Visually challenged chess player’s feat goes unnoticed

first_imgThe sporting feat of a budding visually challenged chess sensation has gone completely unnoticed and unrewarded at a time when stellar performances of Odia athletes in the just-concluded Asian Games in Indonesia were widely acclaimed both by the State government and the private sector. Twenty-year-old Soundarya Kumar Pradhan won a silver medal at the 10th IBCA World Individual Junior Chess Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired held in Poland in the third week of August. His feat assumes even greater significance considering the financial and infrastructure obstacles he faced in his journey from Boden in Odisha’s Nuapada district – one of the poorest and most backward regions of the country. “For a visually challenged, it was never easy to travel to Poland and compete with the best in the game. It hurts when nobody comes forward and pats your back when you bring laurels for the country against all odds,” rued Mr. Soundarya. He was a born with Leber congenital amaurosis, a disease genetically passed through families. It, however, did not deter him from dreaming. Initiated into chess at the age of four, Mr. Soundarya has been performing consistently in the game. He emerged as the champion at the national level on a couple of occasions and also won the bronze at the Asia Pacific Chess Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired held in Karnataka in 2017 before clinching the silver last month.When Mr. Soundarya was finally felicitated by Lex Publicio, a Bhubaneswar-based law firm, here on Monday, he said it would be difficult to move ahead without support. Recently, Odia sprinter Dutee Chand was awarded ₹ 3 crore for her double silver in the Asian Games, while four members of the Indian women hockey team were given ₹1 crore each for coming second.last_img read more

Valdez, Santiago sisters lead women’s team as PH volleyball pool for SEA Games unveiled

first_imgMOST READ View comments MANILA, Philippines—A mix of familiar names and first-timers make up the talent pool for the Philippine national volleyball teams that will play in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the country later in the year.The names for the women’s, men’s and under-23 teams were announced on Thursday by Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Playoff contest heats up SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Marck Espejo, a former five-time UAAP MVP, and John Vic de Guzman, once named captain, will headline the men’s side. Also chosen for the men’s team pool are Adbilla Alnakran, Mark Alfafara, Bryan Bagunas, Kim Dayandante, Joven dela Vega, Rex Intal, Ismail Fauzi, Jack Kalingking, Jessie Lopez, Jeffrey Malabanan, Kim Malabunga, Rikko Marmeto, Ricky Marcos, Ish Polvorosa, Francis Saura, Jayvee Sumagaysay, Peter Torres, and Joshua Umandal. National University’s Dante Alinsunurin is the men’s team head coach with Ariel Dela Cruz and Sherwin Meneses as his assistants. ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Alyssa Valdez is back for her eighth tour of duty for the Philippines, third for the Southeast Asian Games, while former national team players Mika Reyes, Aby Maraño, Denden Lazaro, Dawn Macandili were also named to women’s national team pool. Sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Ces Molina, Jia Morado, Mylene Paat, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, and Filipino-American players Kalei Mau, Alohi Robins-Hanfy, and MJ Phillips were selected in the pool where the final lineup for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will be chosen from. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFresh faces are also part of the group with Eya Laure headlining the newcomers that also include Diana Carlos, Kath Arado, Angel Cayuna, Celine Domingo, Jema Galanza, and Jerrili Malabanan.Shaq Delos Santos will call the shots for the women’s national team with Shaq Esquibel and Kung Fu Reyes as his deputies.  1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

Gaza killings spark widespread condemnation of Israel

first_imgPalestineIsrael faced widespread condemnation on Monday after its forces killed at least 59 Palestinians in Gaza during protests coinciding with the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.Many countries including Britain, France and Russia had already slammed the US decision to move the embassy, while 128 nations have backed a UN resolution condemning Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.The US came to the defence of its ally Monday, blaming Hamas for the violence and blocking a resolution at the UN calling for an international investigation, according to diplomats.Here are some of the reactions from around the world following Monday’s violence:United StatesThe White House blamed the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in years on Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip.“The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas,” said White House spokesman Raj Shah.TurkeyTurkey announced it was recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Israel “for consultations”.“Israel is wreaking state terror. Israel is a terror state,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.“What Israel has done is a genocide.”United NationsThe UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said: “Those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account.”UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was “particularly worried” about the developments.Rights groupsAmnesty International said the bloodshed was an “abhorrent violation” of human rights, and “appear to be wilful killings constituting war crimes”. Human Rights Watch also denounced the “bloodbath”.European UnionEU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged “utmost restraint”.“Dozens of Palestinians, including children, have been killed and hundreds injured from Israeli fire today, during ongoing mass protests near the Gaza fence. We expect all to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life,” Mogherini said in a statement.FranceFrench President Emmanuel Macron “condemned the violence of the Israeli armed forces against protesters” in a telephone conversation with Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. He also reaffirmed criticism of the US decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem.BritainBritish Prime Minister Theresa May urged “calm and restraint to avoid actions destructive to peace efforts.”RussiaForeign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia had publicly stated its opposition to moving the embassy “several times”.“The determination of the status of Jerusalem… must be decided through direct dialogue between with the Palestinians,” he said.CanadaCanada Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said it was “inexcusable that civilians, members of the media and children have been among the victims”.KuwaitKuwait requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, which diplomats later said the US had blocked.“We condemned what has happened,” the Kuwaiti ambassador to the UN, Mansour al-Otaibi, said.EgyptEgypt’s foreign ministry called those killed “martyrs” and warned against “this serious escalation”.Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Egypt’s highest institution of Sunni Islam, called on “Arabs and Muslims and all fair and reasonable people in the world to stand by the defenseless Palestinian people”.Saudi Arabia“Saudi Arabia strongly condemns the Israeli occupation forces’ gunfire against unarmed Palestinian civilians which has left dozens of dead and wounded,” a foreign ministry spokesperson said.Iran Iran decried “a day of great shame” over the deaths.“Israeli regime massacres countless Palestinians in cold blood as they protest in the world’s largest open air prison,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter.IsraelIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu also blamed Hamas, and defended his country’s use of force, saying “every country has the obligation to defend its borders”.Palestinian reactionPalestinian president Mahmud Abbas condemned Israeli “massacres”, saying “the US is no longer a mediator in the Middle East,” and that the new embassy was tantamount to “a new American settler outpost” in Jerusalem.Hamas vowed the protests would continue. “We say clearly today to all the world that the peaceful march of our people lured the enemy into shedding more blood,” senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya said.last_img read more

WATCH A Discussion on Texas Healthcare System

first_imgGary Polland and guest host Dallas Jones lead a discussion on the Texas Healthcare System. They are joined by guests Dr. Umair Shah, Executive Director, Harris County Public Health; and David Balat, Director of Right on Healthcare, Texas Public Policy Foundation, as they analyze the state’s current healthcare systems and its impact on Texas residents. Original Air Date: April 19, 2019 Watch more episodes of Red, White and Blue.  Sharelast_img

Celtic Renewables aims to process nextgen biofuel

first_imgImage: Wikipedia Explore further Celtic Renewables and independent malt whisky producer Tullibardine have signed a memorandum of understanding. Together they will apply their process to thousands of tons of the distillery’s leftovers.Biobutanol is a 4-carbon alcohol (butyl alcohol) that enthusiasts say is the world’s next biofuel because of its environmental characteristics. It is said to have a superior energy content to ethanol, delivering better fuel economy and miles per gallon; it can be blended with gasoline to potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and it can be produced using existing ethanol production facilities with few modifications. It is said to be less susceptible to separation in water than standard ethanol-gasoline blends and less corrosive than ethanol. Those asking if biobutanol can be a sustainable vehicle fuel are told there has been progress in methods of fermentation. That is where the whiskey comes in. A team at Celtic Renewables in Scotland has invested considerable research in seeing how the malt whiskey industry can serve as a viable resource for developing next-generation butanol. Celtic Renewables as a start-up company is out to commercialize its process for making a superior biofuel. They believe the enormous numbers of liters of pot ale and tons of draff can be converted into biofuel as a direct substitute for fossil-derived fuel. As a result, there would be a reduction in oil consumption and CO2 emissions, while providing a boost for rural areas where the whisky industry is prevalent. To propel their project, Celtic Renewables has made a deal with whisky maker Tullibardine to convert byproducts to biobutanol.Mark Simmers, CEO of Celtic Renewables, said biobutanol that it makes from whisky waste is better suited as vehicle fuel than the bioethanol commonly pumped now. Celtic Renewables is in a trial phase of production, but it hopes to be producing biobutanol for the commercial market by the end of next year.Professor Martin Tangney, founder, said the partnership with Tullibardine “is an important step in the development of a business which combines two iconic Scottish industries – whisky and renewables.” The project is supported by a grant from the Scottish government’s Zero Waste Scotland initiative. (Phys.org)—A distillery agreement between two companies in Scotland is to turn whiskey byproducts into fuel. Those who look forward to a bright future of biofuels that are easier on the environment will be interested in their story. The two companies will strive to combine two byproducts of whisky production, “pot ale” and “draff,” to produce renewable products, including next-generation butanol, or biobutanol. The pot-ale refers to residue from the stills. The draff refers to what is left of the grains. Bacteria feeding on the byproducts can produce butanol. The production of butanol by biological means was first performed by Louis Pasteur in 1861, but has recently taken on revived interest. 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.center_img Citation: Celtic Renewables aims to process next-gen biofuel (2012, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-celtic-renewables-aims-next-gen-biofuel.html Scots scientists create car biofuel from whisky by-products © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more