Seven coaches of Shaktipunj Express derail in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgSeven coaches of the Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express derailed on Thursday in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, a railway official said.“The accident occurred at around 6:25 am  and we have already cleared out the site,” railway ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena said.“All passengers were put on the remaining coaches and by 7:28 AM all of them had left the spot. All of them are safe and no one was injured in the accident,” he said.The train was running at a speed of about 40 km/hr which, officials say, prevented any injuries when the incident occurred.This is the third such derailment in the State in less than a month.On August 19, the Utkal Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar district, killing 22 people and injuring 156.About 100 passengers were wounded when 10 coaches of Kaifiyat Express train derailed after crashing into a dumper which strayed on to the tracks in Auraiya district on August 23.last_img read more

Precautionary evacuation alert issued for Alberta national park over wildfire

first_imgWATERTON, Alta. – Parks Canada issued a precautionary evacuation alert on Tuesday evening for all of Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta due to potential danger from an expanding wildfire.Parks officials called it “a pre-emptive action” so they can be fully prepared if fire conditions change, saying “safety is paramount.”They said there was no immediate threat.The Alberta government called the evacuation “voluntary” and said it includes not just the National Park but the community of Waterton, which has a population of about 100 people.Waterton park officials said should a mandatory evacuation be ordered, “you must leave the park within one hour of formal notice” and suggested people ready themselves by gathering their medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers and keepsakes.“Travel will only be permitted out of the park,” said a warning on the park website. “Admittance to evacuated areas will be limited to emergency vehicles.”The government’s emergency alert noted that “cottagers, campers and visitors are encouraged to leave the area.”Parks Canada said the so-called Kenow fire, which was sparked by lightening in British Columbia, has started some small spot fires in the national park near Sage Pass.A Parks Canada national incident management team is on site, along with three initial attack crews and five helicopters, with another crew expected on Wednesday.The fire was about 65 square kilometres in size.Waterton National Park is located in the province’s southwest and borders Glacier National Park in Montana.The townsite includes a historic railroad hotel called the Prince of Wales, which was construction in the 1920s by the Great Northern Railway of the U.S. to lure tourists during the prohibition era.last_img read more

71 of Websites May Be Under Reporting Traffic

first_imgThis story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, minonline.Are you sure your Web page tags are in order? BPA Worldwide says that in a recent survey involving 900 site audits, 71 percent of them had not tagged every page for accurate traffic counting. When a site had missing tags, on average, 11 percent of the pages were not being counted. Often sites are so large that the owners simply miss pages or add templates with tags that don’t apply to older pages.For the rest of the story, click here.last_img read more

Landing F35A Squadrons to Trigger Construction Boom at Eielson AFB

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force will need to spend up to $500 million at Eielson Air Force Base over the next five years to prepare the installation to host two squadrons of F-35A Lightning IIs.Eielson will need new hangars, munitions igloos and recreational facilities, along with an upgraded south entrance, following the Air Force’s decision earlier this week to base its first operational overseas F-35As at the installation located 26 miles south of Fairbanks.Officials are planning 46 construction, remodeling and demolition projects between this fall and the scheduled arrival of the first jets in 2020, reported the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.About $37 million in construction is planned for this year, followed by $296 million in projects in 2017, said 354th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Mike Winkler. The next year also figures to be busy, with an estimated $200 million in planned construction, Winkler said.Adding two squadrons of the Air Force’s most advanced fifth-generation fighter aircraft would boost Eielson’s population to 7,751, a gain of 1,563 military and civilian personnel. To accommodate the extra airmen and their families, other installation services may need to be expanded as well.A larger base exchange, for example, may be necessary, Winkler said. He also broached the possibility of opening a craft brewery on the installation.“Regardless of whether it ends up being a brewery or something else, with the additional population here, we’re going to be looking to bring other quality-of-life initiatives down here,” he said.Construction on the first project, a six-bay flight simulator building, is expected to begin in September, according to the story.last_img read more

Bird or bunny Internet optical illusion sends viewers down a rabbit hole

first_img The optical illusion came to life, it’s official, someone has a magic pen!!!— Keisha Renee (@Broadwaybandit5) August 20, 2019 Post a comment Forget the blue/black (or was it white/gold?) optical illusion dress. The Yanny or Laurel debate is so last year. Now we want to know: Is the animal being petted in this Twitter video a fuzzy black bunny, or a sleek raven? Share your voice Quintana himself is enjoying the public response.”I’m surprised to see how popular the tweet has been. I only expected that psychological scientists would be interested, but it’s gone much further than my community,” he told me. “It seems about two-thirds of people are insisting it’s a bird, and the remainder are either insisting it’s a rabbit or can’t decide.”Now that we’ve got the bird-bunny controversy straightened out, there are plenty of other confusing animals out there to identify. 0 Yanny or Laurel this: Viral illusions freak out the internet Many social-media users figured out the solution on their own. “That is not a rabbit, it is indeed a corvid,” wrote one, indicating the nictitating membrane Quintana also noted.  Not sure if rubbing left looking rabbit on the nose oran upward looking bird on the head (ears=beak)— ꜱᴡᴀᴘɴɪʟ ಠ_ಠ ʙʜᴀᴛɪᴀ (@synbiocs) August 18, 2019 Daniel Quintana, a senior researcher in biological psychiatry at the University of Oslo in Norway, posted the video to Twitter on Sunday. As of Tuesday, the clip had been viewed 1.7 million times on Twitter, retweeted more than 8,000 times, and liked 33,000 times. More optical illusions Random ok so I posted this on your fb too, but gotta make sure people appreciate it here too haha— Dani Crain (@DCrainium) August 18, 2019center_img That is not a rabbit, it is indeed a Corvid. Notice the nictitating membrane when it blinks. Instead of moving up and down, it sweeps across the eye horizontally like a windscreen wiper and is translucent.— Greta GG (@GretaGarbolini) August 19, 2019— Brainoscience (@brainoscience) August 18, 2019 Give yourself a hand if you can make sense of this optical illusion Wolf optical illusion shows internet a howling good time Gaze at ‘ghost ship,’ the latest optical illusion haunting the Internet Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose— Dan Quintana 🐰 (@dsquintana) August 18, 2019 18 Photos— ShadowSpade (@ShadowSpadeXIV) August 19, 2019 “Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose,” a cheeky Quintana wrote. And then the controversy erupted. Because… the animal being petted does look quite a bit like a soft, fluffy black bunny rabbit, except perhaps for some unusually sharp looking ears.Move your attention to the ears, and… hey, are they ears after all? They might be the major giveaway that this is no bunny, but instead a bird, and the “ears” are its open beak.Quintana told me that’s not his original video. He spotted the clip on a tweet sent by photo service Imgur on Saturday and shared it to his own feed. A representative for Imgur didn’t immediately respond to queries about the origin of the video.”The static bird/rabbit illusion is well-known within psychology and philosophy, so when I saw a video, I thought it would be interesting to share it, ” Quintana told me in an email.Quntana himself was never fooled by the feathers-or-fur dilemma.”I thought it was fairly clear that the video was of a bird… as you can see the translucent nictitating membrane sweep across the eye horizontally (rabbits don’t have membranes like this) and the positioning of the ‘ears’ are a little strange,” he said.But he intentionally captioned the video to send readers falling down a rabbit hole.”I made the rabbit comment to prime readers into thinking it was actually a rabbit, to give it a fighting chance at least,” he said. “When you only see the beak in your peripheral vision, it really seems like they’re ears. Without this misleading cue, I thought most people would have seen a bird.”As for the bird itself, Quintana says, “I’m pretty confident this is a white-necked raven, but I’m not a corvid expert so I can’t say this with 100 percent certainty.” (Corvid is the bird family that includes crows and ravens.)Social-media users had fun with the confusion. Was it Duck Season, or Rabbit Season? One Twitter user summed it up nicely, writing, “Not sure if rubbing left looking rabbit on the nose or an upward looking bird on the head (ears=beak).” Tags Snailed it! Here’s my rabbit— Stan O’Connor (@TourguideStan) August 18, 2019 Twitterlast_img read more

Preserving A Musical Heritage Inside Radio Stations At Greater Houstons Historically Black

first_imgMichael HagertyCharles Hudson, operations manager, and Ernest Walker, general manager, of KTSU 90.9, the public radio station at Texas Southern University.Greater Houston is home to two HBCUs – historically black colleges and universities – Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M. Each institution is home to its own public radio station with a focus on growing and preserving the tradition of music germane to African American culture, such as jazz, soul, and the blues.Michael Hagerty talks with John Hughes at KPVU, 91.3 at Prairie View and Charles Hudson at KTSU, 90.9 at Texas Southern to learn about the stations’ unique missions and the challenges and opportunities of operating a public radio station from the campus of a historically black university.– / 4 Sharelast_img read more

UPDATE Texas Executes Erick Davila Who Killed Two People Including A 5YearOld

first_imgTexas Department of Criminal JusticeDeath row inmate Erick Davila was convicted of the 2008 murders of a Fort Worth woman and her five-year-old granddaughter.A year ago, his death penalty case was being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. On Wednesday evening, he was put to death by the state of Texas.Erick Davila, 31, was executed after a relatively short nine years on Texas’ death row. He was convicted in 2009 for repeatedly shooting at a Fort Worth house hosting a child’s birthday party, killing the mother and 5-year-old daughter of Jerry Stevenson, whom Davila claims was a rival gang member. In his last appeal, Davila asked the high court to stop his execution based on new claims of drug use during the murders and a conflict of interest with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.Minutes before his scheduled 6 p.m. death, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal, and he was strapped to a gurney in a mint green room, where he spoke his final words as Stevenson and other family members of the victim watched through a glass pane.“Yes, I would like to say nephew, it burns, huh,” he said. “You know, I might have lost the fight, but I’m still a soldier. I still love you all. To my supporters and family, y’all hold it down. Ten Toes down right. That’s all.”He was then injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital and was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m.Davila fought his sentence to the end, maintaining to the courts that he only intended to kill his rival, Jerry Stevenson, not the man’s daughter, Queshawn, or her grandmother, 47-year-old Annette. It was an important distinction because the jury had to find that Davila intended to kill multiple people to be eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors argued Davila always intended to kill more than his rival, pointing to his statement to police that he was trying to get “the guys on the porch” and “the fat dude.”“I wasn’t aiming at the kids or the woman and don’t know where the woman came from,” Davila said in a written statement to police, according to court documents. “I don’t know the fat dudes name, but I know what he looks like, so I recognized his face.”It was the question of intent that eventually led Davila’s case to the nation’s high court last April on a legal technicality. His current lawyer, Seth Kretzer, argued that when jurors at his trial questioned if they needed to decide whether Davila intended to kill his two victims or if he intended to kill someone and in the process fatally shot two others, the judge — who is now the Tarrant County criminal district attorney — erred in her answer.The judge responded that Davila would be responsible for a crime if the only difference between what happened and what he wanted was that a different person was hurt — without affirming to them that Davila must have intended to kill more than one person. The jury found him guilty.Though his lawyer at trial objected to the judge’s instructions, the objection was overruled, and the issue wasn’t brought up again in Davila’s state appeals, which Kretzer said was bad lawyering. The question that landed in front of the U.S. Supreme Court was whether Kretzer could raise the jury instruction in federal courts because of ineffective appellate lawyers.Generally, federal courts can’t take up issues that could have been raised in state courts, but there is an exception when the trial lawyer is found to have been ineffective. But in Davila’s case, it was the appellate lawyers, not the trial lawyer, who were being accused of dropping the ball. In June, the justices decided in a split ruling that the two types of attorneys can’t be treated equally, and Davila became eligible for execution.He didn’t stop fighting.After Tarrant County set an execution date, Davila filed new appeals. In his last petition, Kretzer asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay the execution because he recently discovered that Davila’s original co-defendant told the judge that Davila was “heavily intoxicated” during the shooting — a fact that was apparently unknown by defense attorneys.Kretzer wanted time to further develop claims that the prosecution may have failed to disclose information about Davila being on drugs at the time of the murders.“While intoxication is not a defense to murder, it would have been an issue that would have been relevant to mitigation and sentencing,” Kretzer said Tuesday, indicating a jury could have been persuaded to hand down the lesser sentence of life in prison without parole if it was brought up at trial.The Texas Attorney General’s office argued against the appeal in its court filing, saying that Davila himself would obviously be aware of his own intoxication, so it was information the defense could have found earlier, disqualifying it from court review now. The courts agreed with Texas, denying Davila’s motions.Davila’s team had also asked the nation’s high court to remove the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office from his case since the criminal district attorney, Sharen Wilson, was the judge who oversaw his trial, and his former state appellate attorney now works for her.“The clients should obviously be able to trust their lawyers,” Kretzer said. “You can’t get confidential information from your client and then turn around and use it against him.”A spokeswoman for Wilson said Tuesday she couldn’t comment on the pending case, but she pointed to the office’s court briefings, which indicates Davila’s previous appellate attorney is not allowed to have any involvement in the case. The state also argues that Wilson’s minimal action in the case does not violate Davila’s due process rights.“Davila presents no direct authority mandating the office’s removal from their Texas statutory duty to represent the State, especially when the action complained of is the ministerial act of setting an execution date,” wrote Texas Assistant Attorney General Katherine Hayes in the state’s briefing to the Supreme Court.Davila’s execution marks the fifth execution in Texas this year and the ninth in the country. Sharelast_img read more

Revealing the charm of Cham

first_imgIndira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA)  is hosting an International Conference on Cham Art Heritage of Vietnam. The Cham people are the inhabitants of mountainous region of Central-South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The Cham civilization has been focus of studies and conferences in the field of history, language, religion, culture, art and architecture. However, its inner connections and its external relations have so far not been studied in depth.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The two-day international conference will comprises of academic sessions and cultural programmes on both the days and Odishi dance recital by Madhavi Mudgal and disciples on its closing day. The event will be inaugurated on 25 April at IGNCA. The conference will be carried out in six sessions and one sub-session.The proposed panels of the conference are: Polynesian, Indian and Indigenous context of Cham art, interface of art and ecology in Cham art, connections of Cham art with Indian and South East Asian art styles, Cham architecture and its connection with India and South East Asia, Chams musical instruments in the wider context of Indian and South East Asian traditions, many research on Champa based on epigraphy and recent field work including Bhasa and Sahitya sastriya study of the inscriptions of Champa. The various sessions will be chaired by eminents like- Satya Vrat Shastri, Anton O. Zakharov, Phan Thi Thu Hien, Ganga Nath Jha, Philippe Delanghe, Himansu Prabha Ray, Zsuzsanna Renner, Claude Jacques and Lokesh Chandra.last_img read more

SC Aadhaar verdict vindicates my stand Mamata

first_imgMilan: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court judgement upholding its validity but restricting it to disbursement of social benefits, saying it vindicates her stand. “People should have some rights. If bank and mobile phones are linked to Aadhaar card then everything about the person will come into public domain. That this logic is correct and irrefutable has been proved today,” Banerjee told the media here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “We don’t compromise or raise questions on government security or internal security. But if my account number becomes public, I may be cheated. This has already happened in ATM transactions,” said Banerjee, who is visiting Italy in a bid to rope in investment for her state. Similarly, if the mobile phone number is linked to Aadhaar, “then the messages you send, or the calls you make, all information gets leaked”. Calling the verdict a victory of the people, she said she has neither linked her bank account nor her mobile number to Aadhaar and have also asked people not to do so. In a majority judgment, a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra held that Aadhaar would be voluntary and not mandatory with an option to exit.last_img read more

Arijit singh lends his voice to Amazon Obhijaans first track

first_imgSVF, Eastern India’s largest movie production house released the first song for its upcoming mega-budget film, Amazon Obhijaan. Titled ‘Chol Naa Jai’, the song has been sung by popular playback singer Arijit Singh, composed by ace music director Indraadip Dasgupta, and lyrics have been penned by Prasen. ‘Chol Naa Jai’ (which literally means Let’s Go) is full of vigour, curiosity, grit and zeal, all packed into a harmonic soundscape that blends aptly with the landscape that Shankar sets his foot on. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe song is also available on iTunes, Hungama, Spotify, Idea Music Lounge and Wynk. Subscribers of Vodafone, Idea and Airtel can also set it as their caller tune.Set to release on December 22, Amazon Obhijaan is the sequel to the 2013 blockbuster Chander Pahar which, at the time, broke all records for being the most successful Bengali film ever made in Bengal. The story of Amazon Obhijaan written, scripted and directed by the doctor-turned-director Kamaleswar Mukherjee delves into the deep jungles of the Amazonia. The expedition led by the Bengali cinestar Dev playing the explorer Shankar Choudhury is touted as a visual treat to watch for families specially children who love adventure. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveVeteran Brazilian actor David James plays the role of Marco Florian and Indian based Russian actor Svetlana Gulakova plays Marco’s daughter Anna Florian who joins Shankar to the mysterious yet endearing journey to El Dorado.Recently the film set a world record by unveiling the biggest poster for a Bengali film ever pegged at 60,800 sq ft in size cover to cover. The film is also available in the graphic novel format for children to get a feel of the story. This film is the only Bengali movie ever made to be released simultaneously in six languages – Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Odiya and Assamese.last_img read more

Minister calls VIT students to prepare for cyberwar

first_imgDefence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has called upon the engineering students to use the latest technology and skills to help India face cyberwar in future.Delivering the convocation address at the 33rd Annual Convocation of the Vellore Institute of Technology at the VIT campus, Sitharaman said that in future, wars will be fought less on the borders and more in cyberspace.The country was facing the threat of cyberwar with its far-reaching ramifications on national security. Besides, one’s security and interests were also threatened by cybercrime. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The students who are qualifying today in science and technology will have to start working to see how technology can be to be adopted to tackle these twin threats”, she said.The defence minister added that the Indians have imbibed the entrepreneurial spirit genetically from their forefathers dating back to the period when the Nalanda University was flourishing. The era saw the emergence of English education which was intended to educate the Indian people to work as clerks and serve their British masters. This trend which started during the colonial rule continued for the 50 years after Independence. The Narendra Modi government wants to break the chain which fettered the students by forcing them to take up salaried jobs instead of own business. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr G Viswanathan, VIT Chancellor said that after the liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation regime in 1991-96, all sectors were de-regulated. But de-regulation has not so far happened in the education sector.He requested the defence minister to help in the de-regulation education sector.The Chancellor pointed out that though India had to become a hub of international education, it contributed just one percent of students throughout the world. On the other hand, lakhs of students from India were going abroad for higher education and the Government of India was spending Rs 75,000 crore worth of foreign exchange annually on these students. Dr Viswanathan said that VIT was ranked 13th among the various engineering institutions in India under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, and first among the private engineering institutions.A total of 39,000 students were studying in the four campuses of VIT in India. A total of 3300 students were recruited through campus placements in 2017-18. Till date, 2600 students were placed through campus recruitment in 2018-19.Viji Santhanam, Managing Director, Brakes India Private Limited and Chairman, Sundaram Finance Limited, Chennai, who was the guest of honor said that while at present, a majority of the population was below the age of 27 years, this demographic dividend will start declining by 2040.”In order to propel economic growth, India has to make good use of this competitive advantage which it can enjoy only for another 20 years,” he added.Sitharaman then distributed the gold medals and degree certificates to 54 candidates. A total of 6277 candidates received their degree certificates at the convocation.Dr Anand A Samuel, Vice-Chancellor of VIT welcomed the gathering. Sankar Viswanathan, Dr Sekar Viswanathan and G V Selvam, Vice-presidents, Kadambari S Viswanathan, Assistant Vice-President, Pro Vice-Chancellors Dr S Narayanan, Dr N Sambantham, Registrar Dr K Sathiyanarayanan of VIT participated in the convocation.last_img read more

Meteor 18 addresses technical debt of 17 with delayed legacy builds upgraded

first_imgAfter the release of Meteor 1.7 in June this year, the Meteor community released Meteor 1.8 yesterday. This version eliminates many of the performance problems in Meteor 1.7. They have addressed the technical debt of compiling an additional client bundle which had led to slow build times in Meteor 1.7. Here’s what all has been added and improved in this latest release. Improved build time In addition to the web.browser and web.cordova bundles, Meteor 1.7 introduced a new client bundle called web.browser.legacy. This addition of an extra bundle resulted in increased client build and rebuild times. Usually, developers spend most of their time testing the bundle in development and the legacy bundle provides a safe fallback in production. Meteor 1.8 takes advantage of this fact and cleverly postpones building the legacy bundle until just after the development server restarts. Development can continue as soon as the modern bundle has finished building. As the legacy build happens during a time when the build process would otherwise be completely idle, the impact of the legacy build on server performance is minimal. Still, the legacy bundle gets rebuilt regularly, so any legacy build errors will be surfaced in a timely fashion. A new mechanism for compiling unused files Meteor’s compiler plugins compile every file they receive, regardless of whether the file will ever actually be imported. To avoid this unnecessary compilation of unused files Meteor 1.8 has finally introduced a simple mechanism. Expensive compilation work will now be delayed by the compiler plugins that call inputFile.addJavaScript or inputFile.addStylesheet. This will be done by passing partial options ({ path, hash }) as the first argument, followed by a callback function as the second argument. This callback function will be called by the build system once it knows the module will be included in the bundle. Though the compiler plugin will process every possible file, any unused files will now be ignored by the build system, and their uncalled callbacks will be discarded after the bundle is built. Create Meteor apps with a simple command You can now easily create new Meteor apps with React instead of Blaze using the following command: meteor create –react new-react-app Overriding problematic version constraints from packages A new syntax is introduced for the .meteor/packages file for overriding problematic version constraints from packages you do not control. If a top-level package version constraint in .meteor/packages ends with a  ‘!’ character, any other (non-!) constraints on that package elsewhere in the application will be weakened. Which means, any version of the package that is not less than the constraint will be accepted, regardless of whether the major/minor versions actually match. For instance, using both CoffeeScript 2 and practicalmeteor:mocha used to be difficult because of the api.versionsFrom(“1.3”) statement. This statement constrained the coffeescript package to version 1.x. In Meteor 1.8, if you want to update coffeescript to 2.x, you can relax the practicalmeteor:mocha constraint by putting coffeescript@2.2.1_1! in the .meteor/packages file. Dependency upgrades Upgraded to Babel 7 You can get the benefits of non-beta Babel 7 by updating to Meteor 1.8. Install the latest version of @babel/runtime by running the following command: meteor npm install @babel/runtime@latest Upgraded to Mongo 4 Meteor 1.8 comes with MongoDB 4.0.2, a major upgrade from version 3.6.4 in Meteor 1.7. Your local development database will now use version 4.0, though the mongodb@3.1.6 driver will connect to production databases going all the way back to Mongo 2.6. The major advantage of MongoDB 4.0 is its support for multi-document transactions, which are now supported by Meteor’s oplog tailing system. Node.js 8.11.4 for now Although Node 8.12.0 has been released, Meteor 1.8 still supports Node 8.11.4, due to concerns about excessive garbage collection and CPU usage in production. If you want to start using Node.js 8.12.0, you can contribute to the Meteor 1.8.1 pre-release process. In order to update to Meteor 1.8.1, run the following command: meteor update –release 1.8.1-beta.n Read the full change list on Meteor’s GitHub repository and also read the release announcement on Medium. Read Next Meteor 1.7 released with modern and legacy browser support Building a real-time dashboard with Meteor and Vue.js The Ember project announces version 3.4 of Ember.js, Ember Data, and Ember CLIlast_img read more