Madha, Junnar desperate as drought tightens grip

first_imgWith no let-up in the water crisis that has gripped the State’s hinterland, residents of the drought-hit areas of Solapur and Pune districts are desperate.In Solapur’s Madha tehsil, farmers lament the condition of the smaller livestock like goats and sheep, while in tribal areas of Junnar in Pune district, water sources have all but dried up.“The government provides for bigger animals in fodder camps, but the smaller ones like goats and sheep are neglected. Their suffering is unbearable. The landscape is arid, with foliage wilting in the heat,” says Dipak Mali, a farmer from Upalai Budruk village in Madha. Calling the ground reality of the fodder camp dismal, he said it is a daily struggle for humans and animals alike to fight the crisis.Vidya Londhe, a resident of the same village, has to trudge more than 4 km every day in quest of water. “The water we receive from the tankers is invariably undrinkable. Even to get that, we have to queue up each morning. There is a great deal of jostling and frayed of tempers. It is only after several hours that we receive water, sometimes well past midnight, and even then, barely enough to fill a vessel,” she says.‘No efforts by leaders’According to Sachin Gadekar, a local journalist and analyst, the grim reality facing the populace of Madha and the rest of Solapur is ironic, given that the 40-odd sugar mills in the district were functional during the sugarcane crushing season.“Furthermore, there have been no efforts on part of Solapur’s Guardian Minister Subhash Deshmukh or important leaders in the district like Sushilkumar Shinde to provide relief for the drought hit. The Guardian Minister has made two brief tours of a couple of drought-hit taluks after the polls ended in the State,” he said.Expressing worry at the abysmal state of fodder camps and the utter lack of water, Shivajirao Patil-Chandajkar, a former director of the district milk association, observed that even water-abundant villages near the Ujani dam — Solapur’s potable water lifeline — were in dire straits this year.Meanwhile in Junnar, 90 km from Pune city, the tribal hamlets of Muthalne and Kopre are particularly hard hit, with their natural water reserves drying up. Residents say contaminated water has led to an outbreak of diseases like cholera and gastroenteritis. Stocks dipping in PuneMeanwhile, cumulative water stocks in the four major dams — Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar — that constitute Pune city’s drinking water sources are down to an alarming 4.43 TMC (thousand million cubic feet), a little over 15% of their total capacity.According to the State Irrigation Department, water consumption in the city in April was the highest over a six-month period beginning November 2018. “The city consumed 1.4 TMC water in March and April. Going by the pattern of consumption in May, the city may very well end up consuming water in excess of 1.4 TMC for the third consecutive month. This is bound to pose severe problems till the onset of the monsoon,” an official from the Irrigation Department said.last_img read more

Ex-England manager Hoddle recovering after cardiac arrest

first_imgLondon, Nov 23 (AFP) Former England manager Glenn Hoddle is recuperating at home after suffering a cardiac arrest last month, a spokesman said on Friday. The 61-year-old, who fell ill shortly after an appearance as a TV pundit for BT Sport, had received “exemplary” care in hospital, the spokesman said in the statement. “After being taken ill on Saturday 27th October, Glenn received specialist care at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London,” the statement read. “To aid his recovery from a cardiac arrest, Glenn underwent surgery. He responded well to treatment and is now at home recuperating from the procedure. “The care that Glenn received from St Bartholomew’s Hospital was exemplary. His family would like to thank the hospital staff and the many people who have sent supportive messages.” As well as managing England in the late 1990s, Hoddle made 53 appearances for the Three Lions between 1979 and 1988 and was considered one of the most gifted players of his generation. He is best remembered for his time at Tottenham Hotspur, where he won the UEFA Cup and two FA Cups, but he also excelled at Monaco, winning the French league title in 1988. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

23 days ago​Arsenal winger Pepe admits he’s struggling with language barrier

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal winger Pepe admits he’s struggling with language barrierby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal winger Nicholas Pepe admits that he is experiencing some struggles after his summer move from France.The former Lille man arrived with a big reputation and for a club record fee.But he has failed to show the kind of form that made him one of the most wanted attackers of the summer transfer window.And Pepe admits the language has been a barrier to his acclimatization.”The only thing I have to do is to continue to work hard because it is obvious the level here is higher,” the 24-year-old said to reporters. “The language is different. It’s a new league. For sure everything is different for me. I must adapt quickly but I’m confident it’s gonna happen soon.” last_img read more

22 days agoArsenal boss Emery admits Ozil didn’t deserve starting place

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery admits Ozil didn’t deserve starting placeby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits Mesut Ozil didn’t deserve a place in his starting XI last night.Ozil, the highest-paid player in the history of the club, was again left out of the matchday squad as Gabriel Martinelli hit a brace in the 4-0 Europa League victory over Standard Liege.”I am thinking every time to decide the best players for each match and the best players in the squad to play and to help us,” Emery replied when asked about Ozil’s omission.”When I decided he shouldn’t be in the squad it’s because I think other players deserved it more.”He needs to continue working. Tomorrow we have training with the players who didn’t play, and on Sunday we have another match, and we are going to decide the same.”Our target is to win on Sunday against Bournemouth, and we want to carry on our same way in each match.” last_img read more

21 days agoBournemouth manager Howe dismisses Man Utd Wilson rumours

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth manager Howe dismisses Man Utd Wilson rumoursby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has dismissed transfer speculation around Callum Wilson.The 27-year-old has scored five Premier League goals so far, and reports have suggested he will be on Manchester United’s wanted list when the transfer window opens again in January.”I take with a pinch of salt, to be honest, at this stage of the season,” Howe said when asked about the reports around Wilson’s future.”There is nothing that we can do, that Callum can do, other than perform well. That influences rumours and things like that at this stage of the season.”He has just got to focus on his next game and give his best for this club.”To hear transfer links and rumours at this stage when the window is shut and a long way from being open, for me, it is pointless talking about it.” last_img read more

What Ezekiel Elliott Would Do If He Saw Jim Harbaugh In The Street

first_imgEzekiel Elliott running the ball for Ohio State.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs up field during the first half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The following question is one many Ohio State fans have likely pondered about. What would you do if you saw Jim Harbaugh in the street? Former Buckeyes’ star running back Ezekiel Elliott was asked that today during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show. Unfortunately, his response is pretty tame. Elliott, a potential top 10 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, says he would say “nothing” to the Michigan head coach. “Nothing.” – Dan asked @EzekielElliott what he would say to Jim Harbaugh if he saw him on the street.— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) April 26, 2016What will Ohio State fans say to Harbaugh when they see him on the sidelines at Ohio Stadium this fall? We can’t wait to find out. The Buckeyes and the Wolverines are set to finish the 2016 regular season in Columbus on Nov. 26.last_img read more

The Elders Urge International Support For Interim Palestinian Government

first_imgThe Elders have welcomed the establishment of the long-awaited Palestinian unity government.They urge all nations to support the government as it works towards free and fair elections within the next six months.The last elections in January 2006 set the scene for bitter internal conflict, exacerbated by external powers, that has persisted to this day.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said: “The isolation of Gaza from the West Bank and divisions between Fatah and Hamas have had deeply damaging consequences for the peace process and for Palestinian aspirations for independence and an end to occupation. The social and economic damage to the long-suffering people of Gaza has been tragic and will take a long time to repair.“The new government offers hope: hope of a road to renewed and united leadership; hope of a return to a more normal life and of economic activity for the Palestinians – while strengthening their ability to engage effectively with Israel in any further peace negotiations.”Jimmy Carter, former US President, said: “Together with the international treaties and conventions that Palestine has recently acceded to, democratic elections in six months’ time offer an opportunity for fully representative and accountable government for all Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. This is a deadline that should not be allowed to slip.“Unlike in 2006, when Hamas’s legitimate electoral victory was widely rejected, the international community should recognise and work with the new Palestinian government. We expect it to renew past commitments to pursuing independence through non-violent means and to recognise Israel within internationally agreed borders.“This is an opportunity to preserve the world’s hope of seeing, one day, two states in the Holy Land living side by side in peace and security.”last_img read more

Nexen fined 750K for huge pipeline spill in northern Alberta

first_img(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – A Calgary energy company has pleaded guilty to federal and provincial environmental charges over one of the largest pipeline spills in Alberta history.Nexen has been ordered to pay a total of $750,000 in fines for the Long Lake spill southeast of Fort McMurray that released five million litres of bitumen, sand and produced water over an area of 16,000 square metres of lake and muskeg in 2015.“A number of landbird, shorebird, waterbird and waterfowl species protected by the Migratory Birds Convention Act use and were observed in the impacted area and adjacent unnamed lake,” said the agreed statement of facts. Nexen, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd., acknowledged the pipeline southeast of Fort McMurray was leaking for more than four weeks before it was discovered by workers in the area.The statement said the leak began June 13. Although the spill was visible from satellite imagery by July 3, it wasn’t until July 15 that Nexen realized there was a problem when two employees spotted it while doing work in the area.The double-walled pipeline, designed to carry raw bitumen from the ground to a processing plant had been installed a year earlier. The pipeline, which used a relatively new technology, operated at 100 degrees Celsius in order for the thick bitumen to flow.Nexen said the release went undetected because a computer failed to sound an alarm.“This failure was unknown to Nexen prior to the release,” says the statement. “Nexen had no written procedure in place to check for the type of failure that occurred.”The pipeline remains out of operation.center_img “Over the last three years, we’ve kept a close eye on Nexen’s operations to bring the company back into compliance,” Jim Ellis, head of the Alberta Energy Regulator, said in a release.“The pipeline responsible for this spill will remain suspended until Nexen can demonstrate to us that the company can operate it safely.”The total provincial fine is $460,000. About $450,00 of that will go into funds to help establish best practices on pipeline spills and to expand an environmental sciences degree program for Indigenous youth.The federal fine of $290,000 is to go into an environmental damages fund for migratory bird habitat.last_img read more

Tyrannosaurus rex found in Canada is world’s biggest

first_imgMontreal: The towering Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in western Canada in 1991 is the world’s biggest, a team of paleontologists said Friday, following a decades-long process of reconstructing its skeleton. Nicknamed Scotty for a celebratory bottle of scotch consumed the night it was discovered, the T. rex was 13 meters (yards) long and probably weighed more than 8,800 kilos (19,400 pounds), making it bigger than all other carnivorous dinosaurs, the team from the University of Alberta said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”This is the rex of rexes,” said Scott Persons, lead author of the study and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences. “There is considerable size variability among Tyrannosaurus. Some individuals were lankier than others and some were more robust. Scotty exemplifies the robust,” Persons said. While the giant carnivore’s skeleton was discovered in 1991, paleontologists spent more than a decade just removing the hard sandstone that covered its bones. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOnly now have they been able to study it and realize its uniqueness, which is not limited to its size. “Scotty is the oldest T. rex known,” having lived into its 30s, Persons said. “By Tyrannosaurus standards, it had an unusually long life. And it was a violent one,” Persons said. “Riddled across the skeleton are pathologies — spots where scarred bone records large injuries.” An exhibit featuring the dinosaur’s bones is to open in May at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI receives chairwoman of US Congressional Black Caucus

first_imgMarrakech- King Mohammed VI received, Friday at the Marrakech royal palace, Ohio’s representative Marcia Fudge, chairwoman of the African American MPs group of Congress, accompanied by a delegation of US congress representatives.On this occasion, the King hailed the fruitful meetings by the delegation with the different Moroccan officials and which enabled the US MPs to get informed about the achievements made by Morocco in several areas, as part of a comprehensive institutional reform, a statement by the royal office said. The MPs have unanimously commended the relevance of the national policies undertaken in all sectors, under the leadership of the King, for a responsible, balanced human and economic development, it added. King Mohammed VI noted the various open prospects thanks to the important visit he paid recently to the United States, mainly concerning fostering political consultations and developing economic, technical and cultural cooperation. The US parliamentarians highlighted that the two peoples are continuously brought closer and that ties between the two friendly countries are becoming stronger. The delegation expressed esteem for the royal commitment to peace and development in Africa, mainly Sub-Saharan Africa, and unwavering efforts by the King for an efficient south-south cooperation to ensure an important human development. The African American MPs group of Congress, known as Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), is a congress non partisan coalition. The audience was attended by Marcia Fudge, Corinne Brown (Florida), Eddie Johnson (Texas), Elijah Cummings (Maryland), George Butterfield (NC), Gregory Weldon Meeks (New York), Barbara Lee (CA), Hank Johnson (Georgia) Karen Bass (CA), Terry Sewell (Alabama), Frederica Wilson (FL) and Robin Kelly (Illinois). It was also attended by advisors of the King Taieb Fassi Fihri and Fouad Ali El Himma, Foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar and Morocco’s ambassador in Washington Rachad Bouhlal.last_img read more

World Cup final will be very interesting – Marco van Basten

first_imgFormer Netherlands international Marco van Basten is excited over Sunday’s World Cup final, which will see France and Croatia face off against each other to determine who will bring home the famous trophyLes Bleus will meet the first-time finalists Croatia at Moscow in what should be a thrilling match with the latter’s star midfield duo in Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic going up against the likes of Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi.With the young Kylian Mbappe performing wonders at the World Cup and Antoine Griezmann continuing to find the back of the net for France, Danijel Subašić will likely be kept busy guarding the Croatia goal and Van Basten can’t wait to see what happens.Will the 1998 world champions claim a second title or will the small nation be able to cause one more upset at Moscow?Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“I think it’s a very interesting final. Croatia has good players… I think they’re strong especially because they are a fighting team, they are fighting together till the end… I think spirit-wise they are very strong,” said Van Basten, according to FourFourTwo.The Euro 1988 winner reserved praise for Croatia captain Luka Modric for his ability to read the game and lead his side at Russia.“I think having a player like him in a team brings you far… And I think a country like Croatia [coming] so close is really something special,” Van Basten added.The World Cup final will take place on Sunday at 17:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Betting Who will finish as the Serie A top scorer

first_imgCompetition for the Capocannoniere in the Serie A has never been more intense with five big names set to fight it out to become the best striker in ItalyThe Capocannoniere is awarded to the highest goalscorer of each season in Italy’s Serie A.It was Mauro Icardi and Ciro Immobile who won the prize last season with 29 goals each.But, while the Capocannoniere was keenly contested the last term, the competition promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever.Below are the odds that Bet365 have provided for the leading five contenders:Cristiano Ronaldo – 4/6The five-time Ballon d’Or winner stunned everyone when he moved from Real Madrid to Juventus in the summer.After taking just eight minutes to score in his unofficial debut, Ronaldo enters the new Serie A season as a huge contender for the Capocannoniere.The 33-year-old won the Pichichi Trophy (the Spanish version of the award) three times at Real and will now hope to make his mark in his debut campaign in the Italian top-flight.Mauro Icardi – 6/129 goals and nine assists saw Icardi claim the Capocannoniere (alongside Immobile) for the second time.Inter Milan will definitely hope that their Argentine striker is firing on all cylinders this year as they look to claim their first league title since 2010.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Gonzalo Higuain – 10/1Higuain finished in sixth place on the goalscorers’ chart last season with just 16 league goals for Juventus.But, after being ousted due to Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Turin, the former Real Madrid striker has a point to prove this year on loan at AC Milan.Higuain won the Capocannoniere in the 2015/16 season with Napoli after notching a record 36 goals.Ciro Immobile – 12/1Immobile will hope to claim the award for himself this year after having to share it with Mauro Icardi last season following the Argentine’s goal against Lazio in the final day of the 2017/18 Serie A campaign.The Lazio striker last won the Capocannoniere in the 2013-14 season with 22 goals.Edin Dzeko – 14/1The AS Roma striker saved his best for Europe last season with eight goals in 12 games on route to the semi-finals of the Champions League.But Dzeko had a below-par campaign in the Serie A last term and only found the back of the net 16 times.However, the Bosnian did win the Capocannoniere in the 2016/17 season with 29 goalslast_img read more

People on the Move 053008

first_imgOK! magazine has named Stephen Gregory Barr as publisher, replacing Lori Burgess, who left the magazine last month to serve as publisher at The Hollywood Reporter. Previously, Barr served as associate publisher of sales and marketing at VIV Magazine.Playboy Enterprises elected global investor Kai-Shing Tao to its board of directors. The company says Tao’s experiences and investments in Asia and emerging markets will be “great assets” for Playboy.Keith Sedlak was elected chairman of the Custom Content Council. Sedlakserves as chief marketing officer of Meredith Integrated Marketing. F+W Media named Nancy Soriano publisher and community leader for its Crafts business. Previously, Soriano served as editor-in-chief of Country Living magazine. Her appointment is effective May 27.Cara Deoul Perl was appointed vice president and creative director of corporate sales and marketing at Time Inc. Most recently, Perl served as vice president of creative marketing at the Condé Nast Media Group.Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Randall-Reilly promoted Michael Newman to the newly-created position of director of interactive marketing, construction. Previously, Newman served as electronic media manager for Equipment World magazine.last_img read more

Ahead of Cyclone Fani PM Modi prays for safety of people in

first_imgTwitter/PIBThe Indian Meteorological Department said on Monday that Cyclone Fani may become severe by the end of the day. It is currently over the Bay of Bengal and is moving northeast at the speed of 21 kilometres per hour.Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Monday that he is praying for everyone’s safety and that he has asked the concerned authorities to have disaster management and preventive measures in place.He tweeted, “Spoke to officials regarding the situation arising due to Cyclone Fani. Asked them to take preventive measures and be prepared to provide all possible assistance. Also urged them to work closely with Governments of the affected states. Praying for everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”PM Modi also asked the cabinet secretary to arrange a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to make a plan of action.The IMD said on Monday that by tracking the movement of the cyclone, it will go 300 km away from Chennai coast before moving north-northeast after Wednesday. They also predicted that the cyclone will turn into a severe storm.”The cyclone threat for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has subsided with the cyclone Fani keeping away from anywhere near the shores,” the IMD said. The cyclone is said to bring light rain to the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh coastlines in the next two days, much to the relief of the resident in the latter state after the mercury levels were steadily rising in the past week.It is difficult to accurately predict the trajectory of the cyclone more than five days in advance. “Till as far as we can see, this cyclone is remaining over sea. It will make landfall only after May 2. As such, we would be clearer about the landfall event by the afternoon of April 30. As of now, we can see the trajectory turning away from the land around April 30. If it continues in the same trajectory, a landfall over southern Odisha can be expected. But it can turn further away as well. Regular warnings are being issued and will continue to be issued,” IMD Director General KJ Ramesh was quoted as saying by Indian Express.last_img read more

Natore flood situation deteriorates

first_imgThe overall flood situation in Singra upazila of Natore worsened on Saturday as the water of Atrai river was flowing 70cm above the danger mark, reprts news agency UNB.The floodwater submerged new areas in the upazila.Many flood affected people left their houses for safe shelter.At least seven hectares of Aman paddy have already been damaged by the floodwater.Paddy in 800 bighas of land in Temuk Nowdapara beel went under water on Friday evening as gushing water was entering through a damaged dam in Sidhakhali river.State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Junaid Ahmed Palak visited the flood-affected areas in the upazila and distributed relief materials among the victims on Friday.last_img read more

Uber selfdriving car kills Arizona pedestrian

first_imgPilot models of the Uber self-driving car are displayed at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. AFP file photoRide-sharing giant Uber said Monday it is suspending use of self-driving cars after one of the vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in the US state of Arizona.The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode, with an operator behind the wheel, when it hit a woman walking in the street in the city of Tempe late Sunday, according to the San Francisco-based company.The victim was hospitalized and later died from her injuries.“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” an Uber spokesperson told AFP. “We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”Uber said it had temporarily halted its use of self-driving cars for testing or customer rides in Tempe, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and San Francisco.Tempe is one of just two cities—along with Pittsburgh—where the ride-sharing firm has been using autonomous vehicles as part of its regular passenger.The vehicle operator in the driver’s seat was the only person in the car when the accident occurred, Uber said. The car was in police hands on Monday.Sunday’s accident was the first fatal self-driving car crash involving a pedestrian.The first deadly self-driving car accident was reported in mid-2016, and involved a Tesla.Sheriff needed?The Tesla Model S, cruising on “Autopilot,” failed to detect a crossing tractor-trailer against a bright sky, killing the driver—who it later emerged had kept his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time despite automated warnings not to do so.Investigators at the US National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of the Tesla crash was the combination of “a truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s inattention due to overreliance on vehicle automation.”Autonomous-vehicle technology has been touted as having potential to save fuel, ease congestion, and to save thousands of lives by avoiding accidents due to human error.As with the fatal Tesla crash, however, the deadly Uber accident is likely to stoke concerns that the industry is moving too fast.Google-owned Waymo this month began using its self-driving trucks to haul cargo bound for the internet giant’s data centers in Georgia, while rival Uber announced the use of self-driving semi trucks as part of an on-demand trucking service in Arizona.In September, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao released new guidelines that permit more testing of self-driving cars.But America’s non-profit Consumer Watchdog has warned that roads are being turned “into private laboratories for robot cars with no regard for our safety.”The group on Monday called for a nationwide moratorium on testing self-driving cars on public roads while investigators figure out what went wrong in the Uber accident.“Arizona has been the wild west of robot car testing with virtually no regulations in place,” Watchdog technology project director John Simpson said in a statement.“When there’s no sheriff in town, people get killed.”Car vision tests?US states set their own rules for roads, and a handful have passed laws allowing self-driving vehicles.California and Arizona have been particularly encouraging, hoping that companies developing autonomous technology in those states will create local jobs and facilities devoted to a promising new industry.Duke University robotics professor Missy Cummings is among the advocates of slowing down introduction of autonomous vehicles to avoid risk and get proper regulations in place.While machines are better at staying vigilant and reacting to routine situations, human drivers have proven superior at handling unusual or unexpected situations, according to the professor.Cummings reasoned that if people need to pass vision exams in order to get driving licenses, so should self-driving cars.She noted a case in which putting stickers on a stop sign could fool autonomous car sensors into seeing it as a sign indicating a speed limit.“If we are still learning at this rate, and still uncovering major problems, it begs the question of why we are trying to put this technology into widespread use,” Cummings told AFP.“I am a big fan of the technology, but it is very unproven and experimental.”last_img read more

Policing in the Age of Black Lives Matter

first_imgThe high-profile deaths of unarmed Blacks have put the law enforcement profession on the defensive. Their leaders recently responded with a forum explaining their practices and procedures.On Oct. 12, the Office of The U.S. Attorney of the District of Columbia sponsored a forum, “Police and Community: Building a Bridge of Trust” that took place at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Northwest D.C. The purpose of the forum was to allow law enforcement leaders to explain their duties and responsibilities to advisory neighborhood commissioners, civic association officers, and community activists.Morgan C. Kaine is the First District commander for the D.C. police department. (AFRO File Photo)“We are out there every day,” said Morgan C. Kaine, commander of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s First District. “Many police officers spend hours in the community on their own time. We sponsor events like ‘Shop with a Cop’ and activities like that.”Kaine said that District residents can get involved in police activities through its junior cadet program for teenagers and the Community Engagement Academy that teaches people what police officers deal with. She encouraged members of the audience to ride along with an officer. “You get to see what police officers have to go through every day,” she said.Kaine said people should remember one critical thing as they observe police officers doing their jobs. “We are human. Our goal is to keep you safe,” she said.Unlike other municipalities, the District has several police agencies operating within its borders because of the city’s federal presence. Lt. James Murphy works for the U.S. Park Service Police Department that is responsible for all national parks in the D.C., New York, and San Francisco metropolitan areas.Murphy said that many residents and visitors don’t understand the jurisdictional lines between the D.C. police department and his agency. “For example, we patrol Lafayette Park across from the White House but when you step outside of it, in front of the White House, you are in D.C. police jurisdiction,” Murphy said. “If you misbehave on national parks lands, we have the same arrest powers as the D.C. police.”Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Malis explained what his office entails and whom they work with and report to. The District of Columbia doesn’t have a local prosecutor therefore the U.S. Attorneys’ Office serves in that capacity. “My boss, Channing Phillips, reports to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch,” Malis said, inferring that he doesn’t answer to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D). “Keep in mind that we don’t report to MPD but we work with them on cases.”When it comes to an officer accused of wrongdoing, Malis said the case is prosecuted as fairly and independently as any other case. “That independence is important,” he said.Malis said prosecuting an officer for killing a resident consists of getting an autopsy and gathering evidence to determine whether that officer should be charged on the “reasonable officer” standard. “We look at the facts and determine whether the police officer acted reasonably during the course of action,” he said. “That is a standard set up by the U.S. Supreme Court and we abide by it.”Even though the forum occurred after a recent officer involved-shooting of an unarmed man, Terrence Sterling, in the District, William Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office told the AFRO that the shooting did not spark the need for police to explain their tactics.Many people want to file a complaint against an officer but are afraid to because they think it is difficult and there will be retaliation by the police department. “Not so,” says Mike Tobin, the executive director of the District’s Office of Police Complaints.“You can file a complaint with an officer by going to the station, going online or mobile phone, going to our web site or by fax, asking an officer for a form and there are also community groups who can help someone start the complaint process,” Tobin said. “When we get that complaint, we do a thorough investigation and through that we have access to all police reports and camera material. If there is a problem with an officer or his behavior, we recommend mediation.”According to an annual report from the District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints, there were 407 complaints against D.C. police officers in 2015. Of the number, 71.6 percent of the complainants were from Black residents and 20.6 percent were from White residents. The report states that more Black officers received complaints, totaling 51.3 percent, while White officers only received 37.3 percent.last_img read more

Rodenstock Innovation in Athletic Sunglasses

first_img Citation: Rodenstock Innovation in Athletic Sunglasses (2007, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Rodenstock the world acclaimed lens maker is in the development stage of producing athletic sunglasses. The prototype is currently called, Informance. The unique aspect of the Informance is the ability to monitor the athlete´s performance and heart rate and show it in the peripheral vision. The sunglasses display a stop watch and heart rate at one edge. The additional feature added only 7 grams to the weight of the sunglasses.A thin wedge-shaped prism is built into the left edge of the lens on the left side of the glasses. A small polymer battery inside the left arm of the glasses projects an image into the prism from the side. The image is reflected twice before reaching the individuals eye. New Scientist quotes Rodenstock optical engineer, Mike Hazel as saying that the focus of the new design was to make a sunglass that could be styled like a normal spectacle. The features only take up about 12 percent of the field of vision on the left side making it barely noticeable from a straight on view. The other feature is the ability to run for 12 hours without recharging.Other similar sunglasses for pilots and other professionals are generally more cumbersome and heavier and would not be acceptable for mass appeal. The Informance is designed for use by avid sports enthusiasts, outdoor professional work and professional athletes.According to the head of research in optics at Rodenstock, the lens display is 160 x 120 pixels and could be expanded. The ability to show distance and directions by a GPS device is an area Rodenstock is considering at this point. The Informance will be priced at the minimum of $1,000 USD. It should be available in the commercial sector by 2009. The prototype athletic sunglasses Informance can display the heart rate, and monitor performance. The German lens maker Rodenstock has made every effort to make the sunglasses light weight and unobtrusive. Additionally, Informance designers are considering the ability to show distance and directions by a GPS devices.center_img 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

Nonviolent ancient India is a myth

first_imgIndia’s independence movement was built on the principle of non-violence but a new book by noted historian Upinder Singh, also the daughter of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, suggests that the idea of a non-violent ancient India is a myth that Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru “helped create” while driving the independence movement on the principle of non-violence. In “Political Violence in Ancient India”, Upinder Singh, head of Delhi University’s History Department, documents the “dynamic tension between violence and non-violence in ancient Indian political thought and practice over twelve hundred years”.But what makes Singh reach the conclusion that the idea of a non-violent ancient India is a “myth” that Nehru and Gandhi helped create?”I think that the great value attached to non-violence in Gandhian nationalism (of which Nehru was also an important part) lulled us into thinking of a non-violent ancient India. This is a myth. This is why the problem of political violence has hardly been noticed, let alone studied (till my book!). Ancient Indian history is full of episodes of bloody wars, succession struggles, patricide, fratricide, conflicts between states and forest people, and the killing of animals. There was also social conflict.”These things are well known, but we have somehow not joined the dots. Ancient India boasts the icons of ahimsa like Mahavira, the Buddha and Ashoka. But what people need to realise is that their strong pleas for non-violence indicate that these men were very troubled by violence all around them. So, the idea of a non-violent ancient India is indeed a myth. This pleasant myth can perhaps offer some comfort in our desire for peace and harmony in our present violent, intolerant world. It can be used as a basis to argue for a return to a golden age of non-violence. But such a golden age never existed,” Singh said.According to her book, Nehru thought that India’s history was marked by a high level of social harmony and a lack of conflict. In Mahatma Gandhi’s understanding of Indian history too, the principle of non-violence stood out.But her findings also seem to suggest that Hindu ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar – the hero of BJP and its Jana Sangh predecessor, as also its ideological backbone RSS – saw violence and war as “necessary and laudable Hindu responses” against foreign aggressors.She also mentions that Nehruvian model of ancient Indian past – one in which Buddhism, Ashoka, and non-violence, had pride of place – were reflected in the national flag and emblem post-independence. But, she argues in the book, it was based on a very selective reading of India’s ancient history. Is it not possible that instead of being a mere representation of India’s ancient past, these symbols were used by Nehru and Gandhi to reflect the aspirations of a modern independent country, with non-violence as the core ideal of the then newborn nation? “It is but natural that there was a close relationship between the political agendas of political leaders, how they perceived India’s ancient history, what they emphasised, and their aspirations for India’s future,” Singh added.last_img read more