Insecticide poisoning: 7 more die in three days in Yavatmal

first_imgSeven more farmers have died in the past three days owing to improper spraying of ‘Profex Super’ insecticide on cotton plantations in Yavatmal district, taking the toll to 15.Kishor Tiwari, chief of Vasantrao Naik Shetkari Swavalamban Mission, said over 600 cases of insecticide infection have been reported in Yavatmal district. He blamed indiscriminate use of wrong combinations of insecticides, and direct and continuous exposure to toxic substances owing to lack of protective gear for the death of farmers and farm workers over the past one week.The deceased farmers have been identified as Dashrath Chavan of Naygaon village, Devidas Madavi of Kalamb town, Kailash Pendor of Jamni village, Ayub Sheikh of Kalgaon village, Anil Chavan of Kalamb, Ramesh Chirawar of Ghatanji village, Ravi Rathod of Uchegaon village, Vithal Parkewar and Pradip Soyami from Kelapur town, Vasant Sidam of Maregoan village, Maroti Pimpalkar of Kalegoan village, Divakar Ghoshi of Ghoddara village, Shankar Kedam of Talki village, Dipak Madavi of Arni town. and Bandu Sonurle of Manoli village.Mr. Tiwari also blamed genetically modified Bt cotton seeds for the deaths. He said, “Bt cotton seeds are supposed to be resistant to bollworm and other infestations. However, they failed to tackle the pests and this resulted in the use of the toxic and internationally banned Monocrotophos, a highly toxic pesticide, which makes plants look green and healthy but causes the resurgence of pink bollworm. The chances of exposure to toxic chemicals increase as farmers use non-recommended combinations.”Mr. Tiwari said Maharashtra had the largest area under cotton cultivation (over 40 lakh hectares) and tribal farm workers would continue to die if the State did not ban chemical farming in regions seeing a spate of suicides over crop failure.last_img read more

I made mistakes in World Cup: Shahid Afridi

first_imgThe semifinal loss to India in the World Cup continues to rankle Pakistan’s ODI captain Shahid Afridi who said it was a mistake to position himself in the lower-half of the batting order in the high-voltage game.”I am not a born captain and I also make mistakes. I made mistakes in the World Cup particularly in the semifinal at Mohali. I should have gone up the order like Mahendra Singh Dhoni did against Sri Lanka in the final at Mumbai,” Afridi said on a show on Geo News.The flamboyant all-rounder said with Abdul Razzaq also available down the order, he should have taken a chance and promoted himself in the semifinal against India.”The move by Dhoni in the final to come up himself worked and it could have also worked for us but we all make mistakes it was my mistake,” he said.He pointed out that India had one of the strongest and best batting line-ups in the world and when Pakistan bowled them out for 260, there was total silence at the innings break in the stadium.”Once we held them down to 260, I knew we had a strong chance of winning the match. Unfortunatly, we didn’t bat well and the moment Umar Akmal got out, I had a bad feeling it was not going our way,” he said.”I am learning every day as captain because it is a big learning process.”Afridi refused to to comment on Indo-Pak relations but reiterated that there were some elements in the Indian media who were negative about the ties.advertisement”About that I am convinced there are negative elements.And if both countries want to move forward this mindset has to change.”I am not against India or Indian people or Hindus. They are Hindus living in Pakistan just like Muslims in India and since this is a very sensitive issue I have decided that from now on I will not speak on it,” Afridi said.Afridi also said he never expected to end up as the joint highest wicket-taker in the World Cup.”I didn’t go into the tournament thinking I will take 21 wickets. It is a big honor for me and I am happy that I contributed to the team’s cause.”Afridi and Zaheer Khan finished with 21 wickets apiece in the World Cup.Afridi insisted he had no immediate plans to retire from international cricket.”While the 2015 World Cup is still a long way away I am presently looking at the Twenty20 World Cup that will be held next year. I will continue to play and captain the side as long as I am performing and as long as the board and people can tolerate and accept me,” he added.He said while he was in favour of rebuilding the team after the World Cup but, radicial changes should be avoided.”First of all this assumption that seniors have been dropped for the West Indies tour is not correct. They have been rested as the selectors and management want to try out some new players. I am for change but not in a haphazard manner and we can’t just dump our senior players who have given so much to Pakistan cricket.”The Pakistan captain also insisted that he was grateful to some former players and seniors such as Younus Khan, Kamran Akmal and Misbah-ul-Haq who had supported him.”The main target I and Vicky bhai (Waqar Younis) had was to ensure a clean and good dressing room atmosphere in the World Cup and to get the team to gel together and I think we succeeded in doing that,” he said.last_img read more

What happened last time India met Sri Lanka in World Cup?

first_imgIndia take on Sri Lanka in Leeds on Saturday in their final group-stage match. India will be hoping to collect 2 points and keep their chances of topping the table alive. Australia, with 14 points from 8 matches, are a point ahead of 2nd-placed India on the 10-team table. On the other hand, Sri Lanka are already out of contention for the last-4 and will be hoping to bow out on a high with a win against their neighbours.The last time these two teams met in a World Cup was 8 years ago during that fateful final of the 2011 edition. While every Indian cricket fan remembers the iconic image of MS Dhoni finishing the game with a six, the match itself is one of the most memorable finals in World Cup history.But when Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first at Wankhede, the onus was upon India to deal with the pressure of chasing in such a high stakes game. Memories of India buckling under similar pressure during the 2003 World Cup final were still fresh in the minds of the country’s cricket followers. But MS Dhoni and his men had other ideas.Riding on a magnificent unbeaten 103 from Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka posted a formidable total of 274/6 at the end of 50 overs. Their total was boosted by some lusty lower order hitting from Chamara Kapugedera and Thisara Perera who scored a quickfire 22 from just 9 deliveries.In reply, India were rocked by Lasith Malinga on just the 2nd ball of their innings when he removed Virender Sehwag for a duck. And when Malinga got Sachin Tendulkar caught behind the wickets in the 7th over with India’s score a mere 31 runs, memories of 2003 started to bother the country’s fans. But that’s when current captain Virat Kohli joined his Delhi senior Gautam Gambhir at the crease.advertisementThe duo took India past the 100-run mark while also keeping up with the required run-rate. Though Kohli soon got out after a well-made 35 at India’s score of 114. The dismissal prompted arguably one of the most famous batting reshuffles in World Cup history as then-skipper MS Dhoni promoted himself up the order and joined Gambhir to take India’s chase forward.Dhoni initially played the role of an anchor, rotating strike well and milking ones and twos while Gambhir played with aggression, never letting Sri Lanka come on top. Their 109-run partnership pulled India out of trouble and on-course of their 2nd World Cup title. Just when Gambhir looked well set for a deserved century, he was bowled by Perera while trying to charge out of the crease and hit a boundary.But Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni ensured that there were no more hiccups as they continued India’s march towards the 275-run target. The Wankhede came to a standstill on the 2nd ball of the 49th over when with 4 runs needed for a win, Dhoni’s eyes lit up as he saw Nuwan Kulasekara bowl a delivery in the slot and with a swing of his arms, he launched the ball into the stands behind long-on sending the crowd into a frenzy. His teammates ran from the pavilion to mob him and Yuvraj as days-long celebrations started in Mumbai and across the country.Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finalists: Australia, India, England, New ZealandAlso Read | India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja likely to play at Leedslast_img read more

Main Street in Ocho Rios to be Rehabilitated

first_imgStory Highlights Some $160 million has been allocated to upgrade Main Street, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, as part of the multimillion-dollar redevelopment project being undertaken by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) in the resort town.The project, which is being funded through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), will see 400 metres of roadway being rehabilitated over eight months.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, who is also Member of Parliament for the area, welcomed the move by the UDC and encouraged the stakeholders to work together.Addressing a stakeholders’ meeting at the St. John’s Anglican Church Hall in Ocho Rios on September 14, the Minister said there is much work to be done, “as we continue to strive to make Ocho Rios the place that it ought to be”.The project, which is being managed by the National Works Agency (NWA), has been dubbed, ‘Turtle Walk’, and will be undertaken from Turtle River Road to the Ocho Rios Shopping Centre.According to Regional Manager for the NWA, Mr. Devon Lilly, Chin’s Construction has been awarded to carry out the roadworks, and efforts will be made to ensure that minimal disruption is caused to motorists and pedestrians.In addition to upgrading of the roadway, work will be done on the drains and on the sidewalks.For his part, Mr. Joseph Lewis, who represented the UDC, outlined that a series of projects have been ongoing as part of the Ocho Rios redevelopment project.“The improvements that we were hoping for, even in terms of the flow of traffic, the Port Authority of Jamaica is realising that benefit now,” he said.So far, the terminal building at the cruise ship pier, as well as the Turtle River Road, have been upgraded, and the parking lot has been reordered. A promenade is currently being built along the beach to the Ocho Rios cruise terminal. Some $160 million has been allocated to upgrade Main Street, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, as part of the multimillion-dollar redevelopment project being undertaken by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) in the resort town.center_img dressing a stakeholders’ meeting at the St. John’s Anglican Church Hall in Ocho Rios on September 14, the Minister said there is much work to be done, “as we continue to strive to make Ocho Rios the place that it ought to be”.last_img read more

Dortmund director Sancho is going nowhere

first_imgSporting director Michael Zorc is adamant that Jadon Sancho will be at Borussia Dortmund next year, despite the growing interest from rival clubsThe 18-year-old winger’s stunning rise to stardom since completing an £8m transfer from Manchester City to Dortmund in 2017 has earned him plenty of suitors.Sancho is a regular member of the BVB squad leading the Bundesliga this season and his exploits in Germany saw him being handed a call-up to the England national team.But Dortmund, who have an unfortunate history for selling their star players to rivals, have no intention of letting Sancho go right now.“Jadon knew it would be an unusual step to move here but it has been totally the right one. Courageous, too,” Zorc told ESPN.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He’s an outstanding talent and a big part of our future. We are convinced that we are the best option for him to keep developing.“He’s not finished yet. Not by a long stretch. And he will certainly play with us next year, come what may.”Sancho has managed seven goals and 10 assists in 24 appearances across all competitions this season for Dortmund.The teenage star is contracted at Signal Iduna Park until June 2022.last_img read more

KPBSD Receives Grant To Reinstate Petroleum Academy

first_imgKPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek announced that the school district was awarded a grant from the Alaska Community Foundation, in order to reinstate the Petroleum Academy program. Dusek: “Our students are able to earn industry level certifications, those types of things that are very pertinent to kids working in those particularly industries.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Students will once again have the opportunity to earn industry certifications in Kenai, from the Alaska Petroleum Academy. Dusek: “We talk a lot about our academic achievement, but we do focus quiet a bit on career and technical education.” Certifications offered include: 16 Hour Petroleum Health & Safety, 24 Hour CITS Certification, 40 Hour Hazwoper Certification, Confined Space Entry Certification, and numerous other courses. Classes are be held at the Workforce Development building on the Kenai Spur Highway. For information and class scheduling call 907-953-2255 or send an email to mikegallagher2@yahoo.com Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Petro-Academy-Grant.mp3VmJennifer-on-Petro-Academy-Grant.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Motorolas rumored foldable Razr shown off in purported renders

first_imgMotorola will sell its first foldable phone, likely the Razr, this summer. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Motorola’s rumored to be working on a foldable update to its iconic Razr phone. A new set of leaked images could give us a look at the revamped Razr.Purported press renders of a foldable Motorola Razr were posted to /Leaks on Sunday. The images show a Razr-branded phone with a long, continuous display. One image shows the phone bent 90 degrees. Another appears to show what’ll come along with the phone — earbuds, charging cable — in its prism-shaped box. Foldable Phones Motorola Tags The foldable Motorola Razr is rumored to have a 6.2-inch interior display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor. Rumors also point to the phone having a small exterior screen that could double as a track pad and suggest that Google Assistant will play a big role.Motorola said it’s their policy to “neither confirm nor deny rumors” related to their products.Originally published April 29, 10:04 a.m. PT.Update, 10:26 a.m.: Adds more details and background.Update, May 1: Adds comment from Motorola.  1:54 Motorola, a unit of Chinese electronics giant Lenovo, plans to sell its foldable phone this summer. It’s expected to be a revival of the Razr brand, which The Wall Street Journal in January reported would be coming back with a $1,500 price tag. Motorola would just the latest contender in the new foldable phone market, which includes Huawei’s Mate X and Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. A patent filing uncovered by 91Mobiles in January included illustrations of what could be the new Razr phone. The illustrations suggest a similar design as the original, but instead of the interior space being divided by a hinge that splits the display and dial pad, the new Razr would be entirely display. This design appears to line up with the phone shown in the new set of purported renders. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: #Motorola – #Razr – New Motorola RAZR (2019) leaks out https://t.co/jxoTZuUC9N pic.twitter.com/h2Y0NyCS3q— /LEAKS (@Slashleaks) April 28, 2019 Galaxy Fold gives foldable phones a black eye Post a comment 0last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday January 12

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u Dr. Ben Carson is vying to be confirmed to be Donald Trump’s secretary of HUD, a massive federal agency his detractors believe he is woefully unqualified to lead. We’ll discuss the substance of Carson’s Senate hearing with Rev. Alvin Hathaway, who has worked with HUD secretaries from the Carter administration to the Obama administration, and Charles Robinson of MPT’s, State Circle.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

Study finds sighted babies of blind mothers find other ways to bond

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B People staring into one another’s eyes is a well known form of communication, and has no doubt been observed between babies and mothers throughout human history. It’s a demonstrated means of bonding—babies that go without, such as those in an orphanage have been found to lack communication and social skills. But what happens when the mother is blind? Without eye-locking, do such babies develop any differently than babies with sighted mothers? That’s what the team members on this new effort sought to discover.To find out, they enlisted the assistance of five babies and their blind mothers. Each of the babies was tested for their communication skills at ages 6-10, 12-15 and 24-47 months. Babies were observed with their mothers and while watching videos of other women communicating—their eye movements were also tracked using face scanning technology. In all of the tests, the five babies were found to have communication skills comparable to babies born to sighted women, and even in some instances, appeared to have gained some advantages, such as better visual memory retention and quicker response times to changing images. It’s all due, the researchers speculate, to both the way the blind mother’s interact with their babies in non-visual ways, and the innate plasticity of the human brain.Interestingly, the babies tested appeared to also have developed separate communication skills for different people—when communicating with their blind mothers, for example, they used more verbal sounds than they did when trying to communicate with other people, such as their sighted father. The researchers compare this kind of adaption to babies that grow up in bilingual homes. Such babies gain a cognitive boost and as a result oftentimes become better communicators. (Phys.org) —A unique study carried out by researchers from the U.K., Australia and Canada has revealed that babies born to blind mothers don’t appear to suffer degraded communication skills compared to babies born to sighted mothers. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the researchers found that not only did the babies of blind mothers perform as well as did babies born to sighted mother’s on standard communication tests, but appeared to develop some advantages as well. © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Study finds sighted babies of blind mothers find other ways to bond (2013, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-sighted-babies-mothers-ways-bond.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img More information: The importance of the eyes: communication skills in infants of blind parents, Published 10 April 2013 doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.0436AbstractThe effects of selectively different experience of eye contact and gaze behaviour on the early development of five sighted infants of blind parents were investigated. Infants were assessed longitudinally at 6–10, 12–15 and 24–47 months. Face scanning and gaze following were assessed using eye tracking. In addition, established measures of autistic-like behaviours and standardized tests of cognitive, motor and linguistic development, as well as observations of naturalistic parent–child interaction were collected. These data were compared with those obtained from a larger group of sighted infants of sighted parents. Infants with blind parents did not show an overall decrease in eye contact or gaze following when they observed sighted adults on video or in live interactions, nor did they show any autistic-like behaviours. However, they directed their own eye gaze somewhat less frequently towards their blind mothers and also showed improved performance in visual memory and attention at younger ages. Being reared with significantly reduced experience of eye contact and gaze behaviour does not preclude sighted infants from developing typical gaze processing and other social-communication skills. Indeed, the need to switch between different types of communication strategy may actually enhance other skills during development.Press release © The Babylab, Birkbeck, University of London Explore further It’s true – babies do direct their motherslast_img read more

FICN amounting 438 lakh seized in Kolkata 1 arrested

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police has seized fake Indian currency notes (FICN) with a total face value of Rs 4.38 lakh and arrested a person, an officer said on Saturday. Based on prior information, the officers intercepted the accused, Ishab Ali, 31, from the Sealdah area.last_img

US technology trade organisation the Consumer Ele

first_imgUS technology trade organisation, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), has updated the core characteristics for Ultra High-Definition (UHD) TVs, monitors and projectors for the home. The expanded characteristics – voluntary guidelines that are due to take effect in September 2014 – are designed to address various attributes of picture quality and help move toward interoperability, while providing clarity for consumers and retailers.The guidelines relate to display resolution, aspect ration, up-scaling HD video, digital input, colour processing and bit depth.“Ultra High-Definition TV is the next revolution in home display technology, offering consumers an incredibly immersive viewing experience with outstanding new levels of picture quality. These updated attributes will help ensure consumers get the most out of this exciting new technology and will provide additional certainty in the marketplace,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the CEA.The new approved characteristics build on the first-generation UHD characteristics released by CEA in October 2012.last_img read more