Thousands of Nigerian Refugees Fleeing Boko Haram in Dire Health Situation

By Alexandra KrauskaRabat – Medicins Sans Frontieres reported Thursday that almost 200 Nigerian refugees have died from starvation and malnutrition in the past month while in the Bama refugee camp.MSF has been unable to access the Nigerian refugee camp previously, but travelled there with a military escort. Many children in the camp were diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition and sent to an MSF feeding center. The refugees were fleeing from Boko Haram, the terrorist organization that recently joined ISIS and now calls itself the ISIS of West Africa. “Boko Haram” means “Western education is prohibited,” in Hausa, the local language. The group claimed an area in northeast Nigeria as its “caliphate.” In the 7 years of the rebellion, around 20,000 people have been killed, and more than 2 million people have been displaced. Boko Haram is also responsible for the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in 2014.24,000 refugees have arrived at the refugee camp in Bama, though this camp is difficult for MSF or Nigerian authorities to access. Almost 1,200 people were evacuated from June 13th to 15th in order to receive medical care. Many of the refugees remain in a “dire situation.”The MSF head of mission in Nigeria, Ghada Hatim, said, “This is the first time MSF has been able to access Bama, but we already know the needs of the people there are beyond critical. We are treating malnourished children in medical facilities in Maiduguri and see the trauma on the faces of our patients who have witnessed and survived many horrors.” read more

TNA says 13A incomplete Audio

Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/VIGNESARAN-EDITED-VOICE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Chief Ministerial candidate for the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran says the 13th Amendment to the constitution has its shortcomings but yet it cannot be changed without consulting India.Wigneswaran said that the 13th Amendment came about as a solution to address issues faced by Tamils. He also said that Tamils in Sri Lanka do have issues and it is “shocking” if the Sinhalese majority are not aware of that.Wigneswaran is also confident that the Tamils in the North will vote for the TNA at the election and not fall prey to the false assurances given by the government. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the Tamils had put forward several proposals for the Indo-Lanka accord but everything was not accepted and so the 13th Amendment, in his view, has some shortcomings. “This is an international agreement. This came about following an agreement between India and Sri Lanka. But if it is going to be changed then India must be consulted,” he said. read more

Women in Business awards seeking educator student nominations

The Women in Business awards want you, especially if you’re an educator or student.Nominations are being sought in a new educator category at the awards, which celebrate the achievements of local businesswomen and the differences they’ve made to the community.The educator award recognizes an outstanding woman educator who shows dedication and inspires her students.All nominees must be full-time educators.The awards also celebrate up and coming women in the world of business with a nod to female post-secondary students in business, marketing and event management programs, who are leaders in their discipline. Nominees must be full-time students.This is the 12th year for the annual awards. Judges consider success in role model experience, community contributions and community recognition among other criteria in five categories.Nominations are due Monday, Dec. 10 and can be returned to the St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review or Welland Tribune offices.The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in February.For more information, see the nomination form. read more

SC Johnson critical of Oklahoma AG over tagline reference

OKLAHOMA CITY — The head of SC Johnson, the company that makes household products like Windex and Drano, is threatening to sue Oklahoma’s attorney general for using its “family company” tagline when referring to the similarly named company Johnson & Johnson.Wisconsin-based SC Johnson’s Chief Executive Officer H. Fisk Johnson sent Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter a second letter this week threatening legal action.Hunter on Monday won a $572 million judgment for Oklahoma against New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson and its pharmaceutical subsidiaries over the state’s opioid crisis.A spokesman for Hunter’s office says any reference in the state’s legal briefs to Johnson & Johnson as a family-oriented company was inadvertent and “regrettable.”Johnson & Johnson makes consumer products like Band-Aid and Johnson’s Baby Powder.The Associated Press read more

Edmontonarea farmers raise nearly half a million dollars to help feed the

A group of Edmonton-area volunteer farmers have raised an expected half a million dollars to help fight hunger around the world.Close to a dozen combines ran across 295 acres of barley outside of Fort Saskatchewan over the weekend as farmers with Share The Harvest hauled in this year’s yield. The grain the group harvested will now be sold mostly to Asian markets with all proceeds being donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help provide farm training and finance farming projects in African, Asian and South American countries.“A lot of the money raised is used in those areas to help improve, (such as) designing water trenches, to help move water across the land,” said Keith Goutbeck, director of Share The Harvest. “It’s also making it so those countries, places that struggle to have the education, can get educated to be self-sustaining.”Goutbeck said they were able to harvest over $100,000 this year. That money will be matched four times over by the federal government, ringing the final price up to an expected $500,000.“We were able to complete our 295-acre field but it was very wet barley, it was 26 per cent moisture content, which is considered very high, so we’ll have to do a lot of grain drying,” said Shaun Galloway, who helps organize the event. “But in the end it was a very good yielding. It was 100 bushels an acre and that’s after we allow for shrinkage.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. The harvested land was donated by Suncor, while all the seeding, fertilizer and other materials used during the growing season were all donated by local agricultural businesses. Share The Harvest also allows members of the public to sponsor an acre of land for $300. Galloway said each sponsored acre can help boost donated funds by $1,600.“We will grow the crop for them, they don’t even have to get their fingers dirty,” said Galloway. “It’s pretty good leverage for a donor to see their gift make a significant impact.”Galloway said Share The Harvest was just one of 212 different ag-industry growing projects across the country.Over 100 people were treated to a barbecue at this year’s harvest.dshort@postmedia.comtwitter.com/dylanshort_ Ian Kucerak / Postmedia Keith Goutbeck, one of the organizers of the 2019 Share The Harvest event, shows the tee barley that was harvested for the Canadian Foograins Bank this past weekend, in Sturgeon County, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. read more

Senior UN official appointed Annans special envoy for West Africa

Ibrahima Fall, who since 1997 has served as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, will also head the new UN Office for West Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal. Mr. Fall previously served from 1992 to 1997 as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Director of the Centre for Human Rights in Geneva. He was also a former Government Minister in his native Senegal.

Security Council counterterrorism panel to meet in Kazakhstan

Video of Council meeting [2hrs 28mins] Briefing the Council on plans for the Committee’s 14th quarter, covering January to March of this year, and also outlined in a six-page letter, Ambassador Andrey Denisov of the Russian Federation said the meeting would take place from 26 to 28 January in Almaty, Kazakhstan.The CTC had received 551 reports, 191 first reports from all UN Member States, six from other entities, and the remainder being second, third and fourth reports from various countries, he told the Council, under the presidency for January of Argentine Ambassador César Mayoral.Mr. Denisov added, however, that 75 countries had missed submission deadlines and were creating problems for the inadequately staffed CTC Executive Directorate.Besides, effective monitoring of counter-terrorism resolutions called for more than reviewing reports. It also needed recommendations and technical assistance. In that regard, the Executive Directorate’s experts were drafting their first assessments to several Member States, Mr. Denisov said.In his presidential statement of response on behalf of the Council, Mr. Mayoral said the Council should pursue the agenda outlined.The CTC should ensure that its Executive Directorate would soon become fully operational and it should “take additional measures to enhance cooperation with the Al-Qaeda/Taliban Sanctions Committee” and with the Security Council’s “1540 committee” on nuclear non-proliferation, as well as initiate contacts with the Council committee considering additional anti-terrorist sanctions, Mr. Mayoral said.The statement also called on the 75 States to urgently submit their reports, “in order to maintain the universality of response which the threat of terrorism and the implementation of resolution 1373 require.”That text, adopted in the wake of the 11 September 2001 terror attacks against the United States, places wide-ranging obligations on the part of countries to prevent, fight and prosecute terrorist acts, as well as to make periodic reports. read more

Security guard found dead in Essequibo home

The body of a 61-year-old security guard from Region Two was on Thursday evening discovered lying motionless in his bedroom.Dead is Tamraadhouj Ramcharran of Richmond Village on the Essequibo Coast. According to information received, he was living alone and was last seen by neighbours around 22:00hrs on November 9. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEssequibian discovered dead on New Year’s morningJanuary 2, 2018In “Crime”Essequibo father of 5 dies following incarcerationJanuary 21, 2019In “Crime”Body of man found floating in canal at CharitySeptember 6, 2017In “latest news” Ramcharran’s home where his body was discoveredThis publication was informed that Ramcharran would usually speak with his neighbours often. However, after two days had passed without hearing from him, one of the neighbours visited his home and discovered the elderly man lying motionless. A report was made to the Anna Regina Police Station.Police then visited the scene and examined the body which reportedly bore no marks of violence.His body was then taken to the Suddie Public Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead and was later transported to the Suddie Mortuary awaiting a post mortem examination. read more

Team behind Rio Tintofunded MicroHammer microwave copper extraction technology get top award

first_imgA multidisciplinary team of engineers from the University of Nottingham and Teledyne e2v are to receive this year’s Colin Campbell Mitchell Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering for developing MicroHammer, a revolutionary process for extracting copper from its ore using microwave technology, reducing the energy consumption of copper processing plants by over 20%. The team will be presented with the award at the Academy’s AGM in London on 18 September.The team, which includes Professor Sam Kingman and Dr Chris Dodds from the University of Nottingham and Dr Ewan Livingstone, Paul Burleigh and David English from Teledyne e2v, combined their skills in microwave technology and engineering to develop the largest microwave processing system ever constructed, capable of processing up to 3,000 t of rock per hour. Copper is one of the world’s most widely used metals, playing an integral role in many sectors from construction to power generation and transmission. Although global demand is increasing rapidly, with copper a vital material for nearly all electrical devices, the quality of copper reserves is in decline with both the percentage of copper and the size of grains found in ores decreasing.“Current extraction techniques require enormous amounts of energy, with an estimated 5% of the world’s electricity used to fine grind rocks in mineral processing plants. MicroHammer, which uses microwave energy to separate copper grains from the ore, reduces the energy needed to extract copper by over 20% and boosts production by almost a third. By exposing rocks to powerful microwave energy for a fraction of a second, MicroHammer heats and expands the copper grains, causing them to split from the encasing rock. The microfractures, which are smaller than the width of a human hair, weaken the host rock and make it possible to extract the copper without completely grinding the ore. Using microwaves to create fractures in mineral ores has been a topic of academic study for several years, but presented real challenges in demonstrating it was possible at a commercial scale in a mining environment.”Working with one of the world’s largest metals and mining corporations, Rio Tinto, who funded the project, the team have designed a system that contains and focuses hundreds of kilowatts of microwave energy and can be safely used in the harsh operating conditions of a mine. The demonstration system processes over 150 t of rock per hour, and, using numerical simulation and experimental validation, the team have demonstrated this can be expanded to thousands of tonnes per hour – the scale needed for sustainable commercial use.Professor Sam Kingman, the project’s academic lead, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham, said: “Our collaboration with Teledyne e2v has been the key to unlocking the potential that this technology has offered for decades, but no one has been able to access due to significant technical challenges. It is a great honour to receive this award which recognises the contributions of a significant number of people both at the University of Nottingham and at Teledyne e2v. We are now well placed to take this technology to market and deliver one of the most significant impacts to mineral processing since the development of froth flotation.”Paul Burleigh, project lead at Teledyne e2v, said: “It’s exciting to be part of a team that has developed a technological solution that will make a real difference in creating sustainability in the supply of materials that underpin economic and social development across the globe. Though receiving the award in person, it’s important to remember that this is on behalf of the wider team who have delivered the innovative steps and engineering solutions to the challenges that have been overcome.”Professor Raffaella Ocone FREng FRSE, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards Committee, said: “The tremendous amounts of electricity needed to extract copper from low grade sources has left the mining industry in an unsustainable position and in desperate need of a new technological solution. The MicroHammer process developed by the team from the University of Nottingham and Teledyne e2v is a tremendous breakthrough, not just in saving energy but in helping to ensure that copper supply meets global demand. The achievements of the team make them worthy winners of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Colin Campbell Mitchell Award.”The Colin Campbell Mitchell award is awarded annually to an engineer or small team of engineers who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of any field of UK engineering.last_img read more

Biochemist creates CO2eating light that runs on algae

first_imgOur atmosphere is filling up with CO2 and we seem to be the major cause of that. The generally accepted solution seems to be cutting back on emissions as quickly as possible, but implementing such cuts is problematic because everyone has to agree to do more, which essentially ends up costing a lot of time and money.There is an alternative to such measures, though. Instead of relying entirely on cutting emissions, why don’t we start taking CO2 out of the atmosphere? That’s exactly what biochemist Pierre Calleja is trying to do, and his solution almost sounds too good to be true.Calleja has developed a lighting system that requires no electricity for power. Instead it draws CO2 from the atmosphere and uses it to produce light as well as oxygen as a byproduct. The key ingredient to this eco-friendly light? Algae.Certain types of algae can feed off of organic carbon as well as sunlight, and in the process produce carbohydrate energy for themselves as well as oxygen as a waste product.Cajella’s lamps consist of algae-filled water along with a light and battery system. During the day the algae produce energy from sunlight that is then stored in the batteries. Then at night the energy is used to power the light. However, as the algae can also produce energy from carbon, sunlight isn’t required for the process to work. That means such lights can be placed where there is no natural light and the air will effectively be cleaned on a daily basis.What isn’t discussed in the video is how much maintenance such a light needs. However, the good news is algae can also act as a biofuel once separated from the water, so even if the lights need a water change out every so often, the waste algae just forms another type of fuel where as the water can be recycled.More at Earthtechlinglast_img read more

Ginormous Python Devours Entire Crocodile in Horrifying Swamp Photos

first_img A kayaker came across a horrifying sight when he spotted a massive python chowing down on an entire crocodile after the reptile squeezed it to death in an Australian swamp.Martin Muller discovered the python while he was traveling down the swamps in Mount Isa in Queensland, Australia, The Daily Mail reported. Muller’s grisly photos were shared to GG Wildlife Rescue Inc’s Facebook page and have received approximately 10,000 responses so far. The photos show the massive creature slowly noshing on the freshwater crocodile with its slackened jaws. “As gross as this is, it is absolutely amazing,” one commenter wrote on Facebook. “Great job taking these photos.”Another jokingly added, “At any point did the snake regret ordering the family size? There’s no turning back after eating its face, huh?” Nearly 18-Foot Burmese Python Caught in Florida National PreserveWatch: 13-Foot ‘Queen of the Pythons’ Lays Massive Clutch of… Facebook users were shocked that a python would be able to eat a crocodile for a meal, and some questioned why Muller would risk his life in the first place to capture the python’s “catch of the day.”center_img Stay on target Michelle Jones, GG Wildlife Rescue Inc’s owner, told Daily Mail Australia that olive pythons will dine on a lot of different animals, including crocodiles, since they have the ability to “unhinge” their jaws to lengthen their bite.“It’s common for them to eat pretty much anything if they can fit it in their mouth,” Jones added.According to the Perth Zoo, the olive python is one of Australia’s largest snakes and their bodies can reach up to 16.4 feet in length. Olive pythons are carnivores and they prey on birds, mammals, and some types of reptiles. Even though they’re not venomous, olive pythons can kill prey by constricting their long bodies.More on Geek.com:Photos: Python Swallows (and Regurgitates) an Even Bigger Python‘Mutant’ Three-Eyed Python Found in Australia Gigantic 17-Foot-Long Female Python Captured in Evergladeslast_img read more

Drug Mules jailed in Bahamas claims lured to drug trafficking by desperate

first_img Related Items:#DEU, #drugmules, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 19, 2017 – Nassau – Two women in desperate, even vulnerable situations are lured into drug trafficking from their home countries and were this week fined and jailed for cocaine smuggling.    A woman from Suriname – Nicole Akeola and the other from Guyana – Ieasha Graham were behind the Drug Enforcement Unit arrests of two women who came into the country on Caribbean Airlines and were found, each, with nine pounds of illicit drugs.Ieasha GrahamWhen they appeared in court, each had a sad story to tell and the judge admitted to having sympathy but still fined each young woman $10,000 and gave them two years in jail.    One woman said her mother died and left her to care for two teenaged siblings, no telling what will happen to those children now.   The other said she needed money, even considered prostitution to take care of an ailing grand-mother.With stories which were strikingly similar, both women claimed to have been told that a man would be waiting in The Bahamas for them, pay them for being #drugmules and they could return home.    Instead, they were caught red-handed with the cocaine by the #DEU – one at the airport, the other at a hotel.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Mancini Nations League finals the target for Italy

first_imgItaly manager Roberto Mancini insists their objectives remain unchanged, despite a difficult patch of formThe Azzurri will host Portugal at the San Siro on Saturday night in a Group A3 clash knowing that victory is a must.The two nations last met in Lisbon in September with Portugal emerging 1-0 winners without Cristiano Ronaldo.“At the beginning of the tournament our objective was to try to reach the final phase of the Nations League,” Mancini told Rai.“We lost in Portugal with a very young team, but now we have the chance to beat them at San Siro.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Italy are currently second in Group A3 with four points from three games.“We need to focus on that, then we’ll see what happens in Portugal-Poland,” added Mancini.“Our first objective is to play a good game, to play well as we did in the last two matches.“I want to see a team that attacks, above all for the San Siro crowd. It’s a stadium which is full every time Italy come, and that’s important.”The Nations League match will begin at 20:45 (CET).last_img read more

I would have been bored in Madrid Batistuta

first_imgThe legendary Argentinean footballer says he would have won more titles in bigger clubs, but he doesn’t regret playing for “small” teams.In a career that spanned from 1988 to 2005, Argentinean striker Gabriel Batistuta played in seven different clubs.He started his professional career with Newell’s Old Boys in his native country, but a year later he moved to River Plate.In 1990 he was transferred from Los Millonarios to Boca Juniors, before jumping to Europe in 1991 as he signed with Fiorentina in the Italian First Division.In 2000 he moved to Roma, with a small loan in 2003 to Internazionale Milan, and he concluded his career in Qatar’s Al-Arabi from 2003 to 2005.Would he have won more trophies with bigger clubs? The answer is yes, but to Batistuta, the answer is more complex than that.“A football player is treated like a product,” he was quoted by Gianluca Di Marzio.“When I was in Florence, top clubs were looking for me like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Milan, but in the end, I preferred the calmness and atmosphere of Fiorentina.”“I would make the same decision, if I would have gone to Real Madrid I would have won a lot,” he explained.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I would have even scored more than 200 goals, but I would have been bored.”“Same thing with Milan. I didn’t want much, but I feel like a winner,” he said.“It’s because I did it in a way that made Fiorentina fight against stronger teams.”He ended up scoring 271 goals in 507 matches for all his seven teams.He also scored 54 goals for the Argentina national team in 77 games.Te felicito @Crespo en este nuevo desafío de tu brillante carrera deportiva. Te deseo lo mejor como DT de @CAB_oficial !!!⚽️ pic.twitter.com/RNyFQDjnZZ— Gabriel Batistuta (@GBatistutaOK) December 19, 2018last_img read more

Alliance returns with Gallery 360

first_imgPreviously: Co-op members at Sixth Street Gallery in downtown Vancouver announced in July they needed to raise $5,000 by Aug. 8 to keep the gallery afloat. They succeeded in raising about $4,100, but it wasn’t enough to stay at 105 W. Sixth St. Members signed a two-year lease on a less expensive space at 111 W. Ninth St. in September, and changed the gallery’s name to Gallery 360.What’s new: Major renovations on the new space have been completed, and Gallery 360 opened its doors on Jan. 7. Mosaic Arts Alliance, the gallery’s nonprofit parent organization, has a new president, Jamie Lutz Carroll.What’s next: Members are working on completing the classroom space at Gallery 360 and hope to start offering classes within the next month. The gallery will have an opening reception for its February “‘Lo-fi’ography” show from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4.After being absent on the downtown Vancouver arts scene for several months, Mosaic Arts Alliance is back with a new space, Gallery 360.Mosaic is the nonprofit parent organization of the former Sixth Street Gallery, which closed in September after members could no longer afford rent at the space they’d called home for the past five years.Now they have a new hub called Gallery 360, just a few blocks north at 111 W. Ninth St. The Gallery 360 space is approximately 2,000 square feet — about the same size as Sixth Street Gallery was — but the rent is about one-third less.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday August 26 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, August 26, 2019:#1) Wilmington Bylaw Study Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Bylaw Study Committee meets at 6pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team MeetingThe Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team meets at 9:30am in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#3) The Buzz Book Club MeetingThe Wilmington Senior Center’s Monthly Book Club meets at 1pm at the Center. This month’s book is “The Road Coat” by Dolly Carlson. No registration required.#4) REGISTRATION OPENING SOON: Wilmington Senior Center Organizes Granite State Chocolate & Wine TourThe Wilmington Senior Center is organizing a Granite State Chocolate & Wine Tour on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 9am to 5:30pm. Enjoy a wonderful day combining great cuisine and a unique vineyard in New Hampshire. Tour costs $70 for Wilmington residents and $89 for non-residents.  Registration begins at the Center’s Front Desk on August 27, 2019. Learn more HERE.#5) REMINDER: School Starts Tomorrow!Wilmington Public Schools 2019-2020 school year begins for Grades 1-12 on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 with an early release. There will be full school days on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 and Thursday, August 29, 2019. No school is scheduled for Friday, August 30, 2019. The school lunch menu can be found HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 27, 2019In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Wasilla OfficerInvolved Shooting Leaves 1 Dead

first_imgTwo Wasilla police officers are on paid administrative leave after a Monday shooting that left one man dead. The names of the officers have not been released, in line with police policy.Download AudioAccording to Wasilla police, the two officers responded to a possible domestic disturbance in the early hours of Monday. The officers had responded to a 911 call, which had been disconnected. The two officers had to force their way into the home, where they encountered 23-year-old Michael Bonty, holding a weapon and threatening a female in the house. Bondy refused to put the weapon down, and officers fired, killing him. Alaska State Troopers are heading the investigation. Police policy requires names of the officers involved in the shooting to be released 72 hours after the incident. Bonty’s only police record is for minor traffic offenses.last_img read more

MASSIVE MS Dhoni drops huge hint about possible retirement from international cricket

first_imgAs has always been the case with MS Dhoni, there is no real certainty with his next step, and ever since reports have emerged about his retirement from International cricket after the World Cup, there have been speculations about the same. However, if we take a look at the recent developments in the World Cup, the signs most definitely point towards Dhoni playing in his final tournament for India.Dhoni has always been associated with bat brands like ‘Reebok’ or the ‘Spartan’, but it has not been the case in the ongoing World Cup. The former Indian captain has been seen playing with the SG, the SS, the BAS logo on his bat. This could well be his way of saying thank you to all the people concerned for sticking with him during the initial stages of his career.Changing bat sponsor from SG to BAS MS DhoniICC TwitterIn the last two matches against England and Bangladesh, Dhoni walked out to bat with a SG logo. Towards the end of the innings, he switched to BAS (Vampire) logo when he was trying to go after the bowlers. It needs to be mentioned here that both these brands have sponsored Dhoni’s bat during the initial stages of his career and now, in his own unique way, the former skipper is thanking them for their support.Dhoni’s manager and close friend, Arun Pandey, told Mumbai Mirror, “It’s a fact that he has been using different bats with different brandings, but he is not charging them. He wants to say thanks to them for helping in various stages of his career.” MS DhoniICC Twitter”Dhoni has a big heart. He does not need money, he has enough of it, he is using those bats as a goodwill gesture. BAS was with him from the beginning and SG also was very helpful to him,” he further added.As is the norm, top cricketers charge an amount ranging between Rs 4 crore to Rs 5 crore annually. Dhoni, however, does not have a bat sponsor as his deal with Australia-based Spartan Sports having ran into legal trouble.Now, this recent turn of events have only added more fuel to the raging fire about his possible retirement. There is little doubt over the support Dhoni finds in the Indian team and hence, any announcement over the same could be made after the World Cup ends.last_img read more

54 indigenous fish varieties about to be extinct

first_imgLocals are catching fish in a haor during the dry season. Prothom Alo file photoMany local varieties of fish that were available in rivers, open water bodies and ponds in Raiganj even a decade ago, are hardly found nowadays, say fishermen and fisheries officials.As many as 70 fish species were seen a decade ago but the number has now come down to only 16, meaning 54 species have already been extinct, according to them.Officials of the department attributed the extinction to drying up of many water bodies including rivers, during the dry season.Also, they pointed out, mother fishes and fish fries are caught rampantly.”The principle of not fishing for two or three years at a stretch in a particular area to allow the fish to breed and multiply their number is not followed,” one of the officials said.A taki fish is being sold at a market of Goalanda upazila of Rajbari. Prothom Alo file photoAbdul Kuddus, Abdul Mannan and Akbar Ali of Dhangara, who live by fishing, said many of the local varieties of fish they used to catch are no longer available in the rivers and water bodies.Fishermen of Bramagachha, Pangashi and Nolka also said they do not find some local varieties of fish in Fuljore and Ichamati rivers, canals and water bodies.The varieties that are seriously at stake include tatkini, gharua, bagair, rita, pangash, chital, mahashal and sarputi.Bacha, chhap chela, dhela, bashpata, napto koi, foli, guji and ayr fishes are also endangered, according to fishermen and officials.Some fish varieties such as golsa, darkina, pabda, gojar, titputi, nama chanda, kalibaus, tila shoal, khalisha, meni, rayek and magur, have also been rare in the area.Raiganj has quite a number of lakes namely Koira Beel, Jugidaha, Hasildah and Buri Beel, and many canals, ponds and water bodies, where local varieties of fish are caught. But fish is no more abundant in these wate bodies.Fresh fishes. Prothom Alo file photo”Mother fishes have to be protected for smooth breeding . Sanctuaries for free movements of fish have to be created at each open water body, canal, beel and river,” senior fisheries officer of Raiganj upazila Mozammel Haque told Prothom Alo.When contacted, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Iqbal Akhtar said necessary steps would be taken to protect local varieties of fish.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more