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SHOOTING OF NEW FILM STARTS IN DONEGAL NEXT WEEK

first_imgA short film based on the famous Irish poem An Crann will begin shooting in Glenties next week.The film, based on Núala Ní Dhomhnaill’s poem of the same name, starts shooting on June 26th.An Crann is a transatlantic project, with a crew comprised of recent graduates from both New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the National Film School at IADT Dun Laoghaire. The film tells the story of Brendan and Aisling, a couple who have lived together in Donegal for twenty-five years. Their lives are relatively uneventful… until one day, a strange new neighbour chops down their tree.When Aisling informs their neighbour of her mistake, the woman invites Aisling to cut down one of her trees in retaliation. Brendan relishes the opportunity for payback, whilst Aisling is determined to forgive and forget. But the woman continues to wheedle her way into the couple’s lives, and soon Aisling is forced to make a hard choice.The film stars veterans of the Irish screen and stage Bairbre Ní Caoimh and Nichola MacEvilly, in an Irish language script by Emma Carlson.Núala Ní Dhomhnaill is one of Ireland’s preeminent poets, and writes exclusively in Irish. Her work has been translated to English by Paul Muldoon, Seamus Heaney, and Medbh McGuckian. An Crann appears in Ní Dhomhnaill’s 1988 Rogha Dánta: Selected Poems.  SHOOTING OF NEW FILM STARTS IN DONEGAL NEXT WEEK was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An CranndonegalfilmingGlentieslast_img read more

Darwin: Imagine a World Without Him

first_img(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new book tries to imagine how different the world would be, had Darwin as an individual not lived to promote his particular views on evolution.With a title reminiscent of Dinesh D’Souza’s recent book and movie, America: Imagine the World Without Her, Peter Bowler just published a book on a different counterfactual note: Darwin Deleted: Imagining a World Without Darwin.  Ana Marie R. Almeida reviewed the book in Nature under the headline, “Darwin Who?”Bowler feels that the world would be quite different had Darwin not lived, even though many evolutionary beliefs were already popular in Europe and America.  He doesn’t buy the “in the air” thesis, Almeida relates; Darwin was a special guy with a unique combination of interests and abilities. Had he not lived, other evolutionary ideas would have become dominant, but Darwin made evolution much more confrontational than other thinkers.As Bowler writes, it is unquestionable that “Darwin presented his contemporaries with the harshest possible version of nature.” That contributed to his becoming the figurehead of what was perceived as an attack on traditional values. Bowler’s analysis makes it clear that without Darwin’s revolutionary in-put [sic], evolutionism would have developed in a less confrontational manner. Darwin-like ideas would not otherwise have gained currency for another 30 or 40 years, by which time the general idea of evolution would not have posed a threat to most religious thinkers. Thus, Bowler argues, the antagonism between evolutionism and religion might well be a “product of particular historical events rather than an inevitable conflict of irreconcilable positions.”We’ll never know, of course, how things might have turned out.  Historians might well question how accommodating conservative theologians would have been with any “Darwin-like” ideas, no matter who presented them, or how gently.  But what of “Social Darwinism”?  Here, Bowler lets Darwin off the hook a bit, according to Almeida.In addition, Bowler’s mental experiment leads us to realize that many of the alleged consequences of what has been called social Darwinism would likely have taken place in a world without Darwin. In fact, “most of the effects … labeled as ‘social Darwinism’ could have emerged in a world that had no inkling of the theory of natural selection” and “some of those effects … might well have been even more strident in the absence of the Darwinian theory.” Far from being a consequence of Darwinism, the idea of progress and the allied theories of directed evolution were grounded in wider social and cultural forces.Almeida does not necessarily agree with all of Bowler’s counterfactual world, but appreciates its ability to question assumptions.  “Through his scenario in which the Origin never appeared, Bowler improves our ability to think about the assumptions underlying contemporary debates.”On a related note, Nature interviewed science historian John van Whye, who has put online Darwin’s personal library aboard the HMS Beagle, allowing viewers to survey the books that influenced Darwin during that critical turning point in his thinking.Bowler (who made some revealing comments about Darwin in CMI’s 2009 film The Voyage that Shook the World) may be partly right about non-Darwinian evolutionary ideas floating around.  He’s correct that the “idea of progress” was in the air, given the visible advances of the industrial revolution.  But after the embarrassment of Robert Chambers’ fact-free evolutionary speculations in Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (1844), industry leaders and politicians might have shied away from linking “progress” with “evolution.”  Some theologians could just as well have continued justifying the pursuit of progress with Biblical references (e.g., Psalm 111:2, Daniel 12:4), as previous great scientists had done.  Shuddering at Chambers’ empirical flaws, Darwin was keen to ground his theory in at least the appearance of observational support.  That’s why he included so many personal observations of nature in his Origin of Species, whether or not they actually supported his views.  Evolutionary theories might have fizzled without Darwin’s impressive detailed descriptions of plants, bugs, and animals.It must also be remembered that Darwin attempted to formulate an evolutionary theory that was rankly materialistic at heart, devoid of any divine involvement or concept of design.  The “directed evolution” ideas that followed, though not reliant on natural selection, might have taken on a theistic flavor, considering that Lamarckism had not gained the influence of Darwinism, and there were leading 19th century scientists of renown (Lord Kelvin, Adam Sedgwick, Robert Owen, James Clerk Maxwell and others) who were well placed to trounce any atheistic propositions put forth by also-rans lacking the Darwin propaganda machine.  This is not to say that non-Darwinian evolutionary views would have been more religious (certainly not Biblical), but they might not have been as materialistic as Darwin’s.Consequently, social movements without “Social Darwinism” might have been far less ruthless.  It was the seeming escape into atheism offered by materialistic Darwinism that put the real cruelty into 20th century violence.  How could eugenics, war, and genocide be rationalized on a theistic basis?  Even if politicians and ethicists had leaned toward ideas of racial purity anyway, it’s hard to imagine anyone advocating such atrocities as genocide or positive eugenics with background beliefs in a wise, providential, loving God, whether or not they agreed with the Genesis chronology (which Lyell had already made unpopular earlier, in the 1830s). We say this with full knowledge that atrocities have been committed in the name of Christianity (Islam is another story; read the news).  Historian Rodney Stark, though, has shown that even bad episodes like the Crusades and the Inquisition were not in the same ballpark of merciless cruelty that followed Darwin.  Read about the Cambodian genocide, for example.We see in real history, instead, that the movers and shakers of the 20th century justified their ruthless violence with reference to “survival of the fittest” and the “law of the jungle” Darwin championed.  We mustn’t oversimplify, because there were other influential Victorian thinkers, notably Herbert Spencer and Thomas Malthus, who presented views that rationalized some of the pillars of Social Darwinism (e.g., the priority of fitness, the necessity of suffering and extinction for the majority, and urgency of preserving scarce resources for the few).  After 1859, though, some of these thinkers were not enthusiastic about Darwin’s proposed mechanism of natural selection.  But they loved his materialism!—especially Ernst Haeckl and some influential Germans.  Darwin’s promotion of fitness as “nature’s law” of how things should be launched “Darwin’s Century” of unspeakable atrocities.So we disagree with Bowler that Social Darwinism would have been just as bad or worse without Darwin.  The veneer of scientific credibility Darwin presented offered scientific justification for the pursuit of fitness, removing all concern for mercy, justice, or love.  Indeed, it was the rapacious who came to be celebrated, and the weak criticized as a drain on evolutionary progress.  The worst offenders did not cite Malthus, Spencer, or Lamarck.  Their champion was Darwin.last_img read more

Wagner downs Sithole in Acsa SA Open final

first_img5 May 2014American David Wagner ended his South African safari with a victory over Lucas Sithole in the final of the quads in the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) SA Open at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.In a showdown between the world number one and two, it was the more experienced Wagner who won 6-2 6-3.Double triumphIt was a double triumph for the American, who also beat Sithole in last week’s Gauteng Open.After securing victory, Wagner paid tribute to the young South African as a man who has rapidly become a force in the quads’ division.‘It’s phenomenal’“I knew Lucas would have a lot of support out there, and it’s phenomenal to see that kind of support in wheelchair tennis. It’s good that they could see him playing at his best at home. But for me, this is great because I lost in the semi-finals here last year to Lucas. I know Lucas will never give up in a match, so I can’t let down my guard,” said Wagner.Sithole lost his serve in the first game of each set, but did well to save three match points before eventually succumbing.‘Very smart tennis’“David played very smart tennis. I knew he was going to go all out and I gave it my best, but it didn’t work out,” Sithole said.“It’s not great losing at home because this is our biggest tournament, but I’m happy for the organisers and sponsors because this is a great event. To get the top players here motivates our young players.”The significance of having so many leading players competing in the event was also not lost on Wagner.“I love the sport and I love what’s going on in the sport, and in countries like South Africa. I love that I get to be a small part of that and to inspire people. As long as I feel competitive and I’m enjoying it, I’ll continue to play,” he enthused.Men’s singles finalIn the men’s singles final, world number two Stephane Houdet of France beat British world number three Gordon Reid 6-3 6-3 to also claim an African double following his victory in last week’s Gauteng Open.“I played smart. I won almost all of the break points and just lost my serve once. I gave him tough balls to play,” said Houdet. ‘The altitude is tough’Both players, however, felt they could have delivered better tennis. “The level of the game could’ve been better. The altitude is tough when it comes to controlling the ball, and I think we both made too many mistakes.” the French star added.Reid had his opportunities, but failed to take advantage of them. “I’m very disappointed, more with the standard of the tennis and not just the result. I had my chances but if you don’t take them against a player like Stephane you’re going to get punished, and that’s what happened,” he said.Women’s singlesThe women’s singles final saw the only upset of the day when Aniek Van Koot of The Netherlands beat world number one Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany 6-4 4-6 6-4, with Ellerbrock suffering from dehydration after the titanic battle.“This is quite special. I didn’t expect this considering how badly I was playing at the beginning of the tournament,” said Van Koot, who defeated South African world number seven KG Montjane on her way to the title.DoublesIn the doubles, Wagner and Sarah Hunter won the quads’ title, beating Antony Cotterill and Andrew Lapthorne 6-1 2-6 7-6 (3).The men’s doubles final was won by Houdet and Frederic Cattaneo, who beat Nicolas Peifer and Reid 6-3 6-1.There was success for South Africa’s Montjane in the women’s doubles final. She and Marjolein Buis of The Netherlands thrashed Van Koot and Lucy Shuker 6-0 6-1 to lift the title.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau highlights past success and plans the future at 101st annual meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation rounded out its 100th year with the 101st annual meeting this week where there was plenty to celebrate and discuss.“Less than 1% of U.S. companies make it to their centennial. I couldn’t be more excited for Ohio Farm Bureau members and their organization,” said Frank Burkett, III, OFBF president. “Our members are committed to water quality in the state of Ohio, so we had a lot of discussion on nutrient management, and at the same time we are going to have a lot of fun celebrating where we are today and where we are going in the next 100 years.”Some of the other key policy discussions included transportation and infrastructure and wildlife management. The approved policies set the direction for the organization’s activities in the coming year. A record 381 delegates representing all county Farm Bureaus participated in the debate and discussion.Attendees heard from Governor Mike DeWine on the important role Ohio Farm Bureau had in shaping the direction of the recently unveiled H2Ohio initiative and water quality programs. Members supported incentives for performing on-farm nutrient management trials that address water quality, along with the ongoing partnerships of statewide conservation efforts, including the newly formed Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative.Efficient transportation is vital to a robust agriculture sector in Ohio, and delegates discussed finding a balance between the need to deliver farm products while maintaining roadways and bridges. Protections on the farm from wildlife and predators also were considered. Attendees discussed the need for sensible hunting regulations that respect the concerns of farmers, including security of livestock and crops. Other policy votes addressed property rights, education and permanent daylight savings time.Adam Sharp, executive vice president OFBF, highlighted the value of partnerships in Farm Bureau’s century of success in setting policy and shaping the agricultural landscape.“The partnering part of this huge. We brag quite a bit in Ohio about the partnering that happens across our industry in our state and it keeps getting broader and more important. The commodity groups are all great partners of ours. We put in place a number of activities that we work on together. One is the State Fair and we partner on a number of youth programs as well to develop young leaders and help young people come into the industry,” Sharp said. “One thing that has gotten national attention in recent years is water quality. We formed a coalition to bring in even more people including environmental and conservation groups. That is pretty unique. “We have great people in those organizations who want to work with agriculture and that is a very good place to be. We have very divisive politics right now but we have been able to put together a coalition of the right people on this including Soil and Water Conservation districts, Ohio State University, other universities, agriculture, and environmental groups to collaborate with state government and put together the right kinds of programs for long term solutions for water quality. That is what we have been able to do here in Ohio with the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative.”Another highlight from the event was the recognition of three individuals for their lifetime achievements. Long-time Nationwide leader Steve Rasmussen received the Ezra C. Anstaett Heritage Award. Farmer Tom Price of Delaware County was honored with the Distinguished Service Award. OFBF Sr. Director of Corporate Communications Joe Cornely received the Agricultural Communicator Award, the second time he has been honored with the award. Farm Bureau volunteers, county organizations and state leaders nominated candidates for the awards.In addition, 29 county Farm Bureaus were honored with Achievement Awards for outstanding programming over the past year.“Our county Farm Bureaus had some really great programming this year,” Sharp said. “Their contributions had a positive impact in the agriculture industry as well as local communities. It’s great to see our county Farm Bureaus so heavily invested in their communities.”Volunteer Farm Bureau members judged the projects, which represent excellence in local activities that support Ohio Farm Bureau’s strategic efforts. Those include programs to strengthen the organization and build membership, affect public policy, promote agriculture and enhance the organization’s relationship with long-standing partner Nationwide. The counties were placed in four divisions based on the size of their membership.Collaboration Awards were also presented to county Farm Bureaus that worked together to create unique and effective programming.Top counties: Belmont: School Backpack Program Carroll: Public Policy 2019 Programs Coshocton: Breakfast on the Farm Defiance: Farm Family Health Screening Fayette: Discovery Camp Fulton: Breakfast on the Farm Hamilton: Farm to Family Bloom to Grow Harrison: Public Policy 2019 Programs Henry: Farmers Provide Flood Relief Jackson-Vinton: Breakfast with Santa on the Farm Jefferson: Communications and Outreach 2019 Programs Logan: County Agriculture Impact Fund Reverse Raffle Lorain: Brunch with a Farmer Mercer: Birdseye View into Agriculture Montgomery: Grow Where You are Planted Morrow: Farm Tour Muskingum: Dinner on the Farm Pike: Farm Family Retro Picnic and Rural Safety Day Ross: MADE on the Farm Shelby: Farm to Table and More Tuscarawas: Public Policy 2019 ProgramsCollaboration Awards were presented to: Allen, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert: Ag District Signup Days Carroll and Tuscarawas: Sowing the Seeds for Agriculture’s Future Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull: Farm, Business, Land and Homeowners Conference.In addition, Ohio Farm Bureau’s officers and trustees were elected including: President Frank Burkett, III; Vice President Bill Patterson; Treasurer Cy Prettyman; District 1 trustee Chris Weaver: Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties; District 5 trustee Craig Polhman: Allen, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert counties; District 6 trustee Paul Harrison: Hancock, Hardin, Seneca and Wyandot counties; District 10 trustee Mike Bensman: Auglaize, Logan, Mercer and Shelby counties; District 13 trustee Jerry Lahmers: Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties; District 15 trustee Michael Videkovich: Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway and Ross counties; District 19 trustee John Mossbarger: Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties; District 20 trustee Nathan Brown: Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland counties; Southwest regional trustee Kyle Smith: Adams, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Union and Warren counties. Kyle and Ashton Walls of Mt. Vernon have been named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2019 Excellence in Agriculture Award. Matt Vodraska of Doylestown has been named the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2019 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. Farmer Tom Price of Delaware County was honored with the Distinguished Service Award. Victoria Popp won the Discussion Meet. Frank Burkett, III, OFBF president OFBF Sr. Director of Corporate Communications Joe Cornely received the Agricultural Communicator Award, the second time he has been honored with the award. Adam Sharplast_img read more

Factery Labs Makes Other Search Engines Look Incomplete

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The company’s test demo searches Twitter and Yahoo Boss – neither search is as exciting as I’d hoped 100% of the time, but it’s often remarkably good. Factery is also testing an interesting integration with Silverlight stream reader Sobees, in which linked pages from Twitter or Facebook are annotated with automatically extracted highlights via Factery. I expect a whole lot of companies are going to at least try this API out and I’m excited to see the results.How This is Unlike Other Real-Time Search ServicesFactery is talking a lot about its ability to analyze links shared over Twitter, but that’s probably just because Twitter is easy for people to understand. The fact is, the service can perform on-demand analysis of text behind any set of links. That’s what differentiates it from other real-time search engines like OneRiot, which also analyzes the text of pages linked to on networks like Twitter and offers an API to display real-time search results on other sites. Competitor Collecta analyzes Twitter streams in real time and offers an XMPP API to push new search results live to any page.Factery is a different kind of animal, though. It’s more like a smart search inside any other search. It doesn’t even have to be search, though. The company talks a lot about how they make mobile reading more efficient by pulling the salient information up to the surface of a page, instead of requiring mobile readers to load multiple pages.I thought of five or six different ways I’d like to use it just while talking to the company on the phone. (I’m not going to share those here, either. I think some could offer an important competitive advantage.)I’d Love to See This Work EverywhereYesterday I was testing a new Android app from the Sunlight Foundation that lets you track members of congress. One tab in the app is a search for your congressperson in the news. Unfortunately, the page excerpts give no indication why the politician you searched for appeared in that news story – just that their name did, somewhere. That search is powered by a Yahoo API, probably BOSS, but it’s not any fun to use at all. How unsatisfying, I thought, when I could have a list of key facts concerning my search query in the list of links that the search brought back. But that was yesterday, and Factery is just launching today.The possibilities are truly endless. That’s probably why Ron Conway, one of the leading investors in the real-time economy, joined others in investing in the company. With $1.2 million in the bank, Factery is a modest developer play with a whole lot of potential.Give Factery’s API a try and let us know what you think. It’s free to use; the company says it may start inserting “sponsored facts” (isn’t that an interesting phrase) into results later but things like business model and to a lesser degree de-duplication are still works in progress. I sure do love this idea. marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Most text excerpts that appear on search results pages aren’t very useful. Imagine if instead your search engine showed a list of clear sentences summarizing the contents of each link on that search result page. That’s what a new service called Factery Labs aims to provide for any service that utilizes the API it’s launching today.You give Factery a list of links and a keyword and it will build an index of all the facts asserted in those links about your topic of interest, delivered in XML or JSON format. The service can run on top of a search engine but could also be used in any number of other ways. I’ve been feeling unsatisfied with other search engines all day since seeing a Factery demo Monday morning.After building that “fact index,” Factery ranks the links submitted by the quality and density of facts related to query on the page. Compare the search results page on Google News for “Paul Allen” to the information that Factery extracts from links being shared on Twitter about Paul Allen. The Google News page tells you nothing, except that Paul Allen has cancer – over and over again. Compare that with the Factery results page – I don’t even need to click through if I don’t want to, I feel like I got a great overview of the story just from my search page. Perhaps that’s a problem – for a publishing industry that already says it’s scared of search engines – but as a reader it sure isn’t my problem, it’s great. Why would I want Google News to tell me where I can go to find information if someone else will just give me the information? Tags:#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Yoga exponent Geeta Iyengar, daughter of B.K.S. Iyengar, passes away

first_imgDr. Geeta S. Iyengar, the eldest daughter of legendary Yoga guru, B.K.S. Iyengar and a noted exponent of the yogic science in her own right, passed away at her residence on Sunday, aged 74.The cause of death was myocardial infarction, said family sources.Dr. Iyengar’s sudden death comes barely two days after the conclusion of the birth centenary celebrations of ‘Yogacharya’ Iyengar held at the city’s Balewadi sports complex. Described in the world press as the world’s “leading female yoga exponent” and a “pioneer” who blazed a trail for women in Yoga, she carved out a niche in adapting yogic principles for women.Her book ‘Yoga: A gem for women’ became the primer for women across the world and was translated in half-a-dozen European languages.Ms. Iyengar, who jointly directed the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) along with her brother Prashant, began imbibing the precepts of yoga from her father at a tender age.Already a recognized teacher by the age of 16, she began instructing in the early 1960s. With a doctorate in Ayurveda, she melded her knowledge of the medicinal system with the principles of yoga. Adhering closely to her father’s emphasis on classical sources and ritual practices of yoga, she soon emerged out of the Yogacharya’s shadow to spread the ‘Iyengar brand’ in countries across the globe.She believed that the aim of yoga was ultimately to reach the core of eternal truth, which involved a long process of transformation.Maintaining a punishing schedule till her last breath, Ms. Iyengar kept instructing and touring the country’s hinterland extensively for the past year in anticipation of the 10-day exposition (which began on December 3) and the birth centenary celebrations of Yogacharya Iyengar, which concluded on December 14 last week.“Geetaji’s death comes as a shock to all of us…she was an extremely vibrant person and was the moving force behind the 10-day practical yoga exposition to mark the Yogacharya’s birth centenary. She even took classes on the occasion,” said Shael Sharma, one of Yogacharya’s disciples.Like her father, she was a noted expounder of Patanjali’s ‘Yoga Sutra’, which she held was the foundation of the art and science of yoga.Touring the globe extensively, she held inspirational retreats and conventions in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and South Africa among other places in the world.Her retreats blended rigorous instruction with humour and compassion. They aimed at a unity of the body and the mind and often transcended the asanas, the pranayama and mere remedial teaching to include chanting and Sanskrit pronunciation.“Yoga,” she once said in a 2011 interview, “was like an elixir of life to me.” Yet, like her father, Geeta Iyengar kept ill-health through much of her childhood.At the age of nine, she suffered from nephritis (kidney inflammation) and had to be hospitalized as a result.This caused her father great consternation, as he was not able to afford the high cost of medication; he instead recommended that she practice asanas to improve her health, spurring her lifelong devotion to Yoga.She is survived by her brother Prashant and her four sisters.last_img read more

Man shot at in Begusarai after he reveals his ‘Muslim name’

first_imgA Muslim man, Mohd. Qasim, was shot at in Begusarai district of Bihar on Sunday morning allegedly after the assailant asked him his name. An FIR was later lodged at the local police station but the accused, who was named, has not yet been arrested.Mr. Qasim, 28, was shot at in Kumbhi village allegedly by a local criminal Rajiv Yadav. The victim, a detergent salesman, had gone to Kumbhi on his bike to collect money from customers.A video of an injured Mr. Qasim speaking about the incident, has gone viral on social media.“I was stopped by Rajiv Yadav and he asked for my name… when I told him, he fired on me, saying “What are you doing here? You should go to Pakistan,” Mr. Qasim says in the video. “Rajiv Yadav was drunk and when he started loading another cartridge in his pistol, I pushed him and fled leaving my motorcycle.”Shot in the backShot in the back, Mr. Qasim said none of the bystanders came to his rescue at first. However, when Yadav left the spot after firing in the air, some villagers took him to the local police station and the police then admitted him to the local government hospital.‘Feeling threatened’Mr. Qasim was later shifted to a private nursing home. “He is still critical. Doctors are scheduled to operate on him to remove the bullet,” Mohd. Javed, his brother, told The Hindu over the phone. “Yes, we’re feeling threatened after the incident…The accused has not been arrested yet,” he added.Begusarai Superintendent of Police Awakash Kumar said, “Mohd Qasim has lodged an FIR at the local Cheria-Bariarpur police station and has also named one person. We are conducting a raid to arrest him but he is at large.Earlier, Mr. Kumar had urged people not to generalise a single incident.‘Don’t generalise’In series of tweets, he said, “Let us not fall into this trap. Matter shall be investigated thoroughly and guilty punished. But request all not to spread such rumours based on action of a single individual. One must realise this sends a wrong message not only in local area but to whole nation and might disturb our social fabric in the long term.”In the recently concluded general election, former Union Minister Giriraj Singh won the Begusarai seat, defeating CPI candidate and former JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar by over 4.5 lakh votes.last_img read more

Skill-based trainings to restructure livelihood activities in Nagaland

first_imgWith 81 per cent of the workforce in eastern Nagaland engaged in the agricultural sector and only 18.9 per cent in secondary and tertiary sectors, as per 2011 Census, it is important to restructure livelihood activities for removing such “glaring” gaps, a government official said. Addressing the valedictory programme of a capacity building training programme here, the official said, according to 2011 Census, 52.7 per cent of the workforce in the state is engaged in agricultural sector and 47.3 per cent in secondary and tertiary sectors.“With such glaring critical gaps, it is important to restructure the livelihood activities with various skill-based trainings and ensure that the unemployed youth get gainful employment,” he said. The training, conducted by the Department of Underdeveloped Areas (DUDA) in the last two months, ended on Thursday. Speaking at the programme, Advisor for DUDA, N Bonkhao Konyak said, “unemployment is not only an area of concern in Nagaland but it is also a challenging issue in the country.” The capacity building training was organised with an aim of inculcating entrepreneurial skills among the youth of underprivileged sections of society. With the state government reaching its saturation point in the employment sector, the only window of opportunity was to boost entrepreneurial activities and streamline the job roles according to the training one has received through capacity building programmes, he said. The DUDA in partnership with the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) has set up four computer centres in Tuensang, Mon, Longleng and Kiphire district headquarters, he said. Congratulating the trainees, Mr. Konyak encouraged them to go back to their areas, open small units, and start earning, with the certificate, tools and equipment along with the seed money provided by the department. He also said that the department would be closely monitoring their activities to ensure that the training programme had contributed towards improving the socio-economic condition of eastern Nagaland. Thirty male participants underwent hands-on training on repair and maintenance of power supply, inverter and UPS, while culinary skills were imparted to 24 girls.last_img read more

Durban Test: South Africa 111/3 at close on Day 3

first_imgSouth Africa’s batsman Jacques Kallis plays a shot off India’s bowler Zaheer Khan, unseen, during the third day of the second Test match at the Kingsmead stadium in Durban, South Africa on Tuesday Dec. 28, 2010. APSouth Africa needed 192 runs with seven wickets in hand while India fancied their chances of a remarkable series-levelling victory when bad light forced early stumps on Day 3 of the second Test at the Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Tuesday. SCOREJacques Kallis and AB de Villiers were at the crease trying to stabilize the innings after early assaults had left them in disarray with 82/3 on board.Harris accuses Sreesanth of getting personal with SmithIndia’s bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, right, looks at South Africa’s batsman Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, left, as he walks in to bat on the third day of the second Test match at the Kingsmead stadium in Durban, South Africa on Tuesday Dec. 28, 2010. APS Sreesanth accounted for South Africa opener Graeme Smith in the 13th over of the final innings. He kept the ball short luring Smith for a pull. The ball took the aerial route off his bat as Sreesanth and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni ran for a catch. Dhoni pouched it near the square leg and the Proteas skipper departed on 37 just before tea.In the third session, Harbhajan Singh, who had taken four wickets in the first innings conceding just 10 runs, took the other opener Alviro Petersen by surprise. It wasn’t his spin that foxed him but the bounce as Petersen trying to push it from the back foot ended up giving a catch to Cheteshwar Pujara. He fell on 26 as the South Africa scoreboard read 82/2.advertisementWe’ve to dismiss Kallis quickly in order to win, says LaxmanVVS Laxman scored 96 in Durban on Tuesday. AP PhotoThe spin-pace combo worked well for India as it disrupted the opposition batsmen’s concentration. And it was Hashim Amla, who fell a victim to this ploy with Sreesanth getting the better of him in the very next over. He could only manage 16 as the South Africa score read a poor 82/3.Earlier, VVS Laxman’s 96-run innings helped India put 228 on board, taking an overall lead of 302 runs. He batted on with determination even as India’s tail emerged on a track that is offering no help to the batsmen.Finally, Zaheer Khan stood in the face of the challenge to provide Laxman with the support and the duo put on 70 runs for the eighth wicket.Their tenacious batting finally succumbed under pressure. Immediately after lunch Paul Harris accounted for Zaheer on 27 then Jacques Kallis sent Ishant back. Finally, Dale Steyn accounted for Laxman’s wicket with wicketkeeper Mark Boucher performing the final honours as India got out for 228.last_img read more

Can vs Ken: Hansra, Bagai lead Canada to 5-wicket win

first_imgAshish Bagai and Jimmy Hansra put  132 runs for the fourth wicket as Canada beat Kenya by five wickets in their World Cup Group A match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium inNew Delhi on Monday. ScoreChasing 199, the duo helped Canada reach the total in the 46th over. This was after team-mate Henry Osinde scalped four wicket to bundle Kenya for 198. Osinde earned the Man-of-the-Match award for his efforts.In the fourth over of the innings, Elijah Otieno scalped Canada opener Rizwan Cheema when the score was 19. Cheema tried to play a pull shot on a short ball from Otieno but missed the line and was completely beaten as the ball crashed into his stumps. he fell for 17.In the 10th over Zubin Surkari got run out and Kenya lost their second wicket on 37/2. He scored 10. An over later Ruvindu Gunasekera was stumped out in James Ngoche’s over with keeper Maurice Ouma performing the final rites. He fell for 18 and Canada to 48/3.Three wickets down and the score not too impressive, it was time for the Canadian batsmen to forge a partnership. And that’s when skipper Ashish Bagai and Jimmy Hansra into into the picture. Batting impressively and patiently the two helped Canada cross the 100-run mark in the 25th over.    Deep into their partnership the two decided to go according to the book. While Hansra upped the tempo hitting boundaries and over the fence shots, Bagai chose to go steady and provide Hansra with support from the other end. The two batted on to put 132 runs for the fourth wicket before Hansra fell to Nehemiah Odhiamboin the 43rd over of the innings. He went for an aerial shot but James Ngoche in the deep claimed a fine catch to send him back on 70. Canada score at the stage was 180/4. His 70-run innings was punctuated with seven fours and two sixes.advertisementBut skipper Bagai was still at the crease and he batted on to help Canada win by five wickets. Bagai remained unbeaten on 64, scoring six seven fours on the way. Canada reached the target in the 46th over when an Elijah Otieno ball was driven towards the boundary by Bagai and Canada score read 199/5 in 45.3 overs.Canada innings Canada’s Henry Osinde scalped four as Kenya were bundled out for198. Earlier, Kenya won the toss and elected to bat. But, the decision didn’t really go in their favour as they lost their opener Maurice Ouma to Henry Osinde on the second ball of the innings.Soon the other opener Seren Waters too departed with Osinde claiming him in the fifth over. Kenya fell to 7/2.But that wasn’t the end of the misery for Kenya as they lost two more wickets with Osinde claiming David Obuya on the last ball of the seventh over and Harvir Baidwan scalped Collins Obuya in the 12 over to reduce Kenya to 41/4. Experienced batsman Steve Tikolo (12) too could not stay at the crease for long. As Rizwan Cheema accounted for his wicket on the last ball of the 15th over to push Kenya to 57/5.After these assaults, Kenya captain Jimmy Kamande and Tanmay Mishra tired to revive the innings with their partnership. The duo batted on to help Kenya cross 100-run mark. But their partnership came to an end when a Balaji Rao’s turner got the better of him on 109/6. He got out for 22 after a 52-run partnership with Mishra.But their innings was far from over as soon Mishra forged a partnership with Thomas Odoyo. Mishra took the onus of pushing up the run-rate. He dealt in singles and doubles to counter the Canadian attack. But, no sooner had he crossed his half-century that he fell.John Davison lured Mishra into playing a big hit with a flighted delivery. He took the bait and went for an aerial shot but ended up giving a catch to Zubin Surkari at mid-off. He fell for 51 and Kenya went a wicket down to 166/7 in 42.1 overs.From here on it was easy for the Canadians, who went for the kill and wrapped up their innings in good time. Thomas Odoyo scored 51 before being bowled out by Harvir Baidwan on the last ball.last_img read more