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Overcoming the fear of failure as a creative with Seth Godin

first_imgIf you haven’t read any blog posts or books from Seth Godin, watching this clip from Godin’s interview on 30 Days of Genius over on CreativeLive will have you chomping at the bit to do so.In his interview, Godin, a best-selling author of 18 books, entrepreneur, marketer, public speaker and all-round influential thinker, talks about the difficulty of extracting the genius we all carry within us.”It’s a challenge to draw out our genius because we know it ‘might not work.’ To finally come to terms with this possibility of failure is to confront our fear as creatives,” Godin explains.Maybe it comes across as counter-intuitive, but Godin’s insistence that “you have to dance with the fear” becomes more clear the longer you consider it—and once you actually try it for yourself.For better or for worse, fear is a partner in your daily routine, but it doesn’t need to live with you.You aren’t bound together, but you do need fear to feel the wall in your face, to see where you get stopped, where the limits of your mind are. And only in this way can you conquer that wall, expand those limits, find a new way to dance.Fear might be leading first, but that’s only until you learn to take over, until you learn to lead.As you dance, you realize that fear is in fact “a compass, it’s giving me a hint that I’m onto something…something that might not work,” Godin says. But even though there is that possibility of failure, the fear-as-compass pushes you to “persistently, consistently, generously bring [your creative work] forward.”However, as you move forward and use all those tools and skills and experiences you’ve intentionally (and unintentionally) collected throughout your life, in pursuit of extracting your genius, there is no guarantee of success. A degree in art does not an artist make.Godin puts it this way: “Anyone who thinks of themselves as a creative has to acknowledge that if you’re asking for a guarantee, you’re in the wrong line.”As you’ve probably figured out by this point in your career, being a creative entrepreneur means taking risks.Timelines, deadlines and goals are all important, but that does not help you avoid the inevitable obstacles that may entirely change your plans and your focus. You may come out on the other side of those obstacles with a whole new perspective or idea that will take you in a different direction that you had never before considered.And why not? Being a creative entrepreneur also inherently means exploring new frontiers, and in this kind of endeavor, nothing is certain—except that there will be lessons learned.You don’t do what you do to replicate someone else’s work, to mimic what you’ve seen before. Instead, you’re introducing a unique artistic expression (you are a snowflake!) into the world, and because it is new, there is no precedent to follow. Who wants precedent anyways?There will certainly be artists you admire and who have shaped your style, mentors whose wise words you heed. But even if you tried, you wouldn’t be able to do exactly what they have done—and you wouldn’t want to anyways.As you continue on your adventure and do your dance with fear, people will ask you about your purpose, your goals, and of course, why do you do what you do.Sometimes you get tired of the questions, even from prospective partners or clients—but mainly because you don’t really know all the answers. Because the only thing you are sure about is that you have to keep moving forward.So, to better prepare yourself for the next time you get cornered into a spontaneous Q&A session about your creative work, take some time to interview yourself and get to the bottom of, well, yourself.Here are some questions to ask yourself about your own fear of failure, that’ll help guide you toward learning to dance with that fear.Do you feel anxious to get to the end of each project you have and move on to something else? Why or why not?What if you had all the time in the world? More money, resources, support? What would you do differently?Why do you want to share your work? What does this say about the purpose of your work?What do you want your Wikipedia entry to say about you?As you analyze your creative self, remember that fear is “hard-wired into us, for good reason,” as Godin says. Instead of trying to escape it, seek out what that fear is teaching you about yourself and your creative pursuits, and you’ll already be way ahead of the game.For more with Seth Godin on failure, permission marketing, and how to become truly remarkable, watch the hour-long interview over on 30 Days of Genius on CreativeLive.Suchi Rudra is a nomadic writer of articles, stories and songs, taking inspiration from her travels. Follow her wanderings at [Tread Lightly, Travel Naturally](Suchi Rudra is a nomadic writer of articles, stories and songs, taking inspiration from her travels. Follow her wanderings at Tread Lightly, Travel Naturally.).last_img read more

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Roundtable Wednesday: Midseason Evaluation And Expectations For the Second Half

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. We’re going to try and do an informal roundtable every Wednesday about whatever is going on this week and post it here.It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Kyle Porter (publisher): While we’re all here … let’d bang out a roundtable. I asked this as our poll question on Tuesday, but how do you grade OSU halfway through the season?Kyle Cox (contributor): I’d go no higher than a C+. The Cowboys should be 6-0 and it’s their own fault they aren’t. I blame the CMU debacle 90 percent on the refs, 30 percent on the Cowboys because there’s more than enough to go around. #math. Losing to Baylor in Waco is not horrible except the way they did it was horrible.Justin Southwell (chief uniform officer): I wouldn’t mind giving them a B-. I agree that they should be 6-0, but they deserve a lot of credit for the wins that they have. Pitt was tough and they showed resilience through the weather delay, they physically dominated Texas, and they came back to beat Iowa State. There have been flashes of greatness from this team, but there have also been moments that leave you scratching your head wondering what just happened.Thomas Fleming (Xs and Os): I give them a solid B. Offense is good, not perfect, and defense is average, and sometimes quite good when the secondary plays well. I honestly don’t know what to expect anymore. Right now, I’m just rooting for all the good teams to lose so that OSU might be able to *compete* for a conference title.Caleb Deck (intern): I tend agree with a B to B-. Flashes of fantastic play and possibly the most explosive offense in the Big 12 but the consistency isn’t there. They can be, and have been, amazing, but the key will be finding consistency in the running game, Rudolph hitting his short-mid range passes, and the defense limiting big plays. All realistic fixes, but are necessary to have any chance at making it through this next half of the schedule.Carson Cunningham (podcasting): C+, ’bout av-rudge. Loss to CMU was inexcusable coaching (how do you run a play without a WR and not know the grounding rule?) Baylor loss fumbled away. There have been bright spots (D-line, Prez, QB1) but the overall grade is reflected by the W-L results.Sam Aldrich (Head of Hoops): I’ll go C+. This team plays to their competition’s level, and was fortunate to beat Iowa state last week. I think 8-4 would be a strong finish at this point.Porter: I’m going + (I almost went A-!) — We can say it’s a fluke that OSU sneaked out wins against Pitt and Iowa State, but we could also say it’s a fluke that CMU won on a one-in-a-million play and Justice Hill fumbled more than Mason Rudolph in a blizzard (can you imagine?) at Baylor. This team is, what, three (two?) plays from being 6-0.Remember when I used to be the cynical one?Max Gross (Baseball): I’d say B. Then offense has been pretty much as expected with the Rudolph to Washington connection thriving. Hill has been a pleasant surprise as well. The defense has been suspect at times. Not a fan of 31 points being put up by Iowa StatePorter: Sam already gave his opinion, but what record does everyone see this team ending with after six more games?Fleming: 8-4, hopefully win bowl game and go 9-4 with heavy optimism headed into next year.Deck: I also think 8-4 with a “shock” win over TCU, a not-so-shock loss at KState, and another year of bedlam tragedy unfortunately. ?Fleming: Alamo? Or Cactus.Aldrich: Or Russell Athletic?Carson: New meaning to Cardiac Cowboys…Making the most of the open week as the coaching staff refreshes on CPR training. #okstate pic.twitter.com/3x1OG2uzKx— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 12, 2016Porter: I’m trying to figure out a way to get OSU to 10-3, but I can’t do it. I’ll go 9-4 as well with a bowl win. That was probably the floor (ish) for this season (or so we thought coming in). Now it’s going to be a fight to get there.Carson: Which should be reflected in your midseason grade, @porter ?Porter:  Don’t logic me @carsoncunningham. I think everything is sort of predicated upon the CMU game. How much better does 5-1 sound than 4-2? But there is no difference between this team whether its record says 5-1 or 4-2. From a win-loss perspective, 9-4 was the floor, but I’m not sure that reflects the actual play of the team thus far.Aldrich: Just posing a question — is Pitt the only win we’ve got so far over a team that will make a bowl game this year?Cox: Looking that way.Porter: Other than Bedlam, which game are you guys most excited about in the second half of the year?Aldrich: I think Homecoming against West Virginia is gonna be a blast. Lotta points, big crowd (for the first half at least?), and a pretty good WV team. Can’t wait for that oneCox: TCU will be a big one as welllast_img read more

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Manchester City’s free-scoring start shows modern trend of total domination

first_imgShare on Twitter Topics Premier League Sportblog Manchester United Share on WhatsApp These are historic times. Just look at the top of the Premier League table, where the two Manchester teams are divided only by the most dizzying of goal differences. It is not unprecedented for a team to have a goal difference of plus 20 or more after seven games but it is extraordinarily rare. It happened four times in the 19th century and three times in 117 years since, Manchester City this season becoming the latest side to achieve the feat.People think of the early days of the Football League as wild times, with disorganised defences coping miserably with the fact that nobody had invented Tony Pulis yet and allowing forwards called Ted or Horace or Dixie to plunder goals with affable ease before polishing their boots, combing their moustache and posing for a daguerreotype with their favourite pipe. In fact, the era we are living through is threatening to make those days look positively orderly.In 1907-08, Manchester United lost one of their first 14 games, winning the rest. In addition to that solitary defeat, their first seven fixtures featured two 4-0 home victories and two 4-1 away wins, which took their goal difference to plus 20. It was plus 29 after nine games, at which point they calmed down a little, going on to win the league by nine points and with a goal difference of plus 33.It would be more than a century before another team started a season so free-scoringly, a century in which it was unusual for a team to have a goal difference even in double figures after seven matches. Suddenly, such achievements have become bewilderingly common: Chelsea were at plus 21 in 2010, while in 2011 United were on plus 19 and City on plus 18. In the last century six teams have built up a goal difference in excess of plus 17 by the end of their seventh game; all but one of them did so in this still incomplete decade (the other was Liverpool in 1978).This seems to be more than just coincidence, and a blow to the English top flight’s boast of being the world’s most competitive league. But we are living in an age of remarkably honed forward lines and shredded defences: the current leaders of the top divisions in Spain (Barcelona), France (PSG), Germany (Borussia Dortmund) and Italy (Napoli) also have goal differences of plus 19 or more.The timing of City’s goals is also interesting. The leaders have scored seven first-half goals, the same as United, Liverpool and Tottenham, and one more than Arsenal, Burnley and Chelsea. In the first half of matches they are merely quite good. Last season, their goals were split fairly evenly between the first and second halves, and in the final 45 minutes they outscored opponents by a ratio of precisely two goals to one. This term, they have an aggregate post-interval scoreline of 15-0.United’s is 14-1, and in the final 15 minutes the two clubs are 8-0 and 10-0 up respectively. This almost certainly reveals something very interesting about their opponents, possibly a lack of fitness or concentration but just as likely a growing desperation, with the end of the game screeching ever closer, to be somewhere else.Statistics offer Palace a glimmer of hopeThis season we have witnessed not only wild overachievement at the top of the league but spectacular failure at the bottom. There is hope for Crystal Palace in the fact that of three teams since the start of the 20th century to have had a goal difference as bad as theirs after seven games, only one went down.That was the Manchester United team of 1930-31, whose record for consecutive season-starting defeats Palace are chasing, but Everton in 1948 and Woolwich Arsenal in 1909 had a goal difference of minus 20 after seven matches and recovered (both had at least savoured the encouragement of winning a game by this point).Poor Palace. How galling it must feel to be stuck in their unenviable position when a flick through the key statistics reveals that one team stand feet and ankles below every other at most things that might cause encouragement – shots on target, touches in the opponents’ penalty area, corners – and that this side are not even them. It is Swansea, for whom 18th place looks decidedly like overachievement at this point.Palace have had 16 shots on target, two fewer than Brighton and Burnley, one behind Everton and five ahead of Swansea, but not one has gone in. This is not so much anomalous as downright freakish: the next least clinical side is Newcastle, who have scored with 19.4% of their shots on target (at the other end of the scale, Watford are rolling at a surely unsustainable 50%).Meanwhile on expected goals, a metric that takes into account the quality of chances, there are 11 sides below Palace. In other words, given the chances they have created in actual matches, chance-evaluating professionals would expect them to have outscored most of the division – including Chelsea, who have converted 12 of their opportunities and sit fourth. Instead Palace stand 101 minutes away from overtaking the 1990 Halifax Town side to claim the Football League’s worst season-commencing goalless run.Of all the significant statistics other than the ones that genuinely matter – actual goals scored and conceded, points won – only on expected goals conceded are Palace statistically the division’s weakest team. In mitigation, they are one of only two sides to have already been shoved mercilessly in front of both the speeding Mancunian juggernauts (Everton, uniquely, have played each of the current top four, a distinction for which many believe Ronald Koeman should be rewarded with the sack).After seven games, there can be no doubt which team are most wildly exceeding expectations. Burnley are sixth and have already won more points away from home than they managed in the whole of last season. They are also the division’s second-worst side (above Swansea) on shots taken and touches in the opponents’ box, the third worst on total passes, passing accuracy, corners won and shots on target, and the worst of all for allowing their opponents to shoot.Just like last season, when they were the ninth-best side at home and the 19th away, Burnley have split their games in two and are performing in only half of them. In first halves they lead 6-1 on aggregate and have the division’s third-best record; in second halves they are 4-1 down and are 18th.Unsurprisingly, teams making bad starts very often turn out to just be bad. In the last 10 completed seasons, half of the 30 teams to have occupied the bottom three spots at this stage were still among them at the end of the campaign. The unusual thing about great starts is that the greatest teams rarely make them. In the past decade, only once have the side in the lead after seven games still been there as the curtain fell. In the same period the team sitting eighth have won the league twice, though all things considered Watford probably should not get overexcited. Share on Facebook Reuse this content features Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Messenger Manchester Citylast_img read more

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‘Van Dijk makes everyone better’

first_imgVirgil van Dijk has emerged as a real leader at Liverpool and brings out the best in his team-mates, Emile Heskey says.The centre-back has been a mainstay in defence for Jurgen Klopp’s team, who sit four points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.Van Dijk has been forced to play with various defensive partners in recent weeks amid a series of injuries, even supporting midfielder Fabinho in the heart of the back line at one point. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But ex-Liverpool and England star Heskey believes the 27-year-old is a rare calibre of centre-back and the type of leader they have been looking for since Jamie Carragher retired in 2013.”When you look at Van Dijk, and when you look at Liverpool, in essence they haven’t had that leader I would go as far back as Jamie Carragher,” he told  Sky Sports .”Someone who really commands a defence. Someone who really stands out and is counted for. Someone who is marshalling people around. Now Van Dijk has come in and he seems to be that man.”He’s a great defender, he’s quick, he’s good in the air, he barks out orders. So, what more do you need? It seems that everyone who plays alongside him, [he] always brings out the best in them as well.”The 41-year-old has also been impressed by Fabinho, who has established himself in the Reds’ first team despite a slow start to life at Anfield after his summer arrival from Monaco.”A young lad coming from abroad, coming into the English game, coming into the Premier League and the frenetic way that we play – it’s difficult for them,” he added. “So, you have to give these players time.”He seems to be enjoying it now and coming into his own. So, the squad is bigger, the squad is more compact now and they know what they are capable of doing. So, these games coming up will be good for them.”As well as Premier League contenders, Liverpool are expected to go far in the Champions League again this season and face a last-16 tie against Bayern Munich.Although Heskey believes a big challenge awaits them over two legs, he is confident they can get the better of the Bundesliga giants.”Fireworks, always… but a bit of a chess game as well,” he said. “You don’t want to lose that [two-legged] game.”You want to go in and I’m guessing the tactics have got to be right and, when you’ve got [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane and [Roberto] Firmino up front, then you have always got a chance.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Nova Scotians Showcasing Leadership in the Green Economy Oped

first_imgFrom Joggins to Yarmouth and from Port Hawkesbury to Pictou, the green economy is growing strong. This summer, our goal was to get into communities, speak to leaders, and encourage them to get involved in the green economy. We set out to inspire Nova Scotians but we ended up the ones who were inspired. From July to September, we visited 10 communities and met more than 400 Nova Scotians who have an interest in environmental management and economic development. We met leaders who are committed, like we are, to building the economy without sacrificing the environment. With the help of the province’s regional development authorities, we saw first-hand the incredible foresight, talents and innovations of Nova Scotians. Many businesses and communities are actively involved in sustainable business practices and are role models for helping make our province more competitive. For example, we knew that the Municipality of the District of Chester’s Kaizer Meadow Waste Management Facility was a dynamic site. What we didn’t know is that they are working on numerous projects that will help Nova Scotia uphold its success in solid- waste management and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Right in the hub of Nova Scotia, the Green Data Centre in Truro is operating as Canada’s first and only centre offering green business solutions. They create energy efficiencies and savings, and make an impact on a business’ bottom line. And Joggins Fossil Centre is a great example of community-led, sustainable economic development. The centre at the newly designated UNESCO site is sustainable right down to the water faucets. It features materials made in Nova Scotia and has a wind turbine for energy efficiency. Our next big event will be the Power of Green Conference. We are excited to have more Nova Scotian businesses gather under one roof to share their expertise and best practices in environmental management and economic development, and to further discuss the business case for sustainability. The conference takes place Monday, Oct. 20 at the Cunard Centre in Halifax. It is another opportunity to take pride in the leadership of our Nova Scotian businesses. As you’ve just read, Nova Scotia is well on its way to being a leader in sustainability here and abroad. On a final note, we want to say how proud we are of what we saw this summer, what we heard, and what Nova Scotians are doing every day to contribute to a clean, green and prosperous Nova Scotia. -30-last_img read more

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Confident about Batla House

first_imgMumbai: This Independence Day, Batla House will lock horns with Mission Mangal and Saaho, and actor John Abraham recently said his film stands a good chance in the three-way clash at the box office. The actor said he has full confidence in film’s director Nikkhil Advani’s calibre. Asked if he was concerned about the film opening to a divided collection, John said, “The other two films don’t concern me. But I’m concerned about my film. We have done the math and we still want to release it on this day. “More importantly, it is not overconfidence. I have a lot of respect for every other film. I am confident that Nikkhil has made a very good film.” John said he shares a friendly equation with former co-star Akshay Kumar, and that there is space for more than one film to release on the same date. Batla House also stars Mrunal Thakur and Nora Fatehi.last_img read more

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IAS officer arrested for causing death of scribe

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman was arrested here Saturday for causing the death of a scribe by allegedly driving in an inebirated state, police said. The 33-year-old IAS officer, who was appointed Survey Director by the state cabinet on Thursday, was arrested under Section 279 (Rash driving on a public way) and 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code. “We have recorded the arrest of Venkitaraman at the hospital.We have charged him under Section 279 and 304 of the IPC,” an investigating officer told PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Venkitaraman, also a Medical doctor and Fullbright Fellow, allegedly drove his car in a rash manner and hit the stationary motorcycle of K Muhammed Basheer (35), Bureau Chief of Malayalam newspaper ‘Siraj’, at a road in the heart of the city as he was returning home from work. Basheer is survived by his wife and two children. The IAS officer had recently returned to the state after completing higher studies abroad. He was accompanied by model-friend Wafa Firoze, the owner of the luxury car. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMeanwhile, people from various walks of life, including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, state ministers Kadakampally Surendran, E Chandrashekharan, P Thilothaman, Opposition leader in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala, CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran and other MLAs paid their respects to the mortal remains of Basheer at the Press Club here. The journalist fraternity here paid a tearful adieu to Basheer, who was a popular face among the media and social circle for over 12 years.last_img read more

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Strong connection Research links shrinking sea ice to less rain in south

first_imgResearch has uncovered powerful evidence linking shrinking sea ice in the Arctic to snow and rain in central North America.A study published Wednesday in the journal Nature suggests that a long dry period about 8,000 years ago through the centre of the continent was influenced by disappearing sea ice — the same mechanism that many climatologists believe is behind today’s increasingly extreme weather.“We have really strong evidence there is a connection,” said Cody Routson of Northern Arizona University. “Moving forward, this mechanism should be really important.”Routson and his colleagues looked at a period between 2,000 and 10,000 years ago. Routson had long been interested in the fluctuations of local ancient climates and thought it was time to widen the scope.“I had this sense that there were other factors that were bigger.”He decided to look at the temperature difference between the Arctic and the equator. That gap powers the jet stream, a high-altitude river of air that strongly influences the air, temperature and moisture circulation around the world.The team combined data from 219 sites around the world and used lake sediments and ice cores to develop large-scale temperature records going back millennia for the Arctic and mid-latitudes. They used materials such as fossilized tree pollen to do the same for precipitation.  Researchers found the difference in temperature between the Arctic and the equator shrank sharply about 8,000 years ago, a change caused by the regular rotation of the Earth’s orientation to the sun.The shrinkage corresponded to a significant drop in precipitation over an enormous section of the globe between 30 and 50 degrees latitude, which includes southern Canada. Rain and snowfall dropped between 11 and 29 per cent, the paper says.It could have been coincidence, so the team used computer models to see if one phenomenon caused the other.The only model that explained the mid-latitude drought was one that factored in the shrinking temperature difference between the Arctic and equator.“We’re pretty confident,” Routson said.His conclusions echo those of other climate scientists.The Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg has warned that the prairies from Manitoba to Alberta are likely to be drying out. Study after study has found grasslands could green up earlier and fade later, but would experience more drought in between.Researchers increasingly look to the jet stream to explain freakish weather from torrential rain to deadly heat waves as climate change again reduces the temperature difference between the equator and the rapidly shrinking ice cover of the Arctic.Routson said his work, which studies thousands of years at a time, doesn’t necessarily support that of other scientists trying to link Arctic warming to specific events in the south. But its conclusions are related, he suggested.“It’s difficult to bring the two time scales together, but the mechanisms are the same,” he said. “What’s happening over these long time scales is an accumulation of a lot of small events.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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La Casa de Papel’s Enrique Arce Congratulates Raja Casablanca on Victory

Rabat – Enrique Javier Arce, known for his role as Arturo in the hit Spanish series La Casa de Papel, congratulated the president of the Raja club, Jawad Ziyat, coach Juan Carlos Garrido, and the team’s fans in a viral video published Tuesday.“I want to [congratulate] Raja Casablanca for the outstanding victory and winning the cup,” he said. “I was very happy when Juan Carlos gets (sic) his way, he’s an excellent coach and I’m very thrilled that he won again as many other times in the past.”Les félicitations de Arturito de “La Casa de Papel” à @JCGarrido et au @RCAOfficiel1949 #dimaraja pic.twitter.com/Mp9TqkK0pJ— Abdullah Abaakil (@AbdullahAbaaki1) December 4, 2018Read Also: 2030 World Cup: UEFA Is Against Morocco’s Joint Bid with Spain, PortugalRaja of Casablanca won its first continental title in 15 years and its second Confederation Cup title on the night of December 2 in Kinshasa, following a spectacular match. King Mohammed VI congratulated the team via a phone call with the president, Jawad Ziyat; coach Carlos Garrido; and the team captain, Badr Banoun; on the same day. read more

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Western Indias rural poor to benefit from nearly 40 million UNbacked project

20 October 2008A United Nations-backed project worth almost $40 million is aiming to boost agricultural production and employment prospects for some 95,000 poor households in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, an area that suffers from a harsh, arid climate and low rainfall. The loan of $30.3 million and grant of $600,000 from the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will help finance the “Mitigating Poverty in Western Rajasthan Project” in the six districts of Jokhpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Pali, Sirohi and Jalor.The project will focus on boosting income-generating activities in the livestock, handicraft and tourism sectors for landless labourers, small and marginal farmers, owners of marginal land, traditional artisans, women and young people.This particular area of western Rajasthan suffers from severe lack of water, poor agricultural and livestock productivity, limited income-generating opportunities and a patriarchal system that discriminates against women. The UN-backed programme seeks to improve farming practices through watershed management, promote both self employment and wage employment opportunities, and provide access to financial services and markets. The project has some innovative features such as piloting low-cost schemes for health insurance and dairy animal insurance, and a new market-driven approach in partnership with the private sector in identifying viable income-generating activities.“This project has been designed in convergence with existing Government-funded schemes so as to maximize the effectiveness of public expenditure and ensure sustainability beyond project completion,” said Mattia Prayer Galletti, IFAD’s Country Programme Manager for India. To date, IFAD has financed 22 programmes and projects in India, approving loans for a total of $595.3 million. read more

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Huawei P30 Lite review A pretty midrange

The Huawei P30 Lite has a number of praise-worthy features. With a spacious storage capacity, decent display, glass shell, and triple cameras, it makes a strong case for Huawei’s midrange. With that said, it had to compromise on battery life and settle for a chipset that struggles to perform when met with heavy apps. Although it retails for $470, you can easily find the international version (which is compatible with Canadian carriers) for around $400. At this price, the P30 Lite dips into the budget line, and should be a no-brainer for anyone looking for a value daily driver. DesignBeside’s the glossy plastic band, the entire phone is crafted out of glass, giving it a much more impressive feel than its price point suggests.All Huawei P30 Lite comes with a pre-applied plastic screen protector. As much as I appreciate Huawei’s efforts, I’d much rather see an included case. And what’s the point of keeping the display immaculate, anyway? Who’s really going to buy a used 2019 phone in two years?All buttons are condensed to the right, which only consists of two razor-thin volume buttons and the power button.Even for its lowest tier P series phone, Huawei didn’t compromise on camera quality. Whilst the P30 Lite may omit the cutting edge Periscope zoom camera — the P30 Pro’s hallmark feature — it still sports an impressive 24MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP depth sensor.Embossed at the center of the rear casing is a dedicated fingerprint sensor.Unlike the flagship P30 Pro, the P30 Lite has a pronounced bezel encircling the display, which reduces ghosts swipes, but mars aesthetics.The tiny front camera sensor carries an impressive 32MP resolution. It works very well, and supports facial recognition. Although, without a proper depths sensor, it can only scan a 2D image and is therefore prone to spoofing using a picture of a person’s face.Because people looking in this category are likely to have wired headsets, our old friend 3.5mm headphone jack makes a triumphant appearance. A USB-C port and an underwhelming mono speaker sits in its parallel.Despite its quality materials, the P30 Lite lacks an IP rating. There are no rubber stoppers around the SIM tray to prevent moisture from entering, and the speaker piece looks porous, too.DisplayFor the P30 Lite, Huawei deployed a panel technology called LTPS, which carries superior pixel density but degrades faster than IPS displays. There are no complaints here; while its various specs couldn’t meet the rigorous demands of HDR, and its contrast can’t hold a candle to OLED, its colors are still plenty serviceable for everyday viewing.With that said, I would recommend dialing back the saturation from “Vivid” to “Natural”. In vivid mode, colors are exorbitantly oversaturated and completely blown out of whack. The software also offers color temperature adjustments for specific personal tastes.More pixels, more power. To ease off its their power consumption, the P30 Lite can dynamically lower its resolution in tasks that don’t require absolute sharpness.A midrange pricepoint often comes at sacrificing features — like an in-display fingerprint sensor. Instead, The P30 Lite concedes with a dedicated finger sensor planted at the rear.CameraThe P30 Lite’s camera array consists of two and a half cameras. Yes, there are technically three cameras, but the last is used only for depth sensing and not for imaging. A 24MP f/ 1.8 camera is the primary camera. The primary camera is assisted by an 8MP wide-angle camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. A variant with a 48MP main sensor also exists, although it isn’t available in Canada.Primary CameraUnfortunately, the P30 Lite misses out on Huawei’s RYYB image sensor and opts for a regular RGB sensor instead. The RYYB sensor was the key for the P30 Pro’s superb low light shooting mode. But even without it, the P30 Lite tends to be biased towards yellow. In the daytime shots of the office building, it’s clear that the P30 Lite casts a yellow tint, which dulls the colors and reduces the contrast. At times, it also under-compensates for exposure and leaves dark blotches in shadows.Although the camera is plenty sharp on its own, the P30 Lite applies heavy-handed sharpening post trigger. With an unpredictable consistency, it can either define details in certain areas or drown them out.Ultra-wide cameraThe 8MP ultra-wide camera has good colors and captures plenty of detail. Be careful, however, as it can significantly warp the scene. Use with caution.Night ModeHuawei P30 series phones were frequently praised for their tremendous low-light prowess. Because of the absence of a more robust sensor, the P30 Lite’s night mode is an ostensible step down from the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, but still has good sharpness and detail. It also has trouble focusing in dim light, perhaps due to the lack of contrast-detection autofocus. Also be warned that even with optical image stabilization, you’d still need to be very still to prevent blurry photos when shooting in Night Mode.PerformanceThe HiSilicon Kirin 710 is Huawei’s midrange custom chipset and four ARM Cortex-A73 performance cores plus four ARM Cortex-A53 efficiency cores. It’s manufactured on the 12nm transistor node as opposed to the smaller, more power efficient 10nm transistor used for the Kirin 980. Graphics is handled by the Mali G51 graphics processor. The chipset is aided by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.GeekbenchIn terms of raw calculations, the Kirin 710 is on par with the Snapdragon 670 in both single and multithreaded performance. What’s even more impressive is that it produced this result despite running EMUI, a heavier operating system compared to the Pixel’s stock Android. Off to a good start.PC Mark Work 2.0PC Mark Work evaluates the phone’s performance as a whole, and it’s in this department that P30 Lite starts to trail behind the midrange Google Pixel 3a XL by a noticeable margin.3D Mark SlingShot Extreme Open GL 3.1The P30 Lite performed the worst in 3D Mark, even trailing behind the BlackBerry Key2 LE and its low-end Adreno 509 GPU. That’s no surprise, however, as Mali’s graphics solutions never could edge out against their Qualcomm competitors. The real testament to user experience is real-world apps. After being spoiled by flagship phone’s fluid animations and effortless multitasking, the midrange P30 Lite feels comparatively sluggish. Certain animations, as well as image-heavy apps, exhibit intrusive stutters during scrolls and transitions.On a positive note, gaming hasn’t been one of the pain points — just don’t expect eye-watering effects. Most mobile games are designed to run on as many devices as possible and would optimize the graphics settings for lower-end chipsets. Player Unknown Battlegrounds, for example, automatically adjusted its graphics settings to medium.Software and featuresHuawei universally applies its EMUI 9 Android skin across all of its phones. It touts a plethora of customization options to gesture controls, interface options, and so on. Furthermore, features like dual-apps, which allows you sign-in to a second instance of social media apps, and Private Space, which runs a virtual instance of the entire phone, are handy for people with dual SIMs and want to separate their work and private lives.Battery lifeThe P30 Lite is outfitted with an appreciable 3,340 mAh battery. Paired with a midrange chip, I’d expected much longer runtime than the test revealed. Dragging it through my usual routine of emails, web browsing, music streaming, light photography, and social media, the P30 Lite managed about five hours of screen-on time – enough to get through a full day, but don’t hold your breath for more.Its charger is a fair bit slower than the P30 Pro as well. Whereas the P30 Pro supports charging at 40W, the P30 Lite makes do with just 18W. Its charging speed is on par with Qualcomm’s quick charge 4.0, which takes about an hour and 40 minutes to reach full charge. It also doesn’t support wireless charging, but I doubt anyone would miss it on a midrange device.Pricing and competitionMost Canadian carriers feature the P30 Lite for around $500 in both Black and Peacock Green color coatings. With that said, if you can comfortably forgo the warranty and buy the international version from Amazon, it can be had for as low as $389. At this price, it stands out an absolutely superb budget phone. Though you’d wish it could chew through tasks faster at times, average day-to-day use is still a cinch.It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, to find its competition scarce. Its closest rival in Canada is the Nokia 8.1, which sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage for $539 outright. The Snapdragon 710 should come with more robust graphics, but also 2GB less RAM and half the storage as the P30 Lite.What is worrying, however, is Huawei’s relationship with U.S. technology companies. After being blacklisted as a U.S. security threat, Huawei faces potential severe business restrictions with companies like Google, Intel, and ARM, who supply critical components to their phones, laptops, and network equipment. For the consumer mobile market, axing Google would be particularly devastating as it would spell the end of Android on future Huawei phones.Huawei has vowed to deliver security patches for all its current phones regardless of the ban. And given the drastic measures of the blacklist, whether the ban itself will sustain is still in question. Huawei has said it’s developing its own operating system for its smartphone phones regardless of the ban will be lifted.ConclusionPolitical rivalries and bureaucracies aside, the P30 Lite is a solid midrange option. Most of its core functions — the camera, display, storage, and build quality — exceed expectations at this price point. With that said, its chipset struggles in demanding tasks, and a middling battery life exert anxiety on heavy users. But taking into consideration its current affordable pricing, the P30 Lite is an excellent buy for those on a budget. read more

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Violence in Nigeria drives refugees deeper into neighbouring Cameroon UN agency warns

On average, some 100 people daily are registering at UNHCR’s Minawao camp in Cameroon – opened in July 2013 – causing a population surge from about 30,000 late last year to approximately 44,000 today.“In Cameroon’s remote Far North Region, a steady flow of Nigerian refugees are moving from the volatile Nigeria-Cameroon border area and seeking shelter some 100 kilometres inland at the Minawao camp,” said Leo Dobbs, spokesperson for the UN refugee agency, at a pressing briefing in Geneva.The arrivals at the camp are mainly Nigerian nationals who have previously fled to Cameroon to escape violence in north-east Nigeria, but stayed near the border – hoping for a quick return home. The refugees said they had fled militant attacks in Nigeria’s Borno state.In recent weeks, there have been attacks and clashes on Cameroon territory, including a suicide bombing on 12 July, the first such attack in the country, on the far-northern town of Fotokol.As part of its response to this unrest, the Government of Cameroon has begun registering Nigerian refugees in the immediate border area. UNHCR field staff reported that the registration process provoked fear among some refugees that they might be returned to Nigeria against their will. Allaying fears, Mr. Dobbs explained, “UNHCR and the Government are in the process of consulting the refugees in the border area about where they want to go – some may opt to return to safe areas in Nigeria, while others may want to move to the Minawao camp. This process will continue over the coming days and weeks.” Some arrivals said they ran out of food while taking refuge in the border area and hoped for food distributions at the Minawao camp. Many of the newcomers were being temporarily sheltered in a tarpaulin-construction school area currently closed for summer break. Although the school is due to reopen in September, a wood shortage will prevent the construction of community or family shelters for them.“UNHCR has limited access in the Far North Region for security reasons, but estimates the number of unregistered refugees in the area to be some 12,000. The Cameroonian authorities say this number may be as high as 17,000” said Mr. Dobbs.In a separate development in southern Niger’s Diffa region, over the past few days, authorities reported the arrival of some 2,500 Nigerians – mainly women, children and older people. Following a militant attack early last week on the Nigerian town of Damassak, people arrived in the border villages of Chetimari and Gagamari, located 20 kilometres from the town. Niger authorities report that they continue to arrive – with 80 per cent Nigerian refugees and the remaining 20 per cent Niger returnees.“Some of the new arrivals fled their homes last year after a first attack on Damassak and returned only recently. Some refugees are staying with the same host families they stayed with last year while others sleep in the open or in makeshift shelters,” Mr. Dobbs elaborated.Most new arrivals said they preferred staying in Chetimari and Gagamari rather than the Sayam Forage refugee camp, further inland, hoping to return to Nigeria as soon as possible. Locals have been sharing their meagre resources with them, including water and food. UNHCR teams are unable to access the border area for security reasons.Mr. Dobbs concluded, “More than 100,000 people have fled Nigeria and found refuge in Niger since mid-2013. The conflict has also displaced 18,400 Nigerians to Chad and left at least 1.5 million people displaced within Nigeria, mainly in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.” read more

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Track and Field Ohio State sending nine athletes to NCAA indoor national

Ohio State redshirt sophomore sprinter Kendall Sheffield (middle) competes in the 60m with teammates Nick Gray (right) and senior Zack Bazile (left) during a meet in the French Field House on Feb. 16. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State track and field teams will send nine athletes will be starting spring break early with a trip to College Station, Texas, for the NCAA indoor national championship Friday. Senior Zack Bazile currently has the farthest long jump in the country at 8.14 meters. Bazile is the only athlete in the NCAA to jump farther than eight meters twice.This is Bazile’s first time going to the indoor national championship. Bazile has gone to the NCAA outdoor championship every season of his collegiate career.Senior Nicholas Demaline will be return to the NCAA indoor championships in shot put. Last season Demaline finished sixth at this meet. This year, he is coming in with the fifth-farthest throw in the NCAA at 20.24 meters.Junior Nick Gray is tied for the second-fastest collegiate time in the 200-meter dash at 20.45 seconds. Gray is tied with South Carolina’s senior Ncincilili Titi.Junior Sade Olatoye qualified with the fourth best weight throw in the NCAA at 23.84 meters and has faced off against the top three weight throwers in the country at least once. Olatoye finished fourth last year and will be facing off against the defending national champion, Cincinnati’s Annette Echikunwoke.Olatoye also qualified in shot put as the top-ranked Big Ten thrower.The Ohio State men’s 4×400-meter-relay team made up of sophomore Asa Burke, Gray, senior Drelan Bramwell and freshman Andre Jeff will also make the trip to Texas. The team broke the school record with a time of 3:05.09 at the Big Ten Championship meet. Senior Maggie Berrie qualified in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.82 seconds and also grabbed a spot down at College Station. She qualified by a very thin margin, while Tennessee Tech’s D’Airrien Jackson did not qualify with a time of 52.84 seconds. Senior Cole Gorski qualified in pole vault with a jump of 5.47 meters, set at the Music City Challenge earlier this month. Gorski was tied for 16th place, the last spot to qualify. Junior Coty Cobb was just one spot below Gorski and barely missed the cut. read more

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British PM faces defeat in historic Brexit deal vote

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEU agrees ‘best possible’ Brexit deal, urges Britons to back MayNovember 26, 2018In “World”British PM avoids Brexit defeat in knife-edge parliament voteJune 12, 2018In “latest news”Brexit protests outside Downing Street as UK ministers debate dealNovember 14, 2018In “World” Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May answers questions after delivering a speech on leaving the European Union at Lancaster House in London, January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kirsty Wigglesworth/PoolLONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May faces crushing defeat in a historic vote in Parliament on Tuesday over the Brexit deal she has struck with the European Union, leaving the world’s fifth biggest economy in limbo.With just over two months to go until the scheduled Brexit date of March 29, Britain is still bitterly divided over what should happen next and the only suspense over the vote is the scale of May’s defeat.The British leader’s last-minute appeals to MPs appear to have fallen on deaf ears and how much she loses by could determine whether she tries again, loses office, delays Brexit — or if Britain even leaves the EU at all.“When the history books are written, people will look at the decision of this house… and ask: did we deliver on the country’s vote to leave the European Union,” May asked MPs on the eve of the vote, expected after 1900 GMT.Opposition to the deal forced May to postpone the vote in December in the hope of winning concessions from Brussels.EU leaders have offered only a series of clarifications but German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Strasbourg on Tuesday raised the possibility of further talks while ruling out a full re-negotiation of the text.“Everything has been done in recent weeks and months to signal our interest in a positive decision,” Maas said.“However, I am sceptical that the agreement can be fundamentally reopened once again,” he said.The vote is the climax of over two years of intense national debate after the shock Brexit referendum of 2016 — a result mostly pro-Remain MPs have struggled with.Hardline Brexiteers and Remainers oppose the agreement for different reasons and many fear it could lock Britain into an unfavourable trading relationship with the EU.Pro- and anti-Brexit campaigners rallied outside parliament ahead of the vote. One placard read “EU Membership is the Best Deal”, another said: “No Deal? No Problem!”Uncertainty over Brexit has hit the British economy hard.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders lobby group warned MPs that Britain crashing out of the EU would be “catastrophic”.Financial markets will also be watching the result closely, with several currency trading companies roping in extra staff for the vote and at least one putting a cap on trades to avoid excessive currency movements.“Today’s vote is a foregone conclusion so sterling is unlikely to move significantly,” said Rebecca O’Keeffe, an analyst with online trader Interactive Investor.“The fireworks will happen after today — when it is clear what happens next,” she said, predicting that a decision not to leave the EU would send sterling shooting up while a no-deal Brexit would send it down to record lows.Rather than heal the divisions exposed by the Brexit referendum, the vote has reignited them.Pro-European MPs campaigning to force a second vote say they have faced death threats.Brexit supporters have also voiced growing frustration with what they see as parliamentary blockage of their democratic vote.Criticism of the deal is focused on an arrangement to keep open the border with Ireland by aligning Britain with some EU trade rules, if and until London and Brussels sign a new economic partnership which could take several years.Sammy Wilson, Brexit spokesman with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the Northern Irish party on whom May relies for her Commons majority, told the BBC his party would not be forced into backing the deal by fears over the border.“We fought (against) a terrorist campaign (in order) to stay part of the United Kingdom,” he said, evoking Northern Ireland’s past conflict.“We are not going to allow bureaucrats in Brussels to separate us from the rest of the United Kingdom.”His boss Arlene Foster stressed “we cannot accept the backstop…it does violence to the union.”Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said May must call an election if she loses on Tuesday and has threatened to hold a confidence vote in her government if she does not.In the event of a defeat, the government must set out what happens next by Monday at the latest.Speculation is growing on both sides of the Channel that whatever the outcome May could ask to delay Brexit.But a diplomatic source told AFP any extension would not be possible beyond June 30, when the new European Parliament will be formed.The withdrawal agreement includes plans for a post-Brexit transition period to provide continuity until a new relationship is drawn up, in return for continued budget contributions from London.Without it, and if there is no delay, Britain will sever 46 years of ties with its nearest neighbours with no agreement to ease the blow. read more

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Japanese probe successfully lands on asteroid brings back space dust

first_imgIt’s a concept straight from a science fiction movie: an automated space craft is fired by the Japanese into outer space to try to capture some stardust from the tail of an immense, hurtling asteroid… but that’s exactly what Japan’s space agency JAXA did back in 2003 in order to corroborate numerous theories on the makeup of asteroids.Sounds a lot like Michael Bay’s Armageddon, right? It was a pretty neat experiment, but unfortunately, just like in Armageddon, pretty much everything that could go wrong, did go wrong: there was a fuel leak, rampant issues with communications, propulsion malfunctions and more, all of which added three years to the trip. Worse, even the primary mission — to actually drop a landing craft on the asteroid as it hurtled through space — failed.AdChoices广告Desperate, the operators of JAXA’s Hayabusa probe decided to do something daring: to get the data they’d spent so many millions to acquire, they’d drop the probe itself on the asteroid in an attempt to scoop up some asteroid dust. Everything seemed to work, but then, adding insult to injury, Hayabusa burned up as it returned into Earth’s atmosphere, and scientists were worried for years that the sample capsule had also been contaminated during re-entry.At the end of the day, though, the Hayabusa mission was a success: JAXA scientists have found iron-rich olivine and pyroxene particles which can’t be found on Earth.Read more at Popular Sciencelast_img read more

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Transgender woman convicted of sexually assaulting 10yearold girl

first_imgMartinez pleaded not guilty on both counts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. CASPER, Wyo. (WSVN) — A transgender woman in Wyoming has been convicted of sexually assaulting the 10-year-old daughter of a family friend inside a home bathroom.According to the Billings Gazette, Michelle Martinez invited the girl into the bathroom of a home in Casper back in March, and touched her breasts and genitalia before penetrating her.The girl told her mother immediately after the assault, and her mother called police. After the attack, the girl cried as she told police “it hurt inside,” the Casper Star Tribune reported.The child was taken to the hospital, where nurses performed a sexual assault exam and found redness and abrasions.When police questioned Martinez, officers said she became “noticeably hostile and defensive,” telling them the girl was “talking crap.”Martinez called the accusations a “publicity stunt,” the Tribune reported. According to court documents, a breath test showed Martinez was drunk on the night of the assault, with a blood alcohol level of .218, almost three times the legal driving limit.Fox News reports that Martinez, who was previously went by the first name of Miguel before identifying as female, faces up to 70 years in prison after being found guilty of first and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. last_img read more

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Harry Brower Jr elected new North Slope Borough mayor

first_imgThe North Slope Borough has a new mayor following a runoff election last week.Harry Brower Jr. was sworn Tuesday after absentee and questioned ballots were tallied and the results of the election were certified. He is the brother-in-law of Charlotte Brower, who was recalled as mayor earlier this year after she was linked to borough spending that benefited family membersBrower Jr. defeated George Ahmaogak in the runoff.John Boyle, the borough’s director of government and external affairs, says Brower Jr. will serve what would have been the remainder of Charlotte Brower’s term. Boyle says Brower Jr. will have to run again in October 2017 if he wants to seek re-election.Mike Aamodt served as interim mayor following Charlotte Brower’s ouster.last_img

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NIA searches 3 houses in Kerala over suspected links to ISIS 1

first_imgNational Investigation Agency (NIA)twitter [Representational Image]The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday (April 28) conducted raids at the houses of three suspects at Kasaragod and Palakkad district of Kerala, suspecting their links with the Islamic State terror organisations.The raids were conducted in the wake of the Sri Lankan blasts, which was claimed by the ISIS. Three suspects in the district were part of an IS inspired module and had left the state in 2016 to join the outfit in Afghanistan.According to the Kerala police, NIA inspected the houses of Aboobacker Siddique and Ahamed Arafat under the limits of Vidyanagar police station in Kasaragod and also the house of Riyaz Aboobacker at Kollankode in Palakkad. The three suspects are alleged to be in contact with the Kasaragod IS module leader Abdul Rashid Abdulla. A 28-year-old Riyaz has been detained by the NIA officials after the raids were conducted at his residence. He has been moved to Ernakulam for further questioning over the terror links. The NIA suspects that these people are in contact with some accused who are alleged to have left India in 2016 to join the IS terrorist organisation.During the search operation at the residences of the suspects, NIA found several untitled CD’s with Islamic preachings, pen drives, memory cards, SIM cards, books and speeches of Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and several notes of Syed Qutb and various handwritten notes in Arabic and Malayalam.”We are questioning the three suspects, whom we had been tracking for some time as they were in touch with Abdulla and other members of the Kasaragod module based in Afghanistan. We want to know if similar videos of Hashim were shared with them and if there is any direct link between IS modules from India and the Sri Lanka bombers,” an NIA officer said, reports TOI.The NIA charge sheet state that Abdul Rashid Abdulla and his wife Ayesha had travelled to Colombo in February 2016, to attend Islamic studies classes at an Arabic college there. But they were expelled from the college after the teacher found that they were sharing radical ideologies and Jihadist views with the students and returned back to India in April 2016.The NIA raids are to establish any possible links with the IS modules in Kerala to the Easter Sunday attacks as the suspects had followed National Towheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) leader Zahran Hasim, the mastermind behind the Sri Lankan blasts on social media. The law enforcement agencies across the world have been picking crumbs of trails left by Hashim in digital media to find the real culprits behind the attacks as he used to recruit people to the terror outfits using social media.According to the reports, Zahran Hashim’s speeches were very popular with the extreme Salafi groups in Kerala and he used to advise his followers to not believe in ideas like democracy, nationalism and all as they had no place in Islam. His hate speech had triggered for the people in Kerala and neighbouring coastal states to join the radical Jihadist groups in the name of religion.last_img read more

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Masterchef India 6 Shilpa Shetty bags big deal to be part of

first_imgShilpa Shetty in MasterChef India 6InstagramAlthough Shilpa Shetty had been away from the big screen since over a decade now, she always had her hands full with interesting projects. From her fitness ventures, her cooking videos to judging reality shows, the gorgeous lady continues to be in news.And while she is currently busy with her comeback movie Nikamma, the shooting of which is going on, the latest buzz is that the Dhadkan actress has bagged a big deal. Shilpa has been finalised to be part of MasterChef India 6, SpotboyE reported.Apparently, Shilpa has been paid a whopping amount to be the face of the cooking reality show. Given the format of MasterChef India, other popular chefs will be sharing the screen space with her and judge the contestants based on their cooking skills.MasterChef India has been quite a success since its inception. The first season in 2010 was judged by Akshay Kumar along with chefs Kunal Kapur and Ajay Chopra. The second season had Vikas Khanna, Kunal Kapur and Ajay Chopra while the third season had Sanjeev Kapoor along with Vikas Khanna and Kunal Kapur. In season 4, Vikas Khanna and Sanjeev Kapoor were joined by Ranveer Brar and the fifth season was judged by Vikas Khanna, Kunal Kapur and Zorawar Kalra in 2016.It has been three years since new season has been launched. If the report of Shilpa joining the sixth season turns out to be true, then it would be worth the wait for millions of fans of the popular show.Coming to Shilpa, she is one actress who inspires millions with not just with her acting skills but her fitness routines as well. Her Instagram account also boosts of over 12 million followers and it showcases her workout videos, glamourous lifestyle, fun-filled extravagant family vacations and not to forget her Sunday binge that her followers eagerly wait for every Sunday.About her new movie Nikamma, it is being helmed by Sabbir Khan and also stars newcomer Abhimanyu Dassani and popular face of Youtube, Shirley Setia. Shilpa plays the role of Avni in the film. She last appeared in Apne in 2007.last_img read more

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The Gulf Of Mexicos Dead Zone Is The Biggest Ever Seen

first_img Share NASA/Getty ImagesThe teal blue area along the Louisiana coastline represents a “dead zone” of oxygen-depleted water. Resulting from nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the Mississippi River, it can potentially hurt fisheries.It has become a rite of summer. Every year, a “dead zone” appears in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s an area where water doesn’t have enough oxygen for fish to survive. And every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commissions scientists to venture out into the Gulf to measure it.This week, NOAA announced that this year’s dead zone is the biggest one ever measured. It covers 8,776 square miles — an area the size of New Jersey. And it’s adding fuel to a debate over whether state and federal governments are doing enough to cut pollution that comes from farms.The debate actually goes back many years, at least to 1985, when Don Scavia was a scientist at the NOAA. He and his colleagues asked some scientists, for the first time, to go look for a dead zone in the Gulf.“We expected it to be there,” Scavia recalls. They expected to find it because they knew that the Mississippi River delivers a heavy load of nutrient pollution, specifically nitrogen and phosphorus, into the Gulf.“Most of the nitrogen and phosphorus that drives this problem comes from the pper Midwest,” Scavia says. “It’s coming from agriculture.”Farmers use those nutrients on fields as fertilizer. Rain washes them into nearby streams and rivers. And when they reach the Gulf of Mexico, those nutrients unleash blooms of algae, which then die and decompose. That is what uses up the oxygen in a thick layer of water at the bottom of the Gulf, in a band that follows the coastline.“Fish that can swim will move out of the way. Organisms that are living on the bottom, that the fish feed on, can’t move, and they often die,” says Scavia, who now is a professor of environment and sustainability at the University of Michigan.The record-breaking dead zone this year is the result of unusually heavy rains in the Midwest, which flushed a lot of nutrients into the Gulf.The dead zone is invisible from the surface of the ocean. Scientists lower instruments into the water to measure oxygen levels near the bottom. But Scavia describes it as a kind of hidden environmental disaster. “You know, it’s 8,000 square miles of no oxygen. That can’t be good!” he says. Potentially, it could have huge economic costs as well, because it imperils Louisiana’s shrimp industry.Federal and state agencies have promised to take action against the dead zone. As part of their “action plan” to shrink it, they’re encouraging Midwestern farmers to try to keep nutrients from washing away by doing such things as planting wide grassy strips along streams to trap fertilizer runoff.Scavia, however, recently published a blog post calling these voluntary measures inadequate. In a separate scientific paper, he also calculated that meeting the government’s goal for a smaller dead zone will require dramatic cuts in nutrient pollution from farms.Scavia argues that the Gulf should get the same kind of protection as the Chesapeake Bay, on the East Coast. The Chesapeake has had a similar dead zone problem. In 2010, though, despite fierce objections from farmers, the federal government set mandatory limits on nutrient pollution entering the bay. State governments spent billions of dollars to meet those targets. Now pollution in the bay is down, and some wildlife in the Chesapeake is starting to recover.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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