U.S. fusion plan draws blistering critique

first_imgMany U.S. fusion scientists are blasting a report that seeks to map out a 10-year strategic plan for their field, calling it “flawed,” “unsatisfactory,” and the product of a rushed process rife with potential conflicts of interest. One result: Last week, most members of a 23-person government advisory panel had to recuse themselves from voting on the report as a result of potential conflicts.“The whole process was unsatisfactory,” says Martin Greenwald of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Plasma Science and Fusion Center in Cambridge.Achieving fusion—nuclear reactions that have the potential to produce copious, clean energy—requires heating hydrogen fuel to more than 100 million degrees Celsius, causing it to become an ionized gas or plasma. Huge and expensive reactors are needed to contain the superhot plasma long enough for reactions to start. The largest current fusion effort is the ITER tokamak, a machine under construction in France with support from the United States and international partners. 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The request came as the U.S. program was struggling to maintain a viable research program amid stagnant budgets and the growing financial commitment to ITER, which is consuming an increasingly large share of U.S. fusion funding. FESAC set up a subcommittee that, at DOE’s request, did not include any members from the major existing U.S. fusion labs. The subcommittee had only a few months to consult the community and draft a report. In addition, its recommendations had to fit within four 10-year budget scenarios that called for relatively little or no growth in spending.The report proposes reshuffling U.S. plasma research, in particular doing less basic plasma physics and more technology development for future power reactors. That would mean a new emphasis on controlling unruly plasma, understanding plasma’s interactions with the solid surfaces of the reactor, and improved modeling and simulation. The report proposes creating a new facility on the site of an existing spallation neutron source to test neutron-resistant materials for future reactors. At the end of the 10-year period, it recommends that the United States be ready to build a new reactor: the Fusion Nuclear Science Facility (FNSF).Such plans will require sacrifices elsewhere. The United States now has three medium-sized fusion reactors. One of those, Alcator C-Mod at MIT, was marked for closure by the president’s 2013 budget request but later saved by Congress following extensive lobbying from Massachusetts politicians and scientists. The new report proposes closing C-Mod immediately and running the other two—the NSTX-U in Princeton, New Jersey, and the DIII-D in San Diego, California—for 5 years. Then, depending on funding, the report recommends possibly closing one of them as well.FESAC met on 22 and 23 September to consider the draft report and vote on submitting it to DOE. But the subcommittee publicly released the draft just 1 day before the meeting, leading to complaints that people did not have enough time to read its 70+ pages and digest its conclusions. As a result, FESAC postponed a vote on the report to 10 October.During the 2.5 weeks between the two FESAC meetings, some fusion researchers launched blistering attacks on the report. One letter, signed by 50 senior researchers, concluded that “[t]he underlying strategic vision that guides this report is flawed.” The letter argues that there is no design for the proposed FNSF or scientific consensus on what the goals for the machine should be. The letter acknowledges that fusion technology development will be needed, but argues that the report does not demonstrate “that progress in fusion and plasma science is sufficiently mature” to warrant reducing basic research.Other researchers criticized the panel that wrote the report for not getting enough input from the fusion community. It held just one open meeting to collect opinions, they note, and presentations were limited to 10 minutes each; there were more than 100. “It was uplifting to hear all those ideas, but there was not adequate time [after] to sift through it all,” says Stewart Prager, director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) in New Jersey, who was not on the report panel or FESAC.Some researchers complain that there was not a proper competition for the proposed facilities included in the report, or peer review. And Greenwald points out that by barring staff from the major fusion labs from the report subcommittee, “it lacked a whole class of expertise.” But the subcommittee did include members with potential conflicts of interest, he adds, such as links to DOE laboratories that would host new facilities proposed by the report.DOE moved to address such potential conflicts when the report finally came to a vote during the 10 October FESAC teleconference. Department officials asked the 23 FESAC members to recuse themselves if they had connections to a lab with a major fusion facility, or a lab that might benefit from the report’s recommendations. That left just nine eligible voters, who voted 6 to 3 to approve the report.That’s “not exactly a ringing endorsement of the report,” wrote Stephen Dean, director of the educational foundation Fusion Power Associates, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in a 10 October letter to FESAC.One researcher, Charles Skinner of PPPL, tried to dramatize his feelings about the lackluster appeal of the proposed plan in a 6 October letter to FESAC. In it, he imagined a fictional dialogue at an energy fair between “Joe Everyman” and a gray-haired scientists representing FESAC. Joe recalls the excitement that greeted a fusion breakthrough 20 years ago. “How much fusion power are you up to now?” he asks. “Er … well, actually we haven’t generated any fusion power since then. But we have been studying fusion science,” the scientist responds. But when the scientist tries to explain the U.S. plan for future research, Joe just loses interest and ushers his kids off to see something more interesting.MIT’s Greenwald echoes the concern that the proposed plan will generate little enthusiasm. He says: “We need a road map to something attractive.” And Prager believes that “with more time, a more complete job would have been done.”DOE is now considering its next move and should have plenty input from fusion researchers as it mulls the options.last_img read more

Yu launches Yunicorn with 4GB RAM, metal body at Rs 12,999

first_imgYu Televentures, a firm started by Micromax in 2014, on Tuesday launched Yunicorn. The phone, which sports a slicker design compared to the earlier Yu phones, will be exclusively sold at Flipkart, at least in the initial weeks after the launch.The phone initially has been priced at Rs 12,999. After one month since launch, the phone will be available for Rs 13,499. The phone will be sold via flash sale today at 2PM.The Yunicorn, as the name suggests, is a phone that focuses more on the beauty rather than brawn, also possible because earlier when Yu tried to chase the pure performance with the Yutopia it didn’t turn out too well. The Yunicorn has an aluminium body and curved glass screen and it looks rather well-made. Although, it also looks starkly similar to the iPhone and many of other iPhone-lookalike devices like Meizu Note 3. The impression is particularly reinforced due to the fact that the Yunicorn has a physical home button similar to that the one used in the iPhone. the home button houses a finger-print scanner inside it.Inside its metal body, the Yunicorn has fairly decent hardware. It uses MediaTek P10 (MT6755) processor and has 4GB RAM. The phone comes with 32GB internal storage. It supports dual-SIM feature although one of the slots is hybrid slot and if you use a microSD card in the phone then you will be able to use only one SIM card.The Yunicorn has a 5.5-inch screen with FullHD display. It has 13-megapixel camera on the back, along with dual-tone flash. The phone sports a 5-megapixel camera on the front.advertisementUnlike the earlier Yu phones, the Yunicorn doesn’t use CyanogenOS. The deal that Yu and Cyanogen Inc had signed for exclusive software is over and now Yu is using its own software. This software, which is result of Yu’s project highway, is currently based on Android Lollipop. But Yu says that the phone will be updated to Android Marshmallow in the coming days. The Yu calls the software inside the Yunicorn Steroids.According to the company the software in the Yunicorn maintains the look and feel of the stock Android whenever possible and augments the areas where the company feels it can improve Android. The Steroids also come with the Around Yu features which integrates services like booking cabs and the ordering food into the core software.For Yu, the Yunicorn is a very important launch. The company had a lot of momentum last year but its last phone Yutopia, which was an ambitious release, find few takers. While the phone had very powerful hardware inside it, Yu promised premium experience with the Yutopia, something that it couldn’t offer due to the software issues in the CyanogenOS. It is possible that the problems with the Yutopia may have hastened the end of Yu’s partnership with Cyanogen Inc.The Yunicorn will compete with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, the Lenovo Z1 and the Moto G4 Plus.Also read: Yu Yunicorn quick review: Slick design is the cool factorlast_img read more

Sachin is UNICEF’s choice to highlight the critical role of fathers: All about the campaign

first_imgSachin Tendulkar joined a list global stars, including David Beckham and Novak Djokovic for a special UNICEF campaign that highlights the critical role played by the father in children’s early development.The UNICEF initiative, ‘Super Dads’, which is coming just ahead of Father’s Day, celebrates fatherhood and highlights the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of the minds of young children.This campaign features stars from the world of entertainment and sports, including Sachin Tendulkar, David Beckham, Novak Djokovic, Academy Award winning American actor Mahershala Ali, British Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton, and Australian actor Hugh Jackman.Tendulkar on his upbringing”When I was a young child, my father gave me the right amount of love, freedom and support to shape who I am today,” Tendulkar, a UNICEF Ambassador, said in a statement. “Every kid needs protection, love, good food and play to support growth and development, and it’s up to both parents to provide these,” he added.Djokovic said as a father, he has seen for himself the impact that love and positive action has had on his child during the early years of life.”Being a new parent isn’t easy. There are many challenges that fathers across the world face. This campaign is about supporting and encouraging fathers so they can be the Super Dads their kids desperately need,” said the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.Dads who are raising children in extremitiesThe heart-warming videos and photos of celebrity dads in the campaign will be coupled with stories of super dads from across the world, including those who are doing their best to raise their children in extremely difficult circumstances.advertisementOne such super dad is South Sudanese refugee Idro, who is raising three daughters aged 2 months, 3 and 13 years old in Uganda’s Bidi Bidi refugee settlement, the largest in the world. Idro fled his war-torn country in July 2016, and is doing everything he can to keep his young daughters’ healthy, happy and safe, UNICEF said.”The earliest years of life present a critical, once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to shape children’s brain development – and it’s their parents who hold the largest stake in this process,” UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development Pia Britto said.Here are 5 lesser-known facts about the master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar:1. Sachin Tendulkar is India’s first active cricketer to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha2. During the 1987 World Cup, 14-year-old Sachin was a ball boy for the match between India and Zimbabwe at the Wankhede Stadium.3. Sachin Tendulkar is granted the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and Padma Shri by the Indian government. He is the only Indian to have won all of them.4. He slept with his cricket gear on during his junior days.5. In 1992, Sachin Tendulkar became the youngest cricketer to reach a 1000 runs in test cricket.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Team India in the West Indies: Snazzy beach photos in 2016. Why so quiet in 2017?

first_imgLast year, when Team India was in the West Indies for a four-match Test series, almost every moment of their Caribbean journey was made available to the fans, courtesy Anil Kumble’s photography.At the preparatory camp ahead of the West Indies tour last year, Kumble got his hands dirty training with the young Indian team. Apart from on-field drills, Kumble also came up with various team-building exercises.Kumble doubled up as team photographer during the tour in 2016 and clicked photos of the team spending time at the scenic beaches in the Caribbean and captured the winning moments through his lens.Batsman @klrahul11’s dive captured beautifully through coach @anilkumble1074’s lens #CoachCamera #WIvIND #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/mYzAM15krt- BCCI (@BCCI) July 13, 2016Reached St. Kitts…long flight..@cheteshwar1 @klrahul11 @y_umesh Tour begins @BCCI pic.twitter.com/l2aEpOFSqp- Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 6, 2016With the skipper @imVkohli on a visit to Nevis @BCCI #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/NdnjCw8bf2- Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 12, 2016However, this year the team is back in the West Indies and only one photograph in which captain Virat Kohli is seen standing next to his counterpart Jason Holder has been made public. The Indian team is in the West Indies to play five ODIs and a lone Twenty20 International starting at the Port of Spain on June 23.#TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli meets his @westindies counterpart @Jaseholder98 #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/FDhF9VwQYD- BCCI (@BCCI) June 21, 2017It seems Team India is keeping a low profile post Kumble’s resignation as coach. Kumble stepped down following a rift with skipper Virat Kohli, who had “reservations” with his style of coaching.advertisementKumble was appointed the head coach by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman for a one-year term last June.India enjoyed tremendous success in Test cricket under Kumble’s guidance with five Test series victories (West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia). India won 12 out of 17 Tests, lost just one game and drew the other five.Kumble’s coaching journey with Team India in limited-overs started with a 1-0 series defeat in a two-match T20 International series against West Indies in Florida. However, that remained his only failure as India beat New Zealand (3-2), England (2-1) in the ODI series before dominating England for a 2-1 series win in T20Is. India also reached the final of the ICC Champions Trophy where they lost to the eventual winners Pakistan at The Oval.Kohli too enjoyed a successful run under Kumble. Kohli slammed 1503 runs in 16 Tests at 65.34. The India skipper also scored five centuries, including four double hundreds. He became the first-ever batsman to slam double centuries in four consecutive Test series (West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh).In One Day Internationals too, Kohli’s form was unmatched. The 28-year-old was in the best form of his life with 801 runs from 13 matches scoring at an average of 100.12. He also struck two centuries and six fifties in that one-year period starting from the New Zealand ODI series and ending at the Champions Trophy final loss to Pakistan.In Twenty20 Internationals, Kohli scored 68 runs at an average of 17. Overall, Kohli has scored 1709 from 44 innings and averages 53.40 in the shortest format.last_img read more

Roger Federer wielding ‘SABR’ with devastating effect

first_imgWhat started as a bit of fun may just have led to a masterstroke.It was the summer of 2015 when, on the suggestion of his coach, Severin Luthi, Federer unleashed the SABR, the “Sneak Attack By Roger”.Charging forward as his opponent tossed the ball, Federer would return serve on the half-volley, rushing the server. (Roger Federer wins 100th career title one week before Wimbledon)The tactic gave Federer an extra dimension and put doubt into the mind of his opponents, who were never sure if and when he would try it.But it seems that the SABR may have also been the catalyst for the improvement in Federer’s backhand that was so instrumental in helping him to Australian Open victory at the start of this year, and looks set to spearhead his assault on Wimbledon. (Roger Federer demolishes Alexander Zverev to win ninth Halle Open title)At 35, after six months out following knee surgery, Federer stunned the tennis world with his victory in Melbourne, but it was the way he attacked his backhand, especially in the final against Rafael Nadal, that was such a revelation.”Roger did something unbelievable and I believe that it is true that his backhand is great now,” Nadal told a small group of reporters last month in Monte Carlo.”But in my opinion his return is one of the biggest improvements.”Craig O’Shannessy, the analyst for the ATP Tour, believes shortening his backswing to play the SABR helped take Federer’s backhand – and his backhand return – to another level.advertisement”With the SABR it was the half-volley and insanely short in the stroke whereas on (the regular) return, he’s letting it come at him but it’s essentially a similar, very short blocking rebounding stroke,” O’Shannessy told Reuters.”The size of the backswing gets Roger in trouble. Now he’s removed that size, it hasn’t taken anything away from the speed, he’s still accelerating into contact really well and he’s taking the ball a little earlier so he actually has more speed to work with, taking it early with that ball coming out of the court.”For so long, Federer’s rivalry with Nadal was marked by the Spaniard’s ability, especially on clay, to attack the Federer backhand, forcing him to slice returns and put him on the defensive.In the Melbourne final, Federer barely sliced a return at all, driving backhand after backhand, 14 of them for winners, including eight in the deciding set as he won his record 18th grand slam title.In the 2017 Australian Open, Federer hit 76 backhand winners in seven matches, compared to 37 in 2016.He made 80 percent of returns on the backhand side, more consistent than the forehand (72 per cent), which, together with his serve, has so long been a big weapon for Federer.While the use of a racket with a slightly bigger head size has undoubtedly helped add consistency, Federer says practice and confidence have also been key.”I think (it has helped) a lot because it’s been solid, I can count on it,” Federer told the ATP. “I think I’ve really gotten confident through a lot of practice at the end of last year and then in matches and I was able to drive the backhand more than I did before.”I’m coming over the backhand return much more, which allows me to enter the point in a much more aggressive fashion, and it seems to be working so far.”In Melbourne, Federer consistently focused on going cross-court with his backhand, exploiting the space Nadal sometimes leaves on the forehand side.O’Shannessy said the technique on the return has transferred perfectly to the backhand in rallies.”When you commit to that strategy it becomes cleaner, it becomes simpler and because you’re practising it all the time it’s getting better,” he said.last_img read more

Fed Cup: Ankita Raina stars as India beat Thailand 2-1

first_imgIndia staved off an unexpected scare from lower-ranked Thailand as Ankita Raina won her both singles and doubles matches to lead the side to a 2-1 win in their Fed Cup opener, Astana (Kazakhstan) on Thursday.Taking the court first, Karman Kaur Thandi, ranked 211, suffered a shock 2-6 6-3 3-6 defeat to Nudinda Luangnam, who is ranked as low as 712 in the world.The onus to bring the team back then rested on country’s number one singles player Ankita, who lost the first but regrouped to secure a 6-7 (3) 6-2 6-4 win over Peangtarn Plipuech in the second singles.With scores 1-1, the doubles became the decisive rubber and captain Vishal Uppal fielded both the singles players.The combination of Ankita and Karman then had to battle hard for two hours and 38 minutes to go past the fighting Thai combo of Peangtarn and Nudinda 6-4 6-7(6) 7-5 in a thriller.Happy to have passed my own test: Ankita”I know my opponent was tricky. I have beaten her and lost to her as well. More than my opponent I had to fight mentally the cold which I don’t like, and I am really happy I have passed my own test,” Ankita said.Team at the @FedCup official dinner last night! #teamindia #fedcupofficialdinner #namaste #fedcup #letsgo #chakdeindia pic.twitter.com/eq6grLwGPWAnkita Raina (@ankita_champ) February 6, 2019Uppal said India didn’t play to its potential but showed great fightback to clinch the tie.”Thailand played exceptionally well today but we dug deep to beat them. Our lapse in concentration made our task tougher for us,” Uppal told PTI after the match.advertisement”Karman was not at her best today and Ankita also played patchily. In the doubles, we went from almost winning at 6-4 in the tie-break to almost losing 3-5 in the final set.”India next play hosts Kazakhstan on Friday.Also Read | AITA confident Indian team will be cleared to visit Pakistan for Davis Cup tieAlso See:last_img read more

Kuldeep Yadav achieves career-best 2nd rank in T20Is, Rohit Sharma jumps to 7th

first_imgIndia spinner Kuldeep Yadav has moved up one place to take a career-best second position in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after grabbing two for 26 in the final match against New Zealand which his side lost by four runs to go 2-1 down in the series.The 24-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner accounted for well-set openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the only match he played during the series and reaped immediate dividends. He is now only behind Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the table.Spinners Imad Wasim of Pakistan (up five places to the fourth position) and Mitchell Santner of New Zealand (up four places to 10th) have also moved up in the latest rankings update that includes two other series which saw South Africa beat Pakistan and Nepal beat the United Arab Emirates by identical 2-1 margins.Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan move up the batting chartLeft-arm spinner Krunal Pandya was another spinner to move up as he advanced 39 places to a career-best 58th while India openers Rohit Sharma (up three places to seventh) and Shikhar Dhawan (up one place to 11th) have made progress with some useful knocks.For New Zealand, Kane Williamson (up one place to 12th), Ross Taylor (up seven places to 51st) and Tim Seifert (up 87 places to a career-best 83rd) among batsmen and Tim Southee (up seven places to 30th) among bowlers are some notable gainers.For South Africa, left-arm fast bowler Beuran Hendricks’s eight wickets against Pakistan have helped him re-enter the rankings at a career-best 81st position while his compatriot Chris Morris has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 21st position after finishing with six wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo has also advanced 15 places to a career-best 23rd position with five wickets.advertisementAmong their batsmen, Faf du Plessis (up from 20th to 17th) and Reeza Hendricks (up from 73rd to 42nd) have been the main gainers.Pakistan’s Babar Azam continues to dominate batsman rankingsPakistan’s Babar Azam continues at the top of the batsmen’s list after scoring 151 runs in the series while Hussain Talat has gained 19 places to reach 56th position after aggregating 98 runs. Shaheen Afridi has moved up 28 places to a career-best 48th position among bowlers.The UAE’s Shaiman Anwar has risen to 15th among batsmen with a gain of two slots while Mohammad Naveed has gained three places to reach 12th position among bowlers. Nepal’s Paras Khadka has gained five places to reach 90th position while Basant Regmi (up four places) and Sompal Kami (up 22 places) are in joint 70th position among bowlers.In the Men’s T20I Team Rankings, South Africa have overtaken Australia and England to third place while Nepal have overtaken the UAE marginally to be in 14th position even as they come on to the table within a week of similarly crossing the threshold of eight matches and gaining entry onto the ODI table.Also Read | Ajinkya Rahane, Vijay Shankar in World Cup plans, says chief selector MSK PrasadAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik denies Krunal Pandya single in final over: Harbhajan reacts to controversyThink you are Dhoni? Dinesh Karthik trolled for denying Krunal Pandya strike in last overAlso Read | Also See:last_img read more

Five Thoughts On The FSU Game

first_imgPhoto Attribution: US PresswirePhoto Attribution: US Presswire1. I ride with Gundy in that I think scheduling non-conference powerhouses is a pretty dumb way to play the system[1. I keep hearing the “but it brings in a ton of money” argument…since when have we worried about that??], but if you’re going to play a big one on a neutral field — this is about as good as it gets.2. Jimmy Sexton is the agent for both Gundy and Jimbo Fisher and, as you all have noticed, he has become notorious for going to the salary database well quite often in any given off-season. He’s going to rent out like 10 suites from Jerry and make the jumbotron operator play this clip over and over again during the game…GIFSoup3. We’re 100% sure this won’t be a conference game by 2014, right?4. A point that nobody has mentioned yet: in 95% of seasons, OSU isn’t going to have a realistic shot at the national championship anyway, right[2. If Holder had scheduled this game last year he would have deserved a 3-wood to his knees on the range at Karsten…and yet it still wouldn’t have mattered, though you could argue that it would have mattered if the four-team playoff would have been in place like it will be next year.]? So why not play a sweet game like this? It doesn’t hurt your chances of winning the Big 12 and it makes for some great theater.I’m not contradicting my point from #1 because I still think it’s a dumb thing to do if your goals are Gundy’s goals (winning it all), but is that realistic for us? No…so let’s go ahead and play the thing. It’s way better than most bowl games anyway.5. It’s too bad Mark Stoops bounced for Lexington this year — I was looking forward to Mike giving him pointers on how to stop our offense. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

The 10 FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 favourites

first_imgThe biggest FIFA 19 event is nearly here as the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 kicks off on August 2 in London’s O2 Arena as the world’s best 32 players compete to be named world champion and take home $250,000 (£203k) in winnings.This season has seen a dramatic increase in the number of FIFA tournaments and as a result, we have a better idea than ever before of who really are the strongest competitors in the world. As such, Goal has compiled a list of 10 favourites to take home the FIFA eWorld Cup trophy.F2TekkzF2Tekkz March Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The outright favourite for the tournament, nobody has come close to matching Donovan “F2Tekkz” Hunt this year. The 17-year-old was the only pro to reach the 10,000 Global Series points benchmark, finishing the season with 13,265 points after sensationally winning seven events. The Englishman made a name for himself last year when he won his first-ever FIFA tournament but then failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup. Remembering that, F2Tekkz will be desperate to go all the way this time around.NYC ChrisLikely the strongest player from North America, Christopher “NYC Chris” Holly consistently qualified for events this year but his big win came later in the season as he won the inaugural eChampions League, taking home $100k ($81k) in winnings. With his attacking prowess, Chris could be one to watch in this tournament.Rebel StokesAnother British player on this list, Rebel FC’s Tom Stokes has hit his peak form at just the right time. Come Spring 2019, Stokes landed a quarter-final and semi-final finish under his belt but earned the biggest win of his career just earlier this month as he defeated F2Tekkz to win the Xbox FIFA Global Series Playoffs. Riding the high of that monumental win, Stokes will be a dangerous opponent at the FIFA eWorld Cup.Nicolas99FCNicolas99fcOne of the best players in the world, FC Basel’s Nicolas “Nicolas99fc” Villalba has been just as impressive as he was last year. The Argentine has dominated the PlayStation division, finishing top with 9,770 FIFA Global Series Ranking Points and won cross-console finals for the first time in his career following a couple of Gfinity events. Nicolas has also won the FIFA eClub World Cup and the PlayStation FIFA Global Series Playoffs. Nobody will want to come up against him.MegabitWerder Bremen’s Michael “Megabit” Bittner is one of the most consistent players this year, which is why he was able to finish in the top five of the Xbox FIFA Global Series Rankings. The German took home the Virtual Bundesliga title and was the Xbox champion in the Gfinity February FIFA Series, but all of his accomplishments would be eclipsed by winning the FIFA eWorld Cup.MaestroAfter finishing second in the PlayStation FIFA Global Series Rankings, everyone has begun to take notice of Team Vitality’s Corentin “Maestro” Thuillier. The Frenchman took home the e-Ligue 1 and the FIFA eNations Cup trophies and was also the PlayStation champion in the April FUT Champions Cup. There’s no such thing as an easy match at the FIFA eWorld Cup but on his day, Maestro can take on anyone.MSDossaryMsDossaryAnother one of the major favourites for this tournament, Rogue’s Mossad “MSDossary” Aldossary is the reigning FIFA eWorld Cup champion and will be confident of winning back-to-back world titles. The Saudi Arabian told  Goal he doesn’t fear any opponent, which isn’t surprising seeing as he’s considered one of the greatest FIFA pros of all time. With former FIFA Interactive World Cup champion Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing as his coach, even F2Tekkz will struggle to stop MSDossary.Pinna97Stefano “Pinna97” Pinna sometimes slips under the radar but isn’t a player you want to underestimate. The PSV man is the reigning world PlayStation champion as he was the pro who took on MSDossary in the final last year. After a few high finishes and reaching a fairly safe spot in the FIFA Global Series Rankings, Pinna took the unique decision to take a break from competing to ensure he wasn’t burnt out before the FIFA eWorld Cup final. Now the Belgian is back and is ready to go one step further than his impressive showing last year.PSG DaXeParis Saint-Germain’s Lucas “DaXe” Cuillerier finished third in the Xbox FIFA Global Series Rankings following a pretty strong year. He won the FIFA eNations Cup alongside Maestro though he then finished second in e-Ligue 1 behind his France team-mate. DaXe is a fearsome competitor with a lot of experience – he might just step up another level in London.Mkers LevFinally, we have Lev Vinken who is no longer a free agent after joining esports organisation Mkers. The Dutchman is flying after finishing second in the PlayStation FIFA Global Series Playoffs and will be looking for the first major tournament win of his career when the FIFA eWorld Cup comes around.last_img read more

MS Dhoni 4th Indian batsman to score 13000 runs in List A cricket

first_img India Today Web Desk HyderabadMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 00:22 IST MS Dhoni has amassed 13,054 runs in 412 List A matches at an average of 50.79. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni scored a fifty in the first ODI to reach the milestoneDhoni and Jadhav struck a massive partnership to take India to 6-wicket win over Australia in 1st ODIDhoni is also the leading six-hitter for India in ODIsMahendra Singh Dhoni joined an elite list in the first one-day international against Australia on Saturday as he became only the fourth Indain batsman to score over 13000 runs in List A cricket. With a fifty in the first ODI, Dhoni amassed 13,054 runs in 412 List A matches at an average of 50.79.With over 13,000 runs, the former Indian captain has now joined an elite club, which comprises of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.Dhoni achieved the milestone during the first One-Day International (ODI) against Australia when he scored a gritty half-century to power India to a six-wicket victory.Former England star Graham Gooch is at the top of the list with 22,211 runs in List A cricket.Apart from this, Dhoni’s unbeaten 141-run partnership with Kedar Jadhav is the second highest fifth-wicket stand by India against Australia at home. This was also the second best partnership for any wicket at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here.The highest stand was put up by Shaun Marsh and Shane Watson of Australia when they produced a 145-run opening partnership in 2009.During the first ODI, Dhoni also became the leading six-hitter in ODIs for India toppling Rohit Sharma en route. Dhoni hit his 216th six on Saturday to achieve the milestone.The milestone six came for Dhoni off Nathan Coulter-Nile as the former captain tonked the quick over long on, courtesy the strong bottom-hand grip of his.While Dhoni leads the list with 216 sixes, Rohit Sharma is a close second with 215. Third on the list is Tendulkar with 195 sixes to his name while Ganguly (189), Yuvraj Singh (153) and Sehwag (131) complete the top six.advertisementAlso Read | When you have MS Dhoni at the other hand, you just have to listen to him: Kedar JadhavFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports 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 Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow List A cricketFollow India vs Australia MS Dhoni 4th Indian batsman to score 13000 runs in List A cricketMS Dhoni joined Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid in an elite list of Indian batsmen to have scored over 13000 runs in List A cricket.advertisementlast_img read more

Wish I was as confident as Riyan Parag at 17: Steve Smith

first_img – advertisement 166/5 No data available! 163/7 vs (19.4) Super Over Punjab Punjab PNJ Match Ended view more view less Delhi beat Punjab by 5 wickets Indian Premier League, 2019 Delhi Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) 163/7center_img (20.0) Series Status: Player Of The Match: Shreyas Iyer (19.4) 166/5 Wish I was as confident as Riyan Parag at 17: Steve SmithIn a crucial IPL match for Rajasthan Royals, Steve Smith and Riyan Parag stitched a 69-run partnership to defeat Mumbai Indians and keep their hopes of making the playoffs alive. Anita Jat JaipurApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 23:08 IST Steve Smith scored 59 runs as Rajasthan defeated Mumbai Indians on Saturday. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSTeenager Riyan Parag scored 43 off 29 balls for Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on SaturdaySteve Smith smashed an unbeaten 59 to take RR home in their 162-run chaseRajasthan defeated Mumbai by 5 wickets after a strong stand between Smith and ParagAfter registering a crucial win over Mumbai Indians on Saturday, newly-appointed Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith praised 17-year-old Riyan Parag for his impressive knock of 43 from 29 balls and predicted a bright future for the young batsman.”Parag was really impressive; I have been watching him in the nets and with the bat looks like a seasoned campaigner,” skipper Smith said during the post-match presentation ceremony.”He’s a great kid and has a great future, I hope I was as confident when I was 17. When you are young and come into a team you have a carefree attitude and kept playing his shots,” Smith added.Steve Smith and Riyan Parag stictched 69 runs together for the fourth wicket to hand Rajasthan a much-needed five-wicket win over Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.Replacing Ajinkya Rahane as the Rajasthan Royals captain, Steve Smith impressed with an unbeaten 59 runs in 48 balls to hand his team only their third win in eight matches.Smith admitted that he didn’t have the desired impact with the bat in the previous Rajasthan Royals’ matches in IPL 2019 but hoped to carry forward the momentum from here.”I haven’t contributed as much as I would’ve liked through the tournament and it feels really nice to have gotten the boys over the line. Hopefully, we can carry it forward from here,” Smith said of his performance.Rajasthan are currently placed only above Royal Challengeres Bangalore, fetching six pints from three wins.Talking about a struggling Rajasthan in the IPL 2019, Smith said, “We just need to stay focussed on the processes, we just need to turn up and win. Every game’s a final, and we have to win each one. Let’s hope it turns out well for us.”advertisementSpeaking about Jofra Archer’s dropped catches Smith said, “It’s never good when you don’t take your catches, but Jofra pulled it back really well for us with the ball and was terrific.”Rajasthan Royals will next host Delhi Capitals on Monday.Also Read | DC vs KXIP Live Score, IPL 2019: Delhi spinners dent Punjab chargeAlso Read | RR vs MI, IPL 2019: 17-year-old Riyan Parag and Steve Smith stun Mumbai IndiansAlso See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow Riyan ParagFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Rajasthan Royals Referee: Prakash Bhatt (IND) Umpires: Ulhas Gandhe (IND), Chettithody Shamshuddin (IND) and Bruce Oxenford (AUS) (20.0) Scorecard Toss: DEL elected to field graphs Delhi DEL Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 37 Match Ended commentarylast_img read more

Delhi Police files FIR in firing at AAP MLAs event

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police has informed a local court here that Tigri police station has registered an FIR under the arms act against one Rajesh Sashi for showing up at an event chaired by AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal in Shonia Vihar and firing gunshots. A few weeks ago, Jarwal had claimed that goons had made their way into an event, where he was inaugurating a water pipeline and started firing shots.At the July 10 event, after the accused goons had fled the spot, Jarwal claimed that he had dialed the emergency number and filed a complaint with the concerned police station. However, at the time, the DCP of the area had made a statement saying that the claims were unsubstantiated and a Daily Diary incident report was filed. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHowever, when Jarwal had asked for a status report of the investigation, there was no information provided. He then approached the court, where, arguing on his behalf, advocate Ravi Drall pleaded the court to direct police officials to come up with a status report. The court was further informed that Sashi was a habitual offender and had previously been arrested in heinous crime cases. At this hearing, the Station House Officer of the Tigri police station informed the court that an FIR has been filed in the matter and the investigation is underway. The Neb Sarai SHO, with whom the complaint was initially made had said that the case was transferred as it was out of his jurisdiction. Drall had also presented in court that Jarwal had managed to find witnesses who had agreed to depose against Sashi, who had managed to escape in previous cases because no one agreed to speak up against him owing to his reputation as a notorious character.last_img read more

Kim Boutin threatened on social media after bronzemedal win

first_imgShort-track speedskater Kim Boutin shut down all her social media accounts Wednesday after hundreds of angry tweets were directed at her by irate South Koreans in the wake of her controversial bronze-medal win in the 500-metre race at the Pyeongchang Olympics.Boutin finished fourth, but was promoted to third when South Korea’s Minjeong Choi was disqualified for interfering with the Canadian. Angry fans, mainly from South Korea, tweeted animated gifs or still images from the race, claiming that Boutin had pushed Choi.“Congratulations on a dirty medal,” one message said.“You had been teaching Kim Boutin how to cheat, Canada!!” said another on Twitter.Boutin, from Sherbrooke, Que., closed her social media accounts and the RCMP, the IOC and Speed Skating Canada began investigations.“The health, safety and security of all our team members is our top priority and as such we are working closely with Speed Skating Canada, our security personnel and the RCMP,” said a statement from the Canadian Olympic Committee. “We will not make further comment on this issue, so that Kim can focus on her upcoming events.”The subject was also raised later in the day at the International Olympic Committee’s media briefing.“Clearly what we want is for great performances to be applauded and that’s what the Olympic Games is about,” said IOC spokesperson Mark Adams. “We’re not in control, nor should we be, of social media and unfortunately these incidents do come up from time to time. It’s regrettable.“I haven’t seen the comments but I can imagine. We’ve had it, as I say, in previous Games. All we can do is say let’s concentrate on what was a great performance and congratulations by the way to Canada for the bronze medal. I was there last night and it was pretty amazing.”Related contentOlympic medal count for Pyeongchang Winter Games In figure skating, Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were third in the pairs event after the short program.The two-time world champions, who will retire after the Olympics, scored 76.82 points for their skate to April Meservy’s cover of U2’s hit song “With or Without You.”China’s reigning world champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong scored 82.39 points for the flawless skate to Canadian k.d. lang’s version of “Hallelujah.”Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, representing Olympic Athletes from Russia, were the last team to go, bumping Duhamel and Radford down to third with an 81.68-point performance.Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot were fourth with 76.59 points.Canada’s other pairs duos also qualified for the free skate. Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau were 12th with 67.52 points. Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro were 13th with 65.68.The men’s curling tournament began on Wednesday with Calgary’s Kevin Koe leading Canada to a 5-3 win over Italy in the first draw.Canada scored a deuce in the eighth end to break a 2-2 tie but the Italians came right back with a double takeout to earn a single in the ninth. Holding hammer in the 10th, Koe earned an easy point with his final stone for the game’s decisive score.The Canadians will play Britain in the day’s second draw.The top four teams in the 10-nation round robin advance to the semifinals.last_img read more

Humangenerated noise noted as key factor endangering whales off East Coast

first_imgHALIFAX — Canadian scientists say human-made sounds in the ocean are a key factor contributing to the threatened status of three types of whales off the east coast.The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada released its findings today on the sei whale, fin whale and Sowerby’s beaked whale following a gathering of 43 scientists in St. John’s, N.L., over the weekend.Researchers who study marine mammal populations say that the continuing low numbers of the sei whale in the aftermath of decades of whaling led them to ask for an endangered designation.They also found that the fin whales and the Sowerby’s beaked whales should continue to be designated as species “of special concern.”Hal Whitehead, the co-chair of the marine mammals sub-committee, says the whales’ assessments are linked to fishing gear entanglements and the whales being struck by the increasing number of large ships in the Atlantic Ocean.The Dalhousie University scientist says that in addition, the growing levels of noise from ships, navy vessels and ongoing seismic exploration for oil and gas is impeding the whales communication and survival.He says the Sowerby’s beaked whale, which is slower and smaller than the fin and sei, is believed to be particularly susceptible to noise pollution.The committee’s news release says that much like bats, the Sowerby’s beaked whale uses sound to navigate and to hunt, and the human-generated noise impairs the whale’s ability to find its way.Whitehead says the hope is that the federal government will take steps to protect habitat for the whales by adding to the size and number of marine protected areas.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Insurance policy for pipeline is result of exceptional situation says Trudeau

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says putting federal cash down as an insurance policy of sorts to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built is the result of an “exceptional” political situation.Speaking in New York City a day after his government announced it would compensate Kinder Morgan for any delays in construction caused by political problems, Trudeau said he has every confidence the pipeline will proceed.“What we have proposed in our finance minister’s proposal yesterday is to remove some of the risk by providing a sort of insurance policy for this particular context of political risk,” Trudeau said. “It’s very much an exceptional situation.”Kinder Morgan halted non-essential spending on the project in April because of pending legal questions by the government of British Columbia, and the federal government now has just two more weeks to come to an agreement with the company before its May 31 deadline.The big political obstacle at play is the British Columbia government’s opposition to the project, and B.C.’s court challenge asking whether it has jurisdiction to regulate what flows through the pipeline even though Canada has jurisdiction to build it.That court challenge, filed in late April, could take months, if not years to sort out, and it has given jitters to pipeline investors who fear starting construction on the project is risky if there is a possibility no oil can ever flow through it.Those jitters are extending beyond the pipeline and threatening Canada’s competitiveness in the energy industry overall. Coupled with the unease created by the North American Free Trade Agreement’s meandering path to renegotiation — a politically imposed deadline to get a new deal in place passed by on Thursday — investor confidence in Canada is showing signs of trouble.The Bank of Canada said earlier this week that trade uncertainty due to issues like NAFTA will chill business investment in the country by two per cent this year.Combating those concerns was the main focus of much of Trudeau’s three-day trip to the United States this week, where he met with more than a dozen different business executives, pension fund managers and CEOs in New York and has more meetings planned in Boston Friday.None of those meetings involved the Trans Mountain pipeline however, Trudeau said. While Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Wednesday that if Kinder Morgan won’t build the pipeline there are others that will step in, Trudeau said he was not meeting with any such parties on this trip and is leaving the pipeline talks to Morneau.“I have tremendous confidence in our finance minister and the work he’s done with both the company in question and with leading voices and investors in the Canadian and global energy sector,” said Trudeau.“There are many people interested in seeing this project proceed.”Trudeau says Morneau has made many different contacts with people in the Canadian and global energy industries, and continues to have robust conversations with Kinder Morgan as well.Morneau would not say Thursday who else he is talking to about the pipeline project.“We’re at the table, we’ve got our sleeves rolled up, and certainly we look forward to continuing those discussions with Kinder Morgan,” he said.Trudeau said his conversations with investors this week have included reminding them that while he hopes for a speedy conclusion to NAFTA talks, Canada and the U.S. had a solid trading relationship before NAFTA existed and it is important but not the only element of the relationship now.“Trade between Canada and the United States in particular was robust, positive and extremely beneficial to both of our countries,” he said. “Regardless of how long it might take to renegotiate NAFTA — and I certainly hope it doesn’t take too much longer — the trade ties, the relationships, people to people, business to business, neighbour to neighbour will continue.”Trudeau would not directly address criticisms lobbed at him by United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney this week. Kenney said he did not believe Trudeau was smart enough to grasp complex and nuanced political issues like Trans Mountain.“I welcome robust disagreements over policy, over issues, but it is not my practice and it is not I think helpful to make personal attacks to denigrate an individual,” he said. “My father raised me better than that and I’m not going to engage.”last_img read more

Irish scientists in Trinity have made another worldfirst breakthrough

first_imgIRISH RESEARCHERS HAVE made a ‘world-first’ in discovering a method to measure microscopic changes in the elasticity of any object – and it could have a huge impact on sectors ranging from tiny electronics to construction.The discovery by scientists at the AMBER centre in Trinity College Dublin centers around Poisson’s Ratio, and is the latest in a string of breakthroughs by the lab.This is the measurement of how an object reacts when stretched or compressed. For example, when you stretch an elastic band, it gets thinner.“The Poisson’s Ratio is crucial to construction and engineering, ensuring that all load-bearing structures such as buildings and bridges are made of the correct materials and ultimately are safe and sturdy,” Principal investigator Professor John Boland explained.“It has been a hugely effective guide for large scale structures, but it has until now, been unavailable to assist in the design of nanoscale structures that are so important for today’s technologies.”Although it affects all objects, it is sometimes on a scale too small to measure.However, the AMBER researchers have now developed a way of measuring these changes on the nanoscale, or 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, and their finding have been published in Nature.Boland believes it will have a huge impact on areas such as flexible electronics, wearable technology and implantable devices.Here’s how they do it: This new measurement method will assist in the choice of wires used in the circuits and electronics used in flexible and stretchable electronic devices.The Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER) centre in Trinity earlier this year discovered a new magnetic material which they say could lead to superfast technology and energy efficient data storage.They also developed a method for producing wonder material graphene on an industrial scale, something which could revolutionise electronics.Read: Irish scientists have made a breakthrough in superfast computers >Global breakthrough: Irish scientists discover how to mass produce ‘wonder material’ graphene > A single nanowire less that 300 atoms thick is positioned across a trench.Once in place the team then connect it with two electrodes on each side.They do this for two reasons – first to effectively staple down the wire so it cannot move.Secondly – the electrodes with which they are attached also enable the resistance of the wire to be measured as electrical current flows through it.The section of the wire that is suspended over the trench is mechanically loaded (pressure put on it) and from the resistance change Poisson’s ratio can be determined with great precision.last_img read more

Police recover 4monthold baby missing since October

first_imgEveryone appears to be OK.The baby is now in the care of the Department of Children and Families.The Jeep was later towed from the scene. There is no word as to who was driving it before it was left on the side of the road.Police said, as of Friday night, the mother was nowhere to be found.Investigators said she and the 4-month-old had been last seen near Southwest 187th Terrace and 113th Avenue in Southwest Miami-Dade.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A 4-month-old baby reported missing was found in Northwest Miami-Dade, Friday afternoon.Officials had issued a Be On the Lookout for the missing infant, named Knowledge Croskey, who had been last seen in October. The child was thought to be in the company of his mother, 41-year-old Heather Croskey.Police searched for hours for a 2008 black Jeep Liberty Sport, they said the mother was traveling in.7Skyforce flew over the scene where that Jeep was parked on the side of the road, next to a park in the area of Northwest 52nd Street and 21st Avenue.Police found an infant in a car seat. A police officer could be seen rocking the baby in the back of the vehicle.They said they are 99.9 percent sure this is the child they were searching for.The baby has reportedly been missing since Oct. 10, 2017. last_img read more

Kate Lanphear Replaces Nina Garcia at Marie Claire People On the Move

first_imgMarie Claire has appointed Kate Lanphear as creative director, replacing Nina Garcia who was recently named editor-in-chief of Elle. Lanphear joins the publication from a consulting position at Google, where she was helping develop a fashion portal of the arts and culture division. Prior to Google, she spent about a year as editor-in-chief of Maxim, overseeing an ultimately short-lived refresh of the magazine before departing in late 2015. She’s also spent time as style director for both Elle and T: The New York Times Style Magazine.“Kate is one of the most creative, stylish, sought after talents in fashion today,” said Anne Fulenwider, editor-in-chief  of Marie Claire in a statement. “She brings with her invaluable expertise and relationships in the fashion and tech community that align perfectly with the vision of Marie Claire.  Her discerning eye for smart style will help us continue to create extraordinary content for our readers.”Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…The Atlantic has announced two editorial promotions. Sarah Yager, formerly managing editor of The Atlantic magazine, has been promoted to a newly created position, deputy executive editor. Additionally, Adrienne Green (pictured), formerly assistant editor, has been promoted to managing editor of the magazine. Breaking Media has promoted Elie Mystal to executive editor of Above the Law. Mystal first joined Breaking Media in 2008 after winning Above the Law‘s ATL Idol “reality blogging competition,” beating out five other finalists in a reader vote to select the site’s next editor. Prior to his promotion, Mystal most recently served as Breaking Media’s editor at large.Business Insider has promoted Nicholas Carson to chief content officer and global editor-in-chief. Carson most recently served as editor-in-chief of Business Insider‘s lifestyle site, Insider.Hearst Magazines Digital Media has promoted Mallory Rice to editor of Sweet, a Snapchat-exclusive lifestyle brand. Rice formerly served as deputy editor. Additionally, the organization has named Liz Riccardi art director. Riccardi formerly served as Nylon magazine’s digital design director.Michael Howerton has been named editor-in-chief of Granite Media, the first at the new digital media company co-founded by Livingly Media’s Tony Mamone. Howerton formerly served as editor-in-chief at the San Francisco Examiner.last_img read more

City youth bags national award Minister Kiren Rijiju

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Amidst stiff competition, Gattem Venkatesh , a micro artist from the port city bagged National Youth Award from the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju on Monday, in New Delhi. The award was conferred to 20 youths and those belonging to three organisations for their outstanding contribution in their respective fields on the occasion of the International Youth Day. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us Besides a Guinness Record holder, Venkatesh had won more than 90 awards. Apart from perusing his dreams in the field of art, the young artist also has mentored more than 15,000 students for free of cost. “I have conducted art workshops in more than 80 schools, mostly from rural areas and government school of AP. I trained them by conducting art awareness campaign on sculpting and miniature art. That’s how I got nominated for this award in the category of art,” says Venkatesh.last_img read more

Rohingya villages burned also after military operations HRW

first_imgComplete destruction of Rohingya villages in close proximity to intact Rakhine village, Maungdaw township, recorded on 21 September 2017. Photo: Human Rights WatchHuman Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday reported destruction of tens of thousands of structures in Myanmar, which are primarily homes inhabited by ethnic Rohingya Muslims.Referring to some newly released satellite images, the rights group said at least 288 villages were partially or totally destroyed by fire in northern Rakhine state since 25 August 2017.HRW analysis says the burnings took place after the Myanmar officials claimed security force “clearance operations” had ceased.The images show at least 66 villages were burned after 5 September, when security force operations supposedly ended, according to a 18 September speech by state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.The Myanmar military responded to reported attacks on 25 August by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) with a campaign of ethnic cleansing, prompting more than 530,000 Rohingya to flee across the border to Bangladesh, according to the United Nations refugee agency.“These latest satellite images show why over half a million Rohingya fled to Bangladesh in just four weeks,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director. “The Burmese military destroyed hundreds of Rohingya villages while committing killings, rapes, and other crimes against humanity that forced Rohingya to flee for their lives.”A total of 866 villages in Maungdaw, Rathedaung, and Buthidaung townships in Rakhine state were monitored and analysed by Human Rights Watch.The most damage occurred in Maungdaw township, accounting for approximately 90 per cent of the areas where destruction happened between 25 August and 25 September.Approximately 62 per cent of all villages in the township were either partially or completely destroyed, and southern areas of the township were particularly hard hit, with approximately 90 percent of the villages devastated.In many places, satellite imagery showed multiple areas on fire, burning simultaneously over wide areas for extended periods.Images showed that most of the damaged villages were 90 to 100 per cent destroyed.Many villages which had both Rohingya and Rakhine residing in segregated communities, such as Inn Din and Ywet Hnyo Taung, suffered heavy arson damage from arson attacks, with known Rohingya areas burned to the ground while known Rakhine areas were left intact.The Myanmar government has repeatedly said that ARSA insurgents and local Rohingya communities were responsible for setting the fires that wiped out their villages, but has offered no evidence to support such claims.Human Rights Watch interviews in Bangladesh with more than 100 refugees who had fled the three townships gave no indication that any Rohingya villagers or militants were responsible for burning down their own villages.HRW insisted that UN member countries and international bodies should press the Myanmar government to grant access to the UN-mandated fact-finding mission to investigate these abuses.The UN Security Council should also urgently impose a global arms embargo on Myanmar , and place travel bans and asset freezes on those Myanmar commanders responsible for grave abuses, the rights group said.”Governments should impose a comprehensive arms embargo against Burma (Myanmar), including prohibiting military cooperation and financial transactions with military-owned enterprises.”“The shocking images of destruction in Burma (Myanmar) and burgeoning refugee camps in Bangladesh are two sides of the same coin of human misery being inflicted on the Rohingya,” Robertson said. “Concerned governments need to urgently press for an end to abuses against the Rohingya and ensure that humanitarian aid reaches everyone in need.”last_img read more