A sports utility vehicle (SUV) to be developed as per the agreement signed between diversified conglomerate Mahindra Group and Ford Motor company was expected to hit the market soon, a senior official said Thursday.Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the launch of new version of compact sedan Aspire here, Ford India, general manager-parts, supply and logistics, R Kanakaraj said, “Ford Motor and Mahindra Group signed a memorandum of understanding (in September 2017) to come out with electric vehicles.””Under the MoU, it was also proposed to introduce an SUV, which will be expected soon,” he said.Mahindra Group and Ford Motor Company have decided to jointly develop new SUVs and small electric vehicles as part of several initiatives to take forward their collaboration pact signed in September 2017.When asked about the proposal to come out with electric vehicles, Kanakaraj said, “both the teams (Mahindra and Ford) were on the job”.On the launch of new Aspire, he said, in 2018 the sales of the compact sedan was expected to reach 4.78 lakh units as compared to 4.10 lakh units sold in 2017.To a query on the rising fuel prices, he said there was some impact on the sales but the compact sedan segment was witnessing a growth.Kanakaraj claimed that ‘Aspire’ was the only compact sedan in the country to come with a warranty of five years or one lakh kilometers, which includes a two-year factory and three-year extended warranty.(With inputs from PTI)
The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) is all set to impose life ban on U-23 cricketer Anuj Dedha, who had physically assaulted former India pacer Amit Bhandari for not selecting him in the state U-23 side.Senior selection committee chairman Bhandari was attacked by Dedha and his hired goons at the St Stephen’s ground on Monday when he was watching a warm-up game of the senior Delhi team preparing for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.Dedha along with 15 others attacked Bhandari with hockey sticks, cricket bats and rods and the former pacer sustained injuries on his forehead and other body parts.He was taken to hospital and subsequently discharged after treatment while Delhi Police arrested Dedha. He is currently under police custody.DDCA president Rajat Sharma told PTI that there will be a meeting held on Wednesday to decide the quantum of punishment. He said as of now, life ban on Dedha seemed a mere formality.”We have a meeting tomorrow but as our former captain Gautam Gambhir has suggested, I think there is no other option left apart from imposing a life ban on this man Anuj Dedha. Whatever he has done, he only deserves exemplary punishment,” Sharma told PTI on Tuesday.The DDCA president informed that he has summoned all age group selectors as well as some distinguished former cricketers for a meeting.”We need to discuss selection issues but I want to assure all selectors that they should continue to fearlessly select sides. I am with them. I have met the Lt Governor Anil Baijal and requested him to ask the police authorities to probe all angles. I would like to know if there is any deep rooted conspiracy in this attack,” Sharma added.advertisementAlso Read | Cricketer and accomplice arrested for assaulting Delhi chief selector Amit Bhandari
England v Germany ‘I’m sure I’ll be in Germany’s World Cup squad’ – Gundogan Nino Duit Last updated 2 years ago 16:33 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images England v Germany İ. Gündoğan Leicester City v Manchester City Germany England Manchester City Premier League Friendlies The Man City midfielder is aiming to repay the faith shown in him by the national team as he prepares to face England at Wembley Ilkay Gundogan is confident he will play for Germany at the 2018 World Cup after earning a recall for the friendlies against England and France.The Manchester City midfielder has been selected for the national team for the first time in a year after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in a Premier League game against Watford last December.Gundogan 3/1 to score v England Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He missed Germany’s deciding World Cup qualifiers but is happy to be back for Joachim Low’s side ahead of Friday’s game against England at Wembley.“I am really happy to be nominated. The elite footballers of one country meet at the national team and it’s an honour for me to be among them,” Gundogan told SPOX.com.“I haven’t earned as many caps as I should have. Because of this, it is maybe even more special for me to be back in the team.”The 27-year-old has had to cope with various injuries in recent years. Since making his international debut in 2011, Gundogan has appeared in just 20 games for Germany and missed both the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.But he is hoping he will not suffer a repeat of those disappointments ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia, saying: “If I stay fit, I am sure that I will be in the World Cup squad.”During his injury lay-off, Gundogan enjoyed the backing of the national federation of Germany. He said: “The DFB gave me an extremely good feeling in the past years. They made sure that I still feel important although I have been ruled out for some months from time to time.“I feel the trust and want to pay back for it now.”He is eager to make an impression in the two friendlies against England and at home to France, adding: “I expect that I will play. If I am needed, I must be ready.“I have no fear. It would be the completely wrong thing to go into games with fear. I feel modesty and gratitude for being allowed to be back on the pitch. I am just enjoying it.”
New Delhi: Foreign trips, private jet travels, chopper riders and interior decoration at houses aboard – the probe into the IL&FS saga has unearthed many such inducements that the top brass allegedly got from borrowers in return for faster loans and delayed recoveries.As large-scale manipulations continue to unravel at the once-mighty group, an investigation by the government’s white-collar fraud probe agency SFIO has revealed several cases where the top brass got personal benefits from the borrowers of IL&FS Financial Services Ltd (IFIN), the non-banking financial services arm of the Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS). Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistE-mail trails have revealed deep-rooted connivance between former senior IL&FS officials and Siva Group Chairman C Sivasankaran as loans continued to be evergreened and recoveries delayed, according to officials. The SFIO (Serious Fraud Investigation Office) probe into the affairs of IFIN found that the company had entered into 15 transactions of advancing loans to or investing in debentures of Siva Group companies. Based on email data, the probe agency found that Sivasankaran arranged hospitality for at least three executives – Ravi Parthasarathy, Vibhav Kapoor and Hari Sankaran. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThese included foreign travels, private jets and helicopter rides, booking of resorts and even arranging for interiors of some flats in Brussels (Belgium), according to the officials. In return, the three officials were found to have connived with Sivasankaran and influenced the decision-making process at IFIN, including those related to recovery and disbursement of loans and fees, they added. New loans were extended to the group to facilitate repayment of existing loans, which were required to be classified as non-performing assets. The fraudulent circuitous transactions among IFIN and Siva Group companies had aided to project a rosy picture of financial statements and defraud the lenders of IFIN, the officials said. The massive scam at IL&FS came to light last year after several group entities defaulted on repayments due to a liquidity crunch. Amid the situation raising concerns about the overall financial system, the government superseded the IL&FS board. At the end of March 2018, the sprawling IL&FS group’s debt burden was estimated to be more than Rs 90,000 crore.
21 July 2010The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today signed a child protection agreement, which includes ending the recruitment of child soldiers, with a major rebel group in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today signed a child protection agreement, which includes ending the recruitment of child soldiers, with a major rebel group in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur.Under the memorandum of understanding, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) committed itself to “actively support UNICEF work on the protection and well-being of children affected by the conflict in Darfur.”The agency has called the agreement – which gives UNICEF access to JEM bases – a concrete step towards creating a detailed plan of action.The group also agreed to prevent and work to bring an end to the “association, recruitment and use” of child soldiers, including in non-combatant or supportive roles.JEM pledged to release any child under the age of 18 currently associated with the group and hand them over to UNICEF.The agreement, which was signed at the independent Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, includes a commitment by JEM to end the killing and maiming of children, as well as sexual violence.Violence flared anew between Sudanese Government forces and JEM in May, in breach of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed earlier this year.“It’s taken more than two years to get here,” said Nils Kastberg, UNICEF’s Sudan Representative, of the agreement reached today in Geneva.The process has also seen the participation of the UN and African Union mediators on Darfur, as well as the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Mr. Kastberg voiced hope that agreements with other armed movements will be forthcoming “to enhance the protection of children throughout Darfur.”He noted that in Darfur, children are not always proactively recruited to serve as soldiers. They often gravitate towards armed groups’ barracks, where they can receive food and water, he said.The UNICEF official underlined the importance of humanitarian access to deliver much-needed supplies, set up schools and other measures to “provide alternatives [to children] rather than being associated with armed groups.”Even if peace negotiations among groups and the Government should break down, “we trying now to establish [signing agreements with UNICEF on child protection] is a normal thing to do,” he said.Mr. Kastberg said that UNICEF has seen enormous progress on the protection of children since the publication of the landmark 1996 study on the impact of armed conflict on children by Graça Machel, then first lady of Mozambique.Further, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued indictments on the charge of recruiting child soldiers.“We gradually see that armed movements recognize that involving children has consequences… [and that] there can’t be impunity,” the UNICEF Representative said.For her part, Radhika Coomaraswamy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, welcomed today’s agreement, calling it a “major step towards an over-arching action plan.”She said that she hopes “for the resumption of the broader peace process,” imploring all sides to include child protection clauses in all stages, from ceasefire agreements to peace accords.“For these commitments to have a real impact for children, they must be honoured, enhanced and fully implemented,” Ms. Coomaraswamy stressed.An estimated 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others have been displaced in the past seven years in Darfur as a result of fighting between rebels and Government forces backed by allied Janjaweed militiamen.
Kirk Stokes, an MA student in Psychology, has won a 32GB iPod for participating in the Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (CGPSS).Stokes won the first of three iPods in the contest, which is open only to graduate students who participate in the survey.The student survey is part of the accountability framework of Ontario universities. It also helps Brock identify what it is doing well in the area of graduate education, and what needs attention in the future.
“In many cases there are wrong statements and wrong sentiments that tend to show that infant formula is as good as breast milk and this is totally wrong and we don’t want that to happen,” said the UNICEF Regional Nutrition Advisor for Equatorial and Southern Africa, Noel Marie Zagre.Speaking to UN Radio, Dr. Zagre said that all too often people talk about breastfeeding in general terms but the issue is to breastfeed “effectively.” That means putting the child on breast milk an hour after birth and then exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months of life. “The infant should be receiving only the milk from his mother and not receiving anything else, whether it is water or any other liquids,” Mr. Zagre said, explaining that other liquids reduce the amount of nutrient-rich breast milk that an infant can consume. After six months, quality foods can be introduced to the diet but a mother can continue to supplement the baby’s diet with breast milk, he added. Dr. Zagre said UNICEF and its partners are working in support of legislation to make it easier for women to exclusively breastfeed.“In some countries, many women are working outside the household, in factories, in the field, and they just don’t have even the time for breastfeeding,” he said. “For example, some of them are in factories and don’t have maternity leave or if they have it, it’s so short that they do not have enough time to take care of the young baby and ensure that this young baby has a good start in life.”According to UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO), breastfeeding is the foundation of good nutrition, reducing the risk of malnourishment in early childhood and the risk of obesity later in life. Breast milk can contribute to reducing 20 to 25 percent of newborn mortalities, according to the UN agencies. In addition, by supporting nutrition and strengthening the bond between mother and child, breastfeeding also supports healthy brain development.The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated from 1 to 7 August, is “Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal – for Life!” The theme highlights the link between breastfeeding and the achievement of the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals, particularly MDGs 4 and 5 to improve maternal and child health.The Week aims to raise knowledge of and interest in breastfeeding, whose practice remains uneven throughout the 170 countries whose mothers nurse. “Clearly we have some evidence that many countries are not yet doing very well even though we know that we have also observed a lot of progress in some other countries,” Dr. Zagre said. “Up to now some countries are still having a very low exclusive breastfeeding rate like five per cent while others are doing quite well and even reaching 89 to 95 per cent of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life.”Since 1990 the number of children under the age of five dying from preventable causes declined by a remarkable 47 per cent. But nearly 7 million young children still die every year, and over 40 per cent of them are newborns. Some countries have made progress – reaching 80 and 90 percent of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. However, other nations lag behind. While 82 percent of children are breastfed until one year, but only 45 percent are exclusively breastfed, he said, emphasizing the need to bridge that gap.
By all accounts, sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. is the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s fifth man. Sophomore forwards Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas, along with senior guard William Buford, provide the Buckeyes with most of the scoring and sophomore guard Aaron Craft gets headlines for his toughness and defense. But Smith Jr. often lurks in the background of OSU’s starting five, quietly filling up the stat sheet. There was nothing quiet about Smith Jr.’s performance in OSU’s 80-63 victory against Indiana Sunday. The fifth man stepped into the forefront before a national audience and exploded for 28 points and seven rebounds. At halftime, Smith Jr. had outscored the entire Indiana team, 18-14. It was a performance nobody saw coming, including Indiana coach Tom Crean. “Lenzelle went above and beyond today,” Crean said. “He averages about four shots a game and today he was 10-of-12. He was the difference in the game.” Perhaps more surprising than the performance itself was the timing of it. Smith Jr. admitted to feeling under the weather during OSU’s loss to Illinois Jan. 10 and missed a few practices while recovering. “He’s had strep throat,” Matta said. “I honestly didn’t know if he was going to play. He didn’t practice Thursday. He didn’t practice Friday. He wasn’t even here.” Smith Jr. said it was difficult being away from his teammates while he was sick. “It’s been tough because I had to be away from my team,” he said. “This is my family so not being by these guys is hard for me. I got some great sleep and chicken noodle soup though.” Smith Jr. returned to practice Saturday and Matta had a game plan waiting for him. “When I got back yesterday we had some different sets that were specifically for the guys leaving me (open),” Smith Jr. said. “It turned out to be good.” Matta said that in the team’s first matchup with Indiana, he noticed the Hoosiers were double teaming the post off of Smith Jr. He expected Indiana to employ a similar strategy Sunday and when they did, Smith Jr. capitalized. “That’s probably a coach’s dream because you’re making them pay for the adjustment they’re making,” Matta said. “(Smith Jr.) did a tremendous job with that.” In the second half, Indiana changed their defensive strategy and stopped leaving Smith Jr. to double team the post. Sullinger capitalized and scored 14 points in the second half. “It works both ways with me and Lenzelle,” Sullinger said. “If I kick out to Lenzelle, Lenzelle is wide open in the first half. Then all of the sudden they start sticking to Lenzelle … so Lenzelle started kicking it back to me. It’s just a two-way street.” Crean said that when the Buckeyes are able to look to guys like Smith Jr. to make teams pay for focusing more on Sullinger or Buford defensively, OSU is as dangerous of a team as there is in the nation. “They can win the national championship with that,” Crean said. “That’s what it comes down to.”
Three hand stencils (centre right, centre top and top left). One has been dated to at least 66,000 years ago and must have been made by a NeanderthalCredit:Hipolito Collado Giraldo The scalariform (ladder shape) composed of red horizontal and vertical lines dates to older than 64,000 years and was made by NeanderthalsCredit: C.D Standish, A.W.G. Pike and D.L. Hoffmann “Neanderthal” has become an insult for someone lacking in culture and refinement. But we homo sapiens may be unfairly maligning our prehistoric cousins, as researchers have found that they were more accomplished artists than previously thought. Academics have found that cave paintings in Spain were created more than 64,000 years ago – 20,000 years before modern humans arrived in Europe.The paintings, the oldest cave art ever discovered, include animals, dots and geometric signs – and are much more sophisticated than anything previously attributed to Neanderthals. The team used a method known as uranium-thorium dating, which is more accurate than radiocarbon dating, to establish the age of the Paleolithic paintings. Neanderthals living in Europe 40 to 45,000 years ago had used body ornamentation but researchers previously suggested that this was inspired by homo sapiens who had at the time just arrived in Europe. Separate research published last week suggested that the Neanderthals’ inability to create sophisticated art could provide clues to their extinction, but this study appears to challenge that hypothesis. Researchers said the findings challenge the accepted definition of what it means to be human, and could lead to the reexamination of other European cave art. A Neanderthal handprint covered by calcite, right; and a colour-enhanced versionAlistair Pike, professor of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Southampton and co-director of the study, said: “Soon after the discovery of the first of their fossils in the 19th century, Neanderthals were portrayed as brutish and uncultured, incapable of art and symbolic behaviour, and some of these views persist today.“The issue of just how human-like Neanderthals behaved is a hotly debated issue. Our findings will make a significant contribution to that debate.”Joint lead author Dr Chris Standish, an archaeologist at the University of Southampton, added: “This is an incredibly exciting discovery which suggests Neanderthals were much more sophisticated than is popularly believed.”The earliest symbolic artefacts – decorative objects with carvings – are around 70,000 years old and were found in Africa, but have been attributed to homo sapiens. Joint lead author Dirk Hoffmann, of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, said “The emergence of symbolic material culture represents a fundamental threshold in the evolution of humankind. It is one of the main pillars of what makes us human.”Study co-author Paul Pettitt, of Durham University, added: “Neanderthals created meaningful symbols in meaningful places. The art is not a one-off accident.“We have examples in three caves 700km apart, and evidence that it was a long-lived tradition. It is quite possible that similar cave art in other caves in Western Europe is of Neanderthal origin as well.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #STORM: It’s going to be a windy Christmas with Met Éireann issuing an orange weather warning and forecasting some severe winds in Ireland for tonight and tomorrow.2. #PROPERTY: Property prices increased for the eighth month in a row and are now at their highest level for two years.3. #SEXUAL ABUSE: Rolf Harris is to face three new charges of sexual assault including one against a girl who was under the age of nine.4. #EVERY DAY I’M SHUFFLIN’: The Taoiseach is planning a Cabinet reshuffle in the second half of next year, with junior ministers and maybe even a few backbenchers in the running to be promoted.5. #SANTA: Alan Shatter, Minister for Time, has assured all the little boys and girls around the country that everything has been put in place to make sure Santa arrives safely and on time this Christmas to deliver all their presents.
Equateur : le volcan Tungurahua se fait menaçantQuatre villages équatoriens sont en cours d’évacuation après que le volcan Tungurahua, situé au centre du pays, a commencé à cracher des nuages de cendres et des roches. Ce volcan, dont le nom signifie en français “gorge de feu”, est en éruption depuis plus de 20 ans. Le gouvernement équatorien exhorte les 700 personnes vivant à proximité du volcan Tungurahua, situé près de Quito, la capitale du pays, à évacuer les lieux. En éruption depuis 1999, le volcan connaît un pic d’activité, et a commencé à cracher dimanche des colonnes de cendres atteignant presque 10.000 mètres, et des matières incandescentes projetées à plus de 300 mètres au-dessus du cratère avant de rouler sur tous les flancs du volcan, rapporte le Daily mail. Cette violente éruption a été engendrée par une accumulation de lave au coeur de Tungurahua, explique l’Institut de géophysique de l’Equateur.À lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriqueAprès que plusieurs coulées pyroclastiques, des mélanges de gaz, de cendres et de pierres, “ont affecté les flancs supérieurs du volcan”, les autorités ont émis une alerte de niveau orange, qui précède l’alerte rouge maximum. Quatre villages sont en cours d’évacuation. Des abris ont été installés pour accueillir les habitants qui fuient leurs maisons, et des militaires et policiers ont été mobilisés pour gérer les évacuations.En 1999, quand le volcan s’est réveillé, plusieurs villes avaient ainsi dû être évacuées, y compris Banos, ville touristique de 15.000 habitants. Les résidents avaient dû attendre un an avant de pouvoir rejoindre leurs maisons. En 2006, le Tungurahua a connu un nouveau pic d’activité, qui avait tué six personnes.Le 30 novembre 2011 à 19:58 • Maxime Lambert
Vancouver – The Southwest Washington Regional Health Care Advisory Committee is meeting next week to discuss Medicaid integration performance in Clark County.The meeting is 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.State agency representatives will present data comparing Southwest Washington’s early adopter performance to other areas of the state where Medicaid medical, mental health and substance use programs have not been integrated.The committee includes a member of the legislative body for Clark and Skamania counties, a state senator and state representative from each county, a tribal representative and a consumer representative.The group meets up to three times per year.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowCyber-security firm says Alaska was targeted by Chinese cyber spiesRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauReport details state, private companies that were targeted.State house candidate faces charges over food stamp benefitsAssociated PressAn Alaska legislative candidate and her husband have been accused of misleading the state in applying for food stamps.NTSB releases initial report on deadly Alaska Range crashPhillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaThe National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary report on the flightseeing crash that killed five people earlier this month.Lieutenant governor candidate Grunwald was fired at height of National Guard scandalAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauEdie Grunwald is a retired Air Force colonel who’s running to be the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor. She also was fired at the direction of former Governor Sean Parnell. The dismissal was part of the fallout from the Alaska National Guard scandal that contributed to Parnell’s defeat four years ago.Political support to play part in jury selection for trialAssociated PressAlaska political support is expected to play a role in the jury selection process for the trial of one of the four young men charged with murder in the 2016 death of their high school classmate.Democrat hopes to unseat Young with ‘Medicare for all’ campaignLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Dimitri Shein was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to Anchorage when he was 12. He says the experience helps him appreciate what makes America exceptional. “And now I see all these values under attack.”Alaska marijuana board taking comment on onsite use draftAssociated PressAlaska marijuana regulators will take public comment on the latest draft proposal for allowing onsite use of marijuana in authorized stores.Alaska Marijuana Control Board fines pot festival organizerAssociated PressAn organizer of a marijuana festival where people consumed pot inside a designated tent has been fined $2,500.Major oil development planned in NPR-A to get ‘streamlined’ environmental reviewElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Bureau of Land Management has kicked off the environmental review process for what could be one of Alaska’s biggest future oil developments, in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The Trump administration wants to make that process go faster. But environmental groups worry a faster review won’t do enough to protect the Arctic wilderness.In Utqiaġvik, a growing erosion problem may soon outpace local efforts to slow itRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks“We know that the berm isn’t the long-term solution,” Scott Evans with the North Slope Borough said. “But that’s what we have the ability to do right now. So that’s what we’re continuing to do because we know it’s slowing everything down.”
When Art Thompson fired up the old pipe organ earlier this month, it blared out a single note called a cipher that just wouldn’t go away.“And it’s a trumpet, too,” Thompson said. “That’s not a good one to be stuck.”Thompson’s a semi-retired broadcast engineer with a 35-year passion for pipe organs.“I’ve always loved pipe organs,” Thompson said. “I’ve worked on and off on them professionally over the last, gosh, almost 35 years.”He’s excited about the one at the Fort Greely chapel. It’s one of about a half-dozen playable organs statewide. And it’s in pretty good shape.“There’s a lot of little things that are going to have to be gone through on it,” Thompson said. “From what I understand, it hasn’t played in a number of years.”A lot of those little things involve catch up maintenance, like pedalboard adjustment, to stop the pedals from sticking, which is what caused the cipher.“OK, we should be able to get the full organ sound now that I’ve got that note quieted down. So this is pretty much everything it has,” Thompson said as he blasted the keys at full volume.The Fort Greely Chapel (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks)Thompson says despite some wear and tear and a bit of water damage it’s suffered over the years, the organ still has a pretty good sound.“When you consider the mechanical complexity of this, of this, ’it’s really quite amazing that it even works,” Thompson said.Thompson says it needs a full tuning, and some of the 916 pipes need attention. But it sounds better than it did when he first sat down at the keyboard back in December.“It took a while to wake it up, by the way,” Thompson said. “I think Chaplain Fritts can attest to that. When we first got here, hardly anything played.”That’s Lieutenant Colonel Paul Fritts, the post chaplain. Fritts says he’s asked around, but nobody has been able to tell him how long it’s been since anyone has played the organ.“I can’t say when it was last played. It’s probably been many, many years,” Fritts said.Fritts says he’s wanted to get the organ up and running since he arrived on post last summer, to accompany the singing of hymns. He says he’s got a sort of old-school belief in the important role hymns play in church services.“I think the hymns of the faith have great messages. And I think they, much like pipe organs, have kind of fallen to the fringes, the margins of our worship,” Fritts said. “And I’m a champion for opening up the hymn books, dusting them off and (for) the church to re-acquaint itself with the hymns of the faith.”Thompson came to Alaska a few years ago from Portland, Oregon, where he worked as organ curator at a small Christian college. He came here to take a job with a Nenana-based Christian radio network. He met Fritts in December, after the chaplain who’d been looking for someone to fix the organ contacted him. So Thompson drove 160 miles to Fort Greely to check it out.“To have a real acoustic instrument like this is just phenomenal,” Thompson said. “It’s just really unusual. You find much larger military installations that don’t have anything like this in their chapel.”And it’s not just any old pipe organ – it’s a Fritts organ, built by Seattle-based organ-maker R. Byard Fritts – no relation to the chaplain. R. Byard Fritts came to Fort Greely in 1966 to install it.“Mind you, this was in the mid-60s. They hauled all this stuff up here. And that was quite a task in and of itself,” Thompson said. “I mean, the highway wasn’t what it is today. They got all this stuff here, in the middle of nowhere. And organ pipes are rather fragile, actually. They’re made out lead and tin alloy.”Thompson reckons he needs about 60 more hours to get the organ sounding the way it should. That’d be thousands of dollars’ worth of labor. But Thompson is offering to do it free.“Before my hearing goes and before I can no longer do this, I’d like to see what I can do to keep some of these instruments going so that a future generation can take up the torch at some point,” Thompson said.Fritts, the chaplain, says the Army appreciates Thompson’s offer. And he’d to get to work right away, but they’ve got to wait ’til his the request makes its way the military bureaucracy.“The Army marches at its own pace,” Fritts said. “But we hope to hear something soon.”And as the chaplain well knows, only an act of God could speed up that process. Art Thompson fiddls with the organ at Fort Greely Chapel (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks)The old pipe organ in the chapel at Fort Greely will soon again be belting out gospel tunes, if Army officials approve the post chaplain’s request to allow a pipe-organ expert from Nenana restore the rare 52-year-old instrument.
Hyderabad: People have been battling with diseases since time immemorial. Genetic disorders form a major group of non-communicable diseases. Congenital malformations and genetic disorders are the third commonest cause of mortality in neonates in cities. Estimates for genetic disorders show that more than 50 lakh babies are born each year with genetic disease in India. The burden of these disorders has its effects on the economic and social structure of society. Most of these disorders are presently untreatable and for those which can be treated, the treatment is very expensive. The only option to address this problem is the preventive approach which requires prenatal diagnosis and genetic counseling. Also Read – Lack of facilities at Kodangal bus stand irks commuters Advertise With Us The last few years have witnessed tremendous changes in the field of Genetics with rapid advancements in technology. The advent of efficient and affordable DNA sequencing technology has a direct impact in improving our understanding of human disease, enabling better ways of diagnosis and treatment. CCMB and CDFD are premier national institutes involved in the cutting edge biological research in these areas. For more than two decades both the institutes have been offering genetic diagnostic services as well, which has made a difference. Also Read – School students take out rallies seeking justice for Harshini in Mahbubnagar Advertise With Us In this context, the directors of CCMB and CDFD, Dr. Rakesh K Mishra and Dr. Debashis Mitra, have decided to enter into a MoU to maximize the potential of both the institutes in human disease diagnostics. The objectives of the MoU include provision of quality DNA based diagnostic services to the public at lower costs, to develop newer diagnostic methods and to engage in scientific research to improve understanding of human genetic disorders. The institutes have also mutually agreed to undertake training and educational activities in the field of Genetic Diagnostics.
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh has announced investing in Housing.com’s co-founder and former CEO Rahul Yadav’s new venture. But the details of the deal have not been not disclosed.After being fired by the board members of real estate services provider Housing.com in July, Yadav has recently started Intelligent Interfaces.”Proud to back Rahul Yadav and Intelligent Interfaces (ii) in helping the Government govern 100x better with the help of technology. Get ready for the (r)evolution! (sic)” the cricketer posted on his Facebook account.Yadav’s new venture has also raised an undisclosed amount from Flipkart co-founders Sachin and Binny Bansal. Micromax’s Rahul Sharma and Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma have also invested in Intelligent Interfaces, according to a report by india.com.In July, Housing.com had ousted Yadav citing his objectionable behaviour towards investors, partners and the media.”The board believes his behaviour is not befitting of a CEO and is detrimental to the company,” a source close to the developments had said.Yadav, 26, a final-year dropout from IIT-Bombay, had created a fair amount of controversy at the company before he was fired. Yadav had quit the real-estate startup in May, criticising the board members in his resignation letter. Later, he did a U-turn by withdrawing his resignation and apologising to the board.Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh launched YouWeCan Ventures earlier this year to invest in Internet start-ups in the country. So far, the venture has reportedly backed start-ups including Edukart (education), Healthians (healthcare), Vyomo (beauty services) and Moovo (logistics).
Law minister Anisul Huq on Thursday said the much-awaited gazette notification on the rules determining discipline and conduct of lower court judges will be issued before 3 December if the President permitsm, reports UNB.The minister came up with the announcement while talking to the journalists after a meeting with acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah at the latter’s residence tonight.”Thanks to Almighty Allah. We have finally reached a consensus on the rules determining discipline and conduct of lower court judges,” Anisul said.”If the President allows, we will publish the gazette notification in this regard by 3 December,” he added.Reply to a query, the Law Minister said president will decide whether he himself or the Supreme Court will control the lower judiciary.”I can’t say anything until the publication of the gazette,” Anisul added.Four other Justices of the Appellate Division were also present during the meeting.On 5 November, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the Law Minister would sit with the Justices of the Appellate Division to discuss the issue.Earlier on 8 October, the SC extended time up to November 5 the deadline for publishing the gazette notification.On 20 August, the apex court gave the government two more weeks to publish it.On 6 August, the SC extended time up to 8 October for publishing the gazette.On 30 July, the SC declined to accept the draft of the disciplinary rules and code of conduct for lower court judges which was earlier submitted by the Law Minister to the Chief Justice, and proposed a meeting with the government to settle the issue.Earlier on several occasions, the apex court expressed dissatisfaction at the government’s failure to issue the gazette notification.The lower judiciary was officially separated in November 2007 but the disciplinary rules for lower court judges are yet to be formulated.On 2 December 1999, the Supreme Court in the Masdar Hossain case issued a seven-point directive, including formulating separate disciplinary rules, for the lower court judges.The law ministry on 7 May 2015 sent a draft of the rules to the Supreme Court which is similar to the Government Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1985.
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