The Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) on Sunday registered a case against Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s brother Ayazuddin Siddiqui at Budhana Police station in Muzaffarnagar on Sunday for “hurting religious sentiments”.Hariram Yadav Deputy Superintendent of Police in Muzaffarnagar told The Hindu that police registered the case against Ayazuddin under 153A of the IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth). The FIR was registered after an activist came to the police station with a complaint against him.“Frankly, it looks like Ayazuddin had no intention of hurting anyone. He has not written anything offensive. All he did was to write something rejecting the offensive picture and post which was shared on the social networking website,” Yadav said.“He wrote something to the effect that condemned the offensive post but while writing it he also copy pasted the offensive picture which is the reason behind the HYV’s anger and complaint. It was after the HYV’s complaint that police registered an FIR against him under section 153A,” he added.The local HYV activist Bharat Thakur, the complainant in the case, demanded that police arrest Ayazuddin. “The police should send a signal to people like Ayazuddin that it is not easy to offend Hindus and it will fetch a deserving punishment of one dares to go down that road. That is why we have filed a case against him. If the culprit is not arrested soon then we will launch a protest campaign in Budhana,” Mr. Thakur told the media. read more
The city police late Saturday registered a case of sedition against unidentified persons for burning of a copy of the Constitution by anti-reservation activists during a protest at Parliament Street in New Delhi earlier this week.The Deccan police station registered an FIR under sections 124 A (sedition), 153 A (promoting disharmony or enmity between two groups), 295 (defiling any place of worship or an object with intent to insult the religion of any class), 298 (uttering words with deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of any person) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.The police acted on a complaint by Satish Gaikwad, a leader of the Ambedkarite outfit, the Republican Party of India (Secular).Authorities said Mr. Gaikwad submitted a CD containing a clip of the incident in which members of an anti-reservation group are allegedly seen burning of a copy of the Constitution and raising slogans against B.R. Ambedkar and the SC/ST community. This is the second FIR to be registered in this case after the Delhi police, on Friday had booked protesters of the anti-reservation ‘Youth for Equality’ (YFE) group for the action which caused a furore among Dalit groups in the country.The video of YFE activists burning the Constitution, which went viral, prompted protests from Dalit outfits across the State. RPI (A) leader Ramdas Athawale, who is also Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, has demanded the culprits be arrested. read more
Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra’s character was tested on Sunday when a motivated Meralco crew threw everything it had to equalize the series on Sunday.“It was a struggle. [Meralco is] mentally very tough and they’re hard to crack. But I’m just truly happy with our guys, just hanging in there, battling and finding a way,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mbala locks down Desiderio in DLSU rout of UP Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ “Our energy went up in the last three minutes of the game when we tied the basketball game and we just kind of fed off that energy the rest of the way, emotionally. Seeing that the opportunity was there for us to win that game.”The triumph gave the Gin Kings to a 2-0 series lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, two wins away from retaining their title in the season-ending conference.It was an uplifting win given the situation both teams had to go through stemming from Game 1 in Lucena, but Cone knows the Gin Kings have their work cut out for them with a desperate Meralco side fighting for its life on Wednesday.“I think they have a lot of punches left to throw us. This is a real trying game because of the out-of-town experience that we had 48 hours ago. We didn’t get back to Manila until 3 o’ clock in the morning and guys weren’t asleep until 3:30 or 4 a.m,” Cone said.“So it was a real trying weekend for us and for them as well. It just looked like at the end, we just had a little more than they did. Now they got two days to refresh, and I think that extra day in a series is really valuable to the teams,” he added. “They’re gonna come out with full punches in Game 3.“ADVERTISEMENT “We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well tonight, but we played the game in other areas and made it up there,” said coach Tim Cone.The Gin Kings anticipated a huge fightback from the Bolts as they saw themselves down early, 8-17 to start the game. But they put themselves within striking distance as they waited for the right time to strike.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Meralco holding a 75-69 edge in the final 5:56, that was when Ginebra made its rally, with Japeth Aguilar’s thunderous dunk igniting what would be a deciding 17-1 finishing kick as the Kings came away with the 86-76 Game 2 win.“We took a big punch from them early in the game. We kind of survived that and we were able to kind of make it into a possession-by-possession game. No one really got up in front, then we had a real good closing kick,” Cone said. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments read more
Indian women’s cricket T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur was praised on social media for a noble cause on Sunday.A video has gone viral on social media in which Harmapreet is seen carrying a little girl off the field during the India vs Pakistan Women’s World Twenty20 match in Guyana.The incident happened when the teams lined up for the national anthems just before the start of the match.The girl mascot can be seen complaining about about her poor health to Harmanpreet. The India skipper then grabs the kid from behind and as soon as the national anthems ceremony is over, Harmanpreet carries the unwell mascot off the field.pic.twitter.com/06Q3KxvfMUMushfiqur Fan (@NaaginDance) November 11, 2018On Friday, Harmanpreet became the first Indian woman to score a hundred in T20Is as India got off to a winning start against New Zealand. Two days later, India put up another clinical display to get the better of Pakistan.Mithali Raj cracked a half century to guide India to a seven-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan.Mithali held fort from one end to make short work of India’s run chase with a 47-ball 56, laced with seven fours. The Group B match was marred by unprecedented docking of 10 penalty runs on Pakistan.Even before a ball being faced, 10 runs were on India’s scoreboard after Pakistan were docked five-run penalty twice during their innings on account of their batswomen running on the danger area of the pitch during their innings.India never looked in trouble with openers Raj and Smriti Mandhana (26) finding the boundaries at regular intervals in their 73-run partnership.advertisementIndia had little difficulty in gunning down the modest target of 134 with six balls to spare, reaching 137 for 3 in 19 overs.Harmanpreet and Veda Krishnamurthy remained not out on 14 and 8 respectively.Courtesy the victory, India (with four points) now have inched closer to securing a place in the semi-finals from the five-team Group B. Two teams each from the two groups qualify for the semi-finals.(With inputs from IANS) read more
APTN National NewsLas Vegas and Kahnawake are not two places you often hear mentioned in the same sentence.But when it comes to online gambling, the Mohawk community has made a name for itself.Since the late 1990s they’ve housed internet servers that host some of the world’s biggest gambling sites.Now, the Quebec government is making noises about blocking sites that are not part of its own Lotto Quebec brand and that is bad news for Kahnawake’s economy.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.
We’re approaching mid-May — essentially a quarter of the way into the 2019 MLB season — and free-agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel, the seventh-best lefty in baseball over the past five full seasons according to wins above replacement,1Averaging together the versions from Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. is still without a team.“If you would’ve asked me on the first day of free agency, I would have said no way I’d be here on May 6,” Keuchel told Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports this week. “This was not the plan at all. I would love to be out there playing ball and helping a team win. Because, to my career at this point, I’ve done more winning than I have losing and at a much higher clip. So what team wouldn’t want me to be out there?”So what’s keeping Keuchel on the sidelines? He is reportedly holding out for what he calls his “fair market value,” even turning down offers recommended to him by his agent, Scott Boras. And Keuchel’s current offers may be affected by the fact that any team signing him would have to send a compensatory draft pick to his former club, the Houston Astros. (This obstacle will be lifted after next month’s draft.)But pushing in the opposite direction is the fact that there are indeed teams that should want Keuchel and are hurting themselves by waiting to pull the trigger. Although we think of the most important games in a pennant chase happening down the season’s final stretch, these games in May count just the same in the standings — and even now, there are already teams running into crises in the back ends of their rotations.To see which teams could use Keuchel’s services the most, we took our pitcher ratings and compared each rotation’s current strength2Averaging the ratings for a team’s five highest-rated pitchers, among those who started at least three games this season and at least one game in the past 10 days. to what it would be with Keuchel replacing the team’s fifth-ranked starter. Although the teams Keuchel would help most are generally bad teams, the ideal mix would be a team with a good Elo rating but a thin rotation in need of a solid starter. Looking at the current state of things, the best fits are the St. Louis Cardinals (where Keuchel’s rating is a vast improvement over that of current No. 5-ranked starter Dakota Hudson), the Cleveland Indians (Jefry Rodriguez), the Boston Red Sox (Hector Velazquez) and perhaps the Oakland A’s (Aaron Brooks).Of course, the Indians — who are currently missing Mike Clevinger and Corey Kluber (both of whom rate higher than Keuchel) — are proof that just because a team’s rotation is wracked with injuries now doesn’t mean it won’t eventually get stronger. When Cleveland is at full strength, it will have little need for Keuchel because he would actually rate worse than the Tribe’s fifth-ranked starter, Shane Bieber. Ditto the Red Sox, who will get David Price and Nathan Eovaldi back sooner or later, mitigating Keuchel’s impact as a rotation upgrade.But St. Louis remains the team that could use Keuchel most, even if we look at who they might add internally during the season. (The injured Carlos Martinez, who carries a pitcher rating of 51.8 — exactly the same as Keuchel’s — will return soon, but only in a relief capacity.) The Cardinals’ need for Keuchel makes sense considering how little they have gotten out of the back of their rotation so far this season. (Hudson, Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha have all posted earned run averages at least 9 percent worse than the National League average.) With at least some luxury-tax breathing room and an extremely competitive NL Central race in front of them, the Cardinals might be the team with the most to gain by adding an experienced, solid starter like Keuchel.At age 31 this season, Keuchel is probably not the pitcher he was just a few years ago. Indeed, his Elo pitcher rating dropped from a very strong 59.2 in the middle of the 2017 season to a more middling 51.8 — only 55th-best in baseball — by the end of last season. Keuchel himself knows where he’s at — but he also knows he can still help a team in 2019.“Am I the best at this point in time? No,” he told Yahoo. “But am I more than or better than some of the offers I’ve been given? Absolutely.”Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more
After beating Florida State on Tuesday 58-44, the No. 2 Ohio State men’s basketball team finds itself 6-0. Beating the Seminoles gave the Buckeyes a second impressive victory in Florida. OSU pummeled the then-No. 9 Florida Gators in Gainesville, 93-75, on Nov.16. With four returning starters from last season’s run to the Sweet 16 and one of the most highly touted freshman classes in the country, the Buckeyes will expect to keep winning. But how long can it last? Despite its unblemished record, the team’s play is not without flaws, the most significant being inconsistent rebounding. And that’s with two starting post players, senior Dallas Lauderdale and freshman Jared Sullinger, who are 6-foot-8 and 6-foot-9, respectively. OSU is a dismal 93rd in the country with 38.7 rebounds per game. OSU managed only 17 boards against the Gators, the only ranked opponent the team has played. “We’re not going after the ball like we should, and a lot of that is my fault,” Sullinger said after the Buckeyes beat Miami (Ohio) on Friday. The role of another freshman, point guard Aaron Craft, will also have a substantial effect on the season. Craft, though not a starter on the depth chart, is fifth on the team in minutes. His ability to handle pressure will go far in determining how long the Buckeyes can keep a zero in the loss column. “I’ve been extremely pleased with what Aaron had brought to the table,” coach Thad Matta said after Friday’s win. “He’s actually surprised me, just his understanding, his savvy.” With a freshman at point, expect teams to try to disrupt OSU with a zone press defense. That method proved effective for FSU and gave OSU problems against Morehead State on Nov. 23. “We were pathetic tonight at drawing something up in a timeout, going out, and then guys couldn’t see it through,” Matta said after the game against Morehead. “Those are the things you’ve got to get better at.” That type of play has led to 13 turnovers per game, compared to 11 per game last season. “That’s really unacceptable for us to turn it over and to keep making the same turnovers over and over again,” senior Jon Diebler said after the Miami game. Quality teams take advantage of teams that are sloppy with the ball. The Buckeyes, however, play far from a quality schedule. Before entering Big Ten Conference play Dec. 31, the Buckeyes will face one team now above .500 — 5-1 South Carolina — whom OSU will play in Columbus. The team plays Indiana and Iowa on the road to start league play. Those teams finished ninth and 10th in the conference last season, respectively. OSU could be 14-0 when the No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers come to Columbus on Jan. 9. The Bucks’ next challenge will be on the road against No. 20 Illinois, which they follow with a home contest against No. 18 Purdue on Jan. 25. If they come through those contests with a clean slate, the Buckeyes would be 21-0. The last team to play a perfect season was the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, with a 32-0 record. The Buckeyes will likely not match that feat, but the zero in the loss column might hang around for a while. read more
Ohio State football continued its scheduling flurry, locking up its fourth home-and-home series in less than a month by securing contests against Boston College for 2020 and 2021 on Wednesday. The Buckeyes will host the Eagles at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 19, 2020, before traveling to Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Sept. 18, 2021. OSU athletic director Gene Smith called BC “a fine program from an outstanding conference.” “This gives Ohio State fans a chance to watch their Buckeyes in back-to-back games against Pacific 12 and (Atlantic Coast Conference) schools,” Smith said in a released statement. BC athletic director Brad Bates said the matchups against OSU serve as a way for the Eagles to gauge themselves against one of the nation’s best teams. “This will be a great opportunity for our team to measure itself against one of the premier programs in college football,” Bates said in a released statement. The Buckeyes are 3-0 against BC and haven’t played the school since a 38-6 win at the Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands in New Jersey in 1995. Over the course of those three games, OSU outscored BC, 103-45. The Buckeyes will also face Oregon in 2020 and 2021, after locking in a home-and-home series with the Ducks on Oct. 23. On Oct. 10, OSU announced a rematch against Texas for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. The flurry of schedule additions began on Oct. 2, when the Buckeyes agreed to a home-and-home series with Texas Christian University for 2018 and 2019. OSU is a combined 16-3-1 against BC, Oregon, Texas and TCU. The Buckeyes continue play in the 2012 season Saturday against Illinois at 3:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium. read more
Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri has been impressed with Calum Chambers’ displays in the Cottagers’ midfield this season.Calum Chambers joined Fulham on a season-long loan in the summer and has become a regular at Craven Cottage.He predominantly plays as a defender, but can also feature in a more advanced role.The Arsenal loanee was impressive in the London derby at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, as he won both the BBC’s and the Fulham’s official Man of the Match awards.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“I spoke with Scott Parker and he told me he could play there,” Ranieri told the club’s website.“I believe he is a very good midfielder, he’s intelligent tactically which is good for the team, and it’s good for me to have this kind of player.“He linked the defensive line and the forwards very well. He has good movement, he’s very attentive.”Fulham will host Leicester City on Wednesday, and then visit Old Trafford on Saturday. read more
The team didn’t make it past the Group Stage of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, but to the former squad’s boss Stephen Constantine, the team has earned respect.India national team ended up on fourth place of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group A.The team won 4-1 against Thailand in the first match, then was defeated 2-0 by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 1-0 by Bahrain.“We were unlucky, to concede a penalty in the 91st minute is heartbreaking,” former India’s boss Stephen Constantine told The Indian Express.AIFF wants to change the face of Indian football Manuel R. Medina – August 7, 2019 The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is working closely with FIFA in order to fix the state of football in the country that has two first division football leagues.“But it shows everybody in India that we are capable, we have the belief which we never had, we have respect which we never had and we have the determination.”“It’s there for everybody to see. I wish nothing but the best for players, for the Indian federation and for the fans who support us.”“They passed the expectations. It’s not a question of they didn’t live up to the expectations, they passed all expectations,” he added.“I don’t think anybody believed me when I said that we would qualify in 2015, I don’t think anybody believed that we could qualify from the group. They believe now.” read more
A motorcyclist was killed and two of his co-riders injured in a road accident in Jessore’s Monirampur on Friday afternoon, reports UNB. The deceased was identified as Md Riyad Hossain, 30, of Chanchra Checkpost area in Sadar upazila.Witnesses said the bike crashed into a tree by Monirampur-Rajganj road around 2:30pm as Riyad lost his control over the bike while going to a relative’s house along with his two friends.The accident left Riyad dead on the spot and his two friends injured. Locals rescued the injured and took them to Jessore General Hospital.
Old Dhaka is a site for historic and magnificent structures. But the splendid buildings are disintegrating with the lack of conservation.One of the majestic edifices is Boro Bari, the grand mansion at No. 45 BK Das Road in Farashganj.The 19th century ornate building is under threat as there have been no repairs over long period of time.The government introduced an act on 12 February 2009, declaring 93 structures and nine roads of Farashganj, Sutrapur, along with the area of Shankhari Bazar as heritage sites recognising their historical, aesthetic value.The act does not allow the present owners of the buildings to repair them. This has actually done more harm than good.The beautiful architectural Greek styled designs on the wall are on in a dilapidated condition. The neighbouring structures and indiscriminate use of the building pose a serious threat to the structure.Lack of conservation and awareness contribute to the decline of the aesthetic and historic beauty of this important heritage site.Extensive measures are required to preserve the invaluable structure.Prothom Alo’s Abdus Salam captured photos of the Boro Bari from Farashganj, Dhaka on 17 July.Boro Bari, the 19th century mansion, among other structures in Farashganj. The building has been declared a heritage site in 2009The front of Boro Bari. Lack of care has resulted in a fading facadeThe Greek style ornamentation is deterioratingThe main building inside the structure is in a miserable condition. It is used as a storehouseThe bricks and plaster of the pillars are in ruinsThe historic site will be lost without due care*The article has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin. read more
Protesters gather outside the Department of Justice during a demonstration demanding that Hong Kong’s leaders step down and withdraw the extradition bill, in Hong Kong, China on 27 June 2019. Photo: ReutersImmigration consultants in Hong Kong have seen a dramatic surge in inquiries, especially from the young, after mass protests against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China from the Asian financial hub for trial.Millions of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks in some of the Chinese-ruled city’s largest and most violent demonstrations in decades, forcing Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to suspend the bill indefinitely.The planned legislation sparked concern it will threaten the rule of law that underpins Hong Kong’s international financial status at a time when many are already worried over the tightening grip of Communist Party rulers in Beijing over the former British colony.Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula, which guarantees its freedoms, including freedom to protest and an independent judiciary, not enjoyed on the mainland.Young people are more interested in Asian destinations such as Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand, in contrast to previous trends that saw many target the likes of Canada and Australia, thanks to cheaper immigration costs and better job prospects closer to home, immigration consultants said.Last weekend, around 1,000 people attended an immigration seminar on Southeast Asia organised by Golden Emperor Properties, a rise from around 100 at its previous seminars.“It’s the first time ever so many people have attended our seminar, and never before have we seen so many young people attending,” Golden Emperor Properties managing director Terence Chan said, referring to interest from 30- and 40-year-olds.General inquiries had increased since 9 June when hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets to try to thwart the extradition bill, and the number spiked after 12 June when Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators.Centaline Immigration Consultant general manager David Hui said he had received more inquiries in the past two to three months as controversy over the bill intensified.The number of inquiries from young people rose around 30 per cent, he added.Some Hong Kong tycoons have already started moving personal wealth offshore amid concerns over the legislation.“Many people wouldn’t consider Southeast Asia before…but one client told me jokingly he thought that region was not very politically stable, but now Hong Kong is even more unstable,” Chan said.He said Southeast Asia was ideal for young people who do not have a lot of money but are desperate to seek an “escape door”.Even though it is difficult to acquire permanent residency in some of these Asian countries, Chan said people were happy with a long-term visa.“They don’t mind because they don’t want to be completely detached from Hong Kong,” he said.A senior executive in the financial services industry told Reuters companies were starting to look beyond Singapore to Thailand as a safe alternative to Hong Kong.More Hong Kong people are also leaving for Taiwan, speeding up a trend in recent years, citing fears of Chinese erosion of the “one country, two systems” formula which Beijing hopes it can introduce one day on the island it claims as its own. read more
Airborne lead dust from abandoned housing, like this one in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester area, poses danger to children and adults. (Photo by Deborah Bailey)In Flint – it’s in the water. In Baltimore –it’s in the walls. The lead paint legacy of Baltimore’s poor and predominately Black neighborhoods is a long and tragic story unfolding in plain sight before our eyes.“Every single poor child who lives in a rental property in Baltimore is getting a much higher lead exposure than the children in Flint” said Saul Kerpelman, a Baltimore attorney who has exclusively handled lead paint poising cases for the past 30 years.194 children in Baltimore tested positive for lead poisoning in 2014 and have lead blood levels in excess of 10 micrograms per deciliter, a damaging amount, according to the most recent data from the Maryland Department of the Environment. Almost all of the 194 reported cases represent new reports, meaning new families have either stepped forward to be tested or are now testing with toxic lead levels. African-American children represent the overwhelming majority of child lead poisoning cases in Baltimore.Since 2012, the Center for Disease Control has determined that no level of lead in the blood is safe. Before 2012, blood levels below 5 micrograms per deciliter were considered non-toxic. It is now known that even microscopic levels of lead can poison children, especially those below the age of six, according to the CDC.Chips from crumbling paint in windows, doors and peeling walls of older homes can cause lead poisoning. But toxic lead can also be breathed in from dust – even that which lingers in the air for days and months after abatement efforts or the mass demolition planned through Governor Larry Hogan’s $700 million removal of old, abandoned housing in Baltimore – much of them lined with lead paint. The use of interior lead paint was banned in the US in 1978.“The US has known about the dangers of lead paint long before 1978,” said Kerpelman. “Baltimore has been one of the most aggressive cities in monitoring lead paint exposure – but we’re also known for our share of problems with this issue” Kerpelman stated.As early as 1899, Sherwin-William’s internal research unit warned company insiders against the dangers of lead paint. By the early 20th century, leading lead paint manufactures such as Dupont and Sherwin Williams, knew ingesting chips from lead-based paint caused lead poisoning in children, according to the book “Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children.” A number of European countries, including Sweden, France, Belgium, Poland, Austria and others soon banned the use of interior lead paint in the 1920’s and 1930’s concurrent with an international ban on lead-based paint sponsored in 1922 by the League of Nations.As early as the 1940’s, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Huntington Williams partnered with the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, to conduct evaluations on homes of children suffering from lead poisoning. Baltimore was one of the first cities in the US to ban lead-based paint in the construction of new homes in 1950 and the first city to offer free blood-lead testing.Shortly after 1978, when lead-based paint was banned in the US, Federal Government officials started reaching a consensus that something had to be done to remove lead from older homes. The Department of Health and Human Resources developed a multi-billion-dollar plan in 1990 to remove lead-based paint from American homes, but the effort was shelved.Instead, the US Environmental Protection Agency, commissioned The Kennedy-Krieger Institute, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, to conduct the Lead-Based Paint Abatement and Repair and Maintenance Study, controversial research involving children in 108 African-American households to investigate “low-cost partial lead abatement procedures to prevent lead poisoning in children living in inner-city Baltimore” according to David Buchanan and Franklin Miller, authors of a review article on the troubled study.Although most of the study children’s lead levels decreased or remained constant, several participants ended the study with elevated blood-lead levels. Two parents who enrolled their children in the Study later sued Kennedy -Krieger indicating, “they were not fully informed of the risks of participation for their children and Kennedy-Krieger failed to inform them in a timely manner of test results.” Buchanan and Miller wrote in their review.The Maryland Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s initial ruling to dismiss the case and reinstated the families’ lawsuits. In August 2001, the court issued an impassioned 96-page ruling questioning the basic ethics of the Kennedy-Krieger study and drawing parallels with the latent racial discrimination involved in the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study.In 2011, a class action lawsuit was filed against the Kennedy-Krieger Institute alleging that researchers “used those children as known guinea pigs in lead-contaminated houses to complete the study” according to court documents. Some of the Kennedy-Krieger cases have been settled while others are still in litigation.Johns Hopkins University Hospital was contacted for comment on this story but did not provide a response. read more
Colorado Springs, Colo. – In its last summer of international competition before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, USA Swimming has announced its coaching staffs for the 2019 FINA World Championships, World University Games and Pan American Games. University of Louisville head coach Arthur Albiero has been named to the Team USA coaching staff for Worlds. “We are fortunate to have excellent collegiate and club coaches in this country and proud of the men and women who will play a big part in our overall positive culture and success this summer,” Mintenko said. “Not only do these international competitions help refine and prepare the U.S.’s top swimmers, but they allow us to provide valuable leadership and development opportunities for our national coaches.” FINA World ChampionshipsTokyo 2020 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team head coaches Dave Durden (Cal Men’s Swimming) and Greg Meehan (Stanford Women’s Swimming) have been named head coaches of the men’s and women’s U.S. world championship teams, respectively, for the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, July 21-28. Durden and Meehan served in the same roles for USA Swimming at the 2017 FINA World Championships, where the American roster won a record 38 medals in the pool competition. Albiero, the ACC Women’s Coach of the Year, will be on deck as a coach. The Team USA roster features Cardinals Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, Mallory Comerford and Zach Harting. Representing their home countries and Louisville will be Cardinals Joao DeLucca (Brazil), Andrej Barna (Serbia), Arina Openysheva (Russia), and Marcelo Acosta (El Salvador) Pan American Gameshttps://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/mediadocuments/swimming-history-and-rosters/additional-rosters/2019-pan-american-games-roster_5-1-2019.pdf?sfvrsn=8 The complete World Championships coaching staff: Dave Durden (Cal Men’s Swimming) Greg Meehan (Stanford Women’s Swimming) Teri McKeever (Cal Women’s Swimming) Gregg Troy (Gator Swim Club) Ray Looze (Indiana Swimming) Arthur Albiero (Louisville Swimming) Jack Bauerle (Georgia Swimming) David Marsh (Team Elite Aquatics) Story Links World Championshipshttps://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/mediadocuments/swimming-history-and-rosters/additional-rosters/2019-world-championships-roster_5-1-2019.pdf?sfvrsn=6 World University Games Braden Holloway (N.C. State Swimming) and Tracy Slusser (Stanford Women’s Swimming) have been given the honors of leading the American collegiate athletes in Napoli, Italy, July 3-14 at the World University Games. A five-time ACC Coach of the Year, Holloway will head the men’s team, while Slusser, Associate Head Coach of the NCAA Champion Stanford Cardinal, will lead Team USA’s women’s squad. This will be the second time Holloway has served on a World University Games coaching staff, having been an assistant in 2017 in Taipei. Prior to helping Stanford win its third-consecutive NCAA title in March, Slusser was on coaching staffs at Arizona and Texas A&M, where she helped both programs to top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. Cardinal Forever Grigory Tarasevich will be competing for Russia at WUGsPan American Games At the Pan American Games, July 26-August 11 in Lima, Peru, USA Swimming has selected Matt Kredich (Tennessee Swimming) to lead the men’s team, while Steve Bultman (Texas A&M Swimming) will coach the women’s team. During Kredich’s time at Tennessee, the 14-year coach was twice named SEC Women’s Coach of the Year, in 2008 and 2012. Before his arrival at Tennessee, Kredich was the women’s head coach at the University of Richmond, where he won Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year four-consecutive years from 2002-05. Bultman has led the Aggies program to six conference championships and has seen every school record broken during his time at the helm of the team. Internationally, Bultman was an assistant on both the 1988 and 2012 U.S. Olympic swimming coaching staffs. He also held assistant coach titles at the 1985 Pan Pacific Championships, the 2001, 2009 and 2015 World University Games and the 2013 FINA World Championships. UofL Olympian and NCAA Champion Joao DeLucca will represent the Cardinals at the Pan Ams for Brazil. Maria Sumida (Brazil), Marcelo Acosta (El Salvador) and diver Daniel Pinto (Peru) will also be swimming at Pan Ams. The complete team rosters can be found here: World University Gameshttps://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/mediadocuments/swimming-history-and-rosters/additional-rosters/2019-world-university-games-roster_5-1-2019.pdf?sfvrsn=2Keep up with all the latest USA Swimming news by following @usaswimming on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.- usaswimming.org -Print Friendly Version read more
The company counts over 700 million monthly users, of which some 15 million may be paying subscribers. It operates a variety of apps allowing users to stream music, watch live performances and play karaoke, as well as a close connection to Tencent’s WeChat messaging platform, which has over 1 billion users.In its current form, Tencent Music was established in 2016 after a merger with streaming rival China Music. Since then it has cemented its leadership position by adding to and renewing deals with international studio groups Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony Music. It also has deals with China’s Huayi Brothers Music and Korea’s YG Entertainment. Tencent Music, the music distribution arm of China’s social media giant, Tencent, is seeking an IPO by the end of the year, with a valuation of some $25 billion. That is only slightly lower than the $28 billion market capitalization of its frenemy Spotify.Chinese financial sources reported this week that Tencent has begun a process of auditioning investment banks to handle a share listing that is likely to be on a U.S. stock exchange. The reports say that Tencent Music will aim to raise some $3 billion to $4 billion of fresh capital.Following a share swap late last year, Spotify owns 9% of Tencent Music, and Tencent owns 7.5% of Spotify. That valuation ascribed a valuation of $13 million to Tencent Music. The Tencent parent company retains a 62% controlling stake in Tencent Music. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety read more
Explore further Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org) —With the goal of understanding the relation between thermodynamics and quantum mechanics, physicists have recently been investigating the fundamental limits of the smallest possible quantum refrigerator. As a refrigerator, the device must be able to transfer heat from one reservoir to another. In a new study, physicists have proposed a quantum refrigerator consisting of just four quantum dots, each in contact with a thermal reservoir. They theoretically show that this system can extract heat from the coldest reservoir and cool the nearby quantum dot, making it one of the smallest quantum refrigerators proposed to date. The proposed quadridot consists of four quantum dots that are weakly coupled to four thermal reservoirs. Scientists have theoretically shown that the quadridot can pump energy from the hot and cold reservoirs to the two room temperature reservoirs, thus cooling the quantum dot coupled to the cold reservoir to make it even colder than before. Credit: Venturelli, et al. ©2013 American Physical Society Citation: Physicists build quantum refrigerator based on four quantum dots (2013, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-physicists-quantum-refrigerator-based-dots.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. The physicists, Davide Venturelli, Rosario Fazio, and Vittorio Giovannetti at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, have published their paper on the minimal quantum refrigerator in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. Venturelli is also with the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, and Fazio and Giovannetti are also with the National Enterprise for nanoScience and nanotechnology (NEST) in Pisa.The proposed system consists of four quantum arranged in a square configuration, which the researchers call a “quadridot.” The scientists theoretically showed that this quadridot acts as a quantum refrigerator when coupled to four independent reservoirs (one hot, one cold, and two of intermediate temperature). The quadridot pumps energy in the form of electrons from the hot reservoir and the cold reservoir to the intermediate-temperature reservoirs. When properly tuned, the quadridot can cool the quantum dot in contact with the cold reservoir to a temperature that is lower than its original temperature. This configuration overcomes one of the biggest difficulties in realizing self-contained quantum refrigerators, which is engineering the interaction among the hot-, cold-, and intermediate-temperature reservoirs. The quantum dot array provides a relatively simple way to achieve this three-body interaction that may be possible to experimentally realize in the future.”At present, ours is only a theoretical proposal which is meant to prove that one such device can in principle be realized with current technology,” Giovannetti told Phys.org. “We have, however, started talking with experimentalists from the NEST laboratory of Pisa to see how feasible it would be to implement our scheme. The main difficulty at present is associated with the low heat flux that we can produce in the system (indeed, even if the efficiency is theoretically high, the net flux the device can afford is small), and with the presence with 1/f noise introduced by the contacts in the model.”At the theoretical level, we are currently trying to optimize the system performances by including in the analysis extra degree of freedom (e.g., the chemical potentials of the device’s reservoirs, which for the moment were simply assumed to be degenerate).”Understanding how thermodynamics works at the quantum level could lead to the ability to control heat transport in nanodevices, which could play a role in a wide variety of future nanoelectronics applications. Scientists propose creating Maxwell’s demon with two quantum dots © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. More information: Davide Venturelli, et al. “Minimal Self-Contained Quantum Refrigeration Machine Based on Four Quantum Dots.” PRL 110, 256801 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.256801 read more
Darjeeling: A youth was arrested in the wee hours of Saturday in connection with an alleged gang rape of a minor girl at New Jalpaiguri station area. Two others are absconding. The accused Mohammad Ansar, a resident of Dangipara, Siliguri was produced at Jalpaiguri court on Saturday.The incident had occurred three days ago. Ansar and two of his friends had abducted a minor girl and taken her to the parking lot adjacent to the NJP station. They had allegedly sexually assaulted her inside an auto. The victim was then rescued. Police have also launched a man hunt for two of Ansar’s associates.