arrived at a site north of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk. At some point during the exchange, separatist rights ombudsman Darya Morozova was quoted by Tass news agency as saying that the exchange was pushed back until Saturday.Russia’s state television showed Ukrainian war prisoners boarding buses in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk before being driven to a location north of the city where the exchange took place.last_img read more

House Majority Delays Passage Of SB 91 Crime Repeal

first_imgIt was heard the same day it was introduced, on Thursday, and public testimony was scheduled one day after its first hearing for Friday. Representative Lance Pruitt (R-Anchorage): “Alaskans are sick of stall tactics being employed to avoid passing the voter-demanded repeal of SB 91.” The governor’s office has taken to social media to urge the House to act on his constitutional and crime-related proposals while thanking the Senate for hearings it’s held. The House recently passed a bill dealing with protective orders sponsored by a House member. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House Majority introduced an omnibus crime bill substantially different than the crime package that has been moving through the Senate.center_img According to a release from the House Majority, they’ve had a package of four bills, HB 49, 50, 51, 52, sitting in House Judiciary and State Affairs since February 20. Representative Cathy Tilton (R-Wasilla): “With only three weeks left in session, constituents are rightfully concerned that the House Majority is not going to solve the issues of theft, arson, vandalism, assault, and general misconduct that has plagued our state since SB 91. They should have been hearing the Governor’s crime bills, but we’re now running out of time.”last_img read more

Hang rapistkiller demand protesters

first_imgZaheerabad: The leaders of Zaheerabad Nayi Brahmin Seva Sangham submitted a memorandum to the revenue officials on Tuesday, demanding sternest punishment to the person accused of killing a child in Hanumakonda on June 9. They said the accused should be hanged, so that such crimes wouldn’t repeat in the future.last_img

Coal India posts 16 rise in net profit for Q2

first_imgState miner Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Friday said it posted a 16% rise in consolidated net profit at Rs.2,543.80 crore for the second quarter ended September, compared to Rs.2,192.38 crore in the same quarter of the previous fiscal, on the back of higher sales.”The profit after tax (PAT) for the second quarter ended September 30, 2015 stood at Rs.2,543.80 crore as against Rs.2,192.38 crore for the same period last year registering a growth of around 16% (YoY basis),” CIL said in a stock exchange filing.Consolidated net sales were at Rs.16,957.59 crore during the quarter, which was an increase of 8% over the Rs.15,677.98 crore sales in the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal.”The increase in earnings is largely due to the higher production and offtake during the current period compared to the corresponding period in the previous year,” Coal India said.Coal production during the second quarter of the current fiscal was 108.20 million tonnes (MT) as against 102.42 MT for the second quarter of the previous year.”The offtake for the second quarter of 2015-16 was 121.99 MT (251.38 MT up to 30.09.2015) compared to 110.49 MT in second quarter of 2014-15 (230.09 MT up to 30.09.2014),” the statement said.Coal India stock closed at Rs 337.65 a share, 2.60 percent higher than its previous close on the BSE.last_img read more

UNHCR seeks open borders for people fleeing Rakhine

first_imgRohingya children make their way through water as they try to come to the Bangladesh side from No Man’s Land after a gunshot being heard on the Myanmar side, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh August 28, 2017. ReutersUNHCR, the refugee agency of the United Nations, has urged Bangladesh to open borders for people fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.”UNHCR believes it’s of the utmost importance that it [Bangladesh] continues to allow Rohingya fleeing violence to seek safety there,” said UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards on Tuesday at a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.The UNHCR also called on the international community to support Bangladesh in doing so, with all necessary aid and other help.As of Sunday it was estimated that some 5,200 people have entered Bangladesh from Myanmar since Thursday, according to UNHCR statement a copy of which obtained by UNB.The UNHCR mentioned that Bangladesh has hosted refugees from Myanmar for decades.In light of the dramatic worsening since Friday of the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the UNHCR has communicated to the government of Bangladesh its readiness to support Bangladesh in helping refugees fleeing across the border.Several thousand were reported to be in locations along the Myanmar side of the border, it said.On the Bangladesh side of the border, some people are in cordoned off areas near the border, and others are mainly in Kutupalong area.The UN agency said most are women, children, or the elderly, and there have been reports of wounded people among them.Aid efforts involving the Bangladeshi authorities, local communities, UNHCR partners and NGOs have been under way, including arrangements of food, water, and medical help to the new arrivals.”UNHCR is grateful to the Bangladeshi authorities for the support being provided. Rapid needs assessments are being planned, however with the precarious situation inside Myanmar we are concerned that numbers of people needing help may rise further over the coming days,” Edwards said.The spokesperson said UNHCR is aware of several reported instances of people being prevented from entering Bangladesh. “This poses a very grave risk to the individuals affected.”Meanwhile, in Myanmar’s Rakhine State access to populations in need of help is severely restricted. “We’re appealing to the Myanmar authorities to do everything possible to facilitate humanitarian help and ensure the safety of our staff,” Edwards said.last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | November 23, 2011 | Dave Fornell PET/MRI Enters the U.S. Market Simultaneous acquisition of anatomy and function with lower radiation dose is now possible. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Related Content 12PreviousNext This whole body image was done on the Siemens Biograph mMR PET/MR system. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more center_img The Philips Ingenuity TF PET/MR system features separate PET and MRI scanners with one automated table gantry. News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more This whole body image was done on the Siemens Biograph mMR PET/MR system. News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more This whole body image was done on the Siemens Biograph mMR PET/MR system.The new imaging modality of positron emission tomography (PET)/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was introduced in the U.S. market in 2011. The Siemens Biograph mMR (molecular MR) gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance as the first dedicated PET/MRI system. Philips followed with 510(k) in November for its Philips Ingenuity TF PET/MR.The Siemens system is the only system to combine both modalities into one machine, allowing simultaneous imaging of location, function and metabolic activity of organs in a single image.“The Siemens PET/MRI system allows two tests to run simultaneously without having to move the patient to a different scanning system,” said Alberto Gutierrez, Ph.D., director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostic Device Evaluation and Safety, FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Minimizing changes in a patient’s position between tests allows physicians to compare images more easily and helps them get the most accurate information possible.”The Biograph mMR uses MRI rather than computed tomography (CT) to produce detailed images of the internal structures of the body. Because MRI makes images based mainly on the concentration of water in the body, it can produce greater detail of nearly all the internal structures of the body as compared with CT X-ray imaging. This may provide additional information about a patient’s condition.Additionally, the Biograph mMR (molecular MR) system allows physicians to acquire images at a significantly lower radiation dose compared with a PET/CT system. Although the radiation dose from the PET exam remains unchanged, MRI does not use ionizing radiation, so the dose from the CT scan is eliminated.In addition to Siemens, Philips Healthcare and GE Healthcare also developed PET/MRI systems. All three vendors took different approaches to how their systems operate and how they overcome the technical issues of combining PET in or near intense MRI magnetic fields.  Promising Future for New Modality“PET/MR is likely to have a major impact in the future, as PET/CT did when it was introduced,” said Michael Graham, M.D., Ph.D., director of nuclear medicine, University of Iowa, during a press conference on key molecular imaging research at the 2011 Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) meeting. “I think we will see this technology proliferate over the next few years.”He said it might be used to image complex soft tissue, such as the brain, head, neck and pelvis. It also will be very appealing for pediatric imaging to help reduce radiation dose from CT scans.While MRI provides exquisite morphological and functional details in soft tissue, PET goes further to investigate the human body at the level of cellular activity and metabolism.PET/MR is a tailored imaging modality for women and children, said Bruce Rosen, M.D., Ph.D., professor of radiology, Harvard Medical School, director of the Martinos Center of Biomedical Engineering at Massachusetts General Hospital. He said it eliminates CT radiation dose and that MRI is better at imaging soft tissue anatomy, such as female pelvic organs.It also is ideal for oncology, because Rosen said MRI is good at imaging tumor angiogenesis, monitoring hypoxia to see if treatment is working. MRI allows tractography, imaging tracts of neuron activity to determine what is tumor and what is healthy brain tissue. It can measure blood-brain barrier permeability, too.“Combining MRI technology with PET in a single integrated system adds the advantages of the extremely broad spectrum of diagnostic MRI procedures to the arsenal of available PET procedures,” said Alexander Drzezga, M.D., TU Muenchen, Munich, Germany, lead author of a study of the Siemens system, which he presented at the SNM meeting. “This could potentially result in the development of new imaging agents that bring together specific diagnostic strengths of PET and MRI.“It offers exciting scientific options to image physiologic and pathophysiologic processes at the same time and to improve our understanding of both,”  Drzezga added. “This and further studies could potentially open a whole new hybrid imaging discipline within the field of nuclear medicine.”Siemens’ ApproachThe Siemens Biograph mMR received European CE mark in the first week of June and FDA clearance the second week of June this year. Four machines are already installed at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston under an FDA investigational device exemption (IDE).Graham said the Siemens PET/MRI system is a major departure from previous PET systems. Traditional photomultiplier tubes could not be used because of the immediate proximity of the MRI magnets. Instead, Siemens uses avalanche photodiodes (APDs), new types of detectors that use ceramic instead of metal components.Another development that helped facilitate a combined PET/MRI scanner was larger bore sizes. The 70 cm-bore MRI systems introduced in recent years provide the additional space needed to install the PET detectors, which reduces the bore size to about 60 cm.The Siemens system allows completely simultaneous imaging of both anatomy and function, which cannot be done in either the Philips or GE solutions. This exact coordination in images may enable new avenues of clinical research, such as mapping brain response to stimuli.Siemens representatives are quick to point out there is no time savings or benefit in using two separate devices and creating two separate imaging exams and then merging them. That type of exam can take 60 to 90 minutes, they say, whereas the Siemens mMR can do simultaneous imaging in about 30 minutes. They say it is similar to an MRI exam, except with the addition of an FDG injection for PET.New types of artifacts will be encountered with PET/MRI systems due to the MRI coils. Siemens says using the coils built into the mMR table is not an issue, because the system’s software has already mapped these coils and will correct their image artifacts. But the use of movable coils may present artifacts that need to be corrected. This issue is overcome in the GE and Philips systems by separating the imaging systems.Philips ApproachThe Philips Ingenuity TF PET/MR gained European CE mark in January 2011 and gained FDA 510(k) clearance in November, with a system being used for investigational purposes at Mt. Sinai Hospital.Philips Healthcare created a system that uses a separate PET and MRI scanner located in the same room. The innovation is the use of an automated table gantry. The system images the patient on the MRI and then rotates 180 degrees to image the patient in the PET scanner. The mobile table allows imaging of patients to be done without moving them from one table and scanner to another, which leads to misalignments on the merged hybrid images.The system requires more space than a single MRI or PET scanning room, instead taking the space of between one-and-a-half to two rooms.GE Healthcare’s ApproachInstead of developing a new, dedicated PET/MRI system, GE developed a single mobile patient table that is transferred between its PET/CT and MRI scanners for registered, tri-modality imaging. It maintains patient positioning between the two scanners for better registration by keeping the patient in the same position. The table loads into each scanner using a set of identical rails. The PET/MRI system is FDA-cleared. The GE systems combines the Discovery PET/CT + MR Discovery 710 and Discovery 3T 750w.Vivek Bhatt, general manager, PET/CT, GE Healthcare, said GE took the approach of examining the clinical value of PET/MRI first, without spending a lot of time and money to develop a standalone system before a definite need has been established. He said the GE system offers a cost-effective solution that uses hospitals’ existing GE scanning equipment and allows clinicians to research the modality.Gustav von Schulthess, M.D., Ph.D., department of medical radiology, University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland, has been using the GE PET/CT+MR solution to study its clinical value.All three vendors are expected to show their new PET/MRI systems at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. This whole body image was done on the Siemens Biograph mMR PET/MR system.last_img read more