first_imgImplementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, free education for girls up to the graduation level, supply of purified drinking water to every household, free health insurance, one job for each family, free smartphones to students, regularisation of contractual staff and higher wages are the highlights of the BJP’s Vision Document for Tripura.Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday released the 30-page Vision Document as party manifesto for the February 18 Assembly elections.Mr. Jaitley said the NDA government at the Centre would support the implementation of the promises if the alliance of the BJP and the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura was voted to power. He said the Left Front government, during its long rule, had failed to implement any welfare programmes despite huge support from the Centre.“This is why we see a huge anti-incumbency feeling prevailing in the State. It’s like a revolt situation against the CPI(M),” he said.He said the CPI(M) would be left to fight for the third or fourth place in the elections. “The BJP has occupied the non-Left political space of the State to fulfil the wishes of the people,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgMaster Blaster Sachin Tendulkar set new records on Tuesday when he scored his 51st Test century against South Africa in Cape Town.A look at his recordsThis is Tendulkar’s second ton in Cape Town.He is the first non-South African to score two Test centuries in Cape Town. His first century came during the 1996-97 tour when he scored 169.This is Tendulkar’s 5th ton on South African soil – the maximum by any overseas batsman. Englishman Wally Hammond and Aussie Neil Harvey had scored four apiece.This is Tendulkar’s 7th century against South Africa. Only Neil Harvey and Ricky Ponting have scored 1 more.Amazingly, this is his 12th Test ton after turning 35. England’s Graham Gooch is the only other batsman to hit as many Test centuries after the age of 35.An indication of his spectacular overseas performance is that he has scored 29 Test centuries away from home – the highest by any batsman.last_img read more

first_img Jamaica has the highest mortality rate for prostate cancer in the world September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month under the theme: ‘Don’t Procrastinate, Check Your Prostate’ Story Highlights The JCS is urging Jamaican men over 40 years, to get their prostate screening checks done With the increase in the number of men being diagnosed with prostate cancer locally, the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) is urging Jamaican men over 40 years, to get their prostate screening checks done annually, in order to facilitate early detection and treatment if diagnosed.The appeal comes as the society marks September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month under the theme:  ‘Don’t Procrastinate, Check Your Prostate’.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday, August 28, at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, said “there is absolutely no denying that prostate cancer poses a public health risk to Jamaica and this is primarily so, because it continues to be the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among our Jamaican adult males.”Ms. Gordon informed that the alarming fact remains that Jamaica has the highest mortality rate for prostate cancer in the world. This, she said, is of grave concern to the JCS, whose mission is to control and to prevent the various types of cancers.Recent statistics from the Jamaica Cancer Registry at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) indicate that the incidence of prostate cancer in Kingston and St. Andrew alone, is 78.1 out of every 100,000 men. Only 688 screenings were done by the JCS in 2012.Ms. Gordon said that it is imperative that Jamaican men conduct annual screenings so that early detection can be facilitated, and corrective measures employed.JCS will effect a sustained focus on public education during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, in an effort to heighten awareness of prostate cancer, its symptoms and risk factors. Ms. Gordon said that the Society is hoping that with increased education, more males will be encouraged to get their screenings done annually.“Once you are armed with the right information, you now have an opportunity to make wise decisions as it relates to safeguarding your health,” Ms. Gordon noted, pointing out that “early detection has been proven to save lives.”In an effort to encourage men to get their prostate checked, the Executive Director informed that males, who visit the JCS for screenings in September will benefit from a five per cent discount. The cost for screenings is $2000, and all major health cards are accepted.During the month, two symposiums will be held to provide timely and updated information about prostate cancer, to the public and the medical fraternity.The first will be held on Sunday, September 8 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, commencing at 8:30 a.m., while the second will take place at the Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay on Sunday, September 29, starting at 9:00 a.m.September 12 will be commemorated as Prostate Cancer Awareness Day, with a special function at the JCS’ headquarters at 16 Lady Musgrave Road.For more information, persons can call the JCS at 927-4265.last_img read more

first_img NASA Space At the time, some astronomers suggested a collision with another object could’ve caused the asteroid to start spouting off, but a new paper from an international team of researchers concludes that Gault was actually ready to come apart, perhaps even without an impact to trigger the breakdown.”This self-destruction event is rare,” co-author Olivier Hainaut from the European Southern Observatory, explained in a release. “Active and unstable asteroids such as Gault are only now being detected by means of new survey telescopes that scan the entire sky, which means asteroids such as Gault that are misbehaving cannot escape detection any more.” The paper will be published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.   The images from Hubble show Gault being trailed by two narrow tails of debris, indicating the material was thrown off in a pair of short bursts lasting between a few hours and a few days. Active asteroid 6478 Gault last night from the @INGLaPalma after discovery by @TheGenghisKen @fallingstarIfA . The ejected dust extends > 400,000 km, more than the Earth-Moon distance.From observations by @astrostevanus and @Sun_d_citizen @AstroQUB pic.twitter.com/Xc1ByV4OhJ— Alan Fitzsimmons (@FitzsimmonsAlan) January 12, 2019 The asteroid 6478 Gault as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Two narrow, cometlike tails of debris indicate that the asteroid is slowly undergoing self-destruction.  NASA, ESA, K. Meech and J. Kleyna (University of Hawaii), O. Hainaut (European Southern Observatory) We first noted in January that an asteroid discovered decades ago was showing signs of transforming into a comet, but now astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope say the space rock may be completely falling apart.The 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) asteroid 6478 Gault is located in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars, where it was first seen in 1988. Though it’s been observed by telescopes many times over the decades, it wasn’t until last November that scientists saw signs something was changing. By January, Gault had developed a cometlike tail of dust extending over 249,000 miles (400,000 kilometers). Sci-Tech Tagscenter_img Post a comment There are around 800,000 known asteroids in the asteroid belt beyond Mars, but astronomers estimate that this kind of crack-up happens only once per year. The asteroid’s fragile state is attributed to something called the Yarkovsky-O’Keefe-Radzievskii-Paddack effect, or YORP torque. The basic idea is that electromagnetic radiation from the sun interacts with small objects like asteroids in ways that can cause them to spin faster and faster, becoming more and more unstable.  “It could have been on the brink of instability for 10 million years. Even a tiny disturbance, like a small impact from a pebble, might have triggered the recent outbursts,” explained lead author Jan Kleyna from the University of Hawaii.Astronomers say the tails will begin to fade in the coming months as the dust disperses into space. That is, unless 6478 Gault continues to fall apart before our eyes. Share your voice 0last_img read more