Odisha Governor orders probe

first_imgOdisha Governor Ganeshi Lal has ordered a probe against S. Pasupalak, current Vice-Chancellor of Orissa University of Agriculture Technology (OUAT), a premier agriculture university of eastern India, for his alleged involvement in a corruption case.Stating that the corruption issues raised in a petition appeared to be genuine and serious, the office of the Governor directed Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi to get the allegation probed by the vigilance department.Pradip Maharathy, Minister for Agriculture and Panchayati Raj and pro-chancellor of OUAT, had received two petitions that detailed alleged manipulation of records for personal benefit, erroneous advertisement for recruitment in Krishi Vigyan Kendras, manipulation of records and abuse of position for undue personal benefits. The same petitions were forwarded to the Governor’s office.“After going through the documents, the Governor has directed an in-depth inquiry by State vigilance department. The inquiry report may be submitted within six weeks for taking appropriate action in the matter,” the Governor’s office said.Allegation of corruption and manipulation is not new in the OUAT. Two former Vice-Chancellors of the university had also faced allegations of corruption.last_img read more

Boxers in limbo say AIBA as IOC mull Tokyo 2020 exclusion

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES “Boxers from around the world who have been training for years towards their Olympic dreams continue to be left in the dark about where, when and how they can qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games,” an AIBA statement said on Thursday.“AIBA has provided not one, but four comprehensive reports over the course of the last year to the IOC for review.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“(So) it is very surprising that the IOC are unable to provide a conclusive decision regarding boxing’s Olympic future at this time,” the statement said.Boxing’s inclusion in Tokyo depends on the outcome of an investigation into AIBA by the IOC, which has presented the body with a list of 41 questions via audit firm Deloitte. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Javee Mocon last-second tip lifts Rookies-Sophomores past Juniors View comments FILE – (R-L) Cuba’s Joahnys Argilagos, USA’s Nico Miguel Hernandez, Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov and Colombia’s Yurberjen Herney Martinez pose with their medals after winning in the boxing matches in the Rio Olympics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZThe under-pressure International Boxing Federation (AIBA) criticized on Thursday the IOC’s decision to wait until late May before delivering their verdict on the sport’s Olympic fate as it fights for its place on the 2020 Tokyo roster after a storm of corruption allegations.AIBA said the International Olympic Committee’s refusal to comment on a wide-ranging audit for nearly another two months left their members “in limbo”.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img “The matter is being studied and we will make no comment for the moment,” IOC spokesperson Christian Klaue said on Thursday.“We will file a full report at the IOC Lausanne executive committee meeting on May 22,” he added.Gafur Rakhimov stepped down as head of AIBA last week, which the IOC deemed as merely the first step in a long march towards the required standards.AIBA made a plea to the IOC on Wednesday, saying “significant progress” had been made on their accounting and claiming that the body would collapse without IOC support.The IOC has suspended AIBA’s Olympic qualification and may take control of that process itself.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Ducking and weaving for its survival, the AIBA says it should be given the chance to turn things around.“Considering where we were one year ago, AIBA has made significant progress towards reducing its debt and has gone from a negative cash flow,” AIBA executive director Tom Virgets said in a report.Virgets said of the report that the AIBA “is dependent on the Olympic dollars” for its survival.Relations between the IOC and AIBA were hit hard at the 2016 Rio Olympics when 36 officials and referees were suspended amid allegations of bout fixing.An internal investigation by AIBA has raised serious questions about the judging at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with particular suspicion falling on a French official.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Amazon has added two new features designed to make

first_imgAmazon has added two new features designed to make it easier for US subscribers to its Amazon Channels initiative to watch live programmes through their Fire TV device.Users that have signed up to access TV channels like HBO, Starz and Showtime through Amazon will now see a new row on their Fire TV homepage called On Now, which shows what programmes are playing live.A new Fire TV Channel Guide has also been introduced that lets users browse a full channel schedule, including what is due to air in the coming weeks.Additionally users can press the microphone button on your Alexa Voice Remote to access live TV by giving commands like “Alexa, watch HBO”.last_img

Growth and spread of deadly eye tumor suppressed in cells animals

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 12 2018By comparing genetic sequences in the eye tumors of children whose cancers spread with tumors that didn’t spread, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report new evidence that a domino effect in cells is responsible for the cancer spreading. Their experiments suggest that blocking part of the chain of events — which they successfully accomplished in zebra fish and human cells — stops the growth and spread of the eye tumor cells.The new findings, the researcher say, offer a tempting target for treating the most common eye cancer in children — retinoblastoma — that originates in the retina. According to the World Health Organization, the cancer affects an estimated 7,000-8,000 children and kills up to 4,000 worldwide each year.A report on the experiments was published Nov. 6th in the journal Oncogene.”There is no effective treatment for retinoblastoma that spreads,” says Laura Asnaghi, Ph.D., M.Sc., a research associate faculty member in the Department of Pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “However, there is a chance for us to treat this deadly cancer if caught early before the tumors spread. Therefore, we looked into the causes for the tumor invasion, which can help us develop targeted therapies to prevent invasion.”To uncover the series of molecular actions involved in tumor spread, the Johns Hopkins researchers started by analyzing tissues from 10 patients — five of the patients had invasive tumors and five had tumors that were not invasive. The researchers compared the RNA profiles of these two groups and found a twofold to threefold increase in RNA levels for the gene that codes for activin A receptor type 1C (ACVR1C) in invasive retinoblastoma cells compared to noninvasive cells. This finding stood out because the activin receptor gene is already known to have a role in other cancers, including gallbladder and breast cancer. Researchers considered that the activin receptor may be a key target for suppressing cancer spread and growth in retinoblastoma.Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessarySugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyNormally, when the activin receptor detects a growth signal, it triggers cells to grow and divide. The researchers treated cells with the drug SB505124, which blocks the activin receptor from detecting other growth signals, to see what would happen. They put the cells with the drug on a filter and measured invasion by looking at how many cells moved through the filter. Results showed that the growth, proliferation and invasion of retinoblastoma cells treated with the drug were suppressed by 60 to 80 percent.After confirming the activin receptor’s role in spreading retinoblastoma in cells, the researchers wanted to see whether this worked in live animals. They next pursued experiments in embryonic zebra fish, since this convenient model hasn’t quite developed its immune systems yet and won’t reject other types of cells transplanted into it. The researchers injected human retinoblastoma cells into 2-day-old zebra fish eyes, and they monitored the growth and spread of the cancer cells by measuring the diameters of eye tumors over the next four to six days.Then they administered the same drug (SB505124) used to inhibit the activin in the zebra fish eyes. According to the researchers, they saw a 55 percent reduction in the diameter of eye tumors compared to zebra fish eyes not injected with the drug. Overall, Asnaghi says, the experiments show that blocking the activin receptor could be effective in suppressing the growth and spread of invasive retinoblastoma cells in people.”We hope our findings will provide new therapies for retinoblastoma, and lead to preserving vision and improving outcomes in a greater number of children affected by retinoblastoma both in the United States and worldwide,” says Asnaghi. “We are cautiously optimistic though, because we need to do more research before any related therapies can be safely developed or tested for patients.” Source:https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/newsroom/news-releases/spread-of-deadly-eye-cancer-halted-in-cells-and-animalslast_img read more

Novel miniature probe measures tissue damage in the lung

first_imgBy Dr. Liji Thomas, MDJun 17 2019Scientists spanning several disciplines have come up with an optical fiber-based probe much thinner than a hair, but which carries 19 sensors to measure changes in oxygen and pH deep in the lung. This flexible optical probe provides rapid and accurate measurements for deep body sensing to within 0.02 pH units and 0.6 mg/L for pH and oxygen respectively but still has space for more sensors. The research is reported in the current issue of the journal Scientific Reports. Current knowledge of human physiology comes mostly from animal models. Sensing in humans is far more difficult or impossible because the technology required is invasive, or simply not yet available. The importance of this novel probe lies in its scope to enormously expand in vivo sensing to a host of currently inaccessible areas of the human body, extending the knowledge of body function in both health and disease.The current study used an ovine lung model which was supplied with oxygen and nutritional fluid through ventilation and perfusion channels. Lung diseases are leading causes of both disability and death today. Despite the progress made, its pathogenesis in conditions like lung trauma or pneumonia is unclear. The new probe could help us understand lung disease and its treatment much better.A host of optical fiber sensors already exist for pH and oxygen sensing that use sol-gel or polymer coatings to hold the sensing molecules like dyes or nano/microsphere particles to the fiber facet. This type of coupling leads to imprecise deposition, slower response times, and reduced accuracy and range of sensing.A more recent dual sensing probe used sol-gel or hydrogel coating to deposit both pH and oxygen sensing microspheres on the same optical fiber, but still had relatively slow response times.The specially designed multicore probe ensures robust sensing, but avoids common issues with fluorescent probes, such as photobleaching and variation of laser pump power.It has a diameter of 150 microns, with 19 cores each about 10 microns across. Hydrofluoric acid was used to accurately etch pits on the distal surface (facet) that line up with the cores. These pits are irreversibly coupled with 10 micron silica microspheres that covalently bind novel fluorescent pH indicators in ratiometric array and palladium-porphyrin complex based oxygen sensors, at high density.Related StoriesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryFluorescein dye emits fluorescence whose intensity is proportional to the pH, and has been therefore used in a range of pH sensing technologies. However, in the current probe, the saturation loading of the carboxyfluorescein indicator on the microspheres results in a spacing of ~ 5 Angstroms between the dye molecules. This ultra-dense packing gives rise to fluorescent excitation with subsequent energy transfer to neighbors, resulting in a fluorescence response that is inversely proportional to the pH. The emission behavior returns to the expected pattern at standard loading. This unexpected phenomenon, which has never been reported before, greatly boosts the sensor’s performance.Ratiometric pH sensing is achieved using a FRET pair as fluorophores. Its components are excited by slightly different wavelengths. This causes a more complex, stable and reliable response to pH changes than a single fluorescent response.The oxygen sensing is by a palladium-porphyrin complex that shows inverse fluorescence as oxygen levels increase. The excitation wavelength was chosen to minimize background fluorescence which could confuse the sensors.Each core is selectively coupled to and measures fluorescence excited by a single proximal light source. This is responsible for the multiplex nature of the sensing assembly across the multicore fiber.What advantages does the new probe have?The covalent pit-microsphere coupling allows almost instantaneous sensing and confers stability to light. The multicore-fiber design allows more sensors to be added to the multiplexed platform as needed. The manufacturing process is also simple, rugged, and reliable, with little effort required for the self-directed microsphere- fiber assembly. The number of fiber cores, the fiber size, and the microsphere size are adaptable to the specific application. The pre-loading deposition of the fluorophore sensors is a repeatable and efficient chemical process which is controllable.Next, the researchers plan to enclose the fiber sensor assembly in biocompatible materials for testing in various clinical scenarios. This is made simpler by the fact that it can withstand standard sterilization procedures.Researcher Michael Tanner says: “These new methods, if taken to clinic, will lead to novel insights in disease biology. Our aim now is to expand the number of unique sensors on this miniaturised platform to provide even more information.”Source:High fidelity fibre-based physiological sensing deep in tissue, Tushar R. Choudhary, Michael G. Tanner, Alicia Megia-Fernandez, Kerrianne Harrington, Harry A. Wood, Adam Marshall, Patricia Zhu, Sunay V. Chankeshwara, Debaditya Choudhury, Graham Monro, Muhammed Ucuncu, Fei Yu, Rory R. Duncan, Robert R. Thomson, Kevin Dhaliwal & Mark Bradley, Scientific Reports 9, Article number: 7713 (2019), 0.1038/s41598-019-44077-7, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-44077-7 The hair-sized probe can measure key indicators of tissue damage deep in the lung. Image Credit: Michael Tanner, Herriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.last_img read more

Researchers demonstrate how to make modern living sustainable with new ecohousing

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The 22-square-meter “tiny house” is fully powered by renewable energy and designed to test the potential for minimizing the use of natural resources such as water.The Ecological Living Module—unveiled during the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development—is constructed primarily from locally-sourced, bio-based renewable materials.UN Environment’s collaborator, the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture, worked with Gray Organschi Architecture to design, fabricate and install the Ecological Living Module. The unit is efficient and multi-functional, accommodating up to four people, serving both domestic and commercial purposes.”We clearly need more housing, but the key thing is that we also need smarter housing” said UN Environment Head, Erik Solheim. “The housing sector uses 40 per cent of the planet’s total resources and represents more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. So making them more efficient will benefit everyone, and it’ll mean lower bills too. Innovations like the Ecological Living Module are what we need more of.””Adequate housing is at the heart of sustainable urbanisation” said UN-Habitat Executive Director, Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif. “The use of proper building materials, better planning and improved construction techniques can make energy use in buildings more efficient. If adopted widely, this practice can create jobs and prosperity with lower greenhouse gas emissions.”Engineered to operate independently, the module’s built-in systems include solar energy generation using less than 1 percent of toxic semiconductor materials, on-site water collection, micro agricultural infrastructure, natural daylighting, plant-based air purification, passive cross-ventilation, and a range of flexible, adaptable components for living and working.Around one billion people worldwide currently live in informal settlements, while millions more live in buildings that are not environmentally friendly. Rapid urbanization and economic growth challenge communities to sustainably expand capacity, heightening the need for innovation in building systems and infrastructure.”Architecture must address the global housing challenge by integrating critically needed scientific and technical advances in energy, water, and material systems while remaining sensitive to the cultural and aesthetic aspirations of different regions,” said Deborah Berke, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture.The first demonstration unit, located in the UN Plaza in New York City, from July 9-18, contains features relevant to the local climate and context of New York. Future iterations of the module—including one in Kenya, the home of UN Environment—will respond specifically to local climatic and cultural contexts. Citation: Researchers demonstrate how to make modern living sustainable with new eco-housing (2018, July 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-modern-sustainable-eco-housing.html Study highlights environmental cost of tearing down Vancouver’s single-family homes Explore further Provided by United Nations Environment Programme UN Environment and Yale University in collaboration with UN Habitat today unveiled a new eco-housing module, to spark public discussion and new ideas on how sustainable design can provide decent, affordable housing while limiting the overuse of natural resources and climate change.last_img read more

Canadian workers slam GM plant closure as slap in face

first_imgA worker during a union session in Oshawa, Ontario on November 26, 2018 after General Motors announced plans to close its plant in the Canadian city Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he expressed his “deep disappointment” to General Motors chair and chief executive Mary Barra over its decision to halt production in Oshawa in December 2019.Trudeau said the plant east of Toronto and its workers had been “part of the heart and soul” of the community for generations and pledged government support for their families.In parliament, the prime minister said the move would have a “significant impact on the full community, as well as the network of suppliers.”‘One hell of a fight’GM employs 23,000 workers in Canada, including at this and two other car and engine assembly plants, research facilities and its Canadian subsidiary’s headquarters.The Oshawa closure will directly affect more than 2,500 workers who produce the Chevrolet Impala and the Cadillac XTS, as well as Silverado and Sierra heavy duty pick-up trucks. Canadian auto workers walked off the job in protest Monday as General Motors said it would shutter a plant that has been a fixture of Oshawa, Ontario since 1953—drawing protests from union bosses and the country’s prime minister. An auto union member in Oshawa, Ontario—where General Motors has announced plans to shutter its plant next year © 2018 AFP Its operations even became a talking point for US President Donald Trump during tense Canada-US negotiations to revamp a continental trade pact.”Every time we have a problem with a point, I just put up a picture of a Chevrolet Impala,” Trump said in off-the-record comments to Bloomberg that were reported by the Toronto Star.Federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, speaking to reporters in the House of Commons foyer, signaled the government’s intention to “continue to defend the automotive sector.””There is a long-standing, proud history in terms of General Motors’s presence in Oshawa, so now to see this plant close… is incredibly devastating,” Bains said.Ontario Premier Doug Ford vowed to “stand shoulder to shoulder” with affected workers. “We’ll do whatever it takes to make sure they get back on their feet and they get proper (re)training.” News of the pending shutdown came as part of a massive restructuring announced earlier by the US auto giant that includes cutting thousands of jobs and closing seven plants worldwide to save US$6 billion.Workers put down their tools at the start of their shift, forcing assembly lines to shut down for the day.In a press release, GM touted its “transformation for the future,” focused on new electric and self-driving vehicles, while only mentioning the plant closures in short bullets.Outside the front gate of the Oshawa plant, some gathered in the freezing rain to block trucks from delivering parts and to express their outrage over what they saw as a betrayal, by a company that in 2009 received billions from the Canadian and Ontario governments to maintain operations in Canada.”It’s a slap in the face,” said one employee of seven years, who gave only her first name Jackie.”I just bought a brand new truck, I’m kind of worried for my family. If GM leaves, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” echoed Karin Wright, raising the prospect of having to sell her home and relocate. General Motors announced the closure of a factory in Oshawa, in the Canadian province of Ontario, affecting more than 2,500 workers General Motors workers left the plant in Oshawa, Ontario, on November 26, 2018, after the company announced its closure When pressed about trying to get GM to reverse course, he replied: “that ship has already left the dock.”But Jerry Dias of Unifor, the Canadian autoworkers union, said promised to fight a shutdown that “makes no sense,” noting workers had signed a contract with GM that guaranteed no Canadian plant closures until at least 2020.”We told them, they are not closing our damn plant without one hell of a fight,” he told members after meeting with GM executives. Explore further Production began in 1953 and at its peak in the 1980s, the plant employed roughly 23,000 people. The plant recently underwent a retooling with the help of a Can$500 million federal grant. Citation: Canadian workers slam GM plant closure as ‘slap in face’ (2018, November 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-canadian-workers-slam-gm-closure.html General Motors shuttering plants, cutting 15% of workforce This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Research team introduces wearable audio dataset

first_imgResearchers studying wearable listening technology now have a new data set to use, thanks to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate student Ryan Corey and his team. Researchers design sounds that can be recorded by microphones but inaudible to humans Recordings with many different hats, headphones and clothing styles are included within the data collected by the researchers. Credit: Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The group, including Corey’s adviser, Professor Andrew Singer from the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL), and former undergraduate student Naoki Tsuda, spent weeks placing 80 microphones all over a mannequin and Corey himself in the CSL Augmented Listening Laboratory. They then recorded acoustic impulse responses to study the acoustics of the body and whether or not clothes plays a difference in how microphones pick up noise. The collected data is used by the team in the paper being presented at ICASSP this week, but they wanted the data to go farther.”We’ve been frustrated when trying to use data sets that aren’t open,” said Corey. “Wearable arrays are important and more people should research it. Having this data out there will make it more convenient to do so.”Future researchers can use the data to simulate wearable microphone arrays with different numbers of microphones at different points on the body. Many humans are already wearing multiple devices with microphones, and this data could help take advantage of that. Engineers can use it to design new products and study performance tradeoffs for different applications. A few of the potential applications for the data include augmented reality, speech recognition, and acoustic event detection, among others. Without the data set created by the CSL team, each researcher would have to build their own prototypes and test them, which is time-consuming and expensive. Debuting at the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) this week, the first-of-its-kind wearable microphone impulse response data set is invaluable to audio research for two reasons: First, the data includes up to 80 microphones instead of the usual two showing how is heard on different parts of the body, and second, the data is available for free under an open-access license.”We believe hearing aids, smart headphones and all listening devices would work better if they had a lot of microphones, but most products only have two,” said Corey. “There isn’t data out there for more than that. Even the work that has been done with more didn’t include open-access data sets.”The data set consists of more than 8,000 acoustic impulse responses measured at 80 different position on the body. The 80 microphones were tested on five different hat/headphone styles and with six different types of clothing. The sound in the recordings came from 24 different directions to simulate noisy crowds. Explore further “This is the best-attended conference for audio signal processing, so I’ll be able to introduce the data set to a lot of researchers who could potentially take advantage of it, build on it, and give us feedback for future improvement,” said Corey.The data set is available under a Creative Commons Attribution License at the University of Illinois Library’s Illinois Data Bank archives. Corey also has written about the dataset on the lab’s blog.center_img Team lead Ryan Corey and a mannequin, both of which were covered with 80 microphones during the research. Credit: Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Microphones were placed on 80 different places on a mannequin and sound was played from 24 different directions to create the data set. Credit: Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign More information: DOI: 10.13012/B2IDB-1932389_V1 Provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Citation: Research team introduces wearable audio dataset (2019, May 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-team-wearable-audio-dataset.html The presentation takes place on Tuesday, May 14, in Brighton, UK. Singer, Fox Family Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Corey hope the presentation will raise awareness of the dataset, encourage others to use it, and give them to opportunity to receive feedback.last_img read more

Sebastien Haller completes record West Ham move

first_imgThe Premier League side agreed a deal on Tuesday with Frankfurt, who granted Haller permission to travel to London for a medical. “It means a lot [to be the record signing]. It proves that the club [has] really wanted me for a long time. I felt this desire to sign me and I’m really happy to sign, also. It is an ambitious club, a nice club, a nice city and nice fans too.”24 – Sebastien Haller was directly involved in 24 goals in the Bundesliga last season (15 goals, 9 assists); the only striker with more in 2018-19 was Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (29). Nailed. pic.twitter.com/AYRoCwQCSj- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 17, 2019Haller scored 20 goals in all competitions in 2018-19, including five in Eintracht’s run to the semi-finals of the Europa League.He will be tasked with spearheading the West Ham attacking following Marko Arnautovic’s move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG. West Ham have completed the club-record signing of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for a reported fee of £45million. Manuel Pellegrini’s side had been tipped to sign Maxi Gomez before turning their attentions to Haller after the Celta Vigo forward moved to Valencia.”I will always give 100 per cent and respect the club,” Haller added.”I think this is a normal thing and that I can guarantee. I know it’s a big transfer and there is a lot of expectation around me, and I just want to make people proud of this transfer and I will give everything I have.” The 25-year-old has now signed a five-year deal with the Hammers, with the option of a further 12 months.The striker becomes the most expensive signing in the club’s history, eclipsing the reported £36m paid to Lazio for Felipe Anderson last year.MORE: Joey Barton charged with actual bodily harm after Barnsley incident”I feel really great,” Haller told West Ham’s website. “I think it’s a really good opportunity for me to be here.last_img read more

Jammu Darshan bus service launched in JK to promote tourism

first_img Next Jammu Darshan bus service launched in J&K to promote tourismThe Jammu Tourism Department along with a private partner started an open bus service ‘Jammu Darshan’ to ferry tourists across various destinations in Jammu.advertisement Asian News International JammuJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 20:42 IST The Jammu Tourism Department along with a private partner started an open bus service ‘Jammu Darshan’. (Represntative image/ANI)The Jammu Tourism Department along with a private partner started an open bus service ‘Jammu Darshan’ to ferry tourists across various destinations in Jammu.OP Bhagat, Director of Tourism, said, “Because of Amarnath Yatra, people are coming in good numbers this year, therefore, the tourism department is taking this opportunity to promote tourists places in Jammu.””There is a good response to this service and most of the pilgrims who have come for Amarnath Yatra are enjoying this bus service ‘Jammu Darshan’,” said a pilgrim.The first batch of pilgrims left for Amarnath cave shrine from Baltal base camp on July 1, kicking off the annual pilgrimage to the 46-day-long yatra.Situated at an altitude of 3,888 m, the Amarnath cave is considered as one of the holiest shrines for Hindus.The Amarnath Yatra is conducted every year during Shravani Mela, which starts from July and continues till August. The Yatra takes place from the traditional 36-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and 14-km Baltal route in Ganderbal district.The holy cave remains open during this period and it attracts lakhs of pilgrims.ALSO READ | Over 1.44 lakh pilgrims perform Amarnath Yatra in 11 days TALSO READ | Another batch of over 5,000 pilgrims start Amarnath Yatra from JammuALSO WATCH | Day before Amarnath Yatra begins, Modi govt tightens security arrangementsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShahrukh Tags :Follow PilgrimFollow bus serviceFollow Amarnath YatraFollow Jammu tourismFollow Jammulast_img read more