100 Indian women have been awarded British Council 70th Anniversary Scholarships to mark the organisation’s 70th anniversary in India. The 70th Anniversary Scholarships, which are the first British Council scholarship programme solely for women, cover tuition fees for a one-year Master’s course in science, technology, engineering or mathematics during the 2018-19 academic year. The scholars attended an award ceremony at the British Council on Saturday 18 March.Read it at IED Related Items
AdvertisementEuropean stalwarts Poland begin their World Cup campaign against underdogs Senegal in the second Group H match tonight at Spartak Stadium, Moscow. They will face each other for the first time. Poland is clearly the favourite in today’s match as they have a formidable line-up which consists of Lewandowski, Milik and Zielinski while Senegal will have to rely on Napoli centreback Kalidou Koulibaly and Liverpool winger Sadio Mane.Here’s the lineup of the match: Next up: #POLSEN! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/OM0d1DTMHm— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 19, 2018The match will start at 8:30 pm IST and will be telecast live on Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 3 and Sony ESPN. Advertisement Also read: FIFA World Cup 2018: Colombia vs Japan PreviewFIFA World Cup 2018 : Harry Kane expresses distress over penalty decision in the Tunisia match
Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon admits the terror threat ahead of Euro 2016 is “scary” but insisted he is ready to risk his life to give happiness to football lovers.Europol has warned that there are “great concerns” about the Euro football championship to be held in France between June 10-July 10 as it will be “an attractive target for terrorists”.Last year on November 13, French capital Paris came under terrorist attacks and it means that a high-level of security will be put in place during the event that is one of the most popular in Europe.’Ready to take risks for Euro 2016′ “It’s certainly scary, and it’s right to be cautious,” Buffon told football-italia.net on Tuesday.”But we’re important social instruments and we can give people dreams. If you want to do that, unfortunately at this moment in history you have to run a few risks,” added the 38-year-old, one of the best goalkeepers in football history.”I’m happy to do that if I can give happiness to those who follow football.”Juventus’ title run in Serie A The 2006 World Cup winner captained Juventus to a fifth consecutive Serie A title this season. He played a big part in helping the Turin-based giants recover from a poor start before snatching the lead from Napoli.Talking about the season, Buffon said: “I think this title showed Juventus’ real qualities and those of the men in the team. Never before was the team in greater need of a drive to keep surprising people and to resist what initially seemed like a destined result.”advertisement”We kicked off the season worst than anybody else. Things changed when we understood that thinking of Inter, Roma and Napoli would be conceited, when our position in the standings disallowed for it. We needed to get down and dirty before we could return to our positions.”‘I don’t play for personal records’ Buffon also posted a new goalkeeping Serie A record for the longest run without conceding a goal (974 minutes).”My personal record doesn’t add anything for me. Nothing changed in terms of pride and personal gratification, but I’m glad I was able to reach such an important result with this team,” he reflected.”The record goes under the name Buffon, but must be credited to defenders (Andrea) Barzagli, (Giorgio) Chiellini, (Leonardo) Bonucci and everybody else.”
New Delhi, Aug 9 (PTI) Indias participation in Olympics will be decided only by the general body of the BCCI, which in all likelihood wont change its present stance of not taking part as they dont want to follow the Olympic charter. A decision in this regard was taken during a meeting between BCCIs office bearers and the Committee of Administrators (COA), where they also decided to award Rs. 15 lakh each to members of mens and womens selection committee. “The matter (Olympics participation) is still being discussed and it will go to the general body,” COA member Diana Edulji told mediapersons today. It is a given that BCCIs general body would give a thumbs down to Indias participation in Olympics as it would mean that they would be counted as National Sports Federation with players needing to sign WADAs whereabouts clause (the Indian players are completely against it). On the cash award of Rs. 15 lakh to the selectors, she said: “They have been rewarded for selecting good teams.” It was learnt that Edulji raised the issue of rewarding womens selectors for teams stellar show in the World Cup but BCCIs acting president CK Khanna suggested if women selectors were paid, then men should also be paid. The logic is that both mens and womens teams finished runners-up in their last ICC assignment. The BCCI is also trying to adhere to the Lodha Panel recommendation of 15-day window between international assignment and the Indian Premier League. “We are trying our level best. We will try and adhere to it as far as possible since the Future Tours & Programmes (FTP) are decided way in advance,” she said. A notable issue that was supposed to be discussed was former skipper Mohammed Azharuddins pending dues and that matter has also been referred to the general body. Azhar was suspended for life by the BCCI on charges of match-fixing. Andhra High Court in 2012 quashed all charges of match- fixing against the former skipper. Two days back, S Sreesanths life ban was revoked by the Kerala High Court and that was also discussed in the meeting. “Azharuddins case has been referred to the general body and Sreesanths case, the legal team is still studying,” Edulji said. Acting president Khanna told PTI: “Azharuddins case was discussed at length. The legal team has given its opinion and I believe general body will take a favourable decision.” On the much-anticipated revision of pay for first-class cricketers, Edulji informed that treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary is working on the modalities and they expect that a figure will be worked out before the next COA meeting in Mumbai on August 23. The former India womens team captain said that 10 state units have sent the list of their members as per COA diktat. “There are 10 units that have sent the list. Those who dont, they will figure in the Status Report,” Edulji said. Key Pointers from COA-Office Bearers Meet 1) Olympics Participation: Referred to General Body (GB) 2) Domestic Pay Structure: Treasurer working on module 3) Mohammed Azharuddins dues: Case forwarded to GB 4) 15-day IPL window: Set to be implemented from IPL-11 5) S Sreesanth: Legal team is studying the HC order 6) Cash award: Rs 15 lakh to Men and women selectors 7) PR Agency: Adfactors Contract has been renewed 8) Deloitte Presentation: Routine affair 9) Appointment of A and U-19 manager: Not required as it doesnt feature in FTPs. PTI KHS CM CMadvertisement
Continue Reading Previous Sensirion: CO2 and RH/T sensor module now available globallyNext Qoitech: premium software for Otii now available from Digi-Key Infineon Technologies introduces the second generation ICL5102 resonant controller IC designed specifically for power supply and lighting drivers. Main target applications are LED drivers for professional and industrial lighting, and street lighting. The controller IC can also be used for offline AC-DC power supplies and LCD TVs.The ICL5102 integrates Power Factor Correction (PFC) and half-bridge (HB) controllers in a single DSO-16 package. It supports universal input voltages ranging from 70 V AC to 325 V AC, and has a comparable wide output range. A low number of external components are required to configure and support this controller IC. All parameters are set by resistors. The ICL5012 supports fast startup under 500 ms at less than 100 μA. The industry-leading PFC is greater than 99 percent and Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) is less than 3.5 percent. The controller has up to 94 percent efficiency by resonant topology. The active burst mode for low standby consumes less than 300 mW. An enable/disable function supports dimming.The PFC controller features brownout detection, adjustable THD for light load operation, and high power factor correction. Due to the high accuracy of BUS voltage sensing, only four PINs are required for PFC action. The resonant HB controller has a fully integrated 650 V high-side driver using an internal coreless transformer with self-adaptive dead time ranging between 250 ns and 750 ns, and an operating frequency up to 500 kHz. It can detect overload, short circuit, BUS, HB or output under and over voltage as well as over temperature. An integrated capacitive mode regulator prevents operation in capacitive mode. All protection features use AUTO restart (No Latch).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Around most of the US, fall is in full effect and it is time to put up the flip-flops and boat shoes and bring out those boots. Yes we mean both the hiking pair and the dress pair!Just in the knick of time, the all American shoe brand Allen Edmonds is offering up a great sale on their site of 15-35% on all of their shoes and belts including classic best-sellers, new styles, boots, lace-ups, slip-ons, leather soles and rubber soled styles. In addition, Allen Edmonds branded shoes, belts, cedar products and accessories will be on sale.Every October, Allen Edmonds hosts its largest sale of the year right around Columbus Day to thank their loyal customers and friends and to celebrate Made in U.S.A. quality and craftsmanship. The brand after all has been manufacturing on the shores of Lake Michigan, Wisconsin since 1922.The sale goes on until October 21 but Allen Edmonds is taking it one step further and offering one of our readers a free pair of their handsome Dalton boot.Here is the deal:Share this post with your Facebook friends and we will pick a winner to receive a pair of the Dalton Boot by October 21st. Pull up them boot straps and get to sharing! Dive In Feet First With the Best Rubber Boots for Men The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More Editors’ Recommendations You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobe
INVERNESS COUNTY: Point Cross Bridge The Point Cross Bridge on the Cabot Trail, south of Cheticamp, is closed to traffic during the replacement of the bridge. A four kilometre detour using Le Forte Road, Cheticamp Back Road,and Redman Road is available. Drivers should use extra caution in the construction area. Work is scheduled for completion by the end of June. -30-
New Delhi: The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is “very sensitive” and reasonable time should be given to the government to ensure normalcy there, the apex court said on Tuesday while refusing to pass any immediate order to the Centre to lift restrictions in the region imposed after abrogation of Article 370. The apex court also said that it is to be ensured that no life was lost there and posted the matter after two weeks, saying it will wait for normalcy to return. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details A three judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra was hearing the petition filed by Congress activist Tehseen Poonawalla on the Centre’s decision to impose restrictions and “other regressive measures” in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of the provisions of Article 370. The Centre told the bench that they are reviewing the situation in the region on a day-to-day basis and reports come from respective district magistrates and relaxations are being ordered accordingly. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “We have to ensure that law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir is maintained,” Attorney General K K Venugopal told the bench. He referred to the July 2016 agitation in Kashmir after encounter of terrorist Burhan Wani and said it took around three months to bring normalcy at that time. He said that since 1990, 44,000 people have been killed by extremists and people from across the border have been guiding and giving instructions to them. He said in the present situation, it will take few days to restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir. Venugopal said that not a single death has been reported since last Monday after the restrictions were imposed. The AG was responding to the bench which asked about the steps taken by the authorities for bringing normalcy and restoring basic facilities in the region. During the hearing, the bench said: “The situation is such that nobody knows what exactly is happening there. Some time should be given for bringing normalcy. They are analysing the situation on a day-to-day basis. “The government’s endeavour is to restore normalcy. That is why they are reviewing the situation on a day-to-to basis. If tomorrow anything happens in Jammu and Kashmir, who will be responsible? Obviously the Centre.” The bench further said that it has to look into all the pros and cons and therefore reasonable time should be given to the government to ensure normalcy returns in the state. It asked the petitioner’s counsel senior advocate Menaka Guruswamy to give specific instances where relief is needed. “You give us specific instances and we will give directions to them to provide relief,” the bench said. The top court asked the AG as to how much time will be needed to restore normalcy. Venugopal replied that there is need to ensure that law and order situation is maintained and least inconvenience is caused to the general public. He said that large number of troops and para military forces have been sent to Jammu and Kashmir. While Guruswamy was making submissions that due to snapping of all type of communication people failed to speak on the festive occasion, the bench said, “nothing can be done overnight. There are serious issues. Normalcy would return and we expect it will come with time. What is important is it has to be ensured that no life is lost”. Venugopal said that the government is ensuring that no violence or human rights violations takes place there. He said that during the agitation in July 2016, total of 47 persons had died but till today no one has died. Before posting the matter after two weeks the bench said, “We are with you on the issue of right to liberty of the people. But we should have a real picture before us. “Wait for sometime. Let us wait for normalcy to return”. The bench told further the petitioner that he will have the chance to come back after two weeks. At the outset, Guruswamy said how can there be total prohibition on communication that even soldiers posted in the state cannot talk to their family members. This submission invited angry reactions from the bench. It said: “Why you are raising grievances on behalf of soldiers. Your prayer is not this. Soldiers have to maintain discipline and if they have any grievance then let them come before us. Why you are taking up the cause of soldiers.” When Guruswamy tried to make a reference of Article 370, the bench warned her saying, “dont make any such statement on it”. She had said she was not making any comment on Article 370 but was on the issue of constitutional right of the individuals. While she was making submissions on various violation of rights by referring to people’s difficulty in even reaching to hospital and schools and police station, the bench said that in the petition no instances have been cited like that. “Your petition is poorly drafted”, the bench said, adding that it is also filed very carelessly without realizing the seriousness and importance of the matter.
Barcelona: Barcelona star Lionel Messi feels that the Catalan side did not go all out to bring Neymar back to the club after negotiations did not materialise with the Brazilian forward’s present club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). “I would have loved Neymar to have rejoined the club,” Messi was quoted by Marca as telling to Sport. “Honestly, I don’t know if Barcelona did everything possible to ensure his return. However, it is certainly true that negotiating with PSG isn’t easy. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “On a sporting level, Neymar is one of the best in the world. The club would also have taken a leap in terms of the level of image rights and sponsors,” the Argentine said. Neymar cost PSG a world record 222 million euro in August 2018 when he joined the French club from Barcelona. Asked if he had a say in Barcelona thinking to bring Neymar back, Messi said: “I never asked for the signing of Neymar. All I did was give my opinion. “I’m not disappointed (that he didn’t sign). We have a have a spectacular squad, which can compete for everything, even without Neymar.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later There was a lot of talk over Neymar — who hasn’t had the greatest of time at PSG — returning to Barcelona where he enjoyed a great partnership with Messi and Luis Suarez. Messi was also asked about his future at the Spanish club, to which he trashed recent revelations over a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave Barcelona at the end of the season. “This is my home and I don’t want to leave. But I want to win,” Messi said.
Washington: The US is “locked and loaded” to respond to the unprecedented drone strikes on key Saudi oil facilities, President Donald Trump has warned, a day after his top diplomat blamed Iran for the crippling attack that has led to the biggest surge in crude oil prices since the Gulf War. The attacks on Saturday targeted Abqaiq, the site of the largest oil processing plant run by the Saudi state oil company, Aramco, and the Khurais oilfield. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Iran has denied involvement in the air attacks, which were claimed by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attack, without providing any evidence, prompting Tehran to accuse Washington of deceit. Tweeting on Sunday, President Trump stopped short of directly accusing Iran, but suggested possible military action once the perpetrator was known to his administration. “Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!” Trump said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Trump’s tweet, which appeared to raise the specter of a US military response, served to ratchet up tensions in a region already on edge after the audacious attack on the Saudi oil field. Trump used similar language in June when he announced he had called off an attack on Iran just as the US was “cocked & loaded” to strike because he decided it would cause too many deaths for a proportionate response to Tehran’s downing of a US drone. The coordinated strikes on key Saudi Arabian oil facilities disrupted 5 per cent of the daily global oil supply. The attacks sent oil prices sky-rocketing on Monday, with Brent futures up USD 12 — or nearly 20 per cent — in the first few minutes of business, while West Texas Intermediate (WTI) jumped more than USD 8, or 15 per cent, AFP reported. It was the biggest rise since the 1990-1991 Gulf War, it said. Though Trump did not name Iran in his tweet, the attack has caused another spike in tensions between the US and Tehran. Prior to Saturday there were signs the US appeared open to new negotiations and even a potential meeting later this month between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. A day after Secretary of State Pompeo blamed Iran for the attack on Saudi oil facilities and argued there is “no evidence the attacks came from Yemen,” a senior Trump administration official briefed CNN on information to back up Pompeo’s claims. Pompeo did not provide evidence, but the official pointed to satellite imagery provided to CNN showing the oil facilities were struck from the northwest, suggesting an attack from Iraq or Iran, among other information. Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif took to Twitter to issue a similar denial. “Having failed at “max pressure”, @SecPompeo’s turning to “max deceit,” Zarif wrote. “US & its clients are stuck in Yemen because of illusion that weapon superiority will lead to military victory. Blaming Iran won’t end disaster. Accepting our April ’15 proposal to end war & begin talks may.” The Trump administration official pointed to the angle at which Saudi oil facilities were attacked, the numbers of points of impact and other information to argue that it is unlikely the attacks were carried out by Yemen. Instead, the official suggested the attack most likely originated in Iran or Iraq. “It is very difficult to see how these things could have come from anywhere but Iran or Iraq,” the official said. The official said 19 Saudi targets were struck in Saturday’s attack and argued that such an attack could not be carried out with 10 drones, which the Houthis claimed to have used. “You can’t hit 19 targets with 10 drones like that,” the official said. The official, drawing on commercial satellite imagery shared with CNN, also noted that “all the points of impact on Saudi facilities were on the northwest side of them, which is somewhat difficult to do from Yemen.” The official could not say whether it is possible drones from Yemen could have angled around to attack northwest facilities. Officials quoted by the New York Times said a mix of drones and cruise missiles might have been deployed, but that not all hit their targets at Abqaiq and the Khurais oilfield. The ABC News quoted a senior US official as saying that Trump was fully aware that Iran was responsible. Earlier on Sunday, White House senior counsellor Kellyanne Conway said Trump has “many options on the table” when it comes to responding to the strike on Saudi Arabia’s oil production facilities. “The President will always consider his options,” Conway said on “Fox News Sunday” when asked if Trump would still sit down with Rouhani under current circumstances. “We’ve never committed to that meeting at the United Nations General Assembly. The President’s just said he’s looking at it,” she said.
3DR, makers of Site Scan, the complete drone software platform for construction and engineering teams, has announced that Site Scan users can now capture and use structurally-detailed thermal imagery on their projects. This is made possible through a one-of-a-kind integration with the DJI M210 dual gimbal drone, equipped with the Zenmuse XT thermal camera and the Zenmuse X4S, making it easy to capture and combine thermal and RGB imagery.This capability is an industry-first: only Site Scan offers autonomous thermal mapping and modelling using this dual-gimbal solution with the XT camera, which is powered by FLIR Systems, the global leader in thermal imaging solutions. “Site Scan’s unique ability to generate structurally detailed thermal point clouds is a brand new capability for our customers across engineering, construction, and mining,” said Chris Anderson, CEO, 3DR. “Now, Site Scan users can easily inspect buildings, structures, and utilities, map solar arrays, monitor concrete curing, and much more. We’re excited to see how our customers put thermal imaging to work on their projects.”The workflow is simple: Site Scan users just plan and execute their flight with the M210 equipped with the XT and X4S, and the imagery from both cameras will automatically upload to the cloud and turn into thermal maps and models using Pix4D’s industry-leading thermal processing capabilities.As part of this release, Site Scan users can now also fly with the XT camera using a single gimbal on any of the the DJI M200 Series drones (M200, M210, M210 RTK). This makes it easier than ever to perform thermal inspections: Site Scan users can either fly single gimbal autonomous surveys, or fly manually and tap any part of their iPad screen to get a temperature reading of a specific area.“As more enterprises deploy drones across their operations, many of them are realizing the impact thermal data can have on their sites,” said Jan Gasparic, Head of Enterprise Partnerships at DJI. “With the new thermal capabilities of 3DR’s Site Scan platform, these enterprises have a seamless and automated way to transition from a DJI M200 Series drone out in the field to meaningful analytics of thermal data in the office.”“Thermal imaging has become a core tool for commercial drone operators to use on the job,” said Frank Pennisi, President of the Industrial Business Unit at FLIR. “The ability to use a drone to see heat and now map it with 3DR Site Scan will enable the industry to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and do more with thermal imaging.”
Dell prêt à lancer sa mini-tabletteFrance – Dell devrait faire son entrée sur le marché des tablettes Internet à la fin du mois de juillet. C’est en effet à cette période que son modèle Streak sera disponible en France.Secoué par une affaire de vente d’ordinateurs portables défectueux (voir article), Dell occupe désormais l’actualité avec sa tablette Streak. Les magasins ThePhoneHouse proposeront en effet le nouveau produit du géant texan en avant-première, explique zdnet.fr. Cette mini-tablette est équipée d’un écran 5 pouces et d’une connexion WiFi et 3G. Elle fonctionne sous Android, le système d’exploitation de Google. L’utilisateur pourra émettre ou recevoir des appels téléphoniques en visioconférence. Bien décidé à se faire une place de choix sur le marché des tablettes, Dell serait déjà d’après Engadget, en train de plancher sur des modèles de 7 et 10 pouces qui pourraient respectivement sortir d’ici la fin de l’année, et début 2010. Ces tablettes pourraient être équipées de Chrome OS ou Windows 7.Le 7 juillet 2010 à 12:04 • Emmanuel Perrin
By Mustapha JallowAgents of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) attached to Amdalai/Karang border post, on Monday arrested an ex-member of Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), Lance Corporal Babou Edrissa and later released him at GAF headquarters in Banjul, military sources said.Sources disclosed that when the ex-soldier arrived at the Gambian side of the border, detective agents put him under arrest and communicated with GAF authorities who ordered for him to be transported to Banjul for questioning.‘‘Suddenly, military police received him from the NIA. His arrest came in the wake of an alleged intelligence report that the ex-soldier was part of Jammeh’s hit squad. That he deserted the army and was taken to GAF headquarters for interrogation. After questioning, he was released on 6th of February 2018,’’ the source said.GAF spokesman Major Lamin K. Sanyang confirmed the interrogation of the ex-soldier, adding that the NIA thought that the man may be a threat to national security or ‘Jungler’ which led to his arrest.A statement from the GAF HQ said: ‘‘The attention of the high command of the Gambia Armed Forces has been drawn to a publication in several social media outlets about the alleged arrest of another Gambian soldier at the Amdalai border post following his purported return from Equatorial Guinea.’’‘‘The Gambia Armed Forces wishes to inform the general public that the alleged soldier is one Lance Corporal Babou Edrissa who is an ex-soldier of the Gambia Armed Forces (Intake 28) from Mbolletba village and who was dismissed from the Army on the 10th September 2014.’’According to Military Police investigations, Lance Corporal Babou left The Gambia on 14thSeptember 2014 for Agadez in Niger, in an attempt to reach Europe. Currently, he is resident in Senegal where he works for a security Company and is in the country to visit his family.In addition GAF said investigations have not in any way revealed his connection to the ‘Junglers’ or the former President.
Today will be a lot like yesterday — without the surprise.A mixture of rain and snow could fall as low as 600 feet, according to the National Weather Service, one of several forecasters who failed to predict yesterday’s early morning snowfall.Little accumulation is expected today in lower elevations. Snow figures to leave behind a greater footprint in northern Clark County and Washougal.In addition to the rain and snow, expect light winds and a 42-degree high. The chance of rain is 60 percent with less than half an inch of accumulation.A possibility of rain and/or snow continues into tonight when temperatures drop to a below-freezing 31 degrees. The chance of precipitation this evening is 50 percent.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media)Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of the voices calling for Democratic Sen. Al Franken to resign last week, after several women claimed he groped and kissed them without consent. Murkowski said Friday she’s not sure Congress can examine similar allegations against President Trump.Listen nowSpeaking to reporters in Anchorage, the senator said the president’s accusers are now coming forward in a more “directed” way.“My sense is that that is going to continue to build,” Murkowski said. “The role that we play in Congress for an investigation – that’s one of the things that I’ve been trying to figure out: Is there a congressional role?”Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan had called for candidate Trump to quit the ticket last fall, after the “Access Hollywood” tape emerged in which he bragged about grabbing women with impunity.
Outside the Sitka Courthouse courtroom (Photo by Katherine Rose/KCAW)A Juneau judge has denied Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s request for an injunction that would have required the Alaska Department of Fish and Game develop new procedures in the weeks leading up to the Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery. One day after hearing oral arguments from STA, ADF&G and the Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance, Judge Daniel Schally made his ruling in writing.“No party disputes the importance to the Tribe…of the subsistence fishery” he wrote in the order. But he said the Tribe had not demonstrated that it faces “irreparable harm” if the relief isn’t granted between now and the beginning of the 2019 commercial and subsistence fisheries. And they had not, he said, shown that the seine fleet and ADF&G would be protected if the injunction was granted. Schally went on to say that trial courts have been “cautioned” against the “too frequent resort to the injunction, and in this case he said neither test for an injunction– was met.As of press time, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska had not issued a statement in response to the judge’s ruling.
Faruq Hossain. Photo: Prothom Alo“I won’t spend excesively or buy expensive clothes. I’ll spend one fourth of my salary on education for children of poor families.” Armed with this oath, 32-year-old Faruq Hossain has been working in a remote area of Dinajpur sadar upazila for the last 10 years.Faruq is from Malipukur village in Auliapur union of Dinajpur sadar upazila. He is an assistant to a truck driver of Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC).He spends 25 per cent of his monthly salary of Tk 14,900 for the education of poor people’s children. He takes care of his four-member family, comprising himself, his mother Sanwara Begum, wife Sabera Akhter and two-and-a-half-year-old son Sabbir Hossain with rest of the money.Faruq distributes education material among the students every Friday and Saturday. He also has set up a centre for educating adults at his house.In recognition of his initiatives, Faruq was awarded by the prime minister Sheikh Hasina on 13 March this year.The Malipukur village is 4.5 kilometres away off Dinajpur sadar upazila. On 10 February, the Prothom Alo correspondents visited Faruq’s home. He lives in a dilapidated mud-house. Relatives said Faruq’s father Mahbub Hossain passed away in 2006. He was a labourer at BADC. Faruq also joined as a labourer at BADC in 2002.All the labourers used to draw their wages with thumbprints as they were not literate and could not sign their names. Faruq studied up to the eighth grade. He started educating his fellow workers so that everyone would be able to sign their names to draw their wages.Saving his pocket-money along with some taken from his father, Faruq bought 200 taka worth of pens and papers for the labourers. Gradually he imparted basic literacy to all of them. Delighted, a driver Naresh Chandra taught Faruq how to drive. Faruq then joined as a temporary driver at the office of the deputy director of BADC in Rajshahi in 2007. Later on 16 July that year, he was appointed as an assistant to the truck driver and transferred to Rangpur BADC office. Since then, he is working as a driver of BADC joint director (seed processing centre) AFM Saiful Islam.Unlike others, Faruq did not stop there. “I had a dream to be self-sufficient after completing my studies. But poverty cut my dreams short when I was an eighth grader at Cheradangi High School. That’s why I decided to help those who could not continue studying due to poverty,” said Faruq to Prothom Alo.Faruq said the studies of Nur Islam from Kashimpur Mahanpara village came to a halt due to lack of education material and proper clothes in July 2008. He went to Nur Islam’s home and gave his mother 3000 taka. Nur Islam is now a student at Dinajpur Government College.In December that year, Faruq held a meeting with the seniors of the village. He told them he would not eat paan (betel leaf), smole cigarettes or buy expensive clothes. Instead he will help students from poor families. In 2009, he bought education material and clothes for 20 students with 25 per cent of his salary and admitted them to school. As of now, Faruq said, he has helped almost 2,000 students of the union.Ninth grader Zahid Hossain, eighth grader Amena and seventh grader Abdus Sattar at Cheradangi High School are some of the students from poor families who received Faruq’s help.When Sima Akhter from Malipukur village was a fifth grader, her father Samirul Islam went missing. Her mother arranged her marriage after three months. But the marriage was halted when Faruq pledged to take care of her education. Sima is now an eighth grader at Sikderganj Girls High School.“Faruq uncle has given me a new life. I want to be a physician,” Sima told Prothom Alo.Another student of Sikderganj Girls High School, Tanjila Khatun, showing her schoolbag, said, “Faruq uncle has bought this for me. He also has given me money for private tuition.”The school’s head teacher of Zakir Hossain said, “Faruq has been showing us the potential of dropout students. He also works to raise awareness to keep the village free of drugs and to ensure road safety. He also plants trees to keep the environment cool.”Kashimpur Government Primary School’s head teacher Jalal Uddin said, “Faruq distributes pens, pencils, papers and other stationery to students of different schools twice in a month. He also goes to the house to inquire if any student remains absent at school. This is why cent per cent children of Kashimpur attend school.”Faruq uses his bicycle to go from one school to another. There are several awareness raising stickers stuck to his bicycle against taking drugs, for road safety and against child marriage, etc.Mousumi Khatun was married off when she was an eighth grader. Her in-laws were against her studies. Faruq persuaded her in-laws to allow her to study and took charge of Mousumi’s education.“The dreams of many girls like me are being fulfilled thanks to Faruq uncle. Now I’m studying in college,” Mousumi said.Auliapur union parishad chairman Abdur Razzak considers Faruq a social welfare activist. He was recognised as such on 13 March this year when the prime minister Sheikh Hasina handed over a medal at a programme organised marking National Primary Education Week at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.Adult education centre at homeFaruq has opened an adult education centre at home where his wife Sabera Akhter teaches adults of the village.Faruq married Sabera of Boaldhar village in Baliadangi of Thakurgaon in 2010. She was a ninth grader then.“I resumed studies upon Faruq’s insistence. In 2011, I took up diploma in agriculture at KBM College in Dinajpur. Now I’m a bachelor degree student at Open University,” Sabera told Prothom Alo.An older woman Shirin Akhter said there was no one in the village who cannot write his/her name.“Maybe Faruq has not given us material wealth, but we’re living with honour for his efforts,” Sabera said.Faruq said he does not work for awards. “I started working so that no one of my area lives in the darkness of illiteracy. This will continue until the dropout rate comes down to zero.”*The report appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza
Microsoft has decided to entice students to pick up a new Windows 7 PC by once again by offering them a free Xbox 360 console.You may remember this time last year Microsoft started advertising a back-to-school deal that saw students receive a free Xbox 360 Arcade system if they purchased a $699+ Windows PC. It was limited to students by requiring a .edu email address to qualify, or if you visited a store you could just flash a student ID and receive the free games hardware.This year is no different. The offer started yesterday and requires you to purchase a system worth at least $699 in the US, or $599 in Canada to receive the free Xbox. The companies taking part in the offer include Best Buy, Dell, Fry’s Electronics, HP, Microsoft’s own stores, and NewEgg. If you’re in Canada, the choice is more limited, but includes Best Buy, Dell, Future Shop, Staples, and The Source. In all cases, the console on offer is the Xbox 360 4GB model.Although an Xbox may distract students from their studies, Microsoft argues that they also need some downtime. What better way than to relax with a game? And in the process it gets more young people using Microsoft’s console and spending their cash on Xbox rather than PS3 games.The offer is also very timely considering Microsoft’s biggest game franchise getting a new title in the series later this year. Halo 4 launches on November 6, and you can bet this offer will be mentioning that fact a lot. However, will you be able to take full advantage of all the game has to offer without adding a new hard drive to your free Xbox?Read more at the Windows Experience Blog