Mild earthquakes hit Manipur, Himachal

first_imgA mild earthquake with a magnitude of 3.0 hit Manipur’s Churachandpur district on Thursday morning, the National Centre for Seismology said. The quake hit at 6.45 a.m. IST at a depth of 10 km.Hours earlier, a mild earthquake hit Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba region, which saw quake for three consecutive days last month.“An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.1 was recorded at 11.26 p.m. last night [June 14, 2017],” local Meteorological Office director Manmohan Singh told IANS.  No loss of life or damage to property was reported.Mr. Singh said the epicentre of the quake was Chamba region, bordering Jammu and Kashmir.Six mild quakes hit Chamba for three days simultaneously from May 19, 2017, two on each day, triggering panic among the people.Himachal Pradesh had suffered the most devastating earthquake in 1905 in the Kangra valley, killing more than 20,000 people. This map from the IMD shows the epicentre of the slight intensity quake that hit Himachal Pradesh on June 15, 2017.last_img read more

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Fading Ghungroos

first_imgHear the sound of ghungroos, the tinkling of bangles and excited murmurs. The stage is set for the arangetram of a Bharatnatyam student. It’s time to validate the sweat and toil of seven years. The lights are dimmed in the hall and the music begins. But instead of the sitar and mridangam, the hall reverberates with the popular Hindi movie song “Dola Re” from King Khan’s film Devdas. The student performs her arangetram to the song and her career is launched as a Bharatnatyam dancer. Padma Khanna: I belong to the film industry, and I am appalled at the misconception about our culture and the obsession kids have here for the film world.There is rousing applause.But classical dance aficionados are shocked. One person shaken to the core is Vijaylaxmi, an internationally renowned Bharatnatyam exponent and teacher for the past 25 years in Chicago. Vijaylaxmi teaches and choreographs Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and Odissi styles of dancing. Over 24 years she has taught several thousand students in the Chicago area. She says, “Arangetram is the first stage performance by a student to dedicate her art at the feet of the lord. It is like Satyanarayan Puja, a very spiritual dance. To have a movie song at the arangetram is the worst insult to the art.”Equally insultingly, a photograph of God was at the back of stage instead of the front, as is customary.Hindi film performances pervade Indian dance competitions and public events. During religious festivals like Diwali, Mahashivratri or Durga puja, after having their fill of chaat-paapri, the audience often sits down for cultural performances, featuring kids ranging from 5 to 20 years gyrating to “Beedi Jalaaye Le” and “Kajra Re” numbers. Indeed, “Kajra Re” is something of a reigning Indian festival anthem.Classical dance forms, like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi and Odissi, are increasingly taking a back seat to film dance at Indian dance schools that have mushroomed all over the United States. Indianica  Academy students in performancePadma Khanna, the celebrated Kathak dancer and actress (“Kaykeyi” of television serial Ramayan fame), is pained by the slow death of Indian classical dance in the Indian American community. Khanna established her dance school Indianica in New Jersey in 1996. She says: “I was surprised that Indians based in U.S. did not know what Kathak was. I had to explain that it is a North Indian classical dance form. Then I would give references of my guruji Padmashree Gopi Krishna and the film Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje and Rekha in film Umrao Jaan. To showcase my art, I had to perform at local shows. It is almost like I had to sell my kala. Only then people realized what Kathak was all about.”During the past 11 years, Khanna has tried hard to instill in her students her love for classical dance. But, she laments, in that period only nine of her nearly 600 students performed their Rang Pravesh Pushpanjali, (equivalent to what is called Arangetram in Bharatnatyam) which requires completing the 7-year Kathak course. The others either learnt the basics to improve their movie dance choreography or left because they did not have the patience and dedication the art form demands.Says Khanna: “Initially, I wanted to stick to the pure form of Kathak and teach my students the same. Pretty soon, I realized nobody was interested. In the end, I had to adapt to the student’s demands and add movie dance to my school to survive. But I still make it compulsory to learn the basic Kathak for at least four months before I initiate the student into movie dance. Even then it is difficult to keep the student’s interest alive.” Many Indian American parents are proud when their children dance to popular film numbers, wearing matching movie costumes, privately patting themselves for keeping their culture alive in the second generation. However, Supriya Desai, a well known dance exponent who was awarded the “Karnataka Kalashree” by the Karnataka Music and Dance Academy, says, “By having fun with the Indian community and film dance performances, we are not preserving our culture. We are in denial if we believe this.”Khanna concurs: “Parents are absolutely at fault here. They should tell their children that Indian culture is different and film world is different. I belong to the film industry, and I am appalled at the misconception about our culture and the obsession kids have here for the film world. I tell them don’t mislead your children into believing movie dance is Indian culture. It is adapted culture.”She has argued with many parents about teaching their children movie dance. “Parents come to me with demands that their children be put into stage performances. I have a hard time explaining that all movie dances are based on the basic moves, postures and grace of classical dance. It is only then that they relent. Agar parents aise hain, to bachchon ko kya kahein? (If parents are like this, how can we blame the children?)”. Punam Kumar: Some join my classes to get tips, learn new body moves, angle of waist and eyes to add to their Bollywood choreographyVijaylaxmi echoes her criticism. Her school Natraj Dance Academy in Chicago only offered classical dance until three years ago. Under pressure from parents and students she introduced one semi-classical dance class in her four locations. Now every student wants to be a part of it.Desai emphasizes the classical dance heritage to her students, explaining that it can embrace the audience with the depth and fiery sensuality of the art form. In a world of instant gratification, where movie dance provides an easier path to instant recognition, that is hard.The pressure on kids to succeed academically as well as to have a wide range of extra curricular interests limits their ability to dedicate themselves to the rigors of classical dance. Khanna says, “I can’t help but sympathize with some of my students. They come to my class rushing from a sports or music lesson and are already physically and mentally tired. They just throw their hands and feet in some posture and are not bothered about the grace or the finishing touch required. I am sure it must be the same in other classes they attend.”Punam Kumar has been teaching Kathak for the past 25 years in Cypress, Calif., at her dance school Shivam Arts, which has popularized fusion dance forms. Kumar says, “Every student loves movie dance, there is no doubt about it. Some join my classes to get tips, learn new body moves, angle of waist and eyes to add to their Bollywood choreography.” She makes sure her students at least create their own Kathak choreography for film songs, instead of blindly copying the moves. To keep the interest in classical dance alive in her students, Kumar developed fusion dance forms. She choreographs Kathak to world music. Seeba Bhatia, a Kathak student in Los Angeles, California finds the fusion art form very agreeable: “I have been a Kathak student for the past 6 years and want to pursue it seriously. But I find that neo-Kathak holds a lot of appeal too, which is combining Kathak with western dance styles. There are many such new styles coming up and I would like to try them out as well.”The market for fusion classical dance forms is stronger than for classical dance. Ruupa Raman, a Bharatnatyam dancer in Chicago, learnt the art for 20 years. During the past five years she has held many performances, but, says it has not been easy: “Finding opportunities and occasions to perform pure classical dance is not that simple. Most event organizers are just not interested. Then there have been times when more than half the audience either walks away or is busy talking during classical dance performance. All this is extremely disheartening.” Supriya Desai’s students in performanceKhanna is critical of schools that compromise the classical forms. She says, “I have had students from a famous dance academy that proclaims to teach Kathak dance as well as movie dance, and has international branches. Not one of her numerous students that I have taught knew beyond the very first Kathak footwork 1-2-3-4 or the film Umrao Jaan dances. And these were students who had been at big Bollywood events in U.S. for more than 6 months. They come with the supreme confidence of having performed on stage for a year, but don’t even know the basic choreography rules, like coordination and importance of expression during any performance.”Corporate sponsors drive the demand at entertainment, cultural and religious events at which Bollywood’s mass appeal easily trumps that of Kathak and Bharatnatyam.Desai says she has stopped attending many Indian competitions and cultural events, which are geared toward popular dance forms. Desai, who was chairperson of the Hindu Temple in Raleigh, N.C, says she was “popularly unpopular” for her strong views on the subject. She traces the demand for movie dances to the 1995 film Khalnayak and the song “Choli ke Peeche Kya Hai.” She has defied the tide and does not admit students interested only in movie dance. She says that at least her school will not be a springboard for Bollywood latke-jhatke. Supriya Desai: By having fun with the Indian community and film dance performances, we are not preserving our culture. We are in denial if we believe thisDesai as well as Vijaylaxmi are critical of dance teachers who allow film dances during arangetram or allow stage performances by students before they are ready. Some of the teachers are globe-trotters with little time for students, they complain. In turn, students grow up learning the “tricks of the trade,” viewing classical dances as mere stepping stones to film dances and a stage career.Says Vijalaxmi, “I am not biased against any culture, but I have noticed that certain teachers from the Western part of India are treating classical dance as just a form of entertainment. South Indian teachers understand and grow up with the classical dance culture. Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniaattam and Kathakali are dance forms we revere deeply. To defy the tradition revolving around these is sacrilege in our eyes.”A recent recital in New York City by the Kathak legend Pandit Birju Maharaj captures the dismal state of classical Indian dance in America. Even though free passes had been distributed for the event, the auditorium was half empty for Birju Maharaj’s poetry in ghungroos. Related Itemslast_img read more

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BJP now mulls offering two key portfolios to Sena

first_imgUnable to form a new government in Maharashtra 11 days after emerging as the single largest party in the Assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may now offer two of the four important portfolios to ally Shiv Sena in a bid to at least bring the party to the discussion table.BJP sources had initially said that all talks with the Sena regarding the share in State Cabinet would exclude these portfolios, namely, home, revenue, finance and urban development. However, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who has been reminding the BJP of its pre-poll promise of sharing power equally, showed no interest in the proposal.According to sources in the BJP, the Sena’s firm stand and the resultant deadlock in government formation has prompted the BJP to take a step backwards and come up with a new offer. “We can discuss the exchange of finance and revenue portfolios,” a senior BJP minister privy to the discussions said. While Mr. Fadnavis and Mr. Thackeray are not talking directly, the BJP leader said negotiations through other channels have been under way since the day the results were announced.The BJP’s new offer, however, does not mention anything about the chief minister’s post. Sena leaders have been insisting that equal power shares also mean the CM post being shared for two-and-a-half years. Mr. Thackeray has said he has received no word from the BJP camp on government formation.The desperation of the BJP leaders, especially Mr. Fadnavis, was visible on Sunday during his tour to Akola in Vidarbha to inspect crop losses due to excessive rain. “The problems in forming the government will be resolved soon. The government should be formed soon, which will be good for the State as there are limitations to the financial aid that an interim government can announce for farmers,” he said while speaking to reporters. This is the first time any BJP leader has admitted to problems in forming the government.Mr. Fadnavis will meet BJP president Amit Shah in Delhi on Monday, sources in the party said. Contrary to Haryana, where the BJP’s central leadership swung into action to form a government, in Maharashtra, Mr. Fadnavis appears to be fighting a lone battle. The BJP has rejected this perception, and said the central leadership will be in the picture once the Sena joins the discussion table. “There needs to be some basis to start discussions. The Sena leadership is not agreeing to negotiate. How can our central leaders intervene?” one leader said.Mr. Fadnavis’s visit to the Capital will coincide with Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar’s meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The two are likely to discuss the Opposition’s strategy in case the BJP and Sena fail to reach a consensus. Senior Congress leaders from the State have already met Ms. Gandhi regarding the political situation. According to State Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat, she has neither given her consent nor disapproved the move to extend support to the Sena if needed.last_img read more

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Maxim to showcase analog ICs for building automation and automotive

first_imgDesigners striving for greater efficiency and performance from increasingly compact electronic systems will be able to tap into three new building-block analog ICs from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). The MAX41464 sub-1GHz wireless transmitter, the MAX38888 backup power regulator, and the MAX16141 36-volt ORing FET controller for building automation, industrial, automotive, and portable applications will be featured at the electronica 2018 conference, Nov. 13-16, in Messe Munchen, Germany.System designers are constantly looking for ways to improve system efficiency and performance, extend battery life, add new features and reduce form factor and bill-of-material (BOM) costs. Maxim’s newest analog ICs demonstrate the industry-leading capabilities that pave the way for them to achieve these outcomes.MAX41464 is a sub-1GHz frequency-shift keying transmitter with the industry’s highest output power of +16dBm for long-range wireless sensors used in multiple applications including building automation and security systems. Operating from a single coin-cell battery, the transmitter extends battery life by consuming only 12mA operating current, 30 percent lower than that of the closest competitor. The transmitter is fully programmable using an I2C interface. A preset frequency mode option using a single 16MHz crystal eliminates programming and allows a single wire interface to an external microcontroller. In preset mode, the part also features auto-shutdown at less than 20nA shutdown current as well as data activity detector for auto-wake. Its frequency-hopping range from 300MHz to 960MHz supports worldwide use and the IC can be used in extreme temperature conditions with a -40 to 105 °C ambient temperature range.Maxim’s Continua family of backup power regulators is setting the standard for backup power in mission-critical applications.  The high-performance regulators charge a backup power source, such as a supercapacitor or capacitor bank, in just seconds to deliver continuous power to critical system components when the main power source is turned off. The MAX38888 reversible buck/boost regulator, the first member of the Continua family, delivers an industry-leading 95 percent peak efficiency. Operating over 2.5 to 5V input in buck mode, the MAX38888 charges an energy storage device at up to 500mA peak inductor current. On supply failure, MAX38888 operates in a boost mode, providing 2.5 to 5V output at up to 2.5A peak inductor current from an energy storage device, discharging all the way to 0.8V. In portable electronics where the main power source is a battery, the MAX38888 doubles battery life by lowering quiescent current up to 15 times lower than competitive solutions during idle mode. MAX38888 is available in a 38mm2 solution size, which is 33 percent smaller than the closest competitive solution.MAX16141 is a 36V ORing FET controller with voltage and current circuit breaker for monitoring over-voltage, under-voltage, over-current, reverse-current and over-temperature conditions in automotive power applications, including infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Providing a full suite of system protection functions, the controller elicits a rapid response time of 0.3µs to reverse current events, increasing system hold-up time and functionality during automotive transient conditions. By enabling a true shutdown mode to prevent leakage current and by minimizing the current draw to inactive circuitry, the controller decreases total system power and prioritizes engine starting power over all other electrical systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Fujitsu Electronics explores possibilities of PolaRFusion technology from InnoPhaseNext SECO: Intel Atom, Pentium and Celeron family of SoCs for low power designslast_img read more

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Klopp: I would have paid to lead Man City by four points

first_imgJurgen Klopp says he “would have paid money” to be four points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League after two games against the champions this season.City ran out 2-1 winners in their meeting at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, moving them back to within four points of the leaders and inflicting a league defeat on the Reds for the first time this season.Defeat saw Liverpool ultimately pass up the chance to go 10 clear of City, something that, in the eyes of many, would have effectively ended the hosts’ title hopes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? As it was, Leroy Sane’s 72nd-minute winner blew the title race open once again, as the German clinched victory after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s emphatic opener.Nevertheless, Klopp did not want to focus on the negative, adamant he never thought it possible to be clear of City after playing their two regulated Premier League fixtures.”If someone had told me after both games against Man City that we were four points clear, I would have paid money for it, you cannot believe,” Klopp told reporters.”We are still in a pretty good position so it’s all fine for us. Not in the moment, it feels really bad, but it’s only the moment.”Time to regroup, move on and prepare for the next game. Up the Reds.#WeAreLiverpool pic.twitter.com/TyCTPX7Fcr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 3, 2019″I didn’t think it would be possible. Football is like this. If we win this [match] and are 10 points ahead and from that point win no games, then nothing happens. It’s really important we take it game by game.”If we would have won the title five times in the last 10 years, we would say; ‘100 percent [we’ll win it]’. But we don’t have experience in it, so why act like someone who wins all the time?”We never won it as a team so we want to finish the season as good as possible, and that’s alright, we can, we’re still in a good position.”It is all fine for us. Not in the moment, it feels really bad, but it is only a moment. Then we have an opportunity to work on it.”Liverpool looked sharper in midfielder after Fabinho had replaced James Milner in the 57th minute, though Klopp did not feel the Brazilian suited the system he wanted to start the match with.”System wise it wasn’t a real alternative in the beginning and we adapted well after we changed, only because Gini [Georginio Wijnaldum] played really well on the left wing, or half left wing, if you like,” Klopp said.”Hendo [Jordan Henderson] was really impressive, and offensively I think we already had more moments [than City] in the game [before Fabinho came on], that’s what we showed the boys at half-time.”Immediately [after half-time] we were a major threat for them. We came through, passed through, the chance of Sadio [Mane] was great.”There were others moments when we took the ball and accelerated, not immediately passing, because if you can outplay the counter-press every team in the world struggles, even City.”We had these moments and sometimes the cross wasn’t good enough, or the pass – that happens. It’s not about two players [Fabinho and Milner].”You have to constantly work for momentum. That was the game today. There were a lot of really wild moments, a lot of rusty moments. It was really intense for both teams – they won, we lost, that’s how it is sometimes.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Champions League: Not the game we dreamed of, says Klopp after Liverpool draw vs Bayern

first_img Next Champions League: Not the game we dreamed of, says Klopp after Liverpool draw vs BayernChampions League, Round of 16 first leg: It is no accident that Bayern have reached the semi-finals of this competition in six of the last seven seasons and they showed their pragmatic calmness to subdue Liverpool’s normally lively front three on Tuesday. advertisement Reuters LondonFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 08:44 IST Liverpool will take on Bayern Munich in the second leg in Munich on March 13 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBayern Munich clinched a crucial 0-0 draw at Anfield in the Champions League last 16 on TuesdayThe result leaves it all to play for in the second leg in Munich on March 13I can’t remember too many clubs who have avoided defeat and kept a clean sheet here: Niko KovacBayern Munich showed all their Champions League experience and quality organisation as they held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their last 16 match at Anfield on Tuesday in a game of few chances and little drama.But the result leaves it all to play for in the second leg in Munich on March 13 when the German side will be without defender Joshua Kimmich who will be suspended after picking up a yellow card.Perhaps it was a case of both sides showing too much respect for the other — certainly both were wary of over-committing in attack — but for fans used to entertainment and drama on European nights at Anfield it was a let down.From the result point of view, it’s OK: Klopp”It is not the result or the game we dreamed of,” said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp.”I can’t remember any chances for either side in the second half. It wasn’t a Champions League night from that point of view. From a result point of view, it’s OK.”It is no accident that Bayern have reached the semi-finals of this competition in six of the last seven seasons and they showed their pragmatic calmness to subdue Liverpool’s normally lively front three.”I can’t remember too many clubs who have avoided defeat and kept a clean sheet here,” said Bayern coach Niko Kovac.”The fact that we managed to restrict them to very few chances shows that we played very well tactically as well as technically.”advertisementMohamed Salah, the man Liverpool look to for moments of inspiration, to create a goal out of nothing, had a night to forget with one of his poorest displays in this competition.Liverpool simply could not find the fluency and rhythm that brings the best out of their forward line although they will be pleased, in the absence of their defensive rock Virgil van Dijk, to have kept out Bayern.Key to that rearguard resilience was the performance from Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, who deputised well in the central-defensive role keeping Bayern’s scoring threat Robert Lewandowski quiet.In midfield, Jordan Henderson delivered an excellent display, especially in the opening 45 minutes, when he broke up Bayern’s attempts to create and also contributed some drive to Liverpool’s forward thrusts.HALF-CHANCESThere were few clear-cut chances in the game although Liverpool created several half-openings in the first period.The first was one of the best they managed — Henderson found Salah, who had snuck in behind Niklas Sule, but the Egyptian’s toe-poke at full stretch was straight at Manuel Neuer.At the other end, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker had to be alert to keep out a mis-hit clearance from Joel Matip that hit him in the chest.Kingsley Coman fired into the side-netting after a sloppy give away from Alisson but that was a rare sign of jitters from either defence.Bayern were content to sit deep after the break and the closest Klopp’s side came in the second half was a diving header from Sadio Mane in the 86th minute which Neuer pushed around the post.This was not a night that will go in the list of great European encounters at Anfield, a fact reflected in a rather flat atmosphere for much of the game, but Liverpool know they still have a chance to progress.”You’re playing an experienced team. They’ve been here and done it for five or six years,” said left back Andy Robertson.”We’ve kept a clean sheet, could’ve scored a couple of goals but the tie is well and truly alive. If we score there it’s crucial.”Also Read | We appeal AIFF to postpone Feb 28 Srinagar match but will go if ‘forced’ to: East BengalAlso Read | Manchester City must win Champions League to be among elite: Ilkay GundoganFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Liverpool vs Bayern MunichFollow Champions League Round of 16Follow Jurgen KloppFollow Mohamed SalahFollow Niko Kovaclast_img read more

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Premier Thanks Outgoing MLA

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter today, June 29, thanked Digby-Annapolis MLA Harold “Junior” Theriault for his years of service to the province and his constituents, and wished him all the best in the future. Mr. Theriault announced today he will not run in the next provincial election. “I have known Junior for many years,” said Premier Dexter. “He has a great sense of humour and has always worked hard to represent the people of Digby-Annapolis. I know how demanding public service can be, and Junior always took the role seriously. “I understand his desire to make more time for himself and his family, and I wish him all the best.” Mr. Theriault was first elected in 2003 and re-elected in 2006 and again in 2009. He also serves on the Veterans Affairs committee.last_img read more

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Canada needs a digital ID system bankers association says

first_imgTORONTO — The Canadian Bankers Association says Canada must create a digital identification system, potentially utilizing technology such as blockchain, biometrics and document review over a live video connection.The association’s chief executive says moving away from a paper-based, face to face process towards a modern identification system of this kind is needed to “unlock the full potential” of the digital revolution that is underway.Neil Parmenter added in his speech in Toronto today that the need for digital identification “will only grow more urgent” as Ottawa explores the possibilities of open banking, the payments system is modernized and blockchain and artificial intelligence move into “new frontiers.”The Department of Finance last week officially launched its public consultation on the merits of open banking, a framework that would allow consumers and businesses to permit third parties such as fintechs to access their financial data to provide innovative services.Parmenter says the CBA is calling for a “federated” model of digital identification which would create linkages between federal and provincial systems, which hold information such as social insurance and drivers’ licences, respectively.He says this digital identification system, which the CBA previously outlined in a white paper, could make it possible to authenticate an individual’s identity electronically using multiple digital reference points from different systems.“Instantly verifying who someone is using multiple digital reference points is more secure than relying on a photocopy of a drivers’ licence,” Parmenter told the Economic Club of Canada. “Because this digital network is connected, yet decentralized, the risk of compromising the system is reduced by eliminating ‘honeypots’ of data that hackers tend to target.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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UN chief Guterres highlights importance of sustainable energy in message to EXPO

Underlining the importance of energy, in particular for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for urgent action to ensure that everyone has access to clean, affordable and efficient energy so that they can rise to their full potential.“Energy is vital to our lives […] Access to energy helps children to study at night, farmers to grow more crops and hospitals to provide better care,” said the Secretary-General in his message to EXPO 2017, which opened today in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. In his remarks, the UN chief also noted that the theme of this year’s Astana EXPO, ‘Future Energy’, is all the more important given that energy in today’s world comes from many sources that contribute to climate change. “It reminds us that the world must take urgent action to ensure that everyone has access to clean, efficient and affordable sources of energy […] I hope this EXPO will help us resolve to contribute to more sustainable world,” added Mr. Guterres. Being held from 10 June to 10 September, the World’s Fair EXPO 2017 explores the possibility of scaling up the world’s sustainable energy production, promoting energy security and efficiency, as well as encouraging the use of renewable energy around the globe. VIDEO: UN Secretary-General’s message to EXPO 2017 The UN exhibit, a particular highlight at the EXPO, showcases technology and ideas that help the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through sustainable energy. “Given the urgency of the situation, the focus is going to be squarely on practical solutions,” said Cihan Sultanoðlu, the UN Commissioner-General for the Organization’s participation in EXPO 2017, reminding participants of the simultaneous need to make sure every woman, every man, every girl, and every boy has access to affordable and clean energy by 2030, while keeping temperatures within 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. Several UN entities, including the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will host events, release findings and showcase their work on how to mobilize investments to achieve breakthroughs on universal access to energy, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. read more

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Poll Will you take advantage of the home improvement tax break

first_img Yes. I’ve been meaning to, and this decides it. (517) Yes. I’ve been meaning to, and this decides it.No. I’ll still get a better deal ‘off the books’.No. I simply can’t afford it.It doesn’t really apply to me.Vote No. I simply can’t afford it. (1293) It doesn’t really apply to me. (1210) No. I’ll still get a better deal ‘off the books’. (1074) A NEW PROGRAMME announced by Michael Noonan as part of Budget 2014 will give a tax incentive to householders having work done on their home.Aimed at getting people to spend money and discouraging cowboy builders, it will allow a tax credit of 13.5 per cent for money spent on renovations priced between €5,000 and €30,000.Minister Noonan said work like window-fitting, plumbing, tiling and plastering would all qualify under the scheme.Today we ask: Will the scheme encourage you to invest in your home? Poll Results:last_img read more

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Poll Is 8 December the start of Christmas

first_img Poll Results: It’s never Christmas in my heart (500) YesNo – I’ve been shopping for agesI’ll put the tree up on Christmas EveIt’s never Christmas in my heartVote No – I’ve been shopping for ages (2176) I’ll put the tree up on Christmas Eve (837) Yes (1453) THIS WEEKEND WILL see the 8 December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.A national holiday in many countries, in Ireland it is the traditional start of Christmas in Ireland, a day that the Christmas shopping begins in earnest.But with decorations going up sooner and sooner these days, does the day hold any relevance outside of the church celebration?We’re asking: Is 8 December the beginning of Christmas?last_img read more

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Open thread What are you doing instead of going to the Garth

first_imgGARTH BROOKS WAS supposed to be playing five dates in Dublin’s Croke Park this week.We all know that that didn’t go to plan…But hey. Chin up. There are LOTS of things happening this weekend.You might even be arranging your own shindig.Holding a Garth tribute? Heading to Dublin anyway to have a bit of craic? Or trying to forget about it all?Let us know what you’re doing in the comments below.last_img

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Man flies with loaded gun in carryon laptop bag airport security missed

first_imgIn order to prevent further events such as 9/11, someone walking on to a plane with bombs in their shoes, or smuggling weapons on to an aircraft, stringent airport security checks have been imposed across the U.S. and at many international airports. One of the most controversial checks recently introduced is the full-body scanner, meant to identify any weapons or bomb parts hidden under clothing.While these checks are meant to identify any threats, as well as making us feel safer, it has been shown that they aren’t working.Farid Seif, a businessman from Houston, regularly carries around a loaded .40 caliber glock with him for protection. But when he was set to travel from Bush Intercontinental Airport last Christmas he forgot to remove the gun from his carry-on laptop bag. You’d expect the airport security screeners to pick this up, but they didn’t, and Farid flew with the loaded gun in his bag at his feet.When he got to his destination Farid realized the gun was in his bag and reported it to the airport. He couldn’t believe it was missed as it was the only thing in the bag. Federal authorities have also stated that this is quite a common occurrence, and that the main cause seems to be human error with screeners simply missing the weapon as it slides by on their display. In fact, up to 70% of tests done at certain airports failed to identify such items.Read more at ABC13.comMatthew’s OpinionYou have to wonder what the point of all these checks are when a security operative not paying attention can miss something so obvious as a gun in a laptop bag. What this screams to me is that the screeners are either not being trained correctly, or the way in which they work is not effective.Staring at a display for a few hours is going to become tedious and you will miss things. I don’t know how the TSA manages switching staff, but hopefully you have a number of screeners that switch every 30 minutes or hourly to stop fatigue setting in. There may also be a need for a second screener watching the work of the first as an added backup.This also highlights a need for more advanced scanning equipment which allows a system to identify suspect shapes and alert the operative to them. An alarm or flashing on-screen highlight would surely wake a person up and get them to check more thoroughly.last_img read more

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When I didnt die from my buddy shooting me I knew it

first_img‘When I didn’t die from my buddy shooting me, I knew it was time to get out’ Tommy Byrne, the greatest race car driver you’ve never heard of, tells The42 about his incredible life. 32,899 Views Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 10:00 AM Share6 Tweet Email2 By Kevin O’Brien 3 Comments Source: Crash & BurnSILVERSTONE, 1982IT WAS OCTOBER 1982. Unable to buy his way into the Formula One ranks, like his adversary Ayrton Senna could, Tommy Byrne had earned his shot to drive for McLaren.He had blazed a path through motorsport’s junior ranks, winning the British Formula Ford 1980, British and European Formula Ford 2000 ’81, British Formula Three ’82 championships en route to his first shot at Formula One. It arrived just four years after starting out as a race car driver.An unhappy spell with the uncompetitive Theodore F1 team, which was operating on a shoe-string budget, saw Byrne return to Formula 3 ranks. He won the F3 championship, which sealed a test drive for McLaren, and Byrne viewed it as his best route back to F1.But he felt he had little chance at winning a place on the McLaren team.It wasn’t because of speed. Byrne was fast. Faster than Michael Schumacher and Senna, claimed former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan. But Byrne had insulted McLaren chief Ron Dennis by turning down his previous offer to be a test driver. His cocky attitude also rubbed up some people the wrong way.“I knew two months before that I wasn’t going to be signed because Ron Dennis told me,” Byrne tells The42.“I knew that wasn’t coming. And I knew that all the other drivers were taken. So all I wanted from the test was to go super fast – which I did – and at least get a decent write up in the magazine, which I did.” Source: David Burke/Dot TelevisionDennis didn’t even turn up to watch Byrne drive, but bringing a couple of girls along to the test drive probably didn’t help his case either.Byrne had been out the night before with a friend, and they showed up at Silverstone with two female companions.“I mean, she looked like a whore,” Byrne later wrote about one of the girls in his book. “She wasn’t, but she wore lots of make-up and a skirt that barely covered her arse.”Despite all that, Byrne lapped Silverstone faster than anybody in a McLaren had ever done before. Byrne later found out that the car was tampered with to slow him down, as the team feared he might crash. A friend of his even suggested the official time was slower than those clocked on independent stop watches.“Very few people get to make it. I’m sure if I had a different personality, if I came across not as cocky, maybe possibly I could have gotten something with McLaren. But that wasn’t the way I was.“I got to where I got to…I had a lot of friends,” Byrne continues. “Lots and lots of friends. And again as I keep saying, you don’t get to where you got with no money without having friends.“It’s just who I was and I just didn’t fit what Ron Dennis was looking for. He was looking for a Senna or Martin Brundle – somebody who was easier to control.” Source: Tommy Byrne/YouTubeThe call never arrived from McLaren. “Byrne fast but too cocky,” was the headline in Motoring News magazine. He realised his dreams of making F1 were over.“I was a funny cocky. I’d just crack jokes and people ask me how good I am and everything. I was just funny.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dec 3rd 2016, 10:00 AM Senna was the same way, but he was just arrogant. It was just two different ways of going through it. People may have thought I wasn’t serious because I joked around so much.“Laughed and joked and still jumped in the car and did my job. So they were thinking, ‘well he’s not…’ But deep down, underneath…That was just my way of going along.”How would things have turned out differently if McLaren had signed the Dundalk man?“I’d probably be a four or five time world champion. Living in a different place. Probably not here right now.”****MEXICO, 1994Byrne is standing at the bottom of the stairs after hearing gunshots from the bedroom.His friend Ocho, “a playboy, alcoholic, manic-depressive bisexual” appears, fully naked, at the top of the stairway with a gun in his hand.“Hey Ocho,” Byrne says. “¿Qué pasa?”Ocho points his gun at Byrne and pulls the trigger. Luckily for Byrne, he misses. Source: Crash & BurnTwo unclothed girls run down the stairs past the crazed-Mexican, screaming.“Tommy help me, help me. He’s loco. He’s loco.”Byrne runs to his room, locks his door and packs his bags. He never returns to Mexico.“I knew,” he says. “I knew that I had to go. When I didn’t die from my buddy shooting me, I knew it was time to get out. I would probably have died drinking (anyway). God knows what they put in some of it.”After a stint in America attempting to make it as an IndyCar driver, Byrne was offered a job racing in Mexico in 1991. His life quickly spiraled out of control. It was three years of mayhem as he refused to give up on his racing dream.“It was crazy. It was just me and a bunch of crazy bastards. A lot of drinking, a lot of partying. It was at the end of that when I decided I better get my act together and get a job.“You just go along. Every year you think, I’ve still got a chance, I’m still young enough. I can still make a bunch of money in this stuff. Because driving racecars and winning is a great way to get paid.“It doesn’t happen that often in life. Usually it’s hard to go to work and make money. But the second best job is teaching. It’s what I do now.” Byrne’s office in Daytona. Source: Crash & BurnThese days he leads a far more serene existence in Daytona as a race car instructor. But that doesn’t mean he’s lost his need for speed.“I regret (that) I didn’t start mountain biking 20 years ago. That’s my new hobby. I just love it. But I’ve injured myself more in the last year than I have in racing all my life. I fell off and broke my teeth two weeks ago. Broke my finger, broke my collar bone. I do it for fitness and now I’m just going to try and go around it.“As far as racing regrets so I can’t. I’m trying to come up with something. By the way that’s not the first time I’ve been asked that question. You’ve seen the movie. No I’ve been fine. Since I decided to start working for a living in 1994, things have been good.”What advice would he give to a kid that raced around the track like Tommy Byrne?“I wish I could fine one. I’m not being cocky, that really is the truth. It’s just very hard to find. I thought everybody could drive like me, they just didn’t get the chance that I got.“And then I went to America and I started teaching, which is very hard to teach. Because I don’t think it’s that hard to drive, but to try and teach. There’s a place where you break and you turn and you gas, there’s way more to it than I realised. I just did it automatically.“But I thought that everybody could drive like I could. It turns out they can’t and it’s hard to find a superstar. Peter Dempsey was the last great driver that I found.” Michael Schumacher drives past a tribute to Ayrton Senna in 1995. Source: EMPICS SportTommy Byrne did plenty of undesirable things in his life, but there was no denying his talent.“Forget Schuey and Senna,” Eddie Jordan once said. “Tommy Byrne was the best of them all.”Was Jordan right?“I don’t know,” says Byrne. “He said that. Back in the day, if it was a one on one, with me, Senna and Schuemacher, yes I wouldn’t have a problem.“I would have been there right with them. But that’s what Eddie said.”Eight years on from the release of his incredible book, a documentary on Byrne’s life is now in cinemas. In typical Byrne fashion, he pulls no punches when he describes his feelings while watching himself on the big screen.“No fun. It’s embarrassing. I wasn’t expecting this. I just signed up for a documentary I didn’t know it was going to go this far. So it was very hard to watch the first time with a couple of hundred people watching your life story being told. Now I just don’t watch it.”***Crash & Burn is in cinemas nationwide now.  Source: WildCard Distribution/YouTubeNico Rosberg sensationally retires just days after winning the F1 World ChampionshipZaur’s the man! Antia to stay as Irish boxing coach for the next 5 years https://the42.ie/3114613 Short URLlast_img read more

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Buffon rolling back the years in PSG

first_imgLegendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes he is “better than five, six or seven years ago”.Buffon swapped Serie A champions Juventus for Ligue 1 defending champions PSG at the age of 40 in the off-season.The veteran shot-stopper helped Juve to seven successive league titles and nine in total during his time in Turin, where he also claimed 10 other trophies.Despite getting to his twilight, Buffon feels he has improved and surpassed his past performances.In an interview with France Football, Buffon said: “If you asked me ‘At age 35, do you feel differently than today?’ I would say, ‘I think I am better’.“Then you would say, ‘Impossible’. Me too. Sometimes, when I come home, that’s what I say to myself: ‘It’s not possible’. And yet, deep within me, I feel better than five, six or seven years ago. I cannot say why. Maybe because I changed my approach.After a day off, it was back to business on Tuesday for PSG ⚽️?Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.?? #AllezParis pic.twitter.com/9UCsDpHXYe— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 28, 2018“After, at my age, everything is a matter of envy and motivation.”“With Alphonse and Kevin [Trapp], we have a very good relationship and for me, even before being partners, they are like brothers,” Buffon said.“Their attitude in the daily work is exemplary and in a team, it is important to have a lot of respect and esteem for each other. This is already a good starting point.“Now, football has changed a lot. A team like Paris Saint-Germain play about 60 matches and I hope that they will play some more than last season. It seems unthinkable to me to have only one holder at the post and therefore logical to have three keepers.”last_img read more

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Rollins rows still Freedom of Information passed headed to Senate

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 9, 2017 – The Freedom of Information Bill is now passed by the House of Assembly; the members got the job done last night, says a media report.  Despite the stride and the commendation for the PLP Administration on finally tabling the Bill, Member of Parliament for Ft. Charlotte, Andre Rollins chided the government and called it a bogus attempt at transparency.Dr. Rollins said the government was not serious about freedom of information, offering as his evidence that some 206 Parliamentary Questions remain unanswered by the PLP Government.   Several of the PLP Members stood on points of order, as MP Rollins tried to dash the seriousness of the bill and exposed loopholes in the draft legislation.The PLP defector also said the Bill gives too much power to the executive branch of government, and makes the process of appealing a refusal of information too expensive.   Dr. Rollins also believes the penalties are too lenient and he labeled the FOIA worthless because there remains no campaign finance legislation to regulate donations to political parties.The bill was still passed and moves now to the Senate for debate.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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Youre The Worst star Chris Geere talks Detective Pikachu and wanting to

first_imgActor Chris Geere is at a crossroads. After five seasons, his show You’re The Worst came to an end in April. In the beloved FXX comedy-drama, he played Jimmy Shive-Overly, whom Geere describes as a “really funny asshole.” But starting this weekend, the British actor can be seen in Detective Pikachu, a big-screen take on Pokemon that couldn’t be more different from You’re The Worst.Detective Pikachu stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular Pokemon and is aimed at kids. You’re The Worst follows the relationship between Jimmy and Gretchen (Aya Cash) in a take that’s simultaneously modern, sloppy, cynical and honest. The series obliterates the tropes of a normal rom-com while addressing topics like sex, depression and cynicism.I got to talk over the phone with the boisterous and hysterical Geere about playing Jimmy, filming the most ridiculous sex scenes on TV and wanting to be Doctor Who.Below is an edited transcript of our conversation. 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 2:24 What was your reaction when you first got the script for the film?This is going to be fun. Because it has a bit of comedy, and a bit of adventure. My son watches the cartoon, and he’s 6. And obviously, he has never seen anything I’ve done before. It’s not really that wise to set a 6 year-old down to watch You’re The Worst. “And this is daddy against the pool table with someone who isn’t mommy.” There was a massive draw in knowing I could share that experience with him. And hopefully I am going to be the cool dad at school.What kind of roles would like to play that you haven’t yet?I would love to be Doctor Who. That’s my big dream. Failing that, a big villain. I’d love to play a character that seemed friendly and harmless and then turned out to be an absolute psycho. But I’m thinking in 2023 I’m going be the Doctor. Originally published Thurs. May 9 at 5 a.m. PT 0 50 Photos Post a comment Tagscenter_img When you first got cast on You’re The Worst, what were your impressions of Jimmy? And how has that changed over the five seasons?My first impression was, he’s a really funny asshole. I love the fact that he was such an idiot. He seemed to have brains but not necessarily any common sense and I thought that was hilarious. As the show progressed, I went through what the fans went through: I loved him at some bits, I felt sorry for him at other bits, and I hated him lot of the time. It was always quite tricky to find something I liked about him when everything he did was disgraceful, but that was part of the challenge and enjoyment of the job.What was your biggest surprise from the viewers of the You’re The Worst?Probably it goes back to the depression storyline. People were impacted by it. They were comforted by it. The impact highlighted how important it is. I will always look back at that as what really put us on the map. I’ve had great conversations with people who watch the show all over the world and everyone says the same stuff which is, “Oh my god I find the character so relatable.” My first instinct is, “Really? Oh dear.” Over the course of the whole show, I’ve realized we all have a bit of Jimmy, Edgar, Gretchen in all of us. It’s just whether we choose to talk about it. Whether we chose to express that side of us. I felt like I was in a scene from Die Hard but with Pokemon all around the room Chris Geere Share your voice How has your view of love changed from playing Jimmy on You’re The Worst?Jimmy and Gretchen complicate it way too much for themselves. Society makes you think you should be married by a specific age. And you should have this many children and you should live here… when actually what you should be doing is finding someone who makes you laugh and that you get on with and then not wondering whether you’re going to be with them in 10, 20 years time. Just hope that you’re with them tomorrow. I think that is what I have taken from the show. Love is far simpler than we give it credit.Shifting from love to sex. The sex scenes in the show are ridiculous. What’s it like to film them? And what do they add to the relationship between Gretchen and Jimmy?Six minutes into the pilot they were having sex. We already flipped the romantic comedy on its head, because now that they’ve done that. They’re not building up to anything. Shooting that first episode was filled with nerves. Towards the end of the show, we had a respect and understanding for each other that made it kind of easy rather than terrifying.Sex was always written in a rather funny way. I remember the scene where she said, “I want you to slap me in the face.” Then he slaps her in the face too hard, and she starts hitting him back and everything. Sex is really funny and you should be able to laugh at it. It shouldn’t be the kind of the choreographed Sharon Stone-esque moves. It’s dirty, it’s awkward, it’s weird. Sometimes you still wear your socks. I think You’re The Worst was really good at that. Whether that be in a bed, or up against a pool table, it’s just something that they do. They’re very sexual people.The obvious segue from this would be to start talking about the film Detective Pikachu.Of course. From sex to Pokemon.Who do you play in Detective Pikachu?I have to be careful here. I have a very cool role that’s featured throughout. I got to do some very, very cool stuff. I got to wear some cool things. There’s a scene I had to shoot with a wind machine, which to date has been my most fun on set ever. I felt like I was in a scene from Die Hard but with Pokemon all around the room. Now playing: Watch this: New trailer drops for Detective Pikachu TV and Movies Pokemon Go Doctor Wholast_img read more

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Mancherial Professor Jayashankar remembered

first_imgMancherial: Kothapalli Jayashankar, popularly known as Prof Jayashankar, had dedicated his life for the goal of achieving separate Telangana State, said BC Association district president Dr Neelakanteswara Rao.Town Goldsmith Association celebrated Prof Jayashankar 85th birth anniversary here on Tuesday, in which Ramshetti Narender, Ramesh, Ravindra Chari, Gundozu Ramesh, E Venugopal, State leaders Ramana, Brahmaiah, Pinnoju Krishnamurthy, Thorthula Satyanarayana, Bullion Merchants Association general secretary Sriramoju Rajeshwar, Gopalakrishna and others participated.last_img read more

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Super cop who questioned Dawood Ibrahim says Don confessed to crime

first_imgDawood IbrahimThe super sleuth who interrogated India’s most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim has finally penned a book revealing the don was an ordinary looking coward person, who confessed that he was involved in (organised) crime.Former Director General of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, BV Kumar, also known as the super sleuth of Indian customs, has revealed in his new book ‘DRI and the Dons’ that initial whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim was disclosed to him by one Rasheed Arba, an alleged underworld figure married to the sister of famous Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar.Speaking with the IANS, BV Kumar said that purpose of writing the book on underworld dons, particularly on Dawood Ibrahim and Haji Mastan, was to showcase DRI’s matchless contribution in initiating tough action against most dreaded underworld syndicates of South Asia.”We were the key agency to detain and interrogate Dawood Ibrahim and book him under COFEPOSA. When I got Dawood detained (in July 1983), a petition came up in the High Court of Gujarat for an immediate hearing. On don’s behalf, Ram Jethmalani had appeared to get Dawood released from detention,” Kumar said.Dawood Ibrahim, who later jumped bail and escaped to Dubai is still wanted by the DRI under the COFEPOSA case registered by BV Kumar.Kumar is one among a few Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers who led DRI as well as Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and had a wonderful career in which he crushed the notorious underworld syndicates of Mumbai.Remembering his encounter with Dawood, Kumar said that he was posted as Customs Commissioner in Ahmedabad in the mid-eighties. During that period a bloody gangland shootout between Dawood Ibrahim and Karim Lala gang had created a scare in the society, affecting peace in Maharashtra and Gujarat.Kumar writes in his book that one day while returning from Porbandar to Mumbai by car, Dawood was accidentally hit by a bullet fired by his aide, sitting in the rear seat of the vehicle. The shot was actually aimed at Alamzeb, D-company’s gang rival owing allegiance to Karim Lala.In his book, the former IRS officer reveals that the bullet had hit Dawood in the neck, but the injury was minor. The don was taken to Baroda’s Sayaji Hospital. “I was informed about the incident and I immediately spoke to PK Dutta, the then Commissioner of Police, Baroda.Later during interrogation, Dawood admitted that he was doing ‘number do ka dhandha’ (involved in illegal activities). He was talking to me in Hindi. I found him as an ordinary person who looked calm. The interrogation continued for half an hour at Dutta’s office. I then returned to Ahmedabad and obtained a detention warrant against Dawood under COFEPOSA,” said Kumar.When asked how Dawood managed to become one of the most dangerous underworld dons in Asia, Kumar said that lack of political will seems to be the biggest reason for this.”Dawood used his money power to lure everyone. From Bollywood stars to cricketers and maybe some big politicians. But I am of the view that once India signed the extradition treaty with the UAE, the underworld lord was compelled to leave Dubai and take permanent refuge in Pakistan.He is no more as influential as he was in the UAE “where he was rubbing shoulders with celebrities,” he said.Kumar said he presumes Dawood is not well these days and might remain in Pakistan till everything is over for the fugitive.last_img read more

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Doing the Cupid Shuffle in the Name of Good Health

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROThe First Baptist Church of Glenarden has been hosting health fairs for 25 years and to mark this year’s occasion, the Rev. John K. Jenkins and his first lady didn’t mind doing the Cupid Shuffle, by Lafayette, Louisiana singer Cupid, in a pulpit normally reserved for more serious expressions of worship.Last Saturday the Jenkins kept in step with fitness queen Donna Richardson who went from dancing to preaching at the Upper Marlboro church where more than 2,000 people came out and took part in health screenings, cooking demonstrations and even did the Cupid shuffle “in the name of Jesus.”Greeters and guests at the 25th Annual Health Fair at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden. (Courtrsy Photo)“We are trying to help people live longer and better,” said Reverend Jenkins who added that over the years the annual event has actually saved lives.  “We have had people discover that they had cancer and because it was detected earlier enough it prolonged their life and we are grateful to God.In keeping with the theme-Bold Radiant Reflection of God- Mellissa Johnson, director of the church’s Health Ministry, was proud to be dressed in a glitzy silver pantsuit that she said was inspired by Luke 11:36 which reads “If your whole body is full of light and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”“God’s Light reflects on us and we reflect that light back to earth,” Johnson said. “We want everyone to come and see the light so that we can show God’s light to the world.”From the “Man Cave,” where men were being screened for prostate cancer, to a section for women to be checked for breast cancer, to every part of the main level of the church, there was some type of health related event. In one section people could even walk through an air filled colon to look at polyps that could be inside their small intestine.“You have to make a commitment,” Richardson told the gathering.  “How can you take care of business if you are sick in bed. Make a commitment to start. Isn’t gluttony a sin?”But Stanley Johnson, Chief of the Prince George’s County Division of the Maryland National Capital Police showed that working out can be fun. He and his son were giving out golf lessons near the main entrance to the building.Kimberly Covington, a nurse in the Prince George’s County School System, said events like the health fair is good for young people. “It is so important to show them what they need to be and not just tell them.  Whether we are eating properly or living for Christ it is about living your life holistically in the correct way.”last_img read more

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