UK Cabinet Members Seek Relaxation of Visa Cap on Foreign Doctors

first_imgTwo UK Cabinet members have asked Prime Minister Theresa May for relaxation of the visa cap on foreign doctors coming to the United Kingdom from outside the European Union, sparking a new rift in the government, the Sun reported.UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Business Secretary Greg Clark are expected to lend their support to any measure allowing firms to employ overseas workers to plug the skill shortage, according to the report.UK’s NHS trusts have warned that there are 93,000 vacancies throughout the United Kingdom. Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has said that he will support the exemption of all doctors and nurses till the country is in the process of training more of its own medical staff. He added that this process will, however, take a lot of time, Daily Mail reported.Dr Sarah Wollaston, House of Commons Health Committee chair, has also urged that the visa cap should be lifted immediately. “The visa cap for doctors makes no sense at all and acts against the best interests of patients. Our immigration policy should be designed to benefit the UK – not leave science, healthcare and industry with a shortfall of vital skilled workers,” Wollaston was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.A group of Tory ministers, said to be in dozens, have also signed a letter addressed to May, asking her to soften her stand on the issue, as per Daily Mail. The Tory backbenchers’ letter, written by member of parliament Heidi Allen, said that “the cap was forcing the country to make a binary choice between professionals needed to grow the economy and professionals needed to staff our health system.” The letter cautioned that without urgent intervention, the National Health Service (NHS) “is heading towards a perfect storm.”Reports had earlier emerged that May had overruled Cabinet ministers’ request for recruitment of more overseas doctors in NHS.Health officials had earlier said after several Indian doctors were not allowed entry to the United Kingdom. As many as 100 Indian doctors who had been recruited for 30 NHS trusts in the north west of England were not allowed entry to the United Kingdom recently. Related ItemsNHSUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Single Rebound

first_imgPerhaps nothing consumes the South Asian community more than its obsession with marriage. Internet dating services, matrimonial ads in community publications, masala cruises, the ever thriving aunty network, all are geared to nabbing you that special someone for holy matrimony before your biological clock runs out.This Indian universe of matrimonial bliss is increasingly running up against the inescapable American reality, in which almost half of all marriages end in divorce. By contrast, Indian American marriages are far more stable. According to 2000 census data, just over 3 percent of Indians were divorced or separated, against about 12 percent nationwide. Nonetheless, the divorce rate is on the rise both in India and in the South Asian community in North America. Between 10 to 15 percent of all Indian American marriages culminate in divorce or separation.In addition, South Asians are focusing more on careers, often delaying marriage, to their parents’ dismay. Indeed, the proportion of Indians who never married – 27 percent – is almost as high as the national average. Many jobs require extensive traveling these days and while it opens a whole new world of exciting people, it leaves little time to develop long term relationships.It is not just Indians in the 20s and early 30s who are delaying marriage. More and more Indians in their mid 30s, 40s, 50s, even 60s, are opting to either stay single or not remarry after a divorce or death of a spouse. Several such singles share their experiences and explain why their personal quest for happiness and fulfillment no longer rests on another shoulder.Rekha Krishnamurti, 36 a New York-based consultant, says growing up in a conservative South Indian family in Ottawa precluded dating, going to the prom or partying. Her parents were insistent she marry a South Indian man from their community and began lining up prospects soon after she hit 22. More than a decade later she is still single and her folks have reversed course, giving her the green light to marry anyone from any ethnicity as long as he makes her happy.“I find it very strange that while growing up South Asian parents do not allow their kids to date, hound them to concentrate on studies and yet marriage becomes the be all and end all of every girl’s life, and is such an important part of our culture. What they don’t realize is that most of us, because we haven’t been dating, remain pretty clueless about what we want or how to act with the opposite sex and I was no different. I never thought I would be in my mid-30s and still single. I was so sure I’d be married by 26-27. I did meet someone, but it didn’t work out and since then no one has even come close.”Krishnamurti says she really learnt about life when she started living on her own and that what worked in her grandmother and mother’s time is not necessarily what would work for her.Krishnamurti finds Indian men to be “commitment phobes,” unlike American men, who seem more honest and open, so now she is not ruling out dating them. “Some of my friends have dated Indian men for over a year, only to have the guy disappear when talk of marriage came up.”Krishnamurti says while she still hasn’t given up on marriage, it would require a self confident and liberal man to accept the fact that she doesn’t intend giving up her independence and interests if she does marry.Jagriti Ruparel, who came to the United States in her late 20s in 1989 for higher education, experienced a rich and exciting life in India. “I came from a very liberal family where we were never told we had to get married. Rather we were told that we must be self reliant and not plan our lives based on the presumption that just because you are married it will be for life.”Ruparel says when she was in her early 20s, like other women, she too obsessed about whom she would marry. “In India people are always making you aware that you are now eligible. My mother would always put people in their place when they asked her when I would get settled, saying that I was already “settled” with a good job and may unsettle everyone if I got married in haste!”While Ruparel dated in India, she found the dating scene very different in the United States. “I realized that dating here meant you were expected to jump into bed on the first date, something we never did in India.” Ruparel has traded an active social life for a very lonely one here. Her high profile job as a vice president for Citicorp in Chicago involves a lot of traveling, constricting the time she has for dating or developing a long term relationship. Nevertheless, now in her early 40s, Ruparel says, she has a full life. She says a friend put things in perspective for her when she was complaining about how lonely life was in the United States: “She said ‘Jagriti, start enjoying your own company.’ The moment I started doing that I developed so many new interests and started enjoying doing things on my own.”There are times when she returns home after a hard day or when she is stranded in the middle of the street with a flat tire, that. Ruparel says, she misses someone with whom she could share things, but those moments are transient.“Today when I look at all that I have built single handedly and see my friends going through dysfunctional marriages and some on to their second divorces, I find there are more pluses to being single than minuses and, hey, I can change my own car tires as well, what do I need a man for? Jokes apart, I have also noticed that most men feel threatened by successful women.”No one is single by choice, says Ruparel, but she is not prepared to marry just for the sake of it. “Intellectual and emotional empathy is very high on my list and unless I can find someone with whom I can be best friends, I’m content with the way things are. In fact my friends call my home their personal spa. It’s peaceful, immaculately kept, there are no kids scurrying around and they come here to unwind.”For Sita Nilekani, 50, an associate director at Pfizer in Ann Arbor, MI, it was the time tested and often used excuse of horoscopes not matching and her own focus on education that delayed matrimony. Nilekani’s father died in an accident when she was 12 and her brother 15. “We moved back to Dharwad, a small town in Karnataka, to be close to relatives and mom had to learn everything from scratch. That made her even more resolved that her children must excel in academics and be self reliant before anything else.”Living in a small town where even looking at a boy elicited gossip, Nilekani walked the straight and narrow path. “I didn’t want anyone to point their finger at my mother and say she didn’t raise her children well.”Nilekani’s interest in the then burgeoning field of biochemistry landed her a post doctoral position at the University of Minnesota. “People thought I was very confident to have come all by myself, but I was very shy and had self esteem issues. I was the kind of person who wore saris with the pallu wrapped around my shoulders like a shawl. I never dated in India and was in my late 20s by the time I left India in the early 80s.”Nilekani wanted to marry an Indian, but the Indian men at the university, following tradition, returned to India to find a bride.She says she went through a phase where she felt sorry at her plight of being single, because like other Indian women she was expected to marry. In her 30s, however, life took a sudden twist and changed her entire perspective. “I came back after a visit from India, fell terribly ill and almost died. While recovering in the hospital I began to introspect and realized that having had such a close brush with death, I didn’t want to live a life of regrets obsessing about marriage, or feeling sorry for myself or being in a rut. I came to the conclusion marriage was preferable, but not necessary. I know now that had I remained in India and gotten married I would never be the enriched person that I’m today.”Nilekani says she has developed areas of her personality that she wouldn’t have if she had married. A scientist, artist, sculptor and writer, Nilekani says being single makes her look at life outside the box and embrace everyone as an extended family. She is no longer moping about marriage, even though she does not rule it out. Nilekani says, “I hear all those horror stories about unhappy marriages from friends who tell me I’m very lucky to be single. Even though I’m a Hindu, I think Jesus bearing the cross has a great significance in my mind. It symbolizes the fact that no matter who we are or what our status, single or married, eventually all of us have to bear our own burdens in life, so we must learn to be self sufficient.”Some Indian singles elected not to remarry after a painful divorce, often after many years of marriage, or death of a partner. Some made children their priority, others found getting back into the dating game confusing, yet others found the expectations of others looking for a partner unrealistic. One thing they all knew for sure. They would bid their time the second time round. In the meanwhile, they have built enriching and exciting lives.Narender Reddy, a prominent broker and community leader in Georgia, has been divorced for over eight years, after a 14-year marriage and two daughters. Reddy says while he believes passionately that no one should stay in a marriage unless it is a nurturing happy relationship based on love and mutual respect, it still took him five years to overcome his grief. He also wanted to ensure that his two daughters were well adjusted and cared for, in which he had his ex wife’s complete support. Unlike many of his friends, Reddy refused to marry quickly on the rebound.“These guys just went within weeks of their divorce to India and came back with a new bride, while for the first year I was just going around in a daze, neglecting my business, myself.”When he did check out the dating scene, Reddy was in for a rude awakening. “Most women in their late 30s and 40s have very unrealistic expectations, while men like me in their 40s and early 50s have become more realistic. The funny thing is four years ago some of these women were on Internet dating websites, claiming they were 40, but looked 30, and wanted to marry a doctor, and they are still there. I have yet to see a woman say on her profile that she is 40 and looks her age. The ones that do look good are all dating younger man. Some of the women who claim they are well settled are barely cracking $40,000 and have lived in the same apartment for 20 years and start looking at me as their meal ticket.”Reddy says being a public figure also makes him more conscious of who is on his arm. “I’m constantly being invited to the governor’s house or the White House for dinners, and I can’t just take random women to these places.”Few women, he says, seem to want to focus on the key issues of intellectual and emotional empathy. “I want to be with a person with whom I share common interests, who enjoys the same things I do, someone I can share the sunset of my life with. But most Indian women are not thinking that way. All they want to know is how much money I make.”Reddy admits that at times he gets lonely when he sees other couples and misses the companionship. But, he adds, while he is not averse to remarrying, he has a thriving business and a rich political career that keeps him busy. He cherishes his peace of mind and the harmony he enjoys and having winged it as a single man for eight years, he says. he knows he would do just fine on his own if he can’t find what he is looking for.“What constitutes unrealistic expectations is very relative. The fact that women have very unrealistic expectations may be a male perspective. They may be thinking the same about men. I do feel though that it’s a competitive market,” says Rakesh Arora, who works in Virginia and divorced in 1998 after a 10-year marriage and whose two kids refuse to see him.Arora says divorce was painful, because it was an untrodden path. It took him two to three years to get over his shock and grief. Today, however, he enjoys being single.Arora says he works in an Indian American owned company and encounters many divorced Indian couples.Like Reddy, Arora says that many single women have written great resumes about themselves and marketed themselves aggressively, but the hype backfired and four or five years later they are still looking or have been divorced for a second time. Both Reddy and Arora feel the lack of social support groups for middle aged South Asian singles for friendship and companionship with the opposite sex, to mingle, or even to go out as a group for a picnic or to the movies.Arora turned to spirituality and religion for acceptance of his single status. “I’m at peace today. I have come to the conclusion that if you believe in the theory of karma and whatever comes your way is destined for you, you will stop feeling guilty and being self critical. Eventually being alone leads to introspection, which in turn leads to inner peace and harmony, connecting you to divinity. While I’m not averse to a remarriage, I want to make sure it is someone with whom I can have a mutually nurturing relationship. If not, I’m happy with things as they are.”Dr Satwant Cheema, a perky 62 year old psychiatrist and business woman based in New York, divorced her physician husband after 30 years of marriage.Seven years since the divorce, Cheema says, after the initial devastation and shock that lasted six months, she has lived such a full life she has felt no need for marriage. “People ask me how I find the time to do so many things, because I’m always on the go and I tell them it’s because I don’t have a husband!”Cheema says that even prior to the divorce, her husband and she had been drifting apart for years. “If you have a happy marriage and your spouse dies, you may still be inclined to remarry. If you haven’t had a satisfying relationship, you end up building certain strengths within yourself and make another, separate life within the marriage, so when you do get out, you are already self sufficient.” Cheema admits, however, that on special occasions, like a child’s marriage or now that her daughter is pregnant, she misses having a husband to share the family milestones.Still like Ruparel, Cheema also feels that if people can overcome the fear of being alone and start enjoying their own company, have a few friends to rely on in times of need, there are a lot of advantages in being single. “You are not answerable to anyone for anything, and frankly each one of us has the inner resources and strengths to be self sufficient. We just have to take the time to rediscover them.”Deepa Dharamrup, a business woman in Atlanta, fell in love and was married at age 18. She was married for 17 years and now has been divorced for over a decade. She says she hasn’t had the time to date much. “When the divorce happened, my two daughters were 16 and 11, and since I had custody of the girls, I focused totally on them and on earning a living. Looking back, I realized that when you get married at such a young age, you don’t know yourself. As you start getting older you start figuring out what it is you want from life, what makes you happy. At times, couples grow together, at others they drift apart, in spite of both being good people. The latter happened to me. I wasn’t happy and so couldn’t make anyone else happy around me.”Until five years ago, Dharamrup says, her life revolved around her work and kids. Since then, her life’s journey has been one of self discovery and overcoming low self esteem. She does the things she loves and travels widely.Like Ruparel, she too feels that most men have a hard time relating to successful women and get defensive or over aggressive. “I feel that after a while most men want to control you and I will not permit it to happen to me. It takes a very secure man not to be intimidated by a successful woman and I haven’t found one yet. I’m 48 and really have no patience with someone trying to impress me, so I have not dated much by choice. I’m enjoying my single status and spending time nurturing myself and my interests. Unfortunately Indians have not learnt to be emotionally self sufficient. It’s a hard process for us, but once we get there the rewards are immense.”Jasbir Singh is a 50-year-old architect, who divorced after a long separation. He has been divorced now for six years, but been on his own for over a decade. Singh says contrary to the belief that divorced women face more stigma, he felt disapproval in his social circles. He felt alienated and didn’t find any support either in the South Asian community or Sikh gurudwaras for single people in his age group.Four years ago he unsuccessfully tried to initiate a support group for older singles. “The idea was just to meet in a coffee house to chat and share life’s experiences. But South Asians are so self conscious that most of them didn’t show up, either out of embarrassment or a sense of shame.”It was a chance meeting with an American woman during a walk in a park that he struck up a friendship, which opened doors for him. “The lady welcomed me into her group activities after finding out I was alone and shy.”Singh is now part of three different non-Indian support groups for singles in their 40s, including a church group that welcomed him with open arms. “At my age I’m more focused on developing the spiritual side of my personality. But mingling with these people, I have found companionship and a social life that was missing. I have been more welcome in groups outside my community.”Singh says he has met very interesting and gifted people, who in turn have him more accepting and liberal minded. “I’m not averse to dating a non Indian woman now, though again if I don’t find someone I’m quite content being on my own and having a wonderful group of friends.”Rashmee Sharma, presently in her late 40s, was married at 20. With the encouragement of her husband she pursued a PhD and an interest in journalism. Then tragedy struck. At 27 she lost her husband; her two children were 7 and 4 years old. Sharma turned down offers to remarry and decided to leave India and go abroad against everyone’s wishes. “I just wanted to get away from places that kept reminding me of him, and getting married for the sake of convenience never was an option for me, even though it could have solved a lot of my problems. Being a single woman in India always made you vulnerable.”Sharma arrived at the University of Washington in 1990 and says that coming to America was the best decision she made. It allowed her to grow in a way she wouldn’t have if she had remained in India. Today her children are well settled, and although they have been encouraging her to date for a while, it’s only now that she is warming up to the idea.“For a woman with children, their well being comes first and so dating and remarriage was out when they were still young. Today I see so many dysfunctional relationships and extramarital affairs outside of marriage that it makes me wonder if I should even bother. I also feel that women once they are empowered are more comfortable being on their own, than men. A lot of my male friends got married quickly after divorce, because they didn’t like being alone and a couple of years later those second marriages also crumbled.”Sharma says discovering her strengths and being on her own has been a blessing. She adds that having had a wonderful marriage she is not prepared to settle for anything less than being with someone who can be her best friend. She says she is involved in so many exciting activities that she doesn’t have the time to feel lonely, though she too experiences an occasional pang when she wants to share her stresses and thoughts with a partner.“Your children have their own stresses and want you to deal with them and not talk of your own hassles, but I have great friends, and a rich life, so getting married is not really a priority,” she says.T Sher Singh, 55, a Canadian lawyer, says his parents had a wonderful marriage, but somehow, even as a teenager, he had a sixth sense that what worked for his parents may not work in his times. “Then the roles were clearly demarcated. The woman was the homemaker, the man the bread winner. No one said what about my rights? Marriage was a social contract as well.”Singh chose his own wife and married at 25. The marriage ended seven and a half years later and he chose to raise his daughter by himself.When Singh divorced in the early 1980s, the Indian community in Canada was small and there were few Indian women for him to date. “It was difficult to find a woman who was intellectually compatible, available and North American and I was not going to make the mistake of bringing a woman from India, which is the worst thing we can do for ourselves or for our children. There is such disparity in upbringing and culture even though the origins may be the same. We don’t go into a business relationship with someone we don’t know or hand him a big chunk of money. But we are ready to go and marry a complete stranger within weeks and expect it to work.”The roles of men and women have changed, says Singh, and the boundaries have blurred. One reason women are staying single longer in North America is because they are developing a lot faster than the men and doing better both academically and professionally.“Men of the Indian sub continent have stayed tied to the Indian lifestyle and Indian values and so their expectations are of the old world. As a result they become unacceptable to today’s women.” Singh also finds most men have not learnt how to enjoy being alone or bond with other men. “Women on the other hand have much greater ease with other women and in forging friendships or being self sufficient.”Singh says the older generation of immigrants have done a terrible disservice to the younger generation by failing to accept and develop a system where children and even they could meet and mingle with members of the opposite sex. “Unless we ourselves date and understand the opposite sex and what works, how can we impart any guidance to our kids?”Singh says the biggest problem will not be for the youth, but the large number of unhappy older singles left to fend for themselves after divorce or death of a partner. “We have no idea what to do with them. Can you imagine even in today’s world, anyone trying to hook up two 65 -70 year old singles who may have lost their partners, and for it not to create gossip or make waves in the community?”Singh who has remained single for over two decades, says he dated frequently after his divorce while juggling a high profile legal career and raising his daughter. He did not find anyone with whom he could establish a permanent relationship, but attributes that to a byproduct of the changing times, which makes such relationships difficult.“I have met some amazing women and enjoyed a very enriching friendship with them. I have yet to meet a couple I have envied and wished I was in their shoes and that is a very telling statement.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Former Principal Convicted of Having Sex With Minor

first_imgThe former head mistress of a private New York school has been convicted of having sex with a 13-year-student in a classroom almost a decade ago.Lina Sinha, 40, faces up to 18 years in jail for two counts of oral sex with the boy, who is now a 24-year-old police officer, and for bribing a witness. Jurors deadlocked 7-5 in favor of conviction on six additional counts of statutory rape involving a second student who accused Sinha of raping him when he was 12. Those charges carry 25-year sentences.Sinha, who holds two masters degrees from Columbia University, was principal of the Montessori School of New York in Manhattan, which is owned by her family. She has been released on a $3.5 million bond posted by her parents, who put up two of three Montessori school they own as security for the bond.During the trial, the defense acknowledged a romantic relationship between Sinha and her first accuser, but asserted that it began only after he turned 17, the legal age of consent in New York state. It accused the man of fabricating the claim of underage sex to protect his police job after Sinha filed charges against him.The prosecution portrayed Sinha as a pedophile who preyed on vulnerable young boys and argued that she had intercourse with the boy on his 15th birthday in 1996. She was not charged with statutory rape, however, as it occurred in the Brooklyn branch of the school, which is in a different jurisdiction.During the trial, the victim testified about a rocky nine-year romantic relationship with Sinha, who, he said, promised him love and marriage. He claimed that he sneaked past security cameras to spend weekends with her in her bedroom, which was in the same building as the school.Ironically, the charges against Sinha came to light after she filed false rape and assault charges against the police officer to avenge his attempts to break up their relationships in 2005.Jurors were split on the credibility of the second boy, now 19, currently on probation for a drug conviction, who claims Sinha raped him in 2001.In all, jurors convicted Sinha of 11 counts, including nine misdemeanors, mostly involving filing false reports. They acquitted her of two charges and deadlocked on six others, all involving statutory rape allegations by the second boy.The defense promised to appeal and the prosecution announced it will retry Sinha on the six charges on which the jury deadlocked. Sentencing is scheduled for April 19.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Kumbakonam school fire tragedy: 10 convicted, 11 acquitted

first_imgThe owner of a school and its principal are among 10 people found guilty in 2004 Kumbakonam school fire tragedy in which more than 94 children were burnt alive in Tamil Nadu.11 others including three teachers have been acquitted.On July 14, 2004 in Kumbakonam, a fire sparked from the make-shift noon meal kitchen spread to the thatched hut and killed 94 children.The judgment comes a decade after the accident at the Sri Krishna Middle School on July 16, 2004.Members of the school management are among those convicted.Reacting to the judgment, a parent told a news channel: “We have been waiting for the verdict for the past 10 years. We had expected punishment for all the 21 accused.”The fire broke out in the school’s thatched noon meal centre at the first floor. There were around 200 students in the classrooms when they caught fire.Some other schools also functioned from the same premises, like the Sri Krishna Aided Private School, Saraswathi Nursery and Primary School, and the Sri Krishna Girls High School.The school building had inadequate exit routes for the children to escape and the gates were locked when the accident happened. The burning thatch and the bamboo poles fell, blocking the exit routes.The fire raged for an hour and killed 94 children.Though the accident shook the nation and cases were lodged against officials of the school management and the state government, the case moved from one court to another for years.The case started to gather pace when charges were framed against 21 accused in 2012 and trial began soon after that.advertisementThe voluminous charge sheet in the case has around 4,000 pages.The accused included Palanisamy, designated school correspondent, his wife Saraswathi, daughter Santhanalakshmi, the then municipal commissioner Sathyamurthy, the then town planning officer K. Murugan, three school teachers and officials of the state education department.The headmaster of Sri Krishna Girls High School Prabhakaran turned approver.Later, charges against C. Palanisamy, then chief educational officer at Thanjavur, S.Paramasivam, then tehsildar of Kumbakonam, and A. Kannan, then director of elementary education, were dropped.Around 230 prosecution witnesses were examined.The Tamil Nadu government has constructed a memorial park in Kumbakonam in memory of the 94 children who lost their lives.Even today, there is a big banner, sporting small pictures of the children who lost their lives, outside the now defunct school at Kasiraman Street in Kumbakonam.last_img read more



Notebook: Bedlam 2015

first_imgThis won’t be as long tonight because cell reception in Boone Pickens Stadium is like OSU’s run game and I wasn’t able to keep up with the game as it was playing out on social media and TV like I usually do. I posted my 10 thoughts here, but this is the rest of my notes from a disappointing Bedlam.• The all orange uniforms are better in cold weather because you can slap some black sleeves and/or tights under them and it doesn’t look like a bunch of pylons moving around the field all game.• And that was game, blouses with these drives.Oklahoma drive chartFG miss, TD, punt, TD, TD, TD, INT for TD, TD#OUvsOKST— Brandon Chatmon (@BChatmon) November 29, 2015• Speaking of uniforms, the band’s threads were exquisite tonight. These are the things you just don’t get on TV at home.• OU fans saying “home of the Sooners” at the end of the national anthem is still a thrill for me. And by “a thrill,” I mean I would rather be stabbed in the throat with a dull screwdriver for hours at a time than watch and listen to that.• Truth.Lincoln Riley certainly put Bob Stoops’ career at OU in perspective: “He’s won nine of these. This one was hard as hell and he won nine.”— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 29, 2015• I watched J.W. Walsh high five literally every family member of every senior walking out for senior night with a violence you would not believe. There were definitely some preferred walk-on family members asking their family member player, “what is that dude’s deal?”• This might have been a “being at the game” deal, but it felt like we were playing with nine dudes on defense for most of the night. That’s a frustrating thing.• This was great.What will @pistolsguy get first? Fav for frostbite, RT for carpel tunnel.— Nolan (@nolancox) November 29, 2015• This is the first time in five years OU fans can say they’ve won a Big 12 title more recently than OSU. That makes me happy.• Which is what you should do against J.W. Walsh.Mike Stoops is dialing up blitzes on every play, knowing Walsh’s arm strength limitations. #OUvsOKST— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 29, 2015• Do I have to have an Emmanuel Ogbah senior night take? I don’t really care about him walking out. Like, I just don’t have the energy to put my chips on either side of it.• As my buddy Nolan pointed out, Pistol Pete’s trench coat is the absolute best.• Wow.”Go ahead,make your jokes, Mr. Jokey Joke-Maker.” @royceyoung @KOCOCarson @LatvianMissile— Josh Daugherty (@josh_daugherty) November 29, 2015 • Gundy got a haircut. Maybe he was being superstitious until we lost. Also, I got the greatest Gundy-related text ever from David Ubben right before the game started. All it said was, “Gundy is wearing cargos that can be unzipped into shorts.” I had to sit down.• In retrospect, Boone not being able to make it might have been a bad sign.• How many of the 18 seniors do you think Gundy can name if they’re in street clothes and in a random class on campus? Heck, how many can he name if they’re at practice this next week? Over/under 12.5. Which side of that are you on?• We led that game in regulation. We did not lead last year’s game in regulation. Foosball is a weird animal.• My peak, “we’re actually going to do this” moment was the Tre Flowers hit in the first quarter. It was pretty much straight downhill, roller coaster-style the rest of the night.• That would be James.Washington is a bad man— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes5) November 29, 2015• Nolan in the first quarter, “how many bones does Walsh have to break tonight to come out?” He really was as jacked as I’ve ever seen him. He would have tried to tear down GIA and rebuild the thing if you would have told him it meant OSU could have the title.• LOL.<3 you, CFB— David Ubben (@davidubben) November 29, 2015• I mentioned this in my 10 thougths, but OSU went five wide a lot tonight. Like, a whole lot. And it worked. Now, that might be an OU-specific plan, but it sort of retroactively frustrates me that we didn’t run that more with No. 2 all season since, you know, he’s the better passer of the two.• Yep.The Big 12 is the most entertaining league in the country this season, and it isn't all that close.— Travis Haney (@travhaney) November 29, 2015 • There were certainly some Baylor game parallels. Speaking of Baylor, I can’t be the only one who feels like that game took place a month ago, can I? OSU answers early, gets steamrolled before halftime and never enters the fray again. In some ways, it was better like that. I would almost prefer that to getting my heart ripped out by whoever OU’s third string QB is on the last play of regulation with a CFP appearance on the line.• Wow.• Ramon Richard on Samaje Perine in the open field one on one is like a rooster waddling up and kicking an elephant in the shin.• OU hasn’t faced a QB1 since …. ?• Oh dear.Going to hospital. Got knocked over by another camera guy and broke my leg on monopod. I'm okay— Sarah Phipps (@sarahcphipps) November 29, 2015• Peak OSU happened at the start of the 4th quarter when we rolled John Smith and the wrestling squad out there. Like, “you can have all the Big 12 football titles, but don’t come after our wrestling national championships, OU.”• Deuces. It was fun.Emmanuel Ogbah's next stop: The NFL.— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) November 29, 2015• Walsh’s best pass of the night (by far)? Hit Austin Hays in the face and was dropped on 4th down. When it rains …• Dude can ball.Give me Baker Mayfield anytime, anywhere. The dude is a baller in every sense of the word.— Tyler Ames (@TyAmes93) November 29, 2015• How bad was the no-call on the facemask on Jalen McCleskey? Better or worse than the entire second half of the Texas-OSU game?• Shades of Castleman.• He’s the GOAT.Mike Gundy makes his own style. Pretty sure he's wearing baseball batting gloves right now.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 29, 2015• OSU wasn’t a fraud. I wrote about that in my 10 thoughts. What might need to be reevaluated is how good this defense actually was. It’s going to be interesting to see how it stacks up at the end of the season in terms of defensive efficiency (points per drive, etc.). My guess is it won’t look that great.• Good on OU for closing like they did after that Texas loss. Shades of OSU in 2011 and the loss came early which would have helped in 2011. They’re a legit playoff team. The Big 12 rocked this year and we got to play for the trophy. That’s a good season.If you're looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you're wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Montreal academics live serial presentation of The Iliad looks for links with

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Paris, prince of Troy, is on the ground and Menelaus, king of Sparta, is dragging him through a bar in Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal. There’s only one actor playing this scene, yet somehow Lynn Kozak is making the single combat from The Iliad‘s third book thrillingly vivid.Kozak looks like she’s performing a written text as any actor would, but her words are her own prose translation from the Greek, made a few days before the show and not written down. The McGill University associate professor plans to do this with a new segment of Homer’s epic every week for a 30-week solo production of the whole thing.“I have one week to translate, memorize and rehearse between 45 minutes and an hour of text,” Kozak says after the show. “It feels like the craziest thing ever, but I love it.” Advertisement Advertisement Lynn Kozak, an associate professor at McGill University, is performing a weekly, translated and highly serialized one-person production of Homer’s The Iliad at a bar in Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal. The partly improvised presentations will run for 30 weeks in total, varying up directors for each exciting ‘episode.’ (YouTube)center_img Watching her depiction of Paris and Menelaus battling before the massed Greek and Trojan armies, you would never guess that this was the result of a crazy-short production schedule with a non-professional actor. The episode, staged by Cree actor/director Jimmy Blais, is well-paced, powerfully delivered and funny. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Highlights Statistics Canadas final release of 2016 census data

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada issued its sixth and final batch of 2016 census numbers Wednesday, this one focused on education, labour, journey to work, language of work and mobility and migration. Some highlights:— Canada ranked first among OECD countries with 54 per cent of residents having college or university degrees in 2016, up from 48.3 per cent in 2006.— Of women aged 25 to 34, 40.7 per cent had a bachelor’s degree or higher, up from 32.8 per cent in 2006. Among men of the same age, 7.8 per cent held an apprenticeship certificate, up from 4.9 per cent 10 years earlier.— For the first time, women aged 25-34 with an earned doctorate (50.6 per cent) outnumber their male counterparts, although not in fields like architecture, computer and information sciences and so-called STEM studies (science, technology, engineering and math).— Only about 18.6 per cent of working-age Canadians with a post-secondary degrees graduated from STEM fields.— Four in 10 immigrants aged 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with just under 25 per cent of the Canadian-born population in the same age bracket. Of those, recent immigrant women — those who landed in the five years prior to the 2016 census — were more likely to have a degree than their male counterparts.— Women with a bachelor’s degree earned about 40 per cent more than those with a college diploma, and 60 per cent more than those who only finished high school.— One in five working-age single mothers had a bachelor’s degree or higher, up from 14.7 per cent in 2006. The percentage jumped to 39 per cent among mothers who were married or living common-law, up from 26.9 per cent 10 years earlier.— More Canadians than ever before are commuting to work: 15.9 million last year, a 30.3 per cent jump since 1996. Of those, the number taking public transit grew by 59.5 per cent, while the ranks of those driving jumped by 28.3 per cent.— The average commute in Canada last year was 26.2 minutes, compared with 25.4 minutes in 2011. For drivers, the average was 24.1 minutes, and 44.8 minutes for those taking public transit.— The number of Canadians who walked to work last year was 3.2 per cent higher than it was 20 years ago, while the ranks of cyclists has grown by 61.6 per cent since 1996.— 10.9 per cent of Indigenous people aged 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 7.7 per cent in 2006; those holding college diplomas reached 23 per cent last year, up from 18.7 per cent.— Nearly one in five Canadians aged 65 or older worked at some point in 2015, twice the percentage recorded 20 years earlier, while 5.9 per cent of seniors worked throughout the entire year — the highest percentage ever recorded. Those who worked full-time saw their median income, measured in 2015 dollars, jump by 30 per cent since 2005.— Nearly seven per cent of all private-vehicle commuters spent an hour or longer getting to work — some 853,610 people, up from 815,770 in 2011.— Fewer men of working age actually worked full-time in 2015 —56.2 per cent, down from 63.3 per cent 10 years earlier and the lowest percentage ever recorded.— In the health care sector, women outnumbered men four to one, while men outnumbered women three to one in high-tech jobs.— Yukon and the Northwest Territories had the highest employment rates of all the provinces and territories at the time of the census in 2016, at 68.5 per cent and 66.2 per cent, respectively, followed by the Prairies, with Alberta at 65.4 per cent, Saskatchewan at 63.5 per cent and Manitoba at 61.7 per cent.— The three most common occupations in Canada for women were retail salesperson, registered nurse and registered psychiatric nurse, and cashier; for men, truck driver, retail salesperson, and retail and wholesale trade manager.— At 62.2 per cent to 37.8 per cent, men outnumbered women in managerial positions in 2016, although the percentage of women in management increased from 36.5 per cent in 2006.— Women comprised half of the general practitioners and specialist physicians in Canada in 2016, up from 34 per cent in 1996.— Thanks to a 30 per cent drop in farming among Canadians, the proportion of those working at home dipped to 7.4 per cent in 2016, down from 8.2 per cent. Outside of the family farm, the percentage of those working at home has remained unchanged at 6 per cent since 1996.last_img read more

In face of violence UN has done all it can technically for

Video of press remarks [11mins] With less than two weeks left before Iraq’s elections, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today the United Nations had fulfilled its role as technical adviser, and he appealed to the Government to make the vote as inclusive as possible despite the “far from ideal” situation of violence prevailing in the country.“Let me say that as far as we are concerned, all the technical preparations are ready,” Mr. Annan told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York on his return from visiting the tsunami-devastated countries of southeast Asia.“We have done everything that we need to do to help the elections go forward. Obviously the situation is far from ideal,” he added, calling the electoral assistance on the ground from the UN team and other international bodies “a really heroic job.”The Secretary-General said he spoke yesterday to Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, who indicated that he was trying to reach out and bring in as many people outside the process as possible.“Even at this late stage I would urge them to try and bring in as many people as possible and understand that measures are being taken to assure security for the elections,” Mr. Annan added. “Obviously this is not going to be 100 per cent proof, but we will see what these efforts will bring in the next week to ten days.”In another development, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi said today the UN, through its human rights office, would support Iraqi efforts to establish a National Centre of Missing and Disappeared Persons to track down the fate of hundreds of thousands of people who disappeared under Saddam Hussein’s regime.“Such is the situation of missing persons and mass graves in Iraq, that the extent of the problem is still unknown,” he told a meeting in Amman, the capital of neighbouring Jordan, that brought together some 100 participants including international experts from various sectors, Iraqi ministers and officials and delegates from interested countries.“The proliferation of mass graves is an open sore which affects and interests not only Iraqis but the international community at large.”The meeting adopted a resolution calling on the Iraqi Government to set up such a centre, on Iraqi society, institutions and individuals to cooperate fully and on the international community to assist with expertise and resources.Mr. Qazi said Iraq’s recent history needed to be examined, not just to bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes against humanity, but also to ensure that similar events do not take place again. “We need to focus on the past in order to solve outstanding cases, to acknowledge the pain of family of the disappeared, of survivors,” he said.“But we also need to learn these hard truths order to build a brighter future. We should never forget the legacy of the past without unnecessary focus on revenge or sheer retribution. Violence always begets more violence and societal decay.” read more

Kentucky women beat No 17 South Florida 8563

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands — Rhyne Howard scored 18 points, Taylor Murray added a season-best 17 and Kentucky defeated No. 17 South Florida 85-63 on Thursday.Jaida Roper added a season-high 13 points off the bench, which contributed 23 to the win for the Wildcats (5-0).Tied at 20 after the first quarter, Kentucky used a press in outscoring the Bulls (4-1) in the second quarter 24-8, shooting 58 per cent, to go up 44-28 at the break. Murray had 13 points by halftime.Kentucky led by as many 27 in the fourth quarter when it shot 57 per cent.The Wildcat scored 17 points off 20 USF turnovers.South Florida’s Sydni Harvey tied her career high with 16 points, making a career-best four 3-pointers in 31 minutes before fouling out. Beatriz Jordao added 12 points and Laura Ferreira 10. Alyssa Rader had a game-high 10 rebounds.The win was the first over a ranked team since beating No. 2 Mississippi State on Feb. 23, 2017.The Associated Press read more

Magnets for Iranian nepheline syenite

first_imgMaster Magnets has recently supplied an induced roll high intensity magnetic separator to the Iran Industrial Design Co (IID) for use in the production of high quality nepheline syenite. This is the culmination of some ten years of discussions with the user and product testing in Master Magnets laboratory. Over that period Master Magnets provided other magnetic separators to customers in Iran, building, it says, “a reputation for quality products in a very specialised marketplace. The combination of good test results and the reputation built up during the period convinced IID to purchase the machineNepheline syenite is a feldspar-like mineral, and has similar uses in the ceramic industry, where it is used as a flux in the production of tiles, sanitary ware, porcelain etc. It has many properties which make it superior to feldspar in application, but its popularity is principally due to the whiteness achieved by its use. This gives a distinct advantage in marketing for example high quality sanitary ware. An important part of preparing it for industrial use is the removal of ferrous contaminants, these may be feebly magnetic or paramagnetic in nature, and require these use of high intensity magnets to achieve the purity required.Deposits of nepheline syenite are found  in various parts of the world, major ones being in North America and parts of Europe. Sample testing had shown that a deposit in Iran would be commercially exploitable, so an initial production plant was commissioned. This used permanent magnetic separators for purification purposes, but it was found that in practice too much contamination was left in the product. Further tests were carried out using Master Magnet’s induced roll machine which gave demonstrably better results. The induced roll separator is an electromagnetic machine, the basic principle is that a powerful electro magnet uses a massive iron circuit to induce a magnetic field in a rotating separation roll set between fixed and adjustable magnetic poles, as shown. Magnetic field strengths of over 2 Tesla can be obtained in the operating region of the separator, compared with about 1 Tesla for the best permanent magnetic separators. In operation, product for treatment is fed at a controlled rate on to the roll, feebly magnetic particles are attracted to the roll face and clean product is thrown off the face at a normal trajectory. Magnetic material is discharged from the roll face at a  point of lower intensity with the aid of a brush. A splitter plate between the two flows keeps them separate. To achieve optimum separation efficiency magnetic intensity, roll gap, roll speed, and splitter position are all adjustable.Various machine configurations are available, to meet the requirements of the IID a four roll machine was proposed, with each roll 1,000 mm long. The rolls were arranged in pairs, so that the total flow was split between two rolls in parallel, each of these having a secondary roll to re-treat the product. Using this layout a high degree of cleanliness was possible at a production rate of 8 t/h. Other configurations are available using one, two, or four rolls, with roll lengths from 500 to 1,000 mm. Test work was carried out on a laboratory scale version of the induced roll, this is identical in all respects to production machines, but it has a roll only 125 mm long. Results obtained on this machine can therefore be directly scaled up. Test work of this nature is routinely carried out in the laboratory at Master Magnets to confirm equipment selection. The induced roll separator is now undergoing full operation within the processing plant producing clean nephelin syenite free of magnetic impurities. www.mastermagnets.comlast_img read more

La femelle du cœlacanthe est probablement monogame

first_imgLa femelle du cœlacanthe est probablement monogame Une étude génétique allemande, menée sur des spécimens de cœlacanthe portant des embryons, suggère que chaque femelle de cette espèce ne s’accouple qu’avec un mâle seulement, contrairement à ce qui se produit chez de nombreuses autres espèces de poissons. Le cœlacanthe, ce poisson qu’on pensait disparu depuis des millions d’années et qui fut ‘redécouvert’ vivant en 1938, fait l’objet de toutes les attentions des biologistes qui, depuis, en ont étudié environ 300. Cette fois-ci, ce sont 2 femelles qui ont mobilisé une équipe dirigée par le Dr Kathrin Lampert, de la Ruhr Universität de Bochum, et le Pr Manfred Schartl, de l’Université de Würzburg (Allemagne). Car ces femelles étaient gravides : la première, prise accidentellement dans un chalut sur les côtes du Mozambique, contenait 26 embryons, la seconde, pêchée près de Zanzibar, 23.Contrairement à nombre d’espèces de poissons, dont les femelles pondent des œufs non fécondés qui sont ensuite ‘arrosés’ de sperme par un ou plusieurs mâle(s), le cœlacanthe, lui, a un ‘véritable’ accouplement et les embryons se développent dans le corps de la femelle, pour naître tout formés. Les scientifiques ont donc pu procéder, sur chaque femelle et sur ses embryons, à une analyse génétique. Celle-ci a porté sur 14 zones de l’ADN, notamment des sites appelés “microsatellites”, répétitifs et généralement non codants.Ces régions particulières de l’ADN, transmises par les 2 parents, sont utilisées chez l’humain dans les tests de paternité. Et cela marche aussi pour ces poissons : “comme nous connaissons le génotype de la mère, nous sommes en mesure de démontrer, au moyen de l’analyse microsatellite, que la progéniture du cœlacanthe a un seul père”, a expliqué Manfred Schartl.Une monogamie plus avantageuse ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Par conséquent, les femmes de cette espèce doivent être monogames – du moins pendant une certaine période de leur vie, estime l’étude publiée dans la revue Nature Communications. Mais l’équipe ne s’est pas arrêtée là puisqu’elle a également pu reconstruire le “génotype hypothétique” du géniteur.Cette dernière donnée montre que les 2 parents ne sont pas, statistiquement, plus apparentés que 2 individus ‘lambda’ : évitement instinctif de la consanguinité ? Et pourquoi cette monogamie ? S’accoupler avec plusieurs mâles augmente les chances de réussite de la fécondation et induit une sélection des meilleurs gènes.A l’inverse, elle augmente la dépense d’énergie et les risques de prédation (lors de la recherche de nouveaux mâles), et accroît les risques de transmission d’’infections. Le bilan, tout simplement, n’est peut-être pas avantageux pour le cœlacanthe, suggèrent ainsi les chercheurs. Le 28 septembre 2013 à 15:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Tiny Metal is the Latest Switch Indie Imitation of Nintendo Nostalgia

first_img ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch Stay on target If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.It’s almost impossible to overstate how huge and deep Nintendo’s influence over video games has been throughout the past 30+ years. The company reinvented the console business, created and and innovated perfected entirely new genres, practically taught the industry how to design games in 3D, and did all this while simultaneously cultivating a beloved Disney-esque cast of characters. So it only makes sense that many indie game developers who have lived under Nintendo’s shadow their whole lives look to Nintendo for inspiration.The Nintendo Switch isn’t even a year old yet and it’s already seen several indie games to take clear cues from Nintendo’s past hits. Fortunately, most are too good to be called rip-offs. Also, the Nintendo games they imitate are typically dormant ones Nintendo itself hasn’t revisited in years. Indie creators are picking up the slack, filling holes in the Switch’s release calendar, and giving us the Nintendo games that Nintenwon’t.Fast RMX is basically indie F-Zero on Nintendo Switch. Oceanhorn is basically indie Wind Waker on Switch. The recent Blossom Tales is basically indie A Link to the Past on Switch. Brawlout is basically indie Super Smash Bros. on Switch. Yooka-Laylee and Never Stop Sneakin’ are basically indie Banjo-Kazooie and Metal Gear Solid on Switch. And now Tiny Metal is basically indie Advance Wars on Nintendo Switch, which is extra ironic considering the game is published with help from a division of Nintendo’s gaming rival Sony.If you don’t know what Advance Wars is I might as well explain it now since that’ll also double as an explanation for Tiny Metal. Advance Wars is a series of top-down turn-based strategy games from Nintendo. Players move different units across the grid capturing buildings for cash and starting fights with other units to ensure victory. Using the right unit in the right context is key. Infantry armed with bazookas are surprisingly effective against armored tanks but get mowed down by nimble recon scouts. Helicopters can zip around the map hitting targets below but get blown out of the sky by slow artillery units with long-range missiles.The series shares a lot in common with its sister strategy franchise Fire Emblem. But while Nintendo keeps doubling down on that series’ newfound success I’ve always preferred Advance Wars’ focus on pure military cunning instead of JRPG elements. I’d rather construct more and more tanks than marry more and more sword waifus. Fortunately, while Advance Wars has been on hold since 2008, Tiny Metal offers many of the same thrills.Tiny Metal is Advance Wars. From the split-screen battle animations to the way units capture buildings to the way units relate to each other, it’s Advance Wars. All of my Advance Wars knowledge came back and was immediately useful within moments of playing. Even the plot feels like a cross-between the more lighthearted earlier Advance Wars games and the gritty reboot Days of Ruin (or maybe Valkyria Chronicles). Two anime nations war against each other before realizing an arms dealer clown is their true enemy.But the real narrative is the story of you the player overcoming the odds through your strategic wits. Tiny Metal has an arguably oppressive amount of fog of war. So you usually have to be quite careful when sending units into new corners of the map to find out what the enemy is up to. You can use tricky tactics like dedicated radar vehicles, heroes you can deploy anywhere, or highly mobile aircraft, but the enemy can easily destroy all of those and regain secrecy.Across the fourteen campaign missions I just tried to play smart and slowly expand my reach while amassing more power and units back home. Units that live longer slowly get promoted and get stronger. Units can also all focus fire on the same enemy during a turn for added damage, so it pays to stick together. The last lengthy mission in particular featured an unreal comeback won through perseverance.However, by the end of the campaign Tiny Metal failed to become much more than a basic take on the Advance Wars formula. New units get dished out over time but none of them were surprising. Maps all look the same even if layouts change. The art style itself has a decent voxel look but the Unreal Engine 4 visuals look blurry in handheld mode (the best way to play the game from a comfort standpoint) and I ended up turning off the repetitive animations to save time. There’s an unfortunate knock-off or proof of concept feel to the whole thing despite the appreciated attempts at identity with voice acting full of cartoon character and the delightful worldbuilding. Tanks are called “Metals” with the best tanks being called “Heavy Metals.”Outside of the campaign, which will take a few sittings at least to get through, you can enjoy extras like concept art, encyclopedia entries on different units, and one-off skirmish battles. The main menu also promises a multiplayer mode but it isn’t available yet.Given Tiny Metal’s somewhat shady development history though, it’s impressive how much content the game managed to launch with. Hard facts are scarce but credible sources suggest much of the game funding came from the successful Kickstarter of another project, Project Phoenix, which has still yet to release. Other drama surrounding Tiny Metal’s studio Area 35 may make the game difficult to support for some, so read up on that if you’re morbidly curious.Turn-based strategy games are one of my absolute favorite brain-bending genres. And they just work so well for brief or extended play sessions on the go with Nintendo Switch. Tiny Metal may not be as good as Advance Wars, or for that matter Mario + Rabbids or the promising looking Wargroove, but it satisfies in these lean tiny war times.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Tiny Metal is a new strategy game on Nintendo Switch (published with help from Sony).2. The turn-based military skirmishes take inspiration from Nintendo’s own dormant Advance Wars series.3. The somewhat serious plot sees two anime nations at war before realizing their true foe is an arms-dealing clown.4. The basic strategy gameplay satisfies but doesn’t establish much of its own identity.5. Still, turn-based strategy games like this are a perfect fit for the Switch.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Weather Eye Stay tuned to local forecasts as opposing air masses approach

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Once again we come to a crossroads in the weather business. We have an active warm southern jet stream and a cold northern jet stream that are evidently at odds over just where they want to settle in. Latest computer forecast models are in the same state of mind. Cold versus warm.Maybe fortunately for us and those who do not like cold and snow, the odds usually go to the warmer southern jet stream. We need no more snow to disrupt our lives. Once again, it may be a late-night call whether we see another bout of winter weather.Another cold air mass is gathering in British Columbia and is heading southward. The southern jet stream is just offshore and desires to head north. This battle zone is what we call a confluent boundary. The warm and cold air join forces, and there can be a thin line between the air masses. Even 50 or 100 miles can make the difference between rain and snow.There is the possibility cold air sags down into Northern Washington via the Fraser River outflow. More cold air could settle in the upper Columbia Basin near Omak and, with a large area of low pressure off our coast, draw down some of that cold air via east winds and the Gorge. Sound familiar?I think if this should occur around mid-week, it would be short-lived and the warmer wetter jet steam would push back the offending cold air. Not all the models are in agreement that cold air reaches us, but as long as it is up in the air, we need to keep a keen weather eye to our north.last_img read more

New video shows missing Davie mans truck being driven

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – New surveillance video footage could help track down a missing Davie man.Davie Police released the video, which captured a tow truck as it pulled into a parking lot along Burris Road and Southwest 36th Street, at around 9:30 p.m., Sunday.The truck was found at that location, running the next morning, but the driver, 38-year-old Valentino Malloggi, was nowhere to be found.Malloggi vanished after telling relatives he had to head out to do a job for the towing company, on Easter Sunday.Officials suspect that foul play may be involved.If you know anything about this case, call Davie Police at 954-693-8200.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Who is Francesca Marino Italian journalist who exposed Pakistans coverup on Balakot

first_imgTwitterFrancesca Marino, an Italian journalist, has exposed Pakistan’s cover-up on the Balakot airstrikes by reporting that the Indian Air Force had indeed killed Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, unlike Pakistan’s version that there were no deaths or damage to buildings. This report has brought one question to everyone’s minds – who is Francesca Marino?Meet Francesca MarinoFrancesca Marino is an Italian journalist who writes for Il Meesagero, a daily publication, and L’Espresso, a weekly. She also freelances for India’s Firstpost.The Italian journalist initially came into limelight after she interviewed Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafeez Saeed in March 2010. The interview is also included in her book – Apocalypse Pakistan – Anatomy of the most dangerous country in the world. The book explored Pakistan’s fight against terrorism with the Western world but at the same time, Marino also accused the country of housing wanted and dangerous terrorists.This book led to Marino being named on a Pakistan list of unwelcomed journalists in the country. Marino learned this the hard way when she landed in Karachi and was detained by the Federal Intelligence Authorities (FIA) overnight in a cell without a lawyer or phone call rights.The next morning, Marino was advised to leave the country immediately. She was told that if she decides to stay back in Karachi, the government will not be responsible if she came in harm’s way.What did Francesca write about the Balakot airstrikes?Francesca’s detailed report has eyewitness accounts that around 130 to 170 terrorists were killed in the airstrike. Balakot reportedly had the biggest JeM training camp in Pakistan.In her report, the Italian journalist had also explained that the killed terrorists included 11 trainers. JeM leaders had visited the families of the terrorists who were killed and offered them money in exchange for their silence.”Despite Pakistan’s efforts to deceive the world on the Indian airstrikes on the Jaish-e-Muhammad camp, small details of what happened in Balakot in the wee hours of February 26 and thereafter have kept trickling in from my source,” Francesca wrote.India had conducted the surgical strike during the early hours of February 26. The airstrike took place a week after the Pulwama attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in which over 40 CRPF jawans were killed. JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack.last_img read more

FIIs remain net buyers of Indian equities in truncated trading week

first_imgForeign institutional investors (FIIs, also FPIs) were net buyers of Indian equities during the entire truncated week ended Wednesday, making it their fifth straight day of net purchases. On Wednesday, they bought equities worth Rs 977 crore, on a net basis, according to provisional data released by the National Stock Exchange (NSE). On Monday and Tuesday, their net purchases were Rs 1,396 crore and Rs 1,095 crore, respectively. During the three-day period, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 1.54 percent to close at 25,337 Wednesday. The rally was triggered on renewed hopes of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reducing policy rate by possibly 50 basis points (bps) when its meets for next fiscal’s first monetary policy review April 5. The policy rate is currently at 6.75 percent. On the NSE, most of the gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) registered losses ranging from 0.30 percent to 2.31 percent.Engineering and construction company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) informed stock exchanges Wednesday that it has won orders worth Rs 3,205 crore across various business units. The projects include construction six residential apartment complexes with 55 to 60 floors in each building in Mumbai at a cost of Rs 2,018 crore. The rupee gained eight paise to close at 66.64 to the US dollar. The stock exchanges are closed Thursday and Friday due to festivals (Holi and Good Friday). To give the “Make in India” a push, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be meeting top business executives during his four-day visit to Australia. Besides having one-to-one meeting with CEOs of Australian companies, he will also interact with academicians and speak at the Sydney Campus of S.P. Jain School of Global Management, according to an official statement.last_img read more

Ramdevs Patanjali to set up factory in conflict ridden Kashmir

first_imgBaba Ramdev celebrates International Yoga Day 2017 in AhmedabadReutersYoga guru turned entrepreneur Ramdev said, his company plans to acquire land in Kashmir, which has been the epicentre of unrest for the past one year. The saffron clad Swami is also likely to employ youth from the state. Patanjali is in the process to acquire 150 acres of land in Jammu and Kashmir to build its unit.While taking questions on violence in the Kashmir Valley, he said children should be taught good values towards different religions so as to bring harmony among religions.Speaking about terrorism in the country, especially in Kashmir, Ramdev said, “Anyone who masters the art of Yoga can never become a terrorist.””Not a single person who mastered Yoga ever became a terrorist in history,” Business Standard reported.The yoga guru who can be spotted in the news of late for expansions of FMCG business believes that yoga can cure the thought process of those creating menace in the Kashmir valley.After using his brand to sell products ranging from shampoo to cereals to instant noodles, now Ramdev’s ‘swadeshi’ label plans to sell clothes. With a sales target of Rs 5,000 crore, Patanjali aims to launch its apparels section for men and women by April 2018. “We’ll start with woven clothes, knitwear and machine-made apparel, including denims,” said Patanjali’s spokesperson S K Tijarawala.At a time when Prime Minister Modi is asking countrymen to embrace technology, Ramdev’s Patanjali recently tied up with social media giants—Google and Facebook, to market the brand on a digital platform.The yoga master has raised his voice to boycott Chinese goods as Indo-China border tensions escalated over the past few weeks. Ramdev urged people of India to boycott Chinese products for the reason that it (China) supports Pakistan. “India is ready to counter China on every front,” Ramdev said.Earlier this year, media reports revealed that Patanjali is India’s second largest advertiser only after FMCG giant Unilever. The company also has plans to expand its business in countries like Bangladesh, African countries and even Pakistan.”I have been to Nepal, will be going to Bangladesh and African countries and one day will go to Pakistan as well. We should help poor countries. If poverty of Pakistan is eradicated, that country will never be the enemy of India,” Ramdev said at the 7th Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad held at Pune.last_img read more