Two people died as incessant heavy rain triggered floods in Tripura on Monday. At least 10,000 people have taken shelter in makeshift camps in the two most affected districts of the State.Heavy rain submerged most parts of Agartala city including the posh Dr Shyma Prasad Mukherjee Marg where official residences of the Chief Minister and other Ministers are located. Floods and water logging severely affected traffic and businesses.Train schedules were hit while trains on the move were reaching their destination late. Plying of vehicles on the national highway was also affected due to water logging at several points.Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb assured all assistance to the flood-hit people. He directed departments to speed up rescue and relief operations.Water was flowing above the danger level in Howrah river in Agartala, while water level was rising in other major rivers. Two deaths were reported from South and Khowai districts; 38 relief camps have been set up in school and government office buildings in West and Khowai districts. Some 10,000 people have taken shelter in makeshift camps, official sources said.
The new cricket bat promises to keep the ball down while travelling to the slipsWe are often left wondering why there is so much fuss about the revolutions a football would take in the air and off the playing surface in the sport’s most prestigious tournament. But ball manufacturers confirm, the Brazuka 2014, Jabulani 2010, Teamgeist 2006 are different not just for their design but grip, touch, aerodynamics, everything varies from one football to another. For the same reason, a tennis player looks to get his racquet strings in tune with the heaviness of the playing surface.In the same context, for a game like cricket, the usage of playing equipment is the heaviest. A fully loaded batsmen about to enter the playing field may seem like a warrior out to battle, to someone unacquainted with the game. But the most talked about piece of equipment that has driven the game’s primary objective, run making, remains — a cricket bat. And with every passing day the bat making industry continues to innovate with ways and means to multiply run making opportunities for ‘the batsman’ – in many ways, the game’s royalty.Indian batsmen’s collective failure against the swinging ball led to their capitulation in the recently concluded test series against England. While it will take them countless man hours in the nets to come up with a better answer, the next time around, there is a new bat manufacturer in town who wants to lend a helping hand.Humming Whale Product Innovations, a company formed by a group of four ambitious IIT graduates delivers a cricket bat called Falcon Blade whose 3D tapering to the sides of the blade promises to keep the ball down while travelling to the slips, off the edge, taken of a swinging ball.advertisement”Compared to the normal trajectory of the ball after impact, this imparts a downward velocity of the ball making it travel to a safer region rather than looping up for a catch or going straight to the fielders. It would fall short and squarer. The 3D taper is designed in a way that it also gives a more forward component to the ball,” explains Ayush Jain, one of the architects of the new bat.The Falcon Blade imparts a downward velocity of the ball making it travel to a safer regionWhether this bat will go on to see the light of the day where it’s used by top class batsmen in international cricket is a matter of conjecture but that they haven’t modified with the essence of the bat works in their favour. “Unlike the Mongoose where the bat handle becomes significantly large and blade smaller, we haven’t done any such thing. Our idea is to merely work with the edges of the blade,” says Mirik Gogri, another of the quartet. Suresh Raina, taking queue from Matthew Hayden had used the Mongoose in top level T20 cricket until he gave it up, struggling to ‘defend’ with it.Even for a Virat Kohli who would have been happy to use a bat like Falcon in England, which could possibly have seen a few of his edges falling short of slips, the last thing he would want is to lose the sweet spot of the bat. Ayush dips in to allay the fears batsmen may have. “The slight shaving off the edges to optimize the design is not too large to impact the middle of the bat. The exact ratios of the taper can be modified depending on the player’s batting style, his stance and the type of pitch,” he says.Having worked in conjunction with a cricket simulation centre in Mumbai, Smaash, the results, they say are positive. “The results have been in agreement with our hypothesis. With respect to the edges, we saw the thick edges travel to the ground in front of second slip as compared to the 1st slip. The air friction was reduced by 3-4 per cent in case of the bat swing, which imparts more power to the shot,” says Ayush.The group of IITians who have decided to move off the beaten path and work on innovations are hoping the bat will sooner rather than later find its way in the Indian dressing room. “Since we formulated this bat to help the Indian team after seeing their 8 losses in a row in England and Australia in 2011, we do hope they benefit from it one day,” says Kshitij, one of the innovators.The quartet of engineers who have devised the bat have made some headway, getting the bat an MCC approval and finding for it a place in their archives.advertisementWith a high quality retired Indian batsmen also studying the findings of the science behind the bat to see if it can achieve the objective, the IITians are keeping their fingers crossed.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli reclaimed the top spot in batting, in the recent ICC ODI player rankings.He surpassed South Africa’s AB de Villiers, who had been number one since, February 25, this year. The Indian captain got the much needed boost in the rankings due to his knocks of 81 not out against Pakistan and 76 not out against South Africa, in the current ICC Champions Trophy 2017.Earlier, Kohli was at number 3 spot 22 points behind AB de Villiers and 19 points behind Australia’s David Warner.India’s opener Shikhar Dhawan has returned to the Top 10 rankings. The left-handed batsman leapfrogged 5 place to reach the 10th spot, thanks to his scores of 68 against Pakistan, 125 against Sri Lanka and 78 against South Africa.ODI bowlers’ rankingsMeanwhile, Australia’s fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who took nine wickets in three Champions Trophy matches, topped the ODI bowlers’ rankings for the first time in his career. South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada, who was at the No.1 spot last month, dropped to fourth place.Team rankingsSouth Africa, who were forced to exit the Champions Trophy after two losses in three league matches, have retained their No. 1 spot on the team rankings, leading Australia and India by two points.All-rounder rankingBangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan maintained his top spot in the all-rounder rankings.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
Share via Email Australia sport Australia rugby union team Karmichael Hunt is free to play for the Queensland Reds but has been fined $10,000 after Rugby Australia completed their investigation into his arrest late last year. It was found Hunt committed a “low-level breach” of RA’s player code of conduct, according to a statement from the governing body, who also issued him a four-match suspension. Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Read more Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Since you’re here… news Share on LinkedIn Super Rugby Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Super Rugby: Waratahs on fire as they trounce the Rebels Read more Reuse this content Hunt was fined $600 in total by a Brisbane court last month after pleading guilty to possessing Xanax and contravening a police direction. Another charge of cocaine possession was dropped due to a lack of evidence.Hunt was fined $30,000, stripped of the Queensland vice-captaincy, suspended for six weeks and told to undergo counselling after pleading guilty to four counts of cocaine possession in 2015.“We take all matters of off-field behaviour seriously,” RA CEO Raelene Castle said. “In arriving at today’s outcome, we’ve considered the judgement of the court and all the evidence we had available relating to Karmichael’s arrest, as well as considering the damage that the very public nature of his arrest and the subsequent speculation has inflicted on the game.”Hunt’s $10,000 fine will be paid to the Australian Rugby Foundation and will be spent on community rugby initiatives. Topics Share on WhatsApp But the 31-year-old has already served that ban, having voluntarily stood down from all rugby duties since the 30 December incident in Fortitude Valley. It means he is technically available for selection for this weekend’s clash with the Stormers in Cape Town.Hunt will also be placed on an illicit drug target testing program for 12 months and instructed to undergo any drug treatment and education programs deemed necessary by RA.However, it remains unclear when – or even if – Hunt will return to training with the Reds. Reports from overseas in recent weeks suggest the triple-code star has been shopped around to European rugby clubs and the Queensland Rugby Union is understood to be heavily reluctant to welcome him back into the fold.Whether coach Brad Thorn, who has overseen a remarkable turnaround in Queensland’s Super Rugby fortunes this season, is eager to do so is another question entirely.“Rugby Australia has run this investigation and has determined the penalties announced today,” QRU chief executive Richard Barker said. “The QRU is working with Rugby Australia to understand the implications of today’s announcement for the QRU.” Rugby union Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.
The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America The Best American Liqueur Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.There’s something so sublime about the arid deserts and rugged valleys that define the American West. It’s an area of the United States that has captured the psyche of everyone from President Barrack Obama to environmentalist-turned-author Edward Abbey, not to mention countless people from all walks of life. And while plenty of artists have translated that beauty and sense of awe to canvas and other materials, not many of them have affixed it to a line of one-size-fits-all truckers hats. Enter Art 4 All, a wearable byproduct of Wyoming-based Abby Paffrath.Related: The latest Sanborn paddles are as functional as they are handsomeMuch like Paffrath’s acrylic and Batik artwork, each trucker hat design draws inspiration from the landscapes and wildlife that engulf her home, whether talking towering groves of Quaking Aspen or the ill-fated bison that was once as emblematic of the West as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Her 3-year-old business, Art 4 All, issues a total of 24 prints a year — four for each season — all of which make use an Indonesian art technique that’s reliant on hot wax and layers of vivid dyes. The result is a classic trucker made of corduroy or wool, one that comes outfitted with a snapback design and plenty of character. Artwork is rarely as easy to show off in the backcountry.Check out Art 4 All to make a purchase, or to browse Paffrath’s collection of artwork.Images: Abby Paffrath Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations
MONTREAL — In car-loving Quebec City, residents can’t stop talking about what’s become known as the “third link” — a future bridge or tunnel crossing the St. Lawrence River.Newspapers and talk radio stations are consumed by the debate, and journalists regularly question politicians about the project.The third link is described either as an essential new route that will alleviate traffic congestion and increase economic growth or as pure folly — an outdated idea from a culture obsessed with cars and blind to the possibilities of public transit.Others have called the project a “chimera,” foisted upon hapless residents by right-wing radio hosts. Rarely has a proposed piece of public infrastructure taken on such a mythical quality in Quebec’s public discourse.The new provincial government, whose electoral base is in and around Quebec City, campaigned last September on a promise to build the third link and to have the “first shovel in the ground” before the end of Premier Francois Legault’s first mandate in 2022.But a younger generation of city dwellers and left-wing politicians have launched a battle to convince residents of the province’s capital that the two bridges already connecting the shores of the St. Lawrence are enough.“People who opposed the project were quiet before the (Oct. 1) election,” said Universite Laval political science professor Jean Mercier, an urban transport expert. “Now, there is a frontal attack on the third link.”That attack is led by Quebec solidaire, the left-wing party founded in 2006 that broke out of Montreal for the first time last election with two seats in the Quebec City core. One of those members is Catherine Dorion, who recently compared the third link to cocaine.“A new highway is like a line of coke,” Dorion says in a video she made last November. “People say: ‘I’ll take it. I’ll be less drunk. I’ll get some energy.’ But one hour later what happens? You need another line of coke. That’s our problem. It’s an addiction to cars.”Other third-link opponents are students and “millennials” working in the IT and video game industries in gentrified areas west of the historic old town, Mercier said.“These people live downtown. They say they want to live in a real city,” Mercier explained. “And a real city has a public transportation system. These people have a new voice in this (debate).”What sets the third link project apart is how popular it is among the majority of residents and how determined the government seems to be to build it, despite opposition from most transportation experts. Estimates of the project’s cost range from $4 billion to $10 billion.Economist Jean Dube, also of Universite Laval, said the argument that the third link would reduce congestion doesn’t hold up. Many studies have shown that people move further away from downtown when new highways are built, extending urban sprawl and eventually congesting the new roadways, he said.“On an economic level it’s also hard to justify,” Dube said in an interview, adding that serious traffic jams in the city only occur when there are car crashes on or at the entrances to the two existing bridges. Public transit is considered by many to be poor person’s transportation, he added. “The car is still seen here as a symbol of success.”Mercier agrees with Dube that the third link project has gotten the green light because politicians are eager to please motorists.But it will be a tall order to get construction started before 2022, he said. The project is currently under study, and a report commissioned by Mayor Regis Labeaume last February indicated it would take up to 16 years to build a new bridge and 17 years for a tunnel.“The Coalition Avenir Quebec won’t be the first government that doesn’t fulfil all its election promises,” Mercier said.For now, motorists in the city are left with two, side-by-side spans connecting the river’s shores: the Pierre Laporte Bridge and the Quebec Bridge. There is also a ferry from Levis on the south shore.And it’s not as though the city’s leaders are ignoring public transit. Labeaume last March announced a 23-kilometre electric tramway project he hopes will be operating by 2026. Unlike the third link, the federal government has signalled it will help finance the tramway.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press
NEW ORLEANS — Royal Caribbean will begin year-round cruises from New Orleans beginning in January.The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reports the 2,744-passenger Majesty of the Seas will begin sailing out of the Port of New Orleans in 2020 and run through April 2021. It will sail on seven-night voyages — Saturday to Saturday — to the Bahamas and western Caribbean.The port already is home to year-round cruises by two Carnival ships and to winter-season cruises aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines.Royal Caribbean returned to New Orleans on a seasonal basis from December 2018 to March with the 2,435-passenger Vision of the Seas.In 2018 Port NOLA set a record with 1.18 million cruise passengers and 235 ship calls. The port anticipates about 1.45 million cruise passengers and 341 ship calls in 2020.___Information from: The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.nola.comThe Associated Press
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stores can’t keep them in stock. Parents are scrambling to find them. And some schools have banned them.The mania for fidget spinners — the 3-inch twirling gadgets taking over classrooms and cubicles — is unlike many other toy crazes. They’re not made by a major company, timed for the holiday season, or promoted in TV commercials. They’re more easily found at gas stations or 7-Eleven than at big toy chains.“It just took off,” says Richard Gottlieb, a consultant at Global Toy Experts in New York.Fidget spinners have been around for years, mostly used by kids with autism or attention disorders to help them concentrate. But they exploded in popularity this spring.Shannan Rowell, a sixth-grade special education teacher, says that after a weeklong break in late April more than half of her 25 students suddenly had one.“They seem to be taking over classrooms,” says Rowell, who lives in North Grafton, Massachusetts.Gottlieb thinks it’s likely a kid brought one to a playground and the craze spread from there. Recent YouTube videos of people spinning them on their noses, foreheads and shoes also helped.Helen Holden heard about fidget spinners last month when her 7-year-old twins demanded she stop at a 7-Eleven to buy them. “I thought it was a drink,” says the bank vice-president and blogger from Los Angeles.That store was sold out, and so were several other 7-Eleven locations that she called. The chain says spinners have “been flying off the shelves” since they went on sale in March.Holden’s kids said they needed them before school on Monday so they could practice spinning them. So she signed up for Amazon Prime, paid $5.99 for one-day shipping and had two $15 fidget spinners delivered on a Sunday.“I totally got suckered by my kids,” she says.At Funky Monkey Toys, owner Tom Jones says he got a phone call about the fidget spinners in April. About 30 minutes later, another person called. “I said, ‘Whatever they are, I need to get them.’”Now, the phone has been ringing 20 to 30 times a day with people checking if they’re in stock. His shop in Oxford, Michigan, can sell up to 150 in a day.“We run out of them frequently,” says Jones, who recently got a shipment of 2,000.On Amazon.com, 18 of the top 20 bestselling toys and games were fidget spinners, ranging from ones that cost just a few dollars to $12 versions touting stainless steel bearings.Five Below, which sells items for $5 or less, says on its website that customers can only buy two fidget spinners at time.Toys R Us flew fidget spinners in this month from China, rather than wait for ship transport. It says Rubik’s Cubes, yo-yos and other toys to occupy restless hands have been hot sellers since the beginning of the year. It also started selling $12.99 fidget cubes — the items that made up the rest of the Amazon bestsellers — which fit in the palm of a hand and have clickers, wheels and switches on the sides.Unlike hot toys at the holiday season, which are often made by one company, manufacturers — mostly in China — are making the fidget spinners as fast as they can. Jim Silver, the CEO and editor-in-chief of toy review website TTPM, expects the fad to last into the summer and then fade as more of them flood into the market.“Demand starts to waver,” he says.Engineer Catherine Hettinger says she came up with a toy that was similar but not exactly the same in the early 1990s, but a patent expired more than a decade ago after she stopped paying the maintenance fees. Hettinger, who lives in the Orlando suburb of Winter Park, Florida, says she is not making any money from the craze.“No one has contacted me. Nobody has sent me a check,” she says. “But once a patent expires, it’s public, so I wouldn’t expect anything at this point.”Despite being marketed as a concentration aid, some teachers say fidget spinners have become a distraction.Rowell, the sixth-grade teacher, says students twirled them too fast, banged them against desks or tried to whirl them on top of each other. She lets students bring them into the classroom, but only if they spin them under their desks and follow the rules she hung on the wall: “YOU MUST BE LOOKING AT THE TEACHER,” ”YOU MUST BE LOOKING AT YOUR WORK” and “YOU MUST BE DISCREET.”Some schools have banned them. A middle school in Williamstown, New Jersey, wrote that spinners needed to stay in backpacks because they were a distraction in classrooms, hallways and during lunch periods. An elementary school in New York told parents to keep the gadgets at home because they were twirling into children’s faces.It’s not just kids spinning them. Gottlieb thinks adults are reaching for spinners because they are more stressed out. “People don’t smoke as much, so they have to figure out a way to work out their stress,” he says.Kim Juszczak, a lawyer from New York, whirls her red-and-black spinner on the subway or while she’s thinking up legal arguments for a case.“I’m naturally kind of fidgety,” says Juszczak, who used to bend paperclips in her hand.She first saw a spinner on Instagram, and got hers for about $6 on Amazon. Then she bought six more for friends and relatives.“They’re addictive,” she says.____Associated Press reporters Terrance Harris in Orlando, Mike Householder in Detroit and Joseph Frederick in New York contributed to this report._____Contact Joseph Pisani at http://twitter.com/josephpisani In this Thursday, May 11, 2017, photo, Penelope Daversa, 4, plays with a fidget spinner at the Funky Monkey Toys store, in Oxford, Mich. Stores can’t keep them in stock and parents are going crazy trying to find them. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Fidget spinners, the hit toy that spun out of nowhere by Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2017 10:13 am MDT Last Updated May 16, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“We need governments, non-governmental organizations and concerned citizens to speak out about global problems – and work together for solutions. Social media networks like Sina Weibo are helping individuals to raise their voices,” Mr. Ban said in a video message delivered to the awards ceremony held in the Chinese capital of Beijing.The annual Sina Awards recognize advances in Internet and social media. Mr. Ban received the Sina Weibo Award for Special Merit for his engagement with young people through the micro-blogging platform, on which he held a live conversation in July. During the conversation, Mr. Ban answered questions on a wide range of global issues, including peacekeeping, youth employment and sustainable development. The event was watched live by some 20 million people and subsequently attracted some 50 million Internet users.The event “served as an occasion to confirm the possibility of achieving world peace through mutual understanding and cooperation,” Mr. Ban said. During the ceremony, the United Nations Weibo account was also awarded the Annual Special Award. According to the selection committee, UN Weibo ranks first in terms of popularity and influence among Weibo accounts that are managed by organizations and governments. The account is currently followed by some 3.25 million users.“Through social media, the United Nations is connecting to the peoples of the world in a way that was never possible before,” said the Director of the News and Media Division of the UN’s Department of Public Information, Stéphane Dujarric. “The dynamism of social media adds to the United Nations print, radio and television products to bring real-time information about the United Nations work and priorities to the global public.”Addressing the ceremony, Mr. Dujarric, who accepted the award on behalf of Mr. Ban, noted that through the Sina Weibo platform, the UN has been able to share with millions of Chinese speakers important universal messages about the world body and the better future everyone wants for themselves and their children.
“Reasons why talks could not happen are gone, at least for the foreseeable future, and that that makes it possible to prepare for the resumption of talks in a structured, results oriented and fast manner,” said Mr. Eide.“I have shared this perspective with both leaders today, with Mr. Anastasiades, representing the Greek Cypriot community and Mr. Dervis Eroglu, representing the Turkish Cypriot community, and they both agreed that the circumstances are now right.”Mr. Eide said he strongly feels that 2015 is going to be a decisive year, that he hopes it will be a decisive one in the right direction.“The conditions are in place,” he said. “We also have behind us a crisis that illustrates the broader dimensions of the Cyprus problem and why it is maybe more important than ever before to work towards a settlement in line with the Joint Declaration and the principles already laid out, both there, and also in the statement that was presented here on 17 September.”He said the absence of a settlement was the big problem that all Cypriots share and he associated that with young people leaving the island, with investments that could have happened not happening, why the benefits of economies of scale had not yet been fully realized, and why it had been hard to prepare for Cyprus’s hydrocarbons phase of its history. “I want to call on all Cypriots to realize that this is a decisive moment, not only for political leaders, but also for everybody living on this island,” said Mr. Eide.He said he felt every single issue open for discussion could be resolved with dedication and sustained will and he said that while there was no date set for the resumption of talks, that would change once the outcome of the election in the north was known. “I think that this is really a time to think strategically and not tactically,” he said. “Not only at the leaders’ level but across all elements of society, and understand that this is an opportunity that has to be grasped. It is a window of opportunity.”
Stephen CurryHis father, Dell Curry, was a 1986 first-round draft choice out of Virginia Tech who was as smooth a shooter as the league had at the time. A shooting guard, he was not much of a defensive player, but he lasted 16 seasons in the NBA because he was deadly from the perimeter. Teams always need scoring. He made 1,245 three-pointers in his career, during which he averaged 11.7 points. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has simply blown up. He has Dell Curry’s quick release, but he’s arguably a better shooter than his dad, and definitely a better all-around scorer and player, fashioning hoops via mid-range jump shots and daring forays to the basket while still among the league leaders in assists. After a month of the NBA season, Curry is the top MVP candidate, averaging 23.7 points and 7.2 assists on the team with the league’s best record.
It’s the spiritual home of musicians where Proms founder Sir Henry Wood is buried. But a London church has become embroiled in a row with one of Britain’s best-known composers after it announced it would close its doors to choirs and orchestras because their music was not religious.Now part of a network founded by evangelical church Holy Trinity Brompton, St. Sepulchre Without Newgate Church, in Holborn, central London, will stop taking bookings from the classical musicians which have relied on it as a rehearsal and concert venue for many years. The church became part of the evangelical group, which is known for its youth-friendly rock-band style of worship, in 2013. Now classical groups are no longer welcome to rehearse and perform there – and resident choristers say they are “concerned that it will become a worship choir with drums and keyboards”. As well as Sir Henry’s resting place the church has a book of remembrance for musicians and has windows commemorating singer Dame Nellie Melba and composer John Ireland. Mr Rutter said that Mr Ingall was “betraying the community that he purports to serve. He didn’t have to take the job at the musicians church if he doesn’t like musicians.””The Church of England needs all the friends it can get. It shouldn’t be making enemies – it’s un-Christian,” he added.”Churches are and should be busy places where all can walk through the door and all are welcome. That’s my feeling but it’s obviously not his feeling.”A petition against the change, started by choir member Richard Robbins, has attracted almost 1,900 signatures. Peter Foggitt, director of the Orlando Chamber Choir, which had a booking to use the church next year, said: “Is having a church that is silent a better demonstration of what the church believes and what it’s there for than have a church full of people making music?”In a statement a spokesman for the church said: “An increasingly busy programme of worship and church activities has led to ever higher demands on the church space, and the hire space is also shared with the church administration office.”He added that the church had been “greatly moved” by the reaction to the decision. “We do wish to reiterate that we remain committed to our ministry as the National Musicians’ Church. In the coming weeks we will reflect and pray, and consult with members of the musicians’ community about how best to fulfil that ministry moving forward,” he added. Stained glass window dedicated to Sir Henry Wood the Musicians Chapel in St Sepulchre’s ChurchCredit:Paul Grover John RutterCredit:Mark Allan John Rutter, who is known for composing, arranging and conducting choral music, said the decision meant the church had “betrayed” musicians, many of whom use it as a rehearsal and warm-up space for larger concerts including the Proms.He said the timing of the decision was “significant” because of the retirement of the former Bishop of London Richard Chartres earlier this year. His successor has not yet been appointed. “I know Richard Chartres was a great friend of music and he would have been the first to say ‘come on’. But he is gone and so there’s nobody else,” he told the Daily Telegraph. He said: “What this current vicar seems to be saying is that music is OK so long as it’s part of a worship service. The concerts that take place in just about every church in the land, they’re not OK, and rehearsals are not OK either. “That flies in the face of the Anglican tradition.”In a letter sent to groups which used the church regularly, priest in charge the Reverend David Ingall said the church had become “conscious of the challenges of using a space dedicated to worship for non-religious hiring”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAsylum applications double as foreigners turn to T&TAugust 7, 2017In “latest news”Cricket set to miss Commonwealth Games 2022September 4, 2017In “latest news”Queen’s Baton completes successful relay through GuyanaAugust 11, 2017In “latest news” Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter DuttonSYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — A number of African athletes who went missing from the Commonwealth Games last month have resurfaced seeking advice on gaining asylum in Australia, refugee advocates said Tuesday.More than a dozen were suspected of fleeing during the showpiece event on the Gold Coast.Among them were competitors from Rwanda, Uganda and Sierra Leone, while authorities have also been seeking to verify the whereabouts of eight athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon — one third of the central African country’s 24-strong team.The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) group in Sydney said it had received enquiries from several of them but declined to reveal the exact number or the countries of origin.“Every person who seeks asylum in Australia should be subject to the same thorough investigation of their claims, be they students, visitors, workers or athletes,” RACS solicitor Sarah Dale said in a statement.“The men, women and families who are recognised as needing protection in Australia are allowed to remain only after a complex and difficult process.”The athletes’ visas were due to expire at midnight on Tuesday and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton warned anyone who overstayed would be forcibly removed from the country.“If people have claims to make, or they have submissions to put to the department, then we’ll consider all of that in due course,” Dutton told reporters Tuesday.“But if people have breached their visa conditions — like anyone else, they’re expected to operate within the law, and enforcement action will take place to identify those people and to deport them if they don’t self-declare.”Those seeking to stay in Australia can apply for bridging visas to remain in the country while their claim for asylum is being heard.
THE SCHOOLBOOK IS the window to the soul. Here’s what any self-respecting example needed:1. Your name with different surnames Source: DailyEdge.ieMainly of your celebrity love idol, obviously. Just waiting for the day when they notice you and (obviously) marry you on the spot.The more different fonts, the better.2. Innovative alterations to the text Source: Facebook/Zozimus BookshopClassic.3. Stickers Source: DailyEdge.ieSo many stickers. Also, stickers were made with some kind of space-age superglue that meant once you put them on, you could NEVER remove them, ever.So you had to really mean it.4. Your life manifesto Source: TumblrOtherwise how will people know what you stand for?5. Examples of you practising a ‘cool’ signature Source: AmberStrocel6. Your fave bands Source: ImgurIf people don’t know what music you’re into, how will they know how cool you are?7. Insults that could potentially get you in trouble Source: ImgurThe above is a case where somebody wrote a rude phrase in a library book, and the teachers traced it back to his handwriting. CSI Community College or what?8. Latest romance newsOften crossed out, altered, graffitied by other people writing ‘NO’ on it, etc.9. ‘Helpful’ notes in library books Source: ImgurTa.10. Deep and meaningful song lyrics Source: ImgurBecause you were having a lot of feelings at the time. A lot of feelings.11. And alterations to textbook photos Source: ImgurWhich may lead to things like this Source: ImgurThose were the days.More: Look familiar? Irish school books through the years>8 schoolbook traditions future kids may never understand>
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has reported a 17% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.Norton Rose Fulbright’s median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017 is 23.8%.Its mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 5 April 2017 is 36%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus payments is 31.6%. Over this period, 27.2% of female employees received a bonus payment compared to 36.7% of male employees.More than half (54%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Norton Rose Fulbright are female, compared to 53% in the second quartile, 59% in the third quartile and 75% in the lowest pay quartile.Norton Rose Fulbright has voluntarily published its gender pay gap data for its partner population, which receives a share in the organisation’s profits rather than pay. For UK partners in management positions, the mean gender pay gap is 19% and the median gender pay gap is 17%. The mean gender pay gap for bonuses is 38% in favour of women, and the median bonus gender pay gap is 21%, also in favour of women.Norton Rose Fulbright has pinpointed a few contributing factors that has influenced its gender pay gap. For example, the greatest gender imbalance is found in the organisation’s lowest pay quartile, which typically features administrative and secretarial roles. The law firm’s analysis shows that if these job roles were removed from the gender pay gap data, the mean gender pay gap would reduce to 10.9% and the median gender pay gap would decrease to 2%. Norton Rose Fulbright believes its gender pay gap can therefore, in part, be attributed to different job types and levels of seniority.Regarding its gender pay gap for bonuses, Norton Rose Fulbright’s analysis shows that this is in partly influenced by the fact that the higher proportion of female staff employed in its lowest pay quartile are not generally eligible for bonus payments, and also that the bonuses awarded to women were, on average, of a lower value. This is because 91% of the female employees who received a bonus work on a part-time basis, therefore the amounts they receive are pro-rated to reflect the number of hours they work. Also, more men than women occupy senior positions in the organisation and these roles tend to attract higher bonus levels.Norton Rose Fulbright’s analysis further demonstrated that there is a higher number of male partners at the senior end of the partnership compared to female partners, although 60% of the partners promoted on 1 May 2017 are female.To address its gender pay gap, Norton Rose Fulbright has introduced a global development programme, called Our Career Strategies Programme, which offers opportunities and support such as one-to-one coaching to senior female lawyers. The law firm has additionally implemented inclusive leadership training and unconscious bias education, coaching for expectant parents, and maternity and shared parental leave policies that provide full pay for the first 28 weeks of leave.The organisation also has its Women in Norton Rose Fulbright (WiN) network, which offers learning, development and networking opportunities, as well as its Early WiN network that is specifically for employees in the early to mid-stages of their career.Norton Rose Fulbright aims to have women make up 30% of its global partnership by 2020; currently this figure is 26%. The organisation has further committed to try to increase the percentage of female partners on all board and management committees globally to 30%. To date, 40% of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) management committee are female and 40% of its partnership committee are also women.Farmida Bi, chair elect at Norton Rose Fulbright, said: “Diversity and inclusion is a central tenet of our people and business strategy. Although it is not a statutory requirement to report on partner data, we wanted to be open and transparent with our people. We have made good progress in our journey to achieving greater diversity in our workforce. This transparency will help us to continue our work in improving diversity across the business.”
A Muslim family in Gurugram were subjected to stone pelting by attackers who also resorted to extreme violence and hit the family members with iron rods water pipes, wooden and hockey sticks.The unfortunate incident happened on Thursday, March 21, during the Holi celebrations in Bhondsi, Gurugram when a mob of over 40 men descended on the unsuspecting family. Many in the neighbourhood claim that the attack was preplanned while the police have said that the fight was over a cricket game.While reports say that a mob of more than 40 were part of the attack, only six goons have been arrested, reports News18.”We have registered a case of attempt to murder and other relevant sections against the attackers at Bhondsi Police station. We have arrested six goons and efforts are on to identify others with the help of the video,” ACP Shamsher Singh was quoted as saying by News18.Gujjars attack Muslims family in Gurgaon and India police is sleeping. pic.twitter.com/QLyNKoTmDJ— Ahmed Shaikh (@AhmedSh74648708) March 23, 2019A horrifying video making its rounds on social media shows the goons with wooden sticks and iron rods hitting two men while a woman, who is part of the family, is trying to protect the men. One of the men is seen bleeding profusely and seems to be unconscious. However, the angry mob, who are covered with Holi colours continue hitting him. Another man, seen bleeding from his head, is making an attempt to stand up but is not able to.The men at the beginning of the video go back and bring more people who continue the aggravated assault.According to News18, a few attackers, who were drunk at the time, had told one of the victims, Shahid, that his family cannot play cricket outside on his street outside his house. However, when they continued to play, the men brought in a mob and beat up Shahid and his family members. The police said that the incident occurred at 5 pm on Thursday.When the victims saw the attackers coming to their house, they immediately went inside. However, the mob managed to enter and assault the family. The family said that the police came only 40 minutes after the incident even though they kept calling and asking for help and protection. By the time the police came, the mob escaped.
Outside India, especially in Europe, beer is heavily consumed and it is an important part of their culture. The usage of unique recipes in handcrafted beer has attracted enthusiasts from all across the world to Czech Republic. But now that Czech Republic based company Roneli and Bohemia Beer Pvt. Ltd. has recently launched the first Czech beer, ‘Bohemian King’ in India, one can easily taste the unique craftsmanship in their own comfort zone.The recipe of ‘Bohemian King,’ which defines authentic Czech beer, has been obtained from the Brevnov Monastery in Prague – the oldest brewery in the Czech Republic (established in 993 AD) and located in the heart of Bohemia. Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in India, under the patronage of whom the official launch of the first ever Czech beer brewed in India took place, said: “The Embassy of the Czech Republic is honoured and pleased to be a part of this historic moment. I am grateful to all who have been working hard to transform a long term dream of having a Czech beer and a part of our culture in India into reality.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rakesh Dhawan, Managing Director, Bohemia Beer Pvt. Ltd., said, “It is an exciting moment for us to launch the first Czech beer in India. We have formed this company with a vision of being a serious player in the growing Indian beer industry. The Indian beer market is currently growing approx. at 10 per cent per annum and we aim to be the sixth largest player in the Indian beer market in our first year of operations.”Antonin Kovarik, Export Director, Roneli, said, “Our partners comprises of some of the most experienced people from the industry and we are extremely happy to partner with them. India is a young country and we are excited to bring to them a unique Czech beer specifically formulated for them. Consumption of Beer in Czech Republic per Capita is the highest in the world. It is not a surprise that Czech people drink about 150 litres of beer annually. We foresee a huge potential in India as we expect the current consumption of beer to double in the country.” The comapny has plans to invest around 500 crores in the coming few years and has set up a plant in Punjab that will manufacture the beer. In the first phase, ‘Bohemian King’ will be available in Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Assam, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. The company aims to become the sixth largest player in the next one year of the Indian beer industry which is approximately pegged at 270 to 280 million cases.Gaurav Sharma, Director, Bohemia Beer Pvt. Ltd., said, “The premium segment where our brand will be focused on is currently growing at much faster rate of approximately 200 per cent. Recent government polices and various state governments allowing new sales channels like departmental stores, micro-brewery etc., will further provide the right impetus in sales.”
Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to children under the age of one and may contribute to excessive weight gain, say experts who recommend not including juices in the diet of infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new policy marking the first change in recommendations on fruit juice since 2001.Over past years, the body had advised against offering fruit juice to children under the age of six months, but has expanded that time frame to include the entire first year of life. The revision accounts for the rising rates of obesity and concerns about dental health based on data accumulated over recent years, researchers said. “Parents may perceive fruit juice as healthy, but it is not a good substitute for fresh fruit and just packs in more sugar and calories,” said Melvin B Heyman, co-author of the new research published in the journal Pediatrics. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Small amounts in moderation are fine for older kids, but are absolutely unnecessary for children under one,” said Heyman. The new recommendations state that 100 per cent fresh or reconstituted fruit juice can be a healthy part of the diet of children older than one year when consumed as part of a well-balanced diet.Consumption, however, should be limited depending on a child’s age. Researchers recommend that intake of juice should be limited to, at most, four ounces daily for toddlers age one to three. For children aged four to six, fruit juice should be restricted to 4 – 6 ounces daily and for those aged 7-18, juice intake should be limited to 1 cup per day. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveToddlers should not be given juice from bottles or easily transportable “sippy cups” that allow them to consume juice easily throughout the day. The excessive exposure of the teeth to carbohydrates can lead to tooth decay, as well. Toddlers should also not be given juice at bedtime, researchers recommend.Children should be encouraged to eat whole fruits and be educated about the benefits of the fruit as compared with juice, which lacks dietary fibre and may contribute to excessive weight gain, they said. Human milk or infant formula is sufficient for infants, and low-fat/nonfat milk and water are sufficient for older children.Consumption of unpasteurised juice products should be strongly discouraged for children of all ages. In addition, fruit juice is not appropriate in the treatment of dehydration or management of diarrhoea. “We know that excessive fruit juice can lead to excessive weight gain and tooth decay,” said co-author Steven A Abrams.
This story originally appeared on Engadget June 18, 2015 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Thanks to lasers and some advanced techniques, a team of MIT scientists has managed to freeze a molecule to 500 nanokelvins: a temp that’s nearly absolute zero. Not zero degrees Fahrenheit, but absolute zero, which is around -459.67 degrees F — a lot colder than the cold parts of space.See, in their natural state, molecules vibrate, rotate and generally move in a frantic pace like interns working for Miranda Priestly. By cooling them down to the point that they’re barely able to move, scientists can form previously unseen states of matter.According to MIT physics professor Martin Zwierlein: “…with ultracold molecules, you can get a huge variety of different states of matter, like superfluid crystals, which are crystalline, yet feel no friction, which is totally bizarre. This has not been observed so far, but predicted. We might not be far from seeing these effects, so we’re all excited.”For this particular study, the scientists decided to freeze clouds of sodium and potassium using lasers and evaporative cooling. Then they glued individual atoms together to form sodium potassium (NaK) molecules, which were again subject to laser beams to effectively suck out 7,500 Kelvins of energy in all. To get those superfluid crystals Zwierlein mentioned, though, the scientists have to go even lower than 500 nanokelvins.They also have to experiment with other atoms and molecules, but this is definitely a promising start.
HTC Vive Focus 2.0 update promises long battery life, among other things for the VR headset HTC Vive Focus, the standalone VR headset, gets a major system update 2.0, making the headset even more versatile, before its global release. HTC announced at the annual Vive Ecosystem Conference in Shenzhen, that its standalone 6DoF Vive headset can install a System update 2.0 which promises long battery life, ability to link with HTC smartphones, passenger and surroundings mode along with other exciting features. Vive Focus Smartphone Integration Features Here’s a quick rundown of updates made to HTC Vive Focus: Key feature updates Smartphone Integration: There is a newly added ability to link HTC Smartphone with the Vive Focus. This helps users take calls, receive messages, and view social media notifications from a paired HTC smartphone, without taking the headset off. This new Focus feature will be made available first to the HTC U12+ and will later get distributed for all the other HTC smartphone users through HTC’s and Tencent’s app stores. Surroundings Mode: This mode is handy when using Vive focus in a moving vehicle. It is a see-through mode which can be enabled by double-clicking the power button on the headset. The camera in the headset then gets activated. This helps the user to see the world outside the headset without taking it off. Passenger Mode: This mode makes it possible for the users to experience the Virtual world seamlessly, making sure that the user does not drift away in the virtual world due to the turbulence of a moving vehicle. Stream Content from Viveport or SteamVR: The new Vive Focus update also provides users the ability to stream Viveport or SteamVR content from a PC to a Vive Focus using Riftcat VRidge app over 5GHz WiFi. VR apps installation: You can now install apps directly on the microSD card with the new System Update 2.0. You can also purchase apps using credit cards from within the Viveport store. Other Upcoming Features There are other upcoming features lined up for HTC Vive Focus in the third quarter of 2018. These features include: Software update which will make Vive’s 3DoF headset controller behave like a 6DoF controller by using computer vision technology on focus’ camera. Hand movements tracking with the help of front cameras using gesture recognition technology. You will be able to stream different forms of media such as apps, videos and games directly from the six-inch U12+ phone screen to the bigger VR display. An additional combination of media storage device and external battery pack, the Seagate VR Power Drive will also be enabled in the HTC Vive Focus. The VR power drive is also compatible with U12+ and will be optimized for the Focus as well. This promises to improve the battery life considerably. Vive Focus system update 2.0 is available on all HTC Vive Focus devices which are available only in China for now. No announcement has been made regarding its availability in the West, but with the company shipping dev kits to developers in the past few weeks, the announcement will be made soon. Also, details regarding the cost and storage capacity will be announced later this year but it’s not yet confirmed. With competitors such as Google daydream powered Lenovo Mirage Solo, the latest updates made to the HTC Vive Focus have built major anticipation in the mind of the users regarding what more to expect in the VR world. Read Next Qualcomm may announce a new chipset for standalone AR/VR headsets this week at Augmented World Expo Top 7 modern Virtual Reality hardware systems Understanding the hype behind Magic Leap’s New Augmented Reality Headsets