Pune: Hundreds of activists, intellectuals, leaders of left parties and common citizens came together in Pune on Wednesday to condemn the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead outside her Bengaluru home on Tuesday night.Carrying handmade posters bearing the legend ‘I am Gauri Lankesh’, the demonstrators gathered near S.P. College on Tilak Road. They blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for fostering a climate of “cultural terrorism”.The protesters also included activists from the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) founded by the late Narendra Dabholkar.During the two-hour protest, members of socialist parties and left-leaning outfits like Lokayat and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) accused the Modi government of deliberately stifling dissent and failing to prosecute agents of intolerance.“The BJP has come to power with the objective of subverting the Indian Constitution … anybody seen opposing the RSS thought and ideology is promptly hounded,” said eminent writer-editor and septuagenarian activist Vidya Bal, remarking that under the present government, women in the country were not safe, and women journalists even less so.Lankesh’s killing is not the murder of an individual, but a violent attack on democracy, said Sambhaji Brigade leader Santosh Shinde.The protesters said the murder echoed the killings of Dr. Dabholkar, veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare and scholar M.M. Kalburgi.“Radical right-wing elements and Hindutva fundamentalists are able to unleash a reign of terror under the Modi government,” alleged CPI (M) leader Ajit Abhyankar. He also accused the BJP government of deliberately dragging their feet in the investigations into the Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi murders.
Admitting that its online connect with the people has not been “up to the mark”, the Bengal leadership of the Communist Party of India-Marxist has decided to ramp up the party’s presence on social media. The social media presence of the CPI(M) is so low that even expelled party MP Ritabrata Banerjee has more followers (34,007) than the party State secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra (28,002) on microblogging site Twitter. The party is trying to correct it but not by spending a huge sum, party sources said.CPI(M) sources said that the State leadership is planning to set up social media teams at the area committee level and wants to reach out to at least 80% of the people in the State before the Lok Sabha elections using social media. Area committees have replaced the erstwhile local committees.“CPI(M)’s social media presence in Bengal has not been up to the mark. We have lagged far behind the Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party in this regard,” a CPI(M) State committee member told The Hindu.He added that so far CPI(M)’s effort to set up social media teams at the area committee level has been limited to mainly district towns and Kolkata. “For instance in Kolkata out of the 53 area committees, social media teams have been set up only in about 13 area committees,” he said.Unlike the TMC and BJP, the CPI(M) has not been able to rope in information technology professionals to revamp its social media activity due to paucity of funds and is instead relying on tech-savvy young party members and sympathisers, the State committee member said.‘Can’t copy others’CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and MP Md. Salim, who oversees the party’s social media operations in Bengal, said that the State leadership recently held detailed discussions over the issue.“We are aiming at enrolling more volunteers and providing them with proper training so that they can reach out to more people. However, we are facing some problems due to lack of funds,” said Mr. Salim. He also said that the party has been unable to provide any equipment such as computers and smartphones to its social media volunteers who have to depend on their own resources.Mr. Salim admitted that so far the party has been unable to conduct social media operations in a centralised manner and doesn’t even have a record of the number of social media volunteers for the CPI(M) in Bengal.Asked why several senior CPI(M) leaders such as Polit Bureau member Biman Basu are not on social media, Mr. Salim said “we work as a party and not as an individual”.“Why should Biman Basu copy Narendra Modi or Mamata Banerjee who only want publicity?” he saidParty sources said that the State leadership wants to counter the “false propaganda” of TMC and BJP on social media as well as highlight the party’s views on significant political developments in the State.
The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared a public health emergency in the Capital as pollution levels entered the ‘severe plus’ category in the early hours of Friday.According to the official data provided by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall AQI score of Delhi was 504 at 3.30 a.m. on Friday after which alarm bells were sounded. The average AQI score of Delhi recorded at 4.30 p.m., which is the average of 32 monitoring stations in the past 24 hours, was 484, in the ‘severe’ category. AQI readings Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Greater Noida and Gurugram had AQI scores of 499, 496, 479, 496 and 469 respectively, all in the ‘severe’ category. In a letter to chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, EPCA chairman Bhure Lal said: “The air quality in Delhi and NCR deteriorated further last night and is now at the ‘severe plus level’. We have to take this as a public heath emergency as it will have adverse health impacts on all, particularly our children.” He added that construction activities in Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida will not be allowed till November 5 morning. Mr. Lal said the deterioration in air quality is due to a combination of accumulated toxins because of local pollution, further spiked by bursting of crackers on Deepavali, stubble burning and extremely adverse weather conditions. He added that the India Meteorological Department has said that the weather will improve in the coming days, but it is difficult to say if it would lead to any substantial reduction in pollution levels. An urgent meeting of the CPCB was also convened during which it was discussed that stubble burning contribution to pollution has gone up to 45%, resulting in the current high particulate matter concentration. The agency advised people to minimise their outdoor activities during the period. Meanwhile, there has been an increase in the number of people complaining of respiratory problems post-Deepavali. Arvind Aggarwal, senior consultant, internal medicine, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, said: “We have witnessed a rise in the number of people reporting to hospitals with respiratory and eye problems. An increase of 20%-22% patients has been seen in the OPD. People are facing symptoms associated with pollution like irritation in the eyes and throat, dry skin, skin allergies, chronic cough and breathlessness. We recommend asthmatic patients, elderly and kids should stay at home.”
Major League Soccer likes to promote the final day of the regular season as Decision Day, but we could see all 12 playoff spots secured after this weekend’s action, a full week ahead of time.Seven teams are alive for the four unclaimed playoff spots, and two of those teams would require some serious late collapses to lose out on the postseason.The Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers are comfortably above the playoff lines, with the Crew needing just one win or two draws to ensure a return to the postseason. The Timbers need just a draw in either of their two matches to secure a berth, but Giovanni Savarese’s side has its sights set on trying to pass rival Seattle in the standings to earn home-field in a potential Cascadia Derby playoff clash. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Wayne Rooney has helped D.C. United complete an incredible climb from last place in the East to a playoff position, but it will take one more win to ensure a return to the postseason for D.C. for the first time since 2015. D.C. is four points clear of Montreal for the final playoff spot in the East, and could still make a late run for a home playoff game if it can continue its torrid form.Zlatan Ibrahimovic is hoping to help the LA Galaxy to a similar late-season run into the playoffs, but the Galaxy will need some help to get to the postseason. The Galaxy must win both of their remaining games and hope that Real Salt Lake doesn’t beat Portland this weekend in its final regular season match.There is plenty more on the line this weekend, from the Supporters’ Shield, to home-field advantage in the knockout rounds, as well as the precious first-round byes now in play in the Western Conference. Adding to the suspense is the fact all Eastern Conference matches will be played at the same time on Sunday, with the full slate of Western Conference matches taking place two hours later.Here are the key things to watch for this weekend in MLS:D.C. United eyeing more than a playoff spotWhen Wayne Rooney arrived in MLS three months ago, few would have envisioned the English star helping D.C. climb all the way into a playoff spot. An 11-4-3 record since Rooney’s arrival has not only helped D.C. climb into a playoff position, but now there’s a chance the club could move as high as fourth place in the East.Unbeaten in eight matches, D.C. United faces a struggling New York City FC side that has just one win in eight, and suddenly has a shaky hold on third place in the East. A loss to D.C. United could leave NYCFC heading into its season finale against the Philadelphia Union needing a result to ensure a home playoff game in the knockout round. There is even a worst-case scenario that could see NYCFC fall all the way to sixth place by the end of the regular season, if the Union, Columbus Crew and D.C. United win out.The Montreal Impact need two wins and with have to hope that D.C. doesn’t win either of its remaining matches to sneak into the playoffs, but given how well D.C. United is playing right now, it’s tough to see Ben Olsen’s side slowing down.RSL’s kids hoping to deny Zlatan’s GalaxyReal Salt Lake is the only MLS team that won’t be playing on the final day, meaning its trip to Portland on Sunday is its final chance to ensure a playoff berth. A win would lock up RSL’s postseason berth, but beating the Timbers at Providence Park is no easy task, certainly not for an RSL side that has been terrible on the road this season (3-10-3).If the Timbers beat RSL, or even earn a draw, that suddenly gives life to the Galaxy, currently four points behind RSL for the final playoff spot. The Galaxy have winnable games remaining against Minnesota United and the Houston Dynamo, and have racked up seven points in their past three matches.Ibrahimovic is expected to make his first start of the season on artificial turf. The Swedish star has avoided playing on fake grass in all but one instance this year, even skipping the MLS All-Star Game in the process, in order to keep from having to risk re-injuring his surgically-repaired right knee. He has recorded at least one goal or assist in six straight matches, and the Galaxy are going to need him to ensure a win against a Loons side that has been much better at home than on the road.West powers FC Dallas and Sporting KC collideThe top two teams in the Western Conference square off, and things are so tight atop the West that the loser of the match could find itself tumbling multiple spots in the standings.FC Dallas has held onto first place since the summer, but a loss to Sporting KC could see Oscar Pareja’s men slip all the way to third, out of the spots with first-round byes. Sporting KC will try to become just the second visiting team to win at Toyota Stadium this year, knowing that a loss could drop SKC as far as fourth place. With a trip to lowly Colorado waiting at the end of the season, FC Dallas surely knows that a win on Sunday would all but ensure the top seed in the West, and Dallas should have an edge against a Sporting KC side that is coming off a mid-week trip to Vancouver (albeit a match SKC won).Los Angeles FC will be hoping to capitalize on whatever outcome takes place at Toyota Stadium. If Bob Bradley’s squad can beat the Vancouver Whitecaps at home, as expected, then the expansion team would be guaranteed to move into one of the top two spots in the West, and could even jump into first place if FCD and SKC tie.Making things even more interesting is the fact LAFC travels to Sporting KC for the regular season finale.Supporters’ Shield race a tight oneAtlanta United has the edge in the Supporters’ Shield race heading into the final two weekends, but it is far from a straightforward path to the second-year team’s first piece of silverware. Miguel Almiron is sidelined by injury, as is Hector Villalba, leaving the Five Stripes without two of their most dangerous weapons. The Chicago Fire have been atrocious on the road this year and aren’t likely to be able to stop Atlanta’s attack, even short-handed, though Ezequiel Barco and Julian Gressel will need to provide Josef Martinez with some service to ensure Atlanta United maintains its one-point lead on the New York Red Bulls in the Supporters’ Shield race.The Red Bulls have to assume Atlanta is going to win at home, making the trip to Philadelphia a must-win to keep the club’s hopes of a third Supporters’ Shield in six seasons alive. The Union are standing in the way, and are riding a 7-1-2 run in their past 10 matches. They have also made things tough for the Red Bulls, who have managed to win just one of their past four meetings against the Union. While that may be the case, the Red Bulls have had the look of a championship team in recent weeks, and will be looking to send a message to a Union side they could very well wind up seeing again in the playoffs.Wondo WatchThe San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids have been two of the worst teams in MLS this season, but there could still be historical significance when they square off at Avaya Stadium, what with Chris Wondoloski needing two goals to break Landon Donovan’s record for career MLS goals.Wondolowski’s hunt for the record has been the lone bright spot in San Jose’s abysmal season — at least until Matias Almeyda’s hiring as head coach for 2019 — and interim coach Steve Ralston has made sure to give Wondolowski his chance to make a real run at the record.The Earthquakes have lost six straight, but Wondolowski has scored goals in his past two matches to give him 10 on the season and a chance of catching Donovan. He didn’t start against the Red Bulls, but you have to think Ralston will start him against a Rapids side that has had one of the league’s worst defenses this year. The Earthquakes close out the season with a trip to Seattle, which has allowed the fewest goals in the league this year, meaning Sunday will be Wondolowski’s most realistic chance to catch or potentially pass Donovan and become the new MLS goal-scoring king.
New Delhi, Jun 1 (PTI) Former captain and coach of the national team M P Ganesh today took charge as the High Performance Director and CEO of the National Hockey Academy to be based at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, here. “Hockey Olympian MP Ganesh takes over as the High Performance Director & CEO of National Hockey Academy in New Delhi,” Hockey India confirmed the news on its official twitter handle. Till now Ganesh was serving as the CEO of Karnataka State Cricket Association. The National Hockey Academy in New Delhi is a joint venture of the Sports Authority of India and the sport ministry aimed at identifying junior hockey talent and facilitating their holistic development. The National Hockey Academy, which took two years to be set up, will be a residential project for 40 boys and an equal number of girls below the age of 18. About 70 players from each category have been shortlisted by Hockey India selectors from the sub-junior Nationals held recently. After a few weeks of trials, the numbers will be brought down to 40. There will be three coaches each for the boys and girls. The 70-year-old Ganesh hails from the famous hockey belt of Kodagu, earlier known as Coorg, district of Karnataka. An Arjuna awardee, Ganesh played for India at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, finishing third. He was one of the coaches of the Indian team that won a gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. He represented India in the Asian Games twice, first in 1970 in Bangkok and then in 1974 in Tehran. Both the times India returned home with a silver medal. He was also a part of the Indian team that won bronze at the first World Cup at Barcelona in 1971 and captained the team that won silver at the next World Cup in Amsterdam. Ganesh last played for India in 1974 before his career was cut short by a knee injury. Post his playing days, Ganesh was the official coach of the Indian team that participated in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, 1989 Champions Trophy in Berlin, 1990 Indira Gandhi International Hockey Tournament in Lucknow and the 1990 World Cup in Karachi. PTI SSC ATK ATKadvertisement
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, said India will be among the top medal-winning nations come 2028 Olympics.The minister also said that 2018 has turned out to be the best year for India in terms of sporting achievements.”I have tremendous hope and belief in the Indian youth and their ability to dominate the world. We have begun the process. The wheels are turning,” said the former Olympic silver medallist.Also read – World Boxing Championships: Mary Kom reaches semis, assured of a medal”The 2020 (Tokyo) Olympics is very close. We will do our level best there. We will exactly know even before entering the playing arena, how many medals we will win.”My target is Olympics of 2024 and 2028. The way we are progressing now, India would be amongst the top medal winners at the 2028 Olympics,” said Rathore.The 2024 Summer Olympics is scheduled to be held in Paris and the 2028 games will be held in Los Angeles.He said Indian players have left their mark on various sporting events in the present year.Also read – My pictures on magazine covers might inspire kids to take up sports: Hima Das”Every single international competition…Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Para Asian Games, Youth Olympic Games…in each of these games, India has created history by winning the largest ever number of medals.”In the Para-Asian Games, our medal tally more than doubled from 30 to 72. In the Youth Olympics, we went 400-500 per cent up from two medals to 13. All this is happening because the youth have tremendous potential,” he said.advertisementAlso read – Sushil Kumar, Sakshi Malik not included in Wrestling Federation of India’s top pay bracketAccording to Rathore, sports has become a full-fledged career for youngsters, many of whom have won Commonwealth and Asian Games medals, and are aspiring Olympic medallists.”They (athletes) have sponsors, they have endorsements. Many corporate (houses) are now getting into sports. The mega push has been given by the government itself in terms of ‘Khelo India’ as well as the ‘Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS),” he said.Rathore said, “the Target Olympic Podium is managing elite athletes and it is managing them in a very professional manner, their training programmes, keeping a track of their performances and opponents and also their injuries”.Also read – Hima Das: Tracing star sprinter’s journey from Assam’s rice fields to global stardom”They are not just providing training money, but also giving them a pocket allowance of Rs 50,000 a month from September 2017,” he added.Referring to ‘Khelo India’, Rathore said it is a grassroots sports programme that is providing a platform at the level of school students, which is of international level.”80 hours of live television broadcast was there last time (edition). This time it will be even more. A total of 1000 youths are getting Rs five lakh funding every year for eight years. 80 academies have been empanelled for ‘Khelo India’ and we are in the process of increasing their number,” said Rathore.(With inputs from PTI)Also watch –
Topics Read more match reports Share on Twitter Argentina celebrate after gutsy draw with Japan at Women’s World Cup Eni Aluko Read more In a performance typical of Canada of late – dull but efficient – another of Lyon’s treble-winners, the centre-back Kadeisha Buchanan, proved the difference as they made it nine in 10 clean sheets in 2019 against slightly chaotic but exhilarating Cameroon.One would be forgiven for handing home advantage to the French national team at a World Cup in France but in a cool Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier, with the sun setting, Cameroon were urged on with more gusto than that on show in the Parc des Princes last Friday, with significantly fewer numbers. Women’s World Cup 2019 Share via Email Canada women’s football team Reuse this content Share on Pinterest PSG’s stadium rocked but, as the Cameroonian national anthem began to play, the allegiance of the crowd was clear. It moved, danced, jumped, sang, clapped and swayed in unison for the Indomitable Lionesses. This was a migrant community welcoming their team, which includes nine players who play their club football in France, sort of home.It is rare Cameroon venture beyond their borders, unlike the two other teams from Africa competing at this World Cup, their preparations against international teams has been limited to a 1-0 loss to China in April and a 4-0 defeat by Spain in May.Meanwhile South Africa and Nigeria both competed at in the friendly Cyprus Cup. There is a reason this team came third behind those two at the African Cup of Nations, they lack cohesion on the pitch.The Canadians dominated possession but struggled to carve out clear-cut chances. Two corners and a free-kick inside four minutes gave the early impression that this would be a whitewash but as the clock ticked on, the women in green grew in confidence and Canada’s talisman, Christine Sinclair, only four shy of Abby Wambach’s record haul of 184 international goals, looked more and more isolated.With the scary pace of Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene on the right wing linking well with Ajara Nchout, who plays for the Norwegian side Valerenga, and the forward Marlyse Ngo Ndoumbouk, there were signs that a Canadian defence that has conceded only once in 2019 could be breached by the team ranked 46th in the world.Except that Canada also have someone playing at home. The 23-year-old Buchanan is the defender beginning to muscle apart Wendie Renard and Mbock Bathy’s Lyon centre-back partnership. With Aboudi Onguene bearing down on Stephanie Labbe in goal, Buchanan raced back to whip the ball from the feet of the dynamic winger where many would have conceded a penalty.With Canada slightly rattled it was Buchanan again who settled the nerves, a downward header past Annette Ngo Ndom giving the ‘visitors’ the lead moments before half-time.England’s Lucy Bronze said in April that “at the World Cup the girls at Lyon are probably the ones that are going to change the games”. With a France team built around a core of Lyon’s superstars inflicting a 4-0 defeat on South Korea, Buchanan handing Canada three points in a testing environment and Bronze and Nikita Parris providing England’s best outlet in their win over Scotland, it is hard to disagree.“The environment that we’re training in is very high,” said Buchanan. “Lyon is one of the best club teams so to have that many top players playing for them, every practice is difficult. It is all about the environment we are in before the World Cup.”What is also clear is that Canada’s progress may have edged closer but it is by no means assured. This is a tough group. Netherlands, the Euro 2017 winners, boast the best forward line in the competition while New Zealand pulled off a surprise win against England in Brighton.When defences isolate Sinclair they struggle to create. There were some hairy moments for the five sitting deep for Cameroon, with the former NWSL player Estelle Johnson and team captain Christine Manie at its heart, but they looked a far more organised side than they did at their maiden World Cup in 2015 where they lost to China in the last 16.They drove until the end but the Canadian defence held typically firm. “We take out defence very seriously,” said Buchanan. “The back line has been working together for a number of years now. All of us have quite a lot of caps playing with each other, so there’s a lot of connections there.”A reliance on that defence both to hold the dam and score the goals will take them only so far on this stage, though. With the Netherlands Canada’s final group opponents on 20 June, that back line will be really tested against the best and it may become clear whether their run to a quarter-final on home soil in 2015 was just a team surfing on home momentum. Cameroon women’s football team Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Clinical Nikita Parris has X-factor to inspire England’s World Cup challenge Share on Facebook
Everton, Crystal Palace move for Valencia striker Michy Batshuayiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia striker Michy Batshuayi is being offered a return to England.On-loan at Valencia from Chelsea for the season, Batshuayi has been told coach Marcelino wants him to cut short his loan this month.The Belgium international would prefer to stay, though the Guardian says two Premier League clubs are now in contact about bringing him back to England.Everton and Crystal Palace are both keen, while Olympique Marseille are also watching developments.For their part, Valencia want to move on Batshuayi to free up a loan slot for Marcelino’s squad. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
The United Nations campaign highlighting the work of the world’s humanitarian workers has reached 100 million people through social media so far, the world body announced today, describing it as its “first milestone” that gets it closer to the one billion mark, which it aims to reach by World Humanitarian Day on 19 August.The campaign, ‘I Was Here,’ allows transmission of messages of support from people who have registered online across the world pledging humanitarian action, however big or small. Members of the public can then share their individual acts of good through the interactive website www.whd-iwashere.org.Organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the campaign has gained momentum in the past few days following the video recording – in front of more than 1,200 fans, celebrities, humanitarian workers and dignitaries – on Friday night, at the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, of US performing artist Beyoncé singing the song “I Was Here.’The video of the song, which Beyoncé and songwriter Diane Warren donated to the campaign, will premiere globally on 19 August, with displays on big screens in the cities of Dubai, Geneva, Addis Ababa, as well as in New York City’s Times Square, among other locales.“Everyone can be a humanitarian. All it takes is one act to help someone else,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, said during the Friday night event, which was hosted by television journalist Anderson Cooper. “That’s the spirit of people helping people.”During the event, Mr. Cooper interviewing former child soldier Ishmael Beah, who fought in Sierra Leone’s civil war; Pernille Ironside, a UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) child protection officer; New York photographer Erin Dinan, whose non-profit organization One Sandwich at a Time feeds people living on the streets; and Laurent Vieira de Mello, whose father – a senior UN official, Sergio Vieira de Mello – died along with 21 other humanitarians in an attack in Iraq.The General Assembly proclaimed 19 August as World Humanitarian Day in 2008 to commemorate that attack, which took place at the UN’s offices in Baghdad’s Canal Hotel in 2003. In addition to killing 22 people, another150 people were injured.The Day aims to honor those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions, in addition to drawing attention to humanitarian needs worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in meeting those needs.
Cristiano Ronaldo is supporting Save the Children’s Rohingya humanitarian response by urging people to help refugee children who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State and are now living in camps and makeshift settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.“I count my blessings. I have four beautiful children. I would do anything for them. When you become a parent, you understand that all parents must feel the same way. We love our children,” said Cristiano Ronaldo, a Save the Children Ambassador. “It is difficult as a father to watch the Rohingya refugee crisis and not feel for these children. They need our care and support.”Ronaldo has posted to his social media channels a photo of Saif holding his son Shafiq, 1 ½ years old, taken at a Save the Children-supported health clinic in Cox’s Bazar. Alongside the photo appeared a photo of Ronaldo with his children. The posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have a combined reach of more than 300 million followers.Ronaldo also made a donation to support Save the Children’s child-friendly spaces in Cox’s Bazar, which offer children a safe place to play, socialize, recover and be children again. At these spaces, children can participate in a variety of games and activities, such as drawing, singing, jumping rope and playing football, as well as receive psychosocial support from skilled facilitators. The international humanitarian organization runs 86 child-friendly spaces in the camps and settlements.“The experience of playing as a child is universal. It is a chance to make friends, unwind and have fun,” said Ronaldo. “I have strong memories of playing football when I was young, and the joy it brought to my life. I wish for Rohingya children to feel that same joy.”Around 688,000 Rohingya – more than half of whom are children – have arrived in Bangladesh following a military crackdown that occurred after attacks were carried out on Myanmar police border posts in northern Rakhine state last August. Many families arrived in Bangladesh with only the clothes on their backs.“We are grateful to Cristiano Ronaldo for making sure Rohingya refugee children are not forgotten,” said Mark Pierce, Bangladesh Country Director for Save the Children. “As he knows and understands, no matter where children live in this world, they all love to play. The activities offered in a child-friendly space can strengthen children’s resilience and help them begin to process their past suffering and imagine a happier future.”“The situation for Rohingya children who fled to Bangladesh is alarming. Families live in basic shelters made of bamboo and plastic, and rely on food rations to survive. The monsoon rains are likely to cause major damage when they hit in a couple of months time and there is an ongoing risk of an outbreak of disease.“While the government of Bangladesh and host communities have shown extraordinary generosity towards Rohingya refugees, the international community needs to step up funding to make sure Rohingya families are provided with the support they need. We are extremely grateful to Cristiano Ronaldo for the support he is providing for Rohingya children.”A Save the Children Ambassador since 2013, Ronaldo continually uses his voice and visibility to draw attention to the world’s most vulnerable children. In December 2016, the soccer superstar sent a heartfelt video message of hope to Syrian children living under siege in Aleppo. Ronaldo’s post and donation comes as Save the Children today released a new report, “The War on Children”, which finds 1 in 6 children – at least 357 million globally – now live in areas affected by conflict.To support Save the Children’s Rohingya response, visit: www.savethechildren.org/Cristiano.
Constructing a large outdoor camera has given Brock Visual Arts students a freeze frame of photography techniques of the past.As part of the Walker Cultural Leader Series, 40 students from Prof. Amy Friend’s Camera and Darkroom Process Photography course and Candace Bodanski’s Baroque Art and Architecture course worked to build a three metre by three metre camera obscura in front of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. CatharinesThe camera obscura gave students an opportunity to experience an early form of photograph making.“Their interactions with the structure coerced new methodologies and much trial and error to achieve a successful photograph,” Friend says.After working with New York artist Liz Sales and Friend to build the camera, the students used it for about a month to produce photographs.The result is a new exhibit at the downtown Brock opening Thursday, Nov. 24.The term camera obscura was coined in the early 17th century and means “a darkened room.” The device works on similar principles to a pinhole camera. A dark room or tent with a small hole in one side allows light to pass into the darkened space and create an image of an object. This image can be captured on photographic paper or by drawing.Making the structure light-tight was a challenge, requiring students to hand stitch the black-out material directly onto the structure so wind couldn’t lift the fabric and allow light to leak in and interfere with the exposure of the silver gelatin paper during production.Friend said that she witnessed some hesitancy with the new structure at first, as it disrupts modern understanding of what a photographic capture is.“As a practitioner,” she said, “I love that reaching into the vaults of history reveals new ways of seeing and thinking. Students pushed their experiments with impressive results.”Other Brock Visual Arts classes also interacted with the camera obscura while two high school classes visited the project and attended a workshop with Sales and Friend in which they engaged with the camera and darkroom facilities to produce photographs.In Light and Darkness: A Camera Obscura Project with Artist Liz Sales and Brock Visual Arts Students runs until Dec. 9 in the MIWSFPA Art Gallery, and also features work from Sales’ own camera obscura series The Weather Inside. An opening reception and artist talk by Sales will be held Thursday, Nov. 24 from 6-7 p.m. in MW151 at the downtown campus.
Robert Friedland, Executive Chairman of Ivanhoe Mines, and Lars-Eric Johansson, Chief Executive Officer, today announced the positive findings of an independent, pre-feasibility study (PFS) for the planned redevelopment of the company’s historic, high-grade, Kipushi zinc-copper-silver-germanium mine.The study anticipates annual production of an average of 381,000 t of zinc concentrate over an 11-year initial mine life at a total cash cost of approximately US$0.48 per pound of zinc. The PFS focuses on the initial mining of Kipushi’s Big Zinc Zone, which has an estimated 10.2 Mt of Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources grading 34.9% zinc. The planned return to production would establish Kipushi as the world’s highest-grade major zinc mine. Its exceptional zinc grade is more than twice as high as the Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources of the world’s next-highest-grade zinc project, according to Wood Mackenzie, a leading, international industry research and consulting group. Wood Mackenzie compared the Kipushi Project’s life-of-mine average annual zinc production and zinc head grade of 225,000 t and 32%, respectively, against production and zinc head grade forecasts for 2020.Given the significant, very-high-grade zinc resource at Kipushi, which is rich in potential by-product credits including copper, silver and germanium and the ongoing exploration campaign at Kipushi, Ivanhoe and the Gécamines technical team are continuing to investigate additional downstream processing options.“The pre-feasibility study is the latest validation that Kipushi has the resources to become one of the world’s largest and lowest-cost zinc producers, plus the potential to also produce significant quantities of copper, silver and germanium,” said Friedland. “Discussions are continuing with potential strategic partners and lenders to support our continuing advance toward a new era of production at Kipushi. We’ve made significant progress in upgrading the mine’s underground infrastructure and now we have a much clearer path to a resumption of production from this incredibly rich orebody.”Johansson said that a definitive feasibility study, to further refine and optimise the project’s economics, is underway and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018. “Since acquiring our 68% interest in the Kipushi Project in 2011, our team has worked closely with our partner, Gécamines, to move the project forward,” he added. “During that time, we’ve seen zinc prices rally from less than US$1.00 per pound to well over US$1.40. We’re confident that the long-term supply and demand fundamentals should support a strong zinc price for a long time to come.”The Kipushi Project is operated by Kipushi Corporation (KICO),a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines (68%) and Gécamines (32%), the DRC’s state-owned mining company. Highlights of the PFS, based on a long-term zinc price of US$1.10/lb, include:After-tax net present value (NPV) at an 8% real discount rate of US$683 million.After-tax real internal rate of return (IRR) of 35.3%.After-tax project payback period of 2.2 years.Pre-production capital costs, including contingency, estimated at US$337 million.Existing surface and underground infrastructure allows for significantly lower capital costs than comparable greenfield development projects.Life-of-mine average planned zinc concentrate production of 381,000 dry tonnes per annum, with a concentrate grade of 59% zinc, is expected to rank Kipushi, once in production, among the world’s largest zinc mines.Life-of-mine average cash cost of US$0.48/lb of zinc is expected to rank Kipushi, once in production, in the bottom quartile of the cash cost curve for zinc producers globally.
The man accused of mowing down pedestrians in Melbourne’s CBD now faces a murder charge following the death of 83-year-old Antonios Crocaris on Friday 29 December. Mr Crocaris had been in hospital since 21 December, when he was hit by a car, allegedly driven by Saeed Noori, a 32-year-old Afghan refugee and Australian citizen with a history of drug and mental health problems, who is accused of deliberately driving towards pedestrians on on the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth streets. “Our father Anton had his life cruelly taken away in a senseless act of violence,” the family said in a statement, in which they thanked the people of Melbourne, the first responders who treated Mr Crocaris and others, and the staff of The Alfred Hospital Intensive Care Unit and appealed for privacy. “These circumstances are devastating to our family. Dad is simply irreplaceable and we will never fully recover from this loss. He was a beloved husband of Elizabeth, adored father of Freda, Tony and Bill, and cherished grandfather of Verity, Lysander and Jackson.”Mr Crocaris is the first fatality from the December 21 attack. “This is such a shocking, tragic, needless loss of life,” Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said to the pres. According to the Police, the 32 old man was driving a relative’s white Suzuki Grand Vitara at 4.47pm on 21 December when he pulled out of traffic on Flinders Street, drove down the tram tracks, and careened through the Elizabeth Street intersection, striking 18 pedestrians. After his arrest, he had been charged with 18 counts of attempted murder and one count of conduct endangering life but now one of the charges is upgraded to murder. He appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court behind security glass, his lawyer arguing that he may be suffering from psychiatric issues or have an undiagnosed illness. He remains in custody and is expected to appear again at Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on 30 May, where he will face murder charges. Four other victims still remaining in hospital, one of whom – a South Korean in his 60s – is in a critical condition. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 22, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis is expected to be the special guest at ‘A Taste of Port Lucaya’ on Friday, September 22, announced Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, during a press briefing on Thursday. While on island for his monthly visit, the Prime Minister will attend the cultural event.‘A Taste of Port Lucaya’ is an initiative of the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Tourism, the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, BTC and the Grand Bahama Port Authority, and was created to boost economic activity in the Port Lucaya area. It was “borne out of the need for the community to come together and to support those businesses in the Port Lucaya Marketplace.”Minister Thompson encouraged residents and visitors to all take part in the event on Friday. Since its inception, at the beginning of August, the event has been supported however, there were concerns of lack of activity during the day.He noted, that a number of cruise ships have decided they will take port in Grand Bahama in the aftermath of recent Hurricane Irma. This stop started today, when Enchantment of the Seas arrived in Freeport Harbour, with another scheduled stop for September 28. The Majesty of the Seas will also come to Grand Bahama on September 30. Minister Thompson said as a result of these stops, A Taste of Port Lucaya has been extended to also be held for a few hours during the day. Plans are also being made so the activity will also be held in the downtown area.People were once again encouraged to participate in A Taste of Port Lucaya on Friday night as not only will be the MC be Will Stubbs , but included in the entertainment line-up will be the Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band. Tabernacle Christian Academy will also perform and the evening will close with a Junkanoo Rush Out.By: Robyn Adderley (BIS)Photo Captions:PM TO VISIT ‘A TASTE OF PORT LUCAYA’ – Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, should be a special guest at ‘A Taste of Port Lucaya’ on Friday, September 22. Announcing this on Thursday was Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson. Shown following the press conference are, l-r: Harcourt Brown, Senior Undersecretary, Office of the Prime Minister; Lady Naomi Wallace-Whitfield, Office Manager, Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama; Raquel Beneby-Hart, Assistant to Minister Thompson; Sheena Miller, Marketing Manager, Port Lucaya Marketplace; Ivan L. Moss, Director, Port Lucaya Marketplace; DeCarlo Mackey, Burns House Ltd.; and Minister Thompson. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)A TASTE OF PORT LUCAYA – ‘A Taste of Port Lucaya’ has extended its hours by being held for a few hours during the day.(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
The cause of the Halibut Cove outage was due to a tree on the power line which dislodged the pole due to the continued flooding in the area. HEA crews were not able to access this area via helicopter on Sunday due to the complicated terrain. Restoration updates will be posted on HEA’s Facebook page as current information becomes available. Operation crews are in the process of gathering equipment, and began working to restore power in small sections at a time. At 3:48pm, last night, HEA updated the status on the outage saying it will continue through tonight (Monday) and possibly into tomorrow, Tuesday, July 10. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享135 members in the Halibut Cove area have been without power since Sunday, July 8, according to Homer Electric Association.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, October 19, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 62. Southwest wind 5 to 13 mph.In The Community: It’s become a Wilmington Halloween season tradition. Haunted Woods is back for its fifth year. Haunted Woods features nine scary attractions on the grounds of the Harnden Tavern (430 Salem Street, Wilmington). Attractions include a 3D Glow/Clown Room; Abandoned Classroom; “Black Out” Room with maze in the dark; Bloody Butcher Shop; Cemetery/Junkyard; Crazy Scientists’ Lab; a Farmer’s Worst Nightmare; Funeral Home; and Insane Asylum.The event runs from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on Friday, October 19; Saturday, October 20; Friday, October 26; and Saturday, October 27.Tickets cost $7 for students and $10 for adults. Parking is free and located behind the Harnden Tavern, off of Woburn Street. Proceeds from the haunt will benefit the Wilmington Town Museum at the Harnden Tavern for the upkeep of the historical property. Learn more about Haunted Woods from its website. Follow it on Facebook and Twitter. Have a question about the event? Contact Stephen at 978-933-1066 or email@example.com.In The Community: Join Lyndell’s Bakery (720 Broadway, Ball Square) this weekend — Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21 — for its 6th Annual Sean Collier Memorial Fundraiser Weekend. The event raises funds for the Somerville Auxiliary Police’s Sean Collier Memorial Scholarship, which helps Somerville High School seniors pursuing a career in law enforcement.$1 from every sale of the bakery’s custom half moon with Sean’s Somerville PD badge #310 on it will be donated to the Scholarship Fund. The bakery will also have raffles for customers to take a chance on, including sports memorabilia. All raffle proceeds will also be donated to the Scholarship Fund. Free coffee will be served. The Bakery raised more than $35,000 from its five previous Sean Collier Memorial Fundraiser Weekends.In The Community: The Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a conference on strengthening marriage and family (“A Grace Filled Marriage”) on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm on Friday, followed by a session at 6:30pm. The Saturday session will begin at 9am. The conference, featuring Stephanie Christensen & Erik Christensen, is free of charge is you sign up in advance. Childcare provided at all sessions. Have a question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.At The Library: Needleworkers at 10am. 3D Design & Printing at 3:45pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Doris Craft at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting Karaoke from Winnell Entertainment at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 26, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 20, 2017In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 20, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
Eluru: Terming Union Budget as pro-rich and anti-poor, the CPM burnt the effigy of the Union government here on Saturday. The party leaders alleged that injustice was meted out injustice to the state again. While the budget was pouring sops on rich, it was burdening the poor further. The Union government was giving Rs 5 lakh crore concessions to corporate and elite sections in the country and increasing prices of petroleum products which in turn became burden for the poor. The centre ignored the promises made in the state bifurcation act, special category status besides non-allocation of funds for Polavaram project and backward districts. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us The leaders criticised that the labour laws have been converted convenient for the managements giving a raw deal to the working class. The budget also failed to address agriculture sector problems. Meanwhile in Dwaraka Tirumala, farmers under the auspices of AP Rythu Sangham took out a rally protesting the budget. The sangham state president, Y Kesavarao alleged that there was no allocation for Polavaram project and no sufficient funds were allocated to farming sector. The protesters raised slogans against the Union government.
Iraqi forces, supported by members of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation units), advance in the western desert in the northern Iraqi region of al-Hadar, 105 kilometers south of Mosul, on 23 November, 2017, as they attempt to flush out remaining Islamic State (IS) group fighters in the Al-Jazeera region straddling Salaheddin, Nineveh and Anbar provinces. Photo: AFPIraqi forces launched a sweep through the western desert to flush out remaining Islamic State group fighters on Thursday, an operation the prime minister has said will spell the jihadists’ “final defeat” in the country.The arid, sparsely populated wastelands between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are the last refuge of the jihadists in Iraq after troops and paramilitaries ousted them from all urban areas.”The Iraqi army, the federal police and the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation paramilitary units) this morning began clearing the Al-Jazeera region straddling Salaheddin, Nineveh and Anbar provinces,” the head of Joint Operations Command, General Abdelamir Yarallah, said in a statement.The Hashed al-Shaabi released live footage from Siniyah in Saleheddin province of bulldozers clearing an earthen barrier to allow heavy armour to advance into the desert.The tanks bore both the Iraq national flag and that of the paramilitary force, which is made up largely of Shiite militias — a black standard bearing the name of Imam Hussein, one of the faith’s most revered figures.Long lines of pick-up trucks waited to follow.By the afternoon the Hashed said its forces had already taken control of 56 villages and hamlets to reach the area around Lake Tharthar, capturing three strategic bridges and destroying eight car bombs and pick-up trucks along the way.The Al-Jazeera region is where IS fighters escaped to when Iraqi forces recaptured the last towns they still held in a successful drive up the Euphrates Valley to the Syrian border earlier this month.That offensive culminated in the lightning recapture of the town of Rawa last Friday and saw Iraqi forces meet up with Syrian forces at the border.”This operation is aimed at clearing the desert of the pockets where the jihadists took refuge when the towns that they had held were recently liberated,” a senior officer in Anbar province told AFP.- ‘Final defeat’ -The region’s dry valleys, oases and steppes make up around four percent of national territory, Hisham al-Hashemi, an Iraqi expert on IS, told AFP last week.It has been known as a hotbed of jihadist insurgency and smuggling since the US-led invasion of Iraq ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003, long before the arrival of IS in 2014.”There are some desert areas which Iraqi government forces have not entered since 2003 and the operation is aimed at securing these areas 100 percent,” security analyst Said al-Jayyashi told AFP.”Once the clearance operations have been completed right up to the Iraq-Syria border, forces will redeploy and fortify the frontier,” he said.Iraq’s close ally Iran has already declared victory over IS but Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that he would not follow suit until the desert had been cleared of remaining jihadists.”After the operation has ended, we will announce the final defeat of Daesh in Iraq,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.It is a massive turnaround for the jihadist group that in 2014 ruled over seven million people in a territory as large as Italy encompassing large parts of Syria and nearly a third of Iraq.On the Syrian side of the border, IS is under massive pressure too.In the border region, pro-government forces and US-backed Kurdish-led fighters are conducting separate operations to clear IS fighters from the countryside north of the Euphrates valley after ousting them from all Syrian towns.Elsewhere, IS retains a presence in the Yarmuk refugee camp and the Hajar Aswad district just south of the capital Damascus, where the group is battling other jihadists and pro-government forces.In the central province of Homs, it is being squeezed by troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and their Russian backers as it struggles to maintain a grip on a few small areas.To the south, in Daraa province on the border with Jordan, an affiliated group called Jaish Khaled Bin Walid is mainly battling other rebel groups.
LA Johnson/NPRCollege in the US.If you’re like most Americans, you don’t have a 529 college savings plan.If you’re like most Americans, you don’t even know what it is.All the more reason to keep reading.That’s because, with the new tax law, Republicans have made important changes to 529 plans that will affect millions of taxpayers, not just the ones saving for college. Before that news, though, a quick primer.A 529 plan lets families save money for college. Think of it as a love child, born in the mid ’90s to your federal and state governments. And they named it, in a flash of creativity, after its relevant section in the Internal Revenue Code.States generally manage the plans, while the Feds let the money grow long-term, tax-free. Thirty-three states also try to encourage savers with a little short-term reward (or not so little, in some cases): When families in those states make a contribution, they get a deduction or credit on their state income taxes, too.“That lets people know, ‘Look, this is a tax advantage that you can unwrap for yourself right now and be a gateway to additional tax advantages later on,’ ” says Troy Montigney, who oversees Indiana’s 529 program. His state offers families a $1,000 tax credit for contributions.But that credit means less tax revenue coming in. It’s a trade-off for states; they figure it’s worth the lost revenue if a tax break gets more people saving for college.Now, it’s these state-based tax breaks that are driving real concern among state leaders about Washington’s recent tax overhaul.What has changedAfter Congress’ rewrite of the tax code, parents can now use 529 plans to cover tuition not only at colleges and universities, but also at private elementary and high schools. That’s a big, sudden expansion, and it has some experts worried.“This change allows private school families to put their money through 529 accounts and avoid state income taxes,” says Nat Malkus, who studies education policy at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank. “It is a mess, no matter how you slice it. It’s a change from the federal level that puts a number of states in a pretty tough position moving forward.”That’s because, Malkus says, if this move entices lots of new families to sign up and many current families to contribute more, then states could end up losing a lot more money to tax breaks.“I think it would immediately create an unintended hit to the state’s budget,” agrees Greg Berck of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. “States plan ahead, sometimes multiple years ahead, and New York state will be required to provide a state tax deduction [to parents of students in K-12 private schools] unless the legislature acts to amend our state law.”NPR spoke with representatives from half-a-dozen states that offer a tax credit or deduction for 529 contributions. While some were more worried than others about the potential budgetary hit, all expressed frustration that the expansion came top-down from Washington, giving them no time to plan or budget for it.“This will have a huge impact on state-run 529 plans. And for states that offer a tax deduction, a major impact on state tax receipts,” says Michael Frerichs, who is Illinois’ state treasurer.Frerichs says 529s were built on the idea of patience — of parents slowly saving for college — and that using them to pay for kindergarten is a significant change.“If [families are] putting money in one month and taking it out the next, they don’t really have that advantage of long-term investing,” Frerichs says. “And it’s really just using them to get around state taxes.”To get around state taxes. That raises a natural question…Whom does this help?Most Americans send their kids to public schools. And there’s little concern that this change will drive many of them into private schools, since using a 529 to save for the early grades just doesn’t make a lot of sense. For early grades, the funds simply don’t have enough time to grow — except for high-income savers who can afford to set aside a lot of money from the get-go.The real benefit, according to the state experts and independent economists NPR interviewed for this story, is for affluent families — many of whom already have kids in private K-12 schools. They can now use their old 529, or open a new one, to help pay that tuition, all while getting a nice state tax break.Troy Montigney of Indiana says he’s hearing from a lot of curious parents.“We’re already fielding — I’ll just be honest — a tremendous amount of calls on a daily basis,” Montigney says. “About, ‘Can I, you know, take a withdrawal right now to pay for a K-12 tuition expense?’ “The challenge for state 529 managers, treasurers and lawmakers is they’ve had just days to come up with answers. And it’s difficult to know how much this expansion of 529s’ uses will actually expand the pool of people who use them.Nat Malkus, at AEI, believes states will take a financial hit and will have to make some tough choices.“They’re either going to have to accept a loss in their income tax base or do something unpopular to repair the hole,” Malkus says.Lots of states, from Colorado to South Carolina, Michigan to Mississippi, could end up feeling the pinch. One of the few states that won’t, though, is Texas, where the idea began with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.Texas doesn’t give families an extra break on their income taxes when they contribute to a 529 because Texas doesn’t have an income tax.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
US researchers have discovered a mechanism for how androgens – male sex steroids – sculpt brain development, which could ultimately help understand development of social behavioural differences between males and females. The team, from the University of Maryland in the US, discovered a mechanism for how androgens sculpt the brains of male rats to produce behavioural differences, such as more aggression and rougher play behaviour. “We already knew that the brains of males and females are different and that testosterone produced during the second trimester in humans and late gestation in rodents contributes to the differences but we did not know how testosterone has these effects,” said Margaret M McCarthy from the varsity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStudy revealed that number of newborn cells in the part of brain called the amygdala, which controls emotions and social behaviours acts as a key contributor to the differences in behaviour. Males have fewer of these newborn cells. Female rats were, however, found to be unaffected. “These discoveries into brain development are critical as we work to tackle brain disorders as early in life as possible,” said E Albert Reece, Professor at the varsity’s School of Medicine.