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New rules for CBSE registration issued: How to fill details on OASIS, what schools and students need to note

first_imgNew rules for CBSE registration issued: How to fill details on OASIS, what schools and students need to noteCBSE has issued new rules for the CBSE Registration for class 9 and class 11 students to appear for their board exams. No corrections will be allowed this year onwards. Check out the new CBSE Registration rules and mandates here.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 12:57 IST CBSE has issued new rules for the CBSE Registration for class 9 and class 11 students to appear for their board exams. Check out the new CBSE Registration rules and mandates here. (Photo: PTI)CBSE has issued new rules for the CBSE Registration for class 9 and class 11 students to appear for their board exams. No corrections will be allowed this year onwards. Check out the new CBSE Registration rules and mandates here.The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has changed the registration rules for Class 9 students in an effort to streamline the board examination process. CBSE Registrations will now be conducted earlier than before. CBSE Registrations have begun from August 8, 2019. Here are the new rules for CBSE Registration:1. In 2020, the CBSE board exams for classes 10 and 12 will be conducted via 16 regional offices of CBSE which have send the new school codes to all schools. Henceforth, schools will need to use these codes for communication with CBSE.2. All CBSE schools will need to register themselves before online registration submissions. Schools need to use their ‘Affiliation Number’ as the user ID. Schools can get the password from the concerned regional office, after which they should change the password and protect it.3. Schools need to ensure they are following the CBSE rules in terms of candidate registration, classroom availability, and the number of teachers. The teacher-student ration should be 1:30 and the number of class sections cannot exceed the number permitted by CBSE.4. Class 9 and class 11 examinations have to be conducted internally by the schools.5. 6. Schools can complete the registration process by individual entry or by uploading a filled-in Excel file provided by the online registration system.6. 8. Schools should send the signed copy of finalized data of Registration of class IX/XI to the concerned regional office only and not to CBSE, Preet Vihar, Delhi.advertisement7. In case of any difficulty during registration or payment refund issues, schools should contact their concerned regional office of CBSE.8. As per ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016’, CBSE is extending several exemptions/concessions to candidates with disabilities. Check details here: Only those students whose names are submitted through the online registration process will be allowed to appear for the February-April 2021 board examinations for classes 10 and 12.10. CBSE schools have to update student data on OASIS before registration.How students and schools need to update data on online portal for CBSE Registration ‘OASIS’:Only those TGTs/PGTs who are teaching Classes IX-X/XI-XII respectively should be shown as TGT/PGT to ensure appointment of eligible evaluators for quality evaluation.The full names of all the teachers shall be filled in the OASIS and not abbreviations.CBSE has recently amended its affiliation Bye-laws which in addition to making a minimum of 5 days of in-service training programmes per year of teachers mandatory. Accordingly, each of the private independent school affiliated to CBSE is required to pay a minimum Training Development fee of Rs 10,000 (schools located in India) / Rs.50000 (schools located abroad) annually to CBSE from the session 2019-20 onwards.All independent schools situated in India have to deposit Sports Fee of Rs.10,000 along with the registration fee. This fee will be collected through the online system by default. No separate sports fee is required to be sent by the schools situated in India.CBSE has prescribed a scheme of studies and schools are required to offer the subjects in adherence with the Scheme of Studies only.Details of all students should be submitted only in one lot for each fee slab. Partial submission of data will be not allowed in a fee slab. Meaning thereby, in each slot only one list of the students will be acceptedSchools shall have to upload the photographs and signature of their bonafide students in Class IX/XI registration before final submission11. Online submission of CBSE registration shall close at 5:00 pm on the designated dates. Schools should complete the work much before time to avoid delay due to server or internet issues.12. Schools should submit data in OASIS without any penalty till 30.9.2019, after which, a penalty as applicable in 2018 shall be imposed.13. From this year onwards, students won’t be allowed to update their information in the hard copy of CBSE Registration. It is the responsibility of the schools to ensure that the correct data is uploaded.How schools can ensure that CBSE Registration data being submitted is correct:CBSE Registration details will be provided to the students and the parents in the form of a registration card by the school to confirm the correctness of details.The List of Candidate (LOC) will be based on the data provided in Registration record. Parents will sign the LOC as a confirmation of the correctness of data.Parents will sign an undertaking at the back of the Class X and XII certificate that they have checked the data and found correct.advertisement14. Schools should check the following data submitted by students for CBSE Registration when uploading the information:Spelling of name of student/mother/father/guardian is correct and is as per the Admission and Withdrawal Register maintained by the school. The full names should be used and not abbreviations to avoid later confusionDate of Birth is correct and is as per Admission and Withdrawal Register maintained by the schoolAs per Examination Bye-Laws, schools need to ensure that the student, while seeking admission in a class, satisfies the requirement of age limit (minimum and maximum)Subject combinations are correct and as per Scheme of StudiesSubject codes should be chosen carefully and especially in the following subjects:in Class 9: Hindi – A (002), Hindi – B(085), Urdu A(003), Urdu B(303), Mathematics Standard(041), Mathematics Basic(241).in Class 11: Hindi Core(302), Hindi Elective(002), English Core(301), English Elective(001) Sanskrit Core(322), Sanskrit Elective(022), Urdu Core(303), Urdu Elective(003)15. Here are the points schools need to remember while submitting student names for CBSE Registration as per the CBSE notification:Every affiliated school shall present a list of number of students and their particulars in respect of Classes IX, X, XI & XII at the time of beginning of an academic session in the manner prescribed by the board.No affiliated school shall present the candidates to the Board’s examination who are not on its rolls.No affiliated school shall present the candidates to the Board’s examination who are enrolled in an unaffiliated School/Branch.No affiliated school shall present the candidates to the Board’s examination who are on its roll but have not attended the school regularly or do not meet the requirement of minimum attendance for appearance in the Board’s examination.Every affiliated school shall sponsor regularly its bonafide and eligible students in Boards Class X and Class XII examinations from the year mentioned while granting affiliation/upgradation regularly without break or inform with reasons thereof in writing well in time about the non-sponsoring of the candidates.The school affiliated to the Board shall not send candidates for examination of any other Board/University. It shall prepare candidates for the Secondary and Senior Secondary examinations of the CBSE only.For more details on the CBSE notification, check the full CBSE notification here: any queries call at CBSE Helpline No. 1800-11-8002 between 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on all working days.Read: CBSE hikes exam fees for class 10, 12: Check details hereRead: CBSE exam fee hike 2019: A timeline of controversial commentsRead: CBSE introduces experiential learning from 2019-20 sessionRead: CBSE board asks schools to report cases of short attendanceGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow CBSE Registration ProcessFollow CBSE RegistrationFollow CBSE Board Exams Nextlast_img read more

Shubman Gill: The story of a young run-machine from Fazilka

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 18:01 IST Shubman Gill recieved his maiden call-up in India’s Test squad. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShubman Gill recieved his maiden call-up in India’s Test squad for South Africa seriesShubman Gill has been in exceptional form for the India ‘A’ teamGill has represented India in 2 ODIs against New ZealandShubman Gill recieved his maiden call-up in India’s Test squad as the selectors named a 15-man squad for the 3-match Test series against South Africa.Born on September 8, 1999, Shubman Gill epitomises the new breed of Indian cricketers. Consistent, sharp and agile, Gill is a fan of Virat Kohli and credits the India captain for changing the trends in the team.Shubman Gill has been in exceptional form for the India A’ team, posting scores of 90, 204, 62, 77, 69 and 40 in the lead up to series against South Africa. Gill had become the youngest Indian to score a first-class double century for an Indian representative side when he notched up an unbeaten 204 for the A’ team in the third unofficial Test against West Indies A.Gill, who made his ODI debut against New Zealand earlier this year, averages 72.15 from 14 first-class matches.First-class career…Mts Inns Runs Ave 100/50Shubman Gill 14 23 1443 72.15 4/8Abhimanyu Easwaran 52 90 4067 49.59 13/17Priyank Panchal 87 139 6186 47.22 21/23#IndvSA Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 12, 2019Gill shot to fame with 418 runs at an average of 104.50 in the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup, where he served as Prithvi Shaw’s deputy and batted at No. 3 to play a crucial role in India’s record fourth world title.Also the edition’s Player of the Tournament, Gill was a favourite in the 2018 IPL auctions, and was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 1.8 crore (USD 280,000). Shubman Gill has also proven himself in first-class cricket. Gill made his first-class debut before that, for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy in late 2017 with a half-century in the game and an attacking 129 in the next match.advertisementGill, who was surprisingly dropped for West Indies tour, will like to make the most of his maiden call-up to the Test squad if given a chance in the playing XI.Also Read | KL Rahul dropped, Shubman Gill called up for Test series vs South AfricaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Shubman GillFollow India vs South Africa Shubman Gill: The story of a young run-machine from FazilkaShubman Gill, latest prodigy of India’s familial batting production line, recieved his maiden call-up in India’s Test squad as the selectors named a 15-man squad for South Africa series.advertisementlast_img read more

Jamaica and Guyana to Strengthen Relations

first_imgStory Highlights Commenting on the Joint Commission, the President of Guyana said attention was paid to food security, noting that there is enough land space in Guyana and the region for agricultural production. Jamaica and Guyana have agreed to strengthen bilateral relations in the areas of trade, investment and agriculture.The two countries will reactivate the Guyana-Jamaica Joint Commission that was set up under the Agreement on Economic, Technical and Cultural Cooperation and which was signed by both states on June 1, 1995.This followed discussions between Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; and President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, David Granger, today  (July 6) at the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM),  held in Montego Bay, St James.The reactivation will see both countries collaborating on trade and investment and agriculture, among other things.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, told JIS News that the partnership is about building strong relations in the region.“Somehow, within the regional context, we don’t always pay enough attention to the strengthening of what we can do across borders and building the relationships with each other,” she said.She said the Meeting, so far, has been “excellent” and the Heads have been having “robust discussions”.“When the decisions are announced and explained, it will be interesting to understand the balance that has been created and how that will be accepted or interpreted by the public,” he said.Commenting on the Joint Commission, the President of Guyana said attention was paid to food security, noting that there is enough land space in Guyana and the region for agricultural production.Further, he said that Caribbean countries could produce all the food needed for the hotel sector and its people.The President said that Guyana is on the brink of going into the petroleum industry and will be using the resources to enrich the Caribbean’s access to energy.He said that discussions also focused on public security, including trafficking in persons, threat of terrorism, and money laundering.The inaugural Meeting of the Joint Commission was held from September 4 to 5, 1997 in Jamaica, with discussions covering the areas of agriculture, trade and investment, mining, energy, health, tourism, youth and culture. The two countries will reactivate the Guyana-Jamaica Joint Commission that was set up under the Agreement on Economic, Technical and Cultural Cooperation and which was signed by both states on June 1, 1995. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, told JIS News that the partnership is about building strong relations in the region.last_img read more

UK Ports Performance Not Hurt by Political Uncertainties

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Despite a temperamental global trading climate and the uncertainties created by Brexit, UK port operators witnessed a steady year in 2018.According to a UK Port Freight Statistics report, the data for 2018 showed stable port freight tonnages overall, with only a 0.1% difference on the previous year at 483.3 million tonnes. However, overall unit load traffic declined, likely due to a drop of port traffic in passenger cars and new trade cars.During 2018, the UK continued to import more than it exports as a total of 252.4 million tonnes were imported, compared to 130.5 million tonnes exported.Additionally, the EU remained the country’s largest trade partner as more goods were moved between UK major ports and the EU than any other region in 2018, accounting for 44%, or 206.2 million tonnes, of total major port traffic.Liquid bulk goods, which account for 39% of total tonnage, decreased 5% overall, while unitised traffic fell to 23.9 million units, after five consecutive years of growth. Container units increased to a record high of 6 million, however, overall roll-on roll-off traffic fell by 1% to 17.9 million units passing through UK major ports.“Overall port freight figures remain constant although there is plenty of port capacity in the dry bulks, project cargo and particularly in the container sectors, meaning shipping companies have plenty of choice. This means competition between ports, which drives efficiencies and innovation,” Phoebe Warneford-Thomson, Policy and Economic Analyst at the British Ports Association, said.Statistics for the fourth quarter of port freight tonnage showed a growth of 6% to 121.8 million tonnes, which is consistent with suggestions that UK manufacturers were “stockpiling” inventory ahead of expected trade disruptions in the first and second quarters of 2019.last_img read more

The Latest Cruise ship lines founder Weve been lucky

STAVANGER, Norway — The Latest on the Viking Sky cruise ship that was stranded off the coast of Norway (all times local):12:50 p.m.The chairman of the company that operates a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway’s western coast in bad weather Saturday praised the rescue operation by Norwegian authorities and the actions of the vessel’s crew.Viking Ocean Cruises chairman Torstein Hagen told Norway’s VG newspaper that the events surrounding the Viking Sky were “some of the worst I have been involved in, but now it looks like it’s going well in the end and that we’ve been lucky.”The company said in a statement that before the ship started being towed to the port of Molde on Sunday, 479 passengers had been airlifted to land by helicopters, leaving 436 passengers and 458 crew members onboard.A tug boat and two other vessels are assisting the Viking Sky travel from the bay where it managed to anchor to land.Hagen, a shipping tycoon who is one of Norway’s richest men, said: “I am very proud of our crew.”___11:35 a.m.The air evacuation of passengers on a stranded cruise ship in Norway has been suspended so the vessel can be towed to a nearby port.The Viking Sky carried 1,373 passengers and crew members when it had engine trouble in an unpredictable area of the Norwegian coast known for rough, frigid waters. The crew issued a mayday call Saturday afternoon.Five helicopters flying in the pitch dark evacuated passengers from the tossing ship throughout the night and continued the airlifts at a steady pace Sunday morning.The rescues took place under difficult conditions that included wind gusts up to 38 knots (43 mph) and waves over 8 metres (26 feet).Some 17 people were hospitalized with injuries, police said.The Joint Rescue Coordination Center said the helicopters had taken 463 passengers to safety by the time it was ready to be towed to shore by two tug boats.___9:50 a.m.Rescue workers are evacuating more passengers from a cruise ship that had engine problems in bad weather off Norway’s western coast while authorities prepare to tow the vessel to a nearby port.Norway’s Joint Rescue Center said 379 of the 1,373 passengers and crew members on the Viking Sky had been taken off the ship one-by-one and airlifted to shore as of Sunday morning.The rescue centre says three of the ship’s four engines are working now and will help power the boat while it’s towed to Molde. The helicopter evacuations will continue in the meantime.The Viking Sky ran into trouble Saturday afternoon in an unpredictable area of the Norwegian coast known for rough, frigid waters. Police said the crew, fearing the ship would run aground, managed to anchor in Hustadvika Bay so the evacuations could take place.More than 450 passengers were airlifted off a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway’s western coast in bad weather before the rescue operation was suspended Sunday so the vessel could be towed to a nearby port, Norwegian authorities said.Five helicopters flying in the pitch dark took the evacuated passengers from the tossing ship in a painstaking process that continued throughout the night. The rescues took place under difficult conditions that included wind gusts up to 38 knots (43 mph) and waves over 8 metres (26 feet).Some 17 people were hospitalized with injuries, police said.Passenger Alexus Sheppard told The Associated Press in a message sent from the Viking Sky that people with injuries or disabilities were winched off the cruise ship first. The atmosphere onboard grew calmer after the rescue operation’s first dramatic hours, Sheppard said.“It was frightening at first. And when the general alarm sounded it became VERY real,” she wrote.Photos posted on social media showed the ship listing from side to side, and furniture smashing violently into walls.“We saw two people taken off by stretcher,” another passenger, Dereck Brown, told Norwegian newspaper Romsdal Budstikke. “People were alarmed. Many were frightened but they were calm.”The Viking Sky carried 1,373 passengers and crew members when it had engine trouble in an unpredictable area of the Norwegian coast known for rough, frigid waters. The crew issued a mayday call Saturday afternoon.Police said the crew, fearing the ship would run aground, managed to anchor in Hustadvika Bay so the evacuations could take place.Coast guard official Emil Heggelund estimated to newspaper VG that the ship was 100 metres (328 feet) from striking rocks under the water and 900 metres (2,953 feet) from shore when it stopped.The ship was visiting the Norwegian towns and cities of Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Bodo and Stavanger before its scheduled arrival Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury on the River Thames. The passengers mostly were a mix of American, British, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian citizens.The airlifts continued at a steady pace Sunday morning, as the vessel was being prepared for towing by two tugboats to the nearby town of Molde, according to Per Fjerd at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center.The helicopters stopped taking people off the ship when the ship was ready for the trip to shore, and 463 passengers had been evacuated by that time, the Joint Rescue centre said. Three of the ship’s four engines were working as of Sunday morning, the centre said.The Viking Sky, a vessel with a gross tonnage of 47,800, was delivered in 2017 to operator Viking Ocean Cruises.The Associated Press read more

Thamilini claims CID visited LTTE areas posing as journalists

A book written by the former head of the LTTE women’s political wing S Thamilini, claims that some CID officers had visited areas which were once under LTTE control posing as journalists.In the book, she claims that she recognized some of the CID officers following her arrest and interrogation at the end of the war. She said that those CID officers had met her and other LTTE members when parts of the North were under LTTE control. The book Oru Koorvaalin Nizhalil” (In The Shadow Of A Sharp Edged Sword) was released by her husband at a function in Kilinochchi recently. Jeyakumaran married Thamilni in 2013 after she was rehabilitated and released from Government custody. S. Thamilini died of cancer last year. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Lawmakers asking 4 big tech companies for documents in probe

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech are asking Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple for a broad range of documents including internal communications.Letters went out to the four companies on Friday from the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee and its subcommittee on antitrust, which has been conducting a sweeping antitrust investigation of the companies and their impact on competition and consumers.The companies have said they’ll co-operate fully with the congressional investigation.The lawmakers set an Oct. 14 deadline for the companies to provide the documents.Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler says the documents will help the committee understand “whether they are using their market power in ways that have harmed consumers and competition.”The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are conducting competition investigations of the companies.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press read more

UK automotive industry assesses supply chain opportunities from future tech at SMMT

Vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and technology innovators come together to discuss the future of the car and mobility at SMMT Open Forum – back for a third year at Automechanika Birmingham.Connected and autonomous technology, artificial intelligence, digital manufacturing and flexible ownership all up for debate, with speakers including Aston Martin Lagonda, Bosch, DriveNow and Toyota.The Gadget Show’s Georgie Barrat to chair new expert panel exploring UK supply chain opportunities from future tech.The future of the car, including how it is designed, manufactured and driven, will be debated at The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Open Forum, taking place on 5 June at Automechanika Birmingham. Vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and technology innovators will come together at the half-day conference to discuss the latest trends shaping the future of mobility and the supply chains behind it.The shift to connected and autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, digital manufacturing, augmented reality and flexible car ownership models will be explored in keynote speeches by automotive manufacturing leaders, including Aston Martin Lagonda and Toyota Motor Europe. Meanwhile, The Gadget Show presenter Georgie Barrat will lead a new expert panel, Disruption in the Automotive Industry, debating supply chain opportunities and challenges from the rapid advancement of technology across the auto sector.Britain is well placed to be a centre of excellence for the development and deployment of these advanced new vehicle technologies, thanks to close collaboration between industry, government and adjacent sectors, most notably tech. Moving to the next generation of mobility solutions presents a significant opportunity for the UK, with tangible social, industrial and economic benefits. The economic impact of connected and autonomous vehicles alone has been estimated at £51 billion by 2030, with the creation of 320,000 additional jobs – 25,000 of them in automotive manufacturing.1Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Collaboration across the automotive sector and beyond is essential if we are to create the technology and supply chain needed to design and engineer new mobility solutions. Industry is leading the charge, investing billions to develop innovative vehicles and vehicle systems that will redefine transportation and make our roads cleaner and safer than ever before. Events such as SMMT Open Forum and Automechanika Birmingham allow an open exchange of views and opportunities, essential to the creation of new opportunities for growth.Georgie Barrat, technology journalist and The Gadget Show presenter, said,Has there been a more interesting time for the automotive industry? Seeing how the latest cars and mobility solutions are making use of today’s technological innovations, from voice control to artificial intelligence, is fascinating and I’m excited to be involved with SMMT Open Forum. With cars becoming increasingly connected and autonomous, packed with the latest entertainment, safety and low emission technology, the future is truly intriguing.The confirmed speaker line-up for SMMT Open Forum 2018 includes:Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMTTony Walker CBE, Managing Director, Toyota Motor EuropeAndy Haslam, Vehicle Line Director, Large Car Platform, Aston Martin LagondaSteve Collins, NMCL Programme Manager, SMMTOlivia Walker, Head of City Development, Mobility Solutions, BoschBen Salama, Managing Director, Accenture DigitalJames Taylor, Managing Director, DriveNowTom Westendorp, Business Development Manager, NvidiaGeorgie Barrat, Tech Journalist and TV presenterAutomechanika Birmingham also features SMMT’s flagship Meet the Buyer event, which brings together purchasing departments from vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers and matches them with component makers of all sizes in a series of one-to-one meetings. This year the event takes place on 6 June and will see more than 60 buyers representing some of the UK’s largest automotive firms, including Aston Martin Lagonda, Bentley, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Nissan, meet hundreds of representatives of the supply chain.Now in its third year, Automechanika Birmingham is the UK’s leading automotive trade fair with more than 500 aftermarket and supply chain exhibitors. It takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 5-7 June 2018 and entryis free.Notes to editors1: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: the UK Economic Opportunity – March 2015Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Cervical cancer survivor tells her story

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOp-Ed: HPV vaccines are safe, all children should be immunized with itNovember 8, 2017In “Opinion”LETTER: HPV Vaccine for boys, right thing to do, even if it’s three years lateFebruary 13, 2019In “latest news”Latin America, C’bean record over 28,000 cervical cancer deaths annuallyFebruary 1, 2019In “Health” Changes in the cervix are often caused by a virus called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV infections can lead to cervical cancer. Taking a Pap smear test can detect changes in the cervix that leads to cervical cancer.In March 2011, 60-year-old, Ruth Richmond a mother of four was diagnosed with cervical cancer following a Pap smear test at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Richmond of Paradise Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara, after being diagnosed with cervical cancer was advised by doctors to immediately undergo the Chemotherapy cycles.“Before starting the treatment I had to do a Computerized Tomography (CT) scan to determine if the cancer had spread to other parts of the body. That was the first step and after I did the scan, the treatment was recommended, which is four cycles,” Richmond said.She explained that “A cycle is a period of treatment followed by three weeks of rest. After the discovery, I also changed my diet completely. No dairy products, no sugar, no meat. I used a lot of peas, vegetables, and fruits especially sour-sop.”After completing the four cycles of chemotherapy, Richmond said doctors still found signs of cancer cells in her cervix, which meant her undergoing the process of radiation therapy.According to WebMD, Radiation therapy treats cancer by using high-energy waves to kill tumor cells. The goal is to destroy or damage the cancer without hurting too many healthy cells.The mother of four explained, she took 25 sessions of radiation therapy which she described as similar to chemotherapy but more aggressive. Losing her hair was one of the side effects of the therapy. However, after a period of two years, the cancer was gone.“After the radiation sessions I had to do another CT scan and then the doctor told me the cancer was gone. I felt well during the process of radiation, though some days I did not feel too good, I still kept positive,” she highlighted.However, Richmond, a staunch Seventh-day Adventist, believes that despite all the therapy, God was her ultimate healer.“From the beginning, I turned to God, I prayed a lot and trusted him for healing because I didn’t want to die. I also had an anointing service done by two pastors.”She is advising others who have been diagnosed with cancer to be positive and undergo the chemotherapy and radiation therapy, despite the stigma attached to it.“People will say things to discourage you, but be positive and turn to God…Also, remember that diet is a very important part. Many of the things we use cause us to get sick, so if you have to change your diet do so,” said Richmond.Since 2013, following the chemotherapy and radiation therapy, Richmond has been cancer free.According to PAHO/WHO and Public Health data reviews, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among Guyanese women.The HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer among girls in Guyana arrived here in 2011 and was officially launched by the then Ministry of Health in 2012. It was re-launched again in 2016 under the now Ministry of Public Health in collaboration with Merck Sharp and Dhome (MSD). A countrywide HPV vaccine campaign is slated for October 16, 2017.As part of celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Public Health Ministry will be conducting cancer awareness outreaches during the month in Linden, Supenaam, Skeldon, and Georgetown. During the outreach, officials will be conducting breast cancer screening and Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) screening for cervical cancer. (DPI Feature) read more

NonLTE iPhone 4S expected to launch September

first_imgThose hoping for the release of the next generation iPhone in September will be delighted with the latest news coming from DigiTimes. The site is indicating that Apple has lowered volume shipments of the iPhone 4 for the second quarter. The original target of 20 million units will be lowered to 17.5-18 million units with 1.5-2 million of those units being the CDMA version. The remainder are the 3G models.The move is thought to be in preparation for the iPhone 4S which is expected to go into production in August for a possible September launch. It is believed that Qualcomm will continue to provide the necessary 3G and CDMA chips, as it has done with previous generations of the iPhone, The smartphone’s rear 8-megapixel camera will be supplied by OmniVision Technologies and Largan Precision. China Mobile is expected to reach a deal with Apple to offer the iPhone 4S in September if the smartphone is launched by then.AdChoices广告While some are disappointed by the notion that the iPhone 4S won’t come with LTE support, there is apparently a good reason for it. Apple was hesitant to provide an LTE-enabled iPhone this year due to concerns over the yield rates of LTE chips from Qualcomm and the lack of LTE adoption in the U.S. market. By 2012, the footprint of LTE networks in the U.S. would justify the investment Apple would need to make to keep the iPhone competitive against other 4G smartphones. Of course, that is assuming that the issues regarding the yield rates of the LTE chips provided by Qualcomm have been rectified.Read more about the lowered iPhone 4 forecasts and possible plans for a LTE-enabled iPhone next year at Digitimeslast_img read more

Geek 101 How to download YouTube videos

first_imgEvery once in awhile there’s an overwhelming urge to download a video from YouTube. Maybe you wanted to make yourself a hilarious gif, or maybe you wanted to grab the video to watch while you are on a plane. Whatever the reason, you have to be careful how you go about downloading your YouTube videos. To help, we put together this quick tutorial.There are easy ways to grab a video from YouTube, and there are slightly more complicated ways to grab a video from YouTube. It’s important to pay attention to the technology used to grab the video, before choosing to use it. A lot of the more common quick tools used to download YouTube videos require Java, which means having Java installed on your system. Java is notoriously bad to have on your computer, especially if you’re not using it and don’t keep it updates. Java exploits are a dime a dozen, so be careful what you use. For this demonstration, we’re going to use File2HD.The first thing you will need is the YouTube link for the video you want to download. Head to that video in your browser, and copy the entire link from the URL bar. Head to from a separate browser tab, keeping the YouTube video page open. There you can review the Terms of Service and do the same for YouTube and the videos you are interested in storing.File2HD is a very simple website, with only one place for you to paste your URL. Click the blank box labeled URL, paste your link, and agree to the Terms of Service for File2HD. This service will allow you to download any component of any webpage, but for the purposes of this tutorial we only want the video files. Click the Movies radio button and click Get Files.The page will refresh, and you’ll have several options available to you. YouTube provides videos in a variety of quality formats, and what you are looking at here is all of the formats available for this video. Each file is labeled according to quality, so choose which version you want and the download will start immediately. Once the file is on your hard drive, you can close both browser tabs and locate your newly downloaded file.last_img read more

Sydneys Hellenic women join forces for Greeces unfortunate

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A group of Hellenic women’s organisations have banded together to help their compatriots in debt-ridden Greece. So far seven Greek-Australian organisations have been working to send direct contributions toward communities in Greece. The money is aimed at helping neglected children, needy families and the abandoned elderly. One of the organisations currently at the forefront of the fundraising campaigns is the Sydney Hellenic Lyceum (Lykion ton Ellinidon). Marina Efthimiou, Vice President of the Hellenic Lyceum (Lykion ton Ellinidon) of Sydney is hoping to raise half a million dollars, as she explained to reporter Linda Mottram during the ABC radio show, Mornings. Asked about all the negative headlines hurting Greece’s international image, Hellenic Lyceum Vice President Marina Efthimiou referred to the new motto of Hellenic Women of Sydney: “Recollect, Redeliver, Redistribute” which refers to their upcoming visit to Greece. The Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney was the first accredited branch of the Hellenic Lyceum outside of Greece. It was also the first Greek women’s association to be established in Australia and began in 1951 under the guidance of its founder, Angelo Gooma. The Sydney Hellenic Lyceum is a branch of the Hellenic Lyceum Athens which is a member of the International Association of the Lyceums with its headquarters in Geneva.last_img read more

Building knowledge and partnership bridges with Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In 2010 when the Greek austerity crisis began everyone focused on its domestic, European, and global causes, and only a few were concerned about its effect on the human capital of the country, especially on our highly educated, Greek university graduates. In the last few years there has been a shift in this attitude and, although the public discourse is still preoccupied with the crisis’ root causes, the impact of the Greek crisis upon highly educated young people has been receiving more attention from the Greek government and its academics as a major issue for concern and policy making. Neos Kosmos has been publishing articles on the highly educated young Greeks who have migrated from Greece sporadically and has therefore referred to the brain drain phenomenon.It was only a few months ago, during Terens Quick’s visit that Neos Kosmos raised the issue by making public his positions on the government’s intention to implement brain drain policies.Here the Secretary General for Strategic and Private Investments of the Greek Ministry of Economy & Development, Dr Lois Labrianidis, discusses the brain drain phenomenon and the newly launched Knowledge and Partnership Bridges initiative. Τhe national programme, which is being implemented by the National Documentation Centre (EKT), aims to connect scientists and Greek professionals who live and work overseas and introduce and exploit ideas, knowledge and expertise through effective partnerships with scientists, private businesses, universities, and research centres in Greece.Nowadays the brain drain phenomenon has been receiving more attention. What are the main characteristics of the phenomenon and why are we discussing it more today than a few years ago? The term brain drain refers to the migration of highly educated personnel to countries abroad for what is usually long-term professional employment at research and scientific centres or businesses. We should remember that the brain drain is not an exclusively Greek phenomenon, especially as regards the less developed countries.In contrast, the more developed countries are experiencing what is known as ‘brain circulation’. In this case, there is a balance between graduates moving from one country to another, meaning that there is no loss of highly educated personnel. The growing importance of knowledge-intensive activities for the economy, culture and cultural progress of any country is the major reason that initiatives to attract scientists are introduced internationally and academics as well as governments are paying more attention to the phenomenon. One of the most prevailing views is that the brain drain is caused due to the oversupply of Greek graduates in the labour market. However, you seem to question this view and trace the main causes of the phenomenon in the country’s model of development and production. Ultimately, what is the reason that Greece suffers from the brain drain? To start with, I would like to point out that the phenomenon is not recent. Although it was a major concern in the 1990s, it undoubtedly worsened during the crisis period. There are many reasons for this development. Unemployment, underemployment, attempts to find employment more in line with a person’s skills and qualifications or with better prospects or even the desire to live in a different cultural environment (cosmopolitanism) are the main reasons for the brain drain phenomenon. One of the main reasons is the long-term mismatch between supply and demand of work for graduates, which in turn arises from the limited demand for specialised personnel.This disparity is not a result of the allegedly large number of graduates, as we often presume. It is catastrophic to believe that graduates are the cause of the problem because this perception leads towards alleviating the problem by reducing the number of graduates and this would result further in the degradation of the country in the international division of labour and it would have incalculable negative consequences. It is a myth that in Greece the percentage of graduates is disproportionately high, as in fact, it is below the EU average. During the 2006-2015 period, for the 25-34 age group the average percentage for the EU 28 was 34.2, while for Greece it was 32.7) as for the OECD (for the 25-64 age group, the average percentage for 2015 was 31 while for Greece it was 28). In this respect, we need to stress that the issue of brain drain relates to the structure of Greek entrepreneurship, which has been orientated towards low value-added products and services. Additionally, we shouldn’t overlook the fact that the migration of highly educated personnel to other countries is a timeless phenomenon that connects with the need to acquire specialist knowledge from elsewhere. A third aspect is obviously related to the economic crisis in the country, which coincides with the efforts that other countries are making to attract young scientists by offering financial rewards, prospects for career advancement, and a better standard of living.We all know that it is not easy to estimate immigration flows due to the lack of reliable data and coordination among the authorities and agencies managing the immigration situation. What kind of statistical data do we have on the brain drain? Unfortunately, up until now, it hasn’t been possible to record the migration of specialised personnel. However, I believe that it may be possible if comprehensive records were kept and this is exactly one of the main goals of our initiative. According to two research projects, conducted by myself and Dr Pratsinakis Manolis – through the Marie Currie (EUMigre) scholarship – and LSE, we estimate that today there are approximately 250,000 Greek scientists who live and work overseas.Recently, Giorgos Tsipras, the Secretary General for International Economic Relations of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that the systematic record keeping of Greeks living and working overseas has begun. What kind of information should we disseminate to the Greek diaspora in Australia? My understanding is that a pilot programme has begun. We are in constant contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and we will join forces so as to keep this recording as comprehensive a record as possible. As far as Knowledge Bridges is concerned, we have created a questionnaire which will serve as a first documented log of the Greek diaspora’s scientific personnel. It is available on the Knowledge Bridges website.In the absence of reliable data and official statistics on the magnitude of the IMP phenomenon, what do we know about the demographics on the brain drain? In recent years there has been a greater diversity, in the sense that while previously migration was very selective, with the main destinations being Europe or the US, now there are flows in virtually all directions. It is indicative that since the creation of the Knowledge Bridges website there have been visitors from more than 120 countries. Furthermore, earlier flows were exclusively directed towards the capital cities and other metropolises, but this has changed dramatically. The majority of people who decide to leave are over 30 years of age.In one of your articles, you stated that the brain drain phenomenon can benefit the home country. Can you describe your current position? Undoubtedly, those who benefit from the brain drain are the host countries and that is the reason that many developed countries actively employ policies to attract ‘brains’. In recent years, it has become a concern of certain countries e.g. the US that there is a growing trend for scientists to return to their countries of origin, such as India and China, which now have a higher rate of development. However, it is worth mentioning that the brain drain can result in a number of positive outcomes for the country of origin, in the sense that the scientists who return from overseas have incorporated a wealth of knowledge as well as life and work experiences.It is also for this reason that we are promoting Knowledge Bridges. We believe that Greek scientists, for as long as they work abroad, can act as the country’s ‘ambassadors’ on the one hand, and on the other hand, contribute with their knowledge and experience to the country’s progress through their links with the Greek economy. A few months ago the Greek government launched its National Development Strategy 2021 in which it explicitly stated the need to shift towards a knowledge-based economy since this model of development and production is capable of addressing the needs of highly skilled labour and then utilise them in a productive way. Can you elaborate? Since the brain drain is a structural problem, it is necessary to promote fundamental changes both in our development model, as well in the mindset of political actors, producers, the state etc. Our economy needs to produce more complex products and services. This is going to be the new development model that is proposed by the strategy. The outcome is going to be medium to long-term. To alleviate the problem in the immediate future, we are discussing policies that have already been implemented on a small scale, and aim to control the outward flow of young scientists.We are fostering innovation and self-employment of higher education graduates and the employment of doctorate holders by higher education institutes so that they gain academic teaching experience and so on. It seems that, the implementation of a National Development Strategy 2021 requires structural changes, which in turn require time, etc. Quite a number of Greek scientists who live and work overseas do not wish to or cannot return to the country immediately. Therefore we must find a way to work with them while they are abroad, and create the appropriate conditions for the development of their business or research activities in Greece concurrently. It is for this reason that we have launched Knowledge Bridges. Let’s not forget that over time Greeks have created diaspora networks which have safeguarded and strengthened national unity i.e. the Greek communities of Egypt, Middle East, London, and Australia. More than anything, we want this platform to be a networking world for Greeks, wherever they are. The success of the initiative doesn’t only depend on us, but on all Greeks around the world!Through the initiative’s website, someone can find partners, information about funding programmes and scholarships within Greece, they can help a Greek business to sell its products in the country where they live, they can assist friends who are self-employed or are employed in a business in Greece to come into contact with businesses abroad, or even set up a business in Greece alone or jointly and act as a mentor/business angel to a start-up.Through the platform’s cooperation/partnerships sector the initiative acts as a bridge between young and/or renowned Greek scientists and professionals overseas and local Greeks. Greek scientists and professionals who work either overseas or within the country can register on the cooperation/partnership platform by filling in information about their field of science, professional or business background and their needs relating to employment in Greece and networking with other young scientists. In this way, we are creating a robust online community. Greek organisations can also register on the platform by completing details on their available job positions and opportunities for partnerships and networking with Greeks who live and work abroad. The main objective is to create links between valuable Greek personnel and Greece, ultimately to create new opportunities for everyone.Knowledge Bridges is a national initiative that I believe in. Benefits at personal, local and national levels can result from this initiative. Therefore I would like to invite the Greek diaspora to visit our website and support it. Their contribution will be invaluable, since Greece’s national prosperity is not only a matter of collective responsibility, but it is also the result of everyone’s effort and participation.For more information about the Knowledge Bridges Platform and details about registration to participate in the initiative, go to For more on the National Development Strategy 2021 view* Dr Lois Labrianidis is the Secretary General for Strategic and Private Investment of the Greek Ministry of Economy and Development. He is also a Professor at the University of Macedonia (Department of Economics) and Head of Regional Development and Policy Research Unit (RDPRU). He specialises in economic geography and regional development and has written many articles and books on brain drain. * Maria Filio Tridimas is a sociologist with a strong interest in immigration policies, inclusion and migrant education. She has studied Human Rights, European Studies and International Relations and Educational Policy at the University of Warwick (UK) and University of Athens (Greece).last_img read more

Why Humans Dont Have a Literal Boner

first_imgStay on target This Bird Came Back From the Dead—TwiceScientists Add Human Genes to Monkeys’ Brains in New Study While people often call it a “boner,” there isn’t really a bone in the penis. At least, not in humans. Most mammals do have an actual bone in their penis. Called a “baculum,” it, like the organs they reside within, can vary wildly from subject to subject. But for years, scientists have been somewhat stumped as to why our species doesn’t have one.Many species lack the baculum, but what’s strange is that many of closest relatives have it. The bone evolved in mammals about 95 million years ago, and in primates 50 million years ago. In general, the size correlates to length of time that the species spends copulating. Many species, like chimps, only have sex for a few seconds, and, as a result, their penis bones are about the length of a human fingernail. That’s largely because the baculum helps with mate competition; longer copulation means less time that females have to mate with others.Kit Opie and Matilda Brindle at University College London co-authored a study that looked at the evolutionary history of humans to discern why we’ve lost our bones. Opie believes that we lost the baculum when humans started tilting closer to monogamy. For much of our evolutionary history, we were polygynous, but about 1.9 million years ago, that started to change.Human children, as you might have noticed, are a lot more helpless than most other mammals when born. Baby cows, for example, can walk a couple of days after birth. Cats are mostly done developing within a few weeks. Granted, they keep growing, but all the major growth, the organs, the bones, etc. are essentially done. Humans, being helpless, need a bit of extra help in early childhood, so having two parents around to help, at least in the state of nature, is advantageous. It also means, however, that there’s a lot less competition for other mates.“We think that is when the human baculum would have disappeared because the mating system changed at that point,” Opie told the Guardian. “This may have been the final nail in the coffin for the already diminished baculum, which was then lost in ancestral humans… With the reduced competition for mates, you are less likely to need a baculum.”last_img read more

Kellen Winslow II arrested on multiple charges including kidnapping with intent to

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, John Soderman, KUSI Newsroom, John Soderman Updated: 10:56 PM Posted: June 14, 2018center_img Kellen Winslow II arrested on multiple charges including kidnapping with intent to commit rape June 14, 2018 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) — Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II, the son of San Diego Chargers legend Kellen Winslow, was re-arrested Thursday by sheriff’s deputies on multiple charges including kidnapping with intent to commit rape.Winslow was arrested Thursday afternoon and is being charged with the following:2 counts of kidnapping with intent to commit rape2 counts of forcible rape1 count of forcible sodomy1 count of forcible oral copulation2 counts of residential burglary1 count of indecent exposureWinslow II, 34, was initially arrested last Thursday in Encinitas on suspicion of burglarizing a residence at the Park Encinitas Mobile Home Park.Sheriff’s officials said Winslow II was spotted about 2:40 p.m. walking into a residence at the park in the 400 block of North El Camino Real by a neighbor who lived nearby.Related Link: Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II arrested in Encinitas for residential burglaryThe neighbor confronted Winslow because he did not recognize him as being a resident who lived there, said sheriff’s Lt. Karen Stubkjaer.Winslow left the scene in a black SUV and deputies spotted him a short distance from the park and he was taken into custody, the lieutenant said.Winslow posted $50,000 bail that night and was scheduled to return to court June 14, but a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken into custody again.According to jail records, Winslow is not eligible for release. No bail amount was set. His arraignment is anticipated in Vista on Friday. last_img read more

US Philippines Possible Free Trade Agreement

first_imgU.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his Philippine counterpart announced this week that the two countries agreed to improve agricultural trade by working towards reducing tariff and non-tariff barriers. This is a possible first step in moving towards a free trade agreement with the Philippines, which ASA has on its short list of desired trading partners.U.S. total exports of agricultural products to the Philippines totaled $2.6 billion in 2017. Leading domestic export categories include: soybean meal ($748 million), wheat ($555 million), dairy products ($243 million), pork & pork products ($98 million), and soybeans ($92 million).The Philippines has some of the highest food prices of any Southeast Asian nation and would benefit from a free trade agreement with the United States.last_img read more

Cook Inlet Setnet Buyback Program Picks Up Momentum

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senate Bill 90, sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, aims to remove over half the current setnet permits on Cook Inlet’s east side. There are currently about 440 permits, the bill proposes to remove up to 200. While David Martin from Clam Gulch spoke against it: “This is a very divisive issue among the fishermen. Not all fishermen are in favor of this. Basically it came about from a handful of setnetters at the mouth of the Kenai river that want somebody to fund their retirement.” Senator Micciche: “This is a starting point in a conversation that began probably four years ago, when a group of set netters were looking for a solution. A gear reduction in the Cook Inlet, particularly in the east side set net fishery, if it were a win/win for all all would be a healthy outcome.” The bill would require a confirmation vote by the fisherman within that designated fishery, with a voluntary sign up for the program. With a set price of $260,000 per permit, the whole program would cost $52 million. According to Micciche the bill seeks funding other than the state General Fund: “There are some private endowments that have mentioned some interest because of the conservation; there are federal programs that participate in conservation efforts. This is going to take some time to be ready with the election and settling any of the appeals and whatever goes with it, but the state is not paying for any of this. This is going to come from other sources that we’re not sure of at this point.” With the value of set net permits and shore leases only worth a fraction of what they have been in past decades, it could also provide fishermen with the opportunity to sell their permits for an acceptable price. Some setnetters testified back in March in front of the Senate Resources committee meeting. Kenai Peninsula Fishermens’ Association vice president Ken Coleman testified in favor of the bill: “Economic viability being the primary driver (and) predictability and stability.” Proponents say the buyback program might help reduce the overall number of fishermen in the ESSN fishery, leaving more fish for other commercial fishermen as well as those in the sports and personal use sectors. If the Legislature approves SB 90, then it would go to a vote among permit holders. Micciche stated he will continue to listen to “interests and concerns of setnet fishermen,” when it comes to the proposal to establish a program to buy set net permits from those who want to exit the fishery.last_img read more

UPDATE Uptown Launches Editions in Philadelphia and Detroit

first_img“We’ve basically shifted some of the bulk away from markets such as Miami, Dallas and Houston that were outside of our focus and included these new markets,” Uptown founder/CEO Len Burnett tells sister FOLIO: title Audience Development. “Affluent audiences in Philly and Detroit are underserved and Uptown is looking to fill that void. These are two major markets that have a healthy amount of affluent African-Americans. And for Detroit, it’s particularly exciting because it is my hometown and, although the auto industry has taken its toll, there’s still a large number of African-Americans doing well in that city.”Uptown began expanding its reach after receiving a reported $6 million investment from InterMedia Partners in late 2007. Revenues soared 80 percent the following year and in February 2009, Uptown went from a quarterly to a bi-monthly, increasing its rate base from 125,000 to 200,000.According to Burnett, Uptown currently runs on a hybrid model in which 35 percent of its copies are sent to households with a total income of $75,000+ in smaller cities such as Charlotte and $125,000+ in larger cities such as New York, 30 percent are sold via subscriptions and 15 percent are sold on the newsstand. The rest are sent to restaurants, lounges, hotels and other venues where the targeted audience may socialize.The title also has a companion Daily Candy-like Web site,, which currently has 100,000 unique visitors per month, and a bi-weekly e-newsletter that is read by approximately 30,000 subscribers per edition.Event, Mobile GrowthOne of the most successful avenues for growth for Uptown, according to Burnett, is in the area of events. “We do well over 50-60 events each year ranging from small dinners to huge parties for over 700 people,” he says. “Because we only have a rate base of 200,000, events are great way for consumers to discover us. It also gives us the opportunity to work closely with our advertisers.”Uptown will next turn to mobile marketing to increase brand awareness. The title is launching a group of custom iPhone apps with the first being a restaurant guide. Uptown plans to work with its advertisers to build apps that target the audiences they want to reach. “It’s a one-stop solution that we’re offering our advertisers that will allow them to market to affluent African-Americans through our brands,” Burnett said. “For example, if a real estate company that advertises with us wants to reach our audience, we can create an Uptown-branded real estate app for them.”And although there’s nothing concrete just yet, Burnett also has plans to create an Uptown-branded travel TV show. “Travel is a big part of our editorial product,” he says. “And because the tourism boards over the recent months and through the last year have taken on a heightened sense of urgency in reaching out to readers like ours, we believe that it would be a great opportunity to provide a show that speaks to our travel-savvy audience.” [Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story indicated thatUptown closed editions in Miami, Dallas and Houston. That was notcorrect. Only Uptown‘s national edition serves those markets.] Uptown Media Group will add two more regional editions to its flagship Uptown magazine roster, with plans to enter the Philadelphia and Detroit markets effective with June/July 2010 issues. In addition to the two new editions, 200,000-circ. Uptown has a national edition, plus regional editions in New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and Charlotte, North Carolina.last_img read more

Fresh hope brews for tea

first_img.In Bangladesh, the mention of tea gardens conjures up the rolling green hills of Sylhet, or perhaps even the plantations up north in Panchagarh. But it comes as a surprise that tea is now being grown along the Garo foothills in Sherpur and Mymensingh.The tea gardens here are not expansive plantations. Tea is grown here in limited spaces of on spare plots of land. Experts call this small-holding tea cultivation. And the owners of these ‘gardens’ are different too.Actually the trend of such smaller tea gardens started in Panchagarh, the northern-most district of Bangladesh. In 1997 the Tea Board discovered that there was potential to grow tea in the area and the initiative was taken up by the private sector. This limited scale tea plantation grew in popularity and began to spread.Abul Hashem of the village Charipara of Ghoga union in Muktagachha, Mymensingh, is a farmer with a penchant for different types of cultivation. Two years ago he had gone to visit family in Panchagarh and the tea plantations there piqued his interest. He saw how people were using small plots of land to earn a living by growing tea. Then in November last year he began his own little tea garden on a plot of four decimals of land. He planted three-inch high seedlings and these have now grown to 10 inches. Abul Hashem said, “My plantation has inspired others. No one dreamt of cultivating tea here before.”The upazila agriculture officer Md. Faizul Islam Bhuiyan said Hashem’s tea plantation has exceeded all expectations. He said, “Hashem has done a good job without help from anyone. We are now providing him with technical assistance.”Ilyas Uddin of Daogaon union has been inspired by Hashem. He began growing tea on fallow land in his village Kamlapur. Now such small tea gardens have sprouted up on four acres of land in Jhenaigati, Sribaradi and Nalitabari.Entrepreneur Md Amjad Hossain was the pioneer of tea cultivation in the area. He is the head of Garo Hill Tea Company. According to the Tea Board, they had carried out a survey in the Garo foothills in 2004 and found potential for tea to be grown in the area. However, nothing was done about it at the time due to lack of interested entrepreneurs, land and funds.Amjad Hossain was aware of the tea Board’s survey and gradually began encouraging the people Garo and Hajong people of Jhenaigati in Sherpur to cultivate tea. He sent 13 local farmers to Panchagarh in 2017 to see how tea was grown there. Then in April last year 26 farmers of three upazilas began growing tea. Amjad Hossain said, “It is amazing to see that 90 per cent of the cultivation here is a complete success.”And now, Amjad Hossain said, over a hundred farmers are eager to begin tea cultivation. He has created a nursery with 200,000 seedlings and has also set up a processing plant in Sherpur town.There is a small tea cultivators’ development committee in three upazilas of Sherpur now. President of the committee Abdur Rashid said, “The committee has 26 members now and 98 more are waiting to join.”Once the tea leaves are picked, dried and processed, they are ready to be brewed and consumed. A factory is being set up in Sherpur for the purpose.Growing tea is popular as it is a permanent means to make money fast, said tea expert Nasim Anwar. Head of the private tea consultancy firm Patti Service, Nasim Anwar, says no one has faced any losses in these small-holding tea plantations so far. That is why it is so popular.Rafiqul Islam of the village Majhipara, Tentulia upazila, Panchagarh, said, “We grow tea on 20 decimals of land and sell 20 thousand to 22 thousand taka worth of tea every 40 days.”Small-scale tea cultivationBangladesh Tea Board welcomes such an initiative for small-scale tea plantations. Deputy director of the tea board (Planning) Munir Ahmed told Prothom Alo, the future lies in such small-scale plantations. The demand for tea has increased so much that there is no alternative to such cultivation.According to the Tea Board, tea consumption in the country has exceeded production. Tea is being imported to meet the demand. In 2014, total tea production was 60 million kg, while domestic consumption was 67 million kg. In 2018 production was 82.1 million kg and consumption 90 million kg. Of this, 8 million kg came from small scale plantations. Over the past four years, small scale tea production has increased nine fold.Bangladesh Tea Board has set the target for small-scale sector tea production at 10 million kg in 2020 and 30 million kg in 2030. Total tea production at that time is projected to be 140 million kg and demand 130 million kg. Of this, 30 million will come from the small cultivation.Munir Ahmed said, “If we can meet the production target of the small plantations by 2030, then we will no longer be dependent on exports. In fact, there will be surplus.”Tea experts feel that small scale tea cultivation can be carried out in 25 districts of the country. Tea can be grown in such limited scale on plain land, though the quality of hill-grown tea is better.There is a gradual decline in the number of tea garden workers. They are moving to other professions. This is another reason behind the government’s encouragement for small scale tea cultivation. As evident in the north, such cultivation is an economic boost for the poor populace of the region. With proper planning, this can be an effective tool for poverty alleviation in the future.* Buddhajyoti Chakma from Bandarban and Raziur Rahman from Panchagarh helped in providing information for this report. This report appeared in Bangladesh in Prothom print and online and has been rewritten here in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

A Conversation with Dooky Chase Restaurant Owner Leah Chase

first_imgKnown as the “Queen of Creole Cuisine”, Leah Chase, co-founder of the renowned Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans, La., has fed countless celebrities, including: Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, James Baldwin and Ray Charles and others. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have also dined in her restaurant. At the museum, Culinary historian Jessica Harris will engage Chase in an informative conversation about her life, creativity, and entrepreneurial drive to take Dooky Chase’s Restaurant from its promising beginnings as a sandwich shop to a thriving restaurant. Copies of Leah Chase’s books, “And Still I Cook” and the “Dooky Chase Cookbook” will be available for sale and signing. The event is scheduled to be held on July 16 from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Oprah Winfrey Theatre at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave., NW. Admission is free. Register for this event at“Queen of Creole Cuisine”, Leah Chase, co-founder of the renowned Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans, La.last_img read more

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