Jammu, Apr 15 (PTI) Ahead of the annual migration of nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwal families this month, authorities in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir today said over two dozen schools would move with them to ensure proper educational facilities to students.A total of 25 schools having an enrolment of 801 students – 410 boys and 391 girls – will move with the migratory population.ï¿½ “These schools have been provided 45 teachers for running the schools in higher reaches during the annual migration to higher reaches in Kashmir,? an official spokesman said.He said district development commissioner, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary finalized the plan at a meeting of senior officers from various departments and heads of migratory schools along with staff.The annual migration of nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwal families is beginning later this month.The spokesman said another 41 schools for tribal population would remain stationary which will cater to 1,451 students including 802 boy students and 651 girl students where 95 teachers have been posted.Choudhary directed that books and uniform be provided to the students before migration.ï¿½ ?It was decided in the meeting that apart from educational aids, the department will also provide sports equipment and first aid kits for each migratory school.ï¿½?A comprehensive plan for self-defence training was also discussed and finalized. The students are also being provided scholarship by the Tribal Affairs Department,? the spokesman said.He said the Chief Education Officer was directed to regularly monitor attendance in migratory schools during the period and it was impressed upon the heads of schools to hold mandatory parent-teacher meetings twice a month during the period of migration.ï¿½advertisement ?A special squad would check the attendance. Record and pictures of such meetings and classes will have to be shared online,? the spokesman said.He said Choudhary directed that all girl students would be provided with special education kits this year and scholarship to meritorious students.ï¿½ He asked the departments to lay special focus on skill development and to organise courses for these students which would be monitored by his office.The schools migrating to Drass, Kargil, Ganderbal, Anantnag, Gurez, Budgam, Kangan, Dachigham and Sukhnai would be provided with gadgets, stationery, tents, ration and other requirements, the spokesman said.ï¿½ He said other issues related to ration, training, examination, awards to best performers and ICDS support were also discussed in the meeting. PTI TASï¿½ DV DV
West Ham wing-back Michail Antonio: I’ve always been doubtedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham wing-back Michail Antonio says his career has been a constant battle.Antonio admits he’s always having to prove doubters wrong.”My best advice is to keep going, keep pushing until you reach your goal,” the 29-year-old told Sky Sports. “Even if you feel like you’ve reached your peak, you can always be better.”Once I’ve achieved something, I will always push myself to achieve something else. When I got into the reserves, I said I need to get into the first team. When I got into the first team, I wanted to get into the Championship and then I wanted to get into the Premier League.”It’s a constant battle, you’ve got to prove yourself to new players, new managers and the fans. I scored nine goals and had 11 assists in the Championship and was doing better than certain players in my position, but when I spoke to Premier League managers, they told me I was not consistent enough.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
1 of 3 Tents are usually the heaviest thing in a multi-day pack. Why not kill two birds with one tent and wear it as your jacket too to save some weight? Sounds ridiculous, but that’s exactly what you can do with the Gatewood Cape from Six Moon Designs.The 10-oz, completely waterproof cape covers your top half and includes a hood. Dual zippers let you ventilate as needed. The open bottom allows for ample airflow when it’s warm but wet.When you get to camp, take the Gatewood Cape off and pitch it as a shelter using one trekking pole. The 35 square feet covers you and your backpack. When pitched well, the Gatewood keeps out rain, wind, and snow with ease. You can use it as your main shelter or just tuck it in your bag for emergencies. Add a Serenity NetTent for a few more ounces to deter all the bugs.Learn More The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Previous Smartphones are taking over the outdoor world, but when it comes to pure GPS power and peace of mind, the Garmin Oregon 750t has you covered.The Oregon 750t sports a large touch-screen for easy scrolling. Check out the downloadable birds-eye view satellite imagery so you can plan your hike on the fly. Use the free Basecamp software to load up tons of geocaching information without having to print any directions or clues. The “t” in the name means it’s the topographic version, so it comes complete with topographic maps for all of the United States.An 8-megapixel camera on the back of the 750t lets you take photos without relying on another device. The photos are automatically geotagged so you know exactly where you took them. When you’re home, all the photos show up on Basecamp maps using the location, so you’ll forget where that beautiful view or perfect fishing spot was again.Learn MoreKnife + Tools + MoreLeatherman SkeletoolWe couldn’t write an article about multi-purpose gear without including a standard multi-tool. Since it’s one of the 10 backpacking essentials, I wouldn’t go anywhere without a multi-tool.With so many variations out there, it’s hard to pick just one, but the Skeletool from Leatherman is one of our favorites. The Skeletool includes needle-nose pliers, regular pliers, hard-wire cutters, wire cutters, a 420HC steel combo knife, bottle opener, and large bit screwdriver — bad for 5 oz. A new black, topographic color scheme takes this classic to another level.Learn MorePants + ShortsFjällräven Keb Gaiter Trousers 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Next 1 of 2 Previous Next 1 of 3 Next Previous The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Since pants or shorts are required on most treks, there’s no getting around taking them. With the Keb Gaiter Trousers from Fjällräven, however, you get both for the price fo one. Unzip the trousers at the knees for shorts on hot days. The unzipped section has two drawstrings and a lace hook, turning the bottoms into gaiters when you still need to protect your legs or keep the mud off.The top of the pant around the hips is made from a breathable stretch material allowing you to move without restriction, while the bottom is heavy duty G-1000 waxed canvas. The G-1000 portion comes pre-loaded with Greenland wax, a mix of beeswax and paraffin. Add more wax for increased water resistance and durability or remove with a couple of hot washes for more breathability.Learn MoreHat + Face Mask + NeckerchiefBuff OriginalWhile not the most glamorous of the multi-purpose gear, the 1.6 ounce Buff easily earns it’s place in a lightweight pack. Officially, you can wear this piece of headgear 13 different ways, but I’m sure there are many more uses than that.The four-way stretch, 100-percent recycled Repreve fabric is comfortable to wear, wicks away moisture, and breathes well. The UPF 50 material can keep you protected of the sun, the sweat off your scalp, the wind out, and your noggin warm at night. Buff also has different versions with Insect Shield, to scare the bugs away, and fleece, for the really cold days.Learn MoreTent + PonchoGatewood Cape How do you make your wallet, your shoulders, and your backpack happier?Pants that are also shorts. Lights that are also phone chargers. Jackets that are also tents.In other words: multi-purpose hiking gear.Multi-purpose gear means less stuff in your bag. The less junk in your trunk — err, backpack — the lighter it will be. Your back and shoulders will thank you, and so will your wallet. Rainbows and unicorns will flutter around the hiking trail. (Wait, that was something else in your backpack.)Here are a few quality outdoor products that can serve many purposes and lighten your load.Flashlight + Charger + WeaponDanForce G1 Pro FlashlightAn essential piece of outdoor equipment, the flashlight comes in many different forms these days. But can your headlamp charge your phone or fend off attackers? The DanForce G1 Pro flashlight can.The modular G1 Pro gets four hours of battery life at 570 lumens. If you need more juice, or want a heavier weapon with you, attach the second battery for 1080 lumens and another three hours of charge. The second cylinder screws off and can charge up your phone and other USB devices as well. The G1 comes in a slick zippered case with red and green filters, a tactical head, lantern attachment, and a weapon or bike mount.The G1 Pro screamed through its fundraising campaign and is available for pre-order on Indiegogo. Shipments are expected to start in December 2018.Learn MoreLantern + ChargerBioLite BaseLantern XL BioLite is all about gear that does multiple things. The BioLite CampStove, which can cook your food and charge your phone at the same time, put the brand’s name on the map. The BaseLantern XL extends the company’s dual-purpose goal and smart energy use into lighting.The BaseLantern XL is a flat-pack lantern that can last 78 hours on low power. Two USB plugs on the side access the 12000 mAh battery (about four phone charges) to power all your devices. Two more ports power other small, medium or large lights from the BioLite SiteLight series.The BaseLantern also connects to your phone through a low-power Bluetooth connection to change the lights’ colors or brightness. The app can enable a proximity sensor to turn the light on when you get close. Use the light in the morning and wake up gradually with sleep timers.Learn MoreWater Filter + Trekking PolePurtrek Trekking PoleImagine never having to hike with water again. Humans don’t last very long without water, so how is that possible? Hiking with a water filter isn’t a new concept for serious backpackers or multi-day hikers. Filters allow you to stop anywhere for water, even dirty puddles. However, many filters are slow or force you to get down on the ground close to the water source. Now you can filter water through your trekking pole.The Purtrek Trekking Pole has a water filter inside. Stick the bottom in the water, flip open the top, attach the hose, and enjoy clean water with ease. You can pump the water into a bottle or drink straight from the hose. The filter inside is replaceable and lasts for up to 500 liters of water. The carbon poles weigh 17 oz, only slightly more than regular poles.Purtrek is available for pre-order now and is expected to deliver in February or March 2019.Learn MoreGPS + CameraGarmin Oregon 750t GPS 7 Couples Costumes That Don’t Suck 1 of 3 Previous Next The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious
zoom Californian ports Oakland and Los Angeles are still rebalancing containers dislocated by wintertime trade slowdowns caused by labor dispute as they continue to reposition empty containers.Shipments of empty containers back to origins in Asia were up 20 percent at the Port of Okland in May, which was the busiest month in nearly four years at the port. The empties at the port of Los Angeles increased by 7.9 percent during the same period.The port of Oakland handled 213,260 cargo containers last month, the most since it reported volume of 216,276 containers in August 2011.The total volume of import, export and empty containers was up 3.8 percent in May from a year ago. It was the third straight month of year-over-year volume increases reported in Oakland.“We’re seeing steady improvement, especially in import cargo,” said the port’s Maritime Director, John Driscoll. “Our job now is to accelerate the momentum.”Loaded import container volume increased 4.5 percent in May from the same period a year ago, whereas the export volume declined 5.6 percent in May, the port said.The decrease was attributed to a strong dollar which makes U.S. exports more expensive. Nevertheless, export volume of 79,890 containers was the most in Oakland since last October.May 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles edged up 8 percent compared to the same period last year. The port handled a total of 694,791 TEUs in May 2015.Imports decreased 8 percent and exports declined 3.5 percent in May 2015. Combined, total loaded imports and exports decreased 1.7 percent. Factoring in empties, which increased 7.9 percent, overall May 2015 volumes (694,791 TEUs) increased 8 percent.For the first five months of 2015, overall volumes are down 4 percent compared to the same period in 2014, the port said.
APTN National NewsHundreds of activists held a flash mob at a Winnipeg mall Wednesday.They were outraged at the alleged treatment of an 80-year-old woman by mall security.APTN National News reporter Shaneen Robinson has the story.
New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will issue a single document combining the certificate and marksheet for class 10 board exams from this year onwards, officials said Tuesday.A decision in thais regard was taken by the board’s examination committee and was approved by the governing body recently. “A single certificate at secondary level examination combining the language of the marksheet and certificate shall be issued for class 10 examination with effect from 2019,” a senior board official said. “The document shall be treated as a certificate and candidates shall have to fulfill requirements as notified by the board for obtaining a duplicate one,” the official added. Class 12 students will, however, continue to get separate documents for marksheet and certificate of examination. If a student has appeared for an improvement examination, he or she shall not be issued a separate pass certificate for that subject but only a separate statement of marks obtained, the official said.
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Eleven regional healthcare providers were honoured for their continuous commitment and hard work. This initiative was undertaken by the Regional Health Services Department of the Ministry of Public Health, the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported.Seated are senior officials of the Public Health Ministry including Minister within the ministry Dr, Karen Cummings, Director of Regional and Clinical Services Dr. Kay Shako among others pose with some of the awardees along with representatives of other awardees.The department not only recognised senior workers but those who have gone beyond the call of duty to ensure persons have access to much-needed healthcare services despite geographic location.Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings noted within the healthcare system, each staff member has a critical role to play in the delivery of health services in each region.“It is imperative that each officer in the regional health department in the respective regions recognise that they all have a major responsibility to provide optimum service to each person who requires it.” Minister Cummings said.Those recognised are as follows:Community Health Worker of Barima-Waini, Patricia Francis,Nursing Assistant of Pomeroon-Supenaam, Velma GarrawayLaboratory Technician of West Demerara-Essequibo Islands, Denise LondonGovernment Medical Officer of Demerara-Mahaica, Dr. Hazeline Smith-LoweGovernment Medical Officer of Demerara-Mahaica, Dr. Fazeeda SinghAuxillary staff of Mahaica-Berbice, Camille SempleX-Ray Technician of East Berbice, Corentyne, Vanessa VandenburgDentex of Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Sylvester EdwardsNurse/Midwife of Potaro-Siparuni, Sade LewisMedex of Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo, Linsky HeneryDentex of Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice, Shenesa VellozaMinister Cummings reminded the awardees that watchwords for their service must always be ‘efficient and effective’.Director of Regional and Clinical Services at the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Kay Shako noted that recognition and reward of staff serve to motivate their efforts. Further, she added that this recognition should encompass staff from department and regions of the health sector. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPublic Health Ministry, NOGs team-up to tackle suicide scourge in Region TwoMay 12, 2017In “Health”Minister Cummings hoping to restore West Dem hospital to former glorySeptember 8, 2017In “latest news”Post-mortem results to soon be released on Lethem hospital stillbirths – Health Ministry team visits mothersAugust 8, 2016In “Health”
As we prepare for the International Mining Myanmar conference at the end of the month https://im-mining.com/international-mining-myanmar-conference/ Asia Pacific Mining (APML) says it is the “first Western-led mining development company to be granted an exploration license in the high-potential mineral province of Myanmar.” Approval of APML’s AP-4 license application was granted by the Myanmar Ministry of Mines, represented by the Department of Geological Survey & Mineral Exploration, constituting the final step in approval and finalisation.“The finalization of the AP-4 license marks the culmination of years of cooperation between Asia Pacific Mining Ltd, Myanmar’s Ministry of Mines and the Department of Geological Survey & Mineral Exploration,” said Andrew Mooney, Chief Executive Officer of APML. “The fact that this emerging mining superpower has selected us as their first recipient of a modern exploration license granted to a Western-led firm speaks highly of the quality of professionals and work to date on both sides.”The AP-4 license covers 649 km2 northwest of the town of Namtu, Shan State—itself located some 40 km northwest of the major regional centre and airport at the city of Lashio.The AP-4 license was advanced by APML to cover lands surrounding the historic Bawdwin zinc-lead-silver mine—one of the largest producers of these metals in the world during its period of peak output when built and operated by British interests at the turn of the 20th century. Since 1951, production from Bawdwin totaled over 8.1 Mt of ore grading an average of 4.5% Zn, 8.8% Pb and 0.18% Cu. This includes 5.5 Mt of ore produced from underground workings, which carried an average silver grade of 246 g/t. This data does not capture reported production of associated nickel, antimony and gold.APML believes that historic exploration in the Bawdwin area has been minimal—thus raising strong prospects for additional discoveries here of volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits similar to the Bawdwin lodes. The AP-4 license area covers ground stretching from the Bawdwin mine to historic underground workings in the northerly Mohochaung area, where past production of zinc, lead and silver has been widely reported.The company plans to begin fieldwork at AP-4 immediately. A number of target zones for Bawdwin-style mineralisation have already been identified across the project based on past geological and geochemical surveys—copies of which are held in APML’s proprietary geological library and database covering Myanmar. APML has supplemented this data with modern analysis of satellite imagery and other sources in order to prioritize first areas of investigation for the AP-4 project.Initial fieldwork at AP-4 will consist of field mapping, sampling and geochemical surveys aimed at better defining drill targets for subsequent testing. Based on APML’s knowledge of the geology at the Bawdwin mine and across the region, the Company believes the AP-4 project holds potential for discovery of zinc-lead-silver deposits at world-class size and grade.At the same time as APML is advancing the AP-4 project, the company is also moving forward with exploration license applications for copper-gold porphyry targets in Sagaing Division, central Myanmar (applications AP-8, AP-9 and AP-10). These applications are also based on proprietary data from APML’s unique countrywide library and database, and are designed to cover targets similar to the Monywa copper mine—which contained an original Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource of over 1,000 Mt grading 0.40% Cu in Sagaing Division.
5. Checking in EVERYWHERE 2. Packing shotsOh, by all means, show us your gateway to flimsy-clothed freedom while we layer on an extra jumper in mid-June. Source: Shockingly Tasty3. Back-and-forthsThe worst is when you’re friends with a few different people going on holidays together. Their conversations pop up every time, like a constant reminder of their summer betrayal.Last day in work! 6. Photos of cocktails or ice cold beersBonus smug points if they’re by the pool or have a sparkler in them. Source: elaesmerelda7. A photo captioned ‘paradise’Them: Source: beachbumbikinisxYou:8. Photos of their legs by the poolAll you can think of now is if they might be hotdogs. Source: Hot Dogs or Legs9. Statuses declaring how sad they are to be leaving“Dying for my own bed. So sunburned.”Now’s YOUR chance to be smug. Your skin is still white and you’ve been in your own bed this weekend for more time than is healthy.Oh…11 activities every Irish kid did during the summer>7 essentials every Irish person needs on a sunny day> We NEED to go to this water park!And you’re just at your desk like.4. Checking in at the airport“Enjoy hun.” Listen to this summer tune! AH, SUMMER. THE season of smug holiday-goers.That’s all well and good when it’s your go, but the social media updates of others? Unbearable.1. Phone weather screenshots“Clear skies ahead SO excited. This time next week Xxx”
We’ve all been to the movies and seen the message beforehand telling us to turn off our cell phones. It’s basically common sense at this point, but some people need to be reminded. Recently, a woman visited the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, and chose to send texts during the movie. The theater, which has a strict no-texting policy, did not take kindly to the text-happy woman and decided to make an example of her.The woman was asked to stop texting twice during the movie but was kicked out when she refused. For some reason, the irate woman decided to leave the Drafthouse a voicemail giving them a piece of her mind. The Drafthouse in turn decided to make the woman’s embarrassing voicemail into a video that it now plays before films start.AdChoices广告The video transcribes the entire call in a rather comical way. The very angry woman is a little hard to understand at times, but, thanks to the transcription, it’s clear that she calls the U.S. the “Magnited States of America,” and pronounces the word “regular” as “reglear.”In the voicemail, the woman said she has texted in “all the other theaters in Austin,” and that no one cared when she did that. She obviously has a warped perception of things, as I’m pretty sure fellow movie goers would be a little bothered by the light of her phone. I also wonder why this woman feels compelled to spend money on a movie ticket and then spend her time texting? It seems a little strange.via Yahoo! News
Battle Ground police arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with the 2009 homicide of Battle Ground resident Curtis Dunn.After a yearlong investigation, police arrested Veniamin V. Tasmaly at his Battle Ground home in the 8100 block of Northeast 179th Street at about noon Monday. He was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder. Tasmaly will be arraigned in Clark County Superior Court at 9 a.m. today.Battle Ground Police Sgt. Jason Perdue said Tasmaly has been a person of interest in the case since the deadly assault outside of Curtis’ home on April 12, 2009. During the past few months, detectives have worked with the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, the state Attorney General’s Homicide Investigation Tracking Systems and experts in the medical field. The outside opinions further substantiated detectives’ evidence and supported the arrest of Tasmaly, Perdue said. Among the evidence collected at the scene was an article of clothing, from which police collected a DNA sample. The WSP crime lab was later able to provide police with a high probability that the DNA belonged to Tasmaly, Perdue said. DNA cannot pinpoint one exact match, only provide probabilities, he said.“A lot of resources were dedicated to this case,” Perdue said. “It’s definitely satisfying to make an arrest.”Police believe Dunn stepped outside of his home on the 200 block of Southwest 19th Avenue in the early hours of April 12 to smoke a cigarette. While standing outside, police believe Dunn came into contact with Tasmaly, who was walking to his vehicle parked nearby, Perdue said. Police do not believe the two men knew each other and can only speculate as to what occurred in the minutes between when their paths crossed and the assault occurred, he said. According to reports at the time of Dunn’s death, witnesses heard shouting.
While the two products should be complementary halves, Stengel added that they nevertheless offer two very different perspectives on world news—and lately have been downplaying the opportunities of driving the audience from one platform to the other. Focus groups revealed that readers didn’t necessarily appreciate the callouts in the magazine to go to the Web site to see more information on a particular story, he said. “Why are we doing that? It doesn’t make sense,” said Stengel. “They should be two separate audiences. Someday there will be people who don’t know there’s a print product.”In 2007, the rate base reduction, a cover price increase and a redesign of the magazine contributed to the second most profitable year in the magazine’s history, said Stengel. “It was during a time that we thought was going to be a transition year.”Raising the cover price by $1.00, Stengel said, increased newsstand profitability but also caused sales to contract “a little.” Indeed, according to the recently released Fas-Fax report, single copy sales for the second half of 2007 fell to 107,277 from 133,084 in the same period 2006—a 19.4 percent decrease.Stengel said that print has largely ceded breaking news to online and, as a result, has become the more analytical of the two platforms. “There’s no news that breaks in print anymore,” he said. “Print takes the facts and adds insight. Online is for the ‘what’ and print is for the ‘why’. The magazine puts it in context and that’s why we see them as complementary brands.” Time magazine’s managing editor Richard Stengel opened the Direct Marketing Association’s 22nd annual Circulation Day event today in New York with a keynote that largely addressed the magazine’s relationship with the Web site. Recounting the last year and a half, Stengle noted the magazine’s redesign, ratebase reduction, the new publication date and the Web site’s expansion into a product that stands out as a separate, 24/7 news site.Broadly, Stengel said the magazine needed to regain its status as a vital read, in a way that vaguely echoed the luxe leanings of other high-end publications. “We have to become a more premium product with beautiful paper and photography,” he said. “Each medium needs to do what it does best. A magazine should be something you’re addicted to.”The Web site, too, had, to Stengel, become static. “We were a traditional magazine Web site. We decided we should be a 24/7 news Web site.”
Kothagudem: SCCL General Manger K Basavaiah inaugurated the free maggam works training programme at Barma camp in Kothagudem on Thursday. The programme is being conducted by the Singareni Seva Samthi. Speaking on the occasion, the GM said that the SCCL is conducting vocational training programmes for women in all areas. He appealed to the women to get the most the training programme and be strong financially. SCCL officials Dhanpalsingh, BethiRaju, co-ordinating officer, Seva secretary SumaBanu, co-ordinator Muneela, Sujatha, and EA Shareef attended the programme.
Donkey Kong is a game I enjoyed during my childhood, but took on a new interest as an adult after I watched the fantastic documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. It showed the ultra-competitive side of a classic arcade game that cannot be played past level 22 due to an error in the original code.Here’s a trailer for The King of Kong, which I urge everyone with even a passing interest in video games to watch:The world record high score for Donkey Kong has continued to change hands since The King of Kong was filmed, but that may no longer be the case. Wes Copeland, a player who has held the world record before, lost it, and then regained it, has once again increased the Donkey Kong high score world record. The difference this time? Copeland believes he has achieved a perfect run, meaning his score cannot be beaten.The new score sits at 1,218,000 and is deemed perfect because Copeland didn’t lose a single Mario during play. You can watch his entire 3 hours and 17 minutes playthrough in the video below:Copeland has stated on Facebook that “this will be my last record score.” It makes sense to go out on a high, but he also believes he personally cannot set a higher score than this. In fact, his record could now stand forever if indeed it turns out to be truly perfect.Hopefully Billy Mitchell sees this as a challenge he can’t refuse and attempts a comeback.[Donkey Kong arcade cabinet image courtesy of Alexisrael on Wikimedia]
Darjeeling: JB Tamang, President, Himalayan Plantation Workers’ Union (HPWU- affiliated to the GNLF) fell ill while being produced at the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court (ACJM,) Kurseong on Monday. He has been admitted in the ICU of the Darjeeling District Hospital.Fifty-six year old Tamang had been implicated in a case under the Naxalbari Police Station and arrested in the wee hours on Sunday. He had been produced at the Siliguri ACJM court from where he was granted bail. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHowever, as soon as he stepped out he was re-arrested in connection with a case under the Mirik police station. Tamang was produced at the ACJM Court in Kurseong on Monday. Tamang fell ill and even lost consciousness when was produced at the court. He was rushed to the Kurseong sub divisional Hospital. From there he was referred to the Darjeeling district hospital. Tamang was then brought to Darjeeling and admitted in the ICU. Later in the evening GNLF top brass including party President Mann Ghising paid him a visit. “His condition has improved stated” Dinesh Sampang, GNLF leader.
“A lot of things would not leave a definite residue,” Melott said in an interview, but iron-60 does. “That is smoking-gun evidence of something happening.”Given such a smoking gun, Melott turned to a question scientists have pondered since at least the 1950s: How might these supernovas affect Earth and its life? In the new paper, he describes how a supernova would produce a shower of subatomic particles called muons that could damage DNA, leading to widespread mutations in organisms, and even the extinction of species.Muons are sort of like extra-heavy electrons. They can sail through Earth’s atmosphere with greater ease than protons and electrons. “They get to the ground, they hit you, and some of them will interact with you, and damage your DNA, Melott said. “They are in a sweet spot for affecting ground-based life.” More Great WIRED StoriesDesalination is booming. But what about that toxic brine?Best travel mugs to keep you warm from the winter chillVirtual reality’s latest use? Diagnosing mental illnessA family’s nuclear legacy, etched in silverChicago’s new 311 system is a huge win for public works👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our picks, gift guides, and best deals all year round📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Even though Earth is floating in the void, it does not exist in a vacuum. The planet is constantly bombarded by stuff from space, including a daily deluge of micrometeorites and a shower of radiation from the sun and more-distant stars. Sometimes, things from space can maim or kill us, like the gargantuan asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. More often, stellar smithereens make their way to Earth and the moon and then peacefully settle, remaining for eternity, or at least until scientists dig them up.Dark matter, if it exists, is probably in the latter category. If hypothetical weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) are real, their collisions with regular matter may have left fossil traces in the depths of the planet’s rock record. A team of physicists has proposed a new way to look for such fossil tracks as a way of hunting for dark matter, as I reported earlier this month.But the search for cosmic debris on Earth has a long history. Other researchers have demonstrated that it’s possible to find fossil evidence of astrophysical particles in Earth’s crust. Some researchers are pondering how these cosmic events affect Earth — even whether they have altered the course of evolution. A new study suggests that energetic particles from an exploding star may have contributed to the extinction of a number of megafauna, including the prehistoric monster shark megalodon, which went extinct at around the same time.“It’s an interesting coincidence,” said Adrian Melott, an astrophysicist at the University of Kansas and the author of a new paper.When a star dies, its guts stream out into the cosmos. Among those stellar remains are isotopes, or variants, of elements like iron. One such isotope, iron-60, is rare on Earth but abundant in supernovas. In 2016 and 2017, astrophysicists traced iron-60 found on Earth’s seafloor and on the moon back to two ancient supernovasin Earth’s galactic neighborhood. One event took place roughly 2.6 million years ago, and another sometime between 6.5 million and 8.7 million years ago, researchers say. Melott hypothesized that a supernova around 2.6 million years ago would have increased the flow of muons streaming through the atmosphere several hundred times over. He and his coauthors estimated that cancer rates could have increased by 50 percent for an animal the size of a human. For a mammoth or a megalodon — which was the size of a school bus — the radiation dose would be even worse, Melott said.The idea that supernovas might affect life on Earth is not completely new. The paleontologist Otto Schindewolf proposed in the 1950s that supernovas might have induced mutations in large animals. But his theory did not catch on. In 1968, the astronomers K.D. Terry and W.H. Tucker suggested that mass extinctions might have been caused by nearby exploding stars, and the hypothesis has been reanimated several times since. Svensmark’s work shows that Earth’s geological record coincides in some cases with the expected flux of supernova-related cosmic rays. And a 1995 paper by the physicists John Ellis and David Schramm concluded that catastrophic supernovas could be expected every few hundred million years, in keeping with the pace of mass extinctions.As for Melott’s hypothesis that the single supernova 2.6 million years ago led directly to extinctions, he points to a few lines of evidence. At the Pliocene-Pleistocene boundary 2.6 million years ago, some 36 percent of marine genera went extinct, mostly in coastal waters. Larger animals would catch a higher muon dose in those regions, Melott points out.But unlike those of iron-60 and WIMPs, the mark of muons would not remain in the fossil record, making the direct connection between muons and extinctions all but impossible to prove. “These muons would really not leave any trace,” Melott said.Even if muon showers and iron-60 from dying stars cannot be directly linked to extinctions, their presence demonstrates a profound truth: Earth, and everything on it, is a part of the universe, not apart from it. The stars may indeed hold some answers to our fates.Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. Yet most theories blame the die-offs on widespread climate changes, not on direct mutations. Supernova explosions could obliterate Earth’s ozone layer, for instance, which would wreak havoc on marine plankton and coral reefs. Supernovas could also generate an excess of cosmic rays that could seed cloud formation, leading to a “cosmic-ray winter,” Henrik Svensmark of the Technical University of Denmark wrote in an email.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by This hotel’s for the dogs, says Gordon Ramsay of Vermont inn Tags: LOL WEST DOVER, VERMONT — There’s a fine line between being a dog-friendly hotel and being a hotel for the dogs. Unfortunately, for famed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, that line was crossed during a stay at The Four Seasons Inn in West Dover, Vermont.Featured on an episode of Gordon’s ‘Hotel Hell’, the chef stayed at the quaint-looking inn, which, as it turns out, isn’t part of the Four Seasons chain. Gordon, who later refers to the property as “the fake Four Seasons”, goes on to discover “floaties” in the pool, which were left there presumably by the inn’s resident dog Layla.Inside the inn, Gordon uses a blue light to reveal gross stains on the bedding and also finds dog hair on the tablecloths and plates in the restaurant. Layla strikes again!Following the chef’s visit, the owner of the inn said, “I’ve never had the complaints I had today. It’s humiliating, it’s embarrassing, it’s like being flogged in the centre of town.”More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksBut proving that lemonade can always be made from lemons, the owner has since rebranded the inn as a ‘dog-friendly’ property called Layla’s Riverside Lodge. It now boasts a 3.5-star rating on Yelp.Layla’s Riverside LodgeLayla just doing her job (Credit: Layla’s Riverside Lodge) Travelweek Group
Related posts:Uber starts accepting drivers in Costa Rica but government threatens fines Uber up and running in Costa Rica despite red light from Transport Ministry Uber unleashes lobbyists in California to reshape driver rules ‘Uber get out,’ say protesting Uruguay taxi drivers Want to drive for Uber in Costa Rica but don’t have a car? No problem.The ride-hailing service announced in late October that it had reached an agreement with the company ANC Ground Services to start renting vehicles for the express purpose of driving for Uber. But car rental is just the latest ancillary business here in a growing stable of affiliated services for the transportation app.Offering rides in newer cars has been a standout for Uber here considering that red taxis can be as old as 15 years before they are legally required to be taken off the road, according to Public Transportation Council rules. Uber does not accept vehicles with a model year older than 2008 and many Costa Ricans don’t have cars new enough to qualify.More than 50 percent of the cars on Costa Rica’s roads are 16 years or older, according to figures from Riteve, the company responsible for mandatory vehicle inspections here.The main models offered for rent by ANC are the Suzuki Swift and Dzire, and Toyota Yaris, according to an email to the Tico Times from Uber spokeswoman Rocío Paniagua.Renting wheels to drive people around isn’t unique to Uber. Many red taxi drivers pay daily rates to the concession holder of their cab.Uber has similar renting or leasing agreements in other countries, including Mexico and the United States. In July, Uber announced its own leasing service, Xchange Leasing, for U.S. drivers who want to drive for the ride-hailing service but don’t have a qualifying vehicle.Uber cars, Uber insurance, Uber waterUber might be best known as an app but there’s a whole ancillary economy dedicated to outfitting the company’s drivers and maintaining its vehicles.Uber Costa Rica previously announced an agreement with the insurance company Qualitas to cover drivers. The public National Insurance Institute has said it won’t cover drivers working with the company because, well, it’s still technically illegal.The Public Works and Transport Ministry and the Government Attorney’s Office have both said that Uber does not have legal permission to operate here but has no enforcement strategy to clamp down on drivers. Uber has operated continuously since it launched here on August 21.In Mexico, meanwhile, Paniagua said that the company has agreements with several affiliated companies ranging from car insurers and mechanics to telecommunications providers for smartphones — even the bottled water offered to riders.Paniagua said the company was in talks to offer more affiliated services in Costa Rica. No word yet if the company is negotiating with Gallito to offer Guayabitas in its vehicles here. Facebook Comments