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Kashmiri youth bowled over by cricket

first_imgIn volatile districts of Kashmir, there is a new buzz word besides ‘growing militancy’ these days: Twenty20 cricket.In its mega effort to reach out to the young population in Kashmir, the State Cricket Academy (SCA) has roped in 3,300 players in 10 districts of the Valley, including militancy-dominated south Kashmir.Engaging the youthAcross the Valley, the SCA, which was set up at the cost of ₹1 crore in May this year under the ‘Khelo India’ programme, has started a major push to engage the youth in cricket in the past two months.“It’s the most popular game here. In the past, there were events organised by the police and the Army but not on this scale. This event is just aimed at institutionalising the game and take it to a new level. We have deliberately kept politics away from it. It’s a reach out also,” Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra Waheed Para, secretary of the Sports Council, told The Hindu.In all 10 districts of the Valley, 22 teams with 15 players each are competing at the district level, and commentary of the matches are broadcast live on social media.“From 22 teams in a particular district, we will identify players who will finally represent these districts. The skill of talented players will further be honed by SCA,” said Mr. Para.The Academy takes pride in roping in “youth form the volatile districts of Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama and Anantnag equally”, where around 200 local militants are still active and making it difficult for the mainstream parties to make any inroads into the youth, who constitutie 60% of the population.“Sports may be a normalising factor. But this attempt is at institutionalising the game to open the way for talented cricketers to play at the much higher professional level,” said Mr. Parra.‘A massive success’Mubashir Hassan, director the SCA, said the Twenty20 tournament has “emerged as a massive success”. “We roped in BCCI-qualified umpires and former Ranji players as coaches. We see cricket talent shifting to a new plane in the next few years,” said Mr. Hassan.For the players, the tournament is a platform to display their talent for the first time in a professional way. “I think sports should be conflict-neutral. For sportsmen, their game is like second religion. One plays a game irrespective of ideology. This is a meeting ground and a space to keep youth saner at times,” said a player in Pulwama.last_img read more

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Mom vs The Idiot Box

first_imgJane Gopalakrishnan raises issues and suggests ways.The TV is showing a popular childrens serial. The fat, dark-skinned baddie is tripped by the hero and he smashes his face into the floor. A laughter sound track prompts the five children in front of the television to roll around laughingStereotypes! Violence! Shuddering, I switch the channel to vociferous protests from little voices. But then all is quiet quickly: I have switched to Tom and Jerry where a piano is dropped on the cat and the mouses tail is set on fire. The children find it hysterical. I send them to their respective homes, half-afraid Im raising homicidal maniacs. In real life, anyone who sets anyone else on fire is going to jail. On the screen, theyre heroes. The problem of course, does not lie with that screen. Television is one of times greatest inventions. How else would we gasp in shock and empathy while the Twin Towers fall half way across the world, or tear up in pride as the Republic Day Parade unfolds in the mists of Delhi? Many households who cut off their cable TV link are veering towards an extreme, or so I am convinced. The answer, as always, is to teach your child to manage within the temptations around her, not just cut them out of her life. A few tips to read, reject if you want, adapt if youd like, but definitely to set you thinking.Take the Television out of the bedroom A TV is not a toy. That should be Rule no 1. Studies say that children with TV sets in their bedrooms spend 11.2 hours more glued to it than children who don?ft. They do this at the expense of other activities, such as reading which is actually recommended, in realistic doses by child specialists across the globe.Switch on something that will fuel their imaginationMy boys often try out, with varyingly disastrous results, craft ideas shown by PO GOs Bob or CBeebies Mister Maker and yesterdays prop of the day was a frilled lizard waiting on my dining table. Delightful, only if you like lizards of course. There is also a ton of tape and glue and colour all across the room, if you dont mind that. There are cooking shows which encourage children to try their hand at baking or making sandwiches, under supervision. Other programmes such as Galli Galli Sim Sim go about teaching manners or good habits. Do your research first.Tell them its only happening in a boxChildren under eight years of age cant fully tell fantasy from reality. Which is why you have cases of children donning S uperman capes and jumping off buildings. Its important you talk to them and tell them that no human being can fly. Its in the box. A child who you whack with a cricket bat gets hurt. Its not funny. Thats only in the box. Help them see that their TV heroes are just 2D images, not real people to be imitated.Dont let TV make your children fatWeve all been reading about TV leading to childhood obesity heres the reason why. Watching TV is an inactive time two hours sitting around instead of doing what a child does play! And more interestingly the hidden evil the temptation of TV commercials selling fatty yummy junk food. Indian authorities have been debating the banning of junk food ads on children programmes, so children dont get tempted. Feeding your children before letting them loose in front of the TV is a better bet.Time for TV, time for familyIf you do want to use TV time to bond, pre-plan a programme to do that. Watch the news bulletins with your mid-schooler and encourage her to ask you questions. Whos that politician? Wheres that country? What is this controversy about? Sports, particularly is a fascinating way to build a bond between you and your child. Let your child scream himself hoarse when Indias just four runs away from winning. Competitiveness, information, patriotism, loyalty, sportsmanship let him see it happen in front of him. And for every half hour spent watching TV, make sure theres double that time just spent talking to each other. Friends in the West swear TV is the safest baby-sitter for a mom without household help, (though not recommended for under 2-year-olds). Many moms feel regional programming helps their children learn another language. Other moms like me love how TV helps any veggie go down little throats. Of course this is much discouraged as bad?? parenting. In the end, TV is just another device. Use the device for your benefit, dont let it use you.Show them the worldMany channels nowadays have wonderful content, so it isnt fair to tar all TV with that black brush. National Geographic, Animal Planet and a host of travel shows focus on culture, people and food. The children see animals in the wild, scientific experiments, the pushing of barriers by human endeavour. Watch these programmes with them, and get them involved. Of course, there is always the risk that you will be asked, like I was by my four-year old, why the mating lions on TV were fighting all the time??. Hence be prepared for all sort of questions that might arise.Switch it on. Switch it offMany households have the TV droning on like background music. Little children on the carpet watch practically everything. Obviously then, we need to monitor what our children are watching. Dont exit the room leaving the children to watch TV alone. Switch it off. Several mothers interviewed are actually proud of the fact that their entire family sits together to watch family programmes??. This may lead to statistics like this: An average American child will see 200,000 violent acts and 16,000 murders on TV by age 18. (Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Children, violence, and the media: a report for parents and policy makers. September 14, 1999). If youre hooked on to a serial, record it and watch it later. And if the children demand their dose of daily drama, take them to a library instead and help them to get it out of a book.Get to your pre-teen before TV doesAlmost 75 percent of all music videos contain sexual images or content. It isnt surprising then that children learn about sex from TV before theyre old enough to digest it. Sangita Unni, a Bengaluru-based counsellor suggests that 10 year olds are ready for that talk about the birds and the bees??.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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India U-17 team lose 0-1 to Orlando City in Brazil

first_imgIndia started their campaign in the Atletico Paranaense U-17 tournament on a bitter note as they went down to US-based club Orlando City SC 0-1, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on Tuesday.India earned an early corner riding a bright start with Ninthoi coming close to opening the scoring in the 15th minute on Monday, AIFF said in a statement here.Both teams went into the change-over goalless. (India U-17 World Cup team leaves for exposure trips to Brazil, Russia)In the 47th minute of the game, Orlando found the back of the net from a blistering counter-attack.Towards the end of the game, Abhijit, Joysana and Shubham Sarangi were introduced by coach Nicolai Adam to find the equaliser — but in vain.India will face tournament hosts Atletico Paranaense on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Cape Bretons Eskasoni First Nation in mental health crisis chief

first_imgESKASONI, N.S. — The chief of Nova Scotia’s largest Mi’maq community says the First Nation is in the throes of a mental health crisis, with multiple suicides in recent weeks.Leroy Denny of Eskasoni First Nation says the deaths have underscored the community’s dire need for more health-care resources.He’s calling on all levels of government to step up and provide more funding for culturally informed mental health, trauma and addictions services.Denny says the Cape Breton First Nation of roughly 4,500 people is grieving the loss of community members and needs more support.He says current funding is inadequate to address Eskasoni’s needs, including the trauma experienced by residential school survivors and their families.Denny says Indigenous Peoples who seek services off-reserve often experience racism and discrimination.“We live on a reservation and from day one we’ve been dealing with issues of poverty, addictions and trauma that’s passed down through generations,” he said Thursday.“We’re trying to provide therapy and counselling services but it’s really difficult to get funding.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Head of Govt Says Morocco Suffers from Shortcomings in Human Rights

Rabat – Head of the Government Saad Eddine El Othmani said that he is aware of “shortcomings in the area of human rights in Morocco, despite the efforts made to improve it,” during a meeting of the government council held on Thursday, September 28.El Othmani made the admission during a government council meeting on September 28, speaking on the United Nations’ recent Universal Periodic Review recommendations for Morocco and the response by Minister of Human Rights Mustafa Ramid.The government head explained that while human rights in Morocco suffers from backslides, “the issue is of the interest to everyone, whether in the government sector,constitutional institutions or civil society and the press.” The head of the government  noted the efforts of human rights bodies, expressing his unhappiness with any criticism because “every report in which an assessment or criticism is positive for our country.”El Othmani stressed the need for increased national efforts to strengthen the human rights system in Morocco, urging all actors to cooperate to address the outstanding issues.While many states lauded Morocco’s commitment to human rights, commending the kingdom’s decision to accept the majority of UNRHC’s recommendation, for many NGOs, Morocco still has a long way to go.Ramid’s presentation, in which he stated that “Morocco appreciated the interest given to all institutional reforms during the review, which it had pursued by amending the constitution,” was applauded by countries including Afghanistan, China, Azerbaijan, and Egypt.“Morocco fully supported 191 out of 244 recommendations, 78 percent of the total number of recommendations, including 23 recommendations that were fully implemented; 44 recommendations were taken into consideration, and 9 recommendations were not accepted as they did not fall within the mandate of the Human Rights Council,” said Ramid. read more

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Police blotter Body found along road

Foul play is not suspected after a man was found dead beside a road near Langton on the weekend.Norfolk OPP were notified of an unresponsive male beside North Walsingham Road 11 around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.Police have not released the name of the deceased, who was said to be 60 years old.Boat collision near Turkey PointA Maple man was charged this weekend after a personal watercraft collided with a pontoon boat near Turkey Point.The incident was brought to the attention of police around 6:15 p.m. Sunday.Norfolk OPP say the 45-year-old operator of the watercraft approached the boat, which was carrying family members. The man hit the side of the pontoon boat with the watercraft. He was treated in hospital for minor injuries.The accused has been charged with operating a vessel in a careless manner, without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons contrary to the Canada Shipping Act.Helmet saves boy’s lifeAn 11-year-old boy from Hamilton was learning to ride a dirt bike along Charlotteville Road 1, Charlotteville, on July 21.The Hamilton boy veered off the trail and ended up on the roadway where a vehicle collided with the back of the bike.The boy was ejected from the bike and landed on the hood and windshield of the vehicle, sliding off and ending up of the roadway.He was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.The 76-year-old male driver of the vehicle did not suffer any injuries. In the Norfolk OPP news release, police said the fact the boy was wearing a helmet prevented his injuries from being more serious.The investigation continues.Unlocked vehicle with keys stolen In the early morning hours of Friday an unlocked vehicle was removed from Hillcrest Avenue in Simcoe.The stolen vehicle is described as a black coloured, 2007, Pontiac G6 with a hockey mom sticker in the rear window.Police report the vehicle was left unlocked with the keys inside.If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are being asked to contact the Norfolk County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122. read more

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Security Council President predicts adoption of new resolution on Iraq in days

Speaking to reporters after the closed-door meeting, Ambassador Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon said Council members had received input from the Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). “The information that they have given us will enable Council members to study the text [of a draft resolution circulated by the United States and United Kingdom] and to look for a consensus, and I can tell you in this respect that that is close to being reached.” “We intend to have consultations as long as it takes to get to the bottom of the text,” he added, predicting that “in the days to come in fact the Council will be able to adopt a resolution” giving UN weapons inspectors the guidelines that they require to operate in Iraq. Also addressing the press following the consultations, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was still hopeful that the Council would come up with a resolution that all members “can sign on to, or a vast majority.” Underscoring the gravity of the issue, he said, “It is a question of war and peace and I think it is appropriate that the Council goes about it in a deliberate manner.” In his remarks to the press, UNMOVIC chief Hans Blix stressed the need for broad unity in the Council. He predicted that there would be a resolution, adding, “we look forward to that; we want to get [into Iraq] as soon as we can.” Mr. Blix was joined by IAEA Director-General Mohammed ElBaradei, who agreed on the importance of “unified Council support behind us.” He called for “explicit authority, good practical arrangements and information from all Member States as to how and where to go to ensure that Iraq has completely disarmed.” “In our discussion with the Security Council,” he added, “both Dr. Blix and I emphasized the importance of having the inspection operation be completely impartial, completely objective, and that we maintain fully our independence.” Asked about a new resolution’s potential to strengthen the inspectors’ hand, Mr. Blix said, “it is desirable that Iraq understands that any lack of cooperation or violation of the provisions of the resolution will call for reactions on the part of the Council.” The Council’s influence on the situation “has to be not only the first month, but it has to be on a continuous basis,” he stressed. To a question on whether Iraq is in “material breach” of its obligations under Council resolutions, Mr. Blix said that depended on how the term is defined, but added, “it is clear that Iraq has not admitted inspectors since 1998, although it obligatory for them to do so.” Mr. ElBaradei recalled that by its resolution 707, adopted in 1991, the Council had already declared Iraq to be in material breach of its text. “Our role is to establish the facts,” he explained. “It is for the Security Council to evaluate the facts and determine whether these facts constitute material breach and what is the next step to be taken by the Council – this is the Council’s prerogative.” “We are to inspect and we are to report, objectively and independently as a UN force, and it is for the Council to decide what’s going to happen,” agreed Mr. Blix. “They are the highest organ of the UN system, and they will have that decision in their hands.” read more

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Ohio State mens basketball looking to bounce back against Minnesota

The Ohio State men’s basketball team looks to rebound against the Minnesota Golden Gophers following a brutal 71-49 loss at Wisconsin Sunday. Similarly, the Gophers are also looking to respond after a devastating 21-point loss to unranked Iowa Sunday. That loss dropped Minnesota to seventh place in the Big Ten, three games behind OSU. With both teams trying to get back on track, sophomore forward Sam Thompson said he’s ready for a battle. “We’re expecting a war,” Thompson said. “We need a win, they need a win, and tomorrow I think that’s going to show on the court.” Several Buckeyes have said the team is bothered by the way the team played against Wisconsin. “Sunday afternoon we were an embarrassment,” Thompson said. “We have to correct that.” The Gophers (18-8, 6-7 Big Ten), which have been ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation this season, are coming into the game looking to turn their season around. After starting off with a 15-1 record and a 3-0 mark in conference play, Minnesota has gone 3-7 in its last 10 games. All of those games were against Big Ten opponents. While the No. 18-ranked Buckeyes (18-7, 8-5 Big Ten) have lost three of their last four conference games, those defeats all came at the hands of ranked opponents. “We’re playing some great basketball teams,” coach Thad Matta said. While both teams are likely to be playing with a chip on their shoulder, the loss in Madison has a number of Buckeyes fired up. “I think I can speak for the team, we are embarrassed,” junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said at a Tuesday press conference. “We not only embarrassed ourselves, we embarrassed our coaching staff, our university, our school president and our fans. We embarrassed everybody. We didn’t answer the call. We didn’t do anything we’re known to do. We kind of abandoned everything: our principles, offensively and defensively.” Matta, Thompson and Smith Jr. all stressed the need for the team to play better defense if it wants to be successful moving forward and also improve on the season-low 49 points the team scored against the Badgers. Thompson said the team has met several times since the loss to address their shortcomings. “We understand that what happened on Sunday is unacceptable and we’re working to change that,” Thompson said. “When we all come to play defensively, we’re a heck of a defensive team.” However, getting everyone to “come to play” has been a challenge at times for the Buckeyes this season. Both Thompson and Smith Jr. spoke about the need to focus more consistently. “It’s almost getting close to March,” Smith Jr. said. “It’s time that we turn the page and become that team that we know we’re capable of being.” Their first opportunity to become that team is Wednesday at 7 p.m. read more

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US patent for water contamination measurement method used in FluidScan® handheld infrared

first_imgSpectro Scientific, one of the world’s largest suppliers of oil, fuel, and processed water analysis instrumentation and software, has been awarded a US patent for a company-developed method to measure water contamination in turbine and other industrial oils. The patent is Method of measuring water contamination in turbine and other industrial oils, patent no. US9500638.The measurement method, in which a small sample of industrial oil is homogenized and analyzed using infrared spectroscopy, is employed using Spectro’s FluidScan portable oil analyzer. The latest version of FluidScan software can detect total water presence as low as 300 ppm in turbine oils. The method provides an alternative to laboratory tests such as Karl Fischer titration when fast, simple, and reagent-free analysis is needed.In addition to measuring water contamination, the FluidScan analyzer provides immediate, reagentless measurement of acid number (AN), base number (BN), oxidation, glycol, and other parameters. Its flip-top oil cell enables chemical-free analysis and cleanup, using only one drop of oil. The analyzer’s on-site analysis capability, speed and convenience eliminate the wait associated with outsourcing laboratory analyses.Spectro senior applications chemist Randi Price is the inventor. Spectro President and CEO Brian Mitchell said, “This patent award recognizes the efforts of Dr Price and the Spectro product development team, and reinforces Spectro’s role as a world leader in fluid analysis technology. It will benefit our customers with faster and better on-site water in oil measurement.”last_img read more

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Hamas has significantly softened its stance on Israel

first_img pic.twitter.com/SUWd21F7JP— Hamas Movement (@HamasInfoEn) May 1, 2017 https://jrnl.ie/3368217 Share Tweet Email1 By Cianan Brennan Source: Hamas Movement/Twitter While the new document does not amount to recognition of Israel as demanded by the international community, Hamas officials say, it formally softens its stance in a few key areas.The document has not been especially well-received in Israel itself, with a spokesman for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying “Hamas is attempting to fool the world but it will not succeed”.“They dig terror tunnels and have launched thousands upon thousands of missiles at Israeli civilians,” David Keyes said in a statement, referring to rockets fired from Gaza and tunnels used to carry out attacks.Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008.The strip has been under an Israeli blockade for 10 years. Members of the Palestinian Hamas security forces take part in a military graduation ceremony in Gaza City on 30 March 2017 Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesHamas leaders have long spoken of the more limited aim of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip without explicitly setting this out in its charter.But after years of internal debate, the new document formally accepts the idea of a state in the territories occupied by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967.It also says its struggle is not against Jews because of their religion but against Israel as an occupier.“We are not fighting against the Jews because they are Jewish,” said Meshaal.We are waging this struggle against the aggression of Zionists.However, the original 1988 charter will not be dropped, just supplemented, in a move some analysts see as a way of maintaining the backing of hardliners.Asked if Hamas would negotiate directly with Israelis, Meshaal replied: “Our policy is we will not engage in direct negotiations with the Israelis because nothing in the conditions and circumstances convinces us that any conclusions can be reached.”Direct talks is “a process, it’s a game we will not fall for it”.The new document also continues to speak of liberating historic Palestine, including areas that are today part of Israel.Hamas is considered a terrorist group by Israel, the United States and the European Union, and the new document is aimed in part at easing its international isolation.With  © – AFP, 2017Read: Trump says he would be ‘honoured’ to meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong-UnRead: Theresa May dismisses rumours Brexit meeting with EU chief went badly as “Brussels gossip” 13,067 Views Hamas president Khaled Mashaal Source: TwitterPALESTINIAN ORGANISATION HAMAS has softened its stance on Israel for the first time in years.For many years Hamas has called for the Israeli state’s destruction. The easing of its stance could be seen as an attempt on its part to improve its diplomatic standing internationally with Donald Trump set to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas next week.Deep divisions remain between Hamas and the Palestinian leadership.The eased stance towards Israel is contained within a new policy document unveiled at a press conference today.The document was launched in the Qatari capital Doha by exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who is due to step down soon after serving his maximum two terms.The conference was also broadcast live in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian enclave controlled by Hamas, while the document itself has been posted on the movement’s website.“We in Hamas believe that renewal and reinvention is a necessity,” Meshaal said at the conference in a Doha hotel.center_img May 1st 2017, 9:49 PM Hamas has significantly ‘softened’ its stance on Israel The Palestinian organisation launched a new policy document today in which it steps back from calling for Israel’s ‘destruction’. Monday 1 May 2017, 9:49 PM 78 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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A boy for the Calombaris legacy

first_imgRestauranteur, masterchef, businessman – George Calombaris can add another title to his long list – dad. Calombaris and his partner Natalie Tricarico, welcomed their son James George Calombaris early Thursday morning. The newborn weighed 3.26 kg. A channel ten spokesperson said “everyone is happy and dad is over the moon”.The question is, will James take after his famous father and become a chef? We will soon find out. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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Maria strengthens into Category 5 hurricane

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria intensified into a dangerous Category 5 storm and pounded the little island of Dominica as it surged into the eastern Caribbean on Monday night, and forecasters warned it might become even stronger.The storm was following a path that could take it on Tuesday near many of the islands already wrecked by Hurricane Irma and then head toward a possible direct strike on Puerto Rico on Wednesday.There were no immediate reports from Dominica after the eye wall moved ashore, but earlier zinc roofs blew off homes as the outer edge of the storm began whipping the island.Dominica authorities had closed schools and government offices and urged people to move from dangerous areas to shelters.“We should treat the approaching hurricane very, very seriously,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit warned. “This much water in Dominica is dangerous.”In August 2015, Tropical Storm Erika unleashed flooding and landslides that killed 31 people and destroyed more than 370 homes on the small, mountainous island.Officials on nearby Guadeloupe said the French island would experience extremely heavy flooding and warned that many communities could be submerged overnight.In Martinique, authorities ordered people to remain indoors and said they should prepare for cuts to power and water. Schools and nonessential public services were closed.With Puerto Rico appearing destined for a hit, officials in the U.S. territory warned residents of wooden or otherwise flimsy homes to find safe shelter.last_img read more

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Vista City Hall holds lottery for marijuana dispensary applicants

first_imgVista City Hall holds lottery for marijuana dispensary applicants Elizabeth Alvarez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Emotions ran high at the thought of winning the big prize.The big prize in this case is being among the first to have the city of Vista review an application to open one of 11 medical marijuana dispensaries.Several dozens of applicants showed up to City Hall first thing Tuesday morning.Every applicant had to have two cashier’s checks. One for $10,000 for processing fees and another in the amount of $100,000 to prove they had the financial resources to finish the approval process. If not they were turned away.Residents from across the state drove to Vista to get a shot at the opportunity. Elliot Lewis from Long Beach said, “We heard Vista was opening up for medical marijuana dispensaries and we hold quite a few licenses in the state so we decided to come in here and give it a shot.”This is a first for the city of Vista. Measure Z,which passed in November, was a citizens initiative that forced the city to allow medical pot shops to open.Just like a lottery drawing, each applicant that showed up before 10 a.m. was giving a ball with a letter on it. It was placed in a spinning drum and a blindfolded city employee pulled out one by one.Elliott Lewis was drawn 8th, giving him a good chance as long as he meet all of the requirements.“It’s definitely a big prize. It’s high-stakes, it’s not again for little boys with short shorts. Your heart gets going, you spent a lot of time and money and effort and it just comes down to the luck of the draw”, says Lewis.The city will continue taking applications until 5 p.m. January 29th.Building a registration priority list, it will work down that list from first to last verifying the applicants. Posted: January 22, 2019 Elizabeth Alvarez, January 22, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Goldberg is back But he should not have been heres why

first_imgGoldberg is making another comeback to WWEWWE official websiteThere is a lot of excitement about the announced comeback of professional wrestling’s superstar Bill Goldberg to WWE. The former World Heavyweight Champion is scheduled to take part in the special event of the company on June 7 in Saudi Arabia.Fans of Goldberg are ecstatic. The highly-decorated superstar was last seen in action during Wrestlemania 33 when he took on Brock Lesnar in the Universal Championship title match. In his farewell address to the WWE audience, Goldberg did say that a return to the ring can’t be ruled out.And he proved right, because more than two years after that event, he is scheduled to have another match. At the moment, indications are that it would be against Bobby Lashley. The latter put out a tweet mentioning the return of the former WCW champion and even got a response from him, in the form of a clenched fist emoji.Whether it’s Lashley or anyone else, the return of the WWE Hall of Fame member is confirmed. But is it a good thing? Well, the honest answer is no! Even if you are a big fan of the formerly retired superstar, it may not seem like a good idea.Why he shouldn’t have?When Goldberg returned in late 2016, there was massive anticipation about his taking on Brock Lesnar. On his arrival, he looked in great shape. After their embarrassment of a match at Wrestlemania 20 in 2004, this was an opportunity for fans to see the pair redeem themselves with a top-class contest. Goldberg didn’t have a substantial match last timeWikimedia Commons / Marine Corps Community ServicesThe actual match turned out to be a squash. The match lasted less than one-and-a-half minute with a win for the returning hero. Goldberg followed this victory with a brief appearance in the Royal Rumble followed by another squash victory over Universal Champion Kevin Owens (in 22 seconds) to gain the title. It was clear by then that he was simply too old to sustain a long match and hence, WWE kept him restricted to brief contests.His latest stint in WWE culminated with the title match at Wrestlemania where Lesnar and Goldberg kept hitting each other with their signature moves and eventually the former won. To be honest, despite the clearly visible restrictions of Goldberg, it was an entertaining fight.If two years ago, the 52-year old was unable to have a substantial match, how can we expect anything better now? Yes, he may keep himself in good shape but without any in-ring experience and advanced age, how can he be expected to produce a good contest, be the opponent Lashley or anyone?It’s not surprising though, that WWE is still trying to bank on his popularity. They kept bringing The Undertaker back to wrestle despite him having been past his time. They even brought back Shawn Michaels after years of retirement for a tag-team match last year in Saudi Arabia. Watching these wrestlers struggling to put up a decent show while clearly being past their date is a painful experience.So, if you are a Goldberg fan and have enjoyed watching him in his prime, what you don’t want is to see him like the proverbial ‘Lion in winter.’ Much better to remember him as the dominant superstar who had great matches in WCW and WWE than witness him compete in below-average contests. Alas, that’s not how WWE’s sees things these days.last_img read more

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Sun Pharma shares slide over USFDA observations on Halol unit

first_imgPrivate sector healthcare firm Sun Pharmaceuticals witnessed a plunge in its share price on Wednesday as brokerage firm IIFL said the US health regulator had issued a 14-page 483 observations letter to the company post inspection of its Halol unit in Gujarat.At 11.44 pm, shares of Sun Pharmaceuticals were down four percent to trade at Rs 677.45 at the National Stock Exchange.According to Moneycontrol, the US regulator completed inspection of the plant on December 1 and subsequently issued the observation letter to the company.”IIFL didn’t know the contents of the observations yet and it was also difficult to ascertain the severity of the 483 Form,” the report quoted IIFL as saying. The observation letter is expected to be available in a couple of days, the report said.An FDA Form 483 is issued to a drug maker when investigators observe any conditions which may constitute violations of the existing US drug regulations.Usually, after inspection of a drug manufacturing facility by US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) officials, observations are issued to the drug maker for taking remedial measures. Though compliance to observations made by the regulator is not mandatory, repeated non-compliance leads to issuance of warning letter and may lead to closure of the facility in extreme situations.According to the report, USFDA clearance to Sun Pharma’s Halol unit is vital for company’s future revenue growth as the US constitutes almost 50 percent of the drug maker’s revenue.Earlier, the Halol plant had received 483 observations letter of 19 pages ultimately resulting into issuance of a warning letter, the report said.last_img read more

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Lord Michael Heseltine Brexit spits in the wind of every Conservative prime

first_img Close Lord Michael Heseltine: Brexit spits in the wind of every Conservative prime minister Speaking to IBTimes UK on 29 March, the day Article 50 was officially triggered, Conservative politician Lord Michael Heseltine said that Brexit was a serious diminish in British power and influence. Sir Tim Barrow, the British Ambassador to the EU, handed Donald Tusk a letter signed by May signalling the UKs desire to begin formal divorce proceedings.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:30Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:29?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

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Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka takes huge salary cut for FY2017

first_imgInfosys COO U B Pravin Rao (extreme left) and CEO Vishal Sikka (centre) addressing a press conference in Bengaluru on April 13, 2017 after declaration of Q4 results.IANSInfosys CEO Vishal Sikka saw his salary (cash component) fall 67.15 percent while COO U B Pravin Rao’s dropped 15.95 percent for 2016-17, according to the company’s latest annual report. In terms of cash component comprising fixed pay, retirals and incentives, the decrease was largely in bonus, down 81 percent to $822,289 in 2016-17 from $4.3 million in 2015-16. The fall was made up by performance-based incentives in the form of stock options worth $2,885,482 granted in 2016-17 as against NIL in the preceding fiscal, resulting in an overall drop of 7 percent to $6.75 million (~ Rs 45.11 crore) as against $7.30 million in 2015-16 (~ Rs 48.41 crore).The time-based stock incentives for 2016-17 remained unchanged at $2 million.For Pravin Rao, the overall compensation rose to Rs. 11.80 crore in 2016-17 from Rs. 8.14 crore in the previous financial year, according to the annual report. The increase was due to performance-based stock incentives worth Rs. 4 crore. From a cash component perspective, his salary fell 15.95 percent to Rs 7.80 crore (basic Rs 4 crore, bonus Rs 3.63 crore, retirals Rs 17.7 lakh) from Rs 9.28 crore in 2015-16. It is pertinent here that Rao’s salary was revised with effect from November 2016, triggering a sharp response from co-founder and former chairman Narayana Murthy. Rao’s new compensation package included Rs. 4.62 crore in fixed pay and Rs. 3.88 crore as variable compensation annually, apart from 27,250 restricted stock units and 43,000 stock options vesting over four years. Murthy had criticised the Infosys board’s decision to give a hike to Rao, saying it sent a wrong message to the employees in a communication circulated to select media houses.”This is grossly unfair to the majority of the Infosys employees including project managers, delivery managers, analysts, programmers, sales people in the field, entry level engineers, clerks and office boys who are toiling hard to make the company better. The impact of such a decision will likely erode the trust and faith of the employees in the management and the board.”With what conscience, can a decent person like Pravin (a man schooled in Infosys values for over 30 years) tell his juniors that they should work hard and make sacrifice to reduce cost and protect margin? I have got so many mails from these people asking whether this resolution is fair. No previous resolution in the history of the company has received such a low approval,” he had added.On Wednesday, Infosys closed 0.40 percent lower at Rs. 953 on the BSE while the Sensex ended 64 points lower at 30,302.last_img read more

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Navigating grief in the social media age

first_img Share This! By: Elizabeth Evans Senators oppose Trump refugee cuts on religious freedom grounds By: Elizabeth Evans As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Bono and Guggi: A friendship based on art, punk rock and Jesus By: Elizabeth Evans News • Photos of the Weekcenter_img Share This! Catholicism Share This! Share This! Elizabeth Evans Share This! Elizabeth Evans,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — In 2015, Kate Bowler, a history professor at Duke Divinity School, then 35 and the mother of a young son, was diagnosed with stage IV cancer.After getting the news, she wept. She prayed. Then she called her husband.“I waited until he arrived so we could wrap our arms around each other and say the things that must be said. I have loved you forever. I am so grateful for our life together. Please take care of our son,” she wrote in a New York Times opinion piece a few months after her initial diagnosis. Then he walked me from my office to the hospital to start what was left of my new life.”Bowler was not ready for what came next.The torrent of responses to her story included, in addition to empathy, detailed questions and advice: was she eating right, was she spiritually grounded, was she trying hard enough?Historian and author Kate Bowler. Photo by Rebecca Ames“I had never really known what it felt like to be a problem to be solved,” she wrote.Bowler went on to write a book about her experiences, entitled “Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved.” She also launched a podcast in which guests share their own perspective on lessons garnered from times of woe.“There’s a failure of public language around suffering,” she said. “I think in the spiritual community we have a lot of fear.”Perhaps in answer to that failure, our age of nonstop communication has brought an increasingly rich array of resources, both online and off, for those who wrestle with grief, suffering and loss. At a time when trust in traditional authorities like the church and its clergy is strikingly low, young adults and others are employing new ways to support each other when bad news or tragedy arrives.Lennon Flowers. Photo by Jessica Ross, courtesy of The Dinner PartyLennon Flowers lost her mother while a college student. By the time she started to open up in her mid-20s about her loss, she had spent years “keeping my hours full with things that weren’t cancer,” she said.That experience led her to take a central role in creating the Dinner Party, a nonprofit that recruits hosts who bring young people together to talk about grief over potluck dinners. Launched officially in January 2014, Flower’s site now boasts about 300 hosts.While the grief-gathering nonprofit has a user-friendly website, its purpose is to draw attention to in-person get-togethers tailored for a generation that grew up online but craves the intimacy of in-person connection.“We realized what we were really out to do was cultural,” she said. “What I love about this moment is that there are a lot of voices pushing back about silence and stigmas and mythologies around grief and loss.”In conversations over informal meals, participants find that their feelings of sadness are accepted without judgment. They also realize that there’s no time limit on pain and mourning.Many of the young people who come to the potlucks are often the first people among their friends to confront loss. “For other generations it’s less familiar to talk about your private life. We’re seeing them (young adults) reclaiming experiences and thoughts people had hidden behind closed doors,” Flowers said.The Dinner Party is particularly sensitive to the need to provide venues for those in the LGBTQ community, people of color and other minorities. “It’s incredibly powerful to have people who share other sources of commonality,” said Flowers. “Grief and loss aren’t shared equally. There are communities where loss is endemic. We have not begun to touch the surface of that.”The meals offer a chance to care for one another during a time of grief. That kind of support can be hard to find, said Flowers. Followers on Instagram and friends on Facebook don’t equate to having a supportive community, Flowers said.“We live in a time in which people are starved of meaningful connection,” she said. “I feel privileged to be surrounded by stories of profound grief and courage.”Attia Nasar, a marketing specialist at Merck & Co., lost her mother unexpectedly more than a year and a half ago. Now she hosts her own table. “When you lose someone who is close to you, you are almost transported into another dimension of your life,” said Nasar, a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community who attends a mosque in Philadelphia.“You don’t understand it until you go through it yourself. To be able to come to the table with people around you who have experienced similar grief is extremely comforting — just to know you are not alone.”A potluck gathering organized by The Dinner Party. Photo courtesy of The Dinner PartyGregory Thomson, also a Dinner Party host, lost his father suddenly five years ago in an auto accident. In the aftermath, Thomson, who works for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in the Philadelphia area, has gotten involved with several grief organizations, including one that works specifically with children.“Culturally, death is not something we talk about. It’s taboo,” said Thomson. “A dinner party is more acceptable.”Social media, he added, can be a double-edged sword. “A lot of people on social media are trying to lead their best lives, and it’s not always authentic,” he said.Spirituality and faith play a role in some of the dinner conversations, but perhaps not in a way that older generations might immediately recognize.When a group gathers at his apartment, the topic of death may include a discussion of Jewish practice of sitting shiva, or conversation about cremation or having open versus a closed casket. Participants have sometimes asked each other, “What’s your best ashes story?”Others have created an altar where they put pictures of lost loved ones, perhaps with a candle to honor them. More than a traditional spiritual practice, Thomson said, “it’s a way of keeping their memory alive.”Kenneth Doka, a Lutheran minister and senior consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America, has a long track record of reflecting on the grieving process. He has found, in almost 50 years as an authority and long-time student of loss, that it is an intensely unique experience.“We grieve as differently as we live,” said Doka, author of “Grief as a Journey.”Jesuit priest and author James Martin, editor-at-large at America Magazine, doesn’t shy away from addressing contemporary issues on forums like Twitter and Facebook.Asked why he has become, both among Protestants and fellow Catholics, a go-to resource in difficult times, he said he wasn’t entirely certain. “Maybe it’s because I’m not afraid to express my own feelings about a loss or a tragedy online. Perhaps that invites others to share their own emotions,” he said in an email. The fact that he’s a Christian, and addresses suffering from a Christian perspective, may also encourage believers to feel comfortable sharing their own perspectives, he added.Martin sees his online correspondence and conversations about suffering and loss as an extension of his ministry, he said. “I feel especially sorry for people online who feel that they have few people in their lives to turn to. Sometimes I also field questions from people who have been told harsh things by someone else (or even a priest), like they shouldn’t be sad, or shouldn’t be angry at God, and so on. So sometimes my response is not just consolation but a little spiritual direction, too.”Bowler said her public conversations have helped her see herself as part of a larger community of “co-sufferers.”“At least I know now that interdependence is how we are supposed to hold each other together,” said Bowler. “We know things that other people choose to forget or know eventually.” She wants to believe, she said, that life doesn’t have to be better to be beautiful.“This is a country convinced there is a solution to everything. There’s no solution to mortality.” Tagsdeath grieving homepage featured podcasts technology and faith Top Story,You may also like Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

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Massive exoplanet discovered using gravitational microlensing method

first_img Explore further © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Massive exoplanet discovered using gravitational microlensing method (2017, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-massive-exoplanet-gravitational-microlensing-method.html Astronomers discover new substellar companion using microlensing The light curve data for MOA-2016-BLG-227 is plotted with the best-fit model. The top panel shows the whole event, the bottom left and bottom right panels highlight the caustic crossing feature and the second bump due to the cusp approach, respectively. The residuals from the model are shown in the bottom insets of the bottom panels. Credit: Koshimoto et al., 2017. 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. Gravitational microlensing is an invaluable method of detecting new extrasolar planets circling their parent stars relatively closely. This technique is sensitive to low-mass planets orbiting beyond the so-called “snow line” around relatively faint host stars like M dwarfs or brown dwarfs. Such planets are of special interest for astronomers, as just beyond this line, the most active planet formation occurs. Hence, understanding the distribution of exoplanets in this region could offer important clues to how planets form.The microlensing event MOA-2016-BLG-227 was detected on May 5, 2016 by the Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA) group using the 1.8 m MOA-II telescope at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory in New Zealand. Afterward, this event was the target of follow-up observations employing three telescopes located on Mauna Kea, Hawaii: the United Kingdom Infra-Red Telescope (UKIRT) 3.8m telescope, the Canada France Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) and the Keck II telescope. VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile and the Jay Baum Rich 0.71m Telescope (C28) at the Wise Observatory in Israel were also used for these observations.This subsequent observational campaign allowed the research team led by Naoki Koshimoto of the Osaka University in Japan to detect the new planet and to determine its basic parameters.”The event and planetary signal were discovered by the MOA collaboration, but much of the planetary signal is covered by the Wise, UKIRT, CFHT and VST telescopes, which were observing the event as part of the K2 C9 program (Campaign 9 of the Kepler telescope’s prolonged mission),” the paper reads.The team found that MOA-2016-BLG-227Lb is a super-Jupiter planet with the mass of about 2.8 Jupiter masses. The parent star is most probably an M or K dwarf located in the galactic bulge. The mass of the star is estimated to be around 0.29 solar masses. MOA-2016-BLG-227Lb orbits its host at a distance of approximately 1.67 AU. Other main parameters like the radius of both objects and orbital period of the planet are yet to be determined.”Our analysis excludes the possibility that the host star is a G-dwarf, leading us to a robust conclusion that the planet MOA-2016-BLG-227Lb is a super-Jupiter mass planet orbiting an M or K-dwarf star likely located in the Galactic bulge,” the researchers concluded.The authors call for further investigation of the MOA-2016-BLG-227 event, which could deliver essential more detailed information about the newly found planetary system. They noted that this event should be revisited with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and Keck adaptive optics (AO) system. Promising results could also come from future space and ground based telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), the Thirty Meter Telescope and the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). (Phys.org)—Astronomers have found a new massive alien world using the gravitational microlensing technique. The newly detected exoplanet, designated MOA-2016-BLG-227Lb, is about three times more massive than Jupiter and orbits a distant star approximately 21,000 light years away. The finding was published Apr. 6 in a paper on arXiv.org. More information: MOA-2016-BLG-227Lb: A Massive Planet Characterized by Combining Lightcurve Analysis and Keck AO Imaging, arXiv:1704.01724 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1704.01724AbstractWe report the discovery of a microlensing planet —- MOA-2016-BLG-227Lb —- with a massive planet/host mass ratio of q≃9×10−3. This event was fortunately observed by several telescopes as the event location was very close to the area of the sky surveyed by Campaign 9 of the K2 Mission. Consequently, the planetary deviation is well covered and allows a full characterization of the lensing system. High angular resolution images by the Keck telescope show excess flux other than the source flux at the target position, and this excess flux could originate from the lens star. We combined the excess flux and the observed angular Einstein radius in a Bayesian analysis which considers various possible origins of the measured excess flux as priors, in addition to a standard Galactic model. Our analysis indicates that it is unlikely that a large fraction of the excess flux comes from the lens. We compare the results of the Bayesian analysis using different priors for the probability of hosting planets with respect to host mass and find the planet is likely a gas-giant around an M/K dwarf likely located in the Galactic bulge. This is the first application of a Bayesian analysis considering several different contamination scenarios for a newly discovered event. Our approach for considering different contamination scenarios is crucial for all microlensing events which have evidence for excess flux irrespective of the quality of observation conditions, such as seeing, for example.last_img read more

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This Wood Wont Float But Its Stronger Than Steel

first_img(Credit: Nataliia K/Shutterstock)The question of how much wood a woodchuck can chuck may need to be reevaluated — new research published today in Nature reveals a process that can create wood with a strength-to-weight ratio stronger than most metals.Harder, Better, StrongerMany of the high-performance structural materials available today have at least one major drawback. Metals like steel may be strong, but they are also heavy and environmentally damaging. Composites and polymer-based materials work around these drawbacks, but are complex and expensive to produce.Despite all of our technological innovation, wood remains one of our best options for building — it’s abundant, inexpensive, and lightweight. However, it’s not remarkably strong or durable when compared to other modern building materials. In an attempt to boost wood’s mechanical capabilities, researchers have developed various methods of wood treatment.Treating wood to improve its mechanical performance is nothing new, with simple versions of the process dating back to as early as the 1700s. Wood can be treated with steam, heat, ammonia, or a process called cold-rolling to make it stronger— but, individually, none of these processes capitalize on wood’s full potential. Not to mention the fact that the wood often re-expands and loses strength over time.The new method involves a two-step process: Wood is chemically treated and then hot-pressed at over200 degrees Fahrenheit to create “densified wood.”When the natural wood is boiled in a mixture of sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfite, the chemicals break down the lignin in the wood. Lignin is the polymer, present in cell walls of many rigid plants, that keeps plants stiff. When some, but, crucially, not all of the lignin is broken down, the wood is easily compressed into its tougher self: densified wood.Tough Enough?This alter-ego wood is over 11 times stronger than natural wood, the researchers say, though it no longer floats in water. Still, the compacted wood is only about three times denser than normal wood — much lighter than most building materials used today.In terms of practical applications, the main focus of the research is the potential use for densified wood in construction. Natural wood, simply can’t compete with metal alloys and plastics in terms of strength when it comes to complex engineering projects. Densified wood, however, could represent a happy medium between strength and weight.The study also cites another use for their creation: “low-cost armor and ballistic energy absorption.” In ballistics tests of a laminated version of the densified wood, they found that it absorbed ten times more energy than natural wood.[embedded content]But densified wood is not the perfect material … yet. One of the concerns when removing lignin from a natural plant material is bacteria and fungus. In living plants, the rigidity of lignin helps to fend off these attacks. It remains to be seen whether a densified wood structure would be more susceptible to bacterial and fungal issues.Nevertheless, it’s a reminder that nature, with a little help, is still the greatest engineer of all.last_img read more

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