Vidyasagar bust vandalism: Trinamool submits ‘proof’ of BJP’s ‘involvement’ to ECI

first_img Earlier, at a press conference in New Delhi, Mr. O’Brien said, “The video not only clearly establishes what the BJP did, but proves that its chief Amit Shah is a liar and dhokebaaz (cheat).”The reaction from the Trinamool came close on the heels of BJP president Amit Shah accusing West Bengal’s ruling party of indulging in violence in the State and alleged that the poll panel has been a “mute spectator“ of the “violence unleashed by the TMC.”“The streets of Kolkata are tinged with shock and anger. What happened yesterday hurt Bengali pride,” O’Brien said, adding the TMC will submit the videos, it has, to the poll panel and is authenticating them on record.One of the videos shows a group of men purportedly trying to break down the gate of the Vidyasagar college and enter the campus by jumping over its walls.“It is a childish argument to ask who had the keys to the gate? The video establishes beyond doubt who desecrated the statue,” Mr. O’Brien said, claiming his party had as many as 44 videos to support its claims.The party also showed a video and WhatsApp message allegedly by a BJP supporter asking people to come to Mr. Shah’s roadshow with rods and arms to fight the TMC and the police.“We are trying to obtain and authenticate audio of slogans like ‘Vidyasagar finished, where is the Josh’ raised during the violence,” O’Brien said and alleged that the Central forces deployed in West Bengal have started a “whisper campaign” asking people to vote for the BJP.“The Central forces are in cahoots with the BJP. We had written to the ECI thrice and this will be our fourth letter,” the TMC leader said.#Video #1 Evidence of what BJP goons did at Amit Shah’s road show in #Kolkata #Vidyasagar— Derek O’Brien | ডেরেক ও’ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) May 15, 2019 Intensifying its attack on the BJP over the desecration of a bust of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar in a college during BJP president Amit Shah’s mega rally in Kolkata on Tuesday, the Trinamool Congress on May 15 released videos to claim that “BJP goons” damaged the statue.A Trinamool team comprising Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Manish Gupta and Nadimul Haque also met the Election Commission over the issue and submitted “proof” in support of their claim.Here’s a picture of the desecrated bust of #Vidyasagar … More proof of vandalism by #BJP goons at Amit Shah’s road show. #Kolkata— Derek O’Brien | ডেরেক ও’ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) May 15, 2019  He also alleged that Central forces in West Bengal have started a whisper campaign asking people to vote for the BJP.The supporters of the BJP and the TMC on Tuesday fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during Mr. Shah’s rally. He escaped unhurt but was forced to cut short the jamboree and had to be escorted to safety by security forces.Parts of the city plunged into a welter of violence as his convoy was attacked with stones by alleged TMC supporters from inside the hostel of Vidyasagar College, triggering a clash between supporters of the two parties.Furious BJP supporters retaliated and were seen exchanging blows with their Trinamool rivals outside the college entrance.The Trinamool has accused Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain of giving orders to the police not to intervene in BJP issues in the State.last_img read more

ESPN Releases Weekly Power Rankings For Week 14

first_imgMichigan State ranked 4 in recent ESPN power rankings. ezekiel elliott michigan post-gameEzekiel Elliott and Ohio State made a jump this week.This weekend was rivalry weekend in college football, and there was plenty of riveting gridiron action for fans to enjoy.While Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan State and Iowa all held serve, several games shook up the ranks. Ohio State’s thumping of Michigan, Florida State’s rivalry romp over Florida and Stanford’s last-second win over Notre Dame all ensured that the polls and CFP rankings would look different this week. The weekly ESPN Power Rankings also underwent some noticeable changes.The top five is virtually the same as last week, with MSU and Oklahoma flip-flopping at three and four. After that though, there is plenty of shuffling. Ohio State and Stanford each jumped up two spots, with Florida State and UNC making leaps into the top 10. Beyond that, TCU, Houston, Oregon, Northwestern, Temple and USC all made noteworthy ascensions while Baylor, Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma State fell. Mississippi State plummeted 13 spots out of the top 25 after losing the Egg Bowl. Here are the rankings, via ESPN:1. Clemson2. Alabama3. Oklahoma4. Michigan State5. Iowa6. Ohio State7. Stanford8. North Carolina9. Notre Dame 10. Florida State11. TCU12. Baylor 13. Oregon14. Ole Miss15. Northwestern16. Oklahoma State17. Michigan18. Houston19. Florida20. Temple21. USC22. Utah23. LSU24. Navy25. WisconsinYou can find last week’s rankings here. What do you think, college football fans?last_img read more

Passage of New Fisheries Act Remains A Gov’t Priority – Minister Shaw

first_img Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says passage of the proposed new Fisheries Act remains a priority for the Government, in keeping with plans to institute the necessary framework to more effectively regulate the sector. Story Highlights “This Bill will not only provide the legal provision to facilitate sustainable fisheries management and development, but will also establish the Fisheries Authority that will transform the (Fisheries) Division into an entity that will be better staffed and resourced to serve the fisheries and aquaculture subsectors,” he explained. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says passage of the proposed new Fisheries Act remains a priority for the Government, in keeping with plans to institute the necessary framework to more effectively regulate the sector.The new legislation is expected to replace the Fisheries Act of 1976, and Mr. Shaw has indicated that the Administration will seek to continue “earnest” implementation of the supporting legislative and institutional framework.“This Bill will not only provide the legal provision to facilitate sustainable fisheries management and development, but will also establish the Fisheries Authority that will transform the (Fisheries) Division into an entity that will be better staffed and resourced to serve the fisheries and aquaculture subsectors,” he explained.The Minister was speaking during the International Fisherman’s Day Conference at the Cardiff Hotel and Spa, Runaway Bay, St. Ann on Friday (June 29).Mr. Shaw said the Government is looking to maximize the fisheries industry’s potential to contribute to Jamaica’s economic growth.To this end, he said several key areas will be explored to see how best these can be leveraged to facilitate the sector’s advancement through a programme being targeted for implementation over the next three years.“We must get to (the) point of a modern and coordinated fishing industry that will help us to achieve our aspiration for wealth creation and economic growth,” he said.The Minister argued, however, that for the industry to contribute to economic growth, stakeholders must be willing to evolve and adapt, adding that the new legislation will assist in facilitating that.Mr. Shaw said focus, in this regard, will also be placed on two supporting fisheries projects during the current fiscal year.These are a World Bank-funded community-based development project aimed at strengthening stakeholders’ resilience, and an Inter- American Development Bank-financed initiative through which the turnaround time for issuing fishing licenses will be improved to one week, while facilitating an express delivery service component.“All Jamaicans have a role to play in safeguarding our marine ecosystem including our coral reefs. But do not let it escape you that every single one of you must be a part of this process. All hands must be on deck or it will prove almost impossible or that much harder to achieve our goals,” Mr. Shaw emphasized.Meanwhile, the Minister is encouraging stakeholder compliance with the sector’s governing regulations.He said the fisher folk and other stakeholders also have a role to play in supporting the Government’s engagements, adding that “the safety and sustainability of our industry depend on all of us”.The International Fisherman’s Day Conference was held in observance of Fisherman’s Day 2018 under the theme: ‘Securing Sustainable Fisheries- Impact of Crime’. The new legislation is expected to replace the Fisheries Act of 1976, and Mr. Shaw has indicated that the Administration will seek to continue “earnest” implementation of the supporting legislative and institutional framework. last_img read more

Chess World Celebrates A Sensational Move … That Leads To A Championship

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87654321abcdefgh “It’s going to be a complicated game,” said the grandmaster Judit Polgár, providing the official match commentary.And indeed it was going to be — for the players and your humble chess correspondent. My parents were in town, my sister was sweating over an oven, and forgotten provisions had to be procured. A table had to be set. Mashed potatoes had to be eaten. I tore away from the match and headed into the city.Having nervously missed a handful of moves on my train ride, I ascended from the serviceless subway station in time to witness something special from Carlsen, the defending world champion who had yet to do much special at all. One grandmaster told me his move was “phenomenal.” Another tweeted that it was “incredible.” A chess writer called it “sensational.” A chess instructor called it “fascinating.”So just what was it that Carlsen did with the black pieces here? It was pawn to b5.Erwin l’Ami, the grandmaster who called it “incredible,” described the idea behind the move, which ostensibly loses a pawn for Carlsen, as follows: Once Carlsen pushes that pawn to b5, Caruana can win it by moving his pawn to b6. (That may not appear to be a legal move, but it’s a special capture known as en passant, in which a pawn can diagonally capture another pawn that has just hopped up two squares next to it.) Carlsen could then take the rook on a3 with his rook, and Caruana could take that rook with his knight. Carlsen could then push his pawn to f3, encroaching further into white’s territory. Two pawn captures then ensue on that same square, followed by Caruana capturing there with his bishop. And then Carlsen could bring his knight into the action on e5. The result of that hypothetical line would have looked like this — a “huge attack” on Caruana’s king. read more

Buckeyes remain confident through turmoil

As the dust settles on an off-season to forget, Ohio State players are using the events of this past spring to their advantage. They’re using it as motivation. “We’ve gotten more pissed off,” said senior center Michael Brewster in a press conference Tuesday. “We’ve gotten a lot tighter and we’re working even harder toward our goals.” Brewster believes that it is easy to become content and complacent when you’re used to winning and this “gut-check” might just be exactly what the Buckeyes needed. “(Becoming content and complacent) is definitely not going to happen now I can tell you that, just because of everything that’s gone on,” he said. Brewster and the Buckeyes expressed that they have no intentions of losing hope this upcoming season. “All we think about is winning,” Brewster said. “Getting ready to win, and doing everything to win. We’ve been a part of a winning program since we gotten here and we’re not going to let that stop just because of what’s happened.” Senior defensive back Nate Oliver said although Jim Tressel’s departure on May 30 has been tough on all Buckeye players, they must continue to move forward. “It hurts,” he said. “But it gives you an extra burst, it makes you want to work harder… And we know that he’s always a phone call away.” Oliver expressed that he is confident in Coach Fickell’s ability to lead the team. “You lose knowledge (with Tressel gone), but you also have knowledge from Coach Fickell so it’s really not going to be that big of a drop-off,” Oliver said. “(Fickell) is going to bring that toughness. His toughness, his character, and his passion about what he does—guys are going to be lined up to play just like we always are.” While Oliver is fully confident of coach Fickell’s ability to lead the Buckeyes football team, he said he has continued to maintain a close relationship to Tressel after his departure saying that he talks to coach Tressel “once a week.” Senior lineman John Simon added that the departures have given the Buckeyes something to play for, but it is up to them to turn negatives into a positive. “It’s definitely going to put a chip on our shoulder,” he said. “But we’re going to have to game plan and practice hard all week and execute or it don’t mean nothing.” After the athletic director, Gene Smith, removed the “interim” title from now head coach Luke Fickell’s name this month, Fickell made his first statement as to his starting quarterback for the 2011-12 season. “(The quarterback job) is completely wide open, and (Joe Bauserman) understands that,” Fickell said. After allegations sidelined former quarterback Terrelle Pryor indefinitely, senior quarterback Joe Bauserman expressed that the job opening didn’t change anything. “There’s no change, you prepare for the long haul.” Not known for his leadership off the field, Bauserman says it will be extremely important for him to be an example for his teammates if he wants to be a leader. “I want to show the guys that I can workout with the best of them and I can give the most effort and be one of the tougher guys and stuff so they can do the same thing and believe in me.” Brewster and the Buckeyes fully expect to continue their winning ways this season and set their standards high. “Every season we have a goal to win the Big Ten Championship and the National Championship,” he said. “We’re full steam ahead,” Brewster said. “We’re fully behind coach (Fickell). We’re not going to skip a beat. “ read more

Ohio State womens soccer looks to bounce back at Illinois

OSU freshman midfielder Sarah Roberts (10) during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Sam Harris / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (6-3-2, 1-2-1) is preparing to travel to Champaign, Illinois, to face the Illinois Fighting Illini (8-2-1, 2-1-1) on Friday evening.Junior forward Nichelle Prince said she is leaving Sunday’s loss to Nebraska behind as the team looks to this week’s matchup. “We did not play to our best capabilities, so it is really important that we have a really good week at practice going into Illinois because we need that confidence back and need to get back to our basics,” Prince said.This week presents OSU with its third away game in a row, but Prince doesn’t believe the travel will serve as a challenge to the Buckeyes.“It’s just really important when we’re away to get the recovery needs that we need; making sure that even though we’re in a hotel that we’re getting the sleep we need, doing pool recoveries and stretching and foam rolling,” Prince said. “It’s not bad being away, we just need to make sure that we’re prepared and focused.”Last weekend when the Buckeyes were on the road, they had two games with a day of rest in between. The game against Illinois on Friday is the only contest on the road trip for OSU, which pleases OSU coach Lori Walker.“What I really like about this weekend is it’s a single game, and so our entire focus will go into what we need to do to compete against Illinois,” she said. The last time the Fighting Illini and Buckeyes met, OSU was defeated 4-1. Illinois is 6-0 at home this season, something that Prince said motivates her heading into the game.“I think that’s one of the things that’s really exciting because you get to go to their home and make an upset,” Prince said. “So, being on our game and playing for something, knowing that they have a lot of confidence, but so do we.”Walker said a key for success against the Fighting Illini is a well-rounded performance from all three lines — the defense, midfield and attackers. “We’ve had segments of games where each line is pretty special, but I don’t think we’ve had a full game yet where we are playing 90 minutes of quality soccer and not having lapses in our concentration,” Walker said.The Buckeyes are set to kick off at 7 p.m. at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. read more

Kahn backs Zidane to manage Bayern Munich

first_imgFormer Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn wants Zinedine Zidane to suceed Jupp Heynckes at the club for next seasonDespite being in only his second full season as a coach at the highest level, the Frenchman has already become the first manager to have won back-to-back Champions League tittles and is currently aiming to win the competition for third consecutive time.Kahn, who played as a goalkeeper for both Bayern and Germany, would like to see Zidane take over the reins from Heynckes at the Allianz Arena.“Zinedine Zidane is undoubtedly worth considering. I think he’s sensational,” Kahn told ZDF (via ESPN).“He has won everything with Real Madrid and can win his third Champions League title. He’s a coach who fits perfectly Bayern Munich’s requirement profile.”While Bayern have stated, on several occasions, in the past that they are only interested in German-speaking coaches, Kahn believes that Zidane’s qualities will outweigh such a minor disadvantage.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“He is French and can speak Spanish, so he could learn German,” said the 48 year-old.“The question is more what can he do extremely well? He can manage a star-studded squad, he was an absolute world star himself, and while many former top players don’t go on to become great coaches, he has.”One candidate that has been touted to replace Heynckes at the club for next season is Eintracht Frankfurt manager Niko Kovac, who is not against the idea.The Croatian is believed to now be one of the front-runners for the role, after Thomas Tuchel  reportedly rejected an offer from Bayern in March. Although Frankfurt sporting executive Fredi Bobic has recently revealed that the club have had no contact from the Bundesliga leaders.“There is no reason to doubt I will still be the coach here next season,” said Kovac.“So many things happen in football. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. As of now, I will be here until 2019.”last_img read more

Iniesta on title win I wish it were eternal

first_imgAndres Iniesta was left struggling for words after sealing his ninth La Liga title for Barcelona on SundayThe captain had announced that he will be leaving his beloved Barcelona at the end of the season in an emotional press conference last week and was, once more, left struggling to find the right words in light of their latest La Liga triumph.An early goal from Philippe Coutinho looked to have set Ernesto Valverde’s side on their way against Deportivo La Coruna with Lionel Messi adding a second later on.However, the struggling Deportivo responded with two goals from Lucas Perez and Emre Colak levelling the score between the sides.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.But two late goals from Messi ensured that the Catalan side would emerge as the winners in a 4-2 thriller.“It’s an indescribable feeling, on a personal level and as a sportsperson, there are no words when you receive so much love from people and even more so in difficult moments for them [as Deportivo were relegated],” said Iniesta, as reported on Marca.“It’s an eternal thank you because it’s very beautiful. This [move] isn’t a change of opinion, but I am making the most honest decision for myself and my club.“To finish the season with these feelings before the World Cup and with another adventure ahead, I wish it were eternal. I would like this to never end, but everything has its beginning and its end.”last_img read more

Football hooligans in Russia threaten to stab gay and transgender England

first_imgIn the preparation ahead of World Cup, Russian football hoodlums have reportedly threatened to stab gay and transgender England fans at the Mundial.An alliance of LGBT football fan groups, called Pride In Football, said some of the death threats it has received has been so unnerving that they have reported them to police. It has received emails warning them that LGBT fans will be targeted for attacks during the tournament in Russia in June, according to Dailymail.Last week, the Football Supporters’ Federation, working with the Football Association, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, released guidelines advising LGBT fans not to display their sexuality in public during the World Cup.However, it is unclear if they are allowed wave or move rainbow flags in Russia.‘We’ve had people say that if they find us they’ll stab us, so it’s been a mixture but they’re being dealt with seriously and those investigations are still ongoing,’ Joe White, Pride in Football’s campaign leader, said.‘Unless there is someone kind of putting their head above the parapet, it’s very easy for them to say we don’t exist.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.‘I think we definitely have a responsibility to highlight any form of inequality.‘Hopefully teams, players and managers can come into that conversation when they feel safe to do so.’He stressed that the guidelines released had to be ‘very cautious’ but that he won’t be afraid to be himself in Russia.‘I could go out and almost go back into the closet and act butch but that kind of plays exactly into what we are trying to show is an issue,’ he said.‘We shouldn’t have to feel that we have to behave any differently than we would.last_img read more

England wary of Falcao

first_imgEngland duo Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are wary of the threat that their former Chelsea teammate Radamel Falcao will provide in their last of 16 tie of the World Cup on MondayAfter a stellar career, Falcao looked a shadow of the player he had once been and notably struggled in his two loan spells in English football with both Manchester United and Chelsea between 2014 and 2016.After two seasons in the Premier League and 36 games in total, Falcao returned to his parent club AS Monaco with only five goals to his name in a dismal spell after failing to regain his confidence and sharpness after suffering a serious knee injury with the Ligue 1 side in January 2014.But the 32-year-old has since resurrected his career at the Stade Louis II and scored for Colombia in their 3-0 win over Poland last Sunday.While much of the focus on the game will largely be on James Rodriguez’s recovery from injury, Cahill is not going to underestimate his former teammate.“Falcao had a difficult time in England clearly, but outside of England he’s a very high-profile player,” said Cahill, according to The National.“He’s scored many, many goals. He did have a difficult time in England, showed his character when he went to find his form again and now he’s a huge player for them.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’m sure a huge amount was probably confidence. He had that spell at Manchester United, then he had that spell at us, he was short of sharpness at both of them.“I suppose in his eyes, the rest is history, he’s refound his form now. He’s tricky in the box, he likes to come off the shoulder a little bit, and he’s a good finisher.“When he gets half a chance, we saw that in training he’s a decent finisher. Everyone knows him, everyone’s aware of him, his ability.”Loftus-Cheek, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, has also tipped former Chelsea player Juan Cuadrado to be a threat alongside Falcao.“When I was at Chelsea training with them obviously Cuadrado didn’t get much game time but he still looked sharp,” he said.“He is so sharp and he can just do things off the cuff, he gets past defenders. As for Falcao, we all know what a player he is. Falcao is always a goal threat and he has been for his entire career.“It will be a difficult game, just like any other at the World Cup. So we will need to analyse Colombia and work out how we want to play against them.”last_img read more

Crypto Industry to request government for relaxation in norms

first_imgRepresentation of the Ripple virtual currency is seen in this illustration picture, February 13, 2018. Picture is taken February 13.REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationThe cryptocurrency industry is now uniting against the government’s order to ban the virtual currency in the country. The ecosystem will be coming on a single platform to deliberate on the possibilities of its future in India. It is to be noted that last year, India virtually banned cryptocurrencies like bitcoin with the Reserve Bank of India(RBI) barring regulated entities from providing services to any individual or business dealing in digital currencies. Later in the same year, even the Supreme Court of India refused to grant any interim relief to cryptocurrency exchanges against the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) crackdown on them.Financial daily, the Economic Times has now planned to hold meet-ups across cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad throughout the month of March. After the meeting, the industry has planned to submit a report on the inputs provided by the crypto investors and experts to the government. Ministry of finance had constituted a panel under Subhash Chandra Garg in November 2017 but the panel is yet to submit its report.A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security. A cryptocurrency is difficult to counterfeit because of this security feature. Many cryptocurrencies are decentralized systems based on blockchain technology which is a distributed ledger enforced by a disparate network of computers.Akshay Aggarwal, co-founder of Blockchained India, the organization which is bringing together the crypto and blockchain communities under one roof said, “In the last six months, there has been progress both in the crypto and blockchain space. Banning cryptocurrencies will only curb innovation and force the investors and the exchanges to move to countries which have favorable regulations for such currencies.” Bitcoin is more likely to drop to $100 than to hit $100,000 over the next 10 years.Creative CommonsNischal Shetty, founder of WazirX, an Indian cryptocurrency exchange has been running a Twitter campaign over the last few months with the hashtag, #IndiaWantsCrytpo. The campaign got huge support from the ecosystem. The next hearing on the issue is scheduled for next week where the apex court would deliberate on the pros and cons of all the virtual currencies. Nischal said, “So far, we have only heard of scams or the darker use of cryptos but there is much more to it, which needs to be discussed and heard by the government.” Many of the cryptocurrencies moved out of India after the SC cleared its stance. Notably, countries like Dubai, Singapore, Switzerland, USA and Canada have been encouraging the use of cryptocurrencies.last_img read more

Sediments in Gulf of Naples reveal impact on Roman water distribution after

first_img Lead in ‘tap-water’ in ancient Rome up to 100 times more than local spring waters © 2016 Painting by Joseph Mallord William Turner (between 1817 and 1820) Vesuvius in Eruption, watercolor. Credit: Yale Center for British Art. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. To bring water to cities, the early Romans built vast waterworks systems using aqueducts and lead pipes—the water that was delivered, unbeknownst to the Romans, contained some amount of lead which in addition to making its way into the bodies of those who drank it, also made it into the ground or other water systems via sewage. In the case of the cities and towns around Naples, sewage was piped to certain locations where it was dumped directly into the harbor which resulted in sediment build up, some of which contained lead particles. Modern researches studying sediment cores can analyze the different layers of sediment and note the different amounts of lead in it and the differences in the types of lead, which can offer information about the amount of water brought into the system, and in this case, the changes to the system that came about.In studying their sediment core samples taken from the harbor, the researchers found marked changes in lead particles immediately after Mount Vesuvius erupted, likely, they suggest, because the eruption either clogged pipes, or destroyed some of the water delivery system. Differences in isotopic composition, they noted suggested lead pipes had been brought in from different locations to replace those that had been damaged. They noted also that the original water system had remained in place for approximately 15 years after the eruption before it was finally replaced. The team also found evidence of a continually expanding water system until approximately the fifth century, when natural disasters and invasions led to a sharp decline in upgrades.The researchers suggest their techniques could be used in other parts of the world, not just the area once covered by the Roman Empire—to better understand population changes, or other events that had an impact on the people that lived there. More information: Hugo Delile et al. A lead isotope perspective on urban development in ancient Naples, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1600893113AbstractThe influence of a sophisticated water distribution system on urban development in Roman times is tested against the impact of Vesuvius volcanic activity, in particular the great eruption of AD 79, on all of the ancient cities of the Bay of Naples (Neapolis). Written accounts on urbanization outside of Rome are scarce and the archaeological record sketchy, especially during the tumultuous fifth and sixth centuries AD when Neapolis became the dominant city in the region. Here we show that isotopic ratios of lead measured on a well-dated sedimentary sequence from Neapolis’ harbor covering the first six centuries CE have recorded how the AD 79 eruption was followed by a complete overhaul of Neapolis’ water supply network. The Pb isotopic signatures of the sediments further reveal that the previously steady growth of Neapolis’ water distribution system ceased during the collapse of the fifth century AD, although vital repairs to this critical infrastructure were still carried out in the aftermath of invasions and volcanic eruptions.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Sediments in Gulf of Naples reveal impact on Roman water distribution after Vesuvius eruption (2016, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further (—A team of researchers with members from France, the U.S., the U.K. and Italy has found evidence of disruptions to the water delivery system in the area around Naples after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their testing of sediment cores taken from the harbor at Naples, what they found and what their study has revealed about the history of the area.last_img read more

Images made of relativistic electrons trapped in graphene quantum dots

first_img Journal information: Nature Physics (—A team of researchers with the University of California, MIT, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan has created images of relativistic electrons trapped in graphene quantum dots. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics the team describes how they achieved this feat and where they plan to take their work in the future. Researchers find electron chirality in graphene impacts current flow As the many unique properties of graphene continue to unfold, scientists seek new ways to harness and eventually make use of them. One such use might be to control electrons to allow their use in nano-scaled devices, which could also inadvertently lead to a deeper understanding of Dirac fermions. In this new effort, the researchers have made progress in that area by devising a means for capturing and holding electrons and for creating images of the result.Obtaining images of electron waveforms has thus far been particularly difficult—virtually all existing methods have resulted in too many defects. To get around such problems, the researchers took another approach to capturing the electrons. They first created circular p-n junctions by sending voltage through the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope down to a graphene sample below. At the same time, they also applied voltage to a slab of silicon underneath the piece of graphene, which was kept separated by a layer of silicon-oxide and a flake of boron nitride. Doing so caused defects in the boron nitride to ionize, resulting in charges migrating to the graphene.To create images of those charges, the researchers placed a scanning tunneling microscope tip just above the surface of the quantum dot, which allowed for measuring the tunneling current—moving the tip to different locations allowed for taking multiple measurements which when taken together allowed for creating an image.The new method, the team suggests, could be used as the basis for developing systems that are more complicated, such as those with multiple quantum dots. They next plan to investigate using their technique with bilayer graphene samples, which hold far more Dirac charge carriers to see if they reflect when they impinge on the p-n junction barrier in expected ways. The STM tip spatially probes Dirac fermion wavefunctions in the presence of the p–n junction. Credit: (c) Nature Physics (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nphys3805 More information: Juwon Lee et al. Imaging electrostatically confined Dirac fermions in graphene quantum dots, Nature Physics (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nphys3805AbstractElectrostatic confinement of charge carriers in graphene is governed by Klein tunnelling, a relativistic quantum process in which particle–hole transmutation leads to unusual anisotropic transmission at p–n junction boundaries. Reflection and transmission at these boundaries affect the quantum interference of electronic waves, enabling the formation of novel quasi-bound states. Here we report the use of scanning tunnelling microscopy to map the electronic structure of Dirac fermions confined in quantum dots defined by circular graphene p–n junctions. The quantum dots were fabricated using a technique involving local manipulation of defect charge within the insulating substrate beneath a graphene monolayer. Inside such graphene quantum dots we observe resonances due to quasi-bound states and directly visualize the quantum interference patterns arising from these states. Outside the quantum dots Dirac fermions exhibit Friedel oscillation-like behaviour. Bolstered by a theoretical model describing relativistic particles in a harmonic oscillator potential, our findings yield insights into the spatial behaviour of electrostatically confined Dirac fermions.center_img © 2016 Explore further Citation: Images made of relativistic electrons trapped in graphene quantum dots (2016, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

NRS removes giant size tumour from patient after 3hour surgery

first_imgKolkata: A team of doctors from NRS Medical College and Hospital has successfully removed a tumour weighing around five kg with a diameter of 11 cm from the lower abdomen of a 27-year-old woman from Murshidabad.The victim, Nargis Begum, a resident of Raninagar area of the district was admitted to NRS Medical College and Hospital on 8 January. After performing necessary tests the doctors found a big size tumour stretching from her pelvis up to the kidneys, almost blocking her food pipe. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe patient first visited the Outdoor department after which she was advised to get admitted. The doctors decided to conduct a surgery to remove the tumour and it was not easy as there was a possibility of organs being affected with high-risk of tumour bleeding. The doctors informed that the tumour gradually grew over a period of two years and finally took the shape of a football. A team of doctors took all precautionary measures before conducting the operation. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThere was a possibility of large intestine getting damaged while removing the tumour but the doctors successfully managed to remove it after three hours without affecting any other organ. The tumour was touching the left ovary of the patient and close to the urinary tract. The health condition of the patient is improving and she is being provided with liquid food. According to the hospital, the patient would be discharged in a few days. “The prevalence of such a tumour is found in every 6000-7000 patients. In most of the cases, that big a tumour has various roots which is why it becomes difficult for the doctors to remove but here, the tumour was could be completely removed as it had no major roots attached to other organs,” a senior official of the hospital said.last_img read more

US hotel rates up 2 Hotel Price Index

first_imgU.S. hotel rates up 2%: Hotel Price Index DALLAS — Even with several major political shifts and currency fluctuations around the world in 2016, travellers fared pretty well with average nightly hotel prices unchanged globally from 2015, as reported in the latest Hotel Price Index from The U.S. had a slight average price increase (up 1%) throughout 2016, while declines from most other regions tempered the overall global picture.The HPI is an annual report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid (per night, including taxes and fees) for their accommodation. The data is from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of hotels on the websites worldwide.Seven out of 10 of top international travel destinations saw a significant price decrease, including a 7% drop for Thailand (now $93 per night) and a 2% drop for China (now $134 per night), compared to 2015.International trends such as Brexit have prompted a strengthening of the dollar and best value prices for trips to European hubs. Among cities analyzed in the HPI, the most popular international destinations were London (prices down 11% from 2015 to $230 per night) and Paris (prices down 12% to $184 per night).More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backDespite global economic uncertainty and the average price of hotels in the U.S. increasing 2% during 2016, international travellers were undeterred. The top 10 most popular American destinations remained consistent. New York (prices down 3% from 2015 to $252 per night), Las Vegas (prices up 5% to $138 per night), Orlando (prices up 2% to $112 per night), Miami (prices down 5% to $186 per night), San Francisco (prices down 3% to $218 per night), Honolulu (prices up 5% to $263 per night), Los Angeles (prices up 5% to $183 per night), San Diego (prices up 2% to $157 per night), Chicago (prices down 3% to $202 per night) and Washington D.C. (prices up 1% to $212 per night) rounded out the top 10. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Share Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: America, Trend Watch Travelweek Group last_img read more

Contiki launches new USA Canada program with 10 EBB

first_img Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Contiki, USA & Canada TORONTO — Just in time for Canada Day, Contiki has announced the launch of its new ‘USA & Canada 2018-20’ program featuring a range of 25 adventures across the continent.The new program comes on the heels of the company’s recent studies that showed a trend towards travel to areas of natural beauty, with half of young respondents highlighting nature and the outdoors as two major factors in their travel plans. Known worldwide for its abundance of untouched wilderness, Canadians are now increasingly looking to their own “backyards” for their travels, says Contiki.To entice Canadians to explore their own country, Contiki is offering savings up to $1,319, or 10% off, if they pay in full by Sept. 5, 2018. For clients looking to road trip with their group of friends and family, everyone can save 10% when 10 or more travellers book on the same adventure, or the 11th person travels free; 7.5% when seven or more book together; and 5% when four or more book.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“We’re excited to launch this new program as an ode to our beautiful country and continent,” said Sheralyn Berry, President of Contiki Canada. “From snow-capped Grouse Mountain, the never ending outside activities in Banff, ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ at the Calgary Stampede to the cobblestone streets of Quebec City, travelling on any of our Contiki road trips are guaranteed to be packed with immersive experiences, great value and of course, delicious quintessentially Canadian food!”New for 2018-20 is the ‘Orlando Explorer’, an un-escorted three- or five-day stay that includes admission for a one (three-day version of the trip) or two-day (five-day version) park to park admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure with easy access to the area’s famous amusement parks. This short-stay trip does not need to be booked in conjunction with a trip and can be booked as a standalone.Also available is the 13-day ‘Canada & The Rockies (plus Calgary Stampede) itinerary, which includes highlights like the Lillooet Mountain Range, Kamloops, Jasper, Banff, Calgary and Vancouver. Due to popular demand, more departures have been added during the Calgary Stampede, which features 10 days of nonstop entertainment.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthClients can also book the 20-day ‘Grand Canadian’ road trip, which takes in the sights of Vancouver, Toronto, Quebec City and Montreal and includes a stay in Jasper National Park.For more information go to Posted by Contiki launches new USA & Canada program with 10% EBBcenter_img Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

August 23 2000 Multitalented Scott Riley and Jef

first_imgAugust 23, 2000Multi-talented Scott Riley and Jeff Buderer are working in the heat duct tunnelbuilding a new copper piping system. Photo by: DoctressNeutopialast_img

Daniel Reszka has joined Canal Plus Cyfrowy as an

first_imgDaniel Reszka has joined Canal Plus Cyfrowy as an advisor to the Polish pay TV operator’s content and programming strategy board.Reszka will be responsible for strengthening and optimising the range of channels on the platform. He will report to Beata Monka, chairman of the board at Canal Plus Cyfrowy.Reszka moves from Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe, where he served as vice-president of programming.last_img

Dear Reader Both Doug and I have been traveling l

first_imgDear Reader,Both Doug and I have been traveling lately, making even Internet communication rather challenging, so this week we’re featuring another interview with one of the speakers from our recently held Summit. But before we get to that, I’d like to pass along news of a new Casey phyle getting started in Custer County, Colorado. Those of you who are interested in joining this phyle – or seeing if there’s a phyle close to your home – please send an email to to learn more.Peter Schweizer is probably one of the few Americans who truly understands how deep the cronyism runs in our political system, and he’s revealed a lot about that and what he thinks mainstream citizens can do to start counteracting it in his book Throw Them All Out. He spoke with Chief Technology Investment Strategist Alex Daley about the very sad state of ethics in the nation’s capital.Doug and I will be back next week, most likely. Until then, invest wisely.Sincerely,Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research To hear Peter’s Summit presentation, along with all our other speakers and breakout sessions, order a copy today of the Navigating the Politicized Economy Summit Audio Collection. Available on CDs and in MP3 format, it’s a must-have for every shrewd investor, as it will help you prepare to handle both the cultural and economic shifts ahead. And the specific, actionable investment advice will likely cover the cost of this package several times over. Learn more and order today.last_img read more

In This Issue Spains budget audit put to bed

first_imgIn This Issue.*Spain’s budget & audit put to bed. *New Zealand mortgage banks cut rates. *Chinese renminbi rallies on stimulus speculation *Gold moves higher again.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Back To The U.S.’s Problems.Good day.  And a Happy Friday to one and all! I do believe that today will turn into a Fantastico Friday, so I’m going to just put that down in the books, and move along! I’m going to attempt to spend a few hours in the office today. Hopefully today works out better than the other day, when I realized quickly that I needed to go home.  I’m sure it will because this is a Fantastico Friday!Well. Front and center this morning, it appears the ball has been volleyed back to the U.S. Yes, the Eurozone was able to get the ball back over the net and into the U.S.’s lap. I say that because the euro is on the rally tracks this morning. Spain has presented their budget, and the bank audit report is expected, as I write, so the markets are like, “we tired of all this Spain stuff, let’s go back to the U.S.’s problems” Another thing to keep in mind today, is that it is the end of the month and quarter. and book squaring could very well drive the markets today, and if the overnight markets are any indication, it appears that the book squaring could involve closing out dollar long positions. So, from what I’ve seen so far, I would have to think that the bias would be to sell dollars today.  but then I could be wrong.One of the best performing currencies overnight was the New Zealand dollar / kiwi. and the reason for the rally tried to fly under the radar, but that’s where I normally hang out for stories! So, it couldn’t slip by me!  You see, two major mortgage banks in New Zealand announced large cuts in mortgage rates, and since most mortgages in New Zealand are floating rather than fixed, these cuts make a very quick impression, and will be felt in the economy quicker than a Jimmy John’s sandwich delivery, which are freaky fast!  This will free up money allocated to mortgages and could very well be better than a Central Bank easing!  And whenever something like that happens, it’s very good for the currency. (you didn’t have a debasing central bank easing, and yet, the private banks reduced borrowing costs)Well. remember yesterday when I told you how the global growth optimists weren’t getting any help from the U.S.? Well. we saw two more pieces of data that paints an ugly picture for the U.S. economy. Orders for Durable Goods plunged 13.2% in August VS the previous month, that was bloated by aircraft purchases. And proving what I always say about those months that have 1-off aircraft purchases, they don’t book those purchases every month!  Just like one swallow doesn’t make a summer, one month of aircraft purchases doesn’t make a strong manufacturing sector!   But wait, if you order now, we’ll send you a second piece of proof that the U.S. economy is in shambles, all you have to do is pay separate shipping and handling!  U.S. 2nd QTR GDP was revised down from 1.7% to 1.3%…  I sat back on Tuesday and asked the boys and girls on the trading desk what they had seen that would warrant the media to report that the economy was showing signs of improving.  they had nothing. and I had nothing.  but apparently the media does!The downward revision of GDP was largely due to consumer spending failing big time.   This doesn’t bode well for the 3rd QTR GDP folks. as 1.3% is well below the recent avg. of 2.2%… At this point I would have to say that 3rd QTR GDP will print below 2%… But don’t worry. the Fed is going to buy $40 Billion of mortgage backed bonds and keep interest rates near zero until 2015. That ought to do the trick. NOT!And next week won’t provide any hiding places for the U.S. economy. Monday, we’ll see the National ISM Manufacturing Index, and given the awful reports from the regionals, and the drop in new orders (see above), I would expect the ISM to remain below 50, which represents contraction.  In addition, next Friday will be the Jobs Jamboree, and given the fact that hiring is lacking greatly VS firing and layoffs, the downward risk for this report is great..OK. enough of that! I don’t know if you’ve been following all the rants by David Stockman, but whenever I see that he’s talking, I trying to carve out time to hear what he has to say.  Sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes, he really says things that make abundant sense to me.  for instance, in his latest rant, he said that the Fed’s printing of money “has gone too far” And that  “the Fed is being run by the most-dangerous man ever to hold high office in the history of the United States. He is more dangerous than Geithner, Greenspan, Summers, Hank Paulson all put together.”    If you feel like he’s talking to you, then you might want to Google his name and begin to view video clips, and texts of his rants.   Hey, maybe he’s a “little out there”, at least he’s saying the things no one else is!I see where French President, Hollande, is going to introduce increased taxes as a way to reduce debt.  I doubt seriously the that the French people are going to go hog wild over these increases.  And in Spain where the 2013 budget was introduced which included a ton of austerity measures, the Spanish aren’t going to take that sitting down either.  Imagine here in the U.S. if we decided to do the right thing and begin to cut discretionary spending, the people would take to the streets in a New York minute.. So, we need to be very careful pointing fingers at the Europeans that fight spending cuts with riots, for we would do the same thing here, if, our leaders were to do the right thing.The Chinese Gov’t allowed a nice gain in the renminbi overnight.  The markets were pushing for a gain, on speculation that more stimulus from the Chinese Gov’t is on the way.  The markets had better be careful here, the Chinese Gov’t can only be pushed so far. But, the gain in the renminbi VS the dollar is refreshing, especially after watching the renminbi stuck in the mud for so long.And the price of Gold (& Silver) is getting marked up on all the optimism in the markets this morning. Spain, New Zealand, China. it’s all good as far as Gold is concerned!  Gold is also getting some notice because of the heightened tension in the Middle East.  Which is also responsible for the $2 gain in the price of Oil yesterday.  But I would rather focus on the optimism, at this point. I think we all know that Iran is working toward having nuclear weapons, that’s no secret. And therefore the prices of Oil and Gold should come as no surprise.I want to take a moment and highlight a friend of mine that has decided to write a newsletter on investing.  Dennis Miller, now writes for the Casey Research Group, and the letter is called, “Miller’s Money Forever”  Dennis is a retiree and focuses on what retired people should be doing to protect their wealth.  You can go to and subscribe to Dennis’ letter. there is a subscription fee, but it’s worth every penny!   Good Luck Dennis!The There Was This. from Bloomberg. “The U.S. Postal Service, on the brink of default on a second multibillion-dollar payment it can’t afford to pay, is sounding a new cautionary note that having squeezed out all the cost savings within its power, the mail agency’s viability now lies almost entirely with Congress.In an interview, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the mail agency will be forced to miss the $5.6 billion payment due to the Treasury on Sunday, its second default in as many months. Congress has left Washington until after the November elections, without approving a postal fix.”Chuck again. default? Again? Why isn’t this all over the cable news? I guess the lawmakers don’t see this as a problem. I can hear them saying, “we can just fire up the printing press, and take care of this default quickly”   To recap. Spain’s budget is put to bed, their bank audit is too, and the volleyball has been volleyed back to the U.S.  The data from the U.S. yesterday was awful,  and now the postal service is about to default. New Zealand mortgage banks lower rates, which is better than a Central Bank rate cut, and the renminbi moves higher on speculation that China is going to administer additional stimulus for their economy.Currencies today 8/28/12: American Style: A$ $1.0430, kiwi .8315, C$ $1.02, euro 1.2925, sterling 1.62, Swiss $1.0685, . European style: rand 8.2605, krone 5.6985, SEK 6.53, forint 220.25, zloty 3.1790, koruna 19.4715, RUB 31.03, yen 77.65, sing 1.2260, HKD 7.7540, INR 52.78, China 6.2858, pesos 12.84, BRL 2.0315, Dollar Index 79.58, Oil $91.90, 10-year 1.62%, Silver $ 34.68, and Gold. $1,786.50. and it’s a Friday, so here’s your link to take a peek at the U.S. Debt Clock. click here.That’s it for today. The last weekend of the regular baseball season. WOW! Seems like not that long ago I was in Florida for spring training! Cardinals have a 4 game lead with 6 to play, in the words of Al Davis. just win baby!  I hear that all will be well in India soon, as Starbucks is opening their first coffee shop in India!  Speaking of coffee, I sure could use a cup this morning, as I think that for most of the morning I’ve been half asleep! HA!  The people that I work with were so nice the other day when I returned to the office. I was on the injured reserve for almost a month..  and still am only to have limited playing time! Well, I had better get this out the door. Go Cardinals, Tigers and Rams this weekend!  I hope you have a Fantastico Friday, and I thank you for reading the Pfennig!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 read more