More than happy to get a point against Qatar says Igor Stimac

first_imgDoha: He is “more than happy” with the solitary point that the Indian football team snatched by drawing against Asian champion Qatar but coach Igor Stimac says he has told the players to stay grounded as they can’t afford complacency during FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The former Croatian international wants the Indian players to stay focussed and garner more points in their upcoming matches. India dished out a gritty performance to Qatar to a goalless draw in a FIFA World Cup Round 2 qualifying match here on Tuesday night. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”As a coach, I don’t have time to waste in thinking too much higher than it was a few days ago when we lost to Oman. Still today as a coach, of course, I am more than happy to get a point against the reigning champions of Asia,” Stimac said at the post-match press conference here. “We need to improve in certain areas, on the other hand, all congratulations not just to my players but also for Qatar. There was excitement in front of both goals, of course.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”It was a great experience for us. All credits to my players, I am very proud of my players. But the message to the team is to keep yourself down as it is just a point,” he added. Despite playing without their talismanic captain and striker Sunil Chhetri, who was laid low by fever, the Indians denied Qatar, who won the Asian Cup title in January, despite the home side managing more than a dozen shots on target. “Qatar deserved more from this game. They created more chances today but we also had many chances,” Stimac said. Stimac also took a potshot at those who criticised his team’s fitness levels after India lost 1-2 to Oman in their campaign-opener, with both Oman goals coming in the final eight minutes. The coach asserted that fitness was never a problem for his side. “You see, I cannot reply to each comment after a game because not many people are well educated about football. We are a fit team and we proved it today. “We played against Qatar and we made space for ourselves even in the last minutes. We made sprints even in the 95th minute, showing a lot of concentration. So we showed good fitness,” Stimac said. India will play Bangladesh in their next World Cup qualifying match in Kolkata on October 15 and the coach expects a full house at the mecca of Indian football. “Our country has a population of over 1.3 billion people compared to that this was a very small crowd. “I want to see 80,000 people in Kolkata against Bangladesh. We deserve that and they need to come and support us,” Stimac signed off.last_img read more

Canadian swimmer Maggie MacNeil wins gold at worlds

first_imgGWANGJU, Korea, Republic Of — Maggie MacNeil exceeded her expectations at the world aquatics championships. And then some.The 19-year-old from London, Ont., competing on her first senior national team, stunned many observers by winning the women’s 100 metre butterfly Monday. MacNeil also earned Canada its first gold medal of the competition and surprised herself along the way.Margaret MacNeil of London, Ont., raced to gold in the women’s 100-metre butterfly at the world aquatic championships.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 22, 2019“Definitely not,” MacNeil said when asked if she saw the accomplishment coming. “I was hoping to get to a semifinal and maybe make a final.“I felt good in warmups but emotionally I’ve never been so nervous (before final).”MacNeil set a Canadian record with a time of 55.83 seconds, 0.39 seconds ahead of reigning Olympic champion and world-record holder Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden.Emma McKeon of Australia was third. Sjostrom had won the title four times.Sjostrom took it out strong, dipping under her world-record pace on the first lap, while MacNeil was in fifth. But MacNeil roared back with the fastest closing lap — 29.06 — of the eight-woman final and touched first.RELATED: Canada’s female swimmers voted Canadian Press team of the yearEven after touching the wall, MacNeil still wasn’t aware she’d won the race.“I saw Sarah in my periphery,” she said. “I didn’t have the greatest touch but at that point all I was hoping for was to get a medal for Canada.“It (winning feeling) is pretty indescribable.”After receiving their medals, the three women gathered on the top podium spot and raised their palms to the crowd, displaying a message to ailing 19-year-old Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee.“Rikako never give up” it read, with hearts decorating their palms. Sjostrom came up with the idea.Ikee announced in February that she has leukemia. She was the world junior champion in the 100 fly and had the fastest time in the world last year. She is aiming to return in time to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.“We’re hoping this will show that we’re supporting her and we’re here if she needs anything,” said MacNeil.Canada captured a second medal later Monday when U.S-Canadian dual citizen Sydney Pickrem took bronze in the women’s 200-metre individual medley behind Hungarian star Katinka Hosszu and Ye Shiwen of China.MacNeil has one more individual event to compete in — the women’s 50-metre butterfly. But she figures that with Monday’s win, she created more work for herself on Canada’s relay squads.“But that’s a good thing,” she said with a chuckle.The 100-metre butterfly victory also gives MacNeil the luxury of being able to think about next year’s Tokyo Olympics more seriously. While the gold medal hasn’t guaranteed MacNeil an Olympic berth, it’s generally regarded as the first step towards selection, and her time can stand against those posted at the Olympic trials.And the same would apply for Pickrem.“It does boost my confidence going into the Olympics,” MacNeil said.In the meantime, MacNeil’s first order of business is coming to grips with her stunning victory.“I don’t imagine getting much sleep,” she said. “No, it hasn’t sunk in and I’m not sure it will even after the meet.”Meanwhile, Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont., and Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, B.C., advanced to the final of the women’s 100 metre backstroke. Masse, the reigning world champ, won her semifinal.READ MORE: Canadian swimmer Masse sets 100-metre backstroke record at world championshipsIt was MacNeil’s second medal in as many days. The University of Michigan student teamed with fellow teenagers Ruck, Penny Oleksiak and Kayla Sanchez to win bronze in the 4×100 metre freestyle relay on Sunday.Canada now has one gold, two silver and three bronze medals at the two-week long event, featuring swimming, artistic swimming, diving and water polo.last_img read more

The Great Canadian Baking Show ups its game goes for skill over

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Dan Levy and Julia Chan are the co-hosts of The Great Canadian Baking Show. (HO / THE CANADIAN PRESS) One contestant, for example, astounded the judges by creating a masterful black forest cake.French-born judge Bruno Feldeisen went so far as to tell at least one competitor they would be right at home in the kitchen of his West Coast eatery. “We’ve seen skills only professional bakers have.”Judge Rochelle Adonis, a Canadian-Australian pastry chef, agreed. “The skill level is very impressive. Everyone is really pushing themselves.” Like a great pie crust, The Great Canadian Baking Show requires training, practice, luck and the right ingredients.The people behind Season 2, which began Wednesday on CBC, feel confident viewers will like their new recipe. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img The series launched to great expectations last season due mainly to the wildly successful original British version of the franchise. Home bakers across Canada were already familiar with former British judge Mary Berry’s dictum when it comes to pie crust: no soggy bottoms. Advertisement Some viewers, however, were less than impressed with both the tasks and the contestants in Season 1. According to all involved, the bar has been raised.“The culinary team has really upped the challenges this season,” says host Julia Chan. Adds co-host Dan Levy, “some things even the judges wouldn’t attempt.” Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Demonstrations in Khouribga Support Teacher Who Violently Assaulted Student

Rabat- Students organized demonstrations on Wednesday to protest the detention of a teacher who was caught on video violently assaulting a highschool girl. The Court of First Instance in Khouribga, a city 123 kilometers southeast of Casablanca, ordered the detention of the teacher on Tuesday.The older male teacher, who appeared striking and cursing at his student during class in the viral video, admitted to charges against him and remains in detention. A member of the victim’s defense committee, Idriss Harach, told Hespress news site that the girl threw chalk on the teacher who beat her.The girl’s father utterly refused to withdraw her complaint, despite Harach’s attempts to find common ground between the two parts, as the incident coincided with the holy month of Ramadan, Harach informed the same source.In protest against the court’s order, many students of Imam Malik Highschool where the violence took place, gathered in front of the court calling for the teacher’s release while chanting insults at the assaulted girl. Harach noted that the demonstrations siding with the teacher further eliminated the possibility of reconciliation between the girl and her assailant. The teacher’s arrest immediately followed the posting of the video that circulated online on May 19 and fueled the anger of social media users calling for his arrest. In response, the Moroccan public has questioned the role of the Ministry of Education and the fate of Moroccan education, in the face of rising reports of violence against students and teachers alike.Minister of Education, Vocational Training, and Higher Education Said Amzazi denounced the act of violence on Monday and said that it contradicted the morals and values of education. read more

Kentucky gayrights activist arrested during protest

Courtesy: Fairness Alliance LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A prominent gay-rights activist has been arrested during a protest at the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Country Ham Breakfast and Auction, a state fair event that draws several political leaders.State troopers dragged Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman out in handcuffs on Thursday. It wasn’t immediately clear what he was being charged with.- Advertisement – American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky spokeswoman Amber Duke said the arrest happened when Hartman was denied entry to the event despite having a ticket.The Fairness Campaign said members were there to protest the Farm Bureau’s stance on gay rights and other issues.Farm Bureau spokesman Todd Bright says it did not give instructions to deny anyone entry to the event. The organization says it does not discriminate, but its policies do reflect its membership. read more

Tired and cranky Brock student researcher hopes public can help find out

Didn’t get enough sleep last night? You’re not alone. One-third of Canadians suffer from sleep problems.Reuben Howlett, a master’s student in Brock University’s Department of Psychology, wants to understand how poor sleep affects emotion and cognition, and hopes members of the public can help by participating in his most recent study.According to Statistics Canada, around half of Canadian adults have trouble falling or staying asleep, and a third sleep less than the recommended seven hours. At any given time, about 10 per cent are suffering from clinically debilitating insomnia.Reuben Howlett, a master’s student in Psychology, demonstrates some of the equipment in Brock University’s Sleep Research Laboratory with third-year PhD student Kari Lustig.Poor sleep greatly reduces productivity, costing billions to the economy, and leaves drowsy drivers at an increased risk of car crashes.Getting enough sleep lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke, helps regulate your appetite, protects against cancer and dementia, and even boosts your immune system. It also improves reaction time, mood, emotion regulation and memory.“Imagine if there was medicine that you could take daily that did all this, people would be lining up at the pharmacy. So why are we neglecting sleep?” asks Howlett.The 29-year-old Etobicoke resident is interested in understanding the effects of poor sleep on people’s ability to perceive information, such as facial expressions and pictures, in their environment. His master’s thesis research project is supervised by Kimberly Cote, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Director of the Brock University Sleep Research Laboratory, and Past President of the Canadian Sleep Society.“Our research will contribute to a growing body of knowledge on how sleep affects human cognition and daily functioning,” Cote says.Members of the public are asked to participate in Howlett’s ongoing study.Study participants don’t need to sleep at the lab. Instead, they take home a simple, easy-to-use version of the cutting-edge equipment that researchers use. Participants wear the sleep monitors in their own homes for two nights, then spend an afternoon on Brock’s main campus completing computer tasks in the lab.Researchers are looking for both good and poor sleepers aged 18 to 50. Good sleepers who are not shift workers, are non-smokers and have no diagnosis of psychiatric conditions (such as depression, anxiety or schizophrenia) are invited to contact the Sleep Lab. For poor sleepers, researchers are seeking individuals who have trouble falling/staying asleep and who normally get less than 6.5 hours of sleep. They must have difficulty sleeping at least three times a week and the trouble must have been ongoing for at least one month.All participants will receive a $60 honorarium. Poor sleepers will also receive a guidebook on how to improve their sleep.To sign up or for more information on eligibility requirements, contact the Brock Sleep Research Laboratory at, 289-407-1567 or by visiting the lab’s Facebook page.This project has been funded by two internal grants from Brock University: a Council for Research in the Social Sciences award and a Brock University Student Research Award. read more

Football No 4 Ohio State releases depth chart ahead of matchup with

Members of the Ohio State football team sing “Carmen Ohio” following the Ohio State-Oregon State game on Sept. 1. Ohio State won 77-31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter recording wins over Oregon State and Rutgers to start the 2018 season, No. 4 Ohio State released its depth chart ahead of its first ranked game of the season, a neutral-site matchup against No. 15 TCU. After defeating the Scarlet Knights 52-3 on Saturday, the Buckeyes will bring the same depth chart when the team travels to Arlington, Texas. With the same offensive line, Ohio State still has both redshirt junior Mike Weber and sophomore J.K. Dobbins splitting time at running back and redshirt sophomore Luke Farrell and redshirt junior Rashod Berry splitting time at tight end. On defense, sophomore linebacker Baron Browning is still listed as the starter at middle linebacker with redshirt sophomore listed at No. 2 Tuf Borland as he continues to recover from his Achilles injury. At safety, sophomore Isaiah Pryor and redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint are listed as co-starters alongside junior Jordan Fuller. Ohio State will take on TCU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. read more

3D Laser Mapping receives government research funding

first_img3D Laser Mapping has embarked on a research project in partnership with Durham University, following the award of a share of a multi-million pound government grant. The project, which aims to develop new models for slope failure monitoring, will be used to improve the safety and operational efficiency of mining companies around the world. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), like this one between 3D Laser Mapping and Durham University, help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of the knowledge, technology and skills that already reside within UK colleges and universities.Dr Graham Hunter, 3D Laser Mapping’s Executive Chairman and Founder said: “KTP supports innovation led partnerships between commercial organisations such as 3D Laser Mapping, leading academic institutions like Durham University and external stakeholders such as the Technology Strategy Board. It is the leading knowledge exchange programme in Europe and we are extremely proud to be a part of it.” He continued: “By utilising the recently gained knowledge and expertise of our KTP Associate we can build on our existing mine monitoring solution SiteMonitor and incorporate the latest principles and innovations from academic research.”The project sees KTP Associate Dr Ashraf Afana join the 3D Laser Mapping team from Durham University where he will work on a three year placement on the integration of full waveform (FW) data processing into the ‘SiteMonitor’ product. Afana, who has a PhD in Fluvial Geomorphology from the University of Almeria in Spain, will be working in a ‘hands-on’ technical position developing and implementing a slope monitoring system that utilises strain-rate based failure modelling. He will work closely with 3D Laser Mappings Research and Development division and will undertake project work with some of the world’s leading mining companies. Afana added, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I get to work at the cutting edge of slope monitoring research and development software using my knowledge and skills to further develop a system that is already saving lives and improving efficiencies. I will gain hands-on experience of the system and get the opportunity to extract first-hand feedback from existing and potential users.” The partnership received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme (KTP), the Technology Strategy Board and other government funding organisations.last_img read more

Motorists urged to take care on wet roads as Cork issues flood

first_imgTHE CITY OF Cork looks set to be hit hard by the torrential rainfall the country is currently experiencing.Cork City Council today said that high tides from 6pm today, 6.20am and 6.40pm tomorrow and 7am and 7.15pm on Sunday would put the city at risk of tidal flooding.Areas most likely to be affected, the council say, are: South Terrace, Trinity Bridge, Rutland Street, Cotter Street, Stable Lane, Union Quay, Morrison’s Quay, Proby’s Quay, French’s Quay, Crosses Green, Sharman Crawford St, Wandesford Quay, Lavitts Quay, Kyrls Street & Kyrls Quay, Coal Quay and Lapps Quay.The council has recommended businesses and homeowners in these areas take preventative measures.Met Éireann is forecasting that heavy rain will continue for the rest of today, with some heavy showers tomorrow.They have issued weather alert for the rest of the day, saying that some parts of the country will see up to 40mm of rain before midnight.Meanwhile, the AA has called on motorists to be careful, after two fatal accidents on the roads already.“Friday morning commuter traffic is normally lighter than the rest of the week but not today’ says Aoife Carragher, Head of AA Roadwatch.“In Cork a crash on the South Ring Road in very poor driving conditions resulted in extremely long delays. Similarly in Dublin city centre against the back drop of persistent rain two minor breakdowns brought traffic to a standstill. Fallen trees, overturned trucks, minor tips and any number of breakdowns have been the order of the day.“It is essential for drivers to be aware of the change in conditions as they take to the roads. Speed is unfortunately still the most common cause of collisions so motorists need to slow down and to increase braking distances. It’s much darker out there so use your dipped headlights; this will improve visibility and it will make it easier for you to be seen by other vehicles, which is equally important,” says Aoife.Read: Even the weather has the post-Budget blueslast_img read more

Apple lance labonnement à la presse sur lApp Store

first_imgApple lance l’abonnement à la presse sur l’App StoreLa marque à la pomme va lancer un service d’abonnement à la presse via l’App Store. Les éditeurs pourront en fixer le prix mais devront verser 30% à Apple.Apple continue de trouver de nouveaux moyens de s’enrichir. La firme de Steve Jobs va en effet lancer un service d’abonnement à la presse et autres contenus culturels (musique, vidéo) sur la plateforme App Store sur le modèle de The Daily, lancé début février et exclusivement réservé à l’iPad. Les éditeurs pourront en fixer librement le prix et la périodicité mais devront, comme toutes les applications présentes sur l’App Store, en verser 30% à Apple. Une méthode critiquée par les professionnels européens, et surtout français. Steve Jobs a tenu à se défendre : “Notre philosophie est simple: quand Apple attire un nouvel abonné sur l’application, Apple gagne une part de 30%. Quand l’éditeur amène un abonné – nouveau ou existant – sur l’application, l’éditeur garde 100% et Apple ne gagne rien”.Une liberté de choix pourtant limitée puisque Apple exige que “si un éditeur propose une offre d’abonnement en dehors de l’App Store, cette offre (ou une meilleure offre) soit également proposée au sein de l’app, afin que les clients puissent facilement s’abonner d’un simple clic depuis l’App Store. En outre, les éditeurs ne peuvent plus fournir des liens dans leurs applications (pour un site web, par exemple) qui permettent au client d’acheter du contenu ou des abonnements en dehors de l’application”. Les éditeurs et syndicats de la presse sont en tout cas prêts à se battre. Une enquête pour  abus de position dominante sur la distribution des contenus numériques pourrait être ouverte par les autorités de la concurrence à leur demande…Le 16 février 2011 à 11:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Great now your monitor can be hacked too

first_imgYou are all well aware that your computer, tablet, and smartphone can be hacked… but have you ever wondered if someone is trying to compromise your monitor?Probably not. It’s just a dumb display, isn’t it? I mean, all it does is sit there and light up pixels wherever your computer tells it to… right? The unfortunate truth is that monitors are smarter than we generally think they are, and that makes them a perfect target for hackers.And Cui is the lead scientist at Red Balloon Security, and he led the team that made this frightening discovery. Like so many devices nowadays do, your monitor has a microcontroller inside it. That got Cui thinking that monitors could, therefore, be hacked and manipulated.He was right: Cui and his team developed a working exploit. “We can now hack the monitor and you shouldn’t have blind trust in those pixels coming out of your monitor.”Last year at Black Hat, Cui showed off a printer he turned into a remote bugging deviceOnce they had successfully hijacked a monitor — which involves injecting malicious firmware via a drive-by attack — the group could alter what was being displayed on the screen. How dangerous could that possibly be, you ask? Being able to re-label even a single button could allow a bad actor to inflict a huge amount of damage in the right situation. Cui gives the example of tricking someone into shutting down a power plant.If there’s a silver lining to this cloud, it’s that it sounds pretty easy to detect. The image on a screen doesn’t refresh nearly as quickly as it would have prior to being infected. Hopefully you’d notice the difference at home.On an industrial control console where the display is mostly static anyway? Well, it might be a lot harder to detect. It’s time to stop trusting your monitors, people!last_img read more

Pw3 Testifies in Ebrima Jawaras Trial

first_imgBy Mamadou DemAlasana Ceesay, a resident of Lancaster Street in Banjul and a carpenter by profession, yesterday, Tuesday 3 May 2016 testified at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court as the third prosecution witness (Pw3) in the ongoing criminal trial involving Mr. Ebrima Jawara, a former Coordinator of Central Projects Coordinating Unit Office (CPCU) of the ministry of agriculture.Testifying before principal Magistrate Omar Cham, Mr. Ceesay told the court that he does not know the accused person, adding that he can remember doing some work at the ministry of agriculture on 24th November, 2015. “I was called to go and open a door by one Ismaila Bojang. I opened it by using my tools, hammer, screw driver and plier,” said the witness.“Did you also try to find out why you were called to open the door with your tools?” quizzed ASP Manga, representing the Inspector General of Police (IGP). “No,” replied the witness. He added that he did not use any key to open the door.He told the court that at the time he was opening the door there were people present but could not tell how many of them, adding that after opening the door, he advised them to change the cylinder.When asked as for how long he has been a carpenter, he said it was since 1980.Pw3 said if there were keys he would not have used his tools to open the door.Under cross-examination by Lawyer Modou Drammeh, representing the accused person, the witness said he has been working for the ministry of agriculture for almost a year.However, with the consent of both the prosecution and defence, the matter was adjourned to 24th May for continuation.Prior to the testimony of the witness, police prosecutors headed by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Almameh Manga, assisted by ASP Abdoulie Njie and Sub-Inspector Abdoulie Bojang, applied to interpose the evidence of PW2, who is said to be out of the jurisdiction, and which was granted by the court without objection from the defence.Readers would recall that Mr. Jawara is standing trial on a single count charge of “Punishment for malicious injuries in general”. He denied any wrong doing.The prosecution alleges that Mr. Jawara on the 24th of November, 2015, at Central Projects Coordinating Unit Office (CPCU) situated at the ministry of agriculture in Banjul changed the locker in the coordinator’s office without lawful authority and thereby committed an offence.last_img read more

Suspected home invader strikes Coral Gables homeowner tries fleeing police

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – A suspected home invader was caught and arrested, Monday afternoon, after trying to flee police at a Coral Gables home.According to police, the Coral Gables homeowner called police when he arrived home and noticed a suspicious car outside his house, near Granada Boulevard and Mariana Avenue, Monday afternoon.As the victim was on the phone with police, the suspected home invader, later identified as 36-year-old Cedric Gray Jr. walked out of the house, struck the victim with the bottom of a machete and attempted to run away on foot.Coral Gables Police responded at around 3:56 p.m. and caught Gray inside a nearby house. Officials then noticed his car was the same one caught on surveillance camera during a burglary at another Coral Gables home.Police later determined Gray acted alone. He is facing charges of armed burglary, grand theft and several other charges in relation to both incidents.There is no word on whether anything was stolen from the house.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

LinkedIn Expands Scope of Its Follow Company Feature

first_imgOn Monday the LinkedIn announced a new Follow Company button that lets individuals follow a brand or company page. The feature is essentially an expansion of functionality that was already in place, but from within the network itself. Now companies can allow individuals to follow them from outside the LinkedIn ecosystem by clicking on a button embedded in their websites.According to the blog post by LinkedIn product manager Mike Grishaver announcing the new feature, AT&T, Starbucks, Sony and American Express, among others, are already using the button on their sites. There are four ways to follow a company, including the embeddable website button. On LinkedIn itself, you can click a follow button on the company’s page, directly from a search results page, or by hovering over the company name in contact’s page and clicking on the follow link in the pop-up window. LinkedIn says it has more than 2 million companies and, as of early February, about 150 million members. The 2 million companies is up from almost 1 million since the spring of 2010 when LinkedIn launched its original Follow Company feature. At that point, there was no way to receive status updates from companies, a function that didn’t appear until later in 2011.last_img read more

Bonalu fete in Delhi concludes amid devotional fervour

first_imgCharminar: Bonalu, which was organised for the fifth straight year in the national capital by the Lal Darwaza Simhavahini Sri Mahankali Temple committee, concluded after three days of celebrations with devotional fervour.Speaking to The Hans India, the committee members who returned to the city informed that the programmes concluded with much devotional fervour amidst the presence of the Ministers, MPs and other prominent leaders from Telangana. Union Minister of State (Home) G Kishan Reddy and leaders actively participated in the 3-day programme, which started from July 2 and concluded on July 4. Also Read – Patancheru: Locals irked over overflowing nalas Advertise With Us On the last day, Kishan Reddy was given a grand welcome by the Lal Darwaza temple committee. Amongst other VIPs who took active part in the programme are MPs Bandi Sanjay Kumar, A Revanth Reddy, K Gorantla Madhav (AP), Special Representative of the Telangana government in Delhi Ramachandru Tejavath, Resident Commissioner at Telangana Bhavan Vedantam Giri and others. Also Read – Banjara Hills: Anything but a Japanese Park Advertise With Us Chairman Tirupathi Narsinga Rao, vice president K Venkatesh, General Secretary B Maruthi Yadav, Treasurer G Arvind Kumar Goud welcomed Kishan Reddy with a shawl and a memento for his presence. Speaking on the occasion, Kishan Reddy lauded the efforts of the temple committee, who along with the support from the state government, were continuously conducting the Bonalu festivities in the national capital without any break. He assured that from the next year the programme would also get the support of the Union Ministry of Culture. Advertise With Us The programme was marked by the stunts of the Poturaju, Sudhakar, Bonam and Rakesh were mesmerising. Meanwhile, the cultural programmes organised by the Department of Culture (TS) also enthralled the Delhiites. Later in the evening following different programmes in Ambedkar auditorium at Telangana Bhavan, those who supported the festivities were also felicitated. In the concluding programme, Malkajgiri MP A Revanth Reddy took part as the chief guest.last_img read more

Thai princess Sirindhorn arrives in Dhaka

first_imgThai princess Sirindhorn. Photo: CollectedThailand’s princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrived Dhaka on Monday on a four-day visit at the invitation of foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali.The princess is leading an 11-member high-profile Thai government delegation to visit philanthropic projects she set up in Bangladesh in 2011 under her father, late King Bhumibols’s Royal Chai Pattana Foundation, reports UNB.State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam received the Thai princess at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on her arrival in the afternoon. Bangladesh Ambassador in Bangkok Saida Muna Tasneem was present.Shahriar who attended funeral of Sirindhorn’s father had a brief discussion with the Thai princess at the airport, an official told UNB.On the first day, she visited Liberation War Museum in the city and took a tour of different galleries of the Museum.Officials at the museum described the brutalities carried out by Pakistan army during 1971 Liberation War.The Thai princes also attended dinner hosted by Thai Ambassador in Dhaka.During her four-day visit to Bangladesh, the princess is scheduled to meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and exchange views with agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and culture minister Asaduzzaman Noor and other dignitaries, officials said.The princess is also scheduled to visit various on-going royal projects in Bangladesh, under the Royal Chaipattana Foundation including public health and sanitation projects for school children, sustainable agriculture projects for farmers in Bangladesh and the Sufficiency Economy Learning Centre at the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation — all under the ‘Sufficiency Economic Philosophy’ pioneered by her late father King Bhumibol.She will also inaugurate a new environmental conservation project taken in collaboration with the environment and forest ministry of Bangladesh, titled “Bangladesh-Thailand Vetiver Grass Development Project to prevent hill erosion in Chattogram” on 30 May at Tiger Pass in Chattogram City.The Thai princess is also scheduled to visit the Ethnological Origins Museum in Chattogram and meet autistic and special children at the Proyash Institute of Special Education in Dhaka Cantonment, meet children and farmers at the Azampur Government Primary School, Uttara, Mariali Government Primary School, Gazipur and Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation in Dhaka.She will also attend dinner to be hosted by foreign minister Ali in her honour.last_img read more

Precious objects gathered by fleeing Rohingya

first_imgMajor Rohingya refugee camp populations in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh. — Map: AFPThe Rohingya had no time to consider what to take as Myanmar forces drove the Muslim minority into Bangladesh in a crackdown a year ago likened by the UN to ethnic cleansing.Some fled with little more than the clothes on their backs and children on their hips. But what they did manage to bring tells an intimate story about the plight of a long persecuted and stateless people.- ‘This isn’t immaterial’ -Jalal Ahmed prised the faded tin number plate marked with Burmese characters off the front of his family’s home as they packed up their lives and left Rakhine state.”When we were leaving, we knew we would need something to prove we were Rohingya, and proof of our residency,” he told AFP in the doorway of the shanty where he lives with his family in a vast refugee camp in southern Bangladesh.The Ahmed family had lived in a proud two-storey wooden home in their village for countless generations, Jalal’s grandfather Abdul said.Jalal, a 52-year-old businessman, said the plate was not a memento but a connection to his past before the misery of refugee life.”This isn’t immaterial,” Jalal said. “We carried it with us because wherever we go, this will show that we belong to a place.”- Our identity -Mohammad Ayaz, 12, brought a faded old photograph of his family with him on the long journey from Myanmar.It shows 17 people — his grandparents, siblings and parents, aunts and uncles — posing for an official portrait holding signs marked with Burmese script.The Rohingya are reviled in Myanmar as illegal immigrants, branded “Bengalis” and denied citizenship and basic rights and freedoms.”We will need this photo when we go back to Myanmar, to identify who is who from our family,” he told AFP, folding up the creased photograph for safekeeping.”It’s a very important picture. We will need this.”- Feeding the needy -Asaru Begum knew the journey to Bangladesh would be long and arduous, especially for her children and grandchildren.So she brought cooking pots to gather water, stew rice and green chillies, and perform ablutions for prayer while hiding out in the hills.”I brought the pots and rice because I knew the children would get hungry after two days’ journey,” she told AFP, pointing to the pots she still treasures today.”I brought them so I could feed the babies. They cry a lot when they are hungry.”- ‘I miss school’ -Mohammad Khares, a diligent pupil with dreams of going to university, was in his final year of high school when violence erupted in his village.”I miss school very much. I was about to graduate, I was this close. That really hurts,” the crestfallen 20-year-old told AFP.There are no schools in the camps, so Khares has used his Bengali and English language skills to find piecemeal work with foreign aid groups helping the refugees.His school ID card is precious.Most Rohingya receive little or no schooling in Myanmar so his card — bearing his photograph, credentials and official seal — is a rare privilege and a passport to opportunity.”When I go back to Myanmar, I want to resume my studies. But they might ask, ‘what proof do you have of your education?’ This card will prove that I was a Class 10 (final year) student,” he said.- Family first -Violence descended so quickly on Mohammad Jubayer’s village that he had no time to choose what his family might need to survive in Bangladesh.”On our way here, we couldn’t bring anything,” he told AFP at the edge of a fetid tent colony overlooking a trash-strewn, muddy clearing.Other escapees shared what food they could as Jubayer, 30, and his wife took turns carrying their four infant children as their eldest daughter trailed behind.”We spent nine days walking through the hills. We had our children with us. So we just carried them — nothing else.”- A touch of home -Mohammad Umar left all this favourite playthings behind in Myanmar as his family joined the steady exodus of Rohingya leaving their burning homeland.But once in Bangladesh, the industrious 12-year-old put his mind to work.Scavenging a rechargeable battery, and carving a hull from a chunk of styrofoam, he fashioned a rudimentary boat replete with a pen tube for a rudder.”We used to make these and play with them in Myanmar,” Umar said as the boat chugged through brown puddles swollen by monsoon rain.last_img

Star Wars Battlefront is taking you to Bespin with Lando and Dengar

first_imgStar Wars: Battlefront is about to let you spend some quality time among the clouds in its new DLC expansion. Star Wars: Battlefront Bespin has all new maps, weapons, characters, and a new cloud car vehicle.Lando’s back and fighting to save Cloud City. He’s described as one of the new heroes, as is Dengar. While I’m not sure I’d call Dengar a hero, I’ll bet there’s a mercenary or two out there who’d be more than happy to fight with him. There’s also a new game mode called Sabotage. I can’t quite tell who’s sabotaging who, but it looks interesting in the trailer. As for new weapons, there are two blasters offering short and long range options in the form of the EE-4 blasters and an X-8 Night Sniper. Another nice addition is a new cloud car vehicle to fly around in.Star Wars: Battlefront season pass holders have access to the Bespin content as of today, June 21. Everyone else has to wait a couple of weeks before it becomes available to purchase, giving you plenty of time to study (and ruin!) the new experience by watching YouTube gameplay videos or live streams.We’ve had Jakku, the Outer Rim, and now Bespin. Where do you think the next DLC will be?last_img read more

Apparent roadblock in the development of quantum lithography

first_img © 2010 ( — Just when it began to appear that scientists had found a viable way around the problem of the blurring that occurs when using masks to create smaller and smaller silicon wafers for computer chips, a previous study on beam splitting optics showed that the new approach would not work, at least as it has thus far been proposed. A group of researchers explain why in a paper in New Journal of Physics. Quantum electronics: Two photons and chips Currently, the silicon wafers that make up computer chips are made by the process of lithography, whereby optics are used to create an image on a piece of wafer. To create the channels that make up the transistors, masks are used to prevent some of the photons directed towards a wafer from arriving. When the wafer is then immersed in special chemicals, the parts that were struck react differently than those that weren’t, creating the channels. The problem is in the clarity of the image produced on the other side due to the use of optic lenses to focus the photons, as some degree of blurring will always occur due to the nature of lenses. As researchers try to make smaller transistors, the blurring eventually becomes a roadblock, which is why some are looking for alternatives.One such approach is to take advantage of the unique properties of entangled photons; those wily quantum particles that for some inexplicable reason, tend to mimic the behavior of one another, without any apparent means of communication, and at a rate faster than the speed of light. Because they are correlated, the thinking went, they’d always arrive at the same place at the same time (in this case a sensor) creating a near perfect image; so if say a mask were made, in this case a simple one with just two slits in it; it would make sense that the pair of entangled photons would interfere with one another as they tend to do, as they pass through the slit, then arrive together on the other side at exactly the same place and time, which is just what you’d need if you wanted to impact the material on the other side to create your wafer the way you intended. Unfortunately, things haven’t worked out quite that way, because as it turns out, while you can expect a pair of entangled photons to do their thing simultaneously, you can’t rely on them to arrive at the same target, or again in this case, the same sensor, while they are doing so; which of course is a big problem if you’re trying to make a wafer where the photons have to hit their target not only at exactly the same time, but in exactly the right place or you’ve got nothing to show for your efforts.Even so, researchers hoped that enough photons would arrive in the same place at the same time by chance to allow for the process to work; but this meant adding in an exposure time (waiting for enough of the photons to arrive at the same place) which as it turned out rose too rapidly as the feature size requirements went up, making the process unfeasible.While it appears the original idea for using entangled photons for the development of quantum lithography won’t work, researchers aren’t giving up hope just yet; the stakes are too high. The hope now is that some other new imaginative way can be thought of to get around the problems encountered, allowing for the creation of almost unimaginably small chips. Citation: Apparent roadblock in the development of quantum lithography (2011, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: On the efficiency of quantum lithography, Christian Kothe et al 2011 New J. Phys. 13 043028 doi:10.1088/1367-2630/13/4/043028AbstractQuantum lithography promises, in principle, unlimited feature resolution, independent of wavelength. However, in the literature, at least two different theoretical descriptions of quantum lithography exist. They differ in the extent to which they predict that the photons retain spatial correlation from generation to absorption, and although both predict the same feature size, they vastly differ in predicting how efficiently a quantum lithographic pattern can be exposed. Until recently, essentially all quantum lithography experiments have been performed in such a way that it is difficult to distinguish between the two theoretical explanations. However, last year an experiment was performed that gives different outcomes for the two theories. We comment on the experiment and show that the model that fits the data unfortunately indicates that the trade-off between resolution and efficiency in quantum lithography is very unfavourable. Explore further When sending two photons through a double slit they will produce an interference pattern on a detection line after the slits. Denoting the arrival position of the photons with s and t one can plot the detection probability where lighter colour indicates higher probability. If the photons are constrained to arrive at the same place the left figure applies; if they propagate independently the right figure applies. Image credit: New J. 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