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Who would have thunk it? In less than six years since driving the U.S., and indeed the global economy, into a ditch, Republicans are likely to reclaim both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in the upcoming Mid Term elections.In itself the political shift is scarcely seismic, as the Democrats still control the White House and Pres. Barack Obama has developed a far stiffer spine to stand up against the read meat onslaught that will surely follow. Of far greater consequence is that the Mid Term victory will position the GOP in 2016 to capture all the levers of government, including the presidency. And that ought to be truly scary.What an extraordinarily short memory the public has. Just six short years ago, the world was staring at an economic abyss, brought upon in large part by the reckless economic delusions of the Right. Indeed, political pundits were writing off the Republican Party for a whole generation. The economy has steadied somewhat, but the nightmare that stared us in the face has long been forgotten. The Democrats, in particular Pres. Obama, are responsible for the partybs dismal plight. They squandered a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rewrite the social contract to reign in the excesses of unrestrained capitalism and expose the stranglehold that big money has on American politics, in part because they, like all elected officials in this country, are beneficaries of their largesse.Ironically, the Republicans will take charge in Congress, just as the economy is showing new signs of overheating. But that will not stop them from flirting again with deregulation and other dscredited, nutty financial theories that will likely drive the U.S. economy off the cliff b again.But these are the wages of the milk-toast style of governance that former Pres. Bill Clinton injected into the Democratic Party and which now personifies it both in style and substance. We should prepare for two more years of gridlock, which will be broken only in 2016, most likely with a Republican victory that will reshape both American politics and the economy b for the worse.Ironically, in India, which has epitomized dysfunction and political gridlock for the past 30 years through successive, weak, coalition governments, Prime Minister Narendra Modibs Bharatiya Janta Party won a decisive victory and the country is poised to undertake bold economic reforms. It is too early to tell whether PM Modibs economic agenda will be socially inclusive, or driven by the business tycoons who fueled his partybs election campaigns. But what is remarkable is that just when political pundits had condemned India to political horse-trading that defines coalition politics, the Indian electorate astounded everyone by delivering a decisive majority to the BJP.The lesson for Democrats, the Republicans, the BJP, Congress, for all political parties really, is that in any democracy, complacency is the biggest enemy. The political road is always winding. Be prepared for unexpected twists and turns.So, plan to check in two years from now on Pres. Obama and PM Modi, no matter what those all-knowing political pundits might now be saying Related Items
Psychic and paranormal phenomenon have long fascinated Indians. To this day, astrologers and palmists select auspicious wedding periods for families and identify opportune dates for business launches and political campaigns. Indian TV channels showcase astrologers and godmen almost as frequently as weather reporters. Far from sidelining the appeal of the paranormal, the postmodern, digital age is expanding it. Google records 1 million searches monthly for astrologers, with India topping the list, and 246,000 searches for paranormal. The appeal of past life regression is also picking up with nearly 30,000 monthly searches, with the strongest interest in India, followed by the United States.Past Life Regression Therapy Dr. Trupti Jayin, a clinical psychologist and occupational therapist from the G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, says latent memories from previous lives can negatively influence our present conscious being in various ways.Past life regression practitioners claim to use hypnosis or other methods to access past life memories, which are presumably latent in a person’s subconscious mind and inaccessible in the conscious state. The most popular techniques involve subjects answering a series of questions in a hypnotized state, which are said to reveal the identity and events of their previous lives.Past life regression therapist Dr. Trupti Jayin, a clinical psychologist and occupational therapist from the G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, says these latent memories from previous lives can negatively influence our present conscious being in various ways. They may manifest themselves in chronic physical ailments, which cannot be cured by continual conventional medical interventions, or unexplained anxiety, phobia, trauma, or negativity in family relationships. Therapists assert that by undergoing past life regression therapy, physical and mental problems can be addressed or even cured.Among the benefits, Jayin says that past life regression therapy (PLRT) can offer: “Relief from psycho somatic conditions like headaches, migraine, asthma, allergies, and idiopathic conditions, among others; provide insight into one’s relationships and help alleviate emotional suffering … logically unexplained fears and phobias, and address many neurotic conditions like anxiety neurosis, depression, low confidence level and anger effectively.”She says that the cause of repeated failures and financial struggles in a person’s life can sometimes be traced to past lives and addressed through past life regression therapy. The therapy can also benefit spiritual seekers investigate the purpose of life, according to Jayin, who has been working for the last three decades in the field of mental health with children, adolescents and adults.Surekha Sengupta, another past life regression therapist, said: “Due to past life karmas we face relationship issues, financial problems, career problems, some of the health issues, etc. Fears and phobias, and certain physical and mental issues are due to repeating the patterns of our past lives.”Sengupta claims that past life regression therapy helps eliminate physical pain, heal relationships, fears and phobias, improve career, financial circumstances, and spiritual life. “Through PLRT, you can know the real essence of your existence, and get freedom from the fear of death,” she said.Indian SpiritualityPast life regression therapist Surekha Sengupta: “Due to past life karmas we face relationship issues, financial problems, career problems, some of the health issues, etc.”PLRT has been gaining traction since the 1950s, but it can be traced to ancient Indian texts. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, written during the 4th century BC, described prati-prasav, which literally means reverse birthing. Patanjali saw reverse birthing as a means of addressing present life problems through memories of past lives. Reincarnation is central to Hindu philosophy. The Gita propounded that the indestructible soul transmits through numerous bodies, until it merges with the God or the Param Brahma: “Just as a man discards worn out clothes and puts on new clothes, the soul discards worn out bodies and wears new ones.”PLRT is predicated on the assumption that a person transitions through a series of lives. “We are not only this physical body. Our multiple levels of consciousness, many ego states and past lives constantly interact with each other to make our complete personality,” says Sengupta.She adds: “Soul is not influenced by anything, but the chitta (which is made up of mind, ego and intellect), carries imprints from different lives. When soul is in bondage with these imprints which are love-based and hate-based feelings, it reincarnates again and again to make itself free from the karmic bondages, and eventually to become one with its source, i.e. God.”PLRT Therapy PLRT sessions are intense, typically lasting three to seven hours. Therapists first attempt to get an understanding of patients and their ailments and often use hypnosis with those able to handle the physical and emotional rigor to access past memories. With others, therapists use breathing exercises, auto writing, drawing or meditation.Sengupta says: “During the past life regression therapy sessions, often there are outburst of emotions. People cry, shout, sob, while reliving their past life or past lives. Names and places mentioned during these sessions are found on the Internet. There have been instances when people recognized the images of buildings/places from the Internet after their session which they never saw or heard of during their present ongoing life. Some people speak their past life languages — languages which they are not at all aware in this life.”She adds: “While experiencing PLRT, it is interesting to know how people around us have travelled with us in so many lives, in different relationships. For example, your son in this life can be your brother in other life. Even one’s past life pets can reincarnate within close family; so one shouldn’t get surprised if her husband in this life turns out to be her dog in past life whom she adored.”After the session, Sengupta works with patients to understand and analyze the connection between their past lives and their present difficulties.The Clients Indira Srinivasan says the therapy helped trace the cause of her asthma to her past life in which she died by drowning.Indira Srinivasan, an IT professional in Thane, Mumbai, says the therapy she received from Sengupta helped treat her asthma. She says the session helped trace the cause of her asthma to her past life in which she died by drowning. She was reliving the suffocation and breathlessness she experienced while dying in that past life. When her subconscious mind became aware of the past life suffocation experience and understood that it’s now in a new body, she says, there was no need to feel suffocated and she has never experienced the asthma attacks again.Srinivasan says: “I have not had a single asthma attack since I underwent PLR session with her in January 2014. Moreover, through PLRT with her, my overall awareness about life and death and other dimensions have increased, leading to a greater understanding of life. This helps me to view things in holistic perspective and helps me to remain calm and stress free.”Another Sengupta patient, Nanda Jadal, who experienced suffocation and breathlessness attacks and used to end up in intensive care units, says she has never been to ICUs after reliving her past life trauma in which she was strangled to death.Ajay Parkar, a senior product manager at a telecom company in Ahmedabad, undertook PLRT treatment from Jayin. He says the sessions helped him understand an affliction in one of his eyes and his emotional detachment from his wife.Scientific SkepticismScientists dismiss past life regression as unscientific and discount accounts, such as those by reincarnation researchers and past life therapists Carol Bowman and Dr Ian Stevenson, who claim to have validated more than 2,000 cases of reincarnated individuals in Southeast Asia.Nanda Jadal, who experienced suffocation and breathlessness attacks and used to end up in intensive care units, says she has never been to ICUs after reliving her past life trauma in which she was strangled to death.However Jayin asserts: “There have been innumerable cases of such reincarnated individuals in India, starting with Shanti Devi in pre-Independence India, which even ignited the interest of Gandhiji. A young Shanti was able to recall her previous life, her husband and his family. She was also able to inform them about the treasure buried outside the house, which no one knew.”Jayin says, “Quantum scientists are now speaking of quantum processing that is taking place in the microtubules of the brain, which during a near death experience moves out, and if the person dies, moves in search of another body.”Nonsense, says Narendra Nayak, president, Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations: “These so called past life regression therapists prey on gullible minds, who want to find out excuses for the shortcomings in their lives, by hook or crook.”Sengupta and Jayin acknowledge that their profession is undermined by fraudsters and charlatans, but theyargue for mainstream acceptance. Jayin said: “It is imperative that past life regression gets some medical recognition as an alternative healing modality. This can only happen if hypnosis is included by the Indian Medical Council. Then the path for alternative healing will be strengthened in India.” Narendra Nayak, president, Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations: “These so called past life regression therapists prey on gullible minds, who want to find out excuses for the shortcomings in their lives.”Sengupta added: “It is very important to choose your therapist right. This process is like the operation of subconscious mind. An experienced past life regression therapist knows the technicalities of it. If PLRT session is not done correctly there are chances that you would get stuck in the past life memories and then you don’t live the purpose of your present life.”Nayak is unmoved: “While tall claims are being made about ‘soul’, spirits, and of consciousness being transferred from one body to another after death, there is no evidence for all of these. One has to rely solely on the word of the therapist concerned…. It needs clear explanation as to what biological or physical entity or entities is/are transferred during this process of transmigration from one body to the other. In absence of such a logical explanation, PLRT does not have any scientific validity.” Narendra Nayak, president, Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations: “These so called past life regression therapists prey on gullible minds, who want to find out excuses for the shortcomings in their lives.” Related Items
The Hindi movie Padmaavat, which was finally released on Jan. 25 worldwide after facing widespread protests in India, broke the record for the highest grossing Bollywood film during the opening weekend in North America.The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film grossed $4.4 million over its three-day Friday-to-Sunday debut period, and $4.9 million over the four-day Thursday-to-Sunday span. Earlier, Aamir Khan’s movie PK held the three-day record when it grossed $3.6 million and his recent hit Dangal held the extended opening weekend record with $4.1 million earned over its first five days.Starring Deepika Padukone (who appeared opposite Vin Diesel in xXx Return of Xander Cage), Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor, the period drams also set a new record for the biggest single day grosser of all-time for a Bollywood movie, making $1.85 million on Saturday, Jan. 27.The movie was released in 326 cinemas across the United States and Canada in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D formats. It also stars Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh and Raza Murad.The movie faced harsh opposition from Hindutva groups like Karni Sena in India. It faced violent protests for the portrayal of Rani Padmavati, who is venerated by the Rajput community. Initially, calls were made by Karni Sena activists to behead the actors and the director.In riots that ensued after the release of the movie, shops and vehicles were set fire to and cinemas were vandalized in many cities in India. A school bus carrying children was pelted with stones in Haryana’s Gurugram region.The movie supposed to be released on Dec. 1, but finally came out on Jan. 25 with several modifications, including a change in the name of the movie, which was initially called Padmavati. The film has, however, been banned in Malaysia. Related ItemsMoviesNorth America
Organizations responsible for training and registration of doctors for work in the United Kingdom are criticizing the UK Home Office over visa rules that are constraining efforts to employ overseas doctors.The General Medical Council (GMC) of United Kingdom cautioned that it could see a huge hike in the number of doctors who were willing to work in the United Kingdom, but many of them are facing struggle to obtain visas to enter the country, the Independent reported.Organizations like the GMC and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) have condemned the government after reports emerged that UK Prime Minister Theresa May had rejected pleas of the Cabinet to recruit more overseas doctors to fill in the gap in UK’s National Health Service.The GMC “expects more than 5,000 doctors” outside of the European Union (EU) to take language and competency tests in 2018. This is an increase of 66 per cent as compared to the 2,966 doctors who took these tests in 2017. In order to work in the United Kingdom, doctors have to be in the medical register maintained by the GMC, the Independent reported.Those who are coming from nations outside the European Union need to pass a strict language test as well as competency test, along with their visa requirements. GMC pointed out that the NHS “relies on the expertise of doctors from overseas,” according to the report.“It is frustrating that while one government department is working hard to recruit doctors into an overstretched health service, another is enforcing eligibility conditions which stifle those efforts,” GMC chief executive Charlie Massey was quoted as saying by the publication.RCP president Prof. Jane Dacre wrote to May, asking her to give an explanation regarding her argument on the need for more doctors to ensure safe staffing levels for patient care.“Given the length of time it takes to train a doctor, the NHS will need to continue to recruit doctors from overseas to meet patient need in the short-term,” Dacre wrote in her letter, according to the report. She also called for more reforms in a bid to attract more doctors.“We therefore need to devise a system allowing the NHS to recruit enough shortage specialities, whilst also having the flexibility to bring in doctors who work in other specialities when there is a requirement,” the letter stated, the report said.The Home office recently faced backlash from health chiefs when reports emerged that 100 Indian doctors who had been recruited for 30 NHS trusts in the north west of England were not allowed entry to the United Kingdom. “We have examples of clinics being cancelled and delays in terms of patients receiving care. It exacerbates pressures in what are relatively small medical teams,” Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, was quoted as saying by BBC earlier. Related ItemsNHSUnited Kingdom
The 200-year-old first menu of Britain’s oldest Indian restaurant, called Hindoostane Coffee House, has been sold for a sum of £8,500. The restaurant, which was the first eatery to offer Indian cuisine in Britain, had over 25 dishes featured on the menu.The list of delicacies included ‘chicken and lobster curries,’ ‘pineapple pullaoo,’ and an array of breads, chutneys and dishes ‘too numerous for insertion.’The list, which was handwritten, was sold recently by Jarndyce Antiquarian Books at the ABA Rare Book Fair, held by Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association from May 24-26 in London, Mail Online reported.Sake Dean Mahomed portrait from Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and HoveThe restaurant was established by Sake Dean Mahomed in 1810 in Portman Square, London. Mahomed was born as Sheikh Din Muhammad in 1759 in Bihar (a part of Bengal at that time). He was a Bengali surgeon and a captain in the British East India Company. He joined the East India Company army at the age of 11 years and went on to rise to the rank of a captain.In 2005, the restaurant was honored with a green plaque celebrating the achievements of former Westminster residents. Mahomed was also known for introducing therapeutic massage or “shampooing” to the United Kingdom. He was also the first Indian writer who was published in English, the BBC reported.In 1810, Mahomed opened the Hindoostane Coffee House that served Hooka, various Indian curries and other dishes. The premises is now a building called Carlton House.“Indian dishes of the highest perfection. Allowed by the greatest epicures to be unequalled to any curries ever made in England,” the restaurant’s advertisement stated, Outlook reported.The concept introduced by Mahomed influenced more than 1,000 Indian restaurants in the decades to come. The Indian curry has now became a part of British food.“There were other restaurants serving ‘Indian’ food before Sake Dean Mahomed’s Hindoostane Coffee House, but his was the first to be run by an Indian,” the Muslim Museum Initiative’s website says.Mahomed announced his intentions to start the restaurant with an advertisement in The Morning Post in February 1810. “Sake Dean Mahomed, manufacturer of the real currie powder, takes the earliest opportunity to inform the nobility and gentry, that he has, under the patronage of the first men of quality who have resided in India, established at his house, 34 George Street, Portman Square, the Hindoostane Dinner and Hooka Smoking Club,” the advertisement stated, Londonist reported. The Hindoostane Dinner and Hooka Smoking Club then began to be known as the Hindoostane Coffee House.The restaurant also provided home deliveries. However, in 1811, Mahomed was forced to sell it since it was not fetching him enough money. It remained open under a different ownership until 1833, as per the Londonist. Related ItemsIndian CurryLondonUnited Kingdom
Recently a book was written on founder of Patna-based ‘Super 30’ Anand Kumar, who has been providing free of cost coaching to poor students for Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrance examinations.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has recently launched the book at an event held at the Mantralaya, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI).People present at the occassion:Senior Maharashtra ministers Chandrakant Patil and Prakash Mehta and some former pupils of Kumar at ‘Super 30’ were also present at the event.Kumar, who had met Fadnavis in August last year to discuss about ways of imparting quality education to students from financially weaker sections of the state, said that the Chief Minister was very impressed with the ‘Super 30’ initiative and even expressed his desire to set up something on the same lines to help the needy students of the state.About ‘Super 30’:Kumar had launched the innovative programme in 2002. Under the initiative, he has groomed more than 300 students who have qualified for the IITs. Under this initiative, 30 students from extremely poor families are trained free of cost to crack JEE and secure admission in the IITs.Read: Bihar siblings defeat all odds, clear IIT exam: Read on to know their inspiring story Read: Tribal girl from Maoist-controlled region cracks IIT JEE 2016 Click here for more education related newsTo get more updates on education related news, send in your query by mail to email@example.com .
Ohio State is off to a 4-0 start this season, thanks in large part to quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Haskins hasn’t looked like a first-year starer at all.Through four games, Haskins is completing 75.7 percent of his passes for 1,194 yards, 16 touchdowns and only one interception. He has also added a rushing touchdown.Ohio State has a huge game on the horizon next weekend at Penn State. It will be a matchup between top-10 teams, and it is Penn State’s “White Out” game. Beaver Stadium will be rocking.The game will be broadcast on ABC. Kirk Herbstreit, himself a former Ohio State QB, should be on the call as part of ABC/ESPN’s top broadcasting team.Today, Herbstreit was asked about Haskins’ Heisman chances. He hasn’t quite garnered the attention of Tua Tagovailoa or Bryce Love, but that might be changing.Herbstreit thinks Haskins is “right there” already and is poised to become one of the “main guys” with a strong performance Saturday.He’s right there already. If he goes off Saturday he’ll become one of main guys at this point. https://t.co/lcaLgQSTzq— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 23, 2018If Haskins is able to help lead the Buckeyes to a win next weekend, he will do more than help his own Heisman chances. He’ll put Ohio State in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten East and keep them on track for the College Football Playoff.Ohio State and Penn State will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on ABC.We can’t wait.
For a Grown-Up Spin on a Slushy, Try A Mangoneada If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Louisville, Kentucky is known for two things: the Kentucky Derby and the University of Louisville men’s basketball team. And with the Cardinals as the number one seed in this year’s NCAA tournament, and the Kentucky Derby just around the corner, it’s easy to overlook the fact that Louisville is fast becoming known for a third unique quality: it’s abundance of burger and bourbon restaurants.This beautiful marriage of meat and liquor was first ushered into the Louisville city limits by Bourbons Bistro in 2005. The bistro features a list of over 130 bourbons including exclusively featured labels and a selection of rare and hard-to-find varieties as well. Though Bourbons has an impressive full menu full of southern flavor, its burger has gained a reputation as perhaps the best in the city.Last year, the movement gained steam when brothers Anderson and Marshall Grissom created a $10.00 bourbon and burger special at their restaurant, Dish on Market. This well-loved combination allows a diner their choice of any bourbon on the menu (well, almost any bourbon—let’s be realistic here) as well as any of Dish on Market’s one dozen varieties of burger; including the Market Street Burger with havarti cheese, jalapeno jelly and tobacco onions.In 2013, Louisville is set to see this trend explode. Last month, Down One Bourbon Bar opened, featuring their own bourbon menu with over 100 varieties, including their own Down One Single Barrel by Knob Creek. And though they don’t have a burger yet, their menu is full of southern charm. Down the street, Sidebar at Whiskey Row is set to open next month with a burger that is a unique mixture of chuck, brisket and short rib—and of course, there will be an emphasis on bourbon as well.February also saw the opening of burger-innovating gastro pubs Mussel + Burger Bar as well as Game. Mussel + Burger Bar—the creation of the Louisville culinary powerhouse Martinez family—features a menu of twelve mind-blowing burgers, including the Seafood Burger, which is a patty made of crabmeat, shrimp and lobster, dressed with avocado, tomato and crabmeat aioli. Then, there is Game, which is an offshoot of one of Louisville’s favorite restaurants, Hammerheads. At Game, you create your own burger by choosing your “game” (ostrich, kangaroo, duck, lamb, elk, venison, antelope, wild boar, salmon, angus), your cheese, and your choice of extra (options include foi gras, pork belly, bacon and caramelized onions).Needless to say, Louisville natives and visitors alike are excited about what is happening to burgers and bourbon in the Derby City.Image courtesy of Dish on Market. Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) Editors’ Recommendations Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries
Kolkata: Fr. Thamacin, S.J. has taken charge as the new Principal of St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata on Monday.The Rector, Fr. Dominic Savio, S.J. along with the staff and students of the school extended a warm welcome to the new principal. Thamacin Arulappan M is the son of Maria Pragasam and Rakkini. He was born on 18 February 1975 at Kanakankuppam (T.N.) Pondicherry AD. He entered Dhyan Ashram, Konchowki on 20 June 1994. The first Vows was on 21 June 1996, at Dhyan Ashram, Konchowki while the Ordination was on 24 May 2010 He taught in Class-X, Lourdu Annai High School, Kanakankuppam from 1991- 1993 and in classes XI-XII at Government High School in Ananthapuram. He is a graduate in Botany from Scottish Church College, Calcutta. He was the sub-prefect, boarding, Bankura. He did his post gradutation in Philosophy and his B.Ed, SXC from St Lawrence High School. He did his post graduation in Botany.
New Delhi: The Commissioner of Delhi Police told senior officers to conduct refresher courses regularly in every district to polish the knowledge and professionalism of police station staff. The police chief also directed the DCsP to scrutinise the pending cases related to economic offences should be reviewed personally. Police sources told Millennium Post that in crime review meeting at police headquarters, Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik directed district that in order to refurbish/polish the knowledge and professionalism of police station staff, refresher courses in each district should be conducted regularly as per instructions already issued. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderLast year a special soft skill programme to SHOs and Inspectors has been imparted. 17 such soft skill courses have been conducted by training division of city police in which 340 Inspectors (including SHOs, ATOs and Inspector (Investigation) of police stations) have participated. “Other courses include courses for public facilitation desk officers, Gender Sensitization, the workshop on proactive policing and organizational behaviour, sensitization on issues concerning persons belonging to the North-Eastern States, backward sections of the society, women and children were also conducted,” reads Delhi Police Annual Report of 2018. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice sources said that in the crime review meeting CP also directed that half-yearly inspection of the second half of 2018 should be completed by end of this month. He also directed that half yearly inspection of the first half of 2019 should be conducted as per the new SO. Pending investigation The top cop also discussed on the pendency of cases. “District DCsP were directed to personally scrutinise the pending investigation economic offences and these cases should also be reviewed by the Joint CsP/ Ranges,” sources said. CP directed that the Joint CsP/ ranges and district DCsP should personally focus on the disposal of Rape and POCSO Act cases on a top priority basis. District DCsP should personally examine the POCSO cases which are pending for more than two months. Special CP/Crime should call a meeting of Joint CsP/ Ranges and district DCsP who are lagging behind on this front for further improvement.
Palestinian Islamic organization, Hamas, claims to have captured a dolphin, equipped with sophisticated technological devices, being used as an Israeli spy off the coast of Gaza, according to Al Quds al Arabi.
London – Fog harvesting project, carried out by Dar Si Hmad, an NGO led by women in the vicinity of Sidi Ifni, is a source of inspiration, British daily The Guardian said.This initiative has proved its effectiveness and relevance for the inhabitants of this region, which aims to strengthen and expand this project, the paper said.It added that the success of this project had a positive impact on the daily life of the inhabitants of Tnin Amellou, in the vicinity of Sidi Ifni. “Over the past 10 years, Dar Si Hmad has erected vast mesh nets to capture the moisture at an altitude of 1,225m on the slopes of Mount Boutmezguida – for what is now the largest fog-harvesting project in the world,” said the paper.“About 600 square metres of mesh nets capture water particles from the fog, which then condense and drip into collection trays. Roughly 6,300 litres of water can be harvested daily. The water is then filtered and mixed with underground water. More than 8km of pipelines have been installed to share the water between about 400 people in five villages,” the paper noted.In recognition of its contribution to finding innovative, community-led solutions to climate change, Dar Si Hmad was awarded the 2016 UN momentum for change award, during the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, held on 7-18 in Marrakesh, the Guardian underlined.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s antitrust chief is suggesting he’ll take a broad view of how competition is harmed when assessing whether big tech firms should be broken up.Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim said in a speech in Israel that antitrust regulators should not just consider whether a company’s dominance leads to higher prices but also weigh such factors as diminished consumer privacy.Delrahim’s speech, published on the Justice Department’s website, follows reports his agency has been given oversight of potential investigations into Google and Apple.Delrahim said effects such as when a business gains so much market share that barriers to entry for competitors are prohibitively high should also be considered.He said acquisitions of competitors can be anti-competitive when they reduce consumer choice, increase prices, hurt quality or slow innovation.The Associated Press
In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan said “that the election was held without major security incident is a tribute to the determination” of Afghans.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) also reported there was massive popular participation in the balloting, enthusiasm around the country and safe conditions for voting.The Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB), the UN-Afghan body charged with overseeing the country’s electoral process, said that after extended discussions yesterday about reported irregularities it had decided to set up a panel “to further enhance the transparency and legitimacy of the election.”After a request from JEMB, the UN nominated Craig Jenness, a former Canadian diplomat and experienced jurist, and Staffan Darnolf, a Swedish election administration expert, to serve on the probe. The European Union has been asked to help identify a third panellist.The investigators will first examine any issue that would require a specific ballot box to be isolated from the counting process, which is expected to take several weeks, for further evaluation.”This will allow the two exercises – counting and investigation – to proceed simultaneously,” the JEMB said in its statement today.The panel will supplement the work of the JEMB’s own complaints and investigations unit, which is also examining Saturday’s result. Presidential candidates have been given until tomorrow evening to submit their complaints.The head of the support team for the election monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Ambassador Robert Barry, told reporters yesterday that while there were some irregularities, any demand to nullify the election was unjustified.”October 9 was a historic day in Afghanistan, and the millions who came to the polls clearly wanted to turn from the rule of the gun to the rule of the law. If their aspirations are to be met, disputes about the validity of election results should be dealt with as the law provides,” he said.Mr. Barry said one of the problems focused on the indelible ink, which was stamped on each voter’s hand so that they could not vote more than once. In some cases the ink rubbed off, especially after people washed their hands vigorously.”I don’t know whether the problem was primarily using the wrong marker, although I know that in many cases that was the issue, because the markers in the kits looked very similar,” he said. “But there were obviously other places where the bottles of ink supplied were dried out.”UNAMA also said that while there were problems with the indelible ink process, they had been solved by late morning on Saturday.In some polling stations, Mr. Barry added, the agents of candidates or election personnel were observed coaching people about how they should vote. In other stations, candidate agents or election observers were barred from entering.”Clearly that kind of incident should not happen. But again it’s not unique that it happened here,” he observed. “It happens in many countries, especially where polling station staff is not very well acquainted with the rules and regulations.”Saturday’s election was the first of its kind in Afghanistan, which endured more than two decades of war and Taliban misrule until late 2001.
“ISIL must be defeated,” the members of the Council declared in a press statement issued late yesterday evening, which condemned the vicious string of suicide, vehicle-borne, and other attacks perpetrated by ISISL terrorist in Baghdad and surrounding provinces over the past several days, “which have killed scores of Iraqis, including an elected Member of Parliament from Basrah Province and the Police Chief of Anbar Province.” Expressing “deep outrage” about all Iraqis as well as nationals of other States killed, kidnapped, raped, or tortured by ISIL, as well as its child recruitment, the Council called for the perpetrators to justice, and for the international community, “in accordance with international law, to further strengthen and expand support for the Government of Iraq, including Iraqi Security Forces, in the fight against ISIL and associated armed groups.” The Council’s call for enhanced international support for Iraq’s efforts to counter ISIL’s latest bloody offensive comes as media reports describe violent attacks in Iraq’s western Anbar Province and a wave of deadly car bombings that ripped through Baghdad late last week, reportedly killing up to 50 people. “There has to be a common effort amongst governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida,” in line with relevant UN resolutions, said the Council, emphasizing through its statement that “the intolerance, violence and hatred ISIL espouses must be stamped out,”
Both men were taken to the Western Regional Jail. Carl Mills, of Inez, Kentucky, faces numerous drug charges in Crum, West Virginia after deputies say they seized 900 doses of crystal meth 9-19-19 CRUM, W.VA. (WTVQ) – A Kentucky man and another from Ohio were charged after deputies seized 900 doses of crystal meth, along with pills and scales in West Virginia, according to investigators.The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department in Crum, West Virginia, says Carl Mills, of Inez, Kentucky and Clyde Mills, of Columbus, Ohio, were both charged with numerous drug offenses.- Advertisement –
The proportion of newly created residential properties located in areas of high flood risk increased for the second year running in 2015-16.According to figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government, nine per cent of newly registered residential addresses were located in National flood zone three.Properties in this zone are located in areas estimated to be at risk of at least a one in one hundred chance of flooding each year from river areas or at least a one in two hundred chance of flooding from the sea. This is the highest risk category. The proportion of newly created homes located in these high risk zones has risen in each of the past two years, from seven per cent in 2013-14, to eight per cent in 2014-15 and finally to nine per cent last year.This is not the same as saying that nine per cent of newly built homes are located in these areas as the figures also cover instances where existing buildings have been transformed into residential ones.Roughly 10 per cent of England is located in this highest flood risk zone although it varies across the country and in some of these areas it would be impossible to build houses anyway.On a local authority level, Boston in Lincolnshire saw nearly all its newly created residential addresses located in the highest flood risk zone with 98 per cent placed there.Hull was not far behind with nine in ten new houses created in high flood risk zones, while in Southwark the figure was slightly less than four in five.An LGA spokesman said: “Local authorities throw out planning applications which are reckless and irresponsible.”Councils are generally opposed to building property on floodplains and over 98 per cent of the 77,125 new homes in 2014-15 had planning outcomes in line with Environment Agency advice.”Where building does take place on a floodplain, the local authority would need to be reassured that adequate defences were in place so that the risk of flooding would be minimised and that measures would be in place to prevent or minimise water from entering homes.” The UK has been hit by several periods of flooding in the past year, the most recent of which was Storm Angus which battered the South of England earlier this month.In December last year the North of England, and particularly Cumbria, was repeatedly flooded with Storm Desmond bringing sever disruption to many over the Christmas period.Many scientists believe that climate change is making flooding incidents more likely to occur and this is problematic when trying to consider flood risk. Flood risk models are based on historical events and cannot account for the more extreme weather systems that result from changing climates. It means that although events that are predicted to occur once in every hundred years could actually happen much more frequently.Meanwhile, the proportion of newly created addresses that were located on Green belt land fell from three per cent to two per cent across England this year.Within this figure of two per cent nearly two in five of these properties were located on Greenbelt land that had been previously developed. Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.Newly created residential properties in areas of high flooding risk. Proportion of new addresses in National flood zone 3Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.column series with 3 columns.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.Newly created residential properties in areas of high flooding riskNewly created residential properties in areas of high flooding risk – Highcharts CloudNewly created residential properties in areas of high floodingriskNewly created residential properties in areas of high flooding riskProportion of new addresses in National flood zone 32013/142014/152015/160%2.5%5%7.5%10%Source: DCLG Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.