Sin and SandSin is a way to salvation (“Goa: Sex and Mafia on Cocaine Coast”, November 8). Overindulgence in such sinful activities has irreparably tarnished Goa’s image. People associate it with drug traffickers and pimps who make things happen for those who can pay. If not nipped in the bud,,Sin and SandSin is a way to salvation (“Goa: Sex and Mafia on Cocaine Coast”, November 8). Overindulgence in such sinful activities has irreparably tarnished Goa’s image. People associate it with drug traffickers and pimps who make things happen for those who can pay. If not nipped in the bud, these activities would make Goa as bad as Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro. Goa’s powerful drug mafia, which operates in close coordination with politicians, makes it vulnerable and a safe haven for anti-nationals and can pose a threat to the nation’s security.- S. Lakshmi, ChennaiThe despicable nexus between politicians, policemen and the drug mafia has slowly turned Goa into a hub of criminal activity. Stringent measures should be taken against those indulging in drug trafficking, flesh trade which spoil Goa for tourists.- Indu Shankar, VaranasiEasy access to drugs and sex has made idyllic Goa a haven for tourists. Though tourism is a flourishing economic activity here, not many people know Goa is also the largest producer of salt in the country. Its once famous salt industry is in a precarious situation today and if not attended to immediately, may soon be a thing of the past.- Sukant Gautam, KolkataSex, gangsters and drugs have brought disrepute to Goa and have led to rapes, murders and extortion. The rising crime rate has made this tourist hotspot unsafe. It’s time to act fast or the situation will spin out of control.- C.K. Subramaniam, Navi MumbaiadvertisementThe Nitish StandardBihar has been ailing for quite some time now (“Nitish’s Team Engine”, November 8). The prescription provided by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his team addressed the unthinkable. It gave this Bimaru state a new lease of life, and political parties of all hues are trying hard to reap the dividend of Nitish’s efforts today. It is easy to criticise but promising to do what Nitish has done will be a Herculean task for them.- Suman Chowdhury, MumbaiIPL’s Bat BoySince IPL is a commercial enterprise, Sunil Gavaskar should have been aptly compensated or so he wants (“I Quit as the IPL Didn’t Pay Me Well”, November 8). Cricketers, by virtue of their experience and expertise, can chase money but how much is too much? As a member of the IPL governing council, wasn’t checking the wrongdoings a part of his job? Obviously, he was paid to make a mess and not clear it. And he did a good job of it.- Dr Motupalli S. Prasad, via www.indiatoday.inHateful DodgerReducing the hype and separating the issues determinedly is the way to corner separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others of his ilk who are keen to seek ‘azadi’ (“The Man Who Hates India”, November 8). The Indian Government will have to deal with Pakistan and the Kashmir issue firmly, but without ignoring domestic matters-governance, development, Naxalism and rising inflation.- Bishan Sahai, GurgaonIf Geelani had been a true Muslim, he would have graciously acknowledged the true spirit of democracy in a multi-religious society like India and wished well for all communities in the country (“Kashmir Can be a Model Islamic State”, November 8). He is living in a make-believe world where he has assumed that Jammu and Kashmir is not a part of India and can never be. Islamic fundamentalism has poisoned him; he can think only about destroying India. Geelani has conveniently forgotten that all these years, he has been living off on the hospitality and goodwill of India. How ungrateful can he be?- K.V. Raghuram, WayanadThe Golden Girls of HaryanaHaryana’s golden run at the Commonwealth Games is because of sportswomen like Saina Nehwal whose grandmother wanted a boy (“My Grandmother Wanted a Boy”, November 1). The traditional mindset exists much to our dismay not just in Haryana, but elsewhere too. Women are not considered at par with men. They are considered inferior and best suited to stay at home. Nehwal has been lucky. Her father Harvir Singh and mother Usha Rani are not only liberal but also lovers of sports. It is true that if talent is tapped early, India can produce many champions. But parental support comes foremost in making a champ.- Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both lost their opening-round matches in eight-man, match play field in the World Golf Finals in Turkey.The hope was that they would breeze through the field and meet in the ultimate head-to-head encounter for the $1.3 million first-place money. They will meet, but it will be on Wednesday with a lot less money at stake.Didn’t happen. Matt Kuchar easily handled McIlroy by six shots, while Woods fell to South African Charl Schwartzel by one shot at the Sultan course in Antalya.In the other group of the medal match-play format, a sort of continuation of the European dominance in the Ryder Cup took place. Lee Westwood beat American beat Webb Simpson by one shot and Justin Rose handled Hunter Mahan by four strokes.McIlroy and Woods – ranked No. 1 and No. 2 – face each other Wednesday in the last of their three group matches, but both could already be eliminated by then. The top two in each group will advance to the semifinals.In Wednesday’s morning matches, McIlroy will face Schwartzel and Woods will play Kuchar.Woods and Schwartzel were all-square going to the 18th when the American went into a greenside bunker and finished with a bogey.“It came right down to the wire, but I can’t believe how far that second shot flew into the back bunker and that was the match,” Woods said. “It means now that I have to play ‘Kooch’ and try and win that match before facing Rory in the afternoon.”McIlroy unraveled against Kuchar with a triple bogey at the 15th hole and double bogeys at 16 and 17.”I hit a drive into the trees on 15 and lost a bit of confidence,” McIlroy said. ”I need to win both of my matches tomorrow if I am to advance. I just struggled for a bit of motivation out there, so I need to go out and concentrate on both of my matches tomorrow.”Kuchar, after taking a bogey at the first, birdied the next two holes and was never behind.”I just thought I had to play mistake-free, and hopefully Rory wouldn’t get too hot,” the American said. ”There we are all-square with four to go, he hits it right and makes triple bogey, and I go three up with three to go and I think both of us lost a little interest at that point.”The event allows players to wear shorts, and Westwood, Schwartzel, Mahan and Kuchar chose to do so. All but Mahan won their matches. Westwood wore a red shirt and white shorts in tribute to his favorite soccer club, Nottingham Forest.Kuchar said he was happy to wear shorts again. He spent the week after the Ryder Cup loss to the European with his family in Greece.”Being able to come to an event like this that is a little more relaxed is just great to be able to throw shorts on,” he said.
American designer Tommy Hilfiger, founder and principal designer of the high-end apparel company, finds his own style limited and boring.When questioned by the media about his personal wardrobe and style, the 65-year-old designer said that he feels it’s more of a uniform. “I’m pretty boring when it comes to clothes. I have 50 white shirts, 50 chinos, 50 pairs of jeans and 25 pairs of white sneakers. Some navy and grey suits and black and brown shoes,” Hilfiger was quoted saying to a magazine by IANS.Hilfiger also said that he felt alienated in school because he was dyslexic. At the age of 17, he says he began to fund his business by running his first shop from the boot of his car.”I came to the conclusion when I was 17 that I should be in business,” he said. “I drove five hours to New York City and I bought 20 pairs of bell-bottom jeans on the streets in the Village. I took them back to my school parking lot, sold them to my friends out of the trunk of my car, and with the profits, I opened my first shop and my business started taking off.” The Tommy Hilfiger brand, which offers a breadth of collections ranging from tailored clothing, sportswear, casual apparel, sportswear, denim, accessories, underwear and footwear, began operating in India through Tommy Hilfiger Arvind Fashion Pvt Ltd, a 50:50 joint venture between the US premium lifestyle brand and Ahmedabad-based textile company, Arvind Ltd. The unit’s portfolio includes brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, US Polo Assn, Ed Hardy, Hanes, Arrow, Gant and Nautica.Arvind Ltd posted consolidated revenue of Rs 8,581 crore for the financial year ending March 31 2016. The company recently divested 10 percent stake in its brand business arm to Renuka Ramnath-led private equity firm Multiples Private Equity. The value of the stake sale was pegged at Rs 740 crore.
Prothom Alo illustrationPolice on Sunday arrested the son of Zanjira municipality mayor Yunus Bepari for allegedly raping a college girl, reports UNB.Masud Bepari, 27, was picked up around 2:30am after the matter came to the fore, said officer-in-charge of Zanjira police station Belayet Hossain.He said the victim, a student of a local college, used to work at a clinic in Zanjira municipality on part-time basis.On Saturday night, Masud, a distant relative of the victim, took the girl to their under-construction building and ‘raped’ her there.As she fell sick, he took her to a hospital secretly for treatment.However, locals noticed the matter and informed police.Later, law enforcers rushed in and arrested Masud from his house around 2:30am, the OC said.The victim appeared at the police station at noon and filed a case against the youth.
Share 00:00 /01:08 – / 3Woodlands Express is a commuter bus service that’s operated by The Woodlands Township, with the help of a federal transit grant. About 2,700 riders a day use the service to get from The Woodlands to downtown Houston. It also stops in the Med Center and Greenway Plaza. But when the buses head back to Montgomery County, they’re empty. To fill those seats, The Woodlands Township Board of Directors has approved a new reverse-commuting program. The Woodlands Director of Community Relations Nick Wolda says the buses will now start carrying people from Houston to the suburbs.“There’s really no risk on our part as far as the financial risk because these are buses already coming back,” says Wolda. But once you get riders to The Woodlands, how do you get them to the places where they work? Wolda says they plan to discuss that with some of the area’s major employers. “Those are things we’ll be working through over the next few weeks,” adds Wolda. “And we plan to launch this service once we develop and work out a lot of these details.” Woodlands Express is planning to start the reverse commuting program after the first of the year. The fare for a round-trip is currently $13. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
© 2014 Phys.org Close-ups of an experiment conducted by John Bush and his student Daniel Harris, in which a bouncing droplet of fluid was propelled across a fluid bath by waves it generated. Credit: Dan Harris (Phys.org) —It was an interesting week for physics research, as a team at MIT began taking a second look at pilot-wave theory—they’re wondering if, when looked at a certain way , fluid mechanics might suggest an alternative to quantum orthodoxy—they’re taking a new approach to define whether some types of matter are particles, or waves, or whether it’s about particles being carried along by waves. Meanwhile, another team at Chalmers University of Technology announced that the sound of an atom has been captured. By using sound to communicate with an artificial atom, they are looking to find ways to allow sound to take on the role of light in certain quantum physics situations to demonstrate certain phenomena. And at Princeton University, researchers have begun crystallizing light to create “solid” light that could compute previously unsolvable problems—locking photons together, they suggest, might also help answer some of the fundamental questions physicists still have regarding matter.Space scientists have been busy as well. One team built a model that simulates the birth of our solar system revealing a planetary mystery—are the planets that exist now part of a normal natural process or was there one or more rare events that led to their formation? More research will have to be done to find better evidence. Also, researchers working with Hubble found a supernova companion star after two decades of searching.In more practical news, researchers at the University of Glasgow reported that they had found a Hydrogen production breakthrough that could herald cheap green energy—they claim their process is 30 times faster than conventional techniques. Another team at UW-Madison claimed to have developed a tabletop motor using an entirely new driving principle based on an electric, rather than magnetic, field.There were also some surprises last week as well: Researchers at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine announced a potential breakthrough in treating liver cancer—they found that a hormone that is involved in mammalian milk production might also help prevent liver cancer. And another team in England has created a new digital map that reveals some stunning, hidden archaeology of Stonehenge. It’s actually kind of eerie looking at it.And finally, if you’ve been wondering if you, or perhaps some of those around you, are inherently evil, a team of psychologists suggests that evil is not so banal, after all. They’re looking into what is known as the “banality of evil,” where ordinary people go along with atrocities, such as the holocaust, as mindless puppets. They think such instances are not banal at all and instead occur because those that go along when ordered to do so, do it out of a feeling of identification—this would mean that people committing such acts have far more choice in the matter than most of us would like to believe. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Best of Last Week – The sound of an atom captured, solid light created and the banality of evil (2014, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-week-atom-captured-solid-banality.html Explore further The sound of an atom has been captured
The term sustainable growth is an oxymoron. The connotations of growth are essentially and characteristically in contradiction with those of sustainability.Historically, all economic growth has come at the cost of environmental as well as social developments, which contradicts the fundamentals of sustainability. Businesses and governments have been so overly focused towards growth that parameters like GDP, revenue and profit have become generally accepted yardsticks to determine if an institution has been a success or a failure. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceMore and more governments today are making some conscious efforts to make necessary shifts towards sustainability, thanks to the myriad perils of accelerated growth coming to the fore. However, the results have been slow to come by and often inadequate. Be it achieving goals of carbon emission reduction or the provisioning of night shelters for the urban homeless, there continues to be a lurching shortage. Why?Arguably, the goals are staggering and the resources required are hardly enough. However, we also considered enough that our idea of sustainability may be fundamentally flawed? Even worse, it may be distorted – the overarching dominance of growth in our thought process being the obvious culprit. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeThe whole notion of growth revolves around creating surplus for targeted beneficiaries – be they individuals, companies or governments. And any creation of surplus in one place is likely to create shortages in some other place. If thriving economies have been firing their growth engines supplied by fossil fuels, we know that ecosystems world over have suffered. Growth and sustainability do not go hand in hand. When growth is set to be a goal, sustainability cannot be expected as an outcome. So governments that truly aspire for sustainability will probably need to find ways to stop making growth-focused plans for economy and instead work to put sustainability parameters at the core of each activity that they conduct. I personally have no idea whether dismantling the planning commission, a primary axis for driving economic growth for decades, has been done with a sustainability agenda as an alternative. However, there indeed lies an opportunity for the government to do so and make the necessary corrections.Does technology have a role to play in making the necessary correction?Technologies in general and IT in particular have been leveraged as key catalysts of growth, so much so that we have got ourselves pushed to the verge of sustainability limits in a matter of few decades. Can these technologies also be applied to give a fillip to sustainability-driven governments and societies? Indeed. Technologies after all are means to an end and not an end in themselves.Depending on how IT technologies are deployed and applied, they could either act as perpetrators of the growth archetypes or emerge as the harbingers of a sustainability era. Yes, growth is too deeply entrenched across all our economic, social and political ecosystems, so larger-than-life forces would be required to shake things up. From such a standpoint, any such changes need to be initiated by none less than the heads of states and institutions. It is no coincidence that the dismantling of the planning commission was done by none other than the prime minister himself.Transformation-oriented ICTThe shift from growth to sustainability requires an all-round transformation – not only in terms of institutional structures and processes but also in terms of the mindsets.As such, it is essential that the IT and communication technologies, employed to achieve the sustainability goals that a government may happen to consider for itself, are chosen with care. It goes without saying that these technologies and paradigms need to scalable, elastic, real-time and contagiously viral so as to bring about a much needed orientation towards the sustainability goals.In this context, cloud computing, big data, social media, et al are some of the new-age models that readily come to mind. For example, cloud models could be used to rapidly push both government-to-government (G2G) and government-to-citizen (G2C) services in a uniform and ubiquitous manner. Big data and analytics could be used to continuously monitor the impact of those G2G and G2C programmes and make necessary refinements – even targeted outreach sub-programmes – seamlessly. Social media channels, along with other digital as well as analogue channels, could be leveraged judiciously to run awareness campaigns, with feedback mechanism interwoven, to ensure that the benefits of the programmes reach the intended groups in a timely fashion. Sustainable ICT is the key The footprints of ICT deployments, if not carried out with a sustainability-first policy, can be deleteriously counterproductive to the extent of being self-defeating. For example, cloud data centres or even the ones that power social media data streams could be gigantic energy guzzlers. Some of the large data centres are known to consume as much power as would be sufficient to run entire cities.It would therefore be important to ensure that the ways and processes in which the ICT technologies are harnessed are designed to be sustainable. For example, if the data centres could be majorly powered by solar or wind energies, that could cut down carbon footprints of these facilities. As a step further, what if these facilities could also produce surplus power that could be routed to grids that power the communities nearby!Renewable energy also offers an exception – it makes it possible to produce a surplus for all and not for a select few, without an environmental trade-off. It should not be an afterthought when it comes to “ICT for sustainability” and instead should become one of the fundamental premises around which the whole architecture is developed.This could actually lead to a change in the very basis on which a state data centre location is decided. The stakeholders could consider building clusters of data centres near deserts where solar and wind power are almost perennially available aplenty.Having said that, why does a state data centre need to be located within the boundaries of a state? It could very well be located in another state where, say, there is no dearth of solar power. The most significant advantage of this would be to rapidly achieve the economies of scale for mega-scale solar power generation and in the process also reduce the dependence of the country as a whole on fossil-fuel powered electricity that accounts for a large chunk of India’s carbon footprint. A simple step like this towards sustainable ICT could help trigger a virtuous cycle of “green” ecosystem development. For instance, a solar-powered energy surplus could make the electric vehicles more dependable and viable, among other various possibilities. Sounds like wishful thinking? Well, from a growth-thinking perspective it does; from a sustainability-thinking standpoint it starts looking possible. Also, to reemphasise, for such sustainability goals to be formed and achieved, a country would need no less than a larger-than-life head of state to be the driver. Kumar is founder analyst at BusinessandMarket.net, a market researcher and strategic adviser with diverse interests. GOVERNANCE NOW
Tourism Kamloops pleads with locals to fly their new Air Canada flight Posted by Monday, January 8, 2018 Tags: Air Canada, British Columbia, New Routes << Previous PostNext Post >> KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Tourism Kamloops is issuing a plea to the community to get on board a new Air Canada direct flight between the river city and Toronto scheduled to start this June.CEO Beverly DeSantis says the link to Toronto presents a significant opportunity to Kamloops and tourism companies, including nearby Sun Peaks.But she says those opportunities hinge on people filling those planes.Air Canada will run the direct flight to Toronto three times a week beginning in June and ending in October unless there is enough usage to keep it going. Share The Canadian Press