Interministerial central teams to visit 11 floodhit states

first_imgNew Delhi: Inter-ministerial central teams with representatives from key ministries like home, finance, agriculture and power will be visiting 11 flood-affected states to have first hand on-the-spot assessment of damages caused and relief work carried out so far. According to a statement by the Home Ministry, an inter-ministerial central team, led by Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Prakash, is visiting Karnataka on Saturday to have first-hand on-the-spot assessment of damages caused and relief work carried out by the state administration. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ In pursuance of a significant decision taken by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a meeting of the high-level committee on August 19, inter-ministerial central teams will visit Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Kerala affected by the recent floods, the statement said. Till now, such teams used to visit the affected states only once after the receipt of memorandum from the state in the wake of any severe calamity. The same team will again visit the state after submission of the memorandum for detailed assessment of the damages and relief operations conducted for making final recommendations for allocation of additional funds. Officers from the ministries of home, agriculture, finance, road transport, rural development and jal shakti will be part of the team.last_img read more

Camp Southern Ground Announces Grand Opening Of The Peterson Dining Hall

first_imgCamp Southern Ground announces the completion of the Peterson Dining Hall, designed by Perkins + Will, with construction by DPR and Structor Group.Peterson Dining HallCredit/Copyright: Tim HurlseyThis marks the completion of a signature component of the build-out on the growing campus.Camp Southern Ground is located on over 400 acres in Fayetteville, Georgia, and is the non-profit passion project of three time GRAMMY Award-winning artist Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band.Inspired by his own experience as a camp counselor, Zac’s vision is to create a state-of-the-art facility that is more than the typical camp experience. Camp Southern Ground’s mission is to provide extraordinary experiences for children to recognize and magnify the unique gifts within themselves and others to profoundly impact the world. While at camp there will be activities to challenge, educate and inspire campers, with a special emphasis on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learning and attention issues like ADD, ADHD and Dyslexia, social or emotional challenges, and those with family members serving in the military.Located in the center of the campus, the Peterson Dining Hall was tasked with being the heart of Camp Southern Ground.“Peterson Dining Hall is the heart of Camp like the kitchen is the heart of Home. Zac told us that he wanted an iconic building unlike any other, as the centerpiece of Camp – a building that signals to the kids upon arrival that they are in a unique and special place transcending everyday experiences,” says Chris Sciarrone of Perkins + Will.As the first major build-out to the campus, Camp Southern Ground can now begin work towards completion of more projects to prepare for a Summer 2018 opening.“We are thrilled to have the Peterson Dining Hall completed. It is a major functional component of our camp programs and really sets the tone for architectural design, construction quality and sustainability. Now, having the dining hall completed, this puts us one step closer to being able to open for week long, overnight camps which is slated for summer of 2018,” said Mike Dobbs, President and CEO of Camp Southern Ground.The Peterson Dining Hall includes some very special features and is comprised of materials in which the majority was sourced locally. The ceiling is also made from sustainably harvested Mahogany wood donated by Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars, and the focal point of the dining hall is the 26-foot-high brick fireplace.The state-of-the-art dining hall will serve up to 300 campers plus 150 counselors, staff and volunteers during the summer camping sessions, and has the capacity to serve well over 400 for special events, meetings and conventions in the off season.The structure is not only a modern work of art, but its sustainable features and architectural innovations will enhance energy efficiency as well as support the mission of the camp’s certified organic farm and nutritional education. For instance, from the geothermal system that will heat and cool the building, to the natural zinc building envelope, and the low energy, renewable building materials, this building will save more energy over time. An example of its design innovation is seen in the custom grinder and extractor which converts as much food waste as possible from the kitchen into compost for the farm, while minimizing what goes to the landfill.The Peterson Dining Hall is available to rent for special events and conventions. For more information please contact Southern Ground is currently in its second phase of fundraising. To learn more or to donate please visit read more


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Video Protesters in Al Hoceima Harass 2M TV Journalists

Rabat – Two journalists from the state-owned TV channel 2M were surrounded and pushed by protesters while covering the July 20 demonstration in Al Hoceima.A video filmed by Moroccan news outlet Le 360 shows a group of protesters surrounding and threatening a cameraman and a reporter. Some of the protesters attempt to seize the journalist’s camera in order to prevent them from covering the demonstration.July 20 witnessed a massive march in the city, during which clashes between police forces and protesters took on a large scale. Al Hoceima authorities have stated that 72 members of security forces were injured during the July 20 march held in the city due to rock-throwing, and that 11 protesters were injured during the firing of tear gas by security forces. read more

Highlights of Quebecs 201920 budget

QUEBEC — Finance Minister Eric Girard tabled the Coalition Avenir Quebec government’s first budget on Thursday. Here are some highlights:— Balanced books for the fifth straight year in Quebec, with a forecast surplus of $2.5 billion on total revenue of $115.6 billion, including $24.9 billion in federal transfers. The surplus will go to a fund aimed at lowering the province’s debt.— Estimated gross debt of $200.8 billion as of March 31, 2019. That represents 46.1 per cent of gross domestic product, continuing a downward trend from a peak of 54.3 per cent five years ago.— Expected economic growth of 1.8 per cent in 2019 and 1.5 per cent in 2020, down from 2.3 per cent in 2018.— Increase in overall spending of 5.0 per cent, with health and social services (5.4 per cent) and education (5.1 per cent) accounting for most of the increase.— Gradual elimination of daycare surcharge introduced by previous government, affecting 140,000 families this year. It will be eliminated in 2022, saving families a total of $185 million a year.— Reduction in school taxes over three years with the goal of reaching a single rate across the province, based on the lowest current rate. The cost to the province is set at $200 million in 2019-20.— Additional funding of $280 million a year as of 2019-20 in home care for seniors.— A $1-billion spending envelope to support so-called strategic businesses and retain head offices in the province.— First step toward universal pre-kindergarten for four-year-olds, with 250 classes added as of September 2019 and $1 billion budgeted over five years.— A plan to add an extra hour to the high school day for sports, arts and homework help, which will begin in 140 schools this year. The program will cost $21 million in 2019-20, rising to $124 million in 2021-22.The Canadian Press read more

WatchTim Hortons tests food delivery in 3 cities working on kids menu

Some Canadians craving a doughnut or double-double but strapped for time can now have Tim Hortons food brought to them as the national chain started testing delivery this week.It’s one of several concepts the coffee-and-doughnut chain, working to overcome an onslaught of negative publicity, is trying out in an effort to remain relevant to Canadian consumers.The coffee-and-doughnut chain launched food delivery with Skip The Dishes, a food delivery app, through 148 restaurants in three cities — Vancouver, Ottawa and Edmonton — Monday.“I think we came in with a mindset that we have to listen to our guests and adapt to their changing needs,” said Alex Macedo, president of Tim Hortons.Tim Hortons to upgrade distribution system, open new warehouses after franchisee complaintsTim Hortons sees smoother ties with franchisees amid restaurant upgrades, menu changesTim Hortons to pilot all-day breakfast in bid to win back loyaltyMacedo, who started in the role less than a year ago, said a slew of new hires, including Duncan Fulton, the chief corporate officer of Tim Hortons parent company Restaurant Brands International, is the reason for the brand’s productivity lately.The company hopes to expand the delivery test beyond those select cities in the coming months, said Fulton, who admits he lives his life on apps like Skip the Dishes, Uber Eats and DoorDash — as do many Tim Hortons customers.Delivery, he said, is something the eatery obviously needs to be doing.It’s not the only company to feel that way. Cineplex announced late last month it started offering concession stand snack delivery via Uber Eats to movie-watchers in 60 communities in Ontario, Alberta, B.C. and Quebec.But Tim Hortons is relying on more than just delivery to garner more enthusiasm for its brand. Another change that just made sense is all-day breakfast, Macedo said.“We’re a breakfast brand and a coffee shop that also sells lunch and dinner,” he said.About 50 restaurants are now serving breakfast any time and if the test produces good results, Tim Hortons will roll out the extended first meal hours nationally before the end of the summer.Its all-day breakfast pilot follows the national roll-out of breakfast any time by rivals McDonald’s Canada and A&W last year.In September, Tim Hortons plans to trial two more changes: a kids menu and a loyalty program.It’s too early for the company to announce what items will grace the kids options, but customers shouldn’t expect items like chicken fingers or burgers.“There’s still a lot of other kids menu items out there … that not everybody’s embracing that could be very unique to Tim Hortons,” said Fulton, who said he thinks about what his two kids would like to eat.The loyalty program will start as a card with basic phone functionality, said Macedo, and will eventually be integrated into the company’s recently launched app that allows customers to order and pay in advance.All the changes come as the company attempts to strengthen relations with its franchisees. Continued public spats between the chain’s parent company RBI and unsanctioned franchisee group The Great White North Franchisee Association over alleged mismanagement resulted in several lawsuits.Some Ontario franchisees’ decisions to cut back employee benefits and paid breaks after the province’s higher minimum wage kicked in further marred the company’s image, with some regulars participating in a boycott and nationwide protests.The brand’s reputation took a big hit on two reputational surveys this year, falling dozens of spots on each one.Macedo and Fulton both acknowledged some things in the past could have been handled better, but said management has changed how it communicates with franchisees in an effort to bolster that relationship and is working with them to implement all these changes smoothly.“I think it’s just going to be a matter of time to prove out that this is a new day,” said Fulton, “and there’s a very sincere interest in working collaboratively with all the franchisees.” read more

Credit union seeks ways to reverse growth of high fee payday loans

Credit union seeks ways to reverse growth of high fee payday loans VANCOUVER – British Columbians are more likely to use payday loan services than residents elsewhere in the country and that worries Canada’s largest community credit union.Vancity has issued a report showing the payday loan industry is thriving in B.C., and use of the high-fee loans has climbed 58 per cent between 2012 and 2014.Over that same period, the report finds the number of people with more than 15 payday loans leaped over 600 per cent as users increasingly relied on the service for necessities.The credit union notes B.C. has a soaring cost of living, along with the highest rate of working-age people living in poverty, and says those factors may contribute to the sharp increase in the loans.According to the study, 198,000 people — about 5.5 per cent of adults in B.C. — used payday loans, compared with 5.4 per cent in Alberta and Saskatchewan, just over four per cent in Ontario and a low of 3.89 per cent in Manitoba.Regulations in B.C. restrict service charges to 23 per cent of the amount borrowed, but Vancity is calling on the banking industry to improve access to small dollar, lower interest loans to reverse the trend. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 28, 2016 1:00 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 28, 2016 at 2:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Stock markets loonie soars following dovish Fed announcement

Stock markets, loonie soars following dovish Fed announcement by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 16, 2016 9:31 am MDT Last Updated Mar 16, 2016 at 3:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A dovish tone in the latest statement from the U.S. Federal Reserve sent Toronto and New York stock markets higher Wednesday, as the central bank decided to hold its key interest rate unchanged amid an uncertain global economy.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 77.82 points to 13,478.13, aided by rising energy, metal and gold stocks.The loonie spiked against a weakening greenback, gaining 1.37 U.S. cents to 76.21 cents US.In a statement after its two-day policy meeting, the Fed said the U.S. economy has shown signs of moderate growth but that it is still concerned about global economic risk.As a result, Fed officials now expect to raise interest rates two times this year instead of four. Most economists don’t expect the first hike to occur until at least June.On Wall Street, investors seemed to be reassured by the Fed’s dovish comments regarding gradual, moderate rate increases. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 74.23 points at 17,325.76, while the broader S&P 500 composite index advanced 11.29 points to 2,027.22 and the Nasdaq composite gained 35.30 points to 4,763.97.Since raising its key rate from a record low in December, the Fed has held off on raising rates again.In a nod to the financial market turbulence that hit in the beginning of the year over concerns about falling oil prices and weakness in China, the Fed statement said: “Global economic and financial developments continue to pose risks.”It noted that inflation has “picked up in recent months” but remained below the Fed’s desired two per cent target.Craig Jerusalim, a portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management, says the risk with resuming rate hikes too quickly is that it will slow growth in the U.S., which can eventually lead to a global recession. Alternatively, the risks with waiting too long is that inflation can ramp up more quickly than people expect.In the meantime, stock markets will continue to stay buoyed as long as interest rates remain low.“It sure does help stock markets,” he said. “Companies are able to borrow money and invest in their businesses, make acquisitions, buy back shares, all which are stimulative for stock prices. There’s also the alternative factor. If you’re not being paid to save money, you’re going to go out and invest.”On commodity markets, the April gold contract closed $1.20 lower at US$1,229.80 a troy ounce, but after-market trading saw bullion soar as much as US$33 an ounce.Meanwhile, May copper was unchanged at US$2.23 a pound. The April crude contract climbed $2.12 to US$38.46 a barrel and April natural gas added two cents to US$1.87 per mmBtu.Commodities, which are priced in U.S. dollars, are typically seen as more attractive to holders of other currencies when the American dollar falls in value.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

James Harden Gets Fouled On 3s More Than Any NBA Team

Kemba WalkerCHA502244.8 James Harden: This season’s MVP of drawing 3-point shooting fouls Damian LillardPOR484255.2 Stats as of March 21. Restricted to players who drew at least 20 fouls on 3-point attempts.Source: BigDataBall Kyle LowryTOR444306.8 James Harden has become an occupational hazard for referees. Earlier this month, the Jazz were up seven on the Rockets with just over a minute to play, and Utah players were at their wit’s end with the officials. Following a signal that the Jazz had committed yet another foul, Joe Johnson threw his right hand up in disgust. Rudy Gobert shook his head in disbelief. Rodney Hood, who was charged with the foul, looked for a ref with whom he could plead. Joe Ingles had both palms out, confused as to how so little contact could prompt a call.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The whistle marked the fourth time that night that Utah had been charged with fouling Harden in the act of shooting a 3-pointer. And while that might sound unbelievable, it wasn’t even the first time this season that the MVP frontrunner had drawn four shooting fouls from the arc in a game.1He also drew four shooting fouls while attempting 3-pointers during a Dec. 31 victory over the Knicks.Harden has long been great at drawing fouls no matter where he is on the court, but he has taken the art form to new heights on his 3-point attempts this season. After drawing 27 fouls while trying to shoot a triple in 2014-15 and inducing 46 such fouls last season,2According to’s Play Index. Harden has drawn a whopping 108 shooting fouls from distance this year with 11 games left to play. For context, consider that, outside of the Rockets, no team has garnered more than 73 of those calls.3Amazingly, if you limit Harden to just the 12 games in which he drew at least three 3-point shooting fouls, his 38 fouls drawn in those contests would outpace 21 teams’ totals for the season so far.If you subtract Harden’s numbers from the rest of the league’s, the average NBA player has drawn fouls on 1.6 percent of his 3-pointers this season, according to BigDataBall, which tracks the league’s play-by-play logs. Harden is drawing 3-point shooting fouls at a 16.7 percent clip, or more than 10 times as often. How is he so good at this? Hornets68 Stephen CurryGSW682223.2 James HardenHOU64710816.7% Mike ConleyMEM346236.6 Nicolas BatumCHA347246.9 Goran DragicMIA248249.7 PLAYERTEAM3PT ATTEMPTS3PT FOULS DRAWN3PT FOUL RATE Pacers51 PLAYER/TEAMSHOOTING FOULS DRAWN ON 3-POINT ATTEMPTS Raptors52 Harden has drawn more 3-point shooting fouls than any other NBA team The Rockets star has a couple patterns he uses to consistently get these calls. Unlike Jamal Crawford, who has drawn dozens of perimeter shooting fouls as players barrel into his legs during close-outs, Harden would seem to be the one initiating contact on many of his fouls.In particular, Harden has found a way to turn even solid, respectable defenders into victims. He generally waits until his man puts a hand up to defend, then locks arms with him and jumps to begin a shot, making the defender appear guilty. Harden basically forces perimeter defenders to play with their hands down along the 3-point line.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Back on New Year’s Eve, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek vented about this after a loss in Houston, saying it’s impossible to defend Harden given his ability to trick officials. “He grabs with his left arm, has the ball in the right hand and wraps his left arm with your hand,” said Hornacek, whose team fouled Harden from 3-point range four times4He drew all four of them in an 18-minute span during the second half. that night while Harden racked up a 53 points, 16 rebounds and 17 assists. “To me, that’s an offensive foul. But he does it fast, quick — it’s hard to see.”Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The other thing Harden does well: Stop on a dime and pop jumpers just as he’s navigating around screens. That trick makes life hell for the defenders who are sprinting to go over the pick to stay with him. Harden’s world-class ability to stop abruptly means that defenders frequently can’t hit the brakes as quickly as he can, which leads to players running into him from behind, prompting 3-shot fouls. This has been especially true this season, as defenders have tried to stay on Harden’s hip more than usual5Defenses have been guarding Harden more and more closely over the past four years. Opponents have been within four feet of him for 65 percent of his shots this season, up from 51, 61 and 62 percent, respectively, during the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons, according to to prevent him from spraying the ball wherever he wants in Houston’s spacious offense. Jeff TeagueIND2012210.9 Lou WilliamsHOU3925012.8 Isaiah ThomasBOS550224.0 Trailblazers41 Lakers73 James Harden108 Eric BledsoePHX309237.4 Russell WestbrookOKC482224.6 Harden plays on the Rockets, who have drawn 132 total shooting fouls, including his 108. Stats are for the 2016-17 season as of March 21.Source: BigDataBall “As an opponent, no, I don’t admire it,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters when asked about Harden’s tactics. “As a fan, [I] admire it. Because we as offensive guys, guys who like to score, always try to find tricks that can work in our favor. He found something that’s working for him. So no, as an opponent, I hate it.” (I asked a league spokesman about this issue as it relates to Harden — particularly since the NBA stopped awarding shooting fouls for a similar rip-through move years ago — but he said it’s against league policy to discuss how a particular player is officiated.)Harden isn’t oblivious to the perception that he draws more shooting fouls than he probably should. But the crafty guard makes no apologies, either, saying a defender making contact on a jump shot should merit a foul just like someone bumping a shooter near the basket would. “A foul is a foul no matter how it’s committed,” he told Time in a Q&A this season.Sometimes Harden’s strategy backfires in embarrassing fashion, as he’ll incorrectly anticipate contact and throw up a wild shot in hopes of drawing a foul that never comes.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more often than not, it’s been a worthwhile gamble for Harden and the Rockets to go for the foul. That’s become even more true in the past month, since Houston traded for Lou Williams, the player who’s drawn the second-most 3-point shooting fouls in the NBA this season — trailing, of course, only Harden. I asked Houston general manager Daryl Morey about having both of the league’s top two guys in such an odd category, and he said he and others in the Rockets’ front office had noticed Williams’s unusual ability to draw contact from the perimeter, but that it wasn’t the overriding reason they made the swap with the Lakers.“We knew that both Lou and James are extremely good shooters that are hard to guard. So, going over the screen and being physical with them is one of the only ways to guard them, which causes them to get fouled more than others,” Morey said. “That said, we focused more on their overall efficiency than how people have to foul them to stop them.”Teams will do their best to stop Harden from using the trick once the postseason starts. But if last year’s playoffs are any indication, that may not work, either: Harden drew five whistles on just 42 3-point attempts. Three of those fouls came in one half, in a game against the Warriors.Neil Paine assisted with research for this story.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

The Teams We Like In The Group Stage Of The Champions League

The group stage of the Champions League starts Tuesday, and FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions are ready. In the video above, FiveThirtyEight’s sports editor, Geoff Foster, breaks down what to expect in the coming days and lays out which group is really the Group of Death.Read more: FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions

The Week In College Football A HighStakes Michigan StateOhio State Game

Iowa 10-022%5%24%96%14% Notre Dame 9-126%2%31%63%40% Alabama1>99% Oklahoma 9-145%4%60%92%46% Florida State 8-2<1%<1%<1%1%40% North Carolina21 Clemson147 TEAMFINAL LOSSESPLAYOFF CHANCES Houston 10-01%<1%1%4%31% Ohio State21 Playoff chances if they … (The dash in Alabama’s row denotes that we had a sample-size issue with that projection. They lost to Charleston Southern only three of 5,000 times in our simulation. That they went on to make the playoff two of those three times is statistical noise, so we excluded that number from the table.)What to watch for this weekBig TenGame of the week: Ohio State vs. Michigan StateWe already outlined the stakes of this game. Ohio State is a 79 percent favorite to win, according to predictions based on the Football Power Index (FPI). But the Buckeyes have had a tumultuous — though successful — turnover at quarterback, with J.T. Barrett replacing a slumping Cardale Jones, only for Barrett to get suspended for one game, allowing Jones to fill in until Barrett returned. Barrett will start against the Spartans.Big 12Game of the week: Oklahoma State vs. BaylorThe Big 12 carnage threatens to continue! After Oklahoma State took care of TCU two weeks ago and then Oklahoma impressively took down Baylor last week, the conference is showing how its November bloodbath schedule can wreak havoc. Oklahoma — which is now comfortably the best college football team according to FPI — takes on TCU in a game it’s expected to win 74 percent of the time. A closer matchup involves the other Oklahoma school: undefeated Oklahoma State, ranked No. 6 by the committee,3All the rankings I use in this article are the committee’s. is an underdog at home against Baylor. Should the Cowboys lose, as FPI predicts is 62 percent likely, their chances of making the playoff fall to 10 percent.SECGame of the week: LSU vs. MississippiArkansas’s thumping of LSU cleared up the SEC end-game scenarios — while sending me into an existential spiral about my beloved Tigers. But should Ole Miss lose against LSU this week (a 35 percent probability), Alabama clinches the SEC West. That means the Tide can formally book its ticket to face Florida, the winners of the East.ACCGame of the week: North Carolina vs. Virginia TechNorth Carolina is having a great season, but like Notre Dame, the Tar Heels aren’t guaranteed a playoff spot should they win out. The one-loss Tar Heels look set to face Clemson in the ACC title game — but even if they win out the regular season and beat the No. 1 Tigers, our model projects UNC as having only a 55 percent shot at the playoff. In short, the ACC is notably weak, and outside of an undefeated Clemson, there is no sure thing.Pac-12Game of the week: Utah vs. UCLAYou can watch Utah vs. UCLA because it’s the best and closest Pac-12 matchup of the week, but it won’t have major playoff implications. Practically nothing in the Pac-12 does. Both Stanford and Utah — the conference’s shining lights to make the playoff — lost last week. That said, Stanford still has an 11 percent chance of getting in. As a curious reader asked on Twitter: Under what scenario could that happen?Let’s play college football god for a minute (using the first table above as our guide). For a two-loss Stanford to get in, they’d first need to beat Notre Dame, which would presumably eliminate the Irish from the playoff hunt. Then they’d need to see carnage elsewhere. The Cardinal could pray for Big 12 chaos — TCU losing to Oklahoma and then beating Baylor; Oklahoma State losing to Baylor but beating Oklahoma, for instance. Or if UNC upsets Clemson, the ACC might not be assured of a playoff bid. Although these cases aren’t likely, they’re possible. Hence the 11 percent odds for Stanford.Beyond The Power FiveGame of the week: Houston vs. UConnCongrats, Cougars! You’re one of the five undefeated teams remaining, but you’re still a long shot for the playoff if you win out: 4 percent, by our model’s estimate. To crash the playoff, Houston needs the major teams to seriously cannibalize one another’s chances.One other team deserves some respect: Navy. The 8-1 Midshipmen have an outside shot (3 percent) at the playoff if they win out. Their matchup with Houston next week should be a curious contrast in styles, with fringe playoff implications. North Carolina155 Utah24 Michigan St. 9-112%1%46%95%11% Memphis 8-2<1%<1%<1%<1%43% Michigan St.22 Michigan 8-29%<1%14%47%19% Michigan St.195 Oklahoma St.098 TCU136 Florida27 North Carolina 9-19%<1%15%55%15% TCU 9-15%<1%19%36%15% Notre Dame163 Houston04 Clemson0>99 Navy13 Notre Dame22 Iowa119 Ohio State 10-062%29%72%>99%35% Utah 8-21%<1%3%4%34% Iowa096 Navy 8-1<1%<1%<1%3%17% Stanford 8-211%<1%15%49%21% In 5,000 simulations of our College Football Playoff model, a one-loss1How exactly those losses occur — against which teams, in the regular season or conference championship game — is not specified in this simulation. Ohio State team makes the playoff 52 percent of the time. (The table next to this paragraph shows teams’ odds of making the playoff under different scenarios — Iowa going undefeated, Alabama losing a second game or Ohio State losing its first one, for example. These scenarios factor in the outcomes of conference championship games.) That 52 percent probability represents Ohio State’s chance should the Buckeyes take any one loss; if they lose to the Spartans specifically, their odds to make it are only 29 percent.So obviously this week’s game is hugely important. But even at 29 percent, Ohio State would have a higher chance of making the playoffs than Notre Dame does now. They have more leeway than nearly any other team to lose this weekend, as you can see in the second column of the what-if table farther down in this piece. That said, the Michigan State matchup matters for an additional reason: The winner will likely get to play in the Big Ten championship game.2Unless Michigan State blows it by losing to Penn State next week — which it has a 24 percent chance of doing. That’s another way Ohio State could back into the playoff. If the Buckeyes lose this weekend and then go on to win out, the College Football Playoff committee will have to decide that Ohio State belongs in the playoff without seeing the team play in a conference championship game. Still, Ohio State would have just one loss in that scenario and would have ended its season with a regular-season win at Michigan — and remains the defending national champion. It’s far from the worst résumé, and it’s plausible that the committee could add Ohio State alongside Michigan State or Iowa.Ohio State isn’t the only team that will still have a shot if it falters: Should Clemson or Alabama lose before Dec. 6, our model gives a one-loss Tigers squad or a two-loss Tide team a better than one in three shot of making it into the playoff. Other teams, too — such as Iowa, Oklahoma State and Florida — have some reasonable shot at the playoff should they lose one additional game before season’s end, since they could still win their conferences. (Michigan State, however, is basically eliminated from playoff contention with a loss.)Let’s dwell on the two-loss team scenarios for a second. Contrary to some folk wisdom, incurring two losses does not automatically disqualify an elite team from the playoff. (It’s also not that uncommon historically to have a two-loss team ranked in the top four before the bowl games.) According to our simulations, there is about a one in eight chance that a two-loss team makes it. (To be more exact, in 11.6 percent of our simulations at least one two-loss team makes the playoff.) Usually the two-loss team is Alabama, which has a 35 percent chance of making it with two losses, but Florida (7 percent) and Oklahoma (4 percent) stand an outside shot, too, should they drop another game.These scenarios also identify the most likely odd man out: Notre Dame. Sorry, Irish fans, but your team is the best squad not fully in control of its own destiny. Yes, the College Football Playoff committee currently has Notre Dame ranked No. 4, but they are at risk of being bumped (with only a 63 percent chance of making it in if they win all their remaining games). Think of it this way: If Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama win out, they’re locks — that’s no surprise; but as the what-if table shows below, our model expects an undefeated Oklahoma State or even a one-loss Oklahoma to have a better shot at the No. 4 spot than the Irish. The latter scenario seems like it would be especially maddening to Irish fans, as Oklahoma’s loss came to Texas — a team Notre Dame destroyed 38-3 early in the season.What-ifs of the week Ohio State152 Michigan247 Oklahoma St.118 Mississippi 7-3<1%<1%<1%<1%32% Ohio State vs. Michigan State is this week’s marquee matchup in the college football world. If either team wants to ensure a playoff appearance, it needs to win out — but the Buckeyes and Spartans have to first get past each other. (And come the Big Ten championship game, one will also need to get past Iowa, if things hold.)But a win here matters more for one-loss Michigan State. It’s not that Ohio State can take a mulligan; the undefeated Buckeyes just have more leeway. Oklahoma St. 10-025%10%45%98%17% Oregon 7-3<1%<1%<1%<1%32% LSU 7-2<1%<1%<1%<1%28% Wisconsin 8-2<1%<1%<1%<1%53% Alabama 9-163%—63%>99%47% Florida State21 Ohio State0>99 Northwestern 8-2<1%<1%<1%<1%14% Oklahoma24 TeamPlayoff ChancesLose nextWin nextWin outWin out likelihood USC 7-31%<1%2%5%25% Stanford249 Baylor158 Baylor 8-116%<1%28%58%27% Florida190 Alabama235 Clemson23 Florida 9-123%1%23%90%21% Clemson 10-068%35%69%>99%48% USC35 Oklahoma192 read more

Pioneering black footballer Regis who defied racists dies

(AP) — Cyrille Regis, a pioneer for black soccer players in England who endured racist abuse while forging a career with West Bromwich Albion and defied threats of violence to represent England’s national team, has died. He was 59.Cyrille Regis was awarded an MBE in 2008 (Sky Sports photo)Regis died on Sunday after a heart attack, the West Brom Former Players’ Association wrote on Twitter. The Professional Footballers’ Association, which honored the forward with its young player of the year award in 1978, said Regis was a “great pioneer for equality.”English Football Association chairman Greg Clarke said Regis “broke new ground and paved the way for a generation of young black players in this country during the 70s and 80s.”Born in French Guiana in 1958, Regis moved to London with his family when he was 5. He did not come through the youth ranks with a professional soccer club and was spotted playing for non-league teams around London.“He came into football the hard way and never lost his passion for the game,” widow Julia Regis said in a statement. “He was a role model for so many because he always treated everyone he met with kindness and respect. The world has lost a very precious treasure.”Signed by West Brom in 1977 for 5,000 pounds, Regis made a spectacular debut by scoring twice in a League Cup match against Rotherham.Along with Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson, Regis was part of a trio of black players at West Brom nicknamed by manager Ron Atkinson as “The Three Degrees” — after an American singing group of three black women who performed in central England.A statue of the trio called “The Celebration” was unveiled at West Brom four years ago to honor what Regis described as the “first generation of black players in this country.”But it was an era when English stadiums were an inhospitable environment for black players, who were targeted with racist chants and bananas.“We were held as role models when the prevailing thought in football was that black lads couldn’t play football because of the cold weather, or that they had the ability but not the mental strength,” Regis said in 2008 at Buckingham Palace after being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE, by Queen Elizabeth II.Regis scored 112 times in 297 appearances for West Brom before moving in 1984 to Coventry where he won the FA Cup three years later. Coventry remembered Regis as a “strong, powerful striker and gentleman.”A playing career that also included stints at Aston Villa and Wolverhampton ended in 1996.Regis became only the third black England international when he made his debut for the team in 1982.“Clearly someone didn’t approve of my selection,” Regis recalled in his autobiography, “because they had cut out individual letters from a newspaper and stuck them on a sheet of paper to spell out a message that read, ‘If you put your foot on our Wembley turf, you’ll get one of these through your knees.’“I looked back into the envelope and there was a cotton wool pad wrapped round something. I took it out, opened it up and there it was. A bullet staring up at me.”After retiring from the game, Regis worked as an agent for the Stellar Group, the company which represents Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, and worked as a coach at West Brom.“Regis was courage personified,” West Brom archivist Dave Bowler wrote on the Premier League club’s website. “He and his generation of black footballers had to be.“Bravery is getting off the team bus only to be confronted by (far-right) National Front protesters who have brought with them a mouth full of phlegm especially for you. Bravery is getting on the pitch and doing your job while bananas are chucked at you.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFootball headers ‘linked to brain damage’February 15, 2017In “Sports”Pro soccer player Patrick Ekeng dies after collapsing on pitchMay 7, 2016In “latest news”South African footballer dies after lightning strikeMay 4, 2018In “latest news” read more

Greenpeace survole une autre centrale en Espagne

first_imgGreenpeace survole une autre centrale en EspagneDeux parapentistes, militants de Greenpeace, ont survolé ce mardi la centrale nucléaire de Garoña, la plus ancienne d’Espagne. Après son action sur le site de Bugey en France le 2 mai dernier, l’organisation écologiste dénonce, cette fois encore, le manque de sécurité des installations nucléaires.C’est une nouvelle opération coup de poing pour Greenpeace. Ce mardi, deux écologistes ont survolé la centrale nucléaire de Garoña en Espagne et ont lâché des fumigènes sur le toit du bâtiment abritant le réacteur. Sur leurs parapentes, on pouvait ainsi lire: “Garoña fermeture, maintenant”. Une seconde opération destinée à dénoncer le manque de sécurité des centrales un peu plus d’un mois après l’opération menée au-dessus de la centrale du Bugey.   “Une soeur jumelle de Fukushima”, c’est de cette façon que Greenpeace qualifie la plus ancienne centrale d’Espagne. Mise en service en 1971, elle devrait normalement cesser son activité le 1er avril 2013. Mais en 2009, le gouvernement socialiste espagnol avait décidé de prolonger de quatre ans l’exploitation de cette centrale proche de Burgos, dans le nord du pays. Une décision que Greenpeace, citée par l’AFP, juge irresponsable, clamant “qu’il n’existe aucune raison, économique ou énergétique qui justifie la prolongation de l’exploitation de Garoña”. L’association écologiste dénonce pour sa part “des risques pour les citoyens” qui vivent dans la région. Le parc nucléaire espagnol compte six centrales et huit réacteurs. Le pays a permis, en février 2011, l’exploitation prolongée de ses centrales nucléaires. Adopté par le Parlement, un texte de loi élimine ainsi la limite de quarante ans pour la durée de vie des centrales.Le 5 juin 2012 à 17:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

San Diego Fire Rescue hosts Girls Empowerment Camp

first_imgSan Diego Fire Rescue hosts Girls Empowerment Camp Posted: May 20, 2018 May 20, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez Elizabeth Alvarez, Updated: 5:41 PMcenter_img 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 Settings 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 SettingsShe interviewed the kids about their favorite activities and talked to firefighter Helen Sylvia about her inspiration to become a firefighter. Sunday morning, Elizabeth Alvarez visited the 2nd Annual Girls Empowerment Camp in the Midway District. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Vancouver man accused of sending threats to Congress appears in court

first_imgA Vancouver man made an appearance Wednesday, March 28, in U.S. District Court in Portland to face charges accusing him of sending threatening letters to congressional members.A federal grand jury indicted Christopher Lee Carlson, 39, on charges of sending a threatening letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and another letter that “indicated it may contain a lethal pathogen” to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. Prosecutors allege the letters, sent last month, also included false or misleading information, according to court documents.The Oregonian has reported the letters contained a white powder.Carlson pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Hubel. A tentative trial date was set for June 5.Carlson will have a hearing April 5 to determine whether he should stay in federal custody.last_img read more

Suspect in Esther Short Park assault arrested in Oregon

first_img The man accused of assaulting a 64-year-old man in Esther Short Park was arrested Monday in Salem, Ore., according to Vancouver police.Jason A. Hanson, 23, was arrested on an unrelated matter, but detectives are seeking to have him brought back to Vancouver related to the assault investigation, police said.Hanson and a female suspect allegedly assaulted the man in the park on June 23 after the female asked the man for money, police said. When the man replied that he didn’t have any, the female used an ethnic slur and hit him with a skateboard, police said. Hanson allegedly then punched him in the head and face, police said.The female suspect, who police say is a juvenile, is in custody on unrelated charges. Jason A. Hansonlast_img read more

Driverless Navya shuttle dings pedestrian suspending AV trials in Vienna

first_img 69 Photos 52 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 3 10 Photos Autonomous Vehicles,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Car Industry Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 81 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 49 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 71 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 26 Photos 68 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper lookscenter_img Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments Share your voice Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Enlarge ImageHopefully the pedestrian’s injuries are minor, and hopefully there’s some useful information to glean from the accident. Navya Autonomous-vehicle startup Navya made news in late 2017 when one of its shuttles bumped into a truck in Las Vegas, although it was quite clearly the truck’s fault in that scenario. Navya’s latest oopsie, though, appears to be on the driverless shuttle itself.One of Navya’s driverless shuttles was involved in an accident in Vienna, Austria, Bloomberg reports, citing a German-language report from Austrian broadcaster ORF. According to Bloomberg’s translation of the report, the Navya shuttle was operating at a speed of 7.5 miles per hour when it collided with a 30-year-old woman, striking her in the knee.Navya was running two of its driverless shuttles as part of a pilot project in Vienna that started in early June. However, following the collision, Vienna’s transit authority has suspended the pilot project until the accident’s investigation comes to a conclusion. It’s unclear when that will be, and it’s also unclear if Navya’s shuttles will resume their duties after the investigation wraps up.Meanwhile, Navya’s shuttles have had a pretty easy time in Las Vegas following the bus incident in 2017. Its shuttles run about eight hours a day between Tuesday and Sunday, taking Las Vegas citizens and tourists around the Downtown Las Vegas Container Park, an open-air shopping center. The American Automobile Association, one of the shuttle’s sponsors, even tried to find a couple who wanted to get married inside one of Navya’s driverless shuttles. Given how small they are, I hope whoever signed up didn’t invite too many people.nayva-shuttle-michiganEnlarge ImageNavya’s driverless shuttles did some winter testing in Michigan, because Midwestern winters are patently awful. Navya General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal More From Roadshow Tags 12 Photos Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Comments Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 18 Photos 3last_img read more

EC alone cannot hold fair polls

first_imgFormer CEC ATM Shamsul Huda speaks to the media after a dialogue with election commission at its secretariat on Tuesday. Photo: Ashraful AlamFormer chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda on Tuesday said the election commission alone would not be able to ensure a fair election, rather role of political parties are crucial to the end.Shamsul Huda made the observation during a dialogue with election commission.As part of its dialogue with different stakeholders, the election commission (EC) held talks with election experts, including former chief election commissioners and election commissioners.“It is not only the responsibility of the election commission to hold a fair election, the political parties too have the responsibility here,” Shamsul Huda told the dialogue.The former CEC, whose commission presided over the ninth parliamentary elections under a military-backed emergency government, hoped that the commission should not do anything which makes the parties lose trust in it.Shamsul Huda told the dialogue that the election commission must strengthen itself.“It should emphasise development of its human resources so that it can appoint Returning Officers from its own people during the general elections,” he noted.Shah Nawaz, an election commissioner of immediate-past Rakibuddin-led commission which presided over 5 January 2014 controversial election, also asked the election commission to appoint as much as possible Returning Officers from its own people. The dialogue was held at the commission secretariat in Agargaon in the capital with chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in the chair.Some 16 election experts out of 26 invitees attended the dialogue.The participants include former chief election commissioners justice Abdur Rouf and ATM Shamsul Huda, former election commissioners M Sakhawat Hossain, Sohul Hossain, Md Saiful Alam, Mohammad Abdul Mobarak, Mohammad Abu Hafiz, and Md Shah Nawaz, former EC secretary Humayun Kabir, former IGP Mohammad Hadis Uddin, former director general of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Md Rafiqul Islam, and former local government senior secretary Monzur Hossain.last_img read more

Expansive chronicle of Tagores poems to be unveiled on Aug 28

first_imgKolkata: At a time when India is making remarkable digital progress, a digitally compiled platform has come up with recitations and all necessary information regarding all the poems composed by Rabindranath Tagore.Tagore had also composed several songs, most of which are known to us. But his wonderful poems have not been fully explored till now.Dr. Purnendu Bikash Sarkar, an eye surgeon by profession, has collected and digitally compiled all the poems of Tagore using an interactive software named Rabindra Kabita Archive, after 5 long years of research and labour. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe archive is going to be published at a time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has set up Kabita Academy with poet Subodh Sarkar as its chairman.It may be mentioned that in 2006, Dr. Sarkar had brought out another expansive work on Tagore’s songs. His compilation Gitabitan Archive contains 4,870 songs in the voice of 310 artistes, with printable notations and all information about every song. Gitabitan Archive has been highly appreciated by all as a treasure trove of Tagore’s songs and a true collector’s item. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Rabindra Kabita Archive contains 3,500 poems of Tagore from his 57 anthologies, 5,000 recitations and 110 songs by 245 eminent artistes, 103 English recitations from Song Offerings and 15 recitations by Tagore himself.The archive will be published on August 28, in a function at Rabindra Sadan. There will be a short live demonstration by Dr Sarkar.The inauguration will be followed by a cultural programme, where eminent elocutionists and Rabindra Sangeet exponents of Kolkata and Bangladesh, like Bijoylaxmi Barman, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Subodh Sarkar, Partha Mukhopadhyay, Soumitra Mitra and Pranati Tagore will be present, among others.last_img read more