Irani attends funeral of aide shot dead in Amethi

first_imgAMETHI: A former village head in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi, who worked closely with BJP leader Smriti Irani during her Lok Sabha campaign, was shot dead early Sunday morning. Irani reached his village Sunday afternoon to attend his funeral.Surendra Singh, a BJP worker, was attacked at his home; he died later at a hospital in Lucknow where he was taken for treatment, said police. Police said an old enmity may have led to the killing but have not ruled out a political motive. “We have come to know about old enmity. We are also finding out if there was any political enmity. In the initial investigation, we have got some vital clues,” UP DGP Om Prakash Singh said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistSeven people have been taken into custody and they are being interrogated. Surendra Singh was the former head of Baraulia village. He quit the village head post to participate in the BJP election campaign. He had actively participated in Smriti Irani’s Lok Sabha campaign and had also earned praise from the BJP leader in her speeches at public meetings. “My father was a close aide of Smriti Irani and would campaign for her day and night. After she was elected as the member of parliament from Amethi, a Vijay Yatra (victory procession) was carried out. I think some Congress supporters didn’t like it,” Surendra Singh’s son said.last_img read more

Addiction mental illness complicate help for the homeless

first_imgEVERETT, Wash. – This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless.It takes teams of outreach workers — building relationships with men and women struggling with addiction or untreated mental illness, prodding them to get help. It takes police and other agencies, working together to provide for their needs.And it takes a prosecutor who was tired of managing the unending cycle of homelessness — jail-street-jail-street-jail. Hil Kaman left his job prosecuting the homeless and took up the challenge of finding solutions. For starters, he helped put together a team that would track the 25 most costly and vulnerable cases, and hover over each one individually until he or she was in treatment or housing.“It was when everything else seems to have failed,” said Kaman, who became the city’s public health and safety director 17 months ago.“They’ll bring someone to jail several hundred times, bring someone to the emergency department dozens of times — the (people) resistant to treatment and other alternatives. It was a call to say, ‘Isn’t there anything else that we could do?’”In two years, Everett’s specialized team has found some form of housing for 14 chronically homeless people on its by-name list. The city’s newly formed community outreach enforcement team has gotten more than two dozen people into long-term treatment, primarily using beds paid through a partnership with a non-profit that helps officers deal with the opioid crisis. The city also set up a flex fund that accepts private donations to help pay for motel rooms, bus tickets and other costs.It’s among an array of strategies the city has tried. There is still much work to do: Everett, a city of 110,000 north of Seattle hard-hit by the opioid epidemic, and surrounding Snohomish County saw a 65 per cent jump in people living outside between 2015 and 2017 — one of the largest increases on the West Coast in that period, according to a one-night count earlier this year.The number of unsheltered chronically homeless — those who have been homeless for longer than a year while struggling with a serious mental illness, substance use disorder or physical disability — has grown steadily in the Everett region, more than doubling since 2015. That’s even as the city and county added more supportive housing.Kaman and others say a combination of the opioid epidemic, poverty, lack of unskilled jobs, rising rents, and a shortage of affordable housing have made it even harder for those who fall into homelessness to get out.The problem is not limited to Everett; up and down the West Coast, the high cost of housing has forced thousands of people to live on the streets, a trend that opioids have exacerbated.“These are expensive places to live. It’s expensive for everybody. But the burden falls the hardest on people with the biggest problems,” said Steve Berg, vice-president for programs and policy with the National Alliance to End Homelessness.___In 2011, roughly one in every five opioid-related deaths in Washington state took place in this county. That was the peak, but heroin deaths remain high and deaths from synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are climbing. Last month, county officials partially activated its emergency co-ordinationcentre, typically used for natural disasters, to respond to the opioid crisis. So far this year, health officials have collected 2 million discarded needles.In this former lumber town on scenic Puget Sound, where thousands of workers assemble the newest Boeing airplanes, the crisis had become so dire that this year Everett city officials became among the first to sue the manufacturer of the painkiller OxyContin. The city blames Purdue Pharma for an addiction crisis that has overwhelmed city resources and deepened its homelessness problem.Kaman joined the city’s mayor, police chief, city council members and others who drove to Seattle in September for the city’s successful argument that a federal judge allow its lawsuit against the drug manufacturer to proceed.While that case works through the court, social workers and police officers are fanning out to find people camping under the freeway or living in RVs or the woods and try to connect them to services. Many of them initially deflect treatment, or are too ill to even know they need aid.James McGee, a heroin addict who was living in his minivan on the streets, was among those who got help.The 27-year-old started popping OxyContin prescription pills after a shoulder surgery. When the drug manufacturer changed its formula, he switched to cheaper heroin. He first told himself he would never shoot up. Then he did.“You draw that line, tell yourself you’re not going to pass that, and the next thing, you do,” McGee said. “Then you keep going and going. Before I know it, I’m sticking needles in my body, doing heroin and meth every day.”He eventually lost his job at Costco and his apartment. Shortly after overdosing in the parking lot this summer — and being revived by someone who had overdose-reversal spray at hand — McGee walked into a police station and pleaded for help. Kaitlyn Dowd, a social worker embedded with Everett police, helped connect him to treatment about 100 miles away.Now he’s living in sober housing, more than 90 days clean, working a construction job and attending as many recovery meetings as possible. “I never thought I would taste recovery like this,” he said. “Everyone deserves a second chance.”___For every person who finds a treatment bed or permanent supportive housing, many more wait. Until this summer, when a second facility opened, the county had only 16 publicly funded detox beds for its 785,000 residents. Many must go out of the county, or even state, to find beds.Experts say lack of on-demand treatment and a shortage of appropriate housing to meet specific needs are among the biggest barriers to helping people off the streets. Without permanent housing, advocates and city officials say the homeless will end up back on the street after completing their treatment, repeating the cycle.Kaman said the city has been moving the chronically homeless into private rental units using vouchers, but the region’s low vacancy rate makes that much more challenging.That’s part of the reason Everett is pushing ahead with a low-barrier permanent supportive housing project on city land. The project with Catholic Housing Services will house 65 chronically homeless people without first requiring they be addiction-free or deal with other issues. Residents will have access to mental health, recovery and other services and around-the-clock on-site staff.Studies have found that such housing can save taxpayer money when compared to the costs of serving chronically homeless in emergency rooms, shelters and jails.But so many chronically homeless people in the Everett region are on the waitlist for housing that those units will fill up when it opens in 2019.“Housing is as, if not more, important than any medication” or other services, said Tom Sebastian, CEO of Compass Health, Snohomish County’s largest behavioural health provider.His agency is developing an 84-unit housing project for mentally ill and addicted homeless on a vacant lot in downtown Everett.Compass Health doesn’t typically develop housing, but “because there’s that shortage, we feel a driving sense to step into that breach to do something to help solve that problem,” Sebastian said.For those who can get housing and services, stability can be a lifeline.Garrick Heller, 35, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, said he would be on the streets otherwise.Several years ago, he was involuntary civilly committed because he posed a danger to himself or others. He spent time on the streets, in shelters and eventually at a locked psychiatric facility run by Compass Health. Over time, he gradually moved into more independent living situations run by Compass Health.Now he lives in a small studio apartment, where he sleeps on an air mattress. He gets mental health counselling and other services within blocks of his home. A service helps him pay his bills and rent, which is one-third of the $735 he gets in monthly disability payment.Heller said he regularly takes his medication and works hard each day to stick to his treatment plan. He plans on looking for a job soon and wants to pass his GED.“Getting myself back to normal — that took a long time,” he said. “I’m determined to get better.”___Finding solutions to homelessness is expensive. Voters in the city and county of Los Angeles since last year have passed a pair of ballot initiatives that will raise about $4.7 billion over the next decade to pay for thousands of affordable housing units and homeless services.In May, a non-profit pledged $100 million to help San Francisco cut its number of chronically homeless in half in five years by creating more permanent housing and increasing mental health services.In Sacramento, where the number of people living on the streets has soared 116 per cent over the past two years, the city and county last month agreed to spend tens of millions of dollars to co-ordinate services for those with mental illness and substance abuse problems. Steering them toward permanent housing is a cornerstone of the new effort.And last month, King County, which includes Seattle, partnered with the Ballmer Group and others in a new program that will pay incentives to agencies that provide outpatient treatment on demand.The hardcore homeless represent a major financial burden on Everett, putting pressure on the jail, emergency room and other services. In one extreme example, officials estimated one person used about $500,000 in such resources in one year. Another homeless man spent 800 nights in jail over eight years for trespassing and other nuisance crimes.Hard cases resist easy solutions, but Everett’s team persists.Teams try to serve people where they are — in streets, in the woods or under freeways. Volunteers with The Hand Up Project — many of whom are recently homeless and recovering addicts — have been hitting familiar haunts to find others who might be ready for recovery.One rainy day, they found 34-year-old Robart Blocher living high up in the trees in a two-story fort he built out of discarded materials. He is addicted to meth, he said, and suffers from social anxiety disorder and other mental health issues, making it hard for him to go to places and seek help.He used to make $14.50 an hour as a chef until his addiction, a series of bad choices and medical issues forced him to find shelter in the woods. He had been living in a basement apartment, but got kicked out when his roommate died. Then he moved into a trailer and couch surfed. He eventually lost his job.A recent report found there is nowhere nearby where someone working a full-time minimum-wage job could afford an apartment that was not subsidized or shared with others, and that’s Blocher’s experience: “Nowadays, no way,” he said.When the outreach team approached Blocher, offering to help him into treatment, he seemed receptive. He said he needed a mental health evaluation — but he had to deal with other stuff first.The volunteers back off, for now. They will return.___In the past, Hil Kaman had prosecuted 38-year-old Joshua Rape. For years, his life has been a revolving door of jail stints, shelters and couches, and street-wanderings.A specialized team of mental health professionals, housing and recovery experts, social workers, jail staff and officers worked to build a relationship with him. There were times when he’d tell them he wanted to get better but then he would disappear: “I was pretty evasive and elusive,” Rape recalled.Opioid outreach specialist Amy Austin kept after him.“She was all over me,” he said, recalling how she went searching for him a year ago when he missed an appointment after relapsing.“I just wanted him to know that he could always come and find me,” she said.When he decided in jail this fall that he was ready for treatment, the team got him into a motel until a slot opened up. They took turns checking in daily as he waited more than a week for a treatment bed. In October, they drove him to catch a bus to the recovery centre 200 miles away.“We’ve all been counting down the days until he’s been ready. We’ve tried so hard to get him engaged,” said Dowd, the social worker. “We’ve known him for a long time. We all want to see him being successful.”Now he’s back in Everett, having wrapped up 30 days of inpatient treatment. He goes to outpatient treatment and recovery meetings several times a week.For the first time, the man who has been homeless for six years will have his own place — a one-bedroom apartment that he’ll move into this month, using a housing voucher.“I had to make multiple attempts at doing this,” he said. “But it’s working out. It can be done. You have to work for it.”___This story has been corrected to show Everett was among the first cities to sue OxyContin’s maker.___Associated Press writer Geoff Mulvihill in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, contributed to this report.last_img read more

Avaya Containerizes UCaaS

Log in or register to post comments This version of Powered By follows the natural evolution of IP Office, which came to market more than 15 years ago as a proprietary hardware platform. Next came Server Edition, which saw the product ported to Linux so it could run on off-the-shelf servers and provide greater scalability. The Linux-based version is also what led to Avaya being able to run the rich IP Office feature set in a VM. The newest iteration, containerization, is a cloud-native model that can start small and scale massively. Considering that Google typically doesn’t allow resellers or vendors to host phone and other regulated services on its cloud platform, the ability to offer a containerized version of IP Office in the Google cloud is a big win for Avaya. Given the longtime relationship Avaya has had with Google, it seems to have gotten an exemption so that it can resell its UC server to partners or wholesale it to any company that wants to build a service around the containerized option. PoweredBy.png Engage.png At the Latin America version of Avaya Engage, in Mexico City, Avaya last week announced the newest member of its UCaaS family. Powered By Avaya IX (aka IP Office) now runs as a set of containerized workloads on Google Cloud Platform. This solution has a number of similarities to — as well as a few major differences from — the virtual machine (VM)-based “Powered By” offering. As to the differences, the main ones are 1) that the software runs in containers instead of a VM and 2) Avaya hosts the software on Google Cloud infrastructure. With the virtual edition, partners provide the hosting infrastructure. This Powered By version uses the same IP Office software, desk phones, and softphones as the VM version, and has the same levels of tier three and four support from Avaya. In addition, as with the earlier version, partners selling it need to provide SIP trunking services and network connectivity, as well as take care of the billing and tier one and two support. Lastly, automated order processing that comes with the containerized option means a partner can have a service up and running in just a few minutes. The order placement triggers API calls that automatically spin up the necessary containers in the Google Cloud. This is a stark juxtaposition from the virtual edition, which takes hours to get up and running. The ability to run in containers opens other future go-to-market avenues for Avaya. It should be able to use the Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) to make the workloads portable, simplifying the process of porting it to Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure if it so chooses. Also, partners that want to run this as a private cloud option can leverage GKE on premises to run Avaya IX UC on bare metal or an engineered system, like the Google Anthos. Selling UCaaS: Never Been Easier, or Harder Jon Arnold October 01, 2019 As UCaaS demand increases, providers are split on how best to deliver their service, either by channel partners or directly selling to end users. Hosted VoIP Is About More Than Cost-Savings Robert Oscanyan June 24, 2019 Look beyond the bottom line when evaluating whether to migrate from legacy systems to the cloud. Following a controlled release, the container version of Powered by IX became generally available in April. At time of last week’s announcement, Avaya is hosting the service in the 14 countries Google has clusters in and said it will expand as Google does. From these data centers, the service is available in 24 countries. The number of countries will grow as Avaya receives legal approval. 5 UCaaS MQ Mysteries Examined Marty Parker August 22, 2019 Gartner estimates that 40% of new enterprise telephone purchases will be based on a cloud office suite – either Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite – by 2023 — but what does that mean? The software workloads run in containers, so the resource requirements are much lower than they are with VMs. The lightweight nature of containers enables Avaya to sell its cloud service to very small businesses — fewer than 20 seats — that it couldn’t serve with costlier VM-based offering. I expect the new Powered By Avaya IX to be an attractive option for SMBs. IP Office has been very popular in that segment and now those businesses have a simple, fast way to buy it as a cloud service.Tags:News & ViewsGoogle Cloud PlatformAvaya Powered BycontainersUCaaSCloud CommunicationsDeployment ModelsHosted CommunicationsProduct NewsVendor Strategy Articles You Might Like Can Mitel and TDS Telecom Own the UCaaS Market? John Malone July 31, 2019 New promotions, rebates, and prices are influencing UCaaS purchases, according to the Eastern Management Group. Taking a People-First Approach to Unified Communications Brian Mahoney July 01, 2019 Successful adoption requires understanding user personas and use cases, on top of formal change management processes. Containers bring flexibility and agility but introduce more management complexity for partners. With the virtual edition, the entire workload runs in just a few VMs that operate perpetually. With containers, the application is disaggregated into dozens or even hundreds of smaller components that are constantly being spun up and down as needed. Keeping track of and managing the larger number of containers can be very difficult. To alleviate the pain, Avaya has enhanced its Cloud Operations Manager to allow for centralized and automated management, patching, and upgrades of multiple systems so these tasks don’t need to be handled one workload at a time. See All in UCaaS » Avaya’s Powered By IX architecture read more

UN refugee agency ramps up support for Venezuelans praises extraordinary solidarity of

With over 4,000 Venezuelans entering Colombia each day, intending to either stay there or push further south, neighboring countries are struggling to meet the needs of refugees and migrants.On a visit to Colombia and other Latin American countries, the High Commissioner for Refugees called the situation “shocking,” and praised Colombia for sheltering and caring for Venezuelans during critical times.“I am impressed by Colombia’s efforts to document, feed, shelter, and care for thousands of Venezuelans arriving every day,” Grandi said. “This extraordinary solidarity needs more international support.”UNHCR reports that nearly two million Venezuelans have fled their country since 2015, largely compelled to leave in search of more security, income, and access to food and medicine. With around one million Venezuelans now in Colombia, local governments are working to ensure they can legally access essential services, resources, and obtain legal work permits.A common stop for Venezuelan migrants is the Divina Providencia community kitchen; a centre located in the North of Santander region, the busiest border crossing in Colombia. Some 80 to 100 Colombian and Venezuelans volunteer serving 3,000 free breakfasts and 3,000 free lunches every day. Support from UNHCR has facilitated the availability of medical and legal consultations at the centre, but the influx of Venezuelans has strained the region’s health services. To boost capacity, the agency has supported the creation of a new health centre aimed at providing first aid and family planning care. Mr. Grandi will follow the flow of Venezuelans in the coming days, from Argentina to Peru and Ecuador, to assess migrant and refugee needs, regional implications, and discuss best approaches to be taken by host countries. A family of Venezuelan children and their older Colombian-born relatives stand outside their wooden house in Barrio Camilo Daza in the city of Cúcuta, Colombia. ​​​​​​​© UNHCR/Paul Smith read more

Price Committee Prepares for Another Music Meals and Mingle on Main

The theme of the September event will be a barbecue battle. A number of entries have already been submitted by local residents who want to participate and compete in the cook off, which will be sampled by the crowd and be voted upon by the public for who wins the trophy naming them the Music Meals and Mingle on Main 2019 BBQ Battleground Grand Champion. The first two events that were held in May and July were a huge success with hundreds of people attending, food trucks lining Main Street in Price and merchants keeping their doors open late so attendees could see their wares and services. On Sept. 12, various stores and shops will be doing special activities for the event so everyone is invited to visit the establishments once again and participate. The main committee meets once per month and the others meet as needed. As with past events, there will also be food trucks as well as activities for children and adults situated throughout the downtown area. The MMM events will be taking place every other month into next year. On Nov. 7, there will be a sporting/tailgating party themed event and on Jan. 9, a Winterfest event will take place. The Price City Business Improvement District Committee was formed in 2018 to find ways to improve business, particularly downtown, in Price. Subcommittees made up of various business people, government officials and others have been formed. Those subcommittees consist of the Ambassadors, Activities and Events Committee (which has been gathering information, informing business owners of what is going on and setting up events for the downtown area), the budget committee (which determines the costs of what may be done and where the money could come from) and the Project Committee (which determines the projects, where they will be done and how they will be done). Price City Press ReleaseThe Price City Business Improvement District Committee met on Aug. 27 in preparation for the next installment of the Music Meals and Mingle on Main event that will take place on Sept.12. The barbecue area will be in front of the Price City Peace Gardens and will be cordoned off. A $10 donation will give those who want to sample the cooking a fork, a plate and a drink along with the right to vote on the best barbecue served up. Voting will be by text like it was at the MMM Cruise Night in July. read more

Should The Devils OneMan Machine Be The NHL MVP

272006PITS. Crosby102S. Gonchar58+44 Source: Hockey-Reference.com 221990DETS. Yzerman127G. Gallant80+47 262006NYRJ. Jagr123M. Nylander79+44 171991QUEJ. Sakic109M. Sundin59+50 To find a bigger gap than Hall’s lead over Hischier, you’d have to go back to 2007-08, when Ovechkin topped fellow Washington forward Nicklas Backstrom by 43 points. It’s no coincidence that most of the biggest differences on that list came in the high-flying offensive era of the 1980s and early ’90s, or in the first few seasons after the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Today’s game isn’t really set up for a player to shoulder as much of his team’s offensive burden as Hall does for the Devils — but New Jersey has made it work anyway. According to Hockey-Reference.com, the Hall-centric Devils have a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs.And there’s no question the Devils would be in major trouble without their star scorer. In addition to Hall’s lack of offensive support, New Jersey ranks 17th in save percentage with Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider between the pipes and is only in the middle of the pack in terms of denying opponent shots. Hall’s evolution from a 53-point scorer last season (his first with New Jersey) to an MVP candidate2Granted, Hall also showed flashes of this potential in Edmonton, tallying 27 goals and 80 points during the 2013-14 season. Perhaps the Oilers shouldn’t have shipped him away in one of the worst NHL trades in recent memory… has been directly responsible for lifting the Devils from last in the Eastern Conference to a likely playoff berth, the team’s first since 2012.Now, Hall isn’t the only player running on that specific narrative. MacKinnon in particular has also built his Hart candidacy around elevating a formerly terrible team into postseason contention. Nor is Hall likely the best player in the league — that honor probably belongs to McDavid, if not an old standby like Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby. But in terms of pure value to a team, it’s difficult to find a player whose production is more indispensable than Hall’s has been to the Devils this season. 31981EDMW. Gretzky164J. Kurri75+89 41988PITM. Lemieux168D. Quinn79+89 211981CGYK. Nilsson131G. Chouinard83+48 21983EDMW. Gretzky196M. Messier106+90 51989PITM. Lemieux199R. Brown115+84 91985EDMW. Gretzky208J. Kurri135+73 111996MDAP. Kariya108S. Rucchin44+64 101991LAKW. Gretzky163L. Robitaille91+72 No. 1 scorerNo. 2 scorer 121989DETS. Yzerman155G. Gallant93+62 131986PITM. Lemieux141M. Bullard83+58 Taylor Hall’s place among the NHL’s top one-man offensesBiggest difference between a team’s No. 1 and No. 2 scorers, 1951-2018 151993TORD. Gilmour127N. Borschevsky74+53 191993PITM. Lemieux160K. Stevens111+49 202006WSHA. Ovechkin106D. Zubrus57+49 281980EDMW. Gretzky137B. MacDonald94+43 292008WSHA. Ovechkin112N. Backstrom69+43 161979MTLG. Lafleur129S. Shutt77+52 142001FLAP. Bure92V. Kozlov37+55 81987EDMW. Gretzky183J. Kurri108+75 231993NYIP. Turgeon132S. Thomas87+45 241994LAKW. Gretzky130L. Robitaille86+44 11982EDMW. Gretzky212G. Anderson105+107 61984EDMW. Gretzky205P. Coffey126+79 SeasonTeamPlayerPointsPlayerPointsGap 181982WSHD. Maruk136R. Walter87+49 71986EDMW. Gretzky215P. Coffey138+77 302018NJDT. Hall93N. Hischier51+42 With days left in the NHL regular season, the race for the Hart Trophy — the league’s MVP award — is as wide-open as it’s been in years. The defending winner, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, once again leads the league in scoring … but his team will miss the playoffs. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov ranks second, but he cooled off after a red-hot start (and he has to share credit/votes with teammate Steven Stamkos anyway). The leading goal-scorer, three-time MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals, doesn’t even crack the top 10 in total points. And while Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon is the betting favorite for MVP, he’s hardly a lock at only fifth in points and 10th in goals.Right into the middle of this fracas has skated New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall, who has been scorching hot in the second half of the season and is seemingly willing New Jersey back into relevance. Hall, who earlier this year had a franchise-record 26-game point streak, now has seven goals and 15 points in his last seven games, including this short-handed game-winner Sunday against the Canadiens:The Hall-for-MVP case mainly rests in just how vital he’s been to the Devils’ offense this season. Hall has either scored or assisted on 39 percent of New Jersey’s goals, almost single-handedly dragging the team to its current 12th-place ranking in scoring. The Devils’ second-leading scorer, 19-year-old NHL rookie Nico Hischier, has notched 51 points on the season — 42 fewer than Hall’s team-leading tally.1For good measure, Hall has had a hand in nearly half of Hischier’s points this season. Not only is that easily the biggest gap in the NHL this year (No. 2 is the 35-point gulf between McDavid and Leon Draisaitl), it’s the biggest the league has seen in a decade and the 30th-biggest difference between a team’s leading scorer and runner-up in a season since 1950-51: 251999PITJ. Jagr127M. Straka83+44 read more

Baseball Ohio State swept by Northwestern with 104 loss

Ohio State freshman infielder Marcus Ernst (28) swings at a ball during the game against Hawaii on March 23. Ohio State won 7-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNorthwestern did something on Sunday that no other team in the program’s history had been able to accomplish: sweep the Buckeyes in a three or four-game series. Ohio State (16-16, 2-4 Big Ten) dropped its fifth straight in a game against Northwestern (14-14, 4-2 Big Ten) 10-4 that was heavily dictated by the performances of both bullpens. “Our talent is better. Their execution was better this weekend,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. Northwestern’s bullpen had been suffocating. In the first two games of the series, the relief pitchers went nine innings, allowing only one run. On Sunday, the Wildcats pitched 5.2 innings of relief and allowed one run on four hits. On the other side, Ohio State’s bullpen had struggled against the Wildcats. In the first two games of the series, the relievers allowed 14 runs, 12 of which were earned, in five innings of work. The nightmare for the bullpen continued on Sunday, with the relief pitchers allowing nine runs in three innings of work. “None of the straws I pulled worked this weekend,” Beals said. The bullpen would finish the series with a 23.63 ERA.“Everyone is here for a reason. We have a very talented pitching staff,” sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith said. “Guys need to go out there and pitch with more conviction. Just compete, have fun, and play the game.” After winning his first three starts on the year, Smith has not been able to tally a fourth win. In his four previous games before Sunday, Smith had an 0-1 record and an ERA of 5.03. Smith would not be able to break this winless streak, but he did pitch a career-long six innings, allowing only one run. “At the end of the day it’s about the team and getting wins,” Smith said. “As frustrating as it is, the most important thing is that we stick together, especially with a big week coming up.” The efficient outing was partly due to Smith’s ability to reduce his walks allowed. In his previous three starts, he allowed 11 total walks, but only one runner reached base on balls in Sunday’s start. Northwestern decided to start freshman pitcher Tommy D’Alise in the game Sunday. The usual reliever had tallied only one start in his career, and his longest outing was three innings back on March 12. Despite having only pitched 10.1 innings in his career, the right-handed pitcher had an ERA of 2.61. In his first weekend start, the freshman went 3.1 innings and allowed three runs. D’Alise had allowed a total of three runs coming into the game. From the opening at bat for the Buckeyes, the team appeared to have a sense of urgency.Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone was fired up on second base after opening the bottom of the first with a stand-up double. Junior first baseman Connor Pohl would score Canzone on a sacrifice fly to center field later in the inning. A two-out triple from sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler would result in another run. Dingler would come across home for the final run of the inning to make the score 3-0. Ohio State would not be able to score another run until the ninth inning. Northwestern would draw blood in the fourth inning with a solo home run from redshirt freshman center fielder David Dunn, his second of the season.With the Ohio State lead reduced to one in the seventh inning, senior left fielder Brady Cherry was called upon to pitch with runners at second and third with one out. After a hit batsman loaded the bases, a three-run double from senior first baseman Willie Bourbon gave Northwestern its first lead of the gameBourbon would finish the game with two hits and four RBIs. A five-run eighth inning for the Wildcats buried the Buckeyes behind a seven-run deficit. “The biggest thing is that there is no time to point fingers and blame,” Smith said. “Only [time] to get better.”Ohio State will travel to Athens, Ohio to take on Ohio University at 6 p.m. Tuesday. read more

Attacker may have been infatuated with British backpacker stabbed to death in

first_imgPolice forensics at the scene of a knife attack  Police forensics at the scene of a knife attack Credit:Rex Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Smail Ayad, 29, injured several police officers and was reportedly screaming “Allahu akbar”, or “God is Great”, before he was subdued and arrested, but police played down a link to extremism or terrorism. He was officially charged on Thursday with Miss Ayliffe-Chung’s murder, as well as two counts of attempted murder, one count of serious animal cruelty and 12 counts of serious assault.Detectives have found no terror links to him and are now investigating whether he had developed an obsession with Miss Ayliffe-Chung.Asked if Mr Ayad had a romantic interest in Miss Ayliffe-Chung, Det Supt Ray Rohweder, regional crime co-ordinator from the Northern Region, said: “That’s one of the lines of inquiry that we are conducting. There is certainly, at this stage, no indication certainly from Mia’s point of view that there was any sort of romantic connection.”He also said that, although nothing was being ruled out, there was “absolutely no indication of any form of radicalisation or any political motive in relation to this matter”.Another Briton, Chris Porter, said he and Miss Ayliffe-Chung had been staying in the same room as the alleged knifeman.Mr Porter, 22, from Rochester in Kent, woke to find her being attacked in the bunk below him. Smail Ayad A Frenchman who allegedly stabbed to death a young British female backpacker in their Australian hostel while shouting “Allahu akbar” may have developed a romantic infatuation with the victim, police believe.Mia Ayliffe-Chung was killed in a frenzied knife attack as other travellers desperately tried to save the 21-year-old.Another British backpacker, Tom Watson, remains in a critical condition after being stabbed up to 20 times in the face and body trying to protect her. The Frenchman had been staying at the hostel for several days and “seemed an absolutely normal guy. He spoke to the guy before he went to bed – and he seemed fine.“He has woken up to him dragging Mia out of bed,” Mr Porter’s brother said. “The guy was a nutter.”Mr Ayad, from Marseille, entered Australia in March on a temporary visa, and had been involved in an argument with his alleged victim before the attack, The Australian reported.Bill Byrne, Queensland’s police minister, described the stabbing attack as “tragic and disturbing”, but said it was not “about race or religion”.The victim’s mother, Rosie Ayliffe, said her daughter “would not want to be the reason for any hostilities caused by any misinterpretation of events”.Ms Ayliffe paid tribute to her daughter, calling her “an amazing young woman with an adventurous spirit. Not only was she kind and funny, she was clever, sassy, with a sense of fun.”Mr Ayad, who has had a psychiatric assessment and undergone forensic analysis, stopped co-operating with police on Wednesday night after being initially co-operative and was Tasered and pepper sprayed by officers.Mr Rohweder said: “When we transported the suspect from the Townsville hospital to the Townsville police station, the suspect behaved in an extremely violent manner which necessitated police stopping the motor vehicle and attempting to restrain him.”As a result of that police received some injuries, including just cuts and aberrations but also a bite to the leg.”Miss Ayliffe-Chung, from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, studied childcare at Buxton & Leek College before embarking on a round-the-world trip which had seen her visit Morocco, India and Indonesia before arriving in Australia earlier this year.She had been working as a waitress and with animals on a farm so she could extend her working holiday visa.A former boyfriend said she had fallen in love with the country and had hoped to stay.Jamison Stead, a 23-year-old sales rep, said: “We met towards the end of April through friends in Surfers [Paradise].”She was living in Surfers on the Gold Coast and planning on exploring Australia, with the intention to find a sponsorship as she wanted to stay here as she had fallen in love with the country and its people.” Smail AyadCredit:Facebook After stabbing Mr Watson, 30, the attacker then turned his attention to Mr Porter who jumped from a second storey window of Shelley’s Backpacker’s in Home Hill, south of Townsville, to escape.The knifeman then continued to chase Mr Porter, who is believed to have fractured both heels in his leap.Mr Porter’s brother, Aaron, told the Gold Coast Bulletin the alleged killer continued to pursue his younger brother, chasing him down the road with the knife.He said: “He’s had to wave down a car and this guy was trying to smash through the car window.”A dog was also killed in the attack.last_img read more

Klein buzzerbeater for Kiel win over Veszprem

Dominik Klein scored winning goal for THW Kiel against MVM Veszprem 25:24 (11:13) four seconds before the final buzzer! “Zebras” won important points over group leaders to make better situation ahead of four last matches of the group in February 2016.THW Kiel: Landin (1.-25., 31.-60., 13 saves), Katsigiannis (25.-30., 3 Paraden, 1 Tor); Ferreira (n.e.), R. Toft Hansen (1), Mamelund (1), Sprenger, Weinhold (3), Dissinger (6), Ekberg, Cañellas (n.e.), Dahmke (3), Williams (n.e.), Klein (2), Vujin (8/6), Oprea (n.e.); Trainer: Gislason 2. MVM Veszprém10712281:252(29)15 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…10802315:284(31)16 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu9108238:300(-62)2 MVM Veszprém: Mikler (47.-60, 2/1 saves), Alilovic (1.-47., 10 saves); Gulyas, Ivancsik (1), Schuch, Palmarsson (3), Nilsson (5), Nagy (6), Ugalde (3), Marguc (4/2), Rodriguez, Terzic, Sulic (2), Lekai, Sliskovic; Trainer: SabateSTANDINGS: 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …10415257:261(-4)9 6. Orlen Wisla Plock10325275:286(-11)8 EHF Champions LeagueMVM VeszpremTHW Kiel 4. THW Kiel10514284:271(13)11 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko10118262:289(-27)3 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt9702268:237(31)14 ← Previous Story DENMARK 2015 (DAY 2): Serbia VS Hungary, Poland against Sweden Next Story → RK Vojvodina players help to calm down suspicious passenger on Lufthansa flight read more

Japanese professor faces jail for allegedly getting students to produce ecstasy

first_img Image: DPA/PA Images 21,012 Views Wednesday 17 Apr 2019, 7:19 AM By AFP https://jrnl.ie/4595723 14 Comments Share54 Tweet Email2 The pills have never been found. (File photo)center_img The pills have never been found. (File photo) Image: DPA/PA Images A JAPANESE UNIVERSITY professor could face up to 10 years in jail after allegedly getting his students to produce ecstasy, officials have said, in an echo of TV hit series Breaking Bad.Authorities suspect the 61-year-old pharmacology professor from Matsuyama University in western Japan got his pupils to make MDMA — commonly known as ecstasy — in 2013 and another so-called “designer drug” 5F-QUPIC last year.The professor told investigators he was aiming to further the “education” of his pharmaceutical sciences students, an official from the local health ministry told AFP.The ecstasy allegedly produced has not been found and has “probably been discarded,” added this official, who asked to remain anonymous.If charged and convicted, he could face 10 years behind bars.Japanese law states that a researcher needs a licence issued by regional authorities to manufacture narcotics for academic purposes.The synthetic drug MDMA acts as a stimulant and hallucinogen and is the main ingredient in party drug ecstasy, giving users a heightened sense of energy, empathy and pleasure.It has recently been used in research trials exploring its effectiveness in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).5F-QUPIC, also known as 5F-PB-22, is a cannabis-like drug banned in Japan in 2014 after it was suspected of causing traffic accidents.It is unclear if there were any other similarities between the case of the Matsuyama University professor and that of Walter White, the fictitious hero of Breaking Bad.White, played by Bryan Cranston, was a former chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer who starts manufacturing crystal methamphetamine to pay for his treatment and provide for his family — sometimes with the help of a former pupil.© – AFP 2019 Apr 17th 2019, 7:19 AM Japanese professor faces jail for allegedly getting students to produce ecstasy Comparisons are being made with TV series Breaking Bad. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Fights break out between protesters in Portland

first_imgPORTLAND (AP) — Fights broke out downtown between protesters with a right-wing group and counter-demonstrators, and police are working to keep the two groups apart, according to local media reports.The right-wing Patriot Prayer group was holding a Flash March for Law and Order Saturday evening when the counter-demonstrators, some of whom identified themselves as members of the militant group Antifa, confronted them, leading to scuffles, the Portland Tribune website and KGW TV station reported.Police in riot gear worked to break up fights and used pepper spray to try to control the crowd, the Tribune reported.KGW reported that police said officers saw people at the demonstration with hard-knuckled gloves, guns, knives and batons.last_img read more

Lingard certain that Pogba will get only better

first_imgPaul Pogba has been heavily criticized ahead of the upcoming World Cup for his performances in the national team but Jesse Lingard believes that his Manchester United teammate will get only better.Lingard has been friends with Pogba since Frenchman’s first spell at the club and he believes that he is still young and will be only improving in his further career – and there is no need to criticize him like that.The Manchester United attacking midfielder spoke about Pogba as he said, according to Daily Mail:ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“He is always going to get that. But he’s a great human being off the pitch and he brings that on to the pitch as well.”“We were very close. He came over when he was 16 and we played for a few months. Ever since then, we’ve remained friends.”“Paul is only going to get better. He is still young, he’s still learning the game. The world is at his feet.”last_img read more

San Diego County to close four parks during August for maintenance

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The county of San Diego will close four parks Thursday for the month of August, allowing county parks officials to conduct park maintenance.The county will close El Capitan Reserve, Hellhole Canyon Preserve, Mt. Gower Preserve and Wilderness Gardens from Aug. 1 to Aug. 31 to conduct maintenance like trail restoration. Agua Caliente Regional Park and Vallecito County Park are also closed throughout the summer and will reopen during Labor Day weekend.While the six parks are closed throughout the month, more than 100 other parks will be open around the county. In addition, county parks will host events like movie screenings, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food trucks and other amenities.For residents who plan to hike at a county park, parks and recreation officials suggest taking multiple steps to stay safe such as taking plenty of water, wearing sunscreen, wearing lightweight clothing and sturdy shoes and bringing a fully charged mobile phone and a map. Residents are also advised to tell someone where they plan to go and when they plan to return.A full list of county parks, their hours and their activities can be found at sdparks.org. San Diego County to close four parks during August for maintenance Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwittercenter_img August 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 1, 2019last_img read more

Forgiving Without Forgetting A Tlingit Village Up in Smoke

first_imgIn 1962, the Douglas Indian Village was set ablaze to make way for a new harbor. This month marks 53 years since the city displaced households of Tlingit T’aaku Kwáan families. Little to no restitution has ever been offered.Download AudioThe Douglas Indian Village was a winter spot for the T’aaku Kwáan people. Water flowed underneath a row of about 20 structures on pilings. There was a saying, “this was where the sun rays touched first.”The village had no running water or electricity. But to John Morris it was home.“That was the trail I used to walk to go to school right here. But my house was right where that truck is right now,” he says.John Morris remembers the spot where his house once stood. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)Where we’re standing has been filled with gravel. The water no longer comes up to this point. It’s been turned into Savikko Park, a place where children play Little League and families grill out hamburgers.Morris remembers seeing his childhood home here going up in smoke.“We left everything as is in the house with the thought that if they saw that we hadn’t moved anything out that they would maybe prolong the burning. It didn’t stop them.”Fishing nets, clothing, dishes–everything.“There are no pictures of my childhood. It was all burned up in that house,” he says.Morris is a carver, teacher and tribal leader. At 75 years-old, he’s also one of the last living members of the tribe to witness the burning of the village in 1962. He remembers, back then, racial tensions were high. He delivered newspapers as a kid.“And I had a paper sack that had Juneau Empire on it. And as long as I had that paper sack I could go anywhere in Douglas. Once I took that sack off people would tell me, ‘Get down to your village.’”In 1946, the Douglas Indian Association was looking for boat loans. At the time, boats were kept under the house. But that wasn’t deemed suitable. So the city and the Army Corps of Engineers were asked to build a harbor where the village stood–with the understanding the village would be rebuilt.That plan didn’t go anywhere.“But the plan for the harbor stayed on the books and in 1962, the City of Douglas destroyed the Indian village to build that,” says attorney Andy Huff. He put together a formal report in 2002 on what happened for the Montana Indian Law Resource Center.A historical photo in the Montana Indian Law Resource Center report.Back in the ’60s, the City of Douglas found a loophole to condemn the Native village: Most of its occupants were gone to fish camps in summer.“Even so, the city didn’t have jurisdiction over the houses in the first place. It was a federally protected enclave.”Huff  says when he was doing his research, two more red flags stood out. One was the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the agency that’s supposed to help, did nothing to intervene.“They just flatly refused to get involved even though there was this plan to kind of destroy the village,” Huff says.The other red flag was a possible conspiracy.Morris says his uncle wasn’t going to leave. He had to pull him out before the fire began. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)“I found that two members on the city of Douglas zoning commission, which was the entity in charge of destroying this village, were also members of the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the same time. ”They were Charles Jones and A.W. Bartlett. Both men resigned from the zoning and planning committee citing conflict of interest. But the plans to burn the village were already underway. Huff says that’s an obvious breach of trust. When he put the report together 13 years ago, he thought it would affect change but no restitution has been offered. He thinks, even after all this time, there’s still a legal case.“I don’t think the federal government can argue it doesn’t know exactly what happened and what the issues are in light of the report coming out and being released by the tribes,” he says. “Something should have happened by now.”The Bureau of Indian Affairs could not be reached for comment.After the controlled burn in 1962, the village was never rebuilt. The Douglas Harbor and eventually the park were constructed in its place. Morris, who was on military leave at the time, says he went back to Fort Hood, Texas, changed.“I went back with a bitterness. A bitterness that I’m not going to have anything to come back to. I don’t have a home. The people I grew up with, I got to see firsthand, how they treated us people, us Natives,” Morris says.It took years for him to come back to the Juneau-Douglas area but he did. He says sometimes friends tell him he should file a lawsuit; he could be a millionaire.“My response is that’s not what I’m after. I do want to see that corrected but it will never leave me. It will never leave me. It lays dormant and I don’t like to touch it unless I have to,” he says.Morris says he forgives but he doesn’t forget. He would like to see restitution for the T’aaku Kwáan people.last_img read more

ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhars latest troubles – Investigation by SEC and

first_img BIGGEST BANK FRAUDS IN 2018 IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:49Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:47?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img The troubles facing the embattled chief of the country’s premier private sector bank, ICICI Bank, seem to be compounded by the latest developments wherein the Securities and Exchange Commission, the market regulator in the United States, has launched a probe given that the bank is listed on their stock exchanges. The investigation pertains to alleged “conflict of interest” and “abuse of position” wherein Kochhar is accused of “quid pro quo’ in facilitating a loan for a firm owned by her husband.While the news about this issue has been circling for nearly a month now, what has triggered the latest bout of media frenzy is the reported investigation by the SEC. The Indian regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is also probing the matter and as reports indicate, Kochhar might, at the worst, face a penalty of Rs 25 crore. The SEC investigation is an altogether different “ball game” as the quantum of punishment would be determined according to the prevailing laws in the US.From being an icon of the banking industry and a pioneer as far as women in leadership roles in the financial sector are concerned, life seems to have come a full circle for Kochhar as far as the latest developments are concerned. Moreover, the SEC ruling over the matter might also lead to reputation losses overseas to ICICI Bank and dent its global standing in times when the Indian banking sector has come under focus for the many alleged malpractices and dubious lending reeking of crony capitalism. Chanda Kochhar receives Woodrow Wilson AwardPR HandoutWhat these news reports also indicate is that the board of directors of ICICI Bank, which until now was supporting Kochhar, might find itself in a dilemma since the very prestige and standing of the institution are threatened. With the Union Corporate Affairs Ministry also launching a probe with the help from Mauritius, it can nudge the board to take action and take a dim view of her continuance in the present role.last_img read more

Baltimores Pastor Brown Talks Being Trolled by Russian Operatives

first_imgPastor Heber Brown, III of the Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Northeast Baltimore, an activist leader in the community, recently revealed a Facebook confrontation in the midst of the uprising of 2015, was more than a simple beef with an internet troll.Pastor Heber Brown (right) was allegedly a target for Russian trolls during the Baltimore Uprising of 2015. (Screenshot)During the turbulent days following the uprising, in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015, Brown engaged in a Facebook encounter with what turned out to be a Russian operative cited in Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The operative was allegedly charged with sowing discord within Baltimore’s Black community, specifically to suppress the Black vote.Brown relived the incident last night, during an interview with MSNBC’s Ari Melber, host of, “The Beat with Ari Melber.”“Some short time after the uprising of 2015…there was a lot of energy in the air around social change and challenging the systems of society to make it more just, particularly to African Americans here in this city,” Brown told Melber.“There were a number of people…who were coming to Baltimore to help support local organizers. But, there also were people who were coming to the city to make Baltimore their platform and stage to make a name for themselves.” Brown said he was able to discern the individual was not a part of the city’s activist community and was able to alert others in the grass roots community and ultimately, thwart the efforts of the Russian operative.“Did you ever think at the time that it could be part of an international criminal conspiracy, which included trying to suppress the Black vote?” Melber asked Brown during the interview.“Nowhere in my wildest dreams did I ever think that any of that would be involved with my engagement and confrontation of this person on Facebook and on Twitter. Blew my mind when I found that out,” said Brown, who is also co-founder of Baltimore United for Change.“In this one example we see how social inequality is not just a factor that can negatively impact African American communities, but also become an issue of national security…it’s just really a great example of how we really have to redouble our efforts to have a more just and equitable society, so that the conditions are not created for people to take advantage of in the first place.”last_img read more

Why the sandfish lizard wriggles as it does w Video

first_imgImage credit: Daniel Goldman Study Reveals Small Lizard Tucks Legs and Swims Like a Snake Through Desert Sand (w/ Video) Citation: Why the sandfish lizard wriggles as it does (w/ Video) (2011, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-sandfish-lizard-video.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Image credit: Daniel Goldman © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — The sandfish lizard (Scincus scincus) lives in the desert sands of North Africa and burrows through the sand by wriggling. Now scientists in the US have created a computer model that emulates the physics of the lizard and other burrowing animals. Play Video credit: Daniel Goldman Goldman’s team then built a snake-like robot capable of moving in a similar way to the living lizard, and were able to control the extent of bending and wriggling as the robot moved. They filmed the robot moving through sand to determine how the amount of curling affected their movements.The team followed with computer simulations of the lizards swimming through a field of beads 3mm in diameter. Even with 3 mm beads rather than tiny grains of sand, the simulations needed the computing power of 20-30 ordinary PCs to run, and still took several days. They used the simulation to analyze the movement of every bead affected by the passing lizard. Both the living lizard and robot swam through the glass beads in the same way as they did through sand.The simulation and robotic tests both gave the same answer: if the lizards curl too little they cannot provide enough power to push through the sand, while if they curl too much they do not move very far forward as they wriggle. The movements of the living lizard are close to optimum. Dr Goldman also said the studies suggest that sandfish lizards dive into the sand and wriggle down into it to escape from predators as fast as possible. Burrowing into the sand also enables them to escape the scorching heat of the desert.As a result of their experiments Goldman’s team were able to derive a mathematical theory and highly predictive computer model capable of emulating the physics of sand and objects or animals moving through it. Dr Goldman said the model is the first really detailed, quantitative and accurate model of objects moving through an environment other than air or water.The research could find applications in a number of fields involving objects beneath the surface, such as earthquake monitoring and landmine detection. It could also lead to robots designed to wriggle into the sub-surface on other planets, and the team is already talking to NASA representatives about the possibilities. Explore further Professor Daniel Goldman of the Complex Rheology And Biomechanics Laboratory (CRAB Lab) at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, said it is not easy to study the movements of burrowing animals because sand grains bounce off each other wildly rather than creating the kind of flowing movements found when animals move through water or air.Previous studies using X-rays revealed that the sandfish lizard moves through the sand by wriggling in S-shaped curves with their legs tucked in. Dr. Goldman said the wriggling movements of the lizard enable it to move at great speed, since it can cover two body lengths every second, but it was unclear at that time exactly how they achieve those speeds in sand. More information: Mechanical models of sandfish locomotion reveal principles of high performance subsurface sand-swimming, Ryan D. Maladen, Yang Ding, Paul B. Umbanhowar, Adam Kamor, and Daniel I. Goldman, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, in press (2011). This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

One held from Rajarhat on charges of smuggling drugs

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Police arrested one person from Rajarhat on Thursday on charges of smuggling drugs.Acting on a tip off, the police conducted a raid and arrested 42-year-old Sahudul Molla in wee hours of Thursday. He is a resident of Khalusada area at Haroa. Sources said police caught him red handed when he was carrying codine phosphate mixture weighing around 6 litre.A police officer said he was also involved in many other antisocial activities. He used to mainly operate in areas — Haroa, Madhyamgram, New Town, Kolkata Leather Complex, Rajarhat and it’s adjoining areas. He was also involved in bike theft racket. A case has been started in this connection with Rajarhat Police station under section 21(c) of the NDPS Act.In another case, a 21-year-old youth Anik Sarkar was arrested with 47 kg of ganja.He is a resident of Dhanirampur Kandipara and he was arrested while smuggling ganja in a car. He was bringing the consignment from Baliura in Odisha in a car and one Muntu was accompanying him.They also changed the registration number of the vehicle. Muntu has, however, managed to flee.last_img read more

Ladysmith Winterton Street Festival a huge success

first_imgThe Winterton Street Festival was a huge success, with both locals and people from surrounding areas joining in the fun.Music echoed down the main street as festival-goers enjoyed snacks galore and purchased trinkets galore. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img