Advertisement Advertisement Seven albums in, Alex Cuba has upped his game again with Sublime.To appreciate that statement, you should consider the Smithers-based singer/songwriter has already racked up four Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammy nominations for the Best Latin Pop Album. No surprise the legendary Cuban vocalist Omara Portuondo (Buena Vista Social Club) and rising star Silvana Estrada make appearances on the John (Beetle) Bailey-engineered record. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Alex Cuba (Handout) They are the only other performers on the album recorded in Canada, Mexico, Cuba and Spain.Alex handles every other instrumental duty on the disc and he’s never sounded better. As he readies for an extensive round of touring across North America and elsewhere, the musician discussed the realities of breaking into markets where his music is more readily consumed. Advertisement Twitter
Rabat – Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, was assassinated on Monday during a visit to an art exhibit in Ankara, according to several reports emerging from the region. Russia’s state news agency reported the Karlov died at the scene of the shooting, though other sources suggest he was still alive when transported to the hospital.The diplomat is currently in a hospital seeking treatment for the “serious” wounds he suffered, the BBC said. He was shot while making a speech addressing the special event’s attendees. Several bystanders also maintained injuries from the attack, which took place at a photo gallery hosting a “Russia as seen by Turks” exhibit.The gunman has yet to be identified and his motives remain unclear. Before shooting, he yelled “Don’t forget about Aleppo, don’t forget about Syria” followed by “Allahu Akbar.”Turkish media reports said the attacker had also been “neutralized,” or killed.Turkish citizens protested Russia’s involvement in Syria on Sunday, but Ankara and Moscow have been working hand in hand to evacuate citizens trapped in Aleppo – which is now almost completely under the control of President Bashar Al Assad, whose armed forces have reportedly been murdering political opponents one-by-one in the eastern half of the city.Yesterday’s demonstrators held Russia and President Vladimir Putin responsible for the human rights abuses occurring in Syria. read more
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Things are back to normal for the New York Giants.They lost a tough one to the Eagles after building an early 12-point lead. Odell Beckham’s Jr., who had spoken of running the table and making the playoffs for weeks, got frustrated after the setback and questioned coach Pat Shurmur’s play calling against a banged-up Philadelphia secondary.It ended with the coach fending off questions Monday about his decisions; his limited use of halfback Saquon Barkley in the second half; Eli Manning’s status as the starting quarterback; and his refusal to rebuke Beckham, saying his star receiver was venting after an emotional, last-minute 25-22 loss.Really, it was what one would expect with the Giants (3-8) heading into the final five weeks of the season with one of the worst records in the NFL and virtually no hope of getting to the playoffs. They are frustrated after winning six of 27 games over the last two seasons.With that, Shurmur has to get the team ready to play the Chicago Bears (8-3) at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.“You go into every week with giving your team the best opportunity to win the football game each week,” Shurmur said. “That’s how you do this thing. This isn’t player tryouts, this is do everything in your power to win the next game. Today’s Monday, so we’re in the Monday phase of that process.”As far as looking back on Sunday, Shurmur downplayed Beckham’s questioning the play calling, noting the Giants threw 37 times and ran 18. He noted the passing game had seven plays of 18 yards or better, one off the team’s high for the season.“You’ll have to ask him to define it after he watches the tape, but I felt like we were trying to do the things necessary to win the game,” Shurmur said. “We still got production in the running game, had a couple third-down calls in the red zone that were close. If it goes in, that’s a different story.”Beckham only speaks to the media on Thursday, so he was not available for comment.The big difference Sunday was the second half. The Giants had five possessions, including a three-play drive in the waning seconds, and gained three first downs. They ran 22 plays as opposed to 38 in the first half, when they scored on their first four possessions in taking a 19-12 lead. They were in position to try a late field goal, but Manning was intercepted on an ill-advised toss.Shurmur did not hesitate to say the 37-year-old Manning will remain the starting quarterback because he gives the Giants the best chance to win. He did not seem interested in questions suggesting the team should start rookie Kyle Lauletta or backup Alex Tanney with the season going nowhere.Manning also wasn’t interested in a change, saying he wants to play. He also believes the team will fight.“We’ve got a good group of guys,” he said. “It’s important to the guys. We feel like we’re going to keep fighting, we’re going to keep preparing, and going out there and still chase that feeling of that locker room after a win. That’s a good feeling. It makes the week go easier.”The Giants have had trouble finishing the past two seasons, with Sunday the latest example.“I think we need to learn how to win again here,” Shurmur said. “The last two weeks, we won one by coming back. A week ago, we won one by playing from the front. This week, we got ahead on a team and didn’t hold the lead, so there’s things to be learned in all three of those as you learn to win a game. We’re doing it with a lot of very young players, and a lot of really backup-type players from our initial roster, so it’s a great opportunity for them to help us win.”NOTES: TE Evan Engram felt his hamstring grab during warmups. He says his status is day to day. … WR-return man Quadree Henderson fractured a shoulder and probably will be put on injured reserve. … The Giants felt Walt Anderson’s officiating crew missed two late calls, both involving Beckham. There was no call when Beckham was clearly held on a third-and-4 play from the Eagles 11 before Aldrick Rosas’ tying 29-yard field goal with 5:52 to play. Beckham also was tackled by Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill with a trip on the final play of the game, a 10-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. It also could have been a leg whip, which is 15 yards. It would have set up a 62 or 67-yard field-goal attempt with the wind. “Anywhere from 70 and in I would’ve had to go out there,” Rosas said. “I would’ve been pretty confident. Just get it up there, hit it nice and let it carry.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTom Canavan, The Associated Press read more
They have made us a bit of a laughing stock with this treeJoe Thompson, local plumber Leicester council admitted the tinsel they had ordered had bent the tree’s branchesCredit:Twitter/@lisaahamps But now council chiefs have admitted the tinsel they had ordered was “actually really thick” and had bent the tree’s branches.One local, Daniel O’Donovan said the tree was “embarrassing” and described it as “five baubles and half a tree of tinsel”.Retired teacher Judy Baker, 69, said: “You either have to decorate it all in one go or leave it bare until you are ready because it just looked a shambles. It was more like the leaning tree of Leicester.”Joe Thompson, a 31-year-old plumber, said: “They have made us a bit of a laughing stock with this tree.”Leicester City Council spent £4,800 on the Christmas tree, which is from the Kielder forest in Northumberland. Workmen using a cherry picker have now removed the tinsel and started decorating the tree again.Sarah Harrison, city centre director at Leicester City Council, said it was a “long, complicated job” to make the city look “beautifully festive”.She added: “They’ve obviously put the tinsel on the top of the tree first and realised the branches were being bent out of place.”We’ve got hundreds and hundreds of multicoloured LED tealights this year which are all new, so we are going to put those on first.”We are going to put the baubles on and then we are going to take a view as to whether the tinsel has got a place on the tree or not.”The council has allocated £220,000 to the Christmas decorations budget, including an extra £50,000 to update fixtures and fitting across the city. A city’s Christmas tree has been left half decorated after council bosses admitted the tinsel that was bought was “too heavy”.The 50ft (15m) festive centrepiece in Leicester city centre was widely mocked when it was erected last week.Pictures taken by disappointed locals show the tree appearing to be bending to one side, with just the top section covered by tinsel.Some onlookers suggested that workmen had forgotten to finish it, while others thought the decorations had been stolen. 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. read more
President David Granger, today, visited the National Library to sign a book of condolence, which was opened at the National Library in remembrance of former Secretary-General of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Ms. Carmen Jarvis, who passed away on March 29 at the age of 91.President David Granger signing the book of condolence for the late Ms. Carmen Jarvis at the National Library, while Chief Librarian, Ms. Emily King looks onAccording to a media release from the MOTP, the Head of State thanked the staff of the National Library, especially Chief Librarian, Ms. Emily King for honouring Ms. Jarvis for her service to the nation. He said she will always be remembered as someone, who transmitted strong values.Quite apart from her illustrious career as Guyana’s UNESCO Representative, Ms. Jarvis also served as the first woman chairperson of the Committee of the National Library and during her tenure she spearheaded many innovative projects to improve the services offered at the Library. In 2002, the National Library commissioned the “Carmen Jarvis Special Collection”, which contains several volumes from her personal library as well as other memorabilia, which she donated to the institution.In October 2016, Ms. Jarvis launched her autobiography entitled “From Seedtime to Harvest”. The book’s title was adopted from the lyrics of The Bishop’s High School’s song, where she was a student and later head teacher. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJarvis was a “distinguished Guyanese who lived a life of excellence and service to her country” – PresidentMarch 30, 2017In “latest news”Carmen Jarvis launches autobiography ‘From Seedtime to Harvest’October 6, 2016In “latest news”Acting Chancellor leads list of 69 for National awardsMay 26, 2017In “latest news” read more
Tweet Alex Dunbar Basketball Ireland Athletics Ireland 17 Share Tweet Gold Silver Côte d’Ivoire 22 Share your result: Cillian Gallagher Mira Potkonen INPHO Egypt Friday 10 Feb 2017, 5:00 PM By Luke Gilmartin PA 25 PA Ballinrobe Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like sport? Castlebar Mitchels Chris Hogan Finn Russell PA Danny Amendola You scored out of ! Tweet The questions just didn’t suit you this time. Maybe try again next week. INPHO Short URL 25th Who will take on Hungary’s Szilvia Szabados in the first ever women’s boxing match to achieve main-event status on a premium cable TV card? Katie Taylor INPHO Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. INPHO Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz How closely were you paying attention to the sports headlines this week? Ballintubber Who won the 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations? PA Nigeria Who scored the decisive try in Ireland U20s’ win against Scotland in Cumbernauld? Mark Sampson 35th Top of the pile, you really were paying attention this week. Tadhg McElroy You scored out of ! Follow us: the42.ie INPHO You scored out of ! 15th Share your result: Jill Ellis Who has been announced as Sue Ronan’s replacement as Ireland senior women’s football manager? INPHO Claressa Shields Swim Ireland Feb 10th 2017, 5:00 PM Caelan Doris 7 Comments Julian Edelman Paul Boyle Share Breaffy Greig Laidlaw Answer all the questions to see your result! PA Tweet Silvia Neid Share9 Tweet Email Cameroon In Super Bowl LI, the New England Patriots set a Super-Bowl record for the greatest comeback, but what was the most points they trailed by? Sarah Keane, who was yesterday elected as the new President of the OCI, was previously CEO of which Sporting Institution? PA Rowing Ireland Colin Bell 45th Nicola Adams What is the name of the New England Patriots receiver making this game-turning catch? INPHO http://the42.ie/3232938 22,828 Views Wooden Spoon After the movement of teams competing in the Africa Cup of Nations, Ireland are now in what position in the Fifa World Rankings? Share your result: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 30 The draw for the Mayo Senior Football Championship was made this week. Who won the 2016 edition? Bronze Who scored 12 points for Scotland in their victory over Ireland at Murrayfield last weekend? Share your result: Share Matthew Slater PA Stuart Hogg Share You scored out of ! read more
Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot believes a top-four Premier League finish remains a realistic goal following Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against ArsenalThe 19-year-old made his first league start for United after arriving at Old Trafford in June from FC Porto for £19m.However, Dalot was unable to help prevent United’s winless streak in the Premier League extend to four games with eight points separating them from fourth-place Chelsea.But the Portuguese youngster is confident they will reach the top-four come to the end of the season.“We sleep thinking about getting into the top four and we wake thinking about getting into the top four,” said Dalot, according to the Independent.“For sure we will get there. It is our main goal, for now, to get into the top for and I think are will get there.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“As a team, we need to develop every single game. The spirit and fight is there and we will get there.”The Red Devils will next face Fulham at Old Trafford this Saturday.“Fulham is a big game now,” added Dalot.“One of the things I have noticed in England is that there are no weak games in the Premier League. There is no game in which you can relax. We need the points to climb the table.“We are improving and we are fighting to get results and I think we are getting better.”Dalot has made three appearances in total for United this season. read more
March 26, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 5th Annual Coach C’s Walk supports those that have struggled with cancer by contributing funds to the American Cancer Society and Torrey Pines student Nick Herrmann, who is currently battling cancer, according to organizers.On Saturday, March 30th, from 9AM-12PM people are invited to walk in honor of the many people who have been impacted.This year organizers said they are excited to announce that in addition to the walk, we will have special activities to remember Coach C, Mrs. Moffett, support families and community members who are struggling; and, inspire each other to continue moving forward with Hope.Visit tpcancerwalk.org for more information Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Coach C’s Walk Against Cancer KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom read more
View of the Bhashan Char, previously known as Thengar Char island in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh on 14 February 2018. Photo: ReutersPreparations for relocating 100,000 Rohingyas in two months to Bhasanchar of Hatiya upazila, Noakhali has been completed, disaster management and relief secretary Mohammad Shah Kamal said.He came up with the information on the Rohingyas taking shelter in Bangladesh amid persecution in Myanmar at a programme at Balukhali camp in Ukhia upazila, reports UNB.The secretary said that all the preparations have been completed and the Rohingyas will be relocated there before August.Earlier on 14 November 2017, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved a Tk 23.1215 billions project for giving temporary shelter to Rohingyas at Bhasan Char.The ECNEC approved the project titled ‘Ashrayan-3 for construction of necessary infrastructure for the housing of 100,000 displaced Myanmar citizens, and construction of island infrastructure at Bhasan Char. read more
Graphic by Valerie LawhornDemocrats won all four major Harris County offices on Election Day and swept the county’s two dozen district judgeships. That made the region one of the few bright spots for Democrats – in Texas or anywhere else.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Overcrowding in the Harris County Jail played a role in Republican Sheriff Ron Hickman’s loss to former city councilmember Ed Gonzalez, the Democrat. Republican DA Devon Anderson lost to Democratic challenger Kim Ogg in part due to a series of scandals, including the decision to jail a rape victim to ensure she would testify against her attacker.But Lane Lewis, chair of the Harris County Democratic Party, puts down much of the party’s local success to a strong get out the vote effort. “One of our primary focuses was on senior citizens and mail ballots, and for the first time in history, certainly recent history, the Democratic Party led in mail ballots. In fact we won by, I believe, about 10,000 votes,”Donald Trump’s position as the Republican nominee also played a big part in the wipeout of GOP candidates across the county. That’s the conclusion of Republican State Sen. Paul Bettencourt.“When you have the top of the ticket losing 162,000 votes in any county, it makes it challenging for the bottom of the ticket to survive,” Bettencourt says. “And clearly, with the exception of a couple of districts in the Harris County Department of Education, that did not occur.”We also reached out to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for comment. Patrick, who led Trump’s campaign in Texas, declined to give News 88.7 an interview. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:26 Listen X Share read more
On Aug. 17 and every Thursday evening in August, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, SW, transforms into the city’s most refreshing destination for dynamic art, after-work drinks, and thought-provoking conversation. Explore bold new exhibitions by renowned artists Ai Weiwei, Yoko Ono, and Markus Lüpertz, enjoy special tours of masterpieces of contemporary art, or just lounge by the fountain with friends. No two nights are alike, with different pop-up activities and live performances every Thursday. The event is free and all ages welcome.Summer Evenings @ Hirshhorn
On November 11 Microsoft and 343 Industries will launch the Halo: Master Chief Collection for Xbox One. It brings together the first four Halo games, multiplayer modes, and additional content, as well as unlocking access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta. However, there’s a feature of the release that not all gamers are going to appreciate, and it takes the form of a day-one 20GB content download.The collection requires 65GB of storage space for all that content spread across the four games. That’s well beyond the 45GB limit offered on Xbox One Blu-ray discs. It sounds like a second disc in the box would be the perfect solution, but according to 343 Industries that’s not the case, and they insist this one-disc launch isn’t an exercise in cutting corners.Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director, has explained that using only one disc allowed for a completely unified product and seamless experience. Adding a second disc would not have allowed that to happen and therefore was rejected as an option. But at the same time O’Connor does admit that a two-disc version was certainly possible.The good news is, waiting for that 20GB download to finish won’t stop you playing the collection. 343 has included the single-player experience on the disc and opted to put multiplayer content in the download. So you can play the single-player games while multiplayer downloads and installs.O’Connor has apologized on 343’s behalf as they do realize this will be an inconvenient and frustrating experience for some gamers. Specifically, anyone who relies on a slow Internet connection or has a monthly data cap they must stay under to avoid additional charges from their ISP.20GB is a lot of data, but an amount most gamers will be able to cope with hopefully without incurring a charge. But let’s not forget those who have chosen to purchase a digital copy of the game. Come release day they’ll be waiting for 65GB of data to download. read more
© 2012 Phys.org Screening, antimicrobial and hemolytic activities of Kn2-7 in vitro. (A) Multiple alignments of Kn2-7 and its seven derivatives. (B) Predicted secondary structure of Kn2-7 and its seven derivatives. Image from PLoS ONE 7(7): e40135. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040135 Citation: Study finds scorpion venom able to heal bacterial infections in mice (2012, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-scorpion-venom-bacterial-infections-mice.html Journal information: PLoS ONE Anyone following medical research knows that the antibacterial agents currently being used to treat infections are growing less effective over time as bacteria develop a resistance to them. Some types such as MRSA, the CDC has reported, have doubled in hospital patients over the past two decades. Because the day will soon come when doctors won’t have any medicines left to use to help infected patients, researchers have increasingly turned to other sources, one of which are peptides (compounds consisting of two or more amino acids linked in a chain) found in many plants and animals, which have been shown to be effective in killing bacteria.In this new research, the team shaved the skin off the backs of several test mice, cut the skin and then infected them with several different types of bacteria. Once the infections were raging, the team applied an ointment containing the peptide Kn2-7 which was a modified form of another peptide BmKn2 that had been extracted from scorpion venom. After watching to see what would happen, the team found that the ointment killed a whole variety of bacteria allowing the wounds to heal naturally thereafter. Those infections in control groups on the other hand, continued to fester.In looking closer to find out how the peptides killed the bacteria, the researchers found that it bound itself to their cell walls, coating them with microspheres, eventually causing them to burst. Unfortunately, they found that the natural peptide found in the scorpion venom tended to do the same thing to the host’s red blood cells. To get around that problem, they modified the peptide in such a way as to keep its ability to coat bacteria cells, while lessening its tendency to do so with red blood cells. The end result might just be one of the new tools given to medical professionals in the near future to replace existing bacterial treatments. 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. Explore further (Phys.org) — Though it might seem counterintuitive to use the venom from a scorpion for healing purposes, researchers in China have found that applying an amount of a peptide found in scorpion venom to bacterial infections festering in wounds on the skin of test mice, caused the bacteria to be killed allowing the wounds to heal. The team, from Wuhan University, has published a paper documenting their research on PLoS One. Genetic analysis reveals secrets of scorpion venom More information: Cao L, Dai C, Li Z, Fan Z, Song Y, et al. (2012) Antibacterial Activity and Mechanism of a Scorpion Venom Peptide Derivative In Vitro and In Vivo. PLoS ONE 7(7): e40135. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040135AbstractBmKn2 is an antimicrobial peptide (AMP) characterized from the venom of scorpion Mesobuthus martensii Karsch by our group. In this study, Kn2-7 was derived from BmKn2 to improve the antibacterial activity and decrease hemolytic activity. Kn2-7 showed increased inhibitory activity against both Gram-positive bacteria and Gram-negative bacteria. Moreover, Kn2-7 exhibited higher antibacterial activity against clinical antibiotic-resistant strains such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In addition, the topical use of Kn2-7 effectively protected the skin of mice from infection in an S. aureus mouse skin infection model. Kn2-7 exerted its antibacterial activity via a bactericidal mechanism. Kn2-7 killed S. aureus and E. coli rapidly by binding to the lipoteichoic acid (LTA) in the S. aureus cell wall and the lipopolysaccharides (LPS) in the E. coli cell wall, respectively. Finally, the hemolytic activity of Kn2-7 was significantly decreased, compared to the wild-type peptide BmKn2. Taken together, the Kn2-7 peptide can be developed as a topical therapeutic agent for treating bacterial infections. read more
Darjeeling: Political outfits are all set to battle it out in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Raiganj as the three constituencies count hours to go to polls in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections.While the Jalpaiguri seat was won by the TMC candidate in 2014, Darjeeling was won by BJP and Raiganj by the Left Front. The Darjeeling constituency comprises of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong in the Hills and Matigara-Naxalbari, Siliguri, Pansidewa and Chopra in the plains. There are 16,00,564 voters in the poll fray. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBJP had bagged the Darjeeling seat in 2009 and 2014. Riding piggyback on the Gorkhaland demand, the party had managed to turn the Hill votes to their advantage. During both the elections, the saffron party had promised to “sympathetically consider the long-standing demand of the Gorkhas.” In both the elections, this was assured in the form of addendums in the party’s election manifesto. With the support of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha under the leadership of Bimal Gurung, BJP used the consolidated Hill votes while the mandate of the plains remained fractured. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBJP candidates Jaswant Singh (2009) and S S Ahluwalia (2014) won from the Darjeeling constituency, thereby managing a toehold on Bengal politics. While the party was supported by GJM in 2014, the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) has supported TMC. Ahluwalia had bagged 4,88,257 votes, defeating Bhaichung Bhutia of TMC who had secured 2,91,018 votes. This time, however, political equations have dramatically changed in the Hill areas of the constituency. Following the political upheaval in 2017 culminating in a 105-day-long bandh in the Hills, the GJM witnessed a vertical split. While Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa took over the party in the Hills, Bimal Gurung and his close confidants including Roshan Giri have been absconding since July 2017. GJM has extended support to TMC this time. GJM MLA from Darjeeling Amar Singh Rai has been given the TMC ticket to contest the polls, backed by GJM. On the other hand, ‘outsider’ Raju Bista has been fielded by BJP, backed by GNLF and the Bimal Gurung faction of GJM. Bista is reported to have RSS affiliations. Saman Pathak is contesting from CPI(M), while Shanker Malakar is contesting from Congress. Dr. Harka Bahadur Chettri of the Jan Andolan Party is also contesting. While Chettri is contesting on the Gorkhaland plank, the TMC has also assured to look into the identity issue of the Gorkhas, including land documents (patta) to the workers of tea gardens and cinchona plantations. The TMC-led Bengal Government has already passed (in the Assembly) and recommended the inclusion of 11 Gorkha sub-communities in the Scheduled Tribe list, but has alleged that the BJP-run Union government has been sitting on it. Meanwhile, BJP has assured a permanent solution for the hills and inclusion of 11 communities in the ST list if voted to power. In the 2014 elections, Bijoy Chandra Barman of the Trinamool Congress had bagged the seat. He had secured 4,94,773 votes, defeating Mahendra Kumar Roy of CPI(M) who had secured 4,25,167 votes. This year, Barman has been fielded by Trinamool Congress again, who will face Bhagirath Roy from CPI(M), Jayanta Ray from BJP and Mani Kumar Darnal from Congress. The Raiganj Constituency consists of Islampur, Goalpokhar, Chakulia, Karandighi, Hemtabad, Kaliaganj and Raiganj. It has a voter strength of 15,99,948. In 2014, CPI(M)’s Mohammed Salim had won from the Raiganj seat bagging 3,17,515 votes, with Deepa Dasmunshi losing by a thin margin of 1,634 votes. This year, former Congress MLA Kanaia Lal Agarwal has been fielded by Trinamool Congress. He will face Deepa Dasmunshi of Congress, Deboshree Chowdhury of BJP and Md. Salim of CPI(M). read more
Archaeologists have discovered a wall painting in a cave in Indonesia that could be the oldest figurative painting ever found. It’s more than 40,000 years old … and it’s a cow. The drawing is even older than the famous images of animals found in caves in France and Spain. The newly discovered one was seen in a remote cave in Borneo by a team of archaeologists from Australia and Indonesia.“The oldest cave art image we dated is a large painting of an unidentified animal, probably a species of wild cattle still found in the jungles of Borneo,” said Maxime Aubert, the study lead author and an archaeologist and geochemist in Australia, in a statement. “It is now the earliest known figurative artwork.”. (Photo by National Centre for Archaeology (Arkernas) / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)In an article published in November 2018 in Nature, the scientists said that it now seemed certain that rock art emerged in Borneo at around the same time as the earliest forms of artistic expression appeared in Europe connected to the arrival of modern humans. “Thus, similar cave art traditions appear to arise near-contemporaneously in the extreme west and extreme east of Eurasia,” the Nature article said.“Whether this is a coincidence, the result of cultural convergence in widely separated regions, large-scale migrations of a distinct Eurasian population or another cause remains unknown.”Aubert told NPR that this painting is one of thousands of drawings and stencils in a group of limestone caves within remote mountains at the edge of the island of Borneo, a part of Indonesia called Kalimantan.LUC-HENRI FAGEArchaeologists went there in the 1990s looking for cave art. When they showed local people photos of art, the locals responded, “Oh, yeah, we’ve seen something like that in the caves.”However, it wasn’t so easy to get into those caves.To reach them, Aubert and the team “used machetes to hack through thick jungle in a verdant corner of the island,” according to AP News.“Strapping on miners’ helmets to illuminate the darkness, they walked and crawled through miles of caves decorated with hundreds of ancient designs, looking for artwork that could be dated,” continued the AP. “They needed to find specific mineral deposits on the drawings to determine their age with technology that measures decay of the element uranium.”Photo by Kinez RizaAubert said, “Most of the paintings we actually can’t sample.”To date the painting, they used a form of technology that measures the elements uranium and thorium in the rock underlying the paintings. This way, they found that the oldest art was anywhere from 40,000 to 52,000 years old.Small, thin spall flakes of pigment were collected for complementary analyses during sampling for the dating of the painting. Very small chips of rock art paint (micro-spall) were crushed into homogenized powders manually using an agate mortar and pestle.Some of the work was clearly representational art and “not just … an abstract design,” Aubert says.“Someone decided to depict what they saw, like an animal or like another human,” Aubert says. “And they made that, they did that on purpose.”Pindi SetiawanThe experts believe that painters kept returning to the caves and adding new work until about 20,000 years ago, with their work getting more complicated over time.Borneo was connected to the mainland of Southeast Asia when the first figurative drawings were made about 40,000 years ago, and scientists believe that this is also the time when modern humans arrived in Europe. The drawings of animals in the French cave of Chauvet have been dated to about 33,500 to 37,000 years ago.“Whether new waves of people migrating from Africa brought the skills of figurative cave painting with them, or whether these arts emerged later, remains unclear,” according to AP. The earliest cave etchings have been found in Africa. They are abstract designs, like crosshatches, and they date to around 73,000 years ago.The next stage in Indonesia will focus on excavations to learn more about the people who created these paintings.Read another story from us: Extinct Predator Cave Lions Could be Brought Back to LifeBut the red bull is a bit of a mystery.“We think it wasn’t just food for them — it meant something special,” said Aubert. read more
Members of the travel trade fraternity were witness to an address by the Tourism Minister of South Africa, Derek Hanekom at the inaugural ceremony of the recently concluded BRICS Convention on Tourism in Khajuraho on September 1, 2016.While thanking the Government of India for taking the initiative to host such a historic convention, the minister hoped for a greater cooperation and collaboration among the BRICS countries to make tourism a ‘thriving force for economic and social development’.Highlighting tourism’s contribution towards the same, Hanekom added, “In South Africa, tourism now contributes 9% of our GDP, and supports about one in every 10 jobs across the entire value chain. We believe we can grow this contribution even further by developing a strong domestic tourism economy and transforming our sector to become more inclusive of all our people. This forms the basis of our developmental agenda, along with training our people and enhancing our destination.”The minister further elaborated on the socio-cultural and environmental purpose of tourism. “We know that when people from diverse cultural backgrounds interact and engage with each other, greater understanding and tolerance is forged among the people of the world. For developing countries, the sense of pride and belonging which successful tourism can instill in our citizens can be a powerful force for building nationhood, alongside building the economy and enhancing our national infrastructure,” he said.South African Tourism has lifted requirement of ‘in-person’ visa applications in China. They have also introduced various measures to facilitate visa access in India. The results have been most encouraging as they no see seeing extraordinary growth in tourist arrivals from China and India. The nation is also proposing to the establishment of a BRICS Tourism Working Stream that includes the public and the private sectors within countries. This will focus on strategic issues that grow tourism sustainably and contribute to the social and economic advancement of all our countries. read more
Cyprus’ aim is not to become a staging post during armed conflict, the president said on Tuesday, as it discusses the possibility of granting naval facilities to France.“On the contrary, we want to turn into, and we are gradually turning into, a provider of security through the facilities granted not only to European countries but also other forces like Russia and America,” Nicos Anastasiades said in an interview with the Cyprus News Agency.He added Cyprus wants to be a state that does not pose a danger to anyone, but to be a factor of stability that will contribute to peace in the region and not raise tensions or provoke threats through the use of its territory.Asked if a permanent naval base for French warships was on the cards, the president said it was an issue that was being discussed.Cyprus has agreed to offer France permanent facilities at the naval base in Mari, which has been confirmed by former foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides who made it clear that this will not be a French base, but a Cypriot base on which facilities would be given to France.A docking area will be built at the Evangelos Florakis naval base to allow French warships to dock. The project will be co-financed by the two countries.Cyprus has been offering facilities to the French navy since 2013 at the Andreas Papandreou air force base.Cyprus is also in the process of boosting military cooperation with Germany.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola read more
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