Celebrating Mahatma Gandhi Day

first_imgDear Editor,On October 2, 1869 a great teacher was born in Porbandar, Gujurat, India. The weapons that existed in his lifetime cannot be compared to the sophisticated means of mass destruction available today not just to nations but to ordinary individuals whose only aim is to destroy innocent people anywhere in the world.  Anger, greed and injustice are not new to mankind but resorting to violence to correct historical wrongs is now so frequent that we need to remind all societies about the life of the Mahatma, the greatest universal apostle of peace in modern times.Too many of his birthdays have gone by without any sustained effort to pass on his message to those who may not know of his achievements. Excessive reliance is placed on national and locally (mostly religious) organisations planning an event in which those who already know about him participate. However without great fanfare or expense every single person irrespective of race, religion, nationality or social status, can show appreciation for this great soul by trying to step into his shoes by  initiating or participating in an event to show that his life and message can still provide answers to some of the social issues confronting mankind today.The following non-exhaustive list are a few activities that each person can attempt to sense his greatness without relying only on religious leaders, temples or any formal organisations.Fast for the day; skip a meal or just eat less. Be a vegetarian; Wear less clothing as permitted by the climate; Do not pollute but instead clean up the neighbourhood. See and discuss the movie GANDHI and other shows of his life. Persuade and assist all schools to get speakers to inform the children of his legacy. Donate blood, food, clothes, books or other material possessions to those in need, particularly to strangers.Practice Ahimsa which does not simply mean non-violence, but non-harm.  Words, ill-thoughts, anger, harsh judgements are all forms of harm to us or others. Tell the truth even if it means loss of social or economic status. Do not smoke or consume alcohol or anything that alters the mind.Take the longest walk that your health with allow, either alone or with others, preferably to highlight or redress a social wrong or injustice. Passive resistance or soul force is infinitely superior to body force.Jesus, Socrates, Tolstoy, Buddha and many successful political leaders used this method. Be prepared to admit temporary failure if your end cannot be achieved by peaceful means.Do not try to convert anyone by telling them they can only obtain salvation by following your religion because it is a blatant lie historically supported overtly and covertly by governments. All religions have produced holy, charitable, loving, caring human beings.Be silent for as long as possible while meditating. Control your lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride, or fear. Show respect and appreciation not only for family and friends but all forms of life and the environment.Obtain copies of the book that provided him with inspiration and comfort in his most difficult days, the Bhagavad-Gita and donate to others who may very well find and apply Vedic concepts other than truth and non-violence which he practiced irrespective of the consequences.This is India’s gift to the world and appropriately donated to President Obama by Prime Minister Modi on his first trip to USA. Government and private schools should ensure that these books on him are readily available in libraries, classrooms.A dinner in the evening for speeches and fundraising for a charitable cause can crown the day with resolutions to ensure that he lives on. Name a street, a building, or other structure after him or reward deserving students by financing Mahatma Gandhi scholarship.Yours sincerely,Ramnarine Sahadeolast_img read more

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Verstappen tops Mexico practice, Hamilton struggles

first_imgA similar showing in qualifying on Saturday could make him the youngest pole-sitter in Formula One history, beating a record currently held by Sebastian Vettel.“We have a good car with good down-force and good mechanical grip, which you could see also in Monaco – and it worked really well,” said Verstappen, who turned 21 last month.“I hope we are in a fight for pole, but we will find out tomorrow… Today has been good, but we have to keep working.”Vettel, fighting to keep his ultra-slim title hopes alive, was fourth fastest for Ferrari while championship leader Lewis Hamilton was seventh for Mercedes.Hamilton needs to outscore Vettel by five points to take his fifth drivers’ title if the German wins. If Vettel fails to win, he will be champion wherever he finishes.Carlos Sainz was third for Renault with team-mate Nico Hulkenberg fifth, ahead of Brendon Hartley, who is fighting to keep his seat with Toro Rosso next year.This meant that the top three cars, and five of the top six, were powered by Renault engines at the 2,200-metres altitude Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez – only Vettel breaking the French manufacturer’s domination in his Ferrari.“This is the track with the least sensitivity to power,” said Vettel. “But we expected that Red Bull would be strong.“We didn’t have a tidy lap so we should have been ahead of the Renaults. I think everyone is on the limit with the tyres, trying to get them to work – with the exception of the Red Bulls…”But it was not a perfect day for Verstappen and Red Bull because the Dutch tyro’s session ended with his car parked by the track after a suspected hydraulics failure.Kimi Raikkonen, victorious in Texas last weekend, wound up eighth in the second Ferrari ahead of fellow-Finn Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes and home hero Sergio Perez of Force India.After dominating the opening session in the morning, the Red Bull duo were soon back in command as the air temperature rose to 25 degrees Celsius and the track to 49.The very warm conditions exacerbated the performance problems of the Ferrari and Mercedes teams as they struggled with tyres, a loss of power and car balance in the rarefied atmosphere.This gave the Renault-engined cars, led by Red Bull, a chance to shine, notably Verstappen who can become the sport’s youngest pole-sitter if he is fastest in qualifying on Saturday.He can beat the current record held by Vettel, who was 21 years and 72 days when he took his first pole at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix.The keen Mexican crowd loved the action and the variety of names running at the top of the charts including both Ferrari men initially, Hamilton, Hulkenberg and, unexpectedly, Brendon Hartley before the Red Bulls took over.Verstappen delivered his best lap midway through leaving both of the title protagonists panting in pursuit. “There’s something not right with the car,” complained Hamilton while Vettel merely told Ferrari: “That’s all I’ve got…”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Max Verstappen shows early speed in Mexico © AFP / Rodrigo ARANGUAMEXICO CITY, Mexico, Oct 26 – Max Verstappen completed an impressive Friday ‘double top’ as he and Daniel Ricciardo finished one-two for Red Bull in second practice for this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.The young Dutchman, aiming to repeat his 2017 victory in the Mexican capital, clocked a best lap in one minute and 16.720 seconds to outpace his Australian team-mate by 0.153 seconds, before being halted by a late hydraulics failure.last_img read more

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Coach slams ‘silly’ match winner Balotelli

first_img“Mario needs to stop taking his shirt off after scoring a goal. Picking up silly bookings is not a good idea in a tournament as difficult as this one,” said Prandelli, having already castigated Balotelli for his sending off in the recent World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic.But as regards the performance, sparked by a sumptuous opening free-kick goal from evergreen cap centurion Andrea Pirlo, Prandelli pronounced himself satisfied with the Italians having shrugged off a limp warm-up draw against Haiti.“It was a very tactical match but we dominated it for the most part. Mexico were trying to get into it on the counter-attack when we made mistakes. But we stopped them from finding their game and dictating the place. That’s what we tried to do and we managed it,” said Prandelli.“Mexico came up against a very solid Italian team.”Italy now head for Recife in the north to meet a Japan side beaten by Brazil in their opening game and coached by fellow Italian Alberto Zaccheroni as they look to keep pace with the Brazilians before their final pool showdown.“He (Zaccheroni) knows us well and how we do things,” said Prandelli. “I know Alberto and we will have to be alert to anything. We are already concentrating on that next match.”Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre said Italy had to thank their “individual” moments of brilliance for their win.“That was what made the difference,” said de la Torre in noting the majestic showing and free-kick finish of Pirlo.“We came up against a very well-organised team with very good players, but it was their individual brilliance which proved the difference between us.“We have a few things we need to work on and now we will focus on the next match against Brazil,” in Fortaleza, de la Torre concluded.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 17- Italy coach Cesare Prandelli tore a strip off tearaway striker Mario Balotelli despite the controversial star grabbing the winner in the 2-1 Confederations Cup victory over Mexico at the Maracana.Balotelli sealed the win 12 minutes from time with a fine, muscular finish, but Prandelli was furious after the Milan striker was booked for stripping off his shirt in celebration.last_img read more

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Canada Post strike hits the B.C. Peace

first_imgLast Tuesday, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu appointed Morton Mitchnick, a former chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, to help the two parties resolve their contract differences. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The rotating Canada Post strike has hit the B.C. Peace.Postal workers in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson went on strike as of 7 a.m. Tuesday.  Canada Post employees in Moose Jaw, Saskatoon and communities in Ontario are also on strike today.Strike activity continues in the Greater Montreal Area, where it started at 10:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. Employees in Prince George, B.C., and in Peterborough, Ont., also remain on strike.- Advertisement -CUPW and the postal service have been unable to reach new collective agreements for the two bargaining units in 10 months of negotiations.“We outlined our major issues to Canada Post at the very beginning of the negotiation process … and clearly stated that we would not sign any agreements that don’t address overwork and overburdening, equality and full-time jobs,” CUPW national president Mike Palecek said in a statement.“Our position hasn’t changed. We aren’t just bargaining for today; we are bargaining for the future — for our members and everyone who relies on the postal service.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Disabled bus slows rush-hour traffic on 101 West

first_imgA charter bus broke down on the westbound lanes of the Ventura (101) Freeway near the Van Nuys Boulevard exit, blocking four lanes of traffic during rush hour for nearly an hour, according to the California Highway Patrol. CHP issued a sigalert at 7:39 a.m. today. The sigalert was canceled at 8:33 a.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Police seek baby’s mother in kidnapping

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe man got into a waiting car and handed the baby to a woman, later determined to be Ayala, Denham said. The man was found about 6:30 p.m. Monday and told authorities that he had handed the baby over to Ayala. The man, whose identity has not been released, was arrested on undisclosed charges. Ayala could be driving a blue 1995 Mercury Marquis sedan with license plate number 5RSK813 or a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, license number 7D92423, officials said. Both vehicles are missing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Sheriff’s deputies hunted Tuesday for the reputed drug-abusing mother of a 5-month-old baby snatched from her foster mother at a Palmdale park. Maria Ayala, 42, of Lancaster had her baby taken away at birth because narcotics were found in the infant’s system, authorities said. Ayala has a history of drug abuse, officials said. Joliette Serrano was abducted from her foster mother Monday afternoon during an outing at McAdam Park by a man believed to be a friend of Ayala, officials said. “The guy came up and said: `Give me the baby.’ The foster mother, in fear because she didn’t know who the guy was, gave up the baby,” sheriff’s Lt. Bobby Denham said. last_img
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MH370 search to “hit the ground running”

first_imgThe Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles used to search for MH370. Photo: Ocean Infinity. The sophisticated ship tasked with finding missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370  expects to “hit the ground running” as it steams towards the search area after conducting a series of sea trials off the coast of Africa.The trials included testing the ability of Seabed Constructor’s  Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) to detect targets and debris as well as a dive to more than 5800m (19,029ft)  to check new additions to its flotilla of eight torpedo-shaped submersibles.Deep sea search company Ocean Infinity also ran a test with all eight AUVs operating simultaneously from the ship, the Seabed Constructor.“Essentially we needed to put everything through the paces before we got to the MH370 site,’’ a report from the ship sent Thursday and posted by MH370 independent group member Victor Iannello said. “We’ve found and corrected a few issues, which makes this well worth the time spent.“This testing is due to be wrapped up late tonight or early tomorrow morning, we will then steam to the ATSB box and hit the ground running.”The ship is due to arrive at the search area late next week and, under a deal struck with the Malaysian Government,  US-based Ocean Infinity will not receive any compensation unless it finds the wreckage of the plane within 90 days.MH370 search hit the ground runningThe bridge of the Seabed Constructor. Photo: Ocean Infinity video.It will begin in a 25,000 sq, km area defined in 2016 by a meeting of experts in Australia and later refined by drift analysis from the CSIRO.The experts recommended that the first search continue but a tripartite meeting of government ministers from Malaysia, China, and Australia shut it down in January last year.They vowed not to resume search unless there was credible new information which could be used to identify the aircraft’s position, although they failed to define what this meant.The Malaysian Government has since had change of heart with Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai telling reporters this week there was an 85 percent probability of finding the wreckage in the search zone.Drift modeling and an analysis of satellite imagery by a team headed by CSIRO scientist Dr David Griffin significantly boosted confidence among Australian experts that the wreckage of the Boeing 777, which went missing in March 2014, is in the southern half of a 25,000 sq. km.The scientists identified a location at latitude 35.6°S and longitude 92.8°E, near the seventh arc defined by satellite data, as the most likely location for the missing plane and the search is expected to start in this area. This is just outside an area already searched.They said other nearby locations east off the 7th arc were also possible and there were a range of less likely locations on the western side of the arc, near 34.7°S 92.6°E and 35.3°S 91.8°E.The deal is structured so the company receives $US20 million if it finds the plane in a 5000 sq. km primary search area, $US30m if it finds it in a subsequent 10,000 sq. km secondary search area and $US50m if it finds it another 10,000 sq km tertiary search area.The company says it is capable of scanning 1200 sq. kms per day using the eight Hugin AUVs equipped with an array of sophisticated sensors that include side scan and synthetic aperture sonar, a multi-beam echo sounder, a sub-bottom profiler and an HD camera.A similar submersible was used in the previous search but in this case up to eight will be launched and search in parallel.The Hugins, described as highly maneuverable and stable, will be launched directly from the mothership which will use an acoustic modem to communicate with them as they search for the debris field.Each submersible is powered by lithium polymer batteries that allows them to remain on station for up to 60 hours.Apart from occasional pings to update the Hugin’s  inertial navigation systems and keep them on course, the AUVs will keep their findings stored on an onboard hard-drive to be downloaded on their return.The use of the multiple submersibles means Ocean Infinity could feasibly, subject to the areas sometimes fierce weather and the need to resupply,  complete a search of the ATSB’s 25,000 sq. kms in the first month. This gives it the to option to move into other areas if the plane is not found.Some experts have suggested the debris may be north of the 25,000 sq. km zone, possibly to an area around 30°S,  and if a wider search proves necessary the Malaysians have agreed to pay Ocean Infinity $US70m if the plane is found.The Seabed Constructor is capable of recovering debris from the ocean floor but a decision on whether it proceeds to do so is up to the Malaysians.MH370 search hit ground runningThe Seabed Constructor. Photo: Ocean Infinity.Top priority will be given to recovering the so-called “black boxes” – the cockpit voice recorder, the flight data recorder and the quick access recorder.Using the Seabed Constructor to do this would be a logical move and having the ship already on station makes it what experts describe as an “asset of opportunity” if the black boxes are to be retrieved before the winter weather sets in.Although they have been at the bottom of the sea for almost four years under immense pressure, the recorders are built to withstand extremes and experts believe it will be possible to extract data from them and probably other memory chips in the the Boeing 777s avionics.Flight data recorders are usually double-wrapped in titanium or stainless steel and tested to withstand up to 1500 times the force of gravity and to be able to withstand water pressure at 20,000ft (6096m) for 30 days.There are also precedents for this sort of situation.The recorders from Air France flight 447,  An Airbus A330 which plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009,  were readable despite being at a depth of  3980m (13,000 feet)  for almost two years.Pressure is the biggest problem: at a depth of 5000m (16,404ft)  it is 500 times the pressure at sea level or 7114 lbs per square inch. The lack of currents, low levels of oxygen and cold temperatures at such great depths are expected to help preserve other parts of the plane as well as the bodies of the 239 passengers and crew.The move by Ocean Infinity to take on the MH370 search is not so much a roll of the dice as an informed bet, although one with high stakes. One “rough estimate’ puts the daily operating costs of the ship, personnel, and the sophisticated Hugin robots at about $US150,000 a day.As the video below shows, it is an impressive operation.The move comes after the company was extensively briefed on the data gleaned during the ATSB’s initial two-year search as well as the projections of others such as University of Western Australia Professor of coastal oceanography Charitha Pattiaratchi and the Independent group of experts.The initial 120,000 sq. km search failed to find the plane but this was in an area defined before the arrival of debris allowed more informed drift modeling.While there is some variance in where the parties think the debris field lies, they all point to the same general area.Dr Griffin says nothing has come to light since last year to affect the CSIRO findings on the most likely site for the MH370 wreckage.“From everything that we’ve done,  that is the most likely place,’’ he told AirlineRatings, noting it was not possible to say where the plane was with absolute certainty.“It’s impossible to know what could possibly be wrong with any of the clues that we used.“They’ve all got assumptions which could turn out to be false, but we know it’s the best shot at it and that’s it’s worth doing.”Among those most desperate for answers —and an end to the speculation and wild theories regarding the plane’s disappearance —  are the families of the MH370 victims.Support group MH370 has applauded the Malaysian Government for concluding the agreement and Ocean Infinity for its “bold offer” to search on a “no cure, no fee” basis.“It is our fervent hope that the search yields results, MH370 said in a statement. “While it may not bring our loved ones back into our midst, we wish for the answers that will let matters rest, and to make civil aviation safer.’’The group called on the Malaysian Government to provide regular updates and to consult with families on a recovery effort if the aircraft is found.“In the event the search by Ocean Infinity is unfruitful, we ask of the Malaysia to be open to a similar “no cure, no fee” search proposals from other parties or initiate a prepaid search if new evidence is found,’’ they added.The sad fact is, however, that if this search is unsuccessful the trail will have grown well and truly cold.last_img read more

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Short URLs for Google

first_imgThanks to Net at Night we came across a great little app for shortening Google search query URLs. Gog.is, developed by Norwegian Mr. Calzone, offers the simplest method to create and send a short URL via e-mail and IM. No downloads, no site to visit, no ambiguous URLs, simply type in http://gog.is/ followed by your query and the link will automatically redirect to the corresponding Google search result page.If you’ve ever needed to e-mail or IM a link to a Google search results page you’ll know that there are various problems that can arise; links can break in IM and e-mail and some of the shortening services mask the ultimate link location.We’ve written about our favorite link shortening services before, and Gog.is works in much the same way as most of them; the exception being it only shortens Google search queries. How Gog.is worksType in http://gog.is/ and add any search query. That’s it!For instance, the Google search results for the query ReadWriteWeb would have the long URL: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=ReadWriteWeb&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=Using Gog.is would deliver the same results page, yet would come from the URL: http://gog.is/ReadWriteWeb Gog.is seems to also work with a variety of Google operators such as site:, link:, info:, etc. If you need a refresher on operators, take a look at Google Guide’s Google Cheat Sheet.Gog.is was made in part as a joke for a friend that Mr. Calzone was constantly “slapping” with Google searches, but we think it’s an efficient and useful resource. What do you think? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting lidija daviscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Read/Write Daily: Life Forms

first_imgToday’s theme is life forms. We use technology to improve ourselves, but underneath all the gadgets and wires, we’re still the same hairy animals.Is there something special about human beings?Kevin Drum doesn’t think we’re special. He thinks human intelligence boils down to something pretty mundane.In fact, some UCLA researchers have found that our gut instincts are smarter than our rational minds in some ways.But it’s not that simple. It looks like humans are still evolving at a pretty good clip.The mysteries of the genome still haven’t been unlocked, but we’re working on it.DNA and RNA might not be necessary for life at all.We shouldn’t jump to conclusions about whether humankind is special. It might be the case that life in the universe is just getting started.Image via Shutterstock.Past entries from Read/Write Daily Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img jon mitchell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#science#web last_img read more

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