Federal officials are pulling the plug on an ambitious plan hatched 14 years ago to follow the health of 100,000 U.S. children from before birth to age 21. The National Children’s Study (NCS), which has struggled to get off the ground and has already cost more than $1.2 billion, has too many flaws to be carried out in a tight budget environment, advisers today told National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins. He announced he is dismantling the study immediately.At the same time, the advisers endorsed the aims of the study and urged NIH to fund related research. NIH now plans to figure out a way to do that by redirecting some of NCS’s $165 million in funding for 2015, Collins said today at a meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD).Collins insisted that the news is not all bad. “This is not killing the study. It is discontinuing a study in the form that had been previously contemplated. 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I think it was not only the right thing, it was the only thing that could be done,” said pediatrician and epidemiologist Nigel Paneth of Michigan State University in East Lansing, who is part of a group of academic researchers who until recently led NCS research sites.Congress called for NCS in 2000, outlining a longitudinal study that would look at the influences of a range of factors, from chemical to psychosocial, on child development and health. Planners decided to enroll 100,000 children before birth and investigate a range of hypotheses developed by hundreds of scientists. To assemble a representative sample of the U.S. population, they would recruit pregnant women by knocking on doors in a random sample of about 100 counties. In 2007, funding ramped up for a pilot called the Vanguard Study.But the recruitment plan proved too cumbersome, so NCS tested other designs. Concerned about costs, in 2012 NIH dropped the 40 NCS sites at academic institutions and turned the 5000 children enrolled in the Vanguard Study over to a few large contractors. It also slashed NCS’s then-$194-million-a-year budget.The changes sparked an uproar from researchers at the 40 NCS sites, who argued that the new NCS plan would compromise the study’s goals. Congress then called for an Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) review. That panel’s June 2014 report concluded that NCS had great potential, but found problems with its design and management. Collins put the study on hold and asked a working group of the ACD to advise him on its future.That group, co-chaired by Philip Pizzo and Russ Altman of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, released its report today. The group agrees with the need to study how exposures early in life affect health. But it concurred with the IOM/NRC panel that there are numerous problems with NCS, which would likely cost billions of dollars. Despite years of planning, “there is no protocol,” Pizzo said, and developing one could take 18 to 24 months.In addition, the study as currently envisioned does not take into account new science, such as the role of microbial communities in health. And it is not designed to make use of new technologies such as social media and electronic medical records that could bring down costs.The working group also agreed with IOM that the study’s management team lacks appropriate scientific expertise. When they consulted with experts from the environmental health, epidemiology, and pediatrics community, most told them NCS should be redesigned or discontinued. The working group’s conclusion: NCS, “as currently outlined, is not feasible.”The report recommends that the NCS program office at NIH be disassembled and the Vanguard Study be mothballed, with existing data and biospecimens made available to outside researchers. It also recommends a “series of smaller focused studies” that “could make the original goals of the NCS more achievable, feasible, and affordable.”Collins said he is moving immediately to carry out these recommendations. He will close the NCS program office, which has about 25 staff members, and phase out contracts for the Vanguard Study and other NCS work.NIH also expects to redirect some of NCS’s funding, a plan that Congress has already endorsed. The 2015 omnibus spending bill moving through Congress states that the $165 million allocated for NCS could instead go to NIH institutes to “support activity related to the goals and objectives of the NCS.” That “could be pretty exciting,” Collins said.Paneth says former NCS investigators are already thinking about ways that they could conduct smaller studies with some of the same objectives. If funding does go for related work, “that would be a very positive outcome of this,” he says. But as he notes, one question is whether the extra funding will continue beyond 2015. At today’s meeting, Collins noted that NIH already spends about $1.2 billion a year on research involving environmental influences on children’s health.
In a comprehensive transfer of IAS officers, the Gujarat government on Friday appointed 1986-batch IAS officer Sangeeta Singh as Additional Chief Secretary (Home). A total of 79 IAS officers of the State have been transferred by the State government. Sangeeta Singh has been shifted from Personnel Department to Home Department, while Kamal Dayani has been posted as Principal Secretary (Personnel). Other officers who figure in the transfer list include Pankaj Joshi as Principal Secretary, Energy and Petrochemical and M Thennarasan as MD of Gujarat Industrial Development Board (GIDC) from Surat, where he was Municipal Commissioner. The transfer orders involve Municipal Commissioners of Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara and District Collectors of Navsari, Godhara, Bhavnagar, Porbandar, Kutch, Rajkot and Aravalli. Kutch Collector Remya Mohan has been shifted as Rajkot Collector, while M. Nagrajan has been posted in her place as Collector of Kutch.
Updates:India came up with a dominant batting performance to send Australia packing out of ICC World Twenty20. Virat Kohli’s stature as the game’s best finisher grows with every passing match-day. Here’s what the two captains had to say after India’s six-wicket victorySmith: That was a serious innings from Kohli. Zampa could have bowled one more over. But Virat played an unbelievable knock. I thought 160 was about par. And it took an incredible innings from Kohli to take them over the line. We let ourselves down in the game against NZ. It’s been great fun to play here at the World Cup.Dhoni: I think it was a tough score. If you see their batting, first 6 overs was good. It was difficult to hit from the back of a length. However, looking at the side boundaries, we felt we could put their fielders under pressure. It’s not the first time I have enjoyed his batting from the non-striker’s end. He has done it consistently from the last 6-7 years. He has kept improving his game. Now the other batsmen need to step up too. Can’t always rely on him. I feel that we are batting at 65% of our potential barring Virat. Yuvraj Singh was very good and I felt that Pandya bowled well too. The credit needs to go to the bowlers for pulling the game back from the 6th over to the 14th over. Running between wickets is a key aspect of modern cricket. Every side has fielders who are not very quick. The moment you convert singles to doubles off the best fielders, the others get demotivated. advertisementVirat Kohli rates the innings among his top three. This is what he has to say at the post-match ceremony. No prizes for guessing the Man of the Match.The iconic image of #WT20 so far as Virat Kohli’s heroics lead #IND to a home semi-final in Mumbai #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/Ozh2whygu2 ICC (@ICC) March 27, 2016Thank you. Firstly, I would like to thank the crowd for coming out and supporting us; the support today was unbelievable. They (the crowd) push you through tough times. This is what you play cricket for. You don’t like these situations because they are tough. I don’t know what to say, because I am overwhelmed by the situation we were in and to win from there was quite an effort. MS kept me calm in the end; I could have got overexcited. Overall good team effort and very happy with my personal contribution. Yuvraj wanted to see where he was going after he twisted his ankle. But he stuck in and a few boundaries helped, and then he decided to go for the team’s cause. He perished but he made a great call. He wasn’t able to push as you want him to push as a runner. He’s such an explosive player that you don’t want to have him at 60-70 percent. Dhoni and I have always run well between the wickets. We have a great understanding about where to hit the ball. You do those gym fitness for this. When I’m tired, I should be able to run as fast as when I’m on zero. All those training paid off today. This innings has to be in the Top 3. But I am a bit emotional, so I will put this on top. What a knock this was Virat Kohli. He has single-handedly taken India into the semis. His match awareness, as Sachin Tendulkar says is brilliant. He started off cautiously, kept getting the singles and the doubles and stepped on the gas when Faulkner came into the attack. Tremendous innings under pressure. India will now meet West Indies in the semi-finals of the tournament in Mumbai on March 31 while New Zealand and England will battle for a spot in the final in Delhi on March 30. India inningsIndia have beaten Australia by six wickets and are through to the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 2016. 22.55 IST: Four! Dhoni finishes it in his own style. Everyone saw that coming. IND 161/4 in 19.1 overs. That moment when Virat Kohli hits a massive six That moment when Virat Kohli hits a massive 6 to help drive #IND into #WT20 Semi-Finals #INDvAUShttps://t.co/r1AyS5XwWk ICC (@ICC) March 27, 2016Will we see a Dhoni special now? Kohli is on 82 from 51 balls. 22.53 IST: Four! Another cracking shot through the covers to finish the over. 16 runs came from it. Kohli’s temperament is extremely admirable. A true match-winner for the team. IND 157/4 in 19 overs. advertisement22.52 IST: Four! Magic! Kohli comes down the track and pelts one past the cover fielder. This man was born for chases, wasn’t he? India now need 8 from 8.22.51 IST: Four! Once again, Virat Kohli is making light work of this chase. Poor delivery on Virat Kohli’s pads and he doesn’t wait a second to punish the bowler. IND 149/4 in 18.3 overs. 22.50 IST: Four! Kohli misses the first ball of Coulter-Nile over but slices the second one past point. He knows exactly where the fielders are. This is one brilliant knock rom Virat Kohli. IND 145/4 in 18.2 overs. 22.47 IST: 19 runs off Faulkner’s over. India now need 20 from 2 overs. That was the big over the Indians were waiting for. Dhoni and Kohli are lightning between the wickets. They have collected all the extra runs that Kohli and Yuvraj weren’t able to. IND 141/4 in 18 overs. The partnership between these two reads 47 frm 24 balls. 22.44 IST: Four, four and a six. Kohli has murdered Faulkner in the first three balls of this 18th over. 14 runs from the first half off the over. Virat is now 64 off 43. This man is ice-cool during the chases. Makes it look easy as well. IND 135/4 in 17.3 overs. 22.41 IST: Four! Dhoni edges one to the boundary. India now need 39 from 18. However, Watson has completed a brilliant four-over spell. IND 122/4 in 17 overs. 22.39 IST: Virat Kohli reaches his fifty in Watson’s final over. It’s his 15th T20I half-century. He is India’s man for chases. Can he do it once again? IND 117/4 in 16.5 overs.22.36 IST: Another two to end the over. Dhoni and Virat have taken four twos this over. Top-notch running from these two men. They have gone after Hazlewood in his last over. IND 114/4 in 16 overs. 22.34 IST: Four! Kohli has decided to cut loose here, came down the track and smashed it towards the mid-wicket boundary. These two batsmen have been running well between the wickets. Much needed momentum this for India. IND 110/4. Eight runs were scored off the 15th over. India need 59 from 5 overs. It will be interesting to see how these two approach the chase from here. Hazlewood into the attack.22.29 IST: Four! Dhoni pulls Watson to the deep fine-leg boundary to bring up India’s 100. This boundary should take the pressure of Kohli. IND 100/4 in 14.4 overs. MS Dhoni in the middle as Faulkner Watson comes back. The all-rounder has been brilliant on the field today. Two wickets and a stunning catch so far. 22.25 IST: OUT! Watson has taken a blinder to dismiss Yuvraj SIngh for 21. James Faulkner gets the wicket. A crucial 45-run stand has been snapped. IND 94/4 in 14 overs. Bowling change for Australia, Faulkner into the attack 22.21 IST: Good over for India, nine from it. Yuvraj Singh got going with a big hit off the leg-spinner Zampa. Kohli and Yuvraj have stitched a 41-run partnership here. Can they carry on? IND 89/3 in 13 overs. 22.17 IST: Good over for India, 12 runs off it. India still need 81 from 8 overs. IND 80/3 in 12 overs. 22.15 IST: SIX! Kohli deposits one into the long-off boundary. This is a pressure-release shot from Kohli. IND 75/3 in 11.2 overs. Kohli moves to 26 now. IND 75/3 in 11.3 overs.advertisementMaxwell to continue 22.14 IST: Kohli and Yuvraj were able to manage only three runs off Zampa’s first over. The required run-rate has climbed past the 10-run mark. IND 68/3 in 11 overs. Spin from both ends now. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa into the attack. 22.09 IST: Six runs off Maxwell’s first over. Yuvraj is seriously struggling here. Kohli is not happy with the loss of extra runs on the field. Yuvraj is not be able to match Kohli’s pace now. IND 65/3 in 10 overs.22.05 IST: Yuvraj is limping. Should he continue or make way for someone else. He seems to be in a lot of pain at the moment. IND 59/3 in 9 overs. The required run-rate has gone past 9. They need 102 from 66 deliveries. Yuvraj Singh wants to continue batting. The replays showed him twisting his ankle at the moment he started to run. 21.59 IST: Yuvraj has gone down after hitting a boundary of the first ball. He was limping towards the non-strikers end, seems to have pulled a muscle here. The physio is on the field. Not good signs for the hosts. IND 55/3 in 8.2 overs.21.56 IST: Brilliant over from Watson again. Five runs and a wicket off that over. Watson has figures of 2-0-8-2 so far. It seems he badly wants to play two more matches in this tournament. IND 50/3 in 8 overs.Yuvraj Singh joins Kohli in the middle. Steve Smith has a short-leg of Yuvraj. 21. 54 IST: OUT! Shane Watson gets one more here. He is making it difficult for India. Suresh Raina once again falls prey for a short delivery. He goes for 10 as Indiia’s chase looks dented. IND 49/3 in 7.4 overs. Suresh Raina walks in at No. 4 for India. James Faulkner into the attack after the powerplay. Rohit Sharma played a nothing shot there. Came down the track and missed to connect. Not a good start this for India. They have lost two inside the powerplay. Once again, there is huge pressure on Kohli. 21.45 IST: OUT! Big blow for India. Rohit Sharma departs for 12. Shane Watson gets him and goes celebrates animatedly on the field. IND 37/2 in 5.5 overs. 21.42 IST: Shane Watson into the attack, first bowling change for Australia. He will be dangerous given the conditions support slow-ball bowling. He wouldn’t want to give up without a fight in this match. It could be his last if Australia loses. IND 35/1 in 6.1 overs. 10 runs from the fifth over. Kohli has announced his arrival with two text-book shots. Australia would be hoping for his wicket. Rohit has been silent so far. 21.40 IST: Four! Another one, this time Hazlewood bowled it wide off the stumps and Kohli leans forward to push it beyond point. IND 33/1 in 4.4 overs. 21.39 IST: Four! Classy shot from Kohli. Hazlewood should have not bowled at his pads. Kohli just needs a flick of his wrists to score four runs. IND 29/1 in 4.3 overs. 21.38 IST: Steve Smith has a slip for Kohli as Hazlewood continues. Australia know the importance of this wicket. If he stays for long, 161 will be an easy chase for India21.37 IST: Good over from Coulter-Nile. Six runs and a wicket. IND 24/1 in 4 overs. Virat Kohli walks into the middle. 21.35 IST: OUT! Dhawan falls for 13 after showing some promise. Coulter-Nile strikes with a short ball. A big wicket this for Australia. IND 23/1 in 3.5 overs.21.33 IST: Four! Rohit Sharma gets into the act. Pulls Coulter-Nile to the mid-wicket fence. IND 22/0 in 3.1 overs. 21.32 IST: Dhawan wasn’t able to take the attack to Hazlewood after the big six in the second ball. Nine runs conceded in the over. India off to a steady start. IND 18/0 in 3 overs. 21.30 IST: SIX! Dhawan hit a huge one into the mid-wicket boundary. Hazlewood didn’t do anything wrong but Dhawan hits it cleanly off the middle. India need a bit more of these before the ball gets soft. IND 16/0 in 2.2 overs. 21.28 IST: Two runs off Coulter-Nile’s first over. A cautious start this from the Indian openers. IND 9/0 in 2 overs. Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl the second over. 21.24 IST: Seven runs of the first over. India need more in the remaining six overs of their powerplay. Dhawan is looking confident here. IND 7/0 in 1 over. 21.21 IST: Four! Shikhar Dhawan gets going with a lovely cover drive. IND 5/0 in 0.2 overs. 21.20 IST: Hazlewood to open the bowling for Australia. Rohit Sharma takes strike. 21.16 IST: The Australian players are having a discussion near the boundary line. India need 161 to book a semi-final berth. Will not be an easy chase on this track. All eyes on the two Indian openers now. Australia inningsIt was a commendable effort from MS Dhoni after his bowlers went for plenty in the first six overs. Jadeja and Yuvraj picked up crucial wickets and kept the Australian batsmen quiet. Bumrah and Nehra were spot on at the death to prevent Australia from getting a improbable total. From 53/0 in four overs, India have done well to restrict Australia to 160 here. However, looking at the nature of the wicket, the Indian openers have to give the team a solid start in the first six overs. Faulkner and Watson, with their variations, will be key to Australia’s chances today. Tough pitch to bat on. Middling score. But huge comeback from 53-0/4 overs Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 27, 2016Australia started with a flourish and lost the momentum in the middle overs. Thanks to Maxwell and Nevill they were able to scrape through to 160 in the end. 20.59 IST: SIX! Peter Nevill makes the most of the two balls he gets to bat. A boundary and a six to finish the innings. Australia have made exactly 160 in their 20 overs. 20.57 IST: Four! After two dot balls Pandya concedes a boundary. Lucky for Watson as he gets an outside edge and the ball flew past Dhoni. AUS 149/6 in 19.3 overs.20.55 IST: OUT! Pandya gets a wicket off the first ball. Faulkner tries to send the ball over the long on boundary but finds Virat Kohli well inside the ropes. AUS 145/6. India have done extremely well after the openers gave Australia a great start. 20.53 IST: Nine runs off the 19th over. Bumrah did well to pull it back after conceding a boundary off the first ball. Australia have six balls left in their innings. AUS 145/5 in 19 overs. 20.49 IST: Top over under pressure from the veteran Nehra, only four runs off it. AUS 136/5. They are losing momentum here..Nehra to bowl his final over. Bumrah has got one left. Who will bowl one more over for India? Pandya? Ashwin? Dhoni has used Yuvraj very well after Ashwin went for runs in his first spell. 3-19-0-1 for Yuvraj. 20.44 IST: Bumrah, as usual, delivers a brilliant over at the death. Three runs and the crucial wicket of the dangerous Maxwell in that over. AUS 132/5 in 17 overs. Faulkner into the attack. 20.41 IST: OUT! Huge wicket! Bumrah cleans up Maxwell with a slower ball. The aggressive all-rounder departs for 31. AUS 130/5 in 16.3 overs.Bumrah into the attack. He has been good at the death so far in this tournament. Maxwell though can ruin any bowler’s rhythm. He is well set on 31 here.. 20.39 IST: Maxwell is not holding back anymore. A six with a reverse sweep off the last ball of Jadeja’s over. 15 runs were scored from it. AUS 129/4 in 16 overs. Jadeja to bowl the 16th 20.35 IST: Watson is getting a move on here. He got a boundary off Pandya’s over there. 10 runs came off that over as well. AUS 114/4 with five overs to go. Pandya to continue. The ball is not coming onto the bat well. Australians are struggling to middle the ball here.. Enjoying watching @YUVSTRONG12 bowl. Seems to enjoy playing Australia Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 27, 201620.30 IST: Another good over from Yuvraj, four runs off it. He didn’t give the Australian batsmen any pace to work with. Signs of things to come? Australia’s run-rate has dropped to 7.43 an over. AUS 104/4 in 14 overs. Yuvraj has been given another over. Shane Watson walks into bat. Will this be his last match? 20.26 IST: OUT! Pandya does it with the bouncer once again. Finch falls for 43. It’s a big blow for Australia now. They have lost a well-set batsman. AUS 100/4 in 13 overs. 20.25 IST: Four! Finch gets the much needed boundary for Australia. He brings up Australia’s 100 as well. AUS 100/3 in 12.5 overs.Finch hit 43 off 34 to lead Australia’s charge. (AP Photo)Pandya to bowl the 13th over. Australia haven’t been able to score boundaries at will here. It has been 28 balls since they hit one. AUS 93/3 in 12 overs. 20.20 IST: India have been a bit inconsistent on the field today but this time Raina does brilliantly at the long on boundary to save two runs for the team. AUS 90/3 in 11.3 overs. Yuvraj to continue 20.18 IST: Pandya keeps the batsmen in check from scoring big runs. He concedes only four off his over. Australia are struggling to get the big ones here. They have managed only 32 runs in their last seven overs. AUS 85/3 in 11 overs. Hardik Pandya into the attack 20.14 IST: Yuvraj completes a successful over. Australia have scored only 28 runs in their last six overs after they got off to a flyer. India have struck three times after that. It has been a commendable effort from the Men in Blue so far. AUS 81/3 in 10 overs.Yuvraj has this ability to pick up wickets with nothing balls. He does it again here.. The big-hitting Glenn Maxwell is in the middle. When will we Ashwin coming back to bowl? 20.09 IST: OUT! Yuvraj has got the big fish, the Australian captain for 2 off his first ball of the tournament. A faint edge and Dhoni safely pouched it. Smith is unhappy with the decision and the replays aren’t showing any nick. Smith walks off the field anyways. AUS 76/3 in 9.1 overs20.07 IST: Brilliant over from Jadeja, only a single run off it. He does well on the field off his own bowling as well. Smith has joined Finch in the middle and the latter is key to Australia’s chances here. AUS 74/2 in 9 overs.Big wicket that for India. Ashwin has removed the dangerous Warner. India have staged a good fightback here. 20.03 IST: OUT! Warner falls. Ashwin has a wicket here. Warner came down the track only to see the ball passing him and landing in Dhoni’s gloves. Dhoni takes his time to dislodge the bails. AUS 72/2 in 8.5 overs. 20.02 IST: Finch is winning the contest against Ashwin here. He gets another boundary here, a backfoot punch to the cover fences this time. AUS 71/1 in 7.3 overs: Ashwin into the attack and Finch is facing him. 20.00 IST: Another tight over. Jadeja has begun well. Dhoni would be happy if India can get a couple of wickets here. AUS 64/1 in 7 overs. Dhoni brings in Jadeja immediately after the powerplay 19.56 IST: Back to back good overs. Four runs of this Bumrah over. India have pulled it back a little. The powerplay is over now and Australia have made good use of it. AUS 59/1 in 6 overs. 19.53 IST: Bumrah appeals for an LBW against Warner. The Australian batsman, in an exclusive interview to India Today, had said Australia were wary of the young pacer Bumrah. The right-hand bowler almost got him trapped in front there. AUS 56/1 in 5.3 overs19.52 IST: End of a good over from Nehra. He bowled consistently and was able to remove the dangerous Khawaja in the over. Two runs a wicket from the over. AUS 55/1 in 5 overs. 19.49 IST: WICKET! Nehra removes Khawaja with a fuller delivery; good catch by Dhoni and the crowd erupts. Australia 54/1 off 4.2 overs as David Warner walks into the middle. 19.47 IST: Ashwin’s first over goes for 22 runs. Australia are 53/0 off 4 overs. 19.46 IST: Finch runs two, Australia 52/0 off 3.5 overs 19.45 IST: Five wides! The carrom ball goes wrong; wide down the leg-side and the ball races away to the fence. 19.45 IST: SIX! Another one for Finch. Australia are taking India apart here. They are 44/0 off 3.4 overs 19.44 IST: SIX! Ashwin delivers a length ball and Finch has deposited it into the fences; Australia 38/0 off 4.3 overs MS Dhoni makes a bowling change. R Ashwin into the attack now 19.41 IST: Khawaja is punishing the Indian bowler here. He has already hit six boundaries in three overs. Finch indicated to Khawaja that the ball was keeping low. The left-hander was quick enough to come down the track and smash him. AUS 31/0 in 3 overs 19.37 IST: Khawaja cuts the lass ball in the gap to the boundary. He has hit four boundaries off Bumrah’s over. He is not afraid to play cross-bat shots on this Mohali track where the ball is coming on to the bat nicely. AUS 21/0 in 2 overs19.35 IST: Four! Bumrah is being punished for bowling length balls. Khawaja has hit two successive boundaries. AUS 13/0 in 1.3 overs. Bumrah to bowl the second over. 19.33 IST: Squared up. Nehra has found the perfect length on this track. A quiet over to start with. AUS 4/0 in 1 overs. There is movement early on for the pacers on this track. Nehra has been moving it away from Khawaja. Will Dhoni go with Ashwin to bowl from the other end? 19.32 IST: Ashish Nehra has comeback well after conceding a boundary of the first ball of the over, three dot balls on the trot. AUS 4/0 in 0.4 overs. 19.27 IST: Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja walk out for Australia. Looks like Ashish Nehra will open the bowling for Team India. Mohali is packed and they are becoming louder and louder. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is having a discussion with his teammates in the middle. Both the captains have decided not to tinker with their squads. It will be interesting to see where David Warner bats today. Former cricketers feel No. 4 is not the ideal position for the aggressive batsman. 19.24 IST: The teams have gathered for the national anthems. Australia’s is being played first. 19.21 IST: The teams batting first have won all the matches here. Australia have the advantage after winning the toss here today 19:15 IST: Here are the playing XIs:India: RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, SK Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (Captain & WK), HH Pandya, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, A Nehra, JJ BumrahAustralia: AJ Finch, UT Khawaja, DA Warner, SPD Smith (Captain), GJ Maxwell, SR Watson, JP Faulkner, PM Nevill (WK), A Zampa, NM Coulter-Nile, JR Hazlewood 19:03 IST: Australia won the toss, elected to bat vs India. MS Dhoni said he would have batted on this pitch as well. Both sides unchanged. Sourav Ganguly feels Ashwin will be key to India’s chances today in Mohli. He expects Ashwin to bowl with the new ball today against in-form Australian left-handers Usman Khawaja and David Warner. 18. 41 IST: We’re twenty minutes away from the toss. 18.40 IST: Word from the ground is that there is no dew. However, the pitch has already seen 40 overs of cricket between India Women and West Indies Women. The hosts were eventually knocked out of the tournament. The pitch now is expected to be on the slower side. Indian team leaving for the stadium. They look geared up for the big match. #WT20 Men: #Ind team leaving for the stadium earlier today. We take on #Aus at 1930 hrs ISThttps://t.co/MLBTsH0lRL BCCI (@BCCI) March 27, 201618.35 IST: Elsewherer in Nagpur, Afghanistan stun table-toppers West Indies by six runs. What a tournament this has been? 17.30 IST: We’re hopeful of a better surface in Mohali today. Indian batsmen haven’t been at ease playing on tricky surfaces so far. 17.26 IST: Ganguly wants Dhoni to bat higher-up the order today. “I don’t see with the playing XI in this match, I want to see Dhoni at No .4 because Yuvraj is not in great touch,” he said. Dhoni is striking the ball clean at the nets.. #WT20 Men: The #Ind Captain is here and so is that sweet sound from his willow – @msdhonihttps://t.co/ToJqSWyTai BCCI (@BCCI) March 26, 201617.25 IST: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly says the poor form of Indian openers shouldn’t worry the team. “The form of openers is not a worry, they are not batting on best of surfaces. Mohali pitch offers bounce, so we can see them getting back to runs against Australia,” he said. 17.19 IST: We’re little less than two hours from the toss in Mohali. India haven’t played a game yet at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in this tournament while Australia played a high-scoring game against Pakistan earlier this week. 17.15 IST: It’s India vs Australia in Mohali today. The winner of this high-octane clash will join New Zealand from Group 2 in the semi-finals. Both India and Australia have won two games each losing their opening encounters to New Zealand at this year’s tournament.Preview: Forget the net run rate. Forget the pre-tournament hype. Forget New Zealand’s domination so far. It’s India vs Australia in Mohali and it’s a must-win for either team if they have to enter the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20.The pitch in Mohali is expected to be batsmen friendly and Indian batsman can relax a bit after facing heavy criticism for the lack of dominating performances in the earlier matches. Coming to the bowling department, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have done what they were expected to do on three turning pitches. They will be lethal in Mohali as well, because they know what to do on flat decks. India will be a dangerous side in batting friendly conditions and Australia will remember that from their encounters in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney in January.Australia, however, will be high on confidence after their loss to New Zealand in Dharamsala in their tournament opener. They came back to defeat Bangladesh and then overcame a desperate Pakistan. Steve Smith was in belligerent mood, slamming an unbeaten 61 while James Faulkner picked 5/27.It won’t be easy for India on Sunday. A confident Australian unit is always dangerous. They included Aaron Finch and he is likely to retain his place in the XI against India. Several experts feel David Warner should move up the order to partner Finch but Australia will persist with Usman Khawaja.David Warner wary of Jasprit Bumrah, ready for Ravichandran Ashwin threat Explosive Australian opener David Warner said he was ready to deal with star Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin when the two sides meet in a crunch ICC world Twenty20 match in Mohali on Sunday (Read More)In-form Virat Kohli up for Australian challenge Virat Kohli said the Indian team was ready for the Australian challenge in the virtual quarter-final of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 in Mohali tomorrow. The star batsman also said his style of cricket is very similar to that of Australia’s and that he enjoys playing against them. (Read More)India vs Australia will be an open game, says Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar said Australia can match India’s batting firepower but felt that the hosts have a more balanced bowling attack. The two sides clash in a crunch ICC World T20 game on Sunday. 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Android One-based phones have been around since 2014, but, their existence or the lack thereof, is subject of much debate. In fact, well until September 5, 2017, it was widely speculated — to the extent that it wasn’t even a speculation any more — that Android One was dead. Only Android One was never dead. You can say that it was on a sabbatical or something like it, but, dead it wasn’t. September 5, 2017 will go down in history as the day when Android One was re-launched albeit under a slightly different set of rules and guidelines.At the helm of Android One’s second innings is Xiaomi, a company often called, the Apple of China. And the device in question, at the helm of Android One’s second innings, is the Mi A1.The Xiaomi Mi A1, just like Google’s Android One phones of yore, is a cost-effective handset geared towards emerging markets like India with promised timely OS updates right from the global search engine giant. Only it’s unlike any Android One phone that you’ve seen before. The Mi A1 is notably the most premium phone, both in terms of looks and build as well as in terms of hardware specs, to launch under Google’s Android One program. This is a stark departure from what Google’s Android One stood for, once upon a time. The times they are a-changin’. For the better, hopefully.Design and build qualityThe Mi A1, much like any other Xiaomi phone, looks (and feels) like an expensive phone, but it isn’t expensive at all. Boasting of a full-metal body and dual rear cameras, the Mi A1 would — invariably — remind you of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, especially from the behind. The same is true about the phone’s front as well. Everything from the 2.5 D curved glass — which is Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 for your reference — on the front to the antenna lines placement on the back, screams the iPhone. The only visible difference is seen in the fingerprint scanner placement. As opposed to the iPhone 7 Plus that comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Xiaomi Mi A1 sports one on the back. The Mi A1 further comes with physical capacitive keys on the front which are back-lit.advertisementThe Mi A1 may look remarkably like the iPhone 7 Plus, but, at least it looks good while at it. Also, it costs peanuts in comparison, so that’s that. You’ll have to dig a little deeper to understand its design philosophy though. The Mi A1, in fact, borrows heavily from Xiaomi’s gentle giant, the Mi Max 2: you can call it a smaller Mi Max 2 if you may.”It’s pretty, the Mi Max 2. Had it been a more mainstream phone with a more mainstream size, the Mi Max 2 could have been the best looking phone at under Rs 20,000,” is what I had written about the Mi Max 2’s design not long ago, clearly smitten by its single slab of metal design. The Mi A1 was the mainstream phone that I was looking for back in the day and now that it is here, well, let’s just give some credit where it’s due. The Mi A1 is, without a doubt, the best looking phone at under Rs 20,000 right now. Period.That’s not to say that it’s without its flaws though. The Mi A1 that takes great pride in its aesthetically pleasing curves can be tad slippery and unmanageable at times. The fingerprint scanner on the back, although it’s mostly fast and accurate, isn’t in the same ballpark as the one on-board the Redmi Note 4.DisplayThe Mi A1 comes with a 5.5-inch Full-HD LTPS display that amounts to 1080×1920 pixels (403 ppi pixel density) and 450nit brightness. Unlike Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 and Mi Max 2, the screen of the Mi A1 can get really bright and also because it’s not as reflective as the aforementioned phones, the Mi A1 offers better overall outdoor legibility in comparison.Xiaomi could have done a better job with the screen’s colour reproduction though. The Mi A1 can get really bright, but, colours on-board aren’t always the most accurate: they seem muted and lacking in contrast. The Redmi Note 4 certainly did a better job at colour reproduction, but then, it wasn’t as bright as the Mi A1, so I guess, you win some and you lose some.SoftwareXiaomi’s custom ROM, aka MIUI, although it offers a seamless experience across the board, is known for some heavy skinning on top of Android, something that hard-core geeks don’t really appreciate. Also, because there’s third-party skinning involved — and because Xiaomi likes to update each and every device in its portfolio more or less on similar lines — the fact that users have to wait longer for updates, doesn’t go down well with many. That besides the fact that the company is known to kill some key Android features just so it can maintain uniformity across its devices is a subject of much debate.advertisementTake the Redmi Note 4 for instance. When Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 4 in India in January, the phone shipped with Android Marshmallow (based MIUI 8). In early August, the phone started receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update (MIUI 8.5) alongside the July Android security patch. Interestingly, the Redmi Note 4 — as per a Xiaomi listing — isn’t scheduled to get Android 7.1 although an update to MIUI 9 is expected in the days to come. If Xiaomi’s listing is to be gone by, chances are the Redmi Note 4 may be stuck with Android 7.0 for the rest of its life. To expect an Android Oreo upgrade from it, would be wishful thinking for now.The Mi A1 is essentially a Xiaomi phone running stock Android and to cut short the chase here: it flies like no other phone at its price pointJust so you know, Xiaomi’s phones are in no way inadequate — or inferior — in software standards to counterparts. It’s just that Xiaomi operates in an entirely different manner. Xiaomi doesn’t toil with Android AOSP APIs. Rather, the company adds its own features on top of the AOSP. A lot of this happens at the ground level which is why — for most users — there would generally be very little visible difference between a Marshmallow-based MIUI and a Nougat-based MIUI.A lot of this also happens without changing an Android version. It is the MIUI version that one would see changing at all times, and going by went sXiaomi’s history, the company is in the habit of changing that way too frequently. Xiaomi’s phones may not always boast of the latest version of Android, but, they most certainly aren’t losing out on much anyways, according to Xiaomi. This also helps Xiaomi to keep updating all its phones no matter the release window.But there is still an audience, and a sizable one at that, that would still take Android Nougat over Marshmallow and it would want it as quickly as possible. That’s where Xiaomi’s new Mi A1 steps in. Not only would the Mi A1 pack in the latest and greatest in Android at all times, it would be the closest thing next to what a certain Google Pixel has to offer at the end of the day: unadulterated software.The Mi A1, for your reference, runs stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat out-of-the-box and will be updated to the recently announced Android Oreo by the end of this year, Xiaomi has confirmed. Xiaomi (and Google), in fact, have gone so far as to say that the Mi A1 will also be getting Android P — or whatever Google decides to call the Android O successor — when it launches later next year.advertisementUnlike a certain Nokia 6, or a Moto G5S Plus, or a Lenovo K8 Plus — that all run a stock version of Android Nougat out-of-the-box — however, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is the closest it gets to pure unadulterated Google software. Both Lenovo and Moto phones ship with extra apps and features, in addition to a slightly tweaked (non-Pixel) launcher. Both Lenovo and Moto are expected to roll out Android Oreo for many of its key phones, but there’s no definite time-line for the same. The same is true about the Nokia 6 (the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3) as well. The Mi A1 Android One-based phone, meanwhile, is pretty well sorted in this regard.Having said that, although the Xiaomi Mi A1 runs a near 100 per cent version of stock Android, the phone also ships with the company’s Mi Feedback and Mi Remote apps. While the purpose of the Mi Feedback app is to let users report issues with the phone, the Mi Remote app allows users to use the Mi A1’s IR-blaster. While the Mi Remote app can be uninstalled, the Mi Feedback app can’t. Also, the camera app in the case of the Mi A1 is again hallmark Xiaomi. This is because the stock Google camera app can’t do dual camera gimmickry like taking portrait shots at this point of time, according to Xiaomi.Performance and battery lifeThe Mi A1 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU, 4 gigs of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The Snapdragon 625, which is also inside the company’s much popular budget phone the Redmi Note 4 (as also inside the gigantic Mi Max 2), is notably the first Snapdragon 600-series chipset to be built on the power-efficient 14nm finfet process. The technology essentially allows a processor — the Snapdragon 625 in this case — with multiple cores to hit higher clock speeds without overheating and draining the battery quickly. In layman’s terms, you’re more likely to get (much) better battery life and little (or no) overheating in phones powered by a chipset on the lines of the Snapdragon 625.It’s safe to say that the Mi A1 offers the best dual camera implementation on a mid-level budget phone right nowThe Snapdragon 625 has worked its magic in the Redmi Note 4 (as also the Mi Max 2). The Mi A1 has the same processor, but, unlike the Redmi Note 4 (as also the Mi Max 2), the Mi A1 has stock Android at its core. The combination — a deadly one at that — ensures the Mi A1 feels faster in almost every sense of the word in comparison to the Redmi Note 4 that runs MIUI: a custom ROM based on Android. There is of course some room for improvement and hopefully, the next-generation Android One phones from Xiaomi would be a little more refined, especially in terms of touch latency, but overall the Mi A1 paints a pretty picture.It’s safe to say that the Mi A1 doesn’t disappoint, as far as regular day-to-day usage is concerned. And also, it runs mostly cool while at it. It is quick and responsive in every sense of the word and there were no drastic visible lags or stutter while navigating between home screens and/or multitasking in my review unit. The Mi A1 handles basic games quite well. Graphics-intensive games are prone to some lag especially during extended usage.The bottom-firing mono speaker on-board the Mi A1 can get loud but there is often some digitization at peak volume. Phone calls made with the phone are of excellent quality and we did not encounter any odd call drop issues with our review unit.The 3,080mAh battery inside the Mi A1 may not inspire the same level of confidence as the 4,000mAh+ and 5,000mAh+ batteries inside the Redmi Note 4 and the Mi Max 2, but, it should easily get most users through a full working day without any hiccups. Extreme usage scenarios got us close to 11 hours on the Mi A1 which is a fairly respectable score.The phone charges over USB Type-C — which is a first for any budget-orientated offering from Xiaomi — and the company is also including a custom 380V charger in the box that it says is designed to handle India’s notorious voltage fluctuations.CameraThe Mi A1 comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel — where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto (or zoom lens). The Mi A1, is in fact, the first Xiaomi phone in India to ship with dual cameras.In terms of core specifics, the 26mm wide-angle lens on-board the Mi A1 comes with an f/2.2 aperture while the 50mm telephoto lens boasts of an f/2.6 aperture. This dual camera system offers 2X optical zoom and 10X digital zoom (just like the iPhone 7 Plus) and therefore should technically result in clearer distant shots and professional bokeh effects in portraits. The system is further aided with phase detection auto-focus and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash but there is no optical image stabilisation. On the front, the Mi A1 comes with a 5-megapixel camera. XPreviousNextDual cameras are fast becoming the industry norm, even in the mainstream segment. A lot of them don’t do much though. A lot of this also has to do with the fact that a lot of the phones at under Rs 20,000 with dual cameras don’t offer the complete package. Dual cameras exist as mere luxuries and solve no real world purpose. The Mi A1 changes all this. Not only does the Mi A1 offer a complete package with respect to paper specs, it’s the closest that you can get as far as realizing them in actual usage is concerned. In fact, it’s safe to say that the Mi A1 offers the best dual camera implementation on a mid-level budget phone right now.The Mi A1 literally excels at portrait shots when the lighting is ideal, offering crisp and detailed shots and a creamy background, with little or no blurry edges. The same is true about indoor shots under good artificial lighting as well. The Mi A1’s dual cameras will, in fact, surprise you at how good they can be at their low price. Just don’t expect the moon from them however. The Mi A1, especially its USP portrait mode, is a disappointment in low light. Zoom shots taken with the Mi A1, meanwhile, are fairly respectable for taking reference shots.As far as normal photography is concerned: the Mi A1 captures some good-looking photos — with occasional softness — in good light with good amount of detail and mostly spot-on colours. Also, the Mi A1, surprisingly, does well in macro photography scenarios which means close-up shots come out well (enough) when the light is adequate.Xiaomi’s new phone is also able to capture well to-do photos — with occasional softness — in tricky light situations with good detail. Low light photos are prone to noise.Should you buy it?Xiaomi may go to great lengths to claim how good the Mi A1 looks and feels and does in the camera department, but, the real star of the show here is the software. The Mi A1 is essentially a Xiaomi phone running stock Android and to cut short the chase here: it flies like no other phone at its price point.There’s no denying that Xiaomi makes some great hardware at rock-bottom prices. But the recent turn of events in the market — with major companies lining up to offer stock Android in their phones — seems to indicate, there’s a growing demand for unadulterated software, now more than ever. That’s probably why Google also felt that it was the right time to invest in Android One, one more time, see how it goes.If phones like the Mi A1 are the future of Android One, well, let’s just say, Google’s much-ambitious initiative to connect the next billion, is off to a great start as far as redemption stories are concerned. The Xiaomi Mi A1, as far as I can tell, has every ingredient in the book to make fans (and critics) fall in love with, and the first valiant effort from house Google to resurrect Android One and make the platform count. Shut up and take my money already.Xiaomi Mi A1 review8/10Good stuffPremium buildStock AndroidGood all-round performanceDual camerasBad stuffDisplay lacks contrastLow-light photographyNo fast charger in box
CHICAGO — The young sluggers of the Chicago Cubs are making themselves at home in the playoffs.On a rare off night for Jake Arrieta, the Windy City kids bashed their way to the brink of the NL Championship Series — and a spot in the record book.Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber connected as the Cubs set a postseason mark with six home runs and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-6 on Oct. 12 for a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series.Arrieta struck out nine before departing in the sixth inning, and the bullpen finished the job in the first playoff game at Wrigley Field in seven years.“To see the ball fly out of the yard as many times as it did was incredible,” Arrieta said.Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Dexter Fowler also went deep for Chicago, which held a share of the previous postseason record with five homers in Game 1 of the 1984 NLCS against San Diego.“Pretty impressive,” manager Joe Maddon said. “You know, I know the wind was blowing out — we’ll concede that — but most of them were properly struck. We are definitely capable of that.”A third straight win for the Cubs on Tuesday afternoon, and the once woebegone franchise will advance to the NLCS for the first time in 12 years. The Cardinals, who led the majors with 100 wins this season, have won at least one playoff series in each of the last four years.Jason Hammel starts at home in Game 4. John Lackey, who won the opener, pitches for the Cardinals.“I want to win championships. I want to be on good teams,” Lackey said. “Got a chance here, still, and try to keep it moving.”Jason Heyward and Stephen Piscotty homered for St. Louis, which got to Arrieta for four runs in his worst start in four months. But the Cardinals were unable to keep the Cubs in the ballpark.St. Louis trailed 8-4 before Piscotty hit a two-run shot with two out in the ninth, a scary moment for a towel-waving crowd of 42,411 used to playoff heartache. But Hector Rondon retired Matt Holliday on a harmless bouncer to second, and the party was on.“We were grinding against Arrieta all night and we did have opportunities,” Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny said. “They just kept adding on.”Arrieta improved to 18-1 with a 1.00 ERA in his last 22 starts dating to June 21, but he was far from his usual dominant self. He hadn’t allowed more than three runs in a game since a June 16 loss to Cleveland.And it didn’t matter, not one bit.“Today we got his back — just like he always got our backs,” Castro said.Schwarber, Castro and Bryant homered against Michael Wacha in his first playoff appearance since he threw the final pitch of the 2014 postseason for the Cardinals, a game-ending, three-run shot for Travis Ishikawa in the NLCS against the Giants.Bryant’s two-run drive made it 4-2 with one out in the fifth and chased Wacha in favor of Kevin Siegrist. But Rizzo followed another long ball, a drive to right for his first hit of the playoffs.Even Adam Wainwright got into the act, serving up Soler’s two-run shot in the sixth. Soler, who struggled with injuries for much of the year, is 4 for 4 with two homers, four RBIs and five walks in the series. He is the first player in major league history to reach safely in his first nine postseason plate appearances.The final homer for Chicago went to Fowler, practically an elder statesman in Maddon’s youthful lineup. Fowler doesn’t turns 30 until March, but Soler, Bryant, Rizzo, Schwarber and Castro are all 26 or younger.(JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
Brief scores – Sri Lanka (154 & 197/2) beat South Africa (222 & 128) by eight wickets in the second Test in Port Elizabeth to win 2-match series 2-0. Kusal Mendis 84*, Oshada Fernando 75*. Full ScorecardSri Lanka fought against all odds to become only the third team after Australia and England to win a Test series in South Africa on Saturday.The Lankans staged a stunning comeback after getting hammered by Australia in the series prior to this to stage a massive upset with their clean sweep in the Tests against South Africa.The result ended South Africa’s run of seven straight Test series wins at home and also made Sri Lanka the first Asian team to achieve the feat in the rainbow nation.Sri Lanka had claimed a thrilling first Test in Durban by one wicket and outplayed South Africa in the second by comfortably chasing down 197 with Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando setting up the win with an unbeaten 163-run partnership for the third wicket on Day 3.Mendis top-scored with 84 not out off 110 balls while Fernando scored 75 from 106 balls.Prior to this series, the Lankans had not won a game in any format since October. They also became the first team to whitewash South Africa in a Test series at home since the Proteas’ return to international cricket after the end of apartheid in 1991.For those asking:Since readmission in 1991…Test series victories in South Africa by visiting sides5 by Australia2 by England1 by Sri Lanka#SAvSL https://t.co/EEOerMZvpnMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 23, 2019It’s all over in PE, Sri Lanka have beaten South Africa by 8 wickets. They become the first sub-continent team to win a Test series on our shores. Superb batting by K Mendis (84*) & O Fernando (75*). Tough few days at the office for our boys, we know they’ll bounce back. #SAvSL pic.twitter.com/RfkltLL1qWadvertisementCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 23, 2019″It’s mindblowing that 31 wickets fell in two days, felt like a superb wicket. Actually a nice batting surface, if you put it down to bat batting from both teams, they showed today that if you apply yourself, there were runs to be had.”This is a massive dent, up until this Test series, we were playing well at home, positive and aggressive Tests. Last two Tests, we weren’t on as a team. We didn’t take them for granted, end of season, maybe perhaps the guys were mentally a little bit off. But again that’s no excuse,” South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis said at the post-match presentation.Sri Lanka’s stunning and historic success for a team from the Asian subcontinent – even the mighty India and Pakistan have never managed to do it – came against all expectations after arriving for the two-Test series with a new captain and a patched-up team following a run of three straight series losses and six defeats in seven Tests.Yet the Sri Lankans, completely written off at the start, cruised to victory in Port Elizabeth early on Day 3 of the second match against Test cricket’s No. 2-ranked team, reaching the victory target of 197 for the loss of just two wickets.Also Read | Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando lead Sri Lanka to maiden Test series win in South AfricaAlso Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Day 3 in Port Elizabeth: As it happened
Kolkata: Shovan Mandal from Birbhum Zilla School, who has jointly ranked first along with Rajarshi Barman of Jenkins School in Cooch Behar, has expressed his desire to become a cardiologist to serve poor people in the villages. Rajarshi on the other hand wants to study Physics. Both of them have scored 498 marks out of 500.Shovan, who had stood eighth in the Madhyamik Examination in 2017, was a little surprised when his name was announced. “It was surprising for me as I didn’t expect that I could rank first. It is, however, a great feeling for me. Human physiology is my favourite subject and I want to become a doctor. I have appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year. I have seen that a large number of patients in the villages suffer from heart related ailments. All the patients cannot bear the cost of treatment. I want to treat the patients in the villages at a lesser cost.” Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaShovan also spoke on one of the keys to his success, saying: “I always used to read the text books thoroughly. I also used to practice question-answer series that has paid dividends in the examination. I like to watch cricket and read story books in my leisure time.” Rajarshi, who appeared for the exam from Jenkins School, wants to pursue studies in Physics. He also stressed on the reading of text books minutely to succeed in the exam. His father Bishnupada Barman is a teacher by profession. “I thought that I would get around 475 marks. The number has jumped to 498 in the final examination. I used to read whenever I had time on hands. I always followed text books. I was taken aback when I saw my name flashing on the TV screen,” he said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSanjukta Bose of Bidhannagar Govt High School, who is among the six students securing second position, used to study 17-18 hours per day before the exam. She aspires to be a teacher. One of her relatives said that she wants to study Economics. A resident of Baguiati, Sanjukta has succeeded in the examination despite financial constraints affecting her family. She has received 98 in Economics, 100 in English and 93 in Bengali. All the second rankers have obtained 496 marks. The other students who have jointly ranked second are Tanmay Maikap of Bajkul Balai Chandra Vidyapith of East Midnapore, Swarnadip Saha of Dinhata High School in Cooch Behar, Hritam Nath of Krishnagar Collegiate School, Md Mausam Akhtar of Sundarban Adarsha Vidyamandir and Anatap Mitra of Jenkins School. Tanmay Maikap said that he wants to be a doctor. Mathematics has been his favourite subject. He has scored 100 marks in Mathematics and Chemistry, whereas in English and Physics he has got 99 and 98 respectively. Shreyashi Sarkar of Taki House (Govt Sponsored) Multipurpose Girls High School has jointly ranked fourth and she aspires to be an engineer. She has obtained 492 marks, while Rakesh Dey from Sainthia Town High School, another co-ranker said he wants to study History and become a professor. Satyam Kar from Jadavpur Vidyapith, who has ranked fifth along with 13 others securing 491 marks, said that an extensive reading of text books was his key to success. He wants to be a doctor as well. He had ranked sixth in the Madhyamik Examination in 2017. “I used to study whenever I felt like it. Bio-science is one of my favourite subjects. HS examinees should read the text books thoroughly to get good marks. I want to serve people in the villages after becoming a doctor,” Satyam said.
Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim held talks in the Egyptian town of Sharm el-Sheikh yesterday with the foreign ministers of Chad, Egypt and Libya and senior representatives of the Eritrean President, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters.They discussed the political and security situation inside Darfur, the progress of efforts to unify the region’s many movements and possible options for the next phase of the peace process.Ms. Okabe said participants agreed that the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the former rebel group from southern Sudan, deserves commendation for its efforts to facilitate the unification of the Darfur movements ahead of scheduled direct talks between the rebels and the Government.The movements, which have splintered since the conflict began from two or three large groups into as many as 16 separate factions, have also been encouraged to continue with their work to nominate a common negotiating team and process.In addition, Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim and the regional partners discussed the surge in fighting in eastern Chad during the past fortnight and its impact on both the Darfur conflict and Chadian-Sudanese relations.Yesterday’s meeting was the latest step in the efforts of the UN and AU to broker a comprehensive peace accord to quell the violence and humanitarian suffering in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others displaced since rebels began fighting Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed in 2003.The UN and AU are deploying a hybrid peacekeeping mission (known as UNAMID) to Darfur at the start of next year to take over from the existing but under-resourced AU mission (AMIS), but objections and obstacles raised by the Sudanese Government and a lack of offers for critical force units have left the deployment in jeopardy, senior UN officials warned last week.Today Mr. Eliasson arrived in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, for a week-long visit around the country in which he is scheduled to meet senior Government officials, members of the SPLM in the southern town of Juba, and representatives of the Darfurian movements and civil society groups. 5 December 2007The United Nations and African Union Special Envoys for Darfur have met with the regional partners to the peace process in the war-torn Sudanese region to assess the progress so far and try to forge agreement on the way forward.
Speaking to reporters at The Hague, the Advisor to the Prosecutor, Jean-Jacques Joris, said the transfer of the former Yugoslav President was required under international law, which should prevail over political statements.The indictment against Mr. Milosevic charges him and four others with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war during a “systematic attack directed against the Kosovo Albanian civilian population of Kosovo in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.” Meanwhile, Tribunal spokesman Jim Landale told the press briefing that an extraordinary plenary session of the Tribunal judges would be held tomorrow to discuss modifications to the court’s rules of procedure and evidence in light of a recent Security Council decision on the use of temporary or ad litem judges to ease the court’s workload. On 30 November, the Council established a new pool of 27 judges who will serve the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on an ad litem basis, meaning that they will be appointed to specific trials as and when needed.
The ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) will collaborate with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) on the child labour portions of a survey on labour practices in five West African cocoa-growing countries. Beginning in September, IPEC will provide technical and training expertise for the project, which involves Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, and Nigeria.IPEC’s aim is to work towards the progressive elimination of child labour by strengthening national capacities to address child labour problems, and by creating a worldwide movement to combat it. The Programme targets bonded child labourers, children in hazardous working conditions and occupations and children who are particularly vulnerable, i.e. very young working children (below 12 years of age), and working girls.
Ohio State baseball players mob Noah McGowan following his walk-off double Sunday to give Ohio State the 6-5 win against Indiana. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsGreg Beals was not worried about Ohio State’s chances of making the NCAA baseball tournament.Ending the season with a No. 37 RPI ranking, navigating through the loser’s bracket to get to a semifinal game against No. 1 Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament, the Buckeyes were in a prime position to earn its first national tournament bid since 2016.However, without any control over whether a tournament bid was in his team’s future, there was a level of anticipation as the names on the bracket were being read.“I felt really good about our chances coming into today, but your destiny is in the hands of a committee. So you are not 100 percent, you don’t feel great,” Beals said. “So, when you see your name up on the board, a pretty good fist pump went out and then I went into immediate competitive mode.”Ohio State will travel to Greenville, North Carolina, as a No. 3 seed to take on No. 2 South Carolina in the regional round of the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes will join No. 1 East Carolina and No. 4 University of North Carolina Wilmington in the Greenville regional.Right-handed pitcher Seth Kinker said there was a collective excitement between him and his teammates when Ohio State’s name popped up on the bracket.“There were a lot of different projections and you look at those projections and you don’t really know where you are going to go,” Kinker said. “Then you finally see it and you are like yeah, that is satisfying and now you can take the weight off your shoulders.”After losing in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament to Purdue, the Buckeyes, much like their 2016 conference tournament run, eliminated both Iowa and Michigan in the loser’s bracket before eventually falling to the Golden Gophers in the semifinals.Even though the team came out of Omaha without a conference championship, the mentality stays the same for Ohio State heading into its regional.“After we lost our last game in the Big Ten Tournament, [Beals] said, ‘Look, this season is over now. This is a start of a new season,’” senior infielder Noah McGowan said. “Everyone is starting out 0-0 basically and the goal is to end your season with a win, so that is our mindset going into the regional.”McGowan said the two wins against the Hawkeyes and the Wolverines created a belief in the Ohio State locker room that they can play with anyone in the nation, a confidence that whichever team the Buckeyes face in the NCAA tournament will be one they can keep up with.That is where Beals’ mind went as soon as he saw his team’s name on the screen. Amidst the cheers and celebration by his players and coaches, Ohio State’s head coach delegated game plans to each of his assistant coaches for the potential opponents in the regional.For Beals, he is excited to be in the NCAA tournament. Now, he knows he and his team have a job to do.“We are certainly very, very happy to be in the tournament, but, make no mistake about it, we are going to East Carolina to win a regional,” Beals said. “That’s our mission.”No. 3 Ohio State will open up tournament play at 2 p.m. Friday against No. 2 South Carolina.
Scenes of panic around Westminster Video shot by an MP shows the initial panic that ensued inside the building on Wednesday as word got out of an attack outside.David Davies was in Portcullis House in Westminster when, what appears to be a security warden, shouts for people to get “straight back” repeatedly. Mr Davies asks ‘is he coming?’ before running inside along with several others. A knife-wielding attacker driving a vehicle on Wednesday mowed down pedestrians, killing two on Westminster Bridge before breaching Parliament’s grounds and fatally stabbing a police officer. A 75-year-old victim on the bridge died late on Thursday of his wounds, police said. At least 30 people were injured. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Voith recently unveiled its new TurboBelt 500 TPXL fluid coupling at MINExpo in Las Vegas, USA. The fill-controlled coupling is the first model in the new TPXL family, which combines the advantages of the proven hydrodynamic drive principle with intelligent control technology. The integrated controller makes it possible to adapt the output torque of the coupling exactly to the startup parameters of the belt conveyor system. In addition, Voith’s engineers have been able to considerably reduce the dimensions of the new coupling, so that the TurboBelt 500 TPXL only requires half the volume of conventional coupling types for the same force transmission. In addition to the operational advantages, the new series of couplings also offers attractive procurement and operating costs.Operation of the TurboBelt 500 TPXL is simple and user-friendly: After the required torque for the belt and the basic startup parameters have been transmitted, the coupling automatically calculates the optimum fill level in real time and fills or drains the working circuit accordingly. Equipped with a self-learning function, it simultaneously stores all relevant operational data in order to align the control behaviour optionally with the nominal value, depending on the respective load situation and on the basis of previous empirical values.This is enabled by the plug-and-play design of the TurboBelt 500 TPXL. An integrated controller, an integrated pump and a new oil supply unit are part of the coupling concept. Thus the components are optimally matched to one another and pave the way for predictive, requirement-oriented and cost optimised maintenance of the coupling. The controller monitors the entire sensor system of the coupling and provides operationally relevant information, such as the condition of the oil filter. Even by remote access, if desired. As a self-contained system, the coupling can be easily put into operation without long interruptions in production. In order to allow for the integration into new as well as existing drive trains, Voith offers a version with bearings on both sides for standalone use as well as a variant with bearings on the output side for direct motor connection.Thanks to the hydrodynamic operating principle, power transmission via the TurboBelt 500 TPXL is wear-free and does not require a mechanical connection. New vanes with the XL profile double the power density of the coupling in comparison to conventional coupling types. This means that only half the volume is required to transmit the same force. The hydrodynamic circuit of the coupling limits the torque in the driveline to a fixed, defined value which protects the belt and the drive components from damage due to overloading. This minimises maintenance costs and increases the lifetime of the system. Motors can be run up to speed under no-load conditions and staggered in time using the fill control system. This minimises the current peaks that always occur when motors are switched on and reduces the load placed on the power grid.In parallel with the integrated controller unit, which controls the oil supply to the working circuit among other things, the TurboBelt 500 TPXL is also equipped with a fieldbus unit. With this, Voithlays the foundation for the mining of the future. Thanks to connected components over the entire extraction process, operators can profit from high conveyance performance and increased productivity as well as from increased work safety. Within the Voith portfolio the TurboBelt TPXL fill-controlled coupling is complemented by components over the entire conveying process such as the intermediate drive TurboBelt TT Linear Booster Drive, storage loops, tension stations and slide and chute systems. “Today, this already offers diverse possibilities for optimising belt conveyor systems with respect to total cost of ownership and capital expenditures. Furthermore the wide product range opens a perspective for the future with regard to automation concepts and comprehensive condition monitoring.”
A gold mine located in Sessa, Switzerland, was operated from 1858 until 1952. During the last years of its activity (1950-52) up to 500 kg of gold were extracted, which translates into revenues of 2 million Swiss Francs. However, despite the high concentration of gold and silver, the total cost of extraction by traditional excavation techniques, did not offer sufficient revenues to guarantee optimal economic management. The mine was therefore closed and until now has remained inaccessible to the public.Valerio Marini, Customer Service & Support – Mobile Mapping, Leica Geosystems has reviewed an innovative current project to survey the mine using new technology. “Recently the local community secured funds to recover the mine to protect and preserve it as an point of history and culture in the region. Surveyors have mapped the mine shaft to explore its more than 2,000 m of galleries on four floors while discovering a new flooded well. The part of the mine that currently concerns the surveyors is 400 m long with a main tunnel of 346 m. The galleries will be recovered, keeping their historical uniqueness and will be accessible to the public. The recovery works are divided into the internal and external areas.”“A group of students of the Master’s degree programme in Geomatics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland (ETH Zurich) are carrying out an interdisciplinary project were they have surveyed the gold mine in Sessa with different technologies including the Leica Pegasus: Backpack. The students will compare the methods and present a report with the results in January.”The advantages of the Pegasus:Backpack for this project compared to other survey methods:Fast acquisition of the data – 15 minutes for total data capture outside and inside the mineFast processing of the data – 45 min for LiDAR RGB point cloud delivery, plus 90 min with panorama imagesNo shadow zonesLiDAR data with intensity and RGB informationDirect georeferentiation of the capture – the GNSS antenna allows users to process the data directly in absolute or local coordinate systemImages – the pictures are essential in this environment for analysis and extraction of valuable information for logistics and safety reasons (eg status of pipes, cables)All the LiDAR data collected with the Pegasus:Backpack will be used for the creation of the 3D model which will be used to:Map the tunnel for tourist information and to market it as a tourist attractionMap and analyse the mining shaft for safety reasonsCreate a virtual 3D “fly through” navigation experienceGenerate a 3D printed scaled model for museum exposureAll the LiDAR data collected with the Pegasus: Backpack will be used for the creation of the 3D model which will be used to:Map the tunnel for tourist information and to market it as a tourist attractionMap and analyse the mining shaft for safety reasonsCreate a virtual 3D “fly through” navigation experienceGenerate a 3D printed scaled model for museum exposure
← Previous Story Fans opinion: Dujshebaev will stay in Madrid! Next Story → Celebration day in Szeged: Mate Lekai ready for Veszprem! EHF CupsEuropean handball The Draw for 1/4 Finals of European Cups took place in Vienna:EHF CUP Dinamo Minsk (BLR) – Frisch Auf Göppingen (GER)RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO) – Rhein-Neckar Löwen(GER)Tatran Presov (SVK) – SC Magdeburg (GER)Saint Raphael Var Handball (FRA) – Dunkerque HB Grand Littora (FRA)CUP WINNERS CUPHC “Motor-ZNTU-ZAS” (UKR) – SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)VfL Gummersbach (GER) – BSV Bern Muri(SUI)HC Meshkov Brest (BLR) – Caja3 BM. Aragon (ESP)HC Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)- S.L. Benfica (POR)CHALLENGE CUPWacker Thun (SUI) – SSV Bozen (ITA)HC Kriens-Luzern (SUI) – A.C. Diomidis Argous (GRE)C.S.U. Suceava (ROU) – Sporting CP (POR)RK Maribor Branik (SLO) – Maccabi “Tyrec” Tel Aviv (ISR)
Paris : une étude sur la biodiversité de la Seine ?La mairie de Paris veut lancer une étude sur la biodiversité de la Seine qui serait “une première” et la traduction concrète du Plan biodiversité voté lors du Conseil de Paris de novembre, selon Fabienne Giboudeaux, adjointe EELV en charge des espaces verts.Anguille commune, silure glane, méduse d’eau douce mais aussi écrevisse rouge américaine, carpe commune ou encore éponge d’eau douce de Müller : la Seine abrite un grand nombre de variétés de poissons. Mais à ce jour, on ignore encore où chaque espèce se trouve, ni combien de spécimens chacune compte. C’est pour pallier à ce manque d’informations que la mairie de Paris a décidé de lancer une étude sur la biodiversité de la Seine, a annoncé cette semaine Fabienne Giboudeaux, adjointe EELV en charge des espaces verts.À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine nature”A ce jour les données relatives à la Seine dans Paris sont partielles et concernent essentiellement certains groupes de la macrofaune (poissons, amphibiens, oiseaux). Il n’existe pas de données globales, ni de données détaillant les différents habitats qui lui sont inféodés, tant aquatiques, que sur les berges et les quais”, s’est justifiée la ville. Si le projet est maintenu, ce serait alors “une première” qui s’avèrerait être la traduction concrète du Plan biodiversité voté lors du Conseil de Paris de novembre, a expliqué l’adjointe des verts. Néanmoins, ce projet s’intègre aussi à l’aménagement des berges de Seine cher à Bertrand Delanoë, qui se traduira par la fermeture totale aux voitures d’une partie des quais rive gauche (sur 2,5 kilomètres), rappelle l’AFP. La mairie présentera lors du Conseil de Paris de décembre une délibération afin de pouvoir mener cette étude estimée à 200.000 euros. Les élus seront amenés à voter une demande de subvention auprès de l’Agence de l’Eau Seine Normandie, à hauteur de 50% du montant HT de l’étude.Le 4 décembre 2011 à 10:16 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’ In what is hilariously being called the “Great Mattress Migration of 2019,” dozens of mattresses were sent flying across a lawn in Denver, Colorado on Saturday.People set up mattresses in the Denver neighborhood of Stapleton for a “movie night under the stars,” but the anchor-less mattresses were no match for the strong winds that swept through the area.Denver resident Robb Manes captured the “Great Migration” on video and shared it to Reddit and YouTube.In the video, mattresses can be seen flying through a field, narrowly missing some people who were running after them. Some of the mattresses even flew over a gate and into a community pool with people trying to figure out what was happening.“We were hanging out at the pool when, suddenly, a mattress flew into the fenced-in area,” Manes said on YouTube. One mattress even landed in the pool, Manes told the Denver Post.Manes said he and others tried to help a woman running after some of the 50 to 100 mattresses, which were flying for about 30 minutes.“Although we felt really bad for the event people, we thought it was absolutely hilarious,” Manes said.More on Geek.com:Study: Hurricanes Force Spiders to Be More AggressiveNASA Image Captures Dangerous Lake Erie Algae Bloom From SpaceLightning Strike Kills 300-Pound Bear in Colorado
Posted: May 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom May 6, 2019 How to overcome job burnout and create a meaningful career Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – According to research, 2 in 3 employees are disengaged at work and only 7% of the Global Workforce claims to have a “great job.” but a Career and life transition coach is trying to help people overcome burnout in the workplace.Dan Mason said his mission is to help people discover their calling, and create a career that’s meaningful to their bank account and the world at large.Some of the topics Mason discussed on Good Morning San Diego were:-5 Questions to reinvent your life at any age.-How to Spring Clean Your Mind, reduce stress, and create your best life.-Three reasons your 2019 goals aren’t happening-How to free yourself from the corporate grind.-5 questions to help you discover your life’s calling.To check out Mason’s podcast, Life Amplified visit this link.For a free workbook click here. Updated: 11:32 AM
Easterseals helps veterans who are transitioning out of the military Posted: August 12, 2019 August 12, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Easterseals Bob Hope Veterans Support Program provides employment services, as well as referrals to other resources, to help military personnel and veterans who are transitioning out of the military into a civilian job or starting their own small business.Director of Operations for the program John Funk and recently retired Chief Petty Officer Michelle Warnecke joined us at KUSI to discuss how Easterseals is helping men and women in the armed forces. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom,