ShareTweet Stars of North West Regional College’s Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels from L-R: Melissa Bell, Sharon Sweeney, Ben McGinn and Eoin Callaghan.NORTH West Regional College and College Production Company Five Dollar Shake Productions are proud to announce that tickets for the annual big show, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels LIVE, are now on general sale.This is the bookend of an extremely successful year that has seen the Five Dollar Shake team win Creative Tutors of the year Northern Ireland 2017 and finish top 3 in the U.K. for the Creative and Cultural Skills Awards ‘Theatre Skills’ category in 2018. Tickets for the evening show are £10 each and can be purchased at www.fivedollarshake.eventbrite.com Matinee shows are free and operate on a first come first served basis.Enrolments are now open for Further and Higher Education Performing Arts courses at North West Regional College. For more information go to www.nwrc.ac.uk Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels LIVE at NWRC was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ERIN HUTCHEONFive Dollar Shake teamLock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels LIVE at NWRCNorth West Regional College This year’s show is the follow up to a string of critically acclaimed shows including Shaun of the Dead LIVE (2018) The Big Lebowski LIVE (2017) and Inglourious Basterds LIVE (2016). The immersive production which sees Guy Ritchie’s cult film turned into a live project is the culmination of work from multiple departments in the college including Performing Arts, Music, Media, Construction, Hair and Beauty and Graphic Design. It is not to be missed!Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels LIVE will run at 7 pm from Wednesday May 29 to Friday May 31 May and at 1 pm on Thursday, May 30th and Friday, May 31.
In late January, NPR global health correspondent Jason Beaubien went to the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh for a series of radio and web reports. It was the week that a plan to send the refugees back to Myanmar was supposed to start. But that program was put on hold because of logistics.We interviewed Beaubien about his trip.Did you meet anyone in the camps — refugees, aid workers — who thought repatriation is a good idea?No one in the camps was arguing that sending the Rohingya back, at least right now, was a good idea. And not a single refugee I talked to said they’d be willing to voluntarily go back. You have to remember that they just fled Myanmar a few months ago and more Rohingya continue to arrive in Bangladesh every day.It’s hard to imagine that a city of nearly a million could just come into being. What was it like seeing the world’s largest refugee camp and its sister camps? So to be clear, these refugee camps didn’t spring from nothing. There have been Rohingya living in camps in that part of Bangladesh since the 1990s. Those earlier refugees fled earlier waves of violence. But this latest wave was called “unprecedented” by the U.N. in terms of the number of people that arrived and how quickly they descended on Bangladesh. And you really see the effects of that in the camps. Shelter are not laid out in any grid, they’re just all over the place. There aren’t roads, just footpaths that lead into the dense parts of the camp. People have built shelters on incredibly steep hillsides without really any planning. And in terms of the number of refugees so many people arrived that what were three camps now are all just one big expanse of shelters.So Kutupalong is now the largest refugee camp in the world with officially 547,000 people, but there’s no boundary between Kutupalong and the Balukhali camp. It’s just shelter after shelter. Then Balukhali flows in to Thangkhali. It’s pretty amazing.The U.N. has used the harshest language — “ethnic cleansing” — to characterize the flight of the Rohingya. Do they use similar language? They definitely say that it was the soldiers and the military that were attacking them. The refugees I met didn’t talk about it as a big, broad campaign against the Rohingya. They just said that soldiers were attacking their village, torturing men, raping women and they had to leave.What makes the Rohingya refugee crisis different from other refugee crises?One key difference is that the Rohingya are a stateless people. Myanmar essentially stripped them of citizenship in the 1990s. So they don’t have passports. If they were to try to get in to any refugee resettlement program, it’s more complicated because they don’t have an official country of origin. Most lack any kind of identification or official documents that would be needed to process them for resettlement. It’s not that it’s impossible for them, but it’s more complicated.You’ve quoted and profiled a few of the refugees in your series? What voices are memorable from the refugee community?The emotions of refugees really run the gamut. There are some young men who are very angry. I met one guy who described how the Myanmar soldiers beat him to the point where they thought he was dead and threw him in a ditch. But he wasn’t dead. He showed me how they’d knocked his front teeth in.One woman talked longingly about the farm and the cattle she had to leave behind. What struck me the most about her was that her main desire seemed to be a simple life. She just wanted to grow her crops and tend her livestock –something she can’t do in the camp and might not be able to return to for years to come.Other people seemed happy just to be in a place where they’re safe.Do the Rohingya feel like they’re in Bangladesh for the long haul? Yes, both the refugees and the aid groups working with them are clearly settling in for the long haul.At first people built toilets that were just a hole in the ground with a sheet of plastic propped up around it for some privacy. Now they’re building brick outhouses.Schools are being set up. Deep wells are being dug. These people aren’t going anywhere any time soon.What did you hear from Bangladeshi citizens about this situation? There were protests by local Bengalis while I was there. They were frustrated that the refugees are getting food rations every month and free health care. The locals also were complaining that the arrival of the refugees has driven up the price of food in the local markets, yet the jobs with the aid groups are going to people from the capital Dhaka or Westerners.Several local Bengalis told me the refugees should get sent back to Myanmar. So politically having nearly a million Rohingya in camps is a headache for the Bangladesh government. That could become more and more of a problem the longer this crisis continues.It seems like a dismal way to live. How do people cope?It’s only been a couple months that they’ve been there, for a lot of people. But mosques have sprung up in tents, some of the kids are flying kites, there are places where they play soccer. There’s a game that’s very popular — it’s like volleyball but you can’t use your hands, just kicking the ball over a net. We even came across one Bengali traveling salesman who attracted a big crowd with a snake-and-weasel show. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Melinda Gates, the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has written a new book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes The World. Published this week, the book calls on readers to support women everywhere as a means to lift up society. She pulls from her lessons learned through the inspiring women she’s met on her travels with the Gates Foundation, which funds projects to reduce poverty and improve global health in the developing world (and is a funder of NPR and this blog).But Gates also addresses gender equality in the United States — using her own story as an example. Opening up about her marriage to Bill, she talks about some of the challenges they faced in sharing the burden of parenting. And she reveals her struggle to balance her role as a mom of three, her career as a tech pioneer and philanthropist, and the public life of being married to one of the world’s richest men.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.In the opening pages, you talk about how you learned to renegotiate the terms of your marriage — once you stopped working at Microsoft — to focus on raising the kids. Why did you think it was important to share this?In society there are so many issues that women face and we don’t even realize what we’re up against. So I chose to write my story so that hopefully people and women and men could relate to me and understand that yes, these issues exist in every single marriage.I wanted to have both a family and I knew I wanted to go back to work. And so [Bill and I] had some negotiation to do. We said, “OK who’s going to do what in our home? And how were we going to split up those roles?”There’s a cute story in your book that speaks to that. You talk about how you asked your husband to start sharing the responsibility of dropping the kids off at school. After a couple of weeks, you said you noticed that a lot more men were doing the drop-offs. And you asked one of your friends about and she said that when we saw Bill driving, we went home and said to our husbands: Bill Gates is driving his child to school. You can too. Why did you choose to highlight this story? The reason I wrote that specific story [is that it’s] an example of this unpaid labor that women do all over the world. In the U.S., women do 90 minutes more of unpaid labor at home than their husbands do. That’s things like doing the dishes, carpooling, doing the laundry.Unless we look at that and redistribute it, we’re not going to let women do some of the more productive things they want to do.The Gates Foundation is primarily focused on solving challenges in the developing world. But what are you doing to address a big topic you discuss in your book, women’s equality in the United States? When I would be flying home from various countries in Africa or Bangladesh, I’d be saying to myself: Why aren’t women more empowered in those countries? And it wasn’t until I turned the question back on myself and I said, “How far are we here in the United States?”That is why I set up a separate office from the foundation, Pivotal Ventures, to start tackling these inequities for women and the barriers in the United States.We are the only industrialized nation in the world that does not have paid family medical leave. So I would say to young women and men in this country who are in their 20s and 30s: Gender roles change when you start to have children. You need to question them, and you also need to say what should we do, public policy-wise, to support women.A lot of the book is focused on your story, but you also talk about women around the world who are facing extreme poverty and violence in their homes. The subtitle of your book is How Empowering Women Changes The World. What’s the short answer? I believe that in empowering women, you do empower everybody else because you lift up a woman. She lifts up the rest of her family and her community and her society and her economy. And so this is absolutely about lifting up women and lifting up people of color.You quote a friend several times in this book who was very skeptical of the ability of American billionaires to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing extreme poverty. Is this something you think as a society we should be talking about? Bill and I are on record saying we believe high-income people should pay more than a middle-income family [who would] then pay more than a low-income family. It’s time to revisit some of the tax policies in our society.But make no mistake: Living in a capitalistic structure is a fabulous place to live. I meet so many families around the world who want to live in the United States and have the system we have. Warren Buffett, our co-trustees, my husband Bill — they could not have started the companies they have in Malawi or in Senegal or in Niger. We benefit from the structure we have in the United States. But we don’t have it all right. And it’s time to revisit the pieces that create some of these inequities.How do you feel now that you’ve put your life all out there in the book?At the moment, I feel really great. I am really comfortable at age 54 with who I am. And so I’m kind of like, take it or leave it. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Labour’s shadow chancellor has called for Iain Duncan Smith to face criminal charges over allegations that his failure to address a coroner’s concerns about the “fitness for work” test led to the deaths of disabled benefit claimants.John McDonnell (pictured) made the call during a speech to the TUC Disabled Workers Conference in London on Friday (19 May), and his backing was reportedly greeted with enthusiasm by the audience of disabled trade unionists.The Scottish-based grassroots group Black Triangle, backed by many other disabled activists, has led calls for the former work and pensions secretary to face a criminal investigation for misconduct in public office following his apparent refusal in 2010 to address a coroner’s concerns about the safety of the discredited work capability assessment (WCA).They want to hold Duncan Smith and his former employment minister Chris Grayling to account in court for their failure to improve the safety of the WCA, even though they were warned that it risked causing further deaths.Scottish police are currently assessing whether to launch a criminal investigation, after an approach from Black Triangle’s co-founder John McArdle.McDonnell backed the efforts of Black Triangle on Friday, and later confirmed his position to Disability News Service through a spokeswoman, who said: “Black Triangle are taking action against Iain Duncan Smith and what he said [at the conference] was that he would support that action.”Just hours after McDonnell made his speech, the conference voted to send a motion it had unanimously approved – calling for the WCA to be scrapped and replaced “by a fair and humane process” – to the TUC’s annual congress in September, selecting it out of 22 motions discussed by delegates during the two-day conference.The WCA motion, proposed by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), refers to government-funded research which concluded last November that the programme to reassess people claiming incapacity benefit through the WCA could have caused 590 suicides in just three years.It also highlights the letter written to the Department for Work and Pensions in 2014 by coroner Mary Hassell, following an inquest into the death of a north London man, which found that his decision to take his own life had been triggered by being found fit for work.The motion says: “Conference believes that enough is enough and that the time has come for action before more lives are lost.“The DWP and government have been brought into disrepute and must be held to account.”Jonathan Bellshaw, the CWU delegate who proposed the motion, told the conference that there was “damning evidence” of the links between suicides and the WCA.He said: “One death linked to the WCA is one too much. 590 deaths… shows a government not fit for purpose.“In some countries, that would be cause for a government to be removed by a vote of no confidence.“Here in the UK, the government continues to ignore all this and ignores clear evidence that their policies are killing people. That’s the truth.”Another delegate, Hilary Mellor, from Unison, added: “The fact that several hundred suicides have been linked to the WCA is totally unacceptable, unjustifiable and immoral. It is imperative that we stand together to fight this injustice.”McArdle said after the conference that securing McDonnell’s support for a prosecution was “absolutely amazing”.He said: “We warmly welcome the support of the shadow chancellor John McDonnell.“John has been an outstanding supporter of the disabled people’s movement, especially since the foundation of the Black Triangle campaign and Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) in 2010.“We believe the reason he is able to stand by us is because our complaint to Police Scotland is soundly founded in law.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of DPAC, said: “DPAC are delighted that John McDonnell fully supports Black Triangle’s attempts to bring Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling to account for their failure to act when the deaths of thousands of disabled claimants could have been avoided.”Meanwhile, SNP MP Deidre Brock has told ministers during a House of Commons debate that they should listen to Black Triangle, and that its attempt to bring Duncan Smith and Grayling to court could “commend the ingredients of the government’s poisoned chalice to their own lips”, which she said would be “even-handed justice”.Disabled activists have also welcomed the decision of the Cannes film festival jury to award its Palme d’Or award for best film to Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, which follows a man who is found fit for work through a WCA after a heart attack, but faces destitution because he is too ill to work.Black Triangle – including its medical adviser Dr Stephen Carty – advised scriptwriter Paul Laverty on the WCA and how DWP’s sanctions system works.McArdle said: “I can only say we feel absolutely elated that it has won to such enormous fanfare. “This is going to break hearts of stone and will – without any doubt – change minds and direct hearts towards our cause with empathy and compassion.“It is a magnificent win for all of us in our collective movement for justice and respect for our fundamental human rights.”
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Legalization seemed a certainty a year ago but political infighting and unflinching legalization opponents doomed the effort. New Jersey Lawmakers Admit Failure on Weed Legalization, Will Let Voters Decide in 2020 Peter Page Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images New Jersey lawmakers have given up hope of legalizing adult-use cannabis and will leave the issue to be decided by a referendum on the 2020 presidential ballot.In the meanwhile, the Legislature will push forward a bill to expunge marijuana related criminal records. In recent days Governor Phil Murphy, who won election in part on his vow to pass marijuana legalization, has used his executive authority to dramatically expand the state’s existing medical marijuana program.”We are not going to move forward with adult use marijuana at this time. It’s something I feel strongly in, but the votes aren’t there,” state Senate President Stephen Sweeney said at a press conference Wednesday. “There’s no sense dragging this out,. We can’t hold back progress.”Expansion of the medical marijuana program was part of the failed marijuana legalization push. Doubts that the Legislature would legalize weed have grown since March when a scheduled vote in the state Senate was postponed after it became apparent there were not enough votes to pass the measure.After the measure stalled in March, Murphy — a Democrat as are majorities in both houses of the Legislature — said he would use his executive authority to expand the medical marijuana program if the Legislature did not pass the bill by the end of May. Murphy was scheduled to meet last week with legislative leaders to discuss prospects for the bill. Sweeney, who is locked in an acrimonious dispute with the governor over an unrelated issue, abruptly skipped the meeting, after which Murphy expanded the medical program without waiting until the end of the month.The referendum could have been put on the ballot for New Jersey’s 2019 legislative elections but off-year elections typically draw a smaller turnout than in presidential election years. Some worried that older voters, who are more likely to vote in off-year elections, are less enthused about legalization than young voters who go to the polls in greater numbers in presidential election years.The expansion of the medical marijuana program will allow doctors to prescribe medical cannabis for an additional seven “debilitating medical conditions” — PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain of visceral origin, chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders, migraines, Tourette syndrome and Opioid Use Disorder.“These rules solidify key program reforms to ensure greater patient access to this effective therapy,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal in a press release. “With these changes, the Department will be able to add conditions more rapidly, remove barriers for minors and increase supply of product available.”Related: Why Do So Many Americans Now Support Legalizing Marijuana?Among other changes, the new rules reduce registration fees for patients and caregivers from $200 to $100; makes seniors and military veterans eligible for a reduced registration fee of $20; bureaucratically elevates makes the Medicinal Marijuana Program to a division within the Department of Health; and will make “oil-based formulations, like vape cartridges” available to patients.The rules also create a permitting system for cultivation, manufacturing and dispensing marijuana for medical purposes intended to ramp up the supply and variety of medical cannabis. The process of petitioning to add more qualifying medical conditions will also be streamlined. There are currently 46,300 patients, 950 doctors and 1,850 caregivers participating in the program. By one estimate, about 2,000 new patients join the program each month.Related: Ohio Medical Marijuana Committee Rejects Use of Pot for Depression but OKs It for AnxietyThe deadlock in the New Jersey Legislature persisted despite the support of the governor, the leaders of both houses of the Legislature, criminal justice reform activists and civil rights groups. Public polls have registered broad support for marijuana legalization in New Jersey.The legalization push has been slowed by disputes over expungement of criminal records and how to channel the anticipated legalization boom to benefit communities of color that have long suffered under aggressive policing.Lawmakers who, in principle at least, favor expunging marijuana related criminal records balked at a provision in the bill that would have allowed expungement for sales of up to five pounds of cannabis. Advocates have argued there is no practical alternative if lawmakers are sincere about expunging criminal records for minor sales — New Jersey criminal statutes make no distinction between the sale of one ounce of pot and five pounds. 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Status of countries with regard to WHO activities on monitoring antimicrobial consumption The WHO for the first time has collated data on antibiotic usage from across the world and has shown these disparities. The report comes from data gathered in 2015 from 65 countries and regions. The measure of antibiotic usage by WHO for comparison is the DDD or the “defined daily doses” per 1,000 inhabitants per day. They noted that it was as low as 4 in Burundi and as high as 64 in Mongolia. The WHO statement reads, “The large difference in antibiotic use worldwide indicates that some countries are probably overusing antibiotics while other countries may not have sufficient access to these life-saving medicines.”The WHO says that since the discovery of antibiotics in 1920s they have saved millions of lives from deadly infections. With emergence of antibiotic resistance, more and more bacterial organisms are now resistant to the regularly used antibiotics at hand.The WHO warns that the world would soon run out of effective antibiotics if this trend continues. Suzanne Hill, head of WHO’s essential medicines unit, said in a statement, “Overuse and misuse of antibiotics are the leading causes of antimicrobial resistance. Without effective antibiotics and other antimicrobials, we will lose our ability to treat common infections like pneumonia.” The WHO has urged the pharmaceutical companies to focus on creating new antibiotics that could fight against the resistant organisms. According to Dr. Hill, bacteria can quickly acquire resistance to antibiotics when they are prescribed to people who do not need them or when people do not complete the course of antibiotics. The bacteria that has been incompletely treated with an antibiotic soon develops methods to combat the antibiotic when it next encounters the drug. This causes emergence of the resistance, say the experts. Hill said that these results have confirmed “the need to take urgent action, such as enforcing prescription-only policies, to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics.”Related StoriesCannabis ingredient shows promise as potential antibiotic for superbugsWearable sensors show how antibiotic-resistant bacteria spread through hospital wardsNatural antibiotic made by Tübingen researchers interacts with human defense mechanismsThe WHO on the other hand is also worried about lack of adequate antibiotic availability in certain regions. The statement reads, “Resistance can occur when people cannot afford a full course of treatment or only have access to substandard or falsified medicines.” They noted that across Europe the average antibiotic consumption was nearly 18 DDD per 1,000 inhabitants per day. However rampant antibiotic usage was seen in turkey (over 38 DDD) and low coverage was seen in Azerbaijan (less than 8 DDD).The WHO agrees that this report is far from comprehensive and complete. Major countries that are large consumers of antibiotics have been missed out. These include the United States, India and China. The countries included were mostly from Europe, four from Africa, three from Middle East and six from the Asia-Pacific region. The team needs funds and trained personnel to gather comprehensive data from the regions that have been missed out in this survey. The WHO statement says, “Reliable data on antibiotic consumption is essential to help countries to raise awareness of appropriate antimicrobial use.”Source: http://www.who.int/medicines/areas/rational_use/oms-amr-amc-report-2016-2018/en/ By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDNov 13 2018The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a notification regarding antibiotic usage and resistance this week. The organization has warned that some countries have a very high consumption of antibiotics and there is a shortage in several regions worldwide. This disparity has led to misuse that had spread antibiotic resistance, the WHO says.
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 8 2019Bacteria of the Acinetobacter ACB complex, which are frequently acquired in hospital settings, can also be found in beef meat, according to a study led by ISGlobal, an institution supported by “la Caixa” and performed with meat samples from markets in Lima, Peru. Although the isolates were susceptible to most antibiotics, these results suggest that raw meat can act as a reservoir for these pathogenic bacteria.Among bacteria of the Acinetobacter family, those belonging to the ACB complex (Acinetobacter calcoaceticus-Acinetobacter baumannii) have become a major threat in hospitals, due to their capacity to acquire resistance to multiple antimicrobial drugs and disinfectants and to survive in hospital environments. However, pathogenic Acinetobacter species have also been found in food and food-producing animals, which could represent a reservoir and source of infection for humans.Related StoriesStudy: Surveillance for antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues to be core focus for healthcare facilitiesCurved shape of bacteria can make it easier to find foodNew methods to recognize antimicrobial resistant bacteria and how they workThis study analyzed bacteria recovered from 138 meat samples from poultry, swine and beef, randomly picked from six traditional markets in Lima, Peru. The authors obtained 12 Acinetobacter isolates from five different beef samples, sold in two independent markets. All but one belonged to the ACB complex: 9 were Acinetobacter pittii, 1 A. baumannii and 1 was A. dijkshoorniae, a species recently described by the same ISGlobal research group. In fact, this is the first time that the latter is identified in meat samples, or in Peru. The identification of bacteria of the ACB group in meat samples is worrying, since these species are usually found in the clinical settings. Although all of the isolates were susceptible to clinically relevant antibiotics, and their overall prevalence was low, these results suggest that raw meat may represent a reservoir for Acinetobacter transmission to humans.Ignasi Roca, ISGlobal researcher and study coordinator The results underscore the fact that many microbes that infect humans can also be transmitted through contaminated food; therefore the need to establish interdisciplinary collaborations between health care for humans, animal health and the environment, an approach known as “One Health.” Source:Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)Journal reference:Marí-Almirall, M. et al. (2019) Pathogenic Acinetobacter species including the novel Acinetobacter dijkshoorniae recovered from market meat in Peru. International Journal of Food Microbiology. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2019.108248.
Sony develops low-power LSIs for wideband millimeter-wave wireless communications that achieve 6.3 gb/s SECOM and Tokyo Institute of Technology have jointly developed a millimeter-wave wireless communication system that enables long distance communication, and succeeded in transmitting 4K uncompressed video in real time from a drone. Citation: Drone transmits uncompressed 4K video in real time using millimeter wave tech (2019, July 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-drone-transmits-uncompressed-4k-video.html Explore further SECOM and Tokyo Tech jointly developed a millimeter wave wireless communication system that enables long distance communication, and succeeded in transmitting 4K uncompressed video in real time from a drone. Credit: Kei Sakaguchi SECOM is focusing on services for securing wide area facilities by using wireless communication technology for drones. Wide area surveillance with drone requires real time transmission of high definition video such as uncompressed 4K videos providing the professional resolution, for rapid and accurate analyses.Tokyo Tech has been working on millimeter wave wireless communication systems including 5G-MiEdge project. The research results from 5G-MiEdge project were applied for design and development of the video transmission over millimeter wave wireless links.Millimeter wave wireless communication is expected to be used in 5G because of the high-speed communication, but there is a problem that communication distance is limited due to large attenuation of radio waves. SECOM and Tokyo Tech have been conducting joint research since 2018 under the framework of the SOFTech Consortium for the development of a millimeter-wave wireless communication device capable of long-distance transmission of images using a lens antenna developed by Intel.Lens antennas enable long distance communication by narrowing the emission angle of radio waves. However, they have not been used for drones due to their size and weight. To address this problem, the engineering team from SECOM and Tokyo Tech developed a video transmission system with a millimeter wave wireless communication device that uses a small, lightweight lens antenna that can be mounted on a drone. With it, they realized real-time transmission of 4K uncompressed video. Delay using the system is also dramatically reduced compared to conventional compressed transmission.In their tests, the team was able to use a drone to take video in 4K and transmit the video in real time from over 100 m in the air to an access point on the ground. This technology enables the provision of “safe and secure” services in various fields, such as stadium security, and infrastructure monitoring by drones. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by Tokyo Institute of Technology
COMMENT We are running out of time to save trapped miners: Meghalaya CM Published on The Navy divers are likely to go inside the vertical shaft of the rat-hole coal mine on Sunday The multi-agency operation to rescue the 15 miners trapped in a 370-foot-deep rat-hole coal mine is all set to resume Sunday, officials said.The miners have been trapped in the mine in the Ksan area of Lumthari village in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district since December 13, after water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into it.The IAF helicopter transporting sophisticated diving equipment of the Navy landed at a football ground here. The machines are to be shortly transported to the accident site, 37 km from here, Superintendent of Police (SP) Sylvester Nongtynger told PTI.The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is coordinating the rescue operations with the help of Navy, the NDMA and Coal India Ltd, he said.The Navy divers are likely to go inside the vertical shaft of the rat-hole coal mine on Sunday, the SP said.“The Navy divers have reported that they have the capacity to go a depth of 100 feet, whereas the NDRF divers can go to a depth of 30 feet,” he said.A 14-member Navy team led by Lt Commander R Khetwal and a 21-member Odisha Fire Service contingent have been visiting the site since Saturday, Asst Commandant Santosh Kumar Singh said.Singh briefed them about the conditions of the area and a gave them a sketch of the mine and the nearby shafts.A senior district official said few pumps of Coal India Ltd has arrived in Guwahati and are expected to reach the site soon.Meanwhile, a group of Indian Navy divers arrived from Vishakhapatnam Saturday to join operations underway to rescue 15 miners trapped in a flooded rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya since December 13.The 15-member team, equipped with specialised diving equipment, including a re-compression chamber and remotely operated vehicles capable of searching underwater, went straightway to the mine site in the remote Lumthari village in East Jaintia Hills district.They were briefed in detail by the NDRF personnel supervising the entire rescue operations since their arrival on December 14, a senior official of the East Jaintia Hills district said.A team of rescuers with 10 high-powered Kirloskar pumps has also reached the spot from Bhubaneshwar, District Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtynger told PTI on Saturday.Another 8 high powered pumps mobilised by Coal India Ltd are being taken by road and expected to arrive in another 2 to 3 days, North Eastern Coalfields general manager J Bora said Saturday.Pump manufacturing company Kirloskar Brothers Ltd and Coal India were jointly moving 18 high-powered pumps to drain water out of the 370-foot-deep mine.The rat-hole mine located on top of a hillock fully covered with trees had got flooded when water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into it on December 13, trapping the 15 diggers.Pumping of water from the mine was suspended on Saturday last as there was no visible receding of the water level in it. SHARE A team of Odisha Fire Services, on board an Indian Air Force plane, land in Guwahati to expedite the rescue operation at the mine – PTI December 30, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED COMMENTS
Asian News International AligarhJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 16:51 IST The Madarsa houses thousands of students including both Hindus and Muslims. (Photo: ANI)Setting an example of Hindu-Muslim unity and religious tolerance, Salma Ansari wife of former Vice-President Hamid Ansari, has decided to build both a temple and a mosque inside the “Chacha Nehru Madarsa” run by her here. She asserts that this will also ensure the safety and security of students studying here.”The security of the students who reside in the Hostel here is our responsibility. When they go outside the madarsa for visiting a temple or mosque and some untoward incident happened then it will be our responsibility. Realising it, we have decided that both mosque and temple would be constructed within the premises so that the security and safety of our children is ensured,” she said.”I want that in building Hindustan everyone should have a say. Here I am concerned only with the safety of our children,” said Ansari.”The death penalty for mob lynching is a good deterrent. Such crimes are a blot on society. While running a Madarsa we must look at its every aspect,” she said.The Madarsa houses thousands of students including both Hindus and Muslims.Also Read | West Bengal govt to construct dining rooms in Muslim-dominated schools, BJP says it’s minority appeasementAlso Watch | 44th anniversary of Emergency: Mamata attacks Modi, says super Emergency for last 5 yearsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow HinduFollow MuslimFollow Madrasa Madarsa in Aligarh to have both temple and mosque: Salma AnsariFormer Vice President Hamid Ansari’s wife Salma Ansari has decided to build both a temple and a mosque inside the “Chacha Nehru Madarsa” run by her in Aligarh. She asserts that this will also ensure the safety and security of students.advertisement Next
Press Trust of India PanajiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 04:58 IST Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm Saturday. (Photo: PTI)Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said late on Friday night that he would reshuffle the cabinet on Saturday replacing four ministers and the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm.Ten Congress MLAs had on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) increasing the strength of the party to 27 on the floor of the House.Pramod Sawant said the three members from a coalition partner, Goa Forward Party, and an Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte would be dropped from the cabinet.Pramod Sawant refused to name the MLAs who would be inducted but said all the four would be from the BJP, with three of them from the legislators who joined the party on Wednesday.Speculations are rife that former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, Philip Nery Rodrigues and Atanasio Monserratte would be inducted in the cabinet along with Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo.Pramod Sawant said the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm Saturday.This would the second cabinet reshuffle by Pramod Sawant since he took over as the chief minister three months ago. In his first cabinet reshuffle, Sawant had inducted MGP’s breakaway MLA Deepak Pauskar after dropping then deputy chief minister Sudin Dhavalikar.Asked why allies are being dropped from the cabinet, the chief minister said the decision has been taken as per directives of the central leadership.”I don’t want to go into details. We have taken this decision to give good governance to the people,” he said.Sawant has the support by three MLAs from the Goa Forward Party and an Independent.Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai had during the day said they are hoping for an amicable solution to the crisis.”The GFP is a part of the NDA and had joined the BJP-led government after talks with the saffron party’s national leadership,” Sardesai said, adding, “The present state BJP leaders were not part of the discussions then. As such, we will take appropriate steps only after talking to NDA leadership at the Centre.””We have not yet received any official communication from the BJP leaders. On the contrary, we have received indications that the matter will be sorted out amicably,” he said.Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs, led by the leader of Opposition, Chandrakant Kavlekar, switched sides and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday.While the 10 MLAs and Lobo returned from Delhi, Sawant stayed back to attend a high-level meeting on Friday evening on the issue of mining in Goa, which has come to a standstill following a February 2018 Supreme Court order.Also Read | Goa CM Pramod Sawant seeks resignation of 3 ministers, independent MLA to induct new facesAlso Watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkriti Anand New cabinet ministers to be sworn in at 3 pm Saturday: Goa CM Pramod SawantGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant refused to name the MLAs who would be inducted but said all the four would be from the Bharatiya Janata Party, with three of them from the legislators who joined the party on Wednesday.advertisement Next
Press Trust of India PanajiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 04:58 IST Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm Saturday. (Photo: PTI)Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said late on Friday night that he would reshuffle the cabinet on Saturday replacing four ministers and the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm.Ten Congress MLAs had on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) increasing the strength of the party to 27 on the floor of the House.Pramod Sawant said the three members from a coalition partner, Goa Forward Party, and an Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte would be dropped from the cabinet.Pramod Sawant refused to name the MLAs who would be inducted but said all the four would be from the BJP, with three of them from the legislators who joined the party on Wednesday.Speculations are rife that former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, Philip Nery Rodrigues and Atanasio Monserratte would be inducted in the cabinet along with Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo.Pramod Sawant said the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm Saturday.This would the second cabinet reshuffle by Pramod Sawant since he took over as the chief minister three months ago. In his first cabinet reshuffle, Sawant had inducted MGP’s breakaway MLA Deepak Pauskar after dropping then deputy chief minister Sudin Dhavalikar.Asked why allies are being dropped from the cabinet, the chief minister said the decision has been taken as per directives of the central leadership.”I don’t want to go into details. We have taken this decision to give good governance to the people,” he said.Sawant has the support by three MLAs from the Goa Forward Party and an Independent.Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai had during the day said they are hoping for an amicable solution to the crisis.”The GFP is a part of the NDA and had joined the BJP-led government after talks with the saffron party’s national leadership,” Sardesai said, adding, “The present state BJP leaders were not part of the discussions then. As such, we will take appropriate steps only after talking to NDA leadership at the Centre.””We have not yet received any official communication from the BJP leaders. On the contrary, we have received indications that the matter will be sorted out amicably,” he said.Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs, led by the leader of Opposition, Chandrakant Kavlekar, switched sides and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday.While the 10 MLAs and Lobo returned from Delhi, Sawant stayed back to attend a high-level meeting on Friday evening on the issue of mining in Goa, which has come to a standstill following a February 2018 Supreme Court order.Also Read | Goa CM Pramod Sawant seeks resignation of 3 ministers, independent MLA to induct new facesAlso Watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkriti Anand Next New cabinet ministers to be sworn in at 3 pm Saturday: Goa CM Pramod SawantGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant refused to name the MLAs who would be inducted but said all the four would be from the Bharatiya Janata Party, with three of them from the legislators who joined the party on Wednesday.advertisement