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Farmers lookon in despair as rising Yamuna destroys their crops

first_imgNEW DELHI: The rising Yamuna has swallowed standing crops worth an estimated Rs 40 lakh of at least 200 small and marginal farmers on the outskirts of Delhi and forced them to flee the flood plains to take shelter in temporary camps set up on higher grounds. But they say they are helpless and unable to bear the loss of their crops (mainly vegetables), the only source of income for many of these poor farmers.In Yamuna Khadar area, close to the flood plains, women sell vegetables they grow in the now-inundated fields to earn their livelihood. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderChandrawati, 50, says she has to take care of her five young daughters. She was forced to move out of her residence on Monday night and take shelter in a temporary camp set up by the government as the expected rise in the water level threatens her home. “We have been growing vegetables in Yamuna Khadar area for decades. My husband used to do this. After his death in 2004, I have been doing farming with my five daughters. We are now struggling to stay afloat,” she said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe farmers, who have no control over the flow of the river in spate, say they are now clueless what to do or how to deal with the situation they are in now for apparently no fault of theirs. Hemanti, 50, said she too left her home last night and has been putting up at a road near the Old Yamuna Bridge. “We were informed by the authorities about the rising water level (Tuesday afternoon). We lost around Rs 25,000 and no one is talking about it. It was our only source of income,” she said. More than 10,000 people have been moved out of the low-lying areas since Monday before the river breached the danger mark and entered the Nigambodh cremation ground. “There are about 200 farmers dependent only on farming (near the flood plains). They have lost their standing crops due to the rise in water level. Farmers have lost crops worth Rs 40 lakh,” said Devender Kashyap, pradhan of Yamuna Khadar area.last_img read more

Crown wont appeal case of Quebec man who killed Alzheimersstricken wife

first_imgMONTREAL — The Crown says it won’t be appealing a sentence handed down last month to a Quebec man who killed his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife in 2017.Quebec’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions says in a brief statement today it won’t seek a stiffer sentence for Michel Cadotte.Cadotte, 58, was sentenced May 28 to two years less a day in jail, three years of probation and 240 hours of community service.A jury found Cadotte guilty of manslaughter on Feb. 23 for the suffocation death of his wife of 19 years in her long-term care bed.Jocelyne Lizotte, 60, was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease and was unable to speak or care for herself.The Crown had sought an eight-year prison term, citing the vulnerability of the victim and the violent nature of her death, while the defence had recommended a sentence of between six and 12 months.Neither the Crown nor the defence was able to find any jurisprudence that could guide the judge on sentencing.Crown spokesman Jean Pascal Boucher says in a statement that following a rigorous examination of Quebec Superior Court Justice Helene Di Salvo’s decision, the decision was made not to appeal.Boucher says that Lizotte’s family was advised of the decision.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Huawei fires director who Poland charged with spying

first_imgLONDON — The Chinese tech company Huawei says it has fired an employee who was arrested in Poland and charged with spying for China.The company said Saturday that it has “decided to terminate the employment of Mr. Wang Weijing, who was arrested on suspicion of breaking Polish law.”Polish authorities said Friday they have arrested Wang, a Chinese citizen and former diplomat, along with a Polish cybersecurity expert who had held several top government cybersecurity jobs and also worked at the telecom company Orange.Huawei said Wang’s actions “have no relation to the company” and that he was fired because “the incident in question has brought Huawei into disrepute.”The arrest rekindled tensions between China and the West over cybersecurity concerns surrounding Huawei, the world’s biggest maker of telecommunications equipment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

With children caught in crossfire UNICEF urges immediate halt to Libyan fighting

11 April 2011Tens of thousands of children in the Libyan city of Misrata are at risk from intensified fighting between pro- and anti-Government forces and indiscriminate shelling, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warning today, urging an immediate halt to the violence. The agency said in a news release that it has verified that children as young as nine months have been killed in the city, with at least 20 child deaths and many more injuries, due to shrapnel from mortars and tanks, and bullet wounds.Almost all of these deaths have occurred in the past three weeks, with the majority of child victims below 10 years of age. In addition to the increasing number of children killed, many others lack food and safe water, and are traumatized from the atrocities they have witnessed, the agency added. “More and more children in this city are being killed, injured and denied their essential needs due to the fighting,” said Shahida Azfar, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Extraordinary efforts must be taken to protect them. The siege must stop,” she stressed.Misrata has seen continuous and heavy fighting between forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Al-Qadhafi and rebels seeking his ouster. Conditions in the city, which has an estimated population of 300,000, have been especially grave, with both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN relief chief Valerie Amos voicing deep concern at the ongoing attacks on civilians and the worsening humanitarian situation. UNICEF reiterated the Secretary-General’s calls to all parties for an immediate ceasefire. “Until the fighting stops we face the intolerable inevitability of children continuing to die and suffer in this war zone,” said Ms. Azfar. Late last week, UNICEF and other UN agencies delivered critical relief supplies to the hospital in Misrata, including emergency health kits and surgical materials that will cover the urgent needs of 30,000 people for a month. The agency also provided play kits for children to keep them occupied while they are confined indoors.UNICEF is also responding to needs in eastern Libya through the delivery of health kits and hygiene kits for the benefit of tens of thousands of affected and displaced people, through partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) present in the city of Benghazi. “The supplies are a temporary lifeline to those trapped in the fighting,” said Ms. Azfar. “However, if children are to be protected, then regular, safe access for humanitarian agencies – borne through a ceasefire – is urgently required.”Philippe Lazzarini, Deputy Director of the Coordination and Response Division in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), also reiterated the need for a cessation of hostilities, even if on a temporary basis, to allow civilians who wish to do so to leave and to get much-needed supplies into Misrata. “The situation for the civilians continues to be extremely worrying,” he told a news conference at UN Headquarters. “There is no day without an account of people being killed, injured or even displaced.”He also cited the need for additional civilian assets to help the organizations involved in the evacuation of people to be able to go to Misrata, and to support those helping third-country nationals who are currently stranded at the border. There are about 15,000 people who are still stranded at the Tunisian and Egyptian borders, said Mr. Lazzarini. He added that the revised humanitarian appeal for the Libya crisis – more than $310 million is now sought – is about 40 per cent funded, with an important part of that having been used for evacuations. read more

Annan Sierra Leone appoint experienced judges for countrys special war crimes court

Mr. Annan appointed Pierre Boutet, a liaison officer in Canada’s Defence Department, and Benjamin Mutanga Itoe, a Supreme Court Justice from Cameroon, to the Trial Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, while Bankole Thompson, a former High Court Justice from Sierra Leone, was named by the Government. As for the Court’s Appeals Chamber, Emmanuel Ayoola, a Supreme Court Justice from Nigeria, Alhaji Hassan B. Jallow, a Supreme Court Justice from the Gambia, and Renate Winter, an Austrian national serving as an international judge on Kosovo’s Supreme Court, were appointed by the Secretary-General. The Sierra Leonean Government named Gelaga King, a former Supreme Court Justice from Sierra Leone, and Geoffrey Robertson, Head of the Doughty Street Chambers of the United Kingdom. The Secretary-General and the Government both agreed to two alternate judges for the Special Court: Isaac Aboagye, a Ghanaian national serving as a High Court Justice in Botswana, and Elizabeth Muyovwe, a High Court Judge from Zambia. The Registrar of the Freetown-based Court, Robin Vincent of the United Kingdom, and its Prosecutor, David Crane of the United States, both appointed earlier this year, are expected to start work later this month. The mixed composition of the Court is unique to the UN, which has created international criminal tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia employing only foreign – not national – judges. The Sierra Leone Special Court is mandated to try persons deemed most responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and other violations of international humanitarian law during the country’s decade-long civil conflict. read more

Video Business report with Mike Eppel

markets|mike eppel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 11, 2013 7:54 am MDT Video: Business report with Mike Eppel 2736160437001Markets holding steady after Thursday’s rally and other business news from senior business editor Mike Eppel.

Kinross announces friendly combination with Aurelian

first_imgKinross Gold and Aurelian Resources have approved a business combination by way of a friendly offer by Kinross to acquire 100% of the outstanding common shares of Aurelian, and the Boards of Directors have signed a Support Agreement pursuant to which Aurelian’s Board of Directors has unanimously agreed to support the Kinross offer. The total value of the offer is approximately $1.2 billion. The combination will add a major gold deposit to Kinross’ development portfolio, while providing Aurelian shareholders with a substantial premium on their shares and the additional opportunity to participate in Kinross’ outstanding prospects for near- and long-term growth. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Kinross on a net asset value basis. For each Aurelian common share, Kinross will offer 0.317 of a Kinross common share, plus 0.1429 of a warrant, with each warrant entitling the holder to acquire one Kinross common share. The Kinross warrants have an exercise price of $32.00 per Kinross common share and will expire five years after the date on which Kinross first pays for Aurelian common shares tendered to the offer. Kinross expects to issue approximately 47 million common shares pursuant to the transaction (assuming exercise of all in-the-money Aurelian options and excluding any shares issuable upon exercise of the Kinross warrants), representing approximately 8% of Kinross’ current outstanding common shares.Based on the preceding 20-day volume-weighted average price of Kinross’ common shares on the TSX (and assuming a value of $0.92 per fractional warrant), the value of the offer is $8.20 per Aurelian common share, which represents a premium of approximately 63% over the preceding 20-day volume-weighted average price of Aurelian common shares.The Board of Directors of Aurelian, after receiving the recommendation of a special committee of independent directors created by Aurelian to oversee the transaction process, has unanimously determined that the Kinross offer is in the best interests of Aurelian’s shareholders, and unanimously recommends that the Aurelian shareholders tender their common shares to the offer. The directors and senior officers of Aurelian have entered into lock-up agreements with Kinross and have agreed to tender all of their Aurelian common shares to the offer.BMO Capital Markets and Dundee Securities Corporation, Aurelian’s financial advisors, have provided oral opinions to the Aurelian Board of Directors that the consideration offered is fair, from a financial point of view, to Aurelian’s shareholders.“Kinross is committed to responsible mining and has an excellent track record of working cooperatively with governments and communities wherever we operate. This particular combination creates value for both Aurelian and Kinross shareholders, and provides a strong partner for local employees and communities in Ecuador to develop this asset in a responsible manner, which will generate significant economic benefits for the country,” said Kinross President and CEO Tye W. Burt.“For Kinross, the combination demonstrates our continued commitment to long-term, disciplined growth through maintaining a pipeline of high-quality development projects. This deposit will add significantly to our mineral resource base. We intend to pursue a focused strategy to further define the deposit, and believe that this combination can make an important contribution to our future,” he added.“The transaction also plays to Kinross’ proven strengths in successfully bringing new development projects into production, which we are demonstrating this year with our projects at Kupol, Paracatu and Buckhorn,” he said. Kinross expects that the three major growth projects scheduled to come onstream this year will increase the company’s production by approximately 60% above 2007 levels by 2009.Patrick F.N. Anderson, Aurelian President and CEO said, “The combination of Aurelian and Kinross illustrates our commitment to responsible development at Fruta del Norte as well as to the best interests of our investors. In the short-term, Aurelian shareholders will be receiving an attractive premium above current market price. In the long-term, our shareholders will also have the opportunity to participate in Kinross’ upside as our Condor Project contributes to Kinross’ industry-leading growth plans. We have been impressed by the Kinross team’s capabilities and track record in bringing projects into production, particularly their strength in government and community relations. Joining a larger pipeline of development and production projects around the world also benefits Aurelian shareholders through asset diversification and risk mitigation.”In October 2007, Aurelian released an inferred mineral resource estimate for its Fruta del Norte (FDN) deposit of 58.9 Mt grading 7.23 g/t Au, with 13.7 Moz of contained gold and 22.4 Moz of contained silver (grade: 11.8 g/t). The FDN deposit is the most significant discovery within the Condor Project, part of more than 95,000 ha of exploration concessions that Aurelian holds in Ecuador.last_img read more

Eickhoff unveiling new longwall coal mining equipment at AIMEX

first_imgEickhoff will give the Australian mining industry its first look at new developments it has incorporated into its SL shearer loader series for the country’s longwall market on Stand 3407-01/-02 during AIMEX in Sydney, September 6-9. The SL 300 to be featured at AIMEX is the latest addition to what the company describes as “the smartest mining machine in the world”. The SL series effectively automates a longwall operation, allowing operators to focus on monitoring functions. “The SL series at the forefront of a machine generation which will enable fully autonomous mining systems in the future,” Eickhoff’s Australia’s Managing Director, John Smallwood, said.Safer and new shearer concepts are based on shearer automation and more powerful ranging arm and haulage units, coupled with new energy distribution boxes configured with the latest Eickhoff industrial PC technology, he said. German-headquartered Eickhoff says its SL shearer loaders are well-proven to provide superior reliability and extraordinary efficiency.The machines can concentrate the power of three Formula 1 racing cars at a coalface, are capable of mining more than 1 Mt/month of coal, hold a number of international production records, and have won international innovation awards.“Eickhoff continuously sets technology standards for safe yet highly efficient shearer loaders in extreme-performance longwalls around the globe,” Smallwood said. “All our development activities with these machines are focused on achieving the optimum benefit for the customer. Maximum availability and reliability, ease of maintenance and long service life are distinctive features of our products as is high productivity at low machine-specific mining cost.”A family owned company founded in 1864, Eickhoff says it is now a market leader in the international coal mining and tunnelling industry with its shearer loaders, continuous miners and tunnelling roadheaders.last_img read more

The Top Twilight Gifts for the Holidays

first_imgWe’ve already covered Star Wars, Star Trek, World of Warcraft, and Harry Potter fandom for our gift-guide roundups. If you have a twi-hard on your shopping list, have no fear, we’ve got some great Twilight-related gifts, and there’s just enough time to get them shipped for Christmas.After the jump, check out some of the best holiday gifts you can buy for the teenage vampire fan in your life. Twilight Saga: New Moon – Movie Soundtrack and USB 2GB Flash DriveCDs are so 1990s–and let’s be honest, many of Twilight’s fans weren’t even born then. Why not give the gift of the New Moon soundtrack on a handy, officially-licensed 2GB hard drive? The drive has the Cullen family crest, and it comes loaded with songs from artists like Death Cab for Cutie, Grizzly Bear, and Bon Iver. Twilight Eclipse Protective SkinsSure, their new iPhone is great, but is it Twilight great? Skinit is offering up protective Eclipse covers for the iPhone, Motorola Droid, Macbook, Nintendo DSi, and more.Carson’s Collectibles Digital Camera Leather CaseStore your camera or camcorder in style with this zip-up case. The full name of the product is apparently, “Carson’s Collectibles Digital Camera Leather Case of Twilight Edward Cullen and Bella Swan Looking Glamorous.” The case also features compartments for batteries and memory cards. I believe vampires photograph, though I’m not entirely certain. Twilight TrackerThe Twilight fanatic in your life can socialize with other fans and get access to all sorts of special content through this iPhone and iPod touch app, all for the low price of 99 cents.Scene-it TwilightJust how big of a Twilight fan is the Twilight fan in your life? Only one way to find out. This multimedia trivia game features a game DVD, a game board, 160 trivia cards, and more.New Moon Cast – Twilight Saga – Computer Mouse PadWhy put your mouse on anything else?last_img read more

Papandreou issues stark warning

first_imgPrime Minister George Papandreou gave a stark warning to all parties that they face a terrible backlash from the public if they fail to find a way cooperate in the parliamentary probes into corruptions scandals.“If we do not put the country in order, if we do not create a sense of justice, if there is no respect for the law, they will chase us away and stone us, and rightly so,” he told Parliament.Papandreou then made an appeal directly to New Democracy, whose leader Antonis Samaras said that his party was ready to make some proposals about the economy and combating unemployment over the next few days, to also have an input on how Greece can battle corruption.“We insist on transparency in our country, on rules and accountability, on fighting corruption,” said the Prime Minister Papandreou. “We insist on investigating major cases of mismanagement. If you want to contribute effectively, help clean up those immense wounds, so we can eventually turn a page in this country and establish law and order and a sense of justice.”The two parties have recently been at odds over the parliamentary investigations into the Siemens cash-for-contracts scandal and the Vatopedi Monastery real estate exchange.ND wants former Socialist Prime Minister Costas Simitis to face the Siemens inquiry and PASOK has called for ex-conservative Premier Costas Karamanlis to appear before the Vatopedi panel.Defense Minister Evangelos Venizelos warned yesterday that this tit-for-tat behavior was giving the impression that it was open season on all politicians.“It is inconceivable that former prime ministers or party leaders be called to face questions just so their public image is damaged and that more grist is thrown into a discussion which seems to have no end.”Papandreou’s call for unity came as Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman suggested that Greece only has a 50-50 chance of remaining in the eurozone. “Through monstrous sacrifice, what Greece manages to do over the next five years is increase its debt from 115 to 140 percent of GDP,” he said at the Swiss Economic Forum. “And for some reason, we’re supposed to believe that as of 2015, Greece regains access to the markets and everything is fine. I don’t quite understand why that’s supposed to work.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lorenzo Insigne reveals preference between Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgInsigne prefers Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to new Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo is the talk of Italian football at the moment after completing his much-protracted transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus. However, Insigne believes the forward will not be able to win games on his own in the Serie A.Ronaldo finalized his move to Turin on Monday ending a nine-year Spanish La Liga rivalry with Lionel Messi which began since he moved to Spain in 2009.Debates over who remains the superior player will still continue from now till end of time as it stands.The five-time Balon D’Or winner will be hoping to lead Juventus to the top of European football as they seek to win the UEFA Champions League final again.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Juventus have won the Scudetto for the last seven years in succession but are yet to win the Champions League since 1996.“I’m curious to see how he adapts to the Italian game,” Insigne said about Ronaldo to Gazzetta Dello Sport on Tuesday as quoted in FourFourTwo.“Personally I prefer Messi but you can’t question Cristiano’s abilities. Winning the Balon D’Or on five separate occasions is not an easy feat to achieve.”Insigne and Napoli will be hoping to do one better and finish top of the Serie A after coming second last season finishing four points behind champions Juventus.last_img read more

FBI says agent impersonated AP reporter

first_imgSEATTLE — FBI Director James Comey says an agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter during a 2007 criminal investigation, a ruse the news organization says could undermine its credibility.In a letter Thursday to The New York Times, Comey said the agent “portrayed himself as an employee of The Associated Press” to help catch a 15-year-old suspect accused of making bomb threats at a high school near Olympia. It was publicized last week that the FBI forged an AP story during its investigation, but Comey’s letter revealed the agency went further and had an agent actually pretend to be a reporter for the wire service.Comey said the agent posing as an AP reporter asked the suspect to review a fake AP article about threats and cyberattacks directed at the school, “to be sure that the anonymous suspect was portrayed fairly.”The bogus article contained a software tool that could verify Internet addresses. The suspect clicked on a link, revealing his computer’s location and Internet address, which helped agents confirm his identity. “That technique was proper and appropriate under Justice Department and FBI guidelines at the time. Today, the use of such an unusual technique would probably require higher-level approvals than in 2007, but it would still be lawful and, in a rare case, appropriate,” Comey wrote.last_img read more

Khammam Anganwadis told to propagate importance of balanced

first_imgKhammam: Collector RV Karnan on Thursday ordered the Education and the Health departments to implement Poshan Abhiyan programme effectively in the district by coordinating with each other. On Thursday, the Collector conducted a review meeting with the Health department officials and others at the Collectorate.The Collector directed the officials to conduct several programmes under Poshan Abhiyan for preventing malnutrition in children besides creating awareness among pregnant women about eating a balanced diet to prevent the birth of underweight babies. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The collector also stated that as part of the programme, Anganwadi workers should visit every house in villages and educate people about the importance of mother’s milk. He also suggested the Anganwadi workers to identify those suffering from malnutrition during their visit and distribute necessary medicines and nutritional supplements. The importance of a balanced diet and the need for hygiene should be explained to women, he said. Zilla Parishad Chief Executive Officer Priyanka, District Welfare Officer Varalaxmi, District Medical and Health Officer Dr Kalavathibai, District Educational Officer Madan Mohan, Dr Venkateswarlu, Dr Krupa Usha Sri and officials of concerned department attended the meeting.last_img read more

Resist polls if you can Quader tells BNP

first_imgAL general secretary Obaidul Quader addresses a public rally at capital’s Banani playground organised in observance of what it calls “Victory Day for Democracy”, marking the fourth anniversary of the controversial 5 January elections. Photo: Prothom AloRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday asked his party’s arch rival Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to resist the 11 parliamentary polls if it can.Addressing a public rally at the capital’s Banani playground organised by his party in observance of what it calls “Victory Day for Democracy”, Quader said people under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina would resist the BNP.The anniversary of the one-sided 5 January 2014 polls is observed in different manners by different political parties.Ruling AL, its allies Jatiya Party and other smaller parties observe the day as ‘Victory Day for Democracy’ while AL’s arch enemy and country’s principal opposition party BNP and its allies observe the day as “Democracy Killing Day.”As high as 153 members of parliament (MPs) out of 300 were elected unopposed in the lopsided 5 January elections with the BNP and several other opposition parties boycotting the polls.The opposition parties were demanding a non-party poll-time government to oversee the general elections, but the ruling AL, which was in power then too, stuck to its gun to holding the polls under its own supervision.In protest, the opposition political parties resorted to violent street campaign in the run up to the election, leading to the killing of over 100 people – mostly opposition activists – with 20 on the day of balloting alone. The 11th parliamentary election is scheduled to be held by the third week of January 2019, but the country’s two major political rivals – AL and BNP – are at opposite ends over the question of the type of poll-time government.The AL is insisting that the next polls will be held under Sheikh Hasina-led government while the BNP is saying the country will have no election under Hasina.Dwelling on the issue, Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, referred to a statement of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and said, “BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia said the general election will not allowed to be held without the BNP.”Addressing Khaleda, the ruling AL’s general secretary said, “Wait, the election will be held as per the constitution. Join the election. Elections will wait for none. Elections will be held in due time as per the constitution. If you [BNP] have the strength to resist the polls, please show that.”He claimed that 5 January is a ‘day of suicide’ for the BNP. “On the one hand, to the people, it’s a victory day for democracy and on the other, it is a day of suicide for the communal force [BNP].”He said the BNP will commit suicide once again if it doesn’t join the next elections.Quader claimed that AL must be saved if the country’s liberation war and its spirits are to be saved.last_img read more

Afghan library bus drives children to read

first_imgIn this photograph taken on 4 April 2018, Afghan children board a mobile library bus in Kabul. The door of the blue bus slides open and dozens of children excitedly bound up the steps, eager to get their hands on hard-to-find books in Kabul`s first mobile library. Photo: AFPThe door of the blue bus slides open and dozens of children excitedly bound up the steps, eager to get their hands on hard-to-find books in Kabul’s first mobile library.Named Charmaghz-the Dari for walnut, which is associated with logic in Afghanistan because the nut resembles a brain-the converted public bus is hard to miss as it winds through the dusty streets of the Afghan capital.The library-on-wheels offers pupils and street kids free access to children’s books, which are in short supply at public schools and libraries.It also offers one of the few spaces outside the home that children can use in a city where fear is increasingly keeping residents behind closed doors.As both the Taliban and the Islamic State group step up their attacks in Kabul, with civilians paying the price, many parents-traumatised by the violence, some of them already devastated by loss-have stopped taking their children out in public.Charmaghz, used by as many as 300 children every day, is a rare exception.The vehicle, which is rented from a state-owned bus company and takes precautions to avoid government buildings, main roads or other crowded areas targeted by militants in Kabul, is a relatively secure place for them to read, play chess and see friends.“Boys, you sit in the back and girls in the front. It is important to be organised,” one of three volunteers tells the children as he pulls books from an overhead shelf and places them in outstretched hands.Unlike traditional libraries where chatting is discouraged, the constant hum of voices fills Charmaghz.Children sit cross-legged on the carpeted floor or at desks reading aloud from some of the 600 books that have been donated by Afghan publishers.“I come to the bus once a week to read books,” 13-year-old Zahra told AFP.“Today I’m reading about how to improve your health. I’m reading what I should do and what I should eat.”“When I go home I share the stories I read here with my brothers and sisters.”Book shortageThe library bus was launched in February by Oxford University graduate Freshta Karim, who has dedicated herself to improving the reading and storytelling abilities of children in Afghanistan-an opportunity she never had as a child.Karim grew up a refugee in Pakistan and returned to Afghanistan after the fall of Taliban in 2002. She completed her undergraduate degree in Kabul before winning a Chevening scholarship to study a master’s in public policy at Oxford.“When we were children we did not have access to… libraries for children,” Karim, 26, told AFP.“I remember as a kid at school we didn’t even have chairs-we were sitting on the floor to study.”The library bus stops at schools, parks or orphanages throughout the week, and is an “efficient” way to reach lots of children, Karim said, helping to improve Afghanistan’s low general rate of literacy of just 36 percent.Even now most public schools in Afghanistan do not have libraries, said Shafiullah, who used to work at Kabul’s main public library and now helps non-profit organisations publish children’s books.“Young people and children do not have access to different types of books except their school textbooks,” Shafiullah, who like many Afghans goes by one name, told AFP.“And there are only a few non-governmental organisations that sometimes help publish books for children.”The time many children spend at schools in Afghanistan is limited. Afghans receive an average of 4.6 years of formal education, according to a 2017 survey by the Asia Foundation.Broadening horizonsInside Charmaghz, 15-year-old Abbas reads to his friends the tragic story of Rostam, a hero in Persian mythology, and his son Sohrab.Abbas said the library bus had given him access to books he could not find at his school.“At school you have a limited choice. You don’t have a lot of books. But here you can find a whole range,” he told AFP.More than eight million children are enrolled in schools across Afghanistan this year, official figures show.But 3.5 million other school-age kids will miss out due to school closures, grinding conflict and poverty.Karim is realistic about the changes to literacy the mobile library can achieve in a country the size of Afghanistan.But it is a start, said Karim, who is hoping to garner enough donations to rent another two buses.“I don’t think a mobile library will solve the thousands of problems that we have in our education system,” she said.“But a mobile library is a small effort among a lot of efforts that we have to make.”last_img

WATCH Counterterrorism Chief Says ISIS Adapting To Inspire Not Control Attacks

first_imgNicholas Rasmussen, outgoing director of the National Counterterrorism Center, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the difficulties of preventing such attacks and the chances of another 9/11-style event. Sharelast_img

Dunkin Donuts Goes Galactic With New Cosmic Drinks Donuts

first_img Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter Stay on target You don’t have to be an astronaut to enjoy the wonders of space: Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced two new Cosmic Coolatta frozen drinks—and a matching intergalactic donut.Stay cool this summer (literally and figuratively) with the “out-of-this-world” Cosmic Cotton Candy Coolatta or Cosmic Pineapple Coolatta.The brightly colored beverages feature a candy floss or tropical fruit base, topped with blue raspberry for an intended effect that looks something like an edible aurora.“To help guests stay refreshed as warmer weather arrives, Dunkin’ Donuts is serving any small-sized Coolatta frozen beverage for the special price of $2,” the company announced on Monday.The offer ends May 27.via news.dunkindonuts.comPastry fans, meanwhile, will be “over the moon” (Dunkin’s words, not mine) with this month’s launch of the comet candy donut, decorated with icing and pink, blue, and purple popping candy “for a blast of flavorful fun.”Cosmic Coolatta drinks and comet candy donuts are available at participating restaurants for a limited time.And, it turns out April showers bring more than May flowers.Today marks the return of the smoked sausage breakfast sandwich—the heavenly sounding egg, melted cheese, and smoked sausage stacked on an English muffin. As well as Dunkin’s brown sugar chipotle bacon breakfast sandwich, which features a double portion of caramelized brown sugar chipotle bacon.Where do I sign up?Unfortunately, the morning meals are also limited-time promotions.Dunkin’ Donuts is no stranger to seasonal stunts. The coffeehouse recently teamed up with Saucony to design a sneaker as sweet as a chocolate glaze.The Saucony x Dunkin’ Kinvara 9 sprinkles magenta, orange, and white flourishes from heel to toe; coffee bean accents and DD logos adorn the footgear, which also features hot and iced coffee insoles.Even the accompanying box looks like something you’d carry into the office on a Friday morning to surprise coworkers.The $110 limited-edition shoe, however, is harder to get than a Boston Kreme donut. Saucony’s Dunkin’ Kinvara 9 sold out online just three days after pre-orders opened.last_img read more

Study suggests dogs able to follow direction of human voice

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology has devised an experiment that suggests that dogs are able to respond to the direction in which human voice moves. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes their experiments with multiple dogs and what their findings suggest. © 2014 Phys.org The results suggest that the dogs were able to discern the direction that the voice was traveling and to understand the connection between it and the source of the treat, a feat that chimpanzees and wolves are not able to replicate. Explore further Does your dog love you? More information: Federico Rossano, Marie Nitzschner, Michael Tomasello, Domestic dogs and puppies can use human voice direction referentially, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 7 May 2014. rspb.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rspb.2013.3201Press release 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. Citation: Study suggests dogs able to follow direction of human voice (2014, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-dogs-human-voice.html In this experiment, the dogs know that food is hidden in one of these boxes – but they don’t know in which one. To find the tasty snack, they are following the human voice. Credit: MPI f. Evolutionary Anthropology Dogs and humans have a special relationship going back thousands of years. Scientists believe that over the course of all those years, it’s possible that dogs have learned to communicate with people and vice-versa, in ways that aren’t fully understood. One example was a prior study that found that dogs are able to follow a person’s gaze, or in many instances a pointed finger. In this latest effort, the researchers sought to determine if dogs are also able to make inferences based solely on the direction in which human communications are traveling.The experiment involved one human and one dog (at a time). The human kneeled behind a wood plank while the dog sat restrained behind a line several feet away, facing the wood plank. Between the two was a red curtain that served to prevent the dog from seeing the actions of the person. As the experiment began, the person stood up and showed the dog a food treat, instructing it to pay attention. The person then crouched down behind the plank as the curtain was drawn, grabbed one of two black smell-proof boxes and placed the food treat inside of it. The boxes were then set at the edges of the plank, within sight of the dog when the curtain was opened. The human, still hidden behind the plank, changed position to directly face one of the boxes and spoke encouraging words to the dog. Then, the dog was released to fetch the treat. Adult dogs went straight to the correct box on average 7.6 times out of 12. With puppies used to being around people, the average was even better, 8.1 out of 12 tries. Puppies that had not been around people, however, did no better than chance.last_img read more

CM meets members of Namashudra Vikas Parishad

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a meeting with Namashudra Vikas Parishad at Nabanna on Monday.Sources said there were discussions over certain issues with the representatives who were led by Mukul Chandra.It is learnt that they have placed a demand for the formation of a development board to ensure further progress in their region. There was also discussion over various matters in regard to the community.Sources added that there were talks about the recent Assam’s National Register of Citizens as well. The Namashudra Vikas Parishad members had protested against the exclusion of the names of 40 lakh people from the final draft by staging a demonstration at Jalpaiguri.last_img read more

Why did So Many People Wear Wigs in the 18th Century

first_imgFashion has always been a is a harbinger of the times. Take the 18th century, for example. Never — certainly not in European history — have people been quite so excessively and boastfully, well, fake. Extravagant hairstyles, particularly towering powdered wigs, abounded. But that would change. As the 18th century came to a close, wigs (for both men and women) were on their way out, seen as a sign of deception and viewed with suspicion.Marie Antoinette wearing the distinctive pouf style coiffure: her own natural hair is extended on the top with an artificial hairpiece.During the French Revolution, people — particularly aristocrats — fearful of being targeted, imprisoned, and worse, stopped wearing elaborate powdered toppers, opting to go au naturel.At the turn of the century, a time of more restraint, the trend continued. Women’s hair once again saw the light of day, held in place with tortoiseshell combs, colorful ribbons, or pins.Though some continued to use clip-in hairpieces (or postiches, as the French called them) for much of the nineteenth century, artifice was something to be avoided.Charles-Alexandre de Calonne by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun (1784), London, Royal Collection. The Vicomte de Calonne is shown wearing a powdered wig; the powder that has fallen from the wig is visible on his shoulders.Indeed, a letter sent to Queen Victoria from her aunt Queen Adelaide in 1843 perfectly illustrates the disapproval people had regarding wigs at the time.In the missive, an opinionated Adelaide declares how unfortunate it is that Victoria’s eldest daughter is forced to wear a powdered wig. How strange she must look, clucks Adelaide.Queen Victoria with the five surviving children of her daughter, Princess Alice, dressed in mourning clothing for their mother and their sister Princess Marie in early 1879.For men, wigs were considered the height of vanity. Women wearing wigs would be accused of employing trickery in a desperate bid to snare a husband. Wig became such a forbidden word that hairdressers came up with colorful euphemisms, such as “gentlemen’s invisible perukes” or “ladies’ imperceptible hair coverings.”Often, being fitted for a wig was a clandestine encounter between hairdressers and their clients. In his book The Strange Story of False Hair, author John Woodforde relays a touching story about a girl, whose mother shaved her head and fitted her with a blonde wig to lure potential suitors.Colonel James Hamilton by John Smart (1784), wearing a white wig powdered with pink-colored powder.After marrying, the girl would wear the wig till the day she died. She would go so far as to issue orders specifying that if she should die before her husband, her hairdresser should style the wig in her coffin, lest her husband discovers her shameful secret.Frankly, many were happy to be free of their faux hair. The heavy, elaborate wigs of the Georgian era were something of a health hazard. People developed sores on their scalps, suffered from lice, and ran the risk of their hairpieces exploding! (The animal fats used for styling were highly combustible.)Wigs as court dress. Photo by Oxfordian Kissuth CC BY-SA 3.0Those still wearing full wigs by the mid-19th century often did so for reasons beyond the superficial.A woman suffering from baldness, for example, was probably afflicted with syphilitics — a bacterial infection which caused symptoms such as open sores, nasty rashes, and bald patches.Women’s hair during the first part of the century was typically worn in a neoclassical style that harkened back to ancient Greece, tied in a knot or chignon at the nape of the neck, curls framing the face and forehead, and accessorized with ribbons and headbands.In later decades, hair became a bit more elaborate, perhaps swept upward and adorned with combs, flowers, leaves, pearls, or jeweled ribbons.Wilhelmina KrafftTo create this style, women incorporated hairpieces made from strands collected from their combs and brushes and saved over time in ceramic or porcelain containers.Men favored longer hair and mustaches, sideburns, and beards, during much of the 1800s — some using waxes and wood frames at the night to help preserve their shape.In fact, the mid- to late-19th century would usher in more than a few advances in hair maintenance.Wilhelm I, German Emperor, sported large sideburns.Eliza Rossana Gilbert, Countess of Landsfeld and a courtesan in the court of Ludwig I of Bavaria offered recipes for dying grey hair in an 1858 book she penned.In 1882, Canadian Martha Matilda Harper started the first international chain of salons, offering a variety of treatments for healthy hair. And in 1890, Alexandre Godefroy invented a machine to dry hair in his Parisian salon.Lola Montez c.1851.By the end of the nineteenth century, the tide was turning once again, at least when it came to men, with publications such as the Hairdresser’s Weekly Journal suggesting that hairpieces created to hide male baldness went beyond mere vanity.Read another story from us: Nipple Rings for Aristocrats – The Wild Victorian Fashion TrendWomen plagued with skimpy, wimpy strands weren’t quite as lucky.Intolerance toward faux tresses would continue all the way into the next century.last_img read more