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Now, Trinamool leaders participate in Ram Navami rallies

first_imgA day after the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders participated in armed Ram Navami rallies, Trinamool Congress leaders and activists participated in such rallies across the State in very large numbers on Sunday. Brandishing armsIn at least one of the rallies in north Bengal, participants were seen carrying machetes and swords. The BJP and other Hindu right-wing factions also participated in similar rallies.Many top TMC leaders, including candidates and Ministers, participated in the Ram Navami rallies. North Bengal’s Raiganj candidate Kanhaiyalal Agarwal, a TMC candidate, was seen at a rally where the participants were brandishing arms. Mr. Agarwal said it was not his responsibility to monitor the rally. “If anything is wrong in the rally, it is the job of the administration to initiate appropriate action,” he said. Among others who attended the rallies included Arup Roy, Ashish Banerjee and Gautam Deb, all Ministers in the TMC Cabinet. Mr. Deb, however, said that they were “not doing any politics” connecting the elections with the rallies, adding, “TMC does not need to do that to win elections”. No one displayed arms in rallies where the Ministers took part, the police said.last_img read more

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Sewage sludge could contain millions of dollars worth of gold

first_imgIf the holy grail of medieval alchemists was turning lead into gold, how much more magical would it be to draw gold from, well, poop? It turns out that a ton of sludge, the goo left behind when treating sewage, could contain several hundred dollars’ worth of metals—potentially enough to generate millions of dollars worth of gold, silver, and other minerals each year for a city of a million people.Metals have long been known to concentrate in sewage, which mixes toilet water with effluent from industrial manufacturing, storm runoff, and anything else flushed down the drain. It’s a headache for sewage utilities that must cope with toxic metals lacing wastewater headed for streams or sludge that might otherwise be spread on farm fields.But what if those metals had value? In a new study, scientists at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, quantified the different metals in sewage sludge and estimated what it all might be worth. They took sludge samples gathered from around the country and measured the metal content using a mass spectrometer that can discern different elements as they are ionized in a superhot plasma. The upshot: There’s as much as $13 million worth of metals in the sludge produced every year by a million-person city, including $2.6 million in gold and silver, they report online this week in Environmental Science & Technology.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)That amount won’t be rattling the world gold market, nor would it be feasible to extract every last bit. But the study’s lead author, environmental engineer Paul Westerhoff, says it could prove worthwhile for cities looking for ways to gain value from something that can be a costly disposal problem. One city in Japan has already tried extracting gold from its sludge. In Suwa in Nagano Prefecture, a treatment plant near a large number of precision equipment manufacturers reportedly collected nearly 2 kilograms of gold in every metric ton of ash left from burning sludge, making it more gold-rich than the ore in many mines.Although no U.S. sewage plants have followed suit, the new study adds to a growing push to rethink sewage as a valuable commodity, says Jordan Peccia, a Yale University engineer who was not involved in the work. Approximately 8 million tons of biosolids—a dried derivative of sludge—are generated every year in the United States.Today, about 60% of the sewage sludge in the United States is already spread on fields and forests as fertilizer. But there are concerns it poses contamination risks from toxic chemicals and pathogens, a subject Peccia’s lab studies. The remaining sludge is burned in incinerators or dumped in landfills.“We’re not going to get rid of this sewage sludge,” Peccia says. “We need to make this push where we stop thinking about it as a liability and instead we think about it as a resource. And anything we can find in sewage sludge that’s valuable, it’s good.”Metals aren’t the only things with potential value. A small number of sewage plants are removing phosphorous and nitrogen, which can be sold as fertilizer. A Swedish treatment plant is testing the feasibility of making bioplastics from wastewater. A model sewage incinerator that generates electricity and drinking water was just promoted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which helped fund its construction.But it could be a while before wastewater operators start prospecting for precious metals in more than an isolated case. The minerals found in the sludge were frequently dissolved or in microscopic particles. Rare earth elements were so dilute that they were present in levels similar to those in plain dirt.Precious metals such as gold could find their way into the sewers courtesy of mining, electroplating, electronics and jewelry manufacturing, or industrial and automotive catalysts. The sludge in the study came from two Arizona treatment plants and from a mixture of samples from around the country stored at ASU’s U.S. National Biosolids Repository.Focusing on 13 of the most concentrated minerals with the highest value, the scientists put the haul at $280 per ton, or $8 million for that hypothetical million-person city. That included such precious metals as platinum, gold, and silver, as well as more common copper, iron, and zinc. A metric ton of sludge contained 16.7 grams of silver and about a third of a gram of gold. Even then, the practical value could be less, as the estimate was based on extracting every bit of the metals.The study doesn’t spell out the potential cost of getting at these metals or the price society pays for leaving them in the sludge, such as added pollution. “The next thing is to look at whether it’s economically or technically viable,” Westerhoff says. “We think it is.”Cost is one of the chief barriers keeping sewage treatment plants from going for the gold, says Charles Bott, chief of research and development at the Hampton Roads Sanitation District in Virginia Beach, which serves 1.7 million people in southeastern Virginia. The district started extracting phosphorous and nitrogen from sludge at one of its plants in 2010 to comply with stricter protections for Chesapeake Bay. Mining sludge is “a hot topic of conversation,” Bott says. “It’s just a question of getting to the point where the technology is available that makes the finances work out.”last_img read more

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Barbra Streisand is Daisy Ridleys duet partner

first_imgLos Angeles, Mar 2 (PTI) The “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” actress Daisy Ridley has recorded her first song with veteran singer-actress Barbra Streisand.The 23-year-old actress took to Instagram to confirm that she hit the recording studio last Saturday with Streisand to make some music.”Im gonna end this spate of pictures detailing my insane weekend with this… Ummmmmmmmmmmm,” she captioned the picture of her with “Woman in Love” singer.Ridleys “Star Wars” director JJ Abrams revealed last week that she not only had a great singing voice, but she was also set to record a song with a “massive superstar.””I can tell you everyones guesses are way off. When JJ said superstar, he meant a legendary awe-inspiring jaw-dropping superstar,” Ridley said day after the recording session. PTI SHD SHDlast_img read more

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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Ghana thrash India 4-0 to break billion hearts

first_imgGhana rode on a brace by skipper Eric Ayiah to enter the knockout stages with a 4-0 win over India in their Group A match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Thursday.Eric (43rd, 52nd minutes) struck on either side of the break as Ghana finished the group stage with six points from three matches.Richard Danso (86th) and Emmanuel Toku (87th) scored in quick succession towards the end.Crowd cheered throughout the 270 minutes of football for @IndianFootball. Thank you for the terrific support. #BackTheBlue pic.twitter.com/Ig9DpIH7CR- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017India ended their maiden appearance at a football World Cup in any age group without opening their account and only one goal to show for their efforts.Ghana dominated right from the start and took the lead when their captain Eric Ayiah made a superb run from his own half before scoring off the rebound when Indian goalkeeper Dheeraj Moirangthem blocked a pass from Sadiq Ibrahim.That goal was preceded by a lengthy period of tough, stubborn defending by the Indians.The Indian players however, ran out of ideas in the final third.They showed a distinct lack of composure when in possession and committed a lot of miss passes and errors as a result, losing the ball easily.Lack of combination and poor awareness upfront repeatedly saw Indian players in possession but with no teammates in good positions to pass to.Their job was made even tougher by a well organised Ghana defence which allowed them very little time and space.advertisementFIFA PHOTOThe Africans, on the other hand, showcased excellent skills, tactical awareness and athletic ability.Ghana right winger Sadiq Ibrahim was a constant threat down the flanks with his speed and accurate balls into the Indian penalty box.Rashid Alhassan was also excellent on the left wing and Ghana captain Eric Ayiah in the centre had a constant stream of good passes and crosses as he used his superb technique and dribbling skills to trouble the Indian defence.Only some desperate defending by the hosts prevented them from conceding more goals.Central defenders Anwar Ali and Jitendra Singh put in a tireless performance for India.But that could not prevent Eric from scoring his second goal.An excellent run saw the Ghana captain in acres of time and space at the edge of the hosts’ penalty box as he met a pinpoint pass from Edmund Arko-Mensah with a superb finish.The hosts virtually gifted away the third goal when Anwar easily lost the ball to Danso who made a speedy run before finishing past Dheeraj.Tiku scored another soft goal a minute later as the Indians had a disappointing end to their World Cup campaign.last_img read more

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Shakespeare wants Silva on board

first_imgTransfers Shakespeare hopes for positive resolution to Silva signing saga Russell Greaves Last updated 2 years ago 01:40 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AdrienSilvaCropped Getty Images Transfers Leicester City Leicester City v Chelsea Chelsea Portugal Premier League Sporting CP Primeira Liga The midfielder’s move to Leicester City has been held up by a technicality with the paperwork as the Foxes prepare to take on Chelsea Craig Shakespeare would “love” to welcome Adrien Silva to his Leicester City squad as the confusion over the midfielder’s move from Sporting CP continues.Reports emerged on Wednesday suggesting Silva’s transfer had been held up after the Premier League club missed the deadline to register him by 14 seconds.Foxes 10/3 to beat Chelsea Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing A day later the Portuguese outfit released details of the deal, worth up to €29.5 million, and then on Friday Shakespeare spoke out on the issue.”We know that a deal has been agreed between the clubs, but we’re still trying to finalise it,” said the Foxes boss ahead of Saturday’s home match against champions Chelsea. “For me, as a football person, of course it’s a very rare occasion. “My thoughts are with the player, but at the moment I’m trying to prepare the team for a really important game on Saturday. #lcfc boss Craig Shakespeare talks to the press ahead of the visit of Chelsea to King Power Stadium on Saturday. #LeiChe pic.twitter.com/Z12pQAT40d— Leicester City (@LCFC) September 8, 2017″From my point of view, as a manager, you identify the players and leave the other bits to the legal people.”Leicester confirmed they were still working to ensure Silva’s move could be completed and Shakespeare will not allow himself to be distracted by it, despite being eager to have the Portugal international at his disposal.He added: “It’s important at the moment to keep a level head about it and let the legal people get on with it. Purely from a football point of view, we’ve identified the player and I would love the player to be in with us. “At this stage, we need to let them carry on with it and hopefully when we’re told the players ours, he can train with us and we can welcome him with open arms. “He’s a proven international. On the recruitment side of it, he was identified a long time ago.”last_img read more

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Uwe Rösler sets sights on Chelsea after whipping Malmö into shape

first_img“I had just made my first appearance for the club as a sub and he came over and said ‘I expect more from you. I didn’t sign you to run around and then be tired after five minutes’,” recalls Marcus Antonsson. “First you think ‘woah, hang on’ but then you realise that he is very demanding and that you’re not going to get away with anything.” Maurizio Sarri still seeking solutions for Chelsea’s mental fragility Twitter Share on LinkedIn Europa League Topics At Malmö, he has impressed with his tactical flexibility and his ability to change formation depending on the opponents. “The more I think about it, the more I like a back three,” he told fotbollskanalen recently, before adding: “but then I’ve used 4-4-2 with a diamond, a straight 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1 …”Rösler is happy to take his inspiration from a broad range of coaches and said last year: “I like how Jürgen Klopp’s teams play football as a general rule. I like Pep Guardiola’s beautiful football. I like Mourinho cynicism and, finally, Otto Rehhagel’s management style.”The key for Malmö, however, has been the improvement in fitness. They have not played a competitive game since beating Besiktas away on 13 December but the German has worked his players hard in the last four weeks, culminating in a brutal training camp in Marbella. Share on Messenger features A feverish atmosphere will await Chelsea but Rösler is concerned of a backlash after the humiliation at the Etihad last Sunday, when Maurizio Sarri’s side lost 6-0.“Chelsea are like a wounded animal at the moment,” Rösler said this week. “It is an unusual situation for a club like Chelsea but I hope they arrive with all their star players. I hope that our supporters will be able to watch a world class team and that we can show how far we have got. For me, that’s our biggest challenge. It is a fantastic challenge and that’s the same for the players too.”Rösler, who is a former East German international who played for Manchester City between 1994 and 1998 and whose son, Colin plays for the U19s, had mixed success as a manager in England. He came close to winning promotion to the Championship with Brentford in 2013 but lost in the play-off final and left the club later in the year. At Wigan he beat Manchester City in the FA Cup but departed after 11 months in the job and the club in the Championship relegation zone.He won only two out of 12 games in charge of Leeds United while he achieved Fleetwood’s highest position ever by coming fourth in League One before being sacked in February 2018 after seven straight defeats. Share on Facebook Chelsea Share on Pinterest The key player is without doubt the now 36-year-old Markus Rosenberg, who some people in England may remember from a less than successful spell at West Brom between 2012-14. He leads from the front, never giving the defenders any rest (although there were raised eyebrows in Sweden when David Luiz described him as a “fantastic” player).For Malmö the game has added poignancy as their chairman Håkan Jeppsson died in early December. Rösler is pensive as he talks about the man who was part of Malmö’s board for 14 years and who oversaw the club’s return to the top of the Swedish game in the past decade. “I still spend a lot of time thinking about Håkan,” Rösler said recently. “I don’t know because I did not know him for a long period of time, but it is refusing to go away.”The victory against Besiktas the week after the death of Jeppsson in December, which ultimately set up the Chelsea tie, was dedicated to the former chairman and for the first home game since his passing away, players and fans will want to make it a night to remember. Brendan Rodgers wants Celtic to ‘attack the game’ against Valencia Uwe Rösler takes training before the game against Chelsea, which will be Malmö FF’s first competitive match since mid-December. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters Reuse this content Malmo Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Pinterest Read more The manager who gave Antonsson a dressing down after his first few minutes as a Malmö FF player is Uwe Rösler, the German who has revitalised the club after being appointed in June 2018 and who is now preparing to face Chelsea in the Europa League on Thursday.Malmö FF were going nowhere when the former Brentford, Wigan and Leeds manager took over and shook up the club. Having won the Swedish title in 2017 they were mid-table with no signs of climbing the table by the time he arrived. He came with the backing of the former MFF coach Åge Hareide and, according to Swedish paper Aftonbladet, beat Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the current Manchester United manager, to the job.Rösler took one look at the squad, recognised the talent within it, and then started working on the players’ fitness. The results were remarkable. Malmö FF went undefeated in Rösler’s first 17 games, rose to third in the table and qualified for the Europa League last 32 by finishing above Besiktas in their group. This week Chelsea arrive at a sold-out Stadion.“The draw could not have been much harder,” concedes Antonsson, “but I guess the hope is that they will underestimate us somewhat. The key is to play a top, top game at home and then take it from there.” Facebook Share via Emaillast_img read more

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N Korea warns USS Korea drills will affect nuclear talks

first_imgSeoul: North Korea on Tuesday said looming US-South Korea military drills could impact the proposed resumption of nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, and hinted that it could reconsider its moratorium on nuclear testing. It was the first statement from Pyongyang on the talks since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to their resumption at an impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone in June, following months of deadlock between the two sides. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping The joint drills have been held for years but were scaled down to facilitate dialogue with the North after Trump’s historic first summit with Kim in Singapore last year. “If the military exercise really goes ahead, it would affect the DPRK-US working-level talks,” an unnamed foreign ministry spokesperson said in comments carried by state news agency KCNA, using the official acronym for North Korea. The official described next month’s drills as “clearly a breach” of a joint statement signed by the leaders in Singapore and hinted that Pyongyang may resume weapons tests in response. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang Pyongyang’s moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests was a commitment aimed at improving bilateral relations and “not a legal document inscribed on a paper”, the official said. “With the US unilaterally reneging on its commitments, we are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the US as well.” Trump and Kim’s latest meeting took place as negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington were at a deadlock, following a rocky negotiation process brokered by Seoul after a thaw in tensions in early 2018. During the encounter, Trump stepped into North Korean territory in the border village of Panmunjom, becoming the first US president to set foot on North Korean soil. There are close to 30,000 US troops stationed in South Korea, and their annual drills with tens of thousands of South Korean soldiers have always infuriated the North — with Pyongyang condemning the manoeuvres as provocative rehearsals for invasion. But following the Singapore summit, Trump announced the suspension what he called Washington’s “very provocative” joint military exercises with South Korea. A smaller-scale version of the exercises was last held in March, with more scheduled for August. Washington has previously insisted on North Korea’s complete denuclearisation as a condition for lifting punishing US sanctions. At the Singapore summit, the two adopted a vaguely-worded statement on “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula” and agreed to “establish new US-DPRK relations”. But failure to reach an agreement over sanctions relief and what the North was willing to give in return led to the collapse of the leaders’ second summit, which was held in February in Hanoi. Pyongyang had taken “humanitarian measures without conditions” to implement the Singapore statement, the foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday, in reference to the return of the remains of US service members killed during the 1950-53 Korean War. Tensions were raised in May, during the standstill in negotiations between Trump and Kim, when North Korea fired short-range missiles for the first time since November 2017.last_img read more

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Arsenio Hall Emcees Visionary Ball

first_imgThe UCLA Department of Neurosurgery held their annual “The Visionary Ball” on Thursday, October 30th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.Arsenio Hall at The Visionary BallCredit/Copyright: Vince BucciTalk show host Arsenio Hall emceed the event and Wilson Phillips headlined the entertainment.Kelsey Grammer Honored at Visionary BallCredit/Copyright: Vince BucciThe event, which raised close to three million dollars for UCLA’s Department of Neurosurgery, was hosted by Dr. Neil Martin, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA, with co chairs Edie Baskin Bronson, three-time Emmy Award nominee and former Saturday Night Live photographer, and Richard “Skip” Bronson, CEO of Beverly Hills based The Bronson Companies.This year’s honorees included world renowned physician, surgeon and scientist Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who received the Medical Visionary Award: Philanthropist Elizabeth Goldhirsh-Yellin received the Visionary Leadership Award: Entertainment Industry icon Jonathan Dolgen and his wife Susan received the Courage Award: and multi-award winning actor/producer/director Kelsey Grammer received The Rodney Respect Award.Rodney Dangerfield was a patient at UCLA Medical Center. He left a legacy that will benefit our community for generations to come. Rodney’s greatness is now celebrated with this “Rodney Respect” Award – from his comic genius to his devotion to making a difference in the lives of others. This honor is presented to a member of the entertainment industry who Rodney admired and whose accomplishments pay tribute to Rodney’s remarkable legacy. The past recipients of the “Rodney Respect” Award are Jay Leno, Chelsea Handler, Tim Allen, Jim Carrey, Chuck Lorre, and Bob Saget.last_img read more

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Row in TN Cong over naming Karti from Sivaganga seat

first_imgChennai: Former Union Minister E M Sudarsana Natchiappan who was a contender for the Sivaganga Lok Sabha seat has strongly opposed the party high command’s decision allotting it to Karti P Chidambaram saying people “hated” that family.While the names of eight other Congress candidates from Tamil Nadu were announced on Friday, the nominee for Sivaganga – Karti Chidambaram – was declared only on Sunday evening. Besides Karti, the only other contender for Sivaganga seat was Natchiappan. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Natchiappan, who emerged victorious in 1999 Lok Sabha polls defeating H Raja (BJP-runner-up) and P Chidambaram of the Tamil Maanila Congress (who secured the third position), said the decision by the high command has pushed the Congress into a tough situation since Karti Chidambaram was facing “court case.” P Chidambaram has won from Sivaganga seven times starting 1984. “As far as I understand, people hate that entire family (P Chidambaram’s family) as they have not done any good for the Sivaganga constituency,” Natchiappan who was elected twice to the Rajya Sabha (2004, 2010) told reporters. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KNatchiappan, who is also an advocate said naming Karti could also be a reason for future problems in the Congress party. A former union minister of State for commerce and industry, Natchiappan alleged that Chidambaram prevented him from becoming not only the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president but also a Minister at the Centre for about nine years (since UPA assumed power in 2004). He alleged that whenever some posts were offered to him, Chidambaram used to opposed it.last_img read more

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Samsung delays folding phone launch after breaking issues

SAN FRANCISCO — Samsung is pushing back this week’s planned public launch of its highly anticipated folding phone after reports that reviewers’ phones were breaking.The company had been planning to release the Galaxy Fold on Friday. Instead, it says it will to run more tests and announce a new launch date in the coming weeks.Several journalists reported issues with the phones last week while testing review copies. Some said the phone’s inside screens stopped working. Others removed an outer plastic layer that was meant to stay on and which protected the screen from scratches.Samsung says there could be issues when pressure is put on the hinges that open and close the phone. It plans to find ways to better protect the screens.The Galaxy Fold has a $2,000 price tag.The Associated Press read more

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Reparations should be made for African slave trade Antigua and Barbuda tells

“None should disagree that racism and other legacies of slavery continue to shape the lives of people of African descent – thus reparations must be directed toward repairing the damage inflicted by slavery and racism,” Baldwin Spencer, the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, told the General Assembly’s annual general debate in New York.He stressed that former slave-owning States should begin a reconciliation process by formally apologizing for the crimes committed by those nations or their citizens over the 400 years of the African slave trade.“And to help counter the lingering damage inflicted on generations of peoples of African descent by generations of slave-trading and colonialism, we call on those very States to back up their apologies with new commitments to the economic development of the nations that have suffered from this human tragedy,” said Mr. Spencer.He said that planned African Diaspora Summit in South Africa next year will provide a platform for the African diaspora to put in place economic policies that will ensure sustained economic cooperation among public and private stakeholders to promote development, entrepreneurship and business opportunities in diaspora regions. 24 September 2011The Caribbean island State of Antigua and Barbuda today demanded reparations for injustices suffered by African slaves and their descendants, saying at the United Nations that segregation and violence against people of African descent had impaired their capacity for advancement as nations, communities and individuals. read more

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India to build 43000 houses for IDPs

The beneficiaries of the 43,000 houses will be selected through a transparent and norm-based process on the basis of clearly defined and objective criteria. The Indian High Commission said that the construction of 43,000 houses for resettlement and rehabilitation of war displaced in the north and east is part of the overall commitment by India to build 50,000 houses in Sri Lanka for the war affected communities. India is to build 43,000 houses for Sri Lanka’s war displaced communities in the north and east of the country, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.Contracts to build the houses have been awarded to the respective agencies and the project will be implemented immediately. In order to ensure early operationalisation of this commitment, a pilot phase for the construction of 1,000 houses in the five districts of Northern Province was launched in November 2010 of which 950 houses have already been completed.In the last phase of the project, which is also expected to commence soon, about 6,000 houses will be directly built by construction agencies for people from most vulnerable sections of the war displaced in the northern and eastern provinces and for the estate sector in the Central and Uva Provinces, the High Commission said. The entire Project is under full grant assistance of the government of India with a total outlay of approximately 270 million U.S. dollars.Thousands of Tamils were displaced during the last stages of the war in Sri Lanka which ended with the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels after 30 years of fighting.Strong sentiments expressed in India, particularly in the southern Tamil Nadu area, towards the Tamils in Sri Lanka saw the Indian government coming forward to help the war displaced. (Xinhua) read more

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Lankan maid in Saudi tortured

“We want to offer more skilled and quality manpower to the Kingdom and other regional job markets,” he said.Perera said that the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment would assist the companies in the host countries to train the human resources according to their needs.“We have well established training centers to update the prospective foreign workers with the required skills,” Perera said, adding that we also could supply trainers to help the employers.“An innovative mechanism is currently being developed in Sri Lanka to implement job-specific, country-specific and company-specific training programs for the citizens, who seek foreign opportunities,” he said. A senior official from the embassy told Arab News that the incident was alleged to have been perpetrated by the Saudi sponsor. The diplomat said that the mission is trying to negotiate for an amicable settlement between the employer and the maid, since the maid has only been in the Kingdom for the past two months.Dilan Perera, minister of foreign employment promotion and welfare of Sri Lanka, said that his ministry is now focusing on the supply of skilled workers to the Kingdom and other countries in the region, stressing a need to move toward a “gradual shift from housemaids to skilled workers.”Perera said that supplying domestic workers to the foreign job markets after ensuring their security and rights as well as welfare and rehabilitation programs when they return to the island have been among the challenges that are unresolved often. Perera said: “We are resolving the problems of our migrant manpower and working on improving their welfare system, by introducing education scholarship to the children of Gulf returnees. Work-related complaints such as employee or agent harassment, physical abuse, health challenges and issues of absconding maids have significantly come down at the Lankan missions in the Kingdom.”As a welfare measure for Lankan foreign workers, Perera said his government is considering allocating a sizable quota for their students to enroll in the new private university, which is underway in Colombo.“Through this program, we will be able to attract foreign remittances from our nationals and thus help our community members too,” the minister, added.Regarding complaints from housemaids, he said they are minimal compared to the housemaid population in the Kingdom. Around 80 percent of the island’s workers population in the Kingdom are maidservants. (Colombo Gazette) “We summoned the housemaid to the mission with the help of the job agent and the Saudi Embassy,” he said, adding that the maid was in good health, except for some burns on her body. “The maidservants who come out for foreign employment face problems such harassments, delayed wages, breach of contracts, in the host countries, while their families back home face serious socio-economic problems,” the minister said, adding that the government is unofficially discouraging citizens to take up housemaid jobs abroad, as the country gradually trains nationals for more skilled and dignified professional opportunities. A Sri Lankan maid in Saudi Arabia has been tortured by her employer and even forced into a  refrigerator, the Arab News reported.The Sri Lankan Embassy in Saudi Arabia however refuted reports that the housemaid in the Kingdom was frozen to death inside a refrigerator. Nilangederage Dayaratne had come to the Kingdom as a maidservant to a household in the Al-Qassim region. Sources say the maid had complained to her husband in Sri Lanka that her sponsor was torturing her and putting her in a refrigerator with the aim of killing her.The official said that the maid was admitted for a medical check up at the hospital and the authorities found that she was healthy. She was discharged from the hospital on the same day and was brought to a safe house. The maid had complained that she was tortured over her dispute with her employer. read more

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Barea Mavs pull away in 4th for 113104 win over Celtics

DALLAS — J.J. Barea scored 20 points with a key 3-pointer that helped put Dallas in control in the fourth quarter, and the Mavericks won their sixth straight home game, beating the Boston Celtics 113-104 on Saturday night.Harrison Barnes also had 20 points, teenage rookie Luka Doncic totalled 15 points and matched Barea with eight assists while starting at point guard with Dennis Smith Jr. sidelined by a wrist injury as the Mavericks (9-9) got back to .500 with their seventh win in nine games.It’s the latest Dallas has been .500 or better since the end of the 2015-16 season, and it’s the first six-game home winning streak for the Mavericks in almost two years.Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart had 19 apiece for the Celtics, who followed a win with a loss in a back-to-back for the third straight time this season a night after winning in Atlanta.Boston was without Gordon Hayward, who sat with soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle, in part because of playing on consecutive nights.The Mavericks led by five starting the fourth quarter but pushed the lead to 106-90 on 3-pointers by Barea and Wesley Matthews, who had 15 points after missing three straight games and four of the past five with a left hamstring strain.Doncic looked like a natural at the point from the start with five assists in the first quarter while making all three of his 3-point attempts for nine points.In one sequence, he sent Marcus Morris lunging toward the basket with a fake away from the ball, then watched Irving fly past him by faking the shot before making a 3.Irving got rolling in the second quarter, scoring nine points on 4-of-5 shooting while helping cut an 11-point deficit to three at halftime (59-56).Doncic was doing enough for the Celtics to feel the need to try to knock him off his game in the third quarter.Jaylen Brown put a forearm in Doncic’s chest when he was looking another direction while running up the floor and sent the 19-year-old sprawling. Brown’s move came after Doncic intercepted a pass in transition near midcourt, drove to the baseline and slipped a pass to Jordan for a dunk.Jordan was given his second technical for hanging on the rim, but officials ruled it a non-unsportsmanlike technical, allowing Jordan to avoid an ejection as he finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Brown received an offsetting technical on a video review for the blindside hit on Doncic.Doncic had to be separated from Brown after the sequence, and there was another dustup when Smart shoved Maxi Kleber not long after they were part of a jump ball in the final seconds, long after the outcome had been decided. Smart, playing against his hometown team, was assessed a technical.TIP-INSCeltics: Al Horford returned after missing his first game of the season to rest a sore left knee. He had eight points and eight rebounds. … Brown scored 16 points, and Morris added 13. … Irving was 9 of 24 from the field with six assists and five turnovers.Mavericks: DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 13 rebounds. … F/C Dwight Powell missed his third straight game with a left knee injury. … Coach Rick Carlisle said Smith sprained his right wrist in a loss to Memphis two games earlier. He played but was limited in a win over Brooklyn.UP NEXTCeltics: At New Orleans on Monday.Mavericks: At Houston on Wednesday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsSchuyler Dixon, The Associated Press read more

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Junior doctors row Jeremy Hunt wins High Court fight over new contract

first_imgMr Justice Green concluded that Mr Hunt had approved the contract but had not compelled employers to adopt it.The judge said the decision was sufficiently clear and was not irrational.Justice for Health – founded by Dr Nadia Masood, Dr Ben White, Dr Fran Silman, Dr Amar Mashru and Dr Marie-Estella McVeigh – said Mr Hunt’s decision to impose the contract lacked a sound or rational foundation and should be quashed.Speaking after the judgement was issued, Saimo Chahal QC, who represents the campaign group, said they were  “thrilled” to have established beyond doubt that the Health Secretary did not have the legal power to impose the contract.She said that, given junior doctors were not legally bound to accept the contact, they were free to negotiate on terms and conditions. The contract will begin to be introduced in NHS hospitals from next Wednesday. Dr Ben White, Dr Marie-Estella McVeigh, Dr Amar Mashru, Dr Francesca Silman, Dr Nadia Masood - of Justice for Health - outside the High Court The litigation follows opposition to Mr Hunt’s plans for seven-day NHS services in England.Junior doctors began strikes, the longest of which has lasted two days, in January. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. We must now move on from this dispute to the crucial job of making sure patients get the same high standards of urgent and emergency care every day of the weekDepartment of Health spokesman Ben White, from Justice for Health said the judgement meant NHS trusts were now free to negotiate terms and conditions with junior doctors, and could change the contract. He said the judgement established that: “Mr Hunt is not imposing a contract. He never was.”Mr White said NHS trusts were now “free from the shackles” of Mr Hunt to do as they thought best. However, the NHS is due to introduce the new national terms from next week. Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents England’s hospitals. said“This has been a very difficult time for junior doctors, NHS trusts and the patients who have been affected by the strikes. We hope that today’s ruling will enable the health service to draw a line under the situation and now move towards effectively introducing the new contract for junior doctors.But he said there was little chance that NHS trusts would make individual decisions to negotiate terms with their staff. Mr Hopson said: “Junior doctors have raised a number of legitimate concerns that still need to be addressed and NHS trusts will be working hard with their junior doctors to do so. In particular, those issues that are within the remit of the contract, for example the introduction of a new guardian role to each trust, need to be implemented consistently. “As for suggestions that individual trusts have a choice as to whether to introduce the new contract or not, NHS trusts tell us that they believe a single national contract offers a consistent approach that is in the best interests of patients and the wider NHS workforce. This is also the view of the NHS arms length bodies,” he said. Mr Hunt said he approved a new contract, but has not imposed it on employers or compelled them to adopt the terms.Ms Chahal said: “The case is all about what happens when loose language is used and meanings imperfectly conveyed and the very serious consequences which can flow from those words.”The words used have led to junior doctors striking and serious consequences for patients.”The key message from the judgment is this: Mr Hunt is not imposing a contract on junior doctors, he never was, he did not suggest he was, he says he never thought anyone else thought otherwise.”The Justice for Health junior doctors are thrilled to announce that they have succeeded in establishing beyond doubt that the Secretary of State for Health is not imposing the latest July 2016 contract on junior doctors.”Further, that employers of junior doctors are not legally compelled to adopt the contract and that they can continue to negotiate on terms until agreement is reached.”Without the courage and determination of the Justice for Health doctors in taking this legal challenge this position would not have been established.”A Department of Health spokesman said: “We welcome this clear decision by the judge that the Secretary of State acted entirely lawfully.”We must now move on from this dispute to the crucial job of making sure patients get the same high standards of urgent and emergency care every day of the week, which involves more than the junior doctors’ contract.”We urge the BMA to remove all threat of further industrial action so we can work constructively with junior doctors to address their wider concerns and better recognise their vital importance to the NHS.” Dr Ben White, Dr Marie-Estella McVeigh, Dr Amar Mashru, Dr Francesca Silman, Dr Nadia Masood – of Justice for Health – outside the High CourtCredit:Alexander Christie/Justice For Health The British Medical Association, which represents doctors, has suspended industrial action by junior doctors planned for October, November and December. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has won a High Court fight with junior doctors over a staffing contract.Junior doctors had complained that Mr Hunt wrongly imposed the contract on NHS employers.Justice for Health, a group founded by five junior doctors, said Mr Hunt acted beyond the scope of his powers by compelling NHS employers to adopt the new contract.Mr Hunt had said the complaint was without substance and should be dismissed.Mr Justice Green, who analysed evidence at a High Court hearing in London last week, ruled in favour of Mr Hunt on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Scientists Discovered a New Human Organ The Interstitium

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend You’d think with our massive research budgets and the fact that we tend to know and think a lot about ourselves, we’d know just about everything about ourselves. Now, I get that the brain is complicated and we haven’t totally worked that out yet, but you’d think we’d at least know all of the organs… right?Well, a group of scientists are arguing otherwise. They claim that there is a network of “fluid-filled spaces” throughout the body. The group dubbed the organ the interstitium, and it was discovered wholly by accident.The team discovered the organ while conducting an endoscopy. That’s the procedure wherein they shove a camera through you. Modern cameras can see down at the tiniest level, and that’s given researchers a closer look than ever at the tissues in the body. And among them, seems to be a collagen-based mesh with fluidic sacs that surrounds almost everything. The team also claims that they’ve confirmed these results on a number of organs.Okay… so this is cool, but we’ve also taken lots and lots of samples of our own bodies. We’ve sliced and diced humans in every way possible for all kinds of research — how the hell did everyone miss this?Well, the group says, most tissue collection causes these fluidic sacs to collapse. But, with a specialized collection method that froze the tissues immediately after collection, they once again found these pockets.“This fixation artifact of collapse has made a fluid-filled tissue type throughout the body appear solid in biopsy slides for decades, and our results correct for this to expand the anatomy of most tissues,” study co-author Neil Theise and professor at New York University’s Department of Pathology, said. “This finding has potential to drive dramatic advances in medicine, including the possibility that the direct sampling of interstitial fluid may become a powerful diagnostic tool.”This discovery is pretty massive, too. As it’s now thought that the interstitium contains a large amount of the body’s fluids — up to 20%. And this could be a critical part of understanding certain types of cancers, including how some are able to metastasize, or jump to new organs. If these findings can be reproduced and the discovery confirmed, the interstitium would be the body’s 80th known organ. So that’s pretty cool.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Skyviews Dobbin back on softball diamond

first_imgLoaded: The Camas Papermakers have two quality pitchers (Harli Hubbard and Katie Schroeder). They return the All-Region player of the year (Amee Aarhus). Oh, and they had new talent move into town. Camas reached the Class 3A state tournament last year. Now a 4A program, the Papermakers hope to make it to state this year at the biggest classification in the state.Also moving up: Ridgefield moved from 1A to 2A, but the Spudders should not be intimidated. They have Shannon Boyle in the pitching circle, which means they likely will be in every game.Moving down, but possibly going to the top: The Woodland Beavers went from 2A to 1A this year. In softball, that means they are automatically a contender for a state championship. Makayla Lefever has been pitching great the first weeks of the season, including quality wins over 4A and 3A competition. Emily Tesdale and Emma Pilkington, meanwhile, provide bats and leadership. The three of them, now seniors, were part of Woodland’s state championship team as freshmen.Staying put: The Prairie Falcons did not change leagues. They remain a solid program in the 3A Greater St. Helens League. Taylor Bussey seems to crush the ball at every plate appearance. Another team that remains in the league is Mountain View. The Thunder stunned everyone but themselves last year by making it to state with two seniors. Our guess if the Thunder believe they can make another long run this year.Name to remember? Columbia River’s Teaghan Cowles has been nothing short of amazing in her first couple weeks of high school softball. A freshman, she can hit for power. Or, if she just gets on first base, it’s almost as good as a triple. So fast, she is just about automatic with steals.last_img read more

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People on the Move

first_imgTime Inc. appointed Steve Marcopoto to the newly created position of president, Time Inc. International, formalizing his role during the past year as a consultant. Effective immediately, Marcopoto is charged with expanding Time Inc.’s business portfolio in international markets.  Marcopoto was previously president and managing director of Turner Broadcasting Asia-Pacific, where he oversaw all programming, original production, business and network development, advertising and distribution sales, marketing and promotion. Michelle Lee, editor-in-chief of Allure, has appointed a new leadership team for the brand. Renee Rupcich, previously of Nylon, domino and Men’s Vogue, has been named design director. Amanda Meigher, who most recently served as managing editor at Teen Vogue, has been appointed managing editor. Rachael Wang, a highly-regarded fashion stylist who has held positions at Glamour and Style.com, has joined as fashion director, and Jeremy Allen, who has held positions at Bloomberg, GQ and Vogue, has been named senior photo editor. Marcopoto said, “I am delighted to be returning to Time Inc. to help drive the diversification and expansion of our best-in-class brands, content and media properties around the world. The digitally fueled growth of the media industry internationally makes this an ideal and exciting time to extend the Time Inc. transformation globally.” Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Time’s Inc.’s HelloGiggles has named Leonora Epstein executive editor. Epstein has nearly a decade of experience as a writer and editor. For the past three years, she worked at BuzzFeed, most recently as deputy editorial director.center_img Robert Kolker is joining Bloomberg’s Projects & Investigations team and will write for Bloomberg Businessweek, as well. Kolker was at New York Magazine for 17 years and is a New York Times bestselling author. “Steve’s expertise and success in growing international operations make him an excellent choice to lead us as we aim to extend our capabilities on a global scale,” said Joe Ripp, the company’s chairman and CEO. Kalmbach Publishing Co. has appointed veteran science editor Becky Lang to the role of editor-in-chief at Discover. Lang, a senior editor on the Discover staff since 2013, succeeds Stephen C. George, who will now serve as Kalmbach’s VP of content and Discover’s editorial director. Lang joined the Discover staff from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where she had served as health and science editor since 2002. The Atlantic has embarked on a multi-platform expansion of its coverage of Washington politics and policy across TheAtlantic.com, the magazine, video, and live events. The reporting team, which will triple in size, has added Sacha Zimmerman, Nora Kelly, Clare Foran, Priscilla Alvarez, Marina Koren, Andrew McGill, and Michelle Cottle, who join in various editorial roles from National Journal. Five additional editorial hires will be announced in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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T The New York Times Magazine Names EditorinChief People on the Move

first_img For Yanagihara, this is a return to the brand — she was previously the deputy editor of T until leaving the title last April. She’s also the author of two novels, including the 2015 book “A Little Life.” Steve Perrine, former editor of Best Life and a creative director at Men’s Health, has been named an executive editor at AARP The Magazine. Perrine will work from AARP’s nascent New York office. “In a search that included meetings with some of the best magazine editors in the country, Hanya stood out for her taste and broad interests,” The New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet and managing editor Joe Kahn wrote in an internal memo. “She understands what a style magazine should look like when it bursts from The New York Times.”  Marian Bull has been appointed food and travel editor overseeing GQ’s new vertical T&E. Bull has written about food for Lucky Peach, Eater, Vogue, and Bon Appétit, among other brands. She was previously an editor at Food52 from 2012 to 2015. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… In addition to Yanagihara, other names that had been mentioned as Needleman’s replacement included W editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi, W deputy editor Armand Limnander and features editor Alix Browne, as well as Jessica Diehl, Vanity Fair’s style director, and former InStyle editor-in-chief Ariel Foxman. Charlie Kammerer, a veteran sales executive formerly at Time Inc., has been named CRO of Slate. Kammerer spent more than 20 years at Time Inc., most recently as president of sales for sports, news, finance and lifestyle. Hanya Yanagihara has been named the new editor-in-chief of T: The New York Times Magazine. The position had been vacant since Deborah Needleman left in mid-November after four years in the role.  Deadspin senior editor Alex Pareene is moving over to Fusion.net, where he will be politics editor for the site. He’ll be leading a new team that’ll also include Deadspin senior writer Hamilton Nolan and senior reporter, special projects desk Ashley Feinberg. Univision is the parent company for both Fusion and Deadspin. Teddy Lynn, who recently joined Bloomberg Media from Ogilvy as global CCO, has hired two new creative directors: Shannon McGlothin and Nathaniel Pincus-Roth. McGlothin was most recently ECD at BBH New York and Pincus-ROth was CD at CAA Marketing. Tupelo Press has named Kristina Marie Darling its new associate editor-in-chief. Her appointment marks the culmination of a three-year search. She previously served as editor-in-chief of Tupelo Quarterly.last_img read more

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First Lady Wows Crowd at Native Youth Confab

first_imgAbout 30 Alaskans in their teens and 20s were in Washington, D.C., today to participate in the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering. The highlight for many was a passionate speech by First Lady Michelle Obama.Download Audio:In a cavernous hotel ballroom near the White House, Mrs. Obama told the crowd they, as individuals, matter.“Each of you was put on this Earth for a reason,”  she said. “Each of you has something that you’re destined to do. Whether that’s raising a beautiful family, or succeeding in a profession, or leading your community into a better future. You all have a role to play. And we need you.”Law student Meghan Topkok, of NomeObama urged them to notice the investment placed in them. She also said, despite how they may feel at low points, they are never alone.“Everyone in this room has your back. Everyone speaking at this summit – all those cabinet secretaries and powerful people who’ve come here for you – they have your back,” she said. “And you definitely have a president and a first lady who have your back.”The gathering is part of President Obama’s Gen-I – or Generation Indigenous –project, aimed at cultivating leadership in young people and helping them succeed. The participants, more than 1,000, had to apply for selection, so this is a high-achieving bunch. Many of them have already launched projects to improve their communities. In her speech, the first lady warned attendees that some of the big changes they’re seeking may not occur until their children or grandchildren are grown.Sierra Shanigan-Daugherty, 19, of Anchorage, and Miss Arctic Circle: Elizabeth Ferguson, 21, of Kotzebue in Washington, D.C. Photo by APRN’s Liz Ruskin.“And, see, maybe decades from now, maybe those kids — your kids, your offspring — will look back at all of you and say you were the generation who started it all. Gen-I,” she said. “You were the generation that dug deep. You were the generation that drew strength from your history. And wrote a new story of Indian Country, and of America.”Among those seeking big changes is Meghan Topkok of Nome, who has roots in Ambler and Mary’s Igloo.”My to-do list? It’s very long,” she said. “I’m really concerned about subsistence hunting, and shipping that’s increasing through the Bering Strait. As well as the erosion of the land.”She’s a law student at the University of Oregon and, at 24, one of the older attendees at the gathering. She spoke after a session on environment and climate change.“I think what’s really inspiring is our youth are engaging in these issues, because I think so often, especially out in the village, like where I’m from, there’s kind of a lack of awareness, or  a passivity about it, and these kids are really inspiring because they’re doing things in their communities and bringing ideas here with them and sharing them. So we’re all learning from each other and we take those ideas back and it’s like a ripple effect.”Some of the Alaskans wore fur vests and calico kuspuks that made them easy to identify. Twenty-one year old Elizabeth Ferguson really stood out. She wore a tall crown made of jade and ivory. It’s her tiara for winning Miss Arctic Circle, a regional culture pageant. She was also wearing a sash across her torso, with “Miss Arctic Circle” spelled out in sealskin.I’m from Kotzebue Alaska. I’m the youngest tribal council member on our Native village of Kotzebue.Ferguson says she drew inspiration from other leaders at the conference, but she says the First Lady’s speech really hit the mark.Not only did she just speak to us and encourage us and empower us, she didn’t speak down on us, you know, like she’s superior,” Ferguson said. “She spoke at us. She met us at our level, and she lifted us up.”In conjunction with the conference, the White House also announced a raft of grants and programs to improve Indian education, justice, and economic opportunity.Watch Michelle Obama’s speech following brief introduction:last_img read more

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