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Baal Sabhas reducing dropout rate in Rajasthan schools

first_imgBaal Sabhas of government schools, which are being organised regularly at public places in the villages across Rajasthan, have turned out to be a successful experiment for raising academic standards and reducing dropout rate of students. The parents’ participation has especially made these events interactive.The latest round of Baal Sabhas was held in the State on Thursday. At the Baal Sabha in Government Higher Secondary School at Sanganer, near Jaipur, Chief Secretary D.B. Gupta said the society at large should play a meaningful role in ensuring qualitative improvement of school education.Mr. Gupta pointed out that the choice of public places for holding Baal Sabhas was aimed at bringing transparency to the drive for improving standard of education and connecting the students with extra-curricular activities. The textbooks should be used for motivating young students to explore more about their subjects, he said.While pointing out that about 86.70 lakh students were studying in 65,000 schools in the State, Mr. Gupta said the Baal Sabhas were giving them opportunities for public speaking and enhancing their confidence level. “The schools should pay attention to retention of students in addition to the increase in enrolments,” he said.Rajasthan School Education Council’s Commissioner Pradeek Kumar Borad said the Baal Sabhas had not only led to an effective participation of local communities in the management of schools, but had also helped improve creativity of students.The results of annual examinations of VI, VII, IX and XI classes were announced at the end of Baal Sabhas across the State and information about the Rajiv Gandhi career portal, launched recently, was provided on the occasion. The health check-up and immunisation camps for students were also organised at several places.last_img read more

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Oneline Groceries in India Will Consumers Bite

first_imgUK.-based Ocado, the world’s largest online grocery firm (or e-grocer), recently posted its first ever full-year profit. Ocado, which started operations in the year 2000, reported a pre-tax profit of £7.3 million ($11 million) on revenues of £948 million ($1.4 billion) for the 52 weeks ended November 30, 2014. In 2013, it reported a loss of £12.5 million. It has taken the company 15 years to deliver on its promiseIn India, BigBasket, the country’s largest e-grocer which began operations in 2011, expects to break even in the next 36 months. It is already operationally profitable in its home market, Bangalore. “Labor and logistics costs are much cheaper in India than in western markets, so e-grocers here can make money faster,” says Hari Menon, BigBasket’s cofounder and CEO.BigBasket currently has a kitty of over 10,000 products across 1,000 brands and over 450,000 active customers across five cities. It expects to close financial year 2014-2015 with revenues of around Rs. 250 crore (US$40 million). By December this year, the company plans to expand its presence to around five more cities. And over the next two years, it expects to grow to Rs. 1,800 crore (US$288 million).India is the sixth largest grocery market in the world and one of the fastest growing markets for online groceries. According to industry estimates, of the $500 billion-plus retail market in the country, food and groceries account for the biggest chunk with around 70% market share. Of this, organized food and groceries is estimated to be around $12 billion and growing at a compound annual growth rate of around 30%. Research firm IGD predicts that by 2016, the Indian grocery market would have overtaken Japan to become the third largest. Meanwhile, India’s online grocery market, which is estimated to be less than $100 million at present, is expected to be worth billions in the coming years. “We anticipate it to cross $20 billion by 2020,” says Menon.A 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report notes that “the growth in India’s online retailing for food and groceries is a function of the rise in total Internet users from 120 million to 213 million in the past year as well as a fall in mobile handset prices and a rise in smartphone penetration.” Nitish Asthana, general manager at electronic payment firm First Data, adds that as consumers get more comfortable shopping online, they move to newer categories. “Consumers with busy lifestyles are opting for online grocers. We believe that the key point is the quality and range of products being offered at an attractive price and without the customer having to step out the door.”Packed with ActionThe potential is attracting a flurry of attention and action. Even as pure-play domestic e-grocers like BigBasket, ZopNow and LocalBanya are expanding their operations, horizontal e-tail biggies like Flipkart and Snapdeal have added gourmet and specialty food to their offering. Importantly, so has the global e-tail giant Amazon, which created waves last year when CEO Jeff Bezos announced a $2 billion investment for India.“We launched the gourmet and specialty food store in October last year on Amazon.in. This is a reiteration of our commitment to relentlessly focus on building a place where customers can find, discover and buy virtually anything they want to buy online,” says Samir Kumar, director – category management at Amazon India. Pointing out that online grocery shopping in India is currently nascent, he adds: “We see potential in it, particularly for niche products like gourmet, organic food and specialty products which are not easily available. Customers should expect us to continue investing in expanding selection in this category.”Amazon has been moving fast. In March this year, it launched Kirana Now, an express delivery platform in partnership with neighborhood stores. According to Amit Agarwal, vice president and country head of Amazon India, this is an “India specific innovation built particularly for the local market.” In a conversation with daily newspaper Times of India, Agarwal said: “These corner stores, which would be listed as sellers, will upload their catalogues online on our platform and we would help with the backend and technology.”Amazon’s entry is expected to step-up action in the segment. “With Amazon’s deep pockets and experience with Amazon Fresh, it will [pose] a big challenge for BigBasket and other local firms,” says Kartik Hosanagar, an operations and information management professor at Wharton. Pragya Singh, associate vice president of retail at New Delhi-based research and consultancy firm Technopak Advisors, adds: “. However, food and grocery is relatively more complex than other categories. It will be interesting to see how competition in this space unfolds as more players enter it.”It’s not just e-commerce players who want a piece of this pie. Leading brick-and-mortar Indian retailers like Reliance, Future, Godrej and the Aditya Birla groups are also making their moves.For instance, in January this year, Godrej’s gourmet food chain Godrej Nature’s Basket which went online two years ago, tied up with Snapdeal and has listed over 700 products on it. In a press statement Mohit Khattar, managing director of Godrej Nature’s Basket, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Snapdeal.com. This is a huge opportunity for the brand to connect with all discerning customers who are currently not serviced by our offline and online formats.” Godrej Nature’s Basket, which was started in 2005 as a single store and has grown to 33 stores across multiple cities, has recently also acquired Mumbai-based e-grocer EkStop.Venture capitalists, too, are upbeat on this space with BigBasket being the most favored one. The company has so far received around $60 million from various investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, Ascent Capital, Helion Ventures, Zodius Fund and LionRock Capital. According to Venture Intelligence, a research services firm focused on private equity and M&A deals, ZopNow’s investors include Accel India and Qualcomm Ventures while EkStop has received funding from Jungle Ventures and Unilazer Ventures. LocalBanya, which has raised $20 million so far in three rounds from Springboard Fund, realtor Karmvir Avant Group and others, is now reported to be looking to raise another $15 million.A Different RecipeTechnopak’s Singh says that with nearly two-thirds of the retail market being food and grocery, it won’t be surprising if even more players eye this space. However, she adds a note of caution: Online grocery needs to be approached with a different level of preparedness. “The approach to online grocery needs to be more localized and hence their sellers and processes need to be aligned to local fulfilment. This is a different ball game than what is done in other categories.” Singh also believes that while the “traction in larger cities has been encouraging so far, for smaller cities the case still needs to be built.”Snapdeal’s cofounder Kunal Bahl points out that supply chain, specifically temperature controlled storage, transport and delivery systems play a “pivotal role” in making the gourmet e-commerce ecosystem viable. “India has just begun to work in this direction and it will take time to move beyond the metro cities and reach the vast segment which has high purchasing power but lives in tier 2 and tier 3 cities,” he says.According to Wharton’s Hosanagar, a key challenge is that grocery is a low-margin business. Specialty foods, he says, is better from a margin standpoint, but it still does not have the economics of, say, the apparel industry. “On top of it, there are logistics challenges, and the business needs a lot of capital investment. For it to be economically viable, one needs cart sizes that are big enough. This means that the product offering has to be broad. A [further] challenge in India is that since kirana [neighborhood] stores drop off groceries at home for no fee, grocery shopping isn’t as inconvenient as in the U.S. So the value proposition is a little weaker in India.”K. Ganesh, serial entrepreneur and co-promoter of BigBasket, disagrees. Physical grocery retail in India, he says, is “broken and dysfunctional because of problems of high rentals, high shrinkage and high inventory costs.” And while Ganesh concedes that neighborhood stores do offer the advantage of quick home delivery, he points out that because of their very nature, these stores have limited offerings. “Most consumers have to do a fair bit of their grocery shopping at department stores. Heavy traffic on the roads and lack of adequate parking make this a very stressful experience. Put all this together, and there is a compelling case for e-grocery in India.”Adds Menon of BigBasket: “If you look at the grocery buying pattern in the country, a typical urban Indian household does the bulk of its grocery shopping on a monthly basis. This is done primarily at department stores which offer variety and discounts. The shopping at neighborhood stores is mainly for top-ups.What we are targeting at present is the shopping done in the larger stores. Over time, we hope to offer express delivery — within an hour or two — and get a share of the neighborhood stores also.” According to Menon, customers at BigBasket purchase at an average of 2.6 times a month. Through the use of analytics, Menon wants to push this up to four times a month. “It’s ambitious and requires a huge change of habit in our customers. But we believe that we will definitely get to three visits in six to eight months from now,” he says.Margins GameGanesh and Menon also counter the argument about low margins in this business. According to them, margins can be as high as 22%. But this, they say, requires strong domain expertise in order to source and grade the products, as well as going deep into the supply chain and building strong relationships with farmers and mill owners and FMCG companies. “Building one’s own brand is also critical,” says Ganesh. He adds that unlike a horizontal play, where you can ship from a central location to the whole country, food and groceries is an extremely localized business. “One needs to understand the local nuances. It’s all about building local relationships, local buying, local logistics and building the business city by city.”Do large brick-and-mortar grocery chains have an advantage in their online avatars? Not necessarily, says Singh of Technopak. “Their DNA is completely different. Just because you have inventory doesn’t mean you will succeed online. This business requires very different capabilities like expertise in analytics, digital marketing and so on. It also requires tremendous process discipline and lots of investment in technology.” Talking to daily newspaper The Economic Times, Amit Bhartiya, advisor at LocalBanya, noted that “offline players going online cannot make a mark if they do not offer competitive pricing and value.”The jury is still out on what is the best model for this category in India. “A marketplace model that brings together a variety of sellers offering an assortment of products is most suited for this segment,” says Snapdeal’s Bahl. “The established offline stores can expand their reach through the e-commerce channel without actually having to build it. They have the expertise in handling such products, and marketplaces like ours have expertise in connecting them with customers outside their natural geographic markets.”LocalBanya’s cofounder and CEO Karan Mehrotra points out that his model doesn’t require much infrastructure. In an interview with daily newspaper Business Standard, he says: “We connect with existing retailers and grocery stores. We do not compete with them. We work with them, adding the online channel to the existing vertical.” Ganesh thinks this category needs an inventory-led model. “Some of the players buy from large stores and supply to their customers, but this is not scalable,” he says, adding that since the ticket sizes are small, scale is critical to be successful in this business. BigBasket itself holds a 10-day inventory for all its products, except for fruits and vegetables. For these, it holds an inventory of less than two days.What no one disputes however is the headroom for growth in the sector. “The more the number of players who enter this segment, the faster will be the growth,” says Bahl. He is also not worried about a player like Amazon with deep pockets and global expertise. Echoing the sentiments of others in the industry, Bahl says: “India is a very diverse country and a complex market. The effectiveness and efficiency in adapting to the Indian markets will define how any company will fare here.” Adds Karan Maheshwari, one of the early angel investors in EkStop: “Right now, it’s a growing market and there is a place for everyone. But in time we will see a shakeout and mergers and acquisitions.”Some of that has already started. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Thiem beats Federer at ATP Finals; Djokovic cruises

first_imgLONDON – Dominic Thiem keeps getting the better of Roger Federer.Thiem beat Federer 7-5, 7-5 Sunday in their opening match at the ATP Finals for his fifth win in seven meetings with the Swiss great — and third straight this year.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ But despite a near flawless performance, Djokovic still found a way to berate himself.Leading 4-0 in the second set against the Italian, Djokovic hit a backhand wide to concede a break to the Italian, and then angrily turned toward his player’s box and shouted out his frustration.It was a clear sign that even at the end of another grueling season, Djokovic won’t tolerate any dips in his game as he pursues a record-equaling sixth ATP Finals title.“There’s no other reasonable explanation (to that reaction) than trying to play as perfect as possible,” Djokovic said. “But I guess that’s me, you know.”It was certainly the same Djokovic that the O2 Arena crowd has become used to seeing. Although the second-ranked Serb — who won four straight titles at the year-end event in London between 2012 and 2015 — only needed to hit a total of 10 winners in the match as Berrettini’s 28 unforced errors handed him an easy victory to start round-robin play.ADVERTISEMENT Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Live to fight another day Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis View comments Berrettini’s forehand was responsible for 18 of those errors, including two shots into the net to hand Djokovic the only two breaks of the first set.After giving up that lone break to make it 4-1 in the second, Djokovic broke right back and then clinched the victory with an easy forehand putaway at the net.“He missed a relatively easy forehand for him that gave me a break (in the first set),” Djokovic said. “And after that I started reading his serve better.”Berrettini was making his debut at the event for the world’s top eight players and had never faced Djokovic before. He also said he struggled a bit with the speed of the indoor hard court at the O2.“The ball is not jumping a lot, so it’s tough to mix, especially my forehand,” Berrettini said. “I think it’s better when I have a little bit more time and the ball takes more spin. I think I started the match pretty good, but he was just better than me today.”The other four-man group features Rafael Nadal, defending champion Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitispas and Daniil Medvedev. They begin play on Monday.Djokovic has a chance to overtake Nadal for the year-end No. 1 ranking with a strong showing in London. He trails the Spaniard by 640 ranking points, with a maximum of 1,500 points up for grabs. /gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? LATEST STORIES Switzerland’s Roger Federer, right, shakes hands with Austria’s Dominic Thiem after he lost the match against Thiem during their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Thiem broke in the opening game of the match and again for a 6-5 lead in the first set after Federer had leveled at 2-2.The second set went with serve until Thiem broke at love for another 6-5 lead. Federer, a record six-time champion at the ATP Finals, then missed two break points in the next game before netting a backhand return on Thiem’s second match point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThiem also beat Federer at the Madrid Masters and in the Indian Wells final this year, but lost to him in the group stage at last year’s ATP Finals.Novak Djokovic had a much easier start to the tournament, easing past Matteo Berrettini 6-2, 6-1 in their first round-robin match. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READlast_img read more

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Memorable quotes and photos from Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017

first_imgA galaxy of cricket stars descended on London for Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017 and it was an absolute treat for connoisseurs of the game as the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Shane Warne, Sourav Ganguly, Michael Clarke, Mohammad Azharuddin, Kumar Sangakkara, Brendon McCullum, Graeme Smith, Nasser Hussain, Aamer Sohail and Rameez Raja regaled the audience with some superb insights into the game.Gavaskar spoke of his first experience at Lord’s, Warne talked at length of his battles against Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara and then engaged in what is now a classic light-hearted banter with Ganguly while Sohail, the former Pakistan captain, said he would not mind paying to watch Virat Kohli bat.Then there was Hussain’s beautiful speech where he outlined what he thought was the essence of cricket and what the game meant for him.There was plenty of analysis, there were lots of insights into how the game has changed with time, what makes modern day players tick and there were also some warm moments between the former cricketers, whose rivalry once upon a time, set the international cricket stage on fire.However, on May 31, 2017, those rivals came together on Aaj Tak’s platform to relive some of their fondest memories on the field of play, remember the heated moments and laugh them off.Here, we bring to you some of the more candid photos, quotes and expressions from what was a blockuster event at the London Business School. How often have you seen these cricketing icons posing like this?advertisement”I have had plenty of female fans during my time.”- Sunil Gavaskar”Women in Calcutta still ask me about where Sunil Gavaskar is and where they can meet him. And they are pretty looking ones”- Sourav Ganguly”I like Virat Kohli’s attitude. He is one exciting cricketer”- Aamer Sohail”If you asked me whether I’d want to bowl to Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Sachi Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag or the current Indian guys, please, I’d much rather bowl to the current day Indian side.”- Shane Warne”I feel lucky because the players I idiolised I got to play with and against. I played against Sourav Ganguly and with Shane Warne.”- Michael Clarkelast_img read more

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New all-female ‘W Series’ aims to get women to Formula One

first_imgA new all-female racing series, launched on Wednesday and supported by former grand prix driver David Coulthard and top designer Adrian Newey, is aiming to help women racers get to Formula One.No woman has competed in Formula One since 1976 but organisers of the ‘W Series’ hope to provide a platform for them to develop skills before taking on the men further up the motorsport ladder.With a planned start in May 2019, the series said it will offer a prize fund of $1.5 million and free entry for 18-20 competitors who will be selected purely on merit after tests and appraisals.The overall winner will collect $500,000, with prize money down to 18th place.Organisers said they aimed to stage six 30 minute races at top circuits in Europe, most of which were past Formula One venues, with identical 1.8 litre Formula Three cars.Future seasons would see the series expand to America, Asia and Australia.”At the heart of W Series’ DNA is the firm belief that women can compete equally with men in motorsport. However, an all-female series is essential in order to force greater female participation,” organisers said in a statement.Coulthard, winner of 13 grands prix between 1995 and 2003, is on the advisory board along with Red Bull’s technical head Newey and both will be involved in the driver training programme.Former McLaren team manager Dave Ryan has been appointed racing director, while the chief executive is lawyer and corporate finance banker Catherine Bond Muir.The idea of an all-female series is not new but has been controversial in the past, with top women racers adamant they want to compete against the men rather than be separated.advertisementOur new series has been embraced by many important and relevant figureheads. From female racers and sporting advocates to current and former #F1 racers, find out what friends of #WSeries had to say: https://t.co/z3eN068QzD pic.twitter.com/Qv9xmqQcgbW Series (@WSeriesRacing) October 10, 2018Spaniard Carmen Jorda caused a storm last year when she advocated a women-only series on the grounds that they had a physical disadvantage and could not compete equally with men at the top level.Claire Williams, deputy principal of the Williams Formula One team, said this year that an all-female championship would be a “regressive step”.Coulthard said, however, that women tended to reach a ‘glass ceiling’ at Formula Three level, often due to a lack of funding.He saw no reason why women could not ultimately compete with men on level terms.”In order to be a successful racing driver, you have to be skilled, determined, competitive, brave and physically fit, but you don’t have to possess the kind of super-powerful strength levels that some sports require,” said Coulthard.”You also don’t have to be a man.”Newey hoped W Series would create “a platform on which women drivers can improve by racing one another and from which they may then springboard their careers forward and … ultimately race successfully in F1.”Former McLaren and Renault driver Kevin Magnussen, now with Haas, expressed support in a quote provided by the series organisers.”When I was karting as a boy, I raced a few girls who were talented and quick. But there weren’t many of them; a lot more boys than girls go karting and that’s a fact,” said the Dane.”So I welcome W Series and hope it’ll help female racers progress their careers.”No woman has scored a point in Formula One, although Italian Lella Lombardi scored a half point in the shortened 1975 Spanish Grand Prix, and only two have started races since the championship began in 1950.Lombardi started 12 races between 1974 and 1976. The last to attempt to enter a race was Italian Giovanna Amati, who failed to qualify in 1992.last_img read more

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Report: Stoke City 0 Chelsea 4

first_imgStoke City 0 Chelsea 4: Magic Morata hits hat-trick Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 23:49 23/9/2017 Morata - Cropped Getty Images Chelsea romped to a 4-0 win over Stoke City at bet365 Stadium courtesy of a hat-trick from Alvaro Morata. Alvaro Morata continued his stunning start to life at Chelsea with a hat-trick as the Premier League champions sealed an impressive 4-0 victory away to Stoke City.Chelsea scored from their only two shots in the first half, Morata putting them in front after just 82 seconds before fellow Spain international Pedro netted his second goal in his last three games.Stoke increased the pressure after the break, but former Real Madrid striker Morata doubled his tally with a brilliant solo goal to end home hopes of a revival. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 And Morata then made it six goals in as many Premier League appearances for Chelsea as he sealed his hat-trick with eight minutes remaining.Antonio Conte’s side remain three points behind the two Manchester clubs at the top of the table as they continue the defence of their title.Stoke took four points from two home games against Arsenal and Manchester United, but this heavy defeat leaves them with only one win from their opening six fixtures.Full-time: Stoke 0-4 Chelsea!Three points secured with goals from @alvaromorata (3) and @_Pedro17_! #STKCHE pic.twitter.com/3G2IrvdTq9— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 23, 2017With Kurt Zouma ineligible to face his parent club and Kevin Wimmer out injured, Stoke fielded a patched-up defence that included Glen Johnson as part of the back three. And the hosts’ new backline was caught out almost immediately, with a long ball from Cesar Azpilicueta – deputising as captain with Gary Cahill on the bench – allowing Morata to race clear and beat Jack Butland with a simple finish.After a spell of relative quiet, Chelsea pounced to make it two on the half-hour mark. Darren Fletcher’s mistake proved costly, the former Manchester United midfielder chesting the ball straight into the path of Pedro, who took one touch and sent an early finish past a helpless Butland from 18 yards.Stoke’s initial response was strong and Xherdan Shaqiri should have done better with a free-kick from 20 yards, while Mame Biram Diouf’s acrobatic overhead kick narrowly missed the target as the hosts went into the break two behind.After Joe Allen sent a drive just over, Stoke tested Thibaut Courtois for the first time with Shaqiri’s shot from the edge of the area.Conte then brought on Cahill for Marcos Alonso after the wing-back got away with a challenge on Diouf shortly after being booked for a foul on Allen. Mark Hughes, meanwhile, added Peter Crouch to the mix and the veteran striker made an instant impression, setting up a stretching Diouf to fire over.Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had a penalty claim turned down after blocked by Cahill while the defender was on the ground at the corner of the box, before Courtois received treatment after an awkward landing from an aerial duel.Stoke continued to press, with Fletcher’s poor afternoon continuing as he somehow failed to convert Shaqiri’s deep free-kick from six yards.It was game over at the other end with 13 minutes remaining, as Morata capitalised on another defensive mistake. This time Johnson was guilty, his error allowing the Spain striker to gather possession just inside the Stoke half, charge into the box almost unchallenged and beat Butland from a tight angle.17 – Alvaro Morata is the 17th player to score a @premierleague hat-trick for Chelsea – only Arsenal have had more (19). Collection.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 23, 2017A last-ditch Stoke clearance stopped substitute Eden Hazard’s cross-shot from finding Morata, but the 24-year-old was not to be denied his hat-trick.The goal of the game saw another sub Cesc Fabregas chip a precise pass into the box, which Azplicueta chested across goal for his second assist of the match, with Morata bundling in from close range.The in-form forward almost had a fourth before the match was over, firing inches wide after another Fabregas pass before Johnson’s vital goal-line clearance stopped him from converting Victor Moses’ cross at the far post.Crouch was perhaps fortunate only to see yellow for a high tackle on Fabregas, but the accolades will go to Morata, with his six goals and two assists from his first six top-flight games equalling Diego Costa’s club record for goal involvements. Key Opta facts:- Stoke City have lost more Premier League games (14) and conceded more goals (42) against Chelsea than they have against any other side in the competition.- Indeed, Mark Hughes has lost 16 times and conceded 47 goals as a Premier League manager in 25 meetings against the Blues – his worst record against any top-flight club.- The Potters have lost seven of their last 11 Premier League games at the Bet365 Stadium against the ‘big six’ – winning once and drawing the other three.- Chelsea have won eight of their last nine league away games (L1), their best run over a nine game period on the road since September 2009 when they also won eight and lost one. read morelast_img read more

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Freddie Prinze Jr. Is Getting Into It With Ohio State Fans On Twitter

first_imgActor Freddie Prinze Jr. smiling for the camera.Here is a story you probably never thought you’d see. Famous actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is getting into it with some Ohio State fans on Twitter tonight.You probably remember Prinze from his roles in Summer Catch, I Know What You Did Last Summer and She’s All That, among other flicks. He has been out of the Hollywood spotlight for a few years, but somehow found himself in the cross-hairs of some OSU fans tonight.It all started when Prinze responded to this tweet from Vegas insider R.J. Bell alleging that Urban Meyer is pushing back against the possibility of even a short suspension for his handling of domestic violence allegations against former assistant Zach Smith. According to Bell, Meyer is hoping for “time served.”Prinze clearly thinks that is dumb.He made nearly 400k during this absence. Is that the standard fee for ‘time served’? Convicted felons want to know…— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018Now, Prinze says he could care less about Meyer and college football in general. He was only criticizing the use of “time served” for someone like Meyer when it is usually reserved for prisoners.That didn’t stop Ohio State fans from coming after him though, and it certainly didn’t prevent him from firing back when they did.Here is a small sampling of the exchanges:I don’t give a shit. I just think it’s funny he got paid to not work and they’re calling it ‘time served’.— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018So did your girl— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018I don’t care about Urban Myer. I dont care about Ohio State. I just think it’s funny to use a term meant for prisoners avoiding jail time to a dude who got 400k for a few weeks— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018I never said he should get punished at all. The term time served is reserved for a court of law. Not something as trivial as college football suspensions. That’s dumb.— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018You’re too sensitive to be a football fan. Dumb enough but not tough enough, yet. #ThatsWhyImHere— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018Then no need for the term ‘time served’. Which is what I directly referenced. Don’t be an extra from mean girls. Don’t get triggered.— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018I’m making fun of the term ‘time served’. Don’t be sensitive about ‘your’ coach. ????— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018All these dumbass Ohio state fans freaking out makes me laugh but that cut me deep DBee, that cut me real deep— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018Wait you think I care in the slightest about college football? ??????— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018No, dear human, they’re fighting. I’m laughing at them.— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018Prinze cleared up his intentions again after Cleveland.com sports columnist Doug Lesmerises jokingly (we think) invited him on a podcast to discuss the ongoing Meyer situation.Sorry Doug, I don’t care about college football. It’s just over sensitive fans freaking out when I laugh at you guys for using the term ‘time served’.— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018He then dropped the mic with his final tweet.Time to make fajitas. This timeline remains open to every powerless whiner who needs to talk some trash to empower your flaccid egos … I’m talking to you bro. No not you, that dude. That dude and his friends right there. ??— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 21, 2018Well then. Freddie certainly got more than he bargained for when he first commented on Bell’s report.The power of social media, indeed.last_img read more

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Province Celebrates Pride Week

first_imgThe contributions of the province’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community were celebrated today, July 18, at Province House. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister David Wilson and Commissioner of the Public Service Commission, Kelliann Dean joined members of the provincial Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) Network and their supporters for a flag-raising ceremony to mark Provincial Pride in Nova Scotia. “Raising the Pride flag today at the legislature symbolizes that the government supports, recognizes, celebrates and promotes diversity in all our communities,” said Mr. Wilson. “Our diverse culture and heritage makes Nova Scotia a better place to live and raise a family and enhances the quality of life in our communities.” The LGBTI network was formed in 2009 for public servants who identify with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities. Kevin Barrett is one of the core members of the network and he says he is pleased to be part of today’s ceremony. “LGBTI’s role in government is to create and maintain a supportive workplace for LGBTI employees and their allies,” said Mr. Barrett. “We are building a strong vibrant presence in government with the help of departments like the Public Service Commission and Communities, Culture and Heritage on diversity and inclusion.” The network meets regularly to discuss opportunities to create a more inclusive work environment. “As a responsible employer the province strives to ensure policies and programs acknowledge and serve the needs of all Nova Scotians and seeks to provide employees with a safe and respectful workplace,” said Mr. Wilson. With more than 35 public servants as members, the network is growing and gaining support. The event brought together people from all levels of the public service and community organizations. Halifax Pride Week started on July 17 and ends on July 24. For event information visit halifaxpride.com .last_img read more

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What happens in future depends on circumstances Rajnath on no first use

first_imgJaipur/New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said India remained “firmly committed” to the doctrine of ‘no first use’ for nuclear weapons but what happens in future depends on the circumstances. The defence minister said this on Twitter after visiting Pokhran where India carried out nuclear tests in 1998 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister. “Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atal Ji’s firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of ‘No First Use’. India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in future depends on the circumstances,” Singh said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He was in Pokhran to offer tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary. “India attaining the status of a responsible nuclear nation became a matter of national pride for every citizen of this country. The nation will remain indebted to the greatness of Atal Ji,” he said in a tweet. Earlier in the day, Singh attended the concluding ceremony of the fifth International Army Scouts Masters Competition in Jaisalmer.last_img read more

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Threemonthold Ulysses joins Bloc MP parents in Commons sounds unimpressed

first_imgOTTAWA – Whining and crying might not be anything new on Parliament Hill, but it took on a new context today during question period.The high-pitched voice that briefly echoed through the House of Commons belonged not to a sitting member, but three-month-old Ulysses, perched on the knee of his father, Bloc Quebecois MPs Xavier Barsalou-Duval.Barsalou-Duval is married to Bloc colleague Marilene Gill, the first-ever pair of sitting MPs to become parents.The infant’s plaintive voice could be heard clearly as the end of question period drew near.Babies have become more common in the House in recent years; little Ulysses is only the latest to enter the political limelight.In the 1980s, then-MP Sheila Copps broke ground simply by bringing her baby daughter into the members’ lobby, behind the gold Commons curtains.By the late 1990s, Michelle Dockrill had become the first MP to bring her young son into the chamber, holding him as she stood to vote.In 2012, Sana Hassainia, then an NDP MP, thought she had been urged to leave her seat in the House just ahead of a vote because she had her infant son with her, although that was dismissed as a misunderstanding and she was told her son was welcome.last_img read more

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Canadian dollar closes lower following disappointing durable goods orders data

Canadian dollar closes lower following disappointing durable goods orders data by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 26, 2013 8:51 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar continued to weaken Monday but was well off session lows as the latest reading on U.S. durable goods orders raised doubts about whether the U.S. Federal Reserve could start to relax its economic stimulus this year.The loonie was 0.02 of a cent lower at 95.21 cents US, adding to a slide of almost 1.5 cents US last week.Traders think there is a good chance that the Fed will start cutting back on its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases, a move that has kept long-term borrowing rates low and supported a strong rally on many stock markets this year.But the Fed has been clear that it would only taper its asset purchases if economic conditions allow and on Monday, traders took in a steep drop in durable goods orders.The U.S. Commerce Department reported that orders fell by a much greater than expected 7.3 per cent. Economists had expected a drop of almost four per cent. The showing followed a 3.9 per cent rise in June thanks in part to strong airplane orders.Data released Friday had showed a drop in new home sales, raising questions about the strength of the recovery in the U.S. housing market. That led to speculation that the Fed might stick with its current monetary stimulus or only reduce it very gradually.On the commodity markets, oil prices were slightly lower with the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 50 cents to US$105.92 a barrel.September copper declined three cents to US$3.32 a pound while December gold faded $2.70 to US$1,393.10 an ounce.Bond yields have risen since May when Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned that the central bank could start to taper its asset purchases.The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury has surged about 120 basis points since May to as high as 2.94 per cent last week, although yields have retraced some of that run-up. On Monday, the yield for the 10-year Treasury declined slightly after the durable goods data was released and stood at 2.79 per cent, down about 0.03 of a point from Friday.Later in the week, traders will look to the latest growth figures from Canada and the U.S.On Friday, Statistics Canada releases figures for gross domestic product growth in June and the second quarter. Economists expect the data to show GDP contracted 0.5 per cent during the month, in part because of severe flooding in Alberta and a construction sector strike in Quebec.Stronger growth data is expected from the U.S. The second reading on second-quarter GDP growth comes out on Thursday and economists expect the data to show the economy advanced about two per cent in the second quarter, up from the original reading of 1.7 per cent. read more

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Un paraplégique retrouve lusage dune main grâce à une opération

first_imgUn paraplégique retrouve l’usage d’une main grâce à une opérationDes chirurgiens américains ont réussi à rendre l’usage d’une main à un patient paralysé suite à un accident. Pour cela, ils ont utilisé une toute nouvelle technique consistant à “rebrancher” des nerfs entre eux.C’est un véritable espoir pour tous les paralysés. Parue aux Etats-Unis, une étude décrit une intervention chirurgicale réalisée chez un paraplégique de 71 ans qui avait subi un accident de voiture deux ans plus tôt. Au cours de celle-ci, les chirurgiens sont parvenus à rendre l’usage d’une de ses mains à ce patient en adoptant une technique innovante : ils ont attaché un nerf qui ne fonctionnait plus à un nerf encore actif. Ont ainsi été raccordés le nerf permettant le pincement entre le pouce et l’index et le nerf permettant le mouvement de l’épaule.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Très souvent, les patients disent qu’ils aimeraient être capables de faire des choses très simples. Si l’on peut restaurer la capacité de pincer, entre le pouce et l’index, cela peut faire revenir une sorte d’indépendance très basique”, explique le Dr Ida K Fox de la Washington University School of Medicine de St Louis citée par le Daily Mail. Or, après huit mois de rééducation, l’homme opéré commençait à bouger les doigts. Plusieurs mois plus tard, il était en mesure de se nourrir seul et même d’écrire avec un peu d’aide, précisent les médecins menée lors de l’opération par le Dr Susan E. Mackinnon.Ceux-ci soulignent également que cette technique n’est ni onéreuse ni particulièrement complexe. Néanmoins, l’intervention a été menée suite à une blessure de la 7ème vertèbre cervicale (C7). Il est ainsi probable que les résultats auraient été beaucoup moins encourageants chez une personne blessée à un étage supérieur (entre C1 et C6) ou atteinte plus sévèrement. Ici, l’opération a été possible car les nerfs étaient toujours fonctionnels et reliés à la moelle épinière, le problème étant qu’ils ne pouvaient plus “parler” au cerveau à cause de la blessure qui bloquait les messages.Des résultats très prometteurs Ainsi, obtenir un tel résultat même deux ans après un accident est très positif, a fortiori chez une personne âgée et même si le retour de cette mobilité a nécessité plusieurs mois de rééducation intensive. “Cette opération expérimentale suscite l’espoir que des personnes ayant la même blessure à la colonne vertébrale pourraient bénéficier de la même intervention”, estime pour l’AFP le Dr Lewis Lane, chef de la chirurgie des mains à l’hôpital de l’Université North Shore à New York, qui n’a pas participé à cette intervention.Le 16 mai 2012 à 13:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Video Watch this years Hell in a Cell structure get constructed live

first_img WWE Smackdown Results – 7/2/19 (Extreme Rules build, Kofi Kingston responds to Samoa Joe) Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles WhatsApp Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Now Playing Up Next Google+center_img Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE WWE has started a live stream, above, on Saturday showing the Hell in a Cell structure being constructed in San Antonio at the AT&T Center.It’s interesting to note that WWE has painted the Hell in a Cell red this year.The stream has been running for over an hour now.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns is in Remission Cesaro Pinterest Videos Articles Twitter Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Facebook Smackdown Live Preview: Extreme Rules build continues, Kingston responds to Samoa Joelast_img read more

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Butland claimed that the being relegated is terrible

first_imgJack Butland and Stoke City were relegated to the Championship after failing in their attempts to avoid the drop – and despite the goalkeeper is likely to leave now, he admitted that it is a terrible feeling.Butland came back after a series of injuries but he failed to help his side away from their troubles – and he admitted that it will be difficult to heal from this experience as it has been very tough lately for him.The England international spoke about his side’s relegation as he said, according to 101 Great Goals:“It’s been a tough two years but I’ll recover from it like I recover from anything.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I have to suck up the bad stuff and process things quickly – the injury, losses, relegation – and mentally you have to move on quickly.”“Relegation hurts — even now just thinking about it, it’s a horrible feeling. But life goes on for all of us and we have to dust ourselves down, whether it’s the lads going to the World Cup or on holiday.”“We all have to accept what has happened and improve.”“It’s my nature to strive for the best and to keep pushing and that’s what I’ll continue to do whatever the future holds.”last_img read more

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Larsen Bay struggles with the prospect of losing its school

first_imgLarsen Bay School (Photo by Mitch Borden, KMXT – Kodiak)The population of Larsen Bay has been decreasing for decades, and now it looks like the village could see its only school close for the first time in its history because of a lack of students. Many residents agree it has to do with the right to fish for salmon.Listen nowHolding bright yellow bags, students from Larsen Bay School run down the village’s dirt roads looking for trash. It’s the last day of school before summer break, and they’re spending it doing a spring cleanup.As the kids scramble around outside, it’s quiet back at the school. And there’s a good chance it’ll stay that way for the foreseeable future because, most likely, it won’t have enough students to open in the fall.“I’m sad I’m the last one, but I’m happy I’m graduating. So, I can move on to a different chapter.” Gayle Aga said. Aga was the only person to graduate high school this year in Larsen Bay and could be the last, which made her graduation a big event.“Everyone knew that I was going to be the last one till whenever, and a lot of people showed up and even people I didn’t even know,” Gayle said.Alice Aga, on the right, stands with Nicholas Blanco, a teacher at Larsen Bay School, and the students. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT)“This is the gym. We just had graduation. It was awesome.” Alice Aga said as she walks through the building. She’s an aide at the school and is reflecting on how Larsen Bay used to be known for its sports teams, but now it’s ending the year with less than ten students. Alice points to past awards to show this.“Here’s the trophy case,” Alice said. “Like the 80s was the highlight of Larsen Bay —school that is. They were like basketball, volleyball, wrestling, you know, everything.”Until recently, Alice was the community’s mayor and sat on its tribal council. But now, she’s stepping down from those positions because she’s leaving.“Well you know if there’s no school here, I can’t stay,” Alice said. “I can’t play the waiting game. You know, like, I can’t home-school my kids, that’s a whole full-time job and I just can’t do that. You know, I need to make a living.”In Alaska, schools need at least ten students to receive around $300,000 in state funding, which Larsen Bay School needs to open. Right now, the school only has two kids officially enrolled for next year, which is why Alice is moving to Kodiak and enrolling her kids there, which makes her tear up.“I think I’m still in denial about the whole thing right now. I’ll probably…probably break down, you know, once I get to Kodiak,” Alice said. “It’s tough. This is home, our whole life is changing.”Even though Larsen Bay School isn’t officially closed yet, people around the community are doing the math and know it’s a long shot that they’ll have enough kids to open the school, which many see as another sign the community is shrinking.“The young people move away and the old people are dying.” Jack Wick chuckled. Wick has lived in Larsen Bay for decades and remembers when there were plenty of people living there and the main profession was commercial fishing. But he says that began to change in the 1970s.“Everybody fished. Even if you were a crewman you knew you could work your way up to be a skipper,” Wick said. “So, after limited entry, a lot of them realized they wouldn’t be able to get a boat”Alaska introduced limited entry permits in 1975, which is a policy that restricts the number of people who can commercially fish for salmon, and other fish. At its peak, only around ten Larsen Bay residents had permits to run boats, but now it’s down to less than half that because people left the village, sold their permits or their permits were canceled.In the Kodiak region, the price of a salmon permit has ranged anywhere between a few thousand to over a hundred thousand dollars. That price tag can make it hard for people to get into commercial fishing, which is why Wick and others in Larsen Bay believe this policy is partially to blame for Larsen Bay going from having around 200 people in the 80s, to about 60 full-time residents today.“The people in, like, Larsen Bay and other villages didn’t have the money to compete and buy the equipment to get into those fisheries,” Wick said. “So they just started getting into other things, going to school becoming something else other than fishermen.”The exodus of youth from Larsen Bay is causing some to worry the community’s becoming a “retirement village.” And that eventually, people will only come out in the summer for the fishing season or to vacation at local hunting lodges.The walls of Larsen Bay School are lined with the names of past students. These names follow you around the building as a reminder of all the people who’ve also passed through its halls. That sense of history isn’t lost on Gayle Aga as she thinks about the school’s future.“I just never thought it’d be closing because I didn’t think it’d be real,” Gayle said.That prospect is real though, but Gayle may not be around to see how the school closure will affect Larsen Bay in the long run. Like so many before her, Gayle’s planning to leave the village and head to college in the coming year.last_img read more

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Fellowships to scholars demanded

first_imgOsmania University: Research students under the aegis of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) took out rally from Arts College to Administration Building on Wednesday demanding national fellowships. They said every research student should be granted fellowships in order to get quality research. “SC fellowships aren’t released for four years. Students of Telugu states have been cheated on OBC fellowships. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The OBC fellowships should be increased as per the number of students in the category. They threatened to stage protests for fellowships. ABVP CWC member Praveen Reddy, the organisation’s GHMC secretary P Sri Hari, Vidyanagar Convener Suman, Shankar, Srisailam, Tirumalesh, Chinta Yellaswamy, Ramesh, Suresh, Ravi, Krishna Kishore, Naveen and others were present.last_img read more

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Watch Frozen juice box eggs hard like rock this is how Indian

first_imgscreengrabThe Indian Army stationed at Siachen glaciers have to break their meals, which includes frozen juice, vegetables and eggs, everyday. At minus 50 degrees Celsius, the soldiers live and operate in some of the harshest conditions.In a video posted by the Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun, three army officers posted at Siachen can be seen unpacking a frozen juice bottle and trying to defrost eggs that have become hard like a rock along with other vegetables due to the harsh climatic conditions.The video has gone viral on social media that shows the soldiers struggle to make the frozen food supplies usable at the high-altitude base. The soldiers can be seen trying to break the frozen juice with a Ghurkha knife and hammer. The soldier tells that the juice brick has to be heated up and melted in order to drink it. One of the soldiers throws the eggs at a solid slab but the egg does not break.Even though the video is fun to watch, it shows the extreme conditions through which a soldier in the glaciers have to fight not just with the enemy beyond the lines but also with Mother Nature herself to stay alive. Frostbites, avalanche, landslides are the other things the soldiers are fighting in their everyday life.Siachen, located in the eastern Karakoram Range of the great Himalayas, is the longest glacier in the Karakoram and second-longest in the world’s non-polar areas making it one of the coldest battlefields in the world. These are one of the most hostile terrains in the world where the Indian Army has posted its finest men to guard the nation with high spirit and valour.last_img read more

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Extraordinary light enhancement technique proposed for nanophotonic devices

first_img The researchers, Rebecca Sainidou from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Jan Renger from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), and coauthors from various institutes in Spain, have published their study on the new method for dielectric light enhancement in a recent issue of Nano Letters. As the scientists explain, one of the biggest problems for nanophotonic devices made of metal is that the metals in these devices absorb some light, limiting the overall light intensity. Here, the researchers proposed using dielectric rather than metallic structures, and described three different arrangements for achieving a large light enhancement: dielectric waveguides, dielectric particle arrays, and a hybrid of these two structures. In each of the three proposed arrangements, the researchers show that, by suppressing absorption losses, light energy can be piled up in resonant cavities to create extremely intense optical fields. “Metallic structures can produce a similar level of enhancement via localized plasmon excitation, but only over limited volumes extended a few nanometers in diameter,” coauthor Javier García de Abajo from CSIC told PhysOrg.com. “In contrast, our work involves a huge enhancement over large volumes, thus making optimum use of the supplied light energy for extended biosensing applications and nonlinear optics. In metallic structures, absorption can be a problem because of potential material damage and because it reduces the available optical energy in the region of enhancement. This type of problem is absent in our dielectric structures.“One could obtain large light intensity enhancement just by simply accumulating it from may sources (e.g., by placing the ends of many optical fibers near a common point in space, or by collecting light coming from many large-scale mirrors). But this sounds like wasting a lot of optical energy just to have an enhancement effect in a small region of space. However, this is essentially what metallic structures do to concentrate light in so-called optical hot-spots using plasmons. In contrast, our structures do not concentrate the light in tiny spaces: they amplify it over large volumes, and this has important applications. This amplification is done through the use of evanescent and amplifying optical waves, which do not transport energy, but can accumulate it.” Although theoretically there is no upper limit to the intensity enhancement that these structures can achieve, fabrication imperfections limit the enhancement to about 100,000 times that of the incident light intensity. In a proof-of-principle demonstration of the dielectric waveguide arrangement, the researchers showed a light intensity enhancement of a factor of 100. The researchers predict that this moderate enhancement should be easily improved by reducing the interface roughness through more careful fabrication, and are currently working on experiments to demonstrate a larger light enhancement.As the researchers explain, part of the “holy grail” of designing nanodevices for optical applications is the ability to control light enhancement, as well as light confinement and subwavelength light guiding. By demonstrating the possibility of achieving an extremely large light intensity in large volumes, the researchers have opened up new possibilities in many nanophotonics applications. For example, nanophotonics components have already been used to produce artificial magnetism, negative refraction, cloaking, and for biosensing.“Certain molecules are produced in our bodies preferentially when we suffer some illnesses (e.g., tumors, infections, etc.),” García de Abajo said. “The detection of these molecules can sometimes be a difficult task, because they are seldom encountered in minute concentrations. A practical way of detecting these molecules, and thus unveiling the potential illness to which they are associated, is by illuminating them and seeing how they scatter or absorb light (e.g., how light of different colors is absorbed by these molecules or how they change the color of the light). Therefore, it is important to amplify the optical signal that these molecules produce, so that we can have access to them even if they are in very low concentrations. Our structures do precisely that: they amplify the light over large volumes, so that if the molecules to be detected are placed inside those volumes, they will more easily produce the noted optical signal (absorption, color change, etc.). This is thus a practical way of detecting diseases such as cancer.“In a different direction, light amplification is useful to produce a nonlinear response to the external light, and this can be directly applied to process information encoded as optical signals. This is an ambitious goal that is needed to fabricate optical computers. Such computers are still far from reachable, but they are expected to produce a tremendous increase in the speed of computation and communication. Our structures provide an innovative way of using light in devices for information processing.” Citation: Extraordinary light enhancement technique proposed for nanophotonic devices (2010, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-extraordinary-technique-nanophotonic-devices.html Explore further More information: Rebecca Sainidou, et al. “Extraordinary All-Dielectric Light Enhancement over Large Volumes.” Nano Letters, ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/nl102270p Breakthrough in nano-optics: Researchers develop plasmonic amplifier (PhysOrg.com) — In a new study, scientists have shown that simply tailoring the nanoscale geometrical parameters of dielectric structures can result in an increase in the light intensity to unprecedented levels. Theoretically, they calculate that the light intensity could be increased to up to 100,000 times that of the incident intensity over large volumes. This large light enhancement could lead to new developments in all-optical switching and biosensing applications. 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. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more

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San Francisco legislation proposes a citywide ban on governments use of facial

first_imgSan Francisco will be the first city in the U.S. to ban the government from using facial recognition technology, if a legislation that was tabelled yesterday, stands approved. The ‘Stop Secret Oversight Ordinance’, will be proposed by Supervisor Aaron Peskin. The legislation seeks to do the following: Departments in the city will have to seek approval from the Board of Supervisors before using or buying surveillance technology The legislation would implement annual audits of surveillance technology in order to ensure that the tools involved are properly used. A blanket ban will be issued that stops departments from purchasing or using facial recognition technology. The legislation, which would also apply to law enforcement, will be heard in committee next month. It has already obtained support from civil rights groups like the ACLU of Northern California. The legislation also makes a strong point that ‘surveillance efforts have historically been used to intimidate and oppress certain communities and groups more than others, including those that are defined by a common race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, income level, sexual orientation, or political perspective. The propensity for facial recognition technology to endanger civil rights and civil liberties substantially outweighs its purported benefits, and the technology will exacerbate racial injustice and threaten our ability to live free of continuous government monitoring’. The news comes at a time where facial recognition technology stands at the realms of debate between various privacy and security personnel. While the tech has been put to good use by various organizations, we can’t help but notice the negative impacts it can have on citizens. Take for instance the WEF 2019 talk that pointed out the role of governments and military in the use (and potential abuse) of today’s technology. Users on Twitter displayed reactions along the same line, expressing their relief that the government will no longer be able to “invade and micromanage the privacy of others.” Some also have called Facial recognition used by the government as ‘Dangerous’. Head over to The Verge for more insights on this news. Read Next Four IBM facial recognition patents in 2018, we found intriguing Google won’t sell its facial recognition technology until questions around tech and policy are sorted Australia’s Facial recognition and identity system can have “chilling effect on freedoms of political discussion, the right to protest and the right to dissent”: The Guardian reportlast_img read more

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A look at Costa Ricas 2014 elections

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