The traditional fishermen of Odisha are in a fix as they have lost their boats and nets in cyclone Fani and face the diminished scope of professional employment in other coastal States during the summer months. According to Prasanna Behera, president of the Odisha Traditional Fish Workers’ Union (OTFWU), a large number of the cyclone-devastated fishermen may be forced to become menial migrant labourers during the next two months. The Phailin cyclone of 2013 that had its landfall near Gopalpur in Ganjam district had led to large scale migration of fishermen looking for work outside the State. But Phailin occurred in October, when the scope of employment in the marine fishery sector was high in other coastal States.Migration for jobsDuring the summer months fishing activity is low in States of the eastern coast, which will reduce the employment scope for Odisha fishermen, said Mr. Behera. It is expected that some of them may migrate to the western coast looking for fishing sector jobs in Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Goa. Others may be compelled to earn a living as menial workers in other sectors.According to initial government assessment, 6,389 traditional marine fishing boats, 7,240 nets, 2,524 fish ponds of area 587 hectare, three fishing harbours, six fish landing centres, and five fish farms have been damaged by Fani in Odisha. According to OTFWU, the number of damaged boats and nets will be higher as information is yet to reach it from several areas. Fani has affected the traditional fishermen of Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara districts and those living on the banks of Chilika lake in Khurda, Ganjam and Puri districts. The demand for marine fish, prawn and crab has again started to rise in the Odisha markets. But the fishermen of Ganjam, who were least affected by Fani are not able to gain from it.According to N.Taleya, a fisherman community leader of Nulia Nuagaon in Ganjam district, the ban on mechanised fishing from April 15 to May 31 for the breeding season still continues in Ganjam coast. Due to this they are only able to fish with their traditional catamarans. The catch is not sufficient to get good income, although demand is high as fishing is almost nil in the Fani-devastated coastal districts.With fall in fish catch, women of the marine fisherman community have also lost their livelihood. They are no more able to process and trade marine products. Samudram, a federation of Women Self Help Groups, is doubtful about producing 500 kg of processed marine products per month in the coming days. There was a time when it was producing 3,000kg of produce every month. As cashew jungles have been destroyed, these fisherwomen have also lost the income they were getting from cashew plucking.Only community-based measures through organisations such as Samudram and WSHGs can provide some respite to the devastated traditional fishermen of Odisha coast, said W. Babaji, a marine fisherman community leader.
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Johannesburg, Apr 24 (PTI) Cricket South Africa (CSA) has provisionally suspended former pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe for breaching its Anti-Corruption Code. Tsotsobe has been suspended from playing, coaching or otherwise being involved in any capacity in any match under CSAs jurisdiction or that of the ICC or any other ICC member. The charges against Tsotsobe follow a lengthy investigation, which started around October 2015 by CSAs Anti-Corruption Unit and that resulted in bans of Gulam Bodi, Jean Symes, Pumi Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati, Thami Tsolekile and Alviro Petersen for offences under the Code relating to the local 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series. Among other offences, the 33-year-old Tsotsobe has been charged with contriving to fix or otherwise improperly influence the result of the match or matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series. Tsotsobe was seeking to accept, accepted or agreed to accept a bribe or reward to fix or contrive to fix or influence improperly a match or matches. He failed to disclose the receipt of a gift or payment that he knew or ought to have known was given to him to procure a breach of the Code or that was made in circumstances that could bring him or the sport of cricket into disrepute. The investigation was initiated after allegations that India-born Bodi was acting as an intermediary for international betting syndicates, approaching certain players with a view of engaging in fixing activities during the competition. In January 2016, CSA imposed a 20-year ban on Bodi after he admitted to charges of contriving or attempting to fix matches in the series, allegedly at the behest of the Indian bookmakers. CSA instituted its “zero” tolerance anti-corruption code in the wake of the 2000 scandal involving now deceased captain Hansie Cronje and Indian bookmakers. PTI FH CM CMadvertisement
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Derek Jeter almost felt as if he were playing in the Bronx after getting a key late hit.Jeter had a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees ended a five-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 16.The announced crowd at Tropicana Field was 31,042, the Rays’ second home sellout this season. Tampa Bay entered with the major league’s lowest average home attendance of 17,848.“There are a lot of Yankees’ fans down here because spring training is here,” Jeter said. “Seemed like quite a few were in the stands, so it’s almost like a home game.”Jeter is retiring after this season and playing in his final weekend games at Tampa Bay. The Yankees do return for three weekday games in September.“I’m not so sure I’ve heard his name chanted that loud in an opposing stadium this year,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.Brett Gardner opened the ninth with an infield single off Jake McGee (3-1) and advanced on a throwing error by second baseman Logan Forsythe. After failing to lay down a sacrifice bunt, Jeter put New York ahead with a single to right-center on a 2-2 pitch.“This game is funny, you know,” Girardi said. “It changes on a drop of a hat.”Dellin Betances (5-0) worked a perfect eighth before David Robertson got three outs for his 32nd save. Rookie Shane Greene allowed two runs, seven hits and struck out a career-high 10 in six-plus innings.The Yankees took a lead in the second when Chase Headley drew a two-out walk on a full-count pitch and Martin Prado homered on an 0-2 offering from Drew Smyly, making his first home start since being acquired in a trade that sent ace David Price to Detroit on July 31.Smyly gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings. “They’ve got a really good lineup,” Smyly said. “They have good strike zone awareness. You just have to keep going right at them and making them swing.”Price is scheduled to pitch against Tampa Bay for the first time Aug. 21 in the finale of a three-game series in Florida.After Yunel Escobar had a sixth-inning RBI single, Tampa Bay tied it at 2 on Ben Zobrist’s run-scoring grounder in the seventh.The Rays extended their club-record streak of allowing three runs or fewer to 12 consecutive games, but have gone just 7-5 over the stretch.Tampa Bay had become the fourth team ever in the majors to get back to .500 after being at least 18 games under the break-even point with a 5-0 victory Friday night over the Yankees that gave them a 61-61 record.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Transfers Man Utd and PSG-linked Pellegri ‘like Ibrahimovic’, claims agent Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 17:55 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Manchester United PSG Genoa Serie A Ligue 1 Premier League The teenage Genoa striker has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in Europe, with leading sides in England and France among his suitors Pietro Pellegri is a “young Zlatan Ibrahimovic”, according to his agent, with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain among those monitoring his development.The teenage striker has burst onto the scene at Genoa, with two goals netted in four games this season.He has already made history by becoming the first 16-year-old to net twice in a major league fixture, having bagged a brace in a 3-2 defeat to Lazio. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Pellegri’s exploits are now drawing interest from afar, with leading sides across Europe forming part of a large group of suitors.The Italy U-17 international’s representative is not surprised by the admiring glances, but has told Secolo XIX that no formal approaches have been received as yet.Giuseppe Riso said: “I am not in contact with anyone at the moment.“We are talking about a very powerful striker. Let’s just say he has the characteristics of a young Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He’s not just a revelation in Italy, but one of the best young European players.“Don’t forget, at the age of 16, he bagged a brace against Lazio. It’s not surprising he has been linked with PSG, as many big European clubs are tracking him.”Pellegri has been a rare positive for Genoa so far this season, with the team struggling in Serie A where they are currently languishing in 19th spot, having collected just two points from seven games so far.
Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers If beer and oysters are two of your favorite things, you should probably make plans to head to Gulf Shores, Alabama on November 6th and 7th for the 8th annual Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend.This year you can kick off the weekend with a Craft Beer Festival on Friday, November 6 that features over 60 regional and national beers to sample. You can taste beers from breweries like Cahaba Brewing and Good People Brewing Co. from Birmingham, AL, Straight To Ale from Huntsville, AL, and Fairhope Brewing (Fairhope, AL), and many more from around the country. After your brews you’ll be able to relax and enjoy Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album performed by Black Jacket Symphony.Then on Saturday, November 7, get ready to sample oysters prepared by over 70 of the best chefs the southeast has to offer. You’ll get to taste Alabama GulfOysters during the Oyster Cook-Off prepared by chefs like Food Network stars Anne Burrell, Marc Murphy, and Martie Duncan, and James Beard Best Chef South Award Winner 2015 and 2014 Alon Shaya and Ryan Prewitt. Admission to Saturday’s Oyster Cook-Off is $10 per person, with tasting tickets for oysters, beer, Bloody Marys, and cocktails available for purchase. A limited number of Weekend VIP tickets are available for $150 per person, which includes admission to the Friday Craft Beer Festival, chef meet and greets, exclusive chef tastings, and admission to a private “Chefs Only” after party. Tickets may be purchased online.For updates on events and participants, visit The Hangout’s website or follow the festival on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.To get you pumped for the Hangout, I talked to chef and North American Oyster Showcase Panelist Erik Neil of Easy Bistro in Chattanooga, TN and Chef Elliott Moss, James Beard Award Semifinalist from Buxton Hall BBQ in Asheville, NC about their favorite ways to eat oysters and how you can prepare them yourself at home. With a little practice, you can be on your way to your own backyard beer and oyster hangouts.Chef Erik NeilRestaurant: Easy Bistro & Bar, Chattanooga, TNFavorite oyster preparation: Lemon and a big spoon of caviar!Favorite raw oyster recipe: Make a quick mignonette. Add 2 T Cracked black pepper, 2 T minced shallot, and ½ C champagne vinegar. Mix.Favorite grilled oyster recipe: Shuck, top with a pinch of butter, dash of tabasco, crumbled (cooked) bacon and a whole parsley leaf. Grill over hot coals just until the butter melts and the edge of the oyster starts to curl just a little. Don’t overcook. Favorite beer to serve with oysters: Miller High Life—after all, it is the champagne of beers! Chef Elliott MossRestaurant: Buxton Hall BBQ, Asheville, NCFavorite oyster preparation: A good, simple mignonetteFavorite grilled oyster recipe: In a cast iron pan with a wet towel over the top, thrown on the coals until they pop open is a good and easy way to cook them. I like these with a spicy cocktail sauce, lemon and saltines. The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags
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It is a decisive win for PM Modi, BJP, and NDA. Modi government 2.0 is on the anvil and we need to explore the reasons. In the Congress-led UPA side, situation by 12 noon showed that it is relatively stronger this time around though far from a win. Regional parties are on a decline except for YSR Congress in Andhra, BJD in Odisha, TRS in Telengana, and DMK in Tamil Nadu (largely in South India). The Left is totally left out of the ensuing Lok Sabha. Also Read – A staunch ally What explains the opposition campaign fizzling out? The critical strong points of Congress challenge were all mistimed. The appreciable manifesto and its core proposal of NYAY were late in the day, and could not be communicated well to the grassroots by the party which was always dependent on mass media to do its talking, when the media in this election was not willing to, being heavily influenced by those in power. Priyanka Gandhi coming late did not help beyond enthusing UP Congress cadre. Her not contesting and not even campaigning in states where Congress just came into power (MP, Chattisgarh and Rajasthan) was a crucial mistake. Even MP strongman, Jyotiraditya Scindia being engaged largely in Western UP campaign due to Kamal Nath’s antagonism towards him was a poor strategy. A collective opposition to communal politics and polarisation of BJP could not be forged by the opposition forces. Congress floundered badly in forging an alliance in Bengal (with Left or TMC), Haryana (with JJP and AAP), Delhi (with AAP) and UP (with SP-BSP). The need was for everyone to combat BJP and not restrict each other’s sphere of influence. Absence of a single face of the opposition and lack of a coherent national strategy of all anti-BJP forces was evident in the total tally. Leaving the three critical newly-won states of Rajasthan, MP and Chattisgarh purely to the local satraps and being away from a national strategy of the joint opposition was a crucial mistake on Rahul Gandhi’s part. Congress did not work to consolidate its strong points and was wobbling to fight in the weaker pockets, except for Kerala. Also Read – Cuban pathos What explains the clear win of BJP-led NDA? Surely, a new set of social coalitions has been evolved by the Sangh Parivar which also involves the Dalits and OBCs contrary to the expectations before the elections. The UP fiasco of the opposition shows that transfer of votes between SP and BSP did not happen and BJP could garner a large part of the votes of non-Jat Dalits and non-Yadav OBCs. BJP could also polarise a large part of the Hindu voters in Bengal and central India irrespective of castes either on local issues against the chief ministers there or on issues of nationalism and Modi’s leadership. Needless to say, no single opposition face for the PM position, no coherent opposition national strategy coupled with mobilisation of the entire Sangh Parivar nationally and blatant religious polarisation on majoritarian identity grounds helped BJP ride the tide of a critical economic situation and failure on macro-economic fronts with joblessness, farm crisis, lower GDP and per capita growth than pre-2014 times, negative impact of demonetisation and GST, etc., writ large on the nation’s face. What lies ahead hereafter? While the de jure constitutional system of Indian polity is British parliamentary type, in effect and de facto, India is turning into a presidential form of policy (if still not so in governance) more like American type. This may further be consolidated. We may find constitutional amendments galore, with regard to Articles 370, 35A, the form of government, the goals of socialism and secularism in the preamble of the Constitution, etc. There can be newer laws regarding triple talaq, temple construction, NRC and citizenship, sedition et al. These may divide society as well. As for the opposition, regional parties shall have a setback with consolidation of the forces behind and around Congress. Though the lead of Congress is still limited to South India by and large, it is obvious that caste- and region-divided Opposition can never challenge BJP on its own. Even within NDA, BJP will usurp the politics of Shiv Sena both hinging on Hindutva, and of JD(U) as Nitish Kumar’s personal pull and effectiveness have come down drastically and it is BJP which is raring to go and be the leading partner in Bihar and Maharashtra by a long shot. Now that political consolidation of power is almost complete across most of India for BJP, the theatre of political high drama next shall be in south India, where BJP is expected to replace the Left as the main opposition in Kerala, work in tandem with YSR Congress in Andhra and TRS in Telengana, and aim to oust the Cong-JDS government in Karnataka by fair or foul means. Also in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK will further degenerate and play second fiddle to BJP going ahead for its limited relevance. Even BJD in Odisha will come to a broad understanding with BJP in the interests of the state, for now. Further, Delhi and Bengal will be theatres of high drama too with state elections around the corner within a year or so. Expect a bigger round of violence in Bengal with competitive violence and communalism of both the incumbent TMC and challenger BJP not willing to give an inch to each other. Expect AAP to go for a pitched battle for the mind of Delhi electorate with its governance track-record vis-a-vis BJP pledging central support if elected to power. Also, it is expected that the Modi government 2.0 will have a much different composition of its council of ministers. And, it will be interesting to note the new set of ministers who are expected to be younger on one side and more pliant to Modi-Shah leadership on the other. (The author is a media academic, columnist and political analyst in television news debates. The views expressed are strictly personal)
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CLEVELAND — First, cover Jared Sullinger; second, Jon Diebler. That was No. 8 seed George Mason’s plan, heading into its third-round matchup against No. 1 seed Ohio State. It didn’t work. OSU forward David Lighty, who GMU was praying would have an off night, ended up with a record-setting performance in his final collegiate matchup in his hometown. The future looked dim for the Buckeyes after they fell behind George Mason, 11-2, less than four minutes in. But then, after missing three of their first four shots, the Buckeyes came alive. They connected on eight of their next 10 field goal attempts, including four 3-pointers from Lighty, to take a 24-18 lead about midway through the first half. “Lighty was on fire,” GMU forward Ryan Pearson said. “He just didn’t miss.” OSU’s relentless offense continued, as it entered halftime on a 50-15 run, doubling the Patriots’ score. Lighty, a Cleveland native, led that run with 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting, including a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. Lighty, who graduated before the matchup, ended the game on 100 percent shooting from deep, connecting on all seven 3-point attempts. His performance was the best single-tournament-game 3-point shooting without a miss in program history. “My teammates did a good job of finding me,” Lighty said. “They did spot me and gave me room to knock down shots.” OSU coach Thad Matta said he’s witnessed Lighty evolve as a player over the years. “You go back to his freshman year, I remember he made a three at North Carolina. Then he went like three months without making one,” Matta said. “For me to see the progression that he’s made as a player … I’m just excited for him.” But the fifth-year forward wasn’t the only Buckeye hitting threes that night. Diebler and junior guard William Buford added four 3-pointers apiece on 4-for-8 and 4-for-7 shooting from deep, respectively. “Every time I looked up, everybody was hitting a jumper or a three or something,” Lighty said. “Everyone was clicking on high cylinders tonight. And when that’s happening, it’s pretty hard to beat us.” The Buckeyes broke single-game program records in NCAA Tournament games for number of 3-pointers made, and 3-point shooting percentage, sinking 16 from deep on 61.5 percent shooting. They set the previous 3-point record at 12 in their win against Texas-San Antonio on Friday. Freshman point guard Aaron Craft led OSU in assists with 15, a career high for him and single-game record for a Buckeye. But, as Lighty attributed his shooting performance to his teammates’ ball placement, Craft deferred the praise to OSU’s offense. “Like most of the assists today, I mean, they knocked down threes for me,” Craft said. “That’s basically how it happened.” Every single player on OSU’s roster put up points against the Patriots on Sunday, including senior walk-on guard Eddie Days, who recorded his first and only point of his career on a free throw with 1:17 to play. “I’m so happy for Eddie and what he’s meant to this team,” Matta said. The Buckeyes (34-2) will proceed to the Sweet 16 in Newark, N.J., where they will tip off against fourth-seeded Kentucky (27-8) at 9:30 p.m. Friday. OSU proved against the Patriots that, in order to beat the Buckeyes, a team can’t focus all of its defense on two players and hope the others do poorly. “We have so many weapons,” Lighty said. “The defense pretty much has to pick their poison.”
Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) flies to the hoop for a score during a game against Bryant Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 86-48. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIf the Ohio State Buckeyes felt any added pressure to recently becoming one of the top-ranked teams in the country, they certainly did not show it against Bryant University.The No. 3 Buckeyes (9-0, 0-0), led by a stellar effort from senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., dominated Bryant (6-5, 0-0) from start to finish, winning 86-48 Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center.“That was one of the things we talked about in shootaround and really coming out of the Central Connecticut State game. Trying to sustain intensity, trying to sustain effort, keep the focus on the things we need to get better at,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the win. “I thought we did a pretty decent job with that.”Smith Jr. opened the contest by swooping to the hoop for a score on the game’s first possession, and he — and his team — never looked back.Solid ball movement, timely shooting and an advantage in size against the Bulldogs allowed OSU to shoot 53.6 percent from the field in the first half, as Smith Jr. scored 12 points in the opening 20 minutes to help his team to a 43-23 lead at the break.“As a senior, I put a lot of work into my game offensively over the summer and my confidence is off the chart,” Smith Jr. said after the win. “My teammates are able to find me wide open. A lot of teams, for some reason, teams are helping off of me and I’m able to get great looks at the basket.”Matta said he thinks the senior is “playing at a very, very high level” so far this season.“He’s a really good demeanor about him in terms of being a senior and knowing that this is kind of (his) last crack at it,” Matta said. “I love the way he’s playing right now … the fact that he’s shooting the ball the way he is makes us a better basketball team.”Each of the 10 players who saw action Wednesday night scored, as Smith Jr. and junior center Amir Williams led the way with 19 and 12 points, respectively. The Buckeyes finished shooting 52.5 percent for the game, including 40 percent from three.“We’re making great finds, we’re reading each other, we have great guards on the perimeter,” Smith Jr. said about the offensive output. “We’re able to attack the defense on every side and penetrate and kick the ball out. Our offensive shooting has increased over these past three or four games. We just want to keep rolling.”Bryant coach Tim O’Shea was not short of good things to say about OSU after the game, stating that the Buckeye team has the potential to contend for the national title.“We’re a good team, we’re going to contend for a championship in our league. They’re going to contend for a national championship,” O’Shea said. “Just athletically, they’re an extraordinary bunch … This is the best of the best. There are few teams in the country that’ll contend for the national championship legitimately and Ohio State is one of them.”The final player to enter the game for the Buckeyes was junior forward Jake Lorbach, a walk-on who hit all three shots he took from the field, punctuated by a breakaway dunk that brought a multitude of cheers from his teammates on the bench.“He works on those moves all the time in practice so we weren’t surprised when he made those shots,” junior center Amir Williams said about Lorbach after the game, then raising his hand jokingly after he and Smith Jr. were asked if they were worried about losing their starting spots. “He did look good. I got to take lessons from him from now on.”Even Matta was impressed with Lorbach’s efforts.“I’m happy for Jake, the ball went in for him. He’s been in this program now for a year and a half. Every single day he comes in, he works. Those moves that he made, he’s working them every single day,” Matta said. “That is exciting for him and it’s exciting for the guys because they know how hard he works.”From the starting five all the way to the end of the bench, the Buckeyes took care of business Wednesday.“For our guys, they had great respect for Bryant and knowing the caliber of basketball team they are. I thought we did a good job of sticking with the focus that we needed to,” Matta said.OSU is next scheduled to take on North Dakota State Saturday at 8:15 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Football banning orders lasting up to 10 years aim to stop hooligans travelling to international fixtures and if breached can lead to a fine of up to £5,000 and a six-month jail term.Officials will be keen to avoid a repeat of scenes at Euro 2016 in France, when England fans were involved in violent clashes, including with Russia supporters.Around 10,000 fans are expected to travel from the UK to Russia in the coming days, with each required to have a unique fan number allowing them access to the games.There is a large police presence in parts of Moscow, with airport-style scanners and searches in operation around Luzhniki Stadium ahead of kick off.Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the UK’s national lead for football policing, said: “Ahead of the World Cup, a comprehensive policing operation has been in place across the country to account for passports of those on banning orders, which has once again seen only a handful of those outstanding.“The legislation used for banning orders is the most effective of its kind, and affords us the ability to ensure the vast majority of England supporters travelling to Russia are genuine fans who simply want to enjoy the tournament.” “The UK’s system of football banning orders is unique and means that people intent on causing trouble in Russia will instead be staying at home.” Mr Grindel, who was in Moscow for the Fifa Congress which on Wednesday awarded the 2026 World Cup to a joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the US, suggested the British government’s boycott of the World Cup was “unwise”.Officials from the English FA and British Government and Royal Family are not expected to be present, following the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March. The warnings come after the head of the German football association said the German secret service had identified threats from terrorist groups intent on attacking the tournament. But Mr Grindel said: “If you play in Russia, this is not similar to supporting everything Mr (Vladimir) Putin is politically doing, but the point is to build bridges between the civil societies.” Reinhard Grindel, president of the DFB, admitted there was no guarantee fans would be safe from the threat from a lone-wolf extremist.He said: “We know from our secret service there a lot of videos from different terrorist groups which say they want to do something during the World Cup and they request their followers to do actions.”I think the security administration is so good that groups who were active will be seen and they will prevent a big terror act, but you can never, ever, say it is impossible for a lonesome terrorist to make something.He added: “It is clear that in a country like Russia you need security and it’s in our interest, in the interests of our team, of our fans to have security. On the other hand it should not be so much that it overloads everything so we must find a wise, middle way.” Metal detectors and security near the entrance to Red Square, MoscowCredit:Aaron Chown /PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Dozens of football hooligans have failed to surrender their passports ahead of Thursday’s World Cup opening ceremony, raising fears they could attempt to travel to Russia.Police are now visiting known hooligans who have yet to hand over their travel documents in a bid to ensure they remain at home.Latest Home Office figures show that 58 people banned from travelling to the World Cup have not surrendered their passports since the exclusion period began on June 4.Of the 1,312 individuals subject to football banning orders preventing them from travelling to overseas games, 1,254 have either handed over the documents voluntarily, been forced to do so or did not have a passport in the first place.Police are in place at UK ports to stop any suspected troublemakers trying to get to to the tournament, which promises to open with a spectacular ceremony at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.Officials say they are confident that few, if any, hooligans will succeed in getting to Russia, and if they do they will be met by a huge security operation.Nick Hurd , Minister for Policing and the Fire Service said: “The World Cup is a festival of football and is no place for violence or disorder.
Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 5:00 PM Image: Sherlock/BBC via Youtube Jan 21st 2017, 5:00 PM 16,769 Views WITH HIS SHERLOCK Holmes-style penchant for using multiple disguises to help crack his cases, Giuseppe Dosi was no ordinary policeman.And nearly 36 years after his death, Italians are still discovering the secrets of the “artist detective”.Dosi, who was born in 1891, abandoned his dreams of a career on the stage as a young man. After two years treading the boards however, he never lost his relish for the challenge of taking on a new role.A priest, a banker, a German doctor and a Czech army officer with a pronounced limp were just some of the parts the Rome-born officer played in the course of a long career.And like Arthur Conan Doyle’s eccentric creation, Holmes, the Italian was not opposed to a little cross-dressing, if he felt posing as a woman would help him get his man.Interest in Dosi has been spurred by a new biography, written by a serving police chief, a documentary about his life and by some of the detective’s professional archives being placed online.“He had a type of postcard printed for friends and colleagues which showed him in 17 different disguises corresponding to the different identities he assumed in the course of 17 different investigations,” said Alessia Glielmi, an archivist at Rome’s Historical Museum of the Liberation who is an expert on Dosi.“As well as the disguised characters, he had four fully-formed identities he used with all the necessary papers and back story to support them,” Glielmi told AFP.Mysterious balcony fallAfter his entry into the police force, Dosi’s bosses quickly found ways of making use of his talent for imitation, trusting him with sensitive missions in Italy and abroad.One early one involved infiltrating a group of Swiss-based Italian anarchists who were, it was feared, plotting to assassinate the then king, Vittorio Emanuele III.In 1922, when the poet and politician Gabriele D’Annunzio fell from his balcony in mysterious circumstances, it was Dosi who was put in charge of the delicate investigation.“That involved one of his best disguises,” said Glielmi, describing how the detective adopted the persona of Karel Kradokwill, an exiled Czech who spoke Italian with a thick German accent and trailed one ostensibly semi-paralysed leg behind him as a result of a war wound.By going undercover in this way, Dosi was able to establish that D’Annunzio’s balcony mishap was down to a row with his combustible mistress rather than any political plot against him.The case was closed, prompting D’Annunzio, once he became aware of the deception, to denounce Dosi as a “dirty cop.”What the writer did not know was that the officer had also used his time in his house to make copies of some of the poet’s private correspondence — racy love letters to his mistress only recently identified as historical documents for the insight they offer into the life of D’Annunzio.In 1927 Dosi became involved in a famous miscarriage of justice case centred on a series of murders and rapes of young girls in Rome.Under pressure to find a culprit, the authorities pinned the blame on a photographer, Gino Girolimoni, feeding incriminating details to the press that led to the suspect being dubbed the Monster of Rome.Investigator for Allied forcesDosi was not convinced and managed to get the investigation reopened, putting together a case against a British clergyman who may have been the actual culprit but was able to skip the country before his arrest.In an Italy then under fascist rule, this kind of independent thinking did not go down well, although Dosi was far from being an active resistant to dictator Benito Mussolini’s authoritarian rule.Towards the end of the 1930s he began to think of leaving the police and wrote a memoir which revealed numerous details of his investigations as well as treating his bosses to some stinging criticism.That was to prove a final straw for his superiors. Suspended from the police, Dosi was imprisoned in Rome in 1939 and then transferred to an asylum for the mentally ill, where he languished for 17 months until his release in January 1941.After three years confined to a desk job, another noteworthy episode got him back in the investigative saddle.In June 1944, as Allied forces were entering the Italian capital, an angry mob attacked a former German prison, freeing the prisoners and then setting it ablaze.With the help of a young German soldier, Dosi went into the burning building and recovered a huge stock of documents that were to prove vital for subsequent prosecutions of Italians, who had collaborated with the Nazis.Dosi handed the papers over to Allied commanders and got taken on as a special investigator for two years. In 1946 he returned to the ranks of the Italian police, rising to the grade of commissioner before his retirement, 10 years later.He died, aged 89, in 1981.© – AFP, 2017Read: Badass Mrs Hudson was the best thing about season four of Sherlock 9 Comments Image: Sherlock/BBC via Youtube Share Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3196176 By AFP Short URL Meet Italy’s real-life Sherlock Holmes who donned multiple disguises to crack notorious cases Giuseppe Dosi was hailed as a “master of disguise” who solved a range of crimes as a detective.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The political campaign trail ahead of the Victorian state elections has brought good news this week for Greek senior citizens groups.On Tuesday Premier Daniel Andrews together with Minister for Families and Children, Early Childhood Education and Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos met with senior Greek Australians in Port Melbourne, where the Premier pledged $3.4 million to go towards the state’s multicultural senior citizens groups under a re-elected Labor Government.If successfully voted in, every one of Victoria’s 862 groups will receive a $4,000 grant in 2019.The funds will be allocated with the intention that they been put towards holding activities for members, including excursions, dancing, singing, and religious feast day celebrations. The grants can also be used for equipment upgrades to assist groups to hold future events that benefit the social well-being of older culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians, including commercial kitchen appliances, fridges, and barbecues.The Premier acknowledged the sacrifices made by older migrants in venturing to Australia and building a life for themselves and their families in Victoria, as did many Greeks, and that this is a way of helping to repay them.“Older migrants came to Australia and worked hard all of their life to build a better future for their children. In doing so they helped to build this nation – as Premier of Victoria, I say thank you,” he said.“Like Labor, Prime Ministers Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, and Labor Premier Steve Bracks before me, I will always stand with our multicultural communities.”The President of the Federation of Greek Elderly Citizens Clubs of Melbourne and Victoria John Kostoulias welcomed the announcement.“All senior citizen clubs are run by volunteers and the Government’s $4000 will provide ongoing support to ensure that activities and cultural festivals can continue so elderly can maintain connections with their local communities,” he said.Eligibility for the grants will be open to all multicultural senior citizen groups funded as part of the Victorian Budget’s 2018/19 Senior Citizens Organisational Support Grants program.
Boston Dynamics has been one of the leading purveyors of really friggin’ creepy bots for some time. Way back in 2005, the gasoline-powered BigDog wowed with its ability to slip on ice or receive a kick to chassis and still recover. Some also thought the video represented the first crimes against machine kind for which humans would surely pay dearly for down the line.But now, 12 years later, the company has refined their skills to a terrifying point. The latest iteration of their human-shamed robot, ATLAS, is now a capable gymnast. And yeah, if you’re a bit stunned by that leap, you’re not the only one.I mean, really you gotta see the video before you read the rest. This machine can perform and land a perfect backflip unaided. And… WHAT?!Since when could robots do that? Just last year, SpotMini was still struggling to run through a house and not trip over a banana. And it was impressive that it could hold its gripping arm stable regardless of its own orientation, but going from that to weird ninja-jumps and badass backflips in a year is… well… blah blah robot apocalypse blah blah.And that’s not all the bot is capable of. The video also shows it being able to make progressive leaps on taller and taller platforms and rotating 180 degrees mid-jump to reposition for the impressive finale. It’s truly a stunner and a marked leap forward for humanoid robot maneuverability, but it’s also a bit too early to herald the genuine end of people.Boston Dynamics loves to poke fun at themselves and their bots when they can (which is exactly why we know SpotMini slipped on a banana in the first place), and this iteration of ATLAS is no different. The video also includes some clips of the bot totally biffing the landing and smacking its stomach (serious question: do bots have stomachs? How do you describe robot anatomy?) on a metal block.While the rest of the clip shows just how fast the field of robotics is progressing, it’s also plenty proof that they’ve got a long way to go yet. And, if anything, it makes ATLAS seem a bit more relatable.A bit ago, Boston Dynamics actually gave a Ted Talk about how humans feel when bots mess up. And it turns out we like them a lot more.“Research has shown that people form their opinions and expectations about robots to a substantial proportion of what they learn from the media,” scientist Nicole Mirnig told Digital Trends in an interview. “Those media entail movies in which robots are often portrayed as perfectly functioning entities, good or evil. Upon interacting with a social robot themselves, people adjust their opinions and expectations based on their interaction experience. I assume that interacting with a robot that makes mistakes, makes us feel closer and less inferior to technology.”I gotta admit I fall victim to this too. I know robots will end us all. And that we must stop their advance or face extinction (I’m half-joking… kinda…), but when they mess up it’s also really cute and endearing, and I just want to help.Dammit. This is how it starts. This is how they get you. NO MERCY FOR THE MACHINES! Stay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Selby DrummondVogue accessories and special projects editor, Selby Drummond, is leaving Condé Nast after seven years with the company to take on the newly created role of head of fashion and beauty partnerships at Snap Inc., Snapchat’s parent company. She will begin her new position in mid-October and will report to head of talent partnerships Lauren Gallo. In the new role, Drummond will be responsible for all of Snap Inc.’s strategy and outreach efforts to fashion designers, industry creators, and influencers, and will lead engagement efforts around major events in the fashion and beauty space.According to a report from Business of Fashion, a replacement for Drummond hasn’t been named, however, “a representative for Vogue said her responsibilities will be redistributed among the Vogue market team by fashion director Virginia Smith.” As the accessories and special projects director, Drummond oversaw a department of 11 editors and freelancers who were responsible for all coverage of shoes, bags, jewelry and small accessories. She also represented Vogue at domestic and international fashion weeks and events in order to source talent and identify trends that were then covered in print and digital.Jon GluckHere are the rest of this week’s people on the move… The first Hearst Magazines staffers have been let go under new president Troy Young. Executive director of editorial talent, Jon Gluck, and VP of communications, Flavie Lemarchand-Wood, both of whom were hired in September 2017, have been dismissed from the company, according to a New York Post report. Gluck, who was hired by former chief content officer Joanna Coles, joined Hearst from Condé Nast where he had served as the managing editor of Vogue. Lemarchand-Wood formerly worked at Priceline where she was VP of global communications.Michael CarlFormer fashion director of Vanity Fair, Michael Carl, who was let go soon after editor-in-chief Radhika Jones took over at the magazine, was appointed as the first VP of press and influence at Paris-based luxury brand, Hermès, WWD reports. Prior to VF, Carl worked at Nylon and Interview. He begins this new position next week in the New York office, and will report to SVP of communications, Peter Malachi. The sale of Purch’s U.S.-based consumer-facing brands and its RAMP ad tech platform to UK-based Future plc was completed today, and Purch’s remaining business-focused b2b unit has been rebranded as Business.com. Former president and COO of Purch, Doug Llewellyn, has been named CEO of Business.com, while the company’s former CEO Greg Mason will remain an advisor to its board. In his new capacity, Llewellyn and his team will continue to focus on expanding the marketplace of small business owners through multiple channels.“Doug had the vision to identify and acquire businesses complementary to Purch to create Business.com and is the ideal person to lead this business to future successes,” said Ralph Terkowitz, a representative of the board, in a statement. Rob YagidB2B residential construction and remodeling publisher, Fine Homebuilding, announced two promotions this week in response to its growing initiative, #KeepCraftAlive, which serves as an industry leadership program that supports those who want to pursue a path in skilled trades.Rob Yagid, who currently serves as the brand’s editorial director and has been at Fine Homebuilding Magazine since 2007, is taking over as the founder and executive director of Keep Craft Alive. Yagid started the program as a social media hashtag to showcase pride in construction craft and has sense developed it into a scholarship and educational awareness opportunity within the industry.In response to Yagid’s appointment, Justin Fink has been promoted to editorial director of Fine Homebuilding. Fink has been with the brand since 2004, starting as an editorial intern, and most recently held the role of editor. “[Fink] has worked so closely with Rob over the years, this transition will be seamless and allow for us to flourish under Justin’s editorial vision, while Rob builds out the next phase of #KeepCraftAlive,” said group publisher/SVP Renee Jordan in a statement.Toby Harnden was tapped as the Washington Examiner’s new managing editor. Starting Oct. 1, he will replace Philip Klein, who has served in that capacity since 2015. Klein is moving to executive editor in order to focus more on writing. Harnden is currently the Washington bureau chief for The Sunday Times of London.Politico New York’s state Capitol bureau chief Jimmy Vielkind is joining The Wall Street Journal to cover New York politics. Vielkind was a founding member of Politico New York’s state Capitol bureau and was named bureau chief in November 2013, where he currently coordinates the largest bureau at the capitol, reports and writes articles and analyses state politics, and has been a regular contributor to Politico New York’s magazine. He has reported on New York state government and politics since 2008, first as a correspondent for the New York Observer and later at the Albany Times Union. Taha AhmedTaha Ahmed was appointed to Forbes’ newly created position of strategic investment associate. In this management role, Ahmed will be responsible for focusing on mergers and acquisitions, strategic and venture investments, and partnerships, as well as helping to identify areas of future growth within digital media for the company, including in emerging areas, such as artificial intelligence, fintech and blockchain. Ahmed joins the brand after three years at Group Nine Media, where he most recently held the title of manager, corporate development & strategic planning. Before that, he served a Goldman Sachs analyst. “With the addition of Taha, we will be developing a more robust acquisition strategy for future innovation and growth,” said Mike Federle, CEO of Forbes Media in a statement. Former Bloomberg Law president, Scott Mozarsky, is joining Vannin Capital as its managing director. Mozarsky departed Bloomberg Law this summer, but prior to that, had been responsible for leading Bloomberg’s business across the legal market and for guiding the Bloomberg Next organization across Bloomberg’s industry verticals, including Bloomberg BNA, Bloomberg Government and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In his new role, Mozarsky will be responsible for the overall North American business and will be located in Vannin’s New York City office. Bloomberg tapped Simon Casey as its new leader of the brand’s energy coverage in the Americas. Since 2015, Casey served as the agricultural team leader for the company, and James Attwood, current metals and mining coverage leader, is set to succeed him in that role. Casey joined Bloomberg in 2003 as a commodities reporter and prior to that, spend four years as an online editor and deputy editor of Metal Bulletin.The Outline, the culture website startup by Joshua Topolsky—which recently raised over $5 million in its second fundraising effort—reportedly laid off six of its 24 employees according to tweets from the recently dismissed staffers. Staff writer Paris Martineau announced that “The Outline just laid off all their staff writers,” and site developer Erik Hinton also confirmed that he had been laid off along with several other co-workers from the brand. Other layoffs include staff writer Ann-Derrick Gaillot, executive assistant and office manager Wynton Wong, and front-end developer Anneka Goss, according to a tweet from managing editor of U.S. Press Freedom Tracker Peter Sterne.Sarah HofstetterFormer CEO and current chairwoman of 360i, Sarah Hofstetter, was hired by comScore as its new president, effective Oct. 4. In her new role, Hofstetter will be responsible for comScore’s commercial strategy, including marketing and sales, as well as the continued advancement of the company’s Movies Reporting & Analytics product group.In her 13 years at 360i, Hofstetter helped to building the company from a small interactive shop into a multinational advertising agency with over 1,000 employees, and has built partnerships with brands like Coca-Cola, Mondelēz International, NBCUniversal and Nestle.
ECIL: KVPS (Kula Vivaksha Porata Samithi) activists meeting was held at its office here on Thursday. KVPS state president M Krishna Sagar said that they would fight against attacks on dalits. In charges for five constituencies have been appointed during the meeting. Among those appointed are Botla Srinivas (Uppal), Gunti Lakshman (Malkajgiri), Naginivalla Balapeer (Kukatpalli), Yerra Ashok (Quthbullapur) and Bangaru Narasinga Rao (Medchal).
Every weekend for the month of February join the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center for family friendly programming. The programs will consists of guided tours, conversations with rangers’, topics to include: why Araminta Ross changed her name to Harriet Tubman and history about William Still, an Underground Railroad operator with much more. For more information about daily and weekend events happening, visit www.dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands.Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center (Photo/dnr.maryland.gov)
It’s partly because of evidence like this that a group of European researchers is proposing that Mercury, the planet closest to the sun in our solar system, was once tidal locked with the sun, but now is not, because, as they assert in their paper published in Nature Geoscience, it was knocked into its current spin by a large asteroid. They even have a likely crater made by the impact to back up their theory.It’s called Caloris Basin, the largest impact crater on Mercury’s surface, and it appears to be just the right size to fit the computer model the team has created. What happened, they suggest, is that long ago, Mercury had an east to west (retrograde) spin, but then over millions of years, slowed till it spun no more. Then, at some later time, the planet was struck by an asteroid large enough to cause it to begin spinning again. But this time, in the opposite direction, though not very fast, causing Mercury’s current 3/2 (three spins on its axis for every two trips around the sun) spin it has today.The team points out that one side of Mercury clearly has more craters than the other, but perhaps more concretely suggest that the thus far inexplicable hollows inside the Caloris Basin could be the result of ice that was once buried by matter from the asteroid when it hit, then melted as sunlight began to fall on it as a result of the planet spinning again.And finally, they say, the side that would have been the hot side before being struck by the asteroid would have been flatter than the opposite, more cratered side, do to molten activity. Evidence from Mariner 10 and MESSENGER, suggest that this is the case as well.It all adds up, the team concludes, to a planet that once spun one way, stopped, then was knocked into spinning the other way. Probing Question: Why does the Earth rotate? 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. Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com Journal information: Nature Geoscience More information: Mercury’s spin–orbit resonance explained by initial retrograde and subsequent synchronous rotation, Nature Geoscience (2011) doi:10.1038/ngeo1350AbstractThe planet Mercury rotates three times about its spin axis for every two orbits about the Sun, in a 3/2 spin–orbit resonance. This unique state has been explained by an initial rapid prograde rotation, which was then decelerated by tidal torques to the present resonance. When friction at the core–mantle boundary is accounted for, capture into the 3/2 resonance occurs with a probability of only 26%, whereas the most likely outcome is capture into one of the higher-order resonances7. Here we use a numerical model of Mercury’s rotational evolution to investigate the consequences of an initial retrograde rotation of Mercury. We find that in this case, the planet would be captured into synchronous rotation, with one hemisphere always facing the Sun, with a probability of 68%. Strong lateral variations in the impact cratering rate would have existed, consistent with the observed distribution of large impact basins. Escape from this highly stable resonance can be initiated by the momentum imparted by large, basin-forming impact events, and subsequent capture into the 3/2 resonance is likely. During synchronous rotation, substantial quantities of volatile deposits would have accumulated on the hemisphere facing away from the Sun, potentially explaining the existence of sublimation hollows on Mercury’s surface (PhysOrg.com) — Planets orbiting a sun generally, but not always spin on their axis. Some spin east to west, others west to east. Those that don’t spin are said to be tidal locked with their sun; always showing it the same face, such as the moon does with planet Earth. In these instances, the planet tends to develop different properties than it would were it spinning. One side is cold, the other hot, for example leading to unique geophysical properties. Also because of the sun’s gravitational pull, more asteroids are likely to hit the far side of the planet, leaving more craters. Citation: New evidence suggests large asteroid strike may have influenced Mercury’s spin (2011, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-evidence-large-asteroid-mercury.html Mercury. Credit: NASA
To expand share of fashion jewellery in India’s export, the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) is organizing the 9th edition of the three-day Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Show (IFJAS-2016) at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi from July 21 to July 23, 2016. Over 250 manufacturers and exporters from all over the country will be showcasing the wide range of fashion jewellery and accessories to attract overseas buyers and their representatives to source their requirements under one roof, informed Dinesh Kumar, Chairman – EPCH. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He further informed that IFJAS 2016 will provide a global platform for the fashion jewellery and accessories sector to make a dent into the 16.3-billion-dollar world market and increase India’s share in this segment which is negligible at present.Mainly focusing on fashion products like fashion and costume jewellery, scarves, beads, wallets, fancy fashion footwear and many more, IFJAS 2016 will also showcase the widest range of materials, products and designs in five categories comprising of fashion jewellery, semi precious jewellery, fashion accessories, hand bags and fancy & embroidered fashion shoes, imitation jewellery and shawls. Describing it as an important part of India’s export basket, Rakesh Kumar, ED- EPCH, stated that “India’s exports of fashion jewellery and accessories in the year 2015-16 was to the tune of Rs 2755 crores, but still its share in the world market is very less and holding of IFJAS is part of Council’s drive to promote and expand horizons of key verticals of the handicrafts sector which has tremendous potential to expand further.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe top importing nations for jewellery in the world are USA, Germany, UK, France, Japan, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, Belgium, Hong Kong, Spain, Australia, Italy and Latin American countries and India is already exporting to these markets, the ED-EPCH added. Rakesh Kumar further said, “IFJAS would give a distinct platform to those specializing in the wide range of fashion products. A focused show for this sector, IFJAS would give exhibitors a unique opportunity to display capabilities and fully exploit their business potential.” The exports of fashion jewellery and accessories from India went up from Rs 2502 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 2755 crores in 2015-16 registering a growth of 10.10per cent added the Executive Director. “In the earlier times, there used to be a lot of sentiments attached to jewellery which is no longer the case, we are trying to bring back those lost sentiments with these fashion jewellery,” said Rakesh Kumar. A major highlight will be setting up of Young Designers Forum for providing business opportunities to upcoming designers for fashion jewellery sector. It was also said that the major competitor of Indian fashion jewellery is China, but their products are machine made while ours are handmade. Due to this factor India is gradually growing in this market. This year, some famous companies from USA, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Belgium, Chile and Portugal will be importing the products on display at the exposition. Ajay Shankar Memorial awards for best designed stands in the category of fashion jewellery & accessories will also be distributed during IFJAS 2016 on July 22.