Minor raped, killed in U.P.; NSA invoked

first_imgA seven-year-old girl attending a wedding was allegedly raped and strangled here early on Tuesday by a man hired to set up tents for the ceremony, police said.The Yogi Adityanath government has invoked the stringent National Security Act against the alleged rapist. Under the Act, a person can be detained without bail or trial.According to police, the incident took place at around 1.30 a.m. near Mandi Samiti gate on the Aliganj road where the girl was attending a wedding with her family. Sonu Jatav, 19, who was setting up the marquees for the ceremony, allegedly lured the girl, raped her and subsequently killed her, Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Chaurasia said. He added that the youth was inebriated. “After this, the accused fled the spot. The body of the girl was found in an under-construction house in the vicinity of the marriage venue. A rope was found tied around the neck of the girl,” he said.The victim was rushed to the district hospital where she was declared brought dead. The body of the girl has been sent for post-mortem examination. “On the basis of complaints filed by family members, police have arrested Sonu Jatav,” he said. “A case has been registered against the accused for rape and murder of the girl,” the SP said. The POCSO Act, which seeks to protect children from sexual offences, has also been invoked.He said the National Security Act will be slapped on the accused.Enraged over the heinous crime, the victim’s family blocked the Etah-Farrukhabad road, while opposition parties slammed the Yogi Adityanath government for the “sudden spurt” in rape cases.The protesters, demanding ₹10 lakh as compensation, lifted the blockade after a couple of hours following an assurance from Premlata Verma David, wife of Etah MLA Vipin Kumar David, that their demands will be looked into, police said.Slamming the ruling BJP, Samajwadi Party spokesperson and MLC Sunil Singh Sajan said, “I simply fail to understand why the law and order in the State has deteriorated so much after the BJP has come to power in UP. “On the one hand, the government claims that encounters are going on in the State and on the other the crime ratio has surged. The BJP had claimed that as soon as they come to power, the law and order will improve. But going by the sudden spurt in incidents, I feel that even minor girls are not safe in the State,” he said.The Congress also criticised attacked the BJP government. Party’s U.P. spokesperson Ashok Singh said, “It is an irony that criminal elements are roaming freely in the State, and UP has become virtually the number one state in the country going by the spurt in rapes and other crimes.” He added, “Congress will soon launch a mass movement across the state to highlight the surge in crime.” The BJP, however, said the party does not believe in protecting criminals. “Unlike the past state governments which used to shield criminal elements, the BJP believes in ensuring that swift action is initiated against them. The police in UP are working without any ‘dabaav’ (pressure) and ‘prabhaav’ (influence),” he said. “FIRs which were not registered in the previous state government’s regime are now being immediately registered,” Singh said.last_img read more

Nath to meet MLAs again to ensure unity

first_imgThe MLAs of the Congress-led government in Madhya Pradesh are expected to meet on Wednesday, for the third time in 11 days, to ensure that the flock stays together in the wake of events in Karnataka and Goa. Sources said Chief Minister Kamal Nath is set to meet his MLAs, as well as those from the allies — the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party — and Independents over dinner to ensure that they remain united during the division (voting) on financial matters when the monsoon session of the Assembly resumes on Wednesday. Such meetings have been held earlier on July 7 and July 11, the latter being attended by senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, a close aide of Rahul Gandhi, as well, sources said. “Yes, I have also been invited to the meeting on July 17 at the CM’s house. I am with the Congress and fully support Kamal Nath ji,” BSP MLA Ram Bai said on Sunday. Leader of the Opposition Gopal Bhargava and State BJP chief Rakesh Singh, at a meeting on July 8, had already asked all its MLAs to be present in the House, a party leader said. Mr. Bhargava had, in May, written a letter to the MP Governor requesting a special session for floor test of the government.BJP sweepThis was shortly after the BJP swept the Lok Sabha polls, winning 28 of the 29 seats in the State. He had said at the time that the BJP would seek division on financial matters. The Congress has 114 MLAs in the 230-member House against the BJP’s 109 (one having resigned after winning the LS polls). The Kamal Nath government is supported by two MLAs of the BSP and one from the SP. The House has four Independent MLAs.last_img read more

Indian Hockey brings only tears

first_imgIndian players like skipper Sardar Singh seemed out of their depth during the hockey World Cup.In medical jargon, a post mortem is done to find the cause of death – usually an unnatural one. There are some extreme cases when a post mortem has to be repeated to pinpoint the exact cause of the person’s demise.Perhaps taking a cue from this, Hockey India has constituted another expert panel to find the reasons for the demise of Indian hockey. There is something missing however – forensic experts have not been roped in to find out why this team copped it in the FIH World Cup in Holland. Call it pain or anguish, anger or outrage; emotions are always at an extreme when the Indian team flops in international competitions. Over the last two decades, it has become almost a habit to ponder over ‘what ails Indian hockey’.Now that this has become a phenomenon, perhaps we need to give a quiet burial to this team and resurrect a side only after a suitable break. As a rule, a sports lover is an optimist. Yet, after so many defeats, one can only feel sorry for Indian hockey.One thought after the Indian team failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, there would be introspection. You and I shed tears, but it did not matter to the people who ran the sport or played it.EARLIER, the lament was that the Indian team did not get proper support or exposure. The team now needs support to an extent that players have to be propped up on crutches on the field and exposure has reached another level: getting exposed.advertisementSo what really ails Indian hockey is a question which can be asked any number of times with no answer. Blaming coaches and federation officials is very easy but the real villains are the players who step on to the field and simply freeze. At a time when every sport in the country other than cricket struggles for funds like a terminally ill patient on a ventilator, Indian hockey has got everything. Gone are the days when the team stayed in Paharganj or Karol Bagh in the Capital.Today, the national campers get five-star comfort. Apparel, equipment, the best energy drinks, a good diet – everything one can ask for is provided to the players. Yet, on the field, the team stutters. Mentioning names is pointless. From skipper Sardar Singh to V.R. Raghunath, Rupinder Pal Singh, Mandeep Singh, Manpreet Singh and S.V. Sunil, each one labours to play hockey. Mind you, not one penalty corner was converted by the Indian ‘experts’ in the World Cup.The sight of losers on the field with such poor body language makes for pathetic viewing. Time and again, we have heard Indian coaches are useless, so hire the foreign experts at top-dollar prices.The attrition rate of foreign coaches is so high that the hall of infamy is choc a bloc. Let’s welcome two new faces to this room, Terry Walsh and Roelant Oltmans. These gentlemen were hired as coach and high performance director respectively and we actually started thinking there would be resurgence in Indian hockey.Heck, this is no different from the lows of the London Olympics on the blue turf where the team shed tears, not sweat, after every match. In the two years since, nothing has changed.For that matter, when the last FIH World Cup was played in India in 2010, we finished eighth, one notch higher than today. Crores of taxpayers’ money has gone down the drain in pursuing a dream called success in hockey. By the last official estimate, `22.5 crore was spent in the last financial year on the sport. This is a colossal waste when you compare this amount to what sports like badminton and wrestling get. Mind you, these are sports which win us medals and not cause anguish. TODAY’s national hockey player does not necessarily come from some village in Punjab or Jharkhand.Each of them has been groomed in many ways, except in the skills and the heart to play robust hockey. When cricket’s Indian Premier League is played, the club versus country debate is stirred. Players who shine in the slambang T20 format but flop in the international arena are castigated. Each time the Indian team does badly in Australia or England, we ask for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be sacked. That it does not happen is a different thing.Likewise, the Hockey India League has seen players making good money. Players like Sardar and Ramandeep Singh get good pay packages in the HIL but when it comes to national duty, they fail. Yes, Ramandeep was injured in Holland before the first match and did not play. Today Indian hockey has support from the federation and the government. Such is the outrage at the team’s flop show that people want the foreign support staff to be sacked. Sacking coaches won’t make any difference and asking for the federation officials to be sent to the gallows won’t work either.advertisementIt’s the sense of pride which is missing in the players. If the seasoned stars are not performing, overhaul the side. At least then we will come to know if the “talented reserve pool” of players which is being talked about is fact or fiction!s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img

Ara Galang, F2 Logistics rout Generika-Ayala

first_imgFILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—F2 Logistics came off with an explosive start, taking down Generika-Ayala, 25-12, 25-21, 25-17, Saturday in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Cargo Movers hardly letup in imposing their formidable lineup against the Lifesavers as they attempt to win back the title they lost to the Petron Blaze Spikers last year.ADVERTISEMENT Ara Galang scored 11 points to power F2 Logistics which also got a boost from relief setter Michelle Cobb, who stood in for the injured starter Kim Fajardo.Aby Marano also provided ballast for the Cargo Movers, scoring five of her points on kill-blocks. F2 had 11 points on blocks against none by Generika-Ayala in the entire match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Tiger Woods struggles to recapture magic at Pebble Beach Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Lava launches Flair P1i smartphone for Rs 3,299

first_imgLava just launched the IrisAtom 2 smartphone earlier this week. The company has now unveiled anothersmartphone, as reported by PhonesReview.The Lava Flair P1i is a budget smartphone which is available at just Rs 3,299.The details on its availability is still scarce but expect it to be availablefor sale in a few days.The Lava Flair P1i is essentially a stripped down budget version of Lava’s Flair P1 smartphone launched earlier this year.The phone is powered by a single-core 1GHz chipset coupledwith 256MB RAM. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat mobile OS. The phone sports a4-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) TFT display. Interestingly, Lava has managed tosqueeze in a 2-megapixel primary camera and a front VGA (0.3-megapixel) withmany camera modes like Panorama and HDR. The smartphone has 512MB of inbuiltstorage expandable via microSD card up to 32GB. With 3G, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, GPS,and Bluetooth the phone doesn’t skim in terms of connectivity options. A1400mAh Li-ion battery will be providing the juice for the device. and wouldarrive in White and Black colour variants.The Lava P1i will be available in 2 colours – black and whiteand supports dual-sim cards.Also read: LavaPixel V1 reviewlast_img read more

SPORT-IND-WOM-BOARD

first_imgBangkok, Dec 4 (PTI) Scoreboard of the final match of the Bangkok, Dec 4 (PTI) Scoreboard of the final match of the Womens Twenty20 Asia Cup between India and Pakistan here. India Women: Mithali Rai not out 73 Smriti Mandhana c Asmavia Iqbal b Anam Amin 6 Sabbhineni Meghana run out (Javeria/Sidra) 9 Veda Krishnamurthy lbw b Sadia Yousuf 2 Harmanpreet Kaur b Anam Amin 5 Jhulan Goswami c Javeria Khan b Sana Mir 17 Anuja Patil not out 0 Extras: (W-8, NB-1) 9 Total: (For 5 wkts; 20 overs) 121 Fall of wkts: 1-24, 2-68, 3-73, 4-89, 5-120. Bowling: Asmavia Iqbal 3-0-23-0, Sana Mir 4-0-23-1, Anam Amin 4-0-24-2, Sadia Yousuf 4-0-15-1, Nida Dar 4-0-29-0, Iram Javed 1-0-7-0. Pakistan Women: Ayesha Zafar b Goswami 15 Javeria Khan c Kaur b Bisht 22 Asmavia Iqbal b Pandey 1 Bismah Maroof c & b Patil 25 Nain Abidi st Verma b Preeti Bose 9 Iram Javed st Verma b Bisht 3 Nida Dar not out 12 Sana Mir not out 12 Extras: (B-1, LB-1, W-3) 5 Total: (For 6 wkts; 20 overs) 104 Fall of wkts: 1-24, 2-28, 3-56, 4-75, 5-79, 6-81. Bowling: Ekta Bisht 4-0-22-2, Anuja Patil 4-0-18-1, Jhulan Goswami 4-0-19-1, Shikha Pandey 2-0-17-1, Preeti Bose 4-0-18-1, Harmanpreet Kaur 2-0-8-0. PTI CM CMlast_img read more

Ravi Shastri’s appointment as India coach likely to solve complex issues

first_imgVirat Kohli and Anil Kumble did not communicate enough with each other – that is now a confirmed fact after India Today revealed the manager’s report from the Champions Trophy.Reports of a rift between Kohli and Kumble had first surfaced before India began their defence of the Champions Trophy in England. Kohli, on the eve of India’s tournament opener against Pakistan, dismissed these reports as mere speculation. (MS Dhoni needs to play till 2019 World Cup: Write him off at your own risk)But it was all crystal clear a couple of weeks later. Following a massive defeat to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final, Kumble quit citing differences with Kohli. The captain, Kumble said, did not like his style of coaching and his role had become untenable.And then Kohli deleted a tweet he had put out welcoming Kumble as coach of India last year. That perhaps underlined how badly the relationship between the two had soured.There were reports that the captain and coach had stopped talking to each other. Kumble, India’s greatest match-winner, Kohli, young India’s new leader, were clearly at loggerheads.India Today has now accessed the team manager’s report which confirmed communication had broken down between Kohli and Kumble. Kapill Malhotra, who was Team India manager for the Champions Trophy, stated in his report the captain and coach did not communicate much with each other.They were all of course part of team meetings. Now, imagine. How distinctly difficult does it get for the team when the two most important cogs in the wheel do not “communicate with each other.”advertisementIndian cricket has been through this turmoil before. Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell had an ugly fallout and the whole team of superstars was up in arms against the Australian whose tenure as coach had wrecked havoc in the dressing-room.The Kumble-Kohli rift was of course totally different. Unlike Chappell, Kumble delivered results and had the empathy of former cricketers, who felt he was was disrespcted.But the show must go on and the BCCI’s vast machinery is hard at work to select Kumble’s successor.So, a year after Kumble’s ceremonious takeover as coach, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will look at a new set of candidates to succeed a man who left under controversial circumstances.Among the men to be interviewed is Ravi Shastri, the former team director who shaped up the team before Kumble’s appointment. The others in contention are: Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput, Dodda Ganesh, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Phil Simmons.Sehwag and Moody were the clear frontrunners till Shastri was convinced to apply again. He had thrown his hat in the ring last year too but Kumble was favoured over him. His entry this year means the CAC is seriously contemplating giving in to Kohli’s wish – the captain and team want him back in the dressing-room as coach.Shastri is well liked by the players and there is mutual respect. Overall, his approach was different to Kumble’s and players seem to trust him more.India were on a high in 2016, winning one Test series after another in a historic home season. But they will face some serious challenges in the months to come. Overseas tours of South Africa, Australia and England would need the team to play at its best.Kumble was fantastic as coach but something did not tick. Kohli was not very pleased. While many may argue that the captain got his way too easily, it is also important to understand that he is the man in charge on the field.Sehwag, it was understood, was the CAC’s second favourite in case Kumble did not continue. The former Delhi opener, however, might want to bring in his own support staff which may not be agreeable to the players – that they want Shastri is no secret.If bringing Shastri back at the helm gives the team some joy then so be it. He is a shrewd cricketer with a sharp cricketing brain and India did not do badly at all under his stewardship – their journey to the World Cup semi-final was memorable.last_img read more

Tasteful batteries

first_img Continue Reading Previous The CEVA-XC12 targets the extreme DSP demands of 5GNext When life fails to provide a debugging interface, blink a RGB LED Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram center_img Batteries of various technologies and form factors get a lot of attention for many reasons. Everyone is looking for a battery with higher energy density by weight and volume, with superior discharge (and even charge) specifications, and low cost. As a result, there’s been lots of attention on lithium-ion (Li-ion) chemistry and its many variations, since that seems to offer – at least for the foreseeable future – the greatest potential (pun intended) in meeting those density objectives.Still, there are applications where unusual chemistries, construction, and form factor are the priorities, more than just an incrementally better Li-ion cell.  Consider the work being done by a team lead by Prof. Christopher Bettinger at Carnegie Mellon University. They are developing edible, biocompatible batteries that use non-toxic materials already present in the body, with available liquids such as stomach acid as the electrolyte; see references below (Figure 1 ). His team has produced cathodes based on melanin, a pigment already in the body, and anodes made of manganese oxide, which is also already present; other versions based on body-friendly materials have also been developed. The idea is that the electrodes will dissolve harmlessly after use. Most of the resulting batteries, using a variety of soluble cations, had modest voltages (between 0.5 and 0.7 volts); although definitive specifications are hard to find, there was one mention of 5 milliwatts of power for up to 20 hours.Figure 1 Prof. Christopher Bettinger of Carnegie Mellon University dramatically demonstrates what may be possible with the edible batteries his team is developing. (Source : Carnegie Mellon University)It’s not just humans who need special batteries. A microbattery developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (see “A battery small enough to be injected, energetic enough to track salmon“) is just 6 mm long and 3 mm wide and weighs only 70 mg (Figure 2 ), and is used to power acoustic fish tags. It is hand-crafted of multiple layers that are then rolled up (Figure 3 ), which increases the internal surface area and so reduces internal resistance—a weak spot in many real-world battery implementations. Although each is handmade, about 1000 of these have been constructed, and they have implanted over 700 of these into fish to power tracking devices. Figure 2 These rice-grain sized batteries are hand assembled, and used to power acoustic fish tags. Source : Pacific Northwest National Laboratory    Figure 3 The fish-tag batteries are constructed of layers which are then rolled up and inserted into tiny cans. Source : Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryThese grain-of-rice sized batteries can supply enough power to send a 744-microsecond signal every three seconds for about three weeks (or about every five seconds for a month). Energy density is specified at 240 WHr/kg, compared to around 100 WHr/kg for standard silver oxide button microbatteries – although you do have to wonder how these measurements are made and if they are fair comparisons!These specialty batteries have other unique issues as well, such as providing for connection or attaching the leads. The Pacific Northwest microbattery has internal leads; it’s not clear how the edible ones from Carnegie Mellon are connected. Certainly, users of these batteries won’t be able to go to battery-holder vendors and get a standard connector or holder. Have you ever had to specify, design, or resort to a highly specialized, unique, custom microbattery? Was this an early-on decision, or one that came into play late in the design cycle?This article originally appeared on Embedded’s sister site, EDN: “Batteries safe for use in humans and fish.” last_img read more

City’s Sancho set for Dortmund move

first_imgTransfers Sancho set for Dortmund move as Man City price out Premier League rivals Sam Lee Manchester City correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 20:50 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jadon Sancho Manchester City Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Guardiola Premier League The highly rated 17-year-old has been skipping training and is now set to move to the Bundesliga club, whose facilities he visited earlier this summer Wantaway Manchester City youngster Jadon Sancho is on the verge of joining Borussia Dortmund after being priced out of a move to City’s domestic rivals, Goal understands.Goal revealed earlier in August that the youngster had said his goodbyes to his City youth team colleagues in the middle of July, leaving them under the impression that he would move to Dortmund.Dortmund 6/1 to win Bundesliga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 17-year-old visited the club’s facilities earlier this summer and it is now believed that a transfer is close. The German club and City have been in talks and have now agreed upon a figure which will be worth more than the £190,000 compensation package that could have been paid had Dortmund dealt directly with the player and cut out the Blues.Several top English clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, are interested in Sancho, but they would have had to agree a compensation deal directly with City.It is understood that the Manchester club’s desire not to sell the highly rated teenager to another English side led to them demanding exhorbitant figures which none of his suitors were willing to match.Goal revealed on Wednesday that Sancho has been in London for much of the past six weeks and has been telling City he is ill, in a bid to force a move away. The youngster feels his route to the first team at the Etihad Stadium is blocked, and he rejected a contract worth in the region of £30,000 per week earlier this summer.That led to him being left out of City’s pre-season tour of the United States, despite having been slated to join up with the senior side.last_img read more

Elite Nebraska Signee Addresses Position Change Rumors

first_imgNebraska football players run onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska football has its quarterback of the future—and present—in Adrian Martinez, but that isn’t stopping Luke McCaffrey from looking to play the position at the next level.McCaffrey, the youngest brother of NFL and former Stanford star Christian and Michigan quarterback Dylan, was listed as a four-star “athlete” as a recruit.The Colorado native is the No. 1 ranked recruit in the state, per 247Sports.The site’s composite ranking system has him No. 260 overall in the country, and No. 12 among athlete recruits.McCaffrey has only been a full-time quarterback at the high school level for one season, and Martinez will be in Lincoln for at least two more seasons. He’s not eyeing a position change though.Luke McCaffrey recently confirmed that he will be playing quarterback at Nebraska.Big schools like Michigan and Ohio State recruited the youngest McCaffrey, but it was Scott Frost and his staff that sold him on being a Nebraska quarterback, while other programs waffled a bit on his position.From the Omaha World-Herald:“Nebraska has told me they’ve been pretty sold with me at quarterback,” McCaffrey said. “That’s something I like. I think they’ve been honest through the whole recruiting process so I trust them. I trust their word in saying I’m a quarterback.”[…]“I’m really excited about him playing quarterback for us here,” (Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario) Verduzco said when McCaffrey signed this month. “I know there’s been some chatter about him playing other positions. Luke’s going to play quarterback for us and gonna be a damn good one.”McCaffrey is enrolling early at Nebraska this month to get a jump on his college career.[Omaha World-Herald]last_img read more

Agro Project Generates Employment for Rural Youth

first_imgOver 300 young people, aged of 15 to 29, in four parishes islandwide, have benefitted significantly from the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) Rural Youth Employment (RUYE) project, since its inception in January 2010. The initiative, a partnership involving the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), is geared towards reducing the incidence of poverty, unemployment and exclusion among rural youth, deemed vulnerable. This, by equipping them with the requisite skills to undertake agricultural or agro-processing ventures. The programme has received funding support to the tune of US$1.25 million, from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Project Manager, SRC, Ruth Simpson, informs JIS News that the programme, which is slated to conclude later this month, seeks to strengthen the capacity of youths in Jamaica’s rural communities to capitalise on income generating opportunities in a sustainable manner, through profitable agricultural or agro-processing enterprises. Since its implementation, the programme has assisted more than 300 young people in over 20 communities, to start their own agricultural/agro-processing ventures, in several areas. These include: honey production/beekeeping; goat rearing; greenhouse applications and production; and sorrel and sweet potato agro-processing.   Some of the communities involved include: Pusey Hill and Asia in Manchester; Llandewey in St. Thomas; Grant’s Mountain, Aboukir, Hind’s Town, Pedro River and McNie inSt. Ann; and Wakefield in Trelawny. Miss Simpson informs that the parishes and communities were selected based on the PIOJ’s poverty map, which indicated the most vulnerable communities in the country. She notes that under the project, the participants were provided with training in the areas of human relations and social skills; business development; entrepreneurship; mentorship; technical beekeeping and honey processing; and goat herding. “With the unattached (and) unemployed youth in the communities, we gathered them together and said to them ‘what is a project that you think could work for in this community?’ and we introduced them to a range of possible projects, and based on the experiences within their groups, they selected one,” she explains. Citing examples, the Project Manager says the abundance of flora and fauna in the Blue Mountain, prompted the Llandewey group in St. Thomas to venture into beekeeping and goat herding. Additionally, she informs of two goat rearing projects inMcNie and Pedro River; a green house project in Aboukir; a sweet potato and sorrel agro processing project in Hind’s Town; with a beekeeping project slated to be established in White River, St. Ann. RUYE has also facilitated the implementation of a sorrel and guava agro- processing venture in Wakefield, Trelawny, as well as goat rearing and beekeeping activities in Pusey Hill and Asia in Manchester. Miss Simpson points out that while “natural attrition” has seen a number of the participants “falling out” of the programme, a significant number of youths have remained and made considerable progress with their ventures. One such group is the Llandewey beekeepers, who have continued to do exceptionally well.    At the start of the project, the participants were presented with a total of five bee hives per person, to assist them in kick-starting their businesses. In addition to the bee hives, they were also presented with protective gear and a containerized honey processing facility from which they would bottle, label and sell their products. Communications Officer, SRC, Michelle Morris, informs that, “With the training received, these youths have, since, surpassed the minimum amount of hives given to them and have multiplied them, triple fold, and more.” She notes that the Llandewey group, which received some 275 bee hives in September 2011, has since produced in excess of 400 quarts of honey. “(With) all remaining constant, these beekeepers can potentially earn approximately $60,000 from four hives per year,” she remarks. Beekeeper and Llandewey group member, Fabian Williams, who joined the programme in September 2011, was presented with the prize for the Most Outstanding Participant, during a recent awards ceremony.  Since joining the project, Fabian has multiplied his four hives to 25 within eight months which has, to date, yielded 25 gallons of honey. Speaking with JIS News, Fabian informs that he hopes to take beekeeping to the ‘highest possible level’, and is planning to double his 25 boxes by May 2013, when his next harvest is due. He indicates that he is enjoying the task of beekeeping to the extent that he will be quitting his job as an electrician to concentrate solely on his new vocation. He points out that his recent award has motivated him to excel even further. “I realise that I am very good at this thing; so I just put my mind and heart to it and decide that I am going to do this for a living,” he says. “Right now I am not stopping; I am just climbing till I reach the top.” Fabian has set himself the goal of expanding his business to more than 300 boxes within the next three years. While the project is slated to end this month, Ms. Simpson hopes that additional funding can be sourced from various other organisations to assist in facilitating a second phase of the initiative. “If there isn’t a phase II, what is being done is that we are trying to see if we can get some funding agency interested in completing individual projects. The Planning Institute of Jamaica has been lobbying agencies and we’re hoping that even if there is no phase II, that these projects will (at least) be completed,” Miss Simpson states.last_img read more

IHI Invests in Future Shipbuilders

first_imgzoom IHI Corporation (IHI),  Atlântico Sul Shipyard (EAS) and Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) will join forces in building up their workforce in shipbuilding and offshore industry. Namely, the three parties signed  a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) while in Brasilia, Brasil, aimed at establishing strategic cooperation framework for expansion of human resources potential in the two sectors. The MOU was signed in the presence of Brasil’s President Dilma Rouseff and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Presidential Palace.Pursuant to the MOU, EAS will send their IHI selected engineers to UFPE to teach in an Offshore and Shipbuilding Course – Curso de Engenharia Naval.IHI is EAS’ main stakeholder,  and has allocated skilled shipbuilding engineers with good working knowledge to EAS.EAS will receive small groups of UFPE students for a short-term course taught by the shipyard’s engineering staff with the support of Human Development Center of the company.UFPE and EAS provide students with the opportunity to participate in the Supervised Internship Program at the IHI Shipyard.IHI will take on UFPE students as interns with the support of the Science Without Borders federal scholarship program (Ciência Sem Fronteiras).Press Release, August 4, 2014last_img read more

SIT summons appointment records of womans mother

first_imgShahjahanpur (UP): The special investigation team probing rape charges against Swami Chinmayanand here on Thursday summoned records relating to the appointment of the complainant woman’s mother at a college run by Mumukshu Ashram of the BJP leader.The student’s mother was appointed a teacher at the college in May this year. The principal of the college handed over the records to the SIT, sources said. The SIT is currently questioning people in connection with the case and will submit its report to the Allahabad High Court on September 23. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghMeanwhile, there was no change in the condition of 72-year-old Chinmayanand, who was admitted to a state-run hospital after he complained of uneasiness on Wednesday. He underwent several tests. A team of four doctors is continuously keeping an eye on him, PRO of the medical college Dr Puja Pandey told PTI. Swami Chinmayanand is being treated for BPH diabetes and upset stomach, she added. Police are yet to register a rape case against the septuagenarian leader despite the woman recording her statement before a magistrate on Monday. She had threatened to set herself on fire if the BJP leader was not arrested immediately. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadShe also asked if the government was waiting for her to die even after her statement was recorded before the magistrate. “Even two days after I recorded my statement before a magistrate, Chinmayanand has not been arrested. If the government is waiting for me to die, I will sprinkle kerosene on my body and immolate myself,” the student had told reporters. IG Naveen Arora, who heads the team, had stated that no arrest had been made so far. He said the mobile phone of the witness and the pen drive given by the student had been sent for a forensic examination. Police had earlier registered a case of criminal intimidation and abduction on a complaint lodged by the woman’s father. Later, the student, who studied at a college run by an organisation led by the BJP leader, also accused him of rape, and “physical exploitation” over a year.last_img read more

Indian leather industry gets a boost

first_imgIt was dream come true for leather artisans hailing from Delhi and neighbouring areas, when Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Gadkari rechristened them as Charm-Chikitsak (Leather Doctors) and distributed advanced leather tool kits among nearly 150 leather artisans on September 24, at a function held under the aegis of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) at NDMC Building here.Speaking on the occasion organised under 150th Birth Anniversary Celebration Year of Mahatma Gandhi, the minister said that leather industry is one of the pioneer village industries and leather art/craft has immense potential of job creation, especially in the rural areas. “I am happy that KVIC has decided to manifest the idea of ‘Antyodaya’ (by Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay) and ‘Swablamban’. The aim is to help leather artisans with macro-financial assistance so that they may start producing the leather products as per the market need,” he said and informed that the KVIC has so far established 419 units within last three years under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP). Also Read – The Puja carnival “It is our prime duty to support this marginalised lot, who has either switched to another business or the second generation has not turned up to the vocation. I am sure such leather tool kits may enhance the value-added leather art and craft products,” he stated, adding, “Our government has considered leather and craft industries as one of the core village industries under ‘Gramodyog Vikas Yojana’.” He also appealed the leather artisans to improve quality of their products and assured that the government will give them the needed financial assistance. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraAppreciating KVIC’s efforts in uplifting the marginalised community, Gadkari further mentioned: “In the coming days, leather art and craft industry will be one of the significant village industries under KVIC and the lost glory in this sector will be regained, for which KVIC will be recognised. MSME has extended additional support of Rs 25 crores for the overall development of leather art and craft industry.” KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, in his welcome address, said that believing on Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of self-reliance and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mantra of inclusive growth, KVIC is committed to ensuring the development of every person in the society. “With these programs, we can bring change in the lives of marginalised people. It will not only increase the income of charm-chikitsak in manifold, but will also give them social security and acceptance,” he said. “In the current financial year, KVIC would distribute another 70,000 leather tool kits among the trained leather-doctors,” he further informed. Among others, who addressed this function were New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi and former Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi.last_img read more

Algeria court sentences Bouteflika brother to 15 years

first_imgAlgiers: An Algerian military court has sentenced the brother of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and three co-defendants to 15 years in prison, the state APS news agency reported on Wednesday. Said Bouteflika, widely seen as the real power behind the presidency after his brother suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013, went on trial on Monday alongside two former intelligence chiefs and a political party head. All four faced charges of “undermining the authority of the army” and “conspiring” against the state in order to bring about regime change, in the run-up to the ageing president’s resignation in the face of mass protests earlier this year.last_img read more

Karachi gears up for first ODI in 10 years

first_imgKARACHI: Karachi hosts a one-day international for the first time in 10 years when Pakistan take on a depleted Sri Lanka on Friday (September 27), furthering the country’s revival in international cricket. “History will be made on Friday when Karachi will host the first ODI,” said Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. “We must thank the Sri Lankan team for touring us.” Teams have been reluctant to visit the cricket-mad country since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuAlthough no players were killed in the attack, several were injured and eight people died. The attack forced Pakistan to play all their “home” Tests and most of its short-form games in the United Arab Emirates with Zimbabwe becoming the first team to return to Pakistan in 2015. That tour was followed by a Twenty20 series by a World XI in 2017, a one-off T20 match against Sri Lanka that same year, and the West Indies for a Twenty20 series in Karachi in 2018. The current tour — comprising three one-day internationals and as many Twenty20s — was tainted by the withdrawal of 10 Sri Lankan players who cited security fears. Sri Lanka then stalled the tour after receiving information of a possible militant attack on the team, before the all clear was finally given last week. Pakistan have put in place stringent security measures normally reserved for heads of state.last_img read more

NEW DELHI On the occasion of International Day fo

first_imgNEW DELHI: On the occasion of International Day for Older Persons, Delhi Police organised an interaction programme with senior citizens in South Delhi. The event was organised in the office complex of South District, Hauz Khas. More than 165 senior citizens attended the programme.Since a large number of senior citizens are being duped by fraudsters online by luring them into big schemes and insurance policies. Delhi Police also gave a presentation on “how can we save ourselves from cyber crime”. Some safety tips to avoid any untoward incident were also told by Joint CP Southern Range Devesh Chandra Srivastva during the programme. Further, the senior citizens were told about the “Tatpar” application which has been recently launched by Delhi Police. The app amalgamates all the websites and mobile applications of Delhi Police, and over 50 services which can now be accessed with a single touch in the app. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”A total 4,023 senior citizens have been registered in South District and they are visited by the beat staff regularly. During the current year, total 55,291 visits have been conducted,” said Atul Kumar Thakur, DCP South. He further said that during the visit, their problems, health status, physical security of the house are looked into. Status of domestic helps, whether verified or no, is ascertained. Apart from this, senior citizens are suggested to display the telephone numbers of relatives, friends etc.last_img read more

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