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“READERS FORUM” FOR JANUARY 21, 2018

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?We hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke “…honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”Issue For Discussion: Do you think the government shutdown will have any effect on us locally? Todays “Readers Poll” question is: If the election was held today for the U. S. Senate in the Republican primary who would you vote for?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Following the missteps of giants

first_imgIn the early 1950s, famed chemist Linus Pauling announced that he had won the race to figure out the structure of DNA. It is a triple-helix, Pauling said, arranged with the DNA bases sticking out of the molecule.Soon after, James Watson and Francis Crick begged to differ, proposing a double-stranded molecule with the bases on the inside, linking the strands and forming a twisted-ladder structure.If one had been gambling on who would be first to determine DNA’s structure, Pauling would have been a pretty safe bet. In 1951, he had correctly determined the structure of proteins, a feat that would win him the 1954 Nobel Prize in chemistry. He would go on to win the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize, for his anti-nuclear work, making him the only person to win two Nobel Prizes without sharing either award. Today, he is widely considered one of the greatest scientists in history.But in regard to DNA, Pauling wasn’t even close. The triple-stranded structure ignored his own observation from 1948 that DNA was likely made up of two, not three, complementary parts. It also ignored basic rules of chemistry. Putting the bases on the outside meant that the negatively charged phosphates of DNA would be packed together on the inside and, since similar charges repel each other, would result in the molecule breaking apart.Pauling knew that his model had flaws, but he pushed ahead anyway, certain that the details would work themselves out with further exploration. Instead, his proposed triple-helix structure for DNA was front and center among the “brilliant blunders” dissected by several prominent scientists Wednesday at the Barker Center.Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center, the event featured Mario Livio, a senior astrophysicist for the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute and author of several popular science books. His latest is “Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein, Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe.” Among the blunderers are Fred Hoyle and Lord Kelvin.Livio chose Pauling’s as an example of the mistakes he highlights in the book, before taking questions from a panel of faculty members, including Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science Lisa Randall, Clowes Professor of Science Robert Kirshner, Aramont Professor of the History of Science Janet Browne, and Anna Henchman, an assistant professor of English at Boston University who has written about 19th-century astronomy and its impact on Victorian-era literature. The event was moderated by Homi Bhabha, director of the Mahindra Center and the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, and introduced by Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value Elaine Scarry.The errors, Livio said, show that even some of history’s most brilliant figures were still human. Even so, Livio made a distinction between “brilliant blunders” — which extend from a pattern of outside-the-box thinking and sometimes lead to further discoveries even when they’re wrong — and sloppy or careless errors.He meant the book to showcase what he sees as a central truth about science, one that is often lost in the celebration of discovery: that every scientist will go up blind alleys and be forced to start over, because scientific progress itself builds on both successes and failures.“Science is presented as a pure success story, as if it is a direct march to the truth,” Livio said. “Nothing can be further from the truth.”Pauling’s highly competitive nature worked against him, Livio said, because he knew that other talented scientists were working on DNA’s structure. He spent 13 years working out and confirming the structure of protein but only a month on DNA, putting too much trust in his intuition. He also held to the philosophy that even an incomplete or imperfect idea creates value by sparking discussion and advancing work by others.In that case, Randall said, Pauling was not necessarily wrong, as it is common for researchers to publish findings that are then confirmed and built upon or proved erroneous. That is one way that the scientific community functions, she said.Livio’s “blunders” may be considered “brilliant” because they’re confined to theory, Kirshner said. In experimentation, by contrast, mistakes are frowned upon and not often described in the same manner. Randall added, however, that experiments include “uncertainty” measurements, and something otherwise considered a mistake may, if uncertainty is calculated correctly, be within the parameters for a correct answer.The conversation turned to the nature of beauty in the universe. Different panelists had different ideas, but Livio pointed to a single image from the Hubble Space Telescope, which itself endured a mistake-filled childhood — the defective mirror it was launched with had to be repaired by spacewalking astronauts from the space shuttle. The image, which filled the screen in the Barker Center’s Thompson Room, was an ultra-deep field view from Hubble, showing thousands of points of light, each a galaxy containing billions of planets, and showing, Livio said, just how vast the universe is.last_img read more

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Distribution disruption hurts thousands of NTT fishermen

first_imgFishermen in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) have suffered a major decline in their income not only because of smaller fish catches but also as a result of a fall in prices because of distribution disruption caused by emergency measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, a survey says.According to a survey conducted by local NGO Perkumpulan Pikul, the revenue losses could amount to Rp 2 trillion (US$133.8 million) in 2020.The survey also found that the decline in fish production and the fall in prices have severely affected the livelihoods of about 66,525 fishing households comprising 226,526 people. “These figures are related to the COVID-19 impact on fishermen and small-scale fisheries in mid-April,” the organization’s program manager Andry Ratumakin told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.He said fish production in the province had declined sharply in recent months because of rough seas that hampered fishing activities. Andry estimated that fish production would decline by 50 percent this year to 78,845 tons from about 157,691 tons in the previous year.Despite the fall in production, the province will still enjoy a surplus, because the fish consumption of the province’s 5.4 million population is expected only to reach 12,860 tons a year, he said.“NTT still has a surplus of 65,985 tons of fish. The problem is how we distribute it amid the movement restrictions for COVID-19,” Andry said, adding that the distribution problem had caused a fall in fish prices by between 50 and 75 percent. To maintain the people’s purchasing power and provide them with high-protein foods, the NGO urged the government to provide relief funds for local fishermen affected by the distribution disruption.The organization also urged the government to help bridge fish producers with buyers by re-opening the access to market with sufficient health protocols, while also instructing civil servants to purchase fishery products.“The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry could also purchase fishery products and distribute them to the people and purchase other products made by local producers to keep the rural area’s economic engine running,” Andry said.To cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on low-income families, the NTT provincial administration has allocated Rp 957 billion from the central government’s village fund program, the province’s development planning and research agency head Lecky Koli said.“Out of the Rp 3 trillion village funds allocated to our province, we took Rp 957 billion to help low-income citizens affected by COVID-19,” he said.The funds will be given to low-income families who have not received other social security programs such as the Family Hope Program and noncash staple aid, Lecky added.“We are aiming to provide income for poor people who haven’t been registered, who have lost their job because of COVID-19, and those who are terminally ill,” he said, adding that the recipients would receive Rp 600,000 in cash for three consecutive months. (mpr)Topics :last_img read more

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Clippers new kings of the mountain in L.A. sports landscape

first_imgMeanwhile, the new Clippers coach is exceptionally ready to box out the Lakers on center stage to create more room for his club.These might seem small illustrations of the changing times on the Los Angeles hoops scene, but they represent significant landmarks in the evolution of the Lakers and Clippers.When has Kobe Bryant not been ready?And when have the Clippers ever been so secure in their own skin they’d rather attention be directed at them than the Lakers?The answer is right now.And from that jumping-off point, the Lakers and Clippers fade into two very different opening scenes this week.For the Lakers it’s about uncertainty and insecurity, the state of Bryant’s Achilles one of many questions facing a team for which the draft lottery isn’t out of the question. A coaching change wouldn’t be a shock as the end of an era looms ominously close.Can Mike D’Antoni survive this transition period or at least get his players to buy into his scheme deeply enough to give it a chance to succeed?Is Pau Gasol assured any life with the Lakers beyond this season, and will his partnership with new big man Chris Kaman create the sort of chemistry that eluded him with Dwight Howard last season?Can the late-model BMW that is Steve Nash steer clear of the garage long enough to impact D’Antoni’s offense?Are the young legs and shooting abilities of Nick Young, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry sufficient enough to push the up-tempo style of play?And finally, while there is confidence Bryant is closing in on a return date from the Achilles’ tendon injury he suffered last April, what level of Bryant will the Lakers welcome back?Close to the same player who nearly single-handedly lifted them into the playoffs last year, or a significantly diminished one?Taken individually, there are strong cases to be made each question can fall in the favor of the Lakers.But collectively, it’s hard to imagine every one of them going their way.And with their margin of error so incredibly thin in a stacked Western Conference, it’s almost impossible to imagine them securing enough wins to avoid the lottery with anything less than 100 percent positive outcomes on their various questions.For a franchise so accustomed to certainty, that is too many if’s for my taste.In stark contrast the Clippers are poised to take bold step forward, the coup of bringing in Rivers as their coach potentially the last piece in a championship puzzle.A coach as skillful and respected as Rivers could have written his ticket any number of places. That he chose the Clippers is a telling sign of their emergence as an elite NBA team.And really, what is not to like?Chris Paul, an MVP candidate point guard, is locked up through 2018 and seems enamored with what Rivers is preaching.Blake Griffin always seemed skeptical of what former coach Vinny Del Negro asked of him, but Rivers is on another level and it’s hard to imagine Griffin not buying in. If so, and if he sincerely works to develop a mid-range, face-to-the-basket jumper, he’ll become a multi-faceted offensive threat rather than the one-dimensional player he’s been.The ripple effect is he will meld better with Paul in the running game and in the half court and that will make the duo more dangerous. Especially in the playoffs, when tempo slows down and late-game execution is so critical.The same goes for center DeAndre Jordan, who would be wise to buy into Rivers’ insistence on becoming a premier low-post defender and rebounder.Rivers has the cache to not only make these demands of Griffin and Jordan but also the savvy to present it to them in a way that makes it sensible for them to embrace it.Around them, Jared Dudley, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Darren Collison, Willie Green and Ryan Hollins form a dependable, versatile supporting cast.All the pieces are in place. So is the right coach.The Clippers are poised to take that next step.Meanwhile, the Lakers just face uncertainty.It’s a different time in Los Angeles, for [email protected] @DailyNewsVinny on Twitter While Kobe Bryant talked about scaling back this week, Doc Rivers was talking about covering up.The apprehension of pushing his surgically repaired Achilles tendon too far too soon motivated Bryant into being more patient with his comeback.For Rivers, sitting on top of a young, deep, talented Clippers team inspired him to insure Staples Center reflected loyalty to his team and his team only — at least on game days.Reaching higher than Dikembe Mutombo ever dreamed possible, Rivers swatted away all those Lakers championship banners and retired numbers hanging proudly at Staples Center. From now on, they’ll be covered up by murals of Clippers players during Clippers home games.#Hashtag: #MajorSwaggerFor Bryant it was about uncertainty.For Rivers it was about confidence.The Lakers’ star isn’t yet ready put the weight of an entire franchise back on his left leg.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Brand South Africa joins call to oppose gender based-violence

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 09 August 2018 –  Today, South Africa commemorates the 1956 Women’s March under the theme “100 Years of Albertina Sisulu, Woman of Fortitude: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward” – in celebration of Women’s Day.This  year’s Women’s Month  was ushered in by thousands of  gender activists, members of the LGBTIQ+ community and women across the country, who took to the streets on  August 1st, in a march to raise awareness against gender-based violence under the banner #TheTotalShutDown.This  Women’s Day  takes place against a backdrop of a rising spate of violence and abuse against women.  Despite progressive laws and policies designed to address these unacceptable levels of gender-based violence – it has not yet translated into action on the ground. Government has called on all sectors of society to oppose any form of violence committed against women and children, and immediately report all cases to the police, in order to bring perpetrators to justice.Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret said: “Violence against women is a shameful reality throughout the South African society. It is rooted in gender inequalities, and it still far too often goes unnoticed and unchallenged.“The fight for the removal of violence against women in our society is a fight that each and every one of us must take part in. It is our duty to stand up for women by raising awareness to this injustice. We call on South Africans to be brave – stand up, and speak out against gender based violence.”According to United Nations Women – despite some progress, the numbers remain startling and the stories painful: more than one in three women worldwide have experienced physical violence; one in 10 girls have experienced forced intercourse or other sexual acts; and while at least 140 countries criminalize domestic violence, these laws are often not enforced.It is also estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives. However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetimeIn South Africa – it has been reported that femicide is on the rise, with Statistics South Africa reporting that the murder rate for women increased drastically by 117% between 2015 and 2016/17.According to Stats SA’s Crime against Women in South Africa report, released in June this year, the number of women who experienced sexual offences also jumped from 31 665 in 2015/16 to 70 813 in 2016/17, which is an increase of 53%. These are extreme increases in less than 2 years.“According to the Bill of Rights, as enshrined in the South African Constitution, every citizen has the inalienable right to life, equality, human dignity and privacy. And yet, gender-based violence persists in our society. Through our collective efforts we can create greater awareness; reduce the number of sexual offences and attacks on women and children,” added Magapatona-Sangaret.So extensive is the scale of the epidemic of violence in South Africa, that in 2014, KPMG’sToo costly to ignore: the economic impact of gender-based violence in SA – estimated that it costs the country over R28 billion per annum, amounting to 1% of the GDP.“This year, as we commemorate the 100 Years of struggle icon Mama Albertina Sisulu, and the many women leaders of her generation, who sacrificed their lives in the struggle for freedom, let us be reminded that the right to live free from violence is a basic human right. We can and must do more to prevent violence against women, support survivors of abuse and bring perpetrators to justice,” says Magapatona-Sangaret.To support victims of gender-based violence and those affected to seek help by reporting any form of violence to the toll-free number 0800 428 428.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:[email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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How Mind-Controlled Games Work – And Why It’s Way, Way Bigger Than That

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#CES 2013#games#science The Muse booth was never short on fascinated onlookers, and I was happy to get my chance. Once inside, I was rigged up with a Muse headband, which wrapped comfortably around my forehead and tucked behind my ears. It required a bit of fidgeting, the Muse didn’t like my hair getting in the way of its conductance or my freakishly small ears, but then we were off and running. Seated in a low-slung chair, I was handed an iPhone running the headset’s companion app and instructed to watch the TV screen in front of me.Moving The Heavens And The EarthIn the first exercise, a sun and a moon appeared on opposite sides of the screen. My job was to merge them. And with no controller to speak of, that meant getting my brain to cooperate – easier said than done. The faster I could concentrate and arrive at an attentive, beta wave-rich state, the faster the sun and moon would overlap. I tried a few quick tricks to rein in my thoughts with little luck, like repeating a line from a poem I’d just read in my head over and over. The sun and moon didn’t budge, so I started counting every time one of the animated wavy lines between the two orbs hit a precise spot on the screen. The heavens moved, literally – seconds later, the sun and moon had overlapped into a virtual eclipse. In another game, my brainwaves powered an auditory feedback system. When I was chilled out, the beat slowed to a pleasant, peaceful set of sounds. If I let my attention wander – to the cameraman pointing his lens at me from just outside the dome, for instance – a thudding drumbeat galloped into my ears. This exercise encouraged breath control, a major focus in the mindfulness and meditation practices that clearly influenced the Muse’s creators.Muse prototype on displayIt’s Not A Game – It’s Data VisualizationThese tasks are games, in a way, but more so they’re exercises. Rather than controlling the sun and moon or the drum beat with your thoughts, you’re actually controlling your thoughts themselves, which are in turn interpreted with the Muse’s sensory flourishes. The game is just a clever way to show you what your brain’s alpha and beta waves are up to, but it’s a fascinating representation of realtime bio-feedback – all streaming right out of your cortex over bluetooth. The most striking thing about wearing the Muse is watching as your subjective, internal mental experience – the kind of thing you just feel in the basement of your brain – as it’s interpreted and articulated visually. Having this kind of quantified feedback makes you truly feel like the master of your own mind – and that was just from my 20 minutes with the headset on.The Future Of The FutureSo what’s the point? Well, it isn’t just to move the sun and moon together. A device like the Muse is all about personal feedback and tracking. Attention, a traditionally hard-to-pin-down construct in the neuroscience community, is also infamously tough for most of us to wrestle into submission. Our minds stray and suddenly we’ve wasted 10 minutes, eyes glazed over, clicking Like on Facebook. The vast power of our own minds is leaking out through these kind of attentional holes that we can’t quite plug or quantify. And in the digital era, humans might be even worse at actually relaxing than we are at paying full attention to things – and we’re already pretty bad at that. Pathological multitaskers, we can hardly sit still and direct our mind toward the kind of cognitive breaks that research shows not only boost productivity, but increase crucial skills like memory retention.Consumer-oriented, EEG-powered monitors like the Muse aren’t just about gimmicky (but cool) tricks like flying helicopters with our thoughts. Think of the applications. Therapists and mental health practitioners can affordably measure their patients’ progress on quantifiable goals. Depression and anxiety, today’s most pervasive mental disorders, are scientifically proven to yield to treatment that focuses on breaking bad cognitive habits, so-called negative “automatic thoughts.”  And consumer devices have some distinct advantages, even for the medical community. “One thing is portability,” says Erica Dixon, member of American University’s Center for Behavioral Neuroscience lab. “Something that’s really cool about these things is that if you can get a laptop, a jump drive and a headband, you can take it anywhere. Think about Doctors Without Borders – if they can even do half of what a traditional medical device could do, that’s still really amazing.” In the workplace, imagine working in efficient bursts when you know your brain is focused rather than spreading your attention in a thin layer over a whole eight-hour shift. And that’s just the start. Later this year, when developers get their hands on the Muse’s open development kit and the little wonder headband becomes commercially available, we hope to see all sorts of cool apps and hacks spring up. Updating Your Brain’s FirmwareAccording to Apollo, the idea is that a device like the Muse will actually train us to make our brains more efficient when we’re not wearing the device – by literally reprogramming the brain. “We’re using the most scientifically validated brain training protocols. We’ve run in-house studies – in the last one, within eight weeks we had people’s brains change in structure and function. They’re seeing the world through different eyes.” When the brain is the limit, the possibilities are truly endless. Welcome to the data of you – this is your quantified self.Just put on your headband and look straight ahead. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market While major hardware makers are busy squabbling over “4K” vs “Ultra HD”, the future is quietly creeping in around the edges. A future with implications in the real world – big ones. Really big ones. Think using crowd-sourced mind control to change the color of Niagara Falls and the CN Tower big. Crowd-funded and completely hackable – by definition the exact opposite of gadgets that today’s bloated, out-of-touch companies crank out – projects like the Muse headband are about to crash into technology as we know it with meteoric force.Meet The Muse – And Your Brain WavesMost people laud the Muse, crafted by InteraXon, as a “mind-controlled” game. But that sells it short – and then some. The device is a stylish, sturdy headband that measures the patterns of electrical activity in the brain – electrical signals are divided into “bands” based on their frequency.  “This Muse headband has four clinical-grade EEG sensors,” says Michael Apollo, InteraXon’s Director of Applied Mind Science. “What they do is measure the electrical signal and the signature of your brain. With that we know that through interpreting those signals, we can determine certain states that you’re in. We can determine when you’re in a focused, attentive state – or when you’re not. Or when you’re in an actively engaged mind, for example analyzing or maybe overanalyzing… and also looking at it at your level of relaxation too.”Traditional EEG reading next to InteraXon’s data visualizationThe Muse measures two of the better-understood frequency tiers: alpha waves (8–12 Hz), associated with relaxation and restfulness, and beta waves (12–30 Hz), which correlate with alert or attentive mental states. “This sensor [monitors] the pre-frontal cortex and your occipital region,” says Apollo. According to InteraXon, “brains of people in relaxed states create gentle, slow-moving alpha waves, while those engaged in intense concentration generate quick, jagged beta waves.” The Muse and devices like it might seem like they’ve traveled here from the future, but EEG has actually been around as a scientific tool for studying brain activity in humans and animals for almost 100 years. Though simple, it remains clinically relevant for diagnosis of conditions like epilepsy and sleep disorders. But InteraXon wants to empower people to take the reins of these electrical peaks and troughs. In doing so, they can gently steer their brains through these quantifiable mental states, which for most are solely a subjective, qualitative experience – a feeling we have about ourselves.Mind-On With Mind ControlI happened across InteraXon’s booth when its inflated dome full of blissed-out looking show-goers caught my eye. A few minutes into chatting up Apollo, it was evident that the Muse is anything but pseudoscience. The Muse, available widely for consumers in mid-2013 for $175, is the marriage of electrical sensors in a wearable package with some clever data visualizations – the “game” – cooked up by InteraXon’s excitable interdisciplinary team. The games and exercises will be packaged into the Muse’s companion app, which was responsive and fun, in my time with the prototype. 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Video: Ex-Oregon Star Joe Young Throws Down Vicious Dunk In NBA Summer League

first_imgJoe Young dunking during the summer leagueJoe Young DunkJoe Young saw action in 41 games as a rookie for the Indiana Pacers last season, and the former Oregon star is playing with the franchise’s team in the Orlando Summer League this week. In a game today against the Orlando Magic, Young threw down a crazy one-handed dunk on a fast break before landing awkwardly. He was okay, and the dunk was phenomenal. Pacers 2015 2nd rounder Joe Young gets a nasty posterhttps://t.co/nbFf6W8onT— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 2, 2016If Young keeps doing that, he’ll push for more playing time on a revamped Pacers roster in 2016-17.last_img

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Trump wouldnt mind seeing NAFTA replaced

first_imgU.S. President Donald Trump says he wouldn’t mind seeing the North American Free Trade Agreement replaced by two separate, bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico.Trump told reporters of America’s neighbours: “these are two very different countries.”He said NAFTA has been “a very lousy deal” for the U.S. and added, “they’re our allies but they take advantage of us economically.”The U.S., Canada and Mexico have been holding talks to renegotiate the deal.Trump spoke to reporters after a lengthy meeting with a top aide to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to discuss an on-again nuclear summit later this month.Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, also said Friday that he remains optimistic about the outcome of negotiations with Canada, Europe and Mexico in spite of recent escalations. Trump this week announced a 25 per cent tariff on imported steel and a 10 per cent tariff on imported aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.Countries around the world are already fighting back, announcing retaliatory countermeasures and warning that the U.S. plan will hurt U.S. consumers.Canada retaliated for the tariffs Thursday with $16.6 billion worth of “countermeasures” that hit a range of products from flat-rolled steel to playing cards, while Mexico also plans tariffs on a variety of U.S. products, including flat steel.last_img read more

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Adulterated milk powder manufacturing racket busted

first_imgKolkata: The Enforcement Branch (EB) of Kolkata Police unearthed a racket that produced adulterated milk powder and arrested two persons in this connection from Rajakatra in Burrabazar on Wednesday morning.Police found several packets of a well-known milk powder producing company, which were being used for the packaging of the adulterated milk powder. According to the police, sleuths from the enforcement branch recently got a tip-off that there was a warehouse in the city where adulterated milk was being produced. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersWorking on the information, the sleuths found out that the warehouse was located on the Netaji Subhas Road in Rajakatra. To confirm the information, police kept strict vigil on the warehouse for a few days. When they had enough evidences that adulterated milk powder was being manufactured at the warehouse, they launch a raid on Wednesday morning. Two persons were caught mixing milk powder from two different packets of local companies. They were putting the adulterated milk powder into the packets of the well-known milk producing company. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSeeing the police, both of them tried to flee but they failed as several police personnel had surrounded the warehouse. The accused persons were identified as Sunil Tanti and Arup Bhaduri. They will remain in police custody till March 19. Police conducted a search and found 95 cartons filled with the adulterated milk powder and containers, cartons and jars of the well-known milk producing company. About 3,890 kg of adulterated milk powder was seized by the cops. During the interrogation, the arrested persons revealed that Dilip Saha was the owner of the warehouse and he had managed to give cops a slip. Sleuths are trying to nab him as soon as possible. A case has been lodged at the Burrabazar police station in this regard. Sleuths are also trying find out where the adulterated milk was supplied. The police are sure that more persons are connected with the racket and several shop owners also know about the illegal practice.last_img read more

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Syria repels Israeli air aggression in Aleppo

first_imgDamascus: Syria said Wednesday that Israel had attacked targets just north of the city of Aleppo and that its defences had shot down several missiles. “Army air defences repels an Israeli air aggression that targeted a number of industrial sites in Sheikh Najjar industrial zone, north-east of Aleppo, and downed a number of the hostile missiles,” the official SANA news agency said, citing an unnamed military source. A number of residents of Aleppo city told AFP that the attack led to a power cut in the whole city. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Israeli bombardment hit “ammunition stores belonging to Iranian forces and allied groups, and caused huge explosions.” If confirmed, this would be the first attack on Syrian territory since US President Donald Trump signed Monday a proclamation recognising Israel’s 1981 annexation of the strategic Golan Heights plateau which it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War. Earlier this year in January, Israel targeted a number of Iranian installations in the country, hours after intercepting a rocket fired from Syrian territory. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 21 people, mostly Iranians, were killed in those attacks. Israel insists that it has the right to continue to target positions in Syria held by Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah. In May 2018, Israeli strikes killed 27 pro-regime fighters including 11 Iranians in strikes on dozens of targets inside Syria.last_img read more

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