Eight receive honorary degrees

first_imgJournalist Fareed Zakaria, who was chosen as the principal speaker for the Afternoon Exercises, is among those to be presented an honorary degree at Harvard’s 361st Commencement.Fareed Zakaria Doctor of LawsFareed Zakaria is one of the best-known and well-respected journalists of our time. In a career that has included prominent roles at Newsweek, Time, CNN, and The Washington Post, Zakaria has interviewed world leaders ranging from Barack Obama to the Dalai Lama, from Moammar Gadhafi to former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. He has tackled issues including globalization, the Middle East, international relations, and America’s role in the world.His work has won many awards, including a 2010 National Magazine Award. Among his most decorated is the October 2001 Newsweek cover story, “Why They Hate Us.” His CNN show, “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” was nominated for an Emmy Award for an interview with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.Zakaria, who received a doctorate from Harvard in 1993, was born in India and earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University. He was appointed managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine at age 28 and spent eight years there before moving to Newsweek in 2000. He spent 10 years overseeing all of Newsweek’s editions abroad and then became an editor at large of Time.Today, Zakaria continues at Time and also hosts “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” an international affairs program. He is also a Washington Post columnist and a best-selling author. In 1999 Esquire Magazine described him as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation,” and in 2010, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 global thinkers.Zakaria’s 2003 book, “The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad,” was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into more than 20 languages. His most recent book, “The Post-American World,” was published in 2008 and was also a New York Times best-seller. His first book, published in 1998, was “From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America’s World Role.”John Adams Doctor of MusicDuring the past 25 years the American composer John Adams ’69, A.M. ’72, has redefined the contemporary musical landscape with his nuanced aesthetic, one rich with expressive forms, minimalist sensibilities, and profoundly humanist themes.The New York Times has called Adams’ music “both lush and austere, grand and precise. To make an analogy to two poets whose work he has set to music, it’s Walt Whitman on the one hand and Emily Dickinson on the other.”Adams has composed chamber music, symphonic pieces, and oratorios, but perhaps his best-known works are his trio of opera collaborations with theater director Peter Sellars ’81: “Nixon in China,” which chronicles Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972; “The Death of Klinghoffer,” about the 1985 murder of an American Jew by Palestinian terrorists; and “Doctor Atomic,” concerning the creation of the nuclear bomb.Adams also won acclaim for “On the Transmigration of Souls,” a work commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to commemorate those killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The piece received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in music. Adams, who refers to the composition as “a memory space,” has said he hoped it would inspire listeners with the feeling of walking into a cathedral where “you feel you are in the presence of many souls, generations upon generations of them, and you sense their collected energy.”Born and raised in New England, Adams learned the clarinet from his father and began composing at the age of 10. While at Harvard, where he received his undergraduate and master’s degrees, he filled in as a reserve clarinetist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted Harvard’s Bach Society Orchestra, and studied with distinguished professors including Leon Kirchner.An accomplished conductor, Adams has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. He has received honorary degrees from the Juilliard School, Northwestern University, the Yale School of Music, and Cambridge University. He is a recipient of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Medal “for contributions to society” as well as the 2007 Harvard Arts Medal. A six-time Grammy Award winner, Adams is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and currently holds the title of creative chair of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.K. Anthony Appiah Doctor of LawsIt is fair to say that Kwame Anthony Akroma-Ampim Kusi Appiah is a citizen of many worlds, moves easily in all of them, and is famous in more than a few. Born in London, raised in Ghana, educated at the University of Cambridge, and now a U.S. citizen teaching at Princeton University, he is a philosopher who investigates values, moral practice, and the foundations of liberalism. (His 2010 “The Honor Code,” for one, explores this ancient concept as a way to propel a modern-day moral revolution.) Appiah — who has also taught at Harvard, Yale, Duke, and Cornell universities — is a cultural theorist who studies the political dimensions of race, African traditional religions, ethics in what he calls “a world of strangers,” global human rights, and the fate and influence of African thought. (In 1997, he co-edited “The Dictionary of Global Culture” with Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University.) The 58-year-old Appiah is also a novelist whose first of three fictional works, “Avenging Angel” (1991), is a murder mystery set at his posh UK alma mater. And he is even a sheep farmer, a facet of global culture that he practices with his spouse, Henry Finder —  editorial director of the New Yorker magazine — at their homestead near Pennington, N.J.To add to his geographic, cultural, and intellectual credentials as a citizen of the world, Appiah is related to Ghanaian royalty on his father’s side and to British nobility on his mother’s side. (His uncle and great-uncle were both kings of Ashanti, a traditional West African empire. His grandfather was English statesman Sir Stafford Cripps, once Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, who also played a role in negotiating Indian independence.) Appiah has also mastered five languages: English, French, German, Latin, and Asante-Twi, a 14-vowel Akan language that is among the three principal dialects of Ghana. A decade ago, he and his novelist mother, the late Peggy Appiah, co-authored “Bu Me Bé: Proverbs of the Akan,” a bilingual annotated edition of 7,015 Twi sayings. One proverb might be especially apt for the studious Appiah, who appeared in a 2009 Forbes magazine list of the world’s seven most powerful thinkers: “The head is the crown of the human body.”Appiah — who taught at Harvard from 1991 to 2002 — has 10 other honorary degrees, including those from Columbia University, Bard College, and The New School. In February, he was among nine recipients of the National Humanities Medal, presented by President Barack Obama.Dame Gillian Beer Doctor of LettersCelebrated literary critic and author Dame Gillian Beer receives an honorary degree at Harvard today. It’s an honor that, in a way, started with an accident when she was just 14.Attempting to jump down a flight of steps at school, Beer fell and seriously injured her spine. During a long recuperation at home, she took solace in reading. Writers like Henrik Ibsen, Oscar Wilde, and William Shakespeare became her constant companions, and led her to a career in literature. “In some ways it was probably the moment of opportunity for me,” she told an interviewer in 2009. “I had no critical appraising capacity at all, I just read.”Beer’s lifelong pursuit eventually became a specialty: exploring scientific writing in its cultural setting. Her seminal work “Darwin’s Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction” (1983) — republished in 2000 — explores the impact that Darwin’s radical new visions had on prominent 19th-century authors, and the wider cultural impacts of Darwinian thinking. Her other works include “Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter” (1996) and “Virginia Woolf: the Common Ground” (1996).Raised by her schoolteacher mother in a village in Somerset, England, Beer completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, where she received first class honors in English and the Charles Oldham Shakespeare Prize. Beer was a fellow at Girton College, Cambridge, between 1965 and 1994. In 1994 she became King Edward VII Professor of English Literature and president of Clare Hall at Cambridge. She is a fellow of the British Academy and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998 Beer was made a dame commander of the Order of the British Empire. She is married to literary critic John Beer, and the couple has three sons and three grandchildren, and will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in July.Walter Kohn Doctor of ScienceA condensed-matter physicist, Walter Kohn shared the 1998 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his development of the density-functional theory, a method that allowed scientists to study the properties of very large molecules by simplifying the prohibitively complex calculations once required for the task. His theoretical work helped shape the development of quantum chemistry in the latter half of the 20th century and has become an essential tool for electronic materials science.Kohn was born into a Jewish family in Vienna in 1923. As a teenager, he fled for England shortly after Austria’s annexation by Nazi Germany. Treated as a potential spy, he was interned by the British and then sent to Canada. His parents later died in the Holocaust.At the University of Toronto, Kohn began serious study of physics and mathematics but not, ironically, chemistry. “I was not allowed into the chemistry building, where war work was in progress,” he wrote in his Nobel autobiography. “In fact, the last time I attended a chemistry class was in my English school at the age of 17.”After a year in the Canadian Infantry Corps at the war’s end, Kohn received his bachelor’s degree and a master’s in applied mathematics from the University of Toronto. He was awarded a doctorate in physics by Harvard in 1948.Kohn went on to faculty positions at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, San Diego, taking a number of visiting appointments at leading research institutions around the world. In 1979, he arrived at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to serve as founding director of the National Science Foundation’s Institute of Theoretical Physics; he is now professor of physics and chemistry emeritus and research professor.Over the years, he has been active in causes ranging from U.S.-Soviet nuclear disarmament to world population management. He and his wife, Mara, reside in Santa Barbara, Calif.Wendy KoppDoctor of LawsWendy Kopp is the founder and chief executive officer of Teach For America, a nonprofit organization that aims to reduce educational inequality by recruiting high-achieving recent college graduates to teach in low-income schools. Founded on the principle that all children deserve access to superior education, the pioneering program set the tone for a national movement that seeks entrepreneurial solutions to the American education system’s pressing problems, from poor achievement to teacher shortages.Born in Austin, Texas, in 1967, Kopp attended Princeton University, where she wrote a senior thesis proposing a national teaching corps. After graduating in 1989, she began building the foundations for Teach For America, enlisting a charter group of 500 young teachers-in-training by 1990.Since then, the organization has employed 33,000 recent graduates as teachers; they have taught more than 3 million children in schools across the country. A third of Teach For America’s graduates continue careers in teaching, and many more have gone on to work in school administration or public policy or to start their own educational ventures.In 2007, Kopp co-founded Teach For All, an international organization that supports education initiatives around the globe. Under her leadership as chief executive officer, Teach For All has partnered with social enterprises in 22 countries to adapt the Teach For America model abroad.Kopp is the author of “A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All” (2011) and “One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way” (2001). She has received numerous honorary degrees and public service awards, including the Presidential Citizens Medal.She and her husband, Richard Barth, president of the Knowledge Is Power Program, reside in New York with their four children.Hon. John LewisDoctor of LawsThe Hon. John Lewis, the 72-year-old son of Alabama sharecroppers who helped end the Jim Crow era he grew up in, is minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives and has served Georgia’s 5th Congressional District for the past quarter century. But long before Congress — when still in his 20s — Lewis cut a national figure in a different arena: the Civil Rights Movement. It was a decade-long tide of protest to gain rights that, in theory, had been conferred on black Americans a hundred years before.Lewis was still a teenager when news of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-56) — and radio addresses by a young Martin Luther King Jr. — inspired him to participate in the cause. He was a college student in Nashville, Tenn., when he participated in the Freedom Rides in 1961, a protest that took the form of simply occupying interstate bus seats reserved for whites in the segregated South. The buses were routinely waylaid by angry mobs armed with pipes, bats, bicycle chains, and firebombs. That summer, Lewis was arrested and beaten — the first of more than 40 arrests, beatings, imprisonments, and severe injuries that he sustained during the Civil Rights era.By age 23, Lewis was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and a key architect of the historic March on Washington in August 1963. (He was the event’s youngest keynote speaker, and today is the only one still living.) In 1964, he took part in voter registration drives during the Mississippi Freedom Summer. In March of the next year Lewis led 525 orderly protestors across the infamous Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., where they were caught in a violent maelstrom: lunging police dogs, club-wielding onlookers, and lashing fire hoses turned up to full blast. This landmark episode of mob action, eagerly captured by national media, revealed the cruelties of the segregated South and hastened the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.In 1977, the Jimmy Carter White House called on Lewis to direct ACTION, a federal volunteer agency. In 1981 he entered political life, first as a member of the Atlanta City Council and by 1986 as a congressman representing Atlanta and outlying areas. Today he is senior chief deputy whip for the House Democratic Caucus, a member of key committees, and — to some — the moral center of Congress, its conscience, and its chief reminder of dark days not so long past.Lewis — a graduate of both Fisk University and the American Baptist Theological Seminary — holds more than 50 honorary degrees, including degrees from Princeton, Columbia, Duke, and Howard universities. The man who as a boy was refused a library card for being black is the author of a memoir, the frequent subject of interviews, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lincoln Medal and — in 2011 — the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Lewis and his wife, Lillian Miles, residents of Atlanta, have one son.Mario MolinaDoctor of ScienceMario Molina, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego, is a chemical engineer who recognized the dangers of man-made chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) to the atmosphere’s ozone layer.Molina’s work during the 1970s showed that CFCs, which had been thought to be safe for use as propellants in spray cans, as refrigerants, and in other applications because they’re inert at ground level, break apart when they reach the upper atmosphere, creating ozone-destroying free chlorine. Subsequent research showed Molina to be right, eventually confirming an ozone hole over the Antarctic and spurring the world to ban the chemicals.The discovery won Molina the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry, with F. Sherwood Rowland, with whom Molina worked, and Paul Crutzen “for their work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly concerning the formation and decomposition of ozone.”Molina grew up in Mexico City and recalls being interested in chemistry very young, setting up a child’s chemistry lab in an unused bathroom. He received a bachelor of science degree from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in 1965 and a doctorate in physical chemistry in 1972 from the University of California, Berkeley. He held faculty positions at the University of California, Irvine, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was an Institute Professor until he left for San Diego in 2005. He also worked as a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.Molina has received more than 30 honorary degrees and won numerous awards in addition to the Nobel Prize. He serves on the U.S. President’s Committee of Advisors in Science and Technology and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, and of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican. His current research involves the chemistry of air pollution in the lower atmosphere and the science and policy of climate change.last_img read more

Mother’s Day Giveaway at The Gift Gallery

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0 By Kaylene Fischer for The Gift Gallery LLC Not sure what to get mom, your wife, or are you a mom that would like to pamper yourself with a gift? Whichever it may be, The Gift Gallery has an exciting giveaway just for you.The Gift Gallery LLC in Tumwater is having a drawing for Mother’s Day. They will be giving away TWO gifts. One is a lovely gift basket with beauty products and a candle. The other is a LaTeeDa Oil Candle. You must enter in store, but no need to be present to win. Drawing will be held on Friday, May 8 by 5 p.m.While you’re there, have a look around to see what is new. The Gift Gallery has two new product lines in. One is a beautiful, bright ceramic line of décor by Drew DeRose from Boston, MA. From seashells, lanterns, candlesticks, boxes, to LED lights, you will be sure to love decorating your home with these items.Have you heard of Top Shelf Glasses? They are the fun, quirky wine glasses, coffee mugs, pilsner cups, beer mugs and more. They come individually in their own fun gift boxes. They are perfect for bridesmaids, groomsmen, dad, mom, football fans. You name it, Top Shelf has it. You can find these at The Gift Gallery in May.Two new vendors joined the store in April. Erica Gaspard with Crochet by Erica G., and Carole Heinzman with a variety of handmade items such as; placemats, key chains, survival bracelets and more.We are very excited to introduce you to Carla Belew with her all natural beauty line, Miracle Body Butter. Be sure to visit her on Facebook or her website to learn more, or come in to The Gift Gallery today.No matter what you’re looking for, what age you’re shopping for, you’re sure to find what you need at The Gift Gallery in Tumwater. Don’t forget they offer free gift baskets. You buy the items from the store and they will provide the basket, stuffing, wrapping and bow for free.Join us Saturday, May 9 for free Jewelry Appraisals with Randy Caverly and our food tasting from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.As always you can find us on Facebook, our website and you can now find us on Twitter!last_img read more

Microsoft Tries To Spur Windows Phone Development With New App Studio

first_imgMicrosoft wants you to build an app for Windows Phone. Like, really wants you to build an app for Windows Phone.Microsoft announced today a program called Windows Phone App Studio beta, a free Web-based tool for first time or hobbyist developers to try out app designs and download them to their Windows Phone devices to test them out. If they like what they have made, they can publish them to the Windows Phone Marketplace for their friends and family.The Windows Phone App Studio is basically an online app wizard with a variety of customizable templates that allow for applying text, Web content, imagery and design concepts to an app. The App Studio will take care of all the coding and backend services hosted in the cloud. The new tool could be useful to professional developers that have been resistant to building for Windows Phone (which are most professional mobile developers) by letting them see what their app might look like on the platform. Microsoft let’s developers use App Studio beta for prototyping before downloading the source code so they can continue working on that app in Microsoft’s integrated developer environment Visual Studio.Microsoft is allowing any developer to unlock and register one Windows Phone to download their test apps (up to two apps) on. Registered Windows Phone developers can unlock up to three phones for 10 apps. To spur developers to try App Studio or just sign up for a developer account Microsoft announced that registration to its mobile developer center is on special: $19 until August 26. That is well below Apple’s $99 yearly fee and Google’s $25 fee for Android developers.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Tags:#app development#Microsoft#Windows Phone The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinskilast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal legend Adams criticises Emery for shoddy defence

first_imgArsenal legend Adams criticises Emery for shoddy defenceby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Tony Adams believes Unai Emery has yet to solve his side’s defensive issues.The Gunners have kept just three clean sheets from 21 Premier League games this season. And Adams, a legendary centre-back in his time, thinks Emery must do more to work on his leaky back-line.”I think the manager has gone three at the back, four at the back,” he said on BT Sport. “He’s never had them settled. They’re not keeping clean sheets.”Now he’s going back to a back four again. He can’t make up his mind. They need a settled back line and I don’t think he’s got it.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

US officials consider new tool to combat mine spills Robots

first_imgDENVER – Crumbling mine tunnels awash with polluted waters perforate the Colorado mountains, and scientists may one day send robots creeping through the pitch-black passages to study the mysterious currents that sometimes burst to the surface with devastating effects.One such disaster happened at the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado in 2015, when the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally triggered the release of 3 million gallons (11 million litres) of mustard-colored water laden with arsenic, lead and other contaminants. The spill tainted rivers in three states.Now, the EPA is considering using robots and other sophisticated technology to help prevent these types of “blowouts” or clean them up if they happen. But first the agency has to find out what’s inside the mines, some of which date to Colorado’s gold rush in the 1860s.Wastewater containing toxic heavy metals has been spewing from hundreds of inactive mines nationwide for decades, the product of complicated and sometimes poorly understood subterranean flows.Mining creates tainted water in steps: Blasting out tunnels and processing ore exposes long-buried, sulfur-bearing rocks to oxygen. The sulfur and oxygen mix with natural underground water flows to create sulfuric acid. The acidic water then leaches heavy metals out of the rocks.To manage and treat the wastewater, the EPA needs a clear idea of what’s inside the mines, some of which penetrate thousands of feet into the mountains. But many old mines are poorly documented.Investigating with robots would be cheaper, faster and safer than humans.“You can send a robot into an area that doesn’t have good air quality. You can send a robot into an area that doesn’t have much space,” said Rebecca Thomas, project manager for the EPA’s newly created Gold King Superfund site, officially known as the Bonita Peak Mining District.Instruments on the robots could map the mines and analyze pollutants in the water.They would look more like golf carts than the personable robots from “Star Wars” movies. Hao Zhang, an assistant professor of computer science at the Colorado School of Mines, envisions a battery-powered robot about 5 feet (1.5 metres) long with wheels or tracks to get through collapsing, rubble-strewn tunnels.Zhang and a team of students demonstrated a smaller robot in a mine west of Denver recently. It purred smoothly along flat tunnel floors but toppled over trying to negotiate a cluttered passage.“The terrain is pretty rough,” Zhang said. “It’s hard for even humans to navigate in that environment.”A commercial robot modified to explore abandoned mines — including those swamped with acidic wastewater — could cost about $90,000 and take three to four years to develop, Zhang said.Significant obstacles remain, including finding a way to operate remotely while deep inside a mine, beyond the reach of radio signals. One option is dropping signal-relay devices along the way so the robot stays in touch with operators. Another is designing an autonomous robot that could find its own way.Researchers also are developing sophisticated computerized maps showing mines in three dimensions. The maps illustrate where the shafts intersect with natural faults and provide clues about how water courses through the mountains.“It really helps us understand where we have certainty and where we have a lot of uncertainty about what we think’s happening in the subsurface,” said Ian Bowen, an EPA hydrologist. “So it’s a wonderful, wonderful tool.”The EPA also plans to drill into mines from the surface and lower instruments into the bore holes, measuring the depth, pressure and direction of underground water currents.Tracing the currents is a challenge because they flow through multiple mines and surface debris. Many tunnels and faults are connected, so blocking one might send water out another.“You put your finger in the dike here, where’s the water going to come out?” Thomas said.Once the EPA finishes investigating, it will look at technologies for cleansing the wastewater.Options range from traditional lime neutralization — which causes the heavy metals dissolved in the water to form particles and drop out — to more unusual techniques that involve introducing microbes.The choice has consequences for taxpayers. If no company is found financially responsible, the EPA pays the bill for about 10 years and then turns it over to the state. Colorado currently pays about $1 million a year to operate a treatment plant at one Superfund mine. By 2028, it will pay about $5.7 million annually to operate plants at three mines, not including anything at the Bonita Peak site.The EPA views the Colorado project as a chance for the government and entrepreneurs to take risks and try technology that might be useful elsewhere.But the agency — already dealing with a distrustful public and critical politicians after triggering the Gold King spill — said any technology deployed in Colorado will be tested first, and the public will have a chance to comment before decisions are made.“We’re certainly not going to be in the position of making things worse,” Thomas said. “So when I say we want to take risks, we do, but we want to take calculated, educated risks and not worsen water quality.”___Follow Dan Elliott at http://twitter.com/DanElliottAP . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/dan%20elliott .last_img read more

Rain & strong winds lash city, S Bengal districts

first_imgKolkata: Rain accompanied with strong wind lashed several parts of South Bengal districts, including the city, on Tuesday evening.The traffic in some areas of the city was affected due to the strong wind and rainfall. The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted thundershower along with strong wind in various North Bengal districts in the next 48 hours. According to the weather office prediction, various South Bengal districts are also likely to receive light to moderate rainfall in the next two days. Gusty wind accompanied with rainfall may lash some South Bengal districts during the evening on Wednesday and Thursday because of the cyclonic circulation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSanjib Bandyopadhyay, the deputy director general of Regional Meteorological Centre, said there would be occasional thunderstorm and lightning in various parts of the state in April and May because of the Nor’wester. The temperature in South Bengal districts is expected to remain normal in the two months. The temperatures may fluctuate due to rain particularly in the evening. There is a possibility of rainfall in some Western districts of Bengal in the next 48 hours. Strong wind with a speed of 45-55 km per hour may hit the South Bengal. The intensity of the wind may be slight higher in the Western districts such Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum and West Midnapore. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to a weather expert, the thunderstorm will occur due to impact of the Nor’wester, which is blowing in north-west direction. Similar weather conditions will prevail in North Bengal districts, which may get more rainfall than the South Bengal districts. A cyclonic circulation is witnessed over Bengal, Jharkhand and parts of Odisha. The districts such as Nadia, North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah, East Midnapore and the city may also receive light rainfall and experience breeze. While, the districts such as Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Malda, North and South Dinajpur will receive heavy rainfall accompanied with thunderstorm. It may be mentioned here that a gusty wind accompanied by rain swept many parts of the city, including districts in South Bengal in the evening of April 5 and 6. Trees were uprooted at many places in the city because of strong winds. Six full-grown trees toppled in Southern Avenue, Prince Anwar Shah Road, Baroj Road, Fairlie Place, Kalighat Road and AJC Bose Road areas. Train services in various sections of Howrah Division were delayed due to heavy storm and rain.last_img read more

Loud explosion, gunfire rock downtown Kabul in attack near ministry

first_imgKabul: A loud explosion and follow-up gunfire were heard in an ongoing assault near the Afghan communication ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said. The attack occurred a day after talks fell apart between the Taliban and Afghan representatives. No one claimed immediate responsibility and there was no immediate word on casualties. “The information that we have is four attackers have placed themselves near the communication ministry and are engaged in gun battles with the Afghan security forces,” Amanduddin Shariati, a security official in Kabul told AFP. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said an explosion was heard near the communication ministry around 11:40 am (0710 GMT), followed by sporadic gunfire. Local television footage showed a small plume of smoke near the ministry, and people climbing out the windows on a lower level. Intermittent firing could still be heard more one hour after the blast, and the area had been cordoned off by security forces. The communication ministry is located in downtown Kabul, about two kilometres (1.25 miles) from the green zone. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls It is the city’s main commercial area and has several large hotels. The communication ministry itself is an 18-storey building, thought to be the tallest building in Kabul. The explosion comes a week after the Taliban announced their annual spring offensive and amid ongoing fighting across Afghanistan. The Afghan branch of the Islamic State group has also previously carried out multiple deadly attacks in Kabul. The capital has in recent weeks enjoyed a period of relative calm, after a horrific year last year in which it saw a string of attacks including a massive bomb that was concealed in an ambulance and killed more than 100 people. This week in the Qatari capital Doha, a summit planned between the Taliban and officials from across Afghanistan fell apart at the last minute due to bickering over who should attend the conference. The collapse comes at a critical time and amid continued bloodshed in Afghanistan, where the Taliban now control or influence about half of Afghanistan and 3,804 civilians were killed there last year, according to a UN tally. Taliban officials are separately negotiating with the United States, which wants to forge a peace deal with the militants. (AFP)last_img read more

For second time in less than a year, portion of Hero Chowk flyover caves in

first_imgGurugram: In less than a year for the second time, the portion of Hero Chowk flyover which has been made operational just one- and a half years ago caved in.Earlier in June 2018, the part of recently built flyover at the Delhi-Jaipur highway came out all of a sudden six months before it was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Haryana. The situation had resulted in the heavy traffic jam for the office goers in the morning that continued for more than six hours. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIt is estimated that more than eighty thousand vehicles use the flyover daily for going to Udyog Vihar-6, Manesar and Jaipur. There are also a large number of commercial vehicles that use the flyover for the transportation of goods. To prevent the widening of the cracks the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has closed the portion for traffic coming from the Jaipur side so that the maintenance works can be undertaken. Meanwhile, the officials have filled up cracks temporarily so that the vehicles can move along the route. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe state of art of flyover was completed that was built at an approximate cost of Rs 200 crore. The construction of the flyover had brought in a lot of laurels for the engineers, contractors and the public officials as it was completed well before its deadline. The flyover was a plan of revamping the Delhi-Jaipur highway where the NHAI and the Haryana government has invested Rs 1,400 crores in recent years to build various flyovers and underpasses along the busy route. Controversies began to emanate soon after the commuters started using the flyover as there were reports of materials coming out on various occasions. This is not for the first time when issues of construction flaws have been raised in various underpasses and flyovers that have come up at the Delhi-Jaipur expressway. Earlier concerns were raised of the widening gap at the IFFCO Chowk flyover. The matter was however resolved after a senior NHAI official public issued a statement that there was no matter of concern and the flyover was safe for usage. Public agencies in Gurugram however faced immense criticism after the roof of underpasses at Rajiv Chowk and Signature towers collapsed during a dust storm in April 2018.last_img read more

Pochettino loves House of Cards

first_imgThe Tottenham Hotspur manager loves the Netflix TV series and compares what happens in the show to what happens in footballTalking just before Tuesday’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven, Spurs’ manager Mauricio Pochettino believes football is sometimes like House of Cards.The Netflix TV series is famously known for its crude shown of politics.“It’s a weird season but I look so happy now because the new season of House of Cards has started,” Pochettino told ESPN.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Yesterday I watched three episodes.”“I learn a lot from this series. I recommend it. I think it represents very well sometimes how we are. Sometimes football is so political, and it’s going in this direction,” he added.“Which character am I? I don’t know, it’s difficult to say. It’s dangerous to say this or this one. It’s fiction but it can translate to many businesses.”last_img read more