Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks over Phoenix Suns’ De’Anthony Melton (14) and Mikal Bridges (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 25, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert scored a season-high 27 points and set the single-season NBA dunk record to fuel the Utah Jazz to a 125-92 victory Monday night over the Phoenix Suns, who got 59 points from Devin Booker.Booker topped his previous season high of 55, set in December in a triple-overtime loss to Washington. The fourth-year guard made five 3-pointers and shot 19 for 34 despite drawing several double-teams as the Jazz sought to prevent him from reaching 60 points. He also made 16 of 17 free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Still, some of the loudest cheers of the night were for a Suns player. Jimmer Fredette, the Naismith Award winner at nearby BYU, went 1 for 10 for six points in 14 minutes in his second game back in the NBA after completing his season in China.After a tight first quarter, the Jazz scored 14 unanswered points, capped by Mitchell’s 3-pointer, to open a 40-23 lead in the second quarter. Booker scored 18 second-quarter points but the balanced Jazz outscored Phoenix 36-22 in the period to take a 62-43 halftime advantage.The Jazz had the most difficult schedule in the NBA at one point but are now capitalizing on facing a host of teams outside the playoff race. This win was the first game of a four-game homestand against teams well below the .500 mark.The Suns have lost six of seven and four in a row.Beyond Booker, the Suns were missing most of their firepower due to injury. T.J. Warren (18.0 points), Kelly Oubre Jr. (15.2), Josh Jackson (11.0) and Tyler Johnson (10.9) forced some players to be more aggressive offensively and Booker to carry a heavy load despite a lot of defensive attention.ADVERTISEMENT Derrick Favors and Ricky Rubio each had 18 points and Joe Ingles added 14 as the Jazz won for the seventh time in their last eight games.Gobert’s alley-oop off a lob from Donovan Mitchell in the second quarter was his 270th dunk of the season. The 7-foot-1 center’s 275 dunks are the most in the NBA since the statistic started being tracked in 2000, besting Dwight Howard’s 269 slams in 2007-08.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGobert had six dunks in the game — he missed a no-look reverse attempt in the third period — and averages 3.7 per contest. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had 262 dunks entering the night.Thanks to Booker’s shotmaking the Suns were only down 14 entering the final quarter, but Utah’s dunk-fest continued, even though Gobert was on the bench. Favors had two jams around a rare dunk by Ingles and the Jazz cruised from there. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:47Lacadin implicates Albayalde in 2013 drug sting in Pampanga01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving TIP-INSSuns: Richaun Holmes got two quick technical fouls and was ejected after getting whistled for a rebound foul just before halftime. … The Suns didn’t run a complicated offensive system as they mostly screened for and passed to Booker but still committed 22 turnovers. …Jazz: Utah outscored Phoenix in the paint, 70-32. … Gobert’s previous season best was 26 against Oklahoma City on Feb. 22. … The Jazz had 31 assists and made 10 of 21 3-pointers.UP NEXTSuns: Return home to play Houston Wednesday, the first game of a five straight at home.Jazz: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director Lionel Messi to play for Argentina in Copa America, coach says MOST READ LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments
If, like me, you thought measuring a race course — marathon, race walk or otherwise — was as simple as driving a car around the circuit, you would be mocked by Katz and company. Turns out that a car’s odometer is fairly imprecise and that the preferred method of course measurement is much more artisanal. It requires only a calculator, 100-meter steel tape, a bicycle fitted with a GPS, and a device called a Jones Counter, which counts the rotations of the bike’s front axle — almost exactly 11,000 “counts” per kilometer.To calibrate the bike for the official course measurement, Katz used the steel tape to measure out 300 meters on the course, taking into account any possible expansion or contraction of the tape from the day’s temperature (there’s an adjustment coefficient for that). Then Katz rode the bike back and forth from Point A to Point B to see how many counts of the Jones Counter occurred over that 300 meter mark. Voilà! The bike was ready to track the rest of the course.“It’s very simple — I can teach you everything that I know about measuring if you have 15 minutes,” Katz told me. So then what makes him so good? “I’m a little bit more detail-oriented; I’m an official pain in the ass,” he said.It’s not quite as simple as Katz lets on, but it is a simpler method than I expected from the person ultimately responsible for ensuring that any records set in road races at the Olympics are in fact records. “He’s exactly the person whom we need for a high stakes measurement like the Olympics,” said Imre Mátraházi, the technical manager of the competitions department of the International Association of Athletics Federations, the international governing body for track and field.The trickiest part of course measurement, said Katz, is cutting the tangents. These can be corners or other parts of the course where athletes could find a shorter route. “If I was going to race you down the road for a million dollars and the road undulates, how are you going to run?” Katz asked. “You’re going to take the shortest path.”During the official measurement process, Katz biked the course, usually less than a foot away from the curb or barricades, to make sure that an athlete couldn’t physically run anything less than the course he’s measuring. He did it several times, biking every possible route that someone could take on the course to ensure that none is too short. But there’s an extra precaution built in as well, known as the short course prevention factor: All international races must be an extra 0.1 percent long — meaning today’s 50 kilometer course is actually 50.05 km, or an extra 50 meters long. Photograph by Allison McCann David Katz is the official course measurer for the race walk at the Rio Olympics. Allison McCann Katz has had help at this Olympics, as is customary, from a Brazilian husband and wife, members of the organizing committee for the Rio Games. They did the initial measurements before Katz came through with the final verdict. “My measurement came out a little better than their measurement,” Katz said matter-of-factly, but he praised their work too. “They are top-notch measurers.”With just over an hour left in the race walk, everything was going smoothly — no London race walk barricade disasters, at least. The current world record holder — France’s Yohann Diniz — was on pace to break that record (he would eventually fade well off pace). At the 25-km mark, he was almost 2 minutes ahead of Slovakia’s Matej Tóth, who eventually won. No world records were broken, so it’s unlikely that someone will re-measure Katz’s course after the Olympics are over. “I’m scared stiff about making a mistake; I double-check everything,” Katz said. But when I asked him whether he’s ever made one, he can’t remember a time he has. Photograph by Allison McCann We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.RIO DE JANEIRO — It’s 7 a.m. The sun has barely risen, but for the better part of an hour, David Katz has been riding his bike around the course for the men’s 50-kilometer race walk later this morning. “More, more, more!” he shouts in the direction of a crew of guys arranging cones on the course, unhappy with the gaps around the second turn. Authority radiates from his neon orange vest, which reads: ROAD COURSE MEASURER.This is not Katz’s first Olympic course measurement rodeo. Or his second or third. He was the official marathon and race walk course measurer for the 2012 London Olympics (there’s only one official measurer, tasked with ensuring that the length of a road course is measured to spec, but usually several others help) and is back again in that role in Rio. He’s been involved with Olympic course measuring as far back as the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. And he’s been organizing and measuring road course races in New York in his spare time for more than 40 years.He’s a bit of a legend, as far as course measurement nerds go. “He is one of the best in the world,” said Wang Tak Fung of Hong Kong, a 20-year veteran of the course measurement game who came early to the race walk event to watch Katz in action. He seemed very impressed that Katz had lugged his steel measuring tape with him — a necessity only during official measurements (which were done weeks ago) and not for this morning’s slight tweaks and adjustments. The day of the race isn’t for official measuring; it’s for double-checking that the measurement is still accurate even after cones, barricades and water tables have been added to the course.“Not too many people do a measurement like that, but I will do it right before the start of the race,” said Katz, a retired science teacher who lives on Long Island in New York. His attention to detail can be heard in every one of his shouts toward race organizers. He wasn’t pleased with the placement of the cones around the second turn of the race walk — they were creating too sharp an angle — so he rolled out his tape measurer (just a regular one) and adjusted them, ensuring that “no athlete has to compete for one extra centimeter.”
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Nov 2014 – Police Commissioner Colin Farquhar explained the RTCIPF will issue a press release on the results of the sufficiency hearing in the case of suspended officer, Constable Mikhail Hinson, who was on Friday released from answering to the five charges of setting fire. The court determined there was not enough evidence to go forward with the case. Hinson, 24, was arrested, suspended and remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison for the late September arson at the Chalk Sound police station where the building and four vehicles were set ablaze. Magnetic Media in a letter of concern cited that the Police Force continues to be standoffish with media and the public about major crimes in the country, our company adding that perhaps this is among the reasons there is such lackluster of support from the general public when it comes to investigations. Still outstanding: sufficient leads and evidence in the murder probe of businessman Robert Been Sr from March 4 this year; an update in the new investigation of Damaris Martinez of the Dominican Republic; the jury returned a not guilty for Romano Howell on October 8… however it is certain the woman was murdered by someone and her body dumped on the roadside here in Provo; no updates in the case of North Caicos’ Quincy Gardiner where media is still waiting on the results of an autopsy and for an update on what will happen to the man once held for questioning the case. And now Police will have to start over in the case to find who is responsible for the torching one of the new police patrol vehicles. These are but some of the cases where it is reported that evidence is insufficient to move to a full trial. Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:arson, chalk sound police station, Colin Farquhar, damaris martinez, mikhail hinson, murder, quincy gardiner, robert been, romano justice howell Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Arsonist strikes again, Grand Turk dump site machinery targeted
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 23, 2017 – Nassau – The seriousness of fake news was a major topic tackled by Paula Llewellyn at day two of the Caribbean Broadcasters’ Union annual general assembly being staged at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau. The Director of Public Prosecutions in Jamaica explained that reputation is a valuable commodity in the media business and advised against publishing unchecked information.In an era when invented information comes in as easily and as believably as credible information, 48 media houses from 23 countries within the region listened intently as Llewelyn gave the legal ramifications of fake news and irresponsible journalism. #PaulaLlewellyn is the first woman DPP of Jamaica.The theme of the conference which ends on August 24th is Digital Developments in Caribbean media.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PaulaLlewellyn
Antonio Conte’s brother-agent has revealed he had no contacts with Real Madrid or AC Milan, stating his brother will soon resolve his dispute with ChelseaAfter a miserable start of the season, Julen Lopetegui is faced with immense pressure from the fans and the media. The several newspapers from Spain already written the former Porto manager off, suggesting Florentino Perez has started the hunt for a new technician.Over the past few weeks, the name of Antonio Conte has emerged as the likeliest one, especially after the Italian broke all ties with the Blues.However, speaking to the Corriere dello Sport, Daniele Conte has cooled down the recent talks.“There’s been no contact with Real Madrid or Milan.Report: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“Antonio is on holiday in Egypt and I haven’t received any important calls. I’d like to clarify, in this regard, that I’m his only representative.”In the same interview, which has been broadcasted by the Football Espana, Daniele has confirmed his brother will soon be a free agent.“In the same way, it’s clear that my brother no longer has any ties with Chelsea after his dismissal in July.“Now we await the outcome of the case: our lawyers are at work.”
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TEWKSBURY, MA — State Representative candidate Mark Kratman (D-Tewksbury) recently held his campaign kick-off rally at the Tewksbury Country Club.The event, emceed by Tewksbury School Committee member Keith Sullivan, saw Tewksbury’s State Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) and neighboring State Representative Dave Nangle (D-Lowell) endorse Kratman.“The reason Mark will be the best State Representative, bar none, is because Mark is Tewksbury. Mark goes to EVERYTHING in Tewksbury. Mark is at every single event for the Knights [of Columbus]. For the Lions. For the Sons of Italy. For the Elks. For the Patriotic Committee. He’s so invested in this town and cares so much about this town,” said L’Italien. “And because he works for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, he understands how to get things done. He understands how things are funded… He will be a great State Representative. It was a no-brainer to endorse Mark. He’ll get the work done and take care of all of you… He’ll be ready on Day #1.”“I have mixed feelings — I want Mark to be State Rep, but I don’t want him to leave Mass Highway,” joked Nangle. “You call Mark — day or night, weekends — he’s there with an answer. He’s there to help… He’s a genuine guy… Mark will fit in and do a great job. Mark knows he has some shoes to fill. Without any doubt, he’s the man to fill them.”Tewksbury’s former State Senator Barry Finegold, who is running for his old seat, was also in attendance.“Mark Kratman is always there to lend a helping hand when he can,” said Sullivan. “He’s normally the first one to show up and quite often the last one to leave. He cares deeply about people and he cares about his community. That’s why he’ll be the best choice for State Representative in the 19th District. There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll show the same level of dedication and commitment to the residents of Wilmington just as he’s done here in Tewksbury.”“Because of his vast experience, Mark is used to working with a very diverse group of people and he can get things done. That experience will be an asset to everyone [in the district] when he’s elected to represent the 19th District,” continued Sullivan. “Mark really gets out in the community to listen and hear what the issues really are. He’s honest and sincere, very level-headed, and deliberate in his thought process… He’ll always do what’s in the best interest of his constituents.”Kratman then addressed the crowd for approximately 10 minutes, focusing his remarks on economic development and efforts to curb the opioid epidemic.“Economic development and infrastructure need to happen hand-in-hand… You can’t keep building without infrastructure improvements,” said Kratman, who has served as a legislative liaison for Mass Highway for the past 20 years. He touted some of the infrastructure structure projects he successfully fought for as Selectman over the past four years, including a multi-year process to repave Route 38 and upcoming intersection improvements at the dangerous Salem Road/South Street intersection.“We need to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable. That’s who should be paying for efforts [to help those suffering from addiction]… We need to get people help and we need to hold those selling the drugs accountable,” said Kratman. “We send a lot of tax dollars to the State House, but not enough is coming back to Tewksbury and Wilmington,” added Kratman. “I’ll talk to anybody up there — whether it’s a Republican or a Democrat. The Speaker, Governor and Lt. Governor all know me by name… We need someone who is going to be a fighter. Someone who is going to argue for Tewksbury and Wilmington.”Kratman noted he would oppose any funding cuts to Tewksbury State Hospital, the town’s largest employer. He also touted several recent endorsements, including the Building Wreckers Local 1421, SEIU Local 509, and the Tewksbury Fire Fighters Union. Kratman pledged to take care of the first responders who take care of you.“If you call me, I’ll pick up the phone. You won’t have to call twice. I’ll be responsive,” stressed Kratman. “I’ll go up to fight for what you want. Talk to me. Tell me what your needs are. I’ll go up and make sure it happens.”An estimated 200 supporters attended the rally, held on Thursday, June 28.Below are a few photos from the rally, courtesy of the Kratman campaign:Some of the large crowd at Mark Kratman’s campaign rally at the Tewksbury Country Club.Mark Kratman with former Tewksbury Selectmen Scott Wilson and Doug SearsState Representative David Nangle (D-Lowell) endorsing Mark Kratman.Mark Kratman with his wife Denise and daughters Nora and Burke. (Mark’s son Mark was on duty at the police station.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Self-driving cars 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow Post a comment CES 2019 Auto Tech Tags When people talk about sensors for self-driving cars, they usually focus on the ones most often talked about: lidar, ultrasonic (parking) sensors and good old-fashioned cameras. Flir came to CES 2019 to tell everyone that we’re still missing something.Flir, a company that specializes in thermal imaging, came to CES 2019 to show off its second-generation thermal camera development kit. The whole point of the kit is to provide a simple solution for adding thermal recognition to an existing autonomous vehicle platform. This isn’t something for you or me, unless you’re an AV platform developer — this is largely for suppliers and companies.So why care about thermal? According to Flir, it’s all about adding an extra layer of mapping to pick up things that other parts of a sensor suite might miss. The company says its infrared camera can detect objects in conditions that would befuddle other types of sensors, like when there’s fog or excessive glare from the sun. In theory, the system could detect a car solely by picking up on the heat signatures generated from the friction between its tires and the road.Enlarge ImageFlir’s hardware can connect to existing AV platforms using USB or ethernet, but you’ll need a few, since each camera works in just a single direction. Flir Redundancy is a big theme in autonomy — making sure the car can continually fall back on other systems if the initial ones have troubles — so consider this camera a little extra peace of mind. The window of the camera is even heated, to help its functionality in adverse weather conditions.To help showcase its tech in something tangible, Flir brought an entire autonomous vehicle to CES 2019, too. Flir’s AV is equipped with its own infrared cameras in addition to the standard collection of cameras, lidar and radar. Flir’s hardware is integrated into the autonomous emergency braking system, offering another layer of protection against a collision. Thermal is an oft-overlooked corner of AV development, so it’ll be interesting to see where Flir’s cameras end up as automakers and suppliers continue to refine their platforms.Enlarge ImageFlir’s demonstration car doesn’t look all that different from other modern AV development mules — except, of course, it has a few more cameras slapped on top. Flir Self-driving cars: Stay up to date on all the latest news in autonomy.CES 2019: Check out our favorite gadgets from the show in this constantly updating gallery. 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous
BSE closes points 473.47 up on Feb 271.6K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 473.47 up on Feb 271.6K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 473.47 points up to stand at 29,220.12. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 160.75 points up to stand at 8,844.60. UNITECH and HCC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.53% and 9.19% along with SINTEX and GMRINFRA with an increase of 9.19% and 8.89% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RASOYPR and HATHWAY with a decrease of 4.26% and 3.68% along with PMCFIN and NIIT TECHNOLOGIES LTD with a decrease of 2.86% and 2.53% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 417.21 points at 19,769.71 while the banking sector is up 581.77 points at 21,858.46 and the reality sector is up at 74.97 points at 1,838.53. The Indian currency is down 0.12% at Rs 61.82 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 473.47 points up to stand at 29,220.12. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 160.75 points up to stand at 8,844.60. UNITECH and HCC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.53% and 9.19% along with SINTEX and GMRINFRA with an increase of 9.19% and 8.89% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RASOYPR and HATHWAY with a decrease of 4.26% and 3.68% along with PMCFIN and NIIT TECHNOLOGIES LTD with a decrease of 2.86% and 2.53% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 417.21 points at 19,769.71 while the banking sector is up 581.77 points at 21,858.46 and the reality sector is up at 74.97 points at 1,838.53. The Indian currency is down 0.12% at Rs 61.82 per dollar.
S-400 Triumf air defence system transporter erector launcher.Wikimedia CommonsThe United States has warned India over its decision to buy S-400 missile defence from its long-time ally Russia. One of the senior officials of the State Department said that the S-400 deal between India and Russia is significant as it poses a threat to US national security. The official rebuked the claims that if the US might not be impacted with the deal as long as India continues to buy arms and ammunition from it. The official added that “I disagree. The S-400 is significant because of CAATSA sanctions. It’s also significant because of what it precludes, in terms of future high-tech cooperation.”The Print reported that the official warned that the deal could prompt the US administration slapping sanction under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) instituted by the US Congress on arms purchases from Russia. Further, he also added that the deal could also give serious effect on the Indo-US defence ties which has increased significantly in recent times. The S-400 air defence system launches a missile during the International Army Games 2016 at the Ashuluk military polygon outside Astrakhan, RussiaReutersAsserting on the fact that the US doesn’t share its highest technology systems even indirectly with Russia, he said “We don’t commingle highest technology systems. There are threats posed by the purchase of an S-400. So that conversation you’re seeing played out in Turkey right now.” Moreover, he also warned India of sanctions similar to Turkey which has been engaging with Russia for military ties. The S-400 missile defence system is the most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system manufactured by Russia. India and Russia inked an intergovernmental agreement on the sale of five S-400 units of worth USD 5 billion during 17th India-Russia summit in October 2016 in Goa in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.S-400 missile is regarded as the most reliable against a larger array of aerial attacks, particularly fighter the US made aircrafts such as F-18s and F-35s. Interestingly, S-400 has the capability of intercepting and destroying airborne targets at a distance of up to 400 kilometres and can simultaneously engage up to six targets. Each S-400 unit consists of tracking and search radar systems, eight launchers, 112 guided missiles, and command and support vehicles. The first missile system is expected to be delivered by the end of 2020.
Rohingya Muslim refugees walk on the Bangladeshi shoreline of the Naf river after crossing the border from Myanmar in Teknaf on 30 September 2017. Photo: AFPRohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters.Nearly 600,000 Rohingya have crossed the border since Aug. 25, when coordinated Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts sparked a ferocious counteroffensive by the Myanmar army.The United Nations says killings, arson and rape carried out by troops and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist mobs since late August amount to a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya.Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has no control over the military, has pledged that anyone sheltering in Bangladesh who can prove they were Myanmar residents can return.Reuters has interviewed six Myanmar officials involved with repatriation and resettlement plans. While the plans are not yet finalised, their comments reflect the government’s thinking on how Suu Kyi’s repatriation pledge will be implemented.Jamil Ahmed, who spoke to Reuters at a refugee camp in Bangladesh, is one of many Rohingya who hope to go back.Describing how he fled his home in northern Rakhine state in late August, Ahmed said one of the few things he grabbed was a stack of papers – land contracts and receipts – that might prove ownership of the fields and crops he was leaving behind.”I didn’t carry any ornaments or jewels,” said the 35-year-old. “I’ve only got these documents. In Myanmar, you need to present documents to prove everything.”The stack of papers, browning and torn at the edges, may not be enough, however, to regain the land in Kyauk Pan Du village, where he grew potatoes, chilli plants, almonds and rice.”It depends on them. There is no land ownership for those who don’t have citizenship,” said Kyaw Lwin, agriculture minister in Rakhine state, when asked in an interview whether refugees who returned to Myanmar could reclaim land and crops.Despite his land holdings, Myanmar does not recognise Ahmed as a citizen. Nearly all the more than 1 million Rohingya who lived in Myanmar before the recent exodus are stateless, despite many tracing their families in the country for generations.Officials have made plans to harvest, and possibly sell, thousands of acres of crops left behind by the fleeing Rohingya, according to state government documents reviewed by Reuters.Myanmar also intends to settle most refugees who return to Rakhine state in new “model villages”, rather than on the land they previously occupied, an approach criticised in the past by the United Nations as effectively creating permanent camps.The government has not asked for help from any international agencies, who are calling for any repatriation to be voluntary and to the refugees’ place of origin.”OWNERLESS” CROPSThe exodus of 589,000 Rohingya – and about 30,000 non-Muslims – from the conflict zone in northern Rakhine has left some 71,500 acres of planted rice paddy abandoned and in need of harvesting by January, according to plans drawn up by state officials.Tables in the documents, reviewed by Reuters, divide the land into paddy sown by “national races” – meaning Myanmar citizens – or “Bengalis,” a term widely used in Myanmar to refer to the Rohingya, but which they reject as implying they are illegal migrants from Bangladesh.Kyaw Lwin, the state minister, confirmed the plans, and said there was a total of 45,000 acres of “ownerless Bengali land”.Two dozen combine harvesters operated by officials from the agriculture ministry will begin cutting stalks this month in areas under military control.The machines will be able to harvest about 14,400 acres according to official calculations contained in the plans. It is unclear what will become of the remaining crop, but officials told Reuters they would try to harvest all the paddy, recruiting additional labour to harvest manually if necessary.An acre of paddy in Myanmar typically makes more than $300 at market, meaning the state will gain millions of dollars worth of rice.The harvested rice will be transported to government stores, where it would either be donated to those displaced by the conflict or sold, Rakhine state secretary Tin Maung Swe told Reuters by phone.”The land was abandoned. There is no one to reap that, so the government ordered to harvest it,” he said.Human Rights Watch (HRW) deputy Asia director Phil Robertson, said the government should at least guarantee that the rice would be used for humanitarian support and not for profit.”You can’t call a rice crop ‘ownerless’ just because you used violence and arson to drive the owners out of the country,” he said.’MODEL VILLAGES’Many refugees are fearful to return and are sceptical of Myanmar’s guarantees. Those who do decide to cross back into Myanmar will first be received at one of two centres, according to government plans reviewed by Reuters, before mostly being relocated to model villages.International donors, who have fed and cared for more than 120,000 mostly Rohingya “internally displaced persons” (IDPs) in supposedly temporary camps in Rakhine since violence in 2012, have told Myanmar that they will not support more camps, according to aid workers and diplomats.”The establishment of new temporary camps or camp-like settlements carries many risks, including that the returnees and IDPs could end up being confined to these camps for a long time,” said U.N. spokesman Stanislav Saling in an emailed response.Satellite imagery shows 288 villages, mostly Rohingya settlements, have been fully or partially razed by fires since Aug. 25, according to HRW.Refugees say the army and Buddhist mobs were responsible for most of the arson. The government says Rohingya militants and even residents themselves burned the homes for propaganda.The hamlets where Rohingya farmers lived were “not systematic”, and so should be rebuilt in smaller settlements of 1,000 households set out in straight rows to enable development, said Soe Aung, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.”In some villages there are three houses here, four houses over there. For example, there’s no road for fire engines when fire burns the villages,” Soe Aung said.IDENTITY CHECKSThose who decide to cross back into Myanmar will first be received at one of two centres, according to government plans reviewed by Reuters.At the centres, officials said, the returnees will fill out a 16-point form that will be cross-checked with local authorities’ records. Immigration officials have for years visited Rohingya households at least annually for checks, photographing family members.For refugees who lost all their documents, the government would compare their photos to those that immigration authorities have on file, said Myint Kyaing, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.Officials will accept as evidence “national verification” cards handed out in an ongoing government effort to register Rohingya that falls short of offering them citizenship. The card has been widely rejected by Rohingya community leaders, who say they treat life-long residents like new immigrants.”We are not going to go back like this,” said Mushtaq Ahmed, 57, a farmer from Myin Hlut village now living in the Tenkhali refugee camp in Bangladesh, where Jamil Ahmed is also staying.”If I can go back to my house, and get my land back, only then I will go. We invested all our money into those paddy fields. They are killing so many of us with swords and bullets, and killing the rest of us like this.”
Road Accident logoTwo people were killed and five others injured when a tractor hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Lalmonirhat-Burimari highway in Kamarer Haat of Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat district early Friday.The deceased are Latif Hossain, 35 and Tanjina Khatun, 28, daughter of one Aminur Rahman of Paschim Sardubi village in Hatibandha upazila, reports UNB.The tractor hit the CNG-run auto-rickshaw, leaving two auto-rickshaw passengers dead on the spot and four others injured around 1:00 am, said Patgram police station officer-in-charge Sazzad Hossain.The injured were taken to Rangpur Medical College and Hospital.They met the tragic incident while going to attend a wedding party of their relative.
CNG run auto rickshaw drivers are taking advantage of decreased public transport in the capital. Prothom Alo File PhotoCommuters in Dhaka city are suffering from acute public transport crisis amidst the ongoing Traffic Week of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police. Many vehicles are not plying on the city roads fearing punishment as they don’t have license. Taking advantage of the situation, drivers of CNG-run auto-rickshaws are charging extra fare from the passengers.Passengers said, the CNG drivers seldom go by the fare fixed by the government. The situation improved a little with the introduction of the ride-sharing apps, but the number of vehicles decreased in the city when the students launched demonstrations demanding road safety last week.The passengers, especially women, are the worst sufferers of the situation. Almost all the CNG drivers charge extra fare than the one shown on the metre. Worse, they often refuse to go to the desired destination of the passengers.A passenger named Salma Ahmed said, she paid Tk 250 for coming to Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Hospital from Dhanmondi Road No 7 while the fare is Tk 130 according to the metre.The government in 2015 fixed the fare of CNG-run auto-rickshaw. As per the decision, the driver has to pay the owners Tk 900 per day. The fare is Tk 40 for the first two kilometres, Tk 12 for each kilometre after the first two and Tk 2 per minute for waiting period.Asked about the reason for flouting the government fixed fares and not going by metre, CNG driver Jamal Mia said, the auto-rickshaw is not allowed to ply on many city roads. Moreover they have many expenses that are not possible to meet when they go by metres.Dhaka Metropolitan CNG Autorickshaw Owners’ Association president Barkat Ullah said, the number of CNG autorickshaws has decreased as many are being re-registered, which takes around one month.He agreed that the drivers are charging extra fares as the overall number of public transport providing vehicles has lessened.Bangladesh Passengers Welfare Association’s secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said the passengers are lone sufferers of the irregularities in the public transport sector. Whenever there is shortage of public transport providing vehicles, the drivers charge extra fares, holding the passengers hostage.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Al OrtizVoters lined up since 8:00 a.m. at the Champion Life Centre, in Spring, on Monday October 24th, the first day of Early Voting.More than a million people have already cast their ballots across Greater Houston for the presidential election.Harris County is at the top of the list for voter turnout so far in Texas.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016As of November 1st, more than 700,000 people had cast ballots, combining in person votes and those that have been mailed in.Bob Stein, political science professor at Rice University, says the interest in this election is marked by high turnout in places where it is not that usual.“We are seeing areas where there are new voters who are voting early who have previously not voted in presidential elections in 2008 and 2012, and even in, of course, 2014 mid-term,” says Stein, who details he is referring to places like northwest Harris County and neighborhoods such as The Heights and Montrose.Stein also says a preliminary analysis makes him think the Democratic Party could have an advantage in Harris County because Houston has leaned in that direction in previous elections and people who vote early tend to be more partisan.Stein adds there are also some other interesting trends.“Between 2012 and 2016, I’ve identified 117,000 newly registered Hispanic surname voters in Harris County,” Stein notes. “And a disproportionate number of those voters, newly registered Hispanic voters, are voting early.”Stein considers that, if theories indicating Hispanics are more prone to support Democrats are correct, the Democratic Party could have the edge in Harris County.He also thinks that could translate into Republican political action committees buying more air time for advertising in Texas’ markets during the last week of the campaign.The big turnout is setting records in surrounding counties, such as Fort Bend.“We’re probably 30,000 voters ahead at this point in time from where we were in the last presidential in 2012, which was our heaviest early voting. Our biggest election ever was the last presidential. So, we are running well above that,” John Oldham, Fort Bend’s Elections Administrator, says. He added that they have received few complaints about the process. 00:00 /02:05
Monday, February 4, 2019Top afternoon stories:Al Ortiz/Houston Public MediaA Harris County election clerk works at the polling location at McNabb Elementary School, in Spring, on election day.More Lawsuits Over Secretary Of State’s Advisory On Potential Voter Fraud In TexasThe legal response to an advisory recently issued by the Texas Secretary of State regarding the potential voter registration of non-citizens is mounting as civil rights organizations are filing lawsuits.On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the national ACLU, the Texas Civil Rights Project, Demos, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State David Whitley and Keith Ingram, director of Elections. The lawsuit also includes election officials from the counties of Blanco, Caldwell, Fayette, Galveston, and Washington for sending out notices warning about the possibility of canceling voter registrations based on the list compiled by the Secretary of State.The lawsuit claims the advisory sent to voter registrars and election administrators was flawed, despite knowing that the list included naturalized citizens eligible to vote.The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has also initiated litigation. The organization filed a lawsuit last Friday on behalf of a group of naturalized citizens and advocacy organizations.The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) was the first organization to file a lawsuit over the Secretary of State’s advisory. They filed the litigation on January 29 contending that Whitley and Paxton are trying to intimidate people who are legitimately eligible to vote.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped, measles virus particle that is studded with glycoprotein tubercles.Officials Confirm Three Measles Cases In Harris CountyHarris County Public Health (HCPH) has confirmed three measles cases in Harris County. The patients, whose identities are being kept confidential, are two boys under the age of 2 and a 25–35-year-old woman. All of them live in northwest Harris County.There is also a confirmed case in Galveston County, according to its Health District, which said the patient is a boy ranging in age from 12 to 24 months. He was tested on January 28. Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County local health authority, said they are “aware of a small cluster of cases in the region.”Montgomery County health officials have also confirmed one case, a girl under the age of 2 who was tested in January.Symptoms of measles are a high fever, runny nose, cough, red-watery eyes and sore throat that is followed by a rash breakout 3-5 days after symptoms begin.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHouston Matters host Craig Cohen interviews Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (right) on Feb. 4, 2019.Fletcher Will Back METRO’s Regional Transit PlanMETRO will get more federal support for public transportation projects if Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher has anything to say about it. The freshman lawmaker wants to use her new seat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to back METRO’s Regional Transit Plan.“I want to be a partner with METRO,” she told Houston Matters Monday. “And looking at their plan, I know it’s undergoing input right now, community input, through all these town halls they’re doing. But I think it’s really important to be a partner and try to help in all the ways that you can in the federal government [to] implement and get funding for those plans.”Fletcher frequently attacked Congressman John Culberson during the 2018 campaign for blocking METRO’s efforts to build a light rail line along Richmond Avenue. She stopped short of endorsing the project herself on Houston Matters, but indicated she’ll follow METRO’s lead. Share
Explore further The electric charge packet investigated here is a transverse packet, which is elongated in the direction perpendicular to its motion (motion is indicated by the v arrow). Unlike point charges and longitudinal packets, a fast-moving transverse packet that travels parallel to a metal surface can be repelled by that surface. Credit: Primož Rebernik Ribič ©2012 American Physical Society (Phys.org)—Metals are known for being good electrical conductors. Due to this property, a stationary electric point charge placed outside a metal will cause the electrons in the metal to redistribute in such a way that the point charge will always be attracted toward the metal surface. However, a new study shows that a metal surface will repel an electric charge packet moving parallel to it when the charge packet has a certain geometry and travels at a sufficiently high energy. It’s not just metal surfaces that repel electric charges; any surface will repel this kind of charge packet since the repulsion is caused by the properties of the packet, not the surface. The counterintuitive phenomenon could have implications for improving particle accelerator experiments. Citation: Metal surface can repel electric charges (2013, January 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-metal-surface-repel-electric.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters Primož Rebernik Ribič, a physicist at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, has published his study on metal and other surfaces repelling electric charges in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As Ribič explains, the interaction between solid surfaces and point charges has been extensively studied, with a classic article by Bolotovskii on the subject published in 1962. More recently, scientists have thoroughly studied the interaction between solid surfaces and charge packets that are elongated in the longitudinal direction (parallel to their motion). However, much less is known about transverse packets, which are elongated in the direction perpendicular to their motion. Ribič has found that the behavior of these packets unexpectedly departs from that of the other two charge geometries.Ribič explains that the phenomenon is easier to understand if one considers the special case of a charge packet moving parallel to the surface of a dielectric. In this case, the packet experiences a force due to two kinds of electromagnetic waves excited in the solid: evanescent waves and Čerenkov waves. Evanescent waves, which exist very close to the surface of the solid, always contribute an attractive force to the charges at all energies. However, the contribution from Čerenkov waves, which travel into the solid, is zero or attractive at low energies, but becomes repulsive at high energies. The reason for this change at high energies is that radiating Čerenkov waves carry a certain momentum into the solid. This momentum has to be balanced by the charge packet, which results in a repulsive force.So at low energies, the attractive components dominate the transverse force, regardless of the charge packet geometry. But even though the Čerenkov contribution becomes repulsive at high energies, previous research has shown that, for point charges, the total force remains attractive at all energies. Electric charge disorder: A key to biological order? More information: Primož Rebernik Ribič. “Can a Metal Surface Repel Electric Charges?” Physical Review Letters 109, 244801 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109244801 Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. When investigating transverse charges, however, Ribič discovered a different result. He found that the geometry of the transverse charges suppresses the evanescent waves, which decreases their attractive contribution and allows the Čerenkov wave repulsion to dominate at high energies to produce an overall repulsive force. This effect is due to the fact that a “long” charge packet, i.e., one with a high ratio of transverse to longitudinal size, will suppress evanescent waves propagating at large angles with respect to the packet velocity. When this ratio is increased infinitely, resulting in a line charge with infinite transverse length, the range of angles is reduced to zero. In other words, all waves except those propagating in the forward direction, i.e., Čerenkov waves, are suppressed. Ribič showed that repulsion can occur between a transverse charge packet and either a dielectric or a metal surface, implying that the repulsive interaction is caused by the geometry of the packet. However, the case with the metal surface is the most interesting. Ribič explained that the finding that a metal surface can repel certain kinds of electric charges will change the way scientists solve problems involving electric charges.”In electrostatics, one is used to solving problems with simple charge geometries using the so-called method of images,” Ribič told Phys.org. “For a single point charge above a metal surface, the force between the charge and the metal is equal to the force between the original charge and an opposite charge placed at twice the distance of the original charge from the surface. This also works for line charges and sheets. This method will always give you an attractive force. The method doesn’t work anymore for charges moving at relativistic speeds, which the paper demonstrates. Besides the standard attractive interaction, which is due to evanescent waves, there is also repulsive interaction due to propagating Čerenkov waves. One has to take this into account whenever dealing with charge distributions other than point charges.”The results not only add to scientists’ understanding of fundamental electrodynamics, but could also prove useful for designing particle accelerator experiments. When a high-energy charge gets close to the surface of an accelerator wall, it produces transverse and longitudinal wakefields that can negatively affect the beam properties. Ribič predicts that manipulating the packet geometry may help alleviate this effect.In the future, Ribič hopes that further investigations into the largely neglected effects of charge geometry will have even greater fundamental and practical consequences.”We will probably also check what happens with other geometries,” he said. “One interesting example would be a ring of charge with a large radius. For an infinitely large ring, one should also get repulsion between a ring that is placed into a guiding tube of an accelerator. Then the question is how the ring and tube radius affect the interaction. We are also planning to explore the interaction between charges and anisotropic media (such as uniaxial dielectrics).” 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.
Kolkata: The Election Commission (EC) has served a show-cause notice to BJP state president Dilip Ghosh for his controversial remarks regarding the Commission itself.The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state has sought a clarification as to why he made such an obnoxious comment regarding the EC. The remarks came from Ghosh two days ago after the election personnel removed a banner that was allegedly carrying his photograph and Ram Navami greetings. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhile talking to a private television channel, Ghosh said he would have taken off the trousers of the election personnel who had dared to remove the banner, had he been present there at the spot. The CEO office has taken a strong objection to Ghosh’s remarks. According to a senior official at the CEO office, Ghosh’s statements were derogatory in nature and hence, he has been asked to clarify why he made such a statement. Ghosh had allegedly used Ram Navami greetings and posters during his election rally flouting the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) set up by the Election Commission of India. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe state has once again witnessed processions where weapons were brandished during the Ram Navami celebrations this year. After his controversial remarks, Ghosh had, however, claimed that he did not flout any MCC violation by putting a banner greeting people on the occasion of Ram Navami. He went ahead and added that he is entitled to put out a banner as he has been a local MLA. The Commission, however, seems unmoved and has show-caused him. The CEO office wanted to know from Ghosh if he has conducted an election rally using various posters of Ram Navami or if any weapons were used during the rally. Earlier, Ghosh was seen displaying swords and maces during Ram Navami celebrations in Kharagpur. The Kolkata Police along with its state counterpart said no political, apolitical and religious organisations have been allowed to carry out rallies with arms. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while addressing a rally in Siliguri, criticised the BJP for taking out armed rallies and said they were trying to “sell religion” for political advantage. “Whose throat do you want to slit with swords? Whose head do you want to smash with the mace,” she had questioned while addressing a rally in favour of party’s Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat candidate Amar Singh Rai.
Kolkata: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has condemned the idea of ‘Bridge Course’ to create cadres of mid-level health practitioners by allowing dentists to practice mainstream medicine in various health centres.Niti Aayog, along with the health ministry, is examining a proposal to introduce Bridge Course for the dentists so that they can be used as mid-level health providers in various health centres across the state, particularly where there is a crisis of MBBS doctors. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDr Santanu Sen, national president of IMA, declared that there is no shortage of doctors in the country. “Around 63,250 MBBS graduates come out of 494 medical colleges in the country. But India has only 23,729 post graduate seats,” Dr Sen said. “The fact remains that the government does not have the capacity to absorb the rest of them. Every year the unemployment among young medical graduates is a great cause of concern. The frustration of these youngsters with an undergraduate degree has to be addressed first,” he added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateCondemning the idea of mid-level practitioners, IMA secretary general Dr RV Asokan said the government’s attempt to provide half baked medical care to the citizens through mid-level practitioners is dangerous. “The government should give permanent posting to MBBS graduates in 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres. Ad Hoc postings are not acceptable,” he said. It may be mentioned here that a meeting on this proposal is scheduled to be held at Niti Aayog on April 22.
Virgin Media has added 11 new live channels to its cloud-based Virgin TV Anywhere entertainment service.The channels consist of four ITV networks, four A+E Networks UK channels and three Viacom networks and take the total number of channels available on the service to 75.The introduction of ITV, ITV 2, ITV 3 and ITV 4 means that viewers can watch shows including Coronation Street and Britain’s Got Talent on the move. The A+E Networks channels are History, H2, Bio, and CI, which air shows like American Pickers and Dance Moms.The Viacom channels, which were previously available on computers only but are now also available to stream on tablets, are MTV, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.Virgin TV Anywhere is available online to all Virgin TV customers, and through mobile and tablet apps for Virgin TiVo customers. The apps offer extra tools like remote recording options and are currently available for iOS devices, with Android due to follow later this year.
Scripps Networks UK and EMEA has extended its Hungarian presence with the launch of the SD feeds of Food Network and Fine Living via UPC Magyarország (UPC Hungary).Both channels make their UPC Hungary debut, with each one available to subscribers as part of operator’s ‘Gold package’ with a voice-over in Hungarian.“Our growth strategy has been a key focus for us this year and this new deal with UPC Magyarország is testament to this. We are confident that viewers will enjoy the high quality content Food Network SD and Fine Living SD have to offer,” said Phillip Luff, managing director, Scripps Networks UK and EMEA.Anita Carra, chief marketing officer of UPC Hungary added: “We are very proud that UPC is one of the first cable company to launch these programs in Hungary and I’m sure that by this step we provide more premium experience to our Digital Gold customers.”The Scripps-owned Travel Channel is already available via UPC Hungary in both SD and HD.