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SF Giants closer Will Smith named to NL All-Star team

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It’s unclear what team one of the Giants’ top trade candidates, Will Smith, will be playing for in August, but Smith already knows he’ll be joining a new roster on July 9.The Giants closer was named as San Francisco’s lone representative on the National League All-Star team on Sunday, marking his first career All-Star nod.Smith has started his season with 21 saves in 21 opportunities and is eight saves shy of breaking Rod Beck’s franchise record of 28 consecutive saves to open …last_img read more

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Patients in Vegetative State May Be Aware

first_imgRemember the arguments put forth for why Terry Schiavo should be allowed to die?  They revolved around the awareness of those said to be in a persistent vegetative state.  Now, researchers reported in Science1 that a patient diagnosed in a vegetative state was aware of what was going on:We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to demonstrate preserved conscious awareness in a patient fulfilling the criteria for a diagnosis of vegetative state.  When asked to imagine playing tennis or moving around her home, the patient activated predicted cortical areas in a manner indistinguishable from that of healthy volunteers.The researchers called the condition of vegetative state “one of the least understood and most ethically troublesome conditions in modern medicine.”  The ran tests with functional MRI on a 23-year-old woman who had suffered severe injury in a car accident.  Unresponsive but with preserved sleep-wake cycles, she was diagnosed as in a vegetative state by international criteria. These results confirm that, despite fulfilling the clinical criteria for a diagnosis of vegetative state, this patient retained the ability to understand spoken commands and to respond to them through her brain activity, rather than through speech or movement.  Moreover, her decision to cooperate with the authors by imagining particular tasks when asked to do so represents a clear act of intention, which confirmed beyond any doubt that she was consciously aware of herself and her surroundings..  Of course, negative findings in such patients cannot be used as evidence for lack of awareness, because false negative findings in functional neuroimaging studies are common, even in healthy volunteers.  However, in the case described here, the presence of reproducible and robust task-dependent responses to command without the need for any practice or training suggests a method by which some noncommunicative patients, including those diagnosed as vegetative, minimally conscious, or locked in, may be able to use their residual cognitive capabilities to communicate their thoughts to those around them by modulating their own neural activity.Another case was reported by the BBC News.  A victim of an acute viral infection was diagnosed in a vegetative state.  She could not move her facial muscles to indicate reactions, but was aware of what was being said around her, and felt scared.  “I felt trapped inside my body,” she later reported.  The only clue to her hopeful parents came from a brain scan that showed she was processing information presented to her.Update 09/13/2006: Nature (443, 14 September 2006) published a news item (pp 132-133) and editorial (pp 121-122) on this finding, but claimed the patient in this case “seems to have been much less severely injured than the permanently vegetative Terri Schiavo, whose case inflamed the moral debate over whether those who show no signs of recovery should be allowed to die.”  Surprisingly, even though the news item admits that there is a continuum of states, that some on the continuum may be progressing toward eventual recovery, and that the binary diagnosis of “vegetative state” can no longer be taken for granted, the editorial claims, “This case has little bearing on ethical questions over whether or not the most severe cases should be denied treatment and allowed to die,” because in the most severe cases the chances of finding any sign of awareness is negligible.  Yet the parents and friends of Terry Schiavo constantly argued that she was aware enough to follow objects and display emotions.  Since she was killed in March 2005, we will never know if she could have passed a similar fMRI scan test.1Owen et al., “Detecting Awareness in the Vegetative State,” Science, 8 September 2006: Vol. 313. no. 5792, p. 1402, DOI: 10.1126/science.1130197.Recall the anger and outrage against the people who protested the death of Terry Schiavo.  Remember the claims that they were the ones being unreasonable and insensitive, and that the compassionate thing to do was to let Terry die, because she was not really living.  Now picture the possibility of her hearing all these things said about her but trapped inside, unable to communicate.  Imagine the fear and helplessness and pain of knowing you were being intentionally allowed to starve and dehydrate to death.  How many other times has a similar decision been made to a patient assumed to be “vegetative” and unaware?  Remember, these scientists said that negative responses in the brain scans are not definitive in diagnosing the awareness of a person.    What kind of nonsense applies a word like vegetative to a human being, anyway?  What are they insinuating, that this patient is nothing more than a carrot or rutabaga?  Notice how these researchers called the diagnosis of “vegetative state” as one of the “least understood and ethically troublesome conditions in modern medicine.”  Haven’t we learned that dehumanizing an individual 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Airlink eyes flights to Bhisho

first_img15 May 2009The Eastern Cape government has held talks with domestic airline Airlink about the possibility of introducing flights between Cape Town, Bhisho and Mthatha.“There is a huge opportunity for us here, and any Airlink aircraft can land here,” Airlink chief operations officer Johan van Jaarsveld said in Bhisho this week, adding that the newly refurbished Bhisho Airport infrastructure met the airline’s requirements.“We will send an operations team to do an audit of operational facilities,” he said.The company has also asked the provincial transport department to upgrade its infrastructure at the Mthatha Airport in order to allow for an evening flight between Johannesburg and Mthatha.According to a statement released by the provincial government this week, the parties agreed that while waiting for the physical upgrade at Mthatha Airport to start by July 2009, the runway lights needed urgent attention.Blue SkywayThe initiative forms part of the department’s Blue Skyway Aviation Strategy, which seeks to attract investment to the Bhisho and Mthatha Airports.The department intends to have a second airline between Mthatha and Johannesburg, including an evening flight, while a future link to Durban from Mthatha is envisaged as soon as the correct type of service is developed.The provincial government also aims to link Port Elizabeth to Mthatha via Bhisho to allow faster movement between these three areas and to reduce the number of government vehicles on these routes.Wild Coast accessThis aim is also to boost tourism in the region by improving access to the Wild Coast, a popular tourist destination.The airport will also contribute to local business development, with people coming directly to Mthatha instead of having to fly to East London and then drive for three hours.“Our doors are wide open for any investor that wants to come forward and add value to this project,” said provincial transport minister Gloria Barry.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Growing debate on alternative protein sources

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Whether it is called fake meat or clean meat, products containing alternative sources of protein have been appearing in supermarkets and restaurants around the country, and are competing with traditionally raised animal agriculture products. Attendees at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention engaged with experts on what alternative sources of protein are, who backs them and how to get the message out about the products they produce.Plant-based “meats” (Impossible Foods, Inc. and Beyond Meat) and cell-based meats (Memphis Meats and Mosa Meat) are two types of products that have been receiving national attention over the past few years according to Eric Mittenthal, vice president of public affairs for the North American Meat Institute. Though very different in how they are produced, both groups are targeting the marketing demographic dominated by animal agriculture.“Their audience is not the traditional vegan or vegetarian looking for new products,” Mittenthal said. “They want to compete in the meat case for meat eaters.”Plant-based “meats” use a recipe of plant ingredients to imitate the properties of animal meat, while cell-based meats use cells taken from animals that are then grown in a lab. Though plant-based “meats” are now on store shelves, cell-based meats are still unavailable. Mittenthal said that the first commercially available cell-based meat could be ready as soon as 2019 but is still too expensive to be viable as a replacement for animal agriculture products.The companies that are producing these products are not the only ones promoting them. Hannah Thompson-Weeman, vice president of communications for the Animal Agriculture Alliance, noted that many of the groups pushing for the widespread adoption of these products, such as the Good Food Institute and The Humane Society of The United States, have hostile views on animal agriculture.“These are well-funded groups opposed to animal agriculture,” said Thompson-Weeman. “From their perspective, there is no way we can raise animals for consumption that is ethical and responsible. Their end goal is ending meat consumption.”The panelists agreed that the best way to combat the negative attacks by these groups is to:Avoid disparaging consumer choices;Correct misinformation, but not engage in back-and-forth debates;Focus on interested consumers vs. extremists; andDevote energy to sharing positive information about animal agriculture and meat.“Customers want choice and they need you to respect that they are entitled to choose,” said Leah McGrath, dietitian for BuildUp Dietitians. “Getting caught in the middle of these ideological battles is not helpful; it just creates negativity and suspicion. Take the high road and tell your story about what makes your products great.”last_img read more

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How RapidShare Plans To Avoid MegaUpload’s Fate

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#copyright#filesharing#megaupload#piracy#rapidshare Related Posts center_img It’s not everyday an Internet company watches its traffic numbers plummet – and rejoices. But that is precisely the scenario that cloud storage service RapidShare finds itself in as it seeks to draw a clear distinction between its business model and that of the now-defunct Megaupload. Since the raid that saw Megaupload shut down and its founder arrested last last year, RadidShare and similar services have been taking measures to reduce piracy on their networks, in many cases limiting their functionality and potentially sacrificing the overall user experience. If it means avoiding the fate of Megaupload, even drastic changes are worth it to these companies.On November 27, RapidShare will start putting a tight cap on outbound downloads for its free users. Paid members will still have 30 gigabytes in outbound downloads per day, but everybody else will be capped at one gigabyte. This will apply to public downloads, whereas direct Dropbox-style sharing between users won’t be affected. The change is expected to further deter pirates from using RapidShare to distribute copyright material on a large scale.An Ongoing, Newly Urgent BattleThe download caps are just the latest in a list of anti-piracy moves the company has made, as Chief Legal Officer Daniel Raimer outlined in a presentation at the Future of Music Summit in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. Those earlier efforts include a three-strike policy for repeat infringers and Web-crawling technology that helps RapidShare find links to illegal content so it can take corrective measures with those accounts. “That’s really helpful to delete a lot of accounts in a short amount of time and to get rid of a lot of piracy that happens on a large scale,” Raimer told ReadWrite in an interview after his talk. “It’s kind of hard to identify guys who do piracy on a very low level, like some Norwegian kid who has a music blog with very low traffic. Sooner or later that guy is going to be detected.”Earlier this year, RapidShare published a document titled “Responsible Practices For Cloud Storage Services” (see below), which outlines an anti-piracy framework for cyberlockers like to use in dealing with DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown requests to remove allegedly pirated content and policing activity on their services.RapidShare Handicaps Itself To Save Its Own LifeIn the case of RapidShare, the association with piracy is difficult to shake. For years, links to RapidShare pages containing movies and albums have littered the Web. According to Google Trends, the second most closely related search term to “RapidShare” is “Megaupload.” Included on the list of top-ten related search terms are “rapidshare movies” and “rapidshare crack.” It’s this close association with piracy that RapidShare is hoping to change with its download caps, three-strike policy and Web-crawling technology. The company has already seen a substantial drop-off in traffic as a result of the company’s existing anti-piracy measures, Raimer said. Their goal is to make using RapidShare as unpalatable as possible for copyright infringers, and the initial response to its anti-infringement measures suggest that the strategy is working. The pirates are not happy. RapidShare isn’t the only company taking these kinds of precautions. In the aftermath of the Megaupload shutdown, FileSonic and FileServe stopped allowing users to download files uploaded by other users, and MediaFire went on a PR offensive in an attempt to draw a line between itself and Megaupload. This is an odd and risky position for a business to be in, deliberately handicapping its own product in a bid to shoo away some users while hoping to cling to enough members to avoid a detrimental drop in revenue.  RapidShare is trying to strike a very delicate balance. How effectively it’s able to do that depends, in part, on how much of the content on RapidShare infringes on copyrights, and how much does not. That’s a difficult thing to measure, but no doubt the company’s crawlers and other anti-piracy technology is starting to illuminate. Come November 27, the picture will start to get even clearer. SF #5383794 v2 Responsible Practices 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Vyapam scam: Medical college chief under lens

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested J.N. Chouksey, chairman of Bhopal-based LN Medical College, in connection with a Vyapam scam related case.The case pertains to alleged irregularities in the 2012 pre-medical entrance test conducted in Madhya Pradesh by Vyapam (Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board). Mr. Chouksey was named in CBI’s supplementary chargesheet filed in November 2017.last_img

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Kolkata’s 200-year-old archives to the rescue of NRC-hit residents

first_img “Today I came looking for documents of Talsingh Barman and Jogendra Rai. Some of the people are so poor that they cannot travel to Kolkata. I am trying to help them out,” he said.Subodh Chandra Das, the Assistant Director of the State Archives, who is issuing certified copies under Section 76 of the Indian Evidence Act, said the archives has records from the mid-18th century. Being the custodian of the documents, the archives has the power to issue these certificates, he explained.The electoral rolls from 1952 were maintained by the Home Department and since all the records of the Home Department, including the files of pre-independent India came to the State Archives by default, these electoral rolls ended up with them. “It is difficult to find these complete voter lists elsewhere,” Mr. Das said, adding that he had issued more than 500 certificates in the past few months.Border districtMost of those who are coming looking for the names of their family members are from places like Toofanganj, Dinhata in the State’s Cooch Behar District bordering lower Assam.Also Read  His office is cramped with files containing heaps of yellow pages of electoral rolls, preserved year-wise and Assembly-segment wise.Mintu Das is not the only visitor on Thursday. Soon Nazrul Islam from Kokrajhar, Mia Saiuddin, Motiar Rahman and Nil Mahmood Sheikh from Dhubri, joined him. In another few hours they filled in their forms and were searching names of their ancestors in the voter lists.“My wife Amirul Bibi’s name is not in the NRC. Her father hailed from Toofanganj in CoochBehar. I went to CoochBehar but could not find any documents and was directed here,” Nil Mohammad Sheikh said, while looking through the name of Kafuruddin Munsi, his father-in-law, in the voter list.Several tripsSome like Nazrul Islam, a gram panchayat member from Kokrajhar, have made several trips to the State Archives and collected more than 20 certificates.Also Read Mintu Das, a Guwahati-based businessman, could not find the names of three members of his family on July 30 when the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was released in Assam. In the past two days, Mr. Das had tried all places where he could find documents that could confirm his father Santosh Das lived in Kolkata during the 1960s.On Thursday afternoon, he landed at the four-storied building at 43 Shakespeare Sarani and kept looking through hundreds of pages of the voter list of Dum Dum Assembly segment in the northern fringes of Kolkata.For the past several months, the office of the Directorate of State Archives, whose roots can be traced to the General Record office of 1820 in British India, has been entertaining scores of visitors from Assam who are looking for the names of the earlier generations in the electoral rolls from 1952 to 1971.Arduous task“There are 50 to 60-year-old documents. Ploughing through them is not easy,” Mr. Das said, anxiously lifting his head from the electoral rolls of the Dum Dum Assembly segment dating to 1971.“I need to look at the adjoining Panihati Assembly segment,” he said.On every working day, several people arrive at the Certified Section of the State Archives with names and other identity documents hoping to find the names of their ancestors in the electoral rolls.“Earlier we hardly got any visitors. The few who came were looking for old municipal gazettes and those caught in landowner-tenant legal disputes asked us for certified copies from the old voter list,” archivist Anup Kumar Sarkar said, issuing forms to those who have come from Assam.Also Read Numbing numbers: on draft NRC NRC fallout: Gorkhas of Assam feel left out Over 40 lakh left out of draft NRC in Assam The office is charging ₹20 as ‘searching fee’ and ₹5 for additional certified copy. Some retired old-timers like Manabendra Kole have offered their services to those looking for documentary evidence of their forefathers in return for just a smile and a thank you.last_img read more

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PWL: Sarita stuns Pooja Dhanda to keep UP Dangal in hunt for semis

first_imgSarita shocked World Championships bronze medallist and favourite Pooja Dhanda in a close bout to keep UP Dangal alive for a place in the semi-finals of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) with convincing win over MP Yodha, in Greater Noida on Friday.It was Georgi Sakandelidze of Qatar who put the UP team 3-2 ahead in the tie with a dominating 16-1 win over the young Akash Antil in the 125kg super heavy weight category.After that Sarita, who has shown mark improvement with every bout in the league this season, did not let Pooja make another of her famous comebacks to win the women’s 57kg bout 6-5 and seal the tie.Jitender put the icing on the cake for UP Dangal by completely dominating Vasil Mikhailov in the inconsequential men’s 74kg bout 7-2.Earlier, European champion Haji Aliyev came back from a two-point deficit early in the first round to beat UP Dangal’s Pankaj Rana by a huge 18-2 margin to give the debutants a head start.In the next bout, UP Dangal’s Epp Mae of Estonia defeated Colombian Andrea Olaya by a pin fall.Sandeep Tomar made it 2-0 for MP Yodha winning the next bout with a takedown on the counter attack against Rahul 5-1 after an intense tussle in the men’s 57kg category.After encountering a reverse against Pinki in an earlier round, world and European champion Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of UP kept her guard intact in this one and defeated Ritu Phogat 8-3.last_img read more

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POLICE ISSUES SAFETY TIPS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF), has issued these safety tips soley as a precaution in the event of a Robbery at any business place in the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI).BEFORE OR DURING INCIDENT:1. Do not be heroic.2. Stay calm.3. Obey the offender’s instructions.4. Never assume a firearm is fake or a toy.5. Use non-threatening behaviour and avoid eye contact.6. Observe the offender as much as possible.7. Stay out of danger if you are not directly involved.FOLLOWING THE INCIDENT:1. Call 911.2. Don t hang up unless told to do so. Keep the line open.3. Supply to 911:• Name and address of premises• Number of offenders and brief description• Description of vehicle if used• Direction of travel4. Check for injuries to staff and customers. Tell the 911 operator if an ambulance is required- 911 can call an ambulance.5. Keep everyone away from anything the offender may have come in contact with such as counters. Avoid moving or touching anything left behind.6. Avoid touching firearms or ammunition.7. Avoid touching spent cartridges or bullet holes.8. Request everyone to remain.9. Obtain name and contact details of all witnesses if possible.10. Have all staff and customers record their observations independently.11. Discuss the matter with Police before you speak to the media.Police are urging anyone with information about any crime to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www.crimestoppers.tc. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

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Midengine Corvette new Toyotas prototype tests and more Roadshows week in review

first_img4:54 More From Roadshow 2020 Chevy Silverado Diesel first drive: A smooth and torquey operator 2020 Toyota Tacoma gets a new face, tech Top newsLittle red Corvette: Chevy’s new, mid-engine C8 Corvette is finally, finally here. It’s a bargain, too: Even more amazing than the new Corvette’s performance is the fact that it’ll start around $60,000 when it goes on sale later this year.Solar Sonata: Hyundai’s swoopy new sedan gets a hybrid version complete with solar panels on its roof.Electric ‘Slade: New reports suggest Cadillac’s next Escalade SUV could be offered with a electric powertrain.Super-efficient Silverado: Chevy confirms its diesel-powered Silverado 1500 is the most fuel-efficient fullsize pickup in the US.Lotus flowers: Say hello to the 2020 Evora GT, the company’s latest US offering.Kia wants a truck: A report out of Australia suggests Korean automaker Kia might launch a small pickup in 2022 or 2023. 2019 Chevy Silverado 2.7T review: Turbo tradeoffs Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe PrototypeBMW’s new 2 Series sedan — or Gran Coupe, in the company’s parlance — will make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Ahead of that premiere, we take a spin in a colorful, camouflaged prototype in Germany to see if the 2GC’s front-wheel-drive platform hinders its performance. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.Click here to read our 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe prototype first-drive review. Post a comment 0 The best trucks for towing 32 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 73 Photos 6:29 2019 Honda CR-VHonda’s new CR-V is a couple years old, but it’s still a top contender in the compact SUV class. It offers solid driving dynamics, great infotainment tech, and a usable and refined interior.Click here to read our 2019 Honda CR-V in-depth review. 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport goes to Death Valley Tags 2:24 2020 Toyota TacomaOK, so maybe the Toyota Tacoma isn’t the freshest truck on the block. We still love it for its rugged capability and handsome good looks. For 2020, Toyota gives the Tacoma a big infotainment and driver assistance tech upgrade, and we test the truck’s off-road prowess on the trails of Colorado and Utah. We even take the updated 2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV for a spin, as well.Click here to read our 2020 Toyota Tacoma first drive review.center_img NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on Corvettes, manual transmissions… 55 Photos 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport in the desertVolkswagen will introduce a five-passenger version of its Atlas SUV next year. Ahead of that, we tag along while VW engineers complete hot-weather testing of the new SUV in California’s Death Valley. Click here to read the full story. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette blends the new and the familiar Top videos Share your voice Astronaut Scott Kelly talks CorvettesIs there really any comparison to launching a car and launching a rocket? Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly says yes, and he sat down with editor-in-chief Tim Stevens to explain.Click here to read the full story. 2019 Audi RS5 SportbackThe Audi RS5 Sportback is an amazing car. In fact, its only flaw might be that it doesn’t have any. Is this four-door sports car too good for its own good? Associate editor Andrew Krok explains.Click here to read the full story. 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is a goody two-shoes 22 Photos Roadshow 2019 Honda CR-V: A can’t-miss small SUV option The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe hides in plain sight 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly 33 Photos Enlarge ImageAll eyes are on Chevy’s mid-engine C8 Corvette. Steve Fecht/Chevrolet Welcome to Roadshow’s week in review, where we take a look back at the biggest stories from the past seven days. While Chevy’s new mid-engine Corvette technically debuted last week, we’ve had plenty of followup information to report, and it’s proved to be one of the hottest items from the past seven days. Toyota’s new Tacoma and 4Runner kicked off a week of hot reviews, and we drove a pair of prototypes previewing some soon-to-be-revealed new cars.Here’s a look at our most important stories from July 21 to 27, 2019.Top reviews Now playing: Watch this: BMW Cadillac Chevrolet Honda Toyotalast_img read more

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ALs polls phobia leads to Gazipur election postponement BNP

first_imgLogo of BNPBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the government has got the Gazipur City Corporation election stayed by the court resorting to tricks sensing the sure defeat of the ruling party mayoral candidate.He came up with the observation at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.”The government could realise the defeat of its candidate. That’s why they’ve got a writ filed by their party man, and stayed the Gazipur city polls,” the BNP leader said.Fakhrul said Savar upazila Awami League labour and manpower affairs secretary ABM Azharul Islam filed the writ with the High Court “at the behest of the government. This incident has once again exposed that the government has got totally isolated from people.”Earlier in the day, the High Court stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election scheduled to be held on 15 May.An HC bench of justice Naima Haider and justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order following a hearing on the writ petition.The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into GCC should not be declared illegal.Fakhrul said BNP considers the stay order on the Gazipur polls as a victory of the party. “The government was forced to stop the polls to avoid its sure defeat.”He strongly condemned and protested the arrest of party vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman and other party leaders and activists at Tongi, Gazipur.The BNP secretary general demanded the government immediately release those were arrested, including Noman.He said the government is getting the election stayed as it suffers from an ‘election phobia’.Fakhrul also criticised the election commission, saying it is not playing an impartial role. “Our senior leader Moudud Ahmed has already demanded that the commission be reconstituted.”He said the EC has failed to take proper steps for holding fair and credible polls. “So, we’re also worried about the national election.”BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury were present.last_img read more

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Defence of allies key US condition for Syria exit

first_imgSyrian Democratic Forces and U.S. troops are seen during a patrol near Turkish border in Hasakah, Syria on 4 November, 2018. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump’s national security adviser on Sunday set out conditions for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, saying the defence of allies must first be assured.The comments by John Bolton during a visit to Israel signalled a far more gradual US withdrawal than initially set out by Trump, whose 19 December announcement concerned allies and led to the resignation of defence secretary Jim Mattis.Trump himself has more recently spoken of “slowly” sending troops home “over a period of time”, and Bolton laid out some of the conditions required before it takes place.”We’re going to be discussing the president’s decision to withdraw, but to do so from northeast Syria in a way that makes sure that ISIS is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again,” Bolton said when meeting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.”And to make sure that the defence of Israel and our other friends in the region is absolutely assured, and to take care of those who have fought with us against ISIS and other terrorist groups.”Israel is especially worried over whether the withdrawal will allow its main enemy Iran to expand its presence in the neighbouring country.Netanyahu has pledged to continue to act against Iran in Syria.Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria against what it says are Iranian military targets and deliveries of advanced weapons to Hezbollah, a Shiite Lebanese militia backed by Tehran.Earlier in the day, Bolton told journalists travelling with him that conditions such as guarantees on the safety of Kurdish allies must be met before American troops are withdrawn, NBC News reported.Bolton also said all 2,000 US forces may not be pulled out, according to the report.He said the withdrawal would take place in northeastern Syria, while some forces could remain to the south at the al-Tanf garrison as part of efforts to counter Iran’s presence.Condition the withdrawal”There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal,” said Bolton, according to NBC.”Timetables or the timing of the withdrawal occurs as a result of the fulfilment of the conditions and the establishment of the circumstances that we want to see. And once that’s done, then you talk about a timetable.”Kurdish-led forces control a large swathe of Syria’s north and northeast, some of it seized from the Islamic State group.Despite backing from the US-led coalition and success in pushing back IS, Kurdish-led forces have at times incurred heavy losses.A US withdrawal could leave them exposed to an attack by neighbouring Turkey — where Bolton travels on Monday — and its Syrian proxies.The Kurds have invited Damascus to send troops into some of the territory it controls, to act as a bulwark against pro-Turkish forces.Bolton’s visit was part of a US effort to reassure allies after Trump’s announcement.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who also met Netanyahu last week, leaves on Tuesday for an eight-day trip to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City.Netanyahu used Sunday’s meeting to again push for the United States and other countries to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed.He said he planned to take Bolton to visit the Golan before he leaves for Turkey on Monday if weather permits.”The Golan Heights is tremendously important for our security and I think that when you’re there you’ll be able to understand perfectly why we’ll never leave the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu said alongside Bolton.”And why it’s important that all countries recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. I’ve discussed this with the president.”last_img read more

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A Mission Control Officer Remembers Apollo 8

first_img 00:00 /00:48 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Fatal error: Theme CSS could not load after 20 sec. Please download the latest theme at http://galleria.io/customer/.Next week, NOVA will air a documentary on Apollo 8, humankind’s first flight to the moon, which launched 50 years ago tomorrow, on December 21, 1968.Originally, Apollo 8 was scheduled to test out the lunar module in Earth orbit. But when it became clear, in August 1968, that the module wouldn’t be ready in time, NASA had to make a decision: was it ready to fly a manned rocket to lunar orbit?“My first reaction was, ‘That’s the craziest idea I’ve ever heard,’” said Jerry Bostick, then chief of flight dynamics and retrofire officer at NASA’s Apollo Mission Control Center in Houston. “We hadn’t planned to do that until the first quarter of ′69.”It had been less than two years since the tragic Apollo 1 fire, which killed astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee. NASA’s first manned spaceflight after that, Apollo 7, was set for that October. But the setback with the lunar module threatened the goal set by President John F. Kennedy of putting a man on the Moon by the end of the decade.“George Low [then manager of the Apollo Spacecraft Program Office, later NASA deputy administrator] came up with the bold idea of, ‘Okay, if Apollo 7 is successful, then let’s go to the Moon on Apollo 8 without the lunar module, and that will allow us to get the program back on schedule.”Christopher Kraft, then NASA’s director of flight operations, met with Bostick and three of his colleagues on a Friday afternoon to ask whether it was possible. He told them he wanted an answer by Monday.“We all went back on Monday and said, ‘There is no reason why we can’t. We won’t have everything that we want in the control center as far as displays go, but we can make do,’” Bostick said.Four months later, Frank Borman, James “Jim” Lovell, and William “Bill” Anders became the first humans to travel to the Moon. One of the most striking moments of the mission came as a complete surprise to Bostick and his colleagues at Mission Control.“What could be better than having Americans circling the Moon on Christmas Eve and reading from Genesis about the creation of the universe? It brought tears to everybody’s eye,” Bostick says.The flight set the stage for Apollo 11 to land on the Moon the following July.NOVA’s documentary, “Apollo’s Daring Mission,” premieres next Wednesday, December 26, at 8 p.m. on TV 8. X Share Listenlast_img read more

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