On Leadership and Decisions

first_imgIt isn’t always easy to lead. Leaders are called to do the tough job of making decisions.Leaders are required to make tough decisions. Most of the time you won’t have all of the information you need, and the information you do have won’t be perfect. You will be required to use your best judgment. Right or wrong, you will have to make the call.Leaders are required to make unpopular decisions. You will have to make decisions that other people oppose and with which they disagree. But your role as leader requires you to decide what is right, including the decisions where you can’t get a consensus agreement.Leaders decide on their own. You will take counsel from the people you trust, the people closest to the problem, and outside sources. Then you will make the decision because that is a leader’s charge.Leaders make mistakes. You live in a culture that loves to bring leaders down. Your mistakes will be broadcast louder and longer than your successes. You will be reminded that you are human and fallible. That will make you not unlike every other leader in history, not less than any other leader.Leaders make decisions based on values. There are some decisions that you will make that will be based on your values. When money is on the line, many people will expect you to decide to forego your values in the name of profit. They will question your judgment and your loyalty when you choose values over money. Your values will give strength against their criticism.Leaders are required to care for their people. You will make decisions to take care of your people. You will make decisions to help them when they need help, to give them time when they need more time, and to treat them as ends instead of means. You will be measured by how you treat the people you leave and how you have helped them improve.last_img read more

Magic Johnson, Larry Bird to get Lifetime Achievement Award

first_imgMOST READ Maria Sharapova out of French Open, citing right shoulder DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP FILE – In this Monday, April 6, 2009 file photo, former NBA players Earvin “Magic” Johnson, right, and Larry Bird share a laugh at a news conference before the championship game between Michigan State and North Carolina at the men’s NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament in Detroit. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, whose coast-to-coast rivalry in the 1980s propelled the NBA to a new level of popularity, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.The Hall of Famers and 1992 U.S. Olympic teammates will receive the award on June 24 at the NBA Awards, the league and Turner Sports announced Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)NEW YORK — Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, whose coast-to-coast rivalry in the 1980s propelled the NBA to a new level of popularity, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.The Hall of Famers and 1992 U.S. Olympic teammates will receive the award on June 24 at the NBA Awards, the league and Turner Sports announced Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The honor comes on the 40th anniversary of their meeting in the 1979 NCAA championship game, when Johnson’s Michigan State team beat Bird’s Indiana State squad. That is still the highest-rated game on television in college basketball history.The two would see plenty more of each other across the next decade after Johnson went to the Los Angeles Lakers and Bird to the Boston Celtics. The Lakers won five championships in the 1980s and the Celtics won three, and the interest they drew forged a friendship and helped the NBA move past its struggle for mainstream attention and set the stage for basketball to become one of the world’s most popular sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBoth players won three MVP awards, earned spots on the league’s list of 50 greatest players and were two-time Hall of Fame inductees, first as individuals and then with the Dream Team that captured the gold medal in Barcelona.Bird went on to serve as both coach and president of the Indiana Pacers and is the only person in NBA history to be voted MVP, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year. Johnson also held both roles with the Lakers, though not with the same level of success. He served a short stint as coach (1993-94) and recently stepped down as team president after two seasons. His larger achievements since his playing days have come in the business world as CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises.Bill Russell was the first Lifetime Achievement winner in 2017 and Oscar Robertson was honored last year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Mouser: STM32H7 MCUs with Arm PSA protection for connected devices

first_imgMouser Electronics is now stocking STM32H7 series microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics. The high-performing STM32H7 microcontrollers are designed with the same security concepts as the Arm Platform Security Architecture (PSA) framework and combine these principles with STM32-family enhanced security features and services to boost protection for connected smart devices.ST’s STM32H7 microcontrollers are based on a 32-bit Arm Cortex-M7 core with double-precision floating point unit, up to 2 Mbytes of flash, and 1 Mbyte of RAM. The microcontrollers integrate hardware-based security features including a True Random-Number Generator and advanced cryptographic processor, which will simplify protecting embedded applications and global Internet of Things systems against attacks.To enable secure firmware loading, security keys and software services on the microcontroller permit OEMs to provide manufacturing partners with already encrypted firmware, eliminating the possibility of intercepting, copying, or tampering with the code. This enables programming and authenticating the device to establish the root-of-trust mechanism needed for the device to be connected to the end-user’s network and remotely updated over the air to apply security patches or feature upgrades throughout the lifetime of the device.The devices offer improved performance through the Chrom-ART Accelerator for fast and efficient graphical user-interfaces, a hardware JPEG codec that allows high-speed image manipulation, highly efficient Direct Memory Access controllers, and the L1 cache allowing full-speed interaction with off-chip memory. Multiple power domains allow engineers to minimize the energy consumed by their applications, while plentiful inputs and outputs, communication interfaces, and audio and analog peripherals can address a wide range of entertainment, remote-monitoring, and control applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Lanner: rugged vehicle surveillance NVRNext Renesas: scalable digital controllers for cloud computing, communications, and industriallast_img read more

Satwik-Ashwini notch up stunning opening round win at China Open

first_imgSatwik-Ashwini notch up stunning opening round win at China OpenWorld No 26 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa showed grit as they recovered from a mid-game slump to outwit the sixth-seeded Indonesian pair 22-20 17-21 21-17.advertisement Next Press Trust of India ChangzouSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 11:53 IST Ashwini-Satwik entered the second round of China Open. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSatwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa stunned Indonesia’s world no 7 combination of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva OktaviantSatwik-Ashwini enter the second round of the USD 1,000,000 World Tour super 1000 tournamentJordon and Melati tried to make a comeback but the Indian pair kept their nose aheadIndia’s mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa stunned Indonesia’s world no 7 combination of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in the opening round of the China Open badminton tournament here on Tuesday.World No 26 Satwik and Ashwini showed their grit as they recovered from a mid-game slump to outwit the sixth-seeded Indonesian pair 22-20 17-21 21-17 in a 50-minute match to enter the second round of the USD 1,000,000 World Tour super 1000 tournament.Jordan and Melati have so far reached five finals, including the 2018 India Open, but they wilted under the relentless pressure created by the Indian pair.Ashwini and Satwik will now face the winner of the match between Japan’s Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo and Ireland’s brother-and-sister combo of Sam Magee and Chloe Magee at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium here.The Indian pair had fallen back 4-7 early on but they reeled off five straight points to turn the tables and then held a slender 11-10 advantage at the break.Jordon and Melati, however, build up a huge lead of 18-12 after the interval but the Indian duo slowly erased the deficit and caught up at 20-20 and then sealed the opening game.In the second game, the Indonesian pair moved ahead from 4-4 to enter the breather with an 11-8 cushion. Jordon and Melati continued to march ahead to eventually roar back into the contest.In the decider, Satwik and Ashwin changed their tactics and jumped to a 4-2 lead initially. The Indian duo kept things under control, entering the break with a 11-6 lead.advertisementJordon and Melati tried to make a comeback but the Indian pair kept their nose ahead to shut the doors on their fancied rivals.Also Read | World champion PV Sindhu looks to maintain dominance in China Open testAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Satwiksairaj RankireddyFollow Ashwini PonnappaFollow China Openlast_img read more

Sallie Ford Confronts Depression on Her Confessional Album “Soul Sick”

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Sallie Ford describes her fourth record, Soul Sick, as a “confessional” album. After the breakup of Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Ford realized what she needed to change in her life and dove in. She recruited a new, all-female backing band and recorded and released her first album under her own name in 2014. Titled Slap Back, the album was a gritty, distortion-heavy departure from the rockabilly sounds of her previous work. Making the changes she needed only opened up more questions for Ford.As Ford explains, “This is an album about insecurity, anxiety and depression, especially after the Sound Outside and I split up and had my first summer in four years where I wasn’t touring… I explored what my music means to me, and how I’ve always struggled with feeling the pressure of not being good enough and wanting to quit. On these new songs, it felt good to write on one theme and from one place. All in all, Soul Sick has taught me a lot about myself and helped me to heal.”A lot of that healing is captured in the music. It is laced with a lot of nostalgia and inspired by the music of the 1960s. Soul Sick returns to the some of the same influences heard on Ford’s albums with The Sound Outside. It’s clear Ford has evolved since that time, her voice has strengthened, and the lyrics on Soul Sick reveal a level of vulnerability that none of her previous albums reached.Sallie Ford’s Soul Sick is out now through Vanguard Records and is available on Amazon and iTunes. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

Andy Murray And Kevin Spacey Team Up For Global Tiger Challenge At

first_imgBritish tennis ace and WWF global ambassador Andy Murray has teamed up with actor and tennis fan Kevin Spacey to inspire the world to get behind an ambitious plan to double the number of tigers in the wild by the year 2022.Video: Andy Murray and Kevin Spacey Serve Up Global Tiger Challenge at Wimbledon 2016Heading into the tennis championship — Wimbledon 2016 — Murray is joined by Spacey on the All England Club’s Centre Court to champion the plight of tigers and inspire millions to get involved in a global campaign to protect them.“It’s shocking to think that there are fewer than 4,000 tigers left in the wild,” Spacey said. “That’s less than a third of the number of seats at Centre Court. But whilst their situation is precarious, I have learnt from Andy that there is hope. We really can help tiger numbers recover. It’s a challenge that I’m proud to be part of drawing attention to.”This year could be pivotal for tiger conservation: after a century of decline, global tiger numbers are on the rise. At least 3,890 tigers remain in the wild, but much more work is needed to protect this species that’s still vulnerable to extinction. WWF is working to help double the number of wild tigers by 2022 in the most ambitious tiger conservation goal ever set.last_img read more

Airlines obey Beijings demand to call Taiwan part of China

first_imgSHANGHAI – British Airways, Lufthansa and Air Canada are among 20 carriers that now refer to Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing considers its territory, as a part of China on their global websites, in line with Beijing’s demands that the White House called “Orwellian nonsense,” The Associated Press has found.There are just three days left for dozens of foreign airlines to decide whether to comply with Beijing’s orders or face consequences that could cripple their China business, including legal sanctions. Many have already sided with Beijing.The spread of “Taiwan, China” on the drop-down menus and maps of airline websites represents another victory for China’s President Xi Jinping and his ruling Communist Party’s nationalistic effort to force foreign companies to conform to their geopolitical vision, even in operations outside of China. Critics say China’s incremental push to leverage its economic power to forge new international norms — in this case regarding Taiwan’s status — creates worrying precedents.Beyond fiery missives there is little Washington can do to unify a fractured global response and effectively push back against Beijing’s demands.“What’s at stake is that we’re allowing a revisionist regime with a terrible track record on freedom of speech to dictate what we say and write in our own countries,” said J. Michael Cole, a Taipei-based senior fellow with the China Policy Institute and the University of Nottingham’s Taiwan studies program. “If Beijing does not encounter red lines, it can only keep asking for more.”For Beijing, there is only one China and Taiwan, which has been a democracy since the 1990s, is part of it. The People’s Republic of China and Taiwan separated during a civil war in 1949. Washington officially recognizes Beijing rather than Taipei, but despite the lack of formal ties, the U.S. is legally bound to respond to threats to Taiwan and is the island’s main supplier of foreign military hardware.z“We strongly object to China’s efforts to bully, coerce, and threaten their way to achieving their political objectives,” Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement to the AP. “We call on all countries around the world to stand together to uphold the freedom of speech and freedom to do business. We also call on private firms to collectively reject China’s unreasonable demands to change their designation of ‘Taiwan’ to ‘Taiwan, China.’”Xi has warned a Taiwanese envoy that the issue of unification cannot be put off indefinitely, and the People’s Liberation Army has sent fighter planes near Taiwan’s coast. As China steps up efforts to isolate Taiwan diplomatically, the list of multinationals that have bent to Beijing’s will is long — and growing.U.S. clothing retailer The Gap apologized this month for selling T-shirts with a map of China that omitted Taiwan and pulled the offending merchandise from stores around the world. In January, Delta Airlines, Marriott, Zara and medical equipment maker Medtronic all publicly apologized for referring to Taiwan as a country.“You can’t just say ‘no,’” said Carly Ramsey, a regulatory risk specialist at Control Risks, a consultancy in Shanghai. “Increasingly, for situations like this, non-compliance is not an option if you want to do business in and with China.”The day after Delta apologized for “emotional damage caused to the Chinese people,” the Civil Aviation Administration of China published a notice on its website saying it requires foreign airlines operating in China to avoid referring to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as countries.Some foreign carriers began changing drop-down menus on their websites from “country” to “country/region.”But Beijing wanted more.On April 25, the Civil Aviation Administration of China sent a letter to 36 foreign airlines ordering them to explicitly refer to Taiwan as a part of China. The regulator did not respond to requests for comment.In a strongly-worded statement 10 days later, the White House called that demand “Orwellian nonsense.”“China’s efforts to export its censorship and political correctness to Americans and the rest of the free world will be resisted,” it said.China’s Foreign Ministry hit back the next day, saying Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are “inalienable” parts of China’s territory and foreign companies operating in China “should respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, abide by China’s laws and respect the national sentiment of the Chinese people.”A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, led by Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, and Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, offered the airlines support.“As you weigh your response options, you should know that your government stands with you, and will strongly oppose attempts by China or any other foreign government to unilaterally dictate terms to an American company and exert sovereignty over your internal business practices and the content of your website,” the group of eight lawmakers said in a letter dated last week.But a growing number of airlines have heeded Beijing’s call.The AP found that Air Canada, Lufthansa, British Airways, Finnair, Garuda Indonesia, Asiana Airlines, and Philippine Airlines all have changed the way they refer to Taiwan to bring their global websites in line with the Chinese Communist Party’s vision.SAS airlines, Swissair, Malaysia Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Aeroflot, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Air Mauritius, Etihad Airways, Spain’s Iberia, Israel’s El Al, MIAT Mongolian Airlines and Russia’s S7 Airlines all also refer to Taiwan as part of China, but it was not immediately clear how long they had been using that formulation.Lufthansa, British Airways, Air Canada and Finnair said they abide by laws and regulations internationally and in the jurisdictions in which they work.“This includes taking customs of the international clientele into consideration,” Lufthansa said in a statement, adding that we “seek your understanding for the situation.”Finnair said a decision was taken to amend the website earlier this year and “in line with the general view taken in Europe, Taiwan is not shown as an independent country in our list of destinations.”Major U.S. carriers have not yet caved. United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta and Hawaiian Airlines, as well as Australia’s Qantas Airways — all of which received April letters from the regulator — did not refer to Taiwan as part of China on their websites as of Tuesday.The airlines told AP they were reviewing the request.But the sweep of concessions will likely make it harder to resist Beijing’s call.“If they make individual corporate decisions, they will likely accede, individually but entirely, to Chinese demands,” said Robert Daly, the director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. What Washington could do, he added, is “launch and sustain a global discussion of the implications of Beijing’s insistence on the worldwide jurisdiction of Chinese law. That kind of effort would require a commitment to global leadership and strong alliances that this administration has not yet demonstrated.”In one apparent exception to Beijing’s rules the national flag carrier Air China seems not to have gotten the regulator’s memo. On its US site, Taipei is a part of “Taiwan, China.” But its Taiwan website lists it as “Taipei, Taiwan.”Air China did not immediately respond to requests for comment.__Associated Press researchers Si Chen and Fu Ting in Shanghai contributed to this report.___Follow Kinetz on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ekinetzlast_img read more

BBC pays damages to Ukraine President over Trump report

first_imgKiev: The BBC on Thursday said it had agreed to pay damages to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko over an article that incorrectly claimed Kiev paid USD 400,000 to secure a meeting with US leader Donald Trump. Poroshenko, who is seeking re-election in weekend polls, sued the broadcaster over the report from May last year. The article on the BBC website claimed that Kiev gave Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen a “secret payment of at least USD 400,000” to “fix talks” at the White House in June 2017. “We apologise to Mr Poroshenko for any distress caused and have agreed to pay him damages, legal costs and have participated in a joint statement in open court,” the BBC said in a statement on its news site. It did not give any indication of the size of the payment. Poroshenko had said via lawyers that the article harmed his “political and business” reputation and caused him “substantial distress and embarrassment”. Allegations of “serious corruption” were especially damaging because of Poroshenko’s “promotion of a number of anti-corruption measures in Ukraine”, a claim said. Poroshenko was elected in 2014 after Ukrainians took to the streets to oust his Kremlin-backed, graft-tainted predecessor. But Ukrainian and Western observers have repeatedly questioned pro-Western Poroshenko’s resolve to reform the country’s kleptocratic system.last_img read more

Yellow Media shareholders approve debt restructuring plan

MONTREAL — Yellow Media says its plan to reduce its $1.8-billion debt has been approved by a majority of its debtholders and shareholders.The Montreal-based company says it will put the debt restructuring plan in place by the end of this month, but adds it’s still subject to a number of conditions, including final approval by the Quebec Superior Court.Yellow Media chief executive Marc Tellier says he’s pleased with the results of the vote, and approval of the plan represents a significant step towards the company’s recapitalization.The directories publisher says the plan will improve its financial flexibility and allow it to pursue its ongoing transformation to a digital company.Yellow Media owns and operates a number of properties and publications including Yellow Pages print directories, YellowPages.ca, Canada411.ca and RedFlagDeals.com.[np-related]The Canadian Press read more

What makes Impossible meat possible A bloody ingredient

NEW YORK — What makes Impossible burgers possible? An engineered ingredient that makes the veggie patty look bloody — and one of many new concoctions food regulators expect to see more of in the coming years.Several new vegetarian products are competing to win over meat lovers, but two California companies — Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat — are grabbing attention for patties that are red before they’re cooked, making them resemble raw beef.The ingredient Impossible uses hadn’t been sold before, and regulators and the company disagreed about whether its purpose was to add colour, or just flavour. The company’s cooked burgers have been in restaurants since 2016, but it wasn’t until July that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the OK that let Impossible sell its red, uncooked “beef” in grocery stores.This week, Impossible announced its first retail locations, grocery stores in Southern California.WHAT’S THE INGREDIENT?To replicate the taste of beef, Impossible Foods said it scanned plants for molecules that would mimic a protein in meat that contains iron and makes blood red. It eventually settled on something called soy leghemoglobin, found in the root of soy plants.To make it, Impossible inserts synthetic versions of sections of soy DNA into yeast so the yeast produce soy leghemoglobin during fermentation.“No plant is actually touched in the process of us making this protein,” said Smita Shankar, a biochemist with Impossible Foods.The ingredient is supposed to be no more than 0.8% of the patty.DO NEW INGREDIENTS HAVE TO BE APPROVED?For many ingredients, companies don’t have to get FDA approval before putting them in food.Companies and the scientific experts they hire can independently declare ingredients to be “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS. They don’t have to tell regulators, but often do to generate confidence among investors and the public.The FDA doesn’t technically approve a company’s GRAS declaration, but will issue a letter saying it has “no questions,” which is seen as agreement.Impossible says soy leghemoglobin had “self-declared GRAS status” since 2014 when a panel of experts it convened declared the ingredient safe.The company also later submitted a GRAS notification to the FDA that received a “no questions ” response last year.MORE INGREDIENTS COMINGThey don’t usually get much attention, but companies are constantly developing new flavours, sweeteners and other ingredients. As startups try to change the way food is made, including by replicating meat and eggs without animals, the regulators expect innovation to accelerate.The FDA notes companies are responsible for ensuring the safety of their food and that it has the power to determine a substance is not safe. Still, groups including the Center for Science in the Public Interest and Environmental Defence Fund have criticized the system that lets companies make their own safety determinations.A lawsuit by advocacy groups challenging the system is ongoing.IS ‘BLOODY’ A LOOK OR A TASTE?Unlike some other ingredients, new colour additives have to be approved to be used in food. That led to a quibble between Impossible and regulators.Impossible Foods has said the sole purpose of soy leghemoglobin is flavour. But the FDA noted the company’s own website said the ingredient contributes to the patties’ meat-like colour. Impossible responded by removing such language, emails show.The FDA still said soy leghemoglobin would need to be approved as a colour additive for the uncooked meat substitute to be sold in supermarkets, since the red colour would be part of the appeal.The dispute was resolved after Impossible filed paperwork to get the ingredient approved as a colour additive. The FDA approved that in July.Beyond Meat’s patties, which have already been available in supermarkets, get their colour from beet juice extract and their meaty taste from “natural flavours.”Companies don’t have to specify what’s in them, but natural and artificial flavours are common in packaged foods. Natural flavours are also part of Impossible’s recipe.___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Candice Choi, The Associated Press read more

Humanitarian problems remain from late May flooding in southern Haiti UN says

Relief assistance had to be sent mainly by air to mountainous Mapou district, according to an OCHA update. Since 2 June – with the exception of one day – the aircraft of the United States-led Multinational Interim Force (MIF) has been unavailable. Deliveries were made only on 10 June, when MIF flew in 15.85 tons of food and 600 litres of purified water allocated by the UN World Food Programme (WFP).MIF handed over its authority to the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) on 1 June. WFP, which is now operating a cargo helicopter and a small passenger helicopter provided by Britain’s Department for International Development, has distributed 200 tons of food in the last three weeks.The Netherlands Government gave nearly €260,000 (euros) to help pay for the distribution of food and construction items, OCHA said. The roads to Mapou needed land stabilization work in certain areas to make them accessible and safe.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has distributed 8,000 rations per day to children and to pregnant and lactating women. That agency also plans to conduct a nutrition survey in collaboration with Médecins sans Frontières. Meanwhile, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and a team of Cuban doctors has set up epidemiological surveillance sites in Mapou, Fonds-Verrettes, Bodari and Thiotte.OCHA said most of those areas still urgently need thousands of blankets, mattresses, hygiene kits and kitchen equipment. read more

Hejduk looking forward to World Cup

As the 2010 World Cup in South Africa approaches, one of U.S. Soccer’s all-time greats looks back on his career and looks forward to the summer event.Columbus Crew’s Frankie Hejduk has had ups and downs while cementing himself as one of U.S. soccer’s most accomplished player.“It came with hard work,” Hejduk said. “I’m a believer that you create your own luck.”Hejduk’s resume speaks for itself: two World Cup appearances, two Olympic games, part of the German team Bayer Leverkusen that played in the 2002 UEFA Champions League final, five-time Major League Soccer all-star and 2008 MLS champion with the Columbus Crew.Hejduk, born in La Mesa, Calif., a suburb of San Diego, grew up surfing and playing soccer. He was more passionate about surfing, and many of his friends did go pro in surfing. Despite that, he decided to attend UCLA on a scholarship to play soccer.His first international cap came in 1996 in El Salvador during a World Cup qualifer. He scored a goal in his international debut.“Scoring a goal was icing on the cake,” Hejduk said.Hejduk made his World Cup debut in 1998, playing in the second game of the first round against Iran. That day is something he will remember for the rest of his life, he said.“Absolutely incredible experience,” Hejduk remembers. “During the National Anthem, thinking of all the past coaches I played for, my family, what they have sacrificed, what I sacrificed, all of that comes together at one moment. I got the chills, teary-eyed. And this is all before the game even starts.”The summer of 2002 is one that stands out to Hejduk and US soccer fans. That summer in Korea and Japan, the team made an unexpected run all the way to the quarterfinals. To get there, they defeated rival Mexico 2-0 in the round of 16.“It was for bragging rights. Who was going to step up?” Hejduk said. “We knew we were going to win.”USA fell to Germany 1-0 in the quarters, a match many felt the US should have won. “The German press told us ‘We got a lot of respect for you guys. We lucked out,’” Hejduk said of the aftermath.“We were proud of ourselves. We gave everything we had,” Hejduk said.After that great World Cup run, Hejduk looked forward to another one four years later. Unfortunately, two days after being named to the 2006 World Cup roster, Hejduk tore his ACL.“Pretty much a buzz kill,” Hejduk said. “A lot of mental stuff you go through when you have those injuries. That’s why you have friends and family to help you get by it.”Despite not being able to participate, U.S. Soccer paid for Hejduk and his family to go to Germany and be at the World Cup with the team.“It was a great experience, I got to be a fan,” Hejduk said. “I was able to bring my son. He got to experience the World Cup with me. I got a different perspective and it was simply amazing.”Hejduk has taken that experience and used it for motivation.“It actually motivated me to try to make this next World Cup because after 2006 a lot of people wrote me off because I was 32 at the time with a torn ACL,” Hejduk said. “I made it a goal of mine to prove those people wrong.”The motivation seemed to work, as Hejduk helped team USA qualify for this year’s World Cup and helped lead the Crew to the 2008 MLS Cup.“Nothing better than picking up that trophy after the 9 years I gave to the MLS,” Hejduk said.As for U.S. Soccer’s chances in South Africa, Hejduk believes they should make it out of the first round. After that, he feels anything can happen.“I think on any given day the US can beat any team in the world,” Hejduk said. “I think teams are starting to have a lot more respect for the US.” read more

Dublin is now more expensive to live in than both Abu Dhabi

first_img Short URL By Cianan Brennan 141,696 Views Dublin is now more expensive to live in than both Abu Dhabi and Silicon Valley It’s the first time Dublin has been in the top 100 most expensive cities to live list since 2014. http://jrnl.ie/4065970 Source: Shutterstock/Giancarlo LiguoriIRELAND’S CAPITAL IS now a more expensive place to live than some of the most notoriously pricey places on the planet.A new survey shows that Dublin has jumped 48 places to enter the top-100 list of the most expensive places to live in the world at number 72.That places the city above other notoriously expensive places to live like Abu Dhabi and Silicon Valley, and even central London.The cost of living survey, commissioned by ECA International, investigates the varying level of household expense in cities around the globe.It does so by comparing a basket of like-for-like consumer goods and services in 475 worldwide locations. Rental accommodation levels are not factored into the survey.ECA, which has been running the survey for the past 45 years, states that a strong euro is the main reason for the rise on the list of so many European cities.“Thanks to the strength of the euro, Dublin is one of 18 European cities to enter the top 100 most expensive cities in the world this year,” said Steven Kilfedder, production manager with ECA. Source: ECA International Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img 68 Comments Share10140 Tweet Email15 Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 8:45 AM Jun 12th 2018, 8:45 AM This is the first time Dublin has been in the top 100 since 2014, making it more expensive for expats and visitors travelling to Ireland.Regarding the goods and services themselves, the humble stick of butter is the standout price-mover for 2018.The cost of the dairy product has jumped up to 28% in Europe due to a slowdown in milk production, with the greatest increases seen in Austria and Poland.Switzerland has four out of the top five most expensive cities to live in on earth – Zurich, Geneva, Basel, and Bern.The European nation misses out on top spot though – that dubious honour goes to Caracas in Venezuela, due to the hyperinflation (1,800% in the last 18 months alone) seen in the South American country.London, meanwhile, often seen as one of the world’s most expensive cities, placed 109th in this year’s survey.Belfast is the cheapest city to live in the UK, meanwhile.The cost of living in US cities has meanwhile dropped significantly due to a concurrent drop in the value of the dollar.last_img read more

Les Français sont les plus minces dEurope

first_imgLes Français sont les plus minces d’EuropeD’après une récente étude menée sur les différents indices de masse corporels en Europe et dans le monde, il apparait que que les Français disposent de l’un des IMC les plus bas de la zone.L’étude sur le sujet a été publiée dans la revue médicale The Lancet. Ainsi, cette étude anglo-canadienne s’est penchée sur l’indice de masse corporel moyen des populations de 199 pays et cela sur une période de plus de 20 ans. Ainsi, avec 25,9 pour les hommes et 24,8 pour les femmes, les Français obtiennent l’un des IMC les plus bas d’Europe tandis qu’une augmentation moyenne de 0,4 chez la gent masculine et 0,5 chez la gent féminine a été constatée entre 1980 et 2008.À lire aussiObésité : quels risques pour la santé ?C’est en Océanie, dans l’état de Nauru que le plus fort IMC moyen a été calculé avec 33,9 en sachant qu’au-dessus de 30, une personne est en situation d’obésité. Le plus faible IMC moyen chez les femmes a été trouvé chez les Bangladaises avec 20,5, un IMC révélant un poids normal. Ce sont les hommes du Congo qui obtiennent l’IMC le plus faible, avec 19,9. L’étude a permis de montrer que plus d’1,46 milliard de personnes seraient en surpoids dans le monde tandis que plus de 500 millions personnes souffriraient d’obésité. A noter que l’IMC calcule le rapport entre la taille et le poids de chaque individu.Le 7 février 2011 à 16:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

County certifies results of November election

first_imgThe Clark County Elections office certified November’s elections results Tuesday. Clark County voter turnout was 50.64 percent; statewide voter turnout was 54.15 percent. The majority of Clark County incumbents were re-elected to their seats this midterm election. Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, was one incumbent who lost her seat, with 48.4 percent of the votes to Lynda Wilson’s 51.6 percent.In one of the other tight county races, Republican Jeanne Stewart beat Democrat Craig Pridemore for a seat on the county commission. Stewart received 50.38 percent of the vote to Pridemore’s 49.62 percent.last_img

Hazmat crews respond to gas leak in Pompano Beach

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Hazmat crews helped in capping a gas leak in Pompano Beach.Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to the scene on the 3200 block of North Palm Aire Drive at around 2:30 p.m., Thursday.Crews doing underground work struck the gas line, according to officials.Teco Gas responded to the scene and worked with hazmat crew members to determine the size of the pipe.Neighboring homes were not evacuated.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Toys made in Bangladesh played overseas

first_imgToys made in Bangladesh, played overseasBangladesh’s industrial sector has earned yet another feather in its cap. Little children in France, Spain, Japan and other countries of the world are now playing with toys made in Bangladesh.Manufacturing and exporting toys shows great potential in Bangladesh. Toy exports have increased 2075 times in the last five years. The biggest markets of toys manufactured in Bangladesh are France, Spain and Japan.The most common toys exported to these countries are tricycles, electric or battery-operated cars, dolls, electric dolls, pedal cars and such.With the rising demand of Bangladeshi toys, entrepreneurs are now veering towards this industry. New factories are being set up in the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) and other export oriented locations.Prothom Alo correspondents visited such a factory in Comilla. Located beside the Comilla Export Processing Zone, the Hashy Tiger toy factory was constructed in 2014 on 1.5 bighas of land. It exported only $42,000 in toys that year. Exports rose to $900,000 in the first seven months this year. The factory employs around 350 workers, 200 of whom are women. The company also employs six Chinese trainers to train the workers. Hashy Toy’s main market is Japan.According to Bangladesh Export Processing Zone(BEPZA), there are two toys manufacturing companies in the EPZ’s of Bangladesh. One of them is Hashy Tiger Company Ltd. and the other is Sonic Ltd in Nilphamari’s Uttara Export Processing Zone.Besides, there are some other factories like Anwara Golden Sun that exports toys to Australia. A Chinese toy factory has also been constructed in Gazipur’s Bay Economic Zone.In the 2012-2013 fiscal year, Bangladesh toy exports brought in only $7637. In 2016-2017, this rose to $15.8 million which is double of the last fiscal year. Toys made in Bangladesh, played overseasBesides Japan, Spain and France, Bangladesh exports toys to the United States, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Taiwan, Brazil, and so on. The toy industry can create great employment opportunities in Bangladesh. Cheap labour and low production costs are the main attractions for foreign buyers. This is a promising sector that can have a positive impact on the economy.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat.last_img read more

Watching the rise of the religious left on 1970s TV

first_img Share This! News • Photos of the Week By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Liberal-leaning faith movements are getting a lot of play these days, with everyone from pundits to presidential candidates predicting the rise of a potential religious left.L. Benjamin Rolsky, an adjunct instructor at Rutgers University and scholar of American religious history, looks at the history of the religious left from an unusual perspective in his forthcoming book, “The Rise and Fall of the Religious Left: Politics, Television, and Popular Culture in the 1970s and Beyond.” For Rolsky, it was in the 1970s, with the rise of televangelism on one side and shows such as “All in the Family” on the other, that the divide in American civic religious discourse was cemented.Rolsky talked to Religion News Service about his book, discussing the influence of media moguls such as Norman Lear and how their messages still echo within the modern religious left.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What inspired you to produce an academic work on the religious left by looking at television?I happened to be shaped and raised by a lot of ’70s television. I got into looking at family television as a way of telling a history of the left over 50 or 60 years, trying to understand the question of what’s “good religion” or “bad religion.”You write a lot in your book about Norman Lear, the television writer and producer of 1970s sitcoms such as “All in the Family” and “Good Times.” He also founded the advocacy organization People for the American Way in 1979 to counter the religious right. Why focus on him?I’m naturally drawn to examples in American religious history that you wouldn’t necessarily think of as belonging to a bigger narrative like the religious left. That goes back to the work of people looking at someone like Oprah, and how Oprah reflects larger ebbs and flows and currents of what’s going on within spirituality, or religion, or capitalism and consumerism.Norman Lear in 2014. Photo by Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, Creative CommonsI wanted to look at someone who had a great deal of cultural influence, since cultural influence is what a lot of liberal religious activists are after. Lear speaks to those visions and goals and aspirations. First Amendment rights are very important. He also defended freedom of speech when he sued the networks and the Federal Communications Commission for something called the “family viewing hour.”And his nonprofit organization is the epitome of what I would say is an old-school interfaith organization of Protestant-Catholic-Jew origin. It very much tapped into civil religious language and the idea of civil religion as a way of understanding proper behavior — or improper behavior.So Lear is paradigmatic of any number of the arguments that are made on the left.So how did Lear’s influence trickle down to the religious left?I think Lear, in some ways, was the best thing they had going. He’s the one carrying the banner, this kind of classic Protestant-Catholic-Jew — tri-faith America — articulation of public life.So if you watch “All in the Family,” do you go out and organize? No. I don’t think anyone would say that. But I think the aspirations of the show were very much like that. You watch a bigot (in the show’s protagonist, Archie Bunker), so you’re not as bigoted yourself. It’s an educational, didactic vision of using satire to help people realize that they can maybe change their behavior for the better.He is also quoted as having (influence on) organizations like the National Council of Churches.His nonprofit, though, was a reaction to the religious right. So was the 1970s-era religious left purely a reaction to the rise of the religious right?Typically the word reactionary is associated with conservative movements, (but) I don’t think it hurts to see the religious left in the late ’70s and ’80s as reactionary (or reactive). It’s the restructuring of American religion into these kind of two polar opposites, emerging as coded liberals and conservatives, the culture wars.So (the religious left) can be understood as, ‘Oh my goodness, we have to try and figure out a proper response to this.’ I don’t think liberal religious individuals were used to defending the importance of their own arguments and their own agendas, which is what conservatives have been doing for a very long time.Do you see echoes of that history in the modern religious left?“The Rise and Fall of the Religious Left: Politics, Television, and Popular Culture in the 1970s and Beyond.” Courtesy imageI think of that New York Times headline, “Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game.” That’s really true in the sense that Lear had all this going and he creates this organization, but then it just just kind of falls flat.I think the religious left has been — to use a religious metaphor — in the wilderness arguably ever since. In 1970s, (Sojourners founder) Jim Wallis is writing all these books, trying to articulate this vision. Where did that go? Where did the Chicago Declaration go, with the more progressive evangelicals coming together? Why didn’t that have any traction in the public imagination?How do we get from Martin Luther King to Jerry Falwell as the public personas of religion and public life? There’s nothing natural about any of that.The political left or religious left has just not been very good at translating a prophetic vision into a pragmatic plan or action. Why would you need to defend something like civil rights? Why would you need to defend something that has that kind of moral calculus to it, that kind of moral grounding to it?Do you think the current presidential candidates are addressing that?I think in some capacity it’s still the struggle to find a vocabulary. If you’re just trying to “talk” more about religion or something, in many ways you’re just kind of still operating on the terrain that was defined by conservatives to begin with.But do you see this moment as something a little different?Author L. Benjamin Rolsky. Photo by Caroline DeFeliceThe fact that children are being held (in immigrant detention camps), this might be a moment for the left to really articulate itself when it comes to the tonalities of Christianity, of Judaism, of spirituality, of whatever kind of tradition you’re pulling from. Which is perhaps why we’re seeing the (William) Barbers and the Wallises and others come out of the woodwork.It seems as if the modern-day religious left is more diverse than in the 1970s. It includes voices that are not just Christian and Jewish. Do you think that diversity has altered its core argument?I don’t know how much more “diverse” it actually has gotten. I think one of the criticisms of the religious left is that typically it focuses on white people. The religious left likes to think of itself as talking the talk and walking the walk, (but) I don’t actually know how much of that is actually carried out.That’s where I get constructive and critical: The left likes to think of itself as more representative, as more diverse, but then you actually burrow down, you actually see a lot of white people. So I don’t actually know. This cosmopolitan, spiritual-but-not-religious sensibility is very affluent. Lear is extremely rich. I think in some capacity that’s part of the analysis that has to be discussed a little bit more, the level of affluence.What other questions are left out of conversations about the religious left?Well, to what extent is (the current situation) due to things liberal-progressives have done to ourselves? How long have we been hearing (about the right): “They have hijacked religion, they are the ones at fault”? That criticism excuses those who are articulating it from any type of self-reflection.What kind of product will come out of this particular moment of calamity and catastrophe when it comes to human life as understood from the religious left? This is certainly another moment for that, and we’ll just see what happens.That’s what I’m getting at when it comes to the rise and fall. I just don’t think we’ve really wrestled with the implications of the fallout of the 70s and all the crazy stuff that happened. I think we certainly need to understand the rise, and I think we’ve heard a lot about rises. But I think we need to spend a little bit more time on the fall. As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Muslim scholar catches flak for serving on new State Department rights panel Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This! Catholicism Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Load Comments,Indiana teacher fired for same-sex marriage sues archdiocese By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email TagsAll in the Family faith and public life homepage featured Norman Lear religious left religious right television,You may also like Share This!last_img read more

Model shows how surge in wealth inequality may be reversed

first_img Journal information: PLoS ONE (Phys.org)—For many Americans, the single biggest problem facing the country is the growing wealth inequality. Based on income tax data, wealth inequality in the US has steadily increased since the mid-1980s, with the top 10% of the population currently owning about 73% of the country’s wealth. In a new paper published in PLOS ONE, researchers have quantitatively analyzed several of the major factors that affect wealth inequality dynamics, and found that the most crucial factor associated with the recent surge in wealth inequality since the ’80s has been the dramatic decrease in personal savings, followed closely by a large increase in the dominance of capital income over labor income. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Yonatan Berman, et al. “Modeling the Origin and Possible Control of the Wealth Inequality Surge.” PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130181 Wealth inequality doubles among US householdscenter_img © 2015 Phys.org Taking these findings a step further, the researchers showed in their model that reversing these two trends can prevent and even reverse a further increase in wealth inequality in the future. The researchers hope that the findings will lead to policies that reproduce these results in the real world. But progress in this area may not even have to rely solely on policy changes, as the researchers note that the 2008 financial crisis has caused Americans to save more money, potentially bringing an opportunity to restrain some of the growth in wealth inequality.The research was led by Eshel Ben-Jacob, who was Professor at the School of Physics & Astronomy at Tel-Aviv University, but passed away unexpectedly before the paper was published. Ben-Jacob was perhaps best known for his work on bacterial self-organization and its applications in complex systems. The other coauthors of the paper are Yonatan Berman, a PhD student, and Yoash Shapira, an adjunct researcher, both at Tel-Aviv University.Overall, the researchers’ model closely reproduces the wealth inequality dynamics in the US from 1930 to 2010, as measured by the share of wealth owned by the top 10% of the population. As the researchers explain in their paper, the usefulness of the new model arises from its ability to quantify the contributions of various factors affecting wealth inequality dynamics, and consequently to serve as a test-bed for predicting the outcomes of future policies.”The greatest significance of the work is that we succeeded in quantifying the relative effects of different factors contributing to wealth inequality,” Berman told Phys.org. “The inequality surge is not due to a single factor. Therefore, in order to understand it better, such a quantification is important. I also think that a very interesting finding is how important personal savings are. Though other elements may be equally important in general, the dramatic decrease in personal savings is probably the single most important ingredient contributing to the increase in wealth inequality in the past 30 years.”Shapira added that, while the dominance of capital income is a very complicated matter that involves the technological change of the past few decades, dealing with the savings issue is relatively easier.Among the other main results, the researchers’ model reveals the complex implications of economic mobility—that is, how easily individuals can change their economic status. On one hand, mobility plays an essential role in restraining wealth inequality, and becomes even more important when the economy becomes dominated by capital income, as is the current trend; when the researchers did not include economic mobility in their model, the model-market correlation dropped dramatically. On the other hand, the researchers also found that further increasing mobility above its current value is likely to have little effect on wealth inequality, suggesting that policies that target improving economic mobility may not be as effective as those that promote increasing personal savings and reducing the dominance of capital income over labor income. In the future, the researchers plan to investigate how such policies may affect other aspects of the economy besides wealth inequality. For example, an increased savings rate may have the unintended consequence of reducing GDP growth, which tends to increase wealth inequality. Future work will require optimization between these two outcomes.Other areas of future work will involve investigating the effects of various tax strategies and other additional factors that contribute to wealth inequality dynamics, as well as applying the model to the economies of different countries. Citation: Model shows how surge in wealth inequality may be reversed (2015, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-surge-wealth-inequality-reversed.html For economic data up to 2010, the model (red line) closely matches the actual wealth inequality (blue line), which is measured by the share of wealth owned by the top 10% of the population. After 2010, possible scenarios are those described in the graph above (where α represents an increase in the dominance of capital income over labor income), as well as a simple linear extrapolation of the wealth inequality during 2000-2010 (dashed blue line) and predictions based on the model (dashed red line). The results suggest that, by increasing private savings to 10% in 2030 (squares), wealth inequality can be reversed. Credit: Berman, et al.last_img read more

More rain in next 3 days weather likely to improve before Puja

first_imgKolkata: Various South Bengal districts and 3 North Bengal districts will receive heavy rainfall in the next three days, the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore said on Wednesday. The only silver lining for the Puja revellers in the state, however, is that the condition will improve from October 14, as predicted by the weather office.A senior official at the Alipore Met office said the cyclonic storm ‘Titli’, which is currently situated 240 km South-South East of Gopalpur, will hit Gopalpur in Odisha and Kalingapattam in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday morning at a speed of around 140 km per hour. The storm will then move towards the Gangetic plain of Bengal and it will be weaker after entering Bengal. Odisha government has also taken necessary arrangements to combat the situation. Alerts have been issued to the coastal districts of Odisha. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe district administrations of East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas have already taken adequate measures to combat the situation. Visitors were not allowed to go to the sea in Digha on Wednesday as the sea had been swelling and the waves were continuously rising above the normal level.The police administration in Digha put up barricades at various places along the beach which normally see huge footfall. Police conducted awareness campaigns by using microphones at Digha, Mandarmani and other beach towns, alerting the visitors not to bathe in the rough sea. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to the East Midnapore district administration, out of around 2,000 fishing trawlers which had set sail a few days ago, as many as 1,800 have already returned, while the rest are currently 150-200 nautical miles away from the sea shore. It is presumed that the fishing trawlers which are out in the sea will return within Thursday. It may be mentioned here that the state government had already issued an alert to the coastal districts, asking the fishermen not to voyage into the sea between October 10-14 as the sea will remain turbulent during this period. The depression that has formed over Bay-of-Bengal will intensify further, resulting in heavy rain in some districts in the next three days. According to the prediction of the weather office, East Midnapore, West Midnapore, North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next three days.Other South Bengal districts like Murshidabad, Nadia, Hooghly, Howrah and Kolkata will witness moderate to heavyrain during the period. Some of the North Bengal districts like Malda, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur may also see heavy rainfall.”As per the available information, it is expected that there will be no rain in the city from October 15-19. There might be sunny weather during the Puja days. The condition will improve from 14 October,” a senior weather official said.It started raining in various districts of South Bengal, including the city, from Wednesday afternoon. The traffic movement in various parts remained slow on Wednesday, following the rain. A strong wind measuring around 60-80 km per hour may sweep through the South Bengal districts on late Wednesday night.last_img read more