The wife of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on Wednesday demanded that a narco test be conducted of him and as well as of the minor from Unnao, who has accused her husband of gang-raping her along with his accomplices.Sangeeta Singh Sengar placed the demand before Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police O.P. Singh here. She is a zilla panchayat head in Unnao, a post she won in 2015 while her husband was with the Samajwadi Party.“Even without a probe, they have already declared him a rapist. They must conduct a narco test of my husband and that girl,” Ms. Sengar told reporters.She alleged that there was a “political issue” behind the rape allegation against her husband, who she said was being “made a pawn.”“My husband is innocent… I have full sympathy for that girl. Her honour is being torn to shreds,” Ms. Sengar said. She added that the media labelling her husband as a rapist was causing mental harassment to the family.Court to hear case on ThursdayMeanwhile, the Allahabad High Court has taken suo motu cognisance of the case and decided to hear it on April 12.The special investigation team constituted by the government to prove the entire issue, the gang-rape allegations as well as the custodial death of the victim’s father, is already in Unnao and is expected to submit a preliminary report to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. There is heavy police presence in the village while the minor girl has been shifted to a district guest house and is under police protection.“All angles are being investigated,” ADGP Lucknow Zone Rajiv Krishnan, who is monitoring the special investigation team, told reporters in Unnao.
Shielded by the skull and packed with fatty tissue, the living brain is perhaps the most difficult organ for scientists to probe. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which noninvasively measures changes in blood flow and oxygen consumption as a proxy for neuronal activation, lags far behind the actual speed of thought. Now, a new technique may provide the fastest yet method of measuring blood flow in the brain, scientists report online today in Nature Methods. The technique, which bounces laser beams off red blood cells, has a resolution of under a millisecond—slightly less time than it takes a neuron to fire—and it has a far higher spatial resolution than fMRI. Even the most powerful fMRI machines, used only on animals, can image only millimeter-wide swaths of tissues including thousands of cells. The new technique, which takes its measurements from sonic waves produced by the beams, can image structures as small as individual blood vessels and cells (see above). Although the technique is not likely to be feasible in humans due to safety concerns, it could provide an important tool to better understand how blood flow and oxygen consumption is related to brain activity. That’s a key question for those relying on cruder and safer tools, such as fMRI, to study the human brain, researchers say. It is also a powerful tool for studying how errant eddies and whorls of blood in blood vessels can sometimes lead to stroke, they say.
Numerology is in vogue in Bollywood these days. Actors are adding letters to their names. Movie titles, too, have fallen prey. The result: Heyy Babyy, A Love Issshtory and the latest superhit, Singh is Kinng. When you combine the values attached to individual letters, they add up to “lucky” numbers.A different sort of number is being discussed in the corner office of Reliance Entertainment– the entertainment and media arm of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) – though Anil Ambani and his lieutenants must be hoping it proves equally lucky. That is the $500 million the group is proposing to invest in a joint venture with Steven Spielberg, the man who made Jaws and Jurassic Park. The money will enable Spielberg to exit his current contract with Viacom’s Paramount Pictures. The new Dreamworks studio will invest $1.5 billion in film production and is expected to roll out 30 movies over four years. Steven Spielberg is the best — and most expensive — brand in Hollywood.Movie industry experts view the Spielberg-Reliance deal as compelling math on many fronts. Spielberg would have found few other investors with a penchant for the movie business willing to invest such a large amount, and Reliance offers a gateway to Indian audiences, they say. For Reliance, Spielberg represents the lowest-risk opportunity to secure its lofty $10 billion revenue target while tapping markets globally.In the U.S., Spielberg is not commenting on the deal and in India, Reliance Entertainment is being equally circumspect.“Steven Spielberg is regarded as the world’s greatest storyteller and a brand in [himself],” says Nelson Gayton, executive director of the Entertainment Media Management Institute at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Adds Jehoshua (Josh) Eliashberg, professor of marketing at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, “There are very few names in the movie business on which it seems worthwhile to take risks. Spielberg is one of them.” Spielberg delivers effectively in two key areas of the movie business, he notes: “selecting the right stories and telling them in a very appealing manner.”Gayton says the deal makes eminent business sense for Spielberg and Reliance. “We are not talking about dumb money coming into the industry. Reliance has had a long history in the movie business, and they want to turn this into a $10 billion entertainment company. When you are trying to achieve that much growth, you have to think of how you are going to get there from a content perspective and what Steven Spielberg can give you to reach that kind of success.”According to Eliashberg, “a good return on investment” in the movie business would be about 15%, and “Spielberg would be able to deliver that.” With the big bets Reliance is making in the movie business, it is taking “minimal risks” by partnering with Spielberg, he says. For a sample of 281 movies produced between 2001 and 2004, the return on investments at a studio ranged from -96.7% to more than 677%, Eliashberg noted in a June 2007 paper he co-authored in the journal Management Science.Reliance is not the first Indian company to foray into Hollywood. Yash Raj Films, one of India’s leading studios, has collaborated with Walt Disney to produce a computer-animated feature film called Roadside Romeo, the story of an abandoned dog in Mumbai. It should be in the theaters in the next few weeks. Anil Ambani with Amitabh Bachchan at the Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati. Reliance has signed a deal with the Bachchan family for a joint venture to make movies starring the icons — Amitabh himself, wife Jaya, son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai. The project will start with funding of $200-300 million.UTV Motion Pictures has already co-produced films like The Namesake with Hollywood studio Fox Searchlight and Japanese producer Entertainment Farm. UTV and Fox Searchlight also teamed up to produce I Think I Love My Wife. Another co-production, The Happening, happened earlier this year in a deal with 20th Century Fox. Now UTV is producing its first independent Hollywood film, The Ex-terminators (with technical help from Michaelson Films). UTV has also signed deals worth $37 million with Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment.In the animation space, of course, there have been several tie-ups. Pritish Nandy Communications has signed a $25 million, five-movie contract with Motion Pixel Corporation. There have been many more such ventures where Indian companies are doing the back-end work.What differentiates the Reliance deal from the others is, of course, size. Secondly, Spielberg is an international icon. India is moving from the fringes of Hollywood to center-stage. “India is getting more and more recognized and the acceptability of Indian houses globally is on the increase,” says Niteen Tulpule, associate director at KPMG, an international accounting and consultancy firm.A Trophy Acquisition?Two decades ago, Sony of Japan made history and generated a lot of adverse nationalistic sentiment when it purchased Columbia Pictures for $3.4 billion. That turned out to be a trophy acquisition, more for show than financial success. Does the Reliance deal run a similar risk?It could. Spielberg is known to be extremely pricey. Recently, both Paramount and Universal Pictures refused to green-light a $130 million trilogy on cartoon hero Tintin. Paramount and Universal were working on a joint Tintin project, each with a 50% stake. According to the International Herald Tribune: “The pending deal with Reliance underscores some realities about Spielberg – mainly that he has become so expensive that few public companies can afford him. Spielberg’s standard deal, on par with other blue-chip talent, is 20% of a movie’s gross from the first ticket sold.”“From Spielberg’s point of view, money obviously plays a big role,” says Tulpule of KPMG. “[But] Spielberg is the best brand around, so there is no question about the brand value. He also brings in industry best practices.”Eliashberg says Spielberg “could very easily approach private equity and financial institutions.” But such funding is typically available on a project-by-project basis, while Spielberg’s need is financing for a whole slate of movies. “There are very few entities that can put up the kind of money [he] requires.” Also, private equity investors typically back studios that can then hire different directors for their movies, according to Eliashberg. “With Spielberg, Reliance is investing directly in a single director with a terrific track record, and very powerful brand equity.” In the entertainment arena, Ambani seems well prepared to take risks. “We haven’t branded our E&M (entertainment and media) business ‘BIG’ for nothing,” Reliance Entertainment president Rajesh Sawhney recently told business daily Mint. “Once we connect all the dots, you will see [us] as a leading global player with interests across every single E&M domain.” The company is already worth a great deal. Early this year, international financier George Soros was negotiating for a 3% stake in the company; the valuation of the enterprise at that time was around $3.3 billion.Eliashberg says Hollywood film studios have in recent years preferred bigger budget movies primarily because “they yield a better return on investment.” Movie makers have to try much harder to win audiences away from television and the Internet, he adds. “People stay home and entertain themselves; it’s easier to bring them to the theater with big budget movies.”By partnering with a big name like Spielberg, Reliance is ensuring that it also gets access to the so-called “aftermarket” of TV and the Internet, says Gayton. “When you look at the U.S. market, the aftermarket is where all the value is; the theatrical market is not growing. If you are going to come here, why not come with that one brand like Steven Spielberg.”Gayton notes that movie ticket prices are much too low in India, and that “the only way” to grow revenues is to go overseas. Also, while the Indian film industry produces more than a thousand movies a year and is growing 17%-20% annually, “it is still a fraction of Hollywood’s size.” According to Gayton, the Indian film industry’s revenue is about $2 billion including box office, overseas and ancillary markets, while Hollywood is an $11 billion industry, although its growth rate is just about 3%-5% a year.“Getting into entertainment is a brilliant move from Reliance,” says Tulpule of KPMG. “This is a highly under-invested and under-corporatized segment in India and has huge potential. Distribution to global Indians is also becoming a big play. Reliance could also be looking at addressing not only the Indian diaspora but also the English-speaking audience.”Gayton, too, argues that Reliance could use the Spielberg partnership to penetrate the Indian market both at home and overseas. “There are 25 million Indians outside India, and part of that is taken up by the aftermarket like the Internet and TV,” he says. “Also, when you put aside India and the U.S. market, you have the rest of the world. Spielberg has made movies that have delivered box office returns across the world in billions of dollars.”Spielberg is not Ambani’s only Hollywood connection. At Cannes earlier this year, Reliance announced that it had signed deals to make films with the production firms of Hollywood stars Nicolas Cage (Saturn Productions), Jim Carrey (JC 23 Entertainment), George Clooney (Smokehouse Productions), Tom Hanks (Playtone Productions) and Brad Pitt (Plan B Entertainment), and filmmaker Jay Roach (Everyman Pictures). The total investment: $1 billion.Gayton says those deals make sense especially because “Bollywood talent is pretty much booked up” for many years into the future. “In many ways, if you are going to feed this growing industry, you have to look outside of India to Hollywood,” he says. He adds that he won’t be surprised if Reliance uses Spielberg to make “a new genre of crossover films.”Reprinted from knowledge@wharton Related Items
Spinner Nathan McCullum took four wickets to bowl New Zealand to a 39-run win over Pakistan in the second Twenty20 cricket international and to an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.After New Zealand had made a competitive 185-7 having being sent in to bat in damp conditions, McCullum raced through the Pakistan middle order to finish with 4-16 from four overs.Pakistan were left 146-9 after their 20 overs, conceding the series ahead of the final match in Christchurch on Thursday.Earlier, Martin Guptill made 44 and James Franklin 40 to lead New Zealand’s recovery after it lost opener Jesse Ryder to the first ball of the match.McCullum dismissed Younis Khan for 3, Asad Shafiq for 6, Abdul Razzaq for 14 and Umar Gul for 0, then took two catches to provoke the collapse of the Pakistan innings after the tourists had been 68-1 in the eighth over.Swing bowler Tim Southee took two wickets with two balls at the end to finish with 2-26 and spinner Luke Woodcock bowled his four overs for 20 runs in a tidy debut to ensure Pakistan didn’t threaten the New Zealand total.Pakistan won a valuable toss and sent New Zealand in to bat on a ground on which a women’s Twenty20 international between Australia and New Zealand had been abandoned earlier in the day because of rain.The loss of Ryder to the first ball of the match seemed a major blow but Guptill and Franklin formed a productive partnership, putting on 91 runs for the second wicket, to set the foundation for the New Zealand innings.advertisementScott Styris made 34, captain Ross Taylor 30 not out and wicketkeeper Peter McGlashan hit 26, including 24 from one over from Umar Gul, to present Pakistan with a difficult run chase.”It was a good performance,” Taylor said. “The partnership between Guptill and Franklin after Jesse went early set a good platform for the other players to come out and express themselves.”Spinner Saeed Ajmal took 3-35 as the best of the Pakistan bowlers.Pakistan started its run chase strongly but when Younis Khan ran out Mohammad Hafeez for 26, the innings began to unravel.McCullum dashed through the middle order and the tourists slumped to 114-7 after 15.4 overs, with no hope of victory.”I’m disappointed from the bowling side,” captain Shahid Afridi said. “We didn’t bowl well, especially our experienced bowlers and put the ball in the right areas.”They played positively and we didn’t bowl to our strength which is the yorker.”
Ben Stokes might have been cleared of affray and has been recalled to the England squad for the third Test against India at Trent Bridge, starting on August 18 but his actions have not gone down well with former English cricketers.Stokes, who was charged of affray for his involvement in a pub brawl in Bristol on September 24, was cleared of wrongdoing on Tuesday by the Bristol Crown Court. Stokes, who was initially left out of the England squad for the third Test, was immediately added to the 13-man squad for the Trent Bridge Test, the moment his name was cleared.However, after Stokes’s clearance, former English cricketers are of divided opinions regarding him receiving further punishment. Stokes, 27, still faces an internal disciplinary enquiry by the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) following his acquittal by unanimous decision of a jury on Tuesday.Former Derbyshire batsman and qualified solicitor Tim O’Gorman is heading the investigation.Stokes’s team-mate Alex Hales — who was with him during the late night brawl outside a club in Bristol, southwest England, last September but was not charged — will also face the enquiry.But, some believe that whatever has happened is enough and he should be let off while some are of the opposite opinion. Former England captains Mike Atherton and Michael Vaughan believe Stokes has had his share of punishment while Nasser Hussain and former England spinner Vic Marks believe that Stokes should keep a check on himself and not bring the game to disrepute.However, Vaughan, Atherton and Hussain all agree that his behaviour was not right and also to the fact that he should play instantly if he is available.advertisementAlso read – Ben Stokes cleared of affray charges, to join squad for 3rd Test vs IndiaStokes’s teammate Jonny Bairstow also welcomed him back and said that he is extremely important to the England team.Here’s what the English cricketers have to say about Stokes:’BEN STOKES HAS BEEN PUNISHED ENOUGH’I think the fact he missed the whole of the Winter in Australia is punishment enough for Ben Stokes. I personally think now he has been proven to be not guilty, he should be allowed to play: Michael Vaughan’HOPE TO SEE STOKES BACK IN ENGLAND SHIRT SOON’I’m really happy that the verdict has come out as it has for English cricket. It’s big for him. It’s been a long 10 months for him, for his family. I’m delighted and hopefully we can see him back in an England shirt very, very soon because we saw the impact that he had at Edgbaston only a couple of weeks ago in the first Test: Jonny Bairstow’STOKES HAS SERVED HIS PUNISHMENT BUT MORE COULD BE DUE’With a not-guilty verdict, the way forward seems, to me, to be clear enough and should not involve further punishment. There are clauses in an England cricketer’s contract — such as bringing the game into disrepute — that could yet result in punishment. Although Stokes was never formally suspended from the England team, his non-selection for the Ashes came about clearly as a result of the events in Bristol: Mike AthertonAlso read – Ben Stokes accused of lying to jury during Bristol pub-brawl trial’STOKES’S CCTV FOOTAGE SHOULDN’T BE TAKEN LIGHTLY’He missed the most high-profile series in which an England cricketer can play, essentially a six-month ban. Hussain, capped 96 times and captained England 45 times till stepping down from the post in 2003, argued differently saying the images caught on CCTV cannot just be ignored and the governing body the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have to act.Some people would argue that Ben Stokes has had it tough, and has served his time in missing the Ashes, but I see it differently. The ECB should not now take the easy option. It is far too serious an issue, and the footage far too serious, for people to think about moving on and brushing things under the carpet: Nasser Hussain told The Daily Mail.As far as selection goes, Ben is one of the best XI cricketers in the country and has been found innocent in a court of law, although, obviously, (coach) Trevor Bayliss and (captain) Joe Root have to look at Ben mentally.Importantly, I think Stokes needs to have a long, hard look at himself – it’s a couple of times now he has been in the press for the wrong reasons: Hussain told Sky Sports News.’STOKES BROUGHT DISREPUTE TO ENGLISH CRICKET’The very best cricketers often ooze invincibility; they are never out and never wrong. They feel invulnerable, capable of dominating any situation. I have witnessed this at close quarters when playing alongside Ian Botham.advertisementIn Botham’s era the backroom staff were not so sophisticated. He once had an agent, Tim Hudson, whose response to an allegation about Ian smoking cannabis was famously, “Doesn’t everyone?” Marks suggests Stokes take former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting as a role model in moving forward.Ponting had his moments of madness in bars as a young Australian cricketer and was dropped in 1999 after an incident in Sydney which left him unconscious in the early hours of the morning,” writes Marks.He was not required to go to court but he acknowledged a problem with alcohol and his off-field behaviour, and with appropriate help he resolved it before going on to have the most brilliant of careers: Vic Marks
Rajnandgaon, Nov 9 (PTI) Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Friday released the party’s manifesto for Chhattisgarh which promises farm loan waiver, minimum support price for crops asper the Swaminathan Commission recommendations and ban on liquor sales.The state will go to polls in two phases on November 12 and November 20 and counting of votes will take place on December 11.Gandhi released the manifesto, titled “Jan Ghoshna Patra” in Rajnandgaon, which is the constituency of Chief Minister Raman Singh.Addressing a press conference on the occasion, Gandhi said that farmers’ loans would be waived within 10 days of the party attaining power.The MSP for paddy will be fixed at Rs 2,500 per quintal and maize at Rs 1,700 per quintal, Gandhi said.Besides, a provision of pension for farmers aged above 60 years has also been planned, the Congress chief said.The manifesto also promised halving electricity bills for domestic consumers, provisioning of houses and land to urban and rural families respectively.Every family will be given 35 kgs of rice every month at Re 1 only, he said.Tackling employment under the party’s “Ghar Ghar Rozgaar, Har Ghar Rozgaar” scheme, the manifesto underlines apprenticeship programmes and employment opportunities for theyouth.It also promised a monthly stipend to 10 lakh unemployed youths under the party’s ‘Rajiv Mitr Yojana”.The manifesto mentioned the setting up of special women’s police stations, women help cells in police stations and strict enforcement of laws related to women.A special conveyance for women for late night commuting has also been proposed in the manifesto.advertisementEmphasising on health care services, the manifesto proposes introduction of a “universal health care” scheme in which free and quality services will be provided to those in need.It also proposes converting six medical colleges into multi-speciality hospitals, along with bringing 1,000 specialists on board in the first year.Air ambulances will be provisioned for areas like Bastar, Sarguja and Gariaband’s Supebeda, Gandhi said.Special attention on improving the quality of education through emphasis on quality of teachers has also been listed in the manifesto.The manifesto also promises an increase in the minimum support price (MSP) on 70-85forest crops, and fixing Rs 4,000 per bag for ‘tendu patta’ workers.It speaks about fixing a “respectable income” for daily wage labourers, increase in income bands of Class 3 and 4 employees and distribution of 7th Pay Commission surplus in three phases.It also promises increase in the pension being given to police families who have lost a kin in Naxal attacks.The Congress manifesto speaks about the establishment of sports hostels and scholarships for economically weak sports persons.The manifesto promises a ban on sale of liquor in the state, adding that Gram Sabhas in Scheduled areas like Surguja and Bastar will be vested with the power to decide on such a ban in these places.A policy will be drafted to take on the menace of Naxalism and serious steps will be taken for talks, Gandhi said, adding that each Naxal-affected panchayat will be given a package of Rs 1 crore for community development works.Special laws will be enacted to ensure protection to journalists, lawyers and doctors, he added.In forest areas like Lemru and Korba, elephant and wildlife sanctuaries will be set up and steps would be taken to reduce human-elephant conflict, Gandhi added.Gandhi Friday held a road show in Rajnandgaon town and addressed three poll rallies in Pakhanjore (Kanker district), Khairagarh and Dongargarh (Rajnandgaon district) for the firstphase of polls on November 12.In the 2013 Assemblypolls, BJP had won 49 seats, Congress 39, BSP 1 and independent 1 in the 90-member House. PTI TKP BNM GVS
Next Reuters LondonFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 15:35 IST This year’s biggest transfer move of the January window came from Chelsea, who spent 55 million pounds for Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPremier League’s January spending in 2018 was at 180 million poundsThree of the top six Premier League clubs did not to add players to their existing squads in JanuaryThe top six Premier League clubs accounted for 43 per cent of expenditurePremier League spending in the January transfer window fell for the first time since 2012 after three of the top six clubs decided not to add players to the squad, according to a Deloitte report published on Friday.Thursday’s deadline day spending accounted for 50 million pounds ($65.49 million) — bringing the month’s spending to 180 million pounds.That is less than half of January 2018 spending of 430 million pounds, which included Liverpool signing Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for a world record deal fee for a defender.The top six Premier League clubs – Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United – accounted for 43 per cent of expenditure, lower than January last year when this figure stood at 62 per cent.Tottenham are set to play the entire 2018-19 campaign without recruiting players, having failed to add new faces over the last two transfer windows.Liverpool, United, Everton and Southampton also chose not to sign anyone in January.”With central distributions to clubs now likely to remain around current levels until at least the end of the 2021-22 season, clubs are potentially taking a more long-term view to their transfer strategies,” Tim Bridge, director in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said.January spending was at 225 million pounds in 2011 but fell to 60 million pounds in the following year.This year’s biggest transfer move of the January window came from Chelsea, who spent 55 million pounds for Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund.For the first time since 2005, Newcastle United broke their transfer record to sign Paraguayan playmaker Miguel Almiron from Major League Soccer side Atlanta United for 20 million pounds.advertisementWolverhampton Wanderers completed the signing of Atletico Madrid full back Jonny Otto for 15 million pounds after a successful loan spell.Defending champions Manchester City signed Hajduk Split midfielder Ante Palaversa for 7 million pounds and loaned him back to the Croatian side.The Deloitte report also confirmed that clubs in the bottom six of the standings recorded spending of 20 million pounds, compared to 90 million pounds in the same period last year.Also Read | Crystal Palace sign Batshuayi from Chelsea, Leicester bag Tielemans loan dealAlso Read | Manchester United agree fee with Chinese club Shandong for Marouane FellainiAlso Read | Denis Suarez gives us attacking flexibility, says Arsenal manager Unai EmeryAlso Watch:For 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Premier league Premier League January transfer spending fall for first time since 2012Thursday’s deadline day spending accounted for 50 million pounds ($65.49 million) — bringing the month’s spending to 180 million pounds. That is less than half of January 2018 spending of 430 million pounds, which included Liverpool signing Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for a world record deal fee for a defender.advertisement
India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 20, 2019UPDATED: August 20, 2019 15:17 IST Akshay Kumar shared this picture of himself.After his wife Twinkle Khanna nominated him to share his childhood picture and take part in the initiative to spread awareness on girl child education, Akshay Kumar took to Twitter to share a throwback picture of himself.Akshay posted a picture of himself where he is seen sitting on a bicycle inside his house. Akshay posted his picture with a heartfelt caption. He talked about his teenage days when his mother provided him with nutritious meals and how many children in our country are deprived of the same.Akshay nominated his Mission Mangal co-stars Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu and Sonakshi Sinha to spread the word and take the initiative forward.The actor wrote, “Growing up I was always inclined towards sports & my mom ensured I got nutritious home-cooked meals to fuel my passion.But 11,72,604 children in India can’t afford even a single meal a day!It’s time to ask #WhyTheGap with @stc_india .I nominate @vidya_balan @taapsee @sonakshisinha.”Growing up I was always inclined towards sports & my mom ensured I got nutritious home-cooked meals to fuel my passion.But 11,72,604 children in India can’t afford even a single meal a day!It’s time to ask #WhyTheGap with @stc_india.I nominate @vidya_balan @taapsee @sonakshisinha pic.twitter.com/NTXsJOiiUP Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) August 20, 2019The initiative was started by the non-profit organisation, Save The Children India. Twinkle Khanna, who is Artist Ambassador of the NGO, first took to Twitter to share a childhood picture of herself to give a push to the initiative.advertisementTwinkle shared her picture with her schoolmates and wrote, “Growing up, as you can see not only did I have the same hairstyle as my class teacher( why? why? why?) but studying and doing well was very important to me and it all helped me to become an independent woman. 2/5 girls still don’t complete school. Let’s ask #WhyTheGap with @savethechildren_india to give every girl #TheRightStart- I nominate @sonamkapoor @tahirakashyap @akshaykumar to take this further by sharing their school memories.”I have the same hairstyle as my teacher!Academics helped in making me an independent woman.2/5 girls still don’t complete school.Let’s ask #WhyTheGap with @stc_india to give every girl #TheRightStart -I nominate @sonamakapoor @tahira_k @akshaykumar to share their school memories pic.twitter.com/JJNAlZWIEI Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) August 19, 2019Both Twinkle and Akshay keep voicing their opinions on social issues. While Twinkle talks about social issues on social media and in her routine columns in India’s leading publications, Akshay has done films – Pad Man, Toilet Ek Prem Katha – to raise awareness on social issues.The Mission Mangal star also keeps donating money for various causes. He recently donated Rs 2 crore for Assam floods. In an interview with Hindustan Times, Akshay said that the images coming from the flood-hit areas of Assam made him sad and he didn’t twice before donating the money. He said, “One of the images that really affected me was of a mother holding her baby on her shoulders and wading through the flood waters. There was no expression of sadness or stress on her face. And that’s a dangerous sign. What all she must have gone through that she forgot all her sorrows. When I come across such photos, I am like, it can happen to my wife or my daughter.’ Aisi photos bahut choobhtin hai. That’s why I did what I did.”In 2017, Akshay Kumar launched the Bharat Ke Veer app, with the help of the home ministry. The platform lets people send money directly to the bank accounts of family members of soldiers martyred in the line of duty.Akshay enjoys a huge fan base and the actor’s voice on social media will make a difference.ALSO READ | Twinkle Khanna shares pic from schooldays, asks Akshay Kumar to post his too. Can you spot her?ALSO READ | Kahaan leke jaane hai paise: Akshay Kumar on donating Rs 2 crore for Assam floodsALSO READ | Akshay Kumar on launching Bharat Ke Veer: Yeh help nahi hai, humara farz haiALSO READ | Twinkle Khanna on National Award for Pad Man: Start with good intentions and good luck follows. Period.ALSO WATCH | PM Modi has non-political chat with actor Akshay Kumar at 7 Lok Kalyan MargGet 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 byVibha Maru Tags :Follow Akshay KumarFollow Twinkle Khanna Akshay Kumar is Teen Khiladi in old pic: Mom ensured I got nutritious meals to fuel my passionAkshay Kumar took to Twitter to share a throwback picture of himself. Akshay shared the picture to take forward a initiative, supporting girl child education. The initiative was kicked off by Twinkle Khanna.advertisement Next
A study by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council supports Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Gateway plan as a means to strengthen Canada’s competitive advantage in the global economy. “The Atlantic Gateway is one of those once-in-a-generation opportunities to create a lasting and profound impact on the economic future of our region,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “It means faster delivery of goods and many new jobs here in the Atlantic provinces, and it confirms that Canada has two main ports for Asian trade: one on each coast.” The report confirms that the Atlantic Gateway has the potential to increase international trade and economic development opportunities. The development of the gateway represents the next strategic improvement of eastern Canada’s transportation system that will benefit the country. “No one should regard this as simply a local, provincial or regional project,” said Premier MacDonald. “It is a national project that will have impressive impacts on the economic future of our region and the rest of Canada.” Nova Scotia’s established and growing port, airport, road and rail links, coupled with being the closest mainland link to Asia and India via the Suez Canal, make the province the ideal location for developing the Atlantic Gateway. The report confirms that Halifax is currently the best positioned port in Eastern Canada to take advantage of Asian traffic. The report also states that Halifax’s port and transportation infrastructure are not at full capacity, however, it is suggested to expand ahead of demand to take advantage of the rapidly changing global economy that demands first-class transportation routes. According to the report, a port that does not accommodate such shifts will miss out. The APEC report, entitled The Changing Global Economy: The Implications and Opportunities for Transportation in Atlantic Canada is available at www.apec-econ.ca .
PREMIER’S OFFICE/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–International Conference on Small Business Comes to Halifax Nearly 1,000 international researchers, policy makers, business service providers and educators from around the world will gather in Halifax in June for the 53rd annual International Council for Small Business (ICSB) world conference. “It is a great honour that Halifax was chosen as the host for this prestigious international conference, which will bring global knowledge to our doorstep,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald, of the conference titled Advancing Small Business and Entrepreneurship: From Research to Results. “Nova Scotians have a tremendous sense of pride in our business and entrepreneurial success, and our province offers winning business conditions through a competitive business climate, a highly skilled workforce, and excellent global connections.” More than 98 per cent of businesses in Atlantic Canada are classified as “small,” that is having fewer than 100 employees. Networks of people throughout the region offer essential support and development services to entrepreneurs and small-business owners. “Small businesses have a lot to gain from practitioners attending this conference,” said Peter MacKay, Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “We are proud to support the 2008 ICSB world conference; it will further the skill set of our regional practitioners and contribute to the quality and longevity of our small businesses.” Halifax joins a roster of prominent past hosts, including Turku (Finland), Melbourne (Australia), Washington, D.C. (U.S.A.) and Johannesburg (South Africa). The first international location for the annual conference was Quebec City in 1979. This year’s world conference is co-hosted by ICSB affiliate Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and is organized by the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship, Dalhousie University Faculty of Management and Saint Mary’s University Business Development Centre. The conference takes place at the World Trade and Convention Centre from June 22 to June 25. For conference details and to register before Wednesday, April 30 for discount rates, visit www.icsb2008.org .
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Oxford University today launched a new index to measure poverty levels which they said give a “multidimensional” picture of people living in hardship, and could help target development resources more effectively.The new measure, the Multidimensional Poverty Index, or MPI, was developed and applied by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) with UNDP support, the two institutions said in a joint press release.It will be featured in the forthcoming 20th anniversary edition of the UNDP Human Development Report, and replaces the Human Poverty Index, which had been included in these reports since 1997.This year’s Human Development Report will be published in late October, but research findings from the MPI were made available today at a policy forum in London and on line on the websites of OPHI and the UNDP Human Development Report.The MPI assesses a range of critical factors or “deprivations” at the household level: from education to health outcomes to assets and services. Taken together, these factors provide a fuller portrait of acute poverty than simple income measures, according to OPHI and UNDP.The measure reveals the nature and extent of poverty at different levels: from household up to regional, national and international levels. The multidimensional approach to assessing poverty has been adapted for national use in Mexico, and is now being considered by Chile and Colombia.“The MPI is like a high resolution lens which reveals a vivid spectrum of challenges facing the poorest households,” said OPHI Director Sabina Alkire, who created the MPI with James Foster of George Washington University.The UNDP Human Development Report Office is joining forces with OPHI to promote international discussions on the practical applicability of this multidimensional approach to measuring poverty.“We are featuring the Multidimensional Poverty Index in the 20th anniversary edition of the Human Development Report this year because we consider it a highly innovative approach to quantifying acute poverty,” Jeni Klugman, Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office and the principal author of this year’s report, said.“The MPI provides a fuller measure of poverty than the traditional dollar-a-day formulas. It is a valuable addition to the family of instruments we use to examine broader aspects of well-being, including UNDP’s Human Development Index and other measures of inequality across the population and between genders,” she added.OPHI researchers analysed data from 104 countries with a combined population of 5.2 billion or 78 per cent of the world’s total. About 1.7 billion people in the countries covered – a third of their entire population – live in multidimensional poverty, according to the MPI. This exceeds the 1.3 billion people, in those same countries, estimated to live on $1.25 a day or less, the more commonly accepted measure of “extreme poverty.”The MPI also captures distinct and broader aspects of poverty. For example, in Ethiopia 90 per cent of people are “MPI poor” compared to the 39 per cent who are classified as living in “extreme poverty” under income terms alone.Conversely, 89 per cent of Tanzanians are extreme income-poor, compared to 65 per cent who are MPI poor. The MPI captures deprivations directly – in health and educational outcomes and key services, such as water, sanitation and electricity. In some countries these resources are provided free or at low cost; in others they are out of reach even for many working people with an income.Half of the world’s poor as measured by the MPI live in South Asia (51 per cent or 844 million people) and one quarter in Africa (28 per cent or 458 million).Niger has the greatest intensity and incidence of poverty in any country, with 93 per cent of the population classified as poor in MPI terms.Even in countries with strong economic growth in recent years, the MPI analysis reveals the persistence of acute poverty.India is a major case in point. There are more MPI poor people in eight Indian states alone (421 million in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal) than in the 26 poorest African countries combined (410 million).The MPI also reveals great variations within countries: Nairobi has the same level of MPI poverty as the Dominican Republic, whereas Kenya’s rural northeast is poorer in MPI terms than Niger.The recently released 2010 UN Millennium Development Goals Report stressed that the MDGs – the eight poverty eradication and social development targets which countries have committed to try to achieve by 2015 – will be fully realized only by addressing the needs of those most disadvantaged by geography, age, gender or ethnicity, OPHI researchers point out.“Our measure identifies the most vulnerable households and groups and enables us to understand exactly which deprivations afflict their lives,” said Ms. Alkire. “The new measure can help governments and development agencies wishing to target aid more effectively to those specific communities,” she added. 14 July 2010The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Oxford University today launched a new index to measure poverty levels which they said give a “multidimensional” picture of people living in hardship, and could help target development resources more effectively.
“The recruitment and use of child soldiers continues to be a major challenge in South Sudan, despite commitments by the Government and the opposition led by former Vice-President Riek Machar, to protect children from the impact of conflict,” said Ms. Zerrougui in a statement issued later yesterday by her Office. Ms. Zerrougui was quoted as saying that “No children have been released from the SPLA or Riek Machar’s opposition.”“Instead, we are receiving reports of hundreds of new recruitments of child soldiers by militias and groups aligned with the Government or the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Opposition,” according to the Special Representative.Scores of children, some as young 13, were seized by armed men in South Sudan last month and remain in captivity, despite intensive efforts to locate them.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has repeatedly demanded their immediate release, with its representative is Sudan saying the agency fears the children are being sent to the frontlines.“The children abducted are reportedly receiving training and could be on their way to the frontlines,” echoed Ms. Zerrougui, adding: “I am very concerned and I call on the Government of South Sudan to take action to prevent this from happening.”The Special Representative’s Office reports that South Sudan is one of seven countries involved in the campaign “Children not Soldiers,” which aims to end the recruitment and use of children in Government armed forces in conflict by 2016.Led by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and UNICEF, the campaign mobilizes global support and financial resources so the seven government armed forces listed in the UN Secretary General’s annual report on ‘Children and Armed Conflict’ become and remain child-free.As the leaders of the Government and opposition meet once again to negotiate peace, Ms. Zerrougui urges them to act on their commitments to protect children and include, as a priority, the release of all children recruited and used by the parties to the conflict.A militia led by Johnson Oloni, a commander integrated into the SPLA, is reportedly responsible for the abduction of the children, but the SPLA has stated it has no control over Oloni’s militia.“There will be no lasting peace if we exclude children, who are the majority of the population. They need to be released, and there needs to be accountability for child recruiters and those who commit grave violations against children,” Ms. Zerrougui said.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations made this assessment Tuesday as he addressed a packed Working Meeting for Member States, on the sidelines of the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference, which is taking place from 14-15 November, in the Canadian coastal city of Vancouver.Top military personnel and leading defence ministers – together with organizations and groups from more than 80 countries involved in peacekeeping – have joined UN officials to discuss the increasing challenges faced in the field, and how to address crucial funding gaps in equipment and expertise. Of the 170 peacekeepers killed while serving in UN missions since the beginning of 2013 up to the end of September this year, 86 were with MINUSMA. A June 2015 Peace Agreement was signed between the Government and various armed groups which it was hoped would bring a lasting ceasefire to the country, whose northern region was over-run by militant extremists in 2012. Mr. Lacroix told the meeting of mostly uniformed men and women, looking out onto Vancouver’s picturesque waterfront, that there were key gaps in equipment such as helicopters and robust armed personnel carriers. He appealed for other troop contributing countries (TCCs) to come forward to help staff one the UN’s most dangerous peacekeeping missions. “We need to do more in terms of training, how the force is organized, and modalities of how we protect ourselves and better-protect the population as well, against the threats they are facing,” said the Under-Secretary-General. UN Field Support chief Atul Khare told the meeting that while challenges remained, MINUSMA has made “significant achievements in terms of protection and training,” and was fulfilling its mandate. RELATED: MINUSMA Facts & FiguresMINUSMA Force Commander, Major General Jean-Paul Deconinck of Belgium, gave the meeting a frank assessment of the operational difficulties and deficiencies that he faced with deploying blue helmets and equipment, but in an interview with UN News after the 90-minute session, he said he was “confident but realistic” and if given the tools he needs, the mission “will succeed.” AUDIO: “We will succeed”, pledges force commander of deadly Mali missionOvercoming the threats of continuing extremist violence against civilians was not only about MINUSMA he stressed, but about durable partnerships with the Malian army and international missions deployed in and around Mali, such as the regional counter-terrorism force knows as the ‘G5 Sahel,’ which comprises Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Mauritania, along with Mali. The full plenary meeting of the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial takes place Wednesday afternoon, with sessions on “smart pledges” and pledge announcements; innovation in training and capacity building; protection; early warning and rapid deployment; and the Women, Peace and Security Chiefs of Defence Network.
Correction 10/21: An earlier version of the story said OSU’s first-ever trip to Providence came in 2003, when in fact it played two games against Brown in 1974. Sophomore forward Christian Lampasso (11) handles the puck during an exhibition match against Brock University on Oct. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 4-0. Credit: Kaley Rentz / Asst. Sports DirectorAnybody can beat anybody in college hockey.That message, which is echoed annually by coaches around the country, was proven true by Ohio State (0-4) to the college hockey sphere in the first game of last season when it took down the then-No. 3 ranked Providence Friars 5-4 in overtime at the Schottenstein Center.In this season’s matchup, a few things are the same, and a few things are different.The Friars (2-0-1) are once again ranked third in the latest United States College Hockey Online poll and return a lot of key players.But this year’s series takes place in Rhode Island at Schneider Arena, the Buckeyes are a very different looking team and a lot of those aforementioned key Friar players now have shiny rings on their fingers after winning the program’s first national title in April.“They’re a top-five team in the country, but that doesn’t really mean much to us,” senior captain Craig Dalrymple said. “It’s going to be a tough two games up there. We know they’re going to be a pretty gritty team. I’m sure they’re going to be quick. We just have to make sure we’re ready for that.”OSU is off to its worst start since 1974-75 when the Scarlet and Gray finished with a record of 7-22-1.Finding the back of the netOSU’s offense, which has contributed just three goals in the last three games, will need to step up against a talented Friar defense.“We’ve had a lot of chances,” junior captain Nick Schilkey said. “Personally, I’ve had a lot of chances, and it gets frustrating but we have to stick with it. The chances that we have been getting, they’re going to go in. We can’t get too frustrated with that. Going forward, we have to be confident.”Special teams, as always, will be a factor. Three of the five Buckeye goals in OSU’s upset win last season came with the man-advantage. But so far this season, OSU has only scored on one of its 16 power-play attempts. “We’ve got to be able to chip one in on the power play,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “We haven’t been able to do that lately. Instead of not quite two goals a game, you’re getting maybe three goals a game. If we could’ve done that in the last few games, all of sudden you’re right there.”Rohlik, now in his third season at the helm of the Buckeyes, has tried a variety of combinations personnel-wise with the extra man. But his search for the proper one persists.“We’re just trying to find the right combinations.” Rohlik said. “We’ll continue to tweak until we find the right recipe.”Matchup nuggetsOSU leads the all-time series against Providence 4-1Friday marks the first time the Buckeyes and Friars face off in Rhode Island. The last time OSU has played in Providence was in the 2003 NCAA tournament, where the Buckeyes fell to Boston College 1-0 in the regional semifinal. Their first trip to Rhode Island’s capital city was in November 1974, when they were swept by Brown in two games.The building process continuesFor the young team, this weekend represents another opportunity to face off with a top-20 opponent, as well as another opportunity to build and get better.“I think we’re making some strides,” Rohlik said. “Nobody wants to be 0-4 at this point. We knew it was going to be a tough schedule. In our minds, we can go out and beat anyone. We’ve just got to stay with that confidence.”Puck drop between the Buckeyes and the Friars is set for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
OSU coach Greg Beals and Toledo coach Cory Mee go over the ground rules with the umpires before the game at Bill Davis Stadium April 2. OSU won against Toledo, 7-2. Credit: Elliot Schall / Lantern photographerOne day after belting out 19 hits and 11 runs, the Ohio State baseball team picked up right where it left off against Toledo.With a light drizzle of rain coming down to start the game Wednesday, the Buckeyes (18-10, 2-4) quickly pushed across four runs in the first and never looked back against the Rockets (10-15, 2-4), going on to win 7-2.Toledo sophomore pitcher Ross Achter was thrown off his game early, giving up two hits, walking three batters and throwing a wild pitch in the opening inning.With the bases full and no outs, Achter walked sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic to force in the first run for OSU. Sophomore infielder Zach Ratcliff followed with an RBI groundout and two batters later, junior catcher Connor Sabanosh smacked a single to plate two more and put the Rockets in a four-run hole.Sabanosh has been splitting time at catcher with fellow junior Aaron Gretz throughout the season but he said after the win, he’s been able to stay consistent despite not always playing.“We both get two or three games a week,” Sabanosh said. “When you get a five-day period off, your timing can be off your first few at-bats. Other than, that I felt fine.”Achter calmed down after the first, but was still pulled after finishing the second inning.Meanwhile, Buckeye freshman pitcher Zach Farmer pitched efficiently, tossing four scoreless innings and showing solid command of the ball from the start.“I thought I did pretty good. Feeling for my pitches, getting in the strike zone finally,” Farmer said after the win. “Limited my walks. It felt real good. It was a good day.”OSU coach Greg Beals said he didn’t want Farmer playing a long portion of the game so the pitcher could be available for the upcoming weekend series at Nebraska.“He should be available by Saturday,” Beals said. “That’s why the four innings.”The Rockets finally got on the board in the fifth off OSU sophomore reliever Jake Post. With men on second and third, Toledo sophomore outfielder Ryan Callahan hit a single to score both.The Buckeyes still found themselves up four, though, after RBIs from freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson and Bosiokovic in the previous inning.The Rockets only threatened once more in the sixth.OSU brought in freshman reliever Yianni Pavlopoulos for his first collegiate appearance in the seventh and eighth, and he allowed one hit while striking out two.The Buckeyes added an insurance run in the eighth from another RBI from Bosiokovic and freshman reliever Travis Lakins retired the Rockets in the ninth to secure the win.Beals said the midweek games helped the team bounce back after getting swept by Indiana last weekend.“Obviously they’re very important to our goal of putting ourselves, from an RPI standpoint, worthy of an at-large bid (to the NCAA tournament),” Beals said.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to take on Nebraska in a three-game weekend series in Lincoln, Neb. First pitch Friday is set for 7:35 p.m.
The SME Board of Director’s has agreed to support the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame awards dinner on Monday, February 16, 2015 at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. The event will be an official part of SME week in Denver, with registration for the SME Annual Meeting opening on February 14. In fact both SME and CMA (Colorado Mining Association) are supporting this event. To be held in the Colorado Convention Complex, SME week starts Sunday February 15 and ends Wednesday February 18, 2015.Nominations for the 2014 awards are being accepted (www.im-halloffame.com) and will be sent out to the international panel of judges in early September. Send in your nominations as soon as possible.This event is unique – the only global Hall of Fame recognising the technology innovators and facilitators of our great industry.
By Caoimhín Reilly 22,653 Views Feb 27th 2018, 9:50 PM Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 9:50 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dundalk 8 (eight)Limerick 0Caoimhín Reilly reports from Oriel ParkDUNDALK BRAVED THE Beast from the East as their western contingent ran riot against Limerick at Oriel Park tonight.Patrick Hoban marked his first home start since returning to the club with a brace – ending his 1,229-day wait since last scoring for the Lilywhites – as Limerick’s unbeaten start was brought to an emphatic end. The scene in Oriel Park before kick-off tonight Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOFellow Connacht men Stephen Folan and Ronan Murray played huge roles in the victory, with defender Folan netting his first league goal for the club.Dundalk were unable to find the net in either of their previous two matches, but Hoban ended the drought on seven minutes when stabbing home Murray’s cross.Robbie Benson added the goal of the night just three minutes later by firing to the corner from the edge of the area.Dundalk added an inevitable third as Hoban picked out the bottom corner, and Folan then nodded Michael Duffy’s delivery home to send Stephen Kenny’s men to the break 4-0 in front. A Garda with a snow-covered hat during the game Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOThe relentless siege continued after the break as substitute Karolis Chvedukas opened his Dundalk account past the hour-mark shortly before the impressive Duffy found the bottom corner to put the hosts further clear.Dylan Connolly added a seventh after rounding Limerick ‘keeper Brendan Clarke, while Duffy turned up goal number eight in injury time to ensure maximum damage as the Lilywhites picked up their first league win of the new season.Dundalk FC: Gary Rogers; Seán Gannon, Daniel Cleary, Stephen Folan, Dane Massey; Chris Shields (Karolis Chvedukas 60), Robbie Benson (Krisztián Adorján 75); Dylan Connolly, Ronan Murray, Michael Duffy; Patrick Hoban (Marco Tagbajumi 67)Limerick FC: Brendan Clarke; Shaun Kelly, Kilian Cantwell, Darren Dennehy, Shane Tracy; Eoin Wearen (Tony Whitehead 61), Shane Duggan; William Fitzgerald, Colm Walsh-O’Loghlen, Billy Dennehy; Connor Ellis (Mark O’Sullivan 61)Referee: Paul Tuite (Dublin) http://the42.ie/3875781 Short URL Snow problem for Dundalk as they end goalless league start by firing eight past Limerick Dundalk ended their goal drought in some style at Oriel Park tonight. Share38 Tweet Email 37 Comments
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The new initiative aims to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia at a time when nearly one in five Australians speak a language other than English at home, yet rates of language learning are on the decline. “As the world’s most multicultural and multilingual broadcaster, SBS Radio is proud to launch this fantastic initiative to contribute to the social inclusion and cross-cultural understanding of young Australians – linguistically, sociologically and culturally,” SBS director of audio and language content Mandi Wicks said.“It comes from the heart of SBS and speaks to our purpose of inspiring Australians to explore and celebrate diversity.”With more than 300 languages spoken, the competition hopes to inspire young Australians to explore and embrace what it is to be an Australian in all our diversity and contribute to the retention and continuing development of language learning.CLA students aged four to seven are encouraged to draw a picture that illustrates what learning another language means to them, while the secondary primary and senior categories are to write their responses in language.“CLA is excited to partner with SBS to reinforce the importance of language education, cultural maintenance and social harmony,” executive director Stefan Romaniw OAM said.“The initiative encourages students, parents and the community to focus on the importance of learning a language. Community language schools are one of the many tools used to consolidate Australia’s identity as a truly multicultural society – a society concerned with embracing and celebrating an infinite spectrum of diversity in backgrounds, histories and heritages amongst our citizens, and in allowing the possibilities that they bring from across the ocean to thrive and flourish in an atmosphere that values tolerance and acceptance.”The top 72 entries from across the country will be presented on the SBS National Languages Competition website and 24 of those will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award voted by the public from 30 August to 9 September. Six lucky winners will be flown to the SBS National Languages Competition Presentation Ceremony in Sydney on Saturday 8 October to accept their award.The competition is open to all CLA students in Australia aged four to 18. CLA is an umbrella body that unites over 1,000 community language schools, providing language maintenance in 69 languages to in excess of 100,000 school age children.For more information, go to sbs.com.au/nlc
Aside from the almost-instantaneous warning signs—chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea—heart attacks are notoriously hard to predict.Scientists at the University of Nottingham, however, may have a new way of anticipating heart failure among patients.According to Stephen Weng, an epidemiologist at the UK university, established risk assessment techniques—those recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC)—no longer cut it.Standard models, he explained, tend to “oversimplify” cardiovascular disease (CVD); eight core baseline variables—gender, age, smoking status, systolic blood pressure, blood pressure treatment, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, diabetes—don’t automatically foretell a heart attack.“There remain a large number of individuals at risk of CVD who fail to be identified” by current tools, “while some individuals not at risk are given preventive treatment unnecessarily,” Weng and his colleagues explained in a recent research paper.“Approaches that better incorporate multiple risk factors, and determine more nuanced relationships between risk factors and outcomes, need to be explored,” the study said.Machine learning offers that alternative approach, exploiting big data to minimize human error.Using four computer-learning algorithms, Weng and his team input data for 378,256 CVD-free patients, aged 30 to 84, from nationwide medical practices. More than 295,000 served to train the machines, while the remaining 82,989 subjects provided validation.Nearly 25,000 fatal or non-fatal cardiovascular events were documented over the study’s 10-year period (Jan. 1, 2005 to Jan. 1, 2015)—about 75 percent of which were accurately predicted by Weng’s algorithms.The neural network formula tested highest, beating existing guidelines by 7.6 percent. In fact, the MVP algorithm correctly identified 355 more patients than human doctors, proving its ability to help save lives.“Unlike established approaches to risk prediction, the machine learning methods used were not limited to a small set of risk factors, and incorporated more pre-existing medical conditions,” the research paper said.“Machine learning approaches offer the exciting prospect of achieving improved and more individualized CVD risk assessment,” the team continued. “This may assist the drive towards personalized medicine, by better tailoring risk management to individual patients.” Stay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS
23 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Anne McClain during a spacewalk on the ISS on March 22. NASA Excitement turned to disappointment this week when NASA announced it had to shuffle astronaut assignments, scrubbing what would have been the first all-female spacewalk in history. The reason: There wouldn’t be enough medium-sized spacesuit torsos available in time for the Friday event.NASA astronaut Anne McClain, who just completed her first spacewalk at the International Space Station on March 22, spoke out in defense of the decision on Wednesday, saying it was based on her recommendation. “Leaders must make tough calls, and I am fortunate to work with a team who trusts my judgement. We must never accept a risk that can instead be mitigated,” McClain tweeted. “Safety of the crew and execution of the mission come first.” This decision was based on my recommendation. Leaders must make tough calls, and I am fortunate to work with a team who trusts my judgement. We must never accept a risk that can instead be mitigated. Safety of the crew and execution of the mission come first. https://t.co/VU9QNaHHlK— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 27, 2019 NASA Space NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyond SpaceX: Watch Crew Dragon capsule dock at ISS for the… Comment Tags 1 NASA astronaut Christina Koch and McClain were originally slated to head out into the vacuum of space together to continue work on a project to upgrade the batteries for the station’s solar power system. Now Koch and NASA’s Nick Hague are set to share work duties outside the ISS on Friday.McClain made the call after her first spacewalk when she decided she would be more comfortable in a medium suit rather than a large. It takes time to properly prep a spacesuit and only one medium suit was ready to go, so Koch will wear it on Friday. A third spacewalk scheduled for April 8 is tentatively set for McClain and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. McClain had one more tweeted message for people who are bummed about the spacewalk adjustments: “Tune in — history is made every day up here!” 1:50 Sci-Tech Share your voice