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Deafening power looms muffle desperation in India’s textile hub

first_imgUdhiya Behera sat in a windowless room in the Indian textile hub of Surat, staring blankly at a small television as the ground shook with the noise of power looms on the floor below.For Behera, though, this was a moment of late-evening calm in a room he shares with 35 others, just off a lane crammed with frenetic, sleepless looms.“I operate 12 power looms through the day and the sound bothers me a lot. My head hurts,” Behera, 45, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, speaking loudly to be heard over the din that enveloped the room. “It is quieter here.”Nearly 8 million people, mostly migrants from the eastern state of Odisha, like Behera, work on 600,000 power looms in the Western city of Surat in conditions that damage their hearing and often ruin their health.While the workers said they choose to work here due to a lack of jobs at home, campaigners also suspect that some are trafficked across India.“The older workers become the recruiters. These are poor people hit by crop failure and cyclones and need work,” said Umi Daniel, a migrant rights activist with Aide et Action in Odisha.The fabric they weave is durable, easy to care for and low cost, which has led to its popularity in both the Indian and international markets.India exports $6 billion worth of synthetic fabric per year. This is used worldwide — in Europe and the United States for “wrinkle-free” school and hotel uniforms, and by the garment hubs of Bangladesh and Vietnam in high-street fashion.Hearing lossTextile weavers are exposed to around 102-104 decibels of sound according to a study by India’s National Institute of Occupational Health, much more than the legally permissible 90 decibels and putting them at severe risk of hearing damage.Sanjay Patel of migrant labour rights group Aajeevika Bureau said: “Those working here for 10 to 12 years are not able to hear well. Many are unable to work beyond the age of 45, and return to their villages.”Patel said that many mill units do not fulfil basic safety guidelines such as giving out ear plugs.Most units register as shops or other establishments rather than factories, which would mandate them to limit exposure to high noise levels to eight hours and pay extra for overtime.Yet labour department and local government officials said they had not received any noise-related complaints from workers.“We only get complaints of non-payment of wages that we settle,” said P.D. Patel, an inspector with Surat’s civic body, which is responsible for checking the units.The penalties for exploitation offer little deterrent however. Nearly 200 employers were penalised with fines between 25 and 750 rupees ($0.40 to $11.60) in 2016 for violating guidelines on work hours or not giving lunch breaks, Patel said.Disease and deathBikes, trucks, vans and cars ferrying around colourful fabrics are a common sight on Surat’s streets.But just a few miles from the bright, bustling markets are soot-covered buildings, surrounded by piles of rotting waste and filth, where the workers live.Poor nutrition, a lack of basic hygiene, long work hours and unsafe sexual habits have made thousands vulnerable to a cocktail of diseases — from HIV/AIDS to tuberculosis.A local government office in Surat has received more than 40 death compensation applications from families of power loom workers over the last two years.“The deaths were recorded as natural. Those who died were in the 40-59 age group,” an official said.Officials in Surat said most cases of tuberculosis involve migrant workers, who work on the looms until they fall ill.“There are no deaths in the power loom units. They occur only when workers go back home,” said Gagan Sahu, a professor at South Gujarat University and textile industry specialist.Moving goalpostsWhen Vipra Padhyali, 40, started work in a loom unit 25 years ago, he worked four machines and found it manageable.“But about a decade ago, they told me if I operated more machines, I would produce more cloth and earn more money. So I agreed,” Padhyali said, who now walks up and down all day between the 12 looms that he operates.Power loom workers here are paid less than Rs.2 for every metre of cloth they produce. They make roughly Rs.500-Rs.600 a day.“When I worked on three machines, I was paid 80 paisa per metre, but when they increased my machines to six, they cut the price to 70 paisa,” said Debakar Behera, who is also a migrant from Odisha.Debakar quit and he now drives an auto rickshaw. But most people cling to their jobs out of desperation.“We found workers who had worked 72 hours at a stretch as they were covering for an unwell friend or a roommate,” said Sahu. “Workers hardly have any bargaining power – their payments, working hours and living arrangements are compromised. They are leading miserable lives.”Officials said power looms without shuttles, which generate much less noise and produce better quality fabric, are available but are unaffordable to most unit owners.Padhyali blames his work for hearing loss and constant exhaustion. “I cannot sit as I have to ensure the thread on all the machines remains straight, that there is no fold in the fabric,” he said.In his dim room, surrounded by images of Indian gods that he prays to daily, Behera said he longs to go home to his village healthy, find work and escape the numbing sound of this life.last_img read more

Rain pounds Gujarat, throws life out of gear

first_imgHeavy rains hit normal life in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, while 10,000 people from rural and urban areas here were shifted to safer places after the Sabarmati river swelled. Officials said the number of people who had lost their lives due to the downpour in the State stood at 123 till Wednesday.In the last 24 hours, Ahmedabad alone has received 200 mm of rainfall, according to official figures.The Kalol tehsil in Gandhinagar received 370 mm of precipitation, including 240 mm between 8 a.m. and 12 noon on Thursday, according to the data.The district administration has ordered the closure of schools and colleges. Many private offices and shops did not open till late in the afternoon due to heavy rains.Following the release of water from the Dharoi dam into the Sabarmati river, teams of the district administration and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) shifted around 10,000 people, including nearly 2,500 from 11 locations within the city, during the morning hours, collector Avantika Singh said.“The release of water from the Vasna barrage into the river has also caused inundation of low-lying areas,” she said.Portions of at least 20 buildings collapsed due to heavy rains and water-logging. Three persons were injured when a building crumbled in the Gaekwad Haveli locality in the early hours, Ahmedabad Chief Fire Officer M. Dastoor said.“Three persons were injured when a building collapsed in the city. Parts of nearly 20 buildings collapsed since midnight, while 64 trees have been uprooted. Eleven instances of fire were reported due to short-circuits,” he said. “Our teams are also working in neighbouring Gamdi and Vanch villages to rescue the people stranded there due to water-logging,” Mr. Dastoor said.Runway floodedThe Ahmedabad airport runway was partly flooded due to heavy rains, though it did not affect the air traffic, its director Manoj Gangal said.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani toured the affected areas in a boat to take stock of the situation.The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation issued a warning to people not to venture near electricity poles and street lights as it might prove fatal due to the water-logging.Apart from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Kheda also received heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours, affecting thousands of people who had to be relocated to safer areas.Meanwhile, rescue and relief operations are on in Banaskantha and Patan districts which were flooded due to heavy rainfall and the water released into the Banas and Sipu rivers from the Dantewada and Sipu dams a few days ago.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Hadrian’s Virtual Villa

first_imgArchaeology is a destructive business. You have to dig up and haul away the physical material for analysis. But with advances in computing power and laser scanning, researchers can create a virtual reality version of the original site. A team of classical archaeologists has done just that for Hadrian’s villa, a spectacular hilltop residence about 30 kilometers from Rome constructed 1900 years ago as a residence for the emperor. Today the ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the 1-square-kilometer site was once occupied by dozens of buildings, baths, artworks, and avenues, which researchers painstakingly rendered in 3D simulations over the past 5 years. The virtual world is populated by virtual residents, from senators to slaves. Besides the joy of visiting the ancient world, the reconstruction will be useful for researchers. For example, it has already made it possible to confirm a theory that the site’s buildings were purposefully aligned so that sunrise and sunset during solstice and equinox created special sightlines, and two new celestial alignments have now been discovered. Visit the virtual villa yourself at http://vwhl.clas.virginia.edu/villa.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

How El Niño affects your chance of a tornado today

first_imgSpring marks peak tornado season for the United States, but the global weather phenomenon El Niño, in which surface waters are abnormally warm in the eastern tropical Pacific, dramatically affects twister numbers. These maps, published online today in Nature Geoscience, contrast springtime tornadoes during El Niño (top) and its mirror, La Niña (bottom), with red denoting enhanced risk and blue showing diminished risk. During La Niña, southerly winds from the Gulf of Mexico ferry warmth and moisture over the central states, spawning thunderstorms and tornadoes there, whereas during El Niño those winds weaken so that the Midwest gets a reprieve while Florida suffers. Right now, a mild El Niño prevails, which suggests that the country’s heartland can look forward to a relatively quiet spring.last_img read more

BCCI refunds 30% of franchise fees to RR, CSK

first_imgCOMMENTS RELATED Published on BCCI_logo_2182237f COMMENT CSK, Rajasthan Royals banned from IPL for 2 years BCCI has refunded 30 per cent of franchise fees paid for IPL 2016 by suspended franchises, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), amounting to Rs 11.4 crore and 8.4 crore respectively.Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd, that owns and operates the southern franchise, was last month refunded the first instalment of Rs 1,141,14,000, that amounts to 30 per cent of the franchise fees paid to BCCI, according to information put up on the BCCI website.Similarly, Jaipur IPL Cricket Pvt Ltd, that owns and operates Rajasthan Royals, had been paid Rs 8,40,18,000, constituting 30 per cent of the franchise fees paid by it to BCCI.Both these franchises, which have been suspended for two years from playing in IPL by the Justice Lodha committee as punishment for their owners indulging in betting, had paid the franchise fees under protest.CSK and RR had moved the Bombay High Court in April, against the levying of franchise fees by the BCCI.The BCCI had decided for an out of court settlement by waiving the annual franchise fees to these two teams during their suspensions at its working committee meeting held in New Delhi last month.The BCCI also rewarded the Hyderabad Cricket Association with a cash prize of Rs 28.75 lakh for providing good wickets and outfield for IPL 2016. SHARE SHARE EMAIL × September 29, 2016 cricket BCCI_logo_2182237f SHARElast_img read more

Gunathilaka, Mendis shine as Sri Lanka stun India,Gunathilaka, Mendis shine as Sri Lanka stun India

first_imgSri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne in action against India at The Oval on Thursday. – Reuters June 08, 2017 SHARE Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis were the heroes as Sri Lanka chased down 322 runs to upset India by seven wickets at the Oval on Thursday and throw Champions Trophy Group B wide open.Shikhar Dhawan’s superb 125 had led India to an imposing total of 321 for six but Gunathilaka (76) and Mendis (89) shared a second-wicket partnership of 159 to set up an unlikely win for Sri Lanka, who achieved the highest successful run chase in the tournament’s history.All four teams in Group B have one victory from two matches going into the final round of games in which Sri Lanka face Pakistan and defending champions India meet South Africa.India, who had beaten Sri Lanka in 14 of their last 17 one-day internationals, were given the perfect start by Dhawan and Rohit Sharma who shared a composed opening stand of 138 under slate grey skies.Sharma was the more aggressive, hitting three sixes and six fours before he was caught in the deep by Thisara Perera off Lasith Malinga for 78.Captain Virat Kohli had the perfect stage to display his array of attacking strokes but he immediately nicked Nuwan Pradeep to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella, sending the Indian fans into a stunned silence as he headed back to the pavilion for a duck.Yuvraj Singh contributed seven scratchy runs and it was left to Dhawan to increase the tempo along with former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Dhawan cut Pradeep for his 13th four to reach his 10th one-day international century and following his dismissal Dhoni took charge, bludgeoning 63 off 52 balls to lift his side to a commanding score.Sri Lanka’s chase started badly when they lost Dickwella for seven but Gunathilaka and Mendis played freely from the start.The former got to his fifty off 47 balls, including two sixes and five fours, and Mendis soon followed him to the milestone.The Indian bowlers looked short of inspiration and it took a Sri Lankan error of judgement to end the partnership when Gunathilaka was needlessly run out going for a risky second.Mendis was also run out following a brilliant pick-up and throw by bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar but the double blow did not upset Sri Lanka’s concentration.Kusal Perera and captain Angelo Mathews added 75 runs off 63 deliveries before Perera was forced to retire hurt on 47 due to a hamstring injury.But Asela Gunaratne (34 not out) joined Mathews who finished unbeaten on 52 as Sri Lanka eased to a famous victory with eight balls to spare. Published on × Sri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne in action against India at The Oval on Thursday. – Reuters cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

EPL: Tottenham Hotspur blow away Manchester United to maintain title hopes

first_imgTottenham destroyed a lacklustre United with a three-goal salvo in six second-half minutes to keep alive their Premier League title quest.Starting the match 10 points adrift of leaders Leicester, Tottenham shaved the gap to seven with goals from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela earning them a first home league win over United since 2001.After a flat first half in which Lamela missed an open goal, Spurs broke the deadlock after 70 minutes when Alli fired home Christian Eriksen’s low cross.Alderweireld rose to head in Lamela’s free kick four minutes later and Lamela swept in a third for a rampant home side who remain the only possible threat to Leicester City’s march towards the title.Fifth-placed United managed only one shot on target as their hopes of a Champions League spot suffered a severe blow.last_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down as limited-overs captain one year ago

first_imgOn January 4, 2017, Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down as captain of India’s ODI and T20 International teams, ending as India’s most successful captain so far. Back in December 2014, he had walked away from Test cricket, handing over the reins of captaincy to Virat Kohli.MS Dhoni finished with 178 victories from 331 matches. He captained India in 60 Tests, winning 27 and losing 18. In limited-overs cricket, Dhoni led India to 110 wins from 199 ODIs and 41 victories from 72 T20Is. Dhoni had a win percentage of 53.78.The 36-year-old captained his country in 331 international matches from 2007 to 2016, the most by any. Ricky Ponting comes second with 324.WATCH VIDEOOn December 23, 2004, MS Dhoni played for India for the first time against Bangladesh at Chittagong, and on December 2, 2005 Dhoni played his made debut in whites for the country in Chennai against Sri Lanka.In 2007, a memorable year in Indian cricket, MS Dhoni was tasked with leading a young Indian side in the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa after a horrendous 50-over World Cup earlier in the year under Rahul Dravid. It was Dhoni’s first stint at leading the country on the world stage and he come out with flying colours, waving India’s flag after winning the tournament.He took over the ODI captaincy from Dravid in the same year and led the team to its first-ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand.MS Dhoni India also won the CB series in Australia under him in 2008 and as reports of Anil Kumble giving up captaincy grew stronger, people were strongly backing Dhoni to take over. Just three years after making his debut.advertisementHe was indeed handed the captaincy after Jumbo left and he led the team to series wins in New Zealand and West Indies. He also guided India to Border-Gavaskar Trophies over Australia in 2008, 2010 and 2013. In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. He also hit his career-best score of 224 during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Chennai in 2013.He also has another unique achievement to his name. He is the only captain to win all three ICC trophies. He started with the T20 World Cup in 2007 and then starred in India’s first 50-over World Cup win in 2011 with an unbeaten 79-ball 91 in the final against the Lankans with a signature six over long-on to lift the trophy after 28 years. Two years later, he guided India to their second Champions Trophy triumph in England.In the shortest format Dhoni has 1348 runs to his name and only fifty. He has represented India in 90 Test matches, scoring 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09, hitting six centuries and 33 fifties. Dhoni was also involved in 294 dismissals, out of which 256 were catches and 38 were stumpings. Dhoni is the fifth most successful wicketkeeper in the format.last_img read more

NEW STAGE PLAYERS TO PARTNER ON THEATER PROJECT WITH DISABLED CHILDREN

first_imgA new partnership in South Sioux City will bring a local theater group together with children with disabilities to participate in a full theatrical production.Kristy Tremayne, president of the New Stage Players, says the group is partnering with the nationally-acclaimed Penguin Project:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/PENGUIN1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………put on a musical. ;14That musical will be Annie Junior:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/PENGUIN2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….summer of 2019. ;12The New Stage Players will work with individuals ages 10-21 with Down’s syndrome, autism, Asperger’s, and other neurological, physical and developmental disorders.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/PENGUIN3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…theatrical experience. :23The New Stage Players were established in 2016 and are the first amateur theater to call South Sioux City home.last_img read more

Underfunding bad repairs cited for why Canadian roads are breaking down

first_imgOTTAWA — A soon-to-be completed study of pothole repairs in Canada concludes municipal and provincial governments aren’t tracking whether their repairs are working over the long term.And while they know why their roads are breaking down, most of the government agencies surveyed haven’t been spending the money needed to properly build and maintain them, says the study author.The report, being prepared for the Transportation Association of Canada, also finds some cities are doing a better job than others in dealing with the potholes that are the result of the freeze-thaw effects of winter weather combined with inadequate road construction.Engineer David Hein, who is compiling the report, says there is no magic solution to potholes, despite the claims of some repair companies that their patch products are better than others.But he says municipal and provincial governments can do a better job filling potholes by properly training their employees — and giving them a little extra time to do the work.A final report is expected to be completed by spring. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ottawa had fix for floodravaged Manitoba community but did nothing documents

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile a Manitoba First Nation continues to battle flood waters, they’re also fighting with the federal and provincial governments.The Peguis First Nation has been waiting for a permanent flood protection plan.Now a document obtained by APTN National News says the federal government had a feasible solution to fix the problem years ago.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

UN Rwanda tribunal hears closing arguments in case of alleged angel of

In arguing its position, the prosecution said Mr. Semanza – a former Bourgmestre of Bicumbi commune – sponsored and orchestrated the killing and maiming of civilians at numerous sites, including two churches and a mosque.The defence countered that the defendant should be acquitted. “It was impossible for him to be physically present at the various sites of the offences described in the indictment,” argued Counsel Charles Taku.A total of 53 witnesses have been called to the stand since the case against Mr. Semanza began in October 2000. The accused, who was transferred to the court in 1997, faces 14 counts of genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, crimes against humanity – murder, extermination, rape, persecution and torture – and violations of the Geneva Conventions. read more

Demand for March 14plate registers further commercial vehicle growth

Click through to download the full March 2014 commercial vehicle news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Total commercial vehicle registrations grew 11.4% in March to 54,232; rolling year up 15.6% to 335,840.The combined March and September plate-changes typically account for around a third of the annual van market. Strong 14.6% rise to 50,064 van registrations is in line with expectations.Truck registrations continued the Euro-6 lag, but the monthly shortfall fell to -16.5% from -27% in February and -37% in January. The 12 months to March remained up 23%.UK van and truck registrations: 2014 and % change on 2013“The new 14-plate drove van numbers up, pushing the overall commercial vehicle market 11.4% ahead of 2013 to more than 54,000 units,” said Mike Hawes SMMT Chief Executive. “Registration plate changes always prove popular with van buyers, so March and September numbers are typically more than double the average month, a trend continued this March as volumes rose 14.6% to above 50,000 units. Truck demand remained subdued as the influence of Euro-6 legislation continues to be felt across the sector, but the level of impact has lessened steadily since January and should be minimal by mid-year.” read more

New Director of Research Services to start on July 6

Brock University’s new Director of Research Services is a seasoned research administrator who has led progressive managerial initiatives in both the university and health research sectors across Canada.Ryan McCarthy will join the University on July 6, commencing a role that is pivotal to helping the Brock research community strengthen its business processes, funding procurement and entrepreneurial partnership potential.The announcement was made today by Gary Libben, Brock’s Vice-President, Research.McCarthy is currently at York University, where he has served since 2012 as Director of Strategic and Institutional Research Initiatives. Prior to York, his experiences include Director of Knowledge Translation at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Manager of Knowledge Programs at the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Project Coordinator at the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Assn., and Senior Projects Officer at the Canadian Public Health Assn.Libben said McCarthy arrives at a critical juncture for Brock, as the University continues to advance as a leading research institution, to grow its research funding levels, and attract more researchers from across the country as well as internationally. read more

Why Bulls Wont Play Carmelo Anthony After Trade from

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carmelo Anthony is going to Chicago, albeit only on paper.Where he’s going next remains unclear.A person with direct knowledge of the matter said the Houston Rockets are trading Anthony and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Bulls in a deal that is expected to be completed Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the trade still needs league approval.File- This Nov. 2, 2018, file photo shows Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacting during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)When that comes — the only reason why it didn’t happen Monday is because the NBA office was closed to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday — Anthony will have a new team, though still won’t be back on the floor. The Bulls have no plans to play Anthony and will look to either trade him before the Feb. 7 deadline or ultimately waive him and make him a free agent.The trade ends a short-lived saga in Houston for Anthony, who averaged 13.4 points in 10 games with the Rockets. He has not played since Nov. 8.Anthony was traded by Oklahoma City to Atlanta in July, a move that preceded the Hawks releasing him to sign with the Rockets. The Bulls, technically, will be Anthony’s fourth franchise in seven months, with likely one more to come before long.“We just had to see how things worked out,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said in November when the team said it was parting ways with Anthony. “And the way we play probably wasn’t conducive to his game, and he was trying to make the necessary sacrifices and it wasn’t fair to him as a Hall of Fame player to play in a way that wasn’t good for him, wasn’t good for us. It just wasn’t a fit.”Anthony is a 10-time All-Star who has averaged 24.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in his career. He was the No. 3 pick in the star-studded 2003 draft class that also included No. 1 LeBron James, No. 4 Chris Bosh and No. 5 Dwyane Wade. read more

Sweet Barca revenge thanks to Perez de Vargas

FC Barcelona made revenge to THW Kiel for the last season defeat at VELUX EHF Champions League quarter final. After 27:25 last week, Spanish champions thanks to outstanding performance of Perez de Vargas made coe-back – 23:18, enough to reach Final4 in Coogne.23 – Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas (Ristovski); Tomás (4), Rivera (7, 3p), Mem (1), Morros, Jicha, Sorhaindo (1); Jallouz, R. Entrerríos (1), Ariño (1), N’Guessan (1), Syprzak (2), Lazarov (3), Noddesbo (2).18 – THW Kiel: Landin (Wolf); Weinhold (1), Wiencek (1), Ekberg (4, 1p), Dahmke, Bilyk (2), Vujin (4, 2p); Toft Hansen, Sprenger, Brozovic (2), Dissinger, Lackovic (1), Nilsson (2), Santos (1). ← Previous Story MH World Cup 2017 – 9 of 12 semi-finalists confirmed Next Story → PSG Handball in Cologne second year in a row read more

Swedish girls are ready for Womens World Championship 2017

← Previous Story “GOLDEN YEARS” ARE HISTORY? Only Danijel Saric to fight for Qatar Next Story → Arpad Sterbik next two years in Veszprem! Swedish handballSwedish handball girls Swedish women’s national tam coach Henrik Signell announced squad for the upcoming Women’s World Championship 2017 in Germany. Sweden suffered dissapointment at the beginning of Olympic cycle by missing to qualify for the EHF EURO 2016 medal battles on home soil, but Scandinavian girls are still strong enough to attack the last phase of every big competition.Here is the Swedish squad:Goalkeeper: Filippa Idehn (Brest Bretagne/FRA), Johanna Bundsen (Kopenhagen Haandbold/DEN)Left wings: Louise Sand (Brest Bretagne/FRA), Olivia Mellegård (IK Sävehof/SWE)Left back: Jamina Roberts (Erdi VSE/HUN), Jenny Alm (Kopenhagen Haandbold/DEN), Johanna Westberg (NFH Nykøbing/DEN)Right back: Isabella Gullden (CSM Bukarest/ROU), Carin Strömberg (Randers HK/DEN)Left wings: Sabina Jacobsen (CSM Bukarest/ROU), Nathalie Hagman (CSM Bukarest/ROU), Hanna Blomstrand (Kopenhagen Haandbold/DEN)Right wings: Emma Fernis (IK Sävehof), Daniela Gustin (Randers HK/DEN)Line-players: Ulrika Toft Hansen (Team Esbjerg/DEN), Anna Lagerquist (NFH Nykøbing/DEN) Reserves: Angelica Wallen (RR, NFH Nykøbing/DEN), Ida Oden (RR, IK Sävehof), Marie Wall (LA, H65 Höör), Martina Thörn (TW, Randers HK/DEN), Clara Monti Danielsson (RM, Randers HK/DEN), Elin Linden (RA, Västerås Irsta HF), Maja Eriksson (RL, TTH Holstebro/DEN), Melissa Petren (RL, Lugi Lund), Ebba Engdahl (RM, Lugi Lund), Cassandra Tollbring (RM, Larvik HK/NOR), Sofia Hvenfelt (KM, H65 Höör), Hanna Daglund (TW, Viborg HK/DEN)Sweden will play at the Group in Bietigheim alongside Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Argentina and reigning champions – Norway. Championship starts on December 1. read more

Georgie Thompson talks A League of Their Own BOD and returning to

first_imgFORMER SKY SPORTS News presenter and A League Of The Own regular Georgie Thompson was in Dublin along with the Lotus team F1 car as the face of Suremen’s Formula Win campaign this week. When we were invited to a one-to-one chat with the pocket-sized TV star, Ben Blake jumped at the chance to fulfill a boyhood dream of his… naturally. BB: Hi Georgie. It’s great to meet you. As we’re sitting in front of an F1 car, why don’t you start off by explaining to me how you became a self-confessed fan of motorsport.GT: When I was growing up, Formula One was always on the TV. I grew up with a background noise of cars racing around circuits because my dad was a bit of a F1 fanatic. It was part of the Sunday afternoon ritual in my life and when that’s the case, there’s a familiarity and a nostalgia attached to that.When the opportunity arrived to join Sky’s F1 channel, there was no alternative but for me to be involved because I really love the sport. I also love what I do as a job and the idea of combining the two was fantastic.BB: I see. Have you had the chance to drive many fast cars given the line of work you’re in?GT: About four years ago, I had the most extraordinary opportunity. Nigel Mansell was driving a load of journalists around Silverstone and he allowed me in the back seat of this F1 car. They had elevated the position of the passenger seat just behind the driver so even me (she’s only 5ft tall) could see over his head.BB: Brilliant. Did they do that especially for you?GT: (Laughs) I do wonder. It did cross my mind at the time! I had a button which I could press should I feel like I was about to pass out or if I was sick and he would be made aware of it and stop immediately.While other people were violently ill and passing out left, right, and centre, I managed to make it to end. It wasn’t without some level of discomfort as it was quite a fast ride.BB: You were big into tennis as a child. Am I right in saying you competed as a junior international?GT: (Bursts out laughing) If I say it isn’t true, it will ruin a decade of brilliant myth and rumour. It’s not the case but has been reported for years. My brother-in-law always says: “GT, they’ve still got on your Wikipedia that you were a junior international at tennis” but I told him to just let it go. Don’t you dare go back and edit it now!BB: Really? Who would make something like that up? You did play though, right?GT: Oh yeah, I absolutely loved my tennis at school. I was at an all-girls boarding school so sport was everything. I immersed myself in tennis and hockey but then you grow up and go to university and you stop.This is something I have been speaking to the Women’s Sports Foundation about because when a girl grows up there are limited opportunities to play team sports which aren’t really competitive. Sometimes you want to have a knockabout but there’s isn’t that sort of relaxed atmosphere.Guys can join a rugby team or a football team but most girls just end up going to the gym. It would be nice to see that change.BB: That’s a good point. What do you to keep active these days?GT: I’ve just discovered power yoga, which means you break a sweat while you’re doing yoga. For me, that’s the perfect compromise.BB: Those who don’t sit in front of Sky Sports News for hours on end would probably know you best for your time on A League Of Their Own with James Corden. You always seem to be having such a laugh on the programme.Are there any particular moments which stand out for you?GT: It’s funny, I get asked about A League Of Their Own more than anything else. One rather embarrassing moment was when I had to stop Peter Crouch from shooting into a basketball net by trampolining up and down in front of him.A high point would be taking on the Olympic downhill skeleton in Innsbruck, which I did with John Bishop and James. That was amazing  but extremely scary. At one point, James wobbled his head and nearly ended up crashing!That Peter Crouch incident (5:58 in): BB: You got your big break on Sky Sports News and we were all gutted to see you leave in December 2011. Right now, Jim White is standing outside Old Trafford covering Alex Ferguson’s departure and the arrival of David Moyes to Manchester United. Do you miss be involved in it all?GT: It’s stories like this one with Sir Alex Ferguson that, as a sports journalist, you live for. That’s the sort of thing you want to break, you want to report on, you want to follow up on. It’s what drives us.Of course I miss it. I miss all my pals as well. We had a great team and it’s a brilliant concept. The format works really well and it’s forever growing.Life’s about challenges though and sometimes you’ve got to take the odd risk here and there. Looking back, I’m proud it happened and that I bowed out loving it on a high.Georgie and Jim. Credit: YouTube screengrabBB: Having left the F1 channel in February, you’re not on our screens at the moment.GT: I’ve not been on for awhile now, have I. Don’t worry though, I am on Ireland AM in the morning!BB: I don’t get up early enough to watch that, sorry.  There have been rumours about a move to BT. Can we expect a return in the near future?GT: There are lots of rumours, none of which are to be substantiated. It’s just what you call “speculation” in this wonderful world of sports journalism.I think I’ll be back very soon though. The whole point of me leaving was to pursue a new challenge. Why would I walk away from that unless I felt the need for something else to drive me forward.I’m looking forward to the future with a degree of optimism and excitement.BB: Interesting. So you’re over in Ireland for a couple of days. Have you been here many times in the past?GT: I’ve been to Dublin to judge Ireland’s Most Eligible Bachelor and also to present the World Fireman Awards. I’m only here until tomorrow so I’m trying to find something to do in between my working.BB: Handy work if you can get it! Well if you’ve got time to spare you’re welcome to come for a spin at Mondello Park?GT: Yeah, absolutely. I’d love to do that.BB: Alternatively, my local team is Shamrock Rovers. How about a trip to Tallaght Stadium next time you’re over?GT: Definitely, that would be a great laugh!BB: You must have met your fair share of Irish athletes over the years. Have any stood out?GT: I’ve got a lot of time for Brian O’Driscoll. He’s an exceptional talent but also a great leader of men. People respect him and listen to him. He’s not afraid to voice his opinions and is a really decent guy as well.Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesBB: The man is a legend. Will you be watching the Lions Tour?GT: Of course I will. I watch too much sport on telly. I’m basically the ideal date because I’ll just sit there going: “Yeah, chuck the golf on. Or the tennis or the football or whatever.”BB: Finally, I know you shouldn’t believe everything you read but is it true you once climbed out of a toilet window to escape a really terrible date?GT: Ha, you need to stop with the Google searches. That was an awful date I went on years ago.BB: I’m delighted this hasn’t gone quite as badly as that…GT: Well, you say that but it’s only because there are no windows in this room (laughs). BB: Oh. On that note, I’ll finish up. It’s been a pleasure talking to you, Georgie.For more information on the Suremen Formula WIN competition, click here. 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Saturne connectée électriquement à sa lune Encelade

first_imgSaturne, connectée électriquement à sa lune EnceladeSaturne et l’un de ses satellites naturels, Encelade, sont reliés l’un à l’autre par un flux d’électrons. Pourtant, les deux corps se trouvent à 240.000 kilomètres de distance.   Un flux continu d’électrons voyage à travers l’espace entre Saturne et Encelade.  En arrivant sur Saturne, ces particules créent une aurore boréale continue, aussi vaste que l’Etat américain de Californie.  À lire aussiContemplez une splendide aurore boréale filmée depuis l’espaceSciences et Avenir explique que les aurores boréales sont produites par des particules chargées qui, lorsqu’elles percutent la haute atmosphère (la ionosphère) au niveau des pôles, émettent une lumière. La lumière ainsi produite est appelée aurore boréale ou aurore polaire.  Sur Saturne, le flot d’électrons d’Encelade suit le champ magnétique de la planète jusqu’au pôle nord et y crée une aurore boréale ultraviolette permanente. Large de près de 1.200 kilomètres et haute de 400, elle possède également la particularité de tourner autour de Saturne en même temps que le satellite.Le 26 avril 2011 à 14:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Gambian legendary Musician Musa Afia Ngum

first_imgTRIBUTE By Mamour Mbenga Gambian legendary Musician Musa Afia Ngum finally laid to rest Musa afia Ngum, alias Akasa, the legendary Gambian musician has passed away and is laid to rest in the Mouride religious city of Touba in the neighbouring republic of Senegal. The son of Pa Antouman Ngum and Ya Ramou Nyang of Banjul, was born in 1953 in Fatoto, Kantora District, Upper River Region in The Gambia. It is said that Musa Afia Ngum became interested in music at a very young age. Musa Ngum fell sick a couple of hours after the show that was organized to celebrate his 40 years anniversary in the entertainment arena. Musa was reported dead early morning on Sunday 11 October 2015 in Hopital Le Dantec l in Dakar Plateau section of the Senegalese capital. He was finally laid to rest on Monday 12 October in the presence of thousands of mourners from both The Gambia and Senegal including his family, friends, fans, musicians and religious personalities and government officials. Musa Ngum was reported dead about 2 months ago when he was gearing up to travel to London back in August. Foroyaa visited Musa ngum’s residence in kololi the day of the funeral, to conduct an interview with the family. Musa’s wife by the name Sohna Jobe spoke with Foroyaa on issues relating to Musa Ngum’s music career and his untimely dead. ‘’My name is Sohna Jobe, am the wife of Musa Afia Ngum. My  husband left the Gambia on Friday 10 October 2015 to host a concert in Dakar accompanied by his son Yusupha Ngum and other Gambian musicians. The news of his dead came on Sunday in the morning at 7am, when I received a telephone call from Fallou Ngum who told me that Musa was sick and they took him to Dantec hospital in Dakar Plateau, and after a couple of hours he (Fallou) called back around 9am to tell me “Mama, your husband, your friend has just rest in peace (died).” “Musa was not in a state of good health ever since as he was all the time suffering from leg pain, he was a good friend to the family and very supportive indeed, we really lost a great husband, father to my children. We got married 40 years ago and are blessed with 9 children, two girls and 7 boys. Musa afia Ngum visited Senegal in 1981 after the Kukoi Samba Sanyang coup. That time music in the Gambia was not in good shape as Musa visited Senegal to continue his career and later after two months in December 1981, I joined him in Senegal to give him support in his music work. My good husband has gone forever but will never be forgotten. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace and be welcomed in jannat, ameen. My husband was the bread winner of the family,’ said the widow, who was uncontrollably sobbing. Mam Cheikh Ngum, the daughter of Musa Ngum, also spoke with Foroyaa about his dad. ‘’My father told me on Friday to pack only two shirts and two trousers for him, as he was leaving on the day to Senegal and he also gave me D200 for me to share with my younger sister, Afia, in order to take care of our needs during the weekend.  He also gave me his bottle of water and asked me to be using it. My dad really loves us. He always makes us happy together by trying to satisfy our needs and demands. May his soul rest in perfect peace.” Below is a Biography of Musa Ngum Bala Jigii Musa was Born in 1953 in Fatoto,Kantora District in The Gambia Upper River Region and history has it that he usually refused to go to bed unless his caretaker plays a particular musical instrument for him as a means of putting him to sleep. Growing up Musa was a well-known “Kasak” singer who was sought after by families when they circumcised their children and in ceremonies to honor their reunion. In his youth, he became interested in “Kassak”, songs which are sung during circumcision ceremonies and periods. He became well known in “Kassak” circles because of his mastery of the songs and his melodious voice and in the event built quite a name for him whilst developing his vocal abilities. Ambitiously pursuing his music career, Musa joined a group called Sangamarr Band in the late 1960s. He became the group’s lead singer and played together at Sangamarr with the likes of Sam Jarju, Cheks Sosseh, Pa Alieu Njie, Mbye Jasseh, Pa Ngum and Manka Susso, who was the group’s guitarist. The group specialised in playing famous traditional songs with western instruments. After a while with Sangamarr, Musa was asked by his bigger brother, Lie Ngum, who was then a member of a group called Gelewarr to be their lead singer.Musa played together in the Gelewarr Band with the late Oussou Lion Njie, the late Njok Malick Njie, the late Adama Sallah, the late Lie Sallah, the late Cock Jallow, the late Badou Ngum, the late Badou Sallah, Lie Ngum (Abdel Kabir), Musa Njie and Koto Ngum. During his Gelewarr days, Musa Ngum recorded songs such as “Tesito”, “Bala Jigi Musa”, “Xaleli Ndakaru” and many more which gained cult status and made him a legend in the Senegambia region. Gelewarr toured The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania and other West African countries.Musa’s songs are mostly about the ancient Kingdoms of the Senegambia region in both landscape and cultural unity. He is indeed a musical hero. Musa left The Gambia in 1981 and moved to Senegal. He was assiduously courted by Super Diamono, one of the then premier Senegalese bands and he finally joined the group in 1985. He teamed up with Omar Pene, Maiga, Lamin Faye (Lemso) – the legendary Senegalese guitarist and they released “Borom Daaru” and “Partef” which became Senegambian classics. One of the biggest hits during Musa Ngum’s stint with Super Diamono is the combination song he did with Omar Pene which is popularly known as “Omaro, Bamba sa mam la”.When Super Diamono disbanded three years later, Musa joined the short-lived group Ndaply and then went solo with his “Banjul Banjul” release and has since released a total of six cassette decks (Cds). He used only traditional Senegambian instruments. He was awarded one of the highest honours in Senegal, Chevalier of the National Order of The Lion, by the then Senegalese President Abdou Diouf. In a nutshell, Musa Ngum is a superstar, songwriter and producer who, to a large extent, ushered in the era of artist controlled close harmony in popular music.Musa is very devoted and passionate about his singing. He was the hero of Super Diamano Band of Senegal. He was one of the main attraction and the crowd puller for the band.Musa is not a materialist and does not have a mansion or a fancy car to prove his point but he has soul and he is modest. The sick concept of possession does not bother him or attract his attention, it has no place in his spiritual world.Blessed with an exceptionally wide range that encompassed three distinct vocal styles, a piercing falsetto, a smooth mid-range tenor, and a deep growl, Musa combined great technical prowess with rare musical individuality.last_img read more