Record rainfall in Mount Abu

first_imgThe desert state of Rajasthan may want to permanently ban the cliché, ‘like the deserts miss the rain,’ as heavy downpour for the third consecutive day led to flood-like situations in Sirohi, Jalore and Pali districts.The State’s lone hill station, Mount Abu in Sirohi district, received an unprecedented 770 mm of rain in 24 hours. Statistics show that until 2010, the 100-year record for a single-day of rain in Mt Abu was 653 mm in 1992. The only comparable deluge after was a 453 mm downpour in 2015. According to A.K. Srivastava of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune, this was “possibly” the maximum rain ever received in the region.In comparison, the torrential rain that brought Mumbai to a standstill in 2005 was 944 mm and 644 mm on July 26 and 27, whereas Chennai was brought to its knees in 2015 with a cumulative November tally of 1,049 mm.A rise in extreme rainfall events, according to experts, is the consequence of a spike in temperatures across India in recent decades, and its effect on the monsoon. “Mt. Abu being hilly may not see a situation like Mumbai. But it is now well established that these rain records are a fall-out of global warming,” Mr. Srivastava said. Mount Abu is at an elevation of 4,000 ft above sea level.As incessant rains created chaos in the hill station, a large number of people were marooned, and the 28 km-long road that connects it to the Abu Road railway station was partially damaged.Tanveer Hussain, a medical officer at the government hospital in Mount Abu, told The Hindu that life was thrown out of gear as it had been raining incessantly for the past two days. “There were two incidents of landslide, but thankfully, the route to Abu Road is still somewhat functional despite partial damage,” he said. “All the markets, offices and schools in the town were closed.”(With inputs from Jacob Koshy)last_img read more

Himachal to withdraw ‘politically motivated’ cases

first_imgThe Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has decided to withdraw all “politically-motivated” cases filed during the previous Congress dispensation, including those against the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association led by BJP MP Anurag Thakur.It decided to review all cases registered during the erstwhile Congress dispensation and withdraw those that “smack of political vendetta”.Any decision in such cases would be taken on the basis of merit, the official said.The cases over land allocation to the HPCA attained political significance as it was headed by Mr. Thakur and the decision to allot land was taken when his father Prem Kumar Dhumal was the Chief Minister.HPBL to wound upThe Cabinet, in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, also decided to wind up Himachal Pradesh Beverages Limited set up last year to eliminate wholesalers and handle the liquor trade, an official said.The BJP, while in the Opposition, criticised the decision of the government and alleged irregularities in procurement and sale of liquor. The government also decided to initiate inquiry into losses suffered by the government after the move.The previous government had suspended licences issued to wholesalers and designated HPBL as sole agency for procurement and sale of liquor to retail vends.The Cabinet also decided to fix the responsibility on officers, responsible for the creation of HPBL and revert to the old policy.The Cabinet also gave its nod to disengage the counsels including Kapil Sibal, P. Chidambaram and Salman Khurshid for representing the State in various cases, including those against the HPCA.last_img read more

U.P. BJP leader says Hanuman a Vaishya

first_imgUttar Pradesh BJP leader Vineet Agarwal Sharda has said Lord Hanuman belonged to the Vaishya community, weeks after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath termed the Hindu deity a Dalit.Mr. Sharda claimed on Thursday that the Vaishya community and Lord Ram come from the same lineage and Lord Hanuman is the adopted son of Lord Ram. Mr. Sharda, however, evaded reply to a question on Adityanath’s remarks. Addressing rallies before the recent Assembly election in Rajasthan, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had said Lord Hanuman belonged to Dalit and tribal communities. “Hanuman was a tribal, a forest-dweller and was deprived. Bajrang Bali worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west. This was his resolve as it was Lord Ram’s wish. Just like him, we should also not rest till we fulfil that wish,” Mr. Adityanath had said. ‘Temple construction ’ On the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Mr. Sharda said the work was on and would be completed soon.last_img read more

Play the podcast

first_imgPodcasts – audio files that listeners can either directly download to their computers or mobile device or play online – are a great way to learn stuff in an informative and entertaining way especially if you do not have the time to sit down and sift through numerous education blogs.,Podcasts – audio files that listeners can either directly download to their computers or mobile device or play online – are a great way to learn stuff in an informative and entertaining way especially if you do not have the time to sit down and sift through numerous education blogs. There are plenty of fascinating and informative options that are worth listening to which range from movies, music and pop-culture, tech news, food, product reviews and educational information. Here’s our short list of four informative podcasts so you can learn on the go.EcontalkThis is a series which takes place as a one-on-one discussion between Russell Roberts and another guest. An insightful discussion on the history of economics, EconTalk is one of the best podcast on the financial market today. The show highlights the theory behind economics and explains situations and topics that a wide variety of people can understand and relate to. The major theme of the podcast revolves around the evolution of markets and other economic phenomenon. However it sometimes also ventures into additional themes like the economics of sports, health and education. The show has featured some Nobel Laureates like Gary Becker, Milton Friedman and Joseph Stiglitz.From Stanford To StartupKevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of Instagram, one of the biggest online mobile photo sharing and video sharing service, narrate their first hand experience of the entrepreneurial process. Former Mayfield fellows with the Stanford Technology Ventures programme, the duo discuss the lives of entrepreneurs. They talk about identifying problems to solve and maintaining a balance between work and life. Through the podcast they also challenge the many myths surrounding startups.Science Refutes GodThe podcast by Intelligence Squared Oxford Style Debates revolves around the belief in the existence of God and also questions the co-existence of science and religion. In the panel stand Lawrence Krauss and Michael Shermer for the motion while Ian Hutchinson and Dinesh D’Souza stand against the motion. advertisementApart from the intriguing debates, the podcast along with the many others demonstrate the art and skill of high-level debating on issues like terrorism, religion, education and politics.Why Everybody Who Doesn’t Hate Bitcoin Loves ItBitcoin is described as ‘virtual gold’ and is viewed as a potential new technology that could underlie any number of transactions. The podcast begins by explaining what a bitcoin is and then goes on to highlight the enormity of the idea of a Bitcoin. It busts the myth that Bitcoin is only a digital currency. Featuring Stephen Dubner and Andreessen, a web pioneer, the podcast captures the gist of the controversy surrounding Bitcoin. It also touches upon the freedom the Bitcoin affords to criminals and addresses the major question on how widely Bitcoin will be accepted.last_img read more

Olympic breakthrough for Iran: first female flagbearer,Olympic breakthrough for Iran: first female flagbearer

first_imgSHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Zahra Nemati of Iran leads her country’s contingent into the Maracana stadium during the opening ceremony of Rio Olympics 2016.   –  Reuters Zahra Nemati of Iran leads her country’s contingent into the Maracana stadium during the opening ceremony of Rio Olympics 2016.   –  Reuters × sport Arriving in the stadium in a wheelchair, wearing a green head covering, Zahra Nemati was the flagbearer for the team When archer Zahra Nemati carried the Iranian flag into the Maracana Stadium on Friday, she broke new ground for the Islamic country. Never before had a woman led Iran’s team into the parade of athletes in an Olympic opening ceremony.In Iran, where strict interpretations of Islamic norms are enforced, female fans are traditionally barred from attending male-only sporting events.Arriving in the stadium in a wheelchair, wearing a green head covering, Nemati was the flagbearer for a team made up overwhelmingly of men.It’s quite a way for the 31-year-old Nemati to make her mark on her first Olympics.She had hoped to represent Iran at the Olympics much earlier in life and in taekwondo rather than archery. A car accident as a teenager set the former black belt on a new sporting path after leaving her paralyzed.She picked up archery a few years later simply because, “I wanted to do some sport.”Unlike most athletes, Nemati won’t just be spending part of August in Rio de Janeiro. She’ll be pulling double duty and will be back next month for the Paralympics, where she’s the defending gold medalist in the individual recurve W1/W2.Nemati started her ambitious journey to a first Olympic medal ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony during archery’s qualifying round at the Sambadrome.She shot 72 arrows and accumulated a score of 609, good for 49th position. The results from the qualifying round are used determine the seedings for the bracketed tournament next week. “I want to make my goal and get the best result: to make my family and the people around me happy and let them know I’m OK and I’m strong,” she said.There’s no questioning her talent in archery. Over the last few years, Nemati has turned in a few top-10 finishes at World Cup events. Just last year she was ninth at a tournament in Poland.At the 2012 London Paralympics, she captured gold to become the first woman from Iran to do so, according to the Rio Olympics website.Nemati earned her spot at both the Olympics and Paralympics with a strong performance at the 2015 Asian Championships and Asian Para Championships. “I had a dream to be in the Olympics as I was doing taekwondo before my accident,” she said. “Now, this dream came true through archery.”Nemati is hoping others in a similar situation will follow her path and has been named a United Nations ambassador for her role in empowering women through sport. “For me, it means a lot to make the people who have big problems in their lives happy,” Nemati said. COMMENT August 06, 2016 people Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

Serena Williams edges Christina McHale in three at Miami Open

first_imgTop seed Serena Williams dropped the second set before bouncing back to beat compatriot Christina McHale 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 in second-round action at the Miami Open in Florida.The eight-times winner of the event took more than two hours to dispose of the world 56 and notch her 14th consecutive victory against an American opponent.The last countrywoman to beat her was big sister Venus in Montreal in 2014. Playing on what almost amounts to her home court, Williams was not in top form, making more than 40 unforced errors, but she finally wore down McHale in the third set.”She’s clearly capable of playing great tennis. She showed it today,” a relieved Williams, speaking of her opponent, told Tennis Channel in an on-court interview.”Miami is such a special place to me. I live so close to here,” continued the 21-times grand slam singles champion, who resides in nearby Palm Beach Gardens.The hard-fought victory came only days after Williams was beaten by Victoria Azarenka in the Indian Wells final in California on Sunday. In her only other tournament appearance this year, Williams lost the Australian Open final to Angelique Kerber in January.In other women’s second-round Miami matches, third seed Agnieszka Radwanska advanced with a 6-0 6-1 cakewalk over Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.”I’m just very happy with that win, maybe the score was not showing everything that was happening on the court,” the Pole said.”But I think it was a great start and a couple of tight games at the beginning of both sets was the key.”advertisementFifth seed Simona Halep also moved into the third round by beating Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 7-5. The biggest casualty was 11th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, who fell to Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-2, 6-3.last_img read more

Armenia Shocks Greece, Italy Scores Late to Beat Bosnia

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP) — Marco Verratti scored a late winner to preserve Italy’s perfect record in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship with a 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday.Edin Dzeko’s first-half opener for Bosnia was the first goal Italy has conceded in its four qualifying matches.But Lorenzo Insigne leveled almost immediately after the interval with a stunning volley and then set up Verratti for the winner in the 86th minute.“The lads gave their all, it wasn’t easy to turn a match like this around, we risked a bit on counterattacks, but we clearly dominated in the second half,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said. “We tool too many risks in the first half but then we improved.”Italy remained top of Group J, three points clear of second-place Finland, which won 2-0 in Liechtenstein. Armenia is third, six points behind Italy, after beating Greece 3-2 in Athens.Bosnia slipped to fifth, eight points behind Italy.“It’s a pity, we deserved more. A draw was the fairest result,” said Dzeko, who plays for Serie A side Roma. “We put a great team like Italy in difficulty, they scored two great goals but in a too easy way. ”Bosnia looked dangerous on the counter and took the lead with a well-worked move as Muhamed Besic’s back-heeled flick sent Edin Visca down the right of the area and he rolled across for Dzeko to tap in from three yards.Bosnia goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic pulled off a fine save to deny Serie A’s top scorer Fabio Quagliarella shortly before halftime but could do nothing four minutes after the break as Insigne volleyed in a corner from the edge of the area.Italy pressed hard for the winner and got it when some poor defending allowed Insigne to pick out Verratti, who had time to control the ball before driving a precise shot into the far bottom corner.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Road trip to Voltera

first_imgSeveral years ago our own inimitable Max published a blog “Want a Voltera Desktop PCB Printer?” that described a PCB printer that was being developed in Canada and funded through Kickstarter. The product itself was interesting enough, but that it was being done here in Canada got me really intrigued. I got myself on the mailing list, and when they recently sent a postcard advertising the finished product I showed it to my boss and he decided that we should get a demo. I contacted them and rather than them coming to us, we were invited to go to Voltera. They are only an hour away and so a road trip beckoned. Recently I have noticed a lot of discussion about a significant uptick in tech innovation in Canada. Somehow I think this may be the unexpected upside to Blackberry’s malaise. Since the jobs at Blackberry were just not there, I reckon it inspired a lot of engineers to start their own developments. You heard this silver lining theory here first! Anyway, Blackberry is based in a town called Waterloo in Ontario. Waterloo is in fact part of a larger metropolitan arrangement consisting of 3 cities: Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. An interesting aside is that Kitchener, established by German immigrants, was originally called Berlin. In 1916, for obvious reasons the authorities renamed it for the British Secretary of State for War, whose image we are all familiar with. This is a very long winded way of telling you that Voltera is in Kitchener.Lord Kitchener in a well-known pose. (Source: Wikipedia) The University of Waterloo is an institution of some repute in the engineering and scientific world and has one of the few co-op engineering programs in Canada. No doubt it is one of the sources of these up and coming innovators. To spur this development the university has created the “Velocity Garage” the “largest free startup incubator in the world”. Voltera is part of the endeavor and located in this building.The space is rather like a large warehouse turned into a student union establishment- communal meeting rooms and kitchen facilities and each startup in an area with minimal partitioning. Voltera also has a workshop right next to the work area, obviously with doors that can be shut and locked. I began to understand the reason for the new work sharing paradigm I wrote about in “How Well Can You Work With Others?” Funnily enough, the Upverter package I included in the blog is also part of the Canadian innovation wave. As I looked at all these keen faces concentrating on screens and diagrams, I wondered and then dismissed the idea that I would like to work in this environment, but then I was lucky to even be allowed into the building. After all, the ink on my birth certificate is dry!But you all would like answers to some of the questions Max (and others in the comments) posed back in 2014, so let’s see if I managed absorb the presentation correctly. There are several videos and pictures on Voltera’s web site, so if you want to see it in action head over to it. There are also several videos on YouTube.The whole assembly, and indeed aspects of the operation, unsurprisingly reminded me of an old X-Y plotter. The mechanism consists of an X-Y controlled carriage with a Z dimension since the carriage also has an adjustable height. The bed of the device is thermally controlled. It appears to me that the mechanism and the heated bed are operationally mutually exclusive.Figure 2: The V-One. The heating pad is flat the black horizontal rectangular area and the carriage with a conductive ink cartridge installed is visible at the top right. (Source: Voltera) The carriage is capable of carrying different heads and this approach contributes to the versatility of the device. There is a probe, the trace deposition “head” (made up of a conductive ink cartridge and a nozzle), a solder paste deposition “head” (made up of a solder paste cartridge and nozzle) and a few more that I will get to as we proceed. The V-One is aimed at the high end of the hobbyist market and low end of the professional one- hence some compromises have been made to contain costs. There are some manual operations as part of this economy and changing these heads is one of them- surprising given the accuracy in placement they achieve.Obviously before you start you have got to have your PCB design in Gerber format.After clamping the blank PCB to the bed, the first step is inserting the probe in the carriage and the system goes through X-Y calibration. For trace deposition the nozzle must be held within very tight tolerances above the PCB and so the probe is then used to sense the undulations of the PCB, mapping more than a few points to record the landscape. On a blank PCB the exact location probably doesn’t really matter, but in the case of certain boards (patience, we’ll get there) there need to be fiducials and so the probe is lined up with two of these by eye.With ink-jet spray the ink is atomized and accelerated with high voltage. On 3D printer the filament is normally heated till it flows. It appears to me that the conductive ink is extruded out of the nozzle under pressure created by the mechanism rotating a toothed gear at the top of the cartridge. Deposition of the traces is quite quick, taking several minutes for a relatively complex side. There is a flow quantity adjustment which I guess you learn to fine tune for your needs. At this point the traces are wet. You can simply wipe them off – so you need to be careful not to touch with your finger. They have to be cured and that’s the primary reason for the controlled heating pad. Apparently curing is improved with the wet traces facing down towards the heater, so the board is flipped and mounted on rails. It says a lot for the ink’s viscous properties that it can be manhandled like that and not be deformed. Curing takes about 30 minutes. Continue Reading Previous Tackling connected light systemsNext Teasing out a neural net exchange format Log in to Reply Max The Magnificent says: 2 thoughts on “Road trip to Voltera” For double sided boards, the process is repeated on the blank side (remembering the fiducials). One of the shortcomings is the inability to drill through-holes. Voltera is in the last stages of producing a drill head that will address this deficit and of course it will be backwardly compatible since it mounts on the carriage. The conductive ink will flow through existing holes and plate the via, although I am not sure of the minimum size of the though-hole. Somebody put a lot of research into that ink!Whilst on the subject of the ink, the resistance of a trace often comes up in discussions. Sheet resistance is given in the bizarre units of ohms per square so you have to do some calculations (see the link) to get to actual resistance. Obviously the track width is the one used on your Gerber output, but the thought occurs to me that it would be nice if there were an “economy” option (either in the CAD package or in the V-One software) where you thin the traces for this prototype stage and save some ink. For similar reasons Voltera recommends that earth planes be cross hatched rather than solid as you can see in Figure 3.Figure 3: Printing with the conductive ink (Source: Voltera) You are going to have to make room in the beer fridge- the ink has to be refrigerated until use, and then left at room temperature for ~15 minutes before attempting to plot. This brings some questions to mind- how do they ship the ink? Is refrigeration only required after first being used?There is something interesting to consider. The PCB printer will print not only on FR4 PCB material but on many other surfaces. We also saw several examples of different substrates including flexible PCBs and even a ceramic base with the track being used as a heater element. It will also print over silkscreen and existing copper tracks, and make a connection to those tracks. That means you can have templates of boards with connector patterns already placed and even a number of vias which you can use if you so choose. Voltera offers some of these templates for Arduino and Raspberry Pi and some others. We intend to make our own for the weird PCB profiles that we use. Figure 4 shows one of our weird profiles (please ignore the components and semi-straight edge on the left in that figure) and our intended approach to providing a rectangular shape to mount on the V-One. Of course there would be only the 6 connector plated holes that you see at the step edges at a minimum. Perhaps we could add the voltage regulator (since there is always one) and some vias distributed around.Figure 4: One of our weird profiles. (Source: Author/ Emphatec) The next step of the process would be solder paste, which is apparently fairly simple to do obviating the need for a stencil. According to Voltera, some of their customers use this feature for non-conductive ink prototypes simply because of this. But that brings us to the biggest stumbling block – pick-and-place. A pick-and-place head is in the works, but I was unable to gauge when that might become available. At this stage you are left either placing the components by hand (as we all know solder paste does have a centering effect) or acquiring some pick-and-place equipment. Some of these like the Neoden TM220A or the SMT Place 2000 can cost significantly more than the V-One itself, and there is also the ezPick which is much more affordable.Soldering is simply a matter of initiating the heating plate which has the thermal profiles needed for the conductive ink. You can use it for non-conductive ink solders as well by changing the heating profile as needed. Another question I have- what happens with components on both sides of the board? I will have to ask.As a prelude to the subject of reworking let me describe another plus in the additive approach. In products with a higher current requirement, we often “plate up” to thicken the trace. The V-One allows you to print on top of the existing traces to thicken them up, and it can even be done selectively. In addition, patch-up of damaged boards can be done in the same way.  When it comes to reworking a board, it seems to me that this printed PCB is a little less robust than what I am normally used to. You need a special solder and a temperature controlled soldering iron limited to 200°C. But at least in theory, you can repair the damage as described above.I was given to understand that a cartridge of ink (at $99) could complete up to 15 Arduino Uno sized PCBs of moderate complexity. I assume that to be single sided. So approximating to 8 double sided Arduino boards, it would cost $12 a board excluding the cost of the substrate. Unquantified is the time saving, especially if a second spin of the board is needed.I asked if there were any plans for the ability to place text on the board as with a silkscreen. Of course text in conductive ink is not a problem, but although this question appears to have been asked before, it is not high on Voltera’s list of priorities.No one is perfect and besides the lack of the pick-and-place option and drill (for the moment) there are some other drawbacks. The maximum board size is relatively small (5.3” (135mm) x 4.4” (113.5mm)) and it can only produce double sided boards. The V-One cannot handle very fine pitch components; I frequently use a TQFP package micro (0.5mm pin-pin) and this is outside the 0.8mm spec on the printer – this will definitely cramp my style. A custom board shape cannot be milled. I also believe there is some restriction on the upper frequency range, but it was in the GHz range and I am sure many other effects come into play as well.It occurs to me that in the above discussion I have focused on creating standard boards as an end in itself. Although I do quite a bit of simple analog design, I lack confidence in my abilities so I try to make sure that I have a feasible approach before committing to a PCB. It is possible to simulate certain approaches (stand back before the Pease lightning strikes), but it is nice to be able to try out just a small part of the circuit to see if something works. Today I use solderless breadboard or vectorboard, but with SMD components it becomes harder requiring breakout boards and wires going everywhere. A printed solution would allow several alternative approaches to be produced on the same simple substrate to compare and contrast.According to this article there are 5 companies in the additive PCB printer business and no doubt quite a few more that use the milling machine approach. Is there a PCB printer in your future? Even though the ink on my birth certificate is dry and definitely not printed in conductive ink, there is one in mine.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA “Thanks for the great article Aubrey. So, will you be purchasing one of these little rascals? “ antedeluvian says: May 17, 2017 at 7:46 pm “Maxn” So, will you be purchasing one of these little rascals? “nnWe have one on order. Off hand I seem to remember delivery was towards the end of June” May 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Australian cartoonist blasted for ‘racist and sexist’ depiction of Serena Williams

first_imgAustralian cartoonist Mark Knight’s caricature of Serena Williams and her US Open final night against Naomi Osaka has caused massive outrage with the cartoon being labelled as “racist and sexist”.In the US Open 2018 final between Serena and eventual winner Naomi Osaka, the 23-time Grand Slam champion had a massive meltdown after she had lost the first set of the match and was given a warning for coaching violation.Severely effected by the coaching violation, Serena further lost her cool at the chair umpire Carlos Ramos when he gave her a point penalty for racket abuse. Serena had banged at racket at the court after being broken back by Osaka in the second set.Thereafter, Serena called Ramos a “liar” and a “thief” alleging, “you stole a point on me”. Immediately after, Serena was levied upon a game penalty for “verbal abuse” on the umpire, which put Osaka at the brink of her first Grand Slam title. The entire controversy overshadowed Osaka’s brilliant title win over Serena.READ – Is Serena Williams a bad loser? Opinions after Naomi Osaka wins US OpenCartoonist Knight, whose cartoon appeared in Australian newspaper Herald Sun, depicted Serena as a huge baby stomping on her smashed racket and a baby dummy lay on the court beside her while Osaka is pictured as white and blonde despite her Japanese and Haitian heritage.In the cartoon Osaka can be seen politely standing in front the chair umpire who is asking her, “can you just let her win?”advertisement Photo Courtesy: Herald SunThe cartoon has been blasted by numerous athletes, celebrities, journalists and activists.Popular author JK Rowling said on Twitter, “Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop.”Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop. https://t.co/YOxVMuTXECJ.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 10, 2018The National Association of Black Journalists said the cartoon was “repugnant” on many levels.”The September 10 cartoon not only exudes racist, sexist caricatures of both women, but Williams’ depiction is unnecessarily sambo-like,” it said.NABJ denounces Herald Sun cartoon of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka https://t.co/xA5Nh8YwpS #USOpen @NABJSportsNABJ Headquarters (@NABJ) September 10, 2018Bernice King, the chief executive of the King Center and daughter of Martin Luther King Jr, said the newspaper’s stance was “unfortunate”.Knight has defended the cartoon in a statement given to Herald Sun’s website.”I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the US Open final, and seeing the world’s best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting. It’s been picked up by social media in the US and my phone has just melted down.Also read – Serena Williams calls chair umpire a thief, accuses him of sexism”Three days before I had drawn a cartoon about Nick Kyrgios being led off by the ears, like you used to do with your children.”The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race,” Knight said.However, Knight has taken down his Twitter account after the backlash over his cartoon.Also read – ITF defends chair umpire Carlos Ramos after US Open rowThe Herald Sun also issued a statement backing Knight and saying that the cartoon has “nothing to do with gender or race.””A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark’s cartoon depicted that,” Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston said.Also read – WTA comes out in support of Serena Williams after chair umpire row”It had nothing to do with gender or race.”Apart from being levied three code violation, Serena was later fined USD 17,000, stirring the tennis world and triggering a broader debate about double standards towards men and women in the sport.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Big 12 Week 4 Recap: Dana Holgorsen is the Best

first_imgThe Mountaineers will look to continue their defensive success against the No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners this Saturday.Also, RIP this cheerleader.Kansas Jayhawks vs. Rutgers Scarlet KnightsThe sole non-conference loss came at the hands of the Kansas Jayhawks, who fell to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 27-14.By the numbers:This was the 34th straight game that Kansas has lost on the road.Quarterback Montell Cozart (KU) had 193 yards passing.Kansas could only muster 64 yards rushing, averaging 2.2 yards per carry.Overall, there wasn’t much to see here, aside from this picture that pretty well sums up the current state of the two programs.The Jayhawks are now 0-3 and will try to get their first win of the season against Iowa State on October 3rd.(3) TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Tech Red RaidersIn Big 12 play, the TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Tech Red Raiders went head to head in what was offensively the most exciting game of the weekend.With only 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter, TCU won the game on a tipped pass to edge Texas Tech 55-52 and move to 1-0 in conference play.Down 52-48, the Horned Frogs  faced a fourth-and-goal from the four-yard line.     Trevone Boykin hurled the ball just off the hands of  receiver Josh Doctson. The ball fell toward the back of the end zone, and for a second it seemed as though TCU was done for – enter senior running back Aaron Green.Green was in perfect position behind Docston, and caught the tipped pass with one foot down. Video review confirmed the catch. Four Big 12 teams began conference play last week, while three others wrapped up their non-conference schedules with two big wins and one loss (can you guess who)?Rice Owls vs. (5) Baylor BearsThe Baylor Bears dismantled the Rice Owls 70-17 in front of the home crowd in Waco. The No. 5 ranked and two-time Big 12 champion Bears carry plenty of momentum into conference play posting 793 yards of offense, a new season high, and making this the third consecutive game they’ve had at least 700 offensive yards. The Bears have now won 18 straight in Waco, the nation’s longest winning streak at home.By the numbers:Seth Russell (BU) completed 12 of 16 passes for 277 yards and six touchdowns, matching Bryce Petty and Blake Szymanski’s school record .Shock Linwood (BU) carried the ball 16 times for 158 yards and a touchdown, and Corey Coleman hauled the ball in for six receptions, 100 yards and three touchdowns.The Bears showed no signs of slowing down as they head into Big 12 play against Texas Tech in Lubbock this Saturday.Maryland Terrapins vs. West Virginia Mountaineers West Virginia took on Maryland in Morgantown and easily handled the Terrapins, winning 45-6. The Mountaineers will enter their conference schedule undefeated.By the numbers:Skyler Howard (WVU) threw for 294 yards and four touchdownsWendell Smallwood (WVU) posted a new career-high 147 yards rushing, and West Virginia tallied 601 yards of offense in their win.The Mountaineers defense also made their presence felt, stealing five interceptions.Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman actually got some playing time for Maryland, replacing quarterback Caleb Rowe late in the third quarter. Garman was responsible for getting his team on the board with a 46-yard touchdown reception to Jarvis Davenport.Contrary to years past, it’s the defense that’s been the difference as Dana’s squad has allowed the fewest points in the nation at 7.7 per game. (Which is probably even lower than the number of Red Bulls per game.) Of course the fake punts up 38 in the fourth quarter don’t hurt. By the numbers:Boykin finished the day throwing for 485 yards and four touchdowns, and he also carried the ball 14 times for 42 yards.Green rushed for 162 yards and two scores and two receptions, including the game winner.Josh Docston had an incredible day, finishing the game with 18 catches for 267 yards and three touchdowns.  His 18 receptions ties a Big 12 conference record that was set back in 1996 byTexas A&M receiver Albert Connell.Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 392 yards and two touchdowns. Mahomes injured his left knee in the first quarter after diving toward the end zone after a lengthy run, but would stay in to finish the game with a knee brace.DeAndre Washington rushed 22 times for a career-high 188 yards and four scores.TCU and Texas Tech combined to run 187 plays and amass 1,357 yards.I imagine there was one tortilla for every yard gained. (photo courtesy of Reddit /u/DMTryp)Even after the insane tipped pass, the Red Raiders had a crazy sequence where it looked as though they might find the end zone after tossing the ball around like a hot potato to several players.After this shootout game for both teams, Texas Tech falls to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play, and has to reload for the Baylor Bears. TCU faces Texas this Saturday.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Premier League: Frank Lampard disappointed with draw vs Leicester in 1st home match

first_img Next Reuters LondonAugust 19, 2019UPDATED: August 19, 2019 08:43 IST Frank Lampard said he was disappointed as Chelsea failed to keep up the energy for 90 minutes on Sunday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLampard said Chelsea can certainly do better than Sunday’s performanceThat was the disappointing thing for me: Lampard on Leicester drawChelsea were handed a 4-0 thrashing by Manchester United last weekChelsea manager Frank Lampard had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Leicester City in his first home match in charge on Sunday as a second-half header by Wilfred Ndidi cancelled out Mason Mount’s early goal on his home debut.Chelsea raced into the lead when the 20 year-old Mount, one of a crop of young players given their chance by Lampard, stole the ball from a dallying Ndidi and left Kasper Schmeichel with no chance with his shot in the seventh minute.The goal capped an opening onslaught by the new-look Blues who were roared on by the home fans excited at the return of Chelsea’s all-time top scorer Lampard as manager.Before the match, fans in the Shed End unveiled a banner emblazoned with the huge words: “Welcome home, Super Frank” and Lampard told reporters later that it was “the stuff of dreams” to return to Stamford Bridge.But his focus was on how Chelsea failed to maintain their early momentum against Leicester and allowed the visitors to run much of the game, something he said could only be partly blamed on his side’s tiring midweek trip to Istanbul where they lost the Super Cup final to Liverpool after extra time and penalties.”That was the disappointing thing for me – that we couldn’t sustain the period of the early part of the game,” Lampard said.”I don’t expect that 100-miles-an-hour energy for the 90 minutes, but I do expect that when you rest, you can keep possession of the ball better. That was the big thing for me today.”advertisementLampard said he took more comfort from the 4-0 defeat to Manchester United last weekend, when Chelsea played well for long periods, than he did from Sunday’s draw.”We can do better than we did today,” he said.In the opening minutes, Mount linked up impressively with striker Olivier Giroud, and U.S. winger Christian Pulisic, another new face at Chelsea, also went close.But Leicester grew steadily into the game and equalised in the 67th minute when Ndidi atoned for his first-half error by heading home a James Maddison corner.Chelsea brought on home-grown striker Tammy Abraham to try to break the deadlock but Leicester had the best chances as Maddison, Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans spurned opportunities late on.Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers lamented the missed opportunities as his side took control of the contest.”I think we should have won it, to be honest,” he said. “Second half, I thought we were very, very good.”Also Read | Premier League: Advantage Liverpool as Manchester City fume over Spurs stalemateFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow ChelseaFollow Leicester CityFollow Premier leagueFollow Frank Lampard Premier League: Frank Lampard disappointed with draw vs Leicester in 1st home matchChelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City in their Premier League outing after a second-half header by Wilfred Ndidi cancelled out Mason Mount’s early goal on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

Denmark to Support Maritime Security in Indian Ocean

first_imgzoom The Danish Government has decided to deploy a detachment consisting of a Challenger airplane to support the monitoring of shipping traffic in the Indian Ocean in an effort to strengthen maritime security in the area.Additionally, the Government decided that Denmark will again make a Challenger airplane available for the Mediterranean efforts to monitor EU’s outer borders under Frontex.“It is a priority for the Government to counteract the giant challenges caused, now and in future, by illegal immigration, and I am convinced that our contribution will be greatly appreciated by our international partners,” Anders Samuelsen, Minister for Foreign Affairs, said.“I also look forward to Denmark contributing – in close cooperation with France – to the Combined Maritime Forces around the Horn of Africa and thereby improving maritime security, such as limiting funding of terrorism and organised crime,” Samuelsen added.The Danish air detachment to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) will be deployed for approximately 30 days from the middle of May 2017 to the middle of June 2017. During its deployment, the detachment will be tasked to support Task Force 150 by gathering intelligence, which can contribute to on-going surveillance and building situational awareness in the Indian Ocean. At the time of deployment, Task Force 150 will be under French leadership.last_img read more

New Leger polls suggests federal Liberals lagging Conservatives

first_imgOTTAWA — A new poll conducted by Leger for The Canadian Press suggests the governing federal Liberals have lost ground to the Conservatives over the past month.Overall, 31 per cent of respondents polled after the federal budget was released Tuesday said they would vote for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals if an election were held now, a decline of about three percentage points from February.That compared with 37 per cent who said they would back the Conservatives under leader Andrew Scheer, a one-point increase from February, while 12 per cent said they would vote NDP and eight per cent the Greens.Scheer also jumped ahead of Trudeau on the question of who would make a better prime minister as the Tory leader got the backing of 25 per cent of respondents compared with 24 per cent for Trudeau, who has been struggling to contain damage from the SNC-Lavalin affair.As for the budget, which the Liberals are hoping will help turn the page on SNC-Lavalin, 12 per cent of respondents said it was good and 19 per cent that it was bad, but 39 per cent said they didn’t really know about it.Leger’s internet-based survey, which cannot be assigned a margin of error because online polls are not considered random samples, was conducted March 19 and 20 using computer-assisted web-interviewing technology and heard from 1,529 Canadians who are eligible to vote and were recruited from the firm’s online panel.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Paul OGrady Asks London Mayor To Stop Herding Of Sheep Across London

first_imgFor the Love of Dogs star Paul O’Grady MBE has written to the Lord Mayor of London asking her to put a stop to the archaic and dangerous tradition of herding sheep across London Bridge.In his letter, the comedian, presenter, actor and writer calls on Fiona Woolf to drop the stunt and switch to a more compassionate form of fundraising that would not cause distress to animals.“I am writing to express my deep concern about the sheep who will be herded across London Bridge in a bid to raise money on 5 October, and I wanted to urge you, as the leader of the council, to replace this spectacle with another form of fundraising,” he wrote. “I understand that as Lord Mayor of the City of London, you are historically entitled to the Freedom of the City, a privilege that theoretically affords you the right to carry a naked sword in public, in addition to other equally archaic practices. I am sure that you will agree that these “rights” should not be exercised simply because they can be exercised.“I hope you will agree that sheep are not inanimate props. As someone who has had the pleasure of sharing my home with these wonderful animals, I can tell you that sheep are intelligent and complex individuals. They flock to keep safe from predators. If threatened, they all run together for a short distance and then turn to face the danger as a group. Just like humans, dogs, chickens and most other animals, sheep make different sounds to communicate different emotions, and flock mates recognise each other, even if they’ve been separated for years.“Herding sheep down a very busy London street while cars continue to speed along the road next to them shows a disregard for their welfare and needlessly causes them distress. I have no doubt that you would be able to match, if not exceed, the donations that the previous Lord Mayor received by promoting an event without the use of any animals, and compassionate Londoners would thank you for it.”Sheep are sentient, intelligent and complex animals. A University of Illinois study found that they perform nearly as well as pigs on IQ tests and have demonstrated problem-solving abilities.last_img read more

3 held for duping people on pretext of giving money through credit

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Police has busted a gang which lured men into swapping their credit cards in return of 2 percent commission. Three cheats Gopal Das, Surender Kumar Arora and Gopinder has been arrested by Delhi Police. They were duping public providing money by credit cards swapping and recovered Credit Card Swapping Machines (POS Machines), laptop, mobile phones, SIM cards and forged documents related with a different company, linked bank account details etc, on their instance. The complainant saw an advertisement pasted on the road side about swapping of credit cards on a 2% commission basis along with a mobile number. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHe needed money for his family use and to meet the educational expenses of his children. He made a call and a youngster came to him and swapped his credit card for Rs 2,00,000 and told him that he would get his amount through his account after deducting 3% commission and left the place without giving any cash to him. He later realised he was cheated. The police arrested the three accused on 5 May. “Surender convinced his elder brother Gopal and Bhanja Gopinder for this conspiracy and used them to open bank accounts, forged company and to arrange mobile SIM cards. Apart from that, he purchased 9-11, POS Machines from an authorised Company. He transfers the amount to the forged company’s account and transfer to multiple accounts,” said DCP Madhur Verma.last_img read more

Three Moroccans Among the Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women

first_imgTaroudant – The Arabian Business Magazine listed three Moroccan women among the CEO Middle East list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women released in early March, 2014.One of the youngest names on the list, is Moroccan Maha Laziri, founder of Teach4Morocco, who ranked 17th.The magazine ranked Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist Fatema Mernissi 42nd and the head of the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), Ismahane Elouafi 73rd. UAE’s first female minister, Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi, tops the CEO Middle East list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women.Moroccan women have always been listed on the rankings of highly educated and influential women in the world.According to the recent list of ‘Top-20 Most Influential Women in Science in the Islamic World’ conducted by Muslim-Science.com, Ismahane Elouafi, food safety champion, is among the eight scientists listed under “the shapers” category, being the only North African woman included in this ranking dominated by Pakistanis.Moroccan Hafida Torres Balalioui, Adviser at COPO, (Council of all People’s Organization), and a Board member of AMCN (American Moroccan Competencies Network) Organization, was among the 2013 ‘Extraordinary Women”.Last year, In honor of International Women’s Day, the Moroccan professor, Majida Bargach, who is interim director of the University of Virginia’s Center for International Studies, has also won the Extraordinary Achievement Award in Education.The world statistics show that women outnumber men all over the world, yet only few of them are recognized for the prominent role they play at every level and their contributions to the progress and well-being of their societies.The Middle East leading magazine ranked the Arab women according to the influential role they play in their societies and the impact they have in their field of work.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Navy arrests four Indian fishermen near Katchatheevu

Four Indian fishermen from Rameswaram have been taken into custody of Sri Lankan Navy near Katchatheevu islands last night, India Today reported.The fishermen ventured into the sea after a day long strike held in Rameswaram. After the alleged shooting of the Indian fishermen by Indian Coast guard, Rameswaram fishermen had gone on a strike for the last few days. They have been taken into custody under the charges of crossing into Sri Lankan territory and practising illegal fishing. The fishermen have now been taken to Karai Nagar port in Sri Lanka and will be assembled in front of their magistrate tomorrow. They raised concern about their safety and security.The Indian fishermen have been facing a terrible period venturing out in the sea with being arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy frequently. read more

Clark announces BCs lofty goal to become Canadas top economic engine

NANAIMO, B.C. – British Columbia Premier Christy Clark took aim at Alberta Tuesday in an election-style speech where she boasted her province doesn’t need oil to be the country’s top economic generator.Speaking to a Vancouver Island economic summit, Clark said she’s set lofty goals for B.C.’s economy, which include turning the province into Canada’s No. 1 economy.She drew mild applause from the business crowd when she said B.C.’s job creation numbers are currently tops in Canada, ahead of Alberta, and B.C. has done it without oil revenues.“Fifty-seven thousand net new jobs in British Columbia, most of them are full-time,” said Clark about the Statistics Canada yearly numbers. “We’re ahead of Alberta and we don’t even have oil. We’re doing well.”Clark said her government’s year-old jobs plan, which focuses on increasing trade with China and Asia and promoting mining and exploring innovations in technology and agri-foods, has resulted in growth.She said B.C. is currently leading Canada in small-business growth numbers.Clark said trade with China has increased by 25 per cent and moves to clear up massive permit and approval backlogs in the mining sector has resulted in a 20 per cent improvement.Part of Clark’s jobs plan includes opening eight new B.C. mines and upgrading nine others currently in operation by 2015.After her speech, Clark told reporters she wants British Columbians and Canadians to know that B.C. is ahead of Alberta when it comes to job growth.She said she expects her province’s employment efforts to be a deciding factor when British Columbian’s vote in the upcoming May election.Clark’s Liberals are currently trailing well behind the Opposition New Democrats in public opinion polls.“We’re used to, in Canada, having Alberta doing better than anyone else because they have oil, which is great for the country and for Alberta, but I think it’s significant for British Columbians to recognize that we are No. 1,” said Clark.“We are No. 1 in this country, and it should be a real source of pride that even without that great natural resource, and valuable natural resource they call oil, we’re still doing better than everybody else,” she said. “That’s quite a challenge we’ve overcome.”Clark said she’s enjoying taking pokes at Alberta when it comes to measuring economic progress.“It’s a good competition to have,” she said.Her recent Alberta meeting with Alberta Premier Alison Redford was described as frosty, but Clark said B.C. is sticking to its demand that the proposed $5.5 billion Northern Gateway pipeline project meet five conditions, of which three involve environmental safety.Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB), proposes to build a twin 1,100-kilometre pipeline from northern Alberta to northwest B.C., where bitumen from the Alberta oil sands will be piped to the northwest, B.C. port of Kitimat. The product would then be loaded on supertankers and shipped to Asia.The pipeline project is currently undergoing a federal environmental review process, where many B.C. hearings have been dominated by opposition voices from First Nations, environmental groups and local citizens all concerned about the risk of a massive oil spill.Clark’s legal team has recently said they are concerned about the lack of detail of Enbridge’s environmental preparations for the pipeline.Clark didn’t mention the Northern Gateway project in her Nanaimo speech, telling reporters later, “it was a long speech already.”Clark, whose Liberal government has often been criticized for paying lacklustre attention to Vancouver Island, said her government has supported the Island’s economic and growth ventures, including airport and post-secondary education investments in Nanaimo and health-care in the Courtenay and Campbell River areas.Opposition New Democrat Leonard Krog, who holds one of the two seats in Nanaimo, said Clark didn’t make one new announcement during the speech, something the business leaders there will remember. Clark announces B.C.’s lofty goal to become Canada’s top economic engine AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 16, 2012 3:33 pm MDT read more

UN appeals for 120 million to launch massive response in stormravaged Haiti

“Hundreds have died. At least 1.4 million people need assistance at this time. Some towns and villages have been almost wiped off the map. Crops and food reserves have been destroyed. At least 300 schools have been damaged, Mr. Ban told reporters at UN Headquarters today, express his deepest condolences and sympathies to those affected by the hurricane. He said the numbers of those impacted and the needs are growing as more affected areas are reached. Moreover, tensions are already mounting as people await help. “A massive response is required,” he said, adding that UN teams are working with local officials to asses s needs. Humanitarian appeal “Today in Geneva, we launched a $120 million flash appeal covering the UN system’s nee ds for the next three months,” the Secretary-General announced, recalling that this past Friday, the UN Centra l Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated $5 million in emergency funds to kick-start assistance in the wake of the deadly stor m, following the release earlier in the week of a loan of $8 million dollars to the UNICEF to scale up response to the worsening cholera epidemic in Haiti. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses strong solidarity with people of Haiti in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew as UN launches flash appeal. Credit: UN News CentreThe so-called Flash Appeal , launched by the UN on behalf of the international humanitarian community, requests $119,850 to respond to “the most urgent needs” of people impacted by the storm, which ma de landfall in Haiti on 4 October and went on to leave a swath of devastation throughout the Caribbean and the South-east ern United States. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OC HA), the appeal targets vulnerable groups in identified priority sectors, and it takes into account the national-level c apacities and those of humanitarian partners on the ground. Over the next week, partners will develop individual projects in suppor t of sector activities and financial requirements identified in this appeal, adapting the response to the most up- to-date assessment results. In a separate statement today, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien stressed that funding of t he appeal is urgently needed to enable humanitarian actors to respond to people most in need be fore the situation further deteriorates, including by addressing the risks posed by cholera and other deadly waterborne disea ses. “Families th at were fortunate to survive the hurricane now find themselves in a struggle to survi ve, with thousands of homes and livelihoods washed away by the storm,” he said, recalling that the country was al ready facing health challenges, including an increase in cases of cholera as well as severe food insecurity, bef ore the hurricane hit. ‘We are in a race against time,’ warns UNICEF, fearing rapid spread of di seases Mr. Ban went on to note that he is developing a new approach to the cholera situation, which will encompass support for people affected by the disease and for efforts to build sound water, sanita tion and health systems in order to help eliminate cholera in Haiti. This disaster makes it even more vital to significantly s tep up our support and to do so right now, he stressed. “The United Nations is mobilizing across all fronts to support the people , the Government and local groups such as the Red Cross in getting recovery under way as quickly as possible. I call on the internat ional community to show solidarity and generosity – and to work together effectively in responding to this emergency,” state d the Secretary-General. Meanwhile, UNICEF has warned that overflowing rivers, stagnant waters, and anim al and human corpses are perfect breeding grounds for waterborne diseases. “Every day that goes by increases t he threat of cholera. We are in a race against time to get to these children before diseases do,” Marc Vincent, UNICEF Re presentative for Haiti, said in a press statement . Even before the hurricane in Haiti, UNICEF noted that only one in three people had access to proper latrines and less than three in five to safe water. In rural areas, these rates go down to one in four for sa nitation and one in two for water. Diarrhoea is one of the main killers of children under-five in the country. “Haiti has one of the highest incidence rates of cholera in the world,” underscored Mr . Vincent. “Almost 10,000 people have died from the disease since 2010 and more than 27,000 suspected cas es have been reported so far this year, an estimated one in three of them children,” he added. Since the 2010 outbreak, UNICEF, in partnership with the Haitian government and va rious partners, has been fighting waterborne diseases – including cholera – by improving access to water, sani tation and health services for Haitian children and their families, while promoting rapid response to cholera cases. From that time until now, UNICEF has established or maintained 1,270 oral rehydrati on points and 149 cholera treatment units in high-risk areas where nearly 140,000 suspected cases were treated. In June an d July of this year alone, the agency responded to more than 1,000 cholera alerts in all 10 departments of the country, benefit ing about 8,000 households. “With the hurricane’s devastating impact on an already fragile system, UNIC EF will continue to scale up its cholera response and address the emerging water and sanitation needs,” vowed Mr. Vincent, n oting that key components of UNICEF’s immediate response include acquiring water purification table ts, treating collective water sources, and setting up latrines in temporary shelters and informal settlements. The western cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie suffered the full force the Ca tegory 4 hurricane – sustaining heavy rains, winds and water damage across wide areas. In the midst of the crisis, pregnant women are also among some of the most vulnerabl e, the UN says. According to the UN Population Fund (UNPFA), some 8,400 women are expected to give birth in the n ext three months and another 1,200 could need Caesarean sections. These numbers are in addition to at leas t 280,000 women of childbearing age in the affected areas who will need quality health services in the coming months. To help respond to this urgency, the UN agency is sending 252 emergency reproductive heal th kits that will provide equipment, medicines and supplies for safe deliveries, voluntary family p lanning, rape treatment and other services for 450,000 people for the next three months. read more

Big Ten aiming to dethrone SEC

NEW ORLEANS — Even before the suspensions of six players last week, Ohio State was going to be faced with questions about its 0-9 bowl record against the SEC when it arrived in New Orleans. Now, the Buckeyes will attempt to diffuse the controversy surrounding Tattoo-gate in addition to their winless streak against the SEC. The streak has taken on a life of its own, mainly because of OSU’s recent national title game debacles against Florida and LSU. Senior defensive back Jermale Hines said the Buckeyes’ struggles against the SEC stay with them no matter how much they would like to forget about their past. “It’s always something in the back of our minds because it’s real,” Hines said. “The last couple outings we got destroyed by SEC teams.” Offensive guard Bryant Browning takes a different approach when it comes to the streak: ignorance. “I really haven’t watched too much of that kind of stuff” in the media, Browning said. “You can’t really worry about what people say. We’ve got to focus on ourselves.” Tonight OSU will face off against Arkansas in the 77th Allstate Sugar Bowl, nearly 32 years to the day that the Buckeyes were handed their first bowl game defeat at the hands of an SEC team. On Jan. 2, 1978, Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Alabama Crimson Tide destroyed the Woody Hayes-led Scarlet and Gray, 35-6. The players, including Browning, have echoed the sentiments of OSU coach Jim Tressel, who has implored them to remain focused on the task at hand. “We know if we go in and play any team in the nation and we play our best game, then we’ll come out on top,” Browning said. “We’re just working hard to try to do whatever it takes so that when Jan. 4 comes around we’re at our best.” That may be easier said than done against an Arkansas passing offense ranked third in the nation. Junior quarterback Ryan Mallett has led the Razorback attack, throwing for 30 touchdowns and 3,500 yards in back-to-back years. Although the Arkansas offense will be pass-heavy, it can also run the ball effectively with sophomore running back Knile Davis. When OSU faced Florida in 2007 and LSU in 2008, it went up against balanced offenses and gave up a combined 79 points. The winless streak against the SEC may be very real, but at least one OSU player doesn’t believe in the “SEC speed” theory, which fans and pundits alike claim gives the SEC the ultimate advantage on the playing field. “As far as the speed thing goes, I never have thought that that was the difference-maker,” said senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher. “People don’t just get slower when they come to the Big Ten.” Senior kicker Devin Barclay is looking forward to the opportunity to disprove the doubters, and reminds everyone that OSU is playing Arkansas, not the ghosts of SEC past. “We’ve really got to focus in on doing our thing. Obviously the games in 2006 and 2007 … we remember those games — they sting still, and they were against SEC teams. (But) they weren’t against Arkansas,” Barclay said. “There’s always been the press saying that we can’t compete against these SEC teams. It’s going to feel good to prove them wrong.” read more