first_imgThis country’s relationship with theatre has been much like a classic tale of love: A pot pourri of emotions, melodrama, humour and romance. It started way back as a purely narrative driven form and gradually moved on to our folk dances and music. Live entertainment gradually evolved from the real to the reel, the stage to the screen. But then there were those struggling to keep the spark alive with their grand visions of raw theatrical beauty.One such promoter of the cause is Aadyam — a theatre initiative on a quest to initiate the uninitiated. A product of love and passion for the arts, this initiative is back for its fifth season with a commitment to grandeur and series of performances, unparalleled to anything seen before. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSince its inception in 2015, Aadyam has been breathing life into scripts, ideas and artistic visions. Plays with big production value and colourful backdrops have been synonymous with their productions. The last season saw both, the stage and the audience, come alive with these majestic sets, making theatre-going a sensory experience rather than just a show. This is also where the core idea of Aadyam is realised – giving producers a chance to experiment at this scale with minimal risk. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSpeaking about what’s in store for this season, Artistic Director and theatre veteran Shernaz Patel says, “Aadyam Season 5 is full of great stories and sweeping sagas that traverse the globe. From the streets of Kabul to the back alleys of Lucknow, from the ghats of Benaras to the court rooms of Washington DC, each of these stories will transport you into different and exciting worlds. And even though these worlds maybe unchartered, these plays will resonate with you. For the human beings who inhabit them are all dealing with universal human emotions…love and loss, joy and hope, honour and retribution. The play genres are also wonderfully varied with a mix of laughter and suspense, drama and music. Adding to this Aadyam’s unrelenting pursuit of high standards in performance, storytelling, direction, design and production, these plays will definitely enrich your lives and entertain you.” Brian Tellis, Co-Founder and Group CEO of Fountainhead MKTG says, “Entering our landmark 5th year of Aadyam theatre productions, we take a moment to pause, reflect upon, and celebrate this country’s rich theatrical heritage. Productions from the very first year of Aadyam – a theatre initiative that has always believed in large scale productions – are still running strong today. This is testament to the fact that us theatre-goers revel in the magic of this storytelling medium and crave for more year upon year. Feeding off this marvelous energy, we want to make this year even more special – with the launch of the Aadyam blog ‘Stage-Write’, we want to talk to our audience directly and together, grow this beautiful art form that we all love so much and engage with it in ever more enriching ways”. Looking forward to another season of Aadyam, he adds, “The productions themselves are oozing with talent of course and they will always comprise the core of Aadyam. Here’s to another year of magic.”last_img read more

first_imgThe generosity of donors in America once again helped The Salvation Army reach a new record through its 2012 Red Kettle Campaign – $148.7 million collected through nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars (and the occasional diamond ring or gold tooth).During the 122nd annual campaign, which ran from November 22nd through Christmas Eve, The Salvation Army incorporated concerts, contests and celebrities in a national effort to raise donations to help people through harsh economic conditions. With red kettles hosted at retailers nationwide, donations to the Army support families and individuals in need in the communities in which the donations were raised.“There are times in American history when people unite around a common cause and work together to help their neighbor. 2012 was no different,” said Commissioner William Roberts , National Commander of The Salvation Army. “The Red Kettle Campaign signifies a unified goal – the public cares for people who have fallen on hard times. Every donation allows us to meet our Mission to help people in His name.”Country superstar Kenny Chesney kicked off the iconic Red Kettle Campaign with a live performance at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX on Thanksgiving Day as part of The Salvation Army’s partnership with the Dallas Cowboys. For the past 16 years, the Cowboys have helped the Army kick off the National Red Kettle Campaign on a nationally televised stage to more than 30 million Americans during halftime of the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game. The event reminds others about the importance of giving back when many struggle with life’s basic necessities, like food and shelter.Pop sensation Owl City, as well as other music artists, rocked out at another concert – The Salvation Army’s third annual “Rock the Red Kettle Concert.” The free show at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles was produced by Ned Specktor of Specktor Media and encouraged millennials to support charitable causes. The concert featured performances by Owl City, Hot Chelle Rae, Andy Grammer, Bridgit Mendler, and Sonus. Three-time Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Nathan Adrian, who selected The Salvation Army as his charity of choice for the 2012 Christmas season, also attended the event as a special guest. The concert was streamed live on Facebook for thousands to watch at home.The Red Kettle Campaign was also supported by The Salvation Army’s second annual World Record Bell-Ringing Contest, in which eight brave bell-ringers competed to ring a bell for more than 60 consecutive hours. Three bell-ringers, Ryan Gass in Roswell, NM, Jason Perkins in Suisun City, CA, and last year’s defending record holder, Darrell Tureskis of Springfield, IL, each surpassed the record by ringing a bell for 80 consecutive hours. At the 80-hour mark, the three contestants laid down their bells in respect of the tragedy that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.Online bell-ringers made significant contributions to the Red Kettle Campaign for the eighth consecutive year. Through The Salvation Army’s Online Red Kettle, donors were able to raise money with the help of family, friends and colleagues. The Army raised more than $2.1 million through Online Red Kettles, up from $1.7 million in 2011. Other online donations in November and December, not through the Online Red Kettle, totaled $21.2 million, a 17 percent increase from 2011. As part of the total, The Salvation Army received an unprecedented $3.9 million in online donations on the final day of 2012.“For every individual and every organization that supported the 2012 Red Kettle Campaign during this pivotal time of year, The Salvation Army would like to extend our greatest thanks,” said Commissioner Roberts. “From our celebrity performers and our gracious volunteer bell ringers, to our corporate partners and the generous public, The Salvation Army has once again seen first-hand the compassion that exists in America and the changes it can make in one’s life.”Red Kettles at Walmart and Sam’s Club locations, corporate partners with the Army for more than 30 years, collected nearly $40 million and $5 million respectively, or 30 percent of the $148.7 million total. More than 2,000 Walmart stores across the country hosted a “Fill the Truck” event on December 8th. The event collected more than 135,000 coats and 10,000 toys for children in Salvation Army social service programs. This is in addition to a generous $1 million donation by Walmart to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign for use in Salvation Army feeding programs nationwide.Sam’s Club and The Salvation Army also teamed up again with Off the Field, a professional football players’ wives association, for the sixth year to shop for families in need on December 12th in 11 cities across the country. In total, 220 families, or 20 families per city, received a combined $220,000 in food and gifts, including clothes, electronics, toys and essentials from Sam’s Club. Recipient families were pre-selected by The Salvation Army.Nearly 2,200 Kroger locations also hosted kettles to raise $14.5 million, or 10.8 percent of the campaign’s total. Donations at 620 Big Lots stores raised more than $1.5 million for the campaign.From its humble beginnings as a program started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States – providing toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers spread throughout the country to ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsChiefs from northern Manitoba are calling for an investigation into the slaughter of 30 barren ground caribou.They want more conservation officers to patrol winter roads to prevent similar incidents from happening again.The grisly discovery was made by Northlands Dene First Nation Chief Joe Dantouze.last_img

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is planning to divest up to 15 per cent stake in railway PSU RITES through an offer for sale (OFS), which could fetch around Rs 700 crore to the exchequer. Railways consultancy firm RITES got listed on the bourse in July 2018 after it raised about Rs 466 crore through an initial public offering (IPO), which got subscribed 67 times. The stock got listed at Rs 190 on the bourses, against the issue price of Rs 185. “The Government of India is considering to divest 15 per cent paid up equity share capital of RITES out of its shareholding of 87.40 per cent in the domestic market through OFS of shares by promoters through stock exchanges,” the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) said. DIPAM also invited Expression of Interest (EoI) from merchant bankers by June 6, to assist and Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icraadvise the government in the sale process. Shares of RITES were trading at Rs 233.95, down 3.61 per cent on the BSE. At the current market price, sale of 15 per cent stake in RITES would fetch around Rs 700 crore to the government. The government has budgeted to raise Rs 90,000 crore from CPSE disinvestment in current fiscal. It has so far raised Rs 2,350 crore from IPO of Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) and sale of ‘enemy property’. Enemy property refers to the assets left behind by people who migrated to Pakistan or China and are no longer citizens of India.last_img read more

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,174.81, up 39.81 points):BELLUS Health Inc. (TSX:BLU). Biotechnology. Down four cents, or 10.00 per cent, to 36 cents on 6.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up one cent, or 0.04 per cent, to $25.23 on 3.9 million shares.CRH Medical Corp. (TSX:CRH). Medical instruments and equipment. Down $1.88, or 28.40 per cent, to $4.74 on 3.2 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 21 cents, or 1.79 per cent, to $11.97 on 3.1 million shares.Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Down 17 cents, or 1.90 per cent, to $8.78 on 2.9 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 31 cents, or 2.40 per cent, to $12.58 on 2.8 million shares. read more

The Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) distributed the first batch of humanitarian relief to the displaced Sri Lankans in Hanola and Padukka villages in Colombo, after a wave of heavy rains and floods struck the country lately. the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.“The humanitarian relief included 8,00 food parcels, 800 cooking and personal hygiene substances distributed in Colombo in cooperation with Sri Lankan Red Cross Society (SRCS), KRCS’ head of the field team in Sri Lanka Khalid Al-Mutiari said in remarks to KUNA. Kuwait is always a pioneer in aiding people affected by conflicts and natural disasters as part of its commitment to offer aid to people in need from various parts of the world, Al-Mutairi affirmed. The team will supervise the distribution of the aid on the remaining affected governorates, he added.KRCS responded to SRCS’ appeal after heavy rains and floods hit the country causing severe damage to homes and forced them to flee to Colombo. KRCS will build and reconstruct a number of the damaged homes in various governorates, he said.The total aid offered to the Sri Lankan governorates reached 4,000 food parcels and 4,000 cooking and personal hygiene substances, to be distributed in cooperation and coordination with Kuwait’s Embassy in Sri Lanka and SRCS. read more

“I condemn deeply the execution of Steven Sotloff,” said UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova in a statement to the press in which she also expressed her heartfelt condolences to Mr. Sotloff’s family and friends. Mr. Sotloff, 31, was a freelance journalist who worked for a number of leading United States publications including Time magazine and World Affairs. He was kidnapped in Aleppo, Syria, last summer.“Steven Sotloff – like James Foley who was murdered in an equally despicable manner two weeks ago – was a brave man who worked as a journalist committed to telling the world what was happening on the ground,” said Ms. Bokova. It is outrageous that these “brave professionals, who are driven by their desire to find out how people are affected by war and share their stories with the world, should suffer such inhumane treatment,” said the Director-General.Governments must strengthen the safety of journalists by ensuring that those responsible for such violence are held accountable, she urged. Last month, the UN Security Council strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” murder of American journalist James Foley by the militant group Islamic State (IS) and stressed that those responsible for the killing must be held accountable.According to UNESCO, more than 430 journalists have been killed between 2007 and 2012. The UN agency maintains a webpage dedicated to condemning the killing of journalists, in line with Resolution 29, adopted by its Member States in 1997. read more

On Friday, 22 days after being named head coach of Ohio State’s men’s track and field team, Ed Beathea announced his first official hire for his coaching staff. The coach he hired was Brice Allen, who has been selected as the team’s associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. As associate head coach, Allen will lead OSU’s distance runners and serve as the coach for the men’s cross country team. As recruiting coordinator, he will also be responsible for organizing the team’s recruiting efforts. “It’s a privilege to be a member of the athletic department, and most of all to work hand in hand with Coach Beathea,” Allen said. Prior to joining the Buckeyes, Allen’s most recent coaching experience came at the University of Louisville, where he spent seven years. He joined Louisville as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in 2004, and was promoted to head men’s and women’s cross country coach in 2008, a position he continued to hold through the 2010 season. Prior to his coaching career, Allen had his own experience as a collegiate distance runner, competing in cross country and track at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. He later worked as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University prior to joining the Louisville staff. Beathea, whose coaching background is working with sprinters and hurdlers, said it was necessary to hire a coach with experience working with distance runners. “When I was looking for a coach, I think it was understood across the country that what I was looking for was a distance coach to fill the position,” Beathea said. Beathea said the position was not advertised as an associate head coaching position, but he felt Allen deserves that title. “It was advertised as an assistant coach position, but with Brice’s experience and responsibility at Louisville, I thought it appropriate to make him the associate head coach,” Beathea said. Beathea estimated there were between 60 to 90 candidates who applied for the assistant coaching position. Beathea added that he has not yet made any further decisions on who will make up the remainder of his coaching staff. In both of his previous coaching jobs, Allen worked simultaneously with both male and female athletes. He said he is looking forward to the opportunity to focus his attention on coaching only one gender. “I’m anxious to focus on one gender, and I think that’s going to be a completely different dynamic,” Allen said. “I was balancing 20-25 athletes at Louisville with the co-gendered program, and to focus just on the men’s program is certainly going to be a different dynamic.” Allen listed “intensity, a commitment to be competitive and a sense of urgency” as three fundamental traits he says he will bring to OSU. Allen said his expectations, both for the upcoming season and going forward, are in line with Beathea’s. “We want to be a conference contender, a regional power and a national representative year in and year out,” Allen said. Allen also discussed the team’s recruiting strategy for the upcoming season. “We’re going to focus on Ohio, and we’re going to recruit Ohio very hard,” Allen said. “Then we’re going to recruit the peripherary (sic) states and peripherary regions, so we’re going to work from the inside out.” Wanting to get off on the right foot with OSU fans, Allen was cautious about naming any other specific states that the staff would focus their recruiting efforts toward. “I understand that in Ohio, we want to talk about Ohio and Ohio only,” Allen said. “There’s a very good state very close to us, but we’re going to focus on Ohio first.” read more

first_imgEverton’s Kevin Mirallas scores the opening goal of the game against Oldham Athletic. Nigel French/EMPICS SportEVERTON SUCCEEDED WHERE Merseyside rivals Liverpool had failed by beating Oldham Athletic 3-1 tonight to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.Third-tier Oldham eliminated Liverpool in round four and held Everton to a 2-2 draw in their initial fifth-round meeting 10 days ago, but their cup heroics were ended in the replay at Goodison Park.Goals from Kevin Mirallas, Leighton Baines and Leon Osman took David Moyes’ side into the last eight, where they will face Wigan Athletic, with Oldham’s cup talisman Matt Smith replying for the visitors. Beaten semi-finalists in last season’s competition, Everton were without the injured Marouane Fellaini but made a purposeful start and took the lead in the 15th minute.After a patient build-up, Darron Gibson shaped a beautiful cross into the box from deep on the right and Mirallas stole in to finish with an adroit half-volley from eight yards. Oldham almost drew level immediately through former Everton youngster Jose Baxter, who seized on a loose ball on the edge of the box but saw his curling shot bounce back off the right-hand upright.The visitors then had a penalty appeal turned down when Phil Jagielka’s clearance struck Gibson on the arm. Their resurgence proved short-lived, however, as Baines helped Everton stamp their authority on the tie.Having seen a vicious strike saved by Oldham goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis minutes earlier, the England left-back doubled his side’s advantage from the penalty spot in the 34th minute after Connor Brown was penalised for handball.Everton centre-back Jagielka blazed over the Oldham bar early in the second half, while Bouzanis saved from Osman.In response, Oldham introduced giant striker Smith, scorer of two goals against Liverpool and an injury-time equaliser in the first game with Everton.Oldham rallied, Lee Croft firing wide from a good position, but in the 62nd minute, Everton struck again.Steven Pienaar whipped a cross into the box from the left and Osman’s flicked header deceived Bouzanis, who was distracted by the onrushing Nikica Jelavic. Smith replied immediately, nodding in a right-wing corner from close range, but Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard resisted Oldham’s efforts to claw their way back into the game.- © AFP, 2013VIDEO: Jordi Alba doesn’t know whether to hold his head or his leg after nothing Arbeloa tackleAlex Ferguson is in Barcelona tonight to scout Real Madridlast_img read more

first_img Short URL A leopard at night Image: Shutterstock/Daniel Benda Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15 Comments Share80 Tweet Email Jun 17th 2018, 6:31 PM Animals are becoming more active at night to avoid humans This could have an impact on their fitness and reproduction levels. 25,478 Views ANIMAL ARE BECOMING more active at night in a bid to avoid contact with humans, researchers have said.A new study explores the impact animals changing their behaviour for this reason has on their own physiology and fitness, and how it can alter food chains.To more fully understand the impact of humans on the daily activity patterns of mammals, Kaitlyn Gaynor from UC Berkeley and other researchers have conducted a large-scale analysis of 76 studies of 62 species from six continents.These studies monitored animal activity using tools such as GPS trackers and motion-activated cameras. The researchers used this information to compare the nighttime activity of each species during seasons of high and low human disturbance.Lethal and nonlethal risks The analysis spanned a wide range of human disturbances associated with different levels of risk to wildlife, including lethal activities such as hunting, and nonlethal activities such as hiking, urban development, road construction and agriculture.“There was a significant increase in nocturnality in response to all forms of human presence,” the paper notes, adding that animals changed their behaviour when dealing with both lethal and nonlethal risks, suggesting they “perceive and respond to humans as threats even when they pose no direct risk”.Researchers said they found a “marked increase in nocturnal activity” among mammals living alongside people.“Overall, mammal nocturnality increased by a factor of 1.36 in areas or time periods of high human disturbance relative to nocturnality under low-disturbance conditions.“For example, an animal that typically split its activity evenly between the day and night would increase its proportion of nocturnal activity to 68% of total activity near human disturbance,” they wrote.Impact on fitness and reproduction The authors of the research, which was published in the journal Science, said these shifts in animal behaviour may help humans and animals coexist. However, they will likely also have negative implications. By Órla Ryan Image: Shutterstock/Daniel Benda The separation of humans and wildlife in time, if not space, may also limit contact rates between people and dangerous animals and therefore reduce some forms of negative encounters between the two, such as disease transmission and attacks on people.“In situations where humans pose a lethal threat to wildlife, increased nocturnality may be advantageous to individual animals and has been linked to increased probability of survival,” the study’s authors note.However, they can have “negative and far-reaching ecological consequences”, affecting the animal’s fitness and reproduction. The authors note that the “nonlethal effects of humans may have an even stronger influence on fitness and evolutionary trajectories”. A leopard at night Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 6:30 PMlast_img read more

first_imgAS Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has revealed Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Fabinho and he fears that more players could follow in his footsteps in the summerThe defensive midfielder has been strongly linked with moves to both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain over the past year after having a breakthrough campaign last season.Fabinho has previously admitted that Monaco’s plans to rebuild the squad once more has left him to consider his future and Vasilyev has confirmed they will sell the 24-year-old, but only at the right price.“Yes,” he told SFR Sport.“We owe this kid because he’s been here four years and it’s been promised to him.“But we have to wait for the right offer because we’ll never let a player leave if the offer isn’t satisfactory for Monaco… Atletico is not the only club who have shown an interest.”The 52-year-old fears that there will be more departures at the Stade Louis II in the summer transfer window and admitted that full-back Djibril Sidibe is another who could leave.Neymar, BrazilTop 5 Ligue 1 players to watch throughout next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Ligue 1 next…“There is interest in him,” Vasilyev said.“I’ve heard [the Manchester United rumour] talked about. But we don’t have anything concrete on the table.“There are really a good few clubs circling around him. I think in his case, too, we have to wait for the World Cup. I don’t think it’s the time to talk about a transfer before the World Cup.”Another player who is expected to leave is Thomas Lemar, who was close to a summer deadline move to Arsenal last season as a last minute replacement for Alexis Sanchez.“First and foremost, he’s a top player,” said Vasilyev.“I’m convinced that he’ll have a good World Cup. And then we’ll discuss the price.”last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The proposal by House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) to trim spending on the Pentagon’s fourth estate by 25 percent is unlikely to generate the promised savings as most of the department’s management functions reside within the military services, Gordon Adams, a White House budget official for national security programs during the Clinton administration, writes in an op-ed in Defense One. “The services would love to divide up some of these larger functions among themselves, rolling back consolidation, regaining funds they once controlled — and recreating the management inefficiencies that led to centralization in the first place,” Adams states.The Defense Business Board previously found that 70 percent of overhead spending occurs within the services, not in the cross-defense activities which Thornberry’s proposal targets. Significant savings could be achieved, Adams argues, by carefully scrutinizing overhead budgets. “It is not clear Thornberry and his colleagues want to take on that real management challenge,” he concludes.last_img read more

first_imgListen Al OrtizDuring its April 12th meeting, the Harris County Commissioners Court approved spending $20 million to get a new computer system for county operations.The Harris County Commissioners Court approved spending $20 million to update the county’s computer system during its April 12th meeting.The county will use $13 million to pay for the installation and configuration of what it calls enterprise resource planning system, while the other $7 million is what the county will pay Oracle for the software.The new system will be used for accounting, purchase orders and contracts.Additionally, it will handle bids and management of human resources, including payroll and attendance records.Mark Robichaux, director of Back Office Applications with the county, says the new software “offers an employee self-service portal and a manager’s self-service portal.”“So you are getting not just the accountants and the purchasing agents and the HR people, but you are getting every county employee access to more functionality,” Robichaux adds.One of the goals of the new software, according to Robichaux, is to help county employees deliver a better service to the public.The county will phase in the new system and it may take up to two years to complete the process. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:57 X Share last_img read more

first_imgIf you are not happy with what you are doing for a living, do not be quick to give up as researchers say passion too can be cultivated and you may well enjoy the very job you earlier disliked.The findings offer assurance to those who have not — or have yet — to find what they are passionate about: If you can not discover your passion, you can learn to develop it.“We can choose to change our beliefs or strategies to cultivate passion gradually or seek compatibility from the outset, and be just as effective in the long run at achieving this coveted experience,” said the study’s lead author Patricia Chen, doctoral psychology student at University of Michigan in the US. The dominant mentality is the belief that passion is attained through finding a fit with the right line of work, or “following one’s passion”. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’An alternative mindset is that passion can be cultivated over time as one gains competence in a line of work. Researchers examined people’s expectations, choices and outcomes associated with each of these two mindsets — termed as the “fit theory” and “develop theory”.They found that both mentalities are similarly effective at achieving vocational wellbeing. People with the fit theory tend to select vocations that they enjoy from the outset —an indication of compatibility that is important to them. In contrast, people with the develop theory focus on cultivating passion and fit over time. “Thus, they are more likely to prioritise vocational characteristics other than immediate enjoyment, such as pay,” Chen said. The findings suggest contrary to popular wisdom, a love-at first-sight experience is not necessary when evaluating a potential job. The findings appeared in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday remembered the martyrs of the 1959 Khadya Andolan and said her government has ensured food security for 90 per cent of the state’s population. “Remembering the martyrs of 1959 Khadya Andolan. In Bangla, we provide food security to 90% (8.59 crore) of the State’s people, through the Khadya Sathi scheme,” Banerjee wrote on Twitter. West Bengal witnessed a mass movement in the late 1958 by the then undivided CPI and other left groups protesting against the food crisis. The movement for food (Khadya Andolon) reached its peak in August, 1959 after several people involved in the movement including farmers and women, were killed in police firing during a protest rally. Banerjee who came to power in the state in 2011, also said her government also provides special assistance to the people of Maoist-infested Jangalmahal comprising of Bengal’s western districts, north Bengal hills and coastal regions of state that is often hit by cyclone.last_img read more

first_imgWhen you look at the cross-section of a tree, you see a series of concentric rings. One ring is the layer of wood produced in one growing season. According to Icogitate, each ring marks where the dark later growing wood of the previous year meets the paler-colored early wood of the next year’s growth. One annual ring is one dark ring and one light ring together.Counting the rings can tell us how long the tree has lived; more rings means an older tree. Tree rings can tell us other things, too. For example, they can potentially help us place events from the distant past more precisely in time.Drill for dendrochronology sampling and growth ring counting. Photo by Hannes GrobeCC BY-SA 2.5According to a story in The Guardian, archaeologists believe they have found a way to put more accurate dates on events that happened in prehistory.Rare and intense solar storms have left their mark on fields and trees around the world for the last 5,000 years.The growth rings of a tree at Bristol Zoo, England. Each ring represents one year; the outside rings, near the bark, are the youngest.Michael Dee, of Oxford University, thinks that evidence of this sort of storm can help us put precise years to some of history’s uncertain dates, such as when the Great Pyramid at Giza was constructed or when the Vikings first came to the Americas.Closer view of a stump with age estimate left by a large Pin Oak infected by Bacterial Leaf Scorch in Ewing. Photo by Famartin CC BY-SA 3.0Dendrochronology is the science of dating events by using the characteristic patterns of annual growth in trees or timber.For decades scientists have been using tree rings and carbon-dating to build a timeline of events that confirm historical accounts – sometimes even events that predate written history.Annual rings, larch; Larix decidua.Carbon-dating works by comparing the ratio between two isotopes of carbon – carbon-14 and carbon-12 – in old, organic material.Carbon-14 in the upper atmosphere is pretty constant, due to the planet being constantly bombarded with cosmic rays.Diagram of secondary growth in a tree showing idealized vertical and horizontal sections. A new layer of wood is added in each growing season, thickening the stem, existing branches, and roots to form a growth ring. Photo by Chiswick Chap CC By SA 4.0Since isotopes decay at a known and predictable rate, the proportion of C14 to C12 in, for example, old wood, tells us about how old it is.Carbon dating isn’t very precise, however, in that the results can be plus or minus 50 years. It’s also expensive.Geomagnetic solar storms have the potential to damage and shut down power grids and communications networks worldwideSevere solar storms, though, can cause trees to have much higher levels of carbon-14 during the years that the storms occur – up to 20 times higher than in a normal year.These storms would affect every existing tree and plant on the planet when they occur.That can help determine what year historical events happened. By comparing these high carbon-14 tree rings to building materials from ancient structures, the structures can be more accurately dated and the correlating historical events better pinpointed in time.Close up view of a tree trunk showing the annual growth rings.According to the Daily Mail, analysis of trees in California’s bristlecone pine forest showed evidence of these types of elevated carbon-14 levels occurring in 5480 B.C.An international team led by Japanese scientists from Nagoya University measured carbon-14 levels in trees in that forest, some of which have lived for thousands of years and hold in their rings records of solar events that have affected Earth through a great deal of its history.Heart-shaped tree rings.Scientists said that the elevated carbon levels they found showed a more abrupt change than any they had seen, except for similar changes occurring in 774 A.D and 994 A.D., and their use of annual tree-ring data, rather than using data by the decade, is what allowed them to place it in time.They attribute the data to being the result of a change in magnetic activity in the sun, combined with strong solar bursts, or a very weak sun.Old tree rings telling time and age of trunk.Michael Dee and his co-author, Benjamin Pope, in an article for the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society are proposing a new field of study, astrochronology, that will use this solar evidence as a means of “tying down” so-called “floating chronologies,” such as those of ancient Egypt, the collapse of the Mayan civilization and the Bronze Age, to fixed dates on the universal calendar.Read another story from us: Rare, Gorgeous Photos of Ancient Trees Around the GlobeNone of this had been known before, because the study of tree rings is generally done by decadal sets of rings, rather than annual, and so the carbon-14 spikes hadn’t been noticed. Now, though, we have an opportunity to be able to better fit together the pieces of our early history, and learn more about how it all goes together.last_img read more

first_imgThe renovation and expansion of Route 32, the main highway connecting Costa Rica’s capital with the Caribbean province of Limón, could start as early as next month, following the signing by Costa Rica of a $395 million loan package with China.President Laura Chinchilla on Thursday inked the deal with the Export-Import Bank of China. The total cost of the project is $485 million, with the Costa Rican government agreeing to foot the remainder of the bill.Work on the road – a main thoroughfare for transporting goods to and from port – could take up to 42 months to complete along a 107-kilometer stretch. Most of the highway will be expanded from two to four lanes, and according to Transport Minister Pedro Castro, will include 26 kilometers of bike paths. The project also includes the construction of 36 new bridges, 23 pedestrian crossings and 176 bus stops.Work will be carried out by China’s Harbour Engineering Company LTD, which will provide all the workers and machinery.Financing on the loan from China was set at 20 years at a 3.5 percent interest rate, with a grace period of up to four years.According to officials from the Public Works and Transport Ministry, the project will shorten travel distance between Costa Rica’s capital and its main port by a whopping 20 minutes.Lawmakers now must approve the loan before the project moves forward. Facebook Comments Related posts:Comptroller General’s Office approves contract to expand Route 32 Lawmakers could approve $395 million Chinese loan to expand Route 32 as early as this week Travel Alert: Route 32 through Braulio Carrillo closed over the weekend Virilla Bridge will remain closed at night until March 3last_img read more

first_imgIn order to promote trans-Tasman tourism and support economic growth, the barriers to travel between Australia and New Zealand must be removed and a common border forged, according to the TTF. The latest results from the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF)-MasterCard Tourism Industry Sentiment Survey have been revealed, encouraging technological development and visa reforms.“More than half of respondents indicated that a single point customs clearance between Australia andNew Zealand is very important to reforming passenger processing from New Zealand,” TTF chief executive John Lee said.“The same proportion (51 per cent) also rates a trans-Tasman visa for foreigners visiting both countriesas a very important reform, while 46 per cent rate additional Smartgates as very important.”The Passenger Movement Charge has been a growing concern for trans-Tasman travellers, with taxes and charges ranking among the top three gripes for tourism executives.“These increases are amplified by the consistently strong Australian dollar which remains the numberone concern for tourism businesses,” Mr Lee said.Overall, expectations surrounding final quarter results for 2012 are relatively optimistic on both an international and domestic front, with respondents predicting above average outcomes.“Domestic expectations are up 14 points to 111 – their highest level since the survey’s inception in2008 – and the international market is up 16 points to 103,” Mr Lee said. A new study encouraging reform for travel between NZ and Australia has garnered support. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

first_imgVirgin Atlantic has called on the UK Government to slash the price of a 10-year visit visa for Indian nationals to the cost of a six-month visa. This would mean a cut from £737 (Rs 73,700) to £85 (Rs 8,500).After UK visa changes for Chinese residents and ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK, the British airline has asked the UK Government to open access to Indian nationals, whether they are travelling for work or leisure.The call comes a week after research revealed India and the UK are “not as close as they could be”. The study conducted by British Council indicated that the UK is losing out on vital opportunities as ignorance of India among young Britons threatens the relationship between the two countries. The report, India Matters noted, “The colonial legacy presents a barrier for the UK in forging relationships with India today and in the future. There is a growing sense of frustration in India as some feel that a colonial mindset still lingers with some people in the UK, as at times it appears that India is still not perceived or treated as an equal to the UK.”Nick Parker, Head of India and Middle East, Virgin Atlantic said, “We have been working with the UK Government on a range of proposals to reduce the cost and complexity of visit visas for Indian and Chinese customers. We were delighted with the recently announced visa changes for Chinese visitors. Now is the time to extend the same courtesy to Indian nationals”.Virgin Atlantic operates a daily service between London Heathrow and Delhi on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the newest aircraft in its fleet.last_img read more