ScienceShot: How to Understand Dog

first_imgWe humans are good at deciphering others’ emotional states from the sounds they make. A baby’s laugh tells us instantly that she is happy; similarly, we have no trouble knowing that a dog’s spirited bark is a sound of joy. Indeed, previous studies have shown that we’re adept at distinguishing the barks of lonely, angry, and happy dogs. Are there, then, similar features that we listen for when we hear a baby’s laugh and a dog’s happy bark, or a man’s angry cough and a dog’s growl? To find out, a team of researchers devised an online survey to assess how humans perceive the emotional content of human and dog vocalizations. Thirty-nine people were recruited to take the survey. They listened to randomly played nonverbal sounds, such as a woman cooing, a man snorting, a baby giggling, and a dog growling or barking. The volunteers rated each sound on a positive to negative scale and its emotional intensity. The researchers’ statistical analysis revealed a striking relationship between how the listeners rated the emotional aspect of each sound and its acoustics. Thus, shorter calls—whether human or dog—were regarded as more emotionally positive than longer calls; and higher pitched samples were rated as more emotionally intense than lower pitched sounds for both species, the team reports online today in Biology Letters. By following these same simple rules, they conclude, it may be possible to develop easily recognized artificial emotions in social robots.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

NIH finds more forgotten risky pathogens and toxins

first_imgA search of National Institutes of Health (NIH) laboratories for forgotten infectious agents has turned up a handful of dangerous bacteria and toxins in labs not approved to handle them, according toThe Washington Post, which broke the story late Friday.The samples included two vials of plague bacteria (Yersinia pestis); two vials of Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes the tropical disease melioidosis; three vials of tularemia bacteria; two vials of botulinum toxin; and a sample of deadly ricin in an old collection dating to 1914. These agents and toxins are all on the federal select agent list, which means they must be registered and handled only by approved labs.The Post also reported that in July, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found samples of staphylococcal enterotoxin, which can cause food poisoning, in an unapproved lab. The finds came as part of a sweep for select agents at NIH and other federal agencies launched after six vials of live smallpox dated 1954 were found in July in a cold storage room in an FDA lab on the NIH campus.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A 5 September memo from NIH Director Francis Collins to staff (see below) says that the bacteria samples were all stored at NIH’s Clinical Center. The Burkholderia pseudomallei samples were an isolate from a patient; the others were testing samples. Ricin, a substance derived from castor beans that has been used in bioterror attacks, “has legitimate lab uses in very small quantities,” but was not in use in this lab, the memo says. As for botulinum toxin, the public may know it best as Botox, the substance injected in foreheads to erase wrinkles.Collins describes the discoveries as “a small number of instances where select agents were improperly stored.” Nobody was exposed to the agents and toxins, which were in sealed containers. Still, “[t]he finding of these agents and toxins highlights the need for constant vigilance in monitoring laboratory materials in compliance with federal regulations on biosafety,” Collins wrote. NIH expects to issue a status report on its campuswide inventory in early October.THE FULL TEXT OF THE NIH MEMO:From: Exec Sec1 (NIH/OD)Sent: Friday, September 05, 2014 12:43 PMTo: NIH-STAFF@LIST.NIH.GOVSubject: Interim Update on Comprehensive Sweep at the NIH from the Director, NIHDear NIH Colleagues:As we recognize National Biosafety Stewardship Month, I thought this would be a good opportunity to provide you with an interim update on the progress of our comprehensive search underway at NIH facilities for improperly stored select agents, toxins, or hazardous biological materials.  Two weeks ago, Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, sent a joint memo (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/28/ensuring-biosafety-and-biosecurity-us-laboratories) to all federal departments and agencies involved in life-sciences research to conduct a “Safety Stand-Down” in the near-term, during which senior leaders would review laboratory biosafety and biosecurity best practices and protocols, and would develop and implement plans for sustained inventory monitoring. In fact, we had a head start and initiated our sweep back in July, shortly after smallpox was found at an Food and Drug Administration lab located on the NIH campus.  So far, we have found a small number of instances where select agents were improperly stored.Importantly, all of the agents found were in sealed and intact containers and there were no personnel exposures associated with the storage or discovery of these vials or samples.  All of these agents have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and destroyed in compliance with select agent regulations.Three select agents were found at the NIH Clinical Center Department of Laboratory Medicine, which as you are probably aware, has thousands of microbial isolates from a historical collection.  This department also stores microorganisms for the purpose of proficiency testing of laboratory clinical operations as well as libraries of samples collected for scientific purposes.  The select agents found in this laboratory were:*  Burkholderia pseudomallei, a patient microbial isolate. B. pseudomallei causes melioidosis, which is an uncommon bacterial infection usually found in tropical or sub-tropical areas.*  Francisella tularensis, the cause of tularemia also known as Rabbit Fever, that was a College of American Pathologists (CAP) proficiency testing samples.*  Two small lab vials of Yersinia pestis, the cause of plague, is an acute bacterial infection transmitted to humans and some domestic animals by fleas that come from infected rodents. There have not been any human-to-human transmissions of plague in the United States since around 1925. This was also a CAP proficiency testing sample.Two additional agents were found in other NIH laboratories:*  One bottle of ricin of unknown quantity, but labeled 5 grams. Ricin is very poisonous if inhaled, injected, or ingested; it acts as a toxin by inhibiting protein synthesis.  This sample was found in a historical collection dating from 1914 and is thought to be 85-100 years old.  Ricin has legitimate lab uses in very small quantities. *  Botulinum neurotoxin in individual quantities below the regulatory limits, but in aggregate quantities above the allowable limit.  This neurotoxin is the cause of botulism, which is a rare, but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.As of this interim update, there have been no other improperly stored hazardous materials identified.I want to reiterate there were no personnel exposures associated with the storage or discovery of these vials or samples.  And there is no evidence to suggest there was a safety risk to anyone in the lab, the surrounding areas, or the community.  The finding of these agents and toxins highlights the need for constant vigilance in monitoring laboratory materials in compliance with federal regulations on biosafety.  The safety of NIH employees and the public is of paramount importance and we ask for your continued diligence in review of your laboratories during this search.I encourage you to review the Biosafety Stewardship Month materials on the NIH website: http://www.nih.gov/science/index.html#safety.  I will update you again in early October, when a preliminary status report is expected. Thank you for helping to protect the health and well-being of NIH staff, patients, and the public.  Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.last_img read more

All For A Cuppa!

first_imgThe silky sunrays kiss your forehead, the cool breeze caresses your hair and the fragrant air infuses your spirit with prana (life force). Step out of your room, holding your bespoke hot cuppa and sit in the veranda of this old colonial building set amidst lush tea estates. Watch tea-pickers pluck the newest leaves and toss them into the wicker baskets on their backs or witness the soft drops of the hill rain turn the landscape into a misty wonderland. Enjoy a fascinating tea tour and indulge in flavorful tea tasting sessions. What’s more, with the world’s best range of teas in these 500-plus plantations, have your tea custom-made. And how about planting your own tea bush to mark your visit?  Following in the footsteps of the wine regions of Europe and the coffee plantations of Central America, India’s tea estates, the largest exporter of tea in the world (collectively producing 981 million kilograms in 2009), are promising tasteful retreats for tea-connoisseurs from around the world. These refurbished tea gardens offer exciting package tours to Assam, Darjeeling in West Bengal, Munnar in Kerala, Palampur in Himachal Pradesh and Ooty in Tamil Nadu. The growing recognition of tea’s medicinal value as an anti-oxidant, which might reduce the risk of cancers, and caffeine-free herbal varieties, has tourists from around the globe beating a path to India’s colonial past.The exotic tea tours showcase the process through which the humble leaf is transformed into the much-sought after brew. It’s fascinating to see colorfully-dressed tea pluckers, predominantly women, plucking the delicate leaves and a bud adroitly with their lissom fingers. The tea tasting sessions in the tea gardens of India allow tea lovers to discover the differences in aroma, flavor and appearance of tea manufactured using different techniques, and during different times of the year. Often the sessions also include tasting teas from other parts of India and the world, together with examples of flavored and blended teas.Darjeeling   Guests enjoying a picnic at the Glenburn Tea Estate in Darjeeling.The journey from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling offers breathtaking views of undulated terrains. The unique flavor and aroma of Darjeeling tea gives it its reputation as the “champagne of teas.” Nestled in the foothills of Himalayas, Darjeeling has tea estates at elevations of 1,000-2,000 meters above sea level. With the Kanchenjunga Peak as its shelter, Darjeeling’s tea estates sprawl across several towns (including its namesake) in a mountainous corner of India cradling the border with Nepal and Bhutan, as well as Tibet not far to the north. Darjeeling is home to the “first biodynamic” tea garden, Makaibari Tea Estate. One of the world’s most revered names in Darjeeling tea, Makaibari boasts of selling one of the world’s costliest black teas at Rs 22,000 ($500) per kg in 2005. Makaibari’s pastoral Stone Lodge features several luxury suites, the Makaibari Guest House and the dwellings of tea garden workers.“Besides being the first garden to be certified for trade in the world, we were also the first to market Darjeeling Greens, Oolongs and Silver Tips,” says Rajah Banerjee, the fourth generation owner of this 1859 tea estate. “We grow vegetables in our biodynamic garden of the Stone House. And hence, our meals are all organic.” The enchanting forest cover of this estate has made it home to many endangered species, including panthers, tigers, birds, butterflies, snakes, spiders, etc.   A sumptuous breakfast amid the rippling green fields. Bereft of any local transport, walking miles on the beautiful ravines is a part of life in Darjeeling. The air here spells old world charm. “For hiking enthusiasts and bird watchers, Glenburn Tea Estate offers a haven amidst its sprawling tea gardens,” says Spanish nature lover Nhora Tori. Indeed. Offering a breathtaking view of the Kanchenjunga Mountain Range, the Burra Bunglow — a 150-year-old plantation house at Glenburn — offers different suites, each designed on a different theme. Nearly 80 percent of the clientele at the bungalow are international tourists. The lodge boasts of multi-cuisine dining , as well as yoga, massage and spa packages.Then there is Kurseong, a fine boutique hotel where the theme is tea and trains, and the Cochrane Place. The door to this cafe is shaped like an engine. The mesmeric place offers a jacuzzi spurts tea bath, tea facials, and tea-based dinner.AssamFurther east from Darjeeling, one gets to bite some flowery, spicy and malty flavors of tea. One of the major tea producers in the world, Assam is home to numerous tea estates spread across 216,200 hectares of land that produce more than 360 million kg of tea annually.   Mancotta in Dibrugarh is a chang bungalow, built on stilts,to defend against leopards at the dawn of the tea age. Here’s an itinerary for an enlivening tour: Visit a tea plantation in Assam, pluck your own tea leaves and see it being processed the next morning; live in colonial grandeur; explore local villages and sights; spend a day out on one of the numerous islands on Brahmaputra River, the second longest river in the world; experience how different varieties of tea are processed in surrounding plantations; enjoy a local dance performance; ride an elephant and discover wildlife in Kaziranga National Park, and visit an auction center. Or maybe just lounge in the verandah at your lodge, sipping tea and reading a book. A brief sojourn in one of these tea plantations is a charming experience that offers a subtle ambience — a sensory calmness — rarely to be experienced in busy cities.Assam is also the birthplace of Indian tea, a story that dates back to 1823 when an enterprising Englishman named Robert Bruce discovered the tea plant growing wild in the state and exported the first 8 chests of Indian tea to a London auction in 1839.“One who has experienced it knows how exciting it is to learn to pluck two leaves and a bud and then get exposed to withering, machine and hand rolling, fermentation/oxidation, drying, sorting and packing, not to mention the numerous cupping and tastings in a tea factory. The best idea is to let visitors experience first-hand the secrets of ‘terroir’ — that spiritual connection between soil, climate, plant genes and human activity that defines our ‘vintage’,” says Anand Chatterjee, president of a fourth generation owned tea company, Signature Estates.   Mancotta in Dibrugarh is a chang bungalow, built on stilts,to defend against leopards at the dawn of the tea age.Over the years, Assam has become a much sought after tea tourism destination. It is famous for its Tea Festival, which is celebrated every year in November.“It’s nice to see a spurt in the number of international tourists in Wild Mahseer Lodge,” says Durgadas Sarcar, manager. Wild Mahseer is especially known for its sumptuous multi-cuisine specialities, palatial rooms, picturesque locale and global tea tasting sessions. The lodge is well-equipped for fast and still water fishing.Intertwined with local culture, folk dance and music, a stay in the 140-year-old Mancotta Chang Bungalow is a lifetime experience. Rishi Saraf, manager of Purvi Discovery, which owns this heritage bungalow, says, “In recent years, the number of foreign visitors staying at our lodge has risen considerably. We get many tourists from countries like America, Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, Italy, Netherlands, and Korea.”Some of the most prominent tea estates in Assam are the Williamson Tea Estates and those owned by the Tata Group. Visitors here can take exciting elephant tours of Assamese plantations. Many tea resorts arrange safaris to Kaziranga and Orang National Park and, in collaboration with the Nameri National Park, angling and river rafting on the Bhorelli River.Nilgiris…A clear copper-gold colored, brisk liquor, and gentle fragrance define the Nilgiri cup. Set amidst romantic misty mountains, bubbly brooks and lovely dark woods, Nilgiri embraces nature at its charming and serene best. Stretching across the southwestern tip of India, at an altitude of 4,500 feet from sea level, the tea estates offer picturesque views of hilly expanses from the Western Ghats to Kerala and Tamil Nadu.    A tree house nestled in one of the tea plantations in Assam.Nilgiri teas make luscious iced teas. Also, these teas are famous for creating popular Oolong and some green varieties. The fragrant Nilgiri teas serve as ideal base for flavors, scents and fruits. Their aroma also makes Nilgiri teas popular in blends and tea bags. Famous in this range are the hand-sorted Orange Pekoe, sold at international auctions, and the slightly cheaper machine-sorted Broken Orange Pekoe.For an inclusive tour of this Southern tea-growing region ExplorIndya is a one-stop destination. Set in the tea-sloped hills of Nilgiris, ExplorIndya is an extension of a family-owned eco-homestay called Aakriti. “The home-stay is set amidst our four-acre tea garden that borders a reserve forest close to the town of Ooty,” says Rajat Kumar, the founder. “As plantation owners for the past 18 years, we offer our knowledge right from the process of cultivation, harvesting through final production.”In addition to providing guests with tours of tea plantations and factories, the package offers nature walks, wildlife safaris, bird-watching, tribal life insights, discovering the primeval art of tribal wild-honey hunting, an Indian family experience, and cooking classes.   Tourists savoring Indian food at the Mancotta ChangBungalow in Dibrugarh, Assam.At a height of about 7,130 ft, the Kolukkumalai Tea Factory, an orthodox tea manufacturing unit, claims to being one of the highest tea plantations in the world. The view of the Western Ghats from this height is absolutely enchanting.The Tata Tea Museum at the Nullathani Tea Estate takes visitors through the forgotten past of the high ranges and offers a glimpse of the 100-year-old history of the region — from the rudimentary original tea roller to the present, fully automated tea factory at Mattupetty.At Coonoor, the Nilgiris auction center, nearly a half million kgs. of tea are sold weekly. Trekking and hiking is popular in Coonoor. Some of the popular tea esates in Nilgiri include Tiger Hill, Corsley, Craigmore, Pascoes Woodlands, Colacumby, Nonsuch Dunsandale, Chamraj, Parkside, and Glendale.TripAdvisor recently named Munnar in Kerala as the world’s second most famous tourist destination. Essentially a tea town, Munnar unfolds in stretches of mountains and hillocks carpeted with vast green tea gardens. It also cradles many rare wild species. Sweet scented sandalwood trees grow thick and fast at Marayoor in Munnar. It is a treasure house of bio-diversity. The snow-soaked dawns at Munnar mesmerize tourists.   Tourists learn tea processing at a factory in Dibrugarh. The princely Tea Garden Resort at Chithirapuram in Munnar has harmoniously incorporated all the comforts of the modern life with the unblemished charm of nature. Tea Meadows is another popular tea resort. “Our guests could indulge in golf, rainbow trout angling, mountain cycling, trekking trails, paragliding, rock climbing, river crossing, and wildlife camping,” says Divya, co-ordinator at Tea Meadows. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival in Ooty in February attracts tea lovers from all over the world. Surely one occasion not to be missed.Other tea producing regions in India include Dehradun (Uttaranchal), Teria-and-Dooars (West Bengal), Palampur (Himachal Pradesh), and some parts of Sikkim and Manipur.Here is your chance at a different travel experience at luxurious tea bungalows, ensconced in the most beautiful regions, interact with tea workers, try your hand at plucking tea leaves, and visiting tea factories to understand the tea refining process.  Tea ToursTea tour packages vary widely by region, time of year and duration of the visit. They range from $45 per day at the Mancotta Chang Bungalows in Dibrugarh, Assam to $310 per day at the Glenburn Tea State in Darjeeling and $350 at the Wild Mahseer in Assam. Glenburn Tea Estate & Boutique Hotel, Darjeeling: glenburnteaestate.comMakaibari Tea Estate, Darjeeling: www.makaibari.com.Wild Mahseer, Assam: oldassam.com/wildmahseer/default.htmlMancotta Chang Bungalows, Dibrugarh, Assam: assamteatourism.comTea Meadows, Munnar: teameadows.com Tea Garden Resort, Munnar: teagardenresorts.comTalliar Valley Bungalow, Munnar: www.teabungalows.com  Related Itemslast_img read more

‘13,000 doctors available as against 27,000 needed’

first_imgHaryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday said that the number of MBBS seats in medical colleges of the State has increased from 700 in the year 2014 to 1,450 in 2019 and a target has been set to increase it to minimum 2,000 in the near future.Mr. Khattar was addressing a gathering here at the launch of Ayush Health and Wellness centres. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 10 such centres in Haryana under the ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojna’ through videoconferencing from New Delhi.Mr. Khattar said that even though the State has adequate health infrastructure, more doctors were needed to meet the demand. “At present 13,000 doctors are available in the State as against the requirement of 27,000 doctors. The State government has a plan to open one medical college in each district.” He added that at present, three government and 19 private medical colleges are functional in the State.Mr. Khattar said the aim of opening health and wellness centres is to make the people adopt preventive measures so as to keep them away from diseases.The 10 Ayush centres inaugurated by Modi are in Panchkula, Ambala, Kaithal, Karnal, Jind, Hisar, Sonipat, Gurugram, Faridabad and Nuh.last_img read more

Gilas backer on Blatche: ‘I don’t think he was an asset to the team’

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq “Blatche has to shape up. I don’t think he was an asset to the team with his condition in the last two games. I think it’s something the coaching staff should seriously look into,” Mascariñas said.Blatche averaged just 9.5 points on 30 percent shooting, 13.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 4.0 blocks against Japan and Taipei.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut what hurt Gilas the most was his 6 turnovers a game.He akso had his worst offensive game as part of Gilas against Chinese Taipei on Monday. MOST READ Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERGilas Pilipinas may have come out of the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers unscathed, but that didn’t stop one of the team’s chief backers from calling out Andray Blatche.Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas minced no words in criticizing Blatche affer the Philippine team scored a pair of wins at the expense of Japan and Chinese Taipei.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’center_img Mascariñas observed that Blatche struggles rubbed off on the team as the Philippines started the game flat and fell behind early before getting its act together to pull off the gutsy 90-83 victory.“You can see that the team is still not fluid and I know they can play better. But the good thing is that we know the team is in good hands. Coach Chot (Reyes) knows how to win important games like this and so far, so good. We won the games that mattered for us,” he said.As per Reyes, Blatche apologized to the team after his subpar showing and vowed to bounce back stronger.But Mascariñas expects nothing less from the former NBA veteran, especially with a showdown against mighty Australia next in February.“If we’ll play the same way we did to start against Chinese Taipei, we don’t stand a chance against Australia. We should do much, much better. Our execution should be perfect so we’ll have a chance against Australia,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next View comments Ravena makes noise after quiet stint vs Japan Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Djokovic seeks answers after decline and fall

first_imgJohn McEnroe is concerned Djokovic’s desire to show the softer side of his personality has robbed him of the ruthless streak needed at the highest level.– ‘Shock therapy’ –“From an emotional standpoint he perhaps felt he wanted to bring in somebody who wants to give people a lot of hugs. That does not necessarily translate to having that killer instinct,” McEnroe said.“It does not automatically lose it, but you don’t want to get into a situation where it is all peace and love and then have to go out and try to stomp on somebody’s head in competition.”Describing the changes as “shock therapy”, Djokovic hired American legend Andre Agassi as his coach in time for the French Open.But Agassi failed to deliver an immediate improvement as Djokovic crashed to an embarrassing quarter-final defeat against Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros.The 6-0 ‘bagel’ handed to him in the third set by the Austrian was the first time he had suffered such an indignity in 12 years and he was accused of giving up as the defeat became inevitable.But Djokovic is still seeing positives.“I was very fortunate and privileged to have so much success in the last eight, nine years, and kind of entered most of the tournaments as one of the biggest favourites. So for a change it’s good to not be one of the top favourites,” said Djokovic.“It releases a bit of the pressure. It’s always there. You still feel it. It’s part of what I do. And what I have achieved so far has added to those expectations. LATEST STORIES “I try to lower those expectations myself, because I really want to as much as I can be in the moment and trying to focus only on what comes up next, which doesn’t mean that I don’t want to win the trophies.”With his world ranking down to fourth, Djokovic took the unusual step of entering the grass-court tournament at Eastbourne this week.It was the first time the 12-time Grand Slam champion has played a competitive tournament between the French Open and Wimbledon since 2010.Djokovic travelled to the south-coast hoping the sea air would reinvigorate him, but until he thrives in the rarified atmosphere at Wimbledon the doubts will remain. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong The Serb was the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time and had won Wimbledon in 2014 and 2015, adding to his 2011 triumph.So when he strolled onto Court One to face Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon third round there appeared no end in sight to Djokovic’s reign as the sport’s preeminent force.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutInstead, he gave such a curiously lethargic performance that Querrey was able to win the rain-interrupted encounter to end the then world number one’s streak of 30 straight Grand Slam match victories.It was a seismic shock and plunged Djokovic into a tail-spin. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Tennis legend McEnroe refuses to apologize to Serena Williams for ‘sexist’ remarks Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Djokovic has lurched from one problem to another in 2017, losing to world number 117 Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open.Having parted with coach Boris Becker at the end of last year, he has split with long-time associate Marian Vajda.Djokovic has also taken to consulting regularly with ‘spiritual adviser’ Pepe Imaz, a former player who runs a tennis academy in Spain for underprivileged children, called “Amor y Paz” (love and peace).In recent months Imaz’s influence has been seen in Djokovic’s new habit of forming a heart shape with his hands and gesturing to the crowd after he wins a match.Unfortunately for Djokovic, those displays of affection have been few and far between as he slumped to surprise defeats against Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev, hungry youngsters who displayed the drive so noticeably missing from his game in recent months.ADVERTISEMENT Serbia’s Novak Djokovic falls as he plays Austria’s Dominic Thiem during their quarterfinal match the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium. APJust 12 months ago, Novak Djokovic arrived at Wimbledon with the world at his feet, but he returns to the All England Club with his career in crisis after an astonishing fall from grace.Having finally succeeded in his quest to win the French Open last year, Djokovic appeared poised to join the tennis immortals.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Anil Kumble sports natty new look, thanks to Indigo Nation campaign

first_imgAnil KumbleStars get paid to look good. But cricketers?Anil Kumble’s natty new look – noticed him during the Nat-West series? – is thanks to a new campaign he has endorsed for Indigo Nation. The contract entailed a makeover. That meant a haircut – spiky hair – a barely-there French beard,Anil KumbleStars get paid to look good. But cricketers?Anil Kumble’s natty new look – noticed him during the Nat-West series? – is thanks to a new campaign he has endorsed for Indigo Nation. The contract entailed a makeover. That meant a haircut – spiky hair – a barely-there French beard and side burns, at the hands of Mumbai salon Juice (who did the same for the Dil Chahta Hai crew).Says Fazle A. Naqvi, the company’s marketing director: “We needed a role model who would transform.”Next up: a line of Kumble apparel.last_img read more

PBA D-League: CEU nears no. 1 after beatdown of Wangs

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Couriers reeled to their fifth straight setback to end the tournament with a lowly 3-6 mark.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—Centro Escolar University closed in on the top seed after a 116-72 rout of Wangs Basketball in the 2019 PBA D-League at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ ONE: Robin Catalan learns his lesson from TKO setback Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Tyron Chan unleashed 23 of his game-high 32 points in the first half to set the tone for the Scorpions while also collecting 10 rebounds, five rebounds and four steals.Maodo Malick Diouf was also dominant for CEU with 20 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and five blocks.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“We got derailed against NU and we didn’t take care of things in the second half,” said CEU coach Derrick Pumaren, whose continues to pace the Foundation Group with a 7-1 record. “This time we made sure to take care of things.”The Scorpions pulled away early, building a 38-17 advantage at the end of the first quarter and kept their foot on the gas pedal up to the final buzzer. They never trailed and led by as much as 47. LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Gareth Bale to PL? Here’s what’s stopping the move.

first_imgAdvertisementGareth Bale has not ruled out a possible return to the Premier League. The 29 year old started his career in the Premier League with Southampton before playing for Tottenham. He was the breakout star of the year in the 2012-13 season when he scored 21 goals in 33 games for Spurs, a performance that caught the eye of the Galacticos, and he was subsequently bought by Real Madrid.The Welshman has enjoyed a very successful 5 seasons with the club, winning 4 Champions League medals. However, when asked by the Daily Mail about a possible return to England, Bale didn’t seem to rule the option out, saying that he would like to return ‘home’ but it would be very difficult to leave Real.“You always want to come back and play in your home league and a part of you will always miss home. But I’m enjoying playing for the biggest club in the world and winning trophies.“, Bale told the Daily Mail.The Welshman has been tentatively linked with Premier League giants Manchester United where he would be more than welcome as one of the best players of the world. However he still remains a vital part of the Real Madrid set up, with more responsibility on his shoulders after Ronaldo’s departure.Read full article here :https://onefootball.com/en/news/gareth-bale-has-his-say-on-a-possible-premier-league-return-en-21646185?variable=20180918&_branch_match_id=570564856504627554Read also :David Moyes+1 player = PL challenge for Everton?!Football: Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo catches fire for Juventus Advertisementlast_img read more

Sonam Kapoor bats for a biopic on PT Usha

first_imgMumbai, Aug 23 (PTI) Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor today said a biopic should be made on the legendary sprinter PT Usha.The actress was asked if she feels biopic on sportswomen P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, who have earned medals at the Rio Olympics, should be made and Sonam said before that the inspirational story of PT Usha should be brought on the big screen.”I have already done one (biopic) Neerja. Whatever good (referring to biopic) comes my way I will do that. I think before making a biopic on them (P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik) there should be one on P T Usha. I think it will be an interesting one,” Sonam told reporters here at an event.”Films on sports should be encouraged as it inspires people. India should also be known for sports,” she said.The 31-year-old actress, who was present with Australian swimmer and Olympic medalist Stephanie Rice, was talking at Women Entrepreneurs Exhibition, hosted by the Ladies Wing of the Indian Merchant Chamber (IMC).The exhibition has a huge range of products from clothes to jewellery, food to personal care and home decor products, among others.”I am happy today women are moving ahead in life and doing all sorts of work in every field. I think more money should be put in for the education of girls. The government must come ahead and do something. We all should help each other,” Sonam said. PTI KKP NP PSH JMFlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Tweeple salute Sheldon Cottrell for his magical catch

first_imgNot more than a week ago England’s Ben Stokes left the cricket fraternity amazed with his flying catch during the World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa. But West Indies Sheldon Cottrell, on Thursday, gave Stokes stiff competition for the catch of the tournamenr when he took a staggering catch at the boundary fence to remove Australia’s Steve Smith.It all happened in the 45th over of the game when Steve Smith, absorbing all the pressure after Australia’s early collapse, smacked an Oshane Thomas delivery for a six to the backward square leg fence.Just then, Sheldon Cotrell came down running to his left from fine leg to catch the ball in his left arm. But as the moemntum was taking Cotrell close to the boundary fence, he flicked the ball in the air, and came back in time to catch it again.Before producing the best show of his athleticism, the West Indies pacer removed Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch in quick succession as Yellow Army managed to get a total of 288, riding on the back of a phenomenal 60-ball 92 knock from Nathan Coulter Nile.Cottrell, who was a soldier by profession earlier, is famously known for his salute celeberation that he had introduced against Pakistan during their first World Cup to show his respect to the Jamaica Defence Force.However, after taking that catch on Thursday, Cottrell was saluted by fans on Twitter.Stunning. Just stunning, that catch from Cottrell. Deserves two salutes!Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 6, 2019And the US marines just saw Sheldon Cottrell’s catch! pic.twitter.com/bz7f952lM8advertisementJoy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) June 6, 2019Well you have to salute that Sheldon Cottrell !! #CWC2019 pic.twitter.com/dkdp75QQ7tsimon hughes (@theanalyst) June 6, 2019Whenever Cottrell gets a wicket#AusvsWi pic.twitter.com/kvl2M1CMzs(@Itz_hrithik) June 6, 2019Was that catch by Sheldon Cottrell better than the catch by @benstokes38 ? @cricketworldcup #AUSvsWIAlan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) June 6, 2019Sheldon Cottrell what a catch. Probably catch of the tournament so far! #CricketWorldCup #AUSvsWI pic.twitter.com/CssW0EMIoNjimmy kumar (@100KuMaR001) June 6, 2019Sheldon Cottrell you beauty… Ben Stoke’s hold over greatest catch ever lasted less than a week. #CWC19 #AusvWIChetan Narula (@chetannarula) June 6, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell’s salute is the new coolAlso Read | No more balidan for Dhoni: ICC objects to Army insignia on his glovesAlso Seelast_img read more

Barca clinch place in knockout stages

first_imgJuventus 0 Barcelona 0: Messi benched but Valverde’s men in last 16 Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:36 11/23/17 lionel messi - cropped Getty Images Barcelona drew 0-0 with Juventus to seal their spot in the Champions League knockouts, despite starting without Lionel Messi. Barcelona benched Lionel Messi but sealed their place in the last 16 of the Champions League regardless with a 0-0 draw at Juventus.The LaLiga leaders were largely untroubled by last season’s beaten finalists at the Allianz Stadium as they claimed a result that guarantees they go through to the knockout phase as winners of Group D.Head coach Ernesto Valverde sprung a shock before the match by naming Messi among the substitutes, with Paulinho selected in the number 10 role in a robust-looking system. 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 Barca official Guillermo Amor explained pre-match that Messi was simply being rested before the weekend clash with LaLiga’s second-placed side Valencia, and his absence did little to upset Barca’s rhythm as they controlled the game for long spells in Turin, albeit without troubling Gianluigi Buffon too often.Messi came on in the second half to try to unlock a Juve defence that was without the injured Giorgio Chiellini, but there was no way through against the Serie A champions, who are a point above third-place Sporting CP in the group ahead of the final matchday.For Barca, attention can now turn to the top-of-the-table clash at Mestalla on Sunday, with their knockout spot secure.6 – Andres Iniesta is the sixth player with the most appearances in #UCL history (126), surpassing Clarence Seedorf (125). Legendary. pic.twitter.com/8eyPuvonV3— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 22, 2017Douglas Costa shot straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen from inside the penalty area after only two minutes but Barcelona were largely in control of the first half-hour, the midfield quartet of Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Paulinho dictating the play well.It was Rakitic who came closest to a first-half breakthrough, sending a deep free-kick off the right-hand post, before Paulinho failed to turn the rebound on target.Barca had shouts for a penalty in the 30th minute when Paulinho went over a challenge from Miralem Pjanic, but the referee showed a deserved yellow card to the Brazilian for a fairly blatant dive.Paulo Dybala had struggled to get involved in the first 45 minutes but he came close to giving Juve the lead just before the break, collecting Alex Sandro’s pass on the break before surging into the box and firing narrowly over the crossbar.0 – Luis Suarez was the player with the fewest passes attempted (9) and touches (14, none in the opposite box) in this first half. Alone. pic.twitter.com/vVZurYkQkX— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 22, 2017Barca resumed their control of proceedings after the break, with Luis Suarez going close with a free-kick, but Valverde nonetheless introduced Messi for Gerard Deulofeu in the 55th minute.Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain lashed half-chances wide but Barca’s control of possession was almost unchallenged, with Juve apparently content to sit deep and hold on for the draw.Messi almost provided the killer pass to give Barca the breakthrough, with Juan Cuadrado messing up his attempt to head the Argentine’s long pass back to Buffon, but Lucas Digne failed to capitalise on the opportunity.Juve showed more attacking endeavour in the closing stages and Ter Stegen made a fine low save to deny Dybala in stoppage time, but the draw means Massimiliano Allegri’s side must beat Olympiacos on December 5 to ensure they stay above Sporting and reach the last 16. Key Opta stats:- Barcelona have failed to win in all of their six away games against Juventus in European competitions (D3 L3).- The Blaugrana have recorded goalless draws in back-to-back games in Champions League for the first time ever. – Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 18 games in all competitions, their best run since March 2016, when they registered their longest ever run (39). – Marc-Andre ter Stegen has kept more clean sheets than any other LaLiga goalkeeper this season in all competitions (12). – The German goalkeeper has saved 23 of the last 24 shots on target he has faced for Barcelona in all competitions (96%).- Lionel Messi has equalled Roberto Carlos as South American player with the most appearances in the Champions League (129 apiece). read morelast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Has Great Answer To College Football Playoff Question

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan is in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten and a spot in the College Football Playoff. But with plenty of teams nipping at their heels, Jim Harbaugh’s team is no lock to make the College Football Playoff.Ahead of their game against Big Ten minnow Rutgers, Harbaugh was asked what he thought about Michigan’s playoff chances.But Harbaugh insisted that Michigan is focused solely on their next game, and are not looking ahead.“It doesn’t seem like a very good idea to look ahead. Take it one game at a time,” Harbaugh said on Monday.Jim Harbaugh on College Football Playoff talk: “It doesn’t seem like a very good idea to look ahead. Take it one game at a time.”— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) November 5, 2018Despite their success under Harbaugh, Michigan has been waiting a long time for a return to the top of college football.The Wolverines have finished in the Top-10 only five times in the last 20 years. Their last National Championship came in 1997, when they won the Rose Bowl under head coach Lloyd Carr and QB Brian Griese.The key game for Michigan will be the final week of the season against Ohio State. Assuming both teams win out before then, the game will decide which team gets a spot in the Big Ten title game.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Sports Shoes 2 launched in India for Rs 2,499, but you can’t buy it right now

first_img India Today Tech New DelhiFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 08:19 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi diversifies its product lineup by announcing a new lifestyle product, the Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2.The Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 has been launched in India for Rs 2,499.The shipping will commence only on March 15, the company has officially announced. Xiaomi diversifies its product lineup by announcing a new lifestyle product, the Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2. The Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 has been launched in India for Rs 2,499 but the product comes with a catch. This means the interested buyers will not be able to buy the Mi shoes in India right now. The shipping will commence only on March 15, the company has officially announced.Xiaomi explains that the Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 is a “perfect balance of performance and style”. Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 will be available on Xiaomi’s crowdfunding platform starting February 6 with early bird offers starting at Rs 2,499 and shipping due to start from March 2019. For the early birds, Xiaomi is offering Rs 500 discount, but that’s for a limited time period.The Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 is crafted using the Uni-Moulding process and is mainly designed for men who are always on the move. “Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 are engineered with 5-in-1 uni-moulding technology, that combines five different materials making them shock-absorbent, durable and slip-resistant. The fishbone structure allows comfortable cushioning while providing support against accidental sprains,” Xiaomi India explains.The newly launched Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 are crafted from breathable, washable mesh fabric which will let users easily wash the shoes. Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 can sustain machine wash. Xiaomi further explains, “the shoes are designed to allow maximum grip along with high level of abrasion resistance.: Xiaomi has launched the Mi Men’s Sports Shoes in three different colours including — Black, Dark Grey and Blue.advertisementCommenting on the launch Raghu Reddy, Head – category & online sales, Xiaomi India said, “2019 began on a very exciting note with us having introduced two new categories already. We are delighted to introduce another new offering in our range of lifestyle products – Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 which will go live on our crowdfunding platform. We are positive that our new Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 will add immense value to our Mi Fans’ lives, offering the best design and performance at an honest price.”ALSO READ | Xiaomi India will launch Mi Sneakers 2 smart shoes along with Redmi Note 7, expect price around Rs 3,000ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M10, Realme C1 and other top smartphones under Rs 10,000 you can buy nowALSO READ | After Samsung and Honor, Xiaomi now prepares to bring punch-hole display phone very soonGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow Xiaomi Xiaomi Mi Sports Shoes 2 launched in India for Rs 2,499, but you can’t buy it right nowMi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 will be available on Xiaomi’s crowdfunding platform starting February 6 with early bird offers starting at Rs 2,499 and shipping due to start from March 2019. For the early birds, Xiaomi is offering Rs 500 discount, but that’s for a limited time period.advertisementlast_img read more

DryShips’ Ability to Continue Compromised?

first_imgzoom  New York-listed owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels DryShips said that it had defaulted on some of its loan agreements as of March 31, 2016 and with potential repercussions resulting from the breaches the company may struggle to maintain its business.“We are currently in negotiations with our lenders to obtain debt maturity extensions or restructuring of our debt facilities,” the company said in its annual report, adding that it cannot guarantee that it will be able to obtain the lenders’consent.Should the company fail to remedy, or obtain a waiver of the breaches its lenders may accelerate its indebtedness, which could trigger the cross-acceleration or cross-default provisions contained in the company’s other credit facilities, under which a total of USD 341.9 million was outstanding as of December 31, 2015, DryShips explained.“If our indebtedness is accelerated, it will be very difficult in the current financing environment for us to refinance our debt or obtain additional financing and we could lose our vessels if our lenders foreclose their liens, which could impair our ability to conduct our business and continue as a going concern,” the company adds.In addition, the company’s public accounting firm has issued its opinion that expresses substantial doubt about DryShips’ ability to continue as a going concern.Furthermore, DryShips said that it does not expect that cash on hand and cash expected to be generated from operations will be sufficient to repay its loans relating to its drybulk and offshore support fleet.“In such a scenario, we would have to seek to access the capital markets to fund the mandatory payments,” the company explained.The announcement comes following DryShips’ sale completion of its three bulk carriers, the Fakarava, Rangiroa and Negonego along with the associated bank debt, to entities controlled by the company’s chairman and CEO, George Economou.As a result of the transaction, the company says that its total bank debt has been reduced by USD 102.1 million, and currently stands at USD 213.7 million.The company posted a net loss of USD 2.84bn for 2015.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Crown to Ask Supreme Court of Canada to Hear MacIntosh Appeal

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service will ask the Supreme Court of Canada to hear its appeal in the Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh case. After a lengthy police investigation and extradition from India in 2007, Mr. MacIntosh was convicted of 17 counts of indecent assault and gross indecency involving four boys in two separate trials in 2010 and 2011. The charges date back to the 1970s in the Port Hawkesbury area. Mr. MacIntosh was sentenced to five- and-a-half years in prison, minus credit for time served on remand. Mr. MacIntosh appealed the convictions and in December, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal found that his right to be tried within a reasonable period of time was infringed and stayed all charges. The court also found that the trial judge had erred in law and misapprehended evidence material to the convictions, meaning he came to conclusions about the evidence that were wrong. “After a careful legal analysis of the Court of Appeal’s decision, we believe we have legal grounds involving issues of public importance which warrant consideration by the Supreme Court of Canada,” said Martin Herschorn, director of Public Prosecutions. The application will be filed with the Supreme Court of Canada by Feb. 6.last_img read more

Twenty Paramedics Recognized for Exemplary Service

first_imgTwenty Nova Scotia paramedics have been awarded the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Services Medal for their service to Nova Scotians in their time of need. The 20 paramedics have dedicated their careers to providing high-quality emergency health care, sometimes at great personal risk. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant presented the medals during a ceremony at Government House in Halifax on Monday, Nov. 28. “This medal recognizes the skill and dedication of paramedics as caring health-care professionals who respond to the medical needs of Nova Scotians 365 days a year,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, and all Nova Scotians, it is my privilege to recognize the outstanding contribution this group has made to our province.” Paramedics who received the medal are: “During their years of service, these individuals have seen their profession grow and mature to become a key part of our health-care system,” said Lawrence Briand, chair of the EMS Exemplary Service Medal Provincial Committee. “Awarding this medal gives us the opportunity to thank these paramedics for their work and dedication to the citizens of Nova Scotia and to celebrate our profession.” The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal was created by Her Majesty The Queen in 1994. It is part of a national recognition program for people who work in high-risk jobs that enhance Canada’s public safety. Police, firefighters, corrections officers, coast guard members and peace officers are also eligible for exemplary service medals which are part of the Canadian honours system. Paramedics can be nominated by their peers or the public. Recipients must have demonstrated exemplary service in their careers for at least 20 years, including 10 years in an emergency medical services position that involves potential risk. For more information on the awards, visit www.gg.ca. Jonathan Akin, Kentville, Kings Co. David Best, Londonderry, Colchester Co. Joseph Boutilier, Pine Grove, Lunenburg Co. Stephen Crocker, Tantallon, Halifax Regional Municipality Craig Desjardins (deceased), River Hebert, Cumberland Co. Gregory Down, Mount Uniacke, Hants County Odette Gaudet, Church Point, Digby Co. Christopher Hillier, Timberlea, Halifax Regional Municipality James Hogan, Sydney Lisa Hutt, Beaver Harbour, Halifax Regional Municipality Terrance Lawlor, Dartmouth Michael Lockett, Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co. Brian MacDonald, Sydney Charles MacDonald, Inverness, Inverness Co. Jason MacDonald, Sydney Shawn Mills, Sherbrooke, Guysborough Co. Craig Morrison, Glace Bay Gregory Pineo, Nine Mile River, Hants Co. Darren Romkey, Lunenburg Gregory Theriault, Falmouth, Hants Co.last_img read more

All 6 of family killed in house collapsed in Karnataka

first_imgBidar (Karnataka): All the six members of a family were killed on Wednesday when the roof of their house in Bidar district in Karnataka collapsed. The police said that the mud roof of the house collapsed over them while the family was asleep. According to police sources, the victims had been identified as Nadeem Sheikh, his wife and four children. Congress MLA from Basavakalyana constituency Narayana Rao visited the mishap site and condoled the deaths.last_img