Parliament gets set for emergency debate on Attawapiskat

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsAs the federal government scrambles to get resources to help the Attawapiskat First Nation, members of parliament will hold an emergency debate on the state of the community and others like it.On the weekend, the chief and council issues a state of emergency because a number of young people had threatened to take their own lives.afrancis@aptn.caFollow @aptnafrancislast_img

Baseballs Hall Of Fame Is Stuck In The 60s

Last month, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that nobody was elected in this round of Pre-Integration Era Committee balloting — the second straight year that one of the Hall’s era-based Veterans Committees failed to induct a player from before 1973. 1920s2811.0+17.011.3+16.7 1870s01.0-1.01.0-1.0 1970s1727.3-10.328.3-11.3 DECADEACTUALEXPECTEDDIFFEXPECTED W/ PEDSDIFF 1930s2818.1+9.918.8+9.2 Although players who produced the bulk of their WAR before the 1970s make up only 62 percent of the all-time MLB population, they represent 79 percent of all player inductees. Conversely, the 38 percent of players who made their mark since have yielded only 21 percent of Hall members. If we expect legendary talent to crop up in proportion with the playing population of an era, the Hall of Fame hasn’t been paying attention for a half-century.Then again, maybe it isn’t valid to assume Hall of Fame-caliber careers occur in lockstep with the number of players hitting the absolute minimum for consideration. To check whether there was simply a disproportionate number of great players in action before the ’70s, I ran a logistic regression on all Hall-eligible players, predicting whether they would be inducted based on their career WAR relative to the average for Hall of Famers at their position (a la Jay Jaffe’s JAWS).Based on the production of each era’s players, my regression predicts 124 Hall of Famers to emerge before the 1970s; in actuality, 169 players have been elected from that time frame. We would also expect 91 players from the ’70s or later to be inducted; thus far, only 46 have gotten the nod. This implies that recent decades of baseball history, what the Hall refers to as the “expansion era,” have been shortchanged by about 45 Hall of Famers relative to earlier epochs of the game. That conclusion isn’t based on an arbitrary cutoff — these are the standards set by the Hall’s own past selections.Of course, the matter of steroids can’t be ignored. So could the expansion era’s shortfall simply be attributed to voters’ unwillingness to enshrine players (such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens) whose performances would otherwise warrant a Hall of Fame nod? To account for this wrinkle, I added a variable in the regression for whether the player had ever been implicated in the use of performance-enhancing drugs.1Using the same criteria my colleague Walt Hickey and I employed here: Was the player ever suspended for PED offenses, linked to the Biogenesis scandal or named in the Mitchell Report, or did he have a failed drug test leaked to the media? The resulting formula drops Bonds and Clemens down to matching zero percent Hall likelihoods, but it still says the expansion era is about 42 Hall of Famers short of what we’d expect. 1890s1510.2+4.810.5+4.5 For players from the late 1990s and the 2000s, the gap occurs partly because recently eligible players have spent less time on the ballot (and therefore have had fewer chances to be inducted) than their predecessors. But under the Hall’s new rules reducing the years of ballot eligibility, they’ll never get as many cracks at the ballot as players did in the past. And besides, even if we throw out the 1990s and 2000s completely, it doesn’t explain why the ’70s and ’80s are also a collective 23 Hall of Famers shy of what we’d expect.Instead, the biggest explanation boils down to what Bill James called the “expansion time bomb.” Expansion began as early as 1961, with the additions of the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Senators,2Now the Texas Rangers. and six more teams were added by 1969. By 1998, MLB had roughly twice as many teams as it did in 1960.James argued that the Hall of Fame wouldn’t have been affected by expansion at all for about 25 years — and even then the consequences were small, for the time being — but that the effects compounded over time as the ratio of highly accomplished players (according to both traditional and advanced gauges) to inductees grew. Expansion gives more players the opportunity to build Hall of Fame-caliber careers, but it creates a backlog if the voters are slow to account for this by inducting a commensurate number of players. And from the numbers above, it’s clear that the Hall has never quite figured out the expansion time bomb, a problem that continues to grow each year.The good news is that everybody’s ’90s darling, Ken Griffey Jr., will be a lock to represent the decade in this year’s voting, and he’ll probably be joined by Mike Piazza (who was ever so close to induction last year) and other contemporaries. Further, a big change to the makeup of voters — writers who haven’t covered the game in 10 years are no longer eligible for Hall voting — could open the floodgates to more recent players.But for now, the last half-century of baseball has been neglected by the Hall of Fame, and voters have a lot of inducting to do before it’s fairly represented relative to other eras.Read More:Griffey In His Prime Was The Second Coming Of Willie MaysMike Piazza Was More Than A Big Bat 1980s2030.6-10.631.4-11.4 1950s1814.4+3.614.7+3.3 HALL OF FAMERS 1910s1210.8+1.210.8+1.2 1990s930.5-21.525.7-16.7 1960s2123.0-2.023.7-2.7 2000s02.9-2.92.6-2.6 Szymborski is right. Relative to their share of the overall population of Hall-eligible MLB players, those who produced the majority of their wins above replacement before the 1970s — particularly those from the pre-integration era — don’t need their own committee because they’re already wildly overrepresented in the Hall of Fame. In the chart below, we looked at all players retiring in 2009 or earlier with a minimum of 10 career WAR and tracked how many among that group were elected to the Hall. We ballparked 10 WAR as a lower limit because the lowest WAR total for any Hall member whose career wasn’t severely truncated by segregation was Tommy McCarthy’s 14.6. 1940s1310.6+2.410.8+2.2 1880s1312.5+0.513.0-0.0 1900s2112.1+8.912.4+8.6 read more

Sophomore defensive back Najee Murray suspended from Ohio State football team

Sophomore defensive back Najee Murray has been suspended from the team, according to coach Urban Meyer.Meyer said Sunday the reason for Murray’s suspension is “a training camp issue.”Initial reports were that Murray had been dismissed from the team. OSU spokesman Jerry Emig said Wednesday that there have been no updates on his status since Meyer said he was suspended at OSU Media Day.Murray played in six games in 2012, mostly on special teams, before he tore his ACL while in practice. He recorded three solo tackles before the injury.Murray did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.

Arsenals Bernd Leno called up by Germany

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has been drafted into the German squad for the UEFA Nations League games against the Netherlands and France.Leno was called up to replace injured goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who has been ruled out of both matches due to muscle problems.The Arsenal shot-stopper has made five appearances for the Gunners since making the move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer and has deputized for Petr Cech since he was sidelined with a hamstring injury.Germany equally confirmed the unavailability of Leon Goretzka due to muscle tightness. He is replaced by Bayern Munich team-mate Serge Gnabry.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…The Oranje boss Ronald Koeman confirmed he would field a strong squad when they trade tackles with Germany and World Champions France.“We will play to get results because these things matter and I’ve told my players so,” Koeman added.The Germans fired blank at home to France in last month’s Nations League opener.They travel to Amsterdam to face the Netherlands on Saturday before taking on France in Paris on Tuesday,last_img read more

Police Investigate Aggravated Burglary

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 30, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating an Aggravated Burglary Report that occurred this morning (Tuesday 30th May 2017) in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales.Around 3:22am on that date, Police responded to a home on the Millennium Highway where two victims were met and they told officers that around 11:25pm that night they secured their home and went to bed. They were awakened by the shattering sound of their back glass door by a rock that was thrown by two slim built masked men who entered the home, brandished  and pointed a gun at them and demanded cash. The culprits got away with one (1) brown Land hand bag, one (1) Mac Book Pro Laptop and one (1) Samsung J7 phone.No one was injured during this incident.Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1-800-8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.crimestoppers.tc, Chalk Sound Police Station 338-5901. The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.Crime Incidents.Over the past twenty-four hours there were two Burglaries, One Attempted Burglary and one Aggravated Burglary reported on the island of Providenciales. Investigations are in progress.Press Release: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

New Commander for Air Force Installation Support Agency

first_imgMaj. Gen. Bradley Spacy on Friday took command of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC), the agency responsible for consolidating installation management functions across the service.Spacy replaces Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, who is retiring after 31 years of service. Carter had led the center since it was formally established in April 2015. Spacy joined the organization last July as its director of expeditionary support, reported AFIMSC Public Affairs.At the ceremony, Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, said she is confident in Spacy’s leadership to further develop the AFIMSC’s capability because he’s spent his entire career providing combat support.“I know you have the right background and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with this team to support our Air Force in providing agile combat support,” Pawlikowski said. “Under your leadership, I know you’ll make this organization even better.”In less than a year’s time, the AFIMSC team has demonstrated it can provide full-spectrum, enterprise-wide, integrated combat support, Spacy said.“But the real work is just starting,” he added. “We’ve got to take this to the next level and the next level to create capability … and help change the way we fight the war to keep America safe.“I know we can do it. It’s going to take hard work. Lisa and I will be there with you every step of the way … and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Spacy concluded.AFIMSC supports 77 Air Force installations, nine major commands and two direct reporting units with an annual budget of $10 billion. The center integrates and executes more than 150 mission capabilities in the areas of civil engineering, base communications, ministry programs, financial management, logistics readiness, operational acquisition, security forces, and airmen and family services. The organization is a unit of Air Force Materiel Command. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to ISS delayed yet again

first_img SpaceX preps Crew Dragon Enlarge ImageFalcon 9 and Crew Dragon get ready for a test flight. SpaceX SpaceX and NASA are no strangers to launch delays, and the latest involves the first major test flight of the SpaceX crew capsule, the Crew Dragon. NASA announced on Thursday it has pushed the schedule for the Demo-1 launch into February at the earliest.  Crew Dragon was previously set to head to orbit on Jan. 7, but that date was reset for Jan. 17. NASA did not specify a new target date, but it says SpaceX and NASA are still completing hardware testing and joint reviews. The uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station is designed to check how the launch, orbital, docking and landing systems function before actual astronauts take a ride to space inside the capsule.  Comment Crew Dragon is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew program, which also involves the Boeing Starliner. The space agency is hoping to bring astronaut launches back to US soil for the first time since 2011. Astronauts visiting the ISS have been hitching rides on Russian spacecraft.  The capsule and the Falcon 9 rocket that will launch it are sitting upright together on the historic Apollo 11 launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted over the weekend that the test flight will be “extremely intense” since there’s a lot of new hardware involved. If the test flight goes well, then astronauts could take the first crewed flight on Dragon later this year. NASA says it will confirm a new target launch date after coordinating with the Eastern Range rocket range and the ISS program. 10 Photos Tags 1 SpaceX Crew Dragon preps for ‘extremely intense’ first test flight NASA astronauts test SpaceX spacesuits in the Crew Dragon Share your voice Space cheese and 9 other weird items we’ve sent into orbit (pictures) NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. What NASA’s Kepler telescope sees: It’s helped amateurs spot an unusual new planet in a “Goldilocks zone.” Sci-Tech NASA Space SpaceXlast_img read more

Trump hails ties with UK despite Brexit criticism

first_imgUS president Donald Trump walks with Britain`s prime minister Theresa May prior to a joint press conference at Chequers, near Aylesbury, Britain on 13 July 2018.Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump on Friday played down his extraordinary attack on Britain’s plans for Brexit, praising prime minister Theresa May and insisting bilateral relations “have never been stronger”, even as tens of thousands protested in London against his visit.Trump’s first official trip to Britain was overshadowed by his warning that May’s plans for close ties with the European Union would “kill” a future US trade deal, echoing concerns among eurosceptics in her Conservative party.Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, a US grand jury on Friday indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the November 2016 presidential election, following charges from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.The indictments came just three days before Trump is scheduled to meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.As Trump arrived in Scotland later Friday, however, the White House confirmed that the Helsinki meeting would go ahead.”It’s on,” White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said.Trump later travelled to one of his Scottish golf courses, Turnberry.Following talks at May’s country retreat of Chequers, Trump suggested he might have been hasty in his comments over her negotiating strategy for leaving the EU.”Whatever you do is okay with us, just make sure we can trade together, that’s all that matters,” he told May at a press conference in the grounds of the 16th-century manor house, miles away from the colourful crowds denouncing his own domestic policies.”The United States looks forward to finalising a great bilateral trade deal,” he said, and repeatedly praised May’s leadership, saying she was a “terrific woman”.Trump endorses May rival Just hours earlier, The Sun tabloid published a bombshell interview with the president in which he suggested the prime minister’s Brexit proposal was not what voters wanted.He said he had advised her to take another path, adding that Boris Johnson, who quit as foreign minister this week in protest at the plan, would make “a great prime minister”.Trump denied that he had criticised May, suggesting there was an element of “fake news” in the report — even though The Sun released audio recordings of his remarks.His interview drew outrage among British politicians, who accused him of being “determined to insult” May after 18 months of testy relations between the pair.It also fired up demonstrations in London, where organisers estimated upwards of 250,000 people took to the streets.Chanting “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!”, they flew a huge balloon of the president depicted as a crying baby outside the Houses of Parliament.Even Londoners who did not join the protest, only stopping to take in the mass of people, placards and sloganeering, seemed supportive of the demonstrations.”He brings it on himself — it’s like having a juvenile in charge of a superpower,” said construction worker Dan Kelly, 47. ‘Kill’ trade plans Britain voted to leave the EU in a referendum in June 2016, but after years of fighting within the government, only on Thursday published a detailed plan for future relations.The offer to follow EU rules in trade in goods sparked outrage among eurosceptics who want a clean break, with Trump appearing to back them.His negative comments about a UK-US trade deal — viewed as one of the main benefits of leaving the EU by Brexit supporters — saw the pound fall, although it later recovered its losses.They also fuelled talk of rebellion in May’s Conservative party following the resignations of Johnson and Brexit secretary David Davis over the plan.But Trump said Friday that after speaking with May’s officials and trade experts a UK-US trade deal “will be possible”.May confirmed they had agreed to seek an “ambitious” free trade agreement, adding: “I’m clear our plan delivers on what the British people voted for.”Even without opposition from Trump, the prime minister still faces a major challenge to get agreement at home and the plan agreed with the EU.Talks are due to resume in Brussels next week.’Tough on Russia’ The two leaders also emphasised their continued cooperation on defence and security, after earlier watching a display of special forces from both countries at the military academy at Sandhurst.Trump thanked May for her support at a testy NATO summit this week in Brussels, where he subjected America’s other allies to a roasting over their defence spending.The president followed his Chequers meeting by having tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle alongside First Lady Melania Trump.May said they had agreed to engage with Russia with “strength and unity”, and Trump said he has been “tougher on Russia than anybody”.The president’s mother was born on the Scottish Isle of Lewis, and May gave him an illustrated ancestral chart of his Scottish heritage as a gift.She gave Melania, who met military veterans and schoolchildren in London on Friday with May’s husband Philip, a bespoke perfume.last_img

DCAP Convention

first_imgThe District of Columbia Association of Parliamentarians (DCAP) will hold its 46th Annual Convention on March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Washington Navy Yard’s Catering and Conference Center, 6th and M Street S.E., Building 211. The Speakers will include Freddie L. Colston and Michael L. Swift. Tickets cost $50. For more information and to register contact Margaret Smith Perkins at 301-627-3345.last_img

Elks Hold National Convention in Baltimore

first_imgParts of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor were draped in purple and white over the Aug. 5 weekend.The Elks were in town for their Grand Lodge and Grand Temple National Convention.  With 500,000 members worldwide, chances are that if you aren’t a member of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World (IBPOEW), someone in your circle of family and friends is.Dr. Richard D. Dickens, Bro. George F. Wright, Exalted Ruler of Monumental Elks Lodge #3, and Bro. Samuel J. Raines present Bro. Grover Williams (center, left) with the, “Elk of the Year,” award. (Photo by J.D. Howard)Founded in 1898 upon the principles of “charity, justice, brotherly and sisterly love, and fidelity,” the Elks of today say they are proud to uphold a legacy that speaks for itself.“We’re not outdated,” said Leonard Polk, executive vice-president of the IBPOEW. “There are a lot of issues that we believe are relevant to the Elks of yesteryear and now.”Polk told the AFRO that the IBPOEW has focused on health and education in recent years, donating $13,000 in support of Alzheimer’s research last year and $15,000 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in 2015.This year the organization is focusing on kidney disease and working with the American Cancer Society. Polk said that now is the time for Elks around the world to stand up for their communities.“We have a current administration that is interested in cutting benefits and services that we, over time, have taken for granted,” Polk said. “We see many governments and cities cutting out after school programs and similar initiatives.”“We, as the Elks in those communities, can open up our lodges for those tutoring sessions to make a difference in the lives of those children,” he added. “We can have community symposiums for voter registration. We can fill in the gap and provide some of those services.”Over the years the Elks have proved that they are much more than just a social club with distinct hats, customs, and nomenclature. The Elk’s Annual Oratorical Contest has helped some of Black America’s best and brightest become international symbols of success and power.Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall used his oratorical scholarship to become a part of the first graduating class from Howard University’s School of Law in 1933. Long before Oprah Winfrey had a talk show she, too, was speaking in front of the Elks for a scholarship, like Dorothy I. Height and Martin Luther King, Jr. did before her. Winfrey used her winnings to attend and graduate from Tennessee State University in 1973.IPBOEW is not to be confused with the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the United States of America (BPOE), which according to information from the Notable Kentucky African American Database, was less than “benevolent” and “protective” when it came to Black people in their organization.As a result of the country’s racial divide, Arthur James Riggs, a former slave, and Benjamin Franklin Howard formed their own version of the Elks—but not before Riggs and his family were ostracized and run out of town.Though Riggs and Howard, both Kentucky natives, originally began the organization in Cincinnati for men, Emma Virginia Kelly formed the Daughters of the Elks in 1902. That group would later be recognized as the official women’s auxiliary for the Elks with the creation of Temple No. 1 in Norfolk, Va.Traveling from Florida to attend this year’s Baltimore convention, Pamela Williams said that becoming an Elk was naturally the next step for her after a childhood of involvement in youth activities and programs. Clad in her “Daughters of the Elks” garb, Williams said the conventions are still very necessary for unified action.“It’s necessary for us to continue to do this so we can carry out the tradition of what Elkdom stands for: helping our community,” she said.Williams said she was happy to see “people from the Bahamas, New Mexico, Seattle, Wash., and Maine, all four corners” because “It’s necessary to come together. We need to share what we provide in our communities with everyone else.”The Elks convention took place at Baltimore’s Hilton Hotel in the Inner Harbor. Aside from the oratorical contest, there were beauty and talent contests—also attached to a scholarship—and screenings for kidney disease.last_img read more

Awarding the scribes

first_imgEminent Hindi writer with more than 50 years of experience and creator of Jaltarang, Simmi Harshita was awarded on Wednesday for her rich literary contributions at the 3rd annual Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman 2014.The occasion, an annual initiative by Kusumanjali Foundation was organised to recognise contributions made by renowned  authors in the field of Hindi and Bengali literature.Present at the event, LK Advani, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha was the chief guest  who presented the awards to Dr.  Ramkumar Mukhopadhayay for his Bengali contribution titled Dhanapatir Sinhaljatra and to Simmi Harshita for Jaltarang. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Commenting on the occasion the senior BJP leader promoted Indian languages and said that they should be used frequently even in abroad,’I was born under British rule. It was very humiliating that during foreign trips, people of different countries used to talk in their own language but people going from India mostly talked in English, even amongst themselves. It didn’t look nice.’ ‘There are some things which are very painful. One of them is not speaking ones language and speaking another language,’ Advani said at the event where he was felicitated. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKusumanjali Foundation, founded and established by  writer  Dr Kusum Ansal seeks to promote and support the artisitc, literary, and cultural activities in the country. As a part of Foundation’s promotional programmes, the Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman was established in 2011 to recognize the talent of reknowned authors in the field of literature. Every year, two awards are givern to creative works in the genres of literature comprising fiction, shorrt story, poetry and drama. Nominations from a large number of literary works published during the last five-year periods were selected for the Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman  2014.Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Kusum Ansal, prolofic writer and Founder of Kusumanjali Foundaton said, ‘ The Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman was initiated with a view to recognise the merit and standards of excellence acheived by eminent authors and scholars in their respective field of literature. Our country holds a distinctive linguistic and literary history. The award-winning texts borrow cultural inspirations from the author’s mother tongue are are a rich source of contemporary yet classical Indian writing.’last_img read more

Dravidian language family 4500 years old

first_imgThe Dravidian language family, consisting of 80 varieties spoken by nearly 220 million people across southern and central India, originated about 4,500 years ago, a study has found. This estimate is based on new linguistic analyses by an international team, including researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany, and the Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun.The researchers used data collected first-hand from native speakers representing all previously reported Dravidian subgroups. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThese findings, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, match well with earlier linguistic and archaeological studies.South Asia, reaching from Afghanistan in the west and Bangladesh in the east, is home to at least six hundred languages belonging to six large language families, including Dravidian, Indo-European, and Sino-Tibetan.The Dravidian language family, consisting of about 80 language varieties (both languages and dialects) is today spoken by about 220 million people, mostly in southern and central India, and surrounding countries. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIts four largest languages, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu have literary traditions spanning centuries, of which Tamil reaches back the furthest, researchers said.Along with Sanskrit, Tamil is one of the world’s classical languages, but unlike Sanskrit, there is continuity between its classical and modern forms documented in inscriptions, poems, and secular and religious texts and songs, they said.”The study of the Dravidian languages is crucial for understanding prehistory in Eurasia, as they played a significant role in influencing other language groups,” said Annemarie Verkerk of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Neither the geographical origin of the Dravidian language nor its exact dispersal through time is known with certainty.The consensus of the research community is that the Dravidians are natives of the Indian subcontinent and were present prior to the arrival of the Indo-Aryans (Indo-European speakers) in India around 3,500 years ago.Researchers said that it is likely that the Dravidian languages were much more widespread to the west in the past than they are today.In order to examine questions about when and where the Dravidian languages developed, they made a detailed investigation of the historical relationships of 20 Dravidian varieties.Study author Vishnupriya Kolipakam of the Wildlife Institute of India collected contemporary first-hand data from native speakers of a diverse sample of Dravidian languages, representing all the previously reported subgroups of Dravidian.The researchers used advanced statistical methods to infer the age and subgrouping of the Dravidian language family at about 4,000-4,500 years old.This estimate, while in line with suggestions from previous linguistic studies, is a more robust result because it was found consistently in the majority of the different statistical models of evolution tested in this study.This age also matches well with inferences from archaeology, which have previously placed the diversification of Dravidian into North, Central, and South branches at exactly this age, coinciding with the beginnings of cultural developments evident in the archaeological record.last_img read more

Grub Fest Most awaited food festival returns to Delhi

first_imgDelectable food, uncontrollable fun and unparalleled entertainment – all comes together under one roof at ‘The Grub Fest’, India’s most renowned culinary affair. This year’s edition, which will take place from March 6-8, makes its way back to the capacious Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the national capital. The Grub Fest is India’s foremost culinary affair with the most famed restaurants displaying their signature delicacies over some good music and hearty performances. The fest has manifested a remarkable journey starting from 30,000 visitors and 100 exhibitors in 2015 to 75000 visitors and 150 exhibitors in their latest edition. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis year, the major highlights of Grub fest include restaurant exhibitors comprising of prominent names like Baking Bad, iHOP, Wok to Walk, Big Yellow Door, and others. Moreover, for the first time, this festival is introducing ‘The Grub Star Access’, a luxury food and dining experience giving each recipient the access to make them feel like a VIP.The next interesting addition is ‘Grub Street’ – the lifestyle zone where one can find upcoming brands selling fashion accessories, pop up shops, gifts etc. Also, ‘Grub Market’ dedicated to packed products, fresh produce, organic products and an assortment of delicious homemade delicacies will surely be grabbing eyeballs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive’Grub Arena’ will witness artist performances, on-stage games and much more that will undoubtedly leave audiences mesmerized. The festival highlights some of Bollywood’s top artists like Guru Randhawa, DJ Frenzy, Jasmine Sandlers, who will fill the night with melody and bring the audience together for a festival to remember.Apart from the aforementioned attractions, ‘iSkate ring’, an exclusive ice-skating arena where one can strap on a pair of roller skates and wheel away their worries, ‘Edinger Beer Garden’ to sit back and enjoy and the ‘Juke Box’ that would provide a platform for young talented artists and DJ’s to showcase their skills are worth looking forward. You can enjoy the non-stop culinary treat and entertainment from 12 Noon to 10 PM. The early bird ticket is for Rs 250 at cleartrip.com whereas the regular is for Rs 399. Grub Star on clear trip, early bird would cost you Rs 600 whereas regular is for Rs 999. After 3 successful editions in Delhi, the event was also successfully launched for the first time in new cities, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune, and Chandigarh in 2017. With a collective footfall of over 3 lakh food enthusiasts, 300 restaurants, a line-up of prominent chefs and some of the top artistes in the country for entertainment, The Grub Fest has fast become the most awaited food festival of the country.last_img read more

Noble initiative for acid attack survivors

first_imgA 22-year-old Reshma Bano Qureshi and a 34-year-old Meena Khatun are the newly employed women under an odd but unique initiative by The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. Both, survivors of a heinous crime – acid attack – are now working in the Flower Room, curating and creating flower arrangements for each room, providing the guests of the Lalit with a pleasing welcoming sight. It was Keshav Suri, the executive director of the group who is trying his best to give a better life and bring forth the marginalized communities into the mainstream. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the past, Kitty Su has hosted a night celebrating inclusivity and diversity, with India’s first wheelchair-bound DJ, Vinod Khullar. Kitty Su continued this trend in 2018 by having transgender Chef Trapani, a globally celebrated authority in Tex-Mex Food, take on a five-city tour.In addition to all of this, perhaps the most notable initiative by The Lalit Group in 2017 was their collaboration with the NGO, Make Love Not Scars to host a high fashion couture fashion show, Powerwalk, where acid attack survivors strutted down the ramp to let society know that beauty comes from confidence and acceptance. The show had outfits donated by 20 designers who came together to ignore competition and create a sense of belonging and unity. The Lalit also helped a survivor, Sonia with her surgery, hosted her stay at the hotel and invested in her dream to own a beauty parlour in Hyderabad. Over time, Keshav Suri’s inspiration to provide acceptance and equality to the survivors has driven the Lalit Group of Hotels to employ two acid attack survivors into the hotel’s family.last_img read more

Beauty trends to rule in 2019

first_imgGlittery lids, virgin brows and bronzer are in this year, say experts. Here is a list of some of the beauty trends that you can follow: Glitter means instant glam-up. However, you don’t need to swim in it. A little is perfect. Take a very tiny amount of gold or silver and lightly dust it on the inner corner of your eyes. A hint of glitter peeping from the inner corner of your eyelids is perfect to lend that unmistakable spark to your look. In case you want to get into the diva mood, cover your lids with chunky gold glitter. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfInstead of applying an overall eyeshadow, go for fading traces of colour on both upper and lower lids. Use different but complementing colours for upper and lower lids. Finish off with a liner and mascara and you are done. It’s time to ‘unfollow’ the perfectly shaped eyebrows and follow real and raw brows. While tweezers are kept aside, the eyebrows are groomed with the help of eyebrow brush. If the idea of bushy brows is too daunting for you, then you can shape your brows in a natural arch, instead of a total clean up. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile bronzer makes its way back, heavy contouring is shown the exit door. Skip framing the face to perfection. Instead, take a large fluffy brush, and put the bronzer along the temple, cheekbones and jawline. And you are done. Keep the skin clean and luminous with a high-definition foundation. Last year was the year of the hot red shade. This year will be all about subtle and dark tones of brown matte and gloss. Be it eyes, lips or cheeks highlighting, brown would be seen everywhere. Even the hair colour in brown would be more viral. This year again, the winged eyeliner will be in trend. Smokey eyes are gorgeous as ever, but can be too bold for some. As bridal make-up moves into its understated glam phase, it is time to welcome the blurred eyeliner. With the flexibility of playing with colours and intensity that this smudged look allows, it manages to complement just about every age and style and is perfect for a bridal glam look.last_img read more

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is hits by Houston Texans defensive back Eddie Pleasant (35) after making a catch during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Pleasant, in his seventh season out of Oregon, has 78 games played under his belt in six years, all with Houston.Related LinksCardinals OC swap to Leftwich comes with Rosen, Johnson in mindCardinals star David Johnson named one of NFL’s most misused playersHe could challenge for playing time with Rudy Ford, who filled in for Boston in the Thursday loss.Nichols, an undrafted rookie out of South Florida who has one tackle this year, had been promoted to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Thursday before Arizona hosted Denver upon the team’s release of receiver Kendall Wright. The Arizona Cardinals signed veteran safety Eddie Pleasant and released cornerback Deatrick Nichols on Monday, the team announced.Pleasant adds depth to a team that could require insurance with safety Tre Boston having missed the Cardinals’ 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday due to rib and shoulder injuries.The 29-year-old Pleasant spent the preseason with the New England Patriots but was released in August. Previously, he played in 2017 with the Houston Texans, where he recorded 32 tackles, 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception with three passes defensed. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 3 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Voddler has inked a Europewide deal with Nokia an

first_imgVoddler has inked a Europe-wide deal with Nokia and will deliver its on-demand streaming  service exclusively to the cell phone handset operator’s Lumia smart phones in the region.Owners of the relevant smartphones will be able to access movies with the Voddler service and can download a Voddler Lumia app. It allows users to interact with friends, schedule joint movie nights as well as reviewing and commenting on films watched on via Voddler.The deal was announced at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. It follows an earlier agreement between Voddler and Nokia, inked last January, that saw Nokia Growth Partners, the venture capital arm off the cell phone company, lead an US$8 million (€6 million) investment round in Voddler.last_img

Comprehensive health care coverage for more than 8

first_imgComprehensive health care coverage for more than 800,000 low-income people in New York and Minnesota, who pay a fraction of the typical cost of a marketplace plan, may be in jeopardy after the federal government partially cut funding this year.The Basic Health Program, in which these consumers are enrolled, was created under the Affordable Care Act to provide another coverage option for people with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($24,280 for an individual in 2018) who would otherwise qualify for subsidized marketplace coverage. Only New York and Minnesota have set up such programs.The funding dispute is tied to a high-profile decision by President Trump to stop paying cost-sharing reduction subsidies, which reduce the deductibles and out-of-pocket costs for people in marketplace plans whose incomes are up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level (about $30,000 for one person). Money that would have paid for cost-sharing reduction subsidies also helps fund the Basic Health Program in New York and Minnesota.These plans must be as comprehensive and affordable as marketplace plans, but for many they’re significantly cheaper, with monthly premiums of either zero or $20 in New York and up to $80 in Minnesota, along with a very small or no deductible and nominal copayments.In November, for example, when May Brown lost her job as a produce repacker — breaking down 40-pound boxes of fruits and vegetables into 10-pound boxes for grocery stores — she also lost her job-based health coverage. On the advice of a friend, the 62-year-old signed up for MinnesotaCare this month. Her $50 monthly premium is about half what she was paying for coverage on the job.Brown, who lives in St. Paul, says she is pretty healthy. But having this coverage, she says, gives her peace of mind.”You never know. Life is unpredictable,” she says. “I like to have something.”Under the Basic Health Program, the federal government is responsible for paying states 95 percent of the amount it would have paid in premium subsidies and cost-sharing reduction payments on the marketplace for these enrollees.In December, the Department of Health and Human Services notified the two states it would withhold the cost-sharing reduction portion of the payments — nearly $300 million in the first quarter of 2018, about a quarter of the total amount expected.Over the course of a year, the amount withheld will exceed $1 billion.When it cut back on funding of the Basic Health Program, the administration cited its October 2017 decision to eliminate cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers.Last month, the attorneys general of the two states filed suit to restore the federal funding.Noting that New York’s Essential Plan covers more than 700,000 low-income New Yorkers, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a press release, “I won’t stand by as the federal government continues to renege on its most basic obligations in a transparent attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.”In their lawsuit, Schneiderman and Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson argue that, among other things, the administration’s decision to cut off CSR payments is procedurally flawed and violates its obligations under the health law. They want the court to restore the states’ Basic Health Program funding.Regardless of the lawsuit’s outcome, officials in both states have offered assurances that the program is safe — for now.In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget included sufficient funds to leave the Basic Health Program intact for this year.Officials at the Minnesota Department of Human Services released a written statement, maintaining that “people enrolled in MinnesotaCare should feel confident in their coverage, based on current information.”Under the health law, any state can offer coverage under the Basic Health Program. One possible reason New York and Minnesota adopted the program is because they were already covering many in the target population through Medicaid and typically sharing the cost equally with the federal government. Under the Basic Health Program, the state’s funding responsibility drops to just 5 percent.So what happens next year? If federal funding isn’t restored, advocates are concerned that costs may rise and coverage shrink.”It could trigger major changes to the eligibility structure, the benefits or increases in premiums,” says Maureen O’Connell, president of Health Access MN, which helps people enroll in marketplace coverage.Elisabeth Benjamin says she is “really worried” for the program next year if the courts don’t order the federal government to start making payments.Benjamin, the vice president for health initiatives at the Community Service Society of New York, an advocacy group, says there is a snowball effect as states grapple with the delayed approval of Children’s Health Insurance Program funding for low-income kids amid continued uncertainty over federal funding for community health centers.”It’s terrifying how much the feds can do, particularly for states like New York that are so reliant on federal funding,” Benjamin says.Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Michelle Andrews is on Twitter @mandrews110. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Time to Try the AntiFacebook

first_img min read Next Article 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue Time to Try the ‘Anti-Facebook’? Image credit: At the Pool Brian Patrick Eha This week’s need-to-know social-media news.A new social network called At the Pool, which has been called the “anti-Facebook,” might be worth keeping an eye on. At the Pool is closing a $1 million seed round led by Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Clearstone Venture Partners and has overhauled its platform with many new features.While Facebook helps users connect with people they already know, At the Pool wants people to connect with strangers who have shared interests. It’s similar to activity-dating site HowAboutWe, minus the romantic element. Sporting-goods companies could advertise in the Hikers pool, for instance. — TechCrunch –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Marketing Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 1, 2012 Related: How to Get People to Listen to You on Social MediaPinterest leads Google+ for e-tailers.While Facebook and Twitter are still the top social networks among online retailers, social photo-sharing site Pinterest has officially jumped ahead of Google’s network, Google+. Seventy-eight percent of the top internet retailers use Pinterest, compared to Google+’s 73 percent, according to a report from AllTwitter. So, if your ecommerce startup has limited social media resources, you might consider investing your time with Pinterest before Google+. — AllTwitterFacebook mobile ads emphasize images.The big social network is testing a new kind of ad that appears in mobile users’ News Feeds to encourage them to “like” company pages. The new approach showcases bold photos, so if you want to buy a sponsored story for your own business, make sure you have an eye-catching image to go with it. — AllFacebookCEOs to triple their social media use.For top executives at companies all over the world, social media is becoming a greater priority. Sixteen percent of CEOs say they use social media to engage customers, but expect their use to jump to 57 percent over the next five years, a new report says. If your business isn’t active on social media, you might want to get started. — AllTwitterA hashtag is born.Social media obsession has climbed to a new level with news that a baby girl was born last weekend and her parents reportedly named the child Hashtag Jameson. Yes, as in a Twitter #. This comes after an Egyptian man was said to have named his child Facebook last year to honor the social network’s role in the Arab Spring uprisings. — The Daily DotRelated: 4 Ideas for Hosting Google+ Hangouts ‘On Air’ Apply Now »last_img read more

Study Quality of fruitsvegetables at dollar stores just as good as regular

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 22 2019When you hear about dollar discount stores, the first thought that comes to mind likely isn’t groceries for you and your family.But it might be time to consider dollar-discount stores as a stop for your grocery needs, says a new UNLV study, which found that the quality of fruits and vegetables at dollar stores is just as good as regular grocery store produce.The findings are especially good news for the 17.3 million people nationwide who live in low-income areas more than one mile from grocery stores — areas referred to as food deserts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dollar discount stores may exist in these areas and be an alternative for residents who currently access fast food or sugary and savory nutrient-deficient snacks found at gas stations which can lead to obesity or other health problems.But lead author and UNLV School of Community Health Sciences professor Courtney Coughenour says the data, published this winter in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, benefits budget-conscious shoppers, too.The research team championed channel blurring, the rising phenomenon of retailers diversifying their inventory to feature products commonly found elsewhere — think drug stores selling toys, grocery stores hawking patio furniture, or dollar stores incorporating a food section — with helping families across socioeconomic lines fill the nutrition gap.”These findings are important for public health, as our study indicates that channel blurring at the dollar discount stores results in access to healthy, quality produce and affordable food options,” the researchers wrote. “Because cost, quality, and accessibility are established barriers to healthy eating, dollar discount stores can serve as community assets that increase access to quality, affordable food.”Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchAmong the highlights: “We are conditioned to believe that cheap, quality produce is too good to be true. If the quality is good, and it’s cheap, why not take advantage of the lower price?” said Coughenour.Coughenour said her team’s research continues, but in the meantime, they called on public health campaigns to help combat consumer misconceptions associating lower prices with inferior quality and to supply brand loyalists with previous research which shows dollar store brands are typically equivalent nutritionally.They also urged outreach programs that cater to low-income populations, such as food assistance recipients, to recognize dollar discount stores as part of the food system and consider partnering with them in their efforts to improve public health. Source:https://www.unlv.edu/news/article/dollar-store-diet-produce-quality-matches-traditional-chainscenter_img UNLV’s study compared the color, cleanliness, freshness, and firmness of fruits and vegetables in 14 dollar-discount stores to 40 traditional food outlets across the Las Vegas metro area. While there was slightly less variety of produce at dollar stores (for example, none of the dollar stores carried pears), there was no significant difference in quality. “The dollar store fruits may be ripe, and you’ll have to eat it soon, but it’s completely good quality,” Coughenour said. Eighty-four percent of produce and 89.5 percent of non-produce items were significantly less expensive at dollar stores. The only items that were more expensive at the dollar stores were whole wheat and white bread.last_img read more