BJP demands apology from Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik over BJD flag on martyr’s coffin

first_imgOpposition BJP on Friday demanded an unconditional apology from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik soon after a photograph of martyr Ajit Kumar Sahoo’s coffin, draped in a BJD flag, went viral on social media. The photograph was taken on Thursday and it was uploaded on Friday. Ajit Kumar Sahoo, a jawan of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) hailed from Dhenkanal district in Odisha. He was critically injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Jammu & Kashmir’s Pulwama district on June 17 and later succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at the hospital on June 18. “Let BJD president Naveen Patnaik tender unconditional apology for hurting sentiments of the people and the martyr’s family,” BJP Ex-Servicemen Cell State President Colonel B.K. Bastia told reporters here. “It is unfortunate that the martyr’s coffin was draped with a BJD flag instead of the Tricolour,” Mr. Bastia said. BJP national vice -president and former MP Baijayant Panda also demanded an apology from the ruling Party. “Very unfortunate, politicising the death of an Indian soldier by the ruling party in Odisha draping his coffin with their party flag instead of the Tricolour. ….,” Mr. Panda tweeted. “The BJD people offered floral tribute to the martyr near Khuntuni on the way to our village in Dhenkanal district. They covered the coffin with the BJD flag. The BJD flag was removed later. My brother was not working for any political party,” the martyr’s brother, Parameswar Sahoo, said. Odisha governor Ganeshi Lal and many other persons had paid tribute to the martyr as soon the body reached the Biju Patnaik International Airport late night on Wednesday. The coffin was then taken to Dhenkanal Mini Stadium and later to his native village Badasuanla where his mortal remains was consigned to flames. BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra has, however, described the incident as unfortunate and condemnable. “Our Party has a lot of respect for the martyrs and we condemn the incident. Stringent action will be taken against those who are involved in this episode,” he said.last_img read more

Jamaican High Commissioner Opens Emancipation Exhibition in London

first_img Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Her Excellency, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, opened an exhibition in London on Tuesday, November 5, marking the 175th anniversary of the 1838 Emancipation of African slaves in the British West Indies.The exhibition titled: ‘Making Freedom: Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions’, will run at the Royal Geographical Society before touring the UK.It is the initiative of the Windrush Foundation and presents the stories of the men and women, including Jamaica’s National Hero, Samuel Sharpe, whose struggles for freedom across the British colonies helped to bring about the emancipation of millions of slaves.High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba said the exhibition reminds us that the journey to emancipation was long and difficult.“During this, the 175th anniversary of Emancipation in the Caribbean,  it (exhibition)  also reminds us that …emancipation was not the end as there were many more struggles to overcome such as discrimination, prejudice, and to gain basic human rights,” she said.High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba commended the Windrush Foundation for not confining the display to Black History Month in October, and also for taking it across the UK.“I am also very pleased that this exhibition … will run throughout the year and will tour the United Kingdom with a special focus on educating teachers about this important aspect of not just Caribbean but also British history. As a Jamaican, all of this is very familiar to me and so I am happy to see that this history is being brought to the wider British public in a very meaningful way,” she added.The Making Freedom exhibition celebrates those who resisted enslavement, those who fought to end it, as well as those in Britain, who worked to improve social, economic and cultural conditions in the Caribbean.It features more than 80 images from the Royal Geographical Society’s collections and includes a number of audio-visual experiences for visitors to delve deeper into individual stories.Visitors will learn about the unrests – such as Jamaica’s 1931 Christmas Rebellion – that ultimately led to emancipation, as well as the struggles for independence that ensued.The High Commissioner said the exhibition showed that the foundation was continuing its core ethos of promoting good community relations, while endeavouring to eliminate discrimination and making the general public aware of the contribution of African and Caribbean settlers and their descendants to Britain’s prosperity and heritage.Windrush Project Director, Arthur Torrington, said that the exhibition is breaking new ground in the way that the story of Emancipation is told. “It shows how the Africans were the agents of their own liberation,” he stated. High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba said the exhibition reminds us that the journey to emancipation was long and difficult. Story Highlights The exhibition titled: ‘Making Freedom: Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions’, will run at the Royal Geographical Society. Visitors will learn about the unrests – such as Jamaica’s 1931 Christmas Rebellion – that ultimately led to emancipation.last_img read more

GE Nedstack Team Up on ZeroEmission Tech for Cruise Ships

first_imgzoomlllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license General Electric’s (GE) Power Conversion business and Nedstack, a fuel cell manufacturer, have entered into a partnership to develop hydrogen fuel cell systems for powering zero-emission cruise vessels.The ultimate goal of GE and Nedstack is creating a truly zero-emission system that will enable the world’s first sustainable, clean cruise ships.As explained, the cruise industry shares a joint responsibility to eliminate the possible negative impacts it might have on port communities, the health of passengers and staff, and on the environment as a whole.Responsible zero-emission shipping is not only environmentally needed but will greatly contribute to the quality of the cruise experience itself, the two companies believe.Shipowners are already under pressure to comply with the reduced sulfur limit regulations coming into force next year. Both global International Maritime Organization (IMO) and regional regulations require marine vessels to reduce emissions or eliminate them altogether.“Existing clean power solutions are focused on reducing emissions. Eliminating emissions altogether demands a paradigm shift,” Arnoud van de Bree, CEO of Nedstack, said.“Hence why GE and Nedstack have been working extensively on the ‘marinization’ of fuel cell technology to create a total zero-emission alternative that truly meets the needs of tomorrow’s cruise industry,” he added.“We’re proud to be working with Nedstack on what we believe will be a game changer for the cruise industry,” Ed Torres, CEO of Marine and O&G, GE’s Power Conversion business, pointed out.“This partnership brings together a rich pool of expertise that’s spearheading much needed innovation. Given the marine transport and shipping sector’s changing regulatory landscape, this innovation could not be more timely,” he further said.The duo envisages using this technology on passenger ships, replacing traditional diesel engines with fuel cells, and heavy fuel oil (HFO) with hydrogen. So far, Nedstack and GE have designed the concept for a two-megawatt hydrogen fuel cell power plant on an expedition vessel. The review result has been positive, according to the companies.“Ships are increasingly being required to shut down their engines in port. We’ve seen this in California, for example, and China has introduced an emission control area in the Yangtse delta. However, the trend is shifting from emissions reduction to total elimination,” Azeez Mohammed, President and CEO, GE’s Power Conversion business, noted.last_img read more

Vince McMahon selling WWE Chairman worth 33 billion in need of 500

first_img Who Is Ronda Rousey? Close Vince McMahon is fast selling shares of his company World Wrestling Entertainment in order to raise funds for relaunching XFL in 2020 which has long been his dream project.”As per official filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (h/t PW Insider’s Mike Johnson), McMahon sold 3,204,427 shares of his stock in the wrestling promotion worth approximately $270 million,” reads a report on Bleacher Report.”The shares sold by Mr. McMahon represent approximately 4.1 percent of the Company’s total outstanding shares of Class A and Class B common stock. After the sale, Mr. McMahon beneficially owns 28,682,94 shares of the Company’s Class B common stock, which represents approximately 80.1 percent of the Company’s total voting power and approximately 36.8 percent of the Company’s total outstanding shares of common stock.” Ethan Miller/GettyThe WWE chairman has been selling his WWE shares for the last two years but his recent financial activity is the largest sale amount in terms of dollars. In December 2017, he sold 3.34 million shares of his stock worth around $100 million. McMahon also sold off 306,000 shares to net more than $23 million in November last year.As per a June 2017 report on ESPN.com, McMahon is expecting to spend around $500 million in the first three seasons of the XFL. The whopping amount is not likely to take a huge financial toll on the 73-year-old whose net worth according to Forbes stands at an astounding $3.3 billion.The original run of the XFL, which was a professional American football league, lasted only one season in 2001 and was a massive financial disaster costing McMahon and NBC a reported $70 million. The rebooted XFL will return in February 2020 with Oliver Luck serving as league commissioner. WWE chairman Vince McMahon (C) prepares to have his head shaved by Donald Trump (L) and Bobby Lashley (R) while being held down by ”Stone Cold” Steve Austin after losing a bet in the Battle of the Billionaires at the 2007 World Wrestling Entertainment’s Wrestlemania at Ford Field on April 1, 2007 in Detroit, MichiganBill Pugliano/GettyMeanwhile, on the WWE front, McMahon is preparing to host its grandest annual show called WrestleMania. The event happens in the first week of April and WWE leaves no stones unturned in making it the pinnacle of sports entertainment. It has already been rumoured that former WWE stars Stone Cold Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan will make guest appearances on the show.This edition of WrestleMania will be path-breaking for WWE as for the first time in history, the women will main event the show. In what will be a deserving culmination of a long-drawn storyline, Ronda Rousey will face Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch in a triple threat match. Rounda Rousey is expected to face Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 34.Bryan Steffy/Getty ImagesIn terms of other dream matches for the event, Hollywood star Batista will face former evolution member Triple H in a match where the latter is putting his career at stake. John Cena will also be wrestling at the show but his opponent is yet to be decided. It was also announced that Olympic gold medallist Kurt Angle will also be wrestling his final match at WrestleMania before drawing the curtains on a glorious wrestling career.This iteration of WrestleMania will be its 35th edition and it will be held on April 7 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.last_img read more

University teacher suspended over sexual harassment allegation

first_imgCumilla University gate. File PhotoA teacher of Cumilla University has been suspended on allegations of harassing two female students sexually, reports UNB. Cumilla University (CU) authorities took the decision and suspended the teacher on Wednesday night, said Abu Taher, acting registrar of the university. Talking to media, Taher said that two female students submitted a written complaint against Management Studies department assistant professor and the provost of Kazi Nazrul Islam Hall GM Azmal Kawsar. On the basis of the written allegations, the university authorities suspended GM Kawsar temporarily for violating rules and regulations of the university. Kawsar would not take part in any academic and administrative activities until further notice, he said. Earlier on 9 April, the two female students of evening EMBA course submitted written complaints, accusing Azmal Kawsar of harassing them by sending obscene pictures and messages over Facebook.last_img read more

Penis size does matter if you are a bank vole

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — While size may not matter when it comes to humans, a new study published in Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology found that the width of the male bank vole’s penis plays a role in social dominance. Bank Vole sitting on the forest floor. Image: Evan James hymo/ Wikipedia. Male bank voles have a bone in their penis known as baculum. While these bones are not present in humans, they can be found in a variety of different mammal species. The function of this bone has not yet been determined, but this new study does show that when it comes to the bank vole, it plays an important role.The new study, led by Dr. Jean-Francois Lemaitre from the University of Liverpool, looked at the male bank vole to determine what contributed to social dominance. They collected wild bank voles and studied their offspring.They paired the young males up and exposed them to female nesting material. Scent mark patterns were then recorded and the males that left more scent marks were determined to be the dominant of the pair.The next step was to then scan the baculum of all the males and evaluate the images. While many previous studies have focused on the penis length, the researchers discovered the real difference was in the width and that the dominant males have a much wider baculum than their subordinate male counterparts.Lemaitre believes the possible explanation may be that female bank voles need physical stimulation in order to release eggs and that this wider baculum may provide this stimulation and result in a greater reproduction success rate.He believes that this study may be the first step toward understanding the connection between genital structure and reproductive success. Explore further 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. High levels of pollutants may decrease sexual organ size in polar bears © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: Penis size does matter if you are a bank vole (2011, October 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-penis-size-bank-vole.html More information: Genital morphology linked to social status in the bank vole (Myodes glareolus), Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, DOI:10.1007/s00265-011-1257-4AbstractSince genital morphology can influence the outcome of post-copulatory sexual selection, differences in the genitalia of dominant and subordinate males could be a factor contributing to the fertilisation advantage of dominant males under sperm competition. Here we investigate for the first time if penile morphology differs according to male social status in a promiscuous mammal, the bank vole (Myodes glareolus). In this species, dominant males typically achieve higher reproductive success than subordinates in post-copulatory sexual selection, and male genital morphology is complex, including both a baculum (os penis) and penile spines. Our results show that despite no difference in body size associated with male social status, baculum width is significantly larger in dominant male bank voles than in subordinates. We also found evidence of positive allometry and a relatively high coefficient of phenotypic variation in the baculum width of male bank voles, consistent with an influence of sexual selection. By contrast, baculum length and three measures of penile spinosity did not differ according to male social status or show evidence of positive allometry. We conclude that dominant male bank voles may benefit from an enlarged baculum under sperm competition and/or cryptic female choice and that differences in penile morphology according to male social status might be important but as yet largely unexplored source of variation in male reproductive success.via BBClast_img read more

Babies given solid food sleep better than others

first_imgLondon: Babies given solid food along with breast milk from three months sleep better than those who are solely breastfed, according to a study.The study by King’s College London and St George’s University of London in the UK found that babies introduced to solid foods early, slept longer, woke less frequently at night and suffered fewer serious sleep problems, than those exclusively breastfed for around the first six months. The population based randomised clinical trial involved 1,303 exclusively breastfed three-month-olds from England and Wales who were divided into two groups, according to the research published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOne group followed standard infant feeding advice and were encouraged to exclusively breastfeed for around six months.The second group, while continuing to breastfeed, were asked to introduce solid foods to their infants’ diet from the age of three months.Parents completed online questionnaires every month until their baby was 12 months, and then every three months up to three years of age.Of the parents of 1,303 infants who took part in the study, 94 per cent (1,225), completed the three-year questionnaire – 608 from the exclusive breastfeeding group, and 607 from the early introduction of food group. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study found that infants in the group who had solids introduced early slept longer and woke less frequently than those infants who followed standard advice to exclusively breastfeed to around six months of age. Differences between the two groups peaked at six months, with the early introduction group sleeping for a quarter of an hour (16.6 minutes) longer per night (almost 2 hours longer per week), and their night waking frequency decreased from just over twice per night to 1.74. Feedback about maternal wellbeing showed that sleep problems were reported less frequently in the group introducing solids before six months.”The results of this research support the widely held parental view that early introduction of solids improves sleep,” said Professor Gideon Lack from King’s College London.”While the official guidance is that starting solid foods won’t make babies more likely to sleep through the night, this study suggests that this advice needs to be re-examined in light of the evidence we have gathered,” said Lack.last_img read more

FreeRTOS affected by 13 vulnerabilities in its TCPIP stack

first_imgFreeRTOS, a popular real-time operating system kernel for embedded devices, is found to have 13 vulnerabilities, as reported by Bleeping Computers yesterday. A part of these 13 vulnerabilities results in flaws in its remote code execution. FreeRTOS supports more than 40 hardware platforms and powers microcontrollers in a diverse range of products including temperature monitors, appliances, sensors, fitness trackers, and any microcontroller-based devices. Although it works at a smaller component scale, it lacks the complexity that comes with more elaborate hardware. However, it allows processing of data as it comes in. A researcher at Zimperium, Ori Karliner, analyzed the operating system and found that all of its varieties are vulnerable to: 4 remote code execution bugs, 1 denial of service, 7 information leak, and another security problem which is yet undisclosed Here’s a full list of the vulnerabilities and their identifiers, that affect FreeRTOS: CVE-2018-16522 Remote Code Execution CVE-2018-16525 Remote Code Execution CVE-2018-16526 Remote Code Execution CVE-2018-16528 Remote Code Execution CVE-2018-16523 Denial of Service CVE-2018-16524 Information Leak CVE-2018-16527 Information Leak CVE-2018-16599 Information Leak CVE-2018-16600 Information Leak CVE-2018-16601 Information Leak CVE-2018-16602 Information Leak CVE-2018-16603 Information Leak CVE-2018-16598 Other FreeRTOS versions affected by the vulnerability FreeRTOS versions up to V10.0.1, AWS FreeRTOS up to V1.3.1, OpenRTOS and SafeRTOS (With WHIS Connect middleware TCP/IP components) are affected. Amazon has been notified of the situation. In response to this, the company has released patches to mitigate the problems. Per the report, “Amazon decided to become involved in the development of the product for the Internet-of-Things segment. The company extended the kernel by adding libraries to support cloud connectivity, security and over-the-air updates.” According to Bleeping Computers, “Zimperium is not releasing any technical details at the moment. This is to allow smaller vendors to patch the vulnerabilities. The wait time expires in 30 days.” To know more about these vulnerabilities in detail, visit the full coverage by Bleeping Computers. Read Next NSA researchers present security improvements for Zephyr and Fucshia at Linux Security Summit 2018 How the Titan M chip will improve Android security EFF kicks off its Coder’s Rights project with a paper on protecting security researchers’ rightslast_img read more

Stunning or stupid Travelling couples Instagram photo causes outrage

first_img Travelweek Group TORONTO — You gotta do what you gotta do to get those likes on Instagram, but even if it means risking certain death?A popular Instagram couple, U.S. bloggers Kelly and Kody who go by the name @positravelty, has landed in hot water for posting a photo of them posing over the edge of an infinity pool in Ubud, Bali.Kelly, who is being held by the arms by Kody, is seen hanging on the outside of the pool, which is perched high above the ground.The photo was accompanied by the caption: “Our greatest strength in life, our most important principle, is discernment. Only you can know your body, feel the space around you and understand your capabilities. We would all do well to remember this, knowing that not every action, style or path we witness through others is or should be, replicated. At the end of the day we are to hold ourselves accountable for the decisions that we make.”More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedIt has been liked over 37,000 times by the couple’s 119,000 followers.While many people complimented the photo, including @cruslann who said, “This is honestly a very powerful picture,” and @cluttermarissa who added, “True love, a powerful trust,” many others criticized the couple for putting themselves in danger.”@karan.covai wrote: “Silly stunt. Real couple won’t ever do this stunt. Those who have greatest care for their loved ones won’t ever do this silly stunt.”Another commenter, @pava.patricia, said: “If he sneezed, she could have fallen to her death! Yes, they’re physically beautiful, but risk like this wasn’t smart.”@rhuber65 didn’t mince words, saying: “Vanity and narcissism appears to be your greatest principle. You have done admirably upholding that principle.” And @fidgty07 added: “Your ‘greatest sense of life’ is obviously not common sense.”Kelly and Kody responded to their critics, assuring them that there was another pool below should Kelly had accidentally fallen. How far below the other pool was remains to be seen, however.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulySo what do you think? Is the photo stunning or just plain stupid? Stunning or stupid? Travelling couple’s Instagram photo causes outrage Posted by Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 18, 2019 Tags: Instagramlast_img read more