HOUGHTON AND BONNER IN TRIBUTES TO BIG JACK

first_imgIRELAND SOCCER legend Ray Houghton has revealed how international manager Jack Charlton gave him seconds to make up his mind about joining the Republic.The former Liverpool star told today’s Irish Independent: “It will be 25 years ago next month when Jack came to watch me play for Oxford against Aston Villa.“Dave Langan mentioned to a reporter that my Dad was from Buncrana, that I could play. Jack said I’ll ring you in a few days. I think it was the next morning at 9.0 the phone rang, “Well, have you made your decision yet?” Houghton was speaking in a tribute piece in the newspaper to Charlon.“I think Jack will be the first to tell you that he had a real good bunch of players, but the players have to respect the manager, and the manager has to respect the players. He got the balance spot on. It didn’t matter who you were; we were a group. We went out as a group, we played as a group, and we enjoyed ourselves as a group afterwards,” said Ray.Donegal goalkeeper Packie Bonner also revealed how he had bust-ups with Big Jack, but they always sorted things out.Bonner told the paper: “What Jack had, I’d love to be able to bottle it up somehow. The communication skills and leadership skills that gave us responsibility. We all fought with him. We all had battles with him. I remember coming in after we beat England in ’88, after I thought I’d had a fantastic game, and he slaughtered me. “But when we had the battles, we would sit down, chat about it and we always fell back in together. It made us into a unique team. He had confidence in us, that we could take on the world. We can be hard on ourselves, but he made us believe we could take on any team in the world, and win things.”HOUGHTON AND BONNER IN TRIBUTES TO BIG JACK was last modified: January 22nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Chelsea v West Brom player ratings

first_imgSee also:Chelsea boss reveals Cech injury scareChelsea easily see off 10-man West BromMourinho hails ‘beautiful’ Chelsea displayMourinho: Everyone fit for Schalke gameChelsea boss not interested in ReusFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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You Have Electronic Skin

first_imgYour skin has resistance with memory.  That makes it like a memristor, researchers at the University of Oslo are saying.  A memristor is a device that remembers the last current it experienced, and varies its resistance accordingly.    New Scientist explained what they found:They found that when a negative electrical potential is applied to skin on various parts of the arm, creating a current, that stretch of skin exhibits a low resistance to a subsequent current flowing through the skin.  But if the first potential is positive relative to the skin, then a subsequent potential produces a current that meets with a much higher resistance.  In other words, the skin has a memory of previous currents.The scientists have attributed this ability to sweat pores.  The sweat glands contain sodium, a conductive material:The longer skin is exposed to a negative potential, the lower the subsequent resistance, until it maxes out when sweat fills the pore.  Conversely, a positive potential pushes the ions back, thinning the layer of sweat lining the pore walls and increasing the skin’s resistance to current.It’s not clear what function this ability provides skin.  Another researcher at the University of South Carolina found memristive behavior in amoebas, and called it “primitive intelligence.”  Whatever function it might have, it could offer medical scientists new ways to test for skin abnormalities.    The memristor was suggested by Leon Chua at UC Berkeley as a fourth basic unit of electronic circuits, but a working model was not built till 2008 by Stanley Williams of Hewlett Packard’s Palo Alto lab, the article said.    A website called Memristor.org reports on memristor news and potential applications, such as non-volatile computer memory and signal processing, most of which appear to be in the design and patent stages.Intelligent design theory would say, “If it’s there, it might have a function.”  Let’s follow this and see if a function is found in human skin or is just a byproduct of some other function.  Evolution, by contrast, would just say, “stuff happens.”    Send in your suggestions for the function of memristors in skin, or research projects that could test for a function.  Does it signal temperature response, as with goose bumps?  Is it behind the “electricity” when finding a mate?  Does it regulate sweating?    Meanwhile, be glad your electronics don’t short out when you dive into a swimming pool.  Look at that picture of Dr. Irwin Moon on the right sidebar.  One wonders what his skin remembered about a million volts.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Conversations with leading women in business

first_imgMathiba MolefeThe IAAE Tshwane panel consisted of Khanyi Dhlomo of Ndalo Media, Cynthia Mkhombo of Masana Hygiene and Lindiwe Shibambo of Maid 4 U. The host on the day was Lynette Ntuli, chief executive of Innate Investment Solutions and founder of Ignite SA (from left to right). (Images: Mathiba Molefe)The panel of esteemed speakers at the latest leg of the I Am An Entrepreneur (IAAE) series in Tshwane drew a crowd of aspiring and up and coming business people who were interested in hearing the opinions of the panellists and how they had managed to overcome the challenges of being an entrepreneur.The event’s focus was put firmly on the role that women have to play in developing South Africa’s economy. It touched on some of the challenges they face as well as opportunities available in the competitive and fast-growing field of entrepreneurship.Most of the audience was made up of women looking to hear inspirational stories shared by guests present at Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History in Tshwane’s inner city.The event, held on Saturday, 10 September, was hosted by Lynette Ntuli, a hugely successful entrepreneur and business women in her own right. She was joined on stage by Khanyi Dhlomo of Ndalo Media, Cynthia Mkhombo of Masana Hygiene and Lindiwe Shibambo of Maid 4 U.Representatives from each of the partners Power FM 98.7, MTN Business, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Brand South Africa and Renault South Africa were also present to share their thoughts on the subject.“I’m so happy to see so many beautiful, but also brilliant and motivated women out here today with us,” said Linda Sangaret, the chief marketing officer of Brand South Africa.“But I wish to challenge you because I realise that, as women, we fight for so much, but also that all of this cannot be achieved if we don’t have our men fighting along our side.”“If you’re here today ladies, it’s because you know you can play a part in changing our country. You know that you can create jobs and alleviate unemployment.”Most of the audience was made up of women looking to hear inspirational stories shared by guests present at Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History in Tshwane’s inner city.PASSION WITH ACTIONBoth the guest speakers and audience shared the sentiment that even though there is a lot being done to advance women’s involvement in the economy, there is still a way to go for women to properly tap their potential and become drivers of change and development.“As to why this event is so important to me is that I know, as a woman in business, is that our experience of business is slightly different to that of men,” said Ntuli, getting discussions under way.“We need to have our own conversations about our own participation in the economy.”True to the aim of the event, the speakers delved further into issues like getting your business off the ground, the importance of being able to trust those you work with, putting your head down and putting in the hard hours, as well as ways to secure funding from bodies like the IDC.“We all think that everybody is born successful, and that’s not the point,” Ntuli explained. “We’re all on a journey, and part of the journey is introspecting.”The road to being a successful entrepreneur isn’t a straightforward one. It is fraught with challenges and obstacles that make it risky. But a genuine love for what you do and persevering during difficult times is what makes an entrepreneur according to the panel.“Business is not all glamorous and nice. There will be failures, there will be hard times,” explained Shibambo. “Every time you face a failure, you face a challenge or you face a hard time. Always remember the last time you faced them and how you overcame them. Draw strength from that.“There is no way that in life or in business that everything is going to be smooth and nice. That is a lie.”The event also afforded members of the audience a chance to interact with the panel that consisted of some of the country’s leading women in business.MAKE IT HAPPENOne of the event’s other aims was to reassure those who had fledgling careers in business or were in the early stages of starting their own businesses to continue striving for greatness and have faith in their ability to make a difference in South Africa.Speakers also encouraged people, women in particular, to start their own businesses and take advantage of investors looking to harness their great potential.“What would you do if you were not afraid,” asked Naomi Mtshali of the IDC. “Why are you not doing it? What is stopping you?”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through business? Do you know of any business person who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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Relative Humidity and Makeup Air at a Tight Minnesota House

first_imgElden Lindamood is an architect with Wagner Zaun Architecture in Duluth, Minnesota. Catherine and I moved into our new mostly finished house in May. Since then I have continued to work on some details and “by-owner” items, but the house’s envelope and mechanical systems were finished prior to us moving in. There has been a bit of a learning curve, as expected, to get the dance steps right as to when to open windows, and when to switch on the air conditioning. So far it has gone fairly well, but there have been a few unexpected conditions to sort out as well.Before I delve too deeply into the details, I have a few quick observations about our new digs.Both Catherine and I are very pleased with the induction range. Thanks to all those who encouraged us to take that leap of faith.We are somewhat pleased with the condensing clothes dryer, but it has been summer and we’ve hung our clothes out to dry more than using the dryer. It is not obnoxiously loud, despite warnings. It does take about twice as long to dry things. The lint traps are fussy. Ultimately, the final jury is still out. RELATED ARTICLES Alternatives to Clothes DryersHeat-Pump Clothes DryersEnergy-Saving Clothes Dryers Hit U.S. MarketsAn Induction Cooktop for Our KitchenGoing High-Tech With an Induction CooktopMakeup Air for Range HoodsAll About Wood StovesPreventing Water Entry Into a HomeAll About Dehumidifiers The ducted minisplit runs all summer longI am not overjoyed with the ducted minisplit, but not completely disappointed with it either. When it is set to cool, it runs 100% of the time. This is, of course, because it modulates down to be more efficient, only supplying what is needed to offset the internal gains. But, when you appreciate the dead quiet serenity of living in the country, it would be nice if it even occasionally shut off.I thought I could trick it into cooling too much and eventually shutting off by turning the fan all the way up, but that didn’t work. I have resigned myself to the fact that if the AC is required, the fan will always be on. We have yet to run the unit in heat mode for any length of time.Another gripe about the minisplit is Fujitsu’s poorly designed wall control. When the flip-down panel is closed, you have only three functions. You can turn the unit on or off, and you can adjust the temperature up or down in 2 degree increments.Why only 2 degree increments? I couldn’t tell you. If you want to switch the mode between cooling and heating, or auto, you need to flip open the door where you are now presented with 13 additional buttons, eleven of which you will never use. A number of birds have bounced off our large south windows. I put up some strings to make them think twice, which seems to have helped. I may need to do something more permanent and aesthetically pleasing later. It seems that most of the common “solutions” are either ugly or don’t work.Unfortunately, cat barf appears to “etch” the polished concrete floors. It is not super-noticeable, but if the light is right, you can tell, even after diligent scrubbing. My theory is that eventually they’ll have barfed on every inch of exposed surface, and then nobody will notice the “spots.” Installing an energy monitorThose are the basic lessons learned so far. Along with working on the “to-do” tasks like staining the siding and installing screens on the screened porch (see Image #3, below), I also have purchased a TED energy usage monitor that I hope to soon install in my breaker panel to see what my different circuits are doing. This should also allow me to deduce our house’s energy use as distinct from the rest of the farm’s usage since our meter is out at the road.I’ll report on that data once it is collected. Right now, I’ve got to go install a dining room light so we can see our dinners when the days get shorter. Let’s talk about makeup airRemember that we have a wood stove and a makeup air unit which has a damper on the cold air side. But the house is still extremely tight even with these “openings.”On low speed with the makeup air unit off, the range hood is starved for air. On high speed, the house is seriously depressurized. When we were running experiments, having the makeup air unit on and the range hood on low speed, the house was slightly depressurized, with the makeup air supplying about 60 cfm to the house.When the range hood kicked up to high speed with the makeup air unit unit on, the house measured 65 Pascals negative. Even with the makeup air unit on, I’ll need to crack a window if we use the range hood on high speed.Here is a video of the hood running with all the MUA off and windows in the house closed:I put a manual switch on the wall next to the range hood to operate the makeup air unit. I did this (rather than connecting the makeup air unit to the range hood circuit) for two reasons:1) If the window is open, there is no reason to run the makeup air unit with the range hood. (The makeup air unit is noisy despite being in a closet.).2) I can turn the makeup air unit on to pressurize the house when starting and/or using the wood stove, without having the range hood on.We haven’t burned any fires in the wood stove yet, but I am sure the range hood will backdraft the stove. My mechanical contractor thinks it might be okay once the stove is hot, but not having any definitive numbers for how many cfm a hot wood stove will draw — about 40 cfm seems to be the most common guess — it will have to be an experiment.In the worst case, we’ll have to crack a window to use the range hood with the wood stove lit, but my rationalization is that the wood stove will overheat the house quickly anyway, so opening a window may not be a bad thing.Also, the stove is in plain view from the hood, so if there is a problem we’ll know it right away. I could have opted for a larger makeup air unit, but that comes with a larger electric heater, which I wanted to avoid. I’ll let you know my experiences with that in a future post.center_img The damper on the range hood fan is laughableSo now to the meat of it all. If you recall, our house is extremely tight: the pre-drywall blower door test result was 0.2 ach50 (58 cfm50). I haven’t yet done a “final” test, but hope to do that soon.When we were balancing the HRV and adjusting the diffusers on the ducted minisplit, we did a bunch of experimentation with the HRV, the makeup air (MUA) unit, and the range hood.The range hood is rated for 125 cfm on low speed and 300 cfm on high speed. It is ducted directly through the wall out the back of the unit, so the actual airflow rates are probably close to the advertised rates. The so-called damper in the hood itself is somewhat laughable, as you can see daylight around most of the edges. It might keep a squirrel out, but cold air? Not so much.I added a second dampered hood on the exterior to improve the condition as best as I could, but even that is only mildly better. Despite that, I am very glad that we decided to go with a vented unit rather than a recirculating hood as I originally planned. We have been cooking a good bit, and being able to exhaust all that humidity from boiling down our tomatoes has been nice — assuming, of course, that I crack a window when the hood is running. If it was your goal to switch the mode, you better have your reading glasses and a flashlight with you, because a) the LCD is not backlit, and b) the microscopic mode symbols on the LCD are almost indistinguishable, even in good light (see photo at right).Lastly, the display tells you the set point when the units is on, but it doesn’t tell you the indoor temperature, which is annoying. And it doesn’t tell you either temperature when the unit is off. I wound up buying a large-display indoor/outdoor thermometer and mounted that right next to the Fujitsu control. It seems that in an effort to design an interface that can do everything, Fujitsu failed to design one that can do the basic functions easily. ARTICLES BY ELDEN LINDAMOOD A Low-Energy House for Northern MinnesotaFoundation and Nailbase Details for a Minnesota HouseInstalling Windows in a Minnesota HouseA Follow-up From Northern Minnesota The indoor relative humidity is highThe largest issue we have experienced so far is the indoor humidity. Incidentally, a client of ours called me regarding the same issue in their new house, which is almost exactly the same construction, and close to as good on the airtightness. Neither of us put in a separate dehumidifier, as we assumed that the air conditioner would take care of the indoor humidity. That turns out not to be the case.The client reports that he hasn’t had any need to run his air conditioner for any length of time, so the dehumidification benefit of the AC is null. I have found that we run the AC more often, but still not enough to regularly keep the indoor humidity down.I am aware that there is a lot of moisture in a new house, and that the humidity will likely be lower next summer, but it has still been an immediate issue to deal with. The indoor relative humidity (RH) in the house has been consistently in the 65-75% range when the air conditioning is off. Even when the air conditioning is on, the humidity will only get to the low 60s.I should point out that we have had an unusually humid summer here however. That has made it difficult to air out the house at night, because the nighttime exterior humidity levels were consistently in the 95% range for weeks.The HRV wasn’t doing me any favors in this regard either, but as I said, the exterior humidity levels really were atypical, so an ERV still may not have been a better choice.I was keenly aware of this issue because of an anomaly that I can only assess anecdotally. A number of nights, when the indoor humidity was particularly high (70% or more), the smoke alarms would go off or “beep” once or twice. (Why does that always happen in the middle of the night?) This was, perhaps, the largest annoyance of the whole condition. I was thus forced to leave the air conditioning on all night, even when it was cool out, simply to try to knock the humidity down to keep the smoke alarms from triggering. It was in dealing with this that I learned that the minisplit’s “dry mode” is really just dumb.I was led to believe that the “dry mode” on the minisplit was a dehumidification mode. It is not. The “dry mode,” it seems, is actually a setting by which you can dry out the inside of the condensing unit prior to shutting the system down, lest you grow a fine Legionaries’ culture in there. It has nothing whatsoever to do with dehumidifying the interior air of the house.With this little nugget learned, I purchased a portable dehumidifier, ran a hose to the floor drain in the mechanical room, and let it run.The good news is that running the dehumidifier in the mechanical room with the door open reduced the indoor humidity of the house from above 70% to about 50% within 24 hours. It did, of course, also heat up the mechanical room really nice, which in turn necessitated turning on the air conditioning, which further dehumidified the house.I discussed “installed” dehumidification with a mechanical contractor and was told that for about $1,500 he could put a unit in that would utilize the existing ductwork of the minisplit and would be slightly more efficient than the portable unit I was running. I am not quite ready to make that investment as I am banking on future summers to be more typically dryer, and that the house’s banked construction moisture will dry out this winter.Only time and experimentation will tell, but I’ll keep you all posted. In the meantime, if I were to design a new system from scratch, I’d likely include a dehumidification system from the get-go. This is the fourth installment of a blog series by architect Elden Lindamood about the design and construction of his own home. The first installment was called A Low-Energy House for Northern Minnesota.last_img read more

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Kerber pulls through a surprising challenge, faces Keys next

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. She took out one major winner — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza — in the second round, and took a set off an almost dumbfounded Kerber to open the fourth.Kerber, returning from a form slump that saw her ranking drop into the 20s in 2017, had to produce some of her best tennis.She finished a 14-shot rally early in the second set by racing to the net and reaching at full stretch to track down a drop shot and send a forehand winner over the net post. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Germany’s Angelique Kerber reacts after losing a point to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne. APMELBOURNE, Australia — Angelique Kerber remains the only Grand Slam singles winner in the Australian Open women’s draw after surviving a frustrating fourth-round match.For a while, though, it appeared Kerber’s progression may have unraveled against No. 88 Hsieh Su-wei, a former top-ranked doubles player with a double-handed grip on both sides.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Panelo on facing commute challenge: ‘It’s a silly acceptance’ PLAY LIST 02:28Panelo on facing commute challenge: ‘It’s a silly acceptance’00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Keys returned to the quarterfinals here for the first time in three years with a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 8-seeded Caroline Garcia. She has yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park and is averaging a brisk 62.5 minutes on court through her first four rounds.Going into the fourth round, Keys had only dropped 14 games — the second fewest among the women through three rounds, just behind Kerber’s 13 games.Keys, the only American woman to reach the fourth round, said she feels like she’s playing without pressure since returning from her wrist injury that forced her out of last year’s Australian Open.“I definitely realize how much l love it and how much pressure I put on myself,” in the past, she said. “Just being really happy to be back out here and not at home in a cast.”Hsieh certainly made the most of her time back in the spotlight, returning to the fourth round at a major for the first round in a decade.ADVERTISEMENT With a mix of slice and chips, lobs and bunts, whippy half-volleys and wristy crosscourt ground strokes off both wings, Hsieh pushed Kerber to the extremes and unsettled her rhythm.Former No. 1-ranked Kerber finally got a succession of breaks to take the second set and dominate the third in a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory on Monday afternoon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Credit to her. She played an unbelievable match,” said Kerber, who won the Australian and U.S. Open titles and reached No. 1 in 2016. “I was feeling I was running everywhere. She was playing a lot of corners and drop shots. I was bringing a lot of balls back.”After holding it together to improve her 2018 winning streak to 13, Kerber faces U.S. Open quarterfinalist Madison Keys in the quarterfinals.center_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The 30-year-old German player had to serve to stay in the match in the ninth game of the second set. Then, after winning four straight points and converting a break-point chance with a sliding forehand winner down the line, Kerber crouched and screamed to celebrate the point.She served out the set at love and then got critical service breaks in the first and fifth games of the final set as Hseih began to tire and started to miss the lines.Hsieh has won two Grand Slam doubles titles, and was ranked No. 1 in doubles in 2014 but had a career-high singles ranking of 23. At age 32, she was oldest woman still in the singles draw. Recent work with former doubles champion — and Australian Open tournament director — Paul McNamee paid off with her singles ranking expected to rise again. She’ll likely also attract more attention from sponsors after going through the singles in an unadorned white tank top and black skirt.On the men’s side, Tomas Berdych returned to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the seventh time after a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini.Berdych has been this far at Melbourne Park for seven of the last eight years. The only time he’s failed to reach at least the quarters was last year when he lost in the third round to Roger Federer.He could meet Federer again in the next round, if second-ranked Federer wins his fourth-round match against Marton Fucsovics later Monday. Not all South Koreans are happy about unified hockey teamlast_img read more

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Olympian Brigette Lacquette aims to inspire young Indigenous hockey players

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN NewsAspiring hockey players on Piikani Nation in southern Alberta scored a chance to pass the puck to a historic Olympian this week.Brigette Lacquette, the first Indigenous woman to play hockey for Team Canada, is touring the country inspiring Indigenous youth to do the same.Fresh from the PyeonChang Winter Olympics, Lacquette ran drills and played on-ice games with youth and was later honoured with the Blackfoot name meaning “beautiful eagle woman” at Piikani Nation Secondary School.“I always admired the ladies on the national team but there was no one really no one that had the same kind of path, come from a small community and is First Nations,” she says.It’s a path that came with obstacles. Growing up, Lacquette says she faced bullying and racism.Now she’s an inspiration.“To play and put that jersey on and represent Canada – not only Canada but my First Nations people – it was amazing,” she said. “Obviously we had the expectation of winning. But in the bigger picture making a positive impact for these kids and having all the support back home that really comforted me in the loss. And then realizing that I’ve made such an impact on these kids – I really am winning.”Lacquette will continue to tour Blackfoot communities in southern Alberta, proudly wearing her silver medal and sharing her stories.last_img read more

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A musical tribute

first_imgA musical evening of visuals, poetry, music and songs, by the last living ghazal maestro and famed court singer of the Nizam of Hyderabad  Pandit Vithal Rao, Dakhni Urdu poetry by renowned classical vocalist Swati Srinivas, Urdu poetry and introduction by Shagufta Yasmin will be enthralling the audiences on April 8 at Fountain Lawn, India International Center.The event will be inaugurated by Janab K Rahman Saheb (former Union Minister of Minority Affairs and presently Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha) and R V Deshpande (Minister of Tourism), Roshan Baig (Minister of Infrastructure, Government of Karnataka), will grace the occasion. A walk through time in the palaces, forts and dargahs of the Bahmani Sultans of Bijapur, Bidar and Gulbarga through visuals, poetry, music and songs, by Pandit Vithal Rao, is the highlight of the evening. Urdu poetry sung by renowned classical vocalist Vidya Rao and Urdu poetry and introduction by Shagufta Yasmin will lend flavour to this celebration.When: April 8Where: Fountain Lawn, IICTiming: 6.30 – 8.30 pmlast_img read more

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Jalosathis ensuring safe commute for Kolkatans

first_imgKolkata: Deployment of jalosathis at transit points of inland waterways is ensuring safety and security to commuters.It may be mentioned that the Mamata Banerjee government has taken all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of people who travel across river Hooghly in vessels. Major steps were taken after the Telenipara incident that had claimed some lives. The state government had decided to develop jetties at the transit points following Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), to avoid any untoward incident. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBesides upgrading the existing earmarked jetties, new ones were also constructed following the SOP that ensured proper illumination in the area, necessary infrastructure to check overloading of vessels, etc. At the same time, the idea was mooted to deploy well-trained persons at the jetties so that the SOPs are maintained and so, the jalosathis were posted at the jetties. The jalosathis underwent necessary training in this connection before they were posted at the jetties. Besides ensuring that passenger load of vessels is maintained and no passenger gets onto the jetty before the scheduled time, the jalosathis have also been trained to initiate rescue work in case any untoward incident takes place. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe jalosathis have been commissioned a blue uniform so that they can be easily identified by commuters, who can approach them for any sort of help. Commuters also feel confident in travelling in the vessels due to the presence of jalosathis at the transit points. At night, the jalosathis ensure that the area remains properly illuminated so that commuters do not face problem in getting down from vessels due to lack of sufficient light at the transit points. The jalosathis follow the orders strictly so that no overloading takes place. They also help elderly people as and when required. They also ensure that there is no rush to get onto the vessels, to prevent any accident.last_img read more

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