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first_img Comments   Share   New Arizona Cardinals linebacker Lorenzo Alexander appeared at Heritage Elementary School in Glendale Friday morning to speak to 400 students about the importance of exercise.But after his positive message to the kids, the talked turned to his teammate, Daryl Washington, who was accused in a domestic disturbance Wednesday.“Of course, we’re his support system, we’re his brothers and we’re definitely backing him up,” Alexander told KTAR reporter Bob McClay. “The team has talked to him and they’re handling it the best way they can.” Alexander did elaborate that he hasn’t seen Washington since the alleged incident.“We work out every day, but I haven’t seen him since everything has come out,” Alexander said. “Him and his family are going to deal with that the best they can and we’re praying for D-Wash and hopefully he comes out from this, learns from this and continues to move forward.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

April 23 2004 SCHOOL OF THOUGHT is a weekly dialo


first_imgApril 23, 2004SCHOOL OF THOUGHT is a weekly dialogue with Paolo Soleri, open to the public, held at Arcosanti every Wednesday 4 – 5 pm. Every week a different subject is discussed. Topic papers are available at the session or on-line at . [Photo & Text: sa]SCHOOL OF THOUGHT is a weekly dialogue with Paolo Soleri, open to the public, held at Arcosanti every Wednesday 4 – 5 pm. Every week a different subject is discussed. Topic papers are available at the session or on-line at . [Photo & Text: sa] Moderator Jim Huth [middle, next to Paolo], prepares and reads topic papers, and adds a sparkle of humor to the conversation. [Photo & Text: sa] Paolo Soleri, at 84, is still very fond of philosophical discussion. [Photo: Peter Waldenberger & Text: sa]center_img Paolo Soleri. [Photo: Peter Waldenberger & Text: sa]last_img read more


first_img — • A critical vote in Italy today could be that pin… That’s why you need to act now. You may be exposed to this toxic financial waste without even knowing it. My friend, mentor, and globetrotting colleague Doug Casey thinks the situation in Italy is just the beginning of a disaster much worse than the 2007–2009 global financial crisis. Here’s Doug: I expect a truly major banking crisis. Much worse than that of 2007–2009. Governments, who are all bankrupt, borrow money from commercial banks. Commercial banks have lent it to them because they believe it’s a risk-free loan. Governments encourage them to lend recklessly, hoping that will jump-start sluggish economies. Central banks, which are the arms of their governments, have taken interest rates to zero and below for that reason and to make it easier for governments to service their debts. This policy has encouraged businesses to take on debt. It’s an idiotic and reckless experiment that will end—likely in this cycle—with bankrupt central banks and governments bailing out bankrupt commercial banks and businesses. Just the way they did in 2007–2009. Except this time, the situation is much more serious. How to profit? Don’t own European companies, stocks or bonds, and banks in particular. In fact, even though they’re already down considerably, they’re going lower and are excellent candidates for short sales, or the sale of naked calls. I agree with Doug. The European banks most exposed to the looming crisis in Italy are excellent short-sale candidates. To hone in on the best options, I looked at which European banks hold a lot of Italian government bonds. According to the German media, French banks are the most exposed by a wide margin. They have over $275 billion worth of Italian sovereign debt on their balance sheets. Germany is next, with $90 billion, followed by Spain, with $45 billion. If you own any of the European bank stocks listed below, I recommend selling them immediately. Even though their share prices have all taken serious hits recently, they’re still great short-sale candidates. You only have a short window to act… Today, Italy is voting on a crucial referendum. It’s almost certain to fail. And that will probably be the pin that pricks this super bubble. Doug and I just released an urgent video on this issue with all the details. Click here to watch it now. It ends at midnight tonight, get started NOW Today – December 4 – Italian citizens will vote on their own version of Brexit. If they vote no like British voters did, it could spell the end of the European Union itself. Since the EU is the world’s largest economy, its fall will instantly affect your investments and savings. The first domino was Brexit, the second domino was Trump’s election, and this Italy vote will be the third domino in the global wave of discontent. This crisis promises to make a few lucky speculators insanely rich, but you need to get prepared before midnight tonight. Here’s the entire story so you can prepare right now… – Recommended Links Editor’s note: You may be exposed to toxic financial waste without even knowing it. In today’s essay, Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno details the super bubble that’s set to pop at any moment. Read on to learn what you should be doing now…and why there’s only a small window left to prepare. By Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing Italian government bonds are in a super bubble. They are primed to collapse soon. Italy has one of the most indebted governments in the world. It’s borrowed over $2.4 trillion, and its debt-to-GDP ratio is north of 130%. (For comparison, the US debt-to-GDP ratio is 104%.) But the situation is actually much worse. GDP measures a country’s economic output. However, it’s highly misleading. Mainstream economists count government spending as a positive when calculating GDP. A more honest approach would count government spending as a big negative. In Italy, government spending accounts for a whopping 50%-plus of GDP. A more accurate debt-to-GDP ratio would exclude government spending from economic output. I suspect that figure would reveal the Italian government’s hopeless insolvency. I don’t see how it’s possible for the Italian government to extract enough in taxes from the productive part of the economy to ever pay back what it’s borrowed. • Yet Italian government bonds are trading near record-low yields… It’s a bizarre and perverse situation. Over $1 trillion worth of Italian bonds actually have negative yields. That’s completely insane. Given the huge risks associated with lending money to the bankrupt Italian government, the yields on Italian sovereign bonds should be near record highs, not record lows. Source: Zero Hedge Italian government bonds are, without a doubt, in super-bubble territory. It won’t be long before a pin pricks it and… pop. Will Bonner: “We’re sharing our family’s next big gold investment” In the past, Bill Bonner hasn’t discussed his specific gold investments. But for the first time, he’s agreed to “open up his gold portfolio” and reveal exactly where he’s about to invest in gold next through his family trust. Click here for all the details. France—Société Générale (SCGLY) France—BNP Paribas (BNPQY) Germany—Deutsche Bank (DB) Spain—Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) Spain—Banco Santander (SAN)last_img read more

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first_imgMost snowshoes in the United States are probably in storage right now, gathering dust and waiting for temperatures to drop. In the town of Lake Tomahawk in the Northwoods of Wisconsin though, they’re getting a lot of use this summer.Snowshoe baseball is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a game of baseball played on snowshoes, though it more closely resembles a bizarre game of softball. Every Monday night in the summer—and on the 4th of July—hundreds of tourists and residents gather to cheer on players who strap on snowshoes and hit a large softball around a field of wood chips. This has been going on since 1961, when then town chairman Ray Sloan came up with the idea to turn the game into a spectator sport capable of entertaining both summer tourists and town residents. An earlier version of the game was played on frozen lakes. Hence, the snowshoes.Admission is free, but slices of homemade pie cost $2. The pie is a big deal here, too. On any given night you can find 40 different flavors.Sheila Punches says that “they come for the pie and stay for the game.” She’s been coming to games since the 1970s and she says pie is one way she measures its popularity.”There was a time when 30 pies was enough,” she says. “Then it was 40, 50, 60, 70 … 100 pies is not too many pies to have. I think somebody said they had 160 pies last week for the 4th of July.”Pie flavors range from the traditional — Raspberry Rhubarb or Apple — to the more unique: Banana Split, Margarita, and even Sawdust, featuring graham crackers and coconut flakes.The game starts with a rendition of the national anthem by the local barbershop chorus. Then local commentators Adam Lau and Jimmy Soyck lead the way. In a recent game, someone takes a swing, misses the ball, and switches bats. “Oh, it’s the bat,” says Soyck into his microphone.”It’s always the bat’s fault,” agrees Lau.Then when the player does hit the ball, he trips right after leaving home plate. The crowd audibly cheers, then sighs. This hilarious scene is all too common, especially for newer players. Soyck says you can’t run in snowshoes. It’s all in the shuffle.”You gotta shuffle your feet. You can’t pick them up,” he says. “If you pick them up, you’re going over. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.”The game carries on this way until about the 7th inning, when one lucky batter gets a disguised cantaloupe thrown to him instead of a ball. When the batter makes contact, he immediately scatters the baseball field with pieces of melon.”When that thing hits, it splatters everywhere,” says Jeff Smith, who coaches the Snow Hawks, the home team. “It’s painted to look pretty much like those balls out there, and the batter isn’t supposed to know until he hits it.” It’s easy to laugh at the idea of people playing softball on snowshoes in the middle of the summer, but fan Phil Hejtmanek says there are a lot of talented players here.”The funny thing is these guys are really good,” he says. “You figure ‘oh, the outfielders aren’t going to be able to make any plays,’ but just you wait.”Coach Jeff Smith says that it takes a lot of work from local volunteers to make each game run smoothly, but that he doesn’t expect the game to ever fade out. “There’s too much passion amongst the townspeople around Snowshoe Baseball,” he says. “People get pretty serious about their home team winning and playing and they just want to be a part of it.”Ultimately, this game is a part of this town’s fabric. Residents like Macey Macintyre grew up watching it.”The whole town comes together just to watch this and you know it’s the whole town because you see everyone week in and week out,” she says. “It makes our town unique and it makes me just love my town and the people in it a lot more.”So if you’re in Wisconsin’s Northwoods on a Monday night this summer and looking for some entertainment and good company, snowshoe baseball will be happening in Lake Tomahawk. The season ends in late August. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRM


first_img BombBombcrmcustomer relationship managementmarketing automationMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleYext Study: 58% Of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Marketers Say Their Marketing Management Strategy Needs Major ImprovementsNext ArticleiQIYI Launches the First Domestic Interactive Film and Television Work “His Smile”, Providing Brand New User Experience to the Chinese Audience Top of Mind Networks, a leader in customer relationship management and marketing automation software for the mortgage lender and real estate industries, is pleased to announce that it has integrated with BombBomb, a personalized video tool.“As the industry’s leading CRM, we aim to continually add integrations with partners that make sense for our user base and help them increase their business.”“We are excited to be able to integrate BombBomb technology into our Surefire system for clients. The ability to add an individually targeted video to follow-up emails is important in today’s world where consumers are looking for personalized messages,” says Erik Enright, CTO. “As the industry’s leading CRM, we aim to continually add integrations with partners that make sense for our user base and help them increase their business.”Marketing Technology News: ADK, Japan’s Third-Largest ad agency, partners with CHEQ for Brand Safety and Anti-Fraud PreventionThe integration of BombBomb with Surefire means that Surefire users can:Easily deploy BombBomb videos to contacts inside of Surefire.Record videos within the Surefire platform by pressing one button.Quickly choose from their personal library of videos to send them multiple times.BombBomb videos allow mortgage professionals to create a one-to-one human experience. Video email builds trust, converts leads and wins referrals because senders rehumanize their communication and thus their brand. Sending an email with an embedded video gets professionals face-to-face with the people who matter the most – customers.Marketing Technology News: Amazon Display Ads Shown To Drive Sales In Channels Other Than AmazonTop of Mind continues to lead the way in developing new tools to address the needs of the loan origination ecosystem. The company’s product capabilities, particularly with the newest version of its Surefire platform, allow its clients to run, track and improve campaigns, so that its originators can focus on doing what they do best – selling.Marketing Technology News: NCC Media and OpenAP Announce Advanced TV Partnership Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRM Business WireJune 22, 2019, 8:08 pmJune 21, 2019 last_img read more

New microfluidic device can isolate individual cancer cells from blood samples


first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 26 2019Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Queensland University of Technology of Australia, have developed a device that can isolate individual cancer cells from patient blood samples. The microfluidic device works by separating the various cell types found in blood by their size. The device may one day enable rapid, cheap liquid biopsies to help detect cancer and develop targeted treatment plans. The findings are reported in the journal Microsystems & Nanoengineering.”This new microfluidics chip lets us separate cancer cells from whole blood or minimally-diluted blood,” said Ian Papautsky, the Richard and Loan Hill Professor of Bioengineering in the UIC College of Engineering and corresponding author on the paper. “While devices for detecting cancer cells circulating in the blood are becoming available, most are relatively expensive and are out of reach of many research labs or hospitals. Our device is cheap, and doesn’t require much specimen preparation or dilution, making it fast and easy to use.”The ability to successfully isolate cancer cells is a crucial step in enabling liquid biopsy where cancer could be detected through a simple blood draw. This would eliminate the discomfort and cost of tissue biopsies which use needles or surgical procedures as part of cancer diagnosis. Liquid biopsy could also be useful in tracking the efficacy of chemotherapy over the course of time, and for detecting cancer in organs difficult to access through traditional biopsy techniques, including the brain and lungs.However, isolating circulating tumor cells from the blood is no easy task, since they are present in extremely small quantities. For many cancers, circulating cells are present at levels close to one per 1 billion blood cells. “A 7.5-milliliter tube of blood, which is a typical volume for a blood draw, might have ten cancer cells and 35-40 billion blood cells,” said Papautsky. “So we are really looking for a needle in a haystack.”Microfluidic technologies present an alternative to traditional methods of cell detection in fluids. These devices either use markers to capture targeted cells as they float by, or they take advantage of the physical properties of targeted cells — mainly size — to separate them from other cells present in fluids.Papautsky and his colleagues developed a device that uses size to separate tumor cells from blood. “Using size differences to separate cell types within a fluid is much easier than affinity separation which uses ‘sticky’ tags that capture the right cell type as it goes by,” said Papautsky. “Affinity separation also requires a lot of advanced purification work which size separation techniques don’t need.”Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patientsTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerThe device Papautsky and his colleagues developed capitalizes on the phenomena of inertial migration and shear-induced diffusion to separate cancer cells from blood as it passes through ‘microchannels’ formed in plastic. “We are still investigating the physics behind these phenomena and their interplay in the device, but it separates cells based on tiny differences in size which dictate the cell’s attraction to various locations within a column of liquid as it moves.”Papautsky and his colleagues ‘spiked’ 5-milliliter samples of healthy blood with 10 small-cell-lung cancer cells and then ran the blood through their device. They were able to recover 93 percent of the cancer cells using the microfluidic device. Previously-developed microfluidics devices designed to separate circulating tumor cells from blood had recovery rates between 50 percent and 80 percent.When they ran eight samples of blood taken from patients diagnosed with non-small-cell lung cancer, they were able to separate cancer cells from six of the samples using the microfluidic device.In addition to the high efficiency and reliability of the devices, Papautsky said the fact that little dilution is needed is another plus. “Without having to dilute, the time to run samples is shorter and so is preparation time.” They used whole blood in their experiments as well as blood diluted just three times, which is low compared to other protocols for cell separation using devices based on inertial migration.Papautsky and colleague Dr. Alicia Hubert, assistant professor of surgery in the UIC College of Medicine, recently received a $125,000, one-year grant from the University of Illinois Cancer Center to develop a microfluidics device that can separate out circulating tumor cells as well as detect DNA from cancer cells in blood from lung cancer patients. They will use blood from patients being seen at the University of Illinois Cancer Center to test the efficacy of their prototype device. Source:https://today.uic.edu/new-microfluidics-device-can-detect-cancer-cells-in-bloodlast_img read more

How Can You Tell if Someone or Something Is Conscious


first_img Tam Hunt, Affiliate Guest in Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara How can you know that any animal, other human beings, or anything that seems conscious, isn’t just faking it? Does it enjoy an internal subjective experience, complete with sensations and emotions like hunger, joy, or sadness? After all, the only consciousness you can know with certainty is your own. Everything else is inference. The nature of consciousness makes it by necessity a wholly private affair. These questions are more than philosophical. As intelligent digital assistants, self-driving cars and other robots start to proliferate, are these AIs actually conscious or just seem like it? Or what about patients in comas — how can doctors know with any certainty what kind of consciousness is or is not present, and prescribe treatment accordingly? In my work, often with with psychologist Jonathan Schooler at the University of California, Santa Barbara, we’re developing a framework for thinking about the many different ways to possibly test for the presence of consciousness.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65874-tests-for-consciousness.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  There is a small but growing field looking at how to assess the presence and even quantity of consciousness in various entities. I’ve divided possible tests into three broad categories that I call the measurable correlates of consciousness. You can look for brain activity that occurs at the same time as reported subjective states. Or you can look for physical actions that seem to be accompanied by subjective states. Finally, you can look for the products of consciousness, like artwork or music, or this article I’ve written, that can be separated from the entity that created them to infer the presence — or not — of consciousness. Neural correlates of consciousness Over the last two decades, scientists have proposed various ways to probe cognition and consciousness in unresponsive patients. In such cases, there aren’t any behaviors to observe or any creative products to assess. You can check for the neural correlates of consciousness, though. What’s physically going on in the brain? Neuroimaging tools such as EEG, MEG, fMRI and transcranial magnetic stimulation (each with their own strengths and weaknesses), are able to provide information on activity happening within the brain even in coma and vegetative patients. Cognitive neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene has identified what he calls four signatures of consciousness — specific aspects of brain activity he deems necessary for normal consciousness. He focuses on what’s known as the “P3 wave” in the dorsolateral cortex — the part of the brain behind the top of your forehead — because it seems to correlate most reliably with normal conscious states. He also focuses on long-range synchronized electric fields between different parts of the brain as another key signature of consciousness. In tests which look for these signals in vegetative and minimally conscious patients, Dehaene and his colleagues have successfully predicted which patients are most likely to regain more normal states of consciousness. Sid Kouider, another cognitive neuroscientist, has examined infants in order to assess the likelihood that very young babies are conscious. He and his team looked for specific neural signatures that go along with subjective experience in adults. They looked specifically for a certain type of brain waves, similar to the P3 wave Dehaene focuses on, that are reliable indicators of consciousness in adults. They found clear analogs of the P3 wave in the brains of babies as young as five months old. Kouider concludes — unsurprisingly — that even young babies are very likely conscious in various complex ways, such as recognizing faces. Behavioral correlates of consciousness When considering potentially conscious entities that can’t communicate directly, and that won’t allow neuroscientific measurement tools on their head (if they even have heads), it’s possible to consider physical behaviors as clues for the presence and type of consciousness. You know that a massive range of human behaviors are accompanied by conscious experience. So when you see similar behaviors in other animals or even non-animals, can you reasonably infer the presence of consciousness? For example, are cats conscious? Their brain architecture is a little different than humans’. They have very minimal prefrontal cortex, which some scientists think is the center of many higher-order activities of the human brain. But is a prefrontal cortex necessary for consciousness? Cat behavior is complex and pretty easy to map onto human behavior in many ways. Cats purr, flex their toes and snuggle when petted, in similar ways to people demonstrating pleasure when physically stimulated — minus the purrs, of course. They meow loudly for food when hungry and stop meowing when fed. They demonstrate curiosity or fear about other cats or humans with various types of body language. These and many other easily observable behaviors add up to convincing evidence for most people that cats are indeed conscious and have rich emotional lives. You can imagine looking for other familiar behaviors in a rat, or an ant or a plant — if you see things close enough to what you’d expect in conscious humans, you may credit the observed creature with a certain type of consciousness. Creative correlates of consciousness If, for whatever reason, you can’t examine neural or behavioral correlates of consciousness, maybe you can look to creative outputs for clues that would indicate consciousness. For example, when examining ancient megalithic structures such as Stonehenge, or cave paintings created as far back as 65,000 years ago, is it reasonable to assume that their creators were conscious in ways similar to us? Most people would likely say yes. You know from experience that it would take high intelligence and consciousness to produce such items today, so reasonably conclude that our ancient ancestors had similar levels of consciousness. What if explorers find obviously unnatural artifacts on Mars or elsewhere in the solar system? It will depend on the artifacts in question, but if astronauts were to find anything remotely similar to human dwellings or machinery that was clearly not human in origin, it would be reasonable to infer that the creators of these artifacts were also conscious. Closer to home, artificial intelligence has produced some pretty impressive art — impressive enough to fetch over US$400,000 in a recent art auction. At what point do reasonable people conclude that creating art requires consciousness? Researchers could conduct a kind of “artistic Turing Test”: ask study participants to consider various artworks and say which ones they conclude were probably created by a human. If AI artwork consistently fools people into thinking it was made by a person, is that good evidence to conclude that the AI is at least in some ways conscious? So far AI aren’t convincing most observers, but it’s reasonable to expect that they will be able to in the future. Where’s my ‘consciousness-ometer’? Can anyone get a definitive answer about the presence of consciousness, and how much? Unfortunately, the answer to both questions is no. There is not yet a “consciousness-ometer,” but various researchers, including Dehaene, have some ideas. Neuroscientist Giulio Tononi and his colleagues like Christof Koch focus on what they call “integrated information” as a measure of consciousness. This theory suggests that anything that integrates at least one bit of information has at least a tiny amount of consciousness. A light diode, for example, contains just one bit of information and thus has a very limited type of consciousness. With just two possible states, on or off, however, it’s a rather uninteresting kind of consciousness. In my work, my collaborators and I share this “panpsychist” foundation. We accept as a working hypothesis that any physical system has some associated consciousness, however small it may be in the vast majority of cases. Rather than integrated information as the key measure of consciousness, however, we focus on resonance and synchronization and the degree to which parts of a whole resonate at the same or similar frequencies. Resonance in the case of the human brain generally means shared electric field oscillation rates, such as gamma band synchrony (40-120 Hertz). Our consciousness-ometer would then look at the degree of shared resonance and resulting information flows as the measure of consciousness. Humans and other mammals enjoy a particularly rich kind of consciousness, because there are many levels of pervasive shared synchronization throughout the brain, nervous system and body. Tests for consciousness are still in their infancy. But this field of study is undergoing a renaissance because the study of consciousness more generally has finally become a respectable scientific pursuit. Before too long it may be possible to measure just how much consciousness is present in various entities — including in you and me. [Deep knowledge, daily. Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter. ] This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.last_img read more

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first_imgAs there is no unanimity among the Opposition parties on whether to draft a common minimum programme ahead of the Lok Sabha elections or not, the joint meeting scheduled to be held here on Wednesday is likely to discuss the developments after the Pulwama terror attack.The Left parties have decided to boycott the meeting if the agenda is the drafting a common minimum programme. “We will attend if the issue is the Pulwama attack or any other relevant matter. There is no point in discussing a common minimum programme before the elections,” a senior Left leader told BusinessLine. The Opposition is worried that the BJP is using Pulwama attacks to consolidate its voter base across the country. Almost all Opposition parties had accused the BJP of politicising the attacks against the CRPF personnel. The CPI(M) and the CPI have conveyed this to senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad, who are coordinating the meeting. It will be held at the Parliament complex on Wednesday and will be attended by leaders of the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the Telugu Desam Party, the Nationalist Congress Party and others. Invitations have been extended to the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party too.TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were of the opinion that the parties should have a minimum programme ahead of the elections. The Left parties disagreed.AAP to go it aloneThe parties had assigned Congress President Rahul Gandhi to draft the common minimum programme in its last meeting. Within the Congress too, there are two views. The party is preparing a manifesto, and the chairman of the drafting committee and former finance minister P Chidambaram himself has met stakeholders from various sectors to hear their suggestions on the matters which could be included in the manifesto. The Congress wants to draft its manifesto first and hopes that major points in it can be added in the common minimum programme.Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told a news channel in an interview that his party AAP will contest the Lok Sabha polls alone, as the Congress has shut the possibilities for a tie-up. He had earlier said he was tired convincing the Congress for an alliance in Delhi. “They (Congress) have refused to go for a gathbandhan (alliance). It appears they are firm,” Kejriwal told the channel.Reiterating that the biggest challenge before the Opposition is unseating the duo of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, the AAP chief said: “Broadly, it means there will be no gathbandhan. The net result is that there will be no alliance with the Congress.” “What is the Congress intending? They are weakening the Opposition in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal… But in Delhi, we are confident that the AAP will win all seven seats,” he added. SHARE SHARE EMAIL AP CM Chandrababu Naidu   –  PTI No unity over common minimum programme February 25, 2019 COMMENT COMMENTS elections politics SHARE Published onlast_img read more

West Bengal government observes Save Water Day


first_imgWest Bengal government observes Save Water DayMamata Banerjee urged the people to take “precautionary measures” to save the natural resource as water scarcity has become a major issue in the world.advertisement Next Press Trust of India KolkataJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:30 IST Mamata Banerjee stressed on conservation of rain water. (Photo: ANI)Save Water Day’ was observed by the West Bengal government Friday and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee participated in a march in the city to raise awareness on conservation.Mamata Banerjee urged the people to take “precautionary measures” to save the natural resource as water scarcity has become a major issue in the world.Emphasising on conservation of water, she said, “With water scarcity becoming a major issue in many places in the world we believe in taking precautionary measures to save water resources”.She also stressed on conservation of rainwater and said her government would observe July 12 as ‘Save Water Day’ in every year.Accompanied by her cabinet colleagues, government officials, intellectuals including writers, actors and directors of Bengali film and theatre industry and sports personalities, Banerjee walked from Jorasanko Thakurbari, the ancestral home of Rabindra Nath Tagore in north Kolkata, to the Gandhi statue on Mayo Road, a distance of around 4 km.Sporting blue-coloured sashes with the message “Save Water, Save Life”, the participants also waved placards carrying the message of water conservation.Banerjee said that the Trinamool Congress government had dug nearly 1.5 lakh ponds in five years till 2016 in the state as against the 50,000 the party had promised in its poll manifesto in 2011.”People are often assured of many things by the government and also individuals, but many promises are not met. I am used to keeping promises,” Banerjee said.The chief minister said about three lakh water bodies have been dug so far by the state government under the water conservation programme of ‘Jal dharo Jal bharo’ (Collect water, store water).Many check dams have been constructed and irrigation canals have been rejuvenated to prevent floods and provide water during the period of scarcity, she said.The state government would observe a ‘Student Day’ to disseminate the message of conserving water in every sphere of the society, Mamata Banerjee added.Also Read | Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Govt’s water conservation campaign to cover 256 districts across nationAlso Read | Water woes: Parched Chennai cries for reliefAlso Watch | Water crisis: Is it time to press emergency button?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup 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 byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more

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adding that several of the justices are from New York City and none of them have a background in criminal defense law outside of white-collar crime,” said one person familiar with the conversations. among others, and the number of women of color seeking a congressional seat has increased by 75%.The original pack came from a wildlife sanctuary in Ontario when they were 5 months old.com. the GOP hopeful criticized Cruz for arguing he was in favor of “amnesty” and calling him an inconsistent conservative His comments come a day after a pro-Cruz group was forced to pull an ad from local television stations following legal review into its questionable claims about Rubio “This has been a pattern now with Ted he has spent the last two weeks literally just making stuff up” Rubio said “I just think it’s very disturbing you can just come and make things up about people and believe no one is going to call you out on it And it’s now become a pattern So we have to clarify that we can’t let that stand unchallenged” Politics Newsletter Sign up to receive the day’s top political stories View Sample Sign Up Now “When it becomes a pattern people need to know everything else this person says is questionable as well” Rubio added Rubio who is hoping to leapfrog Cruz for second place in South Carolina said the attacks combined with the Cruz campaign’s caucus-night effort to spread false reports that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race speak to the “character of his campaign” “What theyve been willing to do as part of their campaign whether its the Ben Carson thing in Iowa or some of the things that are going on now it’s very disturbing” he said “I think people arent going to like it the more they learn about it” Asked whether Cruz’s statements are personally disqualifying for the presidency Rubio said “If it continues I think ultimately that’s true yes” Rubio also criticized Cruz for pledging to grow the size of the military in a speech outside Charleston Tuesday saying Cruz had voted repeatedly against defense spending bills in the Senate “He’s very weak on national security and knows that’s a liability in South Carolina so hes being untruthful about that” Rubio’s counterpunch follows a similar line of attack from Donald Trump on Cruz on Monday in which the GOP front runner held a 40-minute press conference around the theme of Cruz’s supposed dishonesty The criticism is designed to undercut a central theme of Cruz’s campaign his slogan used in countless ads and mailers is “TrusTed” and has contributed to him possessing among the lowest net favorability ratings of the field Cruz spokesman Brian Phillips fired back at Rubio in a statement Tuesday “Everything Ted Cruz said at the debate about Marco Rubio’s record is 100% accurate” he said “Rubio just yells ‘liar’ because he can’t specifically refute any of the charges The facts are Rubio continues to support amnesty supported in-state tuition for illegals missed both votes to defund Planned Parenthood in the spending bill told Univision that he wouldn’t repeal Obama’s executive amnesty and said that Americans must abide by the gay-marriage decision Whether the junior Senator from Florida likes it or not that is his record” Write to Zeke J Miller at zekemiller@timecomThe world was supposedly a very different place in 1954 when humble milk-shake-mixer salesman Ray Krocplayed by Michael Keaton in The Founderfirst strode up to the window of a new kind of drive-in joint in San Bernardino Calif That restaurant the first McDonalds had been founded by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch) whod figured out an ingenious system to grill assemble and serve a delicious 15¢ hamburger in just 30 seconds Kroc saw gold in the setup If youre charitable you could say that Kroc just took a good idea and built on it But The Founder directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side The Rookie) is more insightful and more damning than that: it makes the case that Kroc after striking a business deal with the McDonald brothers craftily stole first their ideas and then their business ultimately becoming one of the most successful and renowned businessmen in history Thats the dark side of American ingenuity and neither Hancock nor Keaton flinches from it The Founder coasts breezily on a kind of seductive sinister energy: What will Ray do next as he transforms himself from weary road warrior to exuberant world beater We watch in mild unsurprised horror as he exchanges his straightforward loyal first wife Ethel (Laura Dern) for blond dazzler Joan (played with shrewd kitty-cat charm by Linda Cardellini) and boosts profits by removing milk from his restaurants milk shakes altogether among other innovations The Founder is so entertaining it scans like a tongue-in-cheek satire But processing it is a little like taking a watch apartsuddenly you get a sense of how complicated the worlds inner workings are even today Its all there in Keatons watchful calculating eyes The world has changed a lot in 60 years But the art of the deal hasnt Contact us at editors@timecomFlorida Senator Marco Rubio accused rival Texas Senator Ted Cruz of engaging in a “pattern” of peddling falsehoods3% in 2014 (for men, Police use water cannon to push back several hundred masked men who broke away from a far-right march and threw stones and flares at lines of riot police in Warsaw. was only one of intensification,” Matthew tells The Telegram & Gazette.

According to the lawyer, however, Joseph Nwobasi while moving the motion noted that Hon. I told her that I was sorry. FST 501 XA lost control and rolled backwards, But the fact that Kumar told Congress general secretary in-charge of Bihar CP Joshi about his intentions only when he was entering the Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation instead of telling Rahul Gandhi about it when he met him on Saturday tells us a lot about whether Congress will be successful in saving the doomed Mahagathbandhan. “Yet this same man has not thought it wise to even say one word of comfort to the parents of Leah Sharibu and the Christian community who are in deep anguish over her ordeal!” other means available should be employed in order to check excesses of government and abuse of power and save the country’s nascent democracy. said he agrees it needs studying.

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